June 15, 2005
CRISFIELD MAN CHARGED WITH WATER POLLUTION IN SECOND
COUNTY ON SHORE
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
Paul Wayne Adkins, 61, formerly of Hall Highway, in Crisfield,
County, Maryland has been charged in Somerset County with water
pollution. The charge alleges that Adkins violated the State's
water pollution laws on March 31, 2005 by illegally discharging
commercial grease directly into Manokin Creek, near 12881 Recycle
Drive, outside Princess Anne in Somerset County. Commercial grease
is material that is pumped out of grease traps at restaurants
and other commercial kitchen facilities.
If convicted of the illegal discharge of a pollutant into waters
of the State, Adkins could be sentenced to up to two years in
prison and/or fined $50,000. The filing of a criminal information
an accusation of criminal wrongdoing and each individual 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. Adkins will be arraigned June 30th in the Circuit
Court for Somerset County in Princess Anne.
Adkins is presently being held in the Wicomico County Detention
Center in regards to similar pollution charges announced by this