17 January Open Thread

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Two Arrested After Assaulting/Threatening Woman with Gun 1-14-2019

Incident/Complaint#:  50-19-1329

Date/Time:   Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7:35AM

Location:   Unit Block of East Loockerman Street, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department arrested two suspects on assault and weapons charges following an incident on Sunday morning.  At approximately 7:35AM, a 37-year-old woman was involved in a confrontation with Nathaniel Hampton (27) in the 300 Block of Frear Drive.  Hampton struck the woman several times in the head with a revolver, pointed a gun at her, and fired one shot, nearly striking the victim.   The victim began to flee but was once again confronted by Hampton and was joined by Chelsie Cooper (26).  Cooper then pointed the revolver at the woman and threatened to kill her before fleeing.

Nathaniel Hampton was arrested and released on $11,000 UNSECURED bond on the following offenses:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Reckless Endangering 1st Degree
-Aggravated Menacing
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Assault 3rd Degree
-Possession of Marijuana
-Terroristic Threatening

Chelsie Cooper was arrested and released on $20.00 UNSECURED bond on the following charges:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Reckless Endangering 1st Degree
-Aggravated Menacing
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Terroristic Threatening

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Rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. each night, doors open for general admission at 6 p.m.

The Lone Star Championship Rodeo returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26 with a full rodeo lineup, including bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, cowgirls’ breakaway roping, steer wrestling, team roping, cowgirls’ barrel racing and – of course – bull riding. The rodeo is co-sanctioned with the American Professional Rodeo Association and features professional and amateur cowboys and cowgirls from all over the region.

Specialty acts include Mike Wentworth, two-time Barrelman of the Year, and Lindsey Wentworth, trick roper, whip cracker and gunslinger extraordinaire.
Events for kids ages 10 & under start around 7 p.m. before the rodeo kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Kids can participate in the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest and gold rush each night.

VIP Experience
The VIP experience includes seats on the ground floor and the chance to get up close and personal with the livestock and cowboys. VIPs can take advantage of early entry starting at 5:30 p.m. to get a tour of the bucking chutes and learn about roping events. Guests will also hear about the myths of the rodeo world and learn how good the animals have it on the rodeo trail. The experience includes a chance to meet the specialty acts, contestants and riders and get autographs and pictures. VIPs will also receive a score sheet to follow the action all night long. VIP tours will end promptly at 6:45 p.m. each night.

Concessions and shopping are also available on site.

Troopers Seek Assistance in Locating Wanted Sex Offender


Date Posted: Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Dover, DE- The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit (S.O.A.R) is currently looking for the following wanted sex offender. They may or may not be wanted for sex related offenses. If anyone knows the location of this subject, they are asked to call 302-672-5306. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com/

Daniel Kirlin is reportedly homeless, but frequents the Dover area. He is described as a white male, 33 years of age, 6’00”, 175 lbs.

For detailed information log on to: sexoffender.dsp.delaware.gov

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Letter To The Editor

Bill McDermott

I wanted to say a few words about Bill McDermott.  We haven’t seen eye to eye on a lot of things but he has always cared about getting justice for Christine Sheddy and the family she left behind.  On January 4, 2019 he did just that!  As his last case in Worcester County this man got final justice for my daughter Christine.

For the people that dont know… Billy McDermott (before he passed the bar) was working in the Worcester County States Attorney’s office.  In addition to his other duties, Billy researched my daughters case.  There were many nights that he slept in that office working for my Christine.   Billy’s hard work and pursuit for justice paid off and came full circle on his last case in Worcester County.  Bill McDermott successfully argued Tia Johnson had violated her parole conditions and the judge agreed.  Tia was given her back up time to serve.

Thank you Billy for caring about my daughter, Christine Sheddy.  Although we have disagreed in the past I would like you to know that I appreciated everything you did for my girl.  I only wish you the best.  Wicomico County is lucky to have you.

Thanks again

Lynn Dodenhoff

Christine’s Mom