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New twist: Porch pirates don Amazon vests to steal packages

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

There’s a new wrinkle in the Porch Pirate business. The New Castle County Division of Police says that residents are having packages delivered and shortly after the delivery is made, an individual, sometimes wearing an Amazon vest, quickly runs up to the package and steals it. It’s also a trend across the country, the police said. As always, police said, …

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DART changes affect dozens of routes, starting May 19

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

Dozens of of DART routes are being changed starting May 19, affecting prominent destinations like Delaware Park, Christiana Hospital, Christiana Mall, Amazon’s Middletown facility and the Rehoboth outlets. The following are recommended approved changes to be implemented. Modifications to original proposal are designated in italicized bold. IN THE NEWS: Amtrak to invest millions in controversial Wilmington site The new route …

Porch pirates steal from many people year-round, not just before Christmas. (Element5 photo from Unsplash)

Worried about porch pirates? Here’s what to do

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Security footage from a doorbell camera led New Castle County Police in November to charge a Newark man with stealing packages delivered to other people’s homes. The case involving suspect Michael McKamey, a 58-year-old from Newark, is sadly all too common and of special interest during the holiday gift-buying season. County police investigating thefts in Bellemoor and Maryland Park Apartments …

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Veterans home’s plea for food, supplies sparks welcome aid

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

A Facebook post asking for help with supplies for Home of the Brave in Milford has given the Veterans transitional residence some relief, but officials there hope for more to restock their cabinets and get them through the holidays and into 2024. The post on Delaware Free Stuff (Angels Among Us) asked for everyday housekeeping supplies, food items and side …

The upcoming home of Tri-State Liquors will still be on the Tri-State Mall site. (courtesy of Andrew Byer)

One store’s still standing at Tri-State Mall

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

The news coverage of what’s happening at the old Tri-State Mall (which closed in 2015, leaving a small strip shopping center still running) has largely ignored a store that’s thrived there since 1984. Tri-State Liquors is still in business, as several signs on chain link fencing along Naamans Road proclaim, and it’s planning to move soon across the parking lot to …

This map spells out the plan for the First State Crossing warehouse.

Warehouse announced on 28 acres in First State Crossing

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

A developer has sold 28 acres in First State Crossing, a multiuse Claymont site that once housed a steel plant, and the buyer will build a 358,000-square-feet warehouse there. First Industrial Realty Trust is planning a rear-load facility with 68 dock door positions, a 40-foot clear height and parking for 241 trailers and 289 cars. The land is on the …

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$12 million Bezos donation will fund 24 scholarships at Salesianum

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

Miguel Bezos, left, is donating $12 million to Salesianum School to start a scholarship fund names for the late Rev. James P. Bryne, right.   Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ parents are donating $12 million to Salesianum School, most of which will be used to fund  24 scholarships for underserved students, including money for things like notebooks, school trips and prom …