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MORNING STAR • SEPTEMBER 4 - 10, 2008

Police Journal A 22-year-old employee of Anderson Recycling, Delmar, lost his leg last week when his pants got caught in a grinding machine and he was pulled into the machine. Police said that the Salisbury, Md., man was working by himself at the tire recycling center on Old Race Track Road at approximately 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, when he began repairs on a grinding apparatus. After the incident, the man took off his belt and tied it around his wound to reduce the bleeding, police said. The State Police helicopter responded to the scene and flew the man to Christiana Hospital near Wilmington, where he was last listed in critical condition. Because of the serious nature of this employee’s injuries, police are withholding his name. No foul play is suspected, police said.

Neighbors say that man beat dog with a metal pole

Delaware State Police have arrested a 46-year-old Greenwood man for animal cruelty and disorderly conduct charges after he allegedly severely beat a stray husky dog. On Wednesday, Aug. 27, at approximately 8 p.m., troopers and Animal Control officers responded to a residence in the 7000 block of Hickman Road, Greenwood, after a person called 911 to report that a man was

beating a dog with a metal pole. Witnesses said that Ronald L. Smith, 46, of Greenwood, was seen in the front yard of his home hitting a husky dog with his fists. The witnesses also told police that Smith was grabbing the dog by its throat and collar very aggressively. A short time later, Smith was seen striking the dog with a metal pole multiple times, police said. Witnesses reported that he struck the dog until it collapsed. Afterward, Smith was seen putting a rope around the neck of the dog and dragging the animal behind his residence, police said. After interviewing the witnesses, police responded to Smith’s residence, where they reportedly found a metal pole with blood on it and what appeared to be animal hair. They also observed blood smeared on the floor of the porch and on the side of the house, police said. Troopers contacted Smith, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Smith acknowledged that he had taken in a stray husky dog recently, but said that he had given it away. Troopers began to check the area around Smith’s residence for the injured dog. While checking they reportedly observed an area beside the residence with footprints and what appeared to be drag marks. After following the drag marks, they found several spots of blood on the ground behind the residence leading to a wooded area, police said. Troopers searched this area but were unable to locate a dog.

State will install 10 traffic cameras Eight new live traffic cameras will be added to the statewide traffic monitoring system by the end of September. These cameras provide real-time video information to the public at the Web site www.deldot.gov. Contractor Byers Electric Construction LLC of Wilmington will complete installations in the following locations: • Route 1 and Wrangle Hill Road south of Red Lion • Route 896 and Red Lion Road near Lums Pond • Route 896 and Bethel Church Road south of Lums Pond • Route 1 and Middletown Odessa Road in Middletown • Route 1 at Exit 104 in north Dover • Route 1 at Exit 97 in Dover • Route 1 and Bowers Beach Road in Frederica • Route 13 and Herring Run Road in Seaford. The Route 13 and Herring Run Road camera is required to be installed by the de-

veloper, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. All of the Route 1 cameras are being installed using funds from the DelTrac program, which is DelDOT’s integrated transportation management system. The estimated cost for the five cameras on Route 1 and two cameras on Route 896 is $626,000. Cameras will also be added at Route 141 and Faulkand Road west of Elsmere and I-95, just north of the I-495 split south of Newport. These are being installed as part of DelDOT road improvement projects and are expected to be operational by the end of this year. DelDOT staff monitor approximately 100 cameras 24 hours per day, seven days a week to control traffic flow, adjust signal timings and handle emergencies. The traffic cameras are also useful when traffic is congested and to police and fire communication centers.

During the investigation, troopers recovered clothing from Smith that had what appeared to be animal hair with blood on it. Troopers also observed gray mud on the clothing. As a result of the investigation, Smith was charged with cruelly or unnecessarily killing or injuring an animal, a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. He was released after posting a $1,250 secured bond.

Suspects in attempted robberies on the loose

The Laurel Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects in separate attempted robberies that occurred on Aug. 31. The first robbery attempt occurred at approximately 5:45

p.m. at the Rite Aid on North Central Avenue in Laurel. Police said that the suspect entered the store and told the clerk to open the cash drawer. The clerk yelled to another employee who was in the store and the suspect fled on foot. The suspect is described as a brown-haired white male in his early 20s, approximately 5 feet 6 inches and weighing between 145 and 155 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a striped shirt. The suspect also had some type of bandage material wrapped around his face to cover it, police said. The second robbery attempt occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m. at the Shore Stop in Laurel. Police said that the suspect entered the store and demanded

money from the register. When the clerk refused, the suspect fled on foot, police said. The suspect in this robbery is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 6 tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He has brown hair. The suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with large bleach stains and red shorts. The suspect also used a napkin to cover his face. In both robberies, the suspect acted as if he had a gun, but it was never displayed, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Derrick Calloway at the Laurel Police Department, 875-2244, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1800-TIP-3333.

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