Man falls off deck, dies in Newark

By Chris Carl 12:37pm, July 5, 2015 - Updated 12:52pm, July 5, 2015
A man is dead after he fell off a deck in Newark and hit his head, Newark Police said.

Newark Police said it happened at about 5 a.m. Sunday at a home on the unit block of East Park Place.

Police said the 20-year-old man was partying with friends when he fell off the deck and struck his head. Emergency personnel transported him to Christiana Hospital, where he later died. Police said foul play is not suspected, but the Division of Forensic Science will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are withholding the man's name.

Arsonist sets fire to pool furniture at Shellcrest Swim Club in North Wilmington

By Amy Cherry 4:58pm, July 5, 2015
Fire damages a North Wilmington swim club on the 4th of July.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office said someone intentionally burned lounge chairs and other furniture on the pool deck at the Shellcrest Swim Club on the 900 block of Wilson Road.

The fire marshal said the fire was set at 2 a.m. on July 4th.

Firefighters from the Brandywine Hundred Fire Company extinguished the fire.

Damage is estimated at about $8,000.

Investigators are asking homeowners in the area to review any surveillance footage they may have for suspicious activities in the early morning hours of the holiday. State fire investigators can be reached by calling the State Fire Marshal's - New Castle Division at 302.323.5375.


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Bus bursts into flames on NJ Turnpike in Salem County

By Amy Cherry 8:42pm, July 5, 2015
A bus catches fire on the New Jersey Turnpike in Salem County. (Photo/NBC10/Edoardo Osorio)
A bus caught fire on the New Jersey Turnpike in Salem County Sunday.

NBC10 reported the fire started on an Academy bus at 5:25 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the turnpike in Oldmans Township, New Jersey. Passengers were forced into a nearby wooded area as flames were rising out of the bus, according to video and photo from witnesses.

The fire was put out in about 20 minutes. No one was hurt.

The fire caused major traffic delays on the turnpike on what was already a busy travel day with folks heading back from the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Milltown crash kills man

By Chris Carl 12:47pm, July 5, 2015 - Updated 12:52pm, July 5, 2015
A man is dead after his vehicle ran into a tree in Milltown, New Castle County Paramedics said.

The accident just after 2 a.m. Sunday on the 800 block of McKennan's Church Road near Duncan Road in Milltown, paramedics said.

County paramedics said the man, in his twenties, was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified.

New Castle County Police are investigating the single-vehicle crash.

15 people hurt in Millsboro wreck

By Chris Carl 2:23pm, July 5, 2015 - Updated 9:19pm, July 5, 2015
Delaware State Police said 15 people were hurt in a four-vehicle crash in Millsboro.

It happened just before Noon Sunday on Route 113.

According to investigators, a car tried to make a left-hand turn and drove into the path of an minivan. Those vehicles then collided with another car and a pickup truck. The first vehicle overturned onto its side.

14 people were sent to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. One person with serious injuries flown by state police helicopter to Christiana Hospital.

The driver who tried to make the left-hand turn was cited for failing to stop at a red light.

Bridgeville farm debuts 'nice cream'

By Amy Cherry 9:04pm, July 5, 2015
The Frozen Farmer and Evans Farms debut "nice cream," a blend of sorbet and ice cream. (Photo/The Frozen Farmer)
A downstate farm debuts a new treat to keep you cool this summer.

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It's called "nice cream."

"Because it's a lot nicer than ice cream," said creator Katey Evans. "It has the healthful aspects of the sorbet, it's less fat, it's less lactose."

Evans with The Frozen Farmer said they've teamed up with a Bridgeville farm as part of a truly farm-to-table operation.

"The main ingredient line in our frozen treats will be from the produce that is locally in season and grown at Evans Farms," she said. "We use a blend of Evans Farms grown strawberries as well as blueberries and raspberries in the triple berry nice cream."

Other flavors include strawberry and peach blossom nice cream, made with Evans Farms peaches.

"Everybody wants something healthy; they want something refreshing," she explained. "They want something ready-to- go in the summertime; they stop in and they don't want the watermelon that's been sitting out on a stand, they want the watermelon that's been cut up and in our freezer."

Right now, there's only two places you can get it. You can get it down on the farm or check out their retail shop at the Heritage Shores Golf Club in Bridgeville. The Frozen Farmer hopes to have a mobile food truck offering their sweet treats as well.

Police: Sleeping truck driver causes I-95 crash, fuel spill in Delaware County

By NBC10 4:48pm, July 5, 2015 - Updated 9:14pm, July 5, 2015
A look at the crash that blocked all lanes of I-95 NB on a busy travel day. (Photo/NBC Traffic Camera)
A truck driver will face charges after Pennsylvania State Police said he fell asleep at the wheel causing a crash that spilled fuel and injured three people on Interstate 95 at the Blue Route in Delaware County Sunday morning.

Leroy Devauly, 57, of Pomeroy, Pennsylvania was driving a tractor trailer on I-95 northbound at the off-ramp to I-476 in Ridley Township at 9:51 a.m. when he allegedly fell asleep and struck the attenuator at the off-ramp. Diesel fuel from the truck's gas tank leaked several gallons of diesel fuel on the road.

Two other cars were also involved in the crash. The drivers of both cars as well as a passenger of one of the cars all suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials said charges will be filed against Devauly.

I-95 northbound was shut down for nearly eight hours while the damaged vehicles were towed and the road was cleaned.

Large wave washes out Jersey Shore town's fireworks display

By Associated Press 10:47am, July 5, 2015
A large wave washed out the Fourth of July fireworks show in a Jersey Shore community.

Seaside Heights officials say a large wave unexpectedly ran so far up the shore Saturday night that it soaked all the fireworks set up on the beach.

Town officials say the fireworks were set up closer to the surf than usual this year in an effort to satisfy state regulations that require spectators be kept a specific distance away from the fireworks. They say beach erosion caused by Superstorm Sandy has made fulfilling this requirement a challenge in recent years, the borough said.

Some residents and others took to social media to complain about the cancellation.

The town plans to stage a makeup show on Sunday night.

Suspect, victim charged after Pike Creek robbery attempt

By Frank Gerace 10:59am, July 4, 2015 - Updated 11:14am, July 5, 2015
The suspect and the victim in a robbery attempt in Pike Creek last month are both facing charges after the victim allegedly lied to the Delaware State Police.

Police said Adriana Reynaga of Oxford, Pennsylvania, told them Philip Pepe of Wilmington tried to rob her at knifepoint as she and her three children sat in her car in the parking lot of Valley Liquors in the Pike Creek Shopping Center June 25.

Reynaga said when she told Pepe she didn't have any money, he threw her keys into a nearby bush and ran away after he couldn't convince her to withdraw cash from an ATM.

Police said Reynaga left out an important detail--namely, that she'd arranged to meet Pepe to buy drugs.

Now, both are out on bail; Pepe's facing attempted robbery, weapons possession and child endangerment charges, and Reynaga's looking at charges of providing a false statement, filing a false report and child endangerment.

Paramedics: Motorcyclist critical after Middletown crash

By Frank Gerace 10:59am, July 4, 2015 - Updated 11:17am, July 5, 2015
New Castle County Paramedics said a 44-year-old man was was critically injured when he crashed his motorcycle Friday night.

Crews said they found Jay Miller unresponsive at the accident scene at Levels and Dogtown Roads in Middletown around 7:45 p.m.

Police said he was ejected from the bike and was not wearing a Delaware Department of Transportation approved helmet.

He was treated at the scene for a possible head injury and flown to Christiana Hospital by Delaware State Police helicopter. DSP is also investigating the crash.

New Castle County Lifeline Program volunteer saves a life

By Leah Venable 6:32pm, July 4, 2015 - Updated 11:17am, July 5, 2015
A volunteer with the New Castle County Police Senior Roll Call Lifeline Program helped save the life a Senior Roll Call client.

At approximately 8:00 a.m. Friday, Julie Stewart, a volunteer with the program, called family members of a Lifeline client when she could not reach the client by phone after several attempts.

New Castle County Paramedics responded to the home, and the client was transported to the Wilmington Hospital, where staff believes she will recover from her illness.

The Senior Roll Call Lifeline, a free program provided by New Castle County, began in the mid 1990s and calls the homes of its subscribers every day to ensure the welfare of its elderly residents, many of which live alone.

The program is supported by volunteers who are desperately needed.

To register yourself, sign-up a loved one or to register to be a volunteer, please call the New Castle County Police Community Services Unit at 302.395.8159 or use ext. 8150.

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