Delaware’s wild fire crews are well regarded for their work in other states battling wild fires – and needed training for that will will be held on April 26th at the 19th annual Fire Camp. This year’s camp is at Redden State Forest near Georgetown – and those taking part will receive hands-on instruction in key areas. Fire Camp is also needed for anyone looking for red-card certification to battle out-of-state fire assignments.
Runners – Save Sunday May 4th for the 4th annual 10K, 5K and 1 mile walk to benefit the Camp Barnes Summer Program. Preregistration will be taken through April 27 at seashorestriders.com – you can download the registration form online and send it in by mail or online. The runs and walk will be at the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge at Camp Barnes beginning at 1pm. Race day registration is from 11 to 12:45pm
Administrative offices in Rehoboth Beach will be closed Friday for the observance of Good Friday. There will also be NO trash pickup in Rehoboth on Friday. Trash service will resume on Monday, April 21.
Because of the observance of Good Friday, Worcester County Government offices will be closed Friday – and will reopen on Monday. The County Recreation Center in Snow Hill will also be closed Friday and through the weekend.
Delaware is making a commitment to children’s health by becoming authorized to administer and enforce a lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program. The First State is the first in the Mid-Atlantic to undertake the program which was established in 2010 and requires renovators, property managers, electricians, plumbers and builders to use lead-safe work practices to reduce lead exposure in children and workers.
Did you know that one end of the American Discovery Trail is at Cape Henlopen State Park? On Tuesday, Senator Chris Coons will announce new legislation that will create a new category within the national trail system for trails that offer historical and cultural resources. He will make the announcement at 2pm at the park under the picnic shelter. The other trail end is at Point Reyes National Seashore in California.
Judging for Delaware’s annual Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp contests will take place at 9am on Thursday, April 24 at the Delaware Ag Museum and Village in Dover. Entries will be on display through Friday, May 9. Both stamp competitions bring entries from around the country.
A Del State Team has won 2nd place in a business plan competition in Washington, DC. The team of 6 students from various departments of the College of Business and Department of Physics and Engineering will split the $3000 prize. The competition educated and provided an experiential opportunity to showcase the creativity of tomorrow’s business leaders.
The investigation continues into a home invasion that left one man dead and another hospitalized at PRMC. Salisbury Police say the suspect is black and wore a black hoodie and blue jeans. 72 year old Donald Mariner died during the home invasion on Pemberton Drive in Salisbury – and police believe his truck – a Ford F150 was stolen at the time. It was found abandoned on West Main Street near the VFW. Anyone with information – call Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776 – a reward is being offered.
Congratulations to Senor Trooper Marlin Myers of the Berlin Barracks – he was named the 2013 Maryland State Trooper of the Year. Myers has been a state trooper since 1996. Corporal Jonathan Novack of the JFK Highway Barrack was the 2013 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year and for the 2013 Police Communications Officer of the Year there was a tie between PC Operator II Terri Coleman of the Glen Burnie Barracks and PC Supervisor Sydney Sarrichio of the Rockville Barrack.
Investigators are on the scene of a reported explosion at the Ridings of Rehoboth just before 3 this afternoon. Fire officials from Lewes found 2 workers from Schagrin Gas with minor injuries – they were taken to Beebe Medical Center. The State Fire Marshal’s office says the two workers were trying to repair a PVC gas line when the explosion occurred.
An early morning home invasion on South Halsey Road in Dover ended in the assault of an 82 year old man. Dover PD say the victim arrived home just before 1am and was met by an acquaintance, 30 year old Shirley Smith and a black man. They forced the victim from his car and into his home where he was tied up. The two demanded money at knife-point and the victim gave them his bank card and information and told them of cash in his car. Police recovered the car – the victim was tied up for 7 hours before he was able to free himself. Police are looking for Smith and trying to identify the other man.
Any chance of Vice President Joe Biden running for the White House?
That was the question posed by CBS while interviewing President Barack Obama and Biden. CBS Correspondent Major Garrett asked the vice president if running for president would change anything he’s doing now.
“There is nothing I would do differently if I absolutely knew I wasn’t going to run or absolutely knew I was,” responded the second-in-command. “There is nothing I would do differently over the next seven, eight, ten months.”
Biden continued saying that he strongly believes in President Obama’s agenda also noting the important mid-term elections.
“If I decided to run, believe me, this would be the first guy [President Obama] I would talk to, but that decision hasn’t been made yet,” added Biden. “For real.”
What does the president think about a potential President Biden?
“I’ve got somebody who I think will be one of the greatest vice presidents in history,” President Obama told CBS’ Major Garrett. “He has been a great partner in everything I do.”
The head of state also continued saying that he has worked with a lot of people who would be great candidates for the job.
When asked if a Democratic successor would be like a third Obama term, the president hesitated and clarified that all Democrats are working towards a common goal.
State Senator Ernie Lopez joined Mike and Jake this morning to talk about issues affecting Sussex County.
“What I’m hearing when I go to Wawa, if I walk into Giant, as I’m taking the kids to lacrosse practice, it’s tight out there,” Lopez told Mike and Jake.
Lopez said other lawmakers tried to get him to support the recent business tax hike that increased the annual tax on LLCs and business partnerships from $250 to $300 a year. He explained to WGMD that many people upstate don’t realized the large number of local businesses in Sussex County.
“What they have been dealing with, a lot of volatility, with margins that are tight,” said Lopez. “And right now, that level of uncertainty that has been playing out over the last few years on the federal level. It hasn’t stopped at our border.”
Lopez said many also don’t realize his district, the 6th District, is not just the beaches and hotels of Rehoboth Beach, but the many farms up towards Milton. The Republican explained that many of those farmers will be impacted by these tax increases.
“A lot of these farmers have within their operations four or five LLCs and, again, it’s something that affects those guys tremendously,” explained the state senator.
The tax increase also raising the minimum annual franchise tax by an extra $100 to $175 each year.
Attorney General Beau Biden will not run for reelection and will look into running for governor.
In a written statement, the Attorney General says he has been thinking long and hard about the governor’s office and has decided that he would like to seriously consider a run.
His term ends in 2014. The governor’s race is in 2016.
Here's Biden's full statement:
For the past eight years, you have given me the privilege of serving as your Attorney General.
Thanks to a group of extraordinary professionals at the Department of Justice and their tireless work -- from protecting our children and getting criminals off the streets, to holding more accountable those responsible for the housing crisis -- I believe we have made Delaware a better place to live and to raise a family.
I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished.
As your Attorney General I have done my best to remain true to the core values I believe define public service – honesty, integrity, and doing right by the people I serve.
Part of doing right by you is being straight with you about my future plans.
Over the past few months, as I’ve been planning to run for reelection, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to running for Governor in 2016. What started as a thought -- a very persistent thought -- has now become a course of action that I wish to pursue.
After careful consideration, I have concluded that it is not right to ask for your support in 2014, knowing that my focus would be divided between doing my job as Attorney General while at the same time running as a candidate for Governor.
Therefore, I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection as your Attorney General this November.
The Office of Attorney General is a four-year commitment. Its responsibilities are too significant, and the voters’ trust too important not to give it my complete and undivided attention. It should not be, nor can it become, a two-year staging ground for another elected office.
In the meantime, there’s a lot more work to do over the next eight months, and I intend to get it done. After my term is completed, I look forward to meeting with Delawareans and continuing to discuss my plans as a candidate for Governor.
Please know that the opportunity to serve you in this office is and always has been a tremendous honor.
Thank you for the faith you’ve placed in me.
Senator Chris Coons' thoughts:
Beau Biden has been an effective Attorney General and I’m sorry to see him leave this critical law enforcement office. He has a lot to offer our state and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.
Republican Party's response to the announcement:
The Republican Party has disagreed with the Attorney General on many occasions, but he deserves our gratitude for his service to the state. We hope that his health improves.
While the Attorney General sites his desire to focus on the 2016 race for Governor, the reality of the situation is that there is a critical election in 2014. This morning's announcement shuffles the political deck in Dover, and allows for both Republicans and Democrats to present candidates and policy ideas voters desperately need to consider.
Republicans intend to engage in this race and be successful.
The Delaware State Police is investigating a fatal wreck that happened last night in Little Creek.
Authorities say Zachary Bowman was speeding south on Route 9 when he lost control and hit a ditch. The car then overturned several times, ejecting bowman and his three unrestrained occupants from the car.
Bowman and Reese Carpenter are in serious condition at Kent General Hospital. Another passenger, Lacey Pfahler, is in serious condition at Christiana Medical Center. Brandon Maugle was transported to Kent General Hospital where he later died.
Authorities believe alcohol and speed were contributing factors to the wreck.
Officials estimate the damage to be about $50,000. The home looks to be a total loss.
ORIGINIAL [4/16 3:16 p.m.]: Crews from Rehoboth, Lewes and Indian River were called for a house fire on Saulsbury Street in Dewey Beach just before 2:30 this afternoon. Crews brought the blaze under control and extinguished the fire which is now being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s office.
Fire personnel from Rehoboth, Lewes and Indian River are on the scene of a fire on Saulsbury Street in Dewey Beach. On Route 1, the northbound right lane and southbound left lane are closed to traffic because of apparatus on the scene of the fire. Traffic is very slow moving through that area, so expect delays.
If you are looking for another way to follow America’s #2, he is now on Instagram.
Vice president Joe Biden is on the photo-sharing site and app under the name ‘VP’. Among his early uploads is a selfie with President Barack Obama.
The White House warns comments on the photos may be archived.
After Friday’s stabbing and Monday’s huge brawl, The State News reports Tom’s Bullpen in Dover is ending hip-hop nights.
The owner, Thomas Armstrong, tells the paper they were trying different things and the hip-hop nights are a disaster.
Early Friday morning, a man was stabbed four times on his left side during a bar fight. Police are still seeking two suspects in that case.
Early Monday morning, five women were arrested after a massive brawl outside of the bar that required officers from multiple departments to clear up.
Both of the incidents came after hip-hop nights. The bar regularly hosts classic rock bands and will be looking to add country and western nights instead.
Thousands of workers in the poultry industry in the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center last night for the Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet.
Trade groups say about 565 million chickens were produced on Delmarva.
Three dozen prices were given out at the banquet.
A Veterans Affairs Mobile Van will be making a stop at VFW Post 7447.
The van will be at the Rehoboth Beach post from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
The post’s address is 101 State Road in Rehoboth Beach