3 in hospital after multi-vehicle crash in Newark

By Yossi Goldstein 9:34am, August 28, 2016 - Updated 11:30am, August 28, 2016
Firefighters needed the "jaws of life" to free two women trapped in their car after a multiple vehicle accident on Old Baltimore Pike and South College Avenue in Newark.

Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder firefighters freed both trapped women shortly after 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

Paramedics treated two women, ages 72 and 55, who both suffered from head, chest, and back injuries at the scene.

The senior citizen was flown to Christiana Hospital while the 55-year-old was taken to the hospital by ambulance; both were in serious condition.

The 19-year-old man who drove the other car was treated at the scene by paramedics for a head injury, before being transported to the Christiana Hospital in serious, but stable condition.

Delaware State University awarded $215K grant by US Department of Defense

By Yossi Goldstein 8:57am, August 28, 2016 - Updated 10:57am, August 28, 2016
Dr. Mukti Rana, chair of the DSU Dept. of Physics and Engineering, holds two substrates; the one on the left is blank, and the one on the right has the electronic designs that will guide the circuitry placement
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Delaware State University with a $215,000 grant for research that will help the school purchase a Photomask Aligner (PMA).

"Photomask aligner is technology that transfers electronic circuit design to the base through an opto-chemical process to fabricate electronic chips,” said the chairman of the university's Department of Physics and Engineering, Dr. Mukti Rana.

The PMA will be used in connection with the ongoing and future research projects in the Optical Science Center for Applied Research at campus in Dover, school officials said.

According to Dr. Rana, the PMA will also be used for a NASA-related project, which involves the fabrication of uncooled infrared detectors with nanometer-sized studs.

Dr. Rana’s proposal was one of 176 to receive instrumentation funding from the DoD and was selected from 622 total that were submitted for consideration.

Historical Marker at Delcastle Golf Course to give nod to its past

By Yossi Goldstein 6:54am, August 28, 2016 - Updated 10:52am, August 28, 2016
Delcastle Golf Course in New Castle County is set to receive a historical marker Monday, recognizing its site history as the Delcastle Prison Farm.

New Castle County Executive Thomas Gordon is expected in attendance at the 1 p.m. ceremony at the site along McKennans Church Road.

In a statement, Gordon praised retired county police officer George Williamson for compiling "the history of the old prison farm, which he learned about while documenting the police force's history for its 100th anniversary.

"He was fascinated by the history of the farm, which fed uncounted county residents, and his research led to the Delaware Public Archives' historical marker that will share this history for generations to come."

The farmland was originally owned by the Wells and Gregg families with buildings dating back to the 1700's and 1800's, and was acquired by the County Workhouse at Greenbank in 1915-16, to set up its agricultural program that taught inmates skills to help get them jobs after their release.

At the height of its operation, with a dormitory built in the 1930s, more than 150 inmates worked the farm's dairy, grew a variety of vegetables and raised livestock including cattle and pigs.

The farm, which sold its produce and meats to the public, closed in 1968 and the county established the Delcastle Recreation Center and Golf Course three years later.

The regional park quickly became one of the most popular in the county's park system.

WPD: Wilmington shooting victim found in Claymont house

By Frank Gerace 12:50pm, August 27, 2016 - Updated 3:19pm, August 27, 2016
A shooting with connections to Wilmington and Claymont Friday afternoon has Wilmington police looking for clues.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at Lea Boulevard and North Market Street, but couldn't find a victim or any evidence of a shooting, but New Castle County Police officers found a man inside a Claymont house, who had apparently been shot at the Wilmington scene, Wilmington police said.

The victim's in stable condition at Christiana Hospital, and anyone with information on the shooting can call Detective Jose Santana at 302.576.3620.

New Castle woman arrested in connection with fatal shooting of Delaware State University student

By Amy Cherry & Joe Irizarry 11:49am, August 26, 2016 - Updated 3:48pm, August 26, 2016
VIDEO: Evans family and Chief Setting speak on arrest of suspect in Malcolm Evans murder.
A woman was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Delaware State University student.

New Castle County Police announced Friday that Cheryl Jennings, 46, of New Castle was handcuffed in connection with the July 9, 2016 shooting of 19-year-old Malcolm Evans outside the Rutledge community.

Evans was driving to work at his part-time job with FedEx at 4 a.m. on July 9 when he was shot in the upper torso, lost control of his vehicle, and died.

"Malcolm Evans was truly an innocent victim, a young man who lived with his parents and brother, went to college, worked a job and dreamed of becoming a doctor," said County Executive Tom Gordon in a written statement. "His death is a loss to all of us and we continue to share his family’s grief."

Jennings, a convicted felon, was charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited. Jennings was arraigned and committed without bail to the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution near New Castle.

Police said they began receiving tips about the fatal shooting as Gordon doubled the reward for an arrest and/or conviction in the case to $40,000.

New Castle County Police Chief Col. Elmer Setting called those tips "vital" to Jennings' arrest, which he said doesn't mark the end of their investigation.

"It does, however, provide some much needed closure to the family and community," said New Castle County Police Col. Chief Elmer Setting. "In a case like this, where there is no known association between the victim and defendant, the extraordinary efforts of our detectives as well as help from the public must be recognized and commended."

The last six weeks have trying for Evans family.

"My family and friends have spent so many sleepless nights wondering who and why someone would commit such an unspeakable crime against such an amazing young man," said Terry Evans, Malcolm's mother.

Evans did make sure to show her and her family's appreciation towards county police and Gordon.

"We will never forget it as long as we live," she said.


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Report: Less Americans going to church

By Yossi Goldstein 10:40am, August 28, 2016 - Updated 10:57am, August 28, 2016
Christ Our King Catholic Church in Wilmington, which is slated to close this fall. (Tom Lehman/WDEL).
More and more Americans are choosing to stay away from organized religion and the church-going numbers are down across the U.S.

Emma Green from "The Atlantic" told WDEL the biggest reason isn't limited to parishioners being disenchanted with the institutional church, but rather it's actually getting to church.

"For a lot of people, it's actually logistics," explained The Atlantic's associate editor. "It's hard to get there, they don't have time, or they're too busy with their kids--that speaks to some of the structural aspects for why people don't participate in religious life as much as they used to."

Some reason that is the excuse for small congregations and churches; however, according to survey participants, even for the larger churches that may hold multiple services, there's the here-and-now mentality that keeps potential church-goers away from sermons and services.

"After a busy week, they want to spend Sunday at home with their kids, or it didn't seem like something that was crucial for them to spend time doing," noted Green.

All isn't lost, according to Green, though are some who work long weekdays and look forward to sleeping in on weekends, others still have their day guided by religion.

"For others, that's not true, and they do get out to church."

Green admitted there's a mixed bag for the parishioner who doesn't want to even try achieving what the church asks of them when the goals are so lofty.

"Even for people who don't participate in religious life in tradition ways, so they don't go to church regularly, or they don't identify with the religion, religious questions still matter," acknowledged Green.

Green noted the main difference in today's religious belief is in form rather than in total question.

"People still identify themselves as seekers, they still say they believe in God, and many (survey participants) still pray every day or every week," said Green.

The survey did show where church attendance is still high in the U.S.

"The South is still one of the most highly-affiliated religious areas," allowed Green.

Green also admitted the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast regions in the country are two of the least religious or affiliated areas in the U.S.

Troopers discover Felton meth lab, snag suspect

By Associated Press 2:03pm, August 27, 2016 - Updated 3:19pm, August 27, 2016
Lawrence Grimm
Delaware State Police said a smoking portable meth lab found in a trash can forced the evacuation of a home in Felton.

Troopers went to the home early Friday for a report of a domestic complaint. Authorities said a resident barricaded himself in a bathroom, but later was taken into custody, the agency said in a news release.

Police said the resident had discarded an active one-pot meth bottle in a trash can outside and it began to smoke. Troopers evacuated the home and called fire and environmental control officials.

After the area was rendered safe, a search of the home turned up equipment and component mixtures to manufacture meth as well as ingredients used in making the drug.

Thirty-seven-year-old Lawrence Grimm was charged with operating a clandestine lab.

First State comes in 21st in 'baby-friendliness' survey

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, August 27, 2016 - Updated 3:19pm, August 27, 2016
Delaware's in the middle of the pack in a recently released survey ranking the best and worst states in which to have a baby.

The First State did best when it came to healthcare, WalletHub's Jill Gonzalez told WDEL News.

"Everything from a low infant-mortality rate to a lot of OB-GYN's and general practitioners per capita to go around, so easy access there," said Gonzalez.

Delaware didn't fare as well in several other areas.

"Things like parental leave policies, things like moms' groups, and then, really, a lot of costs--childcare costs, even delivery budgeting," said Gonzalez.

Delaware ranked 21st in the survey while Maryland came in 25th, Pennsylvania 36th, and New Jersey, 38th.

Vermont ranked number 1, and Mississippi was 51st in the survey, which ranked the District of Columbia along with all 50 states.

Troopers seek masked man who held up Newark-area CVS

By Frank Gerace 1:39pm, August 27, 2016 - Updated 3:19pm, August 27, 2016
Delaware State Police are looking for a masked man who robbed a Newark-area drug store Friday morning.

The suspect's face was covered when he confronted a clerk and got cash from the registers at the CVS in the 300 block of East Chestnut Hill Road before running off, police said.

He's described as white, in his 20's, 5'7" to 5'10" and about 150 lbs. and wore a dark hoodie and dark pants.

Anyone with information on the holdup can call Robbery Unit at Troop 2, Glasgow, at 302.365.8566.

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."

Two men arrested after Felton drug raid

By Frank Gerace 1:55pm, August 27, 2016 - Updated 3:19pm, August 27, 2016
Two men are out on bail after a drug investigation by Delaware State Police.

Officers with a warrant to search a house on Sandalwood Drive in Felton arrested Garry Church Friday as he was leaving the house in his car, police said.

A search of the house turned up more than 250 grams of pot, drug paraphernalia and a handgun, troopers said.

Officers said evidence led investigators to a house on Cabin Ridge Road, where troopers nabbed Allan Dewitt and confiscated more than 90 grams of pot, another gun, and $2,000 in suspected drug money.

Church and Dewitt were released on bail after their arraignment on drug and firearm possession charges.

Millsboro man arrested after month-long drug probe

By Associated Press 2:07pm, August 27, 2016 - Updated 3:22pm, August 27, 2016
Roderick Brown
Delaware state troopers arrested a drug dealer after a four-week investigation.

Police said Roderick Brown was arrested on Friday after troopers executed a search warrant of his home and discovered nearly 50 grams of cocaine, 13 grams of crack, almost 19 grams of marijuana and more than $5,000 in drug sale proceeds. Police also searched another residence connected to Brown and found two handguns.

Police said Brown was keeping secret bank accounts, and they seized more than $109,000 from them.

Brown was charged with possession with intent to deliver and possession of a deadly weapon and other charges.

Vice President Biden praises federal loan to Amtrak at Wilmington train station

By Lauren Huet 11:50am, August 27, 2016 - Updated 5:30pm, August 27, 2016
VIDEO: Lauren Huet reports on Amtrak's new high speed trains
In 2021, next-generation high speed trains will roll into stations in the Northeast.

Friday, Amtrak announced it received a loan from the Federal Railroad Administration's Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing program. The loan allows Amtrak to produce 28 high-speed train sets in order to renew and expand the Acela Express service in the Northeast Corridor.

"This is a loan that we received," said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman. "It's not a grant. There's a business case here that we'll pay back for the loan. It's a business proposition that Amtrak has put together."

Amtrak announced the new high-speed trains Friday at the Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Railroad Station in downtown Wilmington. The trains will travel at 160 miles per hour, and have the capabilities to reach 186 miles per hour. They will also have one-third more passenger seats.

"The train has a 20 percent improvement in efficiency over what we're doing today," said Boardman. "So, we will be greener. We will be safer, and we'll order enough trains that there will be half hour service between Washington D.C. and New York City during our peak hours, and one hour service between New York and Boston."

Vice President Joe Biden praised Amtrak and applauded the loan.

"I have traveled over 2 million 100,000 miles on Amtrak," said Biden. "These men and women have become my family."

He said the Northeast Depends on Amtrak.

"It's not hard to imagine what life along this corridor without Amtrak would be, and it's not hyperbole to suggest that it would be a parking lot, and there would be a whole heck of a lot of business that would not be located here in the northeast," said Biden.

Biden mentioned what happened when Amtrak closed after 9-11.

"You'd need seven more lanes on I-95 to accommodate the traffic if Amtrak shut down, and it shut down temporarily and we had a crisis," said Biden.

Biden criticized those who do not want to spend taxpayer dollars on transportation companies like Amtrak.

"God almighty," said Biden. "The way we spend money on other things that are not remotely as valuable in terms of the national security of the United States of America."

Amtrak said it will repay the loan, but Biden said the agency should not have to repay the money.

"It should be a gift! Why in this country are we so boneheaded to not understand the essential value of a rail system that's modern throughout the whole country? Why do we argue about whether or not it makes sense?" asked Biden with passion.

The $2.45 billion federal loan is the largest single loan in the history of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Biden urged support for transportation infrastructure.

"If you want to fundamentally change the trajectory of the economy in the United States invest in infrastructure," said Biden.

The new high-speed trains will be built in the U.S. and provide 400 jobs at Alstom's manufacturing plant in Hornell and Rochester, New York.

AP-NORC Poll: Gender matters, but does it hurt or help?

By Associated Press 11:50am, August 27, 2016
Hillary Clinton smashed a longtime glass ceiling when she became the first female presidential nominee for a major party. But most Americans still think her gender will influence this contest.

Still, a new poll from the Associated-Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that voters are divided on whether Clinton's gender helps or hurts her at the polls.

According to the poll, most Americans see Clinton's gender playing a role in the campaign. Overall 37 percent say her gender will help her chances of being elected president, 29 percent argue it will hurt her, and 33 percent think it won't make a difference.

The latest poll numbers also showed that many Americans still think women have fewer opportunities in politics compared to men.

FDA advises Zika screening for all US blood centers

By Associated Press 11:50am, August 27, 2016
The Food and Drug Administration recommended that all U.S. blood banks start screening for the Zika virus, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne disease. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood banks to start screening for Zika virus, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne disease.

The new advisory means all U.S. states and territories will need to begin testing blood donations for Zika. Previously, the requirement was limited to areas with active Zika transmission, such as Puerto Rico and two Florida counties.

Blood banks already test donations for HIV, hepatitis, West Nile virus and other blood-borne viruses.

Last month, the FDA told blood centers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale to immediately stop collecting donations until they could begin screening each unit of blood for Zika. The order followed now-confirmed reports of local Zika transmission - the first in the continental U.S.

'Making a Murderer' attorney seeks more evidence testing

By Associated Press 11:54am, August 27, 2016 - Updated 11:30am, August 28, 2016
The attorney for Avery, a convicted killer featured in the hit Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer," filed a motion seeking permission to perform extensive scientific tests on evidence she believes will show he's innocent. (AP Photo/Morry Gash,
The attorney for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the hit Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" has filed a motion seeking permission to perform extensive scientific tests on evidence she believes will show he's innocent.

Prosecutors believe Steven Avery killed Teresa Halbach in his family's Manitowoc County salvage yard in 2005. A jury convicted him in 2007 and he was sentenced to life. Avery insists the authorities framed him.

His attorney, Kathleen Zellner, filed the motion for testing Friday. She told reporters outside the courthouse that she wants to date blood and DNA found at the scene to see if it was planted.

She said the results will show Avery isn't guilty and someone else killed Halbach. She says no one who is guilty would ever agree to such testing.

GM recalling about 368K vehicles to fix windshield wipers

By Associated Press 11:57am, August 27, 2016
General Motors has recalled nearly 368,000 vehicles to fix a defective part that could prevent the windshield wipers from working.

The problem affects the 2013 models of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. GM says those vehicles were built with ball joints that could corrode and wear out to render the windshield wipers inoperable.

A report filed with government regulators says a GM manager in Canada spotted the potential safety hazard last December. The auto manufacturer opened an investigation in March and decided to issue a recall earlier this month.

GM said it will cover the repair costs once it determines when it will be able to fix the problem.

Chevrolet Equinox owners can call 1.800.222.1020 and GMC Terrain can call 1.800.462.8782 for further information.

You talkin' to me? English no longer a must for NYC cabbies

By Associated Press 11:05am, August 28, 2016
Drivers who want to get behind the wheel of one of New York City's yellow cabs are tested on a host of regulations before they can get their licenses.

One thing they're no longer being tested on? A grasp of the English language.

A new law aimed at creating a uniform licensing process for drivers has done away with the written English test that used to be required for anyone wanting to drive a yellow cab - but not for people working for services like Uber or Lyft.

Sponsors of the law said it will eliminate a barrier to the profession for immigrants, who make up 96 percent of the city's taxi drivers.

Critics said it's a bad idea and that a good command of English should still be required.

Feds turn to space experts NASA for small-drone traffic plan

By Associated Press 11:05am, August 28, 2016
America's space agency is entering the second phase of a four-step plan to draw up rules of the road for small drones that fly under 500 feet.

The NASA project is meant to develop performance standards for drones that would be used for commercial purposes by companies such as Amazon and Google. It is a virtual system designed to help drone operators deal with weather conditions, restricted air space, airport congestion and other obstacles.

NASA is looking to present its research to the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of 2019. By that time, it estimates there will be seven million small drones in operation, including 2.6 million aircraft for commercial use.

The second phase of the project will include testing flights beyond visual line-of-sight of the operator.

CBS' Charles Osgood to end 22 years as 'Sunday Morning' host

By Associated Press 11:05am, August 28, 2016
Charles Osgood, who has said "good morning" to his audience every Sunday for 22 years, will say "goodbye" as host of "CBS News Sunday Morning." He announced his Sept. 25 departure on Sunday's edition.

But he assured his viewers he won't be absent from the program after that, explaining he will make occasional appearances.

No successor was announced.

The 83-year-old Osgood is exiting a job only one other person has held since "Sunday Morning" premiered in 1979. Charles Kuralt retired in 1994 after hosting for 15 years.

Osgood was already a CBS veteran. Since joining in 1971, he has been an anchor and reporter for many CBS News broadcasts on both TV and radio. He has long delivered "The Osgood File" on radio, and will continue to do so.

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