WEEKEND #8, 2022

(Mid-Season Report)

July 18, 2022

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Adjacent beach patrols come to aid Henlopen Acres guards

The United States Lifesaving Association's Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships returned to Rehoboth Beach last Wednesday bringing lifeguards from New York through Virginia to town.

The following morning, 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. Around 11 a.m., the lifeguard stand was found floating off Cape Henlopen and was later returned to Dewey.

On Friday, lifeguards reporting for work discovered two stands missing from Henlopen Acres and one missing from North Shores. Both patrols participated in Wednesday's competition along with Dewey and Rehoboth.

One of the missing Henlopen Acres stands was soon discovered buried in the sand. Lifeguards from the Rehoboth Beach Patrol, including Chief Rich Szvitich, as well as North Shores guards, came to help Henlopen Acres guards dig it out. Rehoboth also provided this spare RBP "loaner" stand for the one that was still missing.

Photo courtesy Tony Crivella, Dewey Beach Preservation & Raking

All this was reminiscent of the time when seven RBP stands disappeared on the morning of July 9, 2015, a day after the USLA Mid-Atlantic Regional Lifeguarding Championships in Rehoboth. Days later, boaters reported spotting the floating chairs. Eventually, each was recovered with the last one coming to shore off the Outer Banks during Labor Day Weekend. Although police did interview a group of suspects, they were unable to obtain enough evidence to make any arrests in that case.

Sgt. India Sturgis, Delaware State Police spokesperson, and Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, Dewey Beach police spokesperson, both confirm that police have taken reports in last week's cases, but they do not have any suspect leads at this time.


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Delaware State Police were called to the wooded area here behind the East Atlantic Apartments after a woman was heard screaming when she found a body in the woods around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Homeless people frequent the woods in the rear of this apartment complex which is just north of the Midway Presbyterian Church on Coastal Highway. One resident said the body was supposedly burned and/or decomposed.

As of Sunday afternoon, Sgt. India Sturgis, state police spokesperson, said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his body had been turned over to the Division of Forensic Science for an autopsy. "There is no threat to public safety," Sgt. Sturgis added.



Last Monday, a witness saw a Kia plow into these two parked cars and keep going. It happened here on Oak Avenue near Third Street just before 5 p.m.

"The collision was reported by an eyewitness who saw the suspect vehicle driving recklessly in the roadway at a high rate of speed while squealing its tires eventually striking two parked vehicles," says Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman.

Through the on-scene investigation, witness interviews and prior police contact with the suspects, Lt. Riddle said officers determined that a white 2022 Kia Seltos with New York tags driven by Kenneth N. Ryall, 26, of Wantagh, NY, struck the white Toyota Camry and the red Mazda Miata which were parked here on Oak Avenue.

The man driving the Kia and his female passenger, who is the owner of the car, fled in the Kia despite the significant damage it sustained from the crash. It was found unoccupied hours later a few blocks away on Park Avenue near Fourth Street.

Warrants were obtained for Ryall and he was later located and apprehended during the early morning hours of last Thursday, Lt. Riddle said. Ryall has been charged with leaving the scene of a property-damage collision, reckless driving, failure to provide information at the scene of a collision, speed exhibition, failure to report a collision resulting in more than $2000 worth of damage to police and driving a vehicle at an unreasonable speed.

No one was injured as a result of the crash.


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Sgt. India Sturgis, state police spokesperson, says this Chevrolet Corvette was traveling east on Old Landing Road in the area of Coronado Drive when it ran off the north edge of the roadway before running up a dirt mound about eight-feet high. It happened around 8:45 p.m. last Monday near the Sawgrass development.

Photo courtesy Rehoboth Beach VFC

"A preliminary state police investigation suggests alcohol was involved," Sgt. Sturgis said. The driver, a 37-year-old male of Rehoboth Beach, was later charged with driving under the influence and other traffic-related offenses.



A 19-year-old man driving a Chevrolet truck struck a 33-year-old male pedestrian around 7:50 p.m. last Wednesday on the Harry Kelley Bridge, the U.S. Route 50 drawbridge that leads into Ocean City. The pedestrian, later identified as Daniel Joseph Hicken, was flown by the Delaware State Police helicopter, Trooper 2, to a trauma center where he died. Police say it appears he was attempting to cross the bridge from the westbound pedestrian walkway when he was struck.

Charges are pending against the driver of the truck, Anthony Capriotti, Jr., police said.

All lanes of the Harry Kelley Bridge were closed for about four hours while the investigation was conducted.


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A white 2018 TGB R50X motor scooter (moped) similar to the one shown here was reported stolen from the ocean block of Wilmington Avenue between noon on July 8 and 11 a.m. on July 11, says Lt. Jaime Riddle, Rehoboth Beach police spokesman.

The moped had a Delaware license plate MP1699 and was valued at more than $2000.


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Rehoboth Beach firefighters responded to two significant dwelling fires this past week.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with possible heat exhaustion after this house caught fire on Fir Drive-Extended in Kyrie Estates. It was reported around 1:50 a.m. last Monday. The home was unoccupied and firefighters brought the blaze under control in 35 minutes.

Photo courtesy Rehoboth Beach VFC

Around 8 p.m. last Wednesday, firefighters responded to this townhouse fire on Catalina Circle in the Sawgrass development off Old Landing Road. Once again they brought the fire under control within about 30 minutes. Fire investigators say it was caused by an electrical malfunction.

Photo courtesy Rehoboth Beach VFC


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It was a busy week for the MERR Institute. Suzanne Thurman, MERR executive director, says they responded to investigate two deceased bottlenose dolphins -- a calf at Lewes Beach and an adult at 3Rs crossing -- and to three deceased sea turtles.

A green sea turtle was found near Tower Road, a loggerhead was discovered at Beach Plum Island, and this loggerhead was reported in Rehoboth last Monday.

Contrary to what visitors on the beach may have thought, she says this loggerhead was apparently placed on the outfall pipe structure until one of the MERR members could come to investigate. It did not strand and die there. She said this turtle appeared to have been in a debilitated condition, potentially ill, due to the proliferation of barnacles. They were unable to determine a cause of death for the other two turtles.

MERR's annual dolphin count took place on Saturday. Results will be forthcoming.


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It's time to visit The Back Porch Café to admire the wonderful watercolors of Rehoboth Beach artist Rodney Cook. His latest show, New Work 2022, opens this coming Thursday with a reception scheduled for Sunday, July 24, between 3 and 5 p.m. This is his 26th consecutive show here in town and features about 25 of his latest paintings.

Cook, a college art professor, launched his career painting murals in Baltimore including the eight-story Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower which became known as the Baltimore Arts Tower. While in the field he frequently painted sketches with watercolors to see how the mural would appear. Although he trained in oil painting, he quickly found watercolors useful since they move more rapidly and are "lightweight" in that you can easily create one on location. He was commissioned to teach a watercolor paintings course and it's been love ever since!

Cook has regularly incorporated glimpses of the Dolle's sign in his artwork for years. But he says he's done more this year because of the sign change. "It's been an important symbol of Rehoboth," Cook explains. He painted this large Dolle's "in the familiar place it has always been," in addition to several smaller Dolle's-themed watercolors.

"The fact that it's moving is important to celebrate this as much as possible without totally dominating the particular group of paintings," he says. But he still wanted the subject to be up there, front and center.

This year's show includes paintings mostly from Rehoboth but a few are from his winter visit to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico with its breathtaking vistas and palm trees. In addition, some of the watercolors are just simply happy florals including dahlias, orchids and daisies.

The themes dominating this year's Rehoboth paintings are colors of the beach, studies featuring umbrellas and other beach "furniture" with bright and clear primary beach colors with sand backgrounds. These pieces are intended to be emotionally uplifting all the way down the line. Bright cheerfulness is important to celebrate, he says!

"Doing watercolors and having this show is a lot of work but it is also a lot of fun," Cook says. "I look forward to it every year," he adds.

His show will be on display at The Back Porch Café through August 31.

Photos courtesy Charlie Browne


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MAN STRUCK IN HEAD BY FLYING BEACH UMBRELLA, TAKEN TO HOSPITAL--- A 73-year-old man suffered a half-inch cut to his head and was taken to the hospital after he was struck by a flying beach umbrella this past week. It was reported around 2:10 p.m. on Delaware Avenue in Rehoboth Beach last Tuesday. According to the Rehoboth DEOS boardwalk weather station, the wind speed was only about 6 m.p.h. but with an 18 m.p.h. gust at about that time.


BOY INJURED BY FALLING LIFEGUARD STAND IN FENWICK--- A four-year-old boy playing on the beach had a lifeguard stand fall on his stomach. Amazingly, he only suffered what appeared to be a small bruise above his belly button. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance just in case. It was reported just before 6 p.m. on West Virginia Avenue in Fenwick last Monday.


GIRL INJURED IN JET SKI ACCIDENT NEAR MASSEY'S--- A six-year-old girl riding as a passenger on a Jet Ski was injured when it ran aground and she struck her stomach on the steering wheel. It happened just before 3 p.m. last Tuesday near Bakers Channel east of the Massey's Landing boat ramp on Long Neck Road. Michael Globetti, DNREC spokesman, says the watercraft was operated by an adult who was not charged. The girl had minor injuries.


TODDLER FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER SEA COLONY POOL INCIDENT--- A two-year-old boy was flown to a hospital after he had been pulled from a pool. He was conscious but was going unresponsive and had possible symptoms consistent with dry drowning. It was reported just before 8:45 p.m. last Wednesday on North Edgewater House Road in Sea Colony East.



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