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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 MSL Health chief takes charge of child-death review panel Home Safe canceled its plans to review recent cases to collaborate with Dr. Jean Malecki's panel. By William Cooper Jr. Prtrh Beach Post Staff HKter ; vjy WEST PALM BEACH Palm Beach County first child-death review committee is in the hands of Pr. Jean Malecki, the county's health department director. 1 Malecki took the reins Monday during a meet-iijgvat the Quantum Foundation, a major philan thropic organization in the county. The decision ends weeks of controversy over which local agency would lead the effort. "We want to do it right and comprehensively," said Malecki. "The committee must have the power to make recommendations for change." The group now must organize a steering committee consisting of the county's key players such as the sheriff, the state attorney, the medical examiner and other professionals. That group will develop a mission statement and define the committee's overall purpose. No meeting date has been set. Malecki's staff also will research state confidentiality laws to see what information can be shared among committee members. The meeting, which drew officials such as Cecil Bennett, head of the Health Care District, Tana Ebbole and Eleanor Weinstock of the Children's Services Council, was organized in response to Quantum's interest in paying for a study of all child deaths in the county. "I think we did what we thought was right," said Jeannette McGill Corbett, the foundation's president and CEO. "The ownership (of the committee) has to be the community's ownership." Fnr F.H Horton. district administrator for the Department of Children and Families, the meeting resolved a major concern: That a public agency not a nonprofit group head the committee. Home Safe, a shelter for abused and neglected kids, began work several months ago putting together a similar committee. The 18-member panel had planned to meet Wednesday to review 20 child deaths from January. State Attorney Barry Krischer, who is a Home Safe board member, said that meeting was canceled so Home Safe can work with Malecki. THE PALM BEACH POST tiTR.S tflllc tn town VUllJ- COOlllxi mmg auu --m-s v , , IVLLfUlU LllA!lft- PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stories from 56 area communities at www. GoPBl.comYourTown By Brian E. Crowley Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Forget April 15. Forget the tax man. In fact, don't pay any income tax at all. U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., is trying to convince Congress to shut down the IRS and replace income taxes with a 15 percent national retail sales tax. While House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas thinks that's a crummy idea, he has a pitch of his own for more than 200 people gathered at the West Palm Beach Sheraton. Armey wants to tear up the tax code and let everyone pay a 17 percent tax on their income. The so-called flat tax would eliminate all tax forms except a single oostcard listine income and the Opponents of the national retail sales tax and the flat tax argue that neither will accomplish its goals of simplifying the tax code and eliminating the IRS. They argue that the IRS would still be needed to collect taxes and enforce the new tax laws. And while Armey and Tauzin each say their plan would reduce taxes overall, critics suggest that the loss of deductions would result in people paying more. Both men scoff at their critics, saying that their proposals will benefit taxpayers not only beby making the tax burden fairer but by eliminating thousands of pages of complicated tax rules. "If you're not better off with a flat tax," Armey said, "don't support it." Armey would take a person's income, deduct a large personal deduction, plus a dependent deduction and tax only the in a "Scrap the Code" road show being sponsored by the Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, a conservative tax reform group. In a 90-minute performance, Armey and Tauzin gently spar about their competing ideas but stay on the same message: The entire tax code should be abolished. Speaking to a crowd composed almost entirely of senior citizens, Armey and Tauzin both said the Internal Revenue Service is out of control, abusive of its power and a monster that must be destroyed. "It is an instrument of oppression," said Armey to loud applause. The IRS is the most un-American institution that this country has ever created," said Tauzin. "You are guilty until proven innocent and they target the poor who can't fight back." STUART Attorneys for Citizens to Protect Hutchinson Island filed suit in Martin County civil court against the county and Halvorsen Development Corp. Monday in an effort to stop construction of a Publix grocery store planned for the island. Members of the group contend the proposed 28,236-square-foot store planned to go on State Road ALA across from the Elliott Museum would destroy wetlands and create a traffic hazard. County development officials approved the project in January after reviewing it for more than a year and concluding the project met the minimum requirements. The county's Development Review Committee took another look at the project at the behest of the county commission Thursday and reaffirmed its approval. Prime parking takes prime fine STUART Employees of downtown businesses can be pretty shameless about parking in the prime two-hour spots, either taking TITUSVILLE A flight school owner, his family and two others were killed Sunday in a fi-ery crash when their twin-engine plane plowed into the Bahamian island of Eleuth- ' era. Raymond Walkwitz, 39, of Titusville was piloting the six-seat Beechcraft Baron carry-ing 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 multi-engine 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. 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 Monday, the 64-year-old Brooks, a Scripps Howard vice president since 1986, agreed to become the company's vice presidentgovernment relations. amount of tax being paid. Neither idea is close to be-rominef law. Still. Armev and Tauzin are traveling the country Nursing project honors two benefactors By Noah Bierman college. Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON Eugene Lvnn cried Monday as Florida Atlantic University officials thanked him for his $750,000 do the $5 fine or supping out of the office to move from one place to another. The city wants to stop repeat offenders by raising the fine to $25 for those with more than five tickets. Mike Mu-nao, the new owner of TA Verns restaurant, decided on another angle. From nation and unveiled a plaque naming the school's new nursing 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 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. project after his wife. "Its beautiful," said the yy- 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 now on, he told his 25-odd employees, workers can't leave the building once they have clocked in for their shift. "This includes leaving to move your car if you are parked in a two-hour space," he wrote. "I did that so they'd have no excuse," Munao said Monday. Since he gets to work at 8 a.m., he can find a non-two-hour space near work. Otherwise, he agreed, "parking's tough." Cara Anna PORT ST. LUCIE Olan Ray Creel, a disabled firefighter who moved from Lauderhill to Port St. Lucie last year, filed papers Monday seeking election to the District 4 city council seat. Creel, 45, said he is dissatisfied with the current council and decided to oppose Councilman Ron Bowen in the September election. "I always knew I'd be doing some kind of public service when I moved up here," said Creel, of 1886 S.E. Mantua St. "We need to move faster to improve our tax base and build roads and bridges. I don't take 'no' for an answer." Bat house awaits new residents BATS From IB house in a wooded area east of the stadium. 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. "This site is between the sta dium and the bats' water source, Jl:"" :;' i. ynrKm cr" ) S "I I) illA iiT n I l ill. m m nil ii.rii.nniinnr.nMiria Natural Resources Agent Ken Gioeli said, referring to a nearby lake. "It's their natural flight pat tern." Signs along the stadium en trance road direct visitors to the bat house, which could become a tourist attraction when bats fly out at dusk. But first they have to wait for BOB bMANLtrbtall Pnotograptier the bats to roost A bat house in Gainesville remained vacant for the first three Many officials attended the ribbon-cutting for the bat house, including Port St. Lucie Commissioner Ron Bowen (left) and Port St. Lucie Mayor Bob Minsky. years. Judge said killing could have been result of defendant's fit of anger at last minute MACKERLEY From IB We believe that the decision to kill was made very early on. ' LAWRENCE MIRMAN Assistant State Attorney Dumpster Number of Days Per Week Pickup Container Size 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 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 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, nothing the judge ordered (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 AJan 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." Trowbridge said the details were so lacking he found "it is possible that the killing took place out of anger at the last moment rather than for the financial gain that may have inspired the kidnapping." Prosecutors said they disagreed with Trowbridge's assessment "We believe that the decision to kill was made very early on," Assistant State Attorney Lawrence Mirman said. "We believe we proved that" But Weiner said Trowbridge's comments support a lack of evidence against his client "That's the whole point of this case," he said. "Juries can't guess somebody to be guilty of a crime, and ... we believe (jurors) really guessed in order to reach this verdict" PUBLISH: March 24, 1998 i 1.