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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 164

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The Palm Beach Post msl SECTION B STORES TO SCHOOLS The aging Orange Blossom Mall may become school district classroom and office space. BUSINESS, ID mm iwm Free clinic outgrows old quarters, moves JERI BUTLER, IF - Hero' mom chases suspect, stops possible abduction FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 . jOCA j ruirfa mm'- rfai 'Get your hands off that boy,' Tyshe Jenkins (right) yelled at Michael Leroy Alfonso (left), as he held a knife to the face of a 9-year-old boy going to school. i i rierce r Sf i .is Ave. D ,r - her car and began to run after Alfonso. : "At the time, I was thinking more about that baby boy than myself," she said. "By" me being a grown woman, I stood a better chance than that baby." I Jenkins couldn't catch Alfonso, so sher told a bus driver to call police. "I'm quite sure anybody in their good mind would have done the same thing I did," she said. But police were calling Jenkins a hero Thursday afternoon.- "That's unusual for a lady to get involved in a crime involving an armed man," said Fort Pierce Police Lt. Brian Humm. "That's pretty heroic." ; Please see HESO3H By Susannah A. Nesmith Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE A 36-year-old Fort Pierce man was arrested Thursday morning after police said he held a knife to a 9-year-old's face and tried to kidnap the child, who was walking to his school bus stop. A mother driving her children to school jumped out of her car and stopped the attack before the boy was injured. Michael Leroy Alfonso, 2817 Ave. B, is well known to local police, who have arrested him five times since 1990 once for a similar armed attack on a young girl. Alfonso was acquitted by reason of insanity in that case. In Thursday's incident, police said Alfonso walked up behind James Dixson on Avenue I, just around the corner from i'JprangeAve, Anmfili.i.lnilinifaMBM Jelaware Avej i w- MARK HEMPHILLStaff Artist fixing to cut my jaw and this lady came and she said, 'Get your hands off that boy.' " The woman, Tyshe Jenkins, was alerted by her daughter, who saw the attack. Jenkins backed up her car and jumped out. "I yelled at him and he shoved the little boy," she said. She told Dixson to come to Dixson's house. Alfonso told the Morn-ingside Elementary student to come with him, police said. "I told him no and I ran off," Dixson said Thursday afternoon. "Then, the second time he said, Tou better come here.' Then, he took a knife out of his pocket and he was Melzer ; supports reservoirs But, the Martin County ' Commission chairwoman wants several shallow reservoirs, not one deep one. By Howie Paul Hartnett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer " . STUART Listen closely; Commission Chairwoman Donna Melzer supports building reservoirs to help the St. Lucie River. ; But she wants several shallow reservoirs scattered throughout the Allapattah Ranch property, not one deep-water storage area. Give drivers something to look at, expert says 38 s"'"s riiitfiTiw1iiiirf if jrliPii--"-" a-i nrthir ti liniii wniiiii hfMiiaiiiii "firiii" r?H aiTii iiittitiiiiniMMtiliiH iimiriti'irffrifiitiifMih'il ii'yi.iTf4k-' llr-' -n'frT iVif a if -t.i. iiatitT f n iff ffarti I ir S ii7 f Mi-iiimii I BOB SHANLEYStaff Photographer A marigold here and a mangold there FORT PIERCE - The yellow and orange marigolds arranged in a planter on : Thursday by landscaper Bruno Orosco of Northside Nursery Inc. soon will bloom into a colorful pattern for motorists navigating the traffic circle in downtown Fort Pierce. Neighbors assumed man facing charges was doctor "The reports that I am wholeheartedly in support of the deep-water attenuation facilities promoted by the St. Lucie River Ink tiative are not correct," she said Thursday. ; "I support two things: purchasing Allapattah and locating small storage areas dispersed at key points to maintain a balanced salinity throughout the estuary." ; But even considering reserJt voirs is a big step for the previously ardent opponent. "I've listened to the (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers. I've listened to the South Florida Water Management District and the Governor's Commission for a Sustainable South Florida," she, said. They've educated me." , The early findings of the study' being conducted by the Corps and district also have opened fel-; low reservoir opponent Commissioner Janet Gettig to the idea. . There are a lot of things in scientific reports of ways to clean the river," such as better man-; agement of rural runoff and a county storm-water program, Gettig said. Reservoirs are just one option. Please see RESERVOIRS Timothy McNamee's mom says: 'He's a wonderful doctor.' But New York officials say he has been practicing without a license. the state of Florida since 1994, and the Department of Health reports no record of discipline. The department has nothing for McNamee. But "I thought he told me he was associated with Martin Memorial," said John Kelly, who lives in the condo above the couple. In a way. His wife works for Martin County Anesthesiology Group, which contracts with Martin Memorial Medical Center. Please see McNAMEE5fl he had. McNamee's mother, Nancy, lives in Jupiter. She said her son called Thursday. "He's a wonderful doctor," she said. "He thought he had until 1998 (to renew the permit), not 1996," said his mother, a retired nurse. "I guess he was waiting. "It breaks my heart." Neighbors at the Indian River Plantation had different impressions of the 34-year-old, who lives with wife, Zambelli, in a $175,000 condo. Zambelli has been licensed by Brooklyn Hospital, where he worked part time as an emergency-room doctor. McNamee graduated with a medical degree in 1990, then completed a four-year residency at Brooklyn Hospital. He then worked under a two-year permit that allows time for doctors to pass the exam needed for a permanent license. But New York Attorney General Dennis Vacco said McNamee never passed that test, instead turning in a forged document to hospital officials in 1996 that said McNamee told his Hutchinson Island neighbors he worked at a hospital, and indeed he did until he was arrested Wednesday in New York and charged with practicing medicine without a license. If convicted, he could spend up to four years in prison. New York authorities say that for 18 months, McNamee commuted from his Florida home to By Cara Anna Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Even a few doors down from their Indian River Plantation apartment, the names "Timothy McNamee" and "Patricia Zam-belli" don't ring a bell with neighbors. Then it clicks "Oh, the doctors." But that's not quite right y Of! Haulers to bid on more than hauling fees St. Lucie County commissioners say they want to see how other factors will affect residents' monthly bills. By Jim Reeder Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE Garbage haulers will face a multiple choice test when they bid for exclusive rights to collect St. Lucie County's residential garbage later this year. County commissioners agreed Thursday to let them bid on several options to see how each would affect customers" monthly bills when the current contract expires in December. "Let's bid several options and see how that drives the prices," County Commissioner Cliff Barnes said. Barnes defended the current contract with its $12.23-per-month charge as probably the cheapest and simplest to operate. The complaints we're getting now are extremely minimal, so why change a system that's working? We'll only make the prices go up." he said. But other commissioners said they don't want to keep the current system, which allows the hauler to file liens and force the sale of property to collect St. Lucie County leaders grade selves on meeting goals By Teresa Lane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PORT ST. LUCIE As a school superintendent. Bill Vogel is used to grading others. On Thursday,' he and dozens of other community leaders received their own report cards as officials discussed whether they've lived up to the long-range goals set at 1995 visioning workshops. Although the group acknowledged they have a long way to go before St Lucie County becomes the economic and cultural mecca of the Treasure Coast, most leaders gave themselves an A for achievements they've made since consultant Henry Luke came to town three years ago. While business leaders touted their increased business and developers crowed about their new ventures. Vogel spoke of raising expectations and developing students who score higher on tests, read better and behave more responsibly. , ; "Quality education is synonymous with eco-; nomic development," Vogel said. "We've truly-raised the level of expectation and all students need to be achieving at levels higher than ever before." : Port St. Lucie, Fort IMerce, St. Iicie County and the St. Iucie Countv Chamber of Commerce, paid Luke $30,622 in 1995 to hold five workshops and outline goals and strategies for 2010. ; Participants on Thursday noted that several goals have been achieved since then. Parts of St. Lucie County have been included in a foreign trade zone; voters have passed reft rendums to pay for school construction and development of anixedi-use port; and school rankings .ve improvx I'M if: - . ' .-1 PAUL J. MiLriEStaft Photograpnef A day for cultural diversity FORT PIERCE - Katie Hogan (right) and her fellow dancers from the Rondeau School of Irish Dance kick off the 1998 Cultural Diversity Day at Indian River Community College Thursday morning. The Irish dancers were joined throughout the day by Italian-American dancers, a Celtic musician, African-American poetry, gospel groups and square dancers. Several local ethnic clubs had displays from their native countries. The IRCC Culinary Arts Apprentice Program served food during the festivities. r,faseseHfiVLfaS5Ii

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