Rolling Stones tell Trump to pull the plug on their songs

By Amy Cherry/Allan Loudell 4:33pm, May 5, 2016
Trump played The Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" after winning the Indiana primary. (Photo/AP)
The Rolling Stones want Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at his campaign events.

After recently playing the legendary band's hits, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Start Me Up" around the country, Trump claimed he purchased the rights to the song.

Alan Garfield, professor at the Delaware Law School at Widener University, noted that venues where the campaign events are held could also be licensed to play the songs, but he said the band could seek legal recourse under federal law.

"Those contracts frequently allow the musicians to object to use of their music or that it can't be used for campaigns, but even assuming they have the right to publicly perform the music, what the campaign is really doing is they're suggesting that the band is somehow affiliated or endorses or supports the campaign--that raises trademark kind of problems where you're basically using someone else's brand and the good will associated with it for your own purposes."

Trouble might arise for Trump in certain states through the right of publicity, Garfield said.

"Which says that celebrities have value in their name and likeness," he explained. "You just can't use their photograph in an advertisement without their permission."

It also poses a practical problem for the candidate, he said.

"If you use someone's music and associate it with your campaign, the person could go to the media and say, 'Not only do I not like this candidate, but I want all of my fans to vote for this opponent."

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Bear-area crash was so bad, rescuers needed 40 minutes to cut woman out of car

By DJ McAneny 4:58pm, May 5, 2016 - Updated 6:52pm, May 5, 2016
The scene of a crash in Bear/(Mike Phillips/WDEL)
It took rescuers about 40 minutes to cut a woman out of her car following a crash in Bear where she was struck by a truck.

Emergency personnel had to cut the roof and doors off the vehicle following a crash in which the car was struck by a dump truck in the area of Pulaski Highway at Brookmont Drive on May 5, 2016, at approximately 3 p.m.

The scene of a crash in Bear/(Mike Phillips/WDEL)

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The woman was airlifted to Christiana Hospital by the Delaware State Police aviation unit.

Traffic throughout the area is still feeling the effects of the crash, and commuters who have to travel in the area are urged to find alternate means of travel.

According to Delaware State Police, the westbound lanes of Route 40 at Brookmont Drive have been re-opened to traffic.




Wilmington mayoral candidates discuss accountability, city services at debate

By Tom Lehman 11:06pm, May 4, 2016 - Updated 12:35am, May 5, 2016
PHOTO: Seven of Wilmington's eight Democratic candidates for mayor participate in a debate at the Delaware Art Museum. Incumbent Dennis Williams did not participate. VIDEO: Candidates for mayor of Wilmington discuss Wednesday's debate.
Wilmington's city services and the government's accountability were the focuses of a mayoral debate held Wednesday night that featured seven of the eight Democratic candidates running in this year's primary.

The event was held at the Delaware Art Museum in the city's Highlands neighborhood. Each of the Democratic challengers to Mayor Dennis Williams, who did not attend, participated in the forum.

The crowded field of candidates hoping to unseat Williams includes City Councilwoman Maria Cabrera, Council President Theo Gregory, former Council President Norman Griffiths, former councilman Kevin Kelley, state Sen. Robert Marshall, Riverfront Development Corporation Executive Director Mike Purzycki, and Delaware Center for Justice Advocacy Director Eugene Young.

Much of the debate focused on how to improve efficiency and customer service within the city government, with most of the candidates saying they would evaluate various departments and look for options to improve them.

Young, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), said he'd work to restore residents' satisfaction in services offered by the city by changing the culture among its employees and having them put residents' needs first.

"It's about bringing a team together and understanding that no one is bigger than the group and the city as a whole," he said.

Kelley, who finished second in the 2012 mayoral primary, proposed establishing a 311 system for residents that would help them get assistance in dealing with various issues. He also said he would likely bring an entirely new administration into office, with police and fire chiefs who would help reign in overtime spending and improve overall performance.

"You have to have accountability for what is going on in those departments," he said.

Gregory said he would move to make cuts to the fire department that were outlined in a city-funded study and resume the regular use of rolling bypass, a policy of shuttering an engine on a rotating basis to reduce costs.

Additionally, Gregory said a time management system would be used to identify abuse of overtime by police officers and firefighters.

"I would not be their friend and the chiefs in those various departments wouldn't be their friends," he said.

Purzycki linked the inability to control police and fire overtime costs to a general lack of technological competence. He said other governments like New Castle County have worked to create modern facilities that use

"The city is always behind...We take money and we must put it somewhere else because we certainly don't keep up with the technological advancements available," he said.

Candidates were also asked how they would balance the need to fund maintenance of the city's water and sewer systems while keeping taxes manageable for residents.

To date, Williams has only proposed raising those utility rates once, a move some opponents have claimed is mismanagement of the sewer fund that will require city residents to pay for a larger increase in the future.

Citing her previous votes on budget and utility rates from the Williams administration, Cabrera said she wouldn't neglect the city's aging infrastructure and may consider raising the water rate as part of that plan.

"It's a public safety issue. We need to have the money. We need to have a solvent fund," she said.

Although larger maintenance might not be something Wilmington can do on its own, Griffiths, a former chairman of the city council's finance committee, said the city needs to get the ball rolling on improvements to such a key function of the city.

"We should not be in a mode when we're running from broken water main to broken water main," he said.

The Democratic primary for mayor will be held on Sept. 13.

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Claymont man among 58 who have prison sentences commuted

By DJ McAneny 4:16pm, May 5, 2016
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A Claymont man was among a group of 58 individuals who had their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama, it was announced Thursday.

According to the White House Press Secretary, Leonard Mason was sentenced to 20 years in prison, 10 years supervised release, and a $2,500 fine on February 2, 2011.

He had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

His sentence will be commuted on September 2, 2016.


Gov. Chris Christie makes 'upskirting' a crime

By Associated Press 3:37pm, May 5, 2016
A silly photo provided by WDEL's own Joe Irizarry so no one had to get fired Googling 'upskirting'
Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a measure that made "upskirting" a criminal offense.

Christie approved the law on Thursday that criminalizes the surreptitious recording or photographing of a person's undergarments under the state's invasion of privacy laws.

The measure was previously passed by lawmakers.

It makes the act of publishing "upskirt" images a third-degree offense punishable with up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Recording the images is a fourth-degree offense with up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Christie said he signed the measure to target perpetrators "of a perverse and growing form of pornography that victimizes vulnerable women and children in a matter of seconds."


Teen steals car, almost strikes police officer in Wilmington

By DJ McAneny 2:09pm, May 5, 2016
A 17-year-old was charged with stealing a car and almost hitting a police officer with it, Wilmington Police announced Thursday.

According to authorities, officers in the area of the 100 block of Lower Oak Street responded to reports of a stolen vehicle at 7:49 a.m. on May 5, 2016.

At 8:36 a.m., a unit on patrol in the area of Lancaster Avenue and North Van Buren Street spotted the stolen vehicle being operated by an individual police later identified as a 17-year-old male.

While attempting to make contact with the driver, the officer exited her vehicle, at which point the suspect placed the vehicle in reverse and nearly struck the officer, hitting a Suzuki that was nearby.

Neither the officer nor the Suzuki driver were injured.

The teen was taken into custody at this point and charged with theft of a motor vehicle over $1,500, second-degree reckless endangering, and driving without a license. Pending arraignment, there was no bond information available.


Dover traffic stop leads to recovery of multiple types of drugs, police say

By DJ McAneny 11:05am, May 5, 2016
Courtney Benson/Courtesy Dover Police
A 33-year-old Dover man was arrested when a traffic stop led police to the recovery of multiple types of illicit drugs, city authorities said Thursday.

According to Dover Police, Courtney Benson, of the 200 block of Mystic Lane, was pulled over at 9:27 p.m. in the area of Loockerman and Federal streets for an equipment violation.

Authorities said when they approached the vehicle, a strong odor of marijuana was detected, leading officers to conduct a search of Benson and his vehicle that collectively turned up .6 grams of marijuana, Hydrocodone pills, and 6.5 grams of crack cocaine.

Benson was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine-Tier 1 quantity, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and traffic violations. He was released on $12,050 unsecured bond.


Powerball jackpot inches towards a half-billion dollars

By Associated Press 12:51pm, May 5, 2016
The Powerball jackpot has grown even larger.

With no jackpot winner Wednesday night, the prize increased from $348 million to an estimated $415 million.

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While that's not chump change, it's a far cry from the $1.6 billion Powerball prize shared by three winning lottery ticketholders in January, the largest ever jackpot draw in the world. No one has won the full jackpot since March 2.

The odds of winning the top prize are one in more than 292 million. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


Milford, Harrington teens charged with trying to rob Dover convenience store, robbing tanning salon

By DJ McAneny 12:19pm, May 5, 2016
Two teens were arrested in Dover Wednesday morning for pretending they were carrying guns inside their hoodie pockets and robbing or attempting to rob two area stores, city authorities announced Thursday.

According to Dover Police, the 15- and 16-year-old suspects first entered the Little Grocer at 902 East Division Street at 10:38 a.m. and confronted an employee. He reported a white male teen in a FILA hoodie implying he was armed inside his pocket, and a black male teen in a lighter-colored hoodie demanding cash from the register.

The employee refused, and the suspects fled.

As officers responded to that location, they were alerted of a robbery at the Hollywood Tans at 261 North DuPont Highway at 10:46 a.m. in which two teens entered and the black male suspect grabbed the victim by her arm, demanding cash.

The suspects fled toward the Towne Point development, where officers observed them running through a backyard and gave chase.

Police charged the 16-year-old white male from Milford with first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy, and resisting arrest. He was committed to the Stevenson Center in lieu of $14,000 secured bond.

The 15-year-old black male from Harrington faces the same charges, with an additional count of offensive touching. He was committed to the Stevenson Center in lieu of $14,250 secured bond.


Gun-toting blonde woman robs 7-11 in Bear

By DJ McAneny 10:46am, May 5, 2016
A convenience store in Bear was robbed by a woman toting a gun early Thursday morning, according to Delaware State Police.

Authorities said a masked blonde woman entered the 7-11 at 3:05 a.m. on May 5, 2016, and confronted a female employee, demanding cash and cigarettes, which she received before fleeing.

The suspect was described as a white female, 25 to 30, 5'3" to 5'5" and weighing 130 to 150 lbs., and wearing all black.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.365.8566 or 1.800.TIP.3333.


3 arrested in connection to Dover man found shot to death on a Port Mahon pier

By DJ McAneny 5:38pm, May 4, 2016 - Updated 5:43pm, May 4, 2016
The suspects, as indicated by the Delaware State Police
Three people have been arrested and charged in connection to the man found shot to death on a pier outside Dover, Delaware State Police announced late Wednesday.

According to authorities, Daiquan T. Bordley, 22, and Zhyhee Y. Harmon, 22, both of Dover, along with Chelsea Braunskill, 19, of Camden-Wyoming, all conspired to murder Dontray Hendricks at a Port Mahon fishing pier at the end of March.

Braunskill and Hendricks had gone to the pier to smoke marijuana, according to police, but Braunskill knew prior to their arrival three men would jump Hendricks and rob him at the location.

Upon arrival, the group confronted the pair, and Bordley and Hendricks began fighting-- with Bordley shooting him in the torso, police said.

The suspects fled in Bordley's vehicle, while Braunskill fled in Hendrick's car. Hendricks was left on the pier, where he would die from his injuries, police said.

Officers were called to the pier at 12:39 p.m. on March 30, 2016, and his death was officially ruled a homicide, it was announced on April 1.

Three of the four suspects in the case were tracked down by authorities and linked to the incident. Braunskill turned herself in to police on April 26, 2016, after learning of a warrant out for her arrest. Bordley was taken into custody on April 29 by Delaware State Troopers along Chestnut Street in Smyrna. Harmon was arrested on Wednesday, May 4, in the Capitol Green neighborhood in Dover.

They have each been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and second-degree conspiracy. They are being held without bail pending initial arraignments.

Anyone who might be able to provide authorities with additional information regarding this case is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.365.8441 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


State committee approves $7.5M for Middletown data center

By Associated Press 11:39am, May 5, 2016
An aerial view of the proposed development site (Google Earth)
The state has approved a $7.5 million public grant to build a proposed data center and natural gas power plant in Middletown.

The state Infrastructure Investment Committee voted Wednesday to give taxpayer dollars to Cirrus Delaware LLC, on the condition that the company receive an approved environmental permit and provides information to the state about who will be behind the funding and operation of the facility, The News Journal reported.

Cirrus wants to build an estimated $350 million facility in Middletown for a data center and a natural gas electricity generator. The money approved Wednesday would fund the construction of electrical and fiber-optic upgrades for the facility.

Before the vote, members of the public voiced concern about taxpayer funds going to a company whose financiers are unknown.


Harim names new CEO from within

By Mark Fowser. 1:11pm, May 5, 2016
Allen Harim Foods' executive director gets a speedy promotion to lead the company.

Joe Moran of Ocean View will succeed Steven A. Evans at the helm of the company after serving as executive director since the second half. 2015.

Evans left Harim to pursue other opportunities in the poultry industry, in which Moran has also worked for more than three decades, the Sussex County company said. Moran previously worked as chief operating officer for Mountaire Farms.

"During his first six months with Allen Harim, Mr. Moran has been responsible for efficiently and effectively managing both our growout and production operations while spearheading major upgrades at our Harbeson, Delaware facility," said Mr. Hong-Kuk Kim, Chairman, Harim Group. "His leadership, experience and innovative approach have helped position Allen Harim for growth, and his commitment to the welfare of our workforce is unmatched."

Moran will oversee all operations including production, sales, marketing, finance, and human resources.


Pentagon: Fewer sex-assault victims faced retaliation

By Associated Press 2:09pm, May 5, 2016
Parts of more than 1,000 summeries of sex-crime cases involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan, which The Associated Press obtained. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
The Pentagon lowered its estimate of the number of people it believes have faced retaliation for making claims of sexual assault, arguing what might sometimes feel like revenge may actually be an attempt to help.

The decision is likely to face some criticism, particularly from sexual assault survivors who faced social snubs, harassment, job transfers or other actions in the aftermath of an attack.

But military officials said what victims may see as vengeful behavior is, in some cases, actions meant to help the survivor heal or get them away from their alleged attackers

The changes come as the military continues to struggle to reduce sexual assaults. Officials say the number of reported sexual assaults in 2015 was largely the same as in 2014, which was about 6,000.




Hershey's Chocolate World tour gets technological facelift

By Associated Press 11:39am, May 5, 2016
Hershey's Chocolate World
Hershey's Chocolate World tour ride has undergone a major technological facelift.

Hershey officials said the new tour features enhanced sets with new narration, a new theme song and 13 state-of-the-art animated figures, including updated versions of its signature cows. Chocolate World General Manager Steve Balliet said the redesigned attraction brings the tour to life.

The tour has been a part of Chocolate World since 1973 and takes guests through Hershey's milk chocolate production process.

Designers said they took care to preserve aspects of the tour that fans who've seen it dozens of times enjoy. Officials say the use of holographic effects allows guests tour riders to look inside and see how Hershey's machines work.


NYC woman charged with illegal transportation of alcoholic beverages without a license

By Joe Irizarry 6:19pm, May 5, 2016
Rosalind Vasquez arrested Tuesday night by DATE agents.
A Claymont traffic stop turns into a large alcohol seizure.

Delaware State Police made the original stop on Naamans Road near I-95 on Tuesday night, and contacted the Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement after a trooper saw a large amount of alcoholic beverages in the rental van.

The vehicle had over 50 cases of various brands of liquor valued at about $10,000.

28-year-old Rosalind Vasquez of New York, NY was taken into custody and turned over to DATE Agents.

Agents say Vasquez planned to take the alcohol to New York City and illegally resell the alcohol for profit.

Vasquez is charged with illegal transportation of alcoholic beverages without a license. She was released after posting a $1,000 secured bond.


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