Maryland Natural Resources Police Blotter - Southern Maryland Headline News

Maryland Natural Resources Police Blotter


ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) today released the following incident and arrest reports. NRP is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

Calvert County - On Thursday, April 12, Maryland Natural Resources Police charged Robert Henry Short, Jr., 32, of Mechanicsville for operating a tree expert business without a license and advertising or soliciting an unlicensed tree business. Short is the owner of Short’s Tree Service and S&W Tree Service in Mechanicsville.

The Maryland Forest Service received a complaint that Short allegedly entered into a contract to perform tree services with an individual. NRP’s investigation found Short advertised his business as a licensed, bonded and insured service in the phone book and on the Internet.

A trial date of July 2 has been scheduled for Short in Calvert County District Court.

Calvert County - On Wednesday, April 18, Maryland Natural Resources Police served two warrants to Jerry Douglas Tasker II, 24, of Silver Spring. Tasker was charged with operating a tree expert business without a license and false advertising or soliciting an unlicensed tree expert business in November of 2006. His trials were scheduled for January in Calvert County District Court. Tasker failed to appear at trial, and the warrants were issued.

The charges were filed after a complainant alleged that she contracted with Tasker for tree care services totaling $5,265 and paid a deposit of $2,600, but that Tasker did not complete most of the work and did not provide any refund. The complainant stated that she had to hire someone else to perform the outstanding work and is still out the deposit. The Maryland Forest Service reviewed the listing of licensed tree experts and found that Tasker did not possess a tree expert license, and that no licensees are listed as working for Tasker Tree Service.

A trial date of May 21 has been rescheduled for Tasker in Calvert County District Court.

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