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Brier,/ Route 1 Weekly Accident Update State will lift licenses from expelled students State legislators have enacted what they hope will be a strong deterrent to public school students whose behavior results in their ex- pulsion from school. H.B. 37, signed into law last May, mandates that any ,student who is expelled from school will also have his or her driving privi- leges suspended by the Division of Motor Vehicles. Notification of a student's ex- pulsion must be reported to the DMV by school district superin- tendents, according to law, and the driver's license suspension will take effect immediately upon receipt of that notice by the motor vehicle division. The law also allows for the state to refuse to issue a driver's license to any expelled student who does not already have a license. The li- cense suspension will remain in effect until the school superinten- dent sends the motor vehicle divi- sion proof that the expulsion has ended, or until the student either reaches the age of 19 or the li- cense suspension has been in ef- fect for two years. The law does allow expelled students to apply for a conditional license, as long as he or she can meet the hardship standards the division normally requires for conditional-use driving privileges and signs a promise to abide by those conditional license restric- tions. And H.B. 37 states that "no in- surer may increase the premiums charged for, or reduce coverage provided by, any vehicle insur- ance policy solely because of the suspension of driving privileges under this law." Reed is 1998 Civilian Employee of the Year Delaware State Police recently named Debbie Reed as the 1998 Civilian Employee of the Year. Reed, who has worked for the state police for nine years, cur- rently serves as the director of the Delaware State Police Victim Ser- vices Unit. Reed's responsibili- ties include overseeing the statewide program that is commit- ted to assisting victims of violent crime and families who have lost loved ones to a sudden death. Reed had an integral role in cre- ating the domestic violence track- ing system and is involved in sev- eral victims' committees, includ- ing the Domestic Violence Task Force, Victims' Rights Task Force and Victims' Advisory Committee. Reed, a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in criminal justice, serves as the vice president of the Do- mestic Violence Advocacy Center Board of Directors. The Victim Services Unit is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, by calling its toll- free number, 800-VICTIM- 1. Coastal board to hear comments on regulations The Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m., Jan. 12, con- cerning comments submitted by Motiva Enterprises and Oceanport Industries related to proposed reg- ulations for the Coastal Zone Act. The hearing will be held in the au- ditorium of the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control (DNREC) located at 89 Kings Highway, Dover. The board considered proposed regulations to the act proposed by former DNREC secretary Christophe Tulou at an earlier public hearing Nov. 23. Motiva and Oceanport submitted com- ments after the Nov. 23 public hearing required by law but prior to the end of the 30-day comment period, which expired Dec. 1. No other written comments will be re- ceived. DSWA workshop will focus on revisions The Delaware Solid Waste Au- thority (DSWA) will conduct workshops to consider proposed changes to the regulations of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, adopted October 1997; the statewide solid waste manage- ment plan, adopted May 1994; and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority fee structure. Following the workshops, DSWA may initi- ate the process of formally adopt- ing changes, in which case a pub- lic heating will be scheduled. In Kent and Sussex Counties, the workshop is set for 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4, at the Milford Public Library, 1 1 Southeast Front St. Copies of the proposed amend- ments are available on request at the DSWA office, 1128 South Bradford Street, Dover or by writ- ing the DSWA at P.O. Box 455, Dover, DE 19903-0455. l)clavare State Police Driving Under the Influence Report Troop "s Holiday Tip of the Week: DelDOT has hotline for snow removal paubacks The Delaware Department of Transportation has instituted a statewide "hotline" telephone number as a feature of the snow reimbursement program for com- munity organizations. Community Jim Cresson photo Lower Sussex N.A.A.C.P. elects new officers The lower Sussex branch of the NA.A.C.P. held its annual elections, Saturday, Dec. 12. The new slate of officers shown are (I-r) second vice president, Ronald Tate, of Lincoln; president, Louise Henry, of Seaford; treasurer, Linda Lewis, of Georgetown; secretary, Jane Hovington, of Georgetown; and vice president, Matt Gibbs, of Georgetown. Cumulatively, the new officers have 82 years of community activism and membership in the N,ALC.P. President-elect Henry said the branch's mission for the upcoming year is to "educate the community to the role of N.A.C.P. in helping people attain their civil rights. We will do that," said Henry, "by building a trust with the will of the people." Tate added that in 1999 "we in- tend to serve the entire community, crossing any socio-economic barriers, as well as racial barriers. We want to bridge any barriers that still exist in our society." The lower Sussex branch, one of six N.AJLC.P. branches in Delaware, has more than 100 active members in the area from Slaughter Neck to the Maryland state ilne. FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 14 - DECEMBER 20, 1998 DATE LOCATION TYPE 12/15/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #4 12/15/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, north of Rehoboth #5 12/17/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #4 12/18/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270, north of Rehoboth #5 12/18/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #4 12/18/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #4 Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7. FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 14 - DECEMBER 20, 1998 Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 6 25 9 23 Of the 57 people arrested for DUI, 18 were involved in accidents.  State Priice wishes everyone in the Cape Region a safe and happy holiday season! Superintendent Col. Alan Ellingsworth and Troop 7 Commander Capt. Michael Neal Temind people that as they scramble to finish last,minute shop- pingi:if they need to use automatic tellers, they should plan to  use them during the :daytime, ina safe area, and try to plan on -'J" hr much cash neecled tO avoid using the machine while shopping areas are particularly busy. representatives may call the hot- line to confirm if a particular storm qualifies as a reimbursable snow event. Local leaders of community civic associations, neighborhood alliances or homeowners associa- tions who are registered in the snow reimbursement program are asked to call 800-652-5600 to get the official pavement accumula- tion of snow, as measured in each county. Groups are requested not to call the number until after a storm has ended. The minimum accumulation requirement for a storm to qualify for reimburse- ment is four inches. Community groups are remind- ed that in order to qualify for re- imbursement of Snow removal a bill must be submitted and the group must be registered in the snow reimbursement program. Fenwick auctioneers indicted by grand jury Attorney General M. Jane Brady and Fenwick Island Police Chief George Dickerson jointly announced this week the indict- ment by the Sussex County Grand Jury of Joseph Shaia, Kathleen Shaia, and four employees of the Shaia Estate Auction Store. The auction operated .last year in Fen- wick Island. Shaia was indicted on nine counts of felony theft, 12 counts of misdemeanor theft, four counts of forgery and other related charges, including criminal racke- teering. The grand jury also in- dicted Michael Booth, Shawn Winston, James Vanlandingham and Wealthy Vanlandingham on charges of theft, attempted theft, conspiracy second degree and forgery third degree. The charges stem from the sale of furniture, lamps, oriental rugs, sculpttires and lithographs at the auction store over the past two years. Fenwick Island police offi- cers arrested the six defendants, plus another individual, last July, after working undercover as em- ployees prior to the arrests. Burdette offers $500 for burglary information Jim Burdette of Rehoboth Bar- ber Shop at Midway offered, a $500 reward this week for infor- mation leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or per- sons who broke into his shop Wednesday, Dec. 16, and stole his safe and its contents. "I lost about $3,000 in cash, a set of 25 solid silver coins commemorating the founding of the country from the Franklin Mint and a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol," said Burdette. "It's awful what's go- ing on around here. There are robberies all over the place," he said. Those wishing to provide m- formation and claim the reward are asked to contact Delaware State Police at 644-5020. Christmas tree recycling is Dec. 26 to Jan. 18 The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, in Cooperation with the forestry section of the Department of Agriculture, will once again coordinate the Christ- mas tree recycling service at area state parks from Dec. 26 through Jan. 18. Residents may drop off their family Christmas trees from 8 a.m. to sunset, at seven partici- pating parks, including Cape Hen- lopen State Park. The program is free and available to all Delaware residents but not open to commer- cial or retail haulers due to vol- ume limitations. Residents are reminded to re- move all tinsel, wire or other for- eign material from their trees be- fore dropping them off for recy- cling. No household waste or yard debris may be left at the tree recy- cling sites.