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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 34

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I THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 38, El Nino expected to turn dry season into a soaker Prosecutors balk at charges in drive-by trial, putting prosecutors at a disadvantage while they investigate other potential charges, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the state attorney's office. Police have said they expect more arrests for the shooting that injured John Grossman, the son of a part-owner of the Minnesota Vikings, and left Heather Gross-: man in the hospital for a month with a wound to her neck. ' November weather stats High Temperature: 86, Nov. 1 Low Temperature: 49, Nov. 9 Average Temperature: 71 .8 (0.5 below normal) November Rainfall Average: 3.98 inches (0.71 below normal) Year-to-date Rainfall: 57.12 (1.27 below normal) Highest Sustained Winds: NA Rainfall around the area in inches Jupiter 2.83 Jupiter Farms 3.79 North Palm Beach 4.38 PBIA 4.07 Lake Worth 4.52 Boynton Beach 3.50 Delray Beach 3.75 20-Mile Bend 5.01 Loxahatchee Refuge 4.03 Boca Raton 2.65 Western Delray Beach 3.70 MARTIN COUNTY: Stuart 3.04 St. Lucie Lock .3.81 ST. LUCIE COUNTY: Fort Pierce 2.73 Western St. Lucie 2.65 NORMALS for November Palm Beach County 2.94 Martin-St. Lucie 2.48 1996 TOTALS for November Palm Beach County . ; 2.26 Martin-St. Lucie 2.03 SOURCES: South Florida Water Management District, National Weather Service By Scott Hiaasen Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Prosecutors decided Tuesday not to file formal charges against a Hollywood man who told police he helped plot the drive-by shooting of I leather and John Grossman at a traffic light in Boca Raton. Eddie Stafford, 43, of Hollywood was arrested by police Oct. 30 and charged with conspiracy to commit murder after telling police he helped plan the shooting along with three other men, including Heather Grossman's ex-husband, Ronald Samuels, according to Stafford's arrest report. Only Stafford was arrested. Prosecutors on Monday had asked a judge to keep Stafford in custody for another month, but the judge instead gave them one day. So prosecutors dropped the case, saying "the complicated nature of the case requires further investigation," court papers show. The state attorney's office can refile the charges within about five months. Stafford remains in jail on charges he violated his probation from cocaine possession charges in Broward County. - Had Stafford been charged, he would have had a right to a speedy By Shannon Colavecchio Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Wet, cold rain in Florida's dry season? Blame El Nifio. "In a strong El Nifio season like we're having, we expect a 50 percent increase in rains from November to March," said Eric Swartz, a meteorologist with the South Florida Water Management District "So far, that pattern's played out very well." ; Overall, November didn't bring record or even above average rainfall, but compared to October, when rainfall totals were C inches below normal, last month was a wash, National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn O'Neill said. ' For example, just 2.15 inches of rain fell on Jupiter Farms in October, compared to 3.79 inches last month. And in Lake Worth, the total jumped to 4.52 inches from 0.27 of an inch in October. And November the month that usual-ly marks the start of the dry season was just the beginning of what meteorologists predict will be a winter marked by frequent cold fronts accompanied by rain. All thanks to El Nifio. . The cyclical weather pattern blows cold fronts from the Pacific Ocean to the Southeast, which brings more moisture than usual to the area. In a normal winter, the moisture comes from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, Swartz said. In a non-El Nino winter, it rains about 2 to 3 inches each month, records show. . "We've already had more rainfall activity than I would consider normal," O'Neill said. "And unlike the summer when it rains every day, we'll go four or five days without rain and then get two days of heavy storms. The cold fronts have already been blowing through, so we're into it." El Nifio last visited in winter 1992, and that year a dry October also was followed by a few months of cold rain. Last weekend's rainy cold front was a perfect example of what to expect in the months ahead, O'Neill said. "(Last) weekend it rained almost everywhere in South Florida, and the west coast got as much as 3 inches," he said. Another cold front is expected by Sunday, and Swartz said the rains heralding the chill will be here by Thursday and will be gone by the weekend. Lows could dip into the 40s for Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, he said. "But I like the El Nifio, because it makes long-term forecasts more predictable," Swartz said with a laugh. "Even though it's kind of depressing when it rains all weekend. At least this weekend will be sunny." The Grossmans were shot Oct. 14 while stopped at the traffic light at Yamato Road and Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Stafford told police he met with Samuels, Estess and another man to discuss killing Heather Gross-" man, the arrest report said. Staf-; ford said Samuels offered him a ; Ford Explorer as a down payment on the contract, the report said. But Stafford also said he was : not involved in the actual shooting, ; and he didn't know who was. "The events speak for them-' selves," said Jeff Weiner, Samuels' : attorney. "No one forced (Boca police) to arrest him and now they don't have enough evidence to support it as a result." Staff writer Kristin Vaughari contributed to thisstory. Concert review ""zn?1' .. iijj jf - , i jyjSiJlLOfMOirll ''zJsl , Zj- yfi:sfrJr wmSik jjjNo holiday in salute to holiday i V i Skitch Henderson and f (Jew York Pops concert pleasant but mixed. : By Bill F. Faucett ' Special to The Palm Beach Post I ;l: WEST PALM BEACH ' Skitch Henderson is one lovable ffcllow. As he showed during his f Monday night Kravis Center con- cert with the New York Pops, he is ; devoted to getting his audience excited about the music he loves, f Henderson's charm and warmth ' are completely infectious. ;I But, the conductor's personal Qualities aside, this New York fops "Holiday Concert" was one of those rare events that is en- Joyed and disliked simultaneously. First of all, "Salute to Broad-ay" would have been a better appellation for the performance. ; Billing it a "Holiday Concert" im- Iplies that a certain musical reper-Jioire will be offered; in fact, no I "Seasonal music was given at all. l' There is nothing wrong with nthe New York Pops celebrating ' Jihe music of Broadway, but truth ; pi advertising is always appreciat-I ?ed. jfv Secondly, while the program jftself was mostly pleasant, the or-ikhestra had balance problems s throughout. The percussion sec-l $on was often too loud, while the brasses sounded positively ane- ; pic. 'j! The large string section, on 1 ,he other hand, gave the music a f jnch, velvety luster, particularly in f(the Sound of Music medley. The i;woodwinds were at their best in ' "Edward Elgar's delightful suite, dfhe Wand of Youth, where the : ; swirling passages produced an engaging, mystical effect. m An Homage to Charlie Chaplin !at first seemed promising, but the ; IJunes, composed by Chaplin him-;self, were pedestrian and imita-' iive. To judge by this collection, $mile is Chaplin's sole compositional gem. I'; Singer Michael Maguire successfully belted out hits by Cole i Porter, Lerner and Loewe, and 'Andrew Lloyd Webber, among ? Ipthers. His crisp and powerful I ; tenor voice was a welcome addi- ifion to the program. t. , . 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