Wilmington Police investigating early-morning shooting

By Frank Gerace 9:58am, May 23, 2015 - Updated 11:58am, May 23, 2015
Wilmington Police are investigating the city's latest shooting after the victim walked into a hospital emergency room.

Police said a 41-year-old man walked into the emergency room at Saint Francis Hospital around 1:30 a.m. Saturday with a graze wound to his right hand.

He's now in stable condition, and investigators are working to determine where, when and why the shooting took place, police said.

Anyone with information can call city detectives.

Rehoboth bank robbed

By Jim Hilgen 6:27am, May 24, 2015
A lone robber struck a Rehoboth Beach area bank Saturday afternoon.

State troopers say shortly after noon the suspect demanded money from the teller at the Capital One Bank on Old Landing Road.

Authorities say the robber implied he had a gun even though no weapon was seen.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20 to 25 years old, 5'6" to 5'8" 140 to 150 pounds.

Anyone with information in this crime is asked to contact Delaware State Police or Crime Stoppers.

Suspect fails at robbery attempt

By Jim Hilgen 6:45am, May 24, 2015
An attempt to rob a pizza delivery man outside the restaurant in Bear falls flat.

State police say the victim was on break around 4:30 Friday afternoon when he was approached by the suspect.

The would-be robber implied he was armed as he demanded money from his victim.

As the target walked away after refusing the demand, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to reach into his pockets before fleeing.

The suspect is described as a black male, 18 to 20 years old, 5'10" to 6' with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact DSP or Crime Stoppers.

Forty Acres residents unhappy about tree removals

By Tom Lehman 6:17pm, May 22, 2015 - Updated 7:30pm, May 22, 2015
Residents who live in Wilmington's Forty Acres neighborhood said they're upset that trees along Delaware Avenue have been removed as part of a streetscape project. (Tom Lehman/WDEL)
Some residents of Wilmington's Forty Acres neighborhood aren't happy that trees along Delaware Avenue were removed as part of a streetscape project intended to make the area more visually appealing.

Ashley Givens, who has lived in the area for four years, said she and her neighbors on Delaware Avenue are disappointed that the trees, which were sprouting pink flowers at the time of their removal, have been ripped from the ground.

"No one told us this was happening and we still have yet to receive a letter in the mail telling us what the project is about," she said.

City Councilman Bud Freel (D-District 8) works for the Delaware Department of Transportation and said the agency is conducting a $1 million beautification project along Delaware Avenue in Forty Acres. Approximately 80 percent of work is being covered by federal funds.

DelDOT is aiming to make the area more pedestrian-friendly with updated walkways and the creation of "cutouts" at intersections.

The trees had to be removed, Freel said, because many of them were diseased and the city had deemed them to be unfit for an urban setting. He said information about the streetscape project had been shared at civic association meetings.

"Those trees will all be replaced and our hopes are to double the amount of trees that are out there," he said.

Givens said she hopes DelDOT accomplishes their goal because she's not convinced removing the trees will make the street look better and didn't like the uncertainty over what type of replacement trees would be planted outside her home.

She said the shade offered by the previous trees was desirable to residents and felt the area had lost some of its old-city charm because of the work.

"Now my porch has no shade and I can see clearly across the street into people's houses," she said. "It's a completely different feel."

Farmer's markets open in New Castle County

By Shana O'Malley 11:30pm, May 22, 2015 - Updated 12:25pm, May 23, 2015
Four parks in New Castle County will host weekly farmer's markers from now until the fall.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon said the markets give patrons a chance to purchase fresh, locally produced items.

"Some bring lamb, some bring eggs, some bring an assortment of all kinds of fresh vegetables and honey, lot of honey," he said. "If you like honey, we've got some of the best honey around."

Purchasing locally source foods can also reduce your carbon footprint since they use less fossil fuels to transport.

"This isn't shipped in from overseas, this is brought up from Odessa or Townsend or the Middletown area and it's as fresh as it can be," Gordon added.

The markets will be held on Thursday's from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rockwood Park and Garfield Park PAL/ Lending Library and on Friday's from 3 p.m. 7 p.m. at Carousel Park and Glasgow Park.

Gas hits 5-year lows for Memorial Day weekend prices

By DJ McAneny 4:01pm, May 22, 2015 - Updated 4:13pm, May 22, 2015
Memorial Day is going to be at least a little cheaper when it comes to filling up your tank, AAA Mid-Atlantic officials announced Friday, hitting five-year lows of gas prices.

Delaware fuel prices dropped on average a whole cent this week, to $2.60 per gallon, while nationwide, the average actually gained 5 cents, rising to $2.74.

More than 103,000 Delawareans are anticipated to benefit from the cost savings as they set out on Memorial Day trips.

"Despite recent increases, Delaware drivers will pay the lowest gas prices for Memorial Day since 2010," said Jim Lardear, director of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "U.S. households have spent about $400 less on gasoline from January through April this year compared to the same timeframe in 2014."

Christiana gas station employee charged with inappropriately touching customer

By Frank Gerace 12:14pm, May 23, 2015
Delaware State Police have charged a gas station employee with unlawful sexual contact for allegedly touching a female customer inappropriately.

Police said 30-year-old Fnu Rajasekhar-Kuram first persuaded a Philadelphia woman not to pay for several food items she wanted to buy at the Shell station in the 1100 block of Route 273 in Christiana early Friday morning.

When the woman went to the ladies' room, Rajasekhar-Kuram barged in and asked the woman to expose herself--she refused and a struggle ensued before the woman was able to run out of the bathroom and call 911.

Troopers arrested Rajasekhar-Kuram and took him to Troop 6, where he was charged.

He's being held at the Howard Young Correctional Institution in lieu of bail.

Pedestrian struck on South College Avenue in Newark

By Frank Gerace 10:58am, May 23, 2015 - Updated 12:17pm, May 23, 2015
New Castle County Paramedics said a 36-year-old man was hospitalized after he was hit by a car as he walked along South College Avenue in Newark early Saturday morning.

Crews found the man in the 600 block of South College Avenue shortly before 2 a.m.

He was treated at the scene for possible head and internal injuries, and for scratches on his arms, EMTs said.

The man was in serious condition at Christiana Hospital, paramedics said.

Newark Police are investigating the incident.

Man charged with stealing from property in Smyrna where he was evicted

By Frank Gerace 10:58am, May 23, 2015 - Updated 12:10pm, May 23, 2015
Smyrna police said a local resident is charged with burglary and theft for allegedly stealing a piece of automotive equipment from a house from which he'd been evicted.

Police said 48-year-old Ronald Miles stole a $300 engine hoist from the garage at the house in the 600 block of West South Street Thursday afternoon.

The property owner called police and told them about Miles, who was arrested Friday.

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