Man seriously hurt in shooting at New Castle Mobile Home Park
By Tom Lehman

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:33am

A man was seriously injured in a shooting at a mobile home park south of Wilmington on Tuesday.

It happened shortly before 7:09 p.m. in the New Castle Mobile Home Park, located on the 3100 block of New Castle Avenue (Del. 9).

New Castle County police and paramedics responding to reports of shots fired in the area found a man with a gunshot wound to his upper body, said Sgt. Jacob Andrews.

The man received medical treatment from the paramedics and was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

Police were conducting interviews Tuesday night to gather more information about the shooting and detectives had not yet determined a motive. Suspect information has not been released.

Witnesses to the shooting or those who have video surveillance or can provide details related to the investigation can contact the New Castle County Police Department at (302) 395-8110 or by texting the key word NCCPD followed by your tip to 847411 (TIP411).



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Mayor Williams tours "crime hotspots"
By Tom Lehman

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 9:11am

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VIDEO: Mayor Williams talks about bringing the Cure Violence program.

A founder of the Cure Violence program, a crime prevention method used in major U.S. cities, toured Wilmington's crime "hotspots" with Mayor Dennis Williams on Tuesday.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports...

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Frank Perez, the national director of Cure Violence, made the visit as part of an effort to prepare for the city's adoption of the plan, which uses "violence interrupters" to locate and mediate potentially lethal conflicts.

The method targets pockets of crime and has been used in cities like Chicago, Baltimore and New York City.

"The hotspots are what drive the rest of the city's numbers," Perez said. "If you can get to those hotspots and reduce the numbers then you reduce the overall numbers in the city."

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The Williams administration has proposed spending $200,000 in the upcoming fiscal year to help bring the program to Wilmington.

The mayor said the police department must build trust with residents as the plan is implemented. He said whomever becomes the permanent police chief must have that goal.

"We have to be progressive, we have to think forward, we have to think outside the box," Williams said. "There's a new way of policing and that's winning over hearts and minds."

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While touring the Hilltop neighborhood with Perez, Williams was approached by Theodore Jackson Sr., who called on the mayor to find ways to reduce the kind of violence that took the life of his son in the city's sixth homicide this year.

Jackson's son, also named Theodore Jackson, was shot and killed near the intersection of S. Harrison and Elm Street in the city's Hedgeville neighborhood on April 3.

"People are scared, they have to live here. When they tell on somebody they have to go back in their homes," Jackson said after his conversation with the mayor. "Something has to be done."

The mayor said facilitating cooperation between residents and the police department would be beneficial to investigations into shootings.

"Once we shake the leaves, we'll eventually find out (who was responsible), but six or seven months earlier we could have solved a lot of these cases if people had given us the information."

Williams said Sean Allen, the deputy director of parks and recreation, was sent to Chicago for training to implement the program. He also said the city will open pools early, provide summer jobs and utilize an arts in the parks program to try and dissuade young people avoid criminal activity.

Perez said reaching out to young people and convincing them violence should not be used to resolve disputes is an important part of reducing violent crime, like the 26 shootings recorded in Wilmington this year.

"There's no shame in humbling yourself and not lashing out at another human being and causing harm to them," he said.

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



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Neighbors evacuated after roof collapse in Wilmington
By Amy Cherry

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 9:04am

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A scare in a city neighborhood forces residents out of their homes.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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Residents on parts of city block in Wilmington were evacuated following a roof collapse.

It happened just before lunchtime on the 400 block of West 7th Street in a row home that a city inspector says is used as a lodge.

A neighbor holding a blanket, standing on a street corner, spoke to WDEL.

"They condemned the house next-door and for safety reasons, they are letting us stay out until the demolition is over with," said a neighbor, who was forced from his home. "It ain't good. I'm just waiting on a place to stay right now."

"Do you think your home is safe?" I asked the man.

"Oh yeah, but the one next-door ain't," he said.

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It's unclear what caused the collapse, but Leo Lynch, Deputy Commissioner with the city's Licenses and Inspections Department, tells WDEL the buildings are old.

No one was hurt or inside the building at the time of the collapse.



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Phils beat Dodgers in 10 on Browns' double
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Domonic Brown doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning after a costly error by left fielder Carl Crawford, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Carlos Ruiz reached second base when his flyball to short left field glanced off Crawford's glove as shortstop Hanley Ramirez nearly collided with the left fielder. Brown followed with a drive to the fence in left-center on a 1-1 pitch from J.P. Howell (1-2).

Antonio Bastardo (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his sixth save, putting him within eight of 300.



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Thunderguards fight back against lawsuit that seeks to shut them down
By Amy Cherry

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:51am

The Thunderguards Motorcycle Club on 2800 Northeast Blvd. (WDEL/Amy Cherry)
The Thunderguards speak out against a lawsuit filed under the state's nuisance abatement law to shut down their motorcycle club in Northeast Wilmington.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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"We're not a gang. We're not outlaws."

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That's what the Thunderguards' national pastor Kurtis Davis wants the public to know. Davis has been a member of the Wilmington club for nine years and says he's not their lawyer nor does he have a law degree. Instead, he says he has the respect and the clout within the club to speak on its behalf.

Davis says he's reached out to the attorney general's office and Mayor Williams asking for solutions and those messages go ignored.

"All of a sudden he wants to get in the press and say he won't shake hands with gangsters. We're not gangsters. I have members who have retired from legitimate businesses, chemical engineers, civil engineers, lawyers, nurses, firemen," he said.

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WDEL's e-mail and in-person requests for comment from the mayor's office haven't been returned.

Davis has also sent a letter to the attorney general's office and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn's office requesting a meeting so the Thunderguards can be part of the solution.

"Nobody talks about the good that we do. We haven't been giving away the book bags and the Thanksgiving baskets for one to two years, this has been going on for five or six years now," said Davis.

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Lt. Gov. Denn's office says Davis' e-mail sent Tuesday is the first time they've been contacted on the issue.

"With a lawsuit pending, it isn't appropriate for us to get involved or comment," said Emily Cunningham, spokeswoman for Lt. Gov. Denn.

The lawsuit, brought by the attorney general's office and the City of Wilmington, seeks to shutdown the Thunderguards 2800 Northeast Boulevard club, under the Nuisance Abatement Act. The Nuisance Abatement Act is a civil statute that focuses on patterns of violent criminal activity associated with a specific property. The Delaware attorney general's office uses the statute as a crime-fighting tool to hold property owners accountable. Last May, a so-called drug haven in Garfield Park, was shutdown under the statute.

The lawsuit against the Thunderguards cites 15 shootings, including five murders, in the past nine years.

"There can be no question that persistent and sustained violent criminal activity has taken place over a period of several year on this property, and that activity triggers our ability to use this law to ask a Court to order the property shuttered in order to protect public safety," said Attorney General spokesman Jason Miller in an e-mail.

Davis insists the attorney general's office has no proof that Thunderguards were involved in the crime.

"I don't believe that any Thunderguards in nine years have been responsible for any of those killings that they're talking about. I may be wrong, but I really believe that I'm right," said Davis. "There's not one Thunderguard that they can say, and they have put in the paper, 'Oh this Thunderguard was convicted of this homicide or this Thunderguard was convicted of that homicide.' No, you can't because it didn't happen. The Thunderguards didn't commit those crimes. Yes, they may have happened near our establishment, but that doesn't mean we were responsible. If they have proof that it was a Thunderguard, then come out with it, say who it was."

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The suit will be heard in Superior Court on May 15.



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Calls for clean water, air on Earth Day
By Amy Cherry

Updated Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 5:30pm

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Earth Day is celebrated on Rodney square.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara used the opportunity to push for Gov. Markell's proposed clean water tax--that's been a tough sell so far as Legislative Hall.

"Wilmington is a city of rivers. You have the Delaware River on one side, the Christina, and the Brandywine, and we need to make sure that these incredible resources that have really shaped the history of our state are cleaned up in a way that passes them onto future generations in a way that's swimmable, fishable, and ultimately, even drinkable," said O'Mara.

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He reminds us Earth Day is only one day a year and protecting our environment is a full-time job.

Cleaner air is highlighted as one of the next big challenges our nation faces this Earth Day.

Deb Brown, President and CEO for the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, says there are simple steps Delawareans can take to improve air quality each day.

"Riding a bike for a shorter trip, carpooling, taking public transportation are all ways to help improve air quality, especially on days when air quality is predicted to be poor," said Brown.

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She's also asking you to ride public transportation for one day next week in honor of Air Quality Awareness Week.




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NCCo Police ID man found dead in Centreville
By Tom Lehman

Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:38am

New Castle County police have identified the man who was discovered dead outside his home in Centreville on Tuesday.

The body of 85-year-old James Conaway was discovered about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday outside of his home on the 300 block of High Ridge Road, said Sgt. Jacob Andrews.

Conaway's bronze Cadillac, which police had been searching for, was also located, Andrews said.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of Conaway's death.

Witnesses to the incident or those who have video surveillance or can provide details related to the investigation can contact the New Castle County Police Department at (302) 395-8110 or by texting the key word NCCPD followed by your tip to 847411 (TIP411).

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



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EdWatch: EastSide Charter student named Crozier scholar
By Amy Cherry

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VIDEO: Oni Osuagwu, an eighth grader at EastSide Charter, talks about winning the 2014 Roger Crozier scholarship.

An EastSide Charter School student wins a special scholarship to attend a private high school.

WDEL's Amy Cherry profiles her in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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This fall, Oni Osuagwu will head off to high school at the The Tatnall School. The EastSide Charter eighth grader was named the 2014 Roger Crozier Scholar for her determination and academic performance.

"I was actually happy, but it wasn't like, 'Oh I was surprised.' Not to brag or anything, but I just had a feeling that if I just put my mind to it and stayed on my 'A" game throughout the year, that I could get this scholarship," said Osuagwu.

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The $30,000 scholarship will cover all four years at Tatnall, and Osuagwu is the first Crozier scholar to attend the prestigious private school.

Osuagwu is so smart, she skipped a grade.

"It comes naturally, like I'm not trying to brag or nothin,'" she laughs. "It just comes natural like I don't have to study hard every day."

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But she says none of it would have been possible without the support from Eastside.

"If they see me slipping or something, they're just going to catch me on track. 'Don't fall off track.' They've just had my back since I've been here," she said.

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Osuagwu says her parents are proud.

"All my life, I've just been succeeding, and that was my goal to succeed all my life and just don't fail, and if you fail, you get back up no matter what," she said.

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Osuagwu aspires to study at the University of Pennsylvania and become a pediatrician or a lawyer




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Del. may get its first coast-to-coast trail
By Joe Irizarry

Senator Chris Coons will introduce the National Discovery Trails Act of 2014 that would designate the American Discovery Trail as part of the National Trails System.

WDEL's Joe Irizarry has more.

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The 6,800 mile trail starts at Cape Henlopen State Park and goes to Point Reyes National Seashore in California. The trail splits into northern and southern routes at Cincinnati, Ohio, rejoining at Denver, Colorado.

Senator Coons says it will not be a federally maintained trail, and when it was last introduced the cost was estimated at $2 million a year for promotion, maintenance and upkeep. He doesn't have any numbers for it now.

Coons adds it didn't get through the House last time, so, why will now be any different?

"Optimism. The only thing that gets me on the train every morning to go back is optimism and confidence that Congressman Carney is so well-respected that if he takes it up and moves it in the House, it may well have a future," said Sen. Coons.

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Coons made the announcement at Cape Henlopen State Park, and he says the legislation if passed would bring more visibility and recognition to the trail.



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Delaware Outdoor Trail is launched
By Joe Irizarry

The Delaware Tourism Office launches the Delaware Outdoor Trail, which is a collection of walking, running, hiking, biking wildlife and water activities in all three counties in the state.

WDEL's Joe Irizarry has more.

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This initiative is to increase out-of-state visitation, and it's modeled after the other trails in the state.

Each trail offers travelers a way to explore top attractions, while also potentially winning a price as they check off trail "passports" that can be downloaded from the tourism website

Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski explains more about the passport.

"If you really look at the passport, each site lists what activities are recommended for that site. It gives you parking information. It gives you the hours that they're open. And it only requires that you experience five in each county in order to qualify to get a prize," Parkowski says.

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As a special kick-off prize, the first 100 out-of-state participants who download a passport will receive a free Delaware State Park pass, valid for free park entry through this year.




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Three UD students arrested
By Carl Kanefsky

Updated Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 1:06pm

Andrew Lee, Ayrton Doerr, Jason Zimmell
Police say a University of Delaware student is assaulted by three others, after the suspects allegedly break into a locked bedroom.

The 20 year old victim was in the bedroom of a woman who had been in a previous relationship with Andrew Lee, one of the three suspects.

According to Newark Police, Lee, along with Jason Zimmell and Ayrton Doerr, beat and kicked the victim, breaking his cheekbone, and causing cuts that required stitches and staples in his head.

The three were arrested, and each face charges of home invasion, possession of a deadly weapon, assault, conspiracy, and criminal mischief.

Neither the female in the bedroom, nor her roommate, were harmed.



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Certificate: Del. inmate's death ruled murder
By Associated Press

Updated Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:37pm

A death certificate states the death of a Delaware inmate has been ruled a homicide.

The certificate provided Steve Hampton, an attorney representing the family of Ronald Shoup of Lewes, 48, shows that the Sussex Correctional Institution inmate "sustained lethal trauma while being restrained multiple times by prison response team."

Paperwork filed by the Office of the Medical Examiner shows Shoup was found in an isolated infirmary cell on Feb. 27, a week after arriving at the facility, and was pronounced dead about four hours later. Shoup was being held on multiple charges including drunken driving after failing to post bail.

State Police confirm that there is an investigation into Shoup's death but declined to comment on details of the investigation or the circumstances surrounding his death.




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Convicted sex offender sentenced for child porn
By Associated Press

A man who previously served four years in prison for possession of child pornography has been sentenced to 15 years on another child porn charge.

Sixty-four-year-old William Zimmerman of Georgetown pleaded guilty in January to receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Wilmington.

According to court documents, Zimmerman came to the attention of authorities during an investigation of two other men who had allegedly uploaded child pornography through an AOL server.

Prosecutors say state investigators executed a search warrant at Zimmerman's home. Authorities say investigators recovered several pieces of computer equipment with more than 2,300 images of child pornography.



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Elderly woman killed in crash downstate
By Associated Press

State Police say a 77-year-old woman was killed and another woman was injured in a crash near Millsboro.

The crash happened Tuesday night, when police say the women turned left from southbound Banks Road onto Friendship Drive and the car hit a northbound car.

Police say passenger Patricia Murphy and the 75-year-old woman who was driving the car were taken to Beebe Hospital, where Murphy was pronounced dead. Police say the driver suffered injuries to her lower body that are not considered life-threatening. The driver of the other car was not injured.

The crash is under investigation and police say no charges have been filed.



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Troopers look for help identifying suspect
By Carl Kanefsky

State Police hope you can help identify a man who used a stolen debit card in a Dover liquor store.

It was earlier this month when a 48 year old Little Creek man reported his wallet stolen.

On April 7th, Troopers say the card was used in the liquor store.

He's described as white, 40 to 55 years old, about 5'10'' tall, with an average build and shoulder length hair.

Anyone with information about the suspect's identity is asked to contact the Troop 3 Financial Crimes Unit at 302-741-2808, or call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.



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Rehoboth to install signs enforcing smoking ban
By Kelli Steele

Rehoboth Beach will soon begin installing signs to enforce a smoking ban in the resort.

More than 170 signs will be installed on the beach and boardwalk; they will designate the 20 locations where smoking is allowed during the summer and four locations where smoking will be allowed during the winter.

The smoking ban officially goes into effect May 15.



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Trailer released for movie filmed in OCMD
By Kelli Steele

The official trailer for a movie filmed in Ocean City has been released.

"Ping Pong Summer" stars Award-Winning Actresses Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson, as well as Actor John Hannah; it's a coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1985, about a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong and the summer family vacation to Ocean City that changes his life.

"Ping Pong Summer" was written and directed by Maryland Native Michael Tully. The last scene of the movie was filmed on Ocean City's Fishing Pier, one day before Hurricane Sandy hit the resort.

The movie will be out in theaters this summer. Meantime, you can watch the trailer by clicking here.



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