Monthly Archives: August 2013

OCPD REMINDS CITIZENS TO BE SAFE THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

BusyBeach(August 28, 2013) – The Ocean City Police Department is excited to welcome the many visitors to Ocean City for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. OCPD is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors during the holiday weekend and throughout the entire year. To ensure the public’s safety, OCPD would like to offer some safety tips that will help make everyone’s Labor Day weekend enjoyable in Ocean City.

Citizens should be reminded that:

  • If you are drinking alcohol, use a designated driver. There are many options available to citizens including the municipal bus and the many local taxi companies.
  • Walk Smart! If you are crossing the street, use a marked crosswalk and cross only when the signal indicates that it is safe to do so.
  • Do not text while driving. Stay alert and focused on the road and expect heavy traffic for the holiday weekend.
  • Keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard’s in the stand! Check in with the lifeguard near you and ask about current conditions.
  • Be courteous to your neighbor and keep the noise down. There is a 50-foot rule when it comes to noise in Ocean City. Those that can be heard from 50 feet away, run the risk of violating our noise ordinance.
  • Always lock door of your home/hotel and vehicle! The number one cause for theft is leaving doors and windows unlocked.
  • SurfCrabBefore heading to the beach, leave your valuables in a safe place. Never leave your belongings unattended at the beach, including when you take a quick swim in the ocean.
  • If you see suspicious or illegal activity, never hesitate to call OCPD at 410-723-6610.

OCPD wishes residents and visitors a fun and safe holiday weekend. Remember to soak up the sun, have a ball in the bay and BE SAFE this weekend in wonderful Ocean City, Maryland!

OCPD ARRESTS PA MAN FOR DRUG CHARGES AFTER SEATBELT STOP

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Dion David Boyer

(August 28, 2013) – On August 26, 2013, at approximately 9:00 a.m. an Ocean City police officer on bike patrol conducted a traffic stop in the area of Somerset Street and St. Louis Avenue for a seatbelt violation. During the traffic stop, the driver, who was later identified as Dion David Boyer, 46, of York, PA, was found to be driving without a license and was arrested by officers.

Officers searched Boyer and completed an inventory of his vehicle, at which time they located a large amount of marijuana, including a heat-sealed package weighing 1.1 pounds. In addition, officers found drug paraphernalia, over $1,000 in US currency and other assorted items typically used for packaging and distributing drugs.

Ocean City police charged Boyer with possession of marijuana (10 grams or more), possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and other traffic charges. Boyer was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to Worcester County Jail on $7,500 bond.

PA MAN CHARGED FOR ARMED CARJACKING OF TAXI

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Ian Edward Keim

(August 27, 2013) – On August 24, 2013, at approximately 6:15 p.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of 118th Street and Assawoman Drive in reference to a carjacking involving a taxi. The taxi driver informed officers that he had picked up a fare from 49th Street. The fare, later identified as Ian Edward Keim, 36, of Neville, PA, then grabbed the driver by the throat, brandished a knife and threatened the driver.

During the investigation, the taxi driver, who is not being identified at this time, stated that he was then able to stop the taxi in the area of 91st Street and exit the vehicle. Keim then got into the driver’s seat of the taxi and began driving north on Coastal Highway. Two people who witnessed the incident then stopped, allowed the taxi driver to enter their vehicle and followed Keim north on Coastal Highway.

Keim later stopped the taxi in the area of 118th Street and Assawoman Drive and then fled on foot toward the beach. A nearby off-duty Clarkstown, NY police officer witnessed this and was able to contact police communications and follow Keim until officers arrived shortly after. Officers located Keim in the surf on the beach at 119th Street where he was placed under arrest.

Keim has been charged by Ocean City police with armed robbery and armed carjacking. Keim was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and has been transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $100,000 bond.

*Note: This release was corrected on August 28, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. Changes were made regarding the assistance from the noted witnesses.

Community Emergency Response Team Program scheduled to begin

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jessica Waters
Communications Manager, Town of Ocean City
410-289-8967

Citizens can make a difference for their families by enrolling in the Community Emergency Response Team course planned to begin in September 2013 at the Ocean City Public Safety Building.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is designed to help citizens help themselves and their families in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Due to the fact that emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately following a disaster, CERT is a free training course that aims to provide citizens with basic information for preparedness and techniques when dealing with emergencies. Training covers basic skills including CPR/AED, first aid, recognizing natural and manmade hazards in our local communities, disaster preparedness such as emergency plans and disaster supply kits, hazardous material emergencies and basic fire suppression.

CERT courses are being offered by the Ocean City Emergency Services Department. The courses are now offered as part of OceanCityUniversity. Citizens who complete a 16-week general studies program through OC University as well as the CitizensPoliceAcademy, can earn a Ph.D by completing the CERT program.

CERT classes begin Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. and will run each Thursday evening for seven weeks, ending on November 14, 2013. There will also be one class on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

To register or for more information, contact Ocean City Emergency Services at 410.723.6616 or email cboyles@oceancitymd.gov. Additional information can also be found at www.oceancitymd.gov.

Gaithersburg Man Charged In Connection With Sexual Assault

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Luis M. Calderon

During the week of June 10, 2013, Ocean City police detectives began investigating an alleged sex offense which occurred on June 8, 2013. Police met with a 20-year-old female victim who advised that she had come to Ocean City with several other persons and was sexually assaulted by one of them, who was later identified as Luis M. Calderon, 25, of Gaithersburg, MD.

Investigators determined that on June 7, Calderon came to Ocean City with his fiancé and other friends, including the victim.  When the group arrived at their rented condominium the victim and others in the group started consuming various alcoholic beverages and became intoxicated.  The victim told police that she remembers going to sleep in one of the bedrooms where she was later sexually assaulted by Calderon.

On July 16, OCPD detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Calderon charging him with second degree sex offense, third degree sex offense, fourth degree sexual contact, sodomy, and second degree assault.

On August 11, 2013, the outstanding arrest warrant for Calderon was served by authorities in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Calderon was later released after posting bond.

OCPD Investigating Hit & Run Collision Involving Pedestrian

On August 17, 2013, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Ocean City police responded just south of the intersection at 62nd Street and Coastal Highway in reference to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a 26-year-old male of Virginia, was crossing Coastal Highway from west to east and was struck in northbound lane three. The vehicle then fled the scene.

During the investigation, police found a vehicle part near the collision site that is believed to be from the vehicle involved. The part is thought to have possibly come from a newer model Volkswagen Jetta. A search of the vehicle was conducted with negative results. The victim, whose name is not being released at this time, was transported by Ocean City EMS to Peninsula Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about the vehicle involved in this incident is asked to contact PFC Joseph Centofranchi at 410-520-5381. Those with information may remain anonymous.

OCPD Joins Nationwide Drunk Driving Crackdown

sober-300x270From mid-August through Labor Day, Ocean City police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving.   The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Ocean City, will run from August 16 through September 2, 2013.

The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.  The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaigns reduces drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Ocean City’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea.  Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive.  There are many safe modes of transportation for our residents and visitors to take advantage of, such as municipal busses and our local taxi companies,” Chief Buzzuro said.

Being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life.  Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’” said Chief Buzzuro.

OC Sees Dramatic Decrease in Pedestrian, Bicycle, Scooter Collisions

11 5x3 75_bumper_1_proofOcean City has seen dramatic decreases this year in three motor vehicle collisions categories. As of August 12, 2013, bicycle, pedestrian and scooter collisions are all down at least 50 percent compared to this time in 2012. Further, there have been zero fatalities thus far in 2013 as a result of any motor vehicle collision in Ocean City.

Pedestrian collisions have dropped 56 percent compared to this time last year. Ocean City police view this as a remarkable success.  We credit that success to the “Walk Smart” campaign that was implemented in May in cooperation with the Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Highway Safety Office and many other community partners. Because of the success of the campaign, “Walk Smart” partners will soon be working closely with neighboring jurisdictions along the Coastal Highway/Route 1 corridor in Southern Delaware to create a similar campaign. OCPD and each of our partners hope that the “Walk Smart” campaign will not only keep pedestrians in Ocean City safe but throughout Delmarva.

Bicycle collisions are down by 50 percent so far in 2013. An emphasis was put on educating citizens of bicycle safety tips and the statistic shows success. The “Walk Smart” campaign was paired with a “Ride Smart” message specific to cyclists explaining the rules of the road for cyclists.

Scooter collisions have seen the biggest dip in 2013 thus far dropping 68 percent. This drop is due in large part to new registration and insurance requirements for motor scooters that went into effect on January 1, 2013. Ocean City police noticed many safety concerns regarding the large number of scooters on Ocean City roadways and worked closely with state legislators to pass firmer safety requirements for owning and operating scooters. The dramatic drop in scooter collisions proves that this legislation has been a benefit to the town.

While these dramatic decreases in collisions show great success, efforts will continue to be made to educate citizens and provide safety tips. OCPD and all of our community partners are dedicated to keeping the number of collisions down and decreasing the numbers even further.

OCPD Charge Local Man with Multiple Acts of Indecent Exposure

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Erik T. Rosado

On August 12, 2013, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Ocean City police responded to the area of Jamestown Road in reference to an indecent exposure involving a male exposing himself in a vehicle.  Officers had responded to the area on previous occasions for similar complaints, however; the suspect had left the area before police arrived.

On this occasion, officers arrived in the area and located the suspect, who was later identified as Erik T. Rosado, 28, of Ocean City, who was seated in his vehicle. Investigators determined that Rosado was the person who had been seen by victims in his vehicle exposing himself to passers-by.  Police located two witnesses who positively identified Rosado as the suspect who had exposed himself three previous times over the past two weeks.

After being interviewed by detectives, Rosado was charged with four counts of indecent exposure.  At the time of this release, Rosado is in custody at the Ocean City Public Safety Building awaiting an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.

The OCPD is asking anyone who may have been the victim of a similar incident in the Jamestown Road area to please contact the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division, Detective Nick Simpson at: 410-520-5349.

DE Man Arrested for Stolen Vehicle from NY

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Ramone Shy

On August 14, 2013, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Ocean City police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 44th Street and Coastal Highway because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. As officers attempted to stop the car, the driver of the vehicle fled from his vehicle and ran west into the marsh behind the 45th Street Shopping Village. Officers were able to detain the suspect, who was later identified as Ramone Shy, 25, of Wilmington, DE, after a short pursuit.

During the initial investigation, officers located a back pack that Shy had thrown into the marsh during the foot pursuit that contained drug paraphernalia. In addition, officers found a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle, which they learned was reported stolen by the New York City Police Department.

Ocean City police charged Shy with various charges related to the possession of the stolen vehicle, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia and nine traffic citations, in addition to pending stolen vehicle charges from New York City police. Shy is currently being held at the Ocean City Police Department on a Fugitive Warrant.  Shy was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and was held on $5,000 bond for the pending Ocean City Charges and no bond related to the out of state fugitive warrants.