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10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 Police & Fire Wrap-up Rehoboth man charged with obscenity Delaware State Police arrested a Rehoboth Beach man Nov. 11 who is accused of leaving two sexually explicit letters in the men's bathroom at the Tanger Outlet Center Seaside. Police re- sponded to the outlets Nov. 5 to recover two letters discovered in the men's bathroom by employ- ees. The first letter was found Oct. 20 and the second letter, Nov. 4. Both letters were in white en- velopes and addressed to males between the ages Of 18 and 27 years old in an effort to locate young males for sexual encoun- ters. State police, with the assis- tance of Probation and Parole, were able to identify the suspect from details found in the letters and from fingerprints lef{ on one of them. Steven W. Hail, 40, of Highway One, was charged with two counts of obscenity. A con- victed sex offender and on level three probation, Hall was commit- ted to Sussex Correctional Institu- tion in default of $4,000 secured bond. Missing Lewes juvenile lted A 16-year-old boy from the Lewes area, who had been miss- ing since Sept. 13, has been locat- ed. James N. Balfour was found Nov. 13 at a home in Sea Air Mo- bile Home Park just outside of Re- hoboth Beach city llimits. Bal- 'four was committed to the Steven- son House in default of bond for his outstanding capiases and crim- inal charges. Three injured in crash near Millsboro- Delaware State Police are in- vestigating a serious crash that oc- curred at 10:50 a.m. Nov. 16 on Route 24 east of Millsboro. A 1994 Plymouth Acclaim op- erated by Nellie Brittingham, 74, of Millsboro, was traveling east- bound on Route 24, while a 2000 Dodge Durango operated by Doug Messeck, 36, of Millsboro, was traveling westbound on Route 24. Both a 2003 Chevy van operated by Jeffrey Eichelberger, 44, of Dover, and a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Jennifer Layfield, 39, of Lewes, were also traveling eastbound. Brittingham reportedly crossed over the centerline into the west- bound lane, on to the westbound shoulder and back into the west- bound lane in front of Messeck, who swerved to the left in an un-' successful attempt to avoid the Acclaim. The right front of the Acclaim then struck the right front of the Durango and both vehicles came to rest in the roadway. Eicbelberger had initially been traveling in front of the Acclaim; however, when Brittingham traw eled into the westbound lanes it passed the van. When the crash occurred, Eichelberger stopped quickly to avoid it; however, Lay- field, who was traveling behind the van, was unable to stop in time and struck the left rear of the van. Brittingham, who was not wear- ing a seat belt, was initially trans- ported to Beebe Medical Center, but was later flown to Christiana Hospital where she was admitted in critical but stable condition with internal injuries. Messeck, who also was not wearing a seat belt, was treated at Beebe Medical Center for a laceration to his head and knee. Layfield was admitted to Beebe with a broken right leg, while Eichelberger was not in- jured. The roadway was closed for approximately two hours after the crash. Home invasion strikes Dewey Beach resident State police report they are in- vestigating a home invasion that Route 1 Weekly Accident Update DATE 11110104 11/11/04 11/13/04 11/13/04 FOR WEEK OF NOV. 8 - NOV. 14, 2004 LOCATION TYPE Route 1 and WalMart parking lot 8 Route 1 and Midway Shopping Center parking lot 9 Route 1 and Sussex 274 2 Route 1, near Home Depot entrance 5 I::,, : |i:  ,, :  i: :Ei:i,i!:E;i:iiii ii i'] :::: :::: i :? ::{:: ?! .. :: :: :::::!:{?:!/: :::!?i ]0:Ji: iiiii:;.i::iii:::: ::::. ::.:!i?:  i i i i i i: i:i ::: i i:. :::ii if:::, iii i ii ii il i !::i  i:iii :::i!::!::!:.i:: i  ! ! ii  i !i i i i ::!i!: i!i i?: ii !!   i i: ::i{i:: :: ::: :: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :.i: :i i::i:i i ii i::i iii i i:: ii i !!   .............................. :.:::.:i::::il Route I accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 l)riing I ndcr the lnl]ttence Re tort umbers: first, DUI arrests; second. DUIs in crashes; third, seat belt arrests; fourth, seat belt assessments Troop 7, Lewes Troop 5, Troop 1, Troop 6, 8, 1,36, 8 Bridgeville Penny Hill Price's Comer Tep 4, 6, ;',4, 11 4,0, 11, 13 6,5,6,6 Georgetown Troop 3, Camden Troop 2, Glasgow Troop 9, Odessa 3, 1, 12, 13 10, 4, 33, 10 3, 1,0, 0 2, 1, 9, 1 i li (El I-''l[llil I ii kli1 illZ41 i[i] li, I U [i I Ill/ill] I iI til I [tl i [I]llll I[ I I I i illl i ................... ,::.::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: i:: ........................... :: ............... : ............... :. ................ :: ::ii ;.:::i ........................ i i!: occurred Nov. 15 around mid- night. Two unknown males wear- ing cloth masks and carrying handguns forced their way through an unlocked sliding glass door into an Ocean Dunes apart- ment on Anne Avenue north of Dewey Beach and ordered the res- ident to open a safe. When the 34- year-old male victim could not open the safe, the robbers alleged- ly pistol-whipped the victim caus- ing lacerations to his head and face. The thieves then fled the scene. The victim was transport- ed to the Beebe Medical Center where he was treated for several lacerations .to his head, left ear and lip and released. Both suspects were described as being black males, approximately 5-foot, 9-inches to 6-feet tall and weighing 175 to 190 pounds. Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to contact Det. Thomas Elliott, Troop 4, at 856-5850, Ext. 216 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Lewes resident victim of burglary Troop 7 received a complaint Nov. 16 from a Holly Mount Road resident that someone had entered an unlocked utility shed on his property and removed, a Gen-Pro 9800 generator, Sanborn air com- pressor and Diehard/Sears battery charger. The total loss was listed at $3,700. RBY&CC target ovandals A homeowner in the Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club development advised police Nov. 16 that the neighborhood had fall- en victim to vandals. It was re- ported that some time between Nov. 12 and Nov. 16, someone had destroyed four wooden stop signs and stolen a street sign. The four stop signs were valued at $300 and the street sign at $50. Arrest made in Heritage Inn robbery. State police charged Teresa Drew, 38, of Lewes with two counts of second-degree robbery and with wearing a disguise dur- ing the commission of a felony for a robbery she allegedly commit- ted at the Heritage-Inn, Lewes Nov. 4 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said two clerks work- ing that evening told police they observed a GEO Storm drive up to the front of the Inn and a black fe- male enter the front door wearing a cloth over her face. The woman demanded money from the two clerks and when the clerks didn't respond quickly enough, the woman allegedly reached over the counter, grabbed an undisclosed amount of money and left the scene. The clerks did not see the robber display a weapon. One of the clerks thought she recognized the vehicle as one owned by a prior employee and the second clerk thought she rec- ognized the robber's voice as that of a current employee. Troopers took Drew and the ve- hicle owner into custody at their respective homes later that evening. Both were transI;orted to Troop 7 for questioning. The vehicle owner told police Drew asked to be taken to the Heritage Inn because Drew want- ed to borrow $50. The vehicle owner added that she had no idea Drew was going to commit a rob- bery. Drew was held in default of $6,000 secured bond and commit-: ted to the Women's Correctional Institute. The vehicle owner was not charged. Thieves target three area construction sites Thieves targeted three area con- struction sites from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11. The first incident was reported Nov. 9 concerning a burglary at Blue Point Villas, Rehoboth Beach. Nine Andersen window units and one glass slider were re- moved from the site. The missing windows were last seen at the site on Nov. 5. The loss was estimated at $4,410. The second complaint was received on Nov. 10. Some- one attempted to break into a con- struction trailer located on Phillips Branch Road, Millsboro. Thieves used bolt cutters on the lock securing the trailer but were unable to break the lock. The third complaint was filed on Nov. 11 after someone stole 24 Capital window units and various pieces of lumber from the Fair- field Estates site on Long Neck Road, Millsboro. Loss of the win- dow units was placed at $2,400. Police are asking anyone with information about the thefts to conta6t Troop 7 at 644-5020, or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Broadkill Beach residence burgized State police received a com- Plaint that someone broke into a Broadkill Beach home during the early morning hours of Nov. 12. The thief removed an undisclosed amount of money and car keys from a purse and then fled in the victim's 2000 Toyota Camry. Capozio facing more theft-related charges Delaware State Police on Nov. 11 charged Jacob L. Capozio with 46 theft-related counts related to a seven-week rash of newspaper coin-box thefts. Capozio was ar- rested in August on similar charges. On Aug. 4, he was charged with 82 offenses for al- legedly taking money from news- paper coin boxes. The new charges include 23 counts of mis- demeanor theft and 23 counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief. According to Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, the thefts began Sept. 20 and continued un- til Nov. 9. Police allege Capozio broke locks on newspaper coin- boxes and removed the coins, vic- timizing the Cape Gazette 30 times; News Journal, twice; Delaware State News, four times; and The Washington Post, six tirffes. A private citizen's locks were damaged twice, police said. Police got a lead on Capozio Nov. 9 when a newspaper delivery woman said she saw a man riding his bicycle in Lewes about 12:30 a.m. and again about 3 a.m. at Re- hoboth Mall. The woman said that because it was cold, she sus- pected he was not simply exercis- ing. She also said she had seen Capozio's photograph when he was arrested in August, and said she believed the man on the bicy- cle was the same person. Tim delivery woman followed the bicycle to Route 1, where he went to Wawa. She asked a clerk at the store to phone her if the man purchased anything with coins. The delivery woman parked be- hind the store; and moments later, the clerk called her and told her he had purchased items with quar- ters. The delivery woman con- tacted state police, who ques- tioned Capozio. He was not charged that evening, but police continued to investigate. Police acquired a surveillance video from a local gas station Nov. 11. Police said the tape shows Capozio breaking a lock on a Cape Gazette box and removing change from inside. Capozio was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of bond, pending further court action. Milton police arrest fugitive Milton Police arrested Rudi Perez-Perez, 23, of Georgetown, Nov. 14, for DUI and being a local fugitive. Police were investigat- 'ing a traffic accident in which Perez-Perez was the driver of a 1998 Chevy. Police report that he drove his car into the edge of the water, just missing a boat dock. Police smelled the strong odor of alcohol and conducted a DUI field test, which Perez-Perez reportedly failed. He was arrested for DUI and driving at an unsafe speed and While police checked Perez- Perez's record they learned he was also wanted by J.P. Court,3 for an outstanding capias for resisting arrest. Perez-Perez was arraigned at J.P. Court 3 and then transport- ed to Sussex Correctional Institu- tion on default of secured bond with the case pending. r r ' Ill| FT l-lII7 q"l- .... [EgrlI[lillllllillliilllli|[r t ? I [ .... a |il]{l 1 ;II'lllTII I,[TllllllllllFIillUgllllTlllllllllllTIIIllT"l[ ..... [ ........ l[;UT,l,lrlr :,7  T 10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 Police & Fire Wrap-up Rehoboth man charged with obscenity Delaware State Police arrested a Rehoboth Beach man Nov. 11 who is accused of leaving two sexually explicit letters in the men's bathroom at the Tanger Outlet Center Seaside. Police re- sponded to the outlets Nov. 5 to recover two letters discovered in the men's bathroom by employ- ees. The first letter was found Oct. 20 and the second letter, Nov. 4. Both letters were in white en- velopes and addressed to males between the ages Of 18 and 27 years old in an effort to locate young males for sexual encoun- ters. State police, with the assis- tance of Probation and Parole, were able to identify the suspect from details found in the letters and from fingerprints lef{ on one of them. Steven W. Hail, 40, of Highway One, was charged with two counts of obscenity. A con- victed sex offender and on level three probation, Hall was commit- ted to Sussex Correctional Institu- tion in default of $4,000 secured bond. Missing Lewes juvenile lted A 16-year-old boy from the Lewes area, who had been miss- ing since Sept. 13, has been locat- ed. James N. Balfour was found Nov. 13 at a home in Sea Air Mo- bile Home Park just outside of Re- hoboth Beach city llimits. Bal- 'four was committed to the Steven- son House in default of bond for his outstanding capiases and crim- inal charges. Three injured in crash near Millsboro- Delaware State Police are in- vestigating a serious crash that oc- curred at 10:50 a.m. Nov. 16 on Route 24 east of Millsboro. A 1994 Plymouth Acclaim op- erated by Nellie Brittingham, 74, of Millsboro, was traveling east- bound on Route 24, while a 2000 Dodge Durango operated by Doug Messeck, 36, of Millsboro, was traveling westbound on Route 24. Both a 2003 Chevy van operated by Jeffrey Eichelberger, 44, of Dover, and a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Jennifer Layfield, 39, of Lewes, were also traveling eastbound. Brittingham reportedly crossed over the centerline into the west- bound lane, on to the westbound shoulder and back into the west- bound lane in front of Messeck, who swerved to the left in an un-' successful attempt to avoid the Acclaim. The right front of the Acclaim then struck the right front of the Durango and both vehicles came to rest in the roadway. Eicbelberger had initially been traveling in front of the Acclaim; however, when Brittingham traw eled into the westbound lanes it passed the van. When the crash occurred, Eichelberger stopped quickly to avoid it; however, Lay- field, who was traveling behind the van, was unable to stop in time and struck the left rear of the van. Brittingham, who was not wear- ing a seat belt, was initially trans- ported to Beebe Medical Center, but was later flown to Christiana Hospital where she was admitted in critical but stable condition with internal injuries. Messeck, who also was not wearing a seat belt, was treated at Beebe Medical Center for a laceration to his head and knee. Layfield was admitted to Beebe with a broken right leg, while Eichelberger was not in- jured. The roadway was closed for approximately two hours after the crash. Home invasion strikes Dewey Beach resident State police report they are in- vestigating a home invasion that Route 1 Weekly Accident Update DATE 11110104 11/11/04 11/13/04 11/13/04 FOR WEEK OF NOV. 8 - NOV. 14, 2004 LOCATION TYPE Route 1 and WalMart parking lot 8 Route 1 and Midway Shopping Center parking lot 9 Route 1 and Sussex 274 2 Route 1, near Home Depot entrance 5 I::,, : |i:  ,, :  i: :Ei:i,i!:E;i:iiii ii i'] :::: :::: i :? ::{:: ?! .. :: :: :::::!:{?:!/: :::!?i ]0:Ji: iiiii:;.i::iii:::: ::::. ::.:!i?:  i i i i i i: i:i ::: i i:. :::ii if:::, iii i ii ii il i !::i  i:iii :::i!::!::!:.i:: i  ! ! ii  i !i i i i ::!i!: i!i i?: ii !!   i i: ::i{i:: :: ::: :: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :.i: :i i::i:i i ii i::i iii i i:: ii i !!   .............................. :.:::.:i::::il Route I accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 l)riing I ndcr the lnl]ttence Re tort umbers: first, DUI arrests; second. DUIs in crashes; third, seat belt arrests; fourth, seat belt assessments Troop 7, Lewes Troop 5, Troop 1, Troop 6, 8, 1,36, 8 Bridgeville Penny Hill Price's Comer Tep 4, 6, ;',4, 11 4,0, 11, 13 6,5,6,6 Georgetown Troop 3, Camden Troop 2, Glasgow Troop 9, Odessa 3, 1, 12, 13 10, 4, 33, 10 3, 1,0, 0 2, 1, 9, 1 i li (El I-''l[llil I ii kli1 illZ41 i[i] li, I U [i I Ill/ill] I iI til I [tl i [I]llll I[ I I I i illl i ................... ,::.::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: i:: ........................... :: ............... : ............... :. ................ :: ::ii ;.:::i ........................ i i!: occurred Nov. 15 around mid- night. Two unknown males wear- ing cloth masks and carrying handguns forced their way through an unlocked sliding glass door into an Ocean Dunes apart- ment on Anne Avenue north of Dewey Beach and ordered the res- ident to open a safe. When the 34- year-old male victim could not open the safe, the robbers alleged- ly pistol-whipped the victim caus- ing lacerations to his head and face. The thieves then fled the scene. The victim was transport- ed to the Beebe Medical Center where he was treated for several lacerations .to his head, left ear and lip and released. Both suspects were described as being black males, approximately 5-foot, 9-inches to 6-feet tall and weighing 175 to 190 pounds. Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to contact Det. Thomas Elliott, Troop 4, at 856-5850, Ext. 216 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Lewes resident victim of burglary Troop 7 received a complaint Nov. 16 from a Holly Mount Road resident that someone had entered an unlocked utility shed on his property and removed, a Gen-Pro 9800 generator, Sanborn air com- pressor and Diehard/Sears battery charger. The total loss was listed at $3,700. RBY&CC target ovandals A homeowner in the Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club development advised police Nov. 16 that the neighborhood had fall- en victim to vandals. It was re- ported that some time between Nov. 12 and Nov. 16, someone had destroyed four wooden stop signs and stolen a street sign. The four stop signs were valued at $300 and the street sign at $50. Arrest made in Heritage Inn robbery. State police charged Teresa Drew, 38, of Lewes with two counts of second-degree robbery and with wearing a disguise dur- ing the commission of a felony for a robbery she allegedly commit- ted at the Heritage-Inn, Lewes Nov. 4 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said two clerks work- ing that evening told police they observed a GEO Storm drive up to the front of the Inn and a black fe- male enter the front door wearing a cloth over her face. The woman demanded money from the two clerks and when the clerks didn't respond quickly enough, the woman allegedly reached over the counter, grabbed an undisclosed amount of money and left the scene. The clerks did not see the robber display a weapon. One of the clerks thought she recognized the vehicle as one owned by a prior employee and the second clerk thought she rec- ognized the robber's voice as that of a current employee. Troopers took Drew and the ve- hicle owner into custody at their respective homes later that evening. Both were transI;orted to Troop 7 for questioning. The vehicle owner told police Drew asked to be taken to the Heritage Inn because Drew want- ed to borrow $50. The vehicle owner added that she had no idea Drew was going to commit a rob- bery. Drew was held in default of $6,000 secured bond and commit-: ted to the Women's Correctional Institute. The vehicle owner was not charged. Thieves target three area construction sites Thieves targeted three area con- struction sites from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11. The first incident was reported Nov. 9 concerning a burglary at Blue Point Villas, Rehoboth Beach. Nine Andersen window units and one glass slider were re- moved from the site. The missing windows were last seen at the site on Nov. 5. The loss was estimated at $4,410. The second complaint was received on Nov. 10. Some- one attempted to break into a con- struction trailer located on Phillips Branch Road, Millsboro. Thieves used bolt cutters on the lock securing the trailer but were unable to break the lock. The third complaint was filed on Nov. 11 after someone stole 24 Capital window units and various pieces of lumber from the Fair- field Estates site on Long Neck Road, Millsboro. Loss of the win- dow units was placed at $2,400. Police are asking anyone with information about the thefts to conta6t Troop 7 at 644-5020, or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Broadkill Beach residence burgized State police received a com- Plaint that someone broke into a Broadkill Beach home during the early morning hours of Nov. 12. The thief removed an undisclosed amount of money and car keys from a purse and then fled in the victim's 2000 Toyota Camry. Capozio facing more theft-related charges Delaware State Police on Nov. 11 charged Jacob L. Capozio with 46 theft-related counts related to a seven-week rash of newspaper coin-box thefts. Capozio was ar- rested in August on similar charges. On Aug. 4, he was charged with 82 offenses for al- legedly taking money from news- paper coin boxes. The new charges include 23 counts of mis- demeanor theft and 23 counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief. According to Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, the thefts began Sept. 20 and continued un- til Nov. 9. Police allege Capozio broke locks on newspaper coin- boxes and removed the coins, vic- timizing the Cape Gazette 30 times; News Journal, twice; Delaware State News, four times; and The Washington Post, six tirffes. A private citizen's locks were damaged twice, police said. Police got a lead on Capozio Nov. 9 when a newspaper delivery woman said she saw a man riding his bicycle in Lewes about 12:30 a.m. and again about 3 a.m. at Re- hoboth Mall. The woman said that because it was cold, she sus- pected he was not simply exercis- ing. She also said she had seen Capozio's photograph when he was arrested in August, and said she believed the man on the bicy- cle was the same person. Tim delivery woman followed the bicycle to Route 1, where he went to Wawa. She asked a clerk at the store to phone her if the man purchased anything with coins. The delivery woman parked be- hind the store; and moments later, the clerk called her and told her he had purchased items with quar- ters. The delivery woman con- tacted state police, who ques- tioned Capozio. He was not charged that evening, but police continued to investigate. Police acquired a surveillance video from a local gas station Nov. 11. Police said the tape shows Capozio breaking a lock on a Cape Gazette box and removing change from inside. Capozio was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of bond, pending further court action. Milton police arrest fugitive Milton Police arrested Rudi Perez-Perez, 23, of Georgetown, Nov. 14, for DUI and being a local fugitive. Police were investigat- 'ing a traffic accident in which Perez-Perez was the driver of a 1998 Chevy. Police report that he drove his car into the edge of the water, just missing a boat dock. Police smelled the strong odor of alcohol and conducted a DUI field test, which Perez-Perez reportedly failed. He was arrested for DUI and driving at an unsafe speed and While police checked Perez- Perez's record they learned he was also wanted by J.P. Court,3 for an outstanding capias for resisting arrest. Perez-Perez was arraigned at J.P. Court 3 and then transport- ed to Sussex Correctional Institu- tion on default of secured bond with the case pending. r r ' Ill| FT l-lII7 q"l- .... [EgrlI[lillllllillliilllli|[r t ? I [ .... a |il]{l 1 ;II'lllTII I,[TllllllllllFIillUgllllTlllllllllllTIIIllT"l[ ..... [ ........ l[;UT,l,lrlr :,7  T