Monthly Archives: August 2012

Choking Victim Saved by Quick Thinking Citizens and First Responders

On August 29, 2012 at approximately 1:10 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to the area of the Inlet Parking Lot in for CPR in progress.

According to witnesses, “Dove Point” (a Salisbury, MD center for persons w/ disabilities) was hosting a field trip for their patients.  One of the participants identified at this time as a 44-year-old male, had just finished eating when a “Dove Point” staff member noticed the male was having trouble breathing.  After noticing the victim was choking, trip chaperones attempted to assist him by performing the Heimlich maneuver but were unsuccessful. 

The victim then became unconscious and trip chaperones began CPR.  A bystander called 911 and then assisted with chest compressions.  When officers arrived, they assessed the patient and promptly took over CPR until paramedics arrived.   The victim was transported to Atlantic General Hospital and as of yesterday afternoon is listed in stable condition.  

The Ocean City Police Department would like to acknowledge the quick and heroic actions of these citizens as well as the officers and emergency responders involved.  The continued support of the public has made it possible for the Town of Ocean City’s emergency personnel to provide the highest level of lifesaving care to over 8.5 million visitors a year.

POLICE NEED HELP IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN THEFTS FROM VENDING MACHINES

The Ocean City Police Department is attempting to identify two subjects who have been

VENDING MACHINE THEFT SUSPECTS

VENDING MACHINE THEFT SUSPECTS

involved in multiple thefts from vending machines.

On 8/28/12 the two subjects above were at the Hilton Hotel located at 3201 Baltimore Ave.  Surveillance cameras captured the male entering the vending machine room, while the female accomplice acted as a look out.   During the investigation, police obtained surveillance images of two suspects.  The male suspect is also believed to be the same unidentified perpetrator that was captured on video surveillance, who broke into several vending machines on previous occasions, however was not apprehended.     

Ocean City Police are asking anyone with information about the identity of these suspects or information about these crimes, to contact the Ocean City Police Departments Criminal Investigation Divisions Detective Carl Perry at 410-520-5439 or email at: crperry@oceancitymd.gov.  (You do not have to give your name)

OCPD ADVISORY – NEW MARYLAND LAWS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1ST FOR:

The Ocean City Police Department in a joint effort with the Maryland State Police, Berlin Barrack are advising all Ocean City businesses and citizens that beginning October 1, 2012, the State of Maryland will be changing the laws governing vehicles classified as a motor scooter and/or moped.  These new laws will directly impact ALL Ocean City scooter rental and retail sale operators as well as privately citizens who own and operate these types of vehicles.

To better help both rental and private owners and operators understand the upcoming changes the following information is being provided to you:

Moped Definition

A moped is a bicycle that meets the following requirements:

  • Is designed to be propelled by human power with some assistance from a motor;
  • Is equipped with pedals that mechanically drive the rear wheel or wheels;
  • Has two or three wheels, of which are more than 14 inches in diameter; and
  • Has a motor with a rating of 1.5 brake horsepower or less, and, if the motor is an internal combustion engine, a capacity of 50 cubic centimeters piston displacement or less.
  • Mopeds are also not allowed to be operated at a speed greater than 30 MPH on public roads. 

Motor Scooter Definition

A motor scooter is a type of non-pedaled vehicle that meets the following standards:

  • Has a seat for the operator
  • Has a step-through chassis
  • Is equipped with an automatic transmission.
  • Has a motor with a rating of 2.7 brake horsepower or less, and if the motor is an internal combustion engine, with a capacity of 50 cubic centimeters piston displacement or less.
  • A motor scooter is not allowed to exceed the speed of 30 MPH on public roadways.

Scooter Definition

  • A scooter is a two-wheeled vehicle that has handlebars and is designed to be stood on by the operator. These devices cannot be legally operated on public roadways or sidewalks.

Moped/Motor Scooter Licensing

  • To operate a moped/motor scooter in Maryland, riders must have a valid driver’s license from which ever state that they live in, or a valid Maryland moped operator’s permit issued by the Maryland MVA.

Moped/Motor Scooter Traffic Laws

  • Mopeds/Motor Scooters may not be operated at speed greater than 30 mph.
  • Mopeds/Motor Scooters cannot be operated on roadways that have a speed limit greater than 50 mph.
  • Where there is a bike lane paved to a smooth surface or a shoulder paved to a smooth surface, a person operating a bicycle, moped or a motor scooter shall use the bike lane or shoulder and may not ride on the roadway, except for common traffic procedures, which include:
  • Overtaking and passing another bicycle, motor scooter, pedestrian, or other vehicle within the bike lane or shoulder if the overtaking and passing cannot be done safely within the bike lane or shoulder;
  • Preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway;
  • When reasonably necessary to leave the bike lane or shoulder to avoid debris or other hazardous condition;
  • When reasonably necessary to leave the bike lane or shoulder because the bike lane or shoulder is overlaid with a right turn lane, merge lane, or other marking that breaks the continuity of the bike lane or shoulder.
  • Gas and electric motorized toy scooters cannot be operated on sidewalks.
  • A person may not operate a bicycle, moped or motor scooter on any highway or roadway while the person is wearing any headset covering both ears.

NEW LEGISLATION (EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2012)

Mopeds and Motor Scooters, as defined by law, are required:

  • Display a registration decal issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)
  • The operator shall have in their possession proof of insurance

Additionally, an individual who rides or operates a moped or motor scooter must wear protective headgear that meets specific federal standards (DOT).  If the vehicle does not have a windscreen, eye-protection must also be worn.

Further clarification by the Motor Vehicle Administration indicates all mopeds and motor scooters are to be titled electronically and be issued a permanent decal to place on the rear of the motor scooter.  The cost for the decal will be $5.  For the first year, (until October 1, 2013) non-new motor scooters and mopeds will be exempt from the titling fee and excise tax.  After October 1, 2013, the motor scooter and moped title fee will be $20 and the minimum excise tax will be 6% of $320.  Individuals will have to certify at the time of titling that they carry the minimum levels of liability insurance for the motor scooter / moped.  Operators of motor scooters and mopeds will be required to wear motorcycle helmets and eye protection and carry an insurance card. 

The Ocean City Police Department will be enforcing these new laws beginning October 1, 2012. 

If you have any question, please contact the Ocean City Police Departments Public Affairs Office at:410-723-6665.

OCPD INVESTIGATING FATAL COLLISION INVOLVING A BICYCLE AND A MUNICIPAL BUS

On August 24, 2012, at approximately 8:38 p.m. Ocean City Police and Paramedics responded to the north bound lanes of 132nd Street and Coastal Highway, in reference to vehicle collision involving an Ocean City Municipal bus and a bicycle.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and determined that a bicycle being operated by an adult male impacted a city bus that was travelling in the north bound bus lane, in the area of 132th Street and Coastal Highway.  

The operator of the bicycle was seriously injured and treated at the scene by OC EMS.  The cyclist was taken by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital and then transferred to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he later died.  The deceased has been identified as: Patrick Michael McCusker, 49, of Cockeysville, Maryland. 

Ocean City Police are investigating this fatal collision.  The identity of the municipal bus driver involved in this collision is not being released at this time.

 Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the OCPD, SGT R. Townsend at: 410-520-5357.

Pedestrian Struck on 19th Street

On August 20, 2012, at approximately 12:50 a.m. Ocean City Police and Paramedics responded to the area 19th Street and Philadelphia Avenue, in reference to a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.

The investigation revealed that a group of people were attempting to cross Philadelphia Avenue in the area of 19th Street from east to west when one of the pedestrians, who was not in the area of a marked crosswalk, was struck by a vehicle.  The pedestrian, who was identified as a 21-year-old Irish citizen, was struck in lane number two of the southbound side of Coastal Highway by a taxi-cab who had the right of way.   The investigation further revealed the taxi attempted to break, however did not have time and stuck the subject while breaking. 

The pedestrian had several injuries and was treated at the scene by Ocean City Paramedics and transported by the Maryland State Police Trooper 4 to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.  The pedestrian, whose name is not being released, was in stable condition at the time of this release and currently no charges are pending against the driver.

The collision, which occurred 150 feet from a signal controlled crosswalk intersection, is the 32nd pedestrian collision investigated by the OCPD this year.  In 14 of those incidents, alcohol was a factor on the part of the pedestrian and in two cases alcohol was a factor on the part of the vehicle operator.

Ocean City Police remind citizens to always use marked crosswalks and never cross roadways in between intersections.  In addition, pedestrians and motorists should use caution, especially at night.  If you have consumed alcoholic beverages remember to always use marked crosswalks and if available a marked crosswalk with a traffic signal.  Finally, pedestrians should not be texting or talking on a cell phone when crossing busy roadways.

Narcotics Detectives Arrest New York Men for Distribution of Drugs

On August 18, 2012, at approximately 12:40 a.m. members of the Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit and the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team were investigating the illegal distribution of Marijuana in the area of 608 Philadelphia Avenue. During the investigation, OCPD detectives and uniformed police personnel attempted to arrest two suspects for distribution of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) on the porch of 608 Philadelphia Ave.

As police were attempting to place the suspects under arrest, the suspects began to struggle and fight with the officers. At this time, several other occupants of the residence exited the residence and began to interfere with the arresting officers and fight with the police.

 

Police, who had to call for additional units to assist with the arrest, located additional marijuana from the top floor unit where friends of the suspects were staying.

 

In all, four suspects were arrested as follows:
 
  • Thomas William Mullen, 20, of Pearl River, NY – Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS and Resisting Arrest.
  • Andrew James McAllister, 20, of Garnerville, NY – Charged with Distribution of CDS.
  • Michael Anthony Sadori, 20, of North Rockland, NY – Charged with Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS and Resisting Arrest.
  • Thomas Patrick Brannigan, Jr., 20, of Garnerville, NY – Charged with Distribution of CDS.
After being seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, all four suspects were transferred to the Worcester County Jail were they are being held on $7500.00 bond.

OCPD SERGEANT PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT

LT Howard C. Whaley, Jr.

LT Howard C. Whaley, Jr.

Chief Bernadette DiPino is proud to announce the appointment of Sergeant Howard C. Whaley, Jr. to the rank of Lieutenant.  “I am extremely proud of Lt. Whaley,” said Chief DiPino. “He has worked hard and earned this appointment.  I am confident he will be an asset to the command staff and continue to contribute to making the Ocean City Police Department a dynamic and professional law enforcement agency.”

Lt. Whaley is a native of Berlin, Maryland and a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and Salisbury University.  He began his career at the Ocean City Police Department as a seasonal records clerk in 1987.  He was hired as a seasonal police officer in 1988, where he worked two summers before being hired as a full time officer in 1989.

Lt. Whaley was promoted to the rank of Police Officer 1st Class in 1995 and to the rank of Sergeant in 2004.  He has been a supervisor in the patrol division, boardwalk division, and services division.  He has been the noise unit supervisor and is currently the assistant K-9 patrol supervisor.

Lt. Whaley has been a member of the police department’s honor guard unit and has been an alcohol breath test operator for 20 years.  In addition, Lt. Whaley has been an instructor of noise meter operations.  During the course of his career Lt. Whaley has received commendations and awards including nominations as Police Officer of the Year.  Lt. Whaley is married and has two children.

OCPD INVESTIGATE DEATH IN THE INLET

On August 14, 2012, at approximately 3 p.m. Ocean City Police, Beach Patrol and Fire Departments responded to the Ocean City Inlet, in reference to people in the water just east of the ticket booth area. Ocean City emergency personnel arrived at the scene and were advised that an adult male and a small child had been walking along the sea wall at the inlet when the man and the child fell from the sea wall. 

The victim, who was later identified as Stephen Richard Ostan, 49, of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, and his 2-year-old child struck the rocks during the fall.  According to witnesses, the 2-year-old child was in the water clinging to the rocks below the retaining wall when an unidentified female citizen climbed down the sea wall and recovered the child.  The citizen was able to pass the child to other citizens on top of the retaining wall. 

A privately owned boat with two citizens attempted to recover Ostan, who had an apparent head injury.   At this time, the citizens were assisted by members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol and the Ocean City Fire Department.  In addition, a boat and crew from Surf Side Parasail assisted with the recovery of Ostan, who was put on the parasail boat and taken to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Ocean City.

Ostan’s 2-year-old child was taken by Ocean City Emergency Services to Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) where the child was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. In addition, Ocean City Paramedics met the rescuers at the Coast Guard station and transported Ostan to AGH where he was pronounced dead.  The cause and manner of death will be investigated by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland. 

The investigation, which is being handled by the Ocean City Police Department, is on-going.  Due to the nature of the investigation, the names of the witnesses and citizens involved are not being released at this time.  The Ocean City Police Department would like to acknowledge the courageous actions by the citizens and public safety employees who assisted in this incident.

OCPD ARREST MAN FOR RAPE AND ASSAULT

On August 12, 2012, at approximately 10 a.m. Ocean City Police responded to the area of

Jason Paul Mackulin

Jason Paul Mackulin

120th Street in reference to a disturbance.  After arriving on scene, officers were confronted by a group of persons who advised that a male who was staying with the group in unit, had been involved in either a fight or an argument with several persons in that unit. 

During the incident the male suspect, who was later identified as Jason Paul Mackulin, 31, of Littlestown, PA, displayed a TASER.  While officers were speaking to citizens in the parking lot, Mackulin came out of the unit and was detained by police.

While at the scene, officers learned that Mackulin assaulted his girlfriend and her 14-year-old son. Police further learned that the original disturbance involving Mackulin, may have been as a result of Mackulin being involved with a sexual assault of a 15-year-old female, not related to Mackulin, who was also staying in the same unit.

As a result of the investigation, which detectives responded to the scene and determined that MacKulin had sexually assaulted the 15-year-old female, OCPD Detectives charged Mackulin with: 2nd degree rape, 3rd and 4th degree sex offense and 2nd degree assault involving the 15-year-old female. Mackulin was also charged with 2nd degree domestic assault of his girlfriend and 2nd degree assault of her 14-year-old son. 

Mackulin was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and has been held without bond.  During a bond review, Mackulin was held on $250,000 and was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

Victim of Burglary Escorts Suspect Out of Home After Burglary

On August 12, 2012 at approximately 12:43 a.m., Ocean City Police responded to the area

Antonio Eduardo Lacaffine

Antonio Eduardo Lacaffine

of 4401 Atlantic Ave, in reference to suspicious activity, possibly a burglary in progress. 

Police arrived at the scene and met with the victim who related he had heard noise on the lower floors of his unit.  When the victim went downstairs to investigate he observed a male suspect attempting to steal various items.  The victim, who confronted the suspect in the residence and stopped him from stealing the items, escorted the suspect out of the residence.

Officers obtained a detailed description of the suspect, who was last seen walking towards the 10 bock of 45th Street, and broadcast it to other police personnel.  Shortly after, officers located a person matching the description of the suspect in the area of 45th Street and Coastal Highway and identified him as Antonio Eduardo Lacaffine, 29, of Uniontown, PA. 

After the victim positively identified Lacaffine as being the person in his home, police placed him under arrest for 1st degree burglary, 3rd degree burglary, 4th degree burglary, and for theft under $100.00. 

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