Snow, rain, ice mix expected Wednesday

DOVER — A hazardous weather outlook and winter storm watch are in effect from Wednesday morning through the evening, according to the National Weather Service station in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Given the forecasts, Delaware State University and some New Castle County schools Tuesday evening began announcing closures for Wednesday. “In an abundance of caution […]

Vaughn prison riot trial ends in no convictions

WILMINGTON — After almost five days of deliberations the jury returned two full acquittals and two partial acquittals of four inmates charged with perpetrating the 2017 Vaughn prison riot that left Lt. Steven Floyd dead. Currently on trial are John Bramble, Abednego Baynes, Kevin Berry and Obadiah Miller. They were all accused of riot, assault, […]

Search for missing Wesley student continues

DOVER – The search for a 21-year-old missing Wesley College student continued into a seventh day Monday, with police receiving several calls and messages with potential information on the case. Erick Acevedo-Palencia was seen on surveillance video leaving the Malmberg Hall dormitory early last Tuesday night, but hadn’t been located as of 2 p.m. Monday, […]

Traffic alert: Construction slows Little Heaven northbound

FREDERICA — An ongoing construction project in the Little Heaven-Frederica area has slowed northbound traffic on Del. 1 as one lane is closed. The Delaware Department of Transportation said the lane will re-open at 3 p.m.

Social media helping Smyrna Police crack cases

SMYRNA — How’s this for a vast and quick public reach? Working a time-sensitive case recently, Smyrna Police requested the public’s assistance through social media. Within 42 minutes, the post was shared over 1,600 times. By two hours, 70,000 people had viewed/interacted with the post. The northern Kent County law enforcement agency says Facebook has […]

State’s gamble on sports betting looks like winner

DOVER — Delaware’s expanded sports betting investment paid off nicely this football season. Boosted by newly-available single game wagers the First State made $9.1 million on college and professional action. Proceeds were transferred into the state government’s general fund. So far, wagers on basketball, auto racing, baseball and more have so far returned a combined […]

Kracyla hired as new Middletown police chief

MIDDLETOWN — The Town of Middletown officially announced news Friday that had been rapidly spreading elsewhere for several days: Robert Kracyla, a local resident with 37 years of law enforcement experience at various agencies with a multitude of high level duties, will become the town’s next police chief, effective March 4. Earlier in the week, […]

Rock Your Socks Mismatch Party draws big volunteer response

GEORGETOWN – Compared to 2018, this year’s Rock Your Socks Mismatch Party in Sussex County was a literal mismatch. About 350 volunteers — many of them students in school and athletic organizations from across Sussex County — paired off in groups at Sussex Technical High School Saturday where they sorted and mismatched 17,000 pairs of […]

Hooks to drop on downstate trout season on March 2

Ray Strong of New Castle is happy with his catch after casting his line into Tidbury Pond Saturday morning with hundreds of other anglers there for the March 5 opening day of the downstate trout season. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday that the state’s spring 2019 downstate trout season will begin Saturday, March 2, with the opening of two downstate ponds stocked with rainbow trout – provided that pond ice conditions do not prevent stocking or fishing. Both […]

Grass Roots Rescue’s Heels & Hooch Gala set for March 23 at CHEER center

GEORGETOWN — Grass Roots Rescue, a southern Delaware-based animal rescue, will hold its inaugural fundraising gala Saturday, March 23 at the CHEER Community Center located on Sand Hill Road in Georgetown. The “Heels & Hooch Gala” will begin at 6 p.m. with an evening will include hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and […]