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Man charged with hunting offenses

November 09, 2005|From Staff reports

A report of a suspicious vehicle and the sound of a gunshot near Interstate 81 led to a police search and the arrest of an alleged poacher Tuesday.

Charles Ardinger Spigler, 37, of West Washington Street in Hagerstown, was charged with safety zone violations, hunting deer with a firearm out of season, hunting without a hunting license, hunting without the required clothing and hunting without written permission, according to Maryland State Police.

Police were checking a black Ford Mustang with Washington, D.C., license plates and an open passenger door parked on the west side of Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse of Hagerstown when a gunshot was heard, police said in a release.

Maryland State Police K-9, helicopter and patrol units and the Hagerstown Police and Washington County Sheriff's departments all responded to the area to search for the person responsible for the gunshot.

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Police handcuffed a man with a ponytail and camouflage clothing over a plaid shirt and white T-shirt about 4 p.m. near where Western Maryland Parkway ends in a field trimmed with trees. One officer carried a long-barreled gun as the suspect was placed in a Maryland State Police cruiser. Maryland Department of Natural Resources officers also were at the scene.

A Maryland State Police helicopter detected a person hiding in the woods with a rifle. Spigler was arrested while armed with a scoped .22 magnum hunting rifle, police said in the release.

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