DSP Issue Gold Alert for Missing Magnolia Man
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 7:58am

Delaware State Police issue a Gold Alert for a missing Magnolia man.

Troopers are looking for 19-year-old Aaron Monroe who hasn’t been heard from since approximately 3 p.m. yesterday (Thursday) after he left his house in Magnolia.

Police say Monroe could be driving a black Mazda Miata convertible with Delaware registration 351536.

There is a concern for Monroe's safety and welfare as troopers have been unable to make contact with him to check on his welfare and attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful.

If anyone has any information in reference to the whereabouts of Aaron Monroe, you're asked to call Troop 3 at 697-4454



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UPDATE: Missing Millsboro Woman Found Dead Near Her Home
By The Associated Press

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 3:42am

Delaware State Police say the body of a Millsboro woman who was reported missing is found in the tributary waters of Rehoboth Bay.

Troopers say the body of 68-year-old Mary "Lorraine" Lappa was found about 11:40 a.m. Thursday by a volunteer searching near Lappa's home.

Lappa had been reported missing Wednesday evening by a neighbor who went to her home to turn on lights because Lappa was planning on visiting relatives. Police say the neighbor found Lappa's purse, car keys and cellphone in the house and her car in the driveway, but Lappa was not around.

After searching for Lappa Wednesday night, troopers on Thursday sent a reverse 911 call to neighborhood residents to be on the lookout for her.

Police do not suspect foul play.




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1 Dead, 3 Hurt When SUV Crashes into Tree in Snow Hill
By The Associated Press

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 2:57am

Maryland State Police say a woman was killed and three people, including two children, were injured when the car they were in crashed into tree in Snow Hill.

It happened about 3 a.m. Thursday on Route 113. Troopers say 62-year-old Robert L. Tabourn Sr. was driving an SUV south when left the road, hit a tree and rolled over, coming to rest on its tires.

Police say the front-seat passenger, 27-year-old Jhoanna Lynn Tabourn of Philadelphia, was pronounced dead at the scene. Robert Tabourn was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

Officers say two children, ages 6 and 9, who were passengers in the back seat, were taken to another Baltimore hospital.

The accident is under investigation.




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Pedestrian Struck by Car in Salisbury
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 3:42am

A pedestrian is struck by a car in Salisbury.

Salisbury Police say the incident happened when the, as-of-yet-unidentified, man was attempting to cross Route 50 at Phillip Morris Drive around 4 a.m. Thursday.

Police say the victim was initially taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury and then transferred to Shock Trauma in Baltimore; his condition is NOT known.



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Tree lighting is tonight in Rehoboth Beach
By Joe Irizarry

Rehoboth Beach Main Street's downtown "Tree Lighting and Hometown Sing-Along" is tonight.

Everyone is invited to the event that begins at the Bandstand at 6:30 pm with the clear Space Theatre hosting the sing-along, and the tree will be officially lit at 7 pm.



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UPDATE: Funeral Monday for UD Student Killed in Newark Crash
By Kelli Steele

A 22-year-old University of Delaware senior fashion merchandising major killed in a car crash in Newark last Sunday, will be laid to rest on Monday.

Alexis DeFrancesco of Dover was killed Sunday, November 23 after the car she was in was hit by a red light-runner south of Newark; she was a passenger in the car driven by her boyfriend, 18-year-old Alec Clark of Wilmington, when the Nissan Altima was hit in the passenger side by a Nissan Pathfinder as Clark was turning from eastbound Route 40 onto northbound Brookmont Drive.

In a news release earlier this week, the university said DeFrancesco was scheduled to finish her studies in December and graduate next spring.

A viewing will be held Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Torbert Funeral Chapels on Lebanon Road in Dover.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled to be held from 12 to 1 p.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church on Main Street in Marydel, Maryland; interment will follow at Sharon Hills Memorial Park in Dover.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donors make contributions to the Dover High School AFJROTC program or to a charity of their choice.





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7 Hurt in PA Buggy, SUV Crash
By The Associated Press

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 8:16am

Seven people were injured when a sport-utility vehicle slammed into a horse-drawn buggy in Pennsylvania Dutch country.

Police say the crash happened around 7 p.m. Thursday after the buggy went through a stop sign in Colerain Township.

A 3-month-old, one of at least four people ejected from the buggy, was airlifted to a hospital.

Police didn't immediately release information on the conditions of the injured.

Witnesses say they found parts of the buggy 50 feet away from the intersection where the collision occurred.




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Historic Home in Milltown Destroyed by Fire
By Amy Cherry/Kelli Steele

A fast-moving fire destroys a historic home in Milltown.

The fire broke out in the 1400-block of Old Milltown Road in the Limestone Gardens community just after 10 o'clock Wednesday night.

Fire and smoke could be seen pouring from the back of the two-story brick house that was built in 1871.

Firefighters initially tried to enter the building to fight the fire, but had to push back and attack it from outside due to safety reasons.

No one was hurt. Damage is estimated at $200,000. The cause remains under investigation.




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Teen Shot, Killed in New Castle
By Peter MacArthur

Police in New Castle say a teenager is dead after a shooting in broad daylight in the city Wednesday.

The 18 year old male victim was found in the 100 block of West 9th Street at about 1:30 pm.

He was pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital.

No word on his identity, pending notification of next of kin.



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Man Shot Multiple Times in Bear
By Peter MacArthur/Kelli Steele

A man is fighting for his life after police say he got shot in the Bear area Wednesday night.

The 40 year old victim was found in the first-block of Bellwoode Drive.

He was hit multiple times and was in cardiac arrest when police got there.

He was taken to Christiana Hospital.

No word on his name or condition, or on any suspects in the case.



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UPDATE: Punkin Chunkin Considering a Move Back to Sussex
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 6:32am

Punkin Chunkin officials are considering a move back to Sussex County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Punkin Chunkin Association has a two-year agreement with Dover International Speedway to host the event in Kent County. However, organizers could re-locate the event if they provide reasonable notice.

Earlier this month, Punkin Chunkin Association President John Huber resigned after it was learned that Dover Speedway wasn't big enough for the air cannon competition to occur simultaneously with other events and would have to be held on a different day.

Following Huber's resignation, the 2014 Punkin Chunkin event was abruptly canceled.



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Growers Grateful for Higher Christmas Tree Prices
By The Associated Press

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 4:18pm

After several tough years, the nation's Christmas tree growers are happy to see higher prices, but customers shouldn't worry too much.

Any price increase shouldn't be enough to dampen their holiday cheer.

Bryan Ostlund, executive director of the Salem, Oregon-based Pacific Northwest Tree Association, says growers this year will get about $20 for an average tree. That's a couple dollars more than last year.

But Ostlund says the price paid to growers is only one of many factors in what a tree actually costs at a lot. Consumers might end up paying just a little more.

John Tillman, a grower in southern Washington, says it's a relief to see prices rise and supplies come closer to demand. He says many farmers quit the business because of low prices.ch



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DSP: Be Vigilant and Safe During the Holiday Season
By Joe Irizarry

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 2:57am

Delaware State Police urge holiday shoppers to exercise vigilance during the busy shopping season as it's the season when thieves are on the prowl.

To help prevent criminal activity and protect shoppers, Troopers will increase visibility statewide with stepped up patrols in shopping centers and malls.

Police say to help protect yourself, you should park in high visibility and well lit areas, and always lock your car. You should always stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you, while shopping with a friend because there is safety in numbers. You should avoid carrying large amounts of cash and use credit and debit cards.

You should also be careful using ATM machines, and use them in populated places and pay attention to your surroundings. Keep your purse close to your body and your wallet in your front pocket. Put purchased items in your trunk, and don't leave them visible in your parked vehicle. Also, report suspicious people or activity immediately.

While at home, keep the outside of your home well lit with doors and windows locked. Keep gifts hidden from view through outside windows of your home. After you open gifts, break down the boxes of expensive electronics or other gifts and dispose of in a non-clear garbage bag to hide that you have valuable items in the home.

While traveling, don't drink and drive, and always have a designated driver. You should also buckle up and make sure all occupants are properly restrained. Police add that you should be aware of weather and road conditions, report aggressive or impaired drivers, minimize distractions and slow down, and keep all doors locked while driving in your car.





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City of Wilmington Unveils Holiday Parking Policy
By Frank Gerace/Kelli Steele

'Tis the season to shop for the holidays, and the City of Wilmington is hoping to attract you to its downtown and riverfront areas with free parking in spaces normally regulated by meters.

From Black Friday through New Year's Day, you'll only have to pay to park in a metered space downtown or along the riverfront between 8 a.m. and noon each day.

From noon to 8 the next morning, parking in those spaces is free.

The city reminds you that "downtown" means the area bordered by 2nd, 12th, French and Washington Streets, and that even during free parking hours, you're expected to observe all other regulations, including posted time limits.



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Del. Attorney General Biden Provides Tips for Safe Online Shopping
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 9:37am

If you're planning to do a lot of holiday shopping at the click of a mouse, there are things you need to know to avoid getting ripped off.

The Delaware Attorney General's Office says make sure you purchase from reputable retailers you are familiar with, place an order only when you know that a website is secure, and utilize anti-virus and anti-spyware programs as well.

Attorney General Beau Biden says if you feel you have been the victim of a crime while online, you can call the Consumer Protection Unit at 800-220-5424.

You can find more consumer protection tips at Delaware1059.com.

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The following information was provided by the Delaware Attorney General's Office.


Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden advised Delaware consumers to take several steps to protect themselves during this year's holiday shopping season that starts this week.

"This is a special time of year, but unfortunately, it is also the time of year when consumer s need to be especially vigilant," Biden said. "Consumers who believe they have been victimized by fraud should contact my office's Consumer Protection Unit immediately."

This holiday season, according to ComScore, U.S. consumers are expected to spend $61 billion online, a significant increase from 2013.

Biden recommends the following tips for consumers purchasing holiday gifts online:
​Purchase only from reputable retailers that you are familiar with. Make sure you have the retailer's physical address and phone number in case you have problems with the purchase.
Do not send sensitive personal or financial information through e-mail. Legitimate companies will not ask you to send personal identifying information via e-mail, because it is not a secure way to transfer such information.
Place your order only when you know the site is secure. If a site is secure, the web address will begin with "https" rather than "http," and a locked padlock icon will be visible at the bottom right of your computer's screen. Be aware, however, that some con artists have learned to forge these security indicators.
Avoid making purchases over public, non-secure networks such as those at coffee shops or libraries.
Protect your computers with anti-virus and anti-spyware programs.
Use unusual passwords when you register with a website to make online purchases. Try to include special characters, numbers, and make your password case-sensitive.
Pay with a credit card, which provides consumers with protections not afforded by debit cards and other payment options.
Read the fine print and the product description very closely to ensure that you understand exactly what you are purchasing. Be aware that some retailers that offer free shipping charge fees for returned merchandise.
Keep a record of all transactions. Print records of all your online orders, including the confirmation page, which will include information about your order, payment, and shipping, and any e-mails to and from retailers.
When the shopping is done, consumers should check their credit card and bank statements often to identify any unauthorized charges.
Biden's Consumer Protection Unit can be reached by calling 800-220-5424 or sending an email to consumer.protection@state.de.us.



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Del. Begins Safe Family Holiday Campaign
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 3:00am

The Delaware Office of Highway Safety is underway with its annual Safe Family Holiday Campaign this Thanksgiving weekend.

Through the end of the year, 30 law enforcement agencies statewide are conducting overtime patrols, supplementing the existing program of DUI checkpoints known as Operation: Strikeforce.

Police will be focusing on enforcement of seat belt laws and cracking down on speeding and impaired driving.

A DUI tree is also up to memorialize alcohol-related deaths during the six-week campaign.

Colored light bulbs will represent each person killed or injured in a crash linked to impaired driving.

You can also check out a "virtual DUI tree" at Delaware1059.com: click here



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Dewey Beach Robbery Fugitive Caught in Florida
By Mark Fowser

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 3:00am

Stephen Mazza
A suspect in an August, 2011 robbery in Dewey Beach is apprehended in Florida.

Dewey Beach Police say 28-year-old Stephen Mazza was picked up for an unrelated incident on Monday in Arcadia, Florida.

Authorities in Florida discovered there was an active warrant for his arrest from Delaware.

Dewey Beach Police say Mazza was identified as a suspect in an alleged drug-related assault and robbery on Bayard Avenue more than three years ago.

One suspect was arrested that day.

Mazza has been returned to Delaware and is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on $53,000 bond.

Mazza is charged with robbery, assault and conspiracy.



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National's Explosive Growth Threatens Dulles Airport
By The Associated Press

Washington Dulles National Airport is in trouble.

Sometime in 2015, more people will travel through Reagan National Airport than Dulles, which is 14 times the size of National.

Virginia leaders are troubled by the development and say it threatens the financial viability of Dulles. A recent study shows that Dulles generated more than $1.2 billion in tax revenue and nearly $10 billion in labor income.

Local officials say the problem is Congress, which has relaxed federal rules restricting flights at National to facilitate nonstop service to various home states.

That helped fuel explosive growth at National, which has led to a sharp rise in noise complaints from Arlington County residents and overcrowded concourses that have airport officials scrambling to find more space at the airport, where resources are strained.



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Oct. Mine Inspections Result in 127 Citations
By The Associated Press

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 6:40am

Federal impact inspections at U.S. coal mines resulted in 127 citations and six orders in October.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says it conducted the inspections at a dozen mines in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Utah.

The impact inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia killed 29 coal miners. Since April 2010, MSHA has issued 13,267 citations and 1,200 orders.

Mines targeted by the inspections are those that have compliance concerns or poor compliance history.





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UPDATE: 3rd Arson Trial for Tonya Bundick Set for Dec. 15
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:02am

Convicted Accomack County Arsonist Tonya Bundick will be back in court next month for her third arson trial.

The Daily Times reports that the two-day trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 15; it will be her third trial in connection with a five-month arson spree that started in November 2012 and ended in April 2013 with her arrest.

Bundick was indicted on 62 arson counts in December 2013; her fiance, Charles Smith, pleaded guilty in October 2013 to 68 arson counts but has NOT yet been sentenced.

This next trial is to hear Count 53, which was a March 4, 2013 fire near Onancock; the empty house sustained major damage.




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UPDATE: Families Asked to Host Visitors for Pope's U.S. Trip
By The Associated Press

Residents of the Philadelphia area are being asked to show some brotherly love to those coming to see Pope Francis next year.

To help accommodate the expected crowds, officials hope more than 10,000 families will volunteer to host visitors in their spare bedrooms.

Francis plans to attend the Roman Catholic-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September. Area hotel rooms are filling up fast, and event planners have even looked at hotels 90 miles away in Baltimore.

So far, more than 100 families have registered to welcome guests through the company Homestay, which is coordinating the effort.

Event organizers estimate up to 15,000 people will attend the conference, which focuses on strengthening family bonds.

More than 1.5 million pilgrims are expected for the pope's two public appearances.



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