Veteran Kent paramedic resigns following stalking charge

Ralph Poore

DOVER — A long-time Kent County paramedic supervisor resigned Tuesday morning following his stalking arrest the day before, a spokeswoman said.

Ralph Douglas Poore, 54, of Harrington, was in uniform when he allegedly drove to his ex-girlfriend’s residence Monday morning after earlier warnings to stay away, Dover Police said. He was immediately recognized by a Stoney Drive neighbor, authorities said, and fled from the scene in a red Mercedes convertible just after 7:30 a.m.

Mr. Poore was arrested without incident later in the day at his Kent County Department of Public Safety workplace at 911 Public Safety Boulevard.

Other than confirming that Mr. Poore – employed more than 20 years by Kent County – had resigned, spokeswoman Kelly Pitts had no further comment.

When announcing the arrest Monday, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said, “Poore was previously contacted in August of 2016 and advised that the former girlfriend wished to end all contact with him after he repeatedly made statements that placed her in fear for her safety,”

In an arrest affidavit, Mr. Poore’s alleged statements regarding the woman’s “death/funeral arrangements” were referenced, along with “his continual behavior of attempting to contact her …”

The affidavit indicated that the woman was at home when Mr. Poore arrived.

According to police in court documents, Mr. Poore was contacted by officers on Aug. 30, 2016 and Dec. 6, 2016 following alleged unwanted contact. He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor harassment after the second reported incident. Police did not disclose the outcome of that case.

Mr. Poore was arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and released on $2,000 unsecured bond ordered by Judge John R. Hudson. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Friday morning.

Stalking is classified as a felony in Delaware Code and it is defined as when the person knowingly engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person and that conduct would cause a reasonable person to:

• Fear physical injury to himself or herself or that of another person; or

• Suffer other significant mental anguish or distress that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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