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Frederick County – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) have charged John Arthur Smith, 54, of Crown Point, Ind. with reckless driving, reckless endangerment and second degree assault. NRP responded to a domestic dispute at 7:40 p.m. July 19 at Cunningham Falls State Park and discovered that Smith struck his wife with his vehicle as he was trying to leave the campground after an argument. The victim was transported to the Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown with non-life threatening injuries. Smith was taken to the Frederick County Detention Center.

Dorchester County – NRP charged Maurice J. Robinson, 45, of Cambridge, Md. with nine counts of possessing undersize hard crabs. At 12:24 p.m. on July 12, officers conducted a routine inspection at Waterman’s Seafood in Corcheron, Md. Robinson was in possession of 350 undersize crabs in nine bushels.

   July 21, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 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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