Maryland’s Own Maddoff: Patrick J. Belzner aka Patrick McCloskey pleads guilty massive investor fraud

Instead, Belzner admitted that he directed McCloskey to remove the investors’ funds soon after they had been deposited into the escrow account. Belzner and McCloskey then used the stolen funds to pay for their personal and business expenses, as well as to make partial repayments to earlier lenders, to pay fees to some of the victim investors to keep them from demanding the return of their money, and to pay the loan broker for its supposed work and expenses in attempting to locate financing sources.

DNR Claims Crackdown on Outlaw Watermen; Fact or Myth?

ANNAPOLIS, MD. — For the past several years the O’Malley Administration has set out a number of initiatives designed to protect the native oyster species from over-harvesting and to grow the oyster beds, considered vital in that oysters filter Bay water.

As part of that effort, large oyster sanctuaries have been established where oystering is either restricted or banned, making those areas tempting targets for one of Maryland’s other native species — the oyster pirate.

Road-side vendor caught with undersized crabs; Stephan Brinkman cited for possession of female crabs

Carson could be fined a maximum of $1,000 for each violation. On the first charge of selling a bushel with 25 undersized crabs, she can plead guilty and pay a $400 fine. However, she is required to appear in Carroll District Court on the charges of having one bushel with 74 undersized crabs and the other with 87 undersized crabs. The court date has not been set.

Three charter boats drydocked by Coast Guard and Maryland DNR Police for failing to have proper licenses

Maryland Natural Resources Police report that two Kent Island fishing boat captains were charged Thursday with operating passenger vessels without required safety equipment and failing to have the appropriate licenses, following a lengthy investigation and enforcement action by undercover Maryland Natural Resources Police officers and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mark Jason Jastram was so drunk he fell out of his boat, but his boat didn’t mind and kept on trucking without him

The operator, Mark Jason Jastram, 29, of Hurlock had been driving his vessel back to his home port when he was thrown from the vessel for unknown reasons. Further investigation revealed that Jastram had been consuming alcoholic beverages prior to operating the vessel. Jastram failed field sobriety testing and refused a breath test for alcohol concentration. He was subsequently charged with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol, and negligent operation of a vessel. A trial date has been set for November 19 in Dorchester County District Court.

Judge lays down hefty fines on DC area recreational fishermen; fines deferred for waterman convicted of poaching

Five men were found guilty in July in Dorchester District Court of poaching 191 striped bass from the Fishing Creek Bridge, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

NRP officers conducting overnight surveillance on May 30, 2014 caught the men exceeding the daily catch limit, keeping undersized striped bass, catching striped bass in a restricted area, and possession of striped bass while fishing between midnight and 5 a.m.

All five men pleaded guilty to exceeding the daily catch limit.

Ricardo Alvarado, 41, of Washington D.C. received a one-year suspension of fishing privileges and a $1,200 fine, plus court costs. Alvarado was already serving a six-month suspension for striped bass violations, set to expire on July 30.

Hagerstown crabhouse double-dipper in poaching sting for undersize crabs

HAGERSTOWN, MD. — According to the Maryland Natural Resources Police, a follow-up visit to a Hagerstown seafood shop charged earlier in the month with selling illegal crabs yielded more of the same last Thursday, the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.

An officer conducting an inspection at Cameron’s Seafood on Dual Highway discovered one bushel with 82 undersized crabs and another with 42 undersized crabs. On Aug. 1, he found one bushel with 110 undersized crabs and another with 59 undersized crabs.

For the latest violations, Hussein Kato Katende, 38, of Columbia, was issued two citations and the crabs were delivered to a Hagerstown food bank.

Copper thief came close to executing self during heist from electric substation

Police report that on August 3, 2014, at approximately 10:00 a.m., officers from the Northern District responded to the Baltimore, Gas and Electric (BGE) substation located in the 700 block of Cabin Branch Lane, Linthicum in reference to a burglary.

Upon arrival, officers met with a representative from BGE, who advised that he responded to the substation for a power outage that occurred at approximately 5:20 a.m. Upon inspection, he discovered a theft of copper wiring. A further inspection revealed the theft occurred from two high-side air break structures.

THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY now on newsstands from Glen Burnie to Ocean City

The monthly print edition of THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY can now be found on newsstands all over Maryland. Reaching far beyond the Southern Maryland region, look for THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY in major stores in Prince Georges County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Queen Anne County, Talbot County, Worcester and Wicomico on Maryland’s Eastern Shore as well as in Delaware. The print edition will soon be distributed in Northern Neck Virginia as well. Advertisers may reach Larry Jarboe at 240-298-5253 or Ken Rossignol at 301-535-8624.