Here's your roundup of law enforcement activity information released to the local media
Saturday, April 21
Equipment violation leads to Milford drug arrest
Milford police have arrested a local man on a number of drug-related charges after he was stopped for a vehicle equipment violation.
Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten said the traffic stop took place at about 2:31 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in the 600 block of NW Front Street.
Police stopped the 2005 Buick, driven by 38-year-old John L. Morris, and learned Morris was carrying 1,071 bags of heroin, 30.5 grams of marijuana, pills, brass knuckles, drug paraphernalia, and United States currency, Masten said.
Morris is charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity (more than five grams), and two counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. He also is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with improper window tinting, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
He was ordered held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $31,241 secured bond.
Sunday, April 22
Hartly woman charged after meth ingredients found in auto
A Hartly woman has been arrested after the car in which she was riding was stopped and state police found the makings of a methamphetamine operation.
DSP spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the women, identified as Sarah C. Bell, 30, was working on the meth even as the car was moving.
The incident took place at about 2:21 a.m. Sunday, April 22 when a trooper stopped a Volkswagen Jetta for a traffic violation on Fox Hollow Drive, Magnolia.
Bell was a passenger in the Jetta, which was driven by Ashley N. Lane, 25, of Rehoboth. Both women were wanted by the Kent County Court of Common Pleas and subsequently taken into custody.
A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, Jaffe said. Troopers determined all the materials belonged to Bell and that she was in fact actively manufacturing methamphetamine at the time the vehicle was stopped.
Due to the hazardous and combustible nature of the materials used in this process, the DNREC officers, along with the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit were called in to help with the investigation. They rendered the one pot meth lab safe without incident.
Bell is charged with unlawfully operating a clandestine lab and committed to the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in lieu of $10,000 secured bail.
Lane is charged with failure to signal, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on a $300 unsecured bail.
Monday, April 23
‘Odd behavior’ call nets drug charges against Milford resident
Milford police have arrested a local man after receiving reports about a disorderly person at the town Wal-Mart store.
Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten said officers were sent to the store Monday, April 23 at about 8:36 p.m., where they found Phillip Ames, 29. Ames was acting peculiarly as police arrived, a condition that matched descriptions of his activities before their arrival, Masten said.
Ames was taken into custody, and a search turned up 6.9 grams of cocaine.
He is charged with two counts of harassment and possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 1 quantity.
Ames later was released on a $3,500 unsecured bond pending an appearance in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.
Harrington men facing charges in copper wire theft case
Troopers with the Delaware State Police have arrested two men in connection with multiple thefts of copper wire from commercial irrigation systems.
Division spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the investigation began in February when the thefts were reported to police. The irrigation systems were from several areas from Camden to Greenwood, she said.
Detectives were able to identify 23-year-old Taylor J. Provanchie and 30-year-old Thomas E. Bradley, both of Harrington, as suspects. They are thought to have stolen more than a half-ton of copper wire, receiving more than $1,800 in proceeds from scrap yards.
Provanchie was taken into custody April 19, followed by Bradley’s arrest April 23. Both are charged with eight counts of felony theft, seven counts of third-degree criminal trespass and two counts of felony criminal mischief.
Also, Provanchie faces six additional counts of non-felony criminal mischief while Bradley has been charged with four additional counts of non-felony criminal mischief.
Provanchie later was released from custody on a $17,750 unsecured bond; Bradley was ordered held at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $28, 207 secured bond.
Tuesday, April 24
Millsboro man dies in Route 1 collision
Delaware State Police have charged a Harrington resident after he was involved in a collision resulting in the death of a Millsboro man.
The incident took place at about 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the southbound lane of Del. Route 1, north of NE 10th St., Milford.
Milford police were first to respond to the scene and called in the DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit to probe the crash, department spokesman Det. Timothy Maloney said.
Maloney identified the suspect as Glenn M. Outten, 30; the deceased victim was identified as Jay C. Richardson, 56.
According to the preliminary investigation, a 2006 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Outten was traveling north on Route 1 when it hit the south bound 2016 Ford Escape driven by Richardson.
The impact pushed the Ford backward and off the roadway, with the vehicle coming to rest in the center grass median. The Chevrolet spun around and came to rest near the impact point, Maloney said.
Both drivers and their passengers were wearing seatbelts, he added.
Richardson was declared dead at the scene, while Outten was taken to Bayhealth Hospital Milford Campus, treated for his injuries and released to police.
Richardson’s passenger was taken to Bayhealth Milford then airlifted to Christiana Medical Center suffering from life-threatening injuries.
Outten is charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular assault, driving under the influence, driving on the wrong side of the road and having no proof of insurance.
He was ordered held in default of a $7,000 secured bail following a hearing in JP Court 2.
Del. Route 1 was closed for about four hours while the investigation was conducted and the roadway cleared.
Anyone who witnessed this collision is asked to contact Cpl. Killen of the DSP Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-698-8451.
Search warrant turns up more than 4,100 bags of heroin in Magnolia
The Delaware State Police have assisted the Smyrna Police Department in executing a search warrant that led to the discovery of drugs.
Division spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said troopers were informed by the Smyrna Police Department that a suspect, identified as 19-year-old Kwamai Johnson of Smyrna has been arrested in connection with a stolen firearm.
As a result, on Tuesday, April 24, members of the Smyrna Police Department, Kent County Drug Unit, Kent County Property Crimes Unit, and the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Woodville Drive, Magnolia.
During the search, a Smith and Wesson rifle, three loaded rifle magazines with numerous rifle ammunition, 4,147 blue wax bags of suspected heroin (approximately 29.029 grams), approximately 276.4 grams of marijuana, and numerous drug paraphernalia items were recovered.
Troopers have charged Johnson with possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Johnson was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $51,000 secured bond.
Shooting disrupts morning on Reed Street
Officers with the Dover Police Department are investigating an early morning shooting.
Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the incident took place at 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 in the 200 block of West Reed Street.
The victim, a 42-year-old man was sitting on a front porch when four black men came up to him. One of the suspects pulled a handgun and fired several shots, hitting the victim three times on the leg.
The home also was hit by bullets, but there were no other injuries, Hoffman said.
The victim was treated at Bayhealth Hospital Kent Campus, he added.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips also may be submitted through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, or online at tipsubmit.com.
Milford liquor store burglarized
The Milford Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating an early morning burglary.
Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten said the incident took place Tuesday, April 24 at Mike’s Liquor Mart, at 358 Milford-Harrington Highway.
A preliminary investigation shows an unknown suspect forced entry into the business through a window, Masten said. Once inside, the suspect took cash and liquor before activating the alarm and running away.
Anyone with information about this burglary or the suspect pictured is asked to call 302-422-8081 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Tips also may be submitted online at MilfordPoliceDE.org/tips/.
Wednesday, April 25
Man attacks good Samaritan with knife
Dover police have arrested a man after he allegedly attacked a good Samaritan with a knife
The incident took place at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the DART bus transfer station at 520 S. Queen St., department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.
The man was identified as 63-year-old Frederick Sylvester; no address was given.
The 45-year-old woman and a friend found Sylvester lying halfway inside a portable restroom at the bus stop and helped him to his feet.
A short time later Sylvester allegedly began chasing the woman with a knife, trying to stab her while claiming she had tried to rob him.
Police on the scene took Sylvester into custody and found the knife as well as five grams of marijuana in her personal belongings, Hoffman said.
Sylvester is charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, aggravated menacing, possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, terroristic threatening, and public intoxication.
He was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna on a $14,700 secured bond.
Dover PD releases images of April 6 armed robbery suspect
The Dover Police Department on April 25 released surveillance photos of the suspect in the Friday, April 6 robbery of the Northeastern Title Loans office at 105 N. Dupont Highway.
Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the incident took place at about 11:28 a.m. when a man came into the office brandishing a handgun and demanding money.
The man was given the cash and ran away in an unknown direction, Hoffman said.
The suspect described as a black man wearing a dark coat, khaki pants, and dark shoes.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous.
Tips also may be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at http://www.tipsubmit.com.
Thursday, April 26
Suspect nabbed in April Capital Green shooting
Officers with the Dover Police Department have arrested 19-year-old Syncere Friends in connection with a recent shooting.
The incident took place at about 8:48 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in the 400 block of East Water Street, department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. Two homes were hit, but there were no injuries.
Several shell casings were found at the scene, he added.
Syncere Friends was developed as a suspect during the investigation and was taken into custody without resisting Thursday, April 26, during a traffic stop.
He is charged with five counts of first-degree reckless endangering, two counts of criminal mischief, second-degree conspiracy, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
He also faces several traffic charges, Hoffman said.
Friends was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on an $83,000 secured bond.
Marylanders get life sentences for 2017 Dover murder
A shootout that resulted in the death of a Dover man will lead to life in prison for two Worton, Md., men.
Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky said a Kent County Superior Court jury convicted 28-year-old Guy Jones and 37-year-old DePaul Wilson of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and one count of conspiracy second degree.
On Jan. 10, 2017, Jones and Wilson went to the home of Javan Cale, 31, in the Clearfield Apartments in Dover with the intent of robbing him, Kanefsky said.
When Cale answered the door, Jones and Wilson exchanged gunfire with him. Cale died as a result of numerous gunshot wounds to the torso, the first homicide in the city for that year.
Both Wilson and Jones were shot numerous times but recovered from their wounds.
Interviewed after the arrests, Lt. Dennis Hickman of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, said Dover detectives had developed Wilson as a person of interest in the case. Several officers from Dover went to Worton to continue their investigation, Hickman said.
They spotted Wilson’s car in the driveway of his home and took him into custody; Jones, who lived next door, was apprehended shortly afterward.
Hickman said his office was tipped off when one of the men had sought treatment for a gunshot wound at a local hospital.
Deputy Attorneys General Stephen Welch and Sean Motoyoshi prosecuted the case with special investigator Pete Fraley. Detective Nate Warren of the Dover Police Department was the chief investigating officer.
Saturday, April 28
Armed teens assault, then rob fleeing man
Dover police officers are investigating an early morning armed robbery apparently committed by four boys.
Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the incident took place at about 2:18 a.m. Saturday, April 28 when the victim, a 50-year man was in the area of South New and West Division streets.
The man said four black teenagers came up to him and one hit him in the face with a handgun. The boys chased the victim as he tried to run away, but took his red backpack containing a number of personal items.
The man was uninjured except for a cut on his lip.
Police are continuing their investigation; 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.