The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on February 27, 1992 · Page 222
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The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida · Page 222

Orlando, Florida
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Thursday, February 27, 1992
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CENTRAL ROmm The Orlando Sentinel, Thursday, February 27, 1992 B-3 Orlando to thank Bryan for working to bring UCF's reach downtown By Kit Lively home into a downtown center with classrooms and offices. "This is to signify to Bob that he did make a difference in our community in his short tenure here," said Elizabeth Kurz, a Frederick aide. "This is a ceremony to signify the transition UCF is making in establishing a major downtown presence." The ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home, 46 W. Pine St. It is being held today because Bryan's eight-month term ends this weekend when UCF's new president, John Hitt, takes over. The city won't transfer the building's deed to UCF until later this spring. By then the school will know whether the Legislature approved $1.6 million to renovate the building, preserving its historic characteristics. UCF officials plan to complete renovations and move into the building by January 1995 at the latest. The renovation plans call for converting the funeral home into a layout that will suit UCF's needs. The converted building probably will include 30 to 35 offices, three to five conference rooms and three or four classrooms, one of which would be large enough to hold 100 people. UCF may use the building for offices representing several campus operations that have ties to downtown. These tentatively include the Institute of Government, the McKnight Center, the UCF Shakespeare Festival and offices for University Relations and continuing education. The university also plans to provide graduate, undergraduate and non-credit classes. Possible fields include business, public administration, government, education and others. ; University officials have said for some . time that they want to reach people who find it inconvenient to drive to the 21,000- ; student campus about 10 miles east of downtown. The downtown center also will bring UCF closer to neighborhoods where many blacks live. The university has struggled to increase its minority enrollment and made some gains this year. OF THE SENTINEL STAFF When Orlando Mayor Bill Frederick hands a ceremonial key to Robert Bryan this morning it will open more than doors to city officialdom. It also will open doors to the old Carey Hand Guardian Funeral Chapel. Bryan is the University of Central Florida's interim president. And it was under his leadership that the university sealed a deal with the city to convert the funeral Fewer tolls mean lower pay raises Collections have fallen so the expressway authority plans small raises with no increases for top managers. By Roger Roy q THE SENTINEL STAFF It's been a bad year for toll collections at the OrlandoOrange County Expressway Authority, and that may translate to a bad year for pay raises for the authority's top staff. ; Authority Chairman Bob Man-dell said Wednesday he will recommend a small raise for the authority's rank-and-file employees, and no raise for the top five management positions. "The expressway has not done as expected in the last 12 months, so a raise would not be in order," Mandell told other authority members at a meeting Wednesday. The authority will vote on the issue next month and decide which management employees would go without raises, when it must approve next year's budget. In November, financial consultants said the authority's revenues for the 1992 financial year would be $51.7 million, or $6 million less than expected. Joe Berenis, the authority's acting executive director, said the economic slump is to blame and that drivers are finding alternate routes to avoid paying tolls. "Our revenues have not met projections," Berenis said. "Our revenues reflect the economy." ,The pay raise issue may involve principle more than money: The authority only has eight full-time employees and one part-time employee. The authority members themselves are not paid. Mandell said his recommenda-tjpn doesn't mean he thinks the Authority's managers are doing a bad job. tt'l think they do an excellent job, but this is a tough year," Man-djell said. "I just don't see us giving raises to the guys making $50,000 or $60,000 a year." jThe authority also decided to explore a plan by Orange County Chairman Linda Chapin to use reclaimed water from Orlando and Orange County sewage treatment giants to irrigate roadside landscaping. pThe authority also will consider a proposal by Chapin, an authority member, to build bicycle paths along expressways. JOE BURBANKSENTINEL Wash day Dale Crawford doesn't have to look up to see the top of the Barnett Bank building. He is washing windows at the plaza level but to his left is a reflection from on high. Crawford is one of several workers A-1 Orange Cleaning Service brought to downtown Orlando on Tuesday to spruce up the high-rise. The building and plaza attract numerous visitors and passers-by each day. Melbourne will celebrate day of health Saturday MELBOURNE Festival of Health, a day of health awareness, preventive care and diagnostic screening, will be presented Saturday in Melbourne. Activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Heart and Sole Classic 5K run. Pre-registration is $10 with the American Heart Association or $12 on the day of the run. The run will begin at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne, and end at Pineapple Park. An awards ceremony will be held about 9:30 a.m. Free exhibits and community education classes will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pineapple Park, behind the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne, and at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave. Exhibits will include fire and crime prevention, ambulance services, fingerprinting for children, child-growth screening, nutrition information and cooking demonstrations, information for the vision-impaired, oral cancer screening and other testing. Activities are sponsored by various health organizations and the city of Melbourne. Classes at the civic center will include topics on heart disease, child safety and first aid from 1 to 5 p.m. Family entertainment will be provided throughout the day and food and drinks will be on sale. Activities will conclude with a dance with big-band music at the civic center featuring the Swingtime Dance Band from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets for the dance are $7. Proceeds from the dance will benefit the band's rehearsal hall behind the Melbourne Civic Auditorium. A hearing on whales not needed By Cindy Schreuder OF THE SENTINEL STAFF People sent so many letters about whether Sea World should be allowed to import Canadian killer whales that the federal gov- -ernment said Wednesday it had enough information and did not need to collect any more. The National Marine Fisheries Service said it will not hold a public hearing on Sea World's request to import up to six killer whales from Canada and distribute them among its four parks, including one in Orlando. "We believe we have all the information to make a decision and a hearing will not necessarily give us more," said Roddy Moscoso, . fisheries service spokesman. The agency received 275 letters, about evenly split between sup- porters and detractors of the importation. The agency received 11 requests for a public hearing,1 many from animal protection groups. Some animal protection advocates expressed disappointment. "I think we need another opportunity to get some of these issues specific to this permit on the public record," said Paula Jewell, a program coordinator at the Humane Society of the United States in Washington. Sea World wants to import up to five animals from Sealand of the Pacific near Victoria, British Columbia. That would include three adults one male and two females that killed their trainer last year. The Sealand group also would include two newborn killer whales. The adult male, named Tilli-kum, was imported to Orlando early this year under a temporary permit. If the federal government does not grant another permit, the animal will have to return to Canada or be released to the wild. A sixth animal would be imported from Marineland of Canada Inc. in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In a twist of fate, storm hit during weather awareness week By Luz Villarreal OF THE SENTINEL STAFF Clean-up crews were at work Wednesday, a day after a tornado-spawning storm that struck Orange and Polk counties. Damage at one hotel along the tourist strip in southwest Orange was estimated up to $100,000. There were no serious injuries reported in either county. Tuesday's nasty weather whipped through with uncanny timing. This week is the state's Hazardous Weather Awareness Week, and Wednesday had been designated tornado drill day. "As far as I know, this has never happened before," National Weather Service meteorologist Don Martin said about the timing of the tornado during weather awareness week. The storm first hit near Lakeland, spawning a tornado that damaged more than 20 homes and ripped out power lines. Then it struck the Bayhill Plaza in southwest Orange, blowing out windows of 40 to 50 cars in the parking lot. Three storefront windows were also shattered at a Kmart store. From there, it hit the strip on International Drive, smashing more windows and scaring tourists. At Bayhill Plaza, most of the mess was cleaned up by Wednesday, the store windows were boarded up and it was business as usual, managers said. Forecasters weren't sure if the same tornado had hit both areas. In all, the storm dumped 0.64 inches of rain at Orlando International Airport, forecasters said. At the International Inn, crew members worked throughout the night cleaning up broken glass, damaged signs, fencing and fallen trees, said owner Harris Rosen.-He estimated damage at $50,000 to $100,000. About 70 sliding glass doors were shat-" tered or damaged by the strong winds on the building's south side. Tenants from those rooms were moved to the Clarion Pla-" za on International Drive. "Glass has been restored in all of our rooms," Rosen said. "We should have all of our rooms back in order in the next couple of days." Boater finds body of man floating in Indian River MELBOURNE A boater rowing across the Indian River early Wednesday discovered the body of an unidentified white male. The body, nude and floating face-up, was found shortly before noon about 200 yards west of the mainland and VA miles south of fhe Pineda Causeway, said Brevard County Sheriff s spokeswo-rnan Joan Heller. There were no signs of trauma pn the body, which had been in Ihe water only a short time, Heller aid. s Tentative identification was provided by a deputy sheriff. The deputy said he thought it was a man he met about a week ago. 'Officials are taking fingerprints to confirm his identity. V An autopsy is scheduled today. H man jailed, 1 wounded in dispute over handgun PALM BAY An argument between roommates over whose handgun was better ended Wednesday with one man jailed and another critically wounded, police said. Brian McFarland, 25, 1370 Medina Ave. N.W., underwent surgery at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne after being shot four times in his torso and leg with a .32-caliber pistol. Police arrested McFarland's roommate Linwood Hall, 50, on charges of aggravated battery and engaging in a criminal offense with a firearm. He was being held at the Brevard County jail in Sharpes on $5,000 bail. Police said the men had been drinking and arguing before the shooting. Orlando airport decides to close Park and Ride lot Orlando International Airport's Park and Ride lot will close Wednesday until the next holiday season. The $4-a-day lot opened in November, the same day the airport parking garage fee was increased from $6 to $8 a day. Airport officials were considering giving long-term travelers the option of using the lot year-round. The lot normally is closed in early January after the high-traffic tourist season ends. But since the holiday season, the lot with 2,100 spaces averaged fewer than 300 cars a day, costing the airport a loss of about $15,000 a month, said Phillip Brown, the airport's executive deputy director. Shuttle service from the main terminal to the lot will continue through March 17 for arriving passengers only. Survivor of Winter Garden shootings leaves hospital A Winter Garden man critically wounded in a shooting spree Feb. 7 has been released from the hospital. Kenny Williams, 30, was released Tuesday from Orlando Regional Medical Center. He had undergone surgery for a gunshot wound in his chest. Curtis Lee Windom, 36, of Winter Garden, is accused of shooting Williams. He has also been charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of his girlfriend, her mother and another man in Winter Garden. Motorist is returned to Osceola to face charges KISSIMMEE A man who disappeared from a local hospital last year before police could charge him in the traffic deaths of a Davenport couple was extradited to Kissimmee late Wednesday. Vermont police found John "James" White, 34, at a Burlington, Vt., bar Feb. 15 after receiving an anonymous tip from a viewer of the television show Unsolved Mysteries. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Chuck Williams said White is believed to be the truck driver who crossed the center line and ran head-on into a car on rain-slicked S.R. 545 in March 1991, killing Virginia and John Constable, ages 70 and 71, of Polk County. White has been held in Vermont since then on a charge of being a fugitive from justice, said Sgt. Max Raterman of the Osceola County Sheriffs Office. He has been charged locally with two counts of DUI-man-slaughter, said Assistant State Attorney Jon Morgan. He will be held at the Osceola County Jail without bond, Morgan said. A post-crash test showed White had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 more than twice the legal limit, Morgan said. Escapee from Tennessee is arrested in Orlando An escaped convict who is a suspect in a slaying in Tennessee was arrested Wednesday in Orlando as he attempted to pick up money wired from a girlfriend back home, officials said. Douglas Williams Boggs, 32, was arrested in front of the Western Union branch office at 437 N. Magnolia Ave. about 8:40 a.m., said Mike Brick, agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Orlando regional office. Boggs, who was booked into the Orange County Jail, is wanted by Chattanooga police, Brick said. Boggs escaped on Jan. 28 from the Morgan County Correctional Institute where he was serving 35 years for attempted murder and robbery. Chattanooga police said he is a suspect in the shooting death of a Chattanooga man on Feb. 1, Brick said. Tennessee authorities tipped the FDLE that Boggs might be picking up money in Orlando from his girlfriend. Jury selection under way in assault trial in Orange Jury selection will continue this morning in the trial of John Sutton, who is accused of assault and battery on an Orange County firefighter dispatched two years ago to handle a suicide attempt by Sutton's wife. Lawyers began questioning pro spective jurors Wednesday afternoon and are scheduled to return at 10 a.m. before Circuit .TnH era John H. Adams. The trial is to begin later today. Sutton, 62, of Clarcona, is accused of pushing firefighter Andrew Horan in May 1990. Sutton denies the charges.

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