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October 10, 1997

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Punkin' Chunkers tomeet Oct. 12 There will be a meeting of all Punkin' Chunkers and all other individuals interested in punkin' chunkin' on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at Riverside Park, located at the ex- treme north end of Pilottown Road, in Lewes. Punkin' Chunkin' originated in a small field 12 years ago, and has grown to be one of the largest out- door events in Delaware. This year's event will be held Nov. 1 and 2 at the Eagle Crest Aerodrome, located on Route 1, about 3 miles north of Five Points. The activities will begin at 10 a.m. both days. Campbell.White new Inland Bays chair Pat Campbell-White has been named the new chair of the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB). Campbell- White was elected at the Sept. 12 meeting of the CIB and replaces cmdPnUWHrm Kent Price, who was named to serve on the executive committee. Other new officers are: Vice Chair James E1- liot, Secretary James Alderman and Treasurer Greg McCabe. Rehoboth administrative offices closed Oct. 13 The City of Rehoboth Beach administrative offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 13, in obser- vance of Columbus Day. The city will not pick up any trash on Oct. 13, but trash will be picked up throughout the city on Tuesday, Oct. 14. RBHA annual meeting set Oct. 18 The Rehoboth Beach Home- owners Association (RBHA) will hold its annual meeting and elec- tion of directors on Saturday, Oct. 18. The meeting begins with re- freshments at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. meeting at All Saints Parish Hall, 18 Olive Ave. Also on the agenda is a talk by a mem- ber of the Rehoboth Beach Volun- teer Fire Company about its oper- ations. The terms of three directors, Richard Laird, Roger Pool and Billie Shields, are expiring. Shields is being made an honorary member of the board in recogni- tion of her many years of service, while Laird and Pool have ex- pressed a desire to serve another three-year term. Their names, along with those of Stephen McGuiness, Jack Salin and Paul Flexer, for three-year terms, and Priscilla Smith, for a one-year term to replace Bob Taylor, who is moving from the area, have been placed on the ballot. Rehoboth board tohold monthly meeting The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold its regu- lar monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Fri- day, Oct. 10. The meeting will kick off with a public hearing on proposed changes to the sign ordi- nance, primarily aimed at more effective enforcement of the code. There will be reports from the po- lice department, building and li- censing and the Planning Com- mission. The board was expected to tackle the request from the Re- hoboth Beach Kiwanis Club to expand the Scout House at 84 Kent Street. However, the city re- ceived a letter from the Kiwanis Club requesting the matter be postponed until a later date and it will be deferred. Under new business, appoint- ments are expected to be made to the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment and various com- mittees. There wili also be reports from the city manager, committee heads and the city solicitor. Rusty Rudder to increase handicap accessibility The Dewey Beach Enterprises, Inc., owner of the Rusty Rudder, has agreed to make reasonable ac- commodations to its premises in order to accommodate people with disabilities. These changes are outlined in a consent order is- sued by the U.S. District Court for Delaware on Sept. 8. The order follows a complaint filed by two clients both of whom have disabilities. Wayne C. Carter, 46, a paraplegic, and Ronald E. Lemieux, 65, a quadri- plegic, charged that the restau- rant's main dining area, bath- rooms and parking spaces were not accessible to people in wheel- chairs in violation of the Ameri- cans with Disabilities Act. The complaint was filed after repeated requests by the plaintiffs that the premises be made accessible. The consent order also stipu- lates that Dewey Beach Enterpris- es pay the plaintiffs for attorneys fees and costs incurred in the preparation and negotiation of the lawsuit. The order also mandates that the renovations be completed by April 1, 1998. For each day after that date that the restrooms and ramp are not completed in com- pliance with specifications, Dewey Beach Enterprises will contribute $500 to the defendants' charity of choice, Home of the Brave, a Sussex County organiza- tion that assists disabled, home- less war veterans with disabilities. Paratransit service to extend hours The Delaware.Transit Corpora- tion will expand paratransit ser- vice into weekday evenings and during the day on Saturday within Kent and Sussex counties. The hours of service will be Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 4p.m. The service will be initiat- ed in two phases. The first phase, which began Oct. 6, will provide service to dialysis patients to and from dial- ysis centers. The hours listed above should be sufficient to en- able patients to make appoint- ments during regular dialysis cen- ter hours, including evening and Saturday hours. The second phase, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 3, will provide paratransit service during these same hours to any destina- tion within either Kent or Sussex counties to all certified paratransit customers who reside within these two counties. Cape board to hold special meeting Oct. 16 The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting in the Cape Henlopen High School library on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Items on the agenda include a dis- cussion of the middle school con- cept, alternative school, coun- selors and elementary school needs. There will also be a fiscal report. Man found dead from apparent overdose A Delaware State Police pre- liminary investigation indicates that Edward A. Billy, 37, of Re- hoboth Beach, died from an ap- parent overdose on Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997. A trooper reported to Billy's home at 9:47 a.m. follow- ing a 911 call. "It appeared he took an undetermined amount of pain killers," said Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman. Billy's roommate, Lewis said, "found him in his bedroom, and he was unresponsive." Para- medics attempted to revive Billy as they transported him to Beebe Medical Center, where at 10:38 a.m. he was declared dead. Police believe Billy died sometime Sat- urday evening. Billy was salon coordinator at Hair by Edward James in Rehoboth Beach. Milton man dies in alcohol-related crash The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investigation and Re- construction team is investigating a Sunday, Oct. 5, accident that claimed the life of Calvin Harris III, 53, of Milton. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, Harris was driving a 1992 Buick westbound on Sussex 47, "and for an unknown reason his vehicle exited the south edge of the road- way, collided with a utility pole and then overturned. Harris was ejected. He was not wearing a seat belt, and alcohol was a factor in the crash." Lewis said Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. His death marked the 101st death on Delaware highways this year, compared to 85 reported at the same time last year. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 - 3 I Kerry Kester photo Motor fire breaks out at Cape High School Cape Henlopen High School students and staff were evacu- ated from the school on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7:50 a.m. when an air conditioning motor on the second floor ignited. "That's an automatic box alarm," said Lou Rickards, president of Lewes Volunteer Fire Department, nOting, "due to large life poten- tial and size of the structure, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Georgetown and Milton fire departments responded [with 60 firefighters and 15 pieces of equipment]." Rickards said the fire caused smoke conditions on the second floor and in stair- wells. Under the command of Lewes Fire Chief Wally Evana, the firefighters used smoke ejector fans and gained control in an hour. Rickards said the evacuation was to sites on the high school campus. Deputy Fire Marshal Richard Ward is investigating the fire as a matter of course. Would-be thieves foiled at Food Lion Delaware State Police detec- fives at Troop 4 are seeking infor- mation leading to the identities and locations of two suspects who attempted to commit armed rob- bery at Food Lion, Nanticoke Crossing, Rout 24, on Friday, Oct. 3. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, the attempted robbery occurred at 1:10 a.m. "Detectives say the sus- pects entered the business, one armed with a shotgun and the sec- ond armed with a rifle," said Lewis. One of the suspects approached the clerk and demanded the clerk summon the manager to open the safe. The store employees were ordered to lie down on the floor, said Lewis. The safe, which oper- ates on a timer, would not open, and the suspects fled from the store in a dark-colored Chevy No- va with a loud muffler. One suspect was described as a black male, approximately five- foot-nine or -ten inches tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds and of a thin build. He was wearing a blue-twill jacket, blue pants and a mask. He was carrying an unknown type of rifle. The other suspect was described as a light-skinned black male or dark-skinned white male of thin build, approximately six-feet-tall and weighing 170 pounds. He wore a camouflage jacket, baggy blue jeans and a mask. He was carrying a backpack and was armed with an unknown type of shotgun. Anyone with informa- tion about the two men should call detectives at Troop 4, 856-5850, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800- TIP(847)-3333. State police drug raids nets seven Following complaints of drug activities in known open-air drug markets, state troopers conducted three raids on Friday, Oct. 3, and netted seven arrests. "This was a proactive operation by the Delaware State Police Special In- vestigation Unit and the Special Investigations Tactical Unit," said Lt. Rick Chamberlin, Delaware State Police spokesman. According to Chamberlin, troopers went to Polly Branch Road, Sussex 386, south of Sel- byville, where they arrested Glen Jacobs, 17, of Selbyville; Nathan Wescott, 18, Bishopville, Md.; and a 16-year-old juvenile of Sel- byville. Jacobs was cited for delivering crack cocaine, possession with in- tent to deliver crack cocaine, pos- session of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He was arraigned at Court 3 and released on $4,500 unsecured bail. Wescott pleaded guilty in the same court to resist- ing arrest, his only charge, and was fined. The juvenile was charged with possession of mari- juana and resisting arrest, then re- manded to Stevenson Home, pending a court appearance. Troopers arrested two more men when they raided Willow Lane, Route 24, east of Millsboro. They cited Rolando Ruiz with possession of cocaine and posses- sion of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to Sussex Correc- tional Institution (SCI) in default of $1,000 secured bond. At the same time,, police arrested Don- ald Jones, 25, of Millsboro, with possession of marijuana. He was released on $700 unsecured bail. The special investigators also raided Lucas Development, Sus- sex 256, one mile south of Milton. They arrested Billy Johnson, 34, of Millsboro, for delivering crack cocaine, possession of drug para- phernalia and resisting arrest. He was committed to SCI in default of $250 secured bond. Troopers also arrested Reginald Clark, 30, of Lincoln, charging him with possession of drug para- phernalia and resisting arrest. Clark was an escapee of SCI's work release program and was recommitted; he defaulted on $500 secured bond. Continued on page 4