Grand jury issues indictments in Kent County crimes

DOVER — A Kent County grand jury returned several indictments last week including, among others:

• Jamaal Artis, of Seaford, was charged with motor vehicle theft and four counts of second-degree reckless endangering after an alleged incident at a Taco Bell in Milford on July 28.

Authorities said Mr. Artis violated a no-contact order in the restaurant’s parking lot while asking for a ride to gather his belongings at a residence. Milford Police said he allegedly threw a fountain drink in a female’s face before stealing a pair of keys and vehicle and fleeing.

Three children were present in the vehicle at the time, police said.

Mr. Artis was arrested without incident at the Brightway Commons Apartment Complex on Aug. 1, police said.

• Tyson B. Beckett, 26 at the time, of Frederica, Joshua T. Walker, 29, of Georgetown, and Anthony Long, 18, of Millsboro, were all charged in an alleged Camden-Wyoming area home invasion on Aug. 23 at approximately 2:45 a.m.

The Delaware State Police said suspects entered a home in the unit block of Moose Lodge Road and struggled with a senior citizen who was injured. The elderly person suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The alleged victim fired a handgun into the floor, and the weapon was taken by the suspects, police said. The suspects were arrested shortly after a 911 call, according to authorities.

Indicted counts included home invasion, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, first-degree reckless endangering,, theft of firearm (Walther 9mm), second-degree conspiracy and criminal mischief.

• Thomas R. Clark, 29, of Dover, was indicted on firearms charges following an alleged bicycle traffic violation early on the morning of Aug. 15.
Dover Police alleged was found with a .38 revolver in his pocket while traveling in the area of Maple Parkway and U.S. 13 in Dover at 1:52 a.m. He allegedly fled from officers before a brief struggle and apprehension, authorities said.

Charges included possession of firearm by person prohibited, possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, disregarding a police officer’s signal, resisting arrest, no bicycle lamp at night, failure to give hand and arm signals and failure to travel on bicycle right of roadway.

• Zakhary J. Damron, 21 of Dover, and Yante Morrison, 21 of Camden-Wyoming, were indicted in connection with an alleged residential burglary in Camden-Wyoming on Aug. 11, police said.

Authorities alleged that a collection of foreign coins and paper currency were missing from a residence and later taken to local pawn shops.
Charges, among others, included second-degree burglary, felony theft and second-degree conspiracy. Theft by false pretense, falsifying business records and selling stolen property counts were entered regarding the alleged pawn shop activity.

• Carmelo Diaz, 54, was charged with three counts each of third-degree burglary and theft, along with two counts of criminal mischief after alleged incidents on Aug. 18 in the Dover area.

Police reported break-ins in the 200 block of Rustic Lane and 7000 block of Pearsons Corner Road, and said power tools and lawn equipment were stolen. During one alleged incident, police said, a window was broken to gain entry into a garage.

Property allegedly associated with the burglaries was later found at Mr. Diaz’ residence in the unit block of Kentwood Drive, according to authorities.

• Rodney Morris, 44, was indicted on drug and weapons offenses following a Sept. 26 arrest in the 300 block of Cecil Street in Dover.
Dover Police alleged that Mr. Morris fled from officers during an investigation. He was apprehended a short time later, police said, and allegedly found in possession of 5.4 grams of crack cocaine, 9.3 grams of marijuana, and a loaded .40 caliber handgun.

Charges included possession of firearm by person prohibited (three counts, aggravated possession, drug dealing (two counts), tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Frank Ramos, 56, of Magnolia, Sonia J. Griffin, 52, of Magnolia, and Eric V. Garrison, 36, of Frederica, were indicted after a month long investigation into alleged illegal drug sales from a Magnolia residence in the 100 block of Woodville Road ending Sept. 7.

All three defendants were charged with drug dealing. Ms. Griffin and Mr. Ramos were also indicted for allegedly maintaining a drug property, second-degree conspiracy, illegal possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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