AUDIO: Thousands expected in Rehoboth for Polar Bear Plunge
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, January 30, 2015 - 5:22pm

Thousands of people are expected to take a plunge into the ocean Sunday in the largest fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics Delaware.

Spokesman Jon Buzby has some advice, if it's your first time...



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Also, Buzby says it's important to wear something on your feet, because even the dry sand feels like ice.

Special Olympics provides year-round competition for people with intellectual disabilities.

The plunge takes place this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Rehoboth Beach.

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Delaware considers assigning letter grades to each school
By The Associated Press

Delaware is developing a new way of reporting school performance on its school accountability system to include more details parents and educators are seeking.

The News Journal reports the state is considering giving letter grades for schools, districts and the state's education system itself.

The new accountability system is expected to include two parts. The first section would include proficiency rates in reading and math as required by the federal government, college readiness scores and graduation rates.

A second section will also include measures parents are seeking, including school climate surveys, drop-out rates, attendance and progress on closing achievement gaps. All those factors would be compiled into a rating for each school.

But some educators say giving schools letter grades would oversimplify measures of whether a school is successful.




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Indian River schools increasing teacher recruitment effort
By The Associated Press

Indian River School District is hosting its first teacher's recruitment fair in February as the district continues to grow rapidly.

Indian River will be recruiting candidates Feb. 21 in Ocean City, Maryland. The fair will also include other districts looking to match teachers with vacancies on the Delmarva.

Superintendent Susan Bunting tells The Daily Times that the district is looking for good candidates for future positions. The district's elementary schools have expanded in size and in the number of students. Expansion projects are being completed at three schools early this year.

According to the Delaware Department of Education, the number of students in first through fourth grades in Indian River has increased 22 percent since 2008. Overall enrollment increased 16 percent. The school district is also growing more diverse.




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Maryland police to target drunk drivers on Super Bowl Sunday
By The Associated Press

Maryland State Police are warning Super Bowl partiers that if they want to drink, they could very well run into a DUI patrol.

All of the agency's 22 barracks will fan out across the state with DUI saturation patrols on Super Bowl Sunday. Additional troopers will concentrate on impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers, and the agency's full time drunk-driving enforcement team will be patrolling, as well.

Lt. Col. Anthony Satchell, acting superintendent of Maryland State Police, says zero tolerance will be shown.

The agency recommends that revelers have a designated driver picked out ahead of time. In lieu of that, they say drinkers should take cabs, call a friend or a family member for a ride, or stay put.

Last year on Super Bowl, troopers arrested 34 drunk drivers.



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Frankford father, son face drug and weapons charges
By Mark Fowser

(l. to r.) Elijah Foreman Jr., Elijah Foreman Sr.
A father and son from Frankford face drug and weapons charges after a series of events beginning with a residential burglary and ending with a traffic stop.

Delaware State Police say as part of their investigation into a burglary in Ocean View, troopers learned of a possible suspect who may have been in possession of a stolen handgun.

Friday, police stopped 23-year-old Elijah Foreman Junior as he was driving through Millsboro, and troopers say a pat-down search showed he was in possession of a loaded .380 caliber Ruger handgun which had been stolen.

Police also say a search of his vehicle turned up crack cocaine, marijuana, ammunition, counterfeit heroin and drug paraphernalia.

A follow-up investigation led to the arrest of 45-year-old Elijah Foreman Senior at a home on Blueberry Lane, where police say drugs and more than $30,000 in suspected drug proceeds were found.

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Frankford- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Frankford, DE father and son following an investigation into a residential burglary.
The incident began on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 after detectives were conducting a follow up investigation into a residential burglary which had occurred in the Ocean View area. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Elijah L. Foreman, Jr., 23, of Frankford, DE, may be in possession of a handgun that was stolen during the burglary.
On Friday, January 30, 2015, detectives from the Sussex Drug Unit with the assistance of the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, observed Elijah Foreman operating a Ford Explorer in the area of DE Rt. 24 and US Rt. 113, in Millsboro. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and Foreman was taken into custody without incident.
A pat down search of Foreman revealed that he was in possession of a loaded .380 caliber Ruger handgun, which had been reported stolen in the residential burglary on January 28, as well as over $2800.00 in suspected drug sale proceeds. A subsequent search of his vehicle revealed 11 grams of crack cocaine, .5 grams of marijuana, ammunition, ten dosage units of counterfeit heroin, and drug paraphernalia.
Detectives, with the assistance of the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team, then responded to Foreman’s residence located in the 28000 block of Blueberry Lane, Frankford. Upon their arrival, they came into contact with Elijah L. Foreman, Sr., 45, and took him into custody without incident. Detectives then executed a search warrant of the home and located numerous items of drug paraphernalia, 120 dosage units of counterfeit heroin, over 42 grams of crack cocaine, and over 15 grams of powder cocaine. They were also able to locate over $30,000 in suspected drug proceeds.
Elijah Foreman, Jr. was arrested and charged with Receiving a Stolen Firearm, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Crack Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Powder Cocaine, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Counterfeit Heroin, 3 counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of Probation. He was then arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute for lack of $75,000.00 secured bond.
Elijah Foreman, Sr. was arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession of Cocaine in a Tier 5 Quantity, and Possession of Drug paraphernalia. He was then arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $20,250 secured bond.



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Dover Police seek information in August homicide
By The Associated Press

Dover Police are asking for the public's help for information about a fatal shooting last summer.

Officers say on Aug. 24, 24-year-old Tyson Henry of New Castle and a 25-year-old woman were shot after leaving a party on Simon Circle. Henry died of his injuries.

Delaware Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this homicide.

Anyone with information is urged to call Dover Police at 302-736-7111.

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The Dover Police Department and Delaware Crime Stoppers are seeking assistance from the public to help solve an open homicide case from August of 2014. Tyson Henry (24), of New Castle, Delaware was leaving a party at a residence in Simon Circle, when gunfire crimestoperupted. Henry was struck and later succumbed to his injuries. Delaware Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000.00 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Original Press Release


Incident #: 50-14-22340 Date/Time: August 24th, 2014 at 1:24AM

Location: 300 Block of Simon Circle, Dover, DE

A 24-year-old man was killed and a 25-year-old woman injured after gunshots rang out after a party in the 300 block of Simon Circle early Sunday morning. At approximately 1:24AM, Dover Police received numerous 911 calls reporting shots fired with at least one victim in the area. Upon arrival, officers learned that a male and female victim were taken in separate vehicles to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover. Tyson Henry (24), of New Castle, DE, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital as the result of a gunshot wound to his lower body. A 25-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the lower half of her body and was taken into surgery for treatment. She is now listed in serious but stable condition. There is no relationship between the victims. Detectives from the Dover Police Criminal Investigations Unit learned that both victims were attending a private house party in the 300 block of Simon Circle. When the party let out just before 1:24AM, people gathered in the yard and street as they were walking towards their vehicles when gunshots rang out, striking Tyson Henry and the female victim. This case is still under investigation and the department will issue updates as they develop.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at www.tipsubmit.com.



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AUDIO: Ground broken for Route One project at Thompsonville Rd.
By Mark Fowser

Starting 3rd from left - Gov. Markell, Rep. Dave Wilson, Rep. Harvey Kenton, DelDOT Sec. Shailen Bhatt break ground on Route 1 project at Thompsonville Rd.
The transformation of a notorious intersection for Delaware beach visitors is underway in the Milford area.

Delaware Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt was among those taking part Friday in a groundbreaking ceremony for a lengthy project at Route One and Thompsonville Road...



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"The first thing we're going to do is take out the signal and we're going to tie in, take all of these entrances off of Route One. They're going to be on service roads on the back, and all of this traffic that comes through here is going to be able to.. the highway traffic will flow unimpeded and the local traffic is going to be able to get across the highway without having to stop the traffic. It's a great 'safety first' project."



DelDOT says the $11.5-million project will extend Thompsonville Road to the intersection of Tub Mill Pond Road and Church Hill Road.

The project is expected to be completed in less than two years.




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Del. State Police arrest NJ man in Laurel with 10 lbs. of pot
By Mark Fowser

George F. Bolzoni
Delaware State Police arrest a New Jersey man in Laurel on charges he was carrying more than ten pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

A trooper stopped the driver for a violation Thursday night in the area of Route 13 and Camp Road.

Police say 27-year-old George Bolzoni of Union City, New Jersey was questioned about his car and his destination but gave conflicting answers.

He gave consent for a search, and State Police say a K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs in three large sealed cardboard mailing boxes.

The pot was contained in nine vacuum-sealed packages.

Bolzoni is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

He was being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on $20,500 secured bond.



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AUDIO: Runway repair project to close runway at DAFB next week
By Joe Irizarry

Dover Air Force Base's 98.3 million dollar runway repair project is about to move forward.

Delaware 105.9's Joe Irizarry has more.

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Starting on Monday one runway, (01-19) will be shut down, while another runway (14-32) will still be functional even though the runways cross each other. The second runway will be 6000 feet, and it will be able to handle the traffic coming into Dover Air Force Base.

Colonel Michael Grismer is the Commander of the 436th Airlift Wing, and he explains one contingency during the project.

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In June, the plan is to work on the other runway. Grismer says that work will mean some operations will have to be moved to New Jersey.

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The runways should be fully functional again and being used by Christmas of this year with the project scheduled to be completed in mid-2016. When completed, the expectation is for the runways to last 75-to-100 years.







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Two suspects arrested in Dover for heroin possession
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, January 30, 2015 - 3:56pm

(l. to r.) Aldo Benitez, Edwin Santiago
Dover Police arrest two suspects on heroin-related charges following a traffic stop in the area of South Governors Avenue and Webbs Lane.

Police discovered that both men in the car that was pulled over Wednesday night had active capiases for their arrest and were in violation of probation.

A search turned up point-23 grams of heroin.

36-year-old Aldo Benitez of Magnolia and 31-year-old Edwin Santiago of Dover were charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.



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AUDIO: Video: area lawmaker highlights budget issues in weekly GOP message
By Mark Fowser

Updated Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:47am



State Representative Lyndon Yearick, R- Woodside, Camden-Wyoming, focuses on the state's budget and spending issues in a weekly message from the Delaware Republican Party.

Yearick says, in part:


"A special committee is currently looking at ways to restructure the state’s revenue sources. Many observers predict this work will lead to proposals increasing the tax burden on Delaware’s businesses and residents.

"While much of the state’s spending surge has come from unavoidable expenses, why is there no group looking at ways to reform state spending?

"With a work force of more than 32 thousand people and an annual budget topping 3.8 billion dollars, there are certainly opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Even a modest improvement could save tens-of-millions of dollars annually.

"House and Senate Republicans will be offering measures to reassess government operations and reduce expenses. Before asking our citizens for one more penny in higher taxes or fees, we believe state government has an obligation to maximize the tax dollars we already receive."



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AUDIO: Video: Gov. Markell discusses addiction treatment initiatives in weekly address
By Mark Fowser

Updated Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:59am




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FygKkFZPoDU&feature=youtu.be

Delaware is stepping up its effort to combat a problem that led to the deaths of 185 people last year: drug addiction leading to an overdose.

In his weekly address, Governor Markell says one component of its expansion involves giving people in recovery a proper environment...



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"We’ll double the number of sober living residential beds statewide from 60 to 120, allowing more individuals who are in the early stages of recovery to live in safe, secure housing that is free from drugs and alcohol."


The state's plan also expands withdrawal management services statewide, and "ensuring clinics match services to individuals' needs, rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach."

You can see the Governor's address in its entirety at Delaware1059.com.



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Delaware court overturns conviction in bank robbery
By Randall Chase, The Associated Pr

The state Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man sentenced to almost 100 years in prison for a 2011 bank robbery in Kent County that resulted in shots fired at police and a motel standoff.

The court ruled this week that a judge improperly denied a challenge by William Sells III to the seating of a prospective juror at his 2013 trial.

Sells, who is black, challenged the seating of a white man, having already stricken two other whites and one black as potential jurors.

The judge sided with prosecutors who argued that Sells was improperly attempting to exclude the third white juror solely on the grounds of race.

The Supreme Court said the judge erred in concluding that Sells' jury challenges showed a pattern of racial discrimination.




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Police say federal agent was victim of attempted carjacking
By The Associated Press

Updated Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 8:25am

Wilmington police investigating an apparent attempted carjacking of a federal Homeland Security Investigation special agent say no charges have been filed.

Authorities say the agent was parking a government vehicle at a downtown parking garage Friday morning when a man tried to take his car.

Police say the agent fired one round from his agency-issued firearm in self-defense.

The alleged apparent carjacker fled, but Wilmington police later took a man into custody in connection with the incident.

Officers said late Friday that an investigation showed that the actions of the man detained by police and confirmed to have been involved did not rise to the charge of attempted carjacking.

Police say the the man has been released.




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Suspect arrested for October armed robbery in Salisbury
By Mark fowser

Updated Friday, January 30, 2015 - 3:56pm

Aaron Robinson Jones
A Salisbury man faces charged in connection with an armed robbery last October.

Salisbury Police say their investigation into the incident, in which someone walking home from work was robbed at gunpoint of his cell phone and money, led to the arrest Wednesday of 20-year-old Aaron Robinson Jones.

Jones is charged with armed robbery, robbery, and weapons offenses.

He was being held in Wicomico County on $500,000 bond.



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Dover developer Michael Zimmerman discovered dead at his home
By Mark Fowser

A Dover-area developer who also faced significant legal troubles has been found dead.

The Delaware State News says Michael Zimmerman apparently fell and struck his head at home Friday morning.

Zimmerman was involved in many projects in and around the Dover area, but also faced indictments on bank fraud charges.

He also pleaded guilty to a felony count of making illegal contributions to the first campaign of current Governor Jack Markell.

The News Journal reports that rescue crews were dispatched to Zimmerman's home Friday morning, and Zimmerman was pronounced dead just a short time later.

Michael Zimmerman was 57 years old.



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Dover woman arrested after failed robbery
By Joe Irizarry

Updated Friday, January 30, 2015 - 4:02pm

Delaware State Police arrest a Dover woman for an attempted robbery.

Police say 21-year-old Alaya McDonald went into the Edible Arrangements in the Gateway South Shopping Center on Wednesday afternoon, and she handed a note to the employee at the counter implying she had a gun and demanded money.

The employee said she didn't have any money, and McDonald left the store and began walking east on East Lebanon Road.

Troopers canvassed the area, and after informing the manager of the Best Western Galaxy Inn on East Lebanon Road, a manager confirmed someone matching the description of McDonald had just entered the hotel.

McDonald was taken into custody without incident in a room she was staying. She's been charged with Robbery in the first degree and committed to Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on $5,000 cash bond.



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Case of measles confirmed in New Castle Co.
By Tom Lehman

Delaware sees its first measles case since 2012.

State health officials say a woman from New Castle County in her 20s got the disease while she was abroad.

The woman, who was not vaccinated, was briefly hospitalized.

Because measles is an infectious disease, the health department tracked her closest contacts but officials report none of them have shown symptoms and they were all vaccinated.

It's the third case for Delaware in five years.



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Snow, sleet to mix in with rain on Delmarva
By Mark Fowser

Accumulating snow is very likely to stay north of Delmarva during a winter storm predicted for late Sunday into Monday.

The National Weather Service calls for the potential of a small accumulation of ice, mainly in Kent County - although snow is likely in Sussex County as well.

In New Castle County, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 7:00 p.m. Sunday until 7:00 a.m. Monday.



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