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County Council funds holding tank help Sussex County Council agreed this spring to provide $25,000 to help the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) develop a holding tank monitoring program. Council made that decision, al- though some members of county council argued that it should be up to DNREC to do the job without county funding. Rodney Wyatt of DNREC said that there are an es- timated 250 holding tanks in the inland bays areas. Holding tanks essentially hold, but do not treat sewage. The tanks have to be pumped out and are usually tem- porary, but some have been in place for a number of years. That has caused concern that the tanks sometimes don't get pumped out and that the sewage simply over- flows and leaches into the ground and the waterways. Wyatt said DNREC has no way of knowing how much or how little the prob- lem created by the tanks really is. This program will be designed to monitor the area holding tanks for compliance to see if they are cre- ating an environmental problem and if so, how much of a problem. North Shores requests groin permit North Shores is requesting per- mission to extend an existing groin in order to help maintain the Police briefs Missing Rehoboth girl found in Angola When a Delaware State Police trooper found Monica Hayden, 12, of Rehoboth Beach, at midday June 2, at a pay phone at Peddlers Village in Angola, she was un- harmed. Hayden had been miss- ing since she left home May 30. Nancy King scheduled for case review Nancy King, 42, of Louisville, Ky., will appear in Superior Court July 27, for the customary Case re- view prior to trial. King, who pleaded not guilty of two counts of murder during a March hear- ing, is accused of killing her 5- month-old baby and an 8-month- old Dewey Beach baby, Corey Henley, for whom she was babysitting in 1976. Walls waives preliminary hearing Michael E. Walls, 51, of Lewes, waived his preliminary hearing pertaining to his fourth-degree rape charge in connection with an allegation he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year-old female Cape High student. The Delaware Attorney General's Of- beach nourishment sand placed on the beach in 1998. The request has been made to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rehabilitate 87 feet of the exist- ing groin and to extend the groin both landward and channelward. The purpose of the request is "to stabilize and enhance the beach areas immediately to the south of the groin and to provide storm protection for the existing dune and oceanfront residences," ac- cording to the application. The project must still receive a permit from the Corps of Engineers. Pub- lic comments will be taken until June 23. To comment on the ap- plication, send to District Engi- neer, U.S. Army Corps of Engi- neers, Philadelphia District, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA., 19107-3390. Pinetown may get central sewer Sussex County Council plans to apply for a $675,000 grant to pay to extend the boundaries of the West Rehoboth Sewer District to include Pinetown, a small com- munity of about 45 homes west of Five Points. The county plans to apply for the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the effort to provide sewer for the area, which is believed to have problems with failing septic sys- tems, at a reduced cost. County approves 32-townhome project Sussex County Council ap- rice has assigned Paula Steiner, deputy attorney general, to prose- cute the case. Charges were filed against Steve Wolak, 46, also of Lewes and also facing fourth-degree rape charges for allegations he had in- appropriate sexual contact with a 17-year-old female Cape High student. No trial date has been de- termined in either case. Melanie Withers, deputy attorney general in charge of the Felony Trial Unit and who has six years specializing in child sexual abuse and domes- tic violence, will prosecute the Wolak case. Lewes police seek license tag thief Lewes Police Department is in- vestigating a theft that was report- ed at 4:20 p.m., June 1, at Beebe Medial Center. A victim reported the tag on his 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck was removed from his vehicle. The Delaware tag number is C81611. Police are asking anyone with information to report it to police at 645-6264. DNREC investigate boat accident off Lewes Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) officers are investi- gating a boating accident early Saturday, June 3 that injured one man. Jim Graybeal, chief of en- forcement for DNREC's fish and proved a request by Silver Proper- ties to place multi-family units on approximately eight acres of land located just north of Coco's Diner on Route 1. The project was ap- proved on Tuesday, June 6, but it was reduced in size by council. Maximum density was reduced from six units per acre to four units in an effort to make the den- sity closer to other area projects, reducing the maximum number of units from the requested 48 to 32. Conectiv not guilty for July '99 power outages The Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled Tues- day, June 6, that last July's rolling blackouts were not the result of poor planning on the part of the state's largest utility, rather the outages were caused by extreme hot weather during a three-day pe- riod over the July 4 weekend. The problem peaked on July 6, 1999, when Conectiv was forced to institute rolling blackouts from 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The move left some 138,000 cus- tomers without electricity for pc- riods of up to two hours on the first workday after the annual In- dependence Day holiday. An investigation into the black- outs was initiated by the PSC after thousands of angry customers called to complain about the sud- den blackouts. Conectiv had an- nounced the blackouts at !0:30 a.m., just as they began initiating them. After a 10-month investigation into the issue, PSC hearing exam- iner Arthur Padmore announced wildlife section, said the charter boat "Fatal Attraction" hit the daymarker at the entrance to Roo- sevelt Inlet while returning from Cape May, N.J. some time around midnight. Graybeal said the boat was piloted by Captain William Bayard. The accident ripped a gash in the side of the charter boat, but it was able to return to Lewes. Graybeal said one man, 48- year-old John Doucette of Mills- boro, complained of rib and back pains and was admitted to Beebe Medical Center for further obser- vation. Graybeal said the impact apparently knocked Doucette into a box on board the boat, causing the injury. There were no other in- juries and no charges have been filed. Graybeal said the cause of the accident is undetermined and the investigation is continuing. Lewes police told drugs on sale in town Lewes Police Department was alerted at 3:30 a.m., June 5, that cocaine was being sold from a Ford Bronco at a business on the east side of the inlet. Police are investigating the allegations and are asking anyone with informa- tion that could assist in the inves- tigation to contact 645-6264. :June Bugs hit Dewey in traditional style Dewey Beach police logs for the past week reflect the return of CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 2000 - 3 Dennis Forney photo Seat belts on; driver's injuries minor David M. Vecchioni, 48, of Lewes, sustained only minor in- juries when the 1992 Ford Taurus he was operating June 3, flipped during a single-vehicle crash. Vecchioni was wearing a seat belt. The crash occurred at 3:18 p.m., when Vecchioni was traveling on Sussex 277 and approaching the Sussex 277B intersection. Vecchioni told police he swerved to avoid striking an animal, which caused the car to exit the west edge of the roadway. The car continued forward sideways through a grassy ditch until it struck a concrete sewer box, causing the car to flip onto its roof. Vecchioni was cited with inattentive driving and driving while suspended. After be- ing treated at Beebe Medical Center for neck strain and con- tusions on his head, he was released. that he believed Conectiv officials had been at fault because they had not listened to warnings by their planners, advising the company to accelerate improvements to its generation and transmission sys- tem. The five PSC commissioners took a softer stand than Padmore on the issue, saying the company could not have predicted the ex- traordinarily hot weather of three consecutive days with tempera- I June Bugs, the name given to re- cent high school graduates who come to the resort for a break be- fore returning home to a summer job. Scores of complaints were registered from June 2 through June 8 about underage drinkers, possession of alcohol in public, urinating in public, rowdiness, disorderly dwellings and fighting. Dewey Beach police and 41 of its summer officers were kept busy writing tickets for violations of town ordinances. Most offenders faced hearings before the town al- derman, and many were fined for their actions. Dewey Beach - a decade ago known as a wide open party resort - still welcomes all to the town, but reminds visitors that a beefed-up seasonal police force will ensure that the wide-open party-town attitude is a thing of the past and that town ordinances will be enforced. Dewey dumpster fires under investigation The early hours of Sunday, June 4, brought a blaze of activity to the Dewey Beach police force as fires erupted in several dumpsters and trash cans in the oceanside block of Clayton Street. Police complaint logs show the first call about a fire occurred at 1:59 a.m., June 4, reporting a dumpster fire at the Atlantic View Motel. It was extinguished by 2:36 a.m., but others broke out in receptacles at Colliers Trim Shop, tures in the high 90's and did the best they could with the rolling blackouts to keep the entire elec- tric infrastructure from collapsing on the Delmarva Peninsula. PSC executive director Bruce Burcat noted that the issue of reli- ability raised over Conectiv's blackouts was centered around the transmission of power, rather than the generation of it. The util- ity has spent $32 million since last Continued on page 4 the Beachcomber Condos, Sea Scape and a private residence, which received some damage. The last fire call occurred at 3:16 a.m. Damages for all the fires were assessed at $1,500. Coinci- dentally, officers had to contend with a fight at Dagsworthy Street oceanside and a loud explosion in the front yard of 2000 Bayard St. Delaware State Fire Marshal's Of- fice joined Dewey Beach police in the fire investigations and an- nounced, June 5, they were inten- tionally set. Dewey Beach Police Chief Ray Morrison said the in- vestigation will continue in an ef- fort to apprehend those responsi- ble for the dumpster arsons. Any- one with information may call Dewey police at 227-11i0 or Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Richard Ward at 85625600. Old Inlet Bait & Tackle victimized Delaware State Police and Dewey Beach Police are seeking the identity of the suspect or sus- pects who smashed the front loor of Old Inlet Bait & Tackle at ap- proximately 3:30 a.m., May 29. Police said there appeared to be nothing stolen from the shop and there was no evidence even to suggest the vandals entered the store. The case remains under investi- gatiffn. Anyone with information is asked to call Troop 7 at 644- 5020.