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4 - CAPE , Friday, May 2- May 8, 1997 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Lewes subdivison committee to meet There will be a meeting of the City of Lewes Subdivison Ordi- nance Review Subcommittee at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7 in Council Chambers at City Hall. Thomas heads Sussex Emergency Service Joe Thomas has been named Di- rector of Emergency Services for Sussex. County Administrator Bob Stickels announced Thomas's new post at the Tuesday, April 29 County Council meeting. Thomas has worked for Sussex County since December of 1986, starting as an emer- gency com- munications specialist. In March of 1993, he was THOMAS promoted to computer aided dispatch supervi- sor. In December, 1993, he was promoted to assistant chief dis- patcher and in April, 1995, he was named Acting Chief Dispatcher. Thomas graduated from Wood- bridge High School and has at- tended Delaware Technical and Community College. His profes- sional education includes numer- ous emergency medical dispatch- ing programs, telecommunica- tions for the deaf, quality im- provements and computer infor- mation systems. Thomas currently serves on the State Emergency Response Committee's Hazardous Material Information Manage- ment Committee; State Office of Information Services, Office of Telecommunications Manage- ment, 800 Megahertz Project Committee and State 911 Users Group. He was honored with two lifesaving awards from the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Com- pany in 1984. Thomas currently lives in Laurel with his wife Brew da and their four children. May 5 Milton council drops public hearing The regular monthly meeting of Milton Town Council is set for Monday, May 5, 7:30 pan., in the library meeting room. A previous- ly scheduled public zoning bear- ing set for 7 p.m. has been stayed at the request of the zoning change applicant, the DiAntonio Group. The meeting will include dis- cussion of street work now in progress, and the status of guide- lines for streets selected for work and the uatm'e of work to be per- formed. Milton is currently advertising for a parttime building code in- spector, and has asked that Sussex County temporarily provide in- spection services for single family Lewes police arrest ' Charles Cross for DUI Lewes Police Department Pa- trolman First Class Bruce Ritter arrested Charles Cross, 46, of Re- hoboth Beach, on Monday, April 28, for driving under the influence (DUI), driving while a license is suspended, iuatentive driving and failure to change an address. According to a police report Ritter was patrolling on Anglers Road when he observed a 1994 green Subaru straddling an 18 inch telephone pole used as a parking stop. Further investiga- tion revealed that Cross was under the influence of alcohol, and he refused to take the intoxilizer test. Cross' blood sample was taken at Beebe Medical Center and sent to the state chemist for analysis. Lewes couple injured in two-car accident George Lyon, 68, and his wife Frances, 66, both of Lewes, were injured Thursday, April 24, at ap- proximatley 12:50 p.m. when their car was involved in a colli- sion with a vehicle driven by Robert Calabrase, 40, of Fair Lawn, N.J. The Lyons were taken to Beebe Medical Center, where George was admitted in serious condition; Frances was reported to be in stable condition. According to police, Calabrase was in the southbound lane of Route 1, failed to stop at the red light at the Sussex 26 intersection, and hit the Lyons' car broadside. The Lyons had been attempting to make a left turn from the north- bound lane when the accident oc- curred. 5th Avenue Jewelers robbed at gun point An armed robber absconded with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry from 5th Avenue Jewelers in the Rehoboth Mall on Saturday, April 26 at approxi- mately 8:30 p.m. "The robber...entered the store, ap- proached the clerk, brandished a handgun and demanded cash from the employee,"said Sgt. David Thomas, Delaware State Police spokesman. The suspect, described as a thin- ly built, light-skinned African American about 6 feet 2 inches tall, then fled on foot. He was wearing a beige scarf at the time of the incident. State police are investigating the robbery and are requesting anyone with informa- tion to contact Troop 4 at 856- 5850. Man arrested for cable TV services theft Delaware State Police arrested Robert Josephson, 39, of Re- hoboth Beach, on Monday, April 28, for theft of services and crimi- nal mischief. "He has been tam- pering with the cable service from Comcast Cable for approximately two months," said Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman. Comcast, said Lewis, identified the services theft at Josephson's Colonial East home and reported it to police on Friday, April 25. Josephson pleaded guilty in Jus- tice of the Peace Court 2 on Mon- day. He was fined $181 in fines and court costs. Two arrested for shoplifting spree Mona Sheppard, 34, and Cheryl White, 30, both of Rehoboth Beach, were arrested on Wednes- day, April 30, following an al- leged shoplifting spree at Ocean Outlets stores and Food Lion. Ac- cording to Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, when the women were arrested at approximately 12:42 p.m., the car in which they were traveling con- talned more than $500 of stolen property from Food Lion, Tommy Hilfiger, Bugle Boy, Big Dog and London Fog. "An employee from London Fog noticed the shoplifting and was able to get a description of the vehicle and the suspects," said Lewis. The description was for- warded to state police, who issued a general broadcast for police to be on the lookout for the women. "A trooper on patrol noticed the vehicle, and it was stopped," said Lewis. "Inside of this vehicle was a total of over $500 of Stolen prop- erty." Both women were charged with six counts of shoplifting and six counts of second degree conspira- cy; they were arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 2. White pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay $1,080 in fines and court costs. Sheppard was released on $400 unsecured bond, pending her May 23 trial in Justice of the Peace Court 2. Anthony Gibbs caught by Virginia police Anthony Gibbs, 36, of the Lewes area, is under arrest in a Fairfax, Va., prison and is expect- ed to be extradited to Delaware to face charges of kidnapping, said Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman. Lewes said Gibbs should have been ar- rested in Virginia as a Delaware fugitive. Delaware State Police Troop 4 detectives had been seeking Gibbs' whereabouts for allegedly kidnapping a Lewes woman and her four children. The incident occurred on Sept. 24 at approxi- mately 9:30 p.m. at a residence on County Road 28,5A near Lewes. Gibbs allegedly "forced his way into the home of a 30-year-old Lewes female," said Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman. "Once inside, Gibbs displayed a knife and also stated he had a gun, and demanded the 30-year-old female drive him to the Washington, D.C. area. Gibbs also stated that if she did not do this, he would kill her and her four children. The victim complied." Lewis said Gibbs never displayed the gnn.- Lewis said the victim had three daughters, aged three, seven and eight, and one son, aged 10. The FOR WEEK OF APRIL 14 TO APRIL 20. 1997 DATE LOCATION 04/14/97 Rt. 1, at Lowe's parking lot 04/15/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth 04/15/97 Rt. 1 at McDonalds parking lot 04/15/97 Rt. 1 and Old Landing Road 04/18/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth 04/18/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 12, west of Lewes 04/18/97 Rt. 1 at Roadhouse parking lot 04/19/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth FOR WEEK OF APRIL 21 TO APRIL 27. 1997 04121/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth 04/21/97 04123/97 04/23197 04125197 04/25197 04/26197 04/27/97 Rt. 1 and . 16, 4 miles east of Milton Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rohoboth Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Mall parking lot Rt. 1 and Rt. 16, east of Milton Rt. 1 at Bay.side Outlets parking lot Rt. 1 and Sussex 198, north of Milton Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth mother, who kept her children with her, drove Gibbs to Washing- ton, D.C., where the suspect forced her to wait for him so she could drive him back to Delaware. When they arrived in the Harring- ton area, Gibbs allegedly told the woman she could drop him off and he would take a bus some- where. None of the victims were harmed. Cape Board to discuss math curriculum May 8 The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education will re- view the results from the math committee's May 1 examination of math curricula during the board's Thursday, May 8, meet- ing. The board will also discuss the food service budget review, the proposal to allow Channel I at the high school, recently complet- ed community opinion surveys and setting the tax rate. The meet- ing will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cape Henlopen High School li- brary. Citizens desiring to address the board on any issue may do so by signing up with Lynda Clifton prior to the meeting's start. Townsend Square withdrawn from agenda Plans for two Route 1 area pro- jects were withdrawn from the Sussex County Planning and Zon- ing Commision agenda for April 24, both of them potentially con- troversial sites. The first and largest project withdrawn from the planning and zoning agenda (the projects can be added to the agenda again in the future) was for a project next to Rehoboth Outlet Center known as Townsend Square. The project next to Postal Lane includes four buildings, including retail space, two department stores and a TYPE #3 #2 #3 #2 #5 #4 #3 #5 #4 #4 #2 #3 #4 #3 #2 #4 55,000 square foot grocery store, which is rumored to be a Giant Food. The land was previously pro- posed for an expansion to the neighboring outlet mall, owned by Charter Oak Partners. The other proposed project withdrawn last week is located slightly further to the north. It calls for 69 units to be built by Dyer McCrea Ventures L. L. C. on land next to the Delaware State Police Troop. The land is known as the Mills Property and the units will be multi-family. May 7 hearing on asphalt plant The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol [DHREC], Air Quality Man- agement Section, will be conduct- ing a public hearing on an applica- tion filed by Tilcon Delaware Inc. to construct and operate a 400-ton per hour asphalt concrete plant in Georgetown. The public is invited to attend. The hearing will take place on May 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Delaware Technical and Community College, Lecture Hall, Jack Owens Campus, Georgetown. County begins longer hours on May 7 Sussex Adm4nistrator Bob Stickels is reminding county resi- dents that effective May 7, county offices will have extended hours on Wednesdays. Offices will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Offices that will be available to the public will include building code, assessment, planning and zoning, utility billing division, treasury division, clerk of the peace, and recorder of deeds. The services those departments pro- vide, including building permits, will be available.