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Cocoa, Florida
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Tuesday, August 19, 1980
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Florida 4 'MV w Reports From TOD A Y Staff Writers, Bureaus and Wire Services 4B TODAY, Tuesday, August II, 1IM The State Barnes.trial begins in West Palm TODAY Wlr Srlca WLST PALM BEACH Three blacks were among the first group of 30 potential Jurors Monday us the third effort to seat a Jury began in a second Ciold Plumbing" trial. Solomon Barnes, a former Dade County high school principal, faces second - degree grand theft harges Former Dade Superintendent Johnny L Jones was convicted of the same charge in Miami Inst April in an alleged plot to use school funds to buy some $9,000 worth of luxury plumbing fixtures some with gold plated mm for personal use. The Barnes trial was moved here after the prosecution conceded, following two attempts, that seating an impartial jury in the racially 'touchy trial would be difficult in Dade County. A July attempt to seat a Jury in Dade ended after tour days. Barnes attorney H.T. Smith accused Prosecutor George dePozsgay of trying to eliminate all blacks from the Jury. DePozsgay used six of his alloted 10 challenges to excuse all six blacks from the Jury pool Two escapees caught STARKE Two "men identified as escapees from the Florida State Prison are in the Grant '( ounty Jail in Indiana, officials report. A third man, also believed to be an escapee, narrowly missed joining them. The men in custody, identified as Malcolm Leo Scarborough, 45, and Tony Dale Elmore, 28, were captured outside a grocery store In Gas City, Ind., said Robert Riggs, chief deputy of the Grant County Sheriff's Office in Marion, Ind. The man who got away was believed to be Kenneth Wayne Davis, 25. The escapees took part in a 10 - man break from the maximum security penitentiary near Starke on Aug 5. Five of the inmates were captured soon after the break and one or two are believed to have fled lo Miami, officials said Officials kill alligators JACKSONVILLE - - State wildlife officials have killed two alligators at a Jacksonville park after a sailor was severely injured when bitten while swimming there last week. One gator, just over 10 feet long, was shot by wildlife officer Floyd Ware Sunday. Officials said they believed it was the one that attacked the sailor, 21 - year old Brian Schmidt, on Friday. On Monday, doctors still had'not determined the extent of damage to Schmidt's right arm. The second alligator killed at city - owned Hanna Park was harpooned Saturday. It measured six feet, six inches long, officers said A third gator, younger and only three feet long, was left in the lake, which was reopened to swimmers Sunday afternoon The smaller alligator posed little danger, officials said. Second charge brought OCALA A former Tennessee state prosecutor, already charged with a 1377 slaying, was accused Monday of slaying his young wife 13 years ago in South Carolina. Ray Taylor, 34, was served with a warrant from a Beufort County, S C, magistrate charging with him in the 1967 drowning death of his wife Manlee Taylor, 18 Taylor was being held without bond in (he Marion County Jail while awaiting trail next month on a first - degree - murder - charge in connectiomviththe ambush - slaying three years ago f a North Florida man, Walter Scott of Archer. A Marion County sheriff's spokesman said evidence of foul play in Mrs. Taylor's death surfaced during the investigation of the North Florida ambush, in which 107 people have been questioned so far Defrauder sentenced TALLAHASSEE A Leon County circuit Judge Monday sentenced a Gainesville man to 20 years In prison for defrauding investors in an apartment complex out of $1 million. A spokesman for State Comptroller Gerald I ewis called the stiff sentence against C Emory Cross, 37, 'an important victory in Lewis' war against white - collar crime. Cross, son of former state senator and now Alachua County Judge J Emory "Red" Cross, pleaded guilty to four charges of selling unregistered securities Cross'onginally had been charged with 18 felony offenses by Leon State Attorney Harry Morrison Cross was accused of defrauding 206 investors in a Tallahassee apartment complex. He allegedly told the victims they were investing in a second mortgage when, in fact, they were investing in a third mortgage, and assured them they were buying an interest in the land the apartments stood on when the land was owned by someone else. Disney death natural ORLANDO The death of a 10 - year - old girl who collapsed following a ride on Disney World's Space Mountain was caused by a pre - existing heart condition, the county medical examiner said Monday. Maria Cruz Cancino of Caracas, Venezuela, died from a lack of oxygen to the heart caused by a defective heart valve, said Dr, Guillermo Ruiz. "This is one of the cases of sudden death," said Dr. Ruiz, adding that the youngster could have died as a result of any activity. The girl died last week after complaining of breathing difficulties following her tnp aboard the thrill ride. They said it . . . Howard Wendel of Danla lives on an old houseboat docked on the west side of the Intracoas - tal Waterway there. It is the simple life that Wen - del's father, called Whiskey Joe, lived for over 40 years Talking about his life, he said: "I'm content and nappy. There is nobody telling uwhat to do and that means a helluva lot." Two suspects arrested in sheriff's death t 1 1 WISTON (AP) - Quu'l. Acting investigators si retted two murder sus peit MiMida) as stunned rrrjent here mourned the' death ( vpular Sheriff Fa'rl Pv sr l e ss 5V. H v n d r ) l iHint s Chief law enfone . ment officer for 20 ears, was slabbed to death in an n!1e outside his home just after midnight Saturdjv. au thontiessaid An investigation b the Honda Department of Law Lnforcement. Fort Mers police and Hendry Count) authorities resulted in the arrests Monday of 18 year old Robert Clifton Bethea Jr and a 15 year - old male juvenile on first - degree murder charges, Bethea was jailed without bond in Lee County, while the juvenile was turned over to juvenile authorities The sheriff's department said both youths had admitted to the slaying and a pistol and knife were found. The knife is believed to be the weapon that penetrated seven inches into the sher iff's heart. Investigators said. Investigators didn't elaborate on the motive involved, although the stabbing apparently occurred after Dyess went outside his home to investigate a noisy disturbance. Authorities said Dyess typically didn't carry a weapon. "He was a man who wasn't afraid of anybody or anything," said Ralph Elver, assistant state attorney. "We had been trying to encourage him to carry a gun with all the drug work he had been doing. "He was a man who would go into a bar where there was a fight going on with no night stick, no gun, no nothing He Would go say, 'Now look, I'm going to have to take you people in. Go get out in the car.' "And they'd go get in the car," Elver said. His friends said Dyess had a rarely displayed gentle side. "He was a real tough person, but underneath he had a real warm heart," said Butch Redish, a close family friend. Dyess, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, turned the county jail into sort of a social center, holding court himself in the lunchroom, Until Inflation halted the practice this year, Dyess served lunch at $1 a head at the jail. But local residents"con - tinued to bring their own lunch and share conversation with the popular sheriff. Dyess is survived by his wife, two sons and five grandchildren. u i 1 4aT aS Hj) I " - m M EARLS. DYESS SR. . death stunned residents iiiiiiiiiBLW"v'''' H HLLBtVt iEr .liLLBL - f 'iv v ytr - . . HHLHLl Summer visitor Beneath the shade of, the oP baseball cap, 2 - year - old Robert Kuhn 'seems to be enjoying his plastic fork even more than the lunch his mother had prepared at a picnic Monday on the University of Florida campus. Robert was visiting Gainesville' with his mother. They are from West Germany. State may assume Key West finances TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Gov, Bob Graham ordered a team of state officials to Key We.sl Monday to determine whether the city's finances are in bad enough shape for him lo lake over its ac lounls Graham's action came in response to a request by the Key We.st City Commission for an emergency loan to cover an anticipated shortfall in the city's budget.' Key West asked for aid under a new law passed by the 1979 Legislature authorizing Graham to step in to keep a city, county or special district from going broke. "' Key West officials said last week they expected a $600,000 deficit in their $5 million budget by the time the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and feared they might not be able to meet this Friday's payroll. They said they have $1,600 in the bank. ' Graham was vacationing in North Carolina until Wednesday, but a spokeswoman said Graham asked four officials to leave for Key West immediately. One of those was Dave Davis, chief of the Department of Community Affairs' Bureau of Local Government Assistance. Another was from the governor's budget office and two were from the office of Comptroller Gerald Lewis, who is responsible under the new financial emergency law for collecting annual financial audits done by cities. Bell, PSC near accord on rate cut TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Public Service Commission staff members reported Monday tharthey have negotiated a proposed settlement with Southern Bell. Telephone Co for three rate cases, including dropping a possible $68 5 million rate cut. The commission postponed a ruling until Sept 2 at the request of Chairman Robert Mann, who is on vacation. In the meantime, Public Counsel Jack Shreve and Legal Services of Miami Inc. will be allowed to present opposing arguments next "Monday. .Under the proposed agreement, the commission would drop a rate investigation for which it has ordered Bell to hold $5.7 million per month $68 5 million per year under bond for possible refund The other two cases involve a $31 million per year cut in long distance rates between points within Florida that have been delayed because Bell has filed an appeal in the state Supreme Court and a pending $2 4 million refund in federal tax "savings. Bell handles all long distance in the state and provides local service on the east coast and in parts of the Panhandle. The long distance rate cut would reduce a disparity between calls made within the state and those to points outside Florida that are now cheaper The rate probe was ordered last November after PSC accountants discovered Bell was making excessive profits, but the accountants now say the company's financial picture has changed 'so dramatically that a rate increase, rather than decrease, may be justified. In exchange for dropping the case. Bell would. J - Drop its appeal of the $31 million long distance rate cut PSC accountants now say that figure may actually be greater so that the lower rates can go into effect within 30 days after the proposed settlement is approved. Give a $12.4 million cash refund to all Florida telephone customers, including those who are served by other companies, because of the excess "profits attributed to long distance service. Speed up the $2 4 million tax refund to local Bell custom ers, although this money would eventually be refunded even if there is no agreement. ' Drop an appeal now pending before the Department of Administrative Hearings that challenges the commission's authority to require that the $5.7 million per month be held under bond until the rate reduction case is decided. The PSC has set Bell's overall profit margin at a maximum' of 9 25 percent, but company figures indicate that for the 12 - month period ending April 30, it made 9 5 percent profit, an excess of $16 million. Life is a simple cQntestiheist suspect wrote MIAMI (AP) - Those who knew him describe George Bosque, a part lime Brink's guard accused by the FBI of slealing $1 8 million, as ajnilitary - school over achiever whose self penned yearbook quote may be revealing "I ife is a simple contest, in which not the strong and loudest win, but the silenf. watchful strategist and cal culisl," Bosque wrote in the 1973 yearbook of the now - defunctdefunct Miami Military Academy Since Friday, when airfreighted shipments of cash from banks in Hawaii disappeared from San Francisco's airport, Bosque has been sought coast to coast by the FBI. "There's no telling where he Is," said agent William Nettles in Miami. Bosque, 25, grew up in Miami with ambitions of becoming a police officer or a West Point cadet. "He was one' of a kind," said Lester Severns, one of his teachers at the military academy. "He thought he was much smarter than the others. He was the type who could get in an argument in a locked closet alone." At the academy, Bosque was a class vice president, ran track, competed on the debate and chess teams and wrote for the school newspapers. He belonged to a variety of other extracurricular groups, including City of Miami Police Explorers and Junior ROTC. He was listed In "Who's Who Among American High School Students." Bosque was graduated in 1973, then attended the Miami police academy. But he didn't 'join the police force, instead going on to. The Citadel military academy in Charleston, S.C., in hopes of gaining admission to West Point. His father, Jorge Bosque, said his son's ambitions were shot down because ""hejacked influence with any senators." Bosque moved to San Francisco. He was fired from jobs with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and as a special city police officer. The FBI says he became involved with San Francisco's sizable gay community, which Bosque's father, doesn't believe. "I'm sure he had girl friends," said Bosque. "He had mentioned several!" Bosque also scoffed at the FBI's "armed and dangerous" description of his son. "He has no history of being nasty. Someone armed with a knife who holds up someone on a street corner and steals 40 cents can be more dangerous," he said. Bosque hasn't heard from his son in two weeks. But the father added, "He had been suffering for about a year from epileptic attacks. He told me once that, whenever one of the seizures occurred, he would wake up later and not remember what had happened." Migrant advocates ask governor for full investigation into abuses TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Advocates for, Florida's 400.000 migrant farmworkers asked the state Monday to investigate accusations that the Frostproof police chief knowingly hired illegal aliens, and that a Palm Beach Circuit judge has a conflict of interest. The charges cited by the Association of Migrant Organizations and the Florida Legal Services Inc. against the pair cropped up in a NBC documentary on the plight of the migrant workers that aired Friday. At a wide ranging Tallahassee news conference, 'Legal Services and AMO called on Gov, Bob Graham to undertake a "full governor's investigation," and also - accused state agencies and lawmakers of failing to enforce child labor laws ahd called on the state to upgrade slum housing, health care and education for migrants. , The groups asked Graham to investigate allega tions that Police Chief R.L ' March of Frostproof knowingly hired illegal aliens as farmworkers. "We're not after the illegal aliens," said Bruce Fried, attorney for Legal Services. "We'relnterested in seeing that people who are here legally have job opportunities." The groups asked Graham to probe whether Circuit Judge Don Adams of Belle Glade violated the judicial code of ethics for presiding over landlord - tenant ' cases, white at the same time renting properties to migrants. The migrants organizations also asked Graham to determine what happened to a $1.5 million federal Housing and Urban Development grant to the city of Belle Glade. AMO executive director Cliff Thaell said the. funds were received but housing was not built with them. A spokesman for Graham said the governor had .not received a formal request for any investigations. But Jill Chamberlain said Graham watched the documentary, NBC Reports: Migrants 1980, and if an investigation is requested, his staff will do one. "The plight of Florida's farmworkers has hardly changed in the 20 years since Edward Murrow's 'Harvest of Shame'," Fried said. - He said the same "government Indifference," grower abuse, pesticide poi - 'siomng, lack of educational and employment opportunity and discrimination that haunted farmworkers in 1960 is still thriving in Florida fields. He said a recent study " by Legal Services in Collier "Snd Palm Beach counties found that 75 percent of the farmworkers Interviewed reported some symptoms of pesticide poisoning. Despite pesticide spraying regu - , lations, 48 percent of the ' workers interviewed reported being directly sprayed with chemicals. Officials believe there, are about 400,000 migrant farmworkers in Florida. Between 30 and 50 percent of the migrants are believed to be illegal aliens from Mexico and other Latin countries. The groups said migrant farmworkers die an average 20 years earlier than the average American and nearly half of Florida's adult farmworkers cannot read - of write. They said about 20 percent of the migrant children who enter school in Florida finish high school. Organizing a migrant farmworkers union remains the best hope for improving conditions, said Thaell. One migrant worker said the group is intent on organizing, though it has failed continually to unionize in the past. "We need Cesar Chevez. He is bur hope, our future," said Jesus Mendoza of Im - mokolee, a migrant worker and student at Florida A&M University. KKS2cRraBSEr'ii'3 TODAY - MIGRANT WORKER JESUS IVfENDOZA . . . says Florida migrants need Cesar Chevez

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