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- ,,.,,,.r.,, ,,z x x, Pnaay, August tb - August zl, IIPJ7 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 time. He said council members expect to be close to the final draft after the Aug. 20 meeting. The current budget runs through the end of September, so the new bud- get must be approved before Oct. 1. Bushey said everything will probably be ready for the final vote at the regular monthly coun- cil meeting, Monday, Sept. 8. Milton police arrest six in Aug. 8 sweep In what was expected to be a drug sweep operation last week, Milton police arrested six people in a location that has been under surveillance for several weeks. Police Chief Donald W. Mills said that police were expecting to find drugs, but the six people who they observed and arrested were not holding illegal substances. The ar- rests were made at 116 Collins St., rental units known as the Coops, a location that has drawn com- plaints from neighboring residents who suspect illegal drug activity as well as other nuisance and dan- gerous conditions. Those arrested are Eddie Lee Griffin, 36, 21 Shady Lane, Mil- ton and Ruben Cruz, Jr., 35, Sus- sex Route 88, Milton, both charged with loitering and resist- ing arrest; and charged with loiter- ing are Darryl A. Mason, 32, P.O. Box 424, Milton; Jeffrey Lamont Allen, 30, 321 Front St., Milton; Eddie Lee Jones, 32, 424 Walker Dr., Milton; and Roxanne McKin- nie, 28, 114 Betts St., Milton. Mills said that officers found drug paraphernalia, such as pipes, on the ground in the vicinity, and a dangerous instrument, a length of pipe, in a parked car at the loca- tion of the arrests. He said more than 15 officers were involved in the operation, including those from Milford Police Department and the Delaware Air National Guard. The chief said that the national guard has assisted Milton recently with special surveillance includ- ing the use of equipment that most smaller police forces do not have. He said that residents of Milton are aware that the police are in- creasing patrols in some areas that have been identified as potential trouble spots. The area around 116 Collins has attracted attention lately as a topic in town council meetings, and Mayor Jack Bushey had directed the police department to step up patrols and establish a presence there. Mills said that the department has received positive feedback from some residents and from members of town council. He also said that the Coops is not the only spot included in on-going investigations. l)claH'c Ntatc Poller, l)riing [nchT the hdlucilCc Rt' Hl't Route 1 improvement study workshop Aug. 26 The second in a series of three public workshops to consider ways to improve Route l will be *2 held on Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. A working group has been working to develop alterna- tives to improve traffic movement in the area and has developed sev- eral potential ideas, including al- ternate roads behind Route 1 to help serve the outlets, additional park and ride lots and revamping the main entrance to Rehoboth Beach. No decisions have been made, although recommendations could be made as early as next month. The alternatives are de- signed to be relatively minor pro- jects, as opposed to constructing large roads or similar massive ef- forts. Suggestions include' paving shoulders, bike routes, upgrading intersections, adding turning lanes, developing a rail to trail route for bikers and pedestrians and other options. The public no- tice for the meeting at Lewes Pub- lic Library says "the study active- ly seeks participation of all local residents in the development of concepts for a local transportation system addressing all methods of travel in the corridor including au- to, bike, pedestrian and bus." Comments may be received on site or can be mailed to DelDOT's External Affairs Office, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE. 19903. For fur- ther information contact the Of- fice of External Affairs at 1-800- 652-5600 or 739-4313. Wawa robbed: two caught, one sought Delaware State Police appre- hended two men in connection with a robbery that occurred at Wawa on Route 1 Sunday, Aug. 10 at approximately 4:40 a.m. Po- lice arrested William Linn, 41, of Georgetown for second degree robbery, resisting arrest, offensive touching and conspiracy after a car and a foot chase. Police ar- rested Andrew Ayers, 35, at his home on Pinetown Road in Lewes for second degree robbery and conspiracy. Troopers are still seeking the whereabouts of Rod- ney White, 41, also of Pinetown Road, and charges of second de- gree robbery and conspiracy are pending. "A white male [Linn] entered the Wawa and attempted to make a purchase," said Lt. Rick Cham- berlin, state police spokesman. "The clerk opened the register and when the clerk did so, the suspect fought with the clerk, grabbed cash from the cash drawer and fled in a waiting vehicle." Troop- ers immediately issued a general broadcast for the 1992 Buick Electra, and within 10 minutes an officer from Troop 7 spotted it on Sussex 275 west of Lewes, said Chamberlin. The trooper stopped the vehicle, and two black males exited the vehicle and engaged his attention while the white male suspect (Linn) sped away, he said. The officer immediately began pursuit of the Buick, which trav- eled through Cool Spring and into Milton. The suspect stopped on Chestnut Street, exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. The trooper "caught him after the short foot pursuit and took him into cus- tody," said Chamberlin. Lewes teen arrested for forgery, theft Delaware State Police detec- tives from Troop 4 arrested Scott Vickers, 17, of Lewes on Friday, Aug. 8 in connection with forgery and related charges. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, Vickers "...stole a checkbook and identification from a Rehoboth man on July 31 of this year." He also stole a checkbook from a Dover man, said Lewis. The thefts occurred in the Dewey Beach area. The teen al- legedly stole them from the own- ers' vehicles. "Vickers then forged the names of the owners on the checks and bought numerous items at the Rehoboth Outlet stores." Additionally, said Lewis, Vickers cashed checks at both a Wilmington Trust and a Mellon Bank in the Rehoboth Beach area. Nine checks remain outstand- ing, said Lewis, so detectives are asking area business to look for checks written in the names of ei- ther Daniel Rasa of Rehoboth Beach or C. Rand Archabault of Dover. Anyone who has one of the checks should call Sgt. Dave Kline at Troop 4, 856-5857. Viekers was charged with 30 criminal offenses, including forgery, criminal impersonation, theft, theft by false pretense and conspiracy. He was released to the custody of his parents pending a court appearance. Lewis said the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected. Lewes men arrested by Bridgeville troopers Delaware State Police officers from Troop 5 in Bridgeville ar- rested Sherman Perry, 37, and Bryan Perry, 18, both of Lewes, on Monday, Aug. 11 at approxi- mately 2 a.m. on Sussex 38, east of Lincoln. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, police spokesman, a trooper stopped Sherman, who was driving a 1988 Ford Tempo, because his vehicle registration was suspended. Upon further in- vestigation, the trooper discov- ered that Sherman's license was also suspended, so the trooper re- moved him from the vehicle and placed him in the patrol car. At approximately the same time, the trooper noted that the passenger in the car, Bryan, opened the door and appeared to put something beneath the vehi- cle. "The trooper approached the passenger and found a loaded .22 caliber handgun and drug para- phernalia that was placed under the vehicle," said Lewis. Both men, cousins, were charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a deadly weapon by person prohibited, pos- session of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy. The elder Perry was also charged with driving while li- cense is suspended, driving an un- registered vehicle and no proof of insurance. Both were remanded to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of secured bond. DATE 08/04/97 08/04/97 08/04/97 08/05/97 08/05/97 08/05/97 08/06/97 08/06/97 08/07/97 08/07/97 08/07/97 08/08/97 08/08/97 08/08/97 08/09/97 08/09/97 08/09/97 08/09/97 08/09/97 08/10/97 08/10/97 08/10/97 08/10/97 08/10/97 08/10/97 FOR WEEK OF AUG. 4 TO AUG. 10, 1997 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 50, south of Dewey #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268, west of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Outlets parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 266B, west of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth #2 Rt. 1 at Roadhouse parking lot #1 Rt. 1 and Old Bay Road, north of Dewey #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 258,east of Milton #4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 16, east of Milton #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273A #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #2 Rt. 1 and Rt. 16, east of Milton #4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 266, north of Lewe #4 Rt. 1 and Mill Pond Acres, north of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. 1 and Church Street, south of Rehoboth #2 Rt. 1 and Robinson Dr., west of Rehoboth #2 Rt. 1 and south Dewey #4 Rt. 1 at Sea Air Mobile Home Park #3 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, north of Rehoboth #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth #4 KEY: #1- Private property e over $1,000 #5, Personal injury; #5A- pedestrian injury Prope damage over $1,000 #6. Hit and run under $1,000 #3, Private propezly damage under $1,000 #7- Fatal #4- Propedy damage r $1,000 #8- Hit and run Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 FOR WEEK oFAuG. 4 TO AUG. 10, 1997 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 32 12 26 Of the 70 people arrested for DUI, 16 were involved in accidents. Kerry Koster photo Rescuers fail to locate "swimmer" A comprehensive search for a person who drifted out to sea in the late afternoon on Sunday, Aug. 11 stopped at sunset when rescue personnel failed to find evidence of a stranded swimmer or a body. Rescuers from the U.S. Coast Guard, Delaware State Police, Lewes Volunteer Fired Department and two searchers on personal water crafts from the Re- hoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company joined officials from Cape Henlopen State Park after a lifeguard spotted someone drifting in the water approximately 500 yards off shore at Herring Point. The Hfeguard was alerted to the sighting by a beach patron and located an individual through his binocu- lars before alerting other guards of the exact location. The guard had trouble keeping the victim within sight, he said, because wave swells blocked his vision, and within approxi- mately five minutes he lost sight altogether. Although some officials questioned whether the sighting may have been of a marine animal, the guard denied the possibility, saying his sighting was quite clear through the binoculars. Capt. Jason Dean, Cape Henlopen State Park Beach Patrol, said the search from land and on water continued for approximately two hours, and the Coast Guard and Delaware State Police helicopters continued the search until dusk. The tide was go- ing out and southward at the time of the incident, he said. 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