Here's a roundup of reported police activity for the week of Sept. 24 through Sept. 30
No injuries reported in small plane crash
There were no injuries reported when a small plane overshot the runway at a Kent County airport.
The incident occurred at about 10:22 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Chandelle Estates Airport at 119 Kruser Boulevard, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said in a press release.
The pilot of the 1971 Cessna called 911 to report the mishap; troopers and personnel from DelDOT found the aircraft in the middle of Bayside Road (Route 9) between White Oak Road and Silver Leaf Lane. The plane was carrying one passenger as well as its pilot, Fournier said. The aircraft sustained damage to its propeller and front landing gear.
The area between Silver Leaf Drive and White Oak Road was closed for about 90 minutes while the plane was removed from the roadway. The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Pajama-wearing bandit robs Dover Royal Farms
A man who police said was wearing a pair of plaid pajama bottoms and slippers is being sought as a suspect in an early morning armed robbery.
The incident took place at 5:01 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Royal Farms store at 293 S. Saulsbury Road, Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said in a press release.
Witnesses said a black man came into the store displaying and handgun and demanding cash; after receiving the money he fled in a black Toyota Camry. A woman was driving the car, Hoffman said.
In addition to his bedroom attire, the man was wearing a dark shirt and ball cap.
Police are continuing their investigation; anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7111. Tips may be left anonymously.
Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, online at tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD app.
Hartly man arrested following New Castle robbery
Delaware State Police have arrested a Hartly man following an armed robbery in New Castle.
In a press release, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Auslin said the incident took place at about 3:17 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 as the victim was sitting in a car in the parking lot of the Crown Motel at 152 N. Dupont Highway.
Police learned Desirie Henry, 32, of New Castle went up to the car followed by the Hartly man, identified as 25-year-old Robert A. Wilson. Wilson allegedly held a gun to the man’s head and demanded his money. The victim turned over his cash and a cell phone, after which Henry and Wilson ran off toward the Airport Plaza shopping center.
The victim, who was not hurt, flagged down a probation officer who was in the area; the officer contacted state police who spotted the pair and took them into custody.
A search turned up the victim’s property along with a black pellet gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun, Auslin said.
Wilson and Henry both are charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy.
He is being held at the Young Correctional Center in lieu of a $62,100 secured bail while Henry is being held at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in lieu of a $27,500 secured bail.
Four burglaries solved with one arrest
Dover police believe they have solved four recent burglaries with the Sept. 27 arrest of 18-year-old Everlasting Simpson, department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said in a press release.
Simpson was a suspect in the following cases:
- Sept. 22 in the 1000 block of South Little Creek Road; several pieces of electronics were taken.
- Sept. 20 in the 1500 block of North Little Creek Road; the burglar knocked down a 78-year-old woman and stole her purse.
- Sept. 19 in the 100 block of Upland Avenue; cash was taken from a bedroom.
- Sept 16 in the 1000 block of South Little Creek Road; a wallet containing credit and debit cards was taken from an unlocked vehicle. The cards later were used at area businesses.
Simpson is charged with robbery, home invasion, two counts of burglary, three counts of theft of property under $1,500, unlawful use of a payment card, theft by false pretense, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.
He has been jailed at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, after failing to pay a $108,950 secured bond.
Drug suspect flees on bike; is caught anyhow
Officers with the Dover Police Department and Delaware Probation and Parole have arrested 44-year-old Rodney Morris on drug and weapons offenses.
The officers contacted Morris Sept. 26 in the area of Fulton and New streets during a drug investigation, Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said in a press release. Morris rode away on a bicycle but was caught a short time later in the 300 block of Cecil Street.
When taken into custody, he was found to be carrying 5.4 grams of crack cocaine, 9.3 grams of marijuana, and a loaded .40 caliber handgun.
Morris is charged with three counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and tampering with physical evidence.
He was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $32,000 secured bond.
Milford man facing drug, menacing charges
A 31-year-old Milford man, identified as Ricky Ness, has been arrested after what police say he was intoxicated and making threats against another man.
The incident took place at 11:36 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 in the 500 block of SE Front St., Milford Police Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten said.
Ness allegedly got into an argument with a man inside the home and kicked and punched walls in the home; he also threatened the man when he tried to call 911 and tried to take his phone, Masten said.
Ness eventually left but was found in the area of Columbia and McColley streets. When taken into custody, police he was in possession of fireworks, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Ness is charged with malicious interference with emergency communications, possession of fireworks, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was wanted on a bench warrant out of Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.
He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution and scheduled for an appearance before a Justice of the Peace magistrate after sobering up, Masten said.
Spitting pair end up under arrest
Two Milford residents have been arrested following a Milford police investigation into a fight taking place at the Mispillion Apartments.
In a press release, department spokesman Sgt. Timothy Maloney said officers went to the address on South Walnut Street at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Police learned the incident began when Tia Harris, 19, got into an argument with 24-year-old Jerome Coard about leaving the home, but Coard refused to depart. Coard allegedly spit in Harris’ face, after which she sprayed him with Mace and spit in his face.
Harris is charged with assault and released on a $500 unsecured bond.
Coard is charged with offensive touching of another with saliva and also released on a $500 unsecured bond. He also was ordered to have no unlawful contact with Harris.