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Briefly Lewes transportation committee to meet The Lewes Transportation Ad- Hoc Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, in council chambers of City Hall located on East Third Street. The public is welcoem to'attend. The one agen- da item is: presentation and re- view of the digital base maps, and to discuss the one-way street cir- culation pattern on the streets be- tween Savannah Road and Kings Highway. Dewey to vote on building moratorium Dewey Beach has posted notice that a public heating and vote will be held Dec. 11, on the proposal to place a 180-day moratorium on construction of hotels, motels, multifamily and townhouse build- ings in the resort business, resort residential and planned residential zoning districts of town. The hear- ing will be at 9 a.m.,at the town's regular monthly meeting in the Life Saving Station Museum on Dagsworthy Street Cape board to meet Dec. 9 in Rehoboth The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education will meet in the Rehoboth Elementary School cafeteria at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9. Agenda items scheduled for vote include: personnel; state- ments of budgetary activity; bids; shared instructional decision mak- ing; long range facilities plan; Delaware Edcuation Foundation; the 2000 school board election: and attendance deviation requests. Agenda items for presentation include: special recognitions; citi- zens' participation for improve- ment; committee reports and the superintendent's report. Lewes P.O. collecting toys for area children The Lewes Post Office is once again collecting new, unwrapped toys for area needy children, to be distributed through local charita- ble organizations for Christmas. Gifts should be brought to the lob- by of the post office, located at 116 Front Street, by Dec. 15. Call to arrange pick-up from home or business at 645-6546. The Lewes Post Office has also announced that window service hours will be extended to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 18. Calio named trustee of Aviation Hall of Fame Frank Calio of Laurel, Sussex County Director of Economic De- velopment and the Sussex Indus- trial Park, has been named a trustee to theboard of the recently organized Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame. Of the 12-member board from Delaware, Calio is the only member from Sussex County named to serve on the board. The Hall of Fame will induct I derage drinking and held at the station until parents came to re- cover them. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 3 - December 9, 1999 - 3 Delawareans who have made out- standing contributions to the ad- vancement of aviation and  Delawareans who have exhibited gallantry in service to the country through aviation. Honorees will be named by the Hall of iFame's - board of trustees, inductn wilt take place at an awardsbanquetin the spring of each yearat td'ate and tocation to be determinedby- the board. The dinner will be open to the public. Delaware names first child advocate Deputy Attorney General Tania Culley will be Delaware's first child advocate, starting in her new post Feb. 1. Culley currently pros- ecutes the termination of parental rights cases on behalf of abused and neglected children. The position was created by the General Assembly and Gov. Tom Carper last July. The child advo- cate will serve as the executive di- rector of the Child Protection Ac- countability Commission and will also administer a program to pro- vide attorneys to represent abused and neglected children. Woodland Ferry to close temporarily Crews from DelDOT's South District facility removed the M.V. Virginia C, also known as the Woodland Ferry, from the Nanti- coke River Nov. 30. The ferry will be inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard, which conducts the check- Continued on page 4 made no driving under the4nflu- ence (DUI) arrests during the four-hour shifts but cited several Police Re 000rt ........ drivers-forot=waf6 6--rr;x-=r,, - stolen ffo 'On po"c-e coatimle Cash The troop reported the follow- Kupchick's safe Lewes Police Department is in- vestigating a theft that occurred at Kupchick's Restaurant Saturday, Nov. 27. Police reports indicate an undis- closed amount of cash was re- moved from the business' un- locked safe. Det. Patrick Quigley said police are interviewing sus- pects and an arrest is expected. traffic check points Milton police officers will be conducting tr#ic chegkt0ints through the month of December. Drivers and passengers will be checked for use of Seat belts and child restraints. According to Lt. John E. Miller, the checks proved productive in November, and the department will continue through the holiday period. He said drivers are also being monitored for aggressive driving and will be apprehended if they exhibit aggressive tendencies while driving within town limits. Troop 7 participates in federal program Delaware State Police Troop 7's participation in a new federally funded highway safety program yielded 16 arrests for traffic viola- tions during several three-hour periods between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28. The new program, part of the national campaign against agres- sive driving, provided funding for troopers to monitor the Route 1 and Route 24 intersection. The troop also participated in several saturation patrols during the holiday weekend. Troopers ing statistics from aggressive driving patrols in Troop 7 territory during the holiday reporfingperi- od: seven DUIs, 36 speeding vio- lations, three seat belt violations and three violations of child-re- straint laws. On Route 1, there were six collisions, no DU/ar- rests, five alcohol-related acci- dents and 15 motorist assists. Two charged for five-car accident No one was injured in a five-car collision that occurred .near Cape Henlopen High School, at Sussex 267 and Sussex 268, Sunday, Nov. 28. At approximately 1:30 p.m., Joseph Cribbin Jr., 31, of Hyattsville, Md., stopped his 1991 Buick Century in the west- bound lane of Sussex 268 for traf- fic backed up at the intersection's red light. Colette Rott, 28, of Bethesda, Md., stopped her 1997 KIA Sportage behind:the Buick. However, Meredith Shoeldey, 18, of Milford, who was operating a 1997 Acura Integra, failed to re- duce speed to avoid a collision 'struck the rear of the KIA, which then struck the Buick. Traveling behind Shockley was Eric Eyjolfsson, 29, of Newport News, Va., who had initially Reindeer thief swoops through Dewey Dewey Beach Police Chief Ray Morrison reported two thefts in town last week. Morrison said a yard-ornament thief, most likely driving a pickup, stole a wire rein- deer and an iron bench from the lawn of an oceanside home. Po- lice are on the lookout for the hol- iday basher. In other actions last week, Dewey police officers found a missing 9-year-old boy on Route 1 and returned him to his home; they also located a missing juve- nile girl and found a lady's purse, which is being held at the station. Police also responded to one fight, a disorderly house and a loi- terer. Two drunk driving arrests were made during the week. Three minors were cited for un- '- Kerry Kester photo Noonei injured in Black Friday crash No injuries were reported in a four-car, chain-reaction col- lision in front of Burger King at 10:25 a.m., Friday, Nov. 26. Two drivers were cited for traffic violations; damage to the vehicles was estimated at nearly $5,000. Robert Cupelli, 44, of Milford, was operating a 1993 BMW southbound on heavily congested Route 1, when he failed to decelerate in accor- dance with traffic flow and struck the 1997 Nissan Sentra in front of him, which was operated by Linda Thomas, 31, of Lewes. Thomas' car struck a 1998 Dodge Caravan, operated by Lewis Ogden, 62, of Boothwyn, Pa. Ogden's car then struck a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier, operated by Christine Mulcahy, 69, of Baltimore. Delaware State Police troopers believe all involved in the accident were wearing seat belts. stopped his I997 Chevy Cavalier; however, Waynne Paskins, 56, of Rehoboth Beach, who was-driv-- ---'-999onda Ace'od l- Eyjolfsson, failed to reduce speed and collided with the Cavalier, which caused a chain reaction and the other three vehicles were struck or pushed again. Shockley and Paskins were both cited for driving at an unsafe speed. The other three drivers were not cited. All of the ope/'ators appeared to have been wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. Robbery suspect shoots accomplice in Milton Milton police have arrested three suspects in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at Luther Towers, Nov. 18. One of the suspects, Jermaine' D. Willis, 18, of Milton, was shot in the eye by one of the other suspects dur- ing the course of the alleged crime. Milton Police Chief Donald Mills said arrests were made in re- sponse to a complaint from a piz- za delivery person who was filling an order in the area of Park Royal apartments on Nov. 18. Accord- ing to Mills, the delivery person was confronted by two people wearing full-face masks; one was armed with a long-barreled gun. In a struggle with one of the as- sailants, the delivery person was knocked to the ground. As he at- tempted to get up and defend him- self, the armed suspect fired the ffu.,._ac, aomplice in the left eye. Mills said the weapon was later identified as an air rifle. Willis was treated at Beebe Medical Center and later taken to Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Balti- more. Mills said Willis is expect- ed to lose the use of his left eye. Willis was arrested Nov. 27, and charged with first-degree rob- bery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree assault, attempting to commit a felony, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, second- degree conspiracy and second-de- gree endangering. He was com- mitted to Sussex Correctional In- stitution in default of $300,000 bond. Also arrested was Tanya Brit- tingham, 26, of Milton. Accord- ing to Mills, she is Willis' girl- friend. She was arrested Nov. 22, and charged with first-degree rob- bery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, attempting to commit a felony, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy. She was committed to SCI in default of $14,000 bond. The third suspect arrested is a juvenile who was committed to Stevenson Home in Milford. No other information was released on the subject.