Monthly Archives: July 2013

OCEAN CITY POLICE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2013 CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY

The Ocean City Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Citizen’s Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy begins classes on September 3, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and continues every Tuesday for ten weeks. The Citizen’s Police Academy is a component of the innovative citizen government education program known as “Ocean City University.”

(click on the link for additional information about OC University: http://oceancitymd.gov/City_Manager/ocuniversity.html)

The OCPD has been offering the citizens of Ocean City the unique opportunity to see the inner workings of the resort police department for nearly 15 years. The Citizens Police Academy was created to enable citizens to learn more about the Ocean City Police Department and build the relationship between the police and the community.

During this course, students meet a variety of officers to learn about criminal law, traffic enforcement, evidence collection, firearms, arrest procedures, narcotics enforcement and many other topics. Students also participate in practical scenarios, which afford citizens hands-on opportunity to understand various law enforcement applications.

“Educating citizens about their police department and illegal activity in their community is one of the best forms of crime prevention,” Said OCPD Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Citizen’s Police Academy not only benefits our community but also benefits the officers of the Ocean City Police Department.”

The Citizens Police Academy has a limited class size of 25 participants. Interested persons must complete a written application and give permission for the Ocean City Police Department to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record. For more information about the Citizens Police Academy or to receive an application, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at 410-723-6665, or download the application from: http://oceancitymd.gov/Police/Forms/cpa_application.pdf

OCPD, NEIGHBORHOODS CELEBRATING NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

563162_548051438546750_249997305_nThe Ocean City Police Department, in coordination with National Association of Town Watch, will be celebrating the 30th Annual National Night Out program on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fiesta Park in Caine Woods and Gullway Villas on Lark Lane.  National Night Out began as an effort to promote police and community partnerships and now involves over 37 million people in 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

The Ocean City Police Department is partnering with two neighborhood watch associations in Ocean City to bring crime prevention awareness and community policing to the area. “National Night Out is a great way for us to continue to grow the Department’s relationship with the community,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro. “We believe that the number one crime prevention tool is having a great relationship with our community and this event really helps promote that.”

National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. In addition, the program was developed to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.

On behalf of the Ocean City Police Department, Chief Buzzuro would like to invite Ocean City citizens to participate in National Night Out festivities.  In addition, the OCPD encourages you to be the “eyes and ears” of your community, by reporting crime or suspicious activity to the Ocean City Police Department. For more information regarding National Night Out, or the Ocean City Police Department’s role in National Night Out, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at 410-723-6665.

Woman Arrested for Second Degree Assault on Boyfriend

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Sibyl Curran

On July 30, 2013, at approximately 1 a.m., Ocean City police responded to 4709 Coastal Highway in reference to a first degree assault. The victim told police that he got into an argument with his girlfriend, who was later identified as Sibyl Curran, 32, of Coaldale, PA. During the argument Curran, who had recently arrived in Ocean City with her 18-month old child, brandished a folding knife and held it to the victim’s throat.

After the victim was able to wrestle the knife away from Curran, she grabbed her 18-month old child and left the unit. Officers were able to locate Curran and her child nearby and take both into custody. During a search of Curran incident to her arrest, officers also found a small amount of suspected oxycodone.

Ocean City police have charged Curran with first degree assault, second degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and possession of oxycodone.

Curran was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $2,500 bond. Worcester County Department of Social Services was contacted and Curran’s child was released to a family member.

Express Shuttle Service Offered for White Marlin Open

The Town of Ocean City will be once again offering an “express shuttle service” to and from the Convention Center parking lot to the 40th Annual White Marlin Open.  The shuttle, which will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10, will pick-up and drop off passengers in the south Convention Center parking lot to or from Jacqueline Avenue at 14th Street.

The frequency of service will be approximately every 20 minutes.  Fare is $1 per-boarding or $3 Ride-All-Day. $3 Ride-All-Day passes are also valid for same day service on Coastal Hwy. and Park N Ride Buses.

For more information about the express shuttle service, please contact Ocean City’s Transportation Division at 410.723.1606 or visit:  http://oceancitymd.gov/Public_Works/transportation.html

OCPD Charges Fourth Person in Sunday’s Beach Fight

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Dalima Ekunday Ibironk Palmer

On July 25, 2013, Ocean City police charged an additional suspect related to a fight on the beach that occurred Sunday, July 21. At approximately 2:30 p.m. on July 21, Ocean City police responded to the beach at North Division Street in reference to group acting in a disorderly manner.

When officers approached the suspects, the group began to yell at officers and act in a threatening manner. That is when three members of the group, including Dalima Ekundayo Ibironke Palmer, 24, of Dumfries, VA, assaulted officers and resisted arrest. When police detained Palmer, it was learned that Palmer was pregnant. While in police custody, Palmer was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, at which time the charging process was halted.

Palmer has been charged by summons with second degree assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering a law enforcement officer from completing his lawful duties, and resisting arrest. At the time of this release, Palmer’s date in District Court has yet to be scheduled.

UPDATED: OCPD Seeking Public’s Assistance in Identifying Bank Robbery Suspect

At approximately 10 a.m. this morning, OceanCity police responded to the Susquehanna Bank at 9405 Coastal Highway in reference to a bank robbery. At this time the suspect is still at large.

The suspect is described as a white male, thin and muscular, in his early to mid-20’s wearing a red baseball cap, red polo shirt and khaki dress pants. Police believe that the suspect parked or exited his vehicle in the area of West Biscayne Drive and Artic Avenue prior to the bank robbery and approached the Susquehanna Bank on foot.  After robbing the bank shortly after 10 a.m., the suspect traveled south on West Biscayne Drive on foot back to this waiting vehicle.  The suspect then traveled through the Little Salisbury area on W. Biscayne Drive to Pacific Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts or a possible vehicle description is asked to call Crime Solvers of the Lower Shore at 410-548-1776. A reward of up to $1,000 will be given for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the below suspect. Citizens may also call OCPD Detective Nick Simpson at 410-520-5349.7-24-13 Bank Robbery Suspect

Intoxicated Suspects Arrested for Assault this Weekend

 This weekend, Ocean City police responded to two separate incidents involving highly intoxicated individuals at bar closing. Both incidents involved a suspect with a knife. No one was injured as a result of either incident.

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Tyler Nicolas Jovanne Cole

On July 21, 2013, at approximately 1:56 a.m. officers responded to a bar in the 17th Street area in reference to a subject that displayed a knife. When the bar owner would not allow the suspect into the bar because of his high level of intoxication, victims stated that the suspect became verbally abusive and pulled out a knife. The suspect was later identified as Tyler Nicolas Jovanne Cole, 21, of Natrona, PA. When officers arrived soon after the report, Cole was detained without incident.

Cole was charged with first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was seen by a Maryland Disrict Court Commissioner and released after posting $10,000 bond.

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Justin James Parlow

Then on July 22, 2013, at approximately 1:40 a.m. officers responded to a bar near 33rd Street. When officers arrived, the suspect later identified as Justin James Parlow, 22, of Derby, CT, was being held to the ground by the bar owner and an employee. During the investigation, victims stated that Parlow had shown the knife after the victim attempted to break up a fight that Parlow was involved in.

Parlow was charged with first degree assault, second degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure. He was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released after posting $25,000 bond.

Three Arrested After Fight on the Beach

7-22-13 Disorderly ArrestsOn July 21, 2013, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Ocean City police responded to the beach at North Division Street in reference to a group of disorderly males. The request for police assistance came from an Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard, who told police that he approached the disorderly group to speak with them, at which time one of the suspects threatened him.

When police attempted to speak with the suspect who was later identified as Abdul Kargbo, 25, of Woodbridge, VA, he began cursing and yelling at the officers and attempted to leave the scene. As officers attempted to arrest Abdul Kargbo, several other members of the disorderly group began to yell at officers and act in a threatening manner.

By this time, a large crowd had gathered causing additional officers to respond to the scene. Two other suspects, Musa Seisay, 24, of Garrisonville, MD, and Saidu Kargbo, 21, of Woodbridge, VA, assaulted officers and resisted arrest. Officers quickly took the suspects into custody and order was restored in the area.

Abdul Kargbo was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Saidu Kargbo and Seisay were both charged with resisting arrest, second degree assault, disorderly conduct, and obstructing and hindering a police officer.

All three suspects were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released on their own recognizance.

Delaware Police Pursue Suspect Into Ocean City

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Brion Adam Kriss

On July 17, 2013, at approximately 10:30 a.m. officers from the Ocean City Police Department were contacted by Sussex County Delaware Communications Center in reference to a vehicle pursuit originating in Fenwick Island heading south into Ocean City.  During the initial stages of the pursuit, information was related to the OCPD that the suspect being pursued was in possession of a large knife which had been displayed by the suspect during a prior incident in Delaware.

Both Fenwick Island and South Bethany Police pursued the vehicle into Ocean City at approximately 10:35 a.m., at which point the driver attempted to evade the Delaware Police by turning onto the Ocean Block of 134th Street.  The Delaware officers observed the vehicle heading north on Coastal Highway at 133rd Street when the suspect vehicle made an abrupt U-turn striking a vehicle and causing minor damage. 

The suspect vehicle then headed south on Coastal Highway when it struck a car at 118th Street then crashed into a car near 117th Street, before losing control and crashing into a utility pole in the area of Jamestown Road on Coastal Highway.  The crash at 118th Street resulted in one person being transported to Atlantic General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

At this time, the suspect fled from the crash scene on foot and then stole a bicycle. He proceeded to ride the bicycle south, behind the Gold Coast Mall, while being pursued by the two Delaware Officers.  OCPD officers responded to the area; however, the suspect had fled into the marsh and bay behind the mall. 

The suspect, who would not comply with officers’ requests to surrender, continued to flee by swimming in the marsh and bay south toward Channel Buoy Road.  Several OCPD officers became involved in the apprehension, along with South Bethany and Fenwick Island Police, as well as the Maryland State Police Helicopter. 

Because the suspect was believed to be armed with a large knife, was very combative and assaulted several officers, police utilized an ECD/TASER, K-9 Unit and less than lethal projectile launcher to subdue the suspect, who was taken into custody on a small sandbar approximately 100 yards northwest of Channel Buoy Road. The suspect has been positively identified as: Brion Adam Kriss, 23, from Illinois and was treated for injuries related to the apprehension at Atlantic General Hospital. 

The Ocean City Police are currently investigating the vehicle crashes that occurred on Coastal Highway and the resulting charges related to the combative actions of the suspect during the apprehension.   The below excerpt has been released by the Delaware State Police:

The original call was reported at approximately 9:45 a.m. as a hit and run crash in a parking lot of Lighthouse Plaza in Rehoboth (DSP jurisdiction) where an unoccupied parked car was struck.  The suspect vehicle fled the parking lot and a general bulletin (GB) was put out including the tag information.  Within a half hour, another GB was put out on the same vehicle driving recklessly southbound, north of Bethany.  South Bethany PD was alerted to the information and searched from their jurisdiction south to Fenwick Island.  As the officer from S. Bethany was sitting stationary with the Fenwick Police officer near East Atlantic Street, they were alerted by motorists traveling southbound on SR1 of the GB vehicle and attempted to catch up to the vehicle as it entered into Ocean City, MD.  They did not actually catch up to the vehicle until they were in Ocean City’s jurisdiction.  At this time, OCPD has the unnamed suspect in custody.  Charges are pending in Delaware and the investigation is on-going.  A formal press release will be sent out once information is gathered from all agencies.

Additional information regarding the Delaware related incidents will be released by Delaware State Police Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier 302-535-3706.

As of July 18, Kriss has been charged by Ocean City Police with inflicting bodily harm on a law enforcement animal, resisting arrest, second degree assault, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and 24 other assorted traffic violations resulting from the vehicle collisions. Kriss was also issued fugitive warrants from Illinois and Delaware. Kriss was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and was initially held on $50,000 bond for his charges from OCPD. It was later determined that he would be held without bond as a result of the fugitive warrants from Illinois and Delaware. Kriss is currently being held at the Worcester County Jail.