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Beach project money back in corps' budget Delaware's congressional delegation an- nounced, April 7, that $7.6 million of feder- al money for the Dewey Beach-Rehoboth Beach replenishmen t is back in the Army Corps of Engineers' budget as a line item. Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. Joe Biden and Rep. Mike Castle said in a joint news re- lease that the money had been restored to the local project April 6. The same release said that it is standard procedure for the corps to redirect funds to compensate for weather problems and other unforeseen delays. However, with the cur- rent project under way and planned for completion by late June, the delegation de- cided to take no chances that the job would not be finished for lack of funds. Carper said he is grateful to the corps for its cooperation in getting the full funding back in place. Castle said the delegation would remain vigilant to ensure the beaches will be ready for tourists and businesses this sulnlller. Supreme Court reverse opinion on life sentences Attorney General Jane Brady announced on April 12 that the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion, reversing a previ- ous opinion of the court, that life sentences subject to parole imposed before June 1990 were indeed life sentences. The court had previously ruled that based on language in sentencing law passed in 1989, those life sentences were to be 45- year sentences. The state had requested the court to reconsider its decision. "I am extremely pleased with the deci- sion, as are the several victims with whom I have already spoken," said Brady. "I com- mend the court for their willingness to re- visit this issue." On Sept. 29, 1982, Ward T. Evans was convicted of first-degree rape. He was sen- tenced to life in prison with the possibility Correction The article "Rehoboth Beach Film Soci- ety to host series for kids April 14" in the April 8 edition of the Cape Gazette, gave the incorrect amount sought for donations to attend the event. The suggested donation is $1. of parole. In 2004, Evans filed a motion in the Delaware Superior Court seeking to have his sentence declared unconstitutional because it was calculated by the state. In this motion, Evans claimed that his life sentence should be considered a 45-year sentence under Delaware law. Superior Court denied the motion, and Evans ap- pealed to the Supreme Court. In an opinion dated Nov. 23, 2004, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Superior Court decision. In response, the General Assembly passed and Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed into law HB 31. A further request for re- consideration was then filed by the Depart- ment of Justice. In the opinion issued April 11, the Delaware Supreme Court declared HB 31 unconstitutional, but upon reconsid- eration, it withdrew its earlier opinion and now affirms the opinion of the Superior Court. Lewes power interruption planned April 18 The Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW) is reminding its electric utility cus- tomers of a planned citywide power outage scheduled from midnight until 5 a.m., Monday, April 18. The outage is required as Conectiv Power Delivery ties a commer- cial customer into the system. Lewes May- or Jim Ford said additional police officers would be on patrol for the duration of the outage. The Lewes Board of Public Works suggests that utility customers have a cord- ed telephone or cell phone available, that they unplug or turn off appliances that could be affected when power is restored and that they keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed during the outage. Questions about the outage should be directed to the BPW business office at 645-6228. Dewey adopts tighter control on gambling Dewey Beach Town Council on April 9 approved Commissioner Courtney Rior- dan's proposed amendment prohibiting any type of card game as a form of charitable gambling. "This is a continuing attempt to ensure we don't have any large-scale casino-style or Texas Hold 'Em gambling in town," said Riordan, adding that the code would still permit state-approved charitable gambling .such as bingo, 50-50 raffles and door prizes for bona fide nonprofitcharitable organiza- tions. It was a proposed Texas Hold 'Em game last November that spurred Riordan's amendment. The Texas Hold 'Em game was ultimately canceled because it was not CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, April 12 - April 14, 2005 - 3 t ph ptt, Carper goes to Israel on fact-finding mission Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware and his son, Chris, visited the Jewish Nation- al Fund_Memorial in Jerusalem, March 27, where the senator planted trees in honor of Chris and his brother, Benjamin. Carper said that planting is a symbolic act that how an important con- nection to the land of Israel. While in Israel on a fact-finding mission in the region, Carper was greeted by representatives of the Jewish National Fund and was briefed about the JNF Memorial Renewal Project and other current JNF initiative. permitted by the state's Charitable Gaming Board, which noted that the charitable or- ganization sponsoring it was not based in Delaware as required by state law. Riordan said the amendment would give Dewey Beach police enforcement powers to stop any future charitable card games. The amendment passed by a unanimous 4-0 vote. Commissioner Dale Cooke was the Southwinds Motel's 64 rooms into 36 condominiums. Aaron Georgelas briefly explained his group's proposal during the town meeting April 9. Georgelas said the immediate plan is to convert two existing motel rooms into one condominium, which could be used as a model for prospective buyers to tour. The Georgelas application also calls for converting the motel's exist- absent because he was recuperating from a ing first-floor commercial units into resi- medical procedure., dential units. The town's Dec. 12, 2004, Second motel conversion sent to Dewey planners A second application to convert a motel in Dewey Beach to condominiums has been submitted to town officials and sent to Dewey Beach Planning and Zoning Com- mission for review. Georgelas Group LLC wants to convert code allowing motel conversion s into pri, vately owned condominiums expressly states that the conversions must be for resi- dential use only. Commissioner Courtney Riordan suggested that the commissioners reconsider whether existing commercial units or office space should remain as they are or be converted to condominiums. That question will also be sent to town planners for their recommendation. State police seek two suspects in home-invasion case State police are seeking public assistance in locating two sus- pects in a home-invasion case. Police are searching for Robert L. Jones of Georgetown, who may be in the Wilmington area, and Sheronda R. Jennings, who may be in the Frankford area. Police located and ar- EDWARDS rested a third suspect, Ter- rell Edwards, April 11. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said a 68-year-old man was asleep in his Redwing Police & Fire Wrap-up Lane home in Rehoboth Shores Mobile Home Park, when at about 2:30 a4n., April 8, his dog started barking and woke him. 'q'he vic- tim got up, walked to the kitchen and turned on the lights," said Oldham. He then met a man wearing a dark blue hooded jacket that was pulled around his face and another man wearing a gray sweat shirt and a knit mask that was partially gray. 'q'he suspects forced the victim into his bed- room and demanded that he give them money. The victim told the suspects where his money was, and they stole it. They also stole a .38-caliber revolver and a ring be- fore fleeing the home." No one was injured during the robbery. Oldham said Jennings, an ac- quaintance of the victim, was in the home at the time of the crime and apparently orchestrated the robbery. Additional investigation led detectives to identifying Ed- wards and Jones. Edwards, 39, of Georgetown, was charged with first-degree bur- glary, first-degree robbery, wear- ing a disguise during the commission of a felony, theft of a firearm, second-degree conspiracy and criminal mischief, he JONES was released on $21,100 unsecured bond, pending further court action. Jones, 50, of Georgetown, is a 6-foot-l-inch tall black man who weighs about 205 pounds. Police have a warrant to arrest him for first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, wearing a disguise dur- ing the commission of a felony, theft of a firearm, sec- ond-degree conspiracy and criminal mischief. Police also have a warrant to arrest Jen- JENNI/GS nings, 34, of Frankford, for the same charges they have for Jones and Edwards. Jennings is a 5-foot-l-inch tall black woman who weighs approximately 135 pounds. Police are asking anyone with information on the where- abouts of either suspect to call Det. JB Mitchell at 856-5850, Ext. 223.