USS Delaware to be christened

DOVER — The U.S. Navy on Saturday will christen a submarine named after the First State. The USS Delaware SSN-791, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will have a ceremonial launching from Newport News, Virginia, with Delaware and military officials in attendance. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, who will be at the official ceremony, is holding three […]

High Court denies convicted murderer’s motion for relief

DOVER — After presenting no new evidence offering proof of innocence in a 2006 murder and rape conviction regarding a 68-year-old woman, a former Hartly resident’s motion was dismissed last week in a six-page order, according to the Delaware Supreme Court. Ambrose L. Sykes sought postconviction relief from what was originally a death sentence before […]

Camden man charged in alleged assault of animal

DOVER — A 45-year Camden man shot by a resident on Pony Track Road on Oct. 2, was later charged with burglary, criminal trespass and other alleged offenses, Delaware State Police said Tuesday. Adelio A. Guzman suffered gunshot wounds to his lower extremities and was found to have allegedly entered the property without permission, spokeswoman […]

Sussex: New housing density calculation proposed

GEORGETOWN — A Sussex County councilman’s pitch to remove designated state wetlands from the equation to calculate density for development has stirred a wave of debate. Since county zoning was established in Sussex nearly five decades ago, total acreage — including wetlands that are unbuildable — is calculated in computing density of residential-zoned districts. Typically, […]

Dover district pivotal in fight to control state Senate

DOVER — On a January day in 1973, two Republican senators conspired with the Democratic minority in the Delaware Senate, stunning their colleagues by flipping control of the chamber. Little did Donald Isaacs and Anthony Cicione know they would be handing it over for the rest of their lives — and then some. While many […]

For safety’s sake: Wheatley Pond Paramedic Station will receive emergency lights

SMYRNA — The volume of traffic on Del. 300 that runs past the Wheatley Pond Paramedic Station in west Smyrna has increased substantially since the 1980s, when the station first opened. That’s why Kent County Levy Court President P. Brooks Banta and Vice President Terry Pepper, along with Chief Colin Faulkner, director of Emergency Management […]

Accused murderer testifies: Denies involvement in 2009 shooting death

DOVER — Choosing to testify against the advice of his attorneys Monday afternoon a 36-year-old man said he was not involved in a downtown Dover shooting death roughly 9 1/2 years ago. Larry J. Pierce did admit to possessing a firearm that prosecutors claim was fatally discharged into the back of the head of Josue […]

State gets more federal funding to fight overdoses

DOVER — The Division of Public Health has been awarded more than half a million dollars per year to support first responders in combating drug overdoses. The state will receive $538,000 a year for four years from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to buy naloxone, a medication that can counteract opioid […]

The search for safety: Downtown discussion seeks solutions

DOVER — They might not be the type of flowery words that city officials and business owners want to hear, but Victoria Fuentes-Cox said they are the kind that need to be spoken if real change is going to take place in downtown Dover. “I don’t feel safe,” Ms. Fuentes-Cox said. “I don’t feel comfortable. […]

‘Little Library’ book exchange installed at Magnolia Fire Hall

MAGNOLIA — Kent County installed its fifth “Little Library” on Oct. 6. The new free book exchange booth is located behind the Magnolia Fire Co. at 2 North Main St. in Magnolia. County staff and Magnolia Fire Hall personnel turned out for an opening ceremony. Kent County spokeswoman Kelly Pitts said this newest addition is […]