Gold Alert Issued or Missing Wilmington Man
By Michelle Provencher/Kelli Steele

New Castle County Police are searching for a missing man with medical condition that is causing concern for his safety.

Police have issued a Gold Alert for 26-year-old Aurelio Vacquez, of the unit block of Scarborough Park Drive in Wilmington.

Vacquez was last seen leaving his apartment around 2:40 Tuesday morning; he hasn't been heard from since.

Vacquez is Hispanic, 5'5" tall with a medium build and likely wearing a red T-shirt.

Anyone who knows of Vacquez's location is asked to call New Castle County County PD.



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AUDIO: Car Crashes into Fire Truck in Wilmington
By Tom Lehman/Kelli Steele

Police say a car chase ended with a fiery crash with a Wilmington fire truck in the downtown area.

Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony Goode says two people fleeing police in a stolen car were traveling eastbound on West 11th street when the car hit the back end of a fire truck:

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One firefighter hurt his shoulder in the crash and the others now had to deal with a car fire.

Both the driver and passenger were taken to Christiana Hospital. Police say the driver was subdued with a Taser when he tried to flee.



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Newark Teen Faces Murder Charge
By Michelle Provencher/Kelli Steele

A 15-year-old murder suspect is taken into custody in Newark.

County officers report Michael Walley, of the 1400- block of Chelmsford Circle, was arrested at home Tuesday and charged with 1st degree murder and other offenses.

Police say Walley is a suspect in the shooting death of 18-year-old Dewayne Barfield, who was killed June 30 in the community of Sparrow Run Townhouses.



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DPH Warns to Fight the Bite, Disease Hits Region
By Michelle Provencher/Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:44am

A disease transmitted by mosquito bites is on the Delaware Division of Public Health's radar, after cases are reported in surrounding states.

DPH says Chikungunya, a disease outbreak in the Caribbean carried by mosquitos, strikes victims in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with two cases reported in Philadelphia. Cases are believed to be attributed to travel.

Symptoms are described as a fever and joint pains, with possible headache and rash, after an incubation period of three to seven days.

DPH recommends you take extra mosquito precautions, especially at dusk and early morning hours when the pests are most active.



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UPDATE: Hebron church built in 1773 destroyed by fire
By The Associated Press

Updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 4:48pm

Officials say a 241-year-old church in Hebron has been destroyed by fire.

Deputy State Fire Marshals say the fire at St. Paul's Episcopal Church was reported by a passer-by about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday. Officials say nearly 100 firefighters from Maryland and Delaware battled the three-alarm blaze.

The Rev. Bryan Glancey, a priest at another Episcopal church, tells WBOC-TV that he saw black smoke through the windows and flames through the roof.

No injuries were reported.

The Rev. Ronald Knapp, St. Paul's pastor, tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that the building that burned has been in place since 1773. Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says the church is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Damage is estimated at $500,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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AUDIO: Residents at public hearing are against country music festival at proposed site
By Joe Irizarry

About 100 people showed up to Sussex County Council on Tuesday afternoon to show and voice their displeasure about a proposal to bring a large country music festival to the Harbeson area.

Dick Coin explains why residents close to the proposed concert site are against it.

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Other reasons people were against the proposal is waste control from campers at the event, traffic issues and noise pollution for residents.

Those at the hearing cited reasons like their everyday life would be disrupted, police/ems/fire trucks would have a hard time accessing homes in case of an emergency, security and not wanting drunk people wandering onto their property.

Beverly Morgan had another reason.

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Businessman Alex Pires expects thousands of people to attend the event, which would be held in August, 2015. DelDOT will come up with a traffic plan for the proposal and present it to County Council next Tuesday.



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2 Dover Men Killed in Little Creek Crash
By Kelli Steele

Two Dover men are killed in a single-vehicle crash in Little Creek.

Delaware State Police say the crash happened just after 7 Monday night as 26-year-old Benjamin Hibbler was northbound on Bayside Drive north of North Little Creek Road in his Chevrolet flatbed tow truck; police say the truck was speeding and ran off the road in a curve and hit a large metal telephone pole.

Hibbler, who was not properly restrained, was taken to Kent General Hospital where he later died; a passenger, 23-year-old Michael Shahan, who was also NOT properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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




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Drug, weapons bust follows Smyrna traffic stop
By Mark Fowser

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Smyrna Police arrest a driver and passenger on weapons and drug charges after their vehicle was pulled over on Route 13.

Police say the driver was not wearing a seat belt, and that he gave police a false name - and, he was found to be the subject of two active warrants.

A search of the vehicle turned up a 32-caliber handgun, an expandable baton, quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana, and $525 in cash.

38-year-old William Alexander of Smyrna and 25-year-old Sara Smith of Dover were both arraigned.

Alexander was being held at the state prison on $24,503 secured bond, while Smith was released on $8,000 unsecured bond.



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Smyrna man charged with assaulting girlfriend, stealing her vehicle
By Mark Fowser

Matthew Stanford
A Smyrna man faces charges he assaulted his girlfriend, stole her vehicle and made threats to shoot and kill the woman and her daughter.

Smyrna Police also say the suspect made statements about suicide and "suicide by cop" in the presence of officers.

Smyrna and Dover Police arrested 50-year-old Matthew Stanford without further incident on Saturday.

He was taken to Kent General Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, then was charged with two counts of terroristic threatening, assault, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Stanford was arraigned and released on $2,000 secured bond.



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UPDATE: Woman Wanted for Stabbing Ex-Boyfriend Arrested
By Kelli Steele

Updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:03am

A 29-year-old Dover woman wanted for stabbing her ex-boyfriend at the Holiday Inn July 4, is arrested.

Dover Police say they received an anonymous tip just after 6 Monday night that Charmele Seymore was walking along Route 13 near White Oak Road; she was arrested committed to the Baylor Correctional Center in lieu of $180,000 bail.

Seymore was wanted for stabbing her 51-year-old ex-boyfriend in the chest and abdomen during an argument; she then stole his money and fled.

Police say the victim remains hospitalized in stable condition.



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Speeder Caught Red Handed with Cocaine
By WXDE Intern

Derrick Moore
A Baltimore man faces drug-related charges following his arrest on Route 13 near Johnson Road in Salisbury.

The Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Derrick Moore was stopped for speeding last Friday.

During his encounter with the police, he "gave the indication that he was concealing an object in his waist," and he was patted down.

Investigators say Moore was found to be concealing two baggies of cocaine, containing an amount that would indicate intent to distribute.

Moore was arrested and was placed in the Detention Center in lieu of $90,000 bond.



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Man charged with throwing electric fan at woman
By WXDE Intern

A Wicomico County man is charged with assault following an incident last Saturday morning.

An arriving deputy heard a man yelling and found a woman crying with a bloody hand.

The suspect is identified as 35-year-old Persell Beckett of Salisbury, who apparently threw a fan at the woman which caused the injury.

He was place in the detention center on $10,000 bond.



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Sussex Co. gets recognition for excellence in financial reporting
By Mark Fowser

Updated Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:36am

Sussex County's efforts to keep tabs on its finances pay off with an award for "outstanding auditing and budgeting practices."

The honor comes from the Government Finance Officers Association for the United States and Canada.

The international organization is recognizing Sussex County for a 12th consecutive year, and the award is based on the County's 2013 comprehensive annual financial report, a compilation that includes an annual audit, and tables of information about revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities, demographics and economic statistics.




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Suspect sought in robbery of Delmar, Md. convenience store
By Mark Fowser

Updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 2:25pm

Delmar Police are investigating an armed robbery at Gordy Tiger Mart.

The suspect is a woman, who entered the convenience store on Autumn Grove Court shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday, showed what appeared to be a silver gun to the clerk, and demanded money.

An employee surrendered an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled.

The suspect is described as white, in her 20s, about 5' 6", 120 lbs. with dark hair and dark eyes.

She wore a gray hoodie, black pants and black shoes.

If you can help with the investigation, Delmar Police want to hear from you at 410-896.3131.




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Convicted felon arrested with handgun
By Mark Fowser

Dante Durham
A convicted felon is found in possession of a loaded handgun, which he was not allowed to have - because he's a convicted felon.

Dover Police say 25-year-old Dante Durham was stopped Monday morning at Saulsbury Road and Walker Road as part of a separate investigation.

After finding the weapon, Durham was arrested and released on $15,000 secured bond.



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AUDIO: Gov. Markell signs bills addressing campaign contributions
By Mellany Armstrong

Integrity and transparency are behind eight bills signed into law by Governor Markell at Delaware's historic first court in Old New Castle.

Markell signed one bill that reveals the identities of corporations and other entities that provide campaign contributions.

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Dee Dunham of Common Cause of Delaware says the bills grew out of the Veasey report on campaign finance reform, and more work needs to be done.

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The other bills protect whistleblowers, mandate electronic filing of financial disclosure reports, and give the state election commissioner authority to investigate possible violations of election laws.



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