Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Jan. 31 – Feb. 8
Reminder for the week: Wildlife areas, boat ramps closed from sunset to sunrise
DOVER (Feb. 10, 2012) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents issued 28 citations between Jan. 31 and Feb. 8.
· On Feb. 3, Kline Valentin, age 21, of Laurel, was arrested near Horseys Pond in Laurel and charged with possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, resisting arrest, disregarding police command, two counts of disregarding a traffic control device, three counts of moving violations and trespassing after hours. Valentin was taken into custody and arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, where he pled not guilty and was released on $4,500 secured bail pending trial at a later date.
Citations issued between Jan. 31 and Feb. 8 by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing after hours (6), Redden State Forest near Georgetown, and Phillips Landing, Portsville Road, Tussock Pond and Horseys Pond, all in the Bethel/Laurel area; trespassing (1), Cedar Swamp, northeast of Smyrna; failure to tag deer (1), Milton; possession of protected wildlife (a white-tailed deer) without a permit* (1), Felton. (*Possession of native wildlife without a permit from the Division of Fish and Wildlife is illegal in Delaware.)
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (3), Milton Park and St. Jones River near Dover; possession of unlawfully taken fish (2), St. Jones River near Dover.
Public Safety: Possession of marijuana (1), possession of drug paraphernalia (2), endangering the welfare of a child (1), reckless driving (1), resisting arrest (1), disregarding police command (1), disregard traffic control device (2), traffic moving violations (3), operating an uninsured motor vehicle (1), all Horseys Pond area near Laurel. (Note: These charges are also listed above as part of the Valentin case.)
Other: Loitering to engage or solicit another to engage in sex (1), Redden State Forest near Georgetown.
Are you AWARE?
For this week’s Are You Aware, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind visitors to state wildlife areas, fishing piers and boat launching facilities that these areas are closed to the public from sunset to sunrise unless actively engaged in fishing or hunting in accordance with state regulations and individual wildlife area rules.
Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx .
Vol. 42, No. 39