Monthly Archives: November 2010

MAN ARRESTED FOR INTENTIONALLY ATTEMPTING TO RUN OVER CITIZENS WITH VEHICLE

On November 21, 2010, at approximately 9 p.m., Ocean City Police officers responded to Pickles Pub (711 Philadelphia Avenue) for a reported hit and run vehicle collision involving a pedestrian who sustained injuries.

Police determined the suspect, later identified as Alan Phillip Flynn, 32, of Ocean City, allegedly became intoxicated while in Pickles Pub and was asked by the establishment’s management to leave.

Flynn then allegedly spat on an employee and the victim. The victim and bar employee followed Flynn outside where Flynn entered a vehicle parked across the street. Witnesses related Flynn intentionally drove his vehicle at and struck the victim. The vehicle also hit a tree. Flynn fled the scene. OCPD broadcast a lookout for the vehicle being driven by Flynn, which was subsequently located unoccupied by a Worcester Sheriff’s Deputy in West Ocean City.

While officers were at Pickles Pub conducting witness and victim interviews, Flynn returned to the scene in a taxi cab. When Flynn saw the police, he attempted to flee the area in the cab. The taxi stopped a half block away and Flynn jumped out of the cab. He attempted to flee on foot. After a short foot pursuit Flynn attempted to hide in a crawl space underneath an 8th Street apartment building. With assistance of Maryland State Police and Berlin Police K-9 officers, Flynn surrendered to the OCPD.

Flynn was arrested and taken to Atlantic General Hospital with a possible knee injury he sustained while fleeing from police. He was treated and released to police custody. Flynn is charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault along with multiple traffic-related charges including DUI, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident as well as fleeing and eluding police. The victim was transported to Atlantic General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, treated and released.

Flynn was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and held on $10,000 bond. He was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

OCPD ENCOURAGING CITIZENS TO TAKE PROACTIVE APPROACH TO CRIME PREVENTION

Our homes are our most valuable assets and protecting them with the following crime prevention tips is an inexpensive way to maintain value and safety. In addition to protecting your home, the Ocean City Police Department asks you to be alert and call if you see any suspicious people or activities in your neighborhood.

As the holiday season approaches, it is important to continue following simple crime prevention techniques that will protect you and your property from being a victim of a crime.

  • Remember to lock all doors and windows to your home and vehicle
  • Keep inside and outside of your home well lit. Lighting is an inexpensive crime preventionstrategy and often deters criminals, so keep your lights on.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed below windows • Do not post your vacation or travel plans on social media sites. Instead, share your plans with a trusted neighbor, family member or friend who will keep an eye on your property while you are away.

The Ocean City Police Department also encourages citizens to become an active member of an Ocean City Neighborhood Watch Association. Currently, Ocean City boasts eight Neighborhood Watch Associations, including Caine Woods, Caine Keys II, Bayshore Drive, the Boardwalk Association, Edgewater Avenue, Little Salisbury, Montego Bay and Sundowner Park. These Neighborhood Watch groups have been instrumental in reducing crime and keeping citizens informed of various public safety issues.

If you plan on leaving the area for any extended period of time, the Ocean City Police Department encourages residents to take advantage of the “Residential Security Check Program.” This free program is available to all Ocean City residents whether you own or rent, live in a condominium or single family home.

• To participate in this program, call the OCPD Public Affairs Office at 410-723-6663. Registration may also be done online by visiting the OCPD website at: http://oceancitymd.gov/Police/securitycheck.html

The OCPD knows a well informed citizen and a proactive community is the best form of crime prevention. Please join the team to keep Ocean City a safe and fun place to live, work and visit.

OCPD GEARS UP FOR HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

The Ocean City Police Department Christmas Food and Toy Drive distribution is right around the corner and the lobby of the Public Safety Building will once again be transformed into a scene from Santa’s workshop as the OCPD gears up to make the holiday season special for needy children and their families.

The Ocean City Police Department is asking for toy donations, as well as monetary donations, in order to provide gifts and food baskets to local families. Unwrapped, new toys may be dropped off at the Public Safety Building, located at 65th Street & Coastal Highway.

For those who wish to contribute monetary donations, an account for food baskets has been set up at the Bank of Ocean City (the account name is: Town of Ocean City, Ocean City Police Department DBA-Holiday Food and Toy Drive). While you may contribute donations to any Bank of Ocean City branch, we ask you not to bring food to the Department or the bank. You may also send your donations to “OCPD Christmas Toy Drive” at 6501 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland, 21842.

The Ocean City Police Department is accepting referrals of children or families that are in need of assistance. In order to participate, families must be Ocean City residents or individuals who work in Ocean City. “I am continuously amazed by the generosity of our community,” said OCPD Chief Bernadette A. DiPino. “Despite a very difficult economy, the businesses and residents of the Ocean City community continue to pull together to provide for those individuals who are struggling this year. It truly is what Christmas is all about.”

In addition to donations, the Ocean City Police Department is looking for volunteers. Those who volunteer will be assisting participants with the collection of toys and food on the day of the distribution. The Ocean City Police Department asks that all donations be made by Thursday, December 16, 2010. The distribution will take place on Saturday, December 18, promptly at 9 a.m.

The OCPD Public Affairs Office will begin taking names of volunteers and participants on November 29, 2010. To submit a donation, volunteer, or refer a family in need, please contact Public Affairs Officer Michael Levyor Public Affairs Specialist Jessica Waters at 410.723.6665.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER GOING ON DAMAGE SPREE

On November 12, 2010, Ocean City Police responded to Duffy’s Tavern located on 12923 Coastal Highway, in reference to a disorderly male who had damaged tavern property. 

Police  spoke to employees of Duffy’s Tavern and determined that earlier in the evening a male later identified as Matthew William Gruber, 26, of Ocean City, had been at the establishment and became intoxicated.  Duffy’s Tavern management asked Gruber to leave, however, he kept returning. Eventually management removed  Gruber.  Later that evening Gruber was seen behind the establishment near a refrigeration unit that had been damaged.

 During the same evening police located Gruber nearby in the Montego Bay area. Police attempted to arrest Gruber for malicious destruction of property for the damage at Duffy’s Tavern.  Gruber resisted arrest and assaulted two police officers.  At the time of his arrest Gruber was charged with:

  • Two counts of 2nd degree assault on police officers.
  • Malicious destruction of property.
  • Resisting arrest.

On November 13, 2010, police responded to the Montego Bay Trailer Park, in reference to several damaged sidewalk light posts, which are owned by the Montego Bay Association.  The investigation revealed that during the evening of November 12, 2010, prior to Gruber’s arrest, he allegedly damaged these light posts.  Police have charged Gruber with these acts of malicious destruction as well.

Gruber was seen by an Ocean City District Court Judge and was held on $10,000 bond.  Gruber has been transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

HEROIC CITIZEN SAVES DRIVER FROM CERTAIN DEATH

On November 15, 2010, at approximately 2:10 a.m., Ocean City Police and Fire Departments responded to a parking lot located in the area of 5300 block of Coastal Highway, in reference to a car that had been driven into a canal.

Officers observed a car that was completely submerged in the canal on the south side of the parking lot. While at the scene, police located a female later identified as Taylor Cole Vanderhook, 23, of Fenwick Island, DE, at a bus stop in the area of 54th Street.   Police noted that Vanderhook was completely soaked with water.

While at the scene police were contacted by Christopher Sullivan, general manager of Yang’s Palace at 5401 Coastal Highway, who stated he had observed the car being driven by Vanderhook enter the parking lot at 5311 Coastal Highway.  Sullivan noted the car was driving with a flat tire on its rims because of the noise the car made when it entered the parking lot.  Sullivan then observed the car strike a boat that was out of the water on blocks in the parking lot. The car then stopped for a short time and then drove into the canal.

Sullivan told police that when he saw the car drive into the canal, he ran down to the parking lot and over to the car, which was still floating in the canal with Vanderhook seated in the driver’s seat.  While the car was still floating in the water, Sullivan attempted to get the car near a floating dock, however, was unable to maneuver the car close enough to the dock causing Sullivan to lose his balance and fall into the 50 degree water.  Sullivan then noted the car with the trapped occupant was beginning to fill with water and sink.  Sullivan located a piece of wood in the parking lot, which he used to smash out the rear window of the now partially submerged car.  With only about 6 inches of airspace in the car, Vanderhook was able to climb out of the back of the car.

By the time the first officers arrived at the scene the car was completely submerged. Members of the Ocean City Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team also responded to the scene and checked the submerged vehicle to ensure no other persons were located in the vehicle.  Vanderhook was located by police at a bus stop on Coastal Highway.

Police arrested Vanderhook for driving under the influence of alcohol.  Vanderhook was also charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident for striking and damaging a boat that was located in the parking lot.

After Vanderhook was taken into custody, she attempted numerous times to offer police money in exchange for not pursuing the charges. Vanderhook has been charged with the following:

  • Bribe/Attempt to Bribe Public Employee (CR 9-201b)
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (TA21-902a1)
  • Driving Under the Influence Per Se (TA 21-902a2)
  • Driving While Impaired by Alcohol (TA 21-902b1)
  • Failure of Motor Vehicle Driver to Furnish Written Identification information on Unattended Damaged Property (TA 20-105c)
  • Negligent Driving (TA 21-901.1b)

Ocean City Police and Fire Departments would like to acknowledge the selfless act of bravery committed by Mr. Sullivan for his heroic actions this morning.  This citizen braved 50-degree water in dark and foggy weather conditions, placing him at great risk to come to the aid of Vanderhook.  This selfless act saved Vanderhook from certain serious bodily harm and/or death.   The OCPD plans to present Mr. Sullivan with its highest Civilian Award for “Outstanding Service,” which is awarded to civilian personnel or a citizen who performs some act involving personal danger above and beyond that which is normally required or expected of a civilian.

Vanderhook was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and released on her own recognizance.

OCPD’S PFC CHARLES “JOSH” KELLEY NAMED AMERICAN LEGION OFFICER OF THE YEAR

PFC Josh Kelley and American Legion Post 166 Commander "Sarge Garlitz"

On Monday, October 25, Ocean City Police PFC Charles “Josh” Kelley was named Officer of the Year by the American Legion Post 166.  In addition to PFC Kelley, Commander of Post 166, Sarge Garlitz, presented awards to Ocean City Emergency Services Paramedic of the Year, Derrick Simpson, Ocean Pines Volunteer Firefighter of the Year, Kevin Rosser and Ocean City Firefighter of the Year, Peter Kehne.   

Pfc. Kelley was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating high school, he attended West Virginia University were he studied Wildlife Management. His education continued at Wor-Wic Community College, where he studied Business Management and Criminal Justice.

After college, Pfc. Kelley’s enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Aboard the USS Oak Hill during Operation Enduring Freedom, Pfc. Kelley was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. His role as a Platoon Sergeant earned him the Navy Commendation Medal in Combat Operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pfc. Kelley was deployed for nearly two years overseas where he served as a Communications Systems Specialist. He was discharged from the Marine Corps in May of 2008 where he obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant, after eight years of honorable military service.

Pfc. Kelley returned to his education at Salisbury University and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Interpersonal Communications and Conflict Resolution. In addition to completing his degree, Kelley completed two successful summers as a seasonal police officer, before joining the Ocean City Police Department as a full-time police officer in July of 2006. Pfc. Kelley was class leader at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy, achieved a perfect pistol score as the class High Shooter Award, earned the highest Physical Fitness Award, and received the Leadership Award for his service to the academy.

Pfc. Kelley was promoted to the rank of Police Officer First Class in January 2009. He is active in the Training and Recruiting of seasonal police officers, an instructor at the entrance level and seasonal police academy as a member of the Drill and Discipline Team, and serves as a mentor to officers within the department. Pfc. Kelley’s “hard-charger” sense of Esprit de Corps keeps him motivated while actively involving himself as an instructor in the Citizen’s Police Academy, member of the R.A.A.M Enforcement, Plain Clothes Operations, Police Mountain Bike, and School Bus Special Enforcement.  PFC. Kelley earned the Neighborhood Watch Officer of the Year Award for 2009 and the Knights of Columbus Officer of the Year Award for 2009. 

Pfc. Kelley also volunteered and provided security during the 56th Inauguration of the President of the United States in Washington, D.C. in January of 2009. He is actively involved in the Marine Corps League, Toys for Tots Foundation, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the United States Marine Corps Executive Association. Pfc. Kelley is also a Marine4Life Hometown Link Liaison, an active member of his Neighborhood Watch Community Initiative, and actively supports the Wounded Warrior Project and Special Olympics. In addition to being a proactive patrol officer, Pfc. Kelley has volunteered and actively participated in training to include asset forfeiture, homicide scene management and narcotics interdiction.

PFC. Kelley currently lives in Salisbury, Maryland with his wife and daughters. When he is not working, he enjoys home improvements, cooking, hunting, fishing, and working outside. When asked how he felt about receiving the American Legion Officer of the Year Award he stated, “I am truly humbled. I am motivated to stand on the front lines everyday and serve the Ocean City community because of the residents and my brothers and sisters of the Ocean City Police Department – Semper Fi!”