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Anne Arundel County – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) continue their investigation on the boating accident that occurred on Friday, June 13, at 8 p.m. on Stoney Creek near the mouth of the Patapsco River.
NRP responded to the area for a collision between a 38-foot motor vessel and a personal watercraft (PWC). The operator of the PWC, Sharon L. Martin, 46, of Pasadena was flown to the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. The four occupants on the 38-foot vessel were not injured. The names of those individuals are not being released at this time.
Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Maryland State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted NRP with the incident.
Anne Arundel County – On Saturday, June 14, at 2 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police arrested Timothy P. Lyons, 45, of Annapolis for operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol in Spa Creek.
NRP stopped Lyons for allegedly not displaying proper navigational lights on his vessel. Lyons was transported to the Maryland State Police Annapolis Barrack for processing and charged with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol, insufficient number of approved personal flotation devices and operating a vessel between the hours of sunset and sunrise without proper navigation lights. He was released on his signature.
A court date of August 12 has been scheduled for Lyons in Anne Arundel County District Court.
Garrett County – On Monday, June 9, at 12:25 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged Ronald G. Jones, 73, of Pittsburgh, Pa. with prohibited public use of buffer strip and land use encroachment on Deep Creek Lake.
NRP observed Jones and his employees’ allegedly disturbing earth and vegetation on the Deep Creek Lake buffer strip with a front end loader. Jones was issued two citations and order to immediately cease work.
The buffer strip is an area above the 2,462 feet lake elevation that is not presently fenced or posted by the Department of Natural Resources to limit or exclude use by the public. Except as authorized by permit issued by the lake manager, a person may not construct, place, or maintain a dock, mooring buoy, or other facility or structure, or modify land or vegetation in or on the waters of the lake or on the buffer strip.
Prince George’s County – On Friday, June 13, at 1:24 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged two adults and two juveniles with alcohol violations in the campground of Cedarville State Park. NRP entered the campsite to investigate a quiet hour noise violation.
Brain K. Shaffer, 20, of Charlotte Hall and Victoria A. Young, 18, of Waldorf were each charged with possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under 21 years of age. They were released on their signatures.
The juveniles, a boy and a girl, both 17, and of Waldorf were referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under 21 years of age. They were released to parents at 3:30 a.m.
Queen Anne’s County – On Saturday, June 14, at 10:40 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police responded to the area of Rolph’s Wharf on the Chester River for a report of a missing person. Nikolaus Pawlyk, 52, of Marydel, Del. was reported missing by his wife to the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office that evening.
NRP along with Maryland State Police and the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office searched the area until 2 a.m. NRP resumed search efforts on Sunday morning utilizing patrol vessels, K-9 units and Underwater Operation Unit members. Later that afternoon, divers from the Kent and Queen Anne’s County Rescue Squad and the Kent County Dive Team responded to the area to assist NRP.
At 5 p.m. NRP recovered Pawlyk’s body from the river. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. The incident is still under investigation.
Washington County – On Sunday, June 15, at 8:50 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police arrested Frederick S. Cade III, 37, of Fairplay for operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol near Dam # 5 on the Potomac River.
NRP stopped Cade while assisting National Park Service Rangers with an underage alcohol complaint on the C&O Canal Towpath. Cade was transported to the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack for processing and charged with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol and or drugs. He was released on his signature.
June 16, 2008
Contact: Sgt. Ken Turner
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.
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