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Seminoli SE The Orlando Sentinel, Saturday, September 1, 1990 D-3 State wants to turn By Nancy Imperiale OF THE SENTINEL STAFF SANFORD Like many people, Marlene Meyer follows a routine every night before bedtime. Unlike most people, Meyer's routine is to stand over her granddaughter's crib to make sure the infant is breathing. "The other night I watched her chest stop moving. She was not breathing. I had to stand there and think, 'Do I give her a shove and make her breathe, or wait and see if the machine takes over?' " The machine is a heart monitor connected to 7-month-old Ashley Albright through a sensor belt that straps around her chest. If Ashley stops breathing or her heart stops pumping, the monitor emits a high-pitched screech and Group sues over control of charity By Mike Berry OF THE SENTINEL STAFF l SANFORD A group claiming ;control of a Seminole County charity filed suit Friday against another group that also claimed control. I1 Seminole Ornament Society Inc. is suing James Stelling, Ran-idy Morris and Harry Hagle, con-' tending the three dissolved the charity July 16 without authority. : At the meeting Stelling, Morris and Hagle, who said they were the charity's true board members, donated the remaining $2,200 in the organization's account to the Seminole Children's Village, a group home for foster children. They said the charity was too Utility surveys Orlando for new plant ByWill Wellons OF THE SENTINEL STAFF There is a slim chance Florida Power Corp. will build a multibillion-dollar power plant near Orlando, but it's more likely the plant will be farther south in Polk County, officials said Friday. An environmental advisory group for the state's second-largest electric utility picked five possible sites Friday for a proposed 5,000-acre energy center that could open by 1998. Florida Power hopes to have the first $1 billion plant ready by 1998, with the entire complex built by 2005. The, first plant alone would generate 1,500 construction jobs and 200 permanent ones. Two proposed sites were within 15 miles of Orlando, but neither are favorites, officials said. One of the possible sites is in east Orange County south of State Road 50 near Christmas. Another is west of Narcoossee Road just south of the Orange-Osceola county line. Other potential sites are in Polk, Hardee and Sumter counties. The Orange and Osceola county choices are long-shots, said Florida Power spokesman Bill Warren because they are near the Tosohatchee State Reserve, home to many endangered species such as Encephalitis cases rise to 6 in Central Florida TALLAHASSEE State health officials have confirmed six cases of St. Louis encephalitis, a virus spread by mosquitoes, in Central Florida. -.' Indian River County has reported three cases, Lake County two ;and Highlands County one, the tate Department of Health and .Rehabilitative Services confirmed ."Friday. There also are suspected cases in Orange, St. Lucie and Okeecho-;bee counties. State health officials are encouraging people who live south of iMarion and Volusia counties to "avoid going outside in twilight and late-night hours, when mos-,quitoes are most active. T" They urge that people use in-sect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants if they do go "outside. y St. Louis encephalitis is caused by a virus spread by a mosquito 'species that breeds in woodland pools and roadside ditches. The 'mosquito is difficult to eradicate. : Symptoms include headaches, 'high fever, stiff neck, excessive C sleepiness and disorientation. wakes her up. The infant has been on the machine all her young life. But now a doctor wants to remove the heart monitor. And Ashley's family is scared to death of the consequences. "What happens if I fall into a deep sleep and I wake up and she's dead?," said the infant's mother, Dorothy Albright. "I could never handle that." Albright, 23, is a single mother of three children who lives with her parents, Marlene and Bill Meyer of Sanford. She is on Aid to Families With Dependent Children and gets $294 a month for Ashley and Heather, 5. She also has a son, Matthew, 2. Last month the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services notified Albright it would, be removing the heart monitor per troubled-ridden to maintain. The lawsuit states that the legal directors of the corporation are Walter Cummins, Bonnie Man-jura, Barbara West, Toni Giorgio, Sharron Wolfram and Tammy Rondinaro. The lawsuit, filed in Seminole circuit court, maintains that Morris earlier was removed from the board and that Hagle resigned. It charges that the July 16 meeting lacked a quorum, and it seeks to recover the money spent. Stelling said he did not want to comment on the lawsuit because "I certainly have no interest in furthering this little squabble." The charity raises money to buy toys for needy children at Christmas. Lack of air conditioning, fire heat up courthouse Friday morning was a hot time at the Seminole County Courthouse. Workers and visitors found the building without air-conditioning and then were ordered to evacuate after a small fire in a trash can set off the fire alarm. Maintenance workers said they did not know who was responsible for the fire, which was extinguished immediately. People were returned to the building after a few minutes. Officials said the courthouse heated up because workers had turned off the water supply, which helps provide the air-conditioning, to move furniture and equipment Thursday night. Once the problem was discovered, the air conditioning was turned on and the building cooled by the afternoon. off baby's doctor's instructions. Although the machine had gone off a half-dozen times that month, the doctor decided it was malfunctioning circuitry in the house that made it happen, Albright said. Albright's father, an electrician, disputed that. He persuaded another doctor to let them keep the monitor until Ashley's doctor returns Monday from vacation. The monitor costs the state about $250 a month. The family has been told it could rent such a machine themselves for $300 to $400 a month, something they can't afford. HRS officials said they were prohibited by law from discussing the specifics of any case. But they said no infant ever is taken off a monitor before it is ready to breathe on its own. "I can assure you, we don't take End of an era : .CAssa two I 14 r ... . j' - - ,1 vw&t r - - - .. v . . . --8 , Jglktd m ii w ""' X ' " I ' O i"1 ! ' ("" ' ' - - r A bit of history passed by Friday as Casselberry selberry came from Mississippi to Central Florida city employees gathered outside City Hall to pay after the Great Depression, and became a Semi- their last respects to Martha Casselberry, wife of nole County community leader reknowned for her the city's founder, Hibbard Casselberry. Mrs. Cas- business acumen and Southern graces. the bald eagle and the black bear. A site just north of Fort Meade in Polk County is the top choice, Warren said. The advisory group liked that area because it has been stripped by phosphate mining. A site near Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 75 in Sumter County is the second choice. Orlando City Council member Glenda Hood, a member of the advisory group, said the metro Orlando sites were out of the running because of environmental concerns. But Warren said the utility has not ruled out any of the top five sites. Florida Power likes the Orlando locations because they would require fewer transmission lines to the company's 300,000 customers in Orange and Seminole counties. Advisory group member Charles Lee of the Florida Audubon Society said the utility "would have to be looney tunes" to pick either Orlando site because it would face stiff opposition from environmentalists. Executives for the St. Petersburg-based utility will choose the top site in about a month. The utility is eager to move ahead as quickly as possible, said company President Allen Keesler. Florida Power needs the electricity to keep up with growth. Sanford man hospitalized after falling from crane KISSIMMEE A 20-year-old Sanford man escaped serious injury Friday despite falling more than 20 feet from a crane while working on a hotel sign. Charles Brown, an employee of Melweb Signs in Orlando, was listed in stable condition at Kissim-mee Memorial Hospital, said acting nursing supervisor Beth Du-chaine. "He's alert and conscious," Du-chaine said. "He managed quite well." Brown had been repairing a 40-foot sign Friday morning at the Comfort Inn at 7571 W. Bronson Highway, said Osceola sheriffs spokeswoman Allison Stroud. He was working in a bucket attached to the end of a hydraulic lift. As Brown was lowering himself about 9:30 a.m., the bucket fell from the end of the crane and plunged at least 20 feet to the parking lot pavement, said Mark Hansen, district manager of Melweb Signs. "It seems to be a mechanical failure that caused the bucket to disengage and fall to the ground," Hansen said. heart monitor kids off heart monitors because they're poor," said district administrator Paul Snead. About 100 of 2,300 babies who are HRS clients suffer, like Ashley, from symptoms of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Doctors are not sure what causes the condition, in which infants stop breathing and have to be awakened to remember to breathe. Another HRS official said babies can often be weaned from monitors around seven months, when their lungs are stronger. "Sometimes parents don't want to give up any piece of equipment that makes them comfortable," said Joan MacDonald, nursing director for the children's emergency medical services unit of HRS. "We can leave them out there for the protection of the baby, but not if they're not warranted." I., i . O: i Lake Mary road project should start in February By Mike Berry OF THE SENTINEL STAFF SANFORD Florida Power Corp. engineers pledged this week to have plans for burying electric lines along Lake Mary Boulevard ready by October. That means the long-awaited road-widening project should start in February, said county engineer Jerry McCollum. Florida Power sued the county and Lake Mary over their requirement that the utility bury its lines when Lake Mary Boulevard is widened. A circuit judge issued a temporary injunction Aug. 7 ordering Florida Power to comply. County officials thought Florida Power had engineering plans Body of 39-year-old man found at Orange landfill The body of a man believed to be a transient was found about 8:45 a.m. Friday at the Orange County landfill east of Orlando. The 39-year-old victim's name was not immediately released because relatives had not been notified. Sheriffs spokesman Jim Solomons said the body was discovered by a heavy equipment operator who was compacting a new load of trash collected by a commercial firm earlier in the morning. But it was not known which truck had dumped it. It had not been de termined whether the victim had been asleep in a trash bin and crushed when a track picked up the refuse or whether he had been killed and his body left in the trash. IRS-confiscated Ferraris set for Sept. 28 auction KISSIMMEE - Well-heeled Ferrari enthusiasts are expected to descend on a corrugated steel warehouse in north Kissimmee Sept. 28 for a public auction of two of the rarest race cars in the world. The Internal Revenue Service is But Ashley's family says the need still exists in their home. "Sure I'm paranoid. But I kppn it fthe monitor off Ashley during the day, like they told me," Albright said. "The only time I panic is at night." According to the log Albright is required to keep, the monitor went off 19 times from Aug. 24 through Aug. 29. "If we have to go through the expense of paying it ourselves, we'll lose our house," said the baby's grandmother. "I don't want to cause a big hassle, but 1 don't want them to take her off the monitor too soon. "If anything were to happen to her ... I couldn't take it." v. v " ' 'J . . " f. r - - ?ti iter ' -4 MICHELE HILLSENTINEL for buried lines, and they had planned to start the road project Jan. 1, McCollum said. But the utility had only conceptual drawings, he said. Engineering plans are needed to issue a contract on the road widening. "We've been sitting here waiting on them to tell us what they want," said Florida Power division manager Thomas Hicks. "We're not holding them up at all," he said. A trial was scheduled over the legal debate. But Circuit Judge O.H. Eaton Jr. already indicated he would rule in the governments' favor. Both sides have agreed to forgo the trial and have the judge issue a permanent order. Florida Power is expected to appeal that order. auctioning a 1967 Ferrari P4 one of three in the world and a 1966 Ferrari P3 one of nine seized this week from Osceola developer Walter L. Medlin for nonpayment of taxes. The auction is at 1 p.m. at J & R Rentals on North Michigan Avenue in Kissimmee. The cars can be inspected an hour before bidding. IRS agents expect to recoup far in excess of the $540,000 in taxes and penalties Medlin owes for 1977 to 1987. The cars, plus other items seized at Medlin's lakefront home on Aug. 9, will be sold if the taxes remain unpaid. Challenger sues over contributions to Martinez In a lawsuit filed this week in Orlando, a Republican candidate for governor has accused the chairman of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority of extorting campaign contributions for Gov. Bob Martinez. Anthony Martin, a long-shot challenger to Martinez in Tuesday's Republican primary, contends that authority Chairman B.J. West solicited contributions from engineering firms "as a precondition of favorable action" on Examiner: Body wasn't store clerk's By Gary Taylor OF THE SENTINEL STAFF SANFORD Skeletal remains found last weekend near Oviedo are not those of missing convenience store clerk Deborah Poe, Seminole County's medical examiner said Friday. Dr. Sashi Gore made the determination based on records of Poe, 26, who disappeared last February from a Circle K about two miles from where the remains were discovered. Gore will compare his ' findings to the descriptions of other missing persons. "They do not belong to Debbie Poe," Gore said. Dental and other medical records "do not fit the description of Debbie Poe." Gore said he will begin a much more detailed examination of the remains and compare his findings to the descriptions of other missing persons. It seemed so likely that Poe would be the victim that most of his work thus far has centered around that idea, he said. Removing Poe from the list of possibilities essentially means starting over again, Gore said. The remains belong to an adult Caucasian female, probably 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6, Gore said. The decomposed body was found Sunday by a man riding an all-terrain vehicle in woods off Aloma Avenue. A search of the site Monday turned up two rings, and an initial examination of the remains showed that the woman had had cosmetic surgery. State upholds veterinarian's suspension State regulators upheld the sus pension of a Sanford veterinar ian's practice license Friday dej spite a re-inspection. Veterinarian Alexander Frey man had his Sanford Veterinary Hospital clinic license suspendea Thursday after regulators founJ unsanitary conditions during two separate visits. Freyman appealed, but a nev? inspection Friday found unsanijj tary wire and wood cages, said Laurie Cain, spokeswoman for thk state Department of Profession Regulation. t Freyman agreed to work witfc the state to replace the cages with more sanitary models. The vet wili be out of town until Sept. 13, buj will contact the department to arrange another visit when the ke nel area is improved, Cain said, j Meanwhile, the charges againsA Freyman are scheduled for an administrative hearing, she said. J t contracts with the road-buildint agency. The suit, filed Wednesday in Or? ange Circuit Court, names Wes, the authority and several contractors as defendants. West and thfe authority's executive director, Bit' Gwynn, could not be reached Fri-day. i A call to the governor's campaign headquarters was not immediately returned. I Martin is asking the court to remove West from the authority, order her to repay contributors she recruited, and order Martinez to forfeit the money. Pierson woman dies after pickup truck flips in Astor ASTOR A Pierson woman was killed early Friday when the pickup truck she was driving fiipped, throwing her onto the pavement. Eleanor May Hastings, 26, of 1060 W. State Road 40, died at the scene of the 12:45 a.m. accident, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said. The woman was driving south in a 1987 Toyota pickup near Blue Creek and River roads in Astor when the vehicle plunged into a three-foot ditch. z

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