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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 3 Rehoboth animal issues group to meet May 1 The Rehoboth Bach Animal Issues Committeee will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 1, at Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company. Under new business they will discuss and review the draft presentation to the com- missioners concerning wildfowl feeding at Turtle Bridge; review the trap/neuter/release program, including services available to residents and any problem areas; review collaborative activities between the city and DESPCA; discuss potential geese issues at Lake Gerar and Silver Lake; and review the Pet Owner Fact Sheet produced by DNREC. Milton committee to discuss sustainability Milton Sustainability Sub- committee will meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 29, at the Milton library for a grant-writing work- shop. For more information or a full agenda, go to milton.dela- ware.gov or call 302-684-4110. Milton police host drug take-back April 29 The Milton Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 29. Unused, unwanted or expired medica- tions can be dropped off at the police department at 101 Federal St. between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more, call the Milton Police De- partment at 302-684-8547. Milton Town Council meets May 1 Milton Town Council will host a public hearing and regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 1, at the Milton library. The public will be able to comment on an ordinance to amend the code relating to the town’s histor- ic preservation overlay district during the hearing. Those un- able to attend can submit written comments to Town Hall before 5 p.m., Monday, May 1. Mayor and council also will discuss a water discrepancy process, creating a sustainabil- ity committee, sidewalk waivers, the six-month budget review, and participation in Delmarva Paddling Weekend and with Downtown Delaware. For more information or a full agenda, go to milton.delaware.gov or call 302-684-4110. Sussex sets dates for comp plan meetings The second round of pub- lic hearings on the 2018 Sussex County Comprehensive Plan has been scheduled. All meetings take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Please note the Milford venue has changed. Monday, May 1 – Laurel Fire Hall, 205 W. 10th St.; Tuesday, May 2 – CHEER Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown; Wednesday, May 3 – Frankford Fire Hall, 7 Main St.; Wednesday, May 10 – Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Ave.; and Tuesday, May 16 – Beacon Middle School, 19483 John J. Williams Highway, Lewes. Development proposed for Munchy Branch A developer has plans to build a small community along Munchy Branch Road near Re- hoboth Beach. KMH Ventures DE LLC has filed an application for 20 units of multifamily, single-family con- dominium units on five acres of GR, general-residential, land at 18834 Munchy Branch Road. Jim Fuqua, the developer’s attorney, said the site for the proposed development is in state and county growth zones. He also said the parcel is surrounded by several types of residential housing including single-family, multifamily, townhouses and manufactured homes. GR zoning allows for 4.35 units per acre; the proposed communi- ty would have 3.9 units per acre. Fuqua said no traffic impact study was required. “Traffic impact would be negligible ac- cording to DelDOT,” he said. At its April 20 meeting, the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission deferred on a vote for further consideration. The commission has 45 days to act on an application. During the public hearing, some residents expressed con- cern about traffic on Munchy Branch Road, an area where state transportation officials are exploring the addition of a bike path. “There is no question the road needs shoulders, a bike path or something,” Commission Chairman Bob Wheatley said. At its April 20 meeting, the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission deferred on a vote for further consideration. The commission has 45 days to act on an application. Developer wants more land for Woodfield Even before a lot has been sold, a developer has plans for additional land for an approved subdivision along Route 16, east of Route 1, near Milton. The community would share a boundary with The Rookery South golf course. Developer Woodfield Preserves Expansion, Thompson Schell LLC has filed an application for a cluster subdivision of an additional 36 single-family lots. Approved by Sussex officials in November 2016, Woodfield Preserves has 256 single-family lots on 195 acres. Density for the community would be 1.3 units to an acre. At its April 20 meeting, the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Briefly » RYAN MAVITY PHOTO REHOBOTH BEACH Mayor Sam Cooper, left, issued a proclamation April 21 that April will be Library Month in the city to celebrate the Re- hoboth Beach Public Library. Cooper presented an award to Allison Miller of the Rehoboth library. He said the library facilitates the free exchange of information and pro- motes the development of an informed community. Cooper encouraged the community to take advantage of the library’s vast resources. In thanking the city for its support, Miller said the library is a place for quiet, fun and learning. REHOBOTH PROCLAIMS LIBRARY MONTH Commission deferred on a vote for further consideration. The commission has 45 days to act on an application. Rehoboth approves chamber move The Rehoboth Beach commis- sioners unanimously approved a lease agreement with the Re- hoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce to take over the city-owned building at 306 Rehoboth Ave. The chamber will move into the new building once the cur- rent tenants, the city’s building and licensing and information technology departments, vacate the facility once the new City Hall is completed. The chamber and city officials have indicated the move would take place in January 2018. The lease is a 10- year agreement with the option for a five-year extension. The chamber would pay $40,000 in rent a year initially with 2 per- cent increases per year over the life of the lease. The city would be respon- sible for outside maintenance of the building, while the chamber would be responsible for the interior. City and chamber officials have been unanimous in their approval of the move, believing that the chamber is a good fit for the building. Former Rehoboth resident indicted A former Rehoboth Beach resi- dent faces fraud charges after officials say he was running a Ponzi scheme. Matthew A. Krimm, 35, of Abingdon, Md., was indicted on racketeering and securities charges by a Sussex County grand jury, said Carl Kanefsky of the Delaware Attorney General’s Office. Following a year-long investigation, Kanefsky said, in- vestigators determined Krimm was soliciting and selling in- vestments in his company that claimed to own and operate a mortgage origination business. The indictment states that Krimm did not have a mortgage origination business and he ran a Ponzi scheme by repaying early investors with funds from later investors. Krimm was also indicted on eight counts of felony theft, eight counts of securities fraud and eight counts of selling unregis- tered securities. Delaware law prohibits mis- representations in the sale of securities and requires that se- curities for sale in Delaware be registered with the state. Additionally, Kanefsky said, the federal Securities and Ex- change Commission filed suit against Krimm, alleging civil vio- lations of the federal anti-fraud and securities registration laws. DOJ, through its Investor Protection Unit, enforces the Delaware Securities Act, which regulates the sale of investment products and the activities of investment professionals in Dela- ware. The unit investigates and prosecutes securities fraud and other violations of the securi- ties act. Delaware investors are encouraged to report suspected incidents of investment crime and fraud by calling the Attorney General’s Office Investor Hotline at 302-577-8424. Deputy Attorney General William Green and Special In- vestigator Lester Johnson are handling this case for the Inves- tor Protection Unit. Kanefsky added that an indict- ment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. In all cases, he said, defendants are presumed innocent until and un- less proven guilty. Man sought in Long Neck robbery Police are searching for a man they say robbed a Long Neck Walgreens at gunpoint April 23. The man entered the Wal- greens at 26191 John J. Williams Highway at about 9 p.m. with an unknown type of handgun and approached the clerk, demand- ing cash, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police. The clerk handed over an un- disclosed amount of money, and the man fled in an unknown di- rection. The clerk was uninjured, Fournier said. The man is described as white, 5-feet-6-inches to 5-feet-10-inches tall, wearing dark-colored cloth- ing with his face covered. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to contact Detective D. Cathell at 302-752-3793. Information may also be pro- vided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware. crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP. Driver cited after driving onto Lewes trail Lewes police have cited a woman after she drove onto the Lewes to Georgetown Rail with Trail. Police Chief Tom Spell said the woman was given a ticket for improper parking after she exited Savannah Road onto the trail, where she parked to play Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go is a smartphone game that challenges players to move around in the real world to find Pokémon, mythical crea- tures often based on real-life animals. Some creatures are common, while others are rare to find. The game was instantly popu- lar upon its release last summer. Police & Fire »