German authorities find no indication of terrorism in Munich rampage

By Associated Press 3:04pm, July 22, 2016 - Updated 12:18pm, July 23, 2016
Police officer search the area near the Stachus square after a shooting was reported there in Munich, southern Germany. (AP Photo/Marc Kleine-Kleffmann)
Germany's interior minister says there is "no indication of any connection to international terrorism" in Friday's rampage in Munich.

He says intelligence agencies had no information on the 18-year-old Munich native whose parents sought asylum in German in the 1990s. Munich's police chief says the gunman did apparently have an obsession with mass shootings.

Police say the shooter killed himself after killing nine people and wounding more than two dozen others before killing himself.

The Latest on an attack Friday night in Munich (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

German interior minister Thomas De Maiziere says there is "no indication of any connection to international terrorism" in the Munich attack.

De Maiziere told reporters he had met with all top security officials and no police record for the suspect has been found. He adds that intelligence agencies had no information on him.

De Maiziere says the shooter's parents came to Germany in the late 1990s as asylum seekers.


2:50 p.m.

Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the country's security services will "do everything possible to protect the security and freedom of all people in Germany" in the wake of two attacks in less than a week.

Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Saturday that an attack on a train on Monday night and Friday night's deadly rampage in Munich had involved "places where any of us could have been" and have left Germans wondering "where is safe?"

Combined with the deadly attack in the French city of Nice, she said people are growing increasingly concerned.

"Such an evening and such a night is difficult to bear," she said of the Munich attack. "And it's even more difficult to bear because we have had so much terrible news in so few days."


2:10 p.m.

French President Francois Hollande has expressed his condolences and support for Germany after the Munich attack, calling it an "ignoble act aimed at spreading horror in Germany. . (Germany) will stand up to this. It can count on France's friendship and cooperation."

Hollande is holding a special government meeting Saturday where government ministers are discussing consequences and next steps after the Nice attack July 14.

Prince Albert of Monaco sent a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, promising "the solidarity of my country in the face of this cruel ordeal."


2 p.m.

Kosovo leaders say three ethnic Albanians - two women and a man - were among the nine people killed by a gunman in Munich. President Hashim Thaci says on his Facebook page the deaths of the trio from Kosovo was "shocking" and says his nation stands with Germany in "denouncing and fighting any form of terrorism." Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli said that "such terrible attacks cannot and will not change our joint values and living."


12:30 p.m.

Prosecutor Steinkraus Koch tells a news conference the suspect had a book titled: "Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill."

Police Chief Andre says that the suspect appeared to be "obsessed with shooting rampages."


12:20 p.m.

Munich police investigator Robert Heimberger says it appears that the shooter hacked a Facebook account and sent a message urging people to come to the mall for a free giveaway.

The posting, sent from a young woman's account, urged people to come to the mall at 4 p.m., saying: "I'll give you something if you want, but not too expensive."

Heimberger says: "It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out."

The woman shortly after reported that her account had been hacked.


12:10 p.m.

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae says man suspected of killing nine people in a shooting rampage was born and raised in Munich.

Andrae tells a news conference that police have found no indications that anyone other than one shooter was involved.

Police investigator Robert Heimberger says the shooter was armed with 9mm Glock pistol and had 300 rounds.


12:05 p.m.

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae says "no evidence" of links to the Islamic State group has been found in the home and room of the Munich shooting suspect.

Andrae also told a news conference that the crime and the perpetrator had "absolutely no" link to the issue of refugees.


11:40 a.m.

The mayor of Munich has declared a day of mourning for the victims of Friday's shooting in the Bavarian capital.

Dieter Reiter says the city is "shocked and aghast at this terrible act."

In a statement Saturday on Facebook, Reiter expressed his condolences to the victims, their family and friends, and thanked security forces for their work.

Ten people, including the alleged shooter, were killed in the attack.

Reiter said Saturday would be "a day of mourning, not of celebration" and that all public festivals in the city over the weekend had been canceled.

"These are difficult hours for Munich," he said, adding that the city's citizens had shown great solidarity toward each other. "Our city stands united."


8:30 a.m.

Peter Beck, a Munich police spokesman, said officers were still collecting evidence at the scene of the crime Saturday morning.

"With regard to the suspect we have to examine everything, but we don't know yet what triggered the crime," Beck told The Associated Press.


1:40 a.m.

Munich police spokesman Peter Beck says 10 people were killed, including the likely attacker, in the shooting in the Bavarian capital.

Beck says investigators also believe the shooter killed himself and appears to have acted alone.

Munich police gave a "cautious all clear" early Saturday morning, more than seven hours after a gunman opened fire in a crowded shopping mall and at a nearby McDonalds


1 a.m.

The German news agency dpa is reporting that bomb experts are checking the body of a man found about a kilometer away from the Munich shooting scene for possible explosives.

A backpack was found on the body, which is now being examined. Police have said they're trying to determine if the body is that of a shooter.

Police say the shooting attack in the Bavarian capital Friday left eight victims dead.


12:05 a.m.

Police in Munich are urging people not to upload videos or photos from the shooting attack on social media but instead to provide them to authorities for their investigation by uploading them at a special link online.

The link is

Meanwhile, police spokesman Peter Beck says at least 10 people have been hospitalized.

Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk is reporting that 20 people have been wounded in the attack.


11:55 p.m.

Police say the Munich shooting attack has left eight victims dead along with a 9th body that police are examining to see if it was an attacker.

Video obtained by The Associated Press from German news agency NonstopNews shows two bodies with sheets draped over them not far from a McDonald's across from one of the biggest malls in Munich.

Another video posted online shows a gunman emerging from the door of the McDonald's, raising what appears to be a pistol with both hands and aiming at people on the sidewalk, firing as they flee in terror.

Police are still searching the city for suspected shooters and Munich is in a transit lockdown, with trains, buses and trolley cars halted.

Munich police have set up a hotline for concerned citizens. Residents have also opened their doors to stranded people seeking shelter using the Twitter hashtag (hash)opendoor.


11:45 p.m.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has expressed shock and sadness over the shootings in Munich.

Speaking outside the U.N. Security Council, Johnson says if this is another terrorist attack "then I think it proves once again that we have a global problem and a global sickness that we have to tackle."

He added he had discussed dealing with the process of radicalization with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a short meeting Friday.

Earlier, Johnson addressed the Security Council to endorse a British-backed resolution calling on the international community to help destroy Libya's remaining chemical weapons. It was Johnson's first visit to the U.N. as foreign secretary.


11:35 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff notes that the attack in Munich has taken place on the anniversary of another massacre.

Peter Altmaier told German public channel ARD that "today is the fifth anniversary of the terrible massacre in Norway, where young people, students were killed at will by a Norwegian citizen."

Asked whether the attack Friday in Munich that left at least eight dead could have been prevented, Altmaier said: "You can only have absolute security in an absolute surveillance state, and nobody wants that, it would be the opposite of our free western European way of life. "

But he adds that "this became clear again today, we can't talk down this danger ... and that's why it's important to give our security agencies the instruments they need."


11:25 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being regularly briefed on the shooting attack in Munich and the government has sent members of Germany's elite anti-terrorism force to the scene.

Merkel's chief of staff, Peter Altmaier says "all that we know and can say right now is that it was a cruel and inhumane attack." He told the German public channel ARD that "we can't rule out that there are terrorist links. We can't confirm them, but we are investigating along those lines too."

Altmaier says numerous attacks had been prevented in Germany in recent years "but, and this is important, there can never be absolute security."

Munich police say eight victims have died in the attack Friday.


11:15 p.m.

Witness Luan Zequiri said he was at the scene when the shooting broke out Friday in Munich near a McDonald's restaurant.

He tells the Germany broadcaster n-tv that he heard the attacker yell an anti-foreigner slur and "there was a really loud scream."

He said he saw only one attacker, who was wearing boots and a backpack. Zequiri says "I looked in his direction and he shot two people on the stairs." He says he hid in a shop, then ran outside when the coast was clear and saw bodies of the dead and wounded on the ground.

Munich police say at least eight people have been killed and several wounded in the shooting attack on Friday, and they are hunting for up to three shooters. A ninth body is being examined to see if it was an attacker.


10:55 p.m.

The United States says it "condemns in the strongest terms the apparent terrorist attack that has claimed innocent lives in Munich."

Munich police say at least eight people have been killed and several wounded in the shooting attack on Friday, and they are hunting for up to three shooters. A ninth body near the scene in north Munich is being examined to see if it is an attacker.

The statement by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the U.S. "will work closely with our German partners to whom we will make available any resources that would assist their investigation."

He says "our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the deceased, just as we wish those wounded a full recovery."


10:45 p.m.

Munich police spokesman Marcus Martins says a ninth body has been found at the scene of a shooting attack in Munich and police are "intensively examining" it to see if it may be one of the attackers.

Martin says "according to my knowledge, we're looking for three suspects" in the attack late Friday afternoon outside a McDonald's in Munich that police say has left eight other people dead and several wounded.

Martin would not comment on the nature of the injuries to the ninth body but said it was not one of the eight victims.

It was the second attack this week in Germany. Members of Germany's elite anti-terrorism force are on their way to the scene of the Munich shooting.


10:30 p.m.

A spokesman for Munich police says the number of people killed in a shooting attack has increased to eight.

Spokesman Peter Beck told The Associated Press he can confirm eight dead and several wounded in the attack Friday near a McDonald's restaurant in a northern section of the Bavarian capital

He says "we can't give a precise number for those wounded. They have been taken to Munich hospitals. The hunt for suspects is still ongoing."

Beck was unable to say whether one or more suspects were among the dead. Police say they are hunting up to three suspects with rifles.

It was the second attack this week in Germany. Members of Germany's elite anti-terrorism force are on their way to the scene of the shooting, and the country's interior minister has cut short his holiday to return to Berlin for a security meeting.


10:20 p.m.

Members of Germany's elite anti-terrorism force are on their way to the scene of the deadly shooting in Munich.

A security official told The Associated Press that 30 members of the GSG9 special operations unit are landing in Munich "as we speak." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to be quoted by name.

Police say the attack near a McDonald's restaurant in Munich has left at least six people dead and others wounded.

Munich police, who are calling the attack "suspected terrorism," are still hunting for up to three possible shooters armed with rifles. No suspects have been apprehended yet. Residents have been told to stay indoors during the police operation.

--- Frank Jordans in Berlin


10:15 p.m.

Germany's interior minister has cut short his holiday in the United States to go back way to Berlin late Friday to meet with security officials after an attack near a McDonald's restaurant in Munich left at least six people dead and others wounded.

Munich police, who called the attack "suspected terrorism," were still hunting for up to three possible shooters armed with rifles. No suspects have been apprehended yet.

Police have urged residents to stay indoors while the manhunt is on. Facebook has created a safety check for Munich shooting. Police have set up a hotline for people who are missing relatives and are sending out tweets on safety suggestions in four languages -German, English, French, Turkish.


9:50 p.m.

Munich police spokesman Peter Beck tells The Associated Press that six people are dead and several are wounded in a shooting attack outside a McDonald's restaurant in Munich.

Munich police spokesman Marcus Martins tells AP they are aware of reports that a man has killed himself while he was being arrested, but said there is no confirmation of this yet. He says up to three suspects armed with rifles are still at large and being hunted by police.

Munich police are calling the Friday afternoon attack "suspected terrorism." They have urged residents to remain indoors while the police operation is going down.

They also are urging social media users to refrain from speculating about the attack on Twitter.


9:15 p.m.

President Barack Obama is pledging to provide Germany with whatever help it may need to investigate a deadly shooting incident.

Obama says "exactly what's happening" in Munich is unclear.

German police and media reports say six people have been killed and others wounded when a shooter or shooters opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich. A police manhunt is underway.

Obama says he was late getting to a White House meeting on police issues because he was being briefed on developments in Germany, "one of our closest allies." He told his audience the shooting is yet another reminder that people's way of life, their freedom and ability to go about their everyday business depends on law enforcement.


8:45 p.m.

A Munich police spokesman says witnesses have reported seeing three shooters with "long guns" who attacked a McDonald's in a city mall.

Police spokesman Peter Beck also tells The Associated Press he is not yet able to confirm the report by German public broadcaster BR that six people have been killed in the shooting late Friday afternoon. Another Munich police spokeswoman, Claudia Kuenzel, says there are "several dead and wounded" at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall.

Munich police are hunting the suspects but no one is in custody yet. All trains, trams, buses and subways in the city have been shut down during the police operation, and police have urged residents to stay indoors.

Hospitals in Munich, a city of 1.4 million people, have called in extra staff to prepare for the possibility of large numbers of wounded.


8:25 p.m.

German public broadcaster BR reports that six people have been killed at a shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in a mall in Munich.

Munich police on Friday night are hunting for the shooter or shooters, saying "the suspects are still on the run." They are urging residents and visitors to stay home, seek safety inside buildings and avoid public places. The city has sent smartphone alerts to tell people to stay indoors.

The attack, the second in Germany this week, occurred just before 6 p.m. at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the northern part of Munich.

The German rail company Deutsche Bahn has stopped train traffic to Munich's main station and Munich public transit operator MVG has shut down all subway, bus and trolley cars because of the police operation to find the shooters.


8:15 p.m.

Munich police are urging residents to stay home or seek safety indoors as they hunt for a shooter or shooters who attacked people at a mall.

In a statement, Munich police say "the suspects are still on the run. Please avoid public places." They urge people not to post tweets or post photos of police operations in the city.

Munich police spokeswoman Claudia Kuenzel says there are "several dead and wounded" in the shooting at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in northern Munich.

Munich public transit operator MVG says all subway, bus and trolley cars have been shut down because of the police operation until further notice.


8 p.m.

A Munich police spokeswoman says there are "several dead and wounded" in a shooting at a mall in the Bavarian capital, and police are still hunting down the suspect or suspects.

Claudia Kuenzel tells The Associated Press that "the shooter or shooters are still on the run" - either in the mall or around the mall.

Public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk reports that the late afternoon attack happened at a McDonald's restaurant at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the northern part of Munich.

Armin Fritz, a reporter for public radio B5, says the city's entire public transport system has been shut down as police search for the attacker or attackers.

It's the second attack in Germany in less than a week.


7:40 p.m.

Germany's dpa news agency reports that police in Munich are saying "we expect multiple dead" in a shooting at a mall and police are hunting for the shooter or shooters.

Dpa is quoting Munich police as saying no one has been captured yet.

Dpa says the attack started at a fast food restaurant in the mall, shortly before 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) according to Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann. He was quoted as saying that police didn't know whether they were dealing with one or more shooters.

The Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the northern part of Munich is not far from the city's Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital.

It's the second attack in Germany in less than a week.


7:25 p.m.

Germany's dpa news agency reports that police in Munich are saying "we expect multiple dead" in a shooting at a mall.

The Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the northern part of Munich is not far from the city's Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital.

Police are responding to the reported attack Friday in large numbers.

Munich police are urging people to avoid public places. "The situation is still unclear," they said on Twitter.


6:40 p.m.

Police in Germany say there's been a shooting at a shopping center in Munich.

Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don't have any details about casualties.

Police are responding in large numbers. German media say multiple people are injured.

It's the second attack in Germany in less than a week. On Monday, a 17-year-old Afghan wounded four people in an ax-and-knife attack on a regional train near the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg, and attacked another woman outside as he fled. All survived, although one man from the train remains in life-threatening condition. The attacker was shot and killed by police.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the train attack, but authorities have said the teen likely acted alone.

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Wilmington shooting hospitalizes woman

By Frank Gerace 11:11am, July 23, 2016 - Updated 12:00pm, July 23, 2016
A 25-year-old woman is hospitalized after an early-morning shooting in Wilmington.

When officers got to the 1300 block of West 5th Street shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, they found the victim had been wounded in the hands, city police said.

County Paramedics treated the victim at the scene and took her to Saint Francis Hospital, where she's in stable condition.

Police are asking anyone who may know something about the shooting to call Detective Michael Hayman at 302.576.3620.

Hillary Clinton chooses Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate

By Associated Press 8:37pm, July 22, 2016 - Updated 12:18pm, July 23, 2016
In this July 14, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va. Kaine has been rumored to be one of Clinton's possible v
Hillary Clinton says in a text message to supporters that she's picked Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to join her on the Democratic ticket as their party's nominee for vice president.

In the message, Clinton says: "I'm thrilled to tell you this first: I've chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate."

Kaine is expected to join Clinton at a rally in Florida on Saturday.

A favorite since the start of Clinton's search for a running mate, Kaine is a former governor of the battleground state and former mayor of Richmond.

Kaine won election to the Senate four years ago after serving as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Clinton is choosing Kaine from a group that included Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Philadelphia primps, activists prepare for DNC convention

By Associated Press 10:16am, July 23, 2016 - Updated 12:13pm, July 23, 2016
The stage stands ready for the start of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The convention is scheduled to convene on Monday. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
The final preparations are underway in Philadelphia as the city gets ready to host the Democratic National Convention.

More than 5,000 delegates are among the 50,000 people expected to attend the gathering that starts Monday.

Officials are banning large trucks and other vehicles from nearby stretches of Interstate 95 and other highways leading in and out of Philadelphia.

Protest groups are getting ready this weekend for events scheduled throughout the week.

Clean energy supporters are working in the city's Kensington neighborhood Saturday on artwork for a planned demonstration Sunday.

Anti-abortion activists who oppose Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential bid are meanwhile marching in West Philadelphia.

Clinton is set to be named the party's official nominee during the four-day convention. She has named Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate.

Two-vehicle crash kills Newark man

By Frank Gerace 10:23am, July 23, 2016
A Newark man was killed in a 2-vehicle crash early Saturday morning.

Michael Burns was apparently speeding when his car collided with an SUV that was turning left from East Chestnut Hill Road onto Old Newark Road around 12:45, Delaware State Police said.

Burns, who police say wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The SUV driver, a 29-year-old woman from Bear, was treated at the scene by County Paramedics and taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say alcohol may have played a role in the crash, which shut down East Chestnut Hill Road westbound at the scene for roughly 4 hours.

New Castle County Courthouse has been renamed the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center

By Joe Irizarry 7:33pm, July 22, 2016
The New Castle County Courthouse has been officially renamed after the state's second African-American judge.

The courthouse is now the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center. Governor Marker made the announcement in December to honor the late civil rights leader.

Williams was one of the first black students at the University of Delaware, and along with Louse Redding, whose name is on the City/County building, they paved the way for African-American attorneys and judges.

"From early in his career, Judge Williams played a significant role in Delaware's civil rights movement. From excelling as one of the first black students at the University of Delaware to fighting for justice in our education system through his partnership with Louis Redding," said Governor Jack Markell.

The honor was almost 20 years in the making as in 1997 Wilmington City Council enacted an ordinance that the courthouse be named after Williams.

"I thank each and every one of my city of Wilmington colleagues for showing the Honorable Leonard L. Williams much deserved love for his performance and his heart. Without your cooperation in 1997 and 1998, this naming ceremony would not be possible," said Samuel Guy, the then Wilmington City Councilman who introduced the ordinance.

Williams daughter spoke about her father at the ceremony.

"My father was not motivated by glory or recognition," said Dena Williams. "So this public dedication in honor of his life's work would have astonished him, and he would have been brought to tears, literally."

Williams was also an assistant city solicitor in Wilmington, chief prosecuting attorney for Municipal Court and finally a judge in Municipal Court.

He passed away in 2013.

Man arrested after woman found stabbed to death in Wilmington

By Amy Cherry 5:43pm, July 22, 2016
Martin Taylor
A man was arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in Wilmington.

Police handcuffed Martin Taylor, 39, of Wilmington in center city Thursday.

Police said Taylor was developed as a suspect in the murder of Whitney White, 25, of New Castle.

White's death was labeled suspicious after her body was found with obvious signs of trauma inside a residence on the 2900 block of North Market Street at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Police later said she was stabbed to death.

Martin was taken to Christiana Hospital for medical treatment prior to being transported to Wilmington Police headquarters, where he was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of felony.


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2 men sentenced after 'Operation Smack Down' arrests in Bear's Sparrow Run community

By Amy Cherry 3:47pm, July 22, 2016
2 men are sentenced in connection with the "Operation Smack Down" drug bust in the Sparrow Run community. (Amy Cherry/WDEL)
Two men were sentenced to nearly a decade in prison in connection with a drug-dealing operation in the Sparrow Run community in Bear.

Nineteen-year-old Al-Ghaniyy Price of Wilmington pled guilty in April to charges of maintaining a drug property, large-scale heroin dealing, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, and possession of ammunition by a person prohibited.

Twenty-two-year-old Mik'trell Springs, who was on probation at the time of his arrest, was charged with three counts of dealing crack cocaine.

Both men were arrested in May of 2015 in connection with

"Operation Smack Down", a year-long investigation into drugs in the Sparrow Run community. The bust was made possible due to the combined efforts of New Castle County Police, Wilmington Police, Delaware State Police, and the FBI.

Police said when they arrested Price in his mother's Wilmington home, they found 150 grams of heroin, a 9-mm handgun, and ammunition. Price was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Spriggs was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison.


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Magnolia man sentenced to 20 years in Dover shooting

By Amy Cherry 3:35pm, July 22, 2016 - Updated 10:25am, July 23, 2016
Erick Morton
A Magnolia man was sentenced to two decades in prison in connection with a fatal shooting.

Erick Morton, 30, pled guilty to manslaughter charges after surveillance video from municipal cameras caught him fatally shooting Jamal Weeks, 35, of Dover.

Weeks was shot in the middle of the 900 block of North Street in Dover's Simon Circle neighborhood in July of 2015. At the time, Weeks' murder was the

fifth recorded in Dover.

Morton was sentenced by Judge William Witham to 20 years in prison, suspended after 5 years for 6 months of Level IV work release. After that, he's subject to two years of probation.


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Man, woman found dead in Claymont parking lot

By Associated Press 9:49am, July 22, 2016 - Updated 3:53pm, July 22, 2016
Two people are found dead in the Home Depot parking lot in Claymont.
Authorities are investigating after they said two people were found dead in the parking lot of a Claymont store.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said a man and woman were discovered dead Thursday evening in the parking lot of a Home Depot in the Northtowne Plaza shopping center, located at 601 Naamans Road.

He said the woman was unresponsive in the car and the man was on the ground outside the vehicle. It is unclear how they died, but Hale said no foul play is suspected.

Officials have not released any further details, including the identities of the deceased.

Autopsies will be performed to determine the causes of death.

DoJ: Fraudulent telemarketing calls stopped, $6,000 head to Delaware firefighters

By Tom Lehman 5:14pm, July 22, 2016
Thousands of dollars intended to benefit Delaware firefighters that ended up heading to an unrelated Michigan organization will now be sent to the local firefighter community, according to the state attorney general's office.

The Delaware Department of Justice on Friday announced it had reached a cease and desist agreement with Firefighter Support Services, Inc., over telemarketing calls that lead to nearly $6,000 in donations since 2011 from state residents, despite the organization having no connection to local fire departments or associations.

In a news release, a DoJ spokeswoman the calls were brought to the attention of the law enforcement earlier this year after local firefighter companies said they had no association to them.

Delaware law requires telemarketing calls that use terms like "firefighter" or "police" to be made by someone who actually is an officer or fire employee. They can also be made on behalf of law enforcement agency that has given expressed written permission to use such terms.

The Consumer Protection Unit within the AG's office entered into an agreement that sanctions Firefighter Support Services for violating the law with civil penalties and demands restitution of the nearly $6,000 in donations made by Delawareans.

That money will be distributed to the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter's Association, Inc., which is a nonprofit that offers education, training, outreach and other services to a fire community comprised of all 60 fire companies in the state.


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2 charged with ripping Louis Vuitton belt off a 14-year-old in Dover park

By Amy Cherry 4:29pm, July 22, 2016 - Updated 4:32pm, July 22, 2016
Jacquan Crump
A 14-year-old was robbed of an expensive belt in Dover.

Police said the teen was walking through a park on the southwest corner of Division Street and Park Drive Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 5 p.m. when a man and a teen ripped off the teen's Louis Vuitton belt.

Those belts retail for at least $350.

Twenty-year-old Jaquan Crump and a 15-year-old boy were arrested by Dover Police and charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy, and offensive touching. The teenaged suspect was committed to the Stevenson Center on $1,700 secured bond. Crump was placed behind bars at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $1,700 secured bond.

No word on whether the belt was recovered.


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Delaware students show slight improvement in statewide tests

By Associated Press 9:50am, July 22, 2016 - Updated 3:53pm, July 22, 2016
Delaware students performed better on the Smarter Balanced Assessment this year, but still only about half are proficient in the two subjects tested - English and math.

The state Department of Education released figures Thursday showing 55 percent of students showed they are proficient in English and 44 percent showed they are proficient in math, compared to 52 percent and 41 percent, respectively, last year.

Department of Education spokesman Michael Watson said officials want to maintain an increase of 3 percent per year.

This year has been the first chance to see how schools are adjusting to the test that is aligned with the tougher Common Core standards.

Some critics, like Yvonne Johnson of the Delaware Parent Teacher Association, said the improvement is because teachers and students are getting used to this type of test, not because they're mastering the curriculum.

Delaware creates fund dedicated to management of waterways using boat registration fees

By Mark Fowser 3:10pm, July 22, 2016 - Updated 3:53pm, July 22, 2016
Gov. Markell signs legislation at Indian River Marina (Courtesy of DNREC)
Delaware now has a dedicated and sustainable source of funding for its efforts to manage state waterways.

Governor Jack Markell signed legislation Friday at the Indian River Marina to allocate more revenue from the state's boat registration program to the newly-created Waterway Management Fund.

The governor and Delaware Natural Resources Secretary David Small said it will help with ongoing efforts to keep waterways safe and navigable for boaters through regular dredging, marking of channels and other initiatives.

Massey's Ditch, the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal, Herring Creek, Love Creek and Whites Creek are said to be in need of dredging.

The increase in boat registration fees is expected to raise about $1.3 million annually for the fund.

"Improving the navigation of Delaware’s waterways supports our economy and tourism, as well as commercial and recreational fishing," said Gov. Markell. "With almost 60,000 boats registered in Delaware, this legislation is a critical step toward improving the safety and access of our waterways for the boating public. I want to thank the bill sponsors, the Delaware Waterway Management and Financing Advisory Committee, and DNREC for their work in establishing dedicated funding for waterway management operations."

"This legislation is essential in helping DNREC achieve its mission of keeping Delaware waterways safe and navigable for boaters," said DNREC Sec. Small. "The responsibility for dredging and channel marking in federally-authorized waterways has fallen to DNREC in recent years, but during an era of challenging state budgets, funding has not kept pace with need. Having a dedicated revenue stream will be a great boost to our waterway management program."

Jiffy Lube burglarized in Dover

By Amy Cherry 4:19pm, July 22, 2016
A man was arrested in connection with a burglary at a Jiffy Lube in Dover.

Police said an employee responded to reports of the burglar alarm at 1:08 a.m. Friday. Upon arriving on-scene, the employee told police that a garage door window had been shattered. The employee called Dover Police.

Police handcuffed 23-year-old Ian Paddock after a witness observed him fleeing from the scene.

He was charged with third-degree burglary, criminal mischief under $1,000, and theft under $1,500.


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Pennsylvania law lets drivers run malfunctioning red lights

By Associated Press 4:42pm, July 22, 2016
A new Pennsylvania law is giving drivers the green light to run red lights--under certain circumstances.

The bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf takes effect Sept. 18. It allows drivers to proceed through red lights if the light has a sensor that appears to be malfunctioning, preventing the light from turning green.

Republican state Rep. Stephen Bloom, of Cumberland County, introduced the bill at the urging of motorcyclists though it applies to all vehicles. Motorcycles are sometimes too light to trigger the weight sensors embedded in pavement that prompt lights to change.

Bloom said a driver must come to a complete stop and make sure it's safe to continue before running a stalled red light.

Lawmakers have new proposal to raise New Jersey gas tax

By Associated Press 4:42pm, July 22, 2016
New Jersey's Democratic legislative leaders have reached an agreement that would boost the gasoline tax by 23 cents a gallon to fund transportation projects while cutting other taxes.

Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced the proposed deal Friday, a day after Gov. Chris Christie offered his own plan.

The plan also calls for phasing out the estate tax, increasing a tax credit for the working poor, raising the retirement and pension income tax exemption, and offering a tax savings for veterans. It would also give motorists who earn up to $100,000 an annual income tax deduction of up to $500.

Sweeney slammed the brakes on a deal brokered between Prieto and Christie that would have returned the sales tax from 7 to 6 percent.

Christie's office wasn't immediately available to comment.