GEORGETOWN – Following a criminal investigation, a Georgetown man was arrested Jan. 19 by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police for multiple weapons, drug and hunting violations, including possession of weapons by a person prohibited.
Franklin D. Conaway III, 37, was charged with five felony counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited; one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, unlicensed hunting and failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season; and two counts each of possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer, failure to tag antlered deer and failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours.
Officers seized as evidence two shotguns, a handgun, a bow with arrows, an assortment of ammunition, drugs, drug paraphernalia and deer parts. In addition, the investigation by Natural Resources Police found that Conaway had an active warrant for his arrest with the Delaware State Police on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license, failure to maintain lane position and leaving the scene of an accident.
Conaway was taken to Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown for a bond hearing, and was remanded to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $56,250 secured bond, pending a preliminary hearing in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.
The DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx.
Media Contacts: Sgt. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Vol. 46, No. 18