Monthly Archives: September 2013

INVESTIGATION QUICKLY LEADS POLICE TO SCOOTER THEFT SUSPECT

(September 23, 2013) – On September 21, 2013, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Ocean City police

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Treyon Parker

responded to Continental Cycles at 7203 Coastal Highway in reference to the theft of a scooter. Upon their arrival, officers learned that an employee had noticed a scooter was missing approximately a half hour before calling the police. The employee informed the officer that during that time, they had located the scooter in the area of 75th Street with a blanket draped over it and the registration plate and key missing.

During the investigation, officers quickly determined the suspect’s as: Treyon Miles Parker, 22, of Laurel, DE.  When officers located Parker, they discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. During a search, officers found prescription Xanax pills on his person. Officers then were able to locate the registration plate and key to the scooter nearby.

Parker was charged by Ocean City police with theft ($1,000 to $10,000), possession of Xanax without a prescription and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. Parker was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and was held on $8000 bond.  Parker was later transferred to Worcester County Jail.

OCPD LIEUTENANT GRADUATES FROM FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY

Lt austin 2(September 20, 2013) – Ocean City Police Lieutenant Ray Austin graduated on Friday, September 20, 2013, from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. Lieutenant Austin was among over 200 law enforcement officers from across the country originating from local law enforcement agencies to federal and military organizations.

Lieutenant Austin began the internationally recognized program in July His time during the National Academy Program consisted of ten weeks of training, including topics on health and fitness, advanced criminal investigation and leadership development. The FBI Academy is a very selective program in which participants must have proven records as professionals within their agency.

“It is no surprise to me that Lieutenant Austin was selected for this prestigious program,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro.  “Graduates from the FBI Academy typically return to their agencies to serve as leaders of their departments in command level positions.  Ray has been a leader and a great example of a police officer for years.  His recent training at the FBI Academy will not only be a great experience for him but ultimately for the officers who work for him who will also benefit from his guidance.”

Lieutenant Austin is the assistant commander for the Criminal Investigation Division. He was hired by OCPD in July 1994. He was promoted to PFC in 1998, Sergeant in 2003, and Lieutenant in 2010. He has worked in the department’s Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division where he has served as a detective in both General Assignment and Narcotics Units. He was also a member of the Traffic Safety Unit while he was in the Patrol Division. In addition to his supervisor responsibilities, Lieutenant Austin is also a certified police trainer and has taught Drug Identification to Seasonal Officers during past seasonal academies.

Safe Kids Lower Shore Maryland Coalition Offers Car Seat Inspections on Seat Check Saturday

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tammy Griffin
Safe Kids of Lower Shore MD
410-219-7480

2013 09 21 Sams ClubSalisbury, MD – Safe Kids Lower Shore Maryland Coalition urges parents and caregivers to make sure their car seats and booster seats are properly installed on “National Seat Check Saturday,” September 21. Salisbury will have certified child passenger safety technicians available to provide hands-on instruction on installing car and booster seats at Sam’s Club, 2700 N. Salisbury Blvd. from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.

“Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent,” said Tammy Griffin, Safe Kids Lower Shore MD. “We want all parents to make sure their car seats are used and installed correctly and that the whole family is buckled up every time, on every ride. And we’re here to help.”

In a nationwide effort to educate parents and caregivers during Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids and the General Motors Foundation are teaming up for Seat Check Saturday activities as part the Buckle Up program, a national initiative established 16 years ago by Safe Kids and the GM Foundation to keep children and families safe in and around cars.

Safe Kids will host more than 500 child seat inspections across the country for CPS week, including one on Tuesday, September 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Worcester County Health Department, 9730 Healthway Dr. Berlin, MD. Call the Berlin Police Department for details (410-641-1333).

Car seat inspections offer drivers the chance to receive assistance and guidance from certified car seat technicians regarding proper installation of their child safety and booster seats. Safe Kids Buckle Up events continue throughout the year.

Parents can also check their own car and booster seats by using this car seat check list. Certified child passenger safety technicians are available to help you or double check your work. Parents and caregivers can locate an event in their community by visiting the Safe Kids website at safekids.org.

About Safe Kids Lower Shore Maryland Coalition
Safe Kids Lower Shore MD works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. SKLSMD is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Lower Shore MD is led by Wicomico County Health Department and Wicomico Cooperative Extension. For more information, visit safekids.org or wicomicohealth.org.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.

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NEW LEGISLATION CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT ON OCTOBER 1

Oct1_NewLaws(September 12, 2013) – On October 1, 2013, a legislation change will go into effect regarding traffic safety regulations. Maryland police will now be able to stop drivers for hand-held cell phone use and all passengers in a motor vehicle will be required to wear a seat belt.  Fines for first-time cell phone use violators will increase from $40 to $75 and passengers that are not buckled up could face an increase in fines from $25 to $50.

“Distracted driving because of cell phone use and texting is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro. “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 11 percent of fatal auto accidents and 17 percent of “injury crashes” in 2011 have cited distracted driving as a contributing factor.  Drivers should always remember to park the phone before driving.”

Parking the phone is not the only simple thing that can be done to protect safety on the roads. Wearing a seatbelt is one of the single most essential choices a citizen can make while in a vehicle. The NHTSA reports that in 2011, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide. This includes back seat passengers, not just those in the front seat.

Ocean City police are dedicated to protecting the safety of drivers and will enforce the new legislation changes beginning October 1. Buckling a seatbelt or staying off cellphones are two of the simplest things that can be done to prevent a vehicle collision.

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OCPD RECIEVES AWARD FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY ENFORCEMENT

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Chief Ross Buzzuro and Lt. Scott Harner

(September 11, 2013) – On September 11, 2013, the Ocean City Police Department and OCPD Lt. Scott Harner earned awards from the Maryland Highway Safety Office for participation in the “Walk Smart” campaign and the strong enforcement efforts against traffic safety violations. OCPD worked very closely with the Highway Safety Office and the Maryland State Highway Administration to create and promote the “Walk Smart” campaign.

Lt. Harner is the head of OCPD’s Traffic Safety Unit and has served as one of the driving forces behind the department’s success in traffic and pedestrian safety. Not only has the “Walk Smart” campaign yielded a nearly 50 percent decrease in pedestrian collisions, but the Traffic Safety Unit has also removed numerous drunk drivers from Ocean City roads and have also been responsible for many drug and weapons arrests. Lt. Harner is often the creator behind many of the department’s innovative and active traffic enforcement strategies that produce such great results.

The Ocean City Police Department is proud to have received this award and will continue to keep Ocean City’s roads safe through education and enforcement.

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BERLIN PD TO HOLD FREE CAR SEAT CHECK SEPT. 17

(September 16, 2013) – This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week making this week a great time to ensure that your child is safely buckled in. The Berlin Police Department, in conjunction with the Worcester County Health Department, will be holding a free car seat check tomorrow, September 17, 2013 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m at the Worcester County Health Department’s Berlin Office. Contact the Berlin Police Department at 410-641-1333 for more information or visit the following link to view an event flyer: http://oceancitymd.gov/Police/media/wp-content/uploads/css-check-2013-09-17-WoCHD-1.pdf.

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CHIEF BUZZURO ESTABLISHES NEW SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT

(September 5, 2013) – The Ocean City Police Department has recently established a new unit within the department. Beginning this month, the Special Enforcement Unit will be patrolling throughout Ocean City. The Special Enforcement Unit will be a proactive criminal investigative unit which will focus on working closely with the community to identify problems and solve crime. Officers assigned to this unit will primarily be working in a plain clothes capacity much like the department’s Narcotics Unit.

“The new Special Enforcement Unit will act as a stepping stone between our Patrol Division and our Criminal Investigation Division,” said Chief Buzzuro. “The Unit will look very closely at growing crime trends in various areas of Ocean City and serve as proactive crime fighters.”

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OCPD ARRESTS TWO FOR HEROIN CHARGES

9-10-13 Heroin Arrest.png(September 10, 2013) – On September 9, 2013, at approximately 2 a.m. Ocean City police conducted a traffic stop in the area of 85th Street and Coastal Highway after noticing a vehicle swerving in and out of the traffic lanes on northbound Coastal Highway. As the officer approached the vehicle, the officer noticed the smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located six packages of heroin and numerous drug paraphernalia items, including items typically used for packaging and distributing drugs. Officers also located approximately 10 assorted perscription pills. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Hannah Knoll Norris, 24, of Fairfax, VA, and the passenger was identified as Scott Edward Kahler, 25, of Falls Church, VA.

Both Norris and Kahler were charged by Ocean City police with possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, removing the label on a perscription drug, transporting heroin into Maryland, and six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Norris and Kahler were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to Worcester County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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OCPD CORPORAL PROMOTED TO SERGEANT

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Sgt. Charles “Josh” Kelley

(September 11, 2013) – Chief Ross Buzzuro is proud to announce the appointment of Corporal Charles “Josh” Kelley to the rank of Sergeant. “Sgt. Kelley has proved his worth time and time again within the Ocean City Police Department,” said Chief Buzzuro. “He is a true asset to our department and is the epitome of a great law enforcement officer.”

Sgt. Kelley is originally from Chestertown, Maryland and is a former platoon sergeant in the US Marine Corps. During his eight years of service in the Marine Corps, Sgt. Kelley earned the Navy Commendation Medal in Combat Operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After being honorably discharged in May 2008, Sgt. Kelley continued his education at Salisbury University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communications & Conflict Resolution.

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Chief Ross Buzzuro and Sgt. Charles “Josh” Kelley

Sgt. Kelley began his career at the Ocean City Police Department as a seasonal police officer in 2004 and was hired as a full time officer in 2006. Sgt. Kelley serves as a mentor to many young officers and is a member of the Drill & Discipline Team for the seasonal police academy. He has been in the patrol division throughout his time with OCPD. During the course of his career, Sgt. Kelley has received many commendations and awards including Neighborhood Watch and OC Knights of Columbus Officer of the Year in 2009. He was also awarded by the Worcester County Drug & Alcohol Abuse Committee for making over 80 drug arrests in the year of 2010.

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SEATBELT VIOLATION LEADS TO TWO WEAPONS ARRESTS

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Charles Michael Reynolds

(September 6, 2013) – On September 5, 2013, at approximately 2 p.m. an Ocean City officer on patrol conducted a traffic stop in the area of 3rd Street and Philadelphia Avenue for a seatbelt violation. As the officer approached the vehicle, the officer noticed numerous used shotgun shell cartridges throughout the inside of the vehicle and a large folding knife attached to the driver’s pocket. The smell of burnt marijuana was emanating from inside of the vehicle, as well.

When the officer spoke to the driver, later identified as Charles Michael Reynolds, 22, of Bristow, VA, he stated that there was a loaded semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun in the vehicle and that he did not

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Ryan Zachary Pritchard

have a handgun permit in the State of Maryland. The officer then requested that Reynolds and the passenger, Ryan Zachary Pritchard, 21, also of Bristow, exit the vehicle while officers conducted a search. During the search of the vehicle, officers located the handgun that Reynolds mentioned, loaded magazines, two other large fixed blade knives and a metal throwing tomahawk.

Reynolds has been charged by Ocean City police with two counts of possession of a concealed deadly weapon, two counts of possession of a handgun on his person and possession of a handgun in a vehicle. Pritchard has been charged with two counts of possession of a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a handgun on his person and possession of a handgun in a vehicle. Both were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released without bond.

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