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Maryland Natural Resources Police Blotter
Baltimore County – On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged David Mark Grebe, 47, of Baltimore with hunting deer with the aid of bait on a state park. Grebe was hunting in the Hilltop Road hunting area of Patapsco Valley State Park after allegedly placing commercially prepared powder bait around the area of his tree stand.
Baiting involves the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of shelled, shucked or unshucked corn, wheat or other grain, salt, or other feed that would lure, attract, or entice game to, on, or over any areas where hunters are attempting to hunt.
A person may not hunt, shoot, or kill, or attempt to hunt, shoot, or kill a game bird or a mammal by the aid of bait, on or over a baited area on any State-owned or State-controlled properties open to public hunting. The maximum penalty for a person found guilty of this offense is $500 for a first time offender.
Garrett County – On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged Timmy Wayne Gordon, 39, of Oakland with hunting deer at night and hunting deer during closed season. NRP received a complaint through the Catch-a-Poacher Hotline that Gordon had allegedly shot an eight-point whitetail buck from a window of his residence on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11. NRP seized the buck as evidence.
A court date of Feb. 21, 2008, has been scheduled for Gordon in Garrett County District Court.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police remind people that hunting at night is not only illegal; it is also unsafe. In addition, NRP encourage citizens to report illegal hunting activities by calling the Catch-a-Poacher 24-Hour Hotline at 1-800-635-6124. The anonymity of the caller is guaranteed.
Garrett County – On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged four from Kitzmiller with hunting violations.
Jeffery Zachariah Brady, 18, and two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were charged with hunting deer at night and hunting deer during closed season. Jimmy Junior Lipscomb, 40, was charged with hunting deer during closed season. The four allegedly shot an eight-point whitetail buck in Kitzmiller Park on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11.
A court date of Feb. 21, 2008, has been scheduled for Brady and Lipscomb in Garrett County District Court. The two juveniles were referred to the Department of Juvenile Services.
Garrett County – On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged Paul Allen Brock, 22, of Oakland with hunting deer during closed season and hunting without a license off of Sang Run Road near Oakland. NRP charged Brock after investigating a report of an individual hunting deer with a rifle on the Garrett County landfill property near Oakland.
A court date of Feb. 21, 2008, has been scheduled for Brock in Garrett County District Court.
Kent County – The Maryland Natural Resources Police continue their investigation of a boat accident that claimed the life of a New York man.
On Friday, Sept. 14, at 6:12 p.m., NRP responded to the Primrose Point area of the Chester River for a report of a boat accident. Phillip S. Laepa, 50, of Congers, N.Y. was operating a 19-foot speedboat at speeds estimated over 50 mph, when he jumped the wake of a large cabin cruiser. Laepa’s vessel became airborne and then landed, bow first, into the river causing the vessel to break apart. He was transported to Chester River Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Worcester County – On Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:30 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police arrested a Delaware man and three Delaware juveniles on drug charges near Careytown.
While on patrol, NRP observed a large fire in the travel portion of the roadway at the intersection of Nelson and Swamp Roads. Approximately fifteen people were gathered around three parked vehicles partially blocking the roadway consuming alcoholic beverages.
Further investigation at the scene, utilizing a K-9 unit from Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, revealed numerous positive hits for a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) inside one of the vehicles. A subsequent search of that vehicle recovered suspected marijuana and a large amount of alcohol.
Christopher A. Shumate, 18, of Millsboro, a 16-year old Felton girl, and two Selbyville boys, ages 15 and 16, were charged with possession of CDS, marijuana, possession of CDS paraphernalia and possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under 21 years of age.
Shumate was released on his personal recognizance. A court date of Dec. 7 has been scheduled for Shumate in Worcester County District Court. The three juveniles were referred to the Department of Juvenile Services. Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police assisted NRP with the incident.
September 19, 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