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[ Media Contact: Mike Cox, 512-389-8046, mike.cox@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 4, 2013
Game Wardens Arrest Fishing Tournament Director
AUSTIN -- Texas Game Wardens have arrested Michael Shane McCloud of Florida (formerly of Bryan-College Station) for theft related to a fishing tournament.
Following his arrest, the 44-year-old McCloud was booked into the Jasper County Jail. No bond has been set.
The investigation that culminated in his arrest began in June 2012 after authorities received numerous complaints related to fishing tournament prize payouts that allegedly did not occur. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens and investigators with other law enforcement agencies spent more than a year looking into the practices and methods McCloud used to promote a bass tournament on Lake Sam Rayburn in June 2012.
After an extensive, multi-jurisdictional investigation in which numerous tournament participants and sponsors in several states were interviewed, a sealed indictment naming McCloud was returned by a Jasper County grand jury. Ultimately, an arrest warrant was issued for McCloud on the theft charge, a state jail felony punishable by a $1,500 to $20,000 fine and from 180 days to two years in jail.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Department law enforcement officers assisted Texas Game Wardens in locating McCloud. After being notified to the indictment pending against him, he turned himself in to authorities.
"Due to good police work, collaboration and teamwork this case is now ready to be put in the hands of the court," said Lt. Col. Danny Shaw,deputy division director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division. "Texas Game Wardens intend to remain focused on protecting our resources as well as the citizens of Texas from those who wish to exploit either. Fishing tournaments in Texas are a fabric of many communities and reservoirs and Game Wardens will continue to play a role in ensuring they are conducted in a manner consistent with the law."
McCloud's arrest marks the first time a fishing tournament director has been arrested in Texas.
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[ Media Contact: Mike Cox, 512-389-8046, mike.cox@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 4, 2013
Texas Game Wardens Stayed Busy over Labor Day Weekend
AUSTIN -- Labor Day weekend proved to be very busy for Texas Game Wardens who filed a wide variety of hunting, water safety, fishing, and penal code violations.
A total of 2,655 hunting-related citations and warnings were issued. Hunting citations included hunting doves over bait, possession of over the limit of doves, hunting migratory birds with unplugged shotguns, hunting deer in closed season, and no hunter education certificate.
Fishing violations included several gill netting cases as well as commercial fishing violations.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens also filed 268 water safety cases, 36 penal code cases, and made multiple arrests.
State-wide arrests included boating while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, possession of narcotics, and active warrants.
A Game Warden assigned to Bosque County who was patrolling Lake Whitney looking for water safety violations arrested a man with an active warrant for sexual abuse of a child.
In Liberty County, Game Wardens assisted the Liberty County Sheriff's Office with a water recovery of a homicide victim.
Game Wardens also investigated several hunting accidents, boating accidents, and drownings as well as searches and boater assists.
"I'm proud of the work our Game Wardens are doing to protect our natural resources while also providing public safety to the people of Texas," said TPWD Law Enforcement Division Director Col. Craig Hunter. "The number of compliments and lack of complaints given the number of contacts made is a testament to their professionalism."
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Jim Booker, (903) 670-2266, james.booker@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 4, 2013
Deadline Looms for Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament at TFFC
ATHENS, Texas--The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center's annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament will take place this year on Saturday, September 28.
Pre-registration is required. Mail registration must be received by Wednesday, September 25. To request a registration form, call (903) 670-2222.
You may register in person on the day of the event by going to the admissions booth at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center AFTER 7:00 a.m.
Numerous prize packages will be awarded, including an X-Box 360 with game, fishing equipment and gift cards from local businesses. More than $2,500 in prizes will be awarded.
For more information or to request an entry form, contact Craig Brooks at (903) 670-2222.
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