Ex-Tower Hill headmaster in Wilmington sentenced to 50 years for child porn

By Peter MacArthur 10:08am, April 24, 2015 - Updated 11:54am, April 24, 2015
The former headmaster of Tower Hill School in Wilmington has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for dealing in child pornography.

Christopher Wheeler was convicted in December on 25 counts of dealing child porn. He waived his right to a jury trial after the judge denied a defense motion to suppress evidence seized by police.

Found guilty on all 25 counts, each count carries a two year prison term.


University of Delaware hosts 40th Ag Day

By Shana O'Malley 7:21pm, April 24, 2015
Ag Day features many live demonstrations/ Photo courtesy of UD
The University of Delaware is set to host its 40th Ag Day on campus this Saturday.

With 40 percent of land in Delaware used for farming, members of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hope to highlight some of the impacts the industry has on everyday life.

"Ag Day is designed to educate people on where their food comes from," explained Dr. Mark Rieger, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The state's agriculture production has an estimated $8 billion impact on the economy. Riger added that the agriculture industry is thriving, with thousands of jobs available.

"Last year, there were 32,000 graduates of all of the colleges of ag in all of the universities nationwide and there were more than 400,000 job postings for ag and natural resources professionals," he said.

This year's Ag Day theme is "Farm to Table", which highlights the trend of consumers choosing to purchase food from local producers.

Some of the scheduled events include a bee keeping demonstration, petting zoo, farm tour and live music.

The free event is located on South campus and is open to the public.

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Woman charged in the stabbing death of her husband in St. Georges

By DJ McAneny 10:54am, April 24, 2015
Tempitope Adebamiro/Courtesy New Castle County Police
A 35-year-old woman from St. Georges has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of her 37-year-old husband, police announced Friday.

New Castle County Police on Thursday had announced they were looking into the death of a 37-year-old man discovered in the bedroom of a home in the 1300 block of Healy Court in the Woodland at St. Georges at approximately 1:37 a.m.

On Friday, police identified that victim as Adeyinka Adebamiro and charged his wife, Tempitope Adebamiro in connection to his death.

Police said Adeyinka was discovered with an apparent stab wound to his upper body, and was unconscious upon police arrival Thursday. An investigation led to the determination that that the woman had stabbed her husband at the culmination of a verbal argument, according to authorities.

Adeyinka's death was ruled a homicide and Tempitope was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. She was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution without bail.


16 displaced by accidental fire that burns down 3 trailer homes

By DJ McAneny 12:21pm, April 24, 2015
A fire that displaced 16 people after three trailer homes were destroyed in the blaze has been ruled accidental, caused by a space heater.

The fire, reported at approximately 2:30 a.m. inside a house trailer at the Grandview Mobile Home Park at 1492 North Little Creek Road, engulfed the origin trailer and two adjacent homes.

Deputy fire marshals conducting the investigation determined a malfunctioning portable space heater caused the ignition of combustible items inside a bedroom.

A sleeping juvenile choking on the smoke awoke his sibling, who was able to avert tragedy and evacuate the trailer. There were no smoke alarms in the residence where the fire originated.

Three adults and six children lived in the initial trailer and were all able to escape. Two adults in one of the adjacent trailers and three adults and two children in the other were all also able to escape.

The fire caused an estimated $30,000 in property damage. The American Red Cross is providing emergency shelter and supplies.


Driver airlifted from scene of Centreville collision after losing control for several miles

By DJ McAneny 1:30pm, April 24, 2015
Mike Phillips/WDEL
A motor vehicle operator was airlifted from the scene of an accident along the border of Centreville in New Castle County after the driver drove for five miles while not being in complete control of the vehicle.

Police are investigating the cause as to what happened with the driver of the vehicle, or what caused him to lose control for such a long stretch.

The motorcyclist being airlifted from the scene/(Mike Phillips/WDEL)

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The crash culminated in the area of Owls Nest Road and Quail Crossing. The 33-year-old male operator was transported by Delaware State Police Helicopter to Christiana Hospital with a possible head injury, according to New Castle County Emergency Medical Services.

The driver had managed to travel for approximately five miles before coming to a stop. No further details about the crash had been released by authorities. New Castle County Police continued to investigate the accident and what happened during the stretch over which the scene took place.

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This story has been updated to reflect the appropriate details of a crash in Centreville. Previous versions of this story contained details from a separate incident involving a motorcyclist.


Motorcyclist injured near Brandywine Hundred; Cause not specified

By DJ McAneny 3:49pm, April 24, 2015 - Updated 3:56pm, April 24, 2015
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A motor vehicle operator was injured while riding a motorcycle just outside Brandywine Hundred Friday, New Castle County Paramedics announced that afternoon.

According to authorities, units dispatched to Foulk Road and Wilson Road at approximately 7:36 a.m., just outside the Fairfax neighborhood, discovered a 67-year-old motorcycle who had been injured while riding his bike.

Authorities did not specify what the cause of the injuries were, only that the nature of the injuries were related to the operator's head and back.

The patient was transported to Christiana Hospital in serious condition by Delaware State Police Helicopter.


Wilmington garage fire leads to discovery of dog caged in rear of unit

By DJ McAneny 11:13am, April 24, 2015
A garage fire at the borders of Wilmington's Browntown and Hedgeville sections is being investigated after firefighters had to rescue a canine and discovered signs that someone was living there.

According to Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony S. Goode, units responding to reports of a fire in the area of Maryland Avenue and Cedar Street.

Arriving units found a single-story garage on fire and managed to quickly rescue a caged canine being held in the rear of the unit.

Additionally, there was a mattress and other items on scene that led firefighters to believe the unit was being used as shelter, but no individual could located at the garage at the time of the blaze.

Animal control officials took control of the dog and the fire was brought under control. Officials from the city's Fire Marshal's Office and Department of License and Inspection are investigating the cause of the fire and the individuals who may have been utilizing the unit for shelter.


Delaware judge rules in ex-candidate's suit against elderly mother

By Randall Chase/Associated Press 5:17pm, April 24, 2015
Richard Korn/File Photo
A Delaware judge ordered a frequent candidate for public office to account for money he removed for his own benefit from an account he shared with his elderly mother.

This week's ruling involved a dispute between Richard Korn and his 95-year-old mother, Sylvia, over financial assets, including a joint account that once held about $1.2 million.

Korn, who has run unsuccessfully for state auditor, county executive and the Delaware legislature, sued his mother after she froze the account.

Court records said Korn wrote checks totaling about $600,000 to himself or entities connected with him.

The judge also ruled that eight cemetery plots Korn bought with his mother's money must be re-titled in her name, but that $200,000 he received from her in 2007 was a gift, not a loan.


Defendant in computer hacking case gets 18 months in prison

By DJ McAneny 1:51pm, April 24, 2015 - Updated 2:29pm, April 24, 2015
David Pokora
A federal judge in Delaware has sentenced a Canadian man to 18 months in prison for his role in an international hacking ring that gained access to an Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers.

David Pokora, 22, of Ontario, was sentenced Thursday. Prosecutors said he is the first foreign hacker to be sentenced after being convicted in the United States of computer theft of trade secrets from American companies.

Pokora pled guilty last fall to conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement. Three U.S. residents also have pleaded guilty in the case and await sentencing.

Prosecutors said the hackers once gained access to an Army computer system through hacking of a game company working on flight-simulation software to train Apache helicopter pilots.


Delaware House approves Dover school tax hike

By Randall Chase/Associated Press 2:01pm, April 24, 2015
Sussex Tech Highschool/via the Sussex Tech High School website
House lawmakers passed Thursday a bill that will allow the Sussex Technical school district to temporarily raise tax rates on residents.

The legislation, approved and sent to the Senate, is aimed at shoring up the finances of Sussex Technical High School, which has seen enrollment increase sharply in recent years.

Republican House Minority Leader Danny Short said the district has been spending $1 million in cash reserves annually to offset growth-related expenses

The current tax rate is capped at 23.5 cents per $100 of property value. The legislation allows the rate to be increased to 29 cents for 2016 and 30 cents for 2017.

The bill also required the high school, which currently has about 1,550 students, to reduce enrollment to no more than 1,250 students by the 2017 school year.


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