Friday, November 16, 2018
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Lewes Woman Sentenced for Embezzling from Beebe Hospital

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Image courtesy Lewes PD

Image courtesy Lewes PD

A Lewes woman has been sentenced for embezzling money from her employer.  Officials say 49 year old Hope Abram, was the revenue director at Beebe Hospital, when she requested refund checks for fictitious people at made-up addresses, then deposited the checks into her own account when they were returned. She was sentenced to 25 years – suspended after serving 2 years in prison – followed by home confinement.  She must also pay over $200,000 in restitution and has forfeited 3 vehicles and 3 motorcycles that were bought with the illicit funds.


 

Dover Man Pleads Guilty to in Shooting Death of Girlfriend

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Image courtesy Dover PD

A Dover man has pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and weapons offenses in the murder of his 20 year old girlfriend last year.  Police say 23 year old Darren Weiford shot and killed Amber Buckler while she lay in bed in a Dover motel room.  Weiford will be sentenced in January and face 18 years to life in prison.


 

Dover PD Arrest 1 – Looking for 2nd After West Reed Street Incident

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Image courtesy Dover PD

Image courtesy Dover PD

Dover Police have arrested one man and are looking for a second after an incident Thursday evening on West Reed Street.  Police spotted 32 year old Abdul Tillery in a fight with another person.  They saw Tillery walk to a trash can and pick up an object and hide it in his sweatshirt.  Believing to be a firearm, police tried to contact Tillery who ran off on foot and tossed a loaded 9mm handgun over a fence – which was later recovered.  Tillery was arrested.  During the chase, 31 year old Adriene Stevenson of New Castle grabbed and shoved an officer trying to prevent Tillery’s arrest.  Stevenson was gone when police tried to locate him.  Stevenson is wanted for resisting arrest, offensive touching and hindering prosecution.  If you know where he is – contact Crime Stoppers. Tillery faces multiple offenses.


 

UPDATE: Fire Marshal Investigating Blaze that Destroyed Long Neck Area Apartment Complex

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Image courtesy IRVFC

UPDATED – 11:10am – The State Fire Marshal continues to investigate the blaze that destroyed the middle building of the Carillon Woods complex off Route 5 in Long Neck.  State fire investigators are currently on the scene searching for the fire’s origin and cause. The building, which was under construction, was designed to house 30 units.  Heavy fire damage is estimated to exceed $1,500,000. There were no reported injuries.

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BREAKING NEWS 11/9 8:20AM: WGMD has learned the fire at Carillion Woods apartments in Long Neck has rekindled. Fire crews have returned to the scene.

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Firefighters from around Sussex County helped the Indian River Fire Company battle a fully involved fire at Carillon Woods off Route 5 at Long Neck. The call came in at 9:23pm and arriving firefighters found the four-story apartment complex, which is still under construction, with flames shooting into the sky. There was no active sprinkler system. Several area roads were closed while firefighters battled the blaze for over five hours. The State Fire Marshal is investigating.

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WGMD Fishing Report 11-8-18

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Thursday saw some fishable weather and a few boats were able to get out.  Small craft advisories are already up for Friday and will probably be up again for Saturday.

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said Captain Vince Keagy on the Miss Kristin was out and returned with three keeper tog.  The citation winners on Wednesday’s trip aboard the Katydid were Bill Keefer, 7.11 pounds, Dr. Tony, 7.64 pounds, Chris Thawley, 9.27 pounds, Lou Pennella 7.34 pounds, Ron Mistretta, 9.76 pounds and Bob Murphy, 7.66 pounds.

Lauren at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em told us the head boat went out in the morning and found some tog and triggerfish.

At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle the report was small tog plus a few keepers out of the inlet on sand fleas and green crabs.

Jerry at Taylored Tackle in Seaford told us the best action on his side of the state has been crappie and catfish at the Laurel Spillway. 

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.


 

US Flag, Delaware and Maryland Flags to Half-Staff

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As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018,President Donald Trumpordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff effective IMMEDIATELY until sunset, Saturday, November 10, 2018As a matter of protocol, the Delaware and Maryland flags are lowered to half-staff. No flag may fly higher than the United States flag.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 11-7-18

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Wednesday saw fairly good weather, but seas were still riled up from the previous storms.

Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Katydid managed to have a very successful tog trip returning with a good catch that included five citation fish to 9.76 pounds.

At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle Clark said the only fish he heard about was a lone speckled trout caught from the Inlet.

At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em the report was no fish seen all day.

The weather report for Thursday looks fair and perhaps the fish will choose to cooperate.  If we get some clean water inshore the tog bite could turn on at the Outer Wall and the Ice Breakers.  The surf could see small blues and perhaps a few kings.  The Del-Jersey-Land and Site 11 should still hold sea bass.

Friday’s weather report has us back in the dumpster again and it is also the first day of Delaware’s shotgun deer season.  Fishing will take a backseat to hunting for the next week and this year for the first time hunters will be allowed to go after deer on Sunday.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.


 

DE House & Senate Caucuses Meet to Choose Leadership

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Following Tuesday’s elections, the Delaware House and Senate caucuses met Wednesday to elect leadership for the 150th General Assembly.

The House Democratic Caucus selected Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf as House Speaker, Rep. Valerie Longhurst as Majority Leader and Rep. Larry Mitchell as Majority Whip.

First elected in 2002, Rep. Schwartzkopf has served as majority leader from 2008-2012, and speaker since 2012. Rep. Longhurst has served as majority whip from 2008-2012, and majority leader since 2012. First elected in 2006, Rep. Mitchell has served on the Joint Finance Committee and Bond Bill Committee. He is a retired New Castle County Police officer.

State Rep. Danny Short, R-Seaford, was selected as House Minority Leader. The most tenured member of the House Republican Caucus, Rep. Short was first elected in 2006 and has served as House Minority Leader since 2012.

State Rep. Tim Dukes, R-Laurel, was chosen to serve as House Minority Whip. This is the first caucus leadership position for Rep. Dukes, who was elected to his first term in office in 2012 as a member of the 147th General Assembly.

Senate Democrats have nominated Sen. David McBride, D-Hawk’s Nest, to return to his position as President Pro Tempore of the 150th General Assembly. McBride has served in the General Assembly since 1978 and as President Pro Tempore since 2017. The Senate will formally elect the President Pro Tempore when it returns to session on January 8, 2019.

The Senate Majority has also elected Sen. Nicole Poore, D-New Castle, to succeed former Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington, as Majority Leader. Henry retired this year after 24 years of service to the 2nd Senate District.

Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, will round out the Senate Majority’s leadership team as Majority Whip.

The Senate Republican Caucus selected Senator Gerald Hocker, R-Ocean View, as the new Senate Minority Leader. Hocker was first elected to the Senate in 2012 following 10 years in the House of Representatives, and previously served as House Minority Whip.

In addition, the Senate Republicans have chosen Sen. Cathy Cloutier, R-Heatherbrooke, as the new Senate Minority Whip. Cloutier served one term in the House and was elected to the Senate in 2000. She served for many years as a member of the Joint Finance Committee.

The 150th Legislative Session begins on January 8, 2019.


 

2 Year Deal – DOC to Send Inmates to PA to Reduce Officer Overtime

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To enhance public safety and decrease correctional officer overtime, the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announces it has entered into a two-year agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC). A reduction in officer overtime will improve work life balance for staff, improve security in Delaware correctional facilities, and result in a decrease in operating costs.

Over the next several months, PADOC will accept up to 330 Delaware-sentenced inmates into their custody to be placed at a Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution. Inmates selected to be transferred are not engaged in active litigation and have more than five years remaining on their sentence. Medical and mental health treatment, education, and other services will continue to be available to the relocated men. The inmates will return to Delaware to complete their sentences when the correctional officer vacancy rate is projected to be significantly lower. There are currently 237 correctional officer vacancies statewide.

“We remain focused on improving safety for correctional officers and inmates in all of Delaware’s correctional facilities,” said Commissioner Perry Phelps. “This new agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is designed as a temporary measure to help us reduce mandatory overtime for correctional officers, which was a critical recommendation of the Independent Review team commissioned by Governor Carney. Reducing mandatory overtime will provide relief for Delaware’s correctional officers, and help make our facilities safer for officers and inmates.”

The DOC has recently made great strides to reduce the number of vacancies by increasing correctional officer salaries; offering $1,000 bonuses to current staff who refer officers who are successfully hired; providing $3,000 signing bonuses to cadets; and engaging in various methods of recruitment and advertisement. Since the implementation of the signing bonus and referral program in April, DOC Human Resources has received 2,126 applications. The DOC has hired 130 cadets since the salary increase became effective in July 2018.

As part of the contract with PADOC, the Delaware Department of Correction will pay $123.00 per inmate per day to the State of Pennsylvania. PADOC has many facilities where inmates transferred from Delaware may be housed. But both states will remain conscious of the importance of strong support systems and will make an effort to place Delaware inmates in prisons that do not require excessive travel time in order to facilitate visitation.

To check the status of an incarcerated individual, you may click the links below:
http://www.doc.delaware.gov/views/inmate_locator.blade.shtml
https://www.cor.pa.gov/Inmates/Pages/Inmate-Locator.aspx


 

Ocean City Council Organizational Meeting Thursday Night

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The Ocean City council will hold an organizational meeting on Thursday. The newly elected city officials – Mayor Rick Meehan and council members Matt James, Lloyd Martin and Mark Paddack will be sworn into office. They will elect a council president and council secretary. The organizational meeting begins at 7:30pm at City Hall.


 

Kindergarten Registration Underway in Indian River School District

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Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year is underway in the Indian River School District. Registration is for children who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2019. Parents can register their child by presenting an original birth certificate, proof of immunization, proof of residency and the required district registration forms to the child’s home school. A district registration packet is available on the Indian River School District website at irsd.net.

Parents who do not know which school their child will be attending can visit Delaware’s school locator website at https://pubapps.doe.k12.de.us/SchoolLocator/FeederSchoolSearch.aspx .

The district will also hold a series of kindergarten registration sessions from April 1-4, 2019. Parents are encouraged to call the school in advance during that week to schedule an appointment.


 

DART’s Approved Service Changes for December 9, 2018

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After several Community Conversations and Public Hearings, DART listened to its riders and the public; as a result changes were made to our original proposal. The “Bold type” indicates a change from or an addition to the original proposal based on public comments. Please visit DartFirstState.com for Accessible Schedules for your easy reference.

Sussex County
Routes may have minor schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance and connections.
Routes 201 and 204Routes 201 and 204 start one hour earlier at 6:00 AM for better connections with Routes 206 and 307. 

Routes 212 and 215Schedule adjustments will be made to improve on-time performance and time between stops.

 

Intercounty
Routes may have minor schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance and connections.
Route 307 – Trips will now serve the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus and bus stops in Dover along MLK Boulevard, providing more efficient routing and direct access to the local Dover area. This route will have major schedule adjustments, trips operating weekdays from the Lewes Transit Center will now be at 6:42 AM; 9:27 AM; 1:54 PM; 5:52 PM and 8:21 PM. Trips operating weekdays from the Dover Transit Center will now be at 5:27 AM; 8:02 AM; 12:29 PM; 4:39 PM and 7:07 PM.

 

Kent County
Routes may have minor schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance and connections.
Route 107 – Route will serve Luther Village to provide more direct access for residents.

Route 120 – Schedule adjustments will be made to improve on-time performance and time between stops.

Route 210 – Extending the route will better serve the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus for employees and residents.

 

New Castle County
Routes may have minor schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance and connections.
Route 4 – Weekday service will operate every 20 minutes from 7 AM to 7 PM; and every 30 minutes from 7 PM thereafter for efficiency.  At this time, the proposal to serve Merchant Square Shopping Center on-site with Route 4 will not occur. DART continues to work with the private developer to negotiate a mutual agreement to serve this location on-site with an ADA compliant/ accessible bus stop for our riders to use. Service to/from Barley Mill Plaza will be continued.

Route 5Routing within Christiana Mall will be revised to serve the Park & Ride first and end at the Target bus stop to streamline the service.  Weekday trips will operate every 20 minutes consistently all day.

Routes 7 and 28 – These Routes will be combined and be designated as the new Route 28. Operating between Wilmington DMV and A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, the route will provide more direct access between the Wilmington DMV, US 13 just south of the , Wilmington ShopRite at Christina Crossing, 4th St., St. Francis Hospital, Trolley Square, Nemours Clinic and A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital.  Route 48 will provide alternate service between Amtrak and downtown to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, JP Morgan, and AstraZeneca during weekday peak hours.  Service will operate every 30 minutes during weekday peak hours, and off-peak will operate every 90 minutes; Saturday service will operate every 60 minutes. (The routing will skip the Nemours Clinic, as the facility is closed on Saturdays.)

Route 13 – Added Sunday morning service with an 8:45 AM departure from Tri-State Mall to Wilton based on customer requests.

Route 15 – Routing within Christiana Mall will be revised to serve the Park & Ride first, ending at the Target bus stop to streamline the service.

Route 20 – Peak hour trips will be reallocated while mid-day service will be increased for better service.

Route 31Trip times will be adjusted to offer better connections to the SEPTA Train Service at the Claymont Station based on customer feedback. 
 
Route 33Routing from Downtown Wilmington to Newark will use Washington Street to access I-95 rather than Delaware Avenue/Jackson Street for improved on-time performance.   At Christiana Mall, only the Park & Ride will be served, discontinuing service to the Target stop, to provide a faster ride. All transfers to other routes can be made at the Park & Ride stop.

Route 34Route 34 local service will be continued; however, Express Service will be discontinued.  Existing Route 34 Express Service riders, along Christiana Road (DE 273) between DE 4 and Harmony Road, will now be served by extending Route 62, linking the local neighborhoods with Fairplay Station to connect with train services to/from Wilmington and Route 33.

Route 38Route will be discontinued due to low ridership.  Riders can utilize Routes 11, 13 or 31 for alternative service options.
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Route 40 – Routing from Downtown Wilmington to Newark will use Washington Street to access I-95 rather than Delaware Avenue/Jackson Street for improved on-time performance.  At Christiana Mall, only the Park & Ride will be served, discontinuing service to the Target stop, to provide a faster ride. All transfers to other routes can be made at the Park & Ride stop.

Route 42Route will be continued, operating with a reduced number of trips serving the highest ridership.  Eight weekday trips from Wilmington to Glasgow/Peoples Plaza, will operate at 5:50 AM; 6:25 AM; 6:55 AM; 3:30 PM; 4:10 PM; 4:53 PM; 5:13 PM and 5:35 PM. Six trips from Glasgow/Peoples Plaza to Wilmington will operate at 6:35 AM; 7:10 AM; 7:40 AM; 4:15 PM; 4:35 PM and 4:57 PM.  Trip departure times will be adjusted to avoid duplication with Route 40.

Route 45 – The mid-day trips scheduled at 11:05 AM, 12:15 PM and 2:15 PM from Wilmington will be discontinued, as Route 301 provides an alternative option for riders destined to Christiana Mall or Odessa Park & Ride.  To address mid-day service to Boyd’s Corner, two mid-day trips will be scheduled at 12:45 PM and 2:20 PM.  These two newly added trips will connect Downtown Wilmington, Amtrak Station and Boyd’s Corner, skipping Christiana Mall and Odessa Park & Ride for a faster ride.

Route 47 – The route will use the new US 301 limited-access highway instead of DE 896 to/from Middletown, when the highway is opened.

Route 48 – The routing will be revised from Amtrak Station to serve Rodney Square, JP Morgan, AstraZeneca and A.I. DuPont Hospital as a limited-stop service to offer a faster ride.  Route 48 will replace the present Route 28 Service from Amtrak Station to offer easier access for riders to/from the train station.  Service will operate only during weekday peak hours.

Route 52Three mid-day round-trips will be added from Amtrak Station to Centreville at 9:00 AM; 1:55 PM and 5:15 PM; and from Centreville to Amtrak at 9:29 AM; 2:27 PM and 5:47 PM.

Route 62 – The route will be revised to offer limited service for Route 34 Express riders along Christiana Road.  AM Service will depart White Clay Center at 6:45 AM; 7:20 AM and 8:03 AM and operate along DE 273, Harmony Road and DE 4 to Fairplay Station, where connections can be made to Bus Route 33 or the SEPTA Train Service to Wilmington.  PM Service will depart Fairplay Station at 4:57 PM and 5:57 PM, and follow DE 4, Harmony Road and DE 273 to White Clay Center.  These trips are scheduled to connect with Route 33 or the SEPTA Train. 
DART will operate a reduced service schedule on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, please consult the website and schedules, when they are available for specific details.


 

Homecoming Celebration for about 40 DE Army National Guard Members Friday in New Castle

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Nearly 40 members from the Delaware Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, C-Company, 126th Aviation unit are scheduled to have a homecoming ceremony on Friday, November 9, at the Army Aviation Support Facility in New Castle.  These Citizen Soldiers were mobilized to multiple areas in Southwest Asia in support of Central Command, in October 2017 and returned to Delaware at the end of October 2018.

The Delaware Army National Guard flew over 40 Medical Evacuation missions, more than
500 total flight hours, and accumulated 41 medals for their deployment efforts.  And for 5 soldiers this was their 4th deployment.

Delaware Governor John Carney is scheduled to attend the homecoming ceremony, as well as Delaware’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons.


 

DMV Announces Holiday Release of Five-Digit License Plates

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On Thursday, November 8, 2018 is the holiday release of available five-digit license plates from the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  Starting that day a limited number of five-digit license plates will be made available to the public at the Delaware City, Dover, Wilmington, and Georgetown DMV locations on a first-come, first-serve basis.

License Plate numbers cannot be reserved in advance nor over the phone, and the promotion will run only as long as plate supplies last. Customers must purchase, from the DMV location they are visiting, a black and white porcelain or stainless-steel reproduction plate (manufactured by the Delaware Historic Plate Company) for the 5-digit number they are assigned. For all specifics on the reproductions, refer to the DHPC website: http://www.dhptags.com/.

Important details to know if you wish to switch an existing license plate number to a five-digit plate:

    • In order to take advantage of the available numbers, customers will be giving up their current license plate number registered to their vehicle.
    • Customers must pay applicable transfer fees
    • Customers having title to their vehicles must bring their driver’s license, vehicle title, vehicle mileage, and insurance information in order to complete the plate change process.
    • Customers needing to obtain their title from their lien holder will need to go to the nearest DMV office and put a five-digit plate on hold. They must obtain an “MV35 form” from DMV and send it to their lien holder to obtain the title. The title will be mailed to DMV, who will contact the customer when it arrives. At that time, the five-digit plate can be put on the vehicle.
    • The purchase cost of the reproduction plate from the Delaware Historic Plate Company is currently $115.00 for either a stainless steel or porcelain plate and $5.00 for the sticker.
  • No telephone or email requests will be taken. All transactions must be completed in person at the participating DMV office locations. For more information regarding Vehicle Registration visit the DMV website at www.dmv.de.gov

WGMD Fishing Report 11-6-18

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Tuesday was another miserable day with heavy rain and high winds putting a halt to any fishing plans.

Bill Baker, owner of Bill’s Sport Shop, is in Christina Hospital after falling on Sunday.  He is in the ICU, but is reported to be resting comfortably.  We wish him a speedy recovery.

Don’t forget on Thursday night at 6:00 PM the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission will hold a public hearing in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway in Dover.  They will present the addenda for black sea bass, summer flounder and scup (porgy) that will be used to generate regulations into the foreseeable future.  Since most saltwater fishermen go after flounder and sea bass I would hope to see a good turnout.

The boat ramp at Phillips Landing will close on November 12 and remain closed until April 30, 2019 for a complete reconstruction.  When it reopens there will be three new boat ramps with floating docks and a kayak launching area.  The parking lot will be repaved as well.  This project has been in the works for quite a while and it is good to see it finally started.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.


 

Unofficial Maryland Election Results

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan won a second term in Annapolis. Hogan has overcome cancer and Democrat challenger Ben Jealous – winning with over 56% of the vote. US Senator Ben Cardin was re-elected and 1st District Congressman Andy Harris remains the only Republican elected to the US House – the other 7 Maryland US House seats remain with the Democrats.

The upset of the night comes in the defeat of former Ocean City Mayor and State Senator Jim Mathias, who fell to former House of Delegates member Republican Marybeth Carozza.


 

 

Unofficial Delaware Election Results

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Results in Delaware began coming in quickly Tuesday night – but when all was said and done – not much changed. The divide in the Delaware State Senate grew wider – with Democrat Laura Sturgeon picking up the District 4 seat formerly held by Republican and Senate Minority Whip, Greg Lavelle. Democrats also retained the District 17 seat, which was vacated by Brian Bushweller, when he retired. Trey Paradee (par-DEE) left his seat in the State House to run for the State Senate and grabbed over 64% of the votes to Republican and Camden Mayor Justin King’s nearly 36%. The state Senate now has 12 Democrat members and 9 GOP members.

In the State House the Democrat majority grew by one as well after longtime District 12 Republican Deborah Hudson lost to Democrat Krista Griffith. In all the other races, the Democrats and Republicans held their seats.

Voter turnout in Delaware was at an estimated 52.19% which is much higher than past mid-term elections in the First State. This is the last year that Delaware will use the current voting machines, so voters will have a bit of a learning curve as the next Presidential election rolls around in 2020.

In the two Sussex County Council races – both GOP candidates, Doug Hudson in District 4 and John Rieley in District 5 were winners – keeping the council fully Republican. And the three Sussex County row offices up for re-election went to the current holders – all Republicans.

US Senator Tom Carper will return to Washington after a easy win over Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett.  Lisa Blunt Rochester turned away Republican Scott Walker and will return to the US House.

Democrat Kathleen Jennings won the Attorney General’s race, and Democrat Kathy McGuiness will leave the Rehoboth Commission for the Auditor of Accounts office.  Current State Treasurer, Republican Ken Simpler lost his seat to Democrat Colleen Davis.


DELAWARE GOP REACTION TO THE ELECTION RESULTS

The Delaware Republican Party released the following statement this evening:

Republicans have had better nights in Delaware.
I want to congratulate Senator Tom Carper, Congresswoman Lisa-Blunt Rochester, Attorney General-Elect Kathy Jennings, Auditor-Elect Cathy McGuiness, and Treasurer-Elect Coleen Davis on their victories tonight.
Over the last several years, Delaware has been fortunate enough to have strong leadership in Ken Simpler, Greg Lavelle, and Debbie Hudson. We thank them for their service to the State and to our Party. Delaware citizens have lost three strong voices for accountability.
Likewise, we thank all of our candidates for the time and effort they contributed to ensuring that the 2018 election was one of ideas and vision for the future of our state. Whether you won or lost tonight you deserve our gratitude.
To the hundreds of volunteers who spend countless hours working to elect Republicans we say ‘thank you’ for your time and energy. You have always ensured that our Party rolls forward each and every day.
Starting tomorrow we begin to rebuild, and will do everything in our power to hold Delaware’s one party government for each and every decision they make.

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Delaware Democratic Party Chairman Erik Raser-Schramm has issued the following statement on Delaware’s 2018 election results:

The biggest winner tonight isn’t any one candidate – it’s the overwhelming majority of Delawareans who value inclusion and optimism over division and dystopia. This was far more than a rejection of Donald Trump and his enablers, it was an affirmation that Delawareans never lost their will to fight for the things that connect us or our collective hope for a better tomorrow. Tonight is not the end of a campaign cycle, but rather the beginning of the fulfillment of a promise – a promise that together we will pursue bold, innovative policies that move Delaware forward by protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions, creating middle class jobs, investing in a 21stcentury infrastructure network, and ensuring equal rights for all Delawareans.


 

Incumbents and Mark Paddack Win in Ocean City Municipal Election

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OCEAN CITY MUNICIPAL ELECTION  – Rick Meehan will return to the mayor’s office with an easy victory over former city councilman Joe Hall

Incumbents Matt James and Lloyd Martin will return to the city council and they will be joined for retired Ocean City Police Officer Mark Paddack.

An organizational meeting will be held on Thursday where the council will elect the council president and then appoint the council secretary.

Image courtesy Town of OC

 

WGMD Election Information – Polls Close at 8pm

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Tuesday is Election Day across the country. Everyone who is a registered voter can cast a ballot for their chosen representatives – local, county, state and federal. It doesn’t matter what party you are affiliated with – only that you are registered to vote in your district.  The polls in Maryland and Delaware are open from 7am to 8pm.

If you need to know where your polling place is, what your sample ballot looks like, if your voting location is handicap accessible – click on this link – https://ivote.de.gov/voterlogin.aspx – and follow the prompts (you’re only required to enter your first and last name – or your basic address if you use the residence option).

click here if you are a Maryland resident – https://elections.maryland.gov/

If you want to know who is running for what office in Delaware – click here for the full listing of candidates and their races

Click here for the listing of Maryland candidates and most of the regional races

WGMD will begin election coverage at 8pm, after the polls close with information and analysis from Mike Bradley, Jake Smith and John Brady.


 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Sussex County till 2:30pm

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Sussex County in southern Delaware… Until 230 PM EST.

* At 147 PM EST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Andrewsville to near Vienna in Maryland, moving east at 35 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Damage to roofs, siding, trees, and power lines is possible.

* Locations impacted include… Georgetown, Milford, Seaford, Laurel, Milton, Bridgeville, Delmar, Ellendale, Sycamore, Blades, Greenwood and Bethel.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

This severe thunderstorm may contain little or no lightning. Do not wait until you hear thunder before taking cover.


 

Second & Final DE Bump Stock & Trigger Crank Buyback Set Statewide Wed, Nov 7

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Two bump stock and trigger crank buyback events will be held for Delaware residents on November 3rd and November 7th. In June, Governor John Carney signed House Bill 300, making the possession of a bump stock or trigger crank illegal in the State.

The law mandates that Delaware residents relinquish these weapons to law enforcement, and establishes a limited buyback program during which Delaware residents are eligible to receive $100 for a bump stock and $15 for a trigger crank.  After these two events, the devices will be illegal in the state.

The buyback program is for Delaware residents only. The program is only intended for individuals and does not apply to wholesale, retail, manufacturers, and distributor business entities. Anonymous relinquishments will be permitted. However, no compensation will be provided. Compensation is not permitted for homemade bump stocks or trigger cranks.

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) will host the following two buy back events:

Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
LOCATIONS:

  • Sussex County: Delaware State Police, Troop 4 – 23652 Shortly Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Kent County: Delaware State Police, Troop 3 – 3759 South State Street, Camden, DE 19934
  • New Castle County: Delaware State Police, Troop 2 – 100 Lagrange Avenue, Newark, DE 19702

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
LOCATIONS:

  • Sussex County: Delaware State Police, Troop 4 – 23652 Shortly Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Kent County: Delaware State Police, Troop 3 – 3759 South State Street, Camden, DE 19934
  • New Castle County: Delaware State Police, Troop 2 – 100 Lagrange Avenue, Newark, DE 19702

Program participants are reminded to strictly adhere to the following instructions:

  • Bump stocks and trigger cranks must be detached from the weapon
  • Do not bring any weapons to the buyback events
  • Delaware residents must bring a valid photo Delaware identification card to receive compensation

Residents who plan to participate in the program are asked to contact the Department of Safety and Homeland Security at 302-744-2690 or via email to terry.pepper@state.de.us.

A bump stock is defined as an after-market device that increases the rate of fire achievable with a semi-automatic rifle by using energy from the recoil of the weapon to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger. A trigger crank is defined as an aftermarket device designed and intended to be added to a semi-automatic rifle as a crank operated trigger actuator capable of triggering multiple shots with a single rotation of the crank.


 

DE National Guard Members to Return Wednesday

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About 30 members from the Delaware National Guard’s 166th Airlift Wing will return from deployment in Southwest Asia on Wednesday.  They are part of over 100 members who deployed in June – and should be returning to the New Castle Air National Guard Base around 12:30 tomorrow.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 11-5-18

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Monday saw gale-force winds and heavy rain putting a halt to any fishing activity.

Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Katydid came in with two citation fish on Sunday. Steve Kilber had an 8.8-pound tog and Mike Toomey had a 3.62-pound sea bass.  David and Karl Reed had a good catch of sea bass and one flounder on Sunday while fishing on the Thelma Dale out of Fisherman’s Wharf.  Captain Pete Haines on the Top Fin was able to cull out several keeper tog from a catch that was mostly shorts.

In Ocean City the Fish Bound caught several big sheepshead on Sunday.

The speckled trout action has been very good in Virginia either from Eastern Shore waters like Hungers Creek or out of Virginia Beach at Rudee or Lynnhaven Inlet.  Mir-O-Lures or jigs are always good choices for speckled trout.

Steve at Smith Bait in Leipsic said he and some friends fished last Wednesday and caught some 28 to 29-inch keeper rockfish out of the Leipsic River.  Bloodworms and shrimp were the top baits.  Big white perch were also caught on this trip.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.


 

UPDATED: Ellendale Woman & Dog Die in Crash Near Milton

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Emergency Vehicle at Night © Copyright Barbol/Shutterstock

An Ellendale woman and her dog are dead after a crash Monday afternoon at Shingle Point and Gravel Hill Roads near Milton.  Delaware State Police say just before 1:30pm a 67 year old Lyn Kargaard of Ellendale stopped for a stop sign on Shingle Point Road – but then pulled into the path of a pickup truck driven by a 38 year old man from Georgetown.  Police say the truck struck the driver’s side of the car which rotated and ejected the driver.  Kargaard was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her Doberman was in a cage in the rear of the car and also died.  Police say impairment is not a factor for either driver.  The investigation is continuing.


 

VETERANS DAY EVENTS

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VETERANS DAY EVENTS

Saturday – Nov 10
11am – Parade – Laurel
7pm – 2nd Annual Stage Door Canteen Veteran’s Salute – Epworth UM Church, Rehoboth

Sunday – Nov 11
10:30am – War Memorial Plaza/Delaware Memorial Bridge in New Castle – Veterans Day Ceremony followed at 12:30pm with a dedication of The Gold Star Families Memorial
10:50am – Veterans Day Ceremony at Air Mobility Command Museum/DAFB (gates open at 9am)
11am – Veterans Ceremony – VFW Post 4774, Rehoboth Beach
– Veterans Ceremony – Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234, Ocean View
– Veterans Ceremony – American Legion Post 28, Oak Orchard
– Veterans Ceremony – American Legion Post 17, Lewes
2pm – “Over There and Back Again” Old State House on the Green in Dover

Monday – Nov 12
9am -3pm – Free Flu Shots for Veterans & spouses – Salisbury
11am – Veterans Day Ceremony at the Wicomico County War Memorial at the Civic Center (in case of rain – will be held inside in the DaNang Room)

If your organization is holding a Veterans Day event – email PSA@wgmd.com