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National Prescription Take Back Program October 29

Annapolis, Md. (October 26, 2011) - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) will be participating in the Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back program by accepting unwanted medicine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 29 at selected area offices.

The program provides a method for homeowners to remove outdated, unneeded or unused controlled substances from their homes. This program is administered by the Drug Enforcement Agency and is intended to remove drugs from the home before they can be abused or accidentally ingested. During the collection process no questions will be ask and the substances will be safely stored until they can be destroyed.

The NRP collection sites are:

  • NRP Area 2 Office, 3001 Star Road, Queen Anne, Md. 21657
  • NRP Area 3 Office, 1070 East College Parkway, Annapolis, Md. 21409
  • NRP Area 5 and 6 Office, 3738 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, Md. 21117
  • NRP Area 7 Office, 2011 Monument Road, Myersville, Md. 21773

Wicomico County On October 20, the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged Randy Lee Arthur, 55, of Aberdeen with hunting white-tailed deer with a firearm during closed season. Arthur was found hunting with a 30-06 caliber rifle in the Chesapeake State Forest Land on Morris Road near Pittsville. Arthur and another subject, James William Kennedy, 61, of Baltimore, were charged with illegally placing bait corn on Chesapeake State Forest properties and improper use of off-road vehicles (ATV) on State Forest Properties. The rifle was seized and held as evidence. A court date has been scheduled for December 6, 2011 in the Maryland District Court for Wicomico County.

Dorchester County On October 19, in the District Court of Maryland for Dorchester County, Zachery W. Seaman, 28, of Cambridge was found guilty of possessing undersize hard crabs and received a $1000 fine, 18 months unsupervised probation, and a 60 day suspended jail sentence. Seaman was charged by NRP on July 12 when a routine inspection uncovered 251 undersize hardcrabs in three bushel of crabs.

Washington County On October 20 at 6:30 a.m., NRP responded to the 8700 block of Corner Road in Hancock to investigate an accident where two deer hunters fell to the ground when their wooden box stand collapsed. Investigating Officers found that Robert D. Funk, 53, and Holly E. Funk, 22, both from Hancock, were deer hunting together from a stand located 13 feet off the ground when it detached from the tree and fell. Both subjects were transported to Meritus Hospital in Hagerstown with non-life threatening injuries.

NRP reminds hunters to carefully inspect elevated hunting platform and replace worn, rotten or unsafe material. NRP suggest using a fall restrain system when hunting from elevated platforms. This system employs a full body harness with a prussic knot that securely attaches a hunter to tree and reduces the chance for injury in the event of a fall from the stand. More information on tree stand safety can be found at the Natural Resources Police Hunter Education website at dnr.maryland.gov/nrp/treestand_tips.asp.


   October 26, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell
awindemuth@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Natural Resources Police has an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel that provide a variety of services in addition to maritime, conservation and general 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 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 www.dnr.maryland.gov