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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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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.