The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 9, 1976 · Page 176
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 176

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, December 9, 1976
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C2-Palm Beach Post, Thursday, December 9, 1976 Man's Suit Charges He Was Illegally Arrested By FRAN KERCE Post StaH Writer OKEECHOBEE - The City of Okeechobee, its mayor, police chief and a city patrolman are being sued for more than $200,000 by local businessman Thomas Edward Elmore. Elmore, in a suit filed this week, charged he was arrested illegally on Oct. 1, 1975, with pre-signed affidavits and arrest warrants by Mayor Audley Dunham. He claims he has "suffered great physical discomfort and inconvenience, great mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation, disgrace and injury to his feelings . . . " and other degradation. On Oct. 1 of last year Patrolman Richard Perry Lamb came to the home of Elmore and his wife Carolyn at 1009 NW Third St. Mrs. Elmore told Lamb her husband had hit her. The suit alleges Lamb took Mrs. Elmore to the Police Department where he got an affidavit that had been pre-signed by Dunham and filled it out. Mrs! Elmore signed it. Elmore claims Lamb then filled out a "previously signed arrest warrant," authorizing Elmore's arrest. He said the warrant carried Dunham's signature but, Dunham was not present, and never determined whether probable cause existed for the arrest. Elmore was arrested at his parents' home later that night. He claims he was taken to the Police Department by Lamb and "maliciously detained against his will and released only after posting a $200 bond." Elmore, owner of Wise TV and director of the Chamber of Commerce, alleges the arrest warrant is void because the affidavit of Mrs. Elmore says she came before Dunham and swore Elmore had committed assault and battery. Elmore's suit contends pre-signed affidavits and warrants for arrest are deposited with the Police Department for use and convenience in filling in blanks. Elmore said the case was ordered transferred to County Court at his request. Police Commissioner Lavon Bass asked the judge to dismiss the charge "because of irregularity in issuance of the warrant." This was done Oct. 7, 1975. But Elmore said th" prosecution was continued by Dunham, Police Chief Ed Chisholm and Lamb. Elmore has requested a jury trial. City Atty. David Conlon had little to say. "The city has no comment to make. We must file an official answer within 20 days," he said. He said the city received the case late Tuesday afternoon. Conlon said this is the first suit, filed against the city in more than two years. Dunham fas out of town and could not be reached fo comment. City Council Chairman Russell Domer, Chisholm and Lamb also were unavailable for comment. With New Kidney, He's Back Home j ' W , pM ymm i i , , fdZzz& o I ' Oiiv'l. t il ' rswTwk .. i v ' hi j - 5S&r - .- V v.-. Drake credited his brother, who was in the same hospital wing for six days recovering, with speeding his own recuperation. "When we finally could get up and walk, we could see each other; and that helped a lot," Dick said. "I had to go down there (to Ted's room) and encourage him to get well." He also credited doctors and nurses at the Palm Beach Medical Group for taking personal interest in him, as well as his surgeon, Dr. Ben VanderWerf. VanderWerf, of Miami, said Drake was lucky because he and Ted had a perfect match of inherited tissues important in combatting organ rejection. Only one in four siblings have such a match, VanderWerf added. He said the youth would have been unlikely to find many other potential donors. "He has developed a lot of antibodies from blood transfusions," VanderWerf said. "It would have been very difficult to find someone who could donate." Drake agreed. "I never really thought I would have another transplant," he said. "And I figured if I did have another I'd be sick and have to go to the hospital all the time." By JOHN PETERSON Post Staff Writer Teddy Bear II came home yesterday to meet his future. Dick Drake, 19, returned to his home in West Palm Beach from Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital where he received a kidney from his 18-year-old brother Ted on Nov. 30. The kidney transplant means an end to 18 hours a week on a dialysis machine, the best fate Drake could resign himself to three years ago, after his body rejected a kidney donated by his mother, Mildred In-galls. That attempted transplant had left Drake sick and despairing in a North Carolina hospital, longing to return to his home at 421 Pine Road. "I came down here to die," he said, recalling how he could hobble only a few steps with the aid of a cane. "If you had known me three years ago, you wouldn't recognize me." "Now, he's got a future," Mrs. In-galls said. Drake's immediate plans include "taking it easy" for a couple of months to recuperate from the six-and-a-half-hour operation and a remarkably short 8-day stay in the hospital. Kidney transplant patients usually spend a month in the hospital, his surgeon said. The recovery period will seem shorter because Citizens Band (CB) radio enthusiasts scraped together a Oi radio and base-station antenna tor Drake, who said he has wanted file for some time. He said his handle will be "Teddy Bear II" named after the country music ballad about a crippled youth named Teddy Bear who was befriended by CB operators. Drake said he has been mulling ideas for his future. "I've been wantin' to go back to school for a long time," he said. "I'm interested in getting a job as a technician in a kidney transplant unit." Support for Drake came from his family, medical personnel and friends. "We don't have much of anything but we're sticking together," Mrs. lngalls said. "I was the likely one (to donate first). I wanted to do it. I'm just as strong as I was before. It I wasn't I would never have allowed Ted to donate. I'll never miss the one I gave." Ted said he had decided to donate before his 18th birthday (when doctors allowed him to donate). Sister Penny, 16, had pledged to donate a kidney when she turns 18. sj i; M jii. ij i m, w W'.4' '" ' ' V. f " , - " . 4 - . ( f t,1 a -w ,V " Staff Photos By George Wedding Dick Drake (above, right) is joined by his brother Ted after returning from Miami. 'I've been wantin' to go back to school for a long time Dick said. His mother (left) donated the first kidney that was transplanted three years ago. 'I wanted to do it Mrs. Ingags said. 'I'll never miss the one I gave.' AODSA St. Lucie County Y . martin County Vandalism Prompts Six-County Probe New Stuart Court Facilities Urged By JIM REEDER Poit Staff Writer STUART - Public Defender Elton Schwarz hits suggested that county commissioners begin planning for construction of a new "Hall of Justice" to house local courts ami court-related He said the new facilities provided for court-related offices with the purchase of Executive Plaza last year already are inadequate and will not meet future needs with the growth projected for the area. He said state officials estimate Martin County's population will increase by 41) per cent STUART - Vandalism of construction equipment in Martin County and five other coastal counties causing $2 million in damages is being investigated by local police agencies and the state Department of Criminal Law Enforcement. Detective Hal Enders, in charge of the Martin County investigation, said since the end of September there have been at least 25 incidents of major vandalism in an area from Dade to Indian River counties. "Somebody's been pouring a corrosive-type material into the engines and gas tanks" of heavy equipment such as bulldozers and road graders, he said. In almost every case the equipment has been vandalized while on construction sites. Locally, there have been about 13 cases of vandalism, the latest victim the Ashton Utilities Co. All of the incidents are believed to be related. According to the Sheriff's Office, there have been similar cases on the state's west coast, leading to speculation that an "organized effort" is behind the vandalism. Trucks owned by various construction companies also have been vandalized. Damages to the equipment in some instances have disabled the machinery totally, according to the Sheriff's Office. Electricity To Be Cut Off In Vacant Condo Units she surrendered to police Tuesday night. Leah Ann Walls of Maple Street was arrested in connection with the theft earlier this week of a 1975 Mercedes Benz owned by Charles Blackmail, of Port Salerno. A spokesman for the Sheriff's Of fice said more arrests are expected and that the car, valued at $13,001), has been recovered. Miss Walls was released from jail yesterday on a $1,500 bond as the investigation continued. A rea Deaths Foster, F.arle, B9, of 115 I lobe Sound Mobile Park, I lobe Sound. Funeral mass at 10 a m today at St Christopher Catholic Church, Kobe Sound. Avcock Funeral Home, Stuart. Myers, Dora (Belly), 77, of 1781 SW College Ave., Stuart Funeral 10 a in. today at Johns Funeral Home Chapel, Stuart. Moody, Paul Warren, 3, of 191 Hyline Road, Jensen Beach Funeral 1 p.m. Friday at Avcock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach Movie Clock FORT PIERCE Sunrise Theatre: "Swashbuckler," 6 45, 8:35 Village Theatre: "Grizzly,'' (i, 8 30 Fort Pierce Drive-In: "Drive In," 7:30; "Watch Out We're Mad," !) 15 STUART Mavfair Theatre: "Grizzly," (i 30 8 30 by 1981 and that "serious consideration must be given toward providing adequate facilities for the judicial system." He noted that along with the projected population increases, caseloads will be increased with the abolition of municipal courts. Two county judges and three circuit judges will be working in Martin County next year, giving the county five judges and only three courtrooms After commissioners purchased Executive Plaza last year, the Public Defender's Office was moved to the courthouse on E. Ocean Boulevard. A plan to put the State Attorney's Office there was thwarted by a demand for more office space by the Sheriff's Office. The state attorney and the Probation and Parole Office are across town in the Martin County Administrative Center and this causes inefficiency, Schwarz said. "1 strongly urge the County Commission to give serious consideration to establishing a committee to begin planning a Hall of Justice designed to meet the needs of the judicial system as they will arise during the next 10 to 15 years," Schwarz said. In a Dec. 1 letter to County Administrator Jack Noble, Schwarz said he would be happy to meet with the commissioners in a workshop session to discuss the needs of the judicial system. He said it was his understanding that the purchase of the new administrative center was only a stopgap action to meet a critical need and should not be viewed as a long-range solution. Several years ago commissioners discussed construction of a combination justice building and civil defense emergency center. ; STUART County officials have decided to start cutting off electricity in unoccupied apartments in two buildings at Dolphins Bay condominium in order to enforce a County Commission edict that certificates of occupancy at the project be revoked. Despite the commission's decision, two more apartments at the project were occupied hy "time-sharing owners" Tuesday night since llie county had no effective means of keeping thorn out. ; Commissioners are trying to restrict occupancy because the developers have failed to install needed booster pumps and storage tanks to increase water pressure in upper floors of the buildings. Developers also said they will not improve the! water and sewage systems unless the county approves the time-sharing operation, which may be-in violation of county zoning regulations. ' County Engineer Ken Ferrari yesterday talked with officials of Florida Power & Light Co. (FP&L) about cutting off service to individual apartments. "If the county writes a letter requesting it, FP&L will terminate service to apartments as they become unoccupied," Ferrari said. The building apparently has been operating with temporary permits providing for electric service to test wiring, appliances and other electric items during the construction phase. "That makes our legal position stronger to cut off the service," Ferrari said. Commissioners' efforts to close the two time-sharing buildings are being used as a wedge to force improvements to the water system in two other buildings occupied by lulltime owners. Attorney John Gary told commissioners Tuesday that the owners are relying on the proceeds from time-sharing sales to finance the water improvements, but commissioners stood firm in their position. ire pur Endors said law officers suing a few local leads. Woman Surrentlors, Charged With Theft STUART - A 20-year-old Fort Pierce woman was charged with grand larceny of an automobile after Mitchell From CI' Resources Pioneer Dies k.v "Up in northern Wisconsin, where I come from, it really gets cold. This is nothing." . "Howard, the river is frozen over," I protested. "You could walk across it." - "Of course the river is frozen over," he said. "It's always frozen over in February. It'll start breaking up in April or May, though." 1 Do you know what it's like when it gets that cold? I knOw some of you do, but a lot of you don't. For one thing, you had better have a heated garage for, your car, otherwise it probably won't start. Once started, you had better not leave it parked outside too long or it won't restart. During these periods of bitter cold, people leave their car motors running while they buy groceries at the supermarket. Even then, it's all tha heater can do to keep up with the outside temperature. ."I'm glad you people won the Civil War," I said to Howard one day. " "Why?" he said. William V. Storch, 53, a primary architect of water management in South Florida the p,ist 22 years, died yesterday in Mercy Hospital in Miami. Storch, of 185 Yale Drive in Lake Worth, suffered an attack Nov. 12 while attending a meeting of the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District (FCD), of which he had been the chief engineer since 1956 and director of resource planning since 1973. An opponent of the proposed jet-port in Conservation Area 215 and continued land development in South Florida, Storch was named conservationist of the year in 1974 by the Florida Wildlife Association. Horn April 14, 1923, in New York City, Stqrch received a degree in civil engineering from Columbia University in 1943 During World War II he was a commissioned officer in the Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Navy, and served in the South Pacif ic with the 70th Naval Construction Battalion. Between 1946 and 1954 he was em ployed with the Virginia Department of Highways, the New York State Department of Public Works and a consulting engineers firm in New York City. In 1954 he accepted employment with the FCD and had been em ployed by the district since. "Because if we had won, we would have had to occupy this part of the country, and it's clearly unfit for human habitation." "Not all the time," Howard said. "It's only bad in the winter." "Yeah," I said. "The only trouble is that the winters 'are nine months long. Then you get three months of cool weather, and winter starts in again." I endured three more winters like that before escaping to Florida. I paid my dues, and now I'm getting my revenge. I talked to a friend in Wisconsin the other day and asked him how the weather was up there. "It's about 15 degrees now, but it's supposed to get cold tonight," he said. "It's cold here, too," I said. "It dipped into the low 60s last night and I had to close my windows." I would tell you what he said next, but this is a family newspaper. 4 William V. Storch . . . with FCD since '54

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