Monthly Archives: June 2011

EARLY MORNING CRASH SENDS FIVE TO HOSPITAL

On Monday, June 13, 2011, at approximately 12: 11 a.m., Ocean City Police responded to 67th Street and Coastal Highway for a multi-vehicle collision.  A preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Mustang, traveling northbound on Coastal Highway, was driving recklessly and struck the front driver’s side of a Honda Accord, also traveling northbound.  The impact of the collision caused the Honda to travel onto the sidewalk and strike several trees, while the Mustang also struck several trees, spun into the median and burst into flames.  During the course of the collision, the Mustang also struck a Jeep Commander, causing it to lose control and travel to 68th Street, where it struck a street sign.

In all, five individuals were transported to area hospitals for their injuries.  The driver of the Jeep Commander, the driver and passenger of the Honda, and a passenger in the Mustang were transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) for non-life threatening injuries.  An additional passenger of the Mustang was transferred from PRMC to John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to be treated for burns she sustained during the crash.

The driver of the Mustang, who was later identified as Daniel Becker, 19, of Elkton, MD, was not injured.  Becker was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, negligent driving, reckless driving, unsafe lane change and speeding.  At the time of this release, Becker was awaiting an initial appearance in front of an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.  The Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is continuing to investigate the crash.

Two men arrested for malicious destruction of property

On Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at approximately 12:22 a.m., Ocean City Police responded to the Town of Ocean City Public Works complex located on 65th Street, for a report of malicious destruction of property.  Officers located a Town of Ocean City bus, which had been sprayed with paint and marked with a grease pen.  According to a witness, a white male with short hair, wearing a grey t-shirt and grey hooded sweatshirt, committed the malicious destruction of property in the area of 94th Street at approximately 11:45 p.m.

As officers continued to investigate the initial report, a description of the suspect was broadcast to additional officers. At approximately 2:10 a.m., Seasonal Officer Hayes and Corporal Yeager located two suspects, who were later identified as Howard Milton Kuhn Jr., 33, and Daniel Edward Lorden, 28, both from Baltimore, in the area of 12th Street and Washington Avenue writing on a Town of Ocean City dumpster.  One of the suspects, Kuhn, matched the description of the suspect from the previous incident.  Kuhn was positively identified by the witness as the suspect from the malicious destruction of the city bus.

Kuhn and Lorden were placed under arrest for malicious destruction of property.  Further investigation revealed similar graffiti on four Town of Ocean City buses, in addition to multiple Town trash receptacles.  Currently, there are 50 different locations that are being processed involving graffiti matching that of graffiti allegedly made by Kuhn and Lorden. 

Kuhn and Lorden were charged five counts of malicious destruction of property, scheme to commit malicious destruction of property, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.  They were seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and released on their own personal recognizance.  Ocean City Police are continuing the investigation, as well as identify additional victims.  If you have property that has been damaged by graffiti, Ocean City Police are asking that you call 410.723.6610.

SUSPECT APPREHENDED BY POLICE AFTER ATTEMPTED RAPE

On Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at approximately 2:15 a.m., Ocean City Police were dispatched to the area of 134th Street and the beach to assist a citizen who was screaming for help.  Officers located the victim, whose name is not being released, who explained that an unknown male assaulted her.

The victim told police that she was walking back to her hotel when she was approached by the suspect, who was later identified as Chase Daniel Bucy, 21, of Falling Waters, WV.  According to the victim, Bucy stated that he knew a short cut to the victim’s hotel, at which time he led her through some condominium parking lots near the 10th block of 130th Street.  Bucy, who was walking a short distance behind the victim, then allegedly attacked her from behind. During the course of the assault, the victim continued to resist the attack. Bucy finally fled the area when nearby citizens began to call out to the victim for assistance. 

A description of Bucy was broadcast through Ocean City Police Communications, and moments later Pfc. Flanagan located him at 123rd Street.   After a positive identification of Bucy by the victim, Bucy was placed under arrest.  He was charged with attempted first-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape, first degree assault, second degree assault and false imprisonment. After being seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, Bucy was transferred to Worcester County Jail to be held without bond. 

Ocean City Police are reminding citizens to be vigilant and call the Ocean City Police Department if you see or hear suspicious or criminal activity.  The courageous nature of the victim and the assistance of the citizens thwarted the possibility of an increasingly serious assault.

‘Flame of Hope’ Arrives in Ocean City

OCPD Officers Participate in Statewide Torch Run Relay in Support for the Special Olympics Maryland 25th Annual Summer Games

On June 6, 2011, members of the Ocean City Police Department and the Maryland State Police took part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Relay for Special Olympics Maryland.  Over 60 officers escorted and protected the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” as it made its way from 27th Street and the Boardwalk to North Division Street.  The “Flame of Hope” will continue to travel toward the opening of the 40th Anniversary Summer Games at Towson University, June 10-12.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Maryland Torch Run, a movement that began in 1986 with a handful of officers raising $5,000, and has grown into a year-round effort that involves officers from all 50 states and numerous countries.  Since its inception, the law enforcement community worldwide has taken very seriously its role as “Guardians of the Flame,” and the Relay is an important and celebrated part of every Special Olympics competition.

 The local portion of the Torch Run Relay is part of a much larger effort.  Statewide, the Maryland Torch Run Relay consists of four different legs – Eastern, Western, Central and Southern – and throughout the entire week, thousands of Torch Run volunteers will cover hundreds of miles, eventually converging on Towson where the individual flames will be united in the Final Leg Ceremony and then officers from around the state will travel the final 2.5 miles to the Opening Ceremony at Towson University.  It is there that the flame is handed off to the Special Olympics athletes who have the honor of taking the final lap with the torch and then lighting the cauldron and officially declaring the 2011 SOMD Summer Games Open. 

“This Torch Run Relay is really just a small piece of what the dedicated officers from around the state do for the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland on a year-round basis,” said Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette A. DiPino.  “Our goal is to raise both funds and awareness for the athletes who train and compete in Special Olympics Maryland.” 

The 41st Anniversary SOMD Summer Games are set for June 10-12 at Towson University.  During this celebrated weekend, 1,200 athletes from around the state will go for gold in aquatics, athletics, bocce, equestrian, cheerleading and softball.  For more information about Special Olympics Maryland, the Torch Run Relay and the 2011 Summer Games, visit www.somd.org.

OCEAN CITY POLICE WARN OF PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE SCAM

The Ocean City Police Department is warning citizens about a new phone scam in which someone claims to be a representative from Publishers Clearing House.  In this scam, the caller tells the victim that before they can claim their prize they must pay $200 toward a “MoneyPak” re-load card.

MoneyPak cards, which are sold in stores across the United States, are debit cards normally used to make same-day payments or add money to prepaid cards or PayPal accounts.   The Ocean City Police Department warns that operators of scams are using these cards to help them cheat customers in a similar way they have used Western Union wire transfers to defraud people in recent years.

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens to beware of scams.  In this instance, remember:

  • If you don’t participate in the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes then you can’t win one. 
  • If you do enter the Publishers Clearing House drawings, Publishers Clearing House will not call you to let you know you’ve won.  They will just show up at your front door with a check. 

Lastly, remember that a legitimate sweepstakes will never ask you to send money to enter a sweepstakes, claim a prize or to pay a fee, tax or deposit.  If you are asked to send money to claim a sweepstakes prize for any reason, this is a scam.

OCPD SEEKING SUSPECT’S IDENTITY

On March 5, 2011, Ocean City Police responded to the area of 4503 Atlantic Avenue, in reference to a theft from a vehicle.  The vehicle, a 2001 Mazda van, had been broken into through a window on the front passenger side.

The victim told police that a purse containing several credit cards, a debit card and a checkbook had been taken from the vehicle.  Ocean City Police obtained the following surveillance images of the suspect using the victim’s debit card. 

Police are asking anyone with information about the theft or the identity of the person responsible, to please contact the OCPD at 410-723-6604.  You do not have give your name.