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27
May

NRP in Demand over Holiday Weekend

Officers Erica Minnick and Andrew Felsecker check boats for safety equipment on Deep Creek Lake.

Officers Erica Minnick and Andrew Felsecker check boats for safety equipment on Deep Creek Lake.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police had a busy Memorial Day weekend on the water and on public lands.

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21
May

NRP Wins Award for State of the Art Enforcement Tool

A screen shot from MLEIN of the targeted dredge boat inside the boundary of the oyster sanctuary.

A screen shot from MLEIN of a targeted dredge boat inside the boundary of the oyster sanctuary.

Maryland’s newest tool to detect natural resources lawbreakers, protect the homeland and assist boaters in distress was recognized earlier this month by the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration at its annual meeting in Baltimore.

The Agency Award for Innovations in Public Service was presented to DNR Deputy Secretary Frank Dawson and Capt. David Larsen of the Maryland Natural Resources Police on May 13 for the development and use of the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN). Read more »

18
Apr

Maryland, Virginia Team Up to Halt Internet Oyster Operation

Natural Resources Police LogoA Princess Anne man was charged Thursday, April 17, with selling oysters without a license after an investigation by Maryland and Virginia natural resources police officers.

Christopher Shawn Jester, 31, was advertising on the Internet that he was selling “wild-caught” oysters harvested in Virginia. Jester has a Virginia aquaculture license that allows him to sell oysters from aquaculture beds only to a licensed seafood dealer.

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18
Apr

Lanham Man Pleads Guilty to Poaching 228 Undersized Striped Bass

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A bucket of striped bass.

A Lanham man pleaded guilty Friday, April 18, in Annapolis District Court to charges he caught 228 undersized striped bass during a fishing trip last summer.

Jose R. Amaya Chicas, 34, was fined $2,000 and given probation before judgment.

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7
Apr

Governor O’Malley Lauds NRP Oyster Enforcement Efforts

Radar system, helicopter patrols deter poaching, protecting keystone species

Two officers check a waterman's catch.

Two officers check a waterman’s catch.

Governor Martin O’Malley today thanked the Maryland Natural Resources Police for its enforcement efforts during the six-month oyster season, which ended March 31.

“When we began this large-scale oyster restoration initiative nearly four years ago, we promised to turn things around and do everything within our power to protect this vital species,” said Governor O’Malley. “I want to thank our NRP officers ─ the men and women who continuously put their hearts into protecting our State’s natural resources ─ for their hard work and dedication not only this past oyster season but every single day.” Read more »

31
Mar

Two Watermen Charged with Harvesting Oysters in a Sanctuary

Oyster basketMaryland Natural Resources Police officers charged two Somerset County watermen Thursday afternoon with illegally harvesting oysters from a State sanctuary.

“I want to commend the leadership at DNR and NRP for developing a successful enforcement strategy that has resulted in the issuing of more than 75 citations for oyster violations to date,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “This season, we used officers along the shoreline, on the water and in the air to protect an essential species in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.” Read more »

27
Jan

NRP Graduates Class of 19

Retired NRP Cpl. Joanne Dickey pins a badge on the uniform of her son-in-law and new NRP Officer Morgan Phelps as Col. George F. Johnson IV looks on.

Retired NRP Cpl. Joanne Dickey pins a badge on the uniform of her son-in-law and new NRP Officer Morgan Phelps as Col. George F. Johnson IV looks on.

The ranks of the Maryland Natural Resources Police grew by 19 with the graduation Friday of its latest class of recruits.

The new officers took their oath, administered by Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent, at AnneArundelCommunity   College before a large audience of family and friends. Read more »

6
Nov

New NRP Enforcement Tool Reaps Early Rewards

nrp boat 2Just weeks into its debut, the network of radar units and cameras scanning the Chesapeake Bay for law breakers and citizens in harm’s way is paying dividends not only to Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) but to its partners. Read more »

22
Oct

NRP Charges Three Men with Hunting Out of Season

Natural Resources Police LogoActing on a citizen tip, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers on patrol near Oldtown charged three Anne Arundel County men with multiple hunting infractions on Saturday. Read more »

25
Sep

Glen Burnie Man Arrested for Theft from Boats

Natural Resources Police LogoA Glen Burnie man was arrested this past Sunday in connection with the theft of marine electronics from five vessels at Shipley’s Anchorage Marina on Bodkin Creek in Pasadena.

Matthew Alexander Dates, 21, has been charged with one count of felony theft over $1,000, two counts of misdemeanor theft under $1,000, and three counts of fourth-degree burglary theft. Read more »