WEEKEND #15, 2018
(Labor Day Weekend)
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
LEWES FIREBOAT SINKS AT DOCK
Lewes firefighters responded to a "water rescue" at their dock Thursday evening only to discover their own fireboat under water. It was reported just before 7:30 p.m. at 901 Pilottown Road near the University of Delaware and the Roosevelt Inlet.
The 44-foot boat had taken on so much water, pumps were of no use. Here is a photo posted on a Facebook discussion group showing just how far the boat had sunk. Crews spent the evening moving the boat to dry dock to assess the damage. No official word yet on the cause.
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3 WOMEN IN THEIR 60's CHARGED AFTER PREVIOUS WEEKEND'S TOW RAGE
This past week, state police announced that three women have since been charged after the mayhem that broke out during a towing dispute involving Coastal Towing on Saturday, August 25, outside of Rehoboth.
According to MCpl. Melissa E. Jaffe, state police spokeswoman, the incident occurred at 37169 Rehoboth Avenue-Extended, Henlopen Square, where troopers were dispatched to the area for "disorderly subjects."
Upon arrival, she stated, "Troopers learned that Coastal Towing was attempting to remove two illegally parked vehicles from the parking lot of Henlopen Square that was called in by an employee at Casa DiLeo. Patrons from Murphy's Beef & Ale went outside and surrounded the tow truck in an effort to stop them from towing the Kia Soul."
The tow truck operator, Craig Dorman, just happened to have his 21-year-old daughter with him that evening in the truck. MCpl. Jaffe says she was seated in the passenger's seat of the tow truck when she was confronted by a subject who struck her in the face.
Dorman says she was actually pulled and dragged from the truck and assaulted by a half dozen women.
That night, says MCpl. Jaffe, "The victim did not have any visible injuries and did not request medical attention at the scene, and did not wish to prosecute. The owners of the vehicles paid to have their vehicles released from Coastal Towing," she added.
Dorman disagrees. He said his daughter decided that night to pursue charges, but could not convince troopers to do so until Sunday, and his daughter did have visible injuries that night which were pointed out to the troopers, he added.
"It was just chaos and mayhem with 30 to 40 women running around the truck; I couldn't see or keep track of them all," Dorman said. "I was a nervous wreck. All I wanted to do is get out of there. All I could do is worry about my daughter [and] getting her out of that element," he added.
Dorman said he took his daughter to Beebe Hospital the following day where she was diagnosed with a concussion. At that point, says MCpl. Jaffe, "the victim changed her mind and wanted to press charges."
As a result, police have since charged three women as follows:
63-year-old Robin Rohr – offensive touching and disorderly conduct
60-year-old Rosann Mattei – assault 3rd and disorderly conduct
65-year-old Jeanette F. Shimkus – offensive touching and disorderly conduct
Conflicting details regarding this incident have been posted, and removed, from social media this past week. Attempts to reach the women for comment have been unsuccessful.
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R.B. POLICE NEED HELP TO I.D. MALES PASSING BOGUS $100 BILLS
Rehoboth Beach police are still asking for the public's help to identify the persons responsible for passing bogus $100 bills in downtown Rehoboth the past couple weeks. The bills have the same date (1977) and serial number and are made to resemble older $100 bills that lacked security features.
This is the actual counterfeit bill that was used in each of the incidents. In some cases, says Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman, a counterfeit-detection pen was used, but failed to identify the bill as bogus.
As of Saturday, he said the suspects remained unidentified with no further updates. He has also stated that the bandits are responsible for costing businesses in town hundreds of dollars.
The reports began surfacing the previous Saturday, August 25, when officers responded to shops along the boardwalk and in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue as merchants discovered they had accepted the counterfeit currency during recent transactions.
Counterfeit $100 bills have also been used in recent transactions outside of Rehoboth. This past week, MCpl. Melissa Jaffe, state police spokeswoman, says troopers investigated similar complaints in Millsboro at the Dollar General, Blooming Boutique and Giant. But she was unable to confirm if these bogus bills had the same serial number.
Rehoboth Beach police have released these two photos of the culprits.
Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspects is asked to please contact Det. Tyler Whitman at (302) 524-1391 or submit a tip through Delaware Crime Stoppers by calling 800-847-3333 or via the Rehoboth Beach Police Department website.
Photos courtesy Rehoboth Beach PD
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MAN ARRESTED FOR 4th DUI AFTER HE ROLLS SUV ON COASTAL HWY
State police have arrested Travis Lucyies, 33, of Jackson, Alabama after he sped along Coastal Highway around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at an estimated 100+ m.p.h. eventually crashing and rolling his SUV and abandoning his two injured passengers as he fled on foot.
This accident happened at Wescoats Road outside Lewes. But police say Lucyies had fled another accident minutes earlier at the intersection of John J. Williams Highway where he allegedly rear-ended another vehicle stopped at the traffic light. No injuries were reported in that accident.
Investigators say Lucyies, who was driving a black GMC Yukon, continued north on Coastal Highway when he sideswiped another vehicle, crossed the median and finally rolled over into the southbound lanes at Wescoats Road. That is where Lucyies allegedly took off on foot, abandoning his two injured male passengers. They were taken to Beebe Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses provided a description of the Yukon's driver to responding troopers who found Lucyies walking in the parking lot of the Grotto's Grand Slam on Coastal Highway at Shady Road. Upon contact, troopers detected an odor of alcohol and a DUI investigation was initiated.
Lucyies was taken to Troop 7 where he was charged with a felony of 4th-offense DUI-alcohol, 2nd-degree vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, reckless driving, driving without a valid license, driving vehicle at unreasonable or imprudent speed, following a motor vehicle too closely and other related traffic offenses. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court #3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $11,117 secured bond.
Photos courtesy Lewes Fire Department, Inc. and Delaware State Police
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POLICE I.D. COUPLE KILLED ON U.S. ROUTE 50 EARLY SUNDAY
A double-fatal accident involving a motorcycle closed U.S. Route 50 near Annapolis for nearly five hours this past Sunday morning. Police have identified the motorcyclist and his rider as Donald Tyner, 56, and Janell McDougald, 45, both of Baltimore.
Shortly after 12:50 a.m., troopers from the Annapolis barrack responded to eastbound U.S. Route 50 at Ridgely Avenue after a silver Ford Expedition — traveling west in the eastbound lanes of U.S. Route 50 — crashed into the motorcycle, killing the couple instantly.
The driver of the Ford Expedition was taken into custody at the scene and later taken to the Annapolis barrack for processing. The driver's identity is being withheld pending formal charges being filed, police said.
As a result of the crash, U.S. Route 50 was closed in both directions for several hours. Traffic was diverted onto Rowe Boulevard at Bestgate Road. The road reopened shortly before 6 a.m. Police say the investigation continues.
Photos courtesy Tom Yeatman
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THE 30th ANNUAL R.B. DRAG VOLLEYBALL EXTRAVAGANZA!
The witty, sarcastic, raunchy and often self-deprecating players in the annual drag volleyball tournament have become a staple of the Rehoboth Beach Labor Day Weekend now for 30 years. They bring out thousands of spectators who pack Poodle Beach at the far south end of the boardwalk to watch their performances and volleyball tournament. This year's teams were the Ladies of the White House (back row) and the 1980's Girls (up front).
Back row: "Kimmy" Jong-un, Melania Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sarah Palin, Kellyanne Conway (skeleton), Betsy DeVos, Stormy Daniels, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump, and Omarose "Omarosa" Onee Manigault Newman.
Up front: Anorexia, Mable, Veronica, Helen, Richard Simmons, Diana, Anna, Susan Summers, GiGi, and MaryAnne.
The Ladies of the White House won the 2018 match, 25 to 18!
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See the Rehoboth Beach Drag Volleyball Facebook page for more info and photos!
Photos courtesy Hoyte Decker
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JASON WRIGHT OPENS AT GALLERY 50
Gallery 50 opened its latest exhibition, New Works from Jason Wright, this past Friday. It's been four years since Wright has exhibited here. His studio is on the Big Island in Hawaii. This show is mostly based on fall and winter scenes in coastal areas. "I wanted to keep exploring the idea of shelter and the beauty of isolation," Wright states, noting that beauty and simplicity are the basic concept.
Here he is on the left with Paul Dwyer.
Wright explains how he uses a palette knife, no brushes, to apply oil and acrylic paint on panel. Typically his top layer is oil paint which yields the metallic look, but the base is acrylic. Houses, boats and planes are carved away from the paint to keep it clean and crisp, and then he repaints that area.
He needs a panel to support the weight of all those layers of paint because some of his works weigh as much as 30 pounds! Here are his works You Are Free, on the left, and Beach Dreams & Paper Airplanes.
This exhibition will remain on display through September 13. See the Gallery 50 website for info.
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VIKING TALL SHIP SAILS PAST REHOBOTH
The Draken Harald Hårfagre departed Ocean City and sailed past Rehoboth last Wednesday evening headed for Philadelphia, its current stopover. The ship is scheduled to stop next in Baltimore on September 7. The Draken Harald Hårfagre claims to be the world's largest Viking ship sailing in modern times. See the ship's website for details.
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FISHERMAN ACCIDENTALLY IMPALED IN HEAD BY SPEARGUN ON BOAT OFF O.C. COAST--- A man fishing onboard a 25-foot cabin cruiser was accidentally shot in the head with a spear fired from a speargun. Petty Officer 3rd-Class Shannon Kearney, Coast Guard spokeswoman, says the accident happened about 35 nautical miles off the Ocean City coast and was reported just before 2 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to Coast Guard Station Ocean City where he was flown to a trauma center in Baltimore. Once there, a fire department rescue squad had to be called to assist the hospital staff with removal of the spear. More info is on WGMD.com.
STATE TROOPERS SHOOT AND KILL ARMED PARAPLEGIC MAN IN HARBESON--- State police were serving a search warrant around 6 a.m. last Tuesday when they say troopers struggled with a paraplegic man lying in bed who had a handgun in arm's reach in the 22000 block of Harbeson Road in Harbeson. Police say detectives recovered a loaded handgun, drugs and other weapons from the scene. See WGMD.com for more.
LEAD LEVELS IN LEWES DRINKING WATER EXCEEDED EPA ACTION LEVEL--- Many people were troubled by the news this past week that lead was found in the Lewes drinking water samples from August that exceed the EPA action level. Additional details regarding the test results and recommendations are posted on WGMD.com.
BICYCLIST FACES DUI CHARGES AFTER ACCIDENT IN O.C.--- A male bicyclist was struck by a vehicle at 26th Street and Philadelphia Avenue in Ocean City around 1:15 a.m. last Friday. Lindsay Richard, Ocean City PD spokeswoman, says on last update, he was expected to fully recover from his injuries. He was being treated at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. "The initial investigation showed that the bicyclist was at fault and charges are pending, including driving under the influence and others," Richard added.
MAN PULLED FROM SURF UNCONSCIOUS SATURDAY NIGHT IN FENWICK--- An unconscious man around 60 years old was pulled by bystanders from the water near the Seaside Inn in Fenwick Island just before 7:30 p.m. this past Saturday. He was found face down in the surf and had suffered a suspected spinal-cord injury. He later regained consciousness but experienced numbness and tingling below his chest. Medevac helicopters were unavailable because of the weather so he was taken by ground to Beebe Hospital.
MAN PULLED FROM O.C. SURF/ FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER--- A surf accident similar to the one in Fenwick was reported around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Ocean City. That is where a 60-year-old man had been pulled from the surf at 139th Street. He too had suffered from paralysis below his chest. A paramedic took him to North Side Park where he was flown to a trauma center.
MAN STRUCK ON U.S. ROUTE 50 NEAR BERLIN/ FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER--- A 60-year-old man was struck at high-speed on U.S. Route 50 around 6:30 p.m. this past Sunday near Stephen Decatur High School. He was thrown about 30 feet, landed on asphalt and suffered various fractures and was briefly unconscious. He was flown by helicopter to a trauma center.
TODDLER FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER AFTER FALL FROM HIGH CHAIR--- An 11-month-old boy fell from a high chair, struck his head and became briefly unconscious while eating dinner around 8 p.m. Monday. His parents took him to the Bethany Beach firehouse. He had regained consciousness but EMS personnel decided to fly him to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington in case he suffered a head injury.
VANDALS TOPPLE POWERADE MACHINE AT DEWEY'S LITTLE STORE--- The Powerade/Coke Cola soda machine at The Little Store at Read Avenue in Dewey Beach was discovered knocked over around 6:45 a.m. this past Monday. The machine was also tagged with what appeared to be a grease marker, but it was unclear if that was from a previous graffiti attack. Police are looking for two men who are responsible for doing the damage around 1:30 a.m.
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