Court hands up criminal indictments in Kent

DOVER — Two men were indicted Monday in a shooting incident in Smyrna from just over two months ago, according to Superior Court documents.

Smyrna residents Devante L. Blocker and Jeffrey T. Thomas Jr., both 20 at the time, were taken into custody shortly after two people were wounded in the 400 block of Baldwin Drive on Nov. 5, 2018, Smyrna Police said.

The wounded persons were in stable condition after injuries to their lower extremities, police said.

Indicted charges included two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of first-degree reckless endangering, five counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy and criminal mischief.

Monthly indictments in Kent County included, among others:

• Arthur M. Darden Jr., of Laurel, and Phillip M. Waters Jr., of Dover, were part of a 15-count indictment regarding an alleged incident on Oct. 29, 2018 that began with a supposed red light traffic violation, according to authorities.

Arthur M Darden Jr.

Mr. Waters was 47 yeas old when arrested, Mr. Darden 24.

The men were charged with illegal gang participation following Dover Police investigation in the area of West Division Street east of South New Street, authorities said.

Other counts included possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and carrying a concealed deadly weapon, among other alleged offenses.

Police said at the time that a loaded handgun and crack cocaine were allegedly located, with a loaded handgun and large hunting knife under the driver seat.

A 12 gauge shotgun and a.45 ACP carbine pistol/rifle combo were allegedly found in the trunk of the car, police said. Several masks, knives, and a machete were allegedly found inside of the car.

A rear seat passenger was not charged, police said.

• The alleged discovery of a stolen handgun during a search warrant execution in the 400 block of East Water Street in Dover brought the indictment of Damir J. Hughes-Warren.

Mr. Hughes-Warren was charged with drug dealing, illegal gang participation, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, receiving a stolen firearm, possession of a deadly weapon by person prohibited, possession of firearm by person prohibited and possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited.

Dover Police were ready to execute a search warrant when Mr. Hughes-Warren was seen leaving the home in a vehicle, authorities said.

• Tilaiya M. Holland, of Middletown, and Kiara N. Watkins, of Dover, were indicted for a Sept. 19, 2018 traffic stop in which police said a loaded 9mm handgun was found, along with a box of Remington ammunition with 33 rounds.

Both were 18 at the time and traveling on Del. 1 near the Dover toll plaza at approximately 9:40 p.m., Delaware State Police said.

Kiara N. Watkins

Indicted charges included carrying a concealed deadly weapon and second-degree conspiracy.

Ms. Watkins was charged with resisting arrest, while Ms. Holland was charged with failure to have required insurance and speeding, police said.

• Abdul N. Tillery (also known as Tyshee N. Tillery, documents said), was indicted for allegedly carrying a concealed deadly weapon during a Nov. 8, 2018 altercation in Dover at approximately 9:27 p.m., city police said.

He was 32 at the time.

Other charges included resisting arrest with force or violence, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited and tampering with physical evidence.

Dover Police said a loaded 9mm handgun was tossed over a fence during a foot chase, and located in the 100 block of South Governors Avenue.

• Zachariah Gilbert was 25 when arrested on drug and weapons charges on Oct. 29, 2018 in the unit block of South Queen Street in Dover, authorities said.

Police said Mr. Gilbert was wanted by Delaware Probation and parole after being located on a front porch. Crack cocaine and marijuana were also found, Dover Police said.

Indicted charges included possession of firearm by person prohibited (two counts), possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited (two counts), possession of weapon with removed, obliterated or altered serial number, unlawful dealing in counterfeit or purported counterfeit controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a controlled substance – cocaine.

• Cameron Norwood, a Dover resident, was indicted for alleged illegal gang participation, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony by person prohibited and possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited regarding an investigation at the Best Western at 1700 E. Lebanon Road in Dover on Sept. 21, 2017, Delaware State Police said.

Mr. Norwood was 27 at the time when a search warrant was obtained for a hotel room and vehicle he was known to drive, authorities said.

Police alleged that a fully loaded 9mm handgun was found.

 

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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