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Cape School Board Member Sandi Minard joined Delmarva's Morning News to discuss the impending vote on a Bible Literacy elective for Cape Henlopen High School
DelDOT says the major roads in New Castle County, including Route 1 and the interstates, are wet this morning, but are clear of snow. Air temperatures have been around 33 degrees, while road surface temperatures have been between 32 and 34 degrees.
DelDOT says while the threat of widespread freezing appears to have passed, there are still some isolated areas that have snow on the roads, especially in subdivisions.
Over the past 24 hours, the Delmarva Peninsula has seen it all: snow, sleet, freezing rain, rain, and even lightning and thunder.
As of 10 o'clock Sunday night, a foot of snow had fallen in Wilmington, and eight and a half inches had fallen in Wilmington. The precipitation in northern Delaware and the rest of the state has now turned over to all rain. Areas in Kent and Sussex Counties reported snowfall totals of between two and four inches.
The weather did cause some problems on the roads. A tractor-trailer jack-knifed, closing the Delaware Memorial Bridge. DelDOT says every available snow plow and plow crew is out on the roads in Kent and New Castle Counties, either plowing snow or applying salt. The crews worked through the night. Once the snow is removed, they'll shift their focus to treating the roads with salt to reduce the possibility of icy conditions for this morning's commute.
If you're planning to travel north, stay tuned to WGMD's Reliant Traffic updates throughout the morning.
Maryland State Troopers from the Berlin Barracks arrested two people for DUI between December 2 and December 8.
25-year-old Adam Esham of Ocean City was arrested for DUI on December 5 on Route 50 at Grays Corner Road in Ocean Pines. 46-year-old Wendy Helmuth of Salisbury was arrested for DUI just before 1:15 Sunday morning at the intersection of Route 50 and Keyser Point Road. Neither arrest was the result of an accident.
Delaware State Police have issued a Gold Alert for a missing man from Dover.
State Police have issued the Gold Alert for 19-year-old Stephen Hatton. He was last seen on Saturday at his home on White Oak Road in Dover. Troopers say Hatton was last seen wearing a black baseball hat and black jacket. He may be driving a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta with Delaware license plate number 461075.
The Gold Alert was issued because of concern for his safety. Anyone who knows where he might be is asked to call State Police Troop 3 at (302) 697-4454, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
Delmarva Power is encouraging its customers to help their neighbors who are struggling to pay their electric bills.
Delmarva Power customers in both Delaware and Maryland can purchase a Gift of Energy through the company’s website, or in person at a Customer Service Center. Customers can tell Customer Service the name and address of the person they’re buying the Gift of Energy for. Payments can be made by check or credit card on that person’s account. Participants will get a holiday greeting card from Delmarva Power to give to their beneficiaries through January 15. Regional President Gary Stockbridge says Delmarva Power is providing an opportunity to share the gift of energy with those who need help, in keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, which is about giving and sharing.
In Sussex County, customers can visit the Customer Service Center on Route 113 in Millsboro.
A request for a partial loan forgiveness, and parking at a proposed dock along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal are among the items on the agenda for today’s Rehoboth Beach Commissioners’ Workshop Meeting.
The Commissioners will discuss a letter from Rehoboth Beach Historical Society President Paul Kuhns requesting as the Society moves into Phase 2 of construction on its new museum, that the Commissioners forgive half of the quarter-million dollar loan the Society received in 2008. The Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Improvement Association will give a presentation on parking issues near the proposed dock along the canal, as well as the lease with the Army Corps of Engineers, financing, and how the dock would be used. Police Chief Keith Banks will discuss naming two officers as lieutenants, and assigning them the appropriate duties.
Today’s meeting will begin at 9 o’clock in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Rehoboth Beach Municipal Building.
A Sussex County tradition will continue tonight.
The 30th annual “Caroling on The Circle” will begin at 6:30 tonight in Georgetown. Residents are joined by students, businesses and civic groups to not only sing Christmas carols, but also to collect canned goods for the Food Bank of Delaware, and other area churches and food pantries. The community singing event will be the highlight of the Sussex County government’s annual “Pack the POD” food drive.
Last year’s food drive collected more than 33,000 items for nearly a dozen different groups.
Coastal communities in Maryland can apply for state grants to help them address coastal flooding.
The state is offering grants to local governments in CoastSmart Communities to help them address problems posed by storm surge, flooding and even sea level rise. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley says climate change and rising sea levels make the state’s coast increasingly vulnerable to flooding from hurricanes and other storms.
As part of the effort to help coastal areas better prepare for storms and flooding, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has introduced the CoastSmart Communities scorecard. The tool allows local governments to evaluate their efforts in preparing for storms and flooding.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell will join Governors from two other states in Washington, D.C. to call for upwind states to clean up their air.
Governor Markell will join Governors Margaret Hassan of New Hampshire and Peter Shumlin of Vermont, along with state environmental officials from the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic to announce a strategy to require nine states from the Midwest and South to reduce their air pollution, which is carried by winds in the upper atmosphere into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. That air pollution then creates negative health and economic impacts for the millions of people who live between northern New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
Today’s announcement will begin at 11 o’clock this morning in the Hall of the States.
A conference on domestic violence that was scheduled for today has been cancelled due to the inclement weather.
The Delaware Law Enforcement Domestic Violence Conference was scheduled to be held today at the Polytech Adult Education Center in Woodside. Conference organizers will get in touch with those who were registered to attend to discuss additional training opportunities in the future.
The Delaware Department of Agriculture’s marketing team has been honored for its work to connect farmers and grocers.
The DDA marketing team received the Partnership of the Year Award at the Delaware Food Industry Council’s annual banquet last week. The marketing staff was recognized for its annual marketing summit. The team works with the state’s agricultural groups, farm organizations, farmer’s and on-farm markets and retailers to increase sales opportunities for agricultural products from Delaware.
Maryland State Police have identified the woman who was murdered Sunday afternoon.
Troopers say the woman is 64-year-old Jane Kyle. Maryland State Police were called for a report of a possible homicide in a trailer park, and found Kyle unresponsive in the bathroom of her home on Pinder Avenue. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine how and why Kyle died.
Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking members to Beat the Peak tonight from 5 to 7pm because of the unseasonably cold temperatures. During times of peak energy use your co-op pays a premium price for energy. By reducing how much energy you are using in your home, you can lower your co-op's energy costs. Because Delaware Electric Cooperative is member owned, those savings are passed on to you. You can help by turning off unnecessary lights and delaying the use of major appliances like the washer and washing machine – and turn your thermostat down a few degrees.
Winter Weather Advisory until 10pm (Accuweather)or Midnight (DEMA)
DelDOT's snow-fighting forces have been out treating and plowing roads throughout the day and will continue to do so into the evening and beyond, if necessary. In all, nearly 200 plows and operators have been working throughout Delaware.
Nevertheless, in New Castle County, every available plow and crew is on the road, either plowing snow or applying salt. This is 134 trucks. In Kent County, 53 trucks are on the road, and in Sussex County, 23 trucks are on the road.
These crews will be working through the night. Once the snow is removed, the focus will shift to treating the roads with salt, to minimize the possibility of icy conditions for tomorrow morning's commute.
Drivers are asked to stay off the roads if possible, and if they must drive to be extremely cautious, as ice can quickly form, particularly on bridges, overpasses, off ramps, and heavily wooded areas.
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING...
* SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES.
* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...AROUND A TRACE.
* TIMING...PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR SLEET WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF THE EVENIING. BY LATE EVENING TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RISE ABOVE FREEZING RESULTING IN A CHANGEOVER TO RAIN.
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL ON UNTREATED ROADWAYS. BRIDGES AND OTHER ELEVATED SURFACES TEND TO ICE UP FIRST.
* TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER 30S... THEN TEMPERATURES SLOWLY RISING THROUGH TONIGHT.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW... SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
Just before 1 Sunday morning a man entered the 7-Eleven on Kirkwood Highway in Wilmington with a knife and demanded money from the register. The clerk opened the register and the man took the cash and left. The suspect is black, about 18 to 20 and 5' 11" with a thin build. He was wearing a dark hoodie. Anyone with information - call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
A Clayton man has been charged with his 6th offense DUI after State Police were called to the Holly Hill Estates mobile home for a drunk and disorderly man. When police arrived they spotted 59 year old Thomas Kelly driving out, pulled in front of the car and contacted him. Kelly was cooperative at first, but as he spoke to the Trooper, started the car and began to shift into drive. The trooper reached in to turn off the car and Kelly began to struggle with the Trooper, who arrested him. A search turned up a glass pipe with crack cocaine residue in Kelly's sock. He's charged with his 6th offense DUI, drug charges and other offenses and is being held at the VCC in default of secured bail. a
UPDATED - 7PM - State Police say 43 year old Jesus Velazquez has died from his injuries at Christiana Hospital. The crash remains under investigation.
A crash in Townsend just before midnight Saturday left a Warwick, MD man in critical condition. State Police say a pickup truck driven by 43 year old Jesus Velazquez was eastbound on Blackbird Forrest Road, but failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a car driven by a 65 year old Rehoboth Beach woman who was wearing a seatbelt. Velazquez was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the truck. Police believe alcohol is a factor in the crash. A passenger in Velazquez's truck ran off after the crash. The investigation is continuing - no charges have been filed.
Maryland State Police were called about a possible murder at an Elton trailer park Saturday afternoon. When police arrived at the Pinder Avenue home they found a women lying in the bathroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman's name has not been released and the cause of death hasn't been determined but the investigation is continuing and police are interviewing suspects.
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off its 17th Season with Holiday Concerts at Several Delmarva Locations. Tis the season to be jolly and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra wants to make you very jolly by performing Holiday Joy “Amazing Voices”. The seventeen year old orchestra will be performing tonight at the Cape Henlopen High School auditorium in Lewes, with one show at 7:30. Sunday, the orchestra travels to Ocean Pines for with two shows at 3:00pm and 7:30pm at the Community Church on Route 589. The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Julien Benichou will present, Tchaikovsky’s – the Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Ava Maria, Oh Holy Night, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The Christmas concert features bass-baritone, Kevin Short, who has sung all over the world. Tickets are $40.00 adults…18 and under free with reservations. Visit midatlanticsymphony.org.
Looking for that perfect Christmas tree? Forget the grocery store lineup – trees are available from Delaware farmers across the state. There are over 30 Delaware farmers who have Christmas trees available for your home – large or small, cut or fresh, fir, spruce or pine. Christmas trees are a specialty business in Delaware and while you could go driving around the state scouting out that perfect – it could be as close as your smart phone. You know the Delaware Fresh App to search out all the farmers markets during the summer – well at this time of year – use it to find your Christmas tree. The app is free on android, iPhone and Windows 8 phone platforms at Delaware.gov/apps
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