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4 - (APE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Police seek suspects from shooting Delaware State Police detec- tives at Troop 4 are seeking infor- mation that could lead them to two suspects who beat and shot a man in the Oak Orchard area at approximately 7:10 p.m., Mon- day, June 29, According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, police spokesman, the incident began at the Shore Stop located at the intersections of R0iite 24arid R0tit 3;-wh'en a26 - year-old Millsboro man was at the gas pump. While he was at the pump, a pickup truck with two black men pulled up and a verbal altercation ensued. The driver of the truck then removed a rusty pipe from the back of the victim's pickup truck. "The victim was chased around the truck by the suspect, who hit him several times in the back and legs with the pipe," said Lewis. "The suspect then pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the back of the left knee." The victim was trans- ported to Beebe Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The suspects remain at large. The victim reported a partial Delaware tag number, 40852, for the white pickup truck that did not have a tailgate. Lewis asked anyone with information about the suspects to call Troop 4, at 856-5850. The detective assigned to the case is Det. Robert Hudson. ]'roop 7's Road Tip for the Veek: State police beef up patrols for weekend The Delaware State Police is adding 50 additional troopers for the holiday weekend as part of its ongoing commitment to improv- ing safety on Delaware roads. Ac- cording to Lt. Rick Chamberlin, state police spokesman, police will be targeting aggressive dri- ving violations and driving under the influence (DUI) violations. More than half of the additional troopers will be working in Sus- sex County on varying shifts. Delaware participates in the Take It Easy campaign geared at reducing traffic accidents caused by aggressive driving. Examples of aggressive driving include fol- lowing too closely, making unsafe lane changes, failing to use turn signals, disregarding traffic con- trol devices, speeding and improp- erly passing another vehicle. "Traffic statistics show that ag- gressive driving violations, which are defined as a combination of unsafe, and unlawful driving ac- tions that demonstrate a disregard for safety, are responsible for nearly half of the fatal crashes that have occurred in the state, so far, in 1998," said Chamberlin. In ad- dition to the extra patrols, state police will conduct three sobriety checkpoints during the weekend. Cape board to swear in new officers The Cape Heniopen School Dis- trict Board of Education will swear in new board members Camilla Conlon and Allan Redden at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 9, in the library at Cape Henlopen High School. Following the ceremony, the board will elect its new president and vice president, appoint the ex- ecutive secretary, approve signa- tures for official district docu- ments and determine the meeting times and locations for the 1998- 99 school year. Agents crack down on recreational crabbing On Monday, July 6, Division of " Figh'and-Wildlife Enforcement agents will tag recreational crab pots that are improperly marked or appear to be in violation of state law. Crab pots will be checked in Sussex County in the Indian River and Rehoboth Bay areas. The law requires that all crab pots be tended and crabs removed at least once every 72 hours. Boat owners warned about rash of burglaries After a rash of break-ins at the Mispillion Marina, enforcement agents of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, are warning boat owners to secure personal belongings. Seven cabin cruisers were broken into at the marina. Burglars gained entry by breaking zippers and snaps around the helm. Among missing items are fishing gear, electronics and small appliances. These burglaries are still under investigation. Captain Roderick Burritt of DNREC strongly urges boat owners to lock valuable items inside the cabins. Anyone with information on the boat bur- glaries should contact Burritt at 302-739-3440. County honors late 'Scott' Walls Sussex County Council pro- claimed Tuesday, June 30, in hon- or of the late "Scott" Walls Sr. The proclamation, reads in part as follows: "Whereas, the Sussex County Council wishes to recog- nize Sussex County residents for outstanding accomplishment and whereas, until his untimely death, Winfield 'Scott' Walls Sr:, served" his country and his community unselfishly and whereas; Winfield 'Scott' Walls Sr., served his coun- try with the Army Ninth Trans- portation Company in the Viet- nam War; and whereas Winfield 'Scott' Walls Sr., was a charter member of the Oak Orchard- Riverdale American Legion Post 28 and a 30-year member of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Com- pany and whereas; Winfield 'Scott' Walls Sr., was founder of the Oak Orchard-Riverdale Civic Association and its Neighborhood Watch program and gave un- selfishly countless hours of com- munity service; Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Sussex County Council proclaims Tues- day, June 30, as a day for all Sus- sex Countians to remember Win- field 'Scott' Walls Sr." Sussex. County closes offices for holiday Sussex County offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, to allow employees to observe the Inde- pendence Day holiday. Offices will reopen on Monday, July 6, at 8:30 a.m. There will not be a council meeting on Tuesday, July 7. The next council meeting will be Tuesday, July 14. County delays action on Kings Creek project The Sussex County Council and Sussex County Planning and Zon- - iagCommission have deferred ac- tion on a 16-unit multifamily housing request for the entrance to the Kings Creek development near Rehoboth Beach. The request calls for 16 units to be located near the entrance to the golf course and single family home development. The planners deferred action on June 25 be- cause there were only four mem- bers present and the commission wished to wait until all five mem- bers of the body were available to vote. The county council also de- ferred action on Tuesday, June 30, because it has received no recom- mendation from Sussex County Planning and Zoning. A deferral merely means the issue is delayed. It is not an approval or a denial. Attorney Jim Fuqua represent- ing the developer said at a plan- ning and zoning hearing that the area is suited for multifamily housing. Homeowners in Kings Creek agree that it is suited to multifami- ly housing, but have requested that the number of units be re- duced from 16 to eight units. Oak Orchard sewer district a possibility The Sussex County Council heard plans on Tuesday, June 30, for a possible Oak Orchard sewer district. The proposed district must now be considered by resi- dents, who will decide whether they support it. For the county to consider creating a system, the county must receive 50 petitions or signatures from residents sup- porting the creation of a sewer district. If the county does not re- ceive 50 requests for a sewer dis- trict, the idea will die. The pro- posed boundaries of a potential district are Indian River, Warwick Gut, Route 24 and Emily Gut. If the county receives 50 petitions, then a public hearing will be held to see if local residents support a sewer district. If local residents do not support a sewer district, then the proposed district will die. Sussex County Bike Committee mulls letter The Sussex County Committee of Delaware's Bike Council con- sidered a response to Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Anne Can- by's recent letter on the issue of bicycle-use of Route 1 when the committee met on Saturday, June 27, in Georgetown. The group decided to send a let- FOR WEEK OF JUNE 22 TO JUNE 28, 1998 DATE LOCATION TYPE 06/22/98 Rt. 1 and Robinson, south of Rehoboth #2 06/23/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, north of Rehoboth #5 06/23/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #4 06/23/98 Rt. 1 and Roadhouse entrance, north of Rehoboth #4 06/24/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270B, north of Rehoboth #4 06/25/98 Rt. 1 and Rehoboth Service Rd., north of Rehoboth #2 06/26/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth #5 06/26/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #4 06/26/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #4 06/26/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 12, west of Lewes #2 06/27/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth #2 06/27/98 Rt. 1 and Church St., west of Rehoboth #4 06/27/98 Rt. 1 and Ruby Tuesday parking lot #3 06/27/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, northot Rehoboth #2 06/28/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #4 06/28/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270, north of Rehoboth #4 KEY: #3- Private pr0perly e under $t,000 #7 - Fatal . #4 - Prope e under $1 000 #8 - Hit and tun I I I I I t i Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7. ter of response to Canby, but did not decide what that letter should say. The minutes of the June 27 meeting said while the "reply [from Secretary Canby] was wel- comed and generally well re- ceived, there remains some skepti- cism to DelDOT's claim that Ocean City's high occupancy ve- hicle lanes are much wider and therefore, similar lane sharing is not fesible in Delaware. There is also some disagreement over DelDOT's interpretation of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Con- trol Devices." Mike Tyler and Committee Chairman Bill Davis will draft a letter of response. Dolphin Bay partners file court appeal George Metz of HKM Partner- ship said this week that papers were filed on June 18 asking Delaware's Supreme Court to overturn Superior Court Judge Henley Graves' recent decision regarding the proposed 58-room Dolphin Bay Resorts Motel on Lewes Beach. Saying that the Dolphin Bay partnership had not proven hardship, Graves over- turned the height, setback and sto- ry zoning variances that had been granted by the Lewes Board of Adjustment. "We respectfully disagree with Judge Graves," said Metz. "We feel that we did prove hardship and we'd like the state's highest court to take a look at our arguments." Metz said. "In the meantime, we're also looking at other options for doing the project within the zoning laws." Metz said the high court has 45 days to set up a schedule for submission of briefs regarding the appeal. Lewes zoning ad-hoc committee to meet July 7 The Lewes zoning ad-hoc draft- ing committee has scheduled a meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Ju- ly 7. The public is welcome to at- tend. Agenda items include pre- sentation and further discussion of the proposed zoning map arid pre- sentation and discussion regarding existing sections: 197-86A, 197- 87ABC, 197-8, Table of District Regulations, Time Length of Variance, and Off-Street Parking Requirements. The committee is in charge of implementing prov!- sions of the Comprehensive Long- Range Plan adopted by Lewes Council a number of years ago. The finished product had been de- livered to Lewes Mayor and Council for review and setting of a public hearing. Before that process could begin, however, some inconsistencies were discov- ered and the document was sent back to the committee for one more go around. Lewes Council's Bennett plans several initiatives Lewes Councilman Jud Bennett said this week that he will bring up three initiatives at the Monday, July 13 meeting of Lewes Mayor and Council. "I plan to ask for the demolition of the vacant building on the so-called Rice property at the corner of Cape Henlopen Drive and Virginia Avenue on Lewes Beach. It's an eyesore and of no value to anyone and it's on town land. It's time to get it cleaned up. I also plan to come up with parking permits for people, :especially along Third Street, who have no offstreet parking and have been affected by the recent instal- lation of parking meters. Finally I want to see that all handicapped people in Lewes have at least one parking space for their property no matter where they are in town. What I'd like to see is that these people I'm talking about get some sort of parking permit to ensure that they have a place to park. We're elected to represent the res- idents of Lewes and I think these proposals look out for the resi- dents." Bennett said he would have the items placed on the July 13 agenda for consideration. "I've talked to other council mem- bers about these items but I'm not sure how they stand."