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June 7, 1996

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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, June 7 - Thursday, June 13, 1996 Volume 4, No. 3 Contracts signed Local developers to purchase Food City, Bay Mart properties By Dennis Forney Local business people signed contracts in the past several days for two parcels on Rt. 1 where there have been vacant buildings for a number of years. The properties involved in the transac- tions include the Ocean Bay Mart Shopping Center in Rehoboth Beach and the Food City parcel along the southbound lane of Rt. 1 just north of Ocean Outlets Bayside. According to a reliable source, Bob Der- rickson, Preston Dyer and Blake Thomp- son, all of the Rehoboth Beach area, have signed a contract for the Food City parcel including the former food store that was originally a Safeway and the extensive parking area in front. The contract does not include the PNC Bank or the Ocean Wines and Spirits buildings which flank the vacant food store. With the contract signed, the business- men are in a review period to determine the feasibility of developing the Food City par- Continued on page 16 Jen EIIIngsworth photo Pulieri starts the Miller 500 at Dover Downs Dominiek Pulieri gets into the action as he drops the green flag signalling the start of the Miller 500 at Dover Downs on Sunday, June 2 in front of more than 100,000 fans. The president of Grotto Pizza, a major sponsor of the race, is an avid racing fan and relted every minute of hovering over the gate where the ve reded the enes for the g of the race and where all eyes were ed. Jeff on won the  mile race th an average exg 122 mph- For more NC  pho please see page . Townsend pleads guilty in Nassau Vineyard murder By Kerry Kester Thomas Townsend pleaded guilty to mur- dering Bryan Frey, 24, at Nassau Vineyards a year ago during a plea agreement proceed- ing on Thursday, June 6. Townsend, 22, originally charged with first degree murder, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. The maximum sentence he could receive is 40 years; he will be sentenced on Aug. 16 in Superior Court. "We received an oral decision on our sup- pression motion today, and our suppression motion was denied," said Rosemary Beau- regard, Townsend's attorney. Beauregard's motion sought to suppress evidence in the case, citing a lack of particularity in the premises to be searched by state police and articles seized that were not listed on the search warrant that was executed on April 3, 1995. Townsend made the decision to plead to the lesser charge after learning of Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves' denial of the suppression motion and after discussing his situation with his family. "He felt that was an appropriate resolution of the charges," said Beauregard. "I think it was a good decision on Tom- my's part," she said. "Whenever you're dealing with a jury, there are risks to assess. Beauregard said the judge ordered a pre- sentence investigation, which will include interviews with the victim's family mem- Continued on page 16 Angle Moon photo Say farewell to Cape Class of 1996 Cape Henlopen High School Class of 1996 President Brand/Townsend Oeft) and Vice President Emily Weer reflect the joy of accomplishment during com- mencement June 4. For more photos please see page 29. 1 .........