Monthly Archives: December 2011

OCEAN CITY NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST

Andre James Kaczynski, 47, of Ocean Pines

The Ocean City Police Department’s Narcotics Unit recently concluded a follow-up investigation that stemmed from a vehicle collision on December 16, 2011.  Andre James Kaczynski, 47, of Ocean Pines, was charged with driving while impaired, after the pick-up truck he was driving at a high rate of speed struck another vehicle that was stopped at a red light. 

Officers located an amount of Phencyclidine (PCP), a schedule II, controlled dangerous substance, in Kaczynski’s pick-up, which initiated the investigation.  On December 22, 2011, Ocean City Police, with the assistance of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department, theWorcester CountyState’s Attorney’s Office and the Ocean Pines Police Department, executed a search and seizure warrant at Kaczynski’s home and found amounts of marijuana and PCP.

Kaczynski, who was not at home at the time of the search, was arrested and charged with possession of PCP and possession of marijuana.  After being seen by a District Court Commissioner, Kaczynski was held without bond and was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

BICYCLIST FOUND UNRESPONSIVE AFTER FALL

On December 22, 2011, at approximately 7:50 p.m., Ocean City Police responded to the area of 11621 Coastal Highway for a check on the welfare of an individual who was observed lying on the ground near a bicycle.  When officers arrived on scene, they located a man, who was later identified as Paul Christopher Day, 54, of Ocean City, on the ground and unresponsive.

Officers began administering CPR on Day until Ocean City Paramedics arrived at the scene and subsequently transported Day to Atlantic General Hospital.  An investigation revealed that Day had fallen from his bicycle and struck his head.  On December 24, 2011 at approximately 1:20 a.m., Ocean City officers were advised that Day had not recovered from his injuries and was deceased.

OCPD NEEDY DRIVE DONATES FOOD BASKETS AND HUNDREDS OF TOYS TO OCEAN CITY FAMILIES

The OCPD Christmas Needy Drive proved to be a blessing to many local families. With a

Above: Nearly 60 volunteers came to the Public Safety Building on Saturday, December 19, 2011 to participate in the Ocean City Police Department Christmas Food & Toy Drive.

Above: Nearly 60 volunteers came to the Public Safety Building on Saturday, December 19, 2011 to participate in the Ocean City Police Department Christmas Food & Toy Drive.

volunteer crew of more than 60 people, Chief Bernadette DiPino and her staff tended to more than 85 families, including almost 200 children, this past Saturday at the Public Safety Building.

The OCPD Christmas Needy Drive was started by Chief DiPino’s grandfather in the Baltimore Police Department many years ago. The tradition was continued by her father in Baltimore, and later by Chief DiPino in Ocean City. This year is the 16th year for the OCPD Christmas Needy Drive and each year the event has grown.

The OCPD Christmas Needy Drive volunteers not only helped families load toys and boxes of food for the holidays, but also assisted in transportation for some people who otherwise would have had to take the bus. Chief DiPino was very pleased with the event. “Every year I worry about whether or not we will have enough donated toys and food to give the families,” said Chief DiPino. “But every year the Ocean City community comes together to provide for those who are less fortunate.”

Several Ocean City businesses and organizations contributed to the success of this year’s

Above: On December 10, 2011, the Hammond family from Atlantic Physical Therapy stopped by the police department to donate 20 bicycles.

Above: On December 10, 2011, the Hammond family from Atlantic Physical Therapy stopped by the police department to donate 20 bicycles.

needy drive.  On Wednesday, December 6, 2011, the Ocean City Elks Lodge and Ladies Auxiliary donated over $4,000.  Also making large contributions were the Delmarva Condominium Managers Association (DCMA), who stopped by the Public Safety Building with several bags of toys and a donation of $1,000, Atlantic Physical Therapy who donated 20 bicycles, the Ocean City Parrottheads “Hots for Tots” Chili Cookoff and Councilman Brent Ashley who donated $1,000. 

Additional community donations came from The Greene Turtle, Fager’s Island, Caine Woods Association, the American Legion, Long and Foster, Ocean City/Berlin Optimist, Eastern Shore Photographers, Ocean City

Above: Joe Groves, president of the DCMA, presents a $1,000 donation.

Above: Joe Groves, president of the DCMA, presents a $1,000 donation.

Sister City, the Marine Corps League, the Ocean City Hibernians, and several independent community members.

“Without the generosity of Ocean City businesses and residents, this needy drive would not be possible,” said Chief DiPino.  “It is an example of what makes our community so special and it is truly what Christmas is all about.”

 

 

 

OCEAN CITY POLICE REMINDING CITIZENS: “THE BEST WAY TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER IS DRIVING SOBER THIS YEAR”

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens that “the best way to spread holiday cheer is driving sober this year.” While millions of people celebrate the holidays, the Ocean City Police Department will be aggressively enforcing impaired driving, distracted driving and negligent driving to assure that people get home safely this season.

“The message is simple, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  Drinking alcohol or doing drugs and driving do not mix.  If you plan to consume alcohol, or are under the influence of any substance, you should not get behind the wheel of any vehicle or operate a motorcycle,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.

In December 2009, there were 753 people killed in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.

“Unfortunately millions of drivers on America’s highways still think they are invincible, and they choose to jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on our roads,” she said. “There will be no spreading holiday cheer behind the bars of a jail cell,” Chief DiPino continued. “Don’t let your 2011 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death.  Remember, whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk.”

The Ocean City Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:        

    • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
    • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
    • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
    • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement; and

OCEAN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT WELCOMES FIVE EASTERN SHORE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY GRADUATES

The Ocean City Police Department proudly graduated five new officers from the Eastern

Pictured from top to bottom left to right: Chief Bernadette A. DiPino, Officers Jill Bankard, Sean McHugh, Nicholas Forsyth, Marie Caron and Trevor Greenawalt

Pictured from top to bottom left to right: Chief Bernadette A. DiPino, Officers Jill Bankard, Sean McHugh, Nicholas Forsyth, Marie Caron and Trevor Greenawalt

Shore Criminal Justice Academy’s 67th police academy class onFriday, December 16, 2011, as well as one lateral police officer.  Officers were formally recognized as certified police officers of the Ocean City Police Department, after 24 weeks (919 hours) of intense training. 

The recruit class was comprised of various law enforcement agencies from all over Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  These officers continued the long established tradition of OCPD officers by graduating from the police academy with top honors.  Four of the five OCPD officers finished in the top four academic standings of the class as follows:

  • OFC Marie Caron distinguishing herself as the class valedictorian, she also won the
    Chief DiPino and Police Academy Class 67 Honor Graduate Officer Marie Caron

    Chief DiPino and Police Academy Class 67 Honor Graduate Officer Marie Caron

    physical fitness award and achieved a pistol expert firearms rating.

  • OFC Jill Bankard graduated second overall and also won the physical fitness award.
  • OFC Nicholas Forsyth was ranked third overall in the class
  • OFC Sean McHugh was ranked fourth overall and also achieved the pistol expert firearms rating.
  • OFC Trevor Greenawalt won the physical fitness award and achieved a ranking as a pistol expert.
  • OFC Matthew Macfarlane (not pictured) was a comparative compliance new hire from the State of New Jersey, and attended required segments of the academy for Maryland certification; he achieved a pistol expert ranking.

“Once again our new officers continue OCPD’s long-standing tradition of excellence by taking the awards in their class.  It’s an honor to welcome these six officers to our department,” said Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “They have demonstrated that they have what it takes to be leaders within the Ocean City Police Department and the Ocean City community.  I am thrilled to have them as members of the Ocean City Police Department.”  “They exemplify all that is good in law enforcement and will serve our community with pride, integrity and professionalism.”

INFANT IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER CAR CRASH

On December 16, 2011, at approximately 12:13 p.m. Ocean City Police and Fire

Andre James Kaczynski

Andre James Kaczynski

Departments responded to the area of 142nd Street and Coastal Highway, in reference to a two car vehicle crash involving a 2 door car and a full sized pick-up truck.

Upon arrival at the scene, emergency responders observed two badly damaged vehicles, one of which (the pick-up) was on fire.  Fire department personnel quickly extinguished the fire and located the driver of pick-up who was removed from the truck by a citizen prior to emergency responders arrival. A driver and an infant child passenger were found trapped in the car.  (These victims’ names are not being released at this time.)  Fire department personnel worked quickly to extricate the driver of the car as well as the 18 month old infant who was trapped in a child safety seat which was located in the rear passenger side seat of the car.

The drivers of both vehicles were taken by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The infant was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to PRMC trauma care unit with life threatening injuries.  The infant was stabilized and then flown to Johns Hopkins for additional treatment and remains listed in critical condition.  

Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed the 2 door car was stopped at a red signal in lane three on the north bound side of coastal highway at 142nd Street when it was struck from behind by the pick-up truck that was traveling at a high rate of speed.  The collision caused the two vehicles to move approximately 100 feet from the intersection before coming to a stop north of 142nd Street.  A search of the pick-up truck revealed an amount of a suspected Phencyclidine (PCP), a schedule II, controlled dangerous substance. 

The driver of the car remains hospitalized; the driver of the pick-up was treated and released.  Upon his release from the hospital, the driver of the pick-up truck identified as Andre James Kaczynski, 47, of Ocean Pines, Maryland was taken into custody and transported to the Ocean City Public Safety building under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.  After several sobriety tests Kaczynski has been charged with:

  • … unlawfully, as a result of his negligent driving, operation and control of a motor vehicle while under the influence, did cause a life threatening injury to (victim)
  • … unlawfully, as a result of his negligent driving, operation and control of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, did cause a life threatening injury to (victim)
  • … unlawfully, as a result of his negligent driving, operation and control of a motor vehicle while impaired by controlled dangerous substance, did cause a life threatening injury to (victim)
  • …did possess a controlled dangerous substance of schedule II, to wit: Phencyclidine

Kaczynski was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and is being held on $100,000.00 bond.  Kaczynski has been transferred to the Worcester County Jail.  

The investigation is continuing.

BE PROACTIVE ABOUT CRIME PREVENTION DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Your home is your most valuable assets and protecting it with the following crime prevention tips is an inexpensive way to maintain value and safety.  In addition to protecting your home, the Ocean City Police Department asks you to be alert and call if you see any suspicious people or activities in your neighborhood. 

As the holiday season approaches, it is important to continue following simple crime prevention techniques that will protect you and your property from being a victim of a crime.

  • Remember to lock all doors and windows to your home and vehicle
  • Keep inside and outside of your home well lit.  Lighting is an inexpensive crime prevention strategy and often deters criminals, so keep your lights on.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed below windows
  • Never post vacation or travel plans on social media sites, Facebook, Twitter etc.  Instead, share your plans with a trusted neighbor, family member or friends who will keep an eye on your property while you are away. 

The Ocean City Police Department also encourages citizens to become an active member of an Ocean City Neighborhood Watch Association.  Currently,OceanCityboasts eight Neighborhood Watch Associations, including Caine Woods, Caine Keys II, Bayshore Drive, the Boardwalk Association, 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, the Ocean City Police Department encourages residents to take advantage of the “Residential Security Check Program.”  This free program is available to all Ocean City residents whether you own or rent, live in a condominium or single-family home. 

The OCPD knows a well-informed citizen and a proactive community is the best form of crime prevention. Please join the team to keepOceanCitya safe and fun place to live, work and visit.

POLICE SEIZE LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA IN 3 DAYS

During the week of December 5, 2011, narcotics investigators from the Ocean City Police Department and the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team and Delaware State Police conducted three separate narcotics trafficking investigations, which culminated in the seizure of almost 5 pounds of marijuana with a total street value of approximately $43,000.

Beginning on December 7, 2011, Ocean City Police detectives in cooperation with the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop in Worcester County, during which police recovered almost 2 pounds of marijuana having a street value of over $14,000.  As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent seizure of marijuana, police arrested the occupants of the vehicle and identified them as: Kimo Earl Grant-Johnson, 24, of Ocean City, and Daniel James Stuart, 21, of Selbyville, Delaware.

During this investigation, police developed sufficient probable cause to obtain two different search and seizure warrants for both Grant-Johnson’s residence in Ocean City, and another residence in Selbyville.  OCPD detectives were assisted by the Delaware State Police in Selbyville and located approximately a pound and a half of marijuana at that residence in Selbyville, having an approximately value of $14,000.  Investigators located a quantity of marijuana at Grant-Johnson’sOceanCity residence as well.

Both Grant-Johnson and Stuart have been charged with:

  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana
  • Possession of Marijuana
  •  Possession of CDS Paraphernalia

Grant-Johnson and Stuart were seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner; both were held on $10,000 bond and transferred to the Worcester County jail.

On December 8, 2011, Ocean City Police narcotics investigators and members of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement team served a search and seizure warrant at 307 8th Street, unit D.  Police seized approximately one pound of marijuana having a street value of about $9000. The resident of the unit was arrested and identified as Robert Wayne Pippin, Jr. 32, of Ocean City. 

Pippin has been charged with:

  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of CDS Paraphernalia

Pippin was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $25,000 bond. Pippin was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

On December 9, 2011, OCPD narcotics investigators and members of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team, served a search and seizure warrant at 14501 Tunnel Avenue, Unit 304.  During the search of the residence, police recovered over a half pound of marijuana having a value of approximately $4700.   As a result of the search and seizure warrant police arrested Robert Francis Grandelli, 43, of Ocean City.

Grandelli has been charged with:

  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of CDS Paraphernalia

Grandelli was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and held on $25,000 bond.  Grandelli was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

MULTIPLE JUVENILES CHARGED WITH DAMAGING PROPERTY

 

During the month of November 2011, Ocean City Police responded to numerous complaints of vandalisms, burglaries and thefts that had occurred in the north end of Ocean City.

 

During the initial investigation, OCPD Forensic Services personnel were able to establish that the various acts of graffiti and vandalism to properties were consistent and may have been committed by the same persons or persons.

 

Dayshift patrol officers aggressively investigated approximately two dozen different incidents.  During the investigation officers discovered that local juveniles may have been responsible for the damage various properties totaling over $10,000.

 

Police have identified and charged 9 juveniles who were involved.  The juveniles were all males ranging in age from 9 years to 13 years old.  All the juveniles involved are from the Ocean City area. At this time, a total of 9 juveniles have been charged with crimes ranging from 2nd and 4th Degree Burglary to numerous counts of malicious destruction and theft. Additional arrests are expected in reference to these cases.

 

All of the juveniles, who were charged, have been released to their parents by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.  All the pending charges are under Juvenile Justice review.

 

Police are still investigating these crimes and are asking anyone with information to please contact PFC Vicki Martin at: 410-723-6656 or call the OCPD at 410-723-6600. 

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