Police reports for the week of July 30:



Frederica pair charged with drug manufacturing
Man shot in Capitol Park
Woman robbed, assaulted at ATM
Gas caps loosened from cars in Royal Grant
Man arrested in June theft case
Traffic stop leads to drug arrest
Car retrieved after burglary
Fugitives arrested while picking up pay
Police investigate shots fired into home
Lightning starts fire in Camden

Frederica pair charged with drug manufacturing

    Delaware State Police arrested a Frederica couple July 23 in connection with a marijuana manufacturing operation on their Barrett’s Chapel Road property.

    Police searched the property and found several marijuana plants in the garden outside the home, said Sgt. Joshua Bushweller, spokesman for the Delaware State Police.

    Inside the home, he said police found marijuana packaged for distribution and eight firearms, including shotguns, rifles and handguns. The total weight of the marijuana confiscated was 19 pounds, Bushweller said.

    Police arrested Linda L. Houck, 60, and Thomas L. Houck, 59, of the 2500 block of Barrett’s Chapel Road, and charged them with trafficking marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and other charges. They both were committed in default of $16,750 secured bond; Linda Houck to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Center and Thomas Houck to the Vaughn Correctional Center.

Man shot in Capitol Park

    A Capitol Park resident was shot in the chest July 26 after opening his front door.

    The man, whose name was not released, first answered the door at approximately 10 p.m., said Cpl. Jeffrey Whitmarsh, spokesman for the Delaware State Police.

    A young boy tried to talk to the man, but could not because of a language barrier, Whitmarsh said. About an hour later, two black men came to the door and after an unsuccessful attempt at conversation, a gunshot was fired, Whitmarsh said. The man was found by his housemates and later flown to Christiana Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

    Anyone with information is asked to call 697-4454, ext. 508, or CrimeStoppers at 800-TIP-3333.

Woman robbed, assaulted at ATM

    An 82-year-old woman was robbed at 1 p.m. July 24 at the Wilmington Trust ATM in the Hamlet Shopping Center immediately after making a cash withdrawal from the machine.

    The robber pushed her against the wall, took her money and fled, said Lt. James Hosfelt, spokesman for the Dover Police Department.

    The assailant is described as a white man with medium skin tone, approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall with a medium build.

    Police ask anyone with information to call the criminal unit at 736-7111.

Gas caps loosened from cars in Royal Grant

    Delaware State Police are investigating an incident that occurred at approximately 2 a.m. July 27 in the Royal Grant development in which the gas caps of several vehicles were found dangling along the vehicle’s sides.

    Police are unsure whether fuel was siphoned from the vehicles or if the incident was a prank, said Cpl. Jeffrey Whitmarsh, spokesman for the Delaware State Police.

    Anyone with more information on the case is asked to call 739-4863.

Man arrested in June theft case

    Dover Police arrested a man July 27 in connection with a June robbery.

    The suspect had contacted a person who was trying to sell a PlayStation unit with some games, said police spokesman Lt. Steve Getek. After meeting and looking at the unit, the suspect punched the victim in the face and took the PlayStation.

    The suspect, Carl A. Webb of Dover, was charged with second-degree robbery and committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $5,000 secured bond.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

    Dover Police arrested a 19-year-old man July 26 on drug charges after making a routine traffic stop.

    During the search of the vehicle, officers found 2.7 grams of marijuana and two Ecstasy pills, said Lt. Paul Bernat, spokesman for the Dover Police Department.

    Markevis Davis, 19, of Dover was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of Ecstasy and other drug charges. He was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $4,000 secured bond.

Car retrieved after burglary

    Dover Police are investigating a home burglary that took place early July 21 in the 200 block of Greenblade Drive.

    The burglar took electronic equipment, clothing and then fled in the homeowner’s car, said Lt James Hosfelt, spokesman for the Dover Police Department.

    The car later was recovered near the Country Club Apartments.

Fugitives arrested while picking up pay

    Department of Correction officers arrested two prison walkaways last week at their former place of employment, where they had gone to pick up their paychecks.

    Christy Guzman, 27, of Magnolia, and Fallon Shelton, 22, of Selbyville, were apprehended together July 24, said John R. Painter, public information officer for the Department of Correction.

    Both women were on authorized passes from the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown when they failed to return to the facility July 1, Painter said. When they showed up at their former business, company employees called the corrections center, and staff members quickly arrested the pair.

    Guzman was in jail on a charge of maintaining a building for keeping controlled substances, while Shelton had been imprisoned for narcotics possession.

    Both now are being held at the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle.

    In a related development, another missing walkaway, identified as Robert Edgar, 25, of Wyoming, was caught July 24 by Department of Correction staff members in Delaware City. Edgar failed to return July 23 to the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown after an authorized pass, Painter said.

    Edgar now is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution, Georgetown.

Police investigate shots fired into home

    Dover Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the early morning of July 27 at a home on North West Street in Dover.

     Someone fired three rounds at the home, striking the front door, said Lt. Paul Bernat, spokesman for the Dover Police Department. One of the rounds penetrated the door and hit a table inside the home.

    The residents were home but no one was injured, he said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Dover police at 736-7111.

Lightning starts fire in Camden

    The office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that a house fire that occurred July 27, in the 100 block of Pine St, Camden, was accidental in nature, the result of a passing storm through the Camden-Wyoming area in the early evening hours.

    The fire was reported by neighbors at 5:30 p.m. when flames and smoke became visible from the unoccupied residence, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal B. Scott Bullock. The Camden-Wyoming Fire Co. responded to the call and reported fire and smoke coming from the roof area of the home. The blaze was brought quickly under control with fire and smoke damage confined to the attic area with water damage to the lower floors.

    An investigation determined the fire originated in the attic and was the result of a lightning strike to a chimney that ignited combustible materials around the chimney.  Damages were estimated at $25,000, with no injuries reported.