Delaware State Police

**Update #2** Second Suspect Arrest in Battery Theft

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Seaford/Laurel – The Delaware State Police have arrested another subject and are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the last suspect involved in the theft of bus batteries.

Shortly after the press release was sent on Tuesday, a tip was received by detectives as to the location of Thomas R. Johnson.  Troopers responded to the area of Shell Bridge Road, Bethel, and took Johnson into custody without incident.

Thomas Johnson was transported back to Troop 4 where he was charged with Theft $1500 or Greater (Felony), four counts of Theft Under $1500, three counts of Conspiracy 3rd, and three counts of Criminal Trespass.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $9,150.00 secured bond.

Detectives are still looking for Dominic Horsey who is wanted for Theft $1500 or Greater (Felony), four counts of Theft Under $1500, three counts of Conspiracy 3rd, and three counts of Criminal Trespass.  If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, they are asked to contact Detective C. Simpson at 302-752-3855. 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: 093016 1955

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**Update #1** One Arrested, Two Sought in Theft of Bus Batteries

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Seaford/Laurel – The Delaware State Police have arrested one subject and are seeking the public’s assistance in locating two others that were involved in the theft of bus batteries.

The thefts occurred sometime through the nighttime hours of Tuesday September 13, 2016 into Wednesday September 14, 2016 at the Lambden Bus Company parking lot located in the 10000 block of Airport Road, Seaford and the Mary Bryant Inc. Bus Company located in the 30000 block of Dukes Road, Laurel.  Around 6:00 a.m., bus drivers began showing up to start their busses and when they didn’t start, they noticed batteries missing from the engine compartment.

Troopers responded to the two separate locations, which are approximately 7.5 miles apart, and the investigation revealed that an unknown suspect(s) removed 30 batteries by unknown means from 10 busses in the Lambden yard and 11 batteries from 5 busses in the Bryant yard before fleeing undetected.

On Thursday September 15, 2016, troopers responded to the 8000 block of Bethel Road, Laurel for a report of theft of 34 batteries from 17 busses parked on a farm.  The busses, which are used to assist in harvesting watermelons, contained two batteries per bus which were all dismantled by unknown means sometime between September 8, 2016 and the date they were reported missing.  Detectives learned later that same day that Thomas R. Johnson , 25 of Laurel, had scrapped a large amount of batteries at the Salisbury Scrap Metal located in Salisbury, Maryland.  Further investigation revealed Thomas, along with Dominic J. Horsey, 28 of Laurel, and , Jason M. Hamilton, 29 of Laurel, had been utilizing the same scrap yard over the course of the beginning of the month to scrap various amounts of batteries in exchange for money.

On Tuesday September 20, 2016 Jason Hamilton turned himself into detectives at Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was charged with Theft $1500 or Greater (Felony), four counts of Theft Under $1500, three counts of Conspiracy 3rd, and three counts of Criminal Trespass.  He was arraigned at JP2 and released on a $7,000.00 unsecured bond.

Detectives are still looking for Dominic Horsey and Thomas Johnson who are wanted for Theft $1500 or Greater (Felony), four counts of Theft Under $1500, three counts of Conspiracy 3rd, and three counts of Criminal Trespass.  If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of these subjects, they are asked to contact Detective C. Simpson at 302-752-3855. 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: 092716 1320

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**Original Release**

State Police Investigating Theft of School Bus Batteries

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Seaford/Laurel – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the theft of bus batteries from two separate bus yards.

The thefts occurred sometime through the nighttime hours of Tuesday September 13, 2016 into Wednesday September 14, 2016 at the Lambden Bus Company parking lot located in the 10000 block of Airport Road, Seaford and the Mary Bryant Inc. Bus Company located in the 30000 block of Dukes Road, Laurel.  Around 6:00 a.m., bus drivers began showing up to start their busses and when they didn’t start, they noticed batteries missing from the engine compartment.

Troopers responded to the two separate locations, which are approximately 7.5 miles apart, and the investigation revealed that an unknown suspect(s) removed 30 batteries by unknown means from 10 busses in the Lambden yard and 11 batteries from 5 busses in the Bryant yard before fleeing undetected.

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents, they are asked to contact Troop 5 at 302-337-1090. 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: 091416 1945

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Homeless Sex Offender Notification

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary E. Fournier

DoverThe following are not wanted.   This is a Homeless Sex Offender Public Notification.  If you have information that any of the listed subjects are occupying a residence, please call 302-672-5306.  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.”

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Released: 093016 1935

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DSP S.O.A.R. Searching for Wanted Sex Offenders

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary E. Fournier

Dover, DE- The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit (S.O.A.R) is currently looking for the following wanted sex offenders after they either failed to register or re-register their current address.  If anyone knows the location of these subjects, they are asked to call 302-672-5306. 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: 093016 1930

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Troopers Investigate Home Invasion South of Milford

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Milford– The Delaware State Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred south of Milford.

The incident occurred around 3:34 a.m. this morning, Friday September 30, 2016 when a male subject entered the rear door of a residence located in the 10000 block of Rust Road.  The suspect confronted a 62-year-old male and his 48-year-old wife armed with an unknown type handgun and threatened to do harm to them both.  The husband and wife, along with a 28-year-old male who lives in the house, retreated to a master bedroom and locked the door.  A 9-1-1 call was placed by the 62-year-old male victim and upon the troopers arrival, all the occupants of the home were safely evacuated.  A search of the house and property by troopers and Milford Police Officers were unsuccessful in locating the suspect.  None of the victim’s were injured in the incident.

The suspect was described as black male, 20-30 year of age, 5’09” – 5’10” tall, 160-165 lbs. wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a red mask over his face (No further physical or clothing description available).  Armed with unknown type handgun.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Detective R. Truitt at 302-752-3813. 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: 093016 1920

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**Update-Child Dies From Injuries** Troopers Investigate Serious Crash – Camden

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Camden, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash which killed a 5-year-old child.

The initial investigation has determined the incident occurred at approximately 8:02 p.m., Saturday, September 17, 2016 as Mark T. Long was operating a 2002 Lexus RX300 northbound on Oak Point School Road approaching Jebb Road west of Camden. Long failed to negotiate a moderate left curve and his vehicle started to rotate in counter clockwise direction. As the Lexus rotated, its right side tires dug into the roadway causing it to rollover ejecting both the operator, Mark T. Long, and his five year old son. The Lexus left the west side of the roadway and landed on its roof facing in a south direction in a private yard.

Mark T. Long, 53 of Camden, was transported by ambulance to the Kent General Hospital where he is admitted in critical condition.

His 5-year-old son, Matthew J. Long, was air lifted by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit to Alfred I. DuPont Children’s Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition until he died on Friday September 23, 2016 as a result of his injuries.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident.  It is believed both the operator and his passenger were not properly restrained and speed may have been a contributing factor in this collision. Oak Point School Road in the area of the crash was shut down for approximately three hours while it was investigated and cleared.  No charges have been filed at this time.

Released: 093016 0645

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Troopers Investigate Serious Crash – Camden

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

 

Camden, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are currently investigating a serious motor vehicle crash which occurred last night west of Camden.

The initial investigation has determined the incident occurred at approximately 8:02 p.m., Saturday, September 17, 2016 as Mark T. Long was operating a 2002 Lexus RX300 northbound on Oak Point School Road approaching Jebb Road west of Camden. Long failed to negotiate a moderate left curve and his vehicle started to rotate in counter clockwise direction. As the Lexus rotated, its right side tires dug into the roadway causing it to rollover ejecting both the operator, Mark T. Long and his five year old son. The Lexus left the west side of the roadway and landed on its roof facing in a south direction in a private yard.

Mark T. Long, 53 of Camden, was transported by ambulance to the Kent General Hospital where he is admitted in critical condition. His passenger was air lifted by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit to the Alfred I. DuPont Children’s Hospital where he is admitted in critical condition. It is believed both the operator and his passenger were not properly restrained. Speed is a factor in this collision.

Oak Point School Road in the area of the crash was shut down for approximately three hours while the collision was investigated. The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this crash.

Released: 091816 0851

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**Update** State Police Investigating Fatal Crash-Hartly

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Hartly– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash involving a single vehicle that occurred earlier this afternoon.

The incident occurred around 2:51 p.m., Thursday September 29, 2016 as Michael H. Wallace, 52 of Marydel, Delaware, was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westbound on Halltown Road (SR8) just east of Crystal Road.  Wallace was attempting to negotiate a left curve when he lost control of the pick up truck and traveled off the south side of the roadway.  The pickup first struck a mailbox while rotating in a counter-clockwise manner and then striking a tree on the driver’s side door before coming to an abrupt stop.

Michael Wallace, who was not properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor in this case.  SR8 was closed between Crystal Road and Brittney Lane for approximately three and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Released: 092616 2020

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**Traffic Advisory** State Police Investigating Fatal Crash-Hartly

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Hartly– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal crash involving a single vehicle on Halltown Road (SR8) east of Crystal Road that occurred around 2:51 p.m. this afternoon. One person has died as a result of this crash.

SR8 is closed between Crystal Road and Brittney Lane. Commuters are advised to seek alternate routes of travel.

Further details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation.

Released: 092616 1600

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Troopers Investigate Gas Station Robbery

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Newark, DE- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the armed robbery of a Newark area gas station that occurred late last night.

The investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at approximately 10:58 p.m., as a male suspect entered the Exxon station located at 4600 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark. The suspect, who was armed with an unknown make and model gun, confronted a male clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to him. The suspect then exited the store and fled in an unknown direction. There were no injuries.

The suspect was described as a white male. He was 5’09” tall, weighed 180-200 lbs., and was last seen wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and sneakers. There is no further physical or clothing description available and there are no video surveillance photos available to be released at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the Robbery Unit at Troop 2 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.”

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Released: 082316 1300

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**Traffic Advisory** State Police Investigating Fatal Crash-Hartly

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Hartly- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal crash involving a single vehicle on Halltown Road (SR8) east of Crystal Road that occurred around 2:51 p.m. this afternoon. One person has died as a result of this crash.

SR8 is closed between Crystal Road and Brittney Lane. Commuters are advised to seek alternate routes of travel.

Further details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation. 

Released: 092616 1600

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Four Arrested in Felton Drug Investigation

Presented by of Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary E. Fournier

Felton The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit has arrested four people after the culmination of a two month investigation into the manufacturing of Methamphetamine (Meth) at a residence on Reeves Crossing Road.

On Wednesday September 28, 2016 at approximately 6:05 a.m., the Kent County Drug Unit (KDU) with the assistance of the Kent County Governors Task Force (GTF) and the State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT), responded to the 200 block of Reeves Crossing Road in order to conduct a search warrant in response to an on-going investigation into the manufacturing of meth at the house.  Upon arrival, Diane R. Hawkins, 35 of that address, and Clinton May, 49 of Chstertown, Maryland, were taken into custody without incident.  Upon conducting a search of the property, detectives located equipment and component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of Meth along with key ingredients in making the drug.  A third subject, Daniel J. Dilmore, 48 of that address, was taken into custody at his place of work in Georgetown.

A second search warrant was conducted at a residence adjacent to the first house.  Robert Harding, 22 of that address, was taken into custody without incident. A search of the domicile revealed 1.108 lbs. of marijuana along with a .357 caliber handgun, 7.62 AK47 rifle, 9mm handgun, .40 caliber handgun, .38 caliber handgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, and ammunition for the weapons. Over $4,000.00 in suspected drug proceeds was also seized.

All four subjects were transported to Troop 3 in Camden where they were each charged accordingly.

Robert Harding was arrested for six counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), and five counts of Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Who Also Possesses a Controlled Substance.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $50,000.00 secured bond.

Daniel Dilmore was charged with two counts of Operating a Clandestine Laboratory and Conspiracy 2nd.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $38,000.00 secured bond.

Diane Hawkins and Clinton May were both charged with Operating a Clandestine Laboratory and Conspiracy 2nd.  They were arraigned at JP2 and committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution and James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $20,000.00 and $12,000.00 secured bond respectively.

No evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents. DNREC also responded to the residence to assisted with the search and containment of the combustible substances.

Released: 092916 1515

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Camden Man Arrested for Identity Theft, Another Man Sought

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Dover – The Delaware State Police have arrested a wanted Camden man after he attempted to flee from troopers in a short foot pursuit.

The original incidents occurred during the nighttime hours between Thursday September 22, 2016 and Saturday September 24, 2016 when two separate vehicles were broken into located in the 1300 block of South State Street and the 1700 block of Windswept Court.  The suspects, who were later identified as Pablo Jackson, 32 (Homeless), and Joshua L. Bryant, 25 of Cheswold, removed items such as cash and purses from the vehicles.  The two then began making credit card purchases from the Cheswold Walmart as well as the Camden Walmart totaling more than $3,400.00.  Detectives were able to identify the two suspects through store surveillance and Theft and Identity Theft warrants were obtained for their arrest.

On Wednesday September 28, 2016, a trooper and probation officer assigned to the State Police Kent County Governor’s Task Force (GTF) were actively patrolling the area of South DuPont Highway (US13) and Lochmeath Way, when they observed Pablo Jackson walking northbound on the southbound shoulder of US13.  As the task force members made a U-turn in an attempt to make contact with Jackson, he was observed looking into vehicles near the South Side Baptist Church (4904 South DuPont Highway).  When the trooper and probation officer began to exit the patrol vehicle in the driveway, in which Jackson was walking out, he turned and began running away from the two and discarded the backpack he was carrying.  The trooper gave numerous commands for Jackson to stop, but he continued to flee until the trooper caught him and took him into custody without further incident.  A search of Jackson’s backpack revealed 24 bags of heroin (0.36 grams) along with drug paraphernalia.

Pablo Jackson was transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was also charged with 18 counts of Identity Theft, five counts of Attempted Identity Theft, 18 counts of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card, five counts of Attempted Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card, two counts of Theft Under $1500, 10 counts of Theft by False Pretense Under $1500, Conspiracy 2nd, and two counts of Criminal Trespass 3rd.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a total of $93,600 cash bond.

Joshua Bryant has yet to be located and is wanted for numerous counts of ID Theft and other associated charges, as well as multiple court capiases.  If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, they are asked to contact Detective A. Goode at 302-698-8517. 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: 092916 1050

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