Monthly Archives: June 2012

OCPD RECOVERS A STOLEN HANDGUN, PENNSYLVANIA FUGITIVE AND DRUGS

On June 22, 2012, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Ocean City Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.  During the traffic stop the officers identified the driver and owner of the vehicle as Jason Maldonado, 26, of Lancaster, PA.  Officers also identified two passengers as Matthew Quinones-Torres, 22, of Lititz, PA and Davontaye Harrison, 19, of Colombia, PA.

While verifying the three individuals’ identification, officers received a hit for a potential warrant for Matthew Ray Quinones-Torres.  The warrant was from Lancaster Sherriff`s Department for violation of parole for a prior drug distribution charge.    Police confirmed that Quinones-Torres was wanted and he was subsequently arrested.

After he was arrested, Police searched Quinones-Torres during which police recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana, which was wrapped in several dollar bills.  Police seized the marijuana and a total of $296 in U.S. currency from Quinones-Torres.

While at the scene police noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the clothing of both Maldonado and Harrison.  When officers searched the vehicle, they located in the center console of the vehicle three separate plastic bags that contained suspected marijuana.

Police also located four packages of “Bluntville” brand single cigars. Maldonado and Harrison were also placed under arrest for being in possession of a controlled dangerous substance and controlled dangerous substance drug paraphernalia.

A search of the vehicle revealed more suspected marijuana as well as a loaded .380 caliber handgun, which was located in a bag belonging to the suspect identified as Maldonado.  A computer check of the handgun revealed the handgun was reported stolen from Lancaster County in March of 2011.

As a result of this traffic stop police recovered a total of seven individual packaged bags of suspected marijuana, a stolen handgun and $296.

Matthew Ray Quinones-Torres was charged with: possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a handgun and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, as well as being a fugitive from the State of Pennsylvania for the outstanding arrest warrant.  Quinones-Torres was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $10,000 bond; he was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

Jason Maldonado was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a handgun.  Maldonado was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was released on his own recognizance.

Davontaye Harrison was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner; he was released on his own recognizance.

OCPD ADVISING CITIZENS TO PRACTICE SAFETY FIRST THIS JULY FOURTH

The July 4th holiday is quickly approaching and the Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens to put safety at the top of their holiday to-do list.  As residents and visitors plan to come together to enjoy Ocean City’s beautiful beach, breathtaking bay and magnificent boardwalk, the OCPD is also encouraging citizens to practice safety first.

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens of a few important safety tips to keep in mind during this summer:

  • Walk Smart. Use a marked crosswalk and      cross with the light.
  • Don’t drive distracted.  In addition to cell phone use,      distracted driving also involves all non-driving related objects.  When driving, avoid focusing on external      objects such as billboards, buildings or stereos.
  • Share the road.  Be aware of all traffic on the roadway,      including pedestrians, scooters, bicycles and motorcycles. Oftentimes      people cannot see scooters, bicycles and motorcycles because of blind      spots in their mirror.  Be extra      cautious of this when driving, especially when changing lanes.
  • Cross the street at a marked crosswalk or      intersection.
  • Make eye contact with drivers when      crossing busy intersections.
  • Continue to watch for traffic the entire      time you are in the crosswalk.
  • It is illegal to wear headphones in      both ears at the same time while operating any vehicle.
  •  Vehicle operators should be extremely      vigilant while driving, keeping consistently aware of pedestrians, bicycles,      mopeds and scooters.
  • Avoid making quick, un-signaled      turns or abrupt stops. If you can’t make the turn safely, proceed past the      turn and turn around when safe.
  • Allow plenty of time to stop or      proceed through intersections.
  • Pedestrians should not take      unnecessary risks crossing busy streets against traffic lights.
  • Parents are reminded to pay extra      attention to children when crossing busy roads. Keep hold of small      children’s hands while waiting for traffic lights to change and while      crossing.
  • Bicyclists are      encouraged to wear helmets and must ride in the bus lane. In addition,      bicyclists must abide by all traffic laws, including stopping at red      lights and stop signs.
  • Moped/scooter      operators and passengers are encouraged to wear helmets and footwear. If      you are renting a scooter you are required to wear a helmet and footwear.

In addition to safety tips, the Ocean City Police Department also reminds citizens that it is illegal to discharge fireworks in the Town of Ocean City.  Finally, visitors should expect heavy traffic through the city on July 4th, particularly downtown.  Parking is expected to be limited in the downtown area and inlet parking lot. Ocean City Police recommend visitor’s park in the Park and Ride and take the bus.

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT LEADS TO HANDGUN ARREST

On June 21, 2012, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Ocean City Police were conducting traffic enforcement on Coastal Highway when they observed the driver of a black Honda driving without wearing his seatbelt.   Officers stopped the vehicle in the area of 46th Street and Coastal Highway.

During the traffic stop, officers learned that the passenger of the car, who was later identified as Nicholas Lane Percoskie, 23, of Herndon, PA, had a handgun in the vehicle.  The .22 caliber handgun, which was found underneath the front passenger seat, was recovered by officers.

Parcoskie was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun and possession a handgun in a vehicle.  After an initial appearance by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, Parcoskie was released on his own personal recognizance.

OCPD Officer Earns National Distinguished Marksmanship Medal

The Ocean City Police Department is proud to announce that acting Lieutenant Mark L. Paddack has earned the National Rifle Association (NRA), Law Enforcement Division, Distinguished Revolver Medal. On June 16, 2012, A/Lt. Paddack received the NRA Distinguished Revolver Medal #779 after placing in the Palmetto State Regional sponsored by the South Carolina Police Combat League and hosted by the Charleston (SC) Police Department.

The NRA Distinguished Revolver Medal program, which was developed and instituted in 1973, recognizes law enforcement professionals in the excellence of Police Combat Competition using a stock service type revolver.  A/Lt. Paddack began utilizing his police handgun training in service revolver competition in 2004, in preparation for the distinguished revolver medal.  Paddack has traveled over 15,300 miles to matches in Jackson, MS, Tuscaloosa, AL, Charleston, SC, Richmond, VA, Frederick, MD, Upstate, NJ and Peekskill, NY representing Ocean City’s law enforcement community in competition.

Thus far in 2012, Paddack is only the second law enforcement officer in the United States to earn the distinguished revolver medal.  Since1973, when the distinguished revolver program began, Paddack becomes only the 779th law enforcement officer to receive the medal during the 39-year history of the program.  In the State of Maryland, Paddack became the 41st Marylander to receive the award.

“I am proud of the commitment, skill and determination shown by A/Lt. Paddack,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino. “Earning a Distinguished Ribbon takes a specialized skill, specific knowledge, training, experience and complete dedication.  He has gone well beyond the average law enforcement practitioner and I am pleased to have him represent the Ocean City Police Department.”

 

Paddack’s accomplishment brings the total to five past and present members of the Ocean City Police Department to earn the title as distinguished. Previous OCPD members earning the distinguished revolver medal are retired Captain Robert Bokinsky #539 in 1994 (currently Chief of Police, Pella, Iowa), Lt. Richard Moreck #668 in 2001, Captain Greg Guiton #686 in 2002, retired Lt. Mark Doyle #701 in 2003.

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

The Ocean City Police Department proudly graduated six new officers from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy’s 68th police academy class on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.  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.  Five of the six OCPD officers were received recognition for being top in their class.  Their commendations are as follows:

  • Firearms Award: by distinguishing themselves as above average in the firearms category, OFC Goggins placed first in his class with a 100 percent shot, OFC Dzunak placed second in his class, OFC Kutz placed third in his class and OFC McBride received the Firearms Award for Firing Expert.
  • Academic Awards:  OFC Kutz was second in his class academically, with a 96.9 percent average while OFC Goggins was fifth in the class with a 96.8 percent average
  • Fitness Award:  OFC Kutz and OFC Gemerek were awarded recognized for their achievement in the physical fitness category.

“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.”

 

OFFICERS ARREST MEN WITH POT IN PARKING LOT OF PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at approximately 8 a.m., Ocean City Police were in the parking lot of the Public Safety Building in the process of their shift change. While in the parking lot, officers noticed a black Hyundai with the windows down and three men in and around the vehicle.

As officers passed the men, who were all from Cranberry, PA, they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  Officers approached the three males, who were identified as Vance Austin Embry, 19, Wayne Michael Jelinek and Julian Dominick Jordano, 19, and ordered them to exit the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle officers located several bags of marijuana, paraphernalia and dextroamphetamine, which is a schedule I controlled dangerous substance.  Embry was charged with possession of marijuana and three counts of possession of paraphernalia.  Jelinek and Jordano were charged with possession of a dextroamphetamine.

After an initial appearance by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, all three men were released on their own personal recognizance.

OCEAN CITY POLICE HOLDING TESTING FOR 2013 FULL TIME & SEASONAL POSITIONS

The Ocean City Police Department will be conducting applicant testing on August 11 and August 12, 2012. This test will be for full-time and seasonal police officer and public safety aid positions.  Testing will begin at the Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, on Saturday, August 11 at 8 a.m. Applicants must arrive no later than 7:45 a.m.

Testing on Saturday will consist of the written exam followed by the physical ability test.  Applicants should wear workout clothes and must have an application, physician’s statement and photo ID to be admitted to the test.  The oral interview portion of the test will take place at the Ocean City Public Safety Building, 6501 Coastal Highway, on Sunday, August 12.

“I believe there is no more honorable or rewarding career than law enforcement,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “We are looking for honest, motivated, community oriented leaders who are looking to make a positive difference in the world. The Ocean City Police Department has a professional reputation, so if you have the character and ability to be a one of the best then we encourage you to apply with us.

For more information about the testing process, please contact the Ocean City Police Department Training and Recruiting Section at 410-723-6612 or pdtrain@oceancitymd.gov.

Applicants who wish to take the exam are asked to make a reservation with the OCPD Training and Recruiting Section.

FOUR ARRESTED AFTER POLICE WITNESS ASSAULT AND ROBBERY

On June 19, 2012, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Ocean City Police were on uniformed bike patrol when they witnessed four men in the area of 1st Street and Philadelphia Avenue.  At this time, officers witnessed the four men in progress of a robbery.

The suspects, who were all from Harrisburg, PA, were identified as Vaughn Labray Samuel Jones, 19, Averee Loren Robinson, 18, and Larry Donnell Rascoe, 18, and a juvenile.  Jones, Robinson, Rascoe and the juvenile fled from the area when they saw the officers approaching the scene.

After a brief pursuit, officers located the suspects and placed all four under arrest for robbery, second degree assault, two counts of theft and disorderly conduct.  After being seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, Jones, Robinson and Rascoe were being held on a $25,000 bond.  The juvenile suspect was released to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services.

OCEAN CITY POLICE WARNING RESIDENTS OF COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY

The Ocean City Police Department is warning residents, business owners and employees to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency being circulated in Ocean City. Since May 1, 2012, the OCPD has received approximately 12 reports of counterfeit bills being passed as payments to local businesses.

Ocean City Police are encouraging citizens to closely examine currency by looking carefully at the money you receive. Citizens should be aware of the security features located on currency.  The three main security features located on bills are: shifting inks on the number security threads, which display the denomination of the currency imbedded in the bill and the watermark of the main image on the face of the bill located on the right side of note.

In addition, the Ocean City Police Department is offering these tips to detect suspicious or counterfeit currency:

  • The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually  lifeless and flat. Details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.
  • On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt or broken saw-tooth points.
  • Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the  Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or  shade of ink from the Treasury seal. The numbers may not be uniformly  spaced or aligned.

Ocean City Police are asking that residents and businesses contact the department if you locate suspicious currency.  In addition, the department reminds businesses and community groups that a crime prevention officer is available to conduct counterfeit awareness presentations upon appointment through the Public Affairs Office.

For further information on detecting counterfeit U. S. currency, citizens are encouraged to visit the United States Secret Service Web site at: http://www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml

OCEAN CITY POLICE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST OF BURGLARY SUSPECTS

The Ocean City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, in conjunction with the Patrol Division and assisted by the Ocean Pines Police Department, arrested two suspects responsible for several burglaries throughout Ocean City.  The burglaries, which were reported in various locations during the early part of June, were properties serviced by the same property management company.

During an investigation into the burglaries, detectives established a primary suspect, who was later identified as Justin Mathew Caple, 23, of Berlin. Detectives learned that Caple, a new employee of the property management company, had access to the burglarized units.

Based on information obtained during the investigation, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Caple and an associate, who was later identified as Lindsay Marie Lopez, 23, of Berlin.  On June 17, 2012, both suspects were located and arrested for the following charges: Caple was charged with first degree burglary and two counts of theft, while Lopez was charged with theft and rogue and vagabond.

Caple and Lopez were seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance.  Lopez was released on her own personal recognizance and Caple was held on a $25,000 bond.