Updated: DSU student dies following shooting at unsanctioned party

DOVER — A 20-year-old Delaware State University student died from a gunshot wound suffered at an unsanctioned party at Schutte Park on Sunday night, authorities said. Devin Wright was shot in the head at the park and died following transport to Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, Dover police spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman said. A 22-year-old man […]

New Dover Police Academy will also serve downstate municipalities

DOVER — Aiming to add new officers without delay as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic limits other options, Dover police will host in-house training for the first time in nearly 30 years beginning next month. The Dover Police Municipal Academy starts Oct. 4 and will continue for approximately 19 weeks. Besides eight Dover PD candidates, another […]

Nine named to Dover Police Chief’s Advisory Committee

DOVER — On Monday, the Dover Police Department announced the nine-member Police Chief’s Advisory Committee designed to enhance law enforcement’s relationship with the community. The committee members “were chosen based on established relationships the department has, as well as recommendations from the community,” spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman said. Dover Police Chief Thomas Johnson plans to […]

Revived Dover PD training academy begins Oct. 4

DOVER – The Dover Police Department will host its first training academy in nearly 30 years beginning next month, spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman said Monday. The academy begins Oct. 4 and will continue for approximately 19 weeks. Besides eight Dover PD candidates, another eight will come from Seaford, Milford, Bridgeville, Harrington and Millsboro. Two other […]

Police: Dover officers dragged by fleeing suspect

DOVER – Two Dover police officers were uninjured when briefly dragged by a 21-year-old Dover man fleeing in a vehicle Sunday afternoon, authorities said. According to Dover police, Darren Lewis was stopped around 2:51 p.m. during an investigation into an unpaid bill at the West Side Car Wash on Del. 8. Mr. Lewis was driving […]

Woman charged after shooting at man in Dover

DOVER — A 36-year-old woman allegedly fired three shots while chasing a man during a domestic-related incident late Saturday morning, Dover police spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman said. According to authorities, Tiffany Burkett discharged the rounds from a stolen .38-caliber revolver while pursuing the man from New Street. Police were initially called to the parking lot […]

Dover PD seeking new officer funding through COPS grant

DOVER — Dover Police Chief Thomas Johnson on Tuesday pitched the opportunity to hire five new officers through a federal grant program. The Community Oriented Policing Services Grant (COPS) would be used to boost manpower within the agency’s Community Policing Unit, he said. Funds doled out by the U.S. Department of Justice would cover $625,000 […]

Cost, time frame factor in to Dover’s eventual decision on police body cameras

DOVER — There is no question that Dover Police Chief Thomas Johnson, Mayor Robin Christiansen and members of City Council are in support of acquiring body cameras for police officers in Delaware’s state capital. The question they do have is, who will pay for it? City officials said they would like to get a federal […]

Mail thefts on rise in Dover

DOVER — A rash of thefts from post office collection boxes prompted city law enforcement Thursday to issue a public advisory urging caution when sending mail. There have been at least eight incidents at two U.S. Postal Service boxes within the past three weeks, one involving a $200 check that was altered to indicate $40,000 […]

Sculptor aims to repair Law Enforcement Memorial

DOVER — There’s plenty of repair needed for the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial vandalized on June 12, its creator says. When completed, however, the bronze statue in the Legislative Mall area should look good as new. That’s according to Minnesota-based sculptor Nick Christensen, who describes the task ahead as immense. Mr. Christensen says he’ll likely […]

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