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WGMD Fishing Report 11-12-18


Monday saw weather as good as you are going to get in November so I decided to give Indian River Inlet a try.  I arrived around 9:00 AM and fished the incoming into the slack and the first of the outgoing.  My total catch was one small oyster cracker on a sand flea.  I saw several small tog caught, but did not see anything large enough to keep.  The best action was from the bridge to the beach on the northside.  I was on the west side of the bridge.  A few short rockfish were caught on small jigs during slack water.

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Monday group on the Katydid finally had some decent weather and made good use of the day.  They brought in 115 sea bass plus a couple of tog and triggerfish.

Lauren at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em had four boats out for swordfish, but they had not returned in time for this report.

At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle they told us some short rockfish were caught from the beach at Faithful Steward on clams over the weekend.

The Fish Bound out of Ocean City had a boat limit of tog to 10 pounds and sheepshead to 13 pounds on Monday.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.


2018 Comprehensive Plan Could See a Vote by Sussex County Council Tuesday

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Sussex County Council-2017 Image courtesy Sussex County Government

The Sussex County Council has a full agenda this week.  The council is expected to take action on the Land Use map within the  Comprehensive Plan – as well as consider approval of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan.  They will also discuss an ordinance to amend the calculation of permitted density.  County Administrator Todd Lawson will have a report on the recent meetings of the Five Points Working Group – which is looking at options to upgrade that intersection in Lewes.  The council will hold a public hearing at 10:30 on the proposed Diamond Acres Streetlighting district.  In the afternoon session the council will hold 5 public hearings – 4 are conditional use applications and one for a change of zone.  The council meets at 10am in the County Administration Building on the Circle in Georgetown.


Parsonsburg Man Charged with DUI After Crash in Hebron

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Police Line At Night © Copyright BestGreenScreen/Shutterstock

A single vehicle crash on Route 50 near Porter Mill Road in Hebron just before 6:30 this morning led to DUI charges for a Parsonsburg man.  Maryland State Police say the driver of a Nissan Rogue, 29 year old Jerry Griffith lost control of his SUV  and spun out in the median.  Police learned that Griffith was DUI and driving on a suspended license.  He was charged and released to a family member.


Georgetown Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

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Image courtesy Georgetown PD

A traffic stop Sunday morning in Georgetown led to the arrest of a Virginia man on drug charges.  Georgetown Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Route 113 near Shortly Road and smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle as they contacted 26 year old Tyrice Thomas.  During a search of the vehicle police seized 6 grams of marijuana in the glove box and a bag with 150 bundles of heroin.  Thomas is charged with a variety of drug offenses and is free on an unsecured bail.


Millsboro Teen Cited after Harbeson Crash

Image © WGMD/Jake Smith

Image © WGMD/Jake Smith

A woman from Lewes was injured in a crash last night at Routes 5 and 9. Delaware State Police tell WGMD that just after 7pm Sunday an SUV and Taurus were approaching the intersection on Route 9 when the 17 year old from Millsboro driving the Taurus accelerated to make a left turn and collided with the SUV. The driver of the SUV, a 50 year old woman from Lewes was taken to Beebe Medical Center with minor injuries. The teen was not injured, but was cited for failure to yield when making a left turn.

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WGMD Fishing Report 11-11-18


Sunday was better than Saturday, but not many boats went out on the water.  Monday looks like the best day this week.

Spoke with Bill’s Sport Shop and was told Bill Baker is in a Milford rehab recovering from his fall last Sunday.  We wish him a speedy recovery.

At Lewes Harbour Marina the report was one or two boats went tog fishing, but only had limited success.  Chris at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em had the same report.

At Captain Bone’s Bait and Tackle Patty told us Dominick Vavala caught a one-pound, nine-ounce yellow perch on a swim shad out of the Appoquinimick Creek.

At Smith Bait and Tackle Steve reported that Christian Pruneda had a one-pound, two-ounce yellow perch on a minnow from the Leipsic River.

Reports from the north Jersey area indicate stripers in the 20 to 30-pound class with at least one 50 pounder being caught from head and party boats.  If the fish are on sand eels then Diamond jigs are doing the job.  When bunker are the prime feed then snag and drop works best.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.      


Several Injured in Crash on Route 113 in Dagsboro

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A 4-vehicle crash near Dagsboro is under investigation by Delaware State Police.  Police say a Hyundai was southbound on Route 113 near Clayton Road when an unknown vehicle began to enter its lane.  The Hyundai left the roadway, crossed the center median and struck a Volkswagen Golf and then a Honda Civic which were both in the northbound lanes.  The driver of the Hyundai and a passenger, from Pennsylvania, were both properly restrained and treated for minor injuries.  The 25 year old driver of the Golf, from Virginia, was properly restrained and taken to Beebe Medical Center with serious injuries.  The driver of the Honda was not injured.   The roadway was closed for several hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.


One Dead, One Injured after Stabbing in Salisbury Saturday

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A Salisbury man has been arrested after a stabbing Saturday afternoon on Swan Road in Salisbury.  The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office was called for a report of a stabbing and found two victims – Frank Donaldson, Junior of Delmar who had died from his injuries and Charles Turner of Salisbury, who was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and is in critical condition.  Police identified 30 year old Brendon Fields of Salisbury as the suspect and he was arrested and charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder, attempted 1st and 2nd degree murder and other offenses.  The investigation is continuing.


UPDATED: DSP CANCEL Gold Alert for Wyoming Man

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Image courtesy DSP

UPDATED – 5pm – Delaware State Police have canceled the Gold Alert for Ryan Yeager of Wyoming.  He has been located.


A Gold Alert has been issued for a missing Wyoming man.  Delaware State Police say 33 year old Ryan Yeager was last heard from by text message on Saturday in the Sandtown, Delaware area.  Ryan is white, about 6-feet tall, 169 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.  He may be driving a gray 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe with Delaware tags ( HP19571 or PC608039).  Attempts to locate Yeager have been unsuccessful and there is concern for his safety.  If you know where he is – contact Crime Stoppers.


WGMD Fishing Report 11-10-18


Saturday saw gale warnings up for the bay and ocean.  I checked out both bodies of water in the early afternoon and both were not happy.  There were even whitecaps on the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal.  Sunday will be a bit better, but still too rough for most boaters.

Old Inlet Bait and Tackle said a few folks fished the surf, but the only report they received was one small bluefish along with several skates on cut mullet.  Indian River Inlet did produce some keeper tog along with several shorts. 

At Lewes Harbour Marina I picked up the rules for their 2018 Striped Bass Tournament.  All entry fees are to be paid in cash at the shop.  The cost is $30 for the month or $5 for the day paid before going fishing.  The contest will run from November 23 to 4:00 PM December 23.  Prize money will be determined by the amount of entry money with 50% to first, 30% to second and 20% to third.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.


WGMD Radio Flea Market 11-10-18

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Cindy – Rehoboth 302-430-4411
– Selling entire kitchen and appliances, chance to buy whole thing, all white cabinets and appliances, appliances 5-10 years old, very lightly used. Gas range, Side by side fridge and microwave. asking – $2975
– Gas Fireplace with wood mantle surround with a remote, about 12 years old , ventless asking – $495

David – Georgetown 302- 858-5006
Tuxedo, worn twice, black American made, fit a man about 5 10 to six foot tall. Jacket is 44 Long, Pants Long 34. Perfect time for the holidays. Reg. $65

Murph – Longneck area 302-542-7522
FREE – Intex Swimming Pool, come with two filters one big one for the pump and a little filter, box of SIX pack of FILTERS never opened willing to give away.

Frank – Lewes 302-644-4905
LOOKING TO BUY: Device to copy to a DVD from the old VCR, wants a converter using a MAC. Needs to be MAC compatible.

Ron – Lewes 609-790-4370
– Tow Bar to tow a car, Stainless steel, new 1K 10k pound capacity asking – $500
– Ugly Sticks, 9 and 10′ surf rods, brand new – $30 each for those.
– Men’s Trek bike 26″ excellent condition – $125

Cathy – Rehoboth 302-645-2133
FREE ITEM: 55″ Sony TV 10 years old – FREE ITEM

Dale – Bridgeville / Milford 302-228-5984
– 6 PC Bavarian China From Germany, paid $500, never used, pictures on plates of wildlife of Germany – $300

John – Millsboro 302-945- 6696
– John Bose Kitchen island Cart, lightly used about 3 weeks. butcher block 35″ high 20″ deep with two drop leafs, still has protective coating on shelves, with leaves goes to 50″ wide. was $1139 new, asking – $600
– China – 16 – 6 pc. place setting holiday china, 3 serving pcs. service for 16 $1500 will throw in the flatware (was $300)

Willa – Rehoboth 610-742-0161
– Campbell-Ausfeld Air compressor 6 HP 6 gallon all the attachments and cables paid $1100, asking – $400

JimLewes 302-644-1573
– Trundle Bed, opens up to a queen sized bed, about six years old$175


Coolers & Butchers Ready for Deer Meat Donations During Hunting Season in Delaware


During the deer hunting season, the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program will again help to provide for Delaware’s hungry.  Several private butcher shops statewide are taking part and will process the meat into venison at no charge to be distributed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife to charitable groups providing meals for needy Delawareans.   Deer donations can be directly to a participating butcher or dropped at any of DNREC’s walk-in coolers.  Last year over 19-thousand pounds of venison was donated.

Hunters donating deer are asked to call the phone number posted on the walk-in coolers so that the deer can be transported for processing in a timely manner. Hunters are reminded that all deer dropped off at a cooler must be field-dressed and registered by the hunter, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the deer. Coolers are checked frequently, with donated deer taken to participating private butcher shops or the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program for processing.

All deer harvested in Delaware, including donated deer, must be registered through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system. Deer hunters are encouraged to access the system online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Hunters who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative can call 855-DELHUNT (855-335-4868).

Participating Butcher Shops
Sussex County
Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up
6854 Delmar Road
Delmar, DE 19940

Kent County
Miller’s Butcher Shop
577 Morgans Choice Road
Wyoming, DE 19934

D&J Custom Cutting
89 Myers Drive
Hartly, DE 19953

Cooler Locations to Donate Deer
Sussex County

Kent County

For more information on hunting in Delaware can be found at 2018-2019 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and from license agents statewide.

For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, please visit Sportsmen Against Hunger, or contact Bill Jones, regional wildlife manager, 302-284-4795. For deer hunting information, please contact Eric Ness, deer and furbearer biologist, at 302-735-3600.


WGMD Fishing Report 11-9-18


Small craft advisories were up all day Friday and gale warnings are up for Saturday.  Winds on Saturday will be northwest 20 to 25 with gusts to 35 knots.  At 4:00 PM on Friday the Delaware Lightship Buoy reported winds at 21 knots gusting to 27 with waves at 7.9 feet.  The barometric pressure was at 29.89 and falling fast.  The water temperature was 60 degrees.  It looks like another lost weekend for any type of saltwater fishing.

Depending on how much rain we get, freshwater fishing could be good in the local ponds and upper reaches of the tidal rivers and creeks.  If you can find a lee shore to soak a few worms or cut bunker it is possible to catch some white perch or catfish.  I suspect most outdoorsmen will be deer hunting or watching football as will I.

I attended the ASMFC public hearing on Thursday evening in Dover.  I must say I was disappointed that I was the only one there who was not a member of the ASMFC or worked for DNREC Fish and Game.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.      


Flood Warning Until 9:45pm for SE Sussex County

Special Wx Statement
Special Weather Statement







Friday Morning Crash Injures 2 in Rehoboth Beach

Image courtesy Rehoboth Beach VFC

Image courtesy Rehoboth Beach VFC

A serious crash Friday morning shut down the southbound lanes on Route 1 just south of Route 24 in Rehoboth.  Delaware State Police say just after 9:40 a car traveling northbound in the left turn lane crossed the concrete median and collided head on with a cement mixer.  The driver of the car, a 48 year old woman from Lewes was properly restrained and trapped in the vehicle.  She was taken to Beebe Medical Center and is now in serious but stable condition at Christiana Hospital.  The driver of the cement mixer, a 34 year old man from Dover was treated for minor injuries.  The investigation continues.


New Ocean City Council Members Sworn In & Council Reorganizes


Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan and councilmen Matt James, Lloyd Martin and Mark Paddack have been sworn in.  As the council moved to reorganize, councilman John Gehrig nominated Matt James for council president.  Councilman Dennis Dare nominated Lloyd Martin for president.  Martin was re-elected as council president by a 5 to 2 vote and Mary Knight returns as secretary.  The mayor and council have a work session on Tuesday, November 13.


Lewes Woman Sentenced for Embezzling from Beebe Hospital

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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

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.


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.


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.



WGMD Fishing Report 11-8-18


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


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


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


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


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.

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