The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens that possession of open containers of alcohol and consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property is prohibited in the Town of Ocean City. This includes public streets, sidewalks, roadways and alleyways.
In addition to public streets, drinking alcohol on the beach in Ocean City is also prohibited. The Ocean City Police Department, in partnership with the Ocean City Beach Patrol, reminds citizens that drinking on public beaches is not only unlawful, but is also dangerous.
“When alcohol is consumed on the beach, a number of safety issues can arise,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Not only are you at a higher risk for heat related illnesses due to dehydration but there is extreme risks in swimming in the ocean while intoxicated.”
A violation of the city’s open container law, which applies to citizens of any age, may lead to a criminal violation and can result in an arrest or criminal citation. For more information on Town of Ocean City ordinances, please contact the Ocean City Police Public Affairs Office at 410.723.6665.
James Lee Travis
On May 29,2013, Ocean City police received a complaint of a sexual assault involving an adult female victim and a 32-year-old male suspect. During the investigation, the victim identified the suspect as an acquaintance, James Lee Travis, 32, of Ocean City, MD.
Further investigation determined that during the early morning hours of May 24, 2013, the victim and Travis were out for the evening at an area restaurant with friends and later returned to a residence on Bayshore Drive. While at the Bayshore Drive residence, the victim went to sleep. The victim woke up to find Travis sexually assaulting her.
On July 23, 2013, a Worcester County Grand Jury indicted Travis on second degree rape and other sex offense charges. An arrest warrant was issued for Travis with a preset bond amount of $150,000. Travis was subsequently arrested on July 29, in Ocean City and is currently being held at the Worcester County Jail.
Ocean City Police Officers are joining law enforcement officers across the country to honor National Red Light Awareness Week. Beginning August 5, Ocean City police will be increasing enforcing against red-light running.
“Our officers continually enforce safe driving and cite drivers who run red-lights,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro. “We want our residents and visitors to enjoy everything that Ocean City has to offer and arrive to their destination safely by following the rules of the road.”
The Ocean City Police Department is dedicated to keeping citizens safe and would like to remind residents and visitors to ensure the safety of yourself and others by stopping at all red lights and stop signs. For more information about National Red Light Awareness Week or for red-light safety tips, visit: http://oceancitymd.gov/Police/media/wp-content/uploads/red-light-awareness-brochure.pdf
Wicomico County is hosting a car seat safety class on Monday, September 9, 2013. This free class comes complete with a free convertible or booster seat to fit your baby perfectly.
The class will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fritz Health Center at 300 W. Carroll Street in Salisbury, MD.
Click here for more information and to see how you can reserve a car seat for your child.
On July 31, 2013, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of 84th Street and Coastal Highway in reference to a motor vehicle collision involving a motorized scooter. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the scooter was attempting to pass bicyclists in the south bound bus lane on Coastal Highway when he veered into traffic in lane three and impacted the side of a large delivery box truck.
The victim, who was struck by the large delivery box truck, is being identified as a 26-year-old male, from California, MD. He suffered several life threatening injuries and was transported by Ocean City EMS to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and later transferred to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
At the time of this release, the scooter operator is listed in critical condition. The driver of the motorized scooter was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. Alcohol use by the driver of the scooter is believed to be a factor in this collision. There are no charges pending against the driver of the box truck.