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September 26, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

Man charged for stealing salmon from tribal net

SEABECK -- A 38-year-old man was arrested by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer at 1:10 a.m. today for allegedly stealing salmon from a tribal fishing net.

Mark Stangler, a non-Indian Seabeck resident, faces gross misdemeanor charges of theft of salmon from a tribal net and participation in an Indian fishery.

Officer Brooks Carmichael said he was alerted by the State Patrol that a person was stealing salmon from a tribal net near Big Beef Creek in Kitsap County. He and Officers Tim Rieber and Doug Lux of the Point No Point Treaty Council Police responded.

Carmichael said Stangler used a 12-foot rubber dinghy to remove two coho salmon from the tribal net.

The officer said there also was an outstanding driving while intoxicated warrant for Stangler. The suspect was booked into the Kitsap County Jail in Port Orchard for the outstanding warrant.

Stangler faces a maximum sentence of a year in jail and $5,000 fine for each gross misdemeanor. The dinghy also was confiscated.