Seaford Police officers honored for service

By Tony E. Windsor

Police officers and emergency communication center dispatchers were honored during the recent 2017 Seaford Police Department Awards Ceremony, held at the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department banquet hall on Thursday, Feb. 22. Seaford Police Chief Gary Flood, a 40-year veteran of the department, presented the honors. Among the honors presented included:

Exceptional Duty Award Sgt. Mike Rapa, S/Cpl. Cole Scott, Cpl. Frankie Bradley and Patrolman Jon James
On Oct. 20, officers responded to the High Street area in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival officers observed heavy smoke coming from the front door. Officers were advised it was unknown if all individuals were out of the building. Officers entered the building and began to check the apartments. Due to heavy smoke the officers were forced to exit the building. Officers were then advised that one tenant was still in the building. Officers re-entered the building and located the tenant and were able to lead him out of the building.
S/Cpl. Toby Laurion, Cpl. Kyle Linville and Pfc. Mike Short
On March 17, officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of US 13. Upon approaching the vehicle officers detected marijuana. A subsequent search revealed 606 bags of heroin, 24 grams of powder cocaine, 56.5 grams of marijuana, 3 oxy pills, and two fully loaded handguns along with $4,864.33 in suspected drug money, which was seized.

Unit Citation Commendation Awards Sgt. Russ Little, S/Cpl. Toby Laurion, Pfc. Mike Short and Patrolman Tyler Wyatt
On June 12, officers were dispatched to the Comfort Suites, US 13, in reference to a domestic complaint. Upon arrival officers learned from a female at the motel that a male suspect had fled. The female also advised that drugs were still in the room. Officers went to the room with permission of the female and recovered 541 bags of heroin. Warrants were then obtained for the male party.
Sgt. Chris Miller, S/Cpl. Eric Chambers, Pfc. Tyler Justice, Pfc. John Thompson, Patrolman Jon James, Dispatchers Kyle Mitchell and Angie Bowen On June 6, officers responded to Delmarva Shooting Supply in the Seaford Village Shopping Center where the owner had observed two male suspects behind his store loading handguns. The owner was preparing to close and believed the suspects were going to attempt to rob the store. Upon officers arrival both suspects attempted to flee the scene. A foot pursuit ensued and officers were able to eventually take the two suspects into custody. One handgun was recovered.
Lt. Glenn VanFleet, Sgt. Mike Rapa, S/Cpl. Cole Scott and S/Cpl. Eric Chambers
On Aug. 6, officers responded to an armed robbery at the Jumbo China Restaurant. A suspect fled the scene. Several days later a shoplifting suspect was taken into custody and brought to the police department. It was determined by his clothing description and physical description he matched the suspect involved in the Jumbo China robbery. He was interviewed by detectives and gave a full confession to the robbery.
Sgt. Russ Little, S/Cpl. Toby Laurion, Cpl. Kyle Linville, Pfc. Mike Short and Patrolman Rene McKinnon
On Aug. 29, officers responded to a domestic violence incident where the female of the residence received a deep laceration above her eye. The suspect had fled the scene. Eventually the suspect returned and officers responded back to the area. A search was conducted and officers located the suspect behind an above ground pool next door. A physical confrontation ensued and he was eventually taken into custody and arrested. He was committed to the Department of Corrections.
Sgt. Russ Little, S/Cpl. Toby Laurion, Cpl. Kyle Linville and Patrolman Rene McKinnon
On Sept. 6, officers conducted a traffic stop. Upon contact the police noticed a strong smell of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed several bags of marijuana with a total weight of 256.8 grams along with $283 in suspected drug money.
Sgt. Valerie Horn and S/Cpl. Eric Chambers
On Sept. 8, the Seaford Police Department's Criminal Division conducted a joint investigation with the US Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). A search warrant was executed which led to the recovery of 65 bags of heroin along with paraphernalia and one vehicle was seized.

Sgt. Russ Little, S/Cpl. Toby Laurion, Cpl. Kyle Linville, Pfc. Mike Short and Patrolman Rene McKinnon
On Sept. 8, at 2:55 a.m., officers were dispatched to an alarm sounding at Heritage Jewelers, Hall Street. Officers observed a broken window and realized the suspects had fled the scene. Officers were able to lift several latent fingerprints from the broken window which were then sent to the Delaware Bureau of Investigation. The prints identified a local suspect who was later arrested for the burglary.
S/Cpl. Toby Laurion, Pfc. Mike Short and Patrolman Rene McKinnon
On Sept. 11, officers responded to the area of Pond Street in reference to a burglary of a flat screen television. Officers were able to lift latent prints which were sent to the Delaware Bureau of Identification. The prints matched a local suspect which enabled officers to obtain an arrest warrant. The suspect was later taken into custody and confessed to the crime.
S/Cpl. Toby Laurion and Patrolman Rene McKinnon
On Sept. 20, officers responded to Woodland Mills apartments in reference to a burglary complaint. A suspect entered through a bedroom window and removed property from the residence and fled. Officers lifted latent prints which were forwarded to the Delaware Bureau of Identification. Prints matched a local suspect and arrest warrants were obtained. This was also the same subject involved in the Sept. 11, incident on Pond Street. The subject was arrested and is awaiting trial.
Sgt. Val Horn, S/Cpl. Eric Chambers, Pfc. John Thompson, Pfc. Kyle Jones assisted by the Dover Safe Street Unit
On Nov. 11, the criminal division along with the Dover Police Department's Safe Streets Unit and state office of Probation and Parole conducted a drug investigation which resulted in three search warrants being executed in city limits along with open air drug sales. As a result 23 arrests were made along with the seizure of 227 ecstasy pills, 5.9 grams of crack cocaine, 10 bags of heroin, 19.8 grams of marijuana along with the seizure of 45 rounds of ammunition.
Pfc. Tyler Justice and Pfc. John Thompson
On Nov. 13, officers conducted a traffic stop and noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Ultimately a search of the vehicle revealed a large zip bag of marijuana with 75 grams inside.
S/Cpl. Eric Chambers, Pfc. Mike Short and Patrolman Rene McKinnon
On Nov. 16, officers observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Motel 6. As officers began their approach to the vehicle the suspects quickly exited the vehicle. As officers were interviewing the suspects they noticed a strong odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed 2 pounds of marijuana. Both subjects were arrested.
Pfc. Tyler Justice and Pfc. John Thompson
On Nov. 18, officers responded to Wal-Mart for a suspicious subject in parking lot. The reporting person stated that the subject was attempting to kick his windshield out of his vehicle. Officers observed what appeared to be cocaine in plain view. A search of the vehicle reveled 14.4 grams of powder cocaine, along with 440 bags of heroin.
S/Cpl. Eric Chambers, S/Cpl. Matt Mills, Pfc. Kyle Jones and Patrolman Tyler Wyatt
On Nov. 21, officers received a call that two subjects were possibly selling drugs in the North Arch Street area. Officers responded and attempted to contact the subjects who began to flee. Both suspects were apprehended. Officers confiscated 26 bags of heroin along with $661 in suspected drug money. Cpl. Kyle Linville and Pfc. Mike Short
On Nov. 21, officers conducted a traffic stop. Officers observed a suspect shaking and sweating. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 163 grams of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia, along with $465 in suspected drug money.
Sgt. Russ Little, Cpl. Frankie Bradley and Pfc. Mike Short
On Nov. 30, officer conducted a traffic stop in the Hall Street area. As the officer approached the operator he noticed a strong odor of marijuana. The operator had outstanding warrants for his arrest and a search of the vehicle revealed 50 rounds of 357 handgun ammunition by a person prohibited, a digital scale along with 81 bags of heroin, 26 grams of marijuana, and a 2006 Jaguar vehicle which was seized and forfeited. The subject was arrested and committed to the Department of Corrections.

News tips wanted
Call us with ideas for news and features. We're always looking for good stories to share with readers. Call Bryant Richardson at 629-9788.