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Wilmington man facing minimum 15-year sentence for having gun as habitual offender

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Wilmington man facing minimum 15-year sentence for having gun as habitual offender


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Wilmington Airport to get upgrades; operators explore return of commercial flights

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Wilmington Airport to get upgrades; operators explore return of commercial flights


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Wilmington community gets a gift from the county

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Wilmington community gets a gift from the county


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Man who reports being shot in the foot, side in Wilmington drives himself to hospital

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Man who reports being shot in the foot, side in Wilmington drives himself to hospital


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Wilmington man, 22, facing minimum 12-year sentence for fleeing police, possessing Uzi and crack

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Wilmington man, 22, facing minimum 12-year sentence for fleeing police, possessing Uzi and crack


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Man stops Colonial school bus in Claymont, screams he's going to shoot driver in the head

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Man stops Colonial school bus in Claymont, screams he's going to shoot driver in the head


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Police: Newark, Del. man killed in crash on I-95

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Car hits Newark barber shop, causes gas leak
One person was injured when a car struck the side of a Newark barbershop on Friday afternoon, hitting a gas line and forcing the evacuation of the building. The crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. at the Ace of Fades Barbershop on Old Barksdale Road, behind the 7-Eleven on South Main Street, according to Lt. Fred Nelson, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department   Read More ...
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Newark man turns self in, charged in fatal July hit-and-run
A 29-year-old Newark man was charged in connection to a hit-and-run that killed a man in July, city authorities announced Friday. According to Newark Police, Todd A. Stillman was identified as the driver of a black Dodge Ram 1500 pickup involved in a July 6, 2017 crash along Elkton Road at 11:49 p.m. Kelvin Dottin had been walking along the road there, in the area of Otts Chapel Road when Stillman struck him, then continued on driving   Read More ...
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Transit hub, other transportation improvements coming to Wilmington
Various transportation-related projects are either already underway or are being proposed in Wilmington, with the goal of making the city more competitive and to make it easier for commuters, residents and visitors to get around. Announced Friday at the the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Train Station was a public-private partnership to build a transit center nearby on Walnut Street. A contract of nearly $20-million has been awarded to Transit Center, LLC   Read More ...
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Wilmington man facing minimum 15-year sentence for having gun as habitual offender
A 27-year-old Wilmington man pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a person prohibited in court Friday, Delaware Department of Justice officials announced. According to the DOJ, Brandon Gibson, 27, pled guilty to the charges stemming from a March 2017 incident where Wilmington Police observed him in the 400 block of West 7th Street talking to individuals inside a parked car   Read More ...
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Wilmington Fire Department tragedy, one year later
September 24th, 2016 is a date that anyone connected with the fire service in Delaware will never forget. It's the day a Canby Park row home fire took the lives of three Wilmington firefighters: Jerry Fickes, Ardythe Hope and Christopher Leach. The three, along with firefighter Brad Speakman, were caught in a pair of collapses of the first floor. "To have a catastrophic collapse like that within the first minute of being inside of a structure after we had just put out all of the fire on the first floor is almost unheard of in the fire service   Read More ...
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Wilmington Airport to get upgrades; operators explore return of commercial flights
Wilmington Airport on Route 13 in New Castle is getting several upgrades. Mainly they are for safety, but some are for visitor convenience. Operators are also exploring the possibility of the return of commercial flights for the first time since 2013-14. The Federal Aviation Administration and members of Delaware's Congressional delegation visited the airport Thursday to announce a grant of $5   Read More ...
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After coming under fire for spending, Wilmington City Council's new website lets you track every dollar
In an effort to be more open and transparent after coming under fire for misuse of discretionary spending, Wilmington City Council launches its . "[It allows you] to have easy access to legislation and other initiatives we do here on council," said Wilmington City Council President Hanifa Shabazz. Shabazz said the website is user-friendly for city residents and allows residents to stay on top of council's actions, especially when it comes to money spent   Read More ...
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Intruder arrested after fleeing random Newark-area home invasion
A woman was picked up on Wednesday, not long after she had been reported as the intruder in a home invasion south of Newark. New Castle County Police advised of the arrest of 32-year-old Elizabeth Noone, on September 21, 2017, reporting that she was inside a home on the first block of Cobble Creek Curve---in the Stones Throw Townhouses---around 8:30 a   Read More ...
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Middletown woman pushes baby in crib to the ground, threatens victim with scissors while demanding money
A woman who showed up demanding money from an employee of a store who wasn't even there pushed over a crib containing a baby and threatened to stab another employee with a pair of scissors, Middletown Police announced Thursday. According to authorities, Dalma Melero, 54, of Middletown, showed up at the La Costena Market at 14 East Main Street on Wednesday, September 21, 2017, demanding money she said she was owed from a store employee who wasn't present   Read More ...
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Wilmington community gets a gift from the county
The county steps in and helps a local community in its effort to keep neighborhood kids off of the streets. Vandals destroyed a basketball hoop at S.U.N. Park on East 22nd and Lamotte where it was used mainly by the nonprofit Safe United Neighborhoods led by Pastor Sandra Ben of the Praying Ground Community Church. They didn't have the money to replace it, and County Executive Matt Meyer bought a replacement   Read More ...
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Newark City Council revives bridge project after new funding sources emerge
In a stunning turnaround, city council voted Monday to revive plans for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over White Clay Creek – a long-planned project council had killed just a week earlier. The vote, taken in a special meeting called by Mayor Polly Sierer, was the culmination of a frantic effort by Sierer and others to cobble together a package of financial support for the $1   Read More ...
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Newark-area I-95 crash sends 10-day-old infant to hospital
Delaware State Police said a driver under the influence was the cause for I-95 lane closures near Newark Saturday evening. Officials said the incident occurred just before 7 p.m. in the northbound lanes near the I-95 Delaware House Service Area when 46-year-old Beth Brooks, of Aston, swerved her 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix and struck a guard rail before crossing two lanes of traffic and colliding with a 2016 Honda Civic   Read More ...
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Wilmington's 149th shooting is under investigation
Officers responded to a call from East 16th and Thatcher Streets to follow a blood trail that lead to the scene at the 900 block of East 17th Street. of the city's 149th shooting. The incident occurred at just before 4 a.m. There police found a 34-year-old male victim with shot wounds to the face and torso. The victim has been transported to Christiana Hospital and is in critical condition   Read More ...
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Man who reports being shot in the foot, side in Wilmington drives himself to hospital
A 25-year-old man was drove himself to the hospital after being shot in the left foot and right side, Wilmington Police detailed Friday. According to authorities, the victim arrived at Christiana Hospital at 10:32 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017, and was listed in stable condition. Officers said an investigation and interview with the victim led them to the 2600 block of North Market Street, though no shooting scene was uncovered there   Read More ...
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Newark man who gunned down New Castle woman in his home, called police the next day gets 50 years
A 34-year-old Newark is going to prison for 50 years after pleading guilty to a 2016 murder, officials from the Delaware Department of Justice announced Friday. According to the DOJ, Brian Goodwin pled guilty to second-degree murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony for shooting to death 22-year-old Lauren Steed, of New Castle. Goodwin reportedly shot Steed at his home, then reported it the next day   Read More ...
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Wilmington man, 22, facing minimum 12-year sentence for fleeing police, possessing Uzi and crack
A 22-year-old Wilmington man is facing a minimum 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to a number of charges stemming from a foot chase with FBI and U.S. Marshals through the city that resulted in the recovery of crack, an Uzi, and hollow-point ammunition. According to the Delaware Department of Justice, Quadree Warren ran when he was pulled over by authorities in the area of West 7th and North Van Buren Streets in Wilmington in February 2017   Read More ...
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Man stops Colonial school bus in Claymont, screams he's going to shoot driver in the head
A man was arrested for pulling up next to a Colonial School District school bus in Claymont and screaming he would shoot the driver in the head, authorities announced Friday. According to the New Castle County Police Department, on Thursday, the bus driver pulled over while driving up a hill on Causez Avenue in the Northridge community to let a man police would identify as Timothy Holahan pass as he approached from the opposite direction--but authorities said Holahan pulled his black SUV up next to the bus and began yelling at the victim   Read More ...
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Child rescued from Newark crash; flown to A.I
Aetna Fire Chief Andrew Bowerson said it took firefighters over 15 minutes to cut one of the victims out of a car that had been rear-ended by a delivery truck on . A child was flown to A.I. duPont Children's Hospital in a Delaware State Police helicopter. The other victims were taken to the hospital by ground. The crash closed the northbound lanes of Route 896 at Welsh Tract Road for several hours while Newark Police investigated   Read More ...
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Wilmington firefighters honoring Canby Park arson deaths at Colorado memorial
A contingent of Wilmington firefighters are in Colorado Springs for the annual International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial. The names of Jerry Fickes, Ardythe Hope, and Chris Leach will be added to the granite walls of the memorial on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The trio died as a result of an arson fire set at a Canby Park rowhome the morning of September 24, 2016   Read More ...
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Police: Newark, Del. man killed in crash on I-95
Delaware state police say a Newark man was killed in a crash on Interstate 95 that forced the highway to be closed for most of Thursday morning.   Read More ...
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Fatal crash shuts down southbound Interstate 95 in Wilmington
A person was killed in a pre-dawn crash on southbound Interstate 95 in Wilmington on Thursday. Delaware State Police were investigating the scene, and had shut down the southbound lanes of the highway while the situation was cleared. An official release was not immediately available containing the specifics of the wreck, but this is what was independently learned in the initial moments of the incident   Read More ...
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Another Wilmington shooting bumps gun violence victim total to 147
A 22-year-old man was shot in the thigh, marking the 147th shooting victim for Wilmington since the beginning of the year. According to Wilmington Police, officers on patrol in the area of 24th and Tatnall streets in the North Brandywine Village reported hearing several gunshots nearby at 6:08 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Police were directed to 26th and Moore streets by incoming 911 calls and a ShotSpotter notification, there they found the victim nearby, inside a building in the unit block of West 27th Street   Read More ...
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Drunk pedestrian struck in hit-and-run in Milltown
A drunk pedestrian in New Castle County was hit by a car. The hit-and-run occurred on Kirkwood Highway near Milltown Road Tuesday evening, September 12, 2017. Delaware State Police said the accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of Route 2 between Delaware Park Boulevard and Milltown Road just before 8 p.m. The victim, who police said was drunk, stepped into the path of an oncoming vehicle   Read More ...
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With no funding passed for this year, New Castle County Council wants capital projects prioritized
New Castle County Council is asking the County Executive to prioritize capital projects. Currently there is no capital budget, and council wants Matt Meyer to prioritize projects according to the health, safety and welfare of county residents as well as the costs of the projects. Council also wants to know how much money is available. "We need a realistic look, which ones are the most crucial to the health, safety and welfare, how much money do we have and then start at the top, start working and when we're out of money, we're out of money, as far as the bonding, and the projects are left, the projects are left," said Councilman George Smiley   Read More ...
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Padua volleyball claims victory over Newark Charter
#2 Padua Academy took a stroll down I-95 Tuesday night to take on #7 Newark Charter High School for both teams' season opener. The Padua Pandas got going early and often taking both of the first 2 by a score of 25-11. The Patriots of Newark Charter would rally through the 3rd set pushing the score through 25, ultimately taking it 28-6 after encouraging words from junior Abigail Carbajal   Read More ...
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Pedestrian hit; vehicle flees on Kirkwood Highway
Another pedestrian in New Castle County has been hit by a car. This time the accident occurred on Kirkwood Highway near Milltown Road Tuesday evening, September 12, 2017. The victim survived but the driver of the vehicle that hit him took off. Delaware State Police say the accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of Route 2 between Delaware Park Boulevard and Milltown Road just before 8 p   Read More ...
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Wilmington teen tied to after-hours burglaries at Middletown bar, armory
A Wilmington teen has been charged in connection to a pair of burglaries in Middletown, city authorities announced Tuesday. On Saturday, August 19, 2017, the teen ultimately charged allegedly broke into the Metro Pub at 17 Wood Street in Middletown at 3:38 a.m.. He'd forced entry into the business and stolen property, Middletown Police said. On Wednesday, August 23, police said the teen then broke into the Patriot Armory at 368 East Main Street, also in Middletown, where he again stole property before fleeing in a dark SUV   Read More ...
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Former charter school leader faces sentencing for theft
A former Delaware charter school leader is facing sentencing after pleading guilty to federal program theft. Sean Moore, former chief operating officer at Family Foundations Academy in New Castle, was to appear in court Tuesday for sentencing. Guidelines call for 18 months to two years in prison, but Moore's attorney is asking for probation or home confinement. Authorities said Moore stole and misappropriated more than $150,000 in funds belonging to the charter school from January 2012 through December 2014   Read More ...
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Newark Police seeking blurry suspect in strong arm robbery
Newark Police are hoping the public might be able to help identify a strong arm robbery suspect, though they recognize the surveillance footage leaves a lot to be desired. On Friday, September 1, 2017, a 48-year-old man from Newark was standing next to his vehicle in the parking lot of the Wawa at 601 Ogletown Road around 9:30 p.m. when he was grabbed from behind and a struggle ensued, police said   Read More ...
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Wilmington Police add another check to the total shooting tally with victim 146
A 34-year-old man was shot in the thigh Monday, becoming the city's 146th gun violence victim on the year, Wilmington Police announced Tuesday. According to authorities, officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Zebley Place for a ShotSpotter notification at 11:21 p.m. on September 11, 2017, where they sound the victim. The victim was suffering from a gunshot wound to his right thigh, and was transported to Christiana Hospital in stable condition   Read More ...
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Middletown man charged with robbing bank
A 23-year-old Middletown man was charged in connection to a bank robbery in town, authorities announced Tuesday. According to Middletown Police, Todd Miller entered the M&T Bank at 399 East Main Street around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and demanded cash from a teller. After receiving approximately $1,640, he fled on foot. Authorities were able to identify him, however, and he was taken into custody on September 6, 2017, in the 300 block of Hostetter Boulevard   Read More ...
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Brick-and-stone masons needed following two North Wilmington accidents
Two North Wilmington businesses suffered structural damage as a result of a pair of accidents within a half hour of each other Tuesday morning, September 12, 2017. Talleyville firefighters were called to a Nationwide Insurance agency on Foulk Road north of Silverside after a car in the parking lot plowed into the front of the building, punching a hole in the brick wall and dislodging a window   Read More ...
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Resident trapped inside burning Wilmington home; tragically dies after daring rescue
A man died from injuries he suffered during a house fire in Wilmington late Monday night. The office of Wilmington Fire Chief Michael Donohue advised the blaze was reported at approximately 11:30 p.m., on September 11, 2017, at the attached residence located on the 100 block of West 37th Street, in the city's Northwest section. According to officials, crews arrived to find heavy fire conditions at the front door of the residence   Read More ...
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Buzz from the Hive: Newark struggles in opener
The opening game of any football season has to end in either victory or defeat, with an unofficial rule of thumb being that the result can set the tone for the remainder of the season. The Yellowjackets are hoping that Friday night’s lopsided loss is the exception to that rule following a 27-6 defeat at the hands of St. Mark’s. “Tough way to start the season,” head coach Barry Zehnder reflected, 48 hours after the final horn sounded   Read More ...
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Police ask for help IDing attempted robber of Dog Shop near Prices Corner
Authorities released images Monday of a suspect they said attempted to rob the Dog Shop near Prices Corner the previous week. According to New Castle County Police, they're asking the public to help identify the man seen in the attached photo, as they said the man attempted to rob the store in the unit block of Greenbank Road at 8 p   Read More ...
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Wilmington City Council will attempt to make the discretionary funds process more open to the public
Transparency and accountability is the goal of legislation to be introduced by Wilmington City Council at its next meeting. In an effort to avoid some of the past issues dealing with discretionary funds, the bill would make Council approve taxpayer money used for scholarships and non-profits over $5,000 in a resolution that would first go before the finance committee. Council's discretionary funds totaling under $5,000 would be reported as an expenditure to the finance committee   Read More ...
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One dies in crash near Newark Sunday morning
A house fire near Elsmere Friday caused minor injuries to two firefighters, burned a 46-year-old man and killed a dog. Alonzo Small/The News Journal. A man died early Sunday morning in a fiery crash near Newark. He was driving a 2008 Mercedes E350 around 4 a.m., traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Del. 1 from the area of Del. 72, police said   Read More ...
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Delaware police investigating fatal wreck in Newark
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Delaware police are investigating a single-car wreck in Newark that killed the driver. Police say the wreck occurred just before 4 a.m. on Sunday when the driver of a Mercedes traveling southbound on Delaware Route 72 drifted into the median and struck a cement wall. The car rebounded off the wall and came to a stop in the median, where it caught fire   Read More ...
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Unattended cooking sparks Elsmere house fire
A house fire in Elsmere Friday afternoon that sent an occupant of the house and a firefighter to the hospital is being blamed on unattended cooking. The fire started in the kitchen of a house in the 100 block of South Laura Court in Boxwood around 3 p.m., Delaware State Fire Marshal's investigators said. Heavy fire was coming from the back of the house when firefighters arrived, and paramedics took a 46-year-old man to Christiana Hospital to be treated for burns on his legs, feet and possibly in his airway   Read More ...
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Wilmington Police ID victim in fatal Browntown shooting
The victim of a fatal Wilmington shooting was identified by city authorities Friday. According to Wilmington Police, Allen Melton, 28, of Wilmington, was the man gunned down in the 100 block of Cedar Street on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 4:29 p.m. Melton had been shot in the upper torso and his murder forced the shut down of a portion of Browntown for a time while police hunted for the suspect, who they believed to have been barricaded inside a home in the area of Cedar and Anchorage streets   Read More ...
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