Wilmington Police investigate shooting

By Jim Hilgen 10:08am, May 24, 2015 - Updated 8:45pm, May 24, 2015
Wilmington Police are looking into a shooting which left a 22-year-old man wounded in the left knee

Around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, police said the victim was taken by private car to Christiana Hospital for treatment of the wound.

Investigators believe the shooting took place in the area of N. Spruce and 8th streets.

Police said the victim exited his vehicle and began walking towards a store in the area when an unknown man approached him and demanded money. Police said the would-be robber then shot the man in the knee.

Anyone with information is asked to called Detective Merced at 302.576.3620.




Road rage assault in Newark leaves man hospitalized

By Leah Venable/Frank Gerace 7:43pm, May 24, 2015 - Updated 8:37pm, May 24, 2015
A man was struck by a car during what Newark Police are calling a fit of road rage early Saturday morning.

Police said the confrontation started around 1:45 a.m. on Route 13 near Wilmington.

The suspect followed the victim south on I-95 to Route 896, and both drivers traveled north on 896 to Route 4, where the victim and his front-seat passenger got out to confront the suspect, police said.

The suspect stayed in his car, sped toward the victim and knocked him to the ground before driving off, hitting another car in the process, officers said.

Police said the victim was taken to Christiana Hospital to be treated for injuries police say are serious, but not life-threatening.

Police are looking for a dark-colored Dodge Dart with Maryland license plates, and they're asking anyone who may have information about the incident to call Detective James Skinner at 302-366-7100 or James.Skinner@cj.state.de.us.

You can send an anonymous text message tip by texting 302NPD and your message to TIP411.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, where a reward may be available.




University of Delaware research studies cultural perceptions of counterfeit goods

By Amy Cherry 9:09pm, May 24, 2015
Vendors in South Korea are shown selling wares on the street. (Photo/University of Delaware)
A new study by University of Delaware researchers examined the perception of counterfeit goods abroad.

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You really want that Chanel purse, but can't justify the $1,000 price tag. So you turn to the black market for a counterfeit one. It looks real, it smells real, and only you know it isn't.

But one University of Delaware professor Jaehee Jung found, for South Koreans and Germans, that a lot more than just the price goes into a counterfeit purchase.

"South Korean consumers, they are very socially conscious of others," she said. "They worry if they purchase counterfeit goods that others might think of them as not so perfect."

Professor Jaehee Jung's research delves into why consumers purchase counterfeit goods.

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She said German consumers could care less what you think, but stay away from counterfeits because of functionality.

"They worry about the materials. When it comes to counterfeit goods, their materials are not up to the standard of genuine goods," said Jung. "Some people don't want to take a chance with counterfeit goods not trusting the quality of the product.

She said other psychological decisions to buy or not to buy counterfeit goods center around morals and integrity, or things like those with funds having the means, but lacking the interest.

The full study will be available in the Luxury Research Journal.

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Contact Amy Cherry at acherry@wdel.com or follow her on Twitter at @acherry13.




North Wilmington workshop provides tips to improve energy efficiency this summer

By Shana O'Malley 9:15pm, May 24, 2015
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As temperatures go up, so do utility bills.

Home energy experts will be on-hand at the upcoming energy efficiency workshop in North Wilmington to provide tips on how to save both energy and money this summer.

As part of it's "Knock Out Energy Waste" initiative, the Delaware Sierra Club has partnered with Energize Delaware to host a workshop to discuss ways to maximize home energy performance by making simple changes around the house.



"They give you all kinds of tips on how you can make small and larger changes to save energy. Some small changes would be changing out light bulbs and plugging things into a power strip and turning the power strip off when you're not using it," said Stephanie Herron with the Delaware Sierra Club.

Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a home audit to help identify some large changes that can be made to maximize efficiency.

"Some of those things could be replacing your hot water heater for example or your HVAC system," she said. "Upgrading to high efficiency windows can sometimes save a ton of energy, though that is one of the most expensive changes."

Herron added that lifestyle changes are a simple and free way to reduce energy use.

"There are plenty of things that don't cost any money at all, most of which are just modifying your behavior," she said. "The biggest one is turning off lights when you leave a room and turning off TVs when you're not in the room, and then, unplugging the TV and other appliances that have a stand-by mode."

The workshop will be held May 26th at 7 p.m. at the Brandywine Hundred Library on Foulk Road in North Wilmington.




Gold Alert issued for 76-year-old Townsend man

By Frank Gerace 7:00pm, May 24, 2015 - Updated 8:37pm, May 24, 2015
Richard Brown
New Castle County Police have issued a Gold Alert for a missing Townsend man.

Police said 76-year-old Richard Brown hasn't been seen since about 3 p.m. Saturday, when relatives saw him at his home in the 200 block of Coale Lane.

Brown may be driving a red or maroon 2002 Chevy S-10 pickup truck with ZR-1 stickers on the rear fenders and Delaware license number C33089.

Police said Brown may be driving to a former home in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and he has a medical condition that has them concerned for his safety.

He's described as white, 5'6" and 230 lbs. with glasses, gray hair, brown eyes, a beard and a tattoo of Donald Duck on his forearm.

He was wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans and black suspenders, and police are asking anyone who may know where he is to call them at 302-395-8110, or 302-573-2800.

Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

Citizens who currently have the Smartphone App are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips.

Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tips by “clicking “submit.

The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all iPhone and Android smartphones.






Rehoboth bank robbed

By Jim Hilgen 6:27am, May 24, 2015 - Updated 8:41pm, May 24, 2015
A lone robber struck a Rehoboth Beach area bank Saturday afternoon, Delaware State Police said.

State troopers said shortly after noon the suspect demanded money from the teller at the Capital One Bank on Old Landing Road near Rehoboth.

Authorities said the robber implied he had a gun though witnesses said they never saw a weapon.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20-25 years old, 5'6" to 5'8" 140 to 150 lbs.


Suspect fails at robbery attempt in Bear

By Jim Hilgen 6:45am, May 24, 2015 - Updated 8:41pm, May 24, 2015
An attempt to rob a pizza delivery man outside the restaurant in Bear falls flat, police said.

Delaware State Police saud the victim was on break around 4:30 p.m. Friday when he was approached by the suspect.

The would-be robber implied he was armed as he demanded money from his victim, officers said.

As the target walked away after refusing the demand, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to reach into his pockets before fleeing.

The suspect is described as a black male, 18-20 years old, 5'10" to 6' with black hair and brown eyes.


Saved from Sandy: Shorebird efforts are declared a success

By Associated Press 9:09pm, May 24, 2015
A crash program to restore New Jersey bay and ocean beaches wrecked by Superstorm Sandy appears to have succeeded in saving tens of thousands of shorebirds.

Scientists fear the birds might have died after the 2012 storm wiped out their feeding grounds.

It's a rare feel-good story in which scientists, volunteers and layers of government worked together to restore habitat, particularly along the Delaware Bay, that was ravaged by Sandy.

With the birds now returning en masse for a third spring after the storm, those involved feel they can finally say the urgent efforts have worked.

While counting methods vary, researchers agree the population of threatened red knots has held steady, if not increased very slightly, since Sandy.




Navy sub to be named USS New Jersey

By Associated Press 2:25pm, May 24, 2015
A submarine will be the third U.S. Navy vessel named the USS New Jersey.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Sunday that a submarine being built now will get that name when it's completed and commissioned in about five years.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez had been pushing for a ship to be named after his state.

Two battleships have been named the USS New Jersey previously. The most recent one was decommissioned in 1999 and is now docked in Camden (NJ) and open for tours.



The Navy announced in Nov. 2012 that a submarine would be named after Delaware.


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