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.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police promoted 25 officers and recognized the outstanding work of two dozen other officers and allied agencies at its annual awards ceremony Thursday night, April 17, at Chesapeake College.
“Your service, your commitment, your dedication make all of us proud to call ourselves Marylanders,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley in a recorded address. “Every time you put on your uniforms and walk out the door, you do so in order to serve our citizens and you personify the core values of the NRP: Integrity, dedication, professionalism and courtesy.”
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
In one of the largest oyster cases in recent years, the Maryland Natural Resources Police Wednesday night arrested a Virginia truck driver and seized a tractor-trailer filled with oysters, many of them undersized. Read more
Maryland Natural Resources Police charged an Allegany County man last Tuesday with violating state hunting regulations.
Henry Clayton Vance Livengood, 23, of Cumberland was charged with deer hunting during a closed season, and hunting without written permission, after officers on patrol found him with a dead eight-point buck at Barton Industrial Park.
The busiest weekend of deer hunting season was a safe one for the thousands of men and women who used the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while filling their freezers for the months ahead.
Maryland Natural Resources Police statewide checked 1,639 hunters and wrote 96 citations and 247 warnings. In all, NRP spent 1,791 hours on game patrols.
Using its newest enforcement tool, Maryland Natural Resources Police detected two watermen encroaching on an oyster sanctuary in Tangier Sound and arrested them Monday for poaching.
William Cloyde Catlin, 64, of Upper Fairmount, and Irving Lee Catlin, 55, of Westover, were each charged with unlawfully harvesting wild oysters up to 150 feet inside a sanctuary. Seven bushels of oysters were returned to the sanctuary. Read more