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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 124

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, March 26, 1998
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Teacher at Fort Pierce charter school not certified LOCAL NEWS, IB Remembering the young JFK IN ACCENT Your guide to the boat show .INSIDE SPORTS r-sHEAT 105 7$CELTICS 91 SPORTS, 1C WEATHER: Mostly sunny with pleasant conditions today. High 78, low 68. 2A Si? "TRi a eaen rosi neraiixi rgjjjgjpgl" 3 78 PAGES 35 CENTS THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 Stuart man charged with illegally practicing medicine V' & .. ,nmu,.,0fn,.,rarwiHPnfv. reauired for getting a permanent medic; HiH a fnur-vear residency. required for getting a permanent medical rhartrpri with oracticine medicine with Timothy McNamee commuted from Stuart to work part time as an emergency-room physician at Brooklyn Mospnai. license. McNamee never , passed that test, though he presented a forged document to Brooklyn Hospital officials in July 1996 indicating that he had, Vacco said. Hospital officials said that he had a clean record and was given excellent reviews and recommendations. Ohle said that the hospital had searched its files and could find no record of any complaints having been lodged against him. or hands-on training program, at Brooklyn Hospital and joined the staff in July 1994, said Clifford Ohle, a vice president at the hospital. During residency training, a doctor practices under a limited permit, under the supervision of a licensed physician. Ohle said that after successfully completing his residency, McNamee practiced, legally, under a two-year temporary permit that covers doctors until they pass the grueling three-part U.S. Medical License Examination, which is out a license. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. "McNamee blatantly masqueraded as a doctor and performed complicated and intrusive medical procedures on his unwitting patients," said Attorney General Dennis Vacco, whose office is handling the case through its Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. McNamee did have the credentials to be called a doctor. He graduated from the State University Health Science Center in Brooklyn with a medical degree in By Esther B. Fein The New York Times ' NEW YORK The name tag he wore in the emergency room at Brooklyn Hospital Center read "Dr. Timothy McNamee," but the man in the white coat apparently did not have a license to practice medicine or the right to perform complex medical procedures like opening a patient's chest to do heart massage. thorities say, Timothy McNamee, 34, who lives in Stuart, did that and other procedures as a part-time physician in the hospital's emergency room. McNamee's ruse went undetected, as he commuted from his home in Stuart to work part time as an emergency-room physician at Brooklyn Hospital without any legal authorization. On Wednesday, he was arrested and Please see CHARGES61 But for the past 18 months, tne au- I " h'iw"1"1""1'1111 tfT- ...... leys stol TRAINED TO SHOOT: Andrew Golden, the 11-year-old suspect in the Arkansas school shooting, is shown holding a pistol in this undated image from a home video. rami pa TOO! g , i fjiS INTAKE V J j? si i ' I , ! I'm? just a victim, Butler tells jury After deliberating nearly seven hours, the jury in the campaign bribery case calls it a day. By Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Phil Butler, failed state attorney candidate charged with accepting illegal campaign contributions from a businessman facing prison, told jurors Wednesday he was the victim of an ambush. "How can you defend yourself ' against a trial by mbush?" Butler "asked the jury. Butler did not testify at his weeklong trial but argued his defense during his closing statements on Wednesday. The jury deliberated nearly seven hours before stopping for the night about 9 p.m. Butler faces a felony count of bribery and misdemeanor charges of conspiracy and accepting excessive campaign contributions. Florida's sentencing guidelines recommend a maximum sentence of one year in jail. But Cass Castillo, a special prosecutor from Bartow assigned to the case, said if Butler is convicted he plans to ask the judge to exceed the guidelines because the charges damage the public's faith in politicians. Butler, 52, began his closing remarks by apologizing to the jury for the profanities he used when describing his feelings toward his political rival, State Attorney Barry Krischer, in a taped statement Butler gave investigators in March 1997. : Butler then argued that it was impossible to prove the bribery charge, the only felony he faces, because the prosecutor had not shown that James Baber knew that Butler would have the ability to dispose of his DUI-manslaughter charge with no jail time if Butler had been elected. The key is wrongful intent," Butler argued. "And you can't look into someone else's mind." - But the heart of Butler's defense focused on what he described as the state's failure to provide him with details of the crimes he allegedly committed. Butler showed the jury an enlarged copy of a document called a "bill of particulars" the charging document that de- " Mease spe BUTLERZ4 ' v . f - x .. l 1 - ' ! ; - .3 ; ; . u t . ... ... - . Q ' r' , f V - ,w- V, r r-p' J .J. PHOTOS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jackie and Doug Golden, Andrew Golden's grandparents, leave a hearing Wednesday. Go,den said the boy admitted stealing his guns and pulling the fire a.arm. Prosecutors grapple with lenient sentencing rules Girls were 'good kids' who loved 'Titanic' By David W. Chen 'Ihe New York Times "Sweet." "Polite." "Loved Titanic" . Those were the words that friends, relatives and neighbors used constantly Wednesday as they recalled the lives of the four girls who were killed Tuesday by two boys who opened fire on a middle school m Jonesboro, Ark. ... , Individually, the girls had different sets of friends, different family histories, different reactions, presumably, to the little things in life that seem so big to people so young. But as a group, their deaths pierced a town in which everyone seemed to suffer a personal loss. They were always good kids, coming in to say hi with their friends and family." said Marty Walpole. Chiles pushes for tougher gun laws The governor wants to close what he calls a loophole that allows unregulated sales at gun Shows. STORY, 16A Teacher gave her life to save sixth-grader Shannon Wright acted instinctively, jumping in front of 12-year-old Emma Pittman. STORY, 11A Blame availability of firearms If guns weren't easy to get, this may not have happened. EDITORIAL, 20A By Rick Bragg Ihe New York Times JONESBORO, Ark. The two boys used to tease 12-year-old Erica Swindle about her glasses. She thought they were mean. On Wednes ital murder charges after bullets fired outside a middle school on Tuesday killed four girls and one teacher, wounded 11 other people and plunged a little town into despair. For Erica, who stood unhurt as bullets flew around her and watched classmates fall into bloody heaps on a neat, white sidewalk, it unveiled a meanness that she, like others in this little farming town, had not even imagined. "They made fun of me all the Mitchell Johnson, 13 day, those same . boys, one 11 and one 13, were being held in juvenile detention at the jail m Craighead County, Ark., facing cap- Please see SCHOOL SHOOTING7G4 Hease see VICTIMS 10A Four bald eagles electrocuted Inside atop power poles in Martin 2A 2A IX 20 4 IK 2C LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV LISTINGS TV SPORTS ANN & ABBY 2E BUSINESS ID CLASSIFIEDS IF COMICS 20C DEATHS 15A.48 EDITORIALS 20A HOROSCOPE 2C CROSSWORDS SECTIONS E, F pelican, were found near another pole across the St Lucie Canal, less than a quarter-mile away. David said. FPL spokesman Bill Swank blamed the deaths on a "tragic set of circumstances." He speculated that recent rains and winds may have played a part. "We don't know what led them to perch there, whether there was a change in weather, a need for new territory, or finding a good place to fish on the St. Lucie Canal." Fossil gives glimpse of dinosaur organs Scientists have unearthed one of the best preserved dinosaurs ever found, complete with internal organs and muscles. The young theropod may yield important information about the anatomy of dinosaurs. STORY, 2A - PALM BEACH Heather. IWTERACTTVE sports . WM n-m and vews 'i FOR HOMC DELIVERY SERVICE S20-4663 l-SOO-654-1231 By Salty D. Swartz foirn Beock Post Staff Wntrr Four bald eagles, possibly wet from diving for fish in a nearby canal, have been electrocuted since November while perching atop power poles in western Martin County. Three of the dead birds were found at the base of a Honda Power & lipht Co. pole at the northern ede of the DuIHns Reserve, which straddles Martin and Paim Beach counties, said Pete David, the reserve's acting manager. The fourth, as well as a dead brown ! 1991 Part MNIb.30 t 7 TRAGIC DEATHS: Eagles thrive in the DuPuis Reserve. FPL covered parts of its power poles with wood after four eagles died on power poles near the reserve. lVasfsetlAQJS13A

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