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cape G00ett00 NEWS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 "- THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 3 Briefly )) House majority caucus chooses new leaders House Democrats on Thurs- day, Nov. 13, unanimously named Bob Gilligan, D-Wilmington, as speaker of the House. Speaker- elect Gilligan has served as a state representative for nearly four decades. "I am honored to be chosen as speaker of the House," Gilligan said. 'Wee have a lot of work ahead of us. Our No. I priority will be to work with Gov. MarkeU on the financial conditions facing the state of Delaware." The speaker of the House will chart the over- all course for the House of Rep- resentatives of the 145th General msembly. Rep. Pete Schwartzop D-Re- hoboth Beach, was named House majori- ty leader. Schwartzkopf, a retired state trooper who is serving his fourth term as representa- Pete Schwartzkopf five, will man- age proceed- ings on the House floor. "I'm very excited to be elected leader of the majority caucus. I've had a great teacher in speak- er-elect Gilligan, and I'm lucky to [-. work with an excellent group of legislators. I'll work to represent my caucus and every Delaware- an while I'm managing legisla- tion on the House floor," Schwartzkopf said. Rep. Valerie Longhurst, D- Bear, was named House majority whip. Longhurst will oversee the legislative staff. "Our top-notch legislative staff will provide the support our cau- cus needs to put Delaware resi- dents fLrst. I'm confident that to- gether we will get through these tOUgh times," she said. Dewey to address budget concerns Dewey Beach town commis- sioners have scheduled an exec- utive session for 10"30 a.m., Fri- day, Nov. 21, to consider person- nel issues. The Dewey Beach Budget & Finance Committee will then meet at 2 pan., the same day, to work onthe town's 2009 annual budget. The draft budget is ex- pected to be completed in time for the town commissioners to review it before their Thursday, Dec. 4 budget workshop. The town's charter requires budget ratifcafion by Wednesday, Dec. 10. The budget and finance com- mittee also plans to review the town's year-to-date profit-and- loss statement. Both meetings will be at the Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue. PoI!0000 & Flm Wrap-Up]o No-one hurt from BB sniper shots H.O. Brittingham steps up security By Kevin Spence kspence@capegazette.com Two adults were shot with a BB air gun as they entered H.O. Brittingham Elementary School Thursday, Nov: 13. Police said the shooting occurred at approx- imately 7-15 pan., as members of the Twin Dragons tae kwon do class practiced martial arts in- side the schooL The first victim pulled into the parking lot on the north side of the school and heard a noise coming from the impact of something hitting her vehicle, stated Milton Police Department Chief William Phillips in a press release. The victim then said she heard more noise coming in her direction and thought she was being shot as, as she entered the schooL The second victim was leaving the school, walking toward the parking lot, and was shot in the arm. He also heard more shots being !'wed at him before enter- hag his vehicle. The man, who was not injured, called 911 to re- port the incident. Milton police searched the school grounds and housing de- velopment next to the school but did not locate any suspects. Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Superintendent George Stone said the shootings oc- curred after school hours, but the district is assisting police with the matter. H.O. Brittingham Ele- mentary School Principal Cathy Petigout was out of the office at press time. Assistant Principal Trish Mumford said that from this point on, custodians will stand at school doorways and lock the doors after people enter the building for after-school pro- grams. "It was not a school situation. We allow the community to use the school after hours. Custodi- ans will wait at the door, let peo- ple in and lock the door again. People will have to be more on time now," Mumford said. Cape Henlopen school board member Noble Prettyman, who lives across the street from the school, said he was concerned the shooting may have come from nearby residential develop- ments, including Shipbuilder's Village or Admirals Quarters townhomes. "My greatest concern is still " for the students, although it did happen in the evening. But with so many things happening in our country today, it just concerns me when young people are out playing,'; said Prettyma "I know Trish Mumford-and Cathy are concerned. They have put teachers.on alert. Our police department and investigators are looking into it very seriously. It could've been worse," he said. Sussex drug operation takes a hit Harbeson man's GTF members investigated stored inside the residence. GTF further, confirmed the informa- members searched the home, bond tops $1 million tion they had received and set up which is owned by one of Gibbs' a surveillance team. Officers ob- family members, and recovered Delaware State Police arrested served what appeared to be an additional $24,000 in cash a Harbeson man Friday, Nov. 14, Gibbs conducting-a transaction from the safe. for numerous felonies after con- from his vehicle at approximate- The Schedule II narcotics the ducting a major drug investiga- ly 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14, said officers seized were 66 Percocet tion in Frankford. Bushweller. pills, 30 oxycodone pills and six Members of the Governor's GTF members then contacted hydromorphone pills. All of Task Force (GTF), a unit corn- Gibbs, who was found to be in those drugs are narcotic posed of state possession of 0.9 grams of marl- painkillers, and the estimated troopers and iuana and approximately $4,700 street value for all of the pills members of in cash. Troopers searched his combined was approximately the Depart- Chevy S-10 Blazer and found $2,040. ment of Cot- 1,412.4 grams of cocaine, 1,048.1 Gibbs was charged with traf- rection Proba- grams of crack cocaine and a ticking cocaine, possession with tion & Parole quantity of various Schedule II intent to deliver cocaine, posses- Division, re- prescription medications for sion with intent to deliver oxy- ceived infor- which Gibbs had no prescrip- codone, possession with intent mation that tions, to deliver Percocet, possession Larry E. 6ibbs Jr. Larry E. Gibbs According to the Delaware with intent to deliver hydromor- Jr. was con- State Police Rlegal-drng price in- phone, maintaining a vehicle for ducting drug sales from a vehi- dex, the estimated street value of keeping controlled substances, cle. Sgt. losh Bushweller, state the powder cocaine was approxi- four counts of possession of police spokesman, said the infor- mately $141,240. The estimated paraphernalia and possession of mation was that the activity was value of the crack cocaine Was marijuana. occurring in a driveway in front $104,810. Gibbs, 40, of Danfield Drive in of a residence located in the Through the course of the in- Harbeson, was committed to 32000 block of Powell Farm vestigation, troopers learned Sussex Correctional Institution Road, Frankford. Gibbs owned a safe that was in default of a $1,028,250 cash Convicted Sussex Central principal faces jail time Judge Richard E Stokes on Fri- day, Nov. 14, sentenced Dana Goodman to four years in prison, during which time he must com- plete an intensive sex-'offender treatment program. The Delaware Department of Justice announced Goodman, former principal at Sussex Central High School, pleaded guilty Sept. 3, to fourth-degree rape, felony en- dangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct. Goodman engaged in a sexual rela: tionship with a 17-year-old student at his schoOl be- tween January and-May, and he was arrest- Dana Goodman ed in May. Goodman, 38, of Easton, Md., will have six months of work release after he is released from prison and will then have two years of intensive probation. Goodman must un- dergo DNA and HIV testing and pay restitution to the victim compensation board. Stokes also ordered Goodman to have no un- supervised contact with chil- dren, except for his own. He must register as a Tier 2 sex of- fender and will appear on the child abuse registry for life.