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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 Route 1 Weekly Accident U )date Police recover Blazer; suspects at large Delaware State Police recov- ered a 1984 Chevy SI0 Blazer on Sussex 260, east of Milton, Mon- day, Sept. 7, and are still seeking public assistance in identifying the two men who stole the vehicle when they robbed a Hispanic man. "The vehicle was damaged se- verely; all the windows were bro- ken out," said Lt. Rick Chamber- lin, state police spokesman. The victim reported the stolen vehicle at approximately 10:30 p.m., Aug. 29, after he was threat- ened by two black males' in the parking lot at Food Lion on Route 1. One of the males grabbed the victim from behind and threatened him with a knife, before taking his wallet, with an undisclosed amount of cash, and stealing the victim's Blazer. One of the suspects is 5 feet 11 to 6 feet tall and was wearing a white and blue, striped, polo shirt; he may be in his 20s. The other was 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 8 inches tall and .was wearing a brown, button- down shirt, with a white T-shirt underneath it; he may be in his late teens or early 20s. At the time of the incident, a black convertible - possibly one that brought the suspects to the scene - was spotted in the area; it was operated by a third black male. Police are asking anyone with information about the inci- dent to call Troop 7, at 644-5020, or Crimestoppers, at 800-TIP- 3333. More victims report Sargent's alleged theft Thirteen additional people have reported to Delaware State Police that they were allegedly victim- ized by Cynthia Lou Sargent, 40, of Lewes. According to Lt. Rick Chamberlin, state police spokesman, Sargent was arrested while she was cleaning homes in the Salt Pond area, Aug. 27. Po- lice charge her with 14 counts of theft and 15 counts of issuing worthless checks to numerous businesses in Sussex County, for crimes committed since June 1997. Chamberlin said police do not intend to add additional counts for the 13 new victims but will in- stead add their names to a list of people who will be entitled to restitution from Sargent. Troopers identify and arrest reckless biker Robert Robbins, 21, of Angola By The Bay, was arrested at a friend's home in Milton, Aug. 31, after state police received a tip from the community that he may have been-the biker who led a state trooper on a 11-mile trek through the Cape Region Aug. 30. When Robbins was approached by troopers in Milton, he fled into the woods, said Lt. Rick Chain- - October 8, 1998 berlin, state police spokesman. However, Cpl. Doris Fraser of Troop 7, and her K-9 partner, Canute, were able to apprehend Robbins quickly. Robbins was charged with two counts of resist- ing arrest and numerous traffic vi- olations, including driving while revoked, reckless driving and fail- ure to stop at the command of a police officer.. The traffic charges against him stem from the Aug. 30 incident, when a trooper saw the man reck- lessly operating a motorcycle, commonly referred to as a Ninja racing bike, on Route 1, north of Rehoboth. The trooper attempted to stop the cyclist, but he fled into the Angola/Rabbit's Ferry area, said Chamberlin. Robbins was apparently operating a 1996 Kawasaki Katana 600. DNA fingerprint system to get upgrade Sen. Joe Biden recently an- nounced that Delaware will re- ceive $194,000 to upgrade and improve the state's DNA lab and enhance the state's computerized fingerprint identificaron system. "Until recently, Delaware was forced to send evidence to the .of- ten overworked FBI crime lab in Washington, causing serious de- lays in analysis, and consequently, prosecution of criminals," said Biden, whose Biden Crime Law funds helped establish a DNA lab in Delaware. Part of the funding will be used to link Delaware's fingerprinting system with a national database. Biden: $1.7 million for juvenile crime Sen. Joe Biden recently an- nounced that Delaware will re- ceive nearly $1.7 million to help curb the problem of juvenile crime. Most of the funding - $1,585,600 - is part of the Juve- nile Accountability-Block Grant administered through the U.S. De- partment of Justice. Delaware will use the funding to hire additional state prosecutors and public defenders for youth crime cases in Kent and Sussex counties, strengthen punishment and sentencing for the most vio- lent juvenile offenders and in- crease victim services in Family Court through a new program that would physically separate victims from offenders prior to courtroom proceedings. In addition to the block grant, Delaware will also receive a first- of-its-kind $87,500 grant to in- crease mental health services for juvenile delinquents and fund ad- ditional education programs for disruptive and delinquent stu- dents. "We must ensure that our chil- dren are safe - safe from both the temptation of crime and safe from those who commit crime," said Biden. "There must be meaning- ful, appropriate and swift punish- ment for all juvenile offenders, particularly for those children who, tragically, are so violent that we really have no choice but to put them behind bars. "But we cannot ignore the forces that may be pushing these kids deeper into the crime stream - drags, guns and gangs - as well as the underlying mental problems that may be a big part of their criminal behavior. This funding will allow Delaware to undertake a comprehensive approach to ad- dressing all aspects of juvenile justice. We simply cannot afford to lose the next generation of young people to a life of crime." Lewes variance board sets Oct. 6 meeting The Lewes Board of Adjust- ment will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 6, to elect an acting chair. The meeting agenda includes no other items. Harvey Cupp's term as a mem- ber of the Board of Adjustment expired recently and he decided not to accept another three-year appointment. Lewes Mayor George gmith is expected to ap- point a new member to the board. at the Monday, Oct. 19 meeting of Lewes Mayor and Council. In the interim, however, the board needs an acting chair to schedule hearings on requests for zoning variances. Cupp had served as chairman. The remaining members in- clude William Stevenson and Joseph Stewart. After Mayor Smith appoints a replacement for Cupp, the Board of Adjustment will meet again to elect a regular chair. Milton man picked up as fugitive Delaware State Police Homi- cide Unit detectives arrested Al- ton Joseph, 44, of Milton, Friday, Sept. 18, as a fugitive from New Hampshire. Joseph is wanted by the Stratford County Sheriff's Of- rice, Dover, N.H., for one count of felony theft by deception and 14 counts of misdemeanor falsifying laboratory reports. Massachusetts also has warrants for his arrest on larceny charges. According to Geoffrey Ransom, New Hampshire assistant attorney general, a grand jury indicted Joseph in April, for crimes that al- legedly occurred in spring 1997. Apparently Joseph was working as a home inspector who allegedly received fees for collecting radon and water samples for processing through a laboratory. Ransom said that his office was alerted by a laboratory company that it was receiving calls from people who questioned reports they had received. The laboratory had no records of performing the tests. Ransom said that if Joseph is convicted, New Hampshire law calls for 7 1/2 to 15 years impris- onment for Class A felony theft by deception. He said that the law also allows for one year of imprisonment for convictions on misdemeanor fal- sifying laboratory reports convic- tions. According to Lt. Rick Cham- berlin, state police spokesman, the detectives, officers from Troop 7 FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21 TO SEPTEMBER 27. 1998 DATE LOCATION TYPE 09/21/98 Rt. 1 and Willow Creek Rd., north of Lewes #5 09/23/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273A, west of Rehoboth #5 09/25/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268A, west of Lewes #5 09/27/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 217A, east of Milford #4 ili00ii 0000!i:ii!iiiliiii iliI! 00i00i!i 00ii!iI::iiii!iiI00SA00]'IiI:Iiiiliil]IiiilIIii iii!ii iiii:iiiiiii I 5 18 5 15 Of the 38 people arrested for DUI, 13 were involved in accidents. = -f Submitted photo Local chunkers place in Illinois meet Two Delaware Punkin' Chunkin' teams, Young Glory and Poor and Hungry, attended the Third Annual Morton Punkin' Chunkin' Contest in Morton, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 19. The Young Glory team, captained by Jake Burton and crewed by his brothers Matt and Luke, took first place in the amateur open class air cannon division with a chunk of 1,707 feet. Wayne Sennett's Poor and Hungry team members fired off a line drive with their air cannon. The pumpkin traveled 3,000 feet before striking Illinois soil. The shot, however, produced a tremendous recoil that drove the 18-wheeler on which the cannon was mounted a foot forward, creasing the barrel in the process. The shot nonetheless was long enough to earn the team second-place honors in the commercial air cannon division. Other members of the Poor and Hungry team include Bren- da Sennett and Donnie and Dianne Short. Both teams will be competing in the 13th annual World Championship Punkin' Chunk on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8, at Bill Hurdle's soybean field at the corner of Sussex 305 and Sussex 306. For more information about that event, call 856-1444. and the Lewes Police Department arrested Joseph without incident while he worked at a construction site on Bay Road, Lewes. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $20,000 cash bond, pending extradition proceedings. Ransom said that Joseph is scheduled for trial in New Hampshire Oct. 19. Extradi- tion time lines for the two states is uncertain.