Delaware State Police

Troopers Investigate CVS Robbery-Newark

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Newark, DE- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the robbery of a Newark area CVS store that occurred yesterday morning.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Friday, August 26, 2016, at approximately 8:45 a.m., as a male suspect entered the CVS, located at 366 East Chestnut Hill Road, Newark. The suspect approached the sales counter and confronted a male clerk and patron. He then demanded money from the cash registers. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to him. The suspect then exited the store and ran in a westbound direction. There were no injuries.

The suspect was described as a white male in his twenties approximately 5’07” to 5’10” tall, weighed approximately 150 lbs., with his face covered wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. There is no further physical or clothing description available.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the Robbery Unit at Troop 2, Glasgow, at 302-365-8566. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 082716 1311

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Troopers Arrest Millsboro Man after Drug Investigation

Roderick T. Brown 1
Roderick T. Brown (aka Roderick Mumford)

 

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Millsboro, DE – The Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit have arrested Roderick T. Brown, after the culmination of a four week long investigation into illegal drug sales from residences in Millsboro.

On Friday, August 26, 2016, the Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit, with the assistance of the Governor’s Task Force and the Millsboro Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence located in the unit block of Houston Circle, Millsboro. Roderick T. Brown was located and detained outside of the residence. A search of the residence was conducted resulting in the seizure of 48.28 grams of powder cocaine, 12.89 grams of crack cocaine, .46 grams of heroin, 18.73 grams of marijuana, and over $5,000.00 in suspected drug sale proceeds. The investigation led detectives to a second address in the unit block of El Coleman Drive, Millsboro. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of two handguns.

Through the course of the investigation detectives learned that Roderick Brown was keeping other bank accounts and assets from drug dealing. As a result of a search warrant, detectives seized an additional amount of over $109,000.00 in suspected drug sale proceeds.

Roderick T. Brown (a.k.a. Roderick Mumford), 44 of Millsboro, was transported to Troop 4 and was charged with Possession of Cocaine in a Tier 5 Quantity, Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Deliver in a Tier 4 Quantity, Possession of Crack Cocaine with the Intent to Deliver, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Heroin, Two Counts of Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited and Two Counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $172,000.00. (Mugshot attached)

Released: 082716 1041

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Portable Meth Lab Discovered in Felton

Lawrence Grimm

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Felton, DE – Troopers uncovered a one-pot meth lab while conducting a drug investigation south of Felton.

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred around 6:52 a.m. Friday August 26, 2016, as troopers were dispatched to the location in the 5,000 block of Little Mastens Corner Road to investigate a domestic related complaint. Upon arrival, troopers found Lawrence D. Grimm had initially barricaded himself in a bathroom. He was later taken into custody without incident. At that time, it was determined that he had discarded an active one-pot meth bottle in a trash can outside the residence prior to troopers arriving to the residence.

Upon taking Grimm into custody, the active one pot meth bottle began to smoke. The residence was subsequently evacuated and scene secured until the arrival of the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit, Governor’s Task Force, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and the Felton Community Fire Company who responded to assist with the investigation.  A search was conducted which revealed equipment and component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of Meth along with key ingredients in making the drug.

Lawrence D. Grimm, 37 of Felton, was transported to Troop 3 in Camden where he was charged with Operating a Clandestine Lab and Possession of Schedule IV pills. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $11,000.00 secured bond.

Released: 082616 1821

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Troopers Arrest Two after Drug Investigation

Garry Church
Garry Church

 

Allan Dewitt
Allan Dewitt

 

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Felton, DE – The Delaware State Police Kent Drug Unit have arrested two people after the culmination of a one month long investigation into illegal drug sales from two residences west of Felton.

On Friday, August 25, 2016, the Kent County Drug Unit, with the assistance of the Kent County Governor’s Task Force, executed a search warrant at a residence located in the unit block of Sandalwood Drive, Felton. Upon the detectives’ arrival at the Sandalwood address, Garry Church was located and taken into custody as he was leaving his residence in his vehicle. A search of the vehicle and residence resulted in the seizure of over 251 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a handgun.

The investigation led detectives to a second address in the unit block of Cabin Ridge Road, Felton where Allan Dewitt was located and taken into custody. A search of the residence was conducted resulting in the seizure of over 91 grams of marijuana, over $2000.00 in suspected drug sale proceeds and a handgun.

Garry Church, 19 of Felton, was transported to Troop 3 and charged with Three Counts of Drug Dealing, Possession of Tier 1 marijuana, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited and Possession of Drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on$21,100.00 unsecured bond. (Mug shot attached)

Allan Dewitt, 21 of Felton, was transported to Troop 3 and was charged with Drug Dealing, Possession of a Tier 1 marijuana, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited and Possession of Drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $7,100.00 unsecured bond. (Mug shot attached)

Released: 082616 1231

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Wilmington Woman – Update

Diane Nunnley

 Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

**Update** 

Wilmington, DE Diane Nunnley has been located. The Gold Alert has been cancelled. 

Released: 082616 0950

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**Original Release**

Wilmington, DE-The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Diane R. Nunnley.

Troopers were contacted today, Monday, August 22, 2016, by a relative of Diane Nunnley, 60, who advised that she has not heard from her since Sunday, August 14, 2016. The relative advised that Nunnley usually calls her several times a day.

There is a concern for Nunnley’s welfare as troopers have been unable to make contact with her and attempts to locater her have been unsuccessful.

Diane R. Nunnley is 5’05” tall, weighs 190 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. A clothing description for Nunnley is not available.

If anyone has any information in reference to the whereabouts of Diane Nunnley, they are asked to call Troop 1 at 302-761-6677. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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Released: 082214 1545

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash – Dover

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Dover- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred north of Dover Thursday evening.

The incident occurred around 6:36 p.m., Thursday August 25, 2016, as a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu operated by a 59 year old female of Dover was traveling east bound on Scarborough Road east of McKee Road, Dover. A 1999 Buick LeSabre operated by Alexander B. Wright, 22 of Virginia was traveling west bound on Scarborough Road approaching McKee Road.  An unknown Vehicle, possibly a white Kia passenger car was travelling east bound on Scarborough Road in front of the Chevrolet Malibu.  The Kia pulled over to the right shoulder and the Malibu was behind the Kia. The Kia then made a U-turn in front of the LeSabre and continued west bound. The Malibu swerved to the right onto the shoulder and lost control and started to rotate in a counter clockwise direction as it crossed over into the west bound lane into the path of the LeSabre.  As a result the front of the LeSabre struck the driver’s side door of the Malibu for impact in the west bound lane.  After impact, the Malibu rotated counter clockwise 180 degrees and came to rest in the center of the roadway, west of the collision. The LeSabre travelled north of the area of impact and came to rest on the west bound shoulder facing in a westerly direction.

The operator of the Malibu was properly restrained. She was transported by ambulance to the Kent General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her name is being withheld pending the notification of her next of kin.

Alexander B. Wright, 22 of Virginia, was properly restrained and sustained non-life threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Kent General Hospital where he was treated and released.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. Scarborough Road in the area of the collision was closed for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

If anyone has witnessed this incident or has any information they are asked to call Master Corporal J. Lane at 302-697-4454 ext. 8457. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 082616 0921

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Troopers Investigating Death after Fall in State Park – Update #2

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bear, DE – An autopsy conducted today by the Division of Forensic Sciences has ruled that the death of Tina Werner was caused by multiple blunt force trauma by way of an accident. 

This will be the final release in reference to this incident.

Released: 082516 2020

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**Original Releases**

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bear, DE – Delaware State Police continue to investigate the death of a 59 year old woman after she fell from a platform at the Lums Pond State Park.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:35 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, August 24, 2016, as Tina Werner, 59, of Felton, DE was on the Go Ape Aerial Rope Adventure Course in the Lums Pond State Park, located at 1068 Howell School Road, Bear. Werner was standing on a platform located approximately 35′ above the ground, waiting to descend on a zip line. It was at this point that she fell from the platform to the ground.

First aid and advanced life-saving efforts were then rendered to Tina Werner by Go Ape employees as well as Park Rangers. She was then treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics before being transported to the Christiana Hospital by ambulance where she was pronounced dead. Her body was then turned over to the Division of Forensic Sciences where an autopsy will be performed.

The investigation into this incident is still on-going at this time, however, foul play is not suspected.

For any questions regarding the Go Ape Aerial Rope Adventure Course please call 800-971-8271.

Released: 082516 1005

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**Original Release**

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bear, DE- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the death of a 59 year old woman after she fell from a zip line ride at a Bear area state park.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 1:40 p.m. this afternoon, Wednesday, August 24, 2016, as a 59 year old female guest fell approximately 40 feet from the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction at the Lums Pond State Park, located at 1068 Howell School Road, Bear. The female victim was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics before being transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The victim’s name is being withheld pending the notification of her next of kin. There were no other injuries.

The investigation into this incident is in its early stages. More information will be provided at the conclusion of the investigation.

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Released: 082416 1755

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State Police Detectives are Investigating the Death of a 2 Month Old Child

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Bridgeville- Detectives with Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit are currently investigating a death of a two month old male that occurred this morning at a residence east of Bridgeville.

On the morning of August 25, 2016 at approximately 7:39 a.m. troopers were dispatched to the 20,000 block of Camp Road, Bridgeville after a 9-1-1 call was received from the residence stating a two month old infant was unresponsive. Preliminary investigation suggests the mother attempted to wake the infant from sleeping, and upon doing so, observed the infant unresponsive and not breathing. The infant was treated by EMS at the scene and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The child was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science to determine the exact cause and manner of death.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into this incident.

Released: 082516 1551

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Investigation Leads to the Arrest of a Dover Man Following a String of Burglaries

Jason L. Faulkner

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Woodside, DE- The Delaware State Police arrested a suspect in connection with a series of burglaries to churches and several commercial businesses in the Woodside area.

The investigation into the incidents began around August 3, 2016 and continued through August 23, 2016 as troopers received 13 reports of churches and commercial businesses located throughout Felton, Magnolia, Dover and Woodside began experiencing break-ins. During the crimes, the suspect would remove money and food items. As the detectives continued to look into the rash of burglaries, information obtained through investigative measures connected Jason L. Faulkner, 30 of Dover, as the suspect in these incidents. Additionally, Faulkner had an active warrant from Sussex Halfway House reference absconding from Level 4 Probation.

On August 25, 2016 at approximately 0330 hours, troopers in the area of Woodside observed a suspicious subject prowling in the area of Arby’s. The subject was later identified as Jason L. Faulkner who was pushing a wheelbarrow and in possession of a backpack which contained items of stolen property from the multiple burglaries as well as burglar tools.

Jason L. Faulkner was transported to Troop 3 where he was charged with 11 counts of Burglary 3rd degree, Two counts of Attempted Burglary 3rd, One count of Theft Over $1500, eight counts of Theft Under $1500, 12 counts of Criminal Mischief Under $1000, 11 counts of Possession of Burglar Tools. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the Department of Corrections in default of $88,000.00 cash bond. (Mug shot attached)

The follow is a list of the locations that were burglarized:

St Johns AUMP Church, 323 Barney Jenkins Road, Felton

Reported: 08/03/2016       Occurred: 07/31/2016 – 08/03/2016

London Village Baptist Chapel, 568 Millchop Lane, Magnolia

Reported: 08/10/2016       Occurred: 08/07/2016 – 08/10/2016

The Lighthouse Church of God, 1362 Barney Jenkins Rd, Felton

Reported: 08/10/2016       Occurred: 08/09/2016 – 08/10/2016

Green Singer, 492 Walnut Shade Rd, Felton

Reported: 08/16/2016       Occurred: 08/16/2016 0030-1027 hrs.

Green Singer, 492 Walnut Shade Rd, Felton

Reported: 08/20/2016       Occurred: 08/20/2016 0230-1000 hrs.

Luigis Pizza, 5502 S DuPont Hwy, Dover

Reported: 08/21/2016       Occurred: 08/20/2016 – 08/21/2016

Everlasting Nails, 500 Walnut Shade Rd, Suite 2, Felton

Reported: 08/18/2016       Occurred: 08/16/2016 – 08/18/2016

Everlasting Nails, 500 Walnut Shade Rd, Suite 2, Felton

Reported: 08/20/2016       Occurred: 08/19/2016 – 08/20/2016

Everlasting Nails, 500 Walnut Shade Rd, Suite 2, Felton

Reported: 08/21/2016       Occurred: 08/20/2016 – 08/21/2016

Walgreens, 506 S DuPont Hwy, Dover

Reported: 08/19/2016       Occurred: 08/18/2016 – 08/19/2016

Walgreens, 506 S DuPont Hwy, Dover

Reported: 08/20/2016       Occurred: 08/19/2016 – 08/20/2016

Luigis Pizza, 5502 S DuPont Hwy, Dover

Reported: 08/23/2016       Occurred: 08/22/2016 – 08/23/2016

The Dance Collection, 5502 S DuPont Hwy, Dover

Reported: 08/23/2016       Occurred: 08/22/2016 – 08/23/2016

If anyone has any information on other victims or Jason L. Faulkner, they are asked to contact Detective T. Ford at 302-698-8569 or Troop 3 at 302-697-4454. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 082516 1401

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Troopers Investigating Death after Fall in State Park – Update

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bear, DE – Delaware State Police continue to investigate the death of a 59 year old woman after she fell from a platform at the Lums Pond State Park.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:35 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, August 24, 2016, as Tina Werner, 59, of Felton, DE was on the Go Ape Aerial Rope Adventure Course in the Lums Pond State Park, located at 1068 Howell School Road, Bear. Werner was standing on a platform located approximately 35′ above the ground, waiting to descend on a zip line. It was at this point that she fell from the platform to the ground.

First aid and advanced life-saving efforts were then rendered to Tina Werner by Go Ape employees as well as Park Rangers. She was then treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics before being transported to the Christiana Hospital by ambulance where she was pronounced dead. Her body was then turned over to the Division of Forensic Sciences where an autopsy will be performed.

The investigation into this incident is still on-going at this time, however, foul play is not suspected.

For any questions regarding the Go Ape Aerial Rope Adventure Course please call 800-971-8271.

Released: 082516 1005

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**Original Release**

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bear, DE- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the death of a 59 year old woman after she fell from a zip line ride at a Bear area state park.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 1:40 p.m. this afternoon, Wednesday, August 24, 2016, as a 59 year old female guest fell approximately 40 feet from the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction at the Lums Pond State Park, located at 1068 Howell School Road, Bear. The female victim was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics before being transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The victim’s name is being withheld pending the notification of her next of kin. There were no other injuries.

The investigation into this incident is in its early stages. More information will be provided at the conclusion of the investigation.

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Released: 082416 1755

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