On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at approximately 2:10 a.m., Ocean City Police responded to the 100 block of Wicomico Street for a reported sexual assault. An investigation revealed the suspect, who has been identified as Rodney Gregory Henri, 27, allegedly illegally entered the residence of the victim and sexually assaulted her while she was asleep.
Henri awakened the victim, whose name is not being released. The victim immediately attempted to stop the assault. Henri then fled from the residence, but was later located by police in the area of North Division Street, where he was positively identified by the victim as the suspect of the assault.
Henri was arrested and charged with attempted second degree rape, first degree burglary, third degree burglary, third degree sex offense and second degree assault. After being seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, Henri was transferred to Worcester County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
As the summer season approaches, the Ocean City Police Department is reminding businesses that distribution of flyers or stickers as a form of advertisement is unlawful. Businesses who distribute advertisements, such as flyers or handbills, are in violation of Town Codes.
The Ocean City Police Department will be strictly enforcing mass flyer distribution violations. Ocean City residents or visitors who receive advertisements in their doorways, on their vehicles or on their porches or yard, should contact the Ocean City Police Department at 410-723-6600.
The Ocean City Police Department is currently investigating the theft of a box trailer containing two Harley Davidson motorcycles and one Iron Horse motorcycle. On May 2, 2011, Ocean City Police responded to the area of 409 Baltimore Avenue in reference to a report of a motor vehicle theft. The trailer and motorcycles, which were stolen between 1 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on May 2, 2011 in the Tidelands auxiliary parking lot on the west side of Baltimore Avenue, were taken by an unknown suspect.
The trailer, which is 16 feet long, is painted black. “S.R. Bressler” is painted on the side of the trailer in white cursive lettering with “Welding and Fabrication” also painted on the side in black and orange lettering. The wheels of the trailer are described to have tandem wheels on each side.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Ocean City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 410-723-6604. Anonymous tips may also be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May is a busy month in Ocean City. With celebrated events such as Springfest and a popular holiday weekend such as Memorial Day, Ocean City will likely see thousands of visitors during the month. While everyone enjoys the warmer weather and the increased activity, it’s also important to note several safety messages that are observed this month.
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative aimed at getting motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other. Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway. All motorists are reminded to safely “share the road” with motorcycles and be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe. Also, motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.
May is also Bicycle Safety Awareness Month. The Ocean City Police Department encourages bicycling as an alternate mode of transportation to a motor vehicle, however, wants bicyclists to be safe while pedaling. Not only are bicyclists encouraged to wear helmets, but also bicyclists should operate like a vehicle on the street, in the same direction as other traffic. In addition, since bicycles in the roadway are considered vehicles, bicyclists must obey all traffic laws, including stopping at stop signs, red lights and for pedestrians.
Lastly, May is the beginning of Click It or Ticket, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s campaign to remind motorists to buckle their seatbelt. In 2009, 23,382 occupants of passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and SUVs were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the U.S.. Of those, 53 percent of fatally injured passenger vehicle occupants were not wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal crash. During Click It or Ticket, officers, deputies and troopers will intensify their usual enforcement of child passenger safety laws and seat belt laws by setting up enforcement activities such as seat belt enforcement zones and extra patrols. Drivers and adult front seat passengers failing to restrain themselves and their child passengers will be ticketed with no exceptions.
As we celebrate the beginning of the summer season and all of the wonderful events and activities that Ocean City has to offer this month, it is also important to remember safety. With thousands of vehicles making their way to the beach this May, the Ocean City Police Department is hopeful that both residents and visitors will stay safe on the roadways as they make their way to and from Ocean City.
On Monday, May 16, 2011, at approximately 3 p.m., Ocean City Police responded to 97th Street and Coastal Highway for a collision involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian, an 89-year-old Ocean City woman, was attempting to cross Coastal Highway from west to east, when she was struck by a southbound vehicle.
The pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk at the time of the collision, sustained serious injuries. She was taken by Maryland State Police helicopter to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Ocean City Police are continuing to investigate the collision, however, charges against the driver are not pending at this time.
The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens to use marked crosswalks when crossing streets in Ocean City. Pedestrians should not take unnecessary risks crossing busy streets against traffic lights. In addition, pedestrians are encouraged to make eye contact with drivers and continue to watch for traffic the entire time you are in the crosswalk. Motorists should also be extremely vigilant while driving, keeping constantly aware of pedestrians, bicycles, mopeds and scooters.
On Monday, May 16, 2011, the Ocean City Police Department was the proud recipient of 120 ballistic grade ticket books and clipboards, thanks to Hardwire LLC. Representatives from Hardwire LLC, a local armor and survivability company located in Pocomoke, MD, visited the Ocean City Police Department to donate the protective items to be used by OCPD personnel.
The clipboards are manufactured from laser trimmed portions of the same armor being manufactured from their highly successful program to increase the survivability of the HMMWV. In today’s economic environment the ability to make the HMMWV, which the military already owns hundreds of thousands of units, into a vehicle with the same survivability characteristics as a modern tank yet light enough to be rapidly deployed, is the focus of the engineers at Hardwire LLC.
“I feel honored that Hardwire chose to donate these items to local law enforcement,” said Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino. “We are very fortunate for the partnership with Hardwire and local law enforcement. In light of the increase in deaths of police officers due to firearms nationwide, this donation offers our officers additional protection.”
Chief DiPino, who recently toured the secure Hardwire LLC facility, was impressed by the specialized technology and advanced products. “The Hardwire facility is incredible – it looks like something out of a James Bond movie,” said Chief DiPino. “There are a lot of highly confidential products being developed and manufactured by Hardwire. In this time of economic uncertainty I feel extremely privileged that Hardwire has reached out to the Ocean City Police Department and shared some of their survivability knowledge and products to protect the lives of our officers. It’s a clipboard but what it may prevent is almost beyond comprehension.”