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Cocoa, Florida
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Friday, November 6, 1981
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I ,? M Florida llVt ' Reports froth iJPDAY - taff jWnJers. f1 .r Bureaus and Wire Services r 6B TODAY, Friday, November 1, IMI. f. it' A, The State Coptic out on bail apparently flees Victim's family stunned by kilter released TODAY Wirt Srv(ctt MIAMI Michael Booth, one of nine members of the Zion Coptic Church sentenced to long prison terms for marijuana possession and conspiracy, has disappeared while out on appeal bond and is believed to have fled, the U S Attorney's Office and Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday. At sentencing Monday, U S District Judge William M Hoeveler refused to grant appeal bonds for eight of the nine Coptics, sentenced to prison terms ranging from seven to 15 years on charges of importing more than 70 tons of marijuana, but made an exception for Booth Booth told the judge he was needed to manage a farm south of Miami, a principal source of food for the sect's families Hoeveler permitted Booth to remain free on $250,000 bond Tuesday, Booth was scheduled to appear in Monroe County Circuit Court before Judge Bill. Chappell on charges of violating his" probation, buA uiu not snow up Judne ChaDDell issued a bench warrant for, Booth's arrest - ,. Award not big enough, lawyer asks public to pa MIAMI The lawyer who defended a black sihoolteacher in his Suit against Dade County police in the so - called "wrong house" raid says he's entitled to 125 000 in legal fees and 11,000 in costs Miami lawyer Ron Guralnick is asking that taxpayers foot the bill since the legal fees alone are six times higher than the 20,000 in damages awarded his client, Nathaniel LaFleur The Dade County Attorney's Office says Gural nick should not receive any money from taxpayers It's fighting the request, which Guralnick was to present Thursdaj to Circuit Judge Gerald Wether - ington Former insurance agent held in grand theft LAKE CITY A former insurance agent surrendered to officers Thursday and was charged with keeping about 30 000 in premium payments for his own use Mack Clem Hale, who had operated Hale & As sociates, Inc , turned himself in to investigators with the Division of Insurance Fraud and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Insurance Commissioner Bill Guntersaid Gunter said Hale was charged with one count of first - degree grand theft and four counts of second degree grand theft He was 'taken to Columbia County Jail and later released on lfjxxrbond Alimony, child support garnishments permitted TALLAHASSEE A divorced person cannot escape wage garnishments fof ajimony or child support by claiming to be the head of a family, the Su preme Court ruled Thursday in a 5 - 1 opinion In a separate 4 2 opinion, however, the justices ruled Jhat divorced spouses can cite their duties as the head of a family to disallow garnishment of wages for lump - sum money judgments in divorce cases A law dealing with garnishment in general exempts the attachment of wages of heads of households residing in Florida, but another law dealing with divorce states that wages can be garnished from a former spouse even if he is the head of a household if it is for alimony or child support GAINESVILLE (AP) This university town was shaken 16 years ago when Kathy Ollveros, who tame from St. Augustine for a football weekend, was stabbed to death in a restaurant restroom. Now, memories of the Oct. 1, 1965 stabbing are being stirred with news that Milton Lawson Luke, convicted of the crime, has been released from prison ( Members of the Ollveros family told the Gainesville Sun that they were stunned to learn that Luke, classified by psychiatrist as having a soclopathic personality, was set free and that prison offt - j dais had not notified them.' - ' "I'm s'orry to hear It," said Rita: Ollveros, the victim's mother. "Me did It once", he may do It again. And I sure would not want some'other family to go through what we weht through." "I was young at the time and it was a shocking thing," said another family member, who asked not to be Identified. "I was under the when he saw Ollveros, Vent Impression he was given We ' beset and stabbed her. , with no parole." The knife was never V,i ., '!r tmiirt ' hit m hr wv tn th ,. - miss uiiveros w iv ' when the 23 - year - old Luke ' hospital. Ollveros described . " ... ukw 111..L.J Luke oleaded eutltv to second - degree murder after attacked her as she emerged from a stall in the restrbom at the College Inn, across the street from the University of Florida. According to Luke's confession to police, he was disoriented because he was concentrating on a personal, matter and had wandered into thexestroom by mistake. He said he was startled dropping an Insanity plea. Circuit Judge George Patten sentenced him to life and recommended that he never be paroled. Luke spent almost IS years at Florida State Prison before. being transferred to Glades Correctional Instltu - tlon, where he was released mental - health treatment. H on paroleTuesday, V. , ..We see nothing else tinafl mi - - . .l - l. - - a tiAiinl iikAiii tka aI. l?BaaU n commissioner liennetn uui iiwii iuhcichso mj - i Simmons of the Florida pa - i this time," Simmons said. - J row w rrooaura vummis - , state Attorney Eugene' sion saia uixe naa seen ac - Whltworth. at the time M young law - school graduate; was one of Luke's defense' attorneys and offered an fffl?1 I cepted In art ex - offender pro - ' gram tn West Palm BeachX. ' Simmon said Luke had been scheduled for parole to Georgia earlier this year, but plans for a Job didn't 'work out and Georgia declined accepting responsibility for him because conditions for his parole contain requirements for continued laaaaaaaaalaaBaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa'iaBaaaVHBaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaH im2 - 0emim .mmmmTffMm .Kiiimm outs cm aygHBBBP CTOB 2411. :KSSM!i cm Hush wMtWH ' v l'TrMSaT islaaaaaBf T t SaV "LaW&aKrcDBaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaKl jj53aBataaaaaaaaaaMaaaaaaaaaaaaaS?'?A!lMLaWay''' - Th " - t. rfr - i - aaaaaaaawrj TO0AV AP passioned plea for mercy pjn - Luke's behalf, v ;1 Whltworth, now ji staunch critic of the Parole! 1 and Probation board, tttcrVS the Sun: ','1 was an advocaleH at that .time, trying to do thy. W best thing for my client." v S H Drug sentence secrecy upheld Deliveryman Gov. Bob Graham, as one of his occasional workday projects, helps unload a truckload of walnuts in Orlando Thursday. Graham spent the day helping make deliveries from a railroad terminal to local warehouses. TALLAHASSEE (AP) Secret court hearings to reduce sentences of drug, smugglers who Inform on other trafficker's don't violate First Amendment rights of free speech and press, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. ' It was one of two' unanimous opinions Issued by the justices to uphold the sentencesentence - reduction provision of Florida's tough, mandatory minimum - sentencing law for drug trafficking. They are the latest in a series of rulings this year upholding various aspects of the law. In the second opinion, the justices ruled that the reduction of informers' sentences by judges doesn't violate their constitutional right to jury trials. . Citing two landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings on free - press vs. fair - trial issues, the Florida justices ruled 5 - 0 that the public's right of access to court proceedings can be superceded to protect the Identity and lives of informants. ''Recog'nTzIng'tharthe" statute with which we are concerned is utilized to combat drug trafficking, and that many persons who aid the authorities . . , would be endangering their lives, we are confident that closure would be justified in a number of the proceedings arising under said law," wrote Justice James Adkins. BaBaaaMtMBrHtptMBaal IWLaaaUaaBh jguiM rkaHaVf I jaftlaaaaaaa':aBti JUSTICE JAMES ADKINS . . . we are confident' But he made it clear that secret hearings aren't mandatory. The second opinion, issued on a 6 - 0 vote, was ' brief. It stated that Judges rather than Juries traditionally have had discretionary authority to reduce or suspend sentences'without specific guidelines in state or federal taws. The two opinionsclear 3' b.ruon 1 to "' u tos 1 1)01 assistance in the Identified Hon, arrest or conviction" 6f"' other smugglers. J"L Dade Circuit Judge!0 Wilkle D. Ferguson Jr. hid ruled the law unconstltu - . I tional in a case involving one 3 , 1 man. on pmiinHjt Alronrfv rt - lM - tMl hu thA Cimramo fVutt' I in Drlor ooinlons. The iu's - 1 1 tices cited those rulings ttf '' son. . ,, .'jnavcl rerguson also neia 'ajil0 me law - may violate iree cnAAf - h unit fraa nraoe diiqp. - r . - - i" - of,ox aniees oi ine rionaa ano?1 U.S. constitutions, without itm I aciuany ruling tne law unj?I) I cunsiuuionai lor uiai reason ( ine nign court nevercneu, I less ruled on the issue "in the interests of judicial economy." . Adkins quoted the U.S) Supreme Court's 1979 opinion in Gannett Co. vs. DePaM quale, which stated the right!') 1 of access to courtrooms 'lis il J not absolute," limited bothn by fair - trial rights and the.i J needs of government "to obi I tain Just convictions and to v the way - for trials - of nine ac preserve the confidentiality "TJTOeTrdrugsmuggtersln three separate Dade County cases. The 1979 law mandates minimum sentences of from three to 25 years, depending on the type and amount of drugs involved. But it lets prosecutors seek suspension or lower sentences for smugglers who give "substantial Sen. Gordon: cut budgets by today or we'll do it, h Death sentence upheld in policeman's killing TALLAHASSEE The Supreme Court, in a 6 - 0 opinion, Thursday upheld the death sentence of Mark Mikenas for killing anoff - duty Tampa policeman during d Nov 3,1975conyenience store robbery The court had upheld Mikenas' murder conviction in 1979 but had reversed his death sentence be cause Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Robert W, Rawlins had justified it by citing a history of Significant prior criminal activity as an aggravating circumstance The case went back to circuit court. A second judge, J C Cheatwood, resentenced Mikenas, now 27, to the electric chair based on other aggravating circumstances Man wants $532,000 for Army mistake - M1AMLA.22. yeardJldjnanmistakenlyJisted as AWOL from the Army - a' mistake that caused the man a month'Sjail stay and a six week stint at an Army camp has asked for a half million dollars for his unwanted duty as a soldier. Bruce Scheinberg, attorney for .Clarence Emil Thompson, filed the claim for 532,000 againsr the Department of Defense, the Army and the Navy. The government has until March 15lo respond The lawyer said that if the military denies the, claim, Thompson will sue. Thompson, who lives in northwest Miami, was arrested for trespassing at a motel last September A routine check of his background found (hat a man with his namewas absent without leave from the Army. The Army discovered weeks later that it had the wrong man Court refuses order to end port picketing MIAMI A federal judge late Thursday refused to order an end to picket lines set up by a local of the International Longshoremen's Association around docks in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, An Injunction or restraining order had been sought by It transport companies and truckers against Local 1922 of the longshoremen's union, and against several stevedoring companies who handle traffic at the Port of Miami and Port Everglades. In his six - page opinion, VS. District Judge Eugene P. Spellman pointed out that under the Norris - LftGuaidia Act, the ILA has established that the case arises out of a labor dispute, and that the National Labor Relations Board has Jurisdiction. But the transport companies and truckers disputed that. TALLAHASSEE (AP) Dissatisfied with the initial response he received, Senate Appropriaiionsj;hairman Jack Gordon has given state agencies a second chance to submit budget cutting recommendations But this time, the Miami Beach Democrat indicated , that the Appropriations Committee staff would begin cutting without the new proposals if they aren't received by the committee today. V "Either they follow the directions in my letter, or the Legislature will do the cutting by itself," Gordon said in a memo this week. He had originally set an Oct. 23 deadline for submission otthe proposals in response to federal budget cuts that will chop federal aid to the state and local governments in Florida by at least 340 million. He said about 10 agencies, including the governor's office, submitted inadequate responses and two departments Transportation"" and Insurance and some divisions in the Department of Education failed to respond at all. "If they are smart they'll act now," Gordon said. 'If they're not smart, they'll find their budgets chopped up In an inappropri ate way as far as they are concerned," "They Just don't want to - face' up to the problem," he added. ' r Gordon wants the staffs preliminary budget work ready for submission to the committee by December. University Chancellor, Barbara Newell wrote Gordon that she dida'lwantio name any potential cuts without first consulting with officials at the nine state universities because she feared unilateral action on her part would create morale problems: ' '' " ' Acting Commerce Secretary Don Griffin replied that his agency should get more, rather than less money, because its tourism promoting and industry - recruiting activities are all - the - more "needed In a bad economy. Gordon said he was sati - f sensitive information's the Identity of Informants." He also cited a 1980 opimt ion In Richmond News'" 1 papers Inc. vs. Virginia, that'; stated the degree to whlclu access can be restrained C I "dictated by the nature of' the Information and countervailing interests In security i or confidentiality." - v na 901 1 ;i"l r sited with the response of.i Health and Rehabilitative1"! Services Secretary David"! Pingree, who has announce' I - plans to eliminate' 1,535 posi tions, about 5 percent of hlsr staff.bvJulvl. - The departments of Gen, - ,, eral Services, Adminlstra - ' tion, .Revenue," Education ana nignway saieiy aau, Motor Vehicles also indijj "' "J " - K - tto lions. ,?iri, Camp catches eye of governor MARIANNA (AP) Gov. Bob Graham liked what he saw during an Oct. 21 "workday" as counselor at a Jack Eckerd Foundation camp for emotionally disturbed youth When Graham returned to Tallahassee, he asked The Departrnenfof Htelth"and"Rehahili(aliveServIces''' to study the'vvisdom of contracting with the Eckerd Foundation to operate one of two state schools for delinquent boys Teams from the Eckerd Foundation visited the schools in Mananna and Okeechobee on Monday and Tuesday, prompting some consternation among employees "The moment they came over here, and they spread out on the campus, the cat was out of the bag," 'said Lenox Williams, superintendent of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys at MarJanna. "People started speculating' and feeling threatened." If state officials decide to contract with the Eckerd Foundation to run the Dozier School, and the Legislature approves, then employees may have reason to worry. "Our people aren't career - service employees that you can't get rid of," said Guy Spearman, executive director of the Eckerd Foundation. "If something goes wrong, if they screw up, we do something about it real quick." There would be an ironic twist to a statexontract with the foundation prompted by Graham, who de? feated Republican Eckerd In the 1978 governor's race. Spearman, who was an aide to former. GovReubln Askew before he Joined the foundation staff, said he will make a specific proposal to HRS early next week. "We can do t cheaper than government, I'll guarantee you that," he said. "We compared salaries at both places (Marianna and Okeechobee),. , ."Wt'rv paying our employees better than they're ' paying theirs, and we can still do It cheaper," The Eckerd Foundation operates lp camps for'' emotionally distrubed children aged 7 to 17., Butterflies: 'I'd rather watch them fly' i9rlll GAINESVILLE (AP) Confined to a wheelchair for the past 10 years, Peter May has learned the meaning of the play title "Butterflies Are Free." May, a 26 - year - old graduate student in zoology at the University of Florida, "spends his time catching and "" studying the graceful", colorful insects and has found them to be among the freest of creatures. "I'd rather watch them fly than catch them," says May, who was paralyzed from the waist down when ( he was accidentally shot by a friend at his home. Armed with a butterfly net, May silently wheels himself down rutted paths in woods near the university campus, observing butterflies feeding at clumps'of flowers. "Because they feed on flowers, I can reach most of them," he said In a recent Interview. "And I have an Idea of how they'll behave when I get near them, so I don't have much trouble collecting ' them." ,, May turned to nature ' after 'the 'accident He started going Into the woods 'near his home In Manassas, Va.. where be studied and, photographed birds while1 earning bachelor's arid master's degree' in biology from George Mason Univeiv aity. m mmm fce P mill ' . - 1 RESEARCHER PETER MAY STUDIES BUTIliKfi.r I1A11M3 oarij ...belnaconf lned to wheelchair doesn't stop imn irom education, 6aril J JOG 'j Later, he became Interested In butterflies and came .here to work with world - renownedrenowned lepldopterists Lincoln Brower and Thomas Enamel. . , Others stalk through the woods searching for butter - lies, but May Sits quietly . among the flowers, knowing - ' they wUj come to him. As part of 1I Ph,D dls sedation, he researches how feeding habits vary from pedes to species, something he said only few have I studied before: f t Henotes how many . flowers they feed from and how long they feed, and he measures nectar production In the flowers. ' He observes whether long - tongued butterflies choose long - tubed blossoms, , A correlation between tongue length and feeding, May laid, would be an indl cation that butterflies evolved varying tongue lengths to better exploit limited food resources. May said it will take him aooui tnree years to get (Us I doctprate) After that, ft plans Jo teach zoology whl lAniiuwuijjicaaiui, I. , j "I sometimes wonder! what I would have done tf this (th,e accident) hadnM happened to me,' he saidi VI really don't knovA I wenl Into this field because! enjoy being outdoors am just watching animals, u can get a Job teaching zoology and still do that, t great,','

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