WEEKEND #02, 2023
June 5, 2023
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
ANOTHER BIKE CHASE IN DOWNTOWN REHOBOTH BEACH!
For the second time in less than two weeks, a bicyclist refused to stop for a Rehoboth Beach police officer and got arrested.
This most recent incident happened around 9:25 p.m. last Thursday after this bicyclist blew through the stop light at 1st Street and Rehoboth Avenue.
The man led police on a wild bike chase lasting about two and a half minutes ending here in the first block of Sussex Street where he dumped his bike and violently confronted police. The struggle lasted for several minutes with him thrashing and kicking and repeatedly screaming "My sister's a lawyer," among other comments.
Eventually, officers were able to subdue the bicyclist and drag him into a police car where he started pounding the insides of the car as if he were about to bust out. He eventually stopped kicking and started singing periodically as the officer drove him to the police station.
He claimed injury and was taken briefly to the hospital for an evaluation and then back to the police station.
Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman, says the man has been charged with offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, failure to stop at a red light, failure to stop at a stop sign, bicycling the wrong way on a one-way street (twice) and riding a bicycle on a sidewalk.
The previous incident was a week earlier on Thursday, May 25, around 2 p.m., when a bicyclist fled a bike officer on Rehoboth Avenue near the traffic circle. That man had a warrant out for his arrest and was captured on Rehoboth Avenue-Extended.
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DELIVERY TRUCK TOPPLES FIRE HYDRANT
A tractor-trailer making deliveries last Thursday in Rehoboth Beach sheered this hydrant off at the base. It happened here on the corner of 2nd Street and Wilmington Avenue around 10 a.m.
Fortunately, it wasn't gushing out water, but the dislodged hydrant was supposedly wedged between the truck's tires before they got it removed.
Amazingly, it only took the city's water department less than 45 minutes to make the repairs! Kevin Williams, public works director, noted that the trucking company will be billed for the repairs.
Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman, says the driver was cited for driving over the curb/sidewalk.
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ANOTHER CRASH ON COASTAL HIGHWAY AT CAVE NECK ROAD
Delaware troopers are once again investigating another crash on Coastal Highway at Cave Neck Road, which is between Lewes and Milton.
Around 4:20 p.m. on Thursday, police say a Mitsubishi Galant was headed north on Coastal Highway and attempted to turn left here onto Cave Neck Road.
As the Mitsubishi attempted to cross the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway, Sr. Cpl. Jason Hatchell, state police spokesman, says it struck the driver's side of a Toyota Tacoma in the southbound lanes. No injuries were reported and the roadway was restricted to one lane for about an hour.
This is similar to the crash that happened here almost exactly a week ago.
Fortunately, the injuries were non-life-threatening.
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NEW NO-LOITERING SIGNS - A SUCCESS SO FAR IN DEWEY
In past seasons, Dewey Beach police have had chronic problems with people hanging out in this lot engaged in suspicious activity during the early morning hours. It's on the corner of Coastal Highway and Dagsworthy Street.
This summer, Lt. Clifford Dempsey, police spokesman, says the town has been working closely with the management of the shopping center and they have erected seven of these NO LOITERING signs. The problem in the past has been that they would sit here in their cars while most of the shops were closed and they would rarely actually patronize the business that remained open.
But all that has changed with these signs, says Lt. Dempsey.
This has allowed the police to challenge people parked in the lot engaged in suspicious activity at odd hours. Memorial Day Weekend was the first test, and so far, it has been successful, he said.
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MYSTERY SMOKE OVER DELMARVA
This past Wednesday, these grayish smoke clouds blew over the Cape Henlopen State Park. It looked almost as if somebody had just doused a brush fire and steam was mixing with the darker smoke.
The weather experts from CBS Philly tell us it was a combination of smoke from a fire in New Jersey's Bass River State Forest as well as a smoke plume from a wildfire burning in Nova Scotia, Canada.
ROUGH SEAS ARE ALREADY CHIPPING AWAY AT NEW BEACH!
The rough ocean this past weekend, especially at high tide, has been chopping away at the newly replenished beach in Rehoboth. This is the Little Deauville RBP stand on Saturday night.
It's been cool and blustery for the past few days. The red flag flew over RBP headquarters through around noon on Sunday. Then guards allowed people in the water up to their waist when RBP changed to the yellow flag.
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MURRAY ARCHIBALD OPENS MASK HYSTERIA AT CAMPREHOBOTH
Murray Archibald opened his latest exhibition, Mask Hysteria, New Works by Murray Archibald, this past Saturday at CAMP Rehoboth. His smaller works have pandemic-related themes as he painted them during 2020-2021. These were experiments for technique before he went on to the show's larger pieces, but they also reflect what was happening in our world at the time, such as George Floyd, or facing simple hygiene challenges at the grocery store, he points out. They are displayed in CAMP's community center.
The larger paintings are on display up front. "I've been working more toward trying to get bigger and bigger and bigger with certain looks which changes the whole technique of paintings," Archibald said.
All of the pieces in his show are acrylic gouache, some are on wood and others, mostly the larger ones, are painted on canvas. He also has several under glass that are painted on illustration board which is fragile like paper.
Archibald says he was excited to have been chosen by the Biggs Museum in Dover for his piece in defense of the drag queens. That's the painting behind him that is currently on display in this exhibition.
This show will be on display through June 30 at CAMP Rehoboth.
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MERR UPDATES--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says her organization investigated six dead sea turtles this past week. Four were loggerheads and two were Kemps Ridley's. One loggerhead had been tagged on Jekyll Island, Georgia while nesting. Three of the turtles had evidence of boat propeller injuries, one of a boat strike, one of a dredge and the other's cause of death was unknown, she said. There is no new info on the previous week's dead dolphin investigations.
DEADLINE TODAY: 3 FILE FOR 2 R.B. COMMISSIONER SEATS, MAYOR STILL UNOPPOSED--- As of Friday, incumbent Commissioners Patrick Gossett and Jay Lagree and first-time candidate Don Preston have filed to run for the two commissioner seats up for grabs this summer. So far, Mayor Stan Mills remains unchallenged. The deadline is today at 4:30 p.m. Read more in the Cape Gazette.
VOLVO STOLEN FROM SUSSEX STREET?--- Rehoboth Beach police took a report Saturday morning that a black Volvo XC40 had disappeared overnight from a driveway on Sussex Street. It was later located in Seaford. No word yet from the police concerning the circumstances.
TODDLER FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER AFTER FALL IN HOTEL SHOWER--- A 2-year-old girl was flown to a trauma center after she reportedly fell while in the shower at the Residence Inn by Marriott-Rehoboth Beach on John J. Williams Highway around 2:45 p.m. on Sunday. She was conscious but suffered a suspected head injury.
SHOTS FIRED NEAR PARADISE GRILL--- Delaware State Police are investigating a shots-fired incident on the roadway that leads to Paradise Grill that happened around 11 p.m. this past Friday. No injuries were reported. Police say a fight started in the bar but once the bouncers removed the troublemakers, the shots were fired shortly afterward. More info is on the DSP blog.
ARMED ROBBERY IN O.C.--- Police are looking for three young guys who were involved in an armed robbery around 3:25 p.m. this past Saturday in the area of 133rd Street and Constitutional Avenue in Montego Bay. They fled in a beige SUV that was possibly missing a front passenger-side fender. More info is on WGMD.com.
BOY INJURED AT O.C. SKATEBOARD PARK, FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER--- A 15-year-old boy was briefly unconscious after he fell while skating at the Ocean City skateboard park at 300 Saint Louis Avenue around 12:20 p.m. last Tuesday. He was wearing a helmet but medics were concerned he suffered a head injury. So he was flown to a trauma center from the Coast Guard station.
MAN FOUND DEAD IN NORTH O.C. LOT--- A man was found unresponsive in an auto around 11 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the strip shopping center on Coastal Highway between Jamestown Road and Newport Bay Drive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No word yet on the cause of death.
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