Thursday, July 19, 2018

Crash West of Millsboro Leaves 1 Critical

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01-Car crash background - Photo: © Copyright jaboo3foto/Shutterstock

A two vehicle crash west of Millsboro on Tuesday morning remains under investigation. Delaware State Police say a Jeep driven by a 32 year old Salisbury man was eastbound on Cross Keys Road and failed to stop for a posted stop sign at Phillips Hill Road and collided with a pickup truck. The driver of the Jeep was not wearing a seat belt and was taken to Christiana Medical Center with critical injuries. The driver of the pickup was restrained and treated for minor injuries. Charges have not yet been filed.


Delaware firefighters to Receive FEMA Grant for Fire Protection Equipment

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US Senator Chris Coons applauded the announcement by FEMA that the Delaware State Fire School will receive an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Award totaling $395,910 for personal protection equipment, extrication equipment, and vehicle fire simulators.

Coons visited the Delaware State Fire School last week and says that he saw firsthand how critical it is that we provide funding for proper training and equipment for Delaware’s firefighters. This Assistance to Firefighters Grant will help ensure that firefighters who train at the Delaware State Fire School have the equipment and experience they need to safely respond to emergencies.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Coons secured $350 million for Assistance to Firefighter Grants in the Homeland Security appropriations bill, which passed the Committee on June 21. Senator Coons also co-sponsored S.829, the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017, which reauthorizes programs including Assistance to Firefighters Grants through Fiscal Year 2023. This bill was included in H.R.4661, the United States Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017, which became law on January 3, 2018.


UPDATED: DOC Arrest Walk Away Near Greenwood

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UPDATED  7/18/18 – On Tuesday, William Shelton was apprehended by Delaware State Police Troop 5 during an Escape Recovery Team mission to locate him. He walked away from a work group in the Greenwood area. Shelton was arraigned at JP Court 3 before he was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on an Escape 2nd charge in lieu of $2,000 cash bail.


Corrections officials are looking for an offender from the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown who ran off on foot into a wooded area while working community service near Adams Road in Greenwood.  Officials are looking for 19 year old William Shelton who is from the Greenwood area.  He is black, 5’ 6” and 150 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.  Shelton has tattoos on his chest and upper right arm.  He is serving a violation of probation on original charges of conspiracy and burglary.


WGMD Fishing Report 7-18-18


Tuesday saw strong southwest winds and rough seas in the ocean, but boats were able to fish in the Delaware Bay and the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal.

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said Herb Dressler caught a 23.5-inch flounder on a minnow while fishing in the bay on the Miss Kirstin.  Rick Mills had 22 and a 17-inch flounder out of the Canal on Gulp! fished on a Nick’s Rig.  Jack Henrickson caught a 25-inch rockfish while his fishing buddy Rick Mills had a22.5 incher out of the Canal on live eels.  Young Valerie Soto and Jonathan Zacariaz each caught flounder on the Fish Hawk.  Valerie’s fish measured 17 inches while Jonathan’s was 22 inches.

I stopped by the Lighthouse View Tackle Shop on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park around noon and there were very few folks fishing.  It was hot and windy, but early in the morning a couple of keeper flounder were caught on Carolina rigged minnows.  Once the flood tide arrived there should be some spot and croaker on bloodworms.

Captain John Nedelka on the Karen Sue caught spadefish and triggers at Fenwick Shoal.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


DE Continues to Deal with Overdose Deaths

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Police in Ocean View have dealt with at least three overdoses in the past several weeks.  At the end of June a man was found passed out on a beach outside of the Giants.  With multiple hits of Narcan he was revived.  Two men in their 20s were not as lucky.  When they missed work – a co-worker went looking for them – and looking through a window found them dead on the floor and called police.  Their bodies were sent to the Division of Forensic Science to determine the cause and manner of death.  According to DHSS, there have been 138 suspected overdose deaths in the state of Delaware this year.


6 Charged with DUI after Weekend Statewide DUI Checkpoints


DUI checkpoints throughout Delaware netted 6 DUI arrests Saturday night.  The Office of Highway Safety along with State Police and local law enforcement set up in each county – with five DUI checkpoints.  Along with the 6 DUI arrests – police also handed out 96 citations – including the arrest of one wanted person.  The next Checkpoint Strikeforce effort will be run on September 1st with 4 DUI checkpoints statewide along with DUI patrols.


Dover Child Support Services to Close Two Days During Move


The Dover Office of the Delaware Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) will have limited services on Friday, July 27, and will close to the public on Monday, July 30, and Tuesday, July 31, to facilitate a move to the division’s new Dover location at 905 S. Governors Ave.

During this period of transition, child support customers can access information and services by contacting the DCSS Customer Service Unit at (302) 577-7171, as well as the division’s websites and In addition, the New Castle and Sussex County offices will be open for business on both closure days and can handle cases from anywhere in the state.

New Castle DCSS Office
Churchman’s Corporate Center
84A Christiana Road,
New Castle

Sussex DCSS Office
Georgetown Professional Park
20105 Office Circle

The new Dover office will reopen to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 905 S. Governors Ave.


UPDATED: Crash West of Millsboro Leaves 1 Dead and 4 Injured

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UPDATED  7/17/18:  Delaware State Police have released the name of the Maryland man who died Sunday in a crash on Millsboro Highway in the area of Nine Foot Road.  Police say 66 year old David Barry of Eden was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.


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.


UPDATED: DSP Arrest Burglary Suspect

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UPDATED  7/17/18:  An arrest by Delaware State Police in connection with multiple burglaries in the Lewes and Millsboro areas.  During their investigation Police identified 40 year old David Honeycutt of Rehoboth Beach as the suspect.  He was arrested at his girlfriend’s home in the Ridings at Rehoboth today.  Police say he entered multiple businesses and took cash from at least 3 daycares and a kennel.  He is charged with 3 counts of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and more – with additional charges pending.


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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


Tuesday on Delmarva LIVE! with Jake Smith


Coming up this morning on Delmarva LIVE! with Jake Smith:

In the 9:00 Hour
Should President Trump be criticized for his handling of the summit with Vladimir Putin or was his approach a businessman’s approach – something that has never been attempted before?

Who are the Democrats and Republicans criticizing President Trump? Are those screaming treason his supporters or are they swamp dwellers? Do you remember that President Obama used your tax dollars to meddle in Israel’s election back in 2016.

In the 10:00 Hour
Representative Rich Collins will join us in the 10:00 hour to discuss the latest in Delaware state government news. A non-licensed driver, with 4 previous DUI’s was arrested on suspicion of his 5th DUI in Millsboro on Sunday. Should we be revisiting this issue in the next legislative session?

In the 11:00 Hour
New York Socialist, Democrat Congressional candidate Andrea Ocasio Cortez opened mouth and inserted foot in a PBS interview – claiming that Israel is an occupier of Palestine. Uh oh – does this mean that she is no longer the poster child for the 21st Century Democrat? Why do those of the Jewish faith stand by Dem’s when they do not support Israel? We will get your take.

San Francisco wants to tax businesses (much in the way that Seattle did) to pay for the homeless. The only problem is when Jeff Bezos objected, Seattle quickly rescinded the law. It was liberal politicians in San Francisco that has caused their homeless crisis – now they want businesses to pay. That means you and I will pay in the long run.

All this and so much more on Delmarva Live, with Jake Smith, immediately following Mike Bradley and the WGMD Morning Team at 9 on 92.7 WGMD, The Talk of Delmarva, streaming live at and via your WGMD app.

Fasten your seat belts Delmarva… Delmarva LIVE! with Jake Smith comes your way at 9:00 AM!

WGMD Fishing Report 7-17-18


Monday was another beautiful summer day and the fishing was decent.  Thunderstorms are scheduled to roll in on Tuesday, so plan your trips accordingly.

Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Katydid fished the bay in the afternoon and had a good catch of triggers, blues, trout and croaker.  Bob Oswald caught a beautiful 6.02-pound flounder on Gulp! and minnows at Reef Site 10.

The slot rockfish season has been open for two weeks and keepers have been caught from several locations.  Locally, the Savanah Road Bridge has given up some keepers on live eels.  The Ferry Wall and the Outer Wall have also seen some keepers on plugs or live bait fished early or late in the day.  Dan, at Dan’s Tackle, said slot rockfish have been caught out of the Broadkill River on cut bunker.  I would suggest Oyster Rocks as a good location to start.  At Smith Bait in Leipsic Steve said the local tidal rivers and creeks hold slot rock.  While they will take bloodworms or cut bunker, it is a nice juicy piece of peeler crab that really gets their attention.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


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.


WGMD Fishing Report 7-15-18


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.


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.


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.



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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Images courtesy DSP

UPDATED – 7/17/18 – 4:45pm – Police need your help to identify the suspect in a hit and run crash that left a bicycle rider dead early Saturday morning.  Police say between 3:15 AND 3:44 Saturday morning,  a white SUV – a Toyota Highlander –  struck the bicycle rider in the area just south of Plymouth Road on Route 13 north of Felton.  The driver of the SUV left the scene – but lost part of a front bumper.  If you have any information – contact Crime Stoppers.


UPDATED – 7/17/18  –  11:20am – Delaware State Police have identified the victim as 28 year old William Boyer of Felton.


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


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.


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


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.