Coons to Give Keynote Speech at Governor's Prayer Breakfast
By The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons is taking a break from politics to do a little preaching.

Coons is scheduled to the give keynote address today (Thursday) at the 56th annual Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Dover.

Gov. Jack Markell will join a host of other officials at the event, including state lawmakers, local elected officials, clerics and representatives of charitable organizations.

The theme of this year's breakfast is "Faith and Family."

Coons, who was elected to the Senate in 2010, holds a master's degree in ethics from Yale Divinity School, as well as a Yale law degree and undergraduate degrees in chemistry and political science.





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Three Suspects Arrested in Connection with March Murder in Port Mahon
By Mark Fowser

Updated Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 3:23am

(l. to r.) Daiquan Bordley; Chelsea Braunskill; Zhyhee Harmon
Three people are under arrest in connection with the shooting death of a man who was left to die on the Port Mahon fishing pier in Kent County.

Delaware State Police say their investigation indicates that Dontray Hendricks was shot in the upper body by 22-year-old Daiquan Bordley of Dover March 30th

Troopers say their investigation indicates that 19-year-old Chelsea Braunskill of Camden-Wyoming knew about a plan to rob Hendricks and to make their get-away in Hendricks' vehicle.

Also charged is 22-year-old Zhyhee Harmon of Dover.

Charges against the trio include murder, robbery, a weapons crime and conspiracy.

Police believe a total of four people were involved in the crime.





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REMINDER: Sussex County Libraries Closed Today for Annual Conference
By Kelli Steele

Most public libraries in Sussex County will be closed today (Thursday) for the annual Delaware/Maryland Library Association Conference.

The professional associations of both states share resources and expenses for this multi-state continuing education event; libraries in Sussex County strive to provide residents with first-rate library service.

Concurrent sessions throughout the day will be provided by nationally-recognized library and community leaders.

Libraries will re-open at their regularly scheduled times on Friday.



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Man Busted for Marijuana Distribution in Ocean City
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 7:45am

A man is arrested for marijuana distribution in West Ocean City.

22-year-old DelVonte Johnson was pulled over around 11 p.m. Wednesday night for two inoperative tag lights, near Route 611 and Sunset Avenue.

According to police, officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. A probable cause search was conducted and police found seven baggies of marijuana, or 10 grams, along with a digital scale, empty baggies and a grinder.

Johnson admitted ownership, he was arrested, and charged with possession with intent to distribute. He was later released on his own recognizance.



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AUDIO: Delaware State Parks Awarded Gold Medal of Excellence
By Jon Budler

Matthew Ritter, Wilma Yu and Ray Bivens with the NRPA Gold Medal award (Photo: Jon Budler).
A gold medal in excellence from the National Recreation and Parks Association for Delaware State Parks.

Jon Budler has details:

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The award is presented annually to state park systems across the nation, judging in five categories related to park management.

Wilma Yu is the President of the Friends for Bellevue State Park.

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"There's been ten winners since the medal began. Most of them have been states like Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Wyoming; those bigger states".

Delaware was in the top three in 2015, ultimately clinching the top spot.

Operations Manager Matthew Ritter says volunteer hours also helped The First State take the gold.

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"That's a huge benefit to us", Ritter says. "It takes us to that next level of customer service and quality of services we provide to our public".

Delaware State Parks was a finalist, along with Georgia, Missouri and Wyoming.



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Seaford Police Looking for Man Who Robbed Hardees
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 5:12am

Do you know this man?
Seaford Police are looking for a man they say robbed Hardees on Stein Highway.

Police say the suspect entered the fast-food chain around 8:30 Tuesday night and presented the clerk with a note stating he was armed and wanted money; the suspect fled after being handed an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police say the suspect is white, 25- to 35-years-old, 5'4" to 5'9" tall, weighing 145 to 185 pounds; when last seen, he was wearing a red and black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans; you can see his picture on our website at delaware1059.com.

Anyone with information can call Seaford PD at 629.6644



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AUDIO: Castle Believes Republicans Should Support Donald Trump
By Joe Irizarry

Former Congressman Mike Castle.
With Ted Cruz and John Kasich suspending their campaigns, Donald Trump has assured the Republican presidential nomination, but does that mean the GOP will rally behind him?

Former Congressman Mike Castle:

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But Castle tells our sister station WDEL that he does believe Trump also has to make some concessions to the Republican Party.

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Castle, who was a Kasich supporter, believes the general election will be a tight race.



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Philadelphia Cop Injured in Ambush Awarded 'Man of the Year'
By The Associated Press

A Philadelphia police officer wounded during an ambush while he was sitting in his patrol car in January has received a "Man of the Year" award in New York City.

WCAU-TV reports that Officer Jesse Hartnett was honored for his heroic actions Wednesday night during the yearly National Police Defense Foundation Awards Dinner in Queens.

Authorities say Hartnett's left arm was shattered by gunfire when Edward Archer attacked him. Surveillance footage shows Hartnett returning fire and pursuing Archer

Archer, who later said he acted in the name of Islam, faces attempted murder and other charges.

Hartnett, who sustained nerve damage and has limited use of his left arm, says the recognition is "a big deal."

He says he's talked with police recruits about his experience and plans to volunteer more.



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AUDIO: Wilmington Mayoral Candidates Discuss Accountability, City Services at Debate
By Tom Lehman

Updated Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 3:15am

Wilmington's candidates for mayor talk about the ways they'd make city services better.
Wilmington's candidates for mayor talk about the ways they'd make city services better.

Wednesday night's debate at the Delaware Art Museum featured the seven Democrats hoping to unseat Mayor Williams, who did not attend the event, and they primarily focused on how they'd restore residents satisfaction with city services.

Riverfront Development Corporation Executive Director Mike Purzycki said he'd change the culture within city government.

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City Council President Theo Gregory says he's clashed with Williams over proposals to cut the budget and fund studies to look for inefficiencies in city departments.

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UPDATE: Salisbury Man Found NOT Criminally Responsible for Mom's Death
By Kelli Steele

Jack Braboy
A Salisbury man is found NOT criminally responsible for the shooting death of his mother.

47 ABC reports that 24-year-old Jack Braboy faced a 2nd degree murder charge for shooting his 49-year-old mother Mary Alonzo at a house on Kiowa Avenue on Christmas Day 2014; she died the next day.

During a case review hearing last month, Braboy was found NOT criminally responsible for his actions following a doctors evaluation. It WAS also determined during last month's hearing, that Braboy was a danger to himself and others; he was committed to the custody of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for further evaluation.

Braboy was found incompetent to stand trial in 2015.



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Coastal Flood Advisory Issued for Sussex & Kent Counties Friday
By Kelli Steele

The National Weather Service issues a coastal flood advisory for Sussex and Kent Counties Friday.

The advisory will be in effect from 7 to 11 a.m. and again from 6 p.m. to midnight.

There is also a flood advisory in effect for Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester Counties in Maryland from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Forecasters say the combination of high tide(s) and onshore wind could cause minor tidal flooding in low-lying areas.



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AUDIO: Memorial Services Held in Dover to Honor Fallen Law Enforcement
By Jon Budler

Updated Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 3:01am

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Memorial services were held in Dover to honor law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.

Delaware 105.9's Jon Budler was at both of those services. He has this report.

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Under a gloomy sky, the names of the 41 officers killed in the line of duty were read during a wreath-laying ceremony at Legislative Hall.

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf says law enforcement are special people.

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"You are the guardians of our society", Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth) says. "You have taken on the responsibility to stand between order and chaos. You stand guard in the dark of night so that we can peacefully and safely rest in the sanctity of our homes".

While no additional names were added to the wall this year, Delaware State Troopers Association President Thomas Brackin says a dangerous narrative is costing the lives of officers in other parts of the country.

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"In 2015, 128 law enforcement officers were killed across this country and 39 were killed by gun fire. So far this year... 33 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty, 16 were killed by gunfire".

The ceremony wrapped-up with a 21-gun salute and a playing of "Taps".

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STEM education program to start this fall at John M. Clayton Elementary School
By Mark Fowser

The Indian River School District says John M. Clayton Elementary School will start a STEM program this fall
An elementary school in Sussex County will start a STEM education program in the school year that starts this fall.

The STEM fields are science, technology, engineering and math.

The Indian River School District says the STEM subjects will be taught in grades kindergarten through five at John M. Clayton Elementary School during the school day.

The district says classes will be designed to prepare students for STEM pathways offered at Selbyville Middle School and Indian River High School.



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AUDIO: Route 24 detour impacts other area roads, detours
By Mark Fowser

DelDOT says the Route 24 closure at Swan Creek will likely last until May 21st
A downstate detour is causing travel concerns not only on Route 24, but on other area roads and detour routes.

Jim Westhoff of the Delaware Department of Transportation tells Delaware1059's Jake Smith...

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"We have the roads we have, and unfortunately we need to divert traffic to some of these back roads and they weren't designed for that much traffic. When we have a detour, we've got to put the vehicles on those roads just for a temporary basis."

Route 24 is closed at the bridge over Swan Creek, east of Millsboro.

Deldot expects the project to be done around May 21st, depending on the weather.

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DelDOT provided these suggested detour routes during the route 24 closure.

Detour Routes:

Eastbound: SR 24/John J. Williams Highway traffic will travel north onto Hollyville Road, turn right on Mount Joy Road, and return to SR 24/John J. Williams Highway.

Westbound: SR 24/John J. Williams Highway traffic will turn right on Mount Joy Road, turn left onto Hollyville Road and back to SR 24/John J. Williams Highway.



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AUDIO: New Planning and Zoning Commission member in Sussex Co. is a realtor
By Mark Fowser

Another realtor is joining the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission, and during his interview this week with County Council Douglas Hudson said he would be keenly aware of any potential conflicts of interest.

Councilman George Cole, speaking with Delaware1059's Jake Smith, says Hudson's background as a State Trooper also makes him highly qualified...

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"Many times, we hear about communities, we hear about crime, we'll hear about traffic, we'll hear about all these other issues, infrastructure problems. I'll guarantee you, the State Police as they travel the roads of Sussex County, they know where the gridlock is, they know where the crime areas are... as you hear these things during a public hearing process, I believe he'll have a better understanding than most people."

Hudson was approved to replace Rodney Smith, who left the Planning and Zoning Commission in March.



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Police: man stole power tools from vehicles, tried to sell them
By Mark Fowser

Joseph Howard Greenhawk
A Delmar, Maryland man is accused of stealing power tools from four vehicles and trying to sell the stolen items door-to-door in another Salisbury-area neighborhood.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says 45-year-old Joseph Greenhawk was captured on one homeowner's security surveillance system.

Greenhawk was charged with theft, and was being held in the Wicomico County Detention Center.



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Delaware man pleads guilty to dealing heroin, meth
By Associated Press

A man from Bear has pleaded guilty to obtaining heroin and meth from Mexico and selling the drugs in Delaware.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that 49-year-old Ariel Vergara entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Wilmington.

Prosecutors say Vergara is one of nine people indicted as a result of "Operation Bear Trap," a long-term Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.

Vergara faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison at sentencing Aug. 17.





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Justices weigh ruling on confinement of ex-death row inmate
By Randall Chase, Associated Press

Delaware's Supreme Court is weighing whether to overturn a judge's order transferring a former death row inmate who is awaiting retrial from maximum security to the general prison population.

The judge ordered Isaiah McCoy transferred last year after his lawyer said McCoy was being denied access to the law library and was unable to meet privately with his lawyer outside the presence of prison guards.

An attorney for the Department of Correction argued Wednesday that the judge overstepped his authority, adding that McCoy has a history of disciplinary problems, some involving sexual misconduct, and represents a safety and security threat.

Prison officials have previously said they are willing to work with McCoy's lawyers to ensure they have proper accommodations when meeting with him.





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Judge dismisses lawsuit over state police towing assignments
By Randall Chase, Associated Press

A Chancery Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Delaware State Police by a woman who runs a towing company.

Katharine Morris of First State Towing claimed in the lawsuit that state officials unlawfully excluded her in selecting companies for towing assignments, favoring male-owned businesses instead.

According to the lawsuit, First State Towing became an approved tower in 2001 and was assigned an area covered by Delaware State Police Troop 6 in Wilmington. But Morris claimed here company has had difficulty since then competing with other male-owned companies for additional territories and assignments.

In a ruling handed down Wednesday, the judge said the lawsuit, which involved purported harms dating back more than a decade, was filed too late.





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Fishing panel urges President Obama not to set Atlantic sea monument
By Associated Press

A key interstate fishing commission is calling on the White House to shoot down or dramatically limit a proposal for a national monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

Environmentalists want President Obama to protect the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts, a chain of undersea formations about 150 miles off Massachusetts.

A policy board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says Wednesday that it's taking a position against the proposal. The commission manages fisheries in East Coast states.

The commission says Mr. Obama should only designate a "limited" area if he does so at all.

Environmentalists also wanted the President to protect Cashes Ledge, an underwater mountain range and ecosystem in the Gulf of Maine.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality said in March that such protection isn't under consideration.





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