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I I IINSIDE: SO "The Price of Liberty Lis Eternal Vigilance" !! 3 7 Delaware's Cape Region # Tuesday, September 6 -Thursday, September 8, 2005 # # Volume 13 No. 30 Disaster brings communities together Events raise funds for Hurricane Katrina victims By Rachel Swick Cape Gazette staff Over the weekend Cape Region busi- nesses and organizations came together to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina victims, finding the public to be very generous and supportiv e . Rehoboth police deny abuse claim By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff Rehoboth Beach Police Department Chief Keith Banks denies any wrongdoing on the part of police in response to two Maryland men's assertion that police behaved with racial bias and were abusive when the men visited the resort; Banks was not present during the Aug. 14 incident, when two men were arrested after police said they found marijuana in their car. However, Banks said he inter- viewed the officers involved and reviewed videotape of the incident. The two'21-year-old men said they were detained by Rehoboth Beach police and were denied access to water, a bathroom and a phone for eight hours. One of the men said after he asked to use a bathroom, he had to urinate on the floor of a jail cell. He was then charged with dis- orderly conduct. Both men said police officers repeatedly made racist remarks, referring to one of the detainees, of Southeast Asian descent, as Continued on page 9 The Starboard and the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach both held auctions, raising $70,000 as of Sept. 5, for the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. Red Cross volunteers were on hand to accept the donations and talk to people about volunteering. J.D. Barto of Barto Property Management in Easton, Md., said he was interested in traveling to the hurricane zone to help out. Barto donated $2,000 during the Boule & Cork fundraiser. Margi Prueitt, chief executive officer for the Delmarva Red Cross, said so many peo- ple have signed up to volunteer that the next training class is already full. She said the Red Cross, located in Milford, plans to hold more Sessions. Volunteers must attend training before heading to New Orleans to prepare for the devastation they will see. Alex Pires of Highway One Ltd., owner of the Bottle & Cork, said the night was a success, with auction items including gift certificates for large parties at local eateries and pampering at local spas. Meanwhile, The Blue Plate Diner in Lewes raised more than $1,500 over the Labor Day weekend to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The money has been sent directly to the American Red Cross. Employees of The Bellmoor Inn have Continued on page 14 Dan Cook photo Labor Day weekend brings summer season to an end in Cape Region Night falls over Rehoboth Beach as residents of the Crowds enjoyed beautifully sunny and mild weather resort town say goodbye to the end of the summer sea- over the holiday weekend, the first pleasant holiday in son. recent memory. seeking wider public access to Delaware Family Court proceedings and records. Attorney Ronald G. Poliquin of the Dover firm of Young, Malmberg & Howard, filed the action for clients Karen Hartley-Nagle and Michael Dore, who have lobbied the court for years to open its closed-door proceedings and records. Both Hartley-Nagle and Dore also campaigned for public office in 2004, using the open- court issue as platforms. Delaware Family Court considers many types of cases it judges as being either closed or presumed closed to the public An August release from the court, titled "What Is Open, What Is Closed?" noted that "statutes, court rules, administrative direc- tives and judges' discretion govern which cases are open or closed." " According to that release, family court lists the closed hearings as termination of parental rights and adoption. It lists the pre- sumed closed hearings as dependency/neg- Continued on page 10 Dover attorney sues in: Court of Chancery By Jim Cesson Cape Gazette staff A Dover attorney filed suit, Aug. 30, Lawsuitseeks to open Delaware Family Court INDEX i .......... "