Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Route 589 Near Ocean Pines Reopens!

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The section of Route 589 in Ocean Pines that has been closed for the past two weeks for slope repair has reopened. Ocean Pines officials confirmed the opening Monday afternoon. The work was expected to take about eight weeks, but the repair on Route 589 at Turville Creek was finished sooner and the roadway reopened to through traffic.


WGMD Fishing Report 10-22-18


Monday was a pretty fall day and the few boats that went fishing did well with sea bass.

Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said Captain Keith Beebe had Gary Kimber, Mike McCann and Jeff Bostwick out to Site 11 on the Surface Tension for a good catch of sea bass, plus a false albacore and a big squid on jigs.  The Monday group on the Katydid found plenty of sea bass and some flounder over ocean structure.  Lots of folks are fishing the Outer Wall and they are catching lots of tog, but almost all of the fish are small.

The report from the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park was small blues around mixed in with small rockfish.  Fresh mullet has been the top bait for those fish.  A few triggerfish have been caught by anglers fishing the pilings with sand fleas or green crab.

At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em, Lauren said the head boat went on a private charter and returned with 50 sea bass.

Old Inlet had the same old report.  Blues to 16 inches at the inlet and beach.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report 


4 Arrested by OCPD in 2 Sunday Armed Robberies


Ocean City Police have arrested 4 suspects in a pair of Sunday night armed robberies.  Police were called to 37th Street just before 8pm for a report of a victim who was held at gunpoint while another took items from his pockets.  About a half hour later at 94th Street two suspects went into a convenience store, showed a gun and took cash from the register.  While police were at the convenience store four people matching the description of the suspects were spotted in a 62nd Street restaurant.  Police arrested three as they left – a 4th suspect left before police arrived – and was located a short time later. Police have arrested 21 year old Adrian Matthews of Seaford, 19 year old Kevone Bunting of Georgetown, 20 year old Kiya Conner and 19 year old Brittney Taylor both of Salisbury.  A gun was located nearby – and determined to be a BB gun.  All four are charged with 2 counts each of robbery, 2nd degree assault and theft of $100 to $1500.


UPDATED: DSP Rule Long Neck Death a Murder

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Image courtesy DSP

UPDATED – MON 10am – A death investigation at a home on Schooner Lane in the Rehoboth Shores development has been ruled a murder and today Delaware State Police have charged 30 year old George Bailey with  1st degree murder and theft of a motor vehicle.  Saturday morning Delaware State Police went to the home to check on the welfare of the resident, 69 year old Lorraine Bradley who had not been heard from in about a week and her vehicle was missing from the home.  Bradley was found dead in the home and an autopsy showed the cause of death was manual strangulation.  The investigation led police to Bradley’s grandson, George Bailey, as the suspect.   and was found at the Greenwood in and arrested without incident – he is being held in default of an over $1-million cash only bond.


Delaware State Police were called to check on the welfare of a resident at a home on Schooner Lane in Long Neck.  When troopers arrived around 10:30 – they found a woman dead in the home.  Police say there was no obvious sign of forced entry.  The victim has been turned over to the Division of Forensic Science for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.  Anyone with information – contact Crime Stoppers – 800-TIP-3333.


Lewes Woman Charged after Resisting Arrest & Assault on a Trooper

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Image courtesy DSP

A Lewes woman has been arrested after an incident at the Wawa on Dartmouth Drive Sunday night.  Delaware State Police were called for a disorderly woman who was asking customers for gas money and cursing at them if they refused.  The suspect ran off when police located her, but as the Trooper tried to detain 37 year old Dawn Baker of Lewes, she resisted and struck the Trooper.   Baker was charged with 2nd degree assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and other offenses.  The trooper was received for minor injuries and damage to her equipment.


WGMD Fishing Report 10-21-18


With gale warnings up on the ocean and bay I think it’s safe to say no boats left the dock or launch ramp.  I am sure there were folks fishing the inlet with sand fleas and green crab, but if recent reports are still holding up, they are not getting many tog for the cooler.

The latest standings in the Lewes Harbour Marina Tog Tournament has Joe McNeal in first place with a 4.95-pound tog.  Fred Robinson is in second with his 4.87 pounder and Daryl Mergonthaller holding third with a 4.47pounder.

Over in the Chesapeake Bay the wind and rain keep the water above the Bay Bridge pretty dirty.  Chumming still works here with cut alewife or live spot the best baits.  Further down the bay there are schools of breaking fish with rockfish to the north and blues and rock to the south.  Work the bottom around these schools for a better chance of finding a keeper.

In Delaware Bay the only reports we had were white perch on bloodworms and catfish on cut bunker.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


UPDATED: MSP Have Located Missing Salisbury Teen

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Image courtesy MSP

UPDATED – SUNDAY – Just after 9:30 Sunday morning Michael Foskey was located unharmed by Worcester County Sheriff’s office in the area of Swordfish Dr Ocean City Md. After being transported to the MSP Salisbury Barrack, he was returned to his mother.


A 15 year old from Salisbury, Michael Foskey, has been reported missing by his father who last saw him Thursday at 6:45 when he and his brother left for school.  It was later learned both boys skipped school and took a bus to Ocean City.  They were at the White Marlin Mall when Michael’s brother went to use a bathroom at Home Goods – but Michael was gone when his brother came out of the store.  Foskey is white, about 6 feet tall and 175 pounds with brown hair and eyes. He was wearing a grey windbreaker, ripped blue jeans and carrying a black backpack, but does NOT have a cell phone with him.  If you know where he is – contact Maryland State Police – Berlin Barrack – 410-641-3101 or Salisbury Barrack – 410-749-3101.


Easton Man Charged with 4th Offense DUI after Crash in Rehoboth

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Police Line At Night © Copyright BestGreenScreen/Shutterstock

An Easton man has been charged after he was involved in a crash Saturday evening on Coastal Highway north of Old Landing Road.  Delaware State Police say three vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash after the driver of a Volvo failed to slow for vehicles stopped in traffic.  When police contacted the driver, 56 year old Francis McNulty of Easton, they smelled alcohol and a DUI investigation began.  A computer check showed McNulty had three previous DUI arrests.  He’s charged with a 4th offense DUI and vehicular assault.  A 21 year old passenger in the middle vehicle in the crash was treated for minor injuries.


WGMD Fishing Report 10-20-18


Saturday saw most boats on the trailer or tied to the dock as the wind blew pretty hard.

Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em did say the Captain Ike tried for sea bass, but seas to eight feet and building encouraged them to call it a day with only a few sea bass and blues in the box.

At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle the report was the same as it has been for over a week.  Small blues to 16 inches in the surf and Inlet.  Small tog with the rare keeper have been taken from the inlet.

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said John Kellher caught a 2.15-pound white perch out of the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal on Friday.  John Hohman had a 3.3-pound citation sea bass and Andy Sheltons had another citation at 3.1pounds.  Both were caught on the Katydid Friday.

Delaware has stocked trout in White Clay Creek for the fall/winter season.  You will need a trout stamp along with your general fishing license to fish these waters until November 30.  You will not be crowded out and the fishing is pretty good.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


USS Delaware Christened

l-r: Commander Brian P. Hogan, Commanding Officer, USS Delaware, US Senator, Tom Carper, Ms. Jennifer Boykin, President, Newport News Shipbuilding, Dr. Jill Biden, sponsor of the USS Delaware Photo credit: Huntington Ingalls Industries, provider of the livestream

l-r: Commander Brian P. Hogan, Commanding Officer, USS Delaware, US Senator, Tom Carper, Ms. Jennifer Boykin, President, Newport News Shipbuilding, Dr. Jill Biden, sponsor of the USS Delaware
Photo credit: Huntington Ingalls Industries, provider of the livestream

The seventh Navy vessel to be named after the First State was christened Saturday at the Newport News Shipyard in Virginia. Governor John Carney and US Senator Tom Carper were part of the Delaware officials on hand for the ceremony.  Dr. Jill Biden is the sponsor of the USS Delaware and did the honors to christen the sub. Two years ago Dr. Biden and her grandson, Hunter, along with Delaware’s Congressional Delegation, took part in the keel-laying ceremony. This weekend’s christening is the next step and was done before the shipbuilders, Naval personnel and the USS Delaware’s future officers, crew and commander.

Click here to watch the livestream of the christening ceremony

The USS Delaware. Virginia-class fast attack submarine
Photo credit: Huntington Ingalls Industries, provider of the livestream


UPDATED: DSP Identify Victim in Crash West of Magnolia

Motorcycle after accident on highway

UPDATED – 10-20-18  3pm –  Delaware State Police say 62 year old Paul Schiller of Felton died in a crash Friday just after noon west of Magnolia.   Police continue to investigate but say Schiller’s motorcycle and a DART Transit Bus were heading towards each other on Irish Hill Road when the bus began to turn left onto Lexington Mill Road – and crossed into the path of the motorcycle.  Schiller was wearing a helmet, but was pronounced dead at the scene.  The bus driver – a 55 year old man from Smyrna was treated for minor injuries – there was no one else on the bus.


A Felton man is dead after a motorcycle crash Friday just after noon on Irish Hill Road at the intersection of Lexington Mill Road.  Delaware State Police say a DART Transit Bus was westbound and began to turn left onto Lexington Mill Road – into the path of the motorcycle.   The 62 year old rider on the motorcycle was wearing a helmet – he was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the bus – a 55 year old man from Smyrna was properly restrained and treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for minor injuries.  There was no one else on the bus.  The investigation is continuing.


WGMD Radio Flea Market 10-20-18

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Bill – Dagsboro 973-975-2237
– Pine Hutch top and bottom, 6 chairs and buffet goes with it, also Pine – $1100
– Home Gym WIELDER, does every everything – $60

George – Millsboro 302-245-0477
– Green Porcelain cast iron heating BTU 18-25K, blower, remote control – $100

Ron – Georgetown 302-249-1693
– 60 HP Mercury outboard runs good, with controller – $600

Tish – Ocean View 302-725-9678
– Jewelry cabinet, honey colored 3 drawers and a lid, two doors on each side for necklaces, in decent condition – $25

Ron – Lewes 609-790-4370
– Bike Racks for hitch, 2 and 4 bike used – $40 each
– Ugly Stick Surf Rods 9 and 10 foot – $35 each
– Weber 2 Grill, small propane – $50

Murph – Angola/Harbeson 302-542-7522 – May be able to haul it.
– Sealypedic box spring and mattress, no frame, 2 years old been in storage in really good shape, no stains. 52X74 inches – $20 or free if you need it
– Wood computer desk, side tower shelf, side drawers needs some TLC – $10 or free

Dale – Redden/Georgetown 302-228-5984
– set of Bavarian China, purchased in 1985, beautiful German wildlife – full set – never used, asking – $300 (paid $350)

Dave – Dagsboro 703-930-3352
– 45 inch circular glass tabletop, no legs – $10
– Mantiss light mini rototiller good for small beds or gardens – $50

Steve – Milford 302-422-3673
– 2008 Suzuki 400 Scooter, 400 CC engine safe at highway speeds or downtown traffic, excellent condition candy apple red – $3200 or best offer

2008 Suzuki 400 Scooter, 400 CC engine safe at highway speeds or downtown traffic, exc cond. candy apple red


WGMD Fishing Report 10-19-18


Friday was fishable, but not many boats went out due to a lack of customers.  A gale warning has been posted for Saturday and Sunday.

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Tranquila with Captain Charlie Helmer brought in a limit of dolphin last Sunday.  The only other report he had was from the Katydid.  They caught 42 flounder and 100 sea bass on Friday.

At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em Burt said the head boat brought in some flounder and sea bass.  A private boat had a big bluefin tuna.  One jetty jockey caught a 27-inch trout on a plug and lost another one at the rocks.  He also reported that some bigger rockfish moved into the inlet around 3:00 AM.

Old Inlet said one of their customers reported catching several pompano right out front along with plenty of blues.  Blues were also taken from the inlet along with small tog and the occasional keeper.  Sand fleas and green crabs have worked on the tog.

The Gale Force had a group from the Delaware Saltwater Fly Rodders out on Thursday for a big catch of blues.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


OC Brothers Charged in Cigarette Trafficking Operation in NY

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Two Ocean City men have been charged with criminal tax fraud, money laundering and conspiracy for their involvement in a cigarette trafficking operation that ran between Virginia and Kings County, New York.  47 year old Basel Ramadan and his 45 year old brother, Samir were charged in Kings County Supreme Court in New York.  Earlier this month federal, state and local officials raided the brothers West Ocean City homes and seized over $312,000 in cash, 3 handguns, a shotgun, 3 vehicles and over 341,000 untaxed cigarettes from a storage location in Brooklyn.  A third man from Brooklyn was included in the 21 count indictment.


Milford Man Charged with 4th Offense DUI

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Image courtesy Milford PD

Milford Police were tipped to a possible impaired driver on Silicato Parkway Tuesday night around 8:30.  The citizen reported a Tahoe being operated in an aggressive manner.  Police found the Tahoe in a nearby parking lot, contacted the driver who appeared impaired and spotted drug paraphernalia.  The officer also learned that the driver, 36 year old Patrick Carey of Milford had previous DUI convictions.  Carey was charged with his 4th offense DUI and other offenses.


Second Street Sidewalk Work to Begin Soon in Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Seal

It’s been a priority for some time, and now construction is set to begin by the end of this month on the Second Street in Rehoboth Beach.  The project includes the replacement of the sidewalk and curb ramps on the east side of Second Street between Baltimore and Maryland Avenues.  During the construction expect lane closures and limited parking or access between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday.  The project is expected to last about 2 months.


DSP Still Looking for Man who Escaped from Sussex County Courthouse

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Image courtesy DSP

Delaware State and Capitol Police are still looking for 24 year old Ronald Stow who escaped from custody at the Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown last Tuesday.  Police say at the time of his escape, Stow was wanted for 2nd degree burglary, use of a payment card and theft from a victim over 62 years of age.  He is now wanted on 3rd degree escape charges and was last seen in a black Ford Focus with Delaware tags (376330) on South Bedford Street.  He is white, about 5’ 7” and 103 pounds with brown hair and eyes.  If you know where he is – contact Crime Stoppers – 302-TIP-3333.


Milton Man Charged in September Incident Near Seaford

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Image courtesy DSP

A Milton man has been charged in connection with a reckless endangering incident that occurred on Friday, September 21st at the Woodshed Bar near Seaford.  Delaware State Police say an argument in the parking lot led to several rounds being fired into an occupied vehicle.  Police late identified the suspect as 36 year old Jose Cabrera-Malpica of Milton.  He turned himself in to police last week and is charged with weapons and other offenses. He’s free on an unsecured bond.


Gov Hogan Awards Nearly $4-Million to New Violence Prevention Program

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The Hogan Administration has awarded nearly $4-million for a new violence prevention program which emphasizes a reduction in gun violence.  This is part of the Governor’s commitment to make Maryland safer – the funding comes from the Violence Intervention and Prevention Program which was passed during the 2018 legislative session.  Governor Hogan also signed additional pieces of legislation including measures that impose stricter sentences for repeat violent offenders and those who commit crimes with a gun.


Public Health Warning of Two Multi-state Outbreaks of Listeria in Deli Ham & Salmonella in Raw Chicken


The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is advising Delawareans of a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to deli ham. Several companies have recalled ham products that could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria and could make people sick. To date, there have been no confirmed cases reported in Delaware, but DPH urges consumers to take precautions to prevent illness. Listeria is particularly harmful to pregnant women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), four people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported in North Carolina and Virginia. All four had been hospitalized and one death was reported by Virginia health officials.

Johnston County Hams, Inc. recalled the following ready-to-eat ham products:

  • Johnston County Hams, Inc. Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham
  • Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham with sell-by dates from April 10, 2018, to September, 27 2019
  • Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country Ham Boneless Glazed with Brown Sugar
  • Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham Less Salt Distributed by Valley Country Hams, LLC. with sell-by dates from April 10, 2018, to September 27, 2019
  • Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Boneless Fully Cooked

The recalled ham products were produced from April 3, 2017, through October 2, 2018. In addition, the recalled products are labeled with establishment number “EST. M2646” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Ladyfingers Gourmet to Go recalled the following ready-to-eat ham rolls:

  • Signature Shaved Country Ham Rolls. The rolls are made with ham produced by Johnston County Hams and bear the UPC: 8 56149 00509 9.

Consumers who have any of these recalled products at home should not eat them, even if some of it was consumed and no one has gotten sick. If you do not know if the product has been recalled, do not eat it. Before purchasing deli ham at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not one of the recalled products.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any of the recalled products. Retailers should also clean and sanitize deli slicers and other areas where recalled deli ham was prepared, stored or served. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for sanitizer strength and application to ensure it is effective. For more information, visit: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulatory-compliance/compliance-guides-index/controlling-lm-retail-delicatessens.

If you believe you might have a recalled product, return it to the store for a refund or throw it away. If you do not know if the ham you purchased was recalled, ask the business where you purchased it or throw it away. If you have questions, contact the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 302-744-4990 or 24/7 at 888-295-5156.

People with invasive listeriosis usually report symptoms starting one to four weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria. Pregnant women and their newborns, adults age 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick with listeriosis. The symptoms differ for pregnant women compared to non-pregnant individuals:

Women who are or may be pregnant: Pregnant women typically experience only fever and other flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue and muscle aches. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

People other than pregnant women: Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.

Anyone who experiences these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. Medical providers should report suspected cases of Listeria to the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 302-744-4990 or 24/7 at 888-295-5156.

For more information regarding the outbreak, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/countryham-10-18/index.html. For more information regarding the food recalls, visit https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/recall-084-2018-release or https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm622719.htm. For additional information on Listeria infection, visit https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/index.html.


DPH Also Advises Residents of Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Chicken Products

DPH is also taking this time to make Delaware residents aware of a multi-state outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Infantis infections linked to raw chicken products. According to the CDC, 92 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis have been reported in 29 states, including two cases in Delaware. Of the cases reported nationally, 22 people have been hospitalized (including two Delawareans). No deaths have been reported.

The CDC says the outbreak strain has been found in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens, and is resistant to multiple antibiotics, including first-line treatment options. This means if antibiotics are needed for severe infections, alternative or second-line treatments may need to be used. Advice to clinicians can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/infantis-10-18/advice.html.

A single, common supplier of chicken has not been identified. There is no need for consumers to avoid eating properly cooked chicken, and retailers are not being advised to stop selling raw chicken products. However, individuals should follow these steps to help prevent Salmonella infection from raw chicken:

Always handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. This outbreak is a reminder that raw chicken can have germs that spread around food preparation areas and make you sick.

Wash your hands. Salmonella infections can spread from one person to another if hands have Salmonella germs on them. Wash hands before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers.

Cook raw chicken thoroughly to kill harmful germs. Chicken breasts, whole chickens, and ground poultry, including chicken burgers and chicken sausage, should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. Leftovers should be reheated to 165°F. Use a food thermometer to check and place it in the thickest part of the food.

Don’t spread germs from raw chicken around food preparation areas. Washing raw poultry before cooking is not recommended. Germs in raw chicken can spread to other foods and kitchen surfaces. Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw chicken. Use two separate cutting boards for raw chicken, meats and seafood; and the other for fruits and vegetables. Wash boards completely with soap and warm water between each use to kill germs.

CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets (https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/publications/pet-food-safety.html). Germs like Salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick. Your family also can get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet.

For more information about this outbreak, visit https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/infantis-10-18/index.html. For more information about preventing Salmonella infection, visit https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/general/prevention.html.

DSP Looking for Dover Area Man for Domestic Incidents

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Image courtesy DSP

Your help is needed to locate a Dover area man wanted for several domestic-related incidents – including harassment, terroristic threatening and stalking.  Delaware State Police are looking for 49 year old Darnell Bryant, who is also wanted for failure to re-register as a sex offender.  If you know where Bryant is – contact Delaware State Police or Crime Stoppers – 800-TIP-3333.


DE First Lady Launches Statewide Kindergarten Registration Campaign

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Delaware First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney has launched Delaware’s first statewide kindergarten registration campaign to highlight the importance of supporting Delaware’s youngest learners. The campaign, which is also led by Delaware Readiness Teams, encourages families and caregivers to register students for kindergarten and helps guide them through the process.  This year’s kindergarten registration includes new questions about pre-kindergarten experiences, which will help inform the registration process.  Family engagement events will be held statewide throughout November – which is Kindergarten Registration Month.


Special Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day Saturday in Delaware

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Saturday is a special youth hunting day on both public and private lands statewide in Delaware.  Youth hunters aged 10 through 15 can enjoy youth waterfowl hunting today – and again on February 9th of 2019.  Waterfowl hunters under the age of 16 are not required to purchase a Delaware waterfowl (duck) stamp or a federal migratory bird stamp. Youth hunters age 10 through 12 must possess a LEN and may take a hunter education course.

More information on hunting license and Delaware waterfowl stamp requirements is available at Delaware Licenses.   All waterfowl and other migratory game bird (except crow) hunters will need a Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. To register for a LEN or HIP number, hunters can go to Delaware Hunter and Trapper Registration or call toll free 1-855-335-4868.


Groundbreaking for Slaughter Beach Marsh Boardwalk Project


Ground was broken last week for a saltmarsh boardwalk project at Slaughter Beach.  The Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve Boardwalk Project will enable visitors to walk out onto the saltmarsh to view and experience the ecosystem and its natural resources up close.  The Y-shaped boardwalk will provide access to a marsh pool at one end and a view of nearby constructed osprey nest platform from an elevated observation platform at the other end.  The 109-acre Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve was donated to the Delaware Nature Society by the Marvel Family of Milford in 1988.


USS Delaware Attack Sub to be Christened in VA Saturday


The Navy will christen the attack submarine, the future USS Delaware (SSN 791), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Virginia.

The principal speaker will be United States Senator Tom Carper from Delaware. Dr. Jill Biden, former second lady of the United States, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow and state, “In the name of the United States, I christen thee.”

“Today’s christening marks an important milestone in the life of the future USS Delaware, moving the submarine from a mere hull number to a boat with a name and spirit,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This submarine honors the contributions and support the state of Delaware has given to our military and will stand as a testament to the increased capabilities made possible through a true partnership between the Department of the Navy and our industry teammates.”

The future USS Delaware, designated SSN 791, is the seventh ship to bear the name of “The First State.” The first Delaware served in the American Revolution, the second in the Quasi War with France. The third was burned to prevent her from falling into the hands of the Confederate Navy. The fourth served blockading duties through the end of the Civil War. Little is known about the fifth, other than she was a screw steamer that began life with another name before being renamed Delaware on May 15, 1869. The sixth Delaware was a battleship commissioned Apr. 4, 1910, that served in the Atlantic and Caribbean. During World War I, she provided convoy escort and participated in allied naval exercises. She was decommissioned Nov. 10, 1923.

The future USS Delaware is the 18th Virginia-class attack submarine and the eighth and final Virginia-class Block III submarine. The ship’s construction began in September 2013 and will deliver in 2019. Delaware will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea superiority well into the 21st century.

Virginia-class submarines are built to operate in the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.