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Led by the Reverend Aaron Appling around 75 to a hundred homeless advocates yesterday urged the Dover City Council to get them help.

Appling urged the council members to use their resources and power to assist them as the weather begins to turn cold this fall.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Sue Harris, co-founder of Port of Hope Delaware Incorporated, said the homeless populations is beginning to overwhelm the area.

She said that homeless organizations serving in Kent County were not able to cope with problem.

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - The pumpkin-hurling competition in Sussex County will feature stricter alcohol regulations this year.

Punkin Chunkin President Frank Payton was quoted by WXDE-FM as saying that event organizers are asking spectators not to bring their own alcohol.

He says beer will be sold at the event, but says that if people want to bring their own alcohol, the event will feature designated camping sites where people will be allowed to drink.

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It’s that time of year to sign up for Punkin Chunkin and let the pumpkins fly.  

It’s been two years since the famous event has been held due to insurance issues.

Yesterday was the first day for contenders to register their devices for this year’s event in November.

It is returning to Sussex County after which was canceled after 2013.

Frank Payton, president of Punkin Chunkin, told WBOC that the even has already secured insurance and that 98 chunkers have come back.

He said that means there are only 17 spots left.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Division of Public Health has announced that three more people have died of flu-related complications.

This brings the total to six flu-related deaths during the 2015-2016 flu season. The DPH says the flu season is ongoing, so the number can still rise.

The deaths include two New Castle residents - a 69-year-old woman with swine flu and a 54-year-old man with influenza B - and a 42-year-old Sussex County woman.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have arrested five people in connection with two separate strings of burglaries in Sussex County.

Authorities arrested 36-year-old Matthew Miller and 44-year-old Kimberly Parsons on May 3 in connection with a series of burglaries from December 2015 and March 2016.

After an investigation, police determined that Parsons and Miller broke into sheds and removed items such as chainsaws, generators and power tools, and then sold the items at pawn shops. Police say the burglaries were committed while they worked delivering newspapers.

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There was no shortage of applications for the two medical marijuana dispensaries in Sussex and Kent counties.

Eleven applications were submitted with some seeking to serve both Delaware counties.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that despite the number of applications it’s possible that there will be no winner.

The applicants paid a $5-thousand application fee and would have to put out another $40-thousand for the licensing fee.

The News Journal reports that some of the applicants may have to hold a public meeting to get local input.

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A Cape Henlopen area wastewater treatment plant has violated the state’s water-pollution laws.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that treated wastewater wound up being sprayed on fields that were found to be too wet or frozen to absorb.

The paper reports that the incident took place in early March when the water could be observed as running off the field.

The Wolfe Neck Wastewater Treatment Plant was cited on March 18th for the violation.

The Sussex County will not be fined but will be forced to building a buffer to comply with the law.  

 

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There were more than 8 million tourists who came to Delaware in 2014.

That’s up from 7.5 million in 2013.

A new study found that they contributed $3 billion to the state’s gross domestic product or around 5 percent.

At the beaches the boom saw the rental market pass the $1 billion mark for Sussex County.

Statewide rental revenue went up by 8.8 percent between 2013 and 2014.

Linda Parkowski, director of the Delaware Tourism Office, called tourism an economic engine and a growth industry.

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The 2016 Punkin Chunkin is on.

And there is a possibility that Worcester or Dorchester Counties could witness the pumpkins flying through the air this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Frank Payton, president of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association, confirmed it was looking at locations in Maryland as well as Sussex County. 

The Worcester County Tourism director Lisa Challenger told the newspaper that there are three locations at the northern end of the county.

All the insurance and liability issues have been taken care of.

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While there was some treacherous road conditions in Delaware yesterday the total number of accidents were lower than expected.

Sussex County police said they saw 50 with damage to the vehicle and only one injury.

WBOC reports that most of these occurred between 8 a.m. and noon.

Delaware State Police say most of this was due to the holiday on Monday.

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There’s been a change of venue for the lawsuit brought by former New Castle County Administrative Officer David Grimaldi for wrongful discharge.

It will now be heard in Sussex County by Judge E. Scott Bradley.

There is no indication about why the change was made.

Grimaldi was fired last October by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and the county.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Grimaldi says he was dismissed because he revealed -- what he described as  – the manipulation in county hiring and spending.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Some coastal Sussex County towns are concerned about pedestrian safety on Route 1.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports while 2015 didn't see any pedestrian fatalities, some residents and officials in the towns along the Route 1 corridor are still worried that not enough is being done to prevent them.

Both Dewey Beach and South Bethany town officials are discussing ongoing issues with traffic on Route 1, which becomes one of the most heavily trafficked roads in the county in the summer.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The family of an alcoholic man who died in custody has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Delaware prison officials and medical workers.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims that prison workers acted with deliberate indifference toward 48-year-old Ronald Shoup and used unnecessary and unjustified force to restrain him after he became agitated and aggressive.

Shoup was imprisoned in Sussex County in February 2014 after showing up drunk at a hearing regarding his fifth DUI charge.

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With the oncoming snow storm Maryland and Virginia have declared a state of emergency as Delaware Governor Jack Markell urges residents to prepare for the winter blast.

Delaware is expected to be hit the hardest on Delmarva with up to 8 inches in Sussex County while in Salisbury the snow is expected to be 2 to 4 inches deep.

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The National Weather Service has declared a blizzard watch for New Castle and Kent counties, while Sussex County is under a winter storm watch.

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Time may be running out for 15 developments in Sussex County.

They have until July 1st to demonstrate that they have begun major work at the site.

Otherwise their land use permits will expire.

This would affect nearly 16-hundred homes.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the County Council issued extensions this week for these projects -- many of which -- were begun in the mid-2-thousands just before the Great Recession decimated the housing market.

The council denied extension for five projects.

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say someone shot out a window at a Sussex County home where a man was killed earlier in the day.

Police said in a news release that a woman called 911 on Thursday night after hearing gunfire outside.

Police say a window in a front bedroom was shot out, but no one was in the room at the time and no one was injured. The incident is being investigated by the homicide unit since a man was killed there earlier in the day.

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State officials are soliciting bids for medical marijuana dispensaries in Kent and Sussex Counties.

The state has only one so far First State Compassion Center in Wilmington which opened this past June.

But it’s been four years since law making medical marijuana legal went into effect.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state officials say there are more than 700 Delaware residents who have received cards to buy medical marijuana.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware animal welfare officials have picked a Pennsylvania-based organization to handle statewide animal shelter services starting in January.

Officials say the Chester County SPCA will provide services at a permanent facility in New Castle County and satellite facilities in Kent and Sussex counties.

Officials say CCSPCA is the only open-admission shelter in Pennsylvania that does not euthanize healthy or treatable animals, and that it will bring the same approach to Delaware.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced that a 61-year-old woman is the first confirmed influenza case in Sussex County.
 
The woman visited the emergency room Nov. 6 and is now recovering at home. She contracted the influenza B/Yamagata virus.
 
Information was not available on whether she had been vaccinated or if she had any underlying conditions that made her more susceptible to infection.
 

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A New Jersey company has been given approval from a state health board to build a psychiatric hospital in Sussex County.
 
The Delaware Health Resources Board on Thursday unanimously approved the Georgetown facility, which will be built by Red Bank, New Jersey-based SUN Behavioral Health.
 

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The Delaware Supreme Court has turned back an effort to overturn 45 drug convictions after state drug-testing lab scandal.

The defendants from Sussex County all pleaded guilty to drug offenses before the revelations.

From 2010 to 2014 there were at least 55 piece of drug evidence from the office under the Delaware Medical Examiner’s office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Chief Justice Leo Strine wrote that despite the scandal the high court would not overturn the decisions made by the defendants to plead guilty before the revelations came to public light.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Sussex County residents affected by last week's storm are being asked to submit damage claims.

WBOC-TV reports that anyone whose home or business sustained damage in the powerful coastal storm should call the county's Emergency Operations Center at (302) 856-7366. Property owners should be prepared to detail the damage, what caused it and whether they have insurance.

Only businesses and primary residences, not seasonal homes, are eligible.

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It’s a first for Sussex County employees.

Workers at the county’s water treatment plants have decided to unionize by a vote of 49-to-15.

They are now represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Staff members who did not want to be identified told WBOC that the problems focused on a lack of representation and a tightening of incentives and benefits.

Meanwhile, County Council member Rob Arlett told the television station that it was upsetting but could be a turning point.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A coalition of pastors and the NAACP that is investigating accusations of discrimination in state government is beginning to seek testimony at hearings in Kent and Sussex counties.
 
The Wilmington News Journal  reports that the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of churches in the Dover area, and the Central Delaware NAACP have joined black pastors in New Castle County to conduct the hearings starting Tuesday.
 

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A proposed moratorium in Sussex County on off-premises billboards has drawn sharp opposition from the industry.

Council member George Cole told a public hearing yesterday morning that they were distracting noting there were other jurisdictions that banned them.  

Cole said that the council was only looking to tighten restrictions.

But David Hutt, an attorney who represents most of those applying for a billboard, called the moratorium an extraordinary measure.

He said it stops current applicants in their tracks.

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A proposed commercial shopping center on the Overbook property in Sussex County has gotten the attention of the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Secretary Ed Kee warned that it could force some east of Delaware Route 1 to abandon their farms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware official pointed to nearby farms not being able to carry out things like aerial chemical and seed applications because they are so close to the town center.

In addition, he said the center would make it more difficult to move tractors and other farm equipment in the area.

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First State Animal Center and SPCA has a deal for local governments that is ending their animal control contracts.

First State says it is willing to cover animal control services through June of next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in exchange it wants the local governments to pay for their employee’s severance, unemployment compensation and bonuses.

The price tag: $780-thousand.

Local governments were caught up short when First State decided to end all of its contracts in September instead of fazing them out over 18 months.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say that the Gordons Pond Trail in Sussex County will be closed briefly because of mosquito control efforts.
 
Weather permitting, the state's Mosquito Control Section plans to spray insecticide for mosquito larvae Tuesday morning in Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park.
 
Officials say the helicopter spraying will require the closure of the Gordons Pond Trail adjacent to the state parks from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say a 6-year-old Sussex County girl is recovering after contracting West Nile Virus.
 
Officials said Thursday that the girl's illness, which resulted in a brief hospital stay, is the first human West Nile Virus case reported in Delaware since 2013.
 
Public Health director Dr. Karyl Rattay said the case is a reminder that mosquito-borne virus is still active in Delaware.
 

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The storm that moved through the region last night left some 63-thousand customers without power last night in Delaware and Maryland.

Late last night the company was able to bring that figure down to just over 23-thousand in the northern portion of the region.

The crews worked through the night restoring power after severe thunderstorms, high winds and intense rain hit the power grid.

The company also used contractors to help in the work.

But…the weather is still warming up with some temperature having reached the mid-90’s.

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