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UPDATE: Victim Identified; Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Crash Near Woodside

By Joe Ciccanti / May 30, 2024
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UPDATE 05/30/24-5 p.m. The Delaware State Police have identified 33-year-old Edwin Mejia of Owings Mills, Maryland as the man who died in the crash that occurred Wednesday morning on South Dupont Highway near Woodside. The investigation is ongoing. A 33-year-old man from Owings Mills, Maryland is dead after a GMC T-Series box truck¬†he was driving…

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Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictment Charging Naples, Florida Man in Connection with Fraudulent Loan Applications

By Joe Ciccanti / May 30, 2024
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A federal grand jury returned an indictment earlier this week charging 56-year-old Blaine Murphy of Naples, Florida with wire fraud and making false statements in connection with fraudulent loan applications submitted as part of the federal Paycheck Protection Program authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The announcement comes from U.S. Attorney…

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Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $16 Million to Combat Drug Trafficking, Overdoses

By Joe Ciccanti / May 30, 2024
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UPDATE: Victim Identified; Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash in Frankford

By Joe Ciccanti / May 30, 2024
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UPDATE-5/30/24 -12 p.m.–Delaware State Police have identified 45-year-old¬†Wayne Wheeler, Jr.¬†of Frankford as the man who died in the crash that occurred Tuesday night on Frankford School Road in Frankford. The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Previous Post: A 45-Year-old Frankford man is dead after a crash that…

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Somerset County Man Indicted for Murder in Fatal Hit-and-Run Case Involving Utility Worker

By Joe Ciccanti / May 30, 2024
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Following a grand jury indictment, a Somerset County man has been charged with murder for a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a utility worker that occurred earlier this year in Wicomico County. The Wicomico County State‚Äôs Attorney‚Äôs Office presented the case to the Wicomico County Grand Jury on May 20th. The Grand Jury returned an indictment…

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DE Flags to be Lowered to Half-Staff on Day of Interment for Orlando “Lonnie” George

By Joe Ciccanti / May 30, 2024
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Governor John Carney has ordered Delaware flags to be lowered to half-staff at all state facilities on Monday, June 3rd, to honor former Speaker of the House and President of Delaware Technical Community College, Orlando ‚ÄúLonnie‚ÄĚ George, on the day of his interment. Statement from Governor Carney: ‚ÄúTracey and I were saddened to hear about…

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Milford Woman Charged with Burglary, Trespassing After Entering Garage Without Permission

By Joe Ciccanti / May 30, 2024
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A 32-year-old Milford woman faces criminal charges that include burglary and trespassing after she was caught on someone else’s property without permission. The incident occurred Sunday afternoon at a home on North Walnut Street. Officers were told that someone was seen entering a detached garage on the property. Milford PD’s K9 Unit gave commands for…

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Shots Fired Incident at Home in Dover Neighborhood

By Joe Ciccanti / May 29, 2024
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Two adults and three children in a Dover neighborhood are physically okay after the home they were in was hit by gunfire several times. The shooting occurred during the early morning hours on May 28th at the residence on North Governor’s Boulevard. Troopers recovered numerous shell casings at the scene. The motive behind the incident…

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Delaware State Police Investigating Home Invasion in Laurel

By Joe Ciccanti / May 29, 2024
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Maryland State Police – Berlin Barrack Conducts Traffic Enforcement and Drug Interception Initiative

By Joe Ciccanti / May 29, 2024
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A targeted traffic enforcement initiative aimed at enhancing road safety and interrupting illegal drug trafficking in the southern part of Worcester County led to the arrest of a previously convicted felon. Berlin Barrack Troopers identified Route 13 and the southern half of Route 113 as the focus of the operation. While addressing traffic violations in…

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Troopers Arrest Smyrna Man for Drug Offenses and Resisting Arrest at Dover Area Royal Farms

By Joe Ciccanti / May 29, 2024
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Delaware State Police have arrested a 42-year-old Smyrna man after he caused disturbance at Royal Farms on North Dupont Highway in Dover early yesterday evening. According to Delaware State Police, he had been screaming and yelling in the men‚Äôs restroom for over an hour. The trooper made contact with the man later identified as Paul…

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Former State Lawmaker and¬†longtime¬†Delaware Tech¬†President Orlando J. ‚ÄúLonnie‚Ä̬†George¬†Jr. Passes Away at 78

By Joe Ciccanti / May 29, 2024
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Longtime¬†Delaware Tech¬†President, Orlando J. George, Jr., of Wilmington passed away peacefully at the age of 78 on May 27th, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Orlando, affectionately known as Lonnie, was born in Wilmington DE to the late Orlando, Sr. and Lena Ficca George. All four…

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Changes to Work Zone Safety Laws in Maryland; Increased Fines for Violations to Take Effect June 1st

By Joe Ciccanti / May 29, 2024
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People driving through work zones in Maryland will face stricter enforcement due to changes in state law governing the use of automated speed enforcement in those work areas. The changes take effect on June 1st, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration. Additional changes will become effective January 1, 2025. The changes…

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UPDATE: House Bill 348 Signed–Addresses Requirements Pertaining to Lifeguards at Pools

By Joe Ciccanti / May 29, 2024
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Update: Governor John Carney signed House Bill 348, which is now in effect as of May 23rd–the date of the Governor’s signature. Previous Post: House Bill 348 sponsored by State Representative Pete Schwartzkopf has passed the Delaware Senate. The Act removes the requirement for a lifeguard at a pool exclusively serving a residential or apartment…

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Mardela Springs Woman Sentenced to 55 Years in Prison for Abuse of 3 Children at Unlicensed Day Care Center

By Joe Ciccanti / May 29, 2024
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House Fire in Preston, Caroline County Caused by Failure of Unspecified Electronic Device

By Joe Ciccanti / May 29, 2024
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A house fire in Preston in Caroline County yesterday evening has been ruled accidental. According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, failure of an electronic device caused the fire in the living room at the two-story, single-family home. Damage is estimated at $50,000 and loss of contents at about $25,000. The smoke alarm…

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Arrest Made In Somerset County Murder

By Joe Ciccanti / May 23, 2024
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Following a grand jury indictment, Maryland State Police arrested a Crisfield man on charges connected to the murder of a man last year in Somerset County. The Somerset County State‚Äôs Attorney‚Äôs Office presented the case to the Somerset County Grand Jury on May 17th. The Grand Jury returned an indictment against 41-year-old William Pruitt of…

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Delaware State Police Detectives Arrest New York Man for Felony Theft in Scam

By Joe Ciccanti / May 23, 2024
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Delaware State Police detectives have arrested 35-year-old Flushing, New York man for a scam in which he impersonated a federal agent and convinced the victim that she needed to convert money to gold. He told her to give that to him for transport to the U.S. Treasury for safe keeping.¬†Rakeshkumar Patel¬†was identified as one of…

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UPDATE: Vehicle Crash This Morning on Route 113 North of Millsboro

By Joe Ciccanti / May 23, 2024
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UPDATED 3:40 p.m. Delaware State Police tell the Talk of Delmarva that this morning a Honda Civic was driving northbound on Dupont Boulevard at Avenue of Honor. At the same time, a Ford Edge was driving southbound on Dupont Boulevard, turning left from Dupont Boulevard onto Avenue of Honor. As a result, the front of…

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DNREC to Hold Public Information Session Regarding US Wind’s Proposed Offshore Wind Project

By Joe Ciccanti / May 23, 2024
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DNREC will host a public information session regarding US Wind’s proposed offshore wind project. The information session will take place on Wednesday, June 5th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Beacon Middle School on John J. Williams Highway in Lewes. At the public information session, you can review display boards, engage with staff, federal…

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SURVEY: Cape Henlopen State Park Voted Among Best Memorial Day Destinations For Families

By Joe Ciccanti / May 23, 2024
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Bridgeville Man Arrested for 3rd Offense DUI; Child in Truck

By Joe Ciccanti / May 23, 2024
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Delaware State Police have arrested a 32-year-old Bridgeville man for felony DUI and drug offenses yesterday morning. According to police, just before 11:30 a.m., troopers saw the driver of a Ford pick-up making traffic violations and pulled the truck over. The driver, identified as Robert Layton, showed signs of impairment, and troopers also saw that…

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Delaware Mosquito Control Insecticide Applications in Milford and Nearby Towns This Evening

By Joe Ciccanti / May 23, 2024
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The Delaware Mosquito Control Section plans insecticide ground Adulticiding (fogging) applications this evening. Weather permitting, the¬†truck-mounted sprayer will be used¬†to control adult mosquitoes¬†in and near Bowers Beach, Felton, and Milford as well as near Frederica, Magnolia, Viola, Camden-Wyoming, and Harrington. Additional Information from DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section: Application: Zenivex E4 (Etofenprox) For notification purposes, spraying…

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UPDATED: Seaford Police Looking for Missing Teen

By Joe Ciccanti / May 23, 2024
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UPDATED – Faith Dewitt has been located. ===================================== Seaford Police are asking for your help in finding Faith Dewitt, who was last seen in the area of Seaford Middle School yesterday at approximately 2:17 pm. Faith is a 14-year-old girl–approximately 5‚Äô09‚ÄĚ tall and weighing approximately 212 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. She was…

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Increased Enforcement Efforts in Maryland This Weekend to Target Impaired, Aggressive, and Distracted Driving

By Joe Ciccanti / May 23, 2024
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Beginning tomorrow, Maryland State Police will increase enforcement efforts on impaired, aggressive and distracted driving through the Memorial Day weekend. The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office has funded the increased enforcement efforts. The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort team (SPIDRE)–a specialized unit trained to identify impaired drivers–will also work…

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