4 charged in 'jacklighting' deer hunt at landfill ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

January 26, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Four Annapolis men have been charged with illegally hunting for deer in the old Howard County landfill in Ellicott City last weekend, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said.

Charges are also pending against three Jessup juveniles. Investigators say the party of adults and juveniles allegedly was involved in "jacklighting" -- deer hunting at night using spotlights or headlights.

Arrested Saturday night were Frederick Carl Wieland Jr., 28, of the 1900 block of Hilltop Road; Ronald Armond Simchick, 32, of the 2700 block of Old Annapolis Road; Charles Steven Redman, 21, of the 7400 block of Race Road; and Timothy Michael Redmond, 24, of the 2000 block of Citrus Ave., said Michael O'Brien, spokesman for the Natural Resources Police.

The men were charged with jacklighting, trespassing, and willful and malicious destruction of property, Mr. O'Brien said, adding that deer-hunting season ended Dec. 12.

"It's a very serious crime, although it's a misdemeanor. First of all, people can get seriously injured or worse," he said. "You just don't know what's out there. It could be a dog or a deer, or worse, a person."

During their investigation, authorities confiscated two Ford pickup trucks, two Honda all-terrain vehicles, two semiautomatic rifles and 62 rounds of ammunition in the trucks, Mr. O'Brien said. The trucks were registered to Mr. Redmond and Mr. Wieland, he said.

The arrests came after Natural Resources Police received an anonymous call about jacklighting at the old landfill on New Cut Road, Mr. O'Brien said.

Officers responding to the site about 8 p.m. Saturday attempted to stop two of the juveniles, who tried to flee, Mr. O'Brien said.

A dog in the Howard County Police Department K-9 unit knocked one fleeing 15-year-old off an ATV, Mr. O'Brien said. The juvenile wasn't injured.

The four men and the other two teen-agers were later taken into custody, Mr. O'Brien said.

The group didn't wound any deer, he said. "We believe we got there before they had a chance to do it."

The arrests follow two others for jacklighting and several warnings in the county since Dec. 28, Mr. O'Brien said. Citizens have also made several complaints of suspected jacklighting, he said.

The Natural Resources Police doesn't keep statistics on the crime, but Howard County seems to be emerging as a hot spot for the activity, which occurs across the state, Mr. O'Brien said. As a result, the agency's police have increased their decoy deer operations, helicopter night flights and foot patrols here.

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