North DuPont Highway Opens to Traffic 9-2-15

Update:  US Rt 13 has been re-opened and traffic flow is returning to normal at this time. Please continue to use caution as workers remain in the area.

 

US Rt 13 between College Road and the South Entrance of the Dover Mall is completely shut down due to a gas main break in the area. The Dover Police Department and Dover Fire Department is on scene. Please avoid the area if possible.

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Gas Leak Shuts Down Section of North DuPont Highway 9-2-15

US Rt 13 between College Road and the South Entrance of the Dover Mall is completely shut down due to a gas main break in the area. The Dover Police Department and Dover Fire Department is on scene. Please avoid the area if possible.

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Dover Police Release New Details In Officer Involved Shooting 9-1-15

On Friday, August 28th, the Dover Police Department was involved in a shooting incident involving 21-year-old Terrance Fletcher.  Hours after the shooting a press conference was held to provide what limited details were available to the Dover Police Department during the preliminary stages of the investigation.  A few hours after the press conference, the Dover Police Department released a press release with more information, including the crimes that Fletcher was charged with.  Throughout the incident and its aftermath, the department has continued to pledge that we will be as transparent as allowed by law by releasing details as they become available and we will continue to do so.

Shortly before 1:00PM, officers from the Street Crimes Unit received a tip from a past-proven reliable informant that Fletcher was in the area of South New Street and was in possession of a handgun and provided an accurate description of his location and appearance.  On that day and time, the unit consisted of one Delaware Probation and Parole officer and two Dover Police officers.  They responded to the area to investigate the information they received.  Those officers are highly familiar with the area and due to the nature of the call, chose to place officers on each side of the block if the suspect chose to run from the officers.

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An officer provides first aid to Fletcher
(Image taken from video take by bystander)

Fletcher, who at the time of this incident was on active probation, was contacted by the Probation and Parole Officer in the 100 Block of South New Street.  Fletcher chose to run from the Probation and Parole officer that attempted to contact him on New Street, proceeding east through a pathway between 111 and 115 South New Street, which connects to an adjacent parking lot.  A Dover Police officer, who was positioned in the parking lot of 120 South Governors Avenue, confronted Fletcher as he ran towards him. The officer saw Fletcher with a gun in his hand and fired his departmental issued service weapon, striking Fletcher once in the upper thigh.  As Fletcher was struck, he threw a .38 caliber revolver, which was recovered by investigators on scene shortly after the incident.  Immediately after Fletcher was struck, officers radioed for assistance and began rendering first aid.  During an interview with investigators on September 1st, Fletcher admitted to possessing the handgun that is described above.

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This image shows the pathway between 111 and 115 South New Street that Fletcher ran through.

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As other officers worked to secure the scene, emergency medical workers arrived and transported Fletcher to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening wound to his leg.  Later in the evening, arrest warrants were obtained for Fletcher for the crimes of Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited.  He was arraigned by a magistrate judge from the Justice of the Peace Court 7 while at the hospital.  Fletcher was committed to the Delaware Department of Corrections on $20,000 cash bond after the arraignment.  After Fletcher was committed, he was turned over to the Delaware Department of Corrections for supervision.  Fletcher has since been located at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.  Several media outlets have inaccurately reported that Fletcher suffered a spinal injury.  The Dover Police Department was advised by medical staff that Fletcher suffered a soft tissue wound from the shot, with no bones or vital organs being struck.    Fletcher is expected to be released from a prison infirmary and joining the pre-trial population at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center shortly.

The area that the shooting took place was on the north side parking lot of an adjacent daycare.  Despite numerous incorrect reports in the media, there were no children outside on the playground at the time this event took place.  This was also confirmed by staff working at the daycare at the time of the incident.

As officers attempted to secure the scene of the shooting and render first aid to Fletcher, a large crowd gathered in the 100 Block of South New Street, with several persons becoming disorderly and hostile towards police.  Because of this, the Dover Police Department was forced to call in multiple police agencies to maintain the integrity of the incident scene and assist in the dispersing of the crowd.  Despite the tensions among the growing crowd, the officers handled the situation with the poise and professionalism they are trained to use and were able to diffuse and disband the crowd while making just two arrests.  As officers dealt with the hostile crowd, they were also aided by various community leaders in calming the crowd.  The Dover Police Department thanks the agencies and community members that assisted in our efforts and allowed the situation to be resolved as peacefully as possible.

At this time, the incident is still an active investigation, and the Dover Police Department must treat it as such until it has been resolved.  This includes a separate and impartial investigation by the Delaware Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust.  The officer who fired his weapon remains on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the investigations.  This is standard department policy in officer involved shootings.

Throughout the days following the officer involved shooting, there have been many questions as to the reasons why Dover Police Department has focused on downtown areas for proactive enforcement.  The downtown area has been plagued with crime, mostly committed by persons who do not reside in the area at all.  A look at press releases issued about arrests in the area of concern will show that a large amount of people arrested reside outside the downtown area.  It has been the primary location of quality of life crimes and issues, violent crime, and drug-related crimes and the Dover Police Department will continue to address these issues in those areas to make it a safer community.

The below heat map images are taken from the Raids Online crime mapping software program, which is available to the public via the Dover Police Department  website (www.doverpolice.org/raids-online/).  The heat map images show that the areas most affected by crime are in brighter colors, with red being the highest.  The heat map images are based on data collected throughout 2015.

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While law enforcement and crime prevention continue to be the main focus of the Dover Police Department, the department has continued to participate in community relations and continuously looks for ways to create and improve community outreach initiatives.  The department has worked and met with several organizations including Neighborhood Watch programs, homeowners associations, community churches, Code Purple Homeless Shelters, various civic organizations, discussions with community leaders, participation in public forums involving race relations, and more to improve all community relations in various communities throughout the City of Dover.  The Dover Police Department has received some assistance from community leaders and members to help us in meeting our goals of reducing and preventing crime in the downtown community.  However, we continue to seek assistance from residents of all communities in our efforts to curb crime.

The Dover Police Department and its officers have also created or participated in programs to help citizens and build trust between the department and its citizens, including the following examples:
-G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training)
-School Resource Officers
-National Night Out
-Heroes and Helpers
-Youth Programs (DPD Youth Academy/Shell Fuel For Success)
-Charitable Giving from the Fraternal Order of Police
-Police Athletic League (Currently in the Infant Stages of Development)
-Officers involved in athletic programs
-Operation Zip Up Coat Drive
-Various Youth Outings (Fishing Trips/Trampoline Park/NASCAR Race/Indoor Play Parks)
-Various Outreach Initiatives by Dover Police Officers

Despite being hindered by a lack of manpower, the Dover Police Department has continued to participate in these programs and take proactive measures to force out the criminal element from the City of Dover.  The men and women who serve on the Dover Police Department take great pride in the City of Dover and are honored to serve its citizens.  We understand the enormous responsibility that police work entails, but also understand that there are times when police are forced to make difficult decisions, especially when dealing in the use of force.  It is not a decision we take lightly.  Our officers undergo training in the use of force on a regular basis as mandated by Dover Police Department and Council on Police Training (COPT) policies.

The Dover Police Department also understands that the public has significant interest in this incident and we will continue to be as transparent as possible throughout the course of this investigation. The Dover Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Dover for their support and patience as we continue to fulfill our promise to protect the city.

In the interest of transparency, the Dover Police Department has also included the department’s Use of Force policy and the arrest warrant for Terrance Fletcher below.

DOVER POLICE USE OF FORCE POLICY

Terrance Fletcher Arrest Warrant

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Gold Alert Cancelled for Joseph Smith 9-1-15

Update:
The Gold Alert for Joseph Smith has been cancelled.  He was located in the Felton area and will be returned to his mothers care.

Date/Time: Monday, August 31st

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department has issued a Gold Alert in the case of a missing adult.  Joseph Smith (23) left his residence on Monday, August 31st at 9:00PM and fled from his mother.  Smith fled in a westbound direction from his residence in the 800 Block of Lincoln Street in Dover.  Joseph Smith suffers from mental and developmental conditions that require constant care.  Smith is described as a light skin black male, 6’2″, and 170 pounds.  He has dark brown hair, brown eyes, and a “scruffy” beard.  He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, blue denim shorts, and was not wearing any shoes.  If anyone has any information on Smith’s whereabouts, please contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111.

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

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Man Robbed by Three Suspects While Walking Home 9-1-15

Complaint # 50-15-25388

Date/Time:  Monday, August 31, 2015  between 11:00PM-11:25PM

Location: South American Avenue and SW Kings Highway

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred on Monday night in the are of South American Avenue and SW Kings Highway.  The incident occurred as an 18-year-old male victim was walking home in the area.  Three suspects approached the victim from behind and began punching the victim, eventually throwing him to the ground.  Once on the ground, one suspect stepped on the victims neck while the other suspects removed the victims cell phone and back pack.  All three suspects then fled the area.  The suspects are described as black males ranging from 5’8″ to 6′, all thin builds.  Two were wearing black hooded sweatshirts and the other a white t-shirt.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7111. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on-line at http://www.tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile App.

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Gold Alert Issued for 23-Year-Old 8-31-15

Date/Time: Monday, August 31st

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department has issued a Gold Alert in the case of a missing adult.  Joseph Smith (23) left his residence on Monday, August 31st at 9:00PM and fled from his mother.  Smith fled in a westbound direction from his residence in the 800 Block of Lincoln Street in Dover.  Joseph Smith suffers from mental and developmental conditions that require constant care.  Smith is described as a light skin black male, 6’2″, and 170 pounds.  He has dark brown hair, brown eyes, and a “scruffy” beard.  He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, blue denim shorts, and was not wearing any shoes.  If anyone has any information on Smith’s whereabouts, please contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111.

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Joseph Smith

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Two Arrested for Ecstasy Possession During Traffic Stop 8-31-15

Complaint # 50-15-25288

Date/Time:  Monday, August 31st at 12:33AM

Location: Traffic Stop in Parking Lot of 391 North DuPont Hwy., Dover

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

Two men were arrested for the possession of 22.9 grams of ecstasy after a traffic stop early Monday morning.  Just after 12:30AM,  officers from the patrol division stopped Tyrell Waters for driving a vehicle with a suspended/revoked licence.  As officers approahced, they detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle and had Waters and the passenger (Brandon Barnes) exit the vehicle.  Officers located 1.1 grams of marijuana on Waters, and a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 22.9 grams of ecstasy.  Both suspects were arrested without incident.

Waters was committed to JTVCC in default of $26,501 secured bond.  Barnes was committed to JTVCC in default of $13,250 secured bond.

Tyrell Waters Age: 24 Address: 10000 Block of Greentop Road, Lincoln, DE Charges: Tier 5 Possession MDMA (Ecstasy) Possession With Intent to Deliver Ecstasy Conspiracy 2nd Degree Possession Marijuana Possession Drug Paraphernalia Traffic Charges

Tyrell Waters
Age: 24
Address: 10000 Block of Greentop Road, Lincoln, DE
Charges:
Tier 5 Possession MDMA (Ecstasy)
Possession With Intent to Deliver Ecstasy
Conspiracy 2nd Degree
Possession Marijuana
Possession Drug Paraphernalia
Traffic Charges

Brandon Barnes Age: 28 Address: 300 Block of Park Avenue, Lewes, DE Charges: Tier 5 Possession MDMA (Ecstasy) Possession With Intent to Deliver Ecstasy Conspiracy 2nd Degree Possession Drug Paraphernalia

Brandon Barnes
Age: 28
Address: 300 Block of Park Avenue, Lewes, DE
Charges:
Tier 5 Possession MDMA (Ecstasy)
Possession With Intent to Deliver Ecstasy
Conspiracy 2nd Degree
Possession Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

 

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Large Fight/Riot in Manchester Square 8-31-15

Complaint # 50-15-25193

Date/Time:  Saturday, August 30th at 8:30PM

Location: Manchester Square (Stevenson Drive), Dover

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

Six men were arrested Saturday night after a large fight with over 50 people occurred in the Manchester Square neighborhood.  As officers from the Dover Police Department attempted to break up the fighting, a large crowd gathered, becoming disorderly and hostile towards police, as they made arrests.  Officers from the Cheswold, Camden, Smyrna, and Delaware State Police Departments were called to assist in managing and dispersing the unruly crowd.  As a result of the incident the following persons were charged:

 

Anthony Clark (Photo unavailable)
Age: 16
Charges:
Riot
Offensive Touching
Loitering
Address: Unit Block of Mifflin Meadows, Dover
Bail: Turned over to Parent/Guardian

 

Kairi Buie Age: 17 Charges: Riot Resisting Arrest Offensive Touching Loitering Address: Unit Block of Park Lane, Dover

Kairi Buie
Age: 17
Charges:
Riot
Resisting Arrest
Offensive Touching
Loitering
Address: Unit Block of Park Lane, Dover
Bond: Turned Over To Parent/Guardian

Keon Cornish Age: 21 Address: 1200 Block of Garfield Drive, Dover Charges:  Riot Resisting Arrest Offensive Touching on Police Officer Loitering

Keon Cornish
Age: 21
Address: 1200 Block of Garfield Drive, Dover
Charges:
Riot
Resisting Arrest
Offensive Touching on Police Officer
Loitering
Bond: Committed. No Bail, revoked from previous charge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Stewart Age: 23 Address: 100 Block of South New St, Dover Charges: Riot Possession Marijuana Possession Drug Paraphernalia Loitering

Eric Stewart
Age: 23
Address: 100 Block of South New St, Dover
Charges:
Riot
Possession Marijuana
Possession Drug Paraphernalia
Loitering
Bond: $2,501 Unsecured

Lewis HArrell Age: 24 Address: Unit Block of Harmony Lane, Dover Charges:  Riot Offensive Touching Loitering

Lewis Harrell
Age: 24
Address: Unit Block of Harmony Lane, Dover
Charges:
Riot
Offensive Touching
Loitering
Bond: $1,800 Unsecured

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antwon Peace Age: 18 Address: 3900 Block of Peach Tree Run, Dover Charges: Riot Offensive Touching Loitering Resisting Arrest Menacing Criminal Mischief Bond: $3,300 Unsecured

Antwon Peace
Age: 18
Address: 3900 Block of Peach Tree Run, Dover
Charges:
Riot
Offensive Touching
Loitering
Resisting Arrest
Menacing
Criminal Mischief
Bond: $3,300 Unsecured

 

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Severe Auto Accident US Route 13 and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 8-29-15

Complaint # 50-15-25174

Date/Time:  Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at approximately 3:11PM

Location: Route 13 and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is investigating a severe motor vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Route 13 and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd shortly after 3:00 this afternoon.  A silver Chevrolet HHR being operated by a 31-year-old female was in the left turn lane of northbound US Route 13, and preparing to make a left onto Martin Luther King Kr. Blvd.  Meanwhile, a 31-year-old male was operating a Kawasaki ZX6R on the southbound side of Route 13, approaching the same intersection.  The motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic and continued through the intersection as the HHR was turning onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the vehicle, causing the motorcycle to flip over the vehicle and the driver to be ejected.

The operator of the motorcycle sustained life threatening injuries consisting of fractures to both arms, legs, pelvis, and multiple internal injuries.  The operator of the motorcycle was flown from Kent General Hospital to Christiana Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the HHR was treated for minor injuries and released.  However, her 12-year-old daughter, who was a front seat passenger suffered multiple bone fractures and internal injuries.  She was flown from Kent General Hospital to AI Dupont Children’s Hospital in critical condition.  Two rear passengers were also transported to AI Dupont Children’s Hospital from Kent General Hospital.  A six-year-old male who was seated in the rear passenger side seat suffered multiple bone fractures and a severe laceration to his head and face and is currently listed in critical condition.  A 3-year-old who was seated in the rear driver side seat suffered minor injuries from the collision but was transported to AI Dupont Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

The southbound lanes of Route 13 and Eastbound lanes of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd were shut down from 3:11PM until approximately 6:30 as investigators remained on scene to investigate the accident.  It was learned during the investigation that the motorcycle was reported stolen from Fairfax County, Virginia.  At this time no charges have been filed as the case is still under investigation.

The Dover Police Department would like to thank the Dover Fire Department for their quick response to assist at the scene and in the extraction of one of the passengers from the vehicle due to entrapment.  The below photos are courtesy of the Dover Fire Department.

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Man Faces Gun Charges From Officer Involved Shooting Incident 8-28-15

Complaint # 50-15-25087

Date/Time:  Friday, August 28th, 2015 at approximately 1:01PM

Location:  Property between 100 Block of S. New St. and 100 Block of S. Governors Ave.

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred shortly after 1:00PM on Friday, August 28th.  Officers were responding to a tip they received of a suspect with a handgun in the area of the 100 Block of South New Street.  Upon arrival, officers were also staged in the area of South Governors Avenue to provide assistance.  When officers arrived on scene, they observed a suspect later identified as 21-year-old Terrance Fletcher, who matched the description they were provided as being the person in possession of a firearm.  As officers approached the Fletcher, he fled eastbound through a narrow alleyway towards Governors Avenue, where the other officers were located.  As Fletcher ran towards the officers on Governors Avenue, a Dover Police officer fired his weapon, striking Fletcher in the upper thigh.  A loaded firearm was located in close proximity to Fletcher a short time later.  Officers immediately rendered aid to Fletcher and radioed for medical assistance.  Fletcher was transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital to be treated for his injury and is in stable condition with a non-life threatening injury.

Shortly after the incident, as officers were on scene investigating the incident, a large crowd formed on South New Street.  As the crowd grew, officers observed members of the crowd becoming hostile towards police officers from Smyrna, Milford, Capitol, and Delaware State Police Department’s responded to assist with the crowd.  Two subjects were arrested for disorderly conduct and other charges as a result.  The majority of the crowd dispersed peacefully a short time later.

The officer involved in the shooting is a 3-year-veteran of the Dover Police Department and is a member of the Street Crimes Unit.   The officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation which is standard policy for all officer involved shootings.

Terrance Fletcher has been charged with Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and is being held on $20,000 cash bond.  More charges may follow based on the outcome of the investigation.

Terrance Fletcher, 21 Address: 100 Block of North Governors Boulevard, Dover

Terrance Fletcher, 21
Address: 100 Block of North Governors Boulevard, Dover

The Dover Police Department continues to investigate the incident and will provide additional details as they become available.

Media should direct questions to M/Cpl Mark Hoffman via email at mark.hoffman@cj.state.de.us or mobile phone.

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