Monthly Archives: November 2011

SEASONAL TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEE FOUND GUILTY OF THEFT

During July 2011, the Ocean City Transportation Department received a citizen complaint, in reference to a city bus driver who was allegedly stealing fare money while operating the city bus. 

Police began investigating the allegation on August 3, 2011, during which a second citizen notified the police of the same city bus driver possibly stealing fare money.

During the investigation police utilized the Town of Ocean City Auditor and the Ocean City Police Crime Analyst to determine the value and dates of the various thefts.  The suspect identified as Melody Ashley Lennon, 28 of Salisbury, Maryland who was employed as a seasonal city bus driver, was questioned by police and confessed to the thefts. 

Lennon was charged onAugust 29, 2011 with theft under $1000.  Lennon was convicted of theft and sentenced to ten days in the Worcester County Jail, a $500 fine and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $100.

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OCPD GEARS UP FOR HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

The Ocean City Police Department is asking for toy donations, as well as monetary

Above: The lobby at the Public Safety Building from last years toy drive

Above: The lobby at the Public Safety Building from last years toy drive

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 and 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.”  This is a family tradition that Chief DiPino has carried on from her father and grandfather, who were both Baltimore City police officers. 

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 Friday, December 16. Distribution will take place on Saturday, December 17, promptly at 8 a.m.

The OCPD Public Affairs Office will begin taking names of volunteers and participants on November 28. To submit a donation, volunteer, or refer a family in need, please contact Public Affairs Officer Michael Levy or Public Affairs Specialist Jessica Waters at 410.723.6665.

Don’t Turn Thanksgiving into a Tragedy This Year, Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding highway travelers this Thanksgiving that the only belt that should be left unbuckled this year, or any year, is the one holding up your trousers–not the seat belts in your car. “Seat belts have saved more lives than any other single piece of automotive safety equipment,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “But in order for them to work, they have to be used.  This Thanksgiving, and every day and night of the year, make sure you buckle up your seat belt and you’ll have the opportunity to unbuckle that other belt at the feast table with your family and friends.”

Nationally, during the Thanksgiving holiday period in 2009 (which ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, to 5:59 a.m., Monday, November 30), 303 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle traffic crashes, including 115 during daylight hours (6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.) and 187 during night time (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.).  One fatality occurred during an unknown time period.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), night time is one of the more dangerous times on the road because seat belt use is traditionally lower.  Of the 187 passenger vehicle occupant deaths at night during the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday period, over one-half (54%) did not have their seat belts fastened (where seat belt use was known); while 49 percent in day-time crashes were not wearing seat belts.  “There is no holiday more closely associated with the American family, or with American travel, than Thanksgiving,” said DiPino.  “But if you hit the highways unbelted, the faces you could be seeing this Holiday might belong to an emergency room physician or nurse instead of the faces of your family and friends.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.  Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

For more information about traveling safely during Thanksgiving, please visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

WANTED SEX OFFENDERS ARRESTED BY OCPD

Harris and Cubbage

Harris and Cubbage

On November 7, 2011, at approximately 7:25 p.m., an off-duty Ocean City Police officer received information about a wanted sex offender identified as Andrew David Harris, 45, of OceanCity, who may be inOceanCity.

The off-duty officer contacted the on-duty OCPD shift supervisor and related the information.  OCPD officers verified that Harris was wanted by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office for failing to register as a sex offender after his release from jail in April.

Harris was located by the OCPD at 507 Philadelphia Ave. and taken into custody without incident.  Harris was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.  He was held without bond and transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

The following day, November 8, 2011, at approximately 6:50 p.m. OCPD officers received information about a second wanted sex offender who may be in Ocean City. 

Evening shift officers investigated the whereabouts of the wanted person and were able to determine that Delmar James Cubbage, 21, of Ocean City, was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.  Police located Cubbage at 801 Philadelphia Ave.  Cubbage was taken into custody without incident. 

Cubbage was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held without bond.  He was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

OCPD ARREST ARMED WANTED SUSPECT AFTER BRIEF STAND-OFF

On the morning of October 31, 2011, Ocean City Police received information from

Dennis John Cross

Dennis John Cross

Maryland State Police that a wanted person who was possibly armed, may be in or heading to Ocean City.  A look out was broadcast and OCPD investigators began searching for the suspect. 

The suspect, identified as Dennis John Cross, 19, of Stockton, MD, had outstanding arrest warrants from the Worcester and Wicomico County Sheriff’s Offices.  During the investigation police received information from the Chincoteague Police Department that Cross was the primary suspect involved in the theft of a shotgun and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Based on all the information developed during the investigation, OCPD detectives and patrol officers began an extensive search of the 8th Street area. At approximately 4 p.m. police discovered Cross had barricaded himself under the decking of a wheel chair ramp attached to the “Beach Bum” apartments (203 9th Street).

OCPD uniformed and tactical officers responded to the scene and established a safety perimeter.  OCPD tactical officers took Cross into custody without incident.

At the time of Cross’ arrest police discovered he was in possession of a modified shotgun, which was loaded.  Cross was also in possession of an amount of prescription narcotics.  During the standoff with police, officers observed Cross ingesting an unknown quantity of pills. He was transported to Atlantic General Hospitalas a precaution.

This case is still under investigation and additional charges are pending. Cross has been charged by the OCPD with the following:

  • Theft under $1,000
  • Possession of a Schedule III CDS
  • Possession of a Schedule II CDS
  • Possession of Schedule I CDS
  • Possession of CDS Paraphernalia
  • Cross was also served with two outstanding arrest warrants from Worceste and Wicomico County Sheriff’s Offices.

Cross was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $10,000 for each Arrest Warrant and $25,000 for the charges from the Ocean City Police.