Milford man charged with attempted rape, robbery

Milford police arrested a 24-year-old Milford man on Friday, Feb. 20 for allegedly trying to sexually assault a 40-year-old woman.

According to a report issued by the Milford Police Department, officers responded to the area of Penn Fountain Walkway, located near Truitt Avenue and N.W. 6th Street, after receiving a report of a sexual assault in progress. The victim told the officers that the suspect had run away. Officers later found the suspect, identified as Matthew P. Gannon, and took him into custody.

During an investigation, officers found out the suspect had followed the victim on the Penn Fountain walkway, grabbed her from behind and demanded money from the victim as he threatened to do bodily harm to her, the report states.

The suspect tried to restrain the victim so she could not leave and sexually assaulted her. The suspect did not get any money from the victim, and she was able to break free and contact the Milford Police Department.

Police charged Gannon with second-degree attempted rape, second-degree attempted robbery, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening and two counts of offensive touching. Gannon was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institute on a $34,500 secured bond.


Milford man charged in Harrington fight

Harrington police arrested James W. Redden Jr., 34, of Milford, on Saturday, March 21 for allegedly attacking an acquaintance on Liberty Street, Harrington that evening. According to police, Redden was arrested and processed that day, and committed to Sussex Correctional Institute on a $500 secured bond.

Police also charged Richard L. Blair 42, of Harrington, as a fugitive from justice. While processing Redden, police learned that Blair was wanted by Kent County Family Court for failing to pay a fine for offensive touching, and by the Kent County Court of Common Pleas for violation of probation. He was committed to SCI on a $1,286 secured bond pending a future hearing.


Harrington man arrested for illegal well-work

State Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officers have charged a Harrington man for doing well-work without having an appropriate license.

On March 9, patrolling DNREC Environmental Protection officers saw a man working on a well located on Bi-State Boulevard, south of Laurel, stopped to speak to him and observed him making repairs which are required to be done only by a licensed well contractor.

Joseph J. Grimshaw, 59, of Harrington, was arrested March 16 and charged with knowingly performing work on a well without a license. Grimshaw was released on $1,000 unsecured bond pending a court date in Sussex County Superior Court. The alleged offense carries a fine ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. To report environmental crimes, call DNREC’s 24-hour environmental complaint line at 800-662-8802.