Delaware State Police

Troopers Arrest Wilmington Man for Liquor Store Burglary Attempt

Barry R. Cline
Barry R. CLINE

Wilmington (19804) – Delaware State Police have arrested Barry R. Cline, 30, of Wilmington on multiple charges, after the unsuccessful burglary attempt of a local liquor store.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:47 a.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Boxwood Liquors, located at 630 S. Maryland Avenue, Wilmington, when a Trooper, who was on routine patrol in the area, observed a suspicious subject standing in front of the business. When the subject, who was later identified as Cline, observed the Trooper approaching, he attempted to flee on foot, but was taken in to custody without incident.

Upon checking the area, the Trooper discovered a cinder block laying on the sidewalk in front of the business and also observed that the glass, front entrance door had been shattered. Through further investigative measures Cline was able to be positively linked to the burglary attempt.

Cline was transported to Delaware State Police Troop 6, where he was arrested and formally charged with Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief Under $1000.00 and Possession of Burglary Tools. He was then arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #11 and released on $6100.00 unsecured bail.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 042518 1340

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Troopers Arrest Smyrna Man on Multiple Drug Charges

Magnolia- The Delaware State Police assisted the Smyrna Police Department in executing a search warrant which led to the discovery of drugs.

The Delaware State Police were informed by the Smyrna Police Department that a suspect, identified as 19-year-old Kwamai Johnson of Smyrna was arrested in connection with a stolen firearm.  On Tuesday April 24, 2018, members of the Smyrna Police Department, Kent County Drug Unit (KDU), Kent County Property Crimes Unit, and the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T), executed a search warrant at a residence located in the 100 block of Woodville Drive, Magnolia.

During a search of the residence, a Smith and Wesson rifle, 3 loaded rifle magazines with numerous rifle ammunition, 4,147 blue wax bags of suspected Heroin (approximately 29.029 grams), approximately 276.4 grams of Marijuana, and numerous drug paraphernalia items were recovered.

The Delaware State Police charged Johnson with Possession of Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Johnson was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center $51,000.00 secured bond.

 

 

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 042518 1123

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Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of One Pot Meth Lab – Magnolia

Sarah Bell
Sarah C. BELL (2014 photo)

Magnolia – Delaware State Police have arrested a Hartly woman for operating a one pot meth lab, after the vehicle she was a passenger in was stopped for a traffic violation.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:21 a.m., Sunday, April 22, 2018, when a Trooper stopped a silver, Volkswagen Jetta for a traffic violation on Fox Hollow Drive in Magnolia. Contact was made with the driver who was identified as Ashley N. Lane, 25, of Rehoboth, and the passenger who was identified as Sarah C. Bell, 30, of Hartly, both of whom were confirmed to be wanted on capiases out of the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.  Both subjects were taken into custody and a subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Through further investigation it was determined that all the materials belonged to Bell and that she was in fact actively manufacturing methamphetamine at the time the vehicle was stopped. Due to the hazardous and combustible nature of the materials used in this process, the Department of Natural Resources, along with the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit responded to assist with the investigation. The one pot meth lab was subsequently rendered safe without incident.

Bell was charged with Unlawfully Operating a Clandestine Lab and then committed to the Dolores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in lieu of $10,000.00 secured bail.

Lane was charged with Failure To Signal, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and released on $300.00 unsecured bail.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 042418 1350

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Troopers Arrest Two Suspects For Copper Wire Thefts

Camden Wyoming/Greenwood– The Delaware State Police have arrested two suspects in connection with multiple thefts of copper wire from commercial irrigation systems.

The investigation began in February 2018, when several thefts of copper wire from commercial irrigation systems spanning from Camden Wyoming to Greenwood were reported to the police.  Through investigative measures, Troopers were able to identify two suspects, 23-year-old Taylor Provanchie of Harrington and 30-year-old Thomas Bradley of HarringtonIt was determined that Provanchie and Bradley had stolen over 1,000 pounds of copper wire and received over $1,800.00 in proceeds from the scrap yard.

Taylor Provanchie was arrested on April 19, 2018 and charged with 8 counts of Theft (Felony), 7 counts of Criminal Trespass 3rd, 6 counts of Criminal Mischief, and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief (Felony).  Provanchie was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $17,750.00 unsecured bond.

Thomas Bradley was arrested on April 23, 2018 and charged with 8 counts of Theft (Felony), 7 counts of Criminal Trespass 3rd, 4 counts of Criminal Mischief, and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief (Felony).  Bradley was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $28,207.00  secured bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 042418 1050

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Troopers Investigating Pharmacy Robbery- North Wilmington

Walgreens Concord Pike

Wilmington (19803) – Delaware State Police are investigating the robbery of a North Wilmington CVS pharmacy that took place early Friday morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:51 a.m., Friday April 20, 2018, at the CVS, located at 4020 Concord Pike, Wilmington, when two suspects, entered the business, confronted an employee as he worked behind the pharmacy counter and demanded drugs. As soon as the employee was confronted he alerted two other employees at which time all three fled the store on foot. As they exited the front doors, they were confronted by a third suspect who was waiting outside. The third suspect attempted to contain the three subjects within the store however they were able escape, but not before two of them were knocked to the ground by the suspect. All employees were able to get away without sustaining any injuries.

Further investigation determined that the two suspects who entered the business were able to obtain an undetermined quantity of drugs before exiting the store. Once outside all three suspects re-united and were last seen fleeing on foot, southbound on Concord Pike.

Descriptions of the suspects are as follows:

Suspect #1: Black male, 18-25 years of age, 5’8”-5’10”, 170-180 lbs., wearing all dark clothing. (Entered business)

Suspect #2: Black male, 18-25 years of age, 5’8”-5’10”, 170-180 lbs., wearing a black hoodie and jeans. (Entered business)

Suspect #3: Black male, 18-25 years of age, 6’0-6’2”, 200-230 lbs., large build, wearing a black hoodie and light colored pants. (Remained outside)

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: 042318 1330

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*UPDATE* Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Knifepoint Robbery Suspect

Gamestop Suspect
ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY

Bear – Delaware State Police detectives are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery involving a knife, that occurred at approximately 10:09 a.m., Monday, March 26, 2018, at the GameStop, located at 1015 Governors Place, Bear, in which a white male suspect approached the 29 year old female employee at the sales counter, displayed a knife, and demanded money from the register.

The suspect is described as white male, 40-45 years of age, and was wearing blue jeans, a black knit cap, tan latex gloves,  a gray over black parka style coat with red trim, gray hood and large collar that was pulled up to conceal his face.

Anyone who knows the identity of the pictured subject or who may further information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective C. Hevelow of the Troop 2 Robbery Unit by calling 302-365-8471.

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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Troopers Investigating Knifepoint Robbery – Bear

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 042318 1245

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Troopers Arrest Two for Operating Meth Lab – Seaford

Seaford – Delaware State police have arrested a pair of subjects for their involvement in a meth lab operation at a residence in Seaford.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:37 a.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018, when Troopers received information that two wanted suspects were currently occupying a residence in the 6000 block of Owls Nest Road, Seaford. Upon arrival Troopers made contact with Mary B. Fleetwood, 36, and Zachary C. Hufnell, 29, both of Seaford, who were both confirmed to have active court capiases.

Upon taking the pair in to custody, Troopers observed in plain view, materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, at which time they secured the residence due to the hazardous and combustible nature of the process.

Members of the Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) were then contacted to assist with the investigation.  A subsequent search of both the interior and exterior of the property confirmed that a methamphetamine manufacturing lab was present on the property. Components used to manufacture methamphetamine, along with key ingredients in making the drug were safely collected and seized, along with .021 grams of heroin and 1.03 grams of methamphetamine.

No evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents.

Hufnell and Fleetwood were transported to Delaware State Police Troop 4, where they were arrested and charged with one count each of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Unlawfully Operating a Clandestine Laboratory and Conspiracy 2nd Degree.

Both subjects were arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #3, where secured bail was set at $74,000.00. Hufnell was then committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution, and Fleetwood to the Dolores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 042318 1210

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*Update* Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Attempted Robbery Suspect

acme suspect

Wilmington (19803)- Delaware State Police are investigating the attempted robbery of a Wilmington man in a grocery store parking lot and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the above pictured suspect who is wanted in connection.

The incident occurred on Friday, April 6, 2018 at approximately 4:40 p.m. when Troopers were dispatched to the parking lot of the Acme, located at 1901 Concord Pike for a report of an attempted robbery.  Upon arrival, Troopers made contact with an 80-year-old victim who advised he had just walked out of the Acme and over to his vehicle, when he was approached by a subject asking for a helping hand.  The victim informed the subject that he did not have any money.  The suspect then proceeded to grab the victim’s pocket in an attempt to take his wallet.  The victim was able to pull away from the suspect, who then took off running without obtaining any personal belongings.  The victim was not harmed as a result of this incident.

The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 25-35 years of age, 5’07”-5’09” tall, 130-140 pounds, thin build, with brown hair, wearing a green and white Phillies jersey over a long sleeve gray t-shirt, blue jeans and black boots. The suspect was carrying a black cane, but did not appear to require the use of the device for mobility.  It is believed that the suspect had a light patch of skin on his right cheek.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident and the identity of the suspect is asked to please contact the Troop 2 Robbery Unit,  Detective C. Hevelow  at 302-365-8566.

Clock on link for original release: Troopers Investigating Robbery Attempt-Wilmington

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 042318 1058

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Delaware State Police Troop 1 to Host Community Café

Community CafeWilmington –  Delaware State Police Troop 1 will be holding a Community Café on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., at the Brew Ha Ha, located at 3838 Kennett Pike, Wilmington. Community members will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the commanding officers from Troop 1, as well as the Community Outreach Trooper. This Community Café is often referred to as “Coffee with a Cop” in other police agencies and is being held in an effort to build a stronger relationship between the Delaware State Police and the communities that we so proudly serve.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 042318 0800

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Delaware State Police Announce 2017 Trooper and Civilian Employee of the Year

TFC Shaub Roni Colombo Col. McQueen
2017 Delaware State Police Trooper and Civilian Employee of the Year award winners TFC Andrew Shaub and Mrs. Veronica Colombo pictured with Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

Cheswold, DE- At a ceremony held  on Friday, April 20, 2018, Superintendent of the Delaware State Police, Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr., announced the winners of the annual Trooper of the Year and Civilian of the Year awards.

Trooper of the Year

Each year the Delaware State Police Executive Staff selects one trooper for the Trooper of the Year Award. To be nominated, a trooper must exceed performance standards and be recognized by his or her peers as one who epitomizes the Core Values of the Division, which are Honor, Integrity, Courage, Loyalty, Attitude, Discipline and Service.

This year, ten  Troopers were nominated for the award, and out of those worthy nominees, the Executive Staff selected Trooper First Class Andrew Shaub as the 2017 Trooper of the Year, for his outstanding efforts and contributions to the Division and the citizens of the State of Delaware.

TFC Shaub Col. McQueen
2017 Trooper of the Year Trooper First Class Andrew Shaub and Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

Tfc. Andrew Shaub is a 3 and ½ year member of the division, currently assigned to Troop 1, Penny Hill.  Tfc. Shaub had a spectacular year in both over-all production and in handling exceptional cases. Tfc. Shaub was also one of the top producers at Troop 1 during 2017 in traffic arrests, DUI arrests, criminal arrests, and complaints handled.    Tfc. Shaub was also selected by the Headquarters Traffic Section to be a participant in the Division’s  DUI Mentoring Program and by the DSP Academy to be a Field Training Officer. Tfc. Shaub is a highly motivated Trooper, determined to make a positive impact in the community with his proactive style of police work.

 

Trooper of the Year Nominees

TFC Dustin Hamilton, TFC Carolee Lenoir, Cpl/3 Rex Mears, TFC Charles Morris, TFC Andrew Osgood, Cpl/3 Jennifer Potocki, Cpl. Sean Rodrigues, Cpl/1 Dennis Shields, TFC August Zickgraf

 

Civilian of the Year

Each year the Delaware State Police Executive Staff selects one civilian employee for the Civilian of the Year Award. Civilian employees who are nominated for this award display outstanding performance and meet the following criteria:

  1. Exceptional service as identified by the employee’s performance evaluations
  2. A consistent record of such service through their years of employment
  3. Recognition by their peers for outstanding character and integrity.

This year, seven Delaware State Police civilian employees were nominated for the award. The Executive Staff of the Delaware State Police selected Senior Victim Services Specialist, Mrs. Veronica (Roni) Colombo as the 2017 Civilian of the Year.

Roni Colombo Col. McQueen
2017 Civilian Employee of the Year Veronica Colombo and Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

Roni is assigned to the victim services section, with her office located at Troop 9 in Odessa. Roni has been employed by the Division for ten years; however, she was previously employed by The Ferris School for Boys for ten years giving her 20 years of overall state service.

The victim services section provides crisis intervention, information and referral services to crime victims, witnesses and family members for cases investigated by the Delaware State Police, as well as 35 other municipal police departments throughout the state. These cases are primarily related to suicides, homicides, fatal car crashes, robberies, sexual assaults and domestic violence incidents. Each year, Roni leads the way in the number of cases assigned to her, averaging over 800 cases per year. Roni has also been a key partner in planning Annual events such as Domestic Violence Awareness, the Crime Victim Memorial Tribute, and Day of Remembrance for murder victims, and others.

Civilian of the Year Nominees

Kevin Covey, Anthony DiNardo, Sonia Jonas, Jeffrey Miller, Nicole Sapp, Stacey Slover

In addition to the Trooper and Civilian of the Year Awards,  47 Troopers and 1 civilian, were awarded citations for Exceptional Performance, Life Saving, or Acts of Valor. The recipients for each award are listed below.

Exceptional Performance

Cpl/2 Brett Creasy, Lt. Eric Hamm, Cpl/3 Craig Lewis, Cpl/3 Edward Sebastianelli, Cpl/2 Ted Stipa, Cpl/2 Jason Walker, Cpl/3 Scott Barnett, Cpl. Brian Crisman, Cpl/3 John Buckley, Cpl/2 Robert Cassidy, TFC Joseph Lucyk, Cpl/1 Joshua Marley, TFC Andrew Shaub, TFC Kelly Diaz, Trooper Christopher Solda, Cpl/2 Lewis Briggs, TFC Kathleen Koff, Detective Timothy Shockley, Cpl. Brock Adkins, Trooper Charles Morris, Cpl. Patrick Schlimer, Trooper Scott Burris, Cpl/3 Brian Greene, Sgt. Patrick Stock

Lifesaving

Cpl/3 Kevin Szymanski, TFC Derek Balaguer, Cpl. David Castillo, Cpl. Nicholas Ciglinsky, TFC Laury Del Rosario, Cpl. Christopher Donaldson, Cpl. Bryan Jefferson, TFC Andrew Osgood, TFC Jonathan Scaramazza, Trooper Jordan Smith, Trooper Christopher Solda, TFC Logan Pavlik, Cpl/1 India Sturgis, Trooper Tyler Aiken, TFC Corey Bastianelli, Cpl. Michael Brent, Cpl. Ashley Stetser, Cpl. Andrew Hom, TFC Katrina Scaramazza, TFC Jessica Lang, TFC Carolee Lenoir, TFC Cheri Magda,

Valor

Cpl/1 Stephen Ballard (Posthumously)

Civilian Valor Award

Miss Kejhyra Phillips

Col. McQueen and Kejhyra Phillips
Civilian Valor Award Recipient Kejhyra Phillips and Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 042118 1200

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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: 042118 0800

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*UPDATE-Arrest Made* Troopers Investigating a Pair of Robberies-Wilmington

Antoine Boston
Antoine L. BOSTON

Wilmington (19803) – Delaware State Police detectives have arrested Antoine L. Boston, 28, of New Castle, for his involvement in a pair of pharmacy robberies that took place on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

The first incident occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., at the CVS Pharmacy located at 4020 Concord Pike, Wilmington, and the second incident occurred at approximately 9:55 a.m. at the Walgreens Pharmacy located at 1812 Marsh Road, Wilmington.

In each incident Boston approached an employee at the sales counter and presented a demand note for money. Boston was able to obtain an undisclosed amount of cash from the CVS before fleeing, however he was unsuccessful in obtaining any money from Walgreens.

Through various investigative measures, Boston was developed as a suspect and positively linked to both robberies. Boston was taken in to custody on Friday, April 20, 2018, and transported to Delaware State Police Troop 2, where he was charged with one count each of Robbery 2nd Degree, Attempted Robbery 2nd Degree and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. He was then arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2, before being committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $14,000.00 secured bail.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding these incidents are asked to contact Det. T. Dukes of the 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

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Troopers Investigating a Pair of Robberies-Wilmington

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: 042118 0735

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Gold Alert Issued For Missing Milford Man

Andree Mansfield
Andree MANSFIELD

Milford – Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Andree Mansfield, 28, of Milford, who has not been seen since Friday, April 20, 2018. Attempts to locate or make contact with Andree have been unsuccessful and there is a true concern for his safety and welfare.

Andree is described as a black male, 5’9″, 160 lbs. There is no vehicle information nor clothing description for Andree at this time.

Anyone with information regarding Andree’s whereabouts are asked to contact Delaware State Police Troop 7 at 302-703-3290 or by calling 911.

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

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 042118 0710

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DSP Spotlights the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Service Award Recipient

The Office of Victims of Crime distinguishes those devoted individuals, programs and agencies every year that demonstrates exceptional service in support of victims. Historically, the National Crime Victims’ Service Award Ceremony has been presided over by the United States Attorney General and has been attended annually by victims of crime, victim advocates, allied professionals and survivors from around the country. The National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was observed on April 8th to the 14th   and on April 13th  of this year an award ceremony was held in Washington D.C. to honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims.  Debra M. Reed, Director of Victim Services for the Delaware State Police was a recipient of the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Service Award.

Excerpts from the Nomination letter:

“…Debra Reed began serving crime victims in her home state of Delaware working for the Division of Family Services, Department for Children Youth and Family Services, as a child abuse investigator.   In 1989, she was selected by the Delaware State Police to develop a victim services program as their Assistant Director of Victim Services. This was during a time when little help existed for victims in the state of Delaware.  She has been the Director of the Delaware State Police/Delaware Victim Center ever since.

Ms. Reed has contributed to the development of, and through the year’s revision of, the foundational policies of the Delaware State Police/Delaware Victim Center as they relate to such issues as victim services, sexual assault, domestic violence, death notification, and crisis response etc. As demands and needs of victims have changed, Ms. Reed has risen to the occasion and responded with new and unique programs, such as an emergency financial assistance program to assist crime victims with immediate needs such as housing, medical costs, counseling etc. Under her leadership, the DSP/Delaware Victims Center has grown to be the cornerstone to the services offered in Delaware.  The DSP/Delaware Victim Center not only provides victim services to the Delaware State Police, but also to most of the 37 municipalities across the state.  Ms. Reed has been a consistently provided resources and technical assistance to local law enforcement agencies whose administrations have turned to her for guidance on the implementation of their own victim service units.

In 2009, Delaware was faced with one of its most difficult, most egregious tragedy that continues to impact our State. A well-respected pediatrician was found to have an extensive history of sexually abusing his patients. Over the course the investigation, under the leadership of Ms. Reed, the DSP/Delaware Victims Center implemented a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to working with the families of the young victims of this predator.  Hundreds of victims were identified during the investigation.  Under the direction and supervision of Ms. Reed, victim services were afforded to all of those families, all while ensuring no interruption in the continuity of services to the numerous other victims who continued to require services throughout the state.

On February 11, 2013, a gunman opened fire in the New Castle County Courthouse at 8:30am, just as hundreds of employees entered the building to start their work day, and as two women, one of whom was there for a child support hearing and her friend, who accompanied her for support, women were fatally shot and two police officers wounded. With little information known immediately after the shooting, Victims Services throughout the shifted focus and priority to respond to the victims and witnesses of this horrific crime. Ms. Reed helped facilitate the coordinated response that day. When the courthouse needed to re-open two days later, Ms. Reed coordinated the response to ensure employees of the Courthouse and the members of the public felt safe and supported entering the building.

Known for her collaborative approach to victim’s services, Ms. Reed is often placed in active leadership roles on many local Boards and Task Forces. Some of these groups may include Victims Services Advisory Committee of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, the Delaware Victim Rights Task Force, Domestic Violence Task Force, and the Delaware Center for Justice, the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board.

Ms. Reed received trained by the National Organization of Victim Assistance (N.O.V.A.) in national crisis response. She is the team coordinator for the state of Delaware and has responded to the aftermath of disasters in New York, Florida and Mississippi. She is also a Delaware Certified Domestic Violence Specialist through the Delaware Coalition against Domestic Violence.

She is active with many local Boards and task force groups to include, Victim Rights Task Force, Domestic Violence Task Force, Victim Advisory Board, Domestic Violence Advocacy Center Board, and the Delaware Coalition against Domestic Violence Board to name just a few. Ms. Reed is an instructor in the DSP academy and has also provided numerous public presentations throughout the community on topics related to crime victims. She also works in conjunction with several specialized DSP Units to include Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes, Homicide, and Crash Reconstruction etc. She is also a SAKI (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative) board member and is instrumental is having untested kits sent for analysis and then convening those results to victims. Ms. Reed has also been a valuable asset to the State of Delaware is the arena of assisting those victims of Human Trafficking…”

Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

“Receiving the 2018 National Crime Victim Service Award is truly an honor. I applaud The Delaware State Police for supporting a Victim Services unit for more than 30 years. The commitment to service for crime victims has been unwavering.  The process of receiving this award has also provided a great opportunity for me to shine some light on the great work that is being done throughout the State of Delaware.   Not one of us can do this type of work alone; it is a collaborative effort among all of us in this field.  It is also a great chance to honor all victims and survivors, as it is for them and with them that we continue this work.”

Debra M. Reed, Director of Victim Services for the Delaware State Police

“It was my honor to nominate Ms. Debra Reed for consideration for the 2018 National Crime Victim Service Award. Ms. Reed is an integral part of our agency and has brought her mindfulness, support efforts and hopeful healing through our service programs and community outreach. With a distinguished career of over three decades serving crime victims in Delaware, I am truly proud of her commitment to others which ultimately led her to being a recipient of the National Crime Victim Service Award for the Delaware State Police.”

Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr. Superintendent of the Delaware State Police

Presented by the Director of the Public Information Office, Sergeant Richard Bratz

Released: 042118 0701

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Staged Crash Leads To Carjacking – Bear

DE 71 at Old Summit

Bear – Delaware State Police are investigating a carjacking that took place after an intentional motor vehicle collision.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:31 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on DE Route 71 (Red Lion Road), in the area of Old Summit Road, Bear. A 30 year old Middletown woman was travelling DE 71 eastbound, at the posted speed limit, when she observed a vehicle approach from behind at an increased rate of speed. As the victim’s vehicle continued moving forward, without slowing or braking, it was struck from behind by the trailing vehicle.

Immediately after the collision the victim pulled on to the shoulder of the roadway, followed by the striking vehicle. Both operators exited their vehicles and the victim began to inspect the damage to her vehicle. The suspect proceeded to walk past the victim without speaking, then entered her vehicle and drove off. A second suspect, who was a passenger in the striking vehicle, then moved to the driver’s seat and also drove off.

The victim’s vehicle was recovered in Philadelphia later the same night.

Suspect #1 could only be described as a male, 6’00, 180 lbs., wearing all dark clothing.

Suspect #2 could only be described as a male.

The suspect vehicle was described as a dark, four door vehicle.

While staged car crashes are typically carefully planned and are primarily related to insurance fraud, similar tactics may be utilized to commit vehicle theft. If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision immediately call 911 to initiate a police response. If you are alone or in an isolated area, trust your gut instincts and remain in your secured vehicle if possible, to wait for the police to arrive. If you fear for your safety, stay on the line with the 911 operator to keep them apprised of the situation as well as your current location, if it is necessary to move from the original scene.

In addition to the tactic used in this incident, described below are other common schemes used to stage a motor vehicle crash.

The T-Bone Accident: In this scenario, a scam artist will wait for your car to proceed through an intersection and then jam the gas pedal and T-bone your vehicle. When the police arrive, phony witnesses, also known as “shady helpers,” will then claim you were the one who ran the stop sign or traffic signal.

The Wave: In this scam, the other driver will notice your attempt to switch lanes and subsequently wave you ahead. As you attempt to maneuver into the lane, he will accelerate, causing a collision with your car. When the police arrive, he will deny ever providing a courtesy wave, placing you at fault.

Dual Turn Sideswipe: A driver in the outer lane of the dual turn rams into you if you go even the slightest bit out of the inner lane as the two of you are making your turns. They may also drive a bit into your lane and swipe your car and then blame you. “Witnesses” working with the con artist may corroborate his story.

Brake Slam: This simple scam involves the driver in front of you slamming on their brakes for no reason so that you cannot avoid rear-ending her vehicle.

Swoop and Stop: In this scenario, a car will suddenly pull in front of yours and stop. Another vehicle will simultaneously pull up alongside your car, preventing you from swerving to avoid an accident.

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: 042018 2125

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash – Wilmington

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Wilmington (19804) – The Delaware State Police are investigating a motor vehicle crash that took place Wednesday evening, which has claimed the life of a New Castle woman.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:34 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the intersection of DE Route 4 and Boxwood Road, Wilmington. A 2000 Dodge Caravan, being driven by a 21 year old Newark woman, was traveling westbound on DE Rt. 4 in the left lane, approaching Boxwood Road, with a solid green light. A 2013 Hyundai Elantra, being driven by Janet Hicks, 78, of New Castle, was traveling DE Rt. 4 eastbound, and proceeded to turn left onto Boxwood Road, directly in to the path of the Dodge, at which time the two vehicles collided. After impact both vehicles came to rest in the northwest corner of the intersection.

The operator of the Dodge, who was properly restrained, was transported to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Hicks, who was also properly restrained, was admitted to the Christiana Hospital in critical condition, however she died as a result of her injuries on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Impairment is not being considered a factor on the behalf of either operator.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8486.

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: 042018 1940

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*UPDATE* Gold Alert Canceled for Missing Lewes Man

Lewes- The Delaware State Police are canceling the Gold Alert for Christopher M. Lovill as he has been located in satisfactory condition.

Click on the following link to view the original release.

Gold Alert Issued for Missing Lewes Man

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Released: 042018 1830

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Troopers Investigating Robbery of Lewes Pharmacy

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Lewes – Delaware State Police are investigating the robbery of a pharmacy that occurred early this morning.

The incident occurred on Friday, April 20, 2018 at approximately 2:08 a.m. when Troopers were dispatched to the Walgreens Pharmacy located at 17239 Five Points Square for a report of a robbery.  Further investigation revealed that two suspects had entered the pharmacy and proceeded to jump over the counter, while two other suspects served as lookouts.  One of the suspects ordered the pharmacist to unlock the safes.  The suspects obtained several bottles of oxycodone, liquid promethazine, and codeine prior to fleeing the scene.

As the four suspects fled the scene, Troop 7 patrol units observed the fleeing vehicle and a pursuit ensued.  Delaware State Police Aviation Unit was able to maintain a visual of the suspects’ vehicle.  The vehicle eventually fled into Maryland and was pursued by their Troopers.  The vehicle eventually crashed into a fence and the suspects proceeded to flee on foot.  After a brief foot pursuit, all four suspects were taken into custody.  During the course of the pursuit a duffle bag containing the stolen medications was thrown out of the vehicle, which was later recovered.

The suspects were transported to the Maryland State Police Barracks were they were identified as 25-year-old Steve T. Gantt of Washington DC, 24-year-old Earic Lewis of Washington DC, 32 year-old Antonio Jackson of Roswell Georgia, and 20-year-old Daniel Smith of Washington DC.

All four suspects remain in custody in Maryland on felony charges related to the pursuit.  Warrants for their arrest have been obtained for Robbery Second Degree and Conspiracy Second Degree, pending their extradition back to Delaware.

This case continues to remain under investigation and anyone with information is asked to please contact Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit, Detective D. Cathell at 302-752-3793. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 042018 1608

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Troopers Investigating Shots Fired Complaint- Seaford

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Seaford- The Delaware State Police are investigating an incident in which shots were  discovered to have been fired at a residence.

The incident occurred on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at approximately 8:28 p.m. when Troopers were dispatched to the 11000 block of Henry Drive for a report of shots being fired.  Upon arrival, contact was made with a 27-year-old female resident who advised she heard several gun shots right outside her residence.  Further investigation led to the discovery of three bullet holes that had entered the residence from the exterior.  The bullets traveled through one bedroom wall and continued through a second bedroom wall.  A vehicle that was parked on the property also sustained damage to its rear passenger’s side window.

Also present in the residence during this incident where two other adults along with two small children.  None of the residents were injured as a result of this incident.

This case remains under investigation and the Delaware State Police is requesting anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Troop 5, Corporal Bastianelli at 302-337-1090. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 042018 1507

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