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Fourth in Reading
Sussex Beat, August 2, 2002

NOTE: Sussex Beat is a log of news briefs and commentary by Kerin Magill, editor of Sussex County Online, with contributions from Sussex County Online users.


Kerin Magill, Sussex County Online

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Sussex Technical High School's reading scores in the spring 2002 Delaware Student Testing Program placed the 10th graders 4th out of 31 schools statewide.

At Tech, 76 percent of students met or exceeded state standards. That's up a bit from last year, when 72 percent met the standard, and up considerably from 1999, when only 55 percent met the standard.

Tenth graders at schools in neighboring towns stacked up this way in the reading category: Cape Henlopen High School, 6th place statewide; Indian River High School, 13th; and Sussex Central High School, 12th.

In Math, Sussex Tech placed 12th in the state, although less than half -- 46.9 percent -- met the standards. That's still quite an improvement from the 33 percent that met the standards in the spring 2001 test..

In writing, Sussex Tech students placed 11th out of 31 Delaware high schools, with 54 percent meeting or exceeding the state standards. That's a greater than 10 percent drop since 2001, when nearly 65 percent of Sussex Tech students met the standard.

But it's still ahead of where Sussex Tech students were in 1999 in writing, when only 31.9 percent of 10th graders tested met the state standard.

Fenwick to elect council members

Voters in Fenwick Island will go to the polls on Saturday, Aug. 3, to elect three council members.

Seeking office are: Vicki Carmean, Peter Frederick, Harry Haon and Mark Tingle.

Haon and Frederick are incumbents, although it is Frederick's first election. He was appointed last year to replace Chris Clark, who resigned. Another incumbent, James Elliott, chose not to seek re-election after six two-year terms.

The polls will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Man charged in theft of mentally disabled person's ID

A Marydel man has been arrested for stealing the identity of a Seaford man who is developmentally disabled.

Delaware State Police detectives arrested a Tony M. Morris, 46, of Halltown Road, Marydel, after executing a search of his home. Hall was arrested for identity theft, forgery, exploiting the resources of an infirmed adult, and criminal impersonation. Hall allegedly used another man's identity to obtain a driver's license and buy a car.

The theft was discovered on June 26, 2002, when a 38-year-old Seaford man tried to obtain a photo ID from the Sussex County Division of Motor Vehicles. The victim has a developmental disability and was accompanied by a caseworker from the Division of Health and Social Services.

Motor Vehicle personnel told the Seaford man that a Delaware driver's license was issued on February 28, 2000, in his name.

The victim had never applied for a driver's license and was not competent to operate a motor vehicle. The photograph on the fraudulent driver's license issued in the victim's name depicted a black male, while the victim is a white male. The incident was reported to police by Division of Health and Social Services personnel.

Detectives reviewed the application for the driver's license and noted the residence address listed on the application was 1200 N. DuPont Highway, which is the address of the Delaware State University in Dover. University officials were contacted and recognized the photo on the license as that of Tony M. Morris. Morris had previously been employed at the University.

Detectives learned that in 1997 Tony M. Morris had been employed in a community services program where he served as a "support person" for the disabled. At that time he worked in the victim's home and had access to the victim's personal information.

On July 25, 2000, Morris purchased a vehicle using the victim's personal information and registered the vehicle using the same fictitious information.

Tony M. Morris was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution, Georgetown, in lieu of $21,000 cash bond.

State charges unlicensed well driller

State environmental protection officers arrested a Bridgeville man on Friday, Aug. 2, for operating as a water well contractor without a license.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control charged Larry Jurek, operating as United Well Drilling, of 2106 San Filippo Road, Bridgeville, with 21 counts -- 17 in Kent County and four in Sussex County -- of willfully and/or negligently failing to become a Licensed Water Well Contractor.

Each count carries a fine of $,2500 to $25,000. Jurek was released on $2,500 unsecured bond in each county pending a later appearance in Superior Court.

Jurek's water well contractor's license and well driller license was revoked for one year effective Dec. 15, 2001 in an order issued by DNREC Secretary Nicholas A. DiPasquale for violations of the state's regulations governing the licensing of water well contractors and the construction and use of wells.

His license revocation followed a public hearing on the violations and a recommendation of revocation from the Water Well Licensing Board.

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