New York man to be charged after fatal crash in Bear

By Frank Gerace 7:59pm, November 29, 2015 - Updated 11:39pm, November 29, 2015
Delaware State Police said charges are pending against a Brooklyn, New York man after a fatal crash in Bear.

Twenty-year-old Kai Clarke was driving his Ford Explorer southbound on State Route 1 south of Red Lion Road around 10:15 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of his vehicle while he was passing another SUV, police said.

The vehicles collided, slammed into a guardrail, and the Explorer went through the guardrail and landed on its driver's side, police said. Troopers said the second SUV flipped over and landed on its roof.

Twenty-year-old Thalya Crawford of Brooklyn, riding in the back of the Explorer, wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The driver and two other passengers were taken to Christiana Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The driver of the second SUV and her 9-month-old daughter were treated and released from Christiana Hospital, officers said.

Lane restrictions were in effect on State Route 1 southbound at the scene for about three hours after the crash.

Millsboro woman faces DUI and other charges after crash ends police pursuit

By Andrew Sgroi 6:31am, November 30, 2015 - Updated 9:25am, November 30, 2015
A 2012 mug shot of Keiyanda Hopkins, 32, of Millsboro (Delaware State Police)
A two-car crash in Millsboro Sunday afternoon resulted in DUI and vehicular assault charges for a 32-year-old Millsboro woman.

Delaware State Police said Keiyanda Hopkins led troopers on a chase across several miles after first failing to stop at a stop sign on Route 24 and Layton Davis Road.

Police said when Hopkins--who they believed was impaired--got to the intersection of Lawson Road and Hollyville Road, she ran through another stop sign and struck a Mazda sedan driven by a 26-year-old Millsboro man.

Both Hopkins and the other driver received non-life threatening injures, said police. She was to be formally charged once released from the hospital.

Worker burned during flash fire at Delaware City refinery

By Andrew Sgroi 9:10am, November 30, 2015
A worker at the Delaware City refinery was badly burned in a weekend incident at the facility.

New Castle County Paramedics said the 62-year-old man suffered facial burns resulting from a flash fire inside an industrial area at the complex Sunday evening, November 29.

According to medics, the employee was eventually taken to Crozer-Chester Burn Center in Chester, Pennsylvania, for 1st and 2nd degree burns to his face and neck. He was last listed in stable condition.

Troopers investigate shooting at Frederica party

By Frank Gerace 8:14pm, November 29, 2015 - Updated 11:42pm, November 29, 2015
Delaware State Police are investigating a shooting at a party in Frederica.

Troopers responded to a "shots fired" report in the 4000 block of Johnny Cake Landing Road around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. There, officers talked to witnesses, who said an argument led to a fight, and one of the partygoers opened fire, according to police.

The 19-year-old and-20-year-old victims were taken in private cars to Milford Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released, troopers said. Police said they don't believe the victims were the shooter's intended targets.

There's no suspect information right now, and police are asking anyone who knows anything about the incident to call detectives at 302.698.8426.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333 or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Troopers ID victim of car wash shooting, suspect still at large

By Frank Gerace 10:17am, November 28, 2015 - Updated 11:49am, November 29, 2015
Bobby Taylor
Delaware State Police have identified the victim of Friday morning's fatal shooting at a car wash in Bear, and are still looking for the man who pulled the trigger.

Aloysius Taylor, 41, of Wilmington was sitting in a car in the back parking lot of the American Car Wash on Route 40 around 8:40 a.m. when he was shot by Bobby Taylor, 32, of New Castle, who's not related to the victim, according to police.

Aloysius Taylor was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics and taken to Christiana Hospital, where he died, troopers said.

Police said Aloysius and Bobby Taylor both worked at the car wash, and Taylor, who fled after the shooting, faces murder and firearms possession charges.

Bobby Taylor is black, 5'9" and 160 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes, and anyone who knows where he is can call Detective Dan Grassi at 302.365.8441.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333 or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

State Police look for Bear area bank robber

By Taggart Houck 6:11pm, November 28, 2015 - Updated 11:49am, November 29, 2015
Delaware State Police are looking for the man who robbed a Bear area bank Saturday morning.

It happened just before 11:30 a.m. when a man entered the Artisans Bank off Pulaski Highway in Bear. Police said the robber demanded money from a teller who complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect ran away in an unknown direction, police said.

A weapon was not involved and no one was injured, according to police.

The suspect is described as about 5'10", wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants and a mask covering his face.

Anyone with information should call 302.365.8438. You can also call Delaware Crime stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

Delaware State Police: Driver strikes bicyclist, flees scene in Milford

By Frank Gerace 8:26pm, November 29, 2015 - Updated 11:42pm, November 29, 2015
A 48-year-old Milford man is recovering from his injuries after he was hit by a car while riding his bike Saturday afternoon, Delaware State Police said.

The man, who was wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket, was riding northbound on State Route 1 near Argos Corner Road around 5:10 p.m. when he was hit by a car that fled the scene, state police said.

The bicyclist was flown to Christiana Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released, troopers said. Police believe he was under the influence at the time of the accident.

State Route 1 and Argos Corner Road were closed at the scene for about three hours after the crash, and police said their investigation is continuing, so they'd like anyone who has information about the accident to call police at 302.644.5020.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333, or by sending anonymous tips by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP.

Strong showing for 52nd annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade

By Taggart Houck 4:38pm, November 28, 2015 - Updated 11:42am, November 29, 2015
VIDEO: WDEL's Taggart Houck reports at the 52nd annual Wilmington Jaycee's Christmas Parade.
Delawareans ready to celebrate the holiday season came out in full force for the 52nd annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade Saturday morning.

The parade kicked off along 5th and Market streets and included New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, County Council President Chris Bullock, area fire departments and even Santa Claus himself.

Alice Vandever lives in Wilmington. She's been to the parade before.

"I liked the crowd. It was great, it was really crowded here this time," she said.

Lynne Morse of Hockessin was also impressed.

"I really enjoyed it. We always do the Hockessin Fourth of July Parade, so this was the first time coming to the Wilmington Christmas Parade," she said.

Kids even got to give their Christmas letters to Santa as he rolled by on his float.

"We didn't have any idea that they do that, so I think next year we'll go ahead and have our daughter write a little letter and that way we can mail it here," Mose said.

This is the fourth year the parade coincided with Small Business Saturday--an effort to shop locally.

Additional guests in the parade included bands from Salesianum School, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Philadelphia Mummers, antique police cars, Blue Rocks mascot Rocky Bluewinkle, and Buzz Lightyear.

DART's successful new service to Middletown

By Yossi Godlstein 6:36am, November 29, 2015
DART, Amazon, and commuters alike are thrilled about the success of the new bus service between Wilmington and Middletown. Launched on October 12, DART’s new Route 47 operates three return trips Monday through Saturday to meet the shift times of Amazon employees, and provides service to the Walmart Supercenter. Residents in Middletown have also been using the service to get to their jobs in Wilmington.

“We’re more than pleased with our partnership with DART in offering this popular transportation option during our peak hiring season,” explained Todd Bavol, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Delaware-based Integrity Staffing Solutions, hiring agency for Middletown’s Amazon Fulfillment Center. “We believe this is a worthwhile public-private partnership that's won the support of our many associates and job seekers throughout New Castle County.”

In its first week, the service carried approximately 150 people. In week six, nearly 1,000 rides were provided, demonstrating support for economic growth, improving access to jobs, and answering the needs of local businesses and commuting Delawareans.

Twelfth District State Senator Nicole Poore, who was instrumental in getting the new service started, noted how the new service will increase jobs.

“When employers like Amazon look to Delaware to grow and expand, they want to know the necessary infrastructure is going to be in place to give their business and employees the best opportunity to succeed," said Poore.

"In this case, DART saw the critical need to link one of our state’s major employers to its workforce and stepped up to provide a public transit option. Government works best when it’s nimble enough to adapt to change, and I’m grateful to DART for proactively connecting workers with their new jobs.”

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For information on services statewide, please visit

Equipment problem leads to alleged chemical release at Perdue poultry plant in Milford

By Frank Gerace 10:54am, November 28, 2015 - Updated 11:53am, November 29, 2015
DNREC said an equipment problem led to the release of a hazardous chemical from a poultry processing facility in Sussex County.

The agency reported Friday that a mechanical failure in a pump led to the release of 203 lbs. of anhydrous ammonia from Perdue Farms at 213 Rehoboth Boulevard in Milford.

Company spokeswoman Julie DeYoung said that the anhydrous ammonia was being used as a refrigerant and that the incident was reported to the appropriate authorities.

Perdue spokesman Joe Forsthoffer said a part of the plant was evacuated as a precaution for about 20 minutes because people working there smelled ammonia but no one was injured. Forsthoffer said the area around the plant wasn't affected.

The release is under investigation.

Black Friday store sales fall as Americans buy more online

By Associated Press 11:47pm, November 29, 2015
Malls weren't as crowded this Black Friday. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Black Friday shopping is shifting from hours spent in line to more time online.

Total sales on Black Friday fell 10 percent to $10.4 billion this year, down from $11.6 billion in 2014, according to research firm ShopperTrak. And sales on Thanksgiving dropped by the same percentage, to $1.8 billion.

A big reason for the decline is increased online shopping, as Americans hunt down deals on their smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. And many retailers are offering bargains even before Thanksgiving, limiting the impact of Black Friday specials.

Online sales jumped 14.3 percent on Friday compared with last year, according to Adobe, which tracked activity on 4,500 retail websites. Online deals accounted for 40 percent of total sales, while email promotions drove 25 percent more sales compared with 2014.

Adele's '25' sells record-breaking 3.38M copies

By Associated Press 11:50pm, November 29, 2015
(Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Adele's new album "25" sold 3.38 million copies in its first week, smashing single week sales records, according to Nielsen Music.

As reported by Billboard, "25" is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in one week in Nielsen's history, which has been tracking first week purchases since 1991. The previous record was held by NSYNC whose 2000 album "No Strings Attached" sold 2.4 million copies in its first week.

"25" has also become the best-selling album of the year, flying past the 1.8 million copies sold of Taylor Swift's "1989." Adele did not allow streaming services like Spotify to make "25" available.

Her previous album, "21" has sold 11.24 million copies in the United States.

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