Indictments in Kent County Superior Court handed down

Maryland residents Shawn A. Tharp, left, and Steven R. Faulkner Jr. were indicted on deer hunting-related counts. (Submitted photos/DNREC)

DOVER — Two Maryland men accused of night-time deer hunting violations last year were indicted Monday in Kent County Superior Court.

Steven R. Faulkner Jr., 35, of Denton, and Shawn A. Tharp, 51, of Federalsburg, were arrested by DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Nov. 13, 2016 near Farmington on the opening weekend of shotgun deer season.

A nine-count set of charges included among others, unlicensed hunting, conspiracy, loaded firearm prohibited in or on motor vehicle (shotgun), trespassing, shoot wild bird or animal across roadway, discharge firearm within 15 yards of a public road or right of way controlled by DNREC, and killing an antlered deer without first purchasing a hunter’s choice tag.

DNREC earlier said that Mr. Faulkner’s 2004 Dodge pickup truck and 20-gauge slug barrel shotgun were seized as evidence.

Other indictments included, among others,

• Ikeen L. Love, of Smyrna, on first-degree burglary and other charges from an incident on Nov. 12, 2016. Mr. Love, 25 at the time, was located by authorities after a reported domestic dispute at Clarks Corner Apartments in Harrington.

Other charges included strangulation, third-degree assault for allegedly throwing a woman to the floor, endangering the welfare of a child (three counts) and breach of release.

While Harrington Police responded to the complaint, Mr. Love was located by a Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement agent in the area of Park Brown and Fox Hunter roads.

Daequan Martin

• Daequan Martin, of Frederica, was indicted for first-degree robbery after an alleged incident at the Canterbury Shore Stop on Nov. 21, 2016 that netted cigars and cash. He was arrested without incident in Leipsic on Dec. 21, 2016.

Other charges included possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm or firearm ammunition by person prohibited, and possession of a destructive weapon – a shotgun.

• Anthony Ridgeway, 25, was arrested in Dover on Jan. 3, 2017 for an alleged violation of probation, His bond from a previous case was revoked and he was held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

Mr. Ridgeway is facing two indictments on charges including possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon (revolver), possession of deadly weapon by person prohibited, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug dealing, and third-degree criminal trespass.

Mr. Ridgeway was apprehended by the Dover Police Street Crimes Unit and Delaware Probation and Parole after initially fleeing, authorities said.

Trequon T. Seth

• Trequon T. Seth, 19, of Dover, was indicted in connection with an alleged Jan. 1, 2017 shooting near the parking lot of Lake Forest South Elementary School in Harrington.

A 17-year-old was shot in the leg during the incident, and Mr. Seth turned himself in to police two days later, authorities said.

Charges included first-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, first-degree reckless endangering, tampering with physical evidence, and second-degree conspiracy. He was initially held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in default of $109,000 cash bond.

• Gerald W. Shields, of Dover, was indicted for allegedly operating or attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory on Jan. 10, 2017.

He was 36 years old when taken into custody near a shed in the unit block of Wayne Drive in the Kent Acres development in Dover.

Other charges included drug dealing (methamphetamine) and illegal possession of a controlled substance.

William G. Small Jr.

• William G. Small Jr., was indicted after investigation into an alleged credit card/identity theft operation in Dover in 2016, authorities said.

Mr. Small, 22, was a Sears employee at the time of his arrest. Charges included possession of a scanning device with intent to unlawfully take credit card information, drug dealing (209.1 grams of marijuana packaged in a glass jar), theft, second-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also charged in connection with the investigation were alleged co-conspirators Raheem S. Williams 23, and Jonathan D. Williams Jr., 22.

Police said at the time of arrests that a credit card production site was allegedly located, along with multiple skimming devices, credit card embossing devices, and numerous blank chipped  and non-chipped credit cards.

• Shakir Swain, 23, of Dover, and Dante K. Sykes, 32, of Wilmington, were indicted on drug dealing charges that police said resulted from a traffic stop in Dover on Dec. 28.

Other counts included, among others, second-degree conspiracy and aggravated possession of heroin.

Police said the man of $6,087 in cash when taken into custody. A search warrant was obtained for a storage unit in the 600 block of Lafferty Lane in Dover, authorities said.

Clark Rholetter, left, Vivian J. Loder and David P. Loder were indicted this week on clandestine laboratory-related chages. (Submitted photos/Delaware State Police)

• David P. Loder, Vivian J. Loder, and Clark S. Rholetter were all indicted after investigation into an alleged clandestine laboratory on White Oak Road in Dover on Dec. 9, 2016.

Conspiracy charges also resulted, and the Loders were indicted on a maintaining a drug property count.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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