Swimmer Dies After Getting Caught in Rip Current in OC
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:14am

Another swimmer has died in Ocean City after getting caught in a rip current.

Firemen, rescue swimmers, lifeguards and EMS were all dispatched to the scene near the Inlet just after 6 o'clock Tuesday night; witnesses told authorities the 18-year-old man from El Salvador got stuck in the rip current and was having problems swimming back to shore when he was hit by a wave, went under the water and did NOT resurface.

Rescue swimmers located the victim, whose identity is NOT yet known, about 13 minutes after the initial call; he was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, where he was pronounced dead.

Last night's death is the third this summer in the Ocean City's surf.




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Hurricane Churning up Dangerous Rip Currents Along Delmarva Beaches
By The Associated Press

Beach patrol officials in Delaware and Maryland are warning late-summer beachgoers of dangerous rip currents.

While Hurricane Cristobal is expected to stay well off the East Coast, it has been generating life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

The National Weather Service said there would be a high risk of dangerous rip currents along Delaware beaches today (Wednesday) and Thursday.

Rehoboth Beach Patrol officials posted a swimming ban on Sunday and most of Monday before conditions eased somewhat Tuesday. But Capt. Kent Buckson said he expects the risk of dangerous rip currents to increase today again (Wednesday).

The Ocean City Beach Patrol in Maryland was advising swimmers not to venture out beyond knee-deep water after conducting about 120 rip current rescues Tuesday, including one death.




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Bound Bodies of 2 Men Found in PA River; 3rd Hurt
By The Associated Press

Police say the bound bodies of two men have been found in a Philadelphia river and a third man who was stabbed is being treated at a hospital.

A police spokeswoman said officers were called to the Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row in Fairmount Park just before 4 this morning.

She said two male victims whose bodies had been tied up were found floating in the river.

A third man with stab wounds was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital in stable condition.

Police say the case appears to be related to an abduction, and they have opened a homicide investigation.





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Air Quality Alert Issued for MD Eastern Shore
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:32am

Maryland's Department of the Environment has issued a code orange air quality alert for today for the Eastern Shore.

The alert goes into effect at 11 a.m. and extends until midnight tonight.

The alert means that sensitive groups, including people with asthma, heart ailments, the elderly and young children, should reduce heavy or prolonged exertion outdoors today on Maryland's Eastern Shore.



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Conservation Event Called for Energy Wise Rewards Customers in MD
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 5:34am

Delmarva Power is asking customers to conserve energy today (Wednesday), as high temperatures are forecasted for the region.

Power supply in the region is expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand.

For those participating customers in Delmarva Power’s Energy Wise Rewards program in Maryland, today will be a Peak Savings Day and a conservation event will be called from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This means that Delmarva Power will cycle participants’ air conditioner compressors off and on for short intervals during these hours. Because the air conditioner fans will continue to run, most customers will not notice a temperature change in their homes, and those who do should experience only a 1- to 3-degree change. It may take up to a half-hour after the test event ends at 6 p.m. for air conditioners to resume normal operations.





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UPDATE: 2 OC Men Charged in Deadly Assault on PA Man
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:08am

Two Ocean City men have been arrested in connection with the deadly assault on a Pennsylvania man in the resort.

Ocean City Police say they were called to the Plim Plaza Hotel on North Atlantic Avenue just after 3 on Sunday morning to assist EMS with a victim of an assault that had already occurred.

37-year-old Daniel Cancelliere of North Whitehall was found unresponsive in the parking lot; Cancelliere was taken to AGH in Berlin where he was pronounced dead; the ME has ruled his death a homicide.

Police on Tuesday, arrested 27-year-old Caleb Ochse at his place of employment; 22-year-old Christopher Kendall turned himself in to police, also on Tuesday; both men are currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building awaiting an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.

Police meantime, say the assault did NOT happen at the Plim Plaza; Spokeswoman Lindsay O'Neal says it occurred at the corner of Talbot and Baltimore Streets.






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UPDATE: Missing Pococomoke Man Found, Dead
By Kelli Steele

Authorities believe that have found the body of a missing, elderly Pocomoke man.

81-year-old George Orell was last seen on Cedar Hall Road on Sunday morning, August 17.

On Tuesday, the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation was conducting a line/grid search for Orell; searchers found his body less than a mile from his home.

Orell's body has now been turned over to the ME for an autopsy; however, police do NOT suspect foul play in his death; Orell suffered from dementia and hallucinations.







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UPDATE: Drugs/Alcohol NOT Factors in Crash That Injured Fmr FBI Director
By The Associated Press

Vermont State Police say drugs and alcohol are NOT believed to be factors in the single-car crash that seriously injured former FBI Director Louis Freeh of Wilmington.

Meanwhile, the New Hampshire hospital where Freeh was taken following the Monday crash in Vermont say they can't acknowledge that Freeh is a patient there.

Freeh, who led an investigation into the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State and issued a scathing report, was alone in his SUV and wearing a seatbelt when he drove off the road shortly after noon Monday. He struck a mailbox and a row of shrubs.

The accident happened in Barnard, a small town about 120 miles northwest of Boston, where Freeh had a vacation home.

No one else was hurt.



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Final Report on Paulsboro Train Derailment Released
By The Associated Press

Updated Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 3:37am

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on systemic flaws leading up to a 2012 train derailment that leaked a dangerous gas in southern New Jersey that could be smelled across the river in Delaware.

The report was approved by the NTSB last month, and its key findings were made public then.

Tuesday's release gives full details of the November 30, 2012 accident in Paulsboro and its aftermath. Vinyl chloride was released into the air.

The safety board faults Conrail for continuing to open and close a swinging bridge where the accident occurred, despite a consultant's recommendation to keep it closed. It also finds problems with the way Conrail and local officials handled the emergency response.

Several people are suing over the spill. A judge this month declined to grant them class-action status.



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11 Thefts from Cars Targets North Wilmington
By Michelle Provencher/Kelli Steele

New Castle County Police are warning residents to lock up their cars after a string of thefts in the past week.

Police report 11 incidents of theft from cars in residential areas of north Wilmington, on Shipley Road, Weldin Road, Silverside Road and Carr Road.

Police say the unknown suspects are targeting unsecured cars in Delaire, Holly Oak Terrace and Liftwood Estates.

Police suggest always locking doors, parking in well-lit areas and removing any valuables or electronics from the car.

Police ask that you report any suspicious activity and anyone with information can call the New Castle County Police Department or Crimestoppers.



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Smoking Ban Hits OC Beach/Boardwalk in May 2015
By Kelli Steele

The Ocean City Mayor and Council votes 4-3 in favor of a smoking ban on the resort's beach and boardwalk.

Town officials on Tuesday discussed options to regulate, eliminate, or continue to allow smoking; Councilman Brent Ashley voted for the ban saying it's time Ocean City became a healthier place for residents and visitors.

The Mayor and Council still has to come up with a plan on exactly where to restrict smoking and they will also implement a public awareness campaign well ahead of the ban that will go into effect on May 1, 2015; there will be designated smoking areas. A committee report says the new regulation could carry a fine of $25 to $100.

Ocean City joins a host of other beach towns that have already restricted smoking including, Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany and Fenwick Island.




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Evans Named Warden of New Castle County Community Corrections
By Kelli Steele

The New Castle Community Corrections Center in Wilmington gets a new warden.

Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Robert Coupe says Carole Evans has taken over the post from Steven Wesley who recently was named Warden of Howard R. Young Correctional Institution.

New Castle County Community Corrections includes Plummer Community Corrections Center, Webb Community Corrections Center and the Hazel D. Plant Women's Treatment Facility.

Evans has been the Deputy Warden of New Castle Community Corrections since 2009; she began her career with the DOC in 2006 as a Correctional Counselor Supervisor. And prior to coming to the DOC, Evans worked as a Treatment Specialist with the Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services.




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'Threatened' Status Sought for Monarch Butterfly
By The Asociated Press

Three conservation groups and a butterfly expert are asking the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list the monarch butterfly as a threatened species.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the petitioners blamed farming practices Tuesday for a loss of milkweed, a plant the butterflies rely on for feeding and breeding.

The petitioners are the Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, the Washington-based Center for Food Safety, the Xerces Society of Portland, Oregon, and monarch scientist Lincoln Brower of Sweet Briar College in Virginia.

Threatened-species status would allow federal officials more latitude to help the populations rebuild, but would not be as restrictive as endangered species status.



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Dover Keeps Both NASCAR Races for 2015
By Sean Greene/Kelli Steele

Dover International Speedway retained both of its Sprint Cup race weekend as NASCAR released its 2015 schedule Tuesday afternoon.

"The Monster Mile" will host its spring race on May 31, the Sunday after Memorial Day, with the fall race slated for October 4.

The fall race has been labeled the "AAA 400" and will serve as the first knockout race of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. It is the 3rd race in the series, just like this fall's event will be.

The spring weekend features a NASCAR Camping World Truck Race, Nationwide Race, and the Sprint Cup race, while a Pro Series East race precedes the Nationwide and Sprint Cup in the fall.

Dover has been feeling the affects of reduced attendance at its races, with attendance down nearly in half since it's peak during the middle of last decade.

The track also announced a return of their three-tier pricing system, with discounted seating areas available for tickets bought before December 1, 2015.






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Rehoboth Beach Country Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence
By Kelli Steele

Rehoboth Beach Country Club has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.

To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.

Rehoboth Beach Country Club is one of seven courses in Delaware and 906 courses in the world to receive the honor.





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Homicide in Dover on Sunday is ruled act of self defense
By Joe Irizarry

Dover Police rule Sunday afternoon's shooting on South Kirkwood Street an act of self-defense.

Police say 33-year-old Yusif Lamb of Montclair, New Jersey died from from getting shot in the chest, but that he and others went to the home of 32-year-old Shamarr Willingham, confronting him about a woman Lamb previously dated.

Lamb had made physically-threatening statements to Willingham in person and on social media leading up to the shooting. When Lamb approached Willingham on Sunday, he pointed a gun at him, causing Willingham to use his gun that was legally purchased and registered to him.

Willingham then fled, while the suspects with Lamb started to chase him firing shots. He contacted Dover Police on Monday with an attorney, and he has been cooperative with police during the investigation.

Charges have been dropped against Willingham, but police are looking for the suspects that were with Lamb and the red Jeep Commander, they were driving. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Dover Police at 736-7111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.



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No happy meal for a Georgetown man busted for a DUI at McDonald's
By Joe Irizarry

Georgetown Police arrest a man for driving drunk while at the drive-thru lane at McDonald's.

Police were called to the restaurant at 12:30 Tuesday morning by an anonymous caller because 32-year-old Gilberto Escobar was observed to apparently be intoxicated.

Officers contacted Escobar in his vehicle, and they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Officers also saw a 9-year-old child in the vehicle. Escobar was taken into custody by police, while the child was taken home.

A breath test showed Escobar's blood alcohol content level was .155, and he was charged with DUI, endangering the welfare of a child and driving without a valid license. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $1,700 secured bond with a future court date.



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Felton man arrested in Harrington for giving false name to police
By Joe Irizarry

Harrington Police arrest a Felton man for giving a false name.

On Monday night, police went to the Valero on South DuPont Highway to check on a reported two subjects loitering. Police contacted 43-year-old Eric Jarrett and a woman, and while speaking to both of them, Jarrett gave a false name and date of birth.

A computer check confirmed Jarrett's real identity. He was taken into custody without incident and issued a summons for criminal impersonation, drunk on a highway and failure to answer summons. Jarrett and the woman were taken to a home in the Felton area and released to family members.

The woman was not charged by police.



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Georgetown Police arrest Laurel man for shoplifting at Wal-Mart
By Joe Irizarry

A 27-year-old Laurel man is caught shoplifting at the Wal-Mart in Georgetown.

Police say Shawn Small was arrested Monday afternoon just after 4 p.m. for allegedly concealing clothing items and attempting to leave the store without paying for them.

Small was released on a criminal summons with a future court date.



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DSP cancel gold alert for Dover woman
By Joe Irizarry

Updated Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 3:39pm

Delaware State Police have cancelled a gold alert issued for a missing Dover woman.

Police say 27-year-old Stacia Gleason has been located and is in good condition. She hadn't been heard from starting at 5:45 p.m. Sunday night after she left a relative's home in Dover Air Park.

There was originally concern for Gleason's safety and welfare when the gold alert was first issued.



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UPDATE: Funeral Thursday for Slain Cabbie William Toomey
By Kelli Steele

A memorial service for slain Sussex County Cab Driver William Toomey is scheduled for Thursday.

The 45-year-old Long Neck man was found in the passenger compartment of his Delaware Beach Taxi parked on the shoulder of Country Living Road in Millsboro last Wednesday night.

Delaware State Police have classified Toomey's death as a homicide. In fact, investigators are continuing to examine any evidence and are still seeking any witnesses that may have been in the area where the cab was found last Wednesday night.

Toomey's sister Cassandra Webb says she believes her brother's death was the result of a robbery.

Toomey's funeral is set for 1 p.m. Thursday at Melson Funeral Home on Long Neck Road; friends and family are invited to arrive starting at 11:30 to celebrate Toomey's life.





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Black Brant IX Sounding Rocket to Blast Off from Wallops Thursday
By Kelli Steele

Updated Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:06am

A Black Brant IX sounding rocket will be launched from Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore this week.

NASA says it will test a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rocket missions with the latest launch scheduled for Thursday between 5 and 6 a.m.

The NASA Visitors Center at Wallops will open at 4 a.m. Thursday for viewing of the launch; backup launch days are Friday and September 2 through 8.



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UPDATE: Downtown Trolley Links SU w Downtown Locations Starting THIS Weekend
By Kelli Steele

The Downtown Trolley, connecting Salisbury University with downtown Salisbury makes it's debut this week.

The Daily Times reports that the Downtown Trolley will initially run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7 p.m. during the fall semester at SU beginning on Thursday, August 28; the Trolley will make continuous loops, lasting about 30 to 35 minutes each and will make its last trip to the West Main Street area around 2 a.m.

The Downtown Trolley is a partnership between the city of Salisbury, Shore Transit and SU; it's being funded by a $50,000 grant obtained by Shore Transit and $16,000 from the City; if the Trolley is successful this fall, operating nights could be expanded.




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REMINDER: Rd Work in NCCo Suspended for Labor Day Weekend
By Kelli Steele

DelDOT reminds everyone that roads may be congested with vacationers and out-of-state travelers this holiday weekend.

In an effort to ease traffic congestion throughout the long weekend, planned lane closures on Route 1, I-95, and Route 202 will be suspended beginning at noon on Thursday and resume at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2.

Emergency maintenance work in the event of a traffic accident or other unpredictable circumstances may cause delays or lane closures.

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center will monitor and adjust traffic signals for heavy congestion or incidents. Motorists can contact the TMC 24/7 to report any travel or traffic related issues at the following numbers: Dial #77 from any cell phone; (302) 659-4600; or 1-800-324-8379.



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