The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged a total of nine people with various violations in Allegany, Charles, Montgomery and Garrett counties so far this month.
Allegany County ─
On March 9, Charles Spiker, 38, of Mt. Lake Park, was charged with possession of trout in a catch and return area of the Potomac River. The charge carries a pre-payable fine of $250.
On March 10, Jason Glanville, 37, of Essex, was charged with having a loaded weapon in a campsite. Glanville was camping in Green Ridge State Forest when officers found that he was in possession of a loaded handgun. This charge carries a pre-payable fine of $75.
On March 15, Michael Horst, 47, of Cumberland, Kody Smith, 20, of Oldtown and Dillen Smith,19, of Flintstone were charged with fishing a put and take trout Stream during closed season on Wills Creek. This charge carries a pre-payable fine of $250.
Charles County ─ On March 12, NRP confiscated nearly 3,200 total pounds of illegally caught Gizzard (mud) Shad, and Blue and Channel Catfish from two commercial fishermen at the Port Tobacco Marina in Charles County.
Officers were patrolling the region’s waters when they noticed two commercial fishing boats carrying large amounts of fish. They stopped the boats ─ operated by Jason Anthony Jones, 29, and Douglas Eugene Mattingly, 34, both of Cobb Island ─ and checked the men’s licenses and safety equipment. NRP found that neither had proper fishing documentation, with Jones operating without a commercial fishing license and using an uncertified haul seine (net).
NRP charged Jones with: operating a haul seine without a State seal, which carries a maximum fine of $1,000; and failing to obtain tidal fish license for commercial activity, which carries a maximum fine of $25,000 and/or 1 year in prison. NRP also issued Jones a warning for improper display of Tidal Fishing License numbers.
Mattingly faces charges of: not having his Tidal Fishing License available for inspection, which carries a maximum fine of $1,000; and not having a Coast Guard-approved fire extinguisher on board, which carries a maximum fine of $500. NRP also issued Mattingly a warning for improper display of Tidal Fishing License numbers.
NRP had the fish assessed for sale at Pearson Seafood in Colonial Beach, and will hold the proceeds pending case disposition. The court date for the men is set for April 17, 2013 in Charles County District Court.
Montgomery County ─ On March 9, Kenneth Logan, 48, of Frederick, was charged with carrying a handgun (a loaded .22 caliber revolver), possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. He was fishing along the Potomac River at the time.
Garrett County─ On March 9, Jeffery Slaven, 35, of Ellicott City, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He was in a campsite at Big Run State Park.