DOJ wants a specialized DUI court in Sussex County to deal with arrests

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The Delaware Department of Justice (DOJ) wants a specialized DUI court in Sussex County to deal with the “disproportionately and unacceptably high” rate of DUI arrests. DOJ prosecutors and department officials have been concerned that DUI arrests are disproportionately high in Sussex County compared to Kent and New Castle, which already have specialized DUI courts.…

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Laurel Man Pleads Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder

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A Laurel man has pleaded guilty in the death of another Laurel man in September of last year.  The body of 19 year old Isaac Hatton was found along side a pond near Portsville Road – he had been shot.  The investigation led Delaware State Police to 22 year old Traevon Dixon of Laurel and…

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Seaford Man Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison

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A Seaford man will spend over 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in the murder of a Laurel man.  Seaford Police listed 28 year old Donnell Davis of Laurel missing in September of 2017    – he was last seen arguing with 49 year old Michael Moore at Moore’s home.  Moore was arrested in February…

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Lincoln Man Convicted of 1st Degree Murder

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A Lincoln man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted in the murder of a Smyrna man after a party in Dover.  In May of 2018 Ahmir Bailey and 19 year old Eugene Riley of Milford got into an argument with Jameir Vann-Robinson as he left a house party…

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Sentencing for 3 Vaughn Inmates Involved in 2017 Prison Riot

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Three inmates have been sentenced for their roles in the 2017 Vaughn prison riot that resulted in the murder of Correctional Officer Lt. Steven Floyd.  Dwayne Staats was sentenced to 2 life sentences plus 153 years.  The 37 year old Staats was the only inmate found guilty of 2 counts of murder and other offenses. …

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Guilty Plea from Woman Who Set Fire that Killed 3 Wilmington Firefighters in 2016

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The woman who lived in the home at Canby Estates in Elsmere where a fire left three Wilmington Firefighters dead has pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder, 1st degree arson and 1st degree assault. Beatriz Fana-Ruiz will be sentenced in December. Officials in the Attorney General’s office say Fana-Ruiz recklessly started the fire in the…

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Magnolia Man Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse

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A 20 year old Magnolia man has been sentenced for the continuous sexual abuse of a child.  Police arrested Emmanuel Wright in 2018 after an investigation found he’d repeatedly and frequently sexually abused a victim for two years – beginning when she was 12.  He also tried to persuade her to hide evidence of the…

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Georgetown Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Murder of Grandmother

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A Georgetown man will spend 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his grandmother.   Officials in the AG’s office say George Bailey choked his 69 year old grandmother, Lorraine Bradley, after she fell while the two were leaving her Long Neck home.  Bailey then stole her car.  Bradley’s body, along with…

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Prison Time for Seaford Man for Drugs

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Prison time for a Seaford man.  Officials in the AG’s office secured a plea deal and sentence for 42 year old Russell Hurst.  Governor’s Task Force members were tipped that Hurst planned to make a heroin deal at the Walmart in Seaford.  Officers watched him in the parking lot and arrested Hurst as he came…

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LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST DEVELOPER BY DE DOJ FOR MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS

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The Delaware Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit in the Court of Chancery against the developer of The Villages of Noble’s Pond – a 55-plus community – in Dover.  The lawsuit cites numerous violations of the Consumer Fraud Act, Deceptive Trade Practices Act and other Delaware laws protecting consumers against unlawful and predatory…

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State Not to Move Forward with Final Vaughn Prison Riot Trial

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With two defendants to stand trial in October in the Vaughn Prison Riot case, the State has opted NOT to move forward with further pending charges. The Department of Justice released this statement on the Vaughn trials: On the morning of February 2, 2017, a correctional officer was found dead – tragically and brutally murdered…

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Seaford Man Sentenced for Armed Robbery

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A Seaford man has been sentenced to 2 years in prison after he robbed a convenience store while armed with a crowbar.  Officials in the Attorney General’s office say 49 year old Glen Eskridge went into the Shore Stop in West Stein Highway in Seaford in August of 2018 and demanded money – and threatened…

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Former Salisbury Pastor Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

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A former Salisbury pastor must register as a Tier 2 sex offender after being sentenced on child pornography charges.  Officials in the Attorney General’s office say 36 year old Cesar Rios-Martinez of Laurel pleaded guilty in February to 2 counts of dealing in child porn while he was a pastor at a Salisbury church.  Rios-Martinez…

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DOJ to Try 3 in Remaining Vaughn Prison Trials

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Two criminal trials of defendants in the Vaughn Trials have resulted in just one conviction for murder.  State Prosecutors have evaluated the evidence against the remaining nine defendants and have notified the court that the State will only continue forward with charges against Roman Shankaras, Lawrence Michaels and Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz.  Shankaras will be tried in…

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Ellendale Man Sentenced to 35 Years for 2nd Degree Murder

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An Ellendale man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for murder.  In July of 2017, Don Martinez shot Kevin King in the parking lot of the Silver Lake Estates in Milford as the two argued.  Martinez pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and weapons offenses last December.  

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Seaford Man Sentenced after Fatal Hit & Run

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A Seaford man has been sentenced after a hit and run crash that took the life of a 9 year old girl.  Last month 22 year old Dwayne McConnell pleaded guilty to operation of a motor vehicle causing death and leaving the scene of a deadly car accident.  The 9 year old girl was crossing…

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Dover Man Sentenced in Motel Shooting

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A Dover man who shot his girlfriend in June of 2017 has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.  23 year old Darren Weiford shot 20 year old Amber Buckler while she lay in a bed in a Dover motel – last November he pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and weapons offenses.    

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Jury Selection for Group 2 in the Vaughn Uprising Begins Jan 7

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Jury selection begins at 10am Monday in Wilmington for the second group of defendants in prison uprising at the Vaughn Correctional Institution in February of 2017 that left Correctional Officer Lt. Steven Floyd dead and three others injured.  Abednego Baynes, Kevin Berry, John Bramble and Obadiah Miller are each charged with 3 counts of 1st…

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Lewes Man Accepts Plea Deal in Crash that Killed Tom Draper

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A Lewes man, Shawn Armstrong, has pleaded no contest to a charge of inattentive driving in the September 2017 crash that resulted in the death of Delmarva media magnate Thomas Draper. Armstrong, 38, will pay a $50 fine and court costs totaling $312 and must complete 50 hours of community service. Armstrong was also charged with…

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Dover Man Pleads Guilty to in Shooting Death of Girlfriend

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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…

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