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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Hundreds of Delaware residents turned out for a fundraiser to benefit the Delaware State Police, getting strips of blue tape affixed to the rear windows of their cars to show their support.

Saturday was the latest "Back the Blue" event raising money for the Delaware State Police. The News Journal of Wilmington reports two previous events together raised close to $65,000.

On Saturday, drivers got the blue tape affixed to their windows at the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles in Dover. The blue bar is commonly used as an emblem of police support.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. John Carney has settled on two retired judges to lead an independent review of an uprising at a prison where four Department of Correction staffers were held hostage and one was killed.

Carney announced Tuesday that retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely and retired Family Court Judge William Chapman Jr. will lead the review. It will begin after state police complete an investigation into Lt. Steven Floyd's death.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Authorities say someone fired multiple gunshots at a New Castle home while three people were inside.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that no one was injured in the early Monday shooting.

Delaware State Police say a resident found a bullet hole in a window as well as holes in the water pump and wall to his above-ground pool.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact State Police Troop 2 at (302) 834-2630.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are reminding Delaware drivers to share the road with motorcycles.

Officials with the Office of Highway Safety say there been eight motorcycle fatalities on Delaware roads this year, and more than 175 over the past decade.

While the number of fatalities this year is less than the same time last year, officials are reminding motorists and motorcyclists to see and be seen while on the road.

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It was during a training exercise last night when a Delaware firefighter fell to his death.

WBOC reports that Delaware State Police say a Delaware State Police Aviation Unit had been carrying out a training run at around 6:45 p.m.

The exercise was being carried out in conjunction with the Delaware Air Rescue Team.  

Authorities say the firefighter fell from a helicopter when he stepped onto the skid above the Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

The identity of the firefighter has been not been released.

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say the death of a 31-year-old woman whose body was found in her Delaware City home has been ruled a homicide.
Police said in a statement Sunday that officers were called to a home on Adams Street on Saturday afternoon after a friend called 911 to report finding Heather Stamper unconscious in the bedroom of her home. Stamper was pronounced dead on the scene.
Delaware State Police homicide detectives took on the investigation at the request of Delaware City police since foul play was suspected.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Four Dewey Beach police officers were injured after responding to a fight at a restaurant parking lot.

The Dewey Beach Police Department says in a news release that the incident began Sunday morning after a Dewey Beach officer witnessed 10 to 15 people fighting at the parking lot. Police say the officer tried to intervene before calling for assistance.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say the death of a 24-year-old man found dead at the Port Mahon Pier in Dover has been ruled a homicide.

Delaware State Police said Friday in a statement that an autopsy determined Dontray Hendricks of Dover had been shot.

The State Police said previously that Hendricks was unresponsive when he was found at the fishing pier on Wednesday. State Police say specific details of the case are not being released in order not to jeopardize the investigation.

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MILLTOWN, Del. (AP) - Authorities in Delaware are investigating after a video camera was discovered in the women's restroom of a Moe's Southwest Grill restauran

The Wilmington News Journal Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale says the camera was found by an employee at the Milltown restaurant and reported to authorities March 19.

Hale declined to comment on exactly where in the restroom the camera was discovered.

He says the case has been assigned to the major crimes unit for investigation.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining law enforcement officials and lawmakers to celebrate the opening of a new horse stable facility for the Delaware State Police mounted patrol.

The new stables being showcased Tuesday are located on the grounds of the Department of Correction's Central Violation of Probation Center in Smyrna.

The stables are operated through a partnership between state police and the Department of Correction, providing job training opportunities for offenders who are housed on-site.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say the department will start a pilot program to study body-worn video cameras.

Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr., state police superintendent, said in a news release Thursday that 25 troopers have started using the cameras.

The study to evaluate different camera types, mounting styles, evidence management and data storage.

McQueen says the project will offer a chance to evaluate the effect of cameras on troopers and the community.

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While there was some treacherous road conditions in Delaware yesterday the total number of accidents were lower than expected.

Sussex County police said they saw 50 with damage to the vehicle and only one injury.

WBOC reports that most of these occurred between 8 a.m. and noon.

Delaware State Police say most of this was due to the holiday on Monday.

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DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say they've charged a 17-year-old from the Bethany Beach area with bringing a pellet gun and knife to Indian River High School.
Police say a concerned student alerted administrators on Monday that the student had a knife and a gun.
A school resource officer responded to the school, cleared the classroom where the student was at the time and searched the student.
Police say the detective found an 8-inch knife in the student's boot and a pellet gun in his book bag.

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a former lawmaker has died after a crash near Bridgeville.

Police announced in a news release that 84-year-old Ben Ewing was in the westbound lane of Federalsburg Road on Tuesday evening when he was hit by a Mazda CX5. Police say Ewing, a former state representative and state police deputy superintendent, was thrown onto the shoulder of the road and the Mazda stopped nearby.

Police say Ewing died at the scene. 60 year-old Janet Bradley, driver of the Mazda, was not injured.

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say someone shot out a window at a Sussex County home where a man was killed earlier in the day.

Police said in a news release that a woman called 911 on Thursday night after hearing gunfire outside.

Police say a window in a front bedroom was shot out, but no one was in the room at the time and no one was injured. The incident is being investigated by the homicide unit since a man was killed there earlier in the day.

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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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FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating after a bus struck and killed a pedestrian walking on a road near Frankford.
Police say a United Bus Tours bus carrying 47 passengers was traveling north along US-113 near Frankford early Saturday morning. Police say a pedestrian was reported to be walking in the roadway.
The pedestrian was struck and severely injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say alcohol use by the pedestrian appears to be a factor. Police identified the pedestrian as 56-year-old Sylvester Bailey of Millsboro.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Police is inviting members of the public to participate in a Citizen's Police Academy.

The State Police says the academy will begin on Oct. 15 and last for six sessions. The sessions will take place Thursday evenings and last from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Most classes will take place at the Delaware State Police 911 center in Georgetown.

There are plans to solve the problems surrounding the dangerous intersection of Delaware Routes 10 and 15 in Kent County.

The Delaware Department of Transportation held a hearing yesterday in Dover on a proposal to establish a roundabout in its place.

WBOC reports that the Delaware State Police say 17 accidents have occurred at the intersection over the last two and half years.

There have been previous efforts to make the intersection safer including a sign, stripe improvements and lights.


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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have charged the security chief at Delaware's only women's prison with having sex with an inmate.

Troopers say 50-year-old Fred Way III, superintendent at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in New Castle, surrendered at Troop 2 Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with two counts of sexual relations in a detention facility and one count of official misconduct.

Way was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

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In Dover .Delaware State Police are investigating the shooting of a 22-year old man who was found lying on the ground at the Alder Park Apartment complex.

The incident apparently occurred around 9:30 p.m. last night.

His wound was located in his upper torso and he was taken to an area hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

WBOC reports that police say it appears the victim was shot at the apartment complex on Webbs Land and then ran to Nathaniel Mitchell Road.

There is no information yet on who the suspect might be.

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There’s a new police chief in Georgetown.

He’s Randall Hughes whose appointment by Mayor Bill West was approved unanimously by the town council.

Hughes has been with the Delaware State Police for nearly a quarter of a century as well as working for the Department of Homeland Security for five years.

Hughes said he was looking forward to continuing his law enforcement experience.

He will lead a 15 member department.

He replaces interim police chief Captain Ralph "Rusty" Holm who was praised by the mayor.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a man has been shot in Dover.

It happened about 5 p.m. Monday near Daniel Rodney Drive and David Hall Road. Troopers were called to the area for a reported shooting, and found a 25-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his lower torso.

The man was taken to a local hospital, but police do not know his condition.

Officers say no suspects have been developed yet.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are extending their special patrols looking out for truckers trying to dodge tolls on Interstate 95 at the Maryland line.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says some truckers illegally divert their vehicles onto Newark-area roads that aren't designed for heavy trucks in an effort to avoid the toll.

For the last three months, Newark and Delaware State Police have conducted special patrols and issued citations to truckers improperly driving on roads marked for local deliveries only.

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Top Delaware State Police officials are looking at the idea of equipping state troopers with body cameras in the wake of the Missouri shooting of a black teenager by police officer.

Governor Jack Markell says he is open to deploying body cameras on police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that for the last ten years state troopers have used in-car cameras with microphones.

A meeting with the governor is set between Delaware Police Colonel Nathaniel McQueen and Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, who has called for body cameras.

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Two women have been killed and several others were injured when a tour bus carrying dozens of people overturned in the Delaware community of Bear.

Officials said the accident occurred at around 4:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon and did not involve any other vehicle.

A total of 49 people were taken to the hospital.

Delaware State Police Sgt. Paul Shavack said 3 to 5 people were in critical condition.       

Photographs taken at the scene show the bus lying on the driver’s side on a grassy shoulder of the roadway.

At least two people had neck-braces.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former state trooper is suing the Delaware State Police, arguing that she was forced to retired from the force because of her weight.

46-year-old Deborah Jester filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit Wednesday.

Jester, who had been on the force 16 years, says in the lawsuit that she was forced to retire after becoming non-compliant with the department's weight control program.

Jester's lawyer argues that her dismissal was discriminatory because "men are treated differently than women" in the department.

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The human remains found in a shallow grave near East New Market have been identified as that of 40-year old Radames Guzman.

His death has been ruled suspicious.

Guzman was reported missing on August 5th to the Delaware State Police after family members had not heard from him for three days.

He was found by someone who was walking in a wooded rural area off Red Hill Road in Dorchester County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a relative of Guzman contacted police after the remains were found.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - State police say a man was found dead inside a taxicab parked on the shoulder of a road in Millsboro.

Police have classified the death as suspicious. The man's name hasn't been released.

Police say a passer-by called troopers and reported the suspicious taxicab around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Troopers found the man's body inside the passenger compartment.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Police say they're seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect involved in multiple burglaries in Dover.