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Drugs Located After Short Pursuit of Seaford Man

09.29.17

Millsboro The Delaware State Police have arrested a Seaford man for drugs and traffic related charges after a short pursuit that began in Oak Orchard. The incident began around 10:22 p.m. Thursday September 28, 2017 as a trooper on patrol observed an Oldsmobile Aurora driving erratically on Oak Orchard Road. The trooper attempted to perform a traffic stop on the car when it turned into a nearby Royal Farms and then fled southbound on Oak Orchard Road. The car then made a U-turn in the River Mobile Home Park, just off Oak Orchard Road, and then continued northbound on Oak Orchard Road across John J. Williams Highway (SR24) before coming to a stop at the intersection of Mount Joy Road and Townsend Road. Hashun A. Mitchell, 22 of Seaford, was taken into custody without any further incident. Just prior to crossing over SR24, Mitchell was observed throwing an object out of his drivers side window. This object was later located by troopers and determined to be 1,300 bags (9.1 grams) of heroin. A search of the Aurora also revealed 1.17 grams of marijuana. Hashun Mitchell was transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Disregarding a Police Officers Signal, Resisting Arrest, Driving Under the Influence of a Drug, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and numerous other traffic related offenses. He was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $38,762.00 cash bond.

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Major Drug Sting Nets 40 Suspects on Drug Charges

08,14.2017

SUSSEX CO., Del. - A multi-jurisdictional investigation into the illegal drug sales in lower Delaware has netted 40 suspects on various drug trafficking charges. Delaware State Police said the investigation brought out more than 190 criminal charges. According to police, operation "Golden Horseshoe" concluded on June 14, 2017. Through the investigation, detectives were able to establish Lamont M. Johnson, Antonio P. Holder, James J. Jones, and Yusef L. Matthews headed the massive drug ring, which police say was responsible for the distribution of various amounts of cocaine and heroin in the last nine months. These four had an operation primarily in the Coverdale area, according to police. Sonia E. Chavez, also known as Maria Zakrociemski, was identified as organizing and distributing a significant quantity of heroin in the Oak Orchard and Long Neck areas. The operation involved the execution of search warrants at 11 different homes throughout Sussex County and resulted in the arrest of indictment of 40 suspects on numerous drug and weapons offenses, according to police. Police are still looking for a handful of suspects. The total seizure amount during the investigation is listed as follows:

$156,124.00 in suspected drug proceeds

278.95 grams of powder cocaine

12.15 grams of crack cocaine

2262 bags of Heroin(15.834 grams)

157.52 grams of marijuana

Glock 9mm pistol

Various items of stolen property were also recovered.

"Heroin is a major contributor to criminal activity in Sussex County and throughout Delaware. The State Police and DOJ deputies, investigators and staff have worked tirelessly to address it, and Attorney General Denn has made dealing with substance use issues a priority. Heroin, fentanyl and mixtures of these drugs are a danger to public safety for drug users, police, emergency personnel, and others who may come into contact with them. Mere contact with these substances can be fatal," said David Hume, Sussex County Prosecutor at the Department of Justice. "Operation Golden Horseshoe dealt a significant blow to criminal organizations responsible for the presence of heroin and other dangerous drugs in Sussex County. In addition to our law enforcement partners at the Delaware State Police, I would like to recognize the contributions of Deputy Attorneys General Haley King and Michael Tipton for their continuing efforts in this case." "The success of this investigation demonstrates that it will take the collaborative efforts of all of our law enforcement partners and the cooperation and support of effected communities to target and dismantle drug organizations plaguing neighborhoods across our State" said Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr., Superintendent of Delaware State Police. "Thank you to our Troopers, prosecutors and all of our federal state and local law enforcement partners for their outstanding work on this investigation. All of our agencies remain committed to working with our communities to reduce violent crime and drug trafficking throughout the State of Delaware."

Walgreens Long Neck Robbed

04.24.17

(Long Neck, Del) - The Delaware State Police are investigating a robbery of a Long Neck area store that occurred Sunday evening.
The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred at approximately 9:01 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 2017, as a male suspect armed with an unknown type handgun entered the Walgreens, located at 26191 John J. Williams Highway. The suspect approached the store employee and demanded cash. The employee complied with the demanded and turned over an undisclosed amount of money before exiting the store and fleeing in an unknown direction. The clerk was not injured.
The suspect was described as a white male approximately 5'06" to 5'10" tall, wearing dark colored clothing with his face covered, armed with an unknown type handgun.
If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Detective D. Cathell at 302-752-3793. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP." - From WRDE Coast TV


Hundreds turn out for town hall to address crime problem in Long Neck, Angola & Oak Orchard

05.1.2017

Sussex County areas like Long Neck, Angola and Oak Orchard are experiencing such a significant amount of crime that residents have now become worrisome, anxious, and at times even scared. A town hall meeting was held on Monday evening at the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company to address the increase in crime. 

Hundreds of concerned Sussex Countians showed up in force to the town hall, which was standing room only. Nearly all contributed the crime to the opioid epidemic, and many called for an increase in policing. Here's what they had to say... "We moved here about six months ago and in that time the Long Neck-area has had some bad things happen, and I just think there are bad people in bad places. I think that we deserve the right to be protected by a police department that serves all of the communities, and I don't think that we're getting this service in the communities where we are now." "There's been increased robberies in a lot of the neighborhoods, and we don't want that in our neighborhoods with our children; finding syringes on the ground." "My granddaughter Ruthie Wallanger was one of the victims of a hold-up. She was working in the Walgreens up there in Long Neck, and she was traumatized by it. I said 'were the police contacted or anything,' and I guess by the time they get there the criminal will be long gone; we need an increased police presence." "I think every individual here is concerned. No matter what your age-group is, no matter what ethnicity you are, or what community in Sussex County you're from; it's just a shame we've gotten to the point where it's overwhelming." "There's been several house break-ins in my development, and a lot of car break-ins; people are concerned. I just feel that a lot of it might be due to the over-development of the whole eastern part of Sussex County. There's too many people moving in and a lot of that is causing the problems." "Homes being broken into, businesses going out of business like 'Kick n' Chicken,' and it doesn't seem to be improving it just gets worse and worse. I would like to see more help for the drug addicted, but something needs to be done."

"I have a big concern with the crime that's going on. We just moved here in September, and I want my piece of paradise, we love the water and all of that. So we moved here thinking 'oh what a beautiful place,' and then all of a sudden this crime starts. I'm worried, my husband's worried to go into the pharmacy to get our prescriptions, ya know, are we going to get robbed if we're in there, we're having to make those kinds of decisions."

"First of all it should be a very safe community, and then for the danger that all the employees of all these businesses are faced with from these people who obviously must be drug addicted is a major concern. Then for businesses to close because of the owners of those businesses concerned for their employees, it hurts the community."

One area crime that gained statewide attention, perceived by many residents as the "icing on the cake," was the recent burglaries of 'Kick n' Chicken' that resulted in the owner closing the restaurant. Click here to read that story in detail.

The town hall was held by State Representative Ruth Briggs-King, State Senator Brian Pettyjohn, and State Senator Gerald Hocker.
 

Rob Petree - Delaware 105.9


Two More Robberies Hit Long Neck Community

05.2.2017

LONG NECK, Del.- It's happened again. Two more robberies in the same area of Sussex County. First, at a Shore Stop in Angola, and then just 45 minutes later at the Dash In convenience store in Long Neck. Both back-to-back crimes occurred Monday night.

Restaurant owner Charlie Pollard says it's horrible. "The trauma created by the crime is irreversible."

Pollard says the crime is so bad in the area that he closed his Kick n' Chicken restaurant just last week.

Robin Lanier lives nearby and says people are now afraid to work late at night. But they have to in order to feed their families.

"A person shouldn't have to be scared to close at 10 o'clock at night, but they are because there are always people circling the parking lot," Lanier said.

People in the area say this recent crime spree around Long Neck is tied to drugs, especially the heroin crisis. Eva Henry says she got a 95-pound guard dog because she's afraid.

"That's why I got a pedigree German Shepherd because of the issues of safety. And I carry mace now all the time," she said.

Ironically, a meeting was held on Monday night at the Indian River Fire house with Delaware representatives and senators, and was meant to help alleviate public fears about crime. Pollard doesn't know if the politicians are listening.

"The little bit of input that was received by the the representatives and senators last night motivates them to stop talking about history and start talking about now," Pollard said. "We need to move forward and solve this problem."

If not, he feels there will be more victims in this part of Sussex County.

"These young girls who were robbed at gunpoint at Walgreen and Dollar General...We failed them," Pollard said.
 

WBOC16


Detectives Conduct Two Separate Robbery Investigations

05.1.2017

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

(Angola/Long Neck)  The Delaware State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is currently investigating two separate robberies involving what appears to be the same suspect.

The first incident occurred around 9:40 p.m. Monday May 1, 2017 when a male subject, with a mask covering his face, entered the Angola Shore Stop, located at 20701 John J. Williams Highway, and approached the clerk at the counter. The suspect demanded money from the register, but the clerk refused and the suspect fled the business south on Camp Arrowhead Road without any cash. The clerk was uninjured.

Approximately 45 minutes later and five miles away, a 9-1-1 call was received from the Long Neck Dash In, located at 24851 John J. Williams Highway, stating a male subject had entered the business armed with an unknown type handgun and demanded cash from the clerk. The employee complied with the demand and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash before the suspect fled southbound behind the building. The store employee was uninjured.

The suspect in both incidents is described as a white male, 5ft 7in to 5ft 10in tall, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and pants, armed with an unknown type handgun (no further clothing or physical description).

No surveillance photos available at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to either of these incidents, they are asked to contact the Detective K. Archer at 302-752-3791. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP.

Released: 050217 0935
 


Troopers Investigating Robbery of Long Neck Area Walgreens

04.23.2017

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

(Long Neck)  The Delaware State Police are investigating a robbery of a Long Neck area store that occurred last evening.

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred at approximately 9:01 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 2017, as a male suspect armed with an unknown type handgun entered the Walgreens, located at 26191 John J. Williams Highway. The suspect approached the store employee and demanded cash. The employee complied with the demanded and turned over an undisclosed amount of money before exiting the store and fleeing in an unknown direction. The clerk was not injured.

The suspect was described as white male approximately 5ft 06in to 5ft 10in tall, wearing dark colored clothing with his face covered, armed with an unknown type handgun.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Detective D. Cathell at 302-752-3793. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP.
 


State Police Investigating Robbery of Millsboro Dollar General

04.18.2017

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

(Millsboro, De.)  The Delaware State Police are investigating a robbery of a Millsboro area store that occurred last evening.

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred at approximately 9:51 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017, as a male suspect armed with an unknown type handgun entered the Millsboro Dollar General store, located at 26012 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro. The suspect approached the store employee and demanded cash. The suspect grabbed an undisclosed amount of money then exited the store and fled in an unknown direction. The clerk was not injured.

The suspect was described as white male approximately 5ft 09in to 6ft 00in tall, approximately 150-160 lbs. wearing dark colored hooded sweatshirt with his face covered armed with an unknown make and model handgun.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Detective T. Williams-Snipes at 302-752-3897. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP.