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Garrett County, Md. – On October 25 at 2:45 a.m., Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) officers and members from the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service located two lost hunters in the Cranesville Swamp area of Garrett County. The search for Robert Metheny, 69, of Terra Alta, WV and his son Scott Metheny, 41, of Pa., began at 9 p.m. on October 24, when officers received a call from Robert Metheny’s wife about her husband and son becoming lost after harvesting a black bear during the black bear season. Robert Metheny called his wife with his cell phone to report that he and their son had become disoriented in the thick vegetation and could not find their way out of the swamp. Officers had to locate the hunters by foot due to foggy conditions that prevented the use of the State Police helicopter. The search for the hunters lasted almost six hours through the thick and dense foliage that covers most of the swamp. The hunters were found in good condition and did not require any medical attention.

Anne Arundel County – On October 28, NRP executed a search warrant at the residence at 8434 Bussenius Road, Pasadena, as part of an ongoing investigation into stolen property from a vehicle that occurred on October 27, 2011 in the Avalon/Orange Grove areas of Patapsco Valley State Park. Brandon Paul Scheller, 23, and Rachel Diane Burke Kohel, 26, of Pasadena were arrested and charge with eleven counts of various theft and credit card crimes that occurred in Howard and Baltimore Counties as a result of this investigation.

Garret County – On October 24 NRP charged the following individuals with violations during the Maryland bear season:

Charles Lester Blum, 47, and Nancy Marie Blum, 53, both of Finksburg, Philip Joseph Martinek, 36, of Falston, and James Francis Martinek, 67, of Oakland, were charged with hunting black bears with the aid of bait and failing to maintain visual contact while black bear hunting. This incident occurred in the Cranesville area.

Anthony Noel Russell, Jr., 42, of Reisterstown and Michael George Foriter, 51, of Glyndon were charged with hunting bears with the aid of bait and failing to wear fluorescent orange while black bear hunting. This incident occurred on private property off of Dry Run Road near Swanton.

Neil Franklin Howes, 64, and Thomas James Howes, 25, both of Sykesville, were charged with hunting black bears with the aid of bait. This incident occurred in the Stag Run area of Garrett County.

On October 25, NRP charged Terri Russell Tavenner, 48, of Hanover, Mark Douglas Snider, 48, and Lucas Tyler Snider, 18, both of Artemas, Pa., and Carl Irvin Dillman, 52, and Ralph Kaese Dillman, 43, both of Berkeley Springs, WV, with hunting black bear with the aid of bait and failing to maintain visual contact while black bear hunting. Ralph K. Dillman and Terri R. Tavenner were also charged with hunting black bear without a permit. This incident occurred on Collier Road.

Somerset County – On October 31 at 11:20 a.m., NRP charged Paul Franklin Tyler III, 26, of Crisfield with possession of an over limit of striped bass at the Jenkins Creek boat ramp. During routine inspection of Tyler’s and a passenger’s catch, Officers found a legal limit of four striped bass the vessel. Officers located an additional seven striped bass hidden in a forward deck compartment of the vessel. All eleven striped bass were seized and donated to Dot’s Food Pantry in Marion. A court date of January 10, 2012 has been set for the District Court in Somerset County.

   November 3, 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, maritime and 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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