Woman killed, 3 injured in car crash
By Michelle Provencher

State Police are still investigating why a 21-year-old Laurel man would drive his minivan through a field, causing a fatal car crash when he returned to the roadway.

Troopers say 21-year-old Dakota Price was driving westbound on Phillips Hill Road west of Millsboro, approaching the intersection with Conaway Road, around 3:30 Friday afternoon.

For unknown reasons, investigators say Price drove his car off the road into an open field.

Price allegedly drove about 250 feet through the field, before entering Conaway Road and slamming into the driver's side door of another vehicle.

It is reported the impact killed the driver of the second vehicle, 59-year-old Janice Adams, of Pittsville, Maryland.

Both of the victim's two passengers were also injured, one of them seriously.

16-year-old Madelyn Riekert, was admitted to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, with serious injuries. She was then transferred to a trauma center in Baltimore.

Adams's other passenger, 64-year-old Patrick Adams, was treated and released for minor injuries.

Police say Price was treated and released for minor injuries.

The accident is still under investigation and State Police say no charges have been filed yet.



Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




Newark-area home destroyed by fire
By Chris Carl

Updated Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 9:26am

Video player now loading; please wait...
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry reports with video shot by Tom Mitten.

No injures are reported from a house fire late Friday night outside Newark.

Several fire companies were called to the home on Hudson Drive in Sycamore Gardens around 11:45pm - finding fire coming from the second-floor.

It took about an hour to bring the fire under control. At one point, firefighters were forced to withdraw from the home as conditions worsened.

The home's occupants were able to get out safely.

The state fire marshal's office is looking for the cause.



Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




Witnesses thwart purse snatchers
By Michelle Provencher

Updated Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 8:28pm

Good Samaritans snag two suspects in what State Police are calling an attempted purse snatching.

Troopers say a 35-year-old woman was walking toward her car in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Centerville Road in Wilmington at 3:20 Friday afternoon, when a suspect grabbed her purse and ran off.

The suspect allegedly dropped the purse while he was running and the victim screamed, providing clues to onlookers who intervened.

Police say several witnesses subdued the suspect as he tried to open the passenger door of his getaway car. The witnesses held him for the cops, while the vehicle took off.

The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Stephen Dunfee III, of Wilmington.

Police say a witness took down the license plate number of the getaway car, and they used it to track down a second suspect, identified as 19-year-old Devin Holt.

Dunfee and Holt were both charged with Robbery 2nd Degree and Conspiracy Second Degree and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution.

Police say two bags of heroin were also discovered on Dunfee during processing.



Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




Pizza man robbed at gunpoint
By Michelle Provencher

Newark Police are investigating the armed robbery of a pizza deliveryman in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Investigators say the 20-year-old victim was at 500 Stamford Drive, searching for "apartment D," as per the delivery instructions, around 1:50 a.m. However, he reportedly realized the apartments were numbered, not lettered, and returned to his car in the parking lot.

Police say an unknown suspect then approached the victim's driver's side window.

The suspect allegedly presented a small handgun and said, "Give me what you got."

Police say the Domino's deliveryman gave up his cash and cell phone, then the suspect took off on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, between five-foot-six and five-foot-nine, with a thin build, and was allegedly covering his face with a black bandana at the time of the robbery.



Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




Denn calls Beau a "friend and formidable candidate" in governor's race
By Amy Cherry

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn (WDEL/File)
Lieutenant Gov. Matt Denn is put in a tough spot when it comes to deciding his political future.

WDEL's Amy Cherry explains.

Click here to listen



Lieutenant Gov. Matt Denn could run for governor in 2016, and there was a strong possibility he might, until Thursday when Attorney General Beau Biden made his surprise announcement that HE would seek that office.

"I was surprised to hear it like everyone else."

Click here to listen



Now, Denn has to decide whether he wants to run against Beau Biden, someone he calls both a "friend and a formidable opponent."

"The fact that he's running, and he's a serious candidate that's one of the factors that I'll be lookin' at it," said Denn,

Click here to listen



Denn tells me his final decision on whether he'll run for governor won't come any time soon, but when asked whether he'll run for attorney general in November, something he has to decide much quicker, Denn was blunt...

"I honestly have never thought about it before, so it's something that I'm going to think about, and it's obviously on a much shorter timeframe, so it's something I'll need to think about pretty promptly and make a decision about," said Denn.

Click here to listen










Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




This year's Delmarva Chicken Festival will be the last
By Mark Fowser

The Delmarva Chicken Festival will be no more after this year.

The festival dates back to 1948 and alternates between Maryland and Delaware.

"It was a difficult decision, a time-consuming decision, but we are refocusing our mission, and feel that in today's world there may be more effective ways to promote the chicken industry and educate the public about this huge agricultural enterprise," said Bill Satterfield with the Delmarva Poultry Industry.

Click here to listen



Satterfield says the decision comes with a refocusing on what's important.

"We have a lot of challenges every year on environmental issues, regulatory issues, and legislative issues, and those are the ones that really will challenge us more than promoting the industry at a two-day weekend festival."

Click here to listen



The 65th and final Delmarva Chicken Festival will be held June 20th and June 21st in Centreville, Maryland. It features the world's largest frying pan. Noo word on what will happen to the frying pan.




Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




Man robs a bank, tries to rob another
By Associated Press

State Police are looking for a man who tried to rob one bank and robbed a second bank within 15 minutes.

Troopers say a man walked into the PNC Bank on Kirkwood Highway in Wilmington about 11:20 a.m. Friday. Officers say the man gave a teller a note demanding cash, but ran away before getting any money.

Police say the same man went into the Delaware First Federal Credit Union on Newport Gap Pike in Wilmington about 11:35 a.m. The man gave a note demanding money to two tellers.

Officers say the tellers gave the robber cash and he ran away.




Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




Second wave of milder flu hitting Northeast
By Associated Press

A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast.

Months ago, the flu season seemed to be winding down. But health officials on Friday reported widespread flu-like illnesses in six states. Rhode Island is the latest to join the list which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and New York.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the flu season started in December and peaked by mid-January, and most of the illnesses were swine flu.

But, as happens some years, there's a second wave of a milder flu strain.



Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




Lawsuit filed over Del. medical marijuana effort
By Randall Chase, Associated Press

A lobbyist who once worked for Sen. Tom Carper is being sued for breach of contract in a fight over the awarding of a license to operate Delaware first medical marijuana dispensary.

Former Lewes city councilman Judson Bennett claims he hired Mark Lally, Carper's former Sussex County director, to help him try to obtain a license for opening a "compassionate care" center following passage of Delaware's medical marijuana law in 2011.

But Bennett claims that as the deadline for submitting bid proposals to state officials approached, Lally, without Bennett's knowledge, began working with a New England group that also is trying to land the contract.

Bennett claims his contract with Lally prevented him from trying to help any competing enterprise.

Lally did not immediately return telephone messages Friday.




Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




Delaware approves 4 new charter schools, rejects 1
By Associated Press

Delaware education officials have approved four new charter schools, all in New Castle County.

The approvals by Education Secretary Mark Murphy and the State Board of Education on Thursday mark what could be a significant expansion of charters in the state with about 2,360 charter seats if all four meet enrollment targets. There are currently 11,078 students in charter schools statewide.

Freire Charter School, Delaware STEM Academy and Great Oaks Charter School are set to open in fall 2015. The Mapleton Charter School at Whitehall is set to open in 2016.

Murphy rejected an application from Pike Creek Charter School, citing financial concerns. Officials also placed two schools scheduled to open in the fall under scrutiny because of enrollment concerns and will allow an existing school to shrink enrollment targets.




Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




59 pedestrians stopped during safety campaign
By Associated Press

State Police say 59 pedestrians were stopped during a two-week safety enforcement and education campaign conducted in Wilmington.

Troopers said Thursday that most of the pedestrians stopped from April 2 through April 11 were warned and released without charges.

Police also issued 39 citations to motorists whose driving endangered pedestrians.



Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem
By Associated Press

Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts.

The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Mazda says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that the frame can rust and a wheel control arm can separate from it. That could result in a loss of steering control.

The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads.

Dealers will install a reinforcement brace to fix the problem. Mazda says it will notify owners by letter when parts are available.

The same problem caused a recall of nearly 386,000 older Ford Escapes earlier this month. The Escape and Tribute are nearly identical vehicles.





Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




Blood Bank of Delmarva needs O- blood
By Amy Cherry

Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 - 1:47pm

The Blood Bank of Delmarva is in immediate need of Type O- negative blood.

A spokesman says the bank's supply of the universal blood type is low at the moment.

Despite this weekend being Easter, the Blood Bank reminds you that the need for blood never takes a holiday.

The nonprofit needs 350 donors a day to meet the needs of the 16 hospitals on Delmarva.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, click here call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8 or download the free app on your iPhone or Android.






Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




13.5 pound boy born at southeastern Pa. hospital
By Associated Press

A woman has given birth to a more than 13-pound baby at a southeastern Pennsylvania hospital.

Officials at Delaware County Memorial Hospital say Brian and Danielle Dwyer's son born Monday is the largest baby they can recall there.

Waldo James Mysterious Dwyer tipped the scales at 13 pounds, 8.5 ounces.

The couple loved the "Where's Waldo?" books as children, so that's where they got their son's first name.

Brian Dwyer said the middle name Mysterious is because Waldo was born under a lunar eclipse on April 14, 2014 - a date that reads the same forward and backward.

The Dwyers live in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. New dad Bryan is a co-owner of Pizza Brain, a popular pizza shop and pizza museum.



Copyright © Apr 19, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.






WDEL News Tools:
Printer friendly version
Back to homepage



 Latest News

 Follow Us

Facebook Twitter
RSS Mobile
Email Updates




Copyright © 2014, Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.   Terms of Use.
WDEL Statement of Equal Employment Opportunity and Outreach