Trooper directing traffic injured when dragged

WILMINGTON – A Delaware State Police trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries when dragged by a vehicle while directing traffic Monday afternoon, authorities said.

According to DSP spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin, the incident began at approximately 1:48 p.m. as the trooper, an 18-year veteran assigned to Troop 6, was out of his vehicle, manually directing traffic at the intersection of Kirkwood Highway and Farrand Drive due to the lights malfunctioning.

Soon after beginning the traffic detail, the trooper encountered a dark colored SUV, and had an interaction with the driver as the vehicle was stopped. During this interaction the vehicle drove off, dragging the trooper approximately one tenth of a mile, before he was separated from the vehicle, coming to rest in a grass median on Farrand Drive at the entrance to Kirkwood Gardens. The vehicle then fled the scene without stopping.

The trooper was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police asked anyone with information to Detective H. Carroll of the Troop 2 Major Crimes Unit at 365-8467. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Police: 2 charged after drugs sent through US mail

DOVER — Two were arrested on drug charges following the detection of MDMA received through mail at the Dover Post Office, authorities said Monday.

According to spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Dover PD and Homeland Security investigated, along with Customs and Border Patrol and United States Postal Inspections. Michael Palmer Jr., 31, and Sheldon Claud, 38, were arrested without incident in the post office parking lot after receiving a package.

Police said that in addition to the 201.2 grams of MDMA, the following items were located: 45.2 grams of powder cocaine; 27.6 grams of crack cocaine; 532.6 grams of marijuana; 196 doses of LSD; approximately 1,239 bags of heroin (8.673 grams); 52 vials of THC oil (approx. 38.084 grams); loaded 9mm handgun; $6,904 in drug proceeds.

Possession charges included firearm during commission of a felony, heroin, crack cocaine, MDMA, with intent to deliver heroin, MDMA and crack cocaine, LSD (two counts), marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearm by person prohibited, along with second-degree conspiracy.

Both men were committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown, Mr. Palmer on a $702,200 cash bond, Claud on $691,200.

Suspect identified in burglary of US Gas

DOVER — A suspect is sought after US Gas was burglarized between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

The incident at 461 N. DuPont Highway was recorded on surveillance footage and determined that Kerry Pinkard, 56, allegedly broke a window to the business and stole an undisclosed amount of cash prior to fleeing, police said.

Third-degree burglary and other related charges are pending, police said.

Police asked anyone with information to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delawarecrimestoppers.com. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

Burglaries reported at Mod Pizza, Kirkland’s

DOVER — Two burglaries in the same shopping center last week are under investigation, ,Dover Police said.

According to spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, between 9:50 p.m. Thursday and 8:04 a.m. Friday, an unknown suspect used a rock to break a window next to the front door of Mod Pizza. An undisclosed amount of cash from the registers was stolen.

At approximately 3:05 a,n,, police said, an unknown black male suspect used a rock to break a lower glass window next to the front door of Kirkland’s. Once inside the business, the suspect rummaged through the registers and through back offices before fleeing. It does not appear the suspect stole anything from Kirkland’s, police said.

Police asked anyone with information to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delawarecrimestoppers.com. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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