UPDATE: Roxana-area marsh fire under control
By Mark Fowser

A stubborn marsh-and-brush fire in the Roxana area is under control.

It broke out Wednesday afternoon off Indian Cove Drive and drew firefighters from several companies.

No property damage was reported, and the cause is under investigation.



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Kent Co. conservation area to expand by 750 acres
By Mark Fowser

(map courtesy of Del. Dep't. of Natural Resources)
The Ted Harvey Conservation Area on the Bayshore of Kent County is growing by almost 750 acres.

What is known as the Vance Morris Tract will provide additional land area to be preserved for a variety of recreational activities as well as habitat for wildlife, birds and fish.

The land was acquired through two grants of one-million dollars made available to The First State through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's North American Wetlands Conservation act, as well as more than $4-million in public and private matching funds.

The tract is named after the late Vance Morris, a lifelong outdoorsman and charter boat business owner in Bowers Beach.



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DAFB demolitions training planned for Thursday
By Mark Fowser

If you're in the area of Dover Air Force Base Thursday, you may experience some ground-shaking or hear the sound of explosions for several hours.

Members of the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight are scheduled to conduct demolitions training.

The training is scheduled to take place Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Dover Air Force Base says it tries to minimize the impact the training may have on surrounding communities, and if you have questions or concerns you may call 302-677-3372.



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Del. recognizes commitments to conservation
By Mark Fowser

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:08pm

Achievements and dedication to agricultural and urban conservation are recognized at an awards ceremony held at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village.

The Seaford School District received an honor in the category of Urban Conservation for its program to design and construct "rain gardens" and water features at four schools in the district, with the assistance of the Delaware Nature Society.

Bridgeville's John Elliot was recognized for his commitment in Agriculture and for taking steps to reduce non-point source pollution.

In Kent County, Teal Construction of Dover and poultry farmers Bruce Clark and Bruce Clark The Second of Kenton were also recognized.




(The following information was provided by the Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources)

The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village was the setting for today’s Stewardship Week proclamation reading and presentation of the annual Governor’s Agricultural and Urban Conservation Awards. On behalf of Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship Director Frank Piorko led a ceremony with Delaware Association of Conservation Districts 1st Vice President Robert Emerson recognizing the honorees. Director Piorko also read a proclamation signed by the Governor officially designating April 27 through May 4 as Stewardship Week in Delaware under the theme, “DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the Soil.”
“These six honorees are wonderful and diverse examples of how we can all be better environmental stewards by taking thoughtful, important actions to protect and enhance our soil, water and air quality,” said Director Piorko. “Whether a specific project or a lifetime of conservation, the individuals receiving acknowledgement today possess a continuing commitment to environmental improvement. On behalf of Governor Markell, Secretary O’Mara and the people of Delaware, we thank all those being honored today for their dedication and for their time, effort, and investment to implement model conservation practices. I also want to thank all of the Conservation District employees and supervisors for the many valued contributions they make to improve the quality of life in Delaware.”
Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee congratulated the honorees. “The recipients this year are all excellent stewards of our state. Their daily work proves their commitment to protecting our land and water for future generations,” said Secretary Kee. “They are fine examples of how our farmers, equine owners and landowners protect our heritage and keep our agricultural tradition strong.”
This year’s Conservation Award winners are:
NEW CASTLE – Agricultural Award
· Filasky’s Produce, Middletown, John, Cindi and Johnny Filasky, owners
Filasky’s Produce is a family-owned vegetable growing and farm market located on the family’s farm near Middletown in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. They own 65 acres, 55 tillable, and rent an additional 25 acres for crop production. Through hard work and sound conservation practices, the Filaskys are well-known for their fresh vegetables, especially sweet corn, as well as for farm-related public educational efforts through school visits to the farm. They also have hosted the highly popular “Community Day on the Farm” event and are long-time supporters of the Future Farmers of America program.
The Filasky farm is considered a model farm, with many conservation best management practices installed to control soil erosion and protect water quality, including grass filter strips in all their fields around stream borders, and a grassed waterway to manage and control water runoff. The Filaskys follow an up-to-date nutrient management plan and use techniques to protect beneficial insects such as honey bees, vital for the pollination of their vegetable crops; they compost leftover and overripe vegetables and spread the compost on their fields to improve the organic content of the soil. They participate in the New Castle Conservation District’s cover crop cost-share program, benefitting soil erosion and nutrient trapping; and plant rye grass strips between the vegetable crops to reduce the effects of wind erosion. The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provided funding through the Farm Bill Environmental Quality Incentive Program for the installation of a micro-irrigation system in the strawberry production fields.
NEW CASTLE - Urban Award
· University of Delaware, Newark
The University of Delaware is currently constructing a 140,000-square-foot, three- and four-story dining and residential facility, with an 1,100-seat dining area and accommodations for 300 students, on a former parking lot along Academy Street in Newark. The design team of Wilmington’s CDA Engineering and Philadelphia-based architect DIGSAU and structural engineer Ewing Cole has worked with UD faculty to incorporate green technology best management practices into the new facility and its site improvements: a green roof system, living roof design, and major offsite utility infrastructure including steam/condensate, chilled water, telecommunication, and 15KV electric.
CDA’s design incorporates two different types of green roofs from American Hydrotech: an 8-inch thick assembly over the loading dock area and a 24-inch thick intensive assembly over the underground portions of the building, mainly in pedestrian and plaza areas. The loading dock assembly has a shallow growing media “soil” depth to reduce structural weight to the roof below, and a storage tray below the soil media to provide stormwater detention within the loading dock system. The thicker intensive assembly follows the same general concept but has a deeper soil media profile, providing greater water storage and stormwater filtration.
The goal of the green roof over a conventional roof was to displace some of the building’s impervious surface coverage, reduce the “urban heat island” effect, and minimize stormwater runoff from the site, which had little at-grade open space for traditional stormwater management. The innovative use of a dual green roof system provided the storage capacity needed for stormwater management within the relatively small site footprint while also reducing energy demands on the building through the lower temperatures associated with the green roof.
The site also drains into Harrington Pond, which is the regional stormwater management pond for most of the Newark campus. CDA also is working with the UD Water team to retrofit Harrington Pond.
KENT – Urban Award
· Teal Construction, Inc., Charles “Chaddy” Reed II, Dover
Under the leadership of Charles “Chaddy” Reed II, Teal Construction has implemented practices to address water quality, erosion and sediment control in their construction projects. The Kent County contractor focused attention to detail on projects such as Waters Edge, Longacre Village, The Estates of Wild Quail, and Laureltowne Subdivisions, ensuring those projects remained in compliance above and beyond their approved Sediment and Stormwater Plans. Working with the Kent Conservation District for planning and construction services and with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship Drainage Section on planning, Teal also recently completed the Plantation Crossing Drainage Improvement Project to bring welcome drainage relief to residents west of Clayton.
By improving the water quality of the sites, and preventing sediment and pollutant runoff to adjacent properties and waterways, these practices have immeasurable and far-reaching benefits to the quality of life throughout the State. The benefits are improved water quality of all waterways on and downstream of all of these properties, and are essential to the future improvement of Delaware’s impaired waterways. The negative costs to the environment of not addressing these issues are immeasurable.
KENT – Agricultural Award
· Bruce B. Clark and Bruce Clark II, Clark Farm, Kenton
Bruce Clark and his son, Bruce Clark II, own a poultry operation that consists of nine poultry houses with a capacity of 196,000 roasters. They grow four flocks per year for Mountaire Farms, Inc., on their 75-acre farm just outside of Kenton. Conservation practices implemented in 2013 on the Clark Farm include a concrete 50’ x 210’ T-wall poultry manure storage structure, a new design which provides more manure storage per square foot with a smaller environmental footprint. The structure also includes an attached 16’ x 28’ lean-to channel composter for dead birds and a concrete heavy use area protection concrete pad. These new structures are designed to address proper storage of manure for improved water quality, manure management, poultry mortality management, waste handling, waste storage and nutrient management environmental concerns.
The Clarks obtained a State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan through DNREC’s Financial Assistance Branch for materials and construction costs of the structures, and received financial and technical assistance from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). They also follow a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan developed by the Kent Conservation District to account for the 1,519 tons of manure the operation generates per year.
SUSSEX – Urban Award
· Seaford School District
The Sussex Conservation District, the Delaware Nature Society, and the Seaford School District partnered on the design, construction, planting, and outreach effort to construct rain gardens and water features at the four elementary schools in Seaford: Blades, Seaford Central, West Seaford, and Frederick Douglas. Grant funding was provided by DNREC under the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant. The intent of the project was to install water quality practices at the schools while creating a school yard habitat that ties into school curriculum and teaches the importance of conservation and stewardship.
The District and Delaware Nature Society coordinated with the Seaford School District on the location, size and construction of the gardens. Roof downspouts from the school were piped into the best management practice to remove additional pollutants before discharging into the schools’ stormwater management system. Delaware Nature Society coordinated with the teachers on incorporating the gardens into the school curriculum as an “outdoor classroom,” and on the continued maintenance of the rain gardens/ponds. The Seaford School District has been very receptive to taking on the responsibility of maintaining these natural areas, enhancement of the school grounds, and acting as stewards of the Chesapeake Bay.
SUSSEX – Agricultural Award
· John T. Elliot Jr., Bridgeville
John Elliott of Bridgeville has been a long time cooperator with the Sussex Conservation District. He tills approximately 419 acres of corn, soybeans and small grain, of which 80 acres is irrigated. Elliot is a yearly participant in the District’s cover crop program, planting 233.1 acres in 2013. By participating in the cover crop program, He has helped reduce non-point source pollution by allowing the cover crop to utilize the nutrients left over in the soil from the previous crop. These nutrients can be recycled by the following year’s crop.
Elliot’s nutrient management plan is written by Sussex Conservation District conservation planners. He also participates in USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs. He received cost-share assistance for 10 acres of wildlife plantings on his farm and most recently received an irrigation water management cap plan through NRCS to improve his fields and irrigation program. A conservation-minded farmer, Elliot is an excellent choice for cooperator of the year.
Delaware Association of Conservation Districts honors Legislator of the Year
The Delaware Association of Conservation Districts also recognized State Senator Bruce Ennis as the 2014 Legislator of the Year, an annual award which is given to a legislator for outstanding service, loyalty and devotion to conservation efforts in Delaware. Senator Ennis (D-14th District) has served in the Delaware Legislature representing Kent County since 1982. Currently, he serves on the Agriculture Committee and Joint Finance Committee, and also works with the Kent County Conservation District to ensure the concerns of his constituents are heard and addressed.
Through legislation, Senator Ennis has allocated funds for a number of conservation and drainage projects throughout Kent County over the past year, including: Cowgills Corner – Lessard Drainage Improvement Project; and Hazelwood Tax Ditch, Clayton Avenue in Clayton, Dyke Branch Road, and Hickory Dale Road Resource Conservation and Development Projects. Senator Ennis also has supported funding for a number of conservation and drainage projects through the Kent Conservation District, including Sheffield Farms, Woodland Beach Shoreline Restoration, Clayton West Side Drainage Improvements, East Denney’s Road, and Hatchery Road Resource Conservation and Development Projects. In total, Senator Ennis has also allocated funds for 22 completed conservation and drainage projects through the KCD, and an additional nine that are currently in different phases of planning.
“These projects alone prove Senator Ennis’s level of concern for the needs of his constituents, the natural resources of the state, and his faith in the abilities of the KCD,” said Robert Emerson, 1st Vice President of the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts.
In the early 1990s, then-Representative Ennis was instrumental in the launching of the Dry Fire Hydrant Program and subsequent installation of the hydrants at sites throughout Kent County through the 1st State Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc., a program that is still active today.
Senator Ennis also supports and educates constituents on the Kent Conservation District’s role in conservation, drainage assistance, and stormwater management throughout his Legislative District, and all of Kent County. A lifelong supporter of the FFA, he attends several FFA functions each year, including the FFA Alumni BBQ. Senator Ennis has attended the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting and attends KCD Legislative Outreach Activities.





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Access restricted on portion of Prime Hook creek due to low water
By Mark Fowser

Low water levels are forcing the indefinite closure of a portion of Prime Hook Creek at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Officials say the action is being taken for safety reasons, and affects the easternmost three miles of Prime Hook Creek.

Access to the creek is limited to the boat ramps in the wildlife area on Little Neck Road, as well as the ramps at Brumbley's Family Park off Route One.



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UPDATE: DSP Con't to Investigate Crash That Killed Milford Central Academy Principal/Daughter
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:06am

The crash that claimed the life of a Milford Central Academy principal and her daughter remains under investigation today by Delaware State Police.

Tricia Martin was killed in the crash on Barratts Chapel Road in Frederica April 11; 10-year-old Taryn Martin survived the crash, but was injured when a passing SUV hit her mother's car that was laying on its side in the road and one of the car's struck her. Both were buried April 19.

DSP Corporal John Day tells Delaware 105-9 that police have NOT reached any definitive conclusions about alcohol involvement, texting, cell phone use or which vehicle struck the child.

Corporal Day says NO charges have been filed in connection with the crash.





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Camden Motorcyclist Injured in Milford Crash
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 10:27am

A Camden motorcyclist is injured in a crash with a pickup in Milford.

Milford Police say they are looking today for a silver pickup truck that caused the crash that sent 61-year-old Alan Long to the hospital with leg injuries.

Police say Long was northbound on South Rehoboth Blvd near Evans Street when the pickup turned in front of him; police say Long crashed when he hit his brakes to avoid a collision. Police say the pickup kept going.

Anyone with information about the crash should call Milford PD at 422-8081.



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UPDATE: 1 Killed, 1 Injured in Millsboro Crash
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:06am

Photos by Patrick C. Miller
Delaware State Police say one person was killed and another was injured following a head-on collision on Banks Road near Millsboro Tuesday night.

The crash happened about 9 o'clock; police say a Toyota Matrix, driven by 75-year-old Frances Baskwell of Millsboro was southbound on Banks Road and as she attempted to turn left onto Friendship Drive she collided head-on with a Chevy Malibu, driven by 38-year-old John Albright of Millsboro.

Baskwell and her passenger, 77-year-old Patricia Murphy of Millsboro were taken to Beebe Hospital; Baskwell suffered non-life threatening injuries to her lower body; Murphy was pronounced dead at the hospital. Albright was NOT hurt.

Police say NO charges have been filed.









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DSP Investigating Assault in Pot Nets
By Kelli Steele

Delaware State Police are investigating an assault in Pot Nets near Long Neck.

Police say the incident happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday on Shasta Way; there were NO serious injuries.

Police did NOT release any other information.




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Dover home burglarized during construction
By Mark Fowser

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 2:35pm

A home under construction in Dover gets burglarized.

The owner reported the theft of power tools and equipment when the theft was discovered in the 200-block of North New Street Wednesday morning.

The break-in through a back door of the home may have occurred during the past week.

If you can help with the investigation, contact Dover Police at 302-736-7111 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.



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UPDATE: Hebron store owner found NOT guilty of groping employee
By Mark Fowser

A store owner charged last year with groping a female employee is found not guilty of assault and other related offenses.

51-year-old Kyung Won Lee was charged last December with sex offense fourth-degree, second-degree assault and "influence of a juror or witness."

WBOC-TV reports that following Lee's plea of not guilty, he was found not guilty in Wicomico County District Court.

Lee owns a business in Hebron.



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Man cut with machete during robbery in NCCo
By The Associated Press

New Castle County Police say a man was cut by a machete during a robbery.

It happened about Tuesday in New Castle. Officers say a man was walking when three men approached him and told him to take everything out of his pockets.

Police say before the robbers ran off, one of them struck the victim in the torso, cutting him.

The victim was taken to a local hospital. Police do not know his condition.





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School's out for summer June 13th in Wicomico Co.
By Mark Fowser

The Maryland Board of Education approves June 13th as the last day of school for Wicomico County Public Schools students.

The state Superintendent of Schools earlier granted the Wicomico district a three-day waiver from the 180-day requirement, due to frequent weather-related closings over the winter.



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Md. considers nesting platform for ospreys
By The Associated Press

Maryland transportation officials say they're considering building a nesting platform for ospreys who insist on building and rebuilding nests in front of a traffic camera pointed at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The Maryland Transportation Authority tweeted Wednesday that it is consulting with engineers about a platform after removing nests over Route 50 three times. Authority spokesman John Sales says officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.

Sales says the camera has caught the birds attacking the camera, which could cost $6,000 to replace. A nesting platform would be built nearby, but in a spot that's safer for the birds and any future chicks.



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Md. governor travels to Ireland, Netherlands
By The Associated Press

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is visiting Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.

The governor is traveling first to Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of a congressional delegation led by the Faith and Politics Institute examining the historic divides on the island and peace and reconciliation efforts.

He will also attend the two-day Progresssive Governance Conference in Amsterdam meant to foster policy exchange and debate on the theme of "Making Progressive Politics Work."

O'Malley will speak on Thursday at the conference organized by Policy Network, Center for American Progress and a Dutch think tank on "An economy with a human purpose."

A spokeswoman for the governor says the Faith and Politics Institute is paying O'Malley's expenses for the trip.



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Bay Foundation: 2 amicus briefs back cleanup
By The Associated Press

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 6:38pm

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says more friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed in support of a massive restoration of the estuary.
The leading advocate for the bay's cleanup says one amicus brief has been filed by several cities, including New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A second was filed by Florida conservation groups.
This month, Virginia's attorney general filed an amicus brief in support of the plan.
The briefs have been filed in the 3rd U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Philadelphia. It is considering an appeal by farm industry groups of a ruling upholding the plan. They have been joined by attorneys general from 21 states in a suit that questions the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to implement the plan.





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Official Trailer for Ping Pong Summer Released
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:56pm

The official trailer for a movie filmed in Ocean City has been released.

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"Ping Pong Summer" stars Award-Winning Actresses Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson, as well as Actor John Hannah; it's a coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1985, about a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong and the summer family vacation to Ocean City that changes his life.

"Ping Pong Summer" was written and directed by Maryland Native Michael Tully. The last scene of the movie was filmed on Ocean City's Fishing Pier, one day before Hurricane Sandy hit the resort.




The movie will be out in theaters this summer. Meantime, you can watch the trailer by logging on to trailers.apple.com.



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UPDATE: Delmar Man Pleads Guilty in Police Home Shootings
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:31am

A 21-year-old Delmar man faces up to 23 years in prison in connection with three shootings of law enforcement officers’ homes in Wicomico and Sussex Counties in 2012.

The Daily Times reports that Orrin Joudrey pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wicomico County Circuit Court to one charge in each of the incidents, including two counts of 1st degree assault and one count of malicious destruction of property.

Sentencing was deferred until a later date.

The shootings took place at the home's of a Wicomico County Sheriff's deputy, a Princess Anne Police officer and a Dewey Beach Police officer.



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UPDATE: Salisbury Boy STILL Missing
By Kelli Steele

Salisbury Police today continue to ask for your help to find a missing 13-year-old boy.

Police say Kolby Fluitt was last seen at Liberty and Truitt Streets in Salisbury Monday; Fluitt is 4'11" tall; he weighs 80 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair; you can see his picture on our website at delaware1059.com

Police say he was last seen wearing blue pants, a blue coat and black and white Nike shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Salisbury PD at 410.548.3165.



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Mono Cases on Rise in Sussex County
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 9:31am

Mono cases are on the rise in Sussex County.

WBOC TV reports that Ambient Care in Seaford is just one health care center that has experienced a spike in mono cases.

Ambient Care health officials report treating 18 cases of mono already this month; they say they typically treat about three or four cases a month.

Mono is an infectious disease that causes severe fatigue, fever, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes




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Senator Carper Announces New Legislative Director
By Kelli Steele

There's been a change in Delaware Senator Tom Carper's DC office.

Senator Carper says Emily Spain has been promoted to legislative director after serving as communications director for Carper’s personal office since 2010 and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee since 2013.

Spain replaces Bill Ghent, who was promoted to chief of staff effective April 21. Prior to joining Sen. Carper’s office, Spain worked in the House of Representatives under California Congresswoman Lois Capps as communications director from 2006-2010.



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Elderly Man Found Dead Outside Home in Centreville
By Chris Carl/Kelli Steele

New Castle County police are investigating the death of a man found lying outside a home in Owls Nest Estates in Centreville.

Police say 85-year-old James Conaway was found dead just before noon Tuesday outside the home on High Ridge Road.

His bronze Cadillac, which had been missing, had also been located.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.



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Wilmington Shooting Under Investigation
By Tom Lehman/Kelli Steele

A man is seriously hurt after a shooting south of Wilmington.

It happened just after 7 o'clock Tuesday night in the New Castle Mobile Home Park in the 3100-block of New Castle Avenue.

A man with a gunshot wound to his upper body was found by police and paramedics responding to calls about shots fired; he's in serious condition at Christiana Hospital.



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Selbyville Man Arrested After Crashing Jaguar into Ocean View Home
By Kelli Steele

A 23-year-old Selbyville man faces a host of charges after crashing his Jaguar into a house in Ocean View.

Ocean View Police say Joshua Kositzke was speeding on Cedar Drive on Friday, April 18; as he approached the intersection of Central Avenue, police say Kositzke failed to slow or stop for the stop sign. The Jaguar traveled through the intersection, left the road and struck a home at 155 Central Avenue.

The Jaguar suffered heavy damage; Kositzke however was NOT hurt. Three people in the house were also uninjured.

Police say they discovered over 28 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and related drug paraphernalia, inside the Jaguar.

Kositzke was released after posting $3,700 bail.



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4 Arrested in Cigarette Smuggling Busts in Worcester County
By Kelli Steele

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says members of his Field Enforcement Division have arrested a man from New Jersey and three men from New York accused of bringing loads of cigarettes from Virginia into Maryland.

The men were arrested during a sting operation conducted from April 15 to 18 in Worcester County. Agents seized a total of 24,750 packs of contraband cigarettes and three vehicles. The seized cigarettes are valued at more than $159,000.

The men were charged with willful transportation of unstamped cigarettes, which is a felony that carries a mandatory fine of $150 for each carton and possible jail time of up to two years; they were also charged with willful possession, sale or offer to sell unstamped or improperly stamped cigarettes, a misdemeanor charge which carries a penalty of a $1,000 fine and possible jail time of up to one year.



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4 Car Crash Closes Westbound Span of Chesapeake Bay Bridge
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 6:45am

A four-car crash closed the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for a short time Tuesday afternoon.

One of the cars involved in the 12:30 p.m. collision caught on fire according to firemen from Kent Island.

One person sustained minor injuries and was taken to Queen Anne's County Emergency Center.




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171 Signs Installed to Enforce Rehoboth's Smoking Ban
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:05am

The City of Rehoboth Beach will soon begin installing 171 signs to enforce a smoking ban in the resort.

The signs will be installed on the beach and boardwalk; they will designate the 20 locations where smoking is allowed during the summer and four locations where smoking will be allowed during the winter.

The smoking ban officially goes into effect May 15.






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UPDATE: OC Food Pantry Finds New Home
By Kelli Steele

The Shepherd’s Crook Food Pantry finally has a new home following a fatal fire at an Ocean City Church last year.

Shepherd's Crook is currently operating out of Ocean City Health Center’s Annex; on May 1, it will move to 205 South Baltimore Street.

Shepherd’s Crook initially operated out of the ground floor of the rectory at Saint Paul’s by The Sea Church; the church and rectory though went up in flames in November 2013 when a man walked in and set himself and a worker on fire; the man died, as did Pastor David Dingwall who was in an upstairs office; the worker was badly burned and continues to recover.




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New DE Study Points to Benefits of Irrigation
By Kelli Steele

A new survey of Delaware cropland shows irrigation can increase grain production and profitability even in a near-ideal growing season.

According to new data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service-USDA, Delaware farm fields that used irrigation in 2013 produced 27-percent more corn per acre on average than non-irrigated fields; the survey also showed that irrigated acres produced 40 bushels of corn per acre more than non-irrigated ones, or 189 bushels for irrigated land compared to 149 bushels for non-irrigated land.

Ag Secretary Ed Kee says irrigation is an incredibly valuable tool that can help increase economic stability and improve profits even in a record-setting corn yield year like 2013.

Kee noted that irrigation also has environmental benefits, making crops more efficient in the uptake of nutrients so they don't stay in the soil during dry weather and then add to nutrient loading during the wet fall and winter months.




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Bikes to the Beach Spring Rally Starts in OC Thursday
By Kelli Steele

Thousands of motorcyclists are expected to be in Ocean City starting Thursday as the annual Bikes to the Beach Spring Rally begins.

In correlation with Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which begins May 1, Ocean City Police are reminding motorists and motorcyclists to "share the road" and be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than a passenger vehicle occupant in the event of a crash. Motorcyclists should remain alert to other drivers, never ride impaired or distracted and always wear a helmet and other protective gear.



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Library Advocates/Legislators Meet to Discuss Future of DE's Libraries
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:00am

Delaware library officials, friends, advocates, patrons, and other supporters of libraries will have an opportunity to meet with legislators at the annual Delaware Library Legislative Action Day next week.

The event is being hosted by the Delaware Library Association.

A full day of activities is planned for Tuesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including an information session at the Dover Public Library with an address by Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock, lunch with legislators and the reading of the Governor’s Proclamation, followed by discussions with legislators at Legislative Hall.

Since the first event in 1992, library supporters have influenced legislation and funding to benefit libraries throughout Delaware. During that time, state funding for libraries has increased by more than 150 percent, and more than $25 million of state funds have gone into library construction projects during the Markell administration.



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"Lunch Mob" Celebrates Locally-Owned Business May 1
By Kelli Steele

One Lewes restaurant will be the focus next month as area residents and workers show their support for locally-owned businesses during the "Lunch Mob."

"Lunch Mob" Organizer Pete Green says after a long, harsh winter, it’s time to celebrate and highlight the locally-owned small businesses that make our area unique and give it the great sense of place that draws people by the thousands.

Green and co-organizer Dave Burris invite people to show their support for buying local by coming to Go Brit in Lewes for lunch on May 1st, anytime from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Several regional and nationwide studies by research firm Civic Economics have shown that spending at locally owned businesses results in as much as 25-percent more money staying in the community versus spending at a chain store or on the Internet.



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Crisis Intervention Training for DE Law Enforcement May 5-9
By Kelli Steele

The Department of Health and Social Services will conduct Crisis Intervention Team Training for law enforcement officers who have a primary focus of patrol responsibilities from May 5-9 at Wilmington University in Dover.

The specialized 40-hour training class is being offered by DHSS’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to law enforcement officers who often are the first to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

The class will prepare first responders to de-escalate crisis situations in order to provide for the safety of officers, the individuals involved and the public. Participants will learn to manage crises and will be provided with resources to help resolve such situations.




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