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

By Frank Gerace 10:17am, November 28, 2015 - Updated 11:49am, November 29, 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.

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

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

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

Bobby Taylor is black, 5'9" and 160 lbs. 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 or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

State Police look for Bear area bank robber

By Taggart Houck 6:11pm, November 28, 2015 - Updated 11:49am, November 29, 2015
Delaware State Police are looking for the man who robbed a Bear area bank Saturday morning.

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

The suspect ran away in an unknown direction, police said.

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

The suspect is described as about 5'10", 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 Jaycees Christmas Parade

By Taggart Houck 4:38pm, November 28, 2015 - Updated 11:42am, November 29, 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 Jaycees 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.

"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," Mose said.

This is the fourth year the parade coincided with Small Business Saturday--an effort to shop locally.

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

Equipment problem leads to alleged chemical release at Perdue poultry plant in Milford

By Frank Gerace 10:54am, November 28, 2015 - Updated 11:53am, November 29, 2015
DNREC said 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 lbs. of anhydrous ammonia from Perdue Farms at 213 Rehoboth Boulevard in Milford.

Company spokeswoman Julie DeYoung said that the anhydrous ammonia was being used as a refrigerant and that the incident was reported to the appropriate authorities.

Perdue spokesman Joe Forsthoffer said a part of the plant was evacuated as a precaution for about 20 minutes because people working there smelled ammonia but no one was injured. Forsthoffer said the area around the plant wasn't affected.

The release is under investigation.

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