REMINDER: DE Raising Weekend Tolls Starting FRIDAY
By Kelli Steele

A friendly reminder from DelDOT this morning.

Tolls will increase on Route 1 for weekend traffic, effective 7 p.m. Friday. The increase will be $1 above the current weekend toll rates for all vehicle classes, except oversize loads.

Route 1 ramp tolls in Smyrna and Dover will not change and all E-ZPass frequent-user discounts will remain in effect.



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Gov Markell Set to Sign Bills Strengthening Animal Welfare Laws
By Kelli Steele

Governor Jack Markell this afternoon will sign a total of four bills to strengthen animal welfare laws in Delaware.

The Governor will sign Senate Bill 201, which tasks the Department of Health and Social Services with the management of the Shelter Standards Law, state Spay/Neuter Program and Fund, and Companion Animal License Plate fund, as well as clarifies the authority of the Department of Agriculture over poultry and livestock species and zoonotic disease prevention, eradication and mitigation.

House Bill 311 ensures all Animal Control Officers and Animal Cruelty Investigators are adequately trained by an approved training program and certified by the state to operate in Delaware; Senate Bill 245 protects animals seized in criminal activity, cruelty and animal fighting from automatic euthanasia, instead allowing for evaluation of animals for adoptability by trained personnel. And House Bill 297 clarifies when an animal control constable or dog warden may impound a dog that is suspected of being dangerous or potentially dangerous.

The Bill signing will take place at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington.



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1 Man Charged, More Arrests Possible in Salisbury Home Invasion Slaying
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:31am

One man is charged and now police are saying more arrests are possible in connection with a home invasion slaying in Salisbury.

WBOC TV is reporting that 35-year-old Paul Tatem of Quantico has been indicted by a grand jury on numerous charges, including 1st and 2nd degree murder; he continues to be held without bail.

Tatem is charged in the beating death of 72-year-old Donald Mariner in his home on Pemberton Drive April 16; an autopsy determined that Mariner died from blunt force trauma.

Police told the TV station Wednesday that robbery was the murder for the crime and that more arrests could still be made in the case.



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Horse on Assateague Injured by Cooler Rack
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:56am

Photo from Assateague's FB Page
A horse, hit by a cooler rack attached to the front of a vehicle, continues to recover from his wound.

According to Assateague Island National Seashore's Facebook page, the horse, known as N2BHS-AG, was hit on Monday on Bayside Drive; the driver of the car that hit the horse told Rangers that a group of horses ran out of the shrubs and crossed the road; the driver couldn't stop in time and the cooler rack pierced the horse's chest right between his two front legs; (you can see a picture on our website at delaware1059.com).

Rangers say the gash is in a position where it will continue to drain well as it heals; Rangers are monitoring the horse.

Assateague officials are reminding drivers to drive slowly around the horses and to remain completely aware of your surroundings at all times; they say just as with deer crossing the road, where there is one horse, expect another.




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UPDATE: Re-Alignment of Southbound I-495 Bridge Span Underway
By Frank Gerace/Kelli Steele

DelDOT says the process of re-aligning the southbound span of the I-495 Bridge is now underway.

The agency released a statement Wednesday saying re-alignment is a "slow, methodical process" including jacking the bridge up at several points, putting metal shims into place, installing steel braces and tying steel cables down.

DelDOT says it's not possible to say exactly when the work will be done, but officials are confident that the southbound lanes of the bridge will re-open on or before September first, with the northbound lanes following suit two weeks to a month after that.




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UPDATE: 40,000 Watch 89th Pony Swim in Chincoteague
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:28am

An estimated 40,000 people watched 135 ponies swim from Assateague to Chincoteague Wednesday.

The foals will now be auctioned off this morning starting at 8 o'clock; all proceeds will go to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. Last year, the auction raised $100,000.

The ponies that are NOT sold at today's auction will swim back to Assateague on Friday.







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UPDATE: El Galeon Docks in OC
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 7:11am

Photo from OceanCity.com
The El Galeon, a replica 16th Century Spanish tall ship, returned to Ocean City Wednesday.

The ship is now docked on the bayside between 2nd and 4th Streets where it will welcome visitors starting Friday through the month of August.

The El Galeon will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; tickets for adults 13 and older are $16 and children 6-12 get to board for $10.

To purchase tickets online, visit tallshipevent.com!






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Ocean Gallery is Headed to Hollywood
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:25am

Photo from Ocean Gallery Website
Ocean City's most famous art store is headed to Hollywood.

That's the word from Ocean Gallery Owner Joe Kro-Art.

Kro-Art's Gallery has been on the OC Boardwalk since 1964; now he's telling local media that he's fielding numerous offers to "move the store off its foundation" and move it to Hollywood for a reality show; he says potential producers want something outrageous and extraordinary.

And for those of you who have visited Ocean City and seen it, you know Ocean Gallery is definitely outrageous and extraordinary, inside and out.






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FEMA Chief Questioned Over Sandy Claims
By The Associated Press

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked an independent watchdog to examine whether the flood-insurance program is shortchanging Superstorm Sandy victims.

Administrator Craig Fugate testified before a subcommittee chaired by Sen. Robert Menendez on Wednesday.

The Record newspaper reports the New Jersey Democrat and other lawmakers told Fugate they've received hundreds of complaints about Sandy-related claims.

Fugate says he's asked FEMA's inspector general to ensure the agency provides rapid payments without making fraud protection its only goal.

FEMA says a third of the 236,000 flood insurance policies in effect in New Jersey had a claim after Sandy.

Fugate also asked the watchdog to examine claims by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer that lawyers representing insurers were making appeals last longer to increase their fees.




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Wife of Fmr SU President Dies
By Kelli Steele

The wife of former Salisbury University President Thomas Bellavance has died.

Elizabeth Bellavance passed away from cancer July 24; she was 78-years-old.

The Daily Times of Salisbury says Elizabeth met Thomas Bellavance at Duquesne University, where she she earned a Master of Arts in English. She taught English as a second language classes at both Michigan State and Framingham State universities until Thomas became president of SU 1980.

A memorial service for Elizabeth will be held on August 9 at St. Mary's Church in Richmond, Virginia starting at 1 p.m.




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Three Teens Charged in Newark Robbery, Shooting
By Frank Gerace/Kelli Steele

Three teenaged boys are in custody, charged in connection with a robbery and shooting.

Newark Police say the teens, ages 13 to 16, took a cell phone from a man in his 20's Monday afternoon.

The victim recognized one of the boys as a neighbor and when he went to the boy's apartment building, the other two teens argued with the victim and as they were leaving, one teen pulled a gun and fired, hitting the victim in the hand.

Witnesses helped lead police to the teens, who were arrested at their homes Wednesday.



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AUDIO: Mayor Wms Calls for Support at Town Hall Mtg
By Tom Lehman/Kelli Steele

A town hall on public safety is held by Mayor Dennis Williams in Wilmington.

Mayor Williams shook off comments from residents who said they want to see a homicide unit in the police department.

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Although a homicide unit could be effective, Jaehn Dennis with the Vandever Avenue Civic Association said he thinks the community needs to play a bigger role in helping police solve crimes.

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So far, 14 people have been killed in shootings, up from the same time period last year.




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Seatbelt Stop Ends with Crack Cocaine Bust
By Frank Gerace/Kelli Steele

A New Castle-area man is out on bail after County Police found crack cocaine on him during a traffic stop.

Police say they pulled Ricardo Welch over on Moores Lane Tuesday after they saw him driving without wearing his seatbelt.

The cops also learned Welch was wanted on five outstanding warrants, had a suspended license and was carrying more than three grams of crack cocaine, along with drug paraphernalia.

Welch was released pending a court appearance for drug charges, along with driving while suspended and not buckling up.



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Drug Charges Land Probationer Back Behind Bars
By Frank Gerace/Kelli Steele

A man who was on probation is back behind bars after New Castle County Police found almost 700 bags of heroin in his motel room and rental car.

Police say they found 57-year-old Dale McNeill in a motel in New Castle Tuesday, after probation officers learned McNeill had moved from his last known address on East 7th Street in Wilmington without telling them.

The cops also turned up a plastic bag full of heroin in McNeill's room and that's not all; they found a total of 688 bags of heroin in the room and McNeill's rental car, along with drug paraphernalia.

McNeill's being held at the Howard Young Prison.



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Delaware's Nicole Majeski Selected as CSG Toll Fellow
By Kelli Steele

Nicole Majeski, deputy secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2014.

The Class of 2014 Toll Fellows represents 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the judiciary and nine hailing from the executive. A nine-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.

Toll Fellows alumni include Congressman John Carney, former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

This year's program will be held Sept. 5-10 in Lexington.



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Express Shuttle Service Offered for White Marlin Open in OC
By Kelli Steele

The Town of Ocean City will be once again offer an "express shuttle service" to and from the Convention Center parking lot to the 41st Annual White Marlin Open.

The shuttle, which will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday, August 4 through Friday, August 8, will pick-up and drop off passengers in the south Convention Center parking lot to or from Jacqueline Avenue at 14th Street.

The frequency of service will be approximately every 20 minutes; the fare is $3 Ride-All-Day. The $3 Ride-All-Day passes are also valid for same day service on Coastal Highway and Park N Ride Buses.



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AUDIO:Candidates for Rehoboth Beach Mayor discuss downtown vitality
By Mark Fowser

Keeping downtown vital and making it more attractive is one issue addressed by candidates for Mayor of Rehoboth Beach during a debate heard live on Delaware1059 and sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach - Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Sam Cooper and challenger Tom McGlone talk about what they like, and what could be done differently.

Mayor Cooper speaks first, followed by McGlone...

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City Commission candidates also spoke about the issues during the forum.

You can hear the discussion in its entirety in the podcast section at Delaware1059.com.



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AUDIO: Candidates for Rehoboth Mayor address outfall project
By Fowser Mark

Should Rehoboth Beach proceed with its ocean outfall project?

The issue of whether to run a mile-long pipe into the ocean to carry treated wastewater was one issue raised during a candidates debate and forum Wednesday.

Challenger Tom McGlone and Mayor Sam Cooper took on the question.

McGlone speaks first...



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The election in Rehoboth August 9th also includes five candidates for city commission.

You can hear the entire forum sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at Delaware1059.com



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AUDIO: Del. report show noncompliance with travel rules
By Randall Chase, The Associated Pr

Updated Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 2:45pm

The Delaware auditor's office says regular noncompliance by top state officials suggests that changes are needed in rules regarding out-of-state travel and use of state credit cards.

A report released Wednesday shows occasional noncompliance with the existing rules by the governor, transportation secretary, state treasurer and former deputy treasurer over the past couple of years.

Auditor Tom Wagner, appearing on the Susan Monday Show on Delaware1059, says some aspects of the state law are difficult and time-consuming to follow and document...



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TOO RESTRICTIVE.


The report says selective enforcement of the out-of-state travel authorization form for elected and appointed officials was the most concerning noncompliance issue.

The investigation by Wagner's office was launched following the resignation last year of former deputy treasurer Erika Benner, who reimbursed the state more than $6,300 for personal charges on her state credit card.




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AUDIO:ONLINE EXTRA: Del. Procurement Card and Employee Reimbursements Report
By Mark Fowser

Delaware State Auditor Tom Wagner's office issues a report on the use of procurement cards by state officials to cover travel-related state expenses.

Appearing on The Susan Monday Show on Delaware1059, Wagner says the system can be difficult to work with...


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The Auditor's investigation was prompted by personal expenses that appeared on the state credit card of a former deputy treasurer, who has since resigned and reimbursed the state.

You can read Wagner's report in its entirety at Delaware1059.com:click here



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AUDIO: Treasurer responds to auditor's state credit card report
By Amy Cherry

State Treasurer Chip Flowers says the auditor's report, which tracked state credit card expenditures during travel, reveals he did nothing wrong in the wake of his Alaska and Seattle trips that were scrutinized.

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The report also found Governor Markell upgraded to preferred or priority seating on nine trips, but Wagner says he's not concerned.



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AUDIO: Del. State Fair reports 25% growth in attendance from '13
By Mark Fowser

Updated Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 4:46pm

The Delaware State Fair says attendance for the recently-completed 2014 fair was up more than 25-percent from a year ago.

Fair officials say over its ten-day run, almost 282,000 people passed through the admission gates.

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That's Danny Aguilar with the Delaware State Fair, which this year benefited by almost ideal weather conditions for most of its ten days and nights.

Two of the headline concerts at the M-&T Bank Grandstand were sold out, and one was a near-sellout.

Three offers are already in for artists to headline during the 2015 Delaware State Fair

Also this year, the midway carnival grossed more than one-million dollars, up 18-percent from 2013.




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Wicomico Co. holds rabies clinic Thursday
By Mark Fowser

If you live in Wicomico County and own a dog or a cat, the Health Department wants you to know about a rabies clinic taking place Thursday at the Pittsville Fire Department on Gumboro Road.

Pittsville is where a feral cat was recently discovered to have rabies.

Maryland law requires all pet dogs and cats four months or older to be vaccinated against rabies.

A shot costs ten dollars.

The clinic takes place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday

For more information, you can head to Delaware1059.com

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(original story from July 21, 2014)

The Wicomico County Health Department says a feral cat found in the area of Friendship Road in Pittsville has tested positive for rabies.

It was an all-black, short-haired cat, and if you think you, your family or your pets may have had contact with this cat you are urged to call health officials at 410-546-4446.

In the meantime, health officials are advising you to stay away from feral cats and other stray animals, comply with vaccination requirements, avoid feeding pets outside, and secure your garbage can lids.

(information below is provided by Wicomico County Health Dept)

RABIES CLINIC TO BE HELD IN WICOMICO COUNTY
WHO: Wicomico County Health Department
WHAT: RABIES CLINIC
MARYLAND LAW requires all dogs and cats four months of age or older be adequately vaccinated against rabies.
COST: $10 per animal CASH ONLY – NO CHECKS ACCEPTED

· Bring previous rabies vaccination certificate in order to obtain 3 year shots. Otherwise, 1 year shots will be given.
· Pets must be brought by a responsible adult.
· Dogs must be secured on a leash.
· Cats must be in a carrier box or box with holes.
· Only dogs and cats will be vaccinated.

WHEN: Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Pittsville Fire Department 7442 Gumboro Road, MD 21850
WHY: To protect animals, loved ones, and the community from rabies.

For more information please call 410-546-4446 or visit www.wicomicohealth.org.



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Harrington woman arrested in Smyrna on drug charges
By Mark Fowser

Updated Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 4:12pm

Ladonna Butler
A Harrington woman faces drug charges following her arrest in Smyrna.

Police there investigated a reported suspicious vehicle in a parking lot early Wednesday.

After learning the occupant did not live there and was trespassing after hours, a search of the vehicle turned up two-point-three grams of marijuana and 33 various prescription pills.

36-year-old Ladonna Butler was charged with drug possession and later released on $2,000 unsecured bond.



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AUDIO: Some beachgoers in Rehoboth ate some free watermelon
By Joe Irizarry

If you were lucky enough to be on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk at Rehoboth Avenue around lunch time on Wednesday, you got a free slice of watermelon.

The Mar-Del Watermelon Association along with its regional watermelon queens were handing out slices.

Mar-Del Watermelon Queen Shelby Hurley.

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The Queen Tour week with the watermelon queens continues with promotions in Laurel on Thursday and Annapolis Friday and Saturday.



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Two employees of Harrington McDonald's charged with theft
By Mark Fowser

Two employees of a fast-food restaurant in Harrington face charges they took money from the register.

Harrington Police were contacted by the manager Tuesday, and officers reviewed surveillance video taken from inside of McDonald's on South DuPont Highway.

29-year-old Ashley Caseley and 30-year-old Ryan Manning, both of Greenwood, are charged with helping themselves to money and hiding it in their clothing.

Both turned themselves in to face charges of theft and conspiracy.

Caseley and Manning were released pending future appearances in court.



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Lawbreaking skateboarders prompt reminder in OC
By Mark Fowser

Updated Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 6:48pm

Ocean City Police say more and more skateboarders are breaking provision of the resort's ordinance, and it's time for a reminder:

Skateboarding on public property is now allowed in Ocean City between April 1st and October 1st.

During the summer, skateboarders are allowed on the boardwalk only until 11:00 a.m.

Ocean Bowl Skate Park is also available - for a fee - daily from 9:30 a.m. until dusk at 3rd Street and St. Louis Avenue.



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Md. religious leaders pray for immigrant children
By The Associated Press

Scores of Baltimore-area religious leaders held an interfaith prayer vigil for unaccompanied children who arrived in Maryland after fleeing violence in their home countries.

Dozens of religious leaders marched along Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Wednesday to draw attention to the influx of immigrant children into the United States, and specifically into Maryland and Baltimore. In the first seven months of 2014, 2,205 unaccompanied immigrant children have been reunited with family members or placed in the homes of sponsors in Maryland.

Linda Hartke, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and one of the rally's organizers, said the march and prayer vigil were designed to show support from the residents of Baltimore, and send a message that the city is welcoming of refugees and immigrants.



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Md. health secretary to join Johns Hopkins
By The Associated Press

Maryland's health secretary will be joining the full-time faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The school announced Wednesday that Dr. Joshua Sharfstein will be the new Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, effective Jan. 1.

Sharfstein was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's principal deputy commissioner before returning to be Maryland's top health official in 2011. He served as Baltimore's health commissioner before the FDA in 2009.

During Sharfstein's tenure as health secretary, he led efforts to modernize Maryland's all-payer system for hospital payment. He also was health secretary during the state's badly flawed health care exchange website rollout last year. The state is working to revamp the website with technology from Connecticut in time for the next enrollment period in November.



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NJ Detective found not guilty in Md. road-rage shooting
By The Associated Press

A jury has found a New Jersey detective not guilty in the slaying of a driver during an alleged road-rage incident.

Forty-one-year-old Joseph Walker, an investigator for the Hudson County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office, was found not guilty on all counts on Wednesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. He had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Joseph Harvey of Landsdowne.

He also had been charged with second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and firearms offenses.

Prosecutors say Walker shot Harvey after the two pulled over in Millersville on June 8, 2013 after some traffic jostling. Walker's lawyers have said their client thought he, his wife and three children were in danger when he fired his gun.



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Md. board seeks criminal checks for doc licensees
By The Associated Press

The Maryland Board of Physicians says it's seeking statutory authority to conduct criminal background checks on medical license applicants.

Chairman Devinder Singh said after a board meeting Wednesday in Baltimore that if the panel could simply mandate the checks, it would. But federal law requires medical boards to obtain authority from their state legislatures before they can conduct criminal background checks on a national level.

The board's acting executive director says a draft bill should be ready for review by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene within a month.

The action follows a revelation that Allegany County physician William Dando was convicted in 1987 of raping a woman in Florida. Dando was charged in May with molesting a female patient. He has pleaded not guilty.



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