Friday, November 28–Resort Police Led On Chases In Separate Incidents

OCEAN CITY – Resort police had a busy day last Saturday chasing down suspects fleeing on foot in two unrelated incidents within 24 hours of each other including one involving an unattended vehicle crashing and its driver later being bitten by a K-9 dog.

The crazy turn of events started around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday when OCPD officers attempted to stop a green Ford Taurus they had observed earlier in the evening with its occupants acting suspiciously. When police attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver eluded the officers and led them on a chase through the downtown area for several blocks down side streets and through parking lots. At different times during the chase, the vehicle drove over curbs and onto sidewalks.

Finally, police followed the vehicle into a parking lot on Somerset Street at which point the driver, later identified as B.J. Howard Jackson, 21, of Frankford, Del., jumped out of the moving car and fled on foot. The unattended vehicle continued forward, smashing into a tree in the parking lot. Additional OCPD officers, including a K-9 unit, responded to the area to help search for the missing driver.

During the search, OCPD K-9 dog Charlie located Jackson hiding behind a large shrub. While police attempted to take Jackson into custody, K-9 dog Charlie bit the suspect. Ocean City EMS responded to treat Jackson for his injuries, but the suspect refused medical treatment.

The subsequent investigation revealed Jackson was using the vehicle without the owner’s permission. A computer check also revealed Jackson was wanted by the Maryland State Police for a similar fleeing and eluding incident. Jackson was ultimately arrested and charged with 21 separate traffic offenses from reckless and negligent driving to driving the wrong way on a one-way street to failure to remain at the scene of an accident. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was ordered held on a $100,000 bond.

Several hours later, a similar incident involving a driver fleeing from police on foot unfolded. Around 7 p.m. last Saturday, OCPD officers stopped a green Dodge Neon for a traffic offense. The driver pulled into the Gold Coast Mall parking lot, but could not produce a driver’s license or any valid identification when questioned by police. While OCPD officers were attempting to verify the identity and status of the driver, the suspect fled from the vehicle on foot and ran south on Coastal Highway.

Police were unable to catch the driver at the time, but during the course of their investigation, officers were able to identify him as Leck McGlannan Lyons, 34, of Bethany Beach. OCPD officers also learned Lyons’ driver’s license was suspended and they were able to secure an arrest warrant for him for fleeing and eluding police as well as driving a vehicle on a suspended license.

Later in the evening, armed with an arrest warrant, resort police were able to learn Lyons’ whereabouts. Around 10:30 p.m., OCPD officers responded to a residence on Fisherman Lane, located the suspect and placed him under arrest on the charges described in the warrant. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and held on a $10,000 bond.

Friday, November 28–Parking Limits Planned To Help Downtown Stores

BERLIN – Until a new two-hour limit on parking in downtown Berlin becomes official Dec. 8., the town is asking residents to voluntarily observe the new restriction to encourage holiday shopping at downtown merchants. The two-hour limit will be imposed on Main Street and some side streets from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. to offer more convenient-to-shopping parking spaces and to promote … Continue reading

Friday, November 28–Council To Discuss Conv. Center Upgrades

OCEAN CITY – Though many strong cases have been made against expansions to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, reports this week hinted at proposed upgrades to the existing building rather than a “bricks and mortar” expansion. The Town of Ocean City, just a month into its “spending diet,” has been busy “trimming the fat” on many town expenditures. On … Continue reading

State Police Plans To Amp Up Patrols During Holidays

BERLIN – The Maryland State Police (MSP) this week announced a series of initiatives for the holiday season including stepped-up drunk driving enforcement and increased patrols in shopping areas to protect shoppers from would-be criminals. The MSP Berlin barrack Wednesday announced its officers would be out in full force looking for drunk drivers during the holiday season with sobriety checkpoints … Continue reading

Resort Reduces Trash Collections To Save Money

OCEAN CITY – This week’s City Council decision to “right size” the town’s trash pick up came with a stark promise to keep Ocean City from becoming “filthy.” Ocean City Public Works Director Hal Adkins proposed a cutback or “rightsizing” of trash pickup in Ocean City for both residential and commercial properties for the winter months running from December 2008 … Continue reading

OCPD To Get Tough Laptops

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Police Department got technologically tougher this week, with the approval to purchase up to eight new military grade “toughbook” laptop computers. Though the proposal from city IT Manager Nancy Bloxom and OCPD Captain Kevin Kirstein to purchase eight new “toughbooks” and the software for almost $45,000 came under some scrutiny from the council, the … Continue reading

OC Police Offering Residential Security Checks

OCEAN CITY – With winter setting in and many resort residents heading for warmer climates, the Ocean City Police Department is offering a residential security check program that will allow its offers to keep an eye on known vacant properties. With many residences and businesses vacant for extended periods of time during the winter, resort police typically see a rash … Continue reading

Masked Robber Remains At Large

BERLIN – A masked intruder who robbed a Berlin elderly man on Tuesday night remains at large this week. On Tuesday night, Berlin Police officers and investigators from the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) responded to a residence on Branch Street for a reported robbery. The investigation revealed the elderly victim was at his residence when an unknown male … Continue reading