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OCEAN CITY POLICE REMINDING CITIZENS OF LASER POINTER LAW

Due to an substantial increase in citizen complaints regarding the illegal use of laser pointers, the Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens of the “Harassment by Laser Pointer” law. The ordinance, which has been in effect since 2010, makes it unlawful for anyone to focus, or shine a laser pointer directly or indirectly on another person or animal in any manner.  It is also unlawful for any person to shine a laser pointer directly or indirectly on a balcony, porch, patio, deck or any other structure where a person or persons may gather or in any window or door, or any vehicle on land, air or water, which includes but is not limited to cars, bicycles, scooters, buses, trams, planes, helicopters, boats, jet skis, motorcycles, Segway’s or wheelchairs in any manner.

It is also illegal for minors (Age 17 and Under) to purchase or possess laser pointers within the corporate limits of Ocean City.

In addition, it is a crime for any person to shine a laser pointer on the beach, boardwalk, public streets or sidewalks or from private property onto the beach, boardwalk, public streets or sidewalks, or from public property onto private property or from private property onto another private property.

LASER POINTERS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Also, it is unlawful to sell a laser pointer without having a sign conspicuously posted at the point of sale or exchange advising potential purchasers of the Ocean City laser pointer law.  It is unlawful to sell a laser pointer without providing the purchaser with written notice, in bold face type, a copy setting forth verbatim the laws set forth in the Ocean City Code.

The penalties for violations of this law make it a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to six months in jail and or a $1,000 fine.   The OCPD will be strictly enforcing this ordinance and is asking for the public’s cooperation and compliance.

As a reminder, laser pointers are not toys.  These devices should never be shined on or around people or animals.   The devices, if used improperly, pose risks to humans and animals and could cause eye damage.  Parents of children who have been given laser pointers are reminded that it is no longer legal for minor children to possess laser pointers and they should be restricted from their use.

The ordinance is posted on the Town of Ocean City web page: www.oceancitymd.gov.

Ocean City Police Advising Citizens of Wanted Subject

Ocean City Police are advising residents and citizens about a wanted suspect who was involved in an armed robbery that occurred earlier today, August 3, 2012, at approximately 5 p.m. in the area of Rt. 50 and Rt. 589.  Charles Rich Conden fled from the vehicle in the area of 100th Street prior to the police apprehending the other four suspects.

The Ocean City Police Department has received information that Conden is armed with a handgun.  Conden is a white male, 19-years-old, 5”09, and 150lbs and has a clown tattoo with profane words under it.

Ocean City Police are advising citizens to use caution when coming in contact with Conden.  Citizens are advised anyone coming into contact with Conden not to approach this subject and should immediately contact the Ocean City Police Department at: 410-723-6600 or call 911.

FOUR IN CUSTODY AFTER VEHICLE PURSUIT

On Friday, August 3, 2012, approximately 5:00 p.m., Ocean City Police were monitoring the Maryland State Police radio frequency when they heard a call for a report of an armed robbery with shots fired in the area of Rt. 50 and Rt. 589. The suspects, who fled the scene of the robbery, headed east on Rt. 50 in a blue Chevrolet with Pennsylvania registration.

A vehicle description was broadcast to all officers and the vehicle was subsequently located traveling north in the area of 77th Street and Coastal Highway.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of 80th Street, at which time the suspect vehicle failed to stop.

During a brief pursuit, the suspect vehicle reached speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour and eventually struck another vehicle in the 10th block of 120th Street while attempting to turn right.  The four suspects involved in the pursuit fled the scene of the crash on foot, however, were apprehended moments later by officers and bystanders.

The suspects were identified as one female juvenile, Sarah Jean Gryskevicz, 19, of Wilkesbarre, PA, Antonio Lee Suarez, 18, of Allentown, PA, and Payne Stewart Prasnikar, 21, of Stillwater, PA.  During the initial investigation, officers learned that the vehicle was stolen yesterday in a robbery in Pennsylvania.

The criminal investigation is being handled by the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.  Charges are pending from both the Ocean City Police Department and the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

SEAT BELT VIOLATION LEADS OCPD TO RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE AND WANTED FUGITIVE

On July 28, 2012, at about 6:30 a.m., Ocean City Police Officers attempted to pull over a 2007 four-door Dodge Magnum with Texas registration in the 10 block area of 3rd Street near the boardwalk.

The vehicle fled police by going up the boardwalk and heading north. Numerous citizens who were on the boardwalk had to get out of the path of vehicle to avoid being struck.  Officers not wanting to pursue the vehicle on the boardwalk, maintained a line-of-sight on the vehicle as it travelled north on the boardwalk.  Police travelled up the boardwalk in a marked police vehicle several blocks behind the fleeing car.  The suspect vehicle turned off the boardwalk at Surf Avenue, slowed down and three occupants of the vehicle bailed out of the car between the boardwalk and Baltimore Avenue. The police were able to detain the three passengers who bailed out of the fleeing vehicle.

Officers continued to follow the vehicle off the boardwalk, however, lost sight of it as it fled north on Baltimore Ave.   A description of the suspect vehicle was broadcast over the police radio, at which time another marked OCPD patrol unit spotted the vehicle on Baltimore Ave., in the area of 16th Street.   The marked patrol unit attempted to stop the vehicle and pulled behind the car. The suspect vehicle again attempted to flee from police and went up on the boardwalk for the second time at 16th Street, and got off the boardwalk at 17th Street.

Once back on Baltimore Ave., the vehicle attempted to turn north and lost control of the car and crashed into the medium strip at 17th Street.   At this point the vehicle continued north in the southbound lane of Baltimore Ave. now being pursued by the OCPD vehicle patrol and turned west at 19th Street where he went across Coastal Highway to Dolphin Street and then north on Marlin Drive.  At the end of Marlin Drive the vehicle crashed through a fence and continued driving through a citizen’s backyard, at which point the driver ran out of the yard and stopped short of driving into the canal.  The suspect driver exited the vehicle and attempted to flee police by jumping into the bay.  The suspect then swam toward 21st Street and Herring Way.  The suspect climbed out of the water onto the dock and was taken into custody by waiting OCPD officers.

The subsequent investigation by OCPD determined the vehicle had been reported stolen during a burglary that occurred in York, PA.  The driver, identified as Jimmy Carl Anderson, 22, of New Park, PA, was a wanted fugitive from Pennsylvania.  Police also recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana and prescription drugs from Anderson.  Police also located additional CDS inside the stolen vehicle.

One of the three passengers who bailed out of the car on Surf Avenue identified as Aaron Lloyd Canterbury, 30, of York, was found to be in possession of marijuana, Ecstasy and CDS paraphernalia. He was also arrested and charged accordingly.

Anderson was charged with: Theft of motor vehicle, theft over $10,000, 2-counts of malicious destruction of property over $500, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, 2nd degree escape, possession of schedule I, controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possession of schedule II, CDS, possession of schedule IV, CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, and he also received 30 assorted traffic violations.

Canterbury was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and released on his own recognizance.  Anderson was also seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held without bond.

Ocean City Police Seeking Public’s Assistance in Identifying Assault Suspect

The Ocean City Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the suspect in recent attempted sexual assaults that have occurred in poorly lit, semi-secluded areas near bar establishments. The most recent occurred on July 28, 2012 during the early morning hours.

In each case, a female victim was under the influence of alcohol, alone and walking home when an unknown male initiated a conversation with the victim. After initiating conversation, the unknown male suspect then forces the victim to the ground and attempts to sexually assault them.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10”, approximately 170 pounds, and in his mid-20’s to early 30’s.

Ocean City Police are asking anyone with information about similar incidents, and/or the suspect involved to please contact Detective Simpson of the Ocean City’s Criminal Investigation Division at 410-520-5349. Those providing information may remain anonymous.

The OCPD is reminding residents and visitors to use the buddy-system and not walk alone, avoid excessive alcohol consumption, be aware of your surroundings, and walk in highly traveled public areas.

Man Arrested After Assaulting Officer With Vehicle

On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at approximately 10:51 p.m., a uniformed bicycle patrol officer initiated a traffic stop in the area of 8th Street and Philadelphia Avenue after witnessing a traffic violation.  The officer witnessed a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was driven by Corey John Martini, 20, of Wickhaven, PA, make a right hand turn and come all the way into the far left lane, completely crossing the double yellow line.

While speaking with Martini, the officer detected alcohol emanating from his breath and noticed a plastic bag of marijuana in the center console of the vehicle.  Officers asked Martini to exit the vehicle, at which time he turned the vehicle toward the officer and accelerated.  The officer, who was struck by the passenger side of the vehicle, was knocked off his bicycle.

Martini, who proceeded to leave the area, accelerated his vehicle at a high rate of speed, traveling northbound in the southbound lane of St. Louis Avenue. As officers followed Martini, witnesses told police he had entered a condominium building in the area of 11th Street.  Officers apprehended Martini after a foot pursuit.

Martini was arrested and charged with first and second degree assault, assault on a law enforcement officer, malicious destruction of property, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and position of paraphernalia.  In addition, Martini was charged with 14 traffic violations, including driving under the influence of alcohol, negligent driving, reckless driving, speeding and failure to remain at the scene.

Martini was transported to the Public Safety Building where he was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.  At the time of this release, Martini was being held on a $5,000 bond.

OCPD, NEIGHBORHOODS CELEBRATING NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

The Ocean City Police Department, in coordination with National Association of Town Watch, will be celebrating the “29th Annual National Night Out” program on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fiesta Park in Caine Woods and Gullway Villas on Lark Lane.  In 2011, the program involved 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 inOceanCityto bring crime prevention awareness and community policing to the area.  “National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and the partnership between the OCPD and the community,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “It is an event that only lasts a few hours, however the benefits of the evening extend well beyond one day.”

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 DiPino would like to inviteOceanCitycitizens 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.

Citizen Heroes Identified in Weekend Water Rescue

On Friday, July 20, 2012, at approximately 6 p.m., Ocean City Communications received a call for swimmers in distress in the area of 90th Street and the beach.  As officers arrived on scene, a water rescue was in progress with three females being pulled from the water by beachgoers and one off-duty beach patrol employee.

Witnesses told police that the beach patrol had instructed the females to leave the water approximately 10 minutes before the incident occurred.  The females, who entered the water despite beach patrol’s warning, became visibly distressed.  At this time, two beachgoers, who were identified as Christopher Bourdeau, 39, of Vienna, VA and Robert Miller, 43, of Falls Church, VA, entered the water to help the swimmers.

Miller and Bourdeau, who were at the beach with their families, rescued one swimmer and got her safely to the shore break. Miller and Bourdeau went back to assist the second swimmer.  As Miller and Bourdeau rescued the second swimmer, an off-duty beach patrol lieutenant arrived and rescued the third swimmer.

The three swimmers, who were identified as a 21-year-old female from Bowie, MD, a 19-year-old female from Woodstock, MD and a 20-year-old female from Silver Spring, MD, were transported by Ocean City Emergency Services to Atlantic General Hospital. Two of the swimmers were treated and released, however, the third swimmer, who went into full cardiac arrest at the time of the incident, was still listed in critical condition.

Ocean City Police commend the citizens involved in the rescue of these women.  Miller, Bourdeau and the off-duty beach patrol employee are responsible for preventing a serious tragedy from taking place.  The OCPD is reminding residents and visitors to use caution in the water and encourages residents and visitors to leave their feet in the sand, if a lifeguard is not in the stand.

 

Two Suspects in June Counterfeit Case Charged

CHRISTOPHER DALE MILLER JR

On June 17, 2012, at approximately 1 a.m., Ocean City Police were in the area of 17th Street and Philadelphia Avenue when an employee of a nearby business told officers that someone had just attempted to pass a $20 counterfeit bill.  Officers, who met with the employees and reviewed surveillance images of the incident, identified the suspect as Christopher Dale Miller, 28, of Berlin.

Kevin Michael McCarthy

Ocean City Police received numerous calls from businesses over the course of the investigation regarding counterfeit currency being passed. Investigators, who identified Miller from the initial incident, linked him to the additional cases involving counterfeit currency.  In addition, detectives identified a second suspect involved as Kevin Michael McCarthy Jr., 27, of Ocean City.  In all, approximately 31 counterfeit $20 bills were recovered and eight businesses were victimized.

Miller and McCarthy were charged with multiple counts of issuing and manufacturing counterfeit currency and theft.  Miller was arrested and charged through a warrant on June 20, 2012.  He was seen for an initial appearance by a District Court Commissioner for and then transferred to Worcester County Jail on a $25,000 bond.  McCarthy was charged on a warrant on July 16, 2012 and has not yet been apprehended by police.

OCEAN CITY POLICE MAKE TWO ARRESTS FOR COUNTERFEIT

On Thursday, July 12, 2012, at approximately 8:45 p.m., Ocean City Police responded to the area of 7th Street and Philadelphia Avenue in response to a call for two suspects who had just passed a counterfeit $100 bill.  When police arrived in the area, one suspect was being detained by employees of the establishment and one suspect had fled.

At approximately 9:05 p.m., Ocean City Police received an additional call from a business on 4th Street and Atlantic Avenue for a suspect who was attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 bill.  The employee, who was able to determine the bill was fake, stalled the suspect until officers arrived.

An initial investigation revealed that the two suspects, who were identified as Gusyen Aliyev, 28, of Brooklyn, NY and Mikhail Eugene Dikler, 29, of Brooklyn, NY, were entering into local businesses and using a counterfeit $100bill to purchase a nominal item.  The counterfeit bill, which was a very high quality of counterfeit, would yield the suspects in excess of approximately $90 of change in real U.S. currency.

As a result of the investigation, 16 counterfeit $100 bills were recovered. In addition, approximately $5,000 in actual U.S. currency, believed to be the proceeds of these counterfeiting crimes, was seized.  Aliyev and Dikler were arrested and charged with multiple counts of possession of counterfeit, the issuing of counterfeit and theft.  After an initial appearance by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, both men were held on a $35,000 bond.

The Ocean City Police Department commends the businesses that had the diligence to detect and deter these crimes by contacting  law enforcement.  Citizens are encouraged closely examine currency by looking carefully at the money you receive by being aware of the security features located on currency.

The three main security features located on bills are: shifting inks on the number, security threads, which display the denomination of the currency imbedded in the bill, and the watermark of the main image on the face of the bill located on the right side of note.

Ocean City Police Department is offering these tips to detect suspicious or counterfeit currency:

  • The genuine      portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background.      The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat. Details merge into      the background, which is often too dark or mottled.
  • On a genuine      bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are      clear, distinct and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt or      broken saw-tooth points.
  • Genuine serial      numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. The serial numbers      are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit,      the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury      seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

Ocean City Police are asking that residents and businesses contact the department if you locate suspicious currency. In addition, the department reminds businesses and community groups that a crime prevention officer is available to conduct counterfeit awareness presentations upon appointment through the Public Affairs Office.

For further information on detecting counterfeit U. S. currency, citizens are encouraged to visit the United States Secret Service Web site at: http://www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml