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WEEKEND #6, 2019

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware



Police say it appears she drove her Mercedes into the canal and sank

The body discovered this past Friday in the canal between Bayshore Drive and Rebecca Road in South Bethany was that of Linda Lee Bravo who had been missing for two weeks. Police said divers later located her Mercedes GLK 350 which was removed on Saturday.

The state police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the incident which they say apparently happened on June 14 around 12:57 a.m. Police said she had been driving north on York Road approaching Rebecca Road. At the end of York Road is a canal-access ramp just beyond Rebecca Road.

For unknown reasons, after passing Rebecca Road, police said, the Mercedes continued north where it entered the canal-access ramp, struck and ran through a cable wire which was stretched across the entrance, and entered the canal. Once in the canal, the Mercedes sank to the bottom.

The crash continues to remain under investigation by the state police.  Bravo's family thanks everyone who reached out to them and assisted during this difficult time.

See this Coastal Point article or WRDE package for more info.

Photo courtesy Delaware State Police and Bethany Beach PD


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Despite reports from across the Delmarva peninsula, no agency will own up to noise

Justin Redefer from iDewey was one of many who reported hearing the mysterious jet engine-like sounds this past Wednesday around 11 p.m. In fact, he was one of hundreds who posted similar observations to the iDewey or Shore Beacon News Facebook pages or contacted WGMD. The reports came from all across Delmarva including from parents with autistic children who were having panic attacks. Some people reported seeing various lights in the sky while others, like Redefer, said he did not see anything.

"It's really weird," Redefer pointed out. "It's very loud and it sounds like it's going from the north to the south but there is absolutely nothing flying above you on a clear-night sky and it makes a very strange sound." This was not the first time. He said it has happened at least three times since December and it starts at 11 p.m. and runs for a couple of minutes. Redefer was ready and made this recording of the mysterious sound last Wednesday.

Civilian and military officials are not providing any insight as to the source of the noise. Dawne Nickerson-Banez, chief of community engagement at Dover AFB, said she is the point of contact for noise complaints and had not received any. She also listened to Redefer's recording and said that she checked with Dover AFB's Operations Group and Dover AFB had no aircraft in the local area during the time of the incident.

The Delaware State Police had no reports.

Keith Koehler, public affairs specialist at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, said he heard the noise too from Princess Anne, but it was not NASA.

Calls to Patuxent River Naval Air Station public affairs office were not returned.

A staffer at the Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility-Virginia Capes -- better known as "Giant Killer" to the military pilots because it oversees more than 112,000 miles of offshore airspace used for training -- first stated that we had the wrong number. But after explaining the situation, he said he would have somebody return our call. We're still waiting!



Two 17-year-old males were injured this past Wednesday, one seriously, after the personal watercraft they were riding collided in the Rehoboth Bay around 12:45 p.m.

Sgt. Brooke Mitchell, Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police spokeswoman, says both were taken to the hospital where one was admitted in stable but serious condition. The other was treated and released.

Both were riding the PWCs when they collided in the Rehoboth Bay west of Collins Avenue. Another boat was used to bring them to shore for medical treatment after the crash, along with the damaged PWCs.

"The cause of the incident is still under investigation at this time," Sgt. Mitchell said.


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A Cadillac SUV, Hyundai Sonata and a Ford F250 pickup truck were involved in a crash on Laurel Street at Bayard Avenue around 4:40 p.m. this past Saturday. The pickup truck had already been removed at the time of these photos.

A 56-year-old woman complaining of head pain was taken to the hospital. Her injuries sounded non-life threatening.

Lt. Jaime Riddle, police department spokesman, says the at-fault driver has been charged with failure to remain stopped at the stop sign. Tow trucks were required to remove all three vehicles.



A quick response by Rehoboth Beach firefighters is being credited for limiting the damage to this home in the ocean block of Saint Lawrence Street. Around 6:20 p.m. this past Tuesday, the Rehoboth Beach 9-1-1 center received a report from an alarm company of an activated smoke detector.

Minutes later, the ambulance crew arrived along with firefighters. They reported hearing an audible alarm but nothing else was evident. They continued their investigation and about 10 minutes later, they called for additional resources including Lewes and Bethany firefighters, after a neighbor alerted them to the fire in the second-floor kitchen area. It took them only about 10 minutes to get the fire under control.

This was a "very impressive response" says Rich Macha, a nearby neighbor. "They were prompt and prevented what could have been a disaster!"

More details are in the Cape Gazette.

Photos courtesy Rich Macha


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Probably the most interesting parking ticket issued this weekend was given to this GMC Sierra pickup truck which was parked with a tire on the curb in the third block of Rehoboth Avenue just before 8 p.m. Saturday.

The angled parking spaces in this section in front of the Summer House are so narrow that occupants frequently have little room to open doors.

It is a violation of the city code to park "upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, street intersection, public lawn, curb or drainage course."



The Running of the Bull, now in its 23rd year, is probably Dewey Beach's best-known event, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

It has developed into an extravagant celebration which this year included a choreographed eight-plane flyover and Ryan Phillippe, a Delaware native and Hollywood actor who was 'The Matador' for this year's bull run!

"I'm a little nervous about how many from Hollywood will want to come next year," says Starboard owner Steve 'Monty' Montgomery, "because Ryan's social media posts were being commented on in a positive way from so many of his colleagues in Hollywood!"

The World War II-era planes with smoke trails buzzed above The Starboard as Kristen and the Noise sang the Star-Spangled Banner. Once the runners hit the beach, the planes flew over the ocean for an air show to entertain the thousands of visitors.

Both Montgomery and Sgt. Clifford Dempsey report that, despite the heat, the event ran smoothly. One officer was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion or dehydration but he was later released.

"We raised thousands of dollars for the 'Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach' Volunteer Fire Department, in excess of $7000, by selling Starboard Bull Run T-shirts and merchandise," Montgomery said. "We cannot be more thankful for the great crowds, nice people and positive energy this event brings to our town... Seeing people have so much fun here in Dewey is what makes this one of the very best places in the entire world," he added.

Photos courtesy Steve "Monty" Montgomery



"If you've ever wanted to go to Assateague Island to see the wild horses now is a good time," says Milton photographer Kim Johnson, who has posted many wonderful photos on Facebook including these from last week at Assateague. Johnson says this time of year the horses are in the developed area (camp grounds), instead of the marsh, so they can escape the flies and mosquitoes.

Johnson uses a Canon 5d Mark IV with a Tamron G2 150-600mm lens for wildlife photography.

Johnson -- a self-taught photographer who finds inspiration in the vastly different and beautiful beaches, parks, farms, wildlife and landscapes of Delmarva -- is available for assignment.

Photos courtesy Kim Johnson, Kim Johnson Photography


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Gallery 50 opened its latest exhibition on Friday, Oil and Wine, which features the works of Rehoboth artist Kim Klabe. She has been an oil painter for the past 15 years or so having painted with watercolors before that. These oil paintings on the wall, she explains, are representational works featuring local landscapes, all done with a palette knife.

But for the past couple years she has been creating what she calls "beer and wine pours" to give her work a much different look. "I got the idea through boredom," Klabe explains, "because I was tired of painting. I was tired of oil painting and I was tired of painting what I see. So I just started playing around with some watercolor paper, wine and beer one night and just thought I would be doing it for myself, just for fun, and the first three that I did sold right away!" So this launched her new technique.

The beer and wine pours are fun because they are pure imagination, she says. She pours wine or beer on 400-pound watercolor paper and swirls it around. After it dries, she looks for images, which she outlines as one might do with an inkblot. Then she begins to add color to the images using a Prismocolor alcohol-based marker which gets laid directly on top of the beer and wine. This tints the substances as they mix. She then uses colored pencil to go in and pick up the details. So each work is different depending on where the beer or wine goes.

Once they are done, she sprays the artworks with an archival spray varnish to protect them. Some are created using Cabernet, Pinot noir, Guinness or 16 Mile Tiller Brown Ale. She lists the "ingredients" on the back! Her work will be on display at Gallery 50 in downtown Rehoboth Beach through July 18.



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NORTH BEACH CITED FOR LIQUOR LAW VIOLATIONS--- We learned last Monday that agents from the Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) cited North Beach and a bartender for various liquor law violations including violation of the "last call" law and failing to provide complete meals to customers. See WGMD.com for details.


MAN GETS HAND STUCK IN HEDGE TRIMMER--- An approximately 60-year-old man was taken to the hospital this past Wednesday after he got two fingers stuck inside an electric hedge trimmer. It was reported on Bay Avenue in Lewes just before 9 a.m. He had no significant injuries.


FEMALE BICYCLIST INJURED IN OCEAN VIEW CRASH--- A 50-year-old woman was hospitalized after she collided with a car and was thrown over the handlebars around 9:15 a.m. this past Friday. It happened on Atlantic Avenue near Tyler Drive. She landed on the pavement but was wearing a helmet and sustained non-life threatening injuries.


EXCHANGE STUDENTS INJURED IN BICYCLE CRASHES OUTSIDE REHOBOTH- State troopers investigated two accidents injuring bicyclists this past Sunday in the area of Munchy Branch Road. A 21-year-old male was struck injuring his knee at Coastal Highway around 9:25 a.m. Around 11:20 p.m., a 22-year-old female was struck on Field Lane. Her bike was totaled and she was unable to recall what happened but she was conscious when taken to the hospital.


DELAWARE BEACH LIFE EXAMINES WHY REHOBOTH WAS BLESSED NOT TO BE DOMINATED BY HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS--- This excellent article, in the July issue of Delaware Beach Life, traces the history of height limits in Rehoboth Beach and the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners' Association is prominently featured. The article includes interesting comparisons to other coastal towns and to the county.

This article is available -- as are the other articles -- in the digital edition which is free to paid subscribers. We thank DBL publisher Terry Plowman for making the article available to us all. Please consider subscribing as you will support Delaware Beach Life's continued efforts to create great stories like that. Just follow the below link to subscribe!


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