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Calvert County – On Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7:10 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Chris A. Lusby, 43, and Joseph P. Smith, 37, both of Lusby with multiple hunting violations along Park Chesapeake Drive. NRP was conducting surveillance in the area after receiving reports from concerned citizens of individuals shooting deer from vehicles.
Officers stopped Lusby’s van after observing a crossbow being shot twice from the vehicle at a deer along the roadway. During the stop, NRP located and seized as evidence a cocked crossbow and bolts, two 12-gauge shotguns, one .22 caliber rifle and ammunition.
Lusby and Smith were each charged with shooting on, from, or across a roadway, hunting from a vehicle, possession of a loaded weapon in a vehicle, and hunting within a safety zone. Lusby was also charged with destruction of property. A court date of Feb. 11, 2008 has been scheduled for Lusby and Smith in Calvert County District Court.
Frederick County – On Sunday, Dec. 9, at 12 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police arrested Dennis Paul Tressler, 44, of Mt. Airy for drug and illegal hunting violations after responding to a report of shots fired in the area of Bottom Road and Annapolis Road near Mt. Airy.
NRP located Tressler and his vehicle after a concerned citizen reported possible illegal hunting activity in the area. The caller gave a description and tag number of Tressler’s vehicle to NRP. During the stop, NRP located and seized as evidence an 8-point antlered deer, one loaded shotgun, one loaded rifle, one unloaded rifle and ammunition. Officers also found suspected cocaine and a smoking pipe on Tressler.
NRP charged Tressler with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), cocaine, possession of CDS paraphernalia, hunting wildlife on Sunday, hunting deer with a firearm during closed season, and two counts of possession of a loaded weapon in a vehicle. He was transported to Frederick County Adult Detention Center for processing. A court date of Feb. 13, 2008 has been scheduled for Tressler in Frederick County District Court.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police encourages 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.
December 13, 2007
Contact: Sgt. Ken Turner
410-260-8003 office I 443-534-5598 cell
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