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4 Charged in Criminal Mischief Incident at Phillips Landing Monument

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LAUREL, Del.- Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents say that this week they made four arrests in connection with an April 1 incident of criminal mischief at the Phillips Landing public boat ramp near Laurel. According to police, the suspects pulled down the Captain John Smith Nanticoke Exploration Monument and damaged four road signs.

The following charges were issued or are pending:

  • Mike A. Hicks, 22, of Laurel, was charged with criminal mischief and trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. He was fined $180 plus full restitution for the damage, and received one year of probation.
  • Matthew J. Trivits, 18, of Laurel, was charged with trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. He was fined $92 and received one year of probation and 16 hours of community service on state wildlife areas.
  • Zachary Lecates, 18, of Laurel, was charged with trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. He was fined $92 and received one year of probation and 16 hours of community service on state wildlife areas.
  • Charges are pending on a Laurel juvenile for his role in the incident. Pending a Family Court appearance, he will be charged with criminal mischief and trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area.

Dedicated in May 2007 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the Captain John Smith Nanticoke Exploration Monument commemorates Smith's historic 1608 expedition exploring and mapping the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The 8-foot-tall black granite obelisk also marks part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Water Trail. 

"Most visitors to the Nanticoke Wildlife Area and Phillips Landing treat this beautiful, scenic area with respect and enjoy the fishing, boating, picnicking and other outdoor activities that it offers," said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. "However, this area also seems to be a popular target for vandalism and criminal mischief by a few who would spoil its enjoyment for others. To anyone considering actions that damage this area, be warned: our agents are watching and we have zero tolerance for your illegal activities."

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