Here's a wrapup of reported police activity in and around Dover this week.


Suspect escapes after break-in near Hartly

Investigators with the Delaware State Police are looking for a man, possibly Hispanic in origin, suspected of breaking into a Hartly-area home.

Division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the break-in took place at about 11:44 p.m. July 19 in the first block of Kohouts Drive, southeast of Hartly.

The man got into the home through an unlocked window which also happened to be directly over a bed in which the 75-year-old woman was sleeping. The man grabbed the woman’s leg, causing her to wake up, and he fled out the same window.

She was not hurt and nothing was taken, Fournier sid.

The woman said the man might have been wearing shorts, but could provide no other physical description. It is not known if he was armed.

Anyone with information on this break-in is asked to call Det. Dear at 302-698-8540.

Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at, or by anonymous text to 274637 using keyword “DSP.”

One arrested after double shooting in Capital Green

Dover police are investigating two shootings that took place hours apart in the Capital Green neighborhood.

One person has been arrested.

The first occurred at about 7:30 p.m. July 19 in the 400 block of River Road, department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. Officers sent to the scene to investigate a report of shots found a number of shell casings; at about the same time they learned an 18-year-old man was at Bayhealth Hospital-Kent Campus for treatment of a single gunshot wound to the lower back.

That individual was treated for his wounds and released.

Hoffman said he was barely cooperating with investigating detectives.

A second man was more seriously injured about nine hours later, Hoffman added.

At about 4:31 a.m. July 20, officers again were called to the 400 block of River Road, this time about a block from the scene of the first shooting. There they found a 37-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper part of his body.

He also was taken to the Bayhealth Hospital and is undergoing treatment there, Hoffman said.

Witnesses told police several people were in the area at the time of the shooting, which may have resulted from an argument.

In that incident, Dover police arrested 22-year-old Dahhpy Brewer of Magnolia. Brewer was taken into custody without incident and is charged with first-degree assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.

Police still are looking for a suspect in the first shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dover police at 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips also may be submitted through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, online at or through the Dover Police Department MyPD app, Hoffman said.

Pearsons Corner crash kills Hartly woman

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash that claimed the life of a Hartly woman.

Division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Melinda Foraker, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fournier said the initial investigation showed the incident took place around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 18 on Halltown Road, just west of Hartly Road and Pearsons Corner.

Foraker was driving a 1998 Honda Civic westbound toward a slight curve, but apparently failed to negotiate the curve and went off the north side of the roadway. She hit a large pine tree, spinning the car around until it hit a mailbox and another tree. The car bounced off the second tree before coming to rest on the westbound shoulder of the roadway.

She was not wearing a seatbelt, Fournier said.

Speed may have been a contributing factor although it is not known if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

This section of Halltown Road was closed for about four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.