Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

By Associated Press 9:42pm, September 25, 2016
Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems.

Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.

Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements. Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest-earners in golf.

On the golf course, Palmer was an icon not for how often he won, but the way he did it.


NBC10: Smoke detectors saved family in Saturday fire in Canby Park

By NBC10/Frank Gerace 9:03pm, September 25, 2016
Smoke detectors helped a family of six escape the Canby Park home in which 2 Wilmington firefighters were killed and 2 others critically injured early Saturday morning.

NBC10 reports smoke detectors in the home at 1927 Lakeview Road started going off before 3 AM as the family slept.

"We were like, 'wake up, wake up, it's a fire!'" said Winter Brooks, who lives inside the home. "It was really scary."

After the first unit arrived, a report was transmitted of heavy fire from the rear and another engine was dispatched.

Firefighters entered the home and tried to save the family members, who they thought were trapped in the basement. They didn't realize the entire family had gotten out safely.

As the firefighters remained inside, the first floor of the home, which investigators say was soft and brittle, collapsed.

Lieutenant Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes then fell through to the basement and were trapped inside.

A Wilmington firefighter declared a "mayday" at 3:14 a.m. and officials directed more resources to assist them.

"Firefighters trapped, first floor," a dispatcher said in a recording obtained by NBC10. "Mayday has been declared. All units out."

Several firefighters searched through the home and eventually found Leach and Fickes dead.

Four other firefighters were injured during the fire.

Two of the survivors were still in critical condition Sunday morning at Crozer Chester Medical Center Burn Center--two others were treated and released from Christiana Hospital.

Funeral plans for Leach and Fickes were pending Sunday morning.


Wash. state shooting suspect “zombie-like” at arrest

By CBS/AP 12:50pm, September 25, 2016 - Updated 1:05pm, September 25, 2016
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BURLINGTON, Wash. - The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared “zombie-like” when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said.

Island County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Arcan Cetin​ from a patrol car Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Washington, and immediately recognized him as the suspect who killed five people at the Cascade Mall in nearby Burlington.

Hawley said at a news conference they had received information that Cetin, of Oak Harbor, was in the area. Cetin, who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey, is a legal permanent resident who has been living in Oak Harbor, authorities said. He had been arrested once before in the county for assault, Hawley said.

“I literally hit my brakes, did a quick turn, I jumped out,” Hawley said. “We both jumped out with our guns, and he just froze.”

Cetin was unarmed and was carrying a satchel with a computer in it.

“He was kind of zombie-like,” Hawley said.

Authorities said it now appears the rifle was brought into the mall from the suspect’s vehicle that was there, Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said Saturday night.

Cetin has not been charged, Cammock said. He will be booked into the Skagit County Jail and is expected to appear in Skagit County District Court on Monday.

According to CBS affiliate KIRO, that Skagit County court records show three domestic-violence assault charges against Cetin. The victim was identified as Cetin’s stepfather.

The Seattle Times reports​ Cetin also was arrested for drunken driving.

Cetin was told by an Island County District Court judge on Dec. 29 that he was not to possess a firearm. The court was told it was not clear were Cetin would be staying.

However, the stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying his stepson was “going through a hard time.” A formal no-contact order was entered for each parent, according to court records.

Cetin was involved a misdemeanor fourth-degree assault case in Island County, Washington. He was reportedly ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation in August 2015, and that was completed as of March 2016, KIRO reported. As of Aug. 25, 2016, Cetin was in compliance with weekly sessions for mental health counseling. He complied with the alcohol assessment, according to court records, and he had a deferred prosecution review for a case involving a marijuana scheduled for 2018.

Authorities said four women, ranging in age from teens to seniors, died Friday in the mall shooting at the Macy’s makeup counter around 7 p.m. A man who was wounded in the shooting died early Saturday, officials said. One of the victims has been identified as Sarai Lara, 16, according to KIRO.

The Seattle Times reported Sarai Lara’s mother said she had survived cancer as a young girl and was a happy student.

Evangelina Lara told the newspaper through a translator that she was shopping Friday night at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, with Sarai and her younger sister, but they split up.

She says Sarai went to Macy’s looking for pants.

Evangelina Lara says it was confirmed at 2 a.m. Saturday that her daughter was among the five people killed.

The other victims have not yet been identified.

The mall was packed Friday night when the gunman opened fire with what police described as a “hunting-type” rifle. Victims described chaos on the scene as police locked it down and tried to clear the area.

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Canby Park house fire leaves 2 firefighters dead, 2 critical

By Frank Gerace/Yossi Goldstein 5:21pm, September 24, 2016 - Updated 11:58am, September 25, 2016
WDEL's Frank Gerace reports
An overnight house fire in Wilmington's Canby Park section killed 2 firefighters and critically injured 2 others.

The fire was reported shortly before 3 Saturday morning at 1927 Lakeview Road.

City Fire Chief Anthony Goode says the situation quickly got worse.

The floor collapse killed 41 year old Lieutenant Christopher Leach, who was a 14 year veteran, and 51 year old Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, who served for 13 years.

Firefighter Lieutenant Christopher Leach.

Lieutenant Christopher Leach

Salesianum School held a Saturday afternoon prayer service for Leach, a 1994 alumnus, and lieutenant at Ladder Co. 2.

Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes.

Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes

Fickes was at Squad 4 in Wilmington, and was a member and past assistant chief at Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. in Newark.

Terrance Tate and John Cawthray were hospitalized after the blaze but were eventually released. Firefighters Ardythe Hope and Brad Speakman remain hospitalized at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

Vice President Joe Biden made unscheduled stops in Wilmington Saturday afternoon,going to the Canby Park fire scene and stopping at Wilmington's Emergency Operations Center.

The Bidens are friends with the family of Chris Leach, and the Vice President has long been a proponent of fire service, having included Delaware volunteer fire companies in one of the Presidential Inauguration parades.

The state Fire Marshal's office and federal Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are investigating the blaze, and will try to answer many questions, including why firefighters went into the home if the family living there had already gotten out.

Flags were seen flying at at half-mast at fire stations around Wilmington, which were adorned with black bunting.

black bunting on Talleyville fire trucks.

Black bunting on Talleyville fire trucks

This was the first fire-related firefighter deaths in Wilmington since 1998.

Funeral arrangements for both Leach and Fickes have not yet been announced.


Pedestrian in critical condition after he's hit by car in Middletown

By Frank Gerace 5:08pm, September 25, 2016 - Updated 5:24pm, September 25, 2016
A man is in critical condition after he was hit by a car while walking across a Middletown street.

The pedestrian wasn't in a crosswalk or at an intersection when he was crossing Merrimac Avenue around 5:10 a.m. Saturday morning and was hit by a car driven by a Magnolia woman, Middletown police said.

The man was knocked unconscious, and suffered head and leg injuries police are calling life-threatening.

The investigation into the accident is continuing.


Wentz, Birds stun Steelers

By Associated Press 7:42pm, September 25, 2016
Carson Wentz threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, a fierce defense shut down Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and the Eagles beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 on Sunday to remain unbeaten.

The rookie No. 2 overall pick connected with Darren Sproles on a 73-yard, catch-and-run TD and tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews.

After beating the Browns (0-3) and Bears (0-2) in the first two games, the Eagles (3-0) proved they could compete with the big boys. The Steelers (2-1) averaged 31 points the first two weeks and are considered Super Bowl contenders.

Pittsburgh was 19-2 against rookie quarterbacks since 2004. But Wentz is no ordinary rookie.

Everyone is jumping on the Wentz wagon in Philadelphia. And he was the No. 3 quarterback until Sam Bradford was traded to Minnesota just eight days before the season opener.

Sproles finished with six catches for 128 yards and Kenjon Barner and rookie Wendell Smallwood each had their first career rushing TDs.

Roethlisberger had 257 yards passing, one interception and no TDs after tossing six in the first two games. Brown caught 12 passes for 140 yards, most of which after the outcome was decided.


Phillies on wrong side of 17-0 shutout

By Frank Gerace 6:53pm, September 25, 2016
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grand slam, Jose Reyes drove in four runs and the New York Mets overwhelmed the Phillies 17-0 Sunday in the largest shutout victory in team history to maintain the NL wild-card lead.

On an afternoon when batters circled the bases like the cartoon Gashouse Gorillas, the Mets romped in their final regular-season game at Citi Field.

Reyes batted four straight times with the bases loaded and Cabrera hit his 23rd home run this season. Curtis Granderson reached 30 home runs for the first time since 2012 and rookie Robert Gsellman (3-2) allowed three hits over seven innings.

New York's previous high for runs in a shutout was 14, against the Chicago Cubs in 1965 and Cincinnati in 1998.

Wearing 1986 commemorative uniforms, New York began the day tied with San Francisco for the NL's two wild cards, a half-game ahead of St. Louis.


Former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner's son killed in crash

By Brandon Bossert 6:17pm, September 24, 2016
Gary Ingram, 55-year-old son of former Governor Ruth Ann Minner, was killed in a crash near Milford Friday night.

Ingram was driving a tow truck, traveling southbound on Bay Road south of Cicade Lane, Milford, at approximately 6:39 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, the tow truck gradually traveled off of the edge of the road.

The truck struck a steel sign and continued traveling south where it struck a group of trees.

Ingram, a Milford resident, was transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation by Delaware State Police. Neither alcohol or drugs appear to be a factor in this crash.

Governor Jack Markell issued this statement on the passing of Ingram.

“Along with so many people in our state, I have long-admired the devotion that the Minners shows to family and their commitment to helping others. Like his mother, Gary demonstrated a passion for service to his community and for improving the lives of Delawareans. He will be sorely missed. I join all Delawareans who are thinking of and praying for the family at this difficult time.”


State Police seek suspect who shot elderly Hockessin man in head

By Yossi Goldstein 10:35am, September 25, 2016
State Troopers are seeking help to bring in a man, suspected for armed robbery in Hockessin Friday night, for questioning.

According to authorities, the masked man followed an elderly Hockessin resident to his home in the 3700 block of Newport Gap Pike in Hockessin around 10:20 p.m., and when the senior citizen went into his garage, the suspect pulled a gun on the 87 year old.

When the senior citizen went to knock the gun from the intruders hands the suspect fired a shot that hit the man in the head.

The suspect then took money and was last seen running toward McKennan's Church Road.

The victim was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics ,and was then transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was treated and released with a minor injury to his head.

If you have any further information, call Detective Heidi Carroll at 302.365.8467 or call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Troopers investigating shots fired at a car in Bear

By Yossi Goldstein 10:55am, September 25, 2016
A shooting in Bear Saturday night has State Police investigating.

According to Troopers, shots were fired at a vehicle that stopped at an intersection in Wellington Woods around 8:30 p.m.

At the intersection, another vehicle's driver - 19 year old Anthony Stanley -- confronted the 21 year old driver of the first car over an earlier incident.

The 21 year old hit the gas but when the second car caught up on Pulaski Highway, a 17 year old passenger in the second vehicle fired multiple shots at the 21 year old's car, causing him to crash into a third car.

Nobody was injured, and Troopers are continuing their investigation.

If you have more information, you're asked to call detective Nicholas Terranova at 302.365.8436 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Magnolia man killed in Felton crash

By Frank Gerace 5:24pm, September 25, 2016
A Magnolia man is dead after his pickup truck slammed into a tree in Felton.

66-year-old Sherman Catchings was driving eastbound on Willow Grove Road near Pony Track Road around 4:10 p.m. Friday when his truck went off the road, hit a tree in the front yard of a house and spun, Delaware State Police said.

Catchings was able to get out of the truck, but collapsed in the yard.

Kent County paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police don't think alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, which closed Willow Grove Road at the scene for about 2 hours.


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