The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 25, 1998 · Page 76
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 76

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 w SECTION B CLOSING ARGUMENTS Pjiil Butler calls no witnesses, relying on 90 minutes of closing arguments today. STORY, 23 BIG HELP Group plans to devote more time and staff to helping county's small businesses. BUSINESS, 5B Paglia to be new face on council The Palm Beach Post LOCAL MT7WQ WELLINGTON y aw - fo Winner Seat 2 'Al' Paglia 1,049 Bill Tyson 888 54 46 By Africa Ragland Jaw Beach Fost Staff Writer ; WELLINGTON Al Paglia beat Bill Tyson with 54. 16 percent of the votes Tuesday to become the village's newest councilman. Paglia and Tyson competed for Seat 2 after both defeated incumbent Michael McDonough in the March 10 regular election. Just over 11 percent of the voters turned out. "I'm going to stick to my mission statement and keep an open-door policy to all those who have supported me," Paglia said. "I hope to live up to all the (expectations)." Paglia, who ran unsuccessfully against McDonough in the 1996 election, emphasized several major concerns: Drafting the village's land-use plans to promote controlled growth, public safety, purchase of the Wellington Club East and a quick transfer of power from First Wellington to the village. A contract administrator for the school district, Paglia wants the village to have its own police summer, Paglia wants the village to buy the Wellington Club East the location of the only 50-meter pool in the western com- department within the next five years, although he said "Right now, the (sheriffs department) is very sufficient." Rather than struggle to find a swimming pool to rent each Lu.-A..u-tlSih. . . ... liMint-f-r ) nfiMlr inni ilitiwui .r rrrnunnifcirJiim"V - l LANNIS WATERSStaff Photographed Please see PAGLIA2S Al PaSlia nugs his wife- Rosemary, after hearing of his victory. , , A bit of tartan, a bit of Scotch 0 mi J 0' i i JENNIFER PODISStaff Photographer band The Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch, which featured the tunes that once inspired soldiers to battle, drew many theater-goers in kilts and ; related Scottish apparel. Many members of The Scottish American Society ;' attended the concert together. :: Frank Cerabino Luckily for us, everything had a price It's a pretty sight on the horizon. ' ; The Lenscrafters Building. It's the big one in downtown West Palm Beach, the one we used to call the county courthouse. Way back in the final years of the 20th century, the building's roof didn't have its distinctive blinking sign: "Justice in about an hour." I I know. It's hard to imagine a world without corporate sponsorship. ; It was way back in 1998 that our public leaders first agreed on the need to allow corporations to buy advertising rights on . the many county buildings, properties and vehicles. Before, people used to think that naming stadiums, buses and parks after candy bars and credit card companies was tacky. Fortunately, we've outgrown that. " Perhaps the breakthrough event in corporate sponsorship was the big Coca-Cola contract with the wastewater treatment plant. The Things Flow Better with Coke" campaign revolutionized the public sector advertising market. The next year, Palm Beach County's fire-rescue vehicles were the hottest looking in Florida, due to the Tabasco contract. And those "L is for Library" signs outside the county branches made it clear that the deal with mystery writer Sue Grafton was responsible for new shelf space. i Sure, we experienced some growing pains, jumping into some advertising deals a little too hastily. ' The potato chip contract with the sheriffs office vice squad (The Lays Unit) comes to mind. So does the unfortunate association between the county's health department and the sportswear giant Nike. Nobody realized at the time that this contract would mean that the walls of the county's family planning center would be adorned with posters that said, "Just do it!" And then there was Phil Butler, the frequently unsuccessful state attorney's office candidate, who ran for the fifth time back in the year 2008 by bankrolling his campaign with a margarine contract. The campaign, which ran on the slogan, "f can't believe it's not Butler," was one of the most expensive in county history. 1 The elections that year were the first held with Taco Bell scratch-off instant winner ballots. Some voters complained, but certainly not the ones who won weekend trips to Cancun. ; Then there was that big ruckus after county commissioners voted to accept sponsorship deals from beer companies. ,You should have heard all the complaining about that one. . Especially when during meetings, a county commissioner would as per the beer contract unexpectedly blurt out "Bud" followed by another commissioner chiming in with "Weis" and then yet another commissioner finishing with an "Errr" right in the middle of a zoning discussion. But once taxpayers realized the kind of money this advertising was bringing in, they stopped complaining. Even the cities (referred to as "government lite" by the beer advertisers) got into the game. West Palm Beach penned that seven-figure Disney deal on Cinderella Street, which used to be known as Clematis Street Some people say the street was more fun back in the old days, when there were few topiaries on the sidewalks. The critics usually harken back to fond memories of a fountain that was where the Disney gift WEST PALM BEACH - Robert Craig, president-elect of The Scottish American Society of Palm Beach County, wearing kilt and sporran, greets a friend in the Kravis Center lobby Tuesday night before the show. The performance by The Regimental Band of the Scots Guards and the world-famous bagpipe Shooting by nightclub bouncer is ruled justified wasn't justifiable," he said. ' In a phone call to Royal Palm police! ' after the shooting, Masilotti requested ; police leave a parked car outside the bar's doors until patrons stopped con ' ing to the nightclub. That action was never taken, but bar owners had to submit a security plan to village officials that would help prevent shootings in the future. when he pulled a gun from his car. He shot first, wounding a bar patron and one of the owners, then was shot in the leg and side four times by Rayfield with a .40 caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun, Miller said. Royal Palm Beach Mayor Tony Masilotti said he was not surprised by the grand jury's decision. "I don't think you can argue that it Austen was leaning against a wall napping at New Rhinestones, 500 Plaza Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. Austen became angry when he was awakened and threw punches at people around him, Palm Beach Sheriffs Office spokesman Paul Miller said after the incident. Bouncers took Austen out to the parking lot, and the gun battle started By Matt Mossman Palm Beach Fost Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH A Palm Beach County grand jury decided Tuesday that nightclub bouncer David Rayfield used justifiable force in the shooting death of Sean Austen Jan. 3 outside the New Rhinestones country music bar. The gunfight started about 3 a.m. Port lawyer forced to resign after he J admits he held cash;; Robert Cook shortchanged the port, : putting $6,600 from a trust account into his general office account. By Michael Utley Palm Beach Post Staff W riter RTVIERA BEACH The top lawyer for the Port of Palm Beach has resigned after admitting he shortchanged the port on a $194,000 trust account he set up. Longtime port attorney Robert Cook returned the money in dispute slightly more than $6,600. But three members of the five-member port commission said they w ere angered by Cook's failure to give back all of the monev on a timely basis, and they made it clear he would be fired if he didn't resign. Cook quit last Thursday. In an interview Tuesday, Cook admitted to making an error in record-keeping, but he declined to go into detail. "It was a mistake that has been rectified," said Cook, who has represented the port since 1975. Port Commissioners Michael Brown. George Mastics and Robert Williams demanded that Cook resign after he admitted transferring about $6,000 of the trust money into his general office account and shortchanging port officials when they asked for the trust fund to be closed. Woman got friends to kill, prosecutor says By Scott Hiaasen Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Her own lawyer said Misti Ehrlich did her boyfriend's bidding while he sat in the stockade on drug charges. lYosecutors said in that role Ehrlich recruited two friends to silence a potential witness against boyfriend Robert Pransky a chore that led to the inadvertent slayings of a 2-year-old boy and a man. Ehrlich, 21, went on trial Tuesday for her role in what prosecutors call a botched execution. They said Ehrlich was instructed to make sure Brian Goodine didn't testify against lYansky and to have Goodine killed if necessary. Two men. Robert Jackson and Miguel Garcia, are accused of going to Goodine's West Palm Beach house to shoot him on Nov. 21. UVfi. Prosecutor Kirk Volker said the men went to the wrong house and shot a family. Killed were Brandon Babb, 2. and Todd Chilton, 21. Brandon's mother. Crystal, was injured. Volker said Ehrlich, after E.A. KENNEDY IllStaff Photographer Misti Ehrlich is charged with first-degree murder. A 2-year-old boy and a man were killed when gunman at the wrong house opened fire. she was checking to see if Goodine had died. Garcia, Ehrlich's ex-boyfriend and the father of her 4-year-old son, pleaded guilty to the murders and was sentenced last month to three life terms. Ehrlich's attorney. Carey Haughwout. said Garcia will testify to avoid the death penalty but even he will say the murder was unplanned. Jackson backed out of a plea deal last vear and now refuses to testify in "Ehrlich's trial. IVansky also faces murder charges. speaking with her boyfriend, took Jackson and Garcia to the house, driving with her headlights off. Ehrlich also took the pair to buy 9mm bullets at a Sports Authority, and to steal a car later used in the shooting. "She told Jackson and Garcia that Bobby, her boyfriend, was going to want Goodine killed." Volker told jurors in opening statements. After the shooting, a sheriffs detective found Ehrlich in bed under the covers with a phone and a list of area hospitals. Volker said shop is today. And it was Defray Beach that first made the deal with a supermarket chain to officially rename the public comments section of city council meetings. At first citizens there bristled at participating in "iublix comments." But a few-months and dozens of complimentary trays of toothpick-skewered cheese cubes later, the Iub!ix comments section was accepted. Today, we realize how essential it is for governments to seek corporate sponsorship. Without this money, there's little chance we'd be in the reasonable 50 per-c It tax bracket wr enjoy today.

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