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NEWS-PRESS DEATHS 4 MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1983 Officials still looking for clues into murder 1 like in this case, it's the only way. you just have to wait and hope." Hart was beaten to death with a heavy blunt object, an autopsy showed. Her killer struck her at least four times in the throat and chest area, tests showed. While lawmen have few details about the murder itself, they do know what occurred during the hours just prior to Hart's death. Investigators said Hart, who lived In a van in Fort Myers Beach, had hitchhiked into Fort Myers early the afternoon of Feb.

12. She visited her lawyer in downtown Fort Myers about 4 p.m. to discuss a drunken-driving arrest and was last seen playing pool at Pic Wik Billiards on Bay Street later that night At the pool hall she was seen in the company of two men, one of whom was the last person seen with the 20-year-old murder victim, Bonsall said. It Is thought she left the bar with one of the two men, he said, "but we have no indications that's what actually happend." Statewide alerts have been issued for the pair, but have turned up nothing, the investigator said. Anyone with information about Hart, the two men with whom she was talking or mation about her death is asked to call the sheriffs department criminal investigation division at 332-3456.

Information may also be given anonymously by telephoning Crime Stop at 332-5555. By MARK ANDERSEN News-Press Staff Writer CAPE CORAL Lee County Sheriffs investigators have few clues to work with in their investigation into the murder in Cape Coral of Michelle Hart, leaving them with just one alternative wait and hope. That's the way Sgt. David Bonsall of the department's criminal investigation division described the status of his 2-month-old investigation. Hart's nude, beaten body was found Feb.

12 at the east end of the Cape Coral Bridge. She had been dead about 12 hours before three boys, who were playing near the bridge, discovered her body floating along the shoreline of the Caloosahatchee River, according to lawmen. Lawmen found no physical evidence near the body clad, only on a pair of brown sandals and unmatched earrings to explain the murder or what led to Hart's death, Bonsall said. "We really don't have much to work with. "All we can do is wait There's really not much else you can do," he said.

"The best we can do now is just wait and hope. Hope that somebody has told somebody else about the murder or someone is arrested who knows about it or hope that the person who did it tells a friend or something," Bonsall said. "It's not the best way to do it, but sometimes, Sanibel and Captiva taste good like an island should By JEFF ROBERTS News-Press Staff Writer Contrary to what you might think, Sanibel and Captiva islands don't taste like gritty sand and seashells. They taste like baklava, shrimp, crab cakes, swordfish and linguine with clam sauce. Hundreds of hungry party-goers discovered that Sunday afternoon at "Taste of the Islands," a six-hour food orgy at the Dunes resort on Sanibel.

About 25 restaurants from the two neighboring islands sold samples of their delicacies while children and adults sunned themselves, listened to music, played games and ate a lot Proceeds from the event went to the Sanibel-based Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) organization. "This is wonderful," said Sara Hoi-labaugh of Naples, as she munched on a skewer of shark meat. "The food is great." Others agreed. They complained only about a lack of parking and benches to sit on while eating. "It's delicious," said Pam Felton of Fort Myers Beach, "and it's a good introduction to all the restaurants on Sanibel." While the restaurants competed for customers at the festival booths, they competed against one another on nearby tennis courts in the second annual waiters race.

Waiters and waitresses, entered in either relay or individual contests, tried to clock the fastest times while uncorking a bottle of white wine, pouring nine glasses and then carrying all of that on a tray around an obstacle course. See ISLANDS, page 2B 1 It's time to tee up for MDA News-PressMarc Beaudin VICTOR MAYEROM, PART-OWNER OF MUCKY DUCK, PREPARES SHRIMP visitors got a taste of Captiva and Sanibel Sunday By ROSLYN AVERILL Cape Coral Bureau Chief The Cape Coral Fire Department is sponsoring its fourth annual golf tournament to benefit the Southwest Florida chapter of the national Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Reservations for the $30 tournament, April 30 at the Cape Coral Country Club, can be made with the fire department Jeff Blake, poster child for the local MDA chapter, will present awards at a banquet following the tournament which is expected to run from 8:30 a.m. until about noon. Trophies and prizes will be given for first-, second- and third-place golfers.

Blake, 12, was named honorary chief of the fire department which along with other area departments has worked for the MDA since the mid-1970s. Matt Panos, district director of the local MDA chapter, estimated that Southwest Florida firefighters raised more than $9,000 for the association in 1982. Panos and Beverly Blake, Jeffs mother, said youngsters afflicted with muscular dystrophy particular enjoy fire department personnel. "Firefighters have a very strong image, and that is exactly opposite of a kid with a muscle disease," Panos said. "I think every little boy has a fascination with it (firefighting), and Jeff has told me all that he did at the department" Beverly Blake said.

Her son spent several hours touring the Cape Coral department and talking with its staff. Although children afflicted with muscular dystrophy lack physical strength and often are confined to wheelchairs, they compensate with a bright mind and quick wit Richard Bergquist, fire engineer, said. "They are really bright and are always happy, and you wouldn't think they would be, under the circumstances," Bergquist said. "They think a lot of the firefighters and the other organizations that help them." Panos said more than 1 million Americans are afflicted with neuromuscular disorders, which often cause crippling and premature death. Money raised from the national Labor Day telethon hosted by Jerry Lewis are pumped into the MDA for research, he said, with 78 cents of every dollar raised locally kept in Southwest Florida.

In September 1982, Panos said, Southwest Florida residents donated $194,000 to the MDA, while the national total pledged was $28.4 million. For more information about the MDA, call 337-3800. For details on the golf tournament call any of the three Cape Coral fire stations at 574-0464, 574-84 1 1 or 574-0522. Fort Myers man arrested in prostitution hour later. He was charged with grand theft soliciting for prostitution, impersonating a police officer and unnatural acts.

He was booked into the Lee County Jail early Sunday morning and was being held in lieu of $6,500 bail. Detectives said Withers was used instead of a real policeman because Spears knew most of the current Fort Myers police officers. Withers has volunteered to help the department on similar operations in the past. apartment about an hour after he eluded police officers working the undercover operation, records show. Mark Withers, a former Fort Myers policeman, was cooperating with detectives in an operation geared to arrest prostitutes who approach motorists along Anderson Avenue, according to detectives.

Detectives said Spears eluded backup police cars who were watching the operation. Police found him at his home about an By FRANK RINELLA News-Press Staff Writer A Fort Myers man was arrested for prostitution and impersonating a police officer Saturday night when he allegedly propositioned a private citizen working in a police undercover operation, according to arrest reports. Mark Anthony Spears, 20, who also uses the names "Miss Margaret" and "Candy," was arrested at his 3555 Fleetwood Court Death row's Goode: There's no justice until I am dead 5i By FRANCES D. WILLIAMS News-Press Staff Writer STARKE Arthur Frederick Goode III was sentenced to death seven years ago for the homosexual rape and murder of 9-year-old Jason VerDow of Cape Coral, but he claims justice has never been done. "The death pen 33952 alty is a joke," Goode, 29, said at Florida State Prison's death row.

"There's been no iuct1A fnr Tncnn in, VerDow because my sentence has see me not just dead," he said. "They'd rather see me suffering and in pain. People need friends. You can't survive without help." Goode said he wants to die because he does not wish to live with the fear that everyone wants to hurt him. "They say I tortured Jason but I didn't" Goode said.

"It was done as quickly as possible. I just strangled them with a belt and they were gone within a minute or two." After Goode murdered Jason and before he was arrested by Cape Coral police, he fled to Virginia where he sexually abused 11 -year-old Kenny Dawson and strangled him to death. Goode was convicted of Kenny's murder and sentenced to life in prison and then returned to Lee County, where he was convicted of Jason's murder and sentenced to death. Prison officials keep Goode isolated from other prisoners because they say his life is in danger. "There's hardly an inmate in the place who wouldn't like to get his hands on him," a prison guard said.

"He turns your stomach." Goode said his plea to be executed has fallen on deaf ears. "The governor signed my death warrant once, but I knew I wouldn't See GOODE, page 2B not been carried out and there will be no justice niiMn ttt'1 33956 meet 33901; the ZIP code scale has your number By MARK ANDERSEN News-Press Staff Writer and From Wire Reports So you want status? Better check your ZIP code. It can tell you whether you're surrounded by "Furs and Stationwagons" or "Shotguns and Pickups." It can indicate if you're one of the "Young Influentlals" or one of "Archie Bunker's Neighbors." CallitZIPcodeidentity.thenew yardstick of American lifestyles. Those five digits that supposedly speed your mail indicate more than you might realize about yourself or at least about a majority of your neighbors. ZIP codes can determine the quality and quantity of the junk mail you receive.

They can control what political appeals you get, what magazines are begging you to subscribe, and what advertising supplements get stuffed into your newspaper. The Postal Service never would have been so imaginative but a research and marketing firm in a suburb near Washington, D.C., has divided the country's ZIP codes Into groups, giving them nicknames, from the affluent "Blue Blood Estates" on down to "Hard Scrabble" where the living isn't easy. There Is even a ZIP Quality scale that ranks the groups of ZIP codes, separating the upscale customers the big spenders from their downscale counterparts. Jonathan Robbin, professor turned businessman, has elevated it all to a statistical science. Give him any of the country's 35,600 ZIP codes and with the help of a computer he can tell you more than you probably ever wanted to know about the area's typical residents: what they like to eat what kind of cars they drive, whether they prefer scotch or sangria, tuna extender or yogurt, hunting or tennis.

He'll tell you what magazines they read, what television shows they watch, whether they're more likely to buy calculators or laxatives, whether they're single or potential customers for a diaper service. Robbin is the first to admit that his system isn't 100 percent accurate that, as he puts it "Human beings still come in a marvelous variety. But Americans tend to move where they can afford to live; they tend to live next to people like themselves. Of course people are different All we're doing is predicting where you can find more of one kind." That's useful if you are selling something whether it's a commercial product or a political pitch. It's a targeting tool, the slogan of Robbin's company says, "that turns birds of a feather into sitting ducks." Robbin's firm, the Claritas Corp.

(clarity in Latin), has divided the country into 40 clusters or types of neighborhoods that share common social and economic characteristics. With a computer that took into account 535 statistical items everything from family size to the average age of the residents to when their homes were built each ZIP code was assigned to a cluster. The See ZIP, page 2B him until I am dead." GOODE On March 6, 1976, almost 24 hours after Goode lured the third-grader from a school bus stop into the woods in North Fort Myers, Jason's body was discovered face down in a clump of palmettos. He was wearing only a pair of white socks. According to the autopsy, Jason had been sexually abused and then -strangled to death with his belt "You know you have no friends whatsoever and everybody hates you and most people would rather jmr w- t.

Inside Missing girl seen? 5 The search for a 7-year-old Tampa girl who disappeared last November has reached into the Virginia suburbs of Washington, where a waitress says she tried to talk to a child who looked like Jennifer Marteliz. A heavy-set woman with the girl scolded her and refused to let the child talk, the waitress told a Tampa private detective who is trying to locate Jennifer. The girl disappeared while walking home from school Nov. 15. Test goes back to court 'V For the second time in as many months, the fate of Florida's functional literacy test heads into court today.

A federal judge hopes to rule soon on whether high school students who fail the exam can be denied diplomas this News-Press GraphicJim Mazzotta spring. At issue now is whether the effects of segregation lingered in the classroom after Florida's public schools were integrated by court order in 1971. ZIPS do more than just direct mail.

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