Police & Fire


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.

“...

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

Millsboro teen arrested following alleged gun threat at Sussex Tech

After a fight in the hallway of Sussex Technical High School, a Millsboro student allegedly made veiled threats that resulted in a felony arrest.

Editor's Note: Coastal Point editorial policy is to not identify minors who...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

Members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary took a moment out of their time during the event to pose in front of a Quint 50 truck that was on hand for the tournament that was benefitting the fire company. Members include (in not particular order for the picture) Barbara Brown, Brandy Davis, Joy Knox, Marty Pratt, Mary Putschky, Sandy Raymond, Pat Resnick, Tricia Roberts, and Linda Smith.

BBVFC Auxiliary’s inaugural golf event a success

With close to 60 golfers participating, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary’s first-ever benefit golf tournament was declared a rousing success on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Salt Pond Golf Club.

According to the event’s...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:17am

Memorial service honors girls lost in Pot-Nets fire

The Rev. Dawn Edwards offered tender words to comfort those attending the memorial service last week for the three little girls killed in a house fire on Aug. 7, with assurances the little ones were not frightened as they died and that they didn’...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

Troopers offer safety tips for the new school year

The Delaware State Police this week offered safety guidelines for the beginning of the new school year.

“With some schools already in session and some that will start next week, it is important to know thousands of Delaware’s precious...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:45pm

Community gathers to mourn for three kids killed in fire

The 4-year-old twin sisters and their 18-month-old cousin killed in a Long Neck house fire on Aug. 7 were to be honored at a memorial service on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 22.

The service for Skylar Marie Marchuk, her twin sister Veronica...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:34pm

South Bethany talks parking enforcement, town hall reno

This winter, the South Bethany Town Council hopes to iron out the final details for implementing town-wide parking permits, which will go into effect on all roads in the summer of 2020.

Although the plan was approved in 2018, the Town...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:29pm

Hardy and his partner, Ocean View Police Cpl. Justin Hopkins, are a crime-fighting tandem in town.

K9 Hardy on the job in Ocean View

There’s a little paw print stamped in Ocean View Police Cpl. Justin Hopkins’ wedding band — a symbol of his affection for his police dog, Hardy.

Of course, the wedding band symbolizes his cherished marriage, and dedication to his wife, but...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:27pm

Delaware State police launches annual Operation BACKpack Project

The Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit has established a program to assist elementary school-aged children in need with the necessities for school. Troopers are asking for help with any donations to fill each child’s back-pack with...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:35am

Jayden Wilkerson shows off of his costume, flanked by Bethany Beach Police Department officers Kenny Haynes, left, and Patrick Foley, right, at a previous Cops & Goblins.

Cops & Goblins to mark fifth year on Oct. 26

Guests attending the fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration can masquerade in costume and enjoy free cheeseburgers and slices of pizza, but perhaps most important is the lesson for children — that police officers are their friends...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:07am

Millsboro town hall, PD plans still on the drawing board

As plans continue to be developed for a new town hall in Millsboro, and more space for the overcrowded police department, the town council will meet early next month to review revised proposals and reduced costs from two architectural firms....

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:56pm

DSP phone number used in spoofed phone number scam

The Delaware State Police on Aug. 9 issued an advisory in response to a recent phone scam trend involving a “spoofed phone number.”

Police said they had recently been made aware of multiple incidents in which individuals have received...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:38am

Community pulling together for family affected by fatal fire

One of the two grieving mothers who lost young children in the Long Neck house fire on Wednesday posted a touching photograph of twin blonds, one facing the camera, the other looking tenderly at their baby cousin, whose smile revealed buds of new...

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 3:04pm

Millsboro police introduce victim services specialist

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway at the town council meeting on Monday, Aug. 5, introduced Vonshae Wise, the department’s new victim service specialist. He told council members she had completed training at the Georgetown Police Department...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:12pm

Millsboro police get equipment funding

The Millsboro Town Council on Monday unanimously approved Police Chief Brian Calloway’s request to use $30,000 in Sussex County Block Grant funding for equipment for the police department. The grant money is awarded to police departments that...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 11:01am