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DUI stop in Ocean View leads to arrest of suspected felon

By Maria Counts

Staff Reporter

 

“Traffic stops are the most dangerous thing we do. We don’t know who we’re walking up to, who’s in the vehicle…” said Ocean View Police Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw. “Just because the vehicle is...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:47pm

Two suspects arrested in alleged theft in Dagsboro

Two suspects have been arrested and face several charges stemming from a burglary that allegedly took place at a restaurant in the town on Saturday, March 2.

Dagsboro police went to Wang’s Kitchen, located at 32177 DuPont Blvd., within the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:16pm

Hot times in Frankford

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company executed a controlled burn on Saturday, March 9, at a residence on Thatcher Street in downtown Frankford. The exercise began around 8 a.m. with a number of small fires...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:21pm

Study: Local towns among safest in state

Three South Coastal Delaware towns were recently recognized for being in the top 10 safest places to live in Delaware.

HomeSnacks.net analyzed statistics from 20 municipalities in Delaware with a population of more than 2,000, and named...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:19pm

South Bethany seeks multi-pronged security plan while rebuilding PD

South Bethany will try a little of everything to keep the town secure this year, including, frankly, a little outsourcing.

After March 16, the police department will have one chief, one officer and four vacancies, after two more police...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:14pm

More officers leave SBPD as council reacts to FOIA complaint

Two more officers will soon part ways with the South Bethany Police Department. As of Friday, March 1, both Sgt. Alfred “Lee” Davis and Officer (Ptlm.) Nate Hudson had given their two weeks’ notice.

At this point, the SBPD will start...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

First-responders recognized for service to the community

“Valor is the demonstration of boldness and bravery in the face of adversity and danger,” said Josh Mastrangelo, senior vice president of the Carl M. Freeman Companies at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards on Feb. 22. “In our communities, it is...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:08pm

High-school threats not believed to be credible

The Indian River School District was taking safety precautions on Tuesday, but officials said they do not believe there to be a credible threat to its Dagsboro high school.

“Rumors of an alleged incident at Indian River High School on...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:34pm

Millville man arrested on weapons charges after firing shot

The Delaware State Police this week arrested a Millville man after a domestic incident allegedly led to him obtain a weapon and fire a round.

According to the DSP, on Feb. 16, around 6 p.m., troopers were dispatched to Dorothy Circle near...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:11am

Post-party bullet hole being investigated

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a shots-fired incident that occurred sometime early Sunday, Feb. 17, near Dagsboro.

Around 3:06 p.m., police said, DSP troopers were dispatched to Colony Drive in Bay Colony for a...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:08am

Body of Lewes woman found near inlet

Delaware State Police this week released the identity of a woman whose body was found near the Indian River Inlet on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Surfers discovered the body of Amy Conrad, 48, of Lewes, which had washed up on the beach near the north...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:56am

High-school threats not believed to be credible

The Indian River School District was taking safety precautions on Tuesday, but officials said they do not believe there to be a credible threat to...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:41pm

Ocean View updating its Emergency Operations Plan

The Town of Ocean View’s first Emergency Operations Plan was drafted and brought before council in June 2006, Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin noted recently. Back then, it was an “all-hazards approach” to emergencies and was well-received...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:58pm

South Bethany approves new police ranks and hires

South Bethany is paving a solid path forward for its police department, as the town council has unanimously approved a new rank and salary scale, plus several candidates for two vacant positions.

After the probationary period, there are...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:52pm

State police warn of phone spoofing scam

The Delaware State Police this week issued an advisory in response to recent phone scams involving a “spoofed” phone number.

Delaware State Police said they were made aware of multiple incidents in which individuals received a phone call...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:47pm

Officer Nicholas Discuillo, right, was promoted to lance corporal by Dagsboro Police Chief William Toomey on Monday, Jan. 28.

Dagsboro Police Department promotes Discuillo

At the Monday, Jan. 28, Dagsboro Town Council meeting, Police Chief William J. Toomey made a special presentation and promotion for officer Nicholas Discuillo.

Discuillo was awarded with the Expert Officer Cord from Toomey, which Toomey...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:32am

Frankford VFC to host Bull & Oyster Roast this weekend

For the past decade or so, during the first week in February, the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company has been even busier than usual. The reason: It’s time to prep for the fire company’s annual Bull & Oyster Roast.

The event, scheduled...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:21am

South Bethany council reveals some of its intent for police

With rumors flying during the month-long winter council recess, the South Bethany Town Council finally tipped its hand, a little, regarding plans for the town’s police department.

In a townwide email sent on Jan. 21, the mayor and council...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:33am

Bullet, bullet holes reportedly found inside Clarksville home

It’s not unusual around these parts to hear “celebratory” gun shots on the night of New Year’s Eve.

It is unusual, however, to find a bullet in your house on New Year’s Eve day — or in the case of Mary Smith, for your dog to find one....

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 11:02am

Ladies and gentlemen, your new Sussex County Council. Top row, from left, John Rieley, Sam Vincent and Doug Hudson. Bottom, from left, I.G. Burton III and Michael Vincent.

County paramedics enter into training MOU with Beebe

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a memorandum-of-understanding (MOU) between Beebe Healthcare and Sussex County EMS.

While the two entities have had MOUs in the past, EMS Education Coordinator Edward Engdahl Sr....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:11pm

MVFC to host Outdoorsman Marketplace on Jan. 12

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company will host its inaugural Outdoorsman Marketplace on Jan. 12, to help raise money for a new fire hall.

The “outdoorsman” show will take place inside the fire hall, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:50pm

Coastal Point • Laura Walter

Officer Hill, K-9 Officer Tofu reporting for duty

Seventh-grader Aria Hill was an officer for a day at the Millsboro Police Department. Joined by her puppy, Tofu, Hill got a firsthand look at local policing on Friday, Dec. 28.

Cpl. Matthew Dufour planned to do some basic training and let...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:25am

Citizens doubt council’s commitment to policing

Tempers flared in South Bethany Town Hall this week as some members of the public worried over the future of the South Bethany Police Department. Although the town council emphasized last month that they’re working on a new plan, some property...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:22pm

The graduates from the Delaware State Police Canine Training Unit pose for a photo after graduating from the 2018 Fall Patrol Certification and the Fall Narcotics Certification classes.

K9 teams graduate from DSP patrol, narcotics classes

The Delaware State Police Canine Training Unit this week held a graduation ceremony for the 2018 Fall Patrol Certification Class and the Fall Narcotics Certification Class. Their work paid off, with 11 teams successfully completing three months...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:44pm

Guns, bows, knives and ammunition are among the evidence seized in the Dec. 11 arrests of two Millsboro men on charges related to alleged weapons and poaching violations.

Millsboro men arrested on weapons and poaching violations

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers on Dec. 11 arrested two Sussex County men for multiple alleged weapons and poaching violations while officers investigated a report of individuals trespassing to hunt near Millsboro....

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:59am

Hunsucker

Local women arrested in Georgetown burglaries

The Delaware State Police this week arrested the two local women they said were suspects with burglaries in Georgetown.

Kathy Hunsucker, 45, of Selbyville and Christina Harvey, 49, of Dagsboro were charged in connection with two burglaries...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:03pm

Dagsboro man arrested, charged with threft, trespass

A Dagsboro man went to court last week to answer charges related to an alleged month-long crime spree starting in late October. In a joint effort by four police departments, Sherman A. Mitchell was arrested on Oct. 27 and charged with several...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:50pm

South Bethany promises police effort is under way

Tired of the public asking about police-department challenges, the South Bethany Town Council finally made an announcement: They’re working on it.

“Activity has been going on since July of this year, but it’s not ready to bring out,” said...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:51pm

A Millsboro officer poses for a photo with graduates of their Business Academy on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Millsboro businesses participate in MPD Business Academy

The Millsboro Police Department recently announced the graduating class of the 2nd Business Academy. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, members of the graduating class received a certificate acknowledging their participation in the program.

Participants...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:04pm

Local men arrested for multiple deer-poaching violations

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested two Sussex County men in the Frankford area Nov. 16 as the result of an ongoing investigation into illegal nighttime deer-poaching activities, officials reported on Nov. 20....

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:11pm

Firefighters from five companies came together to contain a blaze in an unnocupied apartment building in Millsboro. More than $1.5 million in property damage was reported.

Fire damages apartment building under construction in Millsboro

Several fire companies battled a fire at an unoccupied apartment building in Millsboro on Thursday, Nov. 8. The cause of the fire was under investigation this week by Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The fire was reported at 9:23 p.m.,...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:28pm

New homes could help clean up drug trade on Polly Branch Road

On the surface, Schooner Landing could be just another housing development coming to Sussex County. There will be 132 residential lots, a clubhouse, pool and park, all at the northwest corner of Route 54 and Polly Branch Road.

But, more...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:31pm

Dr. Janice Baker teaches the tactical canine medical training class held at Camp Barnes back in October. More than two dozen officers attended the free class, for which OVPD Cpl. Justin Hopkins raised more than half the funds.

OVPD offers training to K9 units throughout Delaware

When Ocean View Police Department’s Cpl. Justin Hopkins saw a need for other K9 handler officers in Delaware to get medical-related training for their four-legged partners, he decided to do something about it.

“They’re our family,” said...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:01pm

South Bethany passes on police candidate, still needs two

It’s taken months to choose a candidate to fill one of two vacancies in South Bethany Police Department. On Oct. 25, South Bethany Town Council unanimously voted to reject the proposed candidate.

Because personnel is discussed in executive...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 5:12pm

OVPD arrests two for trespassing, believes they stopped burglary

Two men were arrested in the Town of Ocean View in the early hours of Tuesday, Oct. 30, after OVPD Sgt. Sid Ballentine reportedly observed their vehicle driving slowly through Woodland Park before parking in the driveway of an occupied home. ...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 8:32pm

South Bethany police concerns loom, but new hires are in works

Troy Crowson pointed to the headline story in this month’s The Police Chief magazine: an article on retaining employees with non-paycheck items, such as take-home vehicles, and opportunities for advancement and education.

“We had all this...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:37pm

George A. Bailey

Millsboro-area woman’s grandson arrested for her murder

The Delaware State Police have charged 30-year-old man in connection with the death of his grandmother in Millsboro, which authorities have ruled a homicide.

According to police, their investigation began on Saturday, Oct. 20, around 10:33...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:29pm

Officers outside the Ocean View Church of Christ meeting to discuss the active shooter exercise.

Large-scale exercise prepare emergency personnel for the unthinkable

With gun violence a reality in today’s world, local law enforcement, emergency responders and hospitals are hoping such a tragedy never reaches our area, but are preparing for the worst. 

On Oct. 13, agencies across southeastern Sussex...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:32pm

Police departments urge citizens to ‘Take Back’ medications

The Ocean View Police Department is one of many in the state and across the nation participating in the U.S...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:14pm

Bailey

Millsboro-area woman’s grandson arrested for her murder

The Delaware State Police have charged 30-year-old man in connection with the death of his grandmother in Millsboro, which authorities have ruled a homicide.

According to police, their investigation began on Saturday, Oct. 20, around 10:33...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:01pm

Students react as emergency responders simulate an overdose as part of an effort by local first-responders and Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church to impact young people and parents on the dangers of opioids.

Community partners looking to give dose of ‘Reality’

It starts out innocently enough — an invitation to a classmate’s house for a party. A few wrong turns, an overdose and — poof — life will never be the same.

Some community partners in Sussex County are hoping to have an impact on youth and...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:38pm

Responders perform trauma training at a previous Rescue Task Force exercise.

Emergency services to hold drill in Ocean View on Sunday

For those who work in emergency services, preparing for the worst is part of the job. This Sunday, area emergency responders will be training for the unimaginable.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1-4 p.m., emergency services personnel will be...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:31pm

Local pastor offers homily for our first-responders

Editor’s note: The Rev. Terence Dougherty on Thursday, Sept. 27, presented a homily at the Southeast Sussex Ministerium’s Prayer Service for First Responders, held at Frankford fire hall. At his request, the content of that homily is being...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:07pm

SVFC to host annual golf tournament

The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 11th Annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 12 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The tournament has a scramble format and costs $90 per player...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:18am

Frankford residents say they want police

Frankford’s minimal police coverage was a topic of concern for both the town council and residents during the Monday, Oct. 1, town council meeting.

The town currently has no police force of its own and is instead being covered by extra...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:36am

Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company hosting Artisans’ Fair

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 11th annual Artisans’ Fair, on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the fire house at Hollywood Street and Route 1.

Not only is the fair an opportunity to pick up...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:27am

Millsboro PD hot on the trail of monsters

It’s common knowledge that October attracts ghosts, goblins and a general array of things that go bump in the night. What you might not know is that the Millsboro Police Department is actively on the case.

For the month of October, the...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:56am

Frankford Volunteer Fire Company member Brian Bacon, Chief Hunter Holland and member Mike Rogers recently returned from nearly a week in Fayetville, N.C., where they helped local fire companies and emergency responders in recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence.

Local firefighters return from N.C. with lessons, new friends

Firefighters from Sussex County are back in the area after aiding fellow firefighters in hurricane-ravaged North Carolina. They’ve brought with them memories of new friends and some things to think about, in terms of how a similar storm would...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:14pm

This Washington Avenue house was boarded up after being officially declared a criminal nuisance property in Selbyville, near Polly Branch Road.

BREAKING: Drug-related 'criminal nuisance' property in Selbyville closed by court order

A house near Selbyville that had been the site of multiple drug crimes and police calls since 2014 was boarded up as a result of work by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Delaware State Police (DSP) to deem it a...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 4:30pm

Holding cells, like this one at the Ocean View Police Department, will be used during the Reality Tour program, set to begin this fall.

Reality Tour aims to shed light on drug epidemic

Parents and children will have a unique opportunity this fall to experience how the growing drug epidemic can impact a community, with the offering of the Reality Tour, developed by nonprofit CANDLE (Community Action Network for Drug-free...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:51pm