Four hospitalized after auto accidentDelaware State Police...


Four hospitalized after auto accident

Delaware State Police said yesterday that they believe alcohol was a factor in a weekend car crash near Rehoboth Beach that left four people hospitalized.

Charles Hall, 27, was allegedly speeding late Friday night when he attempted to turn into the Henlopen Acres development. He NTC missed a turn and slammed into a monument at the development entrance, causing all four passengers to be ejected from the vehicle, police said.

Mr. Hall was in fair condition yesterday, and Lisa Haas, 26, was in good condition. Both were at Christiana Hospital.

Two others, Stacey French, 24, and Brian Hahn, 27, were in stable condition at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.

New law to preserve farms with tax breaks


Delaware Gov. Michael N. Castle will sign into law today a measure designed to preserve Delaware's dwindling farmland.

Expected to attend the bill-signing ceremony at a farm outside the agricultural community of Townsend are several other Delaware officials, including the bill's sponsor, state Representative Wally Caulk.

The bill will allow farmers to give up their right to develop their land in exchange for generous state tax breaks.

Propane leak forces residents to leave area


State Police evacuated nearby residents for 3 1/2 hours yesterday after a propane gas tank leak was discovered at the Vihlman Brick Yards near Mount Savage in Allegany County.

Police said surrounding roads were blocked after the leak was discovered about 3:30 p.m.

A tanker truck from Tri-State Oxygen was called to the scene to unload the leaking tank, police said.

Unloading continued until about 7 p.m., when residents were allowed to return to their homes.

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