Another fight at Newark HS leads to arrests

By Tom Lehman 10:26am, October 24, 2014 - Updated 1:17pm, October 24, 2014
(WDEL File)
Two students are under arrest after a fight Friday morning at Newark High School, during an evacuation due to a bomb threat.

The received the threat around 7:30 a.m., prompting an evacuation to school's athletic fields.

Police say 15 minutes into the evacuation, there was a fight between two students. An officer broke up the fight using pepper spray.

Police haven't released what charges those students are facing.

Police say a student in the stands had to be taken to the hospital for an asthma-related issue, but it wasn't related to the pepper spray.

As for the bomb threat, Wilmington Police and State Police provided assistance in sweeping the building. No explosives were found.

Classes have since resumed.

It's the second time this month that police were called to the school. Charges were filed against 11 students after a large fight on Oct. 20th.


AUDIO: 911 calls show chaos after tour bus crash

By Associated Press 11:05pm, October 23, 2014 - Updated 2:02pm, October 24, 2014
Emergency phone calls made by passengers and passing motorists capture the chaos, fear, and confusion in the aftermath of a tour bus crash in Delaware that left three people dead.

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Recordings obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act also indicated that 911 operators struggled to learn exactly where the September 21st crash occurred, because passengers didn't know where they were. One distraught passenger could say only that she was somewhere between Washington and Philadelphia.

The callers pleaded frantically for help, describing how people were bleeding and trapped, but often had to wait anxious seconds as calls were transferred from 911 operators to fire and ambulance dispatchers.

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The driver of the bus, 56-year-old Jinli Zhao of Flushing, New York, is charged with operating a vehicle causing the death of another person.



Police identify man found dead on walking trail

By Associated Press 2:39pm, October 24, 2014
Delaware State Police have identified the man whose body was found along a walking trail in Bear.

Troopers said on Friday that the body found Thursday morning near a wooded area was that of 19-year-old Brenton A. Mauk of Bear.

Officers say an autopsy showed no apparent trauma or evidence of foul play. The cause and manner of death remains under investigation until toxicology results are available.


Overcoming Odds: Bob LaManna's story

By Amy Cherry 5:45am, October 24, 2014 - Updated 11:41am, October 24, 2014
VIDEO: Bob LaManna went from living life in a straightjacket to thriving at Staples with help from Chimes.
He's been with Chimes for as long as the organization has existed, and he's worked a lot harder than most of us to get a job.

WDEL's Amy Cherry shares Bob LaManna's story in the fifth and final installment of "Overcoming Odds."

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Shackled and cuffed, but not in prison, that was the life Bob LaManna lived for decades until he came to Chimes...

"When Bob first came to us he was in, for lack of a better term, a restraint chair," said Dave Black, coordinator of vocational services for Chimes.

Bob was diagnosed with depression, diabetes, intermittent explosive disorder, an intellectual disability and active seizures. Black worked directly with Bob for seven years, trying to control his aggression...

"Really what it came down to, he just wanted a friend, he just wanted someone to talk to. We got rid of the restraint chair; we got rid of the straightjacket, we got rid of the floor restraints for him, and he got to a point, where he was able to convey to us was, 'What I really want to do is I wanna work. I wanna go out and make money,'" he said.

So Bob has been cleaning the Staples in Prices Corner for the past several years.

"I just want to get some work. I like to work," said LaManna.

When he's not working at Staples, Bob has the tedious job of poking 1,000 needles into a board that's used to weave W.L. Gore's breathable waterproof material, Goretex.

"So do you like this job?" I asked him.

"Yeah," said LaManna.

"Do you like Staples better?" I asked.

"Yeah, man," he told me.

Bob uses a floor buffer to make Staples sparkle each morning before opening. His manager John Muldoon says Bob has a special labeling job too.

"He makes sure that the products have the tags which would activate the electronic article surveillance, keeping the profits in the store," said Muldoon.

John has watched Bob grow over the years.

"He's always asking to do more, and he's learned things about the store. He can do a lot of these tasks now without being managed, and he takes initiative that he didn't take when he started, and it means a lot to him to be able to come in and do it every day," said Muldoon.

"He's absolutely one of our success stories. From being in something like, where you're strapped into a chair, when he first came to us to working out in the community, getting a paycheck, going out on ski trips with friends and doing all kinds of things, and using his own money. He's supporting himself. He's going out; he wants to do things, and he's able to do it all by himself, which is just amazing, and it's just the reason why we're here, this is it," Black said proudly.

Black says it's all about listening to these men and women, recognizing their potential and realizing their lives are limitless.

"We didn't change anybody. We haven't cured anybody, we're just working with people to try to get them to reach their maximum potential, their maximum independence, and that's what they've hit. This is the end result with what Bob is seeing," Black said.

If you missed "Overcoming Odds, you can check out the whole series:

Overcoming Odds Part 1

Overcoming Odds Part 2

Overcoming Odds Part 3

Overcoming Odds Part 4




Man arrested in Collins Park stabbing

By Andrew Sgroi 1:17pm, October 24, 2014
County police have made an arrest in connection with the late night stabbing in Collins Park on Thursday.

Police say that 35-year-old Ronald Taltoan was the suspect responsible for the assault on Riverview Drive just before 11 p.m.

Witnesses told police that Taltoan and a 20-year-old victim had been involved in a physical altercation before the stabbing took place. Taltoan then fled the scene, leaving the weapon behind.

Police were able to locate the suspect in a wooded area with the assist of a police canine.

Taltoan sits in Young Correctional facing multiple charges. The victim remains hospitalized at Christiana.


Struck pedestrian along busy bypass in Christiana

By Andrew Sgroi 11:47am, October 24, 2014 - Updated 2:24pm, October 24, 2014
(Photo: Justin Enloe/WDEL)
State police are currently looking into the details of a crash in Christiana Friday morning which struck a pedestrian and sent him to the hospital.

County paramedics say that upon responding to state route 273 at West Main St just before 7 a.m., they found a man unresponsive after being hit by the vehicle.

The patient was taken to Christiana Hospital for injuries to his head, body, and possible internal damage and is listed in critical condition.

The eastbound right lane of the Christiana Bypass was closed for over an hour during the investigation.


Shooting in Wilmington's Southbridge section leaves one hurt

By Tom Lehman 1:02am, October 24, 2014 - Updated 2:05pm, October 24, 2014
A 34-year-old man was shot in the arm Thursday night in Wilmington's Southbridge section, city police said.

Patrol officers arrived in the area of South Heald Street and Garaches Lane about 8:20 p.m. for a possible shooting, Sgt. Andrea Janvier said.

The officers found a man suffering from a single gunshot wound to his upper left arm, Janvier said.

The man was transported in an ambulance to Christiana Hospital's emergency room, where police said he was listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call the Wilmington Police Criminal Investigations Division at (302) 576-3620.

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.


Separate murder trials sought in soccer shootings

By Associated Press 2:37pm, October 24, 2014
Lawyers for two men being tried for murder in a soccer tournament shooting that left three people dead in 2012 asked for a mistrial after an alleged fellow gang member testifying for the state told jurors he had been promised witness protection.

The judge denied the mistrial motions Friday but is considering defense requests for separate trials for 23-year-old Jeffrey Phillips and 38-year-old Otis Phillips.

Defense attorneys are concerned that jurors will think the defendants threatened the witness, although there was no such testimony Friday.

The witness did say after jurors were ordered out of the room that Otis Phillips had threatened him in jail.

The two defendants, who are not related, have pleaded not guilty in the deaths of soccer tournament organizer Herman Curry and 16-year-old player Alexander Kamara.


3 arrested in Dover on heroin charges after tip

By Associated Press 1:44pm, October 24, 2014 - Updated 2:24pm, October 24, 2014
State police have arrested three people on heroin charges after a month-long investigation.

Police said Friday they began watching a Dover home after getting a tip about drug activity. They pulled over a car seen leaving the home Thursday and chased down a passenger who jumped out and ran away. Police say the passenger, Kyiar Haith, had 78 bags of heroin, and threw out 29 more as he ran.

Police arrested him, the driver of the car, 37-year-old Kenneth Collins of Felton, and a woman who lived at the Dover home, identified as Jacqueline Hughes.

Police say when they searched a room being rented by the 40-year-old Hughes and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Haith, they found nine more bags of heroin.


Anxious night in Brookemeade: fire destroys pool house

By Andrew Sgroi 9:40am, October 24, 2014 - Updated 10:46am, October 24, 2014
Courtesy: Tom Mitten
The state fire marshal is probing the cause of a pool house fire in a suburban Wilmington neighborhood Thursday night.

The fire occurred around 10:30 p.m. on the 2700 block of Skylark Road in the Brookemeade community, just off of Centerville Road.

Responding firefighters arrived to find a large pool house, about the size of a two-car garage, was heavily consumed at the rear of the property.

It took crews just under an hour to contain the flames.

No one was in the pool house at the time of the fire, but there was significant damage to the structure and its contents.


PAC's alleged campaign law violation investigated

By Tom Lehman 6:43pm, October 23, 2014 - Updated 11:45am, October 24, 2014
State Election Comissioner Elaine Manlove told WDEL mailers like the one pictured above appear to violate a campaign law that requires attribution to the Political Action Committee or person that issued the advertisements.
Delaware's election commissioner said she is investigating an apparent violation of campaign law by a Republican state house Political Action Committee.

State elections commissioner Elaine Manlove said recently-issued mailers about economic issues didn't include attribution to the Delaware House Republican Campaign Committee as required by a law passed in 2012.

The ordinance requires all third-party advertisements "having a fair market value of $500 or more," to include the disclosure.

Manlove said the mailers should have included a statement identifying the name of the political action committee and included a link to her departmental website.

The mailers also incorrectly listed "Delaware House Republicans" on the return address but gave the address for the state Republican Party's headquarters in Newark.

The PAC is actually registered in Wilmington.

The mailers featured state GOP candidates like Kevin Hensley, Rob Keesler, Judy Travis and Lyndon Yearick and criticized Governor Jack Markell's Administration for recent tax proposals.

House Minority Leader Danny Short (R-Seaford) told WDEL the lack of attribution and incorrect address in the mailers were unintentional oversights.

Future literature from the committee would contain corrected information, he said.

Manlove said she is consulting a deputy attorney general to see whether any punishment could be levied against the PAC, but cautioned the incident may only serve as "learning experience."


Carper to visit West Virginia to stump for Tennant

By Associated Press 1:42pm, October 24, 2014 - Updated 2:24pm, October 24, 2014
Senator Tom Carper will be spending part of his weekend on the campaign trail in West Virginia.

Carper, who was born in West Virginia, will join Democrat Senate candidate Natalie Tennant at several campaign stops.

He also plans to tour the Coalfields Expressway and talk with the King Coal Highway Authority and local leaders in Mullens.

Carper is the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Tennant and Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito are contending for retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat.


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