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Arrest made in liquor store robbery, shooting
By Amy Cherry

Updated Friday, August 22, 2014 - 9:57pm

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State police arrest a Claymont teenager and are searching for three others after the robbery of a Wilmington-area liquor store in which a clerk was shot and a second victim was assaulted Thursday night.

Police say four suspects went into Cutrona Liquors in the 4600 block of North Market Street Thursday night around 9:15 p.m.

As the suspects entered the store, one of them struck a 58-year-old store clerk in the head with an unknown type of object. The clerk ran from the store and called 911.

One suspect armed with a handgun confronted a 66-year-old store clerk and demanded cash. The clerk refused, and the suspect fired two rounds from a handgun, striking the clerk in the upper body. All four suspects took off from the liquor store without receiving any money but removed a bottle of liquor from a display rack on the way out.

After a search of the area, a Wilmington police officer saw a man matching the description of one of the four suspects walking on Colony Boulevard. Sixteen year-old Obediah York-James of Claymont was then taken into custody.

The 66-year-old victim is being treated for his injuries, which appear to be non-life threatening. The 58-year-old victim was treated for minor injuries.

York-James is charged with robbery, assault and possession of a gun during commission of a felony. He's in the county detention center for lack of $160,000 cash bail.

Detectives are still searching for three other suspects, all believed to be in their mid to late teens.



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Cab driver charged with raping passenger
By Amy Cherry

Updated Friday, August 22, 2014 - 9:12am

Khalid Chablaoui, owner of I-Taxi Service.
A cab driver faces charges of rape following a sexual assault.

State police say Khalid Chablaoui of New Castle picked up a woman in Dewey Beach Friday night.

Police say the 22-year-old woman fell asleep in the cab and woke up to the driver sexually assaulting her. Police say the woman pushed him off of her and demanded he take her home.

Chablaoui, the owner of I-Taxi cab service, is now behind bars at the Sussex Correctional Institute on $20,000 bail.



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Nurse-Family Partership focus of weekly message
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Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. (YouTube screenshot)
The head of Delaware's Division of Public Health talked about the state's Nurse-Family Partnership as she filled in for Gov. Jack Markell and stood in to deliver his weekly message.

Dr. Karyl Rattay says the program brings nurses to low-income mothers before the 28th week of pregnancy through the child’s second birthday.

"Nurses make as many as 75 total visits by the time a child turns two," Rattay says. "The initiative is based on over 37 years of research and has found amazing results: a decrease in pre-term deliveries for women who smoke and nearly a 50 percent reduction in child abuse and neglect cases."

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Rattay says those mothers are more likely to eat healthy, stop smoking, enroll in school, find work, and have outcomes for their kids.

VIDEO: Dr. Karyl Rattay delivers the Governor's weekly message





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HS Football Preview - Caravel
By Sean Greene

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VIDEO: A look at Caravel

Caravel welcomes back a star player as they look to wipe away a bitter end to their 2013 season.

Running Back Darnell Savage returns after missing last year with a knee injury. He was forced to watch his teammates lose 48-0 to Hodgson. His return helps offset the graduation of backfield-mate Aaron Hudson.

Caravel graduated several other seniors, but head coach John Reed's cupboard is not bare.

Reed says he's looking for leadership from a core group that includes LB/TE Jake Shriner, RB/LB Dennis Robinson, LB/TE Eric Heintzen, and two-way linemen "Buzz" Thompson and Johnny Zitofsky.

Caravel opens the season when they host Hodgson on a Thursday night. In Bear - SG 1150AM WDEL Sports.

CARAVEL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (As of August 22)
Thursday, September 4 - Vs. Hodgson - 7:00pm
Friday, September 12 - Vs. Episcopal Academy (Pa.) - 7:00pm
Friday, September 19 - Vs. Archbishop Curley (Md.) - 7:00pm
Friday, September 26 - At Interboro (Pa.) - 7:30pm
Saturday, October 4 - At Archmere - 2:00pm
Friday, October 10 - Vs. St. Elizabeth (Baynard) - 7:00pm
Friday, October 17 - At Glasgow - 7:00pm
Friday, October 24 - At Silver Oak (Md.) - 7:00pm
Saturday, November 1 - Vs. St. Georges - 7:00pm
Friday, November 7 - Vs. Mt. Pleasant - 7:00pm



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Historic Townsend Elementary reopens
By Amy Cherry

Updated Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 5:25pm

The Townsend Elementary School is reopening after a two year remodel
Come Monday, some students in the Appoqunimink school district may not recognize their school.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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The 82-year-old Townsend Elementary School has a whole new look, but...

"It still has that charm. The brick siding, and out front, our walkway has kind of like a Main Street feel to it," said principal Don Davis.

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He says the main hallway inside is designed like a little town center with windows peering into the hallway.

While preserving historic elements was important so was major modernization. Davis says the school is now the most technologically advanced elementary school in the Appoquinimink District.

"We have two full computer labs with 17 points for wifi, we have smartboards in every room, we have two computers in every room; we have a set of 20 iPads," he said.

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Davis tells WDEL he's happy to be back at the helm after he and the students were transferred to Old State Elementary during the two-year remodel.

"There's a buzz around here, teachers are just walking around smiling," said Davis.

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Past and present students and faculty cut the ribbon on the renovated school located at 126 Main Street Thursday.



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Bigger, better, beefier ... this year's Burger Battle
By Amy Cherry

Updated Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:23pm

One of many burgers available for sampling at the Delaware Burger Battle. (Photo courtesy of Del. Burger Battle/Facebook)
The best burgermeisters from up and down the state compete for bragging rights this Saturday at Twin Lakes in Greenville.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has the story.

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17 restaurants will go head-to-head to claim the title of "Best Burger" in Delaware.

New this year, a trophy going to the best alternative burgers...that's vegetarian or vegan.

"They happen to both be black bean burgers. One is vegan, one is not," said Delaware Burger Battle spokeswoman JulieAnne Cross.

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But the Delaware Burger Battle is largely for carnivores.

"Meat is pretty broadly defined. Lots of ground beef, lots of bacon. There's short rib, sometimes there are things like lamb or veal," Cross said.

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A meat burger will receive the Critics and People's Choice Awards. "Delebrity" judges like myself and NBC 10's Tim Furlong will judge the Critics Choice Award.

You pay one price to taste as many burgers as you can fit into your belly. Proceeds benefit the Ministry of Caring.

"For the Emmanuel Dining Room, and they feed 180,000 hungry people throughout the year," said Cross.

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Tickets cost $45 plus a service fee in advance or $55, cash only, at the door.

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Charges dropped in Delaware drug case
By Associated Press

Updated Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 5:21pm

Delaware prosecutors have dropped drug charges against a man accused of dealing heroin following testimony at a court hearing regarding an evidence-tampering and theft scandal at the state's drug testing lab.

The charges against Braaheim Reed were dropped Thursday morning before a judge resumed a hearing that could determine the fate of hundreds of other drug prosecutions in Delaware.

The decision by prosecutors came following court testimony Wednesday regarding the discovery of 648 bags of heroin in an evidence envelope in Reed's case when the envelope was labeled as having 598 bags.

Public defenders have argued during the hearing that concluded Thursday that prosecutors cannot meet their burden of establishing the integrity of evidence in other cases, and that hundreds of pending drug prosecutions should therefore be dismissed.



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Wilm. Council corrects planning oversight
By Tom Lehman

Updated Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:06pm

Wilmington City Council voted on Thursday to amend the zoning code to fix an oversight from more than 10 years ago on restrictions to multi-family home conversions.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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Council members voted to clarify the law so applicants trying to convert single-family homes to multi-family units would have to get approval from Zoning Board of Adjustments.

The clarification was required to help enforce changes council made in 2002, according to Matthew Harris, a city planner.

When the restrictions were initially put into place, Harris said the enacting language was added to an administrative section of the code, but relevant sections of the law were not updated properly.

"The ordinance will amend the zoning code as it should have been in 2002 and make it clearer that single-family conversions must be approved by the zoning board of adjustments," he said.

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The oversight affected several zoning districts, he said. Council passed the changes in a unanimous decision.



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Gore lawyers challenge secrecy in Al Jazeera suit
By Associated Press

Attorneys for former Vice President Al Gore are challenging an effort by Al Jazeera America to keep details of a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit secret.

Gore and his Current TV co-founder Joel Hyatt claim in the lawsuit filed last week that Al Jazeera is improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million last year.

Many parts of the complaint have been blacked out at the request of Al Jazeera, but Gore's attorneys challenged the redactions in court papers this week. They say the redactions are inconsistent with the principle of public access to courts.

Al Jazeera has denied the allegations in the lawsuit and says the escrows funds were for indemnification from third-party claims to which it is entitled.



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Back to school safety tips
By Amy Cherry/Kelli Steele

As the new school year gets underway in New Castle County Monday, here are some tips on ensuring your kids get to school safely.

A lot of injuries can occur while children are walking or biking to school or the bus stop, but Andrea Wojcik with SAFE KIDS Coalition says most of these injuries are preventable.

"Never let your child walk alone. Either walk with them or send them in groups. If they're biking, make sure that they have a helmet. Make sure that they're riding with traffic and not against it. Bicycles are considered motor vehicles and have to follow the same rules of the road," said Wojcik.

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She says make sure kids are familiar with their walking or biking route and make sure they leave on time so they're not rushing to get to the bus stop.

Wojcik says pedestrian crashes involving students ages 14 and under are down from last year.






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DSP: Millsboro cab driver was murdered
By Frank Gerace

Updated Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:34pm

State police have identified a Sussex County cab driver found dead in his cab Wednesday night and classified his death as a murder.

Police say 45-year-old William Toomey's body was found in the cab on the shoulder of Country Living Road in Millsboro.

Police aren't saying how Toomey was killed, but a fellow cabbie wants answers.

"We're all trying to figure out what he did. I know that he told a coworker he was going home, and he lives in Long Neck. So by the time he left the beach area to somewhere near long neck, something diverted him whether he was carjacked or picked somebody up along the road," Barbara told our sister station Delaware 105.9

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If you saw anything between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday, police are asking you to call homicide detective Mark Ryde at 302.299.6102 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

"I can't believe this. This is terrible news, terrible. I hope that anyone who say anything between Route 1 in Rehoboth to Millsboro, with this taxi, and it is a bright orange minivan, #15, will report anything," she said.

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Coons touts Victims of Child Abuse Act in Georgetown
By Joe Irizarry

Senator Coons (WDEL/file)
Senator Chris Coons celebrates the signing into law by President Obama earlier this month of the Victims of Child Abuse Act reauthorization bill.

The bill re-authorizes funding support, training and accreditation for Children's Advocacy Centers nationwide.

Coons was at the Children's Advocacy Center in Georgetown to discuss the passage of the bipartisan bill, and he explains its importance.

"Instead of a child being interviewed once by police, a second time at a hospital, a third time by social workers, a fourth time before trial, they're only interviewed one time, one place by a coordinated team of professionals," said Coons.

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Coons adds this will help the more than 800 Child Advocacy Centers in the United States that have the difficult work of healing children and families.

Coons was joined today by Deputy Attorney General Patricia Dailey Lewes and the executive director of the Children's Advocacy Center of Delaware.




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Claymont traffic stop lands Wilmington man in jail
By Frank Gerace

Updated Friday, August 22, 2014 - 8:28am

Terrell Davis
A Wilmington man is behind bars after County Police found drugs and nearly $3,000 in cash on him during a traffic stop.

Police say officers pulled over Terrell Davis for a traffic violation in Claymont's Overlook Colony around 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

The cops say they smelled pot coming from the car and found 51 bags of heroin inside, along with marijuana, Oxycodone pills, drug paraphernalia and the money.

Davis is being held at the Howard Young Prison on drug possession and traffic charges.



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Dover traffic stop leads to major pot bust
By Frank Gerace

Updated Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:34pm

Dover police say a traffic stop netted more than 357 grams of pot and landed a Dover resident under arrest.

Police say officers smelled an odor of pot coming from Deon Maestre's car after they pulled him over for a traffic violation on South Bradford Street around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.

A search of Maestre's car allegedly turned up a backpack with 18 sandwich bags inside, but the bags didn't contain lunch--instead, police say, there was about 357 grams of pot in the bags.

The cops also impounded the car.

Maestre is out on bail, charged with possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.




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Potassium iodide tablets being distributed in Middletown
By Tom Lehman

Updated Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:59am

Potassium iodide tablets are being made available to Delaware residents who live or work within 10 miles of the Salem Hope Creek Nuclear Generating stations, officials said.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency and Division of Public Health will make the tablets available on August 28th in Middletown.

The tablets don't protect against external radiation but can protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine released in radiation emergencies.

You can pick up the tablets at the Appoqunimink State Service Center at 122 Silver Lake Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 28th.

If you plan on going, you should bring any informational flyers received in the mail, photo identification or proof of residency, such as a utility bill.



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2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths
By Associated Press

About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open.

A 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky, were found dead inside the chairs after suffocating from the lack of air and inhaling the chair's foam beads.

The chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com. They cost between $30 and $100 and were sold before July 2013.

Ace Bayou is offering customers a free repair kit on its website that will stop the zippers from opening.



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HS Football Preview - Charter of Wilmington
By Sean Greene

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VIDEO: A look at the Force

Charter of Wilmington hopes a new head coach creates a new culture of winning.

Veteran Delaware coach Larry Cylc takes over the Force who went 2-7 a year ago.

Charter only returns three healthy starters from last year. One of them is QB Matt Oliver, who says Cylc has already installed a greater sense of urgency at practice.

Cylc says a small senior class is important to his team. WR/DB Rob Johnsten, RB Harley Bond, and Oliver will be called upon to help battle the tough Flight A challenges that loom.

Charter opens their season against 2013 playoff squad Howard, one of the two Flight B teams on their schedule.

CHARTER OF WILMINGTON FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (As of August 22)
Saturday, September 6 - Vs. Howard - 10:30am
Friday, September 12 - At Newark - 7:00pm
Saturday, September 20 - Vs. Middletown - 10:30am
Saturday, September 27 - At Concord - 10:30am
Saturday, October 4 - At St. Georges - 10:30am
Saturday, October 11 - Vs. Glasgow - 10:30am
Saturday, October 18 - At Delcastle - 1:00pm
Saturday, October 25 - Vs. William Penn - 10:30am
Friday, October 31 - At A.I. duPont - 7:00pm
Saturday, November 8 - Vs. Appoquinimink - 2:30pm



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HS Football Preview - McKean
By Brandon Bossert

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McKean comes into 2014 with a new coach and new quarterback.

The Highlanders finished the 2013 campaign 5-5 after a strong 5-2 start that included three shutouts. The last two losses of the season came at the hands of title game combatants Hodgson and St. Georges.

Matt Carre will take over as the head coach of McKean after Michael Ryan left to coach DMA after twelve years at the helm of his alma mater. Carre says the biggest challenge as a first year coach is getting to know your new players and finding out who can fit into the scheme.

Carre is a Howard graduate, and a former All-Ivy League player at Penn. He spent one year as a coach at Kings College, and four seasons as an assistant coach at Howard.

Michael Layell will take over at quarterback after the departure of Darius Jones. Layell will be making the switch from wide receiver to quarterback. He says his toughest test as quarterback will be making the right reads.

McKean also has offensive threats in senior running back Jaleel Heyward, and junior wide receiver Dwayne Saunders.

MCKEAN FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (As of August 22)
Friday, September 5 - Vs. Tatnall - 7pm
Friday, September 12 - At Howard - 7pm
Friday, September 19 - At Dickinson - 7pm
Saturday, September 27 - Vs. Brandywine - 7pm
Thursday, October 2 - At Friends - 3:30pm
Saturday, October 11 - At Conrad - 11am
Friday, October 17 - Vs. Christiana - 7pm
Saturday, October 25 - At Mt. Pleasant - 10:30am
Friday, October 31 - Vs. Hodgson - 7pm
Saturday, November 8 - At St. Georges - 10:30am



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Blue Rocks to remain connected to Royals
By Sean Greene

The Wilmington Blue Rocks will remain a Kansas City Royals' affiliate for at least two more years, the Major League club announced Friday.

Wilmington has been in the Kansas City organization for all but two seasons since the franchise reformed in 1993. This new deal stretches until 2016.

During that time, they have won four Carolina League Titles: 1994, 1996, 1998, and 1999.

The Blue Rocks are run by local ownership, and they have a Player Development Contract with Kansas City to provide the players for the team.

In addition to Wilmington, Kansas City reached agreement with Burlington (Rookie, 2018), Lexington (A, 2018), and Idaho Falls (Rookie, 2016).

Kansas City's Director of Player Development Scott Sharp said in a statement released by the team:

"We feel these cities and facilities are some of the best in all of minor league baseball and provide us a great advantage in developing the Royals of the future. There is great history tied to each of these affiliates as many of our current Major League players have donned their uniforms; we want to continue these relationships for a long time."



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UConn coach to host clinic in Newark
By Sean Greene

Geno Auriemma is coming to Newark (Courtesy: Delaware Sports Commission)
University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma will hold a coaching clinic in Newark next month.

Auriemma will be in town as part of the USA Basketball Women's National Team showcase game on September 11 at the Bob Carpenter Center. That game could feature Elena Delle Donne and other members of the Women's National Team roster assuming they are not playing in the WNBA Finals.

Besides Auriemma, Dawn Staley from South Carolina and Doug Bruno of DePaul will also speak at the event. The Delaware 87ers staff will also be on hand.

All high school and local youth coaches are invited to attend the 1:00-3:30pm event by pre-registering and having a ticket to the game later in the evening.

Coaches interested in attending the clinic should contact Chris Giacomucci at cgiaco@udel.edu or (302) 672-6832.




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