Police identify man shot by trooper in Hartly
By Amy Cherry

Updated Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:46am

We're learning more about the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting downstate Wednesday.

Police say the 25-year-old trooper, who's only been on the force for a year-and-a-half was conducting a welfare check in Hartly Wednesday at 2:54 p.m. when Glenn Sego, Jr., became violent.

Police say Sego used his metal cane to strike the trooper several times. The trooper then tried to use her Taser on Sego, but police say he stole it from her and Tased her.

Police say that's when the office fired a round at the Sego, shooting him in the lower extremity. He's been hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries. When he's released, police say he'll be charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

The trooper was treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries. She's been placed on administrative leave.




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Tennessee murder suspect caught near Wilmington
By Peter MacArthur

Updated Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:42pm

Murder suspect Ignacio Constantino had been on the lam for more than a decade.
A man wanted in a 2001 murder in Tennessee has been captured in Wilmington.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force cuffed Ignacio Constantino Wednesday.

Police say he had been living on the one hundred block of Simca Lane under the assumed name "Victor Castillo," since 2002.

Officers from law enforcement in Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania aided in the investigation leading to the suspect.

Constantino is accused of a murder 13 years ago in Morristown, Tennessee.



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Dept. of Veterans Affairs holds town hall meeting in Elsmere
By Tom Lehman

Updated Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 8:50am

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Officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) held a town hall meeting in Elsmere on Wednesday, allowing local veterans and to speak with staff from the agency's Wilmington office.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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More than a dozen veterans and relatives attended the gathering, which was held in the Elsmere Fire Department's Banquet Hall. Many comments heard at the meeting described positive experiences with the VA Wilmington Regional Office, but most speakers also said there was room for improvement.

A few veterans said they sometimes faced lengthy time periods when their disability claims were processed. Others said accessing some VA services was difficult.

Diana Rubens, the director of the Philadelphia and Wilmington VA regional offices, said it was important to get feedback from veterans at a time when the staff members are trying to eliminate a backlog that stood at 595 claims at the end of August.

The issue of backlogs is being looked at by many VA offices across the country, after the number of unprocessed disability claims reached about 611,000 last year.

In July, VA officials told the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs the amount of unprocessed claims had dropped by 55 percent to 275,000.

"The transformation initiative that we've been undergoing in the last 18 to 24 months has really positioned us to meet the targets that are out there in terms of claim timeliness and quality," said Rubens.

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Rubens said staff in the Wilmington office, which serves more than 9,700 veterans, are trying to reach a goal set by former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki of processing all claims within 125 days at 98 percent quality in 2015.

Staff from the Wilmington VA Hospital just outside Elsmere will participate in a town hall meeting on Sept. 26 at 12 p.m. The meeting will be held on the facility's ground floor.



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Back forces Delle Donne to withdraw from US team
By Associated Press

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Elena Delle Donne is withdrawing from the U.S. women's basketball national team pool because of a back injury.

The Chicago Sky's young star was bothered in the WNBA Finals with a bad back and it was announced Thursday she won't be able to join the team for the world championship at the end of the month. She also missed 17 games during the season because of a recurrence of Lyme disease.

The U.S. already is missing Candace Parker (knee) and Sylvia Fowles (feet). Brittney Griner is still awaiting doctor's clearance for a retinal issue that forced her to miss Game 3 of the Finals.

Tina Charles and Candice Dupree are the only true post players left in the U.S. roster pool who have played in the world championship or Olympics.



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Two swimmers drown in OCMD rip currents
By Mark Fowser

Updated Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:42pm

Two people are dead and three others were rescued in rough surf in Ocean City, Maryland.

A Pennsylvania man and a Maryland man both drowned in separate incidents.

The deaths and the rescues happened at several different beaches Wednesday afternoon all just within half-hour period.

Swimming restrictions were in place at the beaches after strong rip currents were reported due to Hurricane Edouard, which stayed several hundred miles off the Atlantic Coast.




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Hit-run driver in SUV/dirt bike crash still at large
By Frank Gerace

Wilmington police are still looking for an SUV and its driver after a hit-and-run accident that hospitalized two teenaged boys who were riding a dirt bike.

Police say a dark blue Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon-type SUV hit the dirt bike the 13 and 16-year-old boys were riding at "A" and Townsend Streets around 4 p.m. Sunday.

The boys were critically injured, but their condition has improved since--the 13-year-old has been released from A.I. duPont Children's Hospital, and the 16-year-old is stable and in fair condition after additional surgery.

Police say the SUV involved should have heavy damage on its right front side, and anyone with information about the accident can call them or 911.



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Delaware casino owner owes back taxes
By Randall Chase, Associated Press

While gambling industry officials are asking Delaware lawmakers for financial help, a company controlled by Delaware Park owner Bill Rickman owes more than $5,000 in delinquent business taxes.

According to the Delaware Division of Revenue, Rickman Management LLC owes the state $5,057.37 in back taxes, penalties and interest.

Court records show that officials won a court judgment against the company in July 2013 for unpaid withholding taxes dating to 2009, but officials apparently have been unable to collect.

Rickman did not immediately return a telephone message left with his Rockville, Maryland-based company.

Rickman told members of Delaware's gambling study commission earlier this month that he hopes they consider reducing the state's share of table game revenue as a way of providing financial relief for Delaware's three casinos.



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Coachella founders to promote Firefly
By Mellany Armstrong

Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events to promote and produce the Firefly Music Festival.

Firefly, founded by Red Frog Events in 2012, is one of the fastest growing music festivals in the country. The 4-day event is held each June at The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. The 2015 event will take place from June 18-21.

Goldenvoice, an AEG Live company, adds Firefly to their festival portfolio that includes Coachella, Stagecoach, FYF Fest and more.

Goldenvoice President and CEO Paul Tollett says they were so impressed with Firefly, they had to be a part of it.

Red Frog Events founder Joe Reynolds says the partnership will continue to propel the success of Firefly for years to come.









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Author looking for photos, stories of beer brewing in Delaware
By Mellany Armstrong

Circa 1902 photo of coopers at the Joseph Stoeckle Brewing Co., which was located at 5th & Adams streets, Wilmington.
You can help tell the story of Delaware's frothy history in the beer-making business.

Mellany Armstrong has more in WDEL's Delaware Stories.


John Medkeff of Glasgow likes history and beer.

"I like local history in particular, and beer is one of my interests, so the two kind of came together," he said.

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The 51-year-old Medkeff says 'Brewing in Delaware' will be a photographic history of beer and brewing in the state. He says Wilmington's beer history began with the Swedes landing here almost 375 years ago.

"One of the first things they did was to establish a brewery," Medkeff said.

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When industry took off in the 1840s, so did beer-making.

"(You had the) immigrant population to support the industry, and that's really why there was a growth in brewing in Delaware," he said.

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Beer was very economically important to Delaware in the 1800s.

"It was the sixth largest industry in the state -- it accounted for well over $2 million in revenue and employed hundreds of people," he said.

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Medkeff is looking for people who may have stories and pictures to add to those he's found in museums and private collections.

"Family members or friends who may have worked in the brewing industry and allied trades such as saloons, hotels, taverns," he said.

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The book, to be published by Arcadia Publishing, is expected to come out next summer. Find information on how to submit your stories and pictures by October 1st by emailing Medkeff at delawarebeer@comcast.net. Get more information about the project by clicking here.







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Carney votes to fund training for Syrian rebels
By Frank Gerace

Updated Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 8:43am

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Congressman Carney's on board with training and arming Syrian rebels, with an eye toward defeating the terrorist group ISIS.

The Democrat Wednesday issued a statement saying he cast one of 273 "yes" votes for the amendment giving the Obama administration the authority to fund and train the rebels for the next three months.

Carney said he cast his vote with "serious reservations," saying the funding proposal is "the best of a host of bad options".

One-hundred fifty-six House members voted against the amendment, which now goes to the Senate.

The amendment was attached to a bill funding the federal government for the next three months--the bill passed the House 319-108.



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New charges brought against indicted businessman
By Associated Press

New charges have been brought against a Maryland businessman accused by Delaware insurance regulators.

A federal grand jury in Baltimore on Tuesday returned a superseding indictment against Jeffrey Cohen. It charges Cohen with wire fraud and money laundering.

Cohen is the founder and former CEO of Indemnity Insurance, which specializes in insuring nightclubs and bars. According to the 12-count indictment, Cohen falsely represented the financial status of entities he controlled to fraudulently obtain more than $100 million in insurance premiums.

Cohen was charged with lying to Delaware insurance regulators in the original indictment. He remains in federal custody.



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DuPont's Kullman on "Most Powerful Women" list
By Chris Carl

Updated Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 1:19pm

Fortune Magazine is out with its list the most powerful women in business, and DuPont's Ellen Kullman remains in the top 5.

Number one: Ginni Rommetty, the CEO of IBM. The CEO's of GM, Pepsi, Lockhead Martin are 2 thru 4, with DuPont's Kullman at number 5.

Fortune's Senior Editor at large Pattie Sellers says they looked at a number of factors.

"The size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arch of the woman's career, how quickly she's moved up and where she's likely to go from here, and social and cultural influence," Sellers said.

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Although Kullman actually fell from third on last year's list, the magazine credits her for moving DuPont from a 10-year slump into higher-margin areas like nutrition, advanced materials and bioscience.



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High-risk kids to get help from Del. Kids Dept.
By Frank Gerace

Delaware's Kids Department is in line for a $4 million federal grant aimed at helping meet the needs of kids in high-risk communities.

The grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will pay for various services for kids from birth to age eight who live in high-risk communities in Wilmington.

Project LAUNCH, a partnership of government, education and healthcare leaders, will get $800,000 a year for five years.



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Study: Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes
By Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

A preliminary study done mostly in mice suggests that artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people.

The study authors said they can't make dietary recommendations but that their results should inspire more research into the topic.

Basically, the study suggests that artificial sweeteners alter the makeup of normal, beneficial bacteria in the gut. That appears to hamper how the body handles sugar in the diet, a situation that can lead to developing diabetes.

The results, from researchers in Israel, were released Wednesday by the journal Nature.



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CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine
By Lauran Neergaard, Associated Pre

Think the flu's only a big threat to kids and seniors? Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter - and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says just a third of healthy adults ages 18 to 64 got vaccinated last year. In contrast, 70 percent of children younger than 5 got a flu vaccine, and 65 percent of seniors.

Flu vaccine is recommended for nearly everyone age 6 months or older. There are multiple types to choose from. CDC says the nasal spray is the preferred choice for certain healthy children - those ages 2 to 8 - but if none's available, they should go ahead and get the regular flu shot.



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Concord holds on for field hockey draw
By Sean Greene

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Concord goaltender Margo Donlin made 16 saves to lead a spirited defensive effort in a 0-0 draw against conference-rival Charter of Wilmington Wednesday afternoon.

The Force defeated the Raiders by a combined 6-1 scoreline the past two seasons, and looked to be heading in that direction with an offensive onslaught, especially in the second half.

Concord's defense held tough however, including defenseman Heather Estle who made several shot blocks, along with the fine work of Donlin in goal.

Charter's Paige DiGuglielmo would get a chance in the final minute of sudden-death overtime when her shot from a kneeling position was kicked away from Donlin, preserving the double shutout.

Emma Houser made two saves to earn a shutout for Charter.



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Appo's Jester - WDEL HS Athlete of the Week
By Sean Greene

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Appoquinimink soccer's Sam Jester is this week's WDEL High School Athlete of the Week.

The forward scored three goals in the Jaguars' 5-0 victory over Glasgow Tuesday afternoon.

Sam's second goal came off a bounce pass which he guided into the cage with his head, and the senior says sometimes you have to be creative to score goals.

"When you have a keeper coming at you at full speed and players running you down, you need to think quick. The head was the closest body part to the ball, and it had to go in the net, so I did that."

Appo coach Adam Bear tells WDEL that Sam brings a lot to the table for the Jags.

"He's a great finisher, he has good vision. He's athletic, he can win 50-50 balls, he's can give assists, but he's a great finisher."

Sam contributes his success to improvement in the mental part of his soccer game.

"I became a better player up there (mentally) than with my feet. It's more of how I play and my decisions. I take it more serious this year, I took it serious before, but this is my senior year."

Sam Jester says he'd like to play soccer in college, but isn't sure where. He says his favorite class at Appoquinimink is definitely history.

"It's interesting to me. Math is just numbers, but I love learning about the past, it's just interesting to me."



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