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Worcester County – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Vernon Edward Smith Jr., 41 of Salisbury, Md. and Ellis Matthew Barton, 39 of Westover, Md. with 13 counts of possessing undersize crabs. On June 11, Officers boarded a commercial fishing boat in Marshall Creek off of Chincoteague Bay, and found Smith and Barton with 1211 undersize crabs in thirteen bushels of crabs. The charges carry a maximum penalty of $1,000 for each count. A trial date has been set for August 12, 2011 in the District Court of Maryland in Snow Hill.

Worcester County – On June 18, 2011 at 7:19 p.m., NRP charged Reginald Leno Grant Jr., 26 from Windsor Mill, Md. with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol while transporting a minor, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, reckless driving, negligent driving and carrying a passenger under 16 years of age in a unenclosed bed of a truck. Officers responded to single car accident in Pocomoke River State Park, where Grant’s vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree. Grant was carrying four children, ages 10-12 in the bed of truck during the accident.

Dorchester County – – On June 17, 2011 at 8:40 am, Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) officers observed Edward Bruce Lowery Jr., 45 from Tilghman on the commercial vessel, Miss Marley II operating a hydraulic clam dredge in the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) protection zone in Cooks Point Cove, Choptank River near Twin Point Cove Road. The operation of a hydraulic clam dredge is prohibited in SAV areas, which are set aside for the restoration of submerged aquatic plants. . A trial date has been set for September 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm in the District Court of Maryland for Dorchester County.

Garrett County – – On June 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm, NRP charged Colin Staners Kleer, 31 from McKees Rocks, Pa with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and failing to possess his vessel registration. The vessel was stopped in McHenry Cove, Deep Creek Lake when the vessel was being operated in an erratic manner. The trial date is unavailable.

   June 23, 2011

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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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