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ii lu 22 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette Kent SPCA awarded dog-control contract By Ryan Mavity ryanm@capegazette.com The Kent County SPCA has been tapped to pick up the ball left behind by Safe Haven Ani- mal Sanctuary in fulfilling Kent County's dog control contract. The Kent County Levy Court voted 6-1 at a Sept. 3 committee meeting to turn over the contract formerly held by Safe Haven to the Kent County SPCA. A formal vote by the Levy Court will be taken at the Tues- day, Sept. 10 meeting. Kevin Usilton, executive direc- tor of Kent County SPCA, said the decision was a win-win for dogs in Kent County; 'we're happy that Kent County residents will have a full-service dog-control service back within their community," Usikon said. Councilman Eric Buckson said going with Kent County SPCA was the best option because they were within the county and could take up the contract by Tuesday, Oct. 1. He said once it was established that Kent Coun- ty SPCA could do the job, they were the best fit. Kent County SPCA will pick up the remaining nine months and $860,000 on the dog control contract that had been held by Safe Haven, the troubled George- town shelter facing $200,000 in debt• The Levy Court terminated Safe Haven's contract July 30 by a 5-2 vote. Prior to the Levy Court's Sept. 3 meeting, a petition began cir- culating from a group called Delaware No-Kill Alliance, de- manding that Safe Haven not be considered to resume the contract. The alliance picked up more than 600 signatures prior to the meeting. Bucks0n said while he Continued on page 23 Teen Continued from page 1 conspiracy. Harper, now 18, faced the same charges as Phillip - first- degree carjacking, first-degree kidnapping and two counts of second-degree conspiracy• Phillip pleaded guilty to second-degree cariacking, sec- ond-degree kidnalping and second-degree conspiracy before 5TATEATTORNEY MELAN!! WTHERS WHO lt fttOSECi3TtNG 'THE CtSE AGAINST ALL FOUR DEFENDANTS, SAID PNILLIP SIGNED A COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH THE ' STATE • Judge Richard F. Stokes Sept. 5 at Sussex County Superior Court- house in Georgetown. Phillip's attorney, Andre Beau- regard, said the state has agreed to dismiss the remaining charges against Phillip. State attorney Melanie With- ers, who is prosecut- ing the case against all four defen- dants, said Phillip signed a cooperation agreement with the state. Phillip Brewer Withers said she anticipates Phillip will testify as a state's witness in any hearings or trials involved with the case. Withers asked that Stokes re- frain from sentencing Phillip Truanc00 Y Continued from page 21 its own day." The Cape Henlopen School District mails a letter to parents after their child has three unex- cused absences, explaining to them the state law and implica- tions if their child continues to miss school without an accept- able excuse. Letters are further sent after the child's sixth and ninth unexcused. By the 10th un- excused absence, Redard said, he meets with the parents to make sure they understand that they will have to go to court unless the unexcused absences cease. "Kids need to be in school. It's a safe environment," he said. Redard said about 95 percent of the truancy cases he takes to court involve mental issues, drug issues or both. Once the court is involved, he said, children often are able to quickly get treatment and the help they need to be- come productive students. At the high school, Redard said, he predicts the attendance problem will improve, although his caseload ther6 will increase. "If you're 19 ½ years old and close to graduation and you hit 20 days, you're going to court," Redard said. MarylandSportingRetreat.com 816-420-6295 We REPAIR i PHONES i PADS HAIR DIMENSIONS Becca & JR have relocated to Hair Dimensions in Peddlers Village. 302.945.8707 until his three co-defendants' casews are complete. The truthfulness of his tes- timony will impact the state's position on his sentence, she said. Stokes agree to wait to sentence Phillip. He told Phillip he faces up to 22 years in prison for the crimes he has pleaded guilty to, regard- less of his cooperation with the state. Phillip wore a white Depart- ment of Correction jumpsuit, and his hands and feet were shackled during the court pro- ceeding. Beauregard told Stokes Phillip's mother was not in the courtroom. A May arraignment for Junia had been rescheduled by Stokes because her mother did not show up. Beauregard said Phillip has been treated as a adult through- out the proceedings, and his mother was also absent when Phillip entered his not guilty plea in May. Phillips was on probation at the time of Smith's kidnapping. Beauregard said in pleading guilty, Phillip admits to also vie- lating his probation. Phillip cast a quick glance into the small courtroom gallery - populated only by a handful of translators and court employees - before he was escorted out of the courtroom. See continuing coverage of this story at capegazette.com. ORGANIZE YOUR STUFF Are you looking for someone to organize... • A closet • Room layout • Busy schedule • Or an event? 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