WEEKEND #08, 2023

(Mid-Season Report)

July 17, 2023

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Rehoboth Beach police found an SUV stuck on the beach in the area of Prospect Street just before 5:30 a.m. last Wednesday.

Photo courtesy Tony Crivella, Dewey Beach Preservation & Raking 94

Coastal towing was called to remove the vehicle, says Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman. It is illegal per city ordinance to drive a vehicle on the beach within city limits, he pointed out.

The driver was cited for:

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A tradition that follows lifeguard championship continues

Photos courtesy Tony Crivella, Dewey Beach Preservation & Raking 94

Both Lt. Clifford Dempsey, Dewey Beach police spokesman, and Dewey Beach Patrol Capt. Todd Fritchman say they do not have any suspects but the mischief involving the DBP chairs discovered last Thursday morning was likely related to the United States Lifesaving Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship lifeguard competition the previous day. Here's WMDT's report on that event.

Two DBP stands were thrown into the surf and a third was found on the beach concession shack. In addition, new dune fence posts were inserted into a basketball hoop. Also, two DBP safety signs were stolen from the rear of the stands, Capt. Fritchman added.

These pranks have been common following the lifeguard competition which brings lifeguards from Virginia through New York to Rehoboth for the annual event.

Last season, the lifeguard stand near Dewey Beach Patrol headquarters on Dagsworthy Street disappeared and the makeshift lighting for the beach access there had been dismantled and strewn across the beach. The following day, two stands were missing from Henlopen Acres, one of which was found buried, and another disappeared from North Shores.

Probably the best known of these pranks was when seven Rehoboth Beach Patrol stands were floated into the ocean after the July 8, 2015 competition. The last of the seven was recovered in the Outer Banks at Salvo, NC on Labor Day Weekend. Rehoboth Beach police did interview a group of suspects but were unable to obtain enough evidence to make an arrest in that case.

Photo courtesy Matthew Doyle

Capt. Fritchman said this USLA competition may be moving elsewhere next summer. Perhaps that could help put an end to this problem.


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The Ocean City Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying these suspects in an animal cruelty case that occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday, July 1, 2023.

Surveillance video captured the five males stopped at a residence in the 10 block of 77th Street around 2:47 a.m. That video at the residence shows them trespassing when they entered the privately fenced-in Koi fish pond area. The suspects removed several fish from the pond, tossing the fish around, chasing each other, and using a shovel in the pond, along with several other acts. One of the fish that was removed from the pond did not survive.

The guys also appear to be photographing and/or filming this incident, police point out.

The five suspects involved in this incident are described as the following:

MALE #1: white male, approximately 18-25 years old, short-cut light brown hair, wearing a black t-shirt with yellow writing on the front, dark blue shorts, and carrying a shovel.

MALE #2: white male, approximately 18-25 years old, wearing a black ball cap, a gray t-shirt, gray shorts, and white Crocs.

MALE #3: Hispanic male, approximately 18-25 years old, black hair, wearing a white t-shirt, and black shorts.

MALE #4: Hispanic male, approximately 18-25 years old, with brown hair, wearing a white t-shirt, black shorts, and gray sneakers.

MALE #5: Hispanic male, approximately 18-25 years old, with black hair, wearing a black t-shirt, gray pants, and carrying a beach chair.

"The video is considered graphic and does show the individuals harming the fish. The Ocean City Police Department takes this matter seriously and is exhausting all of our efforts to bring the owners some closure and justice," states the O.C.P.D. news release.

If you can identify any of the suspects in the video, please contact PFC E. Rhode at 410-723-6610. Anonymous tips may be left by calling 410-520-5136 or submitting a tip online. Please reference case number 2023-00-2813.

Image courtesy O.C.P.D.


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Multiple agencies responded after a man reportedly jumped from the Indian River Inlet bridge around 10:30 a.m. last Monday. A passing boater rescued the man, but he jumped off the boat here near the North Shore Marina fuel dock.

Multiple fire companies, Sussex County EMS, DNREC and the Coast Guard joined the search using boats, divers and a helicopter. He was pronounced dead at the scene when his body was recovered around noon.

Photo courtesy Rehoboth Beach VFC



"This website told me where to look for the International Space Station," says Richard Tananis, and "Sure enough, at the appropriate time in the appropriate place... A light moved across the sky [and] was visible over Dewey Beach and moved north until it was due east of me and then disappeared. Predicted path and time visible [3 minutes] were both spot on."

To get that shot last Monday, he used an RF 800 m.m. F/11 with a 1.4 x tele-extender giving a focal length of 1120 m.m.

Photo courtesy Richard Tananis


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Local muralist Mike Johnson has just completed his first work in the city limits of Rehoboth Beach. His mural has been catching people's attention as they pass by the renovated building on the corner of Columbia Avenue and Sussex Street that was once the Printz Motel.

"While this mural for The Sussex Pines is my first in downtown Rehoboth Beach," Johnson says. "A goal of mine is to turn Rehoboth and the surrounding area into a hub for artistic expression and capture the unique beach culture and natural beauty of the state parks," he explains.

While he does specialize in large-scale murals, Johnson also found a niche in illustrating apparel design and designing logos and branding for companies. He enjoys painting out in one of the many state parks or on a beach in his spare time.

Johnson has painted murals for Thompson Island, Surf Bagel Midway, Ocean View Brewery, Gary's Beach Bar, DE Turf Sports Complex, Surf Shanty Motel, below, as well as some private home walls.

Johnson explains how one of his mural projects starts on his website and he has more examples of his work on Instagram. He would be enthusiastic to entertain your next art project!

Photos courtesy Mike Johnson


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Rehoboth artist Rodney Cook's latest show, New Work 2023, will open this coming Thursday with a reception set for Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Back Porch Café. This is his 27th consecutive show here in town.

This season he continues to celebrate Dolle's, the Rehoboth icon. "Tall hotel complexes are clearly the wave of the future in Rehoboth but they will make for very dull paintings," Cook points out, so he "painted another group of Dolle's-themed watercolors, from bold graphics to Xmas-themed memories and more." In addition, he has a new group of Rehoboth Beach and boardwalk watercolors. This is one of his favorites for this year, Imaginary Creature Kites I.

These pieces show some of the beautiful glasswork and artful decorative objects in some of the town's stores. There is also a nod to amusement rides, candy shops and sailboats. Here's Amusement Ride Lights Reho.

During 2022 and 2023, he and Charlie Browne traveled to Europe as well as Puerto Vallarta and New York. So, he included a nod to Paris and Italy with the Isle of Capri, plus a nod to Manhattan. Flowers have always been a favorite of Cook's and this year's show features a selection from his garden among other places. This is Tulips, Cylburn Gardens.

Please visit Cook's website for more.

Photos courtesy Charlie Browne



Thanks once again for the photos and news tips people have been sending. We made it to the halfway point of the season! I'm back at the cottage with mom but with little range. So I am grateful for those of you thinking of us during this difficult time.


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THE WEEKLY MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says her organization had no strandings or death investigations in the past week other than a deceased loggerhead sea turtle on Saturday at the Indian River Inlet Marina. The cause of death is unknown. MERR held its annual dolphin count on Saturday with 41 sites covered and 150 volunteers covering the sites. Thurman was interviewed this past week on Coast Life.


WOMAN NEARLY DROWNS AFTER FALL FROM BOAT--- A woman was pulled from the Rehoboth Bay in cardiac arrest around 4:25 p.m. on Saturday. Bystanders began CPR and paramedics continued it. While en route to the hospital she reportedly regained a pulse. But as of Sunday evening, we have been unable to get any updated information from the agencies involved.


OCEAN CITY MEDEVACs--- O.C. had two helicopter flyouts this past Thursday. Just before 9:30 a.m., a 33-year-old man was struck by an auto on Baltimore Avenue near 27th Street. He suffered injuries to his pelvis, knee and arm and was initially reported unresponsive. Around 6:35 p.m., a man struck his head in the surf and sustained a possible spinal injury near Caroline Street. Both were flown to a trauma center.


SUSPECTED DROWNING AT CASTAWAYS CAMPGROUND--- The Worcester County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible drowning after a man was found floating face down and unresponsive in the Sinepuxent Bay at the tiki bar beach area of Sun Outdoors Ocean City (Castaways Campground) around 5:25 p.m. last Wednesday. Police identified the victim as Ronald Charles Lingenfelder, 65, of Owings Mill, Maryland. Bystanders were able to bring Lingenfelder to shore and start lifesaving measures until EMS units arrived. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.



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