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Montgomery County – On Thursday, February 26, Paul K. Howell Jr., 18, of Germantown pleaded guilty in Montgomery County District Court to violating a Montgomery County weapons ordinance. The charge was filed by the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) in November of 2008.
The incident started on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 after NRP received a report of an individual finding a hunting arrow inside his Spring Meadows Drive residence. The arrow had entered the residence through the front window and landed on a sofa inside the house. Montgomery County Police took the initial report.
An investigation ensued and Howell was charged by NRP on Jan. 9 with shooting on, from, or across a roadway; nighttime hunting; hunting within a safety zone; reckless endangerment; malicious destruction of property; and violating a Montgomery County weapons ordinance.
Howell pleaded guilty to the Montgomery County weapons ordinance and received a $500 fine with $400 suspended; three years probation with the first year supervised; hunting privileges suspended until July 2010; successfully complete a hunter safety education course; and perform 24 hours of community service. Howell was also ordered to pay $620 restitution to the owner of the Spring Meadows Drive residence and $300 to the Wildlife Conservation Enforcement Fund. The remaining charges were nolle prosequi.
Wicomico County – On Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1:40 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged a Salisbury man with driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana at College Avenue and South Division Street in Salisbury.
NRP initiated a traffic stop on Brian M. Barrett Jr., 22, of Salisbury for a safety equipment violation. During the course of the stop, Barrett was arrested for driving while intoxicated. During a search incident to arrest, the officer located suspected marihuana in Barrett’s pocket. Barrett was transported to the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack for processing. He was charged with driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol per se; driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol; driving a vehicle while impaired by drugs or drugs and alcohol; possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), marijuana; and possession of CDS paraphernalia. He was released on his signature.
March 4, 2009
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.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million 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