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2 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13- THURSDA~ DECEMBER 15 2011 BRIEFS Cape Gazette POLICE & FIRE WRAP'UP Ice cream man faces drug charges A 46-year-old Oak Orchard man making the rounds in his ice cream truck Dec. 9 was arrested in connection with selling pills instead of icy treats from his-ve- hicle. Delaware State Police stopped Merrill J. Weatherly Of the 24000 block of Cernlean Lane as he was driving off in his ice cream truck, said Cpl. Jeffrey Hale of the Merrill Weatherly Delaware State Police. Inside the ice cream truck, Hale said, police found 17 oxy- codone pills and $970 in cash. Police found six sub- oxone strips inside the man's home. Suboxone is a prescrip- tion drugused totreat opioid ad- diction. Police began investigating two weeks ago when, Hale said, someone told them Weatherly was selling drugs out of his home and also from the ice cream truck. Weatherly was charged with two counts of dealing a schedule II controlled substance, main- taining a dwelling, two counts of possession of drug parapherna- lia, possession of controlled sub- stance and possession of a pre- scription drug. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $18500 secured bail. A CAR belonging to Michael Rawl of Mil 9. Car fire,slows By Melissa Steele melissasteele@capegazette.com A northbound car brought Route 1 traffic to a halt Dec. 9 when it filled with black smoke and then erupted in flames. Michael Rawl of Milford was driving home from his job in Lewes when he noticed black smoke coming out of the front right heating vent of his 2007 Buick Lacrosse. "The whole thing happened so quickly," he said. "In a couple of minutes the car was engulfed in black smoke and flames." Rawl said he tried to open the engine hood but the electrical system had locked up. When he heard popping noises and saw sparks shoot out of the car, he said he decided to get to safety. The car was fully engulfed in flames by 4 p.m. Traffic at first carefully drove past the burning vehicle parked near Clifton Road, but eventually traffic stopped along the northbound :ord burns along Route 1 northbound Dec. Route 1 traffic Route 1 corridor near Milton as what sounded like gunfire spo- radically emanated from the ve- hicle. The car horn, apparently stuck, blared constantly. Rawl said he was not injured in the fire, but everything in the car was destroyed. The=heat of the fire fused golf clubs in the trunk, but Rawl said based on his golf game that might not be such a great loss. Looking over the charred remains of his vehicle, Rawl said his thoughts turned to a special photo he kept in his car: a picture of him with Mike Love of the Beach Boys. Turned out all was not lost. Rawl said he found the slightly singed photo in a field close to the fire scene. "I couldn't believe I found it," he said. "There it was lying in the field.!' Rawl said Milton Fire Depart- ment firefighters responded to the scene and exting aished the fire. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Briefly Final budget vote set at Cape board meeting The Cape Henlopen board of education will meet for its De- cember meeting at 7 p.m. Thurs- day, Dec. 15, at the Cape Hen- lopen High School cafeteria. Special recognitions will be given to the state champion girls' field hockey team, student actors with "The Elephant Man" and "Guys & Dolls" productions, the Cape Henlopen Food Cup Chal- lenge and the Milton and Shields elementary state Title I distin- guished honorees. The board al- so will vote on the final fiscal year 2012 operating budget for the school district. Rehoboth thief sentenced to one year A Rehoboth Beach man will spend one year in prison for felony theft and other charges. Judge T. Henley Graves commit- ted Brandt Aubrey, Nov. 22, to one year in Sussex County Cor- rectional Institute followed by one year of probation. Rehoboth Beach police arrest- ed Aubrey, 26, Oct. 20 for stealing more than $30,000 worth of jew- elry from a home where he was performing renovations. He was charged with felony theft, falsify- ing business records related to the pawnshop transaction, pos- session of drug paraphernalia, possession of prescription drugs with no prescription, and posses- sion of a hypodermic needle. Aubrey was also convicted of a series of burglaries from October 2009 until March 2010 at Re- hoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club, where he was a resident at the time. Rehoboth to vote on patio resolution The Rehoboth Beach commis- sioners will adopt a resolution to set a public hearing on an ordi- nance that would allow cus- tomers to stay on restaurant pa- tios as long as the restaurant is open, at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, in the city commissioners' room at Town Hall. The commissioners will con- sider an ordinance to change the dates and times of several sea- sonal ordinances to make them more consistent. Among the changes are lengthening the time when left-handturns can be made on Rehoboth Avenue and changing the time bikes are al- lowed on the Boardwalk in the summer to be from 5 a.m. to day- break. There will be a public hearing on an ordinance permitting the replacement of nonconforming retaining walls under certain cir- cumstances. 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