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WEEKEND #01, 2016

(Memorial Day Weekend)

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




Less than 24 hours after taking a report of a stolen Kawasaki motorcycle, Rehoboth Beach police had taken three male suspects into custody.

This Kawasaki disappeared from the area of Baltimore Avenue and 2nd Street on Thursday. Lt. William Sullivan says police were able to obtain surveillance video of two suspects pushing the motorcycle north on 2nd Street and were planning to issue a photo news release on Friday. But before police could send the news release, they received a tip around 4 p.m. that a white Toyota long-bed pickup truck with the motorcycle had been spotted westbound on Rehoboth Avenue.

Several officers, including one who was off duty, quickly headed out Coastal Highway. After searching for several minutes, police were able to locate the truck and get the driver to stop in the area of Nassau Road, north of Lewes.

That is where the driver and two other male suspects were arrested. They were taken individually to the Rehoboth Beach police station for interviews. Police were also able to link two of them to an attempt burglary on Scarborough Avenue.

For suspect names and charges, see the WGMD website.


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Several accidents at the shore involved scooters/motorcycles this past weekend

Delaware State Police investigated an accident involving a motor scooter that was reported around 11:50 a.m. Saturday on Shuttle Road near the Rehoboth Holiday Inn Express. MCpl. Gary Fournier, state police spokesman, said the victim is a 53-year-old man from the Washington, D.C. area.

As EMS personnel attempted to treat the scooter rider, he became combative, suggesting a serious head injury. He had not been wearing a helmet when he fell from the scooter, police said. The Delaware State Police helicopter, Trooper 2, landed near the scene to medevac him to Christiana Hospital. But paramedics decided to use a Lewes ambulance to take him to Beebe Hospital where he was stabilized and then later flown to Christiana.

Around 11 p.m. Saturday evening, a motorcyclist was struck and killed on Vines Creek Road just east of Dagsboro. Details are on the WGMD website.

And around 10:40 a.m. Sunday, a 30-year-old male motorcyclist and his 24-year-old female passenger were injured when they collided with three vehicles including a bus on Coastal Highway near the Rehoboth Econo Lodge. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries but the Daily Times is reporting that the motorcyclist has been charged for causing the accident.


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Seven Rehoboth Beach Patrol lifeguard stands mysteriously disappeared on the morning of July 9, 2015. Days later, boaters reported spotting the floating chairs. Eventually each was recovered with the last one, below, coming to shore off the Outer Banks during Labor Day Weekend.

Photo courtesy Matthew Doyle

As for the status of what became a criminal investigation, Lt. William Sullivan said this past week that although police did "interview a group of suspects, we were unable to obtain enough evidence to make an arrest, so at this point the case remains inactive pending further investigative information."

The city starts this season with these nine spare stands in the city maintenance yard.

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A trip into Rehoboth to retrieve a forgotten cell phone cost one woman $150 in towing fees, even though her car was never actually towed.

The driver of this red Mazda said she parked in the Rehoboth Beach Post Office parking lot for "only a few minutes" because she wanted to retrieve her cell phone from the shop where she works, just before 7 p.m. this past Friday.

As she returned, Coastal Towing, which removes vehicles illegally parked in this lot, had her car already hooked. But she jumped inside her car and the tow truck operator called police.

Because she had been hooked, she owed the towing company $150. After several minutes of negotiation overseen by police, the woman handed over the money and she was given a receipt.


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The Little Giant is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey vessel that is currently conducting a periodic project condition survey of Massey's Ditch and the Indian River federal project. This includes the area from inside the inlet to approximately 13 miles up the Delaware River. The crew will also conduct surveys of the Murderkill River and Mispillion River/Cedar Creek. It has already completed Roosevelt Inlet and the Broadkill River.

These surveys are all a part of the USACOE project condition survey program in Delaware, says Steve Farrell of the USACOE surveys section. "It should be noted that this portion of the Indian River project has not been completed in a long time," he added. That is where the crew has been last week.

The boat had been dubbed the "Little Giant" because it is relatively small. The vessel features four different types of surveying capabilities, including sub-bottom surveying which is useful to identify layers of sediment or rock or other objects found beneath the sea floor.

Photo courtesy Chris Gardner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


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Those visiting Rehoboth Beach this summer should find it easier to pay for parking. Bill Maffei, Rehoboth Beach's Technical Services Division supervisor, says visitors will now be able to pay for parking using credit cards in many of the city's metered areas. All Parkeon paystations on Rehoboth Avenue and Grenoble Place will accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

The city's Parkeon paystation installation has been completed with 97 paystations covering Rehoboth Avenue from the canal to the boardwalk. All Reinos have been phased out. Maffei said multiple Parkeon paystations, as seen below, required last-minute software updates on Friday, but otherwise, the holiday weekend got off to a solid start.

In addition, Maffei says Rehoboth has installed 464 single-space meter heads manufactured by IPS Group that also accept credit cards. These meters are on both blocks of Baltimore, Wilmington and Delaware avenues and on First Street between Baltimore and Delaware avenues.

In addition to credit cards, all meters still accept quarters and the Parkmobile app. The rate is unchanged at $2 per hour with hours of operation from 10 a.m. to midnight starting Friday of Memorial Day Weekend. There is a 30-minute minimum payment required for all credit card transactions plus a 50-cent service fee.

Despite the ongoing rebuilding of city hall, the new parking department building to the rear of the city hall construction site is now open. If you have parking questions, stop by or call (302) 227-6184.


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Dewey Beach held its first Town Hall Open House this past Thursday. "What I wanted to do," says Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum, "was to have an open house to welcome people back after a long winter and at the same time we wanted to have an appreciation for Joyce Pool who has worked here for 28 years and I hope will work here for another 28 years." She knows everybody and everybody knows Joyce, he pointed out.

"We wanted to acknowledge the relationship that Joyce has with the community and give everybody an opportunity to come and have lunch and say 'thank you,'" Appelbaum said. "So we thought it would be a good way to kick-off the summer."

She is a godsend to this town, Commissioner Dale Cooke added. "She has worked hard and longer than most people who have owned homes in this town. She always has got a smiling face, always willing to cooperate and always willing to come in early and stay late if necessary."
That is Pool, left, chatting with former Commissioner Anna Legates at Thursday's open house.

Mayor Diane Hanson agrees. "Joyce has been a mainstay at our town hall for 28 years and always is a very friendly face to greet people. She knows everyone's name and their dog's name too. We are glad she is planning to stay but wanted to recognize her for her long-time service to the town."

The party was also a great way to kick-off the summer, Mayor Hanson said, as it gives people an opportunity to greet each other after most have been away for the winter months. "We thank our town manager, Marc Appelbaum, and our town hall staff for putting this fun event together. The sun even came out," she said.

Appelbaum says he hopes to host similar events with more people in the future. "I think we should do an open house similar to this each year," he added. The event was catered by Bethany Blues/The Starboard and Highway One.


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MAN CLINGING TO LIFE AFTER EARLY MORNING ASSAULT IN O.C.--- An early morning assault in north Ocean City has left a man in critical condition. Police were called to 136th Street around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. That is where officers and EMS personnel found the 31-year-old Baltimore County man bleeding from the head in traumatic cardiac arrest. According to police, detectives have learned that the victim and a friend were involved in a physical altercation with four white male suspects before officials arrived. Suspect descriptions are on WGMD.com.


MERR UPDATE: Dolphin death investigated and dead whale sighted--- Experts from the MERR Institute have been tracking the floating remains of a dead pilot whale since Thursday. It was spotted Friday off the Cape Henlopen State Park between the towers. Suzanne Thurman, executive director, says MERR also investigated a dead dolphin found in the area of Gordon's Pond on Friday. MERR celebrates 'World Oceans Day' with a wine and cheese reception at the Children's Beach House on June 5. See the MERR website for info.


GUEST FOUND DEAD IN DEWEY HOTEL ROOM--- Police and EMS crews responded Friday to the Hyatt Place at 1301 Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach around 2:20 p.m. after a female guest was found dead inside a hotel room. Sgt. Clifford Dempsey says the death did not appear to be suspicious but it is being investigated by the medical examiner. He said the woman is a 79 year old from Bethesda.


INTOXICATED MAN FLEES DEWEY BEACH POLICE, CRASHES INTO VEHICLE ON BAY VISTA RD--- A drunk man attempted to flee Dewey Beach police late Friday and crashed minutes later into a parked vehicle on Bay Vista Road after a brief chase. It started around 11:35 p.m. Sgt. Clifford Dempsey says the driver faces numerous felony and misdemeanor traffic charges. No injuries were reported.


REHOBOTH POLICE CATCH SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT WHO TRIED TO BACK OVER STORE MANAGER --- Rehoboth Beach police investigated several shoplifting complaints this holiday weekend, but this was the most significant. Police arrested a 54-year-old woman early Friday evening after a shoplifting incident involving at least two shops, Loungin' Lizzard and Superkind. The suspect allegedly tried to back over a store manager as she sped off. Officers pieced together witness accounts and surveillance video which led them to the suspect's residence near Lewes. That was where police waited until she returned home around 6 p.m. and made the arrest. She was also allegedly driving intoxicated. See the Cape Gazette for more details.

Meanwhile, along Coastal Highway, the state police announced the arrest of three New Yorkers for an organized shoplifting ring on Saturday. Police say the ring stole more than $3000 in merchandize from multiple stores. More info is in this Cape Gazette article.


NEAR DROWNING WITH FLYOUT IN O.C.--- EMS crews responded around 5 p.m. Sunday for a near drowning at Warren's Trailer Park near 51st Street in Ocean City. This was on the bayside at the south end of the park near Seacrets. A state police helicopter landed at Jolly Roger Amusement Park and flew the patient to a trauma center. City officials have not released any details on the patient.


3 BRUSH FIRES IN REHOBOTH BEACH--- Police and firefighters responded to three brush fires in downtown Rehoboth Beach the past few days. The first was in the ocean block of Columbia Avenue on Thursday, then one on Scarborough Avenue Friday night followed by a third in Grove Park on Sunday. All three were quickly and easily extinguished.



Volunteers in the sky: Civil Air Patrol maintains local mission that began before WW II

Recent bomb threats could be part of new "swatting" trend

Robo-threats to schools resume

Delaware State Parks Day, FREE admission to most state parks (June 5)

Ride-share apps: A Delaware beach game-changer?

Where to go to get geared up for Delaware's beaches

Coast explodes with new businesses all around

The Lewes Marina floating docks are closed

Historic homes get makeover in Lewes

Cape Henlopen State Park fishing pier reopens (video)

Cape Henlopen State Park fishing pier reopens

First piping plover hatches anticipated this week

Rehoboth VegFest celebrates sustainable living

The Fresh Market opens its first Delaware store outside Rehoboth on June 8

New York men charged in organized retail crime thefts in Rehoboth area

Vote on Osprey Point development deferred (Rehoboth area)

June 1st kickoff date for Rehoboth Beach valet trash pilot program

Rehoboth Beach Museum postcard exhibition opens

Restaurant week returns to Rehoboth Beach (June 5-10)

Rehoboth board allows Bay Mart project to move forward

"Help wanted" signs go up in Rehoboth

Heading to the beach? Don't miss new bars from Dogfish Head and the Starboard (Washington Post)

Dewey Beach Watersports on WJLA-TV (DC)

Skimboarders coming for South Side Shoot Out (June 4-5)

Cats die in Angola fire (Tuesday)

State police investigate Millsboro area home invasion (Saturday)

Maryland governor signs bill protecting boardwalk arcades

Ocean City's tragic May puts renewed focus on safety ahead of summer season

Ocean City police arrest 9 in human trafficking, prostitution operation

Ocean City police investigate fatal fall from balcony (previous weekend)

Ocean City police continue to investigate fatal collision (previous weekend)

Bay island now restricted for bird nesting (Ocean City)

Teens recovering after incident at Stephen Decatur High School



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