Dover PD looks to put mental health clinicians in police cars

DOVER — Thomas Johnson, chief of the Dover Police Department, has researched the programs and heard some of the success stories that towns like Smyrna and Georgetown have had with getting mental health clinicians to ride along with police officers. So, naturally, Chief Johnson is interested in starting a similar program in Dover. However, due […]

Dover still seeking gates for Schutte Park

DOVER — Mayor Robin Christiansen’s crusade to increase security at Schutte Park continues to push forward as Dover Assistant City Manager Matt Harline provided an update on the city’s plan before the Parks, Recreation, and Community Enhancement Committee last week. Mayor Christiansen said measures need to take place to avoid situations like the large impromptu […]

Dover Public Library set to reopen Nov. 3

DOVER — The Dover Public Library, with the exception of offering curbside service to patrons, has sat mostly dormant since it was closed to the public on March 14 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it appears as if the library’s plan to reopen on Nov. 3 with limited hours and services will […]

Stress amid COVID-19 leads to increase in military suicides

DOVER — Many military members have struggled with the multitude of challenges they face in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, as military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year, according to The Associated Press. Other incidents of violent behavior have also increased, as service members have had to continuously grapple with […]

Man held in Smyrna child’s 2019 death released on bond

SMYRNA — Brandon Haas, 38, held for questioning in connection to his stepdaughter’s death last year, posted bond Friday morning and awaits a preliminary hearing in January, according to an online inmate database. Vinelink Delaware showed that Mr. Haas was released from Delaware Department of Correction custody at 1:55 a.m. after bond was posted. The […]

Refuge for female veterans, children on way in Smyrna

SMYRNA — The enthusiasm surrounding the Eden Veteran’s Refuge in downtown Smyrna is evident as volunteers hold banners around the white two-story house every Thursday, imploring people to stop in for a free lunch. That excitement for Smyrna native and Pastor Tyshee Jackson, who serves as the executive director of the facility, promises to only […]

Dover reaches out to residents with rules of recycling

DOVER — There are numerous things that many people frequently toss into their household recycling cans, thinking they are a natural fit for single-stream recycling — such as pizza boxes with grease and food in them and plastic bags. However, those kinds of items can jam up the works when it comes to the material […]

Salvation Army aims to ‘Rescue Christmas’ with an early red kettle start

DOVER — The Salvation Army is adapting to the challenges its iconic red kettle holiday fundraising campaign is facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With increased services in demand due to the coronavirus, The Salvation Army is starting its red kettle campaign early – and online – for the first time in 130 years as the […]

Tech issues prevent Dover council from meeting in person

DOVER — Members of Dover City Council have not conducted a meeting inside council chambers at City Hall since March 9, just around the time the outbreak of COVID-19 began to take hold in Delaware. After several cancellations of council meetings, Dover officials opted to turn to Webex to conduct city business virtually — and […]

Funding the biggest issue with body cameras for Dover police

DOVER — When it comes to body-worn cameras, officers from the Dover Police Department say they want them, as do most of the citizens in the city and members of Dover’s City Council. The biggest question facing the acquisition of body-worn cameras is, who is going to pay for them? The city is looking for […]