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2B Fort Myers News-Press, Thursday, February 17, 1983 2 sought in murder of Beach woman County ordering $75,000 audit of the regional airport project LA The airport audit almost lost the support of other commissioners when Airport Director Gary LeTellier expressed concerns that Price Waterhouse plan dldn include a study of how proceeds from airport bond Issues were invested. "These are areas I don't believe Price Waterhouse is addressing in either the East Lee County Sewer System or the airport," LeTellier said. "I realize this is a controversial issue, but I think it should be looked into." Commissioners and County Administrator Lavon Wisher agreed with LeTellier, and studies of financial decisions involving both the airport and the sewer system were ordered. Grossman said it won't cost the county any more time or money to look into the timeliness of investments Involving the East Lee County Sewer System, but he isn't sure how much it will cost to add a similar study to the airport audit Commissioners also were concerned about capping the audit's price tag. Grossman said the $75,000 doesn't Include the hiring of two independent engineers and an appraiser.

"This audit is to investigate cost overruns and I don't see any safeguard here for cost overruns (on the audit)," Commissioner Roland Eastwood said. But there is no way for Price Waterhouse to come up with a precise estimate or cap on the price of the audit, Grossman said. ing to Lee County sheriffs Investigators. "We have learned that Michelle Hart was in the Pic-Wic between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

and that she was trying to find someone to give her a ride to the (Fort Myers) beach," Sgt. David Bonsall said Wednesday. "We now have a composite drawing of the last person Hart was seen with and she is believed to have left the Pic-Wic with this individual." The man is described as being about 25 years old, 5 feet 1 1, of medium build with sandy brown hair down past his shoulders, a full reddish beard to his chest and a raspy voice. He was wearing a green fatigue jacket. Officials also are looking for the second man who was playing pool.

He is described as being in his early 20s, with short, curly and very light blond hair. He is shorter than bis companion and has a thin build, officials said. He reportedly left the pool hall before Hart. "We would like to locate these men or anyone who was in the lounge that evening," Bonsall said. Hart had hitchhiked to Fort Myers By JEFF ROBERTS News-Press Staff Writer The county will help the state attorney's office dig deeper into problems with the Southwest Florida Regional Airport by ordering a detailed audit of the airport project, the county commission decided Wednesday.

The audit will cost at least $75,000, said Woodrln Grossman, a representative of the Tampa firm. Price Waterhouse, which already is conducting a $60,000 audit of the East Lee County Sewer System. Commissioners voted to spend the money over the objections of Acting Chairman Ernie Averill. "I think we have to look at where we're going to draw the line," Averill said. "I would like to know how the first audit (on the East Lee County Sewer System) is going before we get into a second one." State Attorney Joe D'AIessandro asked for the audit a month ago to help with his investigation of airport contracts.

A Lee County grand jury has been looking into airport cost overruns since the end of January, while another grand jury is probing associations between county commissioners and contractors who do business with the county. "There seems to be a lot more interest in my private life than where the money Is going," Averill said about the grand jury investigations. By FRANCES D. WILLIAMS News-Press Staff Writer Lawmen are searching for two men who were playing pool at Pic-Wic Billiards on Friday night, one of whom was the last person seen with a 20-year-old Fort Myers Beach murder victim. Michelle Hart, who lived in a van off Main Street on Fort Myers Beach, was beaten to death sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning, according to the results of an autopsy.

Her killer used a heavy blunt instrument, striking her at least four times in the throat and chest area, Lee County sheriffs investigators said. Her nude body was discovered near the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge on Saturday afternoon by three boys who were out riding their bicycles. Hart, nicknamed "Breeze," was wearing only a pair of brown sandals and unmatched pierced earrings when she was found. She was last seen alive at the pool hall at 2210 Bay St. talking to two men as they played pool and she may have left with one of the pair, accord ARTIST'S RENDERING man last seen with victim late Friday afternoon to talk with a public defender about an arrest on drunken driving charges.

She later went to the Pic-Wic in downtown Fort Myers where she reportedly was asking friends for a ride back to Fort Myers Beach. Investigators ask that anyone with information about Hart, the two men with whom she was talking or information about her death to call the sheriffs department at 332-3456, Ext. 244. Information may be given anonymously by telephoning Crime Stop at 332-5555. Lee Memorial Hospital may drop out of Social Security program better benefits package for them for the same money?" Hudson said.

Ironically enough, that argument convinced the men on the committee but not the women, and that was how the vote split. The women board members Anna Marks, Elolse Carlson and Lois Barrett advocated the more cautious step of study first, file later. sound out their employees on the matter and look a little closer before taking any action, no matter how noncommittal. Hudson quoted the National Organization for Women in saying there are inequities in the Social Security system that discriminate against women. "Eighty percent of our employees are female.

Our concern now is, can we buy a because under federal law two years' notice must be given before employers can get out of the system. He added that it can be withdrawn at any time, but if Congress "shuts the door," the hospital won't be able to get out later unless the letter of intent has been filed. The committee members overruled him, voting to draw up a preliminary report, which Vice President Gary Hudson said was at the request of hospital employees. He suggested to the board members that they authorize a study over the next two years and immediately file a letter of intent to withdraw with the Internal Revenue Service, neither of which would commit the hospital to any set plan of action. He recommended filing the IRS letter now By KATHLEEN HALLORAN News-Press Staff Writer Lee Memorial Hospital is giving some thought to dropping out of the problem-plagued Social Security program.

At a committee meeting Wednesday, board members debated whether to initiate a study of alternative benefit programs, Charlotte Co urty Classifieds Lee County Commission to use different chain of command 3 Is 533 MISCELLANEOUS DOLL HOUSE, all cedar handmade. New turnkey. You can't buy bet- ter. 629-0229. FREEZER Sears 15 cu.

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103 Riviera Trailer Park, Lot 13, Punta Gordo. 565 HOUSES FOR SALE BY OWNER, 2 bed-room, 2 bath, CBS, fireplace, large lot, A-l location, 629-2024. I mil mS.J Man confesses to robbery of Fort Myers By FRANK RINELLA News-Press Staff Writer A man arrested in Corpus Christi, Texas, on bank robbery charges has reportedly confessed to the February, 1982 holdup of the Florida Federal Savings and Loan Association branch office in the Edison Mall, according to Fort Myers police. Sgt. James Detinger, a spokesman for the Fort Myers Police Department, said Jeffrey Glenn Knight, 27, was arrested on the bank robbery charges Jan.

1 0 by Corpus Christi police. Later, while being questioned by FBI agents, he reportedly confessed to similar hold-ups in Fort Myers and Tuscon, Detinger said. A man armed with a black, snub-nose revolver entered the Florida Federal Savings and Loan office in the Edison Mall shortly after 1:30 p.m. last Feb. 24, and pointed the gun at the teller, police records show.

Florida Federal officials said the man told her "this will be a withdrawal." The man was described as a white male in his early 20s, between 5 feet 4 and 5 feet 6, and weighing about 125 pounds. He had reddish-brown beard and wore green overalls and a green cap, according to Fort Myers police reports. After getting the cash, the robber he and Goss advocated to that used by most major corporations. There needs to be a chain of command and the links should connect commissioners to Wisher and then Wisher to the departments, Eastwood said. Wisher will then be able to better control a department's workload and know what is or isn't being done and why, Eastwood said.

Department heads may find it hard to ignore a request from a commissioner even though they might be busy with something that is more important, he said. "In addition it will be difficult for them then to explain why things didn't happen in a logical manner," Eastwood said. "A person can't take orders from six different bosses." Commissioner Bill Fussell, however, advocated commissioners taking a more active role in county departments. He said he would like each commissioner assigned to a department to keep the rest of the board up to date about problems in that department. If former commissioners had taken more interest in county operations, problems could have been avoided, he said.

In the end, Goss and Eastwood got their way. The commission agreed that commissioners can alert department heads of problems but not direct them to take action. ByJANEMUSGRAVE News-Press Staff Writer Members of the Lee County Commission on Wednesday butted heads over when members should butt in and butt out of county departments. Saying that many of the problems with county projects have been caused by individual commissioners giving department heads orders that conflicted with or confounded board policies, Commissioners Porter Goss and Roland Eastwood urged fellow board members to deal only with County Administrator Lavon Wisher. Wisher herself faulted previous commissioners for interfering with county department heads to such an extent that employees lost control of major projects such as the East Lee County Sewer System.

Nearly $5 million more than the county had available to spend on the project was spent before the cost overruns were discovered. "It seems to me that there's a question of management and it's a very serious question," Goss said in asking the commission to direct all requests to county departments via Wisher. It is Wisher who is supposed to keep tabs on work county departments are doing and she can't if commissioners sidestep her by demanding action directly from a department head, Goss said. Eastwood compared the system CASH Let us help you with your ad PRIVATE PARTY IUDGET SAVERS Items priced 1500 or U)9 nuwt year oiu. 2 bedroom, 2 bath.

2 less 4 .75 JEFFREY GLENN KNIGHT confessed to robbery ran into the mall, walked through the J.C. Penny department store and left through an exit near the catalog center, police said. After FBI officials contacted Fort Myers police about Knight's arrest, local investigators showed his picture to savings and loan employees and they identified him as the robber, Detinger said. He Is being held on federal bank robbery charges in connection with the hold-up. FBI officials and Corpus Christi police declined comment Wednesday on the other robbery cases.

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426- 9310. $30. 2 HURRICANE brass Stlffle lamps, $150 pair. 639-8292. 537 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ARMSTRONG Alto Sax case mint condition per lira, per day I0 Item) priced S500 or more 4 lines, 7 days UJS Additional llrm par lira, per day 14( COMMERCIAL ACTION ADS 4 Lines for 3 days $5.00 Additional lines per line, per day 4Llnefor7dayi $7-00 Additional Dm per lira, per day J5( 4Llmsl2day $25.00 Additional lines per line, per day Z2 (Rata revised Oct.

1,1911) Ads are priced at a flat rate (no refund or credit for unused days) and may be canceled at any time after the first day's run. Ads conceled before Insertion are subiect to a S3 production charge. mat nvoemirf We take extreme care to avoid typographical errors; however. In the event of an error, call 6W-7400 Monday through Friday and Saturday 1:30 AAA. We are responsible only for the first Incorrect Insertion of an ad and only If, In our opinion, there Is a lou of value.

We do not assume any responsibility, for any reason, for an error In an od beyond the cost of the ad Itself. We reserve the right to refuse, revise and properly classify advertisements. CALL US TODAY 629-7600 Let our News-Press Classifieds start working for you. and needs all the help he can give. Therefore, he's dropping a grievance against Lovers Key Corp.

that caused him to waver on support for the purchase in recent weeks. Mann had said that Luckey, who represented Lovers Key Corp. as well as Black Island owners in negotiations with the state, had assured him the firm would drop all suits against the county if the state bought the land. But even if the state closes the deal, one suit involving the islands may not be dropped. Though Lovers Key Corp.

says it's powerless to get the suit dropped, Mann said he felt he had been misled. The suit in question was brought by Daniel Morgan, a one-time public relations representative for Lovers Key, who sued the Lee County Commission for throwing him out of its chambers when he was protesting the rezonlng of Lovers Key to a preservation district. Morgan has sued for $4 million on his claim that his civil rights were violated. But Mann says now the purchase of the islands is more important than the controversy over the suit. "The county's just going to have to handle the lawsuit," Mann said.

"We've gone too far and come too close to let this thing slip through now." state's Save Our Coasts program. Luckey said he expected about $3.6 million more for his island; Lovers Key owners expected about $2.4 million more. The sellers said they based their expectations on the state's own appraisals of the islands. But state officials said one reason they pared down the offer was that there was a huge discrepancy between the state's appraisal and the far lower values listed on the county tax roll for the islands. And, Rohe said, the state's appraisal isn't intended to match the selling price.

"We (in the division of state lands) are authorized to negotiate. If we give them the amount of the appraisal, that's not negotiating." Rohe said he got no indication Friday that negotiations were stalled. "We all parted on very friendly terms. As with any large transaction, there are wrinkles to work out." Rohe would not say whether the price haggling will dim the state's desire to buy the islands. "This is poker.

I don't want to put all my cards on the table," Rohe said. He also would not say whether the state would increase Its offer. Meanwhile, state Sen. Frank Mann, D-Fort Myers, said the Lovers Key acquisition is in danger By SUSAN ORNSTEIN News-Press Environmental Writer The state still wants to buy Lovers Key and Black Island, even though the sellers say they're unhappy about the offer the state has made, a state negotiator said Wednesday. "We're giving it our best shot," said Lee Rohe, with the division of state lands in the state Department of Natural Resources.

"The buyer and seller are not alienated." But the sellers say this is not the case. Floyd Luckey, a part-owner of Black Island, said he was so dismayed by an offer the state made Friday that he walked out of the negotiations held in Tallahasee. Both Luckey and a representative for Lovers Key owners of Lovers Key, said they would rather develop their land privately than sell for what they described as a very low offer from the state. In the case of Lovers Key, the owners would have to sue the county in order to develop the property, which is zoned for preservation, not development. The state offered $8.25 million for Black Island and $3 million for Lovers Key, significantly less than the owners said they expected.

The state is trying to buy the south Lee County islands to convert into a seaside park. The islands were chosen last month along with four other sites In the state as top choices for purchase under the room, 2 bath spilt with cage pool. Living room, dlrilng room, country kitchen, family room much more. $64,500. Assumable mortgage with owner financing available.

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Excellent wages, benefits. The Copy Corner. 629-3700. $400 93' 19-2961 Dead manatee in canal was 'one sick little girl' 5n-D00ATS-PETS AUSTRIAN Shepherd pups, blue Merle, red 639-5171. BIRDS Peach faced lo-veblrds, cockatlels, Zebra finch 625-0719 CULTURAL ffk CENTER Jy CALENDAR (rij killed the mammal because it had been dead for about three days.

The manatee, which Dempsey said was 5 feet long and weighed between 110 and 120 pounds, was the third to die in Lee County waters this year. University of Miami Marine Mammal Salvage Team, said the 2- to 3-month-old animal was full of infection. "She was one sick little girl," he said. However, Shell said he was unable to determine what type of infection CAPE CORAL A young female manatee, found floating in a Cape Coral canal Tuesday morning, died from an infection, according to a research assistant who conducted an autopsy on the mammal Wednesday. Dempsey Shell, a member of the Despite test, Cape pool still to make splash in April BOOSEY-Hawkes Clarinet with case VGC.

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GARAGE and furniture sale. 256 Cohoes St. Port Charlotte. Feb. 19, 20.

GARAGE Sale Pine Acres, Punta Gorda, Feb. 18 19, 9-5, follow signs. 533-MISCELLANIOUS BILTRITE golf clubs, 3-9 Irons, also bag. Call 639-1344. BOAT Motor, Johnson 9VaHP.

Excellent condition, 639-0628. News-Press Bureau The Port Charlotte Cultural Center schedule for today: Today: 9:30 a.m., Advisory Council, lounge 10 a.m., Chat Sew, lounge 10 a.m., Medicare, Whatever, lounge 1 p.m., Duplicate Bridge, lounge 7 p.m., Pinochle, lounge 7:30 p.m., Hugo Spatz, lounge, "Thailand" When the nearly completed pool In Cape Coral failed a test aimed at proving it was structurally sound, Bill Hammond got worried. As director of the county's Division of Community Services, he knew that the county had spent $250,000 to build the pool next to Cape Coral High School with hopes of opening it this spring. However, the pool will open In late April as planned as a result of Lee County Commission action Wednesday. Feeling the test which the pool failed was not geared to the pool's construction, the commission agreed the pool is probably not in danger of collapse.

But, in case problems do arise, they asked the pool's contractor to post a $150,000 bond for five years. If problems occur within five years, officials at Surety Construction of North Naples, will have to pay the county $150,000. The cost of the pool itself is $150,000. Other pool facilities, such as the bathhouse, added another $100,000 to the cost of the project Raymond J. Rafferzeder, vice president of the SL Petersburg firm which served as architects on the project, said he was confident the pool was sound and no problems would result.

Hammond and other members of the county's staff agreed. 57-TRUCKS-TRACTORS FORD TRUCK 74 with topper. Excellent condition, $1800. 639-0279..

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