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West Rehoboth – The Delaware State Police are investigating an attempted robbery of a bicyclist that occurred over night near West Rehoboth, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.

Fournier said the incident was reported to troopers Thursday June 29, 2017, around 11:00 a.m. but occurred sometime around 12:45 a.m. when a 21-year-old female was riding her bicycle southbound on the service road adjacent to Coastal Highway near the Secured Self Storage.

A male subject approached her from the right side and pushed her of her bike causing her to fall into some grass, said Fournier. Once down, the suspect attempted to remove her backpack, but she resisted and was possibly scared off by a passing northbound motor vehicle.  The suspect was unsuccessful in obtaining any of the victim’s belongings and was observed entering a vehicle that may have fled southbound into Rehoboth.  The victim was not reported to be injured in this incident.

The suspect was described as a black male, 5’08”-5’10” tall.  No further physical or clothing description available.  No description given of the vehicle.


Johnny A. Cohen Jr.

Rehoboth – State Police are requesting assistance in locating Johnny A. Cohen Jr., 31 of Rehoboth, who is wanted for Burglary 2nd, two counts of Terroristic Threatening, and Criminal Mischief. He is also wanted on three capiases out of Sussex County courts.

Cohen is wanted in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Monday May 22, 2017 around 4:25 p.m. when he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s residence and threatened to do harm to her and her house. (Posted 6/28/2017)


Millsboro – A 72-year-old bicyclist involved in crash with a tractor-trailer on June 15, 2017 has died as a result of his injuries.

Kenneth Tull of Delmar, Maryland died Wednesday June 28, 2017 at Christiana Hospital.

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Millsoboro – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a serious crash involving a bicyclist this afternoon west of Millsboro, according to Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz.

Bratz said the incident occurred around 2:58 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 as a 1999 Freightliner tractor, pulling a 2009 Wade trailer, operated by Chester Littleton, 65 of Frankford, was traveling westbound on Laurel Road (SR 24), approaching the intersection at Carey’s Camp Road (CR 421).

At the same time Kenneth Tull, 72 of Delmar, Maryland was riding a road bicycle southbound on Carey’s Camp Road approaching the intersection at Laurel Road, according to Bratz. Laurel Road is a throughway and traffic on Carey’s Camp Road is controlled by a posted stop sign, said Bratz.

The bicyclist failed to stop and yield and attempted to cross Laurel Road and the operator of the tractor trailer activated the brakes and swerved left, however the front right struck the left side of the bicycle in the middle of the intersection and then skidded to a stop, according to Bratz. Tull was thrown in a westbound direction and came to rest in the roadway west of the intersection.

Kenneth Tull, who was wearing a bicycle helmet, was airlifted from the scene by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit and transported to the Christiana Medical Center where he is currently admitted in critical condition.

Chester Littleton, who was wearing his seat-belt was not injured in the collision, according to Bratz. Impairment is not a factor in this collision.

Both, Laurel Road and Carey’s Camp Road, were closed in the area of the crash for approximately 2 ½ hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. If anyone may have witnessed this crash, they are asked to contact Corporal N. Demalto of the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-703-3267.


Bridgeville – The Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash that occurred early Wednesday evening south of Bridgeville, according to Fournier.

Fournier said the incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday June 28, 2017 as Brandon L. Palmer, 18 of Bridgeville, was operating a 2006 Pontiac G6 southbound on Conrail Road south of Cannon Road. For unknown reasons, the G6 drove off the west side of the roadway and struck the train tracks before overturning and coming to a stop on the railway, said Fournier.

Brandon Palmer was removed from the scene and airlifted by Delaware State Police Aviation to A.I. DuPont Hospital where he is admitted with undetermined injuries. It is unknown if Palmer was properly restrained.

A 21-year-old male passenger was properly restrained and did not report any injuries.

Conrail Road was closed between Cannon Road and Hearns Pond Road for approximately one hour while the crash was investigated and cleared.


Dover – Delaware State Police are currently investigating the armed robbery of a subject which occurred in the parking lot of a South Dover area shopping plaza Wednesday afternoon, according to Fournier.

Fournier said the initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at approximately 4:30 p.m., as a male victim was preparing to remove laundry from his vehicle while parked in front of the North Gate Laundromat, located at 1140 South Bay Road. It was at this time that the victim was approached by two male suspects. One of the suspects held his hand at the top of his pants implying that he had a gun and demanded the victim’s property, said Fournier. The two suspects then went into the victim’s car and removed his cell phone, some keys, and an electronic device before running back to a passenger car parked on South Bay Road (US113) near Lafferty Lane where another suspect was waiting in the driver’s seat and drove off, according to Fournier. The victim was not injured.

The first suspect was described as a black male, 25-30 years old, 5’08”- 5’10” tall, 140-145 lbs., and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants. Possibly armed with an unknown type handgun.

The second suspect was described as a black male, 20-25 years old, 5’07”-5’08” tall, 135-140 lbs., and was last seen wearing a red tank top. Unknown if he was armed.

The third suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 30-35 years of age, 6’00”-6’01” tall, 230-240 lbs., last seen wearing an orange shirt. He was seen operating a newer model Mercury or Lincoln passenger vehicle with possible New Jersey registration.

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