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10 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September 1 - Monday, September 4, 2006 Police & Fire Wrap-up Local Realtor charged with DUI after crash Joseph P. Connor Jr., 54, of Mil- lville, was charged with DUI and disregarding a red light after caus- ing a motor vehicle crash in New Castle County. State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham said Connor was operating a 1995 Crown Victoria southbound in the right lane on Route 896 at about 10 p.m., Aug. 13. Randy H. Steele, 43, of B er,:was driving a that the governor will receive his resignation," said Bailey. Milton police arrest man on drug-related charges Milton police arrested Alfred J. Wyatt, 41, of Milton, Aug. 22, on drug-related charges. Chief William E. Phillips said police saw Wyatt operating a vehicle on Route 16 near Mulberry Street, and they knew Wyatt's license was suspended. An officer at- 2004 Chevy pickilp truck east- tempted to stop Wyatt, but he fled bound on Glasgow Avenuein  no on Cedar Creek Road, Newark. ;i " ,idPhittips. Police finally appre- Oldham said Steele was pro- hended him near Lincoln. Phillips i ceeding through a green light said when officers approached through the intersection with him, they saw him dumping a Route 896, when Connor disre- white powdery substance. girded a red light and the front of Police charged him with main- DUI in the first nine weeks of the safety initiative to 208. Six sobriety checkpoints were conducted statewide during the weekend of Aug. 25-27. In addi- tion to the 32 DUI arrests, officers issued five citations for underage drinking violations, made five drug arrests, three felony arrests, apprehended five wanted individ- uals and issued 148 citations for other traffic violations. Man charged for DUI after causing crash State police arrested Andres M. Jimenez for second-degree vehic, ular assan!t, driving without a li- cense, failure to have proof of in- surance, fictions registration, DUI and operating an ugist ve - .. hicle after Jimenez caused a three- vehicle collision on Route 1. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said that at about 3 a.m., S;tuCdayr'Aug. 26, Jimenez his vehicle struck the left front of taining a vehicle for keeping a . was driying a 2000 Toyota Celica i the pickup truck. Steele, who was controlled substance, disregarding injl: northbound center lane of wearing a seat belt, was treated for a police officer's signal, tamper- p-R0ute 1, about a half mile south of minor injuries at Christiana Hos- ing with physical evidence, pos- Kings Highway. -ital Connor, whowaa nare_ar- sesSionof cocaine, possession of -= Anot ,'rash haa ....... ea ing a seat hernalia, aggressive  : O0*' north o7 tta a !pelvis and was Chh driving, driving shfore,,.so trwaS tiana Hospital.d and nine other backed !ndibeing VI on released from  6fleeitses: He was remanded Route 1 Iauseof emergency ve- Connor, a Realtor with Atlantic to Sussex Correctional Instution in hicles. Real Estate Associates, is a mem- ; ber of and former chairman of the iGovernor'S Council on Drug i Abuse, Alcoholism and Mental i Health. Kate Bailey, Gov. Ruth Ann i Minner's communications direc- i tor, said the governor has not dis- i cussed Connorssituation with i him yet because he iS still recover- !. default of $7,400 unsecured bond, pending further court action. Police arrest 32 for 00mpah00 driv00g Delaware law enforcement offi- cers arrested 32 people for DUI during the week of Aug. 20, week nine, of the Checkpoint Strike- force campaign. This brings the Brian McElrone, 25, of Penn- sylvania had stopped his 1992 Chevy Lumina van, and behind him Randy Dillon, 35, of Wilm- ington, had stopped his 2001 GMC pickup truck. Oldham said Jimenez failed to stop for the other two vehicles and struck the pickup truck, which then struck the van. Jimenez, 42; of Milford, was jured. His front-seat passenger - Inmer Ganboa, 21, of Milford - was not wearing a seat belt and sustained multiple lacerations, a strained neck and back, and his hip was dislocated. McElrone, who was wearing a seat belt, was treated at Beebe Medical Center for a strained neck and back, and lacerations to his head and nose. McElrone, who was also wearing a seat belt, was not injured. Jimenez was committed to" Sus- sex Correctional Institution in de- fault of $2,600 cash bond, pending further court action. BP gas station s- damage from crash The BP gas station at the Five Points intersection sustained an estimated $40,000 damage after a car careened across six lanes of travel and into the west side of the building. State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham said that at about midnight, Sunday, Aug. 27, Rafael D. Santiago was traveling south- bound on Route I after just leav- emergency lights on the patrol car and pulled up behind it. "The de- fendant exited the vehicle and fled on foot," said Oldham. "After a brief foot pursuit, the trooper took him into custody." No one was injured during the incident. Oldham said employees had closed the store about 10 min- utes before the crash. Santiago, 26, of Georgetown, was charged with DUI, resisting arrest, driving without a license, no insurance caryIj possession and no re giswation card in posses- sion. He was released on $2,200 unsecured bond, pending further court action. Vandals strike Pine Bay near Dewey Beach State police are investigating two criminal cases in Pine Bay, lo- cated off Old Bay Road near Dewey Beach. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said that between the end of June and Aug. 24, someone vandalized four stop ing the area of the intersection Signs and two swimming pool with Route 9. For iown signs. reason, he abruptly loffl::' : .!..hed some of his 1993 Toyota Camry atii- th!intothecommu- crossed eastbound onto the medi- nity 1 and stole two other stop an, where he struck a traffic sign. signs valued at $400 each. The es- The vehicle continued traveling eastbound across the northbound lanes, struck a concrete curb and continued east through the BP parking lot and into the building. Oldham said witnesses said Santi- ago backed out of the building and attempted to drive north through the parking lot, but the car came to a stop. When a trooper arrived; he sa w timated cost of the other signs is $2,200. Oldham said that another inci- dent occurred in the community between I 1 p.m., Aug. 23, and 3:I0 a.m., Aug. 24,0n Back Bay Court. He said someone entered an unlocked vehicle and removed a Sirius car radio with an AC r and a pair of Chanel sun- glasses. Call 644-5020 to report img from his injuries. "We eXpect nrof individuals arrested for wearing a seat belt and was not in- the stopped Camry, activated the information.  iLewes police warn public of Canadian lottery By Kerry Kester Cape Gazette staff Lewes police are investigating a seam involvin:hat is touted as a lottery based in Chiiatl/ Pfc." Sherrie Harmqasaid a Lewes woman contacted police when she became suspicious about a $4,800 account. The check looks real and in fact, said Harmon, the account number on it was true. Harmon saltlt through the course of hot inv;estigation, she has determined account numbers on the bogus- cheeks are stolen from legitimate accounts, so when people cash check she received that appears to them(they often receive money. be written on a Wells Fargo bank': i,Tbe letter the victim received is Route Weekly Accident Update FOR WEEK OF OCT. 4 - OCT. 10, 2006 DATE LOCATION TYPE 8/21/06 Rt. 1, south of Postal Lane 4 8121106 Rt. 1 and Melson Rd. 2 8/22/06 Rt. 1, north of Route 24 2 8/23/06 Rt. 1, north of Sussex 270A " 2 8/24/06 Rt. 1 and Country Club Rd. 2 8/25/06 Rt. 1, south of Sussex 268 5 8/26/06 Rt. 1 and Savannah Rd. 2 8/27/06 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A 2 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 Numbers: first. DUI arrests; second, DUIs in crashes; third, seat bdt arrests; fourth, seat belt assessments Troop 7, Lewes Troop 5, Troop 1, Troop 6, 13, 4, 22, 8 Bridgevllle Penny Hill Pflce'$ Comer Troop 4, 10, 1, 6, 2 13, 2, 4, 17 17, 4, 19, 2 Georgetown Troop 3, Camden Troop 2, Glasgow Troop 9, Odessa 14, 1, 27, 21 12,7, 27, 2 10, 3, 10, 6 4, 2, 59, 17 from EG&G Finance Services Inc., based in Toronto. It states the recipient is one of the winners in a second category of a !0 ,try that was drawn in April. It States a ticket with serial No. 52567894AS attached to the vic- tim's name drew the winning No. 9-11-17-30-32-41. It then states a check is enclosed for $4,800 - 10 percent of the total winnings - that is for payment of the Canadi- an nonresident government serv- ices tax. The letter states the tax is $2,900 and should!ia Western Union or monej('am. : Lastly, the letter state, the vic- tim should call Greg Richard and lists a phone number. Harmon said the number traces to a land line in British Columbia. Harmon said the problem with this particular scam is that be- cause the perpetrators use stolen account numbers on the bogus checks, some victims are actually able to cash them. Later, when banks determine the checks were fraudulent and the accounts have been closed, the victims are re- sponsible for paying back the bank that cashed the check. "The victims appear to be ran- domly selected," said Harmon, "and the checks look real. How- ever, the company listed on the checks is not real." Harmon said the_ Lewes woman calledibumilisted on her notificatit/'letter, and after that she started receiving numerous eal!s from Canada. "In this case, the woman was smart enough not to fall for it, so she did not find herself in any financial difficul- ties," said Harmon. Police are advising people not to try to cash checks they receive from unknown sources. Harmon said most of the victims of the lot- tery scams admit they never played a Canadian lottery of any kind but for some reason, they still believed they were winners when they received the fraudulent letters. "If it seems to good to be true," said Harmon, "then it probably is just another scam." GglWJ f.W Lewes Police Department photo The checks in the lottery scam appear real and sometimes have legitimate, yet stolen account numbers on them.