Friday, January 23, 2015

OCPD CRASH RECONSTRUCTIONISTS INVESTIGATE SINGLE VEHICLE COLLISION

(January 23, 2015) – On January 23, at approximately 7 a.m. Ocean City Police and Paramedics responded to the area of Baltimore Avenue and 6th Street in reference to single-vehicle traffic collision. The driver was unconscious when officers arrived and CPR was initiated. Ocean City EMS transported the driver to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased upon arrival. The driver has been identified as Walter Milan Corey, 56, of Ocean City, MD.

Members of the Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit responded and later determined that the vehicle had veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole. Police are unsure at this time what caused Corey to veer off the roadway. Autopsy results from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are pending.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PERMANENT DRUG DROP-BOX YIELDS 264 POUNDS OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS IN 2014

(January 20, 2015) – The Ocean City Public Safety Building lobby has housed a permanent 24-hour drug drop-box since May of 2012. In 2014, 264 pounds of unused and unwanted medications, including controlled pain medications, depressants and stimulants, were turned in to the drop box. These turned-in medications have a street value of nearly $15,000.
Another permanent drug take back drop-box is located at the Ocean Pines Police Department. Combined, the two drop boxes yielded a total of 734 pounds of medication containing 11,247 controlled pills having a street value of over $45,000.
“The drop box was donated to the Ocean City Police Department in May 2012 by the Ocean City Elks Lodge and has served as a safe place for citizens to bring their unused and unwanted medications ensuring that the medications never end up on the streets of Ocean City,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro. “We strongly encourage citizens to take their unwanted medications to the drop box and 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.
If you have any questions or would like more information about this free and confidential program, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at 410-520-5395.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mayor & Council Join Community in Celebration of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, the Mayor and City Council will join Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) and partnering organizations to support law enforcement officers nationwide in celebration of the first National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). Before the nationwide event, the Town of Ocean City will honor local law enforcement agencies during a ceremony and presentation of a proclamation from the Mayor and City Council. We hope to see you there!

Monday, December 22, 2014

OCEAN CITY MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE THEFTS IN MONTEGO BAY

Matthew W. Gruber
(December 22, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department has arrested an Ocean City man after tying him to a series of thefts from vehicles and a burglary that took place in the Montego Bay area between December 10th and 13th.
On December 10, 2014, Ocean City officers responded to three separate locations in the Montego Bay area in reference to thefts from motor vehicles. Jewelry, electronics and other miscellaneous items with an estimated total value of over $3,800 were stolen from the vehicles. Later that week, officers responded to a report of another burglary in the Montego Bay area where multiple electronics with a total value of approximately $500 were taken.
Working with the community, police quickly identified a suspect in a chain of thefts from parked vehicles in Montego Bay.  Subsequently on December 18, detectives located the suspect, Matthew W. Gruber, 30, of Ocean City, and took him into custody.  During the arrest officer’s recovered jewelry reported stolen from the vehicles.
A search and seizure warrant was served a short time later on Gruber’s residence where detectives found most of the items stolen the week before.  Additionally detectives located items taken during a first degree burglary of a private home in Montego Bay.
Detectives have charged Gruber with breaking and entering, two counts of theft less than $1,000, theft less than $10,000 and multiple other theft charges. Gruber was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and has been transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $75,000 bond.
Police are searching for further victims associated with additional property recovered from Gruber and believed to be stolen.  Any citizens that believe they may have been a victim of theft are asked to contact Detective Carl Perry at 410-520-5439 or cperry@oceancitymd.gov.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

TRESPASS VIOLATION TURNS TO FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT IN OCEAN CITY

Bryan K. Taylor
(December 10, 2014) – On December 10, 2014, at approximately 4:13 a.m. Ocean City officers responded to the area of 1st Street and Philadelphia Avenue for a report of trespassing. The suspect, later identified as Bryan K. Taylor, 48, of Ocean City, was given a trespass warning for the residence earlier in the morning in the presence of an officer and had returned to the property.

Upon arrival, officers could hear Taylor making threatening statements to another male behind a locked door and was holding a fixed blade knife. After multiple commands from an officer with his gun drawn, Taylor put down the knife and was arrested. Through investigation, officers determined that Taylor was threatening the individual behind the locked door after a minor altercation a few hours prior.

Police have charged Taylor with first and second degree assault, possessing a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, trespassing and disorderly conduct. Taylor was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and is currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building on $50,000 bond.


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