The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1997 · Page 127
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 127

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Saturday, December 6, 1997
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2B THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1997 m si PLEASE BUCKLE UP FOR SECURITY CI997LANO ROVER NORTH AMERICA. WC THE AD LIGHTLY DRIVE RESPONSIBLY OFF ROAD Once certain, Mitchell won't run in 1998, at least for now Which makes for a more comfortable ride? The electronic air suspension? Or the $795a month lease? Si rpi She was "95 percent certain" she would run for the West Palm Beach City Commission, but now Anita Mitchell says 1998 is not her year for politics. On Friday, Mitchell said her consulting and lobbying business has expanded, she has added new partners and, for now, running for office is out of the question. It was just a few months ago when Mitchell sounded like an eager candidate ready to take on commission incumbent Joel Daves. "I really wanted to do it, but I gave myself a reality check," Mitchell said. "I need to wait another year when I'll have the time to devote to a campaign." What might she run for in 1999? Mitchell didn't say and probably doesn't have a clear idea herself yet If she's serious about running in 1999, however, don't be surprised to find opponents of Mayor Nancy Graham trying to entice Mitchell into challenging her. Then again, a county commission seat could look enticing in 2000. "I will absolutely run for office," Mitchell said. "It's a life goal of mine to serve in public office." This was a letter that State. Rep. Barry Silver, D-Boca Raton, never intended to have seen in public. It seems that Brevard County Commissioner Helen Voltz wrote Silver a letter blasting him for the scores of speeding and other traffic tickets he's received. She wrote the letter without identifying herself as a politician. Even worse in Silver's view, Republican Voltz tried to associate the speeding tickets with the Democratic Party. Some excerpts from Silver's response: "Clearly I am experiencing public relations problems if I am receiving such bitter mail from other elected officials. But what interests me currently is why a member of the Brevard County Commission would see fit to write me about this Brian L Crowley Politics situation and not identify herself as a fellow elected official? Perhaps you were unaware that proper etiquette requires that elected officials generally identify themselves as such when corresponding with other elected officials." "If you got the impression that I was somehow blaming my record on my car, then I must apologize. My car is completely blameless in this matter." "I don't see what my political affiliation has to do with my driving record (or my response thereto) anymore than the fact that you are a Republican has anything to do with you wish to remain anonymous when hurling enmity at others. Indeed, knowing many honest, caring and fair Republicans, I can only assume this is an attribute unique to you." And on and on it goes. Silver says he felt compelled to answer the attack on his character. He's also concerned that people are not understanding just how sorry he is about the traffic tickets. "I've always acknowledged that is my fault. I'm not blaming anyone else," Silver said. "I got tickets because I drove too fast." Silver said he has changed his ways and has no intention of ever getting a speeding ticket again. ' D Brian E. Crowley is political editor for The Palm Beach Post. He can be reached at 820-4723 or by e-mail at 33 months S 795 first month payment S 2,950 down payment S 0 security deposit S 0 scheduled maintenance Wmi five height settings, a Range Rover's electronic air suspension system makes for an extraordinarily smooth ride on any terrain. Of course, knowing you can enjoy that ride for only 8795 a month over 33 months, including free scheduled maintenance, is equally comforting. You'll appreciate such features as permanent four-wheel drive, all-terrain four-channel ABS, and a boxed ladder 83,745 due at signing 14-gauge steel frame. As well as interior amenities like heated front seats, a 300-watt, 12-speaker audio system, and everything else that makes a Range Rover a Range Rover. Keep in mind that this lease offer ends December 31. So stop by. AND make yourself comfortable. ' PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE RANGE ROVER Up to 20 stones from 56 area communities at www. GoPBI.comYourTown Awi Mrt Jar Uri bar Una Cove of Okeechoube Bollevakd and Dixie Hiohwav West Palm Beach 659-6206 Boca 362-60M Offered by porticipoling lone Rover Retailers lo qualified lessees in conjunction with land Row Financial Services o unit o( BMW financial Services NA, Inc.). Monthly payments based on 33 mor -closed end lease for 1 998 Range Rover 4.0 SE. MSRP $56,625 including destination charges. Cap cost - $54, 1 25. Total monthly lease payments $26,233.35 Acquisition fee $450. Retailer Cop Cost Reduction $0 lessee responsible for toes, registratonlille and license fees, maintenance, repairs, excess wear and tear, insurance ond any options plus an excess mileage charge of 1 5 cents per mile for each mile over 1 0,000 miles per year. Purchase option at maturity $37,372.50 applicable tax. $250 termination fee if vehicle is not purchased, Ussieo does not acquire ownership rights unless Ihe purchase option is exercised. Other conditions may apply. Retailer participation may affect cost. Must lake retail delivery by December 31, 1997. Subject to availability. See Retailer for details. John Michael Shoun was driving south on Indian River Drive into the traffic circle at Avenue A when he drove over a curb in the middle of the circle, according to Fort Pierce police. Shoun lost control and hit a palm tree, police said. Police said the accident is speed and alcohol related. Three people were injured, one of them seriously, in a head-on collision Friday morning on Whitehorse Drive, west of U.S. 441, sheriffs deputies said. The 6:15 a.m. crash just east of Wellington occurred when a Chevrolet pickup driven by Nicole Martin, 23, of suburban Wellington, crossed the center line and struck a Nissan four-door driven by Solange Marques, 38, of suburban Wellington, deputies said. Martin was treated for head injuries and released from Wellington Regional Medical Center. Marques was flown to St. Mary's Medical Center, where she remains in guarded but stable condition in the intensive care unit. Her 16-year-old son also was treated at St. Mary's and was released. l A 11 jJL A JLVLy ii i i If you missed it last year, here's your chance to be a part of an unforgettable weekend of tennis! 6BI STUART Four more counts of child sexual battery were brought Thursday night against Jimmy Meyers Brown, a Stuart Internet service operator and former bank president already charged with one count of sexual battery and four counts of child pornography possession. Brown, 57, of 2256 N.W. Fork Road, is being held at the Martin County jail without bail on the new charges. The additional counts involve individual sexual acts alleged by an 18-year-old woman who said she was molested from age six until she was 11 in 1991. All the sexual battery charges involve the same woman, but investigators are checking reports of possible abuse of other children during the same time frame. Meanwhile, Brown's wife of 13 years, Barbara, filed for divorce Thursday, citing the criminal charges and alleging that Brown kept guns in the home and threatened to use them two weeks ago, about the time the criminal investigation began. STUART A Jensen Beach couple accused of allowing teenage girls to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol and had them pose nude for photographs in their home at 1704 N.E. Sylvia Ave., were sentenced Friday to prison terms. Harvey Andrew Baker III, 39, previously pleaded no contest to two counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child. He told Circuit Judge John Fennelly he took the pictures and permitted the drug use while he was heavily using cocaine earlier this year. Fennelly sentenced him to four years eight months in prison followed by five years of probation. Baker's wife, Alicia Adele, 39, pleaded no contest to a child abuse charge and admitted violation a probation term she was serving for welfare fraud. Fennelly sentenced her to three years in prison followed by two years probation. WEST PALM BEACH Alaina Button, suspected along with her ex-husband in the death of a local man in February, pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges of taking a stolen car across state lines. The FBI said Alaina Button, 29, and her ex-husband, Richard, took a stolen Chevrolet Cavalier to Louisiana; the man last seen driving the car, 44-year-old Robert Bovona, was found dead the same day the Buttons arrived in that state. Blood match- -. ing Bovona's was found in the car, and on the walls of the Buttons' Delray Beach apartment, court records show. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Vitunac ordered Alaina Button to remain in jail without bond. The Buttons have not been charged in Bovona's death. Richard Button is in custody in Houston, charged with another homicide there, prosecutors said. K7 V (its i I I (IP Delray Beach Tennis Center 1 p.m. December 6 & 7 For tickets, call 954491-7115 iff n An environmentalist protesting Donald Trump's plan to build a $40 million, 18-hole golf course on land leased from the county was held back by Trump's security guards Friday at the course's ground breaking when he approached Trump's limousine, sheriffs officials said. Wil Van Natta, 42, was one of three protesters from the environmental group Palm Beach Greens, who said the area is a wetland and should be protected. Van Natta said he was grabbed by security guards and held on the ground without reason, causing him to scrape his arms and stomach. Sheriffs officials said security guards stopped Van Natta because he was on private property and when they told him to stop heading toward Trump, he told them they would have to shoot him. BELLE GLADE City Commissioner D. Bill Mathis came home from the hospital Friday, a week after the car crash that injured him and his wife, Barbara. Palm Beach County sheriffs deputies said the Mathises were driving west through the intersection of Stare Road 80 and Lion Country Safari Road when another car broadsided them. The Mathises' car rolled three times, and both were taken to local hospitals, authorities said. Bill Mathis said the couple was still recovering Friday from broken ribs and other injuries. Deputies charged the driver of the other car, Patrick Fitz Goldson, 37, of Cooper City, with careless driving. Chris Evert Martina Navratilova Q n mm mmm BOYNTON BEACH Burglars used a car to crash into the front window of the J.C. Penney store at the Boynton Beach Mall early Friday, Boynton Beach police Sgt. Chris Frey said. Several articles of clothing were stolen from the store, at 801 N. Congress Ave., at about 2:30 a.m. Police have no suspects. FORT PIERCE A 25-year-old Fort Pierce resident was in critical condition Friday after a motorcycle crash Thursday morning. m ,,-r, , i m hhT iiw in iT mmmm Vmt ,l nm-i J Tracy Austin Billie Jean King Man sentenced to 30 years for two rapes OTHER STARS INCLUDE: Pam, Evonne, Zina, Rosie, liana, Virginia and many others. SPONSORED BY: 3 AmerittuiAiriines' ETHAN ALLEN1 KOMI IN Tl I I Oil "I can take action that will ensure that you never do this again." If Reese is someday paroled, he will be designated as a sexual predator with the required public notice to the community. Stuart and Martin County detectives urged the maximum penalty, noting that one victim was 69 years old and the other was 55. Sheriff's Detective Frank Lunsford said he took the case personally. "Mr. Reese is a sexual predator of the worst kind," Lunsford told Fennelly. "He preys on our mothers and grandmothers." The 69-year-old woman, who was attacked during her morning jog behind the Martin Square Mall By Jill Taylor Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART A Hobe Sound man sobbed uncontrollably in Martin Circuit Court on Friday morning as he turned to face the two women he raped. "I can't take back what I've done to you," John E. Reese, 27, told the women during his sentencing hearing. "I am truly sorry. I pray for you every day." Circuit Judge John Fennelly handed Reese the maximum penalty of 30 years in prison on two counts of sexual battery and said he would have ordered him to prison for life if he had gone to trial and been convicted. "I can't give them (the victims) back their dignity," Fennelly said. 4 A in May, asked for the highest possible sentence for Reese. "My life will never be the same," she said. Reese pleaded guilty to the sexual battery charges and prosecutors dropped two counts of kidnapping, one count of aggravated battery and one count of battery on an elderly person. The 55-year-old woman suffered a broken collarbone when she was attacked as she rode her bicycle to work. Assistant State Attorney Nita Denton told Fennelly her office agreed to the plea to avoid having the victims give statements and testify, a process both women feared. Sunmi 1 1 TheRitz-Carlton Palm Beach I WATERFORD CRYSTAL tmMmlMMMih WOOD BUSINESS PRODUCTS, INC.

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