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.