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  • The final days of Laura and Walton

    Laura Connell believed she was going to lose custody of her only child, Walton, despite years of abuse at the hands of her child’s father. After coming to Delaware to escape the abuse and appealing to the Delaware courts, it appeared she was still going to have to turn over her son to his father. She never did – instead killing first him and then herself on the morning of her family court hearing. Hundreds of pages of court documents, medical records and other records provided both by Laura herself and the courts detail the abuse and claims Laura said never reached a judge or were taken seriously. The story explains why mothers kill their children and what can drive parents to commit murder- suicide in a world in which we often lack those answers.
  • Volunteer Fire Companies: Short of standards, long on cash

    An investigation into Delaware's 60 volunteer fire companies. The News Journal found that fire companies fell short of national response-time standards in one out of every six structure fires statewide between 2003-06.
  • Data Center Dud

    This report uncovered the story behind a $1 billion data-center proposal at Rowan University in New Jersey that officials rejected before the public learned of it. The Rowan project failed in 2011, and the reasons why later became relevant in Delaware, where the state's largest university was weighing a nearly identical plan from the same developers -- complete with a 279-megawatt, gas-fired power plant, and backed by top Delaware politicians and $7.5 million in public funds.
  • The Scajaquada is a crippled creek

    The story got started in 2013 when reporter Dan Telvock noticed raw sewage in a section of the creek that passes through Buffalo’s prized Delaware Park and a strong urine smell in a section of the creek that runs through Buffalo’s largest cemetery. In May 2013, the state enacted the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act, which for the first time provided a public database of most sewage overflows by locality. This data shows that the most sewer overflows happen in Scajaquada Creek and the biggest offender is Cheektowaga’s sewer system. From there, Telvock used the state Freedom of Information Law to obtain hundreds of documents that detailed Cheektowaga’s sewer overflows, to include volumes and locations.
  • What Happened to Edie?

    Edwina King's death was ruled a suicide by the very law enforcement agents she was investigating, regarding allegations that women in the Delaware County Jail were being raped and sexually abused. Edwina went missing the very day she was supposed to meet a Tulsa attorney to discuss a possible civil rights lawsuit on behalf of female inmates. Two weeks later, her body was found hanged in a horse tack barn on her own property, not more than 200 miles from her trailer home.
  • Trouble at Delaware Psychiatric Center

    If the nurse at the Delaware Psychiatric Center (DPC) report the patient abuse or neglect of the lesser-trained attendant staff, their cars would be vandalized and they would suffer other forms of retaliation. One patient had his jaw broken in three places due to an attendant assault, several females reported they’d been raped in DPC, and questions of the criminal backgrounds of doctors were raised.
  • Slain Pagan Targeted in Drug Probe; State Police Lose Track of Sex Offenders; Trapped in Despair; White Supremacy in the Internet Age; Delaware's Deadly Prisons; Wilmington's Deadly Streets; Deadly Force; Resisting Arrest

    These eight investigations show Williams' commitment to crime reporting. They run the gamut from exploring the neo-Nazi presence on the internet to monitoring how effectively the police track sex offenders.
  • Delaware's Deadly Prisons

    This four day series examined the health care for more than 6,000 inmates at Delaware's prisons. Documents and interviews showed that inmates did not receive routine or emergency care from state-contracted medical providers for ailments from cancer to AIDS. In several cases inmates died. The state did not oversee the contractors, and employees of the contractors said they were told that cost is more important than care.
  • Target For Terror

    NBC 10 reporters demonstrate just how easy it would be for anyone, even potential terrorists, to gain access to Valero refinery, just down the Delaware riverfront. The refinery was just one facility that the crew managed to gain access to other refineries with even weaker security.
  • Deception at the Delaware river Joint Toll Bridge Commission

    Reporters from The Morning Call look at how government officials benefitted from raising the toll hike for bridges connecting New Jersey to Pennsylvania. The heavy increase in toll for these bridges was on the pretext of having developing a fund for rebuilding the bridges in case of any terrorist attacks. But as these reporters found out the government officials were actually playing on people's fear, increasing toll rates and using the money for economic development projects that would increase their power.