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June 4, 2013

NRP Blotter

by Martha

NRP LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged numerous people with violations in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery and Wicomico counties so far this spring.

Allegany County

On April 18, Richard Wellein, 56 of Glen Burnie, and Dennis Ingram, 66 of Fallston, were charged with hunting turkey with the aid of bait, which carries a pre-payable fine of $500. This incident took place near Wellein Drive in Oldtown.

On April 20, Claude Morissette, 60 of Rockville, was charged with hunting turkey with the aid of bait, and Andrew Baum, 57 of Middletown, was charged with failing to possess a hunting license. This incident occurred near Oldtown.

On April 27, Allan Fletcher, 68 of Little Orleans, Benjamin Brosious, 25 of Chambersburg, Pa., and John Fletcher, 49 of Newburg, Pa., were charged with hunting turkey with the aid of bait. The incident took place on Mudlick Road in Little Orleans.

On May 13, Lawrence Long, 65 of Warfordsburg, Pa., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Long was stopped on Price Road in Green Ridge State Forest for driving 60 mph in a 25 mph zone. The officer smelled alcohol on Long and gave him a field sobriety test, which he failed. Long was cited for speed greater than reasonable and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Frederick County ─ On April 18, Meril Hines, Jr., 67 of Boonsboro, was charged with hunting turkey with the aid of bait. Hines was hunting near a barrel feeder on property located near Monument Road in Myersville, close to an NRP regional office.

Garrett County ─ On May 21, Robin Cosner, 43 of Oakland, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Earlier in the day NRP officers noticed she seemed to be intoxicated, and later saw her driving from a parking lot near Swallow Falls State Park. Cosner was released on her own recognizance.

Montgomery County ─ On May 12, Chao Xiong Zhang, 48 of Derwood, appeared in Montgomery County District Court where he was convicted of possessing live northern snakehead fish. He received the maximum penalty, a $1,000 fine. A tip led to an investigation earlier this year, where NRP found that Zhang was raising the invasive fish in the backyard of his residence in Derwood.

Wicomico County ─ On May 24, Hans Kuntze, 56 of Nanticoke, and David Jones, Jr., 45 of Bivalve, were charged with unlawfully harvesting wild oysters in a sanctuary (a must appear in court charge) and oystering during closed season (a $125 fine). The men are set to appear in court for the violation on August 6.NRP officers returned more than 16 bushels of oysters to the sanctuary.

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