Police release name of Dover homicide victim

DOVER — Delaware State Police on Tuesday released the name of a 30-year-old Maryland man involved in a fatal shooting during the reported home invasion at Kentwood Mobile Home Park on Jan. 5.

Jesse Stanford, of Cambridge, died after an incident that began when troopers were called to the 200 block of Kentwood Drive at approximately 5:57 p.m. for a report of a home invasion and shooting. Upon arrival, it was discovered that Mr. Stanford had sustained a gunshot wound to his upper torso, authorities said.

Mr. Stanford was transported to a local area hospital in serious condition where he succumb to his injuries last evening.

The case continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. Police asked anyone with information to contact Detective D. Grassi at 365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Dover man sought after failing to return

DOVER — A 25-year-old Dover man was sought by the Delaware Department of Correction after failing to return from an approved pass to the Morris Community Correctional Center Monday, authorities said.

Carrington Hall

The DOC said a warrant for escape after conviction was issued to Carrington Hall, who left the facility for the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles in Dover. His whereabouts were unknown and unauthorized, the DOC said.

The DOC asked anyone with information to call (800) 542-9524 or their local police department.

Community Corrections Centers are Level 4 facilities where the Department of Correction manages offenders who are transitioning back into the community. These centers are not secured like Level 5 prisons, as offenders are permitted to the leave the facility to go to work, seek jobs, or attend approved treatment sessions.

Lawsuit: Evidence fabricated in Del. horse-hitting case

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) — A man once accused of hitting a police horse is suing three Delaware officers.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports a lawsuit filed Nov. 30 on behalf of 34-year-old Gavin Coco includes allegations of excessive force and evidence fabrication. It says two of the officers were Delaware State police employees. The other was a Dewey Beach police officer.

Coco and others were arrested in the May incident in which police said a disorderly crowd surrounded officers. Police alleged Coco struck a Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol Unit horse. He was initially charged with offensive touching but court records show the case was dismissed with prejudice for “illegally charging” him.

A state police spokeswoman says they don’t discuss personnel matters. Dewey Beach Town Manager Scott Koenig wrote that the town received a copy of the complaint.

 

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