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8:44 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Delaware State Police Consider Body Cameras

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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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7:28 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Two Women Killed in Delaware Tour Bus Crash

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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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8:48 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Gender Discrimination Suit Against Delaware State Police Over Weight

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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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8:28 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Remains in East New Market Identified

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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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12:20 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Body Found Inside Taxicab in Millsboro

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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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11:41 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Delaware Police Seek Help From Public in Burglaries

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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.

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11:53 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Dover Police Investigate Early Morning Shooting of Teen


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.

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8:53 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Wyoming Park Closed After Dead Geese Found

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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.

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11:49 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Delaware Police Repond to Vehicle Crashes From Snow Storm


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.

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8:59 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Delmarvans Brace for Another Snow Storm


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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8:25 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Delaware State Police Shifts Coverage to Kent County

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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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9:17 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Motorcyclist Killed on Capitol Trail

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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.

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9:20 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Bomb Threat at Delaware Hospital

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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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12:29 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

First African American Trooper To Head Delaware State Police

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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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8:54 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Head of Delaware State Police to Retire

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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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11:54 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Watch Out for Thieves While Shopping

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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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4:02 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

DART Bus Crash in New Castle

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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.

2:58 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Deal for More State Police in Sussex County

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.

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12:10 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Apparent Accidental Drowning Victim Found in South Bethany Beach

South Bethany police are investigating a possible accidental drowning that occurred between 4 and 6 a.m. this morning.

PFC Patrick Wiley said the body of a white female in her late 60s or early 70s was found at the shoreline in the area of S. 1st Street.

He added that the investigation has been turned over to the Delaware State Police.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that vacationers along South Ocean Drive said they knew something was going on when they saw a Medical Examiner's truck from their decks. 

8:35 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Retired Racehorses Join the Delaware State Police

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Police department has enlisted three retired racehorses for the creation of its first mounted patrol unit.

The horses, representing the state's three counties, will be used primarily for ceremonial purposes and community events. Their owners will pay all their bills, and they will covered by the police department's insurance when on duty.

The horses are Smarty's Gold, a chestnut gelding and the son of 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones; Ramblin Romeo, a bay gelding; and Potomac Affair, a standardbred.

3:26 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Delaware Police Beef Up Presence At Movie Theaters After Shooting in Colorado

With the shooting in a Colorado theater during the showing of the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises that left 12 people dead and dozens injured Delaware police say they are stepping up their presence at movie theaters with more patrols.

At some of the larger movie theaters in the state police currently have special-duty troopers assigned and contracted by management  for peak hours and big events.

Sgt. Paul Shavack says police are trying to raise the confidence and comfort levels of the movie patrons by increasing law enforcement capabilities.

8:44 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Delaware State Police Step Up Enforcement Against Panhandlers

Delaware state police are cracking down on panhandling along I-95 corridor from Prices Corner to Ogletown.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the campaign began last week and targets aggressive panhandlers.

There are reports that they block parked vehicles demanding money, knock on car doors that are stopped at red lights and in some cases falsely claim they are veterans or homeless.

Some collect as much as $150 a day.

The State Trooper 6 initiated the campaign after getting an escalating number of complaints in their areas.

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4:23 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

5 Bridgeville-area Properties Burlgarized In 8 Days



Delaware State Police are investigating a rash of burglaries that have occurred in the Bridgeville area.

One Seaford property and four Bridgeville homes were burglarized from May 1 to May 9, and officials say a suspect entered the empty properties through doors and windows during daylight hours.

The suspect stole electronic devices, money, a small caliber handgun and two ATVs.

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