The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 24, 1998 · Page 68
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 68

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, March 24, 1998
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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 3B THE PALM BEACH POST Butler jury won't hear secret tape Show of watercraft to snarl land traffic Palm Beach Boat Show street Castillo plans to let Bergum tell the jury today what he recalls closings of the conversation. Intracoastal Waterway Jurors also heard from attor BANYAN BLVD. CLEMATIS ! DATURA ST. By Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH A secretly taped conversation between Phil Butler and James Clyde Baber III a potentially damaging piece of evidence will not played for the jury because it is such a poor recording. "I've never been diagnosed with a hearing problem but to me there's a good part of the tape that was inaudible," retired Florida Supreme Court Justice James Alderman said. "I could generally tell you the subject matters discussed but I would be hard pressed to say what any person said." Assistant State Attorney Cass Castillo, a special prosecutor from Bartow assigned to the case, had planned to play it Monday. Butler is charged with bribery for accepting about $500,000 in illegal campaign contributions during his failed campaign for state attorney in 1996, according to court records. Butler argued against letting the jury hear the tape after investigator Terry Bergum described the Feb. 12, 1997, meeting between Butler and Baber at Baber's home. Bergum and another investigator recorded the conversation after hiding a microphone in a flower pot. W7 EVERNIA ST., ney Kandall Henley, tne iormer law partner of V. Ted Brabham. Butler's campaign manager who is also charged with bribery. Henley said when he returned from vacation in July 1996 his oP " fice's back door was damaged and needed a new lock. Henley's testimony corroborated Babers; testimony of an unsuccessful at-" tempt by Butler and Brabham to stage a burglary of Brabham " office, which they would blame on Butler's political foe, State A. torney Barry Krischer. ; ; , II 1 now through FERN ST. .' Streets along the I .Intracoastal downtown Will close for the event. -: By Tim O'Meilia r Palm Beach Post Staff Writer "'WEST PALM BEACH " Figure this weekend's waterfront street closings as a warm-up for SunFest at the end of April. The 13th Palm Beach Boat Show will attract more than 50,000 people and 700 boats t .Thursday through Sunday and r.end any ideas of a scenic drive -.along the waterfront in the meantime. Flagler Drive from Banyan " "Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue is closed already and will remain " closed for more than a week to allow the temporary waterfront docks and exhibition tents to be dismantled when the event ends Sunday. Two lanes of Flagler will reopen for two-way traffic at 6 p.m. April 2; the other lanes will reopen by 6 p.m. April 5. Over the weekend, parts of five east-west streets and a section of Narcissus Avenue will be closed through 6 p.m. April 2. The roads closed are North and South Clematis streets east of the West Palm Beach library, Datura Street east of Bimini Bay Cafe, Evernia Street east of Narcissus Avenue and the east end of the 100 block of Fern Street. Narcissus Avenue will be closed between Datura and Evernia streets. if ! 6 p.m. April 2 of If Flagler Dr. 2-way, ix; 2-lane reopens 3j 6 p.m. April 2; 2 H k 1 2-way, 4-lane 11 i reopens 6 p.m. West Palm Beach Palm BeacH County may sell ad space .UKEVIEW AVE. . ROB BARGEStat I Artist Teen fleeing police causes collision By Rebecca Goldsmith Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Parks, beaches, and golf courses were once the last respites advertising-free sanctuaries for souls weary of subliminal messages. But soon those too may go the way of the bus stop, the telephone booth and the Internet. Because in Palm Beach County, you are not just a resident, employee or visitor you're a potential consumer. Reaching you and your wallet is worth money to companies, especially those in the highly competitive soft drink market. That money can fuel government, which is behind the latest drive to make a deal with a soft drink company, such as the makers of Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Gato-rade. The company would give the county money and publicity for exclusive access to county-owned buildings, parks and land. This could range from installing vending machines to publishing a county directory. By as early as next month, the companies may try to stake claims on all county property, buses, sporting events, festivals and libraries. ; ; This is the county's first ; "wholesale" attempt, said Denise Cote, director of public affair. It's unclear how much a deal : could be worth. ; '. Buddy Rogers, vice president ; of public affairs for Coca-Cola ; Enterprises, said his company : has "two or three" deals pending in Florida like one proposed for ' Volusia County, valued at more '. than $2.5 million. ! ! His company's motivation Is I simple: "We like to sell our prod- : uct to anyone who'll drink them. ...To us, the consumers are : anyone on the planet." '. ' By Alexandra Navarro Clifton 7 Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON A Pompano .' Beach teen led police on a 20-block chase, hitting a palm tree arid causing a son is believed to have committed or attempted a violent felony. Police are investigating. "The administration decided to look into the incident after questions were raised about the (radio transmission) tapes," public information officer Jeff Simons said. restaurant at 3249 N. Federal Highway. The pair got into a 1997 Ford delivery van that fit the description of one stolen from a nearby Ramada Inn that evening, police said. McDougle got out of the van and walked away when Majors stopped at a red light, but Majors sped off when Lt. Norman Floyd ' five-car colli-f sion at the intersection of , 'North Federal Highway and , Palmetto Park Road Sunday night, police said. Keddrick tried to pull the van over just north of Northeast 20th Street L . -V (ft sc3.. ijj- A7 and Federal Highway, police reports said. McDougle was later arrested and charged with tres passing. When Majors tried to drive past cars stopped at the red light tc on Palmetto Park Road, he hit two cars which then crashed into two other vehicles. Two people were southbound Ma'ors from the van after the crash, said police, whose K-9 unit found him after 9 p.m. in the back of a truck :'-on Southeast Third Street, reports show. ; An officer spotted Majors and ; Timothy McDougle, 18, also of - Pompano Beach, about 7:30 p.m. ' in: the parking lot of a Denny's injured. He was charged with au to theft and leaving the scene of an accident. The departments pursuit policy bars officers from r chasing a suspect unless the per- Unlocked homes were thief's V A O) key to $83,000 in jewels in Jupiter. Gammaro, 504 Wedge- wood Place, confessed to the burglaries in February 4 -- "" and has since worked with police to help recover Gammaro By David Abel " Palm Beach Post Staff Writer f PALM BEACH GARDENS t A51-year-old Riviera Beach man .turned himself into police Mon- day for more than 20 burglaries in 'the past year worth about : $83,000, police said. Joseph Gammaro, 51, con-l fessed to stealing a host of jewels, rom gold chains to expensive ; watches between November 1997 ' 'and February, Sgt. Robert Artola '. said. ' Gammaro, who serviced '. postage meter machines in Rivi-: pra Beach, slipped through un-; locked doors of upscale homes in the city's north side, hitting mainly the Gardens of Woodbury, Bent Tree and Westwood Gardens, Artola said. He was also responsible for several burglaries $21,000 worth of the stolen jewels, Artola said. "He was never at risk of flee ; r r I- ing," Artola said. "So we gave him a deadline to help recover what he stole. There were no deals. The deadline expired Gammaro turned himself in f to the Palm Beach County Jail. He Rtjuy el is being charged with 20 counts of residential burglary. Detail of Denmark 1000-kroner note. The long-eared squirrel was featured on the note from 1972 to 1986. Man found guilty of having endangered bird feathers Consider this: Tax season is here. And we ve IRAs FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN HOARDING FOR THE FUTURE. of Mitchell was acquitted possession ot teathers Irom an endangered wood stork. He told : He was convicted of : keeping feathers from i migrating birds and ; threatened species. jurors he harvested all his feath ers from dead birds found along the road birds he was bound to honor under the tenets of his be liefs. Jurors asked Palm Beach County Judge Nelson Bailey to allow one piece of evidence, an eagle feather Mitchell considers sacred, to be returned to Mitch ell's friend, James Wellheiser, a part-Iroquois who testified for By Scott Hiaasen Palm Beach Post Staff Writer : WEST PALM BEACH The man known as Standing Hawk was found guilty Monday of illegal possession of parts of state-protected birds, though jurors cleared him of one charge and acknowledged his heartfelt belief in American Indian customs. Standing Hawk, also known as David Mitchell, 49, was convicted for keeping feathers from migrating birds, and threatened species, including bald eagles and owls. Mitchell said most of the feathers found in his Jupiter home were for use in American Indian ceremonies, though some were for sale. got the new tax-free Roth IRA and Education IRA, both of which can be invested in your choice of stocks, mutual funds and CDs. And they come with unlimited investment advice from First Union Brokerage Services, Inc. To find out more of the specifics, visit any First Union location, call 1-800-593-9758 or visit us online at him Monday. Mitchell will be sentenced next week on the two misdemeanors. Though he won't give up his American Indian practices his great grandmother's great grandmother was a Cherokee he said he will modify them to abide the law. "Nothing can deter me from living the way I live," he said. out the details of a plan. But the plan may never get used because many board mem bers don t like the idea. The state requires a plan for ImfUmmt in slotll bonds iiJ matin! fund "' NOT FDC-INSUHJOT GUARANTEED VAY LOSE VALUE OPEN ENROLLMENT ; from IB students. .' ; Five zones should be set up to control transportation costs, but parents still could take their children to other schools if they provide their own transportation. , And some system of accountability should be in place to make ".re schools that parents don't pick undergo improvements. ' Associate Superintendent Cynthia Pino said the committee , 4idnt start sorer because district officials were going to work controlled open enrollment, but doesn't require anyone to try it Board members questioned whether the state could ever require it because local school boards have so much power. For example, the state cant force school districts to approve charter schools, a reform that cuts red tape for nonprofit groups, in exchange for

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