Man critically injured in Wilmington shooting

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016
A Saturday shooting in Wilmington left a man critically injured.

Officers found the 23-year-old victim with a wound to his back in the 2600 block of Bowers Street around 2 p.m., city police said.

New Castle County Paramedics treated him at the scene before taking him to Christiana Hospital, where he's in critical but stable condition.

Police don't have any information on suspects right now, so they're asking anyone who may know something about the shooting to call Detective Devon Jones as 302.576.3620.


Gold Alert out for missing Newark-area teen

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 1:50pm, May 29, 2016
Daniel Flores
A 17-year-old Newark-area boy is missing, and a Gold Alert is out for him.

Daniel Flores may actually be in Ohio, on his way to Wisconsin, police believe.

Officers were called to his home on Brewster Drive Saturday morning, New Castle County Police said.

Family members told police Daniel left home without his prescription medication.

He was driving a maroon 2011 Honda Pilot with Delaware license number PC369149.

Daniel is Hispanic, 5'6" and 202 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes, and anyone who knows where he is can call County Police 302.573.2800 or call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Motorcycle crash on I-495 hospitalizes 2

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 2:17pm, May 29, 2016
A man and woman were hospitalized after their motorcycles collided on Interstate 495 Saturday morning.

Crews arrived at I-495 southbound just before I-95 outside Wilmington around 10:35 a.m. and saw the crashed cycles and their riders, who were treated at the scene for various injuries and taken to Christiana Hospital, New Castle County Paramedics said.

The man is in stable condition, while the woman is in serious, but stable condition.

Delaware State Police are investigating the crash.


Man dead after road rage incident, fight in Townsend

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 1:54pm, May 29, 2016
A Bear-area man was killed in an apparent road rage incident followed by a fight in Townsend.

Forty-four-year-old Jeremy Reynolds was weaving from left to right on State Route 1 south of Pine Tree Road in Townsend Thursday afternoon, blocking a car behind him from passing, Delaware State Police said.

Eventually, Reynolds' car hit the other car, which stopped in the median while Reynolds stopped on the shoulder.

Reynolds allegedly started arguing with the other driver, and the two men began pushing and punching each other.

Two probation and parole officers who happened to be driving by stopped the fight, and when troopers arrived and went to Reynolds' car to question him, he was unresponsive.

CPR didn't revive Reynolds, who was pronounced dead at Christiana Care's Middletown Emergency Department, police said.


Wilmington Memorial Day parade set for Monday, Beau Biden to be honored

By Tom Lehman 4:08pm, May 27, 2016
Wilmington's 149th annual Memorial Day Parade, paying tribute to service members who participated in U.S. military conflicts, is set for Monday.

The parade, held each year on May 30 to recognize the initial observances of Memorial Day, coincides with the federal holiday this year. It kicks off about 6 p.m. at the intersection of Delaware and Woodlawn avenues before traveling through the Highlands, Forty Acres and Trolley Square areas and concluding with a service at the Civil War monument at North Broom Street.

The event features military members from several conflicts, musicians, and local scout groups.

Organizer Bruce Schweiger said the event honors all American veterans and service members, a group that has expanded in recent years.

"A couple guys, I think, are World War II vets, then you have Korean War vets, and the Vietnam veterans. Then we have this new crew coming in from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts," he said.

The parade will also occur on the one year anniversary of Beau Biden's death. The former state Attorney General and eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden rose to the rank of Major with the Delaware National Guard, and Schweiger said he will be honored posthumously as a grand marshal.

"We wanted to send that honor out to him. We'll do a little service at the monument," he said.

Earlier in the day, Joe Biden will participate in a ceremony naming the Delaware National Guard headquarters after Beau Biden, who died from brain cancer at the age of 46 last year.

For more information on the Wilmington Memorial Day Parade visit the event's committee Facebook page.

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You can contact Tom Lehman at tlehman@wdel.com. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.




Then & Now Photo Gallery, Part 2: Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach

By DJ McAneny 8:20am, May 27, 2016
Welcome back to another installment of Then & Now, just in time for Memorial Day weekend!

In our inaugural Then & Now, thanks to Northwestern University's Knight Lab and the Delaware Public Archives, we took a stroll around Wilmington's Rodney Square and saw it as it was and as it is currently.

Today, in light of the coming Memorial Day holiday--often seen as the unofficial start of summer--we decided there would be no better place for this go-round's comparison of old and new than Rehoboth Beach.

Rehoboth Avenue



Dolles on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk



Atlantic Sands Hotel



Looking at Dolles from the other direction



The boardwalk skyline



Previous installments of Then & Now

Part 1: Rodney Square, Wilmington


Wilmington man jailed after Milford home invasion

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 1:54pm, May 29, 2016
A Wilmington man is behind bars in Sussex County for his alleged role in a home invasion in Milford.

Twenty-nine-year-old Willie Fowler was one of two masked gunmen who forced their way into a house on Shawnee Road last Sunday night and ordered a 21-year-old woman and two boys, ages 9 and 3, to the floor before barging into a bedroom, Delaware State Police said.

One suspect hit a 36-year-old man in the head with a gun, and the men started fighting.

The brawl spilled into the living room and then the kitchen, where the victim grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed Fowler several times after Fowler's gun jammed, according to officers.

Both suspects made off with the victim's prescription medications, but when a relative dropped Fowler off at Milford Memorial Hospital to be treated for his stab wounds, hospital workers called 911, and troopers and Milford police arrested Fowler.

He was released from the hospital Tuesday and charged with offenses including home invasion, possession of a firearm during a felony, burglary and assault; his accomplice is still at large.


Sky high: NYC 'trophy apartment' could list for $250M

By Associated Press 2:17pm, May 29, 2016
A luxury 90-floor apartment skyscraper called "One57," left, rises above all other buildings overlooking Central Park. A penthouse in One57 went for $100.5 million in 2014, but an apartment in the new condominium is expected to sell for $250 million. (AP
Billionaires' Row--that's what New York real estate experts call a half dozen new, superluxury skyscrapers overlooking Central Park that are home to some of the world's most expensive apartments.

One penthouse near Carnegie Hall that has sold for a record $100.5 million seems almost a bargain compared to what will soon come on the market: a $250 million, 23,000-square-foot, four-story apartment towering over the park.

Who's buying such extravagant apartments in residential buildings that are up to 96 stories high, with massive panoramic windows and double-height ceilings?

About half of them are foreigners seeking what one real estate agent calls "the trophy buildings of our era." Others from unstable, violent lands want a "safe haven" for their money. And the rest are simply rich Americans.




Beer: The fight over where you buy it in Pennsylvania

By Associated Press 2:10pm, May 29, 2016
Beer-buying Pennsylvanians are seeing a growing number of options where they can pick up a six-pack or two in a state that's home to some of the nation's most restrictive beer sales laws.

This week, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board licensed nine more convenience stores that sell gas to carry takeout six-packs, despite a pending state Supreme Court case that could theoretically invalidate those beer licenses because of a prohibition against selling beer and gasoline from the same property.

For now, it was another step toward loosening the control over takeout beer sales that, for decades, has been largely the province of bars and larger-quantity beer distributors.

In the meantime, several dozen more convenience stores and supermarkets are estimated to be seeking approval to sell beer.


Pedestrian hospitalized after Bear-area crash

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 1:54pm, May 29, 2016
A 59-year-old man is hospitalized after he was hit by a car early Sunday morning.

New Castle County Paramedics found the man, who they said was hit by a passing car as he walked along Route 40 at Beck's Woods Drive outside Bear, around 1 a.m.

They treated him at the scene and took him to Christiana Hospital, where he's in serious condition, paramedics said.

Delaware State Police are investigating.


Suspect sought in Millsboro home invasion

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 1:54pm, May 29, 2016
A man, who broke into a Millsboro house and terrorized a woman and her children early Saturday morning, is still at large.

The 28-year-old victim was asleep in her living room on Catherine Lane along with her three young sons around 1:30 a.m. when she woke up to find a masked man with a gun standing over her, Delaware State Police said.

The man ordered the woman into another room, but she refused and shouted to one of her sons to run out of the house.

That startled the intruder, who took off himself, police said.

He's described as black, 5'5" to 5'8" and 140 to 160 lbs. with black hair, wearing all-black clothing.

Anyone with information can call detectives at 302.752.3795. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


New York men charged with felony counts for Rehoboth shoplifting

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 12:46pm, May 29, 2016
Three New York men are behind bars, charged with felony counts for allegedly stealing from several stores in Rehoboth.

Carlos Laguna, Nestor Rozo and Neyger Rodriguez were being chased from the Marshall's store on Coastal Highway by a store employee when troopers arrived there around 8:45 Saturday night, Delaware State Police said.

The three allegedly took anti-theft devices from clothing in the store and put the merchandise into a backpack they'd also pilfered.

When the loss prevention worker confronted them, the suspects dropped the stolen stuff and ran, but troopers caught up and cuffed them.

Police said Laguna, Rozo and Rodriguez had equipment on them to defeat anti-theft devices on store merchandise, and in the suspects' car, troopers noticed several shopping bags full of clothing stolen from Marshall's and 8 other stores in the area--more than 3300 dollars' worth.

Laguna, Rozo and Rodriguez are being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution.


Dagsboro crash kills Pennsylvania motorcyclist

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 2:06pm, May 29, 2016
A Pennsylvania man was killed after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by an SUV near Dagsboro.

Lucas Miller's motorcycle was stopped on the shoulder of State Route 26 around 11 p.m. Saturday night when an SUV drifted onto the shoulder and rear-ended the bike, Delaware State Police said.

Miller was thrown to the road and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The SUV driver, a pregnant woman, was taken to Beebe Healthcare for observation.

Police said alcohol and drugs apparently played no part in the crash, and the SUV driver hasn't been charged.


Rollover crash in Glasgow seriously injures woman

By Frank Gerace 11:57am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 2:06pm, May 29, 2016
A woman was seriously injured when her SUV rolled over in Glasgow early Sunday morning.

Crews arrived on-scene in the 3200 block of Chesapeake City Road around 6:30 p.m. and treated the 46-year-old for a possible chest injury and cuts, New Castle County Paramedics said.

She was listed in serious, but stable condition at Christiana Hospital.

Delaware State Police are investigating the crash.


Police arrest Christiana robbery suspect

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 2:06pm, May 29, 2016
A Bear resident is in prison on charges including burglary, attempted theft and criminal mischief after an incident in Christiana.

A neighbor called 911 after seeing lights on in a vacant house in the 200 block of Smalley's Dam Road shortly before midnight Friday, New Castle County Police said.

Police found out the homeowners were away, and police noticed a broken window.

Twenty-year-old Nathan Kennedy was hiding inside the house, but gave up when a police dog found him.

He's being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution and is under orders not to go back to the victims' house.


Gold Alert issued for New Castle-area woman

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 1:54pm, May 29, 2016
Courtney Murphy
A New Castle-area woman hasn't been seen since Friday afternoon, and New Castle County Police have issued a Gold Alert in hopes of finding her.

Thirty-two-year-old Courtney Murphy's father read her social media posts and worried that she might hurt herself, police said.

Her mother said Murphy said some worrisome things about a week ago, but no one reported that then.

Courtney Murphy is white, 5'5" and about 170 lbs. with dirty blonde hair and hazel eyes. Police said she las last seen walking near West and New Castle avenues, wearing a pink T-shirt and black pants.

Anyone who knows where she is can call New Castle County Police at 302.573.2800. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


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