DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police make arrests for hunting and trespassing on closed DelDOT properties

DelDOT’s created wetlands are closed to public access including hunting as are many other state lands.

DOVER – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers this week concluded multiple trespassing to hunt investigations, resulting in two separate arrests of individuals charged with hunting and trespassing on closed Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) properties.

On Nov. 14, Christopher Kinne, 50, of Lancaster, Pa., was charged with one count of trespassing to hunt when making his way to a deer stand with a crossbow on DelDOT property located off of Route 1 south of the Leipsic River near Smyrna. As a result of the arrest, a Barnett Ghost 420 crossbow with quiver and bolt was confiscated as evidence. Kinne was released, pending a mandatory appearance in Kent County Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover.

On Nov. 17, Robert Unruh, 45, of Townsend, was charged with one count each of hunting on a state game refuge, hunting deer with the aid of illegal bait, and failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season on a DelDOT property located east of Route 1 and north of Blackbird Creek near Townsend. Unruh was fined $379, including court costs and released.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police again remind the public that certain state-owned properties are closed to the public, including numerous created wetland sites established by DelDOT to offset environmental impacts from transportation projects throughout the state. These created wetlands are protected properties closely monitored to evaluate how well they are becoming established and whether they meet environmental standards. Any damage to these sites as a result of trespassing or other activities – such as illegally erecting stands or clearing vegetation for hunting, or using the sites for other outdoor recreation activities – may impact DelDOT’s compliance with state and federal environmental permit requirements.

“No trespassing” signage is posted at these sites, with additional signage being installed on DelDOT properties to inform the public. Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are patrolling these sites to help achieve awareness and compliance.

Media contact: Sgt. Brooke Mitchell, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9086 or 302-382-7167; or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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On eve of Delaware’s shotgun deer hunting season, a reminder from DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police:

 Certain state lands – particularly DelDOT’s created wetlands – are closed to public access, including hunting

DOVER – DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind the public that certain state-owned lands are closed to public access – including hunting. Anyone found accessing these sites is subject to trespassing and other charges. Other state-owned lands are designated as accessible to the public for recreational use, including hunting.

Picture of the DNREC Natural Resources Police Badge

Particularly, those state-owned properties closed to the public include numerous created wetland sites established by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to offset environmental impacts from transportation projects throughout the state. These created wetlands are protected properties closely monitored to evaluate how well they are becoming established and whether they meet environmental standards. Any damage to these sites as a result of trespassing or other activities – such as illegally erecting blinds or clearing vegetation for hunting, or using the sites for other outdoor recreation activities – may impact DelDOT’s compliance with state and federal environmental permit requirements.

“No trespassing” signage is posted at these sites, with additional signage being installed on DelDOT properties to inform the public. Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are patrolling these sites to help achieve awareness and compliance.

For information on designated public hunting areas in Delaware, click on 2019-2020 Delaware Hunting Guide. Additional information on Division of Fish & Wildlife public lands open to hunting is available at Delaware Wildlife Area Maps. The guide and wildlife area maps are also available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk or by calling 302-739-9912.

The public is urged to report trespassing and hunting violations to the Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police via Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030, going online to http://de.gov/ogt, or using the DENRP Tip app. Verizon customers can connect to Operation Game Theft directly by dialing #OGT. The public can also call the Natural Resources Police 24-hour dispatch line at 302-739-4580.

Media contact: Sgt. Brooke Mitchell, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-382-7167, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DART 22nd Annual “Stuff The Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive Starts Monday, November 11

DART will hold its 22nd annual “Stuff The Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive throughout the State starting on November 11 and ending on November 16, with a goal of collecting 20 tons of non-perishable food for Delawareans in need of food assistance.  And, we need the public’s help to achieve the goal. 

 

“Stuff The Bus” will be collecting food at seven sites throughout the State.  The site locations, collection dates, and times are:

Monday, November 11: Acme, 18578 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth, 9 AM – 4 PM

 

Tuesday, November 12: Walmart, 939 N. DuPont Highway, Milford, 8 AM – 6 PM AND

Safeway, 190 John Hunn Brown Rd., Dover, 8 AM – 6 PM         

(Corner of S. Bay Rd. at S. Little Creek Rd.)

 

Wednesday, November 13:  NEW  ShopRite of First State Plaza, 1600 W. Newport Pike, Stanton, 9 AM – 4 PM

 

Thursday, November 14: Rodney Square, Market Street side, Wilmington, 7 AM – 5 PM

 

Friday, November 15NEW  ShopRite of Brandywine Commons, 1300 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, 9 AM – 4 PM

 

Saturday, November 16:  NEW  ShopRite of Four Seasons, 700 Plaza Dr., Newark, 9 AM – 4 PM

 

As part of our annual food drive, we’ll have live radio broadcasts; come out to meet the stations’ deejays on:

Monday, November 11: Acme in Rehoboth – Delaware 105.9 will broadcast live from 11 AM – 1 PM and The Vault 103.5/106.1 will be live from 2 PM – 4 PM

Tuesday, November 12: Walmart in Milford – EAGLE 97.7 from 6 AM – 6 PM

Tuesday, November 12: Safeway in Dover – COOL 101.3 from 6 AM – 6 PM

Wednesday, November 13: ShopRite of First State Plaza – WSTW 93.7 from 10 AM – 2 PM

Thursday, November 14: Rodney Square in Wilmington – WJBR from 11 AM – 1 PM

Friday, November 15: ShopRite of Brandywine Commons – WDEL will broadcast live from 12 PM – 4 PM

Saturday, November 16: ShopRite of Four Seasons – WJBR from 11 AM – 1 PM

 

DART also encourages the public to donate directly to the Food Bank of Delaware; if they are unable to visit any of the “Stuff The Bus” collection sites.  For more information on donating food, contact the Food Bank at 302-292-1305, or visit their website at www.FBD.org.

The Food Bank of Delaware is a nonprofit agency committed to ending hunger in Delaware.  According to the Food Bank, annually 1 in 8 people in Delaware rely on the Food Bank’s partners and programs for food assistance and 25 percent are children. 

 

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.  For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DARTReal-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android). 


Statewide Litter Clean Up Efforts Making Progress

Since expanding the Work A Day Earn A Pay (WADEAP) Pilot Public Works Jobs program statewide in July 2019, the program has collected nearly 1,500 bags of trash along Delaware roads. The program is a collaborative effort between the Delaware Department of Transportation and Goodwill Industries of Delaware and Delaware County.

“I want to thank Delawareans all across our state, including everyone involved in our Work A Day program, who are helping to protect our natural environment and Keep DE Litter Free,” said Governor John Carney. “Just recently, a group of Sussex County employees collected 169 bags of trash along county roadways, and the annual Coastal Cleanup in September brought thousands of volunteers out to collect trash along our coastline. We live in a beautiful state, and we should keep it that way. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we’re encouraged with the results we’re seeing so far.”

“Goodwill has done a fantastic job of getting the statewide WADEAP program up and running, helping us address this problem and offering job opportunities and training,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan. “In addition, we continue to spread the Keep DE Litter Free message throughout Delaware that we need everyone’s help in this effort. For example, DelDOT has collected more than 200 dumped large appliances from roads in Kent County since the beginning of 2018. This behavior is not ok and we need these blatant acts to stop which can only happen with the public’s help,” she added.

Colleen Morrone, President & Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County offered, “The Work A Day Earn A Pay program is providing a great opportunity to individuals with barriers to employment to enter the workforce. To support job growth opportunities, the 40 WADEAP team participants are also receiving digital skills and financial coaching, giving them the skills to improve their quality of life through the Power of Work.”

DelDOT is providing the $483,000 in funding for the expanded program that has increased the frequency of cleanups in Wilmington as well as targeting other high litter areas in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties. More information about the Keep DE Litter Free campaign can be found at https://governor.delaware.gov/litter-free/


Offseason Projects for Rehoboth Beach & Dewey Beach Corridor to Begin

DelDOT announces that several projects in the Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach Corridor will be resuming or beginning construction as peak travel season concludes. The majority of the work will be taking place on SR 1 and includes:

SR 1 Bridges over Lewes-Rehoboth Canal

  • Beginning the evening of Sunday, September 22, 2019, the northbound bridge lanes will close and contraflow will be in place for traffic on the southbound bridge with two southbound lanes and one northbound lane available.
  • After the northbound bridge is completed, the traffic pattern will shift and the southbound bridge will be closed and contraflow pattern will be in place for traffic on northbound bridge with two northbound lanes and one southbound lane available.
  • All lanes of traffic will be open during daytime hours by May 2020.
  • More information on this project is available here.

SR 1 Forgotten Mile/Dewey Beach Paving and Sidewalk Improvements

  • This project, which began in spring 2019, will resume on Monday, September 23, 2019 and continue until April 2020 and require intermittent lane and sidewalk closures.
  • Work area begins at Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and ends at Tower Road.

SR 1 Cross Pipe Replacement Project South of Dewey Beach

  • Cross pipe replacement projects under SR 1 at Bedford Street and Hazlett Street will require closure of SR 1 just south of Dewey Beach.
  • One direction of SR 1 will close to allow existing pipe to be dug up from under road.
  • Contraflow pattern will be in place with one travel lane available to traffic in each direction.
  • This project is expected to begin in November 2019, and last for several weeks. More information will be shared as project details are finalized.

Rehoboth Drawbridge Rehabilitation

  • Nightly lane closures through September 19, 2019.
  • Operational testing of new drawbridge electrical system and grid deck repairs will take place in spring 2020 after end of lane restrictions on SR 1 Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Bridge project.

Signs and message boards will be posted throughout the area alerting motorists to the lane closures and shifts as a result of this work.