Delaware State Police

Troopers Investigate Crash Involving a Pedestrian – Update

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

New Castle (19720) – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has identified the male pedestrian who was struck and killed on US Rt. 13 just south of Lisa Drive, New Castle, as Shane Prucino, 31, of Newark.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. No charges are expected to be filed.

Released: 022817 1705

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Troopers Investigate 7-11 Robbery

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

Wilmington (19809)- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the robbery of a Wilmington area 7-11 store that occurred early yesterday morning.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident happened at approximately 6:12 a.m. yesterday, Monday, February 27, 2017, as a male suspect entered the 7-11 store located at 4865 Governor Printz Boulevard, Wilmington. He then approached the sales counter and presented the male clerk with a demand note for cash. The note implied that he was armed, however, the suspect not display a weapon. 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 fled in an unknown direction. The clerk was not injured.

The suspect was described as a black male. He was 5’10”-6’01” tall, weighed 200-220 lbs., and was last seen wearing a grey hooded jacket, faded jeans, black sneakers, and glasses. 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.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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Released: 022817 1010

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Troopers Investigate Crash Involving a Pedestrian

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

New Castle (19720) – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash in which a male pedestrian was struck and killed last night in New Castle.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 10:33 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017, as an unidentified male pedestrian was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of US Rt. 13 (N. DuPont Highway), just south of Lisa Drive, in an easterly direction. As the male victim entered the right hand lane, he stepped directly into the path of a 2009 Hyundai Tuscon, which was being operated by Richard Newton, 55, of New Castle. The front of the Hyundai then struck the pedestrian. The force of the impact caused the victim, who was dressed in dark clothing and was not crossing in a marked cross walk, to be vaulted onto the windshield before falling to the ground where he came to rest in the right hand lane. Richard Newton was able to bring his vehicle to a controlled stop just north of the scene.

The male victim was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics before being transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His body was then turned over to the Division of Forensic Sciences where attempts to identify him will be made. It is unknown if alcohol or drug use on the part of the victim were factors in this crash.

Richard Newton, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was not injured. Alcohol use and speed on the part of Newton do not appear to be factors in the crash.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police.

Released: 022817 0655

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**Traffic Advisory**- Troopers Investigate Crash Involving DART Bus-Update

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

New Castle (19720)- Delaware State Police continue to investigate a three vehicle crash in which six people were injured that occurred late yesterday afternoon west of New Castle.

The investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred on Monday, February 27, 2017 at approximately 5:52 p.m., as James D. Mullin, 37, of Wilmington, was operating a 2001 Saab 9-5 and was traveling in the right center lane on southbound I-95 just south of DE Rt. 141 (Basin Road). Mullin then made a sudden lane change and entered into the center lane of I-95 where his vehicle then struck a 2013 Nissan Altima, which was being operated by Traimer L. Flowers, 21, of Newark. The force of the impact caused the Altima to veer to its left where it then struck the front of a 2014 D.A.R.T. bus, which was being operated by Cooper G. Russell, 46, of Newark. All three vehicles then left the east edge of the roadway where they came to rest.

Traimer Flowers, as well as a passenger in his vehicle, were treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. They were then transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital where they were treated for their non-life threatening injuries.

Cooper Russell, as well as three passengers on the D.A.R.T. bus, were also treated at the scene by paramedics before being transported to the Christiana Hospital. Their injuries were also non-life threatening.

James Mullin was not injured. He was cited by troopers with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Improper Lane Change, and Failure to Signal a Lane Change.

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Released: 022817 0625

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**Traffic Advisory**-Troopers Investigating Crash Involving DART Bus

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

New Castle (19720)- Delaware State Police are currently investigating a three vehicle crash which has injured six people that occurred late this afternoon near New Castle.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 5:50 p.m. on I-95 southbound just south of DE Rt. 141, New Castle, and involves two passenger vehicles and a DART bus. As a result of the crash, six people have been injured and have been transported to local hospitals. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening at this time.

The southbound lanes of I-95 south of Rt. 141 have been closed to traffic and commuters are asked to find alternate routes of travel.

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

Released: 022717 1927

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Troopers Investigate Attempted Gas Station Robbery

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

Newark (19713)- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the attempted robbery of a gas station that occurred last night near Newark.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 9:43 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, 2017, as a male suspect entered the Exxon station located at 263 E. Chestnut Hill Road. The suspect then approached the sales counter and confronted a male employee, implying that he was armed with a gun. He then demanded money from the clerk. The clerk, however, ran from behind the counter and exited the business. The suspect also exited the gas station without obtaining any property, and was last seen running in an eastbound direction toward DE Rt. 4. The clerk was not injured.

The suspect was described as a black male. He was 18-22 years of age, 5’10” tall, had an average build, and was last seen wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, dark colored sweatpants, sneakers, and had a mask partially covering his face. 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 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: 022717 1440

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State Police Investigating Single Vehicle Fatal Crash West of Dover

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

West Dover – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that claimed the life of two people early this morning.

Preliminary investigation suggests the incident occurred around 4:05 a.m., Sunday February 26, 2017, as Robert E. DaFonte, 23 of Hartly, was operating a 2016 Jeep Wrangler westbound on Hazlettville Road, east of Nault Road approaching a sharp right curve. The operator failed to negotiate the curve and traveled off the south side of the roadway down an embankment and struck a utility pole with the driver’s side door.  The Jeep continued westbound overturning and ejecting the right front passenger before coming to a stop on the passenger side.

Robert DaFonte was properly restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene.

James D. Watts, 22 of Camden-Wyoming, who was seated in the right front passenger’s seat, was not properly restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident.  Hazlettville Road between Apple Grove School Road and Nault Road was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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Released: 022617 1100

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Gold Alert Issued for a Missing Laurel Man

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Jeremy T. Creppon

 

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Laurel – The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Jeremy T. Creppon of Laurel who was last seen leaving his residence in the 30000 block of East Trap Pond Road around 9:40 p.m., Saturday February 25, 2017.

Jeremy is a white male, 20 years of age, 5’06” tall, 130 lbs., black hair and blue eyes.

Troopers have been unable to make contact with Jeremy to check on his welfare. Attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful and there is a real concern for his safety and welfare.

If anyone has any information in reference to his whereabouts, they are asked to contact Troop 5 at 302-337-1090.  Information may also be provide by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.  Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 022617 0905

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Troopers Arrest Newark Man after Investigation into Bullets Fired at House

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Drew R. Chicklo

 

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Newark – The Delaware State Police have arrested a Newark man for possession of ammunition and a crossbow after it was determined he was federally prohibited.

The investigation began on Thursday February 23, 2017 when troopers responded to a residence in the 1000 block of South College Road for a report of someone shooting at their residence.  The residents of the home heard a popping noise the previous day (Wednesday February 22, 2017) while in the first floor bathroom and then again Thursday when damage was observed to a window and the bathroom wall.  A similar incident was reported from the same household back on November 14, 2016 when a small caliber round was located in the wall of the first floor bathroom.

While conducting the investigation into the most recent events, detectives were able to determine that the projectiles came from a residence located in the 800 block of Cobble Creek Curve which is across both lanes of South College Avenue (SR896).  Detectives also located a paper shooting target on a berm just outside the residence, when if a round was fired too high, no other structures, residences, or cars would obstruct the path of the projectile and it would cross SR896, striking the victim’s house.

A computer inquiry into the homeowner, who was identified as Drew R. Chicklo, 31, revealed he was federally prohibited from owning any firearms due to an August 2013 conviction of Unlawful to Receive a Firearm Not Registered.

On Friday February 24, 2017 around 1:08 p.m., detectives with the assistance of the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team, the New Castle County Police, and ATF, executed a search warrant at the residence in the 800 block of Cobble Creek Curve and took Drew Chicklo into custody without incident.  Upon conducting a search of his residence, detectives located an empty rifle magazine and another rifle magazine loaded with .22 caliber rounds.  There were also numerous spent .22 caliber shell casings in a rear second floor bedroom, a crossbow with bolts, a hunting rifle scope, a hunting knife, and a machete.  It was also determined through the investigation that Chicklo’s Delmarva Power service had been terminated in July of 2016 after he failed to pay his bill.  He then tampered with the electrical box in order to restore his power and acquire an unknown amount of power usage.  According to Delmarva Power, the estimated minimum amount of $1,800.00 worth of electricity was stolen during that time period.

Drew Chicklo was transported back to Troop 2 where he was charged with Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited (Felony), Theft of Services (Felony), and Non-Compliance with Conditions of a Bond (Felony) after he and his ex-fiancé were seen together at his house the night of the 23rd knowing that there was a Protection From Abuse order in place.  Chicklo was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $35,000.00 cash bond.

Released: 022617 0820

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