The Dover Police Department is investigating the death of a 20-year-old woman that occurred on Sunday morning. At approximately 6:30AM, officers were alerted to an unresponsive female in Firefly Camping Lot 18 at Dover International Speedway. Upon arrival, officers observed that Caroline Friedman from Philadelphia, PA was unconscious at her campsite. Friedman was treated on scene by medical staff and transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 6:55AM. Friedman was an attendee of the 2018 Firefly Music Festival being hosted at Dover International Speedway.
The cause of Friedman’s death is unknown, but is not the result of foul play. An official cause of death is dependent upon autopsy and toxicology results.
After several years in Dover, the Miss Delaware Scholarship Pageant and Miss Delaware Outstanding Teen Pageant have moved back to Cape Henlopen High School. Last night a new Miss Delaware was crowned for 2018 – she is Joanna Wicks – Miss Wilmington. She will represent Delaware in the Miss America Pageant in September.
Joanna Wicks currently lives in New Castle County and is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She teaches art at St Thomas More Academy in Magnolia.
The weather was absolutely perfect on Saturday allowing a lot of folks to get out on the water.
Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said flounder fishing really turned on in the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. They also saw a good number of flounder come in from Site 11. Minnows, squid strips and Gulp! accounted for most of these fish. A 45.5-pound black drum was caught by flounder fisherman Mike Logue at Site 6.
At the fishing pier on Cape Henlopen State Park Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle said they saw a lot of spot caught on Saturday. A few short flounder and at least one keeper were caught as well.
At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em Lauren said they had one boat come in from the Poorman’s Canyon with an excellent catch of tuna. The head boat returned with some flounder.
Old Inlet Bait and Tackle told us the surf produced a few kings along with plenty of skates and sharks.
Rick’s Bait and Tackle said Darrel Hawk brought in a 5.6-pound flounder from Reef Site 11. The only thing at the inlet has been hickory shad.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.
An investigation into a motorcycle crash Saturday just before noon continues in the Oak Orchard area. Delaware State Police say a truck pulling a boat and trailer northbound on Oak Orchard Road began a right turn into a parking lot. A motorcycle driven by a 58 year old man from Lewes began to pass the trailer on the right side and struck the truck. The rider was ejected – he was not wearing a helmet and was flown to Christiana Medical Center in critical condition. The driver of the truck and his passenger were properly restrained and not injured.
Sunday will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware! All of the ingredients for a poor air day – high temperatures, sunny skies, light winds and rising regional concentrations of ozone – will be in place with the highest concentration along the I-95 Corridor in northern Delaware with peak occurring late in the day. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Rehoboth Beach officials cut the ribbon on the now concluded Ocean Outfall project Friday morning. The ocean outfall was placed in service at the end of May as was the restoration of Deauville Beach and the parking area. The project removed the discharge of treated wastewater from the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal to an ocean outfall pipe after a DNREC regulation from 1998 ordered the elimination of point source discharges. The project had problems throughout its conception and construction, but is now live and discharging treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean.
A Smyrna woman is dead after she was struck by a pickup truck in Dover Friday night. Delaware State Police say the pickup was northbound on Route 13 near Fast Landing Road when a woman running across the northbound lane ran into the path of the truck. The woman was struck and was thrown into the left lane. Police say the driver of the pickup was properly restrained and was not impaired. The pedestrian – 25 year old Larissa Tallhamer – was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing dark clothing and carried no light – impairment is not known. If you have information – contact Crime Stoppers.
UPDATED 6/16: Congratulations to Skyler Knox who was crowned Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2018. 10 young women vied for the Miss Delaware Teen title and 13 women will compete for the title of Miss Delaware tonight at 7pm at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. Tickets are available through the Miss Delaware website
The Miss Delaware competition is this weekend and it returns to Cape Henlopen High School on Saturday at 7pm. However tonight is the Miss Delaware Teen pageant – also at Cape Henlopen High School at 7pm. 10 young women are vying for the Miss Delaware Teen title and 13 women for the title of Miss Delaware. The winner of the Miss Delaware pageant will represent Delaware in the Miss America pageant Tickets are available through the Miss Delaware website
I spent most of the day on Friday going out to the Del-Jersey-Land Reef Site to watch the sinking of the Cape May Lewes Ferry Twin Capes. The weather was absolutely perfect with almost flat seas for the two and a half hour ride to the reef site on one of the service boats from Slaughter Beach.
Once on site we watched as the contractor from Coleen Marine in Norfolk, Virginia did the final cuts needed to allow water to get in inside the ferry. Their service boat left ahead of us and the workmen were already inside the ship when we arrived around 9:30 AM.
I have been on several of these sinkings and some ships just don’t want to go down. Once the last holes are cut in the hull it can take hours before they settle beneath the waves. God love the Twin Capes, the crew got back on the service boat after 11:00 AM and she was gone by 11:55.
According to Jeff Tinsman (DNREC), the hull will be covered in mussels by this spring and after that an entire ecosystem will take over.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.
Rehoboth Beach police say two teens, both males, ages 15 and 17, reported that they were robbed Tuesday night while walking back to their residence through Grove Park, near the intersection of Grove Street and Columbia Avenue.
Just after 11 p.m., Rehoboth Beach police were summoned to the area of the Grove Park restrooms for the reported robbery that had just occurred. The victims stated that they had been walking through the park returning to one of their residences when they were reportedly robbed by two males.
One of the victims told police that he was punched in the jaw by a black male suspect wearing a red jacket. The other suspect was reported as being a white male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. During the incident, the suspects reportedly stole a sweatshirt and money from the victims. No weapons were seen. Both suspects fled the park on foot in an easterly direction.
A Milford couple has been indicted by a Delaware Grand Jury for insurance fraud – they turned themselves in to Capital Police a week later. The Delaware Department of Insurance reports that 33 year old Diliana Legros and 43 year old Joseph Aubourg of Milford reported an accident claim to their car insurance company for a hit and run while she and her family were traveling from New Jersey to Delaware. Police were never notified, but Legros and her husband and 2 children reported injuries and were treated by several medical professionals. Investigators gathered evidence proving the crash never happened – however the insurance provider was billed over $100,000 in medical bills – and paid out over $55,000 on the claim.
A Frankford woman has been arrested after a domestic incident earlier this month. Delaware State Police say a 60 year old man was arguing with 52 year old Kimberly Church at their home when she grabbed a hammer and began hitting the victim’s vehicle – and then threatened the victim with the hammer. Police were called, but she was gone when they arrived. Church was arrested by Georgetown Police in the Walmart parking lot after she got into another fight with her husband. She is charged with possession of a deadly weapon, aggravated menacing and other offenses and is free on an unsecured bond.
Work to repair and replace the railroad crossing on Harbeson Road just south of Route 9 has been postponed. The contractor has found that additional design changes are needed. DelDOT tells WGMD that while no rescheduled date has been set – it could later in July. WGMD will have more on this closing as it becomes available.
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 available
If 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.
The former Cape May-Lewes Ferry – the MV Twin Capes now has a new use as part of the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Artificial Reef. The ferry, which was one of the original three ships in the DRBA fleet, was sunk just before noon today/Friday and will expand and enhance fish habitat and deep-sea diving opportunities. DNREC officials say the Twin Capes profile will help to attract tuna, shark and even barracuda.
A Laurel man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted rape and burglary charges. Officials say 22 year old Tyrone Jenkins-Heath broke into a home on Penn Street in Laurel to take items – including the victim’s underwear and to force the two women living there to perform oral sex on him. Both women escaped through a window. Jenkins-Heath has been sentenced to 11 years in prison and must register as a Tier III sex offender.
Beach replenishment has picked up in Bethany Beach and sand pumping to the northern town limits has been completed. The beach will be opened from Third Street north. The next area where sand will be pumped will be between Third Street to a spot between Campbell Place and Central Boulevard. The project will be in the middle of Garfield Parkway by Sunday. At that point, pumping will be moved to the Wellington Parkway area. Then it will proceed north to Garfield Parkway before moving back to Wellington Parkway and proceeding to the town’s southern border.
Milford Police stopped a vehicle for DUI Wednesday afternoon on Lexus Drive near Route 113. Police also learned that 43 year old Jack Mitchell of Milton was also driving with a suspended license and had a small child in the vehicle – and was wanted by the Kent County Court of Common Pleas. A search also located crack cocaine. Mitchell is charged with multiple offenses.
A Federalsburg man has been arrested after holding a woman against her will. Maryland State Police say a woman called them Thursday and said that 57 year old Henry Kulesza threatened her with a chainsaw and held her for two days and assaulted her. She got out of the home when he fell asleep. Kulesza is charged with false imprisonment, assault and multiple other offenses – police also learned he is a fugitive from Virginia for weapons charges.
Small craft advisories were up on Thursday so most boats that normally fish the ocean were tied to the dock. The weekend looks good and I hope everyone gets to wet a line.
We stopped by the fishing pier on Cape Henlopen State Park around noon and there were quite a few folks fishing the pier. The water didn’t look too good and I didn’t see anything caught, but the tide was falling when we arrived. Checking with Lighthouse View Tackle I found out that at least one keeper flounder had been caught on the rising tide.
No one fished from Lewes Harbour Marina according to Julie. This should improve as we get better weather on the weekend. There were a fair number of boats in the canal, but if they caught a flounder they didn’t check in with Julie.
At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em Chris said the Knock on Wood spent the night offshore and came back with his three bluefin tuna. Today, Friday, June 15, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will Finally sink the old Cape May Lewes ferry boat Twin Capes.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.
Early Tuesday morning Ocean City Police found a man badly beaten in the area of 81st Street. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries and told police he’d been robbed by 4 individuals. As police were investigating the scene, the suspects returned in a vehicle – one ran off on foot after he was confronted by police. After a brief chase, police arrested 21 year old Patrick Nolan of Pennsylvania. The other three suspects were detained – and police arrested a 15 year old and 16 year old – also from Pennsylvania. The fourth suspect was released without charges. Nolan is charged with robbery, theft, 2nd degree assault and other offenses. The juveniles were referred to Juvenile Services.
A Senate resolution introduced today could ultimately help Delaware become the first state to implement Medicaid as a “public option.” Senate Concurrent Resolution 70 would create a study group to evaluate the particulars of a Medicaid Buy-In program for roughly 24,000 health care consumers in Delaware’s individual marketplace. While many states, including Delaware, offer Medicaid buy-in programs, those programs are narrowly available to specific groups of health care consumers, such as working adults with disabilities. No state currently offers a broader Medicaid buy-in option for middle class consumers.
SCR 70 also allows the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Social Services to apply for an innovation waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to implement a Medicaid buy-in program, including possible approval of federal premium tax credits to defray premiums for buyers between 138% and 400% of the federal poverty level.
If the Senate and House pass SCR 70, the Medicaid Buy-In Study Group will be required to hold its first meeting by September 10, 2018. A final report on the group’s findings and recommendations would be due to the Governor and the General Assembly by January 31, 2019.
Legislation that bans bump stocks in Delaware is now in effect. The State House Thursday afternoon voted 36 to 2 with 1 not voting and 2 absent (Voting ‘no’ – Reps. Rich Collins and Michael Mulrooney) to approve House Bill 300 and Governor John Carney has signed the measure into law. Upon signing the bill, the Governor says that there is no place in Delaware for bump stocks and other devices used to increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons making them even more potentially deadly.
Governor John Carney on Thursday issued the following statement after signing legislation to ban bump stock devices in Delaware:
“Delaware has made progress in strengthening our gun safety laws this legislative session with the support of students and advocates across the state, and today is no exception. By signing this bill into law, we are saying that there is no place in Delaware for bump stocks and other devices that are used to increase the rate of fire of semiautomatic weapons, making these weapons even more potentially deadly. This ban is one piece in a package of comprehensive gun safety legislation that will help us protect Delawareans. I want to thank Representative Longhurst for her leadership on this issue, and members of the General Assembly of both parties for coming together to protect our communities.”
Federal funding for Delaware environmental programs has been secured through two appropriations bills passed in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Chris Coons serves on the Senate committee – the first Delaware senator to sit on that committee in over 40 years. There is funding through NOAA that includes $80-million for Coastal Management Grants, $30-million for the new Title IX Oceans Fund as well as $37.5-million in other funding. There is also $71-million for NOAA’s Sea Grant College Program – UD’s Lewes campus is a member. Senator Coons also secured funding for programs at the Department of the Interior – including $4-million for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program. These are funds for programs that keep our oceans and local ecosystems clean and safe.