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The News Journal from Wilmington, Delaware · Page A1

Wilmington, Delaware
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Sunday, May 26, 2013
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WILMINGTON DELAWARE FIRST WEATHER CRADTTATTON The Class of 2013 celebrates in Newark DELAWARE, B1 Today Mon. Tues. 7047 7654 7961 DAY AT UP Sunny, clear. Sunny, clear. Partly sunny. Details, A4 MAY 26, 2013 FINAL EDITION Sunday News I m Serving Delaware daily since 1871 J rnal Qdelawareonline Current plan for 301 hinges on second loan bid. A11 BUCKET OF GOLD New Castle County farmer James Money Sr. is unhappy over the disparity between the amount of money the state paid his brother for land and the amount paid to developers for land nearby, robertcraighe news journal State pays developers six times more than initial cost for land along proposed U.S. 301 route Toll road ahead - maybe DelDOT plans to seek bids for the 14-mile U.S. 301 mainline as early as fall, if the price is right and a key federal loan arrives. at ' r rDs Odessa J H1 Middletown A 1 MILE O- Interchanges THE NEWS JOURNAL A large truck heading north on Summit Bridge Road passes by as 71 year-old William Gunter mows along the front of his property. Gunter said he'll be "drastically affected" by the U.S. 301 expansion. Jennifer corbettthe news journal By Jeff Montgomery The News Journal New Castle County farmer James Money Sr. predicts a bitter harvest for his extended family once the Delaware Department of Transportation moves ahead with plans to build the U.S. 301 toll road later this year. Highway officials paid Money's brother $438,000, or $12,166 an acre, for a 300-foot-wide, 36-acre strip of highway land that will cut his 200-acre field just west of Middletown in two, forcing a nearly two-mile roundabout trip to move field equipment from one side to the other. On the next field to the north, the state paid developers nearly $16 million, or about $72,196 an acre, for 221 acres of an investment tract called the Poole Farm. DelDOT purchased the land mostly for construction fill dirt and wetlands. A smaller part of the tract will be used for a U.S. 301 South Middletown interchange. "That's crazy," Money said. "What we have left is useless to us. But they're getting $16 million? Right next to us?" The land buys offer a glimpse of how Delaware's $512.7 million U.S. 301 construction plan became a road to riches for some developers at taxpayers' expense. Despite an intervening recession, DelDOT in some cases paid developers five and six times more per acre than the amounts investors paid a few years earlier when buying land for development in the path of the highway. The deals also show how developers were able to win settlements seldom given to smaller landowners, including some who owned their property for decades. "Sixteen million is a lot of money. They don't need to do much developing when they can make deals like that. I'd like to know more about that," said Sen. Robert Venables, D-Laurel, who chairs the Legislature's See LAND, Page A10 Katelynn Dunlap filed the lawsuit. COURTESY OF LISA J. SWARTZENTRUBER Sex suit vs. official sparked by inquiry Councilman calls complaint 'ridiculous' By James Fisher The News Journal GEORGETOWN The woman who filed a sexual assault lawsuit targeting Sussex County Council man Vance Phillips says a police investigation last year that explored claims against Phillips in an anonymous letter motivated her to pursue the case. "If it were not for the police knocking on my door and questioning me after the anonymous letter, I honestly don't know what would have happened," Katelynn Dunlap i i Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips See LAWSUIT, Page A13 Measuring the loss of WWII generation By Sharon Cohen Associated Press The solemn ritual plays out dozens of times every day with a neatly folded flag, a crisp salute and one more goodbye to a fast-fading generation of soldiers, sailors and Marines. These were the men who made history in places such as Normandy and An-zio, Iwo Jima and Peleliu, vets who came home and helped build highways and houses, toiled in factories and offices, even launched their own companies. They were the ones lucky enough to see their hair turn silver, to dance at their children's weddings, to cuddle See VETERANS, Page A29 Triple crown for Sallies On Saturday, Salesianum became the first school to win three straight DIAA boys lacrosse titles. CI NATION Quick decisions vital in tornado's path Split-second choices often meant the difference between life and death for many in Oklahoma last week. A20 BUSINESS Wal-Mart eyes larger Newport store The world's largest retailer is looking to expand its store on Centerville Road and Century Boulevard near Newport to broaden the selection of grocery offerings. E1 INDEX Business E1 Letters A33 Classified D1 Lotteries B3 Crossword F5 Movies F4 DearAbby F5 Obituaries B6 Editorial A33 Police B3 Education B2 Scoreboard C9 Homes Guide G1 Sports CI o 1 "4D901"52007ini8 2013, 38th year, No. 21 The Newsjournal $3.00 retail For home delivery pricing, see Page A3. NJ;0lJJO6eO37

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