Monthly Archives: September 2012

OCPD RESPONDS TO AN APPARENT BALCONY FALL

On September 18, 2012, at approximately 3 a.m. Ocean City Police responded to a 911 call for help at 3602 North Canal Street, in reference to a subject who had fallen from a 3rd story balcony.

Police arrived at the scene and found the deceased body of an adult female lying on the ground on the west (bayside) of the building.  The female’s name is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Ocean City Police detectives are investigating the circumstances. The deceased will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland for autopsy in Baltimore.

Six People Arrested After Large Boardwalk Fight

On September 2, 2012, at approximately 6 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to the area of 709 South Atlantic Avenue in reference to a large fight, involving a subject with a knife.

Uniformed officers arrived at the scene and observed several persons actively fighting in the area directly outside of Davey Jones Locker Room restaurant. As officers began to break up the fight, several of the combatants fled into the Inlet parking lot. One suspect, later identified as Carl Ross Perry, 47, of Berlin, was wearing a t-shift indicating that he was an employee of Davey Jones Locker Room. Perry continued to actively fight, despite attempts by several employees of Davey Jones Locker Room to restrain him. Uniformed officers at the scene attempted to have Perry stop fighting and ordered him to the ground, however, Perry did not comply and actively fought four officers until taken into custody.

Officers located five additional suspects involved in the altercation, who fled the scene in various locations in the Inlet parking lot.

The five other men who were actively fighting with Perry were identified as: Deve St. Fleur, 24, from Immokalee, FL, Jermaine Lacorey Phillips, 24, of Fort Meade, FL, William Sherman Freeman, 33, of Fort Meade, FL, Michael Fitzgerald Smith, 45, of Fort Meade, FL and Valen Joseph, 23, Legigh Acres, FL.

During the subsequent investigation, police recovered a backpack belonging to St. Fleur. The backpack was found to contain several baggies of suspected marijuana, as well as other evidence that indicated the marijuana was being sold. After the arrest of Carl Ross Perry, officers recovered an amount of Marijuana from his persons that was packaged identically to the items recovered from the backpack belonging to St. Fleur.

Witnesses told police that Perry was outside with the five suspects, but at one point went back into the restaurant and returned with an object that was later determined to be a knife. Perry threatened the suspect, at which time the fight began. The investigation concluded that the confrontation between Perry and the five additional suspects was as the result of a dispute during an illegal drug transaction involving Perry.

Based on the evidence, Ocean City Police charged the suspects as follows:

  • Carl Ross Perry: common law affray, disorderly conduct, three counts of 2nd degree assault on three police officers, resisting arrest, possession of CDS (marijuana), possession of CDS paraphernalia, two counts of 2nd degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment.
  • Deve St. Fleur and Jermaine Lacorey Phillips: common law affray, disorderly conduct, possession of CDS (marijuana), possession of CDS paraphernalia, possession with the Intent to distribute CDS (marijuana).
  • William Sherman Freeman: common law affray and disorderly conduct.
  • Michael Fitzgerald Smith: common law affray, disorderly conduct and possession of CDS (marijuana).
  • Valen Joseph: common law affray and disorderly conduct.

As a result of the altercation and arrests, three OCPD officers sustained injuries. Two officers were treated at the scene by OC EMS and one officer was transported to Atlantic General Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

All six of the suspects were arrested and seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner. Perry was released after posting a $10,000 bond. Phillips and St. Fleur were both held on $10,000 bond and transferred to the Worcester County Jail. Freeman was held on $3,500 bond and transferred to the Worcester County Jail. Smith and Joseph were both released on their own recognizance.

OCPD CHARGES TWO BOARDWALK BUSINESSES FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CDS PARAPHERNALIA

 

On August 24 and August 30, 2012, OCPD patrol officers discovered two different OceanCity boardwalk businesses selling smoking devices fashioned in a manner to smoke controlled dangerous substances.

Items discovered at 409 Atlantic Avenue

Items discovered at 409 Atlantic Avenue

At the time of the discovery the items were seized.  At the “Shore Side Shop” (106 South Atlantic Ave) on August 24th the suspected CDS smoking devices were discovered by police in a box on the floor behind the counter.   On August 30th, at the “NY Piercing” (409 Atlantic Ave) the suspected CDS smoking devices were observed in a large glass case.   At the time of this discovery, the suspected contraband was found in the proximity of various items that promoted the use of Marijuana such as: ash trays, t-shirts and statues all displaying Marijuana leaves.

The business owners are identified as: (Shore Side Shop owner) – Benjamin Darmony, 48, of Berlin, Maryland and (NY Piercing owner) – Claude Darmony, 23, of Ocean City.

During the investigation, Ocean City Police consulted with the Worcester County States Attorney and determined the items were in violation of the Maryland Criminal Law Article prohibiting the sale of such items of CDS Paraphernalia.

On August 30th and 31st, OCPD officers made application for charges for these two business owners with the Ocean City District Court Commissioner and received charges for possession and distribution of CDS Paraphernalia.

Ocean City Police had previously met with both men in June 2012, and furnished them with a 15-page packet containing the Maryland Criminal Law Article governing CDS Paraphernalia, with explanations and examples of what constituted CDS paraphernalia.

The Ocean City Police Department will continue its strict enforcement of all laws related to the illegal possession and distribution of controlled dangerous substance and associated paraphernalia.  Persons and or businesses involved in the use, sale or possession of these illegal substances, will be charged with these violations and prosecuted.

 

Suicidal Subject Subdued By Police

On September 1, 2012, at approximately 9:55 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to the area of 2109 Philadelphia Avenue to check on the welfare of an unknown male subject.  Citizens called police after the man, whose name is not being released, was initially acting disorderly but had since walked away from the area and passed out in a vehicle that was parked at the above address.

Officers met with the male, who appeared to be highly intoxicated, and learned that he had been arguing with his girlfriend and was upset over the altercation.  The subject suddenly produced a folding knife from within the vehicle, opened it and held it to his own throat.  Officers immediately established a perimeter around the vehicle, restricting the vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area. 

While attempting to negotiate with the male, he pulled the knife away from his body but was still holding it in his hand.  During this time, an officer equipped with an Electronic Control Device (ECD) seized the opportunity to deploy his ECD into the subject.  The subject experienced neuro-muscular incapacitation and dropped the knife. 

At this time, officers were able to pull the subject from the vehicle and take him into custody.  Despite the impact sites from the ECD probes, the subject was not injured during this incident.   He was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) for an emergency evaluation and also received treatment to remove the ECD probes, which had become imbedded when he fell. 

While at PRMC, the subject made statements that he intended to commit “suicide by cop” but the officers’ actions stopped him before he got the opportunity.  This incident was successfully resolved through the use of the ECD.  Since February 2012, Ocean City Police officers have had 10 uses of the new weapon. 

OCPD REMINDING CITIZENS TO BE ALERT ON ROADWAYS DURING BIKEFEST 2012

The summer season is around the corner and as temperatures increase, so does Ocean City’s population.  The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens to be extra cautious on the roadways as visitors come together to enjoy Ocean City’s beautiful beach, breathtaking bay and magnificent boardwalk.

 

This weekend, September 12 – 16, 2012, Ocean City will see an increased number of motorcyclists, as bikers make their way to Ocean City for the first annual Bikes to the Beach event.  The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens of a few important safety tips to keep in mind during this weekend’s event:

  • Be aware of motorcycle traffic. Often time’s people cannot see motorcycles because of blind spots in their mirror.  Be extra cautious of this when driving, especially when changing lanes.
  • If you see any criminal activity including racing or dangerous driving, try to get a good description of the vehicle and person. If you are not driving, try to write down the tag number and call the police.

 

In addition to safe driving tips, the Ocean City Police Department also reminds citizens of the importance of pedestrian, bicycle and scooter safety.  For individuals who are traveling on foot, on a bicycle, moped or scooter, here are some important safety tips to remember:

  • 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 to 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.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY ADVISORY

September is Back-to-School Month, and the OCPD in conjunction with other state and local groups remind motorists to be extra careful at all times. With summer ending and the start of school just around the corner, motorists should do their part to keep children safe as they walk and bike to school.

Ocean City will see a dramatic increase in school bus traffic beginning September of 2012.Citizens need to remember that pick-up times vary, however, as a general rule:

  • morning pick-ups are from 7 to 8 a.m.
  • afternoon drop-off is from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • There is also a mid-day pick-up of pre-kindergarten from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
While on Coastal Highway, motorists traveling in the same direction as the school bus must stop for school buses with flashing red lights while they are engaged in pick-up and drop off.

 

Here are some simple reminders for drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving.Remember it is illegal to hold a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.

Reminder for your children:

  • Stay out of the street while waiting for the bus.
  • Wait for the bus driver’s signal before crossing in front of the bus.
  • BE SAFE, BE SEEN. Look the driver in the eye to be sure you are seen.
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars.
  • Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them
  • Remember, the best thing you can do as a parent is to always set a good example.
  • Remain seated at all times while the bus is moving. Keep aisles clear – stow school bags under the seat.
  • Do not shout, yell or sing – it distracts the driver.

The OCPD will have additional police patrols in the areas where school busses pick-up and drop-offstudents and will be strictly enforcing all traffic safety laws.

Let’s take good care of our precious children and do everything we can to keep them safe!