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Two Injured in Motorcycle Crash in Bishopville

Apr 20, 2014 -- 10:33am

Two people were injured after a motorcycle crash on Route 113 and Hotel Road in Bishopville around 9 this morning.  Bishopville EMS crews say the two riders were taken to PRMC – Maryland and Delaware State Police and Selbyville Police were also on the scene.



Easter Seal Checking out the Beach in Rehoboth

Apr 20, 2014 -- 8:51am

Beach-goers in Rehoboth had an Easter seal come up on the beach.  The seal is in the area of the Henlopen Hotel however MERR Officials are asking people to stay away from the seal and keep your dogs away from it as well.  Remember it is a wild animal.  This seal is likely just resting and will make its way back to the surf on its own.

UPDATED: Laurel Firefighters Battle Early Morning Garage Fire

Apr 20, 2014 -- 5:56am

UPDATE - 10:45AM - State fire officials say the home on West Court east of Laurel was heavily damaged when fire broke out just before 3am.  The residents in the home were able to escape without injury, but the State Fire Marshal is continuing the investigation into the cause of the blaze.  Damage is estimated at $200,000.


6AM - Fire crews from Laurel were called for a garage fire on West Court – east of Laurel - just before 3am.  Laurel fire officials tell WGMD it took them about 30 minutes to an hour to control the blaze and extra tankers were called to provide water.  The fire began in the garage, but extended into the attached home.  Crews from Blades, Georgetown and Millsboro, were also called to assist.  The State Fire Marshal is investigating.

2 Arrested in Wilmington Purse Snatching

Apr 20, 2014 -- 5:31am

Thanks to witnesses to a purse snatching in the Walmart parking lot in Wilmington – State Police have arrested 2 men.  Witnesses stopped 20 year old Stephen Dunfee after he dropped the woman’s purse and ran towards a waiting pickup truck.  The truck drove off – but one of the witnesses gave the tag number to State Police who arrested 19 year old Devin Holt near his home.



Milton Police Investigate Cemetery Assault

Apr 20, 2014 -- 5:30am

Milton Police need your help to find the person who assaulted an 82 year old man who was laying flowers on a grave at a cemetery in Milton Saturday afternoon.  Police say the suspect left the man with a head injury and took items from him.  The victim is stable at Christiana Hospital – if you have information – call Crime Stoppers at 800-847-3333.

Arrest in 1 of 2 Milford Shootings

Apr 20, 2014 -- 5:27am

An arrest in one of 2 shootings on Montgomery Street in Milford.  Milford Police got warrants for 21 year old Jhavon Goode for a shooting that left a man with several gunshot wounds on April 9.  State Police stopped Goode for a traffic violation near Georgetown and turned him over to Milford Police.  The investigation into another shooting on April 4th continues.



DSP Investigating Fatal Wreck Near Millsboro

Apr 19, 2014 -- 9:35am

Delaware State Police are investigating a two vehicle wreck that killed a 59-year-old woman near Millsboro yesterday. 

Police say 21-year-old Dakota Price drove off Phillips Hill Road, through a field, into Janice Adams’ vehicle on Conaway Road. 

Adams died in the wreck.  Price and Adams' two passengers, 64-year-old Patrick Adams and 16-year-old Madelyn Riekert, suffered injuries.

Doug Parks Named 2014 Berlin Citizen of the Year

Apr 19, 2014 -- 7:54am

The Berlin Lions Club has announced the 2014 Citizen of the Year is Doug Parks who will receive the prestigious 49th annual Berlin Award.

From his work with his church to volunteering with service organizations like the Lions club, Doug Parks has spent more than 50 years working for the community. 

Recipients of the award are selected by a committee of previous winners. Mr. Parks will receive his award at a special dinner at the Berlin Lions Club Thursday, April 24th.  For dinner information, call Russ Barrett - 410-641-0444. 

Delmarva Chicken Festival Will End This Year

Apr 19, 2014 -- 7:14am

This will be the 65th and final year for the Delmarva Chicken Festival. 

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. says it will be directing its money toward government efforts. 

The 65th annual festival will run June 20th and 21st in Centreville, Maryland.

Funeral for Milford Central Academy Principal This Morning

Apr 19, 2014 -- 6:13am

The funeral for Milford Central Academy Principal Tricia Martin and her daughter, Taryn, will be taking place this morning in Dover. 

Martin and her daughter were killed in a motor vehicle wreck April 11th

The funeral starts at 11 a.m. after a final viewing session at Torbert Funeral Services in Dover.  The viewing session starts at 10.

Hiatus Coming for Bethany Beach Streetscape Project, Miss Completion Target

Apr 19, 2014 -- 5:31am

There will be a break in the Bethany Beach Streetscape Project this summer, which also means the project will not meet its intended deadline. 

WBOC reports the project was expected to be completed by Memorial Day, but DelDOT says it’s been pushed back because of the wet winter.

The project is to reconstruct Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach and began February 2013.

There will be a hiatus starting in mid-May and running until mid-October.

Former Lewes Councilman Sues Lobbyist Over Medical Marijuana

Apr 19, 2014 -- 5:13am

A lobbyist is being sued over medical marijuana. 

Former Lewes City Councilman Judson Bennett says he hired Senator Tom Carper’s former Sussex County director, Mark Lally, to help him obtain a license to open the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary. 

Bennett claims Lally helped a competing company instead.

Bulk Carrier Grounded off Virginia Beach Refloated

Apr 18, 2014 -- 5:57pm

After 4 days, the 751-foot bulk carrier Ornak has been refloated off the shore of Virginia Beach and repositioned to the Lynnhaven anchorage.  A collision and gusting winds Tuesday caused a dozen ships near the anchorage to drag anchor and caused the Ornak to run aground.  Officials are now checking the bulk carrier to be sure the Bahamian vessel is safe to travel for a grain pickup at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal.

Earth Day Observances Begin Saturday

Apr 18, 2014 -- 5:49pm

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, however some events will be taking place over the weekend.  Saturday from 10 to 3pm you can learn about marine wildlife, water quality and more during the DuPont Nature Center Earth Day Celebration in Milford.  Then on Tuesday morning – DNREC Secretary Colin O’Mara and Senator Chris Coons will be planting native shrubs and flowering plants at Mirror Lake in Dover.

A variety of events will be taking place around the state on Tuesday – the 44th Annual Earth Day.  There is one event in Sussex County – an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt for kids aged 5 to 9.  The hunt will cost $5 per child and is from 11am to noon.   Contact the Nature Center for information.

New Undergraduate Scholarship Created at Del State

Apr 18, 2014 -- 5:48pm

A new scholarship is being established at Del State by Dr. Berlin and Reba Hollingsworth.  The scholarship is for undergraduate DSU students from rising freshmen to seniors with at least a 2.75 GPA and demonstrated financial need.  The Hollingsworths, who are long-time Del State alumni supporters, recently presented a $10,000 contribution to the university to create the scholarship.

Millville By the Sea Ribbon Cutting for Amenity Complex April 26

Apr 18, 2014 -- 4:38pm

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Millville by the Sea amenity complex will be held on Saturday, April 26 from noon to 3pm.  The Lifestyle Center includes multiple buildings which house a community clubhouse, a pool and pool house, fitness center and a crab shack pavilion that all overlook a 6-acre lake.

Lincoln Man Pleads Guilty to Exceeding Striped Bass Quota

Apr 18, 2014 -- 4:38pm

DNREC Enforcement agents responded to 30 complaints last week and issued 14 citations.  49 year old Scott Stapleford of Lincoln pleaded guilty to exceeding the quota of striped bass during the 2013 commercial hook-and-line season.  He was found with over 300 pounds of fish – the quota is 200 pounds.

Death of VCC Inmate Under Investigation

Apr 18, 2014 -- 4:37pm

A 26 year old inmate at the VCC has died.  Officials are investigating the death of Jason Cunningham on Wednesday night – just hours after he was brought to the facility to be held on a variety of charges.  The state police and Chief Medical Examiner are investigating Cunningham’s death.

Gov Markell's Weekly Address: Strengthening OUr Workforce Through Collaboration and Education

Apr 18, 2014 -- 1:29pm

Many Delaware students leave the state after school because there are no good jobs.  And businesses will locate and create jobs where they find the talent they need.  In his weekly address, Governor Jack Markell is looking to plug the holes in the local workforce with a new partnership.  A new partnership between Del Tech, the Delaware Manufacturing Association and the state’s school districts will help high school students work toward jobs in numerous industries.   This collaboration will help to fill the gaps currently existing in our local workforce.  And having a talented workforce prepared to work – both now and in the future - could be the deciding factor in a business deciding to locate in Delaware – or somewhere else.

Delaware, Maryland Unemployment Rates Unchanged in March

Apr 18, 2014 -- 10:31am

Delaware’s unemployment in March remains unchanged from February, according to preliminary statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The federal government says Delaware had 800 more residents in the civilian labor force in that one month span and 200 fewer unemployed residents.

Year-over-year, Delaware has 1400 more residents in the civilian labor force and 4100 fewer unemployed residents, taking the unemployment rate from 6.8% in March 2013 to 5.9% in March 2014.

Year-over-year, Delaware has added a 7,500 seasonally-adjusted nonfarm jobs from March 2013 to March 2014, but lost 100 nonfarm seasonally adjusted jobs from February 2014 to March 2014.

In neighboring Maryland, the unemployment rate stayed at 5.6% in March 2014 from the previous month, both lower than the 6.7% unemployment rate in March 2013.

The federal government says Maryland had 31,600 fewer residents in the civilian workforce (seasonally-adjusted) in March 2014 than March 2013 and 400 fewer than February 2014.  There are also roughly 36,800 fewer unemployed residents in March 2014 compared to March 2013 and 1,200 fewer unemployed residents compared to February 2013.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also notes Maryland added 14,000 seasonally-adjusted nonfarm jobs year-over-year and 2,300 from February 2014 to March 2014.

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