Search For Wanted Milford Man Leads To Multiple Arrests

On 11/15/2021 officers from the Milford Police Department, Dover Police, Delaware State Police, and the United States Marshals Service responded to an apartment on Bright Way in Brigtway Commons apartment complex in an attempt to locate a subject wanted by the Dover Police Department.  Upon arrival officers located Taevon I. Potts, 26 of Milford, who was wanted by the Dover Police Department.  The investigation, which included obtaining a search warrant for the residence, also led to James Eley, 19 of Milford, Semaj Eley, 19 of Milford, Antwain M. Holden, 23 of Ellendale, Jeffrey C. Cannon, 33 of Milford, George S. Knight, 27 of Milford, and Christopher Harris, 28 of Lincoln were also taken into custody and charged as part of this investigation as well.  The investigation led to the seizure of 309 bags of heroin, 3.1 grams of marijuana, a 9mm handgun, a .38 handgun, and ammunition.  Taevon I. Potts was charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm By Person Prohibited, Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Illegal Gang Participation, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Mr. Potts was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #7, where bail was set at $71,100.00 cash only.  Mr. Potts was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 02/04/2021 for a Preliminary Hearing.  James Eley was charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited, Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibit Who Also Possesses Controlled Substance, Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited Prior Conviction of Use Possession or Sale of Drugs, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Illegal Gang Participation, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. J. Eley was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #7, where bail was set at $67,100.00 cash only.  Mr. J. Eley was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 01/21/2022.  Semaj Eley was charged with Breach of Release, Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree, Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. S. Eley was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #7, where bail was set at $24,100.00 cash only.  Mr. S. Eley was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 02/04/2021 for a Preliminary Hearing.  Antwain M. Holden was charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy 2nd degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. Holden was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, where bail was set at $27,500.00 secured.  Mr. Holden was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 02/04/2022 for a Preliminary Hearing.  Jeffrey C. Cannon has been charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy 2nd degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. Cannon was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, where bail was set at $27,500.00 secured.  Mr. Cannon was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 02/04/2022 for a Preliminary Hearing.  George S. Knight was charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy 2nd degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. Knight was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #7, where bail was set at $26,100.00 secured.  Mr. Knight was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 02/04/2022 for a Preliminary Hearing.  Christopher Harris was charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy 2nd degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. Harris was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, where bail was set at $27,500.00 secured.  Mr. Harris Knight was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 02/04/2022 for a Preliminary Hearing. 

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Released by Public Information Officer, Sgt. Robert Masten

Released: 11/18/2021

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MPD Criminal Division Investigation Shooting At Brightway Commons

On 11/05/2021 at approximately 12:10 am officers from the Milford Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to Brightway Commons to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers learned unknown suspects in a dark colored sport utility vehicle fired numerous rounds causing significant damage to 8 vehicles and property in the area. No one was injured as a result of this incident. The Milford Police Department’s Criminal Division is asking for anyone with information about this crime to call 302-422-8081 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Tips can also be submitted online at MilfordPoliceDE.org/Tips.

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Milford Police Offer Safety Tips For Trick or Treat

On Sunday, October 31st, the City of Milford will have “Trick or Treat” from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  We wanted to pass on the following safety tips provided by Safe Kids.

**We will be participating in a Trunk or Treat at the Carlisle Fire Company on Halloween.  We look forward to seeing everyone Sunday night!**

Walk Safely

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  1. Children should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Trick-or-treat hours are 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
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Milford Community Parade Returns Wednesday And We Urge Motorist To Be Aware Of Altered Traffic And Parking Patterns

Below Is Detour and Parade Route

On Wednesday night the Milford Community Parade returns and we wish to urge any motorist that may be effected by the road closures to educate themselves on alternative routes.  Parking restrictions will begin at 4:00 pm along North and South Walnut Streets, as well as Northeast 10th Street and Seabury Avenue.  We anticipate parking to reopen in those areas around 8:30 pm.  There will be road closures beginning on Seabury Avenue at 5:00 pm and along North Walnut Street, South Walnut Street, and Northeast 10th Street beginning shortly before 6:30 pm.  These closures will effect eastbound and westbound travel on any street intersecting North and South Walnut Streets from Seabury Avenue to Northeast 10th Street.  Traffic patterns are anticipated to return to the normal flow shortly after 8:30 pm.

East Bound
Follow detour signage-
Southbound Rt 113 to Seabury Avenue –left turn
Seabury to Cherry St, –right turn
Cherry to New St, –left turn
New St to Wilbur St –right turn
Wilbur St to S Walnut St –right turn
S Walnut St to McCoy St –left turn
McCoy St to S Washington St –left turn follow to all points North and East
TRUCKS continue on McCoy St to Marshall St –left turn
Marshall St to South East Second St –right turn
S.E. 2nd St to Alt 1-Rehoboth Blvd to all points North, East and South

West Bound
Follow Detour signage-
CAR- S. Washington St to McCoy St –right turn
TRUCK- Alt 1 Rehoboth Blvd to SE 2nd St –right turn
TRUCK- SE 2nd St to Marshall St –left turn
TRUCK- S. Marshall St to McCoy St –right turn
ALL- McCoy St to S Walnut St –right turn
S Walnut St to Wilbur St –immediate left turn
Wilbur St to New St –left turn
New St to Cherry St –right turn
Cherry St to Seabury Avenue –left turn
Seabury Avenue to N. Rt 113 –right turn
N. Rt 113 to Westbound Rt 14 –left turn
To all points West and North and South

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Suspicious Vehicle Leads to Gun and Drug Arrest

Incident #: 51-21-10476 Reported: October 7, 2021 at 12:14 a.m.

Location: McDonalds, 653 N. DuPont Blvd. Milford, Kent County, DE 19963

Released By: Det./Sgt. Timothy Maloney on 10/08/2021 at 11:10 a.m.

On 10/07/2021 at approximately 12:14 a.m., Milford Police Department Patrol Division was dispatched to a check the welfare in the drive through line of McDonalds, located at 653 N. DuPont Blvd. Milford, Kent County, DE 19963.  Officers were advised that there was an unconscious subject that had been sitting in the drive through for approximately 15 minutes.  Officers responded to the McDonalds and located the vehicle.  Officers made contact with the operator, who was unconscious inside the vehicle.  As the officers attempted to wake up the operator, they observed two semi-automatic handguns in the center console area of the vehicle in plain view.  Officers were able to awake the subject and identified him as Bruce E. Worthy Jr., 36 of Greenwood, DE.  Further investigation revealed that Worthy was a person prohibited of possessing a firearm.  Officers seized the two loaded handguns that were in the center console of the vehicle. 

During a search of Worthy, it was discovered that he was in possession of pill bottle that contained approximately 14.8 grams of crack cocaine.  Worthy was also in possession of a large amount of U.S. Currency.  Officers discovered that Worthy was under the influence of alcohol, which was Worthy’s third DUI offense. 

During a further search of Worthy’s vehicle, officers located another loaded semi-automatic handgun and a loaded AK47 pistol concealed inside of a book bag.

Worthy was transported back to Milford PD, where he was charged with 4 counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Drug Dealing, 8 counts of Possession, Purchase, Own, or Control of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, 2 counts of Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (A Firearm), one count of Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (3rd Offense), and one count of Possession of a Firearm while Under the Influence.  Worthy had a presentment through the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was committed to the Department of Correction in default of $142,500.00 USC cash bail.  Worthy has a future preliminary hearing scheduled in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas at a later date.

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Milford Police Investigate Morning School Bus Crash

On 10/07/2021 at approximately 7:30 am officers from the Milford Police Department responded to the intersection of South Rehoboth Boulevard and Southeast Front Street (SR 36) to a report of a motor vehicle collision with injuries involving a school bus.  Investigation revealed the school bus, which was transporting elementary students for the Milford School District, was westbound on State Route 36 when a vehicle eastbound operated by a 32 year old woman from Lincoln made a left turn in front of the bus causing the collision.  The collision caused the vehicle operated by the 32 year old Lincoln woman to strike a third vehicle that was at the intersection.  Thirteen students and an occupant of the third vehicle involved were transported to three area hospitals (Beebe, Bayhealth Kent Campus, and Bayhealth Sussex Campus) to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The 32 year old female from Lincoln was issued a summons for Inattentive Driving. Multiple area fire companies led by the Carlisle Fire Company assisted with this investigation.   

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Released by Public Information Officer, Sgt. Robert Masten

Released: 10/07/2021

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Two Month Long Drug Investigation Leads To Multiple Arrests

On 09/30/2021 the Milford Police Department’s Drug Unit completed a two month long investigation into illegal drug activity in the Milford area.  As part of the investigation search warrants were executed at an apartment on Bright Way, a residence in the 500 block of Truitt Avenue, a residence in the 200 block of North Street, and a traffic stop was conducted on North Walnut Street.  During this investigation two 9mm handguns were seized, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, heroin, and marijuana.  As part of this investigation Semaj E. Eley, 19 of Milford, was charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Drug Property, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Mr. Eley was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, and released on $8000.00 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 01/07/2022 for a preliminary hearing.  Latonya M. Burton, 37 of Milford, was charged with Possession of Deadly Weapon by Person who also possesses a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Drug Property, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Possession of Marijuana.  Ms. Burton was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, and released on $9000.00 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 01/07/2022 for a preliminary hearing.  A 37 year old Milford man and 30 year old Dover man were both issued summons for Possession of Marijuana and are scheduled to appear at the Justice of the Peace Court #6 at a date to be determined.  A 33 year old Felton man who was contacted during this investigation was found to be wanted by the Sussex County Family Court.  This individual was presented to the Sussex County Family Court, where he was released and scheduled to appear at a later date.  The Milford Police Department’s Drug Unit was assisted in the investigation by the Milford Police Department’s Special Operations Group, Dover Police Department’s Drug Unit and Special Operations Response Team, Wilmington Police Department’s K9 Unit, and the Delaware State Police.

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Released by Public Information Officer, Sgt. Robert Masten

Released: 10/01/2021

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Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Charges For Dover Man

On 09/18/2021 Milford Police arrested a Dover man after a traffic stop led to the seizure of 218.7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  On 09/18/2021 in the 200 block of Northeast Front Street (SR 14) officers were conducting traffic patrols due to an event in the area with a large amount of pedestrian traffic.  Vehicles were stopped allowing pedestrians to cross in a designated cross walk.  An officer in the area observed a silver passenger car approach and pass numerous vehicles on the left.  A subsequent stop of that vehicle and further investigation led to the seizure of drug paraphernalia and 218.7 grams of marijuana.  As a result of this investigation Corey O. Harris, 26 of Dover, was charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana Other Than Personal Use Quantity, Driving While Suspended, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Overtaking a Vehicle on the Left. Mr. Harris was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #7, and released on $7895.00 unsecured bond.  Mr. Harris is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 01/07/2022 for a Preliminary Hearing. 

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Released by Public Information Officer, Sgt. Robert Masten

Released: 09/24/2021

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Milford Police Join North American Railroad Safety Effort Aimed At Reducing Preventable Deaths And Injuries Near Tracks And Trains

The Milford Police Department to Mobilize for “Operation Clear Track,” the Largest Rail Safety Law Enforcement Initiative during Rail Safety Week 2021. On Tuesday, September 21, 2021 during Rail Safety Week (RSW), September 20-26, Milford Police will join with Amtrak Police and more than 600 local, state, federal and railroad law enforcement departments for “Operation Clear Track” to raise awareness and enforce railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws in 48 states across the U.S. “Operation Clear Track” is the largest single law enforcement railroad safety operation in the U.S.

During “Operation Clear Track,” agency law enforcement personnel will be stationed at targeted railroad grade crossings and other locations handing out railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians and issuing warnings and citations to violators. The goal of Rail Safety Week’s Operation Clear Track is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks through increased public awareness.

WHAT: “Operation Clear Track” Enforcement/Education event to be held in 48 states at railroad grade crossings and other locations.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 21 (rain date Wednesday, September 22)

WHERE: McCoy Street, South DuPont Boulevard (US Rt 113), South Walnut Street, and Lakeview Avenue

WHY: Federal statistics show that every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. “Operation Clear Track” is an effort by Operation Lifesaver Inc., Amtrak Police and law enforcement partners across the nation to raise awareness of the need for caution near railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, held September 20-26, 2021, in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

MORE INFO: Visit the Rail Safety Week landing page and Operation Lifesaver, Inc.’s website for safety tips and statistics Contact news@oli.org or MediaRelations@amtrak.com for more information on “Operation Clear Track.”

About Amtrak®

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About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. OLI leads an international observance of Rail Safety Week each September. Learn more about Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest

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Released by Public Information Officer, Sgt. Robert Masten

Released: 09/13/2021

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Linstone Lane Investigation Leads To Drug and Weapon Charges For Pair

On 08/31/2021 at approximately 3:58 am, officers from the Milford Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to Linstone Lane to a report of a subject being chased by two males with a handgun. The male reportedly being chased was unable to be located, but during the investigation several subjects were contacted in a vehicle. Further investigation during that contact led to both powder and crack cocaine, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, United States Currency, a handgun, and heroin being seized. Kevin L. woods, 35 of Milford, and Marangely Figueroa, 31 of Dover, were both taken into custody and charged as part of this investigation. Mr. Woods was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, three counts of Possession with the Intent Deliver a Controlled Substance, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Woods was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, where bail was set at $54,200.00 cash only. Mr. Woods was committed to the custody of the Delaware Department of Correction at the Sussex Correctional Institution. Ms. Figueroa was charged with three counts of Possession with the Intent Deliver a Controlled Substance, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ms. Figueroa was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #7, where bond was set at $13,600 secured. Ms. Figueroa was also committed to the custody of the Delaware Department of Correction at the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution. Both are scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 12/10/2021 for a Preliminary Hearing.

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Released by Public Information Officer, Sgt. Robert Masten

Released: 09/02/2021

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