November 24, 2004
MAN CHARGED WITH WETLANDS AND SEDIMENT CONTROL VIOLATIONS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that William Costello,
63, of the 1400 block of Sharps Point Road in Annapolis,
Maryland, was charged in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
with one count of filling wetlands without a license and six counts
of sediment control violations.
charging document alleges that the defendant violated the State's
wetlands and sediment control laws from December 8, 2003 through
December 31, 2003 at his residence on Sharps Point Road.
maximum penalty for filling wetlands without a license is a $10,000
fine. The maximum penalty for each of the sediment
charges is up to 1-year imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
The filing of charges is merely an accusation of criminal wrongdoing
and anyone charged is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
These charges follow a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland
State Police Department, with the assistance of the Maryland Department
of the Environment and the Anne Arundel County government. A trial
date has not been set.