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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 27 - December 3, Briefly Continued from page 3 more than the previous year," ac- cording to the "Delaware Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Re- port." Winter wheat seeding was listed at 90 percent complete, which is well ahead of last year&apos;s 76 percent average and slightly above the five year average of 88 percent. The winter wheat rop condi- tion is cUrrently listed at 76 per- cent good and 7 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay farmers have had a good harvesting year in 1998 as they are now into their fifth cut- ring, with 85 percent of that cut- ting complete. The 1993-97 average for the fifth cutting is 72 percent com- plete at this time of the year. Top- soil moisture condition in Delaware is currently rated at 10 percent very short 50 percent short, and 40 percent adequate. What's that translate into? Our dry spell continues. If you don't believe it, look at the pond at Gravel Hill - as good a barometer as any for judging the water table. Right now the pond's showing barely enough water to soak a sea gull's swollen toe. I)chnarc ,%talc l',licc l)rixin I/ndcr tilt' hd]ucncc Rc )oft State police stepping up outlets patrols Delaware State Police will in- crease their presence in the Re- hoboth Outlets centers during the Thanksgiving weekend. Officers from Troop 7 will increase their patrols of the area and presence in the satellite office, housed in Re- hoboth Outlets Center 3. Police will be especially target- ing those who park illegally. In addition to the road patrols in the area, troopers will also conduct foot patrols to decrease shoplift- ing. Lewes man arrested for attempted carjacking Georgetown police officers ar- rested Rick Welch, 35, Lewes, shortly after midnight Saturday, Nov. 21, at J.W. Pickles Restau- rant, Georgetown, after he al- legedly attempted to hijack a car in the parking lot. According to Sgt. Mark Atwell, the incident began when an 18- year-old woman drove into the parking lot, and Welch allegedly approached her when she stopped her car. Whenhe insisted she give him a ride, she refused. "He tried to force his way into the car," said Atwell. He attempted to climb over her to get into the vehicle, but she somehow managed to push him out of the way, said Atwell. As she drove away, she noticed that the suspect returned to the restau- rant, which she reported moments later when she called police. Po- lice arrived within minutes, said Atwell, and the victim identified Welch in the restaurant. As the officer attempted to take Welch into custody, he became highly combative, said Atwell, and the officer and Welch had a brief scuffle. "He was highly in- toxicated," he said. Police cited Welch with attempted carjacking, terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and of- fensive touching. He was com- mitted to Sussex Correctional In- stitution in default of $2,700 bond. Sewer construction in area developments Sanitary sewer and laterals con- tinue to be installed on Sussex 265. Sewer work and installation of laterals is underway in Mill Pond Acres on Pembroke Road and Point Drive. Wetwell installa- tion at pump station 233 on Sus- sex 265 is expected to be com- plete soon. Limited closings are scheduled on 265 until January 1999. Well point work and sanitary sewer in- stallation is scheduled to begin on or about'Tuesday, Dec. 1, on Edgewater Drive in Edgewater Estates. Residents of Edgewater Estates are asked to place green stakes to mark their sewer lateral locations. For information on work sites and schedules, call 644-4370. For construction-related infor- mation, call Bill Siegmund at the county engineering field office, 644-4370. For sewer rate informa- tion, call 855-7719. Lewes teen dies from motote crash Robert J. Hendricksen, 19, Lewes, died Friday, Nov. 20, from injuries he sustained in a motor- cyle accident. The accident oc- curred shortly after 6:30 p.m., as Hendricksen was traveling north- bound on Sussex 48, toward Sus- sex 285, from Route 24. He lost control of the motorcy- cle on a curve and left the edge of the roadway, state police said. Nearby residents apparently at- tempted to help the young man, who was able to stand up after the accident. He told the witnesses that he had swerved to avoid hit- ting a deer. Hendricksen was tak- en to Beebe Medical Center, where he died. Police were un- able to determine whether the young man was wearing a helmet. Justice Department opts for no charges for fatality Delaware State Police an- nounced Nov. 23, that the Delaware Department of Justice will not file charges against either driver involved in an Aug. 24 near Rehoboth Outlets Center 3 that claimed the life of Cooper Shep- ard, 9, of Fairfax, Va. "After completion of a review of the investigation by the Fatal Accident Investigation and Re- construction (FAIR) team, the De- partment of Justice has declined to file-any charges against either op- erator in this accident," said Cpl. Alice Bailey, state police spokes- woman. The accident occurred at the en- 1998 trance nearest the London Fog store, when TFC Kimberly Rei- noehl, traveling in the southbound lane of Route 1, was attempting to turn into the mall and collided with a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban, operated by Louise Pauley, 38, of Brookville, Md. The trooper was responding to an alarm at the time of the accident; she was wearing a seat belt and the airbag in her car deployed and sustained only mi- nor injuries. Witnesses to the accident re- ported that they saw people par- tially ejected as,the Suburban overturned and it appeared they were not wearing safety belts. All five people in the car received medical attention - most for seri- ous injuries. Others in the car with Pauley were Brian Pauley, 9, and Jason Pauley, 9, Louise Pauley's sons; and Drew Lorence, 9, a friend. Brian Pauley was treated for a shoulder injury and cuts; he was released from Beebe Medical Center. Jason Pauley and his mother both sustained serious in- juries that required intensive care at Christiana Hospital. Shepard died three days after the accident at Children's Hospital in Wash- ington, D.C. Police have declined to release the results of the FAIR team in- vestigation. EPA steps up efforts for cleaner water The U.S. Environmental Protec- tion Agency is stepping up efforts to ensure that all Americans have safe drinking water, according to a press release from the agency. More than 85 percent of all Amer- icans receive safe, healthy drink- ing water from water supply sys- tems that comply with federal standards for drinking water. However, President Bill Clinton has challenged the EPA to work harder to clean up the remaining 15 percent, so that every Ameri- can has clean drinking water every day. The last step in ensuring safe, healthydrinking water is Presi, dent Clinton's recent announce- ment of the Consumer Confidence Rule, which requires local suppli- ers-to tell customers what is in their water, the quality.ofwater, the source of their water, possible sources of any contaminants, and health education statements for children, the elderly and people with immune system disorders like leukemia and AIDS. Consumers should begin receiv- ing the reports by Octobert 1999 and June every year thereafter. Additional information about EPA's Drinking Water Program is available by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800- 426-4791 or by visiting the Inter- net at < water>. Dec. 8 set for tributary team meeting A meeting of the Inland Bays Tributary Action Teams will be held on Dec. 8. Tributary Action FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16 - NOVEMBER 24. 1998 DATE" LOCATION 11/16/98 Rt. 1 and Savannah West parking lot #3 11/17/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #5 11/20/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #4 11/21198 Rt. 1 and Fit. 16, east of Milton #4 11/21/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth #2 11/21198 Rt. 1 and Rehoboth Mall parking lot #3 11/21/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 275A, north of Rehoboth #5 11/22/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth #4 Route I accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop Z FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16 - NOVEMBER 24. 1998 Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 5 14 12 28 Of the 54 people arrested for DUI, 12 were Involved in accidents. Teams have been organized by the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) to guide efforts to reduce nutrient enrichment and restore critical habitat in Little Assawoman, Re- hoboth and Indian River bays. The agenda for the meeting in- eludes special presentations by J. Thomas Sims and William F. Rit- ter concerning nutrient manage- ment in the inland bays watershed. Sims and Ritter have performed extensive research for the Univer- sity of Delaware on nutrient con- tributions to the inland bays and will be discussing those studies with tributary action team mem- bers. In addition, teams will be convening independently for dis- cussion and identification of is- sues of concern. Those interested in becoming a member of a Tribu- tary Action Team or attending the meeting, please call the offices of the Center for the Inland Bays at 645-7325. The center is a nonprofit organi- zation established in 1994 under the inland Bays Watershed En- hancement Act. The mission of the center is to Oversee the imple- mentation of the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan and to facilitate a long-term approach for the wise use and improvement of the bays. The meeting will be held ar7 p.m. in the Virden Center on the cam- pds of the College of Marine Studies, Lewes. DelDOT access workshop has sparse attendance Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT) held the first of two access management workshops in Georgetown on Fri- day, Nov. 20. There was very sparse attendance for the meeting and DelDOT officials said they hope attendance will improve for a second public workshop, which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 1 to 7:30 p.m. in the DelDOT offices in Georgetown, adjacent to the inspection lanes. Approximately 10 to 12 people attended the first session. DetDOT is encouraging the public to attend the sessions and voice opinions on the proposed" access management policy. Access management would give each state road a ranking based upon factors like speed and use and would then use that ranking to make decisions about the use of crossovers, spacing of intersec- tions and use of access roads. For example, DelDOT would be less likely to grant direct access to a high-speed interstate than to a rural country road. Officials say the policy will decrease conges- tion and improve road safety while creating a more consistent policy for decisions like the grant- ing of entrance permits to roads. Underground tank owners must follow regs The U.S. Environmental Protec- tion Agency (EPA) reminds own- ers and operators of federally reg- ulated underground storage tanks that time is running out until the Dec. 22 deadline to upgrade, re- place or properly close their tanks. , The EPA set this deadline 10 - years ago to allow plenty of time to comply with the environmental regulation. Most underground storage tanks subject to these requirements are used to store gasoline, diesel fuel or other petroleum products. Home heating oil tanks are not covered by federal regulations. Under EPA regulations that take effect Dec. 22, tanks installed be- fore that date and not protected against corrosion, spills and over- fills must be uprgraded, replaced or properly closed by Dec. 22. "The greatest potential hazard from leaking underground storage tanks is that petroleum or haz- ardous substances can contami- nate groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans," W. Michael Mc- Cabe, regional administrator for EPA said. For more informaiton, contact Delaware's underground storage tank program at 395-2500.