Saturday, June 23, 2018

DE Ag Secretary Requests Emergency Disaster Declaration after Rainy Spring

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Too much rain in April and May has destroyed several Delaware crops and Ag Secretary Michael Scuse has made a request for an emergency disaster declaration.  To be eligible, Delaware has to have at least 30% loss in crop production for at least one crop.  Scuse says many fruit and vegetable farms have taken a beating and some farmers are trying to plant corn for the third and fourth time.  Currently an official survey of the status of current crops is being done by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency at the state and county level.


 

Worcester County Fair Postponed Till September

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If you planned to attend the Worcester County Fair this weekend in Snow Hill – the recent heavy rains have left the grounds at Byrd Park saturated and the Fair has been rescheduled to September 14th through 16th.  Organizers say that while there will be some scheduling changes – much will remain the same.  If you’ve already submitted entry forms – you do NOT need to resubmit.  The new entry deadline for the Talent show is September 1st.  Check the Worcester County Fair Facebook page for updates.


 

DE State Senate Approves FY 2019

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With a week still to go in the Delaware General Assembly, the State Senate has already dealt with the proposed FY 2019 $796-million budget and passed the measure – sending it to the State House for consideration.  The budget increases spending by about 30% over this year and is $91-million more than Governor John Carney proposed back in January.


 

Legislation on Offshore Drilling Passes in State Senate

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Legislation that will implement new restrictions on offshore drilling passed in the State Senate last week.  Senate Bill 207 would require state agencies to review offshore gas and oil exploration leases along Delaware’s coast to the extent permitted under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act – and all pertinent stat laws.  The measure also includes a formal statement of opposition to the Trump administrations proposed offshore drilling plan.  Senate Bill 200 prohibits drilling for oil or gas in Delaware’s coastal zone and territorial waters.  Both measure go to the State House for consideration.


 

Felton Man Charged with Burglary in Greenwood

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Image courtesy DSP

A Felton man has been arrested on burglary charges after a neighbor of the property spotted by breaking into a garage.  Delaware State Police say the neighbor on St Johnstown Road in Greenwood called in the burglary in progress – troopers found 34 year old Jesse Nichols hiding in the garage.  Nichols stepfather lives at the residence, but Nichols has not lived there for 3 or 4 years.  Police later learned Nichols entered the property earlier this month and stole several items – including a jewelry box and a cooler – which were later recovered from his vehicle.  Nichols is charged with 2nd and 3rd degree burglary and felony theft.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 6-22-18

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Left to right. Dave Gorelick, Wayne PA, Tom Drgon, Frankford DE, Bob Dunn, Kensington MD, fished the Baltimore using ballyhoo largest yellow fin weighed 48lbs – first white release at Indian River Marina

Thursday saw decent weather and some anglers connected while others, not so much.

Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Pirate King came in from Delaware Bay with some kings and blowfish.  The Katydid fished ocean structure for a catch of flounder.

At Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park the report was decent-sized spot on bloodworms and a few short flounder on minnows and Gulp!.

Burt at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em told us the Bail Out came in from the canyons with 18 yellowfin tuna.  The head boats are finding a few flounder.  Dave Gorelick, Tom Drgon and Bob Dunn released the first white marlin of the season on June 19.

The report from Old Inlet Bait and Tackle was some kings from the surf on bloodworms.  Drifting sand fleas during the day and at night has accounted for a few keeper rockfish.  Bubble Gum Beach and the southside jetty were two locations mentioned as productive.

Friday looks bleak as small craft advisories are up for seas to six feet.  Saturday and Sunday should be fishable as winds and seas subside.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


 

Salisbury Zoo Mourns Death of “Bubba” the Bison

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Bubba the Bison / Image courtesy Salisbury Zoo

The Salisbury Zoo regretfully announces the passing of their 25 year old male American Bison, who was humanely euthanized this week.

He was born on July 12, 1993 at the Oglebay Good Zoo in Wheeling West Virginia. The Salisbury Zoo acquired the male bison at 4 months from Oglebay in October of 1993. He sired one female in 2001 which currently resides at the Salisbury Zoo. The Salisbury Zoo has been exhibiting this keystone land mammal for over 50 years and has a long history with American Bison conservation.

Within the last few months zoo keepers began to notice apparent changes in the bison’s mobility. Zoo keepers addressed the symptoms with medication. But within this past month his health declined rapidly. Staff assessed his quality of life and the decision was made to humanely euthanize him. A post mortem exam is scheduled.

In 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, making the American bison the national mammal of the United States. Bison were plentiful in the early 1800’s but by the late 1800’s there were only a few hundred left in the United States after unregulated shooting and habitat loss occurred during the settlement of the west. With the help of the Department of Interior, the American Bison Society and the New York Zoological Society, the number of American Bison rose in the early 1900’s. Yellowstone National Park bison population is estimated at 4900.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 6-21-18

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Shelia Moll of Hamburg, PA, caught these 3 keeper flounder weighed 7.3lbs and were caught while fishing at Masseys Ditch using minnows and white Gulp.

Wednesday morning was beautiful, but a brisk southeast wind kicked up in the afternoon making the bay a bit too rough for my 16-foot tin boat.  So Mike Pizzolatto and I put my boat over at the Lewes ramp around 11:30 AM to catch the incoming current in the Canal.  Unfortunately, by then the wind was pushing against the current and I used my electric motor to keep us moving into the wind.

On the very first drop, right at the inlet, Mike caught a short flounder.  And that was it for the next three hours.  He was using a minnow and squid on a bottom rig and I stuck with my jighead and Gulp!.  We headed in around 2:30 PM when the sky began to turn dark.

Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle said a few keeper flounder along with some croaker and spot were caught from the pier on Cape Henlopen State Park.

Chris at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em said the offshore boats are still catching tuna, but not in the numbers we saw last week.  Of course, it doesn’t take many 50 to 80-pound yellowfins to fill up the fish box.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


 

Democrat Colleen Davis Files for State Treasurer

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A Sussex County woman has filed as a Democratic candidate for State Treasurer.  Colleen Davis of Dagsboro is a health care professional who has focused on sustainability, efficiency and quality-of-care for health care providers and their patients, which she says would serve her well in the Treasurer’s office.  She is challenging Republican incumbent Ken Simpler and Green Party candidate David Chandler.  You can read more about Davis at http://colleendavisfortreasurer.com


Several Sussex GOP House Members to Announce Re-election Bids

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Several members of the Sussex GOP will announce their re-election bids on Monday.  Representatives Danny Short of Seaford, Tim Dukes of Laurel, Ron Gray of Selbyville and Steve Smyk of Milton will announce their intentions at the Old Court House in Georgetown at noon.


 

DE Teachers of the Year Candidates

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The 2019 District/Charter Teachers of the Year / Image courtesy of the DE State Board of Education

The 2019 District/Charter Teachers of the Year / Image courtesy of the DE State Board of Education

Twenty teachers in Delaware will be vying for the title of Teacher of the Year in October.  The twenty finalists were chosen from over 9000 public and charter school teachers in the First State and nominated by their districts or the Delaware Charter School Network because of their ability to inspire students and their devotion to teaching.

The 2019 District/Charter Teachers of the Year are:
Appoquinimink: Sara Anderson, Cedar Lane Elementary, grade 5 inclusion
Brandywine: Bonnie Yurkanin, Claymont Elementary, library media
Caesar Rodney: Ashlee Upp, Allen Frear Elementary, grade 3
Cape Henlopen: Robert Harrod, Cape Henlopen High, grade 9 biology
Capital: Joseph Fuller, Dover High, Intensive Learning Center math/science
Christina: Jennifer Montanez, Etta J. Wilson Elementary, grade 5
Colonial: Mark McKenzie, William Penn High, Grades 11-12 chemistry
Delmar: Michelle Howard, Delmar High, Grades 9-12 physical science/chemistry
Indian River: Courtney White, North Georgetown Elementary, grade 5
Lake Forest: Sara Bushey, Lake Forest North Elementary, grade 3
Laurel: Carly Carrier, Laurel Middle, grade 6 science
Milford: Veronica Evans, Milford Senior High, grades 10-12 U.S. government and politics/social studies
New Castle County Vo-Tech: Lindsay Hoeschel, Howard High School of Technology, grade 11 English language arts
POLYTECH: David Watson, POLYTECH High, engineering/calculus/physics
Red Clay Consolidated: Lia Zucchino, Evan G. Shortlidge Academy, grade 2
Seaford: Dana Bowe, West Seaford Elementary, K-2 special education
Smyrna: Virginia Hoye, Clayton Intermediate, grade 5 English language arts/social studies
Sussex Tech: Anthony Natoli, Sussex Technical High, grades 9 and 11 English language arts
Woodbridge:  Heather Kerrick, Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center, grade 1 reading/social studies
Charter Network: Thomas Becker, MOT Charter High, grades 9-12 math


 

WGMD Fishing Report 6-20-18

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It was a kids trip on the Boy’s Toy this weekend with Bella, Mary, Angela, Lucas and Francesca Gessler and Jude Knowles fished out at the
Wilmington Canyon and brought back these unlucky tuna.

The weather on Tuesday was not that bad, but only a few folks went fishing.  Reports were pretty slim from those that did make it out.

At Lewes Harbour Marina the report was no report except for some skates caught at B Buoy.

The news from Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park was some small flounder, spot and croaker.  The flounder went after jigs decorated with bright colored Gulp! while the croaker and spot take bloodworms.

Chris at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em told us a few flounder were caught from the ocean, but described the bite as slow.  The offshore fleet that went out on Monday returned late in the day with tuna.  Several charter and private boats have left on overnight trips and will be back on Wednesday.

Clark at Old Inlet Bait and Tackle said nothing had come into the shop since early morning when a few keeper rockfish that were caught during the night were reported.  Casting plugs and drifting sand fleas have both produced good results. Summer is here and the weather is good.  Let’s go fishing!

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


 

State Senate Approves 1 Gun Measure, 2nd Dies in Committee

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Legislation that would guns out of the hands of people who are deemed to pose a public danger by the courts has been approved in the State Senate.  House Bill 222, which creates a Lethal Violence Protection Order, was approved with a vote of 20 yes and 1 absent.  It passed in the State House with a unanimous vote earlier this month.  The bill is headed to the Governor for his signature.  Another piece of legislation, Senate Bill 163, which would ban the future sale of military-style assault weapons in Delaware, was defeated in committee.  Two Democrats joined the Republicans on the committee to prevent a debate.


 

No Delaware National Guard Troops will be Going to the Southern Border

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Delaware will NOT be sending National Guard troops to the Southern Border.

Governor Carney’s Statement on the Delaware National Guard and Deployment to the Southern Border

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Tuesday issued the following statement on the Delaware National Guard and deployment to the southern border:  

“I take my job as Commander-in-Chief of the Delaware National Guard extremely seriously. In the last year, we’ve sent Guardsmen and women to Texas, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico to help our fellow citizens cope with natural disasters. We’ve sent Delaware Guardsmen and women overseas to keep us safe. I’m extremely proud of Delaware’s soldiers and airmen and women. Today, we received a request to send Delaware National Guard troops to the southwest border. Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t hesitate to answer the call. But given what we know about the policies currently in effect at the border, I can’t in good conscience send Delawareans to help with that mission.

If President Trump revokes the current inhumane policy of separating children from their parents, Delaware will be first in line to assist our sister states in securing the border. I served in Congress, and I watched for six years as that body failed to pass a comprehensive immigration policy that would secure our borders in a way that upholds the values of this great country. Congress and the President need to step up and fix the mess that our immigration system has become.”


 

Sussex County Council Adopts FY 2019 Budget & Approves Holly Wingate to P&Z Commission

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Sussex County Council-2017 Image courtesy Sussex County Government

The Sussex County Council has approved the proposed $177-million operating budget for FY 2019. The council has approved the operating budget, assessment rolls and established the annual service charges and assessment rates for teh county water and sewer districts. The vote was unanimous for each. During the public hearing on the operating budget, Dan Kramer asked about the lack of comment on employee raises, which was later answered by Finance Director Gina Jennings who said the county employees are receiving a 2% COLA in the upcoming spending plan. Terry Jester, Sussex County President of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, thanked the Council for the funding allocated for the volunteer firefighters, especially the 13 stations in the county that are not as fiscally secure.

Photo courtesy Sussex County government

An opening in the Planning and Zoning Commission led to the nomination of Holly Wingate for that position. She underwent a public interview from County Administrator Todd Lawson and the County Council. The Council approved Wingate for the P&Z Commission by a 4 to 0 vote – with Sam Wilson not voting. Wingate begins her 3 year term on the Planning Commission on July 1st.

The County Administrator’s report was turned over to EMS Director Robert Stuart who spoke in honor of Stephanie Callaway, who died when the ambulance she was treating a patient in crashed on Route 24 in Angola on June 17, 2008. The patient she was treating also died. Stuart said that a monument in her honor is in the works that will be placed on the Circle in Georgetown.
https://sussexcountyde.gov/memory-stephanie-callaway

Image courtesy Sussex County EMS

 

July 4th Events

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Sunday, July 1st

REHOBOTH BEACH
– Fireworks – at about 9:15pm (but could begin earlier) spectators should be in town early. Music with the Funsters before the fireworks and after the display ends until 11pm  (Rain date, Monday July 2 at 9:15pm – Information and updates – cityofrehoboth.com)

Parking Information
Bandstand will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6pm – midnight
– Use the Park & Ride
– Parking also available at Epworth Church on Holland Glade Road, $20 per vehicle – includes transportation on the Jolly Trolley to and from downtown Rehoboth. Cash only, lot opens at 6pm until full
– North Rehoboth Deauville Lot – fee per car till filled
– Metered & non-metered fee permit parking spaces throughout town
– Jolly Trolley

 

Tuesday, July 3rd

BERLIN
– Historic celebration of July 4th at the Calvin B. Taylor Museum from 1 to 5p
– Fireworks at dusk at Berlin Falls Park

Wednesday, July 4
MILTON – Milton Memorial Park from 10am – 2pm
Bring Mayberry back to Milton!  Fun for the whole family – a dunk tank, pie baking contest, train rides, relay and sack races, chess matches and games & activities for children. Music and food, too! A decorating contest and bike parade begins at 11am – decorated bikes must register by 10:45 at the back patio of Irish Eyes.
For further information contact Maryellen Kiernan at mare@irisheyespub.com or call 302-684-5005.

LEWES – Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Old-fashioned games for the kids on Second Street beginning at 9am
At 1:30pm the Boat Parade down the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal to Fisherman’s Wharf
At 5pm the Doo-Dah Parade begins on King’s Highway, Savannah Road and to Second Street
Dusk – Fireworks from Lewes Beach

BETHANY BEACH“Happy Birthday America!”
Parade at noon (Join the fun & enter your float in the parade )
Awards ceremony at 7:15pm
Evening entertainment at 7:30pm with Love Seed Mama Jump
Fireworks at dusk

LAUREL
8am – Prayer Breakfast at Abbott’s on Broadcreek
3pm – King’s Ransom
4–8pm – Car Show/Front Street, also clown, petting zoo, face painting in Market Square Park
6pm – Little Miss Independence Pageant  & cornhole tourney in Market Square Park
7pm – Parade
8pm – music from Pistol Whipped
Dusk – fireworks
Information or entry forms

DEWEY BEACH
Fireworks at dusk

OCEAN CITY
Northside Park, 125th Street –
Music at 8pm and fireworks at dusk

Downtown on the Beach –
Music at 8pm at N. Division Street and fireworks at dusk

SALISBURY – RED, WHITE & BOOM
Fireworks at Wicomico County Stadium on Civic Avenue at dusk (around 9:15pm).  Vendors will be open at 6:30pm.  Parking is available in the front and back of the school.

The fireworks will be visible nearly everywhere in town – you can join your friends and neighbors at JMB or celebrate the 4th with elsewhere around town.

REHOBOTH – 3rd ANNUAL RED, WHITE & BLUE 5K & KIDDIE K
At the Rehoboth Country Club – register
https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15723/3rd-annual-red-white-blue-5k-kiddie-k

Talk Of Delmarva Mid-Morning Host Announces Retirement.

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After 3 years on the airwaves of 92.7 Bob Steele is retiring. Join us in saying good bye to Bob Thursday, June 21, 9a-12noon at Lewes Meineke, Rt 1 just north of 5 Points, Lewes for the Bye Bye Bob Final Tour. Food, fun and a chance to say good bye. Don’t miss it!!

Crash Near Pocomoke Leaves 1 Dead

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Maryland State Police are investigating a crash Monday afternoon that left one person dead.  Police say just before 4pm a box truck went off the roadway at Route 13 and Peach Orchard Road near Pocomoke City, struck several trees and caught fire. The driver was trapped in the cab and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Pocomoke fire officials helped put out the fire.  Several large trees were uprooted during the crash and Route 13 was closed for some time while the trees were removed.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 6-19-18

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Monday finally felt like summer. 

At Lighthouse View Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park the report was a fair number of spot on bloodworms and keeper flounder on jigs with bright colored Gulp!.

Old Inlet Bait and Tackle said a 39-inch rockfish was caught and released at the Coast Guard Station on the northside of Indian River Inlet.  The big fish took a sand flea.  The incoming current brought in lots of hickory shad and a few small blues.  Both will hit a small spoon.

A few kings were caught from the surf on bloodworms with skates and sharks a more common catch.

Chris at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em said he saw some flounder come in from the Old Grounds.  This is good news as that area has been devoid of fish all spring.  Right now jigging seems to attract more bites than just drifting squid and minnow combinations.  Small blues were caught at Fenwick Shoal.

Julie at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Katydid came in with 56 sea bass and 14 flounder.  The Angler had a mixed bag of kings, ling, blowfish, a trout and a 17-pound drum. 

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


 

Public Hearing on Proposed FY 2019 Sussex County Budget Tuesday Morning

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The Sussex County Council meets at 10 Tuesday morning.  On this week’s agenda is a series of public hearings beginning at 10:15 on the FY 2019 budget, Assessment rolls for sewer and water districts and establishing annual service charges and rates for County water and sewer districts.  The Council will also vote to amend the County Code in online document retrieval fees for the Recorder of Deeds.   The Council will hold a public interview for Planning Commission nominee Holly Wingate as well.  Click here for to read the proposed FY 2019 Sussex County Budget –  the council meets in the county offices on the Circle in Georgetown.


 

63rd Annual DFRC Blue-Gold Game is Saturday!

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The 63rd Annual DFRC Blue-Gold Football Game will take place on Saturday evening.  The game will be played at the University of Delaware’s Tubby Raymond Field in Newark beginning at 6pm.  You can help to enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES.  Tickets for the game are available at dfrc.org

1:00 PM: Public Parking Areas open
Parking $5.00 per car

2:00 PM: Family Fun Zone opens – presented by Aramark.
Includes games, face painting, bouncy houses, balloon creations, and a trackless train!

3:00 PM: Ticket Sales Window opens
General Admission Tickets: $10
Student General Admission Tickets: $8
Blue-Gold Alumni Tent opens and welcomes all past game participants and DFRC friends.

4:00 PM: Stadium Gates open

5:00 PM: On-field pre-game ceremonies begin
Introduction of High School Participants, All★Star Buddies, and VIPs

6:00 PM: Kickoff

Post-Game: Presentation of Post-Game Awards at mid-field


Multiple Arrests at Firefly from Drugs to Theft to Counterfeit T-shirts

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Dover Police were notified of several cell phone thefts at the Firefly Music Festival over the weekend.  Police say one victim was able to track her phone with the “Find my iPhone” app and officers from Dover PD and the Delaware State Police tracked the phone to 34 year old William Rodriguez of Miami, Florida.  He was arrested and found in possession of 27 cell phones – including the victim’s phone.

Another man was spotted by undercover officers selling counterfeit Firefly T-shirts in Camping Lot 2.  When police tried to contact 24 year old Hassah Mceachin of South Carolina, he ran off on foot but was arrested after a short chase.  Police seized 37 counterfeit T-shirts, $850 in cash and a gram of marijuana.

Five other men from Virginia and Ohio were arrested after selling a variety of drugs to undercover officers.  Police seized everything from amphetamines to LSD to ecstasy.


 

Vehicle Break-ins: DSP Offer Prevention & Awareness Tips

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Over the course of the last week the Delaware State Police have investigated a rash of vehicle break-ins that have taken place in New Castle County. While these most recent incidents have occurred in specific areas, we must realize that there is the potential for anyone, anywhere to be the victim of a similar crime. With that in mind the State Police are offering the following prevention and awareness tips:

  • Keep the doors of your vehicles locked at all times and windows shut.
  • Do not leave items of value in your vehicle. This includes purses, wallets, credit cards, electronics, check books, money, SS card, loose change, documents and paperwork with your personal information listed.
  • Store valuable tools inside your residence. If needed daily for work, create an easy system to load and unload, such as using storage containers to transport.
  • Lock your glove box, which should only store your registration and insurance cards. Do not store your vehicle title in the glove box. Store it in a safe place in your residence.
  • Do not leave items that have a perceived value, such as a laptop case with no laptop.
  • Clear the vehicle of all clutter and personal items. This can give the general impression that other property of value may be within the vehicle.
  • Do not keep a spare vehicle key hidden in the same vehicle. Do not store house keys or other keys in your vehicle.
  • If possible, keep your vehicle parked under a lighted area that you can check on from your residence.
  • If you have a surveillance security system, include your vehicles in the angle of your camera. If you locate a suspicious subject on your property, in the area of your vehicles, do not confront them, call 911 immediately.

And finally, be a good witness for your neighbors, co-workers and fellow citizens, as you would want them to do the same for you. Pay attention and be aware to what is going on in your neighborhood, and other places that you frequent throughout the course of your day such as the parking lots of local businesses, your workplace, parks etc.

If you See Something-Say Something, by reporting all suspicious activity to your local law enforcement  agency.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com


 

Juveniles Found with BB Guns Outside Prince Street Elementary School in Salisbury

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Wicomico County School officials say Prince Street Elementary School was place on lock down for about 20 minutes Monday morning after a school staff member reported a male juvenile showing a weapon outside on the school grounds.  County Sheriff’s deputies responded and a school resource officer contacted and questioned two juveniles.  One had a BB gun in his pants pocket – the other had a BB gun in his backpack.  Nearby Bennett and Parkside High Schools were also placed on lock down as a precaution. There were no students in the schools – only teachers and staff who were completing their last day of school before summer break.  The incident is being referred to Juvenile Services – the two boys were released to a parent.


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Worcester Has Highest DUI Rate

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During this year’s Maryland State’s Attorney’s Conference in Ocean City, Worcester County was honored for having the highest DUI conviction rate in Maryland.  The statewide average of DUI convictions is 78% – Worcester County has received a 91.1% conviction rate.  The county has won this award five times in the past 6 years.