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WEEKEND #02, 2016

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




After crashing his Jeep Limited into a Mercedes, the driver of this Jeep hopped on a skateboard and fled. Police say the accident happened just before 6 p.m. Thursday on Shuttle Road outside Rehoboth at Bayside Outlet Drive. According to MCpl. Gary Fournier, state police spokesman, the male operator of the 2008 Jeep Limited failed to remain stopped at the stop sign and entered into the roadway striking the 1999 Mercedes-Benz 230 series on the driver's side. The driver of the Mercedes, a 17-year-old girl, was taken to Beebe Hospital with scrapes and cuts from broken glass.

The Jeep was not stolen, he said, and as of Friday, MCpl. Fournier said the driver still had not been located.


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Motorcyclist killed in unrelated crash on Coastal Highway near Milton

A 25-year-old woman suffered a serious head injury when she fell from a scooter striking her head on the pavement. Police said she wore no helmet. The accident was reported just before 10:15 p.m. this past Tuesday in the old Bay Mart shopping center lot. She was initially reported as unresponsive, then as combative, which is common with head injuries. Paramedics intended to fly her to a trauma center, but because of fog, she was taken by ambulance to Beebe Hospital.

A second scooter rider had been with the woman at the time of the accident. Lt. Jaime B. Riddle said an investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. Alcohol is believed to be a factor, he added.

The shore was the scene of yet another fatal motorcycle accident. This time, a motorcyclist crashed into a car on Coastal Highway at Route 5 near Milton around 1:20 p.m. on Friday. The 23-year-old motorcyclist wore a helmet, but he was severely entrapped under the Lincoln MKZ and was eventually pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Lincoln suffered serious injuries. More details are in the state police news release or this WRDE-TV report.

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Many of us can sympathize with people who come to their beach house for peace and relaxation only to find that there is a massive construction project ongoing next door. This construction site opposite Silver Lake on Lake Drive in Rehoboth Beach generated a couple police complaints this past week.

On Thursday, the city building inspector and police were called when the city received a complaint that the excavation being dug for a basement was too close to the property line.

Damalier Molina, Rehoboth Beach chief building inspector, said Friday that "The construction excavation for the basement will be completed within the required side yard setbacks required by the city with a minimum six feet from the property line or total aggregate of 16 feet. The foundation inspection will confirm such distances at the appropriate time."

A second complaint police received stated that the construction vehicles were going the wrong way on the one-way street.


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Beach Goes Blue is a new event that Rehoboth Beach is evaluating to give visitors something to do on non-holiday weekends says Carol Everhart, president of the RB-DB Chamber of Commerce. Weekends in early June are often slow, mostly because the children are still in school.

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Rehoboth Beach police were called to this location around 4:30 p.m. Thursday because a discussion between a parking meter tech and a man who received a parking ticket had escalated into an argument.

To the front right of the black Cadillac is R-104, a Parkeon paystation in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue that accepts payments for several parking spaces on either side. The arrow for "space 2" points to the right. The arrow on the parking space to the immediate right, points to the left, suggesting that these people are at the center and should feed this paystation. That is the "Rehoboth way" of looking at this puzzle.

But the man who received the parking ticket argued that the arrow actually points to the next Parkeon to the right, R-106, which also has its own "space 2." Further complicating matters is the fact that these are diagonal parking spaces, so the right arrow on "space 2" pointing to the meter in the photo is actually to the right of the meter. So it points to the white line, rather than directly to the meter.

Parking spaces are also marked near the curb, which in this case makes the situation more obvious, assuming he saw it initially.

This is often the dilemma with multi-space parking meters, particularly when adjacent paystations have the same space numbers.


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City and county officials and reps from the Red Cross and Delmarva Power gathered at the bandstand this past Tuesday to prepare us for hurricane season which began the following day, Wednesday, June 1. Hurricane Preparedness Week this year was May 15 to 21.

Shown below are City Manager Sharon Lynn, Jim Smith, Delmarva Power senior public affairs manager, Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith Banks, Theresa Young, American Red Cross of Delmarva executive director, and Joe Thomas, county EOC director.

Young from the Red Cross stressed the importance of being prepared by building a kit, having a plan and staying informed. She also suggested downloading one of several phone apps designed for such planning purposes. Smith added that Delmarva Power has its own phone app and Internet users can find useful outage and preparedness guides on the Delmarva Power website or call customer service and ask for a brochure.

Ocean City had a similar event earlier that same day as reported by WRDE-TV.


Free bike lights, helmets, reflective tape and brochures to be given out this month.

This past week, a new aid for bicyclists has been installed in downtown Rehoboth Beach. "The new trail posts signs are a prototype that we're using at the city gateways to provide information to cyclists entering and leaving the city this season," says Rehoboth Beach Comm. Lorraine Zellers.

The idea, she says, came from the Streets & Transportation Committee and is the "culmination of many hours of hard work by S&T member Kathy Osterholm and Susan Moerschel from DNREC. Kathy spearheaded this project as she has been a strong advocate for better signage for cyclists using the trails and getting them through the city," Comm. Zellers noted. "S&T member Jim Ellison also spent many hours revising the city's Bicycle Friendly Street Guide into a more compact and user-friendly format. It is also more in sync with the state's regional map. Both maps are included on the trail posts."

"All of this has been an attempt to make a safer and more enjoyable experience for cyclists and pedestrians," Comm. Zellers added.

Julian Sadur from WMDT-TV reported on the new markers on Friday. Here is his report.

For more info on the new information posts, here is the city's news release.

In related news, Tony Pezone, a member of Sussex Cyclists, says officials are organizing bike stops in the area for the month of June. They will be staffed by DelDOT personnel, Sussex Cyclists volunteers and Delaware State Troopers and cadets. Lights, helmets, reflective tape and brochures explaining Delaware laws are offered at no charge; receipt of these is at the cyclists' discretion, he added. Minor bike adjustments may be made. Cyclists will be reminded of important safety laws such as riding with traffic and only wearing one earbud preferably in the right ear if they must wear any at all. Delaware state law requires that cyclists under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.

These guidelines are important and are challenged at times but will be adhered to, he says:

The June stops are along Coastal Highway, northbound and southbound, except the June 23 stop which is at the church and the June 30 stop which is on Silver Lake Drive.

June 7, 4 to 7 p.m., Tanger outlet location near the Nike store on both sides of the road.

June 14, 8 to 11 a.m., Midway Shopping Center area.

June 20, 7 to 10 a.m., Tanger outlet near Nike store.

June 23, 4 to 7 p.m., Church of Our Savior, Bay Vista Road.

June 29, 4 to 7 p.m., Rehoboth Ave near Crystal Restaurant.

June 30, 8 to 11 a.m., Silver Lake Drive, Dewey Beach.



On Friday on Kent Street in Rehoboth Beach, neighbors and friends were just beginning happy hour before walking into town for dinner or starting the grill, recalls Jennifer Duncan, a local resident. At the intersection of Kent and Dover streets, in Deer Park, "all of a sudden folks whipped out their Androids and iPhones, arched their necks up towards the sky and began snapping pictures," she said.

"There was a loud 'caw, caw' coming from a tree on the corner of Kent and Dover. It was a magnificent macaw parrot," Duncan said. "As we all tried to figure out how to get him to come on down, Jeff McCracken swung into action, retrieving a pretzel from inside his friend's house and extending his arm to the parrot."

The macaw, not sure what to make of this crowd of half dozen or so people gathered in the driveway staring at him decided to take a chance and flew closer and lower, to the roof of the house, she said. With everyone standing still and quiet, the parrot took the final leap and came down and found a new friend, Jeff, and a scrumptious pretzel.

With the bird in hand, the challenge was how to get "Mr. Macaw Parrot home," she said. "While we discussed how to do this, we decided it would be best for Jeff and his new friend to be sequestered in the powder room of the house." A neighbor volunteered her big SUV crossover with enough space for Jeff and the parrot, one person to unlock the homeowner's house and one person to serve as co-pilot to help find the house.

While Rehoboth Avenue was buzzing with cars in both directions, the parrot was chauffeured home, safe and sound. "A big thanks to Chris Pederson for graciously opening his house, er, powder room, to keep the bird safe while logistics were worked out, and especially Jeff McCracken, for his willingness and ability to connect with the parrot, bring him down safely and keeping him calm during this adventure," Duncan added.

Photos courtesy Jennifer Duncan, Jeff McCracken and Chris Pederson



POLICE ARREST BOY'S AUNT FOR ENDANGERING HIS WELFARE--- A boy was found wandering around downtown Rehoboth Beach by two men who escorted him to the Purple Parrot, Wednesday night, because he was familiar with the restaurant since his family previously had dinner there. Lt. Jaime B. Riddle said the child's family was not inside the Purple Parrot, but an employee escorted the child to the residence where he was staying on Olive Avenue and turned him over to his 52-year-old aunt, later identified as Carrie N. Pearce. The employee called police upon his return to the Purple Parrot and requested that police check the child's welfare because of the aunt's apparent level of intoxication, Lt. Riddle said.

"Officers responded to the residence and made contact with Pearce," he said. "The investigating officer on scene determined that Pearce was intoxicated. Further investigation revealed that the child was under the sole custody of Pearce who was acting as a guardian on behalf of the parents at the time of the incident. Prior to being found, the child left the residence to search for his parents while Pearce had fallen asleep on the couch. Pearce's level of intoxication was determined to be a contributing factor in the child's being able to leave the residence."

When contacted by the investigating officer at the house, Lt. Riddle says the parents immediately returned to the residence to take custody of the child who appeared to calm down when reunited with them. Pearce, Lt. Riddle adds, was arrested on Friday morning for endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.


SHOTS REPORTED FIRED AT NORTH BEACH IN DEWEY--- The $1 Tuesday night drink special may be a thing of the past, but Dewey Beach police still have apparent challenges when it comes to violence at North Beach. Just before 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, officers on patrol in the area heard two gunshots, says Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, and they observed several people fighting. That is when they made the request for assistance, which came from multiple police agencies. Sgt. Dempsey says the officers who heard the shots were seasoned gun experts and knew they were gunshots. Police also later found evidence that a gun had been fired, he added. Alex Pires, president of Highway One, the company that owns North Beach, told the Cape Gazette that there was no incident at North Beach.


OCEAN CITY'S CRITICAL ASSAULT, NOW A HOMICIDE--- Police in Ocean City confirm that last weekend's critical assault is now a homicide. The victim has been identified as Ryan M. Shupert, 31, of Lutherville, Md. This Dispatch article has details on the murder.


DEWEY POLICE INVESTIGATE ANOTHER DEATH--- Police and the medical examiner are investigating another death in Dewey Beach for the second weekend in a row. This one was reported Sunday afternoon in the residence adjacent to the Exxon on Swedes Street. An adult male was pronounced dead at the scene of a suspected suicide.


DEER ON AREA BEACHES--- Deer have been spotted on the beaches at Sea Colony and the Deauville area of Rehoboth Beach this past week.


LAST DAY TO FILE TO RUN FOR REHOBOTH COMMISSIONER--- The deadline to file to run for one of two Rehoboth Beach commissioner seats is today, Monday, June 6 at 4:30 p.m. Voter registration deadline is June 10. See the city website for details.


MAN EXPOSES HIMSELF AT REHOBOTH BEACH PARKING DEPARTMENT--- A man allegedly exposed himself through the window to an employee at the Rehoboth Beach parking department around 5 a.m. Sunday, and fled. He was described as a man wearing a blue t-shirt, jeans, cropped hair and mustache.



Former Del. Rep. Atkins arrested by state police this past Friday

Beach rental market bouncing back this year

First four piping plover chicks of the season spotted on the Point at Cape Henlopen

Dogfish Head founder crafts brewery's (USA Today) future

14-year-old girl wins Delaware boys high school golf title (RB Country Club)

Dennard Quillen: Rehoboth born and raised

Fresh Market opening soon outside Rehoboth Beach

Free Jolly Trolley rides for downtown workers

Don't miss Rehoboth Beach Restaurant Week

Rehoboth Foodie: Blackwall Hitch sneak peek

D.C. Pride Volleyball League will host the Rehoboth Beach Open on Saturday, June 18 on Poodle Beach

Herradura Margarita contest set June 9 at Starboard Restaurant in Dewey Beach

Hunting cabin rebuilt in marshes of Rehoboth Bay

Fenwick eyes branding program

Investigation leads to forgery charges Fenwick Island

O.C. City Council continues to push Route 90 as priority road project

Parents open up about missing children (OCPD boardwalk cameras)

Ocean City pet pantry helps provide supplies to low-income families

Man's cross country journey on horseback rolls through Berlin

Thunderbirds will still perform at O.C. Air Show

Baltimore Ravens Beach Bash in Ocean City

Surprise foal expected soon on Assateague Island; Gokey Go Bones expected to birth soon



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