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Fatal crash shuts down section of NB Route 1 near Bear
By Tom Lehman

Updated Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:29pm

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A 51-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon in a crash on Del. 1 that also injured two other men and prompted a road closure lasting well into the evening, state police said.

Paramedics were called to the northbound lanes of the Del. 1 overpass above Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40) about 4:15 p.m., said MCpl. Gary Fournier.

Upon arriving, they disocvered a large truck had overturned and struck an SUV, said New Castle County Paramedic Sgt. Peter T. Small.

The man driving the truck was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, Small said.

A 21-year-old passenger inside the truck received minor injuries and was listed in stable condition at Christiana Hospital, he said.

A 34-year-old man driving the SUV was trapped in his vehicle for about 20 minutes. He was extricated by the Christiana Fire Company and was treated for possible chest and internal injuries as he was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

The accident prompted the lengthy closure of northbound Del. 1 between SR 273 and Pulaski Highway.



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New digs for Delaware National Guard
By Mellany Armstrong

Updated Friday, August 1, 2014 - 3:18pm

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A new home for the Delaware National Guard.

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"The newest and most magnificent Armed Forces Reserve Center in the country."

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An emotional day for Major General Frank Vavala - he's wanted the new building since 1999 when he was appointed head of the Delaware National Guard.

"I questioned whether I would live to see this glorious event. But, unlike Moses, I made it to the promised land!" he said.

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"This magnificent facility will allow us to continue to be always ready, reliable, and indispensible in supporting the great state of Delaware and the United States of America," he said.

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Army General Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, helped cut the ribbon on the $48 million facility.

"It's a tremendous salute to the men and women of the Delaware National Guard and the Navy Reserve," he said.

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The building has solar panels and geothermal heating and air conditioning, and cisterns that catch rain water to run the beautiful outdoor fountain.







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Weekend toll increases go into effect on SR 1
By Tom Lehman

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You should carry some extra change if you're making weekend trips on Route 1.

DelDOT says toll prices are rising by an extra dollar on the weekends for commuters driving on the roadway, which is a popular route to the Delaware beaches and campgrounds.

The weekend toll rate has already been $1 higher than during the week.

The toll for cars is remaining $1 during the week but increases to $3 between 7 p.m. Friday and 11 p.m. Sunday.

Delaware E-ZPass customers will still continue to receive their current discount rates.



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Wilmington police officer suing for discrimination
By Associated Press

A Wilmington police department lieutenant who was denied a promotion to captain last year is suing the city and Mayor Dennis Williams for discrimination.

A federal lawsuit filed by Lt. Gregory Ciotti, a 55-year-old white male, accuses Williams, who is black, of race and gender discrimination.

Ciotti also claims he was the subject of age discrimination and was targeted for retaliation for supporting former city councilman Kevin Kelley in the 2012 Democratic mayoral primary against Williams.

Ciotti claims he was denied a promotion despite being the most qualified candidate, and that Williams implemented a race- and gender-conscious promotion policy.

A spokeswoman for Williams has not responded to accusations in the lawsuit.

A judge on Friday set a scheduling conference in the case for next month.



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Police: Man robbed, beat with own cane in Dover
By Mark Fowser, Delaware 105.9

Dover Police are looking for a possible suspect in the beating of an elderly man with his own cane.

The assault occurred Thursday afternoon in the 800-block of Forest Street.

The victim says he was walking to a locksmith in the area to get assistance, and realized he was being followed.

The suspect knocked the man to the ground, beat him with the metal cane several times in the head and face, and left the scene.

A police investigation led to the identity of a possible suspect, and 38-year-old Clarence Heath is wanted on charges of assault on a person 62 or older.

If you think you can help with the investigation, you are asked to call Dover Police at 302-736-7111.



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Newark National LL wins first regional game
By Sean Greene

Updated Friday, August 1, 2014 - 5:19pm

Newark National used two huge innings to defeat West Salisbury (Md.) 13-7 in the opening game of pool play in the Little League Mid-Atlantic Regional Friday.

Newark trailed 1-0 after one, but scored seven runs with 2 outs in the 2nd inning.

Brett Callahan started a rally with a bases-loaded single, and then Jack Hardcastle was hit by a pitch to give Delaware the 2-1 lead. Brandon Sengphachanh drove in a run with a single, and then Wyatt Minner drove in two with his own single. A fielding error led to the 7th run in the inning for Newark.

After quieting Maryland in the 2nd, Newark pounded out six more runs in the 3rd. Callahan drove in a run on an RBI reach-on-error, and then he scored on a Sengphachanh double. A.J. Blanchard took advantage of another error for an RBI, and then Sengphachanh scored the 6th run thanks to another error to give Newark a 13-1 advantage.

West Salisbury avoided the 10-run rule by scoring 3 runs in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th, but could get no closer.

Six Newark National players drove in at least one run. Sengphachanh had 3 RBI, with 2 each for Blanchard, Callahan, Jason Dauerty, and Minner. Jack Hardcastle had the final credited RBI.

Newark pitchers were only charged with two earned runs, with Callahan tossing a scoreless 6th to clinch the victory.

Newark faces the Pennsylvania champions Sunday morning at 11am in the second of four pool play games. The top 4 teams of the 6-team pool advance to next Friday's regional semifinals.



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Dangerous dog law loophole closed
By Amy Cherry

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New bills aimed at protecting animals and people are signed into law by Governor Markell.

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Small scars on eight-year-old Riley Hover's face serve as a reminder of what happened to her.

"A very close call, and there was only a matter of seconds," said Riley's father, Chris Hover.

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Two years ago, she was brutally attacked by her neighbor's pit bull, breaking her jaw and tearing her tear ducts.

"We're just lucky that she's as strong as she is and that we're here today," said Hover.

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Hover of Talleyville is grateful for a new law that closes a loophole that's allowed that dog to stay in his home.

State Rep. Dennis Williams (D-Talleyville) is the sponsor of House Bill 297, which goes into effect immediately.

It's very clear, it protects the animals as well so that someone can't simply make a complaint against an animal that may be barking. It's really clear, but it protects children, it protects people in our neighborhoods," said Williams.

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Now, animal control can impound a dog suspected of being dangerous.

"It means a lot. If this happens again, hopefully, appropriate actions can be used against the dog to do what needs to be done," said Hover.

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The strengthened dangerous dog law is coupled with Senate Bill 245, which protects animals seized in criminal activity from automatic euthanasia and requires evaluation by trained personnel.

Other bills signed into law today include House Bill 311 which requires training for animal control officers and investigators. Senate Bill 201 was also signed, creating the office of animal welfare within the Department of Health and Social Services, which is charged with upholding the state's spay/neuter program and shelter standards law.



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House sitter charged after alleged underage drinking
By Mark Fowser

A house-sitter in Rehoboth Beach faces charges she provided alcohol to underage teenagers at a party on Cornwall Road.

The Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Division and Rehoboth Beach Police went to the home early Friday.

Three teens were arrested for underage drinking, while others fled the scene.

37-year-old Diana Hamer was charged with giving alcohol to minors, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.




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DUI checkpoint set for Newark
By Peter MacArthur

Friday night in Newark, police will be out conducting a DUI checkpoint.

The effort targets people driving impaired but more importantly, it aims to be a deterrent to people driving like that in the first place.

Lat week, 88 drivers in Delaware were arrested for DUI.

That brings the total for the year so far to more than 2300.

Also, of the 76 deadly accidents in Delaware in 2014, 40% were alcohol related.



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Mantrap detains man after bank robbery
By Mellany Armstrong

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A New Castle man is arrested after being caught in a mantrap following a bank robbery.

State police say a man who robbed a bank was arrested after an employee activated a security device that trapped him between locked doors in the vestibule.

Troopers say 38-year-old Stephen Dunfee went into the Citizen's Bank in Newark about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and handed a teller a note demanding money.


The teller handed over cash, and as Dunfee tried to leave, bank personnel activated a security device known as a “mantrap," which remotely locks the interior and exterior doors of the bank. Dunfee was trapped in the vestibule, and caused damage to the doors and glass as he tried to break out. Police arrested him when they arrived.

Dunfee was charged with robbery and criminal mischief.



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Wilm U. gaming students get a taste of fantasy design in the real world
By Peter MacArthur

A new business incubator on the campus of Wilmington University is highlighting the talents of some advanced game and media design students.

The incubator came about when university assistant professor Scott Shaw met the owner of business app company Exalt and offered his students' services to design and deliver a new video game for Exalt called Puzzlesque.

Shaw's students, including Jesse Lavigne, came through in just four weeks, and Lavigne was brought on by Exalt as a Wilmington University co-op.

"It is sort of a softer launch, but that you get the feel of real consequences of having time lines and things are due, and a certain quality that is expected," said Lavigne.

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Shaw says the relationship and the mission are works in progress.

"How do we tie it to the deeper education and academics efforts of it? Does it work for them as a business? So, without having kind of preset constraints around it, we're kind of developing the vetting process as we go along; you know, how do we do this again, or how do we facilitate this relationship on a more on-going basis?" Shaw said.


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As part of the effort, Lavigne now manages five people who continue to develop and deliver games to Exalt.



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Garage sale? Don't toss cash out with the clutter
By Dr. Lori Verderame

Updated Friday, August 1, 2014 - 1:07pm

In my experience, the most common places where valuable antique treasures are hiding are at yard sales and inside people's homes.

I've written before that it is a better use of your time to watch sports this weekend than to schlep all of your unwanted stuff out of your basement or down from your attic and onto your front lawn in order to host a yard sale. Many yard sale sellers have lost as much as 80 percent to 90 percent of the actual value of their unwanted items by selling them at a yard sale.

Yard sales are one of the places where auction houses send out runners and pickers to get inventory for their auctions. Many people don't realize that yard sales are big business. They aren't just an exercise where you can make a few bucks and clear out some space. They are a high stakes game of getting great stuff for cheap. The person making really big money at your yard sale is NOT you!

Major yard sale mistakes

--An oil painting by Martin Johnson Heade, a 19th-century American realist painter, sold at a yard sale held in California for $18. The yard sale seller didn't know that it was a masterpiece. The buyer certainly did.

The buyer then resold the painting at auction for $425,000, and it is now in the collection of a major Texas art museum. Is there an old painting hanging around in your basement that you think is ugly but is really worth a fortune? I've seen it happen.

--A Chippendale table sold at a yard sale in New Jersey for $35. The buyer, who knew the value and origin of the table, bought it for only $35 and then resold it for $3 million dollars at an upscale antique furniture sale. Would you recognize a valuable antique table sitting in your grandmother's den?

Many people who want to sell off unwanted stuff will have me come through their home and appraise the objects that they want to sell off before they have a yard sale. My motto: Don't host a Yard Sale. You can lose your heirlooms as well as your shirt.


Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author and award-winning TV personality Dr. Lori hosts antiques appraisal events worldwide. She is the star appraiser on Discovery channel’s “Auction Kings.” Visit href=http:www.DrLoriV.com/Events, Facebook.com/DoctorLori, or call888-431-1010.

https://plus.google.com/115571883184899700323?rel=author Lori Verderame on Google+



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A.I. alum earns preseason national honor
By Sean Greene

Devin Filliben earned 2nd team honors (Courtesy: Wesley College Athletics)
A.I. duPont alum Devin Filliben is one of two Wesley players named Preseason All-Americans by national website D3football.com.

Filliben, who switched from defense to offense late in the 2012 season, earned second team recognition at offensive guard, while linebacker Sosthene Kapepula continued his busy summer with another 1st team honor.

Filliben was part of a line that helped Wesley's offense average over 32 points and 416 yards per game last season.

Kakepula recorded a team-high 110 tackles with 19.5 for loss last season. He also added five interceptions.

Wesley was picked 5th in the D3football.com Preseason Poll announced last month. They host No. 22 Thomas More (Ky.) on September 6 for the season opener.



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