April 18, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
OF WETLANDS VIOLATIONS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Scott Howard
ODay, 47, of the 1300 block of Wildwood Beach Road, Essex
was convicted Thursday of illegally filling State wetlands after
a trial in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County.
ODay, who is a marine contractor, was convicted of illegally
filling wetlands along Back River, in Essex, in January 2002.
to trial testimony, ODay obtained State approval to replace
a bulkhead on his next-door neighbors property, as well as
a required building permit from Baltimore County. ODay then
replaced the bulkhead on his own residence at the same time. ODay
although having just obtained permits for the work he did for the
neighbor, also failed to apply for State or County approvals before
completing work on his property. Additionally, Baltimore County
Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management employees
testified that a review of aerial photographs of the shoreline maintained
by Baltimore County indicated ODay had moved parts of the
bulkhead forward 10 feet into the river.
conviction follows a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland
State Police, with the assistance of the Baltimore County Department
Of Environmental Protection and Resource Management.
maximum potential sentence is a $1,000 fine, the removal of the
bulkhead and restoration of the effected area. Judge G. Darrell
Russell set sentencing for July 17, 2003.