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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 31

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, February 5, 1980
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"'W" 9 v w m -o-w--r T r 1" VW 9 T T T r r" W 1 r r r Tht Pest, Tuesday, February 5, mt)-B3 7 ' gorgeous. Just glamorous. Everything F'fXT is more beautiful than the last. ' l v "V 7" Xr? tta Zawadzki D W l Fiflrlv fill nnnprft ( cf Have Grand Day At Lord & .nr. i , jV Taylor Panel Head: DOC Poorly Managed By Jody Long Eager shoppers, many armed with Lord 4 Taylor credit card, yesterday braved the cold to attend the department store's grand opening In the Palm Beach Mall. The thrill of being among the first to see a new store was best explained by Emily Winn, a tourist from New York state. "It's the chance to see the store. To see the merchandise that's never been handled," Mrs. Winn said. "I'm glad we brought our Lord It Taylor credit cards." Lord L Taylor was the second store Mrs. Winn helped inaugurate. She ventured to Bloomingdales the day It started business in Garden City, N.Y. "My husband thinks I'm crazy," Mrs. Winn said. At 9 45 a.m. a countdown began outside the store. "Fifteen minutes," announced a shopper standing in front of the crowd, peering through Lord & Taylor's glass partitions. Other shoppers, obviously veterans of department store openings, compared notes on first day gifts and experiences. "Nine minutes," the timekeeper said. Promptly at 10 a.m. Lord k Taylor, which started in 1825 on Catherine Street in New York City, offi cially opened Its doors for the first time in Florida. The 34-store chain is part of Associated Dry Goods Corp., a retail conglomerate. The crowd of 50 or so hurried inside, set upon exploring the decor and merchandise la the two-story, 1 11,000-square-loot emporium. Some stopped to sign for credit cards at tables throughout the store. Others had charge plates already In hand. According to Donald Perinrhlef, Lord k Taylor's managing director, the company added 12,000 new accounts In the month prior to Christmas. "It's picked up at the same rate since then. We had a large, established charge card base here from the North," be said. Joseph Brooks, Lord & Taylor's chairman, recently predicted the West Palm Beach branch would sell $227,000 worth of merchandise weekly, for a 1980 annual gross of $11.8 million. Last year Lord & Taylor contributed an estimated $400 million to Its parent company's total sale. By 1987 Lord It Taylor plans to have opened eight additional Florida stores: two more In Palm Beach County and three each in Broward and Dade counties, according to Brooks. Among the first day shoppers was an elderly man with his small dog, warmly ensconced in a sweater. Both studied the shirts behind the second floor display case. While browsing in the children's section, Loretta Zawadzki and Kay Korpolinskl stopped to praise the store and its goods. "It's gorgeous. Just glamorous. Everything is more beautiful than the last," Mrs. Zawadzki, a winter Lantana resident said. A Palm Beach resident was the t . t V - s I tlaH Mm ky Hint IrmiH Shoppers get 1st look at Lord & Taylor first to purchase merchandise in the new store, according to Barbara Byrnes, the accessories manager who made the sale. The man, "an honored guest," visited the store Friday and bought a credit card holder in the Le Musts de Cartier boutique, Ms. Byrnes said. It seemed a perfectly orchestrated event except for one minor flaw. Several Lord & Taylor executives, huddled near the second floor escalator, were overheard discussing a problem. "You," one said to get some shoehorns worth's." another, "go from Wool- 8 Convicted in Black Tuna Trial MIAMI (UPI) - Eight members of the Black Tuna gang were convicted in federal court yesterday of operating a $300 million drug smuggling operation the government claimed once supplied 5 percent of the nation's illegal narcotics. The convictions came at the conclusion of a five-month trial that was plagued by jury tampering and plots to kill a government witness and disrupt the trial before U.S. District Court Judge James Lawrence King. A 77-year-old juror also suffered a heart attack and was replaced by an alternate. Two of the eight defendants Carl Jerry London and Mark Stephen Phillips fled the country weeks ago in the middle of the proceedings. 1 The six-man, six-woman jury found most of the defendants guilty of conspiracy and racketeering. The government claimed the gang's operations between 1974 and 1978 were so sophis ticated they monitored police efforts to catch them and had a well-armed force to protect their gang, whose members wore gold black tuna medallions. The jury's verdicts: Robert J. Meinster, 38, of Miami Beach, guilty of 10 of 12 counts, including conspiracy and racketeering. Eugene Myers, 40, of Seminole, guilty of all eight counts, including conspiracy and racketeering. Robert Elliot Platshorn of Miami Beach, guilty of 14 of 17 counts, including conspiracy, racketeering and a rarely used federal law against engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise. Modesto Echezarreta-Cruz, 43, of Key Biscayne, guilty of four of six counts, including conspiracy and racketeering. Richard Elliott Grant Jr., 24, of Hollywood, guilty of four of eight counts, including racketeering. Grant was the only defendant in the trial who was not charged with conspiracy. Randall Fisher, 22, of Fort Lauderdale, guilty of all four counts, including conspiracy ana racketeering. London was found guilty of all five counts against him, including conspiracy. Phillips was touna guilty oi all seven, including conspiracy. Attorneys for the defendants said they would appeal tne convictions. King did not set a sentencing date and or dered all the defendants except Echezarreta-Cruz to surrender to U.S. marshals. Chief prosecutor Walter Schroeder, who was hospitalized briefly last week with chest pains, called the convictions "a great day in the histo ry oi law enforcement. "The jury has sent a loud and clear message to large-scale criminal organizations that such activity is not going to be tolerated in this country." Testimony in Bundy Case Challenged ORLANDO (AP) - A defense expert testified yesterday that hypnosis-induced testimony by the state's only eyewitness in the Theodore Bundy kidnap-murder trial lacked any value or credibility. Dr. Milton V. Kline, a New York City clinical psychologist and specialist in hypnosis, told a Circuit Court jury that former fireman C.L. Anderson "was extremely compliant to suggestions" by what he called domineering and "omnipotent hypnotists" on what he saw during 12-year-old murder victim Kimberly Diane Leach's alleged kidnaping two years ago. Kline called the procedures used by what he said were inadequately trained hypnotists "a gross distortion and violation" of methods accepted by most of the scientific community. At his urging, the jury trying Bundy on charges and kidnaping and killing Miss Leach was permitted to hear the tape recordings of hypnotic sessions with the state's star witness. Kline said he saw "no basis for the use of hypnosis" to enhance the memory of Anderson, who has testified he saw a man who "closely resembles" Bundy lead Miss Leach into a white van. Miss Leach, a brown-haired seventh grader, disappeared from her Lake City junior high school Feb. 9, 1978. Her body was found in a North Florida hog pen two months later. Bundy, 33, from Tacoma, Wash., already is under a double death sentence for the murders of two Chi Omega Sorority sisters at Florida State University about three weeks Fair Attendance Hurt by Weather Because of a cold snap no one was expecting, the South Florida Fair, for the first time, had an attendance its promoters weren't expecting. "This is the first time it has been less than the previous year," said promotions director Danny Taylor. The crowd he said, was about 10,000 less than i979. "I thought more would come," said Taylor, who figured chilly weather cut the number of Sunday's fair-goers by 50,000. More than 500,000 persons attended the 10-day event. Taylor said the rain created more problems than the cold. A greater number of people came Saturday when it was cold, than the Saturday before when 3 Mi inches of rain fell. He said Saturday was the second biggest day in the fair's history, next to the same Saturday last year. "The cold didn't stop people from getting on the rides," Taylor said. One of the most popular ones, he said, was the "Seadragon," a swing several stories high that holds 40 people. "It's hard to pinpoint what drew," Taylor said. Profits from the fair, he said, won't be determined until March. before Miss Leach disappeared. Bundy was convicted of those murders in a Miami trial last summer. Prior to playing the lengthy hypnosis tapes to the jury, Kline attempted to poke holes in the validity of Anderson's hypnotism-assisted recall of details about the defendant, the girl, the vehicle and date. The details included some that Anderson hadn't recalled prior to the hypnotic sessions, conducted in July 1978, five months and three weeks after the Leach girl disappeared. Testifying over numerous prosecution objections, Kline said he saw "no point in hypnotizing a man when he has already rendered a normal recollection." He said a person could not relive an experience "without contamination to the memory from many sources." Kline and defense attorney Victor Africano Indicated the two hypnotists who placed Anderson in a trance were not suitably qualified or experienced. The defense suggested the hypnotists had conducted the sessions incorrectly and provoked "pseudo recall" of details suggested ty the prosecution. Court Asked To Overturn Death Sentence State Mews Pott Wirt Strvicn TALLAHASSEE A defense lawyer yesterday asked the Florida Supreme Court to overturn the murder conviction and death sentence of his client because the state's main witness changed his story and admitted the killing. The court also was asked in another case to overturn the death sentence of M.C. Mack Ruf-fin because of alleged judicial error during his Putnam County trial on charges of raping and killing a pregnant 21-year-old Leesburg woman. The turn of events in the first case involved the conviction of Fred Brumbley who was tried in Taylor County for the murder of Robert Rodgers. Granted immunity, Brumbley's accomplice, Russel Smith, told prosecutors Brumley was the trigger man, but once on the stand phanged his story and said he shot Rodgers near a highway rest stop while Brumley was out buying beer. Truckers Air Demands FORT LAUDERDALE The Independent Truckers' Rights Association, born during a summer strike that plunged South Florida gasoline stations into chaos, says it would call a new strike only as a "last resort" About 30 of the association's 250 members have met to compose new demands of the Public Service Commission (PSQ. The union's leaders said it didn't want to "point a gun at anyone's head," said attorney John Rayson. "We don't want to watch the National Guard hauling fuel again," said trucker leader Jack Senior. "We're asking for parity." While some truckers at the meeting talked angrily of striking again, Senior urged them to give the PSC a "reasonable amount of time" to consider their demands. Rate Increases OK'd TALLAHASSEE The Public Service Commission yesterday approved rate increases for Trailways bus lines and United Parcel Service's Florida operations and two tiny airlines. Trailways passenger rates will go up 10 percent and express rates, 9.9 percent United Parcel charges will increase 3.9 percent Marco Island Airways, providing daily service between Marco Island and Miami, will raise its adult fares from $21 to $24 and children's fares from $10.65 to $12. In addition to the 10 percent hike in passenger charges and 9.9 percent express rate increase, Trailways will raise its COD collection charge from $2.50 to $5. Tile Problems Blamed CAPE CANAVERAL Frustrated space agency officials blame Uttle tiles, some no bigger than 1 square inch, for new delays in the multibillion-dollar space shuttle program. The shuttle, once scheduled for a 1978 launch, would have been ready for a launch with two astronauts aboard this summer if not for the tile problem, officials say. Problems with heat-resistant tiles, which will serve as the spacecraft's protective skin during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, began nearly a year ago. And recent tests have shown that stress on the tiles will be far more severe than first thought. The result is a painstaking, time-consuming check of the entire tiled surface of the shuttle. Contraband Cargo Sent? MIAMI Manuel Espinosa, who stunned the Cuban exile community with his vitriolic attacks on Fidel Castro last week, says "contraband" is being sent from South Florida to Cuba in defiance of the long-standing VS. economic embargo. Espinosa said he will present documents today that will prove goods are being sent illegally to Cuba. "You will see the reasons and the means by which contraband is going to Cuba, while our people are not even getting tires for their cars," he said. The bearded minister had been a driving force in the controversial opening of "dialog" last year between the exile community and Castro. Talks in Havana helped spur the release by Castro of thousands of political prisoners, and also allowed exiles to return home for visits with relatives and friends in Cuba. By Gary Blankenship FMl SUN Wrttor The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) ia poorly managed and state policy allows abuse of Inmates by prison employees, according to the chairman of the slate House Committee on Corrections, Probation and Parole. Rep. Arnett Girardeau (D-Jack-sonville) made those and other charges In a letter to Gov. Bob Graham asking that be make DOC Secretary Louis Wain wright do a better job. Girardeau wrote Jan. 15 that last November he met with the governor'! staff and DOC personnel, who suggested he was "extremely critical" of Walnwrigbt personally. The representative denied that charge. "I am in fact extremely concerned that the secretary of the department, who la ultimately responsible for the entire operation of the (DOC), In my opinion is not adequately meeting his charge as required by the laws of the State of Florida," Girardeau wrote. Graham's press secretary Steve Hull said Graham has received the letter and "Is reviewing it but he's Indicated the content of that letter did not change his opinion of Mr. Walnwrigbt" Graham recently said he has no plans to replace Wainwright Neither Wainwright nor his top spokesman, Vernon Bradford, could be reached for comment yesterday. A DOC spokesman said both were away from their Tallahassee offices. Girardeau wrote that his suggested improvements for the DOC have been ignored for three-and-a-half years, adding, "I find it necessary to deviate from my role as a patient, understanding legislator to that of an impatient, dismayed legislator." He charged the DOC has a policy that employees will not be closely watched for possible inmate abuse. That, be said, creates "an atmosphere where the public Ignores pos sible criminal behavior against criminals to control their behavior . .. This la In contrast to other penal systems, such as California, where the rule Is quite clear and rigidly enforced that Inmate abuse by employees shall not be tolerated." Girardeau also wrote, "A most difficult statement to prove, but a most difficult situation to Ignore Is that every area of (the DOC) that I have been able to become familiar with appears to have difficulty in iU management These difficulties are above and bevond those found in nth. er departments ..." Girardeau also charged: Inmates are not adequately protected from each other while In prison, resulting in some prisoners being more violent when they leave than when they entered. The lack of accounting control over prison canteen and inmate funds would never be tolerated in private industry. Girardeau's committee last year estimated $500,000 could be missing from canteen funds. Fewer than 10 percent of state prisoners are involved in the industries program which is supposed to train them for a post-prison job. There is inadequate medical and meniai care lor inmates, particularly the half whose crimes were related to alcohol or drugs. Prison meals are poor and frequently different from published menus. The DOC has done little to carry out legislation requiring the isolation of first time and juvenile offenders. "Most of these problems could be improved greatly, if not totally corrected by the proper administration of that department," Girardeau said, adding extra money isn't needed. 703633 NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that William M. Bornej, Chief of Police, City of West Palm Beach, Florida, under and by virtue of Section 31-223 City Code of the City of West Palm Beach, Florida, 1962, as amended, will sell for cash Friday, February 15, 1980, at 10:00 AM, the following abandoned bicycles: JC Penney Boys Wht Murray Boys Blk Kent Boys Grn Peugeot Boys 2548409 Wht Bridgestone Boys Lt. Blu Raleigh Girls Blk Boys HC1 798754 Grn Girls M085139X12T1695422 Red Schwinn Boys JHO23480 Yel Schwinn Boys JF28484 Red Raleigh Boys ' Grn Featherweight Boys HOI 02801 6 Gm Raleigff Boys Yel Nishiki Boys K5314421 Sil Tyler Boys 79-093942 Brn Sears Roebuck Boys 5020458030T7 103752 Blu Boys Wht AMF Boys Blk Rudge Boys 3-3740 Blu Grant Girls C04435 Grn Huffey Boys Blk Peugeot Boys 390965 Wht Huffey Boys HC6710982 Sil Murray Girls M365 1 1 X27807057 Blu Schwinn Girls HG095392 Blk Cactus Flower Girls WhtYel Boys Sil .Free Spirit Boys Red Girls 462111-71798 Org Schwinn Girls Blu Huffey Girls HC571 5567 (wrecked) Red Bike parts Batavus Moped 653694 BlkRed Pugh Moped 8439758 Blu Motobecane Moped 1692578 Blk 703634 NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that William M. Barnes, Chief of Police, City of West Palm Beach, Florida, under and by virtue of Section 31-78 City Code of the City of West Palm Beach, Florida, 1962, as amended, will sell for cash to the highest bidder at the Police Pound located in the Public Works Complex at the end of Frederick Street, on Friday, February 15, 1980, at 10:00 AM, the following abandoned automobiles: 72AMC Org A2E465E722171 69 Chevrolet BlkWht 133699G361744 68 Chevrolet Grn 156698F131817 70 Ford Brn OW62H 128478 71 Oldsmobile Bge 384391E127820 69 Chevrolet Grn 164699J 149629 72 Mercury Wht 2H03F514851 73 Pontiac BgeBrn 2L57R3D1 23233 70 Plymouth WhtBlu RH23G0G1 70794 71 Buick Grn 484371 H466232 74 Chevrolet Yel CKY184F198545 70 Chevrolet BlkSil 164390U188169 70 Chevrolet GldBge 164370D1 10882 71 Pontiac Rust 235371P122941 74 Buick WhtGId 494877H923002 72 BMW Sil 3101483 68 Pontiac WhtBlu 262878P1 68395 64 Chevrolet Wht 41839C131400 72 Chevrolet WhtGm 1M57H2D 108350 67 Chrysler Wht CE41G73284299 72 Ford BlkTan 2B31H177641 73 Capri Red GAECNB29738 66 Dodge Yel 1962075387 72 Chevrolet Bge 1M39H2D 125638 69 Oldsmobile Blk 348659M212416 69 Ambassador Brn A9A887S1 13357 75 Honda BluWht CL3505003636 70 Honda Blu CB4503016854 73 Honda Brn CB5002033392 FOUND PROPERTY: An assortment of Found property in the custody of the West Palm Beach Police Department will also be auctioned to the highest bidder for cash.

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