Talbot States Attorney Scott Patterson Lets Lynch Brothers Skate Without Paying a Penny in Fines While Taxpayers Invest Millions in Oyster Bar Replenishment

Talbot States Attorney Scott Patterson lets Lynch Brothers skate on charges without paying a penny in fines for oyster poachingCourt Results for Herlon Vernon Lynch for poaching violations

EASTON, MD. — In Talbot County District Court on Jan. 15, 2015, Herlon Vernon Lynch, 63, of Centreville, Md., entered a not guilty plea to charges that he was in possession of unculled and undersize oysters that amounted to ten percent of his catch. NRP Officer Brandon Garvey had cited Lynch on Nov. 11, 2014.  He was found guilty by the Judge and fined $100.  Court records show the fine was “deferred”.  Court records of Talbot County show that on the date of the citation that his race was listed as “White, Caucasian, Asiatic Indian, Arab”. This listing could be in error as human beings input the data from court clerks. The importance of correcting court reports is for identification of individuals in the court system.

A charge of possession of nineteen percent of unculled oysters also cited against Lynch on Nov. 11, 2014 resulted in a guilty verdict after Lynch entered a not guilty plea. He was fined $150.00, and court records reflect that the payment of the fine was deferred. Court records identify him as “Black, African American”, but with the same date of birth and address.

A charge of possession of unculled oysters and undersize oysters of sixteen percent on the same date resulted in a finding of Guilty by the Talbot Court District Court Judge. A fine of $150.00 was levied, the fine was deferred and the race was listed as “Black, African American”.

A charge of possession of unculled and undersize oysters of nine percent brought another guilty verdict and fine of $50 which was also marked “deferred”. The race of Lynch was again listed as “Black, African American”.

A charge with all facets of the citation the same for twelve percent undersize oysters brought another guilty verdict and a fine of $100 that was deferred.

Darnell Galen Lynch Found Guilty of Poaching

EASTON, MD. — On Jan. 15, 2015 in Talbot County District Court, Darnell Galen Lynch was found guilty of possession of nineteen percent undersize oysters and fined $150.00. Payment of the fine was deferred by the court.

On a charge of possession of unculled/undersize oysters, Darnell Lynch was found guilty and fined $50.00 with the payment deferred.

A citation charging possession of undersize oysters of sixteen percent ended with a guilty verdict and a fine of $150.00.

A citation charging possession of undersize oysters of nine percent resulted in a guilty verdict and fine of $127.50 with payment deferred.

A citation charging possession of undersize oysters of fourteen percent resulted in a guilty verdict and fine of $150.00 with payment deferred.

A citation charging possession of undersize oysters of eight percent resulted in a guilty verdict and fine of $50.00 with payment deferred.

A citation charging possession of undersize oysters of six percent resulted in a guilty verdict and fine of $50.00 with payment deferred.

 

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Two nabbed with lots of undersized oysters

EASTON, MD. (Nov. 27, 2014)— In Talbot County, Herlen Vernon Lynch, 63, and Darnell Galen Lynch, 58, both of Centreville, were charged by NRP Officer Brandon Garvey on Nov. 11, 2014 with 20 counts of possession of undersized oysters after officers checked their harvest from Broad Creek. Upon measuring the oysters in the possession of the two men, officers discovered bushels with anywhere from 6 to 30 percent undersized oysters.

The two men are scheduled to appear in Talbot District Court on Jan. 15. Each charge carries a maximum fine of $1,000.

Earlier this year, in a joint NRP and Coast Guard operation, two Kent Narrows head boat captains ─ Tyrone Antone Meredith, 53, of Stevensville, and Herlen Vernon Lynch, 63, of Dover, Delaware ─ were charged with operating passenger vessels without required safety equipment and failing to have the appropriate licenses. A third boat, the Fishing Lady, was removed from service after it was found to have numerous safety violations and was taking on passengers despite an order earlier this year from the Coast Guard not to do so.

On Oct. 29, 2014, Herlen Lynch appeared in Queen Anne’s County District Court and was fined $500.00 for failing to have a charter license, a citation issued by NRP Officer Devin Corcoran. He was put on probation until April 29, 2016. Herlen Lynch was represented by attorney Daniel D. Rosendale.

Darnell Lynch apparently cares about the same for rules regarding driver’s licenses as much as rules for working the water. On Oct. 31, 2014, he was cited for failing to have any type, kind or manner of registration or license to drive, perhaps giving the cop who stopped him writer’s cramp. A half dozen tickets were written by Maryland Transportation Authority Officer Barzai on Rt. 50. Those tickets call for him to appear in court on Jan. 29, 2015.

On Nov. 2, 2013 Darnell Lynch was caught for driving with a suspended registration and ticketed, this time by Easton Police Officer Maxwell Howard on Rt. 50 at Dutchman’s Way. On Jan. 6, 2014, Darnell Lynch entered a guilty plea and was granted probation before judgment and fined $24.50.

 

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