Couple charged with burglaries in Kent Co. Amish communities.
By Mark Fowser

Harvey M. Coblentz; Peggy S. Wright
A Kent County couple is charged in connection with more than 20 burglaries in local Amish communities.

Delaware State Police say power tools, cash and other items were stolen from sheds, garages and homes in the west Dover, Hartly and Marydel areas between May 27th and June 16th.

Investigators were led to an "ex-Amish" man, based on a description of a pick-up truck that was seen traveling slowly around the area.

During a traffic stop last Saturday, police say 26-year-old Harvey Coblentz of Hartly and his girlfriend, 31-year-old Peggy Wright were taken into custody.

A computer check determined they were wanted by local courts, and that Wright was missing and was the subject of a Gold Alert that was issued in February.

Coblentz and Wright are charged with a total of 62 crimes including burglary, conspiracy, criminal mischief and theft.

The investigation into the burglaries continues, and State Police say efforts are still underway to track down the stolen items.

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Delaware State Police released these details about the investigation Friday:

A Hartly couple have been arrested in connection with over 20 burglaries to residences, garages and shed within the Amish communities.



The incidents began occurring around May 27, 2016 and continued through June 16, 2016 when a number of residences and out buildings located throughout Hartly, Marydel, and west Dover areas began experiencing break-ins. During the crimes, the suspect(s) would remove items such as, lawn and garden equipment, power tools, chainsaws, pressure washers, and cash. As detectives continued to look into the rash of burglaries, information was obtained through investigative measures that Harvey M. Coblentz, 26 of Hartly, who was ex-Amish, was the primary suspect in this incidents due to his burgundy colored pick-up truck being seen driving slowly around the area of the houses involved in the crimes.



On Saturday June 18, 2016 around 6:30 a.m., Coblentz’s truck was observed parked on the side of the road by a trooper patrolling in the area of the 900 block of Grygo Road, Marydel. A traffic stop was conducted on the burgundy 2000 Chevrolet Silverado and contact was made with Coblentz who was operating the truck. His girlfriend, Peggy S. Wright, 31 of Hartly, was a passenger in the truck and a computer inquiry revealed both of them to have capiases out of Kent County Court of Common Pleas and Wright was also listed as a missing person in which a Gold Alert was issued on February 28, 2016.



Harvey Coblentz and Peggy Wright were both transported back to Troop 3 in Camden where they were arraigned and committed to the Delaware Department of Corrections on the capiases. On Wednesday June 22, 2016 detectives charged both Coblentz and Wright with a total of 62 charges with various counts of Burglary 2nd, Conspiracy 2nd, Criminal Mischief, and Theft. They both remain incarcerated within the state prison system in default of bond.



The investigation into these burglaries continue as detectives continue to track down the equipment stolen from the victims.



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Touch of Italy buys old M&T Bank in Milford, restaurant opening soon
By Kelli Steele

The City of Milford announces that the owners of Touch Of Italy will be purchasing the M&T Bank in downtown Milford on the corner of Walnut and Front Street.
The City of Milford announces that the owners of Touch Of Italy will be purchasing the M&T Bank in downtown Milford on the corner of Walnut and Front Street.

Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe made the announcement this (Friday) morning on his Facebook page.

Mayor Shupe says he's excited to welcome Touch of Italy to downtown Milford; he says anyone that has visited their locations at the beaches in Delaware knows that whether it is their food, ambiance or community involvement, Touch of Italy has created an outstanding, unique experience.

Opening in the historic First National Bank, Touch of Italy's investment will allow Milford to continue the revitalization of downtown and preservation of historic buildings while creating jobs for local families.



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Fundraising dinner tonight to help families displaced by Magnolia house fires
By Mark Fowser

photo provided by Magnolia Fire Company, Jason Steagall
Neighbors are helping local families who were left homeless by a wind-driven fire in Magnolia nearly two weeks ago.

One of the affected families was on vacation down south at the time, and lost their two Labrador dogs.

GoFundMe campaigns have raised thousands of dollars, and MilfordLive reports that the Meadows at Chestnut Ridge Homeowners' Association is hosting a fundraising dinner tonight (Friday) at the Magnolia Firehouse.

The event is open to the public.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating the cause of the June 12th fire, which apparently started in one home, destroyed it, and heavily damaged two neighboring homes.

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Del. Corrections officials say offender did not come back from work pass
By Mark Fowser

Linda Santucci
The Delaware Department of Correction is looking for a Hartly woman who did not come back from an authorized work pass issued by The Hazel Plant Women's Treatment Center in New Castle County.

47-year-old Linda Santucci was serving for robbery.

The DOC says she went missing earlier Friday.

If you think you have seen Linda Santucci or know where she is, you are asked to call local police or the Delaware Department of Correction at 800-542-9524.

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The Delaware Department of Correction released this update Friday:

The Delaware Department of Correction announces the following offender failed to return from an authorized work pass issued by the Hazel D. Plant Women’s Treatment Center in New Castle. All efforts to locate the offender have proven fruitless. The offender’s whereabouts are unknown and unauthorized at this time. A Warrant for Escape after Conviction has been issued.

Community Corrections Centers are Level 4 facilities where the Department of Correction manages offenders who are transitioning back into the community. These centers are not secured like Level 5 prisons, as offenders are permitted to the leave the facility to go to work, seek jobs or attend approved treatment sessions.



Anyone with information on this offender is asked to call (800) 542-9524 or their local police department.



Date of walk-away: 06/24/2016

Name: Linda Santucci

Date of Birth: 09/29/1968

Last known address: Hartley, DE

Race/Gender: White/Female

Height: 5’08”

Weight: 150

Eyes: Hazel

Hair: Brown

Aliases/Nicknames: Linda Dilger

Tattoos: Pierced ears; pierced nose; scar abdomen; tattoos breast, left; tattoos breast, right; tattoos hand, left; tattoos left wrist; tattoos shoulder, left.

Current Offense: Robbery 1st





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Georgetown man sent to prison in sexual extortion - rape case
By Mark Fowser

Edward Wescott
A Georgetown man is going to prison for more than a decade after his guilty plea to charges of rape, second-degree.

The Delaware Attorney General's Office says 22-year-old Edward Wescott contacted a 16-year-old girl and made demands for sexual acts, threatening to release what he said were nude photos of her and sexually-charged text messages to social media.

Wescott was charged in October, 2014.

His sentence is for 25 years in prison, suspended after serving twelve years and completion of a sex offender program.

Wescott will also be subject to two years of level-three probation and must register as a Tier Three sex offender.



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Felton man faces 20 years for 2014 rape of a teenager
By Mark Fowser

A Felton man convicted in connection with the rape of a teenager who was staying temporarily with his family is going to prison for 20 years.

The Delaware Attorney General's Office says 36-year-old Derek Basnight's term for the 2014 crime is 55 years, suspended after 20 years.

He also would be subject to work release and probation.

Basnight then would be required to register as a Tier Three sex offender.



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Lewes celebrates library grand opening Saturday
By David Alessandrini

A ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Lewes Public Library is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m.
The city of Lewes will celebrate the grand opening of its new public library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m.

Governor Markell, joined by other state and local elected officials, will speak at the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Following the celebration, Markell will read to children at the new Lewes library.

The State of Delaware paid fifty percent of the $11.3 million cost to construct the new library on Adams Avenue in Lewes.

The state Division of Libraries recently reported over $33- million in state funds have been invested in improvements to Delaware libraries since 2009, more than any administration in history.



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AUDIO: Video: Gov. Markell highlights access to early learning programs in weekly address
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In his weekly address, Governor Markell talks about this week's announcement of a $7-million federal grant that will help Delaware make quality early learning programs available to more Delaware families.



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Report: owner of two Dewey Beach restaurants to hire police patrols
By Mark fowser

Dewey Beach Police reported five arrests after a fight this week in the parking lots outside two restaurants
Recent incidents in Dewey Beach are leading to extra police patrols this weekend, and a possible plan by Town Council to address concerns at its next meeting.

The Cape Gazette reports that Highway One, owners of North Beach and Ivy restaurants, will fund patrols to monitor the parking areas.

In the most recent incident this past week, a fight involving several patrons resulted in participants turning on responding officers.

Earlier in June, shots were reportedly fired outside one of the establishments.

Mayor Diane Hanson also tells The Cape Gazette that Town Council members in Dewey Beach may discuss these concerns at their next meeting Friday, July 8th.



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Selbyville woman dies of heroin overdose
By Robert Petree

Updated Friday, June 24, 2016 - 3:25am

A heroin overdose is the responsible for the death of a Selbyville woman.
A heroin overdose is the responsible for the death of a Selbyville woman.

According to the daily times, the woman is believed to be in her mid 30's, she was a resident of the Tingles Acres Trailer park.

In recent years Sussex County has become a hot spot for heroin abuse. In the time period between January 22nd and May 17th, 15 Sussex County residents have died as a result of Fentanyl overdose, a very powerful synthetic opiate drug used to cut or replace heroin or cocaine.

This marks the first overdose this year in Selbyville; it remains unclear whether Fentanyl was involved in the death.



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AUDIO: General Assembly passes bill aimed at helping stroke victims
By Robert Petree

On a 39-0 vote Thursday house lawmakers ok'd a bill sponsored by Senator Bethany Hall-Long that will let first responders know the best place to take a stroke victim.
Delawareans suffering from severe strokes will have a better shot at a full recovery under a bill that’s headed to Governor Markell’s desk.

On a 39-0 vote Thursday house lawmakers ok'd a bill sponsored by Senator Bethany Hall-Long that will let first responders know the best place to take a stroke victim.

Senator Hall-Long says when it comes to a stroke, time is of the essence.

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"Paramedics and Emergency Technicians, will be able to use the standard in the protocol, and build on our current existing primary stroke centers that we now have in our community hospitals, and we'll be able to delineate persons who really have a serious brain bleed and get them to the services they need quickly, because time is of the essence."

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"There will be hundreds of Delawareans that wont know to but can thank Senator Bethany Hall-Long for there opportunity to recover completely and have a total reversal of their stroke symptom."

If Markell signs the measure, Delaware will join fifteen other states along with Washington, D.C., in adopting this approach to stroke response.



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AUDIO: DNREC launches campaign to prevent drinking and boating
By Robert Petree

Division of Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police will launch Operation Dry Water aimed at preventing alcohol and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities.
DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police will launch Operation Dry Water this weekend, an enforcement campaign that is aimed at preventing alcohol and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities.

Delaware 1059's Rob Petree has more...

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Drinking and boating is just like drinking and driving, alcohol use remains the leading contributing factor to fatal boating.

Lieutenant Casey Zolper says the amount of boating fatalities has dropped, but there's still room for improvement.

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"2015 alcohol was found to be a contributing factor in seventeen percent of all fatalities, that was down from 2014, so we hoping to continue to see a trend where it keeps going down each year."

Zolper went on to explain the purpose of the enforcement campaign.

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"It's to create a national awareness for enforcement campaign focused on reducing the number of alcohol and drug related accidents and fatalities, fostering a stronger more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water."

Delaware's boating accident rate remains below the national average.



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Judge lets convictions stand in 1987 Eastern Shore slaying
By Associated Press

A judge is refusing to reverse the convictions or reopen the cases of two men in a 1987 slaying in Easton.

The Star Democrat reports that Talbot County Circuit Judge Stephen Kehoe denied the motions by 47-year-old David Faulkner and 47-year-old Jonathan Smith on Wednesday.

They're serving life sentences - Faulkner for murder and Smith for murder conspiracy - in the stabbing death of 64-year-old Adeline Wilford.

Kehoe said in a written ruling he was not persuaded that newly discovered evidence would have resulted in different verdicts.

Defense attorneys said a previously unidentified palm print found in the victim's house was recently matched to another man, Ty Brooks, who's been convicted of other burglaries and assaults in the area.

Faulkner and Smith were convicted in 2001.





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Friend of Freddie Gray fatally shot in Baltimore
By Associated Press

As friends of Freddie Gray learned of the acquittal of a police officer in Gray's death this week, they were also mourning the more recent loss of another friend.

The Baltimore Sun reports that 29-year-old Donzell Canada, one of Gray's close friends, was fatally shot Wednesday in West Baltimore.

Canada, known as "Zelly," said last year that Gray was his childhood friend and one of more than 10 that he'd known to have died. In August, Canada told the Sun that friends marked what would have been Gray's 26th birthday with a cookout, a visit to his grave and a movie "as if he were here."

Rodney Hudson, a pastor of the nearby Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, remembered Canada and Gray as humorous and loyal friends.





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Dover Air Force Base finalist for new aerial tanker fleet
By Associated Press

Dover Air Force Base, during a change of command ceremony (WDEL file photo)
The Dover Air Force Base could become home to a new generation aerial tanker fleet.

The News Journal reports that the base is one of five finalists to receive a fleet of KC-46A Pegasus planes. If chosen, the base could get up to 36 new tankers by 2020.

The planes have a wingspan of 157 feet, can carry roughly 212,000 pounds of fuel and are able to refuel two planes simultaneously.

The Air Mobility Command will visit the Dover base and other finalists to determine the winner.

The other finalists are: the Travis Air Force Base in California, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota and Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington.





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UPDATE: Rehoboth swim advisory lifted; bacteria levels decline
By Mark Fowser

A swimming advisory for the beach between Rehoboth Avenue and Norfolk Street has been lifted.

The Department of Natural Resources says the latest water samples indicate a drop in bacteria levels, which had earlier reached standards leading to an advisory - bot not a ban - against swimming.

Heavy rain earlier in the week was apparently the reason for the elevated levels of bacteria.



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Bolthouse Farms protein shakes pulled from stores shelves at Giant
By Kelli Steele

Giant Foods is voluntarily recalling a popular protein shake because of complaints that consumers have gotten sick.
Giant Foods is voluntarily recalling a popular protein shake because of complaints that consumers have gotten sick.

47 ABC reports that Bolthouse Farms shakes could be spoiled, causing the drinks to have lumps, an unpleasant taste and a bad odor.

If you recently purchased any of the recalled product, throw it out or return it to Giant for a full refund.

•Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS Chocolate shake, 15.2 oz., UPC 7146430650 with best by dates between 6/20/16 to 9/18/16

•Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS Chocolate shake, 32 oz., UPC 7146430651 with best by dates between 6/20/16 to 9/18/16

•Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS Vanilla Bean shake, 15.2 oz., UPC 7146401639 with best by dates between 6/20/16 to 9/18/16

•Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS Vanilla Bean shake, 32 oz., UPC 7146401640 with best by dates between 6/20/16 to 9/18/16

•Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS Coffee shake, 15.2 oz., UPC 7146401627 with best by dates between 6/20/16 to 9/18/16

•Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS Coconut shake, 15.2 oz., UPC 7146401892 with best by dates between 6/20/16 to 9/18/16

•Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS Strawberry shake, 15.2 oz., UPC 7146401890 with best by dates between 6/20/16 to 9/18/16

•Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS Banana Honey Almond Butter shake, 15.2 oz., UPC 7146401893 with best by dates between 6/20/16 to 9/18/16

•Bolthouse Farms Mocha Cappuccino Perfectly Protein, 15.2 oz., UPC 7146430050 with a best by date of 9/2/16

•Bolthouse Farms Mocha Cappuccino Perfectly Protein, 32 oz., UPC 7146430051 with best by dates of 8/2/16 and 8/3/16

For more information about the recall and about some of the drinks being called back, people can call Giant Food at 888-469-4426, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 5 PM.



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OCPD looking for pickup involved in hit & run
By Kelli Steele

Photo from SBYNews
Ocean City Police need your help to find a vehicle involved in a hit and run in the resort.

Police say the collision happened around 12:30 on Thursday afternoon; the vehicle involved appears to be a dark grey, 2011 or newer extended cab Ford F250 or F350 Super Duty pickup truck.

According to Salisbury Breaking News, the owner of the vehicle is believed to either live in or frequent the 28th Street area.

Police say the vehicle should have damage to the front passenger side bumper, grill and headlight area.

Anyone with information about the pickup should call Officer Michael Karsnitz at 410.723.6610.



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Missing PA teen may be in MD
By Kelli Steele

Alyssa Heltzel
A missing teenager from Pennsylvania may be in Maryland according to police.

Lower Windsor Township Police say 17-year-old Alyssa Heltzel ran away on June 12 after she went to work at a fast-food restaurant; the Daily Times reports that Heltzel is listed as missing with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Police say Heltzel has been spotted in Ocean City and Elkton.

Lower Windsor Township Police Chief Timothy Caldwell says police departments along the Eastern Shore have been informed that Heltzel is missing; he says there is nothing suspicious at this time surrounding her disappearance.



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3 CA Women arrested in Harrington for purchasing items with stolen credit cards
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, June 24, 2016 - 10:04am

Harrington Police arrest three California woman for purchasing items with stolen credit cards.

Police say they were called to Rite Aid on Route 13 Thursday for reports of a theft in progress; the three women attempted to flee, but were quickly arrested.

Police say all three ladies from Oakland, 19-year-old Kiare Davis, 24-year-old Articia Roane and 27-year-old Quintina Degraffenreed, came to Delaware and obtained the stolen cards which they attempted to use in stores in Denton and Harrington.

All three were charged with eight counts each of possession of burglary tools, two counts of unlawful use of a payment card, 2nd degree conspiracy, resisting arrest and hindering prosecution; they were all committed to SCI in default of $11,000 bail, each.



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DNREC;s Sportsmen Against Hunger program distributes more than 16K pounds of venison to Delawareans in need
By Kelli Steele

Delaware hunters donate 586 deer to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program during the 2015-16 deer season.

The donations were processed into 16,599 pounds of venison, which will provide more than 72,000 meals for needy Delawareans.

Division of Fish & Wildlife staff distributed the frozen ground venison to 34 charitable organizations and food pantries throughout the state.

Venison for the Sportsmen Against Hunger program was processed by eight participating private butchers and the Sussex Community Corrections Center’s butcher shop in Georgetown, which is staffed by offenders who are serving sentences in the SCCC’s Violation of Probation Center and who have been specially trained for the job as part of a job training program.

Since the Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger program was founded in 1992 by a coalition of sporting groups, hunters have donated a total of about 455,079 pounds of venison, providing more than 1.7 million meals to Delawareans in need.



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AUDIO: Libertarian candidate for governor Sean Goward focuses on Delaware education
By Robert Petree

Libertarian candidate for Governor Sean Goward has some big plans for Delaware.
Libertarian candidate for Governor Sean Goward has some big plans for Delaware.

The former flight engineer for the U.S. Air Force tells Delaware 1059's Dan Gaffney how if elected he would limit the amount of government influence in the Delaware public school system.

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"There are some ways that we need to definitely scale back government influence, and really return control of it to the parents, to the local school districts, and what we have is the federal government has been bribing us with our own money in the form of grants, every student succeeds at, race to the top, the common core state standardized testing.

Goward stated that if he is the next governor the amount of standardized testing should be pushed down.



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AUDIO: Sussex County Safe Kids Day is Saturday at Lowes in Lewes
By Robert Petree

The annual Safety Kids Day is expected to be the biggest one yet!
Sussex County Safe Kids Day is this Saturday, the event will take place at the Lowe's parking lot in Lewes.

Delaware 1059's Rob Petree has more...

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Fire trucks, helicopters, music, and safety information for children and their families.

The annual Safety Kids Day is expected to be the biggest one yet according to Public Information Officer for the Lewes Fire Department Glenn Marshall.

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"It's probably going to be the largest event to this date, and this year it's grown to over 70 vendors to range from the Lewes Fire Department, Rehoboth Beach Fire Department, Sussex County EMS."

Marshall says residents who plan to attend the event should not worry about inclement weather.

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"There's going to be interactive stations weather throughout, and there will be educational format, some of the information will be transient as the day goes on, I don't want people to have to worry about the weather because Lowe's provides tents to the station, or most of the organizations will bring their own."

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AUDIO: Delaware Stonewall Democrats will honor heroes in the fight for Delaware LGBT equality Saturday
By Robert Petree

Updated Friday, June 24, 2016 - 5:35pm

The Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats will honor, Governor Jack Markell, Sussex County Clerk of the Peace John Brady, and Executive Director for the LGBT Congressional Caucus Anthony "Roddy" Flynn, for their political impact on LGBT equal righ
An event this weekend in Rehoboth Beach will honor three people who are deemed heroes for their efforts in the fight for LGBT Equality.

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The Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats will honor, Governor Jack Markell, Sussex County Clerk of the Peace John Brady, and Executive Director for the LGBT Congressional Caucus Anthony "Roddy" Flynn, for their political impact on LGBT equal rights here in the first state.

Acting President of The Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats Peter Schott, tells us a little more about the organization.

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"The purpose of the organization is to elect and work for LGBT equality, and we support democratic candidates who are supportive of those type of issues, and we try to keep people informed of issues which affect the LGBT community."

Schott went on to give examples of ways the organization was successful in the fight for total equality.

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"First we started with hospital visitation rights, where same-sex partners were allowed to visit their partners if they were ill, then we also had marriage equality was one of the things we worked towards, we're now working towards ending bullying."

The event will be the 13th annual celebration, set to take place this Saturday in Rehoboth Beach.



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Salisbury Zoo fundraiser set for Saturday
By David Alessandrini

A fundraiser at the Salisbury Zoo on Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. will help raise money for the Delmarva Zoological Society, the non-profit organization that raises money for capital improvement projects at the Zoo.

The fundraiser features food from local restaurants, as well as craft beer and wine tasting. The Salisbury Lions Club will also be serving Orange Crushes; the Zoo will close at noon Saturday in order to prepare for the event.

Local bands On The Edge, and Such Fools will be performing. Docents from the Zoo will be on hand with various education animals and Zookeepers will be conducting enrichment activities with some of the Zoo animals so attendees can learn more about how the Zoo cares for the wide variety of species.

"Zoobilation is our largest fundraiser and really a great way to enjoy the Zoo in a whole new way," said DZS Board Chair Ashley Bosche. "To be able to enjoy delicious food, walk around and appreciate the exhibits and the animals in the evening, is a special treat."

A live and silent auction as well as a fun photo booth are also an important part of the fundraiser. Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 if purchased at the door. They can also be purchased online. No one under 21 will be admitted.

A Flocking Campaign has begun to help promote the event. People can purchase a "flocking" of someone's business or home and dozens of pink flamingos will be placed there with a "Ransom Note" explaining how to move the flock along.

For more information about the event, or how to "flock" someone leading up to Zoobilation, contact the Delmarva Zoological Society at (410) 742-3977.



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Lt. Governor candidate Kathy McGuiness opens new campaign headquarters in New Castle County
By Robert Petree

Updated Friday, June 24, 2016 - 10:14am

Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy McGuiness opens new headquaters in New Castle County.
Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy McGuiness in a move to broaden her campaign is opening a new headquarters tomorrow in New Castle County.

In an effort to grow support and deliver a campaign message of job creation and economic development Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy McGuiness is set to open an additional campaign headquarters for New Castle County.

McGuinnesses main headquarters is based in Rehoboth Beach where she is currently one of the city's commissioner's.



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Delmarva Power is reminding customers about the dangers of overhead power lines
By Robert Petree

Updated Friday, June 24, 2016 - 5:31am

It's National Safety Month and Delmarva Power is reminding customers about the dangers of working around overhead power lines.
It's National Safety Month and Delmarva Power is reminding customers about the dangers of working around overhead power lines.

Outdoor home improvement projects and summer activities may bring customers closer to overhead power lines.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are nearly 400 electrocutions in the United States each year.

Safety is paramount and when working on home improvement projects or enjoying water sports and activities, to consider the following safety tips:

 Before digging for any project, dial 811 to arrange for any utility lines to be marked.

 Keep ladders and other tools at least 10 feet from overhead power lines.

 Do not climb or trim trees near power lines.

 Keep electric tools and appliances away from wet surfaces including pools and patios.

 Always maintain a distance of at least 10 feet between your water craft and nearby power lines (both underground and overhead).

 Don’t allow yourself or anyone else to swim near docks. Avoid entering the water when launching or loading your boat.

 Have your water craft’s electrical system inspected and checked for safety upgrades by a certified marine electrician regularly.

 Have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters installed on your boat and test them once a month.



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Grant program aimed at expanding urban gardens in Delaware
By The Associated Press

State officials are hoping more urban gardeners in Delaware will see the fruits, and vegetables, of their labor.

Officials are announcing grants of up to $1,000 each to 11 recipients to help expand existing gardens or start new ones.

Gov. Jack Markell is scheduled to be on hand when the grant winners are announced today (Friday) at Kingswood Community Center in Wilmington.

Participating groups include the Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition, the Delaware Center for Horticulture and the Delaware Cooperative Extension.





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In suburban Philadelphia, officer critical but stable, 1 in custody in police shooting
By Associated Press

A Pennsylvania police officer is in critical but stable condition after being shot, while a three-hour manhunt ended with at least one person in custody.

Train service has meanwhile resumed in the area just south of Philadelphia.

Authorities say 25-year-old Folcroft Officer Christopher Dorman was shot several times Friday morning while investigating reports of drug use behind an apartment house.

Folcroft Chief Robert Ruskowski says Dorman was conscious when he was admitted to the hospital and is preparing to undergo a second surgery.

He says the officer's bulletproof vest may have saved his life.

An Amtrak spokesman says about a dozen trains were affected when tracks in the Folsom area were closed for more than two hours. A commuter train line that uses the same tracks was also affected.





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Fireworks remain ILLEGAL to posses, use, or sell in Delaware
By Robert Petree

Officials ask that you please leave fireworks in the hands of professionals, fireworks remain illegal in the first state.
The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding all Delawareans that it remains illegal to possess any kind of fireworks in the first state. That includes sparklers and sky lanterns.

Fireworks can cause serious injuries or death. Over 10,000 people were treated in the nation’s hospitals in 2014 for injuries related to the use of fireworks. The highest number of injuries occurred around the July Fourth holiday.

Officials ask that you please leave fireworks in the hands of professionals by attending a professional fireworks show in lieu of creating your own show. The public displays are conducted by licensed professionals and the firework sites are inspected and receive approval prior to the events.

Fires can be started easily by exploding fireworks causing property damage especially in the dry summer months. Burning fireworks can land in dry grass or on the roof of house without any one detecting the danger. Fires on a roof may smolder for an extended time before breaking out in flames visible from the ground.

Penalties for the possession or use of fireworks are misdemeanors subject to a fine. Damage or injuries caused by the use of fireworks can result in felony charges.



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