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CAPIGAZET'rE, liday'June 20 - Je'26,-1997 '17 " Milton teen charged with shooting stepfathertion.,,Millssaid tappearedtha By Kerry Kester According to Ray Quillen, gus- stepfather s .22 caliber rifle, then Weatherspoonisiin"faircondi t Police have not determined a sex County Family Court deputy at approximately 2:30 p.m., motive for why a Milton teen' al- director, the teen was remanded to Christopher shot him in the left only two shots were fired from the legedly shot and wounded his Stevenson House in default of side of his chest just below his weapon, which to date police have stepfather during a domestic alter- $23,000 secured bond: $10,000 on nipple. "He was also shot in the been unable to recover. Follow- cation on Saturday, June 14. Mil- ton police charged Eric Christo- pher, 17, of Milton, with first de- gree assault, possession of a dead- ly weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of a deadly weapon by a juvenile and theft of a firearm, after he seriously in- jured Rickey Weatherspoon, 3 l, with whom Christopher resided. Beebe Continued from page 1 time. Despite a variety of efforts, the park has never attracted any tenants. The most recent interest came from an arm of the Peninsula Con- ference of the United Methodist Church which eyed some of the land for an assisted living com- plex for elderly citizens. Beebe Medical Center officials in the past several months have al- so said that they are considering construction of an assisted-living Rezoning Cdntinued from page 11 map, and that no one would want to purchase the parcel zoned resi- dential when it's "surrounded by commercial properties." Garey told the board that he has operated a hair studio for 19 years and would only have two chairs m the present house on the lot. He would build a 22-foot by 24-foot building next to it and offer three off-street parking spaces, with plans to live at 158 Columbia himself. "I hear the concerns now, but no one has asked me what I planned to do. They see me walking and not speak to me and these people are using every bit of green space on their property. Some are rent- mg their properties to produce in- come and these renters have five to seven cars," Garey said. He stressed his intention to re- main in the community and now I'm paying a ridiculous amount of rent. I'm not asking to add any- thing to the commercial line - I just want to be included in it," he added. At this point Mayor Sam Coop- er noted that surrounding property owners do not have to be notified if a rezoning request, only a re- quest for a variance. Cooper also reminded board members that if 20 percent of the property owners located within 200 feet of the property in ques- tion oppose the rezoning, it would require a three-fourths majority (six out of seven board members) to rezone the parcel. Therefore the matter was deferred to the July 11 meeting, so that the city can go over the names on the petitions to judge whether this three-fourths majority stipulation must be met. the assault charge, $10,000 on the deadly weapon charge and $1,500" each for both the theft and juve- nile possession charges. He will remained detained, pending his appearance for a preliminary hear- ing in Family Court on Wednes- day, June 25. According to Milton Police Chief Donald Mills, Christopher allegedly stole his complex for the aging population of Sussex County. Beebe won bidding Fried said Beebe Medical Cen- ter officials learned that the Uni- versity of Delaware was interested in selling some of the property that is part of the park. "We en- tered a bidding process and won the right to pursue this land," said Fried. He said a strategic planning committee is working on possible specific uses for the land. "Most likely we would be looking at ser- vices that don't need to be part of the in-patient hospital," said Fried. He noted that Beebe Medical Center is landlocked on its 13.75 acre location in Lewes which in- cludes its main facilities, Beebe School of Nursing, Lewes Conva- thumb," said Mills. "He'll proba- bly lose his thumb," said Mills. After the shooting the teen left the scene, and Weatherspoon went to a neighbor's home to call police. Weatherspoon was first transport- ed to Milford Memorial Hospital but was later flown to Christiana Medical Center. A spokeswoman from the hospital reported that lescent Center (about to be ex- panded) and Beebe Home Health Services. "We're maxed out as far as growth capabilities go on this campus," said Fried. "We're looking down the road. We're serving a growing community and we wanted to identify a piece of property that would be large enough to handle a number of dif- ferent options for the future. This piece of ground seems to do that. And with the hospital in Lewes, it makes sense that the property we choose to grow on shoutd be near- by. Of course we'll continue to grow our satellite offices in the other communities of our service area but we recognize that our roots are here in the community of Lewes." Fried said Beebe has no con- ing the shooting, said Mills, "He left with his girlfriend, and a gen- eral broadcast was put out that in- cluded a vehicle description." Several hours later, Laurel po- lice alerted Milton police that they had spotted the vehicle near the girlfriend's apartment in Laurel, and officers from both depart- ments apprehended Christopher. crete plans at this point for the land. "If the purchase transaction goes through, specifics use details will come later when the strategm planning committee completes its work," said Fried. Richard A. Forsten, an attorney representing University of Delaware at the meeting, said he could only speculate as to the Uni- versity's reasons for selling the land. "It appears to be excess land that the University has no imme- diate plans for and there's a chance to raise some money." Members of Lewes Planning Commission, noting that the pro- posed subdivision meets all neces- sary requirements, approved the subdivision request unanimously. The next step will be for the pro- posal to go before Lewes Mayor and Council for final approval. 84-3306 ITnRu TIME, INC, you will never forget. 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