Troopers ID victim of car wash shooting; suspect still at large

By Frank Gerace 10:17am, November 28, 2015
Bobby Taylor
Delaware State Police have identified the victim of Friday morning's fatal shooting at a car wash in Bear, and are still looking for the man who pulled the trigger.

41-year-old Aloysius Taylor of Wilmington was sitting in a car in the back parking lot of the American Car Wash on Route 40 around 8:40 when he was shot by 32-year-old Bobby Taylor of New Castle, who's not related to the victim, according to police.

Aloysius Taylor was treated at the scene by County Paramedics and taken to Christiana Hospital, where he died.

Police say Aloysius and Bobby Taylor both worked at the car wash, and Bobby Taylor, who fled after the shooting, faces murder and firearms possession charges.

Bobby Taylor is black, 5-9 and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, and anyone who knows where he is can call Detective Dan Grassi at 302.365.8441.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

State Police look for Newark bank robber

By Taggart Houck 6:11pm, November 28, 2015 - Updated 7:26pm, November 28, 2015
State Police are looking for the man who robbed a Newark area bank Saturday morning.

It happened just before 11:30 a.m. when a man entered the Artisans Bank off Pulaski Highway in Newark. He demanded money from a teller who complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect ran away in an unknown direction.

A weapon was not involved and no one was injured, according to police.

The suspect is described as about 5' 10" tall, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants and a mask covering his face.

Anyone with information should call 302-365-8438. You can also call Delaware Crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

Strong showing for 52nd annual Wilmington Jaycee's Christmas Parade

By Taggart Houck 4:38pm, November 28, 2015 - Updated 4:42pm, November 28, 2015
VIDEO:WDEL's Taggart Houck reports at the 52nd annual Wilmington Jaycee's Christmas Parade
Delawareans ready to celebrate the holiday season came out in full force for the 52nd annual Wilmington Jaycee's Christmas Parade Saturday morning.

The parade kicked off along 5th and Market streets and included New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, County Council President Chris Bullock, area fire departments and even Santa Claus himself.

Alice Vandever lives in Wilmington. She's been to the parade before.

"I liked the crowd. It was great, it was really crowded here this time," She said.

Lynne Morse of Hockessin was also impressed.

"I really enjoyed it. We always do the Hockessin Fourth of July Parade, so this was the first time coming to the Wilmington Christmas Parade," she said.

Kids even got to give their Christmas letters to Santa as he rolled by on his float.

Morse really liked that.

"We didn't have any idea that they do that, so I think next year we'll go ahead and have our daughter write a little letter and that way we can mail it here," she said.

This is the fourth year the parade coordinated with small business Saturday.

Additional guests in the parade included bands from Salesianum School, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Philadelphia Mummers, antique police cars, Blue Rocks mascot Rocky Bluewinkle, and Buzz Lightyear.

DART's successful new service to Middletown

By Yossi Godlstein 6:36am, November 29, 2015
DART, Amazon, and commuters alike are thrilled about the success of the new bus service between Wilmington and Middletown. Launched on October 12, DART’s new Route 47 operates three return trips Monday through Saturday to meet the shift times of Amazon employees, and provides service to the Walmart Supercenter. Residents in Middletown have also been using the service to get to their jobs in Wilmington.

“We’re more than pleased with our partnership with DART in offering this popular transportation option during our peak hiring season,” explained Todd Bavol, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Delaware-based Integrity Staffing Solutions, hiring agency for Middletown’s Amazon Fulfillment Center. “We believe this is a worthwhile public-private partnership that's won the support of our many associates and job seekers throughout New Castle County.”

In its first week, the service carried approximately 150 people. In week six, nearly 1,000 rides were provided, demonstrating support for economic growth, improving access to jobs, and answering the needs of local businesses and commuting Delawareans.

Twelfth District State Senator Nicole Poore, who was instrumental in getting the new service started, noted how the new service will increase jobs.

“When employers like Amazon look to Delaware to grow and expand, they want to know the necessary infrastructure is going to be in place to give their business and employees the best opportunity to succeed," said Poore.

"In this case, DART saw the critical need to link one of our state’s major employers to its workforce and stepped up to provide a public transit option. Government works best when it’s nimble enough to adapt to change, and I’m grateful to DART for proactively connecting workers with their new jobs.”

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For information on services statewide, please visit

2 arrested after brawl at Ogletown skating rink

By Tom Lehman 8:33pm, November 27, 2015 - Updated 8:52pm, November 27, 2015
The Christiana Skating Rink in Ogletown was the scene of an alleged fight between two people. (Photo/NBC10)
Two people were arrested after a brawl occurred inside an Ogletown skating rink the night before Thanksgiving, state police said.

NBC10 reported it happened about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday inside the Christiana Skating Center in Ogletown.

Cellphone video posted on social media shows what appears to be several teenaged girls throwing punches. One of them can be seen kicking another girl in the head, who was on the ground.

Troopers said two people were arrested in connection with the brawl.

One person was charged with offensive touching while the other was charged with Disorderly Conduct, according to police. The ages of the suspects were not immediately known.

The motive behind the brawl remains under investigation.


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Millsboro man charged with DUI after 2-vehicle crash

By Frank Gerace 10:20am, November 28, 2015
A 2-vehicle crash Thanksgiving night landed a Millsboro man behind bars on a DUI charge, among others.

Witnesses told State Police 45-year-old Joseph Peart's SUV swerved from the westbound to the eastbound lane of State Route 24 east of County Route 304 in Millsboro around 6:30 PM, and hit a Volkswagen Beetle driven by a 55-year-old Rehoboth Beach woman.

Peart's SUV flipped onto its side and spun after the impact--the Beetle spun as well.

Peart, his 30-year-old passenger and the Beetle's driver were taken to Beebe Healthcare to be treated for various injuries--Peart was cited for DUI, vehicular assault, reckless endangering, driving while suspended and several other counts.

State Route 24 near Mountaire Farms was closed for about an hour and a half after the crash.

White House Christmas tree arrives from Pennsylvania

By Associated Press 8:38pm, November 27, 2015 - Updated 6:36am, November 29, 2015
First lady Michelle Obama with her dogs Bo and Sunny, welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. This year's White House Christmas tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, was presented
First lady Michelle Obama kicked off the holiday season at the White House by welcoming this year's Christmas tree.

It's a Fraser fir grown in Pennsylvania that stands more than 18 feet tall.

The tree is traditionally displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. The first lady said this year's tree will honor the military.

Two days after President Barack Obama pardoned "Abe" and an alternate turkey named "Honest," the transition to Christmas was in full throttle Friday at the White House. Workers were busy putting up an array of Christmas trees inside the grounds, while the Blue Room centerpiece arrived via horse-drawn carriage.

The White House Historical Association credits Lou Henry Hoover with establishing the custom of decorating an official tree in the White House.

Man hospitalized after West 30th Street shooting in Wilmington

By Frank Gerace 11:44am, November 27, 2015 - Updated 11:49am, November 27, 2015
A shooting on the 200 block of West 30th Street Wednesday night has left a man hospitalized, Wilmington Police said.

Officers found a 28-year-old man sitting in a vehicle when they arrived near the 200 block of West 30th around 9:45 p.m. Police said that man had been shot several times.

The victim was initially treated at the scene by New Castle County Pramedics and transported to Christiana Hospital, police said, where the extent of his injuries are unknown.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call city detectives at 302.576.3620.

Shooter sought in Wilmington gunfire that left man hospitalized

By Frank Gerace 11:44am, November 27, 2015 - Updated 11:52am, November 27, 2015
Wilmington police are looking for a suspect, or suspects, and details in a shooting that left a man wounded on Thanksgiving Eve.

Officers said they found evidence at a shooting scene, but no victim near the 2500 block of Carter Street around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

About two hours later, police said they located a victim at Christiana Hospital. Officers said the victim had been shot in the right hand.

Police are asking anyone who knows anything about the shooting to call city detectives at 302.576.3620.

Troopers investigating Thanksgiving 'shots fired' incident outside New Castle

By Frank Gerace 11:44am, November 27, 2015 - Updated 11:52am, November 27, 2015
Delaware State Police are investigating a Thanksgiving morning "shots fired" incident near New Castle.

Two men were walking along the 3000 block of New Castle Avenue around 11:15 a.m. when they pulled guns and opened fire at a group of men nearby, police said

The victims ran into the Rose Hill Gardens development, and the suspects were last seen running westbound on Mansion Parkway, troopers said.

Police said three occupied homes on New Castle Avenue were hit by bullets, but no one was hurt.

Details are scarce, and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Geoffrey Biddle at 302.365.8475.

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."

Baby red pandas at Philly zoo named Betsy and Ben

By Associated Press 5:54pm, November 27, 2015
The new red pandas at the Philly Zoo are named Betsy and Ben. (Photo/Philadelphia Zoo)
A pair of baby red pandas at the Philadelphia Zoo have been named after two of the city's most famous residents: Betsy and Benjamin.

Zoo officials said Friday that the monikers, which pay homage to Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin, received overwhelming support in a public naming contest.

Officials said the cubs' birth on June 26 was important for red panda conservation, since the species is considered vulnerable in the wild. The brother and sister made their public debut Nov. 18.

Unlike giant pandas, red pandas are not members of the bear family. They are slightly larger than domestic cats and look similar to raccoons. They are native to Asia.

Maryland State trooper charged with DUI after crash in Elkton

By Associated Press 11:59am, November 27, 2015
Maryland State Police charged one of their own with driving under the influence after a single-car crash in Elkton.

Troopers investigating a report of an overturned car went to Route 279 about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the department.

Police found 26-year-old Trooper Thomas C. Hobbs inside the car. He was extricated and taken to Christiana Hospital.

Maryland State Police said troopers charged Hobbs at the hospital with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, negligent driving, and reckless driving.

The department said Hobbs is assigned to the aviation command as a rescue technician at the Frederick barracks. His police powers have been suspended and he is suspended from duty with pay.

Dover woman killed in crash on Thanksgiving Eve

By Peter MacArthur 11:32am, November 26, 2015
A two-vehicle crash Wednesday night north of Dover left one woman dead and a second with minor injuries.

A car driven by 52-year-old Martha Barbo of Dover was entering Route 13 near Dyke Branch Road when police said her car was struck by an SUV on the highway.

The impact was on the driver's side door, and both vehicles lost control, state police said.

Barbo was wearing her seatbelt, but was pronounced dead at the scene, according to troopers. The driver of the SUV was taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, where she was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries, officers said.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the case. Delaware State Police are investigating.

Farm recalls produce used in Costco salad linked to E. coli

By Associated Press 5:54pm, November 27, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration said a California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states.

The FDA said Thursday Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy, California, recalled a mix of celery and onion used in Costco chicken salad and other foods.

Costco said it uses one supplier for those vegetables in the chicken salad sold in all its U.S. stores.

A message left with Taylor Farms was not immediately returned.

The number of people sickened in the outbreak will likely grow over the next few weeks, even though the product has been removed from store shelves, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday

Equipment problem leads to chemical release at poultry plant

By Frank Gerace 10:54am, November 28, 2015
DNREC says an equipment problem led to the release of a hazardous chemical from a poultry processing facility in Sussex County.

The agency reported Friday that a mechanical failure in a pump led to the release of 203 pounds of anhydrous ammonia from Perdue Farms at 213 Rehoboth Boulevard in Milford.

The release is under investigation.

Jaycees' Christmas parade set for Saturday in Downtown Wilmington

By Tom Lehman 7:49pm, November 27, 2015
The Wilmington Jaycees' annual Christmas parade is scheduled for Saturday in Downtown Wilmington.

The parade travels up Market Street and features family-friendly entertainment with floats, cartoon characters and performers. Marching bands will also participate in this year's event.

"We haven't had that in a long time," said Mark Oller, the executive director of the parade. "We've got our good connections with Salesianum and Cab Calloway and this year we're also welcoming McKean and Glasgow as well."

The parade is expected kick to kick off about 11 a.m., though Oller said any inclement weather could affect the start time.

Those coming down to the event to view the parade are encouraged to visit the Jaycees' website for more details on parking and other information.


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