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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 94

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Monday, December 1, 1997
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 The Palm Beach Post SECTIONS HOLIDAY MUZAK ! The Colors of Christmas holiday! tour has the voices, but not much to sing about. REVIEW, 2B NEWS I 1 1 LOCAL County wants kids to think about trash i I 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 11-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 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 Photography Wellington Elementary fifth -graders watch trash being prepared tq a West Palm Beach incinerator. be turned into electricity in Two injured, two airborne, in multiple pileups on rainy 1-95 federal j gun law j an ally ;i of policel rfk . . 1 V v. i , - j h j! '4 A - ;A I. -43 ' AUSON REDUCHStaff 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. 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 officef 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 carst Dove jumped out wearing a bulletpro6 vest. 'j Dove had been arrested 12 times on state charges including armed robbery 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 got a 19-year federal sentence; Because he was a violent drug dealer caught with a gun, he qualified as a "triggerlock" defendant. ' Since 1992, a year after federal trig gerlock law took effect, local police-irt Palm Beach County and five adjoining counties have gone to U.S. Bureau ot Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents to' prosecute 175 such cases. Triggerlock, passed to sweep th4 streets of violent repeat offenders, focus 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 punishmen than a state court judge can hand down ATF agents and federal prosecutors trterj decide whether to pursue the felon. 3 Those charged under triggerlock usu ally face certain conviction, authorities say, because it's easier to prove a convfct ed felon had a gun than whether he shot-someone with it. I For police officers whose jurisdictions' include the high-crime neighborhoods ol Palm Beach County's larger coastal cities! triggerlock has become an important weapon. ,'j But defense lawyers say triggerlock isn't applied evenly. And the mandator)? sentences are overly harsh, they say, ancj allow police too much discretion in decid-; ing which offenders to target. v Police in Palm Beach County begaii using the triggerlock law in 1991, after Please see FEL0NS4K Gawkers slow plugged lanes piumip .JI.-IIIHIMUU-MM nimw mroM mum i & i w - v. , 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 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 faw 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 northbound lanes f slowed traffic, as the volume of holiday motorists was compounded by weather. MARK MIRKO Staff Photographer r - f i . ' . . " " . ' . Wellington, hospital both like annexation fl m 1 4 palities because of its lower tak rate. Wellington Regional would; pay $116,000 in taxes in Green acres and $128,000 in Royal Palm-Beach. ; There's also the matter of 31: undeveloped acres owned by the hospital. Boyer said the hospital' wants to put medical office build-i ings, an ambulatory care center! and other medical buildings on the; site. "., "We could develop an annex-f ation plan that would match up' with the village's comprehensive! plan," he said. "With the growth1 out here, we're going to need! more facilities." ! Wellington officials have en-! couraged annexation. A plan to; annex 1,642 acres for mostly resi-i dential development on Forest; Foster parents seek same rights as natural family Do the emotional bonds between foster parents and children create a 'family' with legal rights? By Mary McLachlin Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Do foster families have the same rights as biological families under the U.S. Constitution? 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 Gardens foster home of Louis and Mary Frances Jones and removed three disabled children from it. The suit highlights a painful issue that lurks in most conflicts between foster families and child welfare agencies the emotional bonds that develop between foster parents and children, and whether those bonds create a "family" with legal rights that government can't ignore. At least one federal court has said they do, and the U.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 parents' objections. Please see F0STER5Z Q By Africa Ragland Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WELLINGTON Wellington Regional Medical Center soon may be the newest addition to the village. The hospital, in unincorporated Palm Beach County at the northwest corner of State Road 7 and Forest Hill Boulevard, wants to become part of Wellington, and the village's arms are wide open. The for-profit hospital and nearby undeveloped land is owned by Universal Health Services and worth about $8 million, Wellington finance director Francine Ramag-lia said. The annexation could add $35,000 to village tax rolls. "We're delighted to have them as a part of the village," Mayor Kathy Foster said. Talks with hospital officials have been going on for about 18 months, Foster said, and Wellington met recently with hospital chief executive officer Greg Boyer to discuss final details. Boyer anticipates filing for annexation early next year. Wellington is a more attractive option than other nearby munici ERIN MORONEYStaff Photographer urn east ot state Koad 7 angered Greenacres officials, who had included that land in their nlans since 1988. Wellington Rerional 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 bed acute-care hospital that' opened in 1986. Services include a' regional cancer center, a counsel ing program for the elderly and an ' emergency room. 1

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