Man charged with harassing children at Christiana apartment complex

By Associated Press 6:31am, March 29, 2015 - Updated 12:06pm, March 29, 2015
Richard Harrison
New Castle County police said they've arrested a man who was following children around and touched one child on the head at a Christiana apartment complex.

Police said 27-year-old Richard Harrison was arrested on Friday. He lives in the Cedarwood Apartment Complex on the 700 block of Christiana Road, where the incident took place. Police said neighbors called police to report that a man had been following children. The neighbors told police that when they confronted the man, he fled into an apartment.

Charges against Harrison include two counts of harassment and one count of offensive touching. He's been released on bail and ordered to have no contact with the two alleged victims.

Police said they are concerned that Harrison may have done the same thing to other children. Witnesses are asked to call police.

Newport fire under investigation

By Jim Hilgen 9:48am, March 29, 2015 - Updated 11:40am, March 29, 2015
The Delaware state Fire Marshal is investigating a fire that heavily damaged a Newport home Sunday morning.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., the Minquas Fire Company responded to the unit block of Harding Avenue near West Newport Pike for a report of a house on fire.

Firefighters observed the home engulfed in flames as they arrived on the scene.

State fire investigators are on the scene searching for the fire's origin and cause.

Heavy fire damage was estimated at $75,000, the fire marshal said.

Police calling Magnolia man's death murder

By Frank Gerace 6:22am, March 29, 2015 - Updated 11:42am, March 29, 2015
Delaware State Police have identified a man who was found shot to death inside a car in Magnolia.

Police said the man was 44-year-old Richard Jacobs Jr. of Dover. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Police are not releasing details about what led to the slaying because they say it might jeopardize the investigation.

Officers found Jacobs' body late Friday night. Police said they were called to the Meadowbrook Acres development for a report of shots fired. Jacobs was found dead in the driver's seat of a car. He had been shot multiple times, police said.

Anyone with information can call Detective William Porter at 302-531-5892 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

New Castle girl names mounted horse 'Spartan'

By Jim Hilgen 8:09am, March 29, 2015 - Updated 12:09pm, March 29, 2015
An 11-year-old New Castle girl had the winning name in the county's Horse Naming Contest.

Yoselin Rojas Mendez chose Spartan as the name for a Mounted Patrol Clydesdale which came to county police in December 2014 from Ontario, Canada.

"I picked the name Spartan because it really fits his personality, which is friendly and quiet," she said. "That’s what it means to be a Spartan. It also means being responsible about your work."

New Castle County Police held a contest involving local elementary school children to name the horse.

Miss Mendez, a student at New Castle Elementary School, submitted her choice during the County Spring Festival at Carousel Park Saturday and it was chosen.

Traffic stop turns to drug bust

By Associated Press 6:31am, March 29, 2015 - Updated 11:40am, March 29, 2015
Delaware State Police said a man pulled over in a traffic stop was found to have heroin packaged for sale, along with other drugs and a BB gun that looked like a semi-automatic handgun.

Police said a state trooper pulled over 21-year-old Nicholas Exler early Saturday morning in Lewes. The trooper smelled marijuana inside the car and then searched Exler and the vehicle. Police said the trooper found 130 baggies of heroin in the cargo pocket of Exler's pants.

Police said the trooper also found marijuana and cocaine, along with the BB gun and suspected drug proceeds. Exler is facing numerous charges including possession with intent to deliver.

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