Monday, June 18, 2018

Multiple Arrests at Firefly from Drugs to Theft to Counterfeit T-shirts

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Dover Police were notified of several cell phone thefts at the Firefly Music Festival over the weekend.  Police say one victim was able to track her phone with the “Find my iPhone” app and officers from Dover PD and the Delaware State Police tracked the phone to 34 year old William Rodriguez of Miami, Florida.  He was arrested and found in possession of 27 cell phones – including the victim’s phone.

Another man was spotted by undercover officers selling counterfeit Firefly T-shirts in Camping Lot 2.  When police tried to contact 24 year old Hassah Mceachin of South Carolina, he ran off on foot but was arrested after a short chase.  Police seized 37 counterfeit T-shirts, $850 in cash and a gram of marijuana.

Five other men from Virginia and Ohio were arrested after selling a variety of drugs to undercover officers.  Police seized everything from amphetamines to LSD to ecstasy.


Vehicle Break-ins: DSP Offer Prevention & Awareness Tips


Over the course of the last week the Delaware State Police have investigated a rash of vehicle break-ins that have taken place in New Castle County. While these most recent incidents have occurred in specific areas, we must realize that there is the potential for anyone, anywhere to be the victim of a similar crime. With that in mind the State Police are offering the following prevention and awareness tips:

  • Keep the doors of your vehicles locked at all times and windows shut.
  • Do not leave items of value in your vehicle. This includes purses, wallets, credit cards, electronics, check books, money, SS card, loose change, documents and paperwork with your personal information listed.
  • Store valuable tools inside your residence. If needed daily for work, create an easy system to load and unload, such as using storage containers to transport.
  • Lock your glove box, which should only store your registration and insurance cards. Do not store your vehicle title in the glove box. Store it in a safe place in your residence.
  • Do not leave items that have a perceived value, such as a laptop case with no laptop.
  • Clear the vehicle of all clutter and personal items. This can give the general impression that other property of value may be within the vehicle.
  • Do not keep a spare vehicle key hidden in the same vehicle. Do not store house keys or other keys in your vehicle.
  • If possible, keep your vehicle parked under a lighted area that you can check on from your residence.
  • If you have a surveillance security system, include your vehicles in the angle of your camera. If you locate a suspicious subject on your property, in the area of your vehicles, do not confront them, call 911 immediately.

And finally, be a good witness for your neighbors, co-workers and fellow citizens, as you would want them to do the same for you. Pay attention and be aware to what is going on in your neighborhood, and other places that you frequent throughout the course of your day such as the parking lots of local businesses, your workplace, parks etc.

If you See Something-Say Something, by reporting all suspicious activity to your local law enforcement  agency.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at


Juveniles Found with BB Guns Outside Prince Street Elementary School in Salisbury

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Wicomico County School officials say Prince Street Elementary School was place on lock down for about 20 minutes Monday morning after a school staff member reported a male juvenile showing a weapon outside on the school grounds.  County Sheriff’s deputies responded and a school resource officer contacted and questioned two juveniles.  One had a BB gun in his pants pocket – the other had a BB gun in his backpack.  Nearby Bennett and Parkside High Schools were also placed on lock down as a precaution. There were no students in the schools – only teachers and staff who were completing their last day of school before summer break.  The incident is being referred to Juvenile Services – the two boys were released to a parent.


Worcester Has Highest DUI Rate

Worcester County
Worcester County Courtesy Worcester County Government

During this year’s Maryland State’s Attorney’s Conference in Ocean City, Worcester County was honored for having the highest DUI conviction rate in Maryland.  The statewide average of DUI convictions is 78% – Worcester County has received a 91.1% conviction rate.  The county has won this award five times in the past 6 years.


First White Marlin Caught Off Ocean City


2018 – First White Marlin caught off Ocean City by Ron Bennett on board the “Stalker” / Image courtesy Hooked On OC

The “first white marlin” of the season has been caught in Ocean City.  Ron Bennett reeled in the first white marlin of 2018 on Saturday, June 13 while the crew of “Stalker” was fishing off the shore of Ocean City. The fish was released after the catch.  For bringing in the first white marlin of the season, Bennett will receive a $5,000 prize awarded by the Town of Ocean City.  Mayor Rick Meehan says the first white marlin catch of the season is a symbolic start to the fishing season and hopefully a sign of many more for our offshore fishermen this summer.  Bennett is also expected to receive a $5,000 prize from the Marlin Club and $5,000 from a local fishing group.


DEC & Choptank Ask You to Beat the Peak Tonight from 4 to 6pm

Delaware Electric Cooperative

Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking members to help Beat the Peak this evening from 4 to 6pm.  The very warm temperatures that have arrived in the area is sending the cost of electricity skyrocketing, but when members conserve during these times, the Co-op doesn’t have to buy as much energy during times when electricity prices are higher.  You can help to conserve by turning off unnecessary lights, delaying the use of major appliances and hot water and turning the thermostat up a couple of degrees.


Monday a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day in DE


Monday will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware! Temperatures in the 90’s, mostly sunny skies and increased weekday emissions will result in Code Orange levels of ozone.  Increasing humidity will increase particle concentrations but they will remain in the Moderate range.  Extended Forecast: A “back door” cold front is expected to reach northern Delaware by morning rush hour Tuesday and drop slowly southward across the state during the remainder of the day. Northerly winds behind the frontal boundary, along with increased cloud cover and a chance of precipitation, should drop ozone levels back into the Moderate range.   CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


WGMD Fishing Report 6-18-18


Father’s Day brought beautiful weather, but fishing was not as good as on Saturday.  Part of the problem may have been the large crowds at the most popular locations.

At Lewes Harbour Marina Tommy said the Katydid came in with flounder and sea bass, but no limits of either one.  He did see a few flounder caught from the Canal.  John Robinson fished the pier for a limit of flounder.

At Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park the report was some keeper flounder and a good mess of spot.  Jigs with Gulp! or bottom rigs with minnows and squid strips were the most popular flounder baits.

At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle we heard the beach has been very crowded and most anglers didn’t have much luck.  A few kings were caught on bloodworms, but sharks and skates were a more common catch.  The Inlet is pretty much a dead zone.

At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em Burt told us the head boat had a few flounder and he heard of the return of the small blues to Fenwick Island.  Trolling spoons is the top technique for the blues.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


Rehoboth Art League Opens 45th Members’ Fine Craft Exhibition

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The Rehoboth Art League opened its 45th annual members’ fine craft exhibition this past Friday featuring the work of 30-some member artists. “The majority is very fine craft which sort of blurs the edge of fine art and craft,” says Jay Pastore, RAL’s artistic director who has been curating the shows for the past four years. The RAL has actually been hosting this exhibition for the last 80 years, he explained, but 45 years ago the RAL split the members’ fine art and members’ fine craft from a single larger show.

“This show has really grown since I have been here,” Pastore points out, “I think particularly because we are curating master-level artists to sort of spotlight exhibitions. The award winners are doing spotlight exhibitions which add a whole level of skill and talent to the crowd,” he observes.

An exhibition currently in the Tubbs Gallery spotlights award winners from last year’s members’ fine craft exhibition. Two new solo-shows of fine art appear in the Ventures Gallery featuring Susan Frey, who is a member artist, and in the Homestead Gallery featuring Megan Burak who is a young artist who graduated from Salisbury University.

Gail Gingrich, one of the artists with work on display, lives on Broadkill Beach and collects items from the beach and uses a set of grinding wheels to help slice and polish stones. “It is kind of fascinating to see what is inside these stones,” she says. She hand-fabricates all her work using copper and silver and includes stones only from the beach in front of her home! The stones have been polished, tumbled and often her mountings are inspired by the stone.

These two mixed media and paper works by James Ulry are interesting in that if one keeps looking at them, different shapes and patterns become apparent. One viewer might see a woman and another sees the State of Delaware! Shown here are his works, Ms. Della and Mason-Dixon, the Divide.

“We had a great judge who was here who gave a talk and she had some interesting comments about how a lot of the work here reflects the regional landscapes and just being on the water… it was a good observation,” Pastore pointed out.

This work in fiber is not a local landscape, but could almost pass as a local barn! It is the Wyoming Homestead by John Flourney.

These exhibitions will be on display through July 22. Please see the RAL website for details.


Glass Begins Rehoboth Campaign Season Early

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Gary Glass, one of the three candidates for the two soon-to-be-open commissioner seats in Rehoboth Beach, held his first public meet-and-greet this past Saturday at the lovely home of Kate and Bunky Markert. More than 40 people attended including current Commissioners Patrick Gossett and Jay Lagree, who both decided not to run for reelection in the upcoming 2018 municipal election. They were accompanied by former Commissioners Lorraine Zellers and Bill Sargent, and Susan Gay who ran last year. The tradition in Rehoboth Beach had been to start serious campaigning after July 4. But Glass is trying to get a head start.

Probably the most common concern expressed by those attending is the continued commercialization of Rehoboth’s residential neighborhoods. This includes homes owned by private companies that are built to the maximum size allowed, often with a swimming pool, and are rented sometimes for just one night.

“I support the homeowners and the people that actually lay their head on a pillow and go to sleep in town,” Glass said. “I think those people should have the greatest say in a government over their destiny, their financial security and their quality of life.”

The other two commissioner candidates are Richard Byrne and Patricia Coluzzi. No new news from Coluzzi this past week but Byrne says, among other things, he visited the Cape Henlopen Senior Center last week for the pancake breakfast fundraiser. He is pictured here with Commissioners Stan Mills, Kathy McGuiness and Lisa Schlosser and Richard Kaplan, the senior center interim president.

“The ‘seniors’ are saying what I’ve been saying as a candidate,” Byrne states. “They want the City to continue to protect the things they love about the City they live in — keep our City clean, safe and friendly and keep the downtown business areas vibrant and thriving with easy parking options, and maintain the sidewalks and streets.”

The deadline to register to vote in the August 11, 2018 election is July 12. See the city’s website for info.


Fatality at Firefly Festival


The Dover Police Department is investigating the death of a 20-year-old woman that occurred on Sunday morning. At approximately 6:30AM, officers were alerted to an unresponsive female in Firefly Camping Lot 18 at Dover International Speedway. Upon arrival, officers observed that Caroline Friedman from Philadelphia, PA was unconscious at her campsite. Friedman was treated on scene by medical staff and transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 6:55AM. Friedman was an attendee of the 2018 Firefly Music Festival being hosted at Dover International Speedway.

The cause of Friedman’s death is unknown, but is not the result of foul play. An official cause of death is dependent upon autopsy and toxicology results.

Miss Delaware 2018 Crowned Saturday Night in Lewes

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L-R: 4th runner-up Riley Slate, 1st runner-up Rebecca Gasperetti, Miss Delaware 2018 Joanna Wicks, 2nd runner-up Emily Beale, 4th runner-up Lauren Haberstroh / Image courtesy Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization Facebook page

After several years in Dover, the Miss Delaware Scholarship Pageant and Miss Delaware Outstanding Teen Pageant have moved back to Cape Henlopen High School. Last night a new Miss Delaware was crowned for 2018 – she is Joanna Wicks – Miss Wilmington. She will represent Delaware in the Miss America Pageant in September.

Joanna Wicks currently lives in New Castle County and is a graduate of the University of Delaware.  She teaches art at St Thomas More Academy in Magnolia.


WGMD Fishing Report 6-17-18


The weather was absolutely perfect on Saturday allowing a lot of folks to get out on the water.

Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said flounder fishing really turned on in the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal.  They also saw a good number of flounder come in from Site 11.  Minnows, squid strips and Gulp! accounted for most of these fish.  A 45.5-pound black drum was caught by flounder fisherman Mike Logue at Site 6.

At the fishing pier on Cape Henlopen State Park Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle said they saw a lot of spot caught on Saturday.  A few short flounder and at least one keeper were caught as well.

At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em Lauren said they had one boat come in from the Poorman’s Canyon with an excellent catch of tuna.  The head boat returned with some flounder.

Old Inlet Bait and Tackle told us the surf produced a few kings along with plenty of skates and sharks.

Rick’s Bait and Tackle said Darrel Hawk brought in a 5.6-pound flounder from Reef Site 11.  The only thing at the inlet has been hickory shad.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report. 


Oak Orchard Crash Leaves Lewes Motorcycle Driver Critical at Christiana Hospital


An investigation into a motorcycle crash Saturday just before noon continues in the Oak Orchard area.  Delaware State Police say a truck pulling a boat and trailer northbound on Oak Orchard Road began a right turn into a parking lot.  A motorcycle driven by a 58 year old man from Lewes began to pass the trailer on the right side and struck the truck.  The rider was ejected – he was not wearing a helmet and was flown to Christiana Medical Center in critical condition.  The driver of the truck and his passenger were properly restrained and not injured.


Ribbon Cut on Rehoboth’s Ocean Outfall

Photo courtesy Comm. Kathy McGuiness

Rehoboth Beach officials cut the ribbon on the now concluded Ocean Outfall project Friday morning.   The ocean outfall was placed in service at the end of May as was the restoration of Deauville Beach and the parking area.  The project removed the discharge of treated wastewater from the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal to an ocean outfall pipe after a DNREC regulation from 1998 ordered the elimination of point source discharges.  The project had problems throughout its conception and construction, but is now live and discharging treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo courtesy Comm. Kathy McGuiness


WGMD Radio Flea Market 6-16-18

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Chuck – Georgetown 302-682-9892
– Set of plates, Noritake ivory China, white w/ silver rim, 40 plates total + cups – $50 obo
– 2 end tables and coffee table, all glass tops – 200

Gina – Georgetown 302-236-9198
LOOKING FOR: Needs roofer with good references to repair roof on her house

7-pc outdoor patio dining set w/ swiveling chairs

Rikki – Selbyville 410-971-0785
– 7-pc outdoor patio dining set w/ swiveling chairs – $225 obo

Sky Brady – Georgetown 302-344-6530
– ElectroVoice T-25 15″ speakers – $225 each obo

Bonnie – Milford 302-864-7433
– 30-40 Antique vases various sizes & colors – $30 each

Joan – Rehoboth 302-381-2422
– Lowrey Electric organ, roll top, walnut incl. bench, 3 level keyboard, many stops – $800 obo

Bob – Milton 302-519-7805
– InvoCare “Pronto” M-51 electric wheelchair – $250

Bob – Dagsboro 302-569-5749
– PowerWise 36V DC batt charger for E Z Go cart – $125
– Yamaha 48v cart charger by Mack – $175


Smyrna Woman Dead after Struck by a Pickup in Dover

01-PedKilled-Emergency Vehicle at Night © Copyright Barbol/Shutterstock

A Smyrna woman is dead after she was struck by a pickup truck in Dover Friday night.  Delaware State Police say the pickup was northbound on Route 13 near Fast Landing Road when a woman running across the northbound lane ran into the path of the truck.  The woman was struck and was thrown into the left lane.  Police say the driver of the pickup was properly restrained and was not impaired.  The pedestrian – 25 year old Larissa Tallhamer – was pronounced dead at the scene.  She was wearing dark clothing and carried no light – impairment is not known.  If you have information – contact Crime Stoppers.


UPDATED: Miss Delaware Teen is Skyler Knox & Miss Delaware is Tonight at Cape Henlopen HS


Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Court (left to right) Emily Jer-Don–Miss Blue Diamond’s Outstanding Teen & 3rd runner-up; Jenna Anger–Miss Diamond State’s Outstanding Teen & 1st runner-up; Sky Knox Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2018; Jacqueline Means–Miss New Castle County’s Outstanding Teen and 2nd runner-up; and Taylor Richardson–Miss Hockessin’s Outstanding Teen & 4th runner-up. / Image courtesy Miss Delaware Outstanding Teen FB page

UPDATED  6/16:  Congratulations to Skyler Knox who was crowned Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2018.  10 young women vied for the Miss Delaware Teen title and 13 women will compete for the title of Miss Delaware tonight at 7pm at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.   Tickets are available through the Miss Delaware website


The Miss Delaware competition is this weekend and it returns to Cape Henlopen High School on Saturday at 7pm.  However tonight is the Miss Delaware Teen pageant – also at Cape Henlopen High School at 7pm.  10 young women are vying for the Miss Delaware Teen title and 13 women for the title of Miss Delaware.  The winner of the Miss Delaware pageant will represent Delaware in the Miss America pageant Tickets are available through the Miss Delaware website 



WGMD Fishing Report 6-16-18


I spent most of the day on Friday going out to the Del-Jersey-Land Reef Site to watch the sinking of the Cape May Lewes Ferry Twin Capes.  The weather was absolutely perfect with almost flat seas for the two and a half hour ride to the reef site on one of the service boats from Slaughter Beach.

Once on site we watched as the contractor from Coleen Marine in Norfolk, Virginia did the final cuts needed to allow water to get in inside the ferry.  Their service boat left ahead of us and the workmen were already inside the ship when we arrived around 9:30 AM.

I have been on several of these sinkings and some ships just don’t want to go down.  Once the last holes are cut in the hull it can take hours before they settle beneath the waves.  God love the Twin Capes, the crew got back on the service boat after 11:00 AM and she was gone by 11:55.

According to Jeff Tinsman (DNREC), the hull will be covered in mussels by this spring and after that an entire ecosystem will take over.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


2 Teens Reportedly Robbed in Downtown Rehoboth Beach


Rehoboth Beach police say two teens, both males, ages 15 and 17, reported that they were robbed Tuesday night while walking back to their residence through Grove Park, near the intersection of Grove Street and Columbia Avenue.

Just after 11 p.m., Rehoboth Beach police were summoned to the area of the Grove Park restrooms for the reported robbery that had just occurred.  The victims stated that they had been walking through the park returning to one of their residences when they were reportedly robbed by two males.

One of the victims told police that he was punched in the jaw by a black male suspect wearing a red jacket.  The other suspect was reported as being a white male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.  During the incident, the suspects reportedly stole a sweatshirt and money from the victims.  No weapons were seen.  Both suspects fled the park on foot in an easterly direction.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact Detective Tyler Whitman at (302) 524-1391 or submit a tip through Delaware Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-847-3333 or online at Anyone with information can also submit a tip online to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department via:


Milford Couple Arrested for Insurance Fraud


A Milford couple has been indicted by a Delaware Grand Jury for insurance fraud – they turned themselves in to Capital Police a week later.  The Delaware Department of Insurance reports that 33 year old Diliana Legros and 43 year old Joseph Aubourg of Milford reported an accident claim to their car insurance company for a hit and run while she and her family were traveling from New Jersey to Delaware.  Police were never notified, but Legros and her husband and 2 children reported injuries and were treated by several medical professionals. Investigators gathered evidence proving the crash never happened – however the insurance provider was billed over $100,000 in medical bills – and paid out over $55,000 on the claim.


Frankford Woman Charged After Domestic Incident

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Image courtesy DSP

A Frankford woman has been arrested after a domestic incident earlier this month.  Delaware State Police say a 60 year old man was arguing with 52 year old Kimberly Church at their home when she grabbed a hammer and began hitting the victim’s vehicle – and then threatened the victim with the hammer.  Police were called, but she was gone when they arrived.  Church was arrested by Georgetown Police in the Walmart parking lot after she got into another fight with her husband.  She is charged with possession of a deadly weapon, aggravated menacing and other offenses and is free on an unsecured bond.


Harbeson Road Railroad Crossing Work Postponed

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Work to repair and replace the railroad crossing on Harbeson Road just south of Route 9 has been postponed.  The contractor has found that additional design changes are needed.  DelDOT tells WGMD that while no rescheduled date has been set – it could later in July.  WGMD will have more on this closing as it becomes available.


RECALL: Kellogg’s Honey Smacks – Salmonella Infections

Recall Honey Smacks cereal - salmonella outbreak

Recall Honey Smacks cereal – salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka infections. The outbreak is being linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereals.

Seventy-three people from 31 states, including 24 who have been hospitalized, have reported becoming ill. While no cases have been identified in Delaware, out of an abundance of caution, the Division of Public Health (DPH) is sharing this information as most of our surrounding states on the East Coast have been affected. No deaths have been reported at this time.

The CDC reports that illnesses started on dates ranging from March 3, 2018, to May 28, 2018. On June 14, 2018, the Kellogg Company recalled 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019. The “best if used by” date is on the box top.

Retailers should not serve or sell, recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

The CDC and DPH recommend the following actions for consumers who have recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal:

  • Do not eat the recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smack cereal.
  • Throw out the cereal or return it for a refund. You should do this even if someone in your household ate some and did not get sick.
  • If you store cereal in a container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away.
  • Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.

    People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.

    This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available

    If you have further questions about this outbreak, please call the CDC media line at (404) 639-3286. To report foodborne illness in Delaware, call (302) 744-1033 or 1-888-295-515.

Twin Capes Ferry Now Part of Del-Jersey-Land Artificial Reef

Former MV Twin Capes leaving Lewes berth for preparation to become part of the Del-Jersey-Land artificial reef

Former MV Twin Capes leaving Lewes berth for preparation to become part of the Del-Jersey-Land artificial reef

The former Cape May-Lewes Ferry – the MV Twin Capes now has a new use as part of the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Artificial Reef.  The ferry, which was one of the original three ships in the DRBA fleet, was sunk just before noon today/Friday and will expand and enhance fish habitat and deep-sea diving opportunities.  DNREC officials say the Twin Capes profile will help to attract tuna, shark and even barracuda.