Troopers seek men who fired shots in Christiana Mall parking lot

By Frank Gerace 7:52am, October 23, 2016 - Updated 9:17am, October 23, 2016
Two men who fired shots in the Christiana Mall parking lot are still at large.

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

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

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

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

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

Meyer to stay on the ballot, clears residency challenge from Gordon

By Amy Cherry 4:47pm, October 21, 2016 - Updated 12:40pm, October 22, 2016
NCCo Executive Tom Gordon filed an unsuccessful challenge to Matt Meyer on residency requirements. (WDEL/Amy Cherry)
The Democratic nominee for New Castle County Executive will stay on the ballot.

The Delaware Department of Elections cleared candidate Matthew Meyer from a residency challenge brought by to the Democratic primary loser County Executive Thomas Gordon. The issue was first questioned by WDEL several weeks ago, but not made official until Gordon filed the challenge.

"We've provided overwhelming evidence that I'm a resident here--I've lived over half my life here, including the last five years since I got back from Iraq," Meyer said in an interview with WDEL. "There's no doubt when there's evidence about where I've lived the last 5 years--the challenge had no evidence, and so it was thrown out, expeditiously, as it should have been."

In a letter dated October 20, 2016, Meyer's attorney, Charles J. Durante of Connolly Gallagher LLP, said Meyer has deep roots in Delaware, where he was raised, educated, and has lived continuously since September of 2011. The letter was in response to a residency challenge filed by Gordon's attorney Sidney Liebesman, who claimed Meyer filed an individual non-resident income tax return, where he swore under the penalty of perjury that he was a non-resident of Delaware for the "full-year" of 2011.

The letter from Durante accused Gordon of using a present or former state employee to disclose confidential tax return information in violation of state law.

"That Mr. Gordon was able to cite information on Mr. Meyer's 2011 return is ominous, in ways that go beyond this matter," said Durante. "Delaware law strictly requires the continuing confidentiality of all tax return information."

"(This) speaks darkly about Mr. Gordon's tactics and suggests the use of criminal acts in support of his desperate effort to capsize the determination of the voters in last month's primary," said Durante.

Regarding that claim, Meyer had little to say.

"I have no comment on that. My role is to speak to what the needs of the New Castle County voters are...I believe that's a law enforcement issue, and on any matter, I'll cooperate with law enforcement."

Liebesman also claimed Meyer had not paid Wilmington city taxes for the five-year period in question, despite being a resident of Wilmington.

Meyer has also provided several documents to the Department of Elections that he claimed proves his residency, including a letter from the Delaware Division of Revenue, which states Meyer filed a Delaware Resident Income Tax Returns from 2012 through 2015 as a full-year Delaware Resident, and a Delaware Non-Resident Income Tax return for 2011--as a part-year Delaware resident from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 of 2011.

"Mr. Gordon leans heavily on Mr. Meyer's Non-Resident Income Tax Return for 2011. Because Mr. Meyer resided in Delaware for less than 183 days in that taxable year, this was the appropriate return for Mr. Meyer to file that year," wrote Durante. "In an abundance of caution, Mr. Meyer filed a technical amendment to his 2011 Non-Resident Income Tax Return for 2011 that unambiguously clarifies his tax obligations during that period."

Meyer also provided a letter from the City of Wilmington, which said Meyer filed his Net Profits tax return for 2011 through 2015, in addition to a federally complaint license--dated Sept. 30, 2011--that he provided to WDEL.

He also provided a State of Incorporation for Infiniflix and payment for such as well as a signed and sworn, notarized Affidavit from his mother, Ellen Meyer, that claims Meyer on or about Sept. 1, 2011 lived with his parents, permanently and continuously.

"I'm eager to get back to the issues that matter to the residents of New Castle County," said Meyer.

In a written statement, Liebesman said it appears Meyer acted quickly to alter his records.

"Within the past few days Matt Meyer seems to have amended a Delaware Non-Resident tax return that he filed 5 years ago under penalty of perjury in which he proclaimed that he was not a resident for the entire 2011 calendar year," said Liebesman. "In addition, upon information and belief, Mr. Meyer tried to fix his tax situation with the City of Wilmington within the past few days."

Liebesman said Gordon is weighing his options and could still appeal the Department of Elections' decision in court.


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Queen's representative invites Middletown band to return to London New Year's Day Parade

By Lauren Huet 12:40pm, October 22, 2016
VIDEO: Lauren Huet reports on Middletown's invitation to perform in London
The Middletown High School Marching Band will return to London to perform in the 2018 London New Year's Day Parade.

Middletown High School students welcomed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London Roger Bramble to Middletown High School Friday. Bramble invited the students to perform, and read the formal invitation.

"It reads thus: 'In recognition of a continuing reputation for outstanding performance abilities, the patrons and organizing committee of London's New Year's Day Parade and Festival, the Lieutenancy of Greater London, the City of Westminster, the London Mayors' Association, and Youth Music of the World, take great pleasure in extending an invitation to the Middletown High School Marching Band of Delaware, U.S.A., to return to London to participate in the 32nd Annual New Year's Day Parade and Festival to be held in London, England between December the 27th, 2017, and January the 3rd, 2018," said Bramble.

As he finished reading, the audience gave a standing ovation, and Bramble handed the invitation to a student. The Middletown Marching Band was also invited to perform, and did perform, in the 2014 London New Year's Day Parade. It's an honor to be invited to return. Only a handful of American schools are invited each year.

Bramble is the founding and senior patron of the parade. He has led the procession of London's New Year's Day Parade on horseback through the streets of Westminster every year.

"When this event was merely a proposal to the city of Westminster, Mr. Bramble was the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster back in 1985-86," said the Executive Director of the London Parade and Festival Robert C. Bone. "It is he who took hold of the idea of creating a magnificent parade in London and fought it right the way through the bureaucracy to make sure that it happened."

Bone put into perspective what an honor it is to be invited to perform in the parade.

"In terms of participation in London's New Year's Day Parade, we have about just over 8,000 performers every year forming 72 different acts, drawn from 20 countries around the world," said Bone.

That's twice the amount of performers as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It also draws a much larger audience. Around 640,000 people crowded the streets January 1, 2016, to see the London New Year's Day Parade.

"They come out for three-and-a-half hours into the city of Westminster, in the heart of London on New year's day, because of you," said Bone. "The North American high school and university marching bands, that 16 of whom specially selected form part of the 72 acts that take part in the event every year."

Bone said the audience loved the Middletown Marching Band when it performed in 2014.

"We really love you. We don't have anything like you. Nothing as entertaining as the American marching band. Nothing as beautifully turned out; nothing with the musicianship; nothing with the entertainment that you provide. So, you are the stars of our show," said Bone.

The high school band director said he's proud of his students and they are thrilled to return.

"Many of these students had older siblings that went on the first trip," said Band Director Brian Endlein. "So, now it's their turn and they're very excited to experience some of the same things that their older siblings did."

Endlein said it is a great opportunity for the students.

"It's a really unique opportunity that allows them to take their learning outside of the four walls of the classroom," said Endlein. "To take what they do on a daily basis on an international stage is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to do with 100 of your closest friends."

He said their last trip was a whirlwind.

"We got there and we had all of the performance aspects, which were fantastic, the parade and a concert," said Endlein, "but all of the other things that we got to do when we were there, all of the sightseeing, the history, and just exploring. Taking students from Middletown, Delaware and putting them in a metropolitan setting. Watching the students learn how to use the Underground and things like that. It was just really, really neat to watch them grow even just in that short week they were there."

The band and its boosters are raising money to help offset the cost of the trip. Transportation, food, and housing for the 90-member band is estimated to cost about $3,000. Watch their performance at the 2018 London New Year's Day Parade on January 1, 2018.

Bramble brought gifts. He gave the principal a plate from Buckingham palace. Bramble also gave cuff links to the principal and the band director. The school gave Bramble and his envoy a piece of art made by a parent that includes a piece of the uniform a student wore to the 2014 parade. They also gave them a gift basket filled with Middletown related items.

Troopers seek Dover couple after shooting incident, drug raid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Money rolls in to rescue Smithsonian's ruby red slippers

By Associated Press 12:50pm, October 22, 2016
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
People are pledging lots of green to restore a pair of famous red slippers.

On Monday, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $300,000 to preserve its pair of the ruby slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end of "The Wizard of Oz." By Friday morning, the campaign had already raised $239,000. More than 4,390 people had backed the project.

The slippers have been one of the most beloved items at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History for more than 30 years. They were crafted almost 80 years ago by the MGM Studios prop department. Like most movie props, they weren't built to last.

The Smithsonian wants to use the money toward a technologically advanced display case that will preserve them for future generations.

70 years of DE entertainment, and an 80's tribute band

By Peter MacArthur 3:23pm, October 20, 2016
It's time to get ready for another weekend of fun stuff to do around town.

Bootless Stageworks presents Spring Awakening

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Spring Awakening, the 8-time Tony Award-winning musical with a score by Duncan Sheik, wraps up this weekend at Bootless Stageworks, with the final performance on Saturday.

Wilmington Drama League puts on Macbeth

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Wilmington Drama League also wraps up their all-female production of Macbeth this weekend in Wilmington.

Shakespeare and Poe at Rockwood

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And on the topic of Shakespeare--Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents an evening of readings from the "Dark Side" of Shakespeare and Poe this Sunday at Rockwood Museum.

Christina Cultural Arts Center celebrates 70 years

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Christina Cultural Arts Center celebrates 70 years this Friday night and Mozaic Flow, featuring Kool & The Gang’s Jermaine Bryson will be providing the musical backdrop.

City Theater Company presents I Want My CTC: A Tribute to the 80’s

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City Theater Company presents I Want My CTC: A Tribute to the 80’s on Saturday Night at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Enjoy live hits spanning a wide-range of 80’s artists from Duran Duran to Michael Jackson to Run DMC.

Bil Lepp stops by Auburn Heights Preserve

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Sunday afternoon, award-winning tall tale teller Bil Lepp stops by Auburn Heights Preserve for an afternoon of storytelling you won’t soon forget.

Islands stops by Arden Concert Gild

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Montreal's indie rock outfit Islands stops by Arden Concert Gild with LA's' Steady Holiday on Sunday evening.

Friends' Nisbet - Delaware SportsZone Athlete of the Week

By Sean Greene 4:58pm, October 21, 2016
VIDEO: Sean Greene speaks with Connor Nisbet
Sometimes, athletes find a sport, and sometimes, a sport finds them. Both might be the case for Friends' Connor Nisbet, this week's Delaware SportsZone Athlete of the Week.

Nisbet, rated as one of the top-ranked junior tennis players in Delaware, claimed the Cross Country title at the Joe O'Neill Invitational last Friday.

Connor started playing tennis at a young age, but in an effort to cross-train for the long matches on the tennis court, he started joining his father for runs.

"I didn't love it, but I trusted my dad. I stuck around with it, and--after a year--I started enjoying running a little bit more, and it just continued to blossom. I began to love it, and was good at it, too."

Quite good: His 15:37 time for the 3.1 miles at Bellevue State Park set the sophomore class record by 19 seconds. It was an effort that startled him as he pulled away from Salesianum's George Steinhoff in the final half-mile.

"I was so surprised with how well I could kick, I've never kicked so hard in my life. It was great to see the training really kick in."

While he has to be seen as one of the favorites to win the New Castle County and DIAA Division II Championships next month, Connor is getting the job done with the tennis racquet as well.

Last month, Connor won the Ursinus College Fall Junior Open, claiming the title by winning 6 of his 7 sets.

While both high school cross-country and tennis have team components, they're also heavily individual sports, which Connor says fits his personality.

"I've thought of myself, as a person, as a little more naturalistic, so I think it fits my personality and my game style as an athlete."

As for gameplans in the two sports, he said he uses technology to plan a form of attack.

"I sometimes go on (running enthusiasts' website) MileSplit to see what my opponents will likely run, so I can set a game plan off of that."

At this point, and for the foreseeable future, there's no sign of Connor slowing down in either sport.

Felton woman, 62, gets 2 years in prison for stealing almost $400k from Delaware food benefits program

By DJ McAneny 2:31pm, October 21, 2016 - Updated 12:40pm, October 22, 2016
Clockwise top left: Angelette Brown, Detrich Simmons Heath, Kamilah Laws, Allison Rivera, and Nicole Stevens/via DOJ
A 62-year-old Felton woman was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing more than $375,000 from Delaware food benefit programs.

According to Delaware Department of Justice officials, Joellen Edwards pled guilty to theft over $100,000 and official misconduct.

She was one of seven former Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) workers charged with stealing benefits when they were tasked with issuing Electronic Benefit Transfer cards.

Edwards faces a year of supervised probation after her prison term, and will remain on unsupervised probation until she pays restitution in the amount of $378,880 to DHSS.

Additionally charged in the case were:
  • Detrich Simmons-Heath, 54, of Chestertown, Maryland: theft over $100,000, first degree forgery, falsifying business records, official misconduct. Released on $6,000 unsecured bond.
  • Kamilah Laws, 39, of Wilmington: theft over $50,000, first-degree forgery, falsifying business records, official misconduct. Released on $5,000 unsecured bond.
  • Shirlene Davis, 29, of Newark: theft over $100,000, first degree forgery, falsifying business records, official misconduct.
  • Nicole Stevens, 43, of Dover, arrested in November 2015 on charges of theft over $1,500, official misconduct, first-degree forgery, falsifying business records, four counts unlawful use of a payment card to steal $8,092
  • Allison Rivera, 49, of Dover, pled guilty to: theft over $1,500, unlawful use of a payment card, falsifying business records. Sentenced in April 2016 to two years probation, ordered to pay restitution of $27,751.58
  • Angelette Brown, 45, of Camden, pled guilty to: theft over $1,500, unlawful use of a payment card, official misconduct. Sentenced in April 2016 to two years probation, ordered to do 240 hours community service, forced to pay restitution of $15,957

  • Man arrested in 2010 fatal shooting in Wilmington

    By Amy Cherry 12:44pm, October 21, 2016
    Erick McNeeley
    Wilmington Police have made an arrest for a murder six years ago.

    Wilmington Police charged Erik McNeely, 36, in connection with the fatal shooting of Abel Jimenez-Flores.

    Jimenez-Flores's body was found lying on the sidewalk of the 600 block of South Franklin Street after being

    fatally shot in the chest in 2010.

    Police said in 2010 the two may have been involved in an ongoing dispute.

    McNeely, indicted in December of 2015, was extradited from Maryland Thursday, October 20, 2016, and charged with murder.

    He was arraigned and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $1.5 million cash bail.

    Authorities said the arrest in the cold case was made possible through continuous investigative efforts by the city's cold case squad, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


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    Stray cat patrol: Feral felines deployed in NYC war on rats

    By Associated Press 12:50pm, October 22, 2016 - Updated 9:17am, October 23, 2016
    The NYC Feral Cat Initiative rescues wild cat colonies that have been pushed out by construction and gentrification, and plants them in areas that need their extermination expertise the most, such as the Jacob Javits Convention Center. (AP Photo/Verena Do
    Feral cats roam New York City's concrete jungle, and some now have a practical purpose: They're helping curb the rat population.

    Feral and stray cats that have been driven out of their urban habitats by construction activity, or multiplied to the point of becoming a nuisance, are being trapped by a group of volunteers, vaccinated, then spayed or neutered to keep them from breeding.

    The goal is to return them to their territories, but some end up in areas rife with rats.

    Four make their home by the loading docks of Manhattan's Jacob Javits Convention Center, where they scare off rats that once fed there on food scraps.

    An Alliance for NYC's Animals spokesman said about 6,000 volunteers have completed workshops where they've learned proper ways to trap cat colonies.

    Giant pages from ancient Quran on display in Washington, DC

    By Associated Press 12:50pm, October 22, 2016
    Books come in all sizes, but one 15th century Quran was so enormous, it's said that a wheelbarrow was needed to carry it.

    Two consecutive pages of this Quran will be on display during the show "The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts," which opens Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

    The sprawling pages, each measuring 5 feet by 7 feet, have rows of calligraphy standing 8 to 9 inches high. They date from about 1400, and have been on long-term loan with the Smithsonian museum.

    The passage on display is from a chapter explaining that "signs of God and evidence of His goodness are all around," according to Simon Rettig, assistant curator of Islamic Art. It also deals with the refutation of materialistic views, the history of some ancient peoples, warnings to those who go astray and encouragements to forgiveness.

    "If anyone does a righteous deed, it ensures to the benefit of his own soul; If he does evil, it works against his own soul," one passage reads.

    Like many items in the exhibit focused on the Muslim holy book, these pages come with a story - this one involving the feared nomadic conqueror, Timur, who ruled a huge empire based in central Asia.

    As the story goes, Timur--also named Tamerlane by Europeans--was unimpressed by the artistry required to create a Quran tiny enough to fit inside a signet ring. So this calligrapher, Omar Aqta', gave it another try, this time going large to show off his "incredible talent."

    While the feat of creating a tiny Quran likely required more skill, it is amazing that the calligrapher had the "bravery to attempt something like this," said Massumeh Farhad, chief curator at the Sackler and Freer and curator of Islamic art.

    Omar Aqta' returned with a Quran so large, it was carried to the palace in a wheelbarrow, and she said, Timur, "a man who loved big things," was so pleased that he rewarded the calligrapher handsomely.

    While it was not unusual for Qurans to be broken up, it's not clear whether the folios of this Quran were ever bound into one volume, Farhad said. There would have been thousands of pages, but most have been lost to history, with only about 10 surviving. The two pages on display were among those found by a British traveler in a mausoleum in eastern Iran in the 19th century.

    The show brings together manuscripts and folios from the museum in Istanbul with manuscripts from the collection of the Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, which together form the Smithsonian's Asian art museum.

    Though the Arabic text of the Quran was fixed as early as the late 7th century, the exhibit showcases the variety of styles of calligraphy and illumination employed over the centuries. The works span nearly a millennium, dating from the late 7th or early 8th centuries (not long after the time of Muhammad) to the 17th century.

    Wilmington Police charge boy, 14, with carrying loaded handgun

    By DJ McAneny 1:04pm, October 21, 2016
    The gun police said they recovered form a 14-year-old boy
    A 14-year-old boy was charged by Wilmington Police after he was found carrying around a loaded handgun.

    According to city authorities, the boy was in the 1600 block of West 3rd Street at approximately 3:45 p.m. on October 20, 2016, when an officer walking in the area detected the scent of weed marijuana coming "from within the Judy Johnson park in close proximity of where three subjects were gathered."

    When officers entered the park and were approaching the subjects, police said the officer noticed the outline of a handgun in the sweatpants of one of the individuals.

    Police identified the suspect as the juvenile, who was found to be carrying a Ruger 9E 9mm handgun loaded with 15 rounds.

    After being taken into custody, the juvenile was found to have four outstanding warrants.

    The boy was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and carrying a concealed deadly weapons. He was committed to the New Castle County Detention Center in lieu of $40,000 cash bond.

    Gold Alert issued for Millsboro woman who hasn't been seen for almost a week

    By Frank Gerace 12:01pm, October 22, 2016 - Updated 12:40pm, October 22, 2016
    Marian Klemm
    A 61-year-old Millsboro woman has been missing for nearly a week.

    Saturday Delaware State Police issued a Gold Alert for Marian Klemm, who was last seen Sunday October 16, 2016.

    Troopers said efforts to locate her have not been successful, and there is genuine concern for her safety and welfare.

    Klemm is white, 61 years old, 5'6" and 216 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes, and police said she may be driving a tan 2003 Chevy Cavalier with Delaware license number 323495; she may also be in the Baltimore area.

    Police are asking anyone who knows where Klemm is to call Troop 7 at 302.644.5020 or by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333 . Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

    Pedestrian struck, 2 others duck for cover, in Milton drive-by shooting

    By Andrew Sgroi 11:21am, October 21, 2016 - Updated 1:04pm, October 21, 2016
    A man was hospitalized following a drive-by shooting in Milton.

    Delaware State Police found the scene around 9:50 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016 on West Springside Drive in the Cool Spring Farms Mobile Home Park.

    According to troopers, a 33-year-old man, a 34-year-old woman, and a 22-year-old man, were all walking in the neighborhood when a dark colored Chrysler 200 approached the three pedestrians. As it passed them, a front seat passenger began firing a handgun outside the window.

    The 33-year-old man was struck in the lower extremity by one of the rounds, said DSP, and had to be taken to Beebe Medical Center for treatment of the non-life threatening injury. The other two pedestrians were not injured, according to police.

    The driver and passenger were both described as black males, with the driver of the vehicle possibly wearing a gray colored hooded sweatshirt and had a large "chinstrap" style beard. There was no physical or clothing description provided for the passenger.

    Anyone with information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Detective R. Truitt at 302.752.3813. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800.TIP.3333, via the internet, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

    Delaware State Police seek Milton gas station robber

    By Delaware 105.9 10:27am, October 22, 2016 - Updated 12:42pm, October 22, 2016
    Police are looking for the bandit who held up the Valero gas station near Milton Friday night.

    Shortly after 8 p.m. a masked male suspect carrying a handgun entered the store on Deep Branch Road and demanded money from a woman who works there, Delaware State Police said.

    The clerk handed over some cash, and the suspect fled the scene, according to detectives.

    No injuries were reported.

    Delaware State Police said the suspect was described as a black male, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a mask covering his face, blue jacket, and dark colored pants; he was armed with an unknown type handgun.

    "If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the detectives at 302.752.3794.

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

    UPDATE: Pennsylvania professors agree to contract, end strike

    By Associated Press 4:31pm, October 21, 2016 - Updated 4:38pm, October 21, 2016
    The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities said it reached a tentative contract agreement and ended its walkout, which was in its third day.

    The strike had disrupted classes for over 100,000 students.

    Professors walked off the job Wednesday after the union turned down what the university said was its last contract offer.

    Union spokeswoman Kathryn Morton said Friday it had made concessions on salary and benefits in return for the university system withdrawing proposed contract changes faculty had opposed.

    The union represents more than 5,000 faculty and coaches.

    It was the first strike in the system's 34-year history.

    Laurel woman dies in pickup truck-versus-tractor/trailer crash

    By Delaware 105.9 11:13am, October 22, 2016 - Updated 12:42pm, October 22, 2016
    A Laurel woman was killed following a crash involving a pick-up truck she was driving and a tractor trailer.

    Seventy-one-year-old Andrea Reid's pick-up truck went through a stop sign at Old Stage Road and Whitesville Road Friday afternoon, Delaware State Police said.

    The larger truck carrying a load of feed struck the pick-up truck on the right side, sending it into a ditch. Reid, who police said wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the pick-up truck and died at the scene, police said.

    The driver of the tractor trailer was not hurt, according to police.

    The accident and caused road closures near the intersection for about four hours.

    Building fire in Laurel proves fatal

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

    The blaze broke out Friday night, and the victim was found dead inside.

    The name of the person who died is not yet available, and the cause of the fire - which caused an estimated $35,000 damage - is under investigation, according to the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office.

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