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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, Sept. 27 -Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996 Volume 4, No. 19 Three West Rehoboth arrests almost lead to riot By Kerry Kester Detectives from Delaware State Police at Troop 4 arrested three people in West Rehoboth Tuesday, Sept. 24 on charges ranging from assault to inciting a riot fol- lowing a police attempt to make a routine arrest of a man with outstanding warrants. David Lee Harris, 25, and his brother Corey, 21, both of Rehoboth Beach, were arrested along with Nancy Schaefer, 39, of Lewes, following the incident. Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, said police had a warrant to arrest David Harris, who was wanted for a May, 1996 robbery and for an assault of a Milton man in West Rehoboth Monday, Sept. 23. "Harris [David] was seen in a vehicle in the West Rehoboth area by detectives," said Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman. He was spotted driving a 1992 Toyota Camry, owned by Schaefer, who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time. Lewis said when the detectives attempted to stop Harris, he fled from the vehicle and ran into the woods. Schaefer allegedly remained in the car. Lewis said the police located and arrested Harris shortly after- ward. According to Lt. Peter Schwartzkopf, deputy commander at Troop 7, while police were arresting Harris, a crowd gathered at the arrest scene. "It ended up with a crowd of roughly 35 to 40 people who were very vocal against us," said Schwartzkopf. At Continued on page 9 Resident files suit over Seabright Village approval By Michael Short Terry Bartley has filed suit in Chancery Court against a controversial rezoning for Seabright Village. Bartley said he filed suit on Friday, Sept. 20 to stop the controversial project. The suit was filed against Seabright Village Associates and County Council. Seabright Village and the Meat's property high density residential: project on Old Landing Road were separate, but somewhat similar. They were similar because both required rezoning to high density in areas near Rt. I. Both drew criticism over their density and over whether it was appropriate to approve a zoning change while the county comprehen- sive land use plan was in the works. Both were ultimately approved by Sussex Coun- ty. The suit by Bartley seeks to stop the rezoning for Seabright Village, which plans to develop townhouses off Route 270A adjacent to Beachhaven on 4.74 acres near Rt. 1. The plans call for 38 townhouse units, although developers pointed out that they could have developed the property to a high- er density. Bartley, who lives near the pro- ject, had presented a petition signed by 164 residents who opposed the rezoning last spring. Continued on page 11 Kerry Kester photo Marijuana as high as an elephant's eye found in Sussex The Delaware State Police Special Investigations Unit and Aviation Unit seized 98 marijuana plants from a wooded area north of County Road 442, west of Georgetown on Wednesday, Sept. 25. "We were contacted earlier this morning that there might be some plots in this area," said Cpl. Sharon Dunn, a trooper medic who assisted in the operation. The plants, ranging from six to 12 feet tall, had an estimated street value of $294,000. aI feel good about keeping it off the street," said Dunn. Investigators said the marijuana will be incinerated. Police do not know who planted the crop and are asking anyone with information to contact investigators at 422-1360. Shown is Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman. Sussex land use plan draws fire from every direction By Michael Short Sussex County has spent the summer say- ing it wants input on the proposed compre- hensive land use plan. On Sept. 19, the county got its wish in spades. For more than two hours, dozens of speakers came forward to critique the plan. Not a single speaker at the public hearing before the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission supported the draft land use plan. Words like dictatorship and hostage were used by critics of the plan as perhaps 200 people gathered for the hearing at Del Tech. A few said they liked elements of the plan, but no one actually said they liked the whole plan. Some of the rare positive com- ments were that the plan considers the inland bays, calls for using abandoned buildings for new development and urges sunsetting provisions for any zoning changes. Most of the criticism was from farmers who said that a provision to turn 44 percent of the county into a zone which would severely limit development would send property values plummeting. That agricultural preservation zone would limit development to one home per 20 acres. It is designed to protect farmland, but farmers said it would lower property values and make it even harder for small farmers to Continued on page 9