Jun 20, 2018, 13:09

In Memory of Gary Tarpley

In Memory of

Gary Tarpley

January 17, 1940 - January 31, 2018

Gary Tarpley, 78, passed away January 31, 2018 in Arlington. 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Brain & Neurological Treatment Foundation. P.O. Box 174006, Arlington, TX 76003. www.BNTFoundation.org 
Gary was born January 17, 1940 in Fort Worth. He retired in 2002 as Major (Regional Commander) for the Fort Worth region of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. After retirement, he worked for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. 
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Florence Tarpley.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dianne; daughters, Alicia Fife and husband Dale, Allison Moore and husband Chad; grandchildren, Dylan, Summer, Jadyn, Channing, Cassidy; sister Sally Ladd; and extended family.

How a Retired Mountie Became America’s Most Wanted Wildlife Smuggler

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s now certain Gregory Logan would never have become a criminal if he had not been a cop first

His early criminal ventures were tentative and cautious, but the nondescript Mountie from Saint John, New Brunswick would evolve into the criminal mastermind behind one of the biggest and most brazen wildlife smuggling rings ever uncovered in the US.

Early in his policing career, Logan was stationed in the Canadian Arctic, patrolling Iqaluit and remote communities along the northeastern tip of Hudson Bay. It was here that he learned about the immense value of one of the strangest mammals on the planet—the narwhal, also known as “the unicorn of the sea.”

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Man fatally shot by Fish and Boat Commission ID'd

The 37-year-old Nanticoke man killed by a Fish and Boat Commission waterways conservation officer Tuesday afternoon has been identified.  Sean Bohinski died after being shot at around 1:30 p.m. in wooded area along the Susquehanna River in West Nanticote near Route 11. Bohinski, a father of eight children, was melting copper to make extra money when the incident happened, a relative told WBRE Tuesday, also describing Bohinski as a non-violent person.

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Winnipeg men fined nearly $15k for fishing violations

Two men from Winnipeg, MB, have been fined nearly $15,000 in total for various fishing violations, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) said Monday.

The two men were each fined:

$3,500 for obstructing a Fisheries Officer;

$1,500 for making false and misleading statements to a Fisheries Officer;

$1,200 for fishing for lake trout during a closed season;

$500 for unlawfully using fish as bait; and

$500 for fishing with barbed hooks in a restricted area.

One of the men was also fined $500 for fishing without a licence, and both have been prohibited from fishing in Ontario for two years. Their fishing equipment was also forfeited to the Crown.

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Georgia DNR officer wins national recognition

For the second time in three years, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources officer was named top boating law enforcement officer in the nation.

Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Cpl. Bart Hendrix, who is assigned to Cherokee County, was honored last week at the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators 58th annual conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, with its highest award, Boating Officer of the Year, for his outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement.

Hendrix has been with Georgia DNR Law Enforcement for 11 years and lives in Cherokee County.

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Texas Game Wardens Aid in Houston Area Flood Response

HOUSTON – Texas game wardens have been busy responding to devastating floods that inundated a dozen southeast Texas counties over the last few days, conducting over 170 water rescues of individuals and families who were caught in the quickly rising waters.

“The Texas game wardens’ knowledge of the waterways and back country areas have allowed them to quickly locate and rescue those who have been trapped by the floods ,” said Texas Game Warden Maj. William Skeen. “Conditions out there have been difficult, but I’m very proud of the efforts by our game wardens, they have saved many lives. Regardless of how dangerous it is, our men and women will stay engaged with local communities and state response efforts until this event is over."

Wardens were dispatched in all affected counties, including: Palo Pinto, Parker, Johnson, Harris, Waller, Austin, Montgomery, Grimes, Fayette, Colorado, Falls and Milam. In addition to water rescues, wardens conducted 78 evacuations, rescued 27 pets, 240 welfare checks and assisted in the recovery of one fatality in Waller County.

For over 100 years, Texas Game Wardens have provided professional law enforcement, search and rescue and water safety while working to conserve and protect our natural resources. Texas Game Wardens respond locally to natural disasters and also operate a statewide search and rescue team. Game wardens also work closely with the Texas Division of Emergency Management during large-scale disasters.

Fish and Game welcomes new K9 officer

The newest member of the state Fish and Game Department definitely will work for food.
Cora the black Lab and her handler, Conservation Officer James Benvenuti, recently completed a six-week training and certification program at Vermont Criminal Justice Training Center. They’ve been training together since last fall, and this was the final step in becoming a certified team.
“She’s ready to go to work,” Benvenuti said.
Cora and Benvenuti, who are based out of the Region 3 office in Durham, are now certified in evidence/article detection (finding objects that contain human scent as well as shell casings and gunpowder), fish and wildlife detection (fish, venison and turkey) and tracking.
Benvenuti said his 13-month-old dog excels at fish detection. Cora has already been on the job, checking fishermen’s coolers at boat launches, where she’s been “well received,” he said.

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Conservation Officer James Benvenuti and his dog Cora are the newest addition to Fish and Game's K9 Conservation Corps. (Courtesy/Bri Benvenuti)