Delaware State Police

**Traffic Advisory** Troopers Investigate Serious Pedestrian Crash- Update #2

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

Wilmington- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has identified the 53-year-old Wilmington man who was struck and killed in the hit-and-run crash that occurred on DE SR 2 west of Greenbank Road on Thursday, March 30, 2017, as Christopher Hess.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police.

Released: 033117 2000

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Troopers Investigate Robbery of Dollar Store

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

Wilmington (19805)- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the armed robbery of a Wilmington area dollar store that occurred late last night.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 10:16 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017, as two male suspects confronted two employees of the Dollar General, located at 1402 E. Newport Pike, as they stood in front of the store. One of the suspects displayed an unknown make and model handgun, while the second displayed a knife and ordered both employees back into the store. The suspects then demanded cash from the store safe. The victims complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to them. One of the suspects then removed a cell phone from one of the victim’s purses before both suspects exited the store and fled in an unknown direction. There were no injuries.

One suspect was described as a black male 30-40 years of age. He was 6’01”-6’04” tall, weighed 230-250 lbs., had black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing  a dark hooded sweatshirt, blue pants, black boots, and was wearing a mask. He was also armed with a handgun.

The second suspect was also described as a black male. He was 30-40 years of age, 5’04”-5’06” tall, weighed 140-150 lbs., had black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black zip-up hooded jacket, dark-colored jeans, dark shoes, was wearing a mask, and was armed with a knife.

There is no further physical or clothing description available for either suspect. No video surveillance photos are 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: 033117 1400

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Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Shoplifting Suspect

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Delaware – State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a shoplifting suspect who has stolen over $2,300.00 worth of cologne in the last week.

This incidents occurred at the below listed locations when the suspect entered the stores and proceeded to remove assorted cologne after defeating the locked display cases with an unknown type of tool. The suspect then exited the businesses without rendering payment.

  • Walgreens, 3301 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington – occurred Saturday March 25, 2017 at approximately 9:28 p.m.
  • Walgreens, 4201 Concord Pike, Wilmington –occurred Monday March 27, 2017 at approximately 12:23 p.m.
  • Walgreens, 5506 South DuPont Highway, Dover – occurred Wednesday March 29, 2017 at approximately 6:52 p.m.
  • Walgreens, 52 West Birdie Lane, Magnolia – occurred Wednesday March 29, 2017 at approximately 5:40 p.m. (This was an attempted Shoplifting as the suspect was unable to enter the display case or remove any items.)

The suspect is described as a black male, 35-40 years of age, 5’09”-6’00” tall, 180-190 lbs., operating a white or grey in color four door sedan. (Surveillance photos attached)

If anyone has any information in reference to the identity of this individual, they are asked to contact Trooper First Class Spanier at 302-698-8548. 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: 033117 1250

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**Traffic Advisory** Troopers Investigating Serious Pedestrian Crash- Update

2 and Greenbank

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

Wilmington- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate a hit-and-run crash which has claimed the life of a 53 year old Wilmington man.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at approximately 8:54 p.m., as a male pedestrian was standing in the left hand lane of westbound DE SR 2 (Kirkwood Highway) west of Greenbank Road, attempting to pick up something from the roadway. The pedestrian was then struck by an unknown make and model vehicle which was being operated by an unknown individual, and which was traveling in the left hand lane of SR 2. The male pedestrian was thrown to the ground where he was subsequently run over by a 2013 Toyota Tacoma, which was being operated by Ming C. Tsai, 56, of Wilmington. The initial striking vehicle fled westbound on SR 2 to an unknown destination. Ming Tsai was able to bring her vehicle to a controlled stop at the scene.

The male victim was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. He was then transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim’s name is being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drug use on the part of the victim was a factor in this crash, however, he was dressed in all dark clothing and was not utilizing a marked cross walk.

The westbound lanes of De SR 2 were closed for approximately two hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. If anyone has any information in reference to this crash, they are asked to contact Master Corporal John Breen at 302-365-8486. 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.”

Released: 033117 0955

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**Traffic Advisory** Troopers Investigating Serious Pedestrian Crash

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

Wilmington- Delaware State Police are currently investigating a serious hit-and-run crash in which a pedestrian was struck that occurred this evening west of Wilmington.

The investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 8:54 p.m. on westbound DE Rt. 2 (Kirkwood Highway) in the area of Greenbank Road, and involves a male pedestrian who was struck by two vehicles. The first of the two vehicles then fled the scene in a westbound direction on Rt. 2. The second vehicle remained at the scene. As a result of the crash, the male pedestrian was removed from the scene and transported to the Christiana Hospital with serious injuries.

The westbound lanes of DE Rt. 2 between Newport Gap Pike and Greenbank Road have been closed to traffic and commuters are asked to find alternate routes of travel.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. Further information will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

Released: 033017 2207

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Kent County Drug Unit Arrest Dover Man After Heroin Investigation

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Dover – The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit has arrested a Dover man following an on going drug investigation.

Detectives assigned to the Drug Unit, along with the Kent County Governor’s Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of Dover, conducted a search warrant at a residence in the unit block of Laws Lane around 5:56 p.m., Wednesday March 29, 2017.  Upon conducting the search, detectives located a total of 843 bags of heroin (5.901 grams) as well as a small caliber handgun, a shotgun, and a fully loaded AK47 rifle.

Robert Reed, 20, was taken into custody during a traffic stop and found to be in possession of 9 bags (0.063 grams) of heroin and 7 Benzodiazepines prescription pills.  He was transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription, Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Reed was arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $47,000.00 secured bond.

Released: 033017 1205

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**Traffic Advisory**- Troopers Investigate Crash

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

Newark- Delaware State Police are currently investigating a crash which has caused the partial closure of a Newark area roadway.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 12:57 a.m. this morning, Thursday, March 30, 2017, on DE Rt. 2 (Capitol Trail) in the area of Possum Park Road, and involves a single vehicle which struck several unoccupied parked cars and a utility pole in the parking lot of the Possum Park Apartments. The male operator and sole occupant of the vehicle has been removed from the scene and transported to the Christiana Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

As a result of the crash, DE Rt. 2 has been has been closed in both directions between E. Cleveland Avenue and Possum Park Road, and is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time. Commuters are asked to seek alternate routes of travel.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. Further details will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

Released: 033017 0250

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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 yesterday morning.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident happened at approximately 6:20 a.m. yesterday, Tuesday, March 28, 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 female clerk with a demand note for cash. The suspect also implied that he was armed, however, he did 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 demanded cigarettes as well, and after receiving them, he exited the store and fled in an unknown direction. The clerk was not injured.

The suspect was described as a black male 25-35 years of age. He was 5’06”-5’10” tall, weighed 190-220 lbs., and was last seen wearing a black shirt, black jeans, a black jacket, and a red hooded sweatshirt. 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: 032917 0805

Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash Involving a Pedestrian- Bear- **Update**

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

Bear -Delaware State Police have identified the male victim who was struck and killed in the hit-and-run crash which occurred in the parking lot of 2000 Firedancer Lane on Sunday, March 26, 2017, as Lester Mateo, 23, of Pennsville, NJ.

The investigation into this incident is continuing and the Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may have any information to contact Det. Scott Mauchin at 302-365-8414. 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.”

Released: 032817 1605

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Ocean View Man

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Gerald J. Curran Jr.

 

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Ocean View – The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Gerald J. Curran Jr. of Ocean View who was last seen leaving his residence in the 30000 block of Robinson Avenue Sunday March 26, 2017.

Gerald is a white male, 59 years of age, 5’10” tall, 230 lbs., brown hair and hazel eyes.

Troopers have been unable to make contact with Gerald 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 4 at 302-856-5850.  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: 032717 1555

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State Police Investigating Robbery of Little Heaven Shore Stop

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Little Heaven– The Delaware State Police are investigating the robbery of a gas station that occurred last evening.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:39p.m., Sunday March 26, 2017, as a male subject armed with a knife entered the Shore Stop, located at 7865 Bay Road.  The suspect approached a store employee and demanded cash.  The employee complied with the demand and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then exited the store and fled in an unknown direction.  The clerk was not injured.

The suspect was described as black male, 20-25 years of age, 5’11”-6’00” tall, 160-170 lbs., wearing a hooded sweatshirt pulled up and tightened around his face (No further physical or clothing description).  Armed with a knife.

No surveillance photos available.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Detective M. Weintstein at 302-698-8443. 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: 032717 0850

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges

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

Laurel, De. – The Delaware State Police have arrested a Laurel man after he was found to be in possession of heroin following a traffic stop on Saturday.

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at around 9:58 p.m. as troopers from the Troop 5 Pro-active Criminal Enforcement (P.A.C.E.) team were on patrol in the area of Townsend Street and West Street, Laurel. It was at this time the troopers observed a black Dodge pickup truck traveling on Townsend Street turn left without activating his left turn signal. A traffic stop was initiated and the suspect vehicle entered the Shore Stop parking lot located at 405 North Central Avenue, Laurel. Upon coming into contact with the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Robert L. Jones, 32 of Laurel, they detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside of the car. A subsequent search of the suspect and the vehicle was conducted at which time troopers located and seized more than 87 grams of heroin, approximately five grams of marijuana and fifty-two suspected heroin bags. Robert L. Jones was taken into custody without incident.

Robert L. Jones was transported to Troop 5, Bridgeville where he was charged with Manufactures, delivers, or PWID a controlled substance, Possession of Heroin in a Tier 5 Quantity, Possession of Marijuana and Failure to signal. Jones was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $10,200.00 secured bond.

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Released: 032617 1311

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash Involving a Pedestrian – Bear

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

Bear, De. – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal hit and run crash that occurred this morning involving a pedestrian.

The incident occurred today around 1:28 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2017 near the Nuevo Rodeo, located at 2000 Firedancer Lane Bear, De. The pedestrian was walking in the parking lot when an unknown driver operating a Cadillac Escalade struck the pedestrian. After the pedestrian was knocked to the ground, the vehicle continued striking a parked vehicle and the building of the Alpha Worship Center. Immediately after the collisions the operator fled the area in an unknown direction.

The pedestrian was treated at the scene by the New Castle County paramedics and then transported to the Christiana Hospital where the victim was pronounced deceased. Alcohol involvement is undetermined at this point. The investigation is continuing by the Collision Reconstruction Unit and CIU.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Master Corporal J. Aube at 302-365-8483. 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: 032617 1001

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Homeless Sex Offender Notification

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

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: 032417 2031

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State Police Arrest Lewes Man for Abusing Foster Child

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Lewes – The Delaware State Police have arrested a 30-year-old Lewes man after an investigation revealed he physically assaulted his foster child.

The investigation began Wednesday March 22, 2017 when troopers were dispatched to the 30000 block of Cindy Way for a report of child abuse.  Upon arrival, troopers contacted the reporting party in the complaint who stated his boyfriend, who was identified as Jesse A. Allard, 30, had been physically abusing their 2-year-old male foster child while he was away from the house.  The reporting person had suspected Allard of abusing the child and set up some cameras in the house to record any unusual incidents that may have been occurring.  When he left the residence this evening, he was able to view the cameras from his phone and observed Allard physically abusing the young child.

Troopers took Jesse Allard into custody at the residence and transported him back to Troop 7 where he was charged with Assault 2nd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, both which are felonies.  Allard was arraigned at JP3 and released after posting $3,500.00 secured bond.  A condition of his release is not to have any private contact with anyone under the age of 12.

The 2-year-old boy was transported to Beebe Healthcare where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.  Division of Family Services also responded to the hospital and removed the 2-year -old male victim and a 2 month old female that was also in foster care with the couple.  The 2 month old was not injured and they were both placed in the care of another foster family.

Released: 032417 1530

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Troopers Arrest Man Following String of Parking Lot Robberies

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

Wilmington- Delaware State Police have arrested a Wilmington man and charged him in connection with a series of parking lot robberies that have occurred in a Wilmington area shopping center.

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, detectives arrested Zachary L. Jewell, 20, of Wilmington, after he was stopped by the Wilmington Police Department for a traffic violation. An officer at the scene realized that the vehicle Jewell was operating (Honda Accord) matched the description of the vehicle which had been observed fleeing a series of armed robberies which had occurred in the parking lot of the Apollo Shopping Center located at 3615 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington. In each incident a male suspect would approach the victim as they were in the parking lot of the shopping center. He would then display a firearm and demand money. The victims all complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to him. He would then flee the area. There were no injuries.

Troopers responded to the scene of the car stop and took Jewell into custody. He was then transported to Troop 2 where he was subsequently charged with four counts of Robbery 1st Degree after he was linked to robberies which occurred in the shopping center on Friday, March 10, 2017, Monday, March 13, 2017, Thursday, March 16, 2017, and Sunday, March 19, 2017. He was arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution in default of $20,000.00 secured bail.

Released: 032417 1420

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Dover Man Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in March 4th Collision

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

West Dover – Troopers are investigating a two car crash that occurred in the beginning of March resulting in the death of a Dover man.

The incident occurred around 9:18 p.m. Saturday March 4, 2017 as John D. Downs, 75 of Dover, was operating a 2007 Honda Ridgeline southbound on Chestnut Grove Road, stopped at the stop sign at Forest Avenue (SR8).  Kristina Schweitzer, 45 of Hartly, was operating a 2008 Jeep Cherokee westbound on SR8 approaching the intersection of Chestnut Grove Road.  The Honda pulled away from the stop sign to cross over SR8 and was struck on the driver’s side door by the Jeep’s front bumper.  After the impact, the Honda spun in a counter-clockwise direction traveling in a southwesterly direction before coming to a stop on the south edge of SR8.  The Jeep travelled in a southwesterly direction before coming to a stop in the east bound lane of SR8.

John Downs was properly restrained and transported by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital (KGH) where he was admitted in stable condition.  He was later transferred to Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital where he died on Tuesday March 21, 2017.

Downs’ 75-year-old wife was properly restrained in the passenger’s seat and was transported to KGH with non-life-threatening injuries.

Kristina Schweitzer was properly restrained and was transported to KGH where she was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident.  Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be contributing factors on behalf of either driver.

Released: 032417 1355

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Dover Man Arrested After Traffic Stop Nets Gun and Drugs

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Frederica – The Delaware State Police have arrested a Dover man after he was found to be in possession of drugs and a gun following a traffic stop on Wednesday.

The investigation began at approximately 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, as a trooper was on patrol in the area of North Market Street and North Frederica Road. It was at this time that a green Mazda CX5 was observed failing to stop at the stop sign and pulled out in front of the trooper.  The trooper conducted a traffic stop on the car, and upon coming into contact with the operator, and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as Tyrell D. Clark, 25 of Dover, an odor of marijuana was detected coming from inside of the car. A subsequent search of the vehicle was conducted at which time troopers located 2.19 grams of heroin, 6.83 grams of cocaine, 100.84 grams of marijuana, 5 doses of MDMA and a .45 caliber pistol.

Tyrell Clark was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 3 where he was 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, four counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Heroin/Cocaine/Marijuana/MDMA), Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign. He was arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $47,501.00 secured bail.

Released: 032417 1125

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Delaware State Police Announces the Retirement of Major Galen M. Purcell after 28 Years of Service

Dover-The Delaware State Police announces today, the retirement of Major Galen M. Purcell who has proudly served the citizens of Delaware with distinction and faithful service for 28 years.

“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Delaware for the last 28 years.  I have had the opportunity to work with and meet so many great people from our communities over these many years.  It is amazing to think of the technological advancements that have occurred within society in general and more specifically within the field of law enforcement these last three decades.  We now have instant communications and are able to use technology to track and solve crime.  What we are doing today were just concepts when I started my career.  I have had two opportunities to work with incoming recruits while assigned to the DSP Academy during my career, and I am so very proud to say that the individuals we have hired over the years are outstanding and are truly dedicated men and women who are driven to serve the citizens of our great state.  As I leave the Delaware State Police and explore new opportunities, I will always carry with me the Core Values instilled in me during my time as a Trooper, those being Honor, Integrity, Courage, Loyalty, Attitude, Discipline and Service.”

Major Galen M. Purcell – Operations Major for Kent and Sussex Counties

Major Galen M. Purcell was hired on July 14, 1989 into the 59th Delaware State Police Recruit Class, where he was selected as the Governor’s Outstanding Recruit Trooper. He began his career assigned to Troop 9 during his Field Training Officers’ Program and then was later assigned to uniformed patrol at Troop 3 in Camden. On November 1, 1992 he was assigned to the Street Crimes Unit. At the rank of Corporal he was assigned to the Criminal Investigative Unit at Troop 3 of Kent County. On March 1, 1995 he worked in the Video Lottery Enforcement Unit and that following year was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Planning Section. After three years he was assigned to Staff Support and in the ensuing year was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Delaware State Police Academy as the Assistant Director. On March 17, 2003 he returned to operations as the Lieutenant in Odessa at Troop 9.  Two years later he would be selected to work in the Internal Affairs Unit. His promotion to the rank of Captain on October 1, 2005 led to his assignment as Director of the State Bureau of Identification where he served until August 2009. His next assignment returned him to Troop 9 in Odessa as Troop Commander and later the Troop Commander for Troop 3 in Camden. He returned back to the DSP Training Academy on December 22, 2013 as the Director and in just less than two years later was promoted to the prestigious rank of Major where he joined the Executive Staff as the Kent and Sussex County Operations Major on October 18, 2015.

Major Galen M. Purcell, who proudly served Delaware and its citizens, retires today Friday, March 24, 2017 after 28 years of dedicated service.  Major Purcell resides in Magnolia, Delaware with his wife Lana.  He is a very proud father of Amanda, Patrick and Caitlin.

“The women and men of the Delaware State Police congratulate Major Galen M. Purcell on his 28 years of dedicated service to the citizens of the State of Delaware.   We are grateful for his service and commitment throughout his career and for his leadership as part of the executive staff. We also applaud his outstanding recruiting efforts and his service as a member of the United States Navy. He has had a true impact on the entire law enforcement community. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with him. We wish him and his family all the best.”

Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.  – Superintendent of the Delaware State Police

The women and men of the Delaware State Police thank Major Galen M. Purcell for 28 years of dedicated service, sacrifice, and leadership to the Division, and wish him and his family the very best wishes in their future endeavors.

Released: 032417 1321

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