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4, CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 11 - March 14, 2005 Police & Fire Wrap-up FAIR team investigates serious crash The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investigation and Re- construction (FAIR) team is in- vestigating a serious crash that in- jured a Millsboro woman March 8. Heather Newcomer, 23, of Mil]sboro, was driving a 2000 Ford Focus eastbound on Sussex 285, about four miles west of Lewes, at about 8:15 a.m., said Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman. "For an unknown reason, the Focus traveled across the west- bound lane and exited the north edge of the roadway," said Old- ham. "The left front of the Focus struck a tree." He said Newcomer was not wearing a seat belt and was initially treated at Beebe Medical Center. Later, however, she was transferred to Christiana Hospital, where she was admitted for serious head injuries. Her two children, ages 5 and 2, were in the car at the time of the crash. Both were properly restrained and nei- ther was seriously hurt. The 5- year-old sustained an abrasion, and the 2-year-old was not injured at all. The FAIR team is continuing its investigation. Dishwashers stolen from construction site Detectives at Delaware State Police Troop 4 are continuing to investigate construction-related thefts and burglaries. The most recent case occurred between 5 p.m., Feb. 28, and 7 a.m., March 1, at three residences under con- struction at Bay Shore Town- homes on Long Neck Road. An unknown suspect broke into one locked unit and two unlocked units and removed a dishwasher from each place. All three were General Electric and valu.ed at Rehoboth Beach Police Department photo Rehoboth officers earn promotions Three Rehoboth Beach officers were promoted to corporal shortly after the department ratified its contract in January. Cpl. Brad Hudson and Cpl. Kevin Jones each have nearly six years on the job in Rehoboth Beach. Cpl. Scott O'Bier, the de- partment's detective, has more than seven years on staff in Rehoboth Beach. To earn the rank of corporal, officers in Re- hoboth Beach must have four years of service to the depart- ment and must pass a written examination. Additionally, they undergo an oral interview with a panel of three officers of equal or higher rank, who are employed by three other law enforcement agencies. Shown are Hudson, Jones, OrBier and Rehoboth Beach Police Department Chief Keith Banks. DATE 3/2/05 3/3/05 3/4/05 3/4/05 3/5/05 FOR WEEK OF FEB. 28 - MARCH 6, 2004 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth 4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270B, north of Rehoboth 2 Rt. 1 and Rt. 12, west of Lewes 2 Rt. 1 and Rt. 12, west of Lewes 2 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes 2 Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 I)riing I rifler the lnlhlence Re)oft Numbers: first, DUI arrests; second, DUIs in crashes; third, seat belt arrests; fourth, seat belt assessments Troop 7, Lewes Troop 5, Troop 1, Troop 6, 9, 1, 10, 5 Bridgevllle Penny Hill Price's Comer Troop 4, 7, 2, 9, 13 7, 5, 4, 4 S, 1, 46, 8 Georgetown Troop 3, Camden Troop 2, Glasgow Troop 9, Odessa 6, 2, 13, 8 13, 3, 18, 8 2, 5, 0, 0 3, 1, 31, 2 $280 a piece. Two were white, and the third was bisque colored. Police are askiiig anyone with in- formation about the case to call Det. Jerry Windish at 856-5850, Ext. 221. Burglars strike another business State police detectives are in- vestigating a recent rash of bur- glaries that have occurred in about a half-mile radius in the general vicinity of Rehoboth Avenue Ex- tended, past the YMCA on Church Street and across the highway to some shops along Route 1. The most recent burglary occurred be- tween llp.m, March 3, and 10 a.m., March 4, at Casa DiLeo on Rehoboth Avenue Extended. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said when employees arrived at the restaurant in the morning, they discovered the doors of a shed had been ripped open. Upon further inspection, they found damage to an outdoor cooler and two crates of cheeses- teaks missing. Since Jan. 18 there have been approximately nine burglaries to business in that vicinity. In about half the cases, an object was thrown through a glass door or window. In most of the remaining crimes, doors were forced open. Police are asking anyone with in- formation to call Det. John Mes- sick at 856-5850, Ext. 213. Police warn about new phone seam Delaware State Police recently received several complaints from the Frankford area about what ap- pears to be a new phone seam. "A man identifying himself as a rep- resentative of a company Called Government Grant Association called a resident and advised that they have money in an account for them," said Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman. "The representative then asks for the resident's bank account number so they can transfer mon- ey into it. This is a seam. Citizens should not, under any circum- stance, give out their checking ac- count number to anyone identify- ing themselves as being a repre- sentative of this company or any other company that they are not familiar with. An important rule to remember is if it seems too good to be true, it usually is." Teens charged for slashing fires Three teenagers were arrested for slashing tires on 16 vehicles in the parking lots of the Shoppes at Long Neck Boulevard and Lingo Creek Apartments Feb. 28. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said a resident at Lin- go Creek Apartments was awak- ened at about 4:30 a.m., Feb. 28, when she heard a loud banging noise. She told police she looked out her window and saw three young black males bending over tires on vehicles in the parking lot. She then called her neighbor, who also looked out the window and saw the three youths running be- tween the vehicles. The witness said she opened her window and yelled to the youths, who ran away. Then she went outside and saw several vehicles had flat tires. The witness recog- nized one of the boys, she told a trooper, so she went to his apart- ment and knocked on the door. "No one answered," said Oldham. "The trooper talked to both-wit- nesses, and they both recognized the first teen and recognized the other two as either close friends or relatives: ....... The'trooper found at least one tire slashed on 16 vehicles, and some of them had a white pow- dery substance splashed on them, said Oldham. He said one of the victims told the trooper about heating loud popping sounds and saw three youths run to the first teen's apartment. The trooper went to the back of the apartment and found a screen on the ground and pieces of a kitchen knife in the parking lot. When the trooper knocked on the apartment door, no one answered, said Oldham. He continued to interview wit- nesses and victims, and when he later returned to the apartment, the teen's mother answered the door and all three boys were there. They turned themselves in at Troop 7, March 6, where they were charged with 16 counts of criminal mischief, 16 counts of third-degree conspiracy and one count of disorderly conduct. The first boy is 13 and lives at Lingo Creek Apartments. The other two were both 14; one is from George- town and the other is from Mills- boro. All three were released on $8,250 unsecured bond, pending further action from Family Court. Rehoboth man arrested after threatening girlfriend's life State police arrested Gerome R. Long, March 7, after he al- legedly threatened to shoot his former girlfriend, who is the mother of his child. Long start- ed an altercation with the 20- year-old woman when he de- manded to be allowed into her East At- lantic Apart- ments resi- dence on East Atlantic Cir- cle and she refused, said Cpl. Jeff Old- LONG ham, state police spokesman. He said Long went to the home shortly after 8 p.m. to see his 2-year-old daughter. "When the victim refused to let the sus- pect in, the suspect opened up a window," said Oldham. "He displayed a 9 mm handgun, pointed it at her chest area and stated, 'Let me in or I'll shoot you.' "She tried to close the window when he tried to open it, but once he pointed the gun at her, she let him in. Apparently, as soon as he got in the house, she ran out with the child." The victim and her daughter ran to a neighbor's apartment, but just as she got to the door, Long allegedly caught up with her. "As the victim was stand- ing in her neighbor's doorway, the suspect approached and pointed the gun at her head," said Oldham. However, Long didn't stay; he fled down to the parking lot. When police arrived at East Atlantic Apartments, they saw Long standing in the parking lot and ordered him not to move, said Oldham. "The suspect be- gan fleeing on foot; however, he tripped over a landscaping tie and fell to the ground. Troopers then apprehended the suspect and discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun in his possession." Oldham said once Long was in the patrol car, he became combative and started banging his head against a window. "He damaged the window in the back of the patrol car and sustained a small abrasion to his head." Po- lice took him to Beebe Medical Center to be treated for his mi- nor injuries. "He was still acting disorderly at the hospital while he was being treated," said Old- ham. Long, 36, whose last known address was at his girlfriend's apartment but who was not re- siding there at the time of the crime, was charged with the fol lowing: seven counts of posses- sion of a firearm during the commission of a felony, first-de- gree burglary, possession of a weapon with a removed serial number, possession of a deadly weapon by a.person prohibited, three counts of aggravated men- acing, two counts of first-degree reckless endangering, terroristic threatening, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, endangering the welfare of a child and resist- ing arrest. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $106,000 cash bond.