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capegazette.com FRIDAY, APRIL S - MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013 INDIAN RIVER INLET BRIDGE: UP ON THE NEW, DOWN WITH THE OLD / REAL ESTATE Sounds of construction ring at The Peninsula P12 LEGISLATION Republicans push for responsible governing I 14 SHORELINE Pilot, em, ironmentalist offer ideas to stop erosion P16 BRADLEY More than 300 additional children seek damages P18 LEWES Input sought to integrate library, trailhead P23 ROI~ MACARTHUR PHOTOS IT'S BEEN A BUSY WEEK at Indian River Inlet. Acrew is inspecting the two, 249-foot towers on the new bridge, left, as demolition of the old bridge 'continues. Crews have cut the 48-year-old bridge into four pieces and are pulling the 400- ton sections to the beach to be cut up for scrap. See a story and more photos on page 4 ART LEAGUE RAL to host special artists' reception April 5 P72 Five Sussex men indicted in hardware store burglary; weapons exchanged for heroin, pills By Melissa Steele melissasteele@capegazette.com Detectives investigating the theft of 20 handguns from an Ocean View hardware store in November have uncovered a trail of weapons sold in exchange for drugs that crisscrosses Sussex County. Five Sussex County men - Olin James Vickers, 36, of Milton: Herbert Roger Ai- ken, 31, of Ellendale; ]onathan Copenhaver, 42, of Broadkill Beach; Thomas Lecates, 26, of Blades; and Gregory Wilkinson, 29, of Seaford - face weapons charges after a fed- eral indictment issued March 25 connected them to the Nov. 6 theft of the handguns from G&E Hardware. Following the burglary, Delaware State Police were on the lookout for the masked man wearing a black coat shown on store surveillance video smashing a display case and leaving with 20 handguns. Less than a week later, police had their first clue. An undercover agent bought a Rock Island Armory .45-caliber pistol from Lecates and Wilkinson. A partially obliter- ated serial number linked the handgun to one of the 20 handguns stolen from G&E Hardware, court records state. The two told the undercover officer that they had more weapons to sell, and Lecates said Wilkinson gave Copenhaver heroin or pills for some of Continued on page 19 SPRING FUN! Kids clean up at the Alley Oop Egg Scoop p79 INDEX Arts & Entertainment 72 Business & Real Estate 37 Community Calendar 88 Cape Life 55 Classifieds 100 Obituaries 26 School & Education 93 Sports & Outdoors 95 "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." DIRECTOR RETIRES Cape Senior Center honors Juanita Moreh P55 6111!!!!!11U0!!!11111