Wilmington PD investigate shooting

By Jim Hilgen/DJ McAneny 10:28am, April 26, 2015 - Updated 11:26am, April 26, 2015
A 37-year-old Wilmington man was shot early Sunday morning, according to police.

Wilmington police said they were notified when man had arrived at St. Francis Hospital's ER by private vehicle. He was suffering from gunshot wounds to his left arm and abdominal areas, they said.

He was eventually transferred to Christiana Hospital in stable condition to receive further treatment.

A preliminary investigation indicated the incident occurred in the 400 block of Maryland Avenue. At approximately 12:26 a.m., two suspects dressed in dark clothing approached the man as he sat in his car, police said, and the victim was shot as he attempted to drive away.

Police said Shot Spotter notified authorities in the area of South Van Buren Street and Beech Street, though no crime scene was found in the initial area.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Wilmington Police at 302.576.3620.


Three are honored at 36th Common Wealth Awards

By Joe Irizarry 8:04pm, April 25, 2015 - Updated 12:33pm, April 26, 2015
(L to R) Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Wales & Edward Norton
The Common Wealth Awards honored three for their lifetime achievements.

The awards recognize individuals who have made contributions to modern culture through their professional and personal endeavors.

This year's honorees include Grammy Award winning lead singer of Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi, and award winning actor Edward Norton for public service, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia for Mass Communication.

Bon Jovi is also Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing positive change and helping those in need, "one SOUL at a time." In October 2011, the Foundation founded the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ. It address issues of food insecurity, and has served more than 34,000 meals. The community kitchen allows diners to contribute either volunteer hours or a minimum donation for their meals.

Norton is a co-founder of CrowdRise, which is a new platform on which individuals, organizations and companies can crowdfund for charities and non-profits. He has also been a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, is on the President's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, on the Board of Trustees for Enterprise Community Partners. Norton also established the Middle East Peacekeepers Fund at Yale University in response to 9/11 and the increasing conflict in the Middle East.

Wales is the founder of Wikipedia, and he also founded the Wikimedia Foundation, which is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content and to provide the full content of those wiki-based projects to the public free of charge.

Each honoree receives an award of $75,000.


Early morning New Castle County rollover collision injures 2

By Jim Hilgen 10:21am, April 26, 2015 - Updated 12:09pm, April 26, 2015
County paramedics treated two people following a rollover crash early Sunday morning.

The accident happened around 2 a.m. in the 1200 block of Christiana Road. Responding New Castle County Paramedics arrived at the scene to find the vehicle still on its roof with one female occupant still inside the vehicle. She was treated for a head injury at the scene.

A 28-year-old man who was riding in the vehicle was found walking around at the crash scene, officials said. He received treatment at the scene for a possible head injury and a complaint of lower back pain.

Both were eventually transported to Christiana Hospital in stable condition.

Delaware State Police continued to investigate the incident.


Film to probe slaying of DSU-bound Newark student, murder's toll on family

By David Porter/Associted Press 12:09pm, April 26, 2015
Shalga Hightower, mother of Iofemi Hightower, college student slain in 2007, across the street from the school where the murder happened in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A documentary film project hopes to tell the story of one of the victims of the notorious schoolyard slayings that occurred in Newark, New Jersey.

Iofemi Hightower was 20 and headed to Delaware State University in the summer of 2007 when she and three friends were attacked by six men and boys. Hightower and two others were killed, and one young woman survived being stabbed and shot.

The killings spurred anti-crime efforts in Newark that were credited with driving down the murder rate over the next few years.

Shalga Hightower attended years of trials as her daughter's killers were convicted or pleaded guilty. She also lost her job, suffered a breakdown and had to live in a shelter temporarily.

Hightower hopes the documentary will highlight the struggles of families who have been victimized by gun violence.


Police: Baltimore violence from outside 'agitators'

By Associated Press 12:09pm, April 26, 2015
A man is kicked as he attempts to get up after being knocked down, following a march to City Hall for Freddie Gray/(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts says he believes outside "agitators" are responsible for violent incidents during a mostly peaceful protest against the death of Freddy Gray following an arrest.

Gray suffered a spinal injury in police custody and later died. Batts said that at least five officers were injured and 12 people were arrested yesterday.

While Batts generally praised protesters, Baltimore's mayor expressed disappointment at the violence. Gray's sister also appealed to protesters to remain peaceful, saying her brother wouldn't have wanted violence.

Meanwhile, the police officers' union said it was "disappointed" in the comments made by Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. Batts said Friday that Gray should have been buckled in a seat belt in a police van and officers failed to give him medical attention in a timely manner.


More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

By Binaj Gurubacharya & Katy Da 11:40am, April 26, 2015
Injured people receive treatment outside the Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, after a strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook the capital/(AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)
The official number of dead from Saturday's Himalayan earthquake has topped 2,500 and may continue to rise as remote areas near the epicenter are searched.

Nepal authorities said Sunday that at least 2,430 people in that country had died in Nepal alone, not including the 18 people that the Nepal Mountaineering Association said died in an earthquake-triggered avalanche on Mount Everest. Another 61 people died from the quake in India and a few in other neighboring countries.

With search and rescue efforts far from over, it was unclear how much the death toll would rise.


Man gets 3 1/2 years in girl's death

By Associated Press 5:48am, April 26, 2015 - Updated 11:40am, April 26, 2015
A Wilmington man who failed to call 911 for his girlfriend's dying 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.

The News Journal reported that 35-year-old Willie Reeder was sentenced Friday. He pled guilty in December to felony endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors had previously dropped a murder by abuse or neglect charge in the death of Autumn Milligan.

The girl's mother, 26-year-old Tanasia Milligan, faces trial in February for murder by abuse or neglect and conspiracy.

A state investigation after Autumn Milligan's death found flaws in the way the case was handled and in the child protection system, spurring some changes to child abuse and neglect investigations.


Teen patients receive red-carpet treatment for prom

By Andrew Sgroi 12:15pm, April 25, 2015
The scene for this year's prom./Courtsey Jeffrey Santoro
A typical rite of passage for teens was made possible Saturday for those living with circumstances that are anything but typical.

The 4th annual Prom for Teen Patients was held in the auditorium of the original hospital at the Alfred DuPont Hospital for Children on Rockland Road.

This year will mark the 4th annual prom event./Courtsey Jeffrey Santoro

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One of the hospital's nutritionists, Michell Fullmer, was the lead organizer for the event and she told WDEL the excitement was infectious.

"You would not believe the kids' excitement," she gushed. "I can't even describe the looks on the kids' faces."

She did though.

From the girls picking out their prom gowns - which, like all of the party's elements, were generously donated - to the emotional moments the emcee announced each guest as they arrived, Fullmer said it's a proper way to celebrate the strength of these courageous children.

"They deserved this. They miss a lot of these normal things, which is why we wanted to do prom."

This year will mark the 4th annual prom event.

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In weekly address, Delaware Gov. Markell highlights initiatives to ensure student success

By Mark Fowser 10:23am, April 25, 2015 - Updated 12:22pm, April 25, 2015
Governor Jack Markell delivers his weekly address.
In his weekly address, Governor Markell highlighted the Pathways to Prosperity initiative, which focuses upon educating students in the skills needed for high-demand fields.

Delaware introduced a new program designed to better prepare students for the "new economy."

"Hundreds of students will receive intensive, specialized, hands-on instruction as part of our Pathways to Prosperity initiative," Markell said. "They will have opportunities to get work experience and college credits, giving them a head start on getting a job and earning a degree."

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Kenton focuses on Delaware budget in state GOP's weekly message

By Tom Lehman 10:32am, April 25, 2015 - Updated 12:29pm, April 25, 2015
With time winding down for state lawmakers trying to craft a budget for the new fiscal year beginning in July, a Republican lawmaker touched on the topic in the state GOP's weekly message.

State Representative Harvey Kenton (R-Milford) discussed the issue of Delaware's revenue challenges in this week's Delaware Republican Party address and said he and his colleagues are proposing the creation of a committee that focuses on the spending side of the revenue equation.

"Consisting of a bipartisan group of top state officials, this committee would be charged with investigating cost reduction strategies," Kenton said. "Additionally, the panel would be required to solicit public input and deliver recommendations in December. We can no longer delay state revenue and spending reforms."

Kenton said revenue estimates dropped by $67 million since Governor Markell delivered his spending plan in January.

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