AUDIO: Delmarva Chicken Festival to end after 2014 event
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:05pm

The Delmarva Chicken Festival will begin its final run, ever, on June 20th in Queen Anne's County.

The festival began in 1948 and has alternated between Maryland and Delaware.

Bill Satterfield is with Delmarva Poultry Industry, Incorporated...



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Attractions of the Delmarva Chicken Festival traditionally included the world's largest fry pan - ten feet in diameter - arts and crafts, an agriculture expo, entertainment and children's activities.


The 65th and final Delmarva Chicken Festival will be held June 20th and June 21st in Centreville, Maryland.



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Laurel Man Injured in Single Vehicle Crash
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:36pm

A Laurel man is in serious condition after his truck ran off East Trap Pond Road and overturned Thursday night.

Police say the accident happened just after 10 o'clock as 24-year-old Rodney Grant was southbound on East Trap Pond Road in his Dodge Ram pick-up; as it rounded a curve, the truck ran off the road and struck a driveway culvert where it was vaulted into the air; upon landing, the truck overturned and struck a tree on the driver's side before coming to a rest on the roof.

Grant, who was not properly restrained, was removed from the scene and flown to Christiana Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

Police say alcohol and speed may be contributing factors in the crash.




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Police seek Frederica sex offender
By Mark Fowser

Dennis C. Young Jr.
Delaware State Police are looking for a sex offender from Frederica who did not verify his current address as required.

Dennis C. Young Jr. is 19-years old, white, 5' 3", 130 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes.

You can see his photo at Delaware1059.com.

Young is a medium risk, Tier Two sex offender.

If you think you have seen him or know where he is, you are asked to contact State Police at 302-672-5306 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.



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AUDIO: Sen. Pettyjohn Questions Whether AG Biden Will Actually Run for Gov.
By Kelli Steele

State Senator Brian Pettyjohn today is questioning whether Attorney General Beau Biden will ACTUALLY run for Gov. in 2016 as he announced he would on Thursday:

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Meantime, Senator Pettyjohn says there are rumors that current Lt. Gov Matt Denn and/or State Prosecutor Kathleen Jennings will run for Attorney General in this year's election.





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Denn calls Beau a "friend and formidable candidate" in governor's race
By Amy Cherry

L to R AG Beau Biden & Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, Photo Courtesy of Google Images
Now that Attorney General Beau Biden throws his hat in the ring for governor in 2016, where does that leave Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn?

Delaware 105.9's Amy Cherry checks in.

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Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn had been rumored to run for governor in 2016. When asked whether he's still considering it, he told me ...

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The attorney general field is now wide open with Beau Biden saying he won't seek a third term, but when it comes to that office, Denn says....

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Dover sex offender sought by police
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:23am

William E. Hignutt
A Dover sex offender is being sought by Delaware State Police, who say 21-year-old William Hignutt did not verify his current address as required.

Hignutt is classified as a medium-risk, Tier Two sex offender.

He is white, 5' 7", 145 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

You can see Hignutt's photo at Delaware1059.com.

If you think you can help police locate him, you are asked to call 302-672-5306 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.



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Man Suffers Gunshot Wound to Neck in Wilmington
By Peter MacArthur?Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:56am

A shooting this morning is under investigation in Wilmington.

Police say just after 1 o'clock, officers went to the 400-block of West 31st Street.

What officers found was evidence of shots fired and two homes hit by bullets on the 33-hundred block of North Jefferson Street.

They were notified that a 26-year-old man had arrived at Wilmington Hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck.

No suspect information and no arrests as yet.



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UPDATE: Viewing TONIGHT for Milford Central Academy Principal & Daughter
By Kelli Steele

A viewing will be held tonight at Torbert Funeral Chapels in Dover for the principal of the Milford Central Academy and her 10-year-old daughter who were killed in a tragic car crash last Friday night in Frederica.

Tricia Martin was killed in the crash on Barratts Chapel Road; Taryn Martin survived the crash but was injured when an SUV hit her mothers car that was laying on its side in the road and one of the cars struck Taryn; she passed away last Sunday.

Tonight's viewing for Tricia and Taryn will be from 6 to 9 p.m.; another viewing is planned for Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. And the funeral for both will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Meantime, the Milford School District is still deciding how to memorialize Tricia Martin.











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UPDATE: Arrest Made in Kidnapping, Assault/Torture of Elderly Dover Man
By Kelli Steele

Dover Police have arrested one woman and are now looking for a man after a home invasion resulted in the assault of an 82-year-old man in the 700-block of South Halsey Road Thursday morning.

Police arrested 33-year-old Shirley Smith Thursday afternoon after receiving an anonymous tip of her location from a citizen who learned of the case via the Dover Police Department's social media platforms; Smith was arrested at the McKee Crossing Shopping Center.

Meantime, police are now looking for a man involved in the case; he's been identified as 38-year-old Timothy Safford of Dover.

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Senate GOP introduce bill they say would save DE taxpayers millions
By Joe Irizarry

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:45pm

Senate Republicans plan to introduce legislation to disallow commission-based contracting for escheat, which is the legal process by which abandoned or unclaimed property is transferred to the state.

In Delaware, once property is escheated, the value of it reverts to the state's General Fund, and Kelmar Associates, a firm that provides government auditing services, is paid on a commission for its serves as a collection agent from the program according to Senate Republican Whip Greg Lavelle (R-Sharpley).

Lavelle adds that Delaware taxpayers have paid $116 million over the past six years including $53.4 million in Fiscal Year 2013.

The bill would forbid a person or business conducting an audit on escehat from receiving a percentage of the property recovered by the state.

Senate Republican Leader Gary Simpson (R-Milford) says one result of the legislation would be more funding available for high-priority state projects like road and water initiatives, or just the money going into taxpayers pockets.

In Delaware, unclaimed property includes dormant checking and savings accounts, uncashed money orders or cashier’s checks, unclaimed insurance benefits, contents of safe deposit boxes, unused gift cards, dividends, stocks, bonds, and more. Property that remains unclaimed or dormant for a certain number of years is transferred to the state.



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Del. bands rock Dewey Beach Music Festival this weekend
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 1:30pm

Easter weekend, the start of spring break and pretty decent weather are expected to draw big crowds to the Delaware beaches.

It's also the weekend of the 11th annual Dewey Beach Music Festival.

About two dozen bands will take the stage at The Rusty Rudder Friday and Saturday evenings.

The festival showcases performers from throughout The First State, and there is no cover charge.

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Woman & Child Rescued from Burning Berlin House
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 3:58am

A woman and child were rushed to Atlantic General Hospital Thursday night after being rescued from a burning house in Berlin.

Firemen got the call about the blaze in the 100-block of Branch Street around 6:30; the woman was found on the second floor; the 6-year-old girl was pulled out a first floor rear window of the home. NO word on their conditions this morning.

A Berlin police officer was also taken to AGH for treatment of injuries sustained in the rescue.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.






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AUDIO: Del. schools,businesses collaborate on workforce development
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 1:42pm

Delaware looks to develop more partnerships between businesses and schools to expand on-the-job training opportunities.

Governor Markell, in his weekly radio and Internet address, says a recently announced collaboration involving the Delaware Manufacturing Association, Delaware Tech and various school districts will result in a stronger workforce...





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Interested professionals can sign up at www.jadelaware.org

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





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Inmate at the Vaughn Correctional Center dies
By Joe Irizarry

The Department of Correction says a 26-year-old Dover man being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna died Wednesday night.

Jason N. Cunningham just arrived at Vaughn Correctional Center on Wednesday as he was being held in default of bail on charges of resisting arrest, menacing, loitering and theft under $1,500 with a victim 62 years or older and other charges.

Cunningham was pronounced dead at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital at 9:50 p.m., and his body has been turned over to the State Medical Examiner's Office, which is standard procedure.

Delaware State Police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are conducting an investigation of his death.



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Delaware approves 4 new charter schools, rejects 1
By The Associated Press

Delaware education officials have approved four new charter schools, all in New Castle County.

The approvals by Education Secretary Mark Murphy and the State Board of Education on Thursday mark what could be a significant expansion of charters in the state with about 2,360 charter seats if all four meet enrollment targets. There are currently 11,078 students in charter schools statewide.

Freire Charter School, Delaware STEM Academy and Great Oaks Charter School are set to open in fall 2015. The Mapleton Charter School at Whitehall is set to open in 2016.

Murphy rejected an application from Pike Creek Charter School, citing financial concerns. Officials also placed two schools scheduled to open in the fall under scrutiny because of enrollment concerns and will allow an existing school to shrink enrollment targets.




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Lawsuit filed over Del. medical marijuana effort
By Randall Chase, The Associated Pr

A lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper is being sued for breach of contract in a fight over the awarding of a license to operate Delaware first medical marijuana dispensary.

Former Lewes city councilman A. Judson Bennett claims he hired Mark Lally, Carper's former Sussex County director, to help him try to obtain a license for opening a "compassionate care" center following passage of Delaware's medical marijuana law in 2011.

But Bennett claims that as the deadline for submitting bid proposals to state officials approached, Lally, without Bennett's knowledge, began working with a New England group that also is trying to land the contract.

Bennett claims his contract with Lally prevented him from trying to help any competing enterprise.

Lally did not immediately return telephone messages Friday.




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Georgetown "hunt" Saturday for more than 7,000 candy-filled eggs
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 2:08pm

Where can kids hunt for more than 7,000 candy-filled eggs this weekend?

On the grounds of the Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum in Georgetown, the 14th annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Kids in a variety of age categories can take part in the free event, hosted by the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.

Pictures with the Easter Bunny are also available for $5.

The event includes other activities and attractions as well, and food will be available for purchase.

If you would like to find out more, call 856-1544 or head to Delaware1059.com.




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The 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, organized by the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, is set for Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11AM-1PM at the Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum located on 510 S. Bedford St. in Georgetown. The egg hunts for kids in various age categories (up to 12 years old) kick-off at 12:00 noon, and this year over 7,000 candy-filled eggs will be ‘hidden’ on the Museum grounds.
In addition to the FREE egg hunts, for $3 kids can enjoy unlimited bounces on the moon bounce, the clown magician, train rides on Georgetown’s ‘Lil Toot, and facepainting. Pictures taken with the Easter Bunny are only $5. Great food & refreshments will also be available for purchase, as well as, beautiful spring flowers for that someone special. And encourage the kids to participate in the annual Coloring Contest. Visit the Chamber’s website today at www.georgetowncoc.com and download this year’s picture and get coloring! All entries must be received by April 16th to be judged, and all ‘Coloring Champions’ will be recognized and awarded prizes at the Easter Egg Hunt.
Sponsors of this year’s event are Nanticoke Health Services, Fulton Bank, The Insurance Market, Del-One, Servpro of Sussex County, Tyndall’s Construction, Wilmington University, Lighthouse Catering, NRG Energy, Perdue Farms, Sussex Eye Center, County Bank, Sussex County Post, Barton’s Grand Rental, Delaware State Police FCU, Delmarva Power and Mercantile Processing.



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29th Annual OC Job Fair Saturday
By Kelli Steele

Photo from OC Today
Are you looking for a job?

The 29th Annual Ocean City Job Fair kicks off Saturday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street and Coastal Highway.

An estimated 75 employers are expected to be on hand hiring full- and part-time workers for the 2014 summer season.

Saturday's Job Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.




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Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen St Park TODAY
By The Associated Press

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:39am

The start of Easter weekend means it's time for the annual high-flying Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The 46th edition of the annual Good Friday event is free and open to the public, but normal park entrance fees apply. The competition includes various age categories and both homemade and manufactured kites. No advance registration is required, and entrants can buy kites on site if they haven't brought their own.

The kite festival dates to 1969, when Delaware's governor was challenged to a contest by the Maharajah of Bharatpur in India, where kite-flying is almost a blood sport.

Lt. Gov. Gene Bookhammer wound up representing the state, and winning.




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Second wave of milder flu hitting Northeast
By The Associated Press

A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast.

Months ago, the flu season seemed to be winding down. But health officials on Friday reported widespread flu-like illnesses in six states. Rhode Island is the latest to join the list which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and New York.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the flu season started in December and peaked by mid-January, and most of the illnesses were swine flu.

But, as happens some years, there's a second wave of a milder flu strain.





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Gas Prices Increase for Easter Holiday
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:07pm

If you're getting ready to hit the road this weekend for the Easter holiday, get ready to pay more for gas.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says Delaware gas is averaging $3.61 today, that's up four-cents overnight and seven-cents in the last week.

Nationally, gas prices are averaging $3.66 a gallon, up four-cents in the last week.




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DSP investigate robbery, attempted robbery at NCCo banks
By Mark Fowser

Delaware State Police are investigating a robbery and an attempted robbery at two banks in the Wilmington area.

Friday morning at about 11:35 a.m., a man entered a PNC Bank branch on Kirkwood Highway and handed a note to a teller demanding money.

The suspect fled without getting any cash, but a short time later a man with a similar description was able to escape with some cash from the Delaware First Federal Credit Union on Newport Gap Pike.

The suspect is believed to be a white male, 25-35 years old, 5' 7" to 5' 10", with a thin build and wearing dark clothing at the time.




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Blood Bank of Delmarva needs O- blood
By Amy Cherry

The Blood Bank of Delmarva is in immediate need of Type-O negative blood.

A spokesman says the bank's supply of the universal blood type is low at the moment.

Despite this weekend being Easter, the Blood Bank reminds you that the need for blood never takes a holiday.

The non-profit needs 350 donors a day to meet the needs of the 16 hospitals on Delmarva.



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50-50 Chance Fisker Will Build in DE
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 8:37am

The interim president of the new Fisker Automotive said the chances are "50-50" that it will use the old General Motors plant to build automobiles.

The Wilmington News Journal says Roger Brown became the temporary head of the plug-in hybrid electric company after Wanxiang America Inc. purchased Fisker's assets in a bankruptcy sale on March 24. One of those assets is the plant near Newport, which the old Fisker had planned to use to build cars with state and federal incentives.

Brown said in a telephone interview on Thursday that Wanxiang inherited the situation and because the facility is one of the assets it purchased, it has good bones, it has a paint shop and it definitely makes economic sense to consider the Newport facility.

Brown said the first thing on the new Fisker's agenda is to relaunch the Karma by August 2015; the Surf, a Karma with a different body, by March 2016; and have the lower-priced Atlantic ready to go toward the end of 2017.



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AUDIO: UPDATE: New Achievement Ctr Opens to Help Ex-Offenders
By Amy Cherry/Kelli Steele

Ex-offenders will have a place to go to get the help they need to adjust to life out of prison.

Charles Madden is the Executive Director of the Wilmington HOPE Commission, which just opened its new Achievement Center on Vandever Avenue.

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The center is just for men, and Madden hopes to help 50 offenders in the first year and several hundred in the years that follow.

The center comes after Governor Markell focused a portion of his State of the State Address on recidivism.



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Man shot in the back in Wilmington
By The Associated Press

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:26pm

Wilmington Police say a man was shot in the back and two homes were damaged by gunfire.

Police responding to a 911 call on West 31st Street found evidence of a shooting and two house damaged by gunshots.

Police were notified that man had arrived at the emergency room at Wilmington Hospital with a gunshot wound to his back.

The shootings are under investigation.




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Talbot Board of Ed Names School Superintendent Finalists
By Kelli Steele

The Talbot County Board of Education say Dr. Daniel Curry, Kelly Griffith and Dr. Debra Munk are the three finalists in the search for Talbot County’s new superintendent.

The Star Democrat says the search for a new superintendent began last fall when the board hired the Maryland Association of Boards of Education to handle the search.

Since the start of the search, with a forum held for people in the community to express what they wanted in a new superintendent, the board received 17 applications from around the country and narrowed them down to five interviews that were held in a publicly announced closed session April 12; from those five, the board chose the three finalists.

A new superintendent is expected to be announced by the first week in May.





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Oxford-Bellevue Ferry Reopens on Bay for 2014
By The Associated Press

The ferry between Oxford and Bellevue will begin operating again this year in time for the Easter weekend.

The Easton Star Democrat reports the nation's oldest privately operated ferry service will start its 2014 season today (Friday). The ferry was founded in 1683 and will commemorate its 331st birthday in November. It crosses an inlet on the Chesapeake Bay near Easton.

Captains Tom and Judy Bixler of Oxford have owned the Ferry for the past 13 years. The crew is mostly made up of students and retirees.

The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry operates seven days a week between April and October. Crossings begin at 9 a.m. each day and continue every 15 to 20 minutes. It runs on weekends in November.




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MD Urges Awareness of Invasive Species
By The Associated Press

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is urging residents to help reduce the spread of invasive species that pose a threat to agricultural and natural resources.

The agency says April is Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month.

The department says invasive pests often arrive on cargo ships or with people returning from foreign travel. But once here, they can spread due to people's carelessness.

The agency recommends that citizens learn where infested areas are and avoid them. If that's not possible, the department says people should remove all seeds and other plant parts from equipment and clothing before leaving an infested area.

The agency also suggests removing junk piles where bees can nest.

And if you're camping, buy or use firewood from near your campsite. Don't bring firewood from home.



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