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T The Big Oak deemed closer to 135 years old The Big Oak was not as old as officials thought. When foresters cut down the 104- foot red oak off Route 24 near Long Neck last week, they estimated its age at about 300 years. After it was cut down and a clos- er examination could be made, foresters discovered it was closer to 135 years old, said Dave Buehler, a Delaware Department of Transportation roadside environmental specialist. Buehler said the oak was rotting from the bottom up and was in danger of falling. Dewey Beach Town Council to hold public hearings Oct. 14 Dewey Beach Town Council will meet for the first time with new Mayor Dell Tush at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14. Commissioners will discuss and vote to continue an emergency moratorium on pro- cessing applications to convert commercial property to residences. Council will also discuss and vote on an ordinance to ask that the Delaware General Assembly approve amendments to the town's charter o allow a petition for refer- endum. Condominium conversions are before town council again, but this time in several ordinances. Commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing on rescinding the ordinance that allows motels to convert to condominiums.i If that doesn't pass, com- missioners have other options to rein in the ordinance. Commissioners will hold a public hear- ing on changing the minimum square footage of a unit in a condominium conver- sion from 750 square feet to 1,g00 square feet, as recommended by the planning and zoning commission. They will also hold a public hearing on rescinding the moratori- um on condominium conversions. Council will also discuss and vote on a 2006 budget amendment to include $85,000 from the general fund from the state transportation bill and $65,000 from the town to pay for the Read Avenue drainage project. Delmarva Emergency Task Force to hold exercise Oct. 11 The Delmarva Emergency Task Force - composed of emergency management plan- ners and law enforcement, responders, vol- unteer organizations and municipal offi- cials from the peninsula of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia- will hold a tabletop exercise Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Sussex I CHEER Center in Georgetown. The exercise is planned to simulate an impact on all the counties on the Delmarva Peninsula, almost simultaneously, to test emergency plans already in place. The exercise is discussion-based and allows participants to illustrate the effectiveness of existing local and regional plans. The exercise has a hurricane scenario and will focus on protection and response. The actual scenario for the event will be revealed the day of the exercise. Hours extended for voter registration The deadline to register to vote in the 2006 general election is Saturday, Oct. 14. The "Sussex County Department of Elections has extended its hours that day and will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to accommodate those wishing to register. Extended hours for absentee ballot vot- ing are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Nov. 2, on weekdays only. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, which is the last day to mail out absentee ballots. The deadline to vote in person with an absentee ballot at the office of the Department of Elections is noon, Monday, Nov. 6. For more information, call 856-5367. DRBA commissioners to meet Oct. 17 in New Castle A public meeting of the Delaware River & Bay Authority will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the administration building of the Delaware River & Bay Authority in New Castle. The agenda will focus on the administra- tion and operation of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, the Airports Division and the Three Forts Crossing as well as general adminis- trative and operational issues. The meeting may be preceded or fol- lowed by an executive session, which will be closed to the public. October deemed Domestic Violence Awareness Month Gov. Ruth Ann Minner on Tuesday, Oct. 3, officially declared October 2006 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, call- ing on all Delawareans to increase their awareness on the effects of domestic vio- lence in our communities throughout the state. "We need to remember that domestic vio- lence rarely has only one victim," said Minner. "Children are often present when one of their parents physically abuses the other parent. For far too many children, their homes can be a dangerous place." Research indicates that children who wit- Police & Fire Wrap-up Maryland man faces charges for attempted robbery, assaulting canine Highway, at about 1 p.m., for reports of an attempted robbery. Investigators reported that the suspect entered Millsboro Liquors and demanded money from the clerk. "The suspect verbally threat- ened to kill the clerk if he did net cam," said Za. ! ck told  smpcct  Delaware State Police arrested Cornelius Carter, 44 of Snow Hill, Md., followinglan alleged robbery attempt at a Mi[lsboro liquor store Sunday, Oct. 8. Sgt. Melissa Zebley, state i police spokes- woman, said Carter was also involved in a stmggk with that. I. CAPE GAZETYE - Tuesday, October 10 - Thursday, r 12, 2006 - 3 r Sten BiUups photo Neil MacFarlan of Bethany Beach was killed Sunday, Oct. 8, when he drove his moped into the back of a legally parked ear on Route 1, in front of Lee F. Slaughter automobile dealership. MacFarlan, 42, was thrown into the back window of the 1999 Chevy Camaro and then rolled over the ear and onto the right lane of Route 1. That portion of the right lane of Route 1 was closed for two hours while police investigated the crash. Bethany Beach man dies when moped strikes parked car on Route 1 Neil MacFarlan, 42, of Bethany Beach, died Sunday, Oct. 8, after he drove his moped into the back of a parked car on Route 1. Sgt. Melissa Zebley, state police spokeswoman, said that at about 9:37 a.m., MacFarlan was driving a 2004 Venus moped northbound on the shoulder of Route 1, in front of Lee E Slaughter auto- mobile dealership. The dealership is locat- ed across from the Rehoboth Elementary School fields, where dogs from Greyhounds Reach the Beach were exercis- ing off leash. A 1999 Chevy Camaro was legally parked in front of the dealership while its operator - Daniel Hopple Jr., 32, of Red Lion, Pa. - was walking through the dealer- ship lot. For an unknown reason, MacFarlan drove directly into the rear of the parked vehicle, said Zebley. MacFarlan, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown over the handlebars into the rear window of the car. He then rolled over the car and onto the right lane of Route 1. Police cleared the dogs and people from the nearby field to accommodate state police helicopter Trooper 2. MacFarlan was flown to Beebe Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Zebley said that style of moped MacFarlan was operating generally has a maximum speed capacity of 35 mph, although what speed he was actuallyvel- ing at the time of the crash has not yd been determined. She also said MacFarlan was traveling in accordance with the laws pre- scribed for mopeds. Mopeds fall under the same statute as bicycles, which must travel with traffic and as far to the right as possi- ble. "That would make Mr. MacFarlan's operation appropriate," said Zebley. The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash. ness domestic violence are at risk for carry- ing the violent behavior they see and hear into their own relationships. Sixty percent of men who became batterers grew up in homes where they were beaten or witnessed battering. "As the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council continues to engage all aspects of our community to better serve victims and hold offenders accountable, we will also address the unique needs of Delaware's children who witness violence in their homes and to help teens develop programs that foster healthy dating relationships," said Sen. Patricia M. Blevins, D- Wilmington, chairwoman of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. To speak with someone confidentially about domestic violence, call the 24-hour hotlines: New Castle County, 302-762- 6110; northern Kent County, 302-678- 3886; Kent and Sussex counties, 422-8058. parking lot. The subject then left the store without obtaining money but remained in the parking lot. A short time later, troopers arrived at the scene and confronted the sus- pect in the parking lot," said Zebley. Zebley said Carter refused sev- eral times to comply with troop- ers' orders to place his hands behind his back. Finally, K-9 officer Cpl. Mark Windsor released his partner, Cezar, who engaged Carter. Caner then struck  twice with his fret: once ou the head and om in the dog's rilbs. z-y saia a=t aming ca's attempted to strangle him. A Millsboro Police Department officer who was assisting at the scene then deployed his stun gun. Carter was still fighting when the officer first fired the stun gun, and one of the probes struck the dog; however, the officer was not aware of that. The officer's next probe struck Carter in the chest, and he and Cezar fell to the pavement. When the Millshoro officer realized the canine had been struck, he ceased the directl Bowever, ereelpem were able to ud imo cuaedy md trims- his right wrist and right pinky fin- ger. Zebley said that while Carter was in the emergency department, he threatened the lives of two troopers and engaged in loud and profane behavior directed at hos- pital personnel and staff. Carter was charged for first- degree attempted robbery, resist- ing arrest, three counts of assault on a police canine, criminal mis- chief, three counts of terroristic threatening and disorderly cou- duct. He was remanded to Sussex Cmrectimmi Institution in default of $2900 cash bond, pendi funl court actiom. Ccza, who is a 9-ygar-okl Tmopms were di to JludcallaltbepelJandtJut sU'uglle with tl K-9, Cmer pmlIoBeelMmliICemer, 6emSlIL-didnmnXlWe T The Big Oak deemed closer to 135 years old The Big Oak was not as old as officials thought. When foresters cut down the 104- foot red oak off Route 24 near Long Neck last week, they estimated its age at about 300 years. After it was cut down and a clos- er examination could be made, foresters discovered it was closer to 135 years old, said Dave Buehler, a Delaware Department of Transportation roadside environmental specialist. Buehler said the oak was rotting from the bottom up and was in danger of falling. Dewey Beach Town Council to hold public hearings Oct. 14 Dewey Beach Town Council will meet for the first time with new Mayor Dell Tush at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14. Commissioners will discuss and vote to continue an emergency moratorium on pro- cessing applications to convert commercial property to residences. Council will also discuss and vote on an ordinance to ask that the Delaware General Assembly approve amendments to the town's charter o allow a petition for refer- endum. Condominium conversions are before town council again, but this time in several ordinances. Commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing on rescinding the ordinance that allows motels to convert to condominiums.i If that doesn't pass, com- missioners have other options to rein in the ordinance. Commissioners will hold a public hear- ing on changing the minimum square footage of a unit in a condominium conver- sion from 750 square feet to 1,g00 square feet, as recommended by the planning and zoning commission. They will also hold a public hearing on rescinding the moratori- um on condominium conversions. Council will also discuss and vote on a 2006 budget amendment to include $85,000 from the general fund from the state transportation bill and $65,000 from the town to pay for the Read Avenue drainage project. Delmarva Emergency Task Force to hold exercise Oct. 11 The Delmarva Emergency Task Force - composed of emergency management plan- ners and law enforcement, responders, vol- unteer organizations and municipal offi- cials from the peninsula of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia- will hold a tabletop exercise Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Sussex I CHEER Center in Georgetown. The exercise is planned to simulate an impact on all the counties on the Delmarva Peninsula, almost simultaneously, to test emergency plans already in place. The exercise is discussion-based and allows participants to illustrate the effectiveness of existing local and regional plans. The exercise has a hurricane scenario and will focus on protection and response. The actual scenario for the event will be revealed the day of the exercise. Hours extended for voter registration The deadline to register to vote in the 2006 general election is Saturday, Oct. 14. The "Sussex County Department of Elections has extended its hours that day and will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to accommodate those wishing to register. Extended hours for absentee ballot vot- ing are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Nov. 2, on weekdays only. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, which is the last day to mail out absentee ballots. The deadline to vote in person with an absentee ballot at the office of the Department of Elections is noon, Monday, Nov. 6. For more information, call 856-5367. DRBA commissioners to meet Oct. 17 in New Castle A public meeting of the Delaware River & Bay Authority will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the administration building of the Delaware River & Bay Authority in New Castle. The agenda will focus on the administra- tion and operation of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, the Airports Division and the Three Forts Crossing as well as general adminis- trative and operational issues. The meeting may be preceded or fol- lowed by an executive session, which will be closed to the public. October deemed Domestic Violence Awareness Month Gov. Ruth Ann Minner on Tuesday, Oct. 3, officially declared October 2006 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, call- ing on all Delawareans to increase their awareness on the effects of domestic vio- lence in our communities throughout the state. "We need to remember that domestic vio- lence rarely has only one victim," said Minner. "Children are often present when one of their parents physically abuses the other parent. For far too many children, their homes can be a dangerous place." Research indicates that children who wit- Police & Fire Wrap-up Maryland man faces charges for attempted robbery, assaulting canine Highway, at about 1 p.m., for reports of an attempted robbery. Investigators reported that the suspect entered Millsboro Liquors and demanded money from the clerk. "The suspect verbally threat- ened to kill the clerk if he did net cam," said Za. ! ck told  smpcct  Delaware State Police arrested Cornelius Carter, 44 of Snow Hill, Md., followinglan alleged robbery attempt at a Mi[lsboro liquor store Sunday, Oct. 8. Sgt. Melissa Zebley, state i police spokes- woman, said Carter was also involved in a stmggk with that. I. CAPE GAZETYE - Tuesday, October 10 - Thursday, r 12, 2006 - 3 r Sten BiUups photo Neil MacFarlan of Bethany Beach was killed Sunday, Oct. 8, when he drove his moped into the back of a legally parked ear on Route 1, in front of Lee F. Slaughter automobile dealership. MacFarlan, 42, was thrown into the back window of the 1999 Chevy Camaro and then rolled over the ear and onto the right lane of Route 1. That portion of the right lane of Route 1 was closed for two hours while police investigated the crash. Bethany Beach man dies when moped strikes parked car on Route 1 Neil MacFarlan, 42, of Bethany Beach, died Sunday, Oct. 8, after he drove his moped into the back of a parked car on Route 1. Sgt. Melissa Zebley, state police spokeswoman, said that at about 9:37 a.m., MacFarlan was driving a 2004 Venus moped northbound on the shoulder of Route 1, in front of Lee E Slaughter auto- mobile dealership. The dealership is locat- ed across from the Rehoboth Elementary School fields, where dogs from Greyhounds Reach the Beach were exercis- ing off leash. A 1999 Chevy Camaro was legally parked in front of the dealership while its operator - Daniel Hopple Jr., 32, of Red Lion, Pa. - was walking through the dealer- ship lot. For an unknown reason, MacFarlan drove directly into the rear of the parked vehicle, said Zebley. MacFarlan, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown over the handlebars into the rear window of the car. He then rolled over the car and onto the right lane of Route 1. Police cleared the dogs and people from the nearby field to accommodate state police helicopter Trooper 2. MacFarlan was flown to Beebe Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Zebley said that style of moped MacFarlan was operating generally has a maximum speed capacity of 35 mph, although what speed he was actuallyvel- ing at the time of the crash has not yd been determined. She also said MacFarlan was traveling in accordance with the laws pre- scribed for mopeds. Mopeds fall under the same statute as bicycles, which must travel with traffic and as far to the right as possi- ble. "That would make Mr. MacFarlan's operation appropriate," said Zebley. The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash. ness domestic violence are at risk for carry- ing the violent behavior they see and hear into their own relationships. Sixty percent of men who became batterers grew up in homes where they were beaten or witnessed battering. "As the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council continues to engage all aspects of our community to better serve victims and hold offenders accountable, we will also address the unique needs of Delaware's children who witness violence in their homes and to help teens develop programs that foster healthy dating relationships," said Sen. Patricia M. Blevins, D- Wilmington, chairwoman of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. To speak with someone confidentially about domestic violence, call the 24-hour hotlines: New Castle County, 302-762- 6110; northern Kent County, 302-678- 3886; Kent and Sussex counties, 422-8058. parking lot. The subject then left the store without obtaining money but remained in the parking lot. A short time later, troopers arrived at the scene and confronted the sus- pect in the parking lot," said Zebley. Zebley said Carter refused sev- eral times to comply with troop- ers' orders to place his hands behind his back. Finally, K-9 officer Cpl. Mark Windsor released his partner, Cezar, who engaged Carter. Caner then struck  twice with his fret: once ou the head and om in the dog's rilbs. z-y saia a=t aming ca's attempted to strangle him. A Millsboro Police Department officer who was assisting at the scene then deployed his stun gun. Carter was still fighting when the officer first fired the stun gun, and one of the probes struck the dog; however, the officer was not aware of that. The officer's next probe struck Carter in the chest, and he and Cezar fell to the pavement. When the Millshoro officer realized the canine had been struck, he ceased the directl Bowever, ereelpem were able to ud imo cuaedy md trims- his right wrist and right pinky fin- ger. Zebley said that while Carter was in the emergency department, he threatened the lives of two troopers and engaged in loud and profane behavior directed at hos- pital personnel and staff. Carter was charged for first- degree attempted robbery, resist- ing arrest, three counts of assault on a police canine, criminal mis- chief, three counts of terroristic threatening and disorderly cou- duct. He was remanded to Sussex Cmrectimmi Institution in default of $2900 cash bond, pendi funl court actiom. Ccza, who is a 9-ygar-okl Tmopms were di to JludcallaltbepelJandtJut sU'uglle with tl K-9, Cmer pmlIoBeelMmliICemer, 6emSlIL-didnmnXlWe