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Sex Offender Nabbed In NRP Deer Poaching Case

January 5th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

An Allegany County man was arrested Friday on a sex offense warrant during an investigation of a deer poaching incident by Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Rodney Wayne Bible, 58, of Flintstone, taken to the Allegany County Detention Center and released on $100,000 bond under a Baltimore City Circuit Court warrant issued in 2014.

An officer on patrol at about 9 a.m. received a complaint about possible poaching and trespassing on Iron Mountain near Rice’s Old Orchard. The citizen said he heard a shot in a field and saw a man standing on Mount Fairview Road. He believed the man shot the deer from a vehicle that had dropped him off.

The officer saw a vehicle on Mount Fairview Road matching the description provided by the citizen and stopped it.

Bible, in the passenger seat, had blood on his hands and clothes. A muzzleloader was in the back seat.

He told the officer that a deer was in the trunk.

When asked, Bible acknowledged he did not have his hunting license with him, did not have written permission to hunt in the field and that the deer was not properly tagged. He denied killing the deer from the road.

Bible took the officer to the site of the harvest, which was less than 150 yards from a home.

A routine background check found that Bible was wanted by the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office for violation of probation after conviction on third-degree sex offense and indecent exposure charges. A warrant for his arrest was in effect.

While in custody, Bible was issued  four citations: hunting without written permission; hunting within the safety zone; failing to field tag the deer; and failing to complete the harvest record.  The deer was donated to a needy family.

He is scheduled to appear in Allegany District Court on April 14. If found guilty of all poaching charges, he could be fined as much as $1,400.

Bible also is scheduled to stand trial in on Feb. 1 on November charges of hunting deer at night, hunting out of season, having a loaded firearm in a vehicle and shooting from the roadway.

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