Delaware State Police

Homeless Sex Offender Notification

Dover– The 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.

 

 

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 033118 0800

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Troopers Arrest Millsboro Man For 7th Offense DUI

William A. Bell (Photo 2013)
William A. Bell (Photo 2013)

Millsboro– The Delaware State Police have arrested a Millsboro man after he was involved in a crash and found to be under the influence of alcohol for the 7h time.

The incident occurred on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at approximately 10:17 p.m. when Troopers were dispatched to the intersection of Avenue of Honor and Bethesda Road for a vehicle collision.  Upon arrival, Troopers discovered an unoccupied 2000 Ford Explorer on its driver’s side.  Further investigation revealed that the Explorer was traveling southbound on Bethesda Road north of  Avenue of Honor when it exited the roadway and struck a mail box. The Explorer continued southbound on Bethesda Road approaching the intersection at Avenue of Honor. The operator of the Explorer failed to stop at the stop sign and struck a 2016 Honda Odyssey.  The operator of the Odyssey remained at the scene and was not injured.

The operator of the Explorer, identified as 53-year-old William A. Bell, fled the scene on foot and a short time later was located by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit in the woods, less then a quarter of a mile from the collision scene.  Bell was subsequently taken into custody when an odor of alcohol was detected and a DUI investigation ensued.  A computer check revealed that Bell had six previous DUI convictions, making this his seventh offense.  Bell was transported back to Troop 4 where he was charged with his 7th Offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Leaving the Scene of a Collision, Driving Without a Valid License, Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign, and other traffic related offenses.  He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute on $27,055.00 cash only bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 033018 1010

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Parents, Schools and Law Enforcement Hold a Piece of the Puzzle in Preventing School Threats

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Delaware– All online or verbal threats toward a school will result in serious consequences. It is important to know the Delaware State Police will dedicate resources to investigate each one regardless of the person’s intent. The responsibility for keeping our schools safe belongs to everyone in the community.

Parents, Schools and Law Enforcement play a key role to ensure schools are safe learning environments. Parents who remain vigilant with their children’s online activities and social media sites may detect unusual behaviors and prevent potential problems. Parents can help by implementing certain parameters like rules and expectations of their children and watching for any warning signs that your teen may be in trouble. Keeping the lines of communication open, staying involved and connected are some of the best ways to prevent bad teen behavior.

Schools continue to help by enhancing student-teacher relationships in hopes of noticing unusual behavior and building trust so students are more apt to share information. While our schools districts have measures in place to deal with and prevent threats and other emergency situations, it is on all of us to do our part. We have to deal with threats in the appropriate manner so children can learn in a safe environment.

Currently, more teenagers face severe charges for online and verbal threats against schools, students and staff. Usually, students who make these threats will be identified and interviewed by the police. A comprehensive investigation will be conducted for each violation of the law whether the intent was a hoax or more importantly a real threat. School Resource Officers and Detectives will respond to all online and verbal threats and will conduct a lawful search of the suspect’s person, locker, vehicle and residence for items that could be used in an actual attack like weapons, firearms, written plans or anything suspicious or incriminating. If necessary the FBI will be contacted to assist with the investigation. Even if it’s a hoax or a real threat against a school, it is vital to know serious consequences can result, as these threats can cause public panic:

  • Those responsible can be charged with Terroristic Threatening, Disorderly Conduct and Cyber Threatening and can be either a class F or G felony which can result in prison time and/or probation
  • Severe penalties and fines of $1000 to $2500
  • Community service; 100 hours or more
  • School sanctions like suspensions and expulsions
  • The student can be sent to an alternative school or even change districts due to the unfortunate side effects of becoming a social outcast within that school community.
  • Grades could suffer and can even result in having to repeat a grade or, worse yet, not being allowed to graduate.
  • The student may not be allowed to participate in school sports.
  • A mental health evaluation may be mandated by the court and required by the school before any child can return.

It’s imperative to know that any person can be guilty of terroristic threatening if it is likely to cause an evacuation of a school, building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation. If it causes a serious inconvenience or includes the reckless disregard of the risk of causing terror or serious inconvenience at a daycare facility, nursery or preschool, kindergarten, elementary, secondary or vocational-technical school it can result in a felony arrest.

The crime of Terroristic Threatening can also bring criminal intimidation charges. The fear brought by threatening posts can cause many students and staff to stay home rather than potentially taking the risk of going to school. Many students do not understand the consequences of their actions until they are arrested, charged and put into the juvenile justice system. The consequences would help the student to understand the severity of making threats. Finally, this conviction will follow them and will have to be reported on any job or college application. If students are convicted of a felony and develop a criminal record it could prevent them from joining the military, being accepted into college or it may even interfere with getting a job.

 Troopers Arrest Suspect for Threats Made to Middle School

DuPont School Social Media Threat Not Related to Delaware

Troopers Arrest Suspect for Threat Made to High School

Troopers Arrest Juvenile for Threats Made to a High School

Troopers Arrest Suspect for Threat Made to High School

Troopers Investigate Threat to School

Student Arrested after Threats Made to School

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

Released: 032918 1251

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Troop 5, Bridgeville Presents a “Year in Review” to the Communities We Serve

The Delaware State Police Troop 5 Administration held a community meeting on Wednesday, March, 28, 2018 at Heritage Shores located at 1 Heritage Shore Circle, Bridgeville, led by  Troop 5 Commander, Captain Alice Brumbley.  Troopers were privileged to have hosted a Town Hall Meeting where the public was provided with an overview of the great work done by the men and women of DSP Troop 5 in 2017.  Achieving a 12.5% reduction in Robberies, a 34.2% reduction in Burglaries, a 2.9% reduction in Thefts, as well as a 5.1% reduction in overall crashes simply exemplifies the exceptional work the troopers are doing.  Moreover, when you examine many of our clearance rates of crime against the national averages, we demonstrate a deep desire to solve our crime.  A Robbery clearance rate of 47.7% versus the national average of 29.3%, a Burglary clearance rate of 37.9% versus the national average of 13.1%, and a Theft clearance rate of 36.4% versus the national average of 20.4% clearly shows the dedication of our troopers to solve crime when it occurs.

Equally important to our crime fighting and traffic enforcement measures is our commitment to suppress and prevent crime through our community outreach and engagement efforts.  In 2017, Troop 5 embarked on several community based programs to build trust, open lines of communication, foster positive and open relationships that are inclusive of all citizens and the police, all aimed at crime reduction and making our communities as safe as possible. Some of the most memorable events in 2017 included:

  • A sharing show-and-tell with the toddler reading program at Greenwood Library.
  • Partnering with the Seaford Police Department and the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club for Community Night Out.
  • Sharing an afternoon in Coverdale for “Scoops with Troops”.
  • Having a Community Café in conjunction with the Greenwood Police Department at Amity Coffee.
  • Partnering with the Delmar Police Department for their first National Night Out.

These pro-active efforts not only provide the community with a better understanding of the Delaware State Police, it also enhances Troopers awareness of the various cultures that exist within the communities they serve.

Delaware State Police Troop 5 and the Seaford Police Department Invites All to the Community Night Out-Against Drugs and Crime

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Delaware State Police Troop 5 to Host Community Café – Greenwood

We truly appreciate and thank all those in attendance, including Senator Brian Pettyjohn and Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent for joining us to learn more about DSP T5.

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 032918 1128

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*Update #2* Homicide Suspect Apprehended

Bridgeville– The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit received information on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, that the U.S. Marshals Task Force had their homicide suspect, Jared C. Mitchell, 31 of Greenwood in custody.  Mitchell was located at a residence in the 4500 block of Petit Lane, Horntown, VA.  With the assistance of the Accomack County Sherriff’s Office and the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force, a search warrant was executed on this residence in which drug evidence was recovered.

Mitchell remains in custody in Virginia on drug charges and a fugitive warrant, pending his extradition back to Delaware.

This case continues to remain under investigation.

Detectives Conducting Homicide Investigation-Bridgeville

**Update – Victim’s Name Released** Detectives Conducting Homicide Investigation-Suspect Sought-Bridgeville

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released:032918 0738

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash-Lewes

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Lewes- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on March 19, 2018.

The incident occurred on Monday, March 19, 2018 at approximately 2:05 p.m. as a 2014 Toyota Sienna was traveling southbound on Camp Arrowhead Road south of Angola Road.  The operator, identified as 73-year-old Charmla K. Capanaro, of Lewes, failed to maintain the travel lane, causing her vehicle to exit the west edge of the roadway and strike a mailbox, utility pole, and several tress before overturning on its side for its final resting place.

Capanaro was removed from the scene by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit and transported to the Christiana Hospital where she was admitted in critical condition.  On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at approximately 7:08 a.m., Capanaro succumbed to her injuries.

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: 032818 2220

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Troopers Arrest Wilmington Man for Assaulting Co-worker

Li Cheng
Li CHENG

Wilmington (19808) – Delaware State Police have arrested Li Cheng, 44, of Wilmington on felony assault charges stemming from an altercation with a co-worker.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:53 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2018, at the RICE restaurant, located at 2015 Limestone Road, Wilmington, when Cheng and a 42 year old male co-worker became engaged in a physical altercation while working in the kitchen. During the altercation Cheng struck the victim in the head with a metal kitchen utensil and threatened him with a knife, before the two were separated by fellow employees.

The victim was treated on scene by EMS for a laceration to his head and then transported to the Christiana Hospital for further treatment.

Cheng remained on scene and was taken in to custody by responding Troopers without incident. Cheng was then transported to Delaware State Police Troop 2 where he was arrested and charged with one count each of Assault 2nd Degree (F), Aggravated Menacing (F) and Terroristic Threatening (M).

Cheng was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #11 and released on $17,000.00 unsecured bail.

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: 1430

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*Update-Name Released* Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash-Wilmington

Wilmington (19803)- The Delaware State Police is releasing the name of the man that was killed in the Friday, March 23, 2018 crash on Murphy Road east of Thomas Road as Mark P. McGee, 53 of Wilmington, DE. 

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash-Wilmington

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 032718 1424

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Troopers Investigating Knifepoint Robbery – Bear

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Bear – Delaware State Police are investigating an armed robbery involving a knife that took place yesterday morning at the Gamestop located in Bear.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:09 a.m., Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Gamestop, located at 1015 Governors Place, Bear. A white male suspect approached the 29 year old female employee at the sales counter while displaying a knife, and demanded money from the register. The victim complied with the demand by opening the cash drawer at which time the suspect reached in and removed an undisclosed amount of cash. After obtaining the money the suspect exited the store, and was last seen fleeing eastbound on foot towards the K-Mart. The victim was not injured as a result of the incident.

The suspect is described as a middle aged white male, 5’10”, 150-200 lbs., wearing a dark jacket which partially concealed his face, knit cap, jeans and in possession of a knife.

No surveillance images are available at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone 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: 032718 1320

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Cancellation of Gold Alert Issued for Missing Reno, Nevada Man

Newark-Connor Bowers has been located in good condition.  The Gold Alert has been canceled.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 032718 0900

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Virtual Kidnapping Scam Alert Advisory

Virtual Kidnapping

Dover – The Delaware State Police are issuing the following advisory in response to a recent increase in reported incidents involving virtual kidnapping scam phone calls. While these most recent incidents were in New Castle County, this advisory is applicable statewide.

Virtual kidnapping is an extortion scheme that tricks victims into paying a ransom to free a family member they believe is being threatened with violence or death. Unlike traditional abductions, virtual kidnappers have not actually kidnapped anyone. Instead, through deceptions and threats, they coerce victims to pay a quick ransom.

Law enforcement agencies have been aware of virtual kidnapping fraud for at least two decades, but recently, this scam which was once limited to Mexico and southwest border states has evolved, so that U.S. residents anywhere could be potential victims.

The FBI has provided the following tips to avoid falling victim to this specific scam trend:

Don’t Become a Victim

The success of any type of virtual kidnapping scheme depends on speed and fear. Criminals know they only have a short time to exact a ransom before the victims unravel the scam or authorities become involved. To avoid becoming a victim, look for these possible indicators:

  • Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone, insisting you remain on the line.
  • Calls do not come from the supposed victim’s phone.
  • Callers try to prevent you from contacting the “kidnapped” victim.
  • Calls include demands for ransom money to be paid via wire transfer; ransom amount demands may drop quickly.

If you receive a phone call from someone demanding a ransom for an alleged kidnap victim, the following should be considered:

  • In most cases, the best course of action is to hang up the phone.
  • If you do engage the caller, don’t call out your loved one’s name.
  • Try to slow the situation down. Request to speak to your family member directly. Ask, “How do I know my loved one is okay?”
  • Ask questions only the alleged kidnap victim would know, such as the name of a pet. Avoid sharing information about yourself or your family.
  • Listen carefully to the voice of the alleged victim if they speak.
  • Attempt to contact the alleged victim via phone, text, or social media, and request that they call back from their cell phone.
  • To buy time, repeat the caller’s request and tell them you are writing down the demand, or tell the caller you need time to get things moving.
  • Don’t agree to pay a ransom, by wire or in person. Delivering money in person can be dangerous.

This information was provided through the FBI website located at:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/virtual-kidnapping

Many of these scams are difficult to investigate. They will target persons of all age groups.  Delaware State Police is asking citizens to remember the tips previously mentioned in order to not become a victim of one of these scam artists.

If you suspect a real kidnapping is taking place or you believe a ransom demand is a scheme, contact your local law enforcement immediately.

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: 032618 1730

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Camp Barnes Receives Contribution from Atlantic Community Thrift Shop

Frankford- On Friday, March 23, 2018, the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (A.C.T.S.) donated $50,000 to Camp Barnes Inc.   The Atlantic Community Thrift Shop is located at 34634 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View, DE 19970, and has been a huge supporter of Camp Barnes.

Camp Barnes, a non-profit organization, is a recreational overnight summer camp run by the Delaware State Police in which there is no fee to attend.  The camp is for boys and girls between the ages of 10-13.  The Camp has served the needs of thousands of children throughout Delaware. For over 60 years, Camp Barnes has remained basically unchanged. It was originally designed to provide the children who were unable to attend summer camp an opportunity to experience life at a summer youth camp.

The donation from the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop will go towards the continued renovations and general operations of the camp.    A.C.T.S. has supported the camp over the years through financial donations, and staff members volunteering at the camp.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 032618 1420

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*Update* Burglary/Theft Suspects Arrested

Felton/Dover– The Delaware State Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a Burglary and Theft incident.

The first incident occurred on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, when Troopers responded to the Manship Chapel Church located at 4912 Burnite Mill Road, Felton for a theft complaint.  It was discovered that two suspects had entered the property and removed parts from an exterior air-conditioning unit.  Surveillance cameras on the property captured a white male and a white female on the property, driving an older model Buick Regal.

The second incident occurred on Thursday, February 1, 2018, when Troopers responded to the Goose Creek Car Wash located at 1708 E. Lebanon Road, Dover for a burglary complaint.  It was discovered that the suspects had utilized an acetylene torch to gain entry into a storage room, and once inside they caused significant damage to a coin machine. The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the machine prior to fleeing the business. 

Through investigative measures, two suspects were identified as 19-year-old Savanah Killingher and 47-year-old Joseph Robinette.  Killingher and Robinette were taken into custody by the Caernarvon Police Department in PA.  A search of their vehicle revealed an acetylene torch and numerous other burglary tools.  On March 22, 2018, both were extradited back to Delaware and charged with Burglary 3rd, 2 counts of Theft, 2 counts of Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, and 2 counts of Conspiracy. Both were arraigned before the Justice of Peace Court 2.  Killingher was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $20,300.00 secured bond.  Robinette was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $20,300.00 secured bond.

Click on the link for the original release: Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Burglary/Theft Suspects

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 032618 1134

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Hit and Run Crash Leads to Weapon and Drug Charges- Dover

Marcos Godoy
Marcos Godoy

Dover- The Delaware State Police arrest a Middletown man after a hit and run crash led to the discovery of a weapon and drugs in his vehicle.

The incident occurred on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at approximately 1:39 p.m. when Troopers were dispatched to North Dupont Highway (Rt.13) at Messina Hill Road for a reported hit and run crash.  Investigation into the crash revealed that a black ford F-150 had side struck a Ford Fusion while it was traveling in the right lane of Rt. 13.  After the impact, the Ford F-150 continued southbound on Rt. 13.  The driver of the Fusion was not injured as a result of this crash.  Moments later, calls were received that a black Ford F-150 was driving on three wheels and had pulled into a newly constructed commercial property off of Jerome Drive.  Troopers arrived at this location moments later and made contact with the operator, 22-year-old Marcos Vinicio Godoy of Middletown.

Upon contact with Godoy, an odor of marijuana was detected.  He was subsequently detained and a search of the vehicle was conducted.  The search led to the discovery of 12.3 grams of marijuana and an unloaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun with one magazine and 11 rounds of ammunition.

Godoy was transported back to Troop 9 where he was charged with Driving Under the Influence, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Marijuana, and other traffic related offenses.

Godoy was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 7 and released on $25,775.00 unsecured bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 032618 1039

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash-Frederica

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Frederica-The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred last evening on Bay Road at Bowers Beach Road.

The incident occurred on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at approximately 9:15 p.m. as a 2013 Silver Chevrolet Impala was traveling westbound on Bowers Beach Road approaching the traffic light at Bay Road. A 2016 white Kia Soul was traveling northbound on Bay Road in the right lane approaching the traffic light at Bowers Beach Road. Both vehicles entered the intersection when the Kia struck the Impala in the driver’s side door. After the impact, the Impala started to spin off the roadway and struck a concrete barrier with its front end for its final resting place.  The Kia also started to spin off the roadway, striking a concrete barrier with its rear bumper for its final resting place.

The operator of the Impala, 57-year-old Anna D. Tharp, of Felton was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital were she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.  Tharp was properly restrained and impairment does not appear to be a factor on her behalf at this time.

The operator of the Kia, a 43-year-old man of Essex, MD, and its passengers, a 42-year-old female from Middle River, MD, and a 12-year-old child were all removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital.  The 43-year-old man and 42-year-old female were both admitted with non-life threatening injuries.  The juvenile was treated and released with minor injuries.  All occupants were properly restrained and impairment does not appear to be a factor on behalf of the operator at this time.

 

Bay Road at Bowers Beach Road was closed for approximately 4 hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

 

The investigation into this collision remains ongoing by the Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit.  Anyone with information in reference to this crash is asked to please contact Cpl/3 W. Killen at 302-698-8451.

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: 032618 0827

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Troopers Arrest Burglary Suspect- Wilmington

John J. Wallace
John J. Wallace

Wilmington- The Delaware State Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a residential burglary.

On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at approximately 1:55 p.m. Troopers were dispatched to a residence located in the 600 block of Beaver Dam Road for a report of a burglary.  Upon arrival, Troopers made contact with the homeowner who advised that when he returned to his residence this afternoon, he noticed an older model red colored vehicle in his driveway.  As the homeowner approached the vehicle, he made contact with the sole occupant who was seated in the driver’s seat.  The homeowner advised that the subject, later identified as 47-year-old John J. Wallace of Wilmington, indicated to him that he was on the property because he was interested in purchasing the house.  It was noted that the residence is not on the market for sale.  As Wallace pulled away from the residence, the homeowner was able to obtain the registration of the vehicle.

Through further investigations, it was determined that Wallace had entered the residence through a side door by breaking a glass window pane, allowing him to access the doorknob.  No items were reported stolen at this time.

Troopers responded to Wallace’s residence in the 300 block of Delta Road, Wilmington, where he was taken into custody without incident.  He was transported back to Troop 1, where he was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree, and Criminal Mischief.  Wallace was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 11 and released on $2,700.00 unsecured bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 032518 2115

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Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Multiple Charges-Bridgeville

Christopher J. Albury
Christopher J. Albury

Bridgeville– The Delaware State Police arrest a Georgetown man after he led Troopers on a pursuit and resisted arrest.

The incident occurred on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at approximately 9:12 p.m. when a Trooper witnessed a gold, 2004 Nissan Maxima traveling eastbound on Seashore Highway (Rt. 404) near Cannon Road with a headlight out. As the Trooper activated their emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle, the operator accelerated and a pursuit ensued.  Stopped sticks were subsequently deployed bringing the vehicle to a stop on Redden Road, east of Sussex Highway.

The operator and sole occupant, identified as 40-year-old Christopher J. Albury of Georgetown exited the vehicle and a foot pursuit ensued.  After a brief struggle, Albury was taken into custody. 

Through further investigation,  it was determined that Albury was found to be under the influence of alcohol.  Albury was transported to Troop 5 where he was charged with Driving Under the Influence, Resisting Arrest, Failure to Stop on the Command of a Police Officer and numerous other traffic related offenses.

Albury was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $4,864.00 secured bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 032518 1552

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Reno, Nevada Man

Connor Bowers
Connor Bowers

Newark – The Delaware State Police is issuing a Gold Alert for 20-year-old Connor Bowers of Reno, Nevada who was last heard from on Saturday morning, March 24, 2018.

Connor is 5’11” tall, 150 lbs., with short cut blond hair, green eyes, and a tattoo throughout his left arm. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, camouflage t-shirt with “raw” written on it, and blue jeans.

He was last seen leaving the Days Inn located at 900 Churchmans Road, Newark.  He left driving away in a gold Cadillac with Nevada registration O59C32.

Troopers have been unable to make contact with Connor 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 please contact Troop 6 at 302-633-5000.  Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 032418 1833

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Statewide Enforcement Checkpoints Aim to Reduce DUI-Related Crashes and Fatalities

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Delaware – The Delaware State Police and the Office of Highway Safety in partnership with local law enforcement agencies are committed to improving the safety of Delaware’s motoring public. During this past weekend Delaware, Maryland and Virginia as part of the “Border to Border” multi-jurisdictional deployment along with the Delmar, Laurel, Seaford, Bridgeville and Greenwood Police Departments worked together to patrol the entire length of U.S. 13 from Virginia to Delaware.

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, more than 70 law enforcement officers from across Delaware assembled at several locations in all three counties to conduct statewide impaired driving checkpoints. The focus was on behavioral traffic safety issues such as impaired driving, seat belt use, child-passenger safety, pedestrian and various other traffic safety concerns.

A total of 2,228 vehicles went through the checkpoints; Of those, 51 drivers were detained for further investigation, 15 were drug arrests, 15 DUI arrest, 11 seatbelt arrests, three DRE Evaluations and 12 other traffic arrests.

Delaware’s Checkpoint Strike-force is a regional sobriety checkpoint campaign aimed at arresting DUI offenders by using High Visibility Enforcement to deter those who would otherwise choose to drink and drive. In 2017, there have been 3,230 DUI arrests statewide and 24 confirmed fatalities related to impaired driving as of November 2017. The Delaware State Police have teamed up with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety and local law enforcement agencies across the state to coordinate Delaware’s multi-jurisdictional DUI checkpoints in conjunction with the “Border to Border multi-state traffic safety initiative for a safer Delaware.

“As a result of our combined efforts and strategies for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Checkpoint Strike-force and the “Border to Border” Traffic Safety Initiative; the Delaware State Police and our local allied partners (Delmar, Laurel, Seaford, Bridgeville and Greenwood Police Departments) were able to arrest a total of 15 driving under influence and 15 drug arrests during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

As the Delaware State Police collaborated with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety; the outcome of this traffic initiative proved to be a safer weekend for Delaware. Through education, deterrence, proactive patrols and targeted locations we were able to serve the essential purpose to inform the motoring public on the importance of driving safe.” –Sgt. Richard Bratz, DSP–

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FAQs on life after a DUI can be found at http://www.arrivealive.com/Drive-Sober/FAQs

The link to OHS’ website about driving sober, DUI fatalities and arrests is http://www.arrivealivede.com/DriveSober

For more information on impaired driving visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired

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

Released: 032418 1631

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash-Wilmington

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Wilmington (19803)- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred last evening on Murphy Road east of Thomas Road.

The incident occurred on Friday, March 23, 2018 at approximately 8:55 p.m. as a 1997 Toyota Camry operated by a 53-year-old man of Wilmington was traveling westbound on Murphy Road approaching the intersection of Thomas Road. For unknown reasons, the Camry drifted off the north edge of the roadway and struck a raised curb.   The Camry then proceeded to travel across several residential lawns and driveways before striking a large tree located in the front yard of a residence in the 200 block of Murphy Road.

The 53-year-old man was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased at 9:48 p.m. He was not properly restrained and it is undetermined at this time if impairment is a factor on his behalf.  Identification of the victim is pending notification of next of kin.

Murphy Road between Thomas Road and Jackson Boulevard was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The investigation into this collision remains ongoing by the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit.

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: 032418 0925

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