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State Fish & Boat Commission Approves Removal of Fishing License Display Requirement

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Press Release from PFBC 

During its formal quarterly business meeting on January 28, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Board of Commissioners approved the removal of a long-standing regulation that requires anglers to display their fishing license on an outer garment while fishing.

Under the amendment to Section 63.2 (PA Title 58), the outer garment display requirement will be replaced with a general possession requirement, which would require only that an angler carry the license on their person while fishing and present the license to a PFBC law enforcement officer upon request.

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“With this change, we’re making things more convenient for our anglers,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director. “By allowing people to simply carry their license in a pocket or in their wallet, rather than pinning it to an outer garment, we hope to hear about fewer licenses being lost and the cost associated with replacing them. It also provides greater consistency with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s hunting license display requirement, so it should prevent any further confusion among hunters and anglers.”

Schaeffer noted that under the amended regulation, anglers who still wish to display their fishing license on an outer garment may continue to do so. Additionally, customers are reminded that when they purchase a fishing license online through The Outdoor ShopOpens In A New Window (pa.wildlifelicense.com), an electronic version of their fishing license is issued and may be saved and reprinted at no cost in the event of loss. Anglers should note that the regulation change is not immediate and will take effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

In other action, the Board voted to amend the section of the Pennsylvania Code related to the enforcement of Motorboat Noise Control (Title 58, Chapter 119). Under the proposal, which was approved by the Boating Advisory Board, the regulation will become less subjective and more enforceable through a more highly defined set of standards. The amendment will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Commissioners adopted changes to the seasons, sizes and creel limits within Lake Erie, its tributaries and Presque Isle Bay including peninsula waters, Erie County. To maintain regulatory consistency and simplicity, Lake Erie, Lake tributaries, Presque Isle Bay, and peninsular water Walleye seasonal opening days were scheduled to coincide with Commonwealth Inland Waters (January 1 – March 14, 2020; and 12:01 a.m. on the first Saturday in May to midnight, December 31, 2020). The amendment will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

The Board approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking containing an amendment to regulations regarding the importation of Tautog into the Commonwealth. Currently, Tautog, also known as Tog or Blackfish, which are a popular coastal Atlantic Ocean recreational marine species, are prohibited from being imported, sold, offered for sale, or purchased in Pennsylvania when measuring less than 15 inches. The proposed amendment adds an additional requirement that all Tautog possessed for commercial purposes or sold in Pennsylvania should be properly tagged with a serial numbered metal band on the gill cover, as approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Pennsylvania is an important marketplace of commercial seafood including Tautog and this regulation change will provide PFBC waterways conservation officers with the authority to inspect for and enforce Tautog tagging regulations and advance Tautog conservation along the Atlantic Coast. If adopted on final rulemaking at a future meeting, the amendment will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

In other action, Commissioners approved the designation of 36 stream sections to the list of Class A wild trout streams. The board also approved the addition of 49 new waters to the Commission’s list of wild trout streams and a revision to the section limits of one water. These additions and revisions will go into effect upon the publication of a second notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. A list of waters proposed for wild trout stream and Class A Wild Trout Stream designation can be found on the PFBC website.

Pertaining to real estate matters, Commissioners authorized the disposition of an approximately 1.4-acre property located in Chapman Township, Clinton County known as the Hyner Access to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Within three years, PennDOT will transfer property ownership to Chapman Township, which will incorporate the access road into its existing public road system, which would qualify it for additional funding for operational costs and upgrades.

The Board approved a Resolution Urging Congress for the Reauthorization of Collection Fees to the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fund. The language in this Resolution is identical to that contained in Senate Resolution 191.

Commissioners noted that 2020 Pennsylvania licenses are on sale now, and can be purchased at more than 700 retail issuing agents or online at www.fishandboat.com. This year, the annual Fishing Summary book of regulations is available for free through issuing agents. The book is also free to view, download or print on the PFBC websiteOpens In A New Window and through the FishBoatPA mobile app.

 

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Shooting Reportedly Under Investigation at Levittown Trace

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A swift and intense police presence at the Levittown Trace apartment complex on Ford Road Monday night is reportedly part of a shooting investigation by Bristol Township Police, sources are telling Lower Bucks Source Tuesday.

Police were dispatched out to the apartment complex just before 10 p.m. with a number of patrol cruisers arriving on scene. An image of an officer, guns raised pointing towards the F building spelled out last night’s dangerous drama.

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Officers were observed speaking with several individuals adjacent to the building.

Witnesses on scene told Lower Bucks Source, police were seen picking up what appeared to be shell casings.

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Bensalem EMS was seen transporting a victim and shortly thereafter police were seen taking a man into custody after finding what appeared to be drug related paraphernalia. It’s unclear whether or not that individual is connected to the reported shooting. Online court show that a Bristol man was arraigned and jailed early this morning on criminal trespass and drug related  charges.

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Attempts to contact Bristol Township Police for comment on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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Nearby: Feasterville Man Charged with Murdering Estranged Wife

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Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Springfield Township Police Chief Michael E. Pitkow announce the arrest of Kenneth Shea, 37, of Feasterville-Trevose, for the First-Degree Murder of Elizabeth Shea on April 10, 2024, at her home in Wyndmoor.

The victim was found at approximately 7:30 a.m., April 10, 2024, by Springfield Township Police, who responded to a residence in the 1,000 block of Cromwell Lane for a requested wellness check. Police found Elizabeth Shea dead on the master bedroom floor, with obvious cut wounds to her head and neck, said authorities in a press release. 

A joint investigation into the homicide by Montgomery County Detectives and Springfield Township Police determined that an air conditioning unit had been pushed inside the residence, allowing access through the window. In the residence, four hard drives from the home’s digital recording units and three cellphones had been discarded in the bathroom sink and toilet.

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Detectives obtained Uber records that showed that Kenneth Shea had utilized the ride share service in the early morning hours of April 10, 2024. He was picked up at 12:36 a.m. at Comfort Inn in Feasterville-Trevose and dropped off at 12:55 a.m. on Wainwright Road, which is behind the victim’s residence. At 3:37 a.m., the defendant was picked up on Wainwright Road and returned to the hotel at 3:58 a.m., where video surveillance from the lobby showed him arriving and going to Room 314. Location records for Kenneth Shea’s cellphone showed his phone was in the area of the Comfort Inn in the days leading up to the murder and throughout the day on April 10, 2024. At approximately 6 p.m., Bensalem Police S.W.A.T. officers were stationed outside of Room 314 and arrested Shea as he exited the room.

“This is a tragic case, and our hearts go out to the family of Elizabeth Shea,” said DA Steele. “I also want to thank the Bensalem Police for the significant resources they provided, including drone surveillance and a K-9, as well as numerous officers, which enabled this defendant to be taken into custody without incident.”

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Shea is charged with First-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Murder and Third-Degree Murder. He was arraigned on April 11, 2024, by Magisterial District Judge John D. Kessler. There is no bail available for First-Degree Murder charges, and he was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on April 23, 2024, before Magisterial District Judge Katherine E. McGill.

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Bristol Man Charged with Sexual Assault Waives Hearing

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A 22-year-old Bristol Township man charged with sexual assault waived his right to a preliminary hearing at Falls Township District Court Tuesday.

Kyle McArthur-Beavers charged for a sexual assault during last year’s holiday season at a friend’s home in Morrisville, “waived” Tuesday’s hearing.

McArthur-Beavers, according to court paperwork, was engaged in a sex act with a 16-year-old victim, who was receptive to the digital stimulation while they were laying together in a Woodside Drive home.

The victim told police she made it absolutely clear to McArthur-Beavers she did not want to engage in sexual intercourse. The suspect, according to the criminal complaint, persisted in seeking sexual intercourse with the victim, she continued to say no.

McArthur-Beavers, according to police, inserted himself without a condom into the victim even though she told him to stop several times. She tried to get up several times,  but he pushed her back down and continued his attack.

McArthur-Beavers was originally arrested and released on unsecured bond  in February charged with sexual assault and corruption of a minor.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May at the Court of Common Pleas in Doylestown. He remains free on bond.

 

 

 

 

 

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