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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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

OCPD WARNING CITIZENS OF TELEPHONE SCAM

(December 9, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department is warning citizens about a current telephone scam that has recently been reported in the resort. The scam involves a caller who claims to be a Town of Ocean City Water Department employee.
The scammer states that a payment is needed and if the resident does not pay immediately, the scammer claims that a technician from the Town will turn off all water service. Further, the scammer states that the technician will only accept payment in the form of a MoneyPack pre-payable card. The scammer claims the card will be picked up by the technician but later calls and requests the card confirmation number. Citizens are advised that all calls from this scammer have come from the number 1-800-878-4957.
The Ocean City Police Department and the Town of Ocean City reminds citizens that employees will never request nor accept a pre-payable card as payment for utilities. Additionally, employees will never request credit card information from citizens over the phone.Citizens that receive a call from this scammer are asked to hang up and contact the Ocean City Police Department at 410-723-6610 to report the call.
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Monday, December 1, 2014

TWO OCPD OFFICERS TAKE FIRST AT MARYLAND STATE PISTOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

(November 25, 2014) – Two Ocean City officers recently topped the Maryland State Pistol Championships in Frederick, MD. Finishing first place overall as a two man team, Reserve Officer Mark Doyle and Police Officer 1st Class Daniel Jacobs took the State Champion title scoring higher than other competing municipal, state and federal law enforcement officers from across the state. To earn the title, RO Doyle and Pfc. Jacobs shot varying numbers of rounds from several positions at distances of 7, 15, 25 and 50 yards with semiautomatic and revolver handguns.

RO Doyle also took third place overall for the “distinguished semi-automatic” competition, third place in his class in the “open revolver” competition and first place in his class in the “open semi-automatic” competition. Pfc. Jacobs earned second place overall for the “distinguished revolver” competition, first place in his class in the “open revolver” competition and second place in his class in the “open semi-automatic” competition. In distinguished competitions, the firearm may not be modified whereas the open competitions allow modifications to the firearm.

Both officers are eligible to compete in the National Police Combat Championships in New Mexico. The event was hosted by the Maryland Police Combat Association and is registered through the National Rifle Association. For more information about the competition, visit www.ppc.nra.org.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BUCKLE UP BEFORE YOU HIT THE ROAD THIS THANKSGIVING

(November 25, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department is joining a national effort to reach out to all Thanksgiving travelers with one important message: buckle up. Historically, Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year, putting more people on the road, and unfortunately increasing the likelihood of crashes. AAA is expecting Thanksgiving holiday travel to reach the highest level since 2007 with 46.3 million Americans taking a trip this week. Each of the millions of holiday travelers can stay safe this Thanksgiving with just one simple click of a seat belt.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.  In 2012, approximately 12,174 people survived crashes because they were buckled up. If everyone had worn their seat belts that year, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved. And that’s just the point of this national seat belt campaign: Buckle Up America – Every Trip, Every Time.
“More than half the drivers and passengers being killed in crashes aren’t wearing seat belts. That’s a major problem,” said Lt. Scott Harner, Commander of OCPD’s Traffic Safety Unit. In 2012, a total of 21,667 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes nationwide, so that means that more than 10,000 of those occupants were not buckled up. Thanksgiving weekend in 2012 (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, November 26), a disturbing 60 percent—that is, 6 out of 10—of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts. At night, the statistic was even worse: 69 percent of the occupants killed at night were unbuckled.
“For those people who already buckle up every time: Thank you,” continued Lt. Harner. “For them, this campaign serves as a reminder. But for those people who still don’t buckle up for whatever reason, I want to say this: buckling your seat belt is one of the simplest, safest things you’ll ever do.”
So this Thanksgiving, and every day of the year, make sure your seat belt is buckled before you start any road trip—whether it’s one mile or a thousand.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

OCEAN CITY ON PACE FOR ANOTHER LOW IN TRAFFIC COLLISIONS

(November 17, 2014) – In 2013, Ocean City saw a remarkable 14 percent decrease in traffic collisions as compared to 2012. As 2014 draws to a close, police are optimistic for another decrease in traffic collisions but it rests largely in the hands of those traveling Ocean City roadways.

“The driver is ultimately responsible for their own safety,” stated Chief Ross Buzzuro. “If citizens choose to drink alcohol, we strongly recommend that they have a designated driver, call a cab or catch a city bus. And of course, we want everyone using a seat belt in every seat, every time they get in a vehicle.”

From 2009 to 2013 in Maryland, 856 people were killed in impaired-related crashes, accounting for a third of all traffic fatalities across the state. In addition, almost 600 people died in crashes where they were not wearing a seat belt.

“Our law enforcement partners are out there strictly enforcing our laws, particularly when it comes to impaired driving and seat belts,” said MVA Administrator and the Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety, Milt Chaffee. “We are committed to our goal of moving Toward Zero Deaths on Maryland’s roads and a driver making the right choices means that we can stop needless and preventable tragedies from occurring.”

More than 400 people were arrested for DUI in Ocean City in 2013 and there were hundreds of seat belt citations issued. Penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are severe, including thousands of dollars in fines and fees, not to mention the increased risk of crashes associated with impaired driving. Drivers face fines of $83 for failing to wear a seat belt, a law that is enforceable in both the front and back seats.


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