The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 10, 1976 · Page 98
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 98

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, December 10, 1976
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Jack Scarola said he expects a grand jury report to be released by noon today, but said it probably will not end the investigation. The commissioners voted Nov. 9 to extend collection franchises in the county to 1986, although none of the contracts for the four companies involved was scheduled to expire any earlier than 1980. However, a new commission seated Nov. 16 voted to rescind the extension. Questions remain on the legality of that action, but the stated thrust of the grand jury presentation by the State Attorney's Office is to determine why the previous commission acted so hastily in extending the contracts. Retired commissioner E.W. (Bud) Weaver, who initially proposed the extension, followed former commissioner Robert Johnson into the grand jury room yesterday. Johnson stayed only 20 minutes; Weaver spent 45. Neither would comment. Current Commission Chairman William Medlen remained in the hearing room 90 minutes and when he emerged, said, "Well, I got to talk a little." After 20 minutes of testimony, Ex-Official Agrees To Court Ban Order Prohibits Tax Shelter Deals By DEE WHITTINGTON Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON - James K. Deutsch, former chairman of the Greater Boca Raton Beach Taxing District, has agreed to a consent order permanently prohibiting him from organizing limited partnerships anywhere in the country. The U.S. District Court in Miami order came at the request of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which charged Deutsch with several violations of federal law, including organizing limited partnerships for tax shelters without registering them as securities. The charges stem from Deutsch's business activities from November 1973 through June 1976 when he raised $2 million from 73 investors and organized investment schemes in a number of states including Florida and New York. The business ventures included seven real estate syndications, two movies and a cattle syndication. The SEC alleged Deutsch personally, and through Centron Corp. which he controlled: Failed to register 10 limited partnerships as securities as required by law. Used investors' funds for personal use without informing them. Failed to inform investors the partnership assets would be incumbered by "excessive" mortgages. Presented investors with misleading information about proposed investments in about a dozen cases. Commingled funds. Misrepresented his business background and net worth. Charged management fees in excess of those disclosed. Deutsch is being sued by investors who claim as a result of his misrepresentation, they invested money they later lost. Several suits are pending against him in Broward and Palm Beach County courts. Michael Puder-Harris of West Palm Beach, Deutsch's attorney, said his client consented to a court order "with our advice, quite honestly because he couldn't afford to fight it." Deutsch also agreed to file an accounting of all of his business transactions dating from Jan. 1, 1973 with the court. Riviera Planner Quits 'Phantom' Department By ANN DOYLE Pot Staff writer RIVIERA BEACH - Assistant Planner Vasilis Patsilaras, claiming he was working for a "nonexistent planner in a phantom planning department," resigned this week. Patsilaras, who held the job more than a year, said he became frustrated with the department's lack of serious planning and its failure to identify the city's problems. In resignation letter, Patsilaras said the department made no effort to resolve the city's transportation and recreation problems. He added there was no conscious effort to tap funds from state and federal agencies. "The purpose of a planning department is to plan and propose alterna- ,i - ' mi i li'l . IiiiHi in in' il .il i ii I. i I i i i ,,lMr Staff Photo By Goorg Wedding PATTERNED PROGRESS A ma- piece of the puzzle which when corn-son worker on the Forum III building pleted will be called an addition to the in West Palm Beach attacks another world of 'modern' architecture. Mitchell Aborts PB Mayor Mission By GARY BLANKENSH1P Pott Staff Writer Former astronaut Edgar Mitchell yesterday aborted his mission for mayor of Palm Beach only a week alter his campaign left the launching pad. Mitchell cited the entrance of another "qualified" candidate into the race, William B. Cudahy, and the lack of time for him to wage an effective campaign as reasons for withdrawing. "Frankly, having a good hard campaign doesn't bother me, but I don't have the time to do that now and still run my business. If Cudahy, 64, had words of praise for Mitchell. "The key here is we have a great hero in Capt. Mitchell. He is overqualified (for mayor), he should be asked to serve at the state or national level," Cudahy said. "I'm sure when this news gets out, he'll have many offers." He said he decided to run at the urging of friends, adding, "I m not going to treat this lightly, I'm going to be very dedicated." Cudahy has lived in the town since 1957 and served as vice president and trust investment officer for the First National Bank before he retired. He now is a bank director and a director of the Sterling Precision Corp. Asked about what issues he sees for the campaign, he said, "I think it's too early to be commenting on this. I have lots of convictions and I'd be delighted to discuss them after the town caucus (on Jan. 4)." Mayor Smith released a brief statement expressing regret at Mitchell's decision not to run, but said, "If he said he does not wish to run, I am sure his reasons are beyond debate." Smith declined to answer any questions or comment on Cudahy's candidacy. E.W. (Bud) Weaver . . . proposed contract extension Commissioner Lake Lytal complained jokingly that he wasn't permitted to make a speech. Former commissioner Robert Culpepper is expected to be the first witness when the jury reconvenes this morning at 9:20. Culpepper was a strong supporter of the extension. tive solutions to present and past problems," his letter read. He claimed the department found "last-minute solutions which were dreamed up at the spur of the moment." He said the solutions often lacked any reasonable documentation and were without substantial factual support. Patsilaras said Riviera Beach is one of the least-developed cities in the area despite its tremendous geographical advantage. City Manager Ron Davis said the resignation has prompted him to look into the department. He said he plans to meet with Planning Director Davendar Kant. Davis said he felt there was justification to some of Patsilaras' remarks. Kant, who has managed the department three years, said he was aware for some time that Patsilaras was unhappy but declined further comment. Patsilaras had worked in the department 16 months. He has a master's degree in planning from Florida State University. Prior to coming to the United States, he received a master's degree in economics in Greece, and did graduate work in town planning. He claimed his job in Riviera Beach was "professionally degrading" and included a lot of bookkeeping and routine planning work. Patsilaras said he hopes to get another planning job in the area. r"iy' Staff Photo by John Kotler Crowd Roger Foster, for murder. Foster already is serving a life sentence for another killing. Monroe County State Atty. J. Edward Worton requested the assignment of Blud-worth, who handled the first case against Foster. Both indictments arise out of the murders of a Monroe man and his son. Foster was convicted of second-degree murder several years ago in connection with the first indictment. Correction Yesterday's Post contained an error in its story on efforts to amend the county's Environmental Control Act as it relates to the sugar industry in the Glades area. The story on Page CI incorrectly said the sugar industry is exempt from state pollution standards. What the industry is exempt from is local enforcement of those state standards, not the standards themselves. A rewrite of the act, proposed by Commissioner Dennis Koehler, would have given the county local enforcement power it now lacks, but the County Commission's Environmental Management Committee, of which Koehler is chairman, delayed action on any changes until additional air quality information Is available in a few weeks. -' - IU-.:t Wi.. v 7' 'nFr , 't.'i- 41 and when my business is where I want it to be and it's out of the starting phase, I would be willing and eager to devote my time to this (running for Mayor)." Mitchell, founder of a business management consulting firm, entered the race at the urging of Mayor Earl E. T. Smith, who has announced he will not seek a seventh term as mayor. Asked if his withdrawal could be consid- ered an endorsement of Cudahy, Mitchell replied, "Not in and of itself it isn't. It certainly is a strong statement in my belief of his qualifications." Because it is outside the Belle Glade city limits, residents of the unincorporated township of Chosen will have to pay an additional charge to get telegrams delivered, even though it is closer to the city than some places still getting standard delivery charges. h Telegram Deliveries May Become Costly In Totvn of Chosen 1 " vf0 ;Vr m : l( WM., t . :. . - -www Jrrai' .i-KZ W , V wwi w : -v. : 'A j - E ' ' . ;. i-, 'tjt-:-X - .- . - 1 -r--JV i II ri "T-r jncrrr szjizzz h NPB Police Job Attracting a ji, M a -1 w wm, w r tfjjjiM.. Area Mews allegedly were sold to Sessa by Witzel. Roth indicated yesterday he intends to test the constitutionality of the state law under which Witzel was indicted. Swine Flu Schedule Swine flu shots will be given today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following Health Department centers: 826 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 345 S. Congress Ave., Delray Beach; 1500 W. Eighth St., Riviera Beach; 6405 Indiantown Road, Jupiter, and 1024 N.W. Ave. D, Belle Glade. In addition, shots will be given from 2 to 6 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, S. Congress Ave., Atlantis. Hludworth Assigned To Murder Case Gov. Reubin Askew yesterday assigned Palm Beach County State Atty. David, BluiKforth to prosecute a Key West man.t By JOHN KOTLER Post Staff Writer CHOSEN - This unincorporated community of about 50 homes, a few stores and one church, sandwiched between Belle Glade and Lake Okeechobee, is about to lose free telegram delivery service, Western Union officials said recently. J.H. Baker, assistant supervisor of the Western Union headquarters in Miami, said Chosen is one of many small communities that will lose their "2-star" status if the move is approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He said the volume in these areas is too low to continue regular service. "Actually, we charge a $3 delivery fee to the sender of a telegram even within the city limits, but there will be an extra charge for delivery to Chosen," Baker said. Dwight Holt, manager of White's Auto Store in Belle Glade, which serves as the local Western Union office, said he had not been told about the proposed change yet. "I'd sure like to get this settled," he said. "It's really bugging me." According to Holt, Chosen is closer to the city than either Glades Correctional Institution (GCI) or the city-owned Okeechobee Center Housing Authority, both of which are serviced at city rates. Some residents and store owners in Chosen are concerned about the changes, too. Carlos Allred, owner of a reupholstery shop south of the Chosen Bridge, said cutting off free delivery at the city limits is too arbitrary. "You can walk across the street (SR 715) and you are in Chosen," he said. Allred said Western Union may face a dilemma when it comes to delivering a telegram to his store. "When I opened the shop two years ago, the city people told me I was in the county and the county people said I was in the city. So I bought licenses from both just to be safe," he said. "As far as I can tell, we're half in the county and half in the city." Allred thinks it would be fairer to make the cutoff line 1 mile from the city limits in any direction. "I've never found anybody who says they live in Chosen," he said. "We all consider our-selvesVesidents of Belle Glade ." V. r Polm Beach Countg J Beach, David Maynard of the North Miami division of motor vehicles, Teques-ta Deputy Sheriff Eugene Sanders and Greenacres City Police Chief Fred Hirsch. Judge Refuses Bond For Murder Suspect A Palm Beach County Court judge refused to set bond yesterday for Robert Alan Witzel, who is under indictment for first-degree murder in the drug overdose death of Paul Sessa last month. "I'm going to let him sit in jail and get out of the drug business," Judge F.A. (Banzai) Currie said in denying defense attorney David Roth's motion to set a "reasonable" bond of $5,000. "If you can get him sprung by Judge (James) Knott, good luck," Currie said. Sessa died at about midnight Nov. 13 in his home at 212 Cherry Lane in Palm Beach iiom a drug overdose. The s NORTH PALM BEACH - Ten persons, including four village policemen, have submitted applications for police chief. Village Manager Paul J. Nicoletti said yesterday. Nicoletti said he plans to sift through the applications next week and begin interviews. He will seek the assistance of Police Chief Richard Wille, who leaves Dec. 27 to become Palm Beach County sheriff. In a related matter, the department's 27 police officers are trying to unionize with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA). PBA spokesman Sgt. Raymond Funk said voucher cards have been submitted to the PBA and an election will be scheduled. Funk previously said the officers wanted protection in salary and working conditions because they were not certain what a new chief might do. Traditionally, the chief has been promoted from within the department. The village policemen who have applied include Capt. John McQuire, who has been acting chief during Wille's campaign absence; Lt. Edward Himmelsbach, an eight-year veteran; Lt. Lawrence Joyce, who joined the force in 1974, and Sgt. Gerald Roberts, a 10-year veteran. Other applicants are former Riviera Beach Police Chief Lenny Cottrell, Palm Beach Shores Police Chief Robbie Rober-son, William' Maxwell of West Palm

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