100 Persons Arrested at Large Party in Newark

On October 20, 2018, Newark Police charged 100 people with Underage Consumption of Alcohol following a report of a disorderly party in the 300 block of East Park Place in Newark.

At about 3:09 pm, Newark Police received a complaint of a disorderly party in the area of East Park Place and Ashley Road.  Officers determined that alcohol was being provided to persons under the age of 21 who were attending the party.  There were about 50 subjects gathered in the rear of the residence and some of these subjects were entering into the rear yard of a neighbor’s residence.  The neighbor did not give them permission to be in the yard.

Based upon this information, Newark Police obtained a search warrant for the residence on East Park Place.  Upon execution of the search warrant by Newark officers, with the assistance of Delaware Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement, University of Delaware Police and New Castle County Police, more than 170 people were found to be in the backyard of the residence.

Officers issued 100 criminal summonses for Underage Consumption of Alcohol to those who had been drinking alcohol and were not 21 years of age.  Those subjects who were 21 years of age were released without charges.  The majority of the subjects arrested were University of Delaware students.  Police also contacted several juveniles at the party, of which two were charged with Underage Consumption of Alcohol.  Both were released to a parent.

All of the arrested subjects were released at the scene to appear in court at a later date.

Charges against the three hosts of the party, who are all University of Delaware students, are pending.

Under Newark City Ordinance 19-5:
“Whoever being under the age of 21 years has alcoholic liquor in his possession at any time or consumes or is found to have consumed alcoholic liquors shall be fined not less than $200.00 and have his State of Delaware driver’s license revoked for a period of 30 days for the first offense, and not less than 90 days, nor more than 180 days, for each subsequent offense. If the underage person does not have a State of Delaware driver’s license, that person shall be fined not less than $250.00 for the first offense, and not less than $300.00, nor more than $500.00, for each subsequent offense.”

Passing of Retired Corporal T. Scott Smith

It is with deep regret that the Newark Police announce the passing of retired Corporal Thomas Scott Smith.  Cpl. Smith retired on a non duty-related disability on March 31, 2016.

Originally from West Chester, PA, Cpl. Smith began his law enforcement career with the West Chester University and West Pikeland Township (PA) Police Departments before he was hired by the Newark Police Department on August 11, 1997.  He attended the Delaware State Police Academy as a member of the 67th Delaware State Police / 50th Municipal  Police class.  Cpl. Smith spent the majority of his career in the Newark Police Department Traffic Unit, where he was a certified Collision Reconstructionist.

In 2008, Cpl. Smith was honored with a Letter of Commendation after he encountered suspects in a residence actively committing a burglary.

Cpl. Smith enjoyed sports and spending time with friends and family.  He is survived by his wife and two sons.

There will be a visitation with family on Monday October 22, 2018 from 5 – 8 pm at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 N. Church St. West Chester, PA.  A service will follow at 8:00 pm.

His obituary can be found here: Scott Smith obituary

A donation page for his family has been set up here: Smith Family Fund

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Newark Police Seek Battery Thieves

On October 8, 2018, a business in the 900 block of Interchange Boulevard, Newark, reported the theft of multiple vehicle batteries from trucks belonging to the business.  The theft occurred over the weekend while the business was closed.  The owner of the business contacted a Newark-area battery company and found that a male and female had recently been at the business to sell batteries to the battery company.

During the course of the investigation, Rolanda Brennan, a 39 year-old white female from Elkton, MD was identified as the female who sold the batteries to the battery company.  Subsequent investigation, including witness interviews and surveillance video, linked Brennan and Arnold Anderson, a 44 year-old white male from Elkton, MD, to the theft of the batteries from Interchange Boulevard.  The value of the batteries stolen was over $2,300.

Additional investigation by Newark Police on Interchange Boulevard revealed a second business whose vehicles had batteries stolen by the same suspects.  The value of that theft totaled over $300.

On October 8, 2018, Newark Police obtained warrants charging Brennan and Anderson with the following crimes:
Theft Over $1500 (felony)
Conspiracy Second Degree (felony)
Theft Under $1500
Tampering with a Vehicle (2 counts)

The whereabouts of Brennan and Anderson are unknown.

Anyone with information about their location, or information on these cases, is asked to call Officer J. Lee at (302) 366-7100 x. 3462 or jlee@newark.de.us.

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A photo of Brennan is posted below.  A photo of Anderson is not available.

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Rolanda Brennan

The Newark Police Department affirms that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.