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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 17

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 The Palm Beach Post c SECTION D HOLIDAY MUZAK The Colors of Christmas holiday, tour has the voices, but not j mucn to sing aDout. NEWS LOCAL REVIEW, 2B I County wants kids to think about trash t CO V f Students are packing tours of the recycling plant, learning that they can help the environment. By George Bennett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH A field trip to Palm Beach County's recycling plant prompted ll-year-old Kiley Boland to tattle on her father. "My dad's not a good recycling person," the Wellington Elementary School fifth-grader said last week. "He throws bottles in the garbage." That's the kind of intergenerational finger- to exceed the money it brings in. County residents this year will spend more than $14 million to have their newspapers, milk jugs, aluminum cans and other recyclables collected and sorted. The SWA expects to get less than $6 million back from selling the materials. The SWA doesn't tout recycling as a self-supporting enterprise, but as an alternative to its 90-foot-tall garbage mountain off Jog Road and 45th Street. Recycling costs about 22 percent more a ton than burning garbage and burying the ash in the landfill, SWA business analyst Daniel Pellowitz calculates. Please see RECYCLING55 pointing the tour tries to promote. "A lot of kids' families still don't recycle at home. So we're trying to get them to nag their parents," says tour guide Leta McDowell. Parents can expect the nagging to continue. Through tours and school visits, the county's Solid Waste Authority preached recycling to more than 22,000 students last school year nearly double the previous year's level. This year's student tour schedule is booked solid through June, and the SWA's emissary to schools says her appointment book is nearly maxed out as well. The children's crusade comes at a time when adult enthusiasm for recycling may be leveling off and the cost of recycling continues HEATHER SELWITZStaff Photographer Wellington Elementary fifth-graders watch trash being prepared to be turned into electricity in a West Palm Beach incinerator. 9 ; Two injured, two airborne, in multiple pileups on rainy 1-95 Federal gun law ! 11 i : j I. I V. ciii any : of police By Monika Gonzalez : Palm Beach Post Staff Writer To police officers who kept arresting him, Victor Dove belonged in prison. One West Palm Beach police officer watched Dove lean out of a sports car and shoot a semiautomatic weapon at four people in another car. The sports car crashed after a chase by three patrol cars. Dove jumped out wearing a bulletproof '. vest. Dove had been arrested 12 times on 4 aggravated assault, kidnapping and bat- ' tery. But he spent only a year in a state ; prison until the feds stepped in. In May, following last year's chase, Dove pot a "19-vear federal sentence. . Because he was a violent drug dealer caught with a gun, hi qualified as a "triggerlock" defendant. Since 1992, a year after federal trig- r gerlock law took effect, local police in, ; Palm Rearh fnnntv anH five aHininincr ? AUSON REDLICHStaff Photographer Susan Drourr and her son, Keith Ingham, 7, of Boca Raton, were uninjured after being hit from behind in a pileup that sent them flying onto a Saturn. WWW Gawkers slow plugged lanes n"it "I P' ....... Uwuv... ...v- j......6 counties have gone to U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents to prosecute 175 such cases. Triggerlock, passed to sweep the ' streets of violent repeat offenders, focusj es on violent drug-crime felons believed ' to be carrying guns. In each case, local police turn over the name of a criminal, , they believe deserves more punishment than a state court judge can hand down.' ' ATF agents and federal prosecutors then. ; decide whether to pursue the felon. ' Those charged under triggerlock usu-; : ally face certain conviction, authorities; ' say, because it's easier to prove a convict-; ed felon had a gun than whether he shot someone with it. For police officers whose jurisdiction -include the high-crime neighborhoods '. Palm Beach County's larger coastal citif s; ; triggerlock has become an important 5 weapon. I But defense lawyers say triggerldcIC I isn't applied evenly. And the mandatattjj sentences are overly harsh, they say, ajj( allow police too much discretion in decid- ing which offenders to target. Police in Palm Beach County began using the triggerlock law in 1991, after a Taurus) couldn't stop," Brown said. "He hit me a little bit, then everybody following behind him started going crazy." One of those motorists, Ray Hidalgo, driving a red Ford tow truck, skidded into the rear of a blue Honda driven by Susan Drourr of Boca Raton, sending the Honda into the air and onto the hood of a Saturn. "It happened so quick," said Hidalgo, 44, of Boca Raton, who was towing another car. "When I tried to use my brakes, I had no brakes." The drivers of the Taurus and the Saturn were taken to JFK Medical Center, where they were listed in fair condition, according to West Palm Beach Fire-Rescue officials and a hospital official. Drourr said she and her 7-year-old son, Keith Ingham, were unhurt. "All I know is we got hit from behind and we went airborne," Drourr said. "Some man carried us out." - Staff writer Jennifer Peltz contributed to this story. ByVal Ellicott Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Chain-reaction crashes caused by a rain-slickened roadway injured two people and closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 south of Forest Hill Boulevard for two hours Sunday afternoon. The four collisions, mostly fender-benders involving at least 15 cars, took place as traffic slowed in occasionally heavy rain. National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Brien said nearly an inch of rain fell on West Palm Beach. "The rain and driving conditions contributed most to cause (the crashes)," Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pembrook Burrows said. "There was also a heavy volume of traffic with everyone returning from the holidays." In one accident, Martin Brown, 40, of Miami, the driver of a Honda Passport, was struck from behind by a red Ford Taurus as Brown and other drivers slowed for traffic problems ahead. "I tried to move, but he (the driver of the .Southbound lanes were closed for two ; hours Sunday ; while tow trucks ' and the Florida : Highway Patrol cleared crash sites involving about 15 cars. Gawkers in the northbound lanes slowed traffic, as the volume of holiday motorists was compounded by weather. MARK MIRKO Staff Photographer Please see FELONS43 West Palm doesn't want new ramp at Okeechobee ( r f ! ' " ii LEW ffT ' ft i J 1 r jr Foster parents seek same rights as natural family r w Dp the emotional bonds between foster parents and children create a 'family' with legal rights? By Mary McLachlin Palm Beach Post Staff Writer : t WEST PALM BEACH Do foster families have th same rights as biological families under the U.S. Constitution? J They do, asserts a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach Circuit Court, and state welfare officials violated those 'rights when they shut down the Palm Beach Gairdjens foster home of Louis and Mary Frances Joijes'and removed three disabled children from it. The suit highlights a painful issue that lurks in most; conflicts between foster families and child wdlfire agencies the emotional bonds that develop betwjsen foster parents and children, and whether thfjseibonds create a "family" with legal rights that government can't ignore. : ' At least one federal court has said they do, and th t).S. Supreme Court has hinted at the same conclusion without ruling on it directly. A similar ruling in Florida could restrict the state's power to remove children without warning and over foster patents' objections. v Please see fOSllfUSB commissioners complained that the interchange would block views of downtown and encourage heavier traffic at a time when officials are trying to slow people down to experience city life on foot or mass transit. "Some congestion is good it forces drivers to make rational decisions about their trip-making," Lockwood said. Commissioners have resisted construction by refusing to donate land for the interchange and the widening of Okeechobee near Clear Lake. The state is reluctant to take the land through eminent domain. Officials could redesign the project to fit the land. DOT officials will present plans for the interchange and speak to residents at a workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Palm Beach Atlantic College's Lassiter Weyenburg Student Center, on the second floor at 900 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. However, there will be no formal presentation or scheduled public testimony period. Residents who wish to submit letters or their own exhibits can dojso at the workshop.nofficials said. ? By Matt Reed Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH The Florida Department of Transportation calls them "improvements," but West Palm Beach officials disagree. The DOT will present plans to the public Tuesday for a new interchange with a flyover ramp at Interstate 95 and Okeechobee Boulevard. The $22 million interchange would make traffic flow faster and easier through West Palm Beach. It would be big enough to handle rush-hour traffic in 2025, one traffic engineer said. Work would include replacing the tight cloverleaf design with a diamond-shaped interchange with stoplights and a flyover ramp from Okeechobee to the southbound lanes of 1-95. It also would include landscaping that could cost more than $100,000 a year to maintain. State officials and leaders from other cities in Palm Beach County say the new interchange is needed to ease traffic congestion. But city transportation planner Ian Lockwood said the project is too big andoo expensive. City - V- 1 11 ERIN MORONEYStaff Photographer Die-hard dragster damp but undaunted Bud Damron of Morriston, Fla., was in line Sunday when a rainstorm hit Moroso Motorsports Park. Instead of leaving, Damron covered himself and his racecar, leaving 'a little hole for breathing out the side.' SPORTS, 8C

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