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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 es to help women and children who are beaten and abused and to make sure the abuser is held ac- countable. "Nearly 32 percent of all violent crimes reported in Delaware are classified as domestic crimes," he said To date, Delaware has re- ceived nearly $2.5 million from Violence Against Women Act funds. Those monies have provid- ed for S.A.R.T. (Sexual Assault Response Team), S.A.N.E. (Sexu- al Assault Nurse Examiner) and a 24-hour Spanish hotline for Kent and Sussex counties. l)elaare Stale Police l)riin l/rider tile Influence Rcl)ort Bill proposes stiff penalities for abuse The Domestic Violence Preven- tion Act of 1998, introduced on March 18 by House Majority Whip Charles W. Welch, R-Dover West, proposes tougher penalties for those convicted of perpetrating acts of domestic violence. The legislation lists specific situations under which acts of domestic vio- lence are committed and links them to a three-tiered penalty sys- tem. Sanctions range from a Cia,s B felony, carrying a possible two- to 20-year sentence for the most extreme cases, down to a Class A misdemeanor, carrying up to a year in prison and losing the right to bear arms, for a less serious crime. "Since 1990, when the state be- gan tracking domestic violence, the numbers have ramped up every year," said Welch. "My bill is a real attempt to put the perpe- trators in prison, where they won't pose a threat to society. Many of us question whether court orders, which are only paper bars, are the answer. We feel we need steel bars to deal with the problem." According to the Delaware Sta- tistical Analysis Center, in 1994 there were 8,390 domestic vio- lence crimes reported in Delaware and 50 domestic-violence-related homicides from 1990 to 1994. Stranded seal found at Cape Henlopen Park A small seal of perhaps 35 pounds was found in the vicinity of Herring Point in Cape Hen- lopen State Park this week. Seals sometimes rest on the beach, but if they stay longer than 24 hours, the state's marine mammal stranding network is usually called, accord- ing to Cape Henlopen State Park Manager Paul Faircloth. Some- times the animals are tired, in-. jured, suffering from parasites or recovering from the effects of se- rious storms at sea. While not common, seals are sometimes spotted in this area. This seal appeared to be suffer- ng no ser/ous injuries, but when the seal stayed in the area for ap- proximately 36 hours, the strand- ing network was called. Members of the stranding net- work caught the animal on March March 27 . April 2, 11108 24 to transfer it to Baltimore and the National Aquarium for treat- ment and possible release back in- to the wild. Tarburton attends national broiler meeting Delaware Department of Agri- culture Secretary Jack Tarburton attended a meeting of the National Broiler Council Poultry Industry Environmental Dialogue on March 23 and 24 in Springdale, Ark. Some of the others attending the meeting from the Delmarva area were Bill Satterfield of the Del- marva Poultry Industry, represen- tatives from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, EPA Regional Administrator Mike McCabe and representatives from Perdue Farms and Allen's Foods. SCAT to hear police spokesman Delaware State Police Training Director Captain Thomas DiNetta will be the guest speaker at the next Sussex County Association of Towns (SCAT) meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, at the Sussex Pines Country Club. SCAT is made up of Sussex County Council and the various towns and cities scattered throughout the county. Delaware gets more Ptiesteria funds Delaware will get more funding than expected this year for Pfies- teria research and monitoring. Congressman Michael Castle said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide an ex- tra $80,000 to the state this year. "I am pleased that our persis- tance is paying off. Delaware needs every penny possible of the $1.5 milion allocated to the states for Pfiesteria research and I be- lieve that the EPA i s beginning to listen," Castle said this week in a prepared statement. Pfiesteria piscicida is a dinofla- gellate linked to massive fish kills in North Carolina and Maryland. The microscopic organism was found in Indian RivEr last year, but was in a nontoxic stage, which caused no human injury or fish kills. However, previous Delaware fish kills have been linked to Pfiesteria. State park beaches are open to surf fishing There has been some uncertain- ty about surf fishing permits and surf fishing access because of the many beach closings following storms earlier this year. Vehicle permits for surf fishing are being sold as usual. The Divi- sion of Parks and Recreatio,n is currently allowing surf fishing throughout all designated tsurf fishing areas along state park beaches. Visitors may surf fish as usual, they just must walk on to the beach rather than drive if the area is closed to beach vehicles. Most vehicle crossings are now open and all of Cape Henlopen State Park's vehicle crossings are all open. However, the following areas are closed: three crossings at Fen- wick Island and areas north of In- dian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park. Milford man guilty of shooting horse A Milford man has pied guilty to killing a horse and donkey last November, in a well-publicized incident that occured as the man was reportedly deer hunting. The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol said that Brian C. West, 23, of Valley Drive in Milford, plead guilty to cruelty to animals and criminal mischief in Sussex Coun- ty Superior Court. He was ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution to the owner of the ani- mals, Ezekiel Carter of Lincoln. He was sentenced to six months of home confinement, four years probation and ordered to turn over his weapons to the state. West is also prohibited from ever owning a weapon. West was arrested Monday, Dec. 1 as a result of an investiga- tion by Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife agents after Carter reported hearing gunshots on Nov. 19, 1997. He discovered his Arabian horse and donkey had been killed. Clendaniel files for row office Howard Clendaniel has filed for the register of wills office in Sus- sex County. Clendaniel is one of the most familiar of Sussex County politicians, having served six terms in Delaware's legislature CLENDANIEL and four years as Sussex County Register of Wills. The position is now held by Charles Rogers. Clendaniel, 65, is a Democrat who said he feels that he helped the office become more efficient during his four-year tenure. Clendaniel, the first to file for the office this year, said he wants to finish the job and contin- ue to make the office more effi- cient. "I have a real interest in things being done right," Clen- daniel said. "There's still some more things we can do." Sussex continues to downzone land Sussex County efforts to down- zone land continue to bear fruit. Sussex County Council received an update March 24 from County Administrator Bob Stickels on the county's policy of not charging to downzone land. To date, Stickels said the total acreage downzoned is just over 1,000.86 acres. The acreage delet- FOR WEEK OF MARCH 16 TO MARCH 22, 1998 DATE LOCATION TYPE 03/17/98 Rt. I and Sussex 268, west of Lewes #4 03117/98 Fit. I and Fit. 24, south of Lewes #2 03/18/98 Fit. I and Fit. 16, north of Lewes #2 03/19198 Fit. I and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth #5 03/19/98 Rt. 1 and Camelot entrance #2 03/20/98 Rt. 1B and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #4 03/20/98 Rt. 1 and Lincoln Street, west of Rehoboth #2 03/21/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth #2 / : ::l iii ii r i ii .................... i'i'""l .................................. Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 FOR WEEK OF MARCH 16 TO MARCH 22. 1998 Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 7 23 11 23 Of the 57 people arrested for DUI, 17 were involved in accidents. ed from GR General Residential Districts equals 764 acres. The acreage deleted from MR Medium Residential Districts equals 24 acres. The acreage deleted from industrial and com- mercial Districts equals 212 acres and the county will continue to ac- cept free downzoning applications through June 30. Junior Duck Stamp judging March 27 The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, along with the Delaware Chapter of Ducks Un- limited, invites the public to at- tend the 1998 Junior Duck Stamp judging. Judging takes place at the Divi- sion's Aquatic Resources Educa- tion Center on Route 9 in Smyrna at 9 a.m. on March 27. Contest judges are Jose Chas, chair, of Delaware Chapter of Ducks Un- limited; award winning artist Richard Clifton; Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Andy Marius; artist Doug Gibson and Rick Giovengo of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The top 12 prize winners will be available for public viewing at various locations and special events in the year ahead. For more information on viewing schedules or other information, contact Dawn Falling at 739-3486 or Trina Cale at 653-2882. Henlopen Acres slates town meeting April 10 Commissioners for the Town of Henlopen Acres have a full plate before them at the third quarter meeting set for Friday, April 10, at 10 a.m., at Henlopen Acres Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters. A 9:30 a.m. public hearing will precede the meeting, to hear com- ment on resolutions proposing to amend the zoning ordinance by adding a new section that defines "group rental" and to amend the town's law to specifically prohibit group rentals. Commissioners will also hear comment on a resolution proposed to amend a section of the zoning ordinance to include specific pro- visions relating to nonconforming structures. Old business before the com- missioners includes the discussion of marina renovation and the pre- sentation of plans and the discus- - sion on enacting an ordinance im- plementing a business license re- "quirement. At the meeting, town officials will also discuss and approve a bid for Lot 15, Block H, and a new flood ordinance. Town Manager Jennifer Burton said commission- ers will also mull the continued problem of stray cats and the curbing of dogs on private proper- ty, as well as a proposed ordi- nance regulating the development of subdivisions. Other new business concerns a possible resolution to amend the building code of the town by clar- ifying definitions and including a provision for attorney's fees and discussion on an amendment to rental licensing and penalties. Beach planting March 28 in Delaware Delaware has set March 28 for the annual beach grass planting. "This is a feel good activity," said David Small, Department of Nat- ural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) spokesman. "This is a good way for people to feel they are making a contribu- tion." The area around Dewey Beach and just north of Indian River In- let suffered heavy dune damage during recent storms and are badly in need of some assistance this year. Small said that volunteers are needed and said that help is espe- cially important following the storm damage. Anyone wishing to help should call DNREC at 302-739-4411.