UPDATE: Tour Bus Crash in Bear Kills 2
By The Associated Press/Kelli Steel

Photo from CBS
Delaware State Police continue to investigate a sightseeing tour bus crash that killed two woman and injured 48 others in Bear Sunday afternoon.

Police say 54-year-old Hua'y Chen of New York City, was pinned under the bus and suffered multiple traumatic injuries; she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second woman to die was 30-year-old Idil Bahsi of Istanbul, Turkey; she suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead Sunday night.

The crash occurred around 4:20 p.m. as the Setra Touring Coach Bus, with 49 passengers aboard, was exiting Route 1 onto Route 13; police say the driver was turning, when he swerved off the road and overturned the bus onto its roof. The bus continued to slide on its roof down a slight grass embankment, rotating onto its left side before stopping.

56-year-old Jinli Zhao of Flushing, New York was behind the wheel. Authorities say he was wearing his seat belt and suffered ONLY minor injuries from the deadly crash.

First arriving Troopers found multiple passengers scattered throughout crash scene and immediately began providing emergency care to the injured victims. A total of 49 passengers were transported from the scene by ambulance and Delaware State Police Aviation Helicopter Trooper 4 to several area hospitals including the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center, Wilmington Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Middletown Emergency Department, and the Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children.

The bus is owned by AM USA Express based out of New York; the 49 passengers were part of a sightseeing tour group sponsored by E World Travel and Tours based in New York City; it was traveling from DC back to New York City at the time of the crash.




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Candidates' Forum Scheduled TONIGHT in Lincoln
By Mark Fowser/Kelli Steele

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:59am

If you want to find out more about the positions of various candidates running in this year's Delaware elections, your opportunity is coming up tonight (Monday).

The Greater Lincoln Civic Association, which is non-partisan, hosts its Candidates' Forum tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Community Center near Washington Street and 2nd Street. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.).

Hopefuls for U.S. Senate, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Auditor, the General Assembly, Sussex County Sheriff, Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills have been invited to take part.

If you have questions about the event or want more information, you may call 302-422-6688, or head to Delaware1059.com.





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Finance Panel Eyes Delaware State Projects
By The Associated Press

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 3:40am

A state panel is meeting to consider a request by Delaware State University for a bond issue of up to $38.5 million for campus improvements.

The Council on Development Finance is to consider the request at a meeting today (Monday) in New Castle.

Proceeds from the revenue bonds would be used to make a loan to DSU to fund the construction, equipping and furnishing of an Optical Science Center for Applied Research.

The money also could be used for the purchase of the University Courtyard, a 416-bed student housing facility located on campus, and the acquisition and capital improvement of the former Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center, which is now a 264-bed student housing facility.



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Gas Prices Begin to Drop
By Jim Hilgen/Kelli Steele

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 3:25am

Delaware motorists are benefiting from cheaper crude oil costs and cold weather blends.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, the cost of a gallon of unleaded regular fell 11 cents last week to an average of $3.29 at week's end.

Spokesperson Jana Tidwell says barring unforeseen circumstances gas prices could fall another 10- to 20-cents by the end of October.




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UPDATE: Gold Alert Canceled for Missing Milford Man
By Kelli Steele

Joshua Venable
A Milford man has been found.

Delaware State Police have canceled a Gold Alert that was issued Sunday morning for 19-year-old Joshua Venable.

Family members tell Delaware 105-9 that Venable is safe; he was found Sunday night.




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Fire Destroys Bldg at Fmr Cecil County Naval Base
By The Associated Press

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:01am

State and federal authorities are investigating the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a building at a former naval station in Cecil County.

Authorities say 35 firefighters from Maryland and Pennsylvania were dispatched to the former Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Port Deposit at about 2:45 a.m. on Sunday. No injuries were reported.

The state fire marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the origin of the blaze, which consumed a vacant three-story building at the former naval station.

The building was constructed in 1901 as a school for boys and was later used as a naval training base from 1942 until 1976.

Authorities say they have not yet assessed the extent of damage to the property.



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2 Arrested in DUI Checkpoint in Berlin
By Kelli Steele

Two people were arrested during a DUI checkpoint in Berlin over the weekend.

Maryland State Police conducted the checkpoint on Route 50 near Riddle Lane from 11 o'clock Saturday night until 1 a.m. Sunday; six drivers were pulled over for additional testing which resulted in one DUI arrest and another driver arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

While the checkpoint was going on, MSP, deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff's Office and police from Ocean City, Pocomoke, Berlin and Ocean Pines were also conducting saturation patrols; police say four impaired drivers were arrested, three were charged with CDS possession and two were arrested on outstanding warrants.



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Magnolia Man Arrested for Dover Burglary/Offensive Touching
By Kelli Steele

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 3:43am

A Magnolia man is jailed for a burglary and other offenses in Dover.

Dover Police say on Saturday morning around 4, officers were called to a home in the 300-block of Cecil Street for reports of a burglary; police say 22-year-old William Pendleton unlawfully entered the house wearing a disguise and offensively touched a juvenile victim. Police say Pendleton fled when the victim challenged him.

Police say Pendleton turned himself in a short time later; he was charged with 2nd degree burglary, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and offensive touching; he was commited to the James T. Vaughn Correction Center in lieu of $3,000 bail.



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Dewey Beach Voters Re-Elect Two Commissioners
By Mark Fowser

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:56am

Dewey Beach voters send two incumbents back to the Board of Commissioners.

Courtney Riordan and Gary Mauler were the top vote-getters in Saturday's municipal election.

Dave Davis finished out of the running.

The final count:

Riordan, 520

Mauler, 447

Davis, 220





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Police say Wilmington Teen Shot Self
By Jim Hilgen/Kelli Steele

Wilmington Police investigate the shooting of 14- year-old boy.

Officers found the teen with a gunshot wound to the upper thigh Saturday; he was taken to A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children where he is listed in stable condition.

After further investigation officer concluded the victim shot himself.

Anyone who can shed additional light on this incident is asked to contact Wilmington PD or Crime Stoppers.



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Police Looking for Person Who Set 2 Fires in Newark
By Michelle Provencher/Kelli Steele

Two apartments in Newark report attempted arson within an hour of each other.

Both fires occurred Saturday morning in apartments in the 100-block of Victoria Court.

Newark Police report responding to the first fire around 12:17 a.m. and learning an unknown suspect entered the apartment, lit a piece of mail on the kitchen stovetop and left.

Detectives say two 21-year-old residents were in their bedrooms at the time and were alerted by the smoke detector. They were able to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher before fire crews arrived.

While on the scene investigating, police were approached by a resident from a different unit who claimed his apartment was filled with smoke when he got home.

The second victim said an unknown suspect placed a roll of paper towels on his stovetop and lit the burners, but the fire burned itself out.





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MD Zoo in Balto Closed to Prepare New Penguin Exhibit
By The Associated Press

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is closed this week as it prepares for the grand opening of a major new exhibit focusing on African black-footed penguins and other renovated exhibits.

The new exhibit, “Penguin Coast,” will open Sept. 27, when the zoo reopens. The zoo will be closed today (Monday) through Friday for final preparations.

The zoo says the penguin exhibit will bring guests up close to the birds in a recreation of their natural habitat along South Africa’s coasts. It includes a large pool and underwater viewing area surrounding an indoor conservation center, which will house the birds’ nests. It could eventually house up to 100 birds.

The zoo is also reopening its “Marsh Aviary in the Maryland Wilderness” exhibit and will return its flock of flamingos to public view.




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Ground Broken Thurs for New Health Pavilion in Ocean Pines
By Kelli Steele

Ocean Pines and surrounding residents will soon be getting a new healthcare complex.

Ground is scheduled to be broken on Thursday for the new Delmarva Health Pavilion on Route 589 near the North Gate of Ocean Pines.

The 20,000-square-foot building will offer residents a one-stop location for a majority of healthcare needs, including labs, cardiac rehab and pharmacy services.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center will anchor the complex and be its initial tenant when the building opens next Spring.




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DE Beach Towns See Increase in Parking Revenue
By The Associated Press

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:56am

Free parking has returned to Delaware's beach towns as summer comes to a close, but city officials say parking revenue was generally up this year.

The Daily Times reports parking revenue was up in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Bethany Beach but was down in Dewey Beach.

In Rehoboth, more people were using the Parkmobile smartphone app to pay for parking. City manager Sharon Lynn says the number of transactions increased 26 percent this year. The city also saw a 2 percent increase in revenue from parking meters.

Nearby in Lewes, the city council increased parking fees by 25 cents in certain lots. Revenue overall was up 26 percent from 2013.

In Bethany Beach, parking revenue increased by about $100,000. But in Dewey Beach, parking revenue was down about $20,000.
AP-WF 9/20/2014 18:17



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Volunteers Fan Out to Help Clean Delaware's Shores
By The Associated Press

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:56am

Hundreds of volunteers have been working to clean up shorelines and beaches along the Delmarva Peninsula.

The News Journa reports there were about 100 people working Saturday at the main beach at Cape Henlopen State Park. The Coastal Cleanup is an annual program and includes dozens of sites.

Volunteer coordinator Lee Temby says the beach cleanup is useful in educating children about how to keep the shore clean. Temby says most beaches in the park are fairly clean already because most people carry out their trash throughout the summer.




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Investigators: Dover House Fire Deliberately Set
By The Associated Press

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:57am

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says a fire that heavily damaged a home in Dover was deliberately set.

Officials say the fire was reported shortly after 9 p.m. Friday in the Hidden Acres community of Dover. Firefighters were forced to evacuate the structure after the roof collapsed. There were no injuries reported in the fire.

Neighbors say the house was vacant.

Deputy fire marshals were called to the scene and are conducting an arson investigation.

Heavy damage from the fire is estimated at $200,000.




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Police Searching for Naked Jogger in New Castle
By The Associated Press

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:57am

New Castle County police say they are searching for a man who has been seen walking and jogging naked through the community of Chaddwyck.

Police were called to the area Friday night for the report of a suspicious person. A witness told police she saw a man jogging naked through the neighborhood Friday. She also saw him jogging naked on Thursday night and wearing only a backpack on Tuesday evening.

The witness said the jogger made no effort to hide his nakedness.

Police say surveillance footage confirms the witness account.

The suspect is described as a white man about 6-feet-tall in his 20s with a thin build and black hair.




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UD Students Rally on Harassment; Professor Ousted
By The Associated Press

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:57am

Hundreds of students at the University of Delaware are calling for more transparency in the school's harassment policy after a professor was accused of offering a student an "A" in exchange for sexual favors.

The News Journal reports the students held a rally Friday afternoon and then marched to the university president's home. The gathering included more than 300 students and instructors.

An accusation against a sociology professor sparked the rally. The male professor was accused by a female student in May of offering a top grade in exchange for sexual favors. The university has declined to comment on how the matter was handled.

But Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs Matthew Kinservick says the professor is on administrative leave and will resign at the end of the academic year.




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Juvenile Assaulted, Robbed Near Newark
By Frank Gerace

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:57am

State Police are looking for several suspects they say attacked and robbed a 15-year-old boy as he was walking home near Glasgow High School after a football game Friday night.

Police say the boy had just walked across South College Avenue around 8 PM when 6 to 8 suspects knocked him to the ground, kicking and punching him before rifling through his pockets and taking his sneakers.

Not much is known about the robbers so far, and police are asking anyone with information to call Troop 2 or Crimestoppers.



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