Woodcrest residents vexed by nearby wetland site

DOVER — Does the City of Dover own it? Or the Capital School District, perhaps? As summer nears and temperatures rise, a wetland mitigation site located near the old Dover High School campus on Walker Road has some nearby Woodcrest neighborhood residents agitated, confused and holding their noses at times. The locals have circulated a […]

Dover dance instructor, 66, pleads guilty to sex offense involving 17-year-old

DOVER — A 66-year-old dance instructor pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to a sexual offense involving a 17-year-old boy in a Dover dance studio last year. Alexander Boitsov, of Hockessin, had been scheduled for trial Monday in Superior Court before admitting to second-degree unlawful contact for an incident at The Dance Conservatory in June 2017, Delaware […]

Middletown High student held after handgun found in bag

MIDDLETOWN — A handgun was discovered in a student’s backpack following a confrontation at Middletown High late Friday morning, a district superintendent said later in the day. In an e-mail to parents and staff just after 4 p.m. the Appoquinimink School District detailed the incident, with Superintendent Dr. Matt Burrows explaining that “Shortly before noon […]

Trial set for dance instructor accused of touching teen

  DOVER — A 66-year-old Delaware dance instructor is scheduled for Superior Court trial Monday regarding allegations that he improperly touched a teenage boy in Dover last year. Alexander Boitsov, of Hockessin, was arrested after an alleged incident involving a 17-year-old at Dance Conservatory at 522 Otis Drive, Dover Police said. He later pleaded not […]

Dover murder trial tied to police firearms expert theft case

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  DOVER — A former police firearms expert’s own legal issues were central to the separate plight of a 35-year-old man accused of murder in a 2009 Dover shooting Thursday, and a trial date was extended in the case. Larry J. Pierce is now scheduled for trial on Oct. 9 in Superior Court, pending the […]

Judge won’t dismiss massage parlor civil racketeering case

  DOVER — A civil racketeering claim against a Chinese man who allegedly ran a prostitution ring in Delaware in 2013-14 was kept alive in Superior Court last week. While Da Zhong Wang sought to dismiss a Delaware Department of Justice action, Judge Abigail M. LeGrow found in a 16-page decision that “it is reasonable […]

Police: Suspects in Dover murder had shoplifted bullets

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  DOVER — Two teenagers charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Smyrna man early Sunday morning allegedly shoplifted ammunition from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Dover Mall two days earlier, Dover Police said when announcing their arrests Tuesday. Eugene Riley, 18, of Milford, and Ahmir Bailey, 19, of Lincoln, were arrested without […]

Three suspects with histories of DUIs arrested in Kent County

  DOVER — Three Kent County men were charged with felony DUI after separate traffic stops last week in the Camden and Smyrna areas, according to arrest affidavits. John W. Mereider, 59, of Camden-Wyoming, was allegedly found asleep in the driver’s seat of a Dodge Dakota at 1:15 a.m. Friday, Delaware State Police said in […]

Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for full-scale sports betting in Delaware

DOVER — The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. The justices voted 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law […]

Early College High School to hold first graduation tonight

DOVER — For two minutes tonight, two and a half tops, special voices will be heard. To summon the true spirit of the first Early College High School graduating class in an alma mater ballad, Devin Mercer went right to the source. “In writing an alma mater, you really want to capture the spirit of […]