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delawareonline.com FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012 THE NEWS JOURNAL B3 i . .4 SHARE YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS Mail it to Around Delaware, Box 15505, Wilmington, DE 19850. Fax it to 324-5509 or email it to: newsdeskdelawareonline.com. Please submit items three weeks before the event. Call 324-2851. G&iliwolvsd Go to delawareonline.comgetinvolved to find volunteer opportunities. Also, sign up to list your organization. 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Police charge that Smith allegedly ran down Lee with his SUV as she Silverman also noted that Smith is not set to go to trial for more than a year, so any potential jurors who may have been exposed to the coverage will likely have forgotten about it by January 2014. Smith's defense attorneys could not be reached for comment this week, and Deputy Attorney General Steve Wood, who asked for the gag order, declined comment. The Associated Press contributed to this story. Contact Sean O'Sullivan at 324-2777 or sosullivan8delawareonline.com or on Twitter SeanGOSullivan. By Sean O'Sullivan The News Journal A prosecution request for a gag order in the case of a soldier accused of raping and murdering a Brandywine Hills woman has been denied. Superior Court Judge Fred S. Silverman denied the request earlier this month at a hearing held shortly after the state requested the gag order because of a New York Times column about defendant Dwight L. Smith. Smith, 25, is accused of the Smith's defense of post-traumatic stress disorder. Smith was a combat veteran in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the hearing, Silverman denied the request to restrict pretrial publicity but told Smith's defense team to advise the defendant's family that any statements they make could end up hurting Smith at trial. In a letter provided by the family, that was published by the Times, Smith wrote combat changed him and he was "addicted to killing." Dwight L Smith walked her dog and then threw the injured woman in his vehicle and later dumped her body at a remote maintenance yard. The New York Times story focused on what may be I 1 1 j ' - - Charges pending in dog bite case -- Tips may be submitted anonymously through Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or www.tipsubmit. com. NEW CASTLE COUNTY CHILD INJURED: An 11-year-old was seriously hurt when she was hit Thursday by a vehicle near New Castle, county paramedics said. The girl was admitted in serious condition to NemoursAlfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Rockland with arm and possible internal injuries after she was struck about 4:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Basin Road, Paramedic Cpl. Peter T. Small said. The incident is being investigated by New Castle County police. HOLDUP SUSPECTS: Four men robbed a man who was walking on Maryland Avenue just outside Wilmington on Wednesday evening. Delaware State Police said a 19-year-old man was walking near Germay Drive about 6 p.m. when two men asked him for the time. They left, but were joined by two other men. The group then demanded his belongings at gunpoint. The victim described the men as ranging in age from 15 to 20. The 20-year-old suspect stood about 5 feet, 10 inches, had a thin goatee and wore a dark hooded sweatshirt. An 18 year-old stood about 5 feet, 8 inches, had braided hair and wore a dark jacket. A 17-year-old stood about 5 feet, 9 inches and wore a dark hooded sweatshirt. A 15-year-old stood about 5 feet, 5 inches and wore a dark knit cap and a dark sweatshirt. The victim said the males who appeared to be 20 and 15 years old were armed with handguns. Anyone with information should call state police at 834-2630, ext. 6. BRIDGE CRASH: A crash Thursday night on the Roth Bridge closed northbound Del. 1 about 9:15 p.m. over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Cpl. John Day of the state police said a tractor-trailer merged onto Del. 1 on the bridge north of the toll plaza when a box truck tried to move to the center lane, but clipped the back of the 18-wheeler. The box truck went out of control and hit the median, trapping the driver until he was extricated by rescuers, he said. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. The rig driver was not hurt. The northbound side of the bridge and its on-ramps remained closed at press-time with traffic diverted to the St. Georges Bridge. Day said more details about the crash will be released when available. KENT COUNTY WEAPONS SEIZED: Delaware State Police say probation officers and detectives found a pipe bomb, gun, ammunition and -.if ' J' - ' ' . ' Vice President Joe Biden shops for pies during a visit to a Costco store in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Biden made the visit to the first Costco store located in Washington, DC, during its grand opening and pushed for middle class tax cut and resolution to the financial cliff, saul loebafpgetty images VICE PRESIDENT BUYS PIES, TOUTS TAX CUTS fireworks inside a Smyrna-area man's bedroom during a search of his home about 9 p.m. Wednesday. Among the items seized was a 12-gauge shotgun with Biden: Middle class needs break Robert Cadmus ammunition and a variety of prescription drugs not prescribed to the arrested man, Robert Cadmus, police said. The pipe bomb was removed by state police and there were no injuries. Cadmus, 19, faces a half dozen charges related to the confiscated items. He was arraigned and committed to Vaughn Correctional Center on $12,1000 secured bond. HOUSE AIDE ARRESTED: A 37-year-old Harrington woman was arrested Wednesday for stealing money from a senior citizen By robin brown The News Journal The death of a postal worker just days after he was mauled by a dog last month has been ruled accidental, and tests showed the dog was not rabid. Criminal charges are expected to be filed against the dog's owner and could be finalized within a week, said Kevin Usilton, executive director of the Kent County SPCA, which investigated the incident. "The attorney general is still working on the charges," he said. "We haven't had a death from a dog bite in a long time, and the AG wants to be very thorough, which we're thankful for." The dog owner will be identified in the charges, he said. Robert Rochester, 55, of New Castle, was attacked by a German shepherd at about 4:15 p.m. Oct. 12 on Argonne Avenue in Stanton as he collected mail for sorting. He died Oct. 18 after what police described as a cardiac incident at his home. Rochester's death certificate listed his cause of death as pulmonary embolism and temporary disability due to work injuries, noting the dog attack in parentheses, according to Robert Wilkerson, president of Branch 191 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, based in Wilmington. "The Postal Service is treating this as an on-the-job death," he said, adding that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. Rochester's autopsy did not determine his cause of death, listed Oct. 19 as "pending forensic analysis." That analysis concluded the death was accidental, Department of Health and Social Services spokeswoman Jill Fredel recently told The News Journal. Because it was an accident, she said, the state legally cannot release any other information due to patient confidentiality. The 12-year-old dog, which had no prior record of attacks, was euthanized for rabies testing by the state Division of Public Health after Rochester died. Contact robin brown at 324-2856 or rbrovP!9delawareonline.co?. and take photos. "I'm looking for pies," Biden announced as he began shopping with Costco employee Ivey Stewart assisting him. Biden bought an apple pie, a stack of children's books, a 32-inch Panasonic TV, fire logs and other items. He said the books were intended for a Delaware charity. Biden was joined at the store by Costco CEO Craig Jelinek and co-founder Jim Sinegal, who were at the grand opening ceremony earlier in the day. Costco said Wednesday it will spend $3 billion to pay a special dividend of $7 a share next month ahead of higher tax rates that may kick in come January, if Congress and the president can't reach a compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. At the end of his visit, Biden thanked reporters for shopping with him. Then, looking down at his overstuffed cart, he joked, "now you know why my wife doesn't let me shop alone." By Matthew Daly Associated Press WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden went on a Costco shopping spree Thursday and called for Congress to extend middle-class tax cuts as part of a deal to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff." Biden, who flashed a store membership card as he entered the city's first Costco on its opening day, said consumer confidence was growing as demonstrated by the huge crowd at the gleaming new store in northeast side of Washington. "The last thing we need to do is dash that" confidence by imposing a tax increase of about $2,200 for a typical middle-class family, Biden said. Bush-era tax cuts are scheduled to expire Jan. 1, the same time as across-the-board spending cuts are scheduled to take effect. Some fear the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts could spike unemployment and bring on a new recession. Biden and President Barack Obama have pressed Congress to extend middle-class tax cuts while raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. However, congressional Republicans have pushed to extend cuts for all taxpayers. Biden said Congress should act on the middle-class cuts before Christmas to spur consumer confidence and later negotiate tax cuts for families earning more than $250,000 a year. "We have a lot we have to settle, but there's one thing we should all agree on and that's the middle-class tax cut should be made permanent. I think it's important Congress acts now, I mean right now," Biden said at an impromptu news conference at the store, where he was surrounded by shoppers and employees eager to shake hands she worked, police said. Melanie Acree, a home health aide, was charged with theft under $1,500 when the victim is 62 or older and criminal mischief ' f L:f Melanie Acree Death penalty case still stirring under $1,500, said Harrington police. Officers were called to the house in the 200 block of Benjamin St. by the . 95-year-old victim who told officers that money was missing from her safe, which had been forced open. Officers determined that Acree allegedly committed the theft and damaged the safe. She surrendered to police Wednesday and was released on $750 unsecured bail. Police said the money had not been recovered. SUSSEX COUNTY ARMED INTRUDERS: Two men wearing masks and armed with guns forced their way into a Laurel home late Wednesday, ransacked the house and fled in a victim's car. The home-Invasion robbery occurred about 9:45 p.m. in the 15000 block of Arvey Road, state police said. No one was injured. . If anyone has any information regarding the incident or suspects, they are asked to call detectives at Troop 4 at 856-5850, ext. 255 slaying of liquor store clerk Phillip Seifert. The ruling by Parkins essentially affirms his decision in January 2012 to overturn Wright's conviction and Court sent the matter back to Parkins for additional investigation. However, after hearing from Wright's original trial attorney and others, Parkins ruled that the defense was not informed of this evidence, which they could have used during the trial to argue Wright's innocence. It is not clear if the Delaware Supreme Court will now rule on the appeal or ask for additional briefs or argument from attorneys. Contact Sean O'Sullivan at 324-2777 or sosullivan9delawareonline.com Jermaine Wright By Sean O'Sullivan The News Journal The state's effort to reinstate the death penalty against a man whose conviction was overturned 11 months ago is headed back to the Delaware Supreme Court. Superior Court Judge John A. Parkins Jr. ruled Wednesday in a 15-page opinion that police and prosecutors did not provide critical information to attorneys who represented Jermaine Wright 20 years ago, as they were required to do. Wright was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1991 death sentence. Prosecutors appealed that decision, saying that Wright's attorneys were aware of the evidence - relating to a similar robbery at a different liquor store on the night of the homicide -and tie Delaware Supreme

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