Six cited for hunting without written OK

November 12, 1996

Maryland Natural Resources Police issued six citations for hunting without written permission near Keymar last week, after Maryland Midland Railway employees reported unauthorized hunters on company property.

The railroad company does not allow hunting on its property out of concern for its employees' safety, said Sgt. William R. Schuler of the Natural Resources Police. Locomotive engineers spotted the alleged violators and called the company dispatcher, who contacted the Natural Resources police.

Hunters are required to carry written permission to hunt on private property, the sergeant said. The maximum fine for hunting without such permission is $1,500.

Cited were Arvil L. Foster, 36, of the 300 block of Holly Road; Hugh A. McDonald, 31, of the 3600 block of Muddy Creek Road; William L. Holt, 40, of the 5000 block of Lerch Drive; Jerry W. Bunch, 39, of the 100 block of Bear Creek Parkway; John W. Boswell Jr., 41, of the 1500 block of Wakefield Road, all from Anne Arundel County; and William K. Ford, 32, of the 900 block of Cloverfield Road in Queen Anne's County.

The department's Catch-a-Poacher hot line, (800) 635-6124 has received numerous calls this season, a dispatcher said yesterday.

The hot line -- which is open 24 hours a day and guarantees anonymity -- is paid for by conservation-minded individuals and organizations. Rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of violators.

Railway museum plans to reopen in January

The Western Maryland Railway Museum in Union Bridge will reopen in January for winter hours, thanks to a new heating system.

The museum, at 41 N. Main St., traditionally has been open May through October because of lack of heat. Now, "people can go through without having to worry about freezing to death," said Dennis E. Wertz, president of the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society Inc., which operates the museum.

The museum will be open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. except Easter or if snow emergency plans are in effect in Carroll or Frederick counties. Admission is free.

Wertz said the society has raised about $28,000 in the past 10 years to heat and air-condition the museum. The money came from donations, the museum gift shop and fund-raising events.

Pub Date: 11/12/96

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