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State Police Investigate Armed Robbery of Cell Phone Store – Wilmington (19809)

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Wilmington (19809)– The Delaware State Police are investigating an armed robbery of a cell phone store located in the Monterey Shopping Center that occurred yesterday afternoon.

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred around 1:26 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017, as a male subject armed with a handgun in his waistband entered the Cricket Wireless store, located at 729 Philadelphia Pike . The suspect approached an employee and demanded money from the register. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect exited the front entrance of the store and fled in an unknown direction. The employee was not injured as a result of this incident.

The suspect was described as a black male, 30-40 years of age, approximately 6’0″-6’2″ tall, 170 lbs., wearing all dark colored clothing and armed with a handgun.

No surveillance photos are available at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to please contact Troop 2 Robbery Unit, at 302-365-8412 .  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 123117 1600

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Troopers Investigating Robbery of A Restaurant- Newark (19711)

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Newark (19711) – The Delaware State Police are investigating an armed robbery of a Chinese Restaurant which took place in the Polly Drummond Shopping Center on Friday evening.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:51 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Mee Garden Restaurant located at 13 Polly Drummond Shopping Center.  A suspect entered the business through the rear door, wearing a black face mask and armed with a blunt force object.  The suspect approached the front cash register and demanded money from the employee.  After the employee complied with the suspects demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled out the rear door of the business in which he entered.   A witness saw the suspect enter a small white sedan that was parked in the area and then fled the scene.

The suspect was described as a white male, wearing a black face mask and a dark colored shirt, displaying a blunt force object. The victim was not injured as a result of this incident.

No video is available at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact Troop 2 Robbery Unit, at 302-365-8412. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 123117 1248

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Troopers Investigating Robberies-Georgetown/Seaford/Bridgeville

Georgetown/Seaford/Bridgeville– The Delaware State Police are investigating three robberies that occurred in the Georgetown, Seaford, and Bridgeville areas last evening.

The first incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2017 on Merganser Road in Sand Hill Acres, Georgetown.  Three unknown male suspects were in a vehicle and approached the victim as he was riding his bike home.  All three suspects exited the vehicle and two of them began searching the victim’s pockets, while one of them displayed a handgun.  The suspects took possession of the victims cell phone and then got back in their vehicle and fled the development.  The victim described the vehicle as being dark in color.  The victim was unable to provide any further description of the suspects or the vehicle.  The victim was not injured as a result of this incident.

The second  incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2017 at a residence located in the 25000 block of Covert Street, Mobile Gardens, Seaford.  Two suspects had approached the victim while he was outside of his residence.  One of the suspects displayed a handgun and demanded the victim turn over his wallet and cell phone.  The victim complied with the suspects demands and turned over the items.  The suspects fled the scene in an unknown make and model vehicle.  The suspect who displayed an unknown type of handgun was described as a Hispanic male approximately 5’07” to 5’08” tall,  145 lbs., with short facial hair and wearing a dark colored sweater.  The second suspect was wearing a mask over his face and described as a male, approximately 5’03” tall, 150 lbs., wearing a dark colored sweater.  The victim was not injured as a result of this incident.

The third incident occurred at approximately 10:15 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2017 at a residence located in the 8000 block of Cannon Road, Bridgeville.  Four unknown suspects arrived in a vehicle at the residence and made contact with the victim while he was outside.  One of the suspects exited the vehicle and approached the victim while displaying a handgun.  The suspect demanded the victim to turn over his wallet.  The other three suspects remained in the vehicle while one of them also displayed a handgun.  The victim complied with the suspects demands and turned over his wallet.  The suspect then returned to the vehicle and fled northbound on Cannon Road. The vehicle was described as dark colored with four-doors and a long hood. The victim could only describe two suspects as having short hair.  No other physical description of the suspects or the vehicle could be provided.   The victim was not injured as a result of this incident.

If anyone has any information in reference to either of these incidents, they are asked to please contact the Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit at 302-856-5850 . Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 123017 1608

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State Police Investigating Fatal Crash-Dagsboro

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Dagsboro– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Thursday, December 28, 2017 on US 113 (DuPont Boulevard) at SR 26 (Clayton Street) in the limits of Dagsboro.

The incident occurred at approximately  1:13 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017 as a 2017 Honda CRV operated by a 75-year-old female of Philadelphia, PA was stopped in the south bound left turn lane of US 113 at SR 26.  A 2014 Honda Odyssey, operated by a 44-year-old female of Wilmington, DE was traveling north bound in the left lane of US 113 approaching the intersection at SR 26.  The operator of the CRV initially stopped for the red light, however for unknown reasons she proceeded forward and entered the north bound travel lane, disregarding a solid red traffic signal.  As a result, the front of the Odyssey struck the front of the CRV.   The impact forced the CRV north bound where it eventually came to rest in the median.  The Odyssey was also forced off the road and came to rest in a parking lot of a commercial business.

The operator of the CVR identified as 75-year-old Geraldine M. Scanlan was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Beebe Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.

The operator of the Odyssey, her front seat passenger, and rear seat passenger were properly restrained and did not sustain injury as a result of this crash.  Another rear seat juvenile passenger was also properly restrained sustained a minor injury.  She was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Beebe Medical Center Hospital where she was treated and released.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has assumed the investigation from the Dagsboro Police Department and is continuing their review into this incident. Impairment does not appear to be a contributing factor on behalf of either operator at this time.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 122917 1800

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*Update-Arrest Made* Troopers Investigating Shooting at Newark Area Bar

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Benjamin A. Lepore, 21 of Wilmington (2015 Photo)

Newark (19711) – The Delaware State Police detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred inside a Newark area bar, that has left a man hospitalized in serious condition.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:21 p.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Rackers Bar, located at 1232 Capitol Trail, Newark, as two male patrons became engaged in a physical altercation inside the bar.

During the altercation, one of the involved subjects, a 28 year old Newark man, was shot one time in the abdomen, by the other subject. The male suspect then fled the scene prior to Troopers arrival. The victim was transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.

Through investigative measures, warrants were obtained for the suspect identified as 21-year-old Benjamin A. Lepore of Wilmington.  On Thursday, December 28, 2017 Lepore was stopped by the Bridgeville Police Department for a traffic violation.  Subsequently, Lepore was taken into custody without further incident.  Lepore was charged with Assault First Degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited.  Lepore was arraigned out of Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on $100,000.00 cash bond.

Troopers Investigating Shooting at Newark Area Bar

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 122917 1700

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drugs and Weapons Charges-Dover

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Dover- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Harrington man after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a loaded handgun and illegal drugs.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:07 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, as Troopers were on patrol in the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard and observed a 2009 Dodge Nitro with an equipment violation.  A traffic stop was then conducted and contact was made with the operator, identified as 33-year-old Stephen Obeda of Harrington.  It was determined that the operator’s drivers license was revoked.  Subsequently, he was removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted.  The search of the vehicle revealed a concealed and fully loaded .22 caliber revolver which was previously reported stolen out of Denton, MD, 20.70 grams of marijuana and .375 grams of heroin both of which were packaged for sale.

Obeda 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, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Receiving a Stolen Firearm,  two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and several traffic charges.  Obeda was arraigned out of Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $59,600 unsecured bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 122817 1620

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Troopers Investigating Shooting at Newark Area Bar

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Newark (19711) – Delaware State Police detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred inside a Newark area bar, that has left a man hospitalized in serious condition.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:21 p.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Rackers Bar, located at 1232 Capitol Trail, Newark, as two male patrons became engaged in a physical altercation inside the bar.

During the altercation, one of the involved subjects, a 28 year old Newark man, was shot one time in the abdomen, by the other subject. The male suspect then fled the scene prior to Troopers arrival. The victim was transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.

There were no other injuries as a result of the incident.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. G. Biddle of the Troop 2 Major Crimes Unit by calling 302-365-8567.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 122817 1540

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Troopers Investigating Robbery of Townsend Valero Station

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Townsend – Delaware State Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Townsend gas station, in which the suspect brandished a large knife.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:55 p.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at the Valero Shore Stop gas station, located at 4298 Dupont Parkway, Townsend.

A 57 year old female employee, was just about to close the business for the night, when a subject entered the store and approached her at the sales counter. The subject asked for a pack of cigarettes at which time the employee advised that she would be right with him. At this time the subject displayed a large knife and demanded a money bag which the employee was preparing to deposit. The employee complied with the demand, turning over the money bag which contained an undisclosed amount of cash.

Once obtaining the bag, the suspect fled into the parking lot, to an awaiting vehicle, which fled northbound on Dupont Parkway. The employee was not injured as a result of the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20-30 years of age, 5’5”-5’7” tall, with a thin build, wearing a black jacket, black hoodie, black pants and in possession of a large knife.

The investigation is ongoing and any one with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302-365-8566.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 122717 1200

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Troopers Investigating Crash Involving Overturned Tractor Trailer – Middletown

 

 

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Middletown – Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving an overturned tractor trailer that has closed Summit Bridge Road.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:54 a.m., Thursday, December 28, 2017, on Summit Bridge Road (DE 71) northbound, south of Old School House Road, Middletown.

A 2010 Freightliner tractor trailer, operated by a 34 year old North Carolina man, was traveling Summit Bridge Road northbound, south of Old School House Road, when a deer crossed the roadway, directly in front of his vehicle. The driver swerved to avoid striking the deer at which time he lost control of the vehicle, with it overturning onto its right side. Prior to the vehicle coming to rest, the trailer struck and snapped a Delmarva utility pole, causing damage to a transformer. The tractor trailer, which was hauling assorted produce, came to rest, blocking all lanes of Summit Bridge Road.

The driver, as well as a 56 year old passenger, also from North Carolina, were able to exit the vehicle under their own power, prior to being transported to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Summit Bridge Road remains closed between Marl Pit Road/Armstrong Corner Road and Boyds Corner Road/Churchtown Road, as the cargo is off-loaded and the vehicle removed. Delmarva Power crews are also on scene making repairs to the utility pole.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.

For traffic updates as well as road closure information log onto: http://www.deldot.gov/Traffic/travel_advisory/index.shtml#advisories.

 

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 122817 1100

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*Update* State Police Investigating Fatal Crash-Milford

CaptureMilford – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Cedar Creek Road (SR30) south of Wilkins Road (CR 206) earlier this evening.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 as a 14-year-old male from Lincoln was operating a Go-Kart traveling northbound on the shoulder of Cedar Creek Road.  A 2009 Toyota Camry driven by a 36-year-old Lincoln women was  traveling southbound on Cedar Creek Road approaching the Go-Kart.  For unknown reasons, the operator of the Go-Kart swerved to the left and crossed into the path of the Camry.  The operator of the Camry was unable to avoid the Go-Kart, causing the front end to collide with the right side of the Go-Kart.  After the impact, the operator of the Go-Kart was ejected and came to rest in the middle of the southbound lane of Cedar Creek Road.  The operator of the Camry continued southbound for a short distance before coming to a stop with the Go-Kart partially lodged under its bumper.

The 14-year-old operator of the Go-Kart was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 36-year-old operator of the Camry was properly restrained and was not injured as a result of this crash.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. Impairment does not appear to be a contributing factor on behalf of either operator at this time. Cedar Creek Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

**Traffic Advisory** State Police Investigating Serious Crash-Milford

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 122717 2218

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**Traffic Advisory** State Police Investigating Serious Crash-Milford

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Milford – The Delaware State Police are currently on the scene of a serious crash on Cedar Creek Road at Wilkins Road.

The incident occurred around 4:41 p.m. Wednesday, December  27, 2017 on Cedar Creek Road at Wilkins Road involving a vehicle and a go-kart.  Injuries have been reported in the crash, however, the exact number and extent of the injuries is unknown at this time.

Cedar Creek Road at Wilkins Road is currently shut down.  Commuters should expect delays in the area and find alternate routes of travel.

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

Please follow the Real Time Travel Advisories through DelDOT to get updates on the road opening by clicking: http://www.deldot.gov/Traffic/travel_advisory/index.shtml#advisories

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 122717 1725

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*UPDATE #3 Names Released* Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash – Delaware Park

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Newark – The Delaware State Police have identified John W. Simon Jr. 77, and Irma Simon 92, both of Mantua N.J., as the victims who were killed in a crash that occurred at approximately 4:53 p.m., Saturday, December 23, 2017, on Delaware Park Boulevard, west of Ogletown-Stanton Road (DE Rt. 4), Newark.

John W. Simon Jr. was the operator, and Irma Simon the front seat passenger of a Mercury Grand Marquis that was struck head on by a stolen Nissan Altima, driven by Stephen R. Goodman 33, of Wilmington.

As a result of the crash Goodman has been charged with 2 counts of Vehicular Homicide 2nd Degree, and one count each of Receiving Stolen Property, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Driving at an Unreasonable Speed, and Driving While Suspended.

Goodman was arraigned by the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas on Sunday, December 24, 2017, and remanded to the custody of the Delaware Department of Corrections on $71,100 secured bond.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Aube of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8483. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

Click on the following link to view the related release: *UPDATE #2* Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash – Delaware Park

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 122717 1600

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Wilmington Man Arrested for Attempting to Disarm Trooper

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Kyon MILLER

Wilmington (19802) – Delaware State Police have arrested a Wilmington man for assaulting and attempting to remove a Troopers firearm, while being taken into custody on drug related charges.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, December 26, 2017, as the Trooper was on routine patrol in the area of N. Claymont Street and Todds Lane, Wilmington. The Trooper observed a subject, later identified as Kyon A. Miller, 37, of Wilmington, open a small package, and proceed to snort the contents.

The Trooper, who was in full uniform, exited his patrol vehicle and approached Miller, at which time he fled on foot, disregarding verbal commands to stop. Miller was located after a brief foot pursuit, at which time he proceeded to actively resist arrest, disregarding numerous verbal commands to stop resisting.

A struggle ensued, with both subjects going to the ground, as the Trooper continued  his attempt to take Miller into custody. As the two wrestled on the ground, a black female, who was seen with Miller prior to him fleeing, approached and proceeded to remove items from his pants pockets. The Trooper directed his attention to the female and ordered her to back up, however she refused to comply and continued to remove items from Miller’s pockets, at which time the Trooper observed several white pills fall onto the ground.

As the Trooper diverted his attention to the female, he lost control of Miller, who was then able to position himself on top of the Trooper. Miller then began pulling on the Trooper’s firearm, in an attempt to remove it from his holster. As the two struggled over the firearm, assisting Troopers arrived on scene and were able to take Miller into custody. As a result of the physical altercation the Trooper sustained an injury to his knee.

A subsequent search of Miller produced three small plastic bags containing heroin.

Miller was transported to Delaware State Police Troop 1 for processing, at which time he gave a fictitious name. After confirming Miller’s true identity he was charged with one count each of: Attempting to Remove a Firearm from Possession of a Law Enforcement Officer, Assault 2nd Degree (Injure a Law Enforcement Officer), Resisting Arrest, Criminal Impersonation and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Miller was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 before being committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $33,035.00 secured bond.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Biddle at 302-365-8567.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 122717 1400

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**Update-Arrest Made** Troopers Investigating Thefts of Packages From Front Porches

Lewes – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the thefts of multiple packages from front porches in which both suspects have now been arrested.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2017, in the 21000 block of Acorn Way, Oakwood Village at Lewes, as a suspect was observed running up to a front porch, removing packages, and then fleeing in a white Kia Optima.  Through investigative measures, the suspect identified as 55-year-old Mary E. Murphy of Lewes was arrested on Felony Theft, Theft, Tampering With Physical Evidence, Falsifying Business Records, Hindering Prosecution, Conspiracy 3rd, Criminal Mischief, and two counts of Criminal Trespass 3rd.  Murphy was arraigned out of Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $3351.00 unsecured bond.

The second suspect in this case has been identified as 32-year-old Derek J. Rice of Lewes.  Through investigative measures, it was discovered on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 that Rice was at Murphy’s residence located in the 22000 block of Dogwood Lane, Angola by the Bay.  As Troopers approached the residence, Rice attempted to flee and was subsequently taken into custody without further incident.  Rice was arrested on Felony Theft, Tampering With Physical Evidence, Theft, Falsifying Business Records, Hindering Prosecution, Conspiracy 3rd, Criminal Mischief, and two counts of Criminal Trespass 3rd.  Rice was arraigned out of Sussex County Court of Common Pleas and released on $3450.00 unsecured bond.

Murphy was also arrested again on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 for Noncompliance of Bond Conditions and Hindering Prosecution.  She was arraigned out of Sussex County Court of Common Pleas and released on $2000.00 unsecured bond.

The investigation remains ongoing and any other individuals who may have been a victim are asked to please contact Troop 7 at 302-644-5020.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 122717 1122

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*UPDATE* Overturned Tractor Trailer has Summit Bridge Road Closed – Middletown

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Middletown – Delaware State Police have completed their investigation into a crash involving an overturned tractor trailer that occurred at approximately 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, December 26, 2017, on Summit Bridge Road in the area of Old School House Road, Middletown.

The investigation determined that a 2013 International tractor trailer, containing a shipment of car batteries, and  being operated by Robert Durham, 43, of Newark, was proceeding Summit Bridge Road (SR 71) northbound, south of Old School House Road, when it veered off the right (east) edge of the roadway. As Durham attempted to bring the vehicle back in to the lane of travel he lost control, with the tractor trailer overturning onto its right side, blocking all lanes of travel. Durham was able to exit the vehicle under his own power and was not injured.

Durham was issued a traffic citation for Failure To Remain In Lane of Travel.

DNREC units responded to the scene and performed a clean-up, due to minor leakage from some of the batteries.

Summit Bridge Road remained closed between Boyds Corner Road/Churchtown Road and Armstrong Corner Road/Marl Pit Road, for approximately 9 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Click on the following link to view the original release: Overturned Tractor Trailer has Summit Bridge Road Closed – Middletown

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 122717 1115

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash-Rehoboth Beach

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Rehoboth Beach– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Friday, December 22, 2017 on Airport Road (CR 275A) at Old Landing Road (CR 274).

The incident occurred on Friday, December 22, 2017 at approximately 7:06 p.m., as a 62-year-old Rehoboth Beach man was operating a 2008 Honda Accord traveling northbound on Airport Road approaching the intersection at Old Landing Road.  For unknown reasons, the operator failed to stop at the posted stop sign.  The vehicle crossed over Old Landing Road and subsequently struck a State Highway warning sign and a tree before coming to a rest.  The operator of the Honda left his vehicle and fled the scene prior to police arrival.

The 62-year-old operator of the Honda was later identified as Lawrence E. Cassidy Sr. of Rehoboth Beach.  On Saturday, December 23, 2017 Cassidy had collapsed at his residence and was unable to be revived by EMS, at which time he was pronounced dead at approximately 10:37 a.m.  An autopsy was later conducted by the State of Delaware Medical Examiner’s office and concluded that Cassidy died as a result of his injuries which he sustained in the collision.

It is unknown at this time if impairment is a contributing factor in this crash.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 122617 1335

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Troopers Investigating Armed Robbery of North Wilmington BP Station

BP Miller Rd

Wilmington (19802) – Delaware State Police are investigating the armed robbery of a North Wilmington BP station that occurred Christmas night.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:35 p.m., Monday, December 25, 2017, at the BP gas station, located at 3507 Miller Road, Wilmington, when a subject approached the clerk at the counter and attempted to purchase cigarettes. The employee, a 32 year old Wilmington woman, asked for the subjects ID, at which time he reached into his jacket pocket, produced a black handgun and demanded cash from the register. The employee complied with the demand, and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to the subject, who then fled on foot towards the Miller Road Shopping Center. The employee was not injured as a result of the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early twenties, 5’4” – 5’6” tall, with a thin build, wearing a black jacket over a gray hoodie, black hat, and bright blue jeans, possessing a black unknown make and model handgun. 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sgt. A. Lloyd of the Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302-365-8403.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 122617 1215

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Overturned Tractor Trailer has Summit Bridge Road Closed – Middletown

SBR at Old School House

Middletown – Delaware State Police are currently on scene of an overturned tractor trailer that occurred at approximately 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, December 26, 2017, on Summit Bridge Road in the area of Old School House Road, Middletown. The tractor trailer is the only vehicle involved and the driver was not injured.

As a result of the crash Summit Bridge Road is closed in both directions, between Boyds Corner Road/ Churchtown Road and Armstrong Corner Road / Marlpit Road. The roadway is expected to be closed for an extended period of time. Please seek alternate routes of travel as delays can be expected on all surrounding roadways due to the closure.

For updated traffic conditions and information on the re-opening of the roadway log onto: http://www.deldot.gov/Traffic/travel_advisory/index.shtml#advisories.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 122617 1130

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*UPDATE #2* Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash – Delaware Park

Ogletown-Stanton at DE Park Blvd

Newark – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate a motor vehicle crash that has claimed the lives of two New Jersey residents.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:53 p.m., Saturday, December 23, 2017, on Delaware Park Boulevard, west of Ogletown-Stanton Road (DE Rt. 4), Newark.

A 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis, operated by a 77 year old Mantua, N.J. man was traveling  on Delaware Park Boulevard, west of Ogletown-Stanton Road, as he was exiting the Delaware Park Casino property. Also occupying the Mercury, as a front seat passenger, was a 92 year old woman, also of Mantua.

A 2015 Nissan Altima, operated by  Stephen R. Goodman, 33, of Wilmington, was entering the Delaware Park Casino property, on Delaware Park Boulevard, west of Ogletown-Stanton Road, at a high rate of speed. The Nissan was passing several vehicles on Delaware Park Boulevard after crossing the double yellow center line, and traveled directly into the path of the Mercury, at which time the vehicles collided head on.

The operator of the Mercury was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS. The front seat passenger in the Mercury was transported to the Christiana Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. Goodman was transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted with serious injuries.

The investigation revealed that Goodman was wanted by the Wilmington Police Department, for stealing the Nissan during the course of a carjacking, which occurred earlier this same date.

As a result of the initial crash investigation warrants were obtained charging Goodman with 2 counts of Vehicular Homicide 2nd Degree, and one count each of Receiving Stolen Property, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Driving at an Unreasonable Speed, and Driving While Suspended. The execution of these warrants along with the pre-existing Carjacking 2nd warrant will be accomplished when Goodman’s medical condition allows.

Identification of both victims is pending the notification of next of kin.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sgt. D. Alexander of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8484.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 122417 1140

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*UPDATE-Corrected Location* Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash – Delaware Park

DE Park at Churchmans

Newark – Delaware State Police are currently on scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 4:53 p.m., Saturday, December 23, 2017, on Delaware Park Boulevard in the area of Churchman’s Road (S.R. 4), Newark.

Traffic in the area is not being affected at this time.

The investigation is active and ongoing with further details being released as they become available.