Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police in Wilmington say extra officers were called in to a shooting scene after a large crowd gathered and some threw rocks and bottles at officers.
Chief Bobby Cummings said after a man was shot in the chest Sunday afternoon, a crowd assembled and several officers were hit by objects. Police said Monday that the 23-year-old man was taken to Christiana Hospital in critical condition. Police say the circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Powerball ticket worth $2 million has been claimed in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot reports state lottery officials plan to reveal the winner's name Monday. The ticket was bought in Virginia Beach.

The ticket was one of two $2 million tickets purchased for the Sept. 19 Powerball drawing in Virginia. Each ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball. Each ticket's $1 million prize was doubled because the buyers paid an extra dollar for Power Play.

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Last night the Salisbury Fire Department reported that around 100 gallons of petroleum fuel spilled onto Snow Hill Road near Airport Road.

WBOC reports that at around 10:49 p.m. fire officials say a truck hit a deer releasing the fuel onto the highway.

Fire officials say that the driver was not injured.

The television station says State Highway Officials put sand over the spill.

Snow Hill Road was closed until 1 a.m. 


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Court records show that a Delaware man in a wheelchair who reportedly shot himself and refused repeated commands to drop his weapon before being killed by police had previously expressed suicidal thoughts and had a history of being combative with police.

Some people who saw 28-year-old Jeremy McDole in the days and hours before he was killed Wednesday said he did not appear to be sad or to be acting strangely.

Berlin Gets Another Award

Sep 28, 2015
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Berlin has been bestowed another accolade.

This time Good Housekeeping Magazine has put the Worcester County town in the top “50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America”.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mayor Gee Williams says this is the 17th award in the last three years.

Williams praised his town telling the paper that tourists may get the feel of a town that looks like a hundred years or more in the past.

The Mayor describes the town as having “a sprinkling of architectural and cultural whimsy, but always with a touch of class.”

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There were four DUI arrests during a stepped up presence on Saturday night in Worcester County.  

There also was one civil citation for possession of marijuana.

In addition to the saturation patrols state police say they checked 306 vehicles during a one hour period last night starting at 11 p.m. on Route 50.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were no DUI arrests from that checkpoint.

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A bank robbery in Rehoboth Beach has Delaware State Police looking for a female suspect.

Officials told WBOC that it occurred just after 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon at the TD Bank on Midway Outlet Drive.

The suspect is described as a white female around 5-feet 3-inches to 5-feet 6-inches tall.

She reportedly walked into the bank and demanded the clerk give her an undisclosed amount of money.

She then fled.

No one at the scene was injured.

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The Bank of Ocean City has donated $50-thousand to the “Champions of Education” of the Worcester County Education Foundation.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this brings the education closer to its one million dollar goal.

Reid Tingle president of the bank called education one of the greatest investments that a community can make.

The goal of the foundation is to assure equal access to a top notch education for all of the students in Worcester County.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County officials will be getting on update on the use of body cameras.

The Montgomery County Council's Public Safety Committee will meet Monday.

The update will include discussion about the impact of a pending state policy on local law enforcement's use of body-worn cameras.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a man died after he jumped into the Atlantic Ocean to help a teenager who appeared to be trouble.

Multiple media outlets report that the 17-year-old male was able to make it to the shore in Sandbridge in Virginia Beach. But the man didn't.

Virginia Beach emergency officials say rescue crews found the man about an hour later and pulled him out of the water. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's governor and the mayor of Wilmington have expressed their condolences to the family of a man shot and killed by Wilmington police.
Gov. Jack Markell and Mayor Dennis Williams joined scores of people at a vigil Thursday evening for Jeremy McDole, who was killed Wednesday afternoon. The crowd prayed for healing, unity and justice. But some also vented their anger while the two elected officials listened quietly.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Police say a man wanted for calling in false reports of a shooter at Newark's Christiana Hospital has surrendered.
Delaware State Police announced Friday that 20-year-old Jackie Cosden of Newark turned himself in to troopers Thursday.
Police say Cosden used one of the hospital's phones on Wednesday to report that someone was shooting a gun on hospital grounds, then called back with a similar claim.
Authorities from multiple departments responded to the hospital, but found no evidence of a gunman.

WASHINGTON (AP)- In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, giving up his top leadership post and his seat in the House in the face of hardline conservative opposition.
The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he announced his decision in a closed-door session. It came one day after a high point of Boehner's congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner's request.

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With the papal visit this week, Pope Francis has placed particular emphasis on climate change. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill writes that he is often puzzled by some of the sharp reactions from presidential candidates to the pope's message on the environment.

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Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Maryland State Police in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the state police barracks to receive the drugs.

The goal of the program is to give people a chance to dispose of their prescription drugs safely.

Maryland has seen an increasing rate of drug addiction and overdoses that stems from prescriptions and many times ends up with heroin use.

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The family of a man in wheel chair who was shot dead by Wilmington police on Wednesday is disputing a claim that he had a gun.

There is a cell phone video by a witness with an officer holding a rifle or shotgun at the man and screaming for him to drop the gun and hands up.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the man who appears to be bleeding and trying to get up eventually slides his hand up his thigh toward his waist when officers open fire.

No gun is visible in the video posted on YouTube.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Authorities are looking for a man who they say twice called to falsely report the presence of a shooter at Newark's Christiana Hospital.

Delaware state police Master Cpl. Jeffrey R. Hale on Thursday said 20-year-old Jackie I. Cosden of Newark used one of the hospital's phones on Wednesday to report that someone was shooting a gun on hospital grounds. Hale says the caller then ended the call, but called back a short time later, making a similar claim.

Authorities from multiple departments responded to the hospital, but found no evidence of a gunman.

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NORTH WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Rep. Bryon Short has announced his bid for Delaware's lone U.S. House of Representatives seat in 2016.

Multiple news outlets report that Short, a Democrat representing parts of North Wilmington, made the announcement Thursday. Short says he will work to get the middle class thriving again.

Short names the economy and education as policy areas he will focus on. He points to his experience as a small business owner and as a father of two school-aged girls as giving him a unique perspective on those issues, respectively.

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - PBF Energy has reported that it has completed the repair and restart of an 82,000 barrel per day refining unit that had been crippled by fire Aug. 21.

The News Journal reports the fire and loss of a major air compressor system in the plant's catalytic cracking unit slowed the system for weeks, prompting operation of some plant systems at reduced rates for weeks. The newspaper reports full details and the cost and cause of the incident have not been made public.

Wicomico County is wrapping up its contract in December with Red Speed USA.

The company provided cameras hidden inside cars to cut down on speeding around area schools.

WBOC reports that County Executive Bob Culver said that the aim was to change the behavior of drivers and that it has done just that.  

The television station reports that an internal audit by the county found that the number of citations dropped from 500 in October 2012 to 100 last year.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County officials say a 102-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier should be moved from outside a downtown courthouse to Rockville's Beall-Dawson Historical Park.

The county's Department of General Services Director David E. Dise told The Washington Post Wednesday the county will send a formal request to the Rockville City Council to place the monument at the nearby park.

The former police chief of Crisfield Norman Swift is facing charges that include fourth-degree burglary among other counts.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the incident took place at the Tawes Brothers dealership in Crisfield in which the back window of a blue GMC truck was shattered with a hole.

In addition, the trailer hitch and trailer ball were also stolen according to the charging documents.

The Daily Times reports that surveillance video from a nearby pharmacy showed a GMC truck identified as Swift’s was seen driving near the area of damaged truck

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Authorities are now looking for a white, full-size, dual-axle pickup truck with a white horse trailer in the search for Dreamer’s Faith a foal that was taken from a Chincoteague corral two weeks ago.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say two men were seen trying to catch a foal.

In addition, the paper reports that authorities want to talk with a person in a white, single-seat electric car who might have details about the theft.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware police say officers fatally shot an armed man in wheelchair after responding to a call that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Wilmington police said in a news release that they encountered the man Wednesday afternoon "armed with a handgun."

Authorities say a shooting occurred and the man died at the scene. The news release did not elaborate, and police would not release any additional information. The races of those involved weren't released.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Highway officials say 84 drivers were arrested on DUI charges in Delaware.

The Office of Highway Safety said in a news release Wednesday that seven of those arrests last week were made by the New Castle County DUI Task Force.

The effort is part of Checkpoint Strikeforce, a regional sobriety checkpoint campaign.

Officials say so far this year, there have been 3,009 DUI arrests in Delaware. During all of last year, there were 4,086 DUI arrests statewide.

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With nearly 60% of the prison population in Delaware consisting of African American inmates, while blacks only make up less than a quarter of the population, a group consisting of Complexities of Color Coalition, the Delaware NAACP and the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware are holding a town hall in Lewes. The meeting will focus on specific policy changes in the criminal justice system ranging from law enforcement and legal penalties to repeal of the death penalty. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Dr.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Advocates say a transgender inmate who says she was called "it" and "some kind of animal" by guards who watched her shower has won a legal victory that forces the Maryland prison system to better train for how to treat transgender people.

An administrative law judge ruled in August that Patuxent Institution violated the Prison Rape Elimination Act over the treatment of Neon Brown, who goes by Sandy, and because the jail did not have a policy for strip-searching transgender inmates.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities wants Gov. Terry McAuliffe to delay the execution of a man convicted of killing two George Washington students in 1988.

Alfredo Prieto's attorneys have asked McAuliffe to grant a temporary reprieve of his Oct. 1 execution so he can be transferred to California and assessed on whether he's intellectually disabled.

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It was a packed community meeting at The Green on the campus of the University of Delaware yesterday after it was first reported that three nooses were found hanging outside a residence hall.

Those turned out to be paper lanterns from a previous event.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a number of minority students talked about enduring racial insults while on campus.

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton has proposed a measure that would link rent that tenants pay to their landlords to a property’s assessed value.

The legislation would make the monthly rent for a home that is assessed at $77-thousand, $468 a month instead of the current $1-thousand.

The Mayor said if there were upgrades to the home the rent could be higher.

But WBOC reports some landlords reject the proposed rent control measure arguing that the city should not be able to dictate what a rented is charged.