- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A St. Mary’s man has been charged through a summons with oystering violations and telephone misuse. Court papers allege state wildlife officers found some undersize oysters in his boat and that he later made harassing phone calls to them and their dispatchers.
Robert Steven Nelson Jr., 29, of Hollywood was a passenger in a pickup truck towing his boat and a trailer shortly before 3 a.m. on March 15 when Maryland Natural Resources Police stopped the vehicle on Maddox Road, court papers state, and another passenger told police that they had gone out in the boat after dark to get oysters.
Nelson said that the boat had become disabled during the daytime and that he used shaft tongs to later push it to shore, court papers state, but wildlife officers easily started the boat’s motor. The boat, trailer and five bushels of wet oysters were seized, according to court papers, which stated that four of the bushels held a percentage of undersize oysters that exceeded the legal limit.
Later that day, charging papers allege, Nelson began making 13 calls to the police agency’s offices and communications center, including telling Acting Sgt. John Jowanowitch that “you’ll get yours” and “you better have your pants hitched up tight.”
Nelson was charged with four offenses of telephone misuse, seven oystering violations and three boating violations through the investigation by Cpl. David Bailey.