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10 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3- MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010 o NEW cape Gazette Man charged for aggressive driving Sate police arrested a Bethany Beach man Nov. 22, after clock- ing him at 92 mph in a 55 mph zone. Cpl. Bruce Harris, state police spokesman, said' a trooper was operating a speed-detection device at ap- proximately 1:30 p.m., on Route 1 in Mil- ton, when he saw a black Subaru Legacy speed past in the north- bound lane: Patrick RectorThe trooper also saw the vehicle traveling too closely to vehicles in front of his, said Har- ris. The trooper followed the vehi- cle and eventually the driver made a U-turn and entered the Town of Milton. The trooper then found the unoccupied vehi- cle in the parking lot at Food Li- on. The trooper located the driver - Patrick T. Rector, 21 - along with his 16-year-old passenger. The trooper arrested Rector and discovered a butterfly knife when he conducted a pat-down search. Rector was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, disregarding a police of- ficer's signal, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driv- ing, aggressive driving, no valid insurance, felony following too closely, improper lane change, two counts of driving a vehicle at unreasonable speed, speeding, no license in possession and im- proper window tinting. He was remanded to Sussex Correction- al Institution in default of $4,352 bond, pending further court ac- tion. His passenger was released to the custody of his parents. Fish, wildlife agents make 55 arrests The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents handled a total of 93 .complaints and made 55 arrests during shot-- gun deer season from Nov. 12 through Nov. 20. Charges in- cluded 17 deer-tagging viola- tions, 11 for trespassing, seven for not displaying hunter orange, five for possession of firearms and/or ammunition by convicted felons and four for spotlighting. Illegally taken deer were donaF ed to the Sportsmen Against Hunger program. A list of arrests and charges follows. Among those arrested were Allen 1. Quillen Jr., 45, of Lewes, who was charged with felony possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, two counts of transporting unlawful- ly taken antlered deer, transport- ing unlawfully taken antlerless deer and unlawfully using a qual- ity buck tag on an antlered deer with fewer than 15-inch antlers. A D-year-old Milton man was charged with operating an all- terrain vehicle on public road- ways, and a 64-year-old-Lewes man was charged for spotlight- ing. Man drives Mercedes into building State police arrested John Jef- ferson, 56, of Ellendale, after he lost control of his vehicle and drove into a building. Cpl. Bruce Harris, state police spokesman, said Jefferson was operating a 2000 Mercedes Benz through the parking lot at Sandpiper Vil- lage off Wolfe Neck Road at ap- proximately 5 a.rn., Nov. 25. After losing control of the car and striking a building, he put the ve- hicle in reverse and backed into a parked Mercury Milan. Harris said Jefferson continued driving through the development, where he struck a curb, a fence and a sign. Jefferson,exited the develop- ment and eventually stopped on Route 9, west of Joseph Road, and police charged him with DUI, leaving the scene of a prop- erty-damage accident, failure to report a collision involving alco- hol or drugs and failure to pro- vide information at a collision scene. He was released on bond. Driver crashes into fire marshal's vehicle A woman was charged with following too closely and failure to have a child secured in a safety seat, after she crashed into a fire marshal's vehicle. Cpl. Bruce Harris, state police spokesman, said the 47-year-old fire marshal was on duty and driving a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe at 10 am., Nov. 24, eastbound on Contey's Chapel Road. The fire marshal was attempting to turn into a pri- vate driveway when a 25-year- old Lewes woman operating a 1992 Honda Accord struck the right side of the Tahoe. No one was injured. Millsboro woman charged with rape A Millsboro woman is behind bars on rape and related charges after being ac- cused of hav- ing a sexual re- lationship with a juvenile male. Sunday L. Mifflin, 30, of Millsboro, is charged with third-degree rape and sexu- Sunday Mifflin al solicitation of a child under 18 to engage in prohibited sexual act. According to a press release from Millsboro Police Depart- ment.Chief John Murphy, Mif- flin's arrest stemmed from an in- vestigation into allegations that she had with the juvenile male, after someone became sus- picious and alerted police. During the course of the inves- tigation, police learned Mifflin had a friendship with the 14- year-old victim, and the relation- ship escalated in October. During the course of the rela- tionship, Mifflin engaged in inap- propriate sexual contact with the victim at her home on White Street, stated Murphy. Mifflin al- so allegedly sent the victim ex- plicit sexual messages via email. When police executed a search warrant at Mimin's home, they recovered a computer and cellular phone. Mifflin was later taken into custody at Millsboro Police Department. She was committed to Sussex Correction- al Institution in default of $12,000 secured bond. Delawareans warned about Maryland law When a new state law goes in- to effect Jan. 1, drivers who get a payable traffic ticket in Maryland will no longer be given an auto- matic trial date to appear in court. Instead, any driver want- ing to go to trial to dispute a tick- et will have to request a trial date from the District Court of Mary- land. Currently, Maryland law re- quires that a driver who gets a payable traffic ticket for an of- fense that does not require-incar- ceration automatically receives a court trial date. When the new law takes effect, drivers who get a payable traffic ticket will have three options: Pay the full amount of the free, ask the Dis- trict Court for a waiver hearing for sentencing instead of a trial or ask for a trial date at the Dis- trict Court. Payable traffic violations in- elude speeding, failure to obey traffic signs or signals, or failure to stop foi a school bus. The new law includes all payable traf- fic violations for which no jail time is required. Other types of traffic viola- tions in Maryland are must-ap- pear offenses. Examples of those violations are driving while un- der the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving on a suspended license. Must-appear violations are not affected by the new law. Drivers who get a payable traf- fic ticket must comply with the new law within 30 days by pay- ing the fine, asking for a waiver hearing or asking for a trial. If drivers do not choose one of those options within 30 days, they risk having their licenses suspended by the Motor Vehicle Administration. Waiver hearings are for. drivers who don't dispute the traffic tick- et, want to plead guilty but want to have a judge hear an explana- tion before being sentenced. A waiver hearing is held be- fore a judge in District Court, but it is not a trial, and the law en- forcement officer and witnesses will not be summoned to appear. At the hearing, the judge will hear from the ticketed driver on- ly for the purpose of imposing a sentence. Drivers who want to dispute traffic tickets must ask for a trial date, Drivers must come to court for the trial, and all witnesses are summoned to appear to testify. The fficer who wrote the traffic ticket also attends the trial. Traffic tickets issued after Jan. 1 will have instructions about how to pay the fine, ask for a waiver hearing or ask for a trial date. Drivers can ask for a waiv- er hearing or a trial date by marking that option on the ticket and mailing it to the District Court location in the city or county where the traffic viola- tion occurred. If drivers opt to pay the traffic ticket fine, they may do so by mail, online by credit card at md L courts.go,c, by phone with a cre& it card at 800-492-2656, or in per- son at any District Court of Maryland location. The judiciary's website also has more information about how the new law works, including a list of frequently asked questions and a link to District Court loca- tions by county. DUI patrols continue Dec, 3 and Dec, 4 Forty-one people were arrest- ed over the Thanksgiving week- end for DUI, and 307 were issue [ speeding citations according to preliminary reports from state ilOtt I WEEKLY AO3ng For week of November 22 - No Data location 11/23/10 Route 1 southboun( 11/23/10 Route 1 southbounc 11/23/10 Route 1 northboun( 11/24/10 Route 1 Southboun, 11/26/10 Route 1 southboun, 11/26/10 Route 1 northbounc 11/26/10 Route 1 northbounc 11/26/10 Route 1 and Tanger 11/27/10 Route 1 southbounc tl/27/10 Route 1 southbounc 11/27/10 Route 1 northbounc 11/28/10 Route 1 southboun( 1- PrM~ property damage over ~,SO0 2 - Prmerty d=m~ over $1,500 3- Private property ~ gSO0 4- Promrty dam~ under $t500 s-~u~ 6 - Pedestrian kliul~ Undart k ==k Numbers: first, DUI arrests; seo belt arrests; fourth,seat belt as., Lewes Bridgeville 9,2,24,5 12,0,0,0 lr p4, lrm s, Georgetown Camden 10,0,3,7 8,1,9,6 Route I accident hforrnation pmvidedbY Delay, and local law enforcement agen- cies. Officers statewide conduct- ed a combination of sobriety checkpoints, DUI patrols, and aggressive-driving saturation pa- trols in conjunction with the launch of the Office of Highway Safety's Safe Family Holiday campaign, now in its 12th year. In addition to the weekend's DUI arrests, officers issued 307 speeding citations, four aggres- sive-driving violations, appre- hended 19 wanted individuals, made 15 drug arrests and 12 felony arrests, recovered two stolen vehicles, issued 16 seat bek citations and eight child-re- straint citations, and they gave out 398 citations for various oth- er traffic violations. There will be 56 DUI and 20 aggressive-driving saturation pa- trols statewide, along with two sobriety checkpoints, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. The Safe Family Holiday cam- paiKn runs through New Year's Eve and involves a combination of high-visibility DUI and ag- gressive-driving enforcement ef- forts and public-awareness activ- ities. WEEKLY STATISTICS Ddamre Stale Police Troop 7 Complaints 339 Traffic Arrests 445 Criminal Arrests 43 LewesPOrK~ Complaints 18 Traffic Arrests 25 Criminal Arrests 5 Fugitives Apprehended 2 IT UPDATE rember 28, 2010 land Martin's Rd.. 2 aod credit union parking lot 1 and Wolfe Neck Rd. 4 land Postal Lane 2 land Old LandingRd. 5 and Shdttle Rd. 2 and Bryan Dr. 4 Outlets Seaside parking lot 4 and Miller Rd. 2 and Broadkill Rd. 2- and Bryan Dr. 9 and Dartmouth Rd. 4 7- acyd~t injury 8.- Hit and run over $L500 9 - Hit and run under $1,500 10- Fatal CZ - Cor, stns:ti~ zone - Caused by DUI )nd, DUIs in crashes; third, seat essments Tm l, TI p 60 Penny Hill " Price's Corner 7,1,16, 10 8,5,32,7 11,0 z, irma9, Glasgow Odessa 14, 6, 13 6, 1,17, 5 .~ State Police Troop 7