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Sale or no sale, Witnesses will still use auditorium was negotiated and the lack of a rooms and spending an estimated $3.6 million annually on food and 'It's a gamble, but we're trying to accommodate them.' MIKE WRIGHT West Palm Beach city administrator new site for family entertainment. Commissioners agreed Monday to hold three debates on the $12.5 million sale, beginning April 16. The push for the debates came from Commissioner Joel Daves, who challenged Al Zucaro, the only commissioner who opposed the sale. The Witnesses have held conventions here for about 15 years, filling about 30,000 hotel drinks. Meanwhile, commissioners also voted to terminate existing contracts at the auditorium and stadium, which could cost the city about $60,000, said Auditorium Manager Eric Widness said. He said those include contracts with TicktMaster and Animated Dis-. plays Inc., which posts the electronic sign with advertisements. for their conventions during June, July and August. City commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to lease the arena to the Witnesses for $1,755 a day for 36 days. Commissioner Al Zucaro dissented. No other- events have been scheduled past June 8, and no money has been provided to run the facility, which has had air-conditioning problems, past June 30. But no money has been provided to run the facility past June 3p. By Marcia Gelbart . Palm Beach Post Staff Writer : ' WEST PALM BEACH No matter what happens after the April 28 referendum on the sale of the Municipal Auditorium, the Jehovah's Witnesses will use it The contract to sell the auditorium and surrounding land to the Witnesses is on hold pending the referendum, which was forced by neighborhood groups unhappy with the way the deal City Administrator Mike Wright said the city could end up with repair bills. "It's a gamble, but we're trying to accommodate them," he said. Millionaire given life term in rival's death nf lnrinc Rlack from New nothing the judge ordered fjfiS PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stories from 56 area communities at mm. GoPBI.comYourTom By Pat Moore Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Calling the details of the crime "sketchy," a judge Monday sentenced Stuart millionaire Alan Mackerley to life in prison for kidnapping and murdering New Jersey business rival Frank Black two years ago. "Thank you, your honor," Mackerley responded, when Senior Circuit Judge C. Pfeiffer Trowbridge rejected prosecutors' requests to sentence him to death. Mackerley's daughter, Michelle Sanandajian, sighed as the judge announced he would follow a jury's recommendation to sentence her father to life in prison. "I think the judge summed it up lack of evidence, lack of evidence, lack of evidence," her husband, Rob Sanandajian, said. Mackerley, 54, and his girlfriend, Lisa Costello, 34, were ac- (Monday) was going to give them back what they wanted, which was their father," he said. Defense attorney Jeffrey Weiner said he will appeal Mackerley's case. "We're looking forward to being back here in about one year to retry this case and to hopefully walk Alan Mackerley right out of this courthouse," he said. Prosecutors sought the death penalty, claiming Mackerley planned Black's murder, killed him for financial gain and that Black's death occurred during a kidnapping necessary conditions for seeking death. Trowbridge found the evidence at Mackerley's trial supported the first-degree murder and kidnapping convictions, but he said it "does not make certain that the premeditation to kill began at the onset of the ruse that lured (Black) to Florida." Jersey to Florida in February 1996 under the guise of conducting a bus-business deal. Prosecutors say Costello drove Black from the West Palm Beach airport to Mackerley's home in Stuart, where Mackerley shot him and dumped his body into the ocean. Black's body was never found. Costello is awaiting trial on murder and kidnapping charges. Black's daughters, Diane and Leeanna Black, left the courtroom without commenting, but a family spokesman later said they "feel the system has worked and Mackerley is going to pay for his crime." "(Black's daughters) know in their hearts and their minds that Mackerley pulled the trigger" that killed their father, said Bob Fatovic, Leeanna Black's boyfriend. "As they have felt all along, Flight school owner, family die in Bahamas crash The Associated Press TTTUSVILLE A flight school owner, his family and two others were killed Sunday in a fiery crash after their twin-engine plane plowed into the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. Raymond Walkwitz, 39, of Titusville was piloting the six-seat Beechcraft Baron carrying his wife, his two sons, co-pilot Jaques Kaasiclein and another unidentified adult when it went down. Walkwitz, president of the Walkwitz Aviation, Inc. flight school in Titusville, owned five vintage airplanes and was a licensed commercial pilot for multiengined planes. The plane reportedly flew to the island from St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce, but David Hobbs, a U.S. Customs inspector in Fort Pierce, said he had no record of the plane leaving the airport- Nursing project honors two benefactors WEST PALM BEACH SunFest will go on line at 10 a.m. Wednesday to announce six national acts for the waterfront festival April 29-May 3. The curious can visit the ' festival's Web site at www.sunfest.org to see ' who the headliners are, hear music clips, get an order form for tickets, win a free trip and ,' tickets to the festival, vote for favorite acts " and learn more information. SunFest has al-. ready announced several acts: Jackson Browne and Ani DiFranco will perform on opening night; Sister Hazel and Paula Cole on April 30 and the Rippingtons featuring " Russ Freeman on May 2. Mullet with lesions have been reported in ; the Eaiman River off Northlake Boulevard in North Palm Beach, fish health expert Ann Forstchen said Monday. Forstchen, with the Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg, said scientists are checking the report, received through the state's fish kill hot line. Mullet and several other species of fish have been found with lesions, tumors and sores from New Smyrna Beach to Jupiter Inlet, with the largest concentrations in the St. Lucie River and the Indian River in an area from north of the Jensen Beach Causeway to the St. Lucie Inlet. Health officials have warned people not to eat the sick fish or swim in waters where they are found. Scientists believe the lesions may be caused by a microscopic algae, Cryptoperidiniopsis, a relative of pfiesteria, a microbe implicated in the deaths of thousands offish in North Carolina and Maryland last year. People who find sick or dying fish are asked to call the fish kill hot line at (800) 636-0511. Bill Brooks, who is leaving his post as WPTV-Channel 5's general manager on May 31, has accepted a job with Scripps Howard Broadcasting. After a meeting with the West Palm Beach station's parent company in Cincinnati on Monday, the 64-year-old Brooks, a Scripps Howard vice president since 1986, agreed to become the company's vice presidentgovernment relations. Brooks said he will represent the broadcast division's nine television stations before such regulatory bodies as the Federal Communications Commission and congressional representatives. Brooks, who will still live here, said he starts his new job on June 1. college. Nursing students and faculty already examine, immunize and educate children and the elderly through the school's Community-Based Nursing Project Students and faculty will talk to area residents to develop new programs, she said. ; The Lynns have donated $2:4 million to the university, including the endowment of two professorships at the school's nursing and business colleges. when combined with a state grant. It will be used to pay for the nursing college's existing community-outreach programs and to start new ones, said nursing dean Anne Boykin, who also will be the director of the Christine E. Lynn Center for Caring. The center will operate out of the nursing college's office. "The work of the center will really take place out there," Boykin said, referring to the community groups served by the By Noah Bierman Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON Eugene Lynn cried Monday as Florida Atlantic University officials thanked him for his $750,000 donation and unveiled a plaque naming the school's new nursing project after his wife. "It's beautiful," said the 79-year-old insurance executive, who with his wife, Christine, has given millions to higher education in Boca Raton. The gift will be $1,275 million said last year that the 1 a.m. shooting at Wa-basso Drive and Chickamauga Avenue was racially motivated. Anyone with information about Thompson is asked to call Detective Ada Tyz at 6884037. Tillie Pottish, an 80-year-old Century Village resident struck by a car last week, died of her injuries Sunday at St Mary's Medical Center, the hospital said. Pottish's 85-year-old husband, Morris, died early Wednesday after the March 17 accident in which he and his wife, who lived at 212 Wellington F, walked into the path of a car driven by another Century Village resident, Morris Applebaum, 82, a sheriffs spokesman said. No charges will be filed in the suburban West Palm Beach accident, the spokesman said. STUART A man convicted of robbing and murdering Port Salerno convenience store owner Ranjit "Pete" Patel on Easter Sunday 1992 was sentenced Monday to two consecutive life prison terms by the same judge who sentenced him to death 4V6 years ago. The Florida Supreme Court ordered Circuit Judge Marc Cianca to resentence Stuart Po-meranz, 26, after the judge bypassed the jury's recommendation to sentence him to life. None of Patel's family attended the resentencing ordered in December. New TV equipment poses problem WEST PALM BEACH A trucktoad of television equipment cameras, tripods, monitors arrived Monday morning at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. It was Programming of the school district's new procurement department computer tracking system has been completed and is in the early testing stages, according to a review by the internal auditor's office. Most of the improvements requested should be adequate to keep track of bids and ensure that expenditures do not go beyond approved limits, the review states. The tracking system came under fire late last year when the district went over budget on cleaning supplies. The procurement manager was put on leave and the department shut down for days to put things in order. No. 430888 TOWN OF MANGONIA PARK FULL COST ACCOUNTING DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTES 403.7049 RESIDENTIAL COSTS CHARGED TOWN RESIDENTS FOR BI-WEEKLY GARBAGE, WEEKLY TRASH AND RECYCLING SERVICE. DISPOSAL COSTS FOR 1996-97 WERE ASSESSED ON THE TAX ROLL BY THE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY. SINGLE AND MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENCES - COST PER UNIT PER MONTH. Single family garbage collection $4.25 Multi-family garbage collection (per unit) $4.25 Single family trash collection $2.29 Single & multi-family recycling $1 .88 Paid directly to Environmental Waste Systems of Palm Beach, Inc. by residents. COMMERCIAL DISPOSAL COSTS FOR 1996-97 WERE PARTIALLY ASSESSED BY THE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY. THE DISPOSAL COSTS REFLECT THE PORTION OF COMMERCIAL DISPOSAL COSTS NOT ASSESSED ON THE TAX ROLLS. THE COLLECTION FEE RATES VARY BY THE SIZE OF THE CONTAINER AND FREQUENCE OF COLLECTION. A CONTAINER MAINTENANCE FEE IS INCLUDED IN THE COLLECTION RATE. A second-degree murder warrant has been kuwd for Rorv Larfce donated by executive Bud Paxson and students and teachers were thrilled to receive it. But for now it sits in a first-floor mechanical room. The stuff won't fit in the elevator, up the stairs or through the door of the second-floor studio. i&uuii Thompson, 18, in the Sept 7 killing of Irving Cricken-berger, 20. Crickenberger was shot in the Westgate area of suburban West Palm Beach. Sheriff s deputies are seeking the public's help to find Thompson, a black male who is 5-foot-5 and weighs 155 pounds. His last known address is 1111 Loxahatchee Drive in suburban West -. r , ' ' School officials will try to solve those problems this weekend. But once it gets inside, it may be of little use. The studio, with its too-low ceiling, is practically unusable because of light and sound troubles. "The tools are here," said student Maurice Singer. "Now we need the facility." Stephanie Desmon Thompson Palm Beach, but he also frequents the Belle Glade and Pahokee areas. The sheriff s office Tennis ruling may be appealed to court t ' i M j l - I Oint Moore Rd, ; -). p. i ,m .- -i 1 1 i -6 M Boca I Vamato W.J . Jt jt0 j S ' i 1 M.te i I : ? 2 . Glades Rd. Dumpster Number of Days Per Week Pickup Container Size 2 1 3 I 4 I 5 6 2 Cubic Yard $95.40 153.83 212.12 245.48 307.56 3 Cubic Yard 133.79 246.92 328.83 387.39 450.06 4 Cubic Yard 235.06 307.56 408.97 490.97 569.39 6 Cubic Yard 286.61 406.03 473.45 597.02 704.84 8 Cubic Yard 364.95 492.86 683.06 783.26 927.88 officials agreed on a solution. The Seasons was not to renew the nonresident memberships, chief compliance administrator Ruby Childers said. But Seasons officials said they thought they could keep the outsiders and call them "guest memberships," since they were screened and approved for admittance. In September, the city learned nonresident memberships had been renewed and ordered Seasons officials to explain.. "Obviously, this a very emotional and heated topic within the community, but most people are logical and really want to do what's best for the community." DeVries said. "This isn't world famine here we're working on. this is tennis." PRIVATE From IB posed that vote. "It's not like it was 500 or 600 outside people," Levitt said. "Where do you draw the line? I don't think the city's proven its case." Despite jeers and snickers to the contrary, the homeowners association said its analysis of the court showed a resident has a 66 6 percent chance of using the courts without making reservations, even during the morning prime time. The Seasons' board will consider whether to appeal to the Palm Beach County Circuit Court said Fred DeVries, home- 4 VA-K HtMHiU.Statt VliSt PUBLISH: March 24, 1998 owner association president. "It has been bitter," said tennis director C.W. Lewis, who organizes teams for the 1 40 players. Last April the city issued two code violations. Seasons and city

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