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Lewes Continued from page 1 lators seeking $430,000 in state bond money to build the long-dis- cussed addition to city hall to give the police department more room. In a telephone interview Thurs- day, Feb. 2, Barber Attorney Vin- cent Vickers said be expects there will be a jury trial within the next twelve months on Barber's "wrongful termination" as chief of police by the City of Lewes. "I made a promise to the man that we would follow through on this and he (Barber) made a promise that he would  this through. I hope that some day there willbe area- sonable determination of what happened in this matter and why." The letter from Vickers arrived Violence Continued from page 8 "It's a misdemeanor. We don't notify the schools of possession. We only notify the schools of felony charges." Waltber said that when the poli- cy was initiated, top administra- tors from throughout the state ad- vised him of their needs. "Basical- ly, we left it up to the schools, and this is what they indicated they wanted," Walther said. Since then, the attorney general's office as- signed a p aralegal to each county who notifies schools whenever police arrest a student of a felo- nious crime. According to the policy, the fol- lowing violations are reported to schools, even if the student com- mits the offense outside of school: violent felonies, first and second degree felonious assault, first de- gree reckless endangering, homi- cide, and vehicular homicide. Al- so, offenses such as burglaries, stalking, sexual offenses, viola- tions against children, firearms vi- olations and felony drug offenses are also reportable. Skeen said that in many cases where a student is arrested for se- rious charges outside of school, the district considers the circum- stances as they relate to the school environment. If it seems that other students could be endangered, the district will expelthe student. Harpe, who was sentenced to Ferris School for Boys on Mon- day, Jan. 30, pleaded guilty to felonious assault, conspiracy and disorderly conduct charges as a result of his role in the Dec. 8 as- sault against another student at Cape High. The victim suffered serious injuries to his face that lat- er required surgery. Harpe was on probation from the summer arrest at the time of the assault against the Cape student. "We didn't know about the pre- vious charges until he was charged this time," said Skeen. "If we would have know that, he would not have been in school. "We're going to talk to [Attor- ney General] Jane Brady about it. We need her help, and I have no doubt that she will help." at city hall in Lewes almost one year to the day from when Barber was notified he was being re- moved from the chief's position and demoted to a lesser position. Barber refused to take the lesser position and was eventually dis- missed from Lewes employment altogether. He and his attorney have con- tended all along that he was wrongfully removed from his po- sition and that he never received a fair hearing on the matter. The case was to have gone to a hearing before Lewes Mayor and Council but Barber Attorney Vickers CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, February 3 - February 9, 1996. II asked for that hearing to be can- celed because he didn't feel it fair for the Mayor and Council to be the prosecuting body as well as the judging body. The case pointed up weaknesses in the procedure for police chief grievance cases that have yet to be addressed. Vickers had considered taking the case to a federal district court but said Thursday he now leans toward a Sussex trial. "It's a local problem and it should be heard in a local court," said Vickers. He was required by law to write to Lewes prior to the passage of a full year if be wanted to keep his options open in pursuing the case. He said he believes it will have to be heard in the next year or his time limit in this matter will be used up. Mayor George Smith said the letter from Vickers indicates that Barber wants some sort of justice and compensation out of the situa- tion but makes no specific re- quests. "We're still waiting to see what kind of action, if any, is filed," said Smith. Meanwhile, Lewes City Manag- er Elaine Bisbee has written let- ters to Sen. Bob Voshell and Rep. John Sehroeder, as well as Sena- tors Robert Venables and Nancy Cook, who sit on the bond bill committee, regarding the new po- lice station. "The city has asked those elected officials to include $430,000 in the state bond bill," said Bisbee. She said the $430,000 would fund modifications to city hall to accommodate larger police quar. ters and would fund a larger heat- ing system for the city complex as well as site preparation for the project and parking lot improve- ments. 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