State: No wrongdoing by PAC formed by Democratic Senate leaders

DOVER, Del. — A political committee set up by Democratic leaders in the state Senate did not violate campaign finance laws in donating to a Democratic lawmaker vying for an open Senate seat, Delaware’s election commissioner ruled Monday. The ruling by Commissioner Elaine Manlove involves an entity called C-11, which was formed in September at the […]

AG report finds officer justified in fatal shooting of teen

DOVER, Del. — Delaware’s attorney general says a state trooper was justified in fatally shooting a 16-year-old boy in Dover last year. Juliun Pitcher of Smyrna was shot in December after Trooper Andrew Osgood stopped a vehicle in which he was riding for a traffic violation around 3 a.m. Authorities say Pitcher had a loaded firearm, […]

Delaware judge nixes agency regulations on guns in parks

DOVER — A Delaware judge on Thursday struck down some regulations on carrying guns in state parks and on state forest land, saying they are unconstitutional. The ruling comes in a lawsuit by the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association and other gun rights advocates challenging firearms regulations developed by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental […]

Prison riot defendant pleaded guilty months ago

DOVER, Del. — A Delaware inmate who is a key prosecution witness in a deadly prison riot entered a guilty plea almost a year ago to charges stemming from the uprising, but the plea was not noted in court records until this week. Fifty-three-year-old Royal Downs, serving a life sentence for murder, entered the plea Dec. […]

Delaware GOP official quits, blasts party’s US Senate nominee

DOVER — The Republican Party chairman in Delaware’s most populous county has resigned his post, saying he cannot support the party’s U.S. Senate candidate. Peter Kopf, chairman of the New Castle County Republican Committee, submitted his resignation letter last Thursday, saying he is troubled both by Rob Arlett’s candidacy and the current state Republican Party […]

Phone evidence against ex-police ballistics expert is tossed

DOVER — A judge has tossed out cellphone evidence that prosecutors were hoping to use against the former chief firearm ballistics expert for the Delaware State Police. State police in January obtained a court order under Delaware’s wiretap statute compelling disclosure of Carl N. Rone’s cellphone records as they investigated allegations that he falsified time […]

Panel updates Delaware government revenue estimates

NEW CASTLE — Delaware’s official government revenue forecast has inched up as state officials begin laying the groundwork for developing a budget proposal for next year. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday boosted the revenue estimate for this year by $27.4 million compared to its previous estimate in June. The panel increased […]

Carper proves to be breakwater for anti-establishment wave

WILMINGTON — If an antiestablishment wave is moving the Democratic party to the left, longtime U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has proven to be a breakwater, easily fending off a primary challenger making her first run for office. Carper, 71, trounced Kerri Evelyn Harris, setting up a November race against President Trump’s former state […]

Court upholds Delaware cyberstalking convictions, life terms

DOVER — A federal court on Friday rejected the appeals of a Delaware man and his sister who were sentenced to life in prison in a landmark cyberstalking case involving the killing of the man’s ex-wife. In a 77-page ruling, a three-judge panel of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld the […]

Investigators say John Glenn’s remains not disrespected at Dover base mortuary

DOVER — A lengthy investigation by Air Force officials has concluded that the remains of astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn were not treated disrespectfully at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary before he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery last year. The Air Force launched a probe in May 2017 amid concerns that […]