Dover Police arrest 6 in riot that required reinforcements from 4 other departments

By DJ McAneny 10:56am, August 31, 2015 - Updated 11:17am, August 31, 2015
Clockwise from top left: Keon Cornish, Eric Stewart, Antwon Peace, and Lewis Harrell/Courtesy Dover Police
Six people were arrested Saturday night following a fight Dover Police said involved more than 50 people in the Manchester Square neighborhood.

According to authorities, four men and two juveniles were arrested following the incident, which required officers from Cheswold, Camden, Smyrna, and the Delaware State Police to help break up, as the crowd turned hostile toward police as they attempted to quell the violence.

Police responded to Stevenson Drive at approximately 8:30 p.m. during their response, the following Dover residents were arrested:
  • A 16-year-old from the unit block of Mifflin Meadows. He was charged with rioting, offensive touching, and loitering. He was turned over to guardian.
  • A 17-year-old from the unit block of Park Lane. He was charged with rioting, resisting arrest, offensive touching, and loitering. He was turned over to a guardian.
  • Keon Cornish, 21, of the 1200 block of Garfield Drive. He was charged with rioting, resisting arrest, offensive touching on a police officer, and loitering. He was committed with no bail, which was revoked to due to "previous charge."
  • Eric Stewart, 23, of the 100 block of South New Street. he was charged with rioting, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and loitering. He was issued a $2,501 unsecured bond.
  • Lewis Harrell, 24, of the unit block of Harmony Lane. He was charged with rioting, offensive touching, and loitering. He was issued an $1,800 unsecured bond.
  • Antwon Peace, 18, of the 3900 block of Peach Tree Run. He was charged with rioting, offensive touching, loitering, resisting arrest, menacing, and criminal mischief. He was issued a $3,300 unsecured bond.

  • Senator Carper to Iran: 'You can have an economy or a nuclear weapon'

    By Amy Cherry 11:39am, August 31, 2015 - Updated 3:39pm, August 31, 2015
    VIDEO: Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware) throws his support behind the Iran nuclear deal.
    Senator Tom Carper has spoken out regarding his support for the Iran nuclear deal.

    Carper said he read the Iran nuclear deal in-full on a long plane ride to and from Africa. He stood in Rodney Square Monday with two Iraq war veterans, Sean Barney and Mike Breen, who is the executive director of the Truman National Security Project, a national security nonprofit that's been pushing for passage of the agreement.

    Carper had a clear message for Iran.

    "You can have an economy or you can have a nuclear weapon--but you won't have the nuclear weapon for long because we'll use the military option if we have to," said Carper.

    Critics said the deal gives credence to Iran's nuclear ambitions, but Carper argued the president has made it clear that he won't allow Iranians to build nuclear weapons.

    Carper made his stance public Friday and made his first public remarks on the subject on WDEL that same morning. He called the deal "solid." Critics also claim Iran will cheat, but Carper said they're prepared for that.

    "If the Iranians cheat, we will know...and we will catch them at it, and the U.S. alone may re-impose the broad economic sanctions on the regime that's in place today," Carper said. "If that doesn't work, we have other hope is that we'll never have to use those."

    Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) is expected to unveil his stance on the Iran nuclear deal in a news conference Tuesday at the University of Delaware. A rally was held last week/a> outside Coons' Wilmington office, asking for his support for the deal.

    Congress has a deadline of September 17, 2015, to vote on the historic agreement.


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    Pair charged after traffic stop in Dover allegedly leads to discovery of Tier 5 quantity of MDMA

    By DJ McAneny 1:09pm, August 31, 2015
    Tyrell Waters, left, and Brandon Barnes, right/Courtesy Dover Police
    Two men were charged early Monday following a traffic stop that led to the discovery of a Tier 5 quantity of MDMA, Dover Police announced that afternoon.

    According to authorities, a vehicle was stopped in a parking lot at 391 North DuPont Highway at approximately 12:33 a.m. Officers said as they approached the vehicle, they detected a strong odor of marijuana.

    Police said the operator, Tyrell Waters, was driving with a suspended/revoked license. Both Waters and his passenger, Brandon Barnes, were told to exit the vehicle. A search turned up 1.1 grams of marijuana on Waters' person, and a subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 22.9 grams of ecstasy.

    Waters, 24, of the 10000 block of Greentop Road in Lincoln, was charged with Tier 5 MDMA possession, possession with intent to deliver ecstasy, second-degree conspiracy, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and traffic charges. He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $26,501 secured bond.

    Barnes, 28, of the 300 block of Park Avenue in Lewes, was charged with Tier 5 MDMA possession, possession with intent to deliver ecstasy, second-degree conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to Vaughn in lieu of $13,250 secured bond.

    Man shot at apartments near Dover dropped in front of hospital

    By DJ McAneny 2:07pm, August 31, 2015
    A 25-year-old man was dumped in front of the hospital Friday night after he was shot in the upper torso multiple times at an apartment complex near Dover, Delaware State Police said Monday while announcing their investigation.

    According to authorities, troopers responded to the Alder Park Apartments in Rodney Village on August 28, 2015, at approximately 11 p.m. for reports of gunfire.

    No victim was located and witnesses wouldn't or couldn't provide police with any additional information about the incident, but authorities said the victim was dropped at the Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital Emergency Room roughly five minutes later.

    An investigation revealed the victim had been shot while standing outside the apartment complex in the area of the G and H buildings before being dropped off by a friend.

    The victim was subsequently airlifted to the Christiana Medical Center.

    Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.741.2807 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    Boy, 12, struck by car near New Castle while riding bike

    By DJ McAneny 2:39pm, August 31, 2015
    A 12-year-old boy was struck by a car near New Castle Sunday, city police said Monday.

    The boy turned his bike into the path of an oncoming Honda Civic being operated by a 28-year-old Collingswood, New Jersey, man as he traveled along Wilmington Road near Hewlett Avenue in Oakmont on August 30, 2015, according to New Castle City Police.

    Authorities said the boy was transported to Christiana Hospital and then Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children for surgery on a broken leg. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

    No charges were filed against anyone involved, police said.

    Single-vehicle crash outside Glasgow sends 2 to hospital

    By DJ McAneny 11:48am, August 31, 2015
    A serious single-vehicle crash outside Glasgow sent two people to the hospital Sunday afternoon, Delaware State Police announced Monday morning.

    According to authorities, Edward Martin, 72, of Bear, was traveling along Red Lion Road near Old Summit Road at approximately 2:46 p.m. on August 30, 2015, when he veered off the road and struck a tree.

    Martin and his front seat passenger, 62-year-old Claire Martin, were both properly restrained at the time of the crash, but were stuck for approximately 35 minutes as crews had to extricate them from the vehicle.

    Claire Martin was airlifted to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where she was admitted with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Edward Martin was removed and transported by EMS to the same hospital to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

    Man in critical condition after falling from bike near Pike Creek

    By DJ McAneny 11:58am, August 31, 2015
    A Newark man was listed in critical condition after falling from a bike and striking his head Sunday, Delaware State Police announced Monday.

    According to troopers, 25-year-old Di Ha was riding along Paper Mill Road near Limestone Road at approximately 2:57 p.m. on August 30, 2015, when he fell from his bike and struck his head in the roadway.

    He was airlifted to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center. The incident remains under investigation, and police said it was unknown if Ha was wearing a helmet at the time of the fall.

    Famed horror director Wes Craven dead at 76

    By NBC10 11:54pm, August 30, 2015 - Updated 11:57pm, August 30, 2015
    Wes Craven has died after a battle with brain cancer. (Photo/Wes Craven's official Twitter account)
    Wes Craven, the writer and director for famed horror movies, died Sunday afternoon after battling brain cancer, according to a statement put out by his family.

    "It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 30 after battling brain cancer. He was 76 years old. Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at his Los Angeles home," the family's statement said.

    A prolific writer, director and editor, Craven was credited with reinventing the teen horror genre with the 1984 release of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" starring a then-unknown Johnny Depp. The movie led to several sequels, as did his 1996 movie "Scream."

    This year, Craven was an executive producer for the TV show "Scream," a remake of his original movies.

    The director admitted his knack for scaring people was a gift, but said audiences probably think "some part of me must be twisted up."

    "There's craziness in the world, and these films are about the craziness that threatens the goodness," Craven said about the "Scream" series.

    "The Hills Have Eyes", "The Last House on the Left", "The Serpent and the Rainbow", "The People Under the Stairs", and "Red Eye" include other movies Craven produced or directed.

    Besides his work in horror films, Craven also directed the drama "Music of the Heart," which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.

    Craven was survived by his wife, producer and former Disney Studios Vice President Iya Labunka, his son, daughter, stepdaughter and grandchildren.

    Careless driving gives up stewed drivers in Laurel

    By Andrew Sgroi 6:54am, August 31, 2015 - Updated 11:13am, August 31, 2015
    Laurel Police arrested a pair of drunk drivers over the past weekend.

    Officers said they arrested 52-year-old David Morgan, of Laurel, after he side-swiped a legally parked vehicle--in the area of Lake Drive and King Street--around 9 p.m. Saturday.

    Then around 4 a.m. Sunday, police took 38-year-old Holly Adkins, of Seaford, into custody for her second DUI after she allegedly nearly struck a fully marked police cruiser. The official car was stopped at a separate complaint--with its emergency lights activated--when Adkins almost struck the car.

    Police said both were arrested for driving while intoxicated. Morgan was released pending a future court appearance. Adkins was committed to the the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $1,600 bail.

    PennDOT suspends major roadway construction for Pope's visit

    By Associated Press 8:19am, August 31, 2015
    Pennsylvania Transportation Department officials say they will halt work on major roadway construction projects in the Philadelphia area for Pope Francis' visit to the city in September.

    PennDOT spokesman Gene Blaum tells KYW-AM there will be no construction-related lane closures on Interstate 95 or any other expressways in the Philadelphia region during the entire week of the World Meeting of Families through the end of the Pope's visit.

    Roadwork will be suspended from Sept. 22 through Sept. 27.

    Blaum says lane closures on key traffic routes in Delaware County, Montgomery County and Bucks County that leads into the city will also be limited.

    Blaum says PennDOT's goal is to keep routes to suburban counties clear so visitors can come and go without delay.

    Univ. of Delaware presidential search committee ready to interview

    By Chris Carl 7:53am, August 31, 2015
    A committee searching for the next president of the University of Delaware says its goal is to recommend a list of candidates to the Board of Trustees in the early winter.

    In a letter to the university committee sent last week, the search committee says it has reviewed materials for over 50 candidates and has identified a group that will be invited for confidential interviews.

    The school's previous president, Patrick T. Harker, announced in March that he was stepping down as of July 1 to become the president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Harker had led the school for eight years.

    The school's interim president is Nancy M. Targett, the Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

    Newark-area fire sparked by cigarette displaces one

    By Frank Gerace 11:17pm, August 30, 2015 - Updated 11:13am, August 31, 2015
    VIDEO: WDEL's Frank Gerace reports.
    A cigarette led to a Sunday morning fire that heavily damaged a Newark-area house, according to the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office.

    Investigators with the the fire marshal's office said the fire broke out just after 8 a.m. in the 100 block of Kingswood Road in Birchwood Park.

    Christiana Fire Company crews arrived to find flames shooting from the house.

    A cigarette left in a bedroom touched off some flammable materials there, according to the state fire marshal.

    Damage to the house is estimated at $100,000. The occupant, who wasn't home when the fire started, was being given emergency shelter from the Red Cross.

    Talley Middle in Brandywine Hundred again struck by vandals

    By Amy Cherry 8:43pm, August 30, 2015 - Updated 11:17am, August 31, 2015
    Talley Middle School in Brandywine Hundreds has been vandalized for the second time in a week.

    Brandywine School District spokeswoman Alexis Andrianapolous confirmed to WDEL that more inappropriate messages were spray-painted onto the side of the school Friday night into Saturday morning.

    She said the spray-paint has since been removed. Vandals also hit the school Wednesday night, and crews worked to clean that graffiti up Thursday morning. It's unclear whether both incidents of vandalism are connected.

    The vandalism won't affect the start of school. Monday, students in fifth grade will return to the middle school while all students return from summer break on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

    Delaware State Police continue to investigate both incidents.


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    Man shot in chest in Wilmington

    By Jim Hilgen 9:00am, August 30, 2015 - Updated 11:17am, August 31, 2015
    A man was hospitalized after being shot in Wilmington Saturday night, city police said.

    The shooting occurred in the 600 block of West 6th Street around 8 p.m., according to the Wilmington Police.

    Officers said they found a car taking the victim to the hospital and escorted it to Wilmington Hospital.

    The 24-year-old victim suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, police said.

    He was stabilized by New Castle County Paramedics and transferred to Christiana Hospital, where police said he is in critical condition.

    Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact Wilmington Police's Criminal Investigation Division at 302.576.3620.

    Father jailed after accidentally shooting 2-year-old daughter in Ocean View

    By Frank Gerace 11:14pm, August 30, 2015 - Updated 11:21am, August 31, 2015
    A Sussex County toddler was hospitalized after her father apparently shot her by accident, Delaware State Police said.

    Police said someone broke into 38-year-old Joseph Jenkins Junior's house in Ocean View Saturday night, taking his shotgun and some cash.

    Jenkins went to a neighbor's house and got a handgun and was showing the gun to his wife early Sunday morning when he pulled back the slide mechanism, officers said. The gun fired, and the bullet hit the couple's two-year-old daughter in the leg, police said.

    Jenkins' wife called 911 and the girl was airlifted to A. I. duPont Children's Hospital.

    Jenkins is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution, charged with assault, possession of a firearm during a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child.

    Dover crash hospitalizes 2 with critical injuries

    By Jim Hilgen 9:25am, August 30, 2015 - Updated 9:34am, August 30, 2015
    Dover Police are looking into a crash which occurred Saturday afternoon at Route 13 and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

    Authorities said a motorcycle was speeding and weaving through traffic when when it struck a vehicle turning from Route 13 on to Martin Luther King Boulevard shortly after 3 p.m.

    The 31-year-old motorcyclist is in critical condition after police said he suffered fractures to both arms, legs, pelvis, and internal injuries.

    The driver of the other car involved in the accident suffered minor injuries and her daughter, a passenger in the car, is in critical condition having sustained multiple bone fractures and internal injuries, officers said.

    The accident remains under investigation.

    Apartment fire near Newark leaves 7 homeless

    By Frank Gerace 11:43pm, August 30, 2015
    Seven occupants of a Newark-area apartment have been placed in an emergency shelter after a fire Sunday morning.

    Investigators with the Delaware State Fire Marshal's office said the fire started just after 9 a.m. in a second-floor apartment at the Glen Eagle Village Apartments off Salem Church Road.

    Cooking materials on the stove were blamed for sparking the fire, which did fire marshals estimate caused $10,000 in damage to the apartment.

    UPDATE: Delaware County police officer shot in chest, leg released from hospital

    By Associated Press 9:52am, August 30, 2015 - Updated 11:49pm, August 30, 2015
    A Ridley Park police officer responding to a call in Norwood. (Photo/NBC10)
    A Philadelphia-area police officer has been released from the hospital after being shot while answering an early morning call about a man believed to be suicidal, authorities said.

    Police in Delaware County said Ridley Park officer Mark Hanley was hit in the chest and leg when Darrel Burt fired through the door of a unit at the Mohawk Manor Apartments in Norwood just before 1 a.m. Sunday.

    Darrel Burt is accused of shooting a Ridley Park police officer.  (Photo/Ridley Park Police

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    Chief Mark DelVecchio told the Delaware County Daily Times that "the officer was saved by his bulletproof vest.

    Hanley was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center, but was discharged Sunday afternoon. Burt was taken to Taylor Hospital for treatment of a minor injury and psychiatric evaluation.

    Burt is facing a slew of charges, officials said. NBC10 reported Bur was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and weapons violations. He was being held on $500,000 cash bail Sunday afternoon.

    Biden visits Sussex Co. Jamboree

    By WDEL staff reports 5:27pm, August 29, 2015 - Updated 10:49am, August 30, 2015
    (Photo by Jon Budler, Delaware 105.9FM)
    Saying Beau would have wanted him to, Vice President Joe Biden attended Saturday's Sussex Democrats' Jamboree at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.

    Party officials were not expecting the vice president, and Biden's official schedule listed no public events, but an emotional Joe Biden told attendees that he decided to go to thank supporters who helped him when his son Beau Biden died of a brain tumor in May.

    "This is the first time I've had an opportunity to have so many of you, who not only have been so good to my family and my Beau, but you were there for me this last go-around," said Joe Biden. "And you were there in ways that absolutely blew me away."

    VP Biden greets fellow Democrats at the Sussex Democrat's Jamboree (Photo by Jon Budler, Delaware 105.9FM)

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    The fundraiser for the Sussex Democratic Party is held every summer. On odd-years, it's seen as the kick-off for the next election cycle. Vice President Biden also spoke of his Sussex County roots.

    "This is where I got started--my entire career grew out of Sussex County," Vice President Joe Biden said. "The thing about Sussex is the soil is sandy, but the roots go real, real deep politically."

    Vice President Joe Biden said Delawareans always rallied around Beau Biden, and for that--he's grateful.

    "All you can hope to do in your life is to leave something behind--leaving something behind that people can build on--and presumptuous of me, but I think Beau, in his short life, left an awful lot behind," said VP Biden.

    Vice President Joe Biden made no mention of any intentions on running for president in 2016.

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