Here is your roundup of reported law enforcement activities in Kent County
TV stolen in mobile home burglary
Dover police are probing a break-in at a local mobile home park.
Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the burglary took place sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Dover East Estates park.
The burglar got inside through a small rear window and once inside took a 40-inch Samsung television.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7130. Tips may be left anonymously.
Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at tipsubmit.com.
Drugs, weapon, seized during traffic offense
Dover police confiscated drugs and a handgun after finding a car parked in the middle of a local street.
The incident took place at about 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 on Cherry Street, south of Lincoln Street, Dover, Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.
As officers went up to the black Kia Forte, the driver, later identified as Christopher Brewer, got inside and started backing up, Hoffman said. They made a search of the vehicle after smelling marijuana smoke, he added.
The search led to the discovery of a .380 caliber handgun, handgun magazine, and cartridges, and drug paraphernalia.
Brewer also had two outstanding bench warrants for his arrest.
Brewer was ordered held on two counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person prohibited, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and various traffic offenses.
He is at the Vaughn Corrections Center in lieu of a $5,150 secured bond.
Two charged following drug investigation
Milford police have completed a month-long drug investigation with two arrests.
Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten identified the suspects as Ernest E. Johnson, 34, of Magnolia and Richard H. White, 30, of Greenwood.
On Tuesday, July 24, officers served a search warrant on a vehicle in the 200 block of North Street, Milford; a search turned up heroin, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and an amount of United States currency, Masten said.
Both men are charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance; White also faces charges of second-degree conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is being held by the Delaware Department of Correction on a $10,000 secured bond, while Johnson was ordered held on a $5,000 secured bond.
Milford police charge Frederica man with fourth DUI
A Frederica man is facing his fourth DUI charge after his arrest in Milford.
Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten said Loren T. Johnson, 62, was arrested at about 9:57 p.m. Thursday, July 26 in the area of Airport and Bowman roads.
Officers on patrol stopped a vehicle after it was seen driving partially in the lane of oncoming traffic. Additional investigation led police to arrest Johnson on suspicion of driving while impaired. Afterward, they learned he had been convicted on three earlier occasions of DUI.
Johnson now is charged with a fourth offense of DUI, failure to drive in the proper lane and direction and failure to have his license in his possession.
Masten said Johnson later was released on an $8,600 unsecured bond.
Guilty verdict for Felton man in 2017 Dover homicide case
Felton resident Brett A. Scott, 26, arrested by Dover police after the June 17 murder of Dequan Dukes, is facing up to life in prison for his crime.
Scott, was convicted July 23 in Kent County Superior Court on charges of murder second degree, attempted robbery first degree, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and conspiracy second degree.
He originally had faced a charge of first-degree murder, according to court documents.
During their investigation, Dover police learned Scott and three others conspired to rob Dukes while at his home in the Pine Grove Apartment Complex in the 200 block of Webbs Lane. One of the three lured Dukes outside on the pretext of setting up a meeting, but the meeting devolved into an exchange of gunfire.
Scott was shot in the chest, hand, and foot, and Dukes was fatally shot in the chest.
A Superior Court judge will sentence Scott to between 21 years and life in prison in September.
Portable meth lab shuts down Route 13
Delaware State Police have arrested a Middletown man after learning he was driving with a potentially explosive “one pot” meth lab in his truck.
The case began at about 1:22 a.m. Sunday, July 30, in the 4500 block of South Dupont Highway, Dover, division spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.
A trooper made a traffic stop after spotting a bronze-colored truck make an illegal lane change, Jaffe said. The trooper questioned the driver, identified as 28-year-old Richard H. Janvier III of Middletown and learned he was driving on a suspended license and the truck was not insured.
A search of the vehicle turned up drug supplies and 0.95 grams of methamphetamine as well as a suspected meth bottle, Jaffe said.
The Kent County Drug Unit and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control specialists were called in to deal with a potentially hazardous situation as developing methamphetamine in this manner involves the use of chemicals that can explode under certain circumstances.
Due to the combustible nature of the materials used in meth manufacturing, the northbound lane of Route 13 was shut down for about 90 minutes as the meth lab was made safe.
Janvier is charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawfully and knowingly operating or attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory and several traffic violations.
After arraignment in Justice of the Peace Court 7, he was released from custody upon posting a $3,500 secured bond.
Police provide surveillance photos of attempted robbery suspect
A second visit to the Harrington Raceway and Casino by a robbery suspect has allowed Delaware State Police to distribute photos of the man, division spokeswomen Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said Monday.
The initial crime took place in June, and the suspect was photographed almost a month later.
According to Jaffe, the case began at about 10:30 p.m. June 29 at the casino when the suspect asked a 59-year-old Bridgeville man for a ride home because his car would not start.
The victim, who was acquainted with the suspect, had tried to help start the vehicle but was unsuccessful, Jaffe said.
The victim drove south on U.S. Route 13 until the suspect sent him onto some of the back roads in the Harrington/Farmington area. It was while they were stopped the suspect allegedly held a screwdriver to the victim’s neck and demanded money.
The driver was able to take the screwdriver during a struggle and the suspect jumped from the vehicle and ran away.
On July 27 the victim spotted the man again at the Harrington casino and police were able to obtain surveillance photos.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man standing about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing about 130 to 150 pounds with black hair shaved on the sides and pulled back into a ponytail.
At the time of the crime, he was wearing a red shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers, Jaffe said. His vehicle was described as an older model red or burgundy-colored passenger car with a black hood.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect or the incident is asked to contact Det. Wright by calling 302-698-8429 Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at delawarecrimstoppersweb.com, or by sending a text to 274637 (CRIMES), starting the message with the keyword “DSP.”