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Monroe man charged with gun possession, poaching

A Monroe County man was jailed on Tuesday after he was found with a gun despite the fact he is prohibited from possession due to a prior criminal conviction.

State police at Lehighton said at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday a resident of Molasses Valley Road in Polk Township, called the barracks and reported a red Ford 150 truck was parked on the corner of her property with the door ajar and a rifle visible on the front seat area. Troopers said they were familiar with David Frantz Sr., 59, of Kunkletown, who owns a red Ford 150 pickup and lives along Molasses Valley Road. Troopers said he is prohibited from possessing firearms and has a history of illegally harvesting whitetail deer.

Troopers located the truck parked along the field edge near the rear of a property. Found inside the truck was a scoped pump action Remington 760 Gamemaster shotgun rested on the front counsel with the barrel pointed towards the steering wheel.

Frantz admitted to stealing corn from the field and driving the truck with the gun in it. He claimed that he did not shoot any deer and further admitted to more firearms being at his residence.

Frantz was taken into custody and transported to the barracks.

Troopers and game commission members executed search warrants at his property and found multiple illegally possessed firearms, illegally possessed whitetail deer, whitetail venison meat, processing equipment and ammunition.

Frantz was arraigned before a district judge on 88 counts including 36 felony counts of unlawful killing or taking of big game; theft, receiving stolen property, six felony counts of possession of firearm prohibited and unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife.

He was committed to the county prison after failing to post $50,000 straight cash bail. The Ford truck was also seized. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 2 before District Judge Colleen Mancuso.