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10 TUESDAY, MAY 20- THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette Trials set for three accused of kidnapping By Ryan Mavity Three teenagers accused of carjacking and kidnapping an 89-year-old Slaughter Neck woman are scheduled for jury trials beginning Monday, June 23. Defendants Rondaiges Harper, 19, Jackeline Perez, 16 and Junia McDonald, 15, will be tried sepa- rately beginning with Harper in June. McDonald will go to trial Monday, Aug. 11, while Perez is scheduled for trial Monday, Oct. 13. A fourth teen, Phillip Brewer, 19, pleaded guilty to second-de- gree carjacking, three counts of second-degree kidnapping and four counts of second-degree conspiracy. Brewer has agreed to testify against Harper, Perez and McDonald. According to Delaware State Police, on March 18, 2013, Mc- Donald and Perez hitched a ride with 89-year-old Margaret Smith before stealing her car keys, rob- bing her of $500 and locking her in the trunk of her 1991 Buick Le Sabre. Police said Brewer and Harper later joined the girls, and all four spent the night at a Sea- ford hotel, with Smith still locked in the trunk. Two days after ab- ducting her, the teens dumped Smith in a graveyard, where she was found, disoriented, by a pass- erby. Brewer later testified that Perez proposed burning the car with Smith inside. Defense attorneys for Harper, Jackeline Perez Junia McDonald Perez and McDonald pushed to have them tried as juveniles, but Delaware Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes ruled that the severity of the crime warranted trying the teens as adults. In his ruling, Stokes said Perez and McDonald were capable Phillip Brewer R. Harper of terrible depravity, showing a total disregard for Smith's safety and that they knew what they were doing, While Harper was not part of the original kidnap- ping, Stokes said he was aware of Smith being locked in the trunk and did nothing to help. Rob Arlett joins crowded District 5 county council race Frankford Republican By Ron MacArthur Another candidate has entered the campaign for the Sussex County District 5 seat. Republican Rob Arlett, 47, of Frankford said he is running for office because people of integ- rity, principles and faith must be is 38th District chair involved in the political process at all levels. Among his goals are rebuilding the economy, instilling creative thinking and networking to bring jobs to Sussex, establishing a council code of ethics and re- storing transparency to the use of council funds. He is also inter- ested in renewal and attention to western Sussex. "I want to restore integrity to the political process," Arlett said. "There is not, nor will there be, any negative controversy, hidden agendas or character problems with my campaign or my desire to serve Sussex County," he said. Arlett moved to Frankford from Virginia in 2006 with his wife, Lorna, and their two chil- dren. He owns Beach Bound Realty and has served as vice chairman and chairman of the Sussex County Association of Realtors Public Policy Commit- tee; he is also a Delaware political action committee trustee. Arlett has served as Republican chair- man of the 38th Represen- tative District since last year. He was a founding member and organizer for Operation Seas the Day, a com- Rob Arlett munity-based organization that provides a free beach week to 25 wounded warriors and their families near Bethany Beach. The son of a career U.S. Navy officer, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an intelligence specialist while attending George Mason University in Virginia. In that capacity, he held a top secret security clearance. The seat is currently held by Republican Vance Phillips of Laurel, who is seeking a fifth term. Republican Harry. Orvin Strickler of Frankford and Demo- crats Bob Wheatley of Laurel and Brad Connor of Dagsboro have also fried for the District 5 seat. District 5 extends from the Maryland line to the Atlantic Ocean, including the commu- nities of Dagsboro, Delmar, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Laurel, Millville, Millsboro, Sel- byville and South Bethany. Cape Continued from page I Milton and H.O. Brittingham el- ementaries would walk to school under the new plan, Bassett said. He said he does not know for certain which neighborhoods would be affected except for Shipbuilders Village in Milton, where students ride to Milton Elementary although it is a short walk to the school. Richardson said students will not be required to walk to Bea- con Middle because it is too dangerous to walk on Route 24; many neighborhood children within a half mile of Rehoboth Elementary School also would continue riding buses because it wotfld be too dangerous for them to cross Route 1 and the Lewes- Rehoboth Canal. Board member Jen Burton said she was reluctant to approve the plan until she has more details on which students would walk to school. "I feel like this is so quick that I don't even have a map of where kids are going to be walking," she said. That detail is coming, Bas- sett said, as he and Richardson review walk routes in person to determine the routes are safe with no hazards. Once safe walk- ing routes are established, he said, he hopes to inform parents of the details, probably within three months. Board member Andy Lewis agreed the district needs a new bus plan. "We're going to need to do something next year with buses," he said. "Unfortunately, there are kids that are going to have to walk." Although more students may have to walk, those who ride buses will have much shorter rides, Bassett said. Bus rides for students in out- lying areas often last more than an hour. Double bus runs would give each school more buses, allowing for shorter routes and ride times. Under a double-run system, the number of buses at the mid- dle schools would more than double. Mariner Middle would go from nine buses to 25, and Beacon would go from eight to 23, according to the plan. The elementary schools also would receive one or two more buses for shorter bus routes, Bassett said. However, in order to implement a double-run sys- tem, Bassett said, the middle schools would have to start a half-hour earlier at 7:30 a.m., and the elementary schools would all have to start at 8:30 a.m. Middle schools would dismiss at 2:30 p.m. and elementary schools at 3:30 p.m. Current start times vary by school: Shields Elementary School hours are 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.; H.O. Brittingham and Mil- ton elementaries are 7:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.; Rehoboth Elementary hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. At the middle schools, Beacon hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. while Mariner is 7:55 a.m. to 2:55 p.m., and Cape Henlopen High School 7:55 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Cape school boardwill discuss the new transportation plan for approval at its meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 22, in the cafete- ria of Beacon Middle School. Donald J. Foraker, Jr.,-CPA- .... "tllfl Hk We do more than just taxes... IIF Bookkeeping & Quickbooks Assistance 1[[ Business Advice for all entity types 1[ New Business Set-up and more! 1[ Lcated at 19606 Castal Hwy' Rehbth Beach ]1 (800) 748-0354  FILE PHOTO MORE STUDENTS WILL WALK, and fewer will ride buses under a new transportation plan for the Cape Henlopen School District.