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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 26 - January 1, 1998 Briefly Route 1 Weekly Accident U)date Continued from page 3 impact the city's well system. "I was told the city would have a place at the table," in any plan- ning, Cooper told them, and as- sured that city- officials will assess any possible rerouting's impact on the well SYstem. Concerning the water tower, Cooper reported that they are awaiting word on possible state revolving loan funding for the project and have talked to Mellon Bank officials about a possible low interest rate, which they be- lieve would come in at around 5.5 percent. The estimated cost of re- placement is $1.3 million. With the need to form a committee to hash out a design, they are looking at replacing the 250,000 gallon tank with one having over a 1 mil- lion gallon capacity. The present tank has deteriorated considerably over the years, although Cooper assured that it is not in danger of rupturing. Cooper proceeded to explain to Scala that should the city sell bonds to finance the project, it would incur a heavy up front cost in the neighborhood of $100,000. Rehoboth agrees to tap into lobbyist efforts The Sussex County Association of Towns (SCAT) is looking into the possibility of hiring a legisla- tive consultant (lobbyist) to repre- sent interests in Sussex County in the state legislature. "The SCAT steering committee doesn't feel it knows soon enough what's going on the legislature and thinks we need a stronger presence there," Mayor Sam Cooper reported to the commis- sioners at the Nov. 14 board meet- ing. The committee is now in the process of interviewing such spe- cialists, estimating it will cost $6,000 for his or her services. He noted that at most 15 Sussex towns would join in, as he recom- mended they avail themselves of the service. "Having someone on the spot is absolutely invaluable," Commissioner Bitsy Cochran agreed, as the board agreed to spend up to $500 for the service. Armed robber victimizes Pep-Up Delaware State Police are seek- ing assistance from the public to identify a black male who robbed Pep-Up Inc., on Thursday, Dec. 18, at approximately 9:42 p.m. According to Lt. Rick Cham- berlin, state police spokesman, the man was wearing a ski mask when he entered the store, displayed a silver-colored handgun, confront- ed the clerk and demanded cash. The clerk gave him an undis- closed amount of money and was unable to provide a description of the vehicle in which the suspect fled. Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact Troop 4, 856-5850 or Crimestoppers,/-800-TIP-3333. Trooper injured in vehicle accident A Delaware State Police officer from Troop 7 sustained minor head injuries on Monday, Dec. 22, when she was involved in a one- car accident. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, the 26-year-old offi- cer was in the southbound lane of Sussex 319, one mile north of Route 9, at approximately 7:50 p.m., when the accident occurred. "She was rounding a curve to the right, lost control of her vehi- cle, exited the east edge of the roadway, and the driver's-side, rear-quarter panel collided with a utility pole," said Lewis. She was treated at Beebe Medical Center. Long Neck Shore Stop robber arrested A detective from Delaware State Police Troop 4 arrested Randy Butler, 32, of Millsboro, for a robbery that occurred at Shore Stop Food Store at the in- tersection of Route 5 and Route 24 earlier in December. "Butler was identified through the assis- tance of the Millsboro police," said Lt. Rick Chamberlin, state police spokesman. The robbery occurred at approximately 4 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 9, when Butler allegedly entered the store, showed a clerk a note that de- manded money. Police reported at the time of the incident that the suspect did not display a weapon. Butler was charged with second- degree robbery and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $2,000 bond. Biden presses U.S. trade official on exports Criticizing the "unacceptable, slow pace" of Russia's certifica- tion of Delaware poultry facilities, U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. urged a top U.S. trade official to step up the approval process to al- low more Delaware poultry ex- ports to Russia. Biden, the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Figures disappear from Rehoboth natiwity scene Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, members of the Rehoboth Beach Kiwanis Club, with members of its Key Club at Cape Henlopcn Hiigh School, set up the Christmas na- tivity scene on the west side of the Rehoboth Beach Bamdstand. Sometime in the middle of last week, it was noticed that three of the figures - twco lambs and a shepherd, had disap- peared, and as of Dec. 23, they are still missing. "I'm almaost sure they were all here on Sun- day," said Kiwanian Bill Bahan Friday afternoon, Dec. 19, pointing to where they figures had been. The figures are tied down in the straw to prevent them from blowing away, but the wire isn't strong enough to ward off vandals. "We're hoping it's just a kid's prank, and some parent will discover the figures in their homes and return them - that's all we want," Bahan said. He went on to note that the three wise men and two shepherds were repainted this year by the art classes at Cape Henlopen High School while the Jesus, Mary and Joseph figures are new this year. Anyone with information may contact Bahan at 227-4811. FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 15 TO DECEMBER 21, 1997 DATE LOCATION TYPE 12/16/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 275A, north of Rehoboth #4 12/16/97 Rt. 1 at McDonalds, north of Rehoboth #1 12/17/97 Rt. 1. and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth #2 12/17/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 264, north of Lewes #5 12/19/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #4 12/21/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 258, north of Milton #5 FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 15 TO DECEMBER 21, 1997 Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 5 20 5 23 Of the 48 people arrested for DUI, 11 were involved in accidents. Relations Committee, question special trade negotiator Peter Sher about the lagging Russian inspec- tion specifically at the Cannon Cold Storage .facility in Bridgeville and a similar plant in Benson, N.C., owned by Delaware's Burris Foods. In re- sponse to Biden's questions, Sher pledged to resolve the delays at the Delaware and North Carolina facilities, as well as to take action to eventually eliminate the neces- sity for Russian inspectors. Criminal Justice Council provides speakers The Crininal Justice Council of Delaware is an independent body committed to leading the criminal justice system through a collabo- rative approach that calls upon the experience and creativity of the council, all components of the criminal justice system and the community. It strives for an ef- fective system that is fair, effi- cient and accountable. One of the council's goals is "to establish a fully knowledgeable juvenile and criminal justice com- munity, including the general public, and promote its participa- tion by encouraging public input, providing training, disseminating information, conducting public hearings and providing technical assistance." One of the ways it at- tempts to accomplish its goal is to reach out to the community with speeches and presentations on the numerous issues pertaining to the criminal justice system in Delaware. The Criminal Justice Council staff will provide experts to any group or organization vho will speak on the following topics: Criminal Justice Council, commu- nity empowerment, delinquency prevention, elderly victims, juve- nile justice, how the criminal jus- tice system works, community policing victims, crime trends in Delaware, domestic violence, ju- venile corrections, elder/chal- lenged abuse and victimization, diversity, truth-in-sentencing, adult corrections, grant-writing, and the history of juvenile justice. To schedule a talk on any of the above topics or on a related topic, contact James Kane, Criminal Justice Council executive direc- tor, or Karen Blackburn at 302- 577-3430. Spence prefiles bills before house recovenes Speaker of the Delaware House of Representatives Terry Spence (R-Stratford) made sure he got some new favored legislation pre- filed for introduction soon after the House reconvenes Jan. 13. By last week, the speaker had filed three bills, including "JJ's Law," which was introduced in Re- hoboth Beach on Dec. 12. House Bill 422, JJ's Law, would allow civil action against tavern, bar or restaurant operators if they are found to have knowingly served alcohol to an intoxicated or under- age patron who later causes prop- erty damage, injury or death. The bill is named in memory of Joseph Jeffrey "JJ" Stein III, who died in August after an alcohol-related accident. H.B 422 is assigned to the House Public Safety Commit- tee. Also prefiled by Spence are House Bill 423, a law that would remove the child visitation rights of a parent who is convicted of murdering the other parent, and House Bill 424 which would toughen the felony status applied to those who fail to stop at the command of a police officer. In the case of H.B. 423, the legisla- tion applies specifically to murder in the first degree, and murder by abuse or neglect in the first de- gree. It is assigned to the House Health and Human Development Committee. The bill regarding the failure to obey an officer's com- mand to stop an automobile would make the first offense a Class G felony that carries possible penal- ties of $1,000 to $3,000 and a prison sentence between one and three years. A subsequent offense occurring within five years could result in a Class E felony, which carries a possible fine between $2,000 and $5,000 and jail time of two to three years. The offenses also result in loss of driver's li- cense for two to three years. The bill is assigned to the House Judi- ciary Committee.