Hamilton sentencing delayed to April 11

DOVER — Sentencing of a Smyrna man convicted of murdering his wife three years ago was delayed Wednesday morning at the defense’s request. Cortez A. Hamilton will be facing 15 years to life in prison when sentenced on April 11 in Kent County Superior Court. Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. earlier accepted a second-degree […]

Smyrna man faces sentencing today in wife’s murder

DOVER — A Smyrna man is facing 15 years to life in prison when sentenced this morning for the second-degree murder of his wife three years ago. In January, Cortez A. Hamilton pleaded guilty in the death of Keisha Hamilton, who went missing on Jan. 9, 2015 and was eventually presumed dead by her family […]

Sweet dream: A plan to revive Smyrna’s landmark ice cream shop has now become a reality

SMYRNA — Historically valuable buildings have a tendency to crumble over time. As they crumble, they’re harder to use. If they don’t get used, the expense of maintaining them is hard to justify. This would have been true for Smyrna’s iconic Dairy Sweet at the intersection of Route 13 and East North Street — an […]

Community reflects on late Smyrna mayor Wright’s legacy

SMYRNA — In 1981, Delaware elected its first African-American mayor, George C. Wright Jr., to the town of Smyrna. Only 20 years before, David Buckson, who was the attorney general of Delaware in the 1960s, reportedly called race relations in Smyrna “the worst in the state.’’ Mr. Wright died on Dec. 21, at the age […]

DOJ confirms Smyrna wife killer told authorities where to find body

DOVER — A 35-year-old Smyrna man provided the location of his missing wife’s body as part of a guilty plea deal to murder last week, officials confirmed Wednesday. After Cortez A. Hamilton gave information Friday in the supposed whereabouts of his wife’s body, Delaware State Police located human skeletal remains at Mount Friendship Road north […]

Christmas sun

Dave Graham of Smyrna took this photo of the first ray of the rising sun over Massey’s Millpond near Kenton on Christmas morning. Do you have a great shot of a scenic location in Delaware? Send it to newsroom@newszap.com. Photos must be at least 200 dpi and include your name, where and when your photo was taken, […]

Former Smyrna mayor Wright dies at 85

SMYRNA — A funeral service for George C. Wright Jr., the first African American to serve as a mayor in Delaware, will be held Saturday in Asbury United Methodist Church, Smyrna. Mr. Wright died Thursday, Dec. 21, in Christiana Hospital. He was 85. After three unsuccessful bids in mayoral elections in Smyrna, he won the […]

Smyrna votes to implement police department changes

SMYRNA — Yet undisclosed policy and procedure changes are coming to the Smyrna Police Department after more than a year of internal turmoil and outside investigations, Town Council announced Wednesday night in a news release. Elected officials evaluated findings from a taxpayer-funded $30,000 independent investigation by Blackwood, New Jersey-based Protocol Security Partners and unanimously accepted […]

Car crashes into Smyrna auto parts store

SMYRNA — The first two bangs sounded like a routine fender bender, he said. The third one made him think a gas pump had exploded at the nearby Royal Farms. Then an Advance Auto Parts employee rushed outside to see what exactly had happened. An out-of-control Ford Taurus apparently hit three parked vehicles before slamming […]

Busy Smyrna ambulance company touts new lifesaving CPR device

SMYRNA — This lifesaver never tires and is always available for a call. Two days after a Lucas chest compression system device debuted last month it more than justified its $15,000 price tag. Responding to a cardiac distress call at a residence on Nov. 13, EMTs Tamara Jackson and Ashley Kavaky arrived to find an […]