Ocean City Today

Police/Courts Nov. 3, 2017

Nov 02, 2017

Hit and run

Berlin Police were dispatched to Route 50 and North Main Street Friday night at about 8 p.m. to investigate a motor vehicle collision that left one vehicle overturned in a pond with three people trapped inside.

Berlin Fire Company crews rescued the three occupants and took them to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury with non-life-threatening injuries, the report stated. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the incident.

Police said the other vehicle involved in the crash fled the scene, but the driver, Christopher David Smith, 29, of Ocean Pines, later turned himself in.

He was charged with several counts of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield, according to police.

Phone theft

An arrest warrant was issued for a Lancaster, Pennsylvania man last Thursday after Ocean City police investigated an iPhone theft.

On June 12, a man reported to police that his phone had been stolen from his bag on the beach. A witness later told police that Brian A. Vazquez, 24, went through the bag.

Vazquez denied his involvement in the crime.

Theft suspect

Ocean City Police assisted Fenwick Island law enforcement with the capture of a burglary suspect in the resort on last Thursday.

Around 9:30 a.m., police found William Kuta, 47, behind a bank at 144th Street. Kuta was suspected of several thefts from cars in the Fenwick Island area.

Kuta fled from Ocean City officers, but Fenwick Island officers caught him after a brief foot chase. After searching Kuta, police found nine diazepam pills, two oxycodone pills, 10 hydrocodone tablets, eight amphetamine pills, a glass pipe with cocaine residue, a knife, and a silver watch.

Police said the watch was stolen from a car. It was later returned to its owner.

In addition to theft, Kuta is charged with four counts of drug possession, trespassing and possession of a spring-assisted knife.


Travis A. Atwell, 28, of Dunkirk, Maryland was arrested for possession of cocaine after police found him lying on a sidewalk in the early last Saturday.

Police saw Atwell lying across the sidewalk near Georgia Avenue. He reportedly was asleep, and when he woke up, he spoke with slurred speech, police said.

Atwell was searched, and police allegedly found a small vial of cocaine. In another pocket, was a rolled-up $5 bill.

Atwell was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.


Ocean City Police arrested a local woman after she allegedly caused a minor car crash near 81st Street last Saturday.

Around 8:48 p.m., police responded to a two-car crash. A driver told police a white Cadillac, driven by Monica Fager, 59, struck the car as it drove through the intersection.

The Cadillac had superficial damage to the bumper and the front grill. Fager, who told police she only had two drinks, was visibly intoxicated, police said.

After Fager failed a field sobriety test, she was arrested for drunk driving. She blew a .14 on a breathalyzer.

Drunk jaywalking

Edward V. Ulrich II, 36, of Berlin was arrested after he ran across Coastal Highway while intoxicated in the late last Saturday night.

Employees of a liquor store on 50th street told police that Ulrich became angry when he was refused service. Ulrich reportedly threw a chair in the parking lot.

Police later found Ulrich, who was dressed in a devil costume, walking on the sidewalk of 44th Street. He reportedly ignored all questions from the police and then ran across Coastal Highway. Several cars had to slow down to avoid striking him.

Ulrich was detained on Trimper Avenue.

He was charged with intoxicated endangerment and hindering free passage.

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