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OCPD ARREST LAUREL, DE MAN FOR ASSAULT

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Dwayne A. Daniels

(July 28, 2014) – On July 28, 2014, at approximately 12:35 a.m. an Ocean City Police Public Safety Aide was stationary at 48th Street and Coastal Highway when she saw a female laying on the median of Coastal Highway. The Public Safety Aide and two of the victim’s friends moved the victim to a safe place and learned that she had suffered injuries from an assault.

Officers quickly responded and the investigation revealed that the victim had been struck with a glass bottle by an individual later identified as Dwayne A. Daniels, 38, of Laurel, DE. Daniels and the victim were in a vehicle with mutual friends and began to argue when Daniels became aggressive, hit the victim with a glass bottle and attempted to strangle her. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle while it was stopped.

Officers relayed a description of Daniels to Ocean City Communications as well as security personnel in the area. Shortly after, a security guard saw Daniels and was able to stop him and flag down an officer passing by who arrested Daniels.

Daniels was charged by Ocean City police with first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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VIGILANT RESIDENT LEADS OFFICERS TO BURGLARY SUSPECTS

6-16-14 Burglaries(June 16, 2014) – On June 15, 2014, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Ocean City officers were dispatched to the area of Teal Drive in reference to suspicious circumstances after a vigilant resident approached a nearby Public Safety Aide working an OC Air Show traffic detail. The resident told the Public Safety Aide that he had seen three suspicious individuals peering into area homes.

Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle in which the resident believed the suspicious individuals were travelling.  Through the initial investigation, officers determined the vehicle to be stolen out of Montgomery County, Maryland. The officers quickly located three of the suspicious individuals who were seen exiting the vehicle and each was arrested for theft of the motor vehicle. These suspects, all from Washington, DC, were identified as: Christopher H. Bussey, 25; Dominique A. Burton, 19; and Shinecia D. Mercer, 19. An Investigator with the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office also assisted with the investigation and located and arrested a fourth suspect, a female, which officers linked to the stolen vehicle in the area of 20th Street and Philadelphia Avenue. She was later identified as Heather A. Haire, 25, also of Washington, DC.

While officers were on scene, two residents reported burglaries to their homes in the area of Teal Drive where electronics and jewelry totaling approximately $60,000, and several other items had been stolen. Many of these items were either recovered from the stolen vehicle, in the suspect’s possession or discarded by the suspects in the area.  During the subsequent investigation, officers developed a fifth suspect and still had not located some of the electronics and stolen jewelry.

At approximately 6:40 p.m., officers responded to the area of 32nd Street and Baltimore Avenue for a report of a stolen vehicle.  Believing these incidents may be related, officers quickly broadcast lookouts for the fifth suspect and the stolen vehicle to surrounding jurisdictions.

At approximately 9 p.m., Ocean City Detectives learned that the Maryland State Police and Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a vehicle pursuit near Hebron, Maryland involving the vehicle that had recently been reported stolen from 32nd Street. The pursuit ended in a single vehicle crash. The driver was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the stolen vehicle was later identified as Joshua Robinson-Gripper, 22, also of Washington, DC.  Additionally, inside the stolen vehicle Ocean City Detectives recovered electronics and jewelry stolen during the burglaries.

Ocean City Police have charged Bussey, Burton, Haire, Mercer and Robinson-Gripper with multiple theft and burglary charges. All four suspects were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner. Bussey, Burton, Haire and Mercer are currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building on $75,000 bond. Robinson-Gripper is being held by the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office on $100,000 bond.

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TWO SUSPECTS INDICTED IN AUGUST ASSAULT CASE

(April 7, 2014) – On February 24, 2014, a Worcester County Grand Jury indicted two suspects, Wade William Korvin, 21, of Odenton, MD, and Terrance James Webster, 20, of Odenton, MD on multiple charges stemming from an incident that occurred in Ocean City last summer. The suspects are each being charged with first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment, for a serious assault that occurred on August 18, 2013.

Officers responded to the area of 17th Street and St. Louis Avenue at approximately 1:45 a.m. and located the male victim suffering from serious injuries. During the subsequent investigation, officers determined the victim had gotten into a physical altercation with a group of unknown males who then fled the scene.  Although police quickly arrived on scene and searched the area, officers were unable to locate the suspects.

Over the next several months, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division’s Major Crimes Unit were able to identify Korvin and Webster as the two suspects involved in the assault. Detectives presented the case to the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office, who secured Grand Jury indictments on both individuals. Korvin and Webster were both released from custody on $100,000.00 bond pending their cases being heard in the Circuit Court for Worcester County.

Immediately following the incident, the victim was admitted to Johns Hopkins Medical Center Surgical Intensive Care Unit in Baltimore, MD.  The victim has since been released from the hospital, however is still suffering from the long term effects of the assault.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HONOR OFC. DANIEL MCBRIDE AS OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Jim Richardson, Program Coordinator; Jack Ferry, Worcester County Development Center; Michael Carozza, Grand Knight; Deputy Chief Charles Barton, Ocean City Fire Department; Allison Wiest, Teacher of the Year; Mark Record, Most Blessed Sacrament School; Chief Ross Buzzuro; Officer of the Year Daniel McBride

Jim Richardson, Program Coordinator; Jack Ferry, Worcester County Development Center; Michael Carozza, Grand Knight; Deputy Chief Charles Barton, Ocean City Fire Department; Allison Wiest, Teacher of the Year; Mark Record, Most Blessed Sacrament School; Chief Ross Buzzuro; Officer of the Year Daniel McBride

(February 19, 2014) – The Ocean City Knights of Columbus held their annual award ceremony on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.  Among their top honors, such as Firefighter of the Year, EMT of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Couple of the Year, the Knights of Columbus awarded Ocean City Officer Daniel McBride with the prestigious title of Officer of the Year.

“Even as a young officer, Ofc. McBride is extremely deserving of this award,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro.  “Ofc. McBride is a rising star in our department. He is responsible for removing numerous drugs and weapons from the streets of Ocean City and he excels in his duties every day.”

Ofc. McBride is originally from McKeesport, PA. He joined the OCPD full time in 2012 after two summers as a seasonal officer. Ofc. McBride is a domestic violence investigator and member of the Recruiting Team. He is often detailed to plain clothes operations and seatbelt enforcement details because of his success.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division’s Day Watch.

In addition to being named the 2013 Officer of the Year by the Knights of Columbus, Ofc. McBride was recently a finalist for the Neighborhood Watch Officer of the Year.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” Ofc. McBride said. “This has really been a great year for me and I am proud to work for the team that is the Ocean City Police Department. Our officers strive to give their best each and every day and I wouldn’t be anywhere without my fellow officers. I would like to thank Chief Buzzuro, all my fellow officers and, of course, the Knights of Columbus for this award.”

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OCPD CLOSE EIGHT MONTH INVESTIGATION OF SNOW HILL MAN

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Billy Conn Davis, Jr.

(December 10, 2013) – On December 7, 2013 at approximately 5:50 p.m. the Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit brought an eight-month drug distribution investigation to an end with the arrest of Billy Conn Davis, Jr., 50, of Snow Hill, MD. Over the course of eight months, police received information that Davis was selling controlled dangerous substances in Ocean City.

On December 7, Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit conducted surveillance on Davis and initiated a traffic stop in the area of 67th Street and Coastal Highway. During a search of Davis’ vehicle, police recovered over 150 bags of heroin and a large amount of cocaine and crack cocaine. Police also recovered marijuana, oxycontin and seized over $900.

Ocean City police have charged Davis with multiple drug possession and distribution charges. Davis was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to Worcester County Jail on $75,000 bond.

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OCEAN CITY MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY

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Donovan Smith

(November 21, 2013) – On November 20, 2013, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Ocean City police responded to the area of Baltimore Avenue and 1st Street for a report of a burglary. The victim reported that the suspect had entered his room, a nearby office space and another room of the hotel and had stolen numerous items.

During the investigation, Ocean City Communications broadcast a description of the suspect over police radio. Shortly after the broadcast, the suspect, who was later identified as Donovan Smith, 46, of Ocean City, was spotted in West Ocean City. Police responded to the area and arrested Smith without incident.

Ocean City police have charged Smith with multiple counts of breaking and entering and theft. Smith was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to Worcester County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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FIVE JUVENILES ARRESTED FOR DESTRUCTIVE DEVICE CHARGES

(November 6, 2013) – On November 4, 2013 at approximately 4 a.m., Ocean City police responded to the area of 110th Street in reference to a citizen’s report of the sound of a “gunshot.” Upon arrival, officers noticed damage to a vehicle in the parking lot.

During the initial investigation, officers were quickly able to identify that the possible source of the damage to the vehicle came from the 10th floor of the nearby condo building. Officers requested to enter the unit which was occupied by four juvenile males, all of Salisbury, MD and one juvenile female of Berlin, MD. During a search of the unit, officers recovered numerous improvised destructive devices and additional manufacturing materials. These devices were homemade and constructed using water bottles, tin foil and drain cleaner. Officers also recovered marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia in the unit.

Ocean City police charged each of the juveniles with manufacturing and possession of a destructive device. In addition, a 14-year-old male has been charged with malicious destruction of property under $500 and possession of drug paraphernalia, a 16-year-old male with possession of drug paraphernalia, and a 16-year-old female with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A referral was made to the Department of Juvenile Services who ultimately authorized the release of each juvenile to their parents.

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WANTED CHESTERTOWN MAN ARRESTED IN OCEAN CITY FOR BURGLARY

Figiel_Cody(November 5, 2013) – On November 2, 2013 at approximately 4:15 p.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of S. Ocean Drive in reference to a suspected burglary. Officers entered the residence and observed a male, later identified as Cody Lee Figiel, 21, of Centreville, MD, asleep in the home. Figiel was taken into custody without incident.

Figiel was also the suspect in a burglary incident that was reported on October 25 at another residence in the S. Ocean Drive area. When police responded on October 25, the complainant advised officers that an unknown vehicle, a GMC Acadia, was parked in the driveway. This vehicle was confirmed to be stolen out of Queen Anne’s County and a warrant was issued by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department for Figiel’s arrest as a result.

Figiel was charged by Ocean City police with multiple counts of burglary and theft in addition to the numerous motor vehicle theft charges made by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department. Figiel was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to the Worcester County Jail without bond pending a bail review.

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PARTICIPATE IN DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY BY TURNING IN UNUSED OR EXPIRED MEDICATIONS

DrugTakeBack(October 17, 2013) – The Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit is inviting citizens to participate in the upcoming Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Building (6501 Coastal Highway).

The OCPD has participated in the bi-annual program on four previous occasions. The Department’s last participation in “Operation Medicine Drop” proved to be a success, yielding 12 pounds of medicine at the Ocean City location. In cooperation with officials from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Worcester County Health Department, Berlin Police Department and Maryland State Police, a total of 115 pounds of unused and expired medications was collected in Worcester County alone.

In addition to drug take-back day, OCPD’s commitment to get unwanted, unused and expired prescription medication out of citizens’ cabinets and off the streets continues each day through the 24-hour drop box, donated by the Ocean City Elks Lodge. This drop box is located at the Public Safety Building. Citizens are urged to not flush their medication or throw them away. Disposing of medication properly prevents the medication from entering our waterways and landfills.

The Maryland Executive Board Members of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) have hailed this effort as a success in keeping unwanted and unused prescription drugs out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them as well as out of Maryland coastal bays and waterways.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative is a free and confidential program. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at: 410-520-5395.

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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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