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Newark – Sometime between 8:00 and 9:00 last evening, July 10, 2018, a 14-year-old girl, playing with her siblings in Foulk Park, went missing and was later found unconscious by a couple walking on a trail.

Newark Police and an ambulance from Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder responded to the scene. It’s believed that the girl fainted and hit her head when she fell. She was transported to the hospital for minor abrasions to her head.


Seaford – Delaware State Police responded to a crash involving an overturned dump truck Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at approximately 6:46 a.m., on Concord Road (Rt. 20) in the area of Pepper Road.

The dump truck lost its load which had sand all over the roadway. Concord Pond Road in the area of Pepper road is closed at this time.


Eric B. Whitman

Ellendale– The Delaware State Police have arrested a Georgetown man in connection with a residential burglary, according to police.

Officials said the incident occurred sometime between June 18, 2018, and July 3, 2018, at a residence located on the 14000 block of Beaver Dam Road. The 40-year-old male victim reported that he was on vacation, and when he returned to his residence he noticed that property had been missing and a window was unsecured. Further investigation revealed that a jar containing an undisclosed amount of money, approximately 50 crab traps, and scrap metal was taken.

Through investigative measures, Troopers were able to identify 29-year-old Eric B. Whitman as the suspect. It was discovered that Whitman had taken the stolen metal to a scrap yard, signed the receipt indicating he was the owner, and received a cash payment, according to police.

On Saturday, July 7, 2018, Whitman was arrested and charged with Burglary Second Degree Dwelling, Theft $1500 or Greater, Selling Stolen Property Value Over $1500, Theft Under $1500, Theft By False Pretense Under $1500, and Falsifying Business Records. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $17,000.00 secured bond.


Sye C. Newton

Bear- The Delaware State Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the above suspect who is wanted in connection with two attempted burglaries.

Officials said the attempted burglary incidents occurred on June 7, 2018, and June 8, 2018, which were reported to have occurred at the Michael Gallagher Jewelers Inc., located at 102 Fox Hunt Drive, Fox Run Shopping Center, Bear. Through investigative measures, the suspect has been identified as 32-year-old, Sye C. Newton, of Bear, Delaware, according to police. Newton is currently wanted for two counts of Attempted Burglary 3rd degree, two counts of Conspiracy and three counts of Criminal Mischief. In addition, he also has two current active $5000 cash only New Castle County Superior Court capiases for Violation of Probation.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Sye Newton they are asked to please contact Detective R. Strecker Delaware State Police Troop #2 CIU – Property Crimes Office at (302) 365-8413.


Wilmington – Yesterday morning, July 10, 2018, at approximately 10:55, Wilmington Officers responded to a residence in the 1200 Blk. Lobdell Street regarding a domestic-related incident. Upon arrival, officers reported that a male subject exited the window of the residence and fled onto the roof.

After several hours he surrendered to police without additional incident. He was then transported to Wilmington Hospital as a precaution for evaluation. Additional information regarding the subject arrested and pending charges will be forthcoming, according to police.


Regional News

Ocean City, Md. – The Ocean City Police Criminal Investigation Division’s Narcotics & Vice Unit recently completed multiple drug enforcement buy-bust operations during the month of June in downtown Ocean City. These undercover operations ultimately led to 31 total arrests, including 18 felonies.

During the course of these operations, 17 individuals were arrested for the distribution of controlled dangerous substance or conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Undercover officers seized marijuana, cocaine, and prescription pills from these individuals. An additional 11 individuals were arrested for possession of a fake controlled dangerous substance.

Ocean City, Md. – (The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Criminal Investigation Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently completed multiple plain-clothes operations in partnership with the OCPD Patrol Division. These operations focused on addressing crime at and around Ocean City’s most populated area – the Boardwalk.

During the plain-clothes operations, detectives were focused on addressing peace and good order crimes, such as disorderly conduct, ordinance violations, and property crimes. Additionally, detectives focused their efforts to reduce the incidents related to robberies in the downtown area. As a result of the operations, a total of 61 arrests were made, four citations issued, and six handguns and other weapons were seized.

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