Happy Halloween! From Nemours

By Amy Cherry 4:24pm, October 31, 2014 - Updated 5:29pm, October 31, 2014
VIDEO: Check out the costumes at the Nemours Halloween parade.
Putting smiles on sick kids' faces--that's the goal of Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital's staff every day, but especially on Halloween.

Staff dressed as Eagles football players, Legos and a Ghostbusters duo paraded through the hospital's jampacked new atrium.

Paul Kempinski, the hospital's chief operating officer and emcee of the Halloween parade tells WDEL the decade-old tradition had a new twist this year.

"They exceed expectations every year, and then to have one of our therapy dogs participating and some of our patients, that's something we haven't done before," said Kempinski, who was dressed as a Lego.

Kids applauded for several of the costumes.

"It's just great to see the patients participating, and when you see a smile on their face, even if it's for a brief period of time, that's what makes it all worthwhile," said Kempinski.

This year's winners of the costume contest include the Ghostbusters' father and son duo, the group of Legos, the Eagles football team, and the therapy dog dressed as a candy corn.


It's Halloween! What are you afraid of?

By Amy Cherry 7:59pm, October 30, 2014
Should you be inspecting your kids' candy this Halloween or are you just being a worry wart?

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more.

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Parents still play police when it comes to their children's Halloween candy, worrying their kids' treats could be tainted.

But University of Delaware sociology and criminal justice professor Joel Best says there's a lot more you should be worried about that night.

"Halloween's actually a fairly dangerous night. People can't see out of their costumes; they get hit by cars; they trip over their costumes and fall down," he said.

Best, who's the world's leading authority on Halloween sadism, says the urban legend of tainted candy coincides with people's perception of what Halloween is supposed to be like.

"Halloween's supposed to be scary. Most of us don't believe in ghosts and goblins anymore, we believe in criminals, so it's a good story," he explains.

Maybe one reason parents inspect kids' candy is so they can eat it, but Best believes it truly plays into today's biggest fears on a night when we're supposed to be afraid.

"We worry a lot about kids, and partly of course, we love our children and want to protect them, but also I think that kids sort of embody the future; they're the walking, talking future," Best explains.

He makes one exception--if you live in Colorado--you should inspect your kids' candy over fear of a new treat, marijuana-infused candy, which he says has a slim chance of making its way to Delaware.

"The candy is indistinguishable from regular candy; so I think that probably if I lived in Colorado, I would make sure that the kids' treats came with factory wrapping," he explains.

But largely, Best says the chance of your kids getting tainted candy is slim to none.

Parents worry every day about things like nuclear war, Ebola, and an economic collapse, and there's nothing anyone can really do about that. What they can do is worry about something they can control, this fear of tainted candy, and that makes them feel better.

"Halloween only comes one night a year. It's easy to manage this. You can forbid trick-or-treating; you can go with the kids; you can inspect the treats when you get home, and it's a great thing to be afraid of because this 'maniac' only strikes one night a year," said Best with a smile you could hear over the phone.



Worker hurt in partial house collapse

By Chris Carl 4:28pm, October 31, 2014
A construction worker was hurt Friday afternoon after the house he was working on partially collapsed.

It happened just after 2:30 on Howell School Road, south of Glasgow.

County Paramedics say new trusses and interior walls of the home collapsed, trapping the worker.

He was freed and flown to Christiana Hospital in stable condition with a back injury.


New trail connecting Wilm. to New Castle near completion

By Amy Cherryd 5:37pm, October 31, 2014 - Updated 5:41pm, October 31, 2014
VIDEO: Ride your bike or walk, safely, from Wilmington to historic Old New Castle.
Connecting Wilmington and New Castle with a bike trail is just one mile from completion.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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The six-mile long bicycle highway connects the Heritage Greenway Trail to the Industrial Track to the New Castle Farmers Market.

Marco Boyce with DelDOT helped design the trail that's within a 15 minute walk for 7,000 local residents.

"It's separated from the roadway so a lot of folks of different abilities can utilize the trail. A lot of times you only have a roadway with a shoulder or a bike lane, and most folks aren't really comfortable riding on those facilities," said Boyce.

DNREC Secretary Dave Small is about more than just promoting outdoor recreation.

"Being able to connect the cultural and historic resources in addition to the open spaces, the farm, downtown historic New Castle--that becomes a destination for people. People will come to this place for this trail," said Small.

Small adds, more and more, physicians are prescribing walking on outdoor trails to patients, making this trail a healthy lifestyle choice for Delawareans.







Del. Democratic Party files campaign finance violations

By Amy Cherry 5:22pm, October 31, 2014
The Delaware Democratic Party has filed multiple campaign finance violations with the state Elections Commissioner.

The party alleges the Common Sense Delaware PAC, funded by Delaware GOP National Committeewoman Ellen Barrosse, sent at least two mailing this weeks that didn't disclose third-party advertisers. The party says the PAC also didn't notify the Elections Commissioner about the expenditure.

Another complaint filed says the Reform Delaware Now PAC sent mailings supporting Rich Collins, who's challenging Democratic incumbent State Rep. John Atkins, saying they didn't file the expenditure.

In a written statement, Democratic Party Chaiman John Daniello says Delaware voters have a right to know who's spending thousands of dollars to support a candidate, but Republicans have chosen to disregard the law.


Note on bathroom wall leads to suspected kidnapper, rapist's arrest

By Amy Cherry 11:20am, October 31, 2014 - Updated 2:02pm, October 31, 2014
A note written in make-up on a fast food restaurant wall leads to a man's arrest.

Dover police handcuffed Brandon Turner of Rockhall, Maryland, after they say he kidnapped and raped his estranged wife against her will.

Police say a note found Thursday on a McDonald's bathroom wall in Dover said the woman had been kidnapped.

Police used surveillance video to track down the pair, who were found at the Dover Mall a few hours later.

Turner face charges of rape and kidnapping.



Del. ACLU sends letter asking coaches to abstain from prayer

By Mark Fowser 5:04pm, October 31, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware (ACLU) is weighing in on the issue of school coaches being involved in on-the-field prayer with student-athletes.

The superintendents of 18 public school districts in the First State are receiving a letter from the ACLU which requests that "all athletic coaches be reminded that they may not endorse or participate in team prayer."

The organization says such activity violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

The letter comes after Cape Henlopen head football coach Bill Colley was seen in a photo appearing to bow his head along with some players following a recent game.


Serious crash traps woman, toddler

By Andrew Sgroi/Amy Cherry 12:46pm, October 31, 2014 - Updated 5:36pm, October 31, 2014
A woman and a child are hurt following a two-car crash near Talleyville during morning rush hour Friday.

Rescue crews arrived to find the collision involving a sedan with heavy front-end damage and a flatbed tow truck.

Police say Jun Ding of Wilmington failed to stop at a red light, striking a tow truck as it was turning onto Kirk Road off Montchanin Road.

Ding was trapped inside her vehicle and was extricated by EMS and taken to Christiana Hospital with head and facial injuries.

A three-year-old boy in Ding's car was also seriously hurt in the crash, suffering head and facial injuries. He was taken to DuPont Hospital for Children.

Ding was cited for aggressive driving and failure to stop at a red light.



Dump truck strikes, kills construction worker near Lewes

By Mark Fowser 4:57pm, October 31, 2014
State police are investigating an accident at a construction site in the Lewes area that left a worker dead.

Troopers say a preliminary investigation indicates the man was standing outside of his vehicle along Robinsonville Road and Jimtown Road early Friday afternoon, when he was struck by a dump truck.

Emergency personnel and vehicles are still there, and delays can be expected as the investigation continues.

The identity of the man who was killed hasn't been released.


Man struck near Wawaset Park

By Andrew Sgroi 9:23am, October 31, 2014 - Updated 11:59am, October 31, 2014
Shots rang near the Wawaset Park neighborhood in Wilmington Thursday night, leaving one man critically injured.

The shooting occurred around 9:45 p.m. at 5th and Webb Streets, near the Wawaset Shopping Center.

As paramedics arrived, they found a 46-year-old man who had been shot in the upper body.

He was taken to Christiana ER, where he remains in critical condition.

Wilmington police are searching for suspects.










Aggressive firefighters' response saves house from destruction

By Andrew Sgroi 9:37am, October 31, 2014
Wilmington firefighters held back the flames of a house fire Thursday afternoon, potentially averting significant damage.

Fire officials say the flare occurred just past 12:30 p.m. Thursday on the 200 block of South Connell Street.

Responding crews found smoke showing from the first floor of the two-story row home but were able to contain it within 15 minutes to an area near the kitchen.

One occupant of the home sustained minor injuries and refused treatment. Two pets perished in the fire.

The Wilmington Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.


Claymont bank robbed

By Chris Carl 4:04pm, October 31, 2014 - Updated 4:41pm, October 31, 2014
State Police are looking for the man who robbed a Claymont bank.

Troopers say the masked robber got away with cash from the M&T branch on Philadelphia Pike around 4:45 p.m. Thursday.

The suspect is described as a white man, 5' 7" tall, weighing between 130 and 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black coat and blue jeans.

He did not display a weapon, and no one was hurt.


Graffiti bridge "tagged" for facelift in Wilmington

By Andrew Sgroi 11:16am, October 31, 2014 - Updated 11:30am, October 31, 2014
An overhead railroad bridge which has been defaced by graffiti over the last several years is finally getting restored.

The rehab work for the rail span that crosses over Concord Avenue near Broom Street began Wednesday night, largely due to a capital campaign organized through city and county grants, says Wilmington councilman Bud Freel.

As a way to give back to the community, the bridge is being repaired by three local companies who are charging only minimal costs for labor and materials.

The work occurs during the overnight hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in order to reduce travel disruption.

The renovation is expected to complete by next week.


Wilmington police to hand out Halloween candy

By Tom Lehman 5:45pm, October 30, 2014
City cops will be handing out Halloween candy outside the Wilmington Police Department headquarters on Friday.

As part of Halloween festivities, officers with the community policing unit will be at East Fourth and North Walnut streets between the hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., handing out candy to children who stop by.

The officers will also bring the department's Mobile Mini Station to four locations in the city.

Sgt. Walter Ferris said the event is part of a community outreach effort.

"Some of these areas do have trick or treating, but I think it would be kind of cool to have the kids come up and get candy from the police officers and interact with the police. Hopefully it will have an impact on the parent," Ferris said.

Officers will visit the following locations on Friday at the following times:




Del. coastal cleanup nets 3 tons of trash

By Associated Press 11:07am, October 31, 2014
(WDEL/file)
A cleanup of coastal Delaware drew more than 1,800 volunteers who collected more than 3 tons of trash.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources said Friday that the volunteers fanned out along more than 80 miles of Delaware coastline on Sept. 20, from Wilmington to Fenwick Island.

The agency says about a third of the trash was able to be recycled, including glass and aluminum cans.

Volunteers found some unusual trash, too. That included an electric saber saw, a bowling ball, a car fender, crab traps and Christmas lights.


Death penalty sought for man who killed Pa. trooper

By NBC 10 7:11pm, October 30, 2014 - Updated 11:07am, October 31, 2014
Eric Frein (Photo courtesy of NBC 10)
Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty for a survivalist accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in an ambush.

Survivalist Eric Frein was captured Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a lengthy manhunt that rattled the nerves of area residents. The takedown of Frein ended seven weeks of tension and turmoil, as authorities at times closed schools, canceled outdoor events and blockaded roads to pursue him.

Frein is accused of opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding another trooper.

Police said they linked him to the ambush after his SUV was found in a nearby swamp. They called him armed and extremely dangerous.


Trick-or-treating back on after manhunt ends

By Associated Press 11:07am, October 31, 2014
Trick-or-treating is back on in a northeastern Pennsylvania town that spent the last seven weeks gripped by a massive manhunt for the suspect in the killing of state trooper.

Not long after Eric Frein was arrested Thursday night, Barrett Township supervisors immediately started getting the word out that the town's hundreds of children can go trick-or-treating after all Friday.

The chairman of the town supervisors says "the kids have gone through enough," and deserved to be able to celebrate.

The traditional Halloween parade and door-to-door trick-or-treating had been cancelled while Frein was still on the loose in the heavily wooded township.

Frien is accused of killing one trooper and seriously wounding a second in an ambush killing Sept. 12. He had his first court appearance Friday morning.


Atlantic City unemployment rate jumps amid casino closings

By Associated Press 11:13am, October 31, 2014
The unemployment rate in Atlantic County has risen to 11.4 percent as the impact of three casino closings in just over a two-week period at the end of the summer is being felt.

The Press of Atlantic City reports the September rate for Atlantic County, which includes Atlantic City, increased by 1.3 percentage points.

The Showboat closed Aug. 31, Revel shut down on Sept. 2 and Trump Plaza closed on Sept. 16.

So far, including the Atlantic Club, which closed in January, 8,000 casino workers have lost their jobs this year.

In September, 5,400 more people in Atlantic County were counted as unemployed than in August, with 4,900 of them in the leisure and hospitality industry.


Remember to set your clocks back

By Associated Press 2:48pm, October 31, 2014 - Updated 4:09pm, October 31, 2014
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

Officially, the change comes at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people usually set their clocks back before heading to bed Saturday night.

Residents of Hawaii, most of Arizona and some U.S. territories don't have to change; Daylight Saving Time is not observed there.

Public safety officials say this is also a good time to put a new battery in the smoke alarm, no matter where you live.

Daylight Saving Time returns at 2 a.m. local time the second Sunday in March - March 8, 2015.



Child predator sentenced to 13 years in prison

By Amy Cherry 5:45pm, October 31, 2014
A Middletown man will spend more than a decade behind bars on charged of dealing in child pornography.

Charles Hurd, 49, was arrested in June of last year after the state's child predator task force says it discovered illegal images in his possession.

Hurd was re-arrested in January of this year, after the evidence showed he sexually assaulted a child.

He pled guilty in June to five counts of dealing in child porn and one count of unlawful sexual contact with a child.


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