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Frederick County, MD. - On November 24 at 10:18 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Steven E. Grimes, 36, Willis L. Johnson III, 26, and Jason P. Misner, 32 all of Thurmont, with possession of white-tailed deer during closed season, using a rifle to hunt deer in a restricted county, hunting from a vehicle, shooting across roadway and hunting without wearing fluorescent orange. The charges were the result of a citizenís complaint that subjects shot at a whitetail buck from a vehicle on Park Mills Road. Officers seized three rifles and three illegally killed deer during the course of the investigation. The deer were donated to needy families in Frederick County. A court date is set for 12:30 p.m. on February 21, 2012 at the District Court in Frederick County.

Frederick County
On November 20 at 12:30 a.m., NRP charged Elder E. Portillo-Hernandez, 24, of Hyattsville, Wilber O. Villeda, 36, of Lanham and Wilmer O. Diaz, 33, of Hyattsville with casting rays of artificial light onto field and woodland areas while possessing a weapon and hunting deer at night. They were observed shining a spotlight from their vehicle in the area of Comus Road and Mount Ephraim Road. A rifle, knives and ammunition were recovered at the time of the stop.

Allegany County
On November 27 at 1 p.m., NRP charged Kenneth R. Howe, 52, of Barton, with removing the head and hide of deer before checking it in with the department and two counts of possession of untagged deer. The charges resulted from an investigation into deer being illegally killed in the area of Old Miller Road. Two illegally possessed deer were seized and donated to needy families.

Kent County
On November 26, at 7:30 a.m., NRP Officers investigated a hunting accident that occurred on Perlee Road, south of Centreville. The investigation revealed that Jeff Wolfe, 47, of Centreville fell from a tree stand after he attempted to shoot at a deer. Wolfe was wearing a safety harness but it wasnít connected to the tree. He was transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, by Maryland State Police trooper 6, with non life-threatening injuries.

Washington County
On November 26, at 7:11 a.m., NRP Officers investigated a hunting accident that occurred near the 2500 block of Denne Road. The investigation revealed that the victim became ill and then fell from a portable tree stand. An inspection of the tree stand revealed that it was not properly secured to the tree which contributed to the fall. The victim was transported to Washington County Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

   November 28, 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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