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Cow killings cause for concern, lead investigator says By Henry J. Evans Jr. Cape Gazette staff Three cows killed by close- range shotgun blasts have law enforcement officers looking for information that could lead to the arrest of someone who could be capable of wantonly killing other living beings. "It was a deliberate act at close- range. They knew exactly what they were aiming at. "Whoever did this is the kind of person we're concerned about," said Sr. Cpl. Doug Messeck of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. Robert Raley of Lewes, owner of the cows, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting his cows. Messeck estimated the value of the cows at $1,500 each. He said wildlife officials are leading the investigation because of their spe- cial expertise in cases involving animal shootings. He estimated the cows were shot at a range of 25 to 50 yards. Messeck said a shot that close rules out a hunting error. "We initially investigated it as a hunting incident but once we found out about the close-range, and that it involved three animals, we knew that someone deliberate- ly went up and shot them," he said. He said one of the animals was killed instantly, and two had to be euthanized because of the extent of their injuries. The shooting occurred on Dec. 4 or 5 in a pasture adjacent to Route 24 just east of Long Neck near Burton's Pond. Messeck said the department delayed the release of information on the shooting in hopes that qui- etly conducting an investigation would lead to an arrest. He said although early leads went nowhere, investigators still have good information but are seeking the public's help. Messeck said deliberate farm animal shootings are very uncom- mon. He said even accidental shoot- ings of farm animals by hunters are uncommon, with the last in this area occurring about eight years ago. He said this is the first deliberate, malicious shooting of a farm animal the department has investigated in the area. Messeck said he has heard of, but has not confirmed, news reports from the Midwest that shooting cows is a new form of cow tipping. Cow tipping is the act of pushing a standing, sleep- ing cow onto its side. Anyone with information can reach Messeck at 258-4045 Contact Henry J. Evans Jr. at hevans @ capegazette, com. Milton Continued from page 8 come forth seeking the mayoral seat in 2008, held by Don Post. In September, Councilwoman Mary Hudson filed a certificate of intent to run. Frustrated by what she calls a lack of Milton leadership, Hudson said she plans to improve transparent government and curb unbridled growth. Prettyman, too, is a preserva- tionist who advocates studied growth. Said Hudson, "I think its' won- derful that Noble is taking such an interest in the town. He has been a tremendous asset to the town and will continue to be an asset as a councilman or mayor, if elected. I think it will add interest to the election and help bring out the voters." Post, who is out of town, was unable to be reached for com- ment, but he said in October, he will seek reelection. Prettyman had not yet filed a certificate of intent to run at press time, although officials anticipate his f'fling soon. Contact Kevin Spence at Kevin- spence@ hotmail.com. Don J. Foraker, Jr. CPA We've Moved! To accommodate the needs of our growing business we have made the following changes... Our NEW location: 19606 Coastal Hwy., Unit 204 Rehoboth Beach, DE 19771 (Located in the Century 21 building next to Wahoo!) Our NEW numbers: Phone (800) 748-0354 ~ Fax (800) 928-9775 CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 9 BUY 1- 18 X 24 Gff 1-11 X 14 FREE Sea Coast SI Center 19266 Coastal Hwy, Unit 4 Roiloboth goacll, OE 10971 Mon 8:30am - 6pro Sat lO:OOam - 3:0Opm Phone: 302.2270220 * Fix: 302.22279221 p.,LLICE L wl ill iiiii i ........ i ........ ............................. PLUS" I I II IIII - EMERGENCY COMMUNITY MEETING - LEWES PUBLIC LIBRARY-Thursday, January 10th, 4:00pm STOP TOWNSEND 520,000 SQUARE FOOT REGIONAL SHOPPING CENTER AT THE GATEWAY TO HISTORIC LEWES Shopping centers belong on RTE. i, not near historic towns. The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission in Georgetown beginning at 6pm, January l Oth has on their agenda the re-zoning for 68 acres of 520,000 SF shopping center (AR1 lo CR I ) and 472 lots of residential (Governors subdivision) and possibly 215lots of Senators subdl,ision at Gills Neck Road & Kings flhwny. The Oty of lewes has informed Sussex County that ton much develoeat is planned around Lewes. If all of it is built, Lewes will effectively triple in size! At a lime when the Sussex Couaty Comprehensive Plan is being widely criticized as inadequate to manage growth, this is not the lime to amend the Comp Plan to give special consideration for re-zoning that will create more intensive land use with more negative impact on Lewes. The public interest, not the special interests, must prevail! This massive regional shopping Center would violate the Delaware Cede (the underlying law empowering any re-zoning) by drawing shopping center traffic through the quiet, residential streets of Lewes, reducing public safely,, reducing properly values and reducing the economic development of downtown Lewes. It will also degrade the already falling mobility on roads required for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to function. It will degrade emergency mobility to and from Beebe Medical Center. The total number of houses of the combined development most he consistent with the carrying capacity of the Lewes area road system. Already congested, Kings Hwy needs to proserve mob'r for the peopb of Lewes, the Cape May - Lewes ferry, and emergency access to Beehe HospitaL There can be no consideration of this project, or any other, until a DelDOT transportation study of CUMULATIVE IMPACT OF ALL LEWES-AREA PROJECTS is received and reviewed. The number of houses most he considered with the concerns raised by the City of Lewes regard'mcj the quantity and quality of the city's public water system. The aty of Lewes pobHc water wefts are across Kings Hwy from the proposed regional shopping center The residential sobdlvis'me layout should have connectivity to other subdivisions and walkable neighborhood convenience shopping. This is the key principle of professional planning so as to reduce dependence on the automobib for oven the most bask da needs. Good planning requires, "Complete, Compact and Connected geigSborlmo&." The Townsend plan is oacoanected sprawl. The Gty of Lewes has requested that Sussex County discuss with them the impact of devebpments like this, and Sussex County has promised to de so. Any action at this lime by Sussex Couaty is premature. The facts are not yet known. SPEAK OUT NOW OR IT WILL BE TOO LATE! PROTECT YOUR PUBUC SAFETY, PROPERTY VALUES and HISTORIC CHARACTER OF LEWES! This is your town. To keep its integrity please attend the 6pm Planning and Zoning meeting on Thursday, January ! Oth in Georgetown and voice your opposition. The public hearing is the one lime the public is invited to express their opinion-so tell them at you think! If you can not atlend the Georgetown meeting, please attend the 44:30 communily meeting at the Lewes PUblic Library and bring your biter opposing the Townsend development, addressed to Mr. Robert C. Wheatley, Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission for Sussex Counly, it will he hand delivered to the January 10 meeting in Georgetown, and put in record. At 5:30 we will carpool to Georgetown. Ask your neighbors and friends also to write letters of oppusilion, the more letters, the louder the message. Contact Mayor Ford and the Lewes aty Council and express your sopport for their efforts against excessive congestion and unmanaged growth. Sponsored by Managing Growth Around Lewes Coalition. For more information contact Nndine Wick, 302-703-2108