Here's your roundup of announced law enforcement actions for the past week.
Dover police nab local fugitive; hotel room yields crack, heroin, Ecstasy
A local man, wanted out of the Kent County Court of Common Pleas, was arrested Tuesday on numerous drug charges after Dover police stopped him for a traffic violation.
Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said Marcus Bolden, 31, was taken into custody without incident.
When apprehended, police found Bolden in possession of 3.7 grams of crack cocaine, six grams of cocaine, 70 Oxycodone tablets, 47 grams of marijuana, and $477 in suspected drug money.
Police also searched Bolden’s room at the Relax Inn hotel at 640 S. Dupont Highway, seizing 62.2 grams crack cocaine, 23.3 grams cocaine, 273 bags of heroin, 21.5 doses of Ecstasy, 628.8 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 9mm ammunition and $3,777 in cash.
Bolden is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone, and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.
Bolden also is charged with possession of ecstasy, possession with intent to deliver Ecstasy, possession of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited and being a local fugitive.
He has been committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $42,300 secured bond and a $126,200 cash bond.
No injuries reported in late night Dover shooting
Two men fired several shots at a pair of women late Tuesday night, but both women escaped injury.
The incident took place at 11:17 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Periwinkle Drive and Caroline Place, near the Kenton Road, Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.
Police noted an unoccupied vehicle was hit by gunfire, and officers gathered several shell casings as evidence.
The two men escaped toward the south on Caroline Place, Hoffman said.
Police are continuing their investigation; anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7130. Tips may be left anonymously.
Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at tipsubmit.com.
Milford couple arrested for insurance fraud
An investigation by the Delaware Department of Insurance has found two Milford residents filed insurance claims for injuries from a New Jersey automobile accident that never occurred.
Insurance Department spokeswoman Kathy Jo Robbins identified the couple as Joseph Auborg, 43, and his wife, Diliana Legeros, 33.
Robbins said Legeros reported the accident claim to their insurance company on Nov. 16, 2016, claiming that she, Augborg and two of their children were hit by a car while returning to Delaware from New Jersey.
Legeros said the car was a MiniCooper with New York tags and that she was able to write down the tag number.
However, neither individual called the police, Robbins said.
The alleged fraud took place when the couple and the children claimed injuries and were treated by a Milford chiropractor and other medical professionals.
Later investigations showed the alleged incident did not happen, Robbins said.
The couple’s insurance provider was billed more than $100,000 in claims, paying out more than $55,000.
As a result, the couple was indicted by a Delaware grand jury June 4 on a charge of insurance fraud and were arrested after surrendering June 11 to Capital Police.
Both have since been released on a $1,000 unsecured bond each.
Felton man arrested on charges related to two burglaries
A Felton man has been arrested on burglary and other charges following an investigation into two break-ins.
Delaware State spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe identified the suspect as 19-year-old Adam Brown.
The first incident took place between June 10 and June 14at the London Village Baptist Chapel, when the burglar broke through a rear window and escaped with a jar of coins.
Police were able to identify Brown as the suspect, in that case, Jaffe said.
A second break-in took place June 14 at a home in the 600 block of Walnut Shade Road, where the owner reported someone had broken a window to get inside the house. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.
Troopers arrested Brown June 14 after spotting him on Millchop Lane and Lambert Drive, Jaffe said.
He is charged with second- and third-degree burglary, theft, theft of property under $1,500, and two counts of criminal mischief.
Brown since has been released from custody on a $16,200 unsecured bond.
Burglars drag off ATM from Redner’s store
Dover police are looking for leads in the May theft of an ATM from a local grocery store.
Department spokesman Master Cpl Mark Hoffman said the incident took place at 4:57 a.m. Friday, June 15 at the Redner’s market at 25 Greentree Drive.
Their investigation showed the burglars forced open the sliding front doors of the store to gain access to the ATM, which stood in the lobby. They attached a chain to the machine and dragged it away, Hoffman said.
There is no description of the burglars other than they were wearing all black clothing.
Hoffman said he believed this was the first theft of its type in Dover.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips also may be submitted through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, or online at tipsubmit.com.
Smyrna woman killed in pedestrian crash
The Delaware State Police is reporting the death of a Smyrna woman in a late-night pedestrian crash.
DSP spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the incident took place at about 9:56 p.m. Friday, June 15 on US Route 13, north of Fast Landing Road.
The woman, later identified as 25-year-old Larissa Tallhamer, ran across the highway and into the path of a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado.
Hit by the truck’s right front bumper, Tallhamer’s body came to rest in the center of the highway; the Silverado’s driver brought the vehicle to a controlled stop in the median.
Jaffe said the 49-year-old driver, also from Smyrna, did not appear to be impaired. He was wearing his seatbelt, she added.
Tallhamer was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not carrying a light and was wearing dark clothing without any reflective material.
It is not yet known if she was impaired, Jaffe said.
US Route 13 in the area of Fast Landing Road was closed for about four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
The DSP’s Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident, Jaffe said.
Naked Camden senior citizen charged with indecent exposure
Police in Camden have arrested a local man after he was seen standing naked outside his home.
Chief of Police William E. Bryson identified the man as 66-year-old Donald W. Smith of the first block of South Main Street.
Bryson said the incident began at 5:21 p.m. Saturday, June 16 when a woman spotted Smith walking in his backyard and onto the deck of his home without wearing any pants or underwear.
The woman said Smith’s buttocks and genitals were in plain sight, Bryson added.
A town police officer who came to the scene also witnessed Smith on the deck, this time completely naked and in plain view of other yards.
Police caught Smith after he tried to hide inside his home, Bryson said.
Smith is charged with a single count of second-degree indecent exposure and released on a $1,000 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance.
Philly woman dies while attending Firefly
Dover police are investigating the death of a Philadelphia woman found unresponsive in one of the camping areas at the Firefly Music Festival.
Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said police were called to Camping Lot 18 at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 17.
The unconscious woman, identified as Caroline Friedman, was treated on the scene by medical staff and then taken to Bayhealth Hospital’s Kent campus, where she was pronounced dead at 6:55 a.m.
Hoffman added the cause of Friedman's death is not known, but that foul play is not suspected.
An official cause of death is dependent upon autopsy and toxicology results, he said.