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Cocoa, Florida
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Tuesday, October 18, 1994
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rmfi STATE LOCAL NEWS INSIDE Brevard County Commission to name minority task force today, 1B. Conflicting testimony muddles Michael Robinson's murdertrial, 1B. MORE LOCAL NEWS INSIDE Indian Harbour Beach woman sets self aflame with cigarette, 1B. Jury selection begins in Melbourne; first-degree murder trial, 2B. SECTION B Tom Kehoe, State editor, 242-3627, 2 pm.-11 p.m. HILL TUESDAY, October 18, 1994 U 6B State tries to block Hill's defense FLORIDA TODAY Wires PENSACOLA The state wants to bar Paul Hill from claiming justifiable homicide as a defense against the fatal shootings of an abortion doctor and unarmed clinic escort. Circuit Judge Frank Bell has set a hearing for Monday, a week before Hill's trial on state murder charges is scheduled to begin. Assistant State Attorney James Murray's motion is almost identical to one federal prosecutors filed, and which was granted, in Hill's trial on civil rights charges earlier this month in U.S. District Court. In that case, Hill was convicted of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances law. He was the first person convicted of violating the FACE law. Miami has most poor blacks PITTSBURGH Miami has a higher percentage of poor blacks than any of the nation's 49 other largest cities, a university researcher said Monday. In Miami, 46 percent of black residents were poor, with incomes below $12,700 for a family of four, the study said. In New Orleans and Milwaukee, about 42 percent fell below the poverty level. The study compared economic indicators of the largest cities and counties according to 1990 census statistics. Pittsburgh's black poverty rate is the fourth highest among the cities, said Ralph Bangs of the University of Pittsburgh. Nearly 41 percent of the city's black residents had incomes below the poverty line, while only 14 percent of white residents were poor. "We now know we have a much more serious problem than we suspected," he said. Crime show suspect surrenders . MARY ESTHER A man who turned himself in to Hawaiian authorities says he is a missing Air Force technical sergeant accused of killing his wife and two children in The Panhandle. The man, who called himself Michael Green, had been watching television with the family of a minister who befriended him when a picture of the fugitive, Edward Jon Zakrzewski, was shown on "Unsolved Mysteries" Friday night. The next day, Green surrendered to police on Molokai Island and told them he was Zakrzewski, Maui police detective Mervin Holokai said. Zakrzewski, 29, was accused of using a machete to kill his wife, Sylvia, 34, and their two children, Edward Jr., 7, and Anne, 5, police said. Their bodies were found June 13 in their Mary Esther home, police said. The suspect had been stationed at nearby Eglin Air Force Base. Law punishes film sabotage JACKSONVILLE A new city law that makes it illegal to disrupt commercial film or audio visual productions stems from threats made by the Teamsters Union, according to ;Deputy Mayor Frank Nero. The film industry told city officials that the Teamsters threatened to disrupt Florida productions by interfering with lighting or having small planes buzz movie sets in an effort to win jobs for union members, Nero said. "They have a right to demand whatever they want ... but not to force it to happen," Nero told The Florida Times-Union for its Monday editions. Ronnie Greene, president of the Teamsters Local 512, said while union members in other cities aggressively had tried to disrupt produc tions, that is not the case locally. He said the, local union only had picketed and chanted. "We want the film industry in Jacksonville. We just want our fair share of the business, Greene said. Each violation is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. Lloyd's faulted in theft inquiry MIAMI Lloyd's of London crossed the ethical line in its effort to avoid paying off clients on a $9 million gold theft from a Miami warehouse, a federal judge ruled Monday. Lloyd's Underwriters Non-Marine Associa tion and underwriter Peter Frederick Wright paid informants and attorneys $753,081 to prove the 1983 theft was an inside job. But $285,000 was paid to two informants for their role in the civil suits by Golden Door Jewelry Creations, Suisse Gold Assayer & Refiner and Leach & Garner Co., a special master found. The payments violated Florida bar rules, and Lloyd's will be barred from using any evidence tainted by the ethical violations at trial, U.S. District Judge Sidney Aronovitz ruled. Chiles, Bush set to debate today CAMPAIGfllll! rft M M 4v Sept. 29 in Miami and will close their head-to-head meetings Nov. 1 in a statewide televised contest from Tampa. Chiles took the day off from the campaign trail Monday and spent some time with aides readying for today's showdown. "Just some basic debate prep," spokeswoman Jo Miglino said. Bush and Chiles debated Bush spent most of the day Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA Gov. Lawton Chiles and his Republican challenger, Jeb Bush, meet today in their second debate with Election Day three weeks away. Today's debate will be carried statewide by more than 30 radio stations, said Larry Spilman, news director for Florida's Radio Network, the debate sponsor. The format provides the can didates an opportunity to ask their opponent up to three ques tions. They also will field questions from the audience. campaigning in South Florida before returning to his home to spend a few hours prepare for the debate. "He's been campaigning for a year and a half," Bush spokesman Cory Tilley said. "It's not like he has to do any cramming." Both candidates planned to fly this morning to Orlando and drive the short distance to Walt Disney World, where the debate will take place. Meanwhile, Miglino said again Chiles has no intention of taking an Oct. 27 invitation to appear with Bush on the Larry King show on CNN. "Softball questions from Larry King and a couple of phone calls from Montana is not fair to the people of this state, and they deserve to see the candidates on free TV statewide," she said. "We want to have as many face-to-face debates as possible on statewide television. Larry King does not qualify." Bush, son of the former president, holds a small lead over Chiles in several polls. Chiles never has lost a political race, dating back to his run for the state House of Representatives in 1958. He has been in seven statewide primary or general elections. On the air The Florida News Net-" work, which is carrying the governor's debate af 11 a.m. today, says its state affiliates include the following stations. Deci-' sions on carrying the ' debate are made at the local level. WWNZ Orlando WONQ Orlando WMMB Melbourne ', WTRRSanford I: WAMTTitusville I-WPSL Port St. Lucie ,1 WTTB Vero Beach : Indians play wild cards :.-,j.,'iHPwwwpw . ,W9HMSfe- r'A Sp' t f . 1 J 4 - ft - , v ,' ,. - ' - 1 q1 ? 1 7 r - Who plays? JUANITA OSCEOLA, an employee at the Seminole player buying bingo cards in Hollywood, Fla. She says Indian gambling hall, left, collects money from a the tribe has benefited from gaming. Gaming vote might help them raise stakes Associated Press HOLLYWOOD, Fla. Juanita Osceola breezes through the rows of people playing bingo on her reservation, swapping out the cards, paying off the winners and collecting tips. She knows the money the Seminole tribe makes from the few thousand people at their gambling hall on this rainy Friday night will send family members to college and pay for their medical care. "Gaming has helped tremendously," Osceola said. "You can see a big difference as far as the schools and the facilities go. And, for me, it's a job. If we didn't have this, we would be more dependent on the federal government." The Seminoles were the first in the nation to begin profiting from gambling on reservations. See PLAY.5B If Florida voters approve limited casino gambling Nov. 8, counties listed below will be permitted to have a specific number of casinos. O Escambia 2 O Washington 1 Q Jefferson 1 O Duval 3 O Clay 1 O Marion 1 O Volusia 1 O Seminole 3 O Orange 1 Brevard 1 O St. Lucie 1 Palm Beach 3 Broward 6 Dade 8 Sarasota 1 Lee 2 Hillsborough 4 Pinellas 2 Also five riverboats in counties not already listed. FLORIDA TODAY AP iMtara repo cops rts on losing a job or a suspension. The choice is to say nothing." Bennie Holder, ' Tampa police chief Associated Press TAMPA The number of reported cases of domestic violence among law enforcement officers has increased in recent years, despite what authorities call "the blue wall of silence" surrounding the issue. Troubles off duty reflect a growing problem among the state's 60,000 law enforcement officers. "Sure, there's instances I will never know about," Tampa Police Chief Bennie Holder said. "The spouse knows the penalty will be severe, like losing a job or a suspension. The choice is to say nothing." A state task force exam- fifiJhespOUSe ined 110 re- . ported cases of knows the penalty fT ticQ will be severe, like , ' ,V-,IV-V- ""'""6 law enforcement officers between 1990 and 1994. While the number is small compared with the 2,300 overall disciplinary cases reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement during the period, the figures have officials uneasy.' "I would call the increase disturbing, but we haven't even begun to define the problem," FDLE Specialist Stewart Clendinen said. He said the increase may in part be caused by strict reporting rules created in 1992. By law, the state's law enforcement agencies must notify FDLE of officer disciplinary cases. , , The FDLE Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, which handles police certification and other duties, is vying for a $55,000 federal grant for a yearlong study of abusers who wear badges. The purpose is to determine whether the problem is endemic to the law enforcement profession or simply is a case of better reporting of such incidents by police agencies. Officials hope the study will shed some light on a nagging subject where explanations are few. Vince Skotko, a Tampa psychologist who specializes in law enforcement-related counseling, said domestic violence is the main reason officers are referred to him to be evaluated for fitness for duty.: See VIOLENCE, 5B Hospitals not required to report staff misconduct Associated Press INVERNESS The state does not bar health care professionals accused of crimes from having contact with patients. Hospitals are not required to report whether they are investigating a patient's sexual abuse allegations against a staffer. But that may change. In the wake of rape charges against a male nurse at a Central Florida hospital, state Rep. Karen Johnson, D-Inverness, said she may file legislation requiring hospitals to report allegations of serious misconduct, such as sexual assault. "It would be like in any child abuse case, where it must be reported to the proper authorities," she said. "Let the proper authorities do the investigation." Bruce Alan Young is suspected of molesting five female patients at Citrus Memorial Hospital while the women were sedated in the recovery room. As many as 40 women have told investigators Young may also have victimized them. YOUNG Young was allowed to be alone with female patients while the hospital investigated a complaint that he molested a 23-year-old patient; Young is accused of molesting another woman during the investigation. "It's literally an internal matter with the hospital how they deal with an allegation or someone making a com plaint that they have to look into," said Ed Towey, spokesman for the state Agency for Health Care Administration. "It is not our business to inject ourselves into how the hospital runs its show." There is no need to change the current system, said Barbara Lumpkin, executive director of the Florida Nurses Association, who added that the Citrus Memorial case is a rare one. "It's an incredible aberration," she said. "There are a lot more cases of police officers brutalizing people than there are nurses, doctors and health care professionals. "I think we have to be careful about promoting vast changes in procedures, because, quite honestly, I think the system works." Young's case also has raised questions about the application process for nursing licenses, which the Board of Nursing plans to discuss in its December meeting. Young's teaching certificate was revoked for "moral turpitude" in 1988 after he allegedly had sex with a 19-year-Old student. He wasn't charged with a crime. The nursing board did not know of the incident in 1990 when it granted Young a license. The board asks only whether an applicant had action taken against a nursing license, not any other. .- But the board may recommend to the' Legislature that action against all other; professional licenses also be checked, said the board's attorney, Ann Cocheu. '! Meanwhile, in a brief jailhouse inter-! view Friday with the St. Petersburg Times,', Young, 45, shook his head and said of the rape charges: "It's just not true. . . . The! only thing I can say is that it's not true." ' '

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