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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 17 - October 2 1997 -15 Woman files suit against accused eagle killer for dog's death By Kerry Kester Linda Kahoe, of Georgetown, has filed a civil law suit against Douglas Sipple, 50, also of Georgetown, seeking damageS of $10,000, court costs and a rare dalmatian to replace the dog she alleges Sipple killed with a pesti- cide. In addition to facing the Oct. 29 trial for Kahoe's suit, Sipple is al- so scheduled for a federal trial on Oct. 27. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arrested him in July for allegedly taking an en- dangered species (bald eagle), poisoning a bald eagle, unlawfully taking migratory birds and using a registered pesticide inconsistent with labeling. The state also has a pending criminal investigation of Sipple's activities. According to Keith Trostle, deputy attorney general, the state's investigation is based on the same issues $ipple is facing in his federal case. An agent from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes that many animals died, in an area near Sipple's home, during the two- year period of investigation prior to Sipple's arrest. The agent said the agency determined many of the animals died from carbofuran (Furadan) poisoning, but to deter- mine the actual number of deaths is difficult, perhaps impossible. In addition to the eagle's death, other animals found dead included a red-tailed hawk, turkey vultures, cats and dogs. Kahoe said her I 0-year-old dog, Buck, died on Sept. 11, 1995; it was her son's first birthday. She claimed Sipple dispersed poison in their neighborhood, southwest of Georgetown between Trap Pond and Parker roads, west of Bull Pine Corners, "to eliminate the cats for his rabbits." Sipple's former wife, Priscilla Jones, said Sipple raised rabbits to use for beagle training. Sipple's and Jones'son, Jacob, is a key witness for the prosecution in the federal case. The boy said, during an August interview, that his fa- Dewey Continued from page 11 noise. Witsil said noise meters don't have to be standard in order to make the town's law constitu- tional. Commissioners agreed that it is a good idea to re-examine the law since it generated so much contro- versy during the election. While commissioners said that they be- lieve a review is a prudent mea- sure, they also agreed that the town needs to stay on course and -provide its residents with the proper legislation. "Our intent is to improve, not to water down, the ordinance that we have," said Commissioner Jim Lavelle. "If we move in any di- rection, it will "ee a positive direc- tion." Witsil said he will present a re- port at a future meeting. ther put poison out to keep preda- tors away from the rabbits. "One day I introduced him to my dog," said Kahoe. "I said, 'there's been 25 cats poisoned around here.' He aid, and I quote, 'Somebody needs to poison them.' To me, it's a deliberate poisoning to anything that walks the ground," said Kahoe. "My sons could have eaten that." Her boys are now six-years old and three-years old. Kahoe said that on the day Buck died, he entered the house and be- gan behaving oddly. "He was shivering a little bit," said Kahoe. "I thought he got stung by a bee. Then he was shaking bad. He couldn't stand up." Kahoe said he began foaming at the mouth, then lost control of his bowels. She rushed the dog to a veterinarian, but the doctor couldn't save his life. Buck's body was taken to the Department of Agriculture for an autopsy, she said. "He had enough poison in him to kill 10, 90-pound dogs," said Kahoe, adding her dog weighed 90 pounds. "I came to find out this "poison was nothing but a slow tor- ture. "Buck was so smart. I think about him lying in the ground, nothing but bones! md it just tears me up," said Kahoe. She said that she took no action immediately after the dog's death because she was afraid of Sipple. Now, how- ever, she said she is anxious to see the issue in Court: What frustrates her is that she has not engaged a lawyer, but Sip- pie "has a public defender for his federal case, and he hired a private Continued on page 16 When We Saw Plantations, We Said, "This Is Where We Want To Be'." "We began looking for a place to retire, starting in Florida," Jim and Joan Cooper at Plantations explain. "We proceeded northward until we reached Delaware. When we arrived at Plantations," Joan says, 've knew this was the place we wanted to be. "We thought we'd have difficulty selling our 3,500 square foot condo in Maryland," they say. "But it sold quickly and we needed to be out in a little over two weeks. Our single-family home at Plantations was already under construction. We worked closely with the architect at Country Life Homes to get it completed in time. He and the sales staff at Plantations worked with us and we succeeded in making the deadline. "Now that everything is completed, we love our home. Ifs large, open, bright and it faces the lake. Being on the water and near everything, we think it's the perfect place for a retired couple such as ourselves. When you visit Plantations, you too will quickly see what we like about this very attractive neighborhood." Prices start at $113,500. For information, call 302.645.2727 or 800.777.1530. From Route One, turn west at Midway Shopping Center traffic light onto Postal Lane, then right I on 275. mm, Lm m i,olvlmm .