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Rehoboth takes Long Range Plan,by horns, pg. 10 ] INSIDE: Delaware's Cape Region Friday, October 17 - Thursday, October 23, 1997 Volume 5, No. 21 Administrator Peck injured in Cape High fisticuffs By Kerry Kester A fight between two boys at Cape Hen- lopen High School on Thursday, Oct. 16, resulted in a school administrator being admitted to Beebe Medical Center with a broken femur. A hall monitor also sus- tained injuries for which he required med- ical attention. The boys were immediately suspended Master plan in works for Cape State Park; goals are outlined By Michael Short In a sometimes contentious meeting on Tuesday, the development of a master plan for Cape Henlopen State Park continued to move shakily ahead. Members of the 30-member steering committee met with the consultants who will develop the master plan for the mas- sive park and considered developing a sub- committee to deal with the thorny issue of bike and pedestrian paths. Ultimately, they decided it was prema- ture to name a subcommittee, but not before the path issue generated its usual quota of smoke and passion. A member of the audi- ence, Dick Stafursky, called for removal of an existing bike pathway and the new park- ing lot at the fishing pier. "It looks like we are trying to develop the hell out of this park," Stafursky said. Stafursky then asked if any of the people working with the consultants had ever tak- en any development money. Steering Committee member Pascal Girard argued that the state has been sitting on a $30,000 report evaluating potential bike routes. He argued that political pres- sure was being brought to bear by Lt. Gov. Continued on page 19 from school. Unconfirmed reports indicat- ed they were released to their parents, pend- ing arrests. The Delaware State Police is expected to arrested them for felony assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief. Other charges are pending an investigation. Margaret Peck, assistant principal, was seriously injured when she attempted to assist hall monitor Mike Walls, who was trying to separate two freshman boys who were engaged in a fight. "He [Wails] was standing between them and trying to keep them apart," said Ron Burrows, principal. The boys refused to pull apart, said Bur- rows, so Peck attempted to pull one of the teens away. In the process, "they all fell on top of her," be said. At press time, Maureen Leafy, public relations specialist at Beebe Medical Cen- ter, said Peck's condition was stable and she would be admitted for further care. Leary said Walls was treated for minor injuries and released. Burrows said that after the incident, areas within the school were immediately secured. Students remained in their class- Continued on page 20 Angle Moon photo Cape High students prepare for Homecoming festivities Each grade level at Cape Henlopen High School is responsible for creating a float for the annual Homecoming Parade, which will step off at approximately 6 pan. from Front Street and move down Savannah Road to the high school, along with the Cape Henlopen Marching Band. This year's theme is "Roast the Panther," as the Cape High football team hosts the Polytech Panthers Friday night, Oct. 17. stops or answering complaints. The incidents involved everything from a pound of marijuana found behind the seat of a vehicle driven by a DUI driver, to a pipe with marijuana residue found on the floor of a car stopped for a traffic violation, to an arrest for marijua- na and paraphernalia possession after an officer responded to a domestic complaint and smelled marijuana smoke and spotted a pipe on a table in the room. Offi- Continued on page 19 Traffic arrest numbers continue dramatic rise By Dennis Forney Lewes Police Department con- tinued an aggressive traffic enforcement crackdown in the month of September, which pro- duced an unprecedented number of arrests. The arrests not only resulted in speeding tickets for drivers, but also revealed a num- ber of marijuana and alcohol vio- iations. According to a report circulated at the Monday, Oct. 13, meeting of Lewes Mayor and Council by Chief Ronald "Beau" Gooch, Lewes police officers made 187 traffic enforcement arrests in Sep- tember and issued 91 warnings. Officers also charged five drivers with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). One year ago, in September 1996, traffic arrests were almost nonexistent. Going through files in the Lewes Police Department, Gooch determined that six traffic enforcement tickets were written in September in 1996 and 14 warnings were issued. September of 1996 produced only one DUI. "People are still encouraging us," said Gooch this week. "They tell us we're doing a good job and they want us to keep it up. I'd say the huge increase in tickets results from more enforcement coupled with more violations. At the recent Pedestrian Road Show Several marijuana arrests The September reports also show that the frequent stops by police officers are netting more than just speeders and alcohol- offenders. On four different occa- sions in September, officers found marijuana while making traffic workshop held at the library, peo- ple said what we are doing is mak- ing Lewes a safer place to walk and live and they want us to keep it up," said Gooch. Lewes crackdown nets speed, marijuana, alcohol violators