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lale or no sale, Witnesses will still use auditorium rooms and soendinc an estimated 'It's a gamble, but we're trying to accommodate them. ' MIKE WRIGHT West Palm Beach city administrator was negotiated and the lack of a 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 $3.6 million annually on food and ( drinks. Meanwhile, commissioners" ' also voted to terminate existing y, 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 J TicktMaster and Animated Dis- . plays Inc., which posts the elec-, tronic 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 30: ByJWarcia Gelbart Palm Beach Post Staff Writer 'WEST PALM BEACH No majtter what happens after the April 28 referendum on the sale of the Municipal Auditorium, the Jefibvah'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 ri i eorl ff lnrina Rlark from New nothing the judge ordered' LliL5LUML. LiMMLtV PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stones from 56 area communities at uiuiw.GoPBI.comYourTown Flight school owner, family die in Bahamas crash 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 Mack-, erley's case. "We're looking forward to, being back here in about one yeaf 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 condi-tions for seeking death. ' ; '' Trowbridge found the evi-! dence at Mackerley's trial sup-;' ported the first-degree murder and kidnapping convictions, but ; he said it "does not make certain; ' that the premeditation to kill be- ' gan at the onset of the ruse that lured (Black) to Florida." ' j 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, I i I -.. 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 Earman River off Northlake Boulevard in ! North Palm Beach, fish health expert Ann :l Forstchen said Monday. Forstchen, with the ;: Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg, said scientists are checking the re-; port, received through the state's fish kill hot line. Mullet and several other species offish ..' 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 of fish 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, Nursing project honors two benefactors The Associated Press TTTUSVILLE Aflightschool 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. "It had just taken off, I don't think it was in the air five minutes when it came diving down and exploded, I think when it hit the ground," said Wendell Bullard, a taxi driver at the airport. 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. Bahamian Department of Civil Aviation officials said late Monday they were still investigating the crash. 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, includ--ing the endowment of two pro-' fessorships at the school's nurs-. ing 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 ; has accepted a jod witn scnpps tiowara : 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 representa- tives. Brooks, who will still live here, said he ' starts his new job on June 1. 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. vard and Florida Mango Road at about 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. Donations may be sent to First Bank of Florida, Benefit Fund for Elizabeth Echevarria, 2950 10th Ave. North, Lake Worth 33461. 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 assure 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. A second-degree murder warrant has been issued for Rory Larke Thompson, 18, in the Sept 7 killing of Irving COST PER UNIT PER , ...... r : ' Crickenberger, 20. Crick-enberger was shot in the Westgate area of suburban West Palm Beach. Sheriffs deputies are seeking the public's help to find Thompson, a black male who is 5-feet-5 and weighs 155 pounds. His last known address is 1111 Loxahatchee Drive in suburban West Palm Beach, SINGLE AND MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENCES 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 Thompson Polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for runoff elections in Lake Worth and Wellington. In Lake Worth's District 2, retired coach C.H. "Mac" McKinnon faces shoe store owner Michael Coonerty, a commissioner from 1988 to 1992. In District 4, five-year incumbent Lloyd Clager is challenged by businessman Joe Egly. In Wellington, Bill Tyson, an auto repair owner, faces Al Paglia, a contract administrator for the county school district. They are vying for the council seat of incumbent Michael McDonough, who failed to get enough votes on March 10 to qualify for the runoff. New TV equipment poses problem WEST PALM BEACH A truckload of tele but he also frequents the Belle Glade and Pahokee areas. The sheriffs office said last year that the 1 a.m. shooting at Wabasso Drive and Chickamauga Avenue was racially motivated. Anyone with information about Thompson is asked to call Detective Ada Tyz at 688-4037. 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. 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 4'4 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. vision equipment cameras, tripods, monitors arrived Monday morning at the Alexander W. Drey-foos School of the Arts. It was 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 M won't fit up the elevator, up the stairs or through the door of the second-floor studio. 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 due to light and sound troubles. "The tools are here," said student Maurice Singer. "Now we need the facility." Stephanie Desmon LAKE WORTH Teachers at Lake Worth Middle School have helped open a benefit fund for a student still hospitalized more than a month after being hit by a car. Sixth-grader Elizabeth Echevarria, 12, remains in a coma at St Mary's Medical Center. Echevarria was hit at the intersection of Forest Hill Boule- Dumpster Number of Days Per Week Pickup Container Size 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 2CubicYard $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 TX-vli-r Tliolior fnllrorl nlinnf cnv rli 1 ri n tr nlncc ground indicated there might be problems or he wouldn't have been hired, Marlin said. Last month, Alberto Perera, 27. an assistant band director at Wellington High School, was charged with two counts of un lawful sexual activity with a minor. The case involved a 16-year-old student Staff writer Strphanit Desmon contributed to this story. TEACHER From IB cases like these, said Ben Marlin, an associate superintendent in the Palm Beach County schools. Nothing in Le Flore's back PUBLISH: March 24, 1998

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