The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on January 1, 1977 · Page 20
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 20

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, January 1, 1977
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C2 Palm Beach Post-Times, Saturday, January 1, 1977 Psychiatric Test Ordered for Man In Abduction Case ' LiLj L , !,; 4 h '' i PAHOKEE An Indiantown man who allegedly abducted a local dress shop owner at gunpoint Wednesday was ordered to remain in jail without bond and undergo a psychiatric examination yesterday, by Palm Beach County Judge Don Adams. His head bowed and hands cuffed behind his back, Louis George Snipes, 41, told Adams he needed medical attention. "I know I've done some terrible things, but I couldn't help myself. There's something wrong with my mind," he said. Snipes is charged with abducting Boat Accident Kills Captain William Robert Haines, a boat captain for many years, died Thursday night after receiving a severe shock while working on his boat at Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach. Haines, 47, of 181 Shore Drive, Riviera Beach, had been working in the engine room of his 47-foot sport fishing boat when the accident occurred. Police said the captain was taken to St. Mary's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m. Marguerite Maxwell at gunpoint from her dress shop at 132 S. Lake Ave., after forcing a customer into the back room and locking the door. He allegedly drove around with Miss Maxwell all night before allowing her to drive home in his car. Miss Maxwell told sheriff's deputies she knew Snipes but had not seen him for nearly a year, except for once two months ago when he threatened her. Snipes was arrested by local police after making the threats and found to be armed. He was given a 60-day suspended sentence in city court as a result of the incident. At first, Adams ordered Snipes jailed on a $10,000 bond, but reconsidered when Palm Beach County Assistant State Atty. Gene Berry insisted the defendant should be held without bail, because he was "a threat to himself and the community." "I agree," Snipes said. Berry said Snipes had held a gun to his own head for more than an hour threatening suicide, when he was apprehended Thursday at his home in Indiantown by Martin County Sheriff's deputies. Adams appointed a public defender to represent Snipes and ordered he be given a psychiatric examination. Snipes is scheduled to appear again before Adams Tuesday. Staff Photo by George Wedding GOING, GOING But not quite gone ed sinking for the second time in six Fire Department yesterday, when he is the Seven P's, a 42-foot boat whose months. The Seven P's is docked noticed gas leaking from the boat. The owner, Charles Petitte, reportedly was behind a vacant house at 713 Forsyth problem, it seems, went deeper than out of the country when the boat start- St., Boca Raton. A neighbor called the that. Enlistments Rise as GI Bill Expires I . Area . Ptountg0h f NeWS anyway. This just made them act quicker." Brower said he doubted anyone would undergo four years of military service just to be eligible for the GI Bill benefits. "That would hardly be sufficient reason to join the Navy or any other branch of the armed forces. There is a lot more to get out of the Navy than a free education," he said. Future veterans still will be eligible for assistance under a modified not be eligible for the GI Bill benefits. Chief Petty Officer Jim Brower of the Navy recruiting station in West Palm Beach said he handled about 25 enlistments this month, 10 more than usual. "We knew there would be a few more recruits once word got out about the benefits expiring," Brower said. "I guess about a third of them were motivated by the GI Bill, but they probably would have joined By JOHN KOTLER Pott Stiff Wrlttr The GI Bill, which helped thousands of veterans get an education and secure home loans, expired at midnight yesterday. Because of the decreasing number of youthful veterans in the 1970s and governmental belt tightening, the bill was not renewed. The change does not concern those already receiving benefits or presently in the armed forces, but new recruits will Turnpike Smokeys Put on CB Ears program, he said. For every dollar he spends toward education, the government will contribute two. In the Glades, there was no rush on the recruiting office because the local office was closed a month ago. Sgt. Tom Pierson of the Belle Glade National Guard Armory said many smaller offices have been closed because of fewer recruits. Pierson said he still has plenty of recruits for the National Guard, but doesn't get many inquiries about other branches of the armed forces. When he does, he refers the recruits to the offices in West Palm Beach. One who joined in time to receive GI Bill benefits is 20-year-old Dennis Kinlaw of Belle Glade. Kinlaw, who joined the Navy in September, said he's glad to be eligible for the benefits, but is more interested in being trained as a scuba diver in the Underwater Demolition Team Program. Even if he doesn't make a career of the Navy, Kinlaw thinks the training will help him find employment as a diver later. "I want my certificate to say 'Denis Kinlaw, Navy Diver'. Then there won't be any question about my qualifications," he said. Doctors Sew Back Woman's Ear Torn in Fight During Rape Try drunk drivers with the help of private citizens using their CB radios. In addition to putting the troopers in immediate contact with motorists who are reporting trouble, the CB radios help relieve tedium, Keller. said. "You put in eight hours on that road, it can be entertainment," he said. The radios do create one problem. Now that many CB users know the patrol cars can listen to them, they ask "Smokey, you got your ears on0" Then they want to chat. Keller said, "I realize it's a friendly gesture," but the troopers are often too busy with work to take time for idle talk. By The Associated Press Smokey has ears. That's the word from Florida Highway Patrol officers patroling Florida's Turnpike. Translated, it means that about 75 per cent of the patrol cars are equipped with Citizens Band radios. Patrol Commander J.E. Beach authorized private installation of CB radios in patrol cars in November. Lt. Warren Sutton says about 75 of the 100 patrol cars on the turnpike now have CB radios, installed at each trooper's expense. "It's proven itself many times," said Sgt. Tom Keller, adding that 22 of his 24 men now have CB. "It's like having 150 more men," he said. Keller said he has caught two bitten off during the struggle or sliced with the knife. She was rushed to Bethesda where the ear was replaced. A hospital spokesman said there were no complications and the operation was considered a success. The victim told police the suspect received a deep cut on his right hand during the struggle. Lt. Lorenzo Brooks said officers routinely were pa-troling the area when the incident occurred. They immediately set up road blocks, but the suspect eluded them. Police are looking for a black male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium afro hairstyle. By DEE WHITTINGTON Poit Stiff Writer DELRAY BEACH Surgeons at Bethesda Memorial Hospital yesterday successfully sewed the ear of a 24-year-old woman back on after it was severed during an early morning struggle during an attempted rape. The victim, whose name is being withheld, was asleep in her South Federal Highway home when the would-be attacker broke in through a bathroom window about 6:55 a.m. and attempted to rape her at knife point, according to police. Police said they do not know whether her ear was Death Donations for 13-Year-OId Total $4,200 From CI" DELRAY BEACH - "They're still people left in this world with a heart." That's what Robert Wandelt said he feels every time he picks up another envelope with a donation for Aaron Witherspoon, the 13-year-old Boynton Beach boy who was mutilated in a train accident last week. In three days, more than $4,200 has poured into an account opened by Wandelt at the Sun First National Bank. "In this world today, they say people don't care. But by golly, when the chips are down, there's someone there to pick them up," Wandelt said. One of those who cares is 12-year-old Michael Richter who went door-to-door collecting for his school chum. Yesterday Michael, of 3565 SW Lake Drive, Boynton Beach, brought in $41.75 he collected. Wandelt, who has a 12-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son, said, "I can just imagine how I'd feel if something like this happened to my family." He said most of the donations have come from Miami. Aaron's condition is listed as serious in Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Miami where he remains in the intensive care unit. He lives at 3010 SE First St., Boynton Beach. ..... V if rC i " , f' - :V . WDAMAD .. .. ,v,'.-. . ."""- . muni Uoat Pulling Skier Slams into Dock a contusion of the shoulder and released. Owner and operator of the 115 horsepower boat, Phillip Bussel, 20, of 2121 N. Ocean Blvd., was treated on the scene for cuts he received as he jumped from the boat. Skier Eric Rothchild, 20, of the same address, was not injured. Two boys from Montreal, also on board, were unharmed. The accident occurred about 10:45 a.m. in the Intracoastal Waterway. No charges have been filed. BOCA RATON - The 16-foot ski boat "Montreal" ended the year with a bang and a crunch yesterday. Police said the four young passengers aboard apparently were watching the skier and talking when the boat ran into a dock at 6998 NE Eighth Drive, injuring one passenger, tearing up about 10 feet of dock and knocking over one large piling, while sustaining minor damage. Hinda Robinson, 18, of 360 Alexander Palm Road, was taken to Boca Raton Community Hospital, where she was treated for lacerations and police spokesman said. "Maybe it was the Loch Ness monster.' The Coast Guard decided the slick was not serious enough to warrant sending a boat of Its own to LAKE' WORTH MONSTER - A Palm Beach police officer puzzles over what appeared to be a small oil slick in Lake Worth near the Flagler Memorial Bridge yesterday. 'There was definitely something there, but we aren't sure what a She said Russell Reese, West Palm Beach fire marshal, indicated he would have the Snap 'n' Pops tested. The toy is sold in area convenience stores and at least one chain drug store, she said. The package containing the "Hypo-Phony" hypodermic needle says it can be used for giving "blood to an anemic friend, hot blood to a cold girl and pep to a tired person," and mentions other such "endless fun possibilities." The Riviera Beach parents of a child who bought the item for SI. 98 at a Palm Beach Mall store wrote to Mrs. Skaggs, saying they were "astounded that this can be sold as a toy to a young child." -Mrs. Skaggs said, "Children can't buy cigarettes and they can't buy liquor, so why should this be permitted to be sold to a child?" She referred to the problem of narcotic drug usage by young people and said of the toy, "The implication is all too horrendous." The package bills the toy as "Good for a Million Laughs," which prompted Mrs. Skaggs, a registered nurse, to say, "I think it's as funny as a crutch, "I'm not trying to tell merchants how to run their business. I just think they should be a little more conscionable In selling to children. They're not thinking, what can it do to a child's mind." But she reserved her harshest criticism for Death Race, calling it "sick, sick, sick" and, "I think it's a crime, a sin and a shame." Players of the game operate a driver simulator, equipped with a steering wheel and an accelerator, to chase pedestrian figures called "gremlins" across an electronic screen. If a figure is hit, the machine issues a high-pitched shriek and a cross-shaped grave marker pops up to score points for the driver. At the end of the game, players are rated as "skeleton chaser," "bone cracker," "gremlin hunter," or for the top scorer, "expert driver." Death Race, manufactured by Ex-ldy Inc., in Mountain View, Calif., is said to be one of the hottest selling coin-operated games in the country. "We've got a lot more nuts on the street than we do in the hospitals," Mrs. Skaggs said in reference to thosp who play tte gaQie. Game Smitty: Oldtimer of the Air From CI- Palm Beach" is a game True to its name, for the rich. Each player, except Count Rigatoni, starts the game with $2 million for the social sea- son accoraing 10 mi, In 1972 he was accepted into a skydiving organization known as Parachutists Over Phorty (POP). He said he's proud to have been given the number 13 in an organization with more than 1,000 members. Smitty said when he was 18, he dreamed he would parachute from a plane. "In 1928, 12 years later, I made it. It wasn't easy in those days to get a jump." A pilot friend provided the plane and a homemade chute, Smitty said, and his dream came true. "The ride down was wonderful. I yelled and played like a monkey on the end of a grapevine. "My landing was awful (and) ended a little sadly," but Smitty went on to make a career of skydiving. He told his audience in Indiantown that he's done double jumps, performed various stunts in the air and won thousands of dollars in prize money. The oldtimer said he wrote his life story, published a few years ago, "just to let skydivers of today know how really tough this sport was In the early days." By LINDA HARBISON Pest Staff Writer INDIANTOWN Smitty the Jumper was in Indiantown this week for the skydiving invitational. It wound up being canceled but Smitty's time wasn't wasted. The 78-year-old skydiver, who quit jumping two years ago after an accident, probably inspired at least a few beginners to take up the sport. He did advise novice parachutists they should retire earlier than he did, but other than that, "The sky's the limit. "Parachuting is the most exhilarating sport I know of," said Henry Truesdell Smith, who'd rather be called Smitty. "And you should start early." Smitty took his first leap from an airplane in 1928. "There were 47 years between my first and my last jump," he said. "My jumping career included many falls, but I'm still standing today." A native of North Carolina, Smitty continues to travel to various skydiving meets around the country to socialize with fellow parachutists, trade information and sell copies of his life story. And each potential real-life player will have to fork over $25 to get the game in the first place, if and when it goes on the market. The object of "Palm Beach," of course, is to survive in the social world long enough to "make the club." The "ultimate winner," the player who survives all the social and financial pitfalls to reach the final, inner square, also receives at least on the playing board the "ultimate" reward. He is "found (dead) in the (club's) reading room" after having mastered everything else in life of any importance, at least to a player 4V at "Palm Beach." v

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