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22 - CAPE GAZE'IrI'E, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 1997 I)elax00are State l'()lice Cape Region drug-crilnes statistics Rehoboth welcomes new police officers Rehoboth Beach welcomed four new full-time office is to its police department on Feb. 26. Eric G. Glasco, Scott O'Bier, Dallas J. Reynolds Jr. and Jeremy J. Schroeder received their official certification during a 7 p.m. grad- uation ceremony for members of the 50th Municipal Police Class held at Delaware State University. Following the ceremony, the new officers were sworn in at the Delaware State Police Academy. The oaths of office were adminis- tered by O'Bier's father, Judge John O'Bier, Justice of the Peace, Court No. 4. Glasco, 22, is a resident of Georgetown who worked as a seasonal police officer in Rehoboth Beach during the summer of 1996. He is a graduate of Sussex High School, and GLASCO has. complet- ed two years of degree work in criminal justice at Delaware Tech- nical & Community College's Owens Campus. O'Bier, 26, is a Seaford High School graduate who lives in South Bethany. He holds associate degrees in both recreation and wildlife man- agement and criminal jus- tice from Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville, Ohio, and from Delaware O'BIER Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Milton resident Reynolds, 23, worked as a seasonal police offi- cer in Re- hoboth Beach during the summer of 1997. He gra- dated from Cape Hen- lopen High School, and has complet- ed course work in crim- REYNOLDS inal justice at Delaware Technical & Communi- ty College, Owens Campus. At last month's ceremony, Reynolds was the recipient of the presti- gious Delaware Police Chiefs Council Award, which cited him as "the recruit selected by his classmates as demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership." Schroeder, 21, is a resi- dent of South Bethany, originally from Lans- dale, Pa. He is a graduate of North Penn High School in Lansdale, SCHROEDER and graduated from Shippensburg (Pa.) Univer- sity with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. The four new officers complet- ed 23 weeks of training at the Delaware State Police Academy in Dover with recruits from sever- al other Delaware municipal law enforcement agencies. They are currently participating in a 9-week field training and evaluation pro- gram. During this on-the-job training, they will ride with, be trained by, and be evaluated by veteran members of the force who are certified as field training offi- cers. By late April all four will be au- thorized to patrol on their own. The officers were chosen from among 129 applicants to fill va- cancies created when four officers resigned or retired from the force between July and September of last year. TYPE OF DRUG Marijuana Crack Hashish Heroin ESTIMATED AMOUNT SEIZED STREET VALUE* 660.07 g $4,712.90 15.72 g $1,965.00 3.01 g $60.20 1.9 g $950.00 |To00: $7,7a.301 DRUGS INVOLVED NUMBER OF INCIDENTS/ARRESTS Marijuana 49 incidents Crack 15 incidents Hashish 1 arrest Heroin 3 arrests /Total Troop 7 drug-related arrests: 213 I :: : :*:::: zi i::ii :{i{iiiii!i;i'iii!iiii  ii      !   ;!::i:i    ; il I/ 00mium00o00t00: 4,4sa g I / Crack cocaine confiscated: 85 g [ / Cash seized in drug arrests: $10,000 [ / Total drug-related arrests: 180 I Cape Region man behind bars for cnild sex offense conviction By Kerry Kester Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves sentenced Joseph F. Jeppi Jr., on Feb. 27, for Jeppi's second conviction on child mo- lestation charges. Jeppi, 34, was found guilty of second-degree unlawful sexual contact with a 6-year-old Rehoboth Beach area girl. Jeppi was convicted on a similar charge in a 1988 incident with another girl. Graves sentenced Jeppi to two years im- prisonment - with credit for time served - followed by six months -of intensive super- vision by a probation officer. Jeppi was al- so assessed a $5,000 fine and court costs; ordered to undergo evaluation for emotion- al and/or psychological problems, with spe- cific emphasis on sex disorders; become and remain gainfully employed; and have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 years old. After Jeppi was convicted for the 1988 offense, he violated the terms of his proba- tion and parole several times. Jeppi, of Sea Air Mobile City, is a childless divorc6 with a history of criminal and other arrests. On file in Delaware are 19 arrests consisting of 27 charges, including convictions for offen- sive touching, civil contempt, terroristic threatening, violation of probation, third- degree unlawful sexual penetration and re- sisting "arrest. According to the probable cause document for Jeppi's most recent un- lawful sexual contact conviction, Jeppi was an acquaintance of his victim. The girl's mother filed the original complaint with po- lice, after the child told her Jeppi had inap- propriately touched her. The child also told three others that Jeppi had "touched her in a bad way." The incident with the 6-year-old occurred only four days after his release from a dri- ving under the influence (DUI) sentence and prior to his first visit with a probation officer. He was on Level II probation - general supervision - which generally requires su- pervision through such means as meetings with a probation officer; verification of res- idence, employment and special-condition compliance; and checks on the offender's record, particularly for warrants.. Jeppi also has tangled with traffic laws; he has four DUI convictions. His presen- tence investigation report stated "Mr. Jeppi reports drinking alcohol three time a week and has used powder cocaine in the past. He has never been through a rehabilitation program." Jeppi has arrests documented in Mary- land since 1985, including charges of disor- derly conduct, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a police officer, assault and failure to appear in court. Cape park steering committee wrangles over leadership By Michael Short After considerable wrangling, three leaders were chosen for the steering committee developing a master plan for Cape Henlopen State Park. The three men picked at a Feb. 26 meeting were Mark Chura of Delaware's Parks and Recreation Division, Re- hoboth Beach Commission- er Rich Sar- gent and CHURA Lewes City Councilman Jim Ippolito. The issue that bogged down the debate was whether or not Chura should serve as a leader. Oppo- nents argued that Chura is very knowledgeable, but said a state of- ficial should not lead the group developing the master plan. "This is not the right first step," according to committee member Kevin Moore. "I feel like we have been railroaded, if this goes through." Although the leaders were chosen, no decision was made on IPPOLITO exactly how the mantle of leadership will be divided. There could be three co- chairs or one chairman and two co-chairs. That issue was left un- resolved. The results of interviews and surveys were also discussed at the meeting. Some of the results fol- low. There was general consensus among steering committee mem- bers that: • the park should be preserved as a unique, pristine natur- al resource, but it should also be used at appropriate levels for recreation and educa- tion; • the carry- SARGENT ing capacity of the park must be determined to target the appropriate number of park users and protect the natural resources. • the history of the park should be preserved and interpreted, but not all historic structures need to be retained; • the entrance should be re- designed to create an attractive, safe entry with clear signage; • the buildings should be reno- vated and used, or demolished. Debris should be removed; • existing roads should be re- paired, rather than building new roadways; • security and enforcement at the park must be increased; Many steering committee mem- bers said that: • conservation of the park's nat- ural resources, such as the Gor- don's Pond area, a priority; • the nature center should be ex- panded and it should offer pro- grams on the history of the park; • the maintenance buildings should be demolished and consol- idated; • the Fort Miles area should be used. The buildings should be fixed or demolished and replaced with a use, such as picnic area; • visitors should be shuttled to the beach from satellite parking lots; • the boundaries of the park should be expanded if additional land is needed; • the park should not be used to fund the other parks in the system. A fair share of the money earned by the park should be invested back into it; • entrance fees to the park could be raised slightly. Fees for local citizens, bicyclists, walkers and seniors should be considered care- fully.