Cold Purple Sussex County Activated This Week
By Kelli Steele

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:07am

Code Purple Hotline is 519-0024
After temperatures in the mid-60's, near 70 degrees for a day or two last week and Punxsutawney Phil predicting an early Spring, the cold weather is back.

Code Purple Shelters across Sussex County have been activated until Sunday, February 14 for those needing shelter to get out of the cold.

Locations are open nightly in Seaford, Laurel and Bridgeville.

You can find out the exact locations on our website delaware1059.com.

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St. Luke’s Parish House, 202 N North Street, Seaford, DE. Use the double door entrance on King Street. If the low is forecasted to be at or below 32 ° the sanctuary opens for emergency shelter for the homeless. Homeless come at 7 PM for intake.

Laurel Nazarene is located at 94 Walnut Drive, Laurel, DE 19956 – if the low is forecasted to be at or below 32* the sanctuary will open for emergency shelter for the homeless. Men Only. Homeless come at 7 PM for intake. This shelter is closed on Wednesdays.

Gateway Fellowship: Bridgeville, Call Nikki Gonzalez at 302-519-0024. 8110 Cannon Road, Bridgeville, DE 19933. Women and children only. If the low is forecasted to be at or below 32 ° the sanctuary opens for emergency shelter for the homeless. Women meet at Pathway Shelter first, eat dinner, and then transport to Gateway to stay overnight.

Mount Olivet UMC: Seaford, Call Nikki Gonzalez at 302-519-0024, or go to Stein HWY COG for check in at 7 PM. Mt. Olivet will open for full intact families that are in need of shelter.



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1 Injured in Newark Crash
By Kelli Steele

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 7:31am

The driver of a utility truck is injured in a crash in Newark.

Delaware State Police say the accident happened just before 7 o'clock this (Monday) morning on southbound I-95 at Churchman's Marsh.

The driver was taken to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center; NO word yet on his identity.

DSP are investigating and will release more information at the conclusion of the investigation.



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Record Year for Polar Bear Plunge
By WDEL & Delaware105.9

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 3:08am

Photo credit Ruth Coughlan
It was a record year for the Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth Beach Sunday.

Organizers say 3,501 people braved the 43-degree Atlantic Ocean and raised a record $820,000 for Special Olympics Delaware.

In the event's 25-year history, more than $9-million has been raised.

Jon Buzby with Special Olympics Delaware says the organization offers sports opportunities throughout the year for about 3,700 adults and children with disabilities in Delaware.

In addition to Sunday's Polar Bear Plunge, the weekend's festivities included a 5K Run to the Plunge on Saturday, along with a restaurant chili contest, a "fire and ice" festival where visitors can sample hot wings and ice cream, and an ice-sculpting contest.



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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Wilmington Man
By Kelli Steele

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 3:14am

Micah Gallagher
A Gold Alert is issued for a missing Wilmington man.

Delaware State Police say 35-year-old Micah Gallagher was last seen around noon on Sunday in the area of Rockford Center in Newark.

Police say Gallagher is African American, 5'7" tall, weighs 150 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair; when last seen he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and grey pants; you can see his picture on our website at delaware1059.com.

Anyone with information about Gallagher's whereabouts is asked to call DSP Troop 6 at 633.5000.



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Pair Charged in 46 Theft Cases in Dover
By Kelli Steele

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 8:55am

Richard Henderson
Dover Police charge two Dover residents with numerous thefts from vehicles in the Dover area between October 4 and December 1, 2015.

Police say during that time, the department responded to 46 complaints of thefts from unsecured vehicles.

An investigation led to Richard Henderson and Eliza Agosto, both 24-years-old, as suspects after they were arrested by New Castle County Police in late 2015 for similar thefts in New Castle County.

It was discovered that Agosto would drive through various neighborhoods in the Dover area as Henderson would check handles to vehicles while on foot. Henderson would then enter unsecured vehicles and remove items of value.

Both Henderson and Agosto are charged with numerous offenses, including theft, 2nd degree conspiracy and 2nd degree trespassing. Henderson is behind bars at the JTVCC and Agosto is in the Baylor Correctional Center.



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1 Hurt in Rollover Crash in Dover
By Kelli Steele

One person is hurt in a rollover crash in Dover.
One person is hurt in a rollover crash in Dover.

47 ABC reports that firemen from Dover were called to E. Division Street and Bayard Avenue around 3 a.m. Sunday for reports of a crash; arriving units found a car resting on its roof.

Firemen had to rescue the driver who was trapped in the vehicle; he was taken to a local trauma center for evaluation and admitted for non-life threatening injuries.

Dover Police are now investigating the crash.



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Ellendale PD Looking for Pickup Driver Who Tried to Remove A 4-Wheeler from A House
By Kelli Steele

Ellendale Police are looking for the driver of a pickup truck seen attempting to remove a 4-wheeler from a home.

Police say the 4-wheeler was parked at a home on Hummingbird Road when a green and gray Dodge pickup with a white hood pulled up and attempted to remove it.

If anyone knows anything about the pickup or who the operator or the owner is, you're asked to call Ellendale PD at 422-3584.



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New England to Get Brunt of Snowstorm Heading East
By The Associated Press

Forecasters say southeast Massachusetts could get the brunt of a snowstorm that's heading for the East Coast.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the coast, including Cape Cod and the islands, saying it could get 6 to 12 inches of snow through tonight (Monday evening). Gusty winds of up to 60 mph are expected with some whiteout conditions.

The rest of Massachusetts, plus Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut, could see winter storm conditions with an accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. The heaviest snowfall is expected during this (Monday's) morning's commute through the afternoon.

The weather service says New York City, Philadelphia and northern New Jersey could get from 2 to 3 inches of snow between today (Monday) and Tuesday night. The snow could even stretch into Wednesday.



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Opponents Rally Against Delaware Death Penalty
By The Associated Press

Opponents of capital punishment are planning a rally to protest the defeat of a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty, and what they describe as chronic racial injustice in the state.

Demonstrators plan to gather for a "Moral Monday" protest outside Legislative Hall today (Monday) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

They say protests will be a weekly occurrence during this year's legislative session.

Organizations supporting the protests include the NAACP, the Complexities of Color Coalition, the Delaware Repeal Project, and Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty.

A bill that would abolish capital punishment in Delaware cleared the state Senate by a single vote last year but was defeated late last month in the House.

Lawmakers supporting the bill say they will try to resurrect it for another vote after the General Assembly reconvenes next month.





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AUDIO: DEA Agents Coming to Delaware
By Amy Cherry

Agents from the DEA are coming to Delaware over the next two weeks to train law enforcement in overdose investigations.

Operation Trojan Horse stresses the link between prescription drug abuse and heroin usage.

Click here to listen



Pat Trainor, a special Agent with the DEA says through the training, law enforcement will learn to pay special attention to evidence at a scene.

Click here to listen



Operation Trojan Horse also includes funding from the DEA to assist with heroin investigations.



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Dover Police Looking for Buglary Suspect
By Kelli Steele

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 8:31am

Fabio Waltzer
Dover Police are looking for a man who burglarized a City business over the weekend.

Police say 25-year-old Fabio Waltzer entered Jimmie's Seaside Fries in the Dover Mall food court by hopping the counter while the business was closed just before 9 o'clock Saturday morning.

Police say once inside, Waltzer opened the register and took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing.

Waltzer will be charged with 3rd degree burglary and theft under $1,500 once he is caught.



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Normal Operations Resume at Salem Nuclear Plant
By The Associated Press

Normal operations have resumed at the Salem 2 nuclear plant, after it was briefly shuttered due to a faulty part on its non-nuclear side.

The plant started sending out electricity over the regional power grid at 4:45 a.m. Saturday. It had automatically shut down late Thursday morning after monitoring instruments detected a problem.

Plant officials say workers determined that a faulty electrical relay on a voltage regulator in the plant's main generator caused the issue. The relay was replaced and the plant ascended back up to full power on Saturday.

The Salem 2 plant is one of three nuclear reactors operated by PSEG Nuclear at its generating complex in Lower Alloways Creek Township. The Salem 1 and Hope Creek plants were not affected by the shutdown.



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Newark Police Report 48% Crime Drop Since '06
By The Associated Press

The Newark Police Department says crime in the city has decreased by 48 percent since 2006.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the department credits targeted policing, a network of surveillance cameras and increased community policing as factors behind the decrease.

Police Chief Paul Tiernan says that when he joined the force in September 2007, many armed robberies and other crimes were occurring at off-campus housing for the University of Delaware. Tiernan developed a plan focusing on the fall, when college students return to campus and are most likely to become crime victims. He says the plan has continued to work.

From 2014 to 2015, the city saw a 9 percent decrease in robberies, an 18 percent decrease in aggravated assaults and a 27 percent decrease in burglaries.



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DSU President Meets with NCCo Corporate Leaders
By Yossi Goldstein

Delaware State University President Dr. Harry Williams met with New Castle County corporate leaders to report on the "State of DSU" last week in Wilmington.
Delaware State University President Dr. Harry Williams met with New Castle County corporate leaders to report on the "State of DSU" last week in Wilmington.

President Williams traveled to Wilmington on February 3 to present “The State of the University” to a gathering of nearly 30 New Castle County corporate leaders.



Dr. Williams gave the attendees the latest DSU enrollment figures, student profiles, and an overview of the University’s academic programs, international partnerships.

The school's President also divulged information to the attendees about the University’s work to achieve its goals for operational sustainability and student success.





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NCCO Exec. Gordon: DuPont Seeking Reduction of Property Taxes
By Associated Press

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 4:53am

New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon says DuPont Co. has asked him to lower its property tax bills, adding another concern for government officials fearing what the company's Delaware footprint will be following a merger with Dow Chemical.

Gordon tells the News Journal the company contacted his office last month to discuss a request to fast-track reduction of property values on three sites. Property valuations are typically appealed to the Board of Assessment for approval, but Gordon has administrative authority to negotiate a reassessment without consent of the panel.

Gordon didn't comment on the amount DuPont was looking to save.

Gordon says he relayed the latest property tax information to Gov. Jack Markell, who is in ongoing discussions with the company to keep as many employees as possible in Delaware through the merger with Dow Chemical.





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MD Bill Would Require Courts to Ttell Abusers to Give Up Guns
By The Associated Press

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 2:47am

A measure to come before Maryland lawmakers would require courts to inform people convicted of domestic violence that they must give up their firearms.

The bill would require courts to order a person convicted of a crime of violence that is a "domestically related crime" to transfer his or her guns to a federally licensed firearms dealer.

More than a dozen states have strengthened laws to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers in recent years.

In 2009, Maryland enacted a law that requires a judge to order firearms to be confiscated from people who have final protective orders filed against them for as long as the order is in effect.





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Seaford Installs LED Streetlights
By Mark Fowser

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 2:47am

Seaford is planning to replace its streetlights with LED lights
The City of Seaford says it expects to save more than $880,000 by installing LED streetlights.

The savings are expected to come through reduced energy use and maintenance - with the added benefit, officials say, of reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Funding approval pending, Seaford plans to go ahead with replacing more than 500 street lights over a three-year period.

Green Energy funds are helping to get the project started, with the installation scheduled to take place in three phases.

The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation is partnering with Seaford in the project.



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Hit-nd-Run Incident in Salisbury Leaves Woman Hospitalized
By Mark Fowser

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 2:47am

Salisbury Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident that left a pedestrian injured.

Police say late Friday night, a 51-year-old woman was found lying in the intersection of North Salisbury Boulevard and Wilson Street.

She was treated first at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, then transferred to Shock Trauma for injuries said to be serious but not life-threatening.

According to witnesses, the woman was struck by a white, F-series Ford pick-up truck, and the driver did not stop after striking the pedestrian.

Police say the vehicle may have sustained front end damage.

Anyone who might have witnessed the incident Friday night between 11:40 and midnight is asked to call Salisbury Police or Maryland Crime Solvers.





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Body of MD Boater who Went Missing on New Year's Eve Found
By The Associated Press

Updated Monday, February 8, 2016 - 2:47am

Maryland Natural Resources Police say the body of a man who fell off a sailboat on New Year's Eve has been recovered.

Officers say that 48-year-old Stephen Reynolds' body was found by hunters on January 30th along Cook Point near Cambridge.

Authorities say that is about 28 miles south of where Reynolds reportedly fell overboard near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

His body was identified from dental records by the medical examiner's office.

Police say Reynolds, a Baltimore resident, was not wearing a life jacket.





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