On this date, eight years ago, Lieutenant Szczerba of the New Castle County Division of Police went to backup other officers who were searching for a disorderly man near Penn Acres Park. He located the man at East Roosevelt Avenue and Fithian Drive and, after a short foot chase, began to struggle with him. During the struggle, the subject pulled out a knife and stabbed Lieutenant Szczerba.

Other officers were able to take the subject into custody. Lieutenant Szczerba was transported to Christiana Hospital where he succumbed to the wound.

On September 30th, 2013, the subject pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and 13 additional counts. On January 17th, 2014, the subject was sentenced to two life terms in prison without parole.

Lieutenant Szczerba was posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and awarded the department’s Medal of Honor.

“Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
-Laurence Binyon


Lt. J Szczerba


The New Castle County Division of Police is currently searching for 40-year-old Lesley Arena

(Hockessin, DE 19707) Earlier today, (September 15, 2019), officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block of Yardley Place, in the community of Vincent Lane at Limestone Hills, for a Missing Person Report.  When the officers arrived at the residence, they learned that 40-year-old Lesley Arena had left her residence after making statements which caused concern for her welfare.

Lesley Arena is a white female, 5’9, 120 lbs, dark brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a black colored t-shirt. She is known to drive a 2010 Black Honda Accord bearing DE registration (348318)

Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lesley Arena to please contact the New Castle County Division of Police by dialing (302) 573-2800 or visit our website at, or (IM) on the New Castle County Police Facebook page.  Citizens can also submit a tip anonymously by text. Send a text to 847411 with NCCDE in the text field and your tip.

Lesley Arena


(New Castle 19720) Yesterday, (September 14) The New Castle County Division of Police Traffic Services Unit was tasked with investigating a crash that involved a gray Nissan Altima and a bicycle. The crash occurred at the intersection of Wilton Boulevard and Old Forge Road, in the community of Wilton Club Apartments.

When the investigators arrived, they learned that both the vehicle and the bicycle were traveling northbound on Wilton boulevard. The operator of the bicycle was found to have moved into the center lane and struck the Nissan on the rear fender. The officers and emergency medical personnel administered first aid and then transported him to a local hospital.

The subject, who was not wearing a helmet, sustained serious, life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he has been admitted.

This is an on-going investigation.

Police are asking for anyone that might have witnessed this accident or have any information pertaining to this investigation to please contact Senior Corporal Blithe at or 302-395-2717 or by calling our non-emergency number at 302-573-2800. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or IM us on Facebook at New Castle County Police Department.