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Maryland Natural Resources Police Blotter

Cecil County – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are investigating an accidental discharge of firearm that took place at Elk Neck State Forest Pistol Range on October 4, 2009 at approximately 1:15 pm. Alfredo O. Morgia, 59 years old from Joppa, Md was unloading a 9mm semi-automatic pistol when the weapon discharged striking his daughter, Judith Morgia, 23 years old from Arnold, Md in the arm. The bullet traveled thru the arm and then struck Amanda Schubert, 27 years old from Elkton, Md. in the leg. Amanda Schubert transported to Maryland Shock trauma and Judith Morgia was transported to Christiana Hospital. Both victims had non-life threatening injuries. The Maryland Natural Resources Police Special Operation Division is investigating the incident.

Garrett County – On October 3rd, 2009, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) investigated a complaint of an illegally killed deer in Friendsville, Garrett County. Officers responded to the area 1030 Ross Avenue, Friendsville, Md and located an illegally killed whitetail deer at the location. NRP charged Jamie Lynn Ross, 35 years old of Bruceton Mills, WV for possessing a whitetail deer during closed season and hunting without a license. A trial date has been set for December 11, 2009 in District Court Oakland, Md.

Worcester County – On October 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm, The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) investigated a complaint of fisherman keeping undersize and illegal fish in the Ocean City area. The Officers responded to the area of the Route 50 Bridge and inspected the fishermen that were found in the area. As a result, of the enforcement, Officers issued 12 citations and seized 120 fish that were either undersize or possessed during closed season. The fish seized was 109 sea bass, 4 summer flounder, 3 grunt, 1 blue fish, 1 tautog, 1 croaker, and one trigger fish. The fish were donated to Diakonia Homeless Shelter in West Ocean City. The following individuals were charged:

  1. Traian D. Oljeanu, 50 years old from Dumfries, Va.
  2. Luis A. Portillo, 47 years old from Gaithersburg, Md.
  3. Henri E. Chinchilla, 30 years old from Manassas, Va.
  4. Wille N. Mason, 62 years old from Louisa, Va.
  5. Thomas Robinson 55 years old from Capital Heights, Md.
  6. Steven R. Randolph, 52 years old from Mt. Rainer, Md.
  7. Marvin L. Ramey, 33 years old from Washington, DC
  8. Keith Sherman, 73 years old from Washington, DC
  9. Edgar E. Henriquez, 32 years old from Germantown, Md.
  10. Alberto E. Campbell, 55 years old from Suitland, Md.
  11. Cristian Hudisteanu, 33 years old from Woodbridge, Va.
  12. Ronald R. Viveros, 29 years old from Winchester, Va.

The fines for the offenses ranged from $100 to $450 and a court date of December 4th, 2009 has been set in District Court, Snow Hill, Md.


   October 5, 2009

Contact: Sgt. Art Windemuth
410-260-8003
awindemuth@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 249 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 (DNR), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 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