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Baltimore County – On Monday, Jan. 19, at 11:40 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged three individuals with exceeding the daily bag limit of Canada geese near Upperco.
Randall P. Gorman, 48, of Stewartstown, Pa., Douglas W. Phillips, 46, of Bel Air, and Betty J. Gorman, 48, of Baltimore were charged after NRP investigated a report of possible illegal goose hunting activity on private property along Black Rock Road. The daily bag limit for Canada geese is two geese per person per day. During the incident, NRP seized as evidence, seven Canada geese.
Baltimore County – On Sunday, Jan. 18, the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged a Dundalk man with burglary and theft.
NRP charged Todd A. Sheppard, 20, of Dundalk after investigating a report of 32 commercial crab pots stolen from a residence along Patapsco Avenue in Dundalk. Through their investigation, NRP recovered eight of the stolen crab pots. Sheppard was charged with burglary in the fourth degree, theft of property with a value of less than $500 and trespass on posted property. Sheppard was being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center on charges from an unrelated case.
Garrett County – On Sunday, Jan. 18, at 1 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police investigated a snowmobile accident on Deep Creek Lake near Pine Tree Point.
Chad W. Lovett, 27, of Baltimore rolled the snowmobile he was operating after hitting a snow bank on the lake. Lovett was transported to Garrett County Memorial Hospital by a family member where he was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries. Lovett was charged with failure to register off road vehicle with Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Snowmobiles may only be operated on DNR lands on trails designated for snowmobile use. Snowmobiles utilizing these trails must be registered annually with DNR and display a registration sticker. Registration stickers are available from any DNR regional service center.
A snowmobile may be used on trails designated for its use from December 15 through March 15 of each year, except for certain trails, which may be closed based upon consideration of overall physical, environmental, and recreational use. It is recommended that you call the State Forest and Park Office you will be visiting before using the trails to be advised of current trail closures or hazards.
NRP and the Maryland Park Service remind snowmobilers, ice fishermen, hikers and cross-country skiers traveling on the lake to exercise caution and be alert for potential unseen safety hazards, particularly at night.
Worcester County – On Friday, Jan. 23, at 12:30 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged three individuals with exceeding the daily bag limit of scaup ducks on the Isle of Wight Wildlife Management Area.
Kenneth C. Jones, 37, of Salisbury, John O. Wade III, 38, of Parsonsburg and Jonathan D. Hamilton, 41, of Delmar, Del. were charged after NRP found the men in possession of 10 scaups. The daily bag limit for scaup was two ducks per person per day from Jan. 2 through Jan. 24. During the incident, NRP seized as evidence, four scaups.
A court date of March 6 has been scheduled for the three individuals in Worcester County District Court.
January 27, 2009
Contact: Sgt. Ken Turner
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 280 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov