Downtown Dover business owner takes action in break-in

DOVER — Sam Chick got an unexpected guest at his Puffster shop at 115 W. Loockerman St. around 1:30 Monday morning. That was when Mr. Chick, sleeping on a couch in his apartment on the second floor above his store, woke up to the frightening sound of a brick crashing through the front window of […]

Man, 35, stabbed on South State Street in Dover

DOVER — A Dover man was stabbed early Saturday by an individual he did not know, authorities said. The Delaware State Police said a 35-year-old man was walking along South State Street in the area of Lebanon Road at approximately 1:42 a.m. when he was approached by a man who began yelling at him. The […]

Dover Police accepting online complaints

DOVER – In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Dover Police Department will employ several strategies to ensure the safety of officers and citizens, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said Tuesday. The department will remain in operation 24 hours a day and will respond to any need for service where an officers’ presence is necessary. […]

Dover PD announces safety plan during outbreak

DOVER – In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Dover Police Department will employ several strategies to ensure the safety of officers and citizens, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said today. The department will remain in operation 24 hours a day as always and will respond to any and every need for service where an […]

Man charged in Dover beating death

DOVER — A 24-year-old man was charged Sunday in the beating death of the mother of his child, Dover police said. Officers responded to a call about a possible domestic disturbance between a man and three children at a Wawa store at about 5:30 Sunday morning. Police said that when they arrived, they met a […]

New Dover Police chief has ‘targeted’ response for recent gun violence

DOVER — There’s no overwhelming, public show of force currently planned. The city’s recent surge in shootings, four of them fatal and often involving teens, is well known, however. “Targeting the whole community, that doesn’t work,” Police Chief Thomas Johnson Jr. said Wednesday. “What that does is turn the whole community against the police.” Dover’s […]

Convicted Dover policeman resigns: Frederick J. Pierce was charged after fatal 2018 crash

DOVER — A Dover Police officer resigned Monday, three days after a jury convicted him of causing a fatal crash while off duty in 2018. Frederick J. Pierce, 30, of Magnolia was charged after a five-vehicle crash left a 44-year-old Kenton woman dead. A jury returned a guilty verdict Friday in Superior Court for second-degree […]

New Dover police chief ‘a seasoned veteran’: Johnson brings solid experience from Pa.

DOVER — He arrives from an ethnically diverse community, with at least 50 different languages spoken and residents representing 65 countries, Upper Darby Township Police Department Superintendent Timothy M. Bernhardt says. New Dover Police Chief Thomas A. Johnson Jr. started as an Upper Darby patrol officer in May 1996, then ascended into an array of […]

‘You can expect my very best’: Johnson takes oath as Dover police chief

DOVER — While Thomas A. Johnson Jr.’s swearing-in ceremony as the city of Dover’s new police chief didn’t last very long on Thursday night — around 15 minutes — he said his list of goals in protecting the city’s citizens is a rather lengthy one. Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen swore in Mr. Johnson as […]

Male suspect sought after robbery

DOVER — A male suspect was sought after a Sunday night robbery behind Capitol Cleaners, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. A 67-year-old female was walking at 217 S. New St. between 6 p.m. and 6:26 p.m. when she was shoved to the ground by a male demanding her money, authorities said. The […]