Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Harrington Man Killed in Crash

Emergency Vehicle at Night © Copyright Barbol/Shutterstock
Emergency Vehicle at Night © Copyright Barbol/Shutterstock

One person is dead after a crash near the intersection of Ingram Branch Road and Whiteleysburg Road west of Harrington. Delaware State Police say a Dodge Dakota was northbound on Ingram Branch Road and failed to stop for a posted stop sign and tried to turn left onto Whiteleysburg Road and struck a Lincoln Town Car head on. The Town Car traveled off the road and caught fire. The 33 year old driver of the Town Car, from Galena Maryland, was wearing a seat belt and was taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 86 year old driver of the Dakota, from Harrington was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.


DSP Investigate Shots Fired at Harrington Home


A complaint for shots fired at a Harrington home Monday night just before 10:30 is being investigated by Delaware State Police. Troopers were called to a home on Route 14 where they found a 62 year old female resident who heard a vehicle speeding by and heard a loud popping sound. A bullet hole was found through her front window. Police say her 69 year old husband was also in the home at the time – neither was injured.


TB Response at Georgetown Elementary School


The Division of Public Health (DPH) and Indian River School District announced today that approximately 50 individuals at Georgetown Elementary School in Sussex County may have been exposed to someone with active tuberculosis (TB). DPH is making contact with those individuals to offer free screenings, as well as treatment if needed. To protect medical privacy, no additional information will be provided regarding the source of the infection or the individuals who need testing.

While the risk of transmission is low, the medical guidance is that those who have been exposed and become infected with TB bacteria should be treated so they do not develop TB disease. DPH and the school’s administrators met with staff on Monday to provide them with information on TB and next steps. Letters with information on testing and a fact sheet are being sent home today with students who have been identified for testing. For the remainder of families in the school, a general information letter and fact sheet are being sent home with students. 

TB is a bacteria that can be inhaled into the lungs of others when a nearby person with an active form of the disease coughs (known as TB disease or active TB), sneezes, sings or laughs. People with TB disease are most likely to spread the disease to people they spend time with every day, such as family or other household members, close friends, and coworkers. TB is not spread by shaking hands, touching, sharing food or drink, utensils, bed linens or toilet seats, sharing toothbrushes, or saliva from kissing.

Not all people who are exposed to someone with TB disease become infected.  In those who do have a positive test result, there are two forms of TB. One is “latent TB,” where the germ is “asleep” in the body.  The person is not sick and cannot spread the germs to others.  Medication is provided to kill the “sleeping” germ so the person does not become sick in the future.

The second form is “active TB disease,” in which the TB germ has made the person sick. Left untreated, this can result in serious illness. Medication is available to kill the germs in the active form of TB, too, and cure the patient.  About 5 percent to 10 percent of persons infected with TB bacteria will develop the disease at some time in their lives; most within the first two years after the infection occurs.

Signs and symptoms of TB may include a progressively worsening cough that lasts more than two weeks, fatigue, weakness, weight loss, night sweats, fever, chills and chest pain. TB can affect any bodily organ, but is infectious to others only when it occurs in the lungs or larynx (voice box).

TB is generally on the decline throughout the country but vigilance is important. Delaware had 16 cases of TB disease (also known as “active TB”) in 2016, and 15 in 2017.

For additional information on tuberculosis, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at: or the Division of Public Health at

WGMD Fishing Report 9-24-18


Monday lived up to its reputation as blue Monday.  The weather was just nasty with rain, fog, drizzle and lots of northeast wind. 

I called Lighthouse View Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park a little after 5:00 PM and they were closed.  Even so, I would bet at least one or two fishermen went out on the pier and caught some spot.

The Fall Surf Fishing Classic put on by Old Inlet Bait and Tackle had 207 registered anglers and Morty Morton came out on top.  There was a four-way tie in the Ladies Division with Debbie Weichhardt, Melissa Aston, Loretta Schickner and Tricia Wolther all turning in the same scores.  The ladies decided to share the trophy with each having it at home for three months then returning it to Old Inlet for a permanent display.  The Calcutta was won by Matt Beatty and the Big Fish money went to Scott Stallings.

The Port Mahon Fishing Pier has been closed until late October by the Division of Fish and Wildlife for repairs. 

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report 


Georgetown Man Faces Additional Charges of Rape

Image courtesy DSP

Image courtesy DSP

A Georgetown man who was arrested in August for a sexual assault in June has been indicted on six additional counts of 2nd degree rape. Investigation into 22 Clay Conaway identified five additional victims who have been sexually assaulted by Conaway in incidents that occurred in 2013, 2017 and 2018. Delaware State Police ask anyone with information to contact Troop 4 or Crime Stoppers. Conaway is scheduled to appear in Sussex County Superior Court on October 1st.


Milton Police Night Out Tuesday


Milton Police will hold their Night Out on Tuesday from 5 to 7pm. Come out to the field beside the Fire Department and visit with your local First Responders and what they do to keep you and your loved ones safe. There will be a K9 demonstration beginning at 6pm. In case of rain, the Night Out will be held inside the Fire Department.


Crash West of Salisbury Leaves 17 Year Old Dead

Broken-Windshield - Photo: © Copyright VLADJ55/Shutterstock
Broken-Windshield - Photo: © Copyright VLADJ55/Shutterstock

One person is dead after crash west of Salisbury just after 1 Monday afternoon. Maryland State Police say a dump truck driven by a Delmar, Delaware man was northbound on Nanticoke Road near Centennial Drive. A 17 year old girl driving a Honda drove into the path of the truck and they collided head on. Police say the 17 year old was pronounced dead at the scene – her body has been taken to the Medical Examiner for autopsy. The investigation is still under investigation but police say it was raining at the time of the crash. The 39 year old driver of the dump truck was not injured.


UPDATED: DSP Identify Victim in Deadly Motorcycle Crash near Lincoln

Motorcycle after accident on highway

UPDATED 9-24-18  12:35pm – Delaware State Police have identified the man who died in a motorcycle crash near Lincoln Saturday night as 28 year old Carlos Marin-Landa of Millsboro.


A motorcycle crash Saturday night on Cedar Creek Road near Lincoln has left a Millsboro man dead.  Delaware State Police say the crash occurred just before 11:30 in the area of Heritage Road when a 28 year old man went off the road in a curve, struck a mailbox and overturned – ejecting the rider.  The rider was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries.  Police say speed is possibly a contributing factor – impairment has not been determined.  Identification of the victim is pending notification of next of kin.  If you have any information – contact Crime Stoppers.


WGMD Fishing Report 9-23-18


Sunday was wet, but not as windy as the forecast.  A few boats did go out and some fish were caught from the bay and beach.

Brandy Timmons, who does a lot of surf fishing, caught what I believe is the first and only unicorn filefish ever landed in Delaware by a hook and line angler.  When landed no one knew what it was, but later research revealed its identity.  The filefish was caught on a FishBite bloodworm.

At Lewes Harbour Marina, Tommy said Mike, Nick and Marvin fished site 6 with sand fleas and clam from the Miss Kirstin with Captain Vince Keagy to bring back triggerfish, croaker and blowfish.  The Angler had a mixed bag of blues and croaker from the bay.

Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park reported that spot fishermen caught plenty of fish during less the comfortable conditions.

Clark at Old Inlet Bait and Tackle was busy totaling up the results in the Fall Classic.  We will have those winners in our next report. 

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


Bethany First Responders Run this Morning – Drivers Watch for Lane Closures in Area


The Bethany First Responders Tri, Dua and Aquabike takes place this morning.  Drivers should expect lane closures on Route 1 between Dewey Beach and South Bethany as the bikers will be riding to the north – over the Indian River Inlet Bridge and the runners will head to the south.  The Triathlon and Aquabike are expected to begin at 7:30 – the Duathlon at 7:45.  Most participants should be finished by noon.  Proceeds from the event benefit Bethany Beach Fire and First Responders.


Dover Man Wanted for Rape Arrested in Maryland

Image courtesy Dover PD

Image courtesy Dover PD

US Marshals and the First State Fugitive Task Force have arrested a man wanted for rape by Dover Police.  Police say 33 year old Isaac Pierce was found Thursday living in his car on a farm in Princess Anne, Maryland.  A week ago Pierce was with the female victim near the basketball courts at Delaware Tech in Dover when he assaulted the woman and forced her to drive to a parking lot where he forced the victim to engage in sexual acts, strangled and threatened the victim.  Pierce is in custody in Maryland pending an extradition hearing.


Dover PD Arrest 2 on Drug Charges

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Image courtesy Dover PD
Drugs seized by Dover PD / Image courtesy Dover PD

An investigation into drugs led to a traffic stop Friday by Dover Police.  In the vehicle was a target of their investigation, 42 year old Ernest Washington, who was found with over 4 grams of crack cocaine and 503 grams of marijuana.  With search warrants, Police went into a home on East Water Street and a unit at the Saint Jones Mini-Storage where they seized a vehicle that Washington was driving.  Police also arrested 31 year old Teresa Bowers at the residence. Washington faces multiple drug offenses and is being held at SCI on a cash bond.  Bowers was also charged with multiple drug offenses and is free on an unsecured bond.


WGMD Fishing Report 9-22-18


Saturday was pleasant in the morning, but by late afternoon the wind picked up and made for some choppy seas in the ocean.  Delaware Bay was fishable for most of the day and we saw some nice sheepshead brought in to the scales.

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Grizzly with Captain Cary Evans was able to put the Lynch brothers on some big sheepshead.  Sean had a 12.5 pounder and Colin caught a sheepshead that tipped the scales at 10.75 pounds.  The Katydid came in with a catch of sheepshead with three citations in the mix.  Grandpa Matt Garvey took grandson Cooper Wayne to the point where they caught small blues on cut mullet.

At Lighthouse View Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park, Dave said it was another good day for spot fishermen.  Successful anglers left with 20 to 40 fish in their coolers.

At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle, the first day of the Fall Classic was pretty slow.  Some blues and kings were caught with most too small to make measure.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


WGMD Radio Flea Market 9-22-18

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Vicki – Lewes 302-645-2790
– Twin AeroBed 18″ elevated, new in box incl. pump – $60
– 4-pc King-size comforter set, blue, incl. 2 pillow shams & dust ruffle – $35
– 2 burial plots in Rockville – $1,800 both or $1,000.

Charlie – Rehoboth 302-362-0286
– Diamondback 28″ men’s bike grey, excellent condition, approx. 5 years old, aluminum frame – $75

Steve – Milford 302-228-5712
– 2006 White 2006 Mustang GT convertible 84,000miles, 2 owners; automatic, a/c, power – $8,500

Frank – Lewes 302-644-4905
– WANTS TO BUY: TI-85 graphing calculator w/instructions

Bob – Longneck 302-947-2882
– Wrought iron outdoor table w/ 2 benches & chair; featured on cover of Country Garden magazine – $100
– Cherry gun case – $200


DSP Looking for Rehoboth Sunglasses Shoplifter

Images courtesy DSP

Images courtesy DSP

Your help is needed to identify a suspect in a shoplifting incident Friday night at the Bayside Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth.  Delaware State Police say that just before 8pm a woman removed multiple pairs of sunglasses from a display at the Sunglass Hut and left the store without paying.  If you have information on her identity – contact Crime Stoppers – 1-800-TIP-3333.


IEP-Centered Workshops for IRSD Parents Available at Frankford Public Library

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If you’re an Indian River School District parent trying to deal with the Individualized Education Plan – or I-E-P – process – and you’re overwhelmed – help is as close as the Frankford Public Library.  The Parent Information Center is offering I-E-P-centered workshops at the Library in October – just as the kids are getting their first semester progress reports.  The workshops will be offered Tuesday evenings in October beginning on the 9th from 6 to 8pm.  Each workshop is stand-alone and are meant to help parents understand the processes behind the I-E-Ps and 5-0-4s.

The Indian River School District has an amazing team of professionals, who work tirelessly on behalf of our children and inclusivity for all types of learners. The Frankford Public Library wants to help enrich the community through a variety of programs and resources, especially as it relates to early literacy and supporting teachers and administration of our local school districts. The workshops are meant to help both parents and school districts by providing parents with additional resources for understanding the processes behind the IEPs and 504s, which are for learning behavior accommodations.

For parents and other caregivers, the IEP process can be intricate, and so by opening lines of communication, they aim to help with parent engagement in the process. Frankford Public Library Director, Rachel Wackett wants parents to know, “This process isn’t something that is happening to you, it’s something that is happening with you.”

The courses will cover a variety of material relating to IEPs. The first session (Oct. 9th) covers the basics of the process of eligibility as well as transitional IEPs. The second (Oct. 16th) covers developing IEP basics, and how to understand measures of success. The third session (Oct. 23rd) will address Section 504 plans and services for behavior accommodations.  And finally, the fourth session (Oct. 30th) will focus on supporting students with ADHD and strategies to support learning at home.

This is a set of a workshops that will be highly valuable for parents who need more information and help navigating and advocating as it related to IEPs and special education. Wackett and the Parent Information Center hope that parents and caregivers will take full advantage of the resourceful workshops during the month of October.

For more information on the IEP Workshops, please visit or or call the Frankford Public Library at (302) 732-9351.


WGMD Fishing Report 9-21-18


Friday saw a few boats head out in the ocean.  All reported rough conditions, but they still caught fish.

At Lewes Harbour Marina Tom said the Katydid fished ocean structure for a catch of 28 flounder and 45 sea bass.

At the fishing pier on Cape Henlopen State Park, Lighthouse View Tackle said spot were caught on bloodworms and small blues were taken on cut mullet.

At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle they were preparing for their Fall Surf Fishing Classic.  A good number of surf fishermen compete in this tournament every year for money and trophies.  Right now there are small blues in the surf on cut mullet.  You may be able to catch them on small metal lures worked back from the first wave through the wash.

Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em said the Captain Ike came in with a good catch of dolphin from the offshore grounds.  The head boat brought in some sea bass.

Fish in O.C. reported the D.A. Sea came in from the Poorman’s with seven white marlin release flags flying.  The Morning Star caught some flounder and sea bass.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


Dogs & Cats Displaced by Hurricane Florence Ready for Adoption in Georgetown


Over 200 animals from three North Carolina shelters that were impacted by Hurricane Florence have arrived at the Brandywine SPCA.  Some of the dogs and cats have been transferred to their northern Delaware and Pennsylvania facilities and some have gone to other shelters.  However there are over 100 adoptable cats and dogs at the BVSPCA Rescue and Rehab facility on Shingle Point Road that will be looking for new homes beginning this weekend.  The center will be open from 1 to 5pm Saturday and Sunday for adoptions.  Only animals that were already up for adoption will be available – no local animals found during the storm have left the area – so they have a better chance of being reunited with their families.


Georgetown Fisherman Cited for over 600 Violations by DNREC

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Truck Image courtesy of DNREC Fish & Wildlife

A commercial fisherman from Georgetown has been arrested following a DNREC investigation into illegal activity on the Delaware River.   Natural Resources Police have charged 40 year old Shawn Moore with over 600 shellfish and boating violations near Delaware City.  Moore pleaded not guilty to all charges in JP Court in New Castle.  He was released on his own recognizance pending a future appearance in the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas.


Seaford PD Arrest Two after Fight at Apartment Complex

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Images courtesy Seaford PD

Seaford Police were called to the Woodland Mills Apartments for the report of a fight and shots fired.  Officers were given the description of a vehicle leaving the scene, which was stopped by responding police.  A passenger, 23 year old Aslan Chaudhary of Seaford was found in possession of a .22 revolver and a large amount of ammunition.   A second suspect was spotted near a nearby shopping center and arrested.  Police learned 29 year old Zolando Bennefield of Georgetown was fighting with an other person when Chaudhary fired a single round in the air to stop any fighting.  Chaudhary is charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits and was released on bail.  Bennefield faces multiple offenses.


Governor John Carney Announces Judicial Nominations

Sussex County Courthouse Image © WGMD/ML
Sussex County Courthouse Image © WGMD/ML

Governor John Carney has made several nominations for judicial appointments this week.  He has nominated Sussex County Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes for appointment to the position of Resident Judge – he is currently the Acting Resident Judge.  He also nominated attorney Craig Karsnitz for a seat on the Sussex County Superior Court.  Two judicial nominations were also made for New Castle County Family Court and Court of Common Pleas.  State lawmakers approved Senate Bill 232 at the end of the last session which increases the Court of Chancery to six vice-chancellors.  The Governor has nominated Morgan Zurn and Kathaleen McCormick to round out the Court of Chancery.  The State Senate will consider all the nominations during a special session set for October 3.


Coastal Cleanup is Saturday Morning in Delaware


Coastal Cleanup takes place Saturday morning on Delaware’s 97-mile eastern coastline.  There are more than 45 sites statewide that include river and ocean shorelines, wetland and watershed areas.  If you are a volunteer and have questions about your site – contact

  • State Parks Statewide Zone Captain – Alison Romano, 302.900.1423
  • State Wildlife Areas Zone Captain – Lynne Pusey, 302.422.1329
  • Sussex Beach Sites Zone Captain – Jennifer Luoma Pongratz, 302.739.9921
  • Kent County Bay Beach Sites Zone Captain – Colleen Holstein, 302.739.6377

WGMD Fishing Report 9-20-18


If you didn’t want to go fishing in the ocean, Thursday was a beautiful day.  A few folks did fish the surf, the inlet and the rock piles in the bay.

Tom at Lewes Harbour Marina told us Chris Ragni and Chris Hux fished the Outer Wall and the Ice Breakers using sand fleas for bait.  Chris Ragni caught two sheepshead with one an 8.1-pound citation winner.  Chris Hux caught some nice triggerfish.

Dave at Lighthouse View Tackle said fishing has been really good on the pier with lots of spot and two keeper flounder caught on Thursday.  The keeper flounder and lots of shorts have been caught on live minnows.

Old Inlet Bait and Tackle reported small blues scattered up and down the beach with cut mullet the best bait.  A few small rockfish have been in with the blues.  The same size blues will come through the inlet on incoming water and will hit small metal lures.  There is a lot of bait in the inlet right now.  The occasional speckled trout is caught from the southside pocket on jigs.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


Governor Signs Bill at Rehoboth Bandstand Protecting Delaware from Offshore Drilling

Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney

Governor John Carney joined state and local officials, tourism, marine, fishing, and environmental advocates at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand today to sign two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting Delaware’s coastline and coastal economy from offshore drilling.

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“An oil spill of some sort could negatively impact the fragile tidal wetlands and ocean beaches, and habitat here on the coast of Delaware,” Gov. Carney pointed out. “We are obviously concerned about the impact on the tourism industry here in Southern Delaware… a $7 billion industry that hires tens of thousands of employees.” Fundamentally, he added, these bills are “about protecting the natural environment of our state.”

Senate Bill 200 prohibits drilling for oil and natural gas in Delaware’s coastal zone and territorial waters, and precludes DNREC from issuing any permits in connection with the development of offshore drilling infrastructure, whether proposed for Delaware territorial waters or waters outside the state. This legislation will help maintain high-quality coastline waters and protect thousands of jobs supported by Delaware’s coastal tourism industry.

Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 207 opposes drilling off Delaware’s coast and directs certain state officials and agencies to enforce Delaware’s rights relating to offshore drilling under federal and state environmental laws. This legislation allows the Delaware Department of Justice to take appropriate legal steps to protect the environment and tourism economy and prevent the sale of oil and gas leases for Delaware’s coastal waters.

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The state’s jurisdiction extends only three miles from the coast. So the challenge becomes what to do to prevent drilling beyond the state’s jurisdiction. “As a state entity there is only so much that we can do,” says Sen. Stephanie Hansen who sponsored Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 207. “We can’t say to them, you can’t drill here. But what we can do is make it extremely difficult for them. We can cause it to take a long time. We can make the federal consistency review process very laborious, very detailed, which is exactly what we want.”

Sen. Stephanie Hansen speaking to the crowd at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney.

Her bill directs state agencies to examine and tighten current laws and regulations regarding offshore drilling. “Now that we know that there is a direct threat of this,” Sen. Hansen stated, agencies should “go back and take a look at those laws and regulations with an eye to knowing what we are trying to prevent, and see if there is anything more that we can do, and come back to us and let us know what we can do to take the next step in the General Assembly to tighten things up. So that is one big thing that this bill does.”

Sen. Ernesto Lopez, sponsor of Senate Bill 200. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney.

“We were on the map, and that was a big concern,” says Sen. Ernesto Lopez, sponsor of Senate Bill 200. “So we felt it important to make a strong statement and we did that here today,” he added. “I am really proud that we were able to make this a bipartisan piece of legislation,” Sen. Lopez added. “It makes a strong statement that we believe and defend our coastline and that we always will and now it is a Delaware law!”


Arlett Calls Carper Unfit For Office

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In an interview heard this morning on Delmarva LIVE! With Jake Smith, Republican candidate for US Senate Rob Arlett called current Delaware Senator Tom Carper unfit and should step down from office.

The entire interview can be heard on here on and 92-7 WGMD Facebook page.