Jessup men found guilty of trespassing, hunting deer illegally
Two Jessup men were found guilty in Howard District Court this week of using headlights to help them hunt deer on a former landfill site near New Cut Road in Ellicott City.
A third Jessup man was found guilty of criminal trespass in the Jan. 23 incident. Three juveniles involved in the incident await judgment in juvenile court.
Frederick Carl Wieland Jr. and Timothy Michael Redman were found guilty of jacklighting -- a term used by the state Department of Natural Resources for illegally hunting deer with the use of spotlights or headlights. When lights are shone in their eyes, deer freeze and are more easily killed.
Mr. Wieland and Mr. Redman were also found guilty of criminal trespass, as was Ronald Armond Simchick.
District Judge R. Russell Sadler fined the two men $2,000 each and gave them six-month sentences, then suspended the fines and the sentences.
He revoked Mr. Wieland's hunting license for five years and ordered him to undergo 36 months of supervised probation and perform 150 hours of community service. He also ordered Mr. Wieland to forfeit a $120 semiautomatic rifle with a spotter scope and to $178 in fees to the county government and reimburse the Department of Natural Resources $77 for towing charges.
Mr. Redman was ordered to pay identical fees and towing charges, and his hunting license was suspended for five years. He was ordered to forfeit his semiautomatic assault rifle, undergo 24 months of supervised probation and perform 80 hours of community service.
Mr. Simchick was ordered to pay $178 to Howard County for damage caused to the property because of his criminal trespass.
Cash Lake opens for summer fishing
Cash Lake, a 52-acre waterway run by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, will be open for fishing from 6 a.m. to sunset June 13 through October 15. The lake is near Route 197 (Laurel-Bowie Road) south of Laurel.
To help beginners take advantage of Cash Lake, the Hyattsville-Bowie Izaak Walton League and the Patuxent Center are sponsoring a "Pathway to Fishing" class to teach basic skills from 9 a.m. to noon June 12 at the lake.
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is now accepting applications for free day permits, which allow two licensed adults and two children under 16 to fish for catfish, bass, pickerel and sunfish.
Only one bass or catfish over 15 inches may be kept. The daily total limit for sunfish and catfish is 15. Live minnows or other fish cannot be used as bait at Cash Lake.
Kayaks, sailboats and gasoline motorboats are not allowed on the lake. Boats and canoes are limited to 14 feet.
Permit applications may be sent to: Fishing Program, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Gabrielson Lab/Refuge Management, 121090 Beach Forest Road, Laurel, Md. 20708-4036. Applications must be received two weeks in advance and should include applicants' name, address, phone number and desired dates.
Information: (301) 674-3304 or (301) 497-0539.
* Jessup: 7400 block of Washington Blvd.: Someone pried into a 1987 gold Pam Transport truck and stole a $400 driver side seat, a $150 AM/FM radio cassette player, a $10 gear shift knob, and a $15 fire extinguisher between 2:22 p.m. April 15 and 7:20 p.m. May 25.
* North Laurel: 9700 block of Country Meadows Lane: Someone stole the registration sticker off the rear tag of a 1988 Honda Accord between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 Wednesday.
9200 block of Canterbury Riding: Someone stole $1 in change from an unlocked silver 1988 Eagle Premiere between 7:30 p.m. Monday and 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.