Thursday, August 21, 2014

JESSUP MAN LEADS OCEAN CITY POLICE ON AN EARLY MORNING PURSUIT

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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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DRUNK DRIVER HITS PEDESTRIAN AND ATTEMPTS TO FLEE

(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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Saturday, August 16, 2014

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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Friday, August 15, 2014

OCPD TAKING APPLICATION FOR 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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Thursday, August 14, 2014

OCPD SHUTS DOWN EIGHT HENNA TATTOO STANDS ON THE BOARDWALK

(August 14, 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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