Monthly Archives: June 2013

OCPD Arrest Two Reading Pennsylvania Men In Connection With Early Morning Shooting

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Elvin Jovany Mendez-Espada

On June 29, 2013, at approximately 2:15 a.m. Ocean City Police officers were in the area of 18th Street and Coastal Highway when they heard what appeared to be gunshots coming from the area of 1801 Coastal Highway near Kingfish Road.  Officers responded to the area and located a male subject, whose name is not being released, who appeared to be the victim of a gunshot wound.

The investigation revealed that at approximately 2:10 a.m. two males were in the pool at the Islander Motel, 2001 North Philadelphia Avenue, adjacent to the sidewalk, when another group of people walking by on the street engaged in a verbal exchange with the group in the pool.  The verbal exchange escalated when the group in the pool confronted the group on the street and an altercation occurred. During the altercation a male suspect, later identified as Elvin Jovany Mendez-Espada, 21 of Reading, PA, produced a handgun and shot two victims.

 After further investigation, police discovered the second victim, who had been shot through his clothing, but was not injured. The injured victim was treated at the scene by Ocean City EMS and transported by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

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Carwin Duarte

Police immediately began a search of the area for the suspects.  Officers initially located one suspect, who was identified as Carwin Duarte, 19, of Reading, PA, near the shooting scene on Dolphin Lane.  Officers then spotted Mendez-Espada hiding in shrubs in the near-by Marlin Drive area. He was later located in the water under a boat dock at a private residence on Marlin Drive.  He was taken into custody without further incident.

The OCPD is still investigating the incident. OCPD Forensic Services Unit and the Ocean City Dive Team are also assisting with the recovery of evidence.  Police have charged Mendez-Espada with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of first degree attempted murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime.  Duarte has been charged with second degree assault, disorderly conduct and affray.  At the time of this release, Mendez-Espada and Daurte are in custody at the Ocean City Police Department awaiting an initial appearance in front of the Maryland District Court Commissioner.

Six Arrested for Drug Violations after Traffic Stop

DrugArrests 6-26-13On June 25, 2013, at approximately 4 p.m., an Ocean City Police officer initiated a traffic stop in the area of 1st Street and Philadelphia Avenue for a seatbelt violation.  After noticing that the six occupants of the vehicle had become scared and nervous, officers requested to search the vehicle.

During the search, officers recovered approximately one-quarter pound of marijuana, over 100 doses of LSD, a butterfly-style knife and over $2,000. The vehicle was also seized as contraband.

The following people have been charged by Ocean City Police:

Eric Michael Livering, 24, of Lebanon, PA

  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of LSD
  • Making false statements to a police officer
  • Not restrained by a seatbelt
  • Failure to provide license to a police officer

Joshua Tyler Saverwein, 18, of Lebonon, PA

  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of LSD

Seth Richard Shindel, 21, of Lebanon, PA

  • Possession with intent to distribute LSD
  • Possession of LSD
  • Possession of marijuana

Leah Corinne Moyer, 18, Cleono, PA

  • 2 counts of possession of LSD with intent to distribute
  • Possession of LSD
  • Possession of marijuana

Ari Ann Hoch, 32, Lebonon, PA

  • 2 counts of possession of LSD with intent to distribute
  • Possession of LSD
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of a concealed dangerous weapon

Alfredo Alexander Hernandez, 31, of Palmyra, PA

  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of LSD

All six individuals were seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner. Livering , Saverwein, Shindel and Hernandez were released. Moyer and Hoch were transferred to the Worcester County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

Make Safety First on July Fourth

From the Ocean City Fire Department:

July 4th

The Ocean City Fire Department would like to remind the visitors and citizens of the danger involved with consumer fireworks as the July 4th holiday approaches. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that in 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.

“On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, which is more than any other cause of fire,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley. “In addition to causing damage, fireworks can cause injuries and we want people to be safe during their holiday stay in Ocean City. The safety and wellbeing of all residents and visitors of the Town of Ocean City is the primary goal of the Ocean City Fire Department.”

Although the State of Maryland has approved the use of ground-based sparkling devices such as cylindrical and cone fountains, these are not legal to use or possess in Ocean City. All other fireworks that may be sold in neighboring states are not legal for use by the general public anywhere in Maryland.

Within the Town of Ocean City, products such as handheld Gold labeled sparklers, “Snap-N-Pops”, “Black Cobra Snakes”, and “Party Poppers” are allowed to be used and possessed without a license. However, injuries and property damage may still occur from these types of products, so parental supervision is always encouraged.

Maryland law prohibits the shipping or transportation of fireworks into the state if the fireworks are to be possessed, used, sold, or distributed by citizens of Maryland. Illegal fireworks found are subject to seizure by law enforcement authorities, and persons found in possession of illegal fireworks with the intent to use them run the risk of both criminal charges and the confiscation of the fireworks. Fines for possession of illegal fireworks may be as much as $250, and those found selling or distributing illegal fireworks may be fined as much as $1000.

Anyone with questions pertaining to fireworks should contact the Ocean City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal at 410-289-8780.

Ocean City Police K-9 Graduates from Training

Goro RMS ID Pic 2013The Ocean City Police Department’s newest K-9 team recently graduated from a six-week training program at Shallow Creek Kennels training facility in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. Both Ofc. Nicholas Forsyth and his K-9 partner Goro are currently certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association as patrol and drug detection police K-9. They join an elite group of K-9 patrol teams, which are an integral part of the Ocean City Police Department.

Goro, a 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, is specially trained and came to the Ocean City Police Department from Holland, where he received specialized training for law enforcement duties. In addition to his training in Holland, Goro and Ofc. Forsyth received additional patrol/narcotics schooling, which develops the capabilities and physical conditioning of both the handler and K-9 alike. Upon completion of their training, both were certified by the North American Police Working Dog Association and the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission.

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Ofc. Nicholas Forsyth and Goro

Once on patrol, the new K-9 team is authorized to respond to calls for service and is often among the first specialized units to be called to a scene. Their specific skills, including apprehension techniques, obedience, narcotics detection, searching and tracking, are a critical asset to the Ocean City Police Department. In addition to their duties and responsibilities on the road, K-9 units participate in continual training, community events and public relations functions, self-initiated patrol and/or rendering assistance to state and county law enforcement patrols in the Ocean City area.

Traffic Stop Results in Two Drug Arrests

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On June 23, 2013, at approximately 10:35 a.m. an Ocean City Police officer stopped a vehicle that was driving on Baltimore Avenue after he noticed neither of the two occupants were wearing seatbelts. As the vehicle was turning off of Baltimore Avenue to stop, the officer noticed the suspects toss a hand rolled cigarette containing marijuana out of the passenger-side window.

On June 23, 2013, at approximately 10:35 a.m. an Ocean City Police officer stopped a vehicle that was driving on Baltimore Avenue after he noticed neither of the two occupants were wearing seatbelts. As the vehicle was turning off of Baltimore Avenue to stop, the officer noticed the suspects toss a hand rolled cigarette containing marijuana out of the passenger-side window.

During the investigation, officers seized marijuana cigarettes, loose marijuana in a plastic bag and drug paraphernalia. Officers determined that driver of the vehicle, Jason Karl Brandt, 20, of Leola, PA, was selling the marijuana. Officers also seized over $900 in cash, a set of nunchaku (nunchucks), and the driver’s vehicle as contraband.

Brandt has been charged by Ocean City Police with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, possession of nanchaku, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The passenger of the vehicle, Jason John Kichline, 19, of West Chester, PA, has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, and possession of nanchaku.

Brandt and Kichline were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released.

Man Threatens Two People with Knife

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              Anthony Hardy, Jr.

On June 22, 2013, at approximately 2:25 a.m. two male victims, a 21-year-old and a 22-year-old, both of Philadelphia, PA, reported to an Ocean City Police officer on patrol that they had been assaulted by a group of male suspects who had fled the scene. The victims stated that one of the suspects had shown a knife to the victims and threatened them with it.

Investigators at the scene were able to quickly obtain a description of the suspects and their vehicle and broadcast the information via police radio. A short time later, officers spotted the suspect’s vehicle on Baltimore Avenue headed north and was stopped on 2nd Street and Philadelphia Avenue without incident. Each of the occupants of the vehicle were detained and questioned by police. Police were able to determine that Anthony Hardy, Jr., 19, of Salisbury, MD, was in possession of the knife used in the assault. It was seized by police. Hardy, Jr. has been charged by Ocean City Police with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of second degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, and concealing a dangerous weapon.

Police also determined that the suspect vehicle was rented and that the driver, a 17-year-old male juvenile of Salisbury, MD, was in violation of the vehicles rental agreement. Also, during a search of each of the occupants, police found that the juvenile was in possession of oxycodone. The juvenile is being charged with driving a rented motor vehicle in violation of a rental agreement and possession of controlled dangerous substance.

Hardy, Jr. was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and was released on $110,000 bond. The 17-year-old male is being charged as a minor and has been referred to the Maryland Department of Social Services Juvenile Justice for processing as a juvenile.

$50 Flat Fee Parking All Day in Inlet Lot on July 4th

The Town of Ocean City is making a change to parking operations in the Inlet Parking Lot on Thursday, July 4, by charging a $50 flat-fee for all day parking.  The fee, which is good for one-entry, will allow visitors to come as early as 5 a.m. and stay as late as midnight, without being charged an hourly parking rate.

“We hope the new flat fee parking will allow our visitors to be more flexible during their trip to Ocean City on July 4th,” said John VanFossen, Deputy Director of Public Works.  “We think this will not only allow visitors the opportunity to come to Ocean City early and stay late, but it will also smooth the amount of traffic exiting the downtown area after the fireworks.”

Visitors who utilize the flat-free option will be issued a window pass and directed to park by assisting parking attendants.  If the lot fills, visitors will be encouraged to use neighboring parking lots, including Worcester Street, Somerset Street, Dorchester Street, North Division Street, 4th Street and the West Ocean City Park & Ride. 

The normal “ticketed” parking operations will return at midnight on July 5.  For questions about parking in the Inlet Lot on July 4th or for more information, please contact Communications Manager, Jessica Waters at 410-289-8967.

OCPD is Ready for Summer!

 

Over 100 seasonal officers are in place, four new full-time officers have recently graduated from the Eastern Shore Criminal Jusitce Academy and we will be welcoming newly appointed Chief Ross Buzzuro on July 2. Ocean City Police Department is ready for summer and ready to keep the residents and visitors of Ocean City safe during the summer months and throughout the year.

Worcester County Health Department investigates rabid raccoon situation in Ocean City

FROM WORCESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Media contact:
Nedra Johnstone
410-632-1100 ext. 1211
Worcester.Health@maryland.gov

Ocean City, Md. – Worcester County Health Department confirmed late yesterday afternoon that a raccoon that attacked a person in north Ocean City tested positive for rabies.

The health department was initially notified by a citizen on Tuesday morning about an aggressive raccoon near Northside Park that attacked one person.  It was later learned that two more people were charged by what authorities believe is the same raccoon.

Rabies is an ongoing issue in Worcester County and affects local wildlife. The animals most frequently confirmed with rabies in the county are raccoons, followed by foxes, skunks, groundhogs and cats.

Any person, pet or other animal that may have had contact with this or other rabies suspect wildlife may be at risk of a rabies exposure.  To report any contact with or exposure to this raccoon, call the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-1100 or 410-352-3234.  Any potential exposures should be reported immediately so that a risk assessment can be done.   

If a pet has had contact with a wild or suspect animal, contact your veterinarian and the health department.  Wounds found on an outdoor pet from an unwitnessed encounter should be treated as a possible rabies exposure.  Appropriate management for your pet will be determined and currently vaccinated animals should be reboostered after exposure.

Reports of sick acting, aggressive wildlife or strays should be reported immediately so law enforcement can assess the situation and contain the suspect animal and minimize other exposure to pets or persons.  Suspect rabid animals should then be made available for testing by the health department, where warranted.   

The health department recommends the following tips to protect your pets and family from rabies exposure:

  • Vaccinate pets and keep those vaccinations current.  Maryland law requires vaccination against rabies for all dogs, cats and ferrets over 4 months of age.  Rabies vaccinations (shots) have limited time of protection, so citizens should verify that their pets are CURRENTLY protected. 
  • Do not feed pets outdoors.  Pet food, even the odor of it, in empty containers and on the ground draws wildlife.  While looking for food is normal behavior for raccoons and foxes particularly in the spring when there are young to be fed, these animals may return to areas they frequent if they become rabid. 
  • Secure trash cans and dumpster lids for the same reason outlined above.  Wild animals forage for food and minimizing food sources will discourage wildlife from coming to your property.
  • Remove strays from the community.  Stray cats are of particular concern, as they are competing for food with wildlife and have more opportunity for exposure to rabid wildlife, such as raccoons.  Many of the fights with raccoons go unwitnessed, and are only noted after the cat becomes rabid.  Cats are the most frequently identified rabid domestic animal.
  • Report immediately to local law enforcement or animal control, any abnormally behaving or aggressive wild animal or stray, particularly if contact to humans or pets is imminent or has already occurred.  A response can be made to the scene and assessment done of the animal’s behavior.  DO NOT TOUCH bare-handed any pet that has fought with a wild or suspect rabid animal. Determination will be made as to the disposition of the offending animal and the need for rabies testing.

For more information about rabies visit our website http://worcesterhealth.org.

OCPD Welcomes Four New Officers

 On June 17, 2013, the Ocean City Police Department proudly graduated four new officers from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy’s 70th police academy class.

Officers were formally recognized as certified police officers of the Ocean City Police Department, after 24 weeks (942 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.

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From L to R: OFC Matthew Zimmerman, OFC Adam Lapinski, OFC Xeniya Patterson, OFC Joseph Laughlin, Acting Chief Greg Guiton

Each of the four OCPD officers finished in the top four performance standings of the class as follows:

  • OFC Adam Lapinski – Pistol Expert
  • OFC Joseph Laughlin – Pistol Expert
  • OFC Xeniya Patterson – Physical Fitness Award
  • OFC Matthew Zimmerman – Academy Class Leader, Leadership Award, Pistol Expert, Physical Fitness Award

“We are thrilled to welcome these four officers to our department,” said Ocean City Police Acting Chief Greg Guiton.  “Each of them exemplifies all that is good in law enforcement. We are very confident that they will serve the Ocean City community with honor, integrity and pride.”

After their graduation from the police academy, the four new officers will enter into a nine week field training program.  During this time they will hone the skills they have acquired in the police academy under the direct supervision of a veteran OCPD field training officer.  They will be routinely evaluated and critiqued on their performance and judgment and will be exposed to the various shifts and divisions that make up the OCPD.