An investigation is underway in Dover after an incident Friday morning when three suspects went to a home claiming to be caseworkers from child protective services. Delaware State Police say a woman and two men contacted a resident on South Old Mill Road and were from child protective services – and were there to check on the welfare of her children. No credentials or proof of identification were shown and the woman refused to show the resident the paperwork she had, except for the child’s name. The two men wore holstered handguns and took pictures of the vehicle in the driveway. The resident was suspicious and said she was going to call the police – and the suspects ran off. DFS confirmed they had not sent any caseworkers to that address.
The suspects were described as follows: Suspect #1: White female, 30 years of age, wearing a blue suit and operating a white, Nissan sedan.
Suspect #2: Middle aged white male, wearing an all-black button down shirt.
Suspect #3: Black male, 20 years of age, light complexion, wearing a black short sleeved shirt, black pants and a black baseball cap. Both male suspects fled in a black, Chevrolet Tahoe.
All Delaware Division of Family Services employees will produce an official State of Delaware issued photo ID card when on official business. If necessary you can ask for a supervisors name and then call the DFS hotline at 800-292-9582 to verify the employee’s identity and authenticity of the visit.
Keep in mind that in Delaware this agency is known as DFS or Division of Family Services not CPS (Child Protective Services) as it is known in other states. An actual State of Delaware employee will not identify themselves as being from Child Protective Services.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Troop 3 at 302-698-8453. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet athttp://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com
Whether it be an incident similar to this, or any other suspicious or criminal activity, the Delaware State Police would like to stress the importance of suspicious activity reporting. Be a good witness for your neighbors and fellow citizens, as you would want them to do the same for you. Pay attention and be aware to what is going on in your neighborhood, and other places that you frequent throughout the course of your day.
If you See Something-Say Something, by reporting all suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency.
UPDATED – 7/22/18 6:30am – Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving an on-duty Ocean View Police officer Saturday morning. The crash occurred on Central Avenue – and according to WGMD Traffic, the police car and another vehicle collided and a utility pole was damaged just north of Route 26. Both drivers were treated for minor injuries at Beebe Medical Center and released.
A crash involving an on-duty Ocean View Police officer in an Ocean View Police vehicle is under investigation by Delaware State Police. The police vehicle and another vehicle crashed just before 8:30 Saturday morning on Central Avenue north of Route 26. The officer and driver of the other vehicle were both treated for injuries at Beebe Medical Center and released.
UPDATED – 7/22/18 3am – A 63 year old Georgetown man is dead after a crash on West Piney Gover Road west of Georgetown Saturday afternoon. Delaware State Police continue to investigate, but say the man’s pickup went off the road – and re-entered the roadway and crossed the center line into the path of a Jeep. Police say the driver of the pickup was not wearing a seat belt and was trapped inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The 53 year old Georgetown woman in the Jeep was belted and taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Emergency crews were called for a crash west of Georgetown. Delaware State Police say 1 person has died – a second person was trapped in the vehicle. The crash occurred just before 3pm on West Piney Grove Road. Drivers should avoid the area – or expect delays getting through on West Piney Grove Road – west of East Trap Pond Road.
A Salisbury man has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus 10 years. In May, 21 year old Ryan Holden was convicted of 1st degree murder, attempted armed robbery and weapons offenses. Sentencing was delayed pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation. Holden shot 57 year old Anthony Cropper in his Salisbury home when he and two others went to Cropper’s home to commit a robbery. Cropper was shot in the chest and died from his injuries.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch that affects the following WGMD locations:
Cape May County,NJ
Queen Anne’s County,MD
URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
244 PM EDT Fri Jul 20 2018
…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT…
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of Delaware, northeast Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, including the following areas, in Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Inland Sussex, Kent, and New Castle. In northeast Maryland, Caroline, Cecil, Kent MD, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot. In New Jersey, Atlantic, Atlantic Coastal Cape May, Camden, Cape May, Coastal Atlantic, Coastal Ocean, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Northwestern Burlington, Ocean, Salem, and Southeastern Burlington. In Pennsylvania, Berks, Delaware, Eastern Chester, Eastern Montgomery, Lower Bucks, Philadelphia, Upper Bucks, Western Chester, and Western Montgomery.
* From Saturday afternoon through late Saturday night
* Rain…heavy at times…is expected to overspread the area from south to north Saturday afternoon and evening. Rainfall rates over one inch per hour are possible.
* Excessive rainfall within a short period of time can lead to rapidly rising water and flash flooding, particularly in urban areas and along small creeks and streams.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flash Flood Watch means that there is the potential for flash flooding which can be life-threatening. Heavy rain is expected to occur over a short period of time. Rapidly rising flood waters may quickly inundate roadways and areas of poor drainage. Streams and creeks could leave their banks, flooding nearby properties.
Please monitor the forecast, especially if you live in a location that is prone to flooding. Be prepared to take action if a flash flood warning is issued for your area.
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has advised the operator of Broadkill Beach Water Company located in Sussex County to issue a boil water notice to customers after water samples collected from the system tested positive for the presence of E-coli bacteria on Friday, July 20. Because the Broadkill Beach Water Company shares a connection with PrimeHook Water Company, anyone who uses drinking water from either system should not drink the water without boiling it first.
Consumers are advised to bring the water to a boil (212 degrees F), let it boil for a minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills the bacteria and other organisms in the water. It is safe to use the water for bathing/showering and for washing clothes.
The water system operator is required by state law to notify all consumers of the contamination and the boil water notice. The well and the distribution system are currently being disinfected and flushed, and a chlorine treatment system has been put in place by the system operator. The DPH Office of Drinking Water (ODW) will alert the water system operator when bacteria is no longer present, and the public will be informed when boiling water is no longer needed.
E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems. The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, contact your health care provider. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.
A person who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled can call the DPH phone number above by using TTY services. Dial 7-1-1 or 800-232-5460 to type your conversation to a relay operator, who reads your conversation to a hearing person at DPH. The relay operator types the hearing person’s spoken words back to the TTY user. To learn more about TTY availability in Delaware, visit http://delawarerelay.com.
Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery in June in Milford. Milford Police were called to East Green Lane around 2:45pm on June 29th for an armed robbery. Police say one of the suspects showed a handgun and took cash from the victim. The suspects drove off – the vehicle was found in the area of Roosa Road. 20 year old Marquis Demby of Lincoln was arrested during a traffic stop and a semi-automatic handgun was seized. 19 year old Jordan Harris of Dover was also arrested by US Marshals last week in Dover and turned over to Milford Police. Demby and Harris are charged with robbery, weapons and other offenses.
The investigation into a shooting at the Carvel Gardens Apartment on Monday, July 9 continues. The victim, 18-year-old Trevor McClements of Seaford died last week from his injuries. Police are trying to identify two black women and a light-skinned black male in connection with the shooting – and to locate a silver or light-colored 2012-2015 Chevy Impala. If you have information – contact Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.
Rehoboth Beach police have charged Karisma D. Wynn Sheeler, 23, of Montgomery Village, Md. with two counts of felony-level resisting arrest Thursday after police said they attempted to stop her for questioning in connection with a shoplifting investigation.
Around 3:40 p.m., an officer on foot patrol was contacted by an employee of Tidal Rave, which is in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue, who reported that a shoplifting had occurred in the store.
Sheeler, who was leaving the area of the store, police said, was identified as the suspect. The officer attempted to stop Sheeler and have her return to the store so that he could investigate the allegation at which time Sheeler refused, police said.
Sheeler became uncooperative and disorderly yelling profanity and causing alarm to the other members of the public in the area, police said. When officers attempted to take her into custody, she refused and fought to prevent them from doing so.
Through the efforts of three police officers, Sheeler was eventually restrained and taken into custody. She showed signs of intoxication, police said.
It was later determined that Sheeler was an acquaintance of the shoplifter, but did not commit the offense, police said.
Sheeler was arrested and charged with 2 counts of felony resisting arrest with force or violence, 1 count of menacing, 3 counts of disorderly conduct, and 1 count of failure to comply with taking of photos and fingerprints. The last five charges are all misdemeanor offenses.
She was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $5800 cash secured bail. As a result of her resisting, two police officers and Sheeler received minor injuries.
In June, Delaware’s unemployment rate dropped below 4% for the first time since February of 2008 – and the first time since February of last year that the state’s rate – now at 3.9% is below the national unemployment rate of 4.0%. There were 3100 fewer unemployed Delawareans last month than a year ago. In Sussex County unemployment was at 3.7% – higher than the month before but significantly lower than a year ago.
Rehoboth Beach police have charged Martin Tuohy, 45, of Middletown, Delaware after he turned himself in to police last night for causing the eight-vehicle collision that occurred in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue on July 7, 2018.
Following a nearly two-week investigation, Rehoboth Beach police have made a determination as to what occurred on the evening of July 7. As a result of the investigation, police believe Tuohy was operating the blue 2016 Dodge Ram pick-up truck as it left a parking space along the northern shoulder of the second block of Rehoboth Avenue west bound at around 6:15 p.m. As he was backing the vehicle out of the space, police say Tuohy collided with a blue 2017 Subaru Forrester driven by a female from Ashburn, Va. that had stopped to allow Tuohy to back out of the space.
After colliding with the Subaru, Tuohy, who showed signs of intoxication on scene, rapidly fled west bound on Rehoboth Avenue. As he did so he moved to the left lane where he collided with an unoccupied red Hyundai parked along the median causing minor damage to the vehicle.
Tuohy continued west bound striking an unoccupied red Ford Explorer in the next parking space causing extensive damage to the vehicle pushing it up onto the median and partially on top of an unoccupied Toyota Corolla parked next to it. Tuohy then struck an unoccupied silver Ford Fusion that was also parked in the median knocking the bumper completely off the car. As a result of these collisions, it is believed that the left front wheel of Tuohy’s vehicle came off, but he still continued west bound on Rehoboth Avenue.
As he approached the Second Street intersection, the front of Tuohy’s truck collided with the rear of a black Toyota RAV4 occupied by a couple from Norristown, Pa. that was stopped for the red light at the intersection. The collision pushed the Toyota into the intersection, while Tuohy continued to drive west bound onto the sidewalk in front of the Post Office where he collided with a bike rack. The occupants of the Toyota were uninjured.
Tuohy continued west bound exiting the sidewalk into the intersection where he struck a silver Honda Pilot occupied by four individuals from Montoursville, Pa. and Millsboro, Del. The Honda was stopped in the intersection waiting for two females to clear the crosswalk before turning, police said. The front of Tuohy’s pick-up truck struck the rear driver side of the Honda spinning it 180 degrees through the intersection. All four occupants of the Honda were taken to Beebe Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The females in the intersection fled in time to escape injury.
Tuohy still continued west bound, again leaving the roadway, and drove onto the sidewalk on the west side of the intersection where he struck a light pole and came to a stop. Tuohy was taken from the scene by ambulance to Beebe Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
On July 19, 2018, Tuohy was arrested and charged with 1 count of felony 4th offense driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, 2 counts of felony first-degree reckless endangering, 1 count of felony first-degree vehicular assault, 3 counts of misdemeanor second-degree vehicular assault, and 1 count of leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury, also a misdemeanor.
Tuohy was arraigned and released on $16,000 unsecured bail.
The investigation of this collision is ongoing. If anyone has information about the collision they are asked to please contact Det. Tyler Whitman at (302) 524-1391 or submit a tip through Delaware Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-847-3333 or online. Anyone with information can also submit a tip online to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department via the RBPD website.
A crash has closed Hardscrabble Road – Route 20 between Tyndall Road and East Trap Pond Road. Delaware State Police say just before 8am a crash involving multiple vehicles occurred and gallons of tar have spilled onto the roadway. Drivers should look for an alternate route as Hardscrabble Road will be closed for an extended period of time.
UPDATED FRIDAY 1pm – WGMD is back up and on the air – and Duke Brooks will be on the air and taking your calls this afternoon. We had an equipment failure yesterday that took out the studio board. With a lot of teamwork, a little bit of bubble gum and wire – and help from our remote gear we were back on the air again yesterday afternoon with the Savage Nation and through this morning with regular programming with the exception of Mike Bradley and Jake Smith being able to take phone calls. Many thanks also to Walt Barcus.
Soon after we got the main studio board back on the air, we had a power glitch, but were back on the air within 15 minutes.
UPDATE FRIDAY 6AM
Mike Bradley and the Morning Team are on the air!!
UPUPDATE 3pm WGMD is on the air with Savage Nation 3-6p, then regular programs until 6am.
1pm – WGMD is temporarily off the air due to a technical issue. We are efforting to correct the issue and will return to the regular programming as soon as possible.
UPDATED – 7/21/18 – A family of five is being helped by the American Red Cross after firefighters from Indian River were called to Devon Drive in the River Winds development just after midnight for a trailer fire. Crews arriving at the scene found fire coming from the home. Fire officials believe an outside shed caught fire and spread to the nearby residence. A 7 year old was taken to a nearby medical facility for observation. Lewes and Millsboro were called to assist – and crews from Milton, Georgetown and Rehoboth were also called for assistance or cover up. Firefighters were on the scene for about 2 hours – the State Fire Marshal is investigating.
Firefighters from Indian River were called to Devon Drive in Oak Orchard West just after midnight for a trailer fire. Crews arriving at the scene found heavy fire coming from the home, but say everyone was able to get out of the home safely. Lewes and Millsboro were called to assist – and crews from Milton, Georgetown, Dagsboro and Rehoboth were also called for assistance or cover up. Firefighters were on the scene for about 2 hours – the State Fire Marshal is investigating.
State troopers have been searching for a man who is responsible for a rash of vehicle break-ins in parking lots along Coastal Highway between Lewes and Rehoboth. The suspect is a black man in a black Nissan Altima with Maryland tags.
Between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. this past Wednesday police say he struck in the parking lots of the Tokyo Steakhouse, Saketumi, Fresh Market and Bed Bath and Beyond.
The gates are open at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. For the next 10 days the fair will be filled with rides, games, animals and all those ribbon winning crafts, foods and goods in the 4-H and FFA exhibit buildings. The Delaware State Fair focuses on the preservation of the past, promotion of the present, and education in the future, of agriculture, horticulture, mechanical arts, and rural and domestic economy.
This year, where it’s usually the hottest week of the summer – it might be the wettest instead. Accuweather is calling for more comfortable summer temps but humid until the final day of the fair which will be quite hot. This weekend is likely to be rainy with thunderstorms possible – and then a chance of storms throughout the week.
On July 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act for 2019. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) made the following statement in support of the bill’s passage:
“Today, the U.S House of Representatives approved $73 million in funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program. This funding allows ongoing Bay cleanup efforts to continue through next year, and will keep the Bay healthy for fisherman, oystermen, crabbers, and recreational activities. This legislation also addresses the proposed 86 offshore wind turbines to be built off the coast of Ocean City, by urging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to work with other federal agencies, the State of Maryland, and the people of Ocean City to come to a consensus on the wind turbines’ height and distance from the shore before any construction and operations plan (COP) is approved. Offshore wind is a critical issue for the people of Ocean City, and the federal government should not override the will of the local community on this issue. I commend my Republican colleagues in the House for their continued support of the Chesapeake Bay Program, and for their attention to the issue of offshore wind.”
Two people were injured after a crash on the Route 50 Bypass in the area of Naylor Mill Road west of Salisbury. Maryland State Police say just before 2am police received a report of a vehicle traveling the wrong way – and then of a collision. Police say 75 year old David Geist of Reading, PA was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes and struck a Chevy Trax driven by a 21 year old from Ocean City. Geist’s vehicle also struck a truck pulling double trailers and then struck a guardrail. The Trax also struck the second trailer of the double trailers. Geist and the Ocean City woman were taken to PRMC in Salisbury. The driver of the truck received minor injuries. The roadway was closed for about 5 hours for investigation and clean-up.
The weather was decent on Wednesday, but not many boats ran from Lewes or Indian River.
Tony at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Grizzly with Captain Cary Evans fished a half-day trip in the bay with the Leon Sensins family and came to the cleaning table with a mixed bag of trout, blues, blowfish and one flounder. Flounder were caught from the fishing pier and from the Canal.
At Lighthouse View Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park the report was a few keeper and short flounder caught on minnows and some good-sized spot and croaker taken on bloodworms.
Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em told us they saw flounder, blues and sea bass caught on the head boats. Captain John Nedelka on the Karen Sue had an excellent catch of blues at Fenwick Shoal. Another boat had keeper flounder at the Old Grounds
Old Inlet Bait and Tackle had some good news for those who fish Indian River Inlet. Blues in the 16 to 18-inch size were caught at the top of the tide on bucktails or silver spoons. Croaker and flounder were caught from the southside on sand fleas and minnows.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.
A two vehicle crash west of Millsboro on Tuesday morning remains under investigation. Delaware State Police say a Jeep driven by a 32 year old Salisbury man was eastbound on Cross Keys Road and failed to stop for a posted stop sign at Phillips Hill Road and collided with a pickup truck. The driver of the Jeep was not wearing a seat belt and was taken to Christiana Medical Center with critical injuries. The driver of the pickup was restrained and treated for minor injuries. Charges have not yet been filed.
US Senator Chris Coons applauded the announcement by FEMA that the Delaware State Fire School will receive an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Award totaling $395,910 for personal protection equipment, extrication equipment, and vehicle fire simulators.
Coons visited the Delaware State Fire School last week and says that he saw firsthand how critical it is that we provide funding for proper training and equipment for Delaware’s firefighters. This Assistance to Firefighters Grant will help ensure that firefighters who train at the Delaware State Fire School have the equipment and experience they need to safely respond to emergencies.
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Coons secured $350 million for Assistance to Firefighter Grants in the Homeland Security appropriations bill, which passed the Committee on June 21. Senator Coons also co-sponsored S.829, the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017, which reauthorizes programs including Assistance to Firefighters Grants through Fiscal Year 2023. This bill was included in H.R.4661, the United States Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017, which became law on January 3, 2018.
UPDATED 7/18/18 – On Tuesday, William Shelton was apprehended by Delaware State Police Troop 5 during an Escape Recovery Team mission to locate him. He walked away from a work group in the Greenwood area. Shelton was arraigned at JP Court 3 before he was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on an Escape 2nd charge in lieu of $2,000 cash bail.
Corrections officials are looking for an offender from the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown who ran off on foot into a wooded area while working community service near Adams Road in Greenwood. Officials are looking for 19 year old William Shelton who is from the Greenwood area. He is black, 5’ 6” and 150 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Shelton has tattoos on his chest and upper right arm. He is serving a violation of probation on original charges of conspiracy and burglary.
Tuesday saw strong southwest winds and rough seas in the ocean, but boats were able to fish in the Delaware Bay and the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal.
Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said Herb Dressler caught a 23.5-inch flounder on a minnow while fishing in the bay on the Miss Kirstin. Rick Mills had 22 and a 17-inch flounder out of the Canal on Gulp! fished on a Nick’s Rig. Jack Henrickson caught a 25-inch rockfish while his fishing buddy Rick Mills had a22.5 incher out of the Canal on live eels. Young Valerie Soto and Jonathan Zacariaz each caught flounder on the Fish Hawk. Valerie’s fish measured 17 inches while Jonathan’s was 22 inches.
I stopped by the Lighthouse View Tackle Shop on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park around noon and there were very few folks fishing. It was hot and windy, but early in the morning a couple of keeper flounder were caught on Carolina rigged minnows. Once the flood tide arrived there should be some spot and croaker on bloodworms.
Captain John Nedelka on the Karen Sue caught spadefish and triggers at Fenwick Shoal.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.