Suspect surrenders in fatal domestic incident in Harrington

HARRINGTON — Devon Emfinger, 25, of Aberdeen, Maryland, turned himself in to Troop 3 in Camden Friday following a domestic incident in Harrington that left a 24-year-old New Jersey man dead from gunshot wounds, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

At the request of the Harrington Police Department, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit assumed the investigation.

Investigation revealed a 24-year-old woman resident of an apartment in the 8700 block of Park Brown Road was home with an acquaintance, later identified as Mr. Emfinger, on Thursday night.

While the resident and Mr. Emfinger were on the second floor of the apartment they said they heard someone enter the front door. The woman went downstairs and was confronted by her ex-boyfriend, Donte Demunguia.

Mr. Demunguia proceeded up the stairs where he was subsequently shot in the torso. He was initially found at the bottom of a staircase at around 11:40 p.m. The woman was not injured.

Mr. Emfinger was charged with first-degree reckless endangering and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and received a $22,500 secured bond.

This case continues to remain under investigation by the Dela-ware State Police Homicide Unit.

Police asked anyone with information to call Sgt. Yeich at 739-2459. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Two Harrington men accused of running meth lab

HARRINGTON — Two Harringtown men were arrested by Delaware State Police on Friday and are facing multiple drug charges including the operation of a clandestine lab for the purpose of producing methamphetamine, said police spokesman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe.

The suspects were identified as Stephen Strannahan, 48, and Christopher Corkell, 37, both of Harrington,

On Friday, members of the Governor’s Task Force (GTF) re-sponded to the 200 block of Ingram Branch Road in Harrington trying to find Mr. Strannahan, who was wanted for violation of probation as an absconder.

As members of the GTF pulled up to the residence, Mr. Stran-nahan was seen standing outside and began to run away. He was subsequently taken into custody.

GTF members found Mr. Corkell inside the residence and dis-covered he was in possession of about 1.29 grams of metham-phetamine.

As members of the GTF secured the residence and checked for any additional subjects, they uncovered numerous items that indicated the operation of a clandestine methamphetamine lab.

A search warrant was obtained with the assistance of the Kent County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Natural Re-sources and Environmental Control Hazmat team was also noti-fied to respond.

A large amount of evidence related to an active clandestine lab was located, removed and disposed of at the scene.

The DNREC Hazmat team made the determination that there was no need to evacuate any surround-ing residences.

During the execution of the search warrant the following items were located and seized: about 5.24 grams of heroin package for distribution; about 1.59 grams of methamphetamine; about 2.37 grams of marijuana; drug paraphernalia and more than $600 cash.

Mr. Strannahan and Mr. Corkell were taken back to Troop 3 in Camden.

Mr. Strannahan was charged with operation of a clandestine lab for the purpose of producing methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity; possession of a con-trolled substance in a Tier 4 quantity with the intent to deliver; resisting arrest; second-degree conspiracy; two counts of posses-sion of a controlled or counterfeit substance.

He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and committed to Georgetown’s Sussex Correc-tional Institution on $64,000 secured bond.

Mr. Corkell was charged with possession of a controlled sub-stance in a Tier 5 quantity; possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 4 quantity with the intent to deliver; second degree con-spiracy; resisting arrest; possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance

He was also arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $42,600 secured bond.

Greenwood man arrested on multiple drug charges

GREENWOOD — Justin Lister, 30, of Greenwood, was arrested by Delaware State Police on Thursday and charged with multiple drug offenses, according to Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe, spokesman for the state police.

Police said Mr. Lister was found to be in possession of six individually packaged bags of methamphetamine (about 4.53 grams); 239 bags of heroin; one bag of powder cocaine; five individually packaged bags of crack co-caine; one Suboxone dosage and more than $700 cash.

Mr. Lister was taken to Troop 3 in Camden where he was charged with: possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a Tier 4 quantity; three counts of possession with intent to de-liver a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 1 quantity; possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance; possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned in Rehoboth Beach and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institu-tion in Georgetown on $118,000 secured bond.

Search on for missing Wesley College student

DOVER — A Gold Alert was issued Friday for a missing 21-year-old Wesley College student last seen early Tuesday night.

Erick Acevedo-Palencia left the Malmberg Hall dormitory at ap-proximately 6:12 p.m., wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black athletic-type pants with a white stripe and white sneakers, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Surveillance footage showed him walking toward the nearby in-tersection of Division and Bradford streets, The missing student who also has a Wilmington residence was described as approxi-mately 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

During the investigation, it was learned that Acevedo-Palencia made statements to others causing concern for his health and safety, police said, prompting the Gold Alert.

Police asked anyone with information to assist in locating the student to call 736-7111.

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