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Fisherman gets trial date

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From page A7 | November 20, 2013 | 5 Comments

A Sacramento man accused of using a gill net to capture fish on the North Fork of the Cosumnes River on June 7 was assigned a trial date of Jan. 21, 2014.

Todd Jones, defense attorney for Steve Thang, 44, and deputy district attorney Lisette Suder, agreed to a Jan. 21, 2014 trial in Department 1. Although Suder estimated the trial to take two days, Jones said there could be witnesses and it could take three days total.

A readiness and settlement hearing was set for Jan. 6, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 1.

Thang, Kuay Sin Saethern, 67, and Charles Tang, 42, are accused of three misdemeanors each: illegal method of take, illegal gear — the gill net, which is illegal in California within 100 feet of a canal, river, stream, lake or reservoir — and unlawful possession of over limit of trout, allegedly 70 with a legal limit of five per day and possession of 10. One was also allegedly fishing without a license, an infraction.

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Discussion | 5 comments

  • robertdnollNovember 19, 2013 - 2:03 pm

    the fines need to be stiffer than they have been

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  • 1036-FrankNovember 20, 2013 - 8:38 am

    This is no "Fisherman" these cases are called poaching because of laws passed to protect resources from destruction. Along with illegal netting, these are the same types out deer poaching and every other kind of wildlife law violations. Wonder who is paying for a defense attorney as most take a fine and slowly pay it off.

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  • tcNovember 20, 2013 - 11:02 am

    they need to do jail time a slap on the hand is not working

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  • cookie65November 21, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Why are these only misdemeanors? These flatlander locust should need a passport to come up here. They have been doing this for years.

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  • Michael GuinnNovember 22, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    I agree with previous comments on these poachers. I have fished the watershed mentioned since the 60's and note the decline in fish population. I have stumbled across similar sounding "fisherman" encampments along streams likely been there all spring/summer. I did not see results noted in newspaper articles of search of poachers home freezers, or was any search made by Fish and Wildlife? Contact the DA 530 621-6472 and request poachers to do community service like stream rehab or contact Fish & Wildlife Tip Hotline 888-334-2258 when you see activity.

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