Limited State of Emergency declared


By: LeAnne Matlach

A limited State of Emergency in Delaware brings new rules for drivers. Due to the heavy snowfall and blizzard warning a limited State of Emergency has been issued for Kent and Sussex Counties. Rosanne Pack with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency says the state of emergency comes with a "Level 1 driving warning" in Kent and Sussex. Audio Here The warning will be in effect until weather conditions improve.



Snow falling in Wilmington


By: Associated Press

The snow is falling and the winds are blowing in Delaware. The snow started a little before 8 a.m. Sunday in Sussex County, after a dusting overnight that covered the roads. County spokeswoman Debbie Jones says emergency officials are preparing for a conference call with state authorities later this morning and completing their plans. She said the county emergency operations center will also hold a conference call with towns and local fire departments. Jones says the chief concern is that people "be wary of weather and road conditions" as winds pick up and start blowing the snow around. Shoppers seeking food and other supplies lined up early outside Lloyd's IGA in Lewes, moving around and rattling the doors, so owner Lloyd Purcell says workers opened up early at 8:15 a.m. People swamped the storm, buying milk, eggs and bread.



De Nat Guard helps out during snowstorm


By: LeAnne Matlach

With a limited State of Emergency in Kent and Sussex Counties the Delaware National Guard Joint Operations Center has been activated. About 150 soldiers and 40 vehicles are at Emergency Operations Centers throughout the state. Spokesman Lt. Col. Leonard Gratteri says in addition to the active soldiers the guard has hundreds of soldiers on standby and available for activation. The National Guard will also be assisting State Police.



County police look for missing man


By: Chris Carl

County police are looking for a man who they say is mentally unstable and missing. 62-year-old Jeffrey Vipond of Mill Creek Village Apartments was last seen Wednesday. Police say he suffers from a variety of emotional issues and can't take care of himself. Vipond is described as white, 6' 2", 240 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue wool hat, brown sweater jacket, Khaki pants, brown shoes and glasses. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call County Police.



One Step Away helps homeless in Wilmington


By: LeAnne Matlach

The homeless community in Wilmington will soon have a voice of their own with a newspaper from One Step Away. The first street newspaper in the city will focus on issues on shelter and affordable housing. The first issue in the monthly tabloid will hit the streets January 3rd. One Step Away's distribution of the paper is being sponsored by the Addictions Coalition of Delaware. The paper will be available at the Connections Homeless Outreach Center in Wilmington.



Road crews ready for storm


By: Jim Hilgen

DelDOT is fully mobilized, preparing for what promises to be a long day and night of plowing into Monday morning. Throughout the state, plow operators, mechanics, dispatchers and administrators are on the job. Crews have been pre-treating with salt before the snow began. DelDOT is focusing their efforts on primary and multi-laned roads. Spokesman Jim Westhoff says staying off the roads as much as possible today will make it easier for DelDOT's crews to clear the roads, and lessen the possibility of traffic mishaps. Weather forecasts also call for high winds later today, creating the possibility of drifting snow as well as reduced visibility.



Deadly Christmas Eve crash near Camden


By: Chris Carl

A tragic Christmas for a Middletown family after an accident leaves a father dead and the mother critically injured. State police say Paul Haxton was killed when his SUV crashed near Camden around six o'clock Friday night. The vehicle ran off Dundee Road and into a ditch. It flipped over several times - throwing Haxton from the vehicle. His wife was also ejected. She is in critical condition at Baltimore's Shock Trauma center. The couple's two young children were properly retrained and suffered only minor injuries.



Storm grates stolen near Newport


By: Chris Carl

County police are investigating an usual theft in the Newport-area. Someone stole 10 storm grates in Pleasant Hill Estates - mostly along Windsor Avenue. DelDOT has replaced some of the grates. Other locations are marked with cones. Police have no suspects at this point, but ask you to contact them if you know anything.



Teens caught with stolen Verizon van


By: Chris Carl

Two teens are in serious trouble after being caught with a stolen Verizon van and leading police on a foot chase - forcing one to be tasered. The van was stolen Wednesday from the City of Wilmington. County police later found it in the Woodburne Townhouse community outside New Castle. When police arrived, the two teens ran into a small wooded area. One of the teens stopped when he ran into a fence. The other jumped the fence to keep running but was tasered. Charges against them include receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.




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