Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Fatal Fire in Bridgeville Under Investigation

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One person is dead after fire broke out at a home in Bridgeville.  The call came in just after 9:40pm for a house fire on Route 13 – firefighters arriving at the scene found the residence fully involved. The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating to determine the cause and origin of the fire and the Division of Forensic Science will conduct an autopsy on the victim. Four other people in the home were able to get out safely. Fire crews were on the scene for over 7 hours – damage is estimated at $100,000.


WGMD Fishing Report 12-18-18


The sun was back out on Tuesday, but if anyone went fishing they kept it a secret.  Actually, there were a few hardy souls fishing the rocks at the inlet, but they didn’t have much luck.

Yesterday we told you about the increase in the fee for the surf fishing permit issued by the Division of Parks and Recreation.  In addition, they will also limit the number of permits issued to 17,000.  Last year the Division issued 17,104 permits.  The reason for the limit is to cut down on overcrowding.  Not sure those missing 104 surf fishing vehicles will make much difference on a summer weekend.

The saltwater recreational fishing community has been trying to get some relief from Congress for many years.  Since we are regulated by the Commerce Department we get overlooked in favor of commercial fishing interests.  Finally, the Senate has passed the Modern Fish Act and now the bill will go to the house, who did pass a version of the bill on July 11, but now must pass this latest version.  Contact your representative and ask for their support.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report


UPDATED/PHOTOS: DSP Still Looking for Driver Involved in Deadly Crash in Harrington

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UPDATED – 12/18/19 – Pictures from business surveillance videos have been obtained by Delaware State Police.  The suspect’s vehicle is believed to be a Jeep, possibly an older Cherokee, Commander, or a 4-door Wrangler with a hard top. The suspect’s vehicle appears to be light in color with black trim near the bottom.  The vehicle should have damage to the right front fender, missing an amber/orange right side marker lens, and possible scratches and/or damage to its right side. Although the crash occurred at S. DuPont Highway at Corn Crib Road intersection, the suspect’s vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on SR 14 (Milford-Harrington Highway) Milford.


UPDATED – 12/17/18 – Delaware State Police have released the name of the man who died Friday in a hit & run crash near Harrington.  Police say 53 year old Rickey Honeycutt of Harrington was struck just south of Corn Crib Road on Route 13.  The investigation is continuing – if you have information – contact Crime Stoppers – 800-TIP-3333


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.


DSP Investigating Armed Robbery at Oasis Travel Plaza in Laurel


An armed robbery at the Oasis Travel Plaza in Laurel is under investigation by the Delaware State Police.  Police say a black man wearing a dark-colored shirt, jeans and a mask over his face went into the business with a handgun and demanded cash from the female clerk – and ordered a female patron to the floor.  The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Neither the clerk or patron was injured.  If you have information – contact Crime Stoppers.


DART Holiday Schedule Statewide


Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2018 and New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2018 – DART  paratransit service will operate regular weekday service.  DART bus routes in New Castle County will operate on a Saturday schedule.  Routes not normally operating on Saturdays will not run, with the exception of Routes 18, 20, 45, 47, 52, and 301, which will operate on a reduced weekday schedule.  Intercounty Routes 302, 303 and 307, as well as all bus services in Kent and Sussex Counties will operate regular weekday service.  Please reference the specific printed schedule or online schedules at  SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line train will operate regular weekday service.

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 DART statewide services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate.  SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line train service will operate on a Holiday schedule.  View Holiday Schedule for specific times.

New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019  DART statewide services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate.  SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line train service will operate on a Sunday schedule.  Visit


WGMD Fishing Report 12-17-18


The sun came out on Monday, but most fishermen stayed inside.  There were a few folks that fished the Indian River Inlet, but their efforts only yielded one or two short tog.

The head boat Angler out of Ocean City will be running a deep drop sea bass trip on Wednesday.  They plan to depart at 0300 and return at 1700.  The cost for the day is $150.  If you are interested call 410-458-8343.

I suspect some Delaware boats will also run on Wednesday since the weather is supposed to be decent.  You can check on them by calling Lewes Harbour Marina at 302-645-6227 or Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em at 302-226-8220.

It looks like the cost of driving on the beach is going up in 2019.  A public meeting will be held at the Dover Public Library at 9:30 AM on January 17.  In-state permits will go up by $10 and out-of-state permits will go up by $20. 

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report


Crash on Route 589 Near Ocean Pines Leaves 1 Man Dead

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A crash on Route 589 and Beauchamp Road near Ocean Pines resulted in the death of a 25 year old man. Maryland State Police say the driver of the pickup lost control and jumped the curb, crossed the roadway and struck and island and a traffic signal pole. The driver was not injured, but the passenger was partially ejected. He was taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver was released pending charges, which will be determined in coordination with the state’s attorney’s office after results from DUI testing are received. The investigation is continuing.


Two Wilmington Trust Officers Sentenced Today


Two of the four men found guilty in the Wilmington Trust downfall were sentenced today in US District Court in Wilmington.  Former Bank President and COO, Robert Harra and Chief Financial Officer, David Gibson, have each been sentenced to 6 years in prison, three years’ supervised release, and a $300k fine.  In addition, Harra must pay a $1500 special assessment and Gibson must pay a $18000 special assessment.

The four were found guilty on all charges last May after covering up the bank’s condition after the 2008 financial crisis with false filings with the SEC and Federal Reserve.  Both men will likely appeal their sentences.  Chief credit officer William North and controller Kevyn Rakowski will be sentenced Wednesday.


Delmar Woman Charged with Assault after Argument Escalates


A Delmar woman has been charged with assault after an argument escalated.  Maryland State Police were called to Mar Lynn Driver just after 4 on Sunday for two people arguing in the street.  They found 41 year old James Russell standing next to a large pile of clothes, which his wife had run over several time with her car – trying to strike him as well.  A witness also said it looked like 41 year old Anissa Church-Russell tried to strike her husband.  She was arrested and charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault and other offenses.  Her husband was not injured.


MSP Charge Milford Man with DUI after Crash in Hebron


Maryland State Police were called for a single vehicle crash Sunday evening just before 5:30 on Route 50 at Hebron Woods Boulevard.  Investigation showed the driver – 56 year old Jacob McGlothlin of Milford lost control of the vehicle, which went off the road and struck a pole.  McGlothlin was found to be DUI and driving on a revoked license and was arrested and charged.


DSP Phone Spoofing Scam Advisory


The Delaware State Police are issuing the following advisory in response to a recent phone scam involving a “spoofed phone number”.

The Delaware State Police were made aware of two incidents in which individuals received a phone call from a female claiming to be an Agent from Dover, Delaware.  The caller identified herself as Agent Lisa Smith and provided a badge number #K4L14799.  The caller advised the victims that an abandoned vehicle was found in Texas with their name and social security number.  The caller then provided the victims with several addresses and asked them to confirm where they have resided in the past.   The caller suggested to the victims to look up the phone number in which she was calling from so that the victims would see that it is in fact a Delaware State Police issued phone number.   The caller advised the victims that if they did not provide her with the information she was seeking, she would send the police to their residence immediately.

Caller ID spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally.

The Federal Communications Commissions has provided the following tips to avoid spoofing scams:

You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be extremely careful about responding to any request for personal identifying information.

  • Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
  • If you answer the phone and the caller – or a recording – asks you to hit a button to stop getting the calls, you should just hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
  • Do not respond to any questions, especially those that can be answered with “Yes” or “No.”
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
  • If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company’s or government agency’s website to verify the authenticity of the request.  You will usually get a written statement in the mail before you get a phone call from a legitimate source, particularly if the caller is asking for a payment.
  • Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately.
  • If you have a voice mail account with your phone service, be sure to set a password for it. Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you call in from your own phone number. A hacker could spoof your home phone number and gain access to your voice mail if you do not set a password.
  • Talk to your phone company about call blocking tools they may have and check into apps that you can download to your mobile device to block unwanted calls. Information on available robocall blocking tools is available at

This information was provided through the Federal Communications Commissions website located at:

Many of these scams are difficult to investigate. They will target persons of all age groups.  The Delaware State Police is asking citizens to remember the tips previously mentioned in order to not become a victim of one of these scam artists.

If you suspect you have been a victim of this scam, please contact 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


DNREC Parks & Rec Meeting on Proposed Surf Fishing Program Changes


Proposed changes to the surf fishing program will be discussed during a DNREC Parks & Recreation Council meeting on Thursday, January 17th at the Dover Public Library at 35 East Loockerman Street in Dover.  There will be a presentation on proposed surf fishing permit fee increases, which will be used for public safety and to maintain the quality user experience at designated multi-use beaches.

The public can submit written comments in advance on the Division of Parks & Recreation’s web page at Written comments can also be sent to: Greg J. Abbott, Attn.: Surf-fishing permit fee proposal, DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901 prior to the Jan. 17 meeting. More information is also available at


Rehoboth Sets Town Hall Meeting on Proposed Wastewater Transfer to County

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Rehoboth Beach will hold a Town Hall meeting on the proposed transition of the city’s wastewater treatment facility to Sussex County.  The meeting is Saturday, January 5 at 10am in the Commissioners Room at City Hall.  The public is invited and there will be information on the proposed transfer, public comment, and Q & A.

For the meeting agenda, please visit To live stream the meeting, please click on the video button above the meeting agenda or by navigating to Please direct questions to the Communications Department at 302-227-6181 ext. 522 or


WGMD Fishing Report 12-16-18


Sunday saw no improvement in the weather over Saturday and Monday doesn’t look much better.  Right now it appears that Wednesday and Thursday may be fishable.

The Fish Bound out of Ocean City keeps on bringing in boat limits of tog and releasing big females up to 16 pounds.  The Morning Star, a head boat also out of Ocean City, had a great trip last week catching sea bass and a big flounder.  Both of these boats will run all winter.

Down in Virginia, boats working out of Cape Charles are still finding rockfish well over 50 pounds while drifting live eels.  This action is far from a blitz as my son Ric and several of his hard-fishing friends proved last week when they spent all day with the fleet and failed to get a single bite.  The rockfish season in the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay will close on December 31.

Maryland anglers have had a tough fall as the flood gates at Conowingo Dam have been open putting too much fresh water in the bay.  Their rockfish season ends on Thursday.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report


Two Teens Charged in Rash of BB Gun Incidents

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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.


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