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2 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 3 - January 9, 1997 Police i: victimized woman Delaware State Police Spokesman Cpl. Preston Lewis has issued a warning that people pay close attention if they are pulled over by police. On Monday, Dec. 30, a woman was pulled over near the I-d- scrabble intersection at Rt. 9 an Rt. 20 by a black man wearing' dark clothing and driving a dark Chevrolet Caprice with "State Po- lice" written in white letters on its sides. The man apparently had rigged the vehicle with amber colored flashing lights, which he used to signal her to stop her car. Lewis said the vctim drove her car into a small busisness area, and the per- petrator pulled his vehicle behind her. The victim said the man was wearing a badge and told her she was speeding. Then he demanded she show her drivers license. When she reached for the license from her purse, the man whom the victim described as 5 feet 10 inch- es tall and approximately 210 pounds grabbed her breast and tried to kiss her. "Our troopers are always in uni- form when they make a traffic stop," said Lewis. They als0 drive drive fully marked cars. All troopers carry photo identification which they will produce upon re- quest. Should a trooper who is not in uniform and driving an un- marked car need to make a stop, he said, the officer will call a marked unit for backup. Lewis said the state police par- ticularly encourage women to take safety precautions if they feel un- sure or doubtful. He recommend- ed people lower their windows only ati inch or so, noting there is no need to roll down a window completely. "If you want to drive to a safer place, we understand," said Lewis. "You're not going to be punished if you drive at a normal speed to a well lighted area like a parking lot or shopping center." Lewis said the only time driving to another location would be inter- preted as resisting arrest is when a driver picks up speed and appears to be fleeing. Lewis said that al- though he has heard on rare occa- sions of other similar incidents of state police impersonation, this is the first case of which he is aware in Sussex County. The article on replenish- ment in the DeG edition said state officialsare very skeptical that sand cgUld be pumped from the Indian/River Inlet sand bypass system g0 replenish Dewey Beach or Reh0both Beach. But the article did riot mention that state officials Srd the distance of those beaches m the inlet system is one rea- son for their skepticism. Milton woman killed in pe'destfian accident Crystal Carter, 22, of Milton, was killed Saturday, Dec. 28 when she was struck by a vehicle in the Coverdale Crossroads vicinity. According to Cpl. David Thomas, Delaware State Police spokesman, between approxi- mately 12:30 and 12:45 a.m., Lisa Vincent, 17, of Greenwood, was driving a Pontiac 6000 in the northbound lane on County Road 525 when she "struck the pedestri- an and knocked the pedestrian in- to a ditch," said Thomas. Vincent, he said, went home and told her mother that she had an accident and believed she may have struck a deer. Carter's body, clad in dak clothing, was found at 7:45 a.m.,and at about 10 a.m., Vincent's mother contacted state police and reported that her daughter had bee involved in an accident and may have hit a deer Police are investigating the acci- dent and no charges have been filed. Preliminary result of the investigation indicate that alcohol, relative to the victim, may have been a factor. Pedestrian killed on Route I near Midway The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investigation and Re- construction team is investigating an accident that claimed the life of a 19-year-old man on Thursday, Dec. 26. According to Cpl. David Thomas, Delaware State Police spokesman, Thomas Lanna of Denton, Md, ran from the Midway Shopping Center onto Route 1 fol- lowing an argument with another person. Lanna ran directly into the path of a Pontiac Sunbird, dri- ven by Adam West, 17 of Lewes. Sussex County Paramedics trans- ported Lanna to Beebe Medical Center. "He was pronounced dead at the hospital from hgad trauma," said Thoffls. Lannawas the 121st person to 9tie on Delaware highways in 996 - e same number as last/year at the same time. No charges have been filed against West. arres/ted, for havmg sex wah teen Det. 0regory Donophan of the Camden-Wyoming Police Depart- meM arrested Jerry Crouse, 36, of !J_,_ Box51: Rehoboth Beach, On New Year's Eve following a Delaware State Police investiga- tion of allegations that Crouse had sexual intercourse with a 15-year- old Camden girl. Crouse was ar- raigned at Court 7 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institu- tion for lack of $5,000 secured bond. He will appear in the Court of Common Pleas. Audit reports on Rehoboth agenda The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hear an audit report at the Friday, Jan. 10 regu- lar monthly meeting. Other than that the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting is fairly slim. However, City Manager Greg Ferrese said he is prepared to re- port that they continue to make progress on the Baltimore Avenue storm sewer project, with a base coat applied to me street this week and afinal coat expected in March or early April. In other news, they plan to open bids Jan. 8 on the project to replace the Delaware Avenue comfort stations and open bids Jan. 16 on the King Charles storm sewer project. The work to add a conference room and refur- bish the lobby at Convention Cen- ter is also coming along and is ex- pected to be completed by mid- February. Sussex YMCA sets open house Jan. 4 Each Jan. 1 people begin the year with sincere resolutions for self-improvement and the Sussex Family YMCA wants to help the community realize these resolu- tions. So, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, there will be an open house at the Rehoboth Beach facility with the theme "Elect a Healthy Lifestyle". On this fami- ly-orientd day, children must be accompanied by a parent. All ac- tivities are free. These activities include workouts in the fitness cetter and weight training arena; cholesterol, blood pressure and fitness testing; body fat anaIysis; hearingand vision checks,  nutri- tionist coultation a M aerobic demonstratis; voUeyball pick up games; coalgry/line dancing; healthy snacks; Iabysitting; face painting and ar aid crafts; fami- ly recreational swims; a kids poster con/test; football viewing,; autorgraphs from Miss Delaware; and drKvings .for door prizes Sp/teial rates on new memler- sh/ils wiil be available ,.t d: F/or more information call 227 8018. Lewes police make two DUI arrests PFC Bruce Ritter reported that two arrests were made for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) on Jan. 1. Trevor L. Gouert, age 29, of Lewes, was observed speeding on Savannah Road after midnight. Upon investigation, Gouert failed a sobriety field test, according to Ritter, and was taken to Troop 7, where it was learned he had no in- surance and did not have a license in his possession. He tested .17 for blood alcohol content. He was arraigned at J.P. Court 2. Ronald D. Culver, age 49, of Houston, was stopped on New Road because his tail light was out at 2:30 a.m. According to Ritter, Culver failed a sobriety test and was taken to Troop 7 where he tested .11 blood alcohol content. He was also arraigned at J.P. Court 2. Seaport driver robbed in Lewes Karl H. Deppen suffered minor lacerations to the mouth and re- fused treatment at Beebe Medical Center following a robbery while Dennis Forney photo Ball drops in Lewes once again This crowd of Lewts area revelers gather on Second Street in Lewes at the stroke of midnight and drop a ball to mark the arrival of 1997 before/fleeing quickly to avoid the local con- stabulary. Deppen was dring a Seaport Taxi vehicle at 2/.'30 a.m., Thurs- day, Jan. 2. According to Lewes's PFC Bruce Ritter, Deppen picked up a black male in the Beebe Medical Centey/parking lot who requested .to be/taken to the Jefferson Apart- me/nts on Kings Highway. As the guspect was paying the fare, Dep- pen took his money and began making change. The suspect struck Deppen on the right side of the face with a closed fist and grabbed the money bag, fleeing in an eastbound direction. The sus- pect, who has not been appre- bended, made off with an undis- closed amount of cash. Rehoboth Main Street board meets Jan. 8 The Rehoboth Beach Main Street Board of Directors meeting is slated for 5:15 p.m., Wednes- day, Jan. 8 in the commissioners room at Rehoboth City Hall. The agenda includes committee reports, status of efforts to revamp the City's sign ordinance and the lengthof terms for directors. Everyone is invited to attend. VIA to meet Jan. 8 in Rehoboth The Village Improvement As- sociation will holdqts monthly meeting at ! p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the Clubhouse at Greno- ble and the Boardwalk i Re- hoboth Beach. This month's theme is "Fun and Games" anffall members and their guests are in,, vited to attend. Also, craft day will resume on Jan. 14. Acres quarterly meeting, public hearing Jan. 10 The Town of Henlopen Acres will hold its quarterly meeting on Friday, Jan. 10, at 10 a:m. in the Henlopen Acres Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters. Agenda items for the quarterly meeting include discus- sions concerning the debris re- moval policy, a roller blade and skateboard ordinance, the adop- tion of a curb law, irrigation sys- tems versus sprinkler systems, and entrance cameras. The Acres will also hold a pub- lie hearing prior to the meeting. The hearing will be held in order for the town to hear comment on the resolution to amend the Build- ing Code of the Town of Hen- lopen Acres to provide for the Construction Board of Adjust- ment and Appeals. Currently the Acres' Board of Adjustment includes Mayor Thomas Lewis and Town Attor- ney Tempe Steen. The proposed amendment would change the committee to include no less than three members, but no more than five. The members would not in- elude no commissionerS, but be made up of other outside members who could include residents, said Henlopen Acres Town Manager Jennifer Burton. "It will basically allow residents to become more involved," she said. The public is invited to at- tend and present its views. The resolution is available at town hall for review Monday through Fri- day, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. DelDOT sets CIP meeting The Council on Transportation, the Dover Kent Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization are jointly sponsoring meetings to solicit public participation and review the MPO's transportation projects and DelDOT's proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Meetings will be held in each county and the public is encour- aged to attend to discuss future transportation proposals. The CIP i.she plan for future transporta- tion projects funded" by DelaW\\;.ar's Department of Trans- portatibt. The SUssex County meeting will be held at DelTech's George- town Campus\\;on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and is open to the public. The workshop sessionwill begin at 6 p.m. with an auditorium session set for 7 p.m. Coastal Zone Board meets Jan. 16 The Coastal Zone Act (CZA) Continued on page 3