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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, March 28 - Thursday, April 3, 1997 Volume 4, NO. 44 . @; Lewes-Barber lawsuit ends quietly Attorneys sign dismissal; Monday, March 24. Lewes's insurance company in the case raise," said Smith. "I imagine we'll hear mum on settlement details By Dennis Forney The long saga of former Lewes Police Chief Hal Barber's lawsuit against the city of Lewes ended quietly this week. Attor- neys for Barber and Lewes signed a "stipu- lation of dismissal with prejudice" which was filed in Superior Court of Sussex on The simple agreement filed with records of the suit means that the case is over and that it may not be re-opened. No details of the settlement were filed with the stipula- tion of dismissal. Vincent Vickers, attorney for Barber, said the lawyers involved in the case agreed there would be no comment made regarding the settlement. W. Wade W. Scott, who represented National Casualty - the city of could not be reached for comment. Nor could Hal Barber. Lewes Mayor George H.P. Smith said on Thursday afternoon that be had not yet been notified that the case had been settled nor was he aware of any details of any settle- ment being discussed. "We met with attorneys a few weeks ago at which time we were told the insurance company was working toward a compro- something soon. I expect they will tell us what the final settlement was." Smith said he couldn't say whether he would be able to disclose the terms of the settlement. 'Tll have to talk to our attor- neys," said Smith. "We will comply with whatever we have to comply with." Superior Court Judge Henley Graves, on Monday, March 17, refused to issue a court Continued on page 17 Lewes man floats trial balloon Building up the dunes with greenery Jess/ca Hazzard, age 10, of Ocean View and a member of Girl Scout Troop 602, participates in the annual aplanting of the green" along the beach on March 22 near Ind/an River Inlet. The planting of dune grass by volunteers each spring helps insure the dunes survive the elemeats. for Rt. 1 alternative; DelDOT planning series of meetings By Michael Short Local businessman Mike Mock is suggesting an alternative route parallel to Route 1 which be thinks will dramatically improve traffic problems on the heavily traveled road. Mock is suggesting that a new roadway be developed between Kings Highway and Postal Lane behind the northbound side of Route 1 and behind the strip of cial development now the roadway. Such a project would incorpo- rate mostly agricultural land. "We would be 50 years ahead, instead of 20 years behind," Mock said. Besides paralleling Route 1, be also said that a new wider Postal Lane could be extended to Planta- tion Road. Now, a wide area at the intersection turns into a narrow, heavily traveled roadway in a resi- dential area before it reaches Plan- tations Road. "To me, it is a no-brainer," Mock said, saying that in both cas- es the road development would be in basically agri- cultural areas that would displace very few people. While expen- sive, he said that the cost MOCK of acquiring the land now could be a bargain when the long term is considered. "I think it is the right thing to do," Mock said. "Frankly, I can not think of a better solution." Mock has suggested that per- Imps the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) could be inter- -Continued on page 14 By Kerry gester "I didn't kill my grandmother, Mr. Adkins," said Christopher Craig as he sat in the witness box under Deputy Attorney General Jim Adkins' intense barrage of questions. Apparent conflicts with other testimony and his memory lapses, testified Craig, were a result of the shock be was in after discovering his grandmother's bloody body. Utter silence enveloped the court- room on Thursday, March 27 when Stephen Callaway, defense counsel, called his client to the stand. After two weeks of a parade of witnesses and no clear links pointing to whether Craig or someone else murdered Shirley Ander- son, 63, in her Laurel Street home in Rehoboth Beach, the jury and spectators paid rapt attention to the defendant who has maintained his innocence since his arrest just minutes after police arrived at the crime scene early on the morning of Aug. 31, 1995. Callaway led Craig through the maze of events that preceded Anderson's death, his chest, a cut on his wrist, fingerprints on a memo book, fingerprints on a disabled telephone, a jewelry gift to a woman and the impact his drug use had on his relationship with his grandmother. He guided his client with' questions that allowed Craig to tell the jury that he dis- agreed with the testimony given by his two acquaintances Michael "Vinnie" Caudill and Brian Kaas. He disputed Kaas' claim that the two men engaged in sex as often as Kaas stated they did, that Caudill entered money for drugs and that he had more than one encounter with Caudill other than in prison or at the trial. Craig, who was working as a lifeguard for the Rehoboth Beach Patrol and the Star of the Sea Condominium, said that during his shift on Aug. 30 he assisted another life- guard who was rescuing two children from being drawn into a jetty. During the rescue he sustained a minor scrape to his inner wrist, but he did not seek medical attention because it was such a allowing Craig to account for scratches on his grandmother's home' with him to get Continued on page ! 8 Craig asserts innocence; prosecution probes inconsistencies