Sunday, December 16, 2018

Two Teens Charged in Rash of BB Gun Incidents

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01-Fingerprint at crime scene © LZ Image/Shutterstock__8320090

Two 17 year old boys from Bridgeville and Lewes have been arrested by Delaware State Police after a rash of incidents where homes and vehicles were damaged by a BB gun.  Police learned that a BB gun was stolen from the Rehoboth Walmart on November 30th – then between December 1st and 8th at least 19 incidents occurred in the Henlopen Landing, Edgewater Estates, Sussex West and Seawood Estates developments.  Damage is estimated at over $10,000.  The two are each charged with 19 counts of criminal mischief and 3rd degree conspiracy – the have been released to their guardians.  Additional incidents are still under investigation by Milton Police.


WGMD Fishing Report 12-15-18


Saturday was downright nasty with rain and wind although the temperature was mild for December.  If anyone went fishing, they love a fish much more than I.

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Striper Tournament now has a second place fish with Jimmy Young’s eight pounder on the board.  He caught his fish up in New Jersey on a MOJO.

Captain Cary Evans on the Grizzly had good tog fishing on Thursday and Friday.  On Thursday he had four tog over seven to 9.75 pounds and on Friday he had two over eight pounds.  Both days produced several tog of lesser weight.

Lauren at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em said the No Limit had a good catch of tog on Friday up to 17.2 pounds.  The boats that went looking for rockfish did not find any.

Frank Tucker and friends had their three-man limit of rockfish on Friday.  I don’t know where they were caught, but the photo was taken close to the Outer Wall.

A couple of private boats fished the Outer Wall for tog and did not catch the first one.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report       


MSP Investigating Deadly Crash Near Willards

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Broken-Windshield - Photo: © Copyright VLADJ55/Shutterstock

Maryland State Police are investigating a crash that resulted in the death of a Berlin man.  A driver notified police after he passed a pickup in a ditch on Old Ocean City Road west of Richardson Road near Willards.  Police say 36 year old William Hathaway of Berlin contacted his wife after the crash and said someone turned in front of him and he swerved into the ditch.  Several others also spoke to him at the scene, but when EMS and police arrived, Williams was not breathing.  He was taken to PRMC in Salisbury where he was pronounced dead.


DSP Looking for Driver Involved in Deadly Crash in Harrington

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A 53 year old Harrington man is dead after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Route 13 in the area of Corn Crib Road just after 9:30 Friday night.  Delaware State Police the vehicle did not stop and another driver not involved in the crash discovered the victim in the roadway.  The victim was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Police say he was not crossing in a crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing – but he did have a small flashlight.  Police ask anyone with information on the crash to contact Troop 3 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.


Ellendale Man Pleads Guilty in Shooting Death


An Ellendale man has pleaded guilty in the death of his friend last year.  Officials in the A-G’s office say 36 year old Don Martinez was arguing with his friend, Kevin King, in the parking lot of the Silver Lake Estates in Milford when Martinez shot King numerous times – killing him.  Martinez pleaded guilty to second degree murder and other offenses and faces 26 years to life in prison.  He’ll be sentenced in February.


2.7 Tons of Trash Picked Up From DE Beaches in Coastal Cleanup


This year’s Coastal Cleanup saw 2.7 tons of trash and recyclables picked up from over 68 miles of Delaware waterways and coastlines from Wilmington to Fenwick Island.  1115 volunteers took part.   DNREC officials say over 21,500 pieces of food or beverage-related trash was picked up – including higher than usual numbers of straws, plastic lids and plastic bottle caps.  Volunteers also found some more unusual items – including a dishwasher, a message in a bottle from 2007, a pirate hat and a car muffler.  Next year’s cleanup is set for Saturday, September 14th.


DSU Professor Heading to Nepal

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Image courtesy DSU

A DSU professor is headed halfway around the world to teach some of the finer points of English.  Adjunct Linguistic and Education Professor Dr. Donna Bain Butler of Rehoboth Beach is going to Kathmandu in Nepal for two weeks in January to conduct workshops for Nepalese prosecutors.  Dr. Bain Butler says this will help the Nepalese prosecutors gain more confidence writing and speaking English so they can better communicate with their legal peers in the U.S.


DE to Require Screening of New Business Entities


With the start of 2019, anyone who registers a new business in Delaware will be checked against a list of people and groups who are not allowed to do business in the U.S.  Delaware Secretary of state, Jeffrey Bullock says it’s a way to weed out bad actors who may be trying to set up shop in the first state.  A Delaware registered agent will be required to vet the identity of any potential customer seeking to form a Delaware entity such as an LLC and verify that customer’s name is not on the federal government’s blacklist.


Silver Lake Bridge Reopens in Rehoboth


It was closed two weeks longer than expected, but Friday afternoon the bridge over Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach has reopened.  The bridge has been closed since early November for DelDOT work – the replacement of the bridge joints, repair of the adjacent approach asphalt roadway, repair of the timber slab, and for minor concrete deck repairs on the bridge.


WGMD Radio Flea Market 12-15-18

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Pat – Bridgeville 301-751-8214
– Artificial Christmas tree, 12′ OR 8′, 1200 lights, incl. stand and packing boxes will deliver, green color – $100

Tom – Milford 302-362-7242
– 2-4 cup stainless steel Farberware percolator, slightly used – $10

Wooden poker table, 6 chairs, incl. brand-new condition, green velvet top, drink pockets and chip pockets + chips

Ray – Lewes 301-661-9059
– Wooden poker table, 6 chairs, incl. brand-new condition, green velvet top, drink and chip pockets and chips – $800

Len – Long Neck 717-332-5523
– 4 used 265-70 R 16 Goodrich 20k left – $60 for all 4;
– 4 brand new on Kia wheels 245-70 R 16 mounted and balanced – $200

Jerry – Milton 302-827-4472
– 28′ fiberglass extension ladder, Werner – $75
– Craftsman table saw – 10-12 years old – $75

Charlie – Rehoboth Bay 302-278-3272
– 1987 Chevy 1 ton pickup truck, many new parts and and brakes, Chevy 350 cu. in. engine, 107,000miles Green – $1,000


WGMD Fishing Report 12-14-18


Friday was not too bad weather-wise and several boats sailed for rockfish and tog.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to get reports on the day the fishing takes place because the shops tend to close before the boats return.  This is why we have reports from Thursday that we put in Friday’s report.

Speaking of same, Amanda told us the names of two citation winners from Thursday’s trip on the Katydid.  Kevin Knotts caught two citation tog, a 12.65 and a 9.21-pounder.  Brian Kuckarski had an 8.37-pound citation tog.  Charlie Ruserrio is currently leading the Lewes Harbour Marina Striper Tournament with a 13.5 pounder.

Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em told us that Captain Joe Azato on the No Limit brought in a nice catch of tog with five in the ten-pound range up to the captain’s 13.7 pounder.

Sorry to say, but it looks like the weather will be going downhill from now until next Wednesday.  I suppose you could fish Indian River Inlet and, who knows, you may get lucky and hit the migrating rockfish, or not.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report


Ravens Rap 12-16-18



WGMD’s Mike Bradley On Rehoboth’s Nativity on FOX’s The Todd Starnes Show


On Friday, December 14, 2018, WGMD morning host, Mike Bradley was a guest on The Todd Starnes Show on FOX this afternoon discussing the issue of the nativity scene that was removed from the bandstand in Rehoboth Beach last week.

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Millsboro Man Charged with Drug Offenses after Traffic Stop

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A Millsboro man has been charged after a traffic stop Thursday night.  Just after 7pm Delaware State Police stopped an Explorer near Old Landing and Iron Branch Road.  The driver, 33 year old James Eley of Millsboro tried to run off on foot, but was arrested.  A search of the SUV turned up 7800 bags of heroin and Eley was holding over $500 in suspected drug proceeds.  Eley is charged with a variety of drug, traffic and other offenses and is being held on a cash only bond.


DSU December Graduation on Saturday


Delaware State University’s December Commencement ceremony will take place Saturday morning at 10 in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium.  Delaware Senator Chris Coons will be the keynote speaker.  About 200 graduates will receive bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.  There will be plenty of on-campus parking for those attending the ceremony.


Bomb Threats Blanket Delmarva – and the Country

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Police from Seaford were called for a report of a bomb threat to a business on Bridgeville Highway.  Police say the bomb threat was received by e-mail.  The investigation quickly revealed that this was part of a nation-wide hoax which included several others on Delmarva.  As a precaution, officers made a sweep of the building and its grounds – no suspicious devices were located and the scene was deemed safe.


Locally Dense Fog Advisory through 9am

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…Locally dense fog through 9 this morning…

Locally dense fog has developed this morning across portions of Delaware and eastern Maryland. Visibilities have dropped to around a mile or less with some areas dropping to around a quarter of a mile. The fog may persist through much of the morning before starting to dissipate.

Motorists should be alert for sudden changes in visibility due to the dense fog. Drive at reduced speeds, watch for children at school bus stops, leave extra space between you and the car in front of you, and use low beam headlights only


Closings & Cancellations, Delays – Friday, Dec 14

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last updated   Friday 6:34AM                     Please email closings to


  • Lighthouse Christian School



  • Caroline County Schools
  • Delmar Schools
  • Delmarva Christian HS
  • Delmarva Christian – Milton campus/child care open
  • Delaware Adolescent Program – Sussex Center
  • Greenwood Mennonite School
  • Holly Grove Christian School
  • Indian River Schools – No AM Pre-K
  • Laurel Schools
  • Salisbury Christian School
  • Salisbury School
  • Seaford Schools
  • Seaside Christian Academy
  • Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Sussex Tech
  • Wicomico County Schools – no AM Pre-K
  • Woodbridge Schools
  • Worcester County Schools – no AM Pre-K
  • Worcester Prep

WGMD Fishing Report 12-13-18


Thursday was a good weather day and several boats went out in the ocean for tog.  Unfortunately, we only have a report from one.  Hopefully, we will have the others in Friday’s report.

Amanda said the Katydid had a good catch of tog including three citations weighing 12.65, 9.21 and 8.37 pounds.

Earlier in the day, Lauren at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em said several boats from the Indian River Marina were out, but when I called back at 4:30 no one answered the phone.

On Wednesday I fished on the Jamaica II out of Brielle, New Jersey with my son Roger.  We left the dock at 0500 for a 12-hour trip and after a two and a half hour run we fished in 140 feet of water for sea bass.  We caught spiny dog sharks.  The captain moved several times and the dogs stayed with us. Finally moved inshore to the Mud Hole where I caught a sea bass and Roger caught the pool winning cod.  Picked at ling for the rest of the trip and back at the dock at 1700.  Great day on the water!

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report


WGMD Fishing Report 12-12-18


Wednesday was another cold one, but beginning on Thursday we will be on a warming trend.

With the holiday season upon us there is the problem of finding the perfect gift for the fishermen on your list.  May I suggest starting the search at your local tackle shop where the folks who wait on you can suggest products that local anglers actually use.  I love the big box stores for some items, but not fishing tackle.  The guy who waits on you, if you can find someone to wait on you, may have been in ladies underwear last week or last night for all I know.

Your local tackle shop may have to charge a bit more for some items because he can’t by a couple million at a time like the big box stores, but he can service the product, fill the reels with line and make sure the products match.  He won’t sell you a spinning reel on a conventional rod as I know you have seen more than once on the water.  He also knows what works locally.  He stocks the hottest lures, rigs, rods and reels to catch flounder, blues, tog and sea bass.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.       


WGMD Fishing Report 12-11-18


To the best of my knowledge, no one was out on Tuesday and it looks like Thursday will be the first decent day this week.

In Ocean City, the Angler is planning to run for tog and porgies on Thursday.  I have fished on this boat several times and the captain and mates do a good job putting you on fish.  The mates will also clean your fish on the way back to the dock.

I hope I am wrong, but with the water temperature in the ocean at 43 degrees we may have seen the last of the rockfish.  A friend who runs a charter boat out of North Jersey has hung it up for the season and he was hammering the stripers just a week ago.

The Chesapeake Bay has been inundated with fresh water since they opened the floodgates at the Conowingo Dam.  This has made it all but impossible to find any rockfish in the Maryland portion of the bay, but in Virginia they are still catching smaller fish under birds and larger ones on live eels out of Cape Charles.  The Chesapeake Bay rockfish season ends on December 31 in Virginia and on December 20 in Maryland.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report        


Sussex County Council Holds Final Meeting of 2018

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

The Sussex County Council met for the final time in 2018 – and said farewell to two members – Rob Arlett, who has served District 5 for 4 years and George Cole, who has served District 4 for 32 years.

The council heard a presentation from Marie Morole, Executive Director of the Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services. She gave the council an overview of what they do, which is tied in to the county’s Community Development & Housing Department. This is a housing locator project that is being funded in partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and the Delaware State Housing Authority. But the funding is contingent on security matching funds. The project addresses the homeless in Delaware in an effort to help find short term housing for homeless Delawareans. It’s estimated about 1100 are homeless in Delaware – and about 15% of that population is in Sussex County. They asked for a grant of $35,000, which was approved by the Sussex County Council with a unanimous vote.

Register of Wills, Cindy Green, came before the council to talk about the purchase and maintenance agreements with CBS, Inc. She tells the council that the current contract has expired – but adds that the program they have been using they have outgrown. Green says there is no company or program that writes register of wills databases. They found County Business System and have instead created their own program, along with her office and the county’s IT department. The new program will allow the legal community to purchase a subscription to access information from their own offices. While the cost of this new program is high – $98,050 – it’s hoped the subscription fee will help to cover some of the costs. The annual maintenance cost will be $17,900 for 3 years. They will also work with Kent County to bring the program to them as well. The contract and maintenance agreements were approved with a unanimous vote.

Two county field hockey and football teams were honored with proclamations for the championship seasons. In field hockey, Cape Henlopen and Delmar won the Division 1 and 2 championships. Cape beat Padua for their 9th overall state title – their 7th in the past 8 seasons. Delmar won their third consecutive District 2 title with a win over Caravel. In football Sussex Central won their first ever state championship in Division 1 with a win over Salesianum and Woodbridge grabbed their 2nd state championship in three years for District 2 with a win over Wilmington Friends. County Administrator Todd Lawson says this is the first time that Sussex County teams have won both the Division 1 and 2 titles in two sports.

The council had a lot of Old Business to take care of before the end of the year, however action on the C-4 Business ordinance amendment has been deferred until the new year.

CZ 1855 – for a change of zone from AR 1 to C-3 heavy commercial for a convenience store with gas at Route 24 and Angola Road was defeated with a 3 to 2 vote. George Cole says the C-3 is inconsistent with the rest of the area and could set a precedent for the future. Councilman IG Burton and President Mike Vincent agreed.

CU 2145 – for a multi-family unit (1 duplex/2 units) for a parcel of land on Seagull Drive which is on the border between Dewey Beach and the County. The council also turned this down. Councilman George Cole says all other homes in the area are single family homes and that multi-family homes are not appropriate for the area. Again Councilman IG Burton and President Mike Vincent agreed.

CZ 1858 – for a high density residential district for Zion Church Road in the area of Johnson and Bayard Roads for a residential planned community. This came with an extensive reading of findings requested by staff that was also read into the record. This proposal includes workforce housing for people looking to live closer to where they work. While the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial, the County Council approved the application with a 3 to 2 vote. George Cole and Sam Wilson voted against the plan.

CZ 1860 / CU 2147 / CZ 1861 – for a medium density residential district off the east side of Route 1 in the area of Old Mill Road. This would have a commercial zoning along the highway – but a set of apartment buildings in the back. CZ 1860 covers the apartment buildings which Councilman IG Burton says is not appropriate for an area that is low density. The only other similarly zoned property is on the west side of Route 1. The council voted 3 to 2 to deny the MR zone with Rob Arlett and Sam Wilson voting for the proposal. The partner application for CU 2147, was denied by a 4 to 1 vote. As for CZ 1861 – that would change part of the front parcel from AR 1 to C 2 and was approved by a unanimous vote.

CZ 1859 – for an AR 1 and General Residential district to a General Residential – Residential Planned Community for about 60 acres off Angola Road in the area of Angola Beach Road. The council agreed that this was a good fit with neighboring properties and approved the CZ with a unanimous vote.

The meeting ended with proclamations and gifts for Councilmen George Cole and Rob Arlett. After the current council members spoke, several former county employees and council members also spoke in a mini-roast of Cole and Arlett – including Joe Conaway (former county administrator), David Baker (former finance director & county administrator), Bob Stickels (former county administrator), Dale Dukes (former council member/president) and Lynn Rogers (former council member/president). The meeting ended with a presentation from attorney Rob Witsil with a slide presentation and a poem called “Ode to George B. Cole.”


Last Words of the 2018 Sussex County Council & Ode to George B. Cole


Today marked the end of an era on the Sussex County Council – the departure of two council members – Rob Arlett after 4 years representing District 5 and George Cole after 32 years representing District 4.  At the end of today’s meeting both Cole and Rob Arlett were honored with proclamations, gifts and parting shots from former county employees and council members – including Joe Conaway, David Baker, Bob Stickels, Dale Dukes and Lynn Rogers.  Attorney Rob Witsil was the final speaker and ended with an Ode to George B. Cole.


Code Purple Sussex Opens Nightly – Volunteers Still Needed

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Night time temps are going to be very low until Dec 15th which is the beginning of Code Purple Sussex’s nightly openings without regard to temps. So with that in mind, Code Purple is now active until March 15th! We will be open every night in Seaford, Bridgeville, Delmar, Milford, and Georgetown.  (Laurel will open nightly starting Jan 1st and Bethany is on hold while more overnight volunteers are sought)

Please consider helping us by staying overnight at a shelter near you. We need all hands on deck to be open the next 102 days at 8 shelters! We can not open a shelter without overnight volunteers. Check out our volunteer page that explains all the volunteer spots, our online volunteer form, and link to the calendars for signing up! Volunteer Info

The organizing agency for Code Purple in Sussex is Love INC. For further information contact Executive Director, Susan Kent of Love INC at or at the office at 302-629-7050 M-F.

Code Purple Sussex County Hot-line 302-519-0024

Sussex: Official Code Purple Shelters

We open when the temps fall below 32 degrees before Dec. 15th and after March 15th.
Dec. 15th through March 15th we are open regardless of temperatures. (Note ** below)

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Shelter is located in the parish hall.)
202 N. North St.
Seaford, DE 19973
Men only. Check- in 8:30pm. Check-out 7:45am.
Meals provided at The CROSS for dinner at 7:00pm.

Gateway Fellowship
8110 Cannon Road
Bridgeville, DE 19933
Women (with or w/o children) only.
Check-in 8:30 pm. Check-out 7:45am.
Women can meet at The CROSS for dinner at 7:00pm. Transportation will be provided to Gateway at 8:30pm and then back to Seaford in the morning.
——The CROSS building is located at 703 East King Street, Seaford, DE 19973.——

Avenue United Methodist Church
20 N Church Street
Milford, DE 19963
Men only (We are not allowed to house sex offenders at this location due to the preschool located inside part of the church. Other arrangements may be made to check in to a different shelter.)
Check-in 8:30pm. Check-out 7:00am.
Meals provided at 7pm-8:30pm. Location: Congregation of the Most High Yahveh-
9 S.E. 2nd Street, Milford, DE 19963.

Milford Nazarene
11 NW Salevan Pl.
Milford, DE 19963
Women (with or w/o children) only.
Check-in 8:30. Check-out 7:45am.
Meals provided at 7pm-8:30pm. Location: Congregation of the Most High Yahveh-
9 S.E. 2nd Street, Milford, DE 19963

Laurel Nazarene  **opens Jan 1st**
100 Walnut Drive
Laurel, DE 19956
Men & a separate space for fathers with children.
Check-in 7:00pm. Check-out 6:00am.

Renovate Church 
800 E. East Street
Delmar, MD 21875
Men Only
Check-in 7:00pm. Check-out 7:45.

Bethany Stone House
21 N Pennsylvania Ave
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
Women Only (no children)
Check-in 5:30pm. Check-out 8:00am.
Dinner will be provided on site at 5:30pm.

Georgetown Presbyterian Church
203 N Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Men and Women
Check-in 9pm (Except Saturdays 10pm). Check-out 7:45am.
No dinner provided at this time.
(The Georgetown Presbyterian Church will continue to operate its Emergency Weather Shelter outside of Code Purple dates. During the non-Code Purple season please call 302-601-1GOD (1463) to see if they are open).

Additional shelters not run by Code Purple Sussex County

Immanuel Shelter: Immanuel operates uniquely as a cold weather shelter.
(OPEN Dec.1 until Spring, regardless of temperature) Rehoboth 1-888-634-9992, Open 7 Days from 4:30 PM until 7:30 AM. Serving men and women.


WGMD Fishing Report 12-10-18


Monday was cold and windy and to the best of my knowledge no one went fishing.  Tuesday doesn’t look any better and Wednesday is questionable.  Thursday calls for 5 to 10 knots and seas two feet or less.

I stopped by Lewes Harbour Marina this morning and Tommy told me he spent five hours on Sunday looking for rockfish.  He started trolling at the Eights then worked his way down the beach past Hen and Chickens Shoal without a bite.  He said he marked fish and bait, but they weren’t together.  The fish were hugging the bottom and the bait was close to the surface.  The water temperature was 43 degrees which is very close to the cut off for rockfish to feed.

In Virginia the Pigzilla Tournament wrapped up with three fish over 50 pounds taking the top three spots.  First place weighed 59.15, second was 50.7 and third topped the scales at 50.35.

The Fish Bound out of Ocean City keeps coming in with boat limits of tog.  Other captains I spoke with think he is fishing further south than Delaware boats can run.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report