RICHARD STEVEN NELSON PUT ON PROBATION FOR HARVESTING OYSTERS FROM POLLUTED WATERS OF ST. MARY’S COUNTY

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RICHARD STEVEN NELSON PUT ON PROBATION FOR HARVESTING OYSTERS FROM POLLUTED WATERS
OF ST. MARY’S COUNTY

Oyster beds are closed to harvesting when bacteria levels rise and increase the risk of serious illness and death for those who consume them. This view of St. Mary’s River is near the St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a long time polluter of the river. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY.

LEONARDTOWN, MD. – Do you like a dose of a contagious disease with your oysters?

Richard Steven Nelson, of 45950 Bates Road, Great Mills, Md., hired Leonardtown attorney Dan Slade to make a plea deal for him when he was nabbed by NRP Officer Corey Thorne for catching oysters over the pollution line in an area closed to the harvesting of oysters by the Maryland Department of the Environment. 

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The taking of oysters from the banned areas was implemented due to rising bacteria levels that can cause serious illness and death.

Where were your oysters caught?

On May 6, 2019, Slade and St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz agreed in District Court in a plea deal for a verdict of Probation Before Judgement and unsupervised probation for two years.

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