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Please POLITELY write to the County Prosecutor, urging that maximum charges be filed against Andrew Mathews, and that the Prosecutor ask the Judge to levy maximum penalties. Make it clear to the District Attorney that this case highlights the connection between cruelty to animals, violence toward humans, and disregard for the law. Urge that Mathews be banned from ever owning weapons or obtaining a hunting license.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Office of the District Attorney<br><br><br><br>
Bradford Courthouse<br><br><br><br>
301 Main St.<br><br><br><br>
Towanda, PA 18848<br><br><br><br>
Phone: 570-265-1712<br><br><br><br>
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Sayre man charged with poaching and resisting arrest<br><br><br><br>
BY THE REVIEW<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
A Sayre man accused of poaching deer was well as fighting with and threatening police officers was recently issued citations for various offenses.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Andrew Mathews, 30, of 201 Stevenson St. has been charged by Sayre police with simple assault; aggravated assault; resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; corruption of a minor; endangering the welfare of a child; trespassing on private property; unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in a moving vehicle; unlawful use of lights while hunting; and unlawfully taking or possession of game or wildlife.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Sayre police reported being called to assist Athens Township police with a complaint of a deer-poaching incident that occurred in their jurisdiction at the intersection of Mile Lane and Wilawana Road. Reports indicated that the property owner informed the authorities that he had observed two males at the edge of McCardle Road with a gun and a dead deer lying nearby. Also observed at the scene, police reported, was a Ford Taurus.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Police said a check of the vehicles registration revealed that its owner lived at 201 Stevenson St, and officers from both Sayre and Athens Township went there to continue the investigation. When they arrived, police said, they spoke to Mathews at the front of the residence, and observed a large amount of fresh blood on his clothing.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
When they asked where the blood came from, police continued, Mathews became uncooperative and began to yell obscenities, despite being told to stop. When he was informed that he was under arrest, police continued, Mathews began to walk away. An officer placed his hand on Mathews arm, police said, at which time the accused turned around and began to fight. During the altercation, police said, two officers suffered injuries before Mathews was subdued and placed in handcuffs and taken into custody.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
A representative from the Pennsylvania Game Commission was also at the scene, and spoke with Sandy Wolcott who, the report said, is the home owner at 201 Stevenson St. Wolcott informed the authorities that she had driven the Taurus to go spotlighting earlier in the evening, and Mathews and her three children had come along. While spotlighting, Wolcott said, Mathews had instructed her to stop the car, and he and her 14-year-old son had gotten out of the vehicle. Wolcott said she drove the vehicle up the road, then turned around and drove back. When she spotted Mathews and her son, Wolcott said, they had a dead deer, which they loaded into the Taurus, along with a rifle.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Wolcott gave the authorities permission to search the premises and remove any illegal items from the property. Items seized during the search included: nine sets of antlers not properly marked (including three 8-point sets and two 7-point sets), one Remington 870 express shotgun and one .22 caliber Keystone Sporting Arms rifle.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Mathews waived his preliminary hearing before Judge Shaw on Tuesday. He remains free on non-monetary bail. His case will now be sent to Bradford County Court.
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