WreckTangle Crew

Police apprehended several individuals for for allegedly trespassing at the new WreckTangle obstacle course on Third Street last Friday

(June 14, 2019) A tick after midnight last Friday, as police were detaining one suspect for allegedly trespassing at the new WreckTangle obstacle course on Third Street, they reportedly observed five other men negotiate over a bent section of fence for an unauthorized two-minute dash that ended in their arrest.

A plainclothes police officer working by the Ocean Bowl Skate Park on St. Louis Avenue reported noticing a man, later identified as Zachary Dale, 18, of Berlin, climbing on an obstacle inside the WreckTangle course.

While he called a uniformed officer, the detective said Dale climbed back over a partially knocked-down section of fencing, greeting several cohorts with enthusiasm, before being placed under arrest.

Police said just as they were detaining Dale in the 100 block of Third Street, a group of five males were seen surveying the fencing surrounding the WreckTangle before quickly locating a pliable section to gain entrance.

The group were later identified as Pittsburgh residents John O’Rourke, 18, Patrick Clark, 18, and Oscar Shaver, 18, along with Anthony DiFolco, 19, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania and an unnamed juvenile.

Police reported the group spent about two minutes inside the closed WreckTangle facility, with several members testing out the course while videotaping their antics.

The young men were stopped shortly thereafter walking north on Philadelphia Avenue and arrested for trespass, which includes a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Police said several no trespassing signs are prominently posted on the perimeter fencing, as well as signs listing the WreckTangle obstacle course hours of operation as 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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As the mother of four teenagers, I feel the need to be extremely judicious when deciding what to allow my children to do. "Senior Week,"a popular local tradition where recent high school graduates head to the beach to celebrate their new found freedom, has been a priveledge I have chosen to deny my children. My reasons for doing this have been less about a lack of trust of my kids, but more about a fear circumstances outside of their control. My husband and I pride ourselves on demanding accountability from our children and have taught them to face the consequences of their actions. What we had not prepared them for was the disproportionate response and blatent overreaction our son had to face on the one night he spent in Ocean City last week. At a moment of weakness we allowed our son to join his friends on the last night of their week-long celebration. We lectured him on expectations and warned him about potential problems that could come with being a part of a party atmosphere. What I hadn't expected was a phone call telling me that he had been detained overnight in jail for a two minute stint on an obstacle course after hours. Yes, he was told to get on his knees. Yes, he was handcuffed. Yes, he spent 12 hours in a jail for this offense. Was he disrespectful? Not according to the report. Was he publicly intoxicated? No again. I can respect the idea that he trepassed and needed to pay a fine for his transgression--a fine he certainly would have been made to pay from money made at his summer job. Unfortunately, the citation was not enough. Whatever lead these boys to be tempted to walk over a flattened fence to try out a state of the art obstacle course, was an urge that the police believed would make them a threat to the entire Ocean City community. So now we are left with an arrest record and a pile of letters that arrive daily from Ocean City lawyers anxious to defend my son at his upcoming court appearance--for a fee of course. Pardon my cynicism if this entire scenerio makes me question the integrity of a system fueled by overzealous punishments and, oh yes, the promise of hefty fines and legal fees.


Give me a break....they broke the law....we here in oc are getting tired of young people who come here and cause trouble....GO HOME. And don't blame the police for your kids actions. !!

Maybe if you don’t wanna have to deal with kids having fun, don’t live in a town whose existence has devolved into a cheap place for kids to go after they graduate high school. I’ll start there. But let’s say you are in fact a big enough of a loser to live in Ocean City, Maryland, which clearly you are. This was a kid who entered a playground, played on it, and left. Maybe if you were significant enough a human to have someone procreate with you then you could understand a parents frustration in this situation. You send your kid to a town after high school to have some fun before college, and something so ridiculous like this happens. Perhaps he was at some fault. But holding kids in prison over night is clearly not an appropriate response to this kind of criminal act. But besides all this, I’m still puzzled as to why you are complaining. You should be thrilled this happened. Without the revenue generated by these kind of arrests your s---hole of a town wouldn’t be able to support itself. So you’re welcome, scottatthebeach.

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Thanks for your input Scott. I support what you’re saying 100%. Perhaps you should attend a community meeting where you can express your concerns to the landlords in your community who profit from renting substandard housing to 18 year olds who are the only people willing to accept their demands for deposits they will never return and are willing to live in the filthy conditions they provide. At said meeting, you might also choose to explore the opportunity to profit yourself from some of the potentially lucrative careers available in your community. You could be a police officer or a lawyer or any number of professionals dedicated to the art of generating a profit from the most pathetic and immoral attempts at protecting the community you could feasibly imagine. If I were you Scott, I’d consider creating even more enticements for underage graduates in your community. I’m certain the funds they provide exceed even the legit sources of income in your seaside community.

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