Monthly Archives: January 2013

OCPD Arrests Suspect in Connection With The Death of Michael Post

On January 26, 2013, Officers of the Ocean City Police Department responded to 216

George Daron Nottingham

George Daron Nottingham

Somerset Street, for a report of an unconscious male subject lying on the ground.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim, identified as Michael Post.  Ocean City EMS transported Post to Atlantic General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

Ocean City Police Detectives investigated this incident and learned that a male, identified as George Daron Nottingham, 39, of Ocean City, had assaulted Post in front of 216 Somerset Street, causing Post to fall and strike his head on the ground. 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland determined that Post died of head injuries related to the Assault. 

On January 31, 2013, OCPD Detectives arrested Nottingham at his residence on Townsend Road in West Ocean City and have charged him with Manslaughter and Second Degree Assault.

Nottingham was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and is being held on $500,000.00 bond.

OCEAN CITY POLICE OFFICER FIRST CLASS CHRISTOPHER SNYDER NAMED 2012 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH OFFICER OF THE YEAR

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, the Neighborhood Watch Associations from Ocean City

5 of 6 finalists for the OC Neighborhood Watch Officer of the Year – Pictured from left to right: PFC Danny Jacobs, CPL James Runkles, PFC Kevin Flower, (Winner of the 2012 OFC of The Year PFC Chris Snyder), CPL Rick Wawrzeniak, Not pictured DFC Kyle Murray.

gathered at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in the new Bay front Ballroom for their annual “Officer of the Year” recognition dinner.  Nearly 170 guests attended the event, including Council President Lloyd Martin, Council Secretary Mary Knight, Council Member Margaret Pillas, Council Member Dough Cymek, Council member Dennis Dare and Council Member Joe Mitrecic. Also in attendance were OCPD employees, Ocean City residents and members of the eight Neighborhood Watch Associations in Ocean City, which consist of the Boardwalk Association, Bayshore Drive Association, Caine Keys II Association, Caine Woods Association, Edgewater Avenue Association, Little Salisbury Association, Montego Bay Association and Sundowner Park Association.

Ocean City Police Officer First Class (PFC) Christopher Snyder was selected to be the honorable recipient of the prestigious Ocean City Neighborhood Watch Association’s 2012 “Officer of the Year” award. Also nominated for the 2012 “Officer of the Year” award were Ocean City Police Detective First Class (DFC) Kyle Murray, PFC Daniel Jacobs, Corporal James Runkles, PFC Kevin Flower, and Corporal Rick Wawrzeniak.

“Im speechless,” stated Snyder after be named the winner.  “I never expected to win especially considering the company Im in.”  Snyder is from Canton Ohio, where he graduated from Perry High School in 2001. Upon graduation, he worked as a seasonal cadet with the OCPD and was hired as a full time cadet in 2003.  In 2004 Snyder was hired full-time as a police officer.  His educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Wor-Wic Community College. He is a domestic violence investigator, a patrol crime scene technician and the Bayshore Drive neighborhood watch liaison officer.  He is active in the pursuit of wanted individuals in Ocean City and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division’s Evening Watch. During his career, Snyder has received awards for meritorious service, excellent police performance awards and was nominated three times for office of the year.

 

 “It was a tremendous honor just being nominated and I am very grateful to be recognized by our citizens,” Snyder continued. “I want to thank my fellow officers who are like my family. This is a great community and I am fortunate to not only work here but to also live in town.  Every resident, especially the neighborhood watch members, is an incredible resource to the Ocean City Police Department.  We truly are a partnership and we could not accomplish all we do without their support.”

 

Also recognized during the ceremony was long time neighborhood watch member Dan Donatelli. Donatelli was recognized for his ten years of service with the Montego Bay Neighborhood Watch Association, during which he has served as the Area Coordinator for the group.

Additional employees from the OCPD were also recognized for promotions and commendations.  Receiving recognition for promotions were:

  • Police Officer First Class: Joseph Zurla.
  • Corporals: James Runkles, Todd Speigle, Vance Row and Allen Hawk.
  • Sergeants: Shawn Jones and Frank Wrench
  • Lieutenant: Howard Whaley

Receiving special commendations for distinguishing him/herself by performing extraordinary physical acts or renders life saving techniques to aid in the preservation of a human life were:

  • PFC Vicki Martin (Special Commendation)                           
  • CPL Richard Wawrzeniak (Special Commendation)           
  • PFC Daniel Jacobs (Special Commendation)        
  • PFC Shawn Lindsey (Special Commendation)
  • PFC Kevin Flower (Special Commendation)
  • DFC Justin Hoban (Special Commendation)
  • PFC James Runkles (Excellent Performance)
  • Officer Kory Moerschel (Excellent Performance)              
  • Officer Richard Gutowski (Excellent Performance)                                          
  • Officer Patrick Flynn (Excellent Performance)    
  • CPL Joseph Bushnell (Excellent Performance)
  • CPL Brett Case (Excellent Performance)
  • CPL Allen Hawk (Excellent Performance)                              
  • PFC Christopher Snyder (Excellent Performance)                             
  • Officer Trevor Greenawalt (Excellent Performance)                       
  • Officer Nicholas Forsyth (Meritorious Service)                   
  • Lt. Richard Moreck (Meritorious Service)                                             
  • PFC Aaron Morgan (Meritorious Service)
  • PFC Christopher Snyder (Meritorious Service)   
  • Corporal Mark Wolinsky (Meritorious Service)   
  • Lieutenant Mark Pacini (Meritorious Service)     
  • Detective Thomas Geoghegan   (Bronze Star)
  • CPL Charles Kelley (Bronze Star)                                               
  • Sgt. Dennis Eade (Silver Star)                                     

The Ocean City Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Ocean City and the eight Neighborhood Watch Associations for taking their time to recognize the officers of the OCPD at last night’s event.  In addition, the OCPD is thankful for the time these citizens take throughout the year to maintain the very special partnership that exists between the citizens of Ocean City and their police.

Unattended Death Being Investigated by OCPD

On January 26, 2013, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Ocean City Police and Paramedics responded to 216 Somerset Street, in reference to a subject who was found unconscious on the street outside of the Harbor Inn bar.

EMS and Police personnel arrived at the scene and located an unresponsive male. The male was taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The male has been identified as Michael Eric Post, 39, of Ocean City, Maryland.

Ocean City Police are currently investigating this incident as an unattended death. The deceased remains will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore for autopsy to determine the manner and cause of Post’s death.

Man Awaiting Trial for 6 Ocean City Burglaries Arrested for Stealing a Car

 

Alexander George Ellis

Alexander George Ellis

On January 12, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of Beachcomber Lane, in reference to a motor vehicle theft. When officers arrived in the area, they observed a vehicle matching the description of the stolen car, parked near the victim’s residence with the engine running and a person sitting in the driver’s seat.

As officers attempted to approach the stolen car, the driver, who was later identified as Alexander George Ellis, 20, of Ocean City, fled from the vehicle and jumped into the bay.  Ellis was located, pulled from the water by officers and placed under arrest.

During the investigation, officers located several items in the vehicle that did not belong to the owner of the car.  The investigation revealed that Ellis had stolen several items out of other vehicles from at least three victims who lived in the area. 

As a precaution, Ellis was seen by Ocean City Paramedics and transported to Atlantic General Hospital where he was treated and later released to police.  Ellis was charged with seven counts of thefts, including;

  •  Theft:  $1,000 to under $10,000.
  • Theft:  Less than $100.00.
  • Theft Scheme:  $1000 to under $10,000.
  • Theft/Rogue and Vagabond .

 In addition, Ellis was charged with the following traffic charges related to the incident;

  • Attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by fleeing on foot.
  • Attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by means other than failing to stop and fleeing on foot.
  • Driving vehicle without the owner’s consent with intent to deprive owner.
  • Taking vehicle without the owner’s consent with intent to deprive owner.
  • Driving without license.

Ellis was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $25,000 bond.  On January 3, 2013, Ellis was charged by Ocean City police in connection with six residential burglaries that had occurred last spring and was awaiting trial after being released from custody on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

17th Annual OCPD Christmas Food and Toy Drive Helps Numerous Families This Holiday Season

The Ocean City Police Department’s (OCPD) Christmas Food and Toy Drive proved to be a blessing to many local families this holiday season. With a volunteer crew of more than 40 people, former Chief Bernadette DiPino and her staff tended to more than 75 families, including almost 200 children, this past Saturday at the Public Safety Building.

 

The annual OCPD Christmas Food and Toy Drive was started by DiPino, who got the idea from her grandfather while he was a member of the Baltimore Police Department many years ago. The tradition was continued by her father in Baltimore and later by Chief DiPino in Ocean City.

Acting Chief Kevin Kirstein was very pleased with the event. “We hope to continue this annual event, as it helps families in need,” said A/Chief Kirstein. “Every year the Ocean City community generously comes together to help provide for those less fortunate families. It’s extraordinary to witness the charity of our citizens.”

Several Ocean City businesses and organizations contributed to the success of this year’s Food and Toy Drive, including the Ocean City Elks Lodge and Elks Ladies Auxiliary who donated $4,000. Also making large contributions were the Delmarva Condominium Managers Association (DCMA) who stopped by the Public Safety Building with a truck load of toys and a cash donation of $1,000 and Atlantic Physical Therapy who donated 15 bicycles. Other significant contributions came from, the Ocean City Parrottheads, Fager’s Island, The Original Greene Turtle, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, the OC Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, Paul Smith of the Photographers Studio, Caine Wood Association and the First State Detachment Marine Corps League. In addition, numerous toys, gifts and monetary donations were donated by several community members as well.

Pictured from Left to Right: OCPD Lt's Harner and Kirkpatrick and LAOH Margaret Krach and Chairman Betty Jane Ertle, President, Worcester County Division

Pictured from Left to Right: OCPD Lt’s Harner and Kirkpatrick and LAOH Margaret Krach and Chairman Betty Jane Ertle, President, Worcester County Division

atlantic physical therapy group donation

atlantic physical therapy group donation

 

Delmarva Condo Managers Association Donation

Delmarva Condo Managers Association Donation

“It is the benevolence of Ocean City businesses and residents that makes it possible for less fortunate families to receive gifts, food and toys during the holiday season,” Kirstein continued. “Events like this are one of the many things that make the Ocean City community so special and it is truly what Christmas is all about.”

OCPD Solves Nine Month Investigation of Montego Bay Burglaries

On January 3, 2013, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) concluded a nine month

Alexander George Ellis

Alexander George Ellis

multi-burglary investigation with the arrest of two suspects. In all, detectives have been investigating seven burglaries related to this case, all of which occurred in the Montego Bay residential area during the month of May 2012.


During the initial investigation, police developed information from evidence obtained at several crime scenes and enlisted the assistance of the Montego Bay Neighborhood Watch Association. The information obtained over the course of the investigation revealed a suspect responsible for one of the seven burglaries.


This suspect, who was identified as Alexander George Ellis, 20, of Ocean City, Maryland, was arrested and charged for one of the seven burglaries in June 2012. Ellis pled guilty to that crime and was later released after serving his sentence. During this time, the investigation into the remaining unsolved cases continued.


OCPD investigators began receiving analysis of forensic evidence obtained at several of the burglary scenes throughout the past several months. As a result of the forensic analysis, and in conjunction with other evidence obtained during the investigation, police have charged Ellis with the remaining six unsolved burglaries.


In addition, police have identified and charged a second suspect, a juvenile male, from Washington, DC, who was an accomplice of Ellis’during the commission of all seven burglaries. The juvenile has been charged through the Department of Juvenile Services.


After his arrest, Ellis was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was released on a $50,000 bond.

 

US Attorney Press Release: OCEAN CITY SHOP OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO SELLING COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE

Baltimore, Maryland – Liang Lin, age 34, a resident of Delaware, who owned and operated two shops on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to trafficking in counterfeit goods.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Acting Chief Kevin Kirstein of the Ocean City Police Department.

“Entrepreneurs are free to sell cheap clothing, shoes, handbags, perfume and other consumer items,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “but they cannot use someone else’s trademark.”

“Counterfeit goods traffickers like Lin are looking to gain profit but in reality are committing a crime that results in American jobs lost, American business profits stolen and American consumers receiving substandard products,” said William Winter, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Baltimore. “Consumers now pay more for legitimate products to make up for the money being lost to counterfeits.  HSI enforcement operations into Intellectual property theft protect not only the companies who have copyrighted products, but the consumers who believe they are legitimately buying those copyrighted products.”

According to his plea agreement, Lin owned and operated two stores in Ocean City, Maryland: Hot Topik, at 401 South Atlantic Avenue, and Everything $5.99 and Up (Hot Topik), at 806 South Atlantic Avenue #8, as well as operating stores in Delaware.  Lin admitted that from at least June 2010 through at least September 2011, he sold, and attempted to sell counterfeit merchandise, including purses, handbags, shirts, jewelry perfume, hats, and shoes that bore trademarks such as Michael Kors, Nike, Monster, Coach, Gucci, Versace, Vera Wang, Louis Vuitton and Channel.

During the summer of 2011, undercover investigators observed large quantities of counterfeit merchandise in Lin’s stores in Ocean City, and several undercover buys of counterfeit merchandise were made, including the purchase of a counterfeit Coach purse.

On the morning of August 17, 2011, federal search warrants were executed at both of Lin’s stores in Ocean City and approximately 8,000 items of counterfeit merchandise were seized.  Two days after the execution of the federal search warrant, an investigator again saw counterfeit merchandise for sale at Everything $5.99 and Up (Hot Topik), including merchandise of the same type seized during the search.  On September 1, 2011, an investigator made an undercover buy of a counterfeit Coach purse at Everything $5.99 and Up (Hot Topik).

On January 30, 2012, Lin was stopped re-entering the United States after a one-day trip to Canada and declared that the only thing he purchased in Canada was liquor from a duty free shop.  A border search of his vehicle recovered approximately 869 pieces of counterfeit jewelry bearing trademarks such as Chanel.

It is estimated by the manufacturers whose goods were counterfeited that the lost retail value (or the retail value of the infringed items) of the goods seized and sold is estimated to be between $200,000 and $400,000.  The estimated retail value of the counterfeit merchandise, based on what Lin was selling the infringing counterfeit items for, is $153,585. 

Lin faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $2 million.  U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for March 27, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

Today’s law enforcement action is an example of the type of efforts being undertaken by the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property (IP Task Force). Attorney General Eric Holder created the IP Task Force to combat the growing number of domestic and international intellectual property crimes, protect the health and safety of American consumers, and safeguard the nation’s economic security against those who seek to profit illegally from American creativity, innovation and hard work. The IP Task Force seeks to strengthen intellectual property rights protection through heightened criminal and civil enforcement, greater coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement partners, and increased focus on international enforcement efforts, including reinforcing relationships with key foreign partners and U.S. industry leaders.  To learn more about the IP Task Force, go to http://www.justice.gov/dag/iptaskforce/.       

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised HSI Ocean City, the Maryland State Police and Ocean City Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Herring, who is prosecuting the case.

Ocean City Police Investigating Unattended Death

On January 3, 2013, at approximately 9 a.m., Ocean City police and paramedics responded to 10900 Coastal Highway, in reference to a person who fell from the building.

When emergency responders arrived at the scene they found the deceased body of a 63-year-old male, whose name is not being released. 

The body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland for autopsy. Ocean City police are investigating the incident.

OC Police Charge Man with Child Abuse

During the month of December 2012, Ocean City Police concluded a child

Bruno Michael Tucci

Bruno Michael Tucci

sexual assaultinvestigation stemming from an incident occurring in August of 1981.              OCPD investigators have charged, 70, of Salisbury, Maryland with:

  • 4th Degree Sex Offence
  • Child Abuse: Custodian

Tucci is alleged to have brought a child to an Ocean City motel room in August of 1981.  While in the motel, it is alleged the illegal sexual acts occurred.  Police ask that anyone with information about Tucci, a former Priest in Allentown, Pennsylvania from 1971 until 2007, contact Detective Brett L. Case at 410-723-6632.