Fatal Crash on Library Avenue (DE Rt. 72)

On July 8, 2019, at about 0736 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to a crash with injuries at the intersection of Library Avenue (DE State Route 72) and Wyoming Road.  Responding officers conducted an investigation at the scene.  Officers determined that a 2005 Mack dump truck was traveling southbound on Library Avenue approaching Wyoming Road.  At the same time, a 2012 Jeep Patriot was traveling northbound on Library Avenue in the left turn lane to westbound Wyoming Road.  Both vehicles had solid green lights.  The Jeep turned left in front of the dump truck and the Jeep was struck on the passenger side while in the intersection.

As a result of the crash, the operator of the Jeep, Michael Gazo, 76, of Newark, sustained unspecified injuries that were not initially believed to be life-threatening.  He was admitted to an area hospital at that time.  The driver of the dump truck was uninjured.

On July 16, 2019, Newark Police were notified that Gazo, who was still admitted to the hospital, succumbed to the injuries received as a result of the crash.

No prosecution is anticipated in this case.

Library & Wyoming

Update – Arrest Made – Original Post: Two Arrested on Drug and Gun Charges; Additional Suspect Sought

On July 12, 2019, Newark Officers located Kevon Gavin, 20, who was sought on various drug charges, at Glasgow Park in the 2000 block of Pulaski Highway.  As Gavin began to get into a vehicle, officers attempted to arrest him.  Gavin resisted arrest by flailing his arms and attempting to break free.  Gavin was eventually taken into custody and placed into a police vehicle.

While officers were dealing with other persons present at the scene, Gavin was able to exit the vehicle – still handcuffed – and started to run from the scene.  Officers engaged in a short foot pursuit with Gavin and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Gavin was charged with the following offenses for the original drug-related warrant:

  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (2 counts)
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
  • Possession of a Weapon with an Obliterated Serial Number
  • Conspiracy 2nd Degree
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Breach of Release (due to an active court order prohibiting him from being at the residence)

In addition to the above charges, Gavin was charged with Resisting Arrest and Escape Third Degree for his actions on July 12th.

Gavin appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was ordered held on a total of $101,000 secured bail.  Gavin’s custody was transferred to the Howard R Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington.

Original Release

Kevon Gavin

Fifth Annual National Night – Tuesday August 6th

The fifth annual National Night Out will be held on Tuesday August 6, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm on Academy Street in Newark.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. Together, we are making that happen.

From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, neighbors throughout Newark and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement.

The event provides a chance for the public to meet and interact with local first responders and to learn about what they do on a daily basis. Agencies will be showcasing some of their equipment and specialized units.

The following agencies are scheduled to attend:

  • Newark Police Department
  • University of Delaware Police Department
  • Delaware Natural Resources Police
  • Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company
  • University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit
  • Delaware Department of Correction Probation & Parole

The following events will take place throughout the night:

  • Newark PD K9 Unit demonstration
  • Aetna HHL fire prevention and vehicle extraction demonstrations

Food, drinks and snacks will be provided free of charge thanks to our local sponsor – Acme Markets.

Music will be provided by WXCY 103.7 FM.

The UD Creamery truck will be on site to sell their legendary locally made ice cream.

AAA Mid-Atlantic will be providing various safety tips and information.

Kids will love the games, face painting and balloon animals that will be available.

Follow our social media pages for any updates to the event.