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News-Press from Fort Myers, Florida • Page 23

Fort Myers, Florida
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MONDAY. FEBRUARY 14, 1983 DEATHS 4 Bonita Springs Collier County Estero San Carlos Dead body identified as Beach woman I "I jT CTP NEWS-PRESS By JEFF ROBERTS News-Press Staff Writer A Fort Myers Beach resident was identified Sunday as the slain woman whose naked body was found Saturday afternoon near the Caloo-sahatchee River shoreline at the east end of the Cape Coral Bridge, the Lee County Sheriffs Department said. Michelle Hart, 20, who lived off Main Street, suffocated after she was struck at least four times in the neck and upper chest with a blunt Investigators described Hart as being 5 foot 5, 172 pounds, with shoulder-length blond hair and gray eyes. She had a prominant tattoo on the rear of her left shoulder depicting a red and blue bird with outstretched wings hovering over a flower. Agents are investigating Hart's death as a homicide.

Anyone with information on her slaying is asked to contact the criminal investigation division of the sheriffs department at 335-9244. instrument, according to results of an autopsy performed Saturday night "As far as the type of instrument, we have no idea," said Sam Johnson, an investigator with the Medical Examiner's office, "but It had to be something heavy, like a tire iron or a long screwdriver." Hart, who was nicknamed "Breeze," last was observed hitchhiking north to Fort Myers from the San Carlos Boulvard and Main Street area of Fort Myers Beach, the sheriffs department said. Hart was wearing only a pair of brown sandals and unmatched pierced earrings when she was found. She may have been wearing jeans and a light-colored shirt while hitchhiking, the department said. She had been dead about 12 hours when three boys riding their bicycles discovered her at about 2:30 p.m., Johnson said.

The boys were planning to ride across the bridge to Cape Coral but stopped to look around the banks when they saw a sign that forbade bike riding on the bridge. tr; 1 MICHELLE HART body was found Saturday Little people a big smash at coronation raft mm is By MARK HART News-Press Staff Writer From their perspective, it was an awfully long walk down the aisle under a bright spotlight with a lot of big people watching every move. The children handled it with the poise of the royalty they were pretending to be. The occasion was the Edison Pageant of Light Junior Coronation at the Fort Myers Exhibition Hall which followed the Children's Parade festivities on Sunday. The complex was transformed for the event into a glittering silver and green royal hall.

The children, who on any other Sunday might have been romping around a playground, became elegant little princes and princesses. "These little ones are so cute. To me, it (the junior coronation) just makes the pageant," said LaNelle Hudnall, coronation coordinator. Cute they were. After the introduction of dignitaries and dance performances by Bob-bi Lynn Kirkland, the reigning Miss Lee County, and the Robin Dawn Showstoppers and Dancers of Cape Coral, the Junior Court was ushered in.

Donny Edwards, Sissy House, Ir- See ROYAL, page 2B Today 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Art show, Arcade, First Street 10 a.m. Fort Myers Historical Museum, special exhibits, Peck Street 10 a.m. Seminole Indian Day featuring arts and crafts, dancing and a fashion show, Edison Mall.

Tuesday 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Art show, Arcade, First Street downtown Fort Myers. 10 a.m. Fort Myers Historical Museum, special exhibits, Peck Street 10 a.m.

Lee Middle School Band, Lee County Courthouse, Main Street 11a.m. Gulf Middle School Band, same. Noon Caloosa Middle School Band, same. 6 p.m. Edison First Films, Cape Coral Library, free.

7:30 p.m. Square and Round Dancing, Fort Myers Exhibition Hall. 8 p.m. "Edison A Man," Edison Park School, Euclid Avenue. Tickets: $3.50 and $2.

Xvt vit News-PressDan Fitzpatrlck KING PHILLIP YOUNGBLOOD AND QUEEN JENNIFER RAWE AT SUNDAY'S JUNIOR CORONATION they handled the pomp and circumstance with regal ease Even E.T. made it to the Edison Pageant Children's Parade worth it, especially if their children were participating or watching. Several paraders won awards, including a haunted house float which was voted "most outstanding entry in the parade." Other award-winners included: Sierra Horlacher as Little Bo Peep. The Edison Learning Center. Angela Lynn Smith as Winnie the Pooh.

Chad Perkins as a crayon box. Amber and Charles Reese for their float, "We're Looking for Daddy Warbucks, Mr. Edison." Kelly Mcintosh as Jack and the Beanstalk. "A Southern Toast to Mr. Edison." Cub Scout Pack No.

2. Girl Scout Troop No, 368. Brownie Troop No. 152. The city of Fort Myers recreation department.

lated several other floats, which were flanked by clowns and marching bands. But E.T. and his fellow paraders almost didn't make it to the streets of downtown Fort Myers Sunday as rain and chilly weather delayed the colorful celebration for more than two hours. Still, many of the hundreds of shivering spectators who lined First and Monroe streets thought it all was 1 Thomas Edison's initials, T.E., came In handy Sunday afternoon as several floats in the Edison Pageant of Light Children's Parade reversed the letters to capitalize on the movie phenomenon, "E.T." The popular alien was a passenger on at least six floats, some of which were emblazoned with sayings such as "T.E. You light up our heart lights" and "T.E.

helps E.T. phone home." Little Orphan Annie, Pac-Man and the Smurfs popu ii in l'''''ii Lady Luck prevailed at a windy Valentine Shuffleboard Tourney II' 1 I 0 "V7 ft 71. In i 1 By DEBORAH SHARP News-Press Bureau NAPLES A stiff wind scattered leaves across the shuffleboard courts at Cambier Park in Naples. Along with much clutching at straw hats, there was no small amount of consternation among the competitors. "A windy day is not an ideal day for a shuffleboard tournament" said Ohioan John Mathias, a winter resident of Lake San Marino Park in Naples, and one of 128 entrants in the two-day Valentine Shuffleboard Tournament at the park.

"I did horrible," Mathias said. "Three degrees below horrible." The breeze proved an ill wind for Mathias because it blew away the tiny glass crystals which are sprinkled over the courts for speed. And a fast court, for Mathias, is essential. of the year in Hendersonvllle, N.C. That town, she said, is known as "the shuffleboard court of the world." In Naples, the first four places in the main event and in a consolation tournament are awarded trophies.

But in Hendersonville, players are divided into amateurs and professionals, Lottie Friedheim said. Up there, professionals play for money. If the motivation level at the Cambier Park tournament was any indication, a trophy even minus the money still means a lot, right? "To many people, yes," Lottie Friedheim allowed. She paused and smiled. "I have enough now." The Valentine tournament held Thursday and Friday is one of three yearly tournaments put on by the Naples Department of Parks and Recreation.

In addition, there are 12 See SHUFFLE, page 2B "If the court's not too slow, you can attain good accuracy. If the courts are slow, the game is very erratic. I'm used to playing with a fast court to get my accuracy." Mathias, like most of the other entrants at the tournament on Thursday, takes his shuffleboard seriously. The sunshine and the relaxation is fine for some, but for others "The others who have that competitive drive they're out for blood," Mathias said. "The game is very serious to them.

You have to have a killer instinct." "If you play," said Lottie Friedheim, a shuffleboard competitor and the wife of tournament director, Henry Friedheim, "you have to play serious. If you aren't don't play." She means what she says about playing serious. She and her husband take a trailer and spend five months 4 swZmm lU City to discuss flood insurance suit News-PressMlchael Dunn A TRUCK, A WAREHOUSE AND PRODUCE WERE DAMAGED IN THE EARLY MORNING FIRE another fire hit Six L's packing house almost a year ago Another fire damages packing house consultant $5,000 to help prepare the county's appeal. The commission decided to appeal the federal flood elevations after learning that the city of Cape Coral in Lee County successfully appealed the requirements. The requirements state how high a building must be constructed before the owner qualifies for federally subsidized flood insurance.

County Commission Chairman Mary-Frances Kruse said the county has asked for the city of Naples' moral support In the fight over the new flood elevations. Naples Mayor Stanley Billick said, "We sympathize with the county." However, Billick said he doubts that the city should not provide money for the fight News-Press Bureau NAPLES The Naples City Council on Wednesday is scheduled to decide whether to contest new federal requirements raising the height of future buildings in flood-prone areas. Collier County government already Is compiling information to fight the new federal requirements. The federal edict would raise the heights of buildings from one to seven feet In the county. County officials have said these requirements would greatly increase construction costs in the county's coastal area.

Last week, the county commission agreed to pay a vegetables was undetermined as of Sunday, but Immokalee Fire Chief Jack Whisnant said he did not think the fire did as much damage as the one which gutted a warehouse there in February 1982. A woman was arrested in connection with the 1982 blaze but the charges were later dropped. Whisnant said he did not know what caused Sunday's fire, but he has requested the sheriffs department investigate it. Deputies spotted the packinghouse burning about 2 a.m. Sunday and then notified the fire department, Whisnant said.

"It was pretty well engulfed in flames when they found it" Whisnant said. "It was 7 or 8 o'clock this morning before we rolled up our hoses and quit It'll probably burn ail night but it won't cause any more damages." The building that caught on fire was filled with vegetable packing crates which ignited and caused the flames to spread, Whisnant said. The packing crates burn for a long time once they catch fire, he said. By MICHAEL DUNN News-Press Bureau IMMOKALEE A fire destroyed part of the Six L's Packing House complex in Immokalee Sunday morning, almost a year to the day after another fire there which caused more than $1 million in damage. No injuries were reported in Sunday's blaze, and fire officials said the amount of damage was still being tallied.

Collier County sheriffs deputies said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Six L's Packing House is one of Immokalee's largest vegetable packing businesses. Workers on Sunday said the fire apparently broke out in the warehouse where packing crates full of vegetables were located. The fire then spread to nearby gasoline tanks, which ignited and spread to a truck. The truck was destroyed.

Company officials couldn't be reached for comment. The amount of damage to the building, truck and Inside Bundy's views on killings 6 A new book includes Theodore Bundy's detailed, psychologically searching assessment of what moved "the individual" who killedthe women of whose murders he has been convicted. Top drug suspect apprehended 5 Martha Libia Cardona, sitting among affluent women at a West Miami baby shower, glared at her former boyfriend, Mario Estevez, and cursed as he pointed her out Saturday to federal drug agents. Cordona, described as the nation's top drug fugitive, had been sought since she jumped a $1 million bond on narcotics and weapons charges tw6 years ago..

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