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  • Dover woman among those arrested during Harrington traffic stop

  • A Dover woman, identified as Michelle L. Botthoffd, 40, was one of three people arrested on various charges during a Dec. 15 traffic stop.
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  • Three people, including a Dover woman, were arrested Dec. 15 on various charges after a traffic stop by an officer with the Harrington Police Department.
    Shortly before 10:30 p.m., the officer stopped a vehicle for going the wrong way on U.S. Route 13 in the area of Porter Street, said Harrington Police Department spokesman Lt. Earl Brode.
    The driver, identified as Evelyn M. Bland, 41, of Rehoboth Beach, provided the officer with a false name, but after confirming her identity, police found she was wanted out of several courts and by Delaware State Police for shoplifting, Brode said.
    Bland was taken into custody without incident.
    While searching the vehicle, the Harrington officer discovered drug paraphernalia and took the passenger, 40-year-old Michelle L. Botthoofd of Dover, into custody without incident, Brode said.
    Bland contacted a friend, Curtis Elliot, 46, of Lincoln, and asked him to pick up the vehicle from the traffic stop. The officer conducting the stop was familiar with Elliot, conducted a computer check prior to his arrival and confirmed he also was wanted by state police for shoplifting, Brode said. Elliot was taken into custody upon his arrival.
    The Felton Police Department also responded to assist the Harrington officer.
    As police continued their investigation, it was discovered Elliot was suspected of shoplifting merchandise from the Midway Shopping Center Food Lion just before his arrival at the traffic stop, Brode said.
    The merchandise was returned to the Food Lion.
    Page 2 of 2 - All three were taken to the Harrington Police Department for processing.
    Bland was issued a criminal summons for criminal impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia and was issued several traffic summons. She was turned over to the Delaware State Police to face the previous shoplifting charges.
    Bloothoofd was issued a criminal summons for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released pending a future court appearance.
    Elliot was issued a criminal summons for shoplifting under $1,500. He was turned over to the Delaware State Police to face the shoplifting charges.

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