Media Alert-New Castle County Police Announce “Nikko” The Facility Dog

When: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: New Castle County Police Headquarters-Snow Room, 3601 N. DuPont Hwy. New Castle, De 19720.

The New Castle County Police Department is proud to announce the newest member to our department, Nikko, a facility assistance dog.  Nikko was received through the nonprofit organization, Canine Companions for Independence. The organization enhances the lives of people by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Nikko’s primary role in the department will be to serve as a goodwill ambassador at community service events, meetings, and used to help calm and comfort witnesses, crime victims and anyone who may otherwise be afraid, uncomfortable or nervous. During an intensive two-week training program in Long Island, New York, Nikko was matched with facilitator, Master Corporal Chris Gigliotti, who is currently assigned to our Community Services Unit.

For more information about Canine Companions for Independence, please visit Media related inquires may be directed to John Bentzinger, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator at (631) 561-0205 or



Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Suspect Vehicle In Theft Investigation

New Castle County Police are investigating a theft that occurred in the Carousel Park and Equestrian Center.

(Wilmington, Del.-19808) During the months of January and February, the Equestrian Director for the New Castle County Police Mounted Patrol Unit learned over 700 bags of cedar wood shavings went missing from outside the horse barn which is located within Carousel Park. The wood shavings are used for the horses bedding. New Castle County Patrol officers were dispatched to investigate the theft.

Police were able to obtain surveillance video that captured a suspect vehicle driving in the parkland within the time frame of when the theft occurred. Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact New Castle County Police by calling 302-573-2800 or by e-mailing Ofc. Ellis at


Domestic Incident With A Weapon, Police Arrest One

New Castle County Police have arrested 46 year-old Gregory Johnson following a domestic incident in the community of Cherokee Woods.

(Newark, Del.-19713) Yesterday (April 14) at 9:42 a.m., New Castle County Patrol Officers were dispatched to the unit block of East Cherokee Dr after a 911 call to police was made for an unknown problem. Police learned that Gregory Johnson entered the residence armed with a weapon. Inside the residence was a 33 year-old woman, 65 year-old man and a 2 year-old toddler. Gregory Johnson made threatening statements while inside the home and then assaulted the 33 year-old woman. During a struggle over the weapon between Gregory Johnson, the 33 year-old woman and the 65 year-old man, the gun was fired-no one was struck. The 65 year-old man sustained an injury to his hand as a result of this incident. The 2 year-old was not injured.

Gregory Johnson was taken into custody at the scene by responding officers.

The 33 year-old woman and 65 year-old man were transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

Gregory Johnson was charged with 4 counts of felony reckless endangering first, home invasion, possession of a destructive weapon, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, second degree assault, 3 counts of aggravated menacing, strangulation, 2 counts of terroristic threatening, 8 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, misdemeanor assault, and terroristic threatening. He was arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution after failing to post $394,000.00 secured bond and issued a no contact order.


Media Event-Lt. Szczerba Memorial Park Playground Equipment Dedication

The New Castle County Police, the New Castle County Executive Office and Department of Special Services has given the Lt. Szczerba Memorial Park a makeover, by installing playground equipment featuring accessories such as black and gold police cruisers and the New Castle County Police shield. Children will have fun playing police officer and residents can reflect on a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his community.

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: Lt. Szczerba Memorial Park at Penn Acres, 410 E. Roosevelt Ave. New Castle, Delaware 19720

Please join New Castle County officials and community members for a brief ceremony dedicating the Lt. Szczerba Memorial Park playground equipment.


Police Continue To Investigate Fatal Hit And Run Accident-Valley Wood

New Castle County Police continue to investigate a hit and run collision that killed 31 year-old Anthony Phippin last year.

(Bear, Del. 19702) On November 28, 2017, New Castle County Police responded to the report of an injured male lying in the area of Freedom Rd and 76th Street. Anthony Phippin was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives from the Traffic Services unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Surveillance video collected from the scene has been sent to the FBI forensics lab for enhancement in an attempt to identify the striking vehicle.

Police are still asking for anyone with information on this investigation to please contact Det. Mike Henderson at or by calling our non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.



Police Investigate Motor Vehicle Crash In To A Residence

New Castle County Police are currently investigating a motor vehicle crash that damaged a residence.

(New Castle, Del. 19720) Today (April 8) at 2:09 a.m., New Castle County Police were dispatched to the unit block of Seaford St in the community of Minquadale for the report of a motor vehicle crash.

Police learned that a gray Toyota Rav4, driven by a 28 year-old female, crashed into the front of the residence causing significant damage. The driver was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

Detectives from the Traffic Services Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. It appears that alcohol may be a factor in this investigation.

New Castle County Code Enforcement responded to the scene and declared the residence inhabitable.

If you have any information pertaining to this investigation, please contact Detective Wesley Neeman at  or New Castle County Police at (302) 573-2800.