AUDIO: Sussex Countians are excited & optimistic for a Trump presidency
By Robert Petree

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
Today is the big day! Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

Delaware 1059's Rob Petree has more from some very excited Sussex Countians...

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As we all saw back in November, Donald Trump won Sussex County in a landslide. So it doesn't come as much of a surprise that residents in the county are very optimistic for America's future.

Sussex Countians tell Delaware 1059's Dan Gaffney that despite Trump's historically low approval rating, he's going to do an amazing job...

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"I'm optimistic, I think we're gonna be ok. I think that he'll do a good job. I'm really believing that this is gonna be four of the greatest years in America's history."

You can hear President-elect Trump's inauguration live on Delaware 1059.





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Carney to attend Trump inauguration with gubernatorial rival
By The Associated Press

Democratic Gov. John Carney is showing a spirt of bipartisanship as Republican Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office as president.

Carney's office says he will attend Trump's inauguration today (Friday) with his guest, Republican state senator Colin Bonini of Dover.

Bonini and Carney squared off in last year's gubernatorial contest in Delaware, but maintained a civil tone toward each other during the campaign.

Bonini described Carney during a debate as a friend and "a smart guy," and said after the election that he wanted Carney to be as successful a governor as he can be.



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Del. National Guard sends hundreds of Airmen and Soldiers to Washington for Inauguration-related security
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, January 20, 2017 - 2:45am

Photo By 2nd Lt. Brendan Mackie | Delaware National Guard soldiers and airmen swear in as District of Columbia special police at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Jan. 19, 2017. The DNG members are here in preparation of the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Du
The Delaware National Guard is providing security support for the inauguration of Donald Trump as President.

More than 400 DNG soldiers and airmen from several branches are staffing traffic control points and providing other security-related assistance to local authorities.

They will be in DC and the surrounding area into the weekend.

“We have a strong team of over 400 from Delaware, working together, regardless of what unit they are in,” said Maj. Jaime Wolhar, Task Force Delaware officer in charge. He went on to say, “It is reassuring to see hundreds of Soldiers and Airmen unite, from across the United States, to work together in support of a national event.”



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REMINDER: Delaware to 'welcome home' Joe and Jill Biden this afternoon
By Amy Cherry

Vice President Joe Biden is coming home to Delaware this week.
Vice President Joe Biden is coming home to Delaware today (Friday).

This (Friday) afternoon, Biden will take the Amtrak train--as he's done all these years first as senator and later as vice president--into the train station that bears his name in Wilmington with the Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

Delaware will celebrate the Bidens' homecoming with a party at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Doors open at 1 p.m. The welcome rally kicks off a 2:30 p.m, with remarks expected from Governor-elect John Carney and Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki as well as Delaware's Congressional delegation.

"Though those us in Delaware know that Jill and Joe never really left, we want to this opportunity to show our love, admiration, and appreciation for all that they have done for us, our state, and our nation, throughout a lifetime of faithful public service," said an announcement for the event.

Security will be on site. Backpacks and coolers are strictly prohibited.



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2nd death from influenza A confirmed in Delaware
By The Associated Press

Delaware's second flu-related death this season has been confirmed.

The Division of Public Health said Thursday that a 98-year-old New Castle County woman who had underlying health conditions died last week; officials say she had been diagnosed with influenza A.

Director Dr. Karyl Rattay says flu activity increases in January and February. She says it's not too late for residents to get vaccinated.





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Creating 'safe spaces' for those needing a voice is the goal of the Ghostlight Project
By Abby Lafferty and Joe Irizarry

Standing outside the St. Stephen's Lutheran Church theater artists gathered to pledge to diversity and inclusion.

The Ghostlight Project is a nation wide pledge that over 500 theaters participated in on Thursday night--the eve before the Presidential Inauguration-- to provide a safe space where it is safe to be who you are regardless of your race, religion, country of origin, age or sexual orientation.

Numerous theater programs throughout Wilmington participated in this event. One theater in particular was the Bootless Stageworks, run by Rosanne DellAversano.

DellAversano organized the event along with Reverend Jason Churchill of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church.

The two are passionate about Ghostlight and encouraged their community to join in as well.

"If you're going to go with 'Make America Great Again' you have to do that as a unified group" DellAversano says.

Using the mantra "Be A light" participants of the event were asked to shine a light for those who feel they don't have a voice.

"It's important for everybody to know to not just have a voice, to know that they actually have a voice and that the voice is being heard and being used," says Churchill.



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Gov. Hogan's budget proposal includes $1-million for Salisbury downtown improvements
By Mark Fowser

Salisbury Main Street improvements will benefit from a $1-million appropriation in Md. Gov. Hogan's FY2018 budget proposal
Efforts to overhaul Main Street in Salisbury are getting support in a budget proposed by Governor Hogan of Maryland.

The city is receiving $1-million in downtown revitalization funding, which is being made available to only three cities statewide this year - Salisbury, Hagerstown and Cumberland.

Governor Hogan is expected to visit Salisbury February 13th as more details on the Main Street Master Plan are released.

"I'm extremely pleased that Governor Hogan has chosen to partner with us to bring Salisbury's Main Street Master Plan to fruition," Salisbury Mayor Jake Day said. "I offer my thanks to the Governor, as well as our tireless Delegate Carl Anderton and the entire Eastern Shore Delegation for being our advocates and for recognizing that ours is a city on the rise."



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Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge to close for deer hunt Saturday
By The Associated Press

Updated Friday, January 20, 2017 - 2:24am

The Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge public use area in Milton will be closed later this month to allow for a deer hunt.
The Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge public use area in Milton will be closed Saturday to allow for a deer hunt.

Federal officials say the public use area, which includes the visitor contact station, will be closed all day tomorrow (Saturday).

Officials also are reminding outdoorsmen that only lottery selected and permitted hunters will have access to the headquarters area.





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Justice Valihura to serve as opening keynote speaker for 2017 Directors Forum in San Diego
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, January 20, 2017 - 2:24am

Delaware Supreme Court Justice Karen Valihura will be the opening keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Directors Forum in San Diego January 22- 24.
Delaware Supreme Court Justice Karen Valihura will be the opening keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Directors Forum in San Diego Sunday through next Tuesday.



The conference is put on by the Corporate Directors Forum, a non-profit whose mission is to help improve the performance and operation of company boards of directors.

Justice Valihura will be the kickoff speaker on January 22 and will discuss recent trends in corporate law in Delaware and recent Delaware Supreme Court decisions.

The Forum will be held on the campus of the University of San Diego.



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AUDIO: Gov. Carney set to tackle long list of issues outlined in transition action report
By Robert Petree

Updated Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 5:13pm

Carney plans to work closely with his cabinet to implement the plans, (Photo: Delaware 1059's Rob Petree).
The road to change began Thursday afternoon, with the release of Governor Carney's Transition Committee's action plan for Delaware.

Delaware 1059's Rob Petree has more...

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Governor Carney's transition team presented him with a long list of recommendations including education and healthcare reform, community policing and utilizing unused industrial sites.



Carney plans to work closely with his cabinet to implement the plans in the

report.

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"So next step for me would be I got to get my cabinet confirmed, and then have a retreat where we look specifically at these action items."

Carney was pleased with the results of the report.

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"It's actionable, it's clear, it gets right to the point. Ya know, in the past these transition reports tend to just sit on a shelf somewhere, and gather dust. This is one I think that you can really act upon."

The recommendations outlined in the report were made with input from hundreds of Delawareans, by the issue-area experts on Governor Carney's transition team.

To read the full report click here .



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Two Frankford men charged with armed robberies, theft of handguns and a vehicle
By Mark Fowser

(l. to r.) Matthew R. Edwards; Zack Umstead
Two Frankford men are behind bars facing charges in connection with several crimes, including hold-ups early Wednesday morning at a Royal Farms and a Dash-In on Route 24.

Delaware State Police say troopers followed a suspect vehicle and at one point handguns were tossed out the window.

19-year-old Matthew Edwards and 20-year-old Zack Umstead were arrested without further incident after the vehicle came to a stop.

The vehicle and two handguns were also reported stolen, according to troopers.

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Delaware State Police released these details about the investigation Thursday:

The Delaware State Police have arrested two Frankford men in connection with a pair of robberies and other crimes.

Around 3:43 a.m. Wednesday January 18, 2017, troopers were dispatched to the Royal Farms, located at 26672 Johns J. Williams Highway (SR24), for a report of a robbery that just occurred. This investigation reveal that a male entered the store armed with an unknown type handgun with a mask covering his face and demanded money from the register. The female clerk complied with the demand and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash before he fled in an unknown direction.

As troopers were investigating that incident, a second robbery occurred around 4:31 a.m. at the Dash Inn, located at 24851 John J. Williams Highway. In this incident, a male subject entered the store and pulled an unknown type handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the female clerk. He demanded cash and upon opening the cash drawer, the female victim fled the store and entered her car. The suspect removed the cash and then fled the business in a vehicle, which was soon broadcast across the police radio.

Troopers responding to the second robbery were on the lookout for the vehicle, which was described as a Kia Rio, and located it driving eastbound on SR24 west of Warrington Road. Upon attempting to conduct a traffic stop, the car continued eastbound and items which were later located to be handguns, could be seen thrown out of the window. The vehicle finally came to a stop on Warrington Road and Matthew R. Edwards, 19, and Zack Umstead, 20, both of Frankford, were taken into custody without further incident.

Through the investigation it was revealed that the Kia Rio was stolen earlier that evening from a residence located on West Alabama Drive in Frankford. The two handguns were also stolen from a residence in Bethany Meadows on Tuesday January 17, 2017.

Matthew Edwards and Zack Umstead were both transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where they were charged with two counts of Robbery 1st, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony Conspiracy 2nd, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Receiving a Stolen Firearm, and various other charges. They were arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $164,500.00 cash (Edwards) and $183,002.00 cash.

None of the victims were injured in any of the incidents.



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Ellendale man arrested for Milford residential burglary, vehicle theft
By Mark Fowser

Michael C. Foskey
A burglary investigation in Milford leads to the arrest of a 23-year-old Ellendale man.

Milford Police say electronics, jewelry, tools, a firearm and car keys were stolen from a home on Crestview Drive earlier this month.

Investigators say the suspect came back with the stolen keys later and swiped the vehicle.

An investigation led to 23-year-old Michael Foskey being arrested at a Woodside gas station on Wednesday of this week.

Police also say Foskey was wanted previously by Delaware State Police and the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

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Milford Police released these details of the investigation Thursday:

On 01.18.2017 Milford Police Detectives arrested a 23 year old Ellendale man after warrants were obtained following the completion of a burglary investigation. On 01.05.2017 Milford Police were contacted after the residents of a home on Crestview Drive returned home to find multiple items were missing, including car keys, electronics, tools, jewelry, and a firearm. Following the initial report and prior to the man being taken into custody, it was later reported he returned to the home and took the vehicle that the keys he previously removed belonged to. On 01.18.2017 Milford Police Detectives received information that Michael C. Foskey, 23 of Ellendale, was reportedly in the Woodside area. Detectives acted on this information and were able to locate and take Mr. Foskey into custody without incident at a gas station in Woodside. Mr. Foskey has been charged with Burglary Second Degree, Theft of a Firearm, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Theft $1500 or Greater, and two counts of Theft $1500 or Greater and Victim is 62 Yrs of Age or Older. Mr. Foskey was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #3 in Georgetown where bail was set at $6000.00 secured. Mr. Foskey has been committed to the custody of the Delaware Department of Correction at the Sussex Correctional Institution. Mr. Foskey also was wanted by the Delaware State Police and the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas. Mr. Foskey is next scheduled to appear at the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas on 01.26.2017 for a Preliminary Hearing.



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Two previously-arrested suspect face charges of armed robbery in Caroline Co.
By Mark Fowser

Maryland State Police announce the arrests of two suspects for a January 9th armed robbery in Federalsburg
Two suspects arrested for crimes in Delaware are now facing charges in connection with an armed robbery at a convenience store in Caroline County earlier this month.

Maryland State Police say their investigation links 28-year-old Kurtis Jenkins of Seaford and 26-year-old Tyler Micheliche of Federalsburg to a January 9th armed robbery at a store on Smithville Road.

The clerk who was held up that night was not injured.

Troopers say Jenkins and Micheliche were arrested in Delaware Sunday, and Maryland State Police have filed detainers on both suspects.

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Maryland State Police released these details about the investigation Thursday:

Maryland State Police criminal investigators have charged two suspects in connection with an armed robbery at a Caroline County convenience store earlier this month after they were arrested for similar crimes in Delaware.

The suspects are identified as Kurtis L. Jenkins, 28, of Seaford, Delaware and Tyler J. Micheliche, 26, of Federalsburg, MD. Both are charged on warrants with two counts each of armed robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment. Maryland State Police have filed detainers on both suspects with Delaware, where they are currently being held after being arrested by State Police there on January 15, 2017.

On January 9, 2017, shortly after 9:30 p.m., Maryland State Police were called to respond to a reported armed robbery at a convenience store in the 3800-block of Smithville Road, Federalsburg, Md. Responding troopers and sheriff’s deputies learned two suspects, both who were reportedly wearing masks and armed with handguns, entered and robbed the store of cash from the register. The clerk was not injured in the incident.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division conducted an investigation into the robbery. On January 16, 2017, Maryland State Police investigators were notified by Delaware State Police that they had arrested two suspects in Delaware for armed robberies similar to the one committed in Maryland. Troopers from Maryland met with Delaware troopers and determined evidence obtained in Delaware linked the two suspects to the armed robbery in Caroline County.

After consultation with the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office, Maryland State Police criminal investigators applied for and obtained warrants charging both suspects with charges listed above. Delaware officials were notified of the charges and will contact Maryland when the suspects are able to be extradited back to Maryland to face charges here.



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AUDIO: Supporters of legalized marijuana look for legislative sponsors in Del.
By Rob Petree

The Cannabis Bureau of Delaware organized a citizen lobby day in Dover Thursday (photo: Delaware1059's Rob Petree)
The effort to legalize marijuana in the First State continues Thursday in Dover with the Cannabis Bureau of Delaware’s citizen’s lobby day…

Members of the Cannabis Bureau of Delaware, along with dozens of citizens, flooded Legislative Hall Thursday morning with one goal in mind: acquire a sponsor for legislation that would tax and regulate the recreational use of marijuana.

Cannabis Bureau of Delaware Co-Chair John Sybert explains how legalization is in Delaware’s best interest.

“Right now we have a budget shortfall, and we’ve seen with other states that we can make that money up with legal cannabis. 61-percent of Delawareans believe that this should be legal, and we’re fighting for that for them,” Sybert said.

If the Cannabis Bureau is successful in getting a sponsor, they’ll face another challenge that lies with Governor Carney, who has made it clear that he intends to veto any such legislation, Sybert thinks otherwise.

“By the time it gets to his desk, we would have so much public support this that he’ll have to change his mind on it," Sybert added. "The chips are gonna fall, and let’s try to be the first state to do this instead of waiting.”

Thursday’s effort marks the 7th time that the Bureau has lobbied for legalization.



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Ex-death row inmate acquitted after murder retrial
By Randall Chase, Associated Press

A former death row inmate has been acquitted of all charges after being retried for a drug-related killing.

Twenty-nine-year-old Isaiah McCoy, who waived his right to a jury trial, bowed his head and wept after a Kent County judge declared him not guilty in the 2010 killing of 30-year-old James Mumford.

McCoy was convicted and sentenced to death in 2012, but Delaware's Supreme Court ordered a new trial because of errors by the judge and prosecutor at his trial. Among other things, the Supreme Court cited the prosecutor's "pervasive unprofessional conduct."

McCoy, who has a long criminal history, maintained his innocence in Mumford's killing.

The judge noted that there was no physical evidence linking McCoy to the crime, and that two alleged accomplices gave frequently contradictory testimony against him.



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Md. woman's medical license suspended in Del.
By Mark Fowser

Updated Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 1:34pm

A Maryland woman gets her Delaware medical license suspended as she faces allegations of drug-related criminal activity in her home state.

Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and the state Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline took the action against Caroline County resident Eva C. Dickinson.

She practiced primarily in Delaware at Cutting Edge Treatment Center in Harrington and previously at Compassionate Pain Management locations in Dover and Seaford.

According to the state, Delaware Code allows for a temporary suspension of a license pending a hearing if the activity is believed to present a "clear and immediate danger to public health, safety or welfare."

Eva Dickinson's suspension is in effect for 60 days, during which other hearings and other proceedings are expected to take place.

Find out more:

Division of Professional Regulation online license verification service:

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The signed order to suspend the license of Eva C. Dickinson:

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Man taken to hospital after boat flips on Haven Lake in Milford
By Mark Fowser

A man falls from an overturned boat into the water in Milford.

It happened on Haven Lake early Thursday afternoon.

47-ABC reports that someone else in a canoe rescued the man, who was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police tell 47-ABC that the man is 69 years old and that he was wearing a life jacket, but it's not known why his boat flipped.



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Ocean City's thin blue line plan to honor police hits roadblock
By Associated Press

Ocean City Police hope to move forward with painting a thin blue line down the center of a street in the resort
Ocean City has run into roadblocks as it tries to honor the city's police force by painting a thin blue line on the street in front of the city's police headquarters.

Ocean City Police Public Information Officer Lindsay Richard tells the Daily Times of Salisbury that the city's plan to paint the blue line down the center of a street is on review after the Federal Highway Administration recently admonished several New Jersey towns for painting similar lines.

Mayor Rick Meehan was inspired to do the project by Ocean City, New Jersey, which painted a blue line last fall.

The Federal Highway Administration says changing markings on the center of a street could confuse drivers and pose safety hazards. The color blue is also reserved for handicapped vehicles.





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Maryland governor proposes sweeping ethics reforms
By Associated Press

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, citing fraud and bribery scandals allegedly involving state and local officials, has proposed broad reforms that target conflicts of interest and corruption.

The Republican governor announced his Integrity in Government Initiative Thursday afternoon in front of the statehouse.

Hogan's proposals include barring legislators from pushing legislation that directly benefits their employer or business, and prohibiting executive branch and legislative staff from lobbying for one year after they leave state service.

The governor also wants all meetings of the General Assembly be livestreamed, and his proposed 2018 budget includes funds to do that.





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Md. Gov. Hogan asks appointed lawmakers for background checks
By Associated Press

Maryland's governor is asking people nominated to fill General Assembly vacancies to undergo background checks before taking their seats.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Governor Larry Hogan's spokesman, Doug Mayer, says the requests are voluntary. The requests come after recent announcements of criminal cases linked to former and prospective lawmakers. The Attorney General's Office advised House Speaker Michael Busch on Wednesday that the governor can ask for background checks, but can't require them.

Baltimore Del. Cheryl Glenn, a Democrat who chairs the Legislative Black Caucus, says she learned of the requests when she asked about inviting Baltimore's Nick Mosby and Montgomery County's Jheanelle Wilkins to the caucus' annual breakfast with Hogan. Both were nominated recently and say they haven't been told when they will be sworn in.





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Should you switch it up, and condition before you shampoo?
By WXDE News

You may want to think about using your conditioner before you shampoo
The standard shower routine is to wash your hair with shampoo, then condition, then rinse. But now some stylists and hair care brands are suggesting you switch things up:

First condition, then shampoo.

The shampoo works to whisk away any excess conditioner that may cause your hair to look greasy or flat. Switching your hair cleaning routine is especially helpful for people with fine, damaged, knotty, thin, greasy, or highlighted hair.

TRESemmé is among the first companies to promote conditioning before you shampoo. But you don’t need any type of fancy product – just use what you have and switch the order to see what happens.

Find out more:

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Regulators say fishermen can catch more dogfish this year
By The Associated Press

Fishing regulators are going to allow fishermen to catch more smooth dogfish, a species of increasing interest in commercial fisheries.

The seafood industry has been trying to find new markets for the dogfish in recent years. Catch of the East Coast sharks has been consistent, but they aren't recognized by many U.S. consumers and are of low economic value.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says the smooth dogfish quota for 2017 will be nearly 4 million pounds. The quota for 2016 was a little more than 2.6 million pounds.

Fishermen don't typically catch that many pounds of smooth dogfish per year. The catch is usually in the 1 million to 2 million pound range. But regulators say the species is not overfished, and can withstand a higher fishing quota.



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