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A2 Palm Beach Post, Thurs., November U, 1968 Razing Order Rescinded For 6 Thomas Buildings demned, Hughes called Thomas' buildings "the worst in the bunch". Wednesday, Hughes said Thomas was "dragging his feet on this when we're try ing to wrap it up." But Hughes did not contest the board's decision. Houses, on which demolition orders are to be Issued, owned bv Thcms are located at 7C6 'jA and 706'B 3rd St., and at 627. 627 629 and 629 4 8th St. In other action, the board approved: An appeal for blanket approval by Gulfstream Goodwill Industries to place wood-frame collection boxes in the city limits contrary to the building codes which prohibits wood-frame construction except for one and two-family residences in the 2nd Fire District; A request by McCoy Motors to construct a metal, reinforced, open shed, at 2119 S. Dixie Highway, with less than-the thickness required by the building code. V V.J s Councilman Tells Forum Beach Will Be Auctioned Staff Photo BvTonvlIrs By PAUL PRICE Staff Writer DELRAY BEACH One key campaign issue in the Nov. 19 primary was scuttled Wednesday night when incumbent Councilman James H. Jurney announced that the city's 400-foot "south" beach at a carnival at the Plaza in West Palm Shriners were hosts to at the event. CHILDREN FETED Julias C. Johnson, chairman of the Palm Beach County Crippled Children Committee, treats a member of the Royal Palm School student body to Riviera Rezoning Petition Rejected Death Faces Defendant Found Guilty Of Rape By KEN GREEN Staff Writer A West Palm Beach man was convicted In Circuit Court Wednesday of raping a 25-year-old married woman. No recommendation for mercy was made and, therefore, the death penalty Is automatic. The 12-member jury, com Franchise Area Blocks Sewer Deal Vast School Construction Plan Urged TALLAHASSEE (AP) -House Speaker Fred Sehultz Wednesday proposed constitutional changes to raise $500 million for school construction at an annual cost to the state of $2H million, starting in 1971. The Jacksonville Democrat said his two-part plan would enable county school boards to issue bonds to meet building needs which he said are estimated to be at least $500 million, and still have extra money left over for current construction needs and other school operations. The first part of Schultz's proposal is to amend the new Constitution so that $1,600 would be earmarked for distribution from auto tag receipts to the counties for each classroom unit added to the school system since 1963-64. Sehultz said this part would not cost the state any new money. But it would give school boards an extra $225 million in bonding capacity. He said $400 per unit is go-ven to the counties now and they are required to match it with $200 of their own money. The matching money would not be required under his proposal and would be freed for other school purposes. It would also go a long way toward alleviating the need for bond issues backed by local property taxes, he said, and it would be in line with the current trend of the state's taking over a greater share of education costs. He said the extra $1,200 per unit is already being spent for schools from the capital outlay trust fund. To make up for the extra money from tag receipts, he said, the trust fund would be discontinued. Sehultz said the purpose of this transfer of funds is to out local school boards in a more attractive position for bond buyers so they can get the lower interest rates. Anti-Church Move Cited VATICAN CITY (UPI) -"Growing intellectual violence" is being practiced against the Catholic Church by dissident Catholics who question traditional beliefs and practices, the Vatican newspaper L'Osscrvatore Romano said Wednesday. "Little by little the discourse about the facts of faith is assuming the character of a general opening toward all possibly types ot protest and the aspect of an easy and silly tolerance of opinions that have arisen in the most disoriented and bypassed corners of modern culture," the newspaper said. L'Osscrvatore apparently was referring to Catholics who have occupied churches in protest against church policies as well as priests, monks, nuns and laymen who act in revolt against their superiors on birth control and other questions. The newspaper said the religious protest indicates a "lack ol charity and humility toward the church." Shrine Temple Fund Drive Starts Today A campaign to raise funds for a new Shrine Temple in this area will be launched today at the New England Oyster House in Boca Raton, according to Ray Sandel, chairman of the project. The meeting is set for S p.m. with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. "We estimate that we have over :K) Nobles of the Mystic Order in our area who are members of temples all over America and wish to have one closer to home so they can become activated again," Sandel said. Me.Nainara Tours KABUL, Afghanistan (L'PI) Robert S. McNamara, president of the World Bank, arrived Wednesday from Moscow for a two-day discussion of projects the bank could By PATRICIA PRESTON Staff Writer An earlier decision to Issue emergency demolition orders on six "dangerous buildings" was rescinded Wednesday upon rehearing by the West Palm Beach Building Board of Adjustments and Appeals. The board determined there was insufficient evidence to declare the buildings, owned by John F. Thomas Jr., of 721 Biscayne Drive, of "imminent peril to the public " At an Oct. 9 hearing, the board Issued orders that the buildings be razed within 11 days after the board decision but Thomas filed for rehearing and the board accepted the appeal. Zoning Director Joseph Hughes said he would now issue demolition orders In the standard procedure which allows 60 days for either repair or demolition of the buildings. Thomas was at the building department immediately after the Wednesday hearing requesting a building permit. But Hughes told him no permit would be Issued until an order, specifying violations in need of correction, is sent next week. Thomas refused to comment on his request. Asst. City Atty. James Vance explained: "Evidence presented at the hearing (Oct. 9) was not sufficient to support an emergency condemnation. After all, the case has been pending since 1963 and how do we say down In 11 days when they've been up for five years?" When asked why the case has been pending since 1963, Hughes answered, "What can I say? Lack of prosecution by the city." Vance emphasized that reversal of the decision In no way affected the emergency demolition provision and that the building officials could Institute demolition under the standard method. On being told of the board hearing, City Manager William H. Tyre said, "I hope they (board membersl didn't change their earlier decision although I have nothing to do with the board." Later Tyre, when he heard of the reversal, declined to comment except that he "had nothing to do with the board." At the earlier hearing, when 21 other buildings were con- Damage Suit Filed ByCottrell As an outgrowth of a traffic accident which occurred Nov. 8, 1967, Riviera Beach Police Chief Lennie T. Cottrell Wednesday filed suit in Circuit Court for damages in excess of $1,000 against the person found guilty of having caused the accident. On Feb. 21, 1968, Mrs. Mary Ann Hendrick Lowe, 28, of 371 W. 32nd St., Riviera Beach, was found guilty In Riviera Beach Municipal Court of careless driving and causing an accident. She was fined $35. According to the police report, the accident occurred when Mrs. Lowe's auto ran a stop sign and collided with a car driven by Mrs. Robert Ingram of 723 Laurel Drive, Lake Park. Chief Cottrell and Lt. William Shearer, standing beside their patrol cars across from the City Hall, were struck Mrs. Ingram's car. Chief Cottrell sustained a broken leg. Mrs. Ingram was not charged in the accident. The parties named In the suit filed Wednesday are Mary A. Lowe, Robert Lowe, Roberta K. Ingram and Raymond J. Ingram. Seienee Editor Due LAKE WORTH A journalist who can tell it as it Is from his own experiences will speak at Palm Beach Junior College at 10:30 a.m. today. Jules Bergman, science editor of the American Broadcasting Co., will appear in the college's second assembly program of the year. A r. posed of 10 men and two women, deliberated for one hour and 15 minutes before returning the verdict against Charles Pinkney,24,of81212thSt. Any sentence carrying the death penalty is automatically appealed to the Florida Supreme Court. Judge Russell O. Morrow, was instructed to prepare for expansion. At Wednesday's meeting, Freeman said the village would become "a sewage center" If the plant expanded enough to take in the entire franchise area. City commissioners stated they did not want the entire area but an area south of 10th Avenue N., east of Congress Avenue. Mayor Robert C. Johnson, and Commissioners Kenneth Miller and George In-gersoll will meet with representatives of the village council later this week. Time and date will be announced. New School Promised Gardens ontinucd From Page 1 program were constructed under priorities set by the board. "Although we are here to specifically discuss the need for schools In this particular area, neighborhood and spot planning is not the answer," Stout said. "Our planning and the resulting building and educational program that develops must relate to all the county requirements." In addition to Stout, Branch and Thorp, School Board Members Mrs. Sadie Grable, Robert M. Hooker and Vice Chairman Robert R. Johnson and School Supt. Lloyd Early were present. Also school officials William Whitten, assistant superintendent for business affairs and Clyde Harris assistant superintendent for administration, who presented supporting figures and possible alternatives to a bond Issue. Comments from various groups of concerned parents reportedly disturbed by overcrowding in the area led school officials to schedule the meeting. Nurse To Discuss Emphysema Care. Mrs. Barbara Miller, Director of Nursing Education at the Southeast Florida Tuberculosis Hospital In Lantana, will speak at the County Health Department Auditorium, 826 Evernia St. at 7:30 p.m. Friday. She will discuss the care of emphysema patients and home nursing tips for the family. The film "Emphysema" will also be shown. The Breath of Life emphysema program Is sponsored monthly by the Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association of Southeast Florida. Lodge Complaint WASHINGTON (AP) -Southern Railway Co. told the Interstate Commerce Commission Wednesday the Seaboard Coastline is breaking the conditions the ICC set for Seaboard's merger with the Atlantic Coastline. cotton candy Palm Coast Beach. Local the children Jurney said that the decision to auction the highly controversial four acres was reached by unanimous vote of the city council Tuesday night. All press representatives had already left the city council chambers Tuesday night when 'he item, not on the agenda, came up. The beach property was purchased from private interests by the city for $4(K),000 in 1967. It runs directly south for 4'K) feet from the Banyan Hou-.e condominium. Speaking for five minutes each before the forum was 'hrown open to questions were turnev, James McGuIre, Daniel Neff, Jack Pitts, Robert R-ch wagon. James Scheifley, Richard Ward and Charles Wick. Questions were submitted from the floor in written form and Mrs. Frank Carey limited answering time to no more than two minutes. Among his "promises" if reelected to a third term, Jurney said that he would support a reduction in taxes and a garbage incinerator for the city. He said that he would not support furtherance of a walfle-type beach revetment. ' McGulre said that he will seek to improve race relations, if elected. "However," McGuirc said, "Delray Beach is never going to be that nice little, eld town that it used to be." Neff said that he would diligently work for a 100 per cent sanitary sewer hookup in the city. Pitts said that he would work to protect existing local business and establish "as much control" as possible over the construction of high-rise apartment buildings. Richwagen said that he has "an idea" that would lower taxes of city residents by "$30 to $10 a year." He later explained In response to a question that charges for city services could be billed as "garbage collection tax" and thereby become deductible on a taxpayer's federal income tax return. Scheifley commented that the city has improved zoning ordinances to control the construction of multi family dwellings. He said the "personality of Delray Beach probably falls somewhere between the carnival atmosphere of Miami Bekach and the staid calmot Palm Beach." Scheifley also favors a new "south bridge" across the In-tracoastal Waterwav in the vicinity of SE 12th Street. Ward championed the role of the City Zoning and Planning Board and suggested that, If elected, he would assign additional duties to the board. Wick proposed additional traffic regulations "to get the most out of the streets we have." Wick also listed as a plank In his platform the re-establishment of the ward or district system for electing city councilmen. Yero To Study Water Supply VERO BEACH - A special meeting to determine If the City of Vero Beach can provide water to the Gifford area has been set for 2:30 p.m. today in the Vero Beach City Hall. The discussion will be held between representatives of the Farmers Home Administration and city officials. The FHA says It wants to make sure that Vero Beach cannot serve the Gifford area before giving final approval of a $327,000 loan to a Gifford group, Urban Development Utiltles, to finance the project. Bids on the project were opened by Urban Development officials several weeks ago. Engineers are now studying them to determine which is the lowest and best bid. A decision Is expected to be announced by Nov. 24. Mark To Stand BONN (UPI) Finance Minister Franz Josef Strauss told the West German Parliament Wednesday his government has no intention of revaluing the mark, despite rumors to that effect In Europe. The Palm Beach Post 2751 S. Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Fla. 33402 Published every morning except Saturday and Sunday bv Perry Publication Inc.. at 2751 S Dixie HlKh-way, West Palm Beach. Fla Entered as second class mall at West Palm Beach. Published every Saturday and Sunday in combination with Tne Palm Beach Tlmei, The Palm Beach Post Times. Subscription rales and additional Information on Editorial Pane. will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Jurney made the announcement during a public forum of the eight candidates for two city council seats which was conducted by the League of Women Voters of South Palm Beach County. .our-unlt appartment and has court permission to construct another on the remaining land. In the decision Wednesday night, Councilman Bobbie Brooks cast the lone vote In favor of rezoning the property, with Council Chairman Louise Kimmist and Councilman Kenneth Ackerman voting against the measure. Council-men George Bowe and Alan C. Bennett were not In attendance. 'Unsung' Honored PRINCETON, N.J. (API -Six federal civil service officials were named Wednesday winners of the 1968 Rockefeller Public Service Awards. Each award carries a $10,000 grant financed bvJohn D. Rockefeller III. The awards, honoring the "unsung heroes" in federal service, are administered by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The winners are: Artemus E. Wcatherbee, 50, of Washington, D.C., assistant secretary for administration In the Department of Trea sury. Leonard C Meeker, of Washington, legal advisor to the Department of State. David Ferber, 56, of Washington, solicitor for the Securi ties and Exchange commission, (SEC). Irving M. Pollack, 50, of Wheaton, Md., director of trading and markets for the SEC. Abe Silversteln, 60, of Fair-view Park, Ohio, director of NSA's Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Edward C. Crafts, 58, of Rockeville, Md., director of bureaus of outdoor recreation, Department of Interior. The awards will be presented In Washington on Dec. 4. Zell Dav is Names White As Assistant Zell Davis Jr., successful Republican candidate in the Nov. 5 elections for the post of state attorney, said Wednesday thai he will name William White, former Magistrate Court judge, as the assistant state attorney when he takes office Jan. 1. White, a Republican, was unsuccessful in his race against incumbent Criminal Court Judge Russell H. Mcintosh for the Criminal Court judgeship. Davis, who defeated Incumbent Thomas Johnson speculated that Johnson might appoint White to the assistant's spot before Jan. 1, as the office Is now open. box and bulled out a bag from a do-it-yourself voodoo kit he said he received as a gift several months ago. "I've got myself this greegee bag (voodoo charm) to take off hexes," he said, fighting back a grin. Several Negroes In the courtroom burst out laughing. The woman's public defender looked astonished before the Judge added solemnly: "All this has nothing to do with the sentence. But I bring it up because it was embarrassing to people to find these voodoo things." The Judge explained he was giving her a light sentence in view of the fact she had a past clean record and that she stabbed her husband In self defense In the leg while he was beating her. RIVIERA BEACH - A request by Julius A. Whigham of Riviera Beach for the rezoning of three lots along Avenue S between 36th and 37th streets from R-l (single-family residential) to R-2( multi-family residential) was turned down 2-1 by the city council in a public hearing Wednesday night. Whlgham represented by West Palm Beach attorney Edward Rodgers, had wanted to build a duplex on the site, but several residents appeared at the meeting to protest the building of more duplex or apartment-type dwellings in the block. Currently, six lots in the same block are owned by the Diml Corp., which has already constructed a four-unit dwelling and plans another for the near future. This corporation brought suit against the city in March, when the city council attempted to rezone property just purchased by the corporation from R 2 to R-l. The court ruled in favor of the corporation, charging the city's action, taken on behalf of concerned residents, to be unconstitutional and void. Diml then constructed the Sirhan Trial May Be Long LOS ANGELES (UPI) The trial of Sirhan B. Sirhan, accused of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, probably will be "tremendously long," according to the chief prosecutor In the case. "The trial will take a couple of months after the Jury has been chosen, and that's a conservative estimate," said Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Lynn B. Compton in an Interview with Dick Klenlner, a correspondent for Newspaper Enterprise Association, that was released Wednesday by the district attorney's office. "I believe lt will take a minimum of two weeks to pick the jury," said Compton, who is the head of the three-man prosecution team in the Sirhan case. He said he was certain the "mental makeup" of Sirhan would be a "prime consideration" when the trial begins Dec. 9. Warns Czechs PRAGUE (AP) - Deputy Premier Gustav Husak warned Wednesday night on the eve of a Communist party Central Committee session that "any demonstrations will be declared subversive and we will take steps against them." Husak, also chief of the Slovak Communist party, addressed cheering members of the people's militia in Bratislava as Czechoslovak students split over plans for demonstrations. voodoo lore, was that she would be granted her wish If they were swept out to sea. Then a fisherman found a note written by the woman to the Judge in an eggshell he found floating offshore Saturday. He turned it over to Trowbridge. "I have considered the presentence investigation and I received your message," the stern looking Judge told the woman. Then he opened a small box and produced the egg shell and note. "Did you send this message?" he asked. "It was did for' me," she replied. "It was supposed to float out to sea." "Since this Is such powerful medicine," the Judge said, "I thought I should see a root man (voodoo doctor) myself" and he reached into another who presided during the trial, tentatively scheduled Nov. 26 for sentencing. The judge said he may order a presentence investigation, but it cannot alter the penalty that is fixed by law. Pinkney was remanded to county jail without bond to await sentence. In testimony Wednesday, the victim said she put up no resistance during the act because she was "in fear of her life." She testified that Pinkney forced her to submit at knifepoint in her bedroom on July 14 in West Palm Beach. The woman said that not only did she fear for her own life, but also for that of her baby who was sleeping in the next room. She said Pinkney, drunk at the time, calmly walked from the house after raping her. In testimony Tuesday, the first day of the trial, a detective sergeant testified the defendant told him the woman "submitted willingly to sexual intercourse." Adam Mariano of the West Palm Beach Police Department said Pinkney denied raping the woman or using on her a knife that was found in his possession. He said Pinkney admitted breaking into the house and taking two pocket books, but had sexual Intercourse with the woman as an afterthought. Dr. Daniel H. Howe, who examined the woman, testified she had scratch marks on her left side that could have been caused by a shaip object, even fingernails. Earlier, Mariano said Pinkney admitted that he may have scratched the woman. There are now 56 men on death row in the stale prison at Raiford. Four of them ate from Palm Beach County. The last executions in Florida were in 1964 when the then governor, Farris Bryant, signed two death warrants. Executions in the state have been stayed since August, 17, when U.S. District Judge William A. McRae Jr. of Jacksonville signed such an order. (iov. Claude Kirk has signed no death warrants. Nor did former governor, Haydon Bums. Suspect I leld In Killing Freed STUART - A murder charge against a 20-year-old Stuart man has been dropped for lack of evidence, Martin County Sheriff Roy Baker aid Wednesday. Baker said Oscar Griffin Gartley, 20 of Azalea Stieet Stuart, was released from jail after 5 p.m., Wednesday. Gartley was arrested last week and charged with murder in connection with the September killing of Vet Losey, 66, of Stuart who was an attendant at a Stuart service station. Two other persons were questioned this week about the killing, one In Pensacola and another in Elk Horn, Ky. The sheriff said there was not sufficient evidence to hold Gartley. Losey was killed, and robbed of less than $40, at the Kayo Service Station on U.S. 1 at the south Stuart City limits. Improvements Asked For Yero Airport VERO BEACH The Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday recommended runway and taxiway strengthening and lighting improvements for Vero Beach Municipal Airport. The FAA did not give cost estimates on the work or indicate when the work would be undertaken. Federal aid would be available subject to budget limitations and FAA approval of the projects, the FAA said. By JACK OWEN Bureau Chief LAKE WORTH - A franchise area owned by the Village of Palm Springs appears to be the stumbling block for a sanitary sewer tie-in with the City of Lake Worth, according to Indications at a special conference meeting Wednesday night. City commissioners met with Bernard Freeman, former owner of the village sewage and water treatment plant and his engineer, Charles Anderson of Brockway, Owen & Anderson, to discuss the sanitary sewer tie-in. If the deal goes through, residents of Palm Springs will pay rates of 13 cents per thousand gallon flow. Six cents would pay for the sewage service, and seven cents would be levied over a period of time to pay for a $170,000 force line from the city to the village. Negotiations between the two communities have been underway for more than a year. In April of this year the city commission agreed to allow Palm Springs to tie in with the ocean outfall system if: the village paid for the use of the outfall, paid for the force line, forfeited its franchise area, agreed to a contract similar to one with Palm Beach Junior College, and paid the cost of planning expenses. The village council, which now operates the sewage and water treatment plant, did not accept the proposal. Freeman, who has to make material expansion to the plant until the 6,000th customer is hooked in, Loxahalchee Hoy Remains Paralyzed The 12-year-old Loxahatchee boy who was shot accidentally Nov. 6 was reported to be still paralyzed and In poor condition late Wednesday night by officials of John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital. Samuel Craig, of the M & M Ranch was snot at his residence by his 17-year-old brother, deputies said. Hospital officials reported that the bullet entered the youth's neck, went down through his chest and lodged In his spine. Hagins, who admitted to making several trips to Detroit to purchase the various Items, told the arresting officers he had spent 40 of his 76 years in prison. He said he had done time In state prisons in both Georgia and Florida for auto theft and breaking and entering. As the Items were being inventoried, the suspect admitted he was receiving a state welfare check for $75 each month. Chisholm said he had $286 on his person when taken into custody, although he denied the sale of the suit. Hagins will be turned over to the county authorities on the felony charge. His bond wassetat'$5,000. Judge Combats Hexing With Own Voodoo Kit Man, 76, Arrested On Felony Charge STUART (UPI) Prisoner Evelyn Terrell put a voodoo hex on Circuit Judge C. Pfelf-fer Trowbridge to lighten her sentence for manslaughter Wednesday and it worked. Well, almost. Mrs. Terrell, a 28-year-old Negro convicted in the stabbing death of her husband, was sentenced to six months to three years In Jail. She had wanted probation. A manslaughter conviction in Florida can bring a prison sentence of from one to 20 years. Mrs. Terrell admitted to the court she hoped to cast a sped on the Judge to let her off easy. A woman friend of hers dumped some needle-pierced lemons with the Judge's name on them Into the sea the other day. The Idea, according to BELLE GLADE An unes-timated amount of clothing, watches, jewelry, and assorted Items was found in the room of William Hagins, 76, of 632 SW Ave. B Place, when he was arrested on a charge of selling merchandise without a city license. Hagins was picked up by Detective Lt. Ed Chlsholm and Detectives Horace Mann and Johnnie Walker, after the suspect allegedly sold a new suit to an area resident for $5. Included In the assorted Items found in the room, and stored in several suitcases, were two .38-caliber revolvers, Chisholm said, which led to felony charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon being added.

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