COUPLE RETIRES FROM OCPD AUXILIARY UNIT AFTER VOLUNTEERING OVER 5,000 HOURS

Lt. Scott Harner, AO Wanda Olson, AO Donald Olson and Chief Ross Buzzuro at a recent Auxiliary Unit Recognition Luncheon.

Lt. Scott Harner, AO Wanda Olson, AO Donald Olson and Chief Ross Buzzuro at a recent Auxiliary Unit Recognition Luncheon.

(October 22, 2014) – Earlier this week, a very dedicated husband and wife duo resigned from the Ocean City Police Department Auxiliary Unit. Auxiliary Officers Donald and Wanda Olson served as Auxiliary Unit volunteers for 11 years and donated a combined total of over 5,000 hours to the Ocean City Police Department and the citizens of Ocean City. Many citizens may remember seeing the couple conducting traffic details or assisting at many special events throughout the year.

The Olson’s will be greatly missed by every member of the Ocean City Police Department as they continue their retirement closer to family in western Maryland.

The Auxiliary Unit is a group of civilian volunteers that are trained to support the department and serve the citizens of Ocean City. Members of this unit volunteer their time to assist sworn personnel with traffic details, special event security, administrative assistance, and much more. Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary Unit is asked to contact Lt. Scott Harner at 410-520-5318.

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OCPD REMINDING CITIZENS TO BE SAFE WHILE CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN

NHTS-19857 Monster Drink(October 21, 2014) –As all of the young trick-or-treaters dressed as witches and warlocks and party-going ghosts and goblins hit the streets of Ocean City, the Ocean City Police Department reminds everyone to be safe this Halloween.

Parents are encouraged to remind their trick-or-treaters of the following safety tips before going out in search of Halloween candy:

  • Never trick-or-treat alone. Always stay with a parent or guardian. If the child is trusted to trick-or-treat alone, remind the child to stay with friends and only go to areas that are familiar and are well lit.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and always carry a flashlight. This will make the child more visible to drivers. Also, choose face paint and makeup instead of masks. This prevents the child’s vision from being obstructed.
  • Only eat factory-wrapped treats and avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only when with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit homes and avoid dark houses. Also, never accept any rides from strangers while trick-or-treating.
  • Always remember to stay on the sidewalk and only cross the street at the crosswalk when the signal gives the okay. Walk Smart!

For those older ghosts and goblins that will be celebrating Halloween, keep the party off the road. Remember these safety tips while celebrating:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
  • If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement.
  • And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

By following these simple safety tips, everyone celebrating Halloween in Ocean City will be sure to have a spooky good time!

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OCPD ARREST TWO SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN MULTIPLE BURGLARIES

9-26-14 Burglaries(September 25, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division recently concluded a theft investigation of building materials and scrap metal with the arrest of Melvin James Collins Jr., 25, of Pittsville, MD and Kenneth James Armitage, 23, of Ocean City, MD.  The thefts, totaling approximately $3,000, occurred between September 18, 2014 and September 23, 2014.

Ocean City detectives were able to identify the two suspects through electronic surveillance.  Detectives then conducted surveillance on the suspects and observed the two commit a separate theft outside of Ocean City and unload the stolen items from that theft at Armitage’s residence in Ocean City.  Detectives placed Collins and Armitage under arrest. A search and seizure warrant was later executed at Armitage’s residence where detectives located numerous stolen items.

Collins and Armitage have been charged by Ocean City police with three counts of theft and one count of theft scheme. Both suspects were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and were held on $7,500 bond.

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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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