Man Flees from Domestic Incident, Strikes 71-Year-Old Woman with Vehicle 3-10-2017

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-7432

Date/Time:  Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 9:50AM

Location: 1001 White Oak Road, Dover, DE  (White Oak Condos)

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department arrested 30-year-old Erick Wyatte for vehicular assault, domestic related charges, and numerous traffic offenses on Thursday morning.  The incident began when officers were responding to White Oak Condos at approximately 9:50AM for reports that Wyatte was at his ex-girlfriends residence beating on her vehicle.  The female victim has an active No Contact Order against Wyatte, which was issued in January by the Delaware Superior Court.

As officers arrived in the area, they observed Wyatte fleeing in a green Ford Explorer.  As officers turned their vehicles to initiate a stop, Wyatte fled westbound on White Oak Road.  Wyatte, struck a 71-year-old woman in the intersection of White Oak Road and N. DuPont Highway and proceeded to flee northbound at a high rate of speed on N. DuPont Highway.  Wyatte then turned into the Towne Point Neighborhood striking a parked Cadillac in the  500 Block of Nimitz Road.  Wyatte soon lost control of his vehicle, causing it to flip over.  Wyatte was taken into custody and treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries.  The 71-year-old woman remains hospitalized in critical condition as a result of her injuries after being struck by Wyatte.  Investigating officers determined that Wyatte was under the influence of a drug, but are awaiting results of blood tests to determine the specific substance involved.

Wyatte was committed to JTVCC in default of $22,000 cash bond on the following charges:
-Vehicular Assault 1st Degree
-Driving Under the Influence (Drugs)
-Breach of Release (No Contact Order)
-Driving While Suspended/Revoked
-Leaving the Scene of Injury Accident
-Failure to Report Accident Resulting in Injury or Death
-Various traffic offenses

Erick Wyatte
Age: 30
Dover, DE

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Two Arrested on Drug and Firearms Charges 3-8-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-7220

Date/Time:  Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 4:33PM

Location: 800 Block of Bacon Avenue, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department Street Crimes and DVOC Units and Delaware Probation and Parole arrested two people on drug and firearms charges after a traffic stop led to the search of a home.  Fatou Small (37) and Ashley Bradley (27) were stopped by police in the area of Nimitz Road and Townsend Boulevard in Dover.  During the stop, Bradley admitted to concealing ecstasy and was found to possess 14 doses.  Small was found in possession of $1,211.00 in cash.

Delaware Probation and Parole, with assistance from the Dover Police Department, conducted an administrative search at Small’es residence in the 800 Block of Bacon Avenue.  During that search, officers located 497 doses of ecstasy, 432.8 grams of marijuana, and a .357 revolver.

Small was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver a Tier 4 Quantity of Ecstasy, Possession of Ecstasy in a Tier 5 Quantity, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (2x), Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana in a Tier 1 Quantity, Conspiracy II, Violation of Probation and Traffic Offenses.  Small was committed to JTVCC on $130,000 secured bond.

Bradley was charged with Possession of a Tier 1 Quantity of Ecstasy, Conspiracy II, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bradley was released on $7,500 unsecured bond.

Fatou Small

Ashley Bradley

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug/Weapons Charges 3-3-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-6690

Date/Time:  Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 4:02PM

Location: Traffic Stop in the area of S. Queen Street and Bank Lane, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department Street Crimes Unit and Delaware Probation and Parole officers conducted a traffic stop that led to drug and weapons offenses for 24-year-old Randall Harris, of Magnolia, DE.  At 4:02PM on Wednesday, and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  Officers discovered Harris in possession of 3.9 grams of marijuana and a loaded Smith and Wesson handgun in the vehicle.  Harris was arrested without incident and charged with the following offenses:
-Possession of a Firearm/Ammunition by Person Prohibited (3x)
-Possession of Marijuana
-Drug Paraphernalia
-Traffic Offenses

Harris was released after posting $11,300 secured bond.

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PNC Bank Robbed, Suspect Arrested 3-3-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-6767

Date/Time:  Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 12:03PM

Location: PNC Bank, 3 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department arrested 40-year-old Steven Smalls Jr. for a bank robbery that occurred on Thursday afternoon. At approximately 12:03PM, officers responded to PNC Bank located at 3 Loockerman Plaza for a robbery.  Smalls entered the business wearing a hat and sunglasses and handed an employee a note demanding money and threatening to use a firearm.  Smalls had his hand in his pocket in a manner that led the employees to believe he was armed.  The employee complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to Smalls, who fled the scene on foot.  Approximately 3 hours after the robbery occurred, detectives observed Smalls in front of Courtney Square Shopping Center on S. New Street.  Smalls was wearing the same clothing as he was during the robbery and was found to be in possession of a large amount of cash consistent with what was taken in the robbery.  Detectives located Smalls vehicle a short time later and discovered the hat and sunglasses he wore during the robbery, hiding in some shrubbery next to the vehicle.  Smalls was charged with Robbery 1st Degree and Waring a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony and committed to JTVCC in default of $10,000 secured bond.

Steven Smalls

Steven Smalls

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Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notification 3-2-17

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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Obituaries and Schedule of Services Released for Patrolman Robert DaFonte and Cadet James Watts 3-1-17

Obituary for Robert DaFonte

Patrolman Robert DaFonte

Patrolman Robert DaFonte

Robert “Rob” DaFonte of Hartly passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 26, 2017 with his best friend Jimmy Watts.

Rob was born December 9, 1993 in Dover, Delaware to Richard Edwin DaFonte II and Karen Lynn Nolette DaFonte.

He graduated from Polytech High School, where he was on the wrestling and football teams. Rob was an Eagle Scout and a PADI Dive Master.

Rob was a 2 year veteran of the Dover Police Department and worked as a patrolman. He was also involved in the police department’s Honor Guard. Rob enjoyed target and tactical shooting and fishing. He was a member of the FOP Lodge #15 in Dover.

He was preceded in death by his grandparent Harry Norman Nolette.

Rob is survived by his parents, Richard and Karen DaFonte, II of Hartly; brother, Richard E. DaFonte, III of Hartly; girlfriend, Kerstin Dean of Smyrna; grandparents Richard E. DaFonte , Rose M. DaFonte , and Margie I. Tuxward; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will be held for Rob and Jimmy on Saturday, March 4th from 11 ~ 2, followed by a memorial service at 2 at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Rt.10), Dover.  Media will NOT permitted to attend at the request of the families.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DaFonte/Watts Memorial Scholarship Fund, set up by the Dover Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #15. Checks should be made out to; Dover FOP Lodge #15, PO Box 1352, Dover, DE 19903.

Obituary for James D Watts

Cadet James Watts

Cadet James Watts

James Douglas Watt’s passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 26, 2017 with his good friend Robert DaFonte.

Jimmy was born May 10, 1994 in Dover, Delaware to Douglas and Lynn Watts.

He attended Holy Cross Catholic Elementary, Postlehwait Middle School, and is a 2012 graduate of Polytech High School. Jimmy had a strong passion for sports and particularly excelled as a wrestler. While attending Polytech High School, he spent 2 years as a captain and had over 100 varsity career wins. He was also a member of the 2012 State Championship Wrestling Team.

Jimmy is a 2016 graduate of York College in Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity during his time at York and participated in various fraternity events until the time of his death.

His lifetime dream was to serve as a member of the Dover Police Department, where he hoped to work alongside many of his friends. At the time of his death Jimmy worked as a member of the Dover Police Departments Cadet Program while pursuing his goal of being an officer.

Jimmy was known for his love of music and sports, where he particularly enjoyed following the NY Islanders. He was always seen with a smile on his face and had the incredible ability to light up a room no matter where he was or whom he was with. Jimmy will be remembered forever as a loving son and brother, and as a friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James E. Watts and Leonard and Joanne Stamp.

Jimmy is survived by his parents, Doug and Lynn Watts of Camden, DE; his sisters Anna Watts, Morgan James and her husband Carlos; his grandmother Margaret Lynch Watts of Leesburg, FL and many loving, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10AM, Friday, March 3, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 631 S. State Street, Dover, to celebrate Jimmy’s life. Media will NOT be permitted to attend at the request of the family.

A visitation will be held for Jimmy and Robert on Saturday, March 4th from 11 ~ 2, followed by a memorial service at 2 at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Rt.10), Dover. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.    Media is NOT permitted to attend at the request of the families.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DaFonte/Watts Memorial Scholarship Fund, set up by the Dover Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #15. Checks should be made out to; Dover FOP Lodge #15, PO Box 1352, Dover, DE 19903.

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Teen Arrested on Drug and Gun Charges 3-1-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-6554

Date/Time:  Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 10:50AM

Location: Acorn Lane at Whiteoak Road, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit and Delaware Probation and Parole arrested a 16-year-old on drug and firearms offenses following a drug investigation.  Tyrese Bailey was arrested in the area of Acorn Lane and Whiteoak Road at 10:50AM on Tuesday.  Bailey was found to be in possession of 54 bags (5.4 grams) of heroin, 3.7 grams of marijuana, and a loaded 9mm handgun.  Bailey was committed to a nearby juvenile detention facility in default of $73,700 cash bond on the following charges:
-Possession of Heroin
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin
-Possession of Firearm/Ammunition by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of Marijuana
-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Tyrese Bailey Age: 16 Dover, DE

Tyrese Bailey
Age: 16
Dover, DE

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Dover PD Investigating Homicide at Towne Point Apartments 3-1-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-6593

Date/Time:  Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 7:40PM

Location: Towne Point Apartments, 820 Carvel Drive, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a 25-year-old Dover man, that occurred on Tuesday night.  At approximately 7:40PM, a Dover police officer that was patrolling the area heard several gunshots in coming from Towne Point Apartments.  The officer checked the area and found 25-year-old Rodney Miller inside of a parked vehicle at the rear of the complex.  Miller was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the injuries he sustained.

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 or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile App

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest 2-28-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-6487

Date/Time:  Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 2:07PM

Location: West Reed Street at S. New Street, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department and Delaware Probation and Parole arrested a 23-year-old Dover man for drug related offenses following a traffic stop on Tuesday afternoon.  Fletcher was found to be in possession of 67 bags of heroin and .5 grams of crack cocaine.  Fletcher was arrested without incident and committed to JTVCC in default of bond on the following charges:
-Possession with Intent to Deliver
-Possession of Heroin
-Possession of Crack Cocaine
-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Terrence Fletcher Age: 23 Dover, DE

Terrence Fletcher
Age: 23
Dover, DE

 

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Arrest Made in February 7th Shooting on S. New Street 2-28-17

UPDATE:
An arrest has been made in the shooting of a 42-year-old man on February 7th, 2017. Gregory Scott was developed as a suspect in the case based on efforts made by the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Dover Police Department.  Scott was observed walking in the area of S. New Street on February 24th and arrested without incident.  He was committed to JTVCC in default of $172,000 cash bond on the following charges:
-Attempted Murder 1st Degree
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Reckless Endangering (2x)

Gregory Scott Age: 18 Dover, DE

Gregory Scott
Age: 18
Dover, DE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-4324

Date/Time:  Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 6:43PM

Location: Unit Block of S. New Street, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is investigating the shooting of a 42-year-old man that occurred on Tuesday evening.  Officers responded to the Unit Block of S. New Street for a report of shots fired.  While officers were on scene, information was received that the victim had driven himself to Kent General Hospital.  The victim was treated for multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and was hospitalized as a result of those injuries.

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 or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile App

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