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Maryland Natural Resources Police Blotter

Garrett County – On May 29, 2010 at 6:50 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) investigated a boating accident involving two personal watercraft vessels that occurred in McHenry Cove on Deep Creek Lake. A vessel operated by Romondo Lasen Gordon, age 34 of Manassas, Virginia, was struck in the rear end by a vessel driven by William Henry Diggs, age 44 of Manassas, Virginia. The vessel that was driven by Gordon sustained damage in excess of $2000. The impact of the collision ejected Mr. Gordon’s passenger into the water. No injuries were sustained due to the accident. Mr. Diggs was issued a citation for negligent operation of a vessel.

Garrett County – On May 29, 2010 at 1:15 a.m., NRP charged Kristopher Jason Lescalleet, age 33 of Hagerstown, Md., with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol as well as possession of a controlled dangerous substance, marijuana and CDS paraphernalia. Lescalleet was operating a vessel that was stopped on Deep Creek Lake for not displaying navigational lights.

Dorchester County – On May 26, 2010, Zachery Woodland Seaman was found guilty in Dorchester County District Court of dredging for oysters in an oyster sanctuary. He was fined $500. Also, in a separate case, Seaman pled guilty to possession of 10 bushels of oysters over the limit and was fined $1000.

Worcester County – On May 28, 2010 at 9:10 p.m., NRP charged Melvin Lewis Ward, age 33 of Berlin, Md., with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, and exceeding the speed limit. Ward was stopped near Pocomoke City for speeding.

Worcester County - On May 30, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., NRP charged Maximo Felipe Jauregui, age 49, with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol and negligent operation of a vessel. Jauregui was stopped for exceeding the six knot speed limit in a vessel in the Fenwick Ditch, Assawoman Bay.

Worcester County - On May 30, 2010 at 9:00 p.m., NRP charged Kirk Michael Torrey, age 52, with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol, negligent operation of a vessel, and operating a vessel without proper navigational lights. Torrey was stopped for improper display of navigational lights on his vessel in Assawoman Bay.

Worcester County – NRP investigated a boating accident that occurred at 8:20 p.m. on May 29, 2010 at 116th Street and Assawoman Bay, Ocean City. Nestor Javier Rondon of Frederick, Md. lost control of the vessel he was operating, a 22-foot pontoon boat, and struck a vessel that was on a boat lift. Rondon was charged with negligent operation of a vessel and failure to take a required boating safety course.

  June 4, 2010

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The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 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.

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