Dreamers: A Family Escapes Violence

Oct 5, 2016

Over 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Delaware may be eligible for the DACA program that allows those who were brought to the United States as children to temporarily stay in the country. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at one family who made their way from the violence torn El Salvador. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided production and translation assistance for this story.

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Much has changed since the Life Crisis Center in Salisbury opened as a rape crisis center forty years ago. Executive Director Michele Hughes tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that a new task has been added to their list: Helping people after the death involved in a homicide. The center is holding a gala at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City to mark it anniversary.

Gee Williams has won an overwhelming landslide in his reelection bid for another term as Mayor of Berlin.

Williams racked up 588 votes compared to his rival Lisa Hall’s 137.

WBOC reports that Williams began his involvement with town government with a seat on the city council in 2003.

He ascended to the Mayor’s office in 2008 with the death of then-Mayor Tom Cardinale.

Hall who decided not to seek another term on the city council has been succeeded by Zachery Tyndall who beat his rival Jack Orris 185 votes to 116 in District 2.

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Two men have rescued a child from rough conditions off Bethany Beach.

Bethany Beach Police Chief Mike Redmon tells the Salisbury Daily Times Public Works employee Sean Ely was on the beach Monday when a woman ran to him and said her 11-year-old son was trapped in the surf.

Ely called police, and then ran into the water to attempt a rescue. Ely was able to reach the boy, but the rough conditions were making it hard for him to keep the boy's head above water.

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There have been three recent assaults near the campus of Salisbury University.

And while the police have made arrests there is some unease among students.

The assaults range from an incident in a student neighborhood known as The Zoo to two attacks on Sunday in the Bateman Street area across from Route 13.

In those two incidents the victim was punched.

WBOC reports that the university has sent out an email notifying students of the assaults with recommendations on how to avoid being a victim.

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Construction has begun to replace the New Castle Pier destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

The replacement will cost $1.2 million and extend 170 feet out into the Delaware River.

Work on the pier should be wrapped up by the end of the year.

City Administrator Bill Barthel told the Wilmington News Journal that the new pier will allow the replica of Kalmar Nyckel from the 1600’s and other vessels to dock in the city.

The paper reports that the new pier has spurred renewed discussion about reviving ferry traffic between New Castle and Pennsville in New Jersey.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $2 million in funds to the Wilmington Police Department and Laurel Police Department to aid in community policing.

The Wilmington News Journal that the police departments received the funds Monday.

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - A woman is suing a Virginia police officer who shot and killed her son while he was carrying a BB gun.

Media outlets report attorneys for Corey Achstein's mother filed the $8 million wrongful death lawsuit Monday against Suffolk Officer James Babor.

Babor shot 28-year-old Achstein in his back Dec. 28 after responding to reports of a man chasing three juveniles and threatening them with a gun.

A report said Achstein was armed with a BB gun that looked like a handgun.

Achstein was white, as is the officer.

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On October 13th the Wallops Flight facility is set to launch another resupply mission to the International Space Station.  

NASA and Wallops officials say they have successfully completed their pre-launch review of the Anteres rocket that will take the Cygnus spacecraft into orbit.

WBOC reports that people on the East Coast should be able to see the rocket when it is set to lift off at 9:13 p.m. depending on weather conditions.

This will be the first resupply mission at Wallops since a rocket exploded on the launch pad in October of 2014.

Dreamers: Undocumented Childhood Immigrants

Oct 4, 2016
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As the presidential campaign moves into its final weeks, those who call themselves Dreamers watch anxiously. Republican presidential nominee has promised to end the President's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which has allowed many who came as children to stay in the country. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at these young people beginning with a recent study by Cindy Mitchell, chair of the Language Department at Delaware Technical Community College. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provide production assistance for this story.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Sussex County citizens group has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Indian River School District of racial discrimination.

The Coalition for Education Reform claims that the district is using the George Washington Carver Academy, a special education school, as a "punitive dumping ground" for African-American students branded as "troublemakers."

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A bomb threat forced the evacuation of Smyrna High School yesterday.

Students boarded buses to go home while staff and those students who do not use the bus were sent to the middle school.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that police search the buildings and found no threat allowing the facility to be deemed safe.

The bomb threat forced the closure of Duck Creek Parkway that stretches from the high school to the middle school.

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There’s a new addition to the pony herd on Assateague Island.

The wild horse Charm gave birth in September to a new foal making this the fifth so far this year.

The Assateague Alliance says the foal is likely to be named Tunkan Hoksila after a horse that died from a car crash in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the National Park Service says it wants to get the herd up to around 80 to a 100 horses.

The paper says that the Alliance is urging people stay away from the mare and her foal to give them time to recover and become part of the herd.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A 1,600 pound great white shark is lurking off of Virginia's coast.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that researchers tracked it early Monday in the Atlantic Ocean near the Virginia-North Carolina border.

The juvenile shark was first tagged by researchers off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Sept. 22.

Researchers have named the shark Miss Costa. She's 12 feet, 5 inches long.

The shark is among hundreds being tracked via satellites by OCEARCH (pronounced Oh-Search).

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a claim by Delaware that it should get $150 million from uncashed MoneyGram checks.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the high court is weighing the demand by 23 states who say they should get the money.

Those states say the money should go to the place where the transaction occurred while Delaware says it should go to the state where the company is incorporated.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Virginia death row inmate convicted of hiring another man to kill his ex-girlfriend is planning to ask Gov. Terry McAuliffe to halt his execution.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear Ivan Teleguz's appeal.

Attorney Michael Williams said in an email that Teleguz will now ask the Democratic governor for clemency. Williams said McAuliffe will decide "whether to prevent the Commonwealth from executing an innocent man."

A McAuliffe spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- In the span of a year, the cost for the state of Virginia to obtain lethal injection drugs has leapt from about $525 per execution to $16,500.
The price rose after the General Assembly passed a law allowing the state to buy execution drugs from compounding pharmacies whose identities are secret.

The law, which took effect July 1, was passed after lawmakers feared executions in the state would grind to a halt as pharmaceutical companies stopped participating in the death penalty nationwide.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Millions of mosquitoes have emerged in South Hampton Roads cities following a period of heavy rain.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that officials in the area have been inundated with requests to get rid of the bugs. Cities such as Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach have received more reports than usual and have been spraying for mosquitoes across the area.

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old girl in Virginia and a 14-year-old boy in Houston have been charged with crimes related to recent reports of scary clowns appearing in several states.

Hampton, Virginia, police said in a news release Monday that the girl asked a person posing as a clown on social media to kill one of her teachers.

The Daily Press reports the request came only a few days after social media threats involving clowns caused police to increase security at schools in Newport News and Hampton.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has rejected a long-shot appeal from the Washington Redskins challenging a law that bars offensive trademarks. But the justices could still resolve the same issue in another case the court took up last week.
The court on Monday turned away an unusual request to hear the team's case even before a federal appeals court has weighed in. The Redskins are appealing the government's decision to cancel its trademarks over concerns the name disparages American Indians.

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Vice President Joe Biden told a service this weekend for two firefighters who lost their lives in a row house blaze that he his family knew the pain of such a loss.

During an appearance for Captain Christopher Leach and Lt. Jerry Fickes he told hundreds of firefighters in attendance he hoped the fact that so many people appreciated their service would ease their suffering.  

Biden lost his wife and daughter in a car accident just after winning his first Senate bid.

Meanwhile, the Wilmington News Journal reports that thousands of Delawareans attended the service.


Jack Morris a probationary volunteer with the Westside Volunteer firefighters has died of his injuries Sunday afternoon in a car accident.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was thrown from a red pickup truck in a single vehicle accident and sent to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The accident occurred on Athol Road near Hebron. 

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The weekend apparently went smoothly for the Ocean City police for this year’s H2Oi International car show.

An Ocean City police department spokesperson told the Salisbury Daily Times that for the most part there were no serious incidents.

The event has become known for reckless driving, drunkenness and crashes as well some fights.

The resort does not sanction the event which takes place in Whaleyville and spills over into the beach areas.

The annual event consists of Volkswagens and Audis that are heavily-modified show vehicles. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in Wilmington to emphasize the importance of workplace apprenticeships.

Perez was scheduled to join Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons on Monday for a tour of RC Fabricators, a steel manufacturing business, where they will try their hand at welding alongside apprentices.

The tour will be followed by a round-table discussion with local elected officials, community leaders, and program participants on the importance of apprenticeship programs.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Maryland are paying 3 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.24, down from $2.27 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 2 cents more than the national average.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.25 in Baltimore, $2.18 in Cumberland, $2.26 in Hagerstown and $2.15 in Salisbury.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Environmental activists are set to start a three-day protest outside Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office.

Activists plan a Monday news conference to call on McAuliffe to oppose proposed natural gas pipelines and push for stricter state requirements related to disposing coal waste byproduct.

The activists will then have a three day picket line outside the governor's office.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - An attorney for a former Portsmouth police officer convicted of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed teenager is asking a judge to set aside the jury's verdict.

A jury found former officer Stephen Rankin guilty in connection with the shooting last year and recommended a 2 1/2-year prison sentence. Rankin's attorney James Broccoletti says Rankin followed the police department's use-of-force policy.

On today's program, we discuss the issue of "trigger warnings" in classroom discussions of  literature.


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Laura Mitchell left the Salisbury City Council this week. She came in at a time of great political turmoil as the city faced some of its toughest challenges. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Mitchell as she settled in at her new home in Montgomery County about her experience and the issues that she faced at the time.

Heavy Rains Hit Delmarva

Sep 30, 2016
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More than 12 inches of rain hit Sussex County yesterday with a coastal flood watch this morning and a flash flood watch warning.

Areas include include the counties of Worcester, Wicomico, Sussex, Kent Delaware, and Caroline.

The heaviest rains hit the eastern portion of the county with strong winds whipping through the region.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Harbeson received the highest rainfall of just over 12 inches with Stockely coming in at just over 9 inches.