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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 19

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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 3 Accused policeman could be fired today Ill ilfenliiD dfflOS-K Boynton Beach Officer Charles Graham is accused of stealing a computer and cellular telephone while on duty. not be reached for comment. Graham stole a cellular telephone and computer from a Boynton Beach AT&T Wireless Services office in August while on duty, police said. He has been on administrative leave with pay since Jan. 27, the day after his girlfriend's son gave investigators information that contradicted Graham's alibi. Police Chief Marshall Gage recommended on three separate instances that the city fire Graham, the most recent recommendation was dated March 19. By Monika Gonzalez Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOYNTON BEACH A police officer charged with stealing from a business likely will be fired today, the city's personnel director said. " ; Personnel Director Arthur Lee and City Attorney James Cherof discussed Officer Charles Graham's case last week and agreed the city has grounds to fire Graham, Lee said Thursday. Cherof is drafting documents for Lee and City Manager Kerry Willis to sign regarding Graham's firing, Lee said. The city is not scheduling another hearing on the matter because one was held March 5, Lee said. Cherof said he could not comment on the case. Graham's lawyer, Alan Aronson, could w c Staffers complain turmoil has had crippling effect The Bulls-Eye, Happy Holidays, Holiday Treasures and Firecracker II Instant Games officially end Friday, March 27, 1998. All winning tickets must be redeemed by Tuesday, May 26, 1998. Prizes less than $600 may be redeemed at any Florida Lottery Retailer; prizes Graham had planned to devote to the upcoming referendum on the sale of the $600 and over must be claimed at a Florida Lottery District Office. riorku Lottery i V Municipal Auditorium to the Jehovah's Witnesses and the April groundbreaking for CityPlace. Meanwhile, Service Employees In-ternational Union officials the Florida Commission on Ethics, Local 747 Vice President Dave Galloway said. Zucaro suggested that commissioners should consider doing the same thing. But it's not clear if the problems cited by Isaacs fall under the Ethics Commission's purview. The commission only investigates violations of the state's ethics code, spokeswoman Helen Jones said, and those rules were not flagged in the audit. Staff writer Joel Engelhardt contributed to this story. to cover the bonus. He said he wanted to return the bonus along with his resignation letter. Some staffers said the turmoil has been crippling. "If we have to watch our back all the time, how can we go forward?" asked transportation planner Ian Lockwood. Wright, 47, manages day-today financial affairs. He is principally responsible for the strategy that has saved the city from bankruptcy and pumped up its reserves. His role as administrator is to take care of the details, freeing the mayor to pursue larger goals. The upheaval is taking up time WRIGHT From IB proval, Graham asked Wright to investigate further. Wright told the mayor there was no legal problem, and she signed the check herself. ' ; Since the audit's release, Graham, Koons and Commissioner Al Zucaro have said Wright should return the money. Wright told Graham he'd offer to resign Thursday. But as the day wore on, he said he was having trouble transferring enough money into his checking account p .- Isaacs will meet today to consider filing a complaint against Graham and Wright with Boca teenager calls school from home, threatens suicide NO. 430921 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Palm Beach County Workforce Development; Board, Inc. (WDB) is soliciting proposals for pre-: production, production and post production ser-j vices of (1) 7 to 10 minute Marketing Video, (1): 10 minute Orientation Video, (1) 10 minute: EducationalDocumentary Video, (1) half hour; Documentary, and (3) 30 seconds Public Service: Announcements (PSA's). Project is scheduled to-take two months beginning on or about April; 30th, 1998. Proposal packages may be picked: up at the Palm Beach County Workforce Development Board, 600 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Fl. 33401 between 9:00a.m. and 4:00p.m., Monday through Friday. Proposals must be received at PBC Workforce Development; Board, 600 So. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Fl. 33401 by April 20, 1998, 12:00 NOON, local time, without exception. PUBLISH 326, 327, & 328 : Roberts: No plans to give up Negotiators persuaded the boy to come out peacefully. The teenager had taken four shotguns, two .22-caliber rifles, a BB gun, a machete and three handguns from his father's gun cabinet, Miller said. The boy's parents are getting a divorce and he had recently been punished for skipping school, Miller said. son?" McCarty said. Mark Roberts dismissed the charges as political. McCarty's chief aide, Jerry Taylor, is mayor of Boynton Beach, which has been stuck in litigation with Mark Roberts over downtown property for several years. Newell said he was relieved that the land would continue to be filled with houses or nothing. But Mark Roberts said he won't drop his original plans. ROBERTS From IB Roberts said he was no longer involved. 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