Tuesday, July 17, 2018

DEC & Choptank Issue Beat the Peak for Monday 3 to 6pm

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Delaware Electric Cooperative & Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking members to Beat the Peak this afternoon from 3 to 6pm.  This is because of the extremely hot weather blanketing our area.  You can help Beat the Peak by turning off unnecessary lights, delaying the use of major appliances and hot water and turning the thermostat up a few degrees.


 

Sandman on Rodney Street Returns with New Works

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Jim Cook, Dover resident and chemical engineer turned-Rehoboth Beach sand sculptor, has been on the beach much of the summer near the surf’s edge at Rodney Street creating new sand sculptures! Some of his recent works include: Angelica and Chuckie from Rugrats, Squidward and Plankton from SpongeBob, and Peggy Pig. Here’s Chuckie!

Cook creates what he calls “primitive sand art” which differs from the traditional sand sculptors. “I only use an ink pen and a flexible blowing tube and that’s all,” he points out. “Real sand artists use sculpting tools, brushes, mist’ers, etc., and build amazing things. But my ‘own brand’ of sand art,” he explains, is “the challenge of doing what I do using only those two things.”

“That’s part of the fun I’ve had over 25 years doing over 400 different things,” he says. “I know I could speed up my process and probably improve my outcome by using other tools… but, my primitive method works for me. And part of the fun is meeting and seeing so many nice people who stop by and take pictures during the day… adults and kids. I’m glad my sand art can be part of their Rehoboth vacation experience,” he adds.

Here is another one of Cook’s recent sculptures, Elmer Fudd from Bugs Bunny. “Sometimes I do things for kids and sometimes I do them for adults,” he says. An adult requested he do Elmer! “No kids knew who Elmer was but all adults did,” he pointed out, adding that “one child wanted to know what video game he was in!”

He only does sand art on days when the weather and wind cooperate but he does not mind the heat. “Since I carry about 1500 pounds of water in making a large sculpture… I am in and out of the ocean a lot… and keep cool over the 10 to 12 hours I spend on them,” he points out.

He normally begins his artworks at sunrise by building a large mound as his canvas. Then 12 hours later, a character has emerged from the sand! “I’ve had an amazing absolutely great day creating and playing in the sand,” he adds. “Some folks come by and comment how hard and long I seem to be working on my sand art. But, I always tell them, I would never work that hard, it’s absolute play, and the day is over before I know it. I tell them, ‘when I am done, there is no more fun.'”

This is another one of his recent sand artworks: Dory from the movie: Finding Dory. Cook often poses with his sand artwork to simply give it perspective as to its size.

Cook typically begins the building season around Father’s Day and creates between 20 and 25 objects through around Labor Day. He says he usually starts off doing small works and expands from there — as he builds his stamina. So look for him and his latest artworks on Rodney Street in Rehoboth!

Photos courtesy Jim Cook


 

Preachers Test 1st Amendment on Beach in Rehoboth

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“Brothers” Eric, Ryan and Ron, gospel ministry preachers, arrived on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk Friday to spread their message that “Jesus is the only way to God and you must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God.” They are from the Gospel Invasion Ministries. Unlike previous religious groups that have used the beach and boardwalk, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the open-air evangelists, this group is much more proactive.

After quickly attracting police attention on the boardwalk around 1:30 p.m., they agreed not to use their sound amplification equipment which is prohibited by city ordinance. They were not deterred. They came dressed and well equipped to spread the “gospel message.”

The three of them walked among tourists on the beach while preaching their sermons with their strong voices, holding distinctive black and white signs and distributing fliers. Police explained that the city’s ordinance allows them to distribute only non-commercial fliers only to people who willingly accept them.

The trio split up on the beach and covered quite a bit of beach between the Henlopen and the Star of the Sea for more than two hours. The temperature was in the mid-70’s. Lifeguards directed several complaints to the police, and the police, who had been monitoring the group, explained that the men were not violating city ordinances.

Brother Ron said on Saturday that they come to preach at large events and venues such as the Vegas Strip, sports stadiums and were attracted to Rehoboth Beach because it allows them to easily reach a large diverse group of people. “We want to comply and we want to be within the law,” he added, with regard to the various ordinances. He says officials in some jurisdictions sometimes try to discourage them by making legal claims that are simply unsubstantiated.

On Saturday, he said they continued their journey on the beach in Ocean City and would attend church on Sunday.


 

Crash West of Millsboro Leaves 1 Dead and 4 Injured

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A crash on Millsboro Highway at Nine Foot Road has left one person dead.  Delaware State Police continue to investigate but say that a Nissan driven by a 48 year old Laurel woman was southbound on Millsboro Highway and was waiting to turn left onto Nine Foot Road.  For some reason she failed to remain stopped and turned into the path of a BMW that was northbound on Millsboro Highway.  The BMW was driven by a 66 year old Eden man who tried to avoid the collision but could not.  The driver of the Nissan and her three passengers were properly restrained and were treated for minor injuries and released.  The driver of the BMW was not properly restrained and was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and later died.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 7-15-18

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Colby and Jessica Ryan and Todd and Denise Blue all from Fort Worth, TX fished with Capt. Ike II out of Indian River Marina out at the Fenwick Shoal and had a fantastic day. Capt. Dave Collins put them on the fish using sand fleas for the trigger fish, and trolling Clarkspoons for Spanish and king mackerel.

The good fishing continued on Saturday.

Julie at Lewes Harbour Marina told us Hunter Walsh fished the Canal with a white bucktail and Gulp! to land two flounder measuring 21 and 18 inches.  The Katydid fished the bay and brought in a mixed bag of triggerfish, trout and blues.  Steve Weller caught a 4.09-pound trigger and his son Ben had one weighing 3.7 pounds.  Hudson Keller had a two keeper flounder out of Roosevelt Inlet also on a bucktail with Gulp!

At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em Chris told us the head boat Captain Bob had 34 flounder and 16 sea bass on the all-day trip.  Jacob Webb caught a 63-pound wahoo on the Line One.  Tuna were caught from the offshore grounds and two cobia in the 30-pound class were just hitting the cleaning table when I called.

Lighthouse View Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park said it was business as usual with plenty of spot and a few flounder caught during the day.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.

UPDATED: Motorcycle Crash Leaves Laurel Man Dead

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UPDATED  11:15am -Delaware State Police have identified the victim as 51 year old Robert Martinson of Laurel.

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Delaware State Police are investigating a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon that left a Laurel man dead.  Police say a 51 year old man was westbound on Ralphs Road when he took a curve at too fast a speed.   His motorcycle went off the road and collided with a tree – ejecting the rider, who was not wearing a helmet.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say speed is a factor – his name has not been released pending notification of the next of kin.


 

UPDATED: Gold Alert CANCELED for Missing Georgetown Man

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UPDATED:  The Gold Alert for 70 year old John Campbell has been canceled.  He has been located.

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A Gold Alert has been issued for a Georgetown man who was last heard from Saturday afternoon.  Delaware State Police say John Campbell is black, 6 feet tall and 196 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  Troopers have not been able to make contact with Campbell to check on his welfare and there is concern for his safety.  If you know where he is contact Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.


 

Fire Damages Enchanted Acres Shed & Home

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Images courtesy IRVFC

Indian River fire crews were called for a shed fire on Kings Lane in the Enchanted Acres development off Long Neck Road.  Firefighters say the fire spread to nearby decking and brush and melted siding on the home.  There was also exposure to a propane tank. Officials say family cats died in the fire.  The State Fire Marshal is investigating.

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UPDATED: Eight-Vehicle Crash Shuts Down Rehoboth Avenue

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UPDATE (July 14): The Rehoboth Beach Police Department has identified the driver of the blue Dodge pick-up truck as 45-year-old Martin Tuohy of Middletown, Delaware.  There is no mug shot photo, police said, as no charges have been filed; however, the case is still actively under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY (July 7): It was a miracle that nobody was critically injured after an eight-vehicle accident shut down Rehoboth Avenue for more than an hour early Saturday evening. Hundreds of visitors, who packed the sidewalks, heard the impacts around 6:13 p.m. and many called for help.

This Dodge Ram drove up over the curb at Second Street and came to a stop in front of Conch Island. The sidewalk was packed with pedestrians but amazingly, they escaped injury. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney

Police say a man driving the blue Dodge Ram pick-up truck attempted to back out of a parking space along the north shoulder in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue. In the process of doing so, his truck collided with another vehicle that was westbound on Rehoboth Avenue.

The man attempted to flee the scene in the pick-up truck but lost control and collided with these four additional vehicles parked along the center median, police said.

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The pick-up truck, heavily damaged from the collisions, continued along Rehoboth Avenue westbound striking the curb on the north shoulder of the roadway, a bike rack and two more vehicles that were in motion at the intersection of Rehoboth Avenue and Second Street. The pick-up truck then struck a pole and came to rest on the sidewalk along the north side of Rehoboth Avenue west of Second Street at Conch Island.

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Five patients — including a 16-year-old — were taken to Beebe Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the pick-up truck, a 45-year-old man from Middletown, Delaware, was one of the patients. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor, police said.

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Amazingly, no pedestrians were struck by any of the vehicles. At this time, the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

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The debris field was about half-a-block long.  Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney

 

UPDATED: Felton Cyclist Dies in Hit & Run Crash

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UPDATED -11:20am – Delaware State Police have identified the victim as 28 year old William Boyer of Felton.

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A Felton man is dead after a hit and run accident early Saturday morning.  Delaware State Police say  28 year old man was on a pedi-cycle on the shoulder of Route 13 north of Felton just after 3am – he was wearing high visibility safety straps, but no helmet – when he was struck from behind by an unknown white SUV and ejected from the cycle.  Police say the vehicle left the scene, but a partial white bumper was left behind.  The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police ask anyone with information on the crash to contact Crime Stoppers.


 

Wilmington Woman Arrested for Stealing & Burning Flag in Honor of Fallen Trooper

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The Delaware State Police arrested a Wilmington woman for stealing and burning a flag which occurred last evening.

The incident occurred on Friday, July 13, 2018 at approximately 5:15 p.m., after a report was received by a concerned citizen that a flag was stolen from the area of the Nassau Bridge located on Coastal Highway north of Lewes. It was reported a black Chevrolet was pulled over on the left shoulder near the median adjacent to where a “thin blue line,” flag was mounted and on display. The vehicle was sitting stationary with the driver’s side door ajar with a white female outside of the vehicle straddling the bridge median and reaching for the flag. As the suspect returned to her vehicle with the flag, the witness observed her drive by his location while operating her cell phone and obtained her vehicle description and tag number.

The investigation revealed the vehicle description matched the suspect’s Chevrolet Malibu and later discovered belonged to Catherine Iocco, 21 of Wilmington. Troopers were able to ascertain the location of the suspect vehicle in Milton and apprehended Catherine Iocco without incident. The suspect was unable to return the flag because she set the flag on fire and destroyed it.

After making contact with the owner of the flag, it was learned that he mounted the pole and flag to the bridge this past Tuesday morning after learning about the passing of the Delaware State Trooper. The owner wanted to honor fallen Trooper William F. Matt, who recently passed away.

Iocco was transported to Troop 7 where she was processed and formally charged for Theft, Criminal Mischief and other related traffic charges. She was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $275.00 unsecured bond.


 

 

Cement Truck Overturns, Damages Route 24 West of Millsboro

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A crash on Route 24 west of Millsboro resulted in a damaged roadway and a broken utility pole.  Delaware State Police say a cement truck overturned just after 6am near Saunders Road after the driver, 29 year old Jeff Gustin of Delmar, lost control and ended up in the ditch.  The truck slid into a DEC utility pole – the cement barrel separated from the truck which damaged the roadway – and spilling concrete into the ditch.  Crews from DelDOT, DNREC and Delaware Electric Cooperative are working to repair the damage.  The driver was treated for injuries and released and cited with careless driving.

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WGMD Radio Flea Market 7-14-18

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Margie – Lewes 302-945-3230
– 46″ copper poker table top – $74
– Williams “Black Knight” pinball machine, 1980s, perfect condition – $2,100

Chuck – Georgetown 302-682-9892
– Rattan end tables, coffee table w/ glass inserts – $150.
– 3 fishing rods, incl. spike – $20 for all 3
– Double-bladed axe – $10.

Quadrefire Mt. Vernon Pellet stove, auto feed and thermostat

Gene – Laurel 443-235-0648
– Quadrefire Mt. Vernon Pellet stove, auto feed and thermostat, largest unit made – $1,800 o.b.o.

Butch – Harrington 302-398-4586
LOOKING TO BUY: Golf cart, fairly nice, good condition

Ron – Whaleyville 410-430-7882
– Husqvarna HU-675-awd all-wheel-drive push mower – $300 obo
– Kenmore window a/c 10,000 btu, cools 14′ x 40′ shop – $75
– Various fishing tackle, rods, reels, nets,

Paul – Ocean City, MD 443-373-1079
– 1939 S6 DeSoto sedan; disassembled; no engine or drive train, salvage title – $2,000 obo.
– Other pre-WW2 Chrysler panels – Best offer
– 1990 Kawasaki standup jet ski 650SX – $1,000.

36-39 Dodge / 36-39 Dodge grille, fenders, quarter fenders / 39 DeSoto / 1990 650SX jet ski

MD Board of Elections Vendor found with Financial Ties to Russian National

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Maryland Election officials last week learned that one of the vendors that provides a number of services – including voter registration infrastructure – had been acquired by a parent company with financial ties to a Russian national.  Governor Larry Hogan says that the information they have does not indicate any wrongdoing or criminal acts, but with the General Election fast approaching even the appearance of the potential for bad actors to have influence on the state’s election could undermine public trust in the integrity of the state’s election system.  State officials have asked Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications for technical help to evaluate the network used by the Maryland State Board of Elections – including auditing the integrity of the network.

STATEMENT OF SENATE PRESIDENT THOMAS V. MIKE MILLER, JR. AND HOUSE SPEAKER MICHAEL E. BUSCH

Annapolis, Maryland – Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch issued the following statement regarding links between a Russian-backed company and the Maryland State Board of Elections:

“We were briefed late yesterday, along with Governor Hogan, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the software vendor who maintains portions of the State Board of Elections voter registration platform was purchased by a Russian investor in 2015, without the knowledge of State officials. While the FBI did not indicate that there was a breach, we were concerned enough to ask Attorney General Frosh to review the existing contractual obligation of the State, as well as asked for a review of the system to ensure there have been no breaches. We have also instructed the State Board of Elections to complete all due diligence to give the voters of Maryland confidence in the integrity of the election system. We are also asking the federal Department of Homeland Security Election Task Force to assist the State Board of Elections for any corrective action deemed necessary.”

 

WGMD Fishing Report 7-14-15

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A trip out to the Baltimore Canyon was a successful trip for this group on the Capt. Ike II with a nice catch of mahi and yellow fin tuna caught while out at the Baltimore Canyon. Caught while trolling ballyhoo. Pictured are Joe and Jonathon Kspersky of Greenwood, DE and Josiah, Asa, Brandy and Mike Irwin from Delmar, MD.

Friday got the weekend off to a good start with cool weather and good fishing.

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina told us about Young Elizabeth Grace Mills and hew proud grandfather Mike Mills and the two flounder they caught from the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal.  Elizabeth’s was 18 inches while Grand Pop Mike’s measured 21 inches.  Both were caught on minnows and pink Gulp!.  Also from the Canal, Justin Clymer and Dominick Alvin brought in 17 and 19-inch flounders also caught on Gulp! and minnows.  The Grizzly with Captain Cary Evans had a good canyon trip on Thursday boxing yellowfin tuna and bonito.

At the fishing pier on Cape Henlopen State Park Lighthouse View Tackle reported another good day of spot fishing.  Bloodworms are best for the spot.  A couple of keeper flounder were caught on minnows.

At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle I finally found out what I have been doing wrong when it comes to the croaker bite.  The fish are stacked up alongside the rail at the campground on the southside, not the open area between the campground and the big homes.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


 

DSP Trying to Identify Burglary Suspect

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The investigation into several burglaries last week is continuing.  Delaware State Police say the suspect went into 3 day care centers and a dog kennel in the Lewes and Millsboro areas and took cash.  The suspect is white, male, 20 to 30 years old and about 5’ 9” to 6-feet tall and 180 to 205 pounds with a distinct tattoo on his right forearm.  If you have information – contact Crime Stoppers


 

Five Arrested After Lewes Drug Investigation

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A month-long investigation into drug sales has ended with the arrest of five suspects.  During June Delaware State and Rehoboth Police developed information into drug sales in Fairway Village.  Thursday police spotted 17 year old Talim Muhammad-Hunt of Philadelphia and 50 year old Demetrius Greene of Lewes met 26 year old Filicia League of Rehoboth at the Midway Movies.  She arrived with another man in a car.  They were all found with drugs and cash and arrested.  Police went into the Fairview Village home with a search warrant and arrested Chelsea Coffin and Aaron Jones.  They also seized a variety of drugs.   All are free on bond.

As a result of this investigation, the following items were seized:

  • 651 bags of heroin (approx. 4.557 grams)
  • 3.01 grams of powder cocaine
  • 12.88 grams of crack cocaine
  • 1.34 grams of marijuana
  • 9.5 Hydrocodone pills (7.5mg)
  • Over $2,700.00 in cash

The below individuals were charged with the following crimes:

Chelsea Coffin:

  • Maintaining a drug property
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Coffin was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $3,200.00 unsecured bond.

Aaron Jones:

  • Maintaining a drug property
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Jones was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $3,200.00 unsecured bond.

Talim Muhammad-Hunt:

  • Possession With Intent To Deliver Tier 4 quantity of heroin
  • Possess Tier 4 quantity of heroin
  •  Possession With Intent To Deliver Tier 2 quantity of crack cocaine
  •  Possession With Intent To Deliver cocaine
  • Possess Tier 2 quantity of cocaine
  • Conspiracy 2nd
  • Possession of marijuana under 18 y/o
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Muhammad-Hunt was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $34,400.00 unsecured bond.

Demetrius Greene:

  • Possession With Intent To Deliver Tier 4 quantity of heroin
  • Possess Tier 4 quantity of heroin
  • Possession With Intent To Deliver Tier 2 quantity of crack cocaine
  • Possession With Intent To Deliver cocaine
  • Possess Tier 2 quantity of cocaine
  • Conspiracy 2nd
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Greene was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $34,400.00 secured bond.

Felicia League:

  • Possession With Intent To Deliver Tier 4 quantity of heroin
  • Possess Tier 4 quantity of heroin
  • Possession With Intent To Deliver Tier 2 quantity of crack cocaine
  • Possession With Intent To Deliver cocaine
  • Possess Tier 2 quantity of cocaine
  • Conspiracy 2nd
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

League was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $34,200.00 unsecured bond.

Driver-47-year-old male from Salisbury MD:

  • Possession of a controlled substance (misdemeanor)

He was arrainged before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $200.00 unsecured bond.

UPDATED: DSP Investigating Fatal Shooting in Laurel

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UPDATED – 7/13/18 – Delaware State Police identified the victim as 18-year-old Trevor McClements of Seaford – he died Friday from his injuries.

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The investigation into a shooting Monday at the Carvel Gardens Apartments in Laurel is continuing by Delaware State Police.  Police were called just before midnight and found an 18 year old man on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head.  He is in critical condition at an area hospital.  A 22 year old man, who left the scene was identified at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with cuts to his hand and face.  Police say a fight took place between multiple people when the 18 year old was shot by an unknown suspect.


 

Laurel Man Sentenced for Home Invasion, Assault & Witness Intimidation

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A Laurel man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after his arrest for home invasion, assault and multiple other offenses including 2 counts of intimidation.  Seaford Police were called for a domestic violence incident and witnessed 37 year old Anthony Morris assaulting a woman in a motel parking lot.  Morris was released and a PFA issued when he forced his way into the woman’s home again and attacked her and tried to persuade her not to press charges against him.


 

Harrington Man Sentenced after Arrest for Drugs & Weapons

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A Harrington man charged with drug and weapons offenses and pleaded guilty to 2nd degree conspiracy and weapons offenses has been sentenced.  40 year old Allen Simms was sentenced to 5 years in prison by a Kent County Superior Court Judge.  In August of last year, Police executed search warrants at 3 homes in Magnolia where police found six suspects, including Simms – along with heroin, cocaine, pot, weapons and drug paraphernalia.


 

Dewey Police Make Arrest in Woody’s Burglary

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The Dewey Beach Police Department has arrested Joseph Bidwick of Montgomery County, Md. for an incident that occurred at 1904 Coastal Hwy in Dewey Beach. On July 7, police say it was Bidwick who was captured on video surveillance forcibly breaking into Woody’s East Coast Grill where he stole alcohol and cash.

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External video also captured him burglarizing a vehicle where items were taken and entering an adjacent yard where additional property was removed.  Bidwick was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court #2 and released on a $7250 unsecured bond.

He faces charges of burglary, theft and criminal trespass.


 

Rabid Fox Found in Dagsboro Area

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If you live in the area between Colonial Estates Avenue and Thorogoods Road in Dagsboro – a rabid fox came in contact with a human this week.  Delaware Public Health officials say the fox was killed – and was confirmed with rabies on Monday.  The fox bit the person in the heel of their shoe, but didn’t contact their skin.  If you think you might have been bitten, scratched or come in contact with the rabid fox – contact your doctor or call the DPH Rabies Program at 302-744-4995.


 

UPDATED RECALL: Kellogg’s Honey Smacks – Salmonella Infections

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UPDATED – 7/12/18 – The CDC has expanded its recommendation that you not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.  This expanded recommendation is regardless of the size or best-by date and the company has recalled the cereal from stores.  100 people in 33 states have become ill from salmonella infections linked to the cereal – 30 people have been hospitalized.  If you have the cereal – you are advised to throw it away or return it to the store.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka infections. The outbreak is being linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereals.

Seventy-three people from 31 states, including 24 who have been hospitalized, have reported becoming ill. While no cases have been identified in Delaware, out of an abundance of caution, the Division of Public Health (DPH) is sharing this information as most of our surrounding states on the East Coast have been affected. No deaths have been reported at this time.

The CDC reports that illnesses started on dates ranging from March 3, 2018, to May 28, 2018. On June 14, 2018, the Kellogg Company recalled 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019. The “best if used by” date is on the box top.

Retailers should not serve or sell, recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

The CDC and DPH recommend the following actions for consumers who have recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal:

  • Do not eat the recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smack cereal.
  • Throw out the cereal or return it for a refund. You should do this even if someone in your household ate some and did not get sick.
  • If you store cereal in a container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away.
  • Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes availableIf you have further questions about this outbreak, please call the CDC media line at (404) 639-3286. To report foodborne illness in Delaware, call (302) 744-1033 or 1-888-295-515.

West Nile Virus Found in Sussex County in 2 Dead Crows

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The first detection of West Nile Virus has been found in Delaware – in Sussex County.  DNREC’s Mosquito Control officials say a crow found in late June in the southwestern part of the county tested positive for West Nile Virus by the Public Health Lab – and a second crow from Sussex found 4 days later also tested positive.  Officials say the very wet spring caused a bumper crop of adult mosquitoes statewide – but the conditions were worse in Sussex County.  Extensive spraying has helped to reduce the mosquito numbers.

For more information about:

  •  Mosquito biology/ecology and control – Contact the Mosquito Control Section’s Dover office at 302-739-9917.
  •  Reporting WNV-suspect wild birds, or for requests for mosquito relief – For upstate areas from Dover north, contact Mosquito Control’s Glasgow field office at 302-836-2555; for downstate areas south of Dover, contact Mosquito Control’s Milford field office at 302-422-1512.
  •  WNV or EEE in humans and related medical issues – Contact the Delaware Division of Public Health at 888-295-5156.
  •  WNV or EEE in horses and equine vaccines – Contact the Department of Agriculture’s Poultry and Animal Health Section at 302-698-4500 or 800-282-8685 (Delaware only).
  •  For more information on West Nile virus or Eastern equine encephalitis – Visit the CDC website,www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

 

WGMD Fishing Report 7-13-18

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Mike Buffone of Sayre, PA caught this 6.3lb flounder while fishing with Capt. Chris Adams on the head boat Judy V. He was using cut squid on a top and bottom rig while drifting on the Old Grounds.

Thursday was a bit cooler, but the fish continued to bite.

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Katydid fished in the bay for a catch of triggerfish, flounder, sheepshead and trout.  The Canal gave up some flounder on minnows or Gulp!.

A Lighthouse View Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park the report was big spot and keeper croaker caught on bloodworms.  A few keeper flounder were caught on minnows.

Chris at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em said Mike Buffone caught a 6.5-pound flounder on cut bait while fishing on the Judy V during the morning trip.  Blues have been caught on spoons at Fenwick Shoal.

Old Inlet once again assured me that croaker fishing is red hot at the inlet.  As we know my experience was just the opposite, but I am sure the fish refused to cooperate just to embarrass me.  Sand fleas or FishBite sand fleas have been the best bait.  Flounder were caught in the same location on Gulp! nuclear chicken.  All of this good action has been on the southside west of the campground.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.