Police & Fire


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

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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

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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

Potnets man arrested in assault, kidnapping of elderly couple

Delaware State Police this week arrested a Millsboro-area man after he allegedly entered a residence while armed, allegedly assaulted a couple in their 80s and then allegedly kidnapped them.

According to the DSP, on Saturday, July 28,...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:13pm

Millsboro officials believe the site of a new building for the police department could be this blue building next door to the current facility, if soil tests and other conditions are suitable.

Millsboro aims funds at downtown, eyes new police building

Downtown Millsboro might be on the upswing, and town officials are trying to help them get there.

Included in the $8.5 million budget for the 2019 fiscal year, according to Matt Hall, Millsboro’s finance officer, is $275,000 for Main...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:58am

Vehicle crash involving OVPD officer looked at by DSP

The Delaware State Police are investigating a vehicle crash involving an unnamed Ocean View police officer that took place on July 21.

According to the DSP, the incident took place just before 8:30 a.m. last Saturday, involving a civilian-...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:57am

EMS recognized by AHA for quick response time

Sussex County Emergency Medical Services were recognized on July 24 before the Sussex County Council, for receiving the American Heart Association’s Mission LifeLine Gold Award.

“Every day, our paramedics come to work to go out and do a...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:55am

Two men die in suspected overdose, another saved by naloxone

Two men in their 20s passed away last week in Ocean View, from an apparent heroin overdose.

“They were living in Ocean View, but both of them are originally from Maryland,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, noting that the names...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:12pm

Trooper Irina Celpan mingles with some international students at a picnic at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach earlier this summer.

DSP trooper bridges communication gap with foreign students

Trooper Irina Celpan graduated from the Delaware State Police Training Academy in February of this year and has swiftly put her language skills to use. She is newly assigned to Troop 4 in Georgetown and is fluent in Russian and Romanian, in...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:01pm

BREAKING NEWS: Two men found dead of suspected drug overdoses in Ocean View

Victim in suspected June overdose revived by OVPD officers

Ocean View police reported Monday that two men in their 20s had been found deceased in a home on Central Avenue in Ocean View on Thursday, July 12, shortly before noon. Police said the apparent cause of death for both men was a drug overdose....

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:54am

Delaware State Fire School to host girls’ emergency services camp

On Aug. 10-12, the Delaware State Fire School will host 60 teenage girls, ages 13 to 17, from around the region who will gear up for the second annual Camp Fury Delaware. Camp Fury began 10 years ago in Tucson, Ariz., and was adopted last summer...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:41pm

Millsboro police attack domestic situations with new program

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 10 million people per year in this country are abused by a domestic partner; 20,000 calls are made each day to domestic violence hotlines; and 276 people have died from gun-...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:23pm

Public reminded to stay vigilant on roads after tragedies

On Saturday, May 26, a little after 10 a.m., 76-year-old Alfred Yergey III of Ocean View was riding his bicycle eastbound in the bike lane on Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), approaching Central Avenue in Ocean View.

At the same time, 65-year-...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:31pm

Civilians taught how to respond in life-threatening situations

In the hopes of having community members better prepared if a “God-forbid”-type of scenario was to one day become a reality, the Ocean View Police Department held CRASE — Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events — training last month, with the...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:27pm

South Bethany council to release portions of police policy reports

The South Bethany Town Council addressed two long-standing issues with its police department at its Friday, May 11, meeting.

Following an executive session that lasted more than an hour, the council voted to release the results of two...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:40pm

OVPD high-speed pursuit ends in arrest

On the evening of Tuesday, May 8, around 8:05 p.m., an Ocean View police officer attempted to stop a 2015 Ford Mustang after a check of the vehicle’s tags showed it was flagged in Pennsylvania as an uninsured motor vehicle.

“When we tried...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:17pm

OVPD to host active shooter response training for civilians

With acts of violence seeming to take center stage both nationally and globally, the Ocean View Police Department is working to make citizens feel safer in their community.

With that in mind, the department will be hosting CRASE — Civilian...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:14pm

Theft arrests net suspects in theft from Millsboro senior

The Delaware State Police this week arrested four suspects in connection with multiple crimes, including thefts from vehicles.

Police said the suspects — identified as Brian H. Davis, 28, of Rehoboth Beach, Brittani N. Pate, 24, of Dover,...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:13pm

First-responders recognized during annual EMS awards banquet

Sussex County first-responders and healthcare professionals were recently recognized during the annual Sussex County Emergency Services banquet hosted by the Blades Fire Company.

The annual banquet, sponsored by the Sussex County Paramedic...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:59pm