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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 MSL 2B Delray's manager recommends fixing only worst roads Amateur boxing state champion dies in his sleep despite good health Meadows won the USA Amateur Boxing Association's 1998 super bantam weight division, his mother, Ellen Meadows, said. He graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School and was set to join the Marines in November. He was pronounced dead at 8:35 a.m. Sunday. Dr. Fred Hobin, the Treasure Coast medical examiner, said the death was puzzling because Meadows was in almost perfect health. "He would run five miles a day," Hobin said. Meadows' mother said he was not taking any medication or complaining of any injuries. "He was a lean, mean fighting machine," Meadows said. "The kid knew what he wanted out of life and he went after it He led by example." Hobin said the cause of death may be difficult to determine, but said that athletes who die young often have cardiac problems. By Mary Lou Pickel Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DELRAY BEACH Deep potholes and streets rippled like corduroy have prompted city commissioners to take stock of what it would take to create smooth roads and top-grade water pipes, drains and sewers city-wide. The cost of fixing everything is $45 million, a consultant found. But City Manager David Harden recommends the commission consider a less expensive option repairing only the worst roads and the pipes and drains beneath them for a cost of $17 million. That would leave improvements to drinking water pipes, waste-water and storm-water drains for a later date. Tonight's city commission meeting has been canceled because of Hurricane Floyd, but the commission is scheduled to consider the report and the possibil woman was man's mistress Professor: Men bored, ity of issuing bonds to pay for the repairs at its Sept 21 meeting. Concerns over road disrepair, especially in largely-black neighborhoods, became a rallying cry during the city commission race earlier this year. Residents complained at the annual town hall meeting that commissioners need to spend more money on neighborhoods and less on the city's palm-lined downtown. Candidates soon decried the dirt roads in the Southridge neighborhood, just north of Linton Boulevard and the crumbling streets in the city's mostly black neighborhoods east of Interstate 95. The public has indicated they want an accelerated improvement" Mayor Jay Alperin said. "We have to see what the costs are, what the improvements are, and see if we can get it done." Not surprisingly, the areas most in need of road and utility 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 of them made more direct threats than Prettyman. Van Ludy, executive director of the Classroom Teachers Association, said he thinks Monday's vote sends a mixed message to teachers who are supposed to evaluate the words of children. "If the chief legal counsel can make statements like that and is exonerated, then what could a kid say to a teacher that is any worse?" he said. Burdick said she plans to put the whole situation behind her, but Montgomery said she isn't so sure she can. She wants Pretty-man's seat moved off the bulletproof dais and wants her to undergo psychological testing, something board members SEX OFFENDERS From IB he's involuntarily 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 merely an extension of prison. A psychology professor who Lawyer argues charge By Michael Van Sickler Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PORT ST. LUCIE A 17-year-old amateur boxing state champ died in his sleep Sunday, despite being in reportedly exemplary health, according to a Port St. Lucie police report Jason Meadows, 1118 S.W. Jumper St, was found by his 16-year-old brother, Joe, who tried to wake him at about 8 a.m. but noticed he wasn't breathing. Police: Dead New York officials say Howard Elkins had an affair with the women found in a barrel in his former home. By Clay Lambert Palm Beach Post Staff Writer : JERICHO, N.Y. Truth be told, New York police don't care much about the life Howard Elkins took from himself Friday while hidden in a garage in a quiet gated community west of Boca Raton. They're more interested in the life Elkins led 30 years ago. That is when Elkins apparently made time for an ongoing extramarital affair with one of 60 young women who worked at his Manhattan plastics shop, police said. And, at a crowded news conference on Long Island Monday, police said they believe Elkins' mistress was the same woman whose remains they pulled from the bottom of an oil drum Sept 2. The woman was found by homeowner Ronald Cohen as he prepared the Jericho house for sale. He called police, who removed the pregnant body of a woman dressed in a cardigan sweater, skirt, and imitation leopard-skin waistcoat She had a crushed skull and had been seated in the barrel amid grain usually reserved for sopping up oil spills. : The bizarre story that didn't begin to unfold until that gruesome discovery on a tree-lined suburban street took several twists on Monday. Nassau County police Detective Robert Edwards said he believes he knows the identity of the petite and dark-haired Hispanic woman who had mummified in the rusted barrel police found at 67 Forest Drive. And evidence suggests Elkins might have known who it was, too. ; Edwards declined to release COURTS the name and Elkins took whatever he knew to the grave. He told police he had had an extramarital relationship, but did not name the woman. Elkins' wife did not wish to talk to reporters Monday. Elkins and his wife, Ruth, owned the Forest Drive house when it was built in 1959, calling it home for 15 years. And the barrel the one police believe held the body since at least 1970 also once belonged to Elkins. The barrel originally contained green dye and had been delivered to the Melrose Plastic Company, Edwards said. Elkins co-owned the Manhattan maker of plastic flowers and trees commonly used in department store displays. The business was sold in 1972 when the Elkins family moved to Hollywood. It has since shut down. Co-workers at Melrose Plastic told police that Elkins' mistress also had another child. "There was banter around the office that the child might be his," Edwards said. That child would be 31 today, police speculated. They do not know the sex or identity of the child, or whether he or she lives today. Edwards and Detective Brian Parpan traveled to Palm Beach County on Wednesday to confront the 70-year-old Elkins with what they had found. The police met Elkins the next day at his home in the Crescent Lakes subdivision, east of Lyons Road. "We had a give-and-take for about an hour and a half," Edwards said. "We asked him if we could swab his mouth for DNA and he refused. We told him we would get a warrant "Mr. Elkins said he had a lot to discuss with his wife and asked us for some time. We complied, and that is where we left it." The next afternoon Elkins Up Qickon took a new shotgun to the Barrister Drive home of a family friend and shot himself once in the head. Palm Beach County sheriff s reports list the death as a suicide. Edwards said the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office drew blood from Elkins during an autopsy Saturday. Authorities will now try to match DNA with the nearly full-term fetus the woman had been carrying at the time of her death. That could take weeks, Edwards said. He acknowledged that the condition of the woman's body might make it impossible to match blood types. And police wondered aloud whether they would ever solve the mystery. "Even if the baby the woman was carrying was Elkins', that doesn't mean he killed her," Nassau County police Lt Kevin Caslin said. This case might remain open and inactive." The murder mystery was front-page news all over the island Monday. On Forest Drive, as they put out trash for the garbage collectors, people talked about the barrel that had been placed in the crawl space underneath a family room addition the Elkinses built 30 years earlier. "It's something that doesn't happen every day," said neighbor Ivan Fried. Then he looked toward the white clapboard and brick home Ronald Cohen recently sold to a man named Hamad Tafaghodi. There was a rusting metal rocker sitting stilled next to four garbage cans. Nearby, neighbor Lynn Gor-donson had her hands on hips, staring at two suddenly suspect black plastic garbage bags piled on top of the Tafaghodi discards. "It all makes you want to check their trash," Gordonson said. She smiled, but she was only half-joking. PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE to 20 stories from 40 area communities. "Your Town" at umnv.GoPBI.comnews repairs are the city's older areas east of 1-95, the consultant's report found. The northeast section of the city needs $20 million in repairs and the southeast section $21 million. In contrast everything west of Congress Avenue needs only about $4 million in work. If the city were to concentrate on repairing only the worst roads and the utilities beneath them, the cost for the northeast section would be $9.2 million and for the southeast section $6 million. Harden still hasn't decided whether to recommend bonds that use property taxes and require voter approval, or bonds that use utility fees and taxes and don't require a vote. The last time voters approved a bond issue was 10 years ago, when they passed a $21.5 million bond issue for beautification of the city's downtown and public works projects. lack privacy being escorted around by 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." Wilson said he believes about 80 of the patients do not receive any counseling or therapy because they've refused to sign consent forms giving up certain rights. The whole tiling's a farce," the former patient said. was a setup "I think we need to watch her very carefully," Montgomery said. Board Chairwoman Sandra Richmond said she is exasperated by how much attention has been swallowed up by something that has so little impact on the business of education. "Lefs face it Two board members don't get along with the superintendent. Two board members don't get along with the general counsel. Let's call it even," she said. "I don't get along with a lot of these people. The bottom line is: We have got to work together to see what we can do to make this school world a better place for our children. "I'm kind of fed up with all this other junk. It's very destructive to our kids." Karen J. Golonka Mayor NO. 606736 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO THE CITIZENS OF THE TOWN OF JUPITER, FLORIDA: TO ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST AND TO ALL IT MAY1 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. PRETTYMAN From IB rassment it may have caused the school district ... the board members . . . and myself," she said. "I will never make a similar comment again." All along, Prettyman maintained the investigation was orchestrated by Kelly and Superintendent Joan Kowal with whom she has clashed to get rid of her. Kelly defended the investigation last week, even though the evidence wasn't strong enough for a criminal case. Prettyman said Elfers was simply getting back at her for giving him a bad evaluation. Elfers denied that "It's just a tragedy that we have employees who like to create trouble for me," she said. Elfers said Monday he wouldn't have done anything differently. "I just didn't want anyone to get hurt," he said. Since 1996, nine employees have been disciplined for making threats against others, though all Council OKs budget with utilities tax PORT ST. LUCIE From IB council members approved on first reading a series of city budgets that include a 5 percent tax on electric bills and no increase in the city's property tax rate of $3.94 per $1,000 of taxable property value. Although City Manager Don Cooper originally proposed budget cuts ranging from early park closings to a reduction in the city's savings account to make up a $1 million deficit in the main operating account three council members voted for the 5 percent utility tax to generate $2.25 million each year for the next three years. After that council members will be forced to reevaluate the need for the tax. Despite a constant tax rate, the average city tax bill will rise by almost 1 percent because existing property values have risen slightly. The owner of a $75,000 house with homestead exemption would pay $197 in city taxes. Some added services are included in the city's special budgets, such as the water and sewer utility and road and bridge fund, but most general city departments saw few budget increases and in some cases cuts. Because of an added 3-cent gas tax passed by St Lucie County commissioners this year, the city will have an extra $850,000 in road money next year and $1.2 million each year until 2004 to repair and build new roads. A final public hearing and vote on the budget will be held Sept 27. 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 the 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 Elder's attorney, John Thompson, said the details of the settlement in the suit which named the hospital and Drs. Leonard Walker and John Minarcik, were u roebuck RD. 1 k oXAHATCH7 .'(' v I i RIVER ..... "' st '."jV ': W7 I h s v V v. -'" ffrf A 1 i ;t W- II v msma susuJ sou 1 i'iumkm " 70 Vy D.U) ROSS I i 0.D jf . money?" Both men were armed, the report states. The assistant manager dropped the deposit bag by the door to the restaurant's office. The men picked up the bag, and ran out the door. No arrests had been made by Monday. 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 sheriffs 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. POLICE BLOTTER 1 HOBE SOUND Two men with baseball bats robbed the Winn-Dixie at 8867 S.E. Bridge Road of an unknown amount of cash early Monday morning, according to a Martin County sheriffs report The two men, between the ages of 20 and 30, approached an employee outside on a break and forced him back into the store, where they found the night manager. The men forced the night manager to empty the cash in a safe into a trash can, then they put duct tape around the wrists and ankles of the two employees before leaving. No arrests had been made by Monday. JENSEN BEACH Two white males robbed at gunpoint the Wendy's restaurant at 1409 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd. late Sunday night taking a deposit bag containing about $650, according to a Martin County sheriffs report. As the assistant manager was exiting the store around 11:30 p.m. with the deposit bag, the two men, both in their early 20s, ran towards the restaurant shouting, "Where's the 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. mm : . . " . 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. The city council is expected to vote in October whether residents should decide the issue in a straw ballot March 14 during the presidential primary. Sally M. Boylan Town Clerk PUBLISH DATE: Tuesday, September 14, 1999 T T

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