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8B NEWS-PRESS, SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1999 " State First Pac-Man gem takes player 6 hours 34-year-old triumphs with 3,333,360 score The Associated Press COOPER CITY Baseball has produced 15 perfect games in more than 120 years of the major leagues. After 19 years, Pac-Man now has its first. Billy Mitchell, 34, become the first person to master the game when he posted a score of 3,333,360 on Fourth of July weekend at a New Hampshire arcade. f This was the race to the Holy Grail," said Mitchell, an entrepreneur who runs two South Florida restaurants and markets a brand of hqj sauce. one ever had played a perfect Pac-Man game before, said Walter Dfcy, chief scorekeeper for the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Score Board and editor of its Official Video Game arji Pinball Book in Fairfield, Iowa. Game experts call the feat a one in 1 (billion phenomenon. jTo attain Pac-Man perfection, one must navigate the yellow pie-shaped titje character so it gobbles each and every dot, enemy blue ghost, ener-giker and fruit on the game's 256 boards. Mitchell accomplished the feat during a two-day quest at Funspot Family Entertainment Center in Weirs Beach, N.H. That's the site of the Twin Galaxies International Classic Video Game and Pinball Tournament each May. Starting anew each time he made a mistake, Mitchell finally found his groove in a game that lasted almost six hours. "At about 1.9 million (points), I went off pattern," he said. "I said to myself, 'I'm losing it here. I didn't come this far to lose.' I started talking out loud to myself, talking my way through it. I was able to cheat death, so to speak. It was flawless the rest of the way." Gary Vincent, Funspot operations manager, videotaped Mitchell's play. "He just stayed cool," Vincent said. Though hardly a household name, Mitchell is famous among video game and pinball players, whose numbers worldwide are estimated at 500 million. At age 17, Mitchell set the world record in Donkey Kong, a title he still holds. At one point during the 1980s, he held five world titles in video games. Today, he holds the records for Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. At game conventions or Grand. floorplans, with just two homes per floor, create spacious, elegant residences high above the Caloosahatchee River. 0 I Wtj Sfcttnfi I f m. 1 X 1 I Many r uu I I iu X X I f . Owmrt ""nT!"'"1 kw-siBaal OwnvTv Surtt Mofnng I HtlJ Nook M & ""' LB H c"i lQr??H STLCVrr Ho X m ii i PBuiit, Om JlM. Manly Mule. Soil, 8 'r f """ j The Port Side Tower Home 3,200 Sq. Ft. wLanai The Starboard Side : Tower Home 3,690 Sq. Ft. wLanai MII.IIJI JMllUlllllJ Jl IIUW'M'MniiJll T W- 'i' '!l''1'1'1"'' I : !h ' L 1 cu j . "Til m' "1-S ifln' HARBOUR ISLE TOWERS Visit us now for immediate occupancy. Each home with spectacular riverfront and sunset views Available in 3,200 and 3,690 sq. ft. floorplans (including lanai) Three full suites in each home Large lanais Spacious, state of the art kitchens Private elevator access into each home Detached parking garages Gated community 82-slip deepwater marina with immediate boat occupancy Enclosed storage units Community pool and spa Fitness center Private picnic island and river beach HarTru tennis courts Priced from $379,000 to over $700,000. e 941-489-4448 HartoLsl :M 12250 Iona Road Fort Myers, FL 33908 i irfn iA''u i iS Man presumed dead found alive Faces assault charges after disappearance The Associated Press PAC-MAN ' EXPERT: Pac-Man champion Billy Mitchell Jr., shown Wednesday in Dania, became the first person to master the video game. contests, kids routinely ask for autographs. "It kind of humbles me," said v Mitchell, married and a father of three. ' Mitchell says he doesn't play for fun, but only when there's a goal. However, he hopes his children don't follow in his footsteps. "I don't want them to play like I do," he said. "I want them to go to school.? , The Associated Press LIVE OAK While on a diving trip in the Gulf of Mexico in 1994, a man suspected of sexually assaulting a child disappeared and was presumed dead. Arwyn Carr's boat was found floating two miles offshore. His car and trailer were still parked on shore. Carr's mother reported him missing and authorities searched the gulf and the nearby Steinhatchee River for his body. At the time, Can- faced charges of CARR sexual assault on a child under 12. A conviction could have brought a life sentence. His trial was only two months away. But after some solid detective work and luck, Carr was found alive and well, living in Flagstaff, Ariz. Carr, 43, was arrested and will be returned to Florida within a week to face trial on seven sex assault charges, plus an additional charge of failing to appear in court in December 1994. 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Engineered, tested and approved to withstand wind loads In excess of 120 miles per hour, and available in decorator colors with manual crank or convenient push button electric operation. Security and Privacy. Absolute protection from crime and vandalism. The shutter is on the outside and operates from the inside by crank handle or electric push button. Remote control is available also. REGIONAL SHOWROOM 3800 Fowler St., Suite 107 Ft. Myers, FL 33901 S.W. FLORIDA REGIONAL OFFICE NaplesBonita 941 -643-6650 Ft Charlotte 941 -423-080O Fort Myers 941-694-66&U FINANCING TO FIT ALL NEEDS Llc CO49S3ECA001435 Thousands of Floridians were left homeless in recent years due to hurricanes. What if YOU lost everything? Protect yourself NOW against deadly hurricanes, driving rain and dangerous flying debris! 53! for half a decade. "Most of them just run, they pack up their car and drive off, but to fake your own death and go to those extremes, that's quite, elaborate." Carr took a new name, left his family, and forfeited his $25,000 bond and all of his possessions, including his Suwannee County dive shop. The search began almost immediately after Carr's fishy disappearance. Gootee said it was hard to believe that an experienced swimmer and diver like Carr would go out on the gulf alone and then drown just months before his trial. But leads dried up and surveillance of Carr's family members' phone records gave no immediate clues. Police said they eventually caught up with Carr after his mother visited him in Flagstaff recently and made some cellular phone calls that were later traced. Gootee sent photos of Carr to investigators in Coconino County, Ariz., and asked them to look for Carr in a trailer or RV park. Gootee figured that Carr wouldn't want to be tied too closely to any one place and would want to remain mobile. "That was purely a hunch," he said. "But I was fortunate to get an investigator out there who was willing to do some good work." Investigator Michael Rice of the Coconino Sheriff's Department scoured several trailer parks in Flagstaff, a city of 60,000, before hitting pay dirt. Rice found a park manager who told him that a man fitting Carr's description lived there with a woman in a trailer and worked as a carpenter outside town. Carr was living under theiname of a man he used to know in Live Oak, and had obtained a phony Social Security number and driver's license, police said. When Rice approached Carr on July 1 and began questioning him, Carr acknowledged who he was and was peacefully taken into custody. Carr likely will face trial in Live Oak sometime in late September, said David Fina, an assistant state attorney in Suwannee County. "It's still a prosecutable case, and we'll be ready when he gets here," Fina said. City of Palms FORT MYERS CITY COUNCIL AGENDA - JULY 19, 1999 Please complete a "Request to Address City Council" form if you plan to address the Council and submit it to the Clerk prior to the start of the meeting. All backup for this agenda is available in the City Clerk's Office, 4 Floor, City Hall. Council Chambers, 2200 Second Street, Fort Myers, Florida 5:40-5:57 PM Public Meeting - open discussion for public (Speakers must present their request to speak in writing to the City Clerk's Office prior to 2:00 o'clock p.m. on Monday, July 19,1999) 6:00 PM Opening prayer: Pledge of Allegiance Roll Call Consent Agenda Council Members Agenda Report of the Mayor Report of the City Clerk Petitions and Communications 7:00 PM PUBLIC HEARINGS: Ordinances and Resolutions Ordinance No. 2907 authorizing an early-out incentive . program. ' Return to items scheduled but not heard prior to 7:00 p.m. Items removed from Consent Agenda Miscellaneous Business , Adjourn Any person who decides to appeal any decision made by City Council at this meeting must ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Special Requirements: If you require special aid or services as addressed in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 332-6741 by 4:30 p.m., July 19, 1999. CITY OF FORT MYERS By: Marie Adams, CMC City Clerk presents . "Mr. Mole" are pleased to introduce an exclusive new design created especially for us by Christopher Rudko! This limited edition collectable presents the familiar emblem of The Mole Hole as a hand-painted, 6" ornament, each one made entirely by hand in Christopher's European workshops. f t i " . .til lyir. ivioe is available exclusive ly at The Mole Hole for only $38.00. 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Prices and plana subject 10 change without notice. Void where prohibited by law. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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