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Plea deal reached in Bodenweiser sex offender case

Mar 18, 2015

Former state Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser plead no contest in Sussex County Superior Court Wednesday to two counts of third degree unlawful sexual contact.

The plea, which will classify Bodenweiser as a sex offender, resolves a case that resulted in a hung jury in June of last year. Sentencing will take place in May.

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A Kent County Family Court commissioner has denied to reopen a civil protection order involving NASCAR driver Kurt Busch - according to The News Journal.

The Delaware Department of Justice said last month that there was not enough evidence or witnesses to bring criminal charges against Busch, who was accused of assaulting his girlfriend Patricia Driscoll in September of last year while in a trailer at the Dover International Speedway.

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State Highway Safety officials are warning motorists to plan ahead if they are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend.

“There’s going to be lots of festivities, a lot of parties and a lot of drinking, a lot of green beer," said Alison Kirk, a spokesperson for the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. " So we want people to be extra careful, make sure they have a designated driver and plan that safe ride home this weekend.”

New Castle County unveils "The Heroin Trap"

Mar 15, 2015
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Delaware is in the middle of a Heroin epidemic.

Last year, there were 36 heroin-related deaths in New Castle County, and according to Police Chief Elmer Setting, the majority of those who died were teenagers or young adults.

On Thursday, county officials unveiled a new anti-heroin campaign called The Heroin Trap. The goal is to convince teenagers that by trying heroin even once, the result will be death, prison or a lifetime of recovery.

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The Delaware National Guard welcomes back a host of troops after serving abroad, but not before saying goodbye to a handful of others at the Army Aviation Support Facility in New Castle Sunday morning.

Seven members of Detachment 7 from the Army National Guard Operation Support Airlift Agency will depart for the Horn of Africa to transport personnel and supplies as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

An experienced group, the New Castle-based detachment is no stranger to combat or imminent danger while having logged 30,000  flight hours.

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DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff says Friday morning’s commute will be rough because of Thursday's heavy snow accumulation and Thursday night’s cold temperatures.

Many Delaware roads remain snow covered or snow packed Friday despite DelDOT's crews work overnight statewide.
Very low temperatures and packed snow and ice have made it much more difficult to plow.

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Cleaning up from Thursday’s snowstorm is expected to take well into Friday's morning commute in many places across the First State.  That’s prompted schools in Delaware to announce they will remain closed Friday.

In New Castle County, Appoquinimink, Brandywine, Christina, Colonial, New Castle Vo-Tech and Red Clay schools districts will all be closed Friday.

In Central Delaware, Caesar Rodney, Capital, Lake Forest, Milford, Polytech, Smyrna and Woodbridge School Districts are closed Friday.

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Bands of heavy snow that fell throughout the First State Thursday will begin tapering off in New Castle County during the evening rush hour.

Before all is said and done, total accumulation is expected to be between 4 and 8 inches. As of 4:45 pm - the highest snow total in reported in Delaware was 6.9 inches in Greenville. Wilmington had just over 5 inches.  The Dover are reported about 4 inches.  

In Sussex County, accumulations ranged from a half inch at the beaches to around three and a half in Ellendale.

DelDOT calls for rough evening commute

Mar 8, 2015
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DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff says Thursday's afternoon drive home could be difficult thanks to the combination of the heavy snow accumulation and cold temperatures.

"This evening’s commute will be very slick. We haven’t gotten to any roads yet except the main roads, so drivers need to be very careful driving home this evening," he told Delaware Public Media Thursday.

Westhoff added that rock salt becomes less effective in extreme cold, and the forecast calls for possible record lows in or near the single digits up and down Delaware tonight.

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Steady snowfall in the First State will last until evening, followed by extremely low temperatures overnight.

The Delaware Environmental Observing System reports the highest amount of snowfall in the state so far is at Greenville with 3.8 inches. Meanwhile, Smryna has only half an inch in accumulation.  There is currently no reported accumulation in Sussex County.