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Garrett County – On December 10 at 5:15 p.m., Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) Officers charged Richard Allan Wilkinson Jr., 31 of Westernport, with possessing a loaded weapon in a vehicle, failing to report a deer kill, hunting under the influence of alcoholic, exceeding the bag limit of deer, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol per se, and driving while impaired by alcohol. Officers stopped Wilkerson’s vehicle for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. After the stop, Officers found a loaded rifle and fresh deer blood in the truck. They then located a freshly killed deer in Wilkinson’s garage. No trial date information is available.

Garrett County – On December 9 at 1:15 p.m., NRP charged Clinton Texas Beeman, 20 of Elkton, Va. with possessing an antlerless deer during closed season and Clayton Gaines Morris, 21 of Elkton, Va. with possessing a loaded weapon in a vehicle. Officers found Beeman and Morris on Swamp Road with fresh deer blood and hair and a loaded rifle in the bed of a truck. The investigation revealed that an antlerless deer had been killed on public lands during the white-tailed deer antler season. The deer was seized and donated to a needy family. A trial date of January 25, 2012 has been set in the District Court of Maryland for Garrett County.

St. Mary’s County – On December 9 at 12 p.m., NRP Officers boarded the commercial fishing vessel “Gina Marie,” in the Patuxent River, finding and charging Benjamin Byers, 31 of Bozman, with harvesting oysters while his license and activity was suspended. A trial date has been set for February 20, 2012.

   December 13, 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, maritime and 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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