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4 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, March Continued from page 3 Rehoboth police arrest Maryland man Rehoboth Beach police arrested a Maryland man after discovering discrepan- cies in a story he told them about being hit by a car. Cpl. Kevin Jones said he was dis- patched to an Oak Avenue residence at about 7:30 a.m Feb. 24, because a stranger +had asked the residences to call a cab for him. Jones found Joseph Alessi, 51, of Ocean City, Md about a block from the home. When Jones interviewed Alessi, he told Jones he had been struck by a car, and the car fled. "He didn't have any injuries," said Jones. The officer collected information from Jones, then drove him to the 7-Eleven on Rehoboth Avenue and called a cab for him. Shortly before 10 a.m Jones was dis- patched to the intersection of Columbia Avenue and Surf Avenue. Passersby had flagged down another officer when they spotted a vehicle in a wooded area. Jones said police checked the New York tag number, and the Jeep Cherokee was reg- istered to someone with the same surname as Alessi. Police later learned the vehicle belongs to Joseph Alessi's mother. Jones returned to the 7-Eleven, where he learned Alessi had not taken the cab ride, so he and other officers searched the city. When they did not find Alessi, they con- tacted Ocean City Police Department, who helped locate Alessi. They took him into custody at 5 p.m. Rehoboth police had a warrant to arrest Alessi for filing a false police report, criminal mischief, reckless driving, driving without a license, failure to report an accident, speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign and leaving the scene of an accident. He was extradited to Delaware Wednesday, March 1, and released on $4,000 unsecured bond. 3 - Monday, Marcia 6, 2006 Lewes to meet Michael Berg. He will talk of the human cost of the Iraqi war, includ- ing the beheading of his son in Iraq. All are welcome to come hear Berg's story, even if they cannot attend the vigil. "This is not an endorsement of any can- didate, said vigil coordinator, Patricia Kirby Gibler. "We invite all candidates and lead- ers in political office to stand with us in this silent space. Our position is that silence is the beginning out of which we can all draw strength for other actions at other times. Perhaps these will be peaceful nonviolent alternatives to war and aggression. Nick Berg reminds us of those whose lives are in grave danger every day. Nothing should separate us from an awareness of their situ- ation. Let's be brave enough to hear Nick's story." For information, call 644-4041 or e- mail akgraces @ Milton posts agenda for March 6 meeting Milton Town Council will hold its regu- lar monthly meeting at 7:15 p.m Monday, March 6, in Milton Theatre. Under old business, Dogfish Head wil! give a report on a proposed new wastewater treatment facility; the council will review ordinances to raise water and sewer impact fees and create an annexation impact fee; Allen Atkins will give a presentation on radio read water meters; and Joe Fan'ell and Gene D vornick will give the town survey report. Under new business, there will be an appointment to the Town Charter Revisions Ad Hoc Committee and a consideration of a charter change resolution concerning a 90- day report from the Planning and Zoning Commission on annexation. Pete Covelesk| photo Bygone era goes up in smoke Firefighters from Lewes Volunteer Fire Department conducted a controlled burn Wednesday, March 1, on Lowder and Jane Mitchell's mid-1940s poultry house at their Zwaanendael Farm on Freeman Highway. The exercise lasted from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m and went without incident, said Assistant Fire Chief Wally Evans. The Mitchells said the house was built while Lowder was in mil- itary service during World War II. It was 20-by-150-feet and built with pine, which had been rough-cut at a local sawmill. Scott Block Co which was located at Chestnut Street in Lewes, made the foundation blocks. "We raised broiler chickens in there until about 1955 and then we had laying hens for our fresh egg market for another two or three years," Mitchell said. "After a high wind took off part of the house in the 1950s, we used the building for storing equipment." The building was located about 50 feet outside the city limits of Lewes, but Mitchell said he believes the building was the last poul- try house in the greater Lewes area. "We'll put that land into crops this year, if we can," Mitchell said. "If not this year, we'll have it ~lanted by next year." Cape hires Dave McDowell to coach football team The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education met Wednesday, March 1, and selected Dave McDowell to serve as the new head football coach for Cape Henlopen High School. McDowell will replace Sean Brennan, who had been the head coach the last three seasons. McDowell was the defensive coordinator last year for the Vikings and was formerly the defensive coordinator for the Delmar Wildcats. Previous to that, McDowell was head coach at Woodbridge and an assistant at Bishop Mcdevitt in the Philadephia Catholic League. McDowell is a behavior intervention spe- cialist employed by the Cape Henlopen School District. He becomes the 12th head football coach at Cape Henlopen in the school's 37-year history. Father of slain soldier to participate in vigil Participants in the Sunday, March 12, Silent Vigil in Lewes, will stand with Michael Berg, candidate for U.S. Congress and father of Nick Berg, a civilian killed in Iraq May 7, 2004. The Silent Vigil is held very Sunday, from 1-1:45 p.m in front of the Zwaanendael Museum at the corner of Savannah Road and Kings Highway. The purpose of the Silent Vigil is to remember the costs of war in human lives. Anyone is welcome to participate in silence. Following the vigil at 2 p.m all are invited to gather at Lynda and Charlie Dunhams' in Sussex County task force members honored during an awards ceremony Monday, Feb. 27, are (l-r) Pfc. Adam Hitchens, Bridgeville; Cpl. H. Burk Parker, Bridgeville; Sgt. Heath Hall, Dewey Beach; Lt. William Hocker, Dewey Beach; Pfc. Matt Mills, Seaford; Lt. Ricky Richardson, Laurel; Pfc. Anthony Andrews, Laurel; Pfc. Kirk Marino, Submitted photo Georgetown; Pfc. Adam Coleman, Laurel; Cpl. Lester Schaffer, Georgetown; Pfc. Vernon Garner, Selbyville; Chief Ken McLaughlin, Ocean View; Sgt. Tommy Lee, Seaford; Cpl. Derrick Harvey, Milton; Cpl. Kevin Jones, Rehoboth; Cpl. Brad Hudson, Milton; and OHS DUI Coordinator Lisa Moore. More than 300 law enforcement officers from 31 police agencies were recognized for their participation in the 2005 Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign with an awards ceremony at the Dover Sheraton Monday, Feb. 27. Checkpoint Strikeforce is a multistate campaign aimed at deterring impaired driving and arresting DUI offend- ers. The campaign ran from July 1 to Jan. 1. Each participating agency received a cer- tificate for its participation in the campaign, and each officer received a special Checkpoint Strikeforce pin for their uni- form. The leaders of the county DUI Task Forces were also recognized for outstanding leadership. The task force leaders are Chief Ken McLaughlin, Ocean View Police Department, Sussex County; Cpl. Todd Michelau, Felton Police Department, Kent County; and Chief Michael Capriglione, Newport Police Department, New Castle County. In addition, the following awards were presented to officer from the County DUI Task Forces for outstanding participation during the campaign: Perfect Attendance Award - Cpl. Jim Peiffer, Wilmington Police Department; Dedication Award - Patrolman Vernon Garner, Selbyvflle Police Department; Top Performer Awards in Kent and Sussex counties went to Pfc. Brent Guyer, Milford Police Department, Pfc. Keith Darling and Pfc.Marc Whitney, both of Camden Police Department; Sgt. Heath Hall, Ocean View Police Department, Sgt. Larry Harris, Dagsboro Police Department and Lt. Ricky Richardson, Laurel Police Department. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Delaware chapter was recognized for their support of the Checkpoint Strikeforce cam- paign. MADD representatives assisted at several DUI checkpoints over the last six months, and provided refreshments to the officers working them. The Office of Highway Safety presented MADD with a certificate for their dedication. university of Delaware Cooperative Extension Agent Cindy Genau was present- ed with a certificate for assisting the New Castle County DUI Task Force as an out- standing volunteer. During the 2004 Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign, officers attested 685 drivers for DUI.