BREAKING: Rt 18/404 CLOSED in Georgetown
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 9:11am

9 a.m.: Route 18/404 near Rum Bridge Road in Georgetown is closed in both directions at this hour due to a crash between a tractor trailer and a pickup truck.

Delaware State Police say the crash happened just after 8 a.m.

Crews are on the scene cleaning up diesel fuel which spilled from the tractor trailer in the crash; AGAIN, the road is closed in both directions.

The driver of the pickup was taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The tractor trailer driver was NOT hurt.

Details surrounding the crash will be released this afternoon.



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UPDATE: Hotline Setup for Antares Rocket Debris
By The Associated Press/Kelli Steel

Reports of damage are now starting to come in following Tuesday night's explosion of an Antares Rocket moments after liftoff at the Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Baltimore native Ron Wolf owns Wolf's Sandwich Shop in Atlantic, Virginia, four miles from the launch site; he says the front window of his restaurant was blown out by the blast.

Meantime, the owners of the commercial supply ship are promising to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station.

And they're warning people around Wallops Island, Virginia to not touch any debris they might come across from the craft, which was carrying hazardous materials; NASA has set up at a hotline for you to call if you find debris. That number is 757.824.1295.

Crews will today continue to search the ground for pieces of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket and the cargo module.

Meantime, Orbital Science's CEO David Thompson told investors in a Wednesday afternoon conference call that early investigations show the launch pad on Wallops Island appears to have been spared from any major damage.





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State Senator's Husband Charged with Campaign Sign Theft
By Tom Lehman/Frank Gerace/Kelli St

Middletown Police say an arrest warrant has been issued for the husband of State Senator Bethany Hall-Long.

Police say Dana Armon Long has been identified as the man who was seen in a video removing political signs placed by the State Republican Party on Route 299, just west of the Route 1 interchange.

The video, police say, was recorded by state GOP workers, who saw Long pull over on the road early Wednesday morning, get out of his vehicle and remove the signs.

Police say the signs had twice been replaced in that location.

Bethany Hall-Long is a Democratic state senator from Middletown who is facing Republican John Marino in the General Election.

She released a statement Wednesday night saying her husband is the man in the video and did take the signs, but turned them over to the Democrats and asked that they be returned to the Republicans; Hall-Long also said she wasn't initially aware her husband allowed "frustration over the campaign attacks" to "get the better of him."



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AG Biden's Office Warns of Ebola Scams
By Frank Gerace

Attorney General Biden is warning Delawareans to be on the lookout for Ebola-related scams.

Biden's office Wednesday cited an announcement from the national office of the Better Business Bureau saying fraudulent websites have been created claiming to solicit charitable donations for victims in Africa and their families.

There's also a report of a phone scam in New York, and con artists asking for money for Ebola preparedness kits or vaccines; Biden's office says there is no FDA-approved vaccine for Ebola.

To avoid being a victim of an Ebola-related scam, the AG's Consumer Protection Unit says you should check to see if charities are legitimate by going to the Better Business Bureau's website, bbb.org or sites like charitynavigator.org or charitywatch.org.

Two "don'ts" are making donations in cash and giving your credit card number or other personal financial info over the phone; if you think you've been scammed, call the AG's toll-free Consumer Hotline, 1-800-220-5424.



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Gold Alert Issued for Bear-Area Teen
By Frank Gerace/Kelli Steele

Delaware State Police have issued a Gold Alert for a Bear-area teen who hasn't been seen since Tuesday afternoon.

Police say 15-year-old Hunter Donovan was last seen at Christiana Hospital around 5 o'clock Tuesday and may now be with his identical twin brother, named River.

Hunter is white, 5'7" tall, weighs 130 pounds; he has brown hair, hazel eyes and a cross tattooed on his right arm.

He was wearing a teal-colored hoodie, white T-shirt and gray pants; his brother was wearing a red-striped shirt, gray shorts and black sneakers.

You can see a picture of Hunter on our website at delaware1059.com and police are asking anyone who knows his whereabouts to call Troop 6 or go to tipsubmit.com.



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5 Dover Residents Arrested Following Seizure of 7.82 Grams of Fentanyl Powder
By Kelli Steele

Five Dover residents are arrested after a search warrant leads to the seizure of 7.82 grams of Fentanyl powder.

Dover Police on Wednesday executed the search warrant at a house on South Governors Avenue; besides the Fentanyl powder, plastic bags, wax paper and rubber bands used to package and sell drugs were also seized.

25-year-old Michael Collier, 36-year-old Kevin Apgar, 34-year-old Crystal Apgar, 18-year-old Daekwon Tilghman and 35-year-old Sherae Teagle were all arrested and charged



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School Bus Rear-Ended in Rehoboth
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 5:25am

A pickup truck rear-ends a school bus in Rehoboth Beach.

Delaware State Police say the accident happened at the intersection of Route 1 and Ames Drive around 8:30 Wednesday morning, when the Dodge Dakota, driven by 52-year-old Lisa McDonald of Ocean City failed to stop behind the bus at a light and ran into the back of the bus. A Volvo driven by 43-year-old Jennifer Carter of Rehoboth then struck the back of the Dakota.

McDonald and Carter were taken to Beebe Hospital for treatment of minor injuries; both were ticketed for inattentive driving.

The bus driver, 57-year-old Douglas Shane of Millsboro was NOT hurt; there were NO students on the bus at the time of the crash.
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Whaleyville Crash Leaves Motorcyclist in Critical Condition
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 7:33am

A motorcyclist is critically injured in Worcester County.

Maryland State Police say a motorcycle, driven by Richard Stafford of Berlin, collided with a truck driven by John Taylor of Bishopville just before 9 Wednesday morning, at the intersection of Route 610 and Peerless Road in Whaleyville.

Taylor was NOT hurt; Stafford was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Police say charges are pending in the crash.




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Salisbury Man Arrested for Assaulting Girlfriend
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 3:59am

A 50-year-old Salisbury man is behind bars today for assaulting his girlfriend.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to a home on Nokomis Avenue Wednesday morning just before 4 o'clock; they arrested Emerson Prattis.

The Sheriff's Office say deputies saw signs of injury on the victim, which corroborated her story that Prattis had assaulted her.

Prattis is charged with 2nd degree assault and reckless endangerment; he's behind bars at the Wicomico County Detention Center, being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.



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145 Minors Arrested at Loud Newark Party
By The Associated Press

Police in Newark say they arrested 145 minors caught drinking at a party.

Newark Police said Wednesday that officers saw a loud party on Saturday afternoon and soon discovered that minors were drinking there. After serving a search warrant, officers arrested 145 minors, including three who were younger than 18. All of them were turned over to their parents.

Police say they're planning to arrest three residents of the home on 145 charges of providing alcohol to minors, two counts of marijuana possession, and three counts each of noise violation and failure to get a permit for a gathering of more than 150 people.




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AUDIO: Wilmington Mayor Bans Smoking in City Parks, Transit Areas
By Tom Lehman/Kelli Steele

Smokers are being banished from Wilmington parks and bus shelters.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams on Wednesday issued an executive order that bans smoking in parks, public plazas and transit areas.

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Williams says residents can enforce the ban by asking smokers to leave areas covered by the mandate. When that doesn't work, he says police can be called to escort offenders from the area.

Councilwoman Loretta Walsh was among the city lawmakers who recently voted down a similar ban.

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Mayor Williams signed the bill into law Wednesday.







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UPDATE: Country Music Festival Details Announced Today
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 4:51am

Dewey Beach Businessman Alex Pires has officially secured a spot for a three-day country music festival in Delaware.

Pires confirmed earlier this week that the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington will host the country music festival next summer, from August 14 through the 16; details will be released today (Thursday) at a press conference, which Delaware 105-9's Joe Irizarry will attend at noon.

Pires says Live Nation, which is America's largest concert promoter will be involved in the Kent County event.

Pires had hoped to have the festival in a farm field in Harbeson, but that idea was quickly squashed by neighbors who were concerned about noise and traffic.

Delaware 105-9 will have more on the Festival, coming up AFTER today (Thursday's) presser.




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Hillary Clinton Visits Maryland to Support Anthony Brown
By The Associted Press

Hillary Rodham Clinton is coming to Maryland to rally for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's bid for governor.

Clinton is scheduled to attend the rally at the University of Maryland, College Park, today (Thursday).

The event in Ritchie Coliseum is taking place five days before Election Day. It's also the last day of early voting in Maryland.

It's the second big rally recently for Brown in Prince George's County. President Barack Obama attended a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro earlier this month.

Clinton had been scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Brown last month, but she canceled to spend time with her newborn granddaughter. Former President Bill Clinton attended the fundraiser in her place.



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2 Charged in Connection with 12 Armed Robberies
By Frank Gerace/Kelli Steele

Delaware State Police have arrested a pair of Wilmington men in connection with a string of armed robberies.

Police say Devin Holt and Scott McFarland held up 12 businesses in Wilmington, Newark and Stanton between September 21 and October 23.

In the holdups, either Holt or McFarland would wear a Halloween mask and demand cash at gunpoint before getting into a waiting car and driving off.

Both men are being held at the Howard Young Prison.



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AUDIO: Teal Pumpkins Beckon Trick-or-Treaters with Food Allergies
By Amy Cherry/Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 4:01am

Teal pumpkins are popping up everywhere.

All kids love to dress up and trick-or-treat for Halloween, even the ones who can't have candy due to food allergies.

That's why the Food Allergy and Research Education organization is encouraging you to paint a pumpkin teal and put it out front of your home to symbolize you'll have some non-food treats for kids.

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That's Veronica LaFemina who says one in 13 kids has a food allergy and trick-or-treating can be a dangerous for them.

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Most cities and towns in Delaware and Maryland have set Friday night for trick-or-treating. You can find the list of dates and times on our website at delaware1059.com



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NJ Gov. Christie to Make 4th Stop in MD for Hogan
By The Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is planning to make his fourth stop in Maryland to campaign for Larry Hogan's gubernatorial bid.

Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and the RGA announced the Maryland stop on Wednesday.

The event is scheduled for Sunday in the early evening.

Christie stopped at a dinner in Glen Burnie on Tuesday with Hogan. He also stopped by a Bethesda pancake house last week.

Christie attended a fundraiser for Hogan last month in Bethesda that netted more than $400,000 for the Maryland Republican Party to spend on behalf of Hogan's campaign.



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Trick or Treat Dates & Times for DE & MD
By Kelli Steele

Halloween is just days away.

Here is a list of trick-or-treat dates and times for your area:

Delaware
Bethel: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Blades: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Bridgeville: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Camden: Friday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.
Delmar: Thursday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m.
Dewey Beach: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Dover: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Felton: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Frankford: Friday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.
Georgetown: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Greenwood: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Harrington: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Laurel: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Lewes: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Magnolia: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for school-aged children
Milford: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Millsboro: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Milton: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Ocean View: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Rehoboth Beach: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 14 and under
Seaford: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Selbyville: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Smyrna: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Maryland
Berlin: Friday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Delmar: Thursday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m.
Hebron: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Hurlock: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Ocean City: Friday, Oct. 31, starting at dusk
Pittsville: Friday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.
Pocomoke City: Friday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Princess Anne: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Salisbury: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 14 and under
Snow Hill: Friday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
Willards: Friday, Oct. 31, dusk-8 p.m.





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