Flags to be flown at half-staff for Justice Scalia

By Associated Press 10:45am, February 14, 2016 - Updated 11:11am, February 14, 2016
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at his Texas ranch.
A presidential proclamation ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the Supreme Court, the White House and elsewhere in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Scalia's body has been taken to a funeral home in El Paso, Texas, where officials are waiting to hear whether an autopsy will be performed.

Chris Lujan, a manager for Sunset Funeral Homes, said tentative plans call for Scalia's body to be flown back home Tuesday to his family in Virginia.

As the flags have risen, so has the political heat over the vacancy on the nine-member court.

At issue is the right of Democratic President Barack Obama to make a nomination and the role of the Republican-led Senate in confirming that choice.

Obama pledges a nomination "in due time."

Senate Democrats are making it clear they expect President Barack Obama to nominate a new justice and that they'll work vigorously to keep Republicans from dragging out the confirmation process.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said, "It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme Court to go a year with a vacant seat," adding that, "failing to fill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the Senate's most essential constitutional responsibilities."

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell thinks it should wait.

"The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice." As he puts it, "this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president."

Ted Cruz, one of two GOP senators running for president, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that "we're advising that a lame-duck president in an election year is not going to be able to tip the balance of the Supreme Court."

On Saturday, the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of South Texas. Scalia was 79.


Man shot in Wilmington

By Yossi Goldstein 8:56am, February 14, 2016 - Updated 10:21am, February 14, 2016
Gunshots broke the silence Saturday night in Wilmington and sent one man to the hospital.

According to Wilmington Police, reports of shots fired happened just before 10 p.m. in the 1700 block of West 2nd Street.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 45-year-old man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his upper body.

The victim was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics and transported to Christiana Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, according to police.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting are still being analyzed as the investigation is in the early stages.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Detective Joseph Bucksner at 302.576.3629, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

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Reward offered for information in deadly Belvedere shooting

By Frank Gerace 12:21pm, February 13, 2016 - Updated 1:01pm, February 13, 2016
A reward is being offered for information in connection with a deadly shooting in Belvedere.

Officers found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds in the 300 block of Clyde Street around 10:20 Friday night, New Castle County Police said.

Both victims were treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics and taken to Christiana Hospital, where one victim, 18-year-old Stanley Evans of Wilmington, was pronounced dead, police said.

Investigators believe the incident happened somewhere else in Belvedere, and the people involved fled to Clyde Street.

Police are looking for the shooter after fatal gunfire in Belvedere. (Map/New Castle County Police)

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Police said anyone who calls Delaware Crime Stoppers and gives information leading to an arrest and/or conviction in the case could get a reward of up to $20,000.

Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333, New Castle County Police at 302.573.2800.


4 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Rockland

By Shana O'Malley 7:27pm, February 12, 2016 - Updated 12:58pm, February 13, 2016
A multi-vehicle crash at the 800 block of Powder Mill Rd. (Mike Philips/TrafficWatch)
A multi-vehicle crash sent four people to the hospital Friday.

The accident happened just before 4 p.m. on February 12, 2016, at the 800 block of Powder Mill Road in Rockland.

New Castle County Paramedics responded to the scene to find a 46-year-old man trapped inside his vehicle. He was extracted using the "jaws of life" and was flown to Christiana Hospital for multiple injuries, according to police; he's in serious but stable condition, troopers said.

A 26-year-old woman and a child passenger in another vehicle were treated at the scene, police said. The woman was taken to Christiana Hospital in stable condition while the child was taken to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, officers said.

A fourth person was taken to Wilmington Hospital, police said.

Delaware State Police are investigating the crash.


Plunging temps, Wind Chill Advisory causes Code Purple locations to open in Delaware

By DJ McAneny 3:38pm, February 12, 2016 - Updated 5:01pm, February 12, 2016
Real Feel temperatures, according to Accuweather
Dangerously cold winds have caused the National Weather Service to issue a Wind Chill Advisory for the area from 6 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday.

"Basically right out of the Arctic regions here, we're seeing this air being channeled down into our region and, again, at least the good news is its sticking around only for two days, but unfortunate timing here, for the weekend," said Accuweather meteorologist Danielle Knittle.

With the chill, temperatures are anticipated to reach "potentially dangerous levels" and extended exposure could result in hypothermia if care is not taken to stay warm and find shelter.

"As we work our way into Sunday, the winds will try to drop off a little bit, but still very cold day out there, despite sunshine. Upper teens for Sunday, but Real Feel temperatures likely in the single digits," said Knittle.

Code Purple locations have been activated across the state.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY

Wilmington

Friday:
  • 2:30-8:30 p.m. Friday: Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 720 N. Orange St. entrance, Wilmington (daytime sanctuary)
  • 9 p.m. Friday-6 a.m. Saturday: Salvation Army, 400 N. Orange St. (men) and 104 W. Fifth St. (women), overnight shelter


  • Saturday:
  • 5:30 a.m.-11a.m.: First and Central Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Market St. (11th Street entrance), Wilmington (daytime sanctuary)
  • 2:30-8:30 p.m. Friday: Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 720 N. Orange St. entrance, Wilmington (daytime sanctuary)
  • 9 p.m. Saturday-6 a.m. Sunday: Salvation Army, 400 N. Orange St. (men) and 104 W. Fifth St. (women), overnight shelter


  • Sunday:
  • 5:30 a.m.-8 a.m.: Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 720 N. Orange St. entrance, Wilmington (daytime sanctuary)
  • 8-11 a.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 11th and Adams streets, TRIAD Meeting Room (daytime sanctuary)
  • 2:30-8:30 p.m. Friday: Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 720 N. Orange St. entrance, Wilmington (daytime sanctuary)
  • 9 p.m. Sunday-6 a.m. Monday: Salvation Army, 400 N. Orange St. (men) and 104 W. Fifth St. (women), overnight shelter


  • Monday:
  • 5:30 a.m.-noon: Friendship House Men's Center, 226 N. Walnut St., Third Street entrance (daytime sanctuary)
  • 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Friendship House Women's Center, 720 N. Orange St. (daytime sanctuary)


  • Newark:
  • Friendship House will open its Code Purple sanctuary beginning at 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday in church space provided by eight different Newark faith communities on a rotating basis. People who are homeless must register at the Newark Empowerment Center at 69 E. Main St. on Friday. The Newark shelter is already operating at capacity, so any individuals who cannot be accommodated in Newark will be provided transportation to Wilmington.


  • KENT COUNTY

    Friday:
  • Wyoming United Methodist Church, 216 Wyoming Mill Road, Dover, opens at 5 p.m. (men only)
  • Dover Interfaith Mission, 684 Forest St., Dover (overflow for men)
  • Centennial United Methodist Church, 44 E. Mount Vernon St., Smyrna, opens at 5 p.m. (men only)
  • Milford Community Center, 105 N.E. Front St., Milford, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)
  • Christ Church, 523 S. State St. Dover, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)
  • Smyrna Wesleyan, 433 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)


  • Saturday:
  • Dover Presbyterian Church, 54 S. State St., Dover (entrance is on Reed Street), opens at 5 p.m. (men only)
  • Dover Interfaith Mission, 684 Forest St., Dover (overflow for men)
  • Centennial United Methodist Church, 44 E. Mount Vernon St., Smyrna, opens at 5 p.m. (men only)
  • Milford Community Center, 105 N.E. Front St., Milford, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)
  • Christ Church, 523 S. State St. Dover, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)
  • Smyrna Wesleyan, 433 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)


  • Sunday:Dover Presbyterian Church, 54 S. State St., Dover (entrance is on Reed Street), opens at 5 p.m. (men only)
  • Dover Interfaith Mission, 684 Forest St., Dover (overflow for men)
  • Centennial United Methodist Church, 44 E. Mount Vernon St., Smyrna, opens at 5 p.m. (men only)
  • Milford Community Center, 105 N.E. Front St., Milford, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)
  • Christ Church, 523 S. State St. Dover, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)
  • Smyrna Wesleyan, 433 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)


  • Monday:
  • Dover Presbyterian Church, 54 S. State St., Dover (entrance is on Reed Street), opens at 5 p.m. (men only)
  • Dover Interfaith Mission, 684 Forest St., Dover (overflow for men)
  • Centennial United Methodist Church, 44 E. Mount Vernon St., Smyrna, opens at 5 p.m. (men only)
  • Milford Community Center, 105 N.E. Front St., Milford, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)
  • Calvary Baptist Church, Fulton and New streets, Dover, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)
  • Smyrna Wesleyan, 433 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, opens at 5 p.m. (women and children)


  • SUSSEX COUNTY

    Western Sussex:
  • St. Luke's Parish House, 202 N. North St., Seaford (double-door entrance on King Street), opens at 7 p.m.
  • Laurel Nazarene, 94 Walnut St., Laurel, opens at 7 p.m. (men only)
  • Gateway Fellowship, 8110 Cannon Road, Bridgeville, opens at 8:30 p.m. (women and children only).
  • Transportation will be provided from Pathway Shelter after dinner as needed.
  • Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, opens at 7 p.m.


  • Central Sussex:
  • Milford Community Center, 105 N.E. Front St., Milford. Sanctuary for women and children only. This shelter is available to people in Kent or Sussex. Call 302-725-0770. Georgetown Presbyterian, 203 N. Bedford St., Georgetown. Call Pastor Mike at 302-344-1912 or leave a message at the church at 302-856-6842. Sanctuary is open for extreme weather, but you must call ahead because of limited availability.


  • Eastern Sussex:
  • Shelters are open and will remain open until spring, regardless of the temperature. Immanuel Shelter, 37439 Oyster House Road, Rehoboth Beach. Open seven days from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. Serving men and women. Uses both Conley's Chapel and Faith UMC Fellowship for Code Purple. Call to verify location at 1-888-634-9992. Soul Ministry, Bethany Beach. Sanctuary operates daily for men and women with support from Christian Community of Churches. 302-632-4289. Day Center: Rehoboth Community Resource Center (CRC) is open to people who are homeless during the day. 302-227-1340.



  • Seeking a job? Word choice in resume can be key

    By Tom Lehman 5:41pm, February 12, 2016 - Updated 5:52pm, February 12, 2016
    Job seekers should take a close look at copies of their resumes before they apply for employment and some experts say the inclusion of keywords can help separate them from other candidates.

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    On Friday, Patricia Troy-Brooks, a workforce strategist, worked with Eastside Community Schools, Children and Families First to help Wilmington residents look over their resumes ahead of a job fair at city hall next week. The session was held at Howard High School of Technology.

    Employers, she said, should be considered fluid documents with each copy including specific keywords that reflect the position being sought.

    "Employers will identify five to 10 words that they are interested in seeing in a resume," she said.

    Troy-Brooks said those keywords are often identified electronically and candidates who match them most closely will be identified as stronger candidates.

    Once someone lands an interview, she said it's important to prepare for an interview and develop confidence about the meeting, because "winging it," is not a viable option.

    "You have to practice the interview questions, and that's not hard to do," she said, noting that many sit downs with employers often feature similar questions.

    Dawnyell Baise participated in Friday's training session, which was also co-hosted by the Delaware Department of Labor, and said she was trying to find employment after years without having a job.

    "I'm building my resume by finding out more about myself," she said.

    The "City to Work" job fair will be hosted in the lobby of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building at 800 North French Street on Wednesday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    Wood stove starts fire that destroys Townsend building

    By Frank Gerace 10:42am, February 13, 2016 - Updated 12:49pm, February 13, 2016
    A fire that destroyed a building in Townsend was touched off by a malfunctioning wood stove, the Delaware State Fire Marshal's office said.

    The fire started around 5 a.m. Saturday in a building housing machinery in the 800 block of Union Church Road, Delaware State Fire Marshal's investigators said.

    Damage to the building was estimated at $25,000.


    New Castle County Police issue Gold Alert out for missing man

    By Frank Gerace 10:29am, February 13, 2016 - Updated 12:58pm, February 13, 2016
    Geroge Hamilton
    A Gold Alert was issued for a 46-year-old Newark-area man, who New Castle County Police said has been missing since Friday afternoon.

    George Hamilton's sister became concerned for his safety after she got text messages from him, New Castle County Police said.

    Hamilton's sister told police Hamilton had lived in Todd Estates, but may have moved to the Villages of Crofton recently; she also said her brother may now be at an address in the Philadelphia area.

    George Hamilton is white, 5'9" and about 190 lbs. with brown-and-gray hair and brown eyes and could be driving a white Ford work van.

    Anyone who knows where Hamilton may be can call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


    Dover woman ticketed after crash that hospitalized 3

    By Frank Gerace 11:55am, February 13, 2016 - Updated 12:49pm, February 13, 2016
    A Dover woman was ticketed after a Friday afternoon crash that sent her and two other women in the hospital.

    Thirty-four-year-old Elizabeth Gray was southbound on State Route 1 near exit 119 around 5:45 p.m. when her car crossed into the northbound lanes and collided with a car driven by a Middletown woman, Delaware State Police said.

    Gray was taken to Kent General Hospital and transferred to Christiana Hospital to be treated for injuries police called serious, but not life-threatening, troopers said.

    The other driver and her passenger were treated at Kent General for non-life-threatening injuries, according to officers.

    Gray was cited for careless driving and not having proof of insurance, police said.

    State Route 1 northbound was closed at the scene for about an hour-and-a-half after the crash.


    Felton man charged with DUI after South Bowers Beach crash

    By Frank Gerace 11:28am, February 13, 2016 - Updated 12:49pm, February 13, 2016
    A Felton man was charged with driving under the influence after allegedly crashing his pickup truck into a house and fleeing the scene.

    Donald Kittle's pickup truck ran off South Bowers Road in South Bowers Beach Friday night, slammed into a house and burst into flames, Delaware State Police said.

    Kittle ran off, but troopers found him hiding between a couple of houses nearby, officers said.

    Kittle was taken to Troop 3 in Camden and charged with several offenses including DUI, leaving the scene, failure to report a collision and not having insurance.

    He's being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution.


    Glasgow crash hospitalizes 2

    By Frank Gerace 12:54pm, February 13, 2016
    Two people were hospitalized Friday afternoon after a crash involving a car and a school bus.

    New Castle County Paramedics arrived on-scene at South College Avenue and "A" Street in Glasgow around 2:45 p.m. and found a 38-year-old woman trapped in her car.

    Fire department personnel using the "jaws of life" and got her out after about 10 minutes, and she was taken to Christiana Hospital, where she's in serious, but stable condition.

    One other person was taken to the hospital, and a third person refused treatment, according to police.

    Delaware State Police were investigating the crash.


    Noise harder on children than adults, hinders how they learn

    By Associated Press 7:55pm, February 13, 2016
    From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child's brain than an adult's - and it can hinder how youngsters learn.

    Children learn language from hearing it, but new research shows it's particularly hard for them to listen when other voices are babbling in the background.

    Researchers said the ability to process speech amid background noise doesn't mature until adolescence--that's a finding with implications for classroom design.

    Even premature babies are affected.

    One study found that they developed better when recordings of a mom's voice were piped inside incubators to counter the white noise of the machines' fan.

    The research is being presented at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


    DOC seeks Morris Community Corrections Center escapee

    By Frank Gerace 10:58am, February 13, 2016 - Updated 7:55pm, February 13, 2016
    Delaware Department of Correction officials are asking for the public's help finding a Dover man they say didn't return to the Morris Community Corrections Center.

    Antonio Stevens is accused of not coming back to the facility after he was issued a pass Friday, officials said.

    Stevens was locked up for violating probation on firearms possession and robbery counts.

    Stevens, who's also known as Antonio T. Stevens, is black, 24 years old, 5'7" and 215 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes, a thin mustache, and some other facial hair.

    Anyone who knows of Stevens' whereabouts should call 1.800.542.9524.


    Urgent need for blood donors in Delaware

    By Shana O'Malley 6:18pm, February 12, 2016 - Updated 12:54pm, February 13, 2016
    There's a critical need for blood donors in Delaware.

    According to the Blood Bank of Delmarva, recent winter weather has slowed donations and blood supply levels are running low.

    "Blood donations are not where we need them to be, and we are in critical need of blood to serve our local hospitals and their patients," said Michael Waite, director of marketing and community relations for Blood Bank of Delmarva.

    All blood types are needed but the most critical need is for O Negative blood, which is a universal blood type that and can be transfused to any patient.

    The Blood Bank of Delmarva has permanent donation centers in Christiana, Wilmington, and Dover as well as Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and Salisbury, Maryland.

    Walk-in donors are welcome or you can schedule a donation appointment by clicking here or by calling 1-888-8-BLOOD-8.


    3 Christiana High School teens charged with assault following bus fight

    By DJ McAneny 2:25pm, February 12, 2016 - Updated 4:57pm, February 12, 2016
    Three high school students are facing felony assault charges after attacking a teen on a bus while he tried to break up an altercation, Delaware State Police said Friday.

    According to authorities, a 17-year-old Wilmington girl was throwing candy around on a bus transporting students home from Christiana High School.

    When another female student took issue with being struck by candy, police said she and the thrower became engaged in a verbal altercation.

    A 17-year-old male and 16-year-old female approached the altercation, when an 18-year-old male attempted to intercede.

    The 17-year-old male punched the interceder in the face, then the candy thrower, the male aggressor and his 16-year-old female companion all proceeded to physically assault the 18-year-old male, according to police. The victim was able to escape the bus after the driver pulled over to call 911--however, once outside, police said the youngest suspect sprayed the teen in the face with a "chemical substance."

    The 18-year-old victim was transported to Christiana Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

    The trio of suspects were all charged with second-degree assault and released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

    Delaware State Police said the incident remains under investigation and "more arrest are expected."


    Survey: 53% of women would end relationship over no Valentine's Day gift

    By Amy Cherry 10:49pm, February 11, 2016
    A look at spending this Valentine's Day in a survey from WalletHub.
    How much are you spending this Valentine's Day--and how many of you are doing the spending on yourself?

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    "Most singles are proud of their relationship status--at least half of them are at 50-percent, and a quarter of them are buying themselves presents for Valentine's Day," said Jill Gonzalez of WalletHub, which conducted a survey on consumer spending.

    The WalletHub survey asked what the respondents were buying, but many chose not to answer, Gonzalez said.

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    She added spending is up 5 percent ahead of the "Hallmark holiday," as it was for Black Friday too--a sign that the recession is behind us.

    "On average a couple spends about $90 on a meal for two...50 percent of people just buy candy--that's about $2 billion in sales," said Gonzalez. "About 40 percent of people just get flowers--that's about $2 billion."

    One in five single ladies will buy a Valentine's Day present for their pet, according to the survey.

    Those not already hitched? They might be making plans after Sunday.

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    "The lucky 20 percent that will be receiving jewelry, some of them might be engagement rings. A lot of people get engaged on Valentine's Day--almost 14 million," she said.

    While the survey found 45 percent of adults don't plan to celebrate Valentine's Day, the tradition is still alive and well in many households.

    "Fifty-three percent of women said that they would break up with their significant other if they don't get anything for Valentine's Day," Gonzalez noted.

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    US House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements

    By Associated Press 1:15pm, February 13, 2016
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    The House approved legislation to give supermarkets, fast-food chains and other food establishments some relief from government calorie labeling rules.

    The vote was 266-144. The legislation goes now to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain.

    Republicans said the calorie labeling rules set to go into effect this year are too burdensome, and they have sought to ease them and lessen potential financial penalties for businesses that have to comply.

    Many restaurants and food retail outlets like grocery stores will have to post the calorie labels by December.

    The FDA rules will make restaurants and other places that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays.


    US Army looks to recruit more women, adapt physical testing

    By Amy Cherry 1:15pm, February 13, 2016
    Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing.

    Prospective soldiers will be asked to run, jump, lift a weight and throw a heavy ball.

    It's all intended to help the Army figure out if the recruit can handle a job with high physical demands or should be directed to a more sedentary assignment.

    The new tests come as the Pentagon is opening all combat posts to women--a process that involves setting physical standards for every job that both men and women will have to meet.

    As part of the effort, the Army will increase the number of female recruiters to better target women.


    US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights

    By Associated Press 1:15pm, February 13, 2016
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    U.S. officials said the United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to restart commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades.

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will fly to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal.

    It will let U.S. airlines bid on routes for dozens of U.S.-Cuba flights per day. That's more than five times the current number of flights, all of which are charters.

    There has been no commercial air traffic between the nations since shortly after Cuba's 1959 revolution.

    Resuming commercial passenger flights would be the most important development in U.S.-Cuba trade since the countries announced in late 2014 that they would begin normalizing ties.

    State Department official Thomas Engle said the deal reinforces President Barack Obama's goal of building ties with Cuba.


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