Category Archives: General Police Release

JESSUP MAN LEADS OCEAN CITY POLICE ON AN EARLY MORNING PURSUIT

Carlton M. Stephenson III

Carlton M. Stephenson III

(August 21, 2014) – On August 21, 2014, at approximately 3:10 a.m. Ocean City police were on marked patrol in the area of Coastal Highway and 65th Street when officers observed a vehicle traveling eastbound through a nearby parking lot and on to southbound Coastal Highway, nearly causing a collision with oncoming traffic.

While traveling southbound, officers observed the vehicle fail to stay in a single lane and continue southbound at a high rate of speed. Officers then activated emergency lights and siren as the vehicle failed to stop at a red light on 49th Street, turned west on to 49th Street and entered a nearby parking lot. The vehicle then exited the parking lot, traveled south on Coastal Highway and made a U-turn at 48th street all while failing to yield for right-of-way traffic.

Stationary Traffic Safety Unit officers recorded the vehicle to be traveling at a steady speed of 98 mph in the area of 65th Street. Shortly after, the vehicle failed to control its speed and collided with a condominium building in the area of Coastal Highway and 72nd Street. The vehicle crashed into and destroyed electrical meters and an electrical box causing electrical fluid to saturate northbound Coastal Highway.

The collision caused northbound traffic to be rerouted to a single southbound lane for more than four hours as Ocean City Public Works and electrical crews worked to clean up the fluid spill and restore power to the building.

The driver, Carlton M. Stephenson III, 21, of Jessup, MD, was arrested on scene with no injuries. Ocean City police have charged Stephenson with driving under the influence and a multitude of traffic violations. He is currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building awaiting an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.

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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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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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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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OCPD NARCOTICS UNIT CONCLUDES TWO-WEEK DRUG INVESTIGATION

Markis O. Leonard

Markis O. Leonard

(July 16, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department Narcotics Unit concluded a two-week drug investigation with the arrest of a Selbyville, Delaware man on Saturday, July 12.

Earlier this month, detectives received a tip from a citizen indicating possible drug activity in the area of 141st Street and Lighthouse Avenue. During the investigation, detectives learned that Markis O. Leonard, 28, of Selbyville, DE was residing at the residence in question.

As a result of their investigation, detectives discovered enough evidence to obtain a search and seizure warrant for Leonard, as well as his vehicle.  Members of the Narcotics Unit executed the warrant on July 12, 2014 at approximately 12:45 p.m. after conducting a traffic stop on Leonard’s vehicle. During a search of Leonard, officers located over 170 bags of heroin and over $3,100 in U.S. currency.

Ocean City police have charged Leonard with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Leonard was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and was transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $50,000 bail.

The Ocean City Police Department would like to thank Ocean City citizens for submitting crime tips that help make Ocean City a safer place. Citizens are encouraged to continue to contact the Crime Tip Hotline whenever criminal activity is suspected by calling 410-520-5136 or emailing crimetips@oceancitymd.gov.

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