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Allegany County – Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Larry Lynn Thomas, 49 of Westernport, with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol per se, driving while impaired by alcohol, failing to drive to the right of the center line, and consuming alcohol in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, on January 6 at 12:10 a.m. Thomas was stopped on Stoney Run Road for erratic driving.

NRP charged Justin Dennis Youngblood, 21 of Midland, with failing to report his white tailed deer harvest and exceeding the regional bag limits for white tailed deer during bow season in Region A on January 6. Officers were notified of pictures posted on Facebook of two antlerless deer taken where bag limits were one.

NRP charged Zachery S. Conner, 21 of Frostburg, with casting rays of artificial light onto fields and woodland, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol per se, and driving while impaired by alcohol. On January 7 at 23:40 p.m., Conner used his vehicle’s headlights to illuminate a field off of Old Legislative Road near Frostburg.

St. Mary’s County – NRP charged Robert S. Nelson, Jr., 29 of Mechanicsville, with possession of undersized oysters after receiving a tip that Nelson was selling undersized oysters in the Mechanicsville area of St. Mary’s County. On January 5, Officers located and stopped Nelson’s vehicle and found a bushel of oysters where 30 percent were undersized.

St. Mary’s County – NRP charged Ronald F. Welch with harvesting oysters in a polluted area on January 6 at 11 a.m. Welch was seen harvesting oysters in a polluted area on St. Indigoes Creek and NRP was notified.

Dorchester County – NRP charged William Keith Elliott, 51 of Cambridge, with power dredging for oysters in a hand tong only area of the Little Choptank River, on January 5 at 10 a.m. Officers took the seven bushel of oysters from the boat and released them back into the water. A trial has been set for February 15, 2012 in the District Court of Maryland for Dorchester County.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police would like to remind citizens that they may report conservation violation, maritime emergencies, and criminal activities occurring on public lands to the Maryland Natural Resources Police Communication Center at 800-628-9944. Callers that wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for cash rewards for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of a violator should call the CATCH-A-POACHER hotline at 800-635-6124.

Note: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to the Maryland Natural Resources Police as “NRP.” Thank you.

   January 9, 2012

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, 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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