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DOVER — The Delaware court system will transition back into Phase 3 of its reopening plan next week, allowing the Kent County Courthouse to resume in-person jury trials and proceedings June 1. more
DOVER — On Tuesday, exactly one year after George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sparked worldwide calls for systemic change, Delaware lawmakers announced three bills aimed at police reform. more
VIOLA — A former Caesar Rodney High soccer player died in a single-car crash early Sunday, authorities said. Delaware State Police said Kayleanna N. Riddle, 17, of Camden-Wyoming, was pronounced dead at … more
DOVER — Legislation filed Thursday would require law enforcement officers to wear body cameras and would establish a uniform policy for their use. more
GEORGETOWN — Brandon L. Haas, indicted in connection with the alleged abuse and eventual death of his stepdaughter, was taken into custody and held at Sussex Correctional Institution after a … more
DOVER — The state legislature’s Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force — formed in response to nationwide protests around police brutality last year — moved forward Thursday with 20 proposals made by three of the group’s four subcommittees. more
SMYRNA — Delaware State Police on Thursday released the names of two victims and a suspect involved in a double homicide earlier this week. more
MILFORD — The parking lot of Mount Enon Baptist Church was abuzz Tuesday night as activists, a wide array of nondenominational and Christian worshippers and a few members of the Milford Police Department came together to stand against racial injustice. more
SMYRNA — A shooting in the parking lot at Smyrna Middle School has left one dead, and the suspect is now in custody after a police pursuit that ended in Maryland.  more
CLAYTON — Delaware State Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the Clayton area that left three people dead Sunday. more
DOVER — Each time there is a death or serious injury to a child due to abuse or neglect, questions follow. Just what went wrong beforehand? How could it have been prevented? more
DOVER — Major changes to police operations and oversight may be coming as pending legislation and recommendations regarding law enforcement in Delaware continue to formulate. On Friday, … more
WILMINGTON — A man with Delaware roots has been charged with federal crimes connected to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. While Anthony Antonio’s attorney said his client … more
In the aftermath of the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Delaware branch held a virtual press conference Wednesday to illuminate a path forward … more
As state lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana for recreational adult use, some Delawareans are thinking about the implications for impaired driving in the First State. “There is the … more
DOVER — Joined by nine supporters and holding over 2,000 signatures asking to add racial diversity to the Court of Chancery on Thursday, Senior Pastor Blaine Hackett hoped to draw attention to … more
If convicted on all charges, Brandon Haas could face a prison sentence of 45 years. Kristie Haas – who is further charged with assault second degree, abusing a corpse and reckless burning – faces a maximum sentence of 55 years. more
DOVER — A Dover-based attorney plans to appeal the dismissal of a federal lawsuit alleging mistreatment of inmates at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, stemming from a deadly riot in … more
WILMINGTON — On Friday, Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr. announced that jury trials and more in-person court proceedings may return to state courts in June, as long as current COVID-19 numbers continue downward. more
DOVER — Navigating a balancing act of providing justice for all and courthouse safety due to COVID-19 concerns, the state’s legal system continues to operate under an officially declared … more
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