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Worcester County On August 19 in the District Court of Maryland for Worcester County, Vernon Edward Smith Jr., 42, of Salisbury, and Ellis M. Barton, 40, of Westover were found guilty of possessing undersize male hardcrabs. Bailey was found guilty of 2 counts and Barton of one count. Each man was ordered to pay $1,000 fine for each count. The Maryland Natural Resources Police stopped Bailey and Barton on June 11, 2011 in Marshall Creek off of Chincoteague Bay with 1,211 undersize male hardcrabs.

Worcester County On August 20, NRP conducted a National Marine Fisheries enforcement detail in the Atlantic Ocean and seaside bays off Ocean City to monitor the compliance of laws and regulations associated with the offshore fisheries. During this detail, officers boarded a vessel operated by Patrick Arrington Coomes of Davidsonville. Coomes was found in possession of an undersize white marlin. He was charged with possession of undersize white marlin, which carries a $1,000 fine. A trial has been set for October 7, 2011 in the District Court of Maryland for Worcester County.

Charles County On August 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm., NRP responded to investigate a personal watercraft accident that occurred in the Port Tobacco River. The investigation revealed that Norman Linwood Vassar Jr., of Waldorf was operating the vessel when he struck a wave and lost control of the vessel. Vassar was thrown from the vessel and then struck by it. He was flown to Prince Georges Hospital and treated for chest injuries.

   August 22, 2011

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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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