News-Press from Fort Myers, Florida on October 22, 1998 · Page 25
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Thursday, October 22, 1998
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SECTION B JOE FENTON ; Assistant Managing Editor Local News L News-Press t oeal ,',Monday-Friday :10a.m-7p.m. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1 998 m is msMs h HDD &St3.tC mm Police say kidnapping, murder suspect used Cape resident's name as an alias , By WENDY FULLERTON News-Press staff writer The real John Edwards of Cape Coral hopes police capture the man who stole his identity and is now on the run, . 'accused of kidnapping and murdering a Las Vegas woman. Lee man indicted on drug charges By NADINE SLIMAK News-Press staff writer A Fort Myers man was being held in the Lee County Jail without bond after he was accused by federal prosecutors of being part of a cocaine conspiracy. The federal indictment, unsealed this week, charges 'George S. Broughton, of 2040 Edisto Lakes, Apt. 120, with three counts of making and possessing crack cocaine and two counts of illeeallv havinc guns. Broughton convicted in 1994 of making, possessing or placing a destructive device, burglary and grand theft . ' could not have guns as a convicted felon. ';. He is accused of having a .22-caliber semi-automatic Beretta long rifle and a Heckler & Koch 91 .308-cal-iber semi-automatic assault rifle, according to the indictment. 1 Charged in the indictment with Broughton are Jose Luis Gonzalez, who was arrested in July, Patrick Taylor and Renny Armstrong, according to federal court records. They are accused of making ' crack cocaine that they intended to sell between March 31 and April 6 in Lee County. . Gonzalez, a convicted drug dealer, also is accused of illegally having a .22-caliber semiautomatic Beretta. He. also was convicted in Massachusetts in 1992 of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and discharge of a gun within 500 feet of a building. Officials with the federal prosecutor's office declined to ; detail the conspiracy or give specifics about the amount of crack cocaine the group is accused of making and selling . until all the arrests are made, ?aid Managing Assistant U.S. i Attorney Greg Malloy. Broughton was arrested by i.flie Lee County Sheriff's Office Li T l.. ... ruc i ueauay. U2 oliday drive on to feed area's Agencies seek food, donations By DON RUANE News-Press staff writer . Forces against hunger are mobilizing across Southwest Florida in preparation for the holidays. , . Social service agencies from Naples to Port Charlotte are recruiting donors and volunteers to collect tons of canned goods i and turkeys to feed hundreds of people. NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS IONA-Mc GREGOR FIRE ! DISTRICT: An open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday is planned at the dis trict s mam fire sta tion, 15961 Winkler Road, south Lee County. Guests will see the firefighting equip ment and demonstrations and may ! enjoy free refreshments. Also, Children will be given reflective , trick-or-treat bags and glow i A n When that happens, the 48-year-old Edwards said he can get on with his life. It is his life, after all. An unsuspecting Edwards crossed paths with suspect John Patrick Addis about three years ago. Edwards joined the Workout Fitness Center in Cape Coral. rr: .-- -s. v.. t: rr- : i H 7 N i 1". I j y.ri ifrz . til ji?Ji r 1 Greg "Marco" Barton, 40,. holds his daughter, Morgan Ann, in his room at Lee Memorial's Barton needs a heart transplant, but he doesn't have medical insurance. N o coverage, Operation needed, but no way to pay By MARY W0ZNIAK News-Press staff writer Greg "Marco" Barton rushed his wife, Susie, to the hospital Oct. 7 to be treated for complications with her pregnancy. Then he collapsed. He was admitted to the intensive care unit at HealthPark Medical Center because his heart was pumping one-fifth of the blood it should and had enlarged to five times its normal size. His liver also was failing. He needed a heart transplant. Three days later, Susie had a The Nations which fed 807 Thanksgiving and Christmas in 1997, launched its annual food drive Wednesday. Collection boxes were delivered to NationsBank Association, people over SUAREZ branches, Perkins, Long John Silver's Seafood Shoppes and Fleamasters Fleamarket. Letter carriers in Lehigh Acres sticks for use on Halloween night. After the open house, the bags and sticks will be available at the district's other fire houses at Winkler Road and McGregor Boulevard and at 16551 McGregor Blvd. FORT MYERS SHORES: The community's Neighborhood Watch meets at 7 tonight at the Olga Community Center on South Olga Drive, east Fort Myers. Mil Addis, also 48, apparently worked at the Cape Coral Parkway club selling memberships. "He must have been looking for someone about the same age, tall, here I am,"; said Edwards, who is 6 feet 6 inches tall; Addis is said to about 6 feet 4 inches. That's when authorities suspect he rifled through the membership applications and took Edwards' Social Have a v.- Cesarean section and delivered the couple's first child, a healthy, 8-pound, 7-ounce girl named Morgan Ann. The new father was hooked up to monitors and was so heavily drugged he can't remember holding Morgan for the first time when she was a few hours old. V Barton, 40, had been having anxiety attacks and hadn't felt well for five weeks before he collapsed. He visited a doctor, who sent him to a cardiologist. He was told his heart sounded fine and his .condition was written off as anxiety about the impending birth. The doctor recommended Barton see a psychiatrist. Barton works for Gulf Coast will collect food from residents on Saturday. Residents should leave nonperishable items by their mailbox, said Lehigh Community Services Director Liz Eilf. Contributors donated 9 tons of food in 1997. "We have a mission. We have a goal to help our people," said Nations Association director Israel Suarez. His goal is to collect 2,000 turkeys and 2,500 boxes of food for poor families. . The association planned to serve 575 meals in 1997, program manager Doris Rivera said. In addition to the holiday SCHOOL DAYS CAPE CORAL HIGH: Enrollment is open in the school's KiddieHawk preschool program. The pre-school's purpose is twofold: it gives students in the Early Childhood Education class some experience, and it gives parents a place for their 4-and 5-year-old children. The care is available beginning Nov. 17. For details, call Brenda Bardelang. at 574-6766, Ext. 354. ' 1 L " mm EDWARDS ADDIS Security number and driver's license number and obtained identification with his photo Heart 1 I K no trans Masonry in Fort Myers and has no medical insurance. "It's been a living hell," said Susie, 40. "It's very emotional." Barton's best friend, Kelly Mace, is determined to raise up to $250,000 to pay for a heart transplant. Barton has applied for Medicaid, but this year it stopped paying for heart transplants, said his social worker, Lynne Geary. The Lehigh Acres couple has also applied for public assistance. "Everything was looking really good," Barton said. "It's amazing how just overnight your life can change completely." His cardiologist at HealthPark, Jeffrey Rosen, declined to estimate how long meals, boxes with enough food for 19,575 meals were served to 2,175 clients. Food that isn't used during the holidays is used in the association's food kitchen. "I've got people coming for food every day. This is the time I prepare myself for the year round," Suarez said. Giving makes you feel good, said Jaclyn Szymanski, 10, of Southwest Florida Christian Academy. Szymanski and her fifth-grade classmates helped Suarez launch his food drive. They MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY VOLUNTEER DAY: Several projects are being planned Saturday in observance of Make a Difference Day, a national day to promote volunteerism. Representatives of Quality Life Center and Honda Gult Loast University will clean out and give away everything that's been stored at the Williams Academy in Fort Myers. Volunteers at e needed to help; the public is needed to come and take what thev'd like it's all free. Go to Clemente Park, 1936 Henderson Ave., off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Suncoast Elementary's K-Club will clean at the North Fort Myers school between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. graph on it. Addis is a former Alaska state trooper and homicide detective who taught crime scene investigations to law enforcement throughout Alaska. He was indicted in July for the murder of a Las Vegas woman, Joann Albanese. Her remains were found in an Arizona desert Friday. Albanese who had turned down Addis' marriage propos I f 1 ' 1 ' ' . '1, K.T. WARNKENews-Press HealthPark Medical Center. HOW TO HELP . Deposit donations at any . SouthTrust Bank to the , GfegOryMarco" Barton Heart Transplant Fund, Account number: 92419903. To help with living expenses, send donations to Susie Barton, co American Guardian K9 Security, 4720 SE 15th Ave., Suite 211, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Barton can live without the transplant. "I leave that to higher powers than me," Rosen said. "I'd like him to have one tomorrow." hungry brought 27 cans and a box of elbow macaroni to the association's headquarters on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Fort Myers. "It's good to bring food to people. I think that's pretty cool," added student Ryan Flint, 10. This has been a busy year for pantry managers. Demand for daily bread is rising and stocks run out faster than they can be recharged, said case manager Kelly Shaver-Hayman of St. Mathews House in Naples. "We're seeing hard-working plant al knew him as Edwards. Edwards, an equipment operator who has been employed by Cape Coral for 12 years, said he hasn't been to Vegas in about 15 years. When the search began for Addis three years ago, Edwards had to provide police with proof and witnesses that he was the real Edwards and hadn't kidnapped a woman from Las Vegas. "It's more irritating and Gun fired in sell Testimony: Graham warning off armed opponents at party By PETER FRANCESCHINA News-Press staff writer Friends of Mariner High School running back Brandon Graham testified Wednesday he pulled a gun to defend himself from a rival Fort Myers High player armed with a crowbar. Graham, 17, is charged with aggravated assault a third-degree felony for his role in the July 31 shooting of Fort Myers High senior defensive tackle Danny McGee, 18, who missed five games because of a gunshot wound to the leg. Former GRAHAM Mariner Brandon running back Battles, 17, is with shooting charged McGee. Graham is charged" with pulling a gun and pointing at McGee before firing it in the air. A parade of defense witnesses in the second day of the trial testified Wednesday, saying Graham pulled a gun and kept it at his side before firing in the air. They said Graham didn't point the gun at McGee and didn't threaten him, elements prosecutors need to prove to convict Graham. Lee Circuit Judge James Seals must decide whether Graham is guilty of the felony or either of two less misdemeanor charges improperly displaying a gun or firing a gun in public. The judge said he hopes to issue a decision by Friday. Graham was transferred to FEED YOUR To find out more about holiday food drives call: Lee County The Nations Association 332-7575 Salvation Army 278-1551 Fort Myers Rescue Mission 334-7365 Community Cooperative Ministries 332-7687 Lehigh Community Services 369-5818 people who are having hard times," said Salvation Army Social Services Director Carole McCalister in Port Charlotte. friend PC GET INVOLVED FISHING FOR TRASH: "Monofilament Madness" is the theme of the Nov. 1 marine cleanup day. Volunteers are asked to pick up trash and fishing line from an area of their choosing. All mangrove areas and waterways in Lee County are fair game. Afterward, take the trash and trade it for lunch. A free barbecue will be served beginning at noon at Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral and Fish Tale Marine in Fort Myers Beach. Questions? Call Keep Lee County Beautiful at 334-3488. aggravating, especially when you've got to prove who you are," Edwards said. As a result of this, Edwards said he doesn't give out his personal information to anyone. "The good part of this is apparently he didn't want to get caught," Edwards said. "He never got to my credit and that's what I was afraid of." "That would have gotten him caught quickly." defense. s say the Alternative Learning Center until the charge is resolved. If only convicted of a misdemeanor, attorney Michael Hornung hopes to get him back to Mariner as quickly as possible. McGee and his friends testified they didn't have weapons that night or see anyone else who did, but Graham's friends said McGee had a crowbar. They said several others at the party were also armed, either with crowbars, baseball bats or beer bottles. Battles asked McGee what he had the crowbar for, several defense witnesses said. McGee replied, " 'I'm going to hit you over the head with this,' " said defense witness Jennifer Kehl, 18, who attends North Fort Myers High. Kehl went to the party with Graham, Battles and other friends because she was supposed to fight a girl at the party who had been paging her to instigate a confrontation. Another defense witness, Kehl's friend Patience Jennings, said McGee told Battles, " 'I'm going to bash you over the head.' " Seals said he believed Graham and Battles had guns and the partygoers had weapons and intended to use them if necessary. "I'm not a fool," he said. "This is a classic syndrome." But the judge also pointed out the difficulty in determining what happened that night because of so many conflicting details and stories. The majority of prosecution witnesses said Graham shot McGee, but defense witnesses said it was Battles who fired the shot. "There was no crossover," Seals said. "So what we have See GRAHAM 2B NEIGHBOR Cape Coral Caring Center 945-1927 Collier County Guadalupe Center (941) 657-4361 St. Mathew's House (941)774-0500 Charlotte County Bread of Life Mission (941)575-4440 Salvation Army (941)629-5950 Some of the increased demand is from people who moved off the state's welfare rolls into low-paying jobs, she said. INSIDE Bridgefest reviewed 2B Lee reviews charter 4B Popular hairstylist dies 5B Obituaries 3B, 6B ETC. TRAINING DAY: Members of the Sanibel Police Auxiliary are hosting a training session Saturday for reserves from around the state, so the Sanibel Recreation Complex will be closed. The program includes a simulated boating accident near the causeway and a simulated sunken car in the complex's pool.

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