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10 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, January 5 - Monday, January 8, 2007 Police & Fire Wrap-up Burglary reported in Angola By The Bay State troopers are investigating a burglary that occurred between 9 a.m., Dec. 23, and 3:30 p.m., Dec. 29, at a home on Angola Road in Angola By The Bay. State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham said when police arrived at the victim's part-time residence, the victim showed the trooper a tear on the porch screen. The-door was also broken, and it appeared the burglar entered through a bedroom door adjacent to the porch. Several rooms had been ransacked, but no property appeared to be stolen. The estimated damage to the prop- erty was about $50. Police are asking anyone with information about the case tO call Det. John Messick at 856-5850, Ext. 213. Woman arrested for drugs in Pinetown A state trooper arrested Christi- na Howardth for drug-related charges, Dec. 28, after he spotted her while conducting business at the community center. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said the trooper saw Howardth in a known drug area of the communi- ty and confronted her as she at- tempted to dfiv away. When he asked her about her reason for be- ing there, after being told two years ago she should not be in that community, she refused to answer him. "The trooper then asked her to give him the crack cocaine she had just purchased, and Howardth re- moved a small milky substance from under her leg," said Oldham. When the trooper asked for her in- surance, license and registration, she produced an expired insurance card. The trooper asked her if she had any more crack, and she gave him another piece of the white milky substance and a small brass pipe with burnt residue in it. The substances later tested positive as crack cocaine. Howardth, 47, of Lewes, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug para- phernalia, maintaining a vehicle forkeeping controlled substances, driving while expired and failure to Show proof of insurance. She was released on $3,125 unsecured bond, pending further court action. Police make 56 DUI arrests during holidays New Year's holiday weekend was abusy one for Delaware-law enforcement officers who worked to protect citizens from impaired and other dangerous drivers. Over the weekend officers arrested 56 individuals for DUI and another 410 for aggressive driving viola- tions statewide. Enforcement was conducted as part of the final week of the Office of Highway Safety's Safe Family Holiday campaign. Seventeen of the weekend's DUI arrests were the result of DUI saturation patrols. The remaining 39 DUI arrests resulted from seven sobriety checkpoints. Troop 7 conducted a four-hour checkpoint late Dec. 29 into the early hours ...... in the northbound lane of Route 1, just south of Church Street. Lt. Roger Willey, deputy commander at Troop 7, said 125 State police arrest man for drugs State police arrested Robert Gregory Howell of Newark after discovering illegal items in his ve, hicle during a routine traffic stop. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said the iiicident be- gan shortly before 1 a.m., Dec. 30, when a trooper recorded a black Ford Explorer traveling 76 mph in a 55 mph zone in a northbound lane on Route 1, south of Deep Branch Road. After stopping Howell, who was operating the Explorer, the trooper detected a strong odor of alcohol and a slight odor of burnt marijuana, said Oldham. The trooper conducted field sobriety tests, and Howell failed, so the trooper took Howell into custody. During a pat-down search, the trooper located a legal-size knife. The trooper then conducted an inventory search of the Explorer in preparation for having it towed. The trooper found a loaded gun magazine in the center console. The trooper then returned to his patrol car, where Howell was waiting, and asked where the gun was. Howell told him it was in a locked leather bag under the cen- ter console, which is where the trooper then located the .25-cal- tries handgun. The trooper also found a butterfly knife in.the con- sole. The blade was 4inches long, and the handle was 5 inches long; said Oldham. Additionally, the trooper found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke mari- juana and which smelled like burnt marijuana. Oldham said other items from the console included prescription pill bottles for the following med- ications: clonidine for blood pres: sure, oxycodone for pain, alprazo- lam for anxiety, temazepam for insomnia, imipramine HCL for depression and trazodone for de- pression. "Several of those med- ications have warnings about in- creased dizziness when taken with alcohol, and some had warnings about not taking them while oper- ating a motor vehicle." The trooper also located a drinking glass with an odor of alcohol. Howell, 27, was taken to Beebe Medical Center for a legal blood draw. He was then charged with DUI, speeding, failure to have in- surance in possession, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $2,600 unse- cured bond, pending further court iber, automatic Sundance Indus- action. vehicles passed through the check- point, and police detained 11 oper- ators. Police arrested four people for DUI, and a fifth driver was ar- rested for DUI after attempting to evade the checkpoint. In addition to those DUI arrests, police made three arrests for other traffic of- fenses. Troop 7 also conducted two sat- uration patrols during the holiday weekend. Troopers arrested one person for DUIand three more for other traffic offenses Dec. 30, and they made.one DUI arrest and one other traffic arrest Dec. 31 from those patrols, said Willey. In addition to the DUI arrests made atthe weekend's seven checkpoints, officers made 10 ar- rests for underage drinking viola- tions, made 11 drug arrests, four felony arrests, apprehended eight wanted individuals, recovered a stolen vehicle and issued 234 cita- tions for other traffic violations. Since Thanksgiving, law en- forcement have arrested 200 indi- viduals for DUI and issued 2,752 Citations for aggressive driving vi- olations. Trafflc-related fatalities higher in 2006 It was a deadly holiday season on Delaware roadways in spite of an all-out enforcement and public awareness blitz by Office of High- way Safety (OHS) and law en- forcement officials aimed at keep- ing the public safe. Nineteen peo- ple were killed on Delaware roads during the OHS's ninth annual Safe Family Holiday campaign, which ran from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. In com- parison, 12 people lost their lives in traffic crashes during this time in 2005. Of the 19 traffic deaths, more were attributed to aggressive driv- ers than impaired drivers. At least 10 of the traffic deaths were relat- ed to aggressive driving behaviors including speeding, running red lights and failure to grant the fight of way to other vehicles. Three of the deaths, however, are listed by police reports as being alcohol-re- lated. The three were killed in a single crash in Sussex County two days before Christmas. In response to the alcohol-relat- ed deaths, three red light bulbs were placed on the DUI Victim's tree last week. The DUI Victim's Tree memorializes alcohol-related alone, bringing the total of green light bulbs on the DUI Victim's Tree since Thanksgiving to 56. Each green bulb on the tree repre- sents a person injured in an alco- hol-related crash in Delaware dur- ing the holidays. Of the 19 people killed over the last six weeks in Delaware traffic crashes, nine were drivers and six were passengers for a total of 15 vehicle occupants. Of the remain- ing four individuals killed, three were pedestrians and one was a motorcyclist. Burglar thwarted at Ocean Wine and Spirits A burglar failed in an attempt to i break into Ocean Wine and Spirits on Route 1 New Year's Eve. State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Old- ham said police weredispatched to the store at about 3:30 a.m., for a burglary complaint. When a trooper and the store_ owner ar- rived, they found pry marks on the door, but it appeared the burglar was not able to gain entry. The .................... unlock- ing the door, however, because of deaths and injuries during the Safe  the damage made:from the pry Family Holiday campaign period. - tool; Eight people were injured in alco- Police are asking anyone with hol-related crashes between information to call Det. Gerald Christmas and New Year's Eve Windish at 856-5850, Ext: 221. Milton man charged after confrontation with police By Kerry Kester Cape Gazette staff A state trooper arrested Edward Symanski of Milton, Dec. 27, after the trooper ecked suspicious ac- tivity, and Symanski became con- frontational. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police'spokcsm*in;, sifid a trooper was patrolling on Long Neck Road at about 8:30 p.m., when he saw a white male run into the street and kick a vehicle that was exiting the Whiskers Bar parking lot. The car continued to leave, and the trooper pulled into the parking lot to talk to the man who had kicked the car. When the trooper asked Syman- ski to stop so he could talk to him, Symanski turned around and looked at the trooper but turned back around and continued to walk away, stepping up his pace. Old- ham said the trooper.called out to him again to stop, and Symansld" responded with an unclear com- ment about being assaulted but did not stop. The trooper then caught up with him and attempted to put: handcuffs on Symanski, but Symanski pushed the trooper in the chest, forcing the officer back: ward. Oldham said Symanski then ap- proached the trooper aggressively, and the officer dispensed some pepper spray. Subdued, Symanski then allowed the trooper to place the handcuffs on him. However, as the trooper tried to place the defendant in the patrol car, Symanski suddenly spun around in a threatening manner, said Oldham. The trooper then took the defendant to the ground, at which time Symanski's face hit a wooden landscaping board. A passing civilian then assisted the trooper with controlling the de- fendant. During the ride to Troop 7 for processing, Symanski al- legedly kept searching his back pocket for his wallet, which the trooper had previously removed and searched. The wallet con- mined a2.5-inch razor blade. Police: charged Symanski, 33, with menacing, carrying a con- cealed deadly weapon and resist- ing arrest. He was also a local fugitive wanted in the Court of Common Pleas and Family Court. A judge set Symanski's bond at $29,172 for the outstanding capi- ases and another $2,500 for the new charges. Symanski is incarcerated at Sus- sex Correctional Institution, pend- ing the outcome of the various court proceedings. Contact Kerry Kegter at kester@ capegazette.com. FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 30, 2006 DATE LOCATION 12/26/06 Route 1 at Midway Shopping Center 12/26/06 Route 1 at Old Landing Road 12/28/06 Route 1, south of Route 24 12/28/06 Route 1, north of Route 24 12/29/06 Route 1, south of Hudson Road TYPE 4 2 4 4 2 Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 Numbers: first, DUI arrests; second, DUIs in crashes; third, seat bek arrests; fourth, seat belt assessments Troop 7, Lewes Troop 5, Troop 1, Troop 6, 14, 2, 13, 0 Bridgeville Penny Hill . Price's Comer Troop 4, N/A 7, 1, 13(42 9, 8, 3, 0 _ Georgetown Troop 3, Camden Troop 2, Glasgow Troop 9, Odessa 6, 2, 0, 6 18,1, 22, 2 9, 6, 4,13 12, 3,12, 15