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 […]

Court production rules there really is a Santa Claus

DOVER — “Absolutely,” was the immediate response from Karalyne Ford afterward. “Yes, there’s proof, lots of proof,” classmate Victor Pham said without a trace of doubt in his voice. The Holy Cross School fourth-graders believe in Santa Claus and a 30-minute production Wednesday morning clearly showed that he still exists in the hearts of many. […]

Dover man pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder in 2017 shooting in Milford

DOVER — A Dover man potentially faces life in prison after pleading guilty to a second-degree murder charge for summer of 2017 shooting at a Milford apartment complex. Don R. Martinez will learn his sentencing fate on Feb. 1 for the death of Ellendale resident Kevin M. King, 36. Milford Police said at the time […]

Scenic Delaware: Kent County Court House

Edward Sidel of Dover took this photo of the Kent County Court House in Dover on Oct. 21.

Bail reduced in murder case involving Dover school custodian

DOVER — Secured bail was reduced to $500,000 for a Dover man charged with first-degree murder following a post-work shooting death at Towne Pointe Elementary School last summer during a Thursday morning Kent County Superior Court hearing. Rodney G. West, who claimed self defense during a confrontation with the late Derrick Combs on Aug. 28 […]

Dover woman takes 15-year plea deal in deadly shooting

DOVER — A 31-year-old Dover woman had until the end of business Tuesday to accept a plea deal or opt for a Superior Court jury trial in the case of a man shot to death at Pine Grove Apartments in Dover last year. After attorneys discussed her status with Judge Jeffrey J. Clark in a […]

Letter to the Editor: Kavanaugh treated badly

Not only are we engaged with the war on terrorism, we’re engaged with a war inside the beltway, from the foothills of Virginia and across the globe. From daily tabloids to inside the beltway and across the country, Brett Kavanaugh has been undressed in front of a live audience and has been retrofitted to make […]

Trial in fatal stabbing at Dickinson Plantation set for October 2019

DOVER — A 26-year-old Dover man waived his right to a speedy trial and will now face a first-degree murder charge in Superior Court on Oct. 14, 2019. Malcolm Casson is charged with the stabbing death of Thomas M. Bunting Jr., 36, of Milford, earlier this year. Mr. Bunting was found unresponsive at John Dickinson […]