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14 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, . July Fourth Continued from page 10 was the site of live entertainment throughout the holiday. Roger Cubela, general manager of the Rusty Rudder, said although the establishment was packed over the holiday, patrons were orderly and seemed to enjoy themselves. "It was basically a great week- end for us," he said. "It was a very well-behaved crowd." Other Dewey Beach businesses seemed to share the same outlook about the holiday. - "There's one thing I known that the Fourth brings - the dregs of the world," said Rehoboth Bay Sports owner Bruce Maloomian, now in his 29th year of business. "This year I didn't see them The crowd was much more enjoyable." Troopers keip Route I controlled According to Lt. Peter Schwartzkopf, deputy commander at Delaware-State Police Troop 7, "officers made 304 traffic arrests from Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, including 16 Dri- ving Under the Influence charges, and they were dispatched to 50 ac- cidents. Traffic congestion peaked on Saturday, when a gridlock span- ning the R.oute 1 corridor from north of Route 16 throiigh the beach area kept travelers moving at a snail's pace'for the majority of the afternoon. "I personally have never seen that much southbound traffic. I'm sure it was very frus- frating for the visitors as well as the locals," said Schwartzkopf. _ He said lights, were working well- aiid traffic was not inhibited by any poorly implemented traffic lighting or by accidents. "It was just too many cars," he said. Much to the delight of many motorists, however, troopers dili- gently arrested those who tried to beat the jam by snaking along the road shoulder. Schwartzkopf said that at one Point on Saturday, offi- cers stood at the end of Troop 7's driveway along Route 1 and waved more than 30 offenders in- to the troop's driveway, where they-were cited for passing on the July 11 - July 17, 1997 shoulder. Troopers arrested a total of 57 motorists throughout that day, amid cheers and encouragement from those motorists following the law. "We feel it's a very seri- ous violation," said Schwartzkopf. "We have some very serious per- sonal injury accidents from that." Changes to the Roadhouse in- tersection, said Schwartzkopf, al- so proved to be helpful. "For traf- fic flow, it's much cleaner. We're not having any problems there now since they changed it." Still needed, he noted, is light synchro- nization with the Midway inter- section. Overall complaints down from 1996 Delaware State Police Troop 7 reported fewer Complaints this year than last, in spite of the high- er number of vacationers in the Cape Region. Officers responded, to 463 complaints, compared to 489 last year fo(the week of June 30 to July 6. Last year police re- ceived 48 criminal complaints during the week but this year re- ceived only 38. "I was pleasantly surprised with the lower number of criminal arrests," said Schwartzkopf. State poli.ce maximized its per- sonnel resources by increasing Troop 7's weekend staff with offi- cers from other troops. Addition- ally, members of the Fatal Acci- dent Investigation and Recon- . struction team were activated for patrol duty. "We put more people on the road, and they were strate- gically placed," said Schwartzkopf. The extra staff was assigned to specific areas, he explained, For example, some troopers were as- signed to stay in the southern part of the troop's jurisdiction to avoid officers becoming caught in waf- fle and unable to quickly respond to complaints in that area. Others were assigned tet the Route 1 cor- ridor. With the increased staffing, he said, even when accidents did occur, the scenes were stabilized quickly, and officers were able to quickly respond to other calls. Extra troopers were also used to staff a saturation patrol Saturday, July 5, from midnight to 4 a.m. on The Fifth Annual Oak Orchard Riverdale Civic Association July Fourth Celebration and Paradewent off without a hitch on Saturday and was deemed the best ever by those who at- tended. Above Linda Walls, event organizer, reads out the winner of the gas grill donated by Baker's Hardware for the drawing. The Rev. Alan Miller of Oak Orchard Community Church drew the winning ticket, while Vivian Ellingsworth looks on..Dennis Carney was the lucky winner. Route 1. Eight troopers stopped 38 cars and detained 15. Six were arrested for driving under the in- fluence and nine were arrested on other traffic charges. "We had a lot of things going on this weekend," said Schwartzkopf. The Beach Boys concert, he said, resulted in no se- rious problems. In fact, he said, the crowd of 15,000 to 17,000 was pleasant. There was excellent co- operation among all the agencies staffing the event, he said, and "the concert was very .well run, very well organized" Troopers were also assigned to Rock Fest near West Rehoboth and to assist the Rehqboth Beach Police De- partment during the fireworks dis- play on Sunday. Neither event posed any major problems. "The satellite parking areas on Route 1 worked very well," he said. When the fireworks demon- stration was delayed and appeared to be canceled, there was a mass exodus from Rehoboth Beach. At about that time the{e was a four-vehicle accident at the Route 1 and Route 1A intersection, in- volving only minor injuries to those involved in the collision but congesting the main entrance/exit to the community. Police re-rout- ed the traffic, said Schwartzkopf, and it quickly regained a smooth exit pattern. "I was pleasantly surprised the whole weekend," said Schwartzkopf. Medical personnel busy all weekend The Beebe Medical Center Emergency Room (ER) had record numbers of patients, seeing nearly as many people from Fri- day. through Sunday as it does in an average month. "We were ex- tremely busy," said Maureen Leary, public relations specialist. "We did gear up our personnel." She said 112 people entered the ER oh Friday, June 4, 135 on Sat- urday and 104 on Sunday. Ordi- narily, she said, the ERgets about 40 patients during the week and 60 to 70 people on weekends. Leafy said the Millville ER facili- ty was also very busy. Patients arrived with an array of maladies, she said, ranging from injuries sustained in auto acci- dents, to lacerations and fractures. There was at least one serious car- diac case, she said, and there were several cases admitted with asth- ma flare-ups, probably triggered by the hot, humid weather. Some children, she said, went to the ER With complaints of fever and ab-  dominal discomfort. Sussex County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) para- medics, in spite of the heavy traf- fic, were, not impeded in their quests to assist those in need of medical services. According to Bob Ross, professional standards division manager, "response times weren't impacted significantly." The majority of cases the EMS staff saw, he said, were recre- ation-related injuries. "We really didn't see anything out of the or- dinary," he said. Injuries incurred from automobile accidents, he said, were lower than on a nOrmal Michael Short photo First Sussex County Fair a success The Sussex cotmty Fair in Georgetown drew an estimated 20000 plus visitors for the three-day event. Shown here is Katie Hamilt6n, 5, of Seaford taking a horse ride. Peggy Townsend of the Blazing Saddles 4-H Club of Sussex is lead- ing Katie's horse. busy summer weekend, because the backed up traffic prevented the serious types of injuries that occur when automobiles are able to travel at higher speeds. Sussex Fair draws rave reviews The Sussex County Fair on July 3-5 drew raves at its new George- town location this year. For the first time, the fair was moved to the Sussex County Airport. The traditional vendors, fire- works and games were joined by a smill Carnival, very competitive soccer and additional entertain- ment this year. The fair has al- ways been known as The Olde Fashioned Fourth of July and it has always been held at Delaware Technical and Community Col- lege. The only real blotch on the fes- tivities was a downpour that caused problems with Friday's fireworks display. The downpour began as the fireworks were set to start an.Friday night, prompting a dash for cars. But the fireworks were held once the rain stopped. "If the rain had held off 30 minutes, it would have been a perfect day," said Georgetown Mayor Stexe Pepper. He said that some people left, but most people were still able to view the pyrotechnics. The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Del Tech spon- sored this year's event. Pepper was enthusiastic about the turnout, although he was un- certain how it compared to the previous years. He estimated that 21,000 to 24,000 people attended the festivities over the three day time period. "At first, people 'said they would rather have it at Del Tech and then when they got out there and saw the space we had...I think that everyone was impressed with the location," Pepper s'aid. Pepper said that nextyear's fair will probably include better sig- nage and perhaps some better ven- dors. There could also be an effort to bring in a major attraction on Saturday afternoon, he said. But, overall, Pepper thought the event went very well. He added that efforts to attract the Hispanic community, including Hispanic musicians, were well-received. Mel Verosko, Del Tech's direc- tor of administrative services, said "I think people are going to wel- come the change...Everybody I talked to had a good time." Heart attack victim dies on Rehoboth Bay The Delaware State Medical Examiner's office has not yet completed or released its results from its investigation into the death of Steven Jacoby, 49, of Downingtown, Pa. However pre- liminary indications are that he suffered a heart attack while rid- ing a jet ski in Dewey Beach on Sunday, July 6. Bruce Wright, D.D.S., and his son Steven, 24, were in their 10- foot Zodiac inflatable dinghy headed toward the Rehoboth Bay Marina to work on their sailboat at approximately 1:45 p.m. Sunday. They were among the first to as- sist Jacoby after they noticed a jet skier jump off his craft and swim away from the machine. "That's very unusual," said Bruce Wright. He said he and his son noticed a dark spot in the wafer but were unable to immediately identify what'they were seeing. "We saw then that it was a person," said Wright, who explained that the skier they. spotted swimming start- ed to wave at them. When they arrived at the loca- Continued on page 15