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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 3 Lewes Planners to meet Dec. 20 The Lewes Planning Com- mission will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 20, at city hall. The group will consider a rezon- ing request from Sandbox Land Development LLC to change property known as the Lewes Ice House on New Road from industrial to R-4, residential. The commission will also discuss a site-plan review zoning amend- ment as well as abandonment of several paper streets – streets that exist on paper but not in reality – along Cedar Street. To view the full agenda, go to Overfalls to host Drop the Anchor Dec. 31 Although the ship is in New Jersey for routine maintenance, and with much appreciated help from the Lewes Board of Public Works, the Overfalls Foundation will be hosting its seventh annual “Drop of the Anchor” as they welcome in the New Year. So join the Overfalls crew as they bring in the New Year. Make resolutions while watch- ing the lighted anchor descend from the top of a temporary mast while counting down to 2018. There will be toasty fires and hot chocolate to warm up and seasonal music to keep ev- eryone moving (bring one’s own libations). This event is weather dependent. They can handle cold and wind but, unlike the faithful Overfalls, not rain, ice and/or snow! Dewey town council meeting Dec. 15 Beginning with an hour-long executive session, there’s a lot on the plate for the Dewey Beach Council meeting scheduled for 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dag- sworthy Ave. A public hearing on the 2017 comprehensive plan is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Other meeting items include a possible vote to engage an auditing firm to perform a fi- nancial accounting for all town department; a possible vote to approve a consultant to conduct a comprehensive policies and procedures review of the police, beach patrol, and code enforce- ment departments; and a review of the residential rental license application and safety certifica- tion affidavit, and rental license application. A full copy of the agenda can be found on the town’s website,, at town hall, 105 Rodney Ave., and on the life saving station’s message board. Dewey budget committee meeting set The Dewey Beach Budget & Finance Committee has sched- uled a meeting for 3:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dag- sworthy Ave. The agenda calls to identify and discuss key revenue and expense items for the upcoming year. There will also be a discus- sion regarding a migration by the town to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for its bookkeeping. A full copy of the agenda can be found on the town’s website,, at town hall, 105 Rodney Ave., and on the life saving station’s message board. Dewey manager search committee to meet The recently formed Dewey Beach Town Manager Search Committee has scheduled its first meeting for 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station. A full copy of the agenda can be found on the town’s website, townofdewey. com, at town hall, 105 Rodney Ave., and on the life saving sta- tion’s message board. Bill would outlaw bump stocks in Delaware Legislators introduced a bill Dec. 14 that would make bump stocks illegal in Delaware. Sponsored by House Major- ity Leader Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, and Sen. Harris B. Mc- Dowell III, D-Wilmington North, House Bill 300 would make it a crime to buy, sell, transfer or pos- sess a trigger crank, bump-fire device, or any part, combina- tion of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to ac- celerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not con- vert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun. Often referred to as a bump stock, the device uses the recoil of a shot from a semiautomatic rifle to significantly increase the firing rate of that rifle. Several other states have intro- duced similar legislation to ban the use of bump stocks, including California, Ohio, Massachusetts, Missouri and New Jersey. Under HB 300, possession of a bump stock device would be a class E felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. The bill has 14 co-sponsors and has been assigned to the House Adminis- tration Committee. Lewes Parks and Rec meets Dec. 18 The Lewes Parks and Recre- ation Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18, at city hall. The group will review a draft tree maintenance contract request for proposal, review and draft an end-of-the-year report on the Historic Lewes Farm- ers Market’s use of George H.P. Smith Park and discuss possible budget items for fiscal year 2019. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777. Lewes council makes changes to committees Lewes Mayor and City Council took action at its Dec. 11 meet- ing to change the structure and eliminate a few standing commit- tees. Council agreed to combine the commercial architectural review commission with the his- toric preservation commission. Each commission will continue as is until a new ordinance is drafted to create uniform stan- dards. Some, but likely not all, current commission members will be appointed to the new commission. Council voted to eliminate the Canalfront Park marina committee. The tasks will be given to City Manager Ann Marie Townshend and Parks and Marina Administrator Alison Kirk. Council will also disband the capital projects committee. Instead, council will hold special meetings to discuss capital proj- ects. Finally, the greenways and trails committee will continue as is, but it will report to the parks and recreation commission and the byways committee quarterly to ensure all parties are on the same page. For more informa- tion, call city hall at 302-645-7777. Sussex council awards nonprofit grants Sussex County Council award- ed the following councilmanic grants during its Dec. 12 meeting: $250 to Nanticoke Health Foun- dation for its prescription drug fund and $2,500 to Rehoboth Beach Historical Society for its capital campaign for second- floor construction. Sussex offices closed during holidays Sussex County offices will be closed for the holidays Monday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 1. Sussex council off the next two weeks Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, Dec. 19, or Tuesday, Dec. 26. The next regu- larly scheduled meeting is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2, in the coun- ty administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda will be a public hear- ing on a proposed right-to-work Briefly » COST OF HOUSING – The editorial in the Dec. 12 edition of the Cape Gazette should have said developer Preston Schell estimated the average cost of hous- ing in Lewes, not Sussex County, at $600,000. The average cost of housing in Sussex County is estimated at $300,000. Correction » RON MACARTHUR PHOTO FOR THE SECOND TIME in as many months, the corner of the Harbe- son United Methodist Church cemetery wall at the intersection of Route 9 and Harbeson Road has been damaged. The wall has a history of crash- es by tractor-trailers turning at the intersection. Brick masons had just repaired the wall from the previous crash a few days before the newest damage. HARBESON CEMETERY WALL IS HIT AGAIN Millsboro man takes car by knife before police chase that ends in crash A Millsboro man who had been sought in a Gold Alert now faces charges after he carjacked a car using a knife Dec. 8 in Long Neck and led police on a chase before crashing near Milton. Scott K. Roschel, 45, of Mills- b o r o w a s wanted in con- nection with a Gold Alert when he ap- proached a 1998 Honda CRV parked in the Long Neck Dollar General parking lot at 26012 John J. Williams Highway. A woman, 23, was inside the store when Roschel used a knife to force her 14-year-old sister out of the car, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin of the Delaware State Police. Roschel allowed the girl to remove her sister’s children, ages 1 and 2, from the car before he drove away at 5:15 p.m., Austin said. Troopers responded to a broadcast about the carjacking and located the car before it left the Long Neck area. Roschel re- fused to stop after police ordered him to do so on Route 24, and he led police on a chase that ended near Milton when he crashed into a utility pole on Hudson Road near Eagle Crest Road, Austin said. Roschel was taken to Beebe Healthcare for undetermined injuries; no one else was involved in the crash. A warrant has been issued for first-degree carjacking, first-degree robbery, posses- sion of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, ag- gravated menacing, theft of a motor vehicle and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Austin said Roschel will be charged when discharged from the hospital. The Gold Alert for Roschel was canceled. The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released when available. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Detective K. Mc- Cabe at Troop 4 at 302-752-3857. Milton Valero robber sought Delaware State Police are searching for a man who robbed the Valero gas station in Milton on Dec. 7. The man entered the gas station at 25576 Deep Branch Road at 7:42 p.m. with his face covered and armed with a hand- gun, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police. The man approached the clerk and demanded cash; the clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money and the man fled the store in an unknown direction, Jaffe said. The clerk was not injured. The suspect is described as white, 5-feet-6-inches to 5-feet-8-inches tall, with a thin build, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweat shirt, camouflage face mask, blue jeans and dark-colored sneakers. Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact Detective R. Mills at 302-752- 3800. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or at www.delaware.crimestop- Police & Fire » Scott Roschell