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DEEP Makes Four Arrests In Deer Poaching Investigation

October 14, 2011

By Hillary Federico, The Hartford Courant

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SHARON Environmental conservation police from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection arrested four Massachusetts men on charges they violated state hunting laws and were involved in deer poaching in the Sharon Mountain area, state officials said Friday.

James L. Salzarulo, 41, Leon W. McClusky, 35, Vincent L. Hottel II, 29, all of Pittsfield, Mass. and Jason Barnaby, 36, of Peru, Mass. were charged with one count of bow hunting without dated written consent since they did not have written permission to hunt on private land, according to Dwayne Gardner, DEEP spokesman.

Barnaby was also charged with illegal deer hunting and Hottel was also charged with third-degree conspiracy to commit criminal trespass.

Over the past several years, DEEP EnCon police have received complaints from residents living in the Sharon Mountain area reporting that vehicles with Massachusetts license plates would drop off and pick up people in camouflage along the road adjacent to various private estates and wooded areas, Gardner said.

EnCon police monitored the area just before dawn on Oct. 8 and saw a van with Massachusetts plates. After sunrise, Gardner said the van, which was driven by Hottel, started picking up the other men. They were dressed from head to toe in camouflage and had archery hunting equipment with them, Gardner said.

The four men were released after posting bail and are scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court on Oct. 24.

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