Police Briefs

Two troopers allegedly assaulted during traffic stop

SMYRNA — Police said two troopers were assaulted and an arrest made during a Wednesday night traffic stop on northbound U.S. 13.

Delaware State Police said the alleged incident occurred at 8:25 p.m. when members of the of the Kent County Governor’s Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a white Honda Accord south of Smyrna Landing Road.

The trooper knew that the driver, James Mayer, 38, of Smyrna, had an active warrant in reference to a drug investigation, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Police said Mr. Mayer resisted an attempt to place him into custody, and a trooper deployed a Taser and detained him..

During the struggle with Mr. Mayer, police said, two troopers suffered minor injuries. One trooper went to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover where he was treated and released. The second trooper declined medical treatment.

Police said Mr. Mayer was allegedly found possessing 54.67 grams of suspected crack cocaine and 17 Oxycodone pills.

Charges included possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, manufactures, delivers, or possesses with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a Tier 4 quantity, two counts of second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Mayer was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 11 for his active warrant on drug related charges and current charges. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $120,000 secured bond.

Houston man arrested on extortion charge

MILFORD — A 26-year-old Houston man was taken into custody without incident Wednesday and charged with extortion that followed an investigation in late July, Milford Police said.

Authorities were contacted on July 30 and said preliminary investigation revealed that an unknown person left a note on a person’s vehicle demanding an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency or the unknown person would kill the vehicle owner.

Detectives determined that the threat was credible, spokesman Det. Timothy Maloney said.

Through further investigation, police said, Nikolaih Rivera was identified as a suspect. He was charged with extortion, theft under $1,500 and criminal mischief under $1,000.

Mr. Rivera was presented at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and committed to the Delaware Department of Correction in default of $9,250 secured bail.

He was issued a no contact order with the vehicle owner in the case.


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