NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A 9-year-old is fulfilling his civic duty by writing a letter to a Delaware city's mayor asking for traffic safety improvements in his neighborhood.

Local news media outlets report that Joey Tosh-Morelli convinced Newark officials and Mayor Polly Sierer to paint "stop ahead" warnings at intersections before signs.

Tosh-Morelli wrote to Sierer earlier this month explaining how many drivers do not fully stop at the intersection in front of his house. With a handwritten letter and drawn diagram, he showed Sierer an example of where to place warnings.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Authorities say an early morning shooting and apparent robbery has injured an Applebee's employee who was leaving work. 

The News Journal of Wilmington reports officers responded to a report of a shooting at an Applebee's parking lot around 2:15 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound to an unspecified extremity.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A school bus crash in Delaware has injured two students and the driver of a car.
Delaware State Police said in a statement that the crash happened Monday morning at the intersection of Harmony Road and Ruthar Drive in Newark. Police say the bus was carrying about 30 students from the Las Americas Aspira Academy in Newark when it crashed with a car.
Police say the driver of the car and two children who were on the bus were taken to hospitals with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening.

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A suspicious package found on the Newark campus of University of Delaware has turned out to be a hoax.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it was found inside a trash truck this morning forcing the roads to be closed while police investigated.

All foot traffic was barred near two dorms around Haines Street but neither was evacuated and people were told to stay inside.

A University facilities crew found the package around 7:30 a.m. in the back of their trash truck after they emptied it and notified the campus community to stay away from the area.

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Businesses in Newark are gearing up to meet new set of regulations as they brace for returning students at the University of Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there will be a new nuisance point system for bars and restaurants.

Infractions will be based on a 1 to 10 scale.

And with enough points they could lose their liquor license.

Officials tried to assure local businesses that if they are making good faith efforts they should “not have to worry”.

The new regulations come after the death of a student at a house party in the spring.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has announced a commitment to recruiting more diverse students and faculty from under-represented backgrounds.
The university plan focuses on recruiting and developing faculty members who are the first in their families to go into academia and are from low-income backgrounds.
The state is currently accepting bids for consultants to study the issue of diversity on Delaware's flagship campus.

Voters in Newark will be going to the polls today to choose two members of the City Council.

For the seat being vacated by council member Rob Gifford real estate agent Arlynn Hall is up against Jen Wallace.

Council member Luke Chapman is looking at a challenge by Donna Mears.

Mayor Polly Sierer and council member Stuart Markham are unopposed.

Council members serve two year terms. 

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Newark officials are considering shifting its policy on marijuana possession citations from the state courts to the Newark Alderman’s Court.

Since the cases are referred to the state courts the state also keeps the fines.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Newark City Solicitor Bruce Herron said that the Alderman’s Court would allow Newark police from having to show up in state court in contested cases.

He added it is a matter of convenience that would save time and keep the officers from having to go outside the city limits to attend judicial proceedings.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The Newark Police Department says crime in the city has decreased by 48 percent since 2006.

The News Journal in Wilmington reports that the department credits targeted policing, a network of surveillance cameras and increased community policing as factors behind the decrease.

Police Chief Paul Tiernan says that when he joined the force in September 2007, many armed robberies and other crimes were occurring at off-campus housing for the University of Delaware.

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There will be no open carry for guns in Newark municipal buildings.

The decision by the City Council would also bar open carry in buildings leased by the resort.

Concealed licensed weapons would still be allowed.

There is also an exception for law enforcement and those who carry guns as part of their employment.

In addition, to banning open carry of firearms and gun components it would also bar explosives.

Those who opposed the ban argued that it would keep people who can’t afford a concealed weapon license from protecting themselves.

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The city of Newark is looking at banning open carry for guns in city buildings as well as private buildings where city officials are carrying out business.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city council will be debating a measure that would bar firearms, gun component, ammunition and explosives.

There would be an exception for law enforcement and other who carry weapons for their jobs.

Concealed guns would still be allowed.

There would be a fine of up to $500 and a possible year in jail.

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A battle over restricting the expansion of the Newark Country Club has now moved to the courts.

The club is asking the court to block a measure would that restrict future development on its property.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the county club charges the city did not issue the required legal notification for rezoning the club’s property.

The paper says that lawsuit claims a vote to create the ordinance was not advertised on the agenda for a special meeting.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Authorities are looking for a man who they say twice called to falsely report the presence of a shooter at Newark's Christiana Hospital.

Delaware state police Master Cpl. Jeffrey R. Hale on Thursday said 20-year-old Jackie I. Cosden of Newark used one of the hospital's phones on Wednesday to report that someone was shooting a gun on hospital grounds. Hale says the caller then ended the call, but called back a short time later, making a similar claim.

Authorities from multiple departments responded to the hospital, but found no evidence of a gunman.

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The City of Newark is looking at cutting back residential development at the Newark Country Club.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that Club officials charge that rezoning the 120 acre property is not lawful.

Club officials say that this is an effort to preserve the land for less than market value or push the Club into bankruptcy.

The town council is considering rezoning the land to require twice the minimum size of a lot for any new home on one of the city’s biggest open spaces.  

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The town of Newark has been stalling the approval a residential development complete with parking garage on the parking lot behind the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Building in the downtown area.

That’s according to a lawsuit against the city by the owners of the building who say that they have been struggling with the city since August of 2011 over the parking lot requirements.

The city says that the waiver it gave to the developers for the parking lot connected to the Restaurant does not apply to the planned 12-unit, four-story apartment building.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating after a boy was found unresponsive in a pool at a home in Newark.

Troopers say about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, a neighbor saw a 1-year-old boy lying in about 18 inches of water in the cover of an in-ground pool. Police say the neighbor notified the 16- and 13-year-old who were caring for the child, and called 911.

New Castle County Paramedics who went to the home say the child did not have a pulse and was not breathing when they arrived.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - An Irish manufacturer of paper and plastic bags will create 87 full-time jobs when it opens its first U.S. plant in Delaware.

AB Group Packaging is expected to open its new manufacturing facility in the Newark area next month. An exact date hasn't been given.  A spokesman says the company is currently in leasing negotiations and an exact site has not been determined.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware and Maryland transit officials are discussing the possibility of extending MARC, Maryland's commuter rail line, as far north as Wilmington.

The Wilmington News Journal  reported Monday DART CEO John Sisson says he will talk with Maryland Transit Administration officials next week. The service could begin as early as 2018, after the reconstruction of the Newark train station. The line currently runs from Washington D.C. to Perryville, Maryland.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Two police officers have rescued a man whose SUV was stuck on Newark railroad tracks, moments before the vehicle was hit by a freight train.
The Wilmington News Journal  reports that Sgt. Tom Buglio and Cpl. Robert Sharpe were working extra-duty jobs on the porch of the Deer Park Tavern on W. Main St. on Sunday night when they saw the vehicle get stuck.
The officers called 911, then ran to the tracks and saved the driver, 76-year-old George Kichline of Alpha, New Jersey.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says one man is dead after a fire broke out at a Newark home.

Firefighters were called to a home in the 400 block of Feather Drive on Thursday night and found smoke pouring from the home. The fire marshal says firefighters found a 61-year-old man unconscious on the second floor. He was taken to Christiana Hospital, where officials say he died a short time later.

Deputy fire marshals are investigating the cause of the blaze.  Damage is estimated at $50,000.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Three incumbents on the Newark City Council have been re-elected.

Mark Morehead in District 1, Todd Ruckle in District 2 and Marge Hadden in District 4 were re-elected Tuesday night, according to results reported by the city.

The results will be certified on Thursday, and the council members will be sworn in on April 21.

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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.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A proposal to build a 14-story cellphone tower in a Delaware cemetery and camouflage it as a bell tower is angering some residents of the area.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware reports a permit hearing will be held Thursday about the proposed  AT&T tower at All Saints Cemetery near Newark.

Opponents have gathered about 250 signatures of people who oppose the 142-foot tower, gathering some signatures online and others on paper.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The city of Newark has spent more than $577,000 on legal and consulting fees related to a data center at the former Chrysler assembly plant site that was ultimately rejected by the University of Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports city Finance Director Lou Vitola says the city paid $509,324 to the law firm Connolly Gallagher since October 2013. The city also paid $53,959 to the Dover firm of Prickett Jones & Elliott and $14,270 to Liberty Environmental Inc.


A third teen has been arrested in the videotaped beatings of a 26-year old man who suffers from a neurodevelopmental disorder.

The incident took place in the Newark area.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the first beating the man is slammed to the ground, punched in the face and stomped on.

In a second location one of the attackers bumps him then the video cuts to an attacker holding the victim in the air at the shoulder height and slamming him into the ground.

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A $35 million facility is now being built at DuPont’s Stine-Haskell Research Center in New Newark for expanding its soybean operation.

The property has already been cleared for the nearly 134-thousand square-foot facility on Elkton Road.

This will be the second structure in Delaware that will be dedicated soy beans with the Pioneer name.

Plans include two modern greenhouses and three high-tech 60-thousand gallon water collection units to recycle run-off.

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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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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Newark council members have voted to expand the city's smart parking program after a smaller pilot program.

WDEL Radio reports the council voted 5-1 Monday to approve a $326,212 contract to purchase 425 new parking meters that accept credit and debit cards.

Officials say 401 of the city's existing 457 parking meters will be replaced with new devices. The remaining 24 meters will be set aside as spares. The first new meters could begin operating as soon as September.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Megabus says it is discontinuing its service between Newark and New York City because of low ridership.

Megabus made the announcement Tuesday and said it would discontinue service to New York City on Wednesday.

Megabus will continue to offer service from Newark to five other destinations: Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Richmond and Hampton, Virginia.

The company says there is a possibility of resuming service to New York if demand allows.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are warning motorists to keep windows closed and avoid unnecessary stops because of honeybee swarms near a highway ramp where a tractor trailer carrying hives overturned.

The ramp to Interstate 95 in Newark reopened Wednesday, more than 12 hours after the rig carrying an estimated 16 million to 20 million bees from Florida to Maine crashed Tuesday. Police cited the driver, 55-year-old Adolfo Guerra of Miami, for unsafe shifting of load or cargo.