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Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police arrested several people in Baltimore, on the Eastern Shore and in Western Maryland during the holiday period for conservation law violations.

Baltimore County — Two watermen were charged Monday evening with overharvesting striped bass on the Patapsco River near Key Bridge.

Terry Alan Myrick, 53, of Baltimore, and John James Messinger, 37, of Middle River, each face fines in excess of $400,000 and possible license revocations of one to two years on charges they exceeded their daily harvest allotment by 532 pounds.

Officers on patrol on New Year’s Day checked the nets of the two men and determined they were nearing their limit. Another net was in the water nearby.

The officers set up surveillance at the watermen’s boat slip and awaited their return. When the catch was checked a second time, the watermen were over the limit.

The catch was seized and sold at market value.

Both men were charged with exceeding the daily common pool catch limit for striped bass and exceeding the common pool fishery boat limit for striped bass. The maximum fine is $2,500 per fish. The case has been referred to the state’s attorney’s office for additional review and possible charges.

State court records show Myrick has been cited on numerous occasions for natural resources and boating violations over the last decade. Messinger has been cited in the past for crabbing violations.

Worcester County — Three men were charged with hunting violations on Dec. 23 after NRP officers found bait near a small pond in Pocomoke.

Thomas Joseph Wall Jr., Thomas Joseph Wall III, and Sean Ashley Benson, all of Pocomoke, were cited for hunting waterfowl before legal shooting hours, and hunting waterfowl over bait. Two hunters were also found to be hunting waterfowl with unplugged shotguns.

Officers placed the farmland under surveillance after they saw a large number of ducks and geese gathered at the pond and noticed a significant amount of shelled corn in and around the water.

On the morning of Dec. 28, they saw hunters on the land, approached the group and issued citations. Their harvest from the morning — seven Canada geese and two mallard duck — was confiscated and hunting activity on the pond has been suspended until the area is clear of waterfowl bait.

Washington County — A Williamsport man was cited for multiple hunting violations on Jan. 4 after an officer saw him sitting in an idling pick-up truck parked along a pasture.

Ronald Eugene Hose, 64, told an NRP officer that he was hunting coyotes in the Hagerstown field. On the truck console the officer saw a loaded .270-caliber Winchester bolt-action rifle with scope.

Hose was charged with: hunting without a license, having a loaded weapon in a vehicle and failure to obtain a furbearer permit. Each charge carries a maximum fine of $1,500.

He is scheduled to appear in Washington District Court in Hagerstown on April 10.