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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 58

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EV1IGK & PLANETS IN SPECTACULAR ALIGNMENT LOCAL NEWS, IB 'C1TM FINAL ill W' ' I y. Cinollw coticfioH So, butter ; IS better (Do our stomachs know something we don't?) OPINION, 20A V vi ;dC?f 1 pftpr all thpQP vpars WEATHER: Cloudy. High 77, low 63. 2A COYOTES 3, PANTHERS 2SPORTS, 1C The Palm Beach Post WEST FINAL TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 D 4 56 PAGES 50 CENTS 1 LAST OF A THREE-PART SERIES 3 e far cMdl mraoD 2)a s ramita CRIME WITHOUT I PUNISH inn 'Most people just assume child molesters go to prison, but not here NANCY MCBRIDE Director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Lake Park public bathroom after molesting a 9-year-old boy. He confessed to eight years of "sexual urges toward children" and even wrote a two-page statement outlining his feelings. Ovando also got probation and skipped town. He's been on the run for two years. Dwight Fagot was already on probation for molesting kids when he started doing it again. His punishment? More probation. Child molesters have little reason to fear the Palm Beach County justice system. Nearly all 92 percent are sentenced below the state minimum guidelines, and less than 15 percent go to prison, according to Department of Correction records and a review of all circuit court cases since 1994. "What's going on here is ridiculous," said Nancy McBride, director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Lake Park, formerly the Adam Walsh Foundation. "The state attorney's office is not doing enough," McBride said. "Most people just assume child molesters go to prison, but not here." Prosecutors and judges argue the problem is not that simple. Emotionally damaged children, family pressure and a lack of witnesses or evidence make sex crimes against children the most difficult to prove. But prosecutors in Palm Beach County are Please see StN1HCt$6A About 92 percent of child molesters get sentences less than state guidelines, and just 15 percent go to prison. WEST PALM BEACH Mark Feschuk couldn't stop molesting kids. He said he wanted to stop, even as he told police of assaults on a 2-year-old boy and plans to rape a 4-year-old. Feschuk knew he was out of control, so he confessed and asked for help. He got probation, skipped town and molested again. John Ovando got caught standing naked in a a STORY BY JOHN HOLLAND 14-year-old kills two, wounds six at Ky. school rf irff. s f f ir- p " U i 5 i,- If I Ww- r-xmfm.. , .,,. .,. ff , ; I , ' Auditor to probe Chiles9 expenses A panel wants to know who paid for the governor's trips and also ordered an audit of Secretary of State Sandra Mortham's use of tobacco money. By Charles Elmore Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE State legislators Monday ordered an investigation of who paid for hunting and leisure trips taken by Gov. Lawton Chiles, the first such audit of a Florida governor's expenses in at least two decades. i-v-;-iVi:-V' .i i ' W V a .: ft f i ? :,h, '.-'. . J P. ' is-..- I it"" - 1 i 7 o Chiles ... . ." A - t .. ..... . . i Sua THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Auditor General Charles Lester has 30 days to report on that and a second assignment: allegations that Secretary of State Sandra Mortham misused a $60,000 tobacco donation. Republicans holding a majority on the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee agreed to investigate Mortham, Jeb Bush's GOP running mate for governor, as long as Chiles was targeted, too. A motion to investigate Mortham by Sen. Tom Rossin, D-West Palm Beach, passed by the same 6-0 margin as a proposal by Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, to audit Chiles. "We're happy to have that done," Chiles said. "That might be a way of clearing the air." But he admitted the probe "probably will not be the finest chapter of my legacy." meeting had just ended. The teen, who was not identified because of his age, hung out with self-proclaimed atheists and had warned last week that "something big's going to happen." He was charged with murder, attempted murder and burglary. STORY, 3A WEST PADUCAH, Ky. A Heath High School student screams after seeing the scene of a shooting at the school Monday. Two students were killed and six wounded when a 14-year-old freshman calmly inserted earplugs and opened fire in a lobby where an informal prayer Human-cloning naysayers less vocal these days Mortham porting new research on the cloning of monkeys, encouraging scientists to perfect techniques that could easily be transferred to humans. Ultimately, scientists expect cloning to be combined with genetic enhancement, adding genes to give desired traits, which was the fundamental reason cloning was studied in animal research. Only California has enacted a law making human cloning illegal, and those who are intrigued by the idea 'of cloning humans argue that it is no worse, morally, than creating custom embryos from sperm Please see CLONING704 should not conjure up fears of a Brave New World. There would be no interest in using the technology to clone people, they said. They are already being proved wrong. There has been an enormous change in attitudes in just a few months; scientists have become sanguine about the notion of cloning and, in particular, cloning a human being. Some infertility centers that said last spring they would never clone now say they are considering it. A handful of fertility centers are conducting experiments with human eggs that lay the groundwork for cloning. Moreover, the federal government is sup Attitudes about cloning human beings have mellowed since Dolly the lamb was introduced. By Gina Kolata The New York Times Just nine months have passed since an astonished world got its first glimpse of Dolly the lamb, the first animal cloned from a cell taken from an adult. It was a feat that science had declared impossible. In the hubbub that ensued, scientist after scientist and ethicist after ethicist declared that Dolly Chiles has said he was not trying to cover up gifts from wealthy businessmen and hunting partners, blaming sloppy bookkeeping instead. Last week! Chiles belatedly paid nearly $7,000 airfare for more than a dozen trips since 1995, after newspapers asked to see the records. Chiles' office is still compiling records for trips before 1995, spokeswoman April Herrle said. Please see TRIPSi64 Sources: Man confesses to woman's killing Inside Nazi gold thefts reportedly much larger than estimated Lenard Philmore has confessed to firing the shot that killed Kazue Perron, sources say. 2D 2A 2A 8C 6B 40 2C HOROSCOPE LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV SPORTS By Alan Cowell The New York Times LONDON Swiss historians ANN & ABBY 2D BUSINESS 5B CLASSIFIEDS 9C COMICS 60 DEATHS 3B EDITORIALS 20A FLA. NEWS 13A TV LISTINGS CROSSWORDS said ivionaay mai me amount oi -J IN ACCENT SECTIONS C, D ' gold stolen from concentration camp prisoners and other victims of Nazi Germany was much higher than previously assumed by other experts totaling some $146 million at 1945 prices. The Swiss study, which came on the eve of the first major international conference on the Nazi cold affair, was said by its authors Zfi PALM BEACH Weather, 'V INTERACTIVE news, sports www. and views FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 820-4663 1-80054-1231 proportion of the gold that went through Nazi coffers during World War II around one-sixth was so-called victim gold, as opposed to gold looted from central banks or acquired from Germany's own reserves. It also said Swiss private banks had received three times more Nazi bullion some $61.2 million at wartime values, or $550 million in today's terms than they had previously acknowledged. But it did not say how that gold was used or what became of it. The 23-page Swiss report, issued in Bern and made available in London, was researched by a com- . Please see G0LD&1 carjacking and subsequent shooting death of Perron said they could not confirm the report of Philmore's confession. Spann's attorney, Robert Udell, said, "I hadn't heard that, but it doesn't surprise me. If that's true, it confirms Mr. Spann's original denial of having killed her." Neither Philmore nor Spann has been charged in Perron's . death, though both are charged with armed trespassing on an orange grove in southern Martin County, where they were captured a few hours after abandon- Please see C0NFESSI0NVft4 By Pat Moore Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Lenard Phil-more has confessed to firing the shot that killed Kazue Perron off a dirt road north of Indiantown two weeks ago, sources have told The Palm Beach Post. Philmore, 21, of Lake Park, initially accused his partner, Anthony Spann, of killing Perron, but changed his story during subsequent interviews with law enforcement officers, the sources said. Citing a confidentiality agreement, Philmore's attorney, prosecutors and law enforcement officers investigating the Nov. 1 Lenard Phil-more is a suspect in the carjacking and shooting death of Kazue Kazue Perron's body was found in a canal in Martin County last month after a weeklong search. Copyright 1997 Palm Beach Post Vol. 89 No. 209 4 sections IU uc llic lliai iv tiac fcwiu u allocations by the Nazi central bank, or Reichsbank. No previous study had given a figure, which amounts to $1.3 billion today. The report said a much larger V "28041"10000'

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