The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 24, 1998 · Page 69
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 69

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. -J ... f , V V V V MSL THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 3B Butler jury won't hear secret tape Show of watercraft to snarl land traffic Palni Beach Boat Show street closings Intracoastal Waterway 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." Castillo plans to let Bergum tell the jury today what he recalls of the conversation. Jurors also heard from attorney Randall Henley, the former 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 office's back door was damaged and needed a new lock. Henley's testimony corroborated Baber's testimony of an unsuccessful attempt by Butler and Brabham to stage a burglary of Brabham's office, which they would blame on Butler's political foe, State Attorney Barry Krischer. 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. EVERNIA ST. I Streets closed FERN ST. dw through p.m. April 2 if Streets along the Jntracoastal downtown will close for the event. b jBy Tim O'Meilia itiilm Beach Post Staff Writer i-i 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 Thursday' through Sunday and -end any ideas of a scenic drive ifllong the waterfront in the aheantime. Flagler Drive from Banyan "Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue is 'closed already and will remain "t'losed 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. a: , Flagler Dr. 2-way, 8j 2-lane reopens o 6 p.m. April 2; 5 2-way, 4-lane reopens 6 p.m. Vl April 5 West Palm Beach Palm Beach County may sell ad space LAKEVIEW AVE RUB BARGE Staff A tist Hi (fhen 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 affairs. 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 simple: "We like to sell our product to anyone who'll drink them. ... To us, the consumers are anyone on the planet." By Alexandra Navarro Clifton jizw Beach Post Staff Writer v' BOCA RATON A Pompano Beach teen led police on a 20-.lock chase, hitting a palm tree and 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 Jen 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 tried to pull the van over just north of Northeast 20th Street and Federal Highway, police reports said. McDougle was later arrested and charged with trespassing. When Majors tried to drive five-car collision at the intersection of .North Federal Highway and .Palmetto Park joad Sunday night, police said. Keddrick f - -r 1 Q fort past cars stopped at the red light 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. vi An officer spotted Majors and 'Timothy McDougle, 18, also of Tompano Beach, about 7:30 p.m. 'in the parking lot of a Denny's q, injured. He was charged with au to theft and leaving the scene of an accident. The departments pursuit policy bars officers from chasing a suspect unless the per- Unlocked homes were thief's '.' . , , I ! v -' - - P 1 t , S , ' , - , . f . "V " f - . , i r W . . U I;- - ' ' ' J ' t ' ' . r f i J,. l.Vxv ' """"--O ' .' f .J' t r . LI -3 T ' v v , r ': "" ' key to $83,000 in jewels in Jupiter. Gammaro, 504 Wedge- wood Place, confessed to the burglaries in February W - J U11U 11UD Ulli- V . .,.... worked with iJ police to help Gammaro recover t r- By David Abel 'Palm Beach Post Staff Writer V PALM BEACH GARDENS A 51-year-old Riviera Beach man ! turned himself into police Monday for more than 20 burglaries in the past year worth about $83,000, police said. J Joseph Gammaro, 51, confessed to stealing a host of jewels, Orom gold chains to expensive iwatches between November 1997 land February, Sgt. Robert Artola Jsaid. I Gammaro, who serviced postage meter machines in Rivi-jera Beach, slipped through unlocked doors of upscale homes in Jthe city's north side, hitting mainly the Gardens of Woodbury, Bent Tree and Westwood Gar-Miens, Artola said. He was also responsible for several burglaries $21,000 worth of the stolen jewels, Artola said. f . r i - "He was never at risk of fleeing," Artola said. "So we gave him a deadline to help recover what he stole. There were no deals. The deadline expired Mon day. Gammaro turned himself in to the Palm Beach County Jail. He TV'.-.-., !! " f " t' mroniTii 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. Mitchell was acquitted of !He was convicted of keeping feathers from ImicfratincJ hirHc nnrl possession of feathers from an endangered wood stork. He told jurors he harvested all his feath ers from dead birds found along threatened species. 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 Mitchell's friend, James Wellheiser, a part-Iroquois who testified for him Monday. tBy Scott Hiaasen 1 'aim Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH The man known as Standing Hawk Iwas found guilty Monday of illegal possession of parts of state-protected birds, though jurors cleared him of one charge and acknowledged his heartfelt belief Jin American Indian customs. I Standing Hawk, also known Jas David Mitchell, 49, was convicted for keeping feathers from migrating birds, and threatened Ispecies, including bald eagles t'ind owls. Mitchell said most of the feathers found in his Jupiter jhome were for use in American (Indian ceremonies, though some tWre for sale. t Mitchell will be sentenced next week on the two misde got the new tax-free Roth IRA and Education IRA, both of which can he 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 www.firstunion.com meanors. 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 rrie from living the way I live, he said. PACK UP AND GO You don't have to go far to find great Imrxmrnli in Moil", bonds and mutual funds arc: vacation ideas that'll get you packing. Just go to the Travel N' i NOT Facrn'REEVNOT BANK GUARANTEED LOSE VALUE section in this Sunday s fFHx ::t7 J Palm Beach Post.

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