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8-A Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Pregg, Oct 7, 1971 y); fes ft' '1 i tion. said Wednesday. The Colonial portion will be expand COLONIAL CUTTING The intersection of Colonial Boulevard with McGregor Boulevard, cut now by heavy equipment is being renovated in a $283,413 project by Harper Brothers, to be completed in early February, W. L. Roberts, resident engineer of the Florida Department of Transporta- ed from two to four lanes.

The 2y2-lane McGregor portions of the intersection will be expanded to three-lane routes with the new lane designed for cars turning onto Colonial. (News-Press photo by Joe Warner) INTERSECTIONS IMPROVED San Carlos Boulevard (Beach Cutoff Road) is being resurfaced, widened and smoothed at intersections with Kelly Road and McGregor Boulevard. Cost of the state road project is $137,875. Department of Transportation Resident Engineer W. L.

Rob erts said Kelly is to be widened six feet and resurfaced to improve the route between Punta Rassa and Fort Myers Beach. San Carlos is being enlarged, widened and smoothed at the intersection. The project is due for completion in mid-January. From Tampa Firm Accused of Slaying For Oil Fire Call ing the storage facility and gladly paid the city for the materials it had used up. The $265 was not needed to balance the fire department's budget, Corbin said, "but we'll find a place for it." Jobless Rate High WASHINGTON A recent Census Bureau survey showed Americans of Spanish origin had an unemployment rate of 6 per cent, about 1.7 times the rate of all other persons in the labor force during the survey.

gallons of highly inflammable petrol into a hole where it recently had been stored. Fort Myers firemen stayed on the scene, drenching the tank and the hole with foam, for more than eight hours. The Tampa firm was install Browning Found Competent To Face Charges of Murder Cash, Cigarettes Stolen at Oil Firm Thieves broke into the Pelican Oil Co. at 4813 Palm Beach Blvd. early Wednesday and stole an undetermined amount of merchandise, according to the sheriff's department.

Investigator Larry Leine-weber said thieves entered through a rear door and stole several cartons of cigarettes, some change from a drink machine and an undetermined amount of gasoline from the pumps. An inventory is being conducted to find out the exact extent of the robbery. Son from wrong and was competent to stand trial but Dr. Thomas V. Hoagland did not agree.

Hoagland said Browning was suffering from schizophrenia, did not know right from wrong, could not give adequate aid to his attorney and was not competent to stand trial. Schilt conceded he found Browning to be "mentally distant" and possesses a very strong sadistic nature in which he derives pleasure from inflicting pain on small children. The judge said Wednesday that since one psychiatrist testified Browning was incompetent and the other found him competent, "I think a jury ought to settle the situation." Public Defender Douglas M. Midgley is representing Browning. Browning is charged with strangling his young son, Willie, last June 26.

He has been in the county jail since he was arrested June 30. The baby was dead on arrival at Lee Memorial Hospital June 26 after Browning said he found his son unconscious on the floor of the family's home at 5230 Palm Beach Blvd. California Fires LOS ANGELES ffl Fire fighters Wednesday battled the latest in a rash of what officials have described as deliberately set blazes in the dry grasslands of Ventura County. Authorities said a brush fire that licked within 50 yards of homes in the town of Fillmore appeared to be nearly contained. They said the fire, like five others in the area since Saturday, had been ignited by an incendiary device triggered by a timing mechanism.

Pension Funds Gain CHICAGO Assets of private pension funds other than those administered by insurance companies rose to $95.8 billion last year, up $5.3 billion from 1969, according to Commerce Clearing House. Stolen Painting Worth $4 Million Found in Cafe BRUSSELS UP) -Police recovered a stolen masterpiece by the 17th century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer on Wednesday from the back room of a restaurant where a self-styled Robin Hood was accused of holding it for $4 million ransom. The painting, "The Love Letter," was stolen from the Brussels Palace of Fine Arts 12 days ago and has been the object of a massive hunt ever since. It was found hidden under the mattress of a 21-year-old waiter's bed in the restaurant where he worked, police said. A 4-inch-by-2-inch spot in the center was badly marred and scraped bare of its colors, police said.

But they added that the damaged section contained little of the masterpiece's essential detail and the rest of the painting was untouched. After the theft mysterious telephone calls were received from a man who told newspapers the Vermeer would be returned only if $4 million were donated to Pakistani refugees. The caller, who contacted a Brussels newspaper Saturday, claimed he would sell the painting unless the ransom was paid to a Roman Catholic charity organization and a worldwide antihunger campaign was undertaken. He compared himself to Tijl Uilenspiegel, a legendary Flemish Robin Hood character who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor, and identified himself as Tijl van Limburg. Police said the caller was Mario Roymans, the waiter who was arrested after a wide hunt which ended in a cow barn.

Officers found him burrowed into some straw and manure between two cows. Once in custody, police said, Royman led them to the painting. The masterpiece, which was cut from its frame as it hung in exhibition, depicts a young woman holding a love letter. Hailed as an example of Vermeer's skill in subtle graduations of interior light, It was insured for $5 million. FLY Richard R.

Browning, 31-year-old Tice man accused of murdering his 19-month-old son last June, is competent to face charges of second degree murder and will be tried in the Court of Record sometime before next January, Judge William Lamar Rose ruled here Wednesday. Browning underwent a san-i hearing Monday and when two court-appointed psychiatrists offered conflicting testimony, Rose took the question under advisement and said, "I want to do a little research on my own." Dr. Clarence H. Schilt testified Browning knew right Sen. Lane Hits Corporate Tax (News-Press Bureau) NAPLES Republican Sen.

David C. Lane Tuesday spoke out against Gov. Reu-bin Askew's corporate tax amendment, claiming it will end up affecting the individual person more than the corporation. Sen. Lane, who represents Broward, Collier and Monroe Counties, spoke to Republicans and the general public here Tuesday afternoon.

Florida voters will decide Nov. 2 whether they will institute the corporate tax. "It is appalling to me to realize that in the last decade state spending has increased 243 per cent," the senator said. "Right now president Nixon is trying to slow down these increases on a federal level while this state Is going in the opposite direction and our governor is asking for more taxes to run Florida." Lane said when business is asked to pay a corporate tax it is the individual taxpayer who ends up footing the bill. "If these big corporations have to pay taxes you are going to pay for it when you buy their products," he said.

"We might eventually see taxes on foods at the rate we are going." The senator stressed if the people continue to give the government more money it is going to spend it, "and it doesn't need it it has enough money right now." City Given $265 The timing could not have been better when City Fire Chief Roderick Anderson walked into the City Council Room Tuesday and handed Mayor Oscar M. Corbin an unexpected check for $265 councilmen were in the process of finishing their review of the chief's budget. Anderson explained the check had been received from Puckett Associates a Tampa contractor, and the $265 was to pay for materials the City Fire Department used on a run outside the city limits Sept. 20. The city unit was called to Glover's Standard Station at McGregor Boulevard and Cape Coral Bridge Road last month when a gasoline storage tank overturned and spilled some 6,000 Aer-O-Bic Systems Of Florida, Inc.

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