Ocean City Today

Police/Courts March 31, 2017

By Staff Report | Mar 30, 2017

Chase, entrapment, drugs

Brant Scheuerman, 24, of Bishopville, is expected to face charges related to a large quantity of heroin discovered in his vehicle after he attempted to elude a deputy.

According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy attempted to pull over Scheuerman for following too closely on St. Martin’s Neck Road at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Scheuerman allegedly proceeded to drive away at a high rate of speed instead, until he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of his vehicle.

The car struck a pole and came to rest in a ditch, police reported.

Scheuerman became trapped as a result of the crash and was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Police reported a subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered a large quantity of suspected heroin.

Charges will be filed after his release from the hospital, police said.


Drug arrests

Ocean City Police arrested and charged three resort residents with possession of heroin on March 24.

Officers stopped a Nissan Pathfinder near 135th Street after its driver, Jacob Townsend, 22, allegedly bought drugs in Delaware around 3:20 p.m.

Searching the vehicle led to the discovery of a hunting knife, which led to a search of Townsend’s person, which led to the discovery of a syringe suspected to contain heroin.

Police also stopped a sedan on Racetrack Road after its occupant had allegedly bought drugs around 6 p.m.

Shannon Griffith, 33, allegedly told officers that she and the driver, Christopher Griffith, 32, had purchased five bags of heroin. Shannon Griffith had snorted two bags while they drove back to Maryland, according to the report.

The Griffiths were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Townsend is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a deadly weapon.


Stealing from church

Michael Vance Radcliffe, 63, of Ocean City, told police that he stole several items from a donation drop off room at Atlantic United Methodist Church on March 26.

Church leaders called police after noticing several items had been rummaged through. Radcliffe was seen on the church’s surveillance tape going into the donation room and taking several items the night before, according to the report.

When officers went to speak to Radcliffe, he returned a stolen comforter which was not seen on the surveillance tape. He told police that he stole it two weeks earlier “because he was cold.”

Radcliffe said that he broke into the church twice and gave some items to an acquaintance. He was charged with theft less than $100.


Improper touching

Police charged Brian Patrick Johnson, 25, of Ocean City with second degree assault and fourth degree sexual assault for inappropriately touching a minor.

On March 26, police were called to a hotel on 33rd Street after a youth group leader reported one of his members had been touched by hotel personnel.

The minor told officers that she and a friend went to the hotel lobby after midnight to get a replacement room key.

However, the room door was latched from the inside by a third person, so the pair decided to sleep on couches in the lobby.

Johnson, working the front desk, offered to let them sleep in the penthouse. They agreed.

Later, Johnson allegedly returned to the penthouse, walked the victim to a different bedroom and assaulted her.

Johnson is out on a $5,000 bond.


Speed, handguns

An apparent drag race led Ocean City officers to arrest a Delaware man for transport of a handgun on March 24.

Officers on patrol in the 100 block of 99th Street saw a Honda Civic and a White Ford F250 quickly accelerate as the traffic light changed around 9:20 p.m. After stopping the Civic, police report the driver, Max Bohenko, 29, had a gun holster on his belt, the report said.

Bohenko told officers that the handgun was under the passenger seat. The 9 mm pistol was loaded with a magazine, but it did not have a round in the chamber.

In addition to a handgun charge, Bohenko was cited with various traffic violations. Police provided no information on the second driver.


Car break-ins

Worcester County Sheriffs are currently investigating several vehicle break-ins that occurred over 48 hours on Monday and Tuesday in West Ocean City and Berlin.

Electronics and coins were removed from several unlocked cars during the overnight hours.

Deputies advise parking in well-lit areas and locking vehicle doors.

Residents are asked to report anything or anyone out of the ordinary to local police departments.


Driving while high

Nathan B. Getman, 33, of Lewes, Delaware was charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine after he was stopped by police around 1:45 a.m. on March 25.

When officers pulled Getman over for an unlit registration tag, officers reported smelling marijuana. They conducted a search of the vehicle and found a marijuana cigarette in the passenger console. According to the report, there was a clear plastic baggie next to the cigarette. The residue tested positive for cocaine.

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