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*UPDATE-Victim Identified* Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash- Townsend

Wiggins Mill at Rose Valley

Townsend – The Delaware State Police have identified Kellie Ray Hall, 30, of Townsend, as the motorcycle operator that was killed in a crash that occurred at approximately 3:07 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018, on Wiggins Mill Road in the area of Rose Valley Drive, Townsend.

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The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Aube of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8483.

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

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: 053118 1700

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Joint Investigation Leads to Arrest of Newark Man on Robbery and Weapons Charges

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Newark/New Castle – The Delaware State Police and New Castle County Police have arrested Shawn G. Madden, 32, of Newark, on multiple felony charges stemming from two gun related incidents that took place in their respective jurisdictions within a ten minute time frame, just after midnight on Wednesday.

The investigation began at approximately 12:38 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018, as Troopers responded to an armed robbery at the 7-11 convenience store, located at 699 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Newark. In this incident a white male suspect with a beard and in possession of a handgun approached the 53 year old male employee at the sales counter and demanded cigarettes and cash. The employee complied with the demand by turning over an undisclosed amount of cash and multiple packs of cigarettes to the suspect who then fled in an unknown vehicle. The employee was not injured as a result of the incident.

At approximately 12:49 a.m., a shots fired incident occurred in the parking lot of Georgetown Village Apartments, located in the 200 block of Christiana Road, New Castle, and a red Dodge Charger was identified as a possible suspect vehicle. While responding to the apartment complex, a New Castle County Police Officer observed a red Dodge Charger in the area of Churchman’s and Airport Road. The Officer performed a traffic stop on the Dodge in the area of U.S. 13 and Bacon Avenue, at which time she made contact with the operator who was positively identified as Madden. The Officer immediately recognized that Madden matched the description of the suspect in the 7-11 robbery after hearing a prior radio broadcast.

A subsequent search of Madden’s person as well as the interior of the vehicle produced evidence linking him to the robbery, to include cash and cigarettes along with a small caliber handgun. Through further investigation Madden was also positively identified as the subject who discharged the firearm at Georgetown Village. No injuries or property damage resulted from the firearm being discharged.

Madden was taken in to custody without incident and then transported to Troop 2 where he was charged with the following in regards to the robbery:

  • Robbery 1st Degree
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
  • Possession of a Firearm if Previously Convicted of Felony
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited

New Castle County Police also charged Madden with the following in regards to the Georgetown Village incident:

  • Possession of a Firearm within 10 Years of Prior Conviction (2 counts)
  • Discharging a Firearm in the Area of an Occupied Dwelling (2 counts)

Madden was arraigned on all charges in Justice of the Peace Court #2 before being committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $230,200 cash bail.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents are asked to contact Detective A. Tenebruso of the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302-365-8435 or Officer Balbuena of the New Castle County Police at 302-573-2800.

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: 053118 1625

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Delaware State Police Announce the Recipients of the Cameron Logan DUI Education Award

On April 28, 2018, two Delaware State Troopers, one from the North and one from the South of the First State were the recipient of the Cameron Logan DUI Education Award for their exemplary dedication and commitment to DUI enforcement and education. The Cameron Logan Scholarship Fund (Logan FUNd) was established by Cameron’s friends and family as a legacy to his memory.  Cameron was killed by a drunk driver in May, 2001, right before prom and his graduation from Salesianum School. Chosen by their peers and superiors, the recipients, Trooper First Class Jessica Lang and Trooper First Class August Zickgraf, III, are two heroic individuals who passionately pursue proactive measures to remove drunk drivers from our roadways and seek additional training to represent and educate others on the critical effects of driving distracted or under the influence.  In 2017, these two Troopers made a combined total of 92 DUI arrests, spearheading the removal of reckless and impaired drivers off of Delaware’s roadways.

Trooper First Class Jessica Lang is currently assigned to Troop 7 where she quickly found her passion for DUI enforcement and has excelled in the area of proactive patrol and taking impaired drivers off the road. TFC Lang continued to excel and demonstrate her willingness and eagerness to remove drunk drivers from the roadways in Troop 7 territory during 2017. TFC Lang demonstrates a high level of initiative while seeking out, identifying, and apprehending these drivers to make the highways safer in Sussex County, Delaware. In 2017, TFC Lang made 39 DUI arrests. TFC Lang has completed the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) class, which has allowed her to gain additional skills to utilize while conducting traffic stops. Most recently, TFC Lang continued to broaden her scope and was accepted into the Drug Recognition Expert School (DRE). She will be a certified DRE in the State of Delaware, and with the increase of opiate use and other illegal substances, this skill is a much needed asset to ensure not only are impaired drivers removed from our highways in Delaware, but also convicted and serve time as applicable.

Trooper First Class August Zickgraf is currently assigned to Troop 6 where he is very passionate about DUI enforcement and takes these investigations seriously. TFC Zickgraf has an extensive base of knowledge concerning DUI investigations and is continually looking for ways to expand and improve his awareness in the area of DUI investigations. In 2017, TFC Zickgraf made 53 DUI arrests.  TFC Zickgraf successfully completed the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training and has recently passed the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training class in which he is a certified Drug Recognition Expert in the State of Delaware. TFC Zickgraf participants in the DSP DUI Mentoring Program.  He completed a DUI “Mocktail” presentation with the staff at Christiana Hospital on June 26th, 2017, and the presentation included instruction, education, and demonstration surrounding DUI investigations.  TFC Zickgraf has been given numerous accolades from the Attorney General’s Office concerning his thorough DUI reports and excellent testimony in court for several DUI prosecutions.

“We will not forget the bright future that awaited Cameron. We will not forget why this tragedy occurred. We will not tolerate accidents caused by Drunk drivers with loved ones left to ask, “Why?” Instead we honor the legacy of Cameron Logan with a promise…” these are the words written by a police officer and given to State Troopers before they pick their annual Cameron Logan DUI Education Award winners.

After 7 years of impact and advocacy at “the FUNd,” this May marked the 4th Cameron Logan DUI Education Awards given to two Delaware State Troopers; The Logan FUNd is humbled and honored that the award has been named after Cameron for such an imperative and pressing cause.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 053118 1012

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*UPDATE* Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash- Townsend

Wiggins Mill at Rose Valley

Townsend – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into a fatal crash involving a motorcycle that occurred at approximately 3:07 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018, on Wiggins Mill Road in the area of Rose Valley Drive, Townsend.

The initial investigation has determined that a 2009 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, operated by a 26 year old Dover man was traveling southbound on Wiggins Mill Road, south of Rose Valley Drive. A 1996 Honda CMX motorcycle being driven by a 30 year old Townsend man was traveling northbound on Wiggins Mill Road in the area of Rose Valley Drive. The operator of the Honda failed to negotiate a rightward curve in the roadway and crossed the center line, at which time he became separated from the motorcycle, and thrown directly into the path of the Dodge, making contact with the front end of the vehicle, in the southbound lanes of Wiggins Mill Road, where they both came to rest. The motorcycle traveled a short distance, coming to rest in a field off the west edge of the roadway.

The motorcycle operator was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS. Speed is being considered as a factor on his behalf, impairment is unknown at this time. Identification is pending the notification of next of kin.

The operator of the Dodge who was properly restrained, was not injured as a result of the collision. Impairment is not being considered as a factor on his behalf.

Wiggins Mill Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Aube of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8483.

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

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: 053018 2150

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*Update* Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash-Frankford

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Frankford-The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred earlier this afternoon.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at approximately 11:43 a.m. when a 2017 Blue Bird School bus was traveling eastbound on Daisey Road and stopped at the posted stop sign at the intersection of northbound Dupont Boulevard. This section of Daisey Road is the median crossover between the north and south bound lanes of Dupont Boulevard.  A 2017 Ford Transit van was traveling northbound on Dupont Boulevard in the right lane approaching the intersection of Daisey Road. The operator of the bus failed to remain stopped at the stop sign and pulled across the northbound lanes of Dupont Boulevard directly in front of the van. The operator of the van swerved left in an effort to miss the bus, but was unable. As a result, the front of the van struck the right side of the bus.

The driver of the bus, a 57-year-old female from Bridgeville, was properly restrained and was uninjured. Seated on the right side of the school bus was an aide, identified as 66-year-old Barbara J. Atkins of Georgetown.  Atkins was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Beebe Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.  Atkins was unrestrained although a seatbelt was available.  Impairment does not appear to be a factor on behalf of the bus driver.

The operator of the van, a 32-year-old male from Dover, was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries. He was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Beebe Medical Center where he was treated and released. Impairment does not appear to be a factor on his behalf.

Northbound Dupont Boulevard in the area of Daisey Road was closed for approximately 3.5 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident and charges are pending at this time.

Click on link for original release:*TRAFFIC ADVISORY* Dupont Blvd (RT 113) at Daisey Street Closed Due to Crash-Frankford

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: 053018 1924

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash- Townsend

Wiggins Mill at Rose Valley

Townsend – Delaware State Police are on scene of a fatal crash involving a motorcycle that occurred at approximately 3:07 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018, on Wiggins Mill Road in the area of Rose Valley Drive, Townsend. As a result Wiggins Mill Rd. is closed between Green Giant Rd. and Feret Rd.

The investigation is in its early stages with further details being released as they become available.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 053018 1610

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*Update* Names Released in Death Investigation-Hartly

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Hartly– Delaware State Police are releasing the names of the two individuals that were found deceased in their residence yesterday afternoon.

The investigation began at approximately 11:27 a.m. when Troopers were dispatched to a residence on the 4000 block of Arthursville Road for a check on the welfare.  Upon arrival two subjects were located in the residence deceased.

The individuals have been identified as 87-year-old John James and his 81-year-old wife, Mary James. 

The bodies have been turned over to the Division of Forensic Science where an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing their investigation into this suspected murder/suicide incident.  At this time, there is no concerns for safety in the surrounding area.

Click on the link for the original release: Troopers Conducting Death Investigation-Hartly

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 Melissa Jaffe

Released: 053018 1429

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Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Wanted Suspect

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*WANTED* James Holway

 

Dover- The Delaware State Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the above suspect who is wanted in connection with a burglary.

The incident occurred on May 16, 2018 at approximately 4:10 a.m. when Troopers responded to a burglary alarm located at the Dover Skating Center, 2201 S. Dupont Highway.  Further investigation revealed that the suspect had gained access to the building through the roof.  Once inside, the suspect removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register prior to fleeing the scene.

Through investigative measures, the suspect has been identified as 46-year-old James Holway of Knightdale, NC.  Holway currently has active warrants out of Troop 3 for Burglary Third Degree (Felony), Possession of Burglar Tools (Felony), Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony, Theft, and Criminal Mischief.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Holway, they are asked to please contact Troop 3, Detective Campbell at 302-698-8504 . Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 053018 1422

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*TRAFFIC ADVISORY* Dupont Blvd (RT 113) at Daisey Street Closed Due to Crash-Frankford

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Frankford – Delaware State Police are on scene of a two vehicle crash involving a school bus not occupied with children, and a cargo van that occurred at approximately 11:44 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018, which has northbound lanes of Dupont Boulevard (RT. 113) at Daisey street closed.

Motorists can expect delays in the area and are advised to seek alternate routes of travel. For information regarding traffic conditions and road closure information click on the following link:

http://www.deldot.gov/Traffic/travel_advisory/index.shtml#advisories.

The investigation is ongoing with further information being released as it becomes available.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 053018 1304

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32nd Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

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Delaware – The 32nd ANNUAL STATEWIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS involving over 500 Law Enforcement Officers and spanning 160 miles will be held between Wednesday, June 6th and Friday, June 8th.  The 2018 event is the 32nd annual Torch Run, and in its history, Delaware Law Enforcement will have raised over $7 million.

Special Olympics Delaware provides a year-round program of quality sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or cognitive delays. A family of over 4,000 volunteers makes this program possible for the more than 4,200 athletes who compete in Special Olympics Delaware. The organization builds sports skills, confidence, strength, motivation and self-esteem … not just for the athletes, but for everyone involved.

This year’s Torch Run will be a three-day event, starting in Rehoboth Beach on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m.  Live music by 33 1/3 will lead the gala Torch Run sendoff from the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, June 7th the Torch will start at Delmar (6:00 a.m., Rt.13 and Rt.54), Lewes (6:30 a.m., Troop 7), and Georgetown (7:30 a.m., The Circle), and will travel to Milford, Harrington, and Dover where a brief stop will be held at Legislative Hall at 2:00 p.m., and then continue on to Smyrna and Odessa. 

The event continues on Friday, June 8th from Troop 9 at 6:00 a.m., with the Torch proceeding to the Wilmington Police Headquarters in Wilmington for a 9:45 a.m. celebration.  The event culminates with a final leg into the University of Delaware Bob Carpenter Center for the official opening of the 2018 Summer Games where the Special Olympics Flame of Hope will be delivered.

Information about the event and maps of the run can be found by clicking on the attached link: http://www.sode.org/fundraisers/law-enforcement-torch-run.

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 053018 0910

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash-Lincoln

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Lincoln-The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred last evening involving a pedestrian.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at approximately 11:17 p.m., as a 2009 Pontiac Vibe, operated by a 21-year-old female from Lincoln, was traveling southbound on Marshall Street (CR 225) just north of Johnson Road (CR 207). An 85-year-old male pedestrian from Lincoln was on foot walking in the roadway. As a result, the operator of the Vibe failed to see the pedestrian in the roadway causing the front bumper of her vehicle to impact the pedestrian within the southbound lane of travel.  The impact forced the pedestrian onto the hood and windshield of the vehicle before coming to rest in the southbound travel lane. The operator of the Vibe came to a controlled stop and remained on scene.

The 85-year-old pedestrian was wearing dark clothing none of which was reflective, and was not carrying a light.  He was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.  His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor on his behalf.

The 21-year-old operator of the Vibe was not injured and was properly restrained.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor on her behalf.

Marshall Street was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident and asks anyone with information to please contact Troop 7 CRU at (302) 703-3264.  No charges have been filed at this time.

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

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 053018 0700

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Troopers Conducting Death Investigation-Hartly

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Hartly- Delaware State Police are currently conducting a death investigation in which two subjects were found deceased in a residence.

The investigation began at approximately 11:27 a.m. when Troopers were dispatched to a residence on the 4000 block of Arthursville Road for a check on the welfare.  Upon arrival two subjects were located in the residence deceased.

The bodies have been turned over to the Division of Forensic Science where an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death. The victims’ identity is being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin.

The investigation into this incident by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing. Further information will be released at a later time.

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

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 052918 1741

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash – Laurel

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Laurel – The Delaware State Police, Sussex County Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating an early May crash that has since claimed the life of one of the drivers.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:29 a.m., Monday, May 7, 2018, on E. Trap Pond Road, south of Phillips Hill Road, Laurel.

A 2001 Mack trash truck, operated by a 37 year old Delmar, Maryland man, was traveling northbound on East Trap Pond Road approaching the intersection of Phillips Hill Road. A 2011 Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Rigoberto Perez Sr., 82, of Laurel, was traveling southbound on E. Trap Pond Road passing the intersection of Phillips Hill Road. For unknown reasons, the Ford crossed the solid double yellow centerline and entered into the northbound lane headed directly towards the Mack. The operator of the Mack then moved his vehicle into the southbound lane in an attempt to avoid a collision. As the Mack moved into the southbound lane, the Ford crossed back over the centerline and returned to the southbound lane where the two vehicles collided. After impact, both vehicles came to rest off the west edge of the roadway.

Rigoberto Perez Sr. sustained serious injuries, and was transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital before being transferred to the Christiana Hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries, on Monday, May 21, 2018.

The operator of the Mack along with a 41 year old male passenger were not injured as a result of the crash.

Impairment is not being considered as a factor on behalf of the Mack driver. Impairment on behalf of Perez is unknown at this time.

The release of this updated information was pending the notification of all involved parties.

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: 052818 1050

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Troopers Investigating Crash- Coastal Highway South of Indian River Inlet

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Bethany Beach – Delaware State Police are investigating a motor vehicle crash that took place on Coastal Highway (SR 1) south of the Indian River Inlet that has sent three people to the hospital.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:52 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2018, on Coastal Highway, southbound in the area of Waters Edge Way, Bethany Beach. A 2004 F-150 operated by a 61 year old Selbyville man had just made a u-turn from Coastal Highway northbound to proceed southbound on Coastal Hwy and had established his vehicle in the lane of travel. A 2012 Ford F-250 operated by James I. Windle, 23, of Newark, was traveling southbound on Coastal Highway, at an apparent high rate of speed, at which time his vehicle struck the rear of the F-150. The collision resulted in both vehicles overturning prior to them coming to rest.

The operator of the F-150 who was properly restrained was treated and released from Beebe Hospital with minor injuries.

Windle and his passenger, a 23 year old female also from Newark,  were both properly restrained, and were also treated and released from Beebe Hospital with minor injuries.

Windle was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Following Too Close before being released, pending a future court appearance.

The southbound lanes of Coastal Highway were closed and /or restricted for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

 

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 052718 1930

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*UPDATE-Victim Identified* Troopers Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash-Dewey Beach

Dewey Beach – The Delaware State Police have identified Peter M. Rudnicki, 22, of Bethesda, Maryland, as the pedestrian that was struck and killed in a crash that occurred at approximately 12:31 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2018 on Coastal Highway (SR1) northbound at the intersection of Keybox Road south of Dewey Beach.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Master Corporal K. Argo at 302-644-5020. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash-Dewey Beach

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: 052618 1000

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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: 052518 2135

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Troopers Safety Message for Memorial Day Weekend

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Dover- The Delaware State Police will be out in full force patrolling the roadways this weekend to ensure that everyone is driving with due care and offering assistance to motorists in need. The Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol Unit will also be assisting the Dewey Beach Police Department with proactive patrols, and the Delaware State Police Maritime Unit’s “Marine One” will be operating on Delaware’s waterways to ensure boater safety and security.

“As we take time this Memorial Day Weekend to celebrate the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, we must not forget the dangers that can arise from traveling on our roadways,” said Sergeant Richard Bratz, Director of Public Information for the Delaware State Police. “The Delaware State Police would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day Weekend!”

Troopers intend to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our highways during this “official” start of the summer season. Troopers will be focusing on distracted driving, motorists not wearing seat belts, unrestrained children in vehicles, and any aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, following too close, and especially, driving under the influence.

By following these easy steps, a driver can enjoy a safe holiday weekend travel without jeopardizing their life or the lives of others who may be on the road:

  • Ensure all occupants are properly restrained
  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
  • Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely
  • If you see a drunk or aggressive driver on the road, immediately contact 911 as soon as safely possible.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash-Dewey Beach

Dewey Beach – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that has claimed the life of a Maryland man.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:31 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2018 on Coastal Highway (SR1) northbound at the intersection of Keybox Road south of Dewey Beach. A 2012 Hyundai Accent, operated by a 56 year old Lewes man was traveling northbound on Coastal Highway (SR 1) in the right lane approaching the intersection of Keybox Road. A pedestrian, 22 of Maryland, was walking southbound along the northbound shoulder of Coastal Highway in the area of the intersection. For unknown reasons, the pedestrian entered into the northbound travel lane of Coastal Highway directly into the path of the vehicle. The operator of the Hyundai Accent was unable to avoid the pedestrian and struck him with the right front bumper within the right travel lane. After the collision, the pedestrian came to rest on the northbound shoulder of Coastal Highway. The vehicle continued northbound for a short distance before coming to a controlled stop on the northbound shoulder of Coastal Highway north of the pedestrian.

The roadway was dark and the pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk or carrying a light at the time of the collision. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS. Alcohol and unsafe speed are not factors on behalf of the driver. Alcohol does appear to be a contributing factor on behalf of the pedestrian.

The operator of the Hyundai Accent was properly restrained and sustained no injuries as a result of the crash.

The northbound lanes of Coastal Highway were closed between Dewey Beach and the Inlet Bridge for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Master Corporal K. Argo at 302-644-5020. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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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Troopers Arrest Suspect a Second Time For Copper Wire Thefts

Taylor J. Provanchie
Taylor J. Provanchie

Harrington- The Delaware State Police have arrested a suspect for the second time in connection with thefts of copper wire from commercial irrigation systems.

Taylor Provanchie, 23-year-old of Harrington, was initially arrested on April 19, 2018 for multiple thefts of copper wire from commercial irrigation systems.  He was subsequently released on unsecured bond.  On May 11, 2018, Troopers responded to Brownsville Road and Cornish Road in Harrington for theft of copper wire complaints.  Through investigative measures, Provanchie was identified as a possible suspect.  While clearing these complaints, and patrolling the area, the Trooper observed Provanchie’s vehicle parked alongside of Whiteleysburg Road.

Provanchie was subsequently taken into custody and transported back to Troop 3 where he was initially charged with Violation of Probation and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.  On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 warrants were obtained for Provanchie in connection with the Harrington thefts.  He was charged with two counts of Theft (Felony), 2 counts of Criminal Trespass Third, and two counts of Criminal Mischief.  He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and given an $11,300.00 unsecured bond.  Provanchie however remains at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center for Violation of Probation. 

Click on link for related arrest: Troopers Arrest Two Suspects For Copper Wire Thefts

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2nd Annual “Move Over” Tweet-Along

The 2nd Annual “Move Over” Tweet-Along is upon us. The #MoveOver18, a multi-agency  National Tweet-Along, is designed to bring awareness to motorists so emergency personnel and highway workers have a safe zone in which to work. This social media initiative will run for 24 hours on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Last year, approximately 120 agencies from across the nation and numerous Twitter accounts within those agencies participated in the 24-hour social media campaign actively sharing the very important “Move Over” message.

The “Move Over Law” states when approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle with lights flashing to slow down and safely move over. This includes Law Enforcement Agencies, Department of Transportation, EMS, Park Rangers, ambulances, fire trucks, fire police, tow trucks and public utility vehicles.

We appreciate all of our local allied partners who participate to reinforce this safety message! The more partners we have the stronger our message will be.

In advance of the upcoming summer travel season and the heavily traveled Memorial Day weekend, the Delaware State Police would like to issue a friendly reminder to motorists of the Delaware Move Over Law.

Delaware’s Move Over Law has been in effect since January 1, 2007:

• Requires any driver approaching a stopped emergency vehicle that has its lights activated, to either move over into a lane that is not next to the emergency vehicle, or to reduce his or her speed to a “safe speed” while passing the emergency vehicle if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.
• Emergency vehicles include: law enforcement vehicles, EMS vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, fire police and park rangers that have stopped on a roadway and have their lights activated.
• Law applies specifically to roadways having two or more lanes going in the same direction.
• The fine and fees for not moving over for an emergency vehicle is over $100.

Remember, moving over to give space to emergency personnel and highway workers isn’t just a courtesy—It’s the Law. Help Tweet the “Move Over” message to raise awareness of this important law – #MoveOver18.

The Delaware State Police, allied law enforcement agencies and emergency medical services thank you!

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