President of watermen's association, 2 others accused of crabbing violations

August 06, 1994|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Staff Writer

The president of the Baltimore County Watermen's Association and two other men were charged with crabbing violations yesterday after Maryland Natural Resources Police said they found three men working a restricted area of the Chesapeake Bay near Hart-Miller Islands Natural Resource Area.

Daniel Beck, 45, the association president, was cited with Frederick Joseph Mizell, 72, and Joseph Edward Kruse, 26, according to Barbara MacLeod, a spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources. The men are from Essex.

About 6 a.m. yesterday, a patrol observed three men crabbing in Hawk Cove on Mr. Beck's 36-foot boat, Survivor, Ms. MacLeod said. The men were working with 82 crab pots on two lines when police arrived, she said.

Each man was charged with two counts of setting commercial crab pots in a restricted area. If found guilty, the maximum penalty is a fine of $500 per violation, Ms. MacLeod said.

She said Mr. Beck also was issued two warnings that accuse him of fishing with unmarked crab pots and working without a commercial license in his possession.

The three were not arrested, and a trial was scheduled for December in Essex District Court.

Attempts to reach the three for comment were unsuccessful yesterday.

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