POLICE BRIEFS 10/25/2013

‘Boardwalk Elvis’ struck by car

Norman Webb, known as “Boardwalk Elvis,” was struck by a vehicle Sunday afternoon while riding his bicycle on Route 589 near Taylor Bank.

According to Maryland State Police, a driver struck Webb and his bicycle at about 2:55 p.m.  Webb was taken to Atlantic General Hospital and released.

Police described it as a “very minor collision.”

Well-wishers offered to purchase a new bicycle for Webb, who walked the Boardwalk for many years while dressed as Elvis and carrying a boombox playing Elvis tunes.


Prescription Take-Back Initiative Oct. 26

Worcester County citizens are invited to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Public Safety Building at 65th Street and Coastal Highway, and other locations in the county.

The OCPD has participated in the bi-annual program four times. The department’s last participation in “Operation Medicine Drop” yielded 12 pounds of medicine at the Ocean City location. In cooperation with officials from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Worcester County Health Department, Berlin Police Department and Maryland State Police, 115 pounds of unused and expired medications was collected in Worcester County.

In addition to drug take-back day, OCPD’s commitment to get unwanted, unused and expired prescription medication out of citizens’ cabinets and off the streets continues each day through the 24-hour drop box, donated by the Ocean City Elks Lodge. This drop box is located at the Public Safety Building.

Prescriptions may also be taken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to the Berlin Police Department, the Ocean Pines Fire Department’s South Station, Keyser  Point Road Firehouse in West Ocean City, Snow Hill Health Department and Pocomoke Health Department.

Citizens are urged to not flush their medication or throw them away. Disposing of medication properly prevents the medication from entering our waterways and landfills.

Saturday’s Drug Take-Back Initiative is sponsored by the Ocean City Police Department, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office,  the Berlin Police Department, Maryland State Police, the Worcester County Health Department and Assateague Coastal Trust.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative is a free and confidential program. For more information, contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at 410-520-5395.


Man throws              items over balcony

A 26-year-old New York City man was charged Oct. 20 with malicious destruction of property after throwing items from a balcony onto a car, causing damage.

According to Ocean City police, Andrew Scott Mannion threw beer caps and a seashell from the 23rd story balcony of a 107th Street condominium. The items struck a vehicle in the parking lot of another condominium. The vehicle sustained two large gashes on a door.

Mannion told police he did not know the owner of the vehicle.


Alleged police              impersonation

Michael Eugene Sponseller, 43 of Girdletree, was served Oct. 17 with a summons charging him with impersonating a police officer in late September after allegedly informing someone by e-mail that he was Worcester County Sheriff Reggie Mason.

Sponseller had placed an ad on Craig’s list in an attempt to sell dogs. He then engaged in an argument with a subject over the Internet about the legality of selling dogs on Craig’s list.

Sponseller allegedly identified himself as the sheriff and threatened to arrest the subject for harassing him about the ad on Craig’s list. Detectives obtained the e-mails Sponseller sent that showed him identifying himself as Mason.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office’s press release stated that Sheriff Mason does not utilize Craig’s list to sell animals or other items and has not engaged in e-mail exchanges with anyone over Craig’s list.


Mushrooms             found in vehicle

After stopping a vehicle Oct. 18 because the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and because its registration sticker was not clearly visible, an Ocean City police officer gave the driver a warning and told him he was free to leave.

The officer also asked the driver, Scott Michael Carroll, 26, of Phoenix, if any drugs or weapons were in the vehicle. Carroll said neither were in the vehicle and he gave permission to the officer to search.

During the search, the officer found a bag of psilocybin mushrooms, according to the charging document. Carroll reportedly said he had paid $30 for the mushrooms a month earlier.


Dangerous weapon found

A 29-year-old Berlin man was charged Oct. 15 with having a concealed dangerous weapon and having brass knuckles, a municipal offense in Ocean City.

An Ocean City police officer stopped Adam Edward Roe at 25th Street because his vehicle had no registration tags. Roe said the tags were stolen the night before.

A computer check revealed Roe’s driver’s license was revoked and he had two warrants for his arrest. The check also revealed the vehicle’s registration was cancelled July 31.

As Roe exited his vehicle, the officer saw a fixed blade knife in his belt. Roe said he had it for protection.

A search of Roe after his arrest reportedly revealed brass knuckles in his sweatshirt pocket.

Because Roe’s vehicle was parked in a private lot, the officer had it impounded, but searched it before it was towed. During that search, the officer found a Mason jar containing marijuana, a grinder, a smoking device and two bongs used to smoke marijuana.

The officer also found a second set of brass knuckles.


Alleged puppy

theft in Pines

The Ocean Pines Police Department charged a 29-year-old Pittsville man with theft of less than $1,000, theft of less than $100 and unauthorized removal of a puppy after an incident that happened in that community Oct. 7.

Police served Brian Eric Mumford with a summons Oct. 16.


Police discover         Clonazepam

An Ocean City police officer stopped a vehicle Oct. 18 at 49th Street because its registration plate validation sticker had expired.

A computer check revealed the registration had expired and that the driver’s license to drive was suspended in Penn- sylvania and Maryland.

Police charged the driver, Spencer Joseph Smolich, 35, of Centreville, with traffic violations.

During a search after the arrest, police found one yellow pill that turned out to be Clonazepam and then charged him with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

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