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i ii '" Jl ' 'ft ' ' V J I ' 1 'T 't ' -r J t f -f f SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 The Palm Beach ftst s SECTION B CRACKING DOWN The state Marine Patrol is checking boats for illegally dumping sewage STORY, 2B HELP FOR CANCER Philanthropist Miles Zisson donates $1 million for a breast cancer center. STORY, 2B LOCAL NEWS Prosperi gets 3 years, $25,000 fine, old tax bill lawyer, including mail fraud and money-laundering charges, were thrown out at his November trial. Prosecutors said Prosperi wrote himself checks from the accounts of an offshore company set up by Donovan to buy Florida real estate. Among other things, he used the money to finance two waterfront homes in Palm Beach and Hobe Sound, Carlton said. Prosperi's two convictions were for tax returns in 1989 and 1990 that didn't report Please see PROSPERI55 The Palm Beach society lawyer was convicted of filing false tax returns that omitted millions Stolen from a client. By Scott Hiaasen Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ' Paul Prosperi, a well-known Palm Beach lawyer and society figure, was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for filing false tax returns that prosecutors said omitted millions of dollars he stole from a client U.S. District Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp also sentenced Prosperi to one year of probation and a $25,000 fine. The judge also ordered Prosperi to pay the unpaid taxes on the money he received from his client, Patrick Donovan, an Irish citizen. Federal prosecutors said those taxes exceed $700,000. Ryskamp threw out Prosperi's conviction on three counts of creating counterfeit securities. The judge said prosecutors should have introduced real certificates of deposit to compare with the fake ones prosecutors said Prosperi used to mislead Donovan about his ac counts. That does not take away from the court's conclusion that these were fraudulent documents," Ryskamp said. If the counterfeiting counts had remained, Prosperi could have faced as much as lk years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Carlton said he will recommend that his office appeal the judge's ruling. Prosperi, 48, would not comment. He remains free on $500,000 bond while he appeals his conviction which could take more than a year. Eleven other counts against the real estate Prosper! Everglades Regional closes its doors VI K Brian E. Crowley Politics ' T" '"T V " -r f " I t 1 t v"r.;.i r I'll J x J" : '.Ovs.-.'rTiV -T-Sf E.A. KENNEDY IllStaff Photographer PAHOKEE - Former patient Francine Pete gets a hug from nurse Shannon the last patient was moved out. The hospital's emergency room remains Martin as Laura Freeman wipes away tears over the closing Friday of Ever- open, though patients who need longer-term care will be transferred glades Regional Medical Center. At least 225 employees were laid off and elsewhere. STORY, 3B Comparing campaigns $9.5 million United Way tally tops $9 million as big firms give extra $377,000 9.0 Pledged .! "iGoal Collected 8.5 8.0 The $1.1 million increase over last year is the first double-digit percent jump since the county's two largest United Ways merged in 1991. More than 300 campaign workers celebrated Friday night with a $35-a-plate victory dinner at The Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan, a party underwritten by sponsors. Palm Beach County's major companies and their employees gave $377,000 more this year, topped by Pratt & Whitney's $1.1 million, a 34 percent increase over 1996-97. Credit card Please see UNITED WM5B By Tim O'Meilia Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOYNTON BEACH Increased donations from larger companies and larger individual gifts helped the United Way of Palm Beach County raise more than $9 million for the first time ever. The United Way has pledges of $9,190,964 for the 1997-98 campaign, a 14.1 percent increase over last year's total and well over its goal of $8.6 million. "It's a combination of things, good economic times and a great new staff," said campaign Chairwoman Gale Howden, community relations director of The Palm Beach Post. 7.5 Blacks' quarrel with Florida Democrats still growing , . Today, an angry U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings is in Jacksonville where he is continuing to plot with fellow black leaders for retribution against the Florida Democratic Party. By now anyone reading a political column knows the basic story. White Democratic state House leaders ousted the first black House-speaker designate. Furious black lawmakers walked out before the vote vowing revenge. Since that January moment, the rift between many black and white leaders has widened and deepened. . .This week, there was another jolt A meeting between white and black leaders scheduled to take place today was suddenly canceled. What was supposed " to be an effort to bring people together instead has pushed them further apart. Progress appears minimal Mitch Ceasar, chairman of the Broward County Democratic Party, said he canceled the meeting because Broward lawmakers are in Tallahassee for the session. "I've been trying diligently to bring both sides together," Ceasar said. "We had one meeting about a month ago and I thought we made some progress. But there is no question that we have a long way to go in the Democratic Party to bring everyone together." Hastings believes that if state lawmakers wanted to attend the meeting they would take the time to do it It is not uncommon for state lawmakers to go back to their districts on weekends. Hastings noted that he gave up an invitation to travel with President Clinton to Africa because of the meeting. Logan ouster at the center Feelings in Broward have been particularly harsh since the ouster of Rep. Willie Logan of Opa-locka from the leadership post It was Broward lawmakers who led the rebellion and anointed one of their own, Rep. Ann MacKenzie of Fort Lauderdale, to take his place. Outraged black leaders declared political war on the 31 white lawmakers who voted against Logan. Their first battleground was a special senate election two weeks ago in a largely Broward district Democrat Steve Geller, one of those who voted against Logan, won the race. But in a historic first, a majority of black voters voted for his Republican opponent They did so, because Hastings asked them to do it : After the election, Hastings gave a dire warning: If Florida Democrats fail to make amends for what happened to Logan, Hastings and other black leaders will work to help Republican Jeb Bush become governor. A promise of polarization Hastings alluded to that threat in a letter to Ceasar about the canceled meeting. "I must repeat to you how absolutely critical it was, and is, for us to have face-to-face dialogue, immediately," Hastings wrote. "Such a meeting is imperative if we wish to avoid further polarization within the party, especially in light of important upcoming elections." Ceasar said he feels caught in the , middle of an extraordinarily difficult situation that started in Tallahassee and quickly spread across the state. Meanwhile, Florida Democrats will be listening carefully to whatever Hastings and other black leaders say in Jackson- ville today. Brian E Crowley is political editor for The Palm Beach Post. He can be reached at 8204 723 or by e-mail at BViancpbpost.com i ! I i i .;. I ,..t 1990-91 91-92 92-93 93-94 94-95 95-96 96-97 97-98 SOURCE: United Way of Palm Beach County MARK HEMPHILLStaff Artist H ' ! CI it Moore Rd J Boca Raton crash Boca Raton police gave this account of the Friday afternoon crash: Lance Adams pulls Spanish 'I have a gun and; I'm planning to ; use it on myself j Spanish River guidance counselor still feels drained from negotiating : on the phone with a suicidal teen. : By Lisa Ocker Palm Beach Post Staff Writer - . BOCA RATON Pulled from a meeting for a' phone call, the Spanish River High School counse lor asked what the emergency was. : A student was on the line. He would speak onlv Hi Boca ;j Raton :j di mi Boci , J1 Raton r Airport i r. ' - : l&r into Denny's, where police, tipped by a friend of Adams, are waiting. Police chase Adams north on Interstate 95. Adams veers across three lanes of traffic, crashes into Clint Moore Road overpass supports and is killed. M ?4L. Palmetto fori Rd. - - n Camino Real In wl tr -WilL Man admits killing wife, slams bridge fleeing police The Vera man asked a friend for a gun to kill himself. He died when he hit an 1-95 overpass. By Monita Gonzalez and Matt Reed Palm Brack Post Staff Writers BOCA RATON A Vero Beach man, who police say killed his wife, died Friday after crashing into a highway overpass support while being chased by Boca Raton police. Lance Adams. 50, had called a friend in Boca Raton several times Friday morning to say he had killed his wife, tried to slit his wrists and needed a gun, Florida Highway Patrol Lt Pembrook Burrows said. The friend, whose name was not released, called Boca Raton police shortly after 10 a.m. and said he had agreed to meet Adams at a Denny's restaurant on Palmetto Park Road just east of Interstate 95. Officers called their counterparts in Vero Beach, who sent an officer to Adams' home. Burrows said. They found Adams' estranged wife Joy, 37, dead most likely killed in a fight Thursday afternoon or evening, police said. The two shared a home at 335 Date Palm with her, ana ne naa a gun to nis head. Hurrying to the phone, Valerie Mazzella had time for a little prayer "Help me find the right words." Friday, Mazzella recounted the episode that ended safely after she found the words that helped persuade the 16-year-old student to give up to sheriffs deputies more than two hours after calling her. Mazzella ROB BARGEStaff Artist Five miles north of the Denny's, Adams veered east, crossing three lanes of traffic before ramming into two columns supporting the Clint Moore Road overpass. How fast the marked cars were driving and how far behind Adams' car they were is still under investigation, Boca Raton police of ficer Jef f Simons said. Burrows said a truck driver told troopers the police cars were at least 100 yards behind the Lincoln. He said SI, 100 in cash and an apologetic suicide note addressed to Adams' parents were found in a brpwn satchel in Adams' car. Road. The couple had fought Thursday at a model home where Joy Adams worked. Vero Beach Deputy Police Chief Donald Dappen said. About 11 a.m. Lance Adams arrived at the Denny's parking lot where officers in unmarked cars waited to arrest him when he walked into the restaurant But he kept driving around the building for nearly half an hour. Burrows said when plainclothes detectives started walking toward Adams' beige Lincoln Town Car, Adams drove away and onto northbound 1-95. Several marked police cars followed, witnesses said. Mazzella, a counselor for 11 years and coordinator of the school's guidance department, had dealt with teens who talked of suicide but never one a trigger pull away from doing it She had worked with this student for 14 years, she said, although their talks were less frequent this year because he had done well the first semester. Picking up the phone Thursday morning she tried a light-hearted approach: "Hey, whafs'hap! lipase see COUNSELOR55

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