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Natural Resources Police LogoTwo men in Somerset and Allegany counties were charged with natural resources violations.

Somerset County ─ Maryland Natural Resources Police charged a Marion waterman Tuesday for violating State oyster regulations.

Gordon Lee Ford, 61, was working in Pocomoke Sound at about 11 a.m., when an officer checked his catch and found that nine percent of the harvest was under the legal minimum of three inches.

According to State court records, Ford was found guilty in 2005 in Somerset District Court of hunting waterfowl over bait. He was fined $500 ─ $400 of that suspended ─ and placed on six month’s probation.

Allegany County ─ Officers Tuesday charged a Frostburg man with illegal tire dumping on private property.

An officer checking hunters on Youth Hunt Day November 11 saw a man rolling tires into an open-pit mine at G and C Coal Co. off Mount Zion Road.

Robert Lee Dugan Jr., 49, told the officer he had permission to dump the tires. After checking with both the property owner and the Maryland Department of the Environment, the officer presented his case and received a criminal summons from the Allegany District Court commissioner. The summons for litter dumping and illegal disposal of tires was served Tuesday.

A court date has not been set. The maximum penalty for litter dumping is 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine. The illegal dumping charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.