Mayor Campbell Issues Statement On Behalf Of The City

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Milford Man Apprehended By Marshals’ Task Force For Reckless Endangering Incident

Incident #:  51-20-4080                                                     Reported: April 10, 2020

Location: 200 Block of S. Washington St. Milford, Sussex County, DE 19963

Released By:  Det. Timothy Maloney on 05/01/2020 at 12:35 p.m.

On 04/27/2020, The U.S. Marshals’ First State Fugitive Task Force located and apprehended Joel Weche, 32 of Milford, DE, at a residence off of Beaver Dam Rd. Ellendale.  Weche was wanted out of Milford PD for a Reckless Endangering incident where it was alleged that he fired multiple gunshots into a residence during the evening hours of 04/10/2020.  Weche also had another similar arrest warrant out of Delaware State Police Troop 3.

Investigators executed a search warrant on the Beaver Dam Rd address in an effort to recover physical evidence related to the 04/10/2020 incident.  During the search warrant, investigators located approximately 172 doses of suspected Heroin in Weche’s bedroom at the residence.

Weche was transported back to Milford PD where he was charged with the following: 04/10/2020 Incident: 2 counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, 2 counts of Possession, Purchase, Own, or Control of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, 4 counts of Reckless Endangering First Degree, one count of Aggravated Menacing, one count of Criminal Mischief $1000 but less than $5000 and one count of Criminal Mischief Under $1000.  04/27/2020 Search Warrant:  one count of Manufacture, Deliver, Possession With Intent To Deliver Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of Controlled Substance Tier 1 Quantity, one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Weche also received charges from Delaware State Police Troop 3.  Weche had a presentment through the Justice of the Peace Court 3 where he was committed to the Department of Correction in default of $214,500 USC cash bail only.  No contact orders were also put into place between Weche and all victims.  Weche was ordered to appear at a later date in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas for a preliminary hearing.

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*Photograph of Weche was unavailable at time of release*

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Gold Alert Issued For Missing Milford Juvenile

Incident #:  51-20-3955

Released By:  Det. Timothy Maloney on 04/07/2020 at 1850 hours

The Milford Police Department are issuing a Gold Alert for a missing 17-year-old female.  Joanna Marrs was last seen on 04/05/2020 at approximately 8:45 p.m. in the Milford area.  Marrs is approximately 5’03”, with dark brown hair and blue eyes.  She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt and black Adidas pants with a white stripe down the pant leg.  Police have been unable to make contact with Marrs to check on her welfare and there is a real concern for her safety and well being.  If anyone has any information in reference to her whereabouts, they are asked to contact the Milford Police Department at 302-422-8081.  Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or submitted online at MilfordPoliceDE.org/tips/

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Delaware Technical Community College’s Georgetown Campus to Host Medical Supply Collection

Georgetown, DE – Sussex County agencies and lawmakers have collaborated to facilitate a drop-off location for donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical supply items.
 
Beginning Thursday, April 2, 2020, persons interested in donating PPEs and medical supplies will be able to drop them off at the Delaware Technical Community College’s Georgetown Campus (in the parking lot near the baseball field).

The drop-off site will be open and staffed by first responders on April 2, 3, and 4 between the hours of 12 and 6 pm. Contributors will remain in their vehicle and on-site staff will collect donated items. All donated items will be distributed by need and availability to police, fire, and EMS
 agenciesas well as to medical facilities throughout Sussex County.
 
All items must be new and must fall into these categories:
  • All types of unused protective face masks, especially N95 masks
  • Protective suits and medical scrubs
  • Goggles, safety glasses, and face shields
  • Cleaning and sterilizing solutions and wipes
  • Medical gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
*Optionally, donated items can be collected by first responders at the donator’s request. Those wishing for on-site collection may contact the Sussex EMS Office at (302) 854-5050 to coordinate pick-up.
 
The facilitation of this drop off-site is a coordinated effort by Sussex County Police Chief’s Council, Delaware Technical Community College, Sussex Emergency Medical Services, Delaware State Police Troops 4, 5, and 7, Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, Representative Danny Short, Representative Ruth Briggs King, Representative Tim Dukes, Representative Steve Smyk, Dave Tiberi, and Dukes Lumber Company.
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Ellendale Woman Charged After Striking Two People With Vehicle In Parking Lot

Released By Sgt. Robert Masten On 03.10.2020  Incident #51.20.3007 @1511 Hours

On 03.07.2020 at approximatley 3:11 pm,  officers from the Milford Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to the parking lot of Walmart on North DuPont Boulevard (US Rt 113) to a report of two people being struck by a vehicle.  Upon arrival officers made contact with both victims, with one being in the crosswalk in the east side of the parking lot and the second being in the northeast side of the parking lot.  Both victims were transported to the Bayhealth Sussex Campus to be treated for serious injuries.  The investigation revealed the suspect vehicle reportedly accelerated prior to striking both victims and failed to stop after striking the two.  Neither is believed to have been known by the defendant in this case.  The suspect vehicle was later located unoccupied in a parking lot nearby.  Further investigation identified the operator as Kala I. Fluitt, 23 of Ellendale.  Ms. Fluitt was taken into custody on 03.08.2020 at her residence in Ellendale without.  Ms. Fluitt has been charged with two counts of Assault 1st Degree, two counts of Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Tampering With Physical Evidence, two counts of Leaving the Scene of a Collision Resulting in Injury, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Report an Collision Resulting in Injury.  Ms. Fluitt was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #7, where bail was set at $81,350.00 secured.  Ms. Fluitt is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 03.20.2020 for a Preliminary Hearing.  Ms. Fluitt has been committed to the custody of the Delaware Department of Correction and is currently being held at the Delores J. Baylor  Women’s Correctional Institution.

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Chief Brown Invites Milford Community To Discuss Future Building Plans

The Milford Police Department is hosting the second of two community conversations scheduled to share plans and seek input from our citizens on our new police department headquarters.  The next meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm March 10th at the Carlisle Fire Company at 615 Northwest Front Street, Milford, DE.  The purpose for the community conversations are to share our plans with the citizens of Milford and seek their input on the exterior design.  We look forward to seeing everyone at these events and are excited to get valuable input from the community.

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**Updated 3/7/2020** Milford Police Investigating Suspicious Vehicle After Student Contacted Walking To School

Updated By: Sgt. Robert Masten On 03.07.2020 at 3:16 pm

An officer from the Milford Police Department’s Patrol Division was able to locate the vehicle observed on a surveillance camera in the area.  This investigation continues and we still urge anyone with information about this incident to call 302.422.8081 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.  Tips can also be submitted online at MilfordPoliceDE.org/TIPS.

Updated by:  Det. Timothy Maloney on 03/06/2020 at 11:53 a.m.

The Milford Police Department have located video surveillance of a possible vehicle of interest in this investigation.  See photographs below.

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Milford Police Investigating Suspicious Vehicle After Student Contacted Walking To School

Released By Sgt. Robert Masten On 03.06.2020   Incident #51.20.2930 @0714 Hours

On 03.06.2020, at approximately 7:14 am, Milford Police were notified about a dark red or maroon work style van, possibly a Ford Econoline, that attempted to communicate with a student walking to school in the area of North Street and Northwest 2nd Street.  The operator has been described as a white male with black hair, wearing black clothing.  The operator made comments to the student that led the student to believe he was encouraging them to get in the van.  The student was alarmed and ran away, eventually making it home and notifying a parent.  The parent immediately notified police.  A thorough search of the area by officers and school staff was unable to locate the vehicle.  Schools in other areas of the City were also patrolled.  Milford Police are urging anyone in the area to check any outside camera they may have on their property in that area to report any findings.  Anyone with information about this incident can call 302.422.8081 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.  Tips can also be submitted online at MilfordPoliceDE.org/TIPS .  Below is a photo of what may be a similar style van.

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Milford Police Investigating Suspicious Vehicle After Student Contacted Walking To School

Released By Sgt. Robert Masten On 03.06.2020   Incident #51.20.2930 @0714 Hours

On 03.06.2020, at approximately 7:14 am, Milford Police were notified about a dark red or maroon work style van, possibly a Ford Econoline, that attempted to communicate with a student walking to school in the area of North Street and Northwest 2nd Street.  The operator has been described as a white male with black hair, wearing black clothing.  The operator made comments to the student that led the student to believe he was encouraging them to get in the van.  The student was alarmed and ran away, eventually making it home and notifying a parent.  The parent immediately notified police.  A thorough search of the area by officers and school staff was unable to locate the vehicle.  Schools in other areas of the City were also patrolled.  Milford Police are urging anyone in the area to check any outside camera they may have on their property in that area to report any findings.  Anyone with information about this incident can call 302.422.8081 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.  Tips can also be submitted online at MilfordPoliceDE.org/TIPS .  Below is a photo of what may be a similar style van.

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Fugitive Apprehended With Drugs

Incident #:  51-20-2814                                           Reported:  March 3, 2020 at 1:20 p.m.

Location:  Church St. and Causey Ave. Milford, Sussex, DE 19963

Released By:  Det. Timothy Maloney on 03/05/2020 at 10:38 a.m.

On 03/03/2020 at approximately 1:20 p.m., Corey Mitchell, 26 of Lincoln, DE, was apprehended by the Milford Police Department Drug Unit and US Marshals First State Fugitive Task Force with assistance on the Milford Police Department Patrol Division.  Investigators observed Mitchell walking in area of Church Street and Causey Avenue.  Investigators were aware that Mitchell had several outstanding arrest warrants and capiases for his arrest.  As Officers were attempting to make contact with Mitchell he fled on foot and was apprehended after a short foot pursuit with officers.  As Mitchell was attempting to evade arrest, he threw heroin, which was packaged for sale, into the Mispillion River, which was recovered by Officers on scene.

Mitchell was charged with the following charges related to the above incident:  Manufactures/Deliver/Possession With Intent To Deliver Controlled Substance, Tampering With Physical Evidence:  Evidence Suppression, and Resisting Arrest.  Mitchell also had 2 other arrest warrants out of Milford PD, one arrest warrant out of Delaware State Police Troop 7, and one arrest warrant out of the Delaware State Police Sex Offender Unit.  Mitchell also had a failure to appear capias out of the Kent County Family Court and another failure to appear capias out of the Justice of the Peace Court.  Mitchell had a presentment through the Justice of the Peace Court 2 where he was committed to the Department of Correction in default of $19,900 secured bail for his active warrants and capiases.  He was ordered to appear in various courts at a later date reference to these matters.

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Milford Man Arrested For Burglary

Incident #:  51-20-2649                                       Reported:  February 28, 2020 at 9:17 p.m.

Location:  1000 Block of North Walnut St. Milford, Kent County, DE 19963

Released By:  Det. Timothy Maloney on 03/02/2020 at 12:50 p.m.

On 02/28/2020 at approximately 9:17 p.m., The Milford Police Department Patrol Division responded to the 1000 block of North Walnut St, Kent County, Milford, Delaware in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, officers learned that there was damage to the rear door of the building and the suspect was still possibly inside.  One of Milford Police Department’s K9 units were on scene and after his handler gave several K9 announcements, the suspect, identified as James C West, 40 of Milford, DE, exited the building and surrendered to patrol officers.

West was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief Under $1000:  Damage Property.  He was committed to the Department of Correction due to his intoxication level on the night of the incident.  It was learned that West was later released from the Department of Correction on $1600.00 unsecured bail.  West was ordered to appear in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas at a later date for a preliminary hearing.

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