Dover search warrant results in arrest on drug, firearm charges

DOVER — A 31-year-old man was arrested on drug and firearm charges Thursday after a search warrant execution at a residence the day before, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl, Mark Hoffman said.

Bradley Parker

Bradley Parker was not present during the search in the 700 block of Bacon Avenue Wednesday, but turned himself in to police. According to authorities, officers seized 2,507 grams of marijuana and a .357 revolver.

Charges included possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm by person prohibited, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Parker was released after posting $89,200 secured bond.

Drug charges result from Millsboro traffic stop

MILLSBORO -—A 33-year-old Millsboro man was arrested Thursday after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

The alleged incident occurred at approximately 7:01 p.m. when a trooper observed a 2004 dark blue Ford Explorer traveling eastbound on Old Landing Road, approaching the intersection at Iron Branch Road, authorities said.

James Eley

The vehicle then made a right turn onto Iron Branch Road when the operator failed to use their turn signal, police said.

A traffic stop was initiated and the driver was identified as James Eley. Police said he attempted to flee on foot from police and was subsequently apprehended.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and located inside was approximately 7800 bags of heroin (54.6 grams).

Mr. Eley was also in the possession of over $500 in suspected drug proceeds, police said.

Charges included possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in Tier 4 quantity, possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, resisting arrest, failure to signal and failure to have registration plate light. Mr. Eley was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $61,000 cash only bond.

Townsend man convicted for setting home on fire

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Justice announced Friday some case updates including, among others:

• A Superior Court jury convicted a 42-year-old Townsend man of setting his home on fire after an argument with his daughter.

Deputy Attorney General Matthew Bloom secured the guilty verdict for Christopher Gregg.

In November 2017, Gregg argued with one of his children, trashed her bedroom, and threw her belongings out of the window, the DOJ said. Once the house was empty, Gregg set fire to the house and a barn about 100 feet away, authorities said.

The fires also damaged a truck parked nearby. The home, known as the Vandyke-Heath House, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The jury convicted Gregg of two counts of second-degree arson and third-degree arson. He faces up to 18 years in prison when sentenced next year.

The State Fire Marshal’s office investigated the fire. Deputy Attorney General Amanda DiLiberto, investigator Guillermo Santiago, social worker Courtney Cochran, and paralegal Lisa Loikith prepared and prosecuted the case.

• A 30-year-old Middletown man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for committing numerous sex acts with a minor child over the course of a year.

Joseph Jones pleaded guilty in August to continuous sexual abuse of a child. From 2016 through November 2017, Jones repeatedly abused a child, the DOJ said.

A Superior Court judge sentenced Jones to 40 years in prison, followed by six months of either home confinement or work release, then 12 months of probation. Jones must also register as a Tier III sex offender.

Deputy Attorney General Kelly Sheridan prosecuted the case with paralegal Jayna Quillen, social worker Lisa Rapko, and officers from the Middletown Police Department assisting in the investigation and prosecution.


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