A motorcycle crash Saturday night on Cedar Creek Road near Lincoln has left a Millsboro man dead. Delaware State Police say the crash occurred just before 11:30 in the area of Heritage Road when a 28 year old man went off the road in a curve, struck a mailbox and overturned – ejecting the rider. The rider was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries. Police say speed is possibly a contributing factor – impairment has not been determined. Identification of the victim is pending notification of next of kin. If you have any information – contact Crime Stoppers.
The Bethany First Responders Tri, Dua and Aquabike takes place this morning. Drivers should expect lane closures on Route 1 between Dewey Beach and South Bethany as the bikers will be riding to the north – over the Indian River Inlet Bridge and the runners will head to the south. The Triathlon and Aquabike are expected to begin at 7:30 – the Duathlon at 7:45. Most participants should be finished by noon. Proceeds from the event benefit Bethany Beach Fire and First Responders.
US Marshals and the First State Fugitive Task Force have arrested a man wanted for rape by Dover Police. Police say 33 year old Isaac Pierce was found Thursday living in his car on a farm in Princess Anne, Maryland. A week ago Pierce was with the female victim near the basketball courts at Delaware Tech in Dover when he assaulted the woman and forced her to drive to a parking lot where he forced the victim to engage in sexual acts, strangled and threatened the victim. Pierce is in custody in Maryland pending an extradition hearing.
An investigation into drugs led to a traffic stop Friday by Dover Police. In the vehicle was a target of their investigation, 42 year old Ernest Washington, who was found with over 4 grams of crack cocaine and 503 grams of marijuana. With search warrants, Police went into a home on East Water Street and a unit at the Saint Jones Mini-Storage where they seized a vehicle that Washington was driving. Police also arrested 31 year old Teresa Bowers at the residence. Washington faces multiple drug offenses and is being held at SCI on a cash bond. Bowers was also charged with multiple drug offenses and is free on an unsecured bond.
Saturday was pleasant in the morning, but by late afternoon the wind picked up and made for some choppy seas in the ocean. Delaware Bay was fishable for most of the day and we saw some nice sheepshead brought in to the scales.
Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Grizzly with Captain Cary Evans was able to put the Lynch brothers on some big sheepshead. Sean had a 12.5 pounder and Colin caught a sheepshead that tipped the scales at 10.75 pounds. The Katydid came in with a catch of sheepshead with three citations in the mix. Grandpa Matt Garvey took grandson Cooper Wayne to the point where they caught small blues on cut mullet.
At Lighthouse View Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park, Dave said it was another good day for spot fishermen. Successful anglers left with 20 to 40 fish in their coolers.
At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle, the first day of the Fall Classic was pretty slow. Some blues and kings were caught with most too small to make measure.
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Your help is needed to identify a suspect in a shoplifting incident Friday night at the Bayside Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth. Delaware State Police say that just before 8pm a woman removed multiple pairs of sunglasses from a display at the Sunglass Hut and left the store without paying. If you have information on her identity – contact Crime Stoppers – 1-800-TIP-3333.
If you’re an Indian River School District parent trying to deal with the Individualized Education Plan – or I-E-P – process – and you’re overwhelmed – help is as close as the Frankford Public Library. The Parent Information Center is offering I-E-P-centered workshops at the Library in October – just as the kids are getting their first semester progress reports. The workshops will be offered Tuesday evenings in October beginning on the 9th from 6 to 8pm. Each workshop is stand-alone and are meant to help parents understand the processes behind the I-E-Ps and 5-0-4s.
The Indian River School District has an amazing team of professionals, who work tirelessly on behalf of our children and inclusivity for all types of learners. The Frankford Public Library wants to help enrich the community through a variety of programs and resources, especially as it relates to early literacy and supporting teachers and administration of our local school districts. The workshops are meant to help both parents and school districts by providing parents with additional resources for understanding the processes behind the IEPs and 504s, which are for learning behavior accommodations.
For parents and other caregivers, the IEP process can be intricate, and so by opening lines of communication, they aim to help with parent engagement in the process. Frankford Public Library Director, Rachel Wackett wants parents to know, “This process isn’t something that is happening to you, it’s something that is happening with you.”
The courses will cover a variety of material relating to IEPs. The first session (Oct. 9th) covers the basics of the process of eligibility as well as transitional IEPs. The second (Oct. 16th) covers developing IEP basics, and how to understand measures of success. The third session (Oct. 23rd) will address Section 504 plans and services for behavior accommodations. And finally, the fourth session (Oct. 30th) will focus on supporting students with ADHD and strategies to support learning at home.
This is a set of a workshops that will be highly valuable for parents who need more information and help navigating and advocating as it related to IEPs and special education. Wackett and the Parent Information Center hope that parents and caregivers will take full advantage of the resourceful workshops during the month of October.
Friday saw a few boats head out in the ocean. All reported rough conditions, but they still caught fish.
At Lewes Harbour Marina Tom said the Katydid fished ocean structure for a catch of 28 flounder and 45 sea bass.
At the fishing pier on Cape Henlopen State Park, Lighthouse View Tackle said spot were caught on bloodworms and small blues were taken on cut mullet.
At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle they were preparing for their Fall Surf Fishing Classic. A good number of surf fishermen compete in this tournament every year for money and trophies. Right now there are small blues in the surf on cut mullet. You may be able to catch them on small metal lures worked back from the first wave through the wash.
Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em said the Captain Ike came in with a good catch of dolphin from the offshore grounds. The head boat brought in some sea bass.
Fish in O.C. reported the D.A. Sea came in from the Poorman’s with seven white marlin release flags flying. The Morning Star caught some flounder and sea bass.
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Over 200 animals from three North Carolina shelters that were impacted by Hurricane Florence have arrived at the Brandywine SPCA. Some of the dogs and cats have been transferred to their northern Delaware and Pennsylvania facilities and some have gone to other shelters. However there are over 100 adoptable cats and dogs at the BVSPCA Rescue and Rehab facility on Shingle Point Road that will be looking for new homes beginning this weekend. The center will be open from 1 to 5pm Saturday and Sunday for adoptions. Only animals that were already up for adoption will be available – no local animals found during the storm have left the area – so they have a better chance of being reunited with their families.
A commercial fisherman from Georgetown has been arrested following a DNREC investigation into illegal activity on the Delaware River. Natural Resources Police have charged 40 year old Shawn Moore with over 600 shellfish and boating violations near Delaware City. Moore pleaded not guilty to all charges in JP Court in New Castle. He was released on his own recognizance pending a future appearance in the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas.
Seaford Police were called to the Woodland Mills Apartments for the report of a fight and shots fired. Officers were given the description of a vehicle leaving the scene, which was stopped by responding police. A passenger, 23 year old Aslan Chaudhary of Seaford was found in possession of a .22 revolver and a large amount of ammunition. A second suspect was spotted near a nearby shopping center and arrested. Police learned 29 year old Zolando Bennefield of Georgetown was fighting with an other person when Chaudhary fired a single round in the air to stop any fighting. Chaudhary is charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits and was released on bail. Bennefield faces multiple offenses.
Governor John Carney has made several nominations for judicial appointments this week. He has nominated Sussex County Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes for appointment to the position of Resident Judge – he is currently the Acting Resident Judge. He also nominated attorney Craig Karsnitz for a seat on the Sussex County Superior Court. Two judicial nominations were also made for New Castle County Family Court and Court of Common Pleas. State lawmakers approved Senate Bill 232 at the end of the last session which increases the Court of Chancery to six vice-chancellors. The Governor has nominated Morgan Zurn and Kathaleen McCormick to round out the Court of Chancery. The State Senate will consider all the nominations during a special session set for October 3.
Coastal Cleanup takes place Saturday morning on Delaware’s 97-mile eastern coastline. There are more than 45 sites statewide that include river and ocean shorelines, wetland and watershed areas. If you are a volunteer and have questions about your site – contact
State Parks Statewide Zone Captain – Alison Romano, 302.900.1423
State Wildlife Areas Zone Captain – Lynne Pusey, 302.422.1329
Sussex Beach Sites Zone Captain – Jennifer Luoma Pongratz, 302.739.9921
Kent County Bay Beach Sites Zone Captain – Colleen Holstein, 302.739.6377
If you didn’t want to go fishing in the ocean, Thursday was a beautiful day. A few folks did fish the surf, the inlet and the rock piles in the bay.
Tom at Lewes Harbour Marina told us Chris Ragni and Chris Hux fished the Outer Wall and the Ice Breakers using sand fleas for bait. Chris Ragni caught two sheepshead with one an 8.1-pound citation winner. Chris Hux caught some nice triggerfish.
Dave at Lighthouse View Tackle said fishing has been really good on the pier with lots of spot and two keeper flounder caught on Thursday. The keeper flounder and lots of shorts have been caught on live minnows.
Old Inlet Bait and Tackle reported small blues scattered up and down the beach with cut mullet the best bait. A few small rockfish have been in with the blues. The same size blues will come through the inlet on incoming water and will hit small metal lures. There is a lot of bait in the inlet right now. The occasional speckled trout is caught from the southside pocket on jigs.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report
Governor John Carney joined state and local officials, tourism, marine, fishing, and environmental advocates at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand today to sign two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting Delaware’s coastline and coastal economy from offshore drilling.
“An oil spill of some sort could negatively impact the fragile tidal wetlands and ocean beaches, and habitat here on the coast of Delaware,” Gov. Carney pointed out. “We are obviously concerned about the impact on the tourism industry here in Southern Delaware… a $7 billion industry that hires tens of thousands of employees.” Fundamentally, he added, these bills are “about protecting the natural environment of our state.”
Senate Bill 200 prohibits drilling for oil and natural gas in Delaware’s coastal zone and territorial waters, and precludes DNREC from issuing any permits in connection with the development of offshore drilling infrastructure, whether proposed for Delaware territorial waters or waters outside the state. This legislation will help maintain high-quality coastline waters and protect thousands of jobs supported by Delaware’s coastal tourism industry.
Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 207 opposes drilling off Delaware’s coast and directs certain state officials and agencies to enforce Delaware’s rights relating to offshore drilling under federal and state environmental laws. This legislation allows the Delaware Department of Justice to take appropriate legal steps to protect the environment and tourism economy and prevent the sale of oil and gas leases for Delaware’s coastal waters.
The state’s jurisdiction extends only three miles from the coast. So the challenge becomes what to do to prevent drilling beyond the state’s jurisdiction. “As a state entity there is only so much that we can do,” says Sen. Stephanie Hansen who sponsored Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 207. “We can’t say to them, you can’t drill here. But what we can do is make it extremely difficult for them. We can cause it to take a long time. We can make the federal consistency review process very laborious, very detailed, which is exactly what we want.”
Her bill directs state agencies to examine and tighten current laws and regulations regarding offshore drilling. “Now that we know that there is a direct threat of this,” Sen. Hansen stated, agencies should “go back and take a look at those laws and regulations with an eye to knowing what we are trying to prevent, and see if there is anything more that we can do, and come back to us and let us know what we can do to take the next step in the General Assembly to tighten things up. So that is one big thing that this bill does.”
“We were on the map, and that was a big concern,” says Sen. Ernesto Lopez, sponsor of Senate Bill 200. “So we felt it important to make a strong statement and we did that here today,” he added. “I am really proud that we were able to make this a bipartisan piece of legislation,” Sen. Lopez added. “It makes a strong statement that we believe and defend our coastline and that we always will and now it is a Delaware law!”
Wednesday was sunny, but still a bit too breezy for boats to fish the ocean. The marine forecast doesn’t look too good out there for the rest of the week or the weekend. Delaware Bay should be fishable for most of this time and the surf is going to be rough with an onshore wind for most of the time except for Saturday when the wind will be offshore.
Lewes Harbour Marina posted a photo of Mike Campanese with his first ever sheepshead. He caught the fish on Lewes Harbour Marina sand fleas and from the photo I would guess he was in Delaware Bay.
My friend Doug Elliott called in the afternoon to give me a report on his trip to the fishing pier on Cape Henlopen State Park. Doug fished with cut mullet and caught small blues. He said the folks at the end of the pier were using bloodworms and catching spot.
Clark at Old Inlet Bait and Tackle said small blues were caught at Three Rs on Wednesday morning by anglers using cut mullet. One of their customers caught two speckled trout on jigs along the southside of the inlet.
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UPDATED – 3:15pm – Gold Alert has been canceled – Alpha Sow has been located.
A Gold Alert has been issued by the Delaware State Police for a 25 year old Milford man who was last seen around 10:30 this morning on Wilkins Road in Milford. Alpha Sow is black, 5′ 7″ and 230 pounds with curly black hair – and was wearing a bright orange polo, brown/tan pants and black sneakers. Police have not been able to contact him and are concerned for his safety and welfare. If you have information on his whereabouts – contact Crime Stoppers.
The new BVSPCA rescue and rehabilitation shelter in Georgetown has opened its doors months earlier than scheduled to help pets left homeless by Hurricane Florence. The shelter has already received 42 dogs rescued from hurricane flooded North Carolina and dozens of cats scheduled to arrive today. Director of BVSPCA, Walter Fenstermacher, says once the dogs and cats are medically evaluated they will be available for adoption.
Delaware’s revenue forecast continues to improve. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council met for the first time since the FY 2019 budget was approved – and has raised the revenue estimate for this year by $43-million and $34-million for 2020. The new money comes from a combination of higher revenue estimates and legislative changes which includes changes to laws governing Delaware’s casinos and real estate transfers. DEFAC is forecasting state lawmakers will have about $4.65-billion to work with for the fiscal year 2020 budget.
Seaford police have arrested a man in connection with an attempted arson at the Miracle Revival Center Church early this month. Police say a Molotov cocktail type of device was found inside the church. It had extinguished itself before causing any burn damage to the church though an ignitable substance, believed to be gasoline, did cause damage to the carpeting. Seaford Police Department, ATF and the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office say 28 year old Garry Elmidort was developed as a person of interest as they investigated a series of fires in the area. He is charged with 2nd degree attempted arson, possession of an incendiary device, and two counts of criminal mischief.
A conservation period will be called from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, for all Delmarva Power customers, and for Delmarva Power’s Maryland and Delaware customers participating in Energy Wise Rewards.
Delmarva Power’s Delaware residential and small commercial customers and its Maryland residential customers can receive a bill credit of $1.25 for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of reduced energy use below the customer’s average energy use during specific hours on a Peak Savings Day. Customers will receive a phone call indicating the hours to reduce energy use. Customers can also choose to be notified by email or text.
For customers participating in Delmarva Power’s Energy Wise Rewards, a conservation period will be called from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. This means that Delmarva Power will cycle participants’ air conditioner compressors off and on for short intervals during these hours. Because the air conditioner fan will continue to run, most customers will not notice a temperature change in their homes. It may take up to a half-hour after the event ends for air conditioners to resume normal operations.
Peak Energy Savings Credit and Energy Wise Rewards are voluntary programs. Energy Wise Rewards offers customers a choice of a web-programmable thermostat or an outdoor switch, which the energy company installs at no charge.
Customers can learn more about Peak Energy Savings Credits and get energy-saving tips by calling 1-855-750-PEAK (Delaware) or 1-855-751-PEAK (Maryland) or visiting delmarva.com/peak.
Tuesday should be the final gasp from Hurricane Florence and some of the larger charter boats may be able to sail by Wednesday or Thursday. It will be very interesting to see what they find.
My son Roger gave me a fishing report from North Jersey where the head boat Golden Eagle ran offshore over the weekend and caught yellowfin tuna and lots of dolphin.
On my way to the Massey’s Ditch hearing on Monday I noticed some of the beach access points were still closed. I suspect the beach has quite a drop off after the erosion caused by the big seas over the past week or more.
One of the more interesting facts that I learned at the hearing was the sand flow between the north jetty at the inlet and the north beach goes around in a circle. The normal flow is south to north which is why the sand builds up along the south jetty. The two big sand bars inside and outside the inlet are created by the water flowing through the inlet that carries sand to and fro.
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UPDATED – Tuesday, 4:45pm -Georgetown Police have identified the third person who was struck by a train north of town early Sunday morning. He is 25 year old Mario Niz-Lopez of Georgetown. He and Roblero-Ortiz remain in critical condition at Christiana Hospital
UPDATED – Monday, 11:55am – Georgetown Police have identified two of the three people involved in Sunday morning’s train incident. The woman who died in the crash is 33 year old Cecilia Vincencio-Cruz of Georgetown. One of the men, 29 year old Widmer Roblero-Ortiz of Georgetown is in critical condition at Christiana Hospital. A second male victim also is also in critical condition at Christiana Hospital and remains unidentified. The victim is a Hispanic male in his early 20’s. Police have learned that all three victims were lying on the railroad tracks at the time they were struck by the train. While not confirmed, alcohol is possibly a factor in this incident. No charges have been filed. Anyone with information on the possible identity of the 2nd male victim please contact Detective Diaz at Georgetown Police Department 302-856-6613.
UPDATED – 6:25am– One person is dead and 2 injured after they were struck by a train at the north end of Georgetown. Emergency personnel were called to the railroad tracks north of Douglas Street just before 1am for an accident. Georgetown Police say three people were struck by a Carload Express train that was traveling northbound. A female was pronounced dead and two men are in critical condition at an area hospital. Crews from Georgetown, Ellendale, Millsboro, Milton and several paramedic units were on the scene for over an hour. No charges have been filed – the investigation is continuing.
The Sussex County Council continued it’s public hearing on the proposed increase of forested or landscaped buffers for subdivisions or overlays. An additional 7 people added their comments to the record – most in support of the expanded buffer from 20-feet to 40-feet. No vote has been taken on the proposed ordinance.
In Old Business, the council also approved an amended ordinance for short-term special events that are permitted in specific districts – AR-1, GR, B-1, C-1, CR-1 and M. The amended sections are highlighted in yellow. Councilman Rob Arlett felt there was a lot of information to go over and made a motion to defer for 2 weeks. That motion was defeated and a vote on the amended ordinance was approved by a 3 to 2 vote – with Arlett and Councilman Sam Wilson voting against.
The council also deferred a vote on CU 2127 for Wine Worx, LLC. Councilman George Cole proposed a series of conditions for the property – including that events would only take place on the front section of the property, and only on Fridays and Saturdays and that no concerts would be allowed. The council will revisit the conditional use next week.
For months, there has been public comment during County Council meetings regarding the County Board of Adjustment. The County has also received a letter from the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, which County Administrator Todd Lawson discussed with the Council and highlighted part of the county’s 7-page response. Lawson says that the county doesn’t agree with all of the issues cited, but “if and where possible the county will consider their feedback and adjust our operations to make the necessary improvements.”
The Coalitions cited four primary issues:
Access to the BOA’s key documents in a usable format, which the county found no violations of law or FOIA. However the County will explore the posting of the approved findings of fact on the docket in the near future – possibly just a few weeks.
Lack of public input tot he BOA’s operation during a meeting – that public comments are not permitted, however the BOA’s makeup doesn’t allow for public comment, except during a public hearing. The BOA is a quazi-judicial board appointed by the County Council – it is not a legislative body. The BOA’s authority is derived from the powers delegated to it by the County Council. Only the County Council can make such a change.
There is no administrative mechanism or opponents of cases brought to the BOA to challenge the Board’s decisions. Lawson says this is not true – a request to rehear a case can be requested by either side within 10 days (rule 18).
The BOA is not properly administering oaths and affirmations in obtaining testimony in cases. Lawson says this is not true – the oath is not required to be given by the BOA Chairman. The chair of the BOA may administer such oaths – oaths can also be administered by the Assistant County Attorney and do not invalidate the decisions made by the BOA.
The County is joining Sussex County Volunteer Delaware 50+ and the State Office of Volunteerism in collecting donated items for Stockings for Soldiers at the County offices on the Circle in Georgetown. These items will be sent to deployed service members and K-9 members who are away from home during the Holiday Season. Donations will be accepted through the end of October. (CLICK HERE FOR THE SHOPPING LIST)
Director of Emergency Services, Joe Thomas related to the County Council a radio issue that is being seen by fire and ambulance companies that provide mutual aid to companies in Worcester and Wicomico Counties. This is because of a change in the radio systems used now in Maryland. Thomas has been looking for a fix for months. Motorola is offering a one-time 65% discount on a flash kit that will fix the issue that will be available until the end of the year. For 420 Sussex County radios – the cost comes to about $76,000 with the discount. Thomas recently been contacted by DEMA which has some grant funding of about $75,000 that could be reallocated towards this project.