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Briefly GOP taps Bell to run for recorder of deeds Sussex County Republican chairman Bruce A. Rogers has an- nounced the candidacy of Richard H. Bell for Sus- sex County recorder of deeds. Bell is pres- ident of Har- vard Business Services, BELL which spe- cializes in the registration of com- panies in Delaware. This year alone, Harvard Business Services will form more than 2,000 Delaware corporations for its clients worldwide. Bell has been active in his com- munity as well. He has served with the Boy Scouts as a Tiger Cub coordinator, den leader and Cubmaster. The Dilworth Cozy Corner Handicapped 4-H Club, along with Bell, owns and operates a farm with 35 miniature horses for the benefit of children with severe disabilities. He and covolunteer Vivi DuPont attend regional and national horse shows with the children and have won literally hundreds of awards. Bell is also a member of the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge. Bell is seeking the position presently held by Frank Raskauskus who has decided not to seek re-election. Bell and his wife, Paulise, live in Lewes with their four children. Clarifications An obituary in the June 19 is- sue of the Cape Gazette incorrect- ly stated Madison Gall Hurd was stillborn June 15. Madison died shortly after she was born at Christiana Medical Center. The headline on the caption of school photos in the Friday, June 19, edition incorrectly identified the site of H.O. Brittingham Ele- mentary School's "Beetown" as Milton Middle School. The event was held at H.O.B. to raise money for the school's projects. The phone number and dates for the Home-Land Expo hosted by Internet magazines "Rehoboth Today" and "Lewes Today" listed in the June 19 edition were incor- rect. The expo will be held Thurs- day through Saturday, Aug. 20- 22, and the correct phone number for information is 645-0225. While it was too late to correct a statement by Bill Satterfield of the Delmarva Poultry Industry that appears on page 48 in this week's edition, he did want to clarify that the attack on the poul- try industry is not an attempt by the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, but of the Rev. James Lewis, of the diocese's Sussex County Mission. Two men charged in Rehoboth jtSH theft ...... Rehoboth Beach arrested two men last week in connection with the recent theft of two jet skis worth more than $16,000. Sometime between 11 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, and 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 18, a Colum- bia Avenue resident reported that his two jet skis and trailer were stolen from his driveway. Later that morning, Rehoboth police circulated a descriptio n of the stolen watercraft and at 5 p.m. Thursday evening, a traffic acci- dent on Route 5, involving a car pulling a jet ski, was investigated by Delaware State Police. A state trooper, recalling the in- formation on the stolen property, contacted the Rehoboth police and later that day city officers went to a Milton residence where they lo- cated one suspect in the theft, Michael Kenton, 22. The man ad- mitted his involvement in the crime and identified his accom- plice and the location of the other jet ski, according to Rehoboth Po- lice Det. Keith Banks. Keith Banks and Patrolman Dal- las Reynolds, acting on informa- tion obtained there, then went to an Angola By The Bay residence and arrested Christopher L. Malec, 24, of Georgetown, and recovered the second jet ski. Both were charged with two counts of felony theft and two counts of felony second-degree conspiracy. They were taken to Justice of the Peace Court 2, where they were released on $4,000 unsecured bond and later waived a preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas, with an appearance scheduled for a lat- er date in Superior Court. Rehoboth Beach Police encour- age the owners of personal water craft to take every reasonable measure available to secure their jet skis, such as purchasing an in- expensive hitch lock for their trailers. They also suggest that owners record and file the serial number of their jet ski and trailer, just as they would the VIN num- ber of their automobile. The po- lice have a burglary/theft preven- tion engraving program whereby owners can have their Social Se- curity numbers or driver's license numbers engraved on the jet ski and trailer. Parking garage on Rehoboth agenda The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will discuss the pros and cons of constructing a parking garage adjacent to the Convention Center during their Monday, June 29, workshop ses- sion. Commissioner Don Der- rickson, a proponent of building a garage, which has been discussed during recent downtown revital- ization project meetings, asked that the topic be placed on the agenda. Also on the agenda is a report from the Water and Sewer Com- mittee on the selection of an engi- neer to design two new elevated water storage tanks. A listening post session, at which time the public may speak . on_ any pertinent topic, will begin at 6:30 p.m, with the workshop starting at 7 p.m. Upstate man arrested on drug, car theft charges Alerted by the owner, who spot- ted his stolen truck just outside of Rehoboth Beach city limits, Re- hoboth police arrested Paul R. Nell Jr., 19, of Wilmington, on Sunday, June 21, for stealing two vehicles within 72 hours. At about 12:25 a.m., on Sunday, the owner of a pickup truck stolen the day before spotted his truck in the Double L Bar parking lot on Rehoboth Avenue Extended. Two plainclothes detectives staked out the truck, and an hour later arrested Nell when he re- turned to the truck to search for a missing bag of crack cocaine he thought he had left in the cab of the truck, according to Rehoboth Police Det. Keith Banks. Nell was arrested and admitted stealing both the 1997 Ford F150 from the Jack Lingo Realty park- ing lot and a 1995 Ford Aerostar van from McQuay's parking lot three days earlier. He was charged with two counts each of felony theft, criminal mis- chief and possession of drug para- phernalia, and one count of pos- session of a nonnarcotic con- trolled substance. Neff was taken to Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, where he was com- mitted to Sussex Correctional In- stitution in default of $3,450 se- cured bond, pending a hearing in the Court of Common Pleas. Two Lewes youths arrested on drug charges Two Rehoboth Beach officers on routine patrol Friday night, June 19, arrested two Cape Hen- lopen High School students on felony drug charges while they were sitting in a vehicle in an iso- lated area of a Baltimore Avenue hotel parking lot. Police observed Charles A. Ul- rich, 17, and Jesse D. Brozefsky, 17, both of Lewes, sitting in the car, and, upon closer inspection, police saw baseball bats on the floor behind the two young men. Upon further investigation, the officers recovered 57.5 grams of suspected marijuana, some pre- packaged clear plastic bags., a marijuana cigarette, rolling ma- chine, rolling papers, some par- tially smoked "joints," and more than $300 in cash, according to Rehoboth Beach Patrolman Chris Richardson. Ulrich and Brozefsky were ar- rested and taken to Justice of the Peace Court 3, Georgetown, where they were charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, second and third de- gree conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-de- gree criminal trespass. They were released to their par- ents on several hundred dollars unsecured bond, pending trial at some later date in Family Court. CAPE GAZETI'E, Friday, June 26 - July 2, 1998 - 3 Angle Moon photo Lewes Police Dept. holds bike rodeo Ryan Arnold, 9, of Lewes receives instructions from Officer Mike Costello of the Lewes Police Department during a recent bike rodeo that the police department sponsored. During the rodeo, area children learned safety tips while having fun. III I Rehoboth city offices open on July 3 The City of Rehoboth Beach Administrative Offices will be open on Friday, July 3. The city will proceed with normal trash pickup on that day as well. Henlopen Acres slates meeting for June 26 The Town of Henlopen Acres has set a special meeting for the 1998-99 fiscal year for noon, Fri- day, June 26, at Henlopen Acres Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters. The agenda includes discussion on selling a lot adjacent to the town's marina, Block H, Lot 15; discussion on the resolution to propose amending the restrictive covenants of Henlopen Acres re- lating to Article I, Exception 3; the appointment of an audit com- mittee; and discussion of the town budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Dewey changes date of town meeting to July 17 Originally slated for Friday, Ju- ly 3, the Dewey Beach town meet- ing has been reset for at 7 p.m., Friday, July 17, at the U.S. Life- saving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue. Although the agenda has not yet been officially set, it is expected to include extensive discussion on the pedestrian safety issue and discussion of a parcel of land that includes the Waterfront property. Lewes architecture commission meets July 2 The Commercial Architecture Review Commission (CARC) of Lewes will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 2. Members will review a request on behalf of Peter Economos, 108 W. Third St., to construct a 30-by- 30-foot garage to be attached to the existing improvements within the C-1 commercial district. The meeting will be held in council chambers of City Hall on East Third Street. The public is welcome to at- tend. Lewes city offices to be dosed July 3 The city offices of Lewes will be closed on Friday, July 3, for the Fourth of July holiday. There will be no trash collection within the City of Lewes on that day. Students: no grades, no driver's license With bipartisan support, Rep. Stephanie Ulbrich, R-Newark South, and Sen. David Sokola, D- Newark, have introduced H.B. 674; if it becomes law, the bill will require students to maintain their academic performance to get a driver's permit or license. The bill recommends high school students must satisfactorily fulfill the criteria in the driver's education program and meet spe- cific academic criteria in core sub- jects. The bill proposes that sophomores shall have earned one-fourth of the graduation cred- its, including at least one credit in English/language arts, to qualify for a license. Juniors shall have earned one-half of the graduation. credits, including at least two credits in English/language arts, to get their licenses. Licenses issued to students who do not meet the academic criteria will be voided. The law would not pertain to special education students who have individualized education programs. Estie Class, Cape Henlopen School District Board of Educa- tion member and legislative liai- son, said she has mixed feelings about the bill. "On the surface, it looks good, but I have some con- cerns," she said. For example, she wonders how the bill would affect teenagers who need driver's licenses for transportation to and from jobs. "And who, at the school level, will make sure?" she asked, not- ing that Cape's guidance coun- selors are already overworked. Most troublesome, she said, is that in effect, the bill legislates parental responsibility. Parents, she said, should be ensuring that their children learn while they are in school. "It's sad that lawmak- Continued on page 4