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zo - 00APE GAgETTE;, Police & Fire Wrap-up Police arrest man for home invasion Delaware State Police officers arrested Michael N. Lopez, 21, in connection with a home invasion and robbery case. Sgt. Walter Newton, state police spokesman, said police are still looking for an accomplice they believe was with Lopez when he allegedly broke in- to a West Rehoboth residence at about 3:20 a.m., Aug. 3. Newton said Lopez and his companion al- legedly kicked in the front door of a home on Central Av- enue. "Inside, LOPEZ a husband and wife were sitting on the couch watching TV," said Newton. "Lopez confronted the husband with a handgun and forced him to the ground, while an unknown male stood by the door as a look- out. Lopez allegedly removed an undisclosed amount of property before both men fled the scene on foot." Troopers linked Lopez to the crime through evidence at the scene, said Newton. Lopez was charged with two counts of first- degree robbery, two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree conspiracy, two counts of aggravated menacing, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, posses- sion of a deadly weapon by a per- son prohibited, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and criminal mischief. He was committed'to Sussex Cor- rectional Institution in default of $28,000 secured bond. Police are asking anyone Withinformation about the case to call Troop 4 Det. Laurence Corrigan at 856-5850, Ext. 219. Police arrest man after brief pursuit A Delaware State Police trooper arrested Nicholas J. Fell, 42, of Georgetown, after a routine traffic stop escalated into a higl-speed chase and concluded with a crash. According to Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, the troop. er tried to stop Fell for speeding on Long Neck road shortly after midnight Aug. 5. Fell didn't stop his 2000 Ford Ranger pickup trck, said Old- ham. Instead, he  into Pot Nets Bayside with the trooper traveling behind him. l'he pick- up eventually exited PoNets and continued fleeing nortlound on DATE 07/28/03 07/28/03 07/28/03 07/29/03 07/29/03 07/29/03 07/29/03 07/29/03 07/30/03 07/30/03 07/30/03 07/30/03 07/30/03 07/3 1/03 07/31/03 07/01/03 07/01/03 07/01/03 07/01/03 07/01/03 8/02/03 8/O2/O3 8/03/03 8/03/03 8/03/03 8/03/03 8/03/03 FOR WEEK OF JULY 28 - AUG. 3. 2003 LOCATION Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, northt of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, north of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Hebron Road, north of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Camelot Dr., north of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, northtof R - Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, n. of Rehoba Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, ngtJlat of Rehobellr Rt. 1 and Sussex 275, fth of Rehob Rt. 1 and Postal Lane, south of Lewes Rt. 1 and Rt. 16, east of Milton Rt. 1 and Robinson Rd., north of Dewey Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, north of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Sussex 273A, north of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Wal-Mart parking lot : Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, noRh of Rehoi[oth Rt. 1 and Rt. IA, west of Relth Rt. 1 and RL 24, north of Rcf both RL 1 and Sussex 270A, nor of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Sussex 14A, near Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, north of Rehoboth Rt. 1, north of Rt. 24 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Rt. IA, west of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Sussex 88, north of Lewes Rt. 1 and Hebron Road, north of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and RL 9, west of Lewes TYPE 4 4 4; 5ii 4 2 4 4 3 4 ? 9 5 4 2 10 2 2 5 4 4 Long Neck Road;' said Oldham. 'q'he pickup then ran a red light at the intersection of Route 24 and continued northbound onto Route 5. The pickup continued speed- ing, reaching speed over 90 mph" Oldham said Fell then drove west on Sussex 292A and traveled down two other back roads. He said Fell continued driving errati- cally, speeding and running into stop signs. Fell then turned S3mth onto Sussex 296  47, Oldham said. "As  pielmp en- tered a curve, the operator failed to negotiate it and lost control. The pickup then rolled over several times and exited the west edge of the roadway before coming to rest," said Oldham. The entire in- cident lasted about 12 minutes. Fell was transported to Beebe Medical Center, where he was treated for a head injury. Police charged him with DUI, disregarding a police officer, ag- gressive driving, reckless driving, two counts of failing to signal, three counts of failing to stop at a stop sign, five counts of speeding; no proof of insurance, two counts of improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, disregarding a red light and driv- ing while suspended or revoked. He was eventually committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $6,900 cash bail, pend- ing further court action. Rehoboth police arrest man for identity theft Rehoboth Beach Police Depart- ment officers arrested Pavel P. Razboykin, 20, of Norfolk Street in Rehoboth Beach, with two counts of identity theft, two counts of unlawful use of a eredtt'eard and theft  after receiving a com- plaint  someone in Commack, N.Y.; Iui 21. Sgt. Benny Mitchell said the complainant said the victim told police there was a $3,000 charge for computer equip- ment charged to his VISA card, and the shipping address was Nor- folk Street. While police investigated, they received 9nother call, July 29, used to make an interact purchase for a package that was also sent to the Norfolk Street residence. Razboykin was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $5,000 secured bond. Mitchell said the investigation is continuing, and the Delaware State Police High Tech Crime Unit is conducting a computer forensic search of Razboykin's computer. Police are asking anyone with in- formation about the case to call Rehoboth Beach Police Depart- ment at 227-2577. Local businesses burglarized for cash Delaware State Police officers are investigating two burglary cas- es that occurred at local business- es. The first incident was July 29, when someone forced entry into Capriotti's Sub Shop in Lewes and stole cash. The next day, someone broke into Shell We Golf on Route 1 and also stole cash. Police are asking anyone with information about either case to call Troop 7 at 644-5020 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Milton makes drug arrest Milton police arrested a 17- year-old male, July 29, for posses- sion of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were assisting Department of Cor- rection Probation and Parole offi- cers with an executive search of the juvenile's residence when they found what appeared to be a pipe used for smoking drugs. The youth was committed to Steven- son House in default of $2,000 se- cured bond, pending further action from Family Court. Police seek leads in computer theft case State troopers are seeking public assistance to find the person or people who broke into a Gary Av- enue home in Henlopen Keys Aug. 2. The thief stole a Dell laptop computer, a Sony Playstation and cash. Police are asking anyone with information about either case Milton police alleged burglar Milton police arrested Matthew J. Gardner, 20, of Wilmington, for third-degree burglary, possession of burglar's tools, theft and crimi- nal mischief. Police were dis- patched to the new Food Lion site on Route 16, July 30, for a burgla- ry-in-progress complaint. An offi- cer saw Gardner leaving the build- ing with a flashlight in his hand. Gardner was released on $2,500 unsecured bond. Rehoboth police nab purse snatcher Rehoboth Beach Police Depart- ment officers, assisted by a state trooper, arrested Clifton Banks Jr., 35, of Newark, Md., in connection with a felony purse snatching. Ac- cording to Det. Benny Mitchell of Rehoboth, police were dispatched to a Laundromat on Reboboth Av- enue shortly before 9 a.m., Aug. 6. A senior citizea said a man stole her purse from a table inthe Laun- dromat. Based on the description of the suspect, police located Banks near West Reboboth, where he was observed pitching the purse on the north end of Hebron Road. Police followed Banks, who was operating a red pickup truck with Maryland tags. When Banks left Rehoboth jurisdiction, a state trooper assisted in arresting him. While conducting an inventory search of the truck, the trooper lo- cated a 6.75-inch fixed-blade - knife, in a black leather sheath, under the driver's seat. Banks was charged with felony theft and car- rying a concealed deadly weapon. He was released on $500 secured bond, pending further court action. Police search for stolen car Lewes Police Department offi- cers are seeking public assistance in locating a 1994 maroon Buick Century with Delaware tag 922454. The car was reported missing from a Liszar Drive resi- dence Aug. 4. Police are asking from a )roman in Morgan Hill, to call Troop 7 at 644-5020 or anyone with information to call ; Calif.  said her VISA card was Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. 645-6264. Trfick fishtails on stick bridge, kills Long Neck man The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investi- gation and Reconstruction (FAIR) team is investigat- ing a fatal crash that was caused when a tractor fish- tailed on Possum Point bridge southeast of Millsboro and struck an oncoming pickup truck. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said at about 12:30 p.m., Aug. 5, Brian Pusey, 36, of Ocean City, d., was driving a GMC Pepsi truck south- bound (![Sussex 331. It was rainy, the road was wet, and Pust. lost control of the truck while rounding a curve on']!e bridge. "The trailer portion of the truck rotated clockwise into the nO(l!3bound lane," said Oldham. Ronald White Jr., 4i,bf Long Neck, was driving a 1985 Ford pickup truck in the northbound lane. Behind him, James Sturla, 73, of Dagsboro, was driving a 1996 Honda Accord. When the Pepsi truck fishtailed, the left side of the trailer struck the front of the pickup truck, which then caught on fire. White was trapped inside the truck. "The front of the Honda then struck the right side of the pickup truck," said Oldham. "After the crash, the Honda was able to back away from the pickup truck" Three Delaware Department of Correction proba- tion officers were in the area conducting home visits with offenders. They were traveling in the north- bound lane behind the Ford and the Honda. "One probation officer used her baton to break out the pas- senger window of the pickup;' said Beth Welch, De- partment of Correction Chief of Media Relations. '%vo passersby then pulled the passenger - 44-year- old Richard Clark of Long Neck - to safetY. The of- fleers tried but were not able to reach the...driver" 'q'he officers then directed traffic until police ar- rived" said Welcl Clark was trmasported to Beebe Medical Center or treatmlL Police FAIR team members believe" neithete nor Clark was wear- ing seat belts. White=[xxty was turned over to the Medical Examiner's Office. Police believe Sturla and his wife, Carolyn, 64, were wearing seat belts; they were transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. Pusey was also wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The FAIR team is con- tinuing to investigate the crash and is asking anyone with information about the case to call 645-8221. 1""I1 ........  " 1'r]lllmlllllllllllllllllllVl[lllF" ' "- I "] ..... ]llll]]l]]]]m]l][l'l]lll]llli[lll'| r ] 'V 11 - HI TlTrr TII'II]IIIIIIllIIUII'IIEilTr[ lm"lrl !11]11[] 1 FrI IV-TI'IU 71