Wash. state shooting suspect “zombie-like” at arrest

By CBS/AP 12:50pm, September 25, 2016 - Updated 1:05pm, September 25, 2016
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BURLINGTON, Wash. - The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared “zombie-like” when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said.

Island County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Arcan Cetin​ from a patrol car Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Washington, and immediately recognized him as the suspect who killed five people at the Cascade Mall in nearby Burlington.

Hawley said at a news conference they had received information that Cetin, of Oak Harbor, was in the area. Cetin, who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey, is a legal permanent resident who has been living in Oak Harbor, authorities said. He had been arrested once before in the county for assault, Hawley said.

“I literally hit my brakes, did a quick turn, I jumped out,” Hawley said. “We both jumped out with our guns, and he just froze.”

Cetin was unarmed and was carrying a satchel with a computer in it.

“He was kind of zombie-like,” Hawley said.

Authorities said it now appears the rifle was brought into the mall from the suspect’s vehicle that was there, Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said Saturday night.

Cetin has not been charged, Cammock said. He will be booked into the Skagit County Jail and is expected to appear in Skagit County District Court on Monday.

According to CBS affiliate KIRO, that Skagit County court records show three domestic-violence assault charges against Cetin. The victim was identified as Cetin’s stepfather.

The Seattle Times reports​ Cetin also was arrested for drunken driving.

Cetin was told by an Island County District Court judge on Dec. 29 that he was not to possess a firearm. The court was told it was not clear were Cetin would be staying.

However, the stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying his stepson was “going through a hard time.” A formal no-contact order was entered for each parent, according to court records.

Cetin was involved a misdemeanor fourth-degree assault case in Island County, Washington. He was reportedly ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation in August 2015, and that was completed as of March 2016, KIRO reported. As of Aug. 25, 2016, Cetin was in compliance with weekly sessions for mental health counseling. He complied with the alcohol assessment, according to court records, and he had a deferred prosecution review for a case involving a marijuana scheduled for 2018.

Authorities said four women, ranging in age from teens to seniors, died Friday in the mall shooting at the Macy’s makeup counter around 7 p.m. A man who was wounded in the shooting died early Saturday, officials said. One of the victims has been identified as Sarai Lara, 16, according to KIRO.

The Seattle Times reported Sarai Lara’s mother said she had survived cancer as a young girl and was a happy student.

Evangelina Lara told the newspaper through a translator that she was shopping Friday night at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, with Sarai and her younger sister, but they split up.

She says Sarai went to Macy’s looking for pants.

Evangelina Lara says it was confirmed at 2 a.m. Saturday that her daughter was among the five people killed.

The other victims have not yet been identified.

The mall was packed Friday night when the gunman opened fire with what police described as a “hunting-type” rifle. Victims described chaos on the scene as police locked it down and tried to clear the area.

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Canby Park house fire leaves 2 firefighters dead, 2 critical

By Frank Gerace/Yossi Goldstein 5:21pm, September 24, 2016 - Updated 11:58am, September 25, 2016
WDEL's Frank Gerace reports
An overnight house fire in Wilmington's Canby Park section killed 2 firefighters and critically injured 2 others.

The fire was reported shortly before 3 Saturday morning at 1927 Lakeview Road.

City Fire Chief Anthony Goode says the situation quickly got worse.

The floor collapse killed 41 year old Lieutenant Christopher Leach, who was a 14 year veteran, and 51 year old Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, who served for 13 years.

Firefighter Lieutenant Christopher Leach.

Lieutenant Christopher Leach

Salesianum School held a Saturday afternoon prayer service for Leach, a 1994 alumnus, and lieutenant at Ladder Co. 2.

Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes.

Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes

Fickes was at Squad 4 in Wilmington, and was a member and past assistant chief at Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. in Newark.

Terrance Tate and John Cawthray were hospitalized after the blaze but were eventually released. Firefighters Ardythe Hope and Brad Speakman remain hospitalized at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

Vice President Joe Biden made unscheduled stops in Wilmington Saturday afternoon,going to the Canby Park fire scene and stopping at Wilmington's Emergency Operations Center.

The Bidens are friends with the family of Chris Leach, and the Vice President has long been a proponent of fire service, having included Delaware volunteer fire companies in one of the Presidential Inauguration parades.

The state Fire Marshal's office and federal Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are investigating the blaze, and will try to answer many questions, including why firefighters went into the home if the family living there had already gotten out.

Flags were seen flying at at half-mast at fire stations around Wilmington, which were adorned with black bunting.

black bunting on Talleyville fire trucks.

Black bunting on Talleyville fire trucks

This was the first fire-related firefighter deaths in Wilmington since 1998.

Funeral arrangements for both Leach and Fickes have not yet been announced.

Pedestrian in critical condition after he's hit by car in Middletown

By Frank Gerace 5:08pm, September 25, 2016 - Updated 5:24pm, September 25, 2016
A man is in critical condition after he was hit by a car while walking across a Middletown street.

The pedestrian wasn't in a crosswalk or at an intersection when he was crossing Merrimac Avenue around 5:10 a.m. Saturday morning and was hit by a car driven by a Magnolia woman, Middletown police said.

The man was knocked unconscious, and suffered head and leg injuries police are calling life-threatening.

The investigation into the accident is continuing.

Wentz, Birds stun Steelers

By Associated Press 7:42pm, September 25, 2016
Carson Wentz threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, a fierce defense shut down Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and the Eagles beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 on Sunday to remain unbeaten.

The rookie No. 2 overall pick connected with Darren Sproles on a 73-yard, catch-and-run TD and tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews.

After beating the Browns (0-3) and Bears (0-2) in the first two games, the Eagles (3-0) proved they could compete with the big boys. The Steelers (2-1) averaged 31 points the first two weeks and are considered Super Bowl contenders.

Pittsburgh was 19-2 against rookie quarterbacks since 2004. But Wentz is no ordinary rookie.

Everyone is jumping on the Wentz wagon in Philadelphia. And he was the No. 3 quarterback until Sam Bradford was traded to Minnesota just eight days before the season opener.

Sproles finished with six catches for 128 yards and Kenjon Barner and rookie Wendell Smallwood each had their first career rushing TDs.

Roethlisberger had 257 yards passing, one interception and no TDs after tossing six in the first two games. Brown caught 12 passes for 140 yards, most of which after the outcome was decided.

Phillies on wrong side of 17-0 shutout

By Frank Gerace 6:53pm, September 25, 2016
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grand slam, Jose Reyes drove in four runs and the New York Mets overwhelmed the Phillies 17-0 Sunday in the largest shutout victory in team history to maintain the NL wild-card lead.

On an afternoon when batters circled the bases like the cartoon Gashouse Gorillas, the Mets romped in their final regular-season game at Citi Field.

Reyes batted four straight times with the bases loaded and Cabrera hit his 23rd home run this season. Curtis Granderson reached 30 home runs for the first time since 2012 and rookie Robert Gsellman (3-2) allowed three hits over seven innings.

New York's previous high for runs in a shutout was 14, against the Chicago Cubs in 1965 and Cincinnati in 1998.

Wearing 1986 commemorative uniforms, New York began the day tied with San Francisco for the NL's two wild cards, a half-game ahead of St. Louis.

Former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner's son killed in crash

By Brandon Bossert 6:17pm, September 24, 2016
Gary Ingram, 55-year-old son of former Governor Ruth Ann Minner, was killed in a crash near Milford Friday night.

Ingram was driving a tow truck, traveling southbound on Bay Road south of Cicade Lane, Milford, at approximately 6:39 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, the tow truck gradually traveled off of the edge of the road.

The truck struck a steel sign and continued traveling south where it struck a group of trees.

Ingram, a Milford resident, was transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation by Delaware State Police. Neither alcohol or drugs appear to be a factor in this crash.

Governor Jack Markell issued this statement on the passing of Ingram.

“Along with so many people in our state, I have long-admired the devotion that the Minners shows to family and their commitment to helping others. Like his mother, Gary demonstrated a passion for service to his community and for improving the lives of Delawareans. He will be sorely missed. I join all Delawareans who are thinking of and praying for the family at this difficult time.”

State Police seek suspect who shot elderly Hockessin man in head

By Yossi Goldstein 10:35am, September 25, 2016
State Troopers are seeking help to bring in a man, suspected for armed robbery in Hockessin Friday night, for questioning.

According to authorities, the masked man followed an elderly Hockessin resident to his home in the 3700 block of Newport Gap Pike in Hockessin around 10:20 p.m., and when the senior citizen went into his garage, the suspect pulled a gun on the 87 year old.

When the senior citizen went to knock the gun from the intruders hands the suspect fired a shot that hit the man in the head.

The suspect then took money and was last seen running toward McKennan's Church Road.

The victim was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics ,and was then transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was treated and released with a minor injury to his head.

If you have any further information, call Detective Heidi Carroll at 302.365.8467 or call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

Troopers investigating shots fired at a car in Bear

By Yossi Goldstein 10:55am, September 25, 2016
A shooting in Bear Saturday night has State Police investigating.

According to Troopers, shots were fired at a vehicle that stopped at an intersection in Wellington Woods around 8:30 p.m.

At the intersection, another vehicle's driver - 19 year old Anthony Stanley -- confronted the 21 year old driver of the first car over an earlier incident.

The 21 year old hit the gas but when the second car caught up on Pulaski Highway, a 17 year old passenger in the second vehicle fired multiple shots at the 21 year old's car, causing him to crash into a third car.

Nobody was injured, and Troopers are continuing their investigation.

If you have more information, you're asked to call detective Nicholas Terranova at 302.365.8436 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

Magnolia man killed in Felton crash

By Frank Gerace 5:24pm, September 25, 2016
A Magnolia man is dead after his pickup truck slammed into a tree in Felton.

66-year-old Sherman Catchings was driving eastbound on Willow Grove Road near Pony Track Road around 4:10 p.m. Friday when his truck went off the road, hit a tree in the front yard of a house and spun, Delaware State Police said.

Catchings was able to get out of the truck, but collapsed in the yard.

Kent County paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police don't think alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, which closed Willow Grove Road at the scene for about 2 hours.

Theatre N set to relaunch under new management made up of familiar faces

By DJ McAneny 11:04am, September 23, 2016
Weir, Zimmermann, Herrera, and Phillips
Theatre N is under new management.

Following a sudden closure "for renovations," which was announced on Facebook, Robert Herrera announced Friday he would be leading Theatre N's new endeavors.

The theatre will host "first-run independent films every weekend and special classic cinema events throughout the year," Herrera announced in a release.

Herrera, founder of The Mill--a "community-driven workspace and the theatre's upstairs neighbor in the Nemours Building"--said he was approached by filmmaker and founder of the Kitchen Zach Phillips.

In a phone conversation with WDEL, Herrera said there were a lot of things coming for the space.

"Since opening The Mill six months ago, I have met and worked with dozens of organizations," he said in the release about N's new ownership. "This is the most exciting collaboration I have taken part in. I can not help but feel like there is momentum building in and around downtown Wilmington."

Phillips said the new collaboration reached out to Bev Zimmermann and Bob Weir, Zimmermann being the first founder of Theatre N, during some of its most successful, showtime-sellout years, and Weir being the "seasoned projectionist and technical director at The Playhouse on Rodney Square."

"The Grand sees Theatre N as a wonderful asset to the downtown entertainment scene, and we're happy to partner with The Mill and the Kitchen to maximize its impact," said Mark Fields, Executive Director of The Grand and The Playhouse.

As for the renovations being undertaken, the collaboration explained it was all to improve customer experience.

"Theatre N is being equipped with a brand new state-of-the-art digital projection and sound system," said Weir, who will serve as technical director. "One of the features of this new system is that we will now have access to films from every independent studio, not just a limited subset."

For emailed updates about the opening and showtimes, check TheatreN.com

Hockessin middle school teacher pleads guilty to raping student over 2-year period

By DJ McAneny 3:16pm, September 23, 2016
Gary F. Smith/WDEL file
A 44-year-old choir director at a Hockessin middle school who had been charged with 27 counts of raping a 13-year-old student pled guilty in court Friday.

Gary F. Smith pled guilty, as part of a plea deal, to sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust, first-degree rape, and two counts fourth-degree rape.

Smith was the choir director at H.B. DuPont School, and repeatedly raped a student over a two-year period from 2010 to 2012, officials said, including numerous incidents that occurred on the grounds of the school. He was charged in November 2015 following an investigation that began in September of that same year.

Red Clay officials addressed concerns after the story broke.

Smith faces 15 years to life in prison at his sentencing in December.

Dealing with opioid addiction in Delaware as part of National Recovery Month

By Joe Irizarry 5:25pm, September 23, 2016
Dealing with Opioid addiction
September is National Recovery Month, and prescription opioid and heroin epidemic awareness week is coming to an end--which begs the question, what is the best way to deal with the opioid situation in Delaware?

The Rick Van Story Resource Center and SODAT Delaware co-hosted their fifth annual Recovery Month rally, while highlighting and promoting the benefits of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery from drug addiction, alcoholism and mental health disorders.

Battling opioid addiction is a topic on a lot of minds not only in Delaware but around the country.

"Try to be understanding and compassionate and understand this is a disease. Once you feel that it's a disease it's like if someone smokes cigarettes and got cancer. It's the same concept that we need to be compassionate and understanding and help one another get to the next step of their life because recovery happens, it can happen, just look around you," said Allen Conover, CEO of the Rick Van Story Resource Center.

Conover adds the resource center can be a good place to start for those addicted.

"It's peer-run, so they're not going to be judged. So, they come in and we can steer them in the right direction. I think we're the initial phase with everything else that the Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health is doing. We became that integral part of somebody getting to the next step," said Conover.

Conover said what makes him go is to see the success stories come through the resource center, and it empowers them to move forward.

An annual culinary event comes to Newark this weekend

By Joe Irizarry 3:28am, September 23, 2016 - Updated 3:44am, September 23, 2016
The 13th annual Taste of Newark is this Sunday on Old College Lawn at the University of Delaware.

The food and wine festival will feature more than three-dozen Newark area restaurants, and it will be from noon until 3 p.m.

"We're going to have restaurants from all over the area such as Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, Deer Park Tavern, Iron Hill Brewery as well as Skipjack and The Greene Turtle," said Kelly Bachman, Newark Communications Manager.

It will also feature celebrity chefs Ronnie Burkle and Maurice Cattlett of SoDel Concepts giving a cooking demonstration.

There will also be a silent auction featuring over 60 items from local artists and businesses.

"One year's worth of flower arrangements, an overnight stay at Dover Downs, skateboards and all of the money will benefit the Newark Art Alliance," said Bachman about some of the items available for bid.

Taste of Newark supports students in the Department of Hospitality Business Management, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, the Downtown Newark Partnership and the Newark Arts Alliance.

Tickets can be purchased for $50 per person at TasteofNewark2016.eventbrite.com, or $60 at the entrance on Sunday.

Introducing: WDEL "On The Town"

By Peter MacArthur 5:19am, September 22, 2016 - Updated 9:03am, September 22, 2016
A brand new weekly feature here, "WDEL On The Town," a packed list of things for you to check out this upcoming weekend.

We'll post it here and you can listen for it at 6:17, 7:17 and 8:17a each Thursday morning on 101.7 FM and wdel.com.

We'll bring you up to speed on what's hot and let you in on some great things you can do on a budget.

Here's a look at this week's offerings:

St. Hedwig’s Polish Fest continues through Sunday on the Wilmington Riverfront - admission is free and you can expect ton of activities, rides, vendors and of course, food!

Speaking of food, Taste of Trolley returns on Saturday - sip, sample, shop and stroll your way through the streets of Trolley Square during this FREE annual affair.

Now, in the midst of pumpkin season, how does one choose a favorite pumpkin beer? Well, you try them ALL of course - join PECO’s for The Great Pumpkin Debate and Hayride Saturday evening at Bellevue State Park where you can do - just that.

Delaware Theatre Company continues their run of The War of the Roses this weekend with shows thru October 2nd - follow Jonathan and Barbara Rose as their seemingly perfect relationship devolves into a deadly search and destroy mission.

The IX Preview Weekend Pop-Up Exhibition rolls into the Delaware Art Museum Friday night where it will stay thru Sunday bringing with it the work of more than 15 of the best in sci-fi and fantasy art illustration - we’re talking artists that have contributed to worlds like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Marvel and DC Comics. Events are set all weekend long, including an outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Saturday.

Man who attacked ex during Christmas present delivery sentenced to 15 months in prison, possible deportation

By DJ McAneny 3:35pm, September 23, 2016
A man who went to deliver Christmas presents to his former girlfriend's house--an ex who had a protection order against him--but ended up punching, biting, and strangling her was sentenced to 15 months in prison and may be deported.

Department of Justice officials said Sergio Sanchez-Sanchez, 25, of Newark, pled guilty to criminal contempt of a domestic violence protective order and strangulation.

In December 2015, Sanchez went to his ex's apartment and attacked her following an argument, officials said

In addition to his sentencing and order to have no contact with the victim or her minor child, he'll face pending deportation proceedings.

2 charged in string of New Castle County pharmacy robberies

By DJ McAneny 1:32pm, September 23, 2016
Brian J. Branch, left, Michael A. Kolmonen, right
Two men have been charged in connection to a string of armed robberies that have occurred throughout New Castle County since the beginning of August, Delaware State Police announced Friday.

Police said on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Brian J. Branch, 28, of New Castle, and Michael A. Kolmonen, 28, of Wilmington, were arrested in a Wawa parking lot at 301 East Pulaski Highway in Elkton, Maryland.

Their arrests came following an investigation into a string of robberies detectives noticed were targeting mostly pharmacies. Jurisdictions in Upper Chichester Township, Pennsylvania, and Cecil County, Maryland, had also reported similar incidents.

Police said each incident involved a man holding up an employee at gunpoint, then fleeing with money from the register to a waiting vehicle.

New Castle County and Delaware State police detectives said they linked Kolmonen and Branch to the following incidents:
  • Walgreens, 19 Marrows Road, Newark, on Monday, August 22, 2016 (NCCPD)
  • Walgreens, 2719 Pulaski Highway, Newark, on Thursday, September 1, 2016
  • CVS, 1545 Pulaski Highway, Bear, on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
  • Dunkirk Liquors, 2 Dunlinden Dr., Wilmington, on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 (NCCPD)
  • Walgreens, 1508 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, on Friday, September 16, 2016
  • Walgreens, 1120 Pulaski Highway, Bear, on Sunday, September 18, 2016

  • Kolmonen, who was operating the vehicle, and Branch were transported to Delaware State Police Troop 2 by the Special Operations Response Team, where they were charged in the state.

    Branch was charged with seven counts first-degree robbery, two counts possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony, nine counts possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, six counts wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, four counts second-degree conspiracy, two counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and two counts aggravated menacing. He was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $3,380,000 cash bond.

    Kolmonen was charged with three counts first-degree robbery, three counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, two counts wearing a disguise during commission of a felony, three counts second-degree conspiracy, and aggravated menacing. He was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $625,000 cash bond.

    Additional charges are expected from the Cecil County Sheriff's Department, Elkton Police Department, and Upper Chichester Township Police.

    Anyone who feels they might have information pertinent to this case is urged to contact Det. Jonathon Packard at 302.365.8434 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    Newark Police charge pair in August assault, robbery of UD student

    By DJ McAneny 3:51pm, September 23, 2016
    Derrick Hudson Jr., left, and Lewis Henderson, right/Courtesy Newark Police
    Newark Police on Friday announced the arrests of two men in connection to the strong-arm robbery of a 28-year-old University of Delaware student.

    According to authorities, Derrick Hudson Jr., 20, and Lewis Henderson, 23, robbed the victim on August 17, 2016, along Thorn Lane in Newark.

    The victim was walking with his bike when the pair was alleged to have approached from either side, assaulted him, and took his backpack and computer.

    Police said both were arrested at their respective New Castle-area residences, Hudson on September 22, Henderson on September 23.

    Both were charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy. Henderson was also charged with an additional charge of criminal mischief. Both were committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $25,000 bond.

    New Castle County Police save 36th life using opioid overdose nasal spray combatant

    By DJ McAneny 2:29pm, September 23, 2016
    Naloxone Nasal Spray/(WDEL file/Colorado.gov)
    A 24-year-old man became the 36th life saved by New Castle County Police in the 17 months since the department started carrying Naloxone Nasal Spray to counteract an overdose.

    An officer on patrol stopped at the Wawa on Airport Road near New Castle at approximately 1:20 a.m. when she noticed a man who appeared to be asleep in his vehicle with his window down.

    Upon checking more closely on the man, police said the officer noticed he was sweating profusely and having trouble breathing. He was unresponsive when she attempted to wake him.

    The officer recognized the man was suffering from a heroin overdose, and administered a dose of departmentally issued Naloxone to the man.

    The man woke and his condition improved steadily while being transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

    Delaware AG Denn, 35 other states file antitrust suit against opioid treatment drug maker

    By DJ McAneny 11:44am, September 23, 2016
    Attorney General Matt Denn/WDEL file
    Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn joined 35 other attorney generals in filing an antitrust lawsuit against a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction after it was alleged the company attempted to block generic competitors and force purchasers to pay high prices.

    The suit was filed against Indivior, formerly Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, who has been accused of conspiring with MonoSol RX to switch the drug Suboxone from a tablet version to a dissolvable film "in order to prevent or delay generic alternatives and maintain monopoly profits," violating state and federal antitrust laws.

    "Deaths from opioid abuse remain a significant problem in Delaware, with statistics showing Delaware having the ninth-highest drug overdose rate in the country in 2013," Denn said in a release announcing the suit. "Medically assisted treatment of substance use disorder is an important part of addressing this problem, and the cost of such treatment is one of the barriers to providing it. So although we are concerned with any behavior that violates antitrust laws, our concern is heightened when the result is artificially heightened prices for a drug used to help address this critical problem in our state."

    The suit alleges Reckitt introduced Suboxone in 2002 in tablet form with a seven-year exclusivity protection. The dissolvable film, about the size of a breathing strip, was allegedly created with the help of MonoSol, then Reckitt converted the market away from the tablet and over to the film, and the tablet was removed from the U.S. market, the DOJ said.

    This was alleged to be "product hopping," a practice where small changes then extend patent protections to stifle other companies' attempts to market cheaper generic alternatives, and forced consumers and purchaser to pay artificially high monopoly prices since 2009, contributing to annual sales that topped $1 billion during that time.

    Man walking dog in Wilmington held up at gunpoint by trio

    By DJ McAneny 1:47pm, September 23, 2016
    A 64-year-old man walking his dog was held up at gunpoint Thursday night, Wilmington Police announced Friday afternoon.

    According to authorities, the man was walking with his dog in the area of Southpark Drive and Adams Street at approximately 8 p.m. when three black males wearing masks approached him, one pulled out a gun, and demanded his property, before fleeing on foot.

    All were described as being between 5'4" and 5'8", and were wearing shorts and t-shirts.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Wilmington Police at 302.576.3620 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    Dollar General donates $5,500 to Wilmington's Wagner Elementary

    By DJ McAneny 4:52pm, September 25, 2016
    The teachers and administrators of Wagner Elementary after receiving a donation from Dollar General
    The Warner Elementary School in Wilmington and 60 of its teachers and administrators received a special gift from Dollar General Thursday.

    Through the discount retailer's literacy and education mission Serving Others, Dollar General presented $5,500 during a staff meeting at the school in The Triangle section of the city on September 22, 2016.

    Administrators received $2,500 to use towards supporting the school's library or specialized literacy program, while all teachers and Administrators were gifted a $50 card to use at the school's local store at 1900 North Market Street in Wilmington.

    According to the Education Market Association, most teachers have personal out-of-pocket costs each year for supplies with expenses mounting to $1,000 or more for 10 percent of teachers, according to a release from Dollar General announcing the donation.

    "We are excited to provide Warner Elementary School with a donation and every teacher with a gift card to support a very successful academic year and the school's reading and literacy programs," said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s senior director of community initiatives. "Understanding the vast majority of teachers spend their personal funds to support students' academic successes and to show Dollar General's appreciation, we hope these donations will make a meaningful impact for both teachers and students throughout the school year."

    Police: Pair found in Christiana home with child, hundreds of bags of drugs

    By DJ McAneny 11:26am, September 23, 2016
    Khaliq Jerz Scott, left, and Victoria Campbell, right/Courtesy New Castle County Police
    A man and women charged at the culmination of a six-month drug investigation were found in a Christiana residence with hundreds of bags of drugs and 5-month-old child, New Castle County Police announced Friday.

    According to authorities, the county police Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) began investigating the sale of heroin in the unit block of Dryden Road in March of 2016, which ultimately led to the arrests of Khaliq "Jerz" Scott and Victoria Campbell.

    A person witnessed during police surveillance quickly entering and exiting the residence on Thursday, September 22, and was stopped. Police said they found 39 bags of heroin in that individuals possession.

    A search warrant was then executed, and Scott and Campbell were found with a 5-month-old child inside. Additionally, police said they recovered at the home 433 bags of heroin with an estimated street value of $1,775, crack-cocaine, marijuana, paraphernalia, and $1,638 in suspected drug proceeds.

    Both were charged with possession of heroin-Tier V quantity, possession with intent to deliver heroin-Tier IV quantity, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of crack-cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia and committed to the Department of Correction custody in lieu of $121,000 secured bond, Scott to Howard R. Young Correctional and Campbell to Delores J. Baylor Correctional.

    Pretrial hearing set in ex-death row inmate's retrial on Dover killing

    By Associated Press 2:38pm, September 23, 2016
    A judge is holding a pretrial hearing to discuss evidentiary issues in the prosecution of a former death-row inmate for a drug-related killing.

    Friday's discovery hearing involves Isaiah McCoy, who was convicted in the 2010 death of 30-year-old James Mumford in Dover.

    Delaware's Supreme Court last year ordered a new trial for McCoy because of errors by the judge and prosecutor at his first trial.

    In July, the Supreme Court overturned a judge's order sending McCoy from maximum security to the general prison population pending his retrial, saying the judge had no authority to order the transfer.

    The judge cited the emotional and physical impact of solitary confinement on McCoy. His lawyers also said he was denied access to the law library and was unable to meet privately with them.

    Runway reopens at Dover Air Force Base

    By Associated Press 2:43pm, September 23, 2016
    Dover Air Force Base (WDEL file/NBC 10)
    Dover Air Force Base is welcoming home its fleet of giant C-5 cargo planes following an extensive runway renovation that forced them to be temporarily moved to New Jersey.

    Dover's north-south runway has been closed for a year and a half, and its 18 C-5s were moved to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey in February of this year after construction temporarily cut the length of a second runway from 12,900 feet to 6,000 feet, limiting the operational capabilities of Dover's C-5 aircraft.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday marked the reopening of the north-south runway at Dover, which is also home to a fleet of smaller C-17 cargo aircraft.

    Construction continues on the second runway and several taxiways as part of a $102 million project expected to be completed next summer.

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