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Man Robbed North Edgehill Avenue 3-22-2014

Incident #: 50-14-6872    Date/Time: Saturday, March 22 at 7:00 pm

Location: N. Edgehill Ave, Dover, DE in the area of White Oak Rd


On 3/22/14 at approximately 7:00 pm the victim was walking home from Rite Aid in the area of North Edgehill Avenue.  The victim stated he was approached by 3 black males suspects and they demanded money from him. The suspects removed the victims wallet and items he had just purchased from Rite Aid. The suspects then fled in an unknown direction. The victim stated the suspects were all in their late teens to early 20’s.  Anyone with any information should contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111.  You may also submit an anonymous tip with Delaware Crime Stoppers by phone at: 1-800-847-3333 or online at:  http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Dover Police Chief Takes Part in Read Across America Program 3-20-2014

Dover Police Chief, James Hosfelt, traded his law-book for a children’s book on Wednesday morning, as he took part in William Henry Middle School’s Read Across America event.  Chief Hosfelt was one of the honorary readers for the school and read the book “The Wall” by author Eve Bunting to a group of 6th grade students.  The story is about a father and son that travel to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. to find the boys grandfather’s name on the wall.  According to Marie Conway, a literacy coach at William Henry, the program is now in its 17th year.  The National Education Association promotes literacy nationwide by holding this yearly event.  “By promoting literacy, our hope is that children will develop a love for reading and understand the importance of reading in their daily lives” Conway said.  Following the story, Chief Hosfelt engaged in a conversation with the students about the book and his career as a police officer.

Chief James E. Hosfelt, Jr. takes time to read to a group of 6th grade students for Read Across America.
Chief James E. Hosfelt, Jr. takes time to read to a group of 6th grade students for Read Across America.
Photo by Dover Police Department




Large Fight Dover Downs Casino, DSP, DSU Police Respond to Assist 3-20-2014

Incident #: 50-14-6597/6598     Date/Time: Thursday, March 20 at 12:50am

Location: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover

The Dover Police Department responded to Dover Downs for a large fight in progress just before 1:00am on Thursday, March 20th.  Upon arrival, Dover officers observed 200+ people in the parking lot fighting and acting disorderly.  As officers began to break up the crowd, one subject fled from a Dover officer through the parking lot.  After a brief foot pursuit, the officer apprehended Lance Chadwick.  Through further investigation, it was discovered that Chadwick had been actively fighting another subject upon police arrival.  The subject that Chadwick was engaged in a fight with was Christopher Cox, who was also taken into custody by Dover officers on scene.  Officers also took Danessa Claye into custody for  Disorderly Conduct while trying to disperse the remainder of the crowd.  Officers from the Delaware State Police and Delaware State University Police Department responded to assist the Dover Police Department with the large crowd as well.  It is believed that the majority of the crowd was inside the Doc Magrogan’s Bar/Restaurant prior to the incident.

Defendants:   (Mugshot Not Available at Time of Release)

Lance Chadwick

  • Age: 19  Address: 212 Throop Ave, Brooklyn, NY
  • Charges: Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest
  • Bond: $750 Unsecured

Christopher Cox 

  • Age: 21 Address: 2065 Rockaway Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY
  • Charges: Disorderly Conduct
  • Bond: $250 Unsecured

Danessa Claye

  • Age:22 Address: 31 Woodcrest Road, Staten Island, NY
  • Charges:  Disorderly Conduct
  • Bond: Released by Police with Criminal Summons

Dover Police Remind Public of Loud Music Laws 3-20-2014

As the spring season approaches and warmer temperatures arrive, the City of Dover Police Department will begin to receive a high number calls for excessively loud music/noise coming from vehicles and loud parties.  The department is reminding the public that audible music and bass outside of 50 feet is illegal and can result in fines ranging from $50-$107.  If a person is renting a residence and receives 2 or more noise violations within a 12 month period, they are subject to mandatory eviction as well.  Members of the Community Policing/Quality of Life Unit will proactively enforce these violations, especially in the downtown college, residential, and shopping districts in an effort to educate the public and improve the quality of life for the citizens in those areas.  We ask that while you enjoy the season, be mindful of others on the road and the neighbors surrounding you.

Delaware State Law:

  • Title 21, Section 4306 (c) No person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on any street, highway, alley, or parking lot shall operate or permit the operation of any music amplification system, including, but not limited to, any radio, tape player, compact disc player, or any other electrical device used for the amplification of music in or on the motor vehicle so that the sound is plainly audible at a distance of 50 or more feet from the vehicle. For the purpose of this subsection, “plainly audible” means any sound which clearly can be heard by unaided hearing faculties, however, words or phrases need not be discernible and bass reverberation alone shall be sufficient to so constitute.

Dover Police Seeking Man for Failure to Re-Register 3-19-2014

Incident #: 50-14-6539

David Caldwell, a Tier 3 Sex offender, previously registered with the State Bureau of Identification and provided an address of 53 South New Street, in Dover.  During a routine compliance check, the Dover Police Department Sex Offender Enforcement Unit contacted a resident at this address and discovered that Caldwell was no longer residing at this location.  Caldwell is a white male, 6’1″, 165 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He is currently wanted for  Failure to Re-Register as a Sex Offender (Title 11-4120, Class G Felony)

David Caldwell Age: 26
David Caldwell
Age: 26

Suspect Arrested for Rape at Dover Hotel 3-19-2014

Incident #: 50-14-6281     Date/Time: Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:00am

Location: Comfort Suites, 1654 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

On Sunday, March 16th at approximately midnight, officers from the Dover Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call at the Comfort Suites, located at 1654 North DuPont Highway, Dover.  Upon arrival, the officers contacted a female victim who advised she was staying at the hotel and was forced to have sexual encounters with Karl P. Hoennicke on two occasions in the hotel room where they were staying at.  According to the victim, the suspect threatened her with her life while physically forcing the woman to have sexual encounters with the suspect.  The victim was evaluated and treated for minor injuries at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital shortly after the incident.  Hoennicke was later taken into custody and charged with 2 counts of 2nd Degree Rape.  Karl Hoennicke is currently being held on $40,000 secured bond at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.  The suspect is originally from the Kent County area.  The investigation is still ongoing at this time.

Karl P. Hoennicke Age: 33 9310 Queens Blvd. 6-C Rego Park, NY 11374
Karl P. Hoennicke
Age: 33
9310 Queens Blvd. 6-C
Rego Park, NY 11374

Armed Robbery at U.S. Gas Station 3-19-2014

Incident #: 50-14-6490     Date/Time: Tuesday, March 18 at 8:12pm

Location: U.S. Gas, 505 Bay Road, Dover (Corner of Bay Road/S. Little Creek Road)

The Dover Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating an evening robbery of the U.S. Gas Station located on the corner of Bay Road and South Little Creek Road.  The robbery took place at approximately 8:12PM on Tuesday, March 18th.  According to the victim, an unknown black male entered the business and displayed a firearm, demanding the clerk to give the suspect money.  The clerk complied and the suspect fled the business with an undisclosed amount of currency.  The suspect is described as a light skinned black male, approximately 6’00” in height and weighing approximately 170 pounds.  The below image is a suspect in the robbery.  Anyone with any information should contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111.  You may also submit an anonymous tip with Delaware Crime Stoppers by phone at: 1-800-847-3333 or online at:  http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Surveillance photo of the US Gas Robbery Suspect
Surveillance photo of the US Gas Robbery Suspect

Guilty Plea in 2013 Dover Homicide Case 3-18-2014

Incident #: 50-13-3029     Date/Time: Friday, February 1, 2013

Location:Whatcoat Apartments (Building 992)

UpdateNathan McNeill, of Dover, pled guilty to Second Degree Murder today in Kent County Superior Court.  McNeill was charged with the murder of 18-year old Imeer Waddell that occurred in the Whatcoat Apartment complex on February 1st, 2013.  Witnesses with Waddell that night stated they were sitting on the steps of the 992 building when a dark-colored vehicle drove by.  The vehicle made a U-turn in the complex, eventually stopping in front of the group in front of the 992 building, firing several shots at the group.  18-year-old Imeer Waddell of Dover was shot in the head and transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, where he later died as a result of his injury. A second victim, a 19-year-old male, was shot in the right arm during the incident.  An investigation by the Dover Police Criminal Investigations Unit, led to the arrest of Nathan McNeill.  The murder trial began two weeks ago in Kent County Superior Court, and a mid-trail plea was agreed upon today.  McNeill pled guilty to Second Degree Murder and  Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and will serve a minimum of 25 years.

Nathan McNeill plead guilty to 2nd Degree murder on 3-18-2014
Nathan McNeill plead guilty to 2nd Degree murder on 3-18-2014