A 4.7 magnitude earthquake was detected 136 miles SSE of the Ocean City, MD coastline about 6:30pm Tuesday 1/15/19.
The US Geological Survey reports the quake occurred about 6.2 miles below the surface.
A 4.7 magnitude earthquake was detected 136 miles SSE of the Ocean City, MD coastline about 6:30pm Tuesday 1/15/19.
The US Geological Survey reports the quake occurred about 6.2 miles below the surface.
The Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT) announces to motorists that due to inclement weather, the closure of the US 113 Northbound Overpass on Monday, January 21, 2019 has been cancelled between Frontage Road and Route 1 northbound. The work will be rescheduled at a later date.
The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce joins the Ocean City Mayor, City Council, the Fenwick Island Town Council, the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and numerous environmental non-profits in their collective opposition to any form of seismic testing in our offshore waters.
Ocean City Mayor, Rick Meehan, and the City Council recently put out a similar press release, in which, Mayor Meehan was quoted in saying, “The recent permits issued by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, combined with the pending permits being reviewed by BOEM, open the door for seismic blast testing and ultimately offshore oil and gas drilling off the Ocean City coastline,” Meehan continued. “The short term benefits of oil and gas exploration or any large scale industrial activity in the ocean pale against the permanent catastrophic environmental and economic harm that such activity will cause. We are urging BOEM to preserve our beach and ocean by denying any permit applications related to oil and gas exploration and development off the coast of Maryland.”
The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce is proud to stand with and is resolute to support our neighboring community leaders in this opposition. “Disruption of our treasured ocean ecosystem is unacceptable. Local commercial fishermen are already seeing damage to benthic species due to other offshore activities. Seismic testing will further alter migration patterns and drive away resident species.” says Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kerrie Bunting. She continues, “Not to mention the ultimate goal of this testing is to determine if the area is appropriate for offshore oil and gas drilling. We will whole-heartedly stand in opposition to that!”
First, we want to say thank you to everyone that has helped us so far this year. We couldn’t have made it this far without you!
Delaware State Police were called to Mill Park Drive near Bridgeville around 7:30 Monday morning after shots were fired at a home. Two adults were inside the home – neither was injured. Police are investigating and ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.
With Delaware’s annual wild turkey hunting season approaching, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Program reminds both resident and non-resident hunters that they must pass a turkey hunting course approved by the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife before they can legally hunt turkeys in the First State. Other hunter education requirements also apply for anyone hunting turkeys in Delaware. These requirements have collectively helped Delaware turkey hunters achieve an excellent hunting safety record.
Registration is now open for one-day turkey hunting courses offered by the Division of Fish & Wildlife at the following locations in Kent, Sussex, and New Castle counties, with each class held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
Delaware’s turkey hunter education course teaches students age 10 and older turkey hunting safety information, as well as current wild turkey hunting laws and regulations in the state. Students also learn wild turkey biology and behavior, Delaware’s wild turkey history, and turkey calling, which can help improve turkey hunting success.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to print their Delaware Turkey Hunter Safety Card or have the turkey course certification added to their Delaware Hunter Education Card. Such proof of both hunter education and turkey hunting safety certification must be carried while turkey hunting.
All students planning to attend one of the courses must register in advance. To register for a course, click Hunter Education Online Access and after logging in, click “Sign me up” and select “Mandatory Turkey Ed.” Students may also contact the Hunter Education Office at 302-735-3600, ext. 1.
Delaware’s 2019 wild turkey season will run from Saturday, April 13 through Saturday, May 11, excluding Sundays, with a youth/non-ambulatory disabled turkey hunt on Saturday, April 6. For more information on wild turkey hunting in Delaware, click on 2018-2019 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide is also available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901 and from license agents throughout the state.
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People from all over the world envy me, you, and anybody who has access to American physicians, surgeons, medical specialists and healthcare facilities. Our medicine and medical pros here in the The States are the world’s best and everybody knows it. Our nurses, doctors, therapists, radiologists, pharmacy technicians, etc., don’t go out on strike, don’t demand shorter hours, higher pay, etc. Our hospitals don’t re-use hypodermics; don’t wash and re-use bandages; don’t have insufferably high infection rates and don’t smell of human waste like ‘hospitals’ in the USSR did. We also have the best technology and medicine there is. In fact, it’s so good that foreign countries don’t even bother developing their own; they just wait for our companies to do it since we’re so advanced beyond everybody else.
The cardiac catheterization I had on Monday morning was a good example of how private, for-profit medicine works. A decade ago, this would have been much more complex and risky than it was today. Today, it was pretty easy, actually: Get to Beebe, about 45 minutes in the cardiac prep area, some oral and IV medicines, then into the cath lab. I never felt the catheter going into the artery; Doctor Myers and the two nurses, who all acted like they’d done this a few thousand times with no problems, took maybe half-an-hour watching the whole thing on one of the four monitors that I could see, told me that I didn’t have any major blockages or problems, other than some residual effects from a massive heart attack in 2007, and I was wheeled back to the cardiac prep ward. Cardiologist Dr. Myers pointed out various things, like the 4 wires that kept the sternum together after the quintuple bypass in ’07 and the 5 grafts that thoracic surgeon Kurt Wehburg performed then. Less than an hour later, I was slamming down a drive-through, fast-food breakfast, then home and sleeping like a log. No problems. None.
Beebe is a superior, world-class hospital, no question about it. I’ve been a patient there a couple of times; once for kidney stones and once for a mini-stroke. The fact of the matter is, American hospitals are the world’s best and Beebe is one of the best in our country. We’re fortunate to have it here.
All’s well that ends well, so let’s keep it that way. Superior medical care is private medical care, not government-run medical care. In AOC’s world, everything is triaged, everything is rationed, everything is, “We can’t supply infinite medicine for everybody, comrade.” Just like it was in that Marxist paradise she never had to live in but admires more than anything, the USSR. That, in and of itself, is enough to give anybody a heart attack.
Obviously, taxpayers (NOT ‘government’) pay for a large portion of the medical care of those over 65 and others who have low incomes. Ultimately, the law of unintended consequences kicked in and that invoked that really nasty law of supply and demand, so, prices went up. I guess LBJ didn’t see that one coming. Leftist Democrat party pols never do.
But if we want to keep the world’s greatest medical care, let’s keep government bureaucrats and busy-bodies as far away from running it as possible. They’ll make it look like Europe’s and, if they’re not checked, like the Soviets’. And that’s a punishment we don’t deserve.
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Last fall all the officers in the Seaford Police Department were trained in the identification of opioid overdoses and the administering of Naloxone to a victim suffering from an opioid overdose. As December 6th, all Seaford officers are now required to carry Naloxone with them on their patrol duties.
Because of the partial federal government shutdown, Delaware will join other states in issuing food benefits early for February, loading them onto clients’ Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards on or before Jan. 20.
The more than 136,000 Delawareans who are clients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive their February benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20, said Ray Fitzgerald, director of the Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Social Services (DSS), which manages the food benefit program in Delaware. DSS typically staggers food benefits between the second and the 17th days of the month.
“To be clear, these early food benefits are not additional or bonus benefits,” said Dr. Kara Odom Walker, DHSS Cabinet Secretary. “Because clients will have two months’ worth of food dollars on their EBT cards this month, we urge them to plan and budget wisely. It is important for them to use January benefits in January, and February’s benefits in February. Our hope is to be back on the regular schedule beginning in March.”
Clients will be notified of the early issuance through letters to each household, contacts through retail outlets and community partners, social media posts, and other means.
Fitzgerald said DSS is working with grocery and convenience stores to alert them of the early issuance of February benefits so they can stock additional food items and increase staffing as needed. The division also is working to get out the message to community partners, including legislators, State Service Centers, the Food Bank of Delaware, senior centers, places of worship and other organizations.
The average household benefit in Delaware is $238 per month, which makes the total disbursement about $15.8 million monthly. The majority of SNAP clients are children, seniors and people with disabilities.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it is able to make the payments for February based on a provision in the short-term continuing resolution that kept several federal agencies funded through Dec. 21.
Clients in Delaware who have questions about the balances on their EBT cards can check them online at ConnectEBT.comor call Conduent Customer Service at 1-800-526-9099.
Milford Police are investigating the theft of a woman’s wallet while she was shopping at Peebles on North DuPont Boulevard in the afternoon of December 7th and need your help to identify the suspects. Police say two people were caught on surveillance at the Milford Walmart the same day using the victim’s stolen credit cards. If you have information – contact Milford Police or call Crime Stoppers.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will be inaugurated on Wednesday in Annapolis. Former Montgomery County Executive, the Honorable Ike Leggett will deliver the welcome message. Governor Hogan will be introduced by Florida’s 43rd Governor – Jeb Bush, who was most recently a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford will be introduced by his daughters, Kristen and Lauren Rutherford and the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Governor and Mrs. Hogan’s oldest grandchild, 6 year old, Daniella Velez. Wednesday’s ceremony begins at 12:30pm on the northwest lawn of the Maryland State House.
A crash last Wednesday on Route 12 at Canterbury Road has turned deadly. Delaware State Police say a Ford pickup was eastbound on Route 12 and a Dodge pickup was northbound on Canterbury Road entering the intersection – which is controlled by a 4-way stop. The driver of the Ford failed to stop and struck the Dodge on the driver’s side door. The driver of the Ford was properly restrained and not injured. The driver of the Dodge, 80 year old Vaughn Wootten of Felton was properly restrained, but died at Christiana Hospital from his injuries on Sunday. A 76 year old woman who was a passenger in Wootten’s truck was not properly restrained and was ejected – she remains at Christiana Hospital in serious condition.
The Sussex County Council meets at 1pm tomorrow because of a short agenda. The council will revisit a change of zone application for Old Orchard Ventures for a change from A-R 1 to C-2 for property on Old Orchard Road. During last week’s public hearing area residents spoke against the application, which the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended to deny. The Council will also look at Councilman Doug Hudson’s nomination for the vacant seat on the P&Z and hear from Airport Manager Jim Hickin. There are 3 public hearings on conditional use and change of zone applications in the afternoon session, which will begin after the regular council session is concluded.
The Sussex County Council will meet at 1pm in the council chambers on the Circle in Georgetown.
The trial for the second group of inmates involved in the Vaughn prison riot in February of 2017 got underway this morning in Wilmington. A total of 18 jurors were chosen last week. Abednego Baynes, Kevin Berry, John Bramble and Obadiah Miller are each charged with 3 counts of 1st degree murder as well as multiple other offenses – including assault, riot and kidnapping. During the prison riot, three correctional officers were kidnapped and a 4th, Lt. Steven Floyd was killed. From the first trial, just one of the 4 defendants was found guilty in the murder of Lt Floyd.
UPDATED – 1/14/19 2pm – A fire Sunday afternoon heavily damaged a home on West 10th Street in Laurel. Crews arriving at the scene found heavy smoke and a 75 year old woman who escaped from the home, but suffered from burns. She has been taken to the Chester Crozier Burn Center – no other injuries were reported. The State Fire Marshal is investigating to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Damage is estimated at $125,000.
Laurel firefighters were called for a house fire on West 10th Street just before 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Crews arriving at the scene found heavy fire and 1 person in the yard with burns who was taken to an area hospital. Firefighters from Blades, Delmar and Sharptown assisted. The State Fire Marshal is investigating.
UPDATED – 1/14/19 – Snow emergency plans have been lifted in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties.
The Maryland State Police and local agencies, along with the State Highway Administration have put a snow emergency plan has been put in place in Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester Counties. This is to help highway officials in their snow clearing operations, so all vehicles must be equipped with snow chains or snow tires and a parking ban is in effect on all snow emergency routes. Vehicles left on the shoulders of these routes will be towed at the owner’s expense.
On Tuesday afternoon, Governor John Carney and State Education officials and advocates will announce an education initiative to provide support for English learners and low-income students statewide. The announcement will be made at his Dover office at Legislative Hall at 1:30pm.
A Georgetown man has been charged with his 7th DUI offense after he was involved in a single vehicle crash around 10:30 Saturday night. Delaware State Police say 52 year old Felix Robledo’s car went off Beach Highway in Greenwood and into a ditch. Police smelled alcohol while speaking with Robledo and began a DUI investigation. Police determined that Robledo was impaired when the crash occurred and that he had six prior convictions for DUI. He’s being held in default of a secured bail.
Maryland State Police were called when a motorist spotted a body off the side of a road near the intersection of Johnson and Bear Swam Roads in Parsonsburg around 3 Sunday afternoon. Police say her body was in the wood line – over 10 feet from the road. The woman, identified as 30 year old Ashlie Meadow-Simms of Parsonsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene – her body has been taken to the Medical Examiner for autopsy. Police believe Meadow-Simms was last seen between 10 and 11pm Friday near her home on Johnson Road. They ask anyone with information to contact the Salisbury Barrack – 410-749-3101.
An investigation into an illegal drug trafficking organization in Kent County has netted 20 arrests or indictments. Delaware State Police along with Dover PD, DEA, Probation and Parole and other agencies ended “Operation Old School” earlier this month. Police say the organization was responsible for a large-scale distribution of cocaine and marijuana in and around Kent County. The organization was headed by 44 year old Ricardo Barnaby of New Castle, 44 year old Barry Haith of Dover and 39 year old Lamont McCove of Harrington. Ten search warrants were executed and police seized drugs, 4 handguns and an AR-15, assorted ammunition, a pickup truck, moped and over $96,000 in suspected drug proceeds.
Several lower level members of the organization have also been identified. The following items were seized as a result of the investigation and execution of the search warrants:
Ricardo L. Barnaby was charged with the following:
Barnaby was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $205,000.00 cash only bond.
Barry V. Haith was charged with the following:
Haith was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $223,000.00 secured bond.
Lamont K. McCove was charged with the following:
McCove was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $301,000.00 cash only bond.
In addition to the above three defendants, 17 other individuals were indicted and/or arrested as part of the drug distribution organization for a total of 244 felony and 34 misdemeanor charges. As of January 3, 2019 all suspects have been located and arrested.
Agencies that participated or assisted with the investigation included:
Two people received minor injuries after a crash on Shiloh Church Road near Georgetown Sunday afternoon. Delaware State Police tell WGMD that an SUV driven by a 19 year old Laurel woman went off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver and 16 year old girl were taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. No citations were issued.
UPDATED – 9:10am – Transit is operating under Code Orange for today. CODE ORANGE means that service is reduced and not all stops will be served. Transit Route 120 WILL NOT operate today, at all. Regional Routes continue to operate serving only CODE ORANGE stops. CODE ORANGE stops are highlighted on hard copy schedules and bus stop signs at these stops are affixed with an orange square. Be advised that buses may tend to run late, as road conditions are treacherous.
Shore Transit in Maryland has reduced service due to the deteriorating road conditions, however they will begin service on-time this morning. They are under a Code Orange status, which will means only designated stops will be served. They are highlighted on hard copy schedules and bus stop signs have an orange square on them.
UPDATED – 9:15am – The snow overnight on the eastern side of Sussex County was light – until about 4 this morning when it picked up intensity. Since then close to 3″ of the white stuff has fallen in many parts of the county – including Ellendale and Laurel and in Kent County in Dover, West Dover and Smyrna. Click here for the DEOS Snow Conditions Chart Accuweather expects the snow to mix with some rain or sleet this afternoon, but we could see additional snowfall or an inch or two tonight.
Plows have been out since last night salting and plowing Maryland and Delaware roads. If you don’t have to go out today – stay home – and give the road crews a chance to do their job and not have to jockey around disabled or stuck vehicles. Click here to find out where the plows are in Delaware Use the pull down menu at the top left and chose snow plow tracker.
A reminder: Sledding and Snowboarding is NOT allowed on the dunes at the Delaware State Parks. DNREC officials say the dunes contain fragile wildlife habitat and protect the surrounding area and sledding and snowboarding will damage those areas. With the exception of the marked dune crossings – the dunes at Cape Henlopen and Delaware Seashore State Parks are off limits to pedestrians – regardless of the season.
On the western side of the shore roads are snow-covered and there has been more snow-fall. Looking at Ocean City, there is a dusting of snow but roads early this morning are mostly clear. The plows are out throughout the region spreading salt to keep roads passable. There is snow on the roads along the Route 13 corridor – especially in the northern part of Sussex County, less as you move east and to the south although nearly all roads are now seeing more snow covering them as plows work to keep up. There are some church closings