Five Delaware firefighters were charged with malicious destruction by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department last Friday after they allegedly drove around the Bishopville-St. Martin’s Neck Road area throwing watermelons at mailboxes and other roadside targets.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a citizen in the Bishopville area claiming that several people were riding around in a dark-colored pickup smashing mailboxes. With the help of Maryland State Police troopers, they found a truck matching that description on St. Martin’s Neck Road near Route 90.
Police said of the truck’s five male occupants, four of them were in the bed of the truck. They were identified as Stewart William Pryor, 28, of Millsboro, Del., Dylan Lee Sharp, 19, of Milton, Del., Franklin Adam Martin, 23, of Milton, Del., Sean James MaGee, 23, of Selbyville, Del., and Addison Hill-Bittner, 22, of Rehoboth, Del.
Police also discovered 29 watermelons in the truck bed.
An investigation confirmed that watermelons had been used to damage 14 mailboxes, one trashcan, and one church parsonage sign on Bishopville and St. Martin’s Neck Roads.
All five identified themselves as Sussex County firefighters during interviews.
Found in bathroom
An Ocean City man was arrested for assault and malicious destruction of property early Monday morning after allegedly attacking his wife and then hiding in the bathroom closet.
Ocean City police responded to 110 75th Street at 1:22 a.m. on Oct. 7 for a report of domestic assault. Officers made contact with the victim, who claimed that she had gotten into a fight with her husband, later identified as Brant A. Quick, 26.
Quick allegedly pushed the victim onto a bed, and attempted to restrain her by putting his hand at least partially in her mouth. The victim then bit down on Quick’s thumb, causing him to relent. He fled when neighbors responded to his wife’s screams.
However, Quick allegedly smashed the victim’s cell phone before running. Police said the victim had bruises on her right cheek and left temple. They also recovered a broken Samsung Galaxy S2.
Police were unable to locate Quick, but discovered that he was wanted by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department for failing to appear in court on a previous assault charge. Before leaving the scene, police told the victim to contact them immediately if Quick returned to the residence before the victim left to stay the night elsewhere.
At 3:30 a.m., officers received another call reporting that while the victim was packing her bags, she “saw Quick’s arm extending from inside a closet in the bathroom,” according to charging documents.
Upon arrival, the victim told police she had run out of the house and called police after discovering that her husband had re-entered the home and was hiding in the bathroom closet. Police entered the home and apprehended Quick.
Quick was charged with second-degree domestic assault and malicious destruction of property.
Realistic BB gun
Ocean City police arrested a Washington state man for having a BB gun and a knife in his car during a traffic stop early Sunday.
Police pulled over a black Chevy Suburban at 1:01 a.m. Oct. 6 after it made an illegal left turn from the middle lane of Baltimore Avenue onto Second Street.
While at the vehicle’s window, police reported they saw the barrel of a gun protruding from between the center console and front passenger seat.
They also observed the handle of a knife behind the driver’s seat. Police said both weapons were in easy reach of the driver, Jose Antonio Salas-Xolot, 37, of Yakima, Wash.
Police said the gun turned out to be a “Phantom” model, with an appearance indistinguishable from an actual semi-automatic pistol. The Town of Ocean City has an ordinance banning the carrying of “gun replicas” in public thoroughfares.
Salas-Xolot was charged with carrying a concealed knife, carrying a gun replica, and cited for an improper turn.
A husband and wife were both charged with domestic assault after police went to a downtown hotel, where furnishings had allegedly been broken by the combatants.
Ocean City police questioned Flor De Maria Olivarri, 36, of Silver Spring, after seeing her in the hotel lobby at 11:50 a.m. on Oct. 4 with marks indicating an assault. At 1:10 a.m. her husband, Jason Michael Olivarri, 45, of the same address, arrived at the hotel in similar condition. Both had their wounds photographed by police.
Ms. Olivarri was also charged with violation of a protective order after discovering that her husband had a protective order against her in Montgomery County.
Hiding in bathtub
Ocean City police arrested a woman early Monday who was hiding in a bathtub after having assaulted her boyfriend.
Police originally responded to a mid-town location at 11:18 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, to find a victim with bruising and swelling over his left eye. The victim told officers that his girlfriend, later identified as Becky Lee Schaffer, 55, had punched him in the eye and head during an argument. According to the victim, he had been living with Schaffer for five years, but they had only recently moved to a 62nd Street apartment.
Police left the area after they could not find Schaffer, but were called back to the apartment by the victim shortly after midnight. Police said Schaffer was found hiding behind a curtain in the bathtub.
When questioned, Schaffer said the victim had been calling her inflammatory names so she hit him, according to police.
She further said the two had been fighting because “he’s a drunk and has no job.”
Police noted that both Schaffer and the victim were visibly intoxicated. Schaffer was charged with second-degree assault.
Pot, Vicodin at traffic stop
Illicit substances were found during a morning traffic stop on Oct. 4.
Ocean City police saw a Volkswagen with Pennsylvania plates in the area of 115th Street and Coastal Highway at 7:53 a.m. driving with its brake lights out. Police said all three of the vehicle’s occupants were not wearing their seat belts.
Upon approaching the vehicle, police noted that the driver appeared abnormally nervous and that the passengers appeared to be trying to conceal something.
The occupants were ordered out of the vehicle. One of the occupants, Brandy Lee Paup, 28, admitted that she had a marijuana grinder in her purse.
A search of the car turned up a small bag of marijuana behind the seat where Paup had been sitting.
Besides the grinder, a glass pipe and two pills of Vicodin were found in her purse.
Paup was charged with possession of marijuana, Vicodin and drug paraphernalia.