DNA Evidence hearing. State Rep. Tina Fallon speaks during the hearing on July 3 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Among the people who were called to testify were Delaware State Police detective Laurence Corrigan of the Major Crimes Unit; Georgetown police chief William Topping; Debbie Holbrook, Nanticoke Hospital Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiner program coordinator; and Shelly O’Connell, rape counselling and services program director in Kent and Sussex counties. Story on page 15. Biden, who is the chairman of the Judicial Committee’s subcommittee on crime and drugs, held the hearing to collect testimony on how DNA evidence can be used as a crime-fighting tool, specifically in rape cases.

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Steaming along the river - He didn’t know what he would do with it. But when Clem Legates saw the 5-horsepower steam engine, he knew he had to have it. Page 2

Seafood Fest - August 3 will mark the first “Heart of the City Seafood Fest and Block Party” sponsored by Seaford Main Street. Page 4

Sheriff to run again - Sussex County Sheriff Robert Reed announced on July 2 that he is seeking re-election in November. Page 5

Bridgeville development - Another developer has his sights on Bridgeville. Page 10

Smile, Greenwood - Cameras may be placed in a town park to cut down on vandalism. page 10

Independence Day winners - The seeds were flying and patriotic colors were everywhere. Prizes for the best and the best looking were given out. Winners on pages 9 and 29

Pain relief - Pain was once considered a necessary part of the medical process. It was not always treated. Page 14

DNA evidence heading - Sen. Joe Biden held a field hearing on July 3 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital to collect testimony on how DNA evidence can be used as a crime-fighting tool, specifically in rape cases. Page 15

Driver finds help - A stricken driver from Arkansas found help from “Christian people...the real thing.” Page 17

Youth dies after hit - Delaware State Police and the Blades Police Department investigated the death of a 14-year-old Blades youth Monday. The youth died after being hit in the stomach. Page 20

Murder suspects held - Three persons allegedly involved in the murders of John E. Charbonneau Sr., 62, of Bridgeville and William H. Sproates 3rd, 46, of Magnolia, are being held without bail. Page 20

Fatal accident - Rosetta B. Causey, 69, of Delmar, was killed in a traffic accident near Laurel on Monday morning. Page 37