Dover shooting defendant sentenced to 10 years incarceration

DOVER — A Dover man was sentenced to 10 year in prison for shooting and injuring two people at a large house party in 2017, Delaware Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky said Friday
Marquis Harris pleaded guilty in April, authorities said, and will serve two years of probation after prison release.
Convicted charges included first-degree assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
In September 2018, the DOJ said, Dover Police responded to the unit block of Nicholas Drive where Harris, then 23, shot into a crowd of people after a fight broke out at a party, hitting a man and a woman in the back.
Deputy Attorneys General Sean Motoyoshi and Nicole Hartman prosecuted the case with assistance from social worker Kerry McElwee and special investigator Pete Fraley. Dover PD Detective Stephen Boone was the chief investigating officer.
• A Millsboro man charged with kidnapping and robbing an elderly Rehoboth Beach couple has pleaded guilty.
Steven Snell, 29, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree robbery, home invasion, second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.
In July 2018, the DOJ said, Snell entered a home on the unit block of Cornwall Road and after asking to use the phone, threatened the couple with a box cutter. Snell forced the victims into his car and drove to an ATM where he withdrew money from the couple’s bank account.
Snell, who faces a minimum of 17 years in prison, will be sentenced in October. Deputy Attorney General Adam Gelof prosecuted the case.
Another pizza delivery robbery reported
DOVER — For the second time Thursday a pizza delivery employee was robbed in the Dover East Estates Mobile Home Park, police said.
At 10:11 p.m., police said, the employee was confronted while attempting to deliver to a residence in the area of 1061 S. Little Creek Road. Dover Police said while the victim was speaking to a male suspect another entered the vehicle’s passenger side and punched him.
The first suspect grabbed the victim around the head and threatened to stab him if he did not give him money. The suspects then fled with cash and food.
The first suspect was described as a man in his early 20’s, Hispanic, and 6-feet tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. The second suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his early 20’s.
Police ask anyone with information to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous.
Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.
Laurel drug investigation brings arrest
LAUREL — A 31-year-old Laurel man was arrested Thursday after a one-month drug investigation, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.
Rickey A. Hawkins Jr. was taken into custody without incident at the Motel 6 in Seaford following a search warrant execution at his home in the 28000 block of Seaford Road in Laurel, authorities said.
According to police, the search warrant yielded approximately 2.17 grams of crack cocaine, 16.88 grams of cocaine, 3.82 grams of methamphetamine, .854 grams of heroin (122 bags), 74.79 grams of marijuana, 11.2 grams of THC wax, drug paraphernalia and more than $20,000 in suspected drug proceeds.
Mr. Hawkins was arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court and released on $31,000.00 unsecured bond.
Pa. man charged with burglary
LAUREL — A 50-year-old Pennsylvania man was charged in connection with a Thursday burglary, authorities said.
Through a K-9 track, Tony L. Mutschler, of Northumberland, was founding hiding in a cornfield near a residence in the 28000 block of E. Trap Pond Road said. Stolen property was found nearby, police said. Also located within close proximity to the residence was Mr. Mutschler’s Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck parked partially on the street and grass area, police said.
A suspect had forced entry into a residence and fled at approximately 3:24 p.m., according to authorities.
Charges include second-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, felony theft, theft (two counts), resisting arrest, criminal mischief and no person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle upon a roadway.
Mr. Mutschler was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court and released on $13,501 unsecured bond.
Selbyville man faces numerous charges following traffic stop
DAGSBORO – A 45-year-old Selbyville man pulled over by Dagsboro police for a traffic stop late Thursday night was jailed on drug, weapons, DUI and other charges.
Police arrested Bryan Irvin, who was pulled over around 10:35 p.m., Aug. 29 at Main Street and Iron Branch Road.
Police detected and odor of alcohol and Irvin subsequently was found to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs, Dagsboro Police Chief Steven Flood said.
The DUI investigation determined Irvin had two prior DUI convictions, making this his third offense, felony DUI.
Officers also observed drug paraphernalia in plain view and during a search of the defendant’s vehicle officers located 10 grams of cocaine, seven Oxycodone pills, various ammunition, digital scale and a handgun, Chief Flood said.
Charges against Irvin include: Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony; Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited; Possession of a controlled substance Tier 2; DUI Third Offense (Felony); Possession of Firearm while under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Driving Without Valid License; No Proof Insurance; Inattentive Driving and Failure to Remain Stopped at Stop Sign.
Irvin was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Department of Corrections in default of $91,500 secured bond, Chief Flood said.
Maryland police: Woman abandoned newborn baby in wooded area
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland have charged a woman they say abandoned her newborn baby in a wooded area.
Montgomery County Police previously said a man heard crying Aug. 16 and found the baby girl in a wooded area near a sidewalk.
Officers charged 25-year-old Leticia Guzman Thursday with neglect and reckless endangerment, saying she intentionally left the baby there.
A police news release says a hospital informed authorities Guzman came in for care and showed signs of having recently given birth. She denied ever being pregnant.
Officials said they later found evidence of childbirth while searching Guzman’s home under a warrant. Investigators said Guzman then told them she’d left the baby at a location she couldn’t remember.
The child is in stable condition in Child Welfare Services custody.

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