ANNAPOLIS (May 4, 2011)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.
MORE THAN 3 TONS OF DEAD FISH FOUND IN ILLEGAL NETS; CALVERT/TALBOT COUNTY: The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) located 1400 yards of illegal anchored gillnet containing more than 3 tons of dead rockfish.
On May 1, NRP responded to the Chesapeake Bay near buoy 82, west of Tilghman Island for a report of an illegal anchored gillnet. Officers located the net but were unable to retrieve it due to the weight of the dead fish. On May 2, the S. V. Sandusky, the DNR ice breaker/buoy tender, was dispatched to retrieve the net. Sea and wind conditions prevented the crew from pulling in the net.
On May 3, with much improved sea conditions, the crew of the Sandusky and NRP officers were able to retrieve 1400 yards of anchored gillnet which contained approximately 450 striped bass weighing 6,750 pounds.
Nearly all of the fish were dead and had to taken to the landfill. The net appeared to have been out since January and February due to the condition of the net and fish.
NRP is encouraging anyone with information on this incident, please call the Natural Resources Police Communication Center at 800-628-9944.
DUI BOATING, ASSAULT; CALVERT COUNTY: NRP arrested and charged George Lee Vansickle, 42, of Solomons Island with second degree assault, operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol and operating a vessel while impaired by a combination of alcohol and drugs. Ashley Lynn Denningham, 28, of Solomons Island was also arrested on a failure to appear warrant.
On May 3, at 4:30 p.m., NRP responded to the report of an assault occurring on a sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay near Drum Point in Calvert County. The officers located the 29 foot sailboat and an investigation revealed that the owner/operator of the sailboat, Vansickle, had assaulted and grabbed the throat of Denningham during an argument over a cell phone.
Both subjects were transported to the Prince Frederick Detention to await appearance before a court commissioner.
CORPSE DISCOVERED; PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY: On May 1, at approximately 3:00 p.m., NRP responded to the area of Swan Creek near Tantallon Marina for a report of a deceased person in the water. NRPs investigation revealed that George Albert Goins, 61, of Fort Washington was living on a 50 foot house boat in Swan Creek and was last seen on Friday, April 29. When friends were unable to contact Goins, they went to look for him on his house and found him unresponsive, face down in the water. Goins body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. NRP is continuing the investigation.
BODY OF MISSING BOATER FOUND; WICOMICO COUNTY: On May 3, NRP recovered the body of a boater that went missing on April 29 after his aground sailboat was found unoccupied. Edwin Thomas Smullen, 59 of Tyaskin, Md. was found in the Nanticoke River near the location were his sailboat was found. Smullen had been the object of an intense search by land, water and air that was conducted by NRP, Coast Guard, Maryland State Police, Westside and Allen Volunteer Fire companies. NRPs search employed side scan sonar, K-9 cadaver dogs and dragging operations. Smullens body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy.