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NRP Charges Individuals for Oyster Violations

Annapolis, Md. (December 8, 2011) -The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged the following individuals for oyster violations in the past two days.

  • On December 6 at 11:45 a.m. in Deale Island Harbor in Somerset County, NRP charged Patrick B. Murphy, 49 of Tilghman, with possession of undersized oysters.
  • On December 6 at 10 a.m. in Broad Creek in Talbot County, NRP charged George F. Pepper, 49 of Tilghman, with power dredging for oysters in an area reserved for hand tonging. A trial date has been set for January 19, 2012 in the District Court of Maryland for Talbot County.
  • On December 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the Choptank River in Talbot County, NRP charged Alan R. Layman, 47 of Royal Oak, with possession of undersized oysters and failing to cull and return oysters to the natural oyster bar from which they were caught. A trial date has been set for January 19, 2012 in the District Court of Maryland for Talbot County.
  • On December 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the Broad Creek in Talbot County, NRP charged David A. Hambleton, 47 of Bozman, with possession of undersized oysters. A court date has been set for January 19, 2012 in the District Court of Maryland for Talbot County.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police would like to remind citizens that they may report conservation violation, maritime emergencies, and criminal activities occurring on public lands to the Maryland Natural Resources Police Communication Center at 800-628-9944. Callers that wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for cash rewards for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of a violator should call the CATCH-A-POACHER hotline at 800-635-6124.


   December 8, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell
awindemuth@dnr.state.md.us

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.

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 11 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