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52 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 28- April 3, 1997 Betts leaves AG's office for private practice 00,HISTORIC HOME lEt ACREAGE00 By Kerry Kester After more than five years prac- ticing law as a deputy attorney general, A. Dean Betts, Jr. has left the state's office to enter private practice at the Betts and Beaure- gard law firm in Georgetown. Betts left the attorney general's office Feb. 1 to join the family practice with his father, A. Dean Betts, Sr., and his sister, Rose- mary Beanregard. The scope of the firm's work is wide, with the attorneys accepting a variety of both civil and criminal cases, as well as working on an array of business and personal cases. Betts' experience in the attorney general's office began in 1990, when after graduating with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law with a juris doctor degree, he accepted a post work- ing in the Wilmington office, civil division. While in the Wilmington attorney general's office, Betts represented the various boards, agencies and departments in the state, proffering legal advice on a variety of matters. In 1994, he left the Wilmington office to work in the Sussex County attorney general's office, where he served as a prosecutor in the criminal division. Although Betts has accepted several cases pertaining to domes- tic issues such as divorce, child custody, etc., he is expanding the scope of his individual work. "I'd like to start doing more criminal defense," he said, adding that he is also interested in doing more work with driving under the influ- ence (DUI) cases. Betts' experience, with his background in prosecution, has an advantage in the courtroom - he knows both sides. "I've practiced in every court in the state, from Justice of the Peace to Federal District Court," said Betts. He's worked alongside and against some of the best legal minds in Delaware. "You learn from that," said Betts. "And the trial experience I got down here was invaluable. "I did a lot of DUI work, both on the criminal and the civil side. You learn all the different things a defense attorney can do and should do in cases like thaL" said Betts. "And as a prosecutor, you learn what they're trying to do and what a prosecutor has to do to try the case." Betts has also had some very taxing criminal cases. Within the last couple of years he has tried two major homicide cases and won both. 'q'here were two con- victions," said Betts, who tried the cases with Jim Adkins, deputy at- torney general. One case involved a manslaughter charge, and the other was a first degree murder charge. All of the experience adds up to providing his clients with an edge - "It's knowing the system, know- ing the courts - knowing how things work - that's an advan- tage," said Betts. Betts, a 1983 Seaford High School graduate, earned a bache- lor of arts degree in political sci- ence from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1987 before entering law school. In addition to his formal educa- tion, he also attended a 1994 con- ference on domestic violence sponsored by the National Associ- ation of Attorneys General and the 1996 Delaware State Police homi- "The REAL name in REAL ESTATE" Rehoboth Sport and Kite opens second location Rehoboth Sport and Kite Company has opened a second shop at 67 Rehoboth Avenue, next to the Back Porch Restaurant. They will also continue operating at the Boardwalk and One Virginia Avenue, where they will he hosting the 4th annual Hit the Beach Fun Fly on Saturday, March 29 beginning at 9 a.m. on the Boardwalk. The event features free kitemaking, free food and candy, a visit from the Easter Bunny and kite flying demonstrations; People may bring their own kites, make their own or watch others fly them. For more information call 227-6996. First Street Continued from page 51 House, Inc., "We are excited to be the lead tenant in what we know will be an exciting retail develop- ment project. We are certain our combined concept store will ap- peal tothe vacationers visiting Rehoboth Beach." A nationally recognized chain, The White House, specializing in all white clothing, accessories and gifts for women, typically features a soft, romantic atmosphere. The Black Market, the company's newest retail division, carries all black clothing, accessories and gifts for women in stores designed to resemble a loft in New York's Soho district. Styles ranging from casual to formal by designers such as Kenar, Datiani, On Gossamer, M*D*G*, Mica and Wild Rose, will be found in both stores. First Street Station is a project owned and operated by Grotto Pizza, Inc. Larry Dunkelberger, chief operating officer of Grotto Pizza, Inc., stated, "We are very proud and pleased that Mr. Sarmiento has chosen First Street Station as the site of The White Housse's and The Black Market's first locations in Delaware. They will be a welcome addition to downtown Rehoboth Beach." The Rehoboth location is the 46th store for the Baltimore based company. Other tenants coming to the First Street Station include nation- al retailers Sun#ass Hut, Piercing Pagoda, and Earth Tones. Local favorites such as Khalsa Jewelers, Beanie's Toy Store; Outwest Trading Company and the Sea Shell Shop will also be calling the Station home. First Street Station is scheduled to open in Spring of 1997. Leasing information is available by calling 226-1170. A. Dean Betts Jr. enters pri- vate practice. cide contcrcnce. He has also at- tended numerous DUI seminars through the Delaware State Bar Association. Betts, of the Lewes area, is a member of the Sussex County Democratic Committee. . 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