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16 - CAPl G2kZE'I'I'I, Friday, December 26 ' January 1, 1998 Tracy Continued fl-om page 1 That same survey, said Pratt, determined, however, that the re- mains of the older vessel beneath the Tracy - the Merrimac - have more significant historic value and thus merit more extensive ex- amination. According to the abstract, "[the Merrimac] is representative of the early 20th century schooner barge vessel type that was important to the development of modern cargo ships, but which is poorly docu- mentedin the hist0rical record. tential of being determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, "further work to intensively survey that wreck and evaluate its historical signifi- cance is recommended." Pratt said the archeologists who surveyed the wreck site felt confi- dent that the remains of the Tracy could be removed without disturb- ing the remains of the Merrimac. The archeologicai survey report - a 91 page detailed document - was prepared by Daniel Koski- ally assess the historic value of the wreck. The Merrimac, according to the Karell report, was a 182 foot schooner barge built of wood by the E.J. Tull Shipyard in Pocomoke City of Worcester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. There is very little detailed documentation of these vessels ,which were seagoing cargo card- ers fitted with fore and aft schooner-rig sails to lessen their r drag on their towing vessels. The Merrimac and another barge - the Karell of Karell Archeoiogical .Severn, were being towed down Services in Washington D.C. Delaware Bay in April 1918 and Delaware's Division of Soil and turned into the Atlantic Ocean Water ConservationDirector John  "   " No construction plans of schooner Hughes commissioned the report barges like the Merrimac are early in 1997. Toward the end of known to exist.' However," reads 1996, Hughes - a former mayor of the abstract, ,the available eviz Rehohoth Beach - and current city dence shows:that the wreck's officials had briefdiseessions buried wooden hull structure is about removal of the Tracy's re- partially intact and may provide significant information concern- ing the vessel's lines, hull plan, and construction methods." mains for safety purposes. Resi- dents of the Star of the Sea condo- minium as well as the Rehoboth Beach Historic Society objected to the plans because of the wreck's position in the resort's history. The archeological survey was commissioned to profession- arrest. They may charge the. abusers with contempt of court. Evidence wins cases "We try to charge them [abusers] with the appropriate charge," said Gaglione, noting that if the charge is not carefully determined, the case could later be thrown out of court. Police often document incidents of abuse with photographs and tape-recorded interviews. "Blood equals pain," said Gerry Donovan, Survey recommended The report concludes that since the Merrimac wreck has the po- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT RISK ASSESSMENT 10. Suspect has accused the vic- tim of cheating. 11. Suspect has said, "If I can't have you, no one can." 12. Suspects threatens to kill. 13. Suspect contemplated, threat- ened or attempted suicide. 14. Suspect violent toward chil- dren. 15. Suspect has injured or killed pets. 16. Suspect has forced victim to have sex when victim did not agree. 17. Suspect has directed violence toward pregnant partner. 18. Victim is currently pregnant. t :800-262-9800 Domestic Continued from page 10 pendent of the court, but coun- selors there will assist people with navigating the court system. Once the orders are in effect, abusers are notified of the condi- tions of the orders. Then, if the abusers violate the orders in any way, police don't need to wait for another act of violence to make an 856.5352 Delaware ctim Center Milford 1-800-VICTIM-I Domestic Violence Families in Transition Shelter 422-8058 1. Gun present in the home or accessible to suspect. 2. Suspect has used or threatened to use weapon. 3. Parties had a recent separation or threatened separation. 4. Suspect abuses alcohol. 5. Suspect uses illegal drugs or abuses legal drugs. 6. Increase in frequency or sever- ity of violence. 7. Suspect is violent outside the relationship. 8. Suspect has destroyed cher- ished, personal items. 9. Suspect is jealous or attempts to control partner's daily activi- ties. Child Protective Services Hot line 1-800-292-9582 Justice of the Peace Court Office of Victim Services 1-800-870-1790 or 302-323-5373 Slam Dunk Continued from page 18 event is," said Jacobs. "I mean think about it. It's the biggest high school basketball tournament in the United States and it's at- tracting the best players. More than 200 college basketball coach- es are signed up to attend. When Maryland's head coach - Gary Williams - walks through the door, people will know this is seri- New Castle County Police, who addressed a domestic violence law-enforcement training seminar in November. When photographs are used in domestic violence cases, he said, a study showed a 90 percent in- crease in conviction rates. "You don't pose them [victims]," he said to the officers attending the conference. "You just take a pic- ture of them. The look on their faces will tell the judge and the ju- ry the whole story. You have an instant conviction." According to Donovan, batter- ers have their own reality: "I'm not doing anything wrong. If I am, I won't get caught. IfI do get caught, I'll talk my way out of it. If there are consequences, they'll be light."" Donovan explained that law en- forcement agencies and the judi- cial system are working hard to debunk the batterer's reality by striving for, a "victimless prosecu- tion." "The victim's refusal to testify is her attempt to stay alive," said Donovan. Therefore, police try to collect enough solid evidence to secure a conviction without in- volving the victim. Donovan said that in addition to photographs and tape-recorded in- terviews; they may collect state- ments from other witnesses; se- cure medical records; provide records of other acts of domestic violence incidents; obtain phone, employment, military and em- ployment records; document pre- vious emergency room contacts; and submit 911-recorded tran- scripts. Once police gather evidence and the cases go to trial, victims are usually in better positions for avoiding further violence. Editor's note: The last article in this series will address servwes available to victims and perpetra- tors of domestic violence. when they were struck by a storm and driven ashore at Rehoboth Beach. The Severn was refloated but the Merrimac died on the beach. The Merrimac had been used most frequently to carry loads of coal. In 1944, another coal-carrying vessel, the steel-hulled Thomas Tracy, ran into a hurricane on a trip south from Maine to Newport News, Va. where it was to take On a load of coal. Riding high, the vessel lost steerage, in the raging winds and was driven ashore at Rehoboth coming to rest on the remains of the Merrimac. Its hull . . ,j otis. Coaches are coming ff0m USC and UCLA, Arizona State and Kentucky and the list goes on and on. It's just plain big," said Jacobs. One of the centerpieces of the Slam Dunk tourney is the annual Kids Day when up to 1,000 chil- dren 14 and under are admitted free when they come with a pay- ing adult. The children also re- ceive a package of goodies from the tournament's sponsors includ- ing a full-sized Slam Dunk-in- scribed basketball from Texaco, Slam Dunk T-shirt, a Spalding mi- cro-mini basketball, a Slam Dunk souvenir pennant, a key chain, a slice of Grotto Pizza, an All- American meal from McDonald's, a pencil set from Q105 FM Radio and Big Slam bottle of Pepsi. "No one else gives out a package like that," said Jacobs. "But that's what Slam Dunk is all about." Jacobs figures that Slam Dunk, which started with eight teams and a $60,000 budget in 1990 and now costs more than $650,000 to cracked, its crew was removed, and a major salvage operation fol- lowed ineloding local auctions of its contents and sheets of its hull metal recycled into the war effort. Since the days of the Tracy sal- vage effort, pilings and cable have been posted around the wreck site to keep swimmers away from the danger of the remaining pieces of metal visible at 10w tide. Pratt said he had no idea how : long the historic preservation per- mit process would take or when possible work on removing tlae Tracy's remains could begin. I I ' I I I [' .... '[ " !;, ;i . :, stage; will generate more than : $2.7 million in economic develop- ment for Delaware's Cape Re- gion. !'When you add up the dol- lars t for motels, meals, enter-.-' tainment, shopping, travel and re- lated events by the volunteers, the players and their families and all the fans who come to town, it's significant," said Jacobs. As in the past couple of years, Jacobs has contracted with the Delaware River and Bay Authori- ty to use its trolleys to shuttle peo- ple back and forth to school park- ing lots in Lewes so that there will be plenty of parking to handle the crowds. "I can't even begin to talk about the details of putting this on," said Jacobs, who sleeps little in the weeks leading up to and during the tournament. Rest must wait until after the buzzer ends the championship game next Tuesday night and the Cape High gymnasium and school grounds have been returned to scholastic sports and education condition. EXPERIENCED HOME FURNISHINGS SALESPERSON HEEDED Coil for more Information 302-856-6365 Georgetown, DE