May 5, 2004
OWNER AND TWO ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY COMPANIES PLEAD GUILTY TO
SEDIMENT CONTROL VIOLATIONS
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the guilty plea and sentencing
of Lothian Trading Post, Inc., a Maryland site
excavation company, located at 231 Marlboro Road in Anne Arundel
County; the company’s owner, David Riggs, Jr., 37, of the
same address; and Three Rivers Sportsmen, Inc., a Maryland corporation,
located at 215 Three Rivers Road, for violations of the State’s
Sediment Control laws.
Lothian Trading Post, Inc., Riggs, and Three Rivers Sportsmen,
Inc. each pled guilty in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
to the charge of unlawfully beginning construction without an approved
sediment control plan. Lothian Trading Post pled guilty to illegally
dumping wood waste and construction debris, in addition to the
sediment control violations.
to the statement of facts, from March 1, 2003 through April 23,
2003, Riggs and employees of Lothian Trading Post, Inc.
dumped large amounts of construction debris and wood waste into
a large ravine at the Three Rivers Sportsmen Club in Anne Arundel
County. The officers of Three Rivers Sportsmen, Inc. authorized
Riggs and his company to fill in the ravine believing the ravine
posed a safety hazard. However, the defendants failed to obtain
the required sediment control plan prior to filling the ravine.
In addition, Lothian Trading Post, Inc. illegally dumped construction
debris and wood waste into the ravine.
December 2003, the Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections
and Permits issued a Violation/Correction Notice to Three Rivers
Sportsmen, Inc. regarding the illegal filling. The County determined
that removal of the debris and waste from the ravine would cause
further environmental damage. The Defendants, therefore, are
currently working with the County to obtain necessary permits
and to install
appropriate sediment control plans.
control plans must be filed with local authorities prior to filling
or otherwise disturbing land. These plans prevent
soil erosion and sediment deposit from polluting waters of
Failure to implement and maintain appropriate soil erosion
and sediment measures creates a great environmental risk to fish
and other marine life in Maryland waters.
Honorable Judge Joseph Manck ordered Lothian Trading Post, Inc.
to pay a $5,000 fine and placed the company on one year
of probation for the sediment control violation. Judge Manck
imposed a $10,000 suspended fine for the littering violation.
David Riggs, Jr. was placed on one year of probation and
ordered to pay a $5,000 fine with all but $2,000 suspended.
Rivers Sportsmen, Inc., was placed on one year of probation and
ordered to pay a $5,000 fine with all but $3,500 suspended.
of the fines must be paid to the Maryland Sediment Control Fund.
In the event that any of the defendants violate
terms of their probation, the Court has reserved the
right to impose
the maximum sentences.
maximum penalty for beginning construction without a sediment
control plan is one-year incarceration and/or
fine of $5,000.
The maximum penalty for litter disposal exceeding 216
cubic feet is 5 years imprisonment and/or a $25,000
cases were investigated and prosecuted by the Environmental Crimes
Unit of the Office of the Attorney
the assistance of the Maryland State Police.