Hollins responds to Hartley-Nagle's sign stealing accusations

By Joe Irizarry 11:02pm, August 30, 2016 - Updated 11:36pm, August 30, 2016
VIDEO: Penrose Hollins responds to Karen Hartley-Nagle's accusations.
One of Karen Hartley-Nagle's opponents in the New Castle County council president race strongly disagreed with her accusations on the stolen political signs.

"It happens, and it's crazy. To me it's just an attempt to get additional publicity, that's all," said Penrose Hollins, County Council president candidate on his opponent's claim of sign stealing.

Hartley-Nagle implicated Hollins along with County Executive Tom Gordon in her accusations, but Delaware State Police haven't named any suspects in connection with the theft.

Hollins said the matter is in the hands of Delaware State Police now as they continue to investigate the claim, but he did have strong words for Hartley-Nagle.

"It's nonsense," said Hollins. "She continues to make stuff up, it's very unfortunate, but she moves her lips, and normally she's lying."

Hartley-Nagle said on Monday that she had more than 400 political signs stolen.

Gordon's campaign vehemently denies any wrongdoing in connection with the incident.

Both the Gordon and Hollins' campaign said they've had signs stolen without accusing anyone.

Hollins is squaring off against Hartley-Nagle and David Roberts in the September 13 primary for the Democratic nomination for New Castle County council president.

Man arrives at Wilmington Hospital shot in the eye

By DJ McAneny 11:18am, August 31, 2016
A 28-year-old man who had been shot in the eye arrived at the Wilmington Hospital Emergency Room via private vehicle Tuesday night, Wilmington Police announced Wednesday.

According to authorities, the victim arrived at the ER at 10:22 p.m. on August 30, 2016, and was listed in stable condition.

The shooting occurred in the area of 10th and Spruce streets, according to reports received by police, however, authorities said they could locate no shooting scene in that location, nor did ShotSpotter send any alerts from the area.

An investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Wilmington Police Det. Michael Hayman at 302.576.3963.

Maryland man, 53, dies from injuries suffered in motorcycle crash west of Clayton

By DJ McAneny 11:40am, August 31, 2016
A 53-year-old Maryland man has died from the injuries sustained in connection to a crash west of Clayton over the weekend, Delaware State Police announced Wednesday.

Authorities announced Robert A. Kimble died as a result of the injuries he suffered when, while operating a motorcycle, he attempted to pass an SUV in a no-pass zone and struck the SUV, throwing him into a field nearby.

He was flown to Christiana Hospital, where he ultimately died.

Police said alcohol and speed were being considered factors in the crash.

Glasgow man arrested in Maryland on attempted murder charges for alleged role in Ogletown double shooting

By DJ McAneny 11:32am, August 31, 2016
An 18-year-old Glasgow man has been charged by New Castle County Police in connection to a shooting at the Pride Court Apartments earlier in August.

According to authorities, Josiah Williams, of the 500 block of Cobble Creek Curve, was the suspect who shot two men on August 19, 2016, and he was located at a residence in the 100 block of Thomas Jefferson Terrace in Elkton, Maryland.

He was arrested there without incident and is pending extradition to Delaware, where he will be charged with first-degree attempted murder, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited-prior felon, second-degree felony conspiracy.

Delaware eyes mileage fees as alternative to gas tax

By Associated Press 8:07pm, August 30, 2016 - Updated 7:27am, August 31, 2016
Delaware's Department of Transportation received a $1.49 million federal grant for a pilot study regarding the feasibility of charging drivers a mileage-based user fee to help pay for road projects.

The Federal Highway Administration on Tuesday announced $14.2 million in grants for several states to explore alternative revenue mechanisms to help sustain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.

Delaware's grant provides funding for a multistate pilot study, in collaboration with members of the Interstate 95 Corridor Coalition, using on-board mileage counters in 50 vehicles to explore the feasibility of replacing the gas tax with a mileage-based user fee.

The proposed project will be overseen by a steering committee of coalition members co-chaired by Delaware Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan.

Delaware boy with terminal cancer has dream to be a police officer come true

By Lauren Huet 4:50pm, August 30, 2016 - Updated 7:59pm, August 30, 2016
VIDEO: Lauren Huet reports on police helping a boy's dream come true
Angel De Jesus Zamora has terminal brain cancer.

He's always wanted to be a police officer.

Tuesday, New Castle County Police teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help make the 5-year-old Delaware boy's dream come true.

Sirens wailed as a police motorcade escorted Zamora, his parents, and sister from their home near Newport to Carousel Park & Equestrian Center.

"He's going to have an opportunity to meet our mounted patrol unit and some of our K9 officers," said New Castle County Police Chief Elmer Setting. "Most of the officers are here on their own time, because they wanted to meet him."

Zamora wore a miniature county police uniform and badge. County Executive Tom Gordon read a proclamation bestowing the honorary rank of captain to Zamora.

"I'm reminded of a quote that I read," said Gordon. "Most people never have the opportunity to see an angel, or simply do not look well enough to see one walking among them."

Zamora's mom, Sandra Gutierrez, said he had always wanted to be a police officer.

"Since he was little, he always had his little guns with him, and every time he saw the police, he'd get excited and take pictures," said Gutierrez.

Zamora was too weak to walk or stand on his own, so his mom carried him. Gutierrez said Zamora was the most alert he's been in a while.

"It's a blessing," said Gutierrez. "I know it's a blessing for him. I know he doesn't have the emotions to show it, but I know inside he is happy and he's enjoying it.”

Zamora was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare brainstem cancer only found in children, in February. Most children only live a few more months after being diagnosed.

The family is in need of assistance with medical expenses, and has a Go Fund Me page set up for those with the means to help.

"Any donations, if you can donate." said Gutierrez. "Prayers would be appreciated. Every prayer counts."

She said every day with their son is a blessing, and she's touched to see Zamora's dream come true.

"It touches my heart. I haven't been this happy for a while," said Gutierrez. "So, having his dream come true for a day, it's really touching."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehana Valley met with Zamora and his family last week. That's when they found out his wish was to be a policeman for a day.

"We have to go back to the physicians to get medical approval that it's a safe wish and, when we got that Friday afternoon, we just jumped in with both feet," said Vice President of Mission Delivery Molly Gatto.

She added the mission of Make-A-Wish is to provide hope and strength to children with life threatening medical conditions.

"We hope that having this wish will provide two things," said Gatto. "That it will help Angel fight hard to try and have a good quality of life for the time that he is here with us, and secondly it's going to provide some wonderful memories that will provide some comfort to the family in the days ahead."

Chief Setting was thrilled they could make Zamora's dream come true.

"It truly feels great," said Setting. "We're police officers and we go out there and do what we have to do every day, but how often do we actually get to make a young man's dreams come true? That's what we're doing today."

He was touched when he heard Zamora wanted to be a police officer for his wish.

"It was very hard to control my emotions. I was thinking about my own kids and my own grandkids and very, very difficult to control your emotions," said Setting, "but I think we need to put a brave face on for him today and make it a great day."

Tropical depression creating dangerous surf conditions at Delaware beaches

By Rob Petree/WXDE 7:59pm, August 30, 2016
The anticipated impact of a tropical depression on area surf./Courtesy Accuweather
The National Weather Service is cautioning swimmers of powerful, possibly life-threatening rip currents being generated by a swell nearby off-coast.

Tropical Depression 8, a powerful storm currently off the coast of the Carolinas, is not expected to make landfall, but has been creating dangerous surf conditions.

The stationary storm has caused a strong current of rip tides to travel up the east coast.

Director for the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Joe Thomas explained these storms can be felt from great distances.

"The counterclockwise rotation of the storm is actually creating higher waves and pushing the water up onto the coast, and these storms can actually affect a large radius...as far as miles out," he said. "So that's why we're seeing some of the effects, even though the center storm itself is off the outer banks."

For those traveling to the beach this weekend, a lifeguard presence should be a mandatory consideration with breakers anticipated in excess of four feet.

WDEL's Road Scholar: Back-to-school in Delaware prompts refresher course for school-safe driving

By Andrew Sgroi 12:29pm, August 30, 2016 - Updated 2:17pm, August 30, 2016
The danger of a school-transportation-related crash played out in this WDEL File photo
It's that time of year...books, backpacks, and fresh starts.

The start of school can be a fresh start for you, the driver, as well.

With more than 136,000 Delaware students headed back to school in the next two weeks, AAA Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education has urged parents, students, and all motorists sharing the roads to put safety first.

The annual School's Open--Drive Carefully campaign bears with it special significance this year, in light of recent reporting from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Between 2005 and 2014, the federal agency disclosed, there were 1,332 people of all ages killed in school-transportation-related crashes.

"Of (that) average of 133 fatalities per year," revealed Jim Lardear, Director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, "the occupants of the school buses are only about eight percent of that number. Twenty-one percent are pedestrians or bicyclists, and then 71 percent (of those who died) are the motorists that are crashing into these school buses."

That staggering statistic, Lardear reinforced, should be the only motivation anyone should need to exercise safe driving habits.

"It's incumbent upon drivers to recognize the danger to themselves, and that just should be extra incentive to slow down and be careful in school zones and around school buses."

During 2015, Delaware State Police reported that 189 traffic crashes which involved a school bus resulted in two fatalities. Additionally, the incidents injured 125 people, with 77 of those hurt as occupants of the school bus.

"Drivers have had the roads to themselves since mid-June," Lardear reminded. "As schools continue to open across Delaware, drivers must remember that their commute time may increase and that leaving home a little earlier can help them get where they need to be on time and with less stress."

Regarding tips for motorists, Lardear suggested that time is a paramount consideration.

"Keep track of the time. Be aware of when the school day starts, when the roads are busy, when the school zones have a lot of activity in them. Those are the times to avoid."

Other recommendations include:
  • Slow down--Whether in a school zone or residential neighborhood, motorists should keep their speed low and be prepared to stop quickly for increased vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
  • Scan between parked cars--Children can quickly dart out between parked cars.
  • Look for clues of children nearby-- "Kids are at bus stops, kids are crossing streets," illustrated Lardear. "Kids may even be riding their bicycles to school."
  • Obey traffic signs--Many motorists violate stop signs in school zones and residential neighborhoods, by either failing to come to a complete stop, rolling through a stop sign, or not slowing down at all.
  • Always stop for school buses--Flashing yellow lights on a school bus indicate it is preparing to stop to load or unload children and motorists should slow down and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on and off. Motorists are required to stop their vehicles and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

    Yet, as Lardear explained, it's important to know when those absolute rules apply.

    "On a divided highway, traffic flowing in the opposite direction can continue to travel. Just make sure that when you see those lights flashing, you're slowing down and (driving) alert. But you don't have to come to a full and complete stop on the other side of a divided highway."

    Courtesy Brandywine School District

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    For students and parents, too, it's important to be consistent with certain safety details.
  • "Make sure (the children) understand the importance of using crosswalks and following the directions of the crossing guards."
  • Before crossing the street, a child should look left, look right, then left again.
  • "Always use the sidewalks ," he urged, "and if there is not a sidewalk, walk so you can see oncoming traffic."
  • For parents, try to drop off children where they won’t have to cross the street to reach their destination. Avoid the dangers of jaywalking and encourage kids to always cross in clear view of traffic.

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    Contact Andrew Sgroi at andrew@dbcmedia.com or follow him on Twitter at @Cuse92.

    2 robbed at gunpoint while meeting for pre-arranged online sale in Dover

    By Amy Cherry 10:22am, August 30, 2016
    A warning to those who sell their stuff online--Dover Police said one of those sales ended in robbery.

    Police said two victims had arranged through an online re-sale app to meet William Loper outside the Pine Grove Apartments Monday at 6:45 p.m. so he could buy a phone.

    Police say Loper didn't want just the phone, and instead, pointed a gun at them and demanded their belongings. He got away with cash, watches, and a cellphone, officers said.

    Loper is wanted on charges of robbery, terroristic threatening, possession of a weapon by a person prohibited, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

    Dover Police said their parking lot is always available as a "safe haven" for online sales meets, but officers won't act as a witness.


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    5 face weapons charges in deadly New Jersey highway shootout

    By Associated Press 3:20pm, August 30, 2016
    Left, Caro, Top to bottom on right, Stukes-Williams, Hicks, Stukes
    Police said four men and a teenager have been charged in a New Jersey highway shootout that left another man dead and four of the suspects wounded.

    They also are looking for a pickup truck that may have been involved in the shooting Monday afternoon on the Atlantic City Expressway in Egg Harbor Township.

    Rosemond Octavius, a 22-year-old Egg Harbor Township resident, was killed.

    The aftermath of an SUV following a shootout on the AC Expressway/Courtesy NBCPhiladelphia

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    Authorities said Octavius was a passenger in a car driven by 24-year-old Anthony Hicks, of Mays Landing. Hicks wasn't injured but faces weapons charges that were announced Tuesday.

    Three men and a 16-year-old in an SUV also were wounded. They all face weapons charges. It's unclear if any of the defendants has an attorney who could comment on the accusations.

    Authorities said more charges could be filed.

    Meeting set in case that led to overturning of death penalty

    By Associated Press 10:17am, August 30, 2016
    A judge is holding a status conference with attorneys regarding a murder suspect whose case led to Delaware's death penalty being overturned by the state Supreme Court.

    Tuesday's court conference involves Benjamin Rauf, charged with first-degree murder in last year's drug-related killing of 27-year-old Shazim Uppal of Hockessin, a fellow Temple University law school graduate. Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty.

    But after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding Florida's death penalty statute, the judge in Rauf's case sought a state Supreme Court opinion on the constitutionality of Delaware's law, which is similar to Florida's.

    The justices said Delaware's law was unconstitutional because it allows judges too much discretion and does not require that a jury find unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant deserves execution.

    Delaware State Police announce investigation into campaign sign thefts

    By DJ McAneny 11:14am, August 30, 2016 - Updated 7:46pm, August 30, 2016
    One of Karen Hartley-Nagle's political signs, located at Naamans and Grubb roads in Brandywine Hundred./(Andrew Sgroi/WDEL)
    Delaware State Police announced Tuesday they would be "investigating the theft of numerous political signs," over the weekend around New Castle County.

    The investigation, which authorities said began on Sunday, August 28, 2016, was revealed on Tuesday, August 30--a day after the issue of campaign sign theft or damaging was announced by Democratic New Castle County president Karen Hartley-Nagle.

    Hartley-Nagle said 400 signs had been stolen or damaged, and after a friend of Hartley-Nagle's campaign took a photo of the man removing a sign he claimed was "illegally placed."

    Delaware State Police have not identified any suspects, stating this investigation revealed 425 signs belonging to "a 54-year-old Wilmington resident, who is currently running for a political office," had been removed.

    All of the thefts had reportedly occurred between Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28, police said.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Delaware State Trooper Bart Muziol at 3302.761.6677 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    Brandywine SD students excited for first day back to school

    By Lauren Huet 10:29pm, August 29, 2016
    VIDEO: Lauren Huet reports on first day of school.
    Ten-year-old Charles Miller Junior couldn't wait to start fifth grade at Lancashire Elementary Monday.

    "It was awesome! Out of all the first days I've ever had, this one was the best!" said Miller.

    What made it so special?

    "Because I got to meet different people that I actually never talked to, and I met a new teacher that's actually really a great teacher," he gushed.

    Miller's mom, Burgandi, said he and his brothers and sisters have all been looking forward to school.

    "They were all ready to go," she said. "And I was ready to go too."

    Principal Lavina Jones-Davis said she was happy with the enthusiasm filling the hallways on Brandywine School District's first day of school.

    "It has been wonderful," said Jones-Davis. "The kids have come back excited."

    Even during summer vacation, the Lancashire Elementary students kept their skills sharp. Jones-Davis said the district has been sending home summer packets.

    "For the last four years, because we noticed when the children return in September the teachers had to do a lot of reviewing, and that was taking a lot of time," said Jones-Davis.

    She said the difference has been noticeable.

    "Oh definitely," said Jones-Davis. "The test scores from the very beginning of the year, we don’t see as much of a summer loss as we did in the past, and the school has done exceptionally well. Last year we were recognized by the state for closing the achievement gap."

    Miller turned in his summer packet Monday.

    "The summer packet was great--hard, but it was great," he said.

    Burgandi Miller said the summer packet is beneficial, and helped her daughter with reading and math.

    "It helped," she said," because we found out my second grader, we found out last school year, that she had a learning disability, so it helped a whole lot."

    Miller said she loved Lancashire Elementary, and her son agreed.

    "They have the greatest teachers," Miller exclaimed. "It's the best school I've ever been to."

    Wilmington Police: Man wanted by DSP in connection to multiple burglaries, caught fleeing from burglary

    By DJ McAneny 1:23pm, August 29, 2016
    Robert Evans/WDEL file
    A man wanted by Delaware State Police in connection to a number of Elsmere-area burglaries was arrested by Wilmington Police responding to a burglary alarm early Monday morning, authorities announced.

    According to police, officers were dispatched at 4:15 a.m. on August 29, 2016, to 1201 North Market Street in reference to a burglary alarm, and security personnel provided them a description of a suspect seen fleeing the scene on foot.

    Officers observed the suspect, whom they identified as Robert Evans, 58, of Wilmington, running northbound on Bassett Street. Following a brief foot pursuit, police said he was taken into custody at 12th and North Washington streets without incident.

    Evans was wanted in connection to a number of burglaries, according to Delaware State Police, that took place near Elsmere:
  • La Oaxaquena, 201 North DuPont Road, on July 28
  • Pro Nail, 2411 Kirkwood Highway, on July 31
  • Jakes Burgers, 2405 Kirkwood Highway, on July 31

  • By Delaware State Police, Evans has been charged with He's been charged with four counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of wearing a disguise during commission of a felony, four counts criminal mischief, three counts theft, and one count criminal trespass.

    In Wilmington, Evans was charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief under $1,000. He was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $13,000 cash bond.

    New Castle County council president candidate accuses Gordon's campaign of stealing campaign signs

    By Joe Irizarry 10:29pm, August 29, 2016 - Updated 11:19am, August 30, 2016
    One of Karen Hartley-Nagle's political signs, located at Naamans and Grubb roads in Brandywine Hundred (Andrew Sgroi/WDEL)
    Accusations of campaign sign stealing are flying in New Castle County.

    New Castle County Council president Democratic candidate Karen Hartley-Nagle said over 400 campaign signs have been stolen, and she claims the suspect has ties to County Executive Tom Gordon.

    "Apparently this guy--as we're told--worked for the county, and he has done campaign signs for Tom Gordon in the last campaign, and was a friend of his," said Hartley-Nagle. "And supposedly is doing it now."

    Delaware State Police are investigating the alleged campaign sign theft.

    Hartley-Nagle said a friend witnessed one of the signs being stolen and confronted the alleged suspect.

    "He says that it was illegally placed. 'They said, no it wasn't,' and it's a Sunday, so nobody is policing for signs, and it wasn't illegally placed, they were all legally placed," said Hartley-Nagle.

    Karen Hartley-Nagle said this man stole her campaign signs.  (Photo/Karen Hartley-Nagle)

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    According to Hartley-Nagle, after being confronted by her friend, the alleged suspect folded up the sign, handed it to someone else in a black vehicle, got into the passenger side and drove away.

    She said her friend did get a photo of the alleged suspect, and they identified him.

    "It appears the Gordon/Hollins (County Councilman & Council President candidate Penrose Hollins) campaign is behind it," she claimed.

    New Castle County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Jim McDonald, who's also a committee member for the Tom Gordon for County Executive Campaign responded.

    "Last weekend, our campaign had nine of our biggest signs stolen or damaged, along with dozens of our little ones, but we replaced them all, without casting accusations," he said in a statement. "We do not participate in such behavior, nor do we condone it, and we hope all sign theft and damage stops now."

    Campaign sign stealing isn't foreign in New Castle County.

    In 2014, the husband of State Senator Bethany Hall-Long was caught on video by the Republican Party removing GOP party campaign signs a week before she was up for re-election in the Middletown area. Dana Long was then charged with campaign sign theft, a misdemeanor.

    1st professional circus school in US coming to Philadelphia

    By Associated Press 8:04pm, August 30, 2016
    No clowning around: The first full-time, professional training school for circus artists in the United States is set to open in Philadelphia next year.

    Circadium will be a three-year, secondary vocational school where students can hone their skills in acrobatics, trapeze arts, juggling and aerial acts like the silks.

    Officials said America is home to over 200 recreational circus schools, but unlike in Europe and Canada, there aren't any certified professional schools where more experienced students can elevate their art.

    Executive Director Shana Kennedy said the traditional American circus, with its three rings, trained animals and red-nosed clowns, is becoming less relevant. She says audiences want to not just be wowed but also to be moved.

    She said the contemporary circus mixes theater, dance and music with the standard circus disciplines.

    Chipotle's latest freebie: Kids eat free on Sundays

    By Associated Press 8:04pm, August 30, 2016
    Chipotle's latest burrito giveaway is for children.

    The company is offering free kid's meals on Sundays during the month of September, another attempt to lure back customers spooked by a series of food scares. An E. coli outbreak last year sent Chipotle sales plunging.

    In June, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. launched a three-month loyalty program that lets customers earn free meals based on the number of visits they make each month. On Monday, it announced that high school and college students could get a free soda or iced tea if they buy a meal and show ID. The chain has already given away millions of free burritos this year.

    The Chipotle kid's meals include burritos, tacos, quesadillas and salads.

    Google to expand Waze carpooling service in San Francisco

    By Associated Press 8:07pm, August 30, 2016
    Google is set to expand a San Francisco carpooling program that could morph into a showdown with its one-time ally, the popular ride-hailing service Uber.

    The plans will build upon a test service that Google's navigation app Waze launched three months ago in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    The program allows anyone using the Waze app to offer a ride to a limited pool of people trying to get to work or home.

    Now, only people working at six companies, including Google, Wal-Mart Stores and Adobe Systems, can request rides. Waze says anyone with its app will be able to request a ride within the next few months.

    Riders reimburse the drivers in the program for gas and wear on their vehicles.

    Google was an early investor in Uber.

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