Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Fire Damages Gull Point Home near Millsboro

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Image courtesy IRVFC

Indian River firefighters were called for a fire at a residence on Crepe Myrtle Drive at Gull Point east of Millsboro just after 8pm. Neighbors reported smoke coming from the garage. EMS arrived on the scene and reported to arriving fire personnel that there was heavy smoke and fire coming from the multi-residential building. Crews from Ellendale, Gumboro, Georgetown, Lewes, Millsboro assisted.  No injuries were reported. The State Fire Marshal is investigating

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UPDATED: Harrington Man Dies in Crash Near Milton

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UPDATED SUNDAY WITH NAME OF VICTIM:  A crash just before 5:30 this morning in the area of Route 1 and Truitt Road near Milton has taken the life of a Harrington man.  Delaware State Police are still investigating but say 66 year old Robert Campbell’s car left Route 1 north of Truitt Road, hit a sign post and then a tree in an open field.  Police say Campbell was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Impairment on his behalf is not known.  If you have information on the crash – contact Crime Stoppers – 800-TIP-3333


 

UPDATED: Route 1 Crash Leaves 5 Dead, 4 Injured Friday Afternoon Near Townsend

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UPDATED – Sun 7:15am – A crash on Route 1 north of Smyrna Friday afternoon left 5 people dead and 4 injured.  Delaware State Police say a pickup truck driven by 44 year old Alvin Hubbard of East New Market was southbound when he crossed the center median and struck a car driven by a 24 year old Pennsylvania man and a mini van driven by 61 year old Audie Trinidad of Teaneck, New Jersey.  Trinidad and his 4 daughters, aged 20, 17 and 13 year old twins, were killed in the crash.  His 53 year old wife, the other two drivers and a passenger in the pickup were all treated at area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.  The crash remains under investigation.

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Five people are dead, 4 injured after a three vehicle crash on Route 1 south of Odessa just before 4 Friday afternoon.  Delaware State Police continue to investigate but say a southbound pickup truck crossed the center median – striking a car and then colliding with a mini van, which carried a family from New Jersey.  The driver – a 61year old man from Teaneck who was properly restrained, his four daughters – aged 20, 17 and two 13 year olds who were not properly restrained were pronounced dead at the scene.  His 53 year old wife was also properly restrained, the driver of the car, a 24 year old from Pennsylvania and the driver of the pickup truck – a 44 year old man from East New Market and his 30 year old passenger from Hurlock were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 7-8-18

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John Wakefield, Butch Emmert and Ralph Short all from Rehoboth Beach, DE, fished out at B-Buoy and caught their limit of flounder while drifting Gulp baits on top and bottom rigs.

Saturday saw small craft advisories flying and no one I spoke with went out.  Sunday doesn’t look much better.  If the tropical depression off the coast of Hatteras behaves itself we may be able to return to fishable weather by Tuesday.

Quite often, after a northeast blow, the offshore grounds turn on.  This is especially true in the fall, but can also happen during the summer.  Another thing that might happen is the wind may help push blue water into the Inshore Lumps.  A white marlin was caught at Massey’s Canyon late last week, so with a little nudge from Mother Nature we might see improved fishing closer to shore.

Or perhaps you might try fishing inland for something different.  Jerry at Taylored Tackle keeps telling me about the blue catfish to 25 pounds in the Nanticoke River.  He has also reported snakeheads at the spillway below records Pond in Laurel.  These fish take live minnows.  Snakeheads are an invasive species and you must kill all you catch. 

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


 

UPDATED: Fire Heavily Damages Lewes Area Home

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Image courtesy Indian River VFC

UPDATED – 9:30am – Lewes fire crews have returned to the Ward Road home for a rekindle.  They cleared the scene around 10am.

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Firefighters from Lewes, Rehoboth and Milton were called for a fire on Ward Road in Lewes just after 10:45 last (Saturday) night.  Crews arriving at the scene found flames shooting through the roof.  Firefighters from multiple companies, including Indian River, Georgetown, Memorial, Bethany and Millsboro – helped to battle the blaze or provided cover.  The State Fire Marshal is investigating.

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Teen Nearly Drowns off Rehoboth Beach

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A teenager is lucky to be alive after she got caught in rough surf early Saturday evening.

A wave crashed over the teen followed by another that pulled her farther into the ocean, says Jillian O’Connor who had been visiting from Ohio.  She said she saw the teen struggling and her friend unable to assist so she called 9-1-1 for help.  She also alerted a man passing by who was able to make a quick rescue.

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After he pulled her safely to shore, EMS personnel arrived and treated her on the beach.  She was conscious but exhausted.

Beach patrols from Bethany through Rehoboth had kept swimmers on a “short leash” on Saturday because of rough seas.  Rehoboth Beach Patrol had gone off duty at 5:30 p.m.


 

WGMD Radio Flea Market 7-7-18

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Ron – Georgetown 302-249-1693
– Dura-Liner for Dakota Quad-Cab, 15 years old, ‘perfect’ condition, includes tailgate cover – $100

Bill – Ocean City, MD 301-646-4647
– Everlast #251508 leather 150# punching bag, in box, NEW, in-box, never used entire system, includes wall AND ceiling mounts, $900. NEW together, selling all for – $500

Gerald – Lincoln 302-424-1516h 302-745-2036c
– 42″ White riding lawnmower; 10-12hp; ‘shift n go’ – $400

Joe – Roxana 302-381-5114
– Ladder

Janice – Oak Orchard 302-228-3072
– Kenmore electric glasstop range and matching over oven microwave – less than 7 years old – both for – $200.

Kenmore electric glass top range and matching over oven microwave – less than 7 years old

Vicky – Lewes 302-645-2790
– 4-pc King size comforter set; coastal pattern, blue, sailboat pattern – $35 for whole set.
– 2 burial plots in Rockville cemetery – $1,800, incl. deed,

Dominic – Ocean View 302-362-3179
– 2-man wooden forestry saw, approx 80 yrs old – $75

Michael – Georgetown 443-891-4161
– Wilderness 14′ Kayak, incl. trailer, fishing gear (NOT rods) – $1,500


 

UPDATED: GOLD ALERT CANCELED for Lewes Juvenile

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Image courtesy DSP

UPDATED – SUNDAY – Anastasia Zulinski has been located in good condition.  DSP have canceled the Gold Alert

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A Gold Alert has been issued for a Lewes juvenile.  Delaware State Police say Anastasia Zulinski was reported missing Friday afternoon just before 5pm.  She is white, 5’ 2” tall and about 105 pounds with long brown hair with the left side partially shaved.  Police have not been able to contact her to check on her welfare.  If you have information on her whereabouts – contact Crime Stoppers.


 

Milford PD Investigating Tire Slashings

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Police in Milford are investigating multiple incidents of criminal mischief that involve damage to vehicles between July 4th and 5th along the Route 113 corridor.  Police say several vehicle tires were slashed – and area businesses are working with police to locate surveillance footage of the suspects involved.  If you have any information – contact Milford Police or Crime Stoppers.


 

Salisbury Man Sentenced to Life In Prison in Molock Murder

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Image courtesy Wicomico County State’s Attorney

It’s life without the possibility of parole for 28 year old old Raymond Murray of Salisbury.  He was sentenced last week in the first degree murder of Tavin Molock nearly a year ago.  The judge also sentenced Murray to concurrent sentences of related charges including armed robbery and conspiracy.  Molock was assaulted and robbed by Murray and other individuals as he walked in the area of Bethel and Roger Streets.  He died from injuries he received during the robbery.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 7-7-18

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Capt. Mike Martino took the crew from the “Pole Dancer” out to the Poor Man’s fishing and the lucky angler of the day of Kent Stapleford of Wilmington, DE. While using a pink and white Ilander he was able to hook up this 140.5 big eye tuna.

The first of the thunder, lightning and heavy rain hit before noon on Friday and if anyone went out ahead of that they were very sorry.  Small craft advisories are already up for Saturday and I expect them to continue into Sunday.  Then there is a possible tropical depression between Hatters and Bermuda that is expected to send us at least some big seas early in the week.  The good weather was nice while it lasted.

While fishing on Rigs Raft II, Kevin Rigsby of Germantown, MD caught
this 20″ flounder using Gulp bait in the Indian River.

The north to northeast wind will make it impossible to fish open water this weekend, but you might try the inlet rocks for croaker.  According to Old Inlet Bait and Tackle, croaker to 14 inches have been caught there on the southside by the campgrounds on bloodworms and squid.

I spoke with Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle and they told me the Park had closed the pier do to fear of lightning strikes.  I think that was a good idea for sure as God made little green apples, someone would go out there with a graphite fishing rod and prove once again Ben Franklin’s theory that lightning is actually electricity.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.     


 

Salisbury Truck Driver Struck, Killed by His Own Tractor-Trailer

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Maryland State troopers are investigating the death of a tractor-trailer driver from Salisbury that occurred Friday morning at a weigh station on I-270 in Montgomery County.

Police say the driver, James Lee Hobbs, 58, of Salisbury, Maryland, was apparently killed while he “was attempting to make the necessary brake adjustments but had failed to engage the parking brake on the vehicle. As the driver was under the truck, it rolled back and over the driver. The driver was declared deceased at the scene.”

A trooper with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division at the Hyattstown weigh station had placed Hobbs’ tractor-trailer out of service for brake violations.  The vehicle was placed in the out-of-service lot at the facility, where he attempted repairs.

Police say the incident remains under investigation.


 

ECI CO Convicted on Charged of Racketeering and Conspiracy

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The final defendant has been convicted of federal racketeering at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland.  A federal jury convicted correctional officer 28 year old Jessica Vennie of Texas of racketeering, as well as drug and money laundering conspiracies.  Sixteen of 18 correctional officers charged were convicted.  A total of 77 out of 80 defendants were convicted in the scheme, which involved paying bribes to correctional officers to smuggle contraband – including drugs, tobacco and cell phones – into the prison.   Correctional officer Jocelyn Byrd of Salisbury was acquitted by the jury.


 

Arrest Made in Salisbury Jet Ski Blaze

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Image courtesy Maryland State Fire Marshal

An arrest in an early morning vehicle arson by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office.  Salisbury firefighters were called to Douglas Road early Thursday morning for a personal watercraft that was on fire in the roadway which was reported by a passerby.  Investigation led officials to 31 year old Colby Flowers, who burned the jet ski and trailer using an ignitable liquid and illegal fireworks.  Damage is estimated at $1500 – Flowers is charged with 2nd degree arson and malicious burning.


 

Salisbury Man Sentenced to Life In Prison in Molock Murder

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Image courtesy Wicomico County State’s Attorney

It’s life without the possibility of parole for 28 year old old Raymond Murray of Salisbury.  He was sentenced last week in the first degree murder of Tavin Molock nearly a year ago.  The judge also sentenced Murray to concurrent sentences of related charges including armed robbery and conspiracy.  Molock was assaulted and robbed by Murray and other individuals as he walked in the area of Bethel and Roger Streets.  He died from injuries he received during the robbery.


 

UD Increasing Tuition and Fees, Removing Limit on Credit Hours per Semester

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If you’re planning to attend the University of Delaware in the fall – tuition and fees will be going up!  Undergraduate tuition and fees will increase $520 for Delawareans and by $1160 for non-residents.  There are no increases in the Student Health Service Fee or Student Center Fee.  Room and board increases for the coming year are at 4.5% and 4% respectively.  The University has also removed the limit on the number of credit hours covered by full tuition each semester in an effort to help students graduate in four years. So now it will not cost extra for 18 or more credit hours.


 

OCPD Arrest 6 Outside H20 Underage Club, Video Accuses OCPD of Beating Teen

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A 6-second video of an incident early Thursday morning in Ocean City has been making the rounds on social media – which includes accusations that Ocean City Police beat up a 13 year old boy.  Ocean City Police conducted a business check just after midnight on July 5th on Worcester Street after a large crowd of about 100 people gathered outside Club H20.  A 20 year old man began yelling obscenities at the officers which incited the crowd many of which also began yelling obscenities as well.  Police arrested and charged six individuals – from 13 to 20 – for a variety of offenses – including disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering and assault.  No injuries have been reported.  Ocean City Police tell WGMD the officers involved remain on regular duty at this time.

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“The Ocean City Police Department is committed to providing the highest degree of professional conduct and quality police services to all residents and visitors.  We understand the public’s concern over the video, however; the video that was posted shows just a few seconds of a much larger incident that occurred that night. The Department’s Office of Professional Standards is currently investigating  the incident, to include all videos, witness accounts and any other information that becomes available.”
– Statement from Chief Ross Buzzuro of the Ocean City Police Department

 

Man Drowns off Assateague Island National Seashore

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Officials say the man who was pulled from the surf off Assateague Island National Seashore this past Wednesday evening apparently had drowned.

Liz Davis, Assateague Island National Seashore spokeswoman, says the call for help was received around 6:40 p.m. after a body was spotted floating face down in the surf off North Ocean Beach.  “A multi-agency search effort between the National Park Service, Maryland DNR, Berlin EMS, and ATV-patrolling Assateague State Park lifeguards found the body at 7:34 p.m. approximately 300 yards southeast of North Ocean Beach,” she said.

The crew of a  Maryland DNR police boat located, retrieved and brought the body to the West Ocean City DNR boathouse for transportation to the Worcester County medical examiner’s office.

The victim has been identified as Dongjin Hong, 36, from Hartford, Connecticut. Initial autopsy results indicate the cause of death was drowning, she said.

The Assateague Island National Seashore lifeguard protected swimming area at North Ocean Beach is in operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven-days a week. The Assateague State Park lifeguard protected swimming area is in operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a lifeguard patrolling on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) until 7:00 p.m. Lifeguards and red flags are actively warning swimmers of persistent seaward or “rip” currents along Assateague’s beaches.


 

UPDATED: Friday Morning Storms

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Storms moving to the south and east

Storms moving to the south and east

UPDATED – 12:25pm – Storms are moving south and off the coast – some storms remaining between Bethany Beach and Ocean City.  The Delaware Electric Cooperative has restored power to all but all but two members – in the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach area.  Delmarva Power also has scattered small outages in the Millsboro, Ocean View and north Slaughter Beach areas.  Traffic is very heavy along parts of Route 1 from Fenwick to Lewes, Routes 54 and 26.

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Storm sitting on the area from Georgetown to Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey Beach

UPDATED:  11:40am – We’ve got storms moving through central & eastern Sussex County – however they’ve come from the western side of the county.  Right now – Delaware Electric Cooperative has 91 members without power in the Seaford area – estimated restoration between 1:30 – 3:30pm – a handful of other outages in Millsboro, Laurel and Love Creek area – expected restoration times between 1:30 and 4:30pm.

There has been some intense thunder and lightning and some heavy rain associated with this storm.

A house south of Lewes on Ketch Court – struck by lightning with fire in the basement.  Multiple units from Lewes and Rehoboth on or responding to the scene.


WGMD Fishing Report 7-6-18

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Mike Baumgartner, David Fluharty, Johnny Coffiey and Jim Baumgartner all
from the Bethany Beach area fishing just south of B-Buoy using Gulp baits on a buck tail and were just one short of a boat limit. The largest fish measured 20″ and weighed 3lbs, their total catch weight was 24lbs.

The rain was a bit scattered on Thursday.  I left my house in a downpour at 2:30 and by the time I got to Five Points at 2:40 the road was dry.

I stopped by Lewes Harbour Marina and saw Captain Brent off the Katydid who told me his party had 25 flounder off of ocean structure.  Tommy had a report from Dave and Joe Walker who along with Robert Karpovich and Chris Curlett fished the Wilmington Canyon on Wednesday catching two blueline tilefish, two dolphin and five 50-pound class yellowfin tuna.

At the fishing pier on Cape Henlopen State Park, Lighthouse View Tackle said some small croaker and short flounder were caught along with good numbers of spot.

Chris at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em told us the Black Pearl released a white marlin at Massey’s Canyon.  Boats fishing inshore caught some flounder and sea bass over ocean structure.

At Old Inlet the good report was croaker in the 12 to 14-inch size caught on sand fleas out of the inlet along the southside campgrounds. 

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


 

UPDATED: Fatal Fire on Fisher Road

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UPDATED 12pm – The State Fire Marshal and Delaware State Police are investigating a fire that took the life of one person on Fisher Road south of Milton.  The call came in just after 4:45 this morning and crews from Lewes, Milton and Rehoboth found fire showing from the two-story home when they arrived.  Officials say no suspicious activity is indicated in their preliminary investigation.  No firefighters were injured in the blaze.

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UPDATED – 8:30am – Fire crews have cleared the scene.  The State Fire Marshal remains on the scene investigating the cause and origin of the fire

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UPDATED 6:15am: Fire crews were called to a home on Fisher Road a 4:45 this morning for a fire in a 2-story home. Crews from Milton, Lewes and Rehoboth found fire coming from all sides of th home. Officials also found one person inside the home deceased. The State Fire Marshal is also on the scene. Expect detours around the fire scene.

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BREAKING NEWS: Thursday 7/5

Fire crews from multiple companies have responded to a fatal fire on the 28000 block of Fisher Road in the greater Milton area. One person has been found dead inside the 2 story home.

DOC Walk Away Turns Self in to DSP

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Image courtesy DOC

Corrections officials have arrested a walk away from the Sussex Community Correction Center.  Officials say 26 year old Rodney Leonard turned himself in to police at Troop 4 on Tuesday after he failed to return to the SCCC on June 26.  Leonard was at the SCCC for a violation of probation on an original charge of theft.  He’s now being held at SCI on an escape after conviction warrant in default of $10,000 cash bail.


 

DSP Arrest Millsboro Man After Burglary Investigation

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A Millsboro man has been arrested in connection with multiple burglaries after incidents in June and July.  Delaware State Police say evidence linked 22 year old Charles West to burglaries and the theft of a dirt bike and stolen tools.  Troopers saw West leave a home on Jones Church Road in Frankford and arrested him during a traffic stop.  He was found carrying a firearm – another was found in the vehicle with numerous rounds of ammunition, drug paraphernalia, 11 bags of heroin and over $7800 in cash.  West faces multiple charges.


 

DE Firefighters in Colorado

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DELAWARE WILDFIRE CREW PHOTO: Front row: (from left) Samual Topper of Maryland, Adam Keever of Newark, Monica Testa of Newark, and Hannah Small of Dover. Second row: (from left) Paul Moser of Dover, Rocco Hladney of Middletown, Mark Kammer of Magnolia, Eddie Boyer of Ellendale, Erich Burkentine of Milton, Nathaniel Sommers of Smyrna, and Jeff Wilson of Clayton. Third row: (from left) Dan Mihok of Magnolia, Andrew Doug Rawling of Newark, Michael Martini of Townsend, Christopher Valenti of Dover, and Bill Seybold of Dover. Back row: (from left) Bart Wilson of Dover, Zach Brown of Harbeson, Dave Pro of Newark, and Ryan Krammes of Newark.

DELAWARE WILDFIRE CREW PHOTO:
Front row: (from left) Samual Topper of Maryland, Adam Keever of Newark, Monica Testa of Newark, and Hannah Small of Dover. Second row: (from left) Paul Moser of Dover, Rocco Hladney of Middletown, Mark Kammer of Magnolia, Eddie Boyer of Ellendale, Erich Burkentine of Milton, Nathaniel Sommers of Smyrna, and Jeff Wilson of Clayton. Third row: (from left) Dan Mihok of Magnolia, Andrew Doug Rawling of Newark, Michael Martini of Townsend, Christopher Valenti of Dover, and Bill Seybold of Dover. Back row: (from left) Bart Wilson of Dover, Zach Brown of Harbeson, Dave Pro of Newark, and Ryan Krammes of Newark.

A team of 20 Delaware firefighters is in Colorado after being deployed to help battle wildfires there.  Delaware Forest Service says the team will be positioned in the Rocky Mountain area, which has reported five new fires and has six uncontained large fires.

Wildfire crews are comprised of men and women of varying ages and backgrounds who represent a mix of public agencies, nonprofit groups, volunteer fire companies, and private citizens. Despite its small size, Delaware has earned an outstanding reputation on the national firefighting scene.  Delaware also sent a crew to the Rocky Mountain area last summer.


 

Lawsuit Challenging RGGI Dismissed by Sussex Superior Court Judge

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A lawsuit that challenged Delaware’s participation in a program aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions and funding renewable energy programs is getting dismissed.  The lawsuit was brought in December 2013 by three people who claimed that the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative caused an increase in their electric bills.  After more than four years of litigation, a judge dismissed the suit last week saying, “Instead of seeking to correct an actual harm, plaintiffs are officiously meddling with Delaware’s RGGI Act.” They also failed to demonstrate the program’s effect on their bills.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE COURT OPINION