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Contact: Cpl. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902  

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Nov. 24-30
Reminder for the week: Tips to ensure your boat is properly stored for winter 

DOVER (Dec. 5, 2014) – 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 Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 24-30 made 954 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 114 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 31 complaints and issued 50 citations, 28 of which were related to increased Fish & Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail. 

Incidents of particular note were:

·         On Nov. 24, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers arrested David Hopkins, 24, of Wilmington, and charged him with negligent operation of a vessel; operating a vessel at excessive speed, and failure to maintain a proper lookout in connection with a Nov. 10 boating accident in the Indian River Inlet, in which a 38-foot twin-engine Topaz sportfishing boat was sunk and a passenger was injured. Hopkins was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, pled guilty to all charges and paid $214 in fines and court costs. 

·         On Nov. 24, following an investigation, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers arrested three New Castle County men for multiple hunting violations on the C&D Canal Conservation Area.

-       Mario DiAlessandro, 18, of Middletown, was charged with possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle; hunting from a motor vehicle; illegally hunting deer at night; hunting deer out of season; failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season; third degree conspiracy; unlicensed hunting; unlawful method of take using a shotgun during bow season; failure to check antlerless deer within 24 hours; failure to tag antlerless deer; butchering antlerless deer prior to registration; possession of unlawfully taken game/deer; transporting unlawfully taken game/deer, and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area. Dialessandro was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 9 in Middletown and released on $1,100 unsecured bond pending trial at a later date.

-       James Dougherty, 18, of Wilmington, was charged with third degree conspiracy; illegally hunting deer at night; hunting deer out of season; possession of unlawfully taken game/deer; transporting unlawfully taken game/deer; operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area, and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area. Dougherty was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 9 in Middletown and released on $600 unsecured bond pending trial at a later date.

-       Devon Loughney, 18, of Wilmington, was charged with third degree conspiracy; hunting deer out of season; illegally hunting deer at night; possession of unlawfully taken game/deer; transporting unlawfully taken game/deer, and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area. Dougherty was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 9 in Middletown and released on $550 unsecured bond pending trial at a later date. 

·         On Nov. 25, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers Sr. Cpl. Jeff Howell and Cpl. John McDerby assisted the Delaware State Police Dive Unit in their search for Calvin L. King, a Milford man wanted in connection with the stabbing of two Milford women, who had jumped into the Appoquinimink River near Odessa after crashing his car as police pursued him late into the afternoon of Nov. 24. Using F&W Enforcement’s side scan sonar unit, the two officers located King’s body on the river bottom after approximately six hours of searching. The body was recovered by the DSP Dive Unit and turned over to the medical examiner’s office.  

Citations issued by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses: 

Wildlife Conservation: Unlicensed hunting (2), hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (2), possession of prohibited lead shot/shot size while hunting migratory waterfowl (5), hunting white-tailed deer out of season (3)*, butchering antlerless deer prior to registration (1)*, failure to tag antlerless deer (1)*, illegally hunting white-tailed deer at night (3)*, unlawful method of take using a shotgun to hunt white-tailed deer during bow season (1)*, possession of unlawfully taken game/white-tailed deer (3)*, transporting unlawfully taken game/white-tailed deer (3)*, and operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (4), New Castle County; Trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (4), New Castle and Kent counties; Hunting migratory waterfowl without required federal waterfowl stamp (2), and failure to check antlerless deer within 24 hours (2), New Castle and Sussex counties; Failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours (1), and wildlife area violation/entering a waterfowl blind after the required sign-in deadline (1), Sussex County. 

Boating and Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (1), New Castle County; Negligent operation of a vessel (2), New Castle and Sussex counties; Operating a vessel at excessive speed (1), failure to maintain a proper lookout (1), and no boating safety certificate (1), Sussex County. 

Public Safety: Failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season (1)*, possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle (1)*, third degree conspiracy (3)*, and hunting from a motor vehicle (1)*, New Castle County. 

* These citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area. In addition, the following citations which are not marked with an asterisk also were issued in connection with the C&D Canal Conservation Area: unlicensed hunting (1), failure to check antlerless deer within 24 hours (1), operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (2), and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (3). 

Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds boaters who keep their vessels stored on trailers outside to check for accumulations of ice and water, and to follow these tips for keeping them well-drained and in good condition for next year’s boating season:

·         Invest in a cover to keep your boat clean and free from dirt, water, leaves and other debris, and to block UV rays from damaging hoses and upholstery.

·         Engines should be flushed and drained, following manufacturer’s instructions for the type of engine, including adding antifreeze as specified.

·         Treat fuel with a fuel stabilizer and disconnect the battery to avoid discharging the battery over the winter.

·         Engines should be stored in the proper position to allow rainwater and melting snow and ice to drain.

·         Make sure bilge plugs are out and scupper holes are clear of debris, so water will drain. 

“Water allowed to build up in the hull or engine can freeze and expand, possibly damaging metal, wood, fiberglass and plastic parts, and leading to expensive repairs,” said Cpl. John McDerby of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “With appropriate time and care, your boat can weather the winter and be ready for the next boating season with only routine maintenance needed.” 

For more details and tips on winter boat care, click How to Winterize Your Boat, or visit the U.S. Coast Guard’s link at Coast Guard boat winterization-101. 

The DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & 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. 44, No. 420

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12/5/2014
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