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News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Police charged a Mechanicsville man and seized his firearm for illegally harvesting a 19-point antlered deer in early November. Police investigated a report of illegal hunting activity on a property in the Accokeek.

A deer management permit on the property stipulated that only antlerless deer were to be harvested, only shotguns could be used, and all hunters must wear fluorescent clothing. Police charged Charles Knaggs, 36, with violating each of those rules.

If found guilty, Knaggs faces up to $6,000 in fines if convicted.


Two commercial fishermen were charged with harvesting oysters in an area that is unsafe for human consumption.

Police charged George Fish, 59, of Ridge and Benjamin Goddard, 75, of Piney Point for harvesting oysters in a restricted area near the Naval Air Station Patuxent River wastewater treatment facility, which had been closed by the Maryland Department of Environment.

Police seized 20 bushels of oysters that were caught. If convicted, Fish and Goddard each face up to $1,000 in fines.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...