Dover, DE (June 23, 2011) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section today released information on recent arrests, including several related to a boating safety operation conducted on June 18 in Indian River Inlet.
Fish and Wildlife agents on that date cited seven operators for excessive vessel speed and issued fines for one count each of not observing slow no wake within 100 yards of another vessel: Anthony W. Albrecht, age 81, of Millsboro; Michael C. Greenbaum, age 60, of Arlington, Va.; John E. Fontana, age 62, of Stowe, Pa.; Harry L. Scheidler, age 66, of Halifax, Pa.; Henry Wanner, age 63, of Reading, Pa.; Robert C. Feeney, age 74, of Rehoboth Beach; and Gene S. Taylor, age 42, of Georgetown.
“Vessel operators need to be even more aware of their speed in heavy traffic areas like the Inlet. We want to encourage boaters to enjoy and share all our waterways safely and responsibly, especially during the busy summer season,” said Sgt. Greg Rhodes of the Delaware Boating Safety Office.
In an unrelated incident, Fish and Wildlife agents responded to reports of a vessel operating erratically in the Murderkill River at Bowers Beach. After a breath test confirmed the operator was over the legal limit for alcohol, Terry L. Beheler, age 59, of Harrington, was arrested and charged with operating a vessel under the influence. Beheler was issued a summons to appear in Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover at a later date.
Agents also made six arrests at the Port Mahon boat ramp on June 18:
* Matthew A. Jones-Farmer, age 22, of Dover, was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended/revoked license and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area. Jones-Farmer was fined and released.
* Ishmael S. Rickards, age 20, of Frederica, was arrested and charged with one count each of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area. Rickards was issued a summons to appear in the Court of Common Pleas, and a juvenile passenger in his car received a warning and was released to the custody of a parent.
* Glen L. Cooper, age 18, of Dover, was arrested and charged with one count each of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area. Cooper was issued a summons to appear in the Court of Common Pleas. Three passengers in Cooper’s car were fined for trespass after hours: Shampain Brooks, age 18, and Storm R. Winters, age 20, and Danielle L. Williams, age 26, all of Dover.
Agents also made four fishing-related arrests:
* James R. Clark, age 48, of Middletown, was arrested June 19 and charged with one count of commercial crab pot tampering in Rehoboth Bay. Clark was fined and released.
* Michael J. Claire, age 50, Orville R. Kelley, age 57, and Robert Woolsey, age 49, all of Newark, were arrested June 19 and charged with one count each of tending unmarked crab pots on Indian River. All three were fined for violating Delaware regulations that require crab pots to be marked with the crabber’s name.
* Frank S. Eicherly IV, age 52, of Frederica, was arrested June 21 off Bowers Beach and charged with one count of failing to properly tag bags of oysters. Eicherly was fined and released.
Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section at 302-739-4580.