Court rejects appeal in soccer tournament shootings

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DOVER — Delaware’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by one of two gang members convicted of murder in a soccer tournament shooting that left three people dead. The court affirmed a Superior Court judge’s finding that Jeffrey Phillips had failed to show that his trial lawyer was ineffective. The justices also upheld the […]

Former FedEx manager pleads guilty in package theft scheme

DOVER — A former FedEx manager in Delaware is facing up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing and reselling merchandise being shipped by the company. Joseph Kukta, 43, of Laurel, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of interstate transportation of stolen goods and tax evasion. A federal judge in Baltimore scheduled […]

State drops opposition to Del. school funding suit depositions

DOVER — Attorneys for Gov. John Carney have dropped their opposition to Delaware’s education secretary and budget director being deposed in a lawsuit alleging the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. A judge had planned to hear arguments Thursday on a requested protective order preventing Education Secretary Susan Bunting and […]

Delaware regulators halt try to hit solar customers with big fees

MILLSBORO — Thanks to solar panels at his Millsboro early learning center, businessman Richard Spinks frequently provides more energy to the regional power grid than he uses. That’s why he was shocked recently to learn that he still faced potentially costly monthly bills from Delmarva Power. Mr. Spinks had invested in the panels in 2017 […]

Victims of canal car crash identified as search continues

ST. GEORGES — A wrong turn on the way to a youth football game turned tragic when a car carrying five young people plunged into a canal in northern Delaware, according to the father of three boys who are presumed dead. Officials were still searching for the body of the 18-year-old driver Monday. A teenage […]

State loses bid for reargument in opioid lawsuit

DOVER — A judge who granted Walgreens’ motion to dismiss in Delaware’s lawsuit against the drug industry over the opioid crisis has denied the state’s request for reargument. The judge said Wednesday that she did not overlook a controlling legal principle or misapprehend the law in dismissing Walgreens. State officials have accused pharmaceutical companies of […]

Defense makes its case for ex-UD athlete accused of multiple rapes

GEORGETOWN — A woman who says she was raped by an ex-university of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults has told conflicting accounts of their encounter and may have regretted being physically intimate with him, a defense attorney told jurors in closing arguments Thursday. Texts the woman exchanged with friends before she drove […]

Prosecution rests in trial of ex-UD athlete accused of rapes

GEORGETOWN— Prosecutors have rested their case in the first-degree rape trial of an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults. A state police detective who interviewed 23-year-old Clay Conaway after his arrest last year was the final witness to testify for the prosecution. Under defense cross-examination Tuesday, the detective said Conaway waived […]

Woman who reported rape testifies that she didn’t protest

GEORGETOWN — A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults testified under cross-examination Thursday that she did not protest when he removed all her clothes as they lay in his bed. The woman also acknowledged that she told friends in the days leading up […]

Woman testifies about alleged rape by university athlete

GEORGETOWN — A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults testified Wednesday that she was surprised, then anxious and afraid, when her first meeting with him quickly escalated from consensual kissing to physical force and violence. The woman testified that soon after she arrived […]