Maine men accused of assaulting officers, illegally harvesting elvers

Posted May 03, 2013, at 3:11 p.m.
Last modified May 03, 2013, at 6:08 p.m.
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. — Two Maine men were arrested on Friday and charged with illegally harvesting elvers in a New Hampshire river.

Matthew Kinney, 29, of Bremen and Justin Kinney, 35, of Mount Vernon are facing additional charges as well, according to Lt. Michael Eastman of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Authorities did not disclose whether the two men were related.

Game officials received information at 5 a.m. Friday that the two men were dipping young glass eels in the Hampton Falls River near Route 1, according to Eastman.

Conservation officers went to the river and caught the men, but neither would go quietly, the lieutenant said.

Matthew Kinney allegedly struck an officer while in the process of being handcuffed and was pepper sprayed. He fell into the river and then ran off, unhandcuffed, into the marsh, according to Eastman.

Justin Kinney also reportedly fled but was caught quickly.

A search team found Matthew Kinney in a rented room at the Hampton Falls Inn at 9:15 a.m. thanks to a tracking dog brought in by the New Hampshire State Police, Eastman said.

Matthew Kinney is facing charges of assault on a police officer, disobeying a conservation officer, resisting arrest, taking American eels less than 6 inches in length and taking American eels without a harvest permit. His bail was set at $5,000.

Justin Kinney is accused of hindering apprehension, disobeying a conservation officer, taking American eels less than 6 inches in length and taking American eels without a harvest permit. His bail was set at $2,500.

Both suspects are being held at the Rockingham House of Corrections. Their arraignment is scheduled for Monday in Seabrook District Court.

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