First coding school in Delaware set to open in Wilmington this fall

By Shana O'Malley 12:19am, June 2, 2015 - Updated 1:20am, June 2, 2015
Zip Code Wilmington Co-Founder Jim Stewart talks about the program
A new school opening in Wilmington is promising high paying jobs with less than a year of training.

Zip Code Wilmington is the first coding school in Delaware, and one of only a few in the country.

Jim Stewart, co-founder and president of school, said the program, which teaches skills for web engineering and software development, will begin its first class in September.

"You go to school 40 hours a week for three months. When you graduate, you're qualified to take an entry level coding job at one of the big companies here, locally," he said.

The founders of Zip Code Wilmington have worked to form partnerships with several local banks and corporations in Wilmington to help students secure apprenticeships after completing the program.

The average entry-level salary for an apprenticeship position is $52,000 while professionals in the field can earn more than $100,000.

Nationally, there's a shortage of software and web application developers. In the past year, more than 675 jobs in the field became available in Wilmington alone.

"The best thing we can do is develop a new pipeline of employees who need the work, who can do the work, who probably may not have been given a shot at it before and it's going to be great for the employers, too. It's an amazing win-win," said Gov. Jack Markell.

Anyone interested in the program can apply online at zipcodewilmington.com

The program will enroll 20 students in its first class and 100 students within the first year.

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Mayor Williams unveils new Wilmington policing plan

By Amy Cherry 1:34pm, June 1, 2015 - Updated 1:20am, June 2, 2015
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
Mayor Dennis Williams and Chief Bobby Cummings unveiled a Wilmington policing strategy Tuesday afternoon at the Wilmington Emergency Operations Center in Southbridge.

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WDEL got an exclusive first look at the plan hours before it was made available to the public.

The plan seeks to add a dozen officers to the Wilmington Police homicide unit that will now consist of a violent crimes unit. It also dedicates 25 officers to community policing in high-crime areas.

"Now, we have 34 additional officers, and I don't think people are paying attention to that," said Williams. "Now we have an opportunity to spread these officers out and move them around--that's how we're going to build up our detective division."

The plan calls for two new inspectors, a chief information officer, and a director of communications. Those positions will add $827,116 to the city's operating budget, which would require city council approval. Currently, the Wilmington Police Department has a $54 million budget.

Williams said he'll introduce an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget if that's what it takes to get the funding for these positions.

"We're going to go to council properly, we'll all sit down; we'll have our best finance people in the room, and they'll decide which is the safe way to move this money," said Williams.

City Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker is hoping the request for funding won't turn into a budget battle.

"If it's something that's going to better the City of Wilmington, I'd like to see people come together for the sake of our citizens."

Councilwoman Hanifa Shabazz agreed.

"Everyone's been screaming for us to do it, so I'm hoping everyone, they put their money where their mouth is," she said. "But I believe the whole city has a vested interest in the city and its progress, and if this is what everyone wants us to do, then I hope they would come to the table to help us fund it."

Williams, who washighly critical of the Public Safety Strategies Commission said he didn't support some of the suggestions in the plan at first.

"I had to compromise--when the chief told me he wanted to implement some more staff officers, I had to really swallow that one."

The mayor also responded to criticism that he took too long to present his policing report.



"I always come under heat. Why should I jump to something when we're not ready to do it?" he asked. "We weren't finished the final touches. You can't put a document out there because people want you to--that's what makes leadership fail."

The plan seeks to change police department operations from two branches to four through new structuring. Within that structure, the proposed inspector of strategic planning and development would be responsible for development and implementation of new crime reduction initiatives and strategies.

A proposed inspector of support services would be tasked with overseeing special operations, radio, communications, school resource officers and crisis management. That person would also be asked with continued development of Targeted Analytical Policing Systems (T.A.P.S.) and crime statistics.

The already existing inspector of investigation would supervise the criminal investigation division, which includes the homicide/violent crime unit, victims Services unit, and the cold case unit. An inspector of investigation would continue to oversee Operation Safe Streets.

A new chief of information officer would be responsible for planning, organizing, and executing all information technology functions of the department. A director of communications would be tasked with managing public relations and promoting a positive image of the police department within the community, according to the report.

"You can't put all the work on one person because when stats need to be answered, problems need to be answered, when the community's outraged, businesses are outraged, they can't wait for next month," Williams said. "They want an answer now when they're spending millions of dollars in your city in taxes and revenue."

The plan also assigns an officer to the Wilmington Police Athletic league and the Hicks Anderson Community Center to strengthen safe havens for youth and create better relations between officers and children, which was recommended by the Public Safety Strategy Commission.

In addition, the plan calls for implementation of the New World Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, which was installed earlier this year. The system allows the department to track police cars and enables captains to have a mobile version of ShotSpotter.

"If you really want public safety, you have to do it right, you can't do a Band-Aid effect," said Williams. "And if city council wants to keep the businesses in this city, then we're going to have to do policing 100 percent right."

All officers will also be required to complete Blue Courage training with help from the federal Violence Reduction Network, according to the plan.

The chief hopes to implement the plan, in full, by the end of 2015.

"If we can't (fund it), then...we'll start out, maybe, smaller. Maybe we'll start out with one inspector," said the mayor.

The mayor said the plan implements 83 percent of the recommendations made in the Public Safety Strategies Commission report. Chief Cummings and the mayor's Chief of Staff Cleon Cauley told WDEL that eight initiatives in the plan were deemed "not applicable" or "not feasible."

Among the recommendations, the city deemed "not applicable," was an unspecified request from the state and three others were requests from Cease Violence, which is not a WPD program.

Four recommendations were designated as "not feasible," included a light-duty officer at Downtown Visions.

"Our policy does not allow for personnel to go outside of the building during their work hours, they're notable to drive, that becomes a liability issue, so that's not feasible for us," said Chief Cummings.

Cummings also refuted a recommendation for a report that outlines working and non-working cameras in the city.

"If you get the ones that are not working, a criminal, it gives the idea of where you can operate, and/or know if you know where all of the functional cameras are, then you also know where to operate," said Cummings.

A Public Safety Strategies Commission recommendation for a career development path was also rejected.

"Our agency is not that large; we're 320 sworn personnel. If we go into a designated career path, that limits the mobility for other officers and the opportunity to move around," he said. "Our focus is our officers are more well-rounded."



The plan, as presented, does not mention more frequent, smaller police academies as recommended by the commission. The mayor had said he was against that; however, a compromise between the mayor and council added $300,000 to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget for a police academy.

"Start running around some of these hotspots you used to see, You're going to wonder what happened. You're going to think Mr. Clean's been there. We are working; we are definitely working. Is it going to be easy? No," admitted the mayor.

With just a first look at the plan, Dorsey Walker said she would support it.

"Because the community has called for the implementation of the recommendations by the commissioners, so if the administration says they're going to implement 83 percent of the recommendations, then I'm all for it."

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Contact Amy Cherry at acherry@wdel.com or follow her on Twitter at @acherry13.




Beau Biden - A Visual Reflection

By WDEL Staff 12:17pm, June 1, 2015 - Updated 12:43pm, June 1, 2015
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With the passing of Beau Biden announced on Saturday, May 30, 2015, WDEL takes a visual look back at Delaware's former Attorney General and some of the moments where he's appeared in our coverage.

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White House launches Beau Biden memorial website

By Tom Lehman 5:06pm, June 1, 2015 - Updated 1:26am, June 2, 2015
Beau Biden with his father, Vice President Joe Biden/(Khalid Mohammed/Associated Press, pool photographer)
The White House has created a memorial website for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, allowing users to send messages of support to the grieving Biden family.

The website says Beau Biden, whose death from brain cancer at age of 46 was announced on Saturday, was "a fighter for justice on the frontlines of war and in the courts here at home" and calls him a committed son, father, and husband who put his family first.

Biden became Delaware's Attorney General in 2007 and won re-election to a second term. In 2014, he announced he would not seek a third term and intended to run for governor in 2016.

In a statement announcing his son's death, the vice president said "Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known."

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Del Tech opens new nursing wing at Stanton campus

By Tom Lehman 12:19am, June 2, 2015 - Updated 1:29am, June 2, 2015
VIDEO: WDEL's Tom Lehman reports. (Footage courtesy WCAU/NBC10)
Officials at Delaware Technical Community College on Monday cut the ribbon on the new nursing wing in the Stanton campus.

The number of nursing students at Del Tech has doubled over the last 10 years. The new addition triples the size of the school's nursing instructional areas, and includes technology aimed at producing students ready to get right to work in the medical field.

"We know that there is a huge need in the nursing work force and, going forward, as baby boomers retire, there is going to be more need and we are ready to meet that need in healthcare's environment today," Karen Rollo, who heads the school's nursing program, told NBC10.

The new wing has four new labs, clinical simulation spaces, and more classroom and group study areas.


State lawmakers look to assist Wilmington with public safety, hold hearing

By Tom Lehman 11:34pm, June 1, 2015 - Updated 12:12am, June 2, 2015
VIDEO: State Sen. Bobby Marshall (D-Wilmington South) discusses Monday's meeting.
State lawmakers held a forum in Wilmington on Monday to hear from residents about their views on public safety and related issues, while noting that they are willing to take action to help the city.

The meeting ranged from discussion of police tactics like "stop and frisk" to topics that were less directly related, but seen as contributing factors to crime, like unemployment and education.

State Sen. Robert Marshall (D-Wilmington South) said he and his colleagues are very much interested in helping the city and are considering methods that may be available before the legislative session ends on June 31.

Although Mayor Dennis Williams (D) had released a new policing plan, a response to findings from a state panel enacted by the Delaware General Assembly, Marshall said he and other lawmakers had not gotten a chance to review the strategy. He hopes a dialogue can be opened with the mayor's office.

"If that doesn't happen, then the state legislature and the governor will have to consider other alternatives," he said.

Marshall wouldn't be more specific on what those alternatives might be, noting it was too early to be at the stage when other options would be on the table.

Some residents at the meeting felt city police needed to improve relations with residents, with one woman saying officers should receive more sensitivity training to help them interact and deal with residents.

"There's a whole lot of training that needs to be done before I think we can have faith that it will be done in a balanced and impartial way," she said.

Dwight Davis, a community activist from West Center City and president of the Motivational Center, said he felt the use of tactics like "stop and frisk" are used disproportionately toward young black men. He also accused many in the audience of using the public session as part of a "campaign" to add visibility to their criticism of the mayor.

"I didn't come here to get into any attack on Mayor Dennis P. Williams," he said.

State Sen. Bryan Townsend (D-Newark/Bear) said Monday's discussion was acceptable and told residents gathered in the room to demand action from their elected officials at all levels of government. He said people attending meetings should not have to avoid discussing issues like crime and elected officials behind relevant policies, especially with another election not scheduled to occur until the second half of 2016.

"There are certain shortcomings with crime strategies in Wilmington," he said. "We need to fix them."

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Chemours to cut jobs as part of spin-off

By Amy Cherry 7:05pm, June 1, 2015
Chemours will be restructuring and cutting jobs to save money.

Spokesman Dan Turner said he DuPont spin-off will eliminate selected roles across its global workforce, but wouldn't specify how many of those jobs may come from Wilmington.

The job cuts are expected to be up to seven percent of its workforce.

Chemours will be headquartered in downtown Wilmington since DuPont announced it'smoving its headquarters to Chestnut Run.

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Brandywine School District opens a new job pathway for its high school students

By Yossi Goldstein 11:44pm, June 1, 2015 - Updated 1:26am, June 2, 2015
VIDEO: Judson Wagner talks to WDEL about the new program
A new technical program available to Juniors and Seniors in Brandywine School District high schools was unveiled at Monday night's school board meeting.

Judson Wagner, Brandywine School District supervisor for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), explained how in conjunction with Del Tech and the Delaware Manufacturing Association, the new program will be split into four learning segments, one per semester, during a student's final two years.

"Students will start off in their Level One class, and it'll be a mix of everybody who is in the cohort," noted Wagner. "Once they're through the Level One they will be able to pick two pathways, both tightly aligned with manufacturing. One is in logistics and one is in production."

Wagner went further to describe why the new program will give participants a leg-up on their competition.

"Paid internships," said Wagner. "Between their junior and senior year that's going to give them practical experience. So it's lots of kids are working this summer between their junior and senior year, but they don't always have the opportunities that these kids will have."

For its initial launch, the new program will be limited to 20 total students throughout the School District's high schools, in order to best serve the students it caters.

Since the program involves off-campus experience, bussing to and from the high schools will be provided. Students who want to be considered for the new program offered in Brandywine must be, among other things, punctual, ready to commit to the hours, and identified by their school counselors and high school teachers as appropriate for the out-of-classroom curriculum.

The meeting wasn't without its bittersweet moment, as Board member Cara Stanard and former Board President Olivia Johnson-Harris bid their farewells to Brandywine in their official capacity.

Members'-elect Karen Gordon and Kristin Pigeon will be sworn-in at the Board's retreat in July.

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On sale soon: Souvenirs for pope's visit to Philadelphia

By Associated Press 2:18pm, June 1, 2015 - Updated 1:29am, June 2, 2015
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter displays a Pope Francis doll during a news conference, Monday, June 1, 2015, in Philadelphia. Aramark has been named the official retail provider of event merchandise for the scheduled Eighth World Meeting of Families Con
It will be hard to forget Pope Francis' first trip to the U.S.--especially in Philadelphia.

Officials on Monday gave the public a peek at some of the souvenirs that will be available online starting in late June. More than 200 items will be offered, with prices starting at $5.

The pontiff plans to visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families. It's an international gathering for Catholics focused on strengthening family bonds.

Many of the keepsakes--like T-shirts, keychains and tote bags--will be branded with the World Meeting logo. But merchandise will also feature images of Francis, and will include faith-based items like rosaries and holy medals.

The products will be distributed by Aramark, a food and facilities management company based in Philadelphia.


One dead in crash outside Middletown

By DJ McAneny 5:26pm, June 1, 2015
One person is dead following a motor vehicle crash outside Middletown Monday afternoon, Delaware State Police said later that same say.

According to authorities, the crash occurred at approximately 3:55 p.m. Monday on northbound DuPont Parkway and Fieldsboro Road.

Police simply said the crash involved two vehicles and, as a result, one person was dead, while a second was hospitalized with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.

The area is still closed to travel while an investigation is underway and motorists are being asked to find alternate means of travel.


Trio shot after groups exchange words along street near Wilmington

By DJ McAneny 2:43pm, June 1, 2015
Three men arrived at Christiana Hospital with gunshot wounds to various parts of their bodies Sunday evening, New Castle County Police said Monday, and now authorities are investigating.

According to police, the men arrived at the hospital at approximately 10:57 p.m. Sunday. A 24-year-old drove a 50-year-old and a 21-year-old to the hospital, with the latter two in critical condition and in need of surgery.

A preliminary investigation revealed the victims were standing near a building in the 3900 block of Lancaster Avenue near Wilmington when they observed a group of men walk past them, police said. The two groups exchanged words, and the victims reportedly followed the men until two suspects emerged from the building with a weapon.

Police said the 24-year-old was shot in a lower extremity, while the other two victims were shot in the upper torso.

Anyone with information is urged to contact New Castle County Police at 302.573.2800 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


New Castle County Police returning wandering child to home make drug arrest

By DJ McAneny 1:53pm, June 1, 2015 - Updated 2:22pm, June 1, 2015
A 21-year-old New Castle man has been charged with child endangerment after police trying to return a wandering, shoeless 3-year-old child home discovered drugs and paraphernalia, New Castle County Police said Monday.

According to authorities, officers were called out to the unit block of Shetland Way in Edinburgh Villas outside Christiana on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at approximately 6 p.m. for reports of a child wandering.

The child had reportedly been found wandering down Edinburgh Drive without any shoes, police said. The child pointed to a home in the 600 block of Helmsdale Circle and police made contact with a 21-year-old man there who told police he couldn't find the child he was there to babysit.

The child, unharmed, was turned over to her grandmother. Inside the residence, police said they found .32 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. He was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond and issued a no-contact order.


Delmarva Delaware customers should see decrease in electric bills

By DJ McAneny 2:56pm, June 1, 2015
Delmarva Power Delaware's customers should see a slight reduction in their monthly electric bills beginning Monday as new Standard Offer Service rates take effect.

A customer using a typical 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per month would see an average bill decrease of around $2.48, or about 1.7 percent, according to a release by Delmarva.

The implementation of "current business practices and contract procurements" over the last few years led to the decrease, officials said.


Wilmington foot chase leads to gun arrest

By DJ McAneny 3:01pm, June 1, 2015
Ernest Robinson/Courtesy Wilmington Police
An officer on a walking assignment apprehended a man carrying a gun following a foot chase, Wilmington Police announced Monday.

According to authorities, the officer was on patrol in the area of 9th and Kirkwood streets at approximately 12:12 a.m. when he was flagged down in reference to a man with a gun complaint.

A subject matching the officers description--a man identified as Ernest Robinson, 28, of Wilmington--immediately began to flee when he spotted the officer approaching, police said.



Robinson was taken into custody in an alleyway in the 500 block of East 10th Street. A .380 handgun was recovered as well.

Robinson was charged with aggravated menacing, possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, resisting arrest, and violation of a PFA order.

He was committed to the Howard Young Correctional Facility in lieu of $72,000 bond.


Holy Trinity Greek Festival gearing up for Tuesday start

By Peter MacArthur 12:12pm, June 1, 2015 - Updated 12:32pm, June 1, 2015
A sign that summer is just around the corner: the annual Holy Trinity Greek Festival is returning to Wilmington.

The 40th annual event begins Tuesday, running through Saturday.

Festival spokesman Spiros Mantzavinos said they're keeping the time-honored traditions of years gone by and putting technology to work.

"On our website, we have an online ordering system where people can place their orders through 8 o'clock at night and pick up something at our take out booth. We, also this year, are going mobile. We have a mobile app that people can download to their smartphone or tablet and also be able to order online. " Mantzavinos said.

The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with curbside pick up available Tuesday through Friday starting at 11 a.m.

There is also a shuttle bus running every ten minutes from 9th and Market streets from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.


Minimum wage hike takes effect Monday

By Frank Gerace 9:40am, June 1, 2015 - Updated 10:44am, June 1, 2015
Those who work in Delaware for minimum wage will see an increase in their salary starting Monday.

The second phase of a two-step minimum wage hike approved last year by the General Assembly is set to kick in, raising Delaware's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.

State Senator Robert Marshall, a Wilmington Democrat, said the hike will "help the people who are struggling the hardest to get by in our economy."

Marshall this year introduced legislation to boost the state's minimum wage to $10.25 an hour by 2019, a hike he says "can make a difference in people's lives."

Marshall's measure, which would add an annual cost-of-living increase to the minimum wage, is scheduled to be taken up by state lawmakers in January.


Wilmington probationer charged with possession of illegal gun in car with child

By DJ McAneny 11:22am, June 1, 2015
Tommy Foster/Courtesy Wilmington Police
A 26-year-old Wilmington man, a "level 1 Probationer," is facing weapons charges following a motor vehicle stop Friday in which a child and a gun were recovered from the car, city police announced Monday.

According to Wilmington Police, Tommy Foster was in a vehicle pulled over at approximately 7:10 p.m. in the 600 block of Naamans Road. A search of that vehicle turned up a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P .380 handgun, police said. A two-year-old was also found in the vehicle.

The operator of the vehicle, identified as 27-year-old Milta Jimenez, of Wilmington, was also found to be operating the vehicle with an expired license.

Jimenez was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and driving while suspended. He was released on an unsecured bail.

Foster was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, breach of a court order, driving while suspended, and violation of probation. He was committed to the Howard Young Correctional Facility in lieu of $17,000 cash bond, in addition to his violation of probation charge.

The two-year-old child was turned over to a relative.


Police responding to sound of gunfire arrest Wilmington teen

By DJ McAneny 1:29pm, June 1, 2015
A 15-year-old Wilmington juvenile is facing a multitude of weapons charges after officers on proactive patrol responded to sounds of gunfire over the weekend, police said Monday.

According to Wilmington Police, officers on patrol in the Hilltop section of the city Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the area of 3rd and Broom streets reported hearing gunfire from the area of 4th Street and Delamore Place.

With assistance from members of the community, officers located a residence in the 200 block of North Broom Street and identified him as a possible suspect.

Working with Criminal Investigations Division officers and members of the State of Delaware Office of Juvenile Probation and Parole, officers located the 15-year-old juvenile in the area of 2nd and Van Buren streets, where he was taken into custody.

Police said a search of the area in the 200 block of North Broom Street led to the recovery of a Springfield 9mm handgun.

The culminating investigation led to the teen being charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

The teen was committed to the New Castle County Detention Center in lieu of $86,000 secured bond.


New Castle market is robber's target

By Andrew Sgroi 10:04am, June 1, 2015 - Updated 10:44am, June 1, 2015
A New Castle market was robbed early Sunday morning.

Delaware State Police said they are searching for the lone suspect who held up the Market Place store on Wilmington Road near Collins Park around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to troopers, the suspect approached an employee as she was standing outside the store. The masked man--described as a white man, 25 to 30 years of age--claimed to be armed with a gun and forced the employee back inside.

Police said he demanded money from the register and made off with both an undisclosed amount of cash, and cigarettes.

No surveillance video was made available of the crime.


Dover Police hunt for shooting suspect

By Kelli Steele 3:28pm, June 1, 2015
Delaware State Police were investigating a shooting at the Alder Park Apartment Complex in Dover Sunday night.

Troopers said the shooting happened around 9 p.m., when the victim was believed to have been struck near the "J" building of the complex and then ran to where police found him lying on the ground on the 1000 block of Nathaniel Mitchell Road.

The 22-year-old man was suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper torso. He was taken to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Police said they are still looking for a suspect or suspects in connection with the crime.


Flipped car hospitalizes one person

By Andrew Sgroi 10:24am, June 1, 2015 - Updated 10:49am, June 1, 2015
A woman was hurt following a rollover wreck in Milltown late Saturday night.

New Castle County Paramedics treated the woman after her car was found overturned on its roof just off of Kirkwood Highway in the area of South Woodmill Drive around 11 p.m.

According to medics, the 21-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy were able to get out of the car before rescue units arrived.

The woman was taken to Christian Hospital with possible neck and back injuries. She was listed in stable condition.

The toddler, medics said, appeared to be uninjured but was taken to Christiana Hospital for evaluation.

Delaware State Police were looking into the cause of the crash.


Drone spotted at Phillies game, man questioned

By Associated Press 11:54am, June 1, 2015
Police and security questioned a man who was flying a drone at Citizens Bank Park during a Philadelphia Phillies game.

The drone was spotted briefly above the third-base gate on Sunday.

Team security director Sal DeAngelis tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the drone did not fly over the field or disrupt the game.

DeAngelis says the man cooperated and was released without being charged. His drone, which had a camera attached, was confiscated, but will be returned.

Federal Aviation Administration rules bar flying drones below 3,000 feet and within three miles of large baseball or football stadiums.


Edgemoor shooting hospitalizes man, narrowly misses baby; 2 suspects sought

By Frank Gerace 8:21pm, June 1, 2015 - Updated 1:29am, June 2, 2015
New Castle County police are looking for two suspects in connection with a Monday night shooting that left a man hospitalized and narrowly missed wounding a young child.

Police said officers found a man in his 20s with a gunshot wound to the leg on Bedford Drive in Edgemoor Gardens shortly before 6 p.m., Officer First Class Tom Jackson said.

The man was taken to Christiana Hospital in Stanton, where he was last known to be in stable condition, Jackson said.

One of the bullets fired at the victim went into a nearby house, hitting a portable crib with a child sleeping inside but police said the child wasn't hurt.

Police don't have any suspect information at this point, and they were asking anyone who can help investigators fill in the gaps to call County Police at 302.573.2800 or visit the department's website at www.nccpd.com.

Tipsters may also call Delaware CrimeStoppers at 800.TIP.3333 or visit us on Facebook at New Castle County Police Department.

Citizens who currently have the smartphone application are encouraged to use the "submit tip" tab to submit tips.

Select a topic by using the "drop down" and complete the tip by "clicking" submit.

The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all iPhone and Android smartphones.


Brookside Park house fire touched off by lightning strike

By Frank Gerace 10:23pm, June 1, 2015
A lightning strike on a Brookside Park house started a fire that did about 30 thousand dollars' damage and forced the house's 4 adult occupants into emergency shelter.

State Fire Marshal's investigators said the fire broke out around 7 Monday night in a house on Marlin Drive.

When firefighers arrived on-scene, they found heavy smoke pouring from the house.

Investigators said lightning set the house's roof on fire.

No one was hurt.

The Red Cross was helping the displaced occupants.


Townsend crash kills Middletown teen

By Frank Gerace 10:56pm, June 1, 2015
State Police were investigating a two-vehicle crash in Townsend that killed a Middletown teen.

Police said 17-year-old Timothy Leonzio was in the left turn lane on Route 13 southbound at Fieldsboro Road shortly before 4 Monday afternoon when he pulled his car into the path of a pickup truck that was traveling northbound on 13.

The resulting collision severely injured Leonzio, who was taken to Christiana Hospital and pronounced dead there.

The driver of the pickup truck was treated at Christiana for non-life-threatening injuries.

Route 13 northbound was closed at the scene for about 2 hours after the crash.

Police said they don't expect to file charges against the driver of the pickup truck.


Troopers seek 2 in Sussex carjacking

By Frank Gerace 11:23pm, June 1, 2015
State Police were looking for a pair of suspects in a Sussex County carjacking.

Police said a 45-year-old man pulled over to help a woman he thought was stranded in the 14 hundred block of Lockwood Chapel Road near Hartly around 10:30 Sunday night.

The man started the woman's car, and as he got out, a second suspect hit him over the head, knocking him unconscious.

When the man came to, his SUV had been stolen, and he ran to a nearby house, whose occupants called 911.

Police were looking for a maroon 2008 Chevy Trail Blazer with Delaware license number PC424217.

There's not much info about the suspects, and police asked anyone who may know something about the carjacking to call the Troop 3 Major Crimes Unit at 302-697-2104.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."


Hearings set in all 3 counties on health insurers' rate hike requests

By Frank Gerace 10:41pm, June 1, 2015
Two health insurers want to raise some rates in Delaware, and the state's Insurance Commissioner scheduled hearings on the companies' requests.

Karen Weldin Stewart's office announced Monday Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Aetna filed rate increase requests for individual and small-group plans.

Highmark is asking for a roughly 25 and a half-percent increase in the individual market, and a hike of about 12 and three-quarters percent in the small-group market.

Aetna's requested an individual-market increase of 16 percent, but wants to decrease its small-group rate by just over 6 percent.

Stewart, who said she plans to do her best to reduce the requested hikes, scheduled hearings for June 15th and 16th in all 3 counties.

New Castle County residents can voice their opinions on the proposed increases at 6 PM June 16th at the Carvel Building in Wilmington--Kent County's hearing is at 6 PM on the 15th at the state insurance department in Dover, and Sussex County's is at 1 PM the same day at Del Tech's Owens Campus in Georgetown.


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