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2 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, September 2 - September 8, 1994 Briefly Gazette office closed for holiday The Cape Gazette office will be closed for business this Labor Day, MondaY, Sept. 5, in obser- vance of the holiday. Normal business hours will re- sume Tuesday, Sept, 6. Shields open house set; school hours change The Shields PTA will hold an open house at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 13. At that time, representa- tives from the Lewes Public Li- brary, Shields PTA, Sussex YM- CA and Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts will be on hand to provide information about their organiza- tions and welcome memberships. Students at Shields will bring home more information on the open house the first day of school. Also, school hours at Shields have changed this year. Grades one through three will start school at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m. Morning kindergarten will be held from 8:10 to ll a.m., with after- noon kindergarten from 12:20 to 3:10 p.m. Milton youth apprehends thief A Milton teen-ager was credited by Delaware State Police with thwarting a purse-snatching at- tempt on Saturday, Aug. 27, by Mark L. Miller, 32, of Burton Vil- lage, Rehoboth Beach. Police said the incident oc- curred about 5:50 p.m. in the Ros- es store at Rehoboth Mall when the 17-year-old youth, whose name was not released by police, tackled Miller after he allegedly saw him grab a pocketbook out of the shopping cart of a 78-year-old woman. Miller suffered a dislo- cated shoulder as a result of the tackle. Police charged Miller with misdemeanor theft. Civic groups sponsor law enforcement training The Sussex County Association of Towns (SCAT), in cooperation with the American Association of Retired Persons, will present a Criminal Justice Services Law Enforcement Training Seminar to law enforcement agencies in Sus- sex County. The training will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 to 4 p.m. at Ocean View Town Hall, located off Cedar Neck Road. Attendees will re- ceive certification from the Delaware State Police Academy for eight credit hours. This training will help law en- forcement personnel to deal in a more sensitive and effective man- ner with older people in law en- forcement situations. There is no cost and attendees will be respon- sible for their lunch. Information about the seminar and enrollment procedures will be available at the Sept. 7 SCAT meeting at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach. For more informa- tion, call-Paul Hewett at 945- 2020. Dewey police arrest two in taxicab theft Dewey Beach Police Chief Raymond Morrison reported that a 26-year-old Arlington, Va. man and a 25-year-old Clarksburg, Md. man each were charged with receiving stolen property on Sat- urday, Aug. 27 in connection with the theft of a taxicab owned by Kangaroo Cab. Morrison said officers respond- ed to a report of a stolen cab in the vicinity of Bellevue Street, and one arrest was made following a short foot chase. A second arrest was made following further inves- Dennis Forney phot(o Getting ready for a seafood feast Howard Shook, president of Bethel Methodist Men, prac- tices up on adding Old Bay to a pot of steaming seafood as hi:s group prepares to stage the annual ,qeafood Fesval this Sat- urday, Sept. 3, from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hail at Bethel United Methodist Church, Fourth and Market streets in Lewes. The menu includes albyou-can-eat steamed crabs, fried or steamed shrimp, crab balls, corn on the cob, cole slaw and beverages. Tickets in advance cost $13.50 (stop by the church office before 1 pan. today)and $15 at the door. Chil- dren under 12 years of age cost $6.50. tigation. Douglas Nocerino and Paul R. Rissitr each were released on $500 secured bond following a hearing in Magistrate Court No. 3, Georgetown. SCAT meeting set Sept. 7 in Dewey Beach The Sussex County Association of Towns will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Bay- Center, Route 1 in Dewey Beach. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Guest speaker for the meeting will be Margie Crofts, program manager with the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control, who will discuss the Inland Bays. The dinner costs $17.75 per person, which includes gratuity. Reservations must be made by Friday, Sept. 2, by calling Joyce Pool at 22%6363. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Dewey Beach and mailed to 105 Rodney Street, Dewey Beach, Delaware 19971. Ten piping plover chicks have fledged Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol officials happily announced last week that 10 piping plover chicks have fledged at Cape Hen- lopen State Park - a thousand per- cent increase from last year when only one chick survived. Twelve eggs were produced in three nests at the Gordons Pond area in the state park. An addi- tional three chicks also hatched at the Cape Point, but DNREC offi- cials have not spotted any of them and feel that they may have be- come victims of natural predators. Piping plover are considered an endangered species. The nesting areas have been closed to the public since March, but Gordons Pond is now open and park officials were planning to re-open the fishing area on the Point Thursday, Sept. 1 - only if it is determined that the chicks have left the area. The bay side of the Point will remain closed as a stopover for migratory birds. Division of Fish and Wildlife endangered species coordinator Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer attributes part of this year's success to new habitat at Gordons Pond that was created by winter storms, as well as closing areas during nesting season. "Setting aside areas for the birds is really paying off," she said. "This is one of the best sea- sons for all the species we're tracking. For example, least terns, while never as imperiled asthe piping plover,, have made a dra- matic comeback. Between 350 and 400 pairs were nested at Delaware Seashore State Park this year and there were too many chicks to count." Lewes police make drug arrest Lewes police reported the arrest of a Pot Nets East man on Satur- day, Aug. 27, after a routine traf- fic stop. Bob Marques photo Fish kill hits Rehoboth Bay A number of Cape region residents had expressed concern over a rather large fish kin that occurred over the weekend of Aug. 24-25. Thousands of menhaden were found floating dead in several lagoons near Rehoboth Bay Mobile Home Park and in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. According to David Small, spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, investigating officers said that there is no cause for concern. "Whatever caused it, it's gone now," said Small, adding that investigators speculate that low oxy- gen levels in the back bays may have been the culprit. "Men- haden will school up in small coves and lagoons, and at night, when oxygen levels drop anyway, the large number of fish used up whatever oxygen was there resulting in the kill," said Small The photo hero is what the boat ramp at Rehoboth Bay Mobile Home Park looked like over the weekend. According to resident Charlie Marsch, sea gulls and other critters had a field day, and most of the dead fish were gone early in the week. Police said an officer stopped a 1983 Oldsmobile, driven by John O. Stillman of Long Neck, a few minutes after midnight Saturday after observing the car on Savan- nah Road with a headlight out. The officer received permission to search the car and found marijua- na, a hypodermic needle and a so- da can used as a pipe to smoke drugs. Police charged Stillman with possession of marijuana, posses- sion of drug paraphernalia, pos- session of a hypodermic syringe and driving with a broken wind- shield. He was taken to Magis- trate Court 3, Georgetown, where he was released on bond pending a preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas. Dewey money launderer sentenced to prison Edgar G. Martin, age 35, of Dewey Beach, was sentenced Aug. 30 to 30 months imprison- ment and 36 months of supervised release for his guilty plea to mon- ey laundering resulting from an Internal Revenue Service criminal investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Prettyman told U.S. District Judge Roderick McKe|vie that from Jan., 1988 to Sept., 1992 An- tonia Duncan, then a financial of- ricer with Black Entertainment Television (BET), embezzled ap- proximately $1.8 million from BET by using false pretenses. Duncan employed Martin to laun- der approximately $300,000 of the money, so in Feb., 1993 he used $100,000 of the funds toward the purchase of Ocean Breeze Condo- minium near Dewey Beach and later spent over $13,000 to furnish the condos. When Duncan needed untrace- able cash to satisfy a" debt, Martin then went to a Delaware bank where he had deposited some of Duncan's proceeds and obtained over $200,000 in cashier's checks made payable to fictitious payees and delivered them to Duncan. When Duncan presented the checks, the bank would not honor them because of suspected ficti- tious endorsements. On March 1, 1993, Martin de- posited $20,000 in cashier's checks from embezzled funds into a Delaware bank and on April 13 laundered three checks totaling $201,000 of that money through his Delaware bank account. Fi- nally, Martin received $80,000 as his fee for handling Duncan's money and that he spent approxi- mately $18,000 of that fee to buy a 1990 Jaguar. Duncan has pied guilty in feder- al court in Washington, D.C. to a felony charge resulting from the embezzlement. Duncan forfeited his condo, its contents and the ve- hicle and the remainder of his fee from Duncan. The expected value is over $500,000 and' that this for- feiture is the largest criminal for- feiture in the history of federal prosecution in Delaware. Rehoboth discusses sewer plant upgrade The City of Rehoboth Beach will need to pay approximately $1 million of the estimated $1.7 mil- lion to pay for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, now that the city has received its per- mit from the state allowing the necessary work to proceed. Once complete, there will be consider- ably less phosphorus and nitrogen flowing from the plant into the canal and Rehoboth Bay. Continued on page 3