Police & Fire


Human skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area near Selbyville on March 2.

Breaking News: Human remains discovered in woods near Selbyville

Delaware State Police have opened a death investigation after human skeletal remains were discovered near Polly Branch Road, just outside of Selbyville town limits.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 10:24am

Frankford Police Chief Larry Corrigan, center, was honored at the Valor Awards for his time with the Fenwick Island Police Department. The Freeman Foundation’s Patti Grimes, left, and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lauren Weaver, right, handed out the awards to each recipient.

Valor Awards celebrate those who protect the community

On the worst day of a person’s life, these are the folks who will respond. The 2020 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards were presented this week to top police officers, paramedics, EMTs and firefighters who serve the local community.

The...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 4:04pm

Representatives of the Millsboro Police Department accept quilts from the Millsboro Art League to donate to domestic violence victims. Pictured, from left, are: Lt. Robert Legates; quilter Skip Claiborne; Vonshea Wise, who works with those affected by domestic violence; Deb Doucette, director of the art league; and Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway.

Handmade quilts donated to support domestic-violence victims

Victims of domestic violence will be given handmade quilts to comfort them, courtesy of the new Arts Warming Hearts program, a collaboration of the Millsboro Art League, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild and the Girl Scouts.

This week, the Millsboro...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:38pm

Courtney Wise

OVPD, DEA make arrests in Millville drug sales

Ocean View police this week announced the arrest of two Millville-area residents in connection with alleged drug sales in the Ocean View and Millville area.

According to the OVPD, on Jan. 14, in a joint investigation with the U.S....

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:27pm

Police advise people to call them over suspicious people, incidents, rather than waiting and even posting to Facebook. Time can be of the essence.

Public encouraged to call 911, not Facebook it

A suspicious car on the street. A possible theft. A person angrily waving a gun from a nearby car.

Those are details to tell police immediately — not two days later, and definitely not via Facebook, police emphasized recently.

“I...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:44pm

Bryan Denegal

Theft suspect arrested after high-speed pursuit, crash

Delaware State Police this week said they will charge a Dover man with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, disregarding a police officer’s signal and related charges after a high-speed chase through Ocean View late on...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:42pm

Millsboro police issue warnings for Plantation Lakes parking woes

For now, Millsboro police will issue only warnings to residents of Plantation Lakes who live on streets dedicated to the town, even if they park illegally.

“We enforce Delaware law. We need to go in and establish all the no-parking zones...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:41pm

Granville R. Lawson

BREAKING NEWS: School bus driver charged with reckless endangering, vehicular assault

The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 4, arrested 65-year-old Granville R. Lawson of Dagsboro on multiple counts of Reckless Endangering and Vehicular Assault after a Jan...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 5:14pm

Ocean View again named safest municipality in state

The town of Ocean View has been named the safest in Delaware by HomeSnacks.net, after data was examined “from dozens of sources … to help you understand what it’s like to live in different places across America.”

Among local towns,...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:40am

Fenwick council turns down mutual police assistance agreement

The Fenwick Island Town Council voted on Friday, Jan. 24, to not join a mutual assistance agreement with two neighboring towns.

The South Bethany and Ocean View town councils had previously agreed to join forces in the agreement, which...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:38am

Frankford police chief to host family Valentine’s luncheon

Frankford Police Chief Laurence “Larry” Corrigan is inviting area families to a Valentine’s luncheon — with a message he hopes they will carry with them far past the holiday.

Corrigan has invited Georgetown attorney Tasha Stevens to speak...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:27am

Tickets on sale for this weekend’s annual Bull & Oyster Roast

Get ’em while they’re hot! Tickets to the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s Annual Bull & Oyster Roast on Feb. 1, that is.

Also, the famous oyster fritters, steamed oysters, fried oyster sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, hot sausages...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:25am

OVPD volunteers contribute nearly $70K in work to the town

The Ocean View Police Department reported to town council members at their Tuesday, Jan. 14, meeting that OVPD volunteers logged 201 hours in December.

According to the Independent Sector, a volunteer’s time was valued at $25.43 per hour...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:08pm

Fenwick officials to consider police agreement on Jan. 24

Fenwick Island’s town council heard from its own police chief last week, as well as two from surrounding towns, that a proposed mutual aid agreement would be beneficial for all three towns.

The agreement is an outgrowth of a less formal,...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:58pm

New Frankford police chief makes first report to council

Frankford’s new police chief announced at the Jan. 6 Frankford Town Council meeting that he is in the process of obtaining Narcan — an anti-overdose medication used to counteract opioid overdoses — for the town police vehicle.

Police Chief...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:59pm

OV, SB approve police partnership

Fenwick officials still mulling agreement

Two towns have signed on, but Fenwick Island isn’t quite ready to approve a three-town police partnership. The Fenwick Island Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. to further discuss and possibly approve a...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:25am

Frankford Police Chief Larry Corrigan hosted a Holiday Lunch for local families on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Frankford Town Hall. Shown getting their close-up with one of the town police cars, from left, are: Gus Catlin-Brown, Raylyn Brown, Vada Lynch, Wyatt Lynch, Raylya Brown, Chief Corrigan and Master Cpl. William Bant of the Delaware State Police Community Outreach at Troop 4.

Frankford police chief hosts community lunch

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill

Frankford Police Chief Larry Corrigan hosted a Holiday Lunch for local families on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Frankford Town Hall. Shown getting their close-up with one of the town police cars, from left, are:...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:10am

BREAKING NEWS: Suspects sought in armed robbery near Frankford

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating an alleged armed robbery that occurred on Sunday night near Frankford.

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Monday, December 30, 2019 - 8:55am

Millsboro man arrested on heroin-sales charges

The Delaware State Police this week arrested 27-year-old Desmone J. Justice of Millsboro following an investigation into the alleged sale of illegal drugs.

On Dec. 13, police reported, members of the...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:11am

Local businessman comes to aid of police officer

Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin is publicly thanking a local businessman who rushed to the aid of a police officer as he attempted to arrest a man who was kicking and striking him.

McLaughlin said...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:03am

Millsboro officials are beginning to settle on the details of the new town hall design.

Millsboro council proceeds to detail stage of town hall design

Members of the Millsboro Town Council are hoping to incorporate cypress wood into its interior when the new town hall is built, since the bald cypress tree has historical importance.

Delaware’s only...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:59am

Larry Corrigan, after serving with the Delaware State Police and several other local police forces, has taken the reins of the restored Frankford Police Department.

Corrigan settles in to new role as Frankford police chief

Laurence “Larry” Corrigan is the kind of person whose presence fills a room. He’s an imposing guy, standing well over 6 feet tall.

And he might be (literally and figuratively) the biggest cheerleader...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:56am

BREAKING NEWS: Man assaulted, robbed at gunpoint in Millsboro

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday in Millsboro, in which a 59-year-old man was assaulted and robbed.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 8:49am

Ocean View police actively tackling local drug problem

In response to a drug raid in Ocean View involving the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, and resulting in multiple arrests and the confiscation of more than 1,200 bags of suspected heroin, a local police department is...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 11:01am

Millsboro to offer citizens’ police academy for local youth

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway plans to offer a police academy for youth, on the heels of the successful adult course that began in October and attracted more than 20 participants.

The Millsboro Town Council, at their Nov. 4 meeting...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:36am

Frankford police chief dives in on drug enforcement

One day after officially starting in his new position, Frankford Police Chief Laurence “Larry” Corrigan left the town council meeting with three approvals in his pocket — two for the sale of surplus equipment and one for equipping the Town’s...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:35am

Corrections officer David West and Sgt. Barry Wheatley of the Millsboro Police Department man the rotisserie outside the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company on Monday, Nov. 25, containing 48 chickens that will be part of meals delivered to first-responders throughout Sussex County on Thanksgiving Day. The meals are provided to police officers, corrections officers, firefighters and other first-responders who are working on Thanksgiving Day.

Blessings for Badges brings meals to first-responders

Across Sussex County, as families sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, hundreds of chairs will be empty at their tables — because emergencies don’t take the day off and some first-responders must work during the holiday to keep the community safe....

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:50pm

Millsboro Citizens’ Police Academy class nears graduation

Classmates who completed the Millsboro Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy will graduate this week, at a ceremony at town hall.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:42pm

Ray Stevens may be a numbers person, but this award-winning firefighter has always enjoyed driving the fire engines.

Selbyville’s Stevens wins state firefighter award

For Raymond “Ray” Stevens Jr., fire service starts and ends with “a desire to help people.”

“We help people from all walks of life, all races, colors — doesn’t matter where you’re from,” Stevens said one autumn morning at his home station...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:01pm

James Showell, 48, of Ocean View

BREAKING NEWS: OVPD, DEA arrest four in Ocean View drug-sales investigation

 

The Ocean View Police Department announced on Tuesday that they had, in a joint effort with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),...

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 6:43pm

Delaware State Police issues mystery shopper scam alert

The Delaware State Police this week issued an advisory in response to the recent reappearance of the “mystery shopper scam.” Police offered tips and information to help people avoid falling victim to this specific scam:

 

What is...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:38am

Millsboro council approves hiring of new police officer

The Millsboro Town Council, at their special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, authorized Police Chief Brian Calloway to begin the process of hiring another officer.

“This is to set the stage — depending on what the Indian River School...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:23am

Shoppers Sandy Stewart (right) and Yolanda Nock (center) shop for toiletries while Maya Maine (far left) checks out lip balm at the 2015 Holiday Expo.

Frankford fire hall hosting annual Holiday Expo event

The annual Holiday Expo at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company is “our biggest one yet,” according to one of its organizers, offering more than 30 vendors and crafters as well as baked goods and of course, the Ladies’ Auxiliary’s famous chicken...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:27am

A delicate rain fell over the IRHS parking lot as students met their local fire companies.

Local companies bring fire recruitment to Indian River

Almost everyone’s local fire companies rolled into Indian River High School this week. Six volunteer fire companies visited IR to describe the job and encourage volunteerism in the community.

Weather permitting, every IR student would...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:41pm

The Ocean View Police Department hosted training last week to help officers tend to injured K-9 companions. Pictured, from left, are Sally Dickinson of the Veterinary Tactical Group, Raushan Rich of the University of Delaware Police Department and Troy Bowden of the Ocean View Police Department. Also pictured is a stuffed dog for them to train with — so, no animals were harmed in the process of taking this photo, or conducting training.

K-9 caregiving

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

The Ocean View Police Department hosted training last week to help officers tend to injured K-9 companions. Pictured, from left, are Sally Dickinson of the Veterinary Tactical Group, Raushan Rich of the...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:04am

Multiple towns consider partnership for police coverage

It’s not a regional police force, but three coastal towns are considering a partnership to improve police coverage.

The Ocean View and Fenwick Island police departments have already been helping to fill gaps in South Bethany during a...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:07pm

Millsboro police to host Halloween event on Oct. 31

The Millsboro Police Department, in partnership with local businesses, will host the town’s annual Halloween celebration on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., welcoming children 12 or younger.

Dressed in costume, children may attend the...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:03pm

Safe disposal of prescription drugs, vaping devices offered

On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Delaware State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have scheduled their National Take-Back Initiative (NTBI). The event offers an opportunity for people with unwanted, unused and...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:53pm

Participants in last year’s Cops & Goblins costume contest show off their hard work.

Cops & Goblins offering food, fun and more on Oct. 26

With the fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration just over a week away, Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin is encouraging the community to join in the fun of masquerading and trick-or-treating.

“I would like to personally...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:26pm

Cpl. Matthew Dufour uses the computer in his car. Police officers are required to learn how to use a variety of equipment in the patrol car.

An hour with the Millsboro police

Point Reporter Susan Sanfora gets a behind-the-scene glimpse of local officers on patrol

There’s something a little unnerving about having a police officer, in full uniform, hold open the door of a patrol car and ask you to get inside.

Even when the officer is the polite and pleasant Cpl. Matthew Dufour, and even when you had...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:58pm

Ocean View revs up for Cops & Goblins event

The fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration is planned for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. in John West Park. In the event of rain, it will be held the next day.

Guests can masquerade in costume and enjoy free...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:21pm

The Millsboro Police Department swears in the Rev. Rod Dufour as its new police chaplain, while Dufour's granddaughter Claire holds the Bible for the ceremony. Dufour is also the father of MPD officer Matthew Dufour.

Dufour sworn in as Millsboro police chaplain

Millsboro Police Department officer Matthew Dufour stood facing his father — the elder Defour newly sworn in as the police department’s first chaplain — and saluted him.

The Rev. Rod Dufour, smiling, returned the salute, and the two hugged...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:15pm

  Having completed police academy, Officer Terik Fullerton was congratulated by South Bethany Police Department, pictured here with Chief Jason Lovins.

South Bethany hires final recruit for academy, introduces new officer

Graduation accomplished! As the South Bethany Police Department continues to rebuild, they celebrated Officer Terik Fullerton’s graduation from the Delaware police academy. He completed the six-month program in August, with high honors.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:58pm

Frankford installing cameras in park, hiring officer

The Frankford Town Council made two moves involving ensuring the safety of its residents at its Monday, Sept. 9, meeting.

The council approved a contract for security cameras and lights in Frankford Town Park. The subject of the need for...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:14pm

Community invited to ‘Thank a Police Officer’

Thank a Police Officer Day is one day a year, but one local woman hopes it creates a “shift” in how communities interact with their local police departments.

Andrea Baumann of West Fenwick Island said she started the Delmarva Supports Law...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:55pm

Worker critically injured in Bethany Beach fall

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating an industrial accident in Bethany Beach that seriously injured a Laurel man.

Police said the incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 13, around 2:12 p.m., at a residence that was under...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 8:41pm

Selbyville gets a solid audit report

Police focus on safety outreach

The Selbyville Town Council got some good news — and familiar warnings — in their annual (non-investigative) audit report on Sept. 9.

“The financial statements are the responsibility of the management of the town,” said CPA Leslie Michalik...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:57am

Frankford installing cameras in park, hiring police officer

The Frankford Town Council made two moves involving ensuring the safety of its residents at its Monday, Sept. 9, meeting.

The council approved a contract for security cameras and lights in Frankford Town Park. The subject of the need for...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:55am

Millsboro continues weighing town hall, police department options

The Millsboro Town Council is awaiting updated designs for two versions of the new town hall to be built on Main Street — one version a single-story building and the other a two-story structure — in time for their next special meeting, on Oct. 3...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:54am

DSP Troop 4 holds Community Café in Millsboro area

Speeding on Long Neck Road and reducing unnecessary noise were among the issues on the minds of residents who joined officers from Delaware State Police Troop 4 in Georgetown this week for a Community Café, casually known as “Coffee with a Cop...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:40am