Delaware State Police

Troopers Investigate Pharmacy Robbery

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

Wilmington (19803)- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the robbery of a North Wilmington area pharmacy that occurred last night.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident happened at approximately 7:55 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017, as a male suspect entered the Walgreens pharmacy located at 2119 Concord Pike, Wilmington. The suspect approached the sales counter where he presented the female sales clerk with a demand note for cash. The note also implied that the suspect was armed, however, a weapon was not displayed. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to him. He then exited the store and was last seen running in a northbound direction through the parking lot. There were no injuries.

The suspect is described as a white male. He was 18-20 years of age, 5’07”-5’09” tall, weighed 150-170 lbs., and was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark-colored jeans, black shoes, and had a mask covering a portion of his face.

This incident remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. No video surveillance photos are available 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: 013117 1605

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Probationary Visit Leads to Illegal Drugs and a Gun

Selbyville – The Delaware State Police Sussex County Governor’s Task Force (GTF) have arrested three people after a probationary visit uncovers heroin and a rifle.

On Monday January 30, 2017 at approximately 10:55 a.m., the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, were alerted by Probation and Parole Officers from the Georgetown Office, to respond to the 31000 block of Lighthouse Road after an administrative probation check on Brad A. Fosque, 38, a Level 3 probationer, uncovered a rifle and drugs.  When probation officers arrived at the home, Fosque and Phillip M. Smith II, 28 of Frankford, who is also on probation, were contacted inside the residence.  An initial search of the home revealed a gun case in the living room.  Upon inspecting the case, an AR-15 rifle was found inside with two fully loaded magazines containing 63 rounds of .223 ammunition.  Probation Officers continued to search and located 655 bags (9.825 grams) of heroin hidden in a trash bag.  The homeowner, William Hudson, 26, returned to the residence while the troopers and probation officers were conducting the search and was also taken into custody.

All three were transported back to Troop 4 where William Hudson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 Quantity (Heroin), Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited Who Also Possesses a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Drug Property, Conspiracy 2nd, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was arraigned at JP2 and released on $38,100.00 unsecured bond.

Brad Fosque was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 Quantity (Heroin), Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited Who Also Possesses a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy 2nd, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $50,100.00 cash bond.

Phillip Smith was charged with two counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to SCI on $7,500.00 secured.

Released: 013117 1245

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**Update-Subjects Arrested** Trooper Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Wanted Subjects

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Tanner C. McElwee

 

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Andrew Mudry

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Dover Tanner C. McElwee and Andrew Mudry have been arrested after being located in Dover.

Detectives arrested McElwee and Mudry Monday January 30, 2017, after they were located at a residence in the unit block of Deer Street.  The two were taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 3 where they were charged with Burglary 1st, two counts of Reckless Endangering, Conspiracy 2nd, and a host of other charges including Felony Theft.  Mudry was additionally charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, two counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, Receiving a Stolen Firearm, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana (17.42 grams), and Possession of a Controlled Substance (11 Tramadol pills).  They were arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $49,008.00 cash bond (McElwee) and $139,208.00 cash bond (Mudry).

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Released: 013117 1110

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Industrial Accident Being Investigated at Indian River Power Plant

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Dagsboro – The Delaware State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is currently investigating an industrial accident at the NRG Energy power plant located at 29416 Power Plant Road.

Preliminary investigation reveals the incident occurred around 8:11 a.m. this morning, Tuesday January 31, 2017, when a male subject fell from a roof of the power plant and has died as a result of the fall.

The investigation is in the very early stages.  Further details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation. 

Released: 013117 0935

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash-Update

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

Wilmington (19808)- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash which has claimed the life of a 47 year old Wilmington man.

The investigation thus far has determined that the crash happened at approximately 6:52 a.m. this morning, Monday, January 30, 2017, as Mark Northam was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of DE Rt. 2 (Kirkwood Highway) just west of DE Rt. 7 (Limestone Road) in a northerly direction. As Northam entered the westbound lane, he stepped directly into the path of a 2013 Toyota Corolla, which was being operated by Rachael Werning, 44, of Wilmington. The front of the Corolla then struck Northam who was vaulted onto the hood. He was then thrown from the car, landing in the left hand lane of the roadway where he came to rest. Rachael Werning was able to bring her car to a controlled stop in the left hand lane.

Mark Northam, who was wearing all dark clothing and not crossing the highway at a designated marked cross walk, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drug use on the part of Northam is a factor in this crash.

Rachael Werning was properly restrained at the time of the crash and was not injured. Alcohol, drug use, and excessive speed on the part of Werning are not being consider as  factors in this crash.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police, however, charges are not expected to be filed.

The westbound lanes of Kirkwood Highway were closed or partially closed for a period of two hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Released: 012017 1815

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

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

Wilmington (19808)- Delaware State Police are currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian which occurred this morning north of Stanton.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 6:52 a.m. this morning, Monday, January 30, 2017 on westbound DE Rt. 2 (Kirkwood Highway) between DE Rt. 7 (Limestone Road) and St. James Church Road. The crash involved a pedestrian and a motor vehicle and as a result, the pedestrian has died. The operator of the motor vehicle remained at the scene.

Both of the westbound lanes of Kirkwood Highway and one lane of eastbound Kirkwood Highway have been closed to traffic. Commuters are asked to find alternate means of travel.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is enroute to the scene and will assume the investigation. More information will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

Released: 013019 0720

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Detectives Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Wanted Subject

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Stephon R. Jackson

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Laurel – State Police Detectives are requesting assistance in locating Stephon R. Jackson, 18 of Seaford, who is currently wanted for two counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited.

Jackson is wanted in connection with firing several rounds from an unknown type handgun towards an apartment building in the Wexford Village Development, Sunday January 29, 2017, around 3:45 p.m.

If anyone has any information in reference to Stephon Jackson’s whereabouts, they are asked to contact Detective J. King at 302-698-8561. 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: 013017 0305

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**Traffic Advisory** Troopers Investigating Serious Crash Involving Pedestrian- Update #2

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

Seaford- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has identified the 73 year old Seaford man who was struck and killed on Concord Pond Road at Orange Blossom Lane on Saturday, January 28, 2017 as Fred L. Savage.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police.

Released: 012917 2000

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Troopers Investigate Restaurant Robbery

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

Bear- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the armed robbery of a Bear area restaurant that occurred early this morning.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 12:38 a.m. this morning, Sunday, January 29, 2017, as two male suspects confronted two employees of the Hibachi Restaurant, located at 1160 Pulaski Highway, Bear, as the employees were closing the business for the night. One of the suspects displayed an unknown make and model handgun and ordered the victims to open the doors to the restaurant. After the victims unlocked the doors, the suspects forced them back inside and escorted them to the office area. It was at this point that the suspects proceeded to remove cash from the business safe. They then demanded and received cash and cell phones belonging to the victims before fleeing out of the rear door of the restaurant. The suspects were last seen running toward Bear-Corbitt Road. There were no injuries.

The first suspect was described as a black male. He was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, black jacket, dark colored jeans, white sneakers, and had a cloth partially covering his face. He was also armed with a gun.

The second suspect was also described as a black male. He was last seen wearing a red jacket, light-colored jeans, and dark sneakers. He also had a cloth partially covering his face.

There is no further physical or clothing description for either suspect available at this time. There is no video surveillance footage available.

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: 012917 1940

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Troopers Conducting Death Investigation

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

Laurel- Delaware Sate Police are currently conducting a death investigation following a shooting which occurred this afternoon in Laurel.

The initial investigation began at approximately 3:45 p.m. this afternoon, Sunday, January 29, 2017, after troopers were called to assist the Laurel Police Department for the complaint of shots fired in the area of Sunset Drive, in the Wexford Village Development, Laurel. Upon their arrival troopers learned that an 18 year old male victim had been struck in his lower torso by a bullet fired from an unknown suspect. The victim was treated at the scene by Sussex County Paramedics and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim’s body was turned over to the Division of Forensic Sciences where an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death.

The investigation into this incident by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is in its early stages and no arrests have been made.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Detective Daniel Grassi at 302-368-8441. 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: 012917 1900

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