New Castle County Police ID man, 18, from Bear, as victim in parked car fatal shooting

By DJ McAneny 10:50am, June 27, 2016 - Updated 11:58am, June 27, 2016
The vehicle containing the victims tried to flee the scene of the shooting, but was involved in an accident/(Mike Phillips/WDEL File)
An 18-year-old was shot and killed while sitting in a vehicle in a bear apartment complex parking lot, New Castle County Police announced Monday.

According to authorities, Tyreek Larkins, of the unit block of Forsythia Lane, was seated in a Nissan Maxima with two other men in the the Apple Chase Apartments parking lot at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, when an unknown man approached the car.

The suspect opened fire into the vehicle, parked in front of the 2200 building in Ashkirk Place, and killed Larkins.

The other victims in the car attempted to flee the scene, but were involved in an accident at the intersection of Scotland Drive and Route 40.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact New Castle County Police at 302.573.2800 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

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Man, 34, shot and killed in Wilmington

By DJ McAneny 10:56am, June 27, 2016
A 34-year-old man died after being shot in the head and leg in Wilmington Sunday, city police announced Monday.

According to authorities, Allen Cannon was found gunned down in the 900 block of North Spruce Street at 10:07 p.m. on June 26, 2016.

Cannon received aid from EMS responders at the scene, and was transported to Christiana Hospital, but was ultimately pronounced deceased.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is urged to contact Det. Robert Fox at 302.576.3619 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Juvenile, 15, shot in the arm in Wilmington Sunday night

By DJ McAneny 11:09am, June 27, 2016
A 15-year-old was shot in the upper right arm in Wilmington's second shooting of the day Sunday, city police announced Monday.

According to Wilmington Police, the teen contacted officers on June 26, 2016, at 11:25 p.m. in the 2600 block of North Market Street. He told police he had been in the area of 27th and Moore streets when he was shot.

The teen reported being shot roughly an hour and a half after a 34-year-old man was killed by gunfire along North Spruce Street.

Emergency responders transported the teen to A.I. duPont Hospital for treatment.

An investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to contact Wilmington Police at 302.576.3634 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Middletown Police release surveillance image of armed robbers

By DJ McAneny 1:04pm, June 27, 2016
The suspects on surveillance footage/Courtesy Middletown Police
An armed man and an accomplice robbed a Middletown gas station 10 days ago, town police announce Monday.

According to Middletown Police, the suspects entered the Valero at 38 East Main Street in on Friday, June 17, 2016, at 1:08 a.m. and demanded cash from both the register and office area. They additionally fled with cartons of cigarettes.

Police described the suspects as black males, between 20 and 25 years old, with heavy set builds. One was wearing a white and pink snow cap, gray shirt, and pink gloves. The other was wearing a white, long sleeve shirt and blue pants.

The suspects fled on foot toward South Broad Street.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Middletown Police Det. Joseph Womer at 302.376.9961 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Suspect flees after Glasgow homeowners interupt burglary

By DJ McAneny 1:13pm, June 27, 2016
A husband and wife awoken after midnight by a noise were startled to find a stranger in their living room when they peeked downstairs Monday morning, New Castle County Police said that afternoon.

According to authorities, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Autumn Horseshoe Bend after the homeowners reported a man fleeing through their kitchen after being spotted and confronted.

A K-9 unit which responded to the scene was able to locate some of the property stolen from the home, but no suspect.

New Castle County Police urged anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them at 302.573.2800 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Townsend-area attempted gas station knifepoint robbery foiled by refusing clerk

By DJ McAneny 1:22pm, June 27, 2016
A man attempted to rob a Townsend-area gas station at knifepoint Monday, but was foiled when the clerk declined to comply with his demands, Delaware State Police announced that afternoon.

According to authorities, a man armed with a knife entered the Shore Stop at 4235 DuPont Parkway at 2:04 a.m. on June 27, 2016, and presented a note demanding cash.

The clerk refused the suspect's demands, and the man fled in a pick-up truck from the scene. The clerk was not injured.

The suspect was described as a white male, 5'7" to 5'9", weighing 160 to 170 lbs., with short red hair. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.365.8566 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Bear carjacking victim forced to drive to multiple ATMs

By DJ McAneny 11:33am, June 27, 2016
A blue Ford Fusion--not the actual victim's vehicle--distributed by police to demonstrate what the vehicle looks like.
A man was carjacked and forced to drive his assailants to various ATMs before being ordered out of the car in a Bear community, New Castle County Police said Monday.

According to authorities, the 29-year-old victim was approached by the suspect, who brandished a gun, at 12:16 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016, in the 400 block of North Barrett Lane in the Barrett Run Apartment Complex.

The victim was forced to drive to the various ATMs before ending at University Plaza, and then ordered to drive to the Christiana Green community, where he was forced to turned over cash and personal items, then forced out of the car.

The vehicle was described as a blue Ford Fusion with Delaware plates reading 334014. The suspect was described as a male of unknown race, approximately 5'9", with black hair and a dark hat.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact New Castle County Police at 302.573.2800 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Wilmington firefighter suffers minor injuries during search & rescue operations at house fire

By DJ McAneny 11:49am, June 27, 2016
A house fire in Wilmington was contained to the bedroom in which the blaze originated, but a firefighter suffered minor injuries while searching for occupants in the home, officials announced Monday.

According to Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony Goode's Office, A fire at a residence in the 1300 block of West 3rd Street was reporter at 4:48 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Firefighters quickly contained and dispatched of the fire, but one of them was injured performing search and rescue operations, thought the nature of the minor injuries suffered was undisclosed.

Wilmington Licence and Inspection officials condemned the property, while the Wilmington Fire Marshal continued to investigate the cause and origin.

The occupants of the home secured their own housing.


Townsend-area gas station robbed of cash, cigarettes at gunpoint

By DJ McAneny 1:28pm, June 27, 2016
A Townsend-area gas station was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night, Delaware State Police announced Monday afternoon.

According to authorities, a man armed with a handgun entered the BP station at 3596 Wrangle Hill Road at 7 p.m. on June 26, 2016, and demanded cash and cigarettes from a clerk there, who complied.

The suspect fled on foot toward the rear of the store without causing further injuries.

The suspect was described as a white male, 5'6" to 5'10", weighed 175 to 200 lbs., and was wearing a black hoodie, grey sweatpants, black and white sneakers, and a mask.

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


East Coast states want to tax mileage instead of gas

By Associated Press 12:23pm, June 27, 2016
The I-95 Corridor Coalition, which represents a group of East Coast states, is trying to do away with the gas tax and instead charge drivers a fee for the miles they travel.

The states that make up the Coalition - Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire - applied for a federal grant last month to test the idea, The Washington Post reported.

Officials would put together the policies and technologies needed to count the miles driven by 50 recruits from each of the four states. They would send out "faux invoices" monthly, and would collect the data that legislatures - and the driving public - would require to decide if the change makes sense.

Coalition executive director Patricia Hendren says people could opt out of the mileage tax and instead pay an annual fee.


Cecil County's top prosecutor arrested in Ocean City, MD for indecent exposure

By Associated PRess 12:54pm, June 27, 2016 - Updated 12:56pm, June 27, 2016
Edward Rollins III, Cecil County's top prosecutor, was arrested in Ocean City, MD.
Police said Cecil County's top prosecutor was arrested in Ocean City, Maryland, after officers responded to a report of a nude man on a hotel balcony.

Police said in a statement that officers responding to a report of a nude man on a balcony at the Clarion Hotel on Wednesday took Edward Rollins III of North East into custody "for disorderly conduct and indecent exposure." Rollins is the state's attorney for Cecil County.

Police said officers consulted with Worcester County State's Attorney Beau Oglesby and were advised to release Rollins without charges pending further investigation. Oglesby told The Baltimore Sun on Saturday that his office was determining what charges might be issued.

A woman who answered the phone at Rollins' office said there's no comment on the case.


Heading out of town: Independence Day travel to break record

By Associated Press 11:58am, June 27, 2016
It's going to be a busy holiday weekend on the nation's highways.

AAA estimates a record 43 million Americans will be traveling this Independence Day weekend--that would top the record first set in 2007 and matched last year.

An overwhelming majority of those travelers, more than 84 percent, will be driving, putting some 36 million people on the roads.

Gas prices remain relatively low. AAA puts the nationwide average at $2.31 per gallon, some 47 cents less than a year ago. Those lower prices along with strong consumer confidence and a generally healthy U.S. economy have led more families to take trips this summer.

The travel group estimates that U.S. drivers have saved $20 billion on gasoline so far this year compared to the same period last year.


Pedestrian hit by vehicle in near Wilmington

By Yossi Goldstein 11:02am, June 26, 2016 - Updated 11:49am, June 27, 2016
Delaware State Police are investigating a car crash that send a pedestrian to the hospital.



According to troopers, the crash happened just before 7 p.m. Saturday when Philip Baul tried crossing North Market Street outside the crosswalk and he was hit by Blanche Lee Hazzard's SUV near 38th Street.



New Castle County Paramedics treated Baul at the scene for his injuries before being transported to the trauma center at Christiana Hospital in serious condition.



Baul was also issued a traffic summons for failing to cross at a crosswalk, police said.



Troopers want to remind the public that pedestrians need to use caution and safety when walking on or near roadways. Police also said those crossing should utilize appropriate crosswalks and make sure to look left, then right, then left again before proceeding.

When walking near a roadway always be sure to be visible to drivers by wearing bright or light colored clothing and reflective materials.




Delaware ranks near bottom in US for road trips

By Yossi Goldstein 10:14am, June 26, 2016 - Updated 11:49am, June 27, 2016
With summer in full-swing many Americans are taking to the roads to spend their vacations, especially with the lower gas prices.

But a ranking of all the states showed Delaware coming in near the bottom of destinations for road trips.

In a recent ranking of all 50 states, Wallet Hub analyst Jill Gonzalez said the reason Delaware was fifth worst in the United States wasn't all because of any of its own faults.

"That has a lot more to do with things like scenic by-ways--in that case larger states just tend to have more of those," said Gonzalez.

As a road trip destination, Delaware also doesn't do well for car repairs; it ranks dead last according to Gonzalez for the cost of fixing a vehicle.

"When you do get to the fun and scenic attractions and the cost of that's when it kind of dragged more downwards."

However, when it came to road conditions and safety overall, Delaware ranked middle-of-the-road.

"Population density might be a little congested especially when you're going to the beach in the summer. But the quality of roads are pretty good with only about 20 percent of them needing work and are deemed to be in 'poor condition.'"

The overall score for the First State by WalletHub was 41.77. In comparison, top-ranked Oregon received 60.50 as its total score.






Middletown's Kuhl defeats Dodgers, Kershaw in Major League debut

By Sean Greene 1:02am, June 27, 2016
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl delivers in the third inning of his Major League debut (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Middletown High School and University of Delaware alum Chad Kuhl earned a win in his Major League debut as the Pirates edged the Dodgers 4-3 Sunday night.

Kuhl, the first former Blue Hen to start a game in the big leagues since Dallas Green in 1965, loaded the bases in the opening inning, but got Yasiel Puig to ground into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

Facing 3-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, it figured the Pirates wouldn't be able to give Kuhl much offensive support, but they were able to put together a 4-run rally in the 2nd inning.

Kuhl came up with the bases loaded and 1-out, and battled Kershaw, knocking five foul balls before ultimately striking out in his first Major League at-bat.

That battle drew a trip to the mound, and afterwards Kershaw surrendered an RBI single to Adam Frazier and a 3-run double to David Freese.

Kuhl would give up a 2-run homer to Justin Turner that just cleared the wall in left in the 3rd, and Turner later hit an RBI double in the 5th, but Kuhl would exit with the leader after Turner tried to steal home on a wild pitch, but Kuhl covered home to apply a tag to hold the 4-3 lead.

Kuhl watched his bullpen pitch four perfect innings to cement the win. He finished with the three runs allowed in five innings on four hits and four walks. He struck out five batters on the evening in 81 pitches.

The win as a starter is the first by a former Blue Hens starter since Dallas Green pitched a complete game on September 21, 1963. He was just the sixth Blue Hens pitcher to ever start a game in the majors, and 10th to pitch in a game overall. The last was reliever Mike Koplove, who won 15 games and saved 2 more over six years.

Kuhl also became the second Middletown-alum to make the majors. Dwayne Henry went 14-15 with 1 start and 14 saves in an 11-year career from 1984-1995.

Kuhl was selected in the 9th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by Pirates, and had been 6-2 with a 2.58 ERA with AAA Indianapolis this spring.


Police seek suspect who held up teens in New Castle

By Frank Gerace 6:11pm, June 26, 2016 - Updated 11:49am, June 27, 2016
A man who robbed three teenagers at gunpoint is still at large.

The man stole cash and cell phones from the victims around midnight Friday in the Chaddwyck parkland, New Castle County Police said.

Officers searched for the suspect using a police dog, but he was nowhere to be found.

Anyone with information about the heist can call New Castle County Police at 302.573.2800 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.33.33.


Delaware State Police: Father, son arrested after running over DelDOT worker's foot

By Yossi Goldstein 11:23am, June 26, 2016 - Updated 11:49am, June 27, 2016
Delaware State Police are investigating a crash that involved a DelDOT employee near Newark.

According to authorities, the crash happened Friday afternoon around 6:45 p.m. at Pulaski Highway west of Salem Church Road, where a man ran over a DelDOT worker's foot with his vehicle and then fled the scene.

The DelDOT worker wasn't injured and was following all necessary safety precautions for being on the road when the accident happened, troopers said.

According to police, Jorge Figueroa ignored construction and road block signs and when DelDOT employees tried flagging his vehicle to stop, the driver allegedly increased speed before making contact with one of the workers.

When officers found Figueroa, he immediately exited his vehicle, made threatening gestures towards police and was taken into custody.



During the arrest of the driver, police said Figueroa's son, Jorge Figueroa II, also made threatening gestures towards police. He was also arrested for his actions.

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Delaware cracks top 5 in nation for best state for teen drivers

By Yossi Goldstein 9:28am, June 26, 2016 - Updated 11:44am, June 27, 2016
WalletHub conducted the study
Although small in size, Delaware continues to pack a punch when compared to the other states in the U.S. when it comes to teenage driving.

In an interview with WDEL's Allen Loudell, Wallet Hub analyst Jill Gonzalez said the criteria for the study included safety conditions, the economy environment such as insurance premiums, and road rules.

"Delaware ranked number one when it came to those safety conditions, sixth when it came the driving laws, and overall it came in fourth," explained Gonzalez.

When comparing Delaware to other states, the main trend Gonzalez found was the First State had the lowest number of teen driver fatalities.

Overall, she said when everything is tallied up to include the First State having the third-lowest teen traffic violations while under the influence, it allowed Delaware to crack the top five ranking as one of the best states in the nation for youth driving.


Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC celebrates 40th with new exhibit

By Associated Press 11:58am, June 27, 2016
The Milestones of Flight Hall will reopen Tuesday. (Photo/Smithsonian)
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is opening its newly renovated Milestones of Flight gallery to the public.

Starting Tuesday, visitors can see the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, which now has a huge interactive touch-screen display, revamped artifacts labels, the USS Enterprise from Star Trek and a lunar module like the one in the 1969 moon landing, The Washington Post reported.

Space artifacts curator Allan Needell said he hopes the lunar module replica can become the museum's iconic image. It's an exact copy of the lunar lander that was abandoned on the moon.

To celebrate the Air and Space Museum's 40th birthday, the museum is staying open all night Friday. Visitors can stargaze in the observatory, go on scavenger hunts and watch space-themed movies.


Grace Kelly's childhood home is up for sale in Philadelphia

By Associated Press 11:58am, June 27, 2016
Grace Kelley's home in Philadelphia is for sale. (East Falls Historical Society.
The Philadelphia home where Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly grew up and accepted a marriage proposal from Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 is on the market.

Philly.com reports the six-bedroom, 2.5-story Colonial in the city's East Falls section was listed last week for an initial asking price of $1 million.

The home was built in 1935 by Kelly's father, John B. Kelly. He was a three-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower in the 1920s and later a prominent businessman active in Philadelphia politics. A sign posted outside designates the structure as a Pennsylvania historical landmark.

The estate sits on a 0.69-acre (0.279-hectare) parcel that features gardens and a private backyard. Inside, the home boasts a formal paneled dining room, finished basement and a barroom, among other amenities.


Will union or casinos fare worse in Atlantic City strike?

By Associated Press 11:58am, June 27, 2016
A threatened July 1 strike by Atlantic City's main casino workers union could hurt both sides.

The union is seeking to recoup benefits and compensation it gave back to the casinos in past negotiations when the gambling houses were in dire shape.

Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union is targeting Bally's, Caesars, Harrah's, Tropicana and the Trump Taj Mahal. The other three casinos - Borgata, Golden Nugget and Resorts - would not be affected by a strike.

A walkout would hurt both the casinos and union members. The casinos are just now regaining their footing after seeing four of the 12 gambling houses shut down in 2014, and union members risk being permanently replaced if the casinos strike.


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