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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 6

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6A THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY. DECEMBER 6, 1997 Records incomplete on who paid for 24 of 33 trips by Gov. Chiles Speedboat's pilot legally drunk State news By Lyda Longa Palm Beach Post Staff Writer A Fort Lauderdale man who crashed his speedboat into a cabin cruiser on the Intra-coastal Waterway killing six people was legally drunk at the time of the collision, the Broward County Sheriffs Office said Friday. Stanley Cameron, 56, faces 22 charges in the Nov. 24 crash, the sheriffs office said, including homicide involving a vessel. Cameron is under police guard at a Plantation rehabilitation center and faces life in prison if convicted, BSO spokesman Ott Cefkin said. At the time of the crash, Cameron's blood alcohol level was 0.21 percent, well above the legal alcohol blood level of 0.08 percent, the arrest affidavit said. Witnesses told police they believed Cameron's 45-foot cigarette boat bar reled through the Intracoastal just south of the Sunrise Boulevard bridge at about 60 mph 35 miles above the posted speed limit , . After the impact, which left the 31-foot Tiara cabin cruiser in pieces, police found bottles of liquor near Cameron's speedboat. Deborah'. Keener, 44, a passenger in Cameron's boat, told police that she and Cameron had shared a bottle of wine, the affidavit said. Keener, of Houston, suffered broken ribs and internal injuries. The victims included Delray Beach resident Jay Colonna, 37, owner of two Broward County-' based construction companies; his cousin, John Colonna, 38, of Sicklerville, NJ.; and the boat ! captain, Simon Prankerd, 32, of lighthouse ' Point The staff is still researching, for example, who paid for a three-day hunting trip to New Port, Ark., in November 1994. The plane was registered to Waste Management Inc. and passengers included company executive Frank Moore, whom Chiles knows, aides said. In 1992, Chiles traveled with university regents Charlie Reed and Jon Moyle Jr., and others, to see the SEC championship football game between Florida and Alabama. The plane was owned by CentelSprint, which has its local phone rates regulated by the state and lobbies for legislation. Both the auditor general and the Senate are investigating who paid for the trips on private planes. By Charles Elmore Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Law-ton Chiles does not seem to know who paid for 24 of his 33 trips on private planes in his first term, records released by his office Friday show. The records come nine days after Chiles belatedly paid nearly $7,000 for more than a dozen private plane trips in his second term, after newspapers requested the records. That has sparked an auditor general's investigation and a Senate ethics probe. In seven instances on trips from 1991 to 1994, no FAA records could be found for the registration number for the plane in which Chiles traveled. In cases where the state paid for travel, there was no indication when reimbursement was made. Chiles' staff released the information late Friday and explained records were difficult to locate and compile, and research was still in progress. The fact that payment records could not be located right away should not be treated as suspicious, said Chiles spokeswoman April Herrle. "I think that people should be pleased the governor has made such as extensive effort to make sure everything is disclosed and paid for," Herrle said. Chiles records said the state paid, but add in parentheses, "according to Centel." A 1991 trip to Boca Raton for a Greater Miami Jewish Federation board meeting is under review to see who paid, records show. Graham better, may leave hospital r Tirf' Was- W f ) " that doesn't like to be down, but is happy, I think, to be on the road to recovery," Burger said. The doctor characterized Graham's illness as "a run-of-the-mill case of pneumonia." Wednesday evening, Graham flew in to Jacksonville from a vacation in the Caribbean for treatment of the respiratory infection, which he developed about a week ago. Graham's son, Franklin, said he expects his father to be released as early as this weekend and return to his home in the North Carolina mountains to rest. The evangelist is responding well to treatment for 'run-of-the-mill' pneumonia. The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE The Rev. Billy Graham is responding well to treatment for pneumonia and may be released from the hospital this weekend, officials at St. Luke's Hospital said Friday. The 79-year-old evangelist's condition was upgraded from fair to good as he continued to show improvement from the pneumonia infecting his right lung. "Graham is in good spirits and is feeling better. He is resting well and has been up and walking," said Sharon Hackney, a spokeswoman for St Luke's Hospital, where the evangelist has been treated since Wednesday. "If he continues to improve, it will only be a few days," said Dr. Charles Burger, a pulmonary specialist at the Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville. St. Luke's is affiliated with the Mayo Clinic. Graham has improved with treatment by intravenous antibiotics and fluids. "He is in very good spirits. Certainly, he's the type of person Baptist president's financial records subpoenaed In brief First Sunday in December makes holiday shopping easier for you. Features include the ten hottest board games for the holidays and gift suggestions for people you thought had everything. Plus the trend toward hiring personal holiday decorators for your home, and lots more. HOLIDAY 6 1 FT 6U IDE EDITION December 7 Palm Beach Post Wire Services ST. PETERSBURG - A day after a top Baptist leader said he voluntarily amended tax returns to reflect higher income, attor-' neys for the Rev. Henry Lyons , acknowledged his tax records ; have been subpoenaed. Lyons is president of the 8.5-i million member National Baptist ! Convention USA which is the largest black church group in the country. He now faces allegations he spent church money on expensive jewelry, luxury cars and a $700,000 home bought with a woman other than his wife. A federal grand jury sitting in suspects in the murders of co-owner George Gonsalves, 69, and the son, daughter and son-in-law of co-owner Felice Dosso. The third co-owner, Nelson Serrano, was questioned by investigators late Thursday, but police wouldn't comment. Serrano's partners stripped him of his title and salary earlier this year, and he countered with a lawsuit alleging mismanagement. "We don't have any suspects, and we're not ruling anybody out" police said Friday. ... Dosso discovered the bodies of his three relatives and Gonsalves with bullets in their heads Wednesday night. Tampa has asked for Lyons' financial records. But his defense attorneys said he has not been subpoenaed and would be unlikely to testify. Deaths at factory probed BARTOW As family members arranged funerals for four people murdered at a conveyor-belt factory, lawyers Friday discussed the future of the company at the center of a bitter dispute among the owners. Investigators have named no LtiettHm Beach Pbst 1878 AVAKIAN'S AVAKIAN'S AVAKIAN'S AVAKIAN'S THE MOSTT TRUSTED NAME IN ORIENTAL RUG S SINCE 1 878 r HIE MOVING- SALE Vo o: EV ERYTHING! We're moving! Every rug must be sold now! Prices have been slashed by E o.V -.aV. "v''.J tvi E f-E ;v, ;:;- 'A1-' S'M I 60 on every single rug. We've even emptied our warehouse and brought our entire inventory to the Gardens. 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