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Rehoboth Noise: Businesses feel betrayed - pg. 3 Coastal Sussex County Friday, August 20 - Thursday, August 26, 1993 Volume 1, No. 13 ! Robert Prengte photo It's been a busy summer for Sussex ambulance squads. Lewes volunteers, for example, responded to a record 160 ambulance calls in July. Dewey candidates to stick to issues By Denise M. Marshall Dewey Beach property owners will be able to choose from a field of five candidates during the town's municipal election, which will be held on Sept. 18. Property owners will be voting for three new com- missioners. At least one of the commissioners must be a year-round resident of Dewey Beach. Dewey Beach Mayor James J. Lavelle has clinched Continued on page 4 Pollard tosses hat in ring By Denise M. Marshall Charlie D. Pollard, a Dewey Beach business owner who pulled out of the election race last summer, is the latest candidate to file for the Sept. 18 election. Pollard lives in the Beachfield subdivision Continued on page 4 AG investigation clears Chief Doyle - By Denise M. Marshall After conducting an investigation into allegations that Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Creig Doyle struck a bicyclist with an unmarked police car, the state's Department of Justice has determined that there is not sufficient evidence to place criminal charges against Chief Doyle. "There's not going to be any criminal charges," said Stan Friedman, director of investigations for the Department of Justice. "We just don't feel there were any violations." Friedman said his department inter- viewed about a dozen witnesses before concluding that there was a lack of evidence to place criminal charges against the police chief. "We're strictly here to review criminal violations - did the chief break the law?" Friedman said. "We don't see that." Friedman said that Rehoboth Beach officials have the authority to take administrative action against Chief Doyle if they believe he was involved in any wrongdoing. The alleged incident occurred on the second block of Maryland Avenue at about 11:25 p.m. on Friday, June 25. Thomas G. Nowak Jr., 22, of Claymont, maintains that Chief Doyle rammed his car into him after he ran a red light while riding his bike. Nowak also accused the chief of using foul lan- guage and excessive force. Chief Doyle has repeated- ly denied the allegations. Although Nowak was uninjured in the incident, he says his customized bike sustained an estimated $525 in damage. Nowak later pleaded guilty to running a red light and riding a bicycle without lights. He was also fined for riding on the wrong side of the road. Resort services feel the crunch of monster 1993 summer season By Denise M. Marsludl Blissful weather this summer has not only generated record- breaking crowds in the resort area, but has also placed an increased demand on services provided by municipalities and local emer- gency companies. Dewey Beach received 1,782 police calls during June and July of this year, compared to 1,530 during the same months last sum- mer, according to Dewey Beach Police Chief Raymond Morrison. The number of parking tickets issued has jumped from 1,504 last year to 3,896, he said. The Lewes Police Department recorded 233 calls in June and 242 in July of this year. Lewes Police Chief Hal Barber estimated that the police department has received 20 to 25 more calls than during the Same time period last summer. Fire calls received at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center in Georgetown totaled 245 in June and 343 in July, according to Catherine King, administrative secretary, at the emergency opera- tions center. Statistics on last year's fire calls were unavailable. The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company has responded to more than 100 fire calls since June, according to Chuck Snyder, assistant fire chief. "I would say we're very close to last year," Snyder said. Continued on page 10 DelDOT's Canby addresses homeowners Delaware's Secretary of Transportation, Anne Canby, speaks with Lewes resident Sam Quinn following her address to members of the Lewes Homeowners' Association Friday night, Aug. 13. "Our challenge is to provide the mobility that our citizens want," said Canby. "We're in the process of devel- oping a 20 year plan. To do that we want to bring together all the state's stakeholders so we can meet the needs of, in Sussex for example, the poultry processors, the resort businesses, and the retirement community." Canby said the planning will probably result in a mix of transit approaches including high. ways and rails for people and product transportation. Lewes Councilman Tony Pratt, also on the stage with Canby, expressed some concerns he saw. "When do we recognize that we have enough people here," asked Pratt. "Reducing travel time and headaches for those coming here might be short- sighted for us here. There has to be sensitivity for those of us at the receiving end." Canby responded: "We have to think, 'How can we get the people here without the cars?' I am try- ing to be responsive to local concerns. One of the first things I did when I got here last March was to say 'we ain't going to cut dow]n the sycamores' (at the entrance to Rehoboth)." INDEX