OCEAN CITY – A Cambridge man who abandoned his vehicle in the middle of Coastal Highway early last Saturday morning before running into the marsh near the Route 90 Bridge later told police he was a Nazi and a member of a motorcycle gang and threatened to kill them if he was released.
The bizarre story unfolded shortly after 3 a.m. last Saturday when an Ocean City police officer on traffic patrol spotted a shirtless man running from a vehicle left abandoned in the middle of the turn lane on Coastal Highway at 62nd Street. The vehicle was sitting stationary in the turn lane on a green turn signal with other cars backed up behind it. Three witnesses on the sidewalk pointed the officer in the direction of the suspect, later identified as Nelson M. Hoover, 47, of East New Market, Md.
The officer turned around and observed Hoover now on Route 90 climbing over the concrete divider between the east and westbound lanes. By now, Hoover had entered the marsh on the south side of the bridge. Police learned the vehicle may have been involved in a hit-and-run accident earlier and a perimeter was set up around the marsh area where Hoover was hiding.
Hoover refused to exit the marsh area and several officers were forced to go in and attempt to remove him. The officers were eventually able to remove Hoover from the marsh with the help of a K-9 unit. The initial officer made contact with Hoover, who appeared and smelled as if he was intoxicated. He admitted he had been drinking and that he couldn’t safely drive back to Cambridge and he was taken into custody.
The investigation revealed Hoover had a suspended and revoked driver’s license from Delaware. At that point, Hoover began to get violent, according to police reports, and told one of the officers he would punch him in the throat if he took the handcuffs off him. Hoover told the officers he was a member of an outlaw biker gang and asked them, “you ever put a bullet in a man? I have.”
Hoover then told police he was a Nazi and he has the power. He also said if they took the handcuffs off of him, he would show them who had the power, according to police reports. Hoover was then transported to the Public Safety Building for processing and the threats against the officers continued.
According to police reports, Hoover told the booking officer he was going to remember his face and when he got out of jail, he was going to cut the officer’s throat. Hoover then told all of the officers in the area he was going to cut their throats when he got out, and stared at their faces and the nametags to remember them. Finally, Hoover had to be forcibly put into a cell.
Later, OCPD officers learned the vehicle Hoover had abandoned in the middle of Coastal Highway had been reported stolen from Cambridge and police there requested OCPD charge him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in addition to the charges resort police had compiled against him.
Pot Dealers Busted
OCEAN CITY – Two men were arrested last week and charged with multiple offenses after police observed them involved in a drug deal that began on the Boardwalk and consummated under a parking garage at a downtown condominium.
Ironically around 4:20 p.m. last Tuesday, an OCPD officer on foot patrol in the downtown area observed two men, later identified as Caleb R. Dixon, 22, of Crownsville, Md., and Jason Paul Mallory, 21, of Odenton, Md., approach two men sitting on a bench near Surf Ave. After a brief conversation, one of the men on the bench followed Mallory to the center of the Boardwalk where Mallory displayed something in his hand and quickly put it back in his pocket.
The group then left the Boardwalk and went under a parking garage in the area of Surf Ave. When they emerged, one of the men was observed counting money. OCPD officers responded to the scene of the apparent drug deal and Mallory and Dixon began to walk away quickly.
Dixon was detained and a search of his person revealed a small Baggie of marijuana. Mallory, meanwhile, was sitting on the curb while police talked to Dixon and he suddenly stood up and made a dash for it. The officers chased Mallory and eventually caught him, tackling him to the ground, but Mallory refused to go quietly and fought with the officers. At one point, he made a motion to grab for one of the officers’ belt in the area of his weapon.
Fearing Mallory may be armed, or was attempting to grab a weapon from the officer, officers physically wrestled him to the ground and were eventually able to subdue him after a violent struggle. Mallory at one point reached inside his shorts and a large Baggie with 23 individually wrapped Baggies of marijuana fell out.
Mallory was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, resisting arrest, second-degree assault on an officer and making a false statement to an officer. Dixon was charged with possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute.
Deadly Weapon Arrest
OCEAN CITY – One local man was arrested on deadly weapon and assault charges last week and his friend was also taken into custody for interfering with an investigation and disturbing the peace after an incident in an uptown resort neighborhood.
Last Wednesday, resort police responded to a residence on Newport Bay Drive for a reported weapons violation. Officers met with a female victim who told them she was walking on the street when she was approached by a group of people who would not leave her alone. The victim told police she asked a male friend to walk with her so she did not have to walk by herself. The male friend was walking with the female victim when the larger group accosted the pair.
An altercation then broke out between the male victim and a member of the group, later identified as John Jay Darling, 23, of Ocean City. The female victim told police Darling was carrying a knife at the time and swung it at the male victim in an overhand motion, narrowly missing his face. The victim said Darling dropped the knife when the police arrived and ran away on foot.
However, the male victim told police Darling was carrying a knife, but swung at him with his fist and not the hand holding the knife. The male victim did tell police Darling dropped the knife and fled on foot when they arrived.
Police recovered a steak knife in the street not far from where the altercation occurred. Darling was found and arrested a short time later, charged with second-degree assault, carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure and reckless endangerment. However, the incident on Newport Bay Drive was not yet over. While police were detaining Darling, another man, later identified as Joseph Michael Bealefield, 24, of Ocean City, who was an acquaintance of the arrested suspect, approached the area and allegedly harassed the officers while they were finishing up with Darling.
After repeated warnings to stay away from the area, Bealefield refused to comply and became loud, disorderly and aggressive toward the officers. Bealefield, at one point, was restrained by another man, presumably his brother, but pushed his way past him and continued to deliver his profanity-laced tirade toward police.
Bealefield did return to his nearby residence at one point, but returned a short time later and tried to push his way past the officers who were detaining Darling. He was warned he was flirting with getting himself arrested for hindering an investigation to which he said, “Fine, lock me up. I’m going too.” The police finally complied with Bealefield’s wishes, arresting him and charging him with obstructing and hindering and failure to obey a lawful order.
BERLIN – Worcester County Bureau of Investigations (WCBI) detectives this week are searching for a pair of suspects wanted in connection with a felony theft at the Wal-Mart in Berlin.
WCBI detectives responded to the Berlin Wal-Mart last week in reference to a theft that occurred. The investigation revealed two suspects had stolen over $5,000 in cash from the cash registers. It was later learned the suspects had a master key to the registers.
The suspects were captured by surveillance cameras. The first suspect is described as black male between 40 and 60 years old wearing glasses, a blue Nike baseball hat, a blue vest, a gray button-up shirt and black jeans with a thin mustache. The second suspect is described as a black male, around 35-40 years old, wearing a dark baseball hat and a 76ers jersey with “Sixers” on the back. Anyone with information about the suspects or the incident is encouraged to contact WCBI at 410-352-3476.
OCPD Tracks Bicycle Thefts
OCEAN CITY – From May 15 through July 28, a total of 78 bicycles have been reported stolen throughout the resort area with most of the thefts concentrated in the south end of town.
Resort police this week said they continue to investigate the summer-long rash of bicycle thefts in Ocean City although their efforts are often hampered. Most of the thefts occurred in the south end of the town where many of the summer workers that rely on bicycles for their primary source of transportation live. Five have been reported stolen in Caine Woods, seven more in the area of 94th Street and nine in the area of 120th Street.
In almost all cases, the stolen bikes were not properly secured. Many were stolen from yards, porches, automobile racks or unlocked in bike racks. The OCPD is asking citizens to take the time to carefully secure their bikes and recommend a good lock as a deterrent. In addition, Ocean City residents are able to register their bikes with the police department at no cost and a sticker will be placed on the bikes.
OCPD officials said this week investigations are often hampered by owners who do not know the serial numbers for their bikes. This lessens the chance a recovered bike would be returned to its owner. Anyone with information on the rash of bike thefts in the resort is encouraged to call the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division at 410-723-6604.
Credit Card Thief Sought
OCEAN CITY – Resort police this week are looking for a Salisbury man wanted in connection with a series of thefts of credit cards and other property from beachgoers two weeks ago.
Back on July 16-17, Ocean City police began getting reports of backpacks being stolen from the beach. The backpacks contained various personal items as well as the victims’ wallets. Not long after the thefts were reported, the victims’ stolen credit cards started to be used in the West Ocean City area.
Not long into the investigation, OCPD detectives were able to determine the stolen cards were being used by the same suspects. One of the suspects was identified as Auburn Gerald Broadie, 30, of Salisbury. Broadie is described as a black male about 5’11” and 150 pounds with long hair worn in dreadlocks. His last known address was on Truitt Street in Salisbury.
OCPD Pfc. Joseph Lotito made an application for a statement of charges and obtained an arrest warrant for Broadie including at least 16 counts of credit card misuse, felony theft, misdemeanor theft and theft scheme. Anyone with information about Broadie’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the OCPD at 410-723-6610. Confidentiality is assured.
Meanwhile, the OCPD is taking the opportunity to remind citizens to minimize the amount of valuable items taken on public beaches, and not to leave any valuable items unattended on the beach.
More Credit Card Theft
OCEAN CITY – A Selbyville, Del. woman was arrested last week on charges of theft, credit card misuse and fraud after using a stolen credit card in several locations throughout Ocean City.
On July 13, the OCPD began investigating the theft of a credit card, which was stolen in Delaware and used repeatedly throughout Ocean City and West Ocean City. OCPD investigators were able to identify the white female suspect through surveillance tapes. She was identified as Kimberly Ann Rinker, 47, of Selbyville.
Rinker allegedly used the stolen credit card approximately 10 times charging over $500 at various locations throughout Ocean City. After developing Rinker as the suspect, OCPD detectives obtained a warrant for her arrest, charging her with 19 separate counts of theft, continuing theft scheme, fraud and credit card misuse.
Rinker surrendered herself to the OCPD last Monday and was taken before a district court commissioner. She was released from custody after posting a $7,500 bond.
Counterfeit $20s Passed On Pier
OCEAN CITY – Ocean City Police this week are looking for a suspect who passed several counterfeit $20 bills at Jolly Roger’s on the Pier last week.
Last Thursday, the OCPD was contacted by employees of Jolly Roger’s on the Pier in reference to the recovery of counterfeit money. Pier amusement staff believed they had received several counterfeit $20 bills, and when the officers reviewed the alleged phony money, they recovered five counterfeit $20 bills.
The police are looking for a suspect matching the description provided by the victims. The suspect is described as a black male, age 18-22, wearing a plain white T-shirt and a chain around his neck with a large medallion. Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is urged to call the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division at 410-723-6604.
Once again, the OCPD is using the opportunity to remind area businesses to take a few extra minutes to carefully examine the money they receive, especially bills in large denominations and to not rely solely on counterfeit identification pens.
Suspects Caught On Tape
WEST OCEAN CITY – Authorities this week are searching for suspects wanted in connection with a rash of vending machine break-ins in the West Ocean City area last week after viewing the thefts on surveillance tapes from the various businesses victimized.
Last Saturday, Maryland State Police responded to the Super Fresh in West Ocean City for a reported break-in from a vending machine. Troopers discovered the suspects had broken into a Pepsi machine outside the building using an unknown object and removed the currency. In addition, two more Pepsi machines and a Coca-Cola machine were broken into at Wal-Mart using the same method.
Police recovered video surveillance at both locations showing two male suspects using an unknown object to break into the machines between 5-5:30 a.m. In addition, video surveillance tapes were recovered showing the same suspects breaking into a Pepsi machine at the Harley-Davidson store on Route 50.
In each case, the suspects were shown on tape operating out of a light-colored four-door sedan, possibly a Hyundai. Anyone with information about the suspects’ identities or their whereabouts is urged to call the MSP Berlin barrack at 410-641-3101.
Victim Thwarts Vehicle Break-in
BERLIN – A potential theft from a vehicle was averted last week when a Berlin woman observed a suspect going through her car and yelled at him to stop, causing the suspect to flee on a bicycle.
Around 5:45 a.m. last Friday, a resident on Griffin Rd. in Berlin went out on her porch and observed the front door of her car standing open. She also saw a suspect, described as a tall, thin black man going through her car. The victim yelled at the suspect and he fled the scene on a bicycle. According to the victim, the suspect was wearing a white shirt and black shorts at the time of the incident.
Maryland State Police are urging residents in the area to ensure they secure their vehicles. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the MSP Berlin barrack at 410-641-3101.
Golf Course Vandalized
OCEAN PINES – Police this week are looking for the suspect or suspects who broke into the River Run Golf Club clubhouse last week.
Shortly after 7 a.m. last Wednesday, Maryland State Police troopers responded to the River Run Golf Club near Ocean Pines for a reported malicious destruction of property complaint. The investigation revealed a suspect or suspects broke open a door and window of the clubhouse; however, the inside of the clubhouse was not disturbed. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the MSP Berlin barrack at 410-641-3101.
Boyfriend, Officer Assaulted
OCEAN CITY – A local woman was found guilty of second-degree assault this week in District Court, after knocking her boyfriend unconscious during a domestic dispute earlier this summer.
According to police reports, on June 24, police officers arrived to a residence on 41st Street for a reported assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, officers met Cheryl Courtney Magee, 34, at the door, observing blood on her sweatshirt and along the fingers of her right hand. Magee assured the officers that everything was okay, but officers could hear a male inside the residence yelling that he was not all right.
Upon entering the residence, officers observed the victim, later identified as Magee’s boyfriend, covered in blood with a large wound on the backside of his head. He claimed Magee had hit him from behind with something but that he hadn’t seen her do it. Another individual in the room verified the victims’ statements, explaining to the officers that the pair had been arguing before Magee hit the victim in the head.
Magee was placed under arrest, at which point she became uncooperative with officers, kicking one of the police officers in the leg. Magee was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one for the assault on her boyfriend and another for kicking the police officer.
Magee pleaded guilty to kicking the police officer this week in District Court. Her attorney explained that while Magee admitted to kicking the officer, a variety of circumstances led to the incident with her boyfriend.
Magee was found guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail with all but 34 days suspended with credit for 34 days of time served. Magee was also sentenced to three years of probation.
Lover’s Quarrel Yields Guilty Sentence
OCEAN CITY – Nicole Patricia Henderson, 18, of Allison Park, Pa., pleaded guilty to second-degree assault this week in District Court, following an incident with her boyfriend in late June.
According to police reports, Officer Clifford Goggins was on bicycle patrol in the area of Talbot Street and the Boardwalk when he observed two individuals, a male and a female, yelling at one another. As the officer approached, he witnessed her stand up and strike the male, prompting the officer to intervene.
Henderson told the officer that she and her boyfriend were adults having an argument, adding that it was none of the police officer’s business. The officer disagreed, however, and placed Henderson under arrest. The victim, Henderson’s boyfriend, addressed the court this week, explaining that the incident was minor, adding that he did not feel as if he had been assaulted.
Henderson was found guilty and sentenced to probation before judgment with one year of unsupervised probation and $157.50 in fines.
Charges Upheld In Disorderly Conduct Case
OCEAN CITY – David Andrew Reynolds, 24, of Mount Airy, Md., appeared in District Court this week, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct.
On June 24, Officer James Dietrich was on uniform foot patrol along the Boardwalk when he observed Reynolds trying on sunglasses at a retail store. He watched Reynolds put on a pair of sunglasses and leave the store without paying, walking into a bar next door. Reynolds reappeared in few minutes later, with the tags missing from the sunglasses.
Dietrich approached Reynolds, who reportedly became belligerent with the officer after being informed he was under arrest. Reynolds began yelling a slew of obscenities at the officer, attracting the attention of several people along the boardwalk.
Reynolds pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct this week in District Court, explaining that he had forgotten the sunglasses were on the top of his head when he left the store, maintaining he had no intention of stealing them. Reynolds was found guilty and was fined $457.50.
Windshield Wiper Bandit Found Guilty
OCEAN CITY – A Scranton, Pa. man appeared in District Court this week for malicious destruction of property charges, after being arrested earlier this summer for ripping the windshield wipers off of several parked vehicles.
According to police reports, on June 24, officers on vehicle patrol were stopped and advised that several windshield wipers had been ripped off of vehicles parked in the area of the Sahara Hotel. Witnesses described two male suspects, whose descriptions were then dispatched across the radio. Soon after, a police officer observed one of the suspects standing outside of a room at a nearby motel.
The suspect informed the officer that he and a friend, Charles Owen Williams III, 25, had just returned from a walk. The suspect explained that he did nothing wrong, but could not be sure of Williams’ actions as he often gets destructive when he’s drunk. Williams was later placed under arrest for malicious destruction of property.
Williams pleaded guilty to the charges this week in District Court and was found guilty. Sentencing was deferred to a later date, however, in an effort to gain a final figure on the amount of restitution.