UPDATE: Up to a foot of snow expected

By Jim Hilgen 8:07am, January 25, 2015 - Updated 11:42am, January 25, 2015
Forecast now calls for 8 to 12 inches of snow (Graphic/AccuWeather)
The forecast is taking a turn for the worst as the coming storm is expected to linger into Tuesday.

The latest forecast is calling for 8 to 12 inches to fall on the region with snow likely beginning to fall Sunday night.

AccuWeather meteorologist Heather Zehr told WDEL the storm will likely stall drawing cold air from the north and moisture from the east.

"The heaviest snow is going to be tomorrow night and on into Tuesday, and that's when most of our 8 inches, or more, of snow is going to fall," Zehr said.

She said the storm will start out relatively light, but could intensify overnight Monday into Tuesday.

We are going to see heavy snow and it's going to be picking up then as we head into tomorrow night," said Zehr. "And that's going to continue on into Tuesday, probably Tuesday morning."

The storm is expected to produce blizzard conditions in places like New York City and Boston.

Zehr added we could be in for another storm Thursday into Friday, but that is likely to be more rain than snow.

A Winter Storm Watch goes in effect at 12 p.m. Monday lasting until 12 p.m. Tuesday


DelDOT brining, pre-treating roads in advance of snowstorm

By Amy Cherry 1:10pm, January 24, 2015 - Updated 11:47am, January 25, 2015
DelDOT is gearing up for the next winter storm that will sock our area overnight lasting until Tuesday.

Crews are out Sunday afternoon brining and pre-treating roadways in preparation for what could be our largest winter storm so far this season with AccuWeather calling for up to a foot of snow.

Jim Westhoff, spokesman for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) said by the end of the weekend, crews will have been called out four times in nine days, but supplies and trucks are expected to hold up.

"Our equipment's in pretty good shape--that's not our concern. Our concern, as always, is our people. We're asking a lot of our folks to put in a lot of hours, a lot of time away from their families, a lot of time behind the wheel so our concern is that, but we'll make it work just like we always do," said Westhoff.

A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect for 24 hours starting Monday at 12 p.m.


UPDATE: Teen shot in head, killed in Wilmington Fri. night was A.I. du Pont freshman

By Amy Cherry 11:40am, January 25, 2015
WDEL has learned that a teen shot in the head and killed in Wilmington Friday night was a freshman at A.I. du Pont High School.

The Red Clay School District confirms 16-year-old Jordan Ellerbe was killed in gunfire in the city's Hilltop neighborhood.

Ellerbe was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he later died.

Red Clay spokeswoman Pati Nash said grief counselors will be on-hand at the school.

He was among three teens shot that night. A 17-year-old man was shot in the chest and shoulder. He was taken to Christiana Hospital, where at last check, he was in stable condition.

A 16-year-old man also turned up at St. Francis Hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound to the elbow.

No arrests have been made.

A second teen was also fatally shot in the head Saturday night at 21st and Washington Streets in Wilmington. He's been identified as 18-year-old William Rollins Jr. Rollins was pronounced dead at Wilmington Hospital.

Police don't have any suspects in that fatal shooting either.





UPDATE: Another teen shot in the head, killed in Wilmington

By Amy Cherry 9:27am, January 25, 2015 - Updated 10:02am, January 25, 2015
Another Wilmington teen is dead from a gunshot wound to head this weekend.

Police, responding to Shotspotter gunfire detection, found 18-year-old William Rollins Jr. suffering from a bullet wound to the head at 21st and Washington Streets just after 10 p.m last night.

Emergency medical crews transported the teen to Wilmington Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

So far, police have no suspects in the shooting.

The shooting caps off a violent weekend in Wilmington. The victim is the second teen to be shot in the head in Wilmington this weekend. Friday night, a teen was killed after being shot in the head on the 200 block of North Broom Street. Two other teens were also hurt in that shooting.

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


Nancy duPont Reynolds Cooch dead at 95

By Chandler Funeral Home 9:27am, January 25, 2015 - Updated 10:04am, January 25, 2015
Nancy duPont Reynolds Cooch, age 95, of Greenville, died at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

Mrs. Cooch was born in 1919 to the late Eugene Eleuthere and Catherine Dulcinea Moxham duPont. She attended Tower Hill School, graduated from Westover School in Middlebury, CT in 1937, and attended Goldey Beacom College from 1938-1939. In 1940, she married her first husband, William Glasgow Reynolds, who passed away in January 1987. In 2003, she married Edward W. Cooch, Jr. who passed away in September 2010.

She was very active in community affairs serving as past president of the Board of Directors Children's Home in Claymont, past president of the Children's Bureau of Delaware; past regent of Gunston Hall in Lorton, VA, past president of the Garden Club of Wilmington, and guild and research staff of Winterthur Museum from 1955 to 1963.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Cooch was serving as a member of the Advisory Committee for Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, the Advisory Garden and Grounds Committee of Winterthur Museum and on the Advisory Architectural Committee at the University of Delaware.

Mrs. Cooch was co-chairman of the committee to restore and administer St. James Brick Church in McClellanville, South Carolina and chairman of the duPont Family Chapel Committee.

A well-known sculptor, she pioneered carving in lucite and also worked in bronze. She had several single-artist shows including Caldwells, Inc. in 1975 and a show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC in 1998. She exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, National Sculpture League in New York City in 1963, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 1977, Lever House in New York City in 1979 and in numerous local group shows.

Her work is represented in numerous private collections and in permanent collections at Wilmington Trust Co., Stephenson Science Building at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, Luther Towers in Wilmington, Longwood Gardens, Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, University of Delaware, Biggs Museum in Dover and includes the crucifix statue at the duPont Family Chapel in Greenville.

She researched and designed over 400 needlepoint kneelers for Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville, DE and wrote the book on religious symbolism, "Needlepoint Kneelers."

She is a member of the Colonial Dames, a charter member of the Mayflower Descendants, League of American Pen Women, Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Clos de Vougeot in Bourgogne, France, the Garden Club of Wilmington, and the Colony Club in New York City.

Mrs. Cooch was predeceased by her eldest daughter, Katedulwe Glasgow Reynolds. She is survived by three children, William Bradford Reynolds, Mary Parminter McKeever and Cynthia du Pont Farris, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 pm on Wednesday January 28, 2015 at the duPont Family Chapel, Greenville, DE. Interment will be private.


Troopers looking for bank robbers

By Jim Hilgen 6:38am, January 25, 2015 - Updated 9:00am, January 25, 2015
Troopers are looking for suspects in a Wilmington bank robbery.

Shortly before noon Saturday two armed men entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 814 Philadelphia Pike.

One suspect approached the tellers demanding money while the second man ordered 4 bank customers to lie on the floor.

The robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

They are described as black males, one 6' to 6'5" 180 to 190 pounds, the other5'7" to 5'9" about 200 pounds.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Robbery Division at Troop 2.


New Castle teen charged with burglary

By Jim Hilgen 8:59am, January 25, 2015 - Updated 10:07am, January 25, 2015
A New Castle teen is caught red-handed after burglarizing a home in the Overview Gardens section, police said.

New Castle County police responded to a burglary report in the unit block of Arbor Ave. in New Castle Saturday.

Once on the scene, they found 18-year-old DaiJour Chase in the front yard of the home.

After a brief foot pursuit, Chase was taken into custody, police said.

He was allegedly in possession of stolen items from the home.

He was committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institute in lieu of bail.


Off-duty troopers lend hands as pallbearers

By Jim Hilgen 7:02am, January 25, 2015 - Updated 10:06am, January 25, 2015
Troopers from the State Police Honor Guard step up to help a Delawarean have a dignified burial.

Guard members learned of a Delaware resident whose remains went unclaimed after dying in a medical facility.

The unit volunteered its services as pallbearers for this unwanted neighbor.

As a result, on Jan. 23, the deceased was interred with the State Police Honor Guard giving her a fitting farewell.


5 ways unmanned drones could affect the American food supply

By Associated Press 10:17am, January 25, 2015
Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides.

The president of the National Farmers Union says that when it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible."

This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. An Idaho-based business will use a lightweight, fixed-wing drone to survey fields of crops.

Drone technology can make farmers more efficient by helping them locate problem spots in vast fields or ranchlands.

Increased efficiency could mean lower costs for consumers and less impact on the environment if farmers used fewer chemicals because drones showed them exactly where to spray.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been working for years on rules permitting commercial use of small drones.


Christie says style, stances shouldn't hold him back in 2016

By Associated Press 11:47pm, January 24, 2015
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is trying to connect with Iowa conservatives by assuring them that "You'll always know who I am" if he runs for president.

While still undeclared, Christie left few doubts Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit that he is primed to enter the 2016 GOP race.

Christie told the Republican voters in the leadoff state in the nomination battle that they shouldn't let his blunt style turn them off.

For those not enamored with all aspects of Christie's record, he said, "You'll always know what I believe, and you'll always know where I stand."

He spoke at length about his anti-abortion views, which tends to resonate with Iowa's social conservative caucus-goers.

It was Christie's 11th visit to Iowa in the past five years.


State unemployment rate drops to 5.4 percent in Dec.

By Associated Press 6:17pm, January 24, 2015
A state report shows Delaware's unemployment rate decreased to 5.4 percent in December from 6 percent in November.

A state economist tells The News Journal the significant decline is likely the result of holiday hiring. Economist George Sharpley with the Delaware Department of Labor says there is often more seasonal hiring and seasonal layoffs this time of year.

But Sharpley says the numbers indicate positive long-term trends for Delaware's economy. Job growth is the strongest it has been since the 1990s, and unemployment is down.

Delaware's total nonfarm jobs have increased by 11,700 since December 2013. That's a gain of 2.7 percent. But the state lost 1,000 nonfarm jobs in December.

The unemployment rate in all three Delaware counties declined between November and December.


Markell expands on 2015 priorities in weekly message.

By Amy Cherry/Mark Fowser 11:40pm, January 24, 2015
Gov. Markell highlights Delaware's economic progress in his weekly message. (Photo/YouTube Screenshot)
Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware) expands upon priorities outlined in his State of the State in his weekly message, broadcast on WDEL.

The governor highlighted new training and learning opportunities as well as other initiatives to prepare Delawareans for what he called the "changing economy."

"A strong economy requires a modern transportation network that allows people to travel safely and businesses to operate efficiently, but our roads and bridges are deteriorating. I'm committed to increasing investment in infrastructure this year," said Markell.

Though in his State of the State, Markell put the onus on lawmakers to come up with ideas for funding infrastructure improvements after his 10 cent gas tax proposal was dead-on-arrival at Legislative Hall last year.

The governor also said the state is stepping up efforts in cooperation with Wilmington to solve the city's problem of "intolerable violence."

Check out video of Gov. Markell's weekly address:




Sen. Minority Whip eager to discuss Denn's crime proposal

By Mark Fowser 11:40pm, January 24, 2015
State Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle delivers this weekls GOP message. (Photo/YouTube Screenshot)
The Minority Whip in the state Senate, Republican Greg Lavelle (R-Sharpley) is looking forward to having discussions with Attorney General Matt Denn about his proposal to direct $36 million in financial settlement money into high-poverty neighborhoods like Wilmington.

But he has some concerns about the proposal.

"What happens in three years when the money runs out? And what metrics would be in place to keep the plan from becoming even more expensive? But it’s a healthy discussion to have, and I thank the attorney general for giving us that opportunity," said Lavelle.

In this week's Delaware Republican Party address, broadcast on WDEL, Lavelle also called for a fair hearing of GOP proposals in the Democratic-controlled state Senate.

Check out video of the GOP's weekly message:




Home invasion in Dagsboro

By Michelle Provencher 11:10pm, January 24, 2015
Three masked men allegedly accosted a woman in front of her house in Dagsboro, before Delaware State Police said she was forced inside.

Investigators said the 26-year-old victim drove home from work and parked in the driveway of her home on the 30000 block of Piney Neck Road around 11:15 p.m.

That's when police said three men confronted her, pulling out a handgun and forcing the woman to the ground.

Detectives said two of the suspects made the woman bring them into the house while the remaining suspect waited outside.

Once inside, the suspects allegedly demanded money. The woman complied and the trio fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The woman wasn't injured.

Detectives said they have no physical description of the home invaders.


Lock of Lincoln's hair among items auctioned in Dallas

By Associated Press 11:19pm, January 24, 2015
A lock of Lincoln's hair sells for more than $800,000 at an auction in Dallas. (Photo/Heritage Auction)
A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia that includes a lock of the slain president's hair has been sold for more than $800,000 at auction in Dallas.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the Donald P. Dow collection brought top bids totaling $803,889. Heritage spokesman Eric Bradley says that's double expectations.

The lock of hair taken by Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes shortly after Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth sold for $25,000.

An 1861 letter written by Booth to a friend boasting about his career and value as an actor also brought $30,000.

A clipping of linen stained with Lincoln's blood taken from his death bed sold for $6,000.

Greg Dow says his father, who died five years ago, was fascinated with presidential assassinations.