NARCOTICS DETECTIVES ARREST TWO MEN FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION

9-17-14 Narcotis Arrests(September 18, 2014) – On September 12, 2014, at approximately 4 p.m., detectives of the Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit, assisted by the Special Enforcement Unit and Patrol Division, concluded a three week drug distribution investigation with the arrest of Blair D. Smith, 22. Smith has no fixed address.

During the investigation, a narcotics detective made several purchases of marijuana from Smith. A second subject, Michael L. Blake Jr., 23, of Pocomoke City, MD, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, possession and distribution of marijuana. Smith has been charged by Ocean City Police with two counts of possession of marijuana and two counts of distribution of marijuana.

Both were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner. Smith was released from custody after posting $10,000 bond. Blake was released on personal recognizance.

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“SHARE THE ROAD” DURING OC BIKEFEST EVENT

endangered_species(September 10, 2013) – Ocean City will see an increased number of motorcyclists this weekend as bikers make their way to Ocean City for the annual OC BikeFest Motorcycle Rally set to take place September 11-14. Sponsored events will take place at various locations throughout Ocean City. The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens of a few important safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend:

  • Be aware of motorcycle traffic. Often people cannot see motorcycles because of blind spots in their car. Be extra cautious of this when driving, especially when changing lanes.
  • Motorcyclists are reminded that Maryland law requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet while operating or riding on a public roadway. Motorcycles must also have a windscreen in place or the operator must wear an approved eye-protective device.
  • Driving any vehicle under the influence of alcohol poses a serious danger to the driver and others nearby and will not be tolerated by Ocean City officers.
  • When traveling by foot, always use crosswalks when crossing city streets. Drivers are strongly encouraged to be extremely vigilant while driving and be aware of all pedestrians, bicycles and scooters.
  • If you see any criminal activity including racing or dangerous driving, attempt to safely get a good description of the vehicle and person and contact police at 410-723-6600.

In hopes of a safe and successful OC BikeFest event, the Ocean City Police Department reminds all drivers and motorcyclists to share in the responsibility of keeping all drivers safe and do your part by safely sharing the road.

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SCHOOL BUSSES WILL SOON BE SEEN ACROSS WORCESTER COUNTY

(August 29bus_safety, 2014) – As summer vacation comes to an end, the Ocean City Police Department would like to remind motorists to be cautious while traveling as Worcester County students return to class September 2. Motorists should do their part to keep children safe and be aware of school busses during busy commutes.

School bus pick-up and drop-off times may vary, however; citizens can generally expect to see busses on the road between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. then again between 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. Citizens are reminded that all drivers traveling in all lanes on the same side of the highway as a school bus are required to stop when the flashing red lights are activated.

“Additional OCPD patrols are continuously assigned to enforce school bus safety each school day,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Drivers are reminded to take extra time to look for children at intersections and always stop for a school bus that has activated it’s flashing red lights, no matter what lane your in.”

Worcester County parents are also encouraged to remind their students to stay off the street while waiting for the bus and always wait for the bus driver’s signal before crossing in front of the bus.

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OCPD ARRESTS TWO IN CONNECTION WITH DEATH OF PA MAN

(August 26, 2014) –Ocean City Police Criminal Investigation Division detectives have arrested two suspects in connection with the August 24th death of Justin D. Cancelliere of North Whitehall, PA. The two suspects have been identified as Caleb Edwin-Earl Ochse, 27, and Christopher Blake Kendall, 22. Both suspects are from Ocean City, MD.

On August 24, 2014, Ocean City officers responded to the area of 109 North Atlantic Avenue to assist Ocean City EMS, for a victim of an assault that had already occurred.  Upon arrival, officers located Cancelliere unconscious and unresponsive in the parking lot of an area hotel. After a thorough investigation, detectives determined the assault occurred during an altercation in the area of Talbot Street and Baltimore Avenue.

First responders from the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on Cancelliere and transported him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland has ruled the cause of Cancelliere’s death a homicide.

On August 26, 2014, Ocean City detectives with assistance from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Enforcement Team, arrested Ochse at his place of employment. Kendall turned himself in to police at the Ocean City Public Safety Building several hours later. Both have been charged with manslaughter, second degree assault, affray and reckless endangerment.

Ochse and Kendall are currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building awaiting an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.

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OCPD INVESTIGATING EARLY MORNING ASSAULT

(August 24, 2014) – On August 24, 2014, at approximately 3:12 a.m. Ocean City police were dispatched to area of 109 North Atlantic Avenue to assist Ocean City EMS, for a victim of an assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male that was unconscious and unresponsive in the parking lot of an area hotel.

First responders from the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim and transported him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified as Justin Daniel Cancelliere, 37, North Whitehall, PA.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by OCPD investigators. An autopsy is currently scheduled for August 25 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore.

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JESSUP MAN LEADS OCEAN CITY POLICE ON AN EARLY MORNING PURSUIT

Carlton M. Stephenson III

Carlton M. Stephenson III

(August 21, 2014) – On August 21, 2014, at approximately 3:10 a.m. Ocean City police were on marked patrol in the area of Coastal Highway and 65th Street when officers observed a vehicle traveling eastbound through a nearby parking lot and on to southbound Coastal Highway, nearly causing a collision with oncoming traffic.

While traveling southbound, officers observed the vehicle fail to stay in a single lane and continue southbound at a high rate of speed. Officers then activated emergency lights and siren as the vehicle failed to stop at a red light on 49th Street, turned west on to 49th Street and entered a nearby parking lot. The vehicle then exited the parking lot, traveled south on Coastal Highway and made a U-turn at 48th street all while failing to yield for right-of-way traffic.

Stationary Traffic Safety Unit officers recorded the vehicle to be traveling at a steady speed of 98 mph in the area of 65th Street. Shortly after, the vehicle failed to control its speed and collided with a condominium building in the area of Coastal Highway and 72nd Street. The vehicle crashed into and destroyed electrical meters and an electrical box causing electrical fluid to saturate northbound Coastal Highway.

The collision caused northbound traffic to be rerouted to a single southbound lane for more than four hours as Ocean City Public Works and electrical crews worked to clean up the fluid spill and restore power to the building.

The driver, Carlton M. Stephenson III, 21, of Jessup, MD, was arrested on scene with no injuries. Ocean City police have charged Stephenson with driving under the influence and a multitude of traffic violations. He is currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building awaiting an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.

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DRUNK DRIVER HITS PEDESTRIAN AND ATTEMPTS TO FLEE

8-20-14 Ped Collision(August 20, 2014) – On August 17, 2014, at approximately 2:20 a.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of 55th Street and Coastal Highway for a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers witnessed a male, later identified as Lester A. Simpson, 32, of Salisbury, MD, attempting to move the vehicle out of the roadway and away from the scene.

During the on-scene investigation, officers determined that another male, later identified as Branden C. Whitley, 31, of Salisbury, was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the collision. Whitley had attempted to flee the scene on foot but was quickly located by officers nearby on 55th Street.

The pedestrian, a 21-year-old female of Willow Grove, PA, was treated on scene by Ocean City EMS and transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. She was released from hospital care on August 18. The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk when she attempted to cross Coastal Highway.

Upon contact with Simpson and Whitley, officers suspected that both were under the influence of alcohol and administered field sobriety tests. Both were unable to complete the tests successfully and were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Ocean City police have charged Whitley with multiple charges including driving under the influence, failure to remain at the scene of a collision, failure to exercise due care to avoid a pedestrian and many more. Simpson was charged with multiple driving under the influence charges and was released on his own personal recognizance. Whitley has since been transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Citizens are reminded to Walk Smart! in Ocean City and always use marked crosswalks when attempting to cross Coastal Highway and all other city streets. The Ocean City Police Department is committed to enforcing drunk driving and pedestrian safety and encourages everyone to use the many safe modes of transportation available.

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DEATH OF 38-YEAR-OLD NJ MAN NO LONGER CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS

(August 17, 2014) – On August 16, 2014, at approximately 3 a.m., Ocean City Communications received a call reporting an adult male had been located unconscious and unresponsive inside a hotel room in the area of 4701 Coastal Highway, in Ocean City.

First responders from the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim and transported him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 3:45 a.m.  The victim has been identified as Jorge Troca, 38, of Lyndhurst, NJ.

An autopsy was conducted on August 17, 2014 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland.  The results of the autopsy at this time are pending; however, investigators in the case have determined that no foul play was involved in Troca’s death.

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OCEAN CITY POLICE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF 38-YEAR-OLD MALE

(August 16, 2014) – On August 16, 2014, at approximately 3 a.m. Ocean City Communications received a call reporting an adult male had been located unconscious and unresponsive inside a hotel room in the area of 4701 Coastal Highway, in Ocean City.

First responders from the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim and transported him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 3:45 a.m. The victim has been identified as Jorge Troca, 38, of Lyndhurst, NJ.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by OCPD investigators.  At this time, the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division has categorized this death as suspicious.  A comprehensive investigation will be completed before a final determination is made.

An examination is currently scheduled for August 17 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore.

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OCPD TAKING APPLICATION FOR CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY

Crime scene forensics is just one of the topics that is covered in Citizens Police Academy.

Crime scene forensics is just one of the topics that is covered in Citizens Police Academy.

(August 15, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy begins classes on September 2, 2014 at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and continues every Tuesday for ten weeks. The Citizens Police Academy is a component of the citizen government education program known as “Ocean City University.”

The OCPD has been offering the citizens of Ocean City the unique opportunity to see the inner workings of the resort police department for nearly 15 years. The Citizens Police Academy was created to enable citizens to learn more about the Ocean City Police Department and build the relationship between the police and the community.

During this course, students meet a variety of officers to learn about criminal law, traffic enforcement, evidence collection, firearms, arrest procedures, narcotics enforcement and many other topics. Students also participate in practical scenarios, which afford citizens hands-on opportunity to understand various law enforcement applications.

“Educating citizens about their police department and illegal activity in their community is one of the best forms of crime prevention,” said OCPD Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Citizens Police Academy not only benefits our community but also benefits the officers of the Ocean City Police Department.”

The Citizens Police Academy has a limited class size of 25 participants. Interested persons must complete a written application and give permission for the Ocean City Police Department to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record. For more information about the Citizens Police Academy or to receive an application, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at 410-520-5395, or visit http://www.oceancitymd.gov/Police/citizen_academy.html.

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