October 22, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CONTRACTOR SENTENCED FOR
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced that Scott Howard O'Day,
47, of the 1300 block of Wildwood Beach Road in Essex, was sentenced
today for illegally filling State wetlands. O'Day, who is a marine
contractor, was convicted last April of illegally filling wetlands
along Back River after a trial in the District Court of Maryland
for Baltimore County. Judge G. Darrell Russell fined O'Day $1,000
and ordered O'Day to attempt to obtain a license through the Board
of Public Works.
to trial testimony, O'Day obtained State approval to replace a bulkhead
on his next-door neighbor's property, as well as a required building
permit from Baltimore County. O'Day then replaced the bulkhead on
his own residence at the same time. O'Day although having just obtained
permits for the work he did for the neighbor, did not even 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
O'Day had moved some parts of the bulkhead forward several feet
into the river.
is against the law to dredge or fill in State tidal wetlands without
obtaining a license. The maximum penalty for violations is a fine
of up to $1,000.
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 Maryland Department of