Kent County Sheriff’s Office reported more cases of copper theft. One involved more than $4,000 in copper stolen from Long Cove Marina on December 31st. Another involved copper stolen from a residence in Worton. Thieves take copper because they can get easy money for it at scrap yards. Please call KCSO if you see any suspicious activity around homes, businesses and power lines.
The sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a 5-month-old boy. Marcus Lavon Wicks, who lived part-time in Millington with his father and grandparents, was pronounced dead at Chester River Hospital Center, according to Sheriff John F. Price. The infant’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. Cpl. Dennis Hickman, the lead investigator, attended the autopsy. The results of the autopsy were not immediately available. Price said the preliminary investigation suggests the infant’s death was accidental.
Authorities in Maryland say a stolen tanker truck carrying more than 3,000 gallons of gasoline was found in Pennsylvania according to Kent County Sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Owens. The FBI assisted with the search for the Alger Oil truck that was stolen from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Philadelphia Police said the truck was returned back to Alger after the Homeland Security Detachment of the Philadelphia Police Department gave the truck a routine inspection. Alger services the upper Eastern Shore and Harford County in Maryland, northern Delaware and southern Pennsylvania.
During the commissioners meeting on June 7, members of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office were recognized for their service. Each award recipient received a framed citation and a lapel pin.
Recognized for Controlled Dangerous Substances and Driving While Intoxicated Enforcement – Deputy 1st Class Harry Kettner, Deputy 1st Class Amanda Davis and Deputy 1st Class Michael Piasecki. Sgt. Steven Linz was recognized for his leadership skills and enforcement of CDS, and for being the coordinator for the drug roundup program.
Sheriff’s Accommodation – Deputy 1st Class Ashley Bayne for the way she handled herself and the situation while responding to a domestic violence complaint.
Seizure of Drug Paraphernalia and CDS – Deputy 1st Class Brandon Davis and Cpl. Nathan Blazejack for their work at a residence along Morgnec Road, which included 113 vials of marijuana oil with a street value of $100,000 to $200,000.
Citation – Lt. Scott Metzbower for his work with the Millington Pharmacy robbery in finding evidence that led to a suspects arrest in Pennsylvania as well as the seizure of more than 200 prescription pills.
Civilian Award – Shelly McMath, the victim witness service provider for the sheriff’s office. McMath works with victims of crime to link them with support groups to help them deal with the trauma of being part of a crime. Since the program’s inception McMath has helped more than 900 victims.
In the Kent County Sheriff’s Office 2011 annual prescription drug roundup, deputies collected enough unwanted medications to fill four 32-gallon trash cans. The program was organized by the Adolescent Substance Abuse Coalition in cooperation with the sheriff’s office. Sgt. Steven Linz of the sheriff’s office and Tom Clark of ASAC manned tables in firehouses and other locations throughout the county from April 4 to 14, accepting unwanted or outdated prescriptions or over-the-counter medicine. The items county residents brought included aspirin, vitamins, narcotics, painkillers and a few veterinary medications. Among the 160 different drugs collected were methadone, Xanax, Vicodin, Ritalin, oxycodone, Darvocet and codeine. Price estimated the street value of the drugs at more than $16,000.
Two men were robbed last week in an incident very similar to one happening to some people who buy from people met online. Pablo Anguiano of Middletown, DE and Keith Caples of Stevensville told KCSO Deputies they met an unidentified man at the corner of Still Pond Neck Road and Clark Road to discuss buying a motorcycle from the other man. Moments after meeting, two masked men with shotguns came out of the wooded area near the meeting place, ordered the victims on the ground and robbed them of $2700. The pair fled in a silver Lexus. No one was hurt. No description of the suspects is available yet, and there is no word whether the supposed seller of the motorcycle was part of the plan. Anyone with information should call KCSO at 410-778-2279.
A home invasion suspect trying to flee police in a stolen vehicle was wounded by Kent County Sheriff John F. Price IV. The unidentified Cambridge man allegedly drove directly at the sheriff who was trying to block his escape. The wounded man, who police have not identified by name, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He is under police guard. The man is being treated for a single gunshot wound to the arm. He is in stable condition and is expected to survive, according to investigators. Sheriff Price, 52, was not injured.
Former Kent County Sheriff James A. Higdon is facing weapons and related charges as the result of a 4-hour police standoff that took place at his Dover home last week. Dover police say officers attempted to serve a warrant on Higdon, 58, after a warrant was obtained by Delaware State Police charging Higdon with violating a protection from abuse order. When officers showed up at Higdon’s home on 49 Laurel Drive, they initially made verbal contact through a window. Police say Higdon refused to exit the home or allow officers to come inside.
Officers were about to force entry when further information revealed that there may be weapons in the home. A standoff ensued that lasted approximately four hours. Authorities say Higdon began threatening to shoot officers, as well as himself.
Police say that after Higdon continued to refuse to surrender, the Dover Police Special Operations Response Team forced entry into his home and took him into custody without further incident. A search of the home revealed that Higdon was in possession of two firearms that he was not permitted to have because of the active PFA order.
Higdon was initially taken to Bay Health Medical Center and later committed to Rockford Center for further mental health evaluation. Police say that upon release, he will have to answer to the criminal charges. Higdon served as the sheriff of Kent County from 1994 until last November when he lost his re-election bid to Norman Wood, an 18-year veteran of the Smyrna Police Department.
Weldon Leon Ferguson, 57, of 10726 Kasota Road, has been charged with drug offenses after members of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office narcotics team conducted a search and seizure warrant at his residence on October 28. During the search, 16 mature marijuana plants were found near the rear of the house. A brush wall had been constructed to hide the plants, and trails were identifiable leading to the original growing locations in the marshy area behind the house. Approximately one-half pound of processed marijuana also was found along with glass vials, plastic containers, baggies, scales, a drug ledger and other drug paraphernalia and packaging tools and materials.
Ferguson has been charged with manufacturing and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, maintaining a common nuisance for the purpose of drug distribution, possession of CDS production equipment, possession of marijuana packing material, and possession of cocaine and marijuana. Ferguson was arrested and held at the Kent County Detention Center on $20,000 bond. He posted bond and was released from commitment.
Kent County’s sheriff is facing drunken driving charges after a Delaware state trooper pulled him. The Delaware State News reports that a summons filed with the Justice of the Peace Court in Dover states that 57-year-old James Higdon was driving an SUV registered to his wife when he was pulled over. The summons says Higdon’s blood alcohol content was 0.256, more than three times the legal limit. He is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and must report to court on June 18. Higdon declined to comment when a Delaware State News reporter reached him by phone.