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q- Briefly Dewey Beach Finance Committee to meet The Dewey Beach Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 4 p.m., Friday, July 28, at the Best Western Gold Leaf Motel on Route 1 and Dickinson Avenue. The group will discuss the town's budg- et, including Mayor Courtney Riordan's proposal to charge bars and restaurant up to $1,500 for special event permits if the establishment moves its tables and chairs. Special presentation set for Cape school board meeting There will be a special presentation dur- ing the Thursday, July 27, Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education meet- ing. The presentation is titled "Deny Us No Longer: Explaining the Need for Additional Curriculum Reform in the Areas of Indigenous and African Education." The public is encouraged to attend as well as to request to speak to the board regarding their own experiences in these areas0f education within the district. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., at Mariner Middle School, 16391 Harbeson Road, Milton; however the presentation may take place later in the meeting. Cape school board to vote on construction The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education plans to vote on the schematic design for renovations to its four elementary schools and on the Cape Henlopen Education Foundation when the board convenes at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Corrections REHOBOTH BEACH FILM SOCI- ETY - Two news releases about an upcoming Rehoboth Beach Film Society family event had errors in the July 21 issue. Cinema by the Surf will feature Wallace and Gromit in "Curse of the Were-Rabbit" starting at dusk, Thursday, July 27, at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. Aug. 27, in the Mariner Middle School cafeteria. The board also expects to take action on final approval for full-day kindergarten; the board's FOIA request policy regarding pub- lic requests for public information and doc- uments; and board policies regarding health and wellness, and family life and sexuality education. During the meeting presentations are planned regarding board committee appointments, Native American studies, the spring 2006 Delaware Student Testing Program results and projected enrollment for the 2006-07 school year. Lewes Greenways panel to discuss master plan The Lewes Greenways & Trails Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 29, to continue review of the Greenways master plan. The panel will also review minutes from the July 15 meeting. Lewes BPW reviewing cell phone antenna proposals Two proposals to place cellular telephone antennas atop the Lewes Board of Public Works' (BPW) water tower are under con- sideration by the utility provider. BPW General Manager Ken Mecham at the board's Thursday, July 20 meeting said proposals from Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless, each including a $5,000 good faith deposit, have been received by the board. The board made no decision on the pro- posals but will examine them and have the city's attorney review the documents. Mecham said there is sufficient space on the water tower to accommodate antennas for- both cellular telephone service providers. In October the board received its first proposal for cell phone antenna placement from Cingular Wireless. The company offered a 25-year contract worth $500,000. Last fall board members C. Wendell Alfred and Howard Seymoar opposed the idea. Alfred because he thought the anten- nas to be unsightly, Seymour because he thought affixing the antennas could com- promise the structure of the 55-year-old water tower. Seymour has since died. Cingular's pitch to the board for cell a I Police & Fire Wrap-up West Rehoboth man faces, assault charges allegedly punched the trooper, caus- ing a contusion to the officer's scalp. A first- year trooper then tried to take Pumphrey into custody, PUMPHREY but Pumphrey allegedly struck him in the face, causing a contusion to the offi- cer's head. "Pumphrey had knocked him to the ground and then grabbed [him] by the throat, trying to choke him unconscious," said Zebley. "The trooper,.who felt he was on the verge of being uncon- scious, also felt the suspect attempting to removed his firearm from its holster." She said Pumphrey tried to push the hood Elton L. Pumphrey Jr. is facing an attempted second-degree mur- der charge and two counts of sec- ond-degree assault as a result of an altercation that occurred in West Rehoboth in which he allegedly injured two troopers. Sgt. Melissa Zebley, state police spokeswoman, said that at approximately 11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 22, troopers were patrolling an area in West Rehoboth that is known for tres- passing problems. The troopers saw what they believed was an illegal drug transaction on Norwood Street and approached Pumphrey, but he ran. "The troopers continued to give verbal commands for the suspect to stop, but he did not comply," said Zebley. When a two-year trooper caught up with Pumphrey, he CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, J27, 2006 - 3 Dan Cook photo Lewes Fire Department uses new foam system The Lewes Fire Department responded to reports that a Waste Management truck was being driven north on Route 1 with its contents on fire on Friday morning, July 21. "Passersby were calling 911 to tell them that a trash truck was driving on fire," said Fire Capt. John Hazzard, who was the first to respond to the fire scene near the Red Mill Inn. "We were on our way by tlm$ime the driver real- ized what was happening and pulled off the road." Truck driver Thurman White dumped the contents O f the truck on the goad- side adjacent to a cornfield before he left the vehicle, reducing the possibili- ty of explosion. The fire was quickly extinguished with the department's new compressed air foam system (CAFS) that was incorporated into truck engine 82-5 that it acquired at the start of the year. The system sprays a combination of foam and water. "We used the CAFS because it covers the surface area of the fire better than water. Without it we would have been there hours longer," said Hazzard who noted that the system is excellent for car fires and "quick knock downs." A Waste Management employee declined to answer questions about the fire Monday, July 24. phone antenna site in Lewes wasn't the first for the city. Verizon last year sought permission to build a cellulai" telephone antenna tower next to the city's wastewater treatment plant on American Legion Road. The mayor and council denied the request just as they had denied an earlier request for placement of a cell phone anten- na atop the Ocean House condominium at Savannah Road and Lewes Beach. Cingular Wireless has provided docu- mentation showing 28 water tanks through- out the state have Cingular antennas of the holster forward, but he was not able to remove it from the hol- ster. The second-year trooper contin- ued to try to restrain Pumphrey, and the first-year regained his bal- ance. With assistance from other troopers who by then had arrived, the police took Pumphrey into custody. While searching Pumphrey, officers located a blue pen transformed to serve as a pipe for smoking narcotics, said Zebley. Both troopers were treated for their head contusions at Beebe Medical Center. The first-year trooper was also treated for throat abrasions and pain. Pumphrey was treated for a head laceration; he was released Sunday, July 23, and transported to Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI). In addition to the attempted murder and assault charges, Pumphrey was also arrested for resisting arrest and possession of. drug paraphernalia. He was remanded to SCI in default of $525,000 bond, pending further attached. Last fall, only one of the water tank sites had a Sussex County location. Cell phone service providers say place- ment of the antennas on the tower would improve service for customers in the Lewes area. Mecham said allowing placement of the antennas could eliminate water tank main- tenance costs. Leasing fees paid by the two wireless companies would be more than enough to cover the $35,000 costs of painting the water tank - a job that must be done every five years. court action. Additionally, he was wanted on three outstanding capi- ases from the Court of Common Pleas in Sussex County: one for failing to pay traffic charges, another for failing to pay fines on a criminal mischief case and breach of release, and another for failing to pay the fine on an assault charge. He was also want- ed by the Department of Correction Probation and Parole. Woman charged for vehicular homicide State police arrested Tracey L. Greenwood, Friday, July 21, in connection with a fatal crash that claimed the life of a local electri- cian. David B. Nickle, 48, died June 12, when Greenwood drove her car off the road and onto the front steps of Nickle's Oak Orchard home, and struck him. According to the arrest warrant, Greenwood's blood alcohol con- tent was 0.23. Greenwood was treated at Wilmington Hospital for head trauma and a fractured femur. When she was released from the hospital, police charged her with first-degree vehicular homicide and DUI. Greenwood, 36, of Millsboro, was released after posting $5,500 bond, pending fur- ther court action. Friends of Nickle have started a fund for Nickle's family. Nickle did not have life insurance and was sur- vived by a wife, son and GREENWOOD daughter. To contribute to the fund, write a check to Wilmington Trust. and write "Memorial Fund for Dave Nickle" in the memo section of the check. Contributions may be deposited at any Wilmington Trust branch or mailed to Wilmington Trust, 31860 Long Neck Road. Millsboro, DE 19966, C/0 Betty Ingram.