Delaware NREC Police Blotter: Dec. 7-13

Evidence seized in Evans’ arrest for possession of deadly weapon by person prohibited by Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Police/DNREC Photos
Evidence seized in Evans’ arrest for possession of deadly weapon by person prohibited by Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Police/DNREC Photos
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Delaware -(Ammoland.com)- To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Dec. 7-13 made 1776 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public, including 244 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks.

Officers responded to 26 complaints and issued 113 citations. This week, with an expanded Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continuing to be deployed as a deterrent, no citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail.

Items of particular note:

· On Dec. 7, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested Robert N. Evans, 36, of Milton, on 11 counts of possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited and one count of possession of ammunition by a person prohibited in connection with deer hunting near Delmar. Three crossbows, three shotguns, two muzzleloaders, two rifles, one handgun and an assortment of associated arrows and ammunition were seized as evidence on a search warrant. Evans was video-arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and released on $6,000 unsecured bond pending a preliminary hearing in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

· Also on Dec. 7, following a tip through Operation Game Theft, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested Christian M. Emkey Jr., 65, of Laurel, for dumping solid waste in the form of three deer carcasses along a roadway in Midlands Wildlife Area near Millsboro. Emkey pled guilty to the charge in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, and was fined $652, including court costs, and ordered to clean up the deer by Dec. 13.

Citations issued this week by offense category included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:

  • Wildlife Conservation: Failure to attach antlerless deer tag (1), and wildlife area map violation/failure to register for a deer stand on a state wildlife area (2).
  • Fisheries Conservation: Commercial: Crabbing without a commercial crab pot license (20)*, crabbing during pot closure season (20)*, crabbing from a vessel not associated with the operator’s commercial license number (20)*, crabbing from a vessel not displaying the required color panel matching the commercial operator’s markers (20)*, and failure to tend crab pots every 72 hours (10)*.
  • Boating and Boating Safety: Operating an unregistered vessel (1)*, and no boat ramp certificate (2).
  • Public Safety: Possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited (11), possession of ammunition by a person prohibited (1), failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season (2), operating an unregistered motor vehicle (1)*, and operating an unregistered trailer (1)*.
  • Other: Dumping solid waste (1).
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Jim Kiser,Sr

I’m never driving through Delaware, ever! I’ll go around even if it takes me an extra week.
I don’t believe even here in Michigan that a person not allowed to own a firearm cannot even own a crossbow or muzzleloader. That’s just crazy. So, I can understand if they had assaulted or murdered someone but if not they still should have the right to be able to hunt to put food on the table. I just don’t see a problem with a crossbow or muzzleloader, as long as they purchase the correct licences to hunt.