Charles County Man Placed on Probation for Open
Burning Without a Permit
MD (January 9, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today
that Michael F. Mona, Jr., 35, of 9350
Mona Farm Place in La Plata, was found guilty in the District Court
of Maryland for Charles County of illegally causing an open fire
without obtaining a required permit. The offense is a misdemeanor
in violation of the State’s Ambient Air Quality Control laws.
On February 24, 2007, at 6970 Our Place in Port Tobacco, Mona
burned large quantities of wood waste without a permit. The Marbury
Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene of the fire which,
due to its large size, involved a multi-company response. Judge
Richard A. Cooper imposed a 90-day suspended jail sentence and
placed Mona on probation before judgment for a period of 18 months.
He was also ordered to complete 16 hours of community work service
and to pay $975 in restitution to the Marbury Volunteer Fire Company.
This case follows an
investigation conducted by the Environmental Crimes Unit of the
Office of the Attorney General with the assistance
of the Maryland Department of Environment’s Waste Management
Administration, the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Department
of Natural Resources, the Charles County Department of Planning
and Growth Management, and the 10th District Volunteer Fire Department.