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III 22 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette By Ryan Mavity meeting to turn over the contract 'we're happy that Kent County was established that Kent Coun- ryanm@capegazette.com formerly held by Safe Haven to residents will have a full-service ty SPCA could do the job, they the Kent County SPCA. dog-control service back within were the best fit. The Kent County SPCA has A formal vote by the Levy their community," Usilton said. Kent County SPCA will pick been tapped to pick up the ball Court will be taken at the Tues- Councilman Eric Buckson said up the remaining nine months left behind by Safe Haven Ani- day, Sept. 10 meeting, going with Kent County SPCA and $860,000 on the dog control mal Sanctuary in fulfilling Kent Kevin Usilton, executive direc- was the best option because contract that had been held by County's dog control contract, tor of Kent County SPCA, said they were within the county and Safe Haven, the troubled George- The Kent County Levy Courtthe decision was a win-win for could take up the contract by town shelter facing $200,000 in voted 6-1 at a Sept 3 committee dogs in Kent County, Tuesday, Oct. 1. He said once it 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 I 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 carjacking, sec- ond-degree kidnal ping and second-degree conspiracy before STATEATTORNEY MELAN!E W~THERS, WHO 15 ?ROSECi,~~tNG 'THE C~tSE AGAINST ALL FOUR DEFENDANTS, SAID PHiLLIP SIGNED A COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH "THE STATE. Judge Richard E 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 Truancy unexcusedabsences cease. "Kids need to be in school. It's a safe environment," he said. Continued from page 21 Redard said about 95 percent its own day." of the truancy cases he takes to The Cape Henlopen School court involve mental issues, drug issues or both. Once the court is District mails a letter to parents involved, he said, children often after their child has three unex- are able to quickly get treatment cused absences, explaining to and the help they need to be- them the state law and implica- come productive students. tions if their child continues to miss school without an accept- At the high school, Redard able excuse. Letters are further said, he predicts the attendance sent after the child's sixth and problem will improve, although ninth unexcused. By the 10th un- his caseload ther6 will increase. "If you're 19 years old and excused absence, Redard said, he meets with the parents to make close to graduation and you hit sure they understand that they 20 days, you're going to court," will have to go to court unless the Redard said. MarylandSportingRetreat.com 816-,420-6295 Becca & JR have relocated to Hair Dimensions in Peddlers Village. and style you have come to expect, 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 ]unia 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 vio- 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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