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Judge issues eagle killer's sentence U.S. District Judge Mary Pat Trostle ignored a court-appointed attorney's pleas for leniency on March 5, when she sentenced Douglas Sipple, 51, of George- town, for killing a bald eagle. Trostle sentenced Sipple to five years probation, with the first six months on home detention; $20,000 restitution, with $10,000 being directed to the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife Nongame Wildlife Fund, and $10,000 being directed to the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Nongame Wildlife Fund; a $5,000 fine; $25 special assess- ment; and 400 hours of communi- ty service. The. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser- vice arrested Sipple in July 1997 for taking an endangered species (bald eagle), poisoning a bald ea- gle, unlawfully taking migratory birds and using,, a registered pesti- cide inconsistent with labeling. The arrest was the result of the de- partment's two-year investigation into what caused hundreds of ani- mals near Sipple's property to die, from what federal agents deter- mined was carbofuran (Furadan), a controlled substance. Sipple's property is located near the shop- ping center at the intersection of Route 113 and Route 9 in George- town. Sipple pleaded guilty in Octo- ber to taking an endangered species and poisoning a bald ea- gle. He was originally scheduled for sentencing in January, but the proceeding was postponed when Sipple's attorney's questioned a point of law. Sipple also settled a civil suit in January. Linda Kahoe, a neigh- bor, sued him for poisoning her dalmatian in September 1995. Sipple agreed to settle the case by paying her $900 and signing a let- ter of apology. Troopers seek public aid to find sispect Delaware State Police detec- tives at Troop 4 are seeking assis- tance from the public in finding a sus- pect who al- legedly stole approximate- ly $5,000 worth of electronic equipment from a store SUSPECT at Midway Shopping Center. "Detectives re- ported the suspect entered the Sears store on three separate occa- sions, using stolen credit card numbers from three different indi- viduals," said Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman. The incidents occurred some time between Feb. 12 and Feb. 15, he said; police suspect they are re- lated to a similar type of crime that occurred Feb. 16 in Salisbury, Md. Again, a suspect entered a Sears store and attempted to pur- chase an electronic item with a Credit card. "The clerk refused the transaction due to improper iden- tification," said Lewis. There was one thing the suspect didn't know, however: "A surveillance camera photographed him during the transaction at the Salisbury store," said Lewis. The suspect is a black male in his 20s who is approximately 6 feet tall. Police are asking anyone who may be able to identify or provide a location for the suspect to call Det. Scott Garland at 856- 5856 or 856-5857. Second fatality results from Feb. 23 accident William J. Brown, 66, of Mil- ton, died Feb. 28, at Beebe Med- ical Center, as a result of the acci- dent that also claimed his wife's life on Feb. 23. The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Inves- tigation and Reconstruction (FAIR) team is continuing to in- vestigate the accident that oc- curred at 9:39 a.m. near Mills- boro. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, Tyrone L. Clark, 41, of Harring- ton, was operating a 1997 Chevy six-wbeel truck east on Sussex 48, while William Brown was operat- ing a pickup truck in the north- bound lane of Route 30. Lewis said Clark apparently failed to stop at the stop sign at the inter- section and collided with Brown's vehicle. Emergency medical per- sormel transported the Browns to Beebe Medical Center, where Evelyn Brown died shortly after- ward. Lewis said Evelyn Brown, who was a front-seat passenger, was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident. Charges against Clark are pending the FAIR team's investigation. Fugitive nabbed at father's Dewey home Delaware State Police appre-" hended Charles Lawrence Pefley, 19, of Hyattsville, Md., at his fa- ther's home on Ann B Street in Dewey Beach. According to Lt. Rick Chamberlin, state police spokesman, Hyattsville police alerted Troop 7 that Pefley could be in Dewey Beach, and there were warrants in Maryland's files to arrest him for two.counts of armed robbery, three counts of first-degree assault and three counts of false imprisonment. Chamberlin said the charges ap- peared to have stemmed from a drug-related incident that went awry. Troop 7 officers arrested Pefley on March 2 as a Maryland fugitive. When he waived extra- dition, troopers released him to Maryland police custody. Cape board to view technology progress The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education will learn of the district's progress in and plls for technology educa- tion, during its Thursday, March 12 meeting. The meeting will be- gin at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Re- hohoth Elementary School. Also on the agenda is an update on the wellness center, legislative issues and the policy/procedure for the annual unit count. The board is expected to see its first draft of a policy aimed to ensure adequate staff is in place at the be- ginning of each school year. What may be included in the poli- cy is a unit-count date change from the state-mandated Sept. 30 count, to a district procedure re- quiting numbers be reported to the board before Aug. 1. The policy proposal may also call for guide- lines pertaining to whether schools will be guaranteed the same number of units that their enrollments generate. Secretary Metts to meet in Cape March 25 Delaware Department of Edu- cation Secretary Iris Metts is ten- tatively scheduled to meet with the Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict community, at the request of the Rehoboth PTO, on Wednes- day, March 25. The school hoard had intended to request Metts at- tend a special hoard meeting this month, but when it learned of the PTO's plans, decided to join the meeting. Since the board mem- bers will most likely all be present or have a quorum, the meeting with Metts may need to be deemed a special meeting for the school hoard. Metts will address the state's accountability proposal and answer audience-generated questions. Cape board stops Newbold lease check The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education decid- ed, during its Feb. 26 meeting, that it may no longer consider the option of leasing a small parcel of the Rehohoth Elementary School property to the Newbold Square development. Director of Busi- ness Operations Andy Branden- berger notified the board that the 1/8-acre parcel is in a noncon- forming R-1 zone; if Newbold Square took possession, it would have to have the entire property rezoned. "It effectively stops the project right in its tracks," said Brandenberger. Newbold's origi- nal request for the property was so the community could expand its parking area. Lewes to consider several special event requests Between sunrise services, car shows, garden tours, parades and road races, it's going to be a busy spring in Lewes. The town's mayor and council will consider a number of requests at their Mon- day, March 8 monthly meeting for special events to be held in town. The meeting begins at 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Events to be considered include: a request on behalf of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Bureau for use of Blockhouse Pond Park on Saturday, May 16 for the Third CAPE GAZE'IWE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 - 3 Lewes police nab child abductor Bonita Potts, 44, of Lewes, was arrested on March 2, just hours after abducting her daughter from Lewes Middle School. Lewes Police Department Patrolman Pedro Consue- gra, suspicious of a pickup truck bearing Georgia tags, stopped Potts at approximately 7:30 p.m. at Cape Henlopen High School, ran a check on the tags and learned that police suspected her in the child-abduction case. Consuegra contacted Delaware State Police Troop 7, who arrested Potts for interfering with custody. The girl was in the car when police stopped Potts, but the charge, because Potts did not cross state lines, was a misdemeanor rather than a felony. "It appears Potts picked up the girl after school and fled the area," said Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, who added that it appeared Potts' intent was to take the girl to Georgia. "The state does have custody," said Lewis, noting that the girl and her mother had been living, with state approval, in Potts' mother's home. Potts was re- leased on $1,000 bond, pending an appearance in Family Court. Annual British Motorcar Show and for the waiver of the business license fee for vendors; request on behalf of Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Bureau for use of Zwaanendael Park on Saturday, June 20 (raindate June 21), for the 8th Annual Lewes Garden Tour, waiver of business license fees for vendors, and per- mission for use of the "no park- ing" zone on the west side of Sa- vannah Road between 306 and 312 Savannah Road on June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon; request on" behalf of Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) to host a pa- rade on Monday, May 25, of the Memorial Day holiday weekend as part of commemoration of the 200th anniversary bf the sinking of the DeBraak in 1798; and re- quest on behalf of Seashore Strid- er Racing-Series for a 5-mile race on Sunday, May 10, and a 3.1- mile race on Sunday, May 17, and Sunday, June 28, with police as- sistance; and request on behalf of Bethel United Methodist Church for the use of a portion of the pub- lic beach for an Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 12. Lewes mayor and council meeting set March 8 Members of Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet on Mon- day, March 8, to conduct monthly business. In addition to several special event requests (see above) the agenda includes the following items: police activity report; pre- sentation of a resolution setting a public hearing on the major subdi- vision on behalf of Gilman Devel- opment/Gracious Living Inc. to subdivide approximately 16.45 acres of land located between Sa- vannah Road and Kings Highway into two parcels; request by Cheryl Goodman for the use of a portion of the public beach off Beach No. 1 parking lot for a wed- ding ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at 4 p.m.; presentation of the draft subdivision ordinance by Councilman Jim Ford; presen- tation and discussion of a tree or- dinance by Councilman Jim Ip- polito; consideration toward for- warding the Pedestrian Plan for the City of Lewes to the Lewes Planning Commission for review and recommendations; presenta- tion and consideration toward ap- proval of a resolution that pro- vides for the city office to be open on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the purpose of per- mitting people to register to vote in the annual election; presenta- tion and consideration toward ap- proval of a license agreement be- tween Wayne and Denise Leath- ern, Robert and Theresa Sewell and the City of Lewes on behalf of the Board of Public Works allow- ing access over private property to read electric meters and maintain electric and other services; ap- pointment of two members to the Commercial Architecture Review Commission for three-year terms each for the expired terms of Christine A. Thomas and Michael Krausz; and appointment of a member to the Housing Board of Adjustment and Alpeals for a four-year term, for the expired term of Bruce Hefke. The meet- ing begins at 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Dewey Beach youth rec program seeking support Funding for Dewey Beach's youth recreation program, spear- headed by lifeguard Captain Todd Fritchman, is being sought to cov- er the cost of staffing and equip- ment. The recreation program, which Continued on page 4