Annual passes for the Delaware State Parks are on sale for the 2014 season. Just in time for the holidays – Annual passes are now on sale for the Delaware State Parks. The cost is $27 and that will get you and anyone else in your car into any of the state parks without having to pay the daily entrance fee during the season – with the exception of Fort Delaware and Fenwick Island State Beach. You can pick up annual passes at any park office, pass agent or at the DNREC offices in Dover. You c also purchase them online. The price of the pass helps to provide the park services that connect kids with nature, maintenance of the parks and trails, guarded beaches, park rangers and more.
A 25 count indictment has been secured by the Attorney General’s office that charges 53 year old Christopher Wheeler with dealing in child pornography. A New Castle County Grand Jury handed down the indictment after Wheeler was arrested on November first. Detectives from the Delaware Child Predator Task Force recovered multiple images of child porn on computers seized from Wheeler’s home and office in October. He remains in prison in default of $1.5-million cash bail.
There’s a new man in charge of the Capitol Police Department. Captain John Horseman has been appointed the Chief of the Capitol Police following the retirement of Chief William Jopp. Horseman began as a seasonal police officer in Rehoboth Beach in 1981 and has worked for numerous small departments before joining the Harrington Police where he was made chief in 1998. In 2004 he retired and joined Capital Police. Horseman has been named Police Chief of the Year, Investigator of the year and he’s won the AG’s Award for Heroism.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will announce on Friday a new public-private partnership to support oyster restoration in Maryland sanctuaries. The Governor will be joined by Natural Resources and other officials at the Port of Baltimore at 10am. Maryland is continuing to make progress in rebuilding its native oyster population under all 10 points of the state’s Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan.
Governor Jack Markell and Homeland Security Secretary Lewis Schiliro will join Laurel School and other Education officials and others at 11am for a demonstration of the Emergency Response Information Portal – a tool to complete its comprehensive school safety plans. Laurel is one of the first districts in the state to test and fully utilize the new web-based portal. Included in the ERIP are building photos, floor plans, local hazards, emergency contacts and best practices.
State Police need your help to identify a woman who used stolen credit cards to buy electronics. Police say a Greensboro, Maryland woman was shopping in Dover and discovered when she returned home that her credit cards were stolen from her purse. Several unauthorized purchases were made – in Dover, Camden, Newark and Philadelphia. Another person contacted police that she was shopping at Michael’s when a 67 year old Milton woman was distracted by a man looking for a book – as a women took her credit cards from her wallet. She was notified by her credit card company after an over $1800 charge from Walmart. If you can identify the woman on the right – call Crime Stoppers 51-800-TIP-3333.
A Smyrna woman has been arrested and charged after an assault in September at a home on Lakelawn Drive. 32 year old Kay Oberly was arrested Sunday. Police say Oberly went to the home to pick up her belongings, but got angry and was asked to leave. Oberly refused and continued to be disorderly and confronted the 26 year old female victim. When Oberly did leave she punched in the window in the door and re-entered the home – when another resident told her they’d called the police. Oberly is being held in default of $2200 secured bond.
Milford Police were called for someone breaking into vehicles on NE 7th Street on December 5th. Police located 24 year old Steven Schaffer of Milford. They say he walked through a yard, opened their vehicle door and removed property and ran off. Police were able to recover the property as well as 2 syringes and other drug paraphernalia. Schaffer is charged with 3rd degree burglary and theft under $1500 and drug offenses – however the investigation is continuing. Schaffer is being held in default of secured bond.
Milford Police arrested a 21 year old Harrington man after he went into the Walmart in Milford in June with another person, hid merchandise and left the store without paying – then returned the merchandise and obtained gift cards. Daniel Lilly was stopped by State Police for a traffic violation and found wanted by the Milford Police. Lilly is charged with 2nd degree conspiracy and theft by false pretense under $1500. He’s being held in default of secured bond.
A Hartly man has been arrested by Milford Police after 2 domestic disputes on December 4th. 45 year old Gordon Sylvester is charged with harassment and 2 counts of breach of release. Police learned that Sylvester contacted a 49 year old woman who he is ordered to have no contact with, at a home on SE Front Street and again at her job. Sylvester was arraigned and is at SCI in default of $1200 secured bond.
Most of Sussex County didn’t see the snow that was seen farther north in Delaware, but we did get rain and sleet and our roads are wet. As temperatures drop this evening our wet roads could become icy. AAA advises drivers to take their time tonight if you’re out on the roads. Slow down and give yourself plenty of space between the vehicles in front of you. Don’t use cruise control on wet roads and avoid tailgating.
They’ve been out since dawn treating Delaware’s roads from one end of the state to the other – and DelDOT will stay on the job until the roads are clear. The storm is winding down – however we can expect the still wet roads to possibly be slick as temperatures drop below freezing. Sussex County has seen some snow, but the bulk of the snow has fallen in Kent and New Castle Counties. In Sussex County DelDOT crews are putting down some salt in the northern part of the count near the Kent County Line.
A new report by the Government Accountability Office shows how federal government agencies can use reverse auctions to save money on contracts.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Tom Carper and Ranking Member Tom Coburn of Oklahoma described how government agencies can use reverse auctions to increase competition and bring down the costs of contracts they award. In its report, the GAO found that a third of reverse auctions by the Army and Departments of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and the Interior didn’t have interactive bidding, meaning there weren’t any benefits of competition for contracts. Agencies held 3,617 auctions that cost $1.7 million in service fees where only one vendor submitted a bid.
Senator Carper says reverse auctions are an innovative way for agencies to save taxpayer dollars.
The Delmar Police Department has received its newest vehicle.
The department received a Humvee from Fort Meade, Maryland as part of the Department of Defense Law Enforcement Support Office’s 1033 program. The program allows police agencies to get surplus military equipment for free.
The Humvee has received a full makeover from its original design as a war vehicle, and made its public debut last Saturday during Delmar’s annual Christmas parade.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington is joining with Pope Francis in a worldwide day of prayer to end hunger.
The “wave of prayer” started in Tonga at noon local time there, and will circle the world until it reaches American Samoa. Catholic Dioceses in 164 countries are taking part. Bishop Francis Malooly of the Diocese of Wilmington will lead the prayer at noon in Wilmington, and will be joined by the heads of each deanery in the Diocese. Among those who’ll be joining Bishop Malooly are Reverends Paul Jennings from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Richard Smith from the Delaware Beaches.
Participants will be reciting the prayer for Catholic Charities’ “One Human Family, Food For All” campaign. Catholic Charities is asking people to make donations of nonperishable food.
Preparations are being in Maryland for today’s snowstorm, including on the Eastern Shore.
In Salisbury, public works crews are on standby, and are ready to spread ice and snow-melting material in case roads become slick because of ice. Crews will also plow residential streets if more than four inches of snow accumulates. Property owners are reminded to clear snow and ice from sidewalks on their property within 24 hours after the storm ends.
Maryland State Police barrack commanders will be surveying road conditions and deploying additional Troopers as needed. Drivers are being urged to drive carefully, and stay off the roads if they don’t have to go anywhere during the storm. State Police are reminding drivers about Maryland’s four-way stop law in the event that traffic lights are darkened because of power outages.
Low and middle-income workers can take advantage of a tax credit that can help them save for retirement.
The saver’s credit, also known as the retirement savings contributions credit, offsets part of the first $2,000 that workers contribute to IRAs, 401(k)’s and other similar workplace retirement programs. The tax credit can be used in addition to other applicable tax savings. The IRS says there’s still time for workers to make contributions and claim the credit on their 2013 tax returns.
The saver’s credit can be claimed by married couples filing jointly who make up to $59,000 this year or $60,000 next year; heads of households who make up to $44,250 this year and $45,000 next year, and taxpayers who are single or married but filing separately who make up to $29,500 this year and $30,000 next year.
The new chief of the Capitol Police will officially take charge today.
A Change of Command Ceremony for the Capitol Police will be held at 9 o’clock this morning in the Senate Chambers in Legislative Hall. During the ceremony, new Capitol Police Chief John Horsman will officially take over.
Carolers did collect tens of thousands of canned goods in spite of the cold, rainy weather, but donations were down from last year.
More than 300 carolers gathered inside the Georgetown Fire Hall for the 30th annual “Caroline on The Circle,” which was moved into the fire hall because of the weather. They sang traditional and Spanish Christmas Carols, and collected more than 20,000 canned goods and non-perishable food items to “Pack the POD” for Sussex Countians who are struggling with hunger. Last year, more than 33,000 items were collected.
In its history, “Caroling on The Circle” has collected more than 620,000 canned goods.
A Harrington teenager was arrested after trying to run away from police during an underage drinking party over the weekend.
Harrington Police were called to the Friendship Village Apartments early Sunday morning for a complaint about a loud party. Officers say 18-year-old Tadd Fibelkorn tried to run away, but was arrested after a brief foot chase. After he was arrested, officers say they smelled alcohol and burned marijuana on him.
Fibelkorn was charged with resisting arrest, underage consumption of alcohol, and criminal mischief under $1,000. He was released to the custody of a family member, and will have to make a court appearance at a later date.
A Wicomico County woman is free after being arrested for stealing a ring from a safe.
Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputies were called for a theft of a sapphire ring from a safe in a home on Main Street in Mardela Springs. Deputies say Doris Owens, the daughter-in-law of the owner of the ring, was the only other person who had access to the safe. The ring was found in a pawn shop in Salisbury, and Deputies say Owens sold the ring to the pawn shop.
Owens was arrested on a warrant, and has been charged with theft between $1,000 and $10,000. She's free on her own recognizance.
Two Harrington men are free on bond after police say they were on their way to burglarizing homes.
On December 5, Harrington Police say they saw two men walking on Liberty Street near Railroad Avenue dressed in all-black clothing with gloves and ski masks, and they weren’t carrying lights. Officers stopped the men, but one of them walked away briefly. He was carrying a book bag that had a pellet gun and burglar tools. Officers say 21-year-olds Deshawn Benson and Dion Harris were on their way to break into random homes when they were stopped by police.
They’ve been charged with possession of burglar tools, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy and pedestrian walking without a light. They’re free on $12,510 bond.
Salisbury Police arrested six people for shoplifting from businesses in the city last week.
The arrests were made on December 2 and December 5. Among those that were arrested were two teenage girls from Princess Anne. Women from Salisbury, Pittsville and Hebron, along with a man from Seaford were also arrested.