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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 Route 1 Weekly Accident [ 00date Potts will fill Acres seat Henlopen Acres resident Mil- dred Webster Potts has agreed to fill a commissioners seat vacated by the late James Knotts. Mayor Thomas Lewis will formerly ap- point Potts to the position at the next town meeting. Potts, who served as mayor of Henlopen Acres from 1976 to 1977, has been active with the town's government and served as its assistant treasurer. Town Man- ager Jennifer Burton Said Potts al- so played a key role in the transi- tion from the town clerk system to the current town manager system. "She's one of those people who speaks up from out of the blue and says, 'can I help?'" said Burton. "She's just great." Burton said Potts readily ac- cepted the position, and said she was "honored and very pleased." The term is in effect until August. Police seeking victims of fraudulent checks Delaware State Police detec- tives from Troop 4 are asking area business to assist them with their check fraud case against Tiffany S. Epps, 19, of Philadelphia, who was arrested on Monday, Jan. 12, in connection with a check fraud seam. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, detectives began investigating Epps in September. Epps allegedly stole blank checks, issued by CoreStates, from Debra Smalls, also of Philadelphia. "She was cashing them and forging the victim's name on these checks," said Lewis. "Ms. Epps had an identifi- cation card made up with Debra Smalls' name on the identification card." Epps allegedly cashed checks for more than $10,000 at Lowe's in Lewes, said Lewis. Detectives worked with the Lowe's employ- ees and advised them about a check-cashing policy. On Sun- day, Jan. 11, Epps attempted to use the checks to make more pur- chases at Lowe's, but clerks re- fused to cash the checks and im- mediately notified Troop 7. "She was unable to cash a check, she became suspicious and left the building," said Lewis. Police arrested her in the park- ing lot, citing her with 38 criminal charges, including forgery, pos- session of forgery devices, theft by false pretenses and conspiracy. Epps was committed to the De- partment of Correction in default of $34,000 secured bond. "Detectives believe there are numerous other checks that have been passed throughout the coun- ty," said Lewis. Detectives are particularly concerned that Epps may have cashed checks in the Rehoboth Outlets; they are asking anyone who may have cashed any of the checks to contact Det. Scott Garland, 856-5850. Trooper injured during arrest A Delaware State Police officer from Troop 7 was injured Tues- day, Jan. 13, after struggling with a suspect while apprehending him. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, the inci- dent began at approximately 8:30 p.m., on Sussex 297, east of Mills- boro. "Delaware State Police at- tempted to stop a 1989 Jaguar, op- erated by Reginald K. Redfearn. He failed to stop on the command of a police officer and fled in his vehicle." The trooper pursued Redfearn for approximately 1.9 miles, but Lewis said it was a low- speed pursuit. Redfearn allegedly drove onto Sussex 312 and parked in a private driveway, then fled from the scene on foot. Lewis said the trooper continued to pur- sue Redfearn, and shortly after the foot chase began, the officer ap- prehended Redfearn. "A struggle ensued between the officer and the defendant," said Lewis. "The trooper had to use Capstun, a pepper spray, to sub- due Mr. Redfearn." The trooper sustained minor scrapes and abra- sions to his neck during the scuf- fle. Redfearn was cited for failure to stop on the command of a po- lice officer, driving under the in- fluence of alcohol, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and numer- ous traffic violations, including driving with a revoked license. Following his arraignment in Court 3, he was committed to Sus- sex Correctional Institution in de- fault of $5,800 bail. Delaxare Stale Police Drixing Under tile Influence Re )oft Six area businesses victimized in crime spree Delaware State Police officers at Troop 7 are investigating a rash of criminal mischief incidents that occurred at six Cape Region busi- nesses the weekend beginning Fri- day, Jan. 9, after the businesses closed. Four of the victims dis- covered vandalism at their busi- nesses on Saturday morning; one discovered damage Sunday evening; and another discovered vandalism early Monday. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, a delivery truck at Webster's Furni- ture warehouse was damaged by two BB gunshots through the windshield. Six vehicles were vandalized at Boulevard Ford: windows on four vehicles were broken; hoods Were popped on two vehicles, and their oil caps were missing The Company Store sustained damaged from the cement block thrown through it,s double-plated-glass front door. Broken glass was the crime olf choice at other busifiesses, too. The left-entry door at the rear en- trance of Rehoboth Mall was shat- tered. The sliding-glass front door at Garage Sale Antiques on Route 1 was broken, and the glass was shattered on the phone booth in front of Bell Atlantic, at Short's Marine in Long Neck. Lewis said Troop 7 is asking anyone who may have information about the crimes to report it to 856-5480. Cape board approves $10,006,560 budget The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict, during its Thursday, Jan. 8, meeting, unanimously voted to approve the FY 98, $10,006,560 budget The largest income areas of the budget continue to be from local tax assessments and state ap- propriations. Local funds will generate $531,241,681 from the $1.325 tax rate; state appropria- tions will put $2,289,473 into dis- trict coffers. Salaries and benefits continue to be the largest district expenses. Salary and benefit costs are as follows: administrative, $240,475; personnel and informa- tion services, $89,400; operations, $451,068; and instructional, $6,234,129. The carryover amount brought forward is $173,035 and will be spent on completing the 1997 technology and curriculum buys. According to Andy Branden- berger, director of business opera- tions, this year's unencumbered balance dropped significantly be- cause the board approved hiring nearly five teachers from local funds. Last year's contingency fund was approximately $200,000, he said, and this year it is projected at $38,000. Brandenberger said that the dis- trict may expect tax assessments to increase at an annual rate of about 3 percent. "We believe that will continue," he said, noting the population growth in the county is expected to remain steady for the next several years. The school population growth, he said, is ris- ing at a more moderate rate, be- cause much of the growth in the county is in the 50-and-older age range. However, said Branden- berger, five of the district's seven buildings "are at or exceed capac- ity." The board has recently dis- cussed the potential need for pass- ing a referendum, within the next two to three years, to increase rev- enue for some program upgrades and capital improvements. Sussex Tech receives honors for achievements U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Patricia W. McNeil will formally commend Sussex Technical High School for its students' high achievement levels, when she visits the school on Wednesday, Jan. 21. The school is one of the 10 schools, nationwide, that the Department of Education and the National Center for Research in Vocational Education is honoring. During the past several years, Sussex Tech was restructured to integrate acad- emic and technical education. The school eliminated remedial courses, general-track courses and study halls. Programs of study in- clude advanced mathematics and science courses within each voca- tional, or occupational, area. For more information about the school or McNeil's visit, call 856-0961. 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During the board meeting, the board will also discuss its policy for naming school facilities, and it will review its attendance policy. The meet- ing will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Milton Middle School. Castle cans for coastal oversight committee Cong'essman Michael Castle has urged House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bud Shuster (R-Pa.) and Subcommittee on Water Re- sources and Environment Chair- man Sherwood Boeldert (R-N.Y.) to schedule oversight hearings t.s year to ensure that the Army Corps of Engineers implements federal funding for beach erosion control programs before the 1998 Water Resources and Develop- ment Act is considered. "As members representing coastal districts, we find ourselves embroiled in continuing and frus- trating battles with the corps from a policy standpoint as well as on specific projects," Castle said. "In many cases, corps district offices are interpreting administration policy on shore protection pro- jects in an inconsistent manner." Castle helped to obtain approxi- mately $300,000 in federal fund- ing for the Rehoboth/Dewey Beach shore protection project contained in the VY 1998 Energy and Water Appropriation Bill. Milton Hill files for sheriff's race Milton Hill of Laurel has filed to run for the office of Sussex County Sheriff. The Democrat is the first candidate to file for the row office. Current sheriff Charles "Polk" Spicer Jr., a Re- publican, has announced that he will not seek re-election. The well-respected Spicer has served one term as sheriff and two previ- ous terms as clerk of the peace. Hill, 63, is married and a father of two sons. "I just felt like the time was right," said Hill, who un- successfully ran for the of- rice of sheriff in 1986. Hill filed for the office on Jan. 5. He is cur- rently the chief deputy in the sheriff's office. "I've HILL had the expe- rience," he said. "I know the of- rice from A to Z." He said his ex- perience and background are a plus that give him an advantage over other candidates. Nature Conservancy adds to protected area Sussex County native Pete Okie recently donated a conservation easement on his family farm on the Indian River to the Nature Conservancy. Okie's donation of this 154-acre easement increases the number of acres protected by the Conservancy along Indian River to more than 560. This easement eliminates the possibility of any future commer- cial or residential development in an area that is undergoing rapid change from traditional use. Bull's Eye Farm is located along the Indian River between Ballast Point and Warwick Gut, on Sus- sex 24, approximately three miles east of Millsboro. The conserva- tion easement on Okie's farm is the latest parcel to be protected by the Conservancy along the Indian River. Okie, like many landown- ers, was concerned about the rapidly developing natural areas of Sussex County. In April 1997, the Conservancy purchased 248 acres from A.J. Stevens III and an additional 159 acres in June 1997 from owners living out of state. Conservation easements are re- strictions that landowners volun- tarily place on their property that legally bind the actions of the pre- sent and future owners of the property. Property owners retain all rights of ownership when they agree to a conservation easement, except those that they specifically relinquish or that are restricted by the easement.