Allred: Tape appears to show R. Kelly sexually abusing girls

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R. Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday. The man then […]

Letter to the Editor: Sentencing guidelines

I read a recent article regarding new sentencing guidelines issued by the attorney general in Delaware. The article states that Attorney General Jennings believes that overabundant and redundant minimum mandatory sentences lead the poor and “traditionally underrepresented” to re-offend once released from jail. Really? Perhaps we should consider that the re-offenders are just looking for […]

Board recommends commutation for convicted killer in ’82 murder of Dover liquor store owner

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DOVER — A man serving life in prison without parole for the 1982 robbery and murder of a Dover liquor store owner should have his sentence commuted and be made immediately eligible for parole, Delaware’s Board of Pardons ruled Thursday. The recommendation came after board members heard from Tyrone R. Baxter, his supporters and the […]

Speak Out: Criminal justice reform

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings said Monday she has outlined reforms aimed at providing a more “fair and equal” criminal justice system for the state. • This is part of Delaware’s ongoing effort to decriminalize criminal behavior, endanger our communities and empty the institutions. Nowhere in here will you see any reference to criminals being […]

Courts in Kent and Sussex counties announce convictions

DOVER — A 52-year-old Dover man was sentenced to five years after a 2018 crash that injured two pedestrians, the Delaware Department of Justice said Friday in a news release announcing several recent Superior Court convictions. Following incarceration, William S. Smith will then serve six months of home confinement or work release, and then probation […]

Kent grand jury hands up indictments

DOVER — A Kent County grand jury returned several indictments this week including, among others: • Marshay L. Johnson and Kevin L. Woods were charged by Milford Police following an alleged incident on Sept. 13, 2018 that led to drug and weapon charges. Mr. Woods, a 32-year-old Bridgeville resident, was driving a vehicle when its […]

Courts’ bail reform policies questioned

DOVER — In 2018, lawmakers passed a bill reforming bail in Delaware, with the goal of preventing someone who committed a relatively minor crime from being locked up before trial simply because he or she couldn’t afford to make bail. It was hailed by supporters as a big step toward a fairer, less punitive system, […]

Court hands up criminal indictments in Kent

DOVER — Two men were indicted Monday in a shooting incident in Smyrna from just over two months ago, according to Superior Court documents. Smyrna residents Devante L. Blocker and Jeffrey T. Thomas Jr., both 20 at the time, were taken into custody shortly after two people were wounded in the 400 block of Baldwin […]

Camden-Wyoming man acquitted of murder pleads guilty to weapon charge

DOVER — A 30-year-old Camden-Wyoming man found not guilty of murder in August pleaded guilty to a weapon charge related to his apprehension during the investigation. On Monday morning in Superior Court, Raymond Ward accepted a possession of a firearm by person prohibited count, which brought a five-year minimum mandatory sentence, according to the Delaware […]

Federal judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act invalid on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that last year’s tax […]