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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 cured bond, so both were placed into custody with the Delaware Department of Correction, pend- ing court appearances. Rehoboth to discuss commercial planner Having been impressed with his vision and leadership when he helped the city fashion its Long Range Plan in 1994, Kathy Kramedas McGuiness, president of Rehoboth Beach Main Street, would like to invite Bruce Gal- loway back to give specialized at- tention to Rehoboth' s commercial areas. McGuiness plans to come be- fore the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners at the Tuesday, Sept. 1 workshop session, to learn if the board may be receptive to exploring the possibility of invit- ing Galloway, a professional plan- ner from Alexandria, Va., to re- turn. The .city would technically hire Galloway, in cooperation with Main Street, the cost dependent upon how long they wished to re- tain his services, although Kramedas estimated it could be in the $50,000 range. "We like Galloway because he's familiar with Rehoboth Beach, having worked on our Long Range Plan," said McGui- ness. She stressed that they would be focusing only on streetscape planning, benches, sidewalks, plantings, placing utilities under- ground, traffic etc., but nothing that would dictate to private prop- erty. The project could take five to ten years to complete, McGui- ness added. When Galloway met with mem- bers of the Long Range Plan Committee in the spring of 1994, he suggested strengthening Re- hoboth Avenue's visual elements by expanding sidewalks by two feet each. This, he said, would make it easier to cross Rehoboth Avenue, and the shrinking of the traffic lanes and planting of more green- ery would lend a more personable character to the area. McGuiness wants to involve the entire community in this effort. "We want everyone to have a say, especially the people who live here and own property," she said, "as everyone would benefit from the new streetscapes. This request is separate from the recent Long Range Plan discus- sion when community leaders came to the conclusion that the city could use professional plan- ning assistance on a full-time ba- sis. Delaare State Police & Office ot' Higlnay Safety State,wide "Take it Fasy" Campaion Report Rehoboth Kiwnanis seek Scout House extension During the Sept. 2 Rehoboth Board of Commissioners work- shop, the Rehoboth Beach Kiwa- nis Club will present a request to extend the existing structure it owns at 84 Kent Avenue known as the. Scout House by approxi- mately 1,500 square feet. The Ki- wanis have been sponsors of the Rehoboth Boy Scouts since 1930 and the scouts use the structure on Kent, which was expanded once in 1966. But in order to accommo- date a young Daisy Scout troop, as well as the Boy Scouts, and to ex- pand storage for themselves .as well, they would like to add room on the back and an overhead stor- age area. The board will also discuss the finalized proposed amendments to the sign ordinance governing en- forcement. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m., but is preceded-by a listen- ing post session at 6:30 p.m., when citizens may speak in any topic. License plate law signed by Carper Senate Bill 30, which would al- low motor vehicles weighing 5,000 pounds or less to carry any type of license plate which would be issued for that type of vehicle with the exception of motorcycles, mopeds and trailers, was recently signed into law by Gov. Thomas Carper. Passenger cars, station wagons, sport utility vehicles, vans and pick-up trucks registered for 5,000 pounds or less would be able to carry passenger car number tags, PC tags, C tags, or CL tags. The law allows individuals to keep their old tags and use them on whatever vehicle they happen to have, as long as the vehicle meets the above criteria. The present $20 annual renewal fee would continue unchanged for all types of motor vehicles cov- ered by the new law. The bill was sponsored by Sen. George H. Bunting, Jr. and co- sponsored by Sen. Robert J. Voshell. Dewey Beach reunion planned A reunion for anyone who fre- q uented Dewey Beach during the mid-20th century (1940s, '50s, '60s, etc.) and their families and friends has been planned for Sun- day, Sept. 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. Inspired by the book, "Dewey Beach History & Tales," it is an opportunity to renew old acquain- tances and make new friends. Known as the "40th Anniver- sary of the Dewey Beach Rebel Reunion," the party will feature the Rusty Rudder buffet at $25 per person ($12.50 for kids age 12 and under). A cash bar will also be available. Attendees are asked to bring any old "Dewey" pictures for dis- play (your name should be put on the back of the picture). Anyone wishing to attend should send a check and a list of attendees to Bob Schnepfe, 8 Vir- ginia Ave., Milton, DE 19968. For more information, call 684- 4689. Rehoboth Main Street board won't meet Sept. 3 There will be no Rehoboth Beach Main Street Board of Di- rectors meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 3. due to the Labor Day hol- iday. The next regularly sched- uled meeting will be held fit 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1. Lewes street committee to meet Friday, Sept. 5 The Lewes Street Improvement Ad Hoc Committee will meet at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5 in City Hall. The agenda includes a review of the estimate for the Paynter Av- enue rehabilitation; street im- provement data base review; dis- cussion of methods for develop- ment of a three to five year street improvement plan; and the pre- liminary results of inflow and in- filtration study. Lewes man arrested for insurance fraut Walter E. Wyatt II.. age 54, of Lewes was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 20, on charges he submitted seven false insurance claims from 1989 to 1995, when he operated a security alarm business. Wyatt appeared before federal Magistrate Mary Pat Trostle and was released on $10,00 unsecured bail, with an arraignment set for Sept. 4, when he is expected to en- ter a plea. A federal grand jury indictment alleges Wyatt submitted insurance claims for residential and business alarm systems which had been damaged by lightning and needed repair, when the systems either worked or had been damaged by &her means. Wyatt is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, two counts of making false statements on income tax returns and one count of aiding and abet- ting the filing of a false return. He could receive up to 14 years in prison and fines. Jury hung on verdict in Trout fatality trial The case against Helen Hare, who went to trial Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the Court of Common Pleas in connection with the Ali- son Trout fatal traffic accident, re- sulted in a hung jury when an 1 l- member jury was unable to reach a verdict on Hare's careless dri- ving charge. Hare was arrested for careless driving in May, following a March 7 accident that occurred when she was driving a school bus. When the 14-year-old stu- dent attempted to cross the road to board the bus in the eastbound lane of Sussex 285, she was struck and killed by a 1985 Ford Escort traveling in the westbound lane. Shortly after the accident, Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, said the state police Fatal Accident Investiga- tion and Reconstruction (FAIR) team determined that the bus FOR WEEK OF AUG. 18 TO AUG. 24, 1997 DATE LOCATION TYPE 08/18/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273A, west of Rehoboth #5 08/18/97 Rt. 1, 1.5 miles west of Lewes #2 08/20/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth #4 08/20/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, north of Rehoboth #4 08/20/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #4 08/20/97 Rt. 1 at Wawa parking lot #3 08/20/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #4 08/21/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #4 08/21/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, west of Lewes #4 08/22/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #4 08/22/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 12, west of Lewes #4 08/23/97 Rt. 1 and Bay Rd., west of Rehoboth #4 08/23/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 16, east of Milton #5 08/23/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 275, south of Lewes #4 08/23/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, west of Rehoboth #2 08/23/97 Rt. 1 at Sea Air entrance, north of Rehoboth #4 08/24/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #2 08/24/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #4 08/24/97 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Outlets parking lot #3 FOR WEEK OFAUG. 18 TO AUG. 24. 19_9_7 _ . _ [ Snty New Castle County [ 28 9 37 I Of the 74 people arrested for DUI, 19 were involved in accidents. MEMORIAL DAY. 1996-JULY 27, 1996 COMPARED TO SAME PERIOD IN 1997 1996 1997 Disregarding traffic lights Passing violations Following too closely Failure to yield right of way Disregarding stop signs Unsafe speed (excessive speed) 408 430 106 308 239 301 78 94 256 243 137 180 Total Crashes 3,607 3,550 Fatal Crashes 18 18 Personal Injury Crashes 1,155 1,123 Property Iamage Crashes 2,434 2,409 The above arrest statistics are Delaware State Police statistics only; however, theanti-aggressive driving campaign is a statewide enforcement effort among all law enforcement agencies. The crash statistics are statewide totals for all agencies. lights were not activated at the time of the accident. "These lights were not work- ing," said Lewis during a March interview. "Therefore, oncoming traffic or traffic that was traveling behind the school bus had no warning that the bus was stopped. Anyone would have continued without warning lights." Witnesses who testified in the emotionally charged courtroom included state police, Hare, an aide who was on the bus that day, an operator of a vehicle that was in front of the driver of the Ford, an operator of a vehicle behind the bus, and Alison's father, Ray Trout. "Both sides stipulated to a jury of less than 12," said Stephanie Tsantes, deputy attorney general, but only in criminal cases must ju- ries reach a unanimous decision. After the jury had deliberated for a little more than an hour, said Tsantes, Judge William Bradley, Jr. inquired about its progress, but jurors said they would not be able to reach agreement. Tsantes was not at liberty to discuss how the vote was split. Penalties for convictions on careless driving charges can in- clude a notation on a driving record, points on a driver's license and a fine. A hung jury, said Tsantes, means a judge declares a mistrial, and the state can request a new trial. "At this point, it is pending discussion of whether the state will re-try her on the charge," said Tsantes. who said she expects the state will reach a decision within two weeks. Lewes Board of Adjustment to meet The Lewes board of Adjustment will hold public hearings Monday, Sept. 29 at I p.m., on requests from Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hellings, 213 W. Cape Shores Drive, to allow the existing height of their newly constructed home to remain, although it is four inch- es higher than allowed; and a re- quest from Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tyler to add a third room to their Wild Swan Bed and Breakfast at 525 Kings Highway.