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Click here for A Conversation with Governor Jack Markell - audio, video & pictures from the town hall meeting sponsored by WGMD & the Cape Gazette at Cape Henlopen High School
Governor Jack Markell joined WGMD at Atlantic Cellular in Lewes. Click here for the interview. And check out the pictures
Dr Larry Koch speaks out on Common Core -
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
Brad Keselowski passed Dale Earnhardt, Jr., to earn himself his first win in 2014 at Las Vegas as he sweeps to two NASCAR races this weekend in Sin City.
Keselowski began the weekend on a high note starting on the front row with Penske teammate Joey Logano starting first after leading performances in the new knockout qualifying format.
The strong weekend continued for Keselowski as he led 144 of the 200 laps in the Nationwide Series race and held of Kyle Busch for the victory.
The celebrating continued Sunday as another strong performance put him in position to pass Earnhardt, Jr., on the last lap to win the Sprint Cup series race. Earnhardt had run out of gas on the last lap.
Earnhardt finished second, ahead of Paul Menard, Joey Logano, and Carl Edwards who all finished in the top five.
Despite running out of gas on the last lap, Earnhardt is on a blazing hot start this season after winning at Daytona and finishing second both this week and last weekend in Phoenix.
The Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race next weekend in Bristol.
Dewey Beer and Food Company gained approval from the City of Dewey Beach Planning Commission today to operate both a brewery and restaurant. The vote was 5 - 1 to approve a conditional use permit to open in the former Bubba’s Grill location.
The proposed brewpub calls for a gourmet farm-to-table restaurant as well as a seven-barrel brewing system.
The next step would be for the owners to obtain a liquor license.
Yesterday, we reported a crash in Dover between a school bus and a car. WGMD has learned that the unidentified bus driver was cited yesterday (Friday) for failure to remain stopped at a stop sign after a crash that injured three people.
The bus, owned by a Capital School District contractor had no students aboard. The bus reportedly pulled out from a stop at Clara Street and hit the driver's side of a southbound car on Governors Avenue. The car then hit a mailbox and the front porch of a nearby home.
Rescuers freed the car driver who, along with two passengers were taken Kent General Hospital in Dover, all suffering from back and neck pain. The bus driver was not hurt.
Maryland House of Delegates moved quickly and approved an increase in minimum wage yesterday by a vote of 89 to 46. All 89 votes came from Democrats. Seven Democrats joined 39 Republicans in opposing the legislation.
The graduated increase will have base wages reaching $10.10 an hour by January 2017.
The State Senate is expected to ratify the bill, which would then be signed by Governor O’Malley. Increasing the Minimum wage was O’Malley’s legislative top priority of the year.
Some Sussex Tech faculty members got some bad news this week.
Twenty-four people will be let go from their positions next school year, due to budgetary problems. Also, a hiring freeze, will prevent four more potential faculty members from being hired.
The school district said this all could be prevented if the state legislature takes action before then. The legislature will be back in session on March 18.
WBOC reports that a list of the positions on the chopping block include 11 teachers, 3 teaching assistants, three administrators, two secretaries, as well as a counselor, a psychologist, a nurse, a PIO, and a coordinator.
Unlike other school districts, Sussex Tech is not able to raise funds through a referendum.
The Dewey Beach Planning Commission is recommending approval of a brew pub to the Town Council at a public hearing later this morning.
The commission voted five to one in support.
The Dewey Beer and Food Company would be both a brewery and restaurant. It would take the place of what is now Bubba's on the corner of Saulsbury St. and Route 1 in Dewey Beach.
Some residents are worried that by adding another place to consume alcohol, the town will contribute to what they say is a negative image.
Today’s meeting will be held 9am at the Life Saving Station #1 on Dagsworthy Ave. Town Officials will discuss the brew pub's application with residents and could also decide to put the brewery's application to a vote.
Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has approved a measure changing marijuana possession to a civil offense.
The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approved a bill 8-3 yesterday (Friday) that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of limited amounts of marijuana. The measure will now receive a full vote in the Senate, which approved a similar measure last year with bipartisan support.
SB 364 would replace criminal penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana with a $100 fine, similar to a parking ticket. It would also make penalties for minors the same as those for underage possession of alcohol. Under current Maryland law, possession of small amounts of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. There was also a measure not voted on that would have eliminated all penalties for possession in small amounts as the states of Colorado and Washington did.
24-year-old Brian Conley of Smyrna is wanted after he failed to return from an authorized pass issued by Dover's Morris Community Corrections Center.
Conley was serving time for a violation of probation related to his original charge of theft of a motor vehicle.
The Department of Corrections is seeking your help in finding Conley. If you know his whereabouts, call 800-542-9524 or your local police.
Conley is white, about 6', 160 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes.
He has a beard and tattoos under his left eye, as well as one his neck shoulder and arm.
The News Journal is reporting that Delaware Chief Medical Examiner Richard T. Callery, who was suspended with pay on February 25, is the subject of a criminal investigation into whether he misused state resources to run a private business.
Although court records do not offer details about the nature of Callery's private business, sources familiar with the investigation say it relates to his work as an expert-for-hire outside of Delaware. Callery gained a reputation as a go-to defense witness, helping defendants gain better outcomes while charging them at least $200 an hour. This is in addition to his $198,500-a-year state salary.
It is unclear whether Callery was on state time while working on cases out of state
On Monday and Tuesday, our risk of having a car accident will rise about 6%, as will our chances of being in a workplace accident. This due to a shift to Daylight Saving Time. Remember you will get one less hour of sleep tonight.
This year, Daylight Savings Time will run from 2am tonight until November 2 and it is observed in the US with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii.
Many see this change as a signal that spring is near as it begins March 20.
Before you head to bed tonight, turn those clocks ahead one hour.
Four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly. Could yours be one of them?
Have a trained certified child passenger safety technician check it for you and teach you proper techniques for installation as well as answer all your child passenger safety questions. Taking place today from 11am to 2pm at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Safe Kids Lower Shore Maryland is offering this free event.
Major League Baseball Spring Training saw the Orioles clobber the Phillies 15 to 4. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched two perfect innings in his debut with the Baltimore Orioles in their 15-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Orioles on Feb. 19, struck out three.
Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos both hit home runs in the first inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 8 to 5.
Last night in the NHL, it was the Penguins 3 and the not so mighty Ducks 2.
Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan all were one under and tied for the lead at Doral Open with Tiger Woods tied for 25th heading into today’s play.
And, the University of Delaware will again host the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s National Men’s Division 1 and Women’s Division 1 and 2 championships. The men take the ice through this Tuesday and the women’s championship takes place March 13 – 16. Games will be played in the Fred Rust Arena and the Gold Ice Arena.
In College Basketball, #8 Maryland women outplayed #13 UNC in the second half but lost in a nail biter 73 to 70 in the ACC Quarterfinals.
College Baseball saw Florida State over Maryland 15 to 3. The Rider Broncos snapped a 5-game losing streak with a victory over Delaware 4 to 1.
In High School Sports, in the 1a East Section it was Crisfield over Baltimore County 70 to 59 and in the 3A South Section Stephan Decatur fell to Weslake 66 to 51.
Dover Police Chief Jim Hosfelt is resigning.
Mayor Carleton Carey is said to have multiple candidates in mind. Carey no stranger to policing having made a career in law enforcement before entering politics.
Employment looks to be improving here in Delaware.
From January 2013 to January 2014, the state's Department of Labor said there were 4,000 fewer unemployed resident and 8,100 more employed residents.
Some of the most improving sectors include professional and business services (35,000 more jobs year-over-year), the financial sector (13,000 more jobs), and construction (11,000 more jobs).
Sussex County has seen the biggest drop in unemployment of the three Delaware counties. Sussex went from 8.9% in January 2013 to 7.3% in January 2014. Sussex, though, still has the highest unemployment rate. New Castle County has 6.2% unemployed and Kent County has a 6.9% unemployment rate.
While there is improvement in the employment figures, the average hourly rate year-over-year dropped by 75 cents.
Four men have been arrested and a fifth is on the run for a Rehoboth Beach smash and grab.
As first reported by WGMD, the five young men broke into a Zales Jewelers in the Tanger Bayside Outlets in Rehoboth Beach last month.
Roughly an hour after responding to the burglary, Delaware State Police pulled over the quintet for a traffic stop. Police let the five go.
Authorities then compared the dash cam footage with surveillance video from Zales and noticed the five in both looked very similar.
Four men have been arrested for the crime, while authorities are still looking for the fifth.
On March 5th just after 7:30 in the morning, a Wicomico County deputy was patrolling in Salisbury when the vehicle in front of him abruptly pulled into a driveway. The driver mysteriously remained in the vehicle.
The deputy checked the plate with DMV records and found that the owner was revoked in Delaware.
The deputy pulled the vehicle over as it attempted to drive away. The operator identified as 32 year old Michael Salensky of Laurel. The suspect admitted to the deputy that he knew he was revoked but that he had to drive to get to work.
The deputy placed Salensky under arrest for driving while revoked. He had a court appearance and was released on his own recognizance.
WGMD On the Road
Father Dingwall Funeral
OC Fire at the Majestic
A Conversation with Gov Jack Markell
WGMD at the Shorebirds
Gov. Markell at Atlantic Cellular
2013 WGMD Sports Booster Banquet
Wayne Cannon Through the Years
WGMD's Caribbean Escape