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NCCo emergency management coordinator's wife hurt in Va. tornado
By Amy Cherry

Updated Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 5:42pm

A tornado tore through a campground on Virginia's Eastern Shore. (Photo courtesy of NBC 10/Jordan Bertok)
The wife of New Castle County's emergency management coordinator is among dozens hurt after a tornado tore through a campground on Virginia's Eastern Shore Thursday morning.

Tony Prado, county spokesman, tells WDEL Dave Carpenter and his family were vacationing at the Cherrystone Campground when the storm hit.

"The trailer they were in was flipped on its head, completely upside. It was chaotic, and they were shaken up pretty badly. It was pretty serious. Dave Carpenter reported that the trailer next to him was completely obliterated," said Prado.

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Carpenter's wife, Shelly, has been hospitalized.

"His wife suffered a dislocated hip and fractured hip bone, unfortunately. Dave was complaining of a sore back, and the child were uninjured," said Prado.

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A New Jersey couple was killed in the tornado after a tree to fall on their tent.

They've been identified Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega of Jersey City. A police spokeswoman says the couple's 13-year-old son who was also in the tent suffered life-threatening injuries.

More than 1,300 people were staying at the campground when the EF 1 tornado struck.

The American Red Cross Delmarva Region is assisting 300 people at a nearby shelter at Northampton High School while also aiding first responders.



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Starbucks coming to Wilmington
By Amy Cherry

One of the world's most popular coffee shops is coming to Wilmington.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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"We've been courting Starbucks for over seven years."

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And now the Seattle-based coffee shop is coming to Wilmington.

Come October 1st, Starbucks will open up on the first floor of the Nemours building in place of Sugarfoot cafe, which closed earlier this month.

Just a few weeks later, Starbucks will open a second shop on the ground floor of Justison Landing apartment building on the Riverfront.

"The Starbucks will be larger than the typical Starbucks, and they'll offer plenty of seating so that people who want to post up and use their laptop or their iPad, you know, can do that. There will be areas to meet," said Rob Buccini of the Buccini/Pollin Group that owns both buildings where Starbucks will be located.

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What finally won Starbucks over after the Buccini/Pollin Group tried to woo the coffee giant for the better part of a decade? Buccini says their vision for the city.

"It was the employment growth of the City Wilmington, the population growth nearby the stores that they're going, and they believe like our company that we are on the cusp of some very solid economic growth," he said.

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Buccini says Starbucks is a natural complement to the other national brands he's helped bring to the city including the Westin Hotel and the IMAX movie theater, both on the Riverfront.

While he doesn't envision a Starbucks on every corner in Wilmington like you see in larger cities, Buccini does feel there's room for "one or two more" Starbucks to open up as the residential population grows.

The developer doesn't believe the international coffee company will pose a threat to some of the smaller coffee shops like LOMA at 2nd and Market Streets and Brew HaHa! closer to downtown, that have called Wilmington their home for several years.

"You know, LOMA Coffee is my go-to spot in the morning, and I still expect it to be my go-to spot in the morning, and this is a different locale than say where the Starbucks would be, so I would expect minimal overlap," he said.

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Buccini says both Starbucks will be well-designed and "nicer than your average Starbucks." He adds they'll be open late compared to some other local coffee shops.

"That's a huge plus."

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Prosecutor: Doctor fired back at DelCo. hospital gunman
By Associated Press

Updated Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:40am

A look at the scene from NBC 10's helicopter.
A psychiatrist has told police a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a Delaware County hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with the patient.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says Dr. Lee Silverman was grazed in the temple during the gunfight with patient Richard Plotts.

The caseworker killed at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on Thursday afternoon was Philadelphia resident Theresa Hunt. Authorities say she had accompanied Plotts to an appointment with Silverman at a psychiatric crisis center next to the hospital in Darby, just southwest of Philadelphia.

Whelan says Plotts was in surgery Thursday evening at a Philadelphia hospital. Silverman has been treated and released.

Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux says he believes the doctor's actions "saved lives."




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Hamels, Utley lead Phils over Giants 2-1
By Aaron Bracy/AP

Cole Hamels tosses a pitch in the 3rd inning. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings and Chase Utley had an RBI single to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

Hamels (5-5) got the better of Tim Hudson in a matchup between starters who have combined for seven All-Star appearances. The Philadelphia left-hander gave up six hits while striking out 10 and walking one.

Hudson (8-7) gave up two runs in six innings although both were unearned. The right-hander struck out six and walked two.

The Giants, who were looking for their first four-game sweep in Philadelphia since 1998, lost for just the second time in eight games. San Francisco's lead over the idle Dodgers in the NL West dropped to 1 1/2 games entering this weekend's three-game series between the rivals at AT&T Park.



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Remains of soldier return to Delaware after 62 years
By Tom Lehman

Updated Friday, July 25, 2014 - 3:59am

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The remains of a soldier from Delaware who died after a plane crash in Alaska 62 years ago returned home with full military honors on Thursday.

Col. Eugene Smith, who once helped track down millions of dollars worth of stolen jewels after World War II, was killed along with 51 others when their plane crashed in Alaska more than six decades ago.

The plane crashed on a glacier and remained undiscovered until June 2012. It had shifted 14 miles from the original crash site.

The Air Force identified a bone fragment as belonging to Smith in May. The remains arrived in Wilmington under full honors on Thursday.

"When I saw that casket come off that plane, I just fell apart. I thought 'after all this time, he's coming home," Sue Beckman, Smith's niece, told NBC 10.

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Smith's last-remaining brother died a couple of years ago, meaning none of his immediate family was still alive to see his remains return.

Beckman was six years old when her "Uncle Gene" died.

"It's not the way we wanted him home, but he's home and we can put him to rest," she said.

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Brian Gorman, Smith's nephew, said he never met his uncle but heard in stories from family members that he was known for investigating crimes and solving mysteries.

The colonel was the lead investigator on the Hesse jewel heist in 1946, which led to the court martialing of three U.S. officers responsible for the $2.5 million theft.

"He's an uncle I never met, but we never missed him," Gorman said. "His stories at every family dinner, his tales of what he accomplished were always present in our life," he said.

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Cape wins opening Delaware state junior tournament game
By Brandon Bossert

Updated Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:59pm

Cape Henlopen took on Dover in the opening game of the Delaware state juniors tournament Thursday night in Newark.

Dover took a first inning lead highlighted by Michael Carrington's RBI single, giving Dover an early three-run lead.

David Erickson would come into the game for Cape in relief of Zack Gelof in the first and would go 5.2 innings allowing two unearned runs while striking out five and allowing one base hit.

Down by two in the fifth, Cape sent eight batters to the plate, scoring three to take a late 5-4 advantage.

After allowing a tying run to Dover in the sixth, Cape's Austin Elliot hit an RBI double to score Luke Mulcahy and give Cape Henlopen the 6-5 win.

Cape will face Newark National Friday night at 7 pm.



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Motorcycle sparks fire at Bear area home
By Amy Cherry

A malfunctioning motorcycle in a garage sparks a fire that spread to the adjoining home.

The Christiana Fire Company arrived on scene to find flames shooting through a home on Lake Tahoe Circle in Bear's Beck's Woods community Thursday afternoon.

No one was hurt, but damage was estimated at $75,000.




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Court upholds death sentence in UD student's rape-murder
By Associated Press

Delaware's highest court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a man found guilty of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled Thursday that none of the claims raised by lawyers for 43-year-old James E. Cooke had a basis for overturning his 2012 conviction and sentence.

Cooke was convicted of the 2005 rape and killing of 20-year-old Lindsey Bonistall of White Plains, N.Y.

The Supreme court overturned Cooke's first conviction in 2007 because his public defenders, without Cooke's consent and despite his repeated claims of innocence, argued he was guilty but mentally ill.

Kathleen Bonistall, Lindsey's mother, tells the News Journal that the family is relieved by the court's ruling and grateful that justice has been served.



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Sussex County man contracts chikungunya in Caribbean
By Amy Cherry

A Sussex County man is the first in Delaware to contract an mosquito virus that's relatively new to the U.S.

State health officials say the 51-year-old man was treated for symptoms of chikungunya that he contracted in the Caribbean. The man was never hospitalized.

The viral disease, transmitted by mosquito bite, usually leads to a fever, joint pain, and headaches. People at risk for more severe disease include newborns infected around the time of birth, older adults age 65 and older, and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.

State health officials say the disease arriving in Delaware was "inevitable," after cases were found in New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

So far, Florida is the only state that has seen cases that aren't related to travel.

The Delaware Division of Public Health is reminding you to take extra precautions when mosquitoes are active, especially at dusk and early morning hours. When working outside, wear protective clothing such as shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and pants.

You're also advised to mosquito-proof your home by keeping windows and doorways tightly sealed, and maintain window and door screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house. Electronic repellents that emit high frequency sounds do not repel mosquitoes or other pests.



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US Marshals nab bank robbery fugitive in Wilmington
By Peter MacArthur

A man wanted for several armed robberies in and around Philadelphia was caught and cuffed this week in Wilmington.

A warrant had been issued for 28-year-old Richard Williams back in February for the holdups.

On Wednesday, police got a tip that Williams may be living at a residence on the 700 block of North Orange Street.

U.S Marshals moved in around 7 a.m. and Williams was arrested as he tried to flee.
He's now awaiting extradition back to Philadelphia.




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Greek company fined 500K for dumping oil into ocean
By Amy Cherry

Updated Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 3:37pm

The Bulk Victory was fined by the feds for illegally dumping oily waste in the Atlantic. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney's office)
A Greek shipping company is fined a half-million dollars for environmental violations.

The U.S. attorney's office says a 13,000 ton cargo ship, M/V Bulk Victory, operated by Pacific and Atlantic Shipmanagers of Athens, was dumping oily waste and sludge into the open ocean for nine months from January to September of 2013.

The Coast Guard discovered the illegal dumping by exploring the ship's record books when they boarded it in the Delaware Bay off Slaughter Beach in March of 2014.

In addition to the fine, the company was placed on probation, and that particular ship cannot call upon any U.S. port for three years.



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Recalled fruit coming off Del. store shelves
By Peter MacArthur

Fruit is coming off the shelves from Costco, BJ's, Sam's Club and Trader Joe's in Delaware due to concerns over listeria contamination.

The peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots all come from a California operation which determined that some of its produce packaged between June 1st and July 12th may be contaminated.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

For healthier people, symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.



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Appointed Delaware Tech president turns down offer
By Mark Fowser/Amy Cherry

The man selected to take over as the next president of Delaware Tech has turned down the office.

The community college announced Ray Hoy was appointed to become the school's fifth president earlier this month.

But Hoy, instead, plans to stay in his current position as president of Wor-Wic Community College.

Delaware Tech chose Hoy among a field of 20 candidates in a national search to fill the presidency, held for decades by Dr. Lonnie George.




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Dover teens face attempted murder charges
By Mellany Armstrong

A man is in critical condition after being stabbed during a large fight in Dover.

Dover police say they were called to the first block of South New Street just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for a fight that was happening. About 20 people were involved. Police say a 20-year-old man had numerous knife wounds to his chest. He is in critical but stable condition at the hospital.

Police have obtained warrants for two men, 19-year-old Shaquille Bolden and 18-year-old Kinon Test, saying they are the assailants in the knife attack. Police say they don't know yet what caused the large fight.





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Branmar Plaza gift shop targeted by robber
By Peter MacArthur

Police are looking for a suspect after a gift shop in Branmar Plaza was ripped off Wednesday night.

A man walked in to the Friendly's Gift Shop at about 8:30 p.m., grabbed an employee by the arm and demanded money.

After workers got the cash register open, they turned over cash and the man took off.

No one was hurt.



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Dover Police arrest 2 following high speed chase
By Amy Cherry

Two men are arrested after allegedly leading Dover Police on a high-speed chase.

Dover police say Anthony Rollins nearly struck a police officer as he tried to flee a stop for a traffic violation.

Police say during the pursuit, passenger Agmere Matthews was throwing plastic bags of crack cocaine out the car window.

Both face a host of drug and traffic charges.



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Bear woman may have a leg up or two for Miss Teen USA pageant
By Mellany Armstrong

Updated Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 9:47am

Mia Jones, Miss Delaware Teen USA
A young lady from Bear is representing Delaware next week in a national pageant.

Mellany Armstrong has this week's WDEL's Delaware Story.

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Miss Delaware Teen USA Mia Jones is packing up her tiara and heading to the Bahamas for the Miss Teen USA pageant.

"Looking at outfits, getting my evening gown, my interview outfit. It's just a whole lot to take in," she said.

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She's excited - it will be her first time outside the continental U.S.

"Hopefully I get to swim with the dolphins, but...I can't swim!" she revealed.

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Mia says being in pageants helped her overcome negativity in her life.

"I was bullied in middle school, and pageants were my outlet. I was just ready to be on stage and be who I am," she said.

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Pageants are important to her mom for a different reason.....

"Now my mom is like, 'OK, what do we have to do to win to get that scholarship money,'" she said.

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The 18-year-old Appoquinimink High grad thinks she may have a leg or two up on the competition.

"I'm six-foot tall. I think I might stand out a little bit," she said.

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Mia heads to Delaware State this fall - she hopes to become a dentist.

Get information on how you can watch the pageant August 1st and 2nd by clicking here.




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Dick's Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
By Associated Press

Dick's Sporting Goods has laid off 478 Professional Golfers' Association teaching pros months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling.

Dick's didn't immediately respond Thursday to the layoffs, which were announced by the PGA on Wednesday.

Dick's operates more than 500 stores nationwide, most under the Dick's name. Those stores sell golf equipment as do 79 stores the chain operates under the Golf Galaxy name.

Earlier this year, Dick's announced it expected its year-end profits to drop about 10 percent because of reduced sales in golf equipment, which the company says was offsetting gains it made selling other sports gear.

The PGA says Dick's still employs PGA pros at its Golf Galaxy stores, but not at Dick's locations.



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Biden, in Ohio, urges infrastructure, job training
By Associated Press

Vice President Joe Biden says investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.

Biden spoke Thursday at the National Urban League conference in Cincinnati. The conference's theme is "One Nation Underemployed."

Biden said the United States needs to increase its skilled workforce to meet new business needs and to improve roads, bridges and other transportation to spur growth.

Sprinkling his speech with quotes from civil rights leaders, Biden also blasted what he called efforts around the country to repress minority voting.

Earlier, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus assured participants the GOP is making a serious, determined effort to build ties with minority voters.





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Lou Gehrig's disease is rare, 1st US count finds
By Associated Press

The government has issued its first national estimate for Lou Gehrig's disease, confirming the devastating disease is rare.

A national search turned up about 12,000 cases.

The numbers reported Thursday translate to 4 cases per 100,000 Americans - similar to estimates from Europe and some small U.S. studies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report notes it's most common in older white males,

The disease is also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. It attacks nerve cells and often starts with muscle twitching and weakness. Roughly three-quarters of people with the disease die within five years. It's most famous victim was Gehrig, the baseball star who died from it in 1941.



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Two charged with drug possession in Smyrna
By Amy Cherry

Two people are behind bars following a drug investigation in Smyrna.

Police executed a warrant on the 100 block of Malvern Lane in Smyrna's Sunnyside Village community Thursday.

They say inside, they found heroin, pot, and digital scales.

Robert Henderson and Melissa Guzman were handcuffed and charged with drug possession.




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Newark National opens Little League tourney with win
By Sean Greene

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VIDEO: Highlights and Reaction to Newark National's victory

A.J. Blanchard hit a three-run homer and Brandon Sengphachanh added three hits as Newark National began its defense of the Delaware Little League title with a 13-4 victory over M.O.T.

The teams traded runs in the first after M.O.T.'s Kris Lotharp launched a drive over the wall in centerfield.

M.O.T. took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd after pinch-runner Connor Wootten scored on a passed ball following an A.J. Pepper leadoff single, but that would be their last lead on the night.

Newark plated three in the 3rd on an RBI single by Sengphachanh, and then a sacrifice fly by Will Dubeo that led to another run on a throwing error.

A 6-run, 4th inning put the game away, with the biggest damage coming from three straight hitters. Sengphachanh hit another RBI single, followed by Blanchard's 3-run homer just inside the right-field pole, and then Wyatt Minner followed with his own solo shot to make the score 9-3. Jason Dauerty finished the scoring with his own RBI single.

Newark's final three runs came in the 6th when Dauerty smacked a three-run homer.

Jack Hardcastle started for Newark, and gave up three runs (one earned) in 3 2/3 innings before reaching 65 pitches. He would be eligible to pitch in the "if necessary" championship game on Monday.

Newark will face host Woodbridge Friday night at 7pm in the winner's bracket championship. The loser will face M.O.T. for the loser's bracket championship Saturday before the first championship game on Sunday.



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