Dover cop indicted on assault charges

A Kent County grand jury has indicted a Dover police officer on a felony assault charge over an alleged confrontation that left a man unconscious and with a broken jaw in August 2013. A camera in a Dover police car captured Corporal Thomas Webster responding to a reported fight at a gas station, holding a suspect, Lateef Dickerson at gunpoint.
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DNREC seeks public feedback on proposed changes to the Beach Preservation Act

DNREC hosted a pair of public workshops in Milford and Bethany Beach on May 1 and 2 on changes to state’s Beach Preservation Act. Last revised in 1983, the Beach Preservation Act seek to mitigate the effects of beach erosion and property damage from coastal flooding and storms. The latest draft seeks to redefine several terms in the Beach Preservation Act, including “regulated areas.” These are areas along the shore that the state can regulate construction in favor of protecting beaches, dunes and properties.
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A Kent County grand jury has indicted a Dover police officer on a felony assault charge over an alleged confrontation that left a man unconscious and with a broken jaw in August 2013.

A camera in a Dover police car captured Corporal Thomas Webster responding to a reported fight at a gas station, holding a suspect, Lateef Dickerson at gunpoint.

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First State gas prices made another leap last week.

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Delaware jumped seven cents from $2.47 to $2.60.

Prices at the pump have been climbing for over a month. At the beginning of April, the state average was 33 cents less at $2.27 per gallon. But it’s still over a dollar less than what First State drivers were paying a year ago at $3.66.

Delawaregasprices.com reports there are just over a dozen stations selling a gallon of regular for $2.53 or slightly less  – several of them located in Dover.

Three players with local connections were taken in the NFL draft – which wrapped up Saturday.

Auburn defensive tackle Angelo Blackson was selected by Tennessee in the fourth round with the 100th pick overall.

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Gov. Jack Markell used his weekly message to tout the state’s first set of Downtown Development District grants.

Markell this week announced a total of $5.6 million dollars is being given to 13 projects in Wilmington, Dover and Seaford to help spur nearly $115 million in development.

He says these grants can be a powerful tool to reinvigorate downtown areas by encouraging this type of private investment.

The chair of the Delaware Republican party is taking Democratic lawmakers to task for killing a “right-to-work” bill in committee last week.

In the weekly Republican message, Ssate GOP party chair Charlie Copeland accuses Democrats on the Senate Labor Committee of taking “marching order” from union leaders opposed to the bill.

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Beautiful spring weather greeted visitors to the historic state capital and the 82nd annual Dover Days Festival, one of Delaware's longest-running events.

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C.J. Seitz Jr. took the oath of office to join the Delaware Supreme Court in Friday in Wilmington.

Seitz takes over on the court for former Justice Henry duPont Ridgely who retired in January.

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Kent County Levy Court Commissioner Brad Eaby kicked off his campaign for Lt. Governor Thursday, a year and a half before voters head to the polls.

Eaby – a Democrat – made his announcement to a crowd of about 75 people on The Green in Dover, connecting the state’s colonial history to the tenents of his campaign platform, “BE First Delaware”.

He says he wants to expand healthcare access, focus law enforcement efforts on community policing and rehabilitating offenders, as well as boost spending on public education.

In this month’s History Matters, we examine a University of Delaware interdisciplinary academic project called Colored Conventions.

It's an effort to digitize the meeting minutes of the nation's first black meetings, conventions which took place between 1830 and until after the Civil War.

These minutes provide a glimpse into black leadership and life that has traditionally been hard to access – and just last weekend there was a symposium at the University of Delaware that brought together several different academics who study race, literature and American history to talk about it.

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In 1938, the Rehoboth Art League was founded in a two-room studio, formerly the wing of an 18th-century farmhouse, nestled in pastoral Henlopen Acres, a sleepy community on the edge of Rehoboth Beach. Today, the RAL is a 4-acre wooded oasis surrounded by upscale homes in a suburban setting. But it’s no longer limited to its birthplace.

When the summer season kicks off on Memorial Day, tourists driving on Route 9 toward Five Points will see the banner for the RAL Studios, the first long-term satellite location for the 77-year-old arts organization.

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