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66 - CAPE GAZETTE, Fr/day, May 2 - May 8, 2003 Foster grandparents to be recognized for service in Dover May 2 On Friday, May 2, approximate- ly 272 Delaware foster grandpar- ents will honored at the annual Foster Grandparent Program's 36th Recognition, consisting of a luncheon and awards ceremony, to be held at the Modem Maturity in Dover. Among the honorees is Sussex County foster grandparent Maria D'Orazio, who has been a Trooper Continued from page 65 formation about an unsolved homicide and about a robbery in Selbyville. Also earning Exceptional Per- formance Awards were Cpl. Rod- ney Workman and Cpl. Robert Truitt of Troop 5, who solved two robbery cases at convenience stores near Bridgeville. Acting on some leads, Truitt and Workman searched western Sussex for a ve- hicle suspected of being linked to the crimes. When Truitt located the vehicle, two people exited a home and approached him, so Truitt began chatting with them. Within moments he determined the two were likely suspects in the robbery case. While Truitt took the pair to the troop, Workman canvassed the neighborhood interviewing neigh- bors, at which time he developed a third suspect. Truitt then rejoined Workman to look for him, fmding him shortly after their search be- gan. Workman also received an Ex- ceptional Performance commen- dation for his quick thinking and behavior when he witnessed an at- tempted purse snatching while he was off duty. When Workman pulled into a shopping plaza, he saw a man try to steal an elderly woman's purse and saw an elderly man try to chase the thief. Workman used his cell phone to alert dispatchers. The thief ran through the store and entered a waiting vehicle operated by an- other person. Workman followed CRAFt FAIR & ATrlC TREASURE SALE co.I The Finest Rattan & Wicker Furnishings & Accessories... Living Rooms Dining Rooms Bedrooms Patios Sunrooms 29-year participant in the pro- gram. During the past year, nearly 1,500 children and youth with special needs and their families i ad the unique experience of re- iving more than 238,500 hours dedicated service and support from Delaware's foster grandpar- ents at 100 volunteer stations statewide. In addition to D'O- razio, others who were singled out for special recognition included Kent County foster grandparent Almeda Hawkins, 25 years; and New Castle County foster grand- parents Earlean Taggart, 24 years; Lottie Banks and Helen Corbin, 21 years; and Dorothy Waiters, 20 years. Foster grandparents who the car and provided continual up- dates to the 911 center until the vehicle wqnt out of control and struck a di Workman immedi- di. ately apprehended the driver and held him for the officers who ar- rived shortly thereafter. They found the thief soon afterward al- so. Cpl. Stephen Mitchell of Troop 4 earned a Superintendent's Cita- tion, which is conferred on those who perform well in unique or ex- ceptional situations. Mitchell was on his way to a domestic distur- bance in late December, when someone reported seeing a man push a woman from a moving car. Troopers didn't locate the woman, but when they found the car's registration, they learned the owner's history included assault- ing a trooper and domestic vio- lence, as well as an incident in which he armed and barricaded himself. When Mitchell went to the man's home, the man's mother told Mitchell her son wouldn't talk to him. Mitchell tried to urge the man to talk to him because he was seeking assurance no one was injured and there was no domestic violence. The infuriated man then suddenly appeared with a knife against his own throat. Other police officers then ar- rived and helped secure the prop- erty, while the man told Mitchell to "do your job." Mitchell used calming negotiating skills, but the man suddenly placed the knife point against his head and threat- ened suicide. Mitchell continued trying to soothe the man and ulti- mately was successful. Troopers transported the man to a mental- health facility for treatment. Two other Troop 4 detectives were honored with Exceptional Performance awards for their con- tributions in taking drugs off Sus- sex County streets. Det. Darren Short was involved in two sepa- rate arrests involving several peo- ple who led a local illegal mari- juana and cocaine operation. He was also instrumental in finding the suspects' drugs and weapons. Ultimately, the defendants plead- ed guilty to the charges against them. Short was also instrumental in another case in which he arrested Ecstasy and cocaine dealers. Short and other troopers confis- cated large quantities of drugs and several weapons. Those defen- dants also pleaded guilty to charges against them. Det. Danny Wright helped shut down another cocaine operation that supplied cocaine to several areas in the county. Wright's in- vestigation led him to a cache of crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, weapons and cash. Numerous people were ultimately charged, and the drug operation was shut down. ANN BATEMAN LTD. Distinctive Gifts & Home Accessories Stationery * Invitations * Announcements Baby & Bridal Gifts Featuring a Full Line of Paper Products * cards * Giftwrap & Ribbon Open Daily 319 Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach 302-226-0747 have served 15, 10 and 5 years will also be presented with awards at the event, and all of the partici- pants will be honored for their services. Special agencies in Delaware, as volunteer stations where foster grandparents have served for 35, 15, 10 and five years will be hon- ored for their dedication to the program. They include West Cen- ter City Day Care Nursery, 35 years, First Step Children's Cen- ter and Wagstaff Day Care, 15 years, Warner Kindergarten, 10 years, Girl's Inc., Mom's House and Southbridge Learning Center, 5 years, all of New Castle County; St. John's Lutheran Early Learn- ing Center, 10 years, Kent County Head Start, W. Reily Brown Ele- mentary School and Wishing Well Center, five years, all of Kent County; and in Sussex County, Laverty Lane, Milford Middle School and North Milford Head Start, 10 years, Primeros Pasitos, Small Wonders Child Care Inc., Woodbridge Early Childhood Ed- ucation Center and Woodbridge Elementary School, all five years. For 36 years, Delaware foster grandparents have been mentors providing outstanding service to special and exceptional children and their families statewide. 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