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12 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 26 - July 2, 1998 speak to police who were investi- tantly and knowingly admitting l0000hnh,rtth gating an assault, which occurred and serving underage minors" lllvillJ L/1Jtll in front of his business, and he Bobby Lauser at the Frogg Pond Continued from page 1 used obscenities when referring to said he doesn't believe this crack the officers in front of his drunken down will affect his business. In and exposes himself to the owner of a bed-and-breakfast at 2 a.m., customers, fact, he advised that if more when she politely asks him to qui- "And he has the unmitigated restaurants and bars allowed their et down, because he's on private gall to gripe when we have to post patrons to use the bathroom for a property and keeping guests up to a dozen police officers out- while after last call instead of awake - that's absolutely too side of his bar at closing time to making them leave the premises, much! We're not going to tolerate keep the place from turning into a fewer incidents of public urination that kind of nonsense!" curb-to-curb brawl," Doyle added, would occur. Doyle warned that "whether not wishing to reveal the name of Sydney Arzt of Sydney's Blues you're from Pennsylvania, Ohio, the establishment publicly. & Jazz Restaurant said she has New Jersey or wherever, if you Only one bar in town where "no problem with the chief taking there have been problems in the a stand concerning unacceptable get locked up here raising cane outside of a bar, expect to be an past has cooperated with the po- behaviors such as public urina- item in your local paper!" lice to some degree, Doyle contin- tion. I hope it will force people to Doyle admitted that saturating ued. He said that Obie's by the make better judgments." the areas with uniformed patrols Sea posts bouncers outside who But concerning taking more re- around bars at closing times and ask patrons to keep quiet as they sponsibility for their actions, Arzt making arrests for "even the most leave, They have also handed out said that her doormen take every minor violations" has been some- flyers to their customers that state, precaution to ensure patrons don't what successful and will continue "Please be considerate of our leave in an intoxicated state. They indefinitely. But the desired long- neighbors and refrain from mak- provide taxis or drive the inebriat- term results still eludes the police ing unnecessary noise when you ed home themselves and won't force, go to your car." "That's the kind of cooperation Doyle hopes that the bars, as well as the newspapers, will coop- and involvement we'd like to see erate. "It would help if more bar from every bar in town," Doyle owners accepted some degree of said. responsibility for their customers. The chief also reported that po- The manager of one popular bar lice will be conducting undercov- told us 'once they're out of my er operations this summer in co- door, they're your problem' Well, operation with the Alcohol Bever- %. that simply won't wash." He said age Control Commission (ABCC) '/, that same bar manager has more to investigate reports that some than once told employees not to bars in Rehoboth Beach are "bla- O o Teens ousted from Rehoboth rental This week, rowdy teenagers al- so received their share of attention in Rehoboth Beach, Police Chief Creig Doyle reported. "Trouble started at the large, two-story house at 2 Queen St. the first day a group of 'June bugs' moved in," on Saturday, June 20, he stated. Nearby residents re- ported that cars were parked on sidewalks, in other people's drive- ways and dozens of cases of beer were carted into the house "by kids who barely looked old enough to drive." Police arrived at 5 p.m. to clear out the parked vehicles and returned around mid- night to break up a large party at- tended by a few dozen unsuper- vised teenagers. One teen, Matthew A. Norman, 17, of Vien- na, Va., was arrested and charged with possession of an open con- tainer of alcohol and underage consumption, to appear at Family Court. The police were back Sunday afternoon because more com- plaints of cars parked around the neighborhood and several vehi- cles were ticketed and moved. Then, at 12:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, police went a third time to the house to investigate reports of teenagers throwing beer cans at a woman living next door. No ar- rests were made, but police identi- fied Travis A. Moore, 18, of McLean, Va., as the "person in charge" and lessee of the property. Upon learning of this fourth complaint, Doyle contacted the rental agency to inform them of the problems at the house. Within an hour, Moore and his party were ordered to leave, Doyle reported, but "apparently they had to have one last hurrah." Just after 1 p.m., police received reports of firecrackers going off around Queen Street, and when they arrived they arrested Moore for possession and discharge of il- legal fireworks. "Moore seemed neither concerned with nor im- pressed by his misdemeanor ar- rest. While being issued the sum- mons he said, 'well, we figured if we had to go anyway, we might as well go out with a bang,' " Doyle reported. Doyle said that the po- lice have a good working relation- ship with the rental agencies and have worked out "the two-strike rule," whereby after the second complaint is received by the de- partment, either he or a sergeant notifies the rental agency and pro- vides copies of the police reports. The agent then gives the tenants one final warning. "If we go back to the same place again, they're gone," Doyle stated. "On several occasions in the past, though, the teenagers' conduct has been so reprehensible, that they've been evicted on the spot the first time." Stressing that the police depart- ment is not "anti-teen or anti-fun," he warned that they do have a zero tolerance policy concerning alco- hol violations and behavior that disturbs the peace of residential areas after 11 p.m. "If irresponsi- ble parents from the affluent D.C. suburbs want to keep sending their kids down here unsuper- vised, we will accommodate their lack of concern by arresting their kids when they break the law, thus giving them a lifetime criminal record, and get them evicted, thus forfeiting their deposits and non- refundable rents," Doyle warned. serve anyone who appears to be impaired by alcohol. Yet, she cited instances where the police have harassed her and her customers without justification. Arzt said she and her patrons have been stopped for the most minor infractions when leaving her estab- lishment, such as being on a yellow line. "I was stopped at midnight because I didn't Use my turn signal and it was winter, without another car in sight," she recalled. This atmosphere, Arzt believes, hurts businesses because "people are afraid to come into town and have a bottle of wine with their dinners, because they may get stopped for any small excuse. "This is a resort and people want to have a good time, but you have a problem created with the residential and commercial areas being so close to each other," Arzt said. Craig Krick of the Summer- house Restaurant and Saloon wouldn't comment on the matter, as he said had been misquoted in two other newspapers. Not every infraction for which the Rehoboth Beach police are making arrests appears to be bar- related, however. Last Thursday, June 19, and early in the morning of Friday, June 20, the "graveyard shift" made nine arrests on a variety of criminal charges, as well as five for traffic offenses. In one incident, three Lewes youths were arrested at 11 p.m. for assaulting a 17-year-old Re- hoboth Beach boy at Rehoboth Avenue and First Street. All three, who are under 16, were charged with conspiracy and of- fensive touching and released to their pb.rents tO appear for trial in Family Court at a later date. Later that night, they investigat- Continued on page 19 25 mint ..oa lot closer. A! i.g. 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