Police & Fire


Frankford discusses restoring police department

With the Town of Frankford’s budget process under way for the coming year, Town Council President Joanne Bacon said at the Monday, July 1, council meeting that she wants the Town to examine bringing back its police force.

“I seriously...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:35pm

Millsboro police hire Wise as victim services specialist

The Millsboro Police Department has hired Vonshea Wise of Millsboro as its first victim services specialist.

Selected from 35 applicants from Maryland and Delaware, she will assume the position this Friday, July 5, and be paid $40,000...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:22pm

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey salutes while stationed in Afghanistan. Toomey will be retiring from the force and become the constable at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville.

Toomey moving from Dagsboro PD to IRSD

On Sept. 1, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey starts a new job.

Toomey announced in May that he was planning to leave his position with the Town to become a constable at Phillip Showell Elementary School in Selbyville. Due to accrued time...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:21pm

County Bank donates $500 to Indian River VFC

County Bank representatives recently presented a donation of $500 to the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. Pictured, from left, are: Terry Brewster, County Bank Long Neck branch manager; Roxanne Bammer and Robert Marmor, fire prevention...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:33am

Angler charged with landing a prohibited shark species at 3Rs

Following a tip made from within Delaware Seashore State Park, DNREC’s Natural Resources Police park rangers charged a Seaford man this week with landing a prohibited shark species, in connection with taking a sandbar shark out of the water while...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:52am

Bravo's vehicle being pulled from a South Bethany canal.

Police confirm Bravo, car found in South Bethany

The body of a Bethany Beach woman who had been missing for two weeks was found in a South Bethany canal just before 6 p.m. on Friday, June 28.

Approximately 16 hours later, Linda Bravo’s car was found in the canal, not far from where her...

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 3:42pm

IRSD pauses EMES annexation talk to ask longer-term questions

After talk of annexing East Millsboro Elementary School into Millsboro town limits, the Indian River School District school board has decided to slow down their decision-making in favor of long-term planning.

After erroneously voting to...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

Zach Kight talks to reporters about his missing mother, Linda Bravo of Bethany Beach, before a community-wide search began on Saturday, June 22, in Fenwick Island.

Search continues for missing woman

Two weeks after she was last seen leaving a Sea Colony high-rise, a Bethany Beach woman remains missing, and police have reported no new information on her possible whereabouts.

Linda Bravo, 70, of Alexander Drive in Bethany Beach, was...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:59pm

Police seek to thank Good Samaritans who aided officer

Millsboro police are asking the two members of the public who rushed to the aid of a police officer, then drove away without identifying themselves, to contact police so they can be properly thanked.

In the early morning of June 19, the...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:49pm

Cpl. Majewski poses with his service award for 15 years of service.

Majewski receives service award for 15th anniversary

Cpl. Stephen Majewski of the Fenwick Island Police Department recently marked his 15th anniversary and was presented with a service award. Majewski has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from DeSales University in Pennsylvania, and before he...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:36am

Police seek missing Bethany woman

Bethany Beach police are asking for the public’s help in locating Linda Lee Bravo, 70, who was last reported as seen on Thursday, June 13, at Sea Colony East near Bethany Beach.

Bravo was described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing around...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:21am

Celebrating the appointment of South Bethany’s new police chief are, from left, Mayor Tim Saxton, Police Chief Jason Lovins, his wife, Ali Lovins, and outgoing council member Gerald ‘Jerry’ Masiello.

South Bethany introduces its new police chief

South Bethany Town Council members were beaming as they introduced the Town’s new police chief, Jason Lovins, at a public welcome reception on June 14. 

“He just continued to rise to the top in the interview process,” said Mayor Tim Saxton...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:16am

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Police seek Bethany Beach woman missing since June 13

 Bethany Beach police are asking for the public’s help in locating Linda Lee Bravo, 70, who was last reported as seen on...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 1:53pm

Cove event raises $1K for RVFC

The Cove Bar & Grille at Bayside hosted three Dine & Donate Sunday’s in March and presented Roxana Volunteer Fire Company with a donation of $1,062.23. Of profits from a Dine & Donate Sunday, 15 percent support a local organization....

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:11am

Cove event raises $1K for RVFC

The Cove Bar & Grille at Bayside hosted three Dine & Donate Sunday’s in March and presented Roxana Volunteer Fire Company with a donation of $1,062.23. Of profits from a Dine & Donate Sunday, 15 percent support a local organization....

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:11am

M.Cpl. Shawn Hatfield of the Delaware State Police receives a check donated by Atlantic Community Thrift Store.

Camp Barnes receives donations from ACTS, DMTA

The Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS) and the Delaware Marine Trade Association recently made donations to Camp Barnes Inc., a recreational overnight summer camp run by the Delaware State Police for which there is no fee to attend.

...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:02am

Toomey leaving Dagsboro for school district

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey announced this week he is leaving the department to take a job with the Indian River School District.

Toomey made the announcement at the Monday, May 20 Town Council meeting, although Town Administrator...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:53pm

South Bethany chooses local man for new police chief

South Bethany’s new police chief comes from just down the street. Jason Lovins will be departing Dewey Police Department to take the job, which was offered and accepted on May 20.

South Bethany Town Council held a special meeting that day...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sussex Tech marks Peace Officers Memorial Day

To mark Peace Officers Memorial Day last week, Sussex Technical High School invited representatives from local law-enforcement agencies to attend a brief flag ceremony honoring fallen police officers. Sussex Tech’s JROTC cadets performed the...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:33am

South Bethany approves agreement for supplemental police

The South Bethany Town Council this week unanimously approved an agreement with the Fenwick Island Police Department for the FIPD to provide assistance to South Bethany while that town builds its police force back up following an exodus of all...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:54am

Drivers need to be more cautious at the Hudson Crossroads of Route 54, as photographed from the southeast corner of the intersection.

Police chief concerned about Hudson Crossroads

After a recent car collision on Route 54 in broad daylight, Selbyville Police Chief W. Scott Collins is reminding drivers to be careful at the Hudson Crossroads.

In the recent accident, while heading northbound on Hudson Road, the driver...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:52am

Fenwick agrees to assist with South Bethany police shortage

The Fenwick Island Police Department is the third police agency that has agreed to provide paid police coverage to South Bethany. It is a temporary arrangement as their northern neighbor rebuilds its own full-time police department.

The...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:53pm

Neighboring towns, state police come to South Bethany’s aid

Over the past three years, concerns regarding the South Bethany Police Department have been debated at town council meetings, scrutinized by many and reported in the Coastal Point. Former mayors and town councils have wrestled with the issues....

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:33pm

South Bethany Police Department’s Patrick Wiley was recently promoted to sergeant. He’s accompanied here by guest Linda Weeks and Mayor Tim Saxton.

South Bethany aims to rebuild a quality police department

Sgt. Patrick Wiley received a standing ovation when he faced the public at the April 12 South Bethany Town Council meeting, as officials and residents honored his promotion from corporal, the only fulltime officer still on patrol.

“We are...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:34am

SB taps retired police chief for temporary police admin

Ocean View agrees to paid police service

South Bethany officials are moving forward to rebuild the town’s police department after nearly the entire department resigned in the last year.

At a special meeting on April 9, the South Bethany Town Council voted to hire a temporary...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:56pm

Report outlines steps to address opioid use disorder

On Thursday, April 4, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long joined members of Delaware’s Behavioral Health Consortium, community advocates and elected officials to accept recommendations from the Pew Charitable Trusts aimed at reforming Delaware’s addiction...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:05am

Barnhard

Dagsboro man arrested in Clarksville shooting

John Barnhard, 60, of Dagsboro was arrested last week in connection with a shooting that occurred on March 27 in unincorporated Clarksville.

Around 9:24 p.m., police said, Delaware State Police troopers were dispatched to Irons Lane and...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:46pm

Sussex County police chiefs discuss opioid problem with County Council

Members of the Sussex County Police Chiefs Association attended Sussex County’s April 2 county council meeting to discuss the growing opioid epidemic in the community, and ask the county for their financial support.

“Our motto is: ‘...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:21pm

South Bethany Police Chief Troy Crowson

BREAKING NEWS: Police chief departs South Bethany

Police Chief Troy Crowson has officially departed from his position at the South Bethany Police Department.

The announcement was posted midday on April 1 on the Town website:

“This morning, Chief Troy Crowson tendered his retirement...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:41pm

Victims’ advocate to discuss human trafficking in Delaware

What exactly is human trafficking, and what does it look like in Delaware?

St. Matthew’s By-the-Sea will present “Web of Evil,” a discussion on human trafficking on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in...

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 10:17am

Owen

DUI stop in Ocean View leads to arrest of suspected felon

By Maria Counts

Staff Reporter

 

“Traffic stops are the most dangerous thing we do. We don’t know who we’re walking up to, who’s in the vehicle…” said Ocean View Police Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw. “Just because the vehicle is...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:47pm

Two suspects arrested in alleged theft in Dagsboro

Two suspects have been arrested and face several charges stemming from a burglary that allegedly took place at a restaurant in the town on Saturday, March 2.

Dagsboro police went to Wang’s Kitchen, located at 32177 DuPont Blvd., within the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:16pm

Hot times in Frankford

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company executed a controlled burn on Saturday, March 9, at a residence on Thatcher Street in downtown Frankford. The exercise began around 8 a.m. with a number of small fires...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:21pm

Study: Local towns among safest in state

Three South Coastal Delaware towns were recently recognized for being in the top 10 safest places to live in Delaware.

HomeSnacks.net analyzed statistics from 20 municipalities in Delaware with a population of more than 2,000, and named...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:19pm

South Bethany seeks multi-pronged security plan while rebuilding PD

South Bethany will try a little of everything to keep the town secure this year, including, frankly, a little outsourcing.

After March 16, the police department will have one chief, one officer and four vacancies, after two more police...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:14pm

More officers leave SBPD as council reacts to FOIA complaint

Two more officers will soon part ways with the South Bethany Police Department. As of Friday, March 1, both Sgt. Alfred “Lee” Davis and Officer (Ptlm.) Nate Hudson had given their two weeks’ notice.

At this point, the SBPD will start...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

First-responders recognized for service to the community

“Valor is the demonstration of boldness and bravery in the face of adversity and danger,” said Josh Mastrangelo, senior vice president of the Carl M. Freeman Companies at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards on Feb. 22. “In our communities, it is...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:08pm

High-school threats not believed to be credible

The Indian River School District was taking safety precautions on Tuesday, but officials said they do not believe there to be a credible threat to its Dagsboro high school.

“Rumors of an alleged incident at Indian River High School on...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:34pm

Millville man arrested on weapons charges after firing shot

The Delaware State Police this week arrested a Millville man after a domestic incident allegedly led to him obtain a weapon and fire a round.

According to the DSP, on Feb. 16, around 6 p.m., troopers were dispatched to Dorothy Circle near...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:11am

Post-party bullet hole being investigated

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a shots-fired incident that occurred sometime early Sunday, Feb. 17, near Dagsboro.

Around 3:06 p.m., police said, DSP troopers were dispatched to Colony Drive in Bay Colony for a...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:08am

Body of Lewes woman found near inlet

Delaware State Police this week released the identity of a woman whose body was found near the Indian River Inlet on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Surfers discovered the body of Amy Conrad, 48, of Lewes, which had washed up on the beach near the north...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:56am

High-school threats not believed to be credible

The Indian River School District was taking safety precautions on Tuesday, but officials said they do not believe there to be a credible threat to...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:41pm

Ocean View updating its Emergency Operations Plan

The Town of Ocean View’s first Emergency Operations Plan was drafted and brought before council in June 2006, Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin noted recently. Back then, it was an “all-hazards approach” to emergencies and was well-received...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:58pm

South Bethany approves new police ranks and hires

South Bethany is paving a solid path forward for its police department, as the town council has unanimously approved a new rank and salary scale, plus several candidates for two vacant positions.

After the probationary period, there are...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:52pm

State police warn of phone spoofing scam

The Delaware State Police this week issued an advisory in response to recent phone scams involving a “spoofed” phone number.

Delaware State Police said they were made aware of multiple incidents in which individuals received a phone call...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:47pm

Officer Nicholas Discuillo, right, was promoted to lance corporal by Dagsboro Police Chief William Toomey on Monday, Jan. 28.

Dagsboro Police Department promotes Discuillo

At the Monday, Jan. 28, Dagsboro Town Council meeting, Police Chief William J. Toomey made a special presentation and promotion for officer Nicholas Discuillo.

Discuillo was awarded with the Expert Officer Cord from Toomey, which Toomey...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:32am

Frankford VFC to host Bull & Oyster Roast this weekend

For the past decade or so, during the first week in February, the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company has been even busier than usual. The reason: It’s time to prep for the fire company’s annual Bull & Oyster Roast.

The event, scheduled...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:21am

South Bethany council reveals some of its intent for police

With rumors flying during the month-long winter council recess, the South Bethany Town Council finally tipped its hand, a little, regarding plans for the town’s police department.

In a townwide email sent on Jan. 21, the mayor and council...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:33am

Bullet, bullet holes reportedly found inside Clarksville home

It’s not unusual around these parts to hear “celebratory” gun shots on the night of New Year’s Eve.

It is unusual, however, to find a bullet in your house on New Year’s Eve day — or in the case of Mary Smith, for your dog to find one....

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 11:02am

Ladies and gentlemen, your new Sussex County Council. Top row, from left, John Rieley, Sam Vincent and Doug Hudson. Bottom, from left, I.G. Burton III and Michael Vincent.

County paramedics enter into training MOU with Beebe

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a memorandum-of-understanding (MOU) between Beebe Healthcare and Sussex County EMS.

While the two entities have had MOUs in the past, EMS Education Coordinator Edward Engdahl Sr....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:11pm