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 […]

Ex-lawmaker Atkins arrested 3rd time in domestic violence case

DOVER — A former Delaware lawmaker charged with assaulting and choking his girlfriend in an argument has been arrested for the third time in two weeks after allegedly violating a no-contact order again. John Atkins, 48, of Millsboro was arrested about 9 p.m. Thursday and charged with three counts of noncompliance with bond conditions, a […]

Former lawmaker Atkins facing domestic violence charges again

DOVER — A former Delaware lawmaker is under arrest again, accused of assaulting and strangling his girlfriend in an argument over a text message. John Atkins, 48, of Millsboro was charged last week with strangulation, a felony; and third-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor. He was given a $7,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing scheduled […]

AP exclusive: Survivor blames officials for prison riot

HOCKESSIN — Patricia May had a feeling of dread when she reported to work at Delaware’s maximum-security prison last year. For months, May had been concerned about her safety after being assigned to C Building at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in late 2016. As she walked to her office on Feb. 1, […]

State revenue estimate rises again as budget votes near

NEW CASTLE — A state panel added more than $46 million to this year’s government revenue estimate Monday as Delaware lawmakers prepare to vote on budget bills for the upcoming fiscal year. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council’s update comes two weeks before fiscal year 2019 begins on July 1. While this year’s estimate […]