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Newark man killed in crash in North Wilmington
By Mellany Armstrong

Updated Monday, September 1, 2014 - 9:35am

A Newark man was killed in a crash last night on Philadelphia Pike in North Wilmington.

Police say it happened about 7:20 p.m. Sunday night. A 34-year-old man was driving his Chevy Cavalier northbound on Philadelphia Pike approaching Sunset Drive north of Wilmington. For an unknown reason, the man's car crossed the center line and hit the front of a Nissan Altima driven by 33-year-old Omar Morris of Wilmington.

After the collision, Morris’ vehicle spun and came to rest at the corner of Philadelphia Pike and Sunset Drive. The Cavalier also spun, coming to rest against a guardrail.

The 34-year-old man, who was wearing a seatbelt, was trapped inside of his vehicle for some time until he could be extricated by responding EMS personnel. He was taken to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he later died. The victim’s name is being withheld until relatives can be told.

Morris, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was also taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in this crash.



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Overnight shootings in Wilmington leave 2 dead
By Frank Gerace

Wilmington police say two men are dead after a pair of overnight shootings, and officers would like to hear from anyone who may know something about the crimes.

Officers responding to a 911 call from Wilmington Hospital around 12:45 a.m. Sunday learned the first victim had been taken there in a private car.

He underwent emergency surgery, but died of his wounds.

The second victim was shot three times at 27th and Tatnall Streets around 2 a.m. and was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he died.

Anyone who can help investigators piece together the details can text TIP WILMINGTON and their information to 888777.



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All bets are off after Showboat shuts down
By Wayne Parry, Associated Press

The show has ended for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

The Mardi Gras-themed casino shut down at 4 p.m. Sunday after 27 years on the Boardwalk.

Owner Caesars Entertainment is closing the still-profitable Showboat to reduce the number of casinos in Atlantic City, which has been struggling with plunging revenue and increased competition.

Caesars will still own three other casinos in Atlantic City.

The seaside gambling resort began the year with 12 casinos, but before summer is over, it will be down to eight.

Revel will begin a two-day shutdown Monday, Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16, and the Atlantic Club closed in January.

Nearly 8,000 casino workers will have lost their jobs.



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Bethany Beach sends out summer with annual Jazz Funeral
By Kelli Steele

An annual "end of summer" celebration is planned for Bethany Beach Monday.

The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on the north end of the boardwalk as a casket bearing "summer" will be carried to the bandstand.

Those who attend the event, will see a gathering of mourners, some draped in black shrouds, some donning dark glasses, some dressed in full comedic costume, some carrying flowers and reeds and others twirling oversized umbrellas, all sobbing as they shuffle down the boardwalk.

Another jazz funeral of sorts will be held at the American Legion Post 28 in Oak Orchard today from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.; the event, featuring fun, food and refreshments, will be held under the pavilion and is open to the public.



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HS Football Preview - Wilmington Friends
By Sean Greene

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VIDEO: A look at the Quakers

If there is strength in numbers, Wilmington Friends could be feeling like Hercules this season.

The Quakers welcomed what could be a record 51 players to their training camp this summer, including a senior class of 13 players.

One position that is wide open is at quarterback, where sophomore Justin Beneck and junior Cameron Kendle are battling to be the signalcaller for the Quakers. Beneck brings a hard charging run/pass style, with Kendle's accuracy being a major weapon as they will likely battle right to the season opener to be the starter.

Friends returns plenty of talent including Tight End/OLB Tommy Rhodes, running back Jimmy Carney, and two-way lineman Ian Furman.

The Quakers had a late-season 3-game winning streak to push them to a 4-5 record, and are looking to take that next step with their talent. They open their 2014 season against Baltimore Friends before facing Seaford in their home opener. A sign to the Quakers' success could be week 3's trip to Woodbridge.

WILMINGTON FRIENDS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (As of August 31)
Saturday, September 6 - At Friends School of Baltimore - 2:30pm
Saturday, September 13 - Vs. Seaford - 3:00pm
Friday, September 19 - At Woodbridge - 7:00pm
Saturday, September 27 - MATHS Charter (Md.) - 2:30pm
Thursday, October 2 - Vs. McKean - 3:30pm
Saturday, October 11 - At Moyer Academy (Baynard) - 12:00pm
Saturday, October 18 - Vs. Tatnall - 2:30pm
Saturday, October 25 - At St. Andrew's - 2:30pm
Friday, November 31 - At Rising Sun (Md.) - 7:00pm
Saturday, November 8 - Vs. Tower Hill - 2:00pm



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Woman, man charged with stealing from vehicles
By Mellany Armstrong

Updated Monday, September 1, 2014 - 7:55am

County police say they've caught a couple who were stealing items from cars in several neighborhoods.

Police say 34-year-old Holly Rybinski of Wilmington and 34-year-old Charles Scafe, who police say is homeless, are charged with burglary and related offenses after police linked them to multiple thefts.

Over the past week, officers took several theft reports in the area of Montchanin Drive, Buckley, Woodland Heights and Chanin. Police say the two took electronics and credit cards from unlocked vehicles.

Rybinski is in Baylor Women's institution in lieu of more than $72,000 bail. Scafe is in Howard Young prison in lieu of $73,000 bail.





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Revel begins two-day shutdown
By Associated Press

The Revel Casino will start to shut down Monday (Photo courtesy of NBC 10)
The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.

The casino will close early Tuesday.

Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City's struggling gambling market.

But mired in its second bankruptcy in as many years, Revel has been unable to find anyone willing to buy the property and keep it open as a casino.

Analysts and competitors say Revel was hampered by business decisions including a total smoking ban, the lack of a buffet and daily bus trips to and from the casino, and the lack of a players' database from which to solicit customers.



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Four arrested in Edgemoor drug bust
By Ruth Bryna

Updated Monday, September 1, 2014 - 7:55am

Four Wilmington men are under arrest, charged with intending to sell drugs and possession of a deadly weapon.

County police say a search warrant by their Drug Control Squad on East Salisbury Drive in Edgemoor Friday turned up more than 1100 bags of heroin and over 33 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia and a semi-automatic handgun.

Police say they also found $785.00 in cash.

Khyon Bailey and Thomas Graham, both 22, were arrested, along with 21 year-old Braheem Henry and 23 year-old Irvin Chambers. All four men were arraigned and committed to Howard Young prison in lieu of bail.



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NCCo police seek man wanted in series of burglaries
By Ruth Bryna

Updated Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8:11am

Do you know this man?
New Castle County police detectives are looking for a man wanted in connection with multiple burglaries in New Castle-area neighborhoods.

After conducting a search warrant in his home Sunday, police say they believe 31 year-old Brandon Logue of the Pine Valley Apartments on South DuPont Highway may be connected to a series of burglaries of sheds in Prestwick, Rambleton Acres, Stratford and Coventry.

Police say power tools, fishing equipment and bicycles were stolen from the sheds.

Detectives say Logue has a former address in Elkton, Maryland, and is known to frequent the community of Saddlebrook.

Logue is described as a white male, 5'9" and 200 pounds, with hazel eyes and brownish hair.



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Coast Guard suspends search for downed plane in Va.
By Associated Press

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a pilot who lost consciousness and crashed a small airplane into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia shore.

Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says the search was halted Sunday morning after a civilian boater recovered a wheel and engine cowling from the single-engine Cirrus. Littlejohn says the chances of finding anything else were slim.

The plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital Saturday afternoon, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with it until it crashed about 50 miles southeast of Chincoteague. The plane had left Waukesha, Wisconsin, and was headed to Manassas, Virginia. The pilot, whose name has not been released, was the only person on board.

The plane was registered to Ronald Hutchinson of Brookfield, Wisconsin.



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Coast Guard: 6 safely rescued from sinking boat
By Associated Press

Six people were rescued after a 25-foot pleasure craft started to sink in waters off the New Jersey coast.

Coast Guard and state police crews responded around 9:15 a.m. Sunday, after a person aboard the boat reported it was quickly filling with water. The person also said they had fired a distress flare to help responders locate their position, which was about a mile off Sea Girt.

A 47-foot motor life boat crew and a 25-foot response boat-small crew were dispatched from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet. A state police marine unit and a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat crew also were deployed.

The responders found six people standing in about two feet of water in the boat.

No injuries were reported.

It's not clear what caused the boat to sink.



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Driver charged with firearms counts after traffic stop
By Frank Gerace

Ernest Williams
Wilmington police say a Saturday night traffic stop resulted in a gun arrest.

Officers pulled over a pickup truck in the 800 block of North Spruce Street shortly before midnight for what police say was an equipment violation.

As the driver was coming to a stop, the passenger got into the back seat and laid down.

The cops told both men to get out of the truck, and saw a partly-open duffel bag under the driver's seat.

Police say the bag had a sawed-off shotgun inside, and there was a BB gun that looked like a real gun under the back seat.

29-year-old Ernest Williams was charged with firearms and traffic offenses.



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Three people, dog escape burning home in Wyoming
By Ruth Bryna

Delaware investigators say fire that heavily damaged a house in Wyoming and injured one occupant has been ruled accidental.

Firefighters were called to the fire Saturday afternoon on Front Street in Wyoming. Officials say one occupant sustained second-degree burns to his hand. He was taken to a hospital in Dover and was later listed in good condition.

Fire investigators say the blaze started in a first-floor bedroom. Investigators say electrical extension cords failed and ignited materials in the bedroom.

Three other occupants of the home and a dog were able to escape. Damage is estimated at $75,000.




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Bear-area man charged w/ heroin possession in Wilmington
By Frank Gerace

Bryant Dempsey
A Bear-area man is charged with heroin possession after officers found him carrying bags of the drug.

City police say two officers responding to calls from nearby residents about suspicious activity saw 38-year-old Bryant Dempsey acting suspiciously in the 700 block of West 10th Street around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.

When the cops questioned him, they found 39 bags of heroin in Dempsey's pockets.

He's charged with heroin possession.



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Wilmington traffic stop results in gun, drug and traffic charges
By Frank Gerace

Tamiya Gregory
A woman is behind bars on gun charges, and a man arrested on drug and traffic counts, after a Wilmington traffic stop.

City police say officers stopped a Chevy Impala near the 300 block of North Bancroft Parkway shortly before 11 Saturday night because the car's license plate had expired.

The driver, Kennan Golden, didn't have a license, registration or insurance, but was carrying more than 2.5 grams of pot.

The cops told Golden's passenger, Tamiya Gregory, to get out of the car, and when she took her cell phone out of her pocket, a 22-caliber handgun fell out.

Gregory's being held at the Baylor Women's Prison, charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a firearm within 10 years of a prior conviction.

Golden's out of bail.



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Safe Streets officers make 2 gun arrests
By Frank Gerace

Wilmington police say the department's Safe Streets unit arrested two suspects and took a pair of guns off the streets this past week.

Police say 25-year-old Thomas Norris was acting suspiciously as he walked along the 1400 block of North Washington Street this past Monday.

When officers approached him, Norris pulled a gun from his waistband, and the cops told him to drop it, but instead, Norris threw the gun over the 14th Street Bridge and ran.

He was caught after a short chase and arrested.

Officers arrested 22-year-old Demeir Walker in the 1600 block of West 5th Street Saturday--police say he had a gun in his waistband.

Norris and Walker are both prohibited from having guns, and Norris is being held at the Howard Young Prison.



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Holiday blood bank donations needed
By Associated Press

Delawareans are enjoying the Labor Day holiday, but the Blood Bank of Delmarva says the need for blood never takes a day off.

Blood Bank officials are urging area residents to consider donating blood and say the greatest need, as always, is O negative, the universal blood donor.

Officials say blood bank center in Christiana and Dover will be open for appointments on Labor Day.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, people can visit Delmarva Blood Bank or call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8.

The Blood Bank of Delmarva provides blood for hospitals throughout the Delmarva region, with more than 350 donors needed every day to meet the needs of patients.



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Claymont house fire displaces family
By Ruth Bryna

The state Fire Marshal's office is investigating a house fire that happened in Claymont Saturday morning.

Firefighters were called just before 9 a.m., to a home on Barbarry Place, but got the fire under control in 15 minutes.

Officials say the fire started in a utility closet.

Two adults and three kids were displaced from the home, and are staying with the Red Cross.



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Troopers seek suspect in Wilmington shooting
By Frank Gerace

Updated Monday, September 1, 2014 - 7:59am

State police are asking for your help finding the triggerman in an early-morning shooting just south of Wilmington.

Police say the suspect fired several shots into a car in the parking lot of the Caribbean Delight restaurant on South Market Street shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, hitting a 25-year-old man.

The victim was driven to a nearby hospital to be treated for wounds to his upper body.

Not much is known right now about the suspect.





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Comedian Tracy Morgan still struggling after crash
By Associated Press

Tracy Morgan (AP Photo)
An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former "Saturday Night Live" actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead.

Attorney Benedict Morelli tells The Star-Ledger that Morgan relies on a wheelchair and it may be months before he can fully walk again. Morelli says Morgan appears to be making progress, but it will be a month before he is assessed "cognitively."

Morgan broke his leg, nose and several ribs in a six-car accident on his way back from a performance at Dover Downs. His mentor, comedian James McNair was killed. The bus was struck by a Wal-Mart truck.

The truck driver has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and assault by auto.

Morgan accused Wal-Mart of negligence in a federal lawsuit.



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Six injured in Dagsboro crash
By Frank Gerace

Updated Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8:01am

A Georgetown man is charged with inattentive driving after a three-vehicle crash in the Dagsboro area that left six people hurt.

State Police say Shane Elliott was driving eastbound on Nine Foot Road west of Hickory Hill Road around 8 p.m. Saturday when his car crossed the center line and narrowly missed a car in the other lane.

The driver of that car swerved, and her car ran off the road into a cornfield before hitting a pick-up truck that was pulling out of a driveway.

The car then hit the side of a house.

The driver of that car and three of her passengers were treated at Beebe Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries--a fourth passenger, a four-month-old girl, was flown to Peninsula Regional.

The passenger in the pick-up truck was treated for minor injuries at Beebe Medical Center and released.



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Ex-FBI director grateful for care after crash
By Associated Press

Louis Freeh (WDEL/file)
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh of says he's grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured in a car crash this week in Vermont.

Freeh, who lives in Wilmington, issued a statement Friday through the office of U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy after the Vermont senator visited Freeh in the hospital. The two have been friends for years.

In particular, he thanks the agents and employees of the FBI. He says, "Their devotion, vigilance and prayers have sustained me and my family."

Freeh did not describe his injuries or condition or discuss what caused the Monday crash in the town of Barnard. Following the accident, he was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. The hospital hasn't provided any information.



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Limited bus service for Labor Day
By Amy Cherry

Updated Friday, August 29, 2014 - 2:13pm

DART First State statewide transit services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Monday, September 1, 2014, with the exception of the Resort Transit Routes 201-208, its related paratransit service, and Route 305 - Beach Connection. Monday, September 1 is the last day of operation for Route 305 – Beach Connection.

The Resort Transit Routes will continue to provide a reduced service schedule through September 14, serving Rehoboth, Lewes, Georgetown, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, Maryland.

SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Line will operate on Labor Day, utilizing a Saturday/Sunday schedule. DART's Transportation Store at the Wilmington Station will be closed on Labor Day. Passengers are encouraged to purchase their train fares in advance. The On-Board fare can also be paid on the train, and a credit for the difference can be received at a Philadelphia SEPTA ticket counter.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For information on all fixed route services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit DART First State.




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Holiday changes recycling collection schedule in Wilmington
By Amy Cherry

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the City will modify the sanitation schedule, as the City of Wilmington will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014.

The modified sanitation schedule will be as follows:

Monday, September 1st - CITY CLOSED
Tuesday, September 2nd - East of I-95 Recycling
Wednesday, September 3rd - West of I-95 Recycling

The remainder of the week will be normal for scheduled trash pickup.

For more information, please call the Department of Public Works Call Center at 302.576.3878.




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