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Garrett County – On Friday, June 29, at 5 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Michael Andrew Clawson and Justin Alexander Craigie, both 19 and of Frederick, and Bianca Lisette Rodriguez, 19, of Mount Airy, with drug violations in the area of Mayhew Inn Road and Lake Shore Drive. NRP stopped their vehicle for failing to stop at the stop sign at Lake Shore Road and almost striking the officer’s vehicle.
Clawson and Rodriguez were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), schedule II; possession of CDS, marijuana; and possession of CDS, paraphernalia. Craigie was charged with possession of CDS, marijuana, and possession of CDS, paraphernalia. The three were transported to the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office for processing and taken before a District Court Commissioner, where they were released on personal recognizance.
Garrett County – On Saturday, June 30, at 5:12 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police responded to Swallow Falls State Park for a report of a possible drowning.
Alvin Louis Garner, 43, of Norfolk, Va., along with three other individuals, was swimming in the Youghiogheny River at the second set of falls in the park. The four had entered the park through a side path to access an area of the river that is not a controlled swim area. Garner was noticed missing at 4:16 p.m. by one of the party while they swam.
An NRP helicopter conducted an aerial search of the area while NRP Underwater Operation Unit members and divers from the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department searched below. Garner’s body was recovered by Deep Creek divers at 9:05 p.m. and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad, Oakland Volunteer Fire Department and the Maryland State Park Service assisted NRP with the incident.
Kent County – On Friday, June 29, at 7:50 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police responded to the area of Green Point in Worton Creek for a report of a missing person.
Francis Joseph Bevenour, 54, of Philadelphia Pa., was reported missing by his wife to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon. NRP conducted a search of the area utilizing patrol vessels, K-9 units and Underwater Operation Unit members all day Friday with negative results. NRP resumed search efforts on Saturday morning and recovered Bevenour’s body in the creek at 2 p.m. Bevenour’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. The incident is still under investigation.
Worcester County – On Friday, June 29, at 11 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police rescued two western shore men from the waters of the Isle of Wight Bay near Ocean Pines.
Stephen Trancucci, of Bel Air, and Joshua Dresher, of Abingdon, both 28, were operating a personal watercraft (PWC) in the area when the craft became disabled at 8 p.m. NRP was patrolling the area and observed an unidentified radar contact approximately one-half mile due east of Pines Point Marina. No visible navigation lights could be seen in the area of the radar contact so the NRP patrol vessel altered course and initiated a search of the area with a spotlight.
Both men told officers that they had been drifting in the Isle of Wight Bay since approximately 8 p.m. The men stated that on several occasions they attempted to gain the attention of passing boaters by waving their lifejackets in the air and blowing their whistle; however their distress signals went unnoticed. NRP transported the men and their disabled PWC safely back to their residence located in the area of 32nd St. off Isle of Wight Bay.
NRP reminds boaters to keep a sharp look out while transiting Maryland's waterways for hazards to navigation, regular boating traffic, or boaters in need of assistance. NRP also remind vessel operators that carrying emergency distress signaling devices beyond those called for by federal and state regulations could be a welcomed and useful addition to their safety equipment.
Worcester County – On Friday, June 29, at 10:29 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged a Delaware man for driving while intoxicated in Assateague State Park.
Randall Kevin Cathell, 31, of Delmar, Del., was stopped for speeding. After taking field sobriety tests, Cathell was placed under arrest and transported to the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack. Cathell took a breath test, which showed a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent. He was subsequently charged with driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol per se, and driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol.
Worcester County – On Saturday, July 1, at 4:50 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged an Ocean City man with drug charges in the camper parking lot of Assateague State Park. NRP responded to the area for a disorderly conduct complaint. When officers arrived, they found a group of 20 individuals gathered around several parked vehicles playing a radio loudly, dancing and consuming alcoholic beverages.
Ramil Khayderovich Lyaushin, 26, of Ocean City, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), marijuana, and possession of CDS, paraphernalia, after NRP found a plastic water bottle between the driver’s seat and door jam of his vehicle that was modified to contain and inhale marijuana. The Worcester County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police assisted NRP with the incident.
July 2, 2007
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.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 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