Laurel Pizza King Robbery

From the Laurel Police Department:

On 4/24/10 at approx. 10:00 pm members of the Laurel Police Department responded to the Pizza King on North Central Avenue ref. to a robbery that had just occurred.

Upon arrival officers learned that two black males entered the store and demanded U.S currency. Both of the suspects were armed with firearms. The suspects were able to get an undisclosed amount of cash prior to fleeing on foot. Both of the suspects are described as black males between 5’06 and 5’08. Suspect 1 was wearing a dark colored pants and a dark jacket with a white piping on the collar and on the sleeves. Suspect 1 also had on a dark colored ski mask and was armed with a long gun. Suspect 2 was wearing both a dark colored jacket and pants. Suspect 2 was also wearing some type of Halloween mask and was also armed with a long gun.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Laurel Police Department at 302-875-2244 of Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on the web at http://www.tipsubmit.com. You can remain anonymous.

Pizza King is offering a CASH reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects involved in the Robbery.

So have criminals stopped knocking off the Shore Stop next door and moved on to pizza?

The Never-ending Saga of The Shore Stop Robberies

Yet again, the Shore Stop in Laurel was robbed. From the press release:

On 2/25/10 at approx. 11:20pm members of the Laurel Police Department responded to the Shore Stop on North Central Avenue ref. to a robbery that had just occurred.

Upon arrival officers learned that two black males entered the store and demanded U.S currency. One of the suspects was armed with a firearm. The suspects were able to get an undisclosed amount of U.S currency before fleeing on foot. Both of the suspects are described as black males between 5’06 and 5’08. Suspect 1 was wearing a black hooded jacket with a light blue shirt underneath and dark pants. Suspect 1 also had on a blue and white bandana covering his face and was armed with a firearm. Suspect 2 was wearing blue jeans and a red and white hooded jacket. On the front of suspect 2 jacket is a white skeleton.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Laurel Police Department at 302-875-2244 of Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on the web at www.tipsubmit.com. You can remain anonymous.

I am glad that the store is open 24/7 (I have stopped by there overnight). One has to wonder if the corporation doesn’t look at the regular stream of robberies and consider closing the doors from, say 11pm to 5am.

Laurel High School Indoor Guard In Competition

Another reason to be proud of our kids.

Laurel High School Winter Ensemble – Gateway Regional High School Press Release

On Saturday, February 20, 2010, the Laurel High School Indoor Guard placed 2nd in the Scholastic Novice A Division at Gateway Regional High School in Woodbury, NJ. Laurel is the sole competitive winter guard in Sussex County and has been competing for two years in Tournament Indoor Association (TIA)’s Chapter 9 which encompasses the state of Delaware, Eastern Maryland, and parts of Northern Virginia. Currently, the ensemble is ranked 12th overall in their division in 9 states (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and parts of North Carolina, West Virginia, and Ohio). Their next competition is on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Avon Grove High School in Pennsylvania.

The guard is comprised of Seniors: Tania Baker, Kirsten Cook, Amber Cooper, Vernard Goins, Kari Noftsinger, and Ashley Pruitt; Juniors: Brooke Brittingham, Alexis Hunt, Jojo Ray, Tiffany St. Jernquist, and Caitlin Stokes; Sophomore: Kelly Marine; Freshmen: Johana Bowles and Rachel Young; 8th Grader: Thalia Baker. Of the 15 marching members, only three students have ever participated in winter guard prior to this season. Six participated in the marching band color guard program this past fall and received 1st place honors at all four Tournament of Bands competitions.

Staff for the 2010 season includes Mary Pierce-Cass, Director; Lisa Bales, Assistant Director; Brian Cass, Visual Ensemble Coordinator; Alan Bales, Chief Videographer; and Alex Bales, Technician. Floor crew includes Crew Captain, John Dillon Travis along with Harley “Trey” Lord and Adam Horner. Laurel High School Winter Ensemble would like to thank the Laurel School District, Laurel School Board, parents, and friends for all their support. Without them this season would not be possible.

For more information about upcoming competitions and community performances, please contact Mary Pierce-Cass at (302) 875-6120 or via e-mail at mary.cass@laurel.k12.de.us.

Men In Black Rob Pizza Delivery Guy

The News Journal/DelawareOnline reports that a 27 year-old pizza delivery guy was robbed in Laurel on Ponderosa Road by two men in black. The pizza delivery guy  was returning to his car after a delivery when two men in black approached, then threatened him if he did not give them money. He complied. He was then told to drop to the ground, where he was kicked by the men. One of the men took food from the car then both men left.

The men in black were between 20 and 30 years old, around 170-180 lbs, and 5 foot 9 inches tall. Call 856-5850 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 with information.

To be clear, we aren’t talking about THE Men In Black.

Laurel’s 4th of July Celebration Could Happen in 2010

The Laurel Chamber of Commerce officially notified the town that it will no longer sponsor the annual 4th of July celebration. Many of us are disappointed. In a Laurel Star article, Mayor John Shwed stated:

…the Chamber’s decision to cease sponsorship of the 4th of July event is something that everyone must consider “long and hard.” He said that recently the Chamber also ceased sponsorship of the annual “Citizen of the Year,” and the town took over that project. “I think our public needs to think about this long and hard because if there is no 4th of July event, Laurel will have no annual celebration,” he said. “Seaford has ‘River Fest’ and Bridgeville has ‘Apple-Scrapple.’ I think there needs to be some soul searching to consider either rejuvenating this event or choosing something else.”

Mayor Shwed told me this morning that there will be a meeting in January to discuss organizing this year’s 4th of July celebration. There isn’t a firm date set, but it will be announced shortly. Please consider attending the meeting as well as volunteering to make this event happen in 2010.