Another Fight at Newark HS Leads to Arrests
By Peter MacArthur/Kelli Steele

Two students are under arrest after a fight this morning (Friday morning) at Newark High School.

Full details aren't yet available, but Newark Police tell our sister station WDEL, that it happened on the athletic fields during an evacuation due to a bomb threat.

School is now back in session.



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UPDATE: 2 Injured in Denton House Fire
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 8:32am

A house fire in Denton this morning has injured two people.

The blaze on Andersontown Road broke out around 4:15 a.m.

The Caroline County Department of Emergency Services says one person was flown to a hospital; the other person was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Fire officials are now investigating to determine what caused the blaze.




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Laurel Man Arrested for Heroin Possession
By Kelli Steele

Delaware State Police arrest a Laurel man after he was found to be in possession of heroin and other drugs.

On Thursday afternoon around 3:30, troopers assigned to the Drug Task Force in Sussex County concluded a several week investigation after receiving numerous complaints about drug activity from a home in the 33000-block of Little Hill Road in Laurel.

The investigation revealed that 38-year-old Reginald Mitchell was dealing quantities of heroin from the house; police picked him up a short distance from the house during a traffic stop; he was found to be in possession of 13 bags of heroin.

A search of Mitchell's house turned up an additional 627 bags of heroin totaling more than 9.4 grams, 2.6 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $480 in suspected drug money.

Mitchell is charged with a host of offenses, including possession of heroin; he was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $52,000 cash bond.



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Weekly Dover Shoplifters
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 9:23am

Dover Police responded to 21 shoplifting calls between noon on October 16 and noon on October 23.

Police say five of those calls were unfounded, bringing the total number of shoplifting cases to 17 for the week. Of those 17 shoplifting complaints, a merchant declined prosecution in one, four are still under investigation and arrests were made or warrants obtained in 11 cases.

A total of 13 adults were arrested in those 11 cases which were cleared by arrests.



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UPDATE: DSP Con't Death Investigation in Bear
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:25am

Delaware State Police continue their investigation into the discovery of a body found on a walking trail near a wooded area in the 200-block of Rickey Boulevard in Bear Thursday morning.

The victim has been positively identified as a 19- year-old man from Bear.

A preliminary investigation and examination of physical evidence at the scene by Troopers has determined that there does not appear to be suspicious circumstances and foul play is NOT suspected surrounding the man's death.

The Division of Forensic Science will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. And Delaware State Police Detectives continue their investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.

Additional investigative information will be released as it becomes available.



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Smyrna Woman Arrested 2nd Time for Locking Children Outside
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 8:40am

The mother of two Smyrna children locked out of their house for hours and left outside in the rain, has been arrested.

Smyrna Police say they were called to the 300-block of Artic Lane around 10 p.m. on Wednesday for a welfare check on an 8-year-old and a 12-year-old; the children were located outside the home in the pouring rain.

Police notified the Delaware Division of Family Services and took the children back to the Police Department.

The children's mother, 32-year-old Jessica Hutkin, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a violation of a protection from abuse order; she was committed to the Baylor Women's Correction Center in lieu of $3,000.

This is Hutkin's second arrest this month for locking her children outside with NO supervision; she was arrested on October 15 after police found a 5-, 7- and 8-year-old child outside with NO food or drink.




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Elec Comsr Investigates Apparent Campaign Law Violation
By Tom Lehman

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 6:08am

The state elections commissioner says she's investigating mailers for Republican candidates for an apparent violation of campaign law.

Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove says mailers for GOP House candidates appear to violate a campaign law because they don't attribute the mailers to the Delaware House Republican Campaign Committee.

The mailers, which discussed economic issues also incorrectly listed a return address for the Delaware Republic Party in Newark. The PAC is actually located in Wilmington.

Those receiving the mailers were encouraged to call GOP candidates like Kevin Hensley, Rob Keesler, Judy Travis and Lyndon Yearick.

House Minority Leader Danny Short tells our sister station WDEL, that both issues were unintentional and future mailers would have the correct attributions.



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Mtg Canceled to Discuss Cape Henlopen Summer Reading List
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:31am

A meeting scheduled for Thursday night to discuss the summer reading policy for the Cape Henlopen School District was postponed.

Officials had been set to discuss policy changes to determine which books should be ON the list and which books should NOT be on the list.

Several School Board members apparently were unable to attend the meeting so it was re-scheduled for Thursday, November 13.

This past summer, the School Board removed "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" from the suggested summer reading list; they said it was due to foul language in the book; others say it was because the main character in the book is a lesbian.






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AUDIO: UPDATE: Salisbury Councilwoman's Medical Info Posted on Local Blog Did NOT Come from Police Evidence
By Kelli Steele/47 ABC

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 5:07am

Wicomico County State's Attorney Matt Maciarello says a photo of a prescription bottle of methadone belonging to City Councilwoman Laura Mitchell and posted to a Delmarva bloggers' website, did NOT come from police evidence.

Earlier this week we told you about the image of the prescription bottle of methadone; 47 ABC reported that Delmarva Blogger Joe Albero posted the picture to his website which showed the owner of that bottle as Councilwoman Mitchell.

Mitchell told WMDT TV she had taken the prescription in the past for migraines; she also said she did NOT know how Albero could have gotten it, but suggested it could have come from police evidence since that's where the bottle ended up after a traffic stop with her son who had the bottle in his possession.

Maciarello tells WBOC TV that after pulling reports from both Salisbury Police and the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, he has determined that there was NO possibility that the photo came from law enforcement.


























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UPDATE: Additional Charges Possible for Mom Whose Daughter Who Took Heroin to Daycare
By Kelli Steele

One charge is dropped, but additional charges could be filed against a Selbyville mother whose 4-year-old daughter passed out baggies of heroin at her daycare earlier this month.

The Cape Gazette reports that State prosecutors on Thursday, during a preliminary hearing in the Sussex Court of Common Pleas, transferred three counts of endangering the welfare of a child charges to Family Court; the charge of maintaining a drug property against 30-year-old Ashley Tull was dropped and more charges and more arrests in the case could be forthcoming.

Tull was arrested October 6 after her daughter took 249 baggies of heroin to Hickory Tree Child Care Center and passed them out to her classmates; NONE of the children ingested the drug.

Meantime, Tull remains free on bail and her three children, ages 4,9 and 11 are living with a relative.






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UPDATE: More Charges Filed Against Man in Rehoboth Baby Death
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 7:09am

Additional charges are now being filed against a 22-year-old Rehoboth Beach man accused of murdering his 3-month-old son this past May.

Sidney Davis is charged with shaking his infant son, Zha'Den Davis to death, on or about May 10 at the Sea Esta Motel IV in Rehoboth; his trial is scheduled to start January 5; Davis has pleaded NOT guilty.

Meantime, the Wilmington News Journal is reporting today that Davis is now charged with an additional count of 1st degree child abuse for allegedly causing serious physical injury to Zha'Den's twin brother.





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Man Critical After Being Found Stabbed in NCCo
By The Associated Press

A 20-year-old man found bleeding from multiple stab wounds in New Castle County is in critical condition.

New Castle County police paramedics said today (Friday) that they took the man to a Stanton hospital after he was found critically wounded in the unincorporated community of Collins Park late Thursday. A second man also was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

New Castle County police are investigating the stabbing.




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UPDATE: Wilmington Pool House Fire Ruled Accidental
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:07am

Deputy fire marshals from the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office have determined that Thursday night's fire in the Prices Corner area near Wilmington, was accidental.

Multiple 9-1-1 calls were received just after 10:30 p.m. reporting a structure fire in the 2700-block of Skylark Road in the subdivision of Brookmeade II. The Cranston Heights Fire Company arrived on the scene with flames engulfing a two-story pool house on the residential property.

The fire originated on the exterior of the approximate 20’ by 20’ wood structure. Earlier in the day, the property owner was burning tree trimmings in an outside fire pit; the embers from that earlier burning spread to the pool house.


Heavy fire damage was estimated at $15,000.

There were NO reported injuries.





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Shooting in Wilmington's Southbridge Leaves 1 Hurt
By Tom Lehman/Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:30am

A man is in the hospital after a Thursday night shooting in Wilmington.

It happened about 8:20 p.m. at South Heald Street and Garaches Lane in the city's Southbridge section.

Police say a 34-year-old man was shot once in the upper left arm; he last known to be at Christiana Hospital in stable condition.

No suspects have been identified.



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Wrong-Way Crash in Newark Leaves 2 Injured
By Tom Lehman/Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:29am

Newark Police are investigating a serious crash between a car and SUV that sent both drivers to the hospital.

It happened about 9:50 Wednesday night at the intersection where West Main Street continues to South Main Street.

Police say an SUV heading eastbound on West Main Street traveled straight through the intersection and into one-way westbound traffic.
The speeding vehicle struck a car in front of the Deer Park Tavern.

Both drivers are at Christiana Hospital.



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Absentee Ballot Applications Being Accepted in OC
By Kelli Steele

With Election Day quickly approaching, the Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that the Municipal election will be held on November 4 to coincide with the National Election Day.

The polls, which are held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, located on 40 Street and Coastal Highway, open promptly at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Those residents who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day must apply for and submit their municipal absentee ballots to the City Clerk’s Office by mail or by hand, no later than November 3 at 5 p.m. Absentee voters should be mindful that the process, when done by mail, takes time. Therefore, voters are encouraged to allow plenty of time to receive, complete and deliver their ballots.



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AUDIO: UPDATE: AG, St Legislators, Georgetown Officials Meet to Address Safety Concerns at Classic Motel
By Kelli Steele

Safety concerns at the Classic Motel in Georgetown are getting addressed.

After several publicized incidents and communications from concerned residents, State Senator Brian Pettyjohn and State Representative Ruth Briggs-King met with Georgetown Mayor Bill West and others Wednesday, including police officers and the Attorney General's office and the owners of the Classic Motel located on Route 113.

The goal of the meeting was to address the concerns presented through media coverage and resident complaints and to develop a mutual agreement on improving the safety of the property.

Representative Briggs-King talks about some of the safety issues that will be addressed:

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NO timeline was given for changes that will be made at the Motel.







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UPDATE: NCAA asks PA Court to End Penn St. Legal Battle
By Stelle Kelli

The NCAA wants the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to end litigation over the 2012 consent decree with Penn State over the school's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Pennlive.com reported Thursday that the NCAA made a court filing last week asking the justices to order a lower court stop the case, now set for trial in January.

The NCAA is arguing that a Commonwealth Court judge shouldn't have kept the legal battle alive by "ordering further litigation on an issue no party before it had raised."

Pennlive.com says state Treasurer Rob McCord and state Sen. Jake Corman, the plaintiffs in the case, want the high court to stay out of it.

The consent decree includes a $60 million fine and the temporary loss of scholarships and postseason eligibility.




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Delaware State Parks' Campgrounds Open for Special Events THIS Weekend
By Kelli Steele

Campsites are still available for special events this weekend in Delaware state parks.

Children and families attending the 26th Annual Fantasy Trail at Cape Henlopen will enjoy tent camping under the stars at the park’s very popular campground. The Fantasy Trail features trick-or-treating for candy and toys, with storybook characters, singing, magic and more today and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Children should come in costume and the program fee is $5 per person.

A bit further south, the campground at Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth has tent and RV sites available for the weekend. The park is close to free parking and shuttle service for Rehoboth’s 25th Annual Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers’ Festival. The festival, hosted by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, draws visitors from across the nation.

After the Sea Witch Festival, campers will enjoy lantern tours and jewelry making programs at Delaware Seashore State Park. More information about the park and its programs is available by calling 227-6991 or visiting destateparks.com.

Reservations for both campgrounds, as well as campgrounds at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, Killens Pond State Park in Felton and Lums Pond State Park in Bear are available by calling 1-877-987-2757 or visiting destateparks.com/camping.



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