Hit and Run Driver Charged after Striking a Bicyclist – Rehoboth – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Sunday, July 11th, 2021

Rehoboth Ave and Church St

Rehoboth Beach – The Delaware State Police have charged a Millsboro man with Vehicular Assault and other traffic related offenses after he struck a bicyclist and left the scene.

The incident occurred around 4:50 p.m. Saturday July 10, 2021 when a 20-year-old Rehoboth woman was riding her bicycle on the westbound shoulder of Rehoboth Beach Ext. (SR1A), just west of Church Street. Derek M. White, 46 of Millsboro, was operating a 2015 Jeep Wrangler westbound on SR1A just behind the bicyclist. White failed to maintain his travel lane and entered the westbound shoulder where the front of the Jeep struck the rear of the bicycle. As a result of the impact, the cyclist was thrown from her bicycle and landed in the entrance to the Henlopen Square shopping complex. The female bicyclist was treated on scene by EMS and then flown by Delaware State Police Aviation (Trooper 2) to Christiana Medical Center with serious injuries.

After the collision, the Jeep fled the scene and continued traveling westbound where it was ultimately located by a witness in the parking lot of Grand Rental Station on Hebron Road. Troopers responded to that location and took Derek White into custody without incident. A DUI investigation ensued and White was transported back to Troop 7 where he was charged with the following:

  • Vehicular Assault 1st (Felony)
  • Leaving the Scene of a Collision Resulting in Injury
  • Driving While Suspended or Revoked
  • Failure to Have Insurance Identification in Possession
  • Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence of Drug
  • Failed to remain within a single lane
  • Failure to Report a Collision Resulting in Injury or Death

Derek White was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $3,500.00 cash bond.

Derek M White

Traffic on Rehoboth Avenue Ext. near Church Street was impacted for approximately 2.5  hours while the collision was investigated and cleared.

Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Corporal K. Koff at Delaware State Police Troop 7 by calling 302-644-5020. 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 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@state.de.us.

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Hunt for RI’s rare state rock while hiking in Cumberland



Bring a magnet along to find a sample of the iron- and titanium-rich mineral named Cumberlandite, only found in abundance on four acres in this northern RI town.

CUMBERLAND — Two prominent families, the Blackalls and the Ballous, farmed, raised livestock, rode horses and lived for years on a rural stretch of woodland and low hills in the northern part of town.

Over the decades, urban sprawl, including apartments, houses, a commercial strip and a corporate park, crept toward the fields and forests.

But local conservationists managed to save 184 acres as the Blackall/Ballou Preserve. A natural oasis in the midst of development, the sanctuary offers family-friendly trails and reminders of the old farms, including miles of stone walls that separated pastures, wood lots and orchards. 

The preserve also has a unique feature — large piles of small rocks, including pieces of Cumberlandite, the official state rock of Rhode Island. It’s fun to try to find a specimen, but you need a magnet. (More on that later.)

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There are several entry points to the public preserve. I set out on a path at the southern end of the property, just off the parking lot for the Dollar Store on Mendon Road where the Benny’s used to be.

A blue birdhouse marks the start, followed by a set of 15 timber-lined stairs down to a series of wetlands. Depending on how much rain has recently fallen, the lowlands could be bone dry or swampy enough to attract bugs in warm weather. There are several wooden boardwalks and plank bridges that cross muddy areas covered with ferns and skunk cabbage.

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At an intersection, I went right on the wide, blue-blazed trail that stays mostly flat and meanders under oak and maple, with some beech, pine and birch trees. The trail then climbs a small hillside along some outcroppings, with private property on the right. I heard songbirds in the bushes and could smell honeysuckle.

After about a half mile, the path exits at another trailhead with signage on West Wrentham Road. The trail turns west, passes a few more birdhouses and continues under a powerline, with wildflowers growing on the cleared ground, before reentering the woods.

The path then comes to a junction. I turned right on a red-blazed connector trail that ran uphill for a short stretch before joining a yellow-blazed loop. I turned right, and soon noticed a white-blazed trail that runs east and may have been a horse path that leads to another trailhead on Old Wrentham Road, where the Blackall family had a farmhouse.

I stayed on the yellow-blazed trail and circled north until I reached the tip of the property, where I found a large, tall pile of stones that are too small to build walls but were probably cleared from the fields by farmers. I’d read that some of the stones are Cumberlandite, a rare iron- and titanium-rich mineral only found in large concentrations on four acres in Cumberland and in traces scattered throughout the Narragansett Bay watershed.

Cumberlandite, originally called rhodose, was formed 1.5 billion years ago when a small volcano melded 24 minerals and molten rock. The Nipmucks believed the rock was sacred, and early settlers mined it at a quarry just north of the preserve. At a nearby iron works, the ore was turned into farm tools, weapons, cannons and cannonballs during the Revolutionary War, but the casts were of poor quality and prone to cracking.

In 1966, the General Assembly declared Cumberlandite the official state rock.

Because of its high amounts of iron, Cumberlandite is slightly magnetic. I collected several charcoal-gray rocks with white flecks from the pile and passed a magnet over them. Eventually, one of the samples stuck to the magnet.

Eureka.

I pocketed the stone and continued on the yellow-blazed trail that turned south and crossed a narrow stream, one of three I passed that are easy to rock-hop over. On the right, beyond stone walls and through the trees, I could see many buildings.

The western half of the Blackall property was sold and developed as Highland Corporate Park for CVS and other companies. The eastern half was conserved as open space.

I followed the trail along a ridgeline downhill, back to the red-blazed connector trail that returned me to the blue-blazed loop. I went right and crossed a marked natural gas pipeline and the power line again and followed the trail on a slight jog west to another trailhead. The path then ducked back into the woods and along the banks of a small, quiet pond that may have been a watering hole for livestock. From there, I returned to where I started.

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In all, I walked 3.5 miles on the well-marked trails maintained by the Cumberland Land Trust, including 0.3 miles on the entry trail, 1.39 miles on the blue loop. 0.7 miles on the red connector and 1.15 miles on the yellow-blazed loop.

After the hike, I drove north on West Wrentham Road and took a left on Elder Ballou Meeting House Road to a historic cemetery. I walked about a hundred yards on a path behind the cemetery and found the abandoned quarry, with outcroppings of Cumberlandite.

It seemed a fitting end to a memorable morning hike, and I headed home with a souvenir in my pocket as a reminder.

Trail Tip

John Kostrzewa will discuss Walking Rhode Island and recommend easy and moderate trails during a presentation Aug. 3 at the Cranston Public Library. For details, go to cranstonlibrary.org/hiking.

John Kostrzewa, a former assistant managing editor/business at The Providence Journal, welcomes email at johnekostrzewa@gmail.com.



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*Update #3* Victim in Serious Crash on Sussex Highway at Seashore Highway Succumbs to Injuries- Bridgeville – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Monday, May 17th, 2021

Bridgeville- The 55-year-old operator involved in a serious crash that occurred early Sunday morning has died as a result of the injuries sustained during the collision.

On May 16, 2021, at approximately 4:28 a.m., a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser operated by a 33-year-old male of Georgetown was traveling southbound on Sussex Highway approaching the Seashore Highway intersection. A 2018 Toyota Corolla driven by a 55-year-old male of Bridgeville was at a complete stop in the left turn lane of Sussex Highway leading to eastbound Seashore Highway at a red traffic signal. The Cruiser entered into the left turn lane of Sussex Highway, approaching the location of the Corolla. For unknown reasons, the operator failed to observe the Corolla stopped, and the front of the Cruiser struck the rear of the Corolla within the left turn lane of Sussex Highway. Following the collision, the Cruiser came to an uncontrolled stop on the southbound shoulder of Sussex Highway. As a result of the impact, the Corolla crossed over the northbound travel lanes and came to an uncontrolled stop in the grass located outside the northbound shoulder of Sussex Highway.

The 33-year-old male operator of the Cruiser was not injured as a result of the collision, and he remained at the scene until law enforcement arrived.

The 55-year-old male operator of the Corolla sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital in critical condition. On May 17, 2021, he succumbed to his injuries.

This collision remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Cpl/1 Andrew Mitchell by calling 302-703-3267. 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 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@state.de.us.

*Update #2* Delaware State Police Investigating Serious Crash on Sussex Highway at Seashore Highway- Bridgeville

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Game Preview: vs. Iowa State


LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball (7-11, 3-9 Big 12) returns to Allen Fieldhouse to host Iowa State (13-8, 9-5 Big 12) Wednesday, Feb. 17 on the Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

The Jayhawks last played at Kansas State Feb. 13, dropping the final edition of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown, 77-66. Mia Vuksic led the charge for Kansas finishing 8-for-14 from the three-point line, tying program marks in three-point field goals made and attempted. Her 24 points were a career high.

Joining Vuksic on the offensive attack was Holly Kersgieter, who registered her 15th game this season in double-digit points. Kersgieter finished with 22 points, tying her Big 12 highs in field goals made (9).

After falling behind early, and scoring only 18 points in the first half, the Jayhawks stormed out of the gates in the second half. KU tallied 27 points in the third quarter on 53 percent shooting from the floor. Kersgieter rattled in 12 points in the third, while Brooklyn Mitchell scored eight.

Despite the Jayhawks closing the gap to 10 points, Kansas State held on to take the victory. The two instate rivals split the 2020-21 Dillons Sunflower Showdown with each winning in their home venues.

OPPONENT PREVIEW: IOWA STATE
Iowa State enters the midweek clash 13-8 overall and 9-5 in Big 12 play. The Cyclones are led by Ashley Joens, who averages a team-best 23.6 points per game. Joens is also the team leader with 8.9 rebounds per game, while snagging 22 steals. The duo of Lexi Donarski (12.7) and Kristin Scott (10.9) each average double-figure points with Donarski joining Joens as the only two Cyclones to have topped 250 points this season. Iowa State has five players that have started 20-or-more games this season, including Joens, Donarski and Ryan that have started every game.

The Cyclones last played Feb. 13 against TCU, beating the Horned Frogs 92-81. Donarski led ISU with 32 points, and went 10-for-14 from the floor. Joens (22 points) and Scott (17) each reached double-digit points in the victory. ISU have won two of its last five games, including a victory over Texas Tech.

UP NEXT
The Jayhawks travel to Texas Tech to play the Red Raiders Saturday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.





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