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Wednesday, December 3, 1997
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How they make the tree grow-in Phillips signs on Past doesn't deter Johnson SPORTS, 1C SEAWIND TO fMRTIfJ SELL TRACT ST. LUCIE TO RIVER PROJECT FINAL LOCAL NEWS, IB WEATHER: Partly cloudy with warm . conditions. High 80, low 67. 2A . hfwknh ACCENT, ID ( W( ; ' - The Palm Beach Post MARTINST. LUCIE FINAL WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 60 PAGES 35 CENTS 4 larjacked woman destined to die, suspect says 'Mrs. Perron asked him, "Is this where you 're going to let me go?" ' after they stopped at a dirt road north of Indiantown. Detective Sgt. Robert Timmann Hi Perron By Jill Taylor Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ; STUART Assured by her abductor that she would be released alive in a remote area, Kazue Perron fastened her seat belt and suggested the armed man at the wheel of her stolen Lexus do the same for safety, according to statements made to Martin county sheriffs investigators. Perron could not have known that her death was decided before she was even targeted as the victim in the Nov. 14 carjacking in Palm Beach Gardens. Her body was found a week later in an orange grove drainage ditcli north of Indiantown. Perron, 44, was shot once in the head as she faced her killerV "She was backing up, saying 'No, don't, don't,' " Detective Sgt. Robert Timmann said Tuesday in recounting a statement Kazue Perron's last hours Here is what Lenard Philmore said happened on the day Kazue Perron was killed: Philmore and Anthony Spann cruise the Palm Beach Mall, hunting for a car and a victim. They spot one car and follow it home, but the female driver gets out and into her house too quickly. They see Perron in her gold Lexus at a gas station and follow her to her friend's house in Palm Beach Gardens. Philmore approaches her window and asks whether he can go inside and use the phone. She starts to roll up her window, but he pulls his gun and tells her to slide over. B Philmore drives the Lexus north for about 30 minutes on Beeline Highway until they find a secluded spot, where Perron is ordered from the car and shot. Spann headed north, stopping a couple of times, but there was too much traffic and they kept driving until they spotted a dirt road just north of Indiantown off State Road 710. "Mrs. Perron asked him, 'Is this where you're going to let me go?' " Timmann said. Minutes later, she was ordered from the car and shot. The killing wasn't a spur of the moment decision, Philmore told detectives. It was planned as he and Spann cruised the Palm Beach Mall parking lot, hunting for a car and a victim. They would steal a car, kill the driver, rob a bank and head north to Cocoa Beach and possibly as far as New York City, Philmore explained. Please see PERR0N2&4 from Lenard Philmore, who has confessed to killing Perron. Philmore, 21, of Lake Park, and Anthony Spann, 23, of West Palm Beach have not been charged in Perron's death but are being held at the Martin County jail without bail on other charges. Perron's death ride had lasted about 30 minutes. After the abduction, Philmore and ft Philmore Sto - Ji Professionals, patients dump on corporate health care ucie voters: No one-cent sales tax "N. ' By a 2-to-1 margin, voters said they don't want the added sales tax to pay for roads and buildings. By Jim Reeder Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE St. Lucie County voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposed one-cent sales tax Tuesday, telling officials by a nearly 2-to-l margin that they don't want to pay higher taxes for roads and buildings. The rejection was widespread, as voters in all parts of the f - ' t Sales-tax referendum ' '', s" V !,' mi ii f iti i mi in county turned down the proposal. It passed in only three of 78 polling places, and two of those were tiny precincts with only 15 FOR AGAINST 7,215 37.1 12,252 62.9 . RICHARD GRAUUCHStaff Photographer WEST PALM BEACH - Dr. Douglas Dedo dumps a box into the Intra- lowed a rally by doctors, nurses and patients? who protested health-coastal a la the Boston Tea Party on Tuesday. Dedo's gesture fol- care ills. The boxes were retrieved. '.. .!?v BUSINESS, 9B Angry lawyer sets stage for tobacco -fee hearings votes cast between them. "The people spoke, and we'll have to do what they told us," County Commission Chairman Gary Charles said. About 15.3 percent of St. Lucie County's 127,331 registered voters cast ballots. Charles, who is seeking reelection next year, supported the proposal, but he said he's not thinking about the possible effect on his campaign. "I'm not going to let that worry me because I did what I thought was right," Charles said. "The results certainly aren't a surprise because I predicted it would lose by a 60-40 margin," said County Commissioner Ken Sattler, who opposed all of this year's tax increases. "I can't assume this helps my reelection campaign, but the number one issue around the country is taxes." Proceeds of the one-cent sales tax increase for two years would have been used to widen South 25th Street and Midway Road, improve seven streets in downtown Fort Pierce and pay cash for Port St. Lucie's new community center and part of the new city hall. Please see 0W18A Finns defend contracts, fees Six law firms that are going along with fee arbitration under Florida's tobacco settlement have nonetheless filed court papers defending their 25 percent fee contract. STORY, 15A that $20 million in fees from the state's $11.3 billion tobacco settlement was secretly going to a Texas law firm. He declined to name the firm. He also claimed that major firms were double- and triple-billing for expenses. Again, no proof. He said two national firms rigged 46 percent of the fees for themselves, and Chiles looked the other way. The evidence would come out, he said, in a formal hearing. " Please see LAWYER7-14 His unusual, Oprah-like appearance triggered a volley of denials. But it likely sets the stage for months of Senate hearings on the purported slimy underside of a settlement hailed four months ago as Gov. Lawton Chiles' greatest victory. "There's enough smell beginning to rise from this situation we ought to take a look at it," said Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Palm Harbor. ' Howard teased the Senate Executive Business, Ethics and Elections Committee with allegations Tim Howard says he believes there was a conspiracy among law firms in the case. By Charles Elmore Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE - Lawyer Tim Howard swore, banged his fist on the podium and choked back tears as he told legislators Tuesday of a conspiracy to violate ethics laws in the state's $11.3 billion tobacco settlement. I t y t f Howard 4No glee' in Reno's no -probe decision Inside 49ers owner steps down in gambling fraud probe Analysis ANN & ABBY BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS COMICS DEATHS HOROSCOPE LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV SPORTS 20 2A 2A 8C 10B 4D 2C EDITORIALS 20A FLA. NEWS 7A TV LISTINGS CROSSWORDS IN ACCENT SECTIONS C, D ' n-a Mil it Um Little gain is seen for Clinton, Gore and the attorney general in naming no fund-raising special prosecutor. By David S. Broder and Peter Baker The Washington Post WASHINGTON Even before the decision came down, President Clinton issued strict instructions to his chief of staff Tuesday on how the White House should react if Attorney General Janet Reno rejected an outside investigation into fund-raising calls: "People should not be gleeful." With good reason, according to 'V INTERACTIVE news, sports and views the law did not apply because the calls either were made from residential areas, did not involve specific solicitations or did not raise actual campaign money. Reno also said there was no evidence to support allegations that former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary had solicited contributions for a private charity in return for meeting with a Chinese businessman. However, Reno said that although the case did not implicate O'Leary, the Justice Department would continue to investigate the $25,000 contribution that was ultimately made by Johnny Chung, a California business man and prolific Democratic fundraiser. Please see RlHOm Palm Beach Post Wire Services : BATON ROUGE, La. Edward DeBartolo Jr. resigned as chairman of the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, amid reports that he and former Gov. Edwin Edwards will be indicted on fraud charges apparently related to a riverboat gambling venture. Two Louisiana newspapers reported on Tuesday that DeBartolo, Edwards, the former governor's son, Stephen, and at least three other men had received letters from the U.S. attorney's office in New Orleans telling them that they are targets of the investigation. The letters invited the men to appear before the grand jury if is Mall developer to offer free Internet service BUSINESS, 9B they wished to offer exculpatory evidence. Typically, such letters are sent shortly before an indictment is sought. Prosecutors have not made clear what they suspect of DeBartolo and the Edwardses. But DeBartolo was a partner with a casino company that won the state's 15th and final gaming license last March. Edwards is a longtime friend of the DeBartolo family, which has significant holdings in Pleastsee INDICTMENTS22,4 FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 8204663 1-80O654-1231 parties. By declining to seek appointment of an independent counsel, Reno spared Clinton and Vice President Gore a potential disaster. But the controversy surrounding the financing of their 1996 campaign seems likely to dog Clinton for the remainder of his presidency and still threatens Gore's bid to succeed him. After thousands of hours of investigation, Reno said there was no reasonable basis to believe Clinton or Gore violated a century-old law against campaign fund-raising on federal property. Although both officials made calls from the Whits House, Reno said V Copyright 1997 Palm Beach Post Vol. 89 No. 210 4 tecilona "28041M10000nl1 7 - politicians am analysts in both

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