Ochse has history of arrests for assault, disorderly conduct, drugs, DUI and affray….wheeling and dealing with prosecutors netted him little jail time…until now…Christopher Kendall has been given repeated get-out-of-jail cards by States Attorney…
UPDATE (August 27, 2014) –Ocean City Police report that Criminal Investigation Division detectives have arrested two suspects in connection with the August 24th death of Justin D. Cancelliere of North Whitehall, PA. The two suspects have been identified as Caleb Edwin-Earl Ochse, 27, and Christopher Blake Kendall, 22. Both suspects are from Ocean City, MD.
On August 24, 2014, Ocean City officers responded to the area of 109 North Atlantic Avenue to assist Ocean City EMS, for a victim of an assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, officers located Cancelliere unconscious and unresponsive in the parking lot of an area hotel. After a thorough investigation, detectives determined the assault occurred during an altercation in the area of Talbot Street and Baltimore Avenue.
First responders from the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on Cancelliere and transported him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland has ruled the cause of Cancelliere’s death a homicide.
On August 26, 2014, Ocean City detectives with assistance from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Enforcement Team, arrested Ochse at his place of employment. Kendall turned himself in to police at the Ocean City Public Safety Building several hours later. Both have been charged with manslaughter, second degree assault, affray and reckless endangerment.
Ochse and Kendall are currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building awaiting an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.
The current charges were filed by Ocean City Police Officer Carl Perry and consist of manslaughter, affray, reckless endangerment and assault. Ochse has an address listed of Vista Bay Lane in Ocean City with his address until his preliminary hearing on Sept. 25th being the jail.
Ochse was found guilty of DUI on April 10, 2012 after being arrested on Nov. 5, 2011 at 3:11 am by a Maryland State Trooper as he operated a 1994 Chevy on U. S. Rt. 50 west bound near Inlet Lane in Ocean City. He was represented by attorney Michael Rotwein and was sentenced to one year in jail. Ten months and 15 days of the sentence was suspended. Ochse was fined $400 and assessed court costs of $30.
Driving while revoked:
On July 2, 2009, Ochse was charged with driving while his license is revoked and he entered a guilty plea in a deal with the prosecutor on Jan. 6, 2010 which resulted in no jail time and a fine of $507.50 which appears, according to court records, to have not yet been paid.
Assault and Theft:
On Sept. 20, 2007, Ochse was charged with assault and theft and on Jan. 7, 2008, States Attorney Joel Todd dropped both charges against him.
Drug charges: Ochse was charged by criminal information from the States Attorney of Worcester County filed on May 27, 2008. A plea deal was struck on Sept. 2, 2008 with the prosecutor and Ochse entered a guilty plea to possession of marijuana while six other criminal charges were dropped. The plea called for Ochse to be put on supervised probation for two years and pay a fine of $500. The attorneys on this plea deal were Diane Cuilhe and States Attorney Joel J. Todd of Snow Hill, Md. Todd, a Democrat, was States Attorney of Worcester County from 1995 to 2011. Todd won a narrow victory over Republican Beau Oglesby in 2006 by a scant 14 votes. Todd garnered 9,857 to 9,843 for Oglesby in the race which wasn’t decided until absentee votes including 38 from overseas were counted two weeks after the election.
In 2010, the two squared off again and the results were nearly identical with Republican Oglesby winning by a less than 100 votes.
Oglesby is campaigning for reelection this year and his statements on his Facebook page in reference to a recent manslaughter conviction of a defendant who killed a man during a bar fight are a good clue as to how he will prosecute this current case of the two men charged with the manslaughter of Cancelliere. While charges at this time are for manslaughter, more serious charges of first or second degree murder can be added by the States Attorney filing criminal information or taking the case to a Grand Jury.
Considering the record of Ochse, it’s a good bet that more charges will be added.
In addition to his DUI and drug charges, Ochse also faced charges of assault and disorderly conduct.
In a Circuit Court case against Ochse filed on Dec. 7, 2012 the Public Defender in Snow Hill worked a plea deal with States Attorney Oglesby, who showed that on that day he was giving away get out of jail free cards for violent offenders.
The deal on the charges went down this way: States Attorney Oglesby dropped the assault charge and Ochse entered a not guilty plea with an agreement and statement of facts on Feb. 14, 2013, a notable date due to being Valentine’s Day and it was a sweetheart of a deal for the defendant who had the taxpayers pay for his attorney and all he was penalized was ten days in jail, no probation and a $500 fine, which in all likelihood has never been paid.
Christopher Blake Kendall
Two DUI Arrests
- Kendall, with an address on Jasmine Drive in Wilmington, Del., was cited for failing to obey a traffic signal recently and on May 7, 2014 he was charged with DUI by Ocean City Police Officer Chris Snyder at 12:15 am as he cruised on Coastal Highway at 59th Street. He will be tried in Worcester County District Court on this charge on Sept. 17, 2014.
- On March 12, 2011 at 9:52 am, Kendall was arrested and charged by an Ocean City Police officer for DUI and on June 27, 2011 in Worcester County District Court in Ocean City he entered a guilty plea in a deal with States Attorney Beau Oglesby and given no jail time and fined $500 along with $30 in court costs.
Attorney Jeffrey G. Ray represented Kendall on that arrest as he does on the current DUI.
Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia:
- Two counts of possession of paraphernalia and pot were disposed of in Worcester County District Court on Feb. 9, 2011 with a guilty plea to one charge and the pot possession dropped by Worchester County States Attorney Beau Oglesby. A $300 fine and court costs of $22.50 were assessed as part of the deal arranged by his attorney, Jeffrey G. Ray.
- On Aug. 8, 2010, Kendall was charged with possession of paraphernalia and marijuana and in a plea deal approved by Worcester County States Attorney Beau Oglesby, on Feb. 9, 2012, he pleaded guilty and was fined $300 and court costs to the pot charge and the other charge was dropped.
- When charged on Christmas Eve 2010 with possession of drug paraphernalia, the charges against Kendall were dropped by States Attorney Oglesby on March 18, 2011.
Indecent Exposure and Disorderly Conduct:
On April 27, 2012 charges were lodged against Kendall for the above and both charges were dropped by Worcester County States Attorney Oglesby on Jan. 9, 2013.
Malicious Destruction of Property, Disturbing the Peace, Reckless Endangerment:
Charges brought by Maryland State Trooper S. Sears in the above matter on March 11, 2012 came to trial in Worcester County District Court on July 10, 2012. In another plea deal approved by Worcester County States Attorney Beau Oglesby, Kendall’s charges were all put on the stet docket, which means he has to stay crime-free for one year. Kendall was represented by Richard A. Parolski of Snow Hill, Md.
Man found beaten to death
(August 25, 2014) – According to Ocean City Maryland Police, on August 24, 2014, at approximately 3:12 a.m. Ocean City police were dispatched to area of 109 North Atlantic Avenue to assist Ocean City EMS, for a victim of an assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male that was unconscious and unresponsive in the parking lot of an area hotel.
First responders from the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim and transported him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified as Justin Daniel Cancelliere, 37, North Whitehall, PA.
An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by OCPD investigators. An autopsy is currently scheduled for August 25 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore.