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A home invasion in Laurel results in an arrest.

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Troops were sent to the 30000 block of Discount Land Road because of an active house invasion. Officers arrived and discovered the male suspect inside the house’s front entrance. The gentleman, known as Tradon Mccants, left the house after receiving many orders and was then arrested. When Tradon was being arrested, a search of his person was done, and it turned up a hidden folding knife and drug paraphernalia. According to the inquiry, two female inhabitants were found to be inside the house when a knock on the front door was heard. When they went to check who was there, they saw a man outside clutching a blanket and wearing a sweatshirt. He was eventually identified as Tradon Mccants. Tradon then plowed through the wooden front door, breaking the glass, which soon opened and struck one of the women. The two inhabitants sprinted to a window, where they escaped by climbing out. After calling 9-1-1 and hiding outdoors, they awaited the police’s arrival. Property in one of the bedrooms was harmed while Tradon was inside the house. The event did not result in any injuries to the female occupants. Tradon had very minor wounds that didn’t need medical treatment. He was taken to Delaware State Police Troop 5, where he was accused of the following offenses:

Possession of a Dangerous Weapon While Committing a Crime (Felony)

Theft in the First Degree (Felony)

Possessing a Covert Deadly Weapon (Felony)

Over $1,000 in Felony Damage

Possession of Marijuana Accessories

Embarrassing Touching

Tradon was sent to the Sussex Correctional Institution on a secured bail of $62,200.00 after being charged in the Justice of the Peace Court.

Dover Man Charged with Murdering His Mother 

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Kyle Leonard, 35, of Dover, was detained by the Delaware State Police on suspicion of murder on Friday night.

In response to allegations of a gunshot, police were sent to a home in the 200 block of Harriet Street in Dover. Kyle Leonard informed 9-1-1 that his mother had been shot and murdered inside the house. When the troopers arrived, they made contact with Leonard in the front yard of the house, and he was swiftly brought into jail. The 67-year-old female victim was discovered inside, dead from what seemed to be a gunshot wound. At the site, the firearm was also discovered and retrieved.

After being taken to Delaware State Police Troop 3, Leonard was charged with murder in the first degree (a felony) and having a firearm while committing a felony (Felony). He was charged in Justice of the Peace Court #7 and was sent to Sussex Correctional Institution after posting a $200,000 cash bail.

This holiday season, Project Sparkle On Inc. shines bright.

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In an attempt to motivate their neighborhood, the children of Project Shine On, Inc. have been working hard to add a little more sparkle to our town this holiday season. No assignment has been too difficult for this tiny group of local kids, from adopting 500 seniors in care to delivering handmade cards to our soldiers abroad to the numerous volunteer hours.

Be a Santa to a Senior is their “Sparkle of Hope” campaign. A number of nursing homes were adopted by Christmas Drive and received stockings filled with gifts on Christmas Day. The students had the opportunity to adopt the Delmar Nursing Home, the Anchorage in Salisbury, Maryland, the Milford Senior Center, and the Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehabilitation in Millsboro.

Also successful was their third annual Dear Soldier Crusade! Individuals from the ages of 3 to 99 have gathered 1,650 handmade Christmas cards/letters that will be mailed to our warriors serving away from home over the holidays. Numerous schools, including the Gull Creek Senior Living Community, the Laurel Elementary School, Lake Forest South Elementary, Delmar Elementary, the Delmar National Junior Honor Society, and Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, contributed letters. Project Sparkle On, Inc. has distributed more than 4,500 cards to troops thus far.

Additionally, donations of canned food for our neighborhood Good Samaritan as well as a variety of other things were made to The Shepherd’s Office in Georgetown to aid the homeless. The Project Sparkle On students found time to serve on several occasions, in addition to the numerous drives this past month. They were seen ringing bells for the Salvation Army while singing and dancing; running games and Dear Soldier booths at the Frosty Street Winterfest and Tree Lighting Ceremony of the Laurel Leo Club; hosting bake sales to raise money for their senior drive; face painting at Sweet Frog’s Grand Re-Opening in Salisbury; and spending countless hours counting and sorting supplies. How they found the time to construct a successful float for the Laurel Christmas Parade in 2021 is still a mystery to us.

The children of Project Sparkle On greatly appreciate your unending love and support from their community. They want to keep motivating young people to become active and make a difference in their communities.

A community outreach initiative for children is called Project Sparkle On, Inc. Through generosity and volunteer work, they seek to encourage the young. Layla Gainer created it in 2018. On Facebook, follow them.

Shore Regional switches to online education in the midst of Pandemic COVID-19 

The COVID-19 epidemic has significantly changed how education is seen globally. Most schools have taken the unprecedented step of closing indefinitely due to the virus danger; Shore Regional is one of these institutions. The abrupt increase in positive instances left little time or advance warning for Shore Regional to make the switch to online education. From an administrative standpoint, I had the opportunity to query Mr. DalliCardillo, our principal, on virtual education.

The Beacon: How much time were the instructors given to be ready for this change we have to make?

Mr. DalliCardillo: “I don’t believe there is ever enough time to fully prepare for an extraordinary transition like this, just like any other school in our state. Because of our 1:1 Chromebook initiative and the utilization of Google Classroom by instructors, I do believe that Shore teachers and students have been quite well prepared for this online learning environment. As part of our summer enrichment program, several students and instructors have also employed “remote learning.”

The Beacon: What comments have instructors and students made on their opinions of our online instruction?

Mr. DalliCardillo said, “I entirely understand the rise in intensity and tension that has been exhibited from the very beginning of a comprehensive online learning platform.” They have voiced this similar sentiment to me in several sessions with our student advisory committee and in daily discussions with professors. To solve this issue and make this experience sustainable for a long time, a recent update to reduce the daily timetable was created. I’ve emphasized my conviction that this (the online learning experience) is a marathon, not a sprint, and therefore it must be sustainable for all participants.

The Beacon: What, in your opinion, should educators and students remember most when confined to their homes during a quarantine?

Mr. DalliCardillo said, “I believe it is crucial that we keep in mind that everything is fleeting and will ultimately vanish.” Everyone is in an unusual circumstance, and it is difficult to comprehend all that is happening. It’s crucial that we value the time we get to spend with our family at home since our lives are so hectic most of the time. The relationships within the school community and the convenience of physically being there every day are both reinforced by this experience.

In keeping with Mr. D.’s remarks, Shore Regional is a very tight-knit community, and it is clear that our professors and administration are doing all in their power to assist the students in becoming used to the rapidly evolving environment of online learning.

What “The Breakfast Club” cancellation means for Shore Players

What "The Breakfast Club" cancellation means for Shore Players

The staged reading of The Breakfast Club by Shore Players had to be postponed when Governor Murphy issued the Executive Order earlier this month since COVID-19 only permitted 10 individuals inside meetings. The actors and actresses in the production, who have been working hard both digitally and physically, are devastated by the delay. The performance was slated to take place from December 3 to December 6. When they learned that the performance had been rescheduled, the Shore Players were just starting “tech week,” which is the week when costumes and lighting are added to the show’s run-through.

Jolie Harkavy, a student who portrays Allison Reynolds in the play, declares, “I’m extremely unhappy.” I’ve never had a speaking part like this before, but I enjoy performing and I love theater. We may be able to take action in the spring if circumstances improve.

Senior Michael Yacullo, who portrays John Bender, finds optimism. “I think it would be preferable to wait till spring.” But I wish we had done it sooner. Hopefully, we will resume practicing after the winter is through and the COVID-19 spike in New Jersey has subsided.

Fortunately, Todd Aikens, the production’s director, reassures the cast. In contrast to “Beauty and the Beast,” it is only a delay. I chose a staged reading because I was certain that we could do it again at any time, anyplace. “The Breakfast Club will be returning whenever constraints loosen up,” he says, hoping to see some relief. If not, we’ll most surely do a reading outside. Additionally, we want to increase participation from our first reading. Aikens is upbeat when asked whether there is any other possibility for the later spring. I’m still holding out hope for some type of spring exhibition. I don’t want to say too much and raise everyone’s expectations, but Shore Players will always have something going on as long as there are sports. We must, nevertheless, engage in a waiting game.

The Breakfast Club will thus be delayed for the time being, although a future return is very possible. Updates to come in the future!

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