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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, December 1, 1997
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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 5 Florida to begin its own probe of sweepstakes deception Attorney General Bob Biutterworth made the decision to withdraw from a multi-state investigation. The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE Florida will conduct an independent investigation of American Family Publishers and Publish-efsrClearing House for possible deceptive marketing practices. Twenty states, including Florida, have cooperated on an investigation of American Family for the past four years and are close to a settlement agreement, according to Gary Betz, who is based in the Tampa office of Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth. But Butterworth has given the green light to his lawyers and investigators to State news "We are going to make a complete reappraisal of everything," said Betz, who is heading the investigation. Betz examined the proposed multi-state settlement with American Family and wasn't impressed. The states "are getting out-negotiated," he said. The proposed mutlti-state settlement currently includes language clarifying if a person is actually a finalist in the sweep--stakes, disclosure of the chances of wih- ning and a disclaimer printed in a type siiet "no smaller than the largest typeface, used." " T? Sweepstakes mailings often put the announcement that someone is a winner;.; in large bold type and the disclaimer ''if.-.', you have and return the winning number" in smaller lighter type. i t pull out of the joint investigation, The St. Petersburg Times reported Sunday. Beta said the state decided to change course after an eiderly California man flew from his home to Tampa believing he had won a prize from American Family Publishers. Teen held in death of homeless man w s c t I WJ J. . I 1 Someone called police to report finding a body behind the shopping center. Officers initially could not find any signs of injury, but continued to invest gate while awaiting the results of an autopsy. By the time police learned the cause of death wa internal bleeding, the word was out that officers wanted to talk with Stone, prompting his surrender Bristow said. . Stone was jailed in Manatee County's Juvenile Assessment Center during the weekend and then sent to the county detention center, police said. The;.4 state attorney's office will decide whether Stone ,; should be charged as an adult. -V An acquaintance of Stone's, described by police as another homeless man, gave police the initial inforwv' mation that aided the investigation. ".'V The Associated Press BRADENTON A teenager is facing second-degree murder charges in the beating death of a homeless man who refused to buy alcohol for juveniles, police said. Mark Stone, 16, was charged in the death of Donald Blake, 49. Police said Blake died after being beaten behind the Oneco Square mall near Bradenton about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Stone surrendered. to authorities Friday and confessed, police said. 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County hopes kids will teach parents fc- i ni -iii i iiirTiii in iir"1W iiMn my'mnriTmT-w,ntTmrnm' Call today for your FHcc ECYCUNG Term Life Insurance Price Analysis fWWIW"" T -syy"j The Associated Press SARASOTA One of two men charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the shooting of the mother of quadruplets has agreed to sign an extradition waiver to return to Sarasota, his attorney said. . Samuel Gonzales, 27, could be returned this week to face the charges. Last week he said he would agree to be extradited from San Antonio "in the spirit of cooperation," said his attorney, Fred Mer-curio of Sarasota. Gonzales' cousin is Jose Luis Del Toro Jr., the man accused of fatally shooting Sheila Bellush Nov. 7. Gonzales was arrested in Texas 10 days after the killing. Authorities say Del Toro drove from San Antonio to Sarasota and shot Bellush in her home while her 2-year-old quadruplets were nearby. Her 13-year-old daughter found the body when she returned from school. Mercurio, who has represented a number of high-profile criminal defendants, was retained by Gonzales a week ago. Mercurio will be the lead attorney in Gonzales' defense, and S, James McHazlett, Gonzales' attorney in Texas, will act as co-counsel. Investigators and prosecutors have revealed little about the roles of Gonzales and Daniel Rocha, a second man charged as an accomplice. "I think his intentions will probably be made known fairly quickly as soon as he gets here," Mercurio said of Gonzales. Gonzales has not signed the extradition waiver. When he does, which McHazlett said could be this morning, it will be up to Sarasota authorities to fetch Gonzales. In a homicide case such as this one, the sheriffs office usually sends deputies on a plane to bring back the prisoner. After Gonzales arrives in Sarasota, Mercurio said, he will move to reduce his bail, set at $1 million. 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"Our teacher's always saying to go home and tell your parents about this," said 10-year-old Lee-Ann Ehrenberg, part of the recent Wellington field trip. Kiley Boland's father, Dan Bo-land, said all three of his children remind him to recycle. "It's so much easier to throw things into the trash can under the kitchen sink," he said. "But, you know, if (recycling) is going to save the environment, it's a good idea." rooms and school assemblies a year for the SWA. - In a recent 45-minute session at Highland Elementary in Lake Worth, Clancy distributed pencils made from recycled sawdust and told students recycling saves trees and energy and keeps the landfill from overflowing. And, she said, materials like old plastic bottles can be recycled into new products. But if a plastic bottle is thrown in the trash,. Clancy told the students, "it would never have the opportunity to get made into a T-shirt, a shoe, a carpet or anything neat and wonderful." Collecting plastic bottles and other recyclables once a week requires putting a separate fleet of trucks on the road. It requires a $7.1 million processing facility in West Palm Beach where 51 employees on each shift sort materials and prepare them for sale to companies that use them to make new products. When these costs are stacked against the revenue from selling the materials, the net cost of recycling is $121.79 a ton, the SWA's Pellowitz calculates. That compares to $99.56 a ton for traditional Fr&mlB " Recycling enjoys high participation in Palm Beach County, with the SWA collecting a record fcmount of recyclables in 1996-97. But the authority's latest annual household survey found a tiny Brop in weekly curbside participation and slightly fewer people citing concern for the environment 'as at reason to recycle. I ""There are indications that wjjile residents think recycling is a ;godd thing, and something they Ishould support, it is not the 'hot' button it once was," said Sunbelt IKesearch Associates Inc. ! - SWA officials want recycling to lb? a hot button. "With recycling, you need to jkeep reminding the public all the jtlme," says SWA spokeswoman I Linda I Iodgkins. "We feel if we get hax on it, it'll go away." So the authority will spend about $500,000 this year to advertise and promote recycling. Much of that is aimed at children. ! "They're the ones who will teach their parents," says Susie I Clancy, who visits about 200 class Dept. Store Prices 40-50 OFF CUSTOM TABLE PADS CHRISTMAS SALE 3 DAYS ONLY! GUARD YOUR TABLE AND SAVE! Order with confidence from America's oldest and largest table pad company. Our free measuring service assures an exact fit. No advance deposit or messy C.O.D. You pay nothing until you receive your table pads and are completely satisfied. 30 year limited warranty. Couple seeks return of child, home's foster license 655-2744-Ext.192 IN BOCA 391-4202-Ext.192 or 1-800328-7237-Ext. 192 PAD CO. table & e SENTRY, 1940 TABLE SINCE 1911 'Foster parents usually don 't challenge the department's authority. They know if they buck the system, they won't ever get any more foster kids. ' KAREN GIEVERS Miami lawyer Going Away . " if1 ' -. On Vacation? We'll Save Your mnt Newspapers Courts have long held that the constitution protects "family rights," but have traditionally defined families as people related by blood, marriage or adoption. In a 1977 ruling on a New York case, the U.S. Supreme Court suggested that definition should extend to foster families: "No one would seriously dispute," the court said, "that a deeply loving and interdependent relationship between an adult and a child in his or her care may exist even in the absence of blood relationship. "At least where a child has been placed in foster care as an infant, has never known his natural parents, and has remained continuously for several years in the care of the same foster parents, it is natural that the foster family should hold the same place in the emotional life of the foster child, and fulfill the same socializing functions, as a natural family." In 1985, a federal district court in California cited the Supreme Court opinion and ruled directly on the issue. It said "the foster parent-foster child relationship has precisely the same 'form and content as a healthy biological parent-child relationship, and . . . before the state or any of its political subdivisions can end the relationship, it must provide tha parties with procedural due process." 1 Vi V V h ;foster -From IB A lawyer for the state Depart-jment of Children and Families said i the' agency hasn't prepared its ! response to the Joneses' suit, twhich was filed Nov. 17. I " The Joneses are suing the De-apartment of Children and Families tto get back one of the children removed from their care, a 3V4- year-old girl they'd kept since infancy and wanted to adopt. They're also trying to get their foster home license reinstated i through a state appeals process and will get a hearing before an ( administrative judge within three jmpnths. t .In October, Circuit Judge Ka-tre'rt 'Martin rejected emergency ! pleas by the couple and the child's Jgurt-appointed guardian-adyo-cate to return her to them. She 1 said the Joneses, then unlicensed, had ho standing in court, and state Jlawiwouldn't let the court inter- fee, with DCF's authority to place Children. -'The Joneses cared for more than 500 foster children over the pa"st 24 years. They were among tMfirst to be licensed as a medical i foster home, the state's most de-J manding level of care for children J with severe medical problems. DCF and Children's Medical I Services said they closed the '-home in August because Mary 3 For You. m. I mm ment against DCF in the "Baby Ramiro" case last year. Foster parents Ricardo and Sylvia Melen-dez of West Palm Beach had cared for Ramiro Lopez, 3, since infancy and wanted to adopt him, but DCF placed him with his siblings in a Tampa family. Circuit Judge Ronald Alvarez angrily criticized DCF for showing up at the foster home unannounced, during a nighttime rainstorm, to take the child and threatened to jail agency workers if they didn't return the child. DCF returned Ramiro, dropped its objections and let the foster parents adopt. The case ended without a ruling on the constitutional status of foster family relationships. "Foster parents usually don't challenge the department's authority," said Miami lawyer Karen Gievers, who has sued DCF often on behalf of foster children. "They know if they buck the system, they won't ever get any more foster k'ids." Frances Jones was hostile 'toward nurses and caseworkers and didn't keep medical records up to date. They also said children who were adopted from the home or removed from it improved after they left. The Joneses' lawsuit says the 3Vi-year-old girl had become a member of their family, they were her "psychological parents," and welfare officials broke up the family without giving them proper notice or a chance to be heard. That violates the Constitution's Fifth and 14th Amendments, they say. Both amendments say government can't deprive anyone of "life, liberty or property" without due process of law in other words, adequate notice and a fair hearing for their arguments. The parent-child relationship between the Joneses and the child is a "liberty" that is constitutionally protected, says Miami attorney Alan Mishael, who represents them, i- Mishael raised the same argu And when you request delivery to resume, we'll deliver the newspapers we've saved for you, too. So you won't miss a thing. Coupons, sale catalogs, your favorite comics and columns: pick up right where you left off. 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