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WEEKEND #04, 2016

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




For more than two hours Friday evening, Dewey Beach and state police attempted to talk an 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy off the roof of this townhouse on Anchor Way. Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, Dewey Beach police spokesman, says the boy had a disagreement with his parents and climbed onto the roof around 6:45 p.m.

According to one witness, at times the boy became agitated and started kicking the gutters. Police became concerned the boy might jump or fall from the fourth story. An ambulance was placed on standby while officers attempted to negotiate with the boy from the second-floor balcony.

The state police called for the conflict management team (CRT) to assist with negotiations. Around 9:15 p.m. the boy came off the roof on his own. He was taken to Beebe Hospital for evaluation.


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For the second time this season, and for the third season in a row, Dewey Beach police have had to call for reinforcements after fights erupted at the Ivy/North Beach complex. The violence quickly escalated when police attempted to intervene after the fight broke out among a group of 10 to 15 people in the Ivy Restaurant parking lot around 1:23 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Police reported that the angry mob quickly increased in size to about 50 or 60 people and became even more hostile with more confrontations. The crowd began to move toward the North Beach Restaurant parking lot at which time several officers became engaged in physical altercations. The officers were outnumbered and made an urgent request for assistance from other police agencies.

Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, police spokesman, says "the aggression shifted towards the Dewey Beach police officers. Numerous individuals began to incite a riot, directing people in the crowd to fight the police. Several officers were taken to the ground by members of the crowd and they were kicked and punched."

The melee lasted for about 10 minutes. Five Rehoboth Beach officers responded along with a state trooper who was working a part-time job in the area. Police were able to arrest these five Delaware residents during the incident: Christopher Harris, 23, of Lincoln, Justin Johnson, 20, of Milford, Raven Bacon, 21, of Ellendale, and Gabrielle Knight, 18, of Milford. All four were committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution. Latre Bonville, 22, of Greenwood, was summonsed and released from the Dewey Beach Police Department. See WGMD.com for the complete list of charges these people face.

One Dewey Beach police officer suffered moderate injuries and three others received minor injuries, police said. All were treated and released by an ambulance crew. Sgt. Dempsey said the light trailers in the Dewey Lions Park had not been activated Saturday evening, but expects them to be operational in coming nights.

He also said police are studying surveillance video from the cameras mounted at the park which shows the violence.


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A 33' 3" juvenile male humpback whale washed to shore north of Bethany Beach at Pelican's Pouch this past Friday. Suzanne Thurman, MERR Institute executive director, reports that the whale had been sighted two days prior floating about 25 miles offshore. "Once the wind changed to northeast on Thursday, I figured it might wash up," she said.

"We were unable to determine the cause of death from our gross exam," she said, "because the whale was very decomposed internally, but it did have a lot of hemorrhaging in the tissue around the head and neck, so may have been hit by a ship." However, the whale had no fractures, she pointed out. It also had been eating heartily and had a full stomach of fish remains. A "very tragic event especially for such a young animal," she added.

This was the second whale incident investigated by MERR so far this year. Thurman said they had a short-finned Pilot whale a couple weeks ago floating in the surf, but it never made landfall. MERR has also responded to two loggerhead turtle death investigations during the past couple weeks, the first of the season.

Paul Andrews who lives in Gull's Nest says officials spent much of Saturday cutting up and burying the humpback whale on the beach. They snapped three lines dragging the whale to the white water tower off Coastal Highway.

Even the Daily Mail.com reported on the whale's death, with this vintage sensationalized headline: Dead humpback whale washes up on Delaware beach with gash in neck.

Photos courtesy Paul Andrews and MERR Institute



Police assisted with cleanup after the window of this white GMC Yukon was busted out to rescue a child who had been locked inside for about 35 minutes. It was reported around 11:20 a.m. last Monday in the ocean block of Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.

"The parents were at the vehicle with the child throughout the entire event," says Lt. Jaime B. Riddle, police spokesman. "The parents were in the process of changing their child's diaper and clothes and inadvertently shut the door to the vehicle which happened to be locked," he added. The keys to the SUV were locked inside. The parents, he pointed out, attempted to get the child to unlock the vehicle from the inside prior to calling 9-1-1, which led to a 15-minute delay before calling for help.

Photo courtesy Sue Laushey


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The yellow flag was flying from the RBP HQ, the beach was packed, Coastal Highway was jammed with traffic and EMS crews were swamped with emergency calls when this 31-year-old man injured his spine off Baltimore Avenue around 1:38 p.m. this past Saturday. He became the first surf injury of the season to require an EMS response in Rehoboth Beach.

The ambulance came from Lewes to take him to Beebe Hospital with a suspected c-spine injury.

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City officials joined city employees and members of the public for a ribbon cutting Wednesday for the city's new parking department offices on Lake Avenue. The new building, to the rear of the city hall construction site, is just part of the city government's rebuild. "This is kind of the appetizer," Mayor Sam Cooper told the audience. "The entrée is coming about a year from now so please standby for that."

Mayor Sam Cooper and City Manager Sharon Lynn holding the scissors were joined by Commissioners Patrick Gossett, Stan Mills, Toni Sharp, Kathy McGuiness and Paul Kuhns at Wednesday's ribbon cutting.

The parking department, as the mayor pointed out, is the "most productive – monetary wise — department in the city so it is only fitting that they have quarters that meet their needs." Enforcement personnel oversee 2173 spaces controlled by individual parking meters or multi-space kiosks throughout the city, probably more than any other agency on Delmarva.

For the first time the parking department personnel will have a building that was built for them and hopefully meets their needs, Mayor Cooper said, noting that when he "first got involved with the city, they were in the far side of city hall in the basement." Here is department supervisor June Embert's new office.

During the season, the parking department has 10 meter enforcement officers, three permit enforcement officers, four permit sales persons and two who staff the booth at Deauville. That is in addition to the two supervisors who staff the office and the meter repair techs who are actually part of another city department.

Mayor Cooper added that he wanted to "thank the voters, the members of this town, the residents and citizens… for approving the bond issue that allowed us to do this because it was sorely needed and, as I said, stay tuned for bigger things to come in a year."


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The much anticipated Dewey Summer Solstice celebrations and parade will feature the Budweiser Clydesdales this Thursday, June 23. The parade begins at the Starboard at 6:30 p.m. For details, see the Dewey Business Partnership website.

Riding in the parade will be 92-year-old Thomas Creekmore, recipient of the French Medal of Honor, who will honor Adm. George Dewey, the town's namesake.

Read more about the Clydesdales history on the Budweiser website and Adm. Dewey (Thomas Creekmore) in the Sussex County Post.

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The first Jolly Trolley Tour of the season is June 23 at 9 a.m. Step on up to a great tour of the downtown area with a stop at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. The tour meets at the Anna Hazzard House at 17 Christian Street.

Rehoboth Beach Historical Society kicks off walking tours--- The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society starts its Walking Tours on June 30 at 9 a.m. at the bandstand. Look for the pink umbrella held by tour guide Jean Brolund. The tour is a 45-minute gentle stroll around downtown.

The art of illustrated playing cards is the topic of Rehoboth Beach Museum program--- On June 23 at 7 p.m. artist Aaron Trotter will share his adventures in creating artwork around the world and turning it into playing cards and postcards. Trotter is a descendent of Ethel P. B. Leach and ceramic artist Amie Sloan. Trotter's work will be on display.

Reservations are required for all programs, including Walking Tours and Jolly Trolley Tours. All programs except tours are held at the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum, 511 Rehoboth Avenue unless otherwise stated. As of Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum's hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, please see the museum website or call (302) 227-7310.

Photo courtesy Rehoboth Beach Historical Society



St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lewes will hold its 50th annual Art Show on Saturday, July 2. The first show was held in 1966 when local artists displayed their works on a clothesline in front of the church. Since then the show has grown in size and popularity attracting artists and artisans from around the mid-Atlantic region and earning a reputation as one of the area's finest outdoor art shows.

This is the St. Peter's Art Show 50th Anniversary commemorative painting by Pamella Bounds-Seemans.

"The art show began as a project of the women of the church, but today it's a major outreach activity for the entire congregation," says Rector Jeffery Ross. "It enables the parish to support local artists and artisans as well as those in need in our area."

Ann Moore, a Lewes native who was baptized at St. Peter's, has been helping with the show since its very early days. Like many of those who were around at the beginning, she marvels at how the show has endured. "It was something that local people did – now people come from all over the area," she said.

From the show's beginnings, organizers have made nurturing their relationship with exhibitors a high priority. "I thought I should be there to greet them in the morning and stay until everybody left," remembered Ruth Macintire of Lewes, who worked on the show for many years.

Larry Edwards, a Lewes crafter of fine and exotic hardwoods, echoed the praise of many in an e-mail after last year's show: "I've been a part of many [shows], but none can match your preplanning, organization, or level of genuine help through the whole process."

John and Sue Schroeder, above, have donated this original watercolor painted by his late father, famed local artist Howard Schroeder, that will be raffled off at the art show. The Schroeders presented the painting to St. Peter's rector, the Rev. Jeffrey Ross. This colorful depiction of fishing boats dates from about 1950 and is valued at $2,000. Raffle tickets cost $15 each or two for $25 and may be purchased at the church office at 211 Mulberry St. or on the day of the show.

Hours for this year's show on July 2 are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at St. Peter's Square in downtown Lewes. Admission is free; luncheon is available at nominal cost. Go to www.stpeterslewes.org or call 302-645-8479 for information.

Photos courtesy St. Peter's Episcopal Church



WOMAN MUGGED AND THROWN FROM MOVING CAR IN REHOBOTH BEACH--- Police are searching for two suspects who robbed a Rehoboth Beach woman of her purse and threw her from their moving car as they fled the 300 block of State Road late Saturday night. Around 10:40 p.m., Rehoboth Beach police responded to the area of State Road and Hickman Street for a report of a strong-armed robbery during which the 26-year-old female victim had been struck by a vehicle, police said.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers learned that the victim had been approached by a black male suspect while walking south on State Road in the area of Hickman Street. The suspect grabbed her purse and after a brief struggle was able to take it from her and flee to a silver Toyota Camry driven by a white female. As the car stopped in the southbound lane of State Road to pick up the male suspect, the victim, in an attempt to stop the suspects, reached into the car in an effort to shut off the ignition and take the keys, police said. But the driver sped off causing the victim to be thrown to the roadway. She sustained multiple scrapes to her shoulder blades, elbow, ankle and hand. The victim's purse contained her driver's license, cash, credit and debit cards.

The black male suspect is described as having an average build with short hair in his mid-30's to early 40's about 5'11" to 6'1" tall. He was reportedly wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a pocket on the front and pants (not shorts). The white female suspect is described as having an average build with long brown hair in her mid-20's to early 30's. The height of the driver and her clothing description is unknown as she was seated in the driver's seat of the car during the incident. She was driving the silver Toyota Camry which had a white paper temporary registration from an unknown state. The car was last seen by witnesses northbound on Coastal Highway near the Kmart, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact Detective Tyler Whitman at (302) 524-1391 or message the Rehoboth Beach Police Department on Facebook. Those with information can also submit a tip through Delaware Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-847-3333 or online at http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.


O.C. POLICE INVESTIGATE TEEN'S DEATH--- Police in Ocean City were called to the Jocelyn Manor Condos at 207 8th Street just before 11 a.m. Friday for an 18-year-old male in cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Ocean City police have yet to release any info or confirm this death investigation.


MAN FALLS FROM BIKE, FLOWN TO HOSPITAL--- A 22-year-old man was thrown over the handlebars of his bicycle striking his head on the concrete. It happened just before 10 a.m. last Monday on Kent Avenue in the Bethany area. When flown to the hospital he was conscious but combative because of the head injury.


REHOBOTH, LEWES FIRE COMPANIES BATTLE TRAILER FIRE--- A house trailer fire was reported just after 8 p.m. on Thursday in the Love Creek Mobile Home Park on Clematis Street. Photos are on the RB VFC website.



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Rehoboth Beach man charged with felony DUI (4th offense)

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Police investigate thefts from vehicles in Angola area

Problems with off-road vehicles and ATVs in Long Neck Road area

Loud party complaint leads to multiple felony arrests (Bay City MHP, previous Sunday)

Ocean City is accepted into the Maryland Green Registry

Mayor Meehan promotes OC on media tour of Baltimore

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LGBT activists enraged over beach patrol bathroom e-mail (Fox News)

Beach patrol head faces sanctions over locker room e-mail (Fox News)

O.C. Beach Patrol captain under fire (Balto Sun)

Insensitivity and loss of perspective (OC Today commentary)

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