Weed truck goes up in smoke on Delaware Memorial Bridge

By WDEL Staff 11:11pm, October 23, 2016 - Updated 11:23pm, October 23, 2016
An RV carrying marijuana-laced candy caught fire on the Delaware Memorial Bridge Sunday.

The "Weed World Candies" truck was heading to Philadelphia from Washington, D.C. at 6 p.m. on the northbound side of the bridge when it caught fire for unknown reasons.

Firefighters from the Holloway Terrace, Deepwater, Goodwill, and Minquadale fire companies responded to the fire, according to the Delaware River and Bay Authority.

Two northbound lanes of the bridge were closed, causing heavy traffic as firefighters responded.

No one was injured in the fire.

"Weed World Candies" promotes the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana and was stopping at college campuses along the East Coast when the fire broke out.

"Dr. Dro," the owner of 'Weed World Candies,' told NBC10 more than $50,000 in merchandise was lost in the fire.

Reward being offered in Woodcrest shooting

By Brandon Bossert 7:40pm, October 23, 2016 - Updated 11:11pm, October 23, 2016
New Castle County Police are investigating the shooting of a 19-year-old in the community of Woodcrest, and a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Early Sunday morning at approximately 1 a.m., county police responded to the 500 block of Jackson Ave. in reference to a fight. As officers were responding, a caller told police they heard gunshots.

Upon arrival, officers located the 19-year-old man suffering an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance.

A reward of up to $20,000 is available to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of those responsible.

Anyone with information, you can contact New Castle County Police at 302.573.2800. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 800.TIP.3333.

Residents to view Claymont redevelopment plans

By Joe Irizarry 1:45am, October 24, 2016
Plans presented at meeting in June.
Residents will get an update on the North Claymont Area Master Plan while also seeing the plan for a new train station.

Tonight's workshop at the Archmere Academy Patio will feature representatives from the Wilmington Area Planning Council, DelDOT and New Castle County providing feedback on the recommendations and preferred scenario for the area.

"It will be the first time the new Claymont train station architectural elevations and plans will be available for public view, and I must say they are very, very impressive," said Brett Saddler, the Executive Director of the Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation

Residents will also get a chance to give opinions on the presented plans.

"Cause we need input not just from the state agencies and the county land use, but the redevelopment will occur in the community of Claymont, so we definitely need the input from our residents," said Saddler.

Tonight's workshop is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be a presentation at 7 p.m.

Shots fired in Christiana Mall parking lot early Saturday

By Frank Gerace 7:52am, October 23, 2016 - Updated 2:17pm, October 23, 2016
Two men who fired shots in the Christiana Mall parking lot are still at large.

The shots rang out around 5:10 a.m. Saturday near the mall's Nordstrom store, just after a party bus coming back from Washington, D.C. parked at the mall, Delaware State Police said.

Some bus passengers told troopers they were getting off the bus, heard the shots and got back on, and the bus left the area till the cops got there.

No one was hurt, but a parked car was damaged by bullets.

Not much is known about the shooters at this point, and police are asking anyone who knows something about the incident to call Detective D. May at 302.365.8439.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333 or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Gas tax going up, but New Jersey voters get some say on how it's spent

By Associated Press 2:25pm, October 23, 2016
Voters who are worried that a 23-cent-per-gallon hike in New Jersey's gas tax won't go exclusively for transportation projects have a chance to weigh in.

The Nov. 8 ballot includes a question asking whether all money from the state's gas tax should go only for transportation projects.

Election Day comes just one week after the hike goes into effect. It rises from 14.5 cents a gallon to 37.5 cents a gallon, and was signed into law by Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

The increase is part of a deal between Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature that includes an 8-year, $16 billion transportation trust fund and cuts to the estate and sales taxes.

Fifty-one percent of respondents to a Fairleigh Dickinson University survey this summer were for the ballot question.

Posting ballot selfies: Personal choice or illegal act?

By Associated Press 2:30pm, October 23, 2016
Do you take a ballot selfie? You may be breaking the law. (Bill Phillips via AP)
You probably already know who you're voting for on Election Day. Now one more question: Is it OK to take a picture of your ballot?

Laws nationwide are mixed on whether voters can legally take "ballot selfies." Those are pictures of themselves in the act of voting or of their ballots.

Federal judges have struck down bans on selfies in at least two states, and rules have changed in others. But in many states, taking a picture of your ballot still carries potential fines or jail terms.

Twenty-six-year-old Clarissa Livingstone, of Toms River, New Jersey, said she doesn't believe people would be influenced by seeing ballot photos she or anyone else might post.

She said "they're not going to change their votes once they see how some Jersey girl voted."

UPDATE: Missing Dover man found

By Brandon Bossert 11:28pm, October 23, 2016 - Updated 11:30pm, October 23, 2016
A Dover man who had been missing sine Saturday and was the subject of a Gold Alert has been found safe.

Warren W. Seaver was found shortly after the alert was issued.

Airline: Flight delayed after unauthorized access to plane

By Associated Press 2:25pm, October 23, 2016 - Updated 2:30pm, October 23, 2016
A flight from Philadelphia to Boston was delayed and ultimately a different aircraft was used after a couple gained unauthorized access to the plane, airport officials said.

Officials said American Airlines Flight 1655 was slated to depart 8 a.m. Sunday, but two hours earlier, a man and woman walked on board through the doorway to the jet bridge and took their seats. The door should have been locked prior to the formal boarding process.

American Airlines officials said the couple was discovered during boarding. They determined the pair was on the correct flight, but the plane was de-boarded, searched and another aircraft was used "out of caution."

The couple didn't speak English, WCVB-TV reported.

American Airlines said it didn't consider their boarding a security breach because they had gone through security.

Troopers seek Dover couple after shooting incident, drug raid

By Frank Gerace 10:14am, October 22, 2016 - Updated 12:40pm, October 22, 2016
A pair of 25-year-olds are wanted for their alleged roles in a shooting incident in the Dover-area after police said a search turned up a sizeable drug, gun and money stash.

Brandon Jones fired a shot into the air from a handgun after threatening to shoot someone on Dinahs Corner Road last Tuesday, Delaware State Police said.

Detectives searched Jones' house and found nearly 2,100 bags of heroin, more than a thousand grams of pot, three handguns, including a revolver police said was stolen in Maryland in July, and a rifle.

The cops also found more than $2,700 worth of what they believe to be drug proceeds.

Police have warrants out for Jones and his girlfriend, Chelsea Porter, charging the two with several gun and drug offenses.

Anyone who knows their whereabouts can call detectives at 302.698.8426 or 302.698.8543.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333 or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

AT&T's $85.4B deal for Time Warner: A new bet on synergy

By Associated Press 2:30pm, October 23, 2016
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner represents a new bet on synergy between companies that distribute information and entertainment to consumers and those that produce it.

The acquisition would combine a telecom giant that owns a leading cellphone business, DirecTV and an internet service with the company behind HBO, CNN, and some of the world's most popular entertainment, including "Game of Thrones," the "Harry Potter" franchise and professional basketball. It's the latest big media acquisition by a major cable or phone company - such as Comcast's 2011 purchase of NBC Universal - and aimed at shoring up businesses upended by the internet.

Regulators would have to sign off on the deal, no certain thing. The prospect of another media giant on the horizon has already drawn fire on the campaign trail. Speaking in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed to kill it if elected because it concentrates too much "power in the hands of too few."

Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, said the deal "raises some immediate flags about consolidation in the media market" and said he would press for more information on how the deal will affect consumers.


Network-owning companies like AT&T are investing in media to find new revenue sources and ensure they don't get relegated to being just "dumb pipes." In addition to the Comcast-NBC Universal deal, Verizon bought AOL last year and has now proposed a deal for Yahoo to build a digital-ad business.

After its attempt to buy wireless competitor T-Mobile was scrapped in 2011 following opposition from regulators, AT&T doubled down on television by purchasing satellite-TV company DirecTV for $48.5 billion. AT&T is expected to offer a streaming TV package, DirecTV Now, by the end of the year, aimed at people who have dropped their cable subscriptions or never had one.

The venerable phone company has to contend with slowing growth in wireless services, given that most Americans already have smartphones. And it faces new competitors for that business from cable companies. Comcast plans to launch a cellphone service for its customers next year.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who will run the combined company, said on a conference call that the deal will allow AT&T to offer unique services, particularly on mobile, though he didn't provide details. Jeff Bewkes, the Time Warner CEO who will stay with the company for an undefined transition period, added that more money will help fund production of additional programming and films.

Both men stressed that it will be easier to "innovate" when the companies are joined and don't have to negotiate usage rights at arm's length. (AT&T, of course, will still have to strike such deals with entertainment conglomerates it doesn't own.) The combined company is also likely to lean more heavily on advertisements targeted at individuals based on their interests and personal details.

Buying Time Warner may be "a good defensive move" against Comcast as the cable giant continues stretching into new businesses, New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin said in a Friday note. Comcast also bought movie studio DreamWorks Animation in August.


Even if the AT&T deal overcomes opposition in Washington, it's possible that regulators might saddle the combined company with so many conditions that the deal no longer makes sense.

"It's not hard to imagine what you can do on paper. They would keep HBO exclusive for only DirecTV subscribers, or only make TNT or TBS available over AT&T Wireless," said analyst Craig Moffett of research firm MoffettNathanson, referring to Time Warner networks. "But as a practical matter, those kinds of strategies are expressly prohibited by the FCC and antitrust law."

Then there is the $85 billion that AT&T is handing over to Time Warner, almost 40 percent more than investors thought the company was worth a week ago.

"Count me as a skeptic that there is real value to be created," Moffett said.

Amy Yong, an analyst at Macquarie Capital, recalled many celebrated media deals of the past have turned into duds - in particular, Time Warner's disastrous acquisition by AOL in 2001. "If you look at history, it's still an unproven" that big deals make sense, she said. AT&T, she noted, was paying "a huge price."

Still, Yong said that AT&T and other phone companies feel they have to act because the threats to their business seem to be coming from every direction. "At the end of the day, these companies are trying to compete with Google and Facebook and Amazon, not just traditional competitors," she said. "You see Google pivoting into wireless."

John Bergmayer of the public-interest group Public Knowledge, which often criticizes media consolidation, warned of harm to consumers from the AT&T deal. He said, for example, AT&T might let wireless customers watch TV and movies from Time Warner without counting it against their data caps, which would make video from other providers less attractive.


Shares of AT&T, as is typical of acquirers in large deals, fell on reports of a deal in the works on Friday, ending the day down 3 percent. But the prospect of more media acquisitions sent several stocks soaring Friday. Netflix and Discovery Communications each jumped more than 3 percent.

Time Warner rose nearly 8 percent on Friday, and is now up 38 percent since the start of the year.

The company has moved aggressively to counter the threat that sliding cable subscriptions poses to its business. Among other things, it launched a streaming version of HBO for cord-cutters and, alongside an investment in internet TV provider Hulu, added its networks to Hulu's live-TV service that's expected next year.

The deal would make Time Warner the target of the two largest media-company acquisitions on record, according to Dealogic. The highest was AOL's $94 billion acquisition of Time Warner at the end of the dot-com boom.

In that last deal, AOL paid entirely in its own stock, which then proceeded to crater. This time, Time Warner is playing it safer. It's getting half of the deal in AT&T stock and half in cash.

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Bill Murray to receive humor prize at Kennedy Center

By Associated Press 2:30pm, October 23, 2016
Actor Bill Murray is in Washington to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Bill Murray will get the sort of attention he doesn't usually seek out when he's honored with the nation's top prize for humor.

The notoriously elusive and publicity-shy actor will be at the Kennedy Center on Sunday to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The 66-year-old Murray joins several other "Saturday Night Live" alumni who've received the prize, including Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and last year's winner, Eddie Murphy.

The prize was first awarded in 1998 and goes to those who influence society in the tradition of Samuel Clemens, the writer and satirist better known as Mark Twain.

Murray declined interviews ahead of the event, save for a brief conversation with The Washington Post that took place only after the newspaper published a lengthy profile.

Tyler Perry scares off Tom Cruise at the box office

By Associated Press 2:31pm, October 23, 2016
In this image released by Lionsgate, Tyler Perry portrays Madea in a scene from, "Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween." (Daniel McFadden/Lionsgate via AP)
Tyler Perry's "Boo! A Madea Halloween" opened this weekend in the top spot with an estimated $27.6 million, edging Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" into second place.

According to studio estimates Sunday, the "Jack Reacher" sequel took in $23 million for studio Paramount Pictures.

The first "Jack Reacher" opened right before Christmas in 2012 to $15.2 million and went on to gross $80.1 million domestically.

Coming in third this weekend is the horror prequel "Ouija: Origin of Evil" with $14.1 million, while Fox's star-driven comedy "Keeping Up With the Joneses" launched with a tepid $5.6 million.

In limited release, the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" got off to a robust start in four theaters with $414,740.

Building fire in Laurel proves fatal

By Delaware 105.9 7:56am, October 23, 2016 - Updated 2:17pm, October 23, 2016
One person is dead following a building fire in the 5,000 block of Watson Road in Laurel.

The blaze broke out Friday night, and the victim was found dead inside, according to the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office.

The name of the person who died is not yet available. The cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $35,000 damage, remains under investigation.

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