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The Dover City Council has decided it wants to give its mayor less power not more.

Two weeks ago the council had decided to give the Mayor more authority.

But during last night’s meeting the council president David Bonar said the panel was just trying to fix a mistake it made two weeks ago.

It had voted 5-to-2 to have most of the city departments report directly to the city manager who would in turn the mayor.

But last night the council voted to have the city manager report to the city council with most departments reporting to the city council.

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There will be no one-day general admission passes for this year’s Firefly Music Festival.

The reason: Sales have been very strong since early March.

The festival in Dover which runs June 18-to-21 will feature Paul McCartney for his first appearance at the concert venue.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that normally the single day passes are available as long as the multi-day passes are not sold out.  

In previous festivals a single day pass could be purchased on the day of the show.

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The mayor of Dover may be getting more involved in the day-to-day activities of the city.  

During a Monday meeting of city officials council member Bill Hare proposed requiring that the city departments report to the city manager who would then report to the Mayor’s office.

But the city manager’s job would still be under the city council.

The vote for the plan was 5-to-2.

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If you get arrested for shoplifting in Easton your picture could wind up on the Facebook page of the Easton Police Department.

Lt. Gregory Wright told WBOC that the department launched the program last month.

All information he says is a matter of public record.

It has become a trend on Delmarva with the police departments in Dover and Salisbury also using the tactic to stop retail theft.

However, civil liberties have expressed concern about the tactic since those who are arrested are not necessarily convicted or in some cases may have the charges dropped.

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Ten more officers will be added to Dover’s police force.

The Dover city council voted 7-to-1 to spend a more than a million dollars with another $4 million over the next five fiscal years.

This will bring the total number of officers on the force to 102.

But it is not clear where the funding will come from.

Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat that the request comes in the face of a recent increase in violent crime that hit Delaware’s capital last year.

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The Delaware towns of Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Newark have been found to be above average for their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  

That’s according to a report released by the Washington-based Human Right Campaign, a major national gay rights group.

Meanwhile, in their 2014 Municipal Equality Index Wilmington and Middletown fell below the national average.

Overall, Delaware which made same-sex marriage legal last year scored 57 overall on a one hundred point scale.

Dover Hospital Monitors Child for Ebola

Oct 6, 2014

Bayhealth Kent General hospital in Dover says it has placed a Liberian child in isolation as a preventive measure in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in that country.

In a statement placed on its website Sunday it said the move was a precautionary measure.

The hospital says it is taking all recommended precautions by the Centers for Disease Control with the collection and transport of specimens.

WBOC reports that the child is past the 21 day maximum incubation period and that the CDC has determined that the likelihood of Ebola infection is extremely low.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Dover and one of its police officers on behalf of a man who claims he was assaulted by the officer.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Wilmington alleges that Cpl. Thomas Webster repeatedly struck Lateef Dickerson without provocation, knocking him unconscious, after responding to a disturbance at a local gas station in August 2013.

The lawsuit says the 30-year-old Dickerson, who has a long criminal history, suffered a broken jaw and facial cuts.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police in Dover are investigating after a man was fatally shot on South Kirkwood Street.

Police say it happened around 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. Police say they're looking for a red Jeep with Pennsylvania tags in connection with the crime. Police say the suspect vehicle was fleeing the scene. They're asking anyone who sees the vehicle to call them.

Police did not release any additional information about the crime.

Around a thousand people attended Delaware’s Pride Festival in Dover for the first time on Saturday.

It was held there in recognition of the decision by lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage.

This was the 17th year the Delaware Pride festival has been held in the First State although in the past it had taken place in Rehoboth Beach or New Castle.

The event included drag shows, vendor booths and other entertainment.

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That data center turned down by the University of Delaware might not be so dead.

Officials in Kent County say they might be interested in the facility.

Dover’s Mayor Robin Christiansen told WBOC that Newark’s loss could be Dover’s gain.

He told the television station that his town was certainly interested in the center adding that he has a comparable site in mind.

But, he declined to say where that site might be.

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Energizer Holdings will be closing up shop in Montreal Canada and consolidating its feminine care into the company’s plant in Dover.

The Canadian facility plant which makes Stayfree and Carefree brands will shut down sometime in 2017.

Production will be phased into the Dover plant beginning in 2015.

Currently the Dover facility has 475 employees while the Montreal plant has 430.

But the company said it is unclear know how many new jobs will be created in Delaware or whether the physical plant will be expanded for the additional production. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Blood Bank of Delmarva is looking for blood and platelet donors.

WDEL-AM  reports that the blood bank is requesting people schedule an appointment at one of four donation centers in the region. In Delaware, they include Wilmington, Christiana and Dover. The blood bank also has a location in Salisbury, Maryland.

Michael Waite, a spokesman for the blood bank, says the greatest need is for O Negative. The group also has a need for O Positive and Positive donors.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say Delawareans who are getting subsidies for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act are getting an average monthly tax credit of $263.

But figures released Wednesday also show that the 81 percent of enrollees in Delaware's health insurance exchange are paying the third-highest average monthly premium in the country after tax credits are figured in.

Delaware's average monthly subsidized premium is $130, with only New Jersey and North Dakota having higher average premiums.

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Revitalization of downtown Dover got a boost yesterday.

Governor Jack Markell signed a law that allows cities to get a portion of the area designated as a Downtown Development District.

The measure provides significant incentives for those investing at least $125-thousand into the district.

WMDT reports that Markell’s office said the specific requirements and benefits for the program will be provided in the coming weeks.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two officials in Dover are sparring with the city manager over a plan to impose the largest tax hike in years while also bonuses and pay raises to city officials.

The Wilmington News Journal reports Councilman William Hare and Councilwoman Beverly Williams argued with City Manager Scott Koenig during a budget hearing Monday night over the proposed tax increase. The questioning became so heated that the council ended its meeting early.

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There were a lot of empty seats at the International Speedway this past Sunday.

NASCAR has not been issuing any attendance numbers since 2012 for a venue that holds 135-thousand.

And Associated Press reported that Denis McGlynn the CEO of Dover Motorsports told drivers to expect fewer fans who he told WBOC had been hit hard by the down economy.

Kent County tourism says that the hotels in Dover also saw the decline even though most were filled because of the small number of rooms.

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With three weeks to go before some 80-thousand music lovers flock the Firefly Music Festival in Dover it has been announced that Brit rockers Arctic Monkey will headline the main stage on Friday.

They will be rivaled by the Chicago hip-hopper Chance the Rapper who will be out on the Lawn Stage at 6:45 p.m.

Saturday matches include veteran Beck on the Lawn Stage against the pop noise duo Sleigh Bells on the Porch Stage.

Finishing off on Sunday will be Jack Johnson.

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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials in Dover are looking at filling a nearly $2.2 million budget gap with the largest tax hike in years.

The proposed 7-cent tax increase would be a 21 percent bump for property taxes and could cost homeowners $36 to $172 more annually.

At a special meeting on closing the budget gap Wednesday, City Manager Scott Koenig suggested increasing the groundwater surcharge to 45 cents per gallon and doubling rates for water and wastewater to $2.50 to help offset the deficit.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two veterans groups are working to raise $10,000 for a memorial honoring those who served during the Korean War.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the 3-foot memorial is planned for Kent County Memorial Park in Dover, behind the Kent County Levy Court.

The cleanup of 3.5 acre Mirror Lake in downtown Dover officially got underway yesterday afternoon to deal with decades of chemical contamination, storm water runoff and sedimentation problems.

A smaller part of the cleanup will stabilize the tanks to prevent erosion and the undercutting of the lake’s banks.

A larger part will fix the contamination problem.

Richard Greene, a scientist with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, told WBOC that pellets of activated carbon, sand and clay will be used in the project. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials in Dover are ready to find out whether Delaware's capital city is truly bicycle friendly.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join city officials on Thursday to announce the results of the city's Bicycle Friendly Community application.

Dover officials recently submitted the application to the League of American Bicyclists, hoping to be designated as a community that welcomes bicyclists by accommodating cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.

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A Dover City Council committee has given its blessing last night to tougher guidelines for background checks of volunteer coaches for youth leagues.

The new guidelines would include a check of the sex offender’s registry and criminal background checks as well as looking at arrest records and financial background.

The staff will now work up ways to implement the new background check which could take up to 30 days.

Shots Fired in Dover

Aug 22, 2013
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Dover police say gun shots were fired in the city last night.

And they are searching for two suspects.

Police say they were heard around 9 p.m. in the 200-block of Sheldrake Circle in the Cannon Mills Development near Route 8.

No one is in custody.

And authorities believe the suspects were only shooting into the air.

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What to do about flooding in Dover.

That question has once again been raised with the recent torrent of rain that hit Delmarva on July 12 when one resident reporting a dumpster floating down the street.

Nearby Kent General Hospital’s parking lots along Governors Avenue and South Street ended up underwater.

And, the city says, without major work such flooding will happen again.

Dover City Manager Scott Koenig WBOC that the problem is that the area is a basin that covers some 600 acres.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining state officials in celebrating the conversion of a coal-fired power plant in Dover to cleaner-burning natural gas.

Officials planned to gather Friday at the NRG Energy Center in Dover to tout the facility's conversion to a high-efficiency combined-cycle natural gas facility.

Officials say NRG worked for a year on the conversion, which they say will reduce air emissions while providing clean, reliable and cost-effective power.

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The battle over where Michael Justice a convicted sex offender can live in the city of Dover has the town council struggling with an ordinance that would force him out of his home.

Justice lives within 500 feet of a daycare center but has been fighting a year-long battle with the city leaders to keep them from kicking him out of his home.

And he has gotten support from the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware who has filed a lawsuit on his behalf.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A draft spending plan for Dover closes a budget gap without tax or fee hikes.

The council is expected to take its first vote on the final draft of the $132 million budget for fiscal year 2014 on Wednesday.

The plan funds raises for nonunion workers and contractual pay increases for labor groups, includes water, sewer and street improvements and cuts municipal electric rates by 11 percent. Dover officials were able to wipe out a $719,000 deficit by not filling some vacant jobs.

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Dover is the most soot-free capitals in the nation.

That’s from the American Lung Association, which said that smog forming ozone and soot levels between 2009 and 2011 were the lowest ever for the state of Delaware and showed progress for cities and counties across the country.

The Association found that both Kent and Sussex Counties received “A” grades for average concentrations of small airborne particles but New Castle and Sussex Counties both received a grade of F for ozone levels.

Kent County improved but only got a marginally passing grade of D.