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Investigation Leads to Arrest on Drug and Firearms Offenses

Incident Number: 50-21-31698

Date/Time:  Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 at 11:42 a.m.

Location: See Narrative

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department arrested Joel Mena on drug and firearm charges as the result of an investigation on Tuesday, October 19th.  Officers stopped two vehicles leaving the Days Inn in the 200 Block of N. DuPont Highway during a drug investigation.  Officers contacted Mena who was found to be in possession of 166 bags of heroin, a handgun,  and $1,880 in suspected drug proceeds.  During the investigation, officers learned of another vehicle connected to Mena and executed a search warrant on a silver Volvo S60.  During that search, officers also located 10.2 pounds of marijuana, 5 grams of fentanyl, 124 bags of heroin, and 8.8 grams of cocaine.

Mena was committed to SCI on a $86,250 cash bond on the following offenses:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Fentanyl
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine

Joel Mena
Age: 22
Homeless

UPDATE (SUBJECT LOCATED): Gold Alert Issued for Millsboro Woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE:  The Gold Alert for Jennifer Harris has been cancelled.  She was located by officers at approximately 8:30 a.m. on October 20th and is being returned to Dover Behavioral Health for treatment.

Incident/Complaint#:  50-21-31793

Date:  Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 at 4:57 a.m.

Location:  Dover Behavioral Health, 725 Horsepond Road, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:  Sgt. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department has issued a Gold Alert for Jennifer Harris (34).  Harris was being treated at Dover Behavioral Health for a condition and walked out of the center into a wooded area at approximately 4:57 a.m. on October 20th.  Harris has not been located at this time.  Harris is a black female, approximately 5’5″, 250 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Harris was last known to be wearing blue scrubs.  Harris is from the Millsboro area and may be trying to get back to that region.  

If you have any information regarding Harris’ whereabouts, please call 302-736-7111 or 911 immediately.

Jennifer Harris

 

 

Dover High School Student Arrested for Possessing Firearm on Campus (Statement from Capital School District Included)

Incident Number: 50-21-31414

Date/Time:  Tuesday October 19th, 2021 at 12:20 p.m.

Location: Dover High School, 1 Dover High Drive, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department arrested a 16-year-old male student at the Dover High School after discovering that he was in possession of a firearm on campus.  At approximately 12:20 p.m. on October 19, 2021, information was received at the school and communicated to the School Resource Officer that the male student may be in possession of a firearm.  At 12:20 p.m., the school was placed on a lockdown so the student could be located and the situation placed under control to ensure the safety of students and staff.  By 12:29 p.m., the student was taken into custody without incident and the lockdown was lifted by the school.  During a search of the student by the School Resource Officer, a firearm was located on the student’s person.  Investigating officers have found no evidence to suggest that the suspect intended or made threats to use the firearm.

The suspect was transported back to the Dover Police Department where he will be charged with the following offenses:
-Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited (Juvenile)
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of a Weapon in a Safe School Zone

The Dover Police Department is not releasing the identity of the student per department policy.

The Capital School District provided the following statement regarding the incident:

Dover Police Accepting Donations for 2021 Holiday Heroes Campaign

The temperatures are dropping, days are shorter, and the leaves are changing which also means the holiday season is quickly approaching.  While this time of year is certainly joyous for most, there are many families that struggle to provide for their children during the holidays.  That is especially true in 2021 as many families have suffered income losses as the result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.  The Holiday Heroes program by the Dover Police Department is here to help for the 9th consecutive year, but will need the communities help to raise funds.

Traditionally, Holiday Heroes allowed children from the Dover area to pair up with a Dover Police Officer to go shopping for Christmas gifts at the Dover Target store.  This event not only helps to provide necessities to families such as warm winter clothing, but also gifts for Christmas, and the opportunity for children to connect with an officer one-on-one.

MAKE A DONATION

In-Person/Mail:
Donations of cash, checks*, or gift cards to Target can be dropped off or mailed to:
Dover Police Department
Attn: Sgt. Mark Hoffman

400 S. Queen Street
Dover, DE 19904

*Checks must be made out to: “Dover Police Holiday Heroes”

Online/E-Mail:
Donations of Target gift cards can also be made by e-mail. 
Simply purchase an e-gift card at Target.com and send it to:
Contact@doverpolice.org

There is no online/crowdsource fundraising campaign for this program. 

All check donations must be received by December 1st.  Gift card and cash donations must be received by December 7th.

Frequently Asked Questions:
-How can I sign my child up for this program?
          The Dover Police Department does not take sign-ups or nominations from the public.  In order to identify children most in need and ensure that the selection process is fair, we partner with local school districts.  Teachers, counselors, and other school employees will submit families for the program and they are then contacted by officers managing the program based on the amount of money we are able to raise.  Please do not call the police department or your child’s school asking to be nominated.

-Will you take donations of physical items (blankets/coats/toys/etc.)?
         Unfortunately we do not take donations other than checks, cash, and Target gift cards.    

-Can we watch/participate in the shopping event?
         While the shopping event does occur during regular store hours, we do not announce it in advance and do not use volunteers from outside of the Dover Police Department.

-Why do you only shop at Target?
         Target is not only one of the few department stores in Dover with a wide selection to fit our families needs, but they have been an incredible partner over the last nine years.  Target has donated thousands of dollars in donations and provided team member volunteers for our shopping trips since we launched Holiday Heroes in 2012.  Target has also been a major contributor to our National Night Out events as well.

-How much money does the department need for Holiday Heroes?
         No donation is too large or too small, every bit helps!  We don’t set a goal because we want to help as many children as we can.  In our highest fundraising years, we’ve helped over 100 LOCAL children.

-Can businesses donate/sponsor?
         YES!  We accept corporate donations for our program and are happy to e-mail you a letter/receipt for your donation upon request.  You may also request a photo-op and social media shoutout for your business.

 

 

 

 

Dover Police Investigating Shooting of 19-Year-Old Male

 

 

Incident Number: 50-21-31414

Date/Time:  Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at 8:57 p.m.

Location: See Narrative

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is investigating a shooting that wounded a 19-year-old male on Saturday night.  At approximately 8:57 p.m., officers responded to the Unit Block of Willis Road for a report of shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers observed approximately 40 people in the roadway.  After securing the scene, officers located shell casings in the area but no victims were present.  A short time later, officers were notified that a 19-year-old male was dropped off at Bayhealth Kent Campus Emergency Room with a gunshot wound to the thigh and hand.

The victim told detectives that he was walking in the area of S. Little Creek Road and Barrister Place when he was shot by an unknown person and could not provide if they were on foot or in a vehicle or any other details.  Officers responded to the area of S. Little Creek Road and could not locate any evidence suggesting the incident occurred there.  There were no calls taken for any incidents in that area either.  The victim was being treated for his injuries and expected to be released by Bayhealth.

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 may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.

UPDATE (SUBJECT FOUND) Gold Alert Issued for Missing Dover Man

UPDATE:  The Gold Alert for Maurice Harris has been cancelled.  Harris was located on October 16th and taken to a nearby hospital for an evaluation.  

 

Incident/Complaint#:  50-21-31359

Date:  Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at 8:48 a.m.

Location:  Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:  Sgt. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department has issued a Gold Alert for Maurice Harris (69).  Harris is diagnosed with a condition that may pose a threat to his health and safety if not treated properly and made statements to a family member and police officers on the morning of October 16th that are concerning for his welfare.  Harris last spoke with a family member by phone at 8:20 a.m. on October 16th and a Dover police officer by phone at 9:02 a.m.  Harris is possibly operating a 2012 black Ford Fusion with tinted windows and Delaware registration: 369251.  Harris is a black male, 5’7″, 230 pounds, with brown eyes, bald head, and gray facial hair.  Harris was last known to be wearing black pants and a blue shirt.  His phone was last traced to a wide ranging area in the Lewes, Delaware region at 11:02 a.m., but his phone has since been powered off.  

If you have any information regarding Harris’ whereabouts, please call 302-736-7111 or 911 immediately.

 

UPDATE: Gold Alert Issued for Elderly Man with Dementia

UPDATE: Dennis Smith was located by officers and has been transported back to the hospital for treatment.

Incident/Complaint#:  50-21-31293

Date:  Friday, October 15, 2021 at 2:01 p.m.

Location:  Bayhealth Kent Campus, 640 S. State Street, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:  Sgt. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department has issued a Gold Alert for Dennis Smith (70).  Smith was waiting for treatment at Bayhealth Hospital (Kent Campus) and walked out before receiving treatment.  Smith is a 70-year-old male who has severe dementia.  Based on surveillance video, Smith was last seen exiting the hospital at approximately 12:15 p.m.   He was last known to be wearing a red and black plaid shirt, gray sweatpants, and black shoes.  Smith also has long gray hair that was pulled back in a ponytail, green eyes, and is approximately 5’6″ tall and weighs 150 pounds.

If you have any information regarding Smith’s whereabouts, please call 302-736-7111 or 911 immediately.

Smith seen on surveillance video leaving the hospital

Curfew Check Leads to Drug and Firearms Arrest


Incident Number: 
50-21-31215

Date/Time:  Thursday, October 14th, 2021 at 10:53 p.m.

Location: 300 Block of North Bradford Street, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department arrested Brandon Fogle (19) on firearms and drug charges while assisting Delaware Probation and Parole with a curfew check on Thursday night.  At approximately 10:53 p.m. officers conducted a curfew check on Fogle at his residence in the 300 Block of S. Bradford Street.  During the check, officers observed a large quantity of marijuana in plain view in the home.  Fogle attempted to flee toward the rear of the home but was quickly taken into custody and was found to be in possession of 2.2 grams of cocaine.  Officers also located a handgun, a 50 round drum magazine, 513 grams of marijuana, 171.8 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 13.2 grams of THC oils, 54 grams of THC butane oils, over 100 rounds of various ammunition, and $633 in suspected drug proceeds.

Fogl was committed to SCI on a $66,600 secured bond on the following offenses:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Marijuana
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Psilocybin Mushrooms

-Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms
-Possession of Cocaine
-Possession of THC (2x)

-Possession of Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (3x)
-Drug Paraphernalia 

Brandon Fogle
Dover, DE