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Dover officials are trying to figure out why all six pumps at the Dover Wastewater Pump Station 7 failed yesterday afternoon.

WBOC is reporting that an access road off of Route 13 was closed while crews put in a temporary fix.

The city says Kent County has lent the municipality an 8-inch bypass pump to keep the wastewater flowing and to drain the station so that the pumps can be inspected.

City officials tell the television station that it will be several days before they can find out what went wrong.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former Dover Police corporal who was acquitted of assaulting a suspect in 2013 has been hired at a Maryland police department, pending state training and certification.

Town Manager Jeannette DeLude tells the Delaware State News Thomas W. Webster IV, of Delaware, is in the process of becoming the Town of Greensboro's fourth police officer. DeLude says Webster was the most qualified applicant.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are getting ready for this weekend's NASCAR race in Dover, but aren't expecting major traffic problems.
 
NASCAR stars will be racing at Dover International Speedway from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. About 65,000 people are expected to attend.
 

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Starting today the population of Dover is expected to double with the opening of the Firefly Music Festival.

Some estimate that at least 90-thousand people are expected to attend.

Officials warn that traffic is expected to be tough with 70 percent coming from north of Dover.

If traffic becomes too congested on Route 13 officials say they may shutdown Exit 104 forcing drivers to Exit 95 to bring them up from the south.

Recreational vehicles have already begun to arrive for the four day event.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police say three people were hurt in an exchange of gunfire during a home invasion this week.

WBOC-TV reported Tuesday that officers responded to an apartment complex a day earlier on a report of a home invasion in progress.

When they arrived, officers found two men lying on the ground between buildings suffering from gunshot wounds. An investigation revealed one of those men was a victim of the home invasion and the other was a suspect.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two incumbent councilmen will keep their seats on the Dover City Council.

Media outlets report that Second District incumbent William Hare defeated James Galvin in Tuesday's election with 68 percent of votes. Third District incumbent Fred Neil won 83 percent of votes to beat his two challengers, Lance Moffa and Jane Rolfes.

In the First District, Tanner Polce defeated Will Garfunkel and Matthew Lindell with 41 percent of the votes. He will fill the seat of retiring James Hutchison Sr.

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Dover city council member Roy Sudler wants Mayor Robin Christiansen to step back as chair of the police chief search committee.

Sudler sent an email to the council president and other members pointing to recent remarks made by the mayor.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that during a January 9th meeting Christiansen said he was angered by a Facebook post made by a state representative asking why the appointment of Deputy Chief Marvin Malley as the next police chief has been delayed.  

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Dover’s old library is up for sale with an appraisal of $1.6 million.

The city council members voted last week to seek a private real estate company to handle the deal.

WBOC reports that Mayor Robin Christiansen says there have been several offers in the past for the property.

The Mayor says that the building can be used as is and that it is in compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say Delaware police will be out in force this weekend in an effort to crack down on drunken driving.

State highway safety officials say more than 100 police officers will gather in Wilmington, Bear, Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Seaford to conduct checkpoints. Police will be conducting checkpoints in five different locations:  two in New Castle County, two in Sussex County and one in Kent County.

Officials say two similar checkpoint operations, in July and September, resulted in 28 DUI arrests.

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Comedian Tracy Morgan made an appearance in Dover this weekend after his 2014 traffic accident that killed his friend and critically injured him.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the one thing the comedian did not mention was the fact that Dover Downs was his destination when the accident occurred.

He did talk a great deal about the accident Friday night and invited those who were with him in the van the night of the accident to come up on stage.

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