Delaware apologizes for role in slavery and segregation

By Tom Lehman 2:24pm, February 10, 2016 - Updated 4:53pm, February 10, 2016
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Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday signed a resolution apologizing on behalf of the state government for Delaware's role in slavery.

His actions made Delaware the ninth state to make such an acknowledgement and express regret.

The legislation was signed at the Public Archives in Dover, which is holding an exhibit theme around African American History Month. It was passed in both chambers of the Delaware General Assembly and acknowledges "the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws."

Markell said it was important to apologize for slaveholding and segregation, but also, to do so on behalf of those who did not work to end them sooner.

"It ended a long time ago, and it's had a long-acting negative impact on our society," he said.

Rep. Stephanie Bolden (D-Wilmington East), the resolution's primary sponsor, said she was emotional about the signing because she had grown up during the era of Jim Crow laws, which enforced segregation. She hopes the measure helps younger generations understand the injustices caused by those rules and under slavery.

"It's very important to know your past in order to go forward in your future," Bolden said.

Eight other states that had slaves in 1860 already passed similar measures, including: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Delaware's resolution states that it is the General Assembly's intent that it not be used in, or be the basis for, any litigation.


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Delaware Division of Public Health: Confirmed Zika case not a 'threat' to Delawareans

By Amy Cherry 4:49pm, February 10, 2016 - Updated 5:11pm, February 10, 2016
In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The mosquito behind the Zika virus seems to operate like a heat-driven missile of disease. Scie
Despite Delaware's first laboratory-confirmed case of the Zika virus, state health officials reassured the public Wednesday that there's no concern for local infection.

"There's no threat to the general public's health from confirmed or suspected cases," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Delaware Division of Public Health.

State public health officials said the adult woman who contracted the Zika virus traveled to a part of the world affected by the mosquito-borne illness, but refused to say where she went. Officials also refused to release the woman's age and where she lives in Delaware.

"We are protecting the personal privacy for that individual," said Rattay. "It is our obligation."

The Zika virus outbreak has caused the Centers for Disease Control to warn pregnant women to postpone travel, if at all possible, to places where Zika is confirmed due to the threat of serious birth defects. Those locations include: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama.

Pregnant women are also being urged to schedule a screening with a doctor if they've traveled to Central or South America, or the Caribbean, where Zika is prominent. Their male partners should also be screened because Rattay said the virus can be transmitted sexually from men to women.

"There are two probable cases from a male partner to a female partner via sexual transmission, but there are no known examples of that transmission from a female to a male," explained Rattay, adding they've not seen blood transfusions cause contraction either.

Rattay said the woman in Delaware who contracted Zika was tested last week. State public health officials said she was not pregnant. She was also never hospitalized and has fully recovered from the virus, which presented mild flu-like symptoms. Other symptoms can include a fever, rash, conjunctivitis, and joint pain, but the state's top public health official said many people who contract the Zika virus present no symptoms at all.

There's also no treatment for the Zika virus--symptoms usually go away on their own with rest, fluids, and over-the-counter pain medication.

"This is not an illness that's as severe as influenza as we're in the winter with influenza season where you see very, very high fever often, aches and pains, many people hospitalized and people dying, this...presents as a very mild illness," said Rattay.

The main carrier of the Zika virus is the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Asian tiger mosquitos also have the potential to carry the virus. The virus is spread from mosquito to person to mosquito, but Rattay said she's confident there's no risk for local infection tied to this case.

"At this point in time there have been no cases transmitted, certainly, in this part of the world from this mosquito. We do not see this particular type of mosquito commonly at all in Delaware," said Rattay. "Although the science is evolving, there are no known cases through blood transfusion."

While traveling overseas to areas affected by the Zika virus, people are cautioned to wear insect repellent with DEET and to sleep under bed nets. Wearing long sleeves and long pants is also recommended to avoid being bitten.


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Fiorina tweets that she's quitting GOP race

By Associated Press 3:33pm, February 10, 2016
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Carly Fiorina is dropping out of the 2016 Republican presidential race.

The former technology executive announced on Twitter that she is suspending her campaign.

The 61-year-old drew positive reviews for several strong debate performances, in which she promoted her business expertise and argued that as the lone woman in the GOP field she was best positioned to oppose likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But she struggled to build support in a crowded primary field and her poll numbers lagged.

Fiorina announced her candidacy in April. She previously ran unsuccessfully for Senate in California.

Fiorina struggled with criticism of her time at Hewlett-Packard, where she was ousted from the top job in 2005, after leading a major merger and laying off 30,000 people.

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Christie pulls cord on 2016 presidential primary bid

By Associated Press 5:11pm, February 10, 2016
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New Jersey governor Chris Christie has officially ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Newark Center for Creative Learning students raise money for clean water in Kenya

By Amy Cherry 10:33am, February 10, 2016
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Without going to Kenya, students at the Newark Center for Creative Learning (NCCL) got to experience what it's like to walk a mile in Kenyans' shoes through a water walk.

"You carried water from the park and back--it was a role play--to show what the people in Kenya have to go through," said 11-year-old Eloise Fox.

The idea came from students like Eloise Fox and Joyce Tannian, founder of the Newark-based non-profit, Water is Life Kenya. Tannian was inspired to found the group when she began volunteering in southern Kenya years ago, during a severe drought in 2006.

Joyce Tannian founded Water is Life Kenya after volunteering there in 2006./(Amy Cherry/WDEL)

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"We saw the problems that a lack of clean water has for families, and it's one of the major contributing factors of girls not being able to go to school," said Tannian. "Girls help their mothers, and their mothers are busy all day carrying water."

During drought season, Kenyans have to walk as far as 20 miles--sometimes into neighboring countries--to retrieve jugs of water. While students didn't have to do that as part of their own water walk, it helped them realize the true hardship of what those most in need have to go through.

"I learned that carrying water isn't as easy as it looks--it definitely left me sore for awhile afterwards," said Fox.

Water is Life Kenya raises money to drill wells in Kenya at a cost of between $15,000 and $20,000 per well. The organization put its first well in a small village in 2008, just a year after the group was founded.

"She was able to go back and finish high school this year; it changed her life completely," said Tannian. "That's one person, and you multiply out--we've helped probably close to 40,000 people now."

Students also sold African-style jewelry and raised $3,821 in proceeds from their school play to help a remote village in Kenya.

Students at NCCL sell jewelry at lunch and after school./(Amy Cherry/WDEL)

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"Their community (is) on the highland of Mount Kilimanjaro, (and they) have a water pipeline, but... don't have water storage," explained Tannian. "So this will help 23 families and their neighbors be able to use water in a much more effective way."

"I loved doing the plays...but then when the plays have a purpose that's bigger than yourself, it really, really feels good to be part of them," said Fox.

Tannian said she's proud of the students.

"Those kids also know as they become adults and become leaders too...they'll be able to say, 'Don't be hopeless, be hopeful--we can help other people.'"


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Wilmington Police say they witnessed teen hide gun under car

By DJ McAneny 3:21pm, February 10, 2016
Kenneth Truitt/Courtesy Wilmington Police
A 19-year-old Wilmington man and a 14-year-old juvenile are facing weapons charges after authorities on Tuesday allegedly observed them hiding a stolen handgun under a parked car.

According to Wilmington Police, on February 9, 2016, Kenneth Truitt, 19, of Wilmington, and the teen were observed at approximately 7:45 p.m. in the area of 2nd and Van Buren Street by officers with Operation DISRUPT.

One of the officers witnessed the younger teen bend down and place what would turn out to be a Kal-Tec 9MM semi-automatic handgun beneath the vehicle, police said, leading to both subjects then being stopped in the 1100 block of Elm Street.

Truitt was found to be in possession of Manurhin PP7.65 .32 caliber handgun in his jacket, police said.

The older teen was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of a firearm in a school safe zone. He was transported to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $10,000 cash bond.

The juvenile was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm in a school safe zone, and receiving a stolen firearm.

Delaware State Police dash to the pavement in initiative to curb pedestrian crashes.

By Andrew Sgroi 2:45pm, February 10, 2016 - Updated 3:21pm, February 10, 2016
An effort to slow the rash of recent pedestrian deaths has police stepping out on a couple of very busy pedestrian routes in Brandywine Hundred.

The pedestrian safety initiative, coordinated by Delaware State Police, is designed to reinforce the right way for right-of-way.

"There are rules for pedestrians while they're walking on the highways," Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale reminded listeners while speaking with Delaware's Morning News. "You do not have the right-of-way unless you are at a marked crosswalk and it is saying you have the right to cross."

Following yet another fatality on Foulk Road on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Corporal Hale illustrated the typical mindset of a wayfarer flirting with disaster.

"A person who can't drive a car will walk on the shoulders of the roadway and--instead of walking to a designated crosswalk-- they'll dart across the roadway and try (to) make it across. It's very hard to judge the speed of a car for (the) average person and a lot of times we think these pedestrians think they can make it across when, in fact, they cannot."

The campaign--which targets the active walking corridors of Philadelphia Pike and DE-92/Naamans Road through February 20, 2016--will stop violators of existing pedestrian laws, such as walking under the influence, disregarding appropriate crossing areas, or not being sufficiently visible.

"Carrying a flashlight on the highway is a law," Corporal Hale advised. "The reflective clothing is not necessarily a law but it is helpful to drivers."


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Delaware State Police arrest suspect wanted in connection to several bank robberies

By DJ McAneny 12:48pm, February 10, 2016
Darryl M. Trostle/Courtesy Delaware State Police
Delaware State Police announced the arrest Tuesday of Darryl M. Trostle in connection to a pair of New Castle County robbery incidents.

According to authorities, Trostle, who had been identified by authorities as the suspect in a failed bank robbery attempt at a Fairfax Wells Fargo and successful bank robbery in Bear, was arrested thanks to public assistance.

Darryl M. Trostle/Courtesy Delaware State Police

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Trostle was picked up in the area of North Oak Road in Millsboro thanks to a tip provided to Delaware Crime Stoppers and was subsequently charged with a number of crimes committed throughout the area recently, police said, including:
  • Valero Shore Stop, 4434 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, on Friday, January 29, 2016.
  • WSFS Bank, 2005 Concord Pike, Wilmington, on Saturday, January 30, 2016.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, 2011 Concord Pike, Wilmington, on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
  • WSFS Bank, 210 Fox Hunt Drive, Bear, on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
  • WSFS Bank, 400 E. Main Street, Middletown, on Thursday, February 4, 2016. (Middletown P.D.)
  • WSFS Bank, 19335 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth, on Monday, February 8, 2016.

  • Trostle was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, five counts of second-degree robbery, and wearing a disguise during commission of a felony, as well as a second-degree robbery charge from Middletown Police specific to their jurisdiction.

    New Rehoboth City Hall construction viewable via livestream

    By Chris Carl 10:37am, February 10, 2016 - Updated 3:21pm, February 10, 2016
    Construction on a new Rehoboth Beach City Hall is underway and those interested from around the world can watch the new building take shape, live and online.

    Rehoboth City Manager Sharon Lynn said the resort has a new webcam of the site available for the public to check out the construction's progress. You can access it at the city's website.

    Construction on the new $18 million buildings is expected to take at least the next 15 months to complete. The livestream will be viewable for the duration of the project.

    Tractor trailer hauling dog food overturns near Christiana Mall

    By DJ McAneny 2:03pm, February 10, 2016 - Updated 3:35pm, February 10, 2016
    The scene of the overturn truck in the area of the Christiana Mall. A previous photo here was an incorrect scene./(Mike Phillips/WDEL)
    A tractor trailer loaded up with dog food overturned in the area of the Christiana Mall Wednesday afternoon, spilling its goods across the roadway.

    According to Delaware State Police, the truck was exiting I-95 northbound to southbound State Route 1 on February 10, 2016, at approximately 11:55 a.m., when it lost control.

    The truck ended up in the left lane and left shoulder of Route 1, and turned over on its side. The driver was transported to the Christiana Medical Center with minor injuries, and was cited for careless driving.

    This was a single-vehicle crash and, while delays are expected in the area, there was no additional property damage or injuries.

    Pedestrian killed during snowy, pre-dawn crash in Brandywine Hundred

    By Andrew Sgroi 8:07am, February 10, 2016 - Updated 2:42pm, February 10, 2016
    A pedestrian was struck and killed early Wednesday morning in Brandywine Hundred.

    Delaware State Police investigated the fatality--on the 1700 block of Foulk Road--and reported that the 76-year-old man stepped into the path of a southbound car, near Silverside Road, around 4:33 a.m. He suffered significant head trauma, according to New Castle County Paramedics, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Troopers said the man was not using a crosswalk nor wearing any reflective clothing. His name was being withheld until family could be notified.

    Wilmington Police say masked man led officers on foot chase, tried to ditch gun

    By DJ McAneny 1:24pm, February 10, 2016
    Tymere Brown/Courtesy Wilmington Police
    A 31-year-old Wilmington man was charged after allegedly running from police while armed with a gun.

    According to Wilmington Police, an officer dispatched at 3:03 p.m. on February 9, 2016, to the 200 block of West 29th Street in reference to a man with a gun complaint encountered Tymere Brown.

    The officer encountered Brown in the backyard of 201 West 29th Street, where brown was located wearing a black mask and armed with a black handgun, police said.

    Brown was instructed to drop the gun, police said, but he fled on foot instead, discarding the gun during the chase. Responding officers immediately recovered the weapon, police said.

    In the 200 block of West 28th Street, Brown entered a residence, where he was ultimately placed into custody.

    He was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, wearing a disguise during commission of a felony, and resisting arrest, and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $15,000.

    Newark election takes shape

    By Shana O'Malley 10:33am, February 10, 2016
    Newark Mayor Polly Sierer and three council members are up for re-election this spring, although only one councilman will have to run a re-election campaign.

    Sierer and District 6 Councilman Stu Markham are running unopposed and will automatically be declared winners.

    "According to our city code, if there's only one candidate they're declared the winner," said Rene Bensley, Newark city secretary. "We don't open polling places for districts that don't have more than one candidate."

    Sierer was first elected in 2014 during a special election. She'll get another three years in office.

    Markham, who has served on council since 2006, will get another two years.

    In District 3, candidates Arlynn Hall and Jennifer Wallace will square off for a seat left vacant by Councilman Robert Gifford, who is not seeking re-election.

    District 5 Councilman Luke Chapman is the only current member of council who is facing an opponent. Chapman, who secured his first term in office in 2012, is challenged by Newark realtor Donna Means.

    Those interested in voting must be registered by March 21. The election will be held April 12.

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