ANNAPOLIS (Jan. 21, 2008) - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) 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.
MULTIPLE HUNTING VIOLATIONS, CHARLES COUNTY: On Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10:01 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged Robert A. Howe, 24, of Newburg and William P. Lafallett Jr., 26, of Brandywine with multiple hunting violations on Bowling Road in Newport.
NRP initiated a traffic stop after observing the van Howe and Lafallett occupied stop on Bowling Road and discharge a firearm into a field along the roadway. During the stop, officers located and seized as evidence one .22 caliber rifle and a spent .22 caliber shell casing.
Howe and Lafallett was each issued citations for casting rays of artificial light on fields or woodland while having a weapon in possession capable of killing deer, possession of a loaded weapon in a vehicle, hunting from a vehicle, hunting within a safety zone, and hunting deer during closed season. Lafallett was released on his signature. Howe was arrested on an active outstanding arrest warrant.
MULTIPLE HUNTING VIOLATIONS, ST. MARYS COUNTY: On Saturday, Jan. 12, at 9:25 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged Lawrence E. Copsey, 44, and George W. Bowles, 35, both of Mechanicsville with multiple hunting violations on Delabrooke Road near Mechanicsville.
NRP initiated a traffic stop after observing the van the two occupied stopped in the roadway. NRP located and seized as evidence one .243 caliber rifle with a light attached under the barrel, ammunition and a night vision monocular scope during the course of the stop.
Both men were charged with casting rays of artificial light on fields or woodland while having a weapon in possession capable of killing deer, hunting at nighttime and hunting deer during closed season. A court date of April 18 has been scheduled for the individuals in St. Marys County District Court.