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WDEL 1150AM, Wilmington, DE - News Talk Radio

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Wilmington residents rally for peace after recent killings

By Tom Lehman 7:55pm, January 28, 2015 - Updated 7:58pm, January 28, 2015
VIDEO: WDEL's Tom Lehman reports. (Footage courtesy NBC 10)

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Just one day after the city recorded its sixth fatal shooting of the year, Wilmington residents took to the streets on Wednesday to demand an end to gun violence.

Residents held a peace rally late in the afternoon at West 4th and North Rodney streets, just blocks from a Hilltop-section home where six people--nearly all of them teenagers--were struck by gunfire in a pair of triple shootings over the past weekend.

Among the victims was 16-year-old Jordan Ellerbe, a student at A.I. duPont High School, who died after he was shot in the head Friday night outside of the residence, located in the 200 block of North Broom Street.

A day later, 18-year-old William Rollins Jr. was killed in a shooting in the area of West 21st and Washington streets. On Tuesday, a 26-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and torso, later succumbing to his injuries in the city's sixth homicide of 2015.

Pastor Lottie Davis with Be Ready Church attended the rally and told NBC10 she and other residents want more police on the streets with the hope of seeing them crack down on troublemakers.

"You wouldn't think that young black males would want police, but they're tired, they're afraid, they want police. They say, 'Everybody knows who the drug dealers are. Go in their house. Get them.'"

Last month, the mayor's office announced it created a fund that would offer rewards of up to $10,000 for information on homicide cases and officials this week rolled out a new policing initiative called "Operation Disrupt." The strategy involves more pedestrian stops and shifts 22 officers to patrol known crime hotspots.



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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting in Wilmington

By Frank Gerace 8:54pm, January 28, 2015

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Wilmington Police have arrested a man for allegedly gunning down the city's sixth homicide victim Tuesday.

Police said officers found person of interest Rhishawn McNeil, 22, in a house on East 11th Street when they executed a search warrant there.

McNeil was developed as a suspect following the shooting death of 26-year-old Donnell Clark, and is now charged with his death.

Clark died at Christiana Hospital Tuesday night from the injuries he sustained after being shot in the chest and stomach at a house on East 17th Street.

McNeil's being held without bail at the Howard Young Correctional Facility and faces charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.



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Boys & Girls Club could bring new hope to Wilmington's Hedgeville neighborhood

By Shana O'Malley 4:34pm, January 28, 2015 - Updated 10:42pm, January 28, 2015
VIDEO: WDEL's Shana O'Malley reports.

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The Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington's Hedgeville neighborhood could re-open, giving hundreds of local youths an alternative to street activity.

Sen. Robert Marshall (D-Wilmington West) said re-opening the Jackson Street Boys and Girls Club could help curb youth violence in the city.

"There are not enough safe places for young adults to keep them off the streets," said Marshall.

Marshall said the club could be used for education and recreational purposes.

Community member Faye Jenkins used to volunteer at the club before it closed down in 2011 due to lack of participation.

"This was a great neighborhood until drugs and violence took us down," Jenkins said.

The club would cost about $400,000 to re-open. Marshall wants to use money from the state's recent $36.6 million bank settlement.

The Wilmington senator said he'll also push for a new gun buyback program for local police departments.



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Mayor Williams appoints councilman to head citizen-police advisory panel

By Tom Lehman 7:45pm, January 28, 2015 - Updated 8:07pm, January 28, 2015

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Mayor Dennis Williams has tapped Councilman Mike Brown to head the Wilmington Police Department's citizen advisory board.

Brown (R-At Large) has chaired the council's public safety committee since 2013 and, at times, been a political opponent and critic of Williams.

The panel is intended to increase dialogue between police and stakeholders in the community and boost public trust.

As chair of the commission, Brown will act as the liaison between the panel and Police Chief Bobby Cummings.






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Jennifer Cohan confirmed by Delaware Senate as new DelDOT Secretary

By WDEL staff 5:57pm, January 28, 2015
Jennifer Cohan moves up to the position of the Secretary of DelDOT./Courtesy Delaware DMV

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The Delaware Senate today confirmed unanimously the nomination of Jennifer Cohan to the position of Secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation.

She takes the helm as former Secretary Shailen Bhatt heads to the Colorado Department of Transportation to fill the role of executive director.

"With over 25 years of experience in State public service, Jennifer has developed the knowledge and forged the relationships necessary to continue strengthening Delaware's transportation network," Gov. Jack Markell said. "Today's unanimous vote by the Senate affirms her efforts. I look forward to our work together and I appreciate the Senate's consideration and support."



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Gold Alert issued by Delaware State Police for woman missing more than 2 weeks

By Frank Gerace 9:50pm, January 28, 2015
Shirley Mathibeli

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Delaware State Police have issued a Gold Alert for a Wilmington woman who hasn't been seen in more than 2 weeks.

Police say 43-year-old Shirley Mathibeli was last seen at her home on Philadelphia Pike back on January 12th. Troopers don't know where Mathibeli is, and haven't been able to make contact with her to conduct a welfare check.

Mathibeli is black, 5'4" and about 130 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. When last seen, she was wearing a dark beige dress and beige high-heeled shoes.

Anyone who knows where Mathibeli might be is urged to contact Delaware State Police Troop 2 in Glasgow at 302-365-8426, call Delaware Crimestoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, go to www.tipsubmit.com, or text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."



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Delaware driver's licenses may go digital

By Amy Cherry 11:47am, January 28, 2015 - Updated 12:55pm, January 28, 2015
Delaware hopes to be the first in the nation to allow you to show your driver's license through an app on your smartphone.

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Delaware driver's licenses could soon go digital.

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Instead of whipping out a wallet to show a driver's license, drivers would now be able to show IDs right on their smartphones.

"It will actually look exactly like the Delaware driver's license; it will take up the entire screen and contain the exact same information that the currently have," said outgoing DMV director Jennifer Cohan.

Cohan told WDEL the app would be secure and require a pin as well as fingerprint or voice recognition to display the driver's license.

Cohan said there's a demand for this kind of service--a niche of modern citizens who want to use their phones for just about everything.

"Most of our younger population, they have their phone on them, more often than they have their wallet or their purse, so we're just trying to keep up with the times," she said.

Delaware is aiming to be the first in the nation to offer this new service.

"We are neck-in-neck with Iowa, believe it or not, as far as implementation of a pilot program; it may be a tie, but of course, Delaware does like to be first, so we're pushing pretty hard to implement a pilot first," she said.

A small pilot program, using 50 drivers, is at least three months away.

Cohan said the digital driver's licenses would not replace the original driver's licenses that will always be offered by the DMV.

Whether your digital driver's license would be accepted in other states under the reciprocity of the U.S. Driver License Agreement, remains unknown.

"That reciprocity agreement is silent on a digital driver's license so I personally believe that's something we'll have to look into either adding to or amending because I believe that it would be accepted, but I don't know that we can promise that," she said.

The move is one of many customer service upgrades made by Cohan in her tenure as DMV director. Cohan was tapped by Governor Jack Markell to succeed Shailen Bhatt, as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation. Her confirmation hearing before the Delaware state Senate is Wednesday at Legislative Hall.

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Dover prisoner who went missing re-apprehended on shoplifting charge

By DJ McAneny 4:59pm, January 28, 2015
Kennyuan Baldwin

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A prison who had fled while on an authorized work release pass earlier this month has been apprehended by authorities, the Delaware Department of Correction announced Wednesday.

According to officials, Kennyuan Baldwin, 24, of Dover, had been issued a work release pass by the Morris Community Corrections Center on January 6 when he went missing. He was rearrested by a Delaware State Trooper on a Sussex County shoplifting charge on Tuesday, additionally charged with "escape after conviction," and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $5,000 cash bond, officials said.

Baldwin had served a three-year prison sentence on 2011 firearm and robbery convictions and was currently serving a six-month level 4 work release sentence when he went missing.



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Smile! The DMV says so

By Amy Cherry 1:33pm, January 28, 2015 - Updated 1:39pm, January 28, 2015
You can now flash those pearly whites in your Delaware driver's license photo. (Photo/Delaware DMV)

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Delaware driver's license photos will no longer look like mug shots.

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Drivers can now go back to getting their grin on at the Delaware DMV.

"For the last five years, when you come to get your driver's license or renew, you had to have a neutral expression for our facial recognition software to work, but we've upgraded that software," said DMV director Jennifer Cohan.

Cohan said they've been telling people going in for their licenses for the past month that they can smile again.

"That, to me, is one of the most exciting things that I've been able to do as DMV director," she said.

Cohan is expected to exit that post and become Secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation, pending her confirmation hearing in the state Senate Wednesday. Cohan was nominated to lead the agency by Governor Jack Markell, after Secretary Shailen Bhatt announced he would leave his post to take a job leading the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Cohan said going back to smiling has long been on her list of customer service enhancements that included shorter wait times and a more friendly experience for people visiting Delaware's DMV locations.

But she said allowing folks to smile was out of her control until this recent software upgrade.

"People are so excited when they realize that they can actually smile and that their driver's license photo will no longer look like a mugshot," she said.

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Camden, Del., man, 79, dies from injuries sustained after being hit by postal worker

By DJ McAneny 1:08pm, January 28, 2015

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A 79-year-old Camden man has died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash earlier this month, Delaware State Police announced Wednesday.

According to authorities, Billie Jo Bentz, 43, of Dover, was operating his postal truck in the area of Peach Blossom Lane at approximately 1:55 p.m. Monday, January 12, when Robert R. Thomas walked into the roadway.

Police said Thomas was attempting to bring Bentz some mail to be delivered, but the mail carrier "didn't immediately see Thomas," and began to pull away from the mailbox, striking the elderly man with his front bumper, knocking him to the ground.

Thomas was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, where he was admitted with an undetermined head injury. He died Tuesday from that injury at approximately 8:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Bentz was uninjured in the collision.

Delaware State Police said the Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate the incident.



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Bill would place moratorium on new charter schools in Wilmington

By Tom Lehman 8:56am, January 28, 2015 - Updated 10:47am, January 28, 2015

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A state lawmaker from Wilmington on Tuesday introduced legislation in the Delaware General Assembly that would put a moratorium on new charter schools in the city.

State Representative Charles Potter (D-Wilmington North) has introduced legislation that would halt the creation of any new charter schools located in the city until midway through 2017.

The bill was passed after Wilmington lawmakers called for the moratorium and more involvement in the education process and a complaint from the Delaware chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union that alleged the state's charter school law is discriminatory and causing resegregation.

"There's no uniformity, you can just come in and place a charter school anywhere you want," Potter said.

Although the bill may appear anti-charter, he said the proposed legislation is aimed at giving the state an opportunity to examine how the current system for how those schools are approved to operate in Wilmington.

"We have to look at a school system that really works for our young people," he said.

Kendall Massett, director of the Delaware Charter School Network, disagreed that the system was not working properly and said each of the schools in the city have followed the regulations required by the state.

Although she did acknowledge Delaware should reexamine education as a whole throughout the state, she thinks limiting parents' choices for where to send their kids to school would be a mistake.

"We do not believe every school needs to be a charter school, we believe every school needs to be an excellent school," she said.

Potter's bill was sent to the House Education Committee for consideration.




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EdWatch: Delaware's youngest CEO takes '100 Men Reading' program national

By Amy Cherry 8:57am, January 28, 2015 - Updated 10:19am, January 28, 2015
Imani Henry, founder of 100 Men Reading, and her male role models. (Photo/100 Men Reading)

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Delaware's youngest CEO is on Capitol Hill as her literacy program prepares to go nationwide.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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Thirteen-year-old Imani Henry of Wilmington founded the 100 Men Reading program three years ago.

"I started it because when I was younger, I struggled with reading a lot. It was because of a birth defect in my eye; I had Astigmatism in my eye, and I was basically just struggling because I couldn't read as good as the others, and I was really self-conscious about that, and I would cry every night," she said.

She said her dad and her brothers stepped in, reading books to her.

"They used to read to me every night; they would switch off and read to me, and it would make me feel very special," she said.

She took the joy she got from this and brought it first to Delaware schools, where thousands of male role models read to students in the classroom. Now the program is going national.

"I want every kid to experience this program because it means so much to me," she said.

She said some volunteer readers build bonds with students, stressing the importance of reading often while making stories come alive for kids.

"The male role models, they have so much fun just having that special feeling, just helping a child, knowing that they're there spending their time with them," Henry said.

At just 13, Henry has lofty goals, she aims to have a 100 Men Reading chapter in every state. Over the next two months, new chapters will open in Alabama and Sandy Hook, Connecticut, with Henry's help.

To date, Henry said more than 15,000 children have been read to and given a new book to build their personal library. More than 125 educational institutions have also received volunteers from the 100 Men Reading program.

Henry has a special meeting this week with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, where she'll discuss the importance of early childhood education and literacy.

She's also the youngest panelist to speak at a national mentoring conference in Washington, D.C. as part of National Mentoring Month.

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Grounded ship is re-floated in the Delaware Bay

By Kelli Steele 7:28am, January 28, 2015 - Updated 10:19am, January 28, 2015

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A ship that ran aground in the Delaware Bay is back on its way to Philadelphia with a load of fresh produce.

The Coast Guard responded to a distress call from the 470-foot Santa Lucia around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday near Miah Maull Shoal in the Delaware Bay.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Commander Kathy Moore said it has not yet been determined why the ship ran aground. An investigation is underway.

The ship was safely re-floated late Tuesday afternoon and had to anchor at Big Stone Anchorage for a Coast Guard safety inspection before continuing on to Philly.




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Officials warn of paprika product containing peanut allergen

By Associated Press 9:16am, January 28, 2015 - Updated 10:30am, January 28, 2015

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State agriculture officials are warning residents about a paprika product that contains an undeclared peanut allergen.

Tennessee's Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it conducted a retail food product sampling in the Cleveland area.

Test results for 5 oz. containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika showed the presence of a peanut allergen not disclosed on the product label.

The product, distributed by Spice Co. of Avenel, N.J., has a lot number of 091617PAHU05PS.

Officials are asking retailers to remove the product from shelves and contact the distributor.

Officials have reported the findings to the Federal Drug Administration and Spice Co.




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Ford recalls cars, vans for door latch and seat belt trouble

By Associated Press 9:16am, January 28, 2015 - Updated 10:32am, January 28, 2015

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Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts.

The biggest recall covers nearly 205,000 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor models in North America from the 2010 to 2013 model years. Ford said a door latch spring can become unseated, allowing the door to unlatch in a side-impact crash. The company said it knows of no injuries from the problem. Dealers will inspect the latches and replace door handles if needed.

The second recall covers just over 16,000 Transit Connect small vans in the U.S. from the 2014 model year. Seat belt fasteners can loosen, causing the belts to malfunction. Ford said the problem hasn't caused any crashes or injuries.

Dealers will replace and tighten the seat belt fasteners.




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Nissan recalls SUVs to fix electrical shorts, hood latches

By Associated Press 9:16am, January 28, 2015 - Updated 10:32am, January 28, 2015

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Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires.

The largest recall covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs worldwide from 2008 to 2014. Snow and salty water can seep through the driver's side carpet to a wiring harness, causing electrical shorts. Nissan says there were reports of shorts but no fires or injuries.

Dealers will inspect the wiring and replace or seal it.

The second recall covers nearly 216,000 Nissan Pathfinders from 2013 and 2014, and Infiniti JX35s from 2013 and QX60s from 2014. The secondary hood latch could stay open when the hood is closed. Nissan said some hoods have been damaged but no crashes or injuries were reported. Dealers will fix the latches for free.