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Arson suspect sent out Snapchat videos showing him starting fires

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Arson suspect sent out Snapchat videos showing him starting fires


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Troopers seek men who burglarized Smyrna business

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Troopers seek men who burglarized Smyrna business


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Gold offense sparkles behind Smyrna's Henderson in all-star win over Blue

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Gold offense sparkles behind Smyrna's Henderson in all-star win over Blue


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State Police continue hunt for Wawa robbery suspect

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Police: Man hit woman in the mouth outside Purple Parrot

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Smyrna man charged in Dover with his 7th DUI

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Months-long operation shuts down drug corners
SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware say they've arrested nearly 40 people over the course of a year to shut down an open-air drug market. Delaware State News reported Tuesday that the operation in Smyrna began in November and ended last Friday. Authorities said the months-long bust netted suspects who lived throughout the northern part of the state, from Dover to Wilmington   Read More ...
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Smyrna man who shot up cars, fought police alongside family members out on bail
A man who allegedly shot a number of cars in Smyrna, led police on a pursuit, and physically fought with the arresting officers was released on bond, authorities announced Wednesday. According to Smyrna Police, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Barley Court at 2:13 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017, where they found a number of vehicles shot up, and a victim who reported fighting with one of the shooters, later identified as Calvin Boyd Jr   Read More ...
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Police ID wrong-way crash victim whose car burst into flames as Smyrna man
Authorities identified the 25-year-old Smyrna man who died when, as he was traveling into the oncoming traffic flow, his car left the roadway and struck a cement wall. According to Delaware State Police, Peter V. Bonsignore was the sole victim of the crash along State Route 1. He'd been traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when he crashed around 4 a   Read More ...
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Arson suspect sent out Snapchat videos showing him starting fires
The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office asked for the public's help identifying an arson suspect for the second time Friday afternoon, this time for an incident that occurred in Smyrna--and this time, with the assistance of the suspect using Snapchat to film himself starting the fires. According to fire officials, multiple fires were started inside a building in the 655 block of West Glenwood Avenue just after 5 p   Read More ...
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Carney signs legislation increasing protections for COs in Delaware
Seven months after a correctional officer was brutally murdered in a prison uprising at Delaware's maximum security prison in Smyrna, two pieces of legislation have been signed into law to ensure there are greater protections within the state's correctional system. Governor John Carney has signed House Bill 122 & House Bill 123. Two bills that provide greater protections for correctional officers and other state employees who work in detention facilities throughout the First State   Read More ...
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Troopers seek men who burglarized Smyrna business
Men who broke into a Smyrna business more than a week ago are still at large, and police are asking for the public's help tracking them down. The suspects broke a window and got into Harris Manufacturing early in the morning of August 25th, Delaware State Police said. They don't appear to have stolen anything before they left. Anyone with information on the break-in can call Detective P   Read More ...
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Report: Delaware prison security concerns unheeded before deadly riot
SMYRNA, Del. (WPVI) -- Delaware prison administrators dismissed warnings of trouble brewing at the state's maximum-security prison in the days leading up to a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking, independent investigators said in a report released Friday. The dismissal of the security warnings at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna was indicative of an overcrowded, understaffed facility plagued by mismanagement, a lack of communication, a culture of negativity, and adversarial relationships among prison staff, administrators and inmates, according to the independent review ordered by Gov   Read More ...
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Carney releases final report on independent investigation into the James T. Vaughn prison riot
The final report on the findings of an independent investigation into a riot at a Smyrna prison which left one correctional officer dead and several brutally beaten was issued to the public Friday by Gov. John Carny. Carney requested retired judge Hon. William L. Chapman Jr. and former Delaware Attorney General and U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III, to investigate the circumstances at the James T   Read More ...
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Prison security concerns unheeded before deadly riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware prison administrators dismissed warnings of trouble brewing at the state's maximum-security prison in the days leading up to a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking, independent investigators said in a report released Friday. The dismissal of the security warnings at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna was indicative of an overcrowded, understaffed facility plagued by mismanagement, a lack of communication, a culture of negativity, and adversarial relationships among prison staff, administrators and inmates, according to the independent review ordered by Gov   Read More ...
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Prison security concerns unheeded before deadly riot
By RANDALL CHASE Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware prison administrators dismissed warnings of trouble brewing at the state's maximum-security prison in the days leading up to a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking, independent investigators said in a report released Friday. The dismissal of the security warnings at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna was indicative of an overcrowded, understaffed facility plagued by mismanagement, a lack of communication, a culture of negativity, and adversarial relationships among prison staff, administrators and inmates, according to the independent review ordered by Gov   Read More ...
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Prison security concerns unheeded before deadly riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware prison administrators dismissed warnings of trouble brewing at the state's maximum-security prison in the days leading up to a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking, independent investigators said in a report released Friday. The dismissal of the security warnings at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna was indicative of an overcrowded, understaffed facility plagued by mismanagement, a lack of communication, a culture of negativity, and adversarial relationships among prison staff, administrators and inmates, according to the independent review ordered by Gov   Read More ...
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Report: Prison security concerns unheeded before deadly riot
WILMINGTON, Del. – Delaware prison administrators dismissed warnings of trouble brewing at the state's maximum-security prison in the days leading up to a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking, independent investigators said in a report released Friday. The dismissal of the security warnings at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna was indicative of an overcrowded, understaffed facility plagued by mismanagement, a lack of communication, a culture of negativity, and adversarial relationships among prison staff, administrators and inmates, according to the independent review ordered by Gov   Read More ...
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Independent reviewers releasing report on deadly prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — An independent review team is releasing its final report on a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking at Delaware's maximum-security prison. The report to be released Friday was ordered by Gov. John Carney after inmates seized a building at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in February and took several prison workers hostage, setting off a standoff lasting nearly 20 hours   Read More ...
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Independent reviewers releasing report on deadly prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — An independent review team is releasing its final report on a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking at Delaware's maximum-security prison. The report to be released Friday was ordered by Gov. John Carney after inmates seized a building at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in February and took several prison workers hostage, setting off a standoff lasting nearly 20 hours   Read More ...
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Smyrna Police: Landscaping trailer didn't just roll away on its own
An investigation into a stolen landscaper's trailer tilted towards a public appeal for help locating it, two days after the theft was reported to police. Smyrna Police were working to track down the trailer, which contained valuable landscaping equipment, after it was reported as stolen during the early morning hours of Monday, August 7, 2017. Accord to investigators, unknown suspect(s) broke into the owner's backyard, where the trailer was parked, and removed it from the property   Read More ...
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Man, woman arrested for stiffing two Georgetown restaurants
A Dover man and Smyrna woman are behind bars for allegedly ordering food at 2 restaurants in Georgetown and not paying for it. Brandon Staats and Caitlyn Hudson stiffed the Georgetown Family Restaurant last Sunday and Pizza King the following day, Georgetown police said. The two also stole property from the first restaurant. The cops caught up with Staats and Hudson Friday--Staats is being held at the Vaughn Correctional Center and Hudson is in the Baylor Women's Prison   Read More ...
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Gold offense sparkles behind Smyrna's Henderson in all-star win over Blue
Buy Photo. NEWARK – Smyrna’s explosive offense, having powered the Eagles to the last two state Division I state football championships at Delaware Stadium, was equally formidable in the hands of all-stars Saturday night. With Smyrna quarterback Nolan Henderson at the controls, the Gold dominated the Blue 44-0 in the 62 annual Delaware All-Star High School Football Game. Henderson, who’ll return here for his upcoming University of Delaware career, completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns operating his school’s high-scoring attack, which was just as prolific with a new set performers   Read More ...
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Wilmington man charged with Smyrna Wawa holdup
A Wilimington man is under arrest for a robbery at a Wawa in Smyrna last week. State Police say Keandre Summers turned himself in at Troop 9 Friday. He's charged with demanding and getting cash from a clerk at the Wawa in the 5600 block of South DuPont Parkway last Wednesday. Summers, who police say didn't show a weapon or imply he had one during the holdup, is being held at the Howard Young Prison after failing to post bail   Read More ...
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State Police continue hunt for Wawa robbery suspect
The investigation into the daytime robbery of a Wawa convenience store in Smyrna helped police to identify who they believed pulled off the heist. Delaware State Police were asking for the public's help locating 44-year-old Keandre Summers, of Wilmington, after detectives determined he stole an undisclosed amount of money from the store, located at 5632 South DuPont Parkway, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017   Read More ...
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Police investigating man, 67, shot in buttocks in Smyrna
A 67-year-old man was shot in the buttocks in Smyrna late Thursday night, authorities announced Friday. According to Smyrna Police, the man was standing with a group of people near a car along Lincoln Street around 10 p.m. on May 11, 2017, when gunfire broke out form an unknown location or individual. The victim was transported to Kent General Hospital, where he was treated for his non-life-threatening injuries and released   Read More ...
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Prison guard accused of smuggling contraband to plead guilty
A former Delaware prison guard charged with smuggling drugs and cellphones to inmates at the maximum security prison in Smyrna in return for bribes has agreed to enter a guilty plea in the case. A federal judge on Wednesday scheduled a change of plea hearing for May 30 for Thomas Nadill Boyce Jr. Boyce and fellow guard Paul Hursey were charged last year with extortion   Read More ...
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Prison guard accused of smuggling contraband to plead guilty
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware prison guard charged with smuggling drugs and cellphones to inmates at the maximum security prison in Smyrna in return for bribes has agreed to enter a guilty plea in the case. A federal judge on Wednesday scheduled a change of plea hearing for May 30 for Thomas Nadill Boyce Jr. Boyce and fellow guard Paul Hursey were charged last year with extortion   Read More ...
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Inmate diagnosed with tuberculosis, isolated at hospital
SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials say an inmate has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis. The Department of Correction said in a statement Tuesday that an inmate serving a 20-year sentence at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has been diagnosed with the disease that typically attacks the lungs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says TB bacteria are spread through the air from one person to another   Read More ...
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Police charge one Smyrna 15-year-old, seek a second in weekend shooting
A 15-year-old boy was charged by Smyrna Police in connection to a weekend shooting, authorities said Tuesday afternoon. According to Smyrna Police, a 19-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of the Trevi Restaurant in the unit block of East Glenwood Avenue at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. He received treatment at Kent General Hospital, and released. Police said an investigation led them to "two local 15-year-olds" who shot the victim over an ongoing property dispute   Read More ...
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Suit brought by Floyd estate, 5 surviving COs: Delaware Governors created situation that led to deadly Vaughn riot
The estate of a correctional officer killed during a violent prisoner uprising at Smyrna's James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, and five officers held hostage and brutally beaten during the ordeal, announced publicly the details of a lawsuit against former Delaware Governors Jack Markell and Ruth Ann Minner, among others. The complaint, filed by the Neuberger Firm on behalf of the widow and surviving members of Lt   Read More ...
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Families of inmates at Vaughn expected at prison reform town hall tonight
Delawareans, including the families of inmates at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, will gather Monday night to discuss prison reform efforts.   Read More ...
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Police: Man hit woman in the mouth outside Purple Parrot
A Smyrna man was arrested early Monday for assaulting a woman outside the Purple Parrot Grill on Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth, police say. Police got a call March 6 just after midnight that a woman had been assaulted. Officers found that Jeffery A. Startt Jr., 33, who had been drinking, was in a verbal altercation with a 55-year-old woman and hit her in the mouth, lacerating her lip, according to police   Read More ...
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Man, 50, charged with beating up 69-year-old Dover-area woman until she turned over money
A 50-year-old Smyrna man who broke into the home of a 69-year-old woman north of Dover and assaulted her after demanding money has been charged in connection to the incident, Delaware State Police said Wednesday. According to authorities, Ronald L. Keis forced his way into the victim's home, in the unit block of Hickory Dale Drive, around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. After making his demands, he punched   Read More ...
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Smyrna man charged in Dover with his 7th DUI
A 33-year-old Smyrna man was charged with his seventh DUI after being arrested in Dover early Friday morning, city police announced that afternoon. According to Dover Police, Andron Hughes was stopped operating a black Kia Soul in the area of Bay and South Little Creek roads at 3 a.m. on February 24, 2017. Police said he stopped in the middle of an intersection at a red light. Dover Police said   Read More ...
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5 arrested by Smyrna, Clayton police at culmination of 7-month investigation
With the assistance of Clayton Police, DATE, and the Kent County Paramedics, three search warrants were executed by Smyrna Police Thursday morning at the culmination of a seven-month investigation, according to police, and five individuals were arrested in connection to heroin and marijuana sale. Kameron Mason, 18, and Keenan Mason, 20, were arrested in the 300 block of North High Street and found to be in possession of a large   Read More ...
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Inmate files lawsuit following Smyrna prison uprising
An offender held at a Delaware prison where a hostage died during an inmate uprising says tactical responders who stormed the building to end the siege injured nearly every prisoner inside.   Read More ...
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Union: Correctional officer punched in the face, life threatened at Smyrna's Vaughn prison
Six days after a violent uprising and hostage situation left a Delaware Department of Correction officer dead, yet another officer has been assaulted inside the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, union officials said. The assault happened during morning showers Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware said, with one inmate allegedly threatening to kill a correctional officer. "When ordered into his cell, the   Read More ...
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Carney focuses on steps need to prevent another prison inmate uprising
Governor John Carney said questions linger about last week's fatal inmate siege inside the walls of the Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, including how a group of inmates could overpower guards and hold them hostage.   Read More ...
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Lieutenant Steven Floyd's death is ruled homicide by trauma
The death of a Smyrna prison guard has been ruled a homicide by trauma by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. According to state police no further information regarding Lt. Steven Floyd's autopsy will be released in order to protect the integrity of the investigation which is ongoing. Delaware State Police said the scene of the inmate uprising--Building C at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center--was turned back over to the   Read More ...
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VIDEO: Lt. Steven Floyd is honored by hundreds in Smyrna
Hundreds--including one of the other hostages--gathered Friday night in Smyrna's Memorial Park to remember and honor Lieutenant Steven Floyd, a Department of Correction guard who was killed in a violent prison uprising inside the walls of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. A visibly bruised Joshua Wilkerson was among the four originally held hostage inside Vaughn before being released Wednesday; he made a surprise appearance at the vigil Friday evening. "I   Read More ...
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Candlelight vigil to be held Friday night in Smyrna for DOC guard killed in prison uprising
A candlelight vigil will be held Friday night for the prison guard killed at Smyrna's James T. Vaughn Correctional Center during a riot and hostage situation. Sgt. Steven Floyd was a decorated correctional officer who leaves behind his wife, children, and grandchildren. There's been no public comment regarding funeral arrangements for Sgt. Floyd yet, but his body left the Medical Examiner's office in Wilmington Friday afternoon, bound for a funeral   Read More ...
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He died a hero: Guard killed during Delaware prison riots saved lives, says union
Sgt. Steven Floyd called out to officers coming to his aid, warning them that inmates had set a trap, the officers' union said. Updated: 12:51 PM EST Feb 3, 2017 SMYRNA, Del. — Forced into a closet by inmates at Delaware's largest prison, Sgt. Steven Floyd called out to officers coming to his aid, warning them that inmates had set a trap — saving their lives with his final actions,   Read More ...
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Guard is dead as prison standoff ends
SMYRNA, Del. – Using a backhoe to smash through a barricade of footlockers, authorities stormed Delaware’s largest prison early Thursday and ended a nearly 24-hour hostage standoff involving inmates armed with sharpened objects. One hostage – a guard – was found dead. A second hostage, a female counselor, was safely rescued minutes after the tactical teams forced their way into the all-male, 2,500-prisoner James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. Some inmates   Read More ...
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VIDEO: Department of Correction sergeant killed in Smyrna's Vaughn prison riot ID'd
On Thursday, Delaware State Police and federal officials released the name of the Department of Correction officer killed in the riot and subsequent hostage situation at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna Wednesday, marking the first correctional officer to die in the line of duty in the state's history. "It is with great sadness that I stand before you today," said Perry Phelps, the DOC Commissioner, who announced   Read More ...
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Police storm prison, end hostage standoff; guard found dead
By RANDALL CHASE Associated Press SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Using a backhoe to smash through a barricade of footlockers, authorities stormed Delaware's largest prison early Thursday and ended a nearly 24-hour hostage standoff involving inmates armed with sharpened objects. One hostage - a guard - was found dead. A second hostage, a female counselor, was safely rescued minutes after the tactical teams forced their way into the all-male, 2,500-prisoner James   Read More ...
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