Dow plunges with UK vote to leave EU; Cameron declares he'll step down

By Associated Press 9:52am, June 24, 2016 - Updated 12:04am, June 25, 2016
A man passes the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the prime minister Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a
U.S. stocks began plunging during early trading Friday following Britons vote to leave the European Union, and Prime Minister David Cameron said he will resign by the fall, insisting the British people's will must be respected after voters chose to leave the 28-nation European Union.

There can be no doubt about the result of Thursday's historic vote, Cameron said, but added he will not be the "captain" that will steer the ship through difficult negotiations with the EU.

His resignation will come by the time of the Conservative party conference in the fall, he said.

British stocks started plunging when the market opened as investors scrambled to react to the news. The pound hit a 31-year low.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 558 points, or 3.1 percent, to 17,453 by afternoon trading on June 24, 2016.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 68.03 points, to 2,045. The Nasdaq composite sank 195.04 points, to 4,715.

It was the biggest drop for U.S. stocks since September.

European markets were even more negatively impacted. France's benchmark index lost 8 percent and Britain's fell 4 percent.

The British pound plummeted to a 31-year low.

Bond prices rose sharply. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note dropped to 1.56 percent from 1.75 percent a day earlier, a huge move.

As stock markets and the pound plunged amid investor concerns about the economic repercussions of Britain's departure from the EU, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said he promised to "work closely with both London and Brussels and our international partners to ensure continued economic stability, security, and prosperity in Europe and beyond."

In a released statement, Lew said he has been consulting for weeks with finance officials and investment firms in the United Kingdom, Europe and around the world.

"The U.K. and other policymakers have the tools necessary to support financial stability, which is key to economic growth," he said.

Meanwhile, a member of the Estonia's center-right coalition said Britain has started the breaking up of Europe--and Russian President Vladimir "Putin is drinking champagne."

Margus Tsahkna, chairman of the Baltic country's conservative ILR party--part of the three-party government that also includes the pro-market Reform Party and the Social Democrats--said "Europe can be broken by no one else but by Europe itself. You don't need tanks for it."

His comments were seen as a nod to the increased assertiveness by Russian forces around the Baltic Sea. Moscow has yet to comment on the outcome of the British vote.

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Riverfront beer garden opens--for now--in Wilmington

By Tom Lehman 5:49pm, June 24, 2016 - Updated 12:04am, June 25, 2016
Beer Garden gets positive reaction from patrons.
Lagers, ales, and other brews will be flowing from the taps this weekend in Wilmington in a new beer garden that opened Friday at the Christina Riverfront District.

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Constitution Yards, located at the formerly-empty field next to Justison Landing, gives visitors a chance to enjoy beer and food in an outdoors setting. It features picnic tables, a sandbox for children, and games like cornhole and bocce.

Meghan McGlinchey, acting executive director of the Riverfront Development Corporation, said the popularity of an Ice Rink at the Justison Green in the winter was a key factor in creating the beer garden.

"The idea of a beer garden came up and we thought it was a great idea. We would hope throughout the year that space could be used for these types of uses," she said.

The 20,000-square-foot area would operate 4 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, noon to midnight on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. It would not feature live music, but would use what McGlinchey called "background music" similar to the kind played at the ice rink.

The actual date for opening of the beer garden had been uncertain for some time. The RDC, which manages development of the riverfront area, had applied for a biennial gathering license for the location.

However, concerns from nearby residents about potential noise and traffic problems led John Cordrey, Delaware's alcoholic beverage control commissioner, to schedule a July 7 hearing on the application.

Cordrey granted the RDC a daily license for the beer garden that runs through Monday, the expiration date for a temporary certificate from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

If the beer garden passes an inspection then, Cordrey said, he can approve additional daily licenses that run until the date of the hearing.

"It could depend upon what they're requesting and what I feel is appropriate," he said.

Although she acknowledged concerns from residents about the beer garden, McGlinchey said she's hopeful it will get full approval.

"A lot of people have gone to Philadelphia or New York and love it and love the relaxed family-friendly atmosphere," she said. "We're bringing something like this to Wilmington and they think it's a great addition."

Patrons at Friday's opening were excited for it to be open.

"I'm really excited to have a beer garden, usually you have to go up to Philly for an experience like this so having it at the Riverfront is awesome and I'm really looking forward to being able to come here after work and enjoy a beer with co-workers and friends," said Matt Hughes of Claymont.


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County Police investigate homicide in Bear

By Joe Irizarry 9:37pm, June 24, 2016 - Updated 10:18pm, June 24, 2016
Accident scene after the shooting. (Photo courtesy of Mike Phillips, Trafficwatch)
An 18-year-old man dies after being shot in the area of the Apple Chase Apartments in Bear.

New Castle County Police say the shooting occurred in the parking lot of the apartment complex when a suspect approached the vehicle and shot the victim in the upper body. There were two other passengers also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

They tried to flee the complex, but then the vehicle was in an accident at the intersection of Scotland Drive and Route 40.

The shooting victim was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Route 40 was shut down for some time, but it has since reopened. County Police are investigating both the homicide and the accident.

Anyone with information related to this incident can call New Castle County Police Department at (302) 573-2800 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

Former Amish man, girlfriend charged with more than 60 counts each of stealing from Amish community in Delaware

By DJ McAneny 3:15pm, June 24, 2016
Peggy Wright, left, and Harvey Coblentz, right/Courtesy Delaware State Police
Two individuals have been charged with burglarizing more than 20 Amish residences, garages, and sheds, Delaware State Police announced Friday.

According to authorities, Harvey M. Coblentz, 26, formerly Amish himself, and his girlfriend, Peggy S. Wright, 31, both of Hartly, were immediately suspects in the thefts--of items like lawn and garden equipment, power tools, chainsaws, pressure washers, and cash, police said--because Coblentz's burgundy pickup truck was allegedly spotted driving slowly around the areas were the thefts occurred.

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, Coblentz's truck was observed by a Delaware State trooper in the area of the 900 block of Grygo Road, Marydel, with both of them in the cab, and a traffic stop was conducted.

Authorities said both individuals had warrants out for their arrest, and Wright had been the subject of a gold alert issued February 28, 2016.

Both were committed to the Department of Corrections on their respective warrants, and on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, each was charged individually with a total of 62 counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree conspiracy, criminal mischief, and theft. They remained incarcerated in lieu of bond.

Wimington man, 22, convicted of murder in April 2015 shooting

By DJ McAneny 2:23pm, June 24, 2016
A 22-year-old Wilmington man was found guilty Friday of the April 2015 murder of a 19-year-old city man, the Department of Justice announced.

According to officials, Atiba Mayfield shot and killed Raekwon Mangrum outside a home in the 200 block of North Monroe Street and additionally shot an 18-year-old woman in the leg.

Police said Mayfield and an accomplice--identified by police as 20-year-old Michael Broomer, of Bear--then led authorities on a high-speed chase through Wilmington streets and onto I-95 and ultimately into Pennsylvania before they were caught.

Mayfield was found guilty of first-degree murder, two counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, first-degree conspiracy, and first-degree reckless endangering. He faces life in prison at sentencing.

Mangrum's death sparked an outcry from city residents, and led to a confrontation between Mangrum's grandmother and Mayor Dennis Williams.

Wilmington gang heroin supplier sentenced to 10 years in prison

By DJ McAneny 5:39pm, June 24, 2016
Some of the evidence police said they confiscated from Diaz/Courtesy U.S.Attorney's Office
A 40-year-old Bronx man was was the principal heroin supplier for the Wilmington-based "30th Street Crew" has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for his crime.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware, Miguel Angel Diaz was sentenced to 121 months in prison following his March 25, 2014, incarceration, when he was arrested by the FBI at JFK International Airport on a return trip from the Dominican Republic.

Diaz's sentencing marks the 15th individual to be have been found guilty on federal drug trafficking charges relating to the 30th Street Crew.

Diaz served a 62-month sentence on attempting to distribute 5 or more kilograms of cocaine in a 2007 case.

Between June 2012 and June 2013, officials said Diaz shipped 200 logs of heroin, twice monthly, to members of the 30th Street Crew, which were estimated to have between $40,000 and $70,000 street value, per shipment.

To distribute the shipments, officials said Diaz would use a residence in the 3000 block of North Madison Street--blocks away from P.S. DuPont Middle School--as a headquarters and point-of-sale location. Additionally, two shootings occurred outside the residence in November and December of 2011.

Following his sentence, Diaz will undergo five years supervised release.

LISTEN: Delaware County officer: 'I'm shot in the face'

By WDEL staff 4:03pm, June 24, 2016 - Updated 5:49pm, June 24, 2016
Folcroft, Pennsylvania Officer Chris Dorman was shot in the face.

A Pennsylvania police officer was in critical but stable condition after being shot.

A three-hour manhunt ended with at least one person in custody. Police identified him as Dante Island and said he was recently released from prison on a firearms charge.

Train service resumed in the area just south of Philadelphia.

Folcroft Officer Christopher Dorman, 25, was shot several times Friday morning while investigating reports of drug use behind an apartment house, officers said.

Tactical response to a scene where an officer was shot in Delaware County, Pennsylvania/NBC10

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The Folcroft Police Chief said Dorman was conscious when he was admitted to the hospital and was preparing to undergo a second surgery.

Police said he was shot four times in the chest, once in the leg, once in the face, and once in the groin.

The officer's bulletproof vest might have saved his life.

An Amtrak spokesman said about a dozen trains were affected when tracks in the Folsom area were closed for more than two hours. A commuter train line that uses the same tracks was also affected.


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Man faces up to 80 years in Wilmington drive-by shooting

By Amy Cherry 2:53pm, June 24, 2016
David Buckham (WDEL/file)
A Wilmington man faces up to 80 years in prison after being convicted in a drive-by shooting August 2015.

Police said David Buckham fired a gun from a passing SUV on the 700 block of West Street in Wilmington, hitting a man in the upper torso last August.

Buckham was taken into custody two months later in Bellmawr, New Jersey, by U.S. Marshals.

A jury found Buckham guilty of first-degree assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, and possession of ammunition by a person prohibited. At sentencing in September, he faces between 13 and 80 years.


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Emergency repairs force weekend closure of major corridor out of New Castle

By Andrew Sgroi 11:14am, June 24, 2016 - Updated 11:43am, June 24, 2016
Crumbling concrete has clinched the weekend closure for a major route near New Castle.

The Delaware Department of Transportation shut down the northbound lanes of Route 141--at the bridge over North DuPont Highway--beginning Friday night and likely lasting until early Monday morning.

"Quite often we try and get things completed by Sunday," projected DelDOT spokes man Bob King.

That timeline might be made difficult due to the curing time necessary for the emergency repairs.

"There's been some concrete failing on the deck itself, creating potholes," King revealed. "What we're trying to do is get the concrete (repaired) before it gets below the rebar (short for reinforcing bar), because that's where the structural aspect of the bridge is."

Though a full resurfacing of the bridge deck is in plans, these emergency repairs will buy some time until it can be scheduled.

During the closure, no traffic will be permitted on northbound Route 141 across Route 13, and ramp access to that bridge from the northbound lanes of North DuPont Highway will also be closed. Southbound traffic on the Route 141 bridge over Route 13 (towards Old New Castle) will be permitted during the weekend, however.

The posted detour for northbound US-13 traffic will involve accessing Interstate 295 northbound over to Route 9. At New Castle Avenue, continue back onto Interstate 295 southbound to the US-13 southbound exit. From there, drivers will travel DuPont Highway southbound through Wilmington Manor to the exit onto northbound Route 141/West Basin Road.

"You will have to take an extended detour," admitted King. "And while it's unfortunate, the bridge has to be closed. When we deal with convenience or safety (regarding a posted detour), we always opt to safety."


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Wilmington man pleas guilty to bank robberies, faces 25 years in prison

By DJ McAneny 2:43pm, June 24, 2016
William Winchester/WDEL File
A 47-year-old Wilmington man will face 25 years at sentencing after pleading guilty to two bank robberies in the city.

According to the Department of Justice, William Winchester pled guilty to robbing the M&T Bank in the 1200 block of North Union Street using a note implying he was armed on November 9, 2015, and then doing the same thing at the WSFS Bank inside the 2522 Foulk Road Safeway a few days later.

Winchester pled to first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, and a violation of probation charge. It will be the second time he will be declared a habitual offender, and faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison when sentenced in August.

Lewes grand opening is Saturday

By WXDE Staff 11:18pm, June 24, 2016
Library grand opening is Saturday morning
The city of Lewes will celebrate the grand opening of its new public library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning.

Governor Markell will speak at the ceremony, which starts at 11 a.m.

Following the grand opening, Markell will read to children at the new Lewes library.

The State of Delaware paid 50-percent of the $11.3 million cost to construct the new library on Adams Avenue in Lewes.

Accidental fire injures one person in New Castle

By Chris Carl 9:52am, June 24, 2016 - Updated 10:50am, June 24, 2016
A malfunctioning iron caused a fire Friday morning inside a New Castle business, according to the Delaware State Fire Marshal's office.

Firefighters from Good Will Fire Company were called to Nixon Uniforms, Centerpoint Boulevard, Centerpoint Industrial Park, shortly after 7:00 a.m.

Investigators said the fire was caused by a malfunction inside a commercial ironing unit, and classified it as accidental. The fire was contained to the unit, and while there was no structural damage to the building itself, there was property damage estimated at $250,000.

One employee was taken to Christiana Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, while a second received treatment at the scene.

General Assembly passes bill aimed at helping stroke victims

By Robert Petree 9:06am, June 24, 2016
WDEL File/Jack Foley
Delawareans suffering from severe strokes will have a better shot at a full recovery under a bill that’s headed to Governor Markell’s desk.

Following a 39-0 vote Thursday, House lawmakers approved a bill sponsored by Senator Bethany Hall-Long (D/Middletown) that will let first responders know the best place to take a stroke victim.

Senator Hall-Long explained how time is of the essence when it comes to a stroke.

"Paramedics and emergency technicians will be able to use the standard in the protocol, and build on our current existing primary stroke centers that we now have in our community hospital. We'll be able to delineate persons who really have a serious brain bleed and get them to the services they need quickly."

The bill has been a priority for several years and Senator Hall-Long was notably praised by Johnathan Kirch of the American Heart Association for her willingness to keep pushing until the law was on the books.

"There will be hundreds of Delawareans that won't know to, but can thank Senator Bethany Hall-Long for their opportunity to recover completely and have a total reversal of their stroke symptom."

If Markell signs the measure, Delaware will join 15 other states, along with Washington, D.C., in adopting this approach to stroke response.

Sanders: 'I'll vote for Clinton,' but no endorsement yet

By Associated Press 9:37am, June 24, 2016
Bernie Sanders (AP/file)
Bernie Sanders said he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president.

While stopping short of a full endorsement, Sanders said he's "pretty good at arithmetic." The Vermont senator said he understands that Clinton has more pledged delegates than he does.

"I will do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump" because Sanders said Trump's campaign is built on bigotry and denying climate change.

Sanders told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that his job now is to "fight for the strongest possible platform" at the convention. Sanders said that includes a higher minimum wage.

Closed bridal boutique leaves many without dresses

By Associated Press 4:27am, June 24, 2016 - Updated 12:18pm, June 24, 2016
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Officials are investigating the abrupt closure of a Talleyville bridal boutique that left more than a dozen people without dresses.

The office of Attorney General Matt Denn said it will be investigating the closure of Anastasia's Bridal, The News Journal reported, after receiving about a dozen complaints from people who bought but never received their dresses.

Bride-to-be Ashley Mashington said her parents spent over $1,500 for a dress and belt at the store, and now she will have to pay for her dress all over again.

There is some relief available for victims, as brides can file claims at Bankruptcy code provides for a priority payment of up to $2,775 per person.

Shop owner Luba Anastasia Cawley couldn't be reached by the newspaper for comment.

3 charged with murder for death of Howard High School student shot in head

By Amy Cherry/DJ McAneny 11:24am, June 23, 2016 - Updated 5:37pm, June 23, 2016
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Three men have been indicted in the murder of a 15-year-old boy while he was walking home from Wilmington's Howard High School in May, Department of Justice officials announced on Thursday.

According to the DOJ, indicted in the May 19, 2016, murder of Brandon Wingo were:
  • Kevon Harris-Dickerson, 20, of Newark
  • Zaahir Smith, 19, of Newark
  • Diamonte Taylor, 18, of Wilmington

  • Authorities said the trio was indicted by a grand jury after prosecutors presented they believe the men were members of the gang Shoot To Kill (STK), and that all three participated in planning and aiding in Wingo's murder.

    Attorney General Matt Denn said Wingo, who was fatally shot in the head, was a target.

    "We think it's very important that they're off the streets...there's still more investigative work to be done, we certainly have probable cause to make the arrest, but there's still more investigative work to be done," said Denn. "But because of the information that was gathered during the investigation, we thought it was important to bring the indictments now to try to prevent any additional events from occurring."

    Denn wouldn't elaborate on a motive for the shooting and said he couldn't comment on whether Wingo was a member of a rival gang.

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    The school closed ranks following Wingo's death, as they dealt with another murder of a student, though a small memorial popped up at the location along the 900 block of Clifford Brown Walk where Wingo was killed.

    Wingo was the second Howard High School student killed in just over a month, following the death of Amy Joyner-Francis in a bathroom attack in April. Three girls have been charged in her death as well, though less severely.

    The three suspects were also charged with crimes allegedly committed on several other dates throughout May and early June and were already in custody when the indictments were handed up.

    A fourth suspect--Latasha Pierce, 34, of Wilmington--was indicted on charges she provided a firearm to the men. She was arrested the morning of Thursday, June 23, 2016.

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    Harris-Dickerson was charged with first-degree murder, gang participation, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, first-degree conspiracy, second-degree conspiracy, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, aggravated possession. He was held in lieu of $1.5 million cash bond.

    Smith was charged with first-degree murder, gang participation, three counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, first-degree conspiracy, three counts possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, two counts aggravated menacing, second-degree conspiracy, first-degree robbery, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and possession of ammunition by a person prohibited. He was held in lieu of $2 million cash bond.

    Taylor was charged with first-degree murder, gang participation, five counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, first-degree conspiracy, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, two counts aggravated menacing, second-degree conspiracy, two counts first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, and two counts first-degree reckless endangering. He was held on $1.5 million bond.

    Pierce was charged with giving a firearm to a person prohibited, second-degree conspiracy, falsely reporting an incident, and providing a false statement to law enforcement.

    "We're very concerned about the level of gang-related activity (in Wilmington)," Denn said.


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