The New Castle County Police Department is searching for 15-year-old Brian Harper.

(New Castle, DE 19720) Last night (Sept 15),  patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the area of Nicole Court in the community of Hawks Nest for a report of a missing person. When the officers arrived, they learned that 15-year-old Brian Harper had left the residence earlier in the morning for school and has not been seen since. The officers then learned that Harper has medical conditions that causes a  concern for his welfare.

Brian Harper is a white male with short brown hair and brown eyes.  He is 5’07” 178lbs.  Last seen wearing a red and black “Hustler” brand short sleeve hooded sweatshirt, whitewashed jeans, and gray low top tennis shoes.

He is also known to frequent the Wilton area.

Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brian Harper 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.

Brian Harper




On this date, ten 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.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

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


(Newark, DE 19702) Last Saturday, (Sept 11) patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block of Blatty Place in the community of Evergreen Apartments at Christiana Reserve for the report of a shooting that had just occurred.

When the officers arrived, they learned that a 30-year-old male victim had been shot but left the scene.  He was located by officers on the 600 block of Candlestick Lane in the community of Christiana Green.  The victim was transported to a local area hospital with a gunshot wound to his hip. 

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived at the scene and assumed the investigation.   The investigators learned that the victim had driven a female to Blatty Place for a child custody exchange. 

When the female exited his vehicle, she was met by another female at the entrance of the apartment building and a fight ensued.  The victim ran over and got in between the two fighting females to stop the fight.  The victim was unsuccessful, and all three people ended up on the ground.

At this point, 28-year-old Jermaine Boardingham, the second female’s boyfriend,  exited the apartment building and fired one round at the victim which struck him in the hip.  Boardingham then fled the scene only to return later and was immediately taken into custody.

He was then transported to police headquarters and charged with one count of felony Assault 1 and one count of felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and released after posting $30,000 secured bail. 

Jermaine Boardingham