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Brandywine Park rapist Bryron Mayhan convicted on 22 charges

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A New Castle man convicted of 10 counts of rape, among 22 charges, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five life sentences, plus 175 years at sentencing in early 2024. Byron Mayhan, 39, described by the Department of Justice as a habitual offender, was convicted Nov. 13 for his May 29, 2020, attack on a woman running in Brandywine Park. …

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4-year gang prosecution ends with 100% conviction rate

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Twenty people have been convicted on charges of murder, shooting and other felonies following a four-year prosecution of a Wilmington gang that resulted in a 100% conviction rate. The push helped reduce the number of shootings in Delaware 30% since 2020, according to a statement from the Delaware Department of Justice. In essence, the press release said, the Wilmington Police …

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Camden mayor resigns after actions at car wash

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Camden Mayor Justin King on Tuesday pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and no contest to a third and then resigned because of a physical confrontation at a car wash he owned. King, 41, confronted two male victims, both 19, in February at a car wash he owned, accordiong to a press release from the Delaware Department of Justice. He claimed …

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NC police issue warning about TikTok door kicking challenge

Staff WriterCulture, Headlines

New County Police are warning home owners about a new TikTok youthquake trend: kicking the front doors of houses and running. the police said they are investigating three incidents in Brennan Estate Townhouses that involved someone kicking residential doors. On July 12, the door to one occupied home was kicked in, causing damage. The police division said in a press …

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New worry: ‘Crime tourists’ who target expensive homes for thefts

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Leaving home? Keep it to yourself. In the modern turmoil of daily life, there’s another worry: South American Theft Groups who target upscale homes. The New Castle County Division of Police and other law enforcement partners are warning Delaware residents about a nationwide trend of residential burglaries by groups known as “South American Theft Groups” or “Crime Tourists,” according to …

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Wife of Bear man who built secret bunker goes to jail, too

Betsy PriceHeadlines, Government

The wife of a Bear man who built a secret underground bunker to grow marijuana may not be able to go to jail with him, but she’s going. Shakira Martinez has been sentenced in federal court to nine years in prison for money laundering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and structuring bank transactions following a jury verdict in July of …

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Wilmington man charged in 8-year-old murder of teen

Betsy PriceHeadlines, Government

A 24-year-0ld Wilmington man has been arrested and charged with the 2015 murder of a Wilmington teenager that touched off years of gang wars and more violence. Oliver “Butter” Henry is  accused of 1st degree murder for the January 2015 kili.ng of 16-year-old Jordan Ellerbe and three counts of attempted murder 1st Degree for the shooting or attempted shooting of …

ellerbe Police arrest man for 2015 murder

Wilmington crime report: Murders, shootings down in 2022

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The number of murders in Wilmington was at its lowest for 15 years in 2022, and the number of shootings was the second lowest in 17 years, according to a new report issued by Delaware’s largest city. Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and lame duck Chief of Police Robert J. Tracy on Tuesday released the Wilmington Police Department’s 2022 Year-End Crime …

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DOJ seeks other victims in Sussex child pornography case

Staff WriterGovernment, Headlines

State prosecutors are seeking help in the case of a Sussex County pastor charged with soliciting child porn. Leonard Eley, 62, the pastor of Storm Shelter Ministries in Laurel, was found with two photos of a naked underage person, said Caroline DeJose, a public information officer for the Delaware Department of Justice. Investigators said Eley paid for the photos of …

Bear man with secret bunker sentenced to 45 years in prison

Drug smuggler with secret bunker in Bear jailed for 45 years

Staff WriterGovernment, Headlines

  A Delaware man who made $1 million from smuggling cocaine and built a secret bunker under his house in Bear was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court to 45 years in prison . Omar Morales Colon, 45, had been convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and various other drug and money laundering offenses. …