New study reports First State not 1st in women's equality

By Lauren Huet 5:16pm, August 23, 2016 - Updated 7:28pm, August 23, 2016
A screenshot from Wallet Hub's disparity breakdown
Ladies in Delaware: a new study by WalletHub said the First State is not first in terms of women's equality.

Delaware ranked in the middle tier while Pennsylvania and New Jersey fared much worse, finishing in almost last place.

In anticipation of Women's Equality Day on August 26, WalletHub conducted a study which identified the most gender-egalitarian states. WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzalez said analysts looked at 15 metrics across three different categories.

"Workplace environment, things like, of course, the gender pay gap," she said. "Also, how many women executives there are versus male. We looked at education and the disparities between the different types of degrees that men and women have in each state, and finally political empowerment. Everything from the House to the Senate to the State legislature."

Delaware ranked in 29th place, but Gonzalez said the state fared pretty well in some areas.

"The workplace environment is not too shabby in Delaware as far as work hours--not a huge disparity between women and men--and even with pay, women right now make 88 cents on the dollar. Of course, we want that to be equal, but that's the 5th best right now in the country," said Gonzalez.

Pennsylvania finished 47th and New Jersey came in 48th place.



"Although there were no strong regional ties, almost every Northeastern state was in the top half of the list. So, those two did surprise me being so close to the bottom," said Gonzalez.

Women in nearby Maryland can boast their state made it into the top ten, finishing 8th.

Hawaii took first place while Alaska took second. Gonzalez said grassroots efforts make the difference between high ranking and low ranking states.

"A lot of this has to do with the grass roots initiative that then gets passed on to government," said Gonzalez. "Grassroots policies that women have implemented within their organizations, within their workplaces, that have kind of sprang up and really had some help with their local legislation getting policies state mandated."

A full description of the analysts' methodology is available at WalletHub.com.


Occupied Dover home hit by shotgun blast

By DJ McAneny 10:51am, August 23, 2016
A home in Dover was hit by a shotgun blast Sunday night, authorities announced Tuesday.

According to Dover Police, a home in the 300 block of Charring Cross Drive in the Village of Westover was found by officers to have been struck by a shotgun round.

The home was occupied at the time of the incident--approximately 11:45 p.m. on August 21, 2016--but there were no injuries associated with the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Dover Police at 302.736.7130 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Man fires gun at suspect trying to break into home west of Clayton

By DJ McAneny 4:33pm, August 23, 2016
A homeowner shot at a suspect attempting to break into his residence early Tuesday morning, Delaware State Police announced that afternoon.

According to authorities, the incident occurred in the 1000 block of Clayton Delaney Road, west of Clayton, at approximately 1 a.m. on August 23, 2016.

The homeowner observed a man attempting to gain access to a locked porch door and, when the suspect spotted the homeowner, the man fled into a cornfield in the rear of the yard.

The homeowner fired a handgun in the direction of the suspect multiple times, but police said they do not believe the suspect was struck.

An assist from a Smyrna Police K-9 proved fruitless.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Delaware State Police Det. Christian Hevelow at 302.365.8471 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Invasive beetle enters Delaware

By Amy Cherry/Allan Loudell 2:18pm, August 23, 2016
Emerald Ash Borer (Photo/Delaware Dept. of Agriculture)
A destructive, invasive beetle that kills select trees has made its way into Delaware.

The Emerald Ash Borer hails from East Asia, but was already found in neighboring states like Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The Delaware Department of Agriculture said the beetle was caught in a trap in an ash tree in New Castle County. Delaware marks the 28th state the invasive pest has entered; it first appeared in the Detroit, Michigan, area by way of Ontario, Canada.

"Unfortunately, one of the reasons that this insect is spread so rapidly across the United States is it's a good hitchhiker on firewood, and people tend to move firewood, sometimes without really thinking about what they may be transporting along with it," said Dr. Faith Kuehn, state plant industries administrator.

Kuehn offered some tips for helping prevent the spread of the beetle.

"Don't go into any campground--state or private--with firewood; they should purchase firewood from the campground itself," said Kuehn. "And if they have friends or family coming in from out-of-state, they should tell them to leave their firewood at home."

Delaware will be added to a federal quarantine--already in place in 27 states--that restricts interstate transport of all ashwood and wood products--including waste, firewood, compost, and wood chips. Some shipment out of state may be permitted if certain requirements are met and a federal permit is issued.

Statewide impact is expected to be minimal, as the beetle focuses on ash trees, which only make up two percent of trees in Delaware, according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

"There are some parts of the state, particularly in New Castle County, where ash trees are a reasonable component of either the city parks or of some of the suburban developments--so that's a real concern," she said.

Symptoms of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation may not be apparent immediately, with damage taking up to three years to be visibly detectable. Symptoms can include branch dieback in the upper crown, vertical bark splits, and small shoots on the trunk, as well as woodpecker damage, said state agricultural officials.

"Once that is compromised, the tree becomes weak," she said. "Ash trees are a host to a wide variety of insects including other boring insects."

Parasitic wasps can be used to help bring down the population of Emerald Ash Borer, as a long-term, viable method of managing the invasive species.

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Beer coming to the movies in Newark

By Joe Irizarry 5:46am, August 23, 2016 - Updated 9:50am, August 23, 2016
Beer with popcorn? That will be an option when a movie theater opens in Newark later this year.

Main Street Movies 5 request was approved by Newark City Council Monday night.

In its proposal, the theater would sell no more than one alcoholic beverage to a person at a time, and no more than two alcoholic beverages to a patron per movie showing.

Those 21-and-over intending to buy alcohol would be identified with a wristband, and no one under 21 would be allowed to be at the bar or counter where alcohol would be sold.

The movie theater will be at the Newark Shopping Center on Main Street.


Newark Police ask public for help locating suspect in multiple burglaries

By DJ McAneny 4:18pm, August 23, 2016
Stephan Lloyd/Courtesy Newark Police
A 20-year-old man is wanted by Newark Police for his alleged connection to multiple residential burglaries in June 2015.

According to authorities, an investigation has led police to issue a warrant for Stephan Lloyd, a 6'3" black male with a thin build and a last known address in Middletown, but with ties to Newark and Smyrna.

Police said Lloyd is facing charges of second-degree attempted burglary, three counts second-degree burglary, seven counts theft, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, and third-degree criminal trespass.

Anyone with information on Lloyd's location is urged to contact Det. Morgan Fountain at 302.366.7100 ext. 3133 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333. Police warn residents not to attempt to apprehend Lloyd on their own.


WATCH: Baltimore boy shows off new hands a year after double-hand transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

By Associated Press 3:56pm, August 23, 2016 - Updated 4:25pm, August 23, 2016
Zion Harvey/Via NBCPhiladelphia
It's been just over a year since now-9-year-old Zion Harvey received a double-hand transplant--and now he can throw a ball, zip his clothes and write in his journal.

The suburban Baltimore boy is talking about his progress Tuesday in a briefing at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he underwent the 10-hour surgery in July 2015. His mother, doctor and physical therapists were joining him.



The nation's youngest hand transplant patient has been going through extensive rehab to learn how to use his new hands. He lost them and his feet to amputation seven years ago after suffering a serious infection.

Zion has leg prosthetics that allow him to walk. Earlier this month, he showed off his new abilities by throwing out the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game.

Zion Harvey/Via NBCPhiladelphia

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Alleged knife fighters stuck with charges in Smyrna

By Andrew Sgroi 9:01am, August 23, 2016 - Updated 9:59am, August 23, 2016
The suspects (L to R): Malcom Casson, Daryl Glover, Quintin Lowman (Smyrna Police)
Smyrna Police have charged three men involved in an alleged near-deadly knife fight late last week.

Police said the melee happened just after 2 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016--on the first block of East Mount Vernon Street--when 23-year-old Malcom Casson, of Camden, and 37-year-old Quintin Lowman, of Harrington, showed up at 53-year-old Daryl Glover's home.

Authorities advised they were uncertain what brought on the fight, but they said all three men brandished knives during the fracas.

Police said Daryl Glover suffered stab wounds to his upper torso, which he brought to police attention when he walked into the Smyrna Police Department lobby. He was given First Aid by patrol officers on location and then taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital.

According to police, Quintin Lowman--who also suffered serious injuries--tried to escape from Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, while he was in police custody. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree escape, second-degree conspiracy, and theft under $1,500. He was committed to the Department of Correction, after receiving medical clearance, for lack of $203,000 secured bond.

Malcom Casson was charged with attempted manslaughter, first-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and second-degree conspiracy. He was also committed to the Department of Correction for lack of $151,000 secured bond.

Daryl Glover also was taken into custody after getting treated for his injuries. He was charged with first-degree assault and committed to the Department of Correction for lack of $25,000 secured bond.


Wilmington Police investigating afternoon shooting

By Joe Irizarry 8:21pm, August 23, 2016
A 19-year-old woman is shot in Wilmington.

She was located by Wilmington Police late Tuesday afternoon with a gunshot wound to her right ankle in the 2700 block of North Tatnall Street.

She was treated on the scene and taken to Christiana Hospital in stable condition.

Two vehicles also sustained damage in this incident.

The investigation is still active, and if you have any information, you're asked to call Detective Jeffrey Dickerson at 302-576-3620.


Man, 43, shot in the arm in Wilmington during robbery attempt

By DJ McAneny 10:55am, August 23, 2016
A 43-year-old man was shot in the arm in Wilmington Monday night, authorities announced Tuesday.

According to Wilmington Police, the victim was found in the 500 block of West 31st Street at 9:19 p.m. on August 22, 2016.

The victim was transported to Christiana Hospital in stable condition.

Police are looking for several suspects, described as black males wearing dark clothing who confronted--and attempted to rob--the victim within a residence, then shot him when a struggle ensued.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Wilmington Police Det. Lindsay Hageman at 302.576.3620 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Dover Mall chase leads to suspected heroin dealer arrested while hiding in attic

By DJ McAneny 1:52pm, August 23, 2016
Traymere E. Stevens/Courtesy Delaware State Police
A drug deal investigation at the Dover Mall which led to the recovery of a "large amount of heroin" following a foot pursuit has now also resulted in charges.

On August 10, 2016, Traymere E. Stevens fled from the mall during a drug investigation, but discarded a quantity of heroin recovered by police.

According to Delaware State Police, an investigation led Dover and Delaware State police, along with U.S. Marshals, to a residence in the unit block of East Water Street on Monday, August 22.

Stevens was found hiding in an attic and taken into custody without incident.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance-Tier III quantity, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-tier II quantity, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $34,000 secured bond.


Employee flees to back of store during Bear dollar store robbery

By DJ McAneny 1:33pm, August 23, 2016
A dollar store in Bear was robbed by a pair of suspects Monday night, Delaware State Police said Tuesday.

According to authorities, the men entered the Dollar Tree at 660 Eden Circle and one confronted a female employee while the other acted as a lookout.

Police said the female fled to the rear of the store while the suspects forced the drawer open and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

There were no injuries, and no weapon displayed or involved.

Both suspects were described by police as a black males, one with a thin build, who were wearing black shirts and black pants with masks.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.265.8566 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Biden: US committed to protecting Baltic states from Russia

By Associated Press 2:10pm, August 23, 2016
VP Joe Biden (WDEL/file)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday reaffirmed America's determination to defend the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia against any aggression from neighboring Russia.

Biden told reporters that the U.S. remains committed to NATO's Article 5, the key principle of collective defense of all alliance members. He dismissed comments from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that, were he to win November's election, he might withdraw U.S. backing for the Baltics' defense.

"We mean what we say. We have never reneged on any commitment we have made. Our sacred honor is at stake," Biden said after a Riga Castle meeting with the three Baltic presidents: Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania and Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia.

Biden said Trump's remarks were "nothing that should be taken seriously, because I don't think he understands what Article 5 is."

In an interview last month with The New York Times, Trump said he would decide whether the Baltic states should enjoy continued NATO protection from Russia based on whether those countries "have fulfilled their obligations to us." This prompted a furious response in all three Baltic capitals.

Biden said NATO forces would strengthen security along their shared eastern border with Russia. The former Soviet Union occupied all three nations from the final months of World War II to 1991.

Biden is scheduled to visit Turkey on Wednesday and Sweden on Thursday.


Traffic fatalities continued to surge in first half of 2016

By Associated Press 9:41am, August 23, 2016
Deaths were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to preliminary data.

The National Safety Council, which gets its information from state authorities, estimated that 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads from January through June. That's 18 percent more than two years ago at the six-month mark. About 2.2 million people were seriously injured.

U.S. drivers have also put in a record number of miles on the road in the first half of this year.

States with the biggest increases since the upward trend began in 2014 include Vermont, Oregon, New Hampshire, Idaho, Florida, Iowa, Georgia, and Indiana.




Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults

By Associated Press 9:50am, August 23, 2016
Debilitating brain injuries from repeated head blows can happen in football, but mounting evidence says they can happen in domestic violence too.

Experts believe many cases go untreated in abused women, and that can make them vulnerable to problems with thinking, mood and behavior.

Recent data suggest that domestic assaults may cause traumatic brain injuries in at least 60 percent of survivors.

Advocates said some survivors are so impaired that they can't manage their jobs and lives. And some argue that domestic violence screening should include brain injury tests.

Dr. Javier Cardenas runs an unusual brain injury program for homeless domestic violence survivors at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. He said these women are the third chapter in the concussion story, after football players and combat veterans.


R&B groups to headline Atlantic City's 5th beach concert

By Associated Press 1:45pm, August 23, 2016
Maroon 5 played AC's beach concert last year, attracting tens of thousand of people. (Randy Gyllenhaal via NBC10)
Two rhythm and blues groups will headline Atlantic City's fifth beach concert.

City Council President Marty Small tells The Press of Atlantic City Bell Biv DeVoe and En Vogue will perform on Sept. 22. Free tickets will be available for download from Ticketmaster on Friday. There also are a limited number of paid VIP tickets.

Atlantic City hosted its first beach concert of the season when Jimmy Buffett performed on Aug. 13.

The Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line and Blink-182 are scheduled to play on the beach in September.


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