2017 SPD Holiday Season Events

shop copsantaThe Smyrna Police Department will be hosting two very special holiday events this season.  The first, is our second annual Meet and Greet with Santa at Smyrna PD HQ on 12/12/17 from 5pm to 8pm.  In support of this event, we are hosting a toy drive and requesting new, unopened and unwrapped toys/books (for ages 1-13).  These toys/books will be given as gifts by Santa to every child in attendance.  Persons wishing to assist us may drop off toys at Smyrna PD or at the Smyrna High School.  We are accepting donations until 12/11/17.

Our second event, is our annual Shop with a Cop hosted in conjunction with the Clayton PD.  This event partners officers with local youth for a meal and then a trip to a local store to shop with the youth.  In support of this event, we are accepting donations in hopes of reaching our goal of $2,000.  Persons or Organizations who wish to assist may do so by contacting Detective Weller of SPD at Jessica.weller@cj.state.de.us (302) 653-9217, or Sgt Harvey Scott of the CPD at Harvey.W.Scott@cj.state.de.us (302) 653-8186.

Those wishing to fill out an application for a child interested in the event can contact Detective Weller or stop by the SPD.  Please see the 2 flyers posted below for the events. Thank you in advance for helping us help our communities!


holiday toy drive flyer

Shop with a Cop 2017 flyer



SPD seeking help in identifying Fraud Suspect

Female Suspect

Female Suspect

Male Accomplice

Male Accomplice

2nd male accomplice

2nd male accomplice

Smyrna Police investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the pictured female suspect in reference to a fraud investigation. On 10/4/17 this female suspect entered the Smyrna branch of the Dover Federal Credit Union and persuaded a teller to over-ride a denied cash advance on a credit card.  This credit card was later found to be stolen.  The suspect provided a Nevada ID which identified her as Stella McCain.  This suspect along with the pictured male(s) conducted a similar fraudulent transaction in the city of Dover on 10/2/17.  Tipsters may remain anonymous, and are encouraged to contact the Smyrna PD at 302-653-9217 attention Detective Eric Cooper.  You may also send the SPD a private message on Facebook or by utilizing Delaware crime stoppers, http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com 1-800-TIP-3333.

2017 Trick or Treat Safe Zone

trick or treat

The Smyrna Police Dept. will be partnering with local business, churches and organizations to provide a Trick or Treat safe zone.  On 10/31/17 from 6 p.m. to 8p.m. there will be a trick or treat zone set up at the corner of Market St Plaza in the area of the JBM school.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.  If you or your organization would like to hand out candy, please see the attached registration form which includes rules/regulations etc.  This event will include a DJ, bouncy house and other family friendly activities.

Halloween Flyer


Trick or Treat registration

39 people arrested during Lincoln St Drug Investigation

Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence

Brandon Evans

Brandon Evans

Dimitri Sudler

Dimitri Sudler

Anthony "Reese" Wayman

Anthony “Reese” Wayman

Norman Watson

Norman Watson

Maurice Plummer

Maurice Plummer

Donte Fuller aka Darell Faulkner

Donte Fuller aka Darell Faulkner

Mahalon Mears

Mahalon Mears

A collaborative effort lasting nearly one year by the entire Smyrna PD has resulted in the arrest of 39 persons for charges related to an open-air style drug market and associated quality of life issues in the Lincoln Street area. Key targets involved in the sale of illegal drugs were identified and arrested.  Officers employed a zero-tolerance approach to all crimes and violations, resulting in the arrest of several more persons for less serious crimes.  During this investigation, the SPD was aided by the city of Dover Police Dept. and the Kent Co. Paramedics.  The following suspects were identified and arrested (or are being sought for arrest) in regards to the sale of illegal drugs;

Mark Lawrence, 59, Smyrna: Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a Tier 2 quantity (cocaine and crack cocaine), Possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug property, 4 counts of possession of a prescription drug, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia (initially committed to D.O.C., since released pending a future court hearing)

Mahalon L. Mears, 63, Smyrna: Possession of a controlled substance in a tier 1 quantity (crack cocaine) (initially committed to D.O.C., since released pending a future court hearing)

Donte L. Fuller, 32, Smyrna: Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (released on unsecured bond pending a future court hearing)

Maurice M. Plummer, 33, Wilmington: Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine), tampering with physical evidence, Resisting Arrest, possession of marijuana, criminal trespassing (committed to D.O.C., later released pending a future court hearing)

Norman S. Watson, 48, Smyrna: Tampering with physical evidence, Maintaining a drug property, Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine) (heroin), Conspiracy 2nd degree (released pending a future court hearing)

Anthony “Reese” Wayman, 32, Smyrna: 2 counts of Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine), Tampering with physical evidence, 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, 2 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, Offensive Touching, Criminal Trespassing (committed to D.O.C. in lieu of bond)

Dimitri Sudler, 40, Felton, DE: (2) counts of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), (2) counts of possession of a controlled substance and two (2) counts of possession of drug paraphernalia (released pending a future court hearing)

Brandon Evans, 36, Smyrna: WANTED Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine), poss. of a controlled substance

During the investigation, Officers seized two motor vehicles, two firearms, $3,122.75 US currency, 0.294 grams of heroin, 11 grams of powder cocaine, 32.87 grams of crack-cocaine and 92.55 grams of marijuana. The SPD will continue to have a zero tolerance approach towards drug dealing and quality of life issues and encourages the public to report them immediately.

The following Suspects have warrants on file at SPD in regards to this investigation;

Robert P. Riddagh, 49, Smyrna, is wanted for criminal trespass and littering.

Gregory Pope, 34, Smyrna, is wanted for littering.

Tashay Wisher, 31, Clayton, is wanted for two (2) counts of littering and two (2) counts of criminal trespass.

Brandon Evans, 36, of Smyrna, is wanted for delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Calendar of Appearances for SPD Beat Breast Cancer Pink Car


Breast cancer survivors and those who have lost a friend or family member to breast cancer are encouraged to stop by one of the locations and sign the car.  A donation bucket will be out at each location to accept any donations.  100% of the donations will go to Susan G. Komen Philadelphia® which services all three counties in Delaware. 



Wednesday, October 11th:        

            11a – 1p:      Pat’s Select, Smyrna

            1p – 3p:        Pink Ribbon Boutique, Smyrna



Friday, October 13th:

            5p – ?:            Smyrna Homecoming Parade



Saturday, October 14th:

            9a – 11a:      Parkview RV Sales, Smyrna

            4p – 10p:     Pink Tie Ball 2017, Philadelphia



Sunday, October 15th:

            12p-3p:        Southern Delaware Jeep Club – Crushn’ Cancer Event at Eden Hill Medical Center, Dover



Monday, October 16th:

            8:30a – 12:30p:     Pinnacle Health Rehabilitation, Smyrna


            2p – 4:30:    WD Pressley, Smyrna



Tuesday, October 17th:

            10a – 12p:   Atlantic Apothecary, Smyrna


            12p – 2p:     Solloway’s Sales & Service, Smyrna



Wednesday, October 18th:

            11a – 1p:      BCP, Smyrna



Thursday, October 19th:

            9a – 2p:        Iron Source, Smyrna


            5p – 7p:        Pink Ribbon Boutique, Smyrna



Friday, October 20th:

            11a – 4p:      Dover Federal Credit Union, Smyrna



Saturday, October 21st:

            10a –  2p:      Shrader’s Outdoors, LLC, Henderson, MD



Sunday, October 22nd:

            1p – 5p:        The Painted Stave, Smyrna


 Tuesday, October 24th:

            10a – 2p:      Shur-Line Electrical, Inc., Smyrna



Wednesday, October 25th:

            10a – 2p:      Pratt Insurance, Smyrna



Friday, October 27th:

            12p – 4p:     Thorn Electric, Smyrna


Saturday, October 28th:

            10a – 2p:      Fifer’s in Wyoming (Atlantic Tractor), Wyoming



Tuesday, October 31st:

            6p – 8p:        Trunk or Treat, Smyrna



Wednesday, November 1st:

            11a – 1p:      Pizzeria DiMeo, Smyrna



Sunday, November 12th:

            9a – 11a:      American Legion, Smyrna


SPD arrest Suspect and family members after shooting and vehicle pursuit

Calvin Boyd Jr, 23

Calvin Boyd Jr, 23

Sarah Nelson, 22

Sarah Nelson, 22             

Smyrna Police arrested a suspected shooter and several of his family members after a shooting incident which culminated in a brief vehicle pursuit and physical altercation. On Monday 9/11/17 at approx. 2:13 a.m. Smyrna Police responded to the 500 block of Barley Court for a report of a shooting which had just occurred.  Responding officers found damaged vehicles and a victim who reported a fight with one of the shooters.  While officers conducted their initial investigation, they observed a vehicle matching the description of the one seen fleeing the scene traveling in the area.

Officers attempted to initiate a vehicle stop on Sunnyside Rd in the area of Maria Ln, at which point the suspect vehicle fled.  A low speed pursuit ended in the unit block of Magnolia Dr (Willow wood development) in a driveway/garage of a residence.  At this time, Calvin Boyd Jr, 23 of Smyrna refused to exit the vehicle and began physically fighting with Smyrna Police officers.  During this fight, several of Boyd’s family members exited the residence and attempted to prevent Police from affecting an arrest.  With the assistance of the SPD K9 unit, Clayton Police and Delaware State Police, all suspects were taken into custody.  A search warrant was later executed at the residence which provided numerous pieces of evidence linking Boyd to the shooting.  As a result of this investigation, the following persons were arrested and charged by Smyrna Police;

Calvin Boyd Jr, 23, Smyrna: Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, reckless endangering 1st, Wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, Burglary 3rd, Disregarding a Police Officer’s signal, Conspiracy 2nd, Resisting arrest, 2 counts of criminal mischief. (Released on $42,000 secured bond)

Sarah Nelson, 22, Smyrna: Hindering Prosecution (released on $500 unsecured bond)

Regina Boyd, 52, Smyrna: Resisting Arrest (released on $500 unsecured bond)

The investigation into this shooting remains active and ongoing and there is no further information to release at this time.

















Smyrna Police are seeking information in trailer theft investigation

Trailer similar to the one stolen

Trailer similar to the one stolen

Smyrna PD investigators are seeking the public’s help with a recent theft investigation. On Monday, 8/7/17 in the very early morning hours, unknown suspect(s) broke into a victim’s back yard and stole a landscaping trailer containing valuable landscaping equipment.  Property on this trailer includes (2) Bad Boy brand lawn mowers, zero-turn models in 60 inch and 54 inch sizes.  There were also Echo brand weed-eaters and back-pack blowers as well as other equipment.  The possible Suspect vehicle which removed this trailer is a red in color pickup truck last seen westbound on Brenford Rd.  The trailer at the time of the theft was bearing DE reg T105775 and has a vin # of 7GCBF1719HN000991.  Any persons with information on this investigation are urged to contact SPD Detective Bill Davis at (302) 653-9217. Or, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com. Information leading to an arrest may result in a cash reward.  Tipsters may also send the SPD a private message on social media.

Smyrna School District employee arrested for sexual relationship with underage student

Karen Brooks, 38, Dover

Karen Brooks, 38, Dover

SPD investigators have arrested an employee of the Smyrna school district for an unlawful sexual relationship involving a 17 year old minor student. In the beginning of May, detectives were notified of a potential inappropriate relationship involving district employee Karen Brooks, 38 of Dover, DE (assigned to the Smyrna Middle School) and a 17 year old male student of the district.  Through exhaustive investigation, detectives were able to determine that the suspect engaged in unlawful sexual acts with the victim on multiple occasions.  On June 1st, detectives took Ms. Brooks into custody without incident and formally charged her with 2 counts of Rape 4th Degree/Sexual Intercourse with a Victim under 18.  Ms. Brooks was processed and arraigned on these charges via video court in JP #2.  Ms. Brooks was issued a $40,000 secured bond pending a future preliminary court hearing.  At this time, Ms. Brooks remains free on bond.  It is not believed that any unlawful acts occurred on any Smyrna School District property.  This investigation remains active and ongoing and no further details will be released at this time in order to preserve the integrity of the case.

Junior Police Academy 2017

The Smyrna Police Department will again be hosting our annual Junior Police Academy this summer.  The academy is for students grades 5 through 8. This year’s academy is being hosted July 10th-July 21st.  Please remember that the academy is for individuals who have an interest in police service, community, government, and/or, a general appreciation for public service. The JPA is not a boot camp or a type of scared straight program for youth who purposely do not follow rules.  Please see the attached application below which may be turned into our School Resource Officers, or at the Smyrna Police Dept.  Applications are due by June 5th.  Please direct all questions/comments/concerns to our SRO’s, Det Weller and Det Carrigan.

2017 JPA Updated Application