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Talbot County — The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) has charged Joseph B. Janda Jr., 25, of Wittman, Md. with crabbing on a suspended license, possession of paraphernalia and possession of suspected heroin. On July 15 at 12:30 p.m., officers observed Janda using drugs and crabbing from a 20-foot homemade boat in Harris Creek.

This is the second time NRP has caught and charged Janda since his tidal fish license was suspended for five years January 13, 2010. Janda was also charged with possessing undersized crabs on June 19. Janda’s vessel has been seized pending a trial.

Kent County — NRP has charged Travis Lee Cannan, 30, of Rock Hall with crabbing without a commercial license, tidal fish license not available for inspection, failing to display crabbing day off, failing to display tidal fish license on his vessel and possession of undersize crabs. On July 13, officers seized four bushels of hard crabs from Cannan’s boat in the Chester River in the area of Durbins Creek. A trial has been set for 1:15 p.m. on August 23 in the District Court of Maryland for Kent County.

Garrett County NRP has charged Aaron J. Bevers, 18, of Westernport, Md. with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, driving in violation of license restriction and possession of alcoholic beverage by a person under age 21. NRP stopped Bevers at 12:28 p.m. on July 16 in the Savage River State Forest.

NRP has charged Joseph R. Duffy, 59, of Verona, Pa. with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol. At 9:30 p.m. on July 16, officers stopped Duffy’s vessel on North Glade Cover in Deep Creek Lake.

Allegany County — NRP has charged Robert Michael Haywood, 61, of Keyser, West Virginia with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol while transporting a minor and failing to transport a child under 16 in a seat belt. Officers stopped Haywood at 1:35 a.m. on July 17 on Route 135 after noticing a 9-year-old child hanging out the window of the rear passenger side of the vehicle.

   July 18, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell

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.

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 a 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 11 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