May 23, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CONVICTED FOR WETLANDS VIOLATIONS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Spedden &
Smith Marine Construction, Inc. a Cambridge corporation, plead guilty
today to violations stemming from its construction of a pier on
tidal wetlands. Kenneth Wilson Smith, III, 35, of East New Market
and Phillip Winfield Spedden, Jr., 34, of Cambridge, also plead
guilty to the same charges. The corporation will pay a $500 fine,
and the two men will each pay a $250 fine. The maximum penalty by
law for each count is $500.
Smith and the construction company were convicted of failing to
comply with a condition of a license issued for construction on
tidal wetlands in Fishing Creek in Dorchester County. Specifically,
the license required them to remove a portion of a pier before doing
additional construction. The company is required to come into compliance
with the license within 60 days, or face additional charges.
convictions are the result of a joint investigation by the Maryland
Department of the Environment, Maryland State Police, and the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General.