Dagsboro News

Town of Dagsboro, Delaware

Population:

  • 805 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Monday of the month, 7 p.m., except November (third week) and December (second week)

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • First Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday of December

Town office:

  • 33134 Main St., Dagsboro, DE 19939 (302) 732-3777

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013:

  • Patti Adams, Mayor
  • Norwood Truitt, Vice-Mayor
  • Cathy Flowers, Secretary/Treasurer
  • John Hansken
  • Brad Connor

Town Administrator:

  • Stacey Long

Town Clerk:

  • Duane Kenton

Code Enforcement:

  • Stacey Long

P&Z Chairperson:

  • Marjorie Eckerd

Police:

  • Floyd Toomey, Jr., Chief
  • Harry Litten, Sergeant
  • David Ober, Police Officer

Town Solicitor:

  • Rob Whitsil

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 732-3777

Police seek driver of stolen car involved in accident near Dagsboro

Delaware State Police this week were investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred mid-morning on Tuesday near Dagsboro and involved what was later reported as a stolen car.

Seatbelt violation leads to heroin arrest near Dagsboro

Second suspect sought in incident, prior charges

A seatbelt violation led to the arrest of one man for heroin possession while another was being sought early this week after fleeing during the traffic stop near Dagsboro.

Steele brings weird fiction to ‘The Children of Old Leech’

Coastal Point •R. Chris Clark  : Local book editor Justin Steele presents his book, ‘The Children of Old Leech.’ Steele has high hopes for the book: ‘I hope it keeps people awake at night.’ Coastal Point •R. Chris Clark : Local book editor Justin Steele presents his book, ‘The Children of Old Leech.’ Steele has high hopes for the book: ‘I hope it keeps people awake at night.’ “If you value your health, sanity and general sense of well-being, then you should stop reading this book right now. Close the cover, put it back on the shelf, and head on over to the non-fiction section. Pick up a book on fishing, or pottery — something safe. Anything but this book.”

From the very beginning of Justin Steele’s introduction, “The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron,” its readers are warned that the newly published horror anthology is not for the faint of heart — but for those who are brave enough to continue reading on, a wonderful read is guaranteed.

Since he was a little boy, Steele, a Dagsboro resident, has always enjoyed horror fiction.

“I’ve always been an avid reader. I hadn’t read horror and dark stuff since I was a kid. When I was in college, I discovered the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and ever since then it was kind of like going down the rabbit hole for me,” recalled Steele.

Steele’s love for the genre eventually led to the recent publication of “The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron,” which he co-edited with Ross Lockhart.

“I was talking to Ross Lockhart, who owns Word Horde Press, and pitched him the idea for the book. He liked it. It was kind of shocking, because I know he turns down a lot of pitches,” said Steele. “Making this, I want to do something I would be excited to read. Even to see the excitement of people posting pictures of the book, or saying they’re eagerly awaiting it. It just makes me feel happy, because as a reader that’s how I want to feel when I get a new book.”

Dagsboro fire department ready to serve in new facility

Coastal Point •Maria Counts: The trucks are in the new bay and ready to respond.Coastal Point •Maria Counts: The trucks are in the new bay and ready to respond.More than 20 fire apparatuses made their way through the streets of Dagsboro this past weekend. No, there wasn’t a fire — the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department was celebrating its official station change, from their former Waples Street location to their new state-of-the-art facility on Clayton Street.

“It’s a milestone for us,” said DVFD President Al Townsend. “We left the building that we were in for 50 years. We’ve got to thank the membership, because 30 years ago they decided to start putting money away to help fund the building because they knew our community was going to continue growing.”

“It’s been a long time coming,” added Lin Hudson, lifelong Dagsboro resident and past president of the DVFD, with 40 years in the department and having served on the building committee. “We’ve been sticking back and saving for a long time because we knew we were outgrowing the old building.”

Dagsboro man arrested by Child Predator Task Force

Attorney General Beau Biden announced this week that separate undercover online investigations by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force had led to the arrest of two men who traveled to Dover-area locations allegedly to have sex with children. One of the men resides in Dagsboro.

Dagsboro man killed while fleeing from police

Submitted to Coastal Point • Delaware State Police: Emergency personnel responded to the scene of an accident on Route 113 in Frankford on Monday, July 14. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Campbell, was pronounced dead later at Atlantic General Hospital.Submitted to Coastal Point • Delaware State Police: Emergency personnel responded to the scene of an accident on Route 113 in Frankford on Monday, July 14. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Campbell, was pronounced dead later at Atlantic General Hospital.A 26-year-old Dagsboro man was killed in a crash on Monday south of Frankford, during a police pursuit that sought him as a suspect in a home-invasion robbery earlier that morning in Dagsboro.

Delaware State Police said that both Dagsboro and Frankford officers were actively pursuing a stolen Ford Explorer that was being driven at a high speed southbound on Route 113 by Charles A. Campbell, 26, of Dagsboro around 10 a.m. on July 14.

They said Campbell lost control of the vehicle south of Frankford, near Cat Mans Road, causing it to drive over the concrete island and through the grass median before entering northbound lanes of Route 113. The 42-year-old Harrington man driving a Mack 10-wheel cargo/box truck northbound in the left lane of Route 113 attempted to slow down but was unable to avoid the SUV, police said. The two vehicles met in a nearly head-on collision in the left lane, according to the DSP.

After the impact, police said, the Explorer rotated counterclockwise and overturned multiple times, landing on its roof in the grass median. Campbell, who was not properly restrained, according to police, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the grass median. They said the truck rotated counterclockwise and slid sideways, coming to rest across both northbound travel lanes.

Clayton Theatre honored with historical marker from state

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Dignitaries and people with history with the Clayton Theatre help Joanne Howe, owner of the Clayton, reveal a historical marker on Monday, June 14. Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Dignitaries and people with history with the Clayton Theatre help Joanne Howe, owner of the Clayton, reveal a historical marker on Monday, June 14. The Dagsboro’s Clayton Theatre this week unveiled its new Delaware Historical Marker, celebrating the theater’s 65 years in business, along with its unique nature and its historical impact on the community.

“It literally started with a question,” said Dagsboro Councilman Brian Baull, who was instrumental in getting the historical marker placed for the theater. “My wife Amy and I decided one day to go out and look at a bunch of historic markers throughout Sussex County. We wound up by Seaford and the Maryland-Delaware line, and looked at a bunch of them along the way.

“On the way back home, I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat if we got one of those for the Clayton celebrating its 65th anniversary? I wonder what you have to do.’”

With that thought, Baull sent an email to the Delaware Archives, and, he said, “the stars aligned.”

After providing the theater’s history — courtesy of “Memories of the Clayton Theatre: A Look Back,” written by Sandie Hancock Gerken, the daughter of one of the original owners — Baull said he also contacted state Sen. Gerald Hocker and state Rep. John Atkins to find funding for the marker.

Ramadan brother pleads guilty in 2013 cigarette smuggling case

One of the West Ocean City, Md., brothers indicted last year in a multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling ring that stored some of its contraband in a Dagsboro location pleaded guilty June 27 to enterprise corruption.

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup. The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and end about 1 p.m.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

‘Ping Pong Summer’ premieres in OC, comes to the Clayton

Coastal Point • Submitted: Rad Miracle dances to some ’80s hip-hop in ‘Ping Pong Summer,’ a movie set during an Ocean City summer in the 1980s.Coastal Point • Submitted: Rad Miracle dances to some ’80s hip-hop in ‘Ping Pong Summer,’ a movie set during an Ocean City summer in the 1980s.How do you define a nostalgic summer in Ocean City, Md.? For filmmaker Michael Tully, it’s beach days, arcade nights, getting the girl and defeating the bully. And don’t forget the hip-hop.

Filmed in 2012, in Ocean City, “Ping Pong Summer” has found its day in the sun with a national release date of June 6, after an Ocean City premiere on May 31, and the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro will begin its second week of screening “Ping Pong Summer” on June 13.

“We’re very excited about it. It’ll kick off right when the kids get off school,” said Clayton owner Joanne Howe.

Her family kept an eye on the film, waiting for this opportunity to screen it, she said.

“I think that it’ll do well in the area, and I think that it shows off Ocean City pretty well,” Howe added.

Attorneys secure settlement in Dagsboro man’s case against Seaford police

Last month, a $270,000 settlement was reached between a Dagsboro man and the Town of Seaford, Del., and a city police officer.

Dagsboro accident a reminder to stay alert

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Road crews and emergency personnel reacted to an accident in Dagsboro on Wednesday morning.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Road crews and emergency personnel reacted to an accident in Dagsboro on Wednesday morning.A two-car accident slowed traffic in Dagsboro earlier this week, when a pickup truck was struck while trying to turn into the town hall parking lot. The pickup truck left Clayton Street, headed eastbound on Main Street, in an attempt to enter the lot.

“The vehicle that was crossing from Clayton Street, going diagonally across Main Street, into the parking lot, was actually flagged across by another stopped vehicle that was attempting to turn onto Clayton Street,” explained Police Chief Floyd Toomey.

“Because the vehicle doing the flagging was a van, he couldn’t see the other van approaching. When the pickup started to cross the white van that was northbound also, because of the third vehicle’s obstruction, he did not see him until it was too late.”

Maryland-filmed Western to premiere at Clayton

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘Day of the Gun’ will be shown at the Clayton Theater in Dagsboro on Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘Day of the Gun’ will be shown at the Clayton Theater in Dagsboro on Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26.Dust off those spurs and don’t forget the popcorn as the Clayton Theatre presents “Day of the Gun,” a Western-style film created next door in Maryland. The Clayton will host the Delaware premiere at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, and at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 26, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

The live-action movie starts as the tough widowed ranch owner Maggie Carter (LaDon Hall) demands that local cattle baron Cyrus McCall (Jim Osborn) remove a barbed-wire fence he installed to deter rustlers.

She promises, “There will be Hell to pay” if it doesn’t come down, since it blocks her herd from open grazing lands. Complications arise between their sons, who were once best friends, until Maggie’s son ends up dead. Desperate, Maggie brings in a dark stranger (Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts) from her past to even the score.

Legion offers chance to boogie like it’s 1969

Those looking to get down this weekend can boogie over to American Legion Auxiliary Post #24 on Sunday, May 18, to “Party Like it’s 1969.”

TRAFFIC ALERT: Central Ave. re-opens, DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 28 to May 2

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas:

• between Powell Farm Road and Route 17 to relocate underground utilities.
• between Route 17 and Whites Neck Road to begin sanitary sewer installation.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 14 to April 18

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Dagsboro, Fenwick, IR Inlet to see road construction

The Delaware Department of Transportation will take advantage of a break between winter weather and the summer season for some housekeeping. Sussex County will have several one-month road construction projects beginning in April, including at the Indian River Inlet, in Fenwick Island and west of Dagsboro.

Bridge inspection planned

Botanical gardens to present sustainable landscaping program

Susan Barton will present “Lessons from the Roadside: Sustainable Landscaping in the Backyard” on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Coastal Library, at 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach.