Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Governor Hogan To Attend Arrival Ceremony for President Bush at Capitol Rotunda


This afternoon, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will attend the arrival ceremony for President George H.W. Bush at the US Capitol Rotunda.  The late president’s flag-draped casket will arrive at 5pm.  Public visitation is from 7pm Monday through 7am Wednesday.  President Trump has declared Wednesday as a national day of mourning for former President Bush – federal offices will be closed.  Flags are to remain at half-staff through December 30th – President George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94.


Rehoboth Man Charged with Burglaries in Millville by the Sea

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Image courtesy DSP

A Rehoboth Beach man has been arrested in connection with two burglaries in the Millville by the Sea development.  On Saturday, Delaware State Police found 60 year old Alan Mindrup behind a home on Reservoir Road and discovered he had just burglarized an attached garage at a home on Center Point Road – he was being chased by the homeowner.  Mindrup was riding a bicycle that was also stolen from a reservoir Road garage.  He was arrested and charged with 2nd and 3rd degree burglary and theft.


Lincoln Man Arrested for Assault & Kidnapping

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UPDATED – 12/3/18 –  A Lincoln man has been arrested for assault and other offenses after he held his girlfriend and their 1 year old against their will on Sunday.  Police were called to West Clogg Drive for a domestic early Sunday morning and found a woman trying to get out of the house – she told police that her boyfriend, 32 year old Emmanuel Vazquez-Gomez was inside with their child and armed with a knife.  For some time he refuse to leave, but eventually he surrendered and was arrested.  Police learned that he threatened to kill the victim and had held her and their son for much of the day.  The victim did receive multiple cuts – and was treated at a local hospital – the child was not injured.  Vazquez-Gomez is charged with 2 counts year of kidnapping, 1st degree assault and other offenses and is being held in default of a secured bond.


ORIGINAL STORY:  A road closure in the Milford area is over. Delaware State Police were investigating a domestic situation on Fitzgeralds Road early this morning. Police tell WGMD they continue to investigate – however Fitzgeralds Road was reopened just before 7am and there is no concern for public safety.


Resurfacing Work on Harbor Pointe Drive in Salisbury this Week

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As part of the City of Salisbury’s ongoing effort to keep the public informed of improvements within the City of Salisbury, please be advised that a private contractor will be affecting the flow of traffic on Harbor Pointe Drive while resurfacing the street.

The work began this morning, Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 AM, and is expected to be complete on Wednesday, December 5th  at 5:00 PM, barring unforeseen problems. Expect minor periodic traffic delays due to traffic pattern modifications between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated.


Should you have any questions or need clarification regarding this project, please contact William White with Salisbury Department of Infrastructure & Development at 410-548-3170.

Sussex County Council to Possibly Consider 2018 Comprehensive Plan Tuesday

Sussex County Council-2017
Sussex County Council-2017 Image courtesy Sussex County Government

Hoping for a full Sussex County Council panel this week, last week’s discussion on permitted density calculations is expected to take place.  The council will also consider adoption of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan.  Under Old Business, the council will discuss an ordinance to amend the C-4 zoning district, as well as a conditional use application (#2126) for commercial vehicle storage and car sales on Vines Creek Road in Dagsboro and a Change of Zone (#1855) from AR-1 to C-3 Heavy Commercial for a proposed convenience store with gas at Route 24 and Angola Road.  There is no afternoon session scheduled.  The Sussex County Council meets at 10am at the County Administration Building on the Circle in Georgetown.


WGMD Fishing Report 12-2-18


The weather was warmer on Sunday, but to the best of my knowledge, no boats went out, or if they did, they didn’t report catching anything.

On Saturday we reported Joe Huk catching a 38-pound rockfish on a jig off of Wildwood, New Jersey.  His son Chris was also on the boat and caught a 30-inch rockfish.  That’s the way it should be, age before youth.

I don’t know where the Fish Bound out of Ocean City, Maryland is fishing, but on Friday and Saturday he caught a boat limit of tog.  On Friday, he was limited out by 9:30 AM and had released the biggest females.  Saturday, he had females to 17 pounds and a boat limit of males.  He also managed to find a 60-pound black drum on Saturday’s trip.  This is the same boat that caught the world record tog a few years ago.  I would say he has the touch.

I fished the surf at Cape Point on Saturday from the bottom of the outgoing halfway into the incoming.  Did not catch or see a fish caught.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report

WGMD Radio Flea Market 12-1-18

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Randall – Rehoboth (302) 228-6482
– 4-foot tall giraffe, manufactured by Melissa & Don – $25
– 4-foot long lion, manufactured by Melissa & Don – $25
– Rocking horse – large size – $40
– Rocking horse – small size – $8
Outdoor Christmas decorations for sale:
– 4 lighted deer and two outdoor lighted trees – $50
– Free 10-foot indoor Christmas tree

Jenny (302) 396-8881
– 4 adorable kittens available for adoption – if you can guarantee a good home: They have had all their shots and have been altered.

Karen – Rehoboth Beach (302) 227-3423 / (302) 540-8900
– Used bike 18″ (never used and perfect for a child). This bike has training wheels. Best offer
– Used bike 20″ (never used and perfect for a child). Make best offer
– Child’s desk from Pottery Barn Kids – make best offer
– “Walk Fit” from Nordic Trac

Walt – Lewes 302-542-5001 /
– 1998 FORD EXPLORER 4×4, Eddie Bauer. 139,000 miles, new battery, low mileage tires. Sun Roof, Cold A/C, Cinnamon Red, Reliable transportation – $1600 obo
– 1999 CADILLAC EL DORADO, 122,000 miles, good tires, heated seats, AM/FM, Cassette. Cold A/C, power seats, leather interior. Gold exterior. Rides like new! – $2700 obo. (Does NOT include low digit Delaware tag!)
– 5 digit Delaware tag 175xx – $2000

Diane Lewes (302) 644-0799
– Casio full size electronic keyboard with A/C power supply (like new) – $75

Ken – Lincoln (302) 424-0259
– 3-ton hydraulic floor jack – $25
– 17-foot articulating, aluminum ladder (can be re positioned into a scaffold and other positions to fit the job) – $75
– TV stand from Johnny Janosik (brand new, never used); for big screen TV – $75

Richie – Rehoboth (302) 542-3800
– 1964 Pontiac Lemans convertible, 326 2BBL – this classic car is in need of full restoration: chrome removed – has not been re-plated, interior is original – however front bucket seats need recovering, convertible top needs replacement, engine/tranny need rebuild and/or replacement. Asking $3000  (Car can be delivered by seller from his trailer – if delivery location is not too far)

Bobby – Selbyville (301) 758-9885
– A 17-foot articulating, aluminum ladder, manufactured by Werner ladder – can be re positioned into a scaffold and other positions to fit the job (some paint on the steps – which was caused by his wife’s sloppiness). Ladder is in otherwise very good condition. Ladder will hold up to 300 pounds – $45

Ron – Lewes 609 790-4370
– A Baker Scaffold (60 feet wide, with 2 extensions) $100
– “Roadmaster” Sterling Hitch (used to tow car behind a camper). Comes with cables and wiring harnesses: $500
– A 2-bike hitch carrier: $65
– A 4-bike hitch carrier: $65


UPDATED: Dagsboro Voters Send Truitt & Chandler Back to Town Council


UPDATED – Voters in Dagsboro have sent both incumbents back to the town council.  Norwood Truitt received the most votes with 69 followed by William Chandler with 62.  James Thompson received 21 votes. Truitt and Chandler will serve another 2 years each on the town council.  The next town council meeting is Tuesday, December 17th at 6pm.


ORIGINAL STORY:  Dagsboro voters go to the polls today to elect 2 people to the town council.  Three candidates are running – incumbents William Chandler and Norwood Truitt are challenged by James Thompson for one of those seats.  The polls are open from 1 to 5pm at the Fire Hall on Clayton Street.


WGMD Fishing Report 12-1-18


The weather was about as good as it gets for the first day of December on Saturday and a lot of boats and a fair number of surf fishermen were on the water.  Unfortunately, most of these anglers failed to score, but a few were in the right place at the right time with the right bait.

Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said Joe Hux caught a 38-pound rockfish on a jig while fishing off of Wildwood, New Jersey.  Boats working the Eights came up empty.  Two citation tog came in off of the Katydid and both were caught by the same angler.  Joe McNeal had 15.5 and 10.94-pound citation winners.  The R U For Reel had some sea bass.

Lauren at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em had the real hot news as the private boat Elizabeth Ann came in with nine rockfish to 25 pounds.  They would not say where they caught their fish, but my guess would be somewhere north of Wildwood, New Jersey.  The Captain Ike had 90 pounds of sea bass.  Several private boats caught some sea bass and tog.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report     


UPDATED: President George HW Bush Dies at 94


George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States of America, has died at age 94.

George H.W. Bush will lie in state at the Capitol from 5pm Monday. Members of the public are invited to pay their respects from 7:30 p.m. Monday until 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.  President Donald Trump has designated Wednesday, Dec. 5, as a national day of mourning and signed an executive order for federal offices to be closed.  The former president died Friday at the age of 94.


Sen. Coons statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement on the passing of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.

“Few U.S. Presidents have faced the momentous shifts in geopolitics faced by President George Herbert Walker Bush. From the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany to nuclear non-proliferation agreements with the Soviet Union and the Persian Gulf War, President Bush advanced American interests and values.

“He dedicated his life to public service. His service as a Navy pilot in World War II, U.S. Congressman, Ambassador to the UN and to China, director of the CIA, Vice President, and as our 41st President, as well as his lifelong commitment to volunteerism and service, all demonstrate his dedication to and love for our country. I send my most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the entire Bush family.

“I hope that the character and pragmatism with which President Bush lived his life returns to American politics. He was an example for us all.”


Carper Statement on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, (D-Del.) released the following statement on the passing of the 41st President of the United States, President George Herbert Walker Bush.

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of President George H.W. Bush. He was a true public servant who dedicated his life to our country — as a decorated Navy pilot in World War II, as a representative for the people of Texas, as a diplomat, as a leader in our intelligence community, as Vice President and as our President. He loved this country. He believed in our institutions and in the strength of the American spirit. And he exemplified what it truly means to be a leader. 

“Above all, though, President George H.W. Bush was a good man who treated others with kindness and respect — regardless of their politics. We could all learn from the example he set, and we could use more like him right now, on both sides of the aisle. 

“There will be much more that I will want to say about President Bush’s legacy in the days and weeks to come as we honor his memory. For now, Martha and I send our sincerest condolences to the Bush family and pray that President George H.W. Bush may rest in peace.”


Flags Ordered to Half-Staff in Honor of Former President George HW Bush


Governors Larry Hogan and John Carney ordered the United States Flag, Maryland and Delaware State Flags lowered to half-staff effective immediately until sunset, Sunday, December 30, 2018.  This action is in honor of former President George H. W. Bush who passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018 (per federal law, the flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the death of a former President).


Seaford Man Charged with 4 Offense DUI in Crash that Injures 5

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Charges for a Seaford man after a crash on November 20 that injured five.  The crash occurred just after 9pm at Stein Highway and Neals School Road when an SUV driven by 50 year old James Betts of Seaford collided nearly head on with an Explorer driven by a 28 year old man from Maryland.   Betts received serious injuries – two adults and two children aged 5 and 7 in the Explorer were also injured – the 7 year old was later taken to A-I DuPont Hospital.  Police found drug paraphernalia in Betts’s SUV and learned that he had three previous DUIs – he is charged with his 4th offense DUI as well as two counts each of 1st and 2nd degree vehicular assault.  He is being held at SCI in default of a secured bond.


WGMD Fishing Report 11-30-18


Friday saw lighter winds, but the water was still dirty after being stirred up from all the gale-force winds.  Several boats did manage to get out with mixed results.

We had several unconfirmed reports of rockfish caught at the Eights and off of Wildwood, New Jersey.  No one I spoke with had seen the fish so I cannot confirm they were caught.  With decent weather promised for today I expect more boats to work this area and perhaps take a photo of these mystery fish.

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Top Fin fished the Outer Wall and brought back a few tog.

At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle, Clark told us small rock and tog were caught out of Indian River Inlet.  Sand fleas or green crabs for the tog and bucktails or shads for the rock.

Lauren at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em said the Michael D had 40 pounds of sea bass and the No Limit had four tog and two sea bass.  Three private boats brought in 24, 20 and 10 pounds of sea bass.

With cleaner water I do expect better catches on Saturday.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report


Millsboro Woman Charged with Subway Burglary

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Image courtesy DSP

A Millsboro woman has been arrested for a burglary to a Subway in Millville in October. Delaware State Police say the suspect, identified as 27 year old Cissie Maryland of Millsboro entered through the front door and took cash from the register.  Maryland turned herself in at Troop 4 on Thursday – she is charged with 3rd degree burglary and other offenses.  She is free on an unsecured bond.


Berlin PD Welcomes K9 Dock


K9 Dock settling in to his new home!

Berlin Police Department has a new member of the department – K9 Dock. He’s a 1 ½ year old Golden Retriever from Turbo Retrievers near Tampa Florida.  Senior Detective Collins and K-9 Dock are trained in tracking/trailing, article searches and firearms detection. Look for K9 Dock out and about Berlin.


New Sussex Superior Court Judge Sworn In Today

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Image courtesy DE Office of Courts

The Honorable Craig A. Karsnitz was publicly sworn in for his first term as a Judge of the Superior Court of the State of Delaware at 3 p.m. on November 30, 2018 in Courtroom 1 at the Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown. Judge Karsnitz fills a vacancy created by the Honorable T. Henley Graves, who retired in April.

Superior Court President Judge Jan R. Jurden welcomed the audience to the investiture and
administered the Oath of Office as Judge Karsnitz’ children, Ross C. Karsnitz and Tristan J. Karsnitz, held the Bible. Judge Karsnitz’ wife, Kathi, assisted with the robing. Following the Oath of Office, Neilli Walsh, Esquire, Partner at Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor and longtime friend of Judge Karsnitz, and The Honorable Gary F. Traynor, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware offered remarks.  Resident Judge Richard F. Stokes presided.

Prior to being nominated to the Superior Court, Judge Karsnitz was a partner with Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor for 40 years.

A graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Judge Karsnitz received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware.


Revelation Craft Brewing to Purchase Georgetown’s Vacant 16 Mile Brewery


Revelation Craft Brewing plans to purchase the former 16 Mile Brewing facility in Georgetown which shut down a few months ago.  Revelation President and Brewmaster Patrick Staggs says his company is growing quickly and needs more capacity to meet the demand for its product – and the former 16 Mile brewery is – in his words – the right place for the right time.  He says he expects to open Revelation in Georgetown this coming spring.


Dagsboro Man Charged with Theft

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A Dagsboro man has been arrested multiple thefts from vehicles in the Millsboro area.  Delaware State Police with help from Millsboro Police have arrested 36 year old Noah Whaley after a pedestrian stop on Thursday.  He matched the description of the suspect in the thefts from vehicles.  Police found Whaley in possession property that was reported stolen – including a Nikon camera and camera bag, prescription pill bottle, a BJ’s membership card and various gift cards.  Whaley is charged with multiple counts of theft and criminal trespass and other offenses.


WGMD Fishing Report 11-29-18


Thursday was yet another windy day and to the best of my knowledge no boats left their slips or trailers.  I did find out that a few boats do plan to sail on Friday, but I fear dirty water on the inshore grounds and along the beach could hamper fishing.  Locations such as the Del-Jersey-Land Reef and even Site 11 could be good for sea bass and tog.

On Wednesday I traveled across the mouth of Delaware Bay aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.  The bay was very angry and tossed the ferry around at will.  The water was a dark gray and it will take a few tides to settle down.

I am happy to report that Bill Baker of Bill’s Sport Shop is back in business.  He has recovered from his fall and I am sure the rehab center will recover from his stay there.

Local angler Kurt Mitchell from Milford will once again complete in the FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) in 2019.  This will be his fourth season on the Pro-Circuit and he has already won more than $100,000 and had two top ten finishes.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report       


Five Arrested After Drug Investigation in Dagsboro

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Image © shutterstock_355085264.jpg and DSP

A two month investigation into illegal drug sales ended with the arrest of 5 people at a home on Swamp Road in Dagsboro.  Members of the Governor’s Task Force and Sussex Drug Unit went into the home with a search warrant on Wednesday and seized over 135 grams of heroin in brick form, over 1600 bags of heroin bundled, powder and crack cocaine, marijuana, two fentanyl patches, a suboxone strip, drug paraphernalia, a bolt action shotgun and assorted ammunition and over $1200 in suspected drug proceeds.  The five people arrested – from Dagsboro, Ocean View and Georgetown – face a variety of drug offenses.

The following suspects were apprehended at the residence without incident. They were transported back to Troop 4 and charged with the following:

  • Antonio Satchell, 27 of Oceanview, DE-Possession With Intent To Deliver Tier 4 Heroin; Possession Tier 5 Heroin; Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $100,500.00 secured bond.
  • Cornelies Briddell, 43 of Dagsboro, DE-Possession With Intent To Deliver Tier 4 Heroin; Possession Tier 5 Heroin; Conspiracy 2nd; and Possession of Cocaine. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $102,500.00 secured bond.
  • Sean Johnson, 31 of Dagsboro, DE-Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited; Possession of Ammunition by Person Prohibited; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $2,250.00 secured bond.
  • Sarah Norris, 37 of Georgetown, DE-Possession With Intent To Deliver Tier 4 Heroin; Possession Tier 5 Heroin; and Conspiracy 2nd. She was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $51,000.00 secured bond.
  • Gregory Johnson, 59 of Dagsboro, DE-Maintaining a Drug Property. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $2,500.00 unsecured bond.


Harbeson Bus Crash Injures 5


Five people received minor injuries after an SUV failed to remain stopped at a stop sign on Hurdle Ditch Road and pulled into the path of a school bus that was southbound on Harbeson Road. The crash occurred just after 3pm – the school bus went off the road and struck a ditch. Delaware State Police tell WGMD that there were 20 students, an aide and the driver on the bus – four students and the aide were taken to an area hospital.


Ravens Rap 12-2-18



UPDATED: Fire Marshal Says Blaze that Destroyed Long Neck Apartment Complex was Arson

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Image courtesy IRVFC

UPDATED  11/29/18 – An investigation into a fire at a Long Neck apartment complex that is under construction was arson.  The State Fire Marshal has been investigating the fire since it broke out at Carillon Woods after 9pm on November 8th.  They ask anyone who may have witnessed any activity at the complex to contact the State Fire Marshal in Sussex County – 302-856-5600 or Crime Stoppers – 800-TIP-3333.


UPDATED – 11:10am – The State Fire Marshal continues to investigate the blaze that destroyed the middle building of the Carillon Woods complex off Route 5 in Long Neck.  State fire investigators are currently on the scene searching for the fire’s origin and cause. The building, which was under construction, was designed to house 30 units.  Heavy fire damage is estimated to exceed $1,500,000. There were no reported injuries.


BREAKING NEWS 11/9 8:20AM: WGMD has learned the fire at Carillion Woods apartments in Long Neck has rekindled. Fire crews have returned to the scene.


ORIGINAL STORY:  Firefighters from around Sussex County helped the Indian River Fire Company battle a fully involved fire at Carillon Woods off Route 5 at Long Neck. The call came in at 9:23pm and arriving firefighters found the four-story apartment complex, which is still under construction, with flames shooting into the sky. There was no active sprinkler system. Several area roads were closed while firefighters battled the blaze for over five hours. The State Fire Marshal is investigating.



WGMD Fishing Report 11-28-18


Wednesday saw another windy day and fishing was difficult if not impossible.  While I am sure a few diehards soaked baits in the surf and at Indian River Inlet I don’t think the reward was worth the effort.  Conditions are supposed to improve on Thursday and while I don’t think boat fishing will be very comfortable, fishing from shore shouldn’t be too bad.

The pier at Massey’s Ditch has seen some tog this fall and the occasional short rockfish.  With some of the larger resident rock beginning to move around I would think a keeper is not out of the question.  Live eels worked like a plug at night would be the best bet, but a white bucktail with a white worm or shad could produce during the day.  Pre-dawn or dusk would be the ideal time to fish for rock, but on overcast days the fish might be active at any time.  The tog will take the usual green crab or sand fleas and while most of those caught so far have been shorts, keepers are not out of the question.  Boaters can always work bucktails in the rip where Rehoboth Bay meets the ditch.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


Selbyville Man Arrested for Church Burglaries

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A Selbyville man wanted for multiple burglaries to the Frankford United Methodist Church was arrested Tuesday night by Delaware State Police.  Police learned 32 year old Quinton Gordon was traveling north on Route 113 and he was stopped and arrested.  The three burglaries occurred between November 8th and 19th when food was eaten or taken from the church.  Gordon is charged with 3 counts each of 3rd degree burglary and theft.