Here's your roundup of reported law enforcement activities from Friday, April 28 through Friday, May 4
Saturday, April 28
Gun left on dashboard results in drug arrests
Three Dover men were arrested over the weekend after one of them admitted leaving a handgun on his vehicle’s dashboard during a traffic stop.
The incident took place at 11:17 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in the area of Lakewood Drive and Columbia Avenue, Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.
A Dover officer had stopped a black Dodge Avenger driven by 23-year-old Shabazz Barlow for a traffic violation when he spotted the 9mm weapon in plain view on the sedan’s dash.
Barlow admitted ownership of the weapon, Hoffman said.
Barlow and two others were arrested when a search turned up 0.8 grams of marijuana and 108 bags of heroin under the front passenger seat.
Barlow is charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has been released on an $8,000 unsecured bond.
The others, identified as 17-year-old Tyrese Bailey and 19-year-old Jerry Green, are charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bailey was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond while Green was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond.
Milford man charged in domestic violence case
A Milford man was charged over the weekend after he allegedly attacked and hit another person during a domestic incident.
Milford police spokesman Det. Timothy Maloney said Juan Vasquez-Matos, 28, was arrested, but could not immediately be taken before a magistrate because he was intoxicated.
The incident took place at about 6:34 a.m. Saturday, April 28 in the 100 block of Southeast Third Street following a 911-call disconnect.
Police made contact with the victim who said Vasquez-Matos had come to the residence and started a fight when he tried to come inside. The victim tried to keep him out and called 911, but Vasquez-Matos took the phone away and struck the victim in the face.
Vasquez-Matos, who still was on the property, was taken into custody, Maloney said.
A check showed there was an active protection from abuse order in force dating to March 2018, he added.
Vasquez-Matos is charged with malicious interference with emergency communications, offensive touching, and criminal contempt of a domestic violence protective order. Maloney said that because Vasquez-Matos was under the influence of alcohol, he could not have a presentment before a judge, and he was ordered held until the effects wore off.
He then was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond and issued a no-contact order with the victim.
Sunday, April 29
Dover man charged with writing bad checks in Milford
A Dover man has been arrested by Milford police for allegedly passing bad checks in Milford last year.
Milford Police Department spokesman Det. Timothy Maloney identified the suspect as David Johnson, 44. No address was given.
Maloney said the first incident took place July 10, 2017, at the One Stop Market on North Walnut Street, Milford. Police identified Johnson as the suspect an obtained a warrant for his arrest.
The second also occurred July 10, 2017, at the United Check Cashing Store on North Dupont Boulevard, Milford. Police again were issued a warrant for Johnson’s arrest.
Milford police were able to arrest Johnson April 29; he is charged with second-degree forgery, two counts of issuing a bad check for under $1,500 and one count of theft by false pretense.
He also had an active warrant out of the New Castle County Family Court, Maloney said.
Johnson is being held by the state Department of Correction on a total of $600 secured bail.
Milford man charged with DUI after positive blood test
A Milford man thought to be under the influence of alcohol after a March 28 crash was arrested April 29 after a blood test showed he was over the limit for alcohol intoxication.
Milford police spokesman Det. Timothy Maloney said the incident took place in the early hours of March 23 when a vehicle traveling on Airport Road crashed into an embankment.
The driver, identified as 32-year-old William Walton Jr., was found unconscious in the driver’s seat. Police obtained a warrant for a blood test after Walton was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, Maloney said.
Police were issued a warrant for Walton’s arrest April 16 when tests conducted at the state police crime laboratory showed he had been intoxicated when arrested.
Walton is charged with driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and after an appearance in JP Court 7 was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
Tuesday, May 1
Four teens charged in April 24 Reed Street shooting
Officers with the Dover Police Department have arrested four adolescent suspects in connection with the April 24 shooting on Reed Street.
Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman identified the quartet as Khahiem Lewis, 17, Zymire Martinez, 15, and Shiheem Durham, 16, all of Dover, and Felton resident Alton Kinsey, 17.
All became suspects after detectives identified them from photos captured over city surveillance cameras and other leads, Hoffman said.
Kinsey and Lewis were picked up by officers two days after the shooting; Martinez surrendered to police May 1, and Durham was picked on the streets the same day.
The shooting victim, a 42-year-old man, was sitting on a porch when four black men came up to him; one pulled a gun and fired several shots, hitting him in the leg.
Hoffman said Tuesday the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.
All four are charged with first-degree assault, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, four counts of first-degree reckless endangering, second-degree conspiracy and criminal mischief.
Lewis, Martinez, and Kinsey also face charges of illegal gang participation while Lewis and Kinsey are charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
All have been committed to the Stevenson House juvenile detention center, Dover:
- Lewis is being held on a $136,000 cash-only bond.
- Martinez and Durham are being held on a $90,000 cash-only bond.
- Kinsey is being held on a $24,000 secured bond.
Drugs, cash, confiscated in Mispillion Apartments
Milford police concluded a two-month drug investigation May 1 with the arrest of 38-year-old Antonio Young of Ellendale.
A search warrant executed at an apartment in the 900 building of the Mispillion apartment complex led to Young’s capture and the seizure of cash, drug paraphernalia, crack cocaine and marijuana, department spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten said.
The investigation was completed by the department’s drug unit, Masten added.
Young is charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance with an aggravating factor.
He was presented at Justice of the Peace Court No. 2, where bail was set at $7000 secured and was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution.
Masten said Young also was be wanted by various Delaware courts and bails/bonds in those cases totaled $62,000.
Friday, May 4
Former racing team crew member charged with assault
A former NASCAR Xfinity Series race team member has been charged with assault in Dover after allegedly breaking the jaw of team owner Jerry Hataway.
Lawrence Hayden, 33, of Concord, N.C., allegedly hit Hataway, 56, over an argument regarding Hayden’s employment with the team, Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said in a press release.
The incident took place at 10:51 a.m. Friday, May 4 at the infield of the Dover International Speedway, Hoffman said.
The episode began as a verbal disagreement that turned into a physical one, with Hayden starting to punch the team owner.
Hataway was treated on site and then moved to Bayhealth Hospital Kent Campus for further treatment.
Dover police took Hayden into custody without further incident, Hoffman said.
Hayden is charged with a single count of second-degree assault, and then released on a $500 secured bond.