3 kindergarten students experience "asthma-like" symptoms
By Mark Fowser

Three kindergarten students at Pemberton Elementary School in Wicomico County get medical attention after coming down with asthma-like symptoms.

The "B" - wing of classrooms was cleared Wednesday afternoon, and students and staff were relocated elsewhere in the building.

One kindergarten teacher also reported experiencing symptoms.

Wicomico County schools facility staff and members of the Salisbury Fire Department responded to the school to assess the situation, and the source of the problem is still under investigation.

Dismissal took place as scheduled.



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Early voting in Md. starts Thursday
By Mark Fowser

Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:38am

Early voting begins tomorrow (Thursday) in Maryland, where registered voters can start casting ballots for the General Election November 4th.

Polling places are open weekdays for early voting through Thursday, October 30th.

For a list of polling places in Wicomico and Worcester Counties, just head to Delaware1059.com




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Md. Democrats announce voter hotline for problems
By The Associated Press

Maryland Democrats are reminding voters of their rights ahead of the Nov. 4 election and have set up a hotline to respond to any problems at the polls.

The hotline was announced Wednesday by the Maryland Democratic Party, Sen. Ben Cardin and Congressman Elijah Cummings.

Cardin says there've been no major problems of voter suppression in Maryland, which doesn't have a voter identification law. But Cardin says no one knows what could happen this election cycle, and voters need to rest assured that suppression efforts won't be tolerated.

Amanda LaForge, an attorney with the Maryland Democratic Party, says the voter hotline will be staffed by attorneys who will take reports of long lines, voters being turned away, misleading literature, malfunctioning machines and other problems

The hotline is 1-888-678-VOTE.



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Fire damages wall, siding at home in Lewes
By Mark Fowser

Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:04pm

A house fire on West 4th Street in Lewes was apparently caused when workers doing renovations ignited a wall with a torch.

The fire also spread to some of the exterior siding Wednesday afternoon, according to the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office.

No injuries were reported.

Members of the Lewes Fire Department put out the blaze.

The home is a former church, and is occupied.

Damage is estimated at $1,000.



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Milton, Del. State Police investigate motorcycle thefts
By Mark Fowser

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Milton Police are investigating three motorcycle thefts in recent weeks.

Officers are also urging motorcycle owners to secure them - locking the front forks has not prevented some thefts.

The Milton thefts occurred along North Spinnaker Street and in the 600-block of Mulberry Street.

If you have information on these thefts, you are asked to call Milton Police at 302-684-8547 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.

Delaware State Police have also been investigating recent motorcycle thefts.



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Three arrested in separate drug-related cases in Harrington
By Mark Fowser

Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:09pm

Harrington Police make a series of drug-related arrests:

20-year-old Kasey Jones of Greenwood was charged October 13th following a motor vehicle stop on South DuPont Highway for driving with a revoked license.

Police say officers smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, which Jones had borrowed from the owner.

A search turned up about 8.9-grams of marijuana, some psilocybin mushrooms and drug paraphernalia.

Jones was released on $1,220 unsecured bond.

21-year-old Deshawn Ogarro of Camden was arrested October 20th during a traffic stop also on South DuPont Highway, where police again smelled marijuana.

A search turned up point-0-6-grams of pot, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Ogarro was released pending a future date in court.

Also on Monday, police stopped a moving vehicle when the driver committed a cell phone violation in Harrington.

The smell of marijuana led to a search of all of the occupants, and a passenger was found to have drug paraphernalia in his pocket.

21-year-old Jakeem Barnes of Laurel was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and was released pending a future court date.



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Woman arrested for tire-slashing incident in Harrington
By Mark Fowser

Harrington Police charge a Dover woman in connection with a tire-slashing incident in August.

The other person's car also was keyed, and police say text messages sent to the victim helped to develop 27-year-old Pabnesia Zackery as a suspect.

Zackery surrendered to Harrington Police this week and is charged with criminal mischief.

She has been released on $1,000 unsecured bond.




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Three teen girls arrested following recent fight in Harrington
By Mark Fowser

Harrington Police arrest three juveniles - all girls - in connection with a recent brawl at Diamond Court Apartments.

Officers learned of a victim who needed treatment at Kent General Hospital following the October 11th incident.

The suspects are a 17-year-old girl from Felton, and 17-year-old girl from Magnolia and a 16-year-old Harrington girl.

They have been charged and released pending future appearances in Kent County Family Court.



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Man arrested for discharging gun in Salisbury
By Mark Fowser

Raymond Wesley Wills 3rd
A man faces charges in Salisbury that he fired a shot into the air with a handgun near Route 13 and Naylor Mill Road.

Police were responding to reports early Wednesday of a man who appeared to be intoxicated as he displayed a police badge and a handgun at America's Best Value Inn on North Salisbury Boulevard.

Police say 39-year-old Raymond Wills the Third of Hagerstown, Maryland claimed to be a police officer as he tried to enter the nearby Motel 6.

He had with him a badge and credentials showing him to be a sworn police officer employed by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Wills is charged with reckless endangerment, endangering public safety and discharging a firearm within city limits.



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Gunman robs Wilmington-area clothing store
By The Associated Press

Delaware State Police are looking for a man who robbed a Wilmington-area clothing store at gunpoint.

It happened about 6 p.m. Monday at La Vaquerita on Newport Gap Pike. Troopers say a man armed with a handgun confronted two employees and demanded money.

One employee gave the robber cash from the register. The suspect then ran behind the building and fled.




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Delaware duck hunting season to open Friday
By The Associated Press

The regular duck hunting season in Delaware opens on Friday.

There will be a daily limit of six ducks, excluding mergansers and coots, which have daily limits of five and 15 respectively.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife says the season segment dates for hunting migratory ducks are: Oct. 24 to Nov. 11; Nov. 24 to Nov. 29; and Dec. 12 to Jan. 24.

Officials say most state wildlife areas hold a lottery drawing for waterfowl blinds 90 minutes before legal shooting time.




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Md., Va., Pa., NJ to monitor travelers from Ebola-stricken area
By The Associated Press

Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania is among the first six states in a federal program asking travelers who've recently been to Ebola-stricken West African nations to monitor themselves for symptoms of illness.

The Centers for Disease Control announced the program Wednesday.

Beginning Monday people traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone or New Guinea will be given information cards and a thermometer to measure their body temperatures twice a day for three weeks.

They'll be asked to report the results to state or local health officials, possibly in person, by phone or video chat or through employers. The CDC says it's up to state and local officials to determine how reports are made.

New York and Georgia are also in the monitoring program.




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$2.5M from state to help Phila. Children's Hospital grow
By The Associated Press

A $2.5 million state grant will help Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to expand and make more room for patients needing certain specialized treatments.

The money announced Wednesday will add only 10 beds to the 315-bed facility, and will pay for less than half of the first phase of an $18 million, three-phase expansion.

Steve Docimo, the hospital's chief medical hospital, says the hospital will "expand" by "rearranging existing space" instead of creating a physically larger structure.

The subsidy will help the hospital expand units for cardiac patients, those receiving bone marrow transplants, and neonatal care.

Chief Executive Officer Chris Gessner says the first $6 million phase should be complete in about two years. The hospital is only five years old.




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Delaware board nixes commutation for killer
By Randall Chase, The Associated Pr

Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:49pm

Delaware's Board of Pardons has refused to hear a commutation request from a killer whose sentencing led to changes in Delaware's death penalty law.

James Llewellyn Jr. is one of four men convicted of robbing and murdering two armored car guards in December 1990. The defendants all received life sentences after jurors could not unanimously agree on the death penalty.

The killings so outraged the public that legislators held a special session in 1991 to change the law, giving judges the final say on whether to impose the death penalty after considering a jury's recommendation.

After reviewing a recent petition by Llewellyn, pardons board members agreed that they would not recommend commutation of Llewellyn's sentence, and that there was no reason to hear from him when they meet Thursday.




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New Castle woman charged with false Ebola report
By Frank Gerace

A New Castle woman is behind bars for allegedly falsely telling emergency workers she had Ebola in an effort to get drugs.

County Police say Chastity Lynch called 9-1-1 four times Tuesday, and when police and firefighters arrived at Lynch's apartment in the Pine Valley complex to tend to her, she led them to believe she might have Ebola.

Lynch was taken to the hospital, she asked for pain medication, then left without telling the staff.

On her last visit, she was booked for trying to obtain medication by deception, and falsely reporting an incident.

Lynch is being held at the Baylor Women's Prison, and has been ordered not to have what police call "adverse contact" with 9-1-1 dispatchers.



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DART Stuff the Bus Food Drive begins Nov. 10th
By Andrew Sgroi

The 17th annual "Stuff The Bus" Thanksgiving Food Drive has been scheduled for the week of November 10th, DART First State announced Wednesday.

Beginning that Monday at several locations across the state, nonperishable food donations such as canned goods, boxed cereal, and household products will be accepted from the public, schools, and businesses for distribution to Delawareans in need.
















DART First State announces that this year's "Stuff The Bus" Thanksgiving Food Drive will start on November 10th at several locations across the state.

The food drive, which has been organized for 17 years running, allows for streamlined donation of nonperishable food items from the public, schools, and businesses.

The Food Bank of Delaware, located in Newark, then distributes the donated food and supplies through hundreds of its hunger-relief partners in the state.

Last year's week-long drive stuffed two 30-foot buses and collected 11-and-a-half tons of food for Delawareans in need.

For a rundown of statewide locations, visit the all new wdel-dot-com.

















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Rehoboth Man Arrested for Sea Air MHP Burglaries
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:10am

Delaware State Police have arrested a Rehoboth Beach man after a neighbor witnessed the suspect coming out of a house that was unoccupied for the season.

The investigation began on Monday, October 20, around 10:30 in the morning when a 66-year-old resident of Sea Air Mobile Home Park had just left his house and was walking his dog when he observed a man exit another house he was responsible for looking after; when confronted by the alert neighbor and questioned as to what he was doing there, the suspect fled on foot and scaled a fence behind the burglarized house located in the 19000-block of Atlantic Avenue.

Police were then able to establish 32-year-old Alan Miller III as the suspect; they executed a search warrant at his house on Dodd Avenue in the Sea Air MHP around 3 Tuesday afternoon and located suspected stolen property possibly linked to two other burglaries in the area such as a flat screen TV and various electronic devices; police found Miller a few hours later in the neighborhood and arrested him.

Miller is charged with three counts of 2nd degree burglary, two counts of possession of burglary tools, two counts of attempted theft under $1,500, 2nd degree conspiracy and other offenses; he was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $42,400 cash bond.

The residential neighborhoods of Sea Air MHP and Camelot MHP have been experiencing a rash of burglaries over the last two months and detectives are continuing their investigations into the incidents.



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Del. Cities, Business Stockpiling Salt for Winter
By The Associated Press

Delaware businesses and cities are stockpiling extra road salt after some exhausted supplies during last year's extra snowy season.

The Port of Wilmington will import about 350,000 metric tons of salt by year's end. And officials say the port is on pace to handle up to a million tons of salt to meet demands in Delaware, southern New Jersey and the five-county Philadelphia region.

That's compared to 250,000 tons that passed through the port last year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that crews in three counties are preparing for snow equipment inspections, which begin this week. Mechanics will check hydraulic lines, headlights, horns and salt spreaders.

Last winter, snowfall totals broke records in many areas, blowing through city budgets for snow removal and causing salt shortages when demand exceeded supply.




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DSP Investigating Oak Orchard Crash
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:42am

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Delaware State Police are investigating a crash THIS morning in Oak Orchard.

Firemen from Indian River and EMS were called for a crash on Mount Joy Road between Cordrey and Cannon Roads around 4:30 a.m.

It appears that a Lincoln sedan was northbound on Mount Joy Road rounding a curve when the driver lost control and slid into a soybean field; the driver refused medical attention.



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AUDIO: Megan Szabo in the CR District is '15 Teacher of the Year
By Michelle Provencher/Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 8:26am

Delaware names the 2015 Teacher of the Year.

Megan Szabo says she's honored to win the state title of Teacher of the Year.

Governor Markell announced Szabo as the top teacher in front of 475 guests at the Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center Tuesday night.

Along with teaching science at Postlethwait Middle School in the Caesar Rodney School District, Szabo is also head coach of the school’s Science Olympiad and advisor to the National Junior Honor Society.

Szabo reveals what makes an outstanding teacher.

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Szabo is now a nominee in the national Teacher of the Year competition.




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Smyrna Man Arrested for Assault
By Kelli Steele

A 49-year-old Smyrna man is arrested for assaulting another man.

Smyrna Police say they were called to a house on West South Street Sunday night for reports of a fight; officers found a man suffering from injuries to his head and face; he was taken to Kent General Hospital for treatment of fractures to his face.

Police say the victim and Marvin Blackson were involved in a verbal altercation and Blackson then struck the victim in the face several times.

Blackson is charged with 1st degree assault and was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.



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Lewes Mayor/Council to Consider Smoking on Beach Nov. 24
By Kelli Steele

The Lewes Mayor and Council will next month hear a proposal banning smoking on ALL public beaches.

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled for Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Smoking is already prohibited in all public parks in Lewes.

If the Mayor and Council adopt the "extended" smoking ban, Lewes would join other beach towns, including Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany and Fenwick Island that prohibit smoking on the beach.



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Fall Projects Underway in Ocean City
By Kelli Steele

The Ocean City Department of Public Works is beginning several off-season projects this month, including hydrant flushing, the final phase of the St. Louis Avenue project and street improvements in the Little Salisbury neighborhood.

Also, public works personnel are working closely with the Army Corp of Engineers to repair the seawall on the north side of the Inlet.

Work for the final phase of the St. Louis Avenue project has already begun and road closures on St. Louis Avenue from 2nd Street to 4th Street should be expected during the early morning hours until further notice.

Residents in the Little Salisbury neighborhood should expect street improvements to begin this month. During the project, which will take place over the next two years with the exception of the summer months, the storm water piping systems are being replaced.

Hydrant flushing of the water system will begin on Sunday, October 26. The hydrant flushing is done bi-annually and will progress from south to north, beginning on South 1st Street and covering several blocks per day.



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DNREC's Next Scrap Tire Recycling Drop-Off Day Set for Nov. 8 in Harrington
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 5:11pm

DNREC is offering another recycling opportunity for Delaware residents to turn in their old tires.

DNREC is sponsoring a Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 8 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds on Route 13 in Harrington; the event will be held rain or shine.

Delaware residents may bring up to 10 tires to the Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day, with the event requiring proof of residency in the form of a driver’s license or utility bill. Acceptable scrap tires for recycling are automobile, light-duty truck, lawn mower and all other tires under 30 inches.

DNREC’s Scrap Tire Program cannot accept larger tires or tires on rims. This event is not for commercial dealers.




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Caesar's CEO hails center; A.C. casinos' fate cloudy
By Wayne Parry, The Associated Pres

The CEO of Caesars Entertainment says a new $125 million meeting center his company is building will help define Atlantic City's future, even as he pointedly refused to say whether his company is done closing casinos there.

Gary Loveman says the center next to Harrah's will be ready by next summer and should help Atlantic City expand its minuscule 1 percent share of the northeast business meetings market.

But he also would not say whether his debt-laden company is considering closing any more of the three casinos it still owns here.

He mentioned Bally's as one place he's watching, adding that "we need to make money there."

Caesars Entertainment closed the Showboat in August and is trying to avoid a bankruptcy filing.




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Union defends trying to dissuade Taj Mahal patrons
By Wayne Parry, The Associated Pres

The union battling Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal is defending its right to contact the casino's customers and urge them to take their business elsewhere during a nasty labor dispute.

Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union told a federal bankruptcy judge Wednesday that Trump Entertainment Resorts cannot stop it from contacting customers, letting them know about the labor dispute and urging them to go elsewhere.

Last week the judge let the company cancel the union contract, ending health insurance and pensions for workers.

Trump Entertainment is threatening to close the casino on Nov. 13 unless it gets $175 million in state aid - which New Jersey's state senate president has already ruled out.

The union is warning customers of further labor unrest; picketing there is set for Friday.




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