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Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police recently issued numerous citations for violations on the Eastern Shore, and in Southern and Western Maryland.

St. Mary’s County ─ On March 10, Thomas Wayne Fletcher Jr., 37, of Rock Hall was issued one citation for possession of 325 undersized yellow perch, and warnings for having six oversized yellow perch and improperly tagged yellow perch. 

Maryland court records show the waterman has been found guilty of numerous natural resources violations, including possession of undersized oysters, crabs and flounder.

He is scheduled to appear in St. Mary’s District Court on May 1.

Somerset County ─ Two watermen already charged with illegal oystering in a protected area in Somerset County were charged Wednesday with attempting to move the buoy that marks the boundary to increase the legal harvest area.

Three officers on patrol before daybreak at the Evans Oyster Harvest Reserve Area near the mouth of the Wicomico River, watched as a vessel circled the buoy at the northwest corner of the protected area. The boat latched onto the buoy and moved it 60 feet to give them more oyster bar to work.

Harvey Thomas Bowers, 49, of Chestertown, and George Albert Lee, 45, of Dominion, received citations for interference with a State buoy. On March 5, NRP charged the men with harvesting oysters from the Evans reserve and failing to tag them before leaving the oyster bar.

They are scheduled to appear on all charges in Somerset District Court on June 10.

Also in Somerset County, officers patrolling the waters Tuesday saw two watermen patent tonging in the Evans Reserve, which is closed until March 24.

They issued citations to the captain, John Gregory Cox, 60, and Kendall Earl Sneade Jr., 20, both of Crisfield. Fourteen bushels of oysters were returned to the Reserve.

The watermen are scheduled to appear in Somerset District Court on May 13.

Dorchester County ─ Officers on routine patrol Tuesday charged a local waterman with dredging oysters after legal hours.

William Melvin Ozman, 53, of Crapo, was seen harvesting in the Tangier Sound Middle Ground nearly 30 minutes after the 3 p.m. quitting time.

He is scheduled to appear in Wicomico District Court on May 6.

Frederick County ─ On March 7, officers acting on a tip confiscated a deer and charged Ryan Timothy Ross, 30, of Sabillasville in Frederick County with possession of a deer in a closed season.

Ross told officers he shot the deer but thought it was a coyote. The deer was donated to a charitable program.

  • Skip Zinck

    What is it going to take to remove these repeat offenders from the water?

    Time and time again – they are caught stealing the natural resources that belong to all of us.

    The laws are there to protect the fish , oysters , crabs – everyone obeys these laws except a handful of repeat poachers.

    The damage poachers do hurts not only the resource but all who obey the laws.

  • Morgan Kupfer

    Thanks for sharing! Those who break the law should be known!

  • Robert Morgan

    Keep up the good work, now let’s hope the courts do their part.

  • Ryan Orr

    I would love to work for the NRP. I would feel so much pride in protecting our natural resources. It really aggregates me that people think they can take whatever they want without any consequences. As far as the repeat offenders go, I don’t think the penalties are stiff enough.

    I think if your caught more than two times, you should start losing things that enable you to break the laws. They are taking the resources that we love, so maybe they need to lose things they love. Instead of a fine, take their license, boat, gear, etc. This may sound harsh, but I truely believe this would make them think twice about breaking the laws.

    Sorry if I was rambling, but I do want to thank all of the NRP offericers that are out there everyday protecting the natural resources that we all love and enjoy.

  • bill

    I am glad my tax dollars are making my community safer!! Thank you dnr for turning hard working people into criminals!!!!

  • doug

    The DNR didn’t turn anybody into criminals, they already were. They just got caught, that’s all. They may be hard working…hard working criminals! Bowers and Lee worked so hard they tried to steal those oysters twice, once by working inside the bouy, then again by moving the bouy. Those are some hard working criminals. They have a leg up on Cox and Sneade though….they were too lazy to wait till March 24 and compete with the hard working people for oysters so they went early to get theirs while it was easy. These two “hard working people” are actually “lazy criminals.”

  • While I applaud the efforts of law enforcement in this regard, I don’t agree with the State publishing personal information about individuals who have been charged but not yet convicted in a criminal matter. People are still innocent until proven guilty in this country.