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20 FRIDAY, APRIL 11- MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 NIWS Cape Gazette Judge lifts temporary stay on drug trials Evidence tampering to be reviewed on case-by-case basis By Melissa Steele Evidence tampering discov- ered in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner could delay scheduled trials, but judges will consider the problem on a case- by-case basis. In a March 26 letter to State Prosecutor Kathleen Jennings and Public Defender J. Brendan O'Neill, President Judge James T. Vaughn wrote, "I think the time has come to return to an individualized consideration of each case." Jennings had requested a 60- day extension beyond a 30-day extension Vaughn granted a month ago. Vaughn's decision was wel- comed by O'Neill, whose office defends the majority of drug cases that were put on hold after police revealed drug evidence sent for testing at a lab within the Office of the Chief Medical Ex- aminer was missing or had been replaced with something else. "I think we need to sort of get a handle on where this is going and try to identify how many cases are going to be impacted, and then take each case by itself," he stated during a March 26 court proceeding. In Sussex County, Deputy Court Administrator Karen Tay- lor said nine drug trials were continued in March as a result of the scandal. April cases will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Delaware State Police and the Attorney General's Office an- nounced a criminal investigation Feb. 21 into the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Four days later, Chief Medical Examiner Richard Callery was suspended with pay from his $198,000-a- year job. The Department of Health and Human Services is conducting an internal human Continued on page 21 S00wannah Continued from page 16 manager, said his department is aware of DelDOT's timeline and is working to complete an infrastructure project in advance. With a new $1.3 million drink- ing water treatment facility up and running, Gordon said, his focus has ttirned to improving water quality. To do so, he said, the BPW will replace old wa- ter mains throughout the city. During his budget proposal in February, Gordon described the existing water system as an "80-year-old man with a hip replacement hobbling down the street about to fall over." Tackling main replacement along Savan- nah Road will go a long way in improving water quality, he said. "This is his spine, and we're going to get rid of the scoliosis; then we'll work on the rest of it," he said. The problem stems from Lew- es' growth over the years. As homes were added to the system, new water mains were put in the ground. Some homes, though, were never connected to the new mains and still use 80-year-old infrastructure. The result is dirty water in some homes, he said. An annual line of $150,000 has been budgeted for water main replacement and renewal over the next five years. Bike lane project scrapped Along with the resurfacing project, DeIDOT had been con- sidered adding bike lanes on the half-mile stretch of Savannah Road from the canal bridge to the beach. Roumillat said studies show the plan is not feasible. "Core samples were just com- pleted in the shoulder area, and the pavement section is not up to DelDOT standards to shift travel lanes and accommodate the bike lanes," she said. Core samples are taken to de- termine the depth and makeup of the road bed, she said. It shows the different layers of the road- way, specifically if it has been repaved or had overlay or micro- surfacing work done. Lewes' Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee recently sup- ported a plan to shift the roadway toward the marsh to accommo- date five-foot bike lanes each direction. Roumillat said the plan the Lewes committee supported was only conceptual and prepared by a consultant. The city and con- sultant were recently notified the project would not move forward, she said. And because the road is state- maintained, there is nothing the city can do. "We can kind of whine about it, but that's about it," Mayor Jim Ford joked. ------$- Donald J_Foraker, Jr., cPA- $ "1 Certified Public Accountant and Business Advisor 1[ k 1040 Deadline is April 15th. lIFt Need an Extension? Ilk We are accepting new clients. ]1 Located at 19606 Coastal Hwy, Re_hoboth Beach lit " * (800) 748--03S4 * p  15 LARGE BUILDING LOTS- NR. 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