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Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police issued citations over the last week for illegal striped bass fishing, turkey hunting and brush burning.

Harford County ─ David Allen Wolfe, 41, of Street was charged with failing to provide an adequate safety area when a brush fire he set in the 1200 block of Macton Road spread and scorched five acres.

Wolfe told a state forest ranger that his attempt to set fire to tree clippings and sawdust on April 9 failed because the materials were wet. When he checked the next day, the wood waste still had not caught fire. Wolfe said he got a call from a neighbor later in the day that the woods were on fire.

Fire companies from northern Harford and Cecil counties, and York County, Pa., spent four hours containing and extinguishing the three-alarm blaze. Local roads were closed and traffic was diverted for hours.

In addition to the citation, Wolfe received four warnings for burning during prohibited hours, burning without a permit and failing to tend to the fire or have someone on site.

Wolfe is scheduled to appear in Harford District Court on June 18. He can plead guilty and pay a $75 fine or go to trial and face a maximum fine of $500 if found guilty.

Worcester County­ ─ Thomas Stanley Laniewski, 45, of Berlin, was charged on April 12 with hunting turkey with the aid of bait.

An officer located sunflower seeds on farm land near a ground blind just off Stephen Decatur Highway on April 11, the day before the start of the two-day junior hunt.

He returned at 6:30 a.m. the next day and found two hunters ─ a juvenile and Laniewski ─ in the blind.

Laniewski is scheduled to appear in Snow Hill District Court on July 25. If found guilty, he could be fined a maximum of $500.

Somerset County ─ Two people were charged with catching striped bass out of season on April 10 by officers on patrol along the Wicomico River.

Roger Columbus Christopher Jr., 61, of Salisbury, and Junita Evon Crouch, 42, of Princess Anne, each received a single citation and the fish were returned to the river.

Both anglers are scheduled to appear in Somerset District Court of June 10. If found guilty, each could be fined a maximum of $1,000.