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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, December 2, 1997
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28' THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 s Badcock gets OK for 10-story tower Other action lj Ciematts r - inn, i i Downtown UDtowrt o 1 , - is - rem st.. WEST PALM BEACH City commissioners Monday agreed to give $59,000 to Robert McFadden, who was shot by West Palm Beach police officer John Palladino in 1992. McFadden had alleged, in part, that Palladino used excessive force. Commissioners also took the following action: POLICE BUILDING: Approved payment of $22,506 to the law firm of Steel Hector & Davis, which represented the city in a contract dispute related to work done on the police tion building and parking garage. B NATURE PRESERVE Authorized an interlocal agreement be- tween the city and the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission to spend $652,000 in state grant money to expand the Loxahatchee Preserve Nature Center. 0 WEEDSEED REVIEW: Agreed to pay $38,000 from the Weed and Seed Grant Fund to Thomas Blomberg of Florida State University to evaluate the Justice Department-funded anti-drug program. retail and general commercial space; 20,000-square-feet of office space; and 6,552-square-feet of work-live lofts. The parking garage would have 375 spaces. But store President James C. Baber may also decide to sell the land. It is currently being marketed. Baber is in jail until Dec. 17, when he will be sentenced on a DUI manslaughter charge. He could go to prison for 17 years. According to testimony, Baber has assets of $3.87 million and liabilities of $1.67 million, for a net worth of $2.2 million. Commissioners rejected the Oct 21 recommendation of the planning board to eliminate two planned plaza entrances on Okeechobee and Quadrille boulevards. But they agreed that Badcock should be responsible for moving all utility lines. City officials rejected the project last year, partially in an attempt to keep the land vacant for the $375 million development of CityPlace. But after negotiations, the city in March dropped its efforts to seize the 3-acre parcel through eminent domain. By Marcia Gelbart Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Badcock's Economy Furniture Store received a go-ahead Monday on year-old plans to put a 10-story office tower and five-story parking garage on vacant land on the DowntownUptown site. Commissioners approved the site plan, at the northwest corner of Dixie Highway and Okeechobee Boulevard, by a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Nancy Graham casting the deciding ballot. Also voting for the plan were Commissioners Howard Warshauer and Joel Daves. Commissioner Mary Hooks was absent. But the commission required that the ground floor of the garage be used for retail. The plan had to be voted on by Dec. 31 to comply with a settlement agreement between the city and Badcock. The project, called Badcock Plaza, could mean the relocation of the store's Clematis Street headquarters. Overall, the plan calls for 42,000-square-feet of Oeectiobea Blvd. J: I Ji j 1L. Belvedere Rd. - j J g" ; nr- ir nn c ? , MARK HEMPHILLStaff Artist claims Seizure caused fatal crash, attorney Li'lIElIxU Ia.LEl-121.iL' PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stories from 56 area communities at www.GoPBI.eomi'ourTown tv. .J - " - I, mm Regina Ann Cassera, 37, was killed in the crash in May 1996. ByVal Ellicott Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH -A man charged in a crash that killed a Delray Beach woman last year suffered an epileptic seizure and was convulsing uncontrollably just before he sped through a red light, his attorney told jurors Monday. Mark Snyder is charged with manslaughter by culpable negligence and vehicular homicide in the May 1996 death of Regina Ann Cassera, 37, at Congress and Atlantic avenues in Delray Beach. Witnesses said Snyder, heading west on Atlantic, drove his pickup truck at about 60 mph through the intersection, against a red light, colliding with a minivan driven by Cassera's husband, Joseph, who was turning left from southbound Congress onto east-bound Atlantic. Joseph Cassera, the couple's two children and Joseph Cassera's sister were injured in the accident. Snyder, 54, of Delray Beach, has a history of epilepsy and experienced two seizures in the hospital after the crash, his attorney, Mitch Beers, told jurors. "Eyes opened, rolled back arms jerking," Beers said, reading from hospital records. He said the anti-convulsive medication Snyder took the day of BOCA RATON Funeral services for the four mem-, bers of Ewart family who died when their single-engine . airplane crashed Wednesday near Florence, S.C., will begin at 11 a.m. today at the Spanish River Church, 2400 NW 51 St. Killed in the crash were West Palm Beach lawyer Mark Ewart, 41, a former county prosecutor and Broward sheriffs , deputy; his wife Nancy, 36; and Mark Ewart's daughters from a previous marriage, Michelle, 16, and Catherin, 14. BOCA RATON Florida Atlantic University plans to remodel its 30-year-old humanities building, which houses the University Theatre as well as offices and classrooms. The $1.8 million first phase starts in January with a new roof and exterior wall, which will take about six months. Workers later will gut the building to remove asbestos and remodel, but only after the state legislature provides money. That project, which will cost $6.75 million, is expected to start in the late summer and take a year, FAU spokeswoman Lynn Laurenti said. DELRAY BEACH Harbour's Edge, a retirement community at 401 E. Linton Blvd., will be holding a blood drive and bone marrow testing today for 19-year-old Maria Morales. Morales, who has been diagnosed with leukemia, needs a bone marrow transplant from a B-positive donor, preferably someone Hispanic. The blood drive and marrow testing will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the community's human resources building, organizers said. Because Morales' parents are unable to provide a match for the marrow she needs, doctors at Good Samaritan Cancer Institute have said that other Hispanics could prove to be the best genetic match for Morales. For more information, call Betty Edwards at Harbour's Edge, (561) 272-7979. . V LIU XINStaff Photographer Defendant Mark Snyder of Delray Beach and his lawyer, Robin Gerstein, arrive in court Monday. Snyder is charged with manslaughter by culpable negligence and vehicular homicide. the crash didn't work, a defense he promised to back up with testimony from an expert on epilepsy and driving. "You will hear that this is excusable," Beers told jurors. Prosecutor Ellen Roberts said witnesses saw Snyder maneuvering through traffic just before entering the intersection, which she said proves he was in control. And when paramedics questioned Snyder after the crash, he did not tell them he had sullered a seizure, Roberts said. "The question is, did he drive recklessly, did he expose others to great harm, was his negligence gross?" she said. "He should have known he was going to kill somebody." ; mmkj ml MlWE WEST PALM BEACH A judge on Monday delayed a hearing for the only man who has been arrested in connection with the Oct. 14 shooting of a Boca Raton couple. After the state attorney's office said it was unprepared, Circuit Judge Paul Moyle postponed the arraignment of Eddie Stafford, who was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit attempted murder. Stafford, 43, of Hollywood, Fla., appeared in court, but was sent back to his jail cell when prosecutor Frank Castor asked for an extra day. Stafford was arrested by Boca Raton police on Oct. 30, more than two weeks after John and Heather Grossman were shot while stopped at a light at Federal Highway and Yamato Road. John Grossman was shot in the chin, but Heather Grossman, who was shot in the neck, spent weeks recovering at Delray Medical Center. The state was scheduled to file formal charges against Stafford on Monday, 30 days after his arrest. Moyle asked: "The state hasn't filed on these kinds of charges?" The state attorney's office refused to comment on why it requested the delay. Stafford is scheduled to be arraigned before Moyle at 1:30 p.m. today. n n r Pahokee group loses bid for vote By Jennifer Peltz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PAHOKEE Protesters came up short in their campaign to restructure city government, but they say they won't take "not enough" for an answer. The group needed 243 signatures 10 percent of the city's registered voters on a petition for a vote on its suggestion. The group gathered 401 signatures in n UMstmas 4 fa (Well, almost nobody.) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will speak at the Dec. 19 noon luncheon of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches at the Helen Wilkes Hotel, 201 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach. Thomas, a justice since since 1991, was nominated by former President George Bush. Public tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance by calling the Forum Club at 688-2247. Clematis Street vendors reduced w WEST PALM BEACH Week after week, during bad weather and empty nights, almost 20 street artists have stood together each Thursday on Clematis Street selling their hand-made goods. Now, after three years, a dozen have been banned, just as the holiday season begins and tourism picks up. "In no small part, it's the original vendors who've been there from the beginning who have contributed to the revi- talization," said Jeffery Croucher, a single For last-minute gifts, delivered on time and for a great price, choose Express Mail from your post office. Overnight delivery to most locations. Even on Christmas Day. For as little as $10.75. All major credit and most debit cards now accepted at most locations. For more holiday help, visit us on the Internet at: www.usps.govholiday97 1995, but county elections officials recently found that only 222 were valid. "It's a dead issue, as far as we're concerned," City Manager Ken Schenck said. But leader Larry Wright said Monday that the group, now called Save the Town of Pahokee, plans to circulate the petition again, this time making sure the signers are eligible. Commissioners made rules last week for such petitions: At least five backers must make a presentation about their ideas and vouch that no signatures have been forged. Wright said his group mostly wants an elected police chief and a more hands-on mayor elected directly by residents instead of chosen by city commissioners. "What we want is, absolutely, someone we can go to and say, 'this isn't working,' " he said. Store owner: Lotto winner 4 was shaking' He may or may not have sold it, but M.A. Kahn said he saw the $26 million Lotto ticket and the man holding it. Kahn recognized the man who entered his Texaco station on U.S. 1 at Lantana Road Monday morning as a regular customer. The man, whom Kahn said is from Jamaica, buys gasoline and Lotto tickets there, he said. And just after 7:30 a.m., the man found out he was a winner a $26 million winner, to be precise. "He was shaking," store employee Anees Rahman said. "He couldn't believe that he was the winner." parent and full-time student. Mary Pinak, head of the city's community events department, said the artists are chosen by a panel of judges every 15 weeks. Most recently, they received 46 application for 24 spots. "We do encourage them to reapply," Pinak said of the dozen rejected. Commissioner Jeff Koons suggested staff re-examine the review process. Meanwhile, the artists are stuck with their goods. "Christmas season is here. We have people people coming and looking for us," said Ellen Pasahow. "It's going to hurt my Christmas. This is what I do." Marcia Gelbart So, what's the charge? WEST PALM BEACH Officer Lance Macvane was stumped. A toddler about one to two years old was waiting in a man's Buick Sentra Monday night in front of the Inca convenience store at the corner of 53rd Street and Broadway. The boy threw the car into gear. It started rolling onto Broadway. Another man, nicknamed "Red," was driving south on Broadway in a Dodge pickup. Red saw the child and the car veer into the road. Without flinching, he sideswiped the car to head it off, a witness said. That's when the man rushed out of the store, jumped into the car and hit the brakes. The man then wanted to bolt. Red urged him to wait for the police. The man didn't want to, witness Orlando Shepard said. Red grabbed the steering wheel. The man was determined. He hit the gas and Red was flung into his truck. He was later taken to St. Mary's Medical Center with head injuries. All that left Macvane a bit stymied. Is this a car crash, battery or a hit-and-run? he asked his supervisor over the police radio. She told him to treat it as a hit-and-run. 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