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WEEKEND #3, 2019

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




Rehoboth Beach police are investigating an accident where a man drove this rented motor scooter into the Volkswagen Passat while riding with a 9-year-old passenger. He fled on foot and left the boy behind with an injured ankle. It happened around 3:15 p.m. this past Saturday in the ocean block of Maryland Avenue.

Police say the driver of the Volkswagen Passat was turning left into a parking spot when he was struck by the motor scooter driver who attempted to pass him on the left side of the roadway. They were both headed toward the boardwalk.

Police have identified the driver of the motor scooter as Akeem L. Harris and have obtained warrants for charges that include second-degree reckless endangering, leaving the scene of a collision, failure to report a collision, unsafe passing on the left, driving while suspended and permitting a passenger under 16 to ride upon a moped without a helmet.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Harris is asked to please contact Cpl. Mark Sweet at (302) 227-2577 or submit a tip through Delaware Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-847-3333 or online or on the RBPD website.


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Bystanders and bouncers watch but police say nobody called for help!

Dewey's Northbeach is in the news again after this video of a brawl went viral on Facebook this past week. The video -- supposedly shot the previous weekend -- shows customers along with bouncers observing the scuffle that followed a performance by DJ Scooter. They do not intervene or call for police.

This melee brought back memories of previous years when Northbeach faced similar problems. Attempts to reach Alex Pires, owner of Highway One which owns Northbeach, were unsuccessful this past weekend. However, Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, Dewey Beach police spokesman, confirms that police were not aware of the brawl. As a result of this incident, he said the police have been coordinating a plan with Highway One to make certain this does not happen again. This includes increased police presence and security staff working closely with police to prevent this from happening again.



The Delaware State Police has charged both the driver of this Chevy Blazer and the pedestrian he collided with last Monday night on Coastal Highway.

MCpl. Melissa Jaffe, state police spokeswoman, says troopers have charged the 20-year-old Milton man driving the Blazer with driving while suspended and no proof of insurance.

The pedestrian, a 47-year-old Millsboro man, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries to his lower body. He was issued citations for being drunk on the highway, failure to carry a light on a public roadway, and pedestrian crossing any place except marked crosswalk, MCpl. Jaffe said.

The accident happened around 10:25 p.m. when the 1998 Chevy Blazer was headed north on Coastal Highway in the far left turn lane to John J. Williams Highway, outside Rehoboth, she said. The pedestrian had been walking east across Coastal Highway and was not in the area of the intersection and was struck when he stepped in front of the Blazer.


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Six candidates have filed to run for the two Rehoboth Beach commissioner seats that are being vacated by Commissioners Stan Mills and Toni Sharp.

See Chris Flood's Cape Gazette article for details. WGMD will have coverage as campaign season gets underway.

To be eligible to vote on August 10, you must register on or before July 11, 2019. See the city website for info.



It's been a busy week for MERR Institute volunteers. Suzanne Thurman, executive director, says her organization has investigated the deaths of four bottlenose dolphins and two loggerhead sea turtles last week.

This is one of the loggerheads which was discovered early Sunday in Dewey's surf by Tony Crivella of Dewey Beach Beautification & Raking.

Thurman said this loggerhead appeared to be the victim of a propeller strike. Lifeguards later brought it to the sand dune and buried it after MERR finished its analysis.

The other loggerhead came to shore at Cape Henlopen. But no word yet on a cause of death.

A third dead sea turtle, this one a leatherback, came ashore in Broadkill late Sunday afternoon.

Photos courtesy Tony Crivella of Dewey Beach Beautification & Raking and Dewey Beach Patrol


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A 29-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman are lucky to have survived this trailer fire which was reported around noon last Tuesday in the Sea Air Village mobile home park outside Rehoboth. They were both taken to Beebe Hospital after neighbors called for help and came to assist.

Smoke was visible from Coastal Highway. Investigators said that a candle apparently started the fire.

The injured man was later taken to a burn center for further treatment and was last reported in stable condition. The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries. More details are in the Cape Gazette and photos are on the RB VFC website.



Two teens were seriously injured in a stabbing early Sunday during a fight in downtown Ocean City, police said. The incident was reported around 12:26 a.m. on Caroline Street and the boardwalk.

One victim, a 15-year-old boy, was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by ambulance. The second victim, a 17-year-old boy, was flown to Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. Both victims sustained serious injuries but are in stable condition.

Police have released this image of the suspect described as a light-skinned black male wearing a dark colored T-shirt, torn knee-length denim shorts and white tennis shoes. The suspect, and at least one accomplice, fled the scene and have not been located by police.

Anybody who can help identify the suspect is asked to contact police. Contact info and more details are on the OCPD website.

Photos courtesy Ocean City Police Dept.


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The first of 12 bicycle safety checkpoints in the Rehoboth-Lewes area was held this past Thursday at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior. The checkpoints will continue through August 1. Although they frequently focus on exchange students, all bicyclists are welcome.

Check WGMD.com for the dates and locations of the future safety checkpoints.



The 4th Annual Beach Goes Red, White & Blue was a big hit this past Saturday with both children and adults. The event was a tribute to the Delaware USO, Delaware's first responders, the military and all who serve! Among those attending were bomb techs from the state police and military along with their robots.

Rehoboth Beach police handed out goodies to children and answered questions.

Several state and municipal police agencies were represented. Here's former Rehoboth Beach seasonal officer Brandon Smith who is now a patrolman in Laurel, Delaware with his Dodge Charger!

The event was produced by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce to honor those who serve while helping bring visitors to town during a typically slow weekend.



Pastel artist Jerry Strum opened his first solo exhibition in Rehoboth this past weekend at Gallery 50. This show is a collection of his impressionistic landscapes.

"My work reflects my daily interest in passion about where we live, about the interaction of the ocean and the sky and looking toward horizons, the potential of horizons, and possibly the reflections of horizons. So [it is] where are we going and where have we been," he stated.

Strum has worked in watercolors and acrylic, and studied printmaking at the University of Delaware but pastels are his passion. "Once I found pastel, I was really hooked," he said. He called his work a tribute to Nick Serratore, a local artist who is nationally known.

Strum said he had taken a class from Serratore. "I found the process similar to creating prints, so that's what hooked me," he observed. What he likes most about pastels is the intensity, the immediacy and he likes the fact that he uses his hands to create the image, not a brush or a tool, but his hands!

His work is so reasonably priced that many pieces sold at the opening reception. Shown are his "Flowing" and "Thompson Island."

Strum's pastels will be on display at Gallery 50 through June 27.



Jerry Sipes spotted these four wild turkeys on Gills Neck Road in Lewes.

Photos courtesy Jerry Sipes



SMOKING ELECTRICAL PANEL EMPTIES O.C. STOWAWAY GRAND--- The Ocean City Stowaway Grand Hotel on 21st Street was evacuated after an electrical panel caught fire around 1:30 a.m. this past Thursday, knocking out power to several floors and elevators. By 3:15 a.m., occupants were allowed back but not those who were staying on the 6th, 7th or 8th floors because the power still had not been restored.


REHOBOTH POLICE ARREST BOARDWALK STABBING SUSPECT--- Rehoboth Beach police announced an arrest this past Wednesday for the stabbing that happened the previous weekend near Wilmington Avenue. See WGMD.com for details.



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New clean water bill receives support in inland bays

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WBOC's Milton office to expand in Milton

Milton votes to light up Rails to Trails Phase II

Lewes Kiosk dedicated to Tom Draper

Menhaden mural project in Lewes

Menhaden mural and Otis Smith plaque unveiled in Lewes

Lewes addresses speeding concerns on Atlantic Drive

Cape Henlopen graduation 2019

Miss Delaware competition to take place in Lewes on June 15

It's official: Phase 2 of Lewes-to-Georgetown Trail opens

Jill Biden on the Campaign of a Lifetime (mentions North Shores home)

Henlopen Acres to set maintenance standards

New stop signs installed at Henlopen Avenue and Easton Street in Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth canal dock could be ready by next summer

Delaware playwright to premiere 'Rehoboth'

Law enforcement torch run comes to Rehoboth Beach Bandstand this coming Wednesday

Rehoboth High alumni hold final homecoming

Rehoboth Beach is most likely to make a DUI arrest

Dewey Beach takes second place with 93 DUI arrests over that three-year period

Dewey Beach-bound travelers recount harrowing attack ending with car plummeting off road

Beach replenishment completed as Lighthouse Cove in Dewey development advances

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Dewey commissioner disappointed with town management

Inland bays' terrapins: Where are the signs?

Long Neck car chase ends in major drug bust

Two teens seriously injured in early morning crash in Millsboro (last Tuesday)

Downtown demolition marks first phase in Millsboro town hall/police headquarters swap

Sassafras Landing boat ramp temporarily closed

Classic car and truck show set in Selbyville June 15

Play It Safe Campaign kicks off 30th year in Ocean City

Great white shark detected near Ocean City

O.C. Council approves ban on bike, scooter share operations

O.C. Council hears parking task force review

Global sailing trip ends in O.C., sparks new charter business

Maryland officials discuss O.C. Inlet's future with more permanent shoaling solution sought

More questions raised over West O.C. bike path design

West O.C.'s Golf Course Road gets another stop sign

Worcester County commissioners approve property, income tax increases



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