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PROACTIVE POLICE WORK LEADS TO FOUR DRUG ARRESTS OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Heroin Arrests 9-4-13(September 3, 2013) – On September 1, 2013, at approximately 2:05 a.m. an Ocean City police officer on uniformed bicycle patrol observed a male acting suspiciously and talking on two cell phones simultaneously in the area of 8th Street and Philadelphia Avenue. When the subject, later identified as Darnell Defate Harris, 25, of Wilmington, DE, noticed the officer observing him, he quickly walked out into traffic crossing east to west causing two vehicles to quickly brake to avoid Harris.

The officer then approached Harris and issued a traffic warning for illegally crossing Philadelphia Avenue and told Harris that he was free to leave; however, Harris did not leave and become increasingly nervous and continued talking on two cell phones, behavior consistent with possible criminal activity. Officers requested to search Harris and he consented. During the search, officers located 24 small plastic bags containing heroin. Officers also seized $135 in US currency. Harris was then placed under arrest.

While officers were arresting Harris, a female, later identified as Clovise Frances Evans, 29, also of Wilmington, approached officers asking about her cell phone that Harris had been using. Soon after, Evans opened the door to her vehicle closeby and officers clearly saw a stun gun.  Officers later found a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after she consented that officers search her vehicle.

Harris was charged by Ocean City Police with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute. Evans has been charged with possession of a weapon with in the corporate limits of Ocean City, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner. Harris was transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $5,000 bond and Evans was released on her own recognizance.

The next morning, on September 2, at approximately 7 a.m. an Ocean City officer was on patrol in the Inlet Lot when the officer noticed two individuals sleeping in a vehicle in violation of an Ocean City ordinance. The officer made contact with the individuals and they appeared extremely nervous. A K-9 completed a scan of the vehicle and the K-9 gave an alert for possible drugs. During a search of the vehicle, officers located 20 baggies of heroin, syringes, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. The two suspects were identified as Jeffrey Lee Foard, 24, and Aubrey Marie Sieracki, 31, both from Jarrettsville, MD.

Foard and Sierack were charged by Ocean City Police with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, two counts of manufacturing and distribution, possession with intent to distribute and other drug charges. Both were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner. Foard was transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $7,500 bond. Sieracki was released on $10,000 bond.

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TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARIZING VACATED MOTEL

9-5-13 Ocean Voyager Burglary(September 4, 2013) – On September 3, 2013, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Ocean City police responded to the Ocean Voyager Motel at 3201 Baltimore Avenue for a report of a breaking and entering in progress. Officers observed two males exiting a unit in the motel and placed them under arrest for burglary. The Ocean Voyager was recently vacated as it is slated to be demolished in the coming weeks. The two males were identified as Patrick Michael Herrmann, 25, of Lutherville, MD, and Jonathan McGovern Boeri, 18, of Phoenix, MD.

During the investigation, officers learned that the men broke into at least five other units and attempted to steal a small amount of items with an approximate value of $35.

Ocean City police have charged Herrmann with second degree burglary. He was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to Worcester County Jail on $5,000 bond. Boeri was charged with second and fourth degree burglary. He was also seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and was transferred to Worcester County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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OCPD Joins Nationwide Drunk Driving Crackdown

sober-300x270From mid-August through Labor Day, Ocean City police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving.   The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Ocean City, will run from August 16 through September 2, 2013.

The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.  The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaigns reduces drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Ocean City’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea.  Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive.  There are many safe modes of transportation for our residents and visitors to take advantage of, such as municipal busses and our local taxi companies,” Chief Buzzuro said.

Being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life.  Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’” said Chief Buzzuro.

Ocean City Man Indicted for 2nd Degree Rape

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James Lee Travis

On May 29,2013, Ocean City police received a complaint of a sexual assault involving an adult female victim and a 32-year-old male suspect.  During the investigation, the victim identified the suspect as an acquaintance, James Lee Travis, 32, of Ocean City, MD.

Further investigation determined that during the early morning hours of May 24, 2013, the victim and Travis were out for the evening at an area restaurant with friends and later returned to a residence on Bayshore Drive.  While at the Bayshore Drive residence, the victim went to sleep.  The victim woke up to find Travis sexually assaulting her.

On July 23, 2013, a Worcester County Grand Jury indicted Travis on second degree rape and other sex offense charges. An arrest warrant was issued for Travis with a preset bond amount of $150,000. Travis was subsequently arrested on July 29, in Ocean City and is currently being held at the Worcester County Jail.

OCPD Reminds Citizens to Stop at Red Lights

red-light-cameras_100354958_mOcean City Police Officers are joining law enforcement officers across the country to honor National Red Light Awareness Week. Beginning August 5, Ocean City police will be increasing enforcing against red-light running.

“Our officers continually enforce safe driving and cite drivers who run red-lights,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro. “We want our residents and visitors to enjoy everything that Ocean City has to offer and arrive to their destination safely by following the rules of the road.”

The Ocean City Police Department is dedicated to keeping citizens safe and would like to remind residents and visitors to ensure the safety of yourself and others by stopping at all red lights and stop signs.  For more information about National Red Light Awareness Week or for red-light safety tips, visit: http://oceancitymd.gov/Police/media/wp-content/uploads/red-light-awareness-brochure.pdf

Wicomico County hosting Car Seat Safety Class

Wicomico County is hosting a car seat safety class on Monday, September 9, 2013. This free class comes complete with a free convertible or booster seat to fit your baby perfectly.

The class will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fritz Health Center at 300 W. Carroll Street in Salisbury, MD.

Click here for more information and to see how you can reserve a car seat for your child.

OCPD Charges Fourth Person in Sunday’s Beach Fight

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Dalima Ekunday Ibironk Palmer

On July 25, 2013, Ocean City police charged an additional suspect related to a fight on the beach that occurred Sunday, July 21. At approximately 2:30 p.m. on July 21, Ocean City police responded to the beach at North Division Street in reference to group acting in a disorderly manner.

When officers approached the suspects, the group began to yell at officers and act in a threatening manner. That is when three members of the group, including Dalima Ekundayo Ibironke Palmer, 24, of Dumfries, VA, assaulted officers and resisted arrest. When police detained Palmer, it was learned that Palmer was pregnant. While in police custody, Palmer was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, at which time the charging process was halted.

Palmer has been charged by summons with second degree assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering a law enforcement officer from completing his lawful duties, and resisting arrest. At the time of this release, Palmer’s date in District Court has yet to be scheduled.

UPDATED: OCPD Seeking Public’s Assistance in Identifying Bank Robbery Suspect

At approximately 10 a.m. this morning, OceanCity police responded to the Susquehanna Bank at 9405 Coastal Highway in reference to a bank robbery. At this time the suspect is still at large.

The suspect is described as a white male, thin and muscular, in his early to mid-20’s wearing a red baseball cap, red polo shirt and khaki dress pants. Police believe that the suspect parked or exited his vehicle in the area of West Biscayne Drive and Artic Avenue prior to the bank robbery and approached the Susquehanna Bank on foot.  After robbing the bank shortly after 10 a.m., the suspect traveled south on West Biscayne Drive on foot back to this waiting vehicle.  The suspect then traveled through the Little Salisbury area on W. Biscayne Drive to Pacific Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts or a possible vehicle description is asked to call Crime Solvers of the Lower Shore at 410-548-1776. A reward of up to $1,000 will be given for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the below suspect. Citizens may also call OCPD Detective Nick Simpson at 410-520-5349.7-24-13 Bank Robbery Suspect

Intoxicated Suspects Arrested for Assault this Weekend

 This weekend, Ocean City police responded to two separate incidents involving highly intoxicated individuals at bar closing. Both incidents involved a suspect with a knife. No one was injured as a result of either incident.

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Tyler Nicolas Jovanne Cole

On July 21, 2013, at approximately 1:56 a.m. officers responded to a bar in the 17th Street area in reference to a subject that displayed a knife. When the bar owner would not allow the suspect into the bar because of his high level of intoxication, victims stated that the suspect became verbally abusive and pulled out a knife. The suspect was later identified as Tyler Nicolas Jovanne Cole, 21, of Natrona, PA. When officers arrived soon after the report, Cole was detained without incident.

Cole was charged with first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was seen by a Maryland Disrict Court Commissioner and released after posting $10,000 bond.

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Justin James Parlow

Then on July 22, 2013, at approximately 1:40 a.m. officers responded to a bar near 33rd Street. When officers arrived, the suspect later identified as Justin James Parlow, 22, of Derby, CT, was being held to the ground by the bar owner and an employee. During the investigation, victims stated that Parlow had shown the knife after the victim attempted to break up a fight that Parlow was involved in.

Parlow was charged with first degree assault, second degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure. He was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released after posting $25,000 bond.