Gold Alert Issued for Missing Dover Man 2-23-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-5597

Date/Time:   Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at 10:57AM

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is issuing a Gold Alert for 31-year-old Stefphone Powell.  Powell was last seen on Saturday, February 17th and was reported as a missing person on Sunday, February 18th at approximately 11:00AM.  Since then, new information was learned about medical related issue.  Powell was last seen by family in the Dover area, but may have been seen in the Woodside, Delaware area on the 17th or 18th of February.

If you have any information on Powell’s whereabouts, please contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111.

Stefphone Powell
Age: 31

 

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Seven Arrested on Drugs and Firearms Charges, Including Four Gang Members 2-22-2018

Date/Time:   Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Location: Multiple Locations (See narrative for details)

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department arrested seven people, including four gang members, on Wednesday afternoon.  The arrests were made by the Dover Police Department, ATF Task Force, and Delaware Probation and Parole, following a drug and firearm investigation.  During the investigation, officers stopped a vehicle in the area of West North Street and Governors Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.  When the vehicle stopped, passenger Jaymere Lewis (22) fled on foot and left three other suspects inside of the car.  As he ran, Lewis threw a loaded .32 caliber handgun which was later recovered by officers.  Lewis was successfully apprehended following a brief foot chase.

Jaleel Wayman (22), Tori Snyder (17), and Michael Taylor (19) were all inside of the vehicle stopped by police and taken into custody.  The suspects were found in possession of 51.9 grams of marijuana and a digital scale.

As a result of the traffic stop, officers obtained a search warrant for an apartment at 74 Par Haven Drive in Dover.  Upon entry into the residence, officers arrested three additional suspects inside.  Karriem Keys (53), Brentney Birkett (23), and Syncere Friends (18) were all taken into custody without incident.  Keys was found with 6.6 grams of marijuana.  Both Birkett and Friends were found with a small amount of marijuana and a loaded .380 caliber handgun which was later found to be reported stolen.

Friends, Lewis, and Wayman were also issued an administrative warrant (Violation of Probation) by Delaware Probation and Parole.

Jaymere Lewis
Dover, DE
CHARGES:
-Possession of Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Resisting Arrest
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Illegal Gang participation
-Violation of Probation
BOND: $37,000 Secured (JTVCC)

Jaleel Wayman
Harrington, DE
CHARGES:
-Resisting Arrest
-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
-Violation of probation
BOND: JTVCC on Violation of Probation

Tori Snyder
Dover, DE
CHARGES:
-Possession of Marijuana
-Drug Paraphernalia
BOND: Released on Criminal Summons

Michael Taylor
Dover, DE
CHARGES:
-Resisting Arrest
-Illegal Gang Participation
-Possession of Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Receiving Stolen Firearm
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Marijuana
BOND: $13,500 Secured (JTVCC)

Karriem Keys
Dover, DE
CHARGES:
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
-Drug Paraphernalia
BOND: $5,250 Unsecured

Brentney Birkett
Dover, DE
CHARGES:
-Illegal Gang Participation
-Receiving Stolen Firearm
-Possession of Firearm by Person prohibited
-Possession of Marijuana
-Drug Paraphenernalia
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Resisting Arrest
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
BOND: $35,000 Secured (Baylor Women’s Correctional Center)

Syncere Friends
Felton, DE
CHARGES:
-Illegal Gang Participation
-Possession of Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Receiving Stolen Firearm
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Violation of Probation
BOND: $31,500 Secured (JTVCC)

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Two Arrested on Drugs and Firearms Charges Following Traffic Stop 2-21-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-5835

Date/Time:   Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 11:05AM

Location: Saulsbury Road and Forrest Avenue, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department has arrested two people on drug and firearms charges following a traffic stop on Tuesday morning.  At approximately 11:05AM, officers from the Dover Police Department assisted by Delaware Probation and Parole stopped a vehicle operated by Larry Benson (29) for driving with a suspended license.  During the stop, the officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  When officers attempt to take Larry Benson and Makia Benson (26) into custody, both became disorderly and uncooperative.  Once both subjects were placed inside of police vehicles, Makia Benson was kicking equipment inside the vehicle and attempted to spit in an officers face.  When an officer attempted to subdue Makia Benson, she continued to resist, causing lacerations on the officers arm.  

Larry Benson was released on unsecured bond on the following charges:
-Possession of Marijuana
-Resisting Arrest
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Disorderly Conduct
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited

Makia Benson was released on unsecured bond on the following charges:
-Resisting Arrest
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Disorderly Conduct
-Assault 2nd (Law Enforcement Victim)

Larry Benson

Makia Benson

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Dover Police Warn of Recent Vehicle Thefts 2-21-2018

The Dover Police Department is issuing a warning to citizens after a recent spike in vehicle thefts, specifically those left running/unsecured while the owners are not present.  The practice of leaving your vehicle running unattended, even in your own driveway, significantly increases the chances of your vehicle being stolen as it is a quick and easy target for car thieves.  The risk of a running vehicle being stolen increases even more when that vehicle is left running at a public place such as a convenience store or gas station while the owner walks away for a short time.  The Dover Police Department recommends the following tips to protect you and your vehicle:

  • Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you are away from it, even for “just a minute.”
  • Keep valuables out of sight or in the trunk. Purses, credit cards, and cell phones in plain view only help attract thieves.
  • Always roll up the windows and lock your car, even if it is in your driveway, garage, or in front of your home.
  • Never leave the vehicle title in your car. If stolen, it makes it easier for the thief to dispose of your vehicle. It can also make you a target for identity theft.
  • Be alert when approaching your car, have a plan of action, and have your keys in your hand. Check around, under, and in your vehicle for suspicious individuals. Immediately leave the scene to get help if you have any concerns for your safety.
  • Only park your car in busy, well-lit areas.
    Install a mechanical locking device – commonly called a club, collar, or j-bar – that locks to the steering wheel, column, or brake.
  • If your vehicle has an alarm or other anti-theft device, USE IT.
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Home Invasion on Periwinkle Court 2-21-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-5914

Date/Time:   Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 1:05AM

Location: Unit Block of Periwinkle Court, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

At approximately 1:05AM, officers responded  to the Unit block of Periwinkle Court for a home invasion.  The male victim advised responding officers that two unknown black male suspects that were armed with handguns kicked in the victims door and demanded property from the victim.  The suspects then fled from the residence empty-handed.  The victim advised the suspects were wearing masks to conceal their faces.

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 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.

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Two Arrested On Drug Charged After Search Warrant 2-20-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-5791

Date/Time:   Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 6:00AM

Location: Brandywine Court Apartments, 97 Par Haven Drive, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department arrested two people on drug charges on Tuesday morning after executing a search warrant at a residence in Brandywine Court Apartments.  The search warrant led to the arrest of Shanaia Wright (19) and Teondre Bolden  (17) after being found in possession of 119 doses of Alprazolam  for sale.  Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and charged with the following offenses:
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance 
-Possession of Controlled Substance
-Drug Paraphernalia
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree

Wright was committed to Baylor Women’s Correctional Center in default of $82, 200 cash bond.  Bolden was charged and released to his mother for a future court appearance.

Teondre Bolden

Shanaia Wright

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Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography 2-20-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-5689

Date/Time:   Monday, February 19, 2018 at 11:31AM

Location: Metro PCS, 464 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department arrested 50-year-old Douglas Curry on child pornography charges on Monday, February 19th.  Curry took his cellphone to a Metro PCS store to have some work performed on it, when the employee noticed several photos of juvenile females.  The employee notified police, who seized the phone as evidence, and took Curry into custody without incident.  It was later learned that Curry purchased the images from various websites and had spoken to underage females as well.   Curry was committed to JTVCC in default of $40,500 cash bond on the following charges:
-Dealing in Child Pornography
-Possession of Child Pornography
-Sexual Solicitation of a Child

Douglas Curry
Age: 50
Dover, DE

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Arrest Made in Woodcrest Apartments Home Invasion 2-17-2018

Update:  On Wednesday, February 14th, at approximately 3:30PM, Dover Police detectives were notified that there was also a female victim in the home invasion at Woodcrest Apartments that occurred earlier that morning.  Both male victims failed to disclose to investigating officers at the time that there was a female in the home when the home invasion occurred.  It was later learned that a 19-year-old female was also ordered to partially undress and was sexually assaulted by one of the suspects.  Further investigation led to Mahdi Wilson (25) being identified as a suspect involved in the Woodcrest Apartment home invasion and sexual assault of the female victim.  Wilson was arrested without incident on Friday, February 16th, 2018 at approximately 2:00PM by Dover Police detectives with assistance from the First State Fugitive Task Force.  

The investigation into the Woodcrest Apartments home invasion, as well as others that recently occurred in the Dover area, remain under investigation at this time.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. 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.

Wilson was charged with the following offenses:
-Home Invasion
-Robbery 1st Degree (2x)
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree=
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Wearing a Disguise During Commission of Felony
-Assault 3rd Degree (2x)
-Rape 1st Degree (3x)
Bond information was not available at time of release.

Mahdi Wilson
Dover, DE
Age: 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-5117

Date/Time:   Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 between 1:30AM and 3:00AM

Location: 900 Block of Woodcrest Drive, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is investigating an early morning home invasion that occurred at Woodcrest Apartments on Wednesday, February 14th.  Police were notified of the incident at 3:25AM.  Upon arrival, one of the male victims advised officers that he was leaving his residence at 1:30AM when he was approached by two black male suspects as he was shutting his apartment door.  Both suspects forced entry into the residence, one armed with a black and silver handgun, and demanded money after forcing the victims to lay on the floor.  The suspects then stole two XBOX game systems, jewelry, wallet, clothing, cellular phones, and vehicle keys.  The victims feared getting up for a period of time, believing the suspects were still in the apartment.  Once they got up, they discovered their cellphones had been stolen and had to notify police using a neighbor’s phone.  The suspects were described as two black males, wearing all black clothing, and wearing black masks.

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 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.

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Dover Officer Injured While Making Arrest 2-16-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-5326

Date/Time:   Thursday, February 16, 2018 at 7:28PM

Location: WAWA parking lot, 290 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

A Dover Police officer was injured while handling a loitering complaint on Thursday night.  At approximately 7:28PM, a Dover patrol officer responded to the parking lot of WAWA located at 290 S. DuPont Highway, for a loitering complaint.  Upon arrival, the officer observed Mario Westbrook (35) who matched the description provided on the call.  The officer attempted to contact Westbrook, but he refused to comply and continued to walk away from the officer and then refused to provide his name or identification.  As the officer attempted to detain Westbrook, he pulled away, taking a fighting stance.  The Dover officer used a taser to subdue Westbrook, but it had no effect.  Westbrook then removed backpacks he was carrying and began fighting with the officer while he attempted to take him into custody.  Westbrook was successfully taken into custody when additional officers arrived on scene.  As a result of the incident, the original responding officer suffered a fractured finger and a ruptured tendon on his left hand. 

Westbrook was committed to JTVCC in default of $21,200 secured bond on the following offenses:
-Disorderly Conduct
-Assault 1st Degree (Law Enforcement Victim)
-Trespass 3rd Degree
-Resisting Arrest with Force (Felony)

Mario Westbrook
Homeless (Dover, DE)
Age: 35

 

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Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notification 2-15-18

The following images contain the newest Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notifications for the City of Dover.  If there any questions or concerns, please contact the Dover Police Sex Offender Enforcement Unit.


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