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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, April 4 - Thursday, Apd110, 1997 Volume 4, NO. 46 Sheehan, Zygmonski join Cleaver, Ippolito in Lewes race bent Councilman George Cleaver, and Jim Ippolito who came within 53 votes of win- uing a first term in the 1996 election. The top two vote getters in the May I0 election will become the city's decision- makers for the next year along with Mayor George Smith and Councilmen Jim Ford and Tony Pratt. Sheehan, who up until two days prior to the deadline said she was undecided about seeking a third term, carried her letter of intent to city hall at 3:40 p.m. According to City Manager Elaine Bisbee, her letter made no comments about her decision to run again. Sheehan could not be reached for comment before press time. "I've been thinking about making a run for a seat for about a year now," said Zyg- monski. "I want to help express a positive image of Lewes which I haven't seen in the By Dennis Forney In the last half hour before filing deadline oti Thursday, Lewes Councilwoman Elinor Sheehan joined three other candidates who had already filed for two seats up for elec- tion on Saturday, May 10. Earlier in the week, on Monday, March 31, Ed Zygmonski entered the race for a two-year term. Also seeking a two-year term are incum- On top of the flowery heap Angle Moon photo Olivia Delpizzo, age five of Wilmington, graciously accepts her first prize trophy in the best dressed young girl category from Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Presi- dent Rob Marshall during the Easter Promenade. For more photos and results, turn to page 20. past. And at this point, only two candidates have filed and I feel that Lewes deserves an election." Zygmonski, 48, owns IMPRESS, a small, in-home business involved with printing, pre-press typesetting and graphics. He and his family live at 616 Kings Highway. In a letter announcing his candidacy [see letters] Zygmonski wrote: 'q'he impact of Continued on page 11 Water use plan in works for Inland Bays; folks vow everyone will have a say What they are trying to develop is a plan to help protect both the users of the bays and the environ- ment of Little Assawoman, Rehoboth and Indian River Bays. They are looking at conflicts between users such as water skiers and slow moving sailboats, and windsurfers and fast moving jet skis. Falk says conflicts are mini- mal now, but the population of the county is expected to increase by 48 percent by the year 2020. Falk, who pledges to involve the public, says that everyone, be they fisherman or clammer, boater or water skier, will have an equal saY. "We want to make sure every interest has a chance to express its concerns," he said. Falk said the Continued on page 10 By Michael Short Anyone who uses Delaware's Inland Bays knows that they can be practically wall-to-wall on a busy day. To help deal with crowded bays and fragile ecosystems, Jim Falk and his colleagues are trying to develop a water use plan for the bays. It's an idea that's been dis- cussed for years and it's one of the goals of the CCMP (the Compre- hensive Conservation and Man- agement Plan) developed to guide the protection of the inland bays. Falk is a member of the Univer- sity of Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service (MAS). His col- leagues include Ben Anderson, who has worked hard to return eel grass to the bays, and an expert from Penn State University. Defense preparing appeal for Craig murder conviction By Kerry Kester into the full courtroom where five Approximately an hour before After nearly 14 hours of deliber- ations, jurors deciding the case of the State of Delaware versus Christopher Craig found the defendant guilty of murder. The six male and six female jurors unanimously agreed there was no reasonable doubt that Craig was guilty of second degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony when he fatally stabbed his grandmother, Shirley Ander- son, 63, on Aug. 31, 1995. Jurors kept their eyes averted from the defendant as they filed armed Department of Corrections guards flanked Craig, who watched the jurors quietly as he awaited the finding that came shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednes- day, April 2. His courtroom response to the verdict that will keep him imprisoned from 12 to 40 years was a stream of tears. "I will say this," said Jury Fore- man Hiram Littleton of George- town, "I really believe the jury did everything we could to evaluate andto come to a just decision. We are satisfied we did our best to come to a just decision." I .. the verdict was reached, the jury asked for further instruction. regarding the charges. Although Craig was on tritl for first degree murder, Judge William Swain Lee explained to the jury before they began deliberations that one of its options was to find the defendant guilty of second, rather than first degree murder. Lee explained that what was at issue with the two charges was state of mind on behalf of a defen- dant. With first degree murder, there would be intent, and with Christopher Craig leaves the Sussex County courthouse fol- Continued on page 12 lowing his conviction on Wednesday.