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  • Police reports for the week of April 22: Resident flees after police find 112 pounds of pot Teen arrested in connection with purse snatchings Dover teen charged in Camden fire ...
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  • Resident flees after police find 112 pounds of pot
    Delaware State Police are searching for a Frederica man after finding 112 pounds of marijuana at his residence April 16.
    Police executed a search warrant at his home in the 3000 block of Barratts Chapel Road, Frederica, where they found the marijuana, digital scales and packaging materials, said Cpl. Angela Garnsey, spokeswoman for the Delaware State Police.
    The resident, identified as John Harmon, 33, returned during the search but got away after troopers tried to stop him, Garnsey said.
    Teen arrested in connection with purse snatchings
    A New Street teen was arrested April 15 in connection with purse snatching incidents at the Goodwill parking lot and along North Governors Avenue.
    Robert Tyler, 18, was charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, said Lt. Tim Stump of the Dover Police Department.
    Tyler was committed to Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $14,000 secured bond.
    Dover teen charged in Camden fire
    The Office of the State Fire Marshal completed a weeklong investigation of a Camden house fire that has resulted in the arrest of a Dover juvenile.
    The house fire occurred at 7 p.m. April 8, in the 300 block of North Old Mill Road, resulting in $5,000 damage to the occupied dwelling, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal B. Scott Bullock. During the investigation, it also was determined the 16-year-old suspect, whose name was not released, attempted to set fire to an 8-year-old girl in the home. Deputy fire marshals learned the suspect was having a relationship with a female occupant of the residence and was hiding in the home when the house fire was reported.
    The suspect allegedly confronted the 8-year-old in a second floor bedroom and held a lighter to her clothing in an apparent attempt to set her on fire, Bullock said. After she ran away, the suspect lit available combustibles inside a bedroom and threw the items outside a window causing the exterior of the residence to catch fire.
    The fire was discovered by the occupants on the first floor of the home, who called 911. The 8-year-old was not injured, Bullock said.
    The Camden-Wyoming Fire Co. responded to the call and found the homeowners had extinguished the fire themselves with only smoldering items remaining.
    The suspect, who lives in the 600 block of River Road, was arrested April 15 without incident, Bullock said. He was charged with first-degree attempted arson, third-degree arson, nine counts of reckless endangering, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal trespass.
    He was arraigned at Kent County Family Court and committed to the William M. Stevenson Correctional Facility in default of a $39,000 bond.
    Hundreds cited for unsafe speed
    Page 2 of 3 - Delaware State Police have cited 335 more individuals for speeding as part of a month-long speed enforcement blitz being conducted in partnership with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. Troopers from State Police Troop 3 issued 97 of those citations while conducting eight hours worth of Team Speed Enforcement activities April 17 on Route 1 near the Route 42 access gate.
    These enforcement activities bring the total number of speed arrests for the first three weeks of the 2009 Stop Aggressive Driving campaign to 992.
    In addition to the 335 speed arrests, troopers statewide cited 10 drivers for seat belt violations, three for child restraint violations and 128 others for additional traffic offenses.
    Through the month of April, the Delaware State Police will conduct a total of 208 speed enforcement patrols statewide, and four team speed enforcement operations.
    Two arrested during home burglary
    Dover Police arrested two Dover men April 17 after receiving a call of a burglary in progress in the unit block of South Governors Avenue.
    When police arrived, the men were leaving the home carrying stolen property, said Lt. Tim Stump, spokesman for the Dover Police Department.
    Bobby Somerville, 39, of Lincoln Street, and Alvin Lacewell, 43, of South New Street were charged with second-degree burglary, theft and second-degree criminal mischief. Somerville additionally was charged as a fugitive from North Carolina, where he is wanted for violation of probation.
    Bond information was unavailable.
    Delaware State Police investigate robbery
    Delaware State Police detectives are searching for two men caught on surveillance tape after allegedly robbing a Shore Stop on South Governors Avenue April 11.
    The men entered the store at 6:13 a.m. and one pulled out a handgun demanding money and cigarettes, said Cpl. Angela Garnsey, spokeswoman for the Delaware State Police.
    The two left with an undisclosed amount of money and some cartons of cigarettes, she said.
    The men are described as black, 18 to 20 years old, 5-feet-10-inches tall, 140 to 150 pounds, wearing black hoodies and blue jeans.
    Felton man faces drug charges after car search
    A Felton man faces drug charges after Dover Police smelled marijuana coming from his car after it was stopped at the corner of South Kirkwood and Reed streets.
    Officers approached the car at 12:30 a.m. April 16 and when they searched it found a small amount of marijuana and cocaine packaged for sale, said Lt. Steve Getek, spokesman for the Dover Police Department.
    Police arrested Michael A. Jones, of Beagle Club Road, and charged him with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, possession of marijuana and other drug charges.
    He was released on an unspecified secured bond.
    Mother charged after child found wandering the streets
    A Georgia woman was arrested after her 2-year old was found wandering along Harmony Lane April 17.
    Page 3 of 3 - The boy was found at 2:42 p.m. by police who turned him over to the Division of Family Services when they could not find the parents, said Lt. Paul Bernat, spokesman for the Dover Police Department.
    At 11:30 p.m. that night, Bernat said the woman went to the police station to report her son missing. She said she had left her son at her sister’s house, however, it turned out her sister was asleep and had no idea the child had been dropped off, Bernat said.
    Joan Neblett, 40, was charged her with endangering the welfare of a child. She was released on $500 unsecured bond.
    Md. man charged after attack on hotel worker
    A Dover Downs Hotel & Casino patron was arrested April 18 after an alleged attack on a worker there.
    The man allegedly entered a restricted area, and when asked to leave began punching the worker in the face, said Dover Police Department spokesman Lt. Paul Bernat. The man then began damaging office furniture before he was subdued.
    Carlton W. Over, 21, of Bladensburg, Md., was charged with first-degree assault, criminal mischief over $1,500, criminal mischief under $1,500 and disorderly conduct.
    He was released on $21,750 secured bond.
    Malicious burglary investigated
    Dover Police are investigating a burglary that occurred between April 11 and April 17 when someone broke into a home and poured bleach and food throughout the interior.
    Jewelry also was taken during the burglary, said Lt. Tim Stump of the Dover Police Department.
    The burglary occurred when someone forced open a rear door of the home, located in the 1000 block of Hayes Circle, Stump said.
    Mom’s House burglary investigated
    Dover Police are investigating a burglary that took place between 3 p.m. April 17 and 7 a.m. April 20 at the Mom’s House on South State Street.
    Someone entered the center and left with a digital camera valued at $100 before fleeing, said Lt. Paul Bernat of the Dover Police Department.
    Anyone with information about these or any unsolved crimes in Delaware may make an anonymous call to the Delaware Crime Stoppers. If the information leads to an arrest, the caller could receive a reward of up to $1,000. In Delaware, call 800-TIP-3333 (847-3333) or visit www.tipsubmit.com.
    To notify local police officials, call the Delaware State Police, Troop 3, at 697-4454 or the Dover Police Department at 736-7111.
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