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Maryland Natural Resources Police Report—February 2022

Maryland Natural Resources Police Report—February 2022

the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) issued citations for illegal hunting and fishing activities in February.

A Hancock man has been charged with violating size and creel limits for trout in Allegany County. On February 10, officers were on patrol in Evitts Creek when they observed 30-year-old Jacob Logan fishing on the Smouses Mill Road bridge. According to police, Logan caught five trout and placed them in his vehicle. About 20 minutes later Logan came back and caught more trout which put him over his limit. When police conducted a conservation check, they discovered that Logan had trout in his vehicle and had also concealed 12 trout inside a spare tire. As a result, the police charged him with exceeding the maximum trout limit and he faces up to $250 in fines.

The NRP accused a Smithsburg man of spotlighting deer in Frederick County. On February 25, police conducting surveillance in Middletown observed a vehicle pull up near a field, while shining a light through the window, scanning the adjacent field. Officers made a conservation stop and identified the occupants as three minors and one adult, 18-year-old Morgan Weddle. Police also found a loaded rifle, ammunition and a searchlight inside the vehicle, as well as a freshly shot antlerless deer in the bed of the truck. Officers said all occupants admitted to being robbed. As a result, Weddle was charged with hunting the deer with searchlights and issued five warnings; he faces a fine of up to $2,000. Additionally, the three minors were referred to Youth Services on similar hunting charges.

NRP officers responding to an accident at Big Run State Park charged a Frostburg man with impaired driving. When officers arrived, they learned that a vehicle was backed into the park crate. The driver, David Michaels Jr, 39, said he had nothing to drink. However, the police observed several alcoholic beverages in the vehicle and detected an odor of alcohol. Police conducted a field sobriety test on Michaels and, based on the results, he was charged with impaired driving.

The PRN is recruitment of agent candidates. Selected candidates will receive a salary of $51,000 during their initial training. Upon graduation, their salary will increase to $59,600. Additional benefits include 43 days off each year, multiple bonus opportunities, and more. Applications are taken until March 30. on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website. Questions can be emailed to