May 23, 2013
Sergeant Todd Thompson
Oregon State Police - Newport
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 265-5354 ext 224
An investigation by the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division at the Newport Area Command office is leading to multiple charges for several individuals including a Tidewater-area man previously charged with the unlawful sale of commercial/sport caught Dungeness crab to a local cafe.
After the completion of a commercial fisheries investigation in 2011-2012 that led to charges for KEITH PAULSON, age 64, from Tidewater, additional complaints regarding PAULSON were reported. Allegations of several crimes between August and November 2012 led to more charges by the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office. On May 14, 2013, PAULSON was also charged with the following crimes:
* Unlawful Sale of Sport Caught Crab
* Exceeding the Daily Limit of Sport Caught Crab
* Failure to Sell to a Licensed Wholesale Dealer
* Failure to Sell/Retain for Personal Use
Others implicated during the investigation were cited to appear in court on various charges. The owner of the Dock of the Bay, JANA BOATRIGHT, age 51, from, Waldport, is being charged with Unlawful Possession of Sport Caught Crab and Unlawful Sale of Sport Caught Crab.
Additional charges are pending for others. The investigation is continuing.