Driver identified, surrenders in fatal Hockessin hit-and-run
By Amy Cherry

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 5:03pm

Gabriel Pardo turned himself into authorities Tuesday.
The driver in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Hockessin has turned himself in to police.

Police say Gabriel Pardo of Hockessin was behind the wheel of a car that struck and killed bicyclist Phillip Bishop Friday night at Brackenville and Horseshoe Hill Roads.

Police say Pardo left the scene of the accident, leaving Bishop there to die. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pardo is behind bars on $50,000 bail on charges of criminally negligent homicide and fleeing the scene of an accident, causing death.

Police say Bishop was highly visible even on a dark road when he was struck, wearing a helmet with a flashlight and headlamp with a flashing red marker light on his bike.



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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Inside Nemours' new state-of-the-art emergency room
By Amy Cherry

Updated Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:24pm

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WDEL VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Check out the inside of Nemours A.I. duPont Hosptial's new emergency room.

The new emergency room at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for children doesn't officially open for another month, but WDEL's Amy Cherry got an exclusive sneak peek.

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Vibrant student artwork adorns the freshly painted walls of Nemours' new emergency room that's double the size, adding to the hospital's warm, patient and family-centered care.

"I'm really looking forward to, hopefully, reduce our wait times because we now have more room for these patients and families," said Sean Elwell, trauma program manager and interim manager of the emergency department.

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Sean Elwell, interim manager, says the ER inside the Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center now has its very own CT machine and much larger trauma rooms.

"If we had a disaster situation that we needed to care for more patients or a large-scale traumatic incident, we could absolutely expand these rooms because of their size so that we could care for multiple patients at the same time," said Elwell.

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In addition to double the number of patient rooms, the emergency room has a brand new helipad, overlooking the healing garden. It also has an improved, more convenient ambulance entryway.

"They can walk directly into our trauma rooms, it's a straight shot. There's no twist and turns and no going down a long hallway to find a room," as had been the case in the past design, Elwell said.

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Crystal Dunnigan spent the last five years planning the expansion on Nemours' Family Advisory Council.

"It's amazing to see all the work that we did just come to life. I mean, it's one thing to see it on paper, it's one thing to talk to somebody about how it's going to look, but it's another for it to actually be. It's here, it's complete, it's exciting," said Dunnigan.

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The emergency room opens to patients Sunday, Oct. 12 at 8 a.m.



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2 hurt in gunfire in Elsmere
By Amy Cherry/Tom Lehman

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:05pm

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Two people are hurt in a shooting in Elsmere.

It happened on the 2100 block of Seneca Road not far from the Boys and Girls Club just before 2:30 p.m. Monday

County paramedics say two men suffered gunshot wounds. One of the men is in critical condition, the other is stable. Both were taken to Christiana Hospital.





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Boy in wheelchair assault get bravery award
By Amy Cherry

Updated Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:17pm

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A disabled boy, who was bullied and assaulted by two Newark area boys gets an award for his courage.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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Quan Mackey suffers from cerebral palsy. Last week, Quan's wheelchair was shoved into a storm grate and two boys made off with his keys.

Claudio Cerrulo, head of the "Teach Anti-Bullying" group in Delaware County says he was inspired by Quan's courage.

"Well, he stood up, and I mean he didn't cry about it, you know he stood tall. He was courageous, you don't see that in many victims. It just makes me so very teary-eyed that this young boy would have to go through that, and that people are cowardly that would do that somebody, especially with cerebral palsy, I'm just outraged by that," Cerrulo told NBC 10.

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Mackey got a medal and award and a signed jersey from his favorite Philly, Ryan Howard.

Police are still looking for the two boys who attacked Quan in his wheelchair.



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NCCo police commemorate officer who died in line of duty
By Amy Cherry

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 3:02pm

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County police mark the third anniversary of the death of one of their own.

Lieutenant Joe Szczerba was stabbed to death on this day in 2011.

This morning, the police department held a solemn "End of Watch" ceremony at the Public Safety building in Minquadale.

County officials remember Szczerba not only for his dedication to public service, but for being what they called a "good person" in everyday life.




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Newark City Council looks at noise law
By Tom Lehman

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:45pm

Newark council members held a workshop on Monday to discuss the city's noise ordinance with some calling for the law to be modernized.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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The meeting, which primarily featured a presentation from Valentino De Rocili, a senior consultant with Complian Environmental, Inc., looked at measuring noise and its effects on the surrounding community.

Rocili suggested to council that if members were to update the noise law, creating a clearer definition of what constitutes noise disturbance should be a priority.

Among the restrictions already in the code is the prohibition of operating televisions, radios or speakers between 9:00 p.m. and the following 7:00 a.m. that can be "plainly audible across real property boundaries or through partitions common to two parties within a building."

Newark police primarily enforce the law against off-campus parties held by University of Delaware students, Chief Paul Tiernan said.

Councilwoman Marge Hadden, who has expressed significant interest in the issue and independently spent time measuring sound in the city, agreed with the consultant's suggestion.

"The fact that we don't have a good definition of what one is, we do need to fix that," she said.

Councilman Rob Gifford (District 3) said the law needs to better reflect things like industrial noise, without being too restrictive and making the city appear unfriendly.

"Obviously in Newark, it's parties and often the train. You can't do anything about about the train, but certainly we could do things about any kind of industrial or party or event situation," he said.

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De Rocili noted for Newark to do a detailed study, it could take a year to collect enough data and cost between $30,000 and $50,000.

Gifford noted the issue of noise pollution drew plenty of attention because of the now defunct plan to construct a data center and 278-megawatt cogeneration power plant at the former Chrysler automobile plant site on UD's Science Technology and Advanced Research Campus.

Industrial noise, he said, is an issue that needs to be more clearly addressed in city code.

"We need to be prepared in the future. We were, I think, a little under-prepared. We have, of course, our ordinances but if you see an opportunity to make an improvement, you probably should," said Gifford.

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DC-to-Philly Amtrak service restored
By WDEL Staff, AP

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 2:14pm

Amtrak workers work to resume service along part of the Northeast Corridor line. (Photo courtesy of Amtrak)
Limited operations have resumed along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

Service had been suspended between Washington and Philadelphia because of downed overhead wires on the tracks in the Aberdeen, Md. area.

Amtrak now says crews have have made the necessary repairs to permit single-track operation through the area where a Norfolk Southern freight train struck a support pole. Work on the adjacent track will continue until it can also be returned to service.

Passengers should be prepared for possible delays as trains operate at reduced speeds through the affected area.

An Amtrak spokeswoman did not immediately know how many passengers were affected.



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Bridge maintenance to close a lane of I-95 SB
By Amy Cherry

Construction work will close a lane of I-95 starting Wednesday and lasting until the beginning of October.

The lane closure is on the southbound side of the highway. DelDOT crews will be doing concrete repairs to the bridge over the Christina River, shutting the right lane of I-95 between the Maryland Avenue on-ramp and the 295/95 split.

The closure will be between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday until October 3rd.



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Widener professor weighs in on inmate suicide case
By Ruth Bryna/Amy Cherry

A Delaware family's lawsuit is moving forward against two state Department of Correction officials in an inmate's suicide.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision on September 5th that the wife and children of Christopher Barkes can sue the former correction officials. Barkes committed suicide at Howard Young in November 2004. The lawsuit alleges corrections officials failed to properly screen inmates for mental health.

Widener University School of Law professor John Culhane says the courts will likely look at the specific conduct of the corrections officers. The U.S. Supreme Court has previously said you can't hold someone responsible simply because they are a supervisor.

"The answer seems to be emerging from the federal appellate court that you have to show that the officials, themselves, engaged in the kind of conduct that the Constitution prohibits, right? And in the case of the 8th Amendment, cruel and unusual punishment the standard is deliberate indifference to an inmate's medical needs," said Culhane.

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The lawsuit was filed against former Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Stan Taylor and former warden Raphael Williams.

The Delaware Attorney General's office is representing the defendants and says it is reviewing its options in the case.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)



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Heroin alert program set for New Castle County Wednesday night
By Peter MacArthur

Heroin takes center stage in New Castle County on Wednesday night during a program organized by county administrators and law enforcement.

The Heroin Alert meeting happens at 6 p.m. at the community center in Delaware City. The meeting is meant to be both educational and informative in terms of laying out how the drug is affecting residents in the area.

The program's focus is on drug prevention, showing the consequences of the drug trade in some areas. It's also an effort to educate people about the dangers of heroin.

Organizers say the program is appropriate for people 12 years of age and above and is free of charge.



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16-year-old surrenders in Middletown shooting
By Ruth Bryna

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:52pm

Middletown police say a 16-year-old boy has turned himself in to police in connection with two shooting incidents in Middletown earlier this month.

Police say an investigation determined the teen was the driver on September 5th, when two teens were shot.

Police say the boy gave officers false statements about the identity of the shooter and his activity the night of the shootings. Police say he also conspired with others to delete records of texts and phone conversations identifying others in the shootings.

He's charged with making false statements, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy.

The teen was arraigned and committed on $2,000 secured bond.

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone having information is asked to contact Detective Ronald Davis at 302-376-9950 or 302-573-2800.



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Delawareans risk losing ACA eligibility
By Associated Press

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:54pm

State officials says some 300 Delawareans remain at risk of losing insurance coverage under the federal health care reform law because they have yet to submit documentation verifying their eligibility.

Federal officials sent out notices last month to more than 300,000 people nationwide, including about 700 in Delaware, with inconsistencies in their citizenship or immigration data. Officials say about 55 percent of those Delaware cases have since been resolved.

The deadline for submitting documents to verify citizenship or immigration status was September 5th. Officials have said failure to do so would result in coverage being terminated September 30th. But they now say people who missed the deadline may be eligible for retroactive coverage.

People in the country illegally are not allowed to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act.



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Wilmington looks to put small businesses on path to success
By Peter MacArthur

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:05pm

Small businesses in Wilmington looking for sound advice on how to succeed can get it through a new city program.

The Mayor's Office of Economic Development is holding a twelve-week Small Business Success Series, which Mayor Williams says provides entrepreneurs with business planning and development strategies.

"Five things we're looking at is planning and education where new businesses start up... business plans, access to capital and self employment. A lot of people open a business up and get a business license, but they don't have a plan. If you don't have a plan in looking for capital and laying things out, you're doomed to fail," said Williams.

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Mayor Williams says the program will explore issues ranging from planning and education to business plans, and access to capital, and self employment. He also goes on to say that small business is the backbone of the American economy.

"Small business runs this country. Everybody thinks it's the big corporations, but small business... there's more small business than major corporations in this nation, and this nation was founded on people going out, getting jobs, going to work, and for some people, starting their own business," Williams said.

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The Small Business Success Series takes place from September 23 through December 9. The fee for city residents to take part is $75. Applications are due Wednesday at noon.



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Warrant seeks man wanted in Sunday bank robbery
By Ruth Bryna

Updated Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:24pm

Troopers are looking for your help in finding the suspect who police say robbed a bank Sunday morning.

State police have an arrest warrant out for Michael Stevens, whose last known address is in the 700 block of Old Porter Road in Bear. Police say Stevens entered the TD Bank at 2035 Limestone Road Sunday and gave a female teller a note demanding money.

He was given the cash and fled. No weapon was displayed, and the victim wasn't hurt.

The warrant charges Stevens with 2nd degree robbery.

Police describe him as about 6'0," weighing 220 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes.



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Police: Robber used hypodermic needle to threaten employee
By Ruth Bryna

City police say a shoplifting incident turned into a robbery at a CVS in the 1000 block of Delaware Avenue.

Officers say Manuel Lopez was taking items and concealing them on his body. When he was approached by an employee, he threatened them with a hypodermic needle, telling them he had a communicable disease. He then fled the store.

Police arrested Lopez in the 1300 block of West 4th Street. The property was recovered and returned to CVS.

Lopez is at the Young Correctional Center on more than $20,000 bail. He's charged with robbery and offensive touching.



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Armed robbery at Spanish food mart in Dover
By Ruth Bryna

Updated Monday, September 15, 2014 - 8:37pm

Dover police are investigating the Sunday armed robbery of a Latin grocery store.

According to police, the Tienda Latina Spanish Food Mart on Townsend Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint around 1 p.m.

Police say a male suspect pointed a silver handgun at the clerk and demanded money, which he got. The robber then fled.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333.



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Pedestrian robbed in Christiana
By Amy Cherry

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:19pm

State police say a woman was robbed Monday night in Christiana.

Police say the Chester, Pennsylvania, woman was walking on West Main Street, west of Route 273 when a man stopped her to ask a question at 9:30 p.m.

The woman tells police she ignored the man and kept walking. Police say that's when he placed an unknown object against the woman's back and stole her purse off her shoulder.

The man then fled. The victim wasn't hurt.



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Man charged in massive copper theft from Dover Power Plant
By Amy Cherry

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:18pm

A Clayton man is arrested for allegedly stealing copper wire from the Dover Power Plant.

Dover police say the series of thefts of the heavy-duty, high voltage copper wiring began in 2012 and continued up until this summer.

Police say Michael Shane scraped nearly 11,000 pounds of copper wiring at the Dover Scrap Yard, worth $30,000. Police say they found evidence at Shane's home linking him to the thefts at the McKee Road property, owned by the City of Dover.

He's free on $50,000 bail on theft charges.




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Del. woman facing DUI charges after man run over
By Associated Press

Police say an Ocean Pines woman is facing drunken driving charges after her car ran over a man with whom she had been fighting.

Ocean Pines police Chief David Massey says Debora Hileman and a man identified as John Derrickson got into a domestic dispute on Sept. 6.

Massey says the dispute got physical, and Derrickson fell to the ground.

Somehow, Hileman's car lurched forward and ran over Derrickson. He's still hospitalized.

Massey tells The Daily Times that it's unclear how the car slipped into drive because Hileman wasn't behind the wheel at the time.

Police charged Hileman with drunken driving, and she's set for a court hearing on Nov. 20.



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New Beach Patrol headquarters coming to OCMD
By Kelli Steele

Officials break ground on a new beach patrl headquarters in OCMD. (Photo/OCMD Mayor Rick Meehan's Facebook page.)
New Beach Patrol Headquarters are coming to Ocean City, Maryland.

Resort officials on Monday officially broke ground on the new 10,000-square-foot building located at Talbot Street and South Philadelphia Avenue which, when complete, will provide facilities for beach patrol training, equipment storage and administrative areas.

The $2 million project will also contain a multi-purpose training room and an Ocean City Police Department Bike Unit.



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UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers
By Associated Press

UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season.

The Atlanta company said Tuesday that the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers.

Since last year's holiday season, UPS has implemented several measures to help prepare for this year's onslaught of deliveries. This includes making improvements to schedule planning, installing temporary mobile sorting and delivery centers and adding thousands of new or leased delivery vehicles, trailers, aircraft and portable loading aids. It's also adding operating days and shifts.

Last year, a last-minute surge in holiday shipments drove up the shipper's costs and hurt its profits.

United Parcel Service said that the seasonal jobs have long served as an entry point for permanent employment.




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NJ loses 4th casino; Trump weighs in
By Wayne Parry, Associated Press

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 3:16pm

Trump Plaza
Donald Trump has offered his thoughts on the closing of one of the casinos that bears his name in Atlantic City.

A message posted to Trump's official Twitter account Tuesday said that it's sad to see what has happened to Atlantic City and he "may buy back in" to save Trump Plaza and the Taj Mahal.

Trump Plaza closed at 6 a.m. Tuesday and Trump Entertainment Resorts is threatening to close the Taj Mahal in November.

Donald Trump owns a 9 percent stake in the company and went to court last month to try to get his name removed from the properties.

He didn't immediately return a call to clarify what he plans to do to save the properties.







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Appo's Jester nets hat trick in victory
By Sean Greene

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VIDEO: Highlights and reaction to Glasgow's victory

Appoquinimink's Sam Jester recorded a hat trick as the Jaguars soccer team remained unbeaten with a 5-0 victory over visiting Glasgow Tuesday afternoon.

Jester recorded a pair of goals in the opening forty minutes, the second of which came when he headed home a high-looping, bouncing pass from Stephane Ratsimbazafy in the 32nd minute.

Appoquinimink's Matt Dina would make it 4-0 just before the break when he used the outside of his foot from right at the edge of the 18-yard box to find the far-side netting.

Jester completed his hat trick in the 53rd minute after he was fouled from behind in the middle of the penalty area.

Appoquinimink (3-0) faces Charter of Wilmington in an important Blue Hen Conference battle Thursday afternoon. The loss drops Glasgow to 2-2, they host Caravel inside the football stadium Thursday night at 6:30.



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