Thursday, October 23, 2014

COUPLE RETIRES FROM OCPD AUXILIARY UNIT AFTER VOLUNTEERING OVER 5,000 HOURS

Lt. Scott Harner, AO Wanda Olson, AO Donald Olson and
Chief Ross Buzzuro at a recent Auxiliary Unit Recognition Luncheon.
(October 22, 2014) – Earlier this week, a very dedicated husband and wife duo resigned from the Ocean City Police Department Auxiliary Unit. Auxiliary Officers Donald and Wanda Olson served as Auxiliary Unit volunteers for 11 years and donated a combined total of over 5,000 hours to the Ocean City Police Department and the citizens of Ocean City. Many citizens may remember seeing the couple conducting traffic details or assisting at many special events throughout the year.

The Olson’s will be greatly missed by every member of the Ocean City Police Department as they continue their retirement closer to family in western Maryland.

The Auxiliary Unit is a group of civilian volunteers that are trained to support the department and serve the citizens of Ocean City. Members of this unit volunteer their time to assist sworn personnel with traffic details, special event security, administrative assistance, and much more. Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary Unit is asked to contact Lt. Scott Harner at 410-520-5318.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OCPD REMINDING CITIZENS TO BE SAFE WHILE CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN

(October 21, 2014) –As all of the young trick-or-treaters dressed as witches and warlocks and party-going ghosts and goblins hit the streets of Ocean City, the Ocean City Police Department reminds everyone to be safe this Halloween.

Parents are encouraged to remind their trick-or-treaters of the following safety tips before going out in search of Halloween candy:
  • Never trick-or-treat alone. Always stay with a parent or guardian. If the child is trusted to trick-or-treat alone, remind the child to stay with friends and only go to areas that are familiar and are well lit.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and always carry a flashlight. This will make the child more visible to drivers. Also, choose face paint and makeup instead of masks. This prevents the child’s vision from being obstructed.
  • Only eat factory-wrapped treats and avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only when with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit homes and avoid dark houses. Also, never accept any rides from strangers while trick-or-treating.
  • Always remember to stay on the sidewalk and only cross the street at the crosswalk when the signal gives the okay. Walk Smart!
For those older ghosts and goblins that will be celebrating Halloween, keep the party off the road. Remember these safety tips while celebrating:
  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
  • If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement.
  • And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
By following these simple safety tips, everyone celebrating Halloween in Ocean City will be sure to have a spooky good time!
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Friday, September 26, 2014

OCPD ARREST TWO SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN MULTIPLE BURGLARIES

(September 25, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division recently concluded a theft investigation of building materials and scrap metal with the arrest of Melvin James Collins Jr., 25, of Pittsville, MD and Kenneth James Armitage, 23, of Ocean City, MD.  The thefts, totaling approximately $3,000, occurred between September 18, 2014 and September 23, 2014.

Ocean City detectives were able to identify the two suspects through electronic surveillance.  Detectives then conducted surveillance on the suspects and observed the two commit a separate theft outside of Ocean City and unload the stolen items from that theft at Armitage’s residence in Ocean City.  Detectives placed Collins and Armitage under arrest. A search and seizure warrant was later executed at Armitage’s residence where detectives located numerous stolen items.

Collins and Armitage have been charged by Ocean City police with three counts of theft and one count of theft scheme. Both suspects were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and were held on $7,500 bond.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

NARCOTICS DETECTIVES ARREST TWO MEN FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION

(September 18, 2014) – On September 12, 2014, at approximately 4 p.m., detectives of the Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit, assisted by the Special Enforcement Unit and Patrol Division, concluded a three week drug distribution investigation with the arrest of Blair D. Smith, 22. Smith has no fixed address.

During the investigation, a narcotics detective made several purchases of marijuana from Smith. A second subject, Michael L. Blake Jr., 23, of Pocomoke City, MD, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, possession and distribution of marijuana. Smith has been charged by Ocean City Police with two counts of possession of marijuana and two counts of distribution of marijuana.

Both were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner. Smith was released from custody after posting $10,000 bond. Blake was released on personal recognizance.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“SHARE THE ROAD” DURING OC BIKEFEST EVENT

(September 8, 2013) – Ocean City will see an increased number of motorcyclists this weekend as bikers make their way to Ocean City for the annual OC BikeFest Motorcycle Rally set to take place September 11-14. Sponsored events will take place at various locations throughout Ocean City. The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens of a few important safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend:

  • Be aware of motorcycle traffic. Often people cannot see motorcycles because of blind spots in their car. Be extra cautious of this when driving, especially when changing lanes.
  • Motorcyclists are reminded that Maryland law requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet while operating or riding on a public roadway. Motorcycles must also have a windscreen in place or the operator must wear an approved eye-protective device.
  • Driving any vehicle under the influence of alcohol poses a serious danger to the driver and others nearby and will not be tolerated by Ocean City officers.
  • When traveling by foot, always use crosswalks when crossing city streets. Drivers are strongly encouraged to be extremely vigilant while driving and be aware of all pedestrians, bicycles and scooters.
  • If you see any criminal activity including racing or dangerous driving, attempt to safely get a good description of the vehicle and person and contact police at 410-723-6600.

In hopes of a safe and successful OC BikeFest event, the Ocean City Police Department reminds all drivers and motorcyclists to share in the responsibility of keeping all drivers safe and do your part by safely sharing the road.

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