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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.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Environmental Protection Agency says the agency has not given its blessing to the gas-fired power plant that would come with the data center at the proposed facility in Newark.

EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin said that a letter from his agency supporting the type of cogeneration technology planned for the site…is not an endorsement of the project.

And Representative John Kowalko (D-Newark) told the Wilmington News Journal that the letter should not be used as an endorsement.

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In Newark two candidates have decided to run against incumbent members of the city council.

Shirley Wilson is running against Council member Luke Chapman in District 5 and and M. Howland Redding has decided to challenge council member Stu Markham in District 6.

Redding has lived in the city for seven years and has served as president of the Newark National Little League.

Another potential contest is in District 2 where Sharon Hughes and Todd Ruckle say they’re considering a run to fill the seat being vacated by longtime council member Jerry Clifton.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Police are trying to determine who vandalized a mosque and school in Newark.

Investigators believe it happened early Friday morning at the Islamic Society of Delaware's community center in Newark. Vandals tore down a fence and used rocks to damage a digital sign. Pieces of the fence were used to make a cross on the property.

Delaware State Police and the FBI are investigating the case.

On Monday, the group CAIR-Philadelphia will hold a news conference to respond to the vandalism.

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In Claymont a street brawl last night drew dozens of police where authorities say five adults and a 15 year-old girl were arrested.

The Wilmington News Journal reports police and residents said that the fight was sparked by an ongoing dispute between to families but no injuries were reported.

Those arrested faced charges that included disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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Some hikes in taxes and fees are being proposed for the residents of Newark.

The city administrators are recommending a 7.2 percent rate hike for water customers as well as a new storm-sewer fee.

In addition, there is a proposal for a 1.5 percent increase in the property tax raising it 70 cents per $100 of assessed value.

On an average home in Newark that would mean a $7.29 a year increase to nearly $496 a year.

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Tickets were sold for the recent disturbance at the University of Delaware in Newark by the company that sponsors “I’m Shmacked” -- a website that videotapes college life.

The decision to sell the tickets was caught by one of the company’s founders in a social media comment before thousands of students mobbed downtown Newark.

The comment asked a question about charging $20 to an event with no venue.

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An investigation has begun into the stabbing death of 53 year-old Harold Medes in his Dagsboro home.

State troopers say that they were called to his house around 6 p.m. on Monday after receiving a report that someone had been stabbed.

When they arrived they found him with wounds in his upper torso.

WBOC reports that he was pronounced dead at the scene by Sussex County medics.

 

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Police are continuing to investigate reports that a child was kidnapped in Newark, although officers have not received any reports of a missing child.

Delaware State Police had activated an Amber Alert on Tuesday after county police said witnesses reporting seeing a 10-12 year old girl being pulled into an SUV.

However, officers say no one came forward to report a missing child, so troopers ended the Amber Alert on Thursday.

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Newark residents pushed back against a proposal for a data-processing center on the site of a former Chrysler assembly plant.

Developers say the facility’s gas-fire turbines would produce minimal amount of emissions and noise than a traditional power plant.

Data Centers LLC CEO Gene Kern emphasized that this was a data center not an electricity generating operation.

For two hours around 350 local residents filled the George Wilson Community center yesterday.

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Newark Mayor Vance Funk III has put his home up for sale, saying he just doesn’t feel welcome anymore.

After nearly a decade in office the 70-year old Funk is stepping down at the end of September just four months into his fourth term.

He cited frustration and stress-related health problems as a result of a campaign by local residents who opposed a plan to bring a Wawa gas station to South Main Street.

Nearby neighbors put up yard signs reading, “No More Gas Pumps.”

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Delaware's largest men's prison is getting a new warden.

The Department of Correction announced Thursday that David Pierce will take over at Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on Sunday.

Pierce will replace Perry Phelps, who was recently appointed Bureau of Prisons chief.

The prison houses about 2,500 inmates, including those sentenced to death, and carries out all court-ordered executions.

Pierce, who joined the department in 1996, has served as deputy warden at Vaughn since 2004.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Newark Mayor Vance Funk, who last week said he would step down at the end of the year because of stress caused by opponents of a new convenience store, now says he will leave his post next month.

Funk said Monday that he will end his term effective Sept. 30 to accommodate the process to select a new mayor.

He said it was not good for his health to attend many meetings between now and the end of the year.

The 70-year-old Funk was first elected mayor in 2004 and ran unopposed for his fourth 3-year term this year.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The mayor of Newark is resigning because of stress caused by opponents of a new Wawa convenience store.

Vance Funk said in a letter sent to the city secretary and the media Tuesday that "the anti-Wawa campaign and other issues in the city" have caused his blood pressure to spike. He says he wants to live to see his grandchildren grow up.

The 70-year-old Funk intends to step down at the end of the year. He was first elected mayor in 2004 and ran unopposed for his fourth 3-year term this year.

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