2 dead, several critical after tour bus overturns
By Amy Cherry

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:41pm

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State police say drugs and alcohol weren't factors in a tour bus crash Sunday that killed two women and injured dozens.

Police say the bus carrying 50 people overturned in Bear Sunday on Route 1 southbound near Red Lion Road at 4:20 p.m. Many passengers were treated and released from several hospitals overnight and into Monday morning. Three remain in critical condition.

State police say the driver, Jinli Zhao of Flushing, New York, tried to negotiate a turn onto a ramp, and the bus went off the roadway, overturning onto its roof.

Elvis D'cruz drove by just after it happened.

"Their wounds are just so, almost like a war zone, everyone's so cut up, the arms, the face. There was no one on the scene without blood on them except for me," he told NBC 10.

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State police say 54-year-old Hua'y Chen of New York City was ejected from the bus and trapped underneath after the vehicle flipped. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

30-year-old Idil Bahsi of Istanbul, Turkey, died at Christiana Hospital late Sunday night.

"Everyone was crying and bleeding out and screaming for help," said D'cruz.

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"I guess what really got to me was when I found out that one woman died, and I do recall someone, and I guess she was trapped underneath the bus, and one man saying, 'My wife, my wife, my wife,' and that just kept on replaying in my mind. It just made me feel how fragile life is sometimes," said D'cruz.

Fire and ambulance companies and Delaware and Maryland State Police helicopters were all on-scene, triaging patients on the side of the road. Many passengers were taken to Christiana Hospital while others were taken to Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center. The Blood Bank of Delmarva is seeking Type O Negative blood and Type AB platelet donors, saying supplies have been significantly depleted due to Sunday's crash.

The bus belonged to AM USA Express Incorporated, a regional bus transportation company based in Chinatown, New York. No charges have been filed at this time as investigators continue to conduct interviews and examine physical evidence at scene of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigators are also on scene.

A spokesman says the first phase of the investigation will last three or four days, and that a preliminary report will likely be available next week.

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3 teens to face hate crime charges in attack on mentally disabled man
By Amy Cherry

A videotaped assault by several teens on a mentally challenged man is now being labeled "a hate crime."

State prosecutors have sought a felony charge of a hate crime against three teens who were arrested in the assault near Newark earlier this month.

Police say the victim has a neurodevelopmental disorder. The violent attack was caught on video that went viral on social media. The teens could be seen kicking and punching the man in the head.

In a statement, the attorney general's office says the new charges were filed because assaulting a vulnerable adult who can't protect himself is a heinous crime.

The teens, who were arrested earlier this month, originally faced charges of offensive touching and assault of a vulnerable adult. They'll be arraigned in Family Court on the new felony charges.



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Disabled mom battling with district on how to get her son to school
By Amy Cherry

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:37pm

A disabled mother is in a battle with Colonial School District on how her son is supposed to get to school.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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Lyndsay Vick suffers from spina bifida. She lives just under one mile from her son's school Pleasantville Elementary, and therefore isn't eligible for a bus under state law.

"He's five years old. He just turned five in May, and they want him to walk knowing that I can't," said Vick.

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Lyndsay also doesn't drive. Instead, she rides a three-wheeled bike alongside her son as he walks.

"It is very difficult, some days, and with inclement weather will be almost impossible," she said.

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Vick says some days she comes home and lays on the floor and is unable to do anything else because she's in such pain. She adds she can't ride her three-wheeled bike on the sidewalk, so it's not safe either.

"Parents honking, beeping, cussing at us. I am not purposefully putting my child in harm's way," she told WDEL.

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Colonial School Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey says 33 other students live less than a mile from school and walk to school even inclement weather. He suggested...

"...That if she knew any neighbors that she could work with to try to help get her child to school that that was a suggestion that was made, but she was not in favor of that suggestion," said Blakey.

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Lyndsay's state Senator David McBride and her state Rep. Mike Mulrooney haven't returned multiple requests for comment.

State Senator Nicole Poore (D-District 12) is an advocate for children and the disabled though Lyndsay doesn't live in her district, she's gotten involved.

"It's your five-year-old, that's your baby. That's your lifeline to who you are and watching their successes is who you and that child become because all you're worried about are what are the next steps for that child and so you don't just want to hand them off to anyone," said Poore.

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Lyndsay also refused private daycare transportation for a "nominal fee."

"It would be about $30 a week, which I do not have. If I had that, I would get a taxi every morning and take my child to school," she said.

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The district says a relative came forward offering to pay for the transportation. Lyndsay says the district has never contacted her about that proposal, and she's outraged by the idea.

"That is not a solution, asking my family who may or may not have money to pay of daycare that I don't need in order to get my child to and from school is not an acceptable answer at all," said Vick.

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"This a mom who physically can't do some of the things that most of us can do, and so all she's looking for is the right solution, and I don't know what that right solution is for her that she finally goes, 'Ahh, I feel good,' until she actually takes one of these opportunities," said Poore.

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Colonial School District spokeswoman Lauren Wilson tells WDEL they've offered Lyndsay several options, she's rejected them all and "there's nothing more than can be done."

"She has decided that she doesn't want any of those options. She doesn't want anything short of a bus, and that's just not possible," said Wilson.

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Blakey says they're constantly looking at bus routes and available pick-up stops.

"We have been and will continue to look at all available options to try to accommodate her. including working with her to do some of the things that we've already talked about," said Blakey.

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WDEL High School Plays of the Week - September 22
By Sean Greene & WDEL Staff

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8:35pm

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VIDEO: Hodgson's Ray Jones tops the list of our Plays of the Week

Impressive running performances from stars from Hodgson, Sussex Tech, Indian River, St. Mark's, and Caesar Rodney all earn top spots in this week's WDEL Plays of the Week.

If you have video of a high school play you feel is worthy of inclusion, send it in before next Monday to sgreene (at) wdel (dot) com.

Be sure to leave your name, and who is in on the play. Any sport from basketball to wrestling to diving to hockey is eligible to make our weekly Top Plays (or honorable mention).



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Remains found in shuttered Del. coroner's office
By Associated Press

A bag of human remains have been found in the scandal-plagued Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Kimberly Chandler, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security, says the remains were found during the process of moving the now-shuttered medical examiner's office to the homeland security department's new Division of Forensic Science.

Lawmakers abolished the medical examiner's office after its chief was targeted in a criminal investigation and fired for misconduct amid an evidence-tampering scandal.

Delaware's Homeland Security department tells The News Journal that the bag of male skeletal remains were found in a refrigerator at the medical examiner's office, apparently sometime in the past few weeks. The man's remains, dating back to 2006, were identified back then and were supposed to be returned to his family.



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Gunmen rob teens, woman in Wilmington's Cool Springs, Del. Ave areas
By Tom Lehman

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:36pm

Wilmington police are investigating a pair of armed robberies in the city's Cool Springs and Delaware Avenue communities that happened less than two hours apart on Friday and involved gunmen taking iPhones from their victims.

The first robbery happened shortly before 10 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Franklin Street, Master Sgt. Donald Bluestein said.

A boy and a girl, both 14 years old, were standing outside the entrance to Cool Springs Park when they were approached by two other teenaged boys, Bluestein said.

One of the teens pointed a handgun at the victims, demanding the girl unlock her iPhone and the boy surrender his backpack. Bluestein said she complied and the suspects took the phone and bag.

The teenaged robbers then fled, he said.

Police said one of the suspects is described as 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds and wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt and matching pants.

The other teen was described by police as black, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, 160 pounds and wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and white jeans.

Investigators are also looking for two gunmen involved in a robbery that occurred about 11:45 p.m. Friday at the 1300 block of North Broom Street.

Bluestein said two male suspects armed with handguns approached a 23-year-old woman and ordered her to surrender her purse.

The woman complied with the demand, turning over her purse and iPhone to the robbers, who then fled from the scene, Bluestein said.

One of the suspects in the North Broom Street robbery was described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall.

Police did not specify if both robberies were related.

Anyone with information can call Detective R. Holmes in the Wilmington Police Criminal Investigations Division at (302) 576-3623 or the department's Confidential Tip Line at (302) 576-3990.

You can also submit an anonymous text message tip by texting the words TIP WILMINGTON and then your tip to 888777.

Tips can also be submitted to Delaware CrimeStoppers at 1 (800) TIP-3333.

You can contact Tom Lehman at tlehman@wdel.com or follow him on Twitter at @teelehman.



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Car rams into porch in Wilmington
By Amy Cherry

A car crashes into a porch in Wilmington.

It happened at 2nd and Broom Streets Monday at 4:45 p.m.

City police say it's unclear why the car veered off the road into the home. Damage to the porch was minor.



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Masked man holds up convenience store at gunpoint
By Mellany Armstrong

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:47pm

A masked man robs a convenience store at gunpoint just outside Wilmington.

State police say a man went into La Oaxaquena at 201 N. DuPont Road Sunday night just after 9 p.m. He showed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. She handed over cash and he ran out of the store.

The man is described as 5' 6" tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored hooded jacket.



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Cars vandalized on dealership lot
By Carl Kanefsky

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:11pm

State police need your help in finding the person or persons responsible for putting some kind of acid based products on cars in a dealership's lot.

Troopers say 54 cars were damaged at Sheridan Ford, in the 4000 block of Kirkwood Highway.

They say the damage took place sometime between 7:00 Saturday night and 7:00 Monday morning.

The damage is estimated at $54,000.



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Smyrna traffic stop nets drug haul
By Frank Gerace

Smyrna police say a traffic stop Friday afternoon netted several drugs and suspects.

Police say an officer saw the driver of a car stop his vehicle in the middle of South Carter Road to make a drug sale.

The officer found Jared Olin of Smyrna, who allegedly bought the drugs, was carrying heroin, suboxone and a syringe, and while the cop questioned the car's driver, the passengers started acting suspiciously.

Other officers arrived on-scene and arrested Richard Garnett and Amanda Hill, both of Dover, on drug possession charges along with the driver, Samuel Torres of Smyrna.

Police say Garnett and Hill were carrying various drugs including several bags of heroin, and there were drugs and drug paraphernalia in the car--the cops also turned a 4-year-old child who'd been riding in the car over to the child's mother.

Torres was also charged with driving with a suspended license.





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Christiana Care unveils new Wilmington Hospital health center
By Frank Gerace

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:25pm

Christiana Care officials say Wilmington Hospital's new health center will improve its ability to care for patients.

Christiana Care Monday took the wraps off the Rocco A. Abessinio Family Wilmington Health Center, part of a hospital-wide renovation project that also includes a new main lobby, expanded emergency department and a new intensive care unit.

Remodeling of the nearly 125-year-old hospital began in 2009, is expected to be finished next spring, and when the project is completed, the hospital will be enlarged by 337 thousand square feet.

The new health center is named in honor of Applied Bank founder and Christiana Care trustee Rocco Abessinio, who donated a million dollars to help pay for the renovations.



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Bayside condos, more parking part of Dewey Beach development
By Mark Fowser

Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:26pm

Eighteen bayside condos and more parking are among the attractions of an expansion plan announced Monday for the Lighthouse Cove Resort in Dewey Beach.

The complex already includes Delaware's first Hyatt hotel, oceanside condominiums and two restaurants that generated nearly 200 full-and-part-time jobs in the first year.

Dewey Beach Enterprises says construction will begin next week on the new phase, and units are being pre-sold in anticipation of availability by Memorial Day 2015.



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NASA's Maven explorer enters Mars orbit
By Marcia Dunn, Associated Press

Another NASA spacecraft has made it to Mars.

The Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars late Sunday night following a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago.

Now the real work begins for the $671 million mission.

Flight controllers will spend the next six weeks adjusting Maven's altitude and checking its science instruments. Then in early November, Maven will start probing the upper atmosphere of Mars. Scientists believe the Martian atmosphere holds clues as to how the planet went from being warm and wet billions of years ago to cold and dry.

Mars will get another visitor in not quite two days: India's first interplanetary probe, also aiming for Martian orbit. The Maven team members wished them well Monday.



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Kent County to hold economic summit
By Mark Fowser

Central Delaware's economy is the focus of a summit today (Tuesday) "Building a Better Community..."

"We're going to be focused on the sight selection market for business and industry and workforce development. So we're looking at how do we entice businesses to locate here, and what are they looking for? And what do we have to offer them so that they come join Kent County," said Dana Sawyer of Delaware Tech, which is host to the sixth annual summit.

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Sawyer says in addition to inviting business and government leaders, the summit serves as an important networking opportunity.




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Trump Entertainment wants to sell Plaza equipment
By Wayne Parry, Associated Press

The parent company of Trump Plaza wants permission from a bankruptcy court to sell off its assets, including gambling equipment and furniture.

Trump Entertainment Resorts filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware on Monday, seeking permission to sell off items from Trump Plaza, which closed last Tuesday.

The sale would help Trump Entertainment raise money for its ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, and would spare it the expense of storing and maintaining the equipment.

The filing did not specify how many items the company wants to sell.

Trump Entertainment filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 9, the fourth Chapter 11 filing for the Trump casinos.

The company has one remaining casino, the Trump Taj Mahal, and is threatening to close it on Nov. 13 if it doesn't win union concessions.



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Driver charged after 3 children hit by car in Lewes
By Associated Press

State police have charged a driver after four people, including three children, were hit by a car in Lewes.

It happened on Sept. 16 on Mary Ann Road. Troopers say 39-year-old Rosa Maria Cruz Molina of Rehoboth was driving on Mary Ann Road. Police say the car slowed, then accelerated and drove off the road and toward a front yard.

Officers say the car struck 22-year-old Victoria Graver of Reading, Pennsylvania, and a 3-year-old girl, an 18-month-old boy and a 4-week-old boy.

Troopers say Molina got out of her car, stayed briefly and then walked away. She was found shortly thereafter.

Graver and the children were treated and released at Beebe Medical Center. Molina was taken there for observation.

On Saturday, Molina was charged with assault and reckless endangering



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Ice in Arctic seas shrinks to 6th-lowest recorded
By Seth Borenstein, Associated Pres

Ice in Arctic seas shrank this summer to the sixth lowest level in 36 years of monitoring.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported Monday that the ice reached its seasonal minimum on Sept. 17 of 1.94 million square miles. That's down a bit from 2013, but not near as low as the record-setting 2012. It is still 19 percent below average.

Scientists are concerned about the ice melting from man-made global warming because the melting may change the weather further south. Studies have linked the ice melting to changes in the jet stream, which can produce extreme weather.

Meanwhile, ice in Antarctic waters is hitting record high levels. Scientists attribute that to local climatic conditions.



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Brock says Dukes will pressure Blue Hens defense
By Don Voltz

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Delaware football coach Dave Brock says his team benefited from the off week and is well into preparations for its CAA showdown against JMU this Saturday.

Brock said his team is in a good place heading into the James Madison game, with the hope of getting off to a fast start, something that has been difficult for the Blue Hens this year.

The Dukes led Villanova for the first half last Saturday before falling to the Wildcats, 49-31.

Brock says the Blue Hen defense will have to be concerned with quarterback Vad Lee, a Georgia Tech transfer, who threw for 406 yards and three TD's, as well as rushing fore 113 positive yards in the loss to Villanova. Brock says they have to get Lee on the ground or else he can really hurt them.

Brock notes that Lee played a lot at Georgia Tech and he appears to get better with each half he plays.

Brock says JMU has a lot of playmakers on offense in addition to Lee and it will be a challenge for the Blue Hens to stop them. He says those playmakers are explosive.

On defense, Brock says the Dukes are athletic and Delaware's playmakers have to make plays. He says JMU still plays the same style under their new coaching staff but the schemes are different, meaning there is more to learn about what they do.

Brock says the atmosphere at Bridgeforth Stadium will be electric, with a crowd of 25,000 expected. He says the Blue Hens will have to have the right mind-set to win the football game.

NOTES: Coach Dave Brock announced at the start of the press conference that the Blue Hen football family is mourning the loss of the wife of running backs coach Tony Lucas and her unborn baby. Lucas' wife passed away unexpectedly....no details on the cause of death were available.



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WDEL's High School Football Rankings - Week 4
By Sean Greene

Friends entered the Division II Top 5 by defeating Woodbridge Friday night
Wilmington Friends' victory at Woodbridge helped shake up the Division II rankings this week.

The 24-20 victory in Bridgeville vaults Friends into a very competitive Division II Top 5. DMA's first team defense has allowed just 7 points in 3 games, and will get to show their merit by facing a Laurel offense that posted 59 on Smyrna Friday. Lake Forest held on to defeat Brandywine by the slimmest of margins. Archmere has also showed signs of improvement after a tough opening week loss. The Top 3 holds the same despite Caravel's loss at home. St. Georges and Hodgson meet Saturday in what could very likely be a late November matchup.


In Division I, Concord barely slides out of the Top 5 after Salesianum found the answers in the second half to rally for a victory. They're the best 1-2 team in Delaware with tough losses to Middletown and Salesianum. Newark and Cape Henlopen are 3-0, and are awaiting tough matchups to prove their worthiness in the top 5. Much like Division II, the top three in Division I continue to impress.

WDEL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RANKINGS (As of September 22, 2014)

DIVISION I

1) William Penn 3-0, 1) - RB Reggie Carroll added 184 yards and 3 TDs to his resume at A.I. (At Appo - Fri. 7:30pm)
2) Salesianum (2-1, 2) - A dominating 2nd half performance against Concord. (At Glen Mills - Fri. 7:00pm)
3) Middletown (3-0, 3) - The countdown to the Oct. 10 showdown with William Penn begins. (Host Glasgow - Fri. 7:30pm)
4) St. Mark's (2-1, 4) - Defense held Sussex Central to 163 yards. (At Dover - Fri. 7:30pm)
5) Sussex Tech (2-1, -) - The Ravens' only blemish is a 1-point road loss to St. Mark's. (Host Sus. Cent - Fri. 7:30pm)

Others on our radar: Cape Henlopen (3-0), Concord (1-2), Dover (1-2), Newark (3-0)

DIVISION II

1) Caravel (2-1, 1) - Archbishop Curley proved to be too much, but no shame in that loss. (At Interboro - Fri. 7:30pm)
2) St. Georges (3-0, 2) - 11 touchdowns for the Selbys in 3 games. Huge game Sat. (At Hodgson - Sat. 10:30am)
3) Hodgson (2-1, 3) - Eye-opening big victory at CR. Could be a track meet Sat. (Host St. Georges - Sat. 10:30am)
4) Friends (3-0, -) - Burst onto the scene with an upset win in Bridgeville. (OFF due to Forfeit)
5) DMA (3-0, 5) - Stout defense helped end Tower Hill's 12-game regular season win streak. (vs. Laurel at McKean - Fri. 7:00)

Others on our radar: Archmere (2-1), Lake Forest (3-0), Laurel (2-1), Woodbridge (2-1)



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