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Rehoboth posts June 16 agenda The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, June 16, in the commissioners room. The agenda includes hearings on two requests for permits of compliance from restaurants serving alcohol. The first comes from Atlantic Seafood Company at 101 North Board- walk, to serve alcohol on a pro- posed patio, while the other re- quest is from Arena's at 54 Balti- more Ave., which proposes two bar areas totalling 505 square feet and a proposed patio with 54 din- ing seats. Also on the agenda is a request by the building inspector to adopt a resolution to abate a nuisance at 313 Country Club Drive. There will be reports from the planning commission and police department as well as an update on the Rehoboth Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project. Under new business, the board will consider adopting a resolu- tion to set a public hearing on an amendment to the zoning code governing lot area per dwelling unit and minimum parking spaces required. The city manager's report will include setting of the tax rate, submission of nominating peti- tions for the Aug. 9 municipaI ' elections and consideration of re- vising the job description for lieu- tenant in the police department manual. A special meeting will also be held at 7 p.m., Monday, June 23, for a hearing on a request for a permit of compli.ance from Billy's @ the beach, located at the inter- section of Rehoboth Avenue and State Road, the former Chilli- Billys. Global warming topic of Lewes lecture "The Science of Global Warm- ing" will be the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 19, at the College of Marine Studies Room 104, Cannon Lab, Pilot- town Road, Lewes. Professor of oceanography Ferris Webster will give a talk describing the impor- tance of the greenhouse effect for life on Earth. The hour-long free lecture will be followed by light refreshments. Reservations are required by calling 645-4279. Milton Town Council special meeting set The Milton Town Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 19, in Milton Town Hall. The agenda includes an update on the Dogfish Head Brewery; Cannery Village Phase II and street light request and wa- ter/seWer tJfility assessment. Delaware Clean Marina Program kicks off The Delaware Clean Marina Program, a first-ever program to encourage and publicly recognize environmentally responsible ma- rina operations in the state, will set sail at 10 a.m., Monday, June 16, at Indian River Marina in Delaware Seashore State Park. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner will be on hand to officially launch the program. Joining the governor in the formal, ceremony will be Car- olyn Thoroughgood, director of the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program and dean of the College of Marine Studies; John Hughes, secretary of the De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC); and Bruce Richards, executive director of the Center for the Inland Bays. The Delaware Clean Marina Program is coordinated by the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program with support from DNREC and the Center for the Inland Bays. The goal of the new program is to enlist marina operators in reducing pollution in Delaware's waterways. Qualified marinas will be recognized for their pollution-control efforts with Continued on page 4 CAPE GAZETI, Friday, June 13 - June 19, 2003 - 3 Edk Sumptlon photo Man charged after assaulting officer Delaware State Police arrested Montaze McNair after he led police on a foot chase and was combative with two offi- cers. Police said the incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m., June 10, when a trooper was handling another com- plaint at Rehoboth Mall. While she was assisting someone, she received a complaint about suspicious people smoking in a vehicle parked behind Wai-Mart. When she checked, she found two people in a vehicle and two outside the vehicle. Only three of the four produced identification, so she asked the fourth to exit the vehicle. While conducting an officer-safety pat-down search, Me- Nair suddenly pushed the trooper in the chest and bolted across the parking lot. She ordered him to stop, but he con- tinued running with her running behind him. Another trooper then arrived and blocked the service road exit with his patrol car. MeNair allegedly then turned around and charged toward the officer behind him. Again, she ordered him to stop and he refused. She got hold of him and attempt- ed to subdue him, but he freed himself and continued run. ning across Route 1. The other trooper apprehended him, and there was no further incident. Police do not know what prompted McNair to flee or resist. They charged him with offensive touching and menacing. Police briefs Dewey eyes suspect in assault on woman Dewey Beach police have a suspect and are continuing their investigation into a tire-iron as- saulton an 18-year-old Hockessin woman, June 10. Police Chief Gordon Elliott said the assault occurred on Bayard Avenue at 1:45 a.m., when the woman was walking alone. Elliott said she was approached by two men in a white station wagon. The vehicle stopped, and one of the men exited it, with a tire iron in hand. The victim was assaulted with the tire iron, and the vehicle sped off. She was unable to identi- fy the assailant, but did see that the vehicle had one tail light-out. The victim was treated for nu- merous bruises at Beebe Medical Center. Police later stopped a ve- hicle answering.the description given by the victim. The occu- pants of the vehicle were ques- tioned and a tire iron in the vehi- cle was taken as part of the inves- tigation. Police released their sus- pect as the investigation contin- ues. Milton arrest woman for violent crime Milton Police Department ar- rested Jessica L. Moore, 18, of Georgetown, June 2, for third-de- gree assault, two counts of reck- less endangering, two counts of criminal mischief, disorderly con- duct, theft, reckless driving, driv- ing while suspended and improper backing. Police were called to Chestnut Street for a possible hit- and-run accident, and when they arrived they learned Moore had allegedly engaged in a verbal al- tercation with a man. Police be- lieve he went to his car, and Moore went to hers, but just mo- ments after the man then exited his vehicle, Moore allegedly struck his car head-on. She then allegedly fled down the street and stopped the vehicle. She alleged- ly then put the car in reverse and stepped up her speed, while an- other woman was in the street. The woman ran and stood on the other Side of another vehicle, while Moore fled from the area. Police learned Moore allegedly took a cordless phone from the victims and was driving but had a suspended driver's license. She was released on $2,200 unsecured bond, pending further court ac- tion. Police find body in Rehoboth Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit detectives located the body of Howard E. "Buddy" Bliz- zard Jr., June 11, behind Rehoboth Outlet Center 3. "He was report- ed missing by an acquaintance June 5," said Lt. Tim Winstead, state police spokesman. Howev- er, said Winstead, Blizzard had not been seen since April 14, when he was dining at Applebees with a friend who said Blizzard intended to walk to his home in a development behiffd the outlet center. After learning of his dis- appearance, detectives contacted relatives who said they had not heard from him either. Blizzard's employer said he had not reported to work since April. Detectives then passed out flyers, with Bliz- zard's photograph, to area busi- nesses. While searching the path between Applebees and Blizzard's home, they found his body, at ap- proximately 11:30 a.m., in a wooded area. The Medical Exam- iner's Office is conducting an au- topsy to determine the cause and manner of death for Blizzard; 40, of Rehoboth Beach. 'Where were no signs of foul play," said Win- stead. The death investigation is continuing. Lewes warns of dangerous intersection Lewes Police Department DeL John Miller issued a community warning, June 12, about a danger- ous intersection in Lewes. Miller said the department has received numerous complaints about peo- ple disregarding the stop signs at West 4th and Park Avenue. Police monitored the four-way stop, June 9, and were surprised at how au- dacious some drivers were. "With officers standing fight there, peo- ple were running through the stop sign like it's not even there," said Miller. "Some were going about 30 mph." The next day, police started a focused patrol for the area. They issued seven warnings and eight tickets to motorists. "We would like to caution everyone not to run through that stop sign," said Miller, noting the focused patrols will continue as long as they are necessary. Police investigate area burglaries Delaware State Police Troop 7 and Troop 4 officers are investi- gating several burglaries that have occurred recently in the Cape Re- gion. Someone broke into an En- chanted Acres residence, June 2; Baywood home, June 5; Oak Or- chard home, June 5; Rehoboth Shores Mobile Home Park, June 5; Eagle's Crest home, June 6; and an Old Landing home, June 7. Cash and small personal items were stolen from many of the homes. Police are asking anyone with information about any of the cases to call Troop 7 at 644,5020 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP- 3333. Rehoboth police nab underage drinker00 Rehoboth Beach Police Depart- ment officers arrested four people on underage consumption-related charges June 7. According to po- lice, officers were dispatched to Rodney Street at approximately 1:30 a.m., for a loud party com- plaint. When they arrived, they found about 50 or 60 people and used a meter to determine whether the noise was exceeding the city's noise ordinance limits. After de- termining the party noise was in violation of the ordinance, police gave a summons to Thomas G. Hogan, 22, the property owner. Three other peopl e were charged for being underage and consuming alcohol. Jared B. Mohrman, 19, of Delaware, and Miguel A. Gonzales, 19, of Ger- mantown, Md., were cited for un- derage consumption. Nicole L. Lynch, 20, of Lewes, was charged with underage consumption, dis- turbing the peace and resisting ar- rest. She was remanded to the Department of Correction in de- fault of $1,100 secured bond, pending further court action. Lewes police arrest underage drinkers Lewes Police arrested Timothy M. Stewart, Kristina E. Brown and Michael S. Donald, June 11, in connection with drinking and drug-related charges. Stewart, 19, of Lewes, was charged with driv- ing by a minor after consuming alcohol and underage consump- tion. Brown, 19, of Lewes, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and underage con- sumption. Donald, 23, of Lewes, was charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Milton police make assault arrest Milton Police Department ar- rested Scott Gransbury, 29, of Milton, June 7, after being dis- patched to Casa San Francisco for an assault complaint. When they arrived, they found Gransbury was intoxicated and had struck a resident at the shelter. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $1,000 se- cured bond, pending further court action.