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WEEKEND #8, 2018

(Mid-Season Report)

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




"Brothers" Eric, Ryan and Ron, gospel ministry preachers, arrived on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk Friday to spread their message that "Jesus is the only way to God and you must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God." They are from the Gospel Invasion Ministries. Unlike previous religious groups that have used the beach and boardwalk, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses and the open-air evangelists, this group is much more proactive.

After quickly attracting police attention on the boardwalk around 1:30 p.m., they agreed not to use their sound amplification equipment which is prohibited by city ordinance. They were not deterred. They came dressed and well equipped to spread the "gospel message."

The three of them walked among tourists on the beach while preaching their sermons with their strong voices, holding distinctive black and white signs and distributing fliers. Police explained that the city's ordinance allows them to distribute only non-commercial fliers only to people who willingly accept them.

The trio split up on the beach and covered quite a bit of beach between the Henlopen and the Star of the Sea for more than two hours. The temperature was in the mid-70's. Lifeguards directed several complaints to the police, and the police, who had been monitoring the group, explained that the men were not violating city ordinances.

Brother Ron said on Saturday that they come to preach at large events and venues such as the Vegas Strip, sports stadiums and were attracted to Rehoboth Beach because it allows them to easily reach a large diverse group of people. "We want to comply and we want to be within the law," he added, with regard to the various ordinances. He says officials in some jurisdictions sometimes try to discourage them by making legal claims that are simply unsubstantiated.

On Saturday, he said they continued their journey on the beach in Ocean City and would attend church on Sunday.


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Woman arrested for stealing and burning "thin-blue line" flag flown in his honor

Fellow first responders erected an impromptu memorial at Beebe Hospital last Monday night after MCpl. William F. Matt, 54, a 29-year veteran of the Delaware State Police, died unexpectedly at his home.

MCpl. Matt was hired in 1988 and began his career assigned to Troop 6 in Wilmington. In 2001 he was assigned to Troop 7 in Lewes and the following year he was promoted to master corporal. He was assigned as a school resource officer in Sussex County from 2007 to 2011. In 2015, MCpl. Matt was assigned to the Criminal Investigative Unit at Troop 4 in Georgetown. He then returned back to Troop 7 where he had served for the past two years.

A "thin-blue line" flag had been erected in his memory on Coastal Highway near the Nassau bridge. State police say Catherine Iocco of Wilmington had allegedly stopped her Chevy Malibu on the median of Coastal Highway around 5:15 p.m. Friday and stole the flag. A witness provided police with a description of her car and license plate.

Police were able to later arrest Iocco in Milton without incident. She was unable to return the flag, police said, because she set the flag on fire to destroy it. After making contact with the owner of the flag, police learned that he mounted the pole and flag to the bridge this past Tuesday morning after learning of MCpl. Matt's death.

Iocco was taken to Troop 7 where she was processed and formally charged with theft, criminal mischief and other related traffic charges. She was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $275 unsecured bond.

Photos courtesy Walt Palmer/WGMD and Delaware State Police


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Social media helps police identify suspect

The Dewey Beach Police Department has arrested Joseph Bidwick of Montgomery County, Md. for forcibly breaking into Woody's East Coast Grill where he allegedly stole alcohol and cash on July 7. Police say it was Bidwick who was captured on video surveillance. Once those screen-shots hit the Internet, tips took police to the suspect.

External video also captured him burglarizing a vehicle where items were taken and entering an adjacent yard where additional property was removed. Bidwick was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on a $7250 unsecured bond. He faces charges of burglary, theft and criminal trespass.

More details on the original burglary and social media aspect are in the Cape Gazette and the News Journal.

Photos courtesy Dewey Beach PD


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More than 50 police officers spent Saturday night into Sunday morning manning one of three sobriety checkpoints in each of Delaware's counties. The Sussex County checkpoint was on the northbound lanes of Coastal Highway just north of the Rehoboth canal bridge. Traffic was heavy, at least during the first couple of hours, so police kept traffic moving while skimming motorists for signs of impairment and other violations.

This was part of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS)'s CheckPoint StrikeForce which is now in its 15th year. On July 28, OHS will fund a DUI team enforcement initiative. Nearly 100 law enforcement officers will be traveling in pairs to patrol for impaired drivers targeting areas shown to have a high occurrence of DUI arrests. OHS has started this website to help people find a safe ride home.


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The Rehoboth Beach Police Department has identified the driver of the blue Dodge Ram pick-up truck involved in the previous Saturday's incident as 45-year-old Martin Tuohy of Middletown, Delaware. Police say his truck struck seven other vehicles before coming to rest on the sidewalk in front of Conch Island Key West Bar and Grill.

It took rescuers about 15 minutes to free him from the truck. He was placed into this ambulance and taken to Beebe Hospital. There is no mug shot photo, police said, as no charges have been filed; however, the case is still actively under investigation.



A Waste Management trash truck hauling recyclables caught fire around 4:40 p.m. last Monday on Dodd Avenue in Anne Acres outside Rehoboth. Firefighters doused the flames and had the driver dump the load in the Rehoboth Beach city yard where it was spread, further doused but continued to smolder for several hours.

City Manager Sharon Lynn says the site had been cleaned up by Waste Management and there are no fees incurred by the city.


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What was first reported as a basement kitchen fire around 1:10 a.m. Thursday led to the evacuation of the Atlantic Sands Hotel on Baltimore Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Some hotel guests were in the process of evacuating when police, firefighters and EMS arrived minutes later. Firefighters from Lewes and Bethany Beach also responded to assist.

There was no visible smoke from the outside, but once in the basement, firefighters found burnt laundry on top of a clothes dryer that was the apparent source of the smoke. There was some water damage from the sprinkler system which doused the fire.

A fire marshal was called to investigate. Guests were allowed to return about 25 minutes later. No injuries were reported but police and rescue crews assisted some guests from their rooms.

A similar fire happened at the Atlantic Sands Hotel on July 30, 2017.


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Earlier this month, city officials met with the owners of the Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company regarding product demos and bubble blowing. The city has no policy, says Comm. Kathy McGuiness, "but this issue was raised years ago and we allowed them to blow bubbles and do the Juggling Stix, etc. They are allowed to continue and were told to stay on their property."

That is what City Manager Sharon Lynn has stated as well, and that is where store employees have been demonstrating their products since the meeting. "The city has never told us that we couldn't blow bubbles," co-owner Bee Linzey, points out. "The only issue has been where we are allowed to stand when we blow them. Thus far we have complied with every request made by the city," she added.



After being moved on and off the roadway all summer, the City of Rehoboth Beach removed this mysterious barrel from Columbia Avenue at Felton Street this past week. Columbia Avenue has seen an increase in traffic because of the ocean outfall construction on Henlopen Avenue and it is likely that a property owner is trying to send a message to motorists to "slow down."

Police Chief Keith Banks indicated that pedestrian safety signs or similar options were a possibility, but Columbia Avenue is under DelDOT control. We wait for a response from DelDOT regarding this situation. "If DelDOT permits signage indicating that motorists need to adhere to speed limits the city will comply," says City Manager Sharon Lynn.


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(Un)Natural opened at the Heidi Lowe Gallery this past Friday featuring the work of Jina Seo and Lindsay Locatelli. One artist works with polymer clays and wood while the other uses leather and silver. Both work with forms from nature and the body.

Lowe models Locatelli's desert coral necklace which is made from painted polymer clay held together with rope.

Their jewelry will be on display through August 17 along with the current Earrings Galore exhibition.

The make-a-ring class continues this Tuesday. See the Heidi Lowe Jewelry website for details and to join her e-mail list.



Jim Cook, Dover resident and chemical engineer turned-Rehoboth Beach sand sculptor, has been on the beach much of the summer near the surf's edge at Rodney Street creating new sand sculptures! Some of his recent works include: Angelica and Chuckie from Rugrats, Squidward and Plankton from SpongeBob, and Peggy Pig. Here's Chuckie!

Cook creates what he calls "primitive sand art" which differs from the traditional sand sculptors. "I only use an ink pen and a flexible blowing tube and that's all," he points out. "Real sand artists use sculpting tools, brushes, mist'ers, etc., and build amazing things. But my 'own brand' of sand art," he explains, is "the challenge of doing what I do using only those two things."

"That's part of the fun I've had over 25 years doing over 400 different things," he says. "I know I could speed up my process and probably improve my outcome by using other tools... but, my primitive method works for me. And part of the fun is meeting and seeing so many nice people who stop by and take pictures during the day... adults and kids. I'm glad my sand art can be part of their Rehoboth vacation experience," he adds.

Here is another one of Cook's recent sculptures, Elmer Fudd from Bugs Bunny. "Sometimes I do things for kids and sometimes I do them for adults," he says. An adult requested he do Elmer! "No kids knew who Elmer was but all adults did," he pointed out, adding that "one child wanted to know what video game he was in!"

He only does sand art on days when the weather and wind cooperate but he does not mind the heat. "Since I carry about 1500 pounds of water in making a large sculpture... I am in and out of the ocean a lot... and keep cool over the 10 to 12 hours I spend on them," he points out.

He normally begins his artworks at sunrise by building a large mound as his canvas. Then 12 hours later, a character has emerged from the sand! "I've had an amazing absolutely great day creating and playing in the sand," he adds. "Some folks come by and comment how hard and long I seem to be working on my sand art. But, I always tell them, I would never work that hard, it's absolute play, and the day is over before I know it. I tell them, 'when I am done, there is no more fun.'"

This is another one of his recent sand artworks: Dory from the movie: Finding Dory. Cook often poses with his sand artwork to simply give it perspective as to its size.

Cook typically begins the building season around Father's Day and creates between 20 and 25 objects through around Labor Day. He says he usually starts off doing small works and expands from there -- as he builds his stamina. So look for him and his latest artworks on Rodney Street in Rehoboth!

Photos courtesy Jim Cook



Don't forget! Everybody is invited to KINfolk's annual wine tasting and art auction this coming Wednesday, July 18, at the Virden Center at the University of Delaware, 700 Pilottown Road in Lewes. Live and silent auction items include original local art, jewelry, photography, attraction tickets, painted items, metal work plus a variety of other great items!

Admission is $30. Proceeds benefit KINfolk which supplies free laptop computers and Internet access to hospitalized and homebound children to keep them in touch with family, school and friends and to help them fight the stress of their illness. For tickets or information, contact Kathy McNamara at (302) 645-6971.

Photo courtesy Kathy McNamara




2 FOUND DEAD IN OCEAN VIEW RESIDENCE--- Still no word from police concerning the two persons found dead in a residence on Central Avenue in Ocean View. A coworker called for help around 11:35 p.m. last Thursday after one or both of the individuals did not appear for work. First responders found them dead inside the residence.


MAN FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER AFTER TUMBLE IN O.C. SURF--- A 37-year-old man tumbled head-first into a sandbar and heard something "pop" in his back just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday on 136th Street in Ocean City. The man complained of tingling in his legs, was unable to walk from the surf and had to be rescued by lifeguards. Medics took him to North Side Park where they flew him to a trauma center.


MAN FOUND DEAD IN POOL NEAR LEWES--- Delaware State Police investigated the death of a man found in a pool on Oakridge Drive off Hudson Road which is in the Red Mill Pond area. The incident was discovered around 5:30 p.m. last Monday and was reported as a drowning. The man was taken to Beebe Hospital in cardiac arrest where he was pronounced dead. MCpl. Melissa Jaffe, state police spokeswoman, says there was nothing suspicious about the death.


MAN FOUND DEAD IN WEST REHOBOTH YARD--- A man was found dead in a yard on Norwood Street around 10:20 p.m. last Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. MCpl. Melissa Jaffe, state police spokeswoman, says nothing suspicious was discovered.



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Beach injuries: Lifeguards share how to stay on the beach, out of the ER

Craft beer industry continues to brew in Delaware

West Nile Virus found in Sussex County in 2 dead crows

Two new hotels approved near Five Points outside Lewes

Drug investigation leads to arrest of multiple suspects in Lewes

SeaGreen Bicycle replenishes Cape Henlopen state park's supply

Stormwater is polluting ocean off Rehoboth Avenue after pump failed

Rehoboth Beach funding stormwater projects to better address bacteria in surf

Craft brewers are also distilling spirits (Dogfish Head)

Police identify 2 of 3 suspects in string of arcade game thefts across 3 states

Joe Biden and wife Jill surprise Hoda Kotb during previous week's book signing (MailOnline)

New Delaware Sea Grant funding supports Sun Otters Tours in Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Giant Food evacuated over smoking light fixture

Lifeguards put their skills to the test in the USLA Mid-Atlantic competition

Rehoboth Beach Patrol heads to Red Bull Surf and Rescue competition

Rehoboth Main Street unveils new Rehoboth Avenue banners

Opening in Rehoboth Beach: Cuvée Ray offers 170 wines by the glass

New restaurant, El Jefe Gordo, open in Rehoboth Beach

Dewey Beach sets municipal election schedule

Firefighters disperse gas leak at Hotel Dewey (5:40 p.m. last Tuesday)

Concerns over stormwater management in Dewey Beach

Speeding on side streets concerns Dewey Beach property owners

Sandcastle contest held in Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach replenishment disrupts vacation plans for South Bethany visitors

Cats die in fire that damaged Enchanted Acres home and shed (Saturday)

Man burglarized 3 daycare centers and a dog kennel in the Lewes and Millsboro area

Men from Dagsboro, Selbyville and Frankford arrested for Massachusetts homicide

Fox in Dagsboro tests positive for rabies

Chemical spill at Mountaire Poultry in Selbyville sends several to hospital

Beach rarity: Loggerhead sea turtle lays eggs in Delaware (Fenwick)

Vehicle fire shuts down westbound Route 90 (Sunday around 2:18 p.m.)

Surprise helicopter landing in Ocean City; a head scratcher for officials

O.C. police investigating incident after online video creates stir

June Ocean City boardwalk undercover narcotics operations yield 31 arrests

Special enforcement and patrol officers complete June boardwalk operations with 61 arrests in O.C.

High price tag alters plans for Ocean City boardwalk barrier project

Ocean City may pay high price to prevent attacks on boardwalk

Ocean City looking at more than $4 million boardwalk upgrade to help prevent attacks

Ocean City Beach Patrol captain in rip current predictions

Army Corps, fishermen talk potential shoal sites for future beach pumping

Next decision on Ocean City topless lawsuit could be biggest yet

Ocean Pines euthanizes 200+ Canada Geese

Single-vehicle fatal crash east of Berlin (Wednesday)



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