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CA: Three arrested on charges of illegal hunting

October 1, 2010

Three arrested on charges of illegal hunting

Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested three men Thursday morning who allegedly hunted illegally near the Gold Springs subdivision, authorities said.

At approximately 12:44 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received reports from residents of the Gold Springs subdivision that gunfire was heard and a vehicle was seen driving toward Parrotts Ferry Road.

Deputies responded and stopped a pickup truck with three occupants on Parrotts Ferry Road.

The men were identified as Raymond Lee Joseph Nicolini, 23, of Jamestown, Steven Thomas Graham, 23, of Jamestown, and Timothy Eugene Heflin, 46, of Sonora.

The vehicle had two dead dear, a .308 caliber Winchester rifle and a compound bow.

Deputies called in the Department of Fish and Game warden, who proceeded with the investigation.

Graham, Nicolini and Heflin were booked on suspicion of misdemeanor counts of hunting unlawfully and possession of an animal unlawfully hunted.

Heflin was charged with an additional misdemeanor count of hunting with an artificial light.

Graham and Heflin were booked and released. Nicolini was held without bail for a parole violation.

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