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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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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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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PHILADELPHIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER AN EXTENSIVE SEARCH THROUGH OC

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Weldon C. Lucas

(July 10, 2014) – Ocean City Police have arrested a man from Philadelphia, PA after a routine traffic stop led to an extensive search and a burglary investigation lasting over four hours.

On July 7, 2014, at approximately 4 p.m. Ocean City police on uniformed vehicle patrol conducted a traffic stop in the area of Philadelphia Avenue and 32nd Street for a seatbelt violation and an expired registration plate. During the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle stated that he did not have a valid driver’s license and gave false identification information.

When officers asked the driver, later identified as Weldon C. Lucas III, 38, to step out of the vehicle, Lucas fled from the scene on foot and began running westbound across Philadelphia Avenue until officers lost sight of him. Additional officers responded to the area and were unable to locate Lucas. During the investigation, officers determined that Lucas had a suspended driver’s license and also had multiple warrants out for his arrest from the Philadelphia Police Department.

Multiple members of the OCPD, including detectives from the Major Crimes Division and Special Enforcement Unit, as well as patrol officers, continued to actively search for Lucas. At approximately 8:30 p.m. police located and arrested Lucas in the area of 82nd Street and the beach.

Through investigation, detectives learned that Lucas had burglarized a condo unit after he initially fled from police and stole a bicycle and clothing items to disguise himself.

Ocean City Police have charged Lucas with multiple burglary and theft charges in addition to various traffic violations. Lucas declined to be seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and has been transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

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