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B2-Palm Beach Post-Time Sunday, December 12, 1976 Wille: Heidtman's Act Very Drastic Incoming Sheriff To Make Own Inquiry Into Firing Dennis Koehler Peggy Evatt Bill Bailey . . . basketball . . bubblebaths . . . Beefeater's and Sgt. Earl Johnson to the rank of patrolman for the support of the petition and suspended Sgts. Jerry Arbour and Al Vidal for three days. "You can't have that sort of thing going on in an organization of this kind somebody doesn't like a sergeant or a lieutenant so he gets up a petition to have him removed," Heidtman said Friday after taking the disciplinary action. "I don't need that kind of thing and my successor doesn't need it either." Capt. Valjean Haley, ranking officer in the Delray Beach substation, claimed responsibility for the disciplinary actions and called the petition a "power play" aimed at getting him to make a decision he opposes. He said the petition was started by a few individuals "who hoodwinked about 25 others into signing." Weaver, the target of the petition, said he didn't know what prompted the action against him, saying, "I don't know if it's jealousy or what." He said he has had to take disciplinary action for improper dress before and perhaps the men resented that. substation seeking the transfer of Lt. Joseph Weaver. Mahoney claimed morale was very low in the office and that relations between Weaver and the lower ranking officers were "strained." Wille said he does not approve of petitions by employes as a means of voicing their gripes about superiors or conditions because they should have other channels to work through to let their feelings be known. But Wille said that under Heidtman, there were no such channels. "I do not believe in petitions if they have another avenue of gripe; which I don't believe they do have," Wille said, vowing as he repeatedly did during his campaign that lines of communication would be more open between supervisors and patrolmen and deputies during his administration. Wille said, "I wasn't consulted in any way" prior to the action taken by Heidtman Friday. And he stopped short of saying he would reverse Heidtman's action for fear of jeopardizing the cordial relations between him and Heidtman during the transitiqn period. Heidtman demoted Detective James Rendell By BUD NEWMAN Pott Stiff Wrlttr Sheriff William Heidtman's firing of a detective for circulating a petition to have his supervising officer transferred was a "very drastic" act which will be fully reviewed, incoming Sheriff Richard Wille said yesterday. Wille, elected Nov. 2 to succeed Heidtman, said he will begin his own inquiry this week to get the full story on the disciplinary action by the sheriff which ended in the dismissal of Detective James Mahoney and the demotion or suspension of four other officers at the Delray Beach substation for supporting the petition effort. "I think that's very drastic," Wille said of Mahoney's firing Friday. He said the matter "now has become a very important priority on Jan. 4," the day Wille assumes office. "I have assured everyone that I will investigate the matter thoroughly," Wille said. Mahoney's petition had 29 signatures a majority of the employes in the Delray Beach From CI- Commission placing last minute add-on items to the agenda. "I want to know and fully understand what's before me," Bailey said last week. "I don't want to slow down just for the sake of slowing down." He admits the job of minding the people's business is tiring, but "I like the job it's challenging." When he gets home from the office, "the first thing I do is have a drink," he said a Beefeater's Gin martini is his favorite. Other than that, he likes golf but has had little time to play since "you can't play golf at night." All three commissioners speak well of each other and pledge to continue to work harmoniously in the future a change from the old board's penchant for fighting in the ranks. Chairman Bill Medlen and Lake Lytal speak well of the three, praising their capabilities and potential. Lytal, who first came on the commission in 1943 and has seen dozens of commissioners come and go, said, "Even after a month, I think they're the most knowledgeable new commission that ever came on the board. " Lytal has said he plans to retire when his term is up in 1978 a decision which the three new commissioners helped him make. "I really feel more comfortable leaving the board now the way it is," he said, "which is one of the reasons I ran last time I didn't feel comfortable leaving the board." The toughest part of the job so far, he said, "is sitting on that zoning board I had difficulty sleeping my first night after my first zoning meeting." The biggest frustration and disappointment is not being able to respond to all the calls and letters from constituents. For relaxation, the 6-foot-5 former college basketball player has resumed playing ball one night a week at the YMCA. He also enjoys reading political nonfiction and keeping up with his legal journals. Currently, he and his wife Barbara Pariente, a lawyer are reading John Dean's "Blind Ambition." Occasionally, he admits, the pressures do mount and "whenever I start to drag, I do Transcendental Meditation that refreshes me and renews my energy.". Falling somewhere between Mrs. Evatt's quiet observations and Koehler's active, vocal involvement, lies the cautious commissioner from the Glades, Bill Bailey - the board's lone Republican. . With 12 years experience on the Belle Glade City Commission under his belt, including three- years as mayor, the 44-year-old Pahokee native is no stranger to local government. His knowledge of procedure and his pointed questions and observations are testament to that. A quiet talker, Bailey has emerged as the voice for an unhurried pace, constantly expressing a view the board was moving too quickly in his first month as a member. 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"If there was specific concentration, it would be a lot easier to enforce," he said. As the law stands, police here, unlike some other cities in the county, are charged with keeping the beach dog-free on private as well as public property. In posh Palm Beach, dogs are prohibited from public beaches only, but may romp on private Language with rolled edges. Rowoco, 16.00 J. JELLY ROLL PAN by Rowoco. 111ax17,2" 5.50 K. DEEP LAYER PAN in tinned steel 8" diameter. Rowoco . . 6.00 L. HOAN'S 3-PC. WOK SET has 1 4" carbon steel wok, ring, lid,9.99 M. PASTRY HANDLERS lift dough after rolling 10.00 N. PASTA MACHINE makes four varieties. Rowoco 12.50 CI F rom beaches as long as they are under control. Police Chief Joseph M. Gaffney said he couldn't remember the last time an arrest was made for a dog that dared to defy the ordinance and cross over to a public beach. One of the reasons Boca Raton had become the in spot for Spot was because its neighbor cities to the south, Deerfield Beach and Pompa-no Beach strictly enforced their no-dogs-on-beach ordinance. Almost all the arrests made in October were persons who lived in Broward County-Property Tax Break Deadline Monday Monday is the last day for Palm Beach County taxpayers to take advantage of a 4 per cent discount on their property tax bills by paying early. Tax Collector Allen Clark said beginning Tuesday the discount for early payment drops to 3 per cent for the rest of December. During January, he said, the discount is 2 per cent, with a 1 per cent discount in February. During March, the face value of the tax bill is due, he said, and after April 1, there is an automoatic penalty charge for paying late. Tax payments can be made at Clark's of fice on the second floor of the Palm Beach County Courthouse. Hijacked Truck Found in Hollywood HOLLYWOOD - The Walgreen Drug Stores tractor-trailer, which was hijacked in West Palm Beach by two armed men Friday, was recovered yesterday, but the load it had been carrying, valued at $80,000, was stolen, according to a spokesman for the Hollywood Police Department. Truck driver Tony Klutz was abducted at gunpoint and his truck stolen early Friday morning and driven to Miami, where he was released, bound and blind-folded, unharmed. The type of merchandise the truck was hauling has not been determined by police, who are checking with the Walgreen's main office in Chicago. Police recovered the truck at 12:35 yesterday, parked in a lot at 1-95 and Sheridan Road, according to the spokesman. Van Club Sponsors Toys for Tots Ually The local Marine Corps Reserve and the Excalibur Vans Ltd. club will hold a Toy Rally today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Toys for Tots campaign. For the 29th year, Toys for Tots will distribute gifts to underprivileged children through the efforts of the Marine Corps and state agencies. Donations of bicycles and other toys for children of nine and up are in great demand. The Toy Rally, for donations of new and like-new toys, will take place in the following three locations where vans will be stationed to hold the toys: the shopping center by K Mart and Scotty's in Lantana, the Palm Beach Mall and Twin City Mall. &Ss': ; ' f .m J'', ffVVI J j0-r $Pk ' "In bilingual Florida," Wilson said, "youngsters need the option of taking a foreign language . . . especially Spanish." Though fewer and fewer colleges are requiring a foreign language for admission, many have retained the requirement for graduation, so youngsters who have had no language training will have to begin in college. Angel Bustelo, former chairman of the state's Foreign Languages Council and supervisor of the Hillsborough County School Board's foreign language program, finds it "surprising" a Palm Beach County high school offers no foreign language instruction, but said Pahokee is not unique. Several North Florida school districts, he said, offer no foreign languages. "But most of the larger districts have a complete program," he said, which includes Spanish, French and German. In this agricultural community east of Lake Okeechobee, there are many Spanish-speaking residents, including Cuban sugar mill workers and shopkeepers and Mexican and Puerto Rican farm workers. For 13-year-old Karen Andrews, an articulate girl and top student who was taking beginning Spanish, the need to communicate with Spanish-speaking friends prompted her to enroll in the Spanish course. "I'm meeting a lot of Spanish-speaking people," she said, "and a lot of them don't speak much English. Why not make it equal and a better world by learning to speak their language?" Now taking industrial arts instead of Spanish, Karen said she was "upset" when the class was canceled because "this is the only school in Pahokee . . . it's the only school I can go to." ENJOY FREE PARKING SUNDAY Christmas shop today 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.