Here's your roundup of reported police activity between Oct. 9 and Oct. 15
Witnesses mum on Sunday Dover shooting
Dover police are getting no cooperation from the public following an early morning shooting.
Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the incident took place at about 1:25 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Allure Night Club at 865 N. Dupont Highway. The club formerly was known as Bubba’s.
Police went to the site after receiving reports about five to six shots having been fired in the parking lot. Offices could not determine the exact scene of the shooting but learned shortly afterward two men had been taken to Bayhealth Hospital Kent Campus for treatment of gunshot wounds to their right legs.
The men were 22 and 25 years of age, Hoffman said.
“Despite hundreds of people in attendance, no witnesses came forward in the early stages of the investigation,” he reported. There are no suspects at this time, he added.
Police are continuing their investigation; anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7130. Tips may be left anonymously.
Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, online at tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD app.
Police looking for credit card scammers
Police are asking the public’s help in finding a woman and at least two male accomplices involved in credit card fraud in Dover and Smyrna
Smyrna Police Department spokesman Cpl. Brian M. Donner said that on Oct. 4, the woman came into the Smyrna branch of the Dover Federal Credit Union and persuaded a teller to override a denied cash advance on a credit card. The woman provided a Nevada identification that gave her name as Stella McCain.
The card later was found to have been stolen, Donner said.
Two days earlier the same woman and two male companions conducted a similar fraudulent transaction in Dover.
Anyone with information on either of these crimes or who think they may have encountered these individuals is asked to contact Smyrna Det. Eric Cooper by calling 302-653-9217.
Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, or via the Internet at delawarecrimstoppersweb.com.
Camden police ID vehicle break-in suspect
Camden police believe they have a suspect in a series of recent smash-and-grab vehicle break-ins.
Patrolman Brian Reynolds has been tracking down information from all of the robberies and has identified Ashawn W. Bannister, 41, as the suspect, Chief of Police William E. Bryson said.
The chief said Bannister’s last known residence was in Felton.
Bryson said his department received two complaints Oct. 1 of items being taken from vehicles at Brecknock Park. In both incidents, windows were broken and items left in view were taken.
There were three similar complaints filed Oct. 2, Bryson said, one at Brecknock, a second in the parking lot in front of the Game Stop store and a third in the parking lot at the Texas Roadhouse. In each case, a window was broken and personal property was taken, he added.
Property from the first two burglaries was found near the vehicle at the restaurant, Bryson said.
Police were able to lift latent fingerprints from the scene of one of the break-ins, Bryson said.
Delaware State Police detectives also were investigating three cases of thefts from vehicles; the first took place Sept. 6 on Ponderosa Drive, the second Sept. 27 on North Steffens Boulevard and the third Sept. 28 on Burns Way, division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.
Reynolds has obtained warrants for Bannister’s arrest on charges including eight counts of theft, eight counts of criminal mischief, one count of third-degree criminal trespass, one count of unlawful use of a payment card, and two counts of driving without a valid license.
Anyone with information as to Bannister’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Camden Police Department at 697-2281.
Airman sentenced in child porn case
Robert Z. Hollingsworth, an airman first class at Dover Air Force Base, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.
The 27-year-old Byron, Illinois, native also will serve 10 years of supervised release following his 60 months in prison.
Prosecutors say Hollingsworth was arrested in January and tried in June before U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews of the District of Delaware.
Acting US Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss said Hollingsworth had collected more than 10,000 images and 3,000 videos of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, including but not limited to sexual intercourse. More than 600 of those images depicted prepubescent children or children younger than 12 years of age. Of the 162 identified victims, 16 came forward seeking restitution. The U.S. District Court awarded $48,000 in total restitution, for the known victims.
Weiss said, “Our office will do whatever is necessary to protect the most vulnerable among us – our children – from the abhorrent shadow industry that produces, distributes and collects child pornography and from those who lurk in its base marketplace.”
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
Probationer back in prison on drug charges
A Dover man, out of prison on probation, is back behind bars after his arrest on drug charges.
Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said Quaheem Hall, 29, was taken into custody Oct. 10 after he was contacted by Dover police and Delaware Probation and Parole officers.
Police made the arrest in the 200 block of South Saulsbury Road and discovered Hall was carrying 338 bags (2.366 grams) of heroin.
Hall is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.
He was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $50,000 cash bond.
Realty office in Dover burglarized
Detectives with the Dover Police Department are investigating an overnight break-in and burglary.
Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the incident took place between 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 and 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the R&R Commercial Realty office at 46 S. State Street.
The burglar broke into the business and removed an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing, Hoffman said.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this crime 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 tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD app.