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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Friday, January 31, 1975
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Mb -2B Fort Lauderdale frew, Friday, January 31, 1975 Cenvill President Rips N.Y. Official For Condo Rule 7K Z ! r 7TT- 1 yrzv :;11JH I lUr rrr r r ' ' '' " " " " '' ' f $ i i "'ir" i ii " i iTiwui I- By PAT SAMUELS ; Staff Writer : - Action by the New York Attorney General's office temporarily barring Cenvill Communities Inc. from selling in .New York is just another way of pushing people around, Cenvill President Irwin Levy said today. Levy, developer in Palm Beach County, Deerfield Beach and Pembroke Pines and Florida's largest condominium builder, was barred from New York sales for allegedly refusing to comply with the state's condominium disclosure laws. New York Atty. Gen. Louis J. Lefkowitz said Cenvill couldn't sell within the state ; because the company isn't registered with his office. Levy said the company doesn't do any selling in New York. He said he and most Florida developers disagree with Lefkowitz' interpretation of the New York law that, firms can't notify New York area purchasers who bought in Florida when their apartments are ready. "Their view is you can't have any communications in New York without registering with them because they want control," Levy said. , Levy said the company does nothing that violates New York law and said Florida's disclosure law is tougher than New York's and "we comply to that." State Department Official Cites Efforts World Food Panic Unlikely, Expert Predicts By MARGARET HUNTER ; Staff Writer The world is unlikely to see a "widespread food shortage panic, "certainly not in this country," according to a U.S. State Department officer who spoke to a Broward Community College audience yesterday. Daniel E. Shaughnessy, food coordinator of the Agency for International Development (AID), said few people realize the extent of international efforts toward feedin tghe hungry and planning for world food needs. He said the recent World Machete-Wielding Man Sets House On Fire, Fends Off Policemen By PAUL TRAVIS Staff Writer A machete-wielding arsonist possibly aggitated by marital problems set fire to an empty house this morning and tried to cut police officers who arrested him minutes later, police said. Police arrested Wilmer Vassor, 25, of 915 NW Third Ave., and charged him with arson and aggravated assault against a police officer. Police later today said Vassor was a mentally disturbed person and that they will place him in a state hospital under the Baker Act. Officers Dave Ecklund and Robert Campbell said they were directed to the fire at 3:45 a.m. by witnesses who said they saw a man torching a house at 909 NW Third Ave. The officers said they spotted the smoke and flames two blocks away and arrived to find Vassor standing in front of the burning house with a machete in his right hand and a patio-type torch in his left hand. "He wouldn't let anybody near him or the house," said Ecklund. "We tried to talk to him, but he took a swing at me. My partner called to him, he turned around and we grabbed him. I think he was really trying to cut us." Deputies Quell Disturbance COCONUT CREEK -Gconut Creek police and Broward Sheriff's deputies quelled an early morning disturbance at Coconut Creek High School after sporadic fighting erupted in the parking lot. Police would not comment on the exact cause of the disturbance, but said, it seemed to be a continuation of isolated fights which broke out yes "It's an argument of phi-losphy," Levy said. "They've got a problem because they've been pushing people around; putting you in . a corner where you have to go along with them." Levy said the matter has been referred to the com- pany's New York attorneys to determine what, if anything, should be done about the ban. The list of allegations attached to the New York Superior Court order contends that sales personnel do business with New York residents through the mail by sending brochures, sales contracts and other papers concerning the purchase of Century Village apartments. Attorney General spokesman Bob Mathias said New York sales prospects are then invited to a luncheon in Fort Lee, N.J., immediately across the Hudson River from New York City. . - , The Attorney General's office ordered another Florida development company, Leadership Housing Inc., to offer refunds to New York residents who entered into agreements to purchase condominiums in the Lime Bay project in Ta-marac. They charged Leadership with failure to comply with the New York State registration law prior to soliciting condominium buyers through advertisments in New York's Jewish Press, a Brooklyn-based newspaper. Food Conference produced four important plans: An international investment group, chaired by the World Bank, was established to serve as a loan agency for nations planning major agricultural or food-related projects. . The major grain countries, U.S., Russia, Argentina, Australia and some European Common Market countries, agreed to meet next month in London. This is the first time all have agreed to meet. A world governments food conference was established. Representatives of the 36 member countries will Firefighters arrived a few minutes later but the house was engulfed in flames. Police said today only the charred shell of the house remains. Neighbors told police Vassor lived in the home next door to the blazing house and, when police checked, they found the house in shambles, with lamps and dresser draw ers overturned and pictures of Vassor and his wife torn up. Police still have not located Mrs. Vassor. The mutilated pictures caused police to speculate Vassor was having problems with his wife because they also found a gold wedding ring and the decorative top from a wedding cake discarded nearby. Police also found a seven-foot length of garden hose in Vassor's car trunk, which they believe he used to siphon gasoline from his car to the house. Police said they checked the gutted house after the fire was extinguished and determined there was no one inside at the time of the blaze. Vassor, an amputee with an artifical right leg, was treated and released at Broward General Medical Center for minor burns. Police said he has made no comment about the fire. terday afternoon. According to early reports, no one was injured in the fracas, which began shortly after students arrived for their 7 a.m. classes. Broward School Board Internal Affairs officials said the school was not ordered closed today as some early radio reports had suggested. They said after a brief cooling off stage classes resumed. --((iiT"""-'- - mmmm r f wppwmwwi Warming Up For The Super Bowl Lawn bowling may not be one of your top spectator sports, but it lias it all over such exercises, as jogging, -cycling and walking, ac-ording to the American Lawn Bowling Association which claims some of its members have bowled for 70 years. Anne Wagner is Avon House By W. D. LUENING Staff Writer Future hearings by the state House Standards and Conduct Committee into allegations of campaign ethics violations by Rep. Randy Avon have been delayed until next Thursday, subcommittee chairman Tom McPherson said today. Today's testimony was canceled after yesterday's preliminary hearing showed the need to subpoena extra witnesses, McPherson said. be responsible to the United Nations General Assembly and work under the direct supervision of the U.N. Secretary General. For the first time one organization, the U.N. World Food Program, agreed it would be responsible for coordination of world-wide donations of food to the hungry. Program representatives meet in Rome in March. Shaughnessy will represent the U.S. Shaughnessy also defended the U.S. foreign aid expenditures, "about one per cent of the total budget." Broward Calendar TODAY FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY "Madome Butterfly," at the opera theater, 1:30 p.m. Admission $2.75. Open to the public Presented on Feb. 1 also. BOCA RATON RECREATION DEPARTMENT On night engagement of turfing 111ms. "Five Summer Stories," plus "Going Surfing," two showings 7 P.m. and i p.m. Admission $2. For further Information call Larry Griffin 395-1139 after 3 p.m. - GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE Gustavus Band will play at Young Circle Bandshell. Hollywood) at I p.m. Admission fret. Open to the public. In case of bad weather, concert will be held at the Oakridga Elementary School, 1507 N. 28th Ave., Hollywood. TOMORROW NOVA UNIVERSITY FILM SOCIETY Documentary on China of 183MI filmed by Fort Lauderdale pho tographer Rey Scott at I p.m. In tht Mailman-Hollywood auditorium, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Scott will be on hand to answer questions. For further Information call 587-4640, ext. 20. POMPANO BEACH RECREATION DEPARTMENT ' Duplicate bridge begins at tht recreation center, 12:30 p.m.i the charge Is $2. Piano and volet lessons trt glvtn at tht center. Call Organ Society Is giving free program at 7:30 p.m. Ballroom Dancing every Friday nite, admission 31.50. Starts at 1:30 p.m. BROWARD COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT - Nature walk led by Gil MacAdam at Mirkham Park, Mt acres. Police Arrest 3 In Toilet POMPANO BEACH - Police have ar-rested two Fort Lauderdale men and a juvenile in what they have labeled "the mysterious toilet paper and landscaping caper." According to Det. Mike Blair he was staking out a condominium in Palm Aire when he observed two men going in and out of storage rooms from floor to floor. A third remained outside the building on lookout. On the ninth floor the men picked up two large cases and preceded to return to the lobby. When Blair approached the building the lookout fled without a sound. At this time the two inside men who had also grabbed a large Hoor ashtray were about to leave. Blair op. 'the door for them and made the arrest. He then discovered that the boxes contained toilet paper. Other officers located the third man in a parked van. The Van contained a 10 speed He will issue at least 12 more subpoenas so "we can have all the characters together and finish this thing in one day, even if it takes until midnight," he said. He will' take his preliminary investigation findings to the full committee Feb. 10 in Tallahassee. McPherson declined to say who will be subpoenaed but ; did say the committee will re-' subpoena Avon's former executive secretary Tari Whiddon. Yesterday Miss Whiddon He said of his agency's $1.5 . million budget, no more than five per cent becomes outright grants to foreign countries. Most money is loaned to foreign countries or stimulates the economy here by purchase of food or goods or by contracting with universities for research. Florida manufacturers and suppliers received $16,652,544 during the 18 months ended June 30, 1974, he said. Under the Food for Peace program in fiscal year 1974, Florida farmers and processors received more than $1.5 million, he added. Virus Infection Kills Young Pompano Girl A 15-year-old Pompano Beach girl is dead after an "overwhelming infection" of herpes simplex virus formed in her "common" skin rash, officials at Jackson Memorial Hospital said. The girl, Diane Reiningo of 1208 NE Fifth St., was sent to Jackson by her Pompano Beach physician, members of her family said, because she needed isolation and the special facilities which Jackson and the adjoining University of Miami Medical School could supply. Because of a lack of beds, her brother-in-law Ralph Wit-tenkeller said, Diane had to wait two days to be admitted to the Miami hospital and soon after she was admitted Women Catch Two young female tourists attacked and subdued a man they said was attempting to steal items from their car last night, police said. The girls, who are visiting from Cicero, 111., said they spotted a man going through their car at 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Cortez Street and Atlantic Boulevard. Investig said she quit working for Avon when she became convinced some kind of political "deals" were being made during the campaign with which she did not agree. The former campaign coordinator for state Sen. Jon Thomas yesterday took full responsibility for a controversial letter sent out during Thomas' senatorial campaign last fall attacking one of his opponents. William Glynn testified that the letter, sent out on a ; Daniel Shaughnessy More than $8 million went to Broward firms during that 18 month period, he said. her condition became critical. According to Dr. Paul Hughes, director of the Broward County Health Department, herpes in transmitted easily by saliva. "If the body defenses are down even the best of antibiotics wouldn't help," he said. Diane was a sophomore at Pompano Beach High School. Her father died 13 years ago. Her mother works as a part-time housekeeper. Diane is the youngest of six children. Wittenkeller said Diane had a history of the skin rash, called atopic dermatitis, and when she developed the herpes and was sent to Jackson, "Everything was done for her that was humanly possible." Theft Suspect The girls told police they grabbed the man, who fought back, and held on until two men came and assisted them. Police arrested a man who gave his name as John Brown, 23, 1760 E. Las Olas Blvd., and charged him with breaking and entering and assault and battery. Paper Caper V f -i n bike, 200 feet of green golf course chain and a roll of carpeting. Police believe all the items were taken from the same area. Arrested and charged with illegal entry were Rodney Schaeffer, 29, of 711 NW 41 St., Fort Lauderdale and Charles MeCrea, 18, same address and an unidentified juvenile. Scheaffer and McCrea were booked into the county jail. Scheaffer's bond was set at $1,500 and McCrea's Is $500. Last night police said Scheaffer had informed them of other stolen property he had at his residence. Police obtained. a search warrant and discovered a variety of goods. The pair had accumulated three live potted trees, six ceramic statues ranging from one to three feet, several hanging plants and a bag of pine bark mulch. Det. Terry Lacass speculated they were planning to do some landscape work. engrossed in her game at David Park, Hollywood, where the city's lawn bowling group has been practicing up for a big intercity match' today against a club from Delray Beach. ation Delayed facsimile of Senate stationery of Sen. David C. Lane, R-Fort Lauderdale, ' and bearing what purported to be Lane's signature, was his total responsibility., "I did what I thought was right," Glynn said under oath. "Maybe I wasn't as knowledgeable as I should have been but whatever happened I did through stupidity, if it was wrong." ; Glynn's testimony was taken in a House probe into a complaint lodged against Slaying By Cop The Broward County Grand Jury has ruled that the Jan. 14 shooting death of a 30-year-old Hollywood man by a Tamarac police detective was justifiable homicide. After hearing testimony yesterday afternoon from several Tamarac officers, the grand jury issued a brief report declaring the death of William L. Marlowe, of 68S1 Sheridan St., justifiable under Florida law. Marlowe was shot and killed as he tried to run after being caught attempting to break into a house at 3106 1 ! mmn Suit Filed For Mauled Girl A negligence suit filed in Broward County Circuit Court yesterday by the legal guardian of Andrea Hendrix, a 5-year-old Sunset Elementary School pupil mauled by a lion Nov. 19 at the Seminole Indian Village, asks $2.3 million in damages from nine defendants. Andrea was attacked by the caged lion when she got too near the cage and the lion managed to dig underneath the cage and drag her inside. The suit says the defendants are legally liable for Andrea's injuries because they were negligent in exposing her to danger when the girl was on a class tour of the Seminole Village that day. Mrs. Viola Collins, the Woman Shot 5 Times In Argument A 22-year-old woman was shot five times last night during a barroom argument with a man on parole for a second-degree murder conviction, police said. Shirley Calvert, no local address given, is in serious condition at Broward General Medical Center today with . five gunshot wounds. Police have arrested Homer Lee Ervin, 26, no local address given, and have , charged him with assault with intent to commit murder. Police said he was on parole for Cashier Charged In Assault An 18-year-old meat market cashier has been charged with assault with Intent to commit first degree murder in connection with an attack on a customer last Sunday night in the Big Daddy's Lounge at 2501 N. Davie Rd. Extension. Hollywood police said the victim, Denise Russo, 22,. of 3801 SW 60th Ter., Davie, sus-tained slashes in the face requiring 157 stitches. She was State Rep. Randy Avon by Miss Elizabeth Athanasakos. In the complaint she claims Avon was Thomas' campaign manager and was one of the men responsible for the letter. . In it she was referred to as a "tool of the liberal Eastern forces" a campaign strategy carried out by Thomas' campaign throughout the runoff election. Thomas defeated Miss Athanasakos and then went on to win in the general election. Ruled Justified Yellow Pine Lane in the exclusive Woodland Hills section of Hollywood. The house was being staked out by Det. Charles A. Robbins Jr. and Patrolman Michael Janiec, and Robbins shot back four times at Marlowe as he tried to run way, shooting with his pistol as he ran. The grand jury said the death was "reasonably committed by lawful ways and means in an attempt to apprehend a fleeing felon" who was armed with a dangerous weapon. legal guardian, asks for $1.6 million in compensatory damages from all the defendants and $730,000 in punitive damages from the Seminoles and their insurance compay. Listed as defendants are the Broward County School Board, Sunset Elementary School Principal Robert Ryals, teacher Lois Lancaster, the board's Insurance company Unigard Mutual, the Seminole tribe and leaders Howard Tommie and Jim Bil-lie, the tribe's insurance company Liberty Mutual, and the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, which the suit says regulates the exhibition of wild animals and should either have confiscated the lion or insured proper caging. a second degree murder conviction but could give no further details. Police said witnesses said Ervin became enraged during an argument with Calvert and pulled a .22 caliber revolver and shot her twice. Witnesses said she fell to the floor and Ervin stood over her and fired two more shots at her. Witnesses told police Ervin started to walk out of the bar, Big Savoy's at NW Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue, turned around, walked back and fired two more shots at the woman. One shot missed her. ' attacked by another woman with whom she had been arguing. Police said her assailant broke a glass and used the jagged edges in the attack. After a week of investigation, police arrested Renee Marie Khalife, 18, of 7210 Cody St. last night charging her with assault with intent to commit first degree murder. Bond was set at $5,000. , Staff photo) by Bob Eait III Avon also testified yesterr day and again denied having anything to do with the letter. He said his function in the Thomas campaign was in a public relations capacity only and neither he nor any member of his firm (Creative Marketing and Public Relations) ever drafted actual language used in any ads or correspondence. Sen. Lane swore he never signed the letter or had knowledge of its contents until after it was sent out. ... Shaiv Asks Shine's Removal By RICK GARR Staff Writer ' Sunrise City Councilman Walter Shaw has gone to court asking that Council President Cecil E. Shine Jr. be reritoved from his seat and that no more council meetings be held until Shine is ousted; In his suit filed yesterday in Broward Circuit Court against the city and Shine, Shaw says the council acted illegally on Sept. 24 in appointing Shine to fill the unexpired term of resigning Councilman Conrad Osborne. ' Shaw says the Sunrise City Charter requires an election to be held within 30 days of a resignation to fill the vacancy, and he asks the court to order such a special election once Shine has been unseated. Shaw also says Shine violated Florida's resign-to-run law because he did not resign from the council seat he was" holding until after he was appointed to fill the remainder of Osborne's term. ; The council's appointment of Shine, Shaw contends, is illegal because Florida Atty. Gen. Robert Shevin has ruled three votes are needed in such a situation to make the action valid. i Four council members were present on Sept. 24. Two voted for Shine, Shaw voted no, and Shine abstained. A hearing will be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 7 before Judge George Richardson Jr. to determine whether an injunction should be issued forcing Shine out of his seat and preventing council meetings until the replacement is chosen in a special election. ! Principals Plan Trip (Continued from Page IB) But, he added, .."For 18 principals to go to Las Vegas shows a lack of good judgment, a lack of good taste with the economy as it is now. But there's nothing illegal or wrong about it." Tripp said one or two representatives should attend the conference to represent the county and share their findings. ; ..- . ! ' School Board Member William Tillet said, "I would like to see how the school advisory committees' react to the trip, rather than school board members, since the . committees are funding it." Board Chairman Andrew Mavrides was unaware of the trip and declined comment. "As a board, we have cut our travel, and generally agreed not to make the trip to Dallas (a meeting of the American Association of School Administrators Feb. 29)."

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