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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware's capital city say a shooting has left one person dead and four others wounded.

Police spokesman Master Corporal Mark Hoffman says the shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. Monday in Dover.

Authorities say 34-year-old Tiffany Montgomery died after being shot in the upper body.

Officers also found a 27-year-old woman with a foot wound, a 39-year-old man with a shoulder wound, and a 45-year-old man with a leg injury at the scene.


Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen says he is hoping that state officials and others will be able to find adequate support to keep Wesley College going.

The private liberal arts school is now trying to stabilize its financial situation and stay in the city.

Christiansen told WBOC that the institution has a large foot print with its main campus in the city.

That includes the Old Dover Library and former federal building with occupational therapy and nursing programs.

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Dover’s downtown property owners will no longer face the prospect of a Business Improvement District tax.

It has been at zero for years.

But the City Council is moving forward with a measure to end the tax altogether.

WBOC reports that there had been a suggestion that the funds could be used to pay for additional coverage by police cadets in the downtown area.

But critics complain that the tax would be “double taxation” for business owners who already pay property taxes and utilities.

A vote on the issue is expected in September.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A fire department official says dozens of pet snakes died when a blaze ripped through a home in Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that no people were injured in the fire that broke out Sunday morning in Dover.

The homeowner told firefighters that approximately 60 snakes were in the house. All of them are believed to be dead.

Deputy Chief Michael O'Connor Jr. of the Dover Fire Department says the snakes were kept in bedrooms throughout the house.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The post office in downtown Dover is moving to a new location.

The Postal Service is not renewing the lease at its current location. The lease on city-owned land is set to expire next year.

WBOC-TV reported Sunday that a deal is in place for the post office to take over the space formerly occupied by Chesapeake Utilities offices. A real-estate agent involved in the sale of the Queen Street property said an agreement on the property has been reached.

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Former Dover council member Reuben Salters is facing a third-degree vehicular assault charge after he hit an organizer of an LGBTQ event.

WBOC reports that the 90-year-old Salters is also charged with failing to obey a traffic device.

Authorities say Salters tried to avoid a barrel barricade used to close off a street for The Delaware Pride Festival.

They say on Saturday morning he got out of his truck to move the barrels when he was confronted by a 43-year-old organizer of the event.

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Dover residents could see an 8.6 percent increase I their property taxes.

It’s part of the $43.6 million general fund budget that begins with the fiscal year in July.

WBOC reports that the money would go the pay for such things as additional staffing for code enforcement, street maintenance and stormwater control.

The city council voted this week to move the measure for consideration at a meeting in June.

Dover is set to get a new paramedic station.

The Kent County Levy Court Commission has approved the acquisition of a vacant property that had been a former gas station.

The price tag is $180-thousand.

It is on the west side of the city allowing paramedics to avoid traffic in Dover and delays because of trains.

Kent County in Delaware is about to undertake the repair of aging wastewater pipeline along the median of U.S. Route 13 in Dover.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it’s a long promised project that will stretch 2.8 miles and is sure to give motorists along the busy route congestion headaches.

The project calls for inserting a 18-to-20 inch plastic pipe into a 24-inch concrete sewage pipe.

The paper says it will run from West Denney’s Road near Delaware Technical Community College to South Garden Lanes near Burlington.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - More than 400 people have gathered in front of Delaware's statehouse to stand up for their right to keep and bear firearms.

Several of the people who attended Saturday's rally on Dover's legislative mall openly carried rifles or handguns, or both. Others carried American flags and flags reading "Don't Tread on Me."

The rally was one of several organized in state capitals around the country Saturday to reinforce gun rights amid increased efforts to enact more firearms restrictions in the wake of February's high school shooting in Florida.

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Dover officials are trying to figure out why all six pumps at the Dover Wastewater Pump Station 7 failed yesterday afternoon.

WBOC is reporting that an access road off of Route 13 was closed while crews put in a temporary fix.

The city says Kent County has lent the municipality an 8-inch bypass pump to keep the wastewater flowing and to drain the station so that the pumps can be inspected.

City officials tell the television station that it will be several days before they can find out what went wrong.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former Dover Police corporal who was acquitted of assaulting a suspect in 2013 has been hired at a Maryland police department, pending state training and certification.

Town Manager Jeannette DeLude tells the Delaware State News Thomas W. Webster IV, of Delaware, is in the process of becoming the Town of Greensboro's fourth police officer. DeLude says Webster was the most qualified applicant.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are getting ready for this weekend's NASCAR race in Dover, but aren't expecting major traffic problems.
NASCAR stars will be racing at Dover International Speedway from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. About 65,000 people are expected to attend.

Starting today the population of Dover is expected to double with the opening of the Firefly Music Festival.

Some estimate that at least 90-thousand people are expected to attend.

Officials warn that traffic is expected to be tough with 70 percent coming from north of Dover.

If traffic becomes too congested on Route 13 officials say they may shutdown Exit 104 forcing drivers to Exit 95 to bring them up from the south.

Recreational vehicles have already begun to arrive for the four day event.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police say three people were hurt in an exchange of gunfire during a home invasion this week.

WBOC-TV reported Tuesday that officers responded to an apartment complex a day earlier on a report of a home invasion in progress.

When they arrived, officers found two men lying on the ground between buildings suffering from gunshot wounds. An investigation revealed one of those men was a victim of the home invasion and the other was a suspect.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two incumbent councilmen will keep their seats on the Dover City Council.

Media outlets report that Second District incumbent William Hare defeated James Galvin in Tuesday's election with 68 percent of votes. Third District incumbent Fred Neil won 83 percent of votes to beat his two challengers, Lance Moffa and Jane Rolfes.

In the First District, Tanner Polce defeated Will Garfunkel and Matthew Lindell with 41 percent of the votes. He will fill the seat of retiring James Hutchison Sr.

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Dover city council member Roy Sudler wants Mayor Robin Christiansen to step back as chair of the police chief search committee.

Sudler sent an email to the council president and other members pointing to recent remarks made by the mayor.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that during a January 9th meeting Christiansen said he was angered by a Facebook post made by a state representative asking why the appointment of Deputy Chief Marvin Malley as the next police chief has been delayed.  

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Dover’s old library is up for sale with an appraisal of $1.6 million.

The city council members voted last week to seek a private real estate company to handle the deal.

WBOC reports that Mayor Robin Christiansen says there have been several offers in the past for the property.

The Mayor says that the building can be used as is and that it is in compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say Delaware police will be out in force this weekend in an effort to crack down on drunken driving.

State highway safety officials say more than 100 police officers will gather in Wilmington, Bear, Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Seaford to conduct checkpoints. Police will be conducting checkpoints in five different locations:  two in New Castle County, two in Sussex County and one in Kent County.

Officials say two similar checkpoint operations, in July and September, resulted in 28 DUI arrests.

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Comedian Tracy Morgan made an appearance in Dover this weekend after his 2014 traffic accident that killed his friend and critically injured him.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the one thing the comedian did not mention was the fact that Dover Downs was his destination when the accident occurred.

He did talk a great deal about the accident Friday night and invited those who were with him in the van the night of the accident to come up on stage.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware are investigating the deaths of a pedestrian who was hit by a car and his wife, whose body was found in their Dover apartment, where authorities went to notify her of his death.

Dover police said in a news release that early Monday, a man was struck and killed by a car when he walked into its path on U.S. Route 13. Officers say the pedestrian's car was found nearby with the engine running.

James Liguori, attorney for Webster for former Dover police officer Thomas Webster, is asking the Delaware Department of Justice to investigate Chief Paul Bernat in the internal investigation of his police abuse case.

He charges that the chief’s conduct was “unprofessional, disingenuous and sneaky.”  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the internal investigation recommended no action be taken in the 2013 incident in which Webster was seen on a dash cam kicking Lateef Dickerson in the head.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say the death of a 24-year-old man found dead at the Port Mahon Pier in Dover has been ruled a homicide.

Delaware State Police said Friday in a statement that an autopsy determined Dontray Hendricks of Dover had been shot.

The State Police said previously that Hendricks was unresponsive when he was found at the fishing pier on Wednesday. State Police say specific details of the case are not being released in order not to jeopardize the investigation.

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Wilmington could lose $1.5 million in state money if they do not come up with how they are using their police officers.

Attorney General Matt Denn and Delaware lawmakers have put the money aside until they get some answers.

The funds were to go for 20 weeks of foot patrols and overtime by Wilmington county and state police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that another $75-thousand was allocated to the state police for studying crime in Wilmington.

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Delaware lawmakers have approved $2 million to boost law enforcement efforts in Wilmington and Dover.

But with an ongoing record of shootings in Wilmington they also said they were willing to take away the city’s unilateral police powers.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that such a move would require an amendment to the city’s charter which can be done by the state legislature.

The paper reports that the move by legislators reveals a great distrust between city officials and lawmakers.

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There was community meeting at the Solid Rock Baptist Church Community Center in response to recent shootings in Dover.

WBOC reports there have been 5 homicides this year possibly making this the deadliest year yet.

The death of Jamal Weeks caused Council member Roy Sudler to call the meeting noting there have been other shooting incidents.

He noted that the police have responded 12 times to the Elks Lodge on Kirkwood.

Sudler is  hoping to develop a plan for Dover’s Safety Advisory Committee

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A trial has been scheduled for November for a Delaware police corporal charged with assault.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a Nov. 30 trial has been set for Dover Cpl. Thomas Webster, who is charged with second-degree assault. Last month, police released a 2013 dashcam video showing Webster kicking Lateef Dickerson in the face when he was on his hands and knees. Police say Dickerson was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw.

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There is a war being waged in and on the black community in Dover.

That was the charge by La Mar Gunn, president of the Central Delaware Branch of the NAACP yesterday.

After an indictment city police officer Cpl. Thomas Webster was arrested for assault for allegedly kicking suspect Lateef Dickerson in August of last year.

During a press conference in front of City Hall the NAACP official stood with other local leaders and said that the incident had hit a nerve in the community.

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Dover police were on the scene this morning of a fatal shooting.

It occurred around 9:45 at the Pine Grove Apartment complex.

Meanwhile, police had advised students and staff at the Reilly Brown Elementary School to stay indoors.

The lockdown has now been lifted and police say they are certain that the suspect is no longer in the area.

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$5.6 million in grants is set to revitalize the downtown areas in Dover, Seaford and Wilmington.  

There are thirteen projects in all from a state grant for areas designated as Downtown Development Districts earlier this year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that these include commercial and mixed use as well as residential developments.            

Officials hope that the state funds will generate as much as $114 million in private money.

The grants will provide up to 20 percent of construction costs for those projects that have already been completed.