Salisbury City officials are preparing for the potential wintery weather expected on Sunday morning that could leave roads slick and icy as temperatures fall tonight. Residents are cautioned to drive safely and be aware of roadway icing. Crews and trucks will be available to spread de-icing material in the event that road conditions deteriorate.
Next week is National Influenza Vaccination Week and officials say there is ample supply and many locations on Delmarva where people can get their flu shot. The height of flu season is still to come – and it does take a couple of weeks after being vaccinated for the shot to become fully effective. By getting a flu shot you not only protect yourself but others around you as well.
State Police have identified the pedestrian who was hit and killed Friday morning just after 8:30 on Marsh Road in Wilmington. Police say 63 year old Li Yu Zhang of Wilmington was struck by a vehicle that didn’t stop. The Medical Examiner’s office is continuing its investigation. Police continue to look for the driver and the vehicle that left the scene. Anyone with information – call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
A Newark man has been arrested after an undercover investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force into the distribution of child pornography. Police were able to get multiple files of child porn from a subject in Delaware – which were traced to a home on Leader Drive in Newark. Using a search warrant police seized over 12 computers and multiple digital storage devices and arrested 63 year old Andrew Alvarez. Alvarez is charged with 25 counts of dealing in child pornography. He’s being held at the VCC in default of $1.25-million.
DNREC Secretary Colin O’Mara has signed an order that makes Delaware’s vehicle emissions requirements among the strictest in the country. The order puts Delaware’s requirements equal to California’s Low Emission Vehicle III and Greenhouse Gas standards. These new emission standards will go into effect with the 2015 vehicle model year which begins in 2014. The greenhouse gas standards would take effect in the 2017 model year. Environmental officials estimate the changes will result in a 75 percent reduction of the two pollutants by model year 2025. Delaware joins 11 other states -- including Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey -- in choosing to follow the California standards.
UD Police have arrested a man who was standing in a parking lot near the University’s Early Learning Center in Newark. 53 year old Howard Collins told police he was waiting for a friend, but when officers checked his ID they learned he was a Tier II or moderate sex offender. He was arrested and charged with a felony count of being in a school zone and released on a $1500 unsecured bond.
The Garden Club of Wilmington is bringing floral designer Jane Godshalk to the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution to give a basic holiday floral design class. Godshalk is a faculty member of the Longwood Gardens Floral Design Program and will be at the prison on December 11. The Garden Club of Wilmington mentor’s and supports BWCI’s gardening program.
State Police are looking for a Delmar man who is wanted for theft through an investment scheme. Police say that 48 year old Rodney Bounds approached a 76 year old Delmar man and asked him to invest in a helicopter business. The victim gave him $5000. Bounds again contacted the man several months later – and was given more money for the business. For the past few months the victim has tried to contact Bounds without luck. Police have been unable to locate him or find any information that the helicopter business is legitimate. Anyone with information on Bounds should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
Sussex County employees gathered today for the annual Mildred King luncheon. During the luncheon for about 500 county employees, Council President Mike Vincent announced the winner of the Employee of the Year – Jennifer Norwood. Norwood is clerk in the Planning & Zoning officer and the recording secretary for the County’s Board of Adjustment. She’s worked for the county for over 22 years – and was the third quarter winner. The employee of the year is chosen by their co-workers from the 4 quarterly winners.
If you planned to run in tonight’s 5K Reindeer Run for Special Olympics Delaware – the run is still on! The 5K run and walk begins at 7pm on Delaware Avenue at the UD Campus – in front of the Aetna Fire Station – Registration begins at 5pm – and walk ups are welcome.
State Police need your help to identify 4 people who made purchases using stolen credit card information. The investigation began when victims in Pennsylvania began receiving charges from transactions in Delmar, Seaford and Salisbury – but the victims still had their credit cards in their possession. Detectives found the credit card information was stolen and used to make cloned cards. You’ll find pictures of the 4 suspects at wgmd.com – if you can identify them – call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
Because of the rainy weather, tonight's Christmas parade in Selbyville has been cancelled. However, kids can still stop by Holly Kia and see Santa between 5 and 6 tonight. Guests are asked to bring a toy or canned food item to fill a Kia Soul.
Last year, Cape Region publisher Cat & Mouse Press held a short story contest called "Rehoboth Beach Reads." The theme of the contest was "the beach house." More than 100 short stories were submitted, and Nancy Sakaduski of Cat & Mouse Press was very impressed by their. There were stories about everything from a NASCAR drver to jilted prides to flapper-era ghosts to memories of summer romances, taking showers outside, and visits to custard stands on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.
A five-judge panel went through the entries, and selected 23 to be in the 214-page book of short stories, The Beach House. The book was published on November 18, and a launch party for it will be held at Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue on Saturday night beginning at 5 o'clock. The evening will feature food, beer and wine, live music and free gift wrapping. Many of the authors whose stories are in the book will be at the party to sign copies. For some of them, this is the first time their work has been published, while others are more experienced writers with college degrees who've been published many times before.
Sakaduski says the "Rehoboth Beach Reads" contest will be back again next year. She says the theme for the contest will be announced some time in January.
The pedestrian who was hit by a minivan outside of Wilmington has died from his injuries.
31-year-old Nicholos Lingo of Wilmington died Thursday afternoon at Christiana Hospital. Wednesday night, he was hit by a minivan while trying to cross Limestone Road without using a crosswalk.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating Thursday night’s fire at the Red Mill Inn on Route 1 north of Lewes.
Lewes firefighters were called to the inn at 10:45 p.m., and found smoke and flames coming from the roof on the middle of the inn’s three buildings. Guests in two rooms in that building were evacuated, and have been moved to rooms in another building. No one was hurt.
Investigators say the fire started in the ceiling in the building, and caused a quarter-million dollars in damage. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
A Cub Scout Pack from the Bridgeville-Greenwood area held a food drive for the CHEER Center.
Woodbridge Pack 166 went door to door and collected 21 bags of groceries for the CHEER Nutrition Food Drive. The pack donated the bags of groceries to the CHEER Activity Center in Greenwood.
The Cub Scouts will also be volunteering to serve food at the center’s annual Christmas Dinner for volunteers on December 12.
Delaware State Police are informing Wilmington residents about a homeless sex offender.
The SOAR Unit says 33-year-old Andre Hodges of Wilmington has registered his address as homeless. He’s not wanted, but he is a Tier 2 or medium-risk sex offender.
He’s black, 5-foot-6 and 155 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Anyone who knows where he might be is asked to call the SOAR Unit at (302) 672-5306, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
Gas prices in the region are holding mostly steady.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says the national average for regular unleaded went up a penny to $3.26 a gallon. In Delaware, regular held steady at $3.36. In Maryland, regular went down a penny to $3.39, and in southern New Jersey, regular remains at $3.25 a gallon.
Average gas prices in the region are either the same or slightly lower than they were a week ago, but are still running 13 or 14 cents higher than a month ago.
The CHEER Center in Georgetown will be celebrating the holiday season tonight.
The “CHEER Deck the Halls Holiday Dinner” will be from 6 to 10 tonight. The evening will feature a buffet dinner and a carving station, music by Mario Rocco, and the chance to buy decorated wreaths and small Christmas trees at the Christmas Gift Shop, and sweets from Santa’s Bake Shop.
Tickets for the party are $30 each, and can be ordered by calling the CHEER Center.
CHEER Center Main Line: (302) 854-9500
David Tidwell: (302) 854-2888
Rehoboth Beach’s new website will be among the items on the agenda for today’s Communications Committee meeting.
IT Department Supervisor Max Hamby will provide an update about the ongoing overhaul of the city’s website. He’ll give a presentation on the design and features of the new website, and the timeline towards when it’ll go live.
Other items on the agenda include a program to help people access documents for agenda items online, and following up on recommendations for clarifying whether there’ll be public comments at Commissioners meetings. A possible program for issuing “Welcome” letters to residents and business owners will also be discussed.
The meeting will begin at 11 o’clock this morning in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Rehoboth Beach Municipal Building.