Saturday, July 01, 2006

News: Fishermen Charged With Cheating

Associated Press

Two fishing buddies were charged with 10 felonies after being accused of cheating in fishing tournaments on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.

Dwayne E. Nesmith, 43, of Island, and Brian K. Thomas, 31, of Dawson Springs, were indicted on nine counts of theft and attempted theft.

The men allegedly stashed five live bass in a fish basket at the Relay for Life Buddy Bass Tournament on April 30, and then scooped them up for the weigh-in.

Nesmith and Thomas were witnessed picking up the fish early on the morning of April 30, then putting their catch in the boat, said Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Sgt. Bill Snow.

That sparked an investigation into tournaments the pair had previously won, Snow said. The two men were arrested Tuesday.

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