Snow Hill crash

Kim Poole of Ocean Pines was in critical condition Thursday following a car crash near Snow Hill Wednesday afternoon, when Brittani Lee Selert, 24, of New Church, Virginia drove through a stoplight at the intersection of Route 113 and Route 12.

Poole was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore and five others were injured in the crash.

The Maryland State Police said Selert was driving south on Route 113 at 2 p.m. as Poole was preparing to enter the highway in her Ford Focus from Route 12.

Police said Selert failed to stop at the signal and drove into Poole’s vehicle.

A passenger in Poole’s car, Gloria Lambert, was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for her injuries, while Selert, passenger Nicole Annetta Parks, a 9-month-old infant and a 9-year-old child were taken to Atlantic General Hospital for their injuries, according to the police report.

Charges were pending as of Thursday morning.

Naked surfing

Two local men were arrested after officers and beachgoers saw them attempting to surf in the ocean naked around 7 a.m. on Aug. 3.

When officers arrived on the beach on 35th Street, a witness said he saw two men walk out into the ocean in “all their glory.” The men were Thomas Mathers, 25, of Berlin and Harris Poletis, 22, Ocean City.

Police said both Mathers and Poletis were completely nude in the water and as a crowd of about 20 people watched them, according to police reports.

Mathers and Poletis came to shore after Ocean City Police flagged them in. Both men said it was a spur of the moment idea and that they had been drinking the night before.

Both men are charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.


David Moorefield, 29, of Lafayette, Louisiana was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct after police saw him punch a man in the face on Aug. 3.

Officers on patrol around 11:56 p.m. near 49th Street saw Moorefield knock a cell phone out of a man’s hand and hit him in the face, according to police reports. The man then took Moorefield to the ground and started to fight. Police separated the two, and arrested Moorefield.

Punching signs

Roy Havranek, 33, of Greenwich, Connecticut was arrested in the early hours of Aug. 5 after allegedly punching and kicking multiple street signs and garbage cans.

Ocean City police officers were on patrol near 52nd Street when they reportedly saw Havranek punch a telephone pole three times. He walked south on the sidewalk and then punched multiple signs near a bus stop and a trash can, according to the report.

Havranek then approached a crowd, when he “puffed out his chest and clenched his fist as if he was preparing for a fight,” according to police reports. He was charged with disorderly conduct.


Ocean City Police arrested a Seaford, Delaware man after he screamed and harassed people at a Boardwalk hotel near Second Street on Aug. 5.

Around 11 p.m., police were dispatched for a woman who was injured. While she was treated, Gary J. Wasbers, 45, started screaming that a girl was dying at the hotel, according to reports. The woman was extremely intoxicated and later went to her room.

Other witnesses said Wasbers was forced out of the hotel when he started yelling at employees and asking random women to go back to his van.

Wasbers was arrested and was charged with disorderly conduct.

Weapons charges

Three teenagers were arrested after Ocean City Police found a replica gun and throwing knives in their vehicle on Aug. 6.

Police were dispatched to Ninth Street for a report of people sleeping in a Mitsubishi around 7:18 a.m. When police interviewed the driver, Christian R. Pires, 18, of Woodbridge, Virginia, they reportedly smelled marijuana.

Pires and passengers, Daniel Andrade, 18, and Henry Fuentes Guzman, 22, both of Woodbridge Virginia, were asked to leave the car while police searched it. Police reportedly found a BB gun resembling a berretta handgun under the front passenger seat and three throwing knives in the glove box.

Guzman and Andrade were charged with transporting a replica gun. Pires was charged with concealing a weapon.

Stepping into traffic

Trevor E. Reardon, 22, of Denton, Maryland was arrested after he allegedly stepped into the path of an Ocean City patrol vehicle on Aug. 8.

Police said the patrol car was heading north on Baltimore Avenue near North Division Street when Reardon stepped into their lane. The driver braked quickly and did not hit Reardon.

Reardon had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, according to police reports. He was charged with obstructing free passage, disorderly conduct and intoxicated endangerment.


Michael J.E. Ratcliffe, 23, of Greenwood, Delaware faces several traffic charges after Ocean City police caught him doing burnouts on Philadelphia Avenue on Aug. 6.

Around 5:19 a.m., police saw a Ford F-150 pickup truck spinning its tires and racing a car.

Police stopped the truck near 16th Street, ran a license and warrant check for Ratcliffe, and found that he was driving on a suspended license. In addition, a warrant had been issued for him for missing a court date.


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