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2B THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 Poll shows Boca backs fluoride try Aquittal streak ends SLS CclSG against 'Teflon Twan' sticks shooting death of Demetrius Parker of West Palm Beach. In the most recent case, jurors found him not guilty of shooting James Paulk of Riviera Beach outside a convenience store. Jurors said they believed him guilty but decided to acquit him based on lack of evidence. Way faces a mandatory life sentence without parole when sentenced on Friday. His attor f - ! . . I Way pushed to add fluoride to the city's drinking water, shelled out $1,400 from his own pocket for the poll. Patriot Games of West Palm Beach, Freuden-berg's political consultants, hired the firm Cherry Communications to conduct the poll. Three questions were posed to 314 registered voters Sunday. There is a plus or minus 3 percent chance of error. In a question asking respondents their position knowing that the measure is endorsed by American Dental Association and the U.S. surgeon general, 223 people, or 71 percent, said they supported adding fluoride and 91 opposed it or weren't sure. Sup By Scott McCabe Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON Nearly seven out of 10 local voters recommend adding fluoride to the city's drinking water, according to survey results released Monday by Councilman David Freudenberg. Freudenberg and the city council were scheduled to vote Monday to determine whether voters would decide the issue in a straw ballot March 14 during the presidential primary. But the meeting was postponed because of Hurricane Floyd. Freudenberg expects a vote in early October. Freudenberg, who has port reached nearly 70 percent on two similar questions. The message is clear," Freudenberg said. The city of Boca Raton strongly wants to fluoridate its drinking water." But opponents question whether fluoride is harmful to bones and mental health. And the two sides remain deeply polarized. Earlier this month, Freudenberg was accosted by a fluoride opponent outside City Hall and goaded into a shouting match. "You name it, I've heard it," he said. "It's related to the atomic bomb, it increases AIDS, and it's a communist plot to poison us." By John Pacentl Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Teflon Twan turned to Velcro on Monday. Antwan Teflon Twan" Way, who earned his nickname by beating felony charges at four separate trials in the past three years, couldn't persuade a 12-member jury to make it five in a row. Prosecutors, angered by the difficulty of convicting Way in the past, crowed at the verdict after 4V6 hours of deliberation. "I guess as far as the Teflon handle, I think it's Velcro Twan now," prosecutor Kirk Volker said. The courtroom was full of relatives of the defendant and his victim when the jury found Way, 23, guilty of a killing right out of the movie Scarface. He shot Jason Giles, 22, of Lauderdale Lakes, point-blank the night of May 18, 1998, as Giles crawled down a Riviera Beach street trying to escape his jealous pursuer. Way, who showed no emotion at the verdict, killed Giles after catching him in his ex-girlfriend's bedroom. The jury refused to talk to reporters after announcing the verdict and asked the court to provide an armed escort from the building. "It's really almost sinister," Volker said. "The victim was a young man who had no record at all. A nice kid from a really nice family I feel relieved. I just didn't want to see it happen again." Four times before prosecutors tried to convict Way, once of second-degree murder and three times of aggravated battery. All involved shootings. Four times before, Way got off. In the most serious incident, Way, known as "Snake" on the street, was found not guilty in the third trial after two mistrials in the June 1997 PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stories from 40 area communities. Qick on "Your Town" at www.CoPBI.comnews ney, Michael Salnick, refused comment except to say there were numerous issues to appeal. The main witness in the case the ex-girlfriend Kendra Lang spent six months in jail rather than turn on Way, fearing for her life. When she did testify, it was only under the state's new witness-protection program, written for lawmakers by State Attorney Barry Krischer. "All of my witnesses were afraid," Volker said. "I was worried up until moments before each witness testified." Krischer vowed to put Way away and prosecutors responded by pursuing a grand jury indictment to increase the charge to first-degree murder, offering immunity to Lang and putting her pre-teen son on the stand. Salnick told jurors that the witnesses were admittedly drunk or smoking crack the night of the murder. He accused snake-bit prosecutors of manufacturing a case by giving Lang "a get out of jail free card" for her testimony. Charles Johnson, father of the victim, said he was elated. "We can't bring back our son. All we wanted was that (Way) get the longest possible sentence." POLICE BLOTTER missions. Actuality's producer, Erratic Entertainment, had support from the board in January, but on Monday, board members said they wanted more details, including assurances its proposed television series would not mimic "real violence" shows that feature car crashes. Sex offender freed, others challenge law BELLE GLADE The election for three city commission seats will FlCl!l 2flQp not take place as scheduled today. In an emergency meeting, the city commission postponed the election until Sept 21 because of concerns about WEST PALM BEACH A city police officer helped capture a man wanted for allegedly raping a teenager in Pennsylvania after he saw the man's face on America's Most Wanted. Officer Louis Potter was watching the show Saturday when he recognized the photograph of William Joseph Cerra Jr., 51, who is wanted by sheriff s deputies in Scranton, Pa. Potter had seen Cerra making sandwiches at Blessings Market, 540 Clematis St., and called police, spokeswoman Dena Peterson said. Cerra was arrested at 1:33 a.m. Sunday at his home, 113 S. Rosemary Ave., and taken to the county jail to await extradition to Pennsylvania, she said. Cerra was a cab driver in 1995 when he allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl and threatened to kill her if she told, authorities said. He also has been convicted and served time for two rapes, in 1970 and 1977, police said. BOCA RATON Jean Frantz Bazile was charged with two counts of attempted murder after police said he attacked his children with a machete Sunday. Bazile, 46, of 1700 N.W. Eighth St was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail and was being held without bail. Witnesses and the children a 12-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl said Bazile approached them with the knife, cutting them on their heads. Hurricane Floyd. If a run-off is needed, it will be held Sept 28. By Susan Spencer-Wendel Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Lawyers in court Monday decrying the practice of keeping sexual offenders in state custody after the end of their prison sentences lost one of their shackled charges right as the hearing began. Guards removed the chains from around sex offender Tony Wilson's hands and feet after a prosecutor conceded that new psychological evidence in his case could no longer justify keeping him. Wilson, 35, finished his prison sentence in February, but has been forcibly interned at a state treatment center under the Jimmy Ryce Act The lawyers presented evidence Monday that the center, with its former use of electric shock belts and a staff made up of trained jail guards, is just an extension of prison. Wilson walked out of the lOth-floor courtroom, stood and stared at the expansive view of the white-capped ocean and Palm Beach. "I'm overwhelmed. I know who I am. I know I won't reoffend. ... But I'm still overwhelmed," he said. Three fellow patients of Wilson's at the state's specially designated sex offender treatment center remained inside the courtroom, chained, listening to Assistant Public Defenders Peggy Natale and Nellie King launch their local attack on the act's constitutionality. The Jimmy Ryce Act glided through the 1998 Florida Legislature and became law Jan. 1. It was named for a 9-year-old Miami-Dade boy who was raped and murdered by a convicted sexual predator who had completed his prison sentence. The act allows that when a violent sex offender's sentence is ending, but he's still considered dangerous, prosecutors sue him in a civil trial and try to prove to a judge and jury that he's likely to offend again. If so, he's involun tarily committed to the Liberty Treatment Center in Indiantown. Natale began presenting evidence Monday that the Liberty Treatment Center, where 117 convicted sexual offenders are interned, is a prison extension. A psychology professor who has studied such centers around the nation and toured the Liberty facility told Circuit Judge Virginia Gay Broome that center looks, acts and feels like a prison. Craig Haney of the University of California at Santa Cruz said the 117 men mill about bored, in a barren environment where there's no privacy, no humanizing touches and no treatment He said he heard of patients having to wear electric shock belts and being escorted around by jail guards. "In terms of sparseness and depravity ... it rivals the worst ones in other states," he said. That ends up hurting them. Not helping them." eiiefly ' : :r::: Recovered pieces of an airplane engine that exploded over West Palm Beach Sunday will be taken to a Continental Airlines maintenance facility for inspection, federal investigators said. The engine exploded shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday just after takeoff from Palm Beach International Airport, but the pilot was able to turn the plane around and land safely. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into whether a bird might have been sucked into the engine, causing the explosion. Hundreds of pieces of the engine rained down on the neighborhood just east of the airport, but no one was injured. BIHIPN BEACH " The city commission Monday night took the following action: B Budget Tentatively approved 5-0 the city's 1999-2000 budget The $39.2 million budget up 3.5 percent from this year's, proposes hiring 31 new employees, including an engineering director, a director of media and public relations and a landscape planner. The tax rate under the budget presented Monday would be $7.82 per $1,000 of taxable property value, Finance Director Diane Reese said. A final vote on the budget is scheduled for Sept 21, after a 6 p.m. public hearing at city hall. B Audit Heard a presentation from Paul Bremmer of Ernst and Young, the accounting firm that conducts the city's state-mandated audit After he stressed that the audit is not an operational one that seeks out areas of misspending or inefficiency, Commissioner Robert Weiland said he would like to set aside $50,000 in the 1999-2000 budget for an internal audit that "goes a little further and above that (state audit)." The commission took no action on his request. BOCA RATON Police are offering free inspections of child safety seats for cars on Sept 21. The service also includes a demonstration of the proper way to install the seats. Those interested can go to the police department, at 100 N.W. Second Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon, and must bring a beach towel and instruction manuals for the seat and car. For information, call police at 338-1234. HEALTH CARE DISTRICT WEST PALM BEACH The Palm Beach County Health Care District unanimously took the following action at its special board meeting Monday: Budget Passed a tentative $112.7 million budget, based on a property tax rate of 0.975 mills, that includes $12 million from the district's surplus. B Contract delayed: Tabled until its Sept. 22 meeting a $628,410 proposed contract with Song & Associates of West Palm Beach for design and engineering work on the district's new headquarters and county home at the former Palm Beach Regional Medical Center. B Rescue show: Tabled until its Sept 22 meeting a proposal from Actuality Productions, a California subsidiary of Hearst Corp., to film the district's Trauma Hawk during NO. 606736 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO THE CITIZENS OF THE TOWN OF JUPITER, FLORIDA: TO ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST AND TO ALL IT MAY CONCERN: Please take notice that the Public Hearing will be held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Complex, 210 Military Trail, Jupiter, Florida on Tuesday, September 21, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. before the Jupiter Town Council, or as soon as may be heard, on the following applications: 1 . Ordinance 27-99, Zoning Text Amendment Auctions - Zoning text amendment to Sections 27-647 (b), "Industrial Park Light Industry (1-1) zoning district", 27-677 (a) and (b), "Industrial, General (I-2)" to allow Auction as a special exception use. (Second Reading -10599) Item 1 will apply throughout the Town. Couple settles in suit over dead twins display The Associated Press FORT PIERCE A Fort Pierce couple who accused two Lawnwood Regional Medical Center pathologists of putting their stillborn twins on display in the pathology lab agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit court records show. Mary Elder, who worked at the hospital during her pregnancy, asked that her premature babies be placed out of sight until arrangements were made to dispose the bodies. But four months after they were stillborn, she heard they were still at the hospital and heard people commenting on them. She then found them both in the same container in a pathology lab cabinet John Thompson, the attorney for Elder and her husband, said settlement details were i Residents cry 'hidden racism' in hiring practices y QCBtir.K an 5 JLOXAHATCHEE ST ')' li river ..... ..Tv-'-y W- l h i ? V ; TONEY PENNfN. . tlx " " " q .' V, Syy s .'I W ?Vy V llNDiAW CREEK PWY " V U V EBUfiaai smr ! i?Blffl not io sc V I i DOHAU) BOSS I K,U I V. also came a few hours after more than three dozen residents marched down Ocean Avenue to support Hawkins, a front-runner in the city's $10,000 national search but nonetheless rejected in recent months by Commissioners Nellie Denahan and Robert Weiland. "Everything that we've done that's positive in this community for 12 years can be attributed to Wilfred Hawkins," said Community Relations Board Chairman Ron Washerman, who was among the black, white and Hispanic residents holding signs that called the commission racist "If you don't (choose Hawkins), the damage this hurricane's causing is going to be a lot less than whaf s to come." The next step in the city's "mutating" search to replace Kerry Willis, who resigned in February, remains unclear, City Attorney Jim Cherof said Monday night In April, Denahan and Weiland asked for a nationwide search to find other interested people besides Hawkins, 38. Of the more than 70 applicants, Hawkins and Stunson came out on top, both scoring high in interviews with the commission. But last month, the commission could not come up with the four-vote consensus required to choose between the two men. Following a five-hour meeting last week, the commission unexpectedly voted to offer the city's top job to Stunson, who has been in his current North Lauderdale post since November 1991. The decision to pass over Hawkins, on the city's payroll since 1985, marked the second time in three years that a black candidate lacked the commission's support In 1996, the com BOYNTON BEACH From IB whose supporters charged day that Hawkins, who is black, was overlooked due to racism with another shot at the top post. "Some things can't be compromised, or at least they shouldn't be," Broening told residents. "This is one of them. Compromise is not possible this evening." The mayor's unexpected change of heart came after Tillman, not present when the commission voted 4-0 last week to offer Stunson the job, chastised his peers for taking what he called an illegal, sneaky vote. "I will not stand here with it, for it, at all," Tillman boomed, as several residents clapped and cheered. Broening's switch Monday mission would not offer the job to Isaac Turner of Longview, Texas, even after the top candidate decided not to take the job. There's hidden racism that's been existing in our community, and we're here to expose it," said protester Wayne King, a 40-year-old Boynton Beach native. "I've seen many things move backward, and I'm looking at how we're regressing." Stunson could not be reached for comment Monday night, and Hawkins refused to comment But Broening's vote restored the hope of several Hawkins supporters, who said he has proven he can lead the city's more than 800 employees operating under a $39.2 million budget "(Broening) took the baton and he led," said a smiling Anne Cen-ti, former chairwoman of the education advisory board. The full text Ordinance may be inspected by the public at the Municipal Complex in the Town Clerk's office Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. All interested parties are encouraged to come to the Public Hearing and be heard. At this Public Hearing the Town Council will hear all evidence and arguments in support or in opposition of this item. Anyone desiring to appeal a decision of the presiding body on matters considered at this meeting or this hearing will need a record of the proceedings. They may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is based. The Town of Jupiter does not provide such a record. The above item(s) may be postponed or withdrawn without prior notice. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Division of Planning and Zoning at (561)746-5134. Sally M. Boylan Town Clerk Karen J. Golonka Mayor Exercise For Your IVI imp J ..J he KUrn ieaci Hst ""' ' Cet thought-provoking news and commentary home delivered by calling 820-4663 or 800-654-1231. '-'""''"" PUBLISH DATE: Tuesday, September 1 4, 1 999 ,

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