Monthly Archives: October 2011

OCEAN CITY MAN ARRESTED FOR STABBING

On October 26, 2011, at approximately 5 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to 800

Walter Leslie Everett

Walter Leslie Everett

Edgewater Avenue, in reference to a stabbing.

When officers arrived at the scene they observed an intoxicated male later identified as Walter Leslie Everett 49, of Ocean City, attempt to stop officers from entering the residence.  Police entered the house and located a 59-year-old male victim in the kitchen who had been stabbed once in the chest. 

The victim was taken by Ocean City Paramedics to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigation at the scene revealed Everett to be the suspect who stabbed the victim and was subsequently placed under arrest.  The motive for the stabbing is unknown at this time. After Everett’s arrest during the booking process he also assaulted a police officer at the Ocean City Public Safety Building.

Everett has been charged with:

  • 1st Degree Assault (felony)
  • 2nd Degree Assault, two counts (misdemeanor)
  • Reckless Endangerment (misdemeanor)

Everett was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and is being held on a $100,000 bond.  Everett has been transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION REPLACES GUARDRAIL ON MD 90 BETWEEN US 113 AND MD 528 NEAR OCEAN CITY

The Maryland State Highway Administration announced the first of two phases of guardrail replacement along MD 90 from US 113 in Worcester County east to MD 528 in Ocean City.  Work is scheduled to begin Sunday, Oct. 23.

The first phase will begin with removing and replacing all existing guardrail along MD 90 between US 113 (Worcester Highway) and MD 589 (Racetrack Road).  During work hours all eastbound traffic on MD 90 will be detoured to US 113 and will follow US 50 to Ocean City.  Westbound traffic on MD 90 will be open at all times during the guardrail replacement work to ensure emergency services, travel from Ocean City to area hospitals in a timely manner, or a need for mutual aid to surrounding communities.

The second phase of work includes the removing and replacing all existing guardrail on MD 90 between MD 589 (Racetrack Road) and MD 528 (Coastal Highway).  All eastbound traffic on MD 90 will be redirected to MD 589, then to US 50 and into Ocean City. An alternate northern detour will also be established allowing traffic to move from MD 589 up through Delaware State Route 54.

Work on both phases will be permitted at night only, Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The $1 million contract was awarded to L.S. Lee, Inc. of York, Pa., and is expected to be completed mid-December, weather permitting.  SHA crews and the contractor will use variable message signs, arrow panels, traffic cones and barrels to direct single lane closures during the project. 

Guardrail is a type of traffic barrier that can help prevent vehicles from colliding with dangerous objects or other vehicles, or block passage down steep slopes or drops.  While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely.  Safer driving. Safer work zones.  For everyone.

Nearly all crashes are caused by driver error and are preventable by making the right choices behind the wheel; learn more at www.roads.maryland.gov. Then click on safety programs.

OCPD PARTICIPATING IN OPERATION MEDICINE DROP

The Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit in partnership with the Assateague Coastal Trust, Berlin Police Department, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Worcester County Health Department will be participating in “OPERATION MEDICINE DROP,” a one-day medication take-back effort to be held on Saturday, October 29,  from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

 

“Operation Medicine Drop” is a bi-annual Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) federal program in conjunction with state and local law enforcement to encourage citizens to properly dispose of their prescription drugs.  The objective is to get unwanted, unused and expired prescription medication out of people’s cabinets and off of the streets.  Citizens are urged to not flush their medication or throw them away.  Disposing of medication properly prevents the medication from entering our waterways and landfills.

There will be six drop off locations in Worcester County. 

  • Berlin Police Department, 10 Williams St.
  • Worcester County Health Dept., Public Landing Road, Snow Hill  
  • Ocean City Public Safety Building, 6501 Coastal Hwy, OC/MD
  • Pocomoke Health Center, 400-A Walnut Street
  • Food Lion, Manklin Creek Rd, Ocean Pines
  • Food Lion, Rt 611, West Ocean City

The Maryland Executive Board Members of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) have hailed this effort as a success in keeping unwanted and unused prescription drugs out of the hands of persons who shouldn’t have them as well as out ofMarylandcoastal bays and waterways.  This program was considered a success last April, yielding over 130 pounds of prescription medication in Worcester County.   

The program is free and confidential.  If you have any questions, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at: 410-723-6665 or 410-529-5395. 

OCPD CRIME PREVENTION ADVISORY: Residential Security Check Program

The OCPD reminds citizens to continue to remain vigilant for suspicious activity, persons and suspicious circumstance.  Please notify the police if any of these types of occurrences are detected.  Also, citizens can take basic crime prevention steps to reduce their vulnerability to crime by remembering to secure doors and windows and to periodically re-check the security of all of these items.  Make certain that exterior lighting is operational. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed from the front of eye level windows.  Do not post your vacation or travel plans on social media web sites such as “Facebook”, “Twitter” or “MySpace”. 

Citizens can also participate in one of 8 different active neighborhood watch groups located in Ocean City.  These groups are located in the residential areas of the city and are as follows:

Caines Woods, Caine Keys 2, Bayshore Drive, The Boardwalk, 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, residents should take advantage of the OCPD “Residential Security Check Program”.  This free program is available to all Ocean City residents whether you own or rent, live in condominium or single family home.  By providing the OCPD with basic information regarding vacancy at your property, emergency contact information the OCPD will conduct checks of your property at random times each day to verify its security.  To participate in this program simply call the OCPD Public Affairs Office at either: 410-723-6663 or 410-520-5395 or visit the OCPD website at: http://oceancitymd.gov/Police/securitycheck.html

The OCPD believes well informed citizens and a proactive community based approach is the best form of crime prevention.

OCTOBER MARKS NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

The Ocean City Police Department is observing the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month by reminding citizens of the importance of preventing, detecting and responding to cyber attacks.  National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), is an opportunity to provide citizens with valuable information on how they can protect themselves and their devices.

Among the dangers associated with cyber security are viruses erasing your entire system, someone breaking into your system and altering files, someone using your computer to attack others or someone stealing your credit card information and making unauthorized purchases.  With millions of people relying on computers, smart phones and the Internet, the Ocean City Police Department wants consumers to be protected when using their devices to email, shop, bank and stay in touch and socialize with businesses, family and friends. 

This year’s theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, “Our Shared Responsibility,” emphasizes the role that individuals, families, schools, organizations and governments have to help create a safer digital world.  Below, are several steps to help protect your online devices and personal information:

  1. Defend your computer and strengthen your computer’s defenses.  Remember to keep all software (including your web browser) current with automatic updating. Also, install legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware software. Never turn off your firewall and password protect your wireless router.  Also, use flash drives cautiously. If one of them has a virus, it could infect your computer.
  2. Protect sensitive or personal information:  Before you enter sensitive data, look for signs that the webpage is secure (for example: a web address with “https” and a closed padlock beside it are good indications).  Also, never give sensitive information (like an account number, password or social security number) in response to a request in an email message, IM or on a social network.  Finally, don’t respond to pleas for money from “family members,” deals that sound too good to be true,  lotteries you didn’t enter or other scams.
  3. Create strong passwords and keep them secret:  Make your passwords long phrases or sentences that mix capital and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Also, use different passwords for different sites, especially those that keep financial information.
  4. Take charge of your online safety and reputation: Discover what is on the Internet about you and periodically evaluate what you find.
  5. Use social networks safely:  When using social networks, look for settings or options in services like Facebook and Twitter to manage who can see your profile or photos with your name. Remember not to post anything you wouldn’t want to see on a billboard and be selective about the friends you accept. Periodically assess who has access to your pages and review what they post about you.
  6. Take extra steps to help keep kids safe online:  It is important to make online safety a family effort. Use a mix of guidance and monitoring in your household. Negotiate clear guidelines for web and online game use that fit your child’s maturity, age and family values.  Make sure you are paying attention to what kids do and who they meet online.

For more cyber security tips, visit the Ocean City Police Department Blog at http://ocpdmdinfo.blogspot.com/ or visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website at http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/.

OCPD TRYING TO IDENTIFY ROBBERY SUSPECT

On October 10, 2011, at approximately 7:50 p.m.Ocean City Police responded to the area of 81st Street and Coastal Highway, in reference to a robbery. 

Officers met with a female victim who stated she was retrieving an item from inside her parked car when an unknown black male suspect approached her from behind and  placed what she believed to be a gun to her neck. The female was pushed into the car at which time the suspect then stole the victim’s purse as well as a laptop computer.

Ocean City Police forensic services unit personnel processed the scene for evidence.  The suspect is described as a  black male, 30 to 40 years old, approximately 5’10, with a muscular build, weighing about 200 lbs.  He was wearing dark clothing at the time of the robbery.

Ocean City Police are asking anyone with information about the incident and/or the suspect to contact OCPD Detective James Rodriguez at 410-520-5347 or jrodriguez@oceancitymd.gov; you do not have to give your name.

OCPD OFFICER PERFORMS CPR DURING HOTEL POOL DROWNING

On September 30, 2011, at approximately 10:50 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to 1610 Baltimore Avenue (Quality Inn Boardwalk), in reference to a possible drowning in the pool of the hotel.

OFC Justin Hoban arrived at the scene and observed a group of citizens standing observing a male who was floating face down in the hotel pool.  OFC Hoban immediately went to the pool and determined the 50-year-old male in the pool unresponsive with a few other people trying to hold him up.

OFC Hoban grabbed the man and pulled him out the water.  OFC Hoban observed the victim’s complexion was close to purple and he was not breathing.  OFC Hoban administered CPR to the victim, during which the male began to breath.

Ocean City Paramedics arrived shortly after and took over the treatment of the male.  The drowning victim was transported to Atlantic General Hospital by Ocean City EMS and is expected to make a full recovery.

MARYLAND TEXTING WHILE DRIVING LAW CHANGES AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2011

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens who operate a motor vehicle of the revised Maryland distracted driving law regarding texting which took effect October 1, 2011.  Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the legislation, which now prohibits the “reading” of text messages while driving, as well as texting while at stoplights.

The law, which prohibits all drivers in Maryland from using an electronic device to write, send or read a text message while operating a motor vehicle in the travel lanes of the roadway, is a primary offense. The law however does not apply to texting 9-1-1 or using a global position system. The Maryland Texting While Driving Law is a misdemeanor crime and the first offense carries a fine of $70, while a second offense fine is $110. 

The US Department of Transportation reports that an estimated 800,000 vehicles nationally were driven by someone who used a hand-held cell phone during their drive last year.  However, according to Gov. O’Malley,Maryland saw a 9% decrease in traffic deaths in 2010.  The record low number reduced from 550 people lost in 2009, to 496 fatalities in 2010.

OCPD IS REQUESTING CITIZENS’ HELP

Ocean City Police are currently investigating and requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a male who has been naked and exposing himself to persons on the north end of Ocean City, primarily in the ocean block and beach areas between 120th and 145th streets. 

Victims have reported a similar pattern where the naked male has walked up to adult female(s) who were walking on the beach or in an ocean front condominium parking lot. 

The suspect is described as an adult male, 20-40 years old, approximately 6’ to 6’04, with a thick build, weighing 200-250 pounds.  He is described as being a darker skin possibly tan Caucasian or a light/yellow-toned African American or of Hispanic ethnicity, clean-shaven, short cut dark hair and has no obvious scars, marks or tattoos.  Several victims have reported the suspect was holding a dark pair of gym style shorts during the incident.

The OCPD is asking anyone who may have been a victim of this type of incident, or has seen a male with similar physical characteristics in this area, or has any information regarding this suspect to please contact the OCPD Detective Nick Simpson at 410-520-5349. 

The OCPD reminds citizens to please report incidents as soon as they occur by either calling *911 or the OCPD at 410-723-6600.  You do not have to leave your name.