Monday, September 24, 2018
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DART seeking resident input on changes to bus services


Mobility is a big issue in Sussex County, especially for people without access to personal vehicles. That’s why DART is putting out a survey and hosting community conversations to get feedback on recent service changes, and get input on future adjustments.

Officials say they will present new service proposals at public hearing workshops in March. If you’d like to speak with a DART representative, they will be on hand at the Rehoboth Library next Tuesday from 10 AM – 1 PM, or you can take the online survey, which you can find here.

Local medical company ordered to pay $16 million for false claims


A medical company operating in Maryland and Delaware is ordered to pay $16.2 million in restitution for submitting false claims for medicare reimbursement. In September, Orthopaedic and Nuero Imaging LLC and its owner Robert Pfaff were sued for knowingly submitted false claims by administering contrast dye during MRIs without physician supervision. Now the company is ordered to pay over $16 million, with the owner Pfaff personally liable for over $6 million of restitution. The US attorney for the District of Delaware saying the case exemplifies how using the False Claims Act can help deter fraud. The original lawsuit was filed under that act by an employee, Robin White, who sued on behalf of the US government, which allows federal prosecutors to intervene. Now White is entitled to an 18% share of the recovered funds.

Correctional officers at SCI attacked by inmate charged in death of Lt. Steven Floyd


Four guards attacked and injured at Sussex Correctional Institution over the weekend by an inmate charged in the death of Lt Steven Floyd. Delaware State News reporting the incident occurred Friday night, when an inmate refused to return to his cell after he was performing “duties” in the maximum security unit. Four officers had to be dispatched to multiple locations to try to wrangle the inmate, who began throwing punches. Correctional Officers Association of Delaware president Geoff Klopp says one officer had to be taken to a hospital for medical attention. Klopp says this incident is case in point how guards within the DOC are understaffed and underprotected.

IRSD looking to hire after prolonged budget crunch

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The Indian River School Board is hiring, after a prolonged budget crunch. IRSD Director of Business Jan Steele telling the Sussex Post over the past few years nearly every budget throughout the district was cut as much as possible, in order to build up a reserve account. Part of those cuts were leaving 8 administrative positions vacant, but Steele says the district has saved enough to begin the search for an assistant superintendent. Steele estimates by the end June, Indian River School District will have stashed away almost $9 million in reserve funding.

DNREC: Volunteers needed for beach grass planting


DNREC is looking for volunteers for its annual Beach Grass Planting. For the past 29 years volunteers hit the dunes to plant grasses to help anchor the dunes and protect them from erosion. This year 5 locations will get new grass along Delaware’s coastline. While spots are already full for the Cape Henlopen, Fenwick Island State Park, and Dewey Beach locations, volunteers are still needed at Delaware Seashore State Park and Bowers Beach locations.

Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up here. The 29th annual Beach Grass Planting is scheduled to take place Saturday, March 17th.

Bridgeville survey results: Town is a split community


The town of Bridgeville publishing results of a town survey regarding the town’s growth plan.

About half of respondents described Bridgeville as a split community, between Heritage Shores and the rest of the town, and half of respondents also say Bridgeville is incomplete, needing more places to shop and things to do.

The majority of respondents say Bridgeville needs to: ensure the downtown business area off Main and Market Streets is vibrant, bring more retail ithin city limits, support filling in vacant housing instead of building new subdivisions, and focus on growing infrastructure to support those without motor vehicles.


Salisbury City Council approves pay raises for city officials

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The Salisbury City Council voted last week to increase the salary of public officials in town. They voted to double the mayor’s salary, from $25,000 to $50,000. They also voted to increase their own pay, up to $12,000 for council members, and $15,000 for the council president. Mayor Jake Day has been vocally against pay raises in the past, and will have a chance to veto the change.

Berlin tennis courts to be renovated


New tennis courts coming to Berlin. Coast Dispatch reporting the Berlin Town Council approved a nearly $300,000 project to refurbish the courts at Stephen Decatur Park. The project is mostly funded by a grant, although there was a $17,000 budget shortfall that needs to be filled. Town Administrator Laura Allen noting that the town could make up most of the difference by foregoing coating the fencing vinyl, but that could result in a rusty fence around a nice court. She recommended a budget amendment to cover the funding gap. The plan was approved 4-0, there is no timeline for work to begin.

NOAA: Grant funds available for coastal resiliency projects


Federal Grant money is now available to nearly anyone working on coastal resiliency projects on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is awarding grants between $75,000 and $2 million to non-profits, for profits, higher education, states, counties, municipalities and towns in coastal shoreline or coastal watershed areas that need help funding projects to help prepare, plan, absorb, recover and adapt to adverse weather events or long-term environmental changes.

Anyone interested in applying for the grant must submit a pre-proposal via e-mail by March 7th. If that makes the cut, a full proposal would be submitted by May.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a pre-proposal by email to Full proposals will only be accepted from eligible applicants that received an invitation to submit a full proposal based on the strength of their pre-proposal. Full proposals should be submitted through the website. The format and content of the pre-proposal and full proposal are described in the Federal Funding Opportunity announcement posted to

More information can be found at the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants webpage.

Development Team meeting Wednesday to discuss Reg. 225

DE Dept of Education
DE Dept of Education Image courtesy of DDOE

The Delaware Department of Education panel charged with updating the state’s anti-discrimination policy meets this week to discuss a path forward after reviewing over 11,000 public comments. According to an analysis by WGMD, about 80% of public comments were against the changes to the regulation, which would allow for students to self-determine gender– in some cases without parental knowledge– and 20% were in favor. If any substantial changes are made, the proposed regulation will have to go through the public comment period again. The development team will meet between 6-8 PM on Wednesday evening at the Deltech-Dover campus.

DNREC discussing bird hunting limits, locations this week


Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish meets tomorrow in Dover. On the agenda: proposed limits for the 2018/2019 migratory bird hunting seasons, a proposal for expanding waterfowl hunting in the conservation area north of bowers beach, and an update from DNREC’s Fish and Wildlife director.

Delaware’s Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Bank of America employee accused of stealing customer money


In Cape May — Police arresting a Bank of America employee after she was caught siphoning money out of customer accounts. Between June and October of last year, Middle Township Police Department got multiple reports from people claiming money was disappearing from bank accounts. After investigation, police say Kelsie Juliano of Millville, NJ, would process withdrawals, forge customer signatures, and pocket cash. They say over those four months, Juliano pocket nearly $17,000 cash from four customers. She was subsequently fired, arrested, and charged with theft and forgery.

Behavioral Health Consortium meeting across Delaware in February

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The newly formed Behavioral Health Consortium is holding public meetings across Delaware over the next few weeks, as it prepares a report for Governor John Carney on mental health and addiction. Led by Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long, the group is tasked with oversight of behavioral health and substance abuse treatment within the state, with a report of recommendations due to the Governor by March 1st. The Cosortium will hold 4 community forums throughout the state, with one Sussex County on February 15th at the Georgetown Public Library.

Deer hunting season coming to a close in Delaware

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DNREC is reminding hunters that hunting season coming to a close in Delaware. Duck season and muzzle loader deer season ended over the weekend. Archer and crossbow deer seasons end on Wednesday. Other hunting seasons ending this week: ring tailed pheasant, gray squirrel are closing on Friday. Also, snow geese stay in season until February 10th.

UPDATED: GOLD ALERT Canceled for Missing Lewes Man

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Image courtesy DSP

UPDATED:  Delaware State Police report Scott Laramy has been located.  The Gold Alert has been canceled.


A Gold Alert has been issued for a missing Lewes man.  Delaware State Police say 55 year old Scott Laramy was last heard from around 11 Thursday morning.  Police have not been able to contact him to check on his welfare and they have not been able to locate him.  There is concern for his safety.   Laramy is white, about 5’ 11” and 230 pounds with brown eyes and gray hair and may be driving a black pickup truck with Georgia registration.  If you know where Laramy is – contact Crime Stoppers.


WGMD Radio Flea Market 1-27-18

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Debbie – Milton 302-260-0613
– Woman’s Roadmaster sport 18-speed (blue) – $75 obo
– Woman’s 10-speed Town & Country (white) – $25

Woman’s Roadmaster sport 18-speed
Woman’s 10-speed Town & Country


Russell – Seaford 919-820-0956
– Dewalt round-head framing nailer, air driven, up to 3 1/2″ – $150
– Stihl compound mitre saw – $150

John – Ocean City 410-726-8948
– Pallett of empty M-16 A-2 Ammunition cans; actual military surplus; 30 cans available; perfect condition – $20 obo each

Pallett of empty M-16 A-2 Ammunition cans; actual military surplus; 30 cans available






David – Georgetown 302-858-5006
– Tuxedo 44-L, pants 34 reg, incl. size 9 1/2 black patent leather shoes. Worn twice – $95 (15% off for seniors or military)

Connie – Millton/Ellendale 302-358-1457
– Black wooden bar; modern styling 48″ x 20″ – $100


Keep Delaware Beautiful Legislation Passes General Assembly


Legislation sponsored by 41st District Representative Rich Collins has been passed in both chambers of the General Assembly to help clean up Delaware’s trashy roadways.  House Bill 237 creates a new vehicle license plate that promotes and supports “Keep Delaware Beautiful.”  This is a new non-profit that is affiliated with the national “Keep America Beautiful,” which has a mission of undertaking initiatives that will beautify Delaware and help reduce litter.  The bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.


William McDermott named Interim Worcester County State’s Attorney

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Worcester County Courtesy Worcester County Government

William McDermott has been named the interim State’s Attorney for Worcester County by the Worcester County Circuit Court.  He is already on the job and brings seven years of legal experience in the State’s Attorney’s office as a member of the felony team.  McDermott takes over for former State’s Attorney, the Honorable Beau Oglesby, who is now an Associate Judge for the Circuit Court of Worcester County.


UPDATED: DSP Searching for Greenwood Man Wanted in Murder Investigation

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Image courtesy DSP

UPDATED – 1/2718 – 3:30am – Delaware State Police have an arrest warrant for 31 year old Jared Mitchell of Greenwood on charges of 1st degree murder and weapons offenses.  Police say 18 year old Tavyon Sykes of Greenwood was shot near the intersection of Newton and Adams Roads in Bridgeville Thursday afternoon and dropped off at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital by private vehicle.  He died from his injuries.   If you know where Mitchell is – contact Crime Stoppers.


A murder investigation in Bridgeville. According to Delaware State Police, around 1:30 PM on Thursday afternoon police learned an 18 year old male was dropped off at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds. Police say the man from Greenwood succumbed to his injuries before troopers arrived to the hospital. After investigation, the shooting was reported to occur to have occurred at the intersection Newtown Road and Adams road in Bridgeville. No other information is currently available. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact state police.


OCPD Continue to Investigate Collision between PD & Pedestrian Last September

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Ocean City Police continue to investigate a collision between a pedestrian and a marked police patrol vehicle that occurred on September 29 of last year at 56th Street and Coastal Highway. The preliminary investigation shows the resort officer was eastbound on 56th Street and made a left turn onto northbound Coastal Highway before striking the pedestrian.  The officer had a green light and the pedestrian, a 26 year old Connecticut man, was legally in the crosswalk – he was flown to PRMC in Salisbury and released with minor injuries.


Harrington Man Sentenced in Death of Infant

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A Harrington man has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for the death of an infant that was under his care.  DOJ officials say 48 year old James Hammond and his girlfriend were caring for her 7-month old niece in 2014 while the parents were on vacation.  The infant was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital three days later with trauma to the head and serious traumatic brain injuries and died at the hospital.  Hammond was found guilty of 2nd degree murder by abuse and sentenced to 25 years in prison – suspended after serving 15 years.


Two Charged with Drug Offenses after Dover Traffic Stop


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Two Dover women have been arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop in Dover.  Dover Police smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and after a search, seized 5 baggies of heroin, drug paraphernalia, a glass mason jar with 68 grams of marijuana and $864 in drug proceeds.  Both 22 year old Ciara Footman and 24 year old Jasmine Powell face drug charges – and are free on bond.


Bridgeville Man Charged with Rape of Child

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Image courtesy Laurel Police

A Bridgeville man has been arrested by Laurel Police on rape charges.  Police say 25 year old John Young on several occasions had sexual contact with a 7 year old girl who was in his care.  Young is charged with 2nd degree rape of a victim less than 12 years old and other related offenses.  Young is being held in default of a $100,000 secured bond and has been issued a no contact order for the victims.


MCCC Walk Away Arrested by DSP

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Image courtesy DOC

An inmate from the Morris Community Corrections Center in Dover has been arrested after he failed to return from an approved job seeking pass on Thursday. Delaware State Police from Troop 3 arrested 32 year old Tyrell Redwine of the Seaford area. Redwine is now charged with escape after conviction on an original charge of failure to verify address – he is a registered tier 2 sex offender. He is now at the Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.


Millsboro Man Charged with Hunting Violations


A Millsboro man has been arrested by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on hunting violations.  Police have charged 37 year old Sean Moore with 14 counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited and 4 counts of possession or transport of antlerless deer that were killed illegally.  Police contacted Moore while he was hunting near Dagsboro earlier this month.  He is free on bond, however officials seized ammunition and 13 firearms from him.