Author Archives: Ocean City Police Public Affairs

DRUNK DRIVER HITS PEDESTRIAN AND ATTEMPTS TO FLEE

8-20-14 Ped Collision(August 20, 2014) – On August 17, 2014, at approximately 2:20 a.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of 55th Street and Coastal Highway for a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers witnessed a male, later identified as Lester A. Simpson, 32, of Salisbury, MD, attempting to move the vehicle out of the roadway and away from the scene.

During the on-scene investigation, officers determined that another male, later identified as Branden C. Whitley, 31, of Salisbury, was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the collision. Whitley had attempted to flee the scene on foot but was quickly located by officers nearby on 55th Street.

The pedestrian, a 21-year-old female of Willow Grove, PA, was treated on scene by Ocean City EMS and transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. She was released from hospital care on August 18. The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk when she attempted to cross Coastal Highway.

Upon contact with Simpson and Whitley, officers suspected that both were under the influence of alcohol and administered field sobriety tests. Both were unable to complete the tests successfully and were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Ocean City police have charged Whitley with multiple charges including driving under the influence, failure to remain at the scene of a collision, failure to exercise due care to avoid a pedestrian and many more. Simpson was charged with multiple driving under the influence charges and was released on his own personal recognizance. Whitley has since been transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Citizens are reminded to Walk Smart! in Ocean City and always use marked crosswalks when attempting to cross Coastal Highway and all other city streets. The Ocean City Police Department is committed to enforcing drunk driving and pedestrian safety and encourages everyone to use the many safe modes of transportation available.

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DEATH OF 38-YEAR-OLD NJ MAN NO LONGER CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS

(August 17, 2014) – On August 16, 2014, at approximately 3 a.m., Ocean City Communications received a call reporting an adult male had been located unconscious and unresponsive inside a hotel room in the area of 4701 Coastal Highway, in Ocean City.

First responders from the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim and transported him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 3:45 a.m.  The victim has been identified as Jorge Troca, 38, of Lyndhurst, NJ.

An autopsy was conducted on August 17, 2014 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland.  The results of the autopsy at this time are pending; however, investigators in the case have determined that no foul play was involved in Troca’s death.

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OCEAN CITY POLICE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF 38-YEAR-OLD MALE

(August 16, 2014) – On August 16, 2014, at approximately 3 a.m. Ocean City Communications received a call reporting an adult male had been located unconscious and unresponsive inside a hotel room in the area of 4701 Coastal Highway, in Ocean City.

First responders from the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim and transported him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 3:45 a.m. The victim has been identified as Jorge Troca, 38, of Lyndhurst, NJ.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by OCPD investigators.  At this time, the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division has categorized this death as suspicious.  A comprehensive investigation will be completed before a final determination is made.

An examination is currently scheduled for August 17 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore.

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OCPD TAKING APPLICATION FOR CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY

Crime scene forensics is just one of the topics that is covered in Citizens Police Academy.

Crime scene forensics is just one of the topics that is covered in Citizens Police Academy.

(August 15, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy begins classes on September 2, 2014 at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and continues every Tuesday for ten weeks. The Citizens Police Academy is a component of the citizen government education program known as “Ocean City University.”

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. “Citizens 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 410-520-5395, or visit http://www.oceancitymd.gov/Police/citizen_academy.html.

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OCPD SHUTS DOWN EIGHT HENNA TATTOO STANDS ON THE BOARDWALK

(August 14DSC_0360, 2014) – In the early evening hours of August 9, 2014, Ocean City police, with assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), shut down eight henna tattoo stands operating on the boardwalk.

Through investigation, it was determined that individuals operating the henna tattoo stands were in the country on active F-1 student visas. Officers and federal investigators gave a total of ten students a warning for selling goods and/or services on the boardwalk. Investigators explained to the students that operating a henna tattoo stand did not comply with the parameters of their F-1 visa and they agreed to shut down their stands. This resulted in a total of eight henna tattoo stands being shut down.

This cooperative effort between the Ocean City Police Department and HSI is an example of the OCPD’s dedication to working with its law enforcement partners to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations.

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OCPD RECEIVES GRACIOUS DONATION FROM MACKY’S

Chief Ross Buzzuro with Macky and Pam Stansell

Chief Ross Buzzuro with Macky and Pam Stansell

(August 13, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department has received a very gracious donation from Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill totaling $5,000. The donation will be earmarked for the OCPD K-9 Unit and Mounted Unit.

“Our officers wear the badge but it’s our great community members that stand behind that badge,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro. “I thank Macky’s for their gracious donation and continued dedication to our partnership.”

The money donated by Macky’s was collected as a cover charge at the Life Is Good Music Festival which took place on Tuesday, May 28.

The funds will be used for the care, training and gear for the canines and horses of the OCPD.

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OCPD DETECTIVES CLOSE MUNICIPAL BUS ARMED ROBBERY CASE

(August 11, 2014) –Ocean City Police Major Crimes detectives, with assistance from the York County, PA United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, have arrested three suspects involved in the robbery of a municipal bus driver in the early morning hours of June 14, 2014.

On June 14, at approximately 1 a.m., Ocean City police responded to an assault that had already occurred at Worcester Street and Baltimore Avenue on a municipal bus. Officers determined that three male subjects boarded the bus and a verbal altercation ensued with the bus driver. As the argument escalated, the suspects assaulted the bus driver, robbed him of several bus tickets and fled the scene. The bus driver was treated on scene by Ocean City EMS and transported to Atlantic General Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

In July a Worcester County Grand Jury indicted the following three suspects for armed robbery: Marquez Quaran Ellis, 19; Josiah Louis Mincer III, 18; and Jaleel Lee Henderson, 18. All suspects are from York, PA. Ocean City detectives, with assistance from the York County, PA United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, located and arrested all three suspects in the York, PA area without incident.

Mincer has since been extradited back to Maryland and is currently being held at the Worcester County Jail awaiting trial. Henderson and Ellis are both currently being held in Pennsylvania awaiting extradition back to Maryland.

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CAINE WOODS, BAYSHORE DRIVE NEIGHBORHOODS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT WITH OCPD

nno2014(July 31, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department, in coordination with the Bayshore Drive and Caine Woods Neighborhood Watch groups, will be celebrating the 31st Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fiesta Park in Caine Woods and Gullway Villas on Lark Lane.  National Night Out is a neighborhood event that promotes community involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

“We believe that the number one crime prevention tool is having a great relationship with our community and National Night Out helps promote that,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “This event is not only a great way for us to build relationships with our community but also for community members to get out and meet their neighbors.”

On behalf of the Ocean City Police Department, Chief Buzzuro would like to invite Ocean City citizens to participate in National Night Out festivities. Numerous OCPD officers will be in attendance including members of the OCPD Mounted and K-9 Units. McGruff, the crime dog, will also be on hand at both locations to take photos with children.

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 410-520-5395.

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CREDIT CARD SCAM AFFECTS OCEAN CITY BUSINESSES AND CITIZENS

scam-alert(July 31, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department is advising citizens of a recent cyber-attack that compromised the security of numerous credit card processing companies nationwide. One of the victims of the security breach includes an out-of-state company that has contracts with numerous Ocean City businesses, primarily restaurants and bars.

 

Businesses that were affected were compromised from June 2 until July 9, 2014; however, those systems are now secure. The United States Secret Service is currently investigating this case.

 

Citizens are strongly encouraged to check your bank statement to ensure that you are not a victim of this cyber-crime scam. Any citizen that believes their information may have been compromised should contact their bank or credit card issuer immediately.

 

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CITIZENS REMINDED OF SKATEBOARDING ORDINANCE

(July 28, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department would like to remind citizens of the skateboarding ordinance in Ocean City as there have been an increasing number of ordinance violations in recent weeks.

Citizens are reminded that skateboarding on public property is prohibited within Ocean City between April 1 and October 1. Citizens can, however, skateboard on the boardwalk between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. each day during the summer season. The Ocean Bowl Skate Park, located at 3rd Street and St. Louis Avenue, is also available for skateboarders to enjoy daily from 9:30 a.m. until dark for a small fee.

In October 2012, Ocean City Mayor and City Council approved an amendment to the town’s skateboarding ordinance which gave skateboarders the ability to ride on the boardwalk during the same time that bicycles were allowed. This gave skateboarders a place to ride other than the skate park in the summer. During the winter months, October through March, the ordinance is relaxed and skateboarding is permitted throughout the city.

Anyone with questions about the skateboarding ordinance is encouraged to contact the OCPD at 410-723-6610.

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