Dover Police to Participate in Community Forum on Police Community Relations 9-10-18

The Dover Police Department, along with the Delaware Chapter of NOBLE (National Organization Of Black Law Enforcement Executives) will hold an open community forum to address relations between the police and the community. The purpose of the forum is to foster dialogue and challenge those who attend to create solutions to a variety of issues in various communities and develop ways to improve the relationship between police and the public they serve.

The forum is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 from 6:00PM-8:00PM at the Whatcoat United Methodist Church, located at 341 Saulsbury Road, Dover, DE 19904 and is open to the general public.

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Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notification 9-10-2018

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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Two Shot When Fight Breaks Out At Large House Party 9-8-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-30380

Date/Time:   Saturday, September 8th, 2018 at 2:22AM

Location:   Nicholas Drive, Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating a shooting that left two people with non-life threatening injuries on Saturday morning.  At approximately 2:22AM, officers responded to the Unit Block of Nicholas Drive for a report of shots fired.  Officers learned that there was a large party at the residence and a large fight broke out in the front yard of the home.  During that time, an unknown black male suspect fired multiple rounds into the crowd.  A 20-year-old female victim and male victim were struck in the back and transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for treatment for their 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

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Burglary at Scotton’s Auto Service 9-5-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-29838

Date/Time:   Between September 1st-4th, 2018

Location:   Scotton’s Auto Service, 1362 Forrest Avenue, Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating a commercial burglary that occurred at Scotton’s Auto Service.  The incident occurred sometime between September 1st and September 4th, 2018 when an unknown suspect made entry into the business by breaking a glass window to the business.  Once inside, the suspect stole a tool before fleeing.  

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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Towne Point Shooting Suspect Extradited to Delaware 9-5-18

Rodney West, the suspect in the shooting death of Derrick Combs on August 28th, was extradited to Delaware on September 4th, 2018 by the US Marshal’s.  West was formally charged with Murder 1st Degree, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of Felony, and Possession of a Firearm in a Safe School Zone.  West was committed to JTVCC in default of $700,000 cash bond.  The investigation remains ongoing and the Dover Police Department will not be releasing any further details at this time.

Update:
The Dover Police Department is announcing the arrest of Rodney West (53) in connection with the shooting death of Derrick Combs that occurred on Tuesday night on the property of Towne Point Elementary School.   West was an employee with the Capital School District.  West was arrested by the US Marshal’s in Montgomery County, Maryland and is currently being held pending extradition to Delaware.

Combs is currently being held on the following charges:
-Murder 1st Degree
-Possession of a Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm Safe School Zone

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.

Rodney West

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-29100

Date/Time:   Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at 9:58PM

Location:   Towne Point Elementary School, 629 Buckson 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 39-year-old man on Tuesday night.  At approximately 9:58PM on August 28th, officers responded to Towne Point Elementary School for a report of shots fired with a subject lying on the ground.  Upon arrival officers located Derrick Combs who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was deceased.

During the preliminary investigation, detectives have learned enough information to believe this was not a random act and there is no threat to Towne Point Elementary and have identified a person of interest.  There were no students at the school at the time of the incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Capital School District has closed Towne Point Elementary on August 28th, 2018.  For questions pertaining to Capital School District, please contact Candace McCarthy (Public Relations) at 302-672-1500

Dr. Dan Shelton, Superintendent of Capital School District, released the following statement: “… Dover Police Department works very closely with the Capital School District in incidents involving our schools. We have no reason to believe that there is currently any potential threat against any of our students or staff. This is an ongoing investigation by the Dover Police Department.

In the spirit of utmost caution, Towne Point Elementary will remain closed today, Wednesday, August 29th. 

As you know, the Capital School District takes student and staff safety very seriously and are saddened by the unfortunate events that may take place in our neighborhoods. We also strive to keep our families informed of events in and around our schools. We anticipate when Towne Point re-opens tomorrow, an additional Dover Police presence.”

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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Correction: Towne Point Shooting Arrest

In the updated story announcing the arrest of Rodney West as the suspect in the Towne Point Elementary School shooting death of Derrick Combs, Combs was incorrectly listed as an employee of the school. Rodney West, the suspect in custody, was an employee of the school. The original release has been corrected.

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Arrest Made in Shooting Death on Towne Point Elementary School Property 8-30-2018

Update:
The Dover Police Department is announcing the arrest of Rodney West (53) in connection with the shooting death of Derrick Combs that occurred on Tuesday night on the property of Towne Point Elementary School.   West was an employee with the Capital School District.  West was arrested by the US Marshal’s in Montgomery County, Maryland and is currently being held pending extradition to Delaware.

West is currently being held on the following charges:
-Murder 1st Degree
-Possession of a Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm Safe School Zone

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.

Rodney West

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-29100

Date/Time:   Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at 9:58PM

Location:   Towne Point Elementary School, 629 Buckson 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 39-year-old man on Tuesday night.  At approximately 9:58PM on August 28th, officers responded to Towne Point Elementary School for a report of shots fired with a subject lying on the ground.  Upon arrival officers located Derrick Combs who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was deceased.

During the preliminary investigation, detectives have learned enough information to believe this was not a random act and there is no threat to Towne Point Elementary and have identified a person of interest.  There were no students at the school at the time of the incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Capital School District has closed Towne Point Elementary on August 28th, 2018.  For questions pertaining to Capital School District, please contact Candace McCarthy (Public Relations) at 302-672-1500

Dr. Dan Shelton, Superintendent of Capital School District, released the following statement: “… Dover Police Department works very closely with the Capital School District in incidents involving our schools. We have no reason to believe that there is currently any potential threat against any of our students or staff. This is an ongoing investigation by the Dover Police Department.

In the spirit of utmost caution, Towne Point Elementary will remain closed today, Wednesday, August 29th. 

As you know, the Capital School District takes student and staff safety very seriously and are saddened by the unfortunate events that may take place in our neighborhoods. We also strive to keep our families informed of events in and around our schools. We anticipate when Towne Point re-opens tomorrow, an additional Dover Police presence.”

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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Fatal Pedestrian Accident on Walker Road 8-29-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-29028

Date/Time:   Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at 10:52AM

Location:   Walker Road, East of Butner Place, Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred on Tuesday morning.  At approximately 10:52AM, Rae Short (63), stepped onto Walker Road on the south side of the roadway, trying to cross to the north side.  A Buick LeSabre was traveling eastbound on Walker Road at the same time and struck Short with the passenger side mirror, causing Short to fall to the ground.  When emergency personnel arrived on scene, Short was alert but complaining of head pain and an abrasion to her knee.  Short was transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where it was learned she suffered a broken neck and later succumbed to her injuries.  

Charges are not being sought against the driver of the Buick LeSabre.

 

 

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Dover Police Investigating Fatal Shooting After Hours at Towne Point Elementary 8-29-18

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-29100

Date/Time:   Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at 9:58PM

Location:   Towne Point Elementary School, 629 Buckson 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 39-year-old man on Tuesday night.  At approximately 9:58PM on August 28th, officers responded to Towne Point Elementary School for a report of shots fired with a subject lying on the ground.  Upon arrival officers located Derrick Combs who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was deceased.  

During the preliminary investigation, detectives have learned enough information to believe this was not a random act and there is no threat to Towne Point Elementary and have identified a person of interest.  There were no students at the school at the time of the incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Capital School District has closed Towne Point Elementary on August 28th, 2018.  For questions pertaining to Capital School District, please contact Candace McCarthy (Public Relations) at 302-672-1500

Dr. Dan Shelton, Superintendent of Capital School District, released the following statement: “… Dover Police Department works very closely with the Capital School District in incidents involving our schools. We have no reason to believe that there is currently any potential threat against any of our students or staff. This is an ongoing investigation by the Dover Police Department. 

In the spirit of utmost caution, Towne Point Elementary will remain closed today, Wednesday, August 29th. 

As you know, the Capital School District takes student and staff safety very seriously and are saddened by the unfortunate events that may take place in our neighborhoods. We also strive to keep our families informed of events in and around our schools. We anticipate when Towne Point re-opens tomorrow, an additional Dover Police presence.”

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 Police Announce Third Annual Trick-or Treat Event 8-27-2018

The Dover Police Department and Downtown Dover Partnership is excited to announce its Third Annual Trick-or-Treat event that has drawn over 11,000 visitors in its first two years.  The event will be held on its traditional date of the Friday before Halloween.  This year the event falls on October 26th, 2018 and will be held from 6pm-8pm.

Streets surrounding Legislative Mall will be filled with police cars, fire trucks, emergency equipment, local businesses, and organizations as costumed children Trick-or-Treat at each display.  Families will have a chance to meet their local police and fire personnel, explore the vehicles and equipment they use, get to know more about local businesses and organizations and what they offer to the community, all while Trick-or-Treating.

There is no cost for any of the events or activities for attendees.  While there is no age limit to attend, we kindly request that only children 13 and under Trick-or-Treat.  Costumes are NOT required.  Attendees are asked to bring their own Trick-or-Treat bags.

The roadways surrounding Legislative Mall will be closed to traffic and parking beginning at 4pm to ensure the safest conditions for attendees and allow them to freely explore all the historic area has to offer.  Streets that will be closed include:
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (North and South) from Legislative Avenue to Federal Street and Legislative Avenue and Federal Street between North and South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Details for parking will be released closer to the event date.

The Dover Police Department is also inviting local businesses and organization to participate in this event at no cost.  For more information about business participation, please contact 302-736-7130 or visit doverpolice.org/halloween.

For more information or questions about the event, please contact M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman at mark.hoffman@cj.state.de.us or call 302-736-7130.

 

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