DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Sept. 19-25

DE F&W Natural Resources Police logoReminder for the week: Hunters should observe surroundings, take safety precautions

DOVER – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Sept. 19-25 made 2,568 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 117 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 44 complaints and issued 16 citations. This week, with an expanded Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continuing to be deployed as a deterrent, no citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail.

Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:

Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (2).

Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (6), fileting shark prior to landing (1), possession of undersized blue crabs (3), possession of undersized striped bass (3), and possession of undersized summer flounder (1).

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police News, Training and Outreach
• On Sept. 24, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers displayed a marine patrol boat and shared information about boating safety and careers in Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police at the Newark Lowe’s Safety Day, which was attended by more than 200 children and their families.

• On Sept. 24, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers displayed the Operation Game Theft trailer at the grand opening of the Smyrna Tractor Supply store, speaking with about 75 people about hunting, fishing and boating opportunities in Delaware.

• On Sept. 20, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers addressed a hunter education class at Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center near Greenwood about hunting in Delaware and the role of a Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officer.

Are you AWARE?
With fall hunting seasons underway, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police advise hunters to become familiar with state, county and local regulations before choosing their hunting spots, and share a reminder to always be observant of a hunter’s surroundings and take appropriate safety precautions.

“Hunters should always consider their surroundings and how far the ammunition they are using can travel,” said Sgt. John McDerby, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, noting that it is illegal in Delaware to discharge a firearm so that a shotgun pellet, slug or bullet lands upon any occupied dwelling, house or residence, or any related barn, stable or other outbuilding.

In addition, only the owner or occupant or a person with specific permission from the owner or occupant can legally discharge a firearm within 100 yards of an occupied dwelling, house or residence, or any related barn, stable or other outbuilding. The statewide safety zone for in-season archery deer hunting is 50 yards. Within this safety zone, it is illegal for anyone other than the owner or occupant to hunt, trap, pursue, disturb or otherwise chase any wild animal or bird without advance permission of the owner or occupant.

Discharging a firearm while on or within 15 yards of a public road or right-of-way is also illegal in Delaware, unless it is an area controlled by DNREC, the Department of Agriculture or the U.S. Department of the Interior and designated as an area open to hunting or trapping. Shooting at a wild bird or wild animal in a public roadway or firing across a public roadway is also prohibited.

Upstate hunters should also note that New Castle County has its own ordinances, including a 200-yard firearm safety zone from homes, structures and camps north of I-295 and I-95 in which firearms may not be discharged, and a 100-yard firearm safety zone south of I-295 and I-95. A 50-yard safety zone for in-season archery deer hunting is in effect for all of New Castle County. For more information, please check New Castle County laws and code.

During all firearms deer seasons, all hunters on both private and public lands, except those hunting migratory waterfowl, are required to wear hunter orange for safety reasons in the form of no less than 400 square inches of hunter orange material on the head, chest and back. Those hunting from a ground blind and completely concealed are required to place 400 square inches of hunter orange material within 10 feet outside the blind and at least 3 feet off the ground. Small game hunters and archery deer hunters are included in those required to wear hunter orange.

In addition, small game hunters should note a new requirement for the 2016/17 seasons: when hunting small game in season on state wildlife areas, they are required to wear 250 square inches of hunter orange material for safety reasons. This new requirement applies only on state wildlife areas; private lands are not included.

For more information on hunting in Delaware, consult the 2016-2017 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state. For more information about Sunday deer hunting in Delaware, which is allowed for the first time on five Sundays during the 2016/17 hunting season due to a recent change in state law, please visit Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Sunday deer hunting webpage.

For information on hunting safety classes, please visit the Hunter Education website.

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish, wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at http://de.gov/ogt.

Like Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Facebook, www.facebook.com/pages/Delaware-Fish-Wildlife-Natural-Resources-Police.

Follow Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Twitter, https://twitter.com/DE_FW_NRPolice.

Contact: Sgt. John McDerby, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the newly-restored Sugar Bowl Pavilion in Wilmington’s Brandywine Park

Wilmington– Officials from DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Wilmington Parks invite the public to join in the grand opening of the newly restored Sugar Bowl Pavilion, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2. The iconic architectural feature is located in Brandywine Park. The park is one of six that make up Wilmington State Parks, managed by Delaware State Parks.

“The restoration of the iconic Sugar Bowl Pavilion – years in the making – is a real testament to the dedication of so many people, most notably, the Friends of Wilmington Parks,” said DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats. “Our strong partnership with the Friends of Wilmington Parks, their commitment to the conservation and stewardship of our historic and cultural resources, has brought about a new – and better – Sugar Bowl Pavilion, restored beautifully for all Delawareans and visitors to enjoy.”

The rebuilt pavilion is the culmination of more than 10 years of work. The project was originally discussed in 2004 as a partnership project between the Division of Parks & Recreation and Friends of Wilmington Parks. The planning and bid process continued through 2006 and the Friends began fundraising in 2007. The stock market crash in 2008 resulted in difficulty obtaining foundation grants for restoration projects, which slowed the Sugar Bowl renovation progress. The final phase of the project was completed in July of 2016, with the installation of the 40-foot dome, which was custom-fabricated from a special fiberglass mold.

The historic structure provides visitors a unique vista from a rock cliff, a “gateway” to the city of Wilmington offering panoramic views of the Brandywine Creek and Brandywine Park. It stands near the WWI Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, the African American Medal of Honor Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial in Brandywine Park.

The pavilion will be used for community and family gatherings, ceremonies, concerts, theatrical performances, park programming and historic interpretation. “We are again realizing the dream of the park commissioners of a multifunctional observatory for generations to enjoy,” said Mike Porro, former president of the Friends of Wilmington Parks.

In addition to the new dome, the structure’s concrete deck has been replaced and the stone wall rebuilt. The pavilion has been restored with steel columns. A ramp is in place to ensure accessibility for everyone. And, new electric and lighting has been installed.

Altogether, Friends of Wilmington Parks raised close to $650,000 for the restoration. Delaware State Parks provided $84,560 from grants through the Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Trails Program (formerly the Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund), and $100,000 came from other state park funds. State Representatives Gerald Brady and Harris McDowell each contributed almost $50,000 through Community Transportation funds, and $45,000 came from the City of Wilmington.

Originally completed in 1902, the pavilion became known as the Sugar Bowl due to its lid-like domed roof. It served as a meeting place and venue for musical programs for several decades. However, the pavilion fell into disrepair following the devastating Hurricane Hazel in 1954, which led to a decades-long decline and deterioration process that left the Sugar Bowl behind.

Now, the freshly renovated pavilion will once again be a special place where visitors can gather to enjoy performances, concerts, park programming and other activities.

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Weapons Charges to Lead to Prison Sentences

Deputy Attorney General Matt Frawley secured a guilty plea from Joshua Chattin, 23, of Wilmington for Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Drug Dealing Heroin Tier 4, Conspiracy Second Degree, and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited. In October 2015, a probation officer doing a home visit at Chattin’s apartment found heroin, marijuana, and several firearms, including two loaded 9 mm handguns, a .45 caliber handgun, and a revolver that fires .410-gauge shotgun shells. Chattin faces 14 to 67 years in prison when sentenced in Superior Court later this year.

Deputy Attorney General John Taylor secured a guilty plea from Jameel L. Anderson, 35, of Wilmington for Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited. In April 2016, police were called to the 100 block of East 24th Street for reports of a man with a gun. When officers arrived, they found Anderson arguing with another man. Officers searched Anderson, and found a loaded .25 caliber handgun in his jacket pocket. Anderson is prohibited from having a gun because of a prior violent felony conviction. Anderson faces three years in prison when sentenced in Superior Court.

A Wilmington man will serve three years in prison followed by one year on probation for drugs and a weapon. Deputy Attorney General John Taylor secured a guilty plea from Jabar Fields, 32, for Drug Dealing and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. In July 2016, Wilmington Police made a traffic stop in the 900 block of Clifford Brown Walk, after the driver repeatedly disregarded the officers’ attempts to pull him over. An officer approaching the car noticed a gun partially under the front seat of the car. A further search of Fields and the car turned up cocaine, Xanax, and Oxycodone. Fields was immediately sentenced by Judge Eric Davis.


Smokey Bear to visit Delaware schools in October

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Smokey Bear and Delaware Forest Service education specialist Ashley Peebles will once again be teaming up to bring Smokey’s timeless message of fire safety and wildfire prevention to first-graders in the First State as part of National Fire Prevention Month in October.

Contact: Ashley Peebles, 302-698-4551 or Ashley.Peebles@delaware.gov


Smokey Bear
will be back in Delaware schools starting this October, visiting first-graders throughout the First State to remind children that “only you can prevent wildfires.” October is a time to highlight fire prevention and safety because the second week is National Fire Prevention Week, observed annually in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Under the guidance of award-winning trainer-educator Ashley Peebles, Smokey Bear has become one of the Delaware Forest Service’s most successful educational programs. In the past two years, the Delaware Forest Service (DFS) has provided an average of 90 Smokey Bear fire education programs per year to about 8,250 students almost 75% of the first-graders in the entire state.

*** SCHEDULE OF SMOKEY BEAR PROGRAMS BY COUNTY AND DATE  (below) ***

Nationwide fire data continue to show that human activity causes the largest number of forest fires, which is why Smokey teaches children at a very early age that they should never play with fire or use matches. During a typical Smokey Bear program, first-graders learn about the many natural benefits that trees provide: oxygen, shade, wood products and wildlife habitat. Then, students learn about how harmful a fire can be to the forest. After discussing how a fire can start, students watch a video about how children playing who discover a box of matches are tempted to start a campfire. When the “real” Smokey finally appears on the scene, the children are asked to pledge to “not play with matches ever again.”

Every student receives a gift bag of complimentary Smokey Bear materials and school supplies. Many of the bags were assembled by senior citizen volunteers from the Modern Maturity Center in Dover’s RSVP Program. This year, volunteers put together more than 6,000 bags containing Smokey-themed comic books, wrist bands, rulers, pencils, and bookmarks.

Volunteers from the Dover Modern Maturity Center prepared more than 6,000 bags of Smokey Bear school supplies for schoolchildren.
Volunteers from the Dover Modern Maturity Center prepared more than 6,000 bags of Smokey Bear school supplies for schoolchildren.

Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, educating generations of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires. As one of the world’s most recognizable characters, Smokey’s image is protected by U.S. federal law and is administered by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council. Despite the campaign’s success over the years, wildfire prevention remains one of the most critical issues affecting our country. Smokey’s message is as relevant and urgent today as it was in 1944.

This 1944 poster marked the first time that he character appeared in a campaign to prevent wildfires. Smokey is now the longest-running and most successful public service campaign in U.S. history.
This 1944 poster marked the first time that the Smokey character appeared in a campaign to prevent wildfires. Smokey is now the longest-running and most successful public service campaign in U.S. history.

Smokey’s original catchphrase was “Smokey Says – Care Will Prevent 9 out of 10 Forest Fires.” In 1947, it became “Remember… Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.” In 2001, it was updated to its current version of “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” in response to an outbreak of wildfires in natural areas other than forests and to clarify that Smokey is trying to prevent unwanted and unplanned outdoor fires versus prescribed fires.

So how exactly did Smokey Bear become associated with wildfire prevention?

The answer begins with World War II. On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor. The following spring, Japanese submarines surfaced near the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and fired shells that exploded on an oil field, very close to the Los Padres National Forest. Americans were shocked that the war had come directly to the American mainland. Fear grew that more attacks would bring a disastrous loss of life and destruction of property. There was also a fear that incendiary shells exploding in the forests of the Pacific Coast would ignite numerous raging wildfires.

With experienced firefighters and other able-bodied men deployed in the war, communities had to deal with wildfires as best they could. Protection of forests became a matter of national importance, and a new idea was born. If people could be urged to be more careful, perhaps some of the fires could be prevented. To rally Americans to this cause, and convince them that it would help win the war, the Forest Service organized the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) program with the help of the War Advertising Council and the Association of State Foresters. Together, they created posters and slogans, including “Forest Fires Aid the Enemy,” and “Our Carelessness, Their Secret Weapon.”

In a stroke of luck for the cause, in 1942, forests and their animal inhabitants were celebrated in Walt Disney’s wildly popular motion picture, “Bambi.” Disney allowed the CFFP program to use the film’s characters on a 1944 poster. The “Bambi” poster was a success and proved the success of using an animal as a fire prevention symbol. However, Disney had only loaned the characters to the campaign for one year. The CFFP would need to find an animal symbol that would belong to them, and nothing seemed more fitting than the majestic, powerful (and also cute) bear.

On August 9, 1944, the creation of Smokey Bear was authorized by the Forest Service, and the first poster was delivered on October 10 by artist Albert Staehle. The poster depicted a bear pouring a bucket of water on a campfire. Smokey Bear soon became popular, and his image began appearing on more posters and cards. By 1952, Smokey Bear began to attract commercial interest. An Act of Congress passed which removed Smokey from the public domain and placed him under the control of the Secretary of Agriculture. The Act provided for the use of collected royalties and fees for continued wildfire prevention education.

2016 Delaware Forest Service Smokey Bear School Program
(dates and times subject to change)
New Castle County Date and Time Address City Phone #
Bunker Hill Elem. Oct. 4 – 9 a.m. 1070 Bunker Hill Rd. Middletown (302) 378-5135
Providence Creek Academy Oct. 4 – 2 p.m. 355 W. Duck Creek Rd. Clayton (302) 653-6276
MOT Charter School Oct. 5 – 1 p.m. 1156 Levels Rd. Middletown (302) 376-5125
Wilbur (Kathleen) Elem. Oct. 5 – 10:30 a.m. 4050 Wrangle Hill Rd. Bear (302) 832-6330
Maclary (R. Elizabeth) Elem. Oct. 7 – 8:30 a.m. 300 St. Regis Dr. Newark (302) 454-2142
Independence School Oct. 10 – 10:15 a.m. 1300 Paper Mill Rd. Newark (302) 239-0330
Downes (John R.) Elem. Oct. 10 – 2 p.m. 220 Casho Mill Rd. Newark (302) 454-2133
Harlan (David W.) Elem. Oct. 11 – 2 p.m. 3601 Jefferson St. Wilmington (302) 762-7156
New Castle Elem. Oct. 11 – 9:30 a.m. 903 Delaware St. New Castle (302) 429-4085
East Side Charter School Oct. 12 – 12 p.m. 2401 Thatcher St. Wilmington (302) 421-8270
Cedar La. Elementary Oct. 12 – 9:30 a.m. 1259 Cedar La. Rd. Middletown (302) 378-5045
Henry M. Brader Elem. Oct. 13 – 2:30 p.m. 107 Four Seasons Pkwy. Newark (302) 454-5959
St. Peter’s Cathedral School Oct. 14 – 1:25 p.m. 310 West 6th St. Wilmington (302) 656-5234
Castle Hills Elementary Oct. 14 – 10:45 a.m. 502 Moores Lake New Castle (302) 323-2915
North Star Elementary Oct. 14 – 9:15 a.m. 1340 Little Baltimore Rd. Hockessin (302) 234-7200
St. Peter Catholic School Oct. 17 – 1:30 p.m. 515 Harmony St. New Castle (302) 328-1191
Keene (William. B.) Oct. 18 – 9:30 a.m. 200 LaGrange Ave. Newark (302) 454-2018
Sanford School Oct. 19 – 12:30 p.m. 6900 Lancaster Pike Hockessin (302) 239-5263
Wilmington Manor Elem. Oct. 20 – 10 a.m. 200 East Roosevelt Ave. New Castle (302) 323-2901
Oberle Elementary Oct. 21 – 9:30 a.m. 500 Caledonia Way Bear (302) 690-1179
Brookside Elementary Oct. 21 – 9:45 a.m. 800 Marrows Rd. Newark (302) 454-5454
Southern Elementary Oct. 24 – 9:30 a.m. 795 Coxneck Rd. New Castle (302) 832-6300
Robert S. Gallaher Elem. Oct. 25 – 2:45 p.m. 800 Brownleaf Rd. Newark (302) 454-2464
Caravel Academy Oct. 25 – 8:30 a.m. 2801 Del Laws Rd. Bear (302) 834-8938
Thomas A. Edison Charter Oct. 25 – 9:30 a.m. 2200 North Locust St. Wilmington (302) 778-1101
Tower Hill School Oct. 26 – 1:30 p.m. 2813 West 17th St. Wilmington (302) 575-0550
Olive B. Loss Elementary Oct. 27 – 2:30 p.m. 200 Brennan Blvd. Bear (302) 832-1343
Jones (Albert H. ) Elem. Oct. 27 – 9:30 a.m. 35 West Main St. Christiana (302) 454-2131
Hanby (Brandywood) Elem. Oct. 28 – 1:30 p.m. 2115 Anson Rd. Wilmington (302) 475-3966
Richardson Park Elementary Oct. 28 – 11:20 a.m. 16 Idella Ave. Wilmington (302) 992-5570
Shortlidge (Evan G.) Elem. Oct. 28 – 9:15 a.m. 100 West 18th St. Wilmington (302) 651-2710
Claymont Elementary Nov. 1 – 10 a.m. 3401 Green St. Claymont (302) 792-3880
Carrcroft Elementary Nov. 1 – 2 p.m. 503 Crest Rd. Wilmington (302) 762-7165
Brick Mill Elementary Nov. 17 – 2:30 p.m. 378 Brick Mill Rd. Middletown (302) 378-5288
Kent County Date and Time Address City Phone #
Clayton Elementary Oct. 6 – 1:45 p.m. 501 West Main St. Clayton (302) 653-8587
Lake Forest East Elem. Oct. 7 – 2:25 p.m. 124 West Front St. Frederica (302) 335-5261
Milford Christian School Oct. 11 – 10 a.m. 6062 Old Shawnee Rd. Milford (302) 422-4263
Fairview Elementary Oct. 13 – 9 a.m. 700 Walker Rd. Dover (302) 672-1645
Smyrna Elementary Oct. 13 – 9 a.m. 121 South School La. Smyrna (302) 653-8588
Lake Forest North Elem. Oct. 14 – 12 p.m. 319 East Main St. Felton (302) 284-9611
Booker T. Washington Elem. Oct. 17 – 1 p.m. 901 Forest Ave. Dover (302) 672-1900
Major George S. Welch Elem. Oct. 20 – 1 p.m. 3100 Hawthorne Dr. Dover (302) 674-9080
South Dover Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. 955 South State St. Dover (302) 672-1690
McIlvaine Early Childhood Oct. 24 at 9:30 a.m. 11 Walnut St. Magnolia (302) 335-5039
North Dover Elementary Oct. 26 – 2 p.m. 855 College Rd. Dover (302) 672-1980
Holy Cross Elementary Oct. 28 – 1 p.m. 631 South State St. Dover (302) 674-5784
Towne Point Nov. 10 – 10:15 a.m. 629 Buckson Dr. Dover (302) 672-1590
Lake Forest South Elementary Nov. 10 – 2:15 p.m. 301 Dorman St. Harrington (302) 398-8011
Sussex County Date and Time Address City Phone #
H. O. Brittingham Elementary Oct. 10 – 9 a.m. 400 Mulberry St. Milton (302) 684-8522
Greenwood Mennonite Oct. 12 – 1 p.m. 12802 Mennonite Rd. Greenwood (302) 349-4131
North Georgetown Elementary Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. 664 North Bedford St. Georgetown (302) 855-2430
Phillip C. Showell Elementary Oct. 14 – 1:30 p.m. 41 Bethany Beach Rd. Selbyville (302) 436-1044
Paul Laurence Dunbar Elem. Oct. 17 – 9:30 a.m. 499 West Sixth St. Laurel (302) 875-6140
Southern Del. School of Art Oct. 20 – 12 p.m. 31 Hoosier St. Selbyville (302) 436-1066
West Seaford Elementary Oct. 21 – 1:30 p.m. 511 Sussex Ave. Seaford (302) 628-4414
Woodbridge Elementary Oct. 21 – 3 p.m. PO Box 2007 Greenwood (302) 349-4010


Governor’s Weekly Message: Advancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals of All Abilities

Wilmington, DE – In a guest weekly message, Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf discusses the Markell Administration’s efforts to create employment opportunities for people of all abilities through initiatives like the Pathways to Employment program, and thanks employers who embrace the skills and talents of all of our people.

“Last week, Governor Markell and I joined young people with disabilities, their parents and advocates as we celebrated the success of Pathways to Employment. Pathways supports young people age 14 to 25 as they make their transition from school to the world of work,” Secretary Landgraf said. “As Governor Markell said last week, hiring people with disabilities isn’t about charity. It’s about maximizing everyone’s gifts and talents. That’s why you have our commitment to keep advancing employment opportunities for all individuals with disabilities as we keep Delaware moving forward.”

Every week, the Governor’s office releases a new Weekly Message in video, audio, and transcript form. The message is available on:

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Transcript of the Governor’s Weekly Message: Advancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals of All Abilities