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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.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Police say troopers are investigating after a teenager was shot in Dover.

Troopers say they were called Tuesday around 1 a.m. to the 200 block of South Governors Avenue. Troopers who arrived on scene found a 19-year-old male victim who had been shot twice in his torso. The teen was taken to a hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers say several houses in the area sustained damage from the gunfire but there were no other reports of injuries.

WYMONING, Del. (AP) - Authorities say Delaware's Wyoming Park is closed as agriculture agents and law enforcers investigate the deaths of more than a dozen geese in the park.

Delaware State Police said Saturday that the geese were found dead. Officials say the birds have no outward signs trauma, and the bodies have been shipped to a Pennsylvania veterinary lab for toxicology tests.

According to the town's website, the park includes a pond, playground equipment, picnic tables, grills and a large pavilion.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say troopers are responding to dozens of crashes and disabled vehicles statewide as a snowstorm moves through the state.

Police say troopers were called to 60 crashes during the morning rush on Tuesday, including five crashes with minor injuries. They were also called to help with 25 disabled vehicles statewide. Police say most of the incidents involve single vehicles going off the road when motorists lose control in treacherous conditions.

Even as Delawareans dust themselves off after another snow storm the National Weather Service is predicting a bigger snow threat this weekend.

AccuWeather meteorologist Alan Reppert told the Wilmington News Journal that it it could be the worst this winter combining two storms coming in from the Midwest and another from the Southeast.

The National Weather Service says it is still too early to predict the amount of accumulation for this weekend.

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Delaware State Police in New Castle County will now be covering parts of Kent County.

That’s what Smyrna Police Chief Norman Bordley told his town council Tuesday night.

The change is part of a realignment that has been in the works for some time and is aimed at more evenly distribute resources. 

But Colonel Nathaniel McQueen says that the change will not compromise public safety.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a motorcyclist has been killed in a crash in Newark.

Troopers were called to the crash on Capitol Trail early Tuesday.

The collision reconstruction unit is on the scene and police are warning that Capitol Trail has been reopened . It had been closed in both directions between Delaplane Avenue and Polly Drummond Hill Road.

There was a bomb threat last night at Kent General Hospital in Delaware.

Radio Station WDEL the switchboard got the phone call around 6 p.m.

The hospital notified the Dover police and fire departments and nearby emergency responders, including state police.

There was a floor to floor search to make sure the patients, visitors, employees and physicians were safe.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has picked a 24-year veteran of the Delaware State Police to be the new leader of the force.

Major Nathaniel McQueen Jr., whose promotion was announced Wednesday, is the first black trooper to be named state police superintendent.

The 46-year-old McQueen will assume command following the retirement of Col. Robert Coupe on Dec. 21.

McQueen has served since 2009 as operational commander of all troopers in New Castle County.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The head of the Delaware State Police is retiring from the force later this month after almost 28 years in uniform.

Officials said Tuesday that police superintendent Col. Robert Coupe is retirinng effective Friday, Dec. 21.  

oupe joined the state police in 1985. He has served in a variety of posts, including troop commander, internal affairs investigator, homicide detective and training officer.

He was appointed superintendent in July 2009 by Gov. Jack Markell.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are urging shoppers to be cautious and vigilant during the start of the holiday shopping season after Thanksgiving.

Police say the holiday season is when thieves are frequently on the prowl. Police say the first line of defense is for shoppers to reduce their own vulnerability by parking in well-lit areas, shopping with friends and using credit or debit cards instead of large amounts of cash.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say more than a dozen people were taken to hospitals after a van struck the back of a DART bus while it was stopped in New Castle.

Police say passengers were entering and exiting the bus on the right shoulder of New Castle Avenue southbound, at Ryan Avenue, when the accident happened about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say 15 people were taken to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries or an evaluation.

The driver of the van was cited for inattentive driving.

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Sussex County officials have reached an agreement with Delaware State Police on state troopers patrolling unincorporated areas of the county.

Authorities are resuming terms of a 2007 contract that pays for additional troopers to be assigned to Sussex County. Under that agreement, the county pays part of the salaries of 40 additional troopers above the normal complement assigned to the three state police units in Sussex.