Tri-state briefs

March 18, 2003

W.Va. man pleads guilty to hunting on trail

Hunting deer on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on opening day of West Virginia deer season last November cost a Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man $345 in fines and fees and loss of his 30-06 hunting rifle.

Timothy White, 31, appeared in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., Feb. 28, entered a guilty plea to possession of a firearm and illegal hunting on the trail, which is federal property administered by the National Park Service, according to Marsha Starkey, agency spokeswoman.

U.S. Park Ranger John McCutcheon, along with three federal park rangers, apprehended White on Nov. 25. The rangers had been concealed in full camouflage along various points of the trail to intercept illegal hunters, according to a news release issued by the National Park Service.

The portion of the trail near the Shannondale residential area is not open to hunting or trapping activities, according to Park Service officials.


The 2,200-mile trail runs from Maine to Georgia with administrative offices in Harpers Ferry.

Group submits letter opposing war with Iraq

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A small group of citizens stopped at U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster's Chambersburg office Monday to present a letter opposing war with Iraq.

More than 250 area residents signed the letter to President Bush, saying they will hold him personally responsible for any casualties and would support legal efforts for the president to be tried for crimes against humanity, said Alanna Hartzok.

Stem cell debate is focus of Wilson forum

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Wilson College will hold its 40th annual Orr Forum titled "The Current Stem Cell Debate: A Pandora's Box or a New Fountain of Youth?" on Wednesday.

The all-day event will be held in Allen Auditorium in Warfield Hall at the college, and it is open to the public.

The morning panel will focus on the promises and pitfalls of stem cell technology and features Brad Engle and M. Dana Harriger, professors of biology at Wilson College, Wilson biology students and David P. Beck, president and chief executive officer of Coriell Institute for Medical Research.

The Orr Forum continues with open classes throughout the afternoon in sciences and ethics and concludes with a keynote address at 7:30 p.m. on the topic of ethical and medical issues in stem cell research.

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