Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash- Wilmington – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Friday, October 15th, 2021

Wilmington- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred early this morning.

On October 15, 2021, at approximately 12:40 a.m., a 2011 Yamaha FZ8 motorcycle operated by a 27-year-old Pennsylvania man was traveling southbound on Interstate 95 in the single southbound lane of travel and was approaching its interchange with Route 141.  Due to active road construction in the area, Interstate 95 southbound traffic was restricted to the left most lane of travel.  The Yamaha was traveling at a high rate of speed as it passed a vehicle on the left shoulder.  The Yamaha then reentered the southbound lane and proceeded to travel past another vehicle on the right.  At that point, the operator of the Yamaha lost control and struck the guardrail which separates Interstate 95 southbound from I-295 southbound.  The operator was ejected from the motorcycle and struck two additional guardrail posts. The Yamaha came to rest within the lane of travel inside the construction area. 

The 27-year-old operator of the Yamaha was pronounced deceased at the scene. His identification is pending notification to the next of kin.

The Yamaha motorcycle was a reported stolen vehicle by New Castle County Police on August 23, 2021.

Interstate 95 southbound was closed for approximately 3 hours while the collision was investigated, and the roadway cleared.

This collision remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Master Corporal John Breen by calling 302-365-8486.Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at Debra.Reed@delaware.gov.

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Police need help finding killer of Ontario man with Hell’s Angels ties


A man killed near Carleton Place, Ont., last fall had ties to outlaw biker gangs and was likely bludgeoned to death inside a former meat-packing plant he’d converted to a legal cannabis grow-op, provincial police say.

Ontario Provincial Police released new details Thursday in the killing of 39-year-old Greg Slewidge, whose badly beaten body was found just outside the eastern Ontario town on Sept. 24, 2020.

“I’m confident there’s people in the Ottawa area that have information that can help us identify the culprit or culprits responsible for Greg’s murder,” said Det. Insp. Chris Landry, from the OPP’s criminal investigation branch.

“I encourage them to come forward with that information.”

Slewidge was the son of Lyndon Slewidge, a retired OPP officer who sang the national anthem at Ottawa Senators’ games for more than two decades.

Shortly before Greg Slewidge was killed, a dark-coloured sedan was seen entering the facility at 1864 Scotch Corners Rd., Landry told reporters.

A member of the Hell’s Angels, Slewidge had rented the former meat-packing facility in 2017 and used it for a legal cannabis growing operation, Landry said.

There was no sign of forced entry, he added.

Ontario Provincial Police have also announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in Slewidge’s killing. (OPP)

In the ensuing attack, Slewidge sustained “blunt force injuries consistent with some type of hard object,” Landry later told CBC in an interview, and the attack was carried out by one or several suspects who may have been wearing “construction-type work boots.”

“Maybe [people] know somebody that purchased boots like this in and around the time of Greg’s murder. Maybe they disposed of boots like this at around the time of Greg’s murder,” said Landry.

“I want to hear from them.”

Det. Insp. Chris Landry is from the OPP’s criminal investigations branch. (Joseph Tunney/CBC)

Tip line launched

In order to get more information, OPP unveiled a van Thursday adorned with a prominent photo of Slewidge and a tip line people can call if they have information.

The van will travel to different communities, the OPP said, while investigators will go door-to-door, sharing pamphlets about the homicide. The tip line is 1-844-478-5656.

“We are confident we can help Greg Slewidge’s family find resolution,” said Craig Abrams, superintendent of operations for OPP East Region.

“Our shared goal is to find out what happened to Greg, and discover why he met with foul play.”



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Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance With Solving Fatal Pedestrian Collision- Wilmington – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Wilmington- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit requests the public’s assistance in solving a fatal pedestrian collision.

On September 8, 2021, at approximately 4:14 a.m., troopers received a report of a pedestrian located in the right thru northbound lane of DE SR 100 (South DuPont Road), within the area of the intersection with Taft Avenue. The investigation determined an unknown vehicle was traveling northbound on DE SR 100 in the right thru travel lane when it struck the pedestrian. The vehicle continued traveling northbound towards the intersection of DE SR 100 and Faulkland Road to an unknown destination.

The victim identified as Jason Gooden, 34, of Wilmington was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Troopers request anyone who witnessed this collision, resides in the area who may have doorbell or surveillance footage, or any suspect vehicle information to contact Master Corporal John Breen by calling 302-365-8486 or emailing John.Breen@delaware.gov. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at Debra.Reed@delaware.gov.

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Police say Vancouver man admits stealing six travel trailers


A Vancouver man accused of stealing almost $200,000 worth of travel trailers from Brush Prairie and Sunnyside storage facilities appeared Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court.

Omar Velazquez, 31, was arrested on suspicion of six counts each of first-degree theft and second-degree burglary.

Judge Suzan Clark set his bail at $50,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 27.

The Portland Police Bureau arrested Velazquez in June and said he was driving a Dodge Ram pickup that had been reported stolen out of Hillsboro, Ore. He was also hauling a stolen Forest River Wildcat travel trailer valued at $45,000, according to a probable cause affidavit. The Portland agency contacted the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, which had taken a report in May about the trailer stolen from NW Self Storage in Brush Prairie.

According to the police reports, Velazquez can be seen on surveillance video using the pickup to steal six travel trailers with values of at least $25,000. The thefts at Padden Storage in the Sunnyside neighborhood and NW Self Storage were reported between April 20 and June 16, the affidavit states.

One of the trailers reported stolen in June from Padden Storage was found near Delta Park in north Portland later that month, court records state.

During police interviews, Velazquez admitted to stealing each of the trailers, according to the affidavit.

He told police someone gave him the passcode to a secured lot at Padden Storage to steal a 2021 Grand Design Transcend, which was valued at $30,000, in May in exchange for money.

Court records state the only trailer not recovered was the Grand Design Transcend.





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Delaware State Police Investigate Fatal Single Vehicle Collision- Townsend – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Townsend- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle collision that occurred Monday night in Townsend.

On October 11, 2021, at approximately 8:46 p.m., a 2009 Nissan Versa operated by a 20-year-old Townsend woman traveled westbound on Blackbird Station Road after proceeding through the intersection with Dexter Corner Road.  The Nissan failed to negotiate a curve to the right and traveled across the eastbound lane of travel before leaving the roadway.  The Nissan continued to travel into a heavily wooded area, striking 2 small trees before finally striking a larger tree head-on.

The 20-year-old operator of the Nissan was not wearing a seatbelt and was completely ejected from the vehicle.  She was flown to Christiana Hospital where she was treated and later released with minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

A 27-year-old Pennsylvania man occupied the front passenger seat and was not wearing a seatbelt.  The victim was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital, while enroute the victim was pronounced deceased. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.

There were also three passengers in the rear seat, none of which sustain any injuries in the collision.

Blackbird Station Road west of Dexter Corner Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Master Corporal Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8486. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at Debra.Reed@delaware.gov.

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*UPDATE* Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Crash- Harrington – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Monday, October 11th, 2021

Harrington, DE- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle collision that occurred Monday afternoon north of Harrington.

On October 11, 2021, at approximately 1:28p.m., a 47-year-old Harrington woman was operating a 2009 Dodge Charger southbound on South DuPont Highway (US 13) south of Paradise Alley Road. The operator veered off the west edge of the roadway, attempted to regain control, and turned back into the right lane. As a result, the vehicle started to travel in a clockwise direction and travelled off the west edge of the roadway for a short distance before striking a Verizon utility pole with the left front fender. After striking the pole, the Charger rotates counterclockwise and overturns onto its roof before coming to rest in a private driveway.

The operator was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification is pending notification to next of kin.

The roadway was closed for approximately 2.5 hours as the accident was investigated and roadway cleared.

This collision remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Master Corporal Joseph Lane by calling 302-698-8457. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at Debra.Reed@delaware.gov.

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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Accident- New Castle – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Monday, October 11th, 2021

New Castle- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred at a residence in New Castle Sunday night.

On October 10, 2021, at approximately 7:13 p.m., a 2006 Mitsubishi Raider operated by a 13-year-old male was traveling through the front yard of a private residence located in the 1000 block of Red Lion Road, New Castle. The operator stopped the vehicle at the edge of the driveway, and at this time his 6-year-old and 3-year-old brothers, grabbed the side of the passenger side doors and stood on the running boards. The operator yelled for the brothers to get off the vehicle so he could drive. The 13-year-old believing his brothers were off the vehicle, turned right and began to travel north on the west side of the property. The operator stopped the vehicle after he heard his 6-year-old brother crying and observed his 3-year-old brother lying on the ground.

The 3-year-old male pedestrian who was believed to have fallen and run over by the rear right passenger tire was transported to Christiana hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Identification is pending notification to next of kin.

The 6-year-old male pedestrian who also fell off the truck was transported to Christiana hospital and treated for his injuries.

The 13-year-old operator did not sustain any injuries.

Red Lion Road was closed for approximately 2 hours as the collision was investigated, and the roadway cleared.

This collision remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Detective Forester with the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8485. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at Debra.Reed@delaware.gov.

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Police seek leads in Polk County man’s disappearance


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Seventeen years after Glenn Pennie disappeared, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating what happened.

Pennie, 56 at the time, was last seen by a neighbor at his house in rural Polk County southwest of Monmouth on Oct. 3, 2004. He lived on the 14000 block of Airlie Road. 

Polk County sheriff’s Detective John Williams said the office is trying to renew public awareness of Pennie’s disappearance in hopes that it could yield new information.

Pennie had been planning to leave Oct. 4, 2004, for Oakland, California, for a hearing about his late father’s estate, but his Toyota Tacoma was still in the driveway a few days after his planned departure. He stood to inherit more than $1 million, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“Investigators found no sign of a struggle and no signs that other vehicles had been in or out of Glenn’s driveway,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a post on its website. “Glenn’s pickup was found to be packed with a suitcase, snacks, and other travel items for his planned trip to California.”

Pennie was divorced and working as an electrical contractor. He had asked neighbors to feed his cat, and he’d called his cousins in California on Oct. 3 to let them know he was leaving first thing the next morning.

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After Pennie disappeared, authorities unsuccessfully conducted a “massive search” covering 53 square miles. Pennie’s bank accounts and cellphone records haven’t turned up any clues, either. 

“Those that knew Glenn told investigators that he would not have simply walked away from his father’s inheritance,” the Sheriff’s Office said. 

Pennie was due to get 75% of the properties in his father’s estate while his brother, Dale, was due to get 25%. Any collectible coins would be split 50-50 between the brothers.

After Glenn’s disappearance, the estate was divided between his daughter and Dale. The value of the properties in the estate diminished because they weren’t maintained, and lawyers’ fees also ate up much of the money, Williams said. 

A decade ago, the Sheriff’s Office renewed its efforts to investigate Pennie’s disappearance with help from other police agencies, but didn’t get much out of that effort, Williams said.

In 2017, the case was featured on the TV show “Cold Justice” and police had hoped that would help turn up some new information. Nothing came of that, either.

“We’re just kind of running out of ideas,” Williams said. “Since we don’t have a body, we don’t know what happened to him. Nobody’s talking. We have people of interest that we’ve looked at again and again and again, but their stories never change and we just can’t move past it. We’re just kind of stuck at this point.”

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“There’s never been any direct evidence that showed anyone did anything to Glenn,” Williams said. “It’s just like he vanished.”

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about Pennie’s disappearance to call the tip line at (503) 623-1878 and refer to Case #04-2879.



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Gabby Petito Missing: Police Ask for Tips in Search for Woman on Road Trip


Law-enforcement officials are searching for clues that could lead them to Florida resident

Gabby Petito,

who went missing during a road trip with her fiancé,

Brian Laundrie.

The couple left on a cross-country trip in June and planned to travel the West Coast and visit state and national parks, said

Todd Garrison,

police chief in North Port, Fla. They used Ms. Petito’s van and shared their travels on social media, he said. Police in Moab, Utah, interacted with the couple in mid-August after learning of an altercation.

Ms. Petito’s family said they were last in touch with the 22-year-old in late August, North Port police said. Mr. Laundrie came back to North Port, which is about an hour northwest of Fort Myers on Florida’s west coast, on Sept. 1, and is a person of interest in the case, according to police. 

Her family reported Ms. Petito missing on Sept. 11. It was believed she was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming before she last talked to her family, police said. 

Tara and Joe Petito at a news conference for their missing daughter, Gabby Petito, on Sept. 16 in North Port, Fla.



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Officials are analyzing data from the van, which was recovered, and from phones, Mr. Garrison said at a press conference Thursday. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is working with the North Port police on the case, set up a national hotline for tips, and Mr. Garrison said law-enforcement partners in the field are following tips and leads. No search teams are on the ground right now, Mr. Garrison said, as authorities are still trying to narrow down the geographic areas. 

“Right now this is a missing-person case,” he said. “Our focus is to find Gabby. My focus isn’t to bring Brian in right now, it’s to find Gabby.”

North Port police named Mr. Laundrie as a person of interest earlier this week. They said he hadn’t provided any helpful details and hadn’t made himself available for an interview, which was hindering the investigation.

Mr. Laundrie’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, said Mr. Laundrie will continue to be silent based on counsel’s advice.

Todd Garrison, police chief in North Port, Fla., said officials are analyzing data from Gabby Petito’s van, which was recovered, and from phones.



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“In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that ‘any statement made will be used against you’ is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance,” Mr. Bertolino said in a statement Wednesday. He declined to comment further.

“Brian is exercising his constitutional rights, and I have to respect that,” Mr. Garrison said Thursday. 

Moab City police pulled the couple over in Utah on Aug. 12 for “obscure driving,” and separated Ms. Petito and Mr. Laundrie for the night after learning of an altercation between the pair, according to bodycam video provided to The Wall Street Journal by the police department. Ms. Petito reportedly slapped Mr. Laundrie.

Police in the video say a witness said they saw Mr. Laundrie shove Ms. Petito but couldn’t tell whether it was aggression or out of defense. Ms. Petito indicated that Mr. Laundrie grabbed her face.

“I didn’t get overtly physical,” Mr. Laundrie told police. “I was just trying to keep her away and not get hit.” He said scratches on his face were from her phone.

Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé, near the entrance to Arches National Park in Utah in August.



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Ms. Petito told police she didn’t attempt to cause Mr. Laundrie physical pain or impairment, and police didn’t charge her.

Mr. Laundrie told the police that he and Ms. Petito have known each other since the start of high school.

Ms. Petito’s father,

Joe Petito,

asked at the press conference Thursday for people to help bring his daughter home.

“Whatever you can do to make sure my daughter comes home, I’m asking for that help,” he said.

The North Port police said the FBI hotline for tips regarding the case is 1-800-CALLFBI. “We have received hundreds of tips which are being vetted through multiple agencies,” the police said Wednesday.

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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Bicycle Accident- Seaford – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Friday, October 1st, 2021

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Seaford, DE- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal bicycle accident that occurred Friday morning in Seaford.

On October 1, 2021, at approximately 10:46 a.m., a 2020 GMC Acadia operated by a 56-year-old Seaford woman was traveling eastbound on Stein Highway in the left turn lane approaching the intersection of Front Street. A 31-year-old Seaford man was riding a bicycle eastbound along the westbound shoulder of Stein Highway, approaching the same intersection. As the Acadia crossed through the intersection and began turning left onto Front Street, the bicyclist continued straight through the intersection and collided with the left front of the vehicle. After the collision, the Acadia came to a controlled stop within the northbound travel lane of Front Street next to the cyclist.

The 31-year-old bicyclist suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Identification is pending notification to next of kin.

The operator of the vehicle was not injured during the collision.

The intersection of Stein Highway and Front Street was partially shut down for approximately three hours as the scene was processed and cleared.

This collision remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Sgt. Nicholas DeMalto by calling 302-703-3269. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at Debra.Reed@delaware.gov.

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