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Garrett County – On April 18, 2009, Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Randy Eugene Virts of Swanton, Md. with hunting wild turkeys with the aid of bait. This incident occurred on private property near Swanton, Maryland.
Also, on April 18, 2009, three other individuals were charge with hunting related violations that occurred on private property near Gorman, Maryland. Robert Thomas Clyde Jr., of Pasadena, Md., John Allen Schuman II, of Pasadena Md., and Steven Michael Sylvester Jr., of Pasadena Md. were charged with hunting wild turkeys with the aid of bait. Clyde Jr. and Schuman II were also charged for a loaded weapon in/on a vehicle.
On April 19, 2009, NRP charged Brian Lewis Beitzel, of Accident, Md. with hunting wild turkeys on Sunday, hunting wild turkeys with a rifle during the spring wild turkey season and closed season Canada goose hunting. Robert Allen Marple, of Bittinger, Md. was charged with hunting wild turkeys on Sunday. This incident took place on private property near Accident, Md.
The hunting of wild turkeys is prohibited in an area where shelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, wheat or other grain, salt, or other feed capable of luring, attracting, or enticing wild turkeys is directly or indirectly placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered. An area is considered a baited area for 10 days following complete removal of all corn, wheat or other grain, salt, or other feed. Also, it is illegal to possess a loaded weapon in or on a vehicle. When hunting wild turkeys during the spring season, a person may only use a vertical bow, crossbow, or shotgun with shotgun shells loaded with shot size numbers 4, 5, or 6.
Kent County – On April 14, 2009, Jacob Charles Kleintank of Chestertown, Md. and Benjamin Edward Kleintank of Chestertown, Md. pled guilty in Kent County District Court to hunting deer closed season and camping in a non-designated area on state property. Both subjects received a $400.00 fine. These charges were placed on February 3, 2009, during an investigation of illegal hunting activity in the Millington Wildlife Management Area.
St. Mary’s County – On April 9, 2009, in St. Mary’s County District Court, Jon Lore Jr., of Lexington Park, Md. was found guilty of abandoning a boat on waters of the State. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail (suspended) and given 18 months unsupervised probation. A restitution hearing is set for May 22, 2009 to determine the restitution amount. The cost of removing the vessel is $13,855.00. The original charges were placed by NRP in December 2008.
It is illegal for a person to abandon, any vessel upon any waters of the State.
Washington County – On Saturday April 18, 2009, NRP charged Gary Robert Mills of Big Pool, Md. with hunting wild turkeys with the aid of bait, hunting without a Maryland hunting license and hunting wild turkeys with a rifle during the spring season. The location of the offense was in the Big Pool area of Washington County.
April 21, 2009
Contact: Sgt. Art Windemuth
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 280 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 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 12 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