Delaware State Police

Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr. Announces State Police Promotions

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On Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Delaware State Police Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr. announced the Division’s most recent promotions. The promotional ceremony was held in the Delaware State Troopers Association Hall located at 6349 North DuPont Highway, Cheswold, Delaware.

Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Delaware State Troopers were promoted to new ranks.

Promotes:

From Lieutenant to Captain

  • Jon Wood

From Sergeant to Lieutenant

  • Christy Ballinger
  • Andrea Boone
  • Mentino Disilvestro
  • Philip Dzielak
  • Jeremiah Lloyd
  • Lance Skinner

From Corporal to Sergeant

  • Jason Baxley
  • Brett Cordrey
  • James Doherty
  • Andrew Gatti
  • William Harris Jr.
  • Christopher Martin
  • Jonathan Packard
  • Christopher Popp
  • Daniel Salfas
  • Christopher Sutton
  • Jason Vernon
  • Kristin Willard

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

Released: 043018 2201

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Troopers Arrest Greenwood Man For 5th Offense DUI

Joseph R. Williams
Joseph R. Williams

Bridgeville- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Greenwood man after he was found to be under the influence for the 5th time.

The incident occurred on Monday, April 30, 2018 at approximately 6:46 a.m. when Troopers were called to Sussex Highway at the intersection of Cannon Road to check on a vehicle in the roadway.  Upon arrival, Troopers located a tan 2004 GMC pickup truck facing southbound in the northbound lanes of Sussex Highway.  Contact was made with the operator, identified as 35-year-old Joseph R. Williams.  Williams was refusing to comply with the Trooper’s commands, at which time a Taser was deployed, and subsequently he was taken into custody.  Further investigation revealed that Williams’ pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Cannon Road when it crossed over the median, struck a DUI sign, and continued onto Sussex Highway for its final resting place.

Williams was transported back to Troop 5 where a DUI investigation ensued. A computer check revealed that Williams had four previous DUI convictions, making this his fifth offense.  Williams was arrested and charged 5th Offense DUI (Felony), Resisting Arrest (Felony), Driving While Suspended, and Failure to Drive in Proper Lane.  He was arraigned out of the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute on $8,101.00 secured bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 043018 2112

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Felton Man

Bruce S. Patricella
Bruce S. Patricella

Felton-  The Delaware State Police is issuing a Gold Alert for Bruce Patricella who was last heard from on Monday, April 30, 2018 at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Bruce is 5’09”, 130 lbs., with blond hair and blue eyes. He may possibly be operating a blue Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with DE registration C83660, or a silver Toyota SUV with DE registration PC148702.

Troopers have been unable to make contact with Bruce Patricella 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 3 at 302-697-4454.  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: 043018 1850

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Troopers Investigating Serious Crash – Wilmington

2 at N. Woodward

Wilmington (19805) – Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash on Kirkwood Highway just outside Elsmere that has sent three people to the hospital.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:28 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018, on Kirkwood Highway (DE Rt. 2) eastbound, in the area of N. Woodward Avenue, Wilmington. A 2014 Hyundai Sonata operated by Maggie Blackshear, 78, of New Castle, proceeded from N. Woodward Avenue, across the westbound lanes of Kirkwood Highway and continued into the eastbound lanes by using a crossover marked For Official Use Only. The front right of the Hyundai then struck the front left of a 2006 Ford 500, driven by an 18 year old Wilmington man, that was traveling eastbound on Kirkwood Highway. After the initial impact the Ford struck a utility pole before coming to rest adjacent to a business located at 2714 Kirkwood Highway. The vehicle did not strike the building.

The operator of the Ford had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency crews prior to being transported to the Christiana Hospital by Delaware State Police Helicopter Trooper 4, with serious injuries.

Blackshear along with an 81 year old male passenger in her vehicle were transported to the Christiana Hospital with undisclosed minor injuries.

All parties were properly restrained at the time of the collision and neither drugs nor alcohol are factors in the crash.

Blackshear was cited for Driving Across a Median and Failure to Yield Right of Way.

Kirkwood Highway eastbound was closed for approximately 2 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 043018 1715

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Cancellation of Gold Alert Issued for Missing Townsend Juvenile

New Castle-Jer-Mya G. Sanders 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: 043018 0704

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Townsend Juvenile

Jer-Mya G. Sanders
Jer-Mya G. Sanders

New Castle-  The Delaware State Police is issuing a Gold Alert for Jer-Mya G. Sanders who was last seen on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at approximately 11:00 p.m. in the New Castle area.

Jer-Mya is approximately 5’08”, 250 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, white sneakers, and carrying a pink colored backpack.

Troopers have been unable to make contact with Jer-Mya to check on her welfare. Attempts to locate her have been unsuccessful and there is a real concern for her safety and welfare.

If anyone has any information in reference to her whereabouts, they are asked to please contact Troop 2 at 302-834-2620.  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: 042918 0702

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“I-95 Drive to Save Lives” and “Drive to Save Lives in Delaware” Traffic Initiatives April 20-21, 2018

Drive Safe
Drive Safe

On Friday, April 20th through Saturday, April 21st, 2018, The Delaware State Police working with 14 other states completed the “I-95 Drive to Save Lives” and the “Drive to Save Lives in Delaware”. The law enforcement agencies in each state focused on traffic enforcement along 1,920 miles of I-95 and other targeted roadways to keep motorists safe and reduce fatalities. The enforcement initiatives focused on speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, seatbelt use, pedestrian safety, as well as motorcycle and commercial vehicle safety and enforcement. There were 5,312 total citations for the “I-95 Drive to Save Lives” traffic initiative.

In Delaware along the I-95 corridor (26 miles), a total of 185 traffic arrests were issued with 97 for speeding, 37 for cell phone violations, seven seatbelt arrests, six driver’s license arrests, seven registration violations, with four dangerous moving violations, and 25 other traffic related offenses.

In the “Delaware Drive to Save Lives” traffic initiative, the Delaware State Police along with Camden Police Department, Cheswold Police Department, Dagsboro Police Department, Delaware Capitol Police Department, Delaware City Police Department, Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Department, Dover Police Department, Elsmere Police Department, Greenwood Police Department, Harrington Police Department, Kenton Police Department, Laurel Police Department, Milford Police Department, Milton Police Department, New Castle City Police Department, New Castle County Police Department, Newport Police Department, Ocean View Police Department, Rehoboth Beach Police Department, Selbyville Police Department and University of Delaware Police Department, participated by conducting traffic enforcement across the State of Delaware.

Delaware Troopers with support of their allied partners conducted traffic enforcement statewide by ground and air, targeting roadways throughout the state. In the first state our allied partners issued a total of 995 traffic citations with the Delaware State Police issuing a total of 380 traffic citations.

The Delaware State Police would like to thank everyone who participated in the “I-95 Drive to Save Lives” and the “Drive to Save Lives Delaware” traffic initiatives.  Thank you to all of the drivers who make Delaware roads safer.

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 042818 1424

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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 Melissa Jaffe

Released: 042818 0810

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Cancellation of Gold Alert Issued for Missing Laurel Woman

Laurel- Karen L. Reed 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: 042818 0756

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Laurel Woman

Reed, Karen L
Reed, Karen L.

 

Laurel– The Delaware State Police is issuing a Gold Alert for Karen L. Reed who was last seen on Friday, April 27, 2018 at approximately 3:00 a.m.

Karen Reed is 5’03” tall, 140 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.   Karen could possibly be driving a Chevrolet Impala with DE registration 256369.

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

If anyone has any information in reference to her whereabouts, they are asked to please contact Troop 5 at 302-337-1090.  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: 042818 0728

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Troopers Seek Assistance in Locating Wanted Sex Offenders

Dover- The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit (S.O.A.R.) is currently looking for the following wanted sex offenders.

Wendell Gunby, 55 of Seaford who is 5’06” tall, 198 lbs., with black hair and black eyes is a Tier 2 registered sex offender who is currently wanted for Failure to Re-register and Failure to Verify Address. He is known to frequent the Bridgeville and Seaford areas.

Aruis Cannon, 27 of Seaford who is 6’00” tall, 220 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair is a Tier 2 registered sex offender who is currently wanted for Failure to Re-register and Failure to Verify Address. He is known to frequent the Seaford area.

If anyone knows the location of these subjects, they are asked to please contact Detective M. Bailey at 302-741-8082.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 042718 1710

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Harbeson Man Charged with 5th Offense DUI After Crash

Anthony Pupillo
Anthony Pupillo

Georgetown- Delaware State Police have arrested a Harbeson man with his 5th offense DUI after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash.

The incident occurred on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at approximately 3:59 p.m. when Troopers were dispatched to Lewes Georgetown Highway in the area of Rogers Avenue in reference to a crash involving two vehicles.  Further investigation revealed that a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Lewes Georgetown Highway when it crossed the center line and into the westbound lane, striking a 2001 GMC Sierra Pickup truck.

The operator of the Silverado, identified as 57-year-old Anthony Pupillo was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.  Upon the Troopers contact with Pupillo, an odor of alcohol was detected and a DUI investigation ensued. A computer check revealed that Pupillo had four previous DUI convictions, making this his fifth offense.  Upon Pupillo’s release from the hospital, he was subsequently arrested and transported back to Troop 4 where he was charged with 5th Offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (Felony), Driving While Suspended or Revoked, and Failure to Remain Within a Single Lane.  He was arraigned out of Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $5,501.00 secured bond.

The driver of the GMC Sierra was not injured as a result of this crash.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 042718 1703

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‘Building a Community of Diversity, Tolerance, Accountability & Trust’

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, a Town Hall Meeting on Police-Community Relations took place at the Mishoe Science Center Lecture Hall, Delaware State University, Kent County, Delaware.

This Town Hall was a collaborative venture with Law Enforcement, Legislators, Clergy, First State Community Action Agency, Inc., Delaware State University sponsored by the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. All stakeholders supported creating an open, honest dialogue between law enforcement and communities across the State of Delaware. Our panelists were comprised of Law Enforcement Agencies, Academia, Faith-based Community, First State Community Action Agency, Inc. and Social Action Committee Members who helped guide the conversation towards inclusion for all, cultural sensitivity, building better relationships, respect for one another and finding common ground.

“Last evening’s Town Hall Meeting was another great opportunity for our community to come together to discuss relations between law enforcement and those we serve. Any opportunity where we in law enforcement can engage members of the community in an open forum to discuss issues and concerns allows a better understanding of the policing profession and a better understanding of the cultures that exist within our communities which ultimately leads to a safer and healthier environment.”

Captain Joshua A. Bushweller, Troop 3 Commander, Delaware State Police   

Guest Panelists:

  • Chief Marvin Mailey, Dover Police Department
  • Lieutenant Joi Simmons, DSU Police Department
  • Captain Joshua Bushweller, Delaware State Police
  • Dr. Dorothy Dillard, Chair of Sociology & Criminal Justice at DSU
  • Representative Sean Lynn, 31st District
  • Representative Lyndon Yearick, 34th District
  • Reverend Rita Paige, Star Hill AME Church
  • Lahiem Rice, Collegiate NOBLE Executive Board Member
  • Terra Taylor, Director of Probation and Parole

Moderated by: Bruce Wright, First State Community Action Agency, Inc. and Dr. Dorothy Dillard, Delaware State University

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Released: 042718 1351

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Troopers Make Arrest in New Castle County Burglary Spree

William R. Marsh III
William R. MARSH III

Newark – The Delaware State Police have arrested a Wilmington man for his involvement in a string of burglaries that occurred over a four month time period, at businesses throughout New Castle County.

Troop 2 detectives have arrested William R. Marsh III, 42, of Wilmington, and charged him with 18 felonies and 11 misdemeanors, in connection with multiple burglaries at businesses located in Newark, Bear, New Castle and Hockessin, that occurred between December 3, 2017 and March 25, 2018.

Through various investigative measures and leads, detectives were able to develop Marsh as a suspect in the burglaries, and on Monday, April 16, 2018, executed a search warrant at his residence, in the 5000 block of Le Parc Drive, Wilmington. Marsh was located in the residence and taken in to custody without incident. A subsequent search of the residence produced evidence further linking him to the crimes.

The five burglaries and one attempted burglary took place at the following locations:

  • Tender Bones Rib Shack – 2504 Red Lion Rd., Bear (December 3, 2017)
  • Casablanca Restaurant – 4010 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle (January 13, 2108)
  • Phoenix City Restaurant – 2713 Pulaski Hwy., Newark (February 1, 2018)
  • Great Clips 6292 Limestone Rd., Hockessin (February 10, 2018)
  • Natural Nail Salon 6284 Limestone Rd., Hockessin – ATTEMPT (February 10, 2018)
  • Dunkin Donuts 1200 Pulaski Hwy., Bear (March 25, 2018)

 

Marsh was transported to Delaware State Police Troop 2 where he was arrested and formally charged with 5 counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, 1 count of Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree, 5 counts of Criminal Mischief Under $1000.00, 5 counts of Theft Under $1000.00, 4 counts of Possession of Burglar Tools, 3 counts of Conspiracy 2nd Degree, 3 counts of Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony, 2 counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and 1 count of Possession of Marijuana.

Marsh was then arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $67,100.00 secured bail.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents are asked to contact Detective B. McDerby at Troop 2 by calling 302-365-8436.

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: 042618 1500

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*UPDATE-Suspect Identified* Troopers Investigate Stabbing-Wilmington

James M. Strong
James M. Strong (WANTED)

Wilmington (19808)–  The Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate a March 9, 2018 stabbing, that left a New Castle man in critical condition, and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect.

The original incident occurred on Friday, March 9, 2018 at approximately 10:24 p.m., when Troopers responded to the area of Kirkwood Highway and Delaware Park Boulevard for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival they found a 51 year old, male victim with a stab wound to the body. The victim was removed from the scene by Emergency Medical Services and transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Through various investigative leads and measures detectives were able to positively identify James M. Strong, 36, of Wilmington, as the stabbing suspect. Active warrants charging Strong with Assault 1st Degree, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Weapon by a Person Prohibited are currently on file.

Strong is reportedly homeless, but is known to frequent the Elsmere and Prices Corner area, along the Kirkwood Highway (DE Route 2) corridor.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Strong is asked to contact Detective S. Rizzo of the Troop 2 Major Crimes Unit at 302-365-8440 or by calling 911.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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Troopers Investigate Stabbing-Wilmington

 

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 042618 0730

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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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