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Brief Bar patron caught watering church shrubs A Georgetown man on his way up Olive Avenue at 1:40 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, apparently could not wait until he got home, and decided to use the parking lot of a nearby church as a restroom, according to Rehoboth Beach Po- lice Sgt. Harry Miller. "Apparently he did not notice the police cars with lights flashing or the lO uniformed police offi- cers patrolling up and down the block to deter such behavior," Miller reported. When the arrest- ing officer asked Gary C. Ferrara, 30, what he was doing, he replied "I'm checking the shrubbery." Ferrara was charged with one count of disorderly conduct and is scheduled to appear in Alder- man's Court. Shoplifting team caught in downtown Rehoboth Thanks to an alert citizen who thought it strange that someone would stuff new clothing into a trash bag, Rehoboth Beach Police arrested a four-man team on Mon- day, June 29, that have been ac- cused of stealing $700 in mer- chandise from downtown stores in just a little over 20 minutes. At about 7 p.m., a Rehoboth Avenue employee called 911 to report the unusual activity. When police arrived, they found two ju- veniles and two adults, Noe Perez, 22, of Milford, and Charles J. Tucker, 18, of Dover, with the bag of new clothing from nearby stores. All four were charged with shoplifting and conspiracy, while Benjamin Rieger, 17, of Felton, was also charged with underage consumption of alcohol. The other juvenile is Clifton L. Tucker, 16, of Felton. All four face additional shoplifting and conspiracy charge in the case and will be rearrested when the investigation is com- plete. Man assaults bouncer outside Rehoboth bar A Kensington, Md. man, who apparently wasn't too happy be- cause he was denied entry to a Re- hoboth Avenue bar in the early hours of Sunday, June 28, assault- ed the bouncer and broke a plate- glass window before being arrest- ed by Rehoboth Beach police. At about 12:20 a.m., David Lewis Martin, 26, tried to enter the Summer House RestaUrant but was denied entry at the door be- cause he was allegedly already highly intoxicated, reported Sgt. Harry Miller. Two of his friends tried to dissuade him from press- ing the issue, but Martin is report- ed to have pushed the bouncer and then punched him several times. Breaking free, Martin is said to have hurled himself against the window, causing more than $2,000 in damage. When police arrived, Martin fled, but was cap- tured a short distance away, and charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was taken to Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, where he was released on $100 unsecured bond and is scheduled for arraignment in the Court of Common Pleas. Youths arrested in resort for trespassing, drugs Rehoboth Beach foot patrol of- ficers noticed a red Chrysler LeBaron driving erratically in and out of parking spaces in a hotel parking lot on Baltimore Avenue at 11:46 p.m, Saturday, June 27, and approached the vehicle. Smelling the strong odor of mari- juana emanating from the car, they proceeded to search the vehi- cle and found two bags of suspect- ed marijuana, according to Sgt. Harry Miller. The three occu- pants, Michael R. Trice, 18, and Byron H. Farmer II, 17, both of Millsboro, and Germain D. Willis, 17, of Georgetown, were charged with one count each of criminal trespass and were released pend- ing future hearing dates in Alder- man's Court and Family COurt. The next evening, at 12:21 a.m., Sunday, June 28, in the same vicinity, police were called to a hotel on a report of two men un- lawfully using the outdoor hot tub. Upon confirming that they were not registered hotel guests, police arrested them for criminal trespass as well. Both Robert C. Cham- bers, 17, of Alexandria, Va., and Adam R. Miller, 17, of Charlotte, N.C., were scheduled to appear in Family Court at a later date. Less than one hour later, police stopped a vehicle in the ocean block of Wilmington Avenue for a minor traffic violation. When the driver opened his bookbag to re- trieve his driver's license, one of the officers observed loose pills inside the bag as well as two knives on the floor in the back seat. The driver, Christopher D. Thorp, 19, of Indian Landing, was charged with possession and de- livery of a noncontrolled prescrip- tion drug and taken to Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, where he was released on $100 unsecured bond, pending a pre- liminary hearing. Seven more Rehoboth bar patrons arrested Rehoboth Beach Police arrested seven people in the wee hours of Wednesday, July 1, charging them with everything from loitering to driving under the influence (DUI). Arrested and charged with dis- orderly conduct for urinating in public were Kurt R. Sturn, 39, of Annapolis, Md.; Michael A. Ro- driguez, 23, of Dover; and Bradley Benson, 22, also of Dover. All three are scheduled to appear in Alderman's Court. Shawn E. Heine, 23, of Re- hoboth Beach, was arrested for failing to heed repeated orders from police to leave the area after being barred from a nearby bar by the bouncers. He will also appear in Alderman's Court. Two underage women, who had uccessfully entered one bar and had been illegally served alcohol were arrested by Rehoboth police when they were denied entry to a bar across the street. Charged with underage consumption of al- cohol and criminal impersonation for presenting false identification were Bridgett V. Rykaczewski, 19, of Newport, and Mary Beth Ellis, 20, of Lewes. They will ap- pear at Justice of the Peace Court 2 on July 8 for trail. Carmen W. Parameter, 27, of Sterling, Va., was reported to have left a Rehoboth bar and entered his Ford pickup truck, backing up and smashing into the car parked behind him at 1:40 a.m. that morning, He was charged with DUI and unsafe backing. He will be arraigned in Court 2 on July I I. Rehoboth Homeowners to meet July 10 The Rehoboth Beach Home- owners Association will hold a general membership meeting at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 10, at All Saints' Parish Hall on Olive Av- enue. The agenda includes apresenta- tion, by Priscilla Rakestraw, about Wilmington College's plan to convert the Mellon Bank building on Rehoboth Avenue into a build- ing to be used for community edu- cation. Also on the agenda is a talk by Bruce Galloway on the downtown revitalization efforts. There will be free parking in the church lot and refreshments will follow the meeting. Lewes police make two arrests Sheri Milam, 35, of Arlington, Va., was arrested by Lewes Police at 3 p.m., Monday, June 27, in the Lewes Beach parking lot and charged with possession of mari- juan and drug paraphernalia. Pa- trolman Michael Bullard observed Milam sitting in a vehicle in the lot and she appeared to be smok- ing marijuana. A search of the car recovered 12 grams of marijuana, rolling papers, a bowl and a "roach clip." She was taken to Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $1,000 unsecured bond, pending a trial in the Court of Common Pleas. Bullard arrested Jerry Jones, 35, of Frankford, for criminal imper- sonation, reckless driving and dri- ving without a license at 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 30. Bullard reported that Jones was observed changing seats with his passenger after being stopped for a traffic vi- olation. Jones gave Bullard three different names and dates of birth, at which time he was arrested and taken to Justice of the Peace Court 2, where he was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $1,200 bail, pending a trial in the Court of Common Pleas. DSWA announces July 4 schedule The Delaware Solid Waste Au- thority's Ellendale and Long Neck collection stations will be closed CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 - 3 Rehoboth Police hold bike safety program Members of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department's Bicy- cle Enforcement Unit conduct the first bicycle safety and in- formation program on the Boardwalk Sunday, June 28, de- claring the event a success. Four officers, including Patrol- man Michael Dallas, left, and Patrolman Richard Messick, an- swered a variety of questions from adults and children alike from 6 to 10:30 a.m. that morning at a display table set up with a marked patrol car, lights flashing, behind it to catch their attention. The bike cops demonstrated their equipment and handed out pamphlets, magnets, bookmarks and other infor- mation on bicycle safety, as well as the state bicycle helmet law and city ordinance on bike, rollerblades, skates and skateboards. They estimated that the more than 350 people made inquiries. Many positive comments were received, es- pecially from parents who watched officers pin "McGruff Crime Biter Junior Police" badges on their children while en- couraging them to always wear their helmets. Rehoboth police are planning four more such programs this summer, tentatively set for Sunday, July 12; Saturday, July 25; Sunday, Aug. 9; and Saturday, Aug. 22. Efforts are also under- way to obtain bike helmets through the Office of Highway Safety so that future programs can include a helmet giveaway for children under 16. The officers noticed and were encour- aged by the fact that between 90 percent and 95 percent of children under 16 riding bikes on the Boardwalk that morn- ing were wearing helmets. on Saturday, July 4, to observe the Independence Day holiday. The Southern Solid Waste Man- agement Center on Route 20, Jones Crossroads, Millsboro, will be open on Saturday, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The household hazardous waste collection scheduled for July 4 at the Delaware Recycling Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Acres honors Maloney for service to town Henlopen Acres commissioners honored Capt. James G. Maloney Jr. for his service and contribu- tions to the town at a special meet- ing May 26. A motion was made and unanimously passed to set aside a page of the permanent town meeting minutes in recogni-  tion of Maioney, a former com- missioner. The regular, fourth-quarter meeting for the Town of Hen- lopen Acres will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, at the Town Hall on Tidewaters. Rehoboth lifeguard's condition upped to fair The condition of Aaron J. Shep- erd, a 21-year-old Rehoboth Beach Patrol lifeguard who was critically injured Friday, June 13, has been upgraded from critical to fair by Christiana Hospital. "The last we heard was that he had a tracheotomy to prevent damage to his vocal chords and that he's coming back," said Re- hoboth Beach Patrol Captain Tom Coveleski. "He's a fighter." Sheperd was walking on the southbound shoulder of the Route 1, when a northbound Jeep Chero- kee driven by Anthony DiDomenicis, 26, of Rehoboth Beach, attempted to turn left onto Elizabeth Street. Mary Hoyt, 25, of Upper Marlborough, Md., was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse in the southbound, left lane of Route 1 when she hit the Jeep, which spun and struck Sheperd. Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, said no further information is available at this time but that the investigation is ongoing. Milton Town Council discusses budget July 6 The monthly meeting of Milton Town Council is Monday, July 6, 7:30 p.m., in tht- library. The agenda includes discussion of the proposed budget for FY '98-99 that goes into effect Oct. 1, 1998. The mayor and council members will hear an estimate of $834,000 for the coming fiscal year. Mayor Jack Bushey said this will be the first presentation of the budget draft; council has to vote on the fi- nal version at the September meeting. Robert Kerr, an engineer who works with Milton, will report on the progress of grants that the city applie d for to help with central sewer upgrades and expansion. Work is now underway on a new lift station that is being installed at the intersection of routes 5 and 16.