Monthly Archives: January 2011

OCPD LOCATE HIDDEN COMPARTMENT DURING SEARCH OF CAR INTERIOR

On January 16, 2011, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Ocean City Police officers stopped a vehicle for a seat belt violation.

During the traffic stop, a police K9 conducted a drug scan of the vehicle. While scanning the car, the K9 alerted indicating the presence of illegal drugs. A subsequent search of the vehicle by police revealed a make-shift hidden compartment located in the dashboard.  Officers noted a very strong odor of marijuana emanating from the car’s interior.  Officers then located a quantity of suspected marijuana while searching the car’s interior.

 The driver identified as Cory Lamont White, 33, of Princess Anne, and the passenger Corey Durand Jones, Sr. 31, of Salisbury, were arrested. 

They have each been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. 

Both were seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and released on their own recognizance.

OCEAN CITY POLICE CORPORAL DENNIS EADE NAMED

On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, the Ocean City Neighborhood Watch Association gathered at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center for their annual “Officer of the Year” recognition dinner.  Nearly 100 guests attended the event, including several Ocean City Police employees and residents and members of the eight Neighborhood Watch Associations in Ocean City; The Boardwalk Group, Bayshore Drive, Caine Keys II, Caine Woods, Edgewater Avenue, Little Salisbury, Montego Bay and Sundowner Park.

Ocean City Police Corporal (Cpl.) Dennis Eade was selected to be the honorable recipient of the Ocean City Neighborhood Watch Association’s 2010 “Officer of the Year” award. Also nominated for the 2010 “Officer of the Year” award were Ocean City Police Corporal Frank Wrench, Police Officer First Class Pam Russell, Detective First Class Todd Speigle, Detective First Class Jeffery Johns and Detective Joseph Melena. 

Cpl. Eade is originally from Upstate New York and attended New Mexico Military Institute, Tompkins Cortland Community College and the State University of New York College at Brockport. Cpl. Eade began his law enforcement career with the Ocean City Police Department as a Seasonal Police Officer in 1997, 1998 & 1999.  He was hired full-time in 2000.  He is one of the only Ocean City Officers who has been assigned to the every division in the department including Training, Vice/Narcotics and plain clothes assignments. 

“I am honored and humbled to receive such recognition from the residents of Ocean City,” said Cpl. Dennis Eade. “Every day I am motivated and inspired by my fellow officers of the Ocean City Police Department. I, along with my fellow nominees and the men and women of the Ocean City Police Department, will surely continue to dedicate ourselves 100% to the Town of Ocean City and to public safety.” 

In addition to being named “Officer of the Year”, Cpl. Eade has six departmental commendations for outstanding police performance, three unit citations, and a Chief’s commendation, for pulling a drowning victim from the dangerous Ocean City Inlet waters.  He also earned awards from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy for excellence in both academics and physical fitness and was selected by his instructors to be his Academy Class Leader.

Cpl. Eade serves the Department in a number of capacities.  Cpl. Eade is a Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission certified police instructor.  He serves as a Police Academy Drill Instructor and is one of the Department’s Defensive Tactics Instructors.  Cpl. Eade has instructed full-time and seasonal police officers in court room testimony, juvenile law, drug identification and advanced defensive tactics.

Cpl. Eade is a member of the Department’s Quick Response Team (S.W.A.T.).  He has been a Regional Champion and a National Finalist in the LEOPARD Challenge law enforcement competition and was highlighted on “The Outdoor Network” for his success.  He also serves as a community self defense instructor.  Eade has also instructed the Ocean City Citizens Police Academy.

Eade is very active with Concerns of Police Survivors and has organized several charitable events for Special Olympics Maryland. Last Christmas, Cpl. Eade was one of fifteen officers hand selected by Sheriff Mike Lewis as part of a search team that located the body of Sarah Foxwell.  Cpl. Eade is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and spends his spare time participating in Ocean City Recreational Sports.

SAFE WINTER DRIVING

The OCPD and the National Highway Transportation Safety Board are advising drivers to practice safe winter driving habits.  These are some simple and safe driving practices to follow this winter weather season: 

The Three P’s of Safe Winter Driving:

PREPARE for the trip;
PROTECT yourself; and
PREVENT crashes on the road.

  • PREPARE

Maintain Your Car:

Check battery and tire tread, keep your windows clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir, check your antifreeze.

Have On Hand:

Flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and blankets. For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.

Stopped or Stalled?

Stay with your car, don’t overexert, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light, and, if you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm.

Plan Your Route:

Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if necessary), be familiar with the maps/directions, and let others know your route and arrival time.

Practice Cold Weather Driving!

During daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on the ice or snow in an empty lot.

  • Steer into a skid.
  • Know what your brakes will do: stomp on antilock brakes, pump non-antilock brakes.
  • Stopping distances are longer on water-covered ice and ice.
  • Don’t idle for a long time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.
  • PROTECT YOURSELF.
  • Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
  • Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag.
  • Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.
  • Sit back 10 inches from an air bag.

PREVENT CRASHES

  • Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving.
  • Slow down and increase distances between cars.
  • Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road.
  • Avoid fatigue – get plenty of rest before the trip, stop at least every three hours, and rotate drivers if possible.

OCEAN CITY POLICE GARNER TOP MARKSMANSHIP HONORS

Four Ocean City Police Department members won first place honors for marksmanship during the 2010 Maryland Police Pistol Combat competition in Frederick, Maryland. 

Pictured left to right: PFC Daniel Jacobs, PTO Mark Doyle, CPL Greg DeGiovanni and SGT Mark Paddack

Team Captain Sgt. Mark L. Paddack, Cpl. Greg DeGiovanni, PFC Daniel Jacobs and Retired Lt. Mark Doyle received the honors.  The last time the OCPD Pistol Team won the State Championships was in 2007. 

Sgt. Paddack and PFC Jacobs finished second overall in the two- person team event, followed by the team of Cpl. DeGiovanni and PTO Doyle who finished third overall.

Cpl. DeGiovanni was the first place winner of non-distinguished shooters for both revolver and semi-auto events. PTO Doyle, Cpl. DeGiovanni and Sgt. Paddack placed fourth, sixth and 11th in the overall standings during all sanctioned marksmanship matches held the 2010 season. 

In recognition of their exceptional marksmanship skills, the Maryland Police Combat Association recognized Doyle, DeGiovanni and Paddack as a 2010 “Governor’s 20” police marksman, the three officers received a Governor’s Citation from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and a “Governor’s 20” Marksmanship Badge for their uniforms.

OCPD Pistol Team members donate their time and pay expenses for the opportunity to represent the OCPD not only in the State of Maryland, but all over the country.  This is the sixth year in a row that a member of the OCPD Pistol Team has received the “Governor’s 20” award recognition and the second time that three OCPD members made the “Governor’s 20” ranking simultaneously. 

OCEAN CITY MAN DISCHARGES FIREARM DURING DOMESTIC DISPUTE

On January 7, 2011, at approximately 3 p.m., Ocean City Police responded to #12 120th Street, in reference to a domestic dispute during which the victim advised gunshots were fired.

Police arrived at the scene and located a white male identified as Charles Kenneth Grusholt, 77, of Ocean City.  Police located Grusholt’s wife, who was found unharmed.

During the on-scene investigation, police determined the couple had been involved in a domestic argument. During the argument the victim claimed to have been assaulted by  Grusholt and left the room.  While in a different part of the residence, the victim heard what she described as a gunshot. During the initial response to the scene police recovered a .22 caliber handgun.

The investigation determined Grusholt discharged the weapon inside the residence during the argument.   Police arrested Charles Grusholt and charged him with:

  • 2nd Degree Assault (Domestic)
  • 1st Degree Assault (Domestic)
  • Discharging a firearm within the Corporate Limits of Ocean City

 Grusholt was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was released after posting a $15,000 bond.

OCPD SEEKING ’PUBLICS ASSISTANCE TO IDENTIFY BURGLARY SUSPECTS

On January 3, 2011 at approximately 3 p.m., Ocean City Police responded to a residential burglary that occurred at 405 Philadelphia Avenue, (Parrot Lagoon complexes).  

An investigation revealed the perpetrators entered through a window. Once inside the unit, the suspects stole various items and exited out of the ’units front door.   Police recovered video surveillance, which shows two suspects leaving the unit carrying a white plastic bag.

The suspects are described as follows:

  • Suspect #1 is a white male, wearing a plaid jacket, green hooded sweatshirt, jeans and sunglasses.
  • Suspect #2 is described as a white female, long brown hair, wearing a black and white plaid jacket, dark blue jeans, and black shoes with white soles.   
  • Burglary Suspect Video 1
  • Burglary Suspect Video 2

 Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact the Ocean City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 410-723-6604 or OCPD Detective Simpson at 410-520-5349.

LARGE QUANTITY OF PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS STOLEN FROM PHARMACY

On December 31, 2010 Ocean City Police responded to a commercial burglary located at Bailey’s Pharmacy, 714 Philadelphia Avenue. 

 The on-scene investigation revealed that the perpetrators entered the business through a blocked alley window.  Once inside, the thieves stole a large quantity of prescription narcotics as well as other property.

 Police are asking anyone with information about this burglary to contact the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division or Detective Simpson at 410-723-6604.