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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 167

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 The Palm Beach Post w SECTION B PLANT MAY REOPEN Owners of the Okeelanta Cogeneration Plant have reached a deal with creditors. BUSINESS, ID LOCAL POTTY LOCKS To stem vandalism, county middle schools are locking bathrooms during class hours. STORY, 3B W. Palm man wins new trial over invalidated blood test NEWS Mary's Medical Center, showed Clark's blood-alcohol level was 0.28 percent on March 8, 1994, more than three times the legal limit for drunken driving in Florida, according to court documents. Because prosecutors initially obtained . . . art '. ' near Parker Avenue, police said. State law allows police officers to take whatever action necessary including force to draw blood from motorists involved in fetal car crashes. In Clark's case, for whatever reason, police did not draw so-called "legal" blood, relying instead on the "medical" blood drawn at the hospital, Springer said. To use a hospital's blood-test results in a DUI manslaughter case, prosecutors must first notify a defendant they intend to pursue the records. If the defendant objects, prosecutors must satisfy a judge that the records are relevant before is: suing a subpoena. ; putes he was even driving the car involved in the fatal crash. But prosecutor Ellen Roberts said she will almost certainly move to convict Clark again. "I just have to show he was under the influence of alcohol to the extent that his normal faculties were impaired." Roberts told jurors at Clark's trial last year that Clark, 28, a West Palm Beach mechanic, and his roommate, Eugene Conner, 25, were both drunk when they got into a vintage Mustang that Clark was restoring for a customer. Their ride ended when the car hit a concrete pole at Southern Boulevard An appeals court rules the medical records were obtained illegally in the 1994 drunken-driving death. By Val Qlicott Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH - Warren Clark, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for a drunken joy ride that killed his best friend, must be tried again because prosecutors got medical records without a court order, an appellate court ruled Wednesday. The records, obtained from St they could issue a second subpoena for them. The 4th District Court of Appeal reversed Lupo's ruling Wednesday, saying prosecutors cannot issue a second subpoena for medical records after they obtained the records improperly. "Otherwise, why have rules at all?" Clark's attorney, Richard Springer, said. The state's position was, 'No harm, no foul.' My position is, once you break the rules to get those records, you can't ever get them." Springer said the appellate court's decision "cuts the heart out" of a DUI manslaughter case in which Clark dis Clark the records without a court order, Circuit Judge Mary Lupo declared the first state subpoena invalid. But she also ruled the records relevant and told prosecutors Crafting for baking FT Hit i ' I II t ft Housing chairman quits post Steven Newburgh took the job just three weeks ago after Malachi Knowles quit under pressure. A fellow board member punched him the night of his election. By Lisa Ocker Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH For the second time in less than two months, the chairman of the housing authority's board has resigned. Steven Sloane Newburgh, who succeeded Mal ri J ' f ' 4. r, r mrsf;':i ..t ,'-;-y ? , , , l jr . t' -J if .-t tffv V l I III I- 1. ,.,5. '.: achi Knowles when he quit under pressure in October, faxed a short resignation letter Wednesday to the authority and the mayor. He gave no reason for leaving. "I intend to continue community service, but not on this board," he said in an interview, refusing further comment. The departure of both Knowles and Newburgh leaves V I V , V"' .;--".' v r ' ' Newburgh J SHERMAN ZENTStaff Photographer Manuel de la Rosa shapes hollow terra cotta tile as he builds the 28-ton bread oven at the Old School Bread Co. in Delray Beach. Delray shop has big plans for raising dough the authority's board with five members, enough to make decisions. It's up to the city commission to appoint replacements; Mayor Nancy Graham could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Newburgh's resignation is the latest episode in a tumultuous period for the housing authority. Since September, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reviewed the agency's books and criticized administrators' handling of its finances, especially a $1.1 million renovation contract and their unsanctioned approval of more than , $200,000 extra. ; The board appointed its own investigative com-' mittee to follow up on employee complaints about"! Knowles' interference in their daily business and ; HUD's review. Meanwhile, members learned that; Executive Director Sam Simmonds gave himself a; raise in July and had been directing accounting staff-to hide deficits from HUD and the board. s In October, Knowles resigned rather than face' possible sanctions after board members found out he had tried to prevent a meeting to discuss em- pedestal and hand-turned. The entire assembly will weigh 32 tons. "It's specially designed for the types of old-fashioned breads we're going to be baking," John said. "It's crude, but it's the truest form of heat." The oven is what the Old School Bread Co. is all about It will sit in front of a large picture window facing the avenue. "This is our showpiece," John said. are quite popular in Europe, but there are only 12 others in this country, he said. The oven's secret is in the bricks lining the hearth. Manuel de la Rosa, who is building the oven by hand, won't say what the bricks are made of, but John said its contents let the breads "take on a different personality." About 220 loaves can be baked at one time on the 4-ton hearth, which will be suspended from a es will titillate the taste buds of shoppers on the trendy avenue. The Old School Bread Co., slated to open next month, is the lifelong dream of Boca Raton doctor Larry Charme. Samuel John, who has worked seven years at five-star hotels, is the head baker. Charme spent about $70,000 to buy the gas-powered oven from a small company outside Barcelona, John said. The ovens equal in weight to nine hippopotamuses By Chuck McGinness Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DELRAY BEACH Rising from a storefront under construction on East Adantic Avenue a 9-foot-tall, 28-ton baking machine drew stares from passers-by Wednesday afternoon. Once completed, the monster oven, made with terra cotta bricks and other materials imported from Spain, will turn out a variety of specialty breads the head chef promis Developer buys 3.74 acres in Wellington for $170,000 HeaseseeRSSGW6B It's not all talk: Rush setting up island office digs By Urn O'Meilia Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PALM BEACH Rush Limbaugh really, really likes us. Maybe enough to preach the conservative way from the f f : ft , SoutherniBlvd, forest ii WELUNSTCN -ill Blvd.c Kl ever-so-Repubhcan island. First, he remodeled and moved into a $6.7 million ocean-front estate, just up the street from where the Kennedys used to frolic. Second, the chief ditto-head declared C ' Lake Worth" i - V CO i N ft V s i - : i B . W,J Si r . 1: ... L.'lt. Council members snap up the take-it-or-leave-it offer from Wellington's Edge pwner. By Africa Ragland Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WELLINGTON Council members added $170,000 to village coffers Tuesday, agreeing to take the money from Wellington's Edge developers in exchange for 3.74 acres of land. '. After about a year of negotiations, Wellington's Edge owner Sunice Inc. told the village $170,000 was the final offer it would make for the land take it or leave it "I would be just as happy to have '$170,000 to use for recreation and give them the land," Councilman Michael McDonough said. ' The parcel, on Forest Hill Boulevard within the Wellington's Edge residential development was supposed to be given to the village as a part of the development agreement and used for civic purposes. Early this year, developer Sunice offered to pay ; the village for the land. "They were concerned about what I the village would put there," said I Deputy Village Manager Keith Stahl- ey, citing tennis courts or a fire station as possibilities. The village will stipulate that the jand be used as a water retention area, and the open space allows Sunice to spread out its 16-uf;'ts-per-acre development without an unsightly building '1 -v.. ' himself an official, by Limbaugh God, resident of Palm Beach County. Registered Republican, precinct 77. Third, Marta, his third wife, is revamping the magazine Vent across the bridge in Phillips Point And, finally, the radio talk show host is redoing a 2,000-plus-square-foot office on the third floor of an office building at 340 Royal Palm Way. The drywall is going up now. ; Earlier this year, Limbaugh denied talk that he was broadcasting from his Palm Beach bedroom, a no-no in a residential area. But it's OK in commercial areas such as Royal Palm Way. His lawyer checked that out with town officials last summer. But let's not rush to ju dgment Neither Limbaugh's representatives nor his Palm Beach lawyer, Doyle.,Rog-ers, returned phone calls Wednesday. ROB BARGEStaff Artist in the way. Councilman Tom Wenham, who was involved in negotiations, voted against accepting the money, saying the price was too low. Two appraisals showed the land worth as $105,000 and $170,000, and Sunice offered to pay the higher price. "I think this land is worth more than $170,000," Wenham said Tuesday. 'To take the first offer. . . is not in the best interests of the village." Other council members questioned what the village would do with the land, and preferred to accept Su-nice's condition that the money be accepted now or the deal was off. "I think it's fair they've tried to meet'.s halfway," Mayor Kathy Foster said, only Wenham was opposed. - - '. CVAV , ALISON REDUCHStaff Photographer The trimming, of a melodious Christmas tree WEST PALM BEACH Members of the First Baptist Church choir assemble to form the Singing Christmas Tree Wednesday at the church on Flagler Drive. The tree was the highlight of the church's annual Christmas pageant extravaganza held Wednesday. )

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