South Florida Sun Sentinel from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 14, 1990 · Page 22
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S Sun-Sentinei, Thursday, June 14, 1990 33 DIGEST -. Staff reports Arraignment date set ; MIAMI Robert S. Young, a convicted murderer charged in the shooting death of speedboat racer and designer Don Aronow, faces arraignment on July 3 in Dade County Circuit Court. . Metro-Dade police are continuing their investigation of the 1987 murder on a northeast Dade street known as Thunder Boat Row. Aronow, a millionaire racer-boat builder, was shot several times. Young, 41, was freed from a Cuban jail in 1984 under a deal worked out by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Young is already serving time on federal drug charges and for the 1984 murder of John "Big Red" Panzavecchia, a member of the so-called Dixie Mafia whose body was found in a Broward canal. Hit-run driver sought r The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public's help in finding a hit-and-run driver involved in a fatal accident near Hallandale . on May 27. The bicycle rider who died, Leon Gruber, 38, may have swerved into the path of the car while trying to avoid a puddle, Highway Patrol Lt. Mike Matz said. The accident occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the westbound lane of the 4700 block of Hallandale Beach Boulevard. Troopers think the vehicle is a 1986 four-door Honda, possibly gray or light-colored. ' The car would have damage to the right front hood and windshield. Gruber's last known address was in Miami, Matz said. Anyone with information about the accident or the car is asked to call Trooper Richard Glass at 467-4550. Abuse case goes to jury A Broward Circuit Court jury today will get the case of a 67-year-old Hollywood man charged with sexual battery on his 10-year-old stepdaughter. The girl, now 11, gave birth to a son in October. Defense attorney Robert Diaz told jurors that the girl was coached into what to say and implicated the defendant because she resented the fact that he was not her natural father and was strict with her. Prosecutor David Hodge said a blood test showed with a 99.999 percent probability that the stepfather fathered the girl's child. The child is in foster care. If convicted as charged, the stepfather faces a minimum of 25 years in state prison. Firm gets research grant WASHINGTON - The House Appropriations Committee has approved a grant to a , Fort Lauderdale research firm to study using Australian insects to combat the melaleuca plant threatening the Everglades and South Florida's water supply. Approval of the $250,000 grant to Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Plant Management Laboratory was announced by the committee on Wednesday. "This is a double advantage for us," said Rep. E. Clay Shaw Jr., R-Fort Lauderdale. "It helps eradicate a plant that is sucking our Everglades dry, and it encourages new science research in my own home district." Shaw had requested the grant to combat the rapidly spreading, noxious plant. The grant, included in a package of energy and water projects for next year, is expected to win approval by the full House and Senate. Corrections Two pictures in WedneS' day's metro section were inadvertently transposed and therefore misidentified The pictures nwsl ikAi Ann-.' Gladys Bobbie rect identities Wilson Grace appear at left. We regret the error. Because of a reporting error, a story on page 3B of Monday's edition had an incorrect age for Joseph A. Ely. Ely was 88 when he died in 1984. We regret the error. I p. " I "J in i 'ii - i-iiini- mm i 5s EYE ON 95 This week, drivers will not be permitted to make left turns to or from Interstate 95 at Hollywood Boulevard. Workers are building a new bridge foundation. At least two lanes in each direction will remain open during rush hours. Drivers should use Pembroke Road or Sheridan Street. Other lane closures and detours along 1-95 include: One or two northbound or southbound lanes of 1-95 from Broward Boulevard to Cypress Creek Road will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. B Two northbound andor southbound lanes of 1-95 from Cypress Creek Road to Sample Road will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Entrance and exit ramps may close periodically, one ramp at a time. The southbound 1-95 exit ramp at Stirling Road remains closed through late June. Drivers should exit at Griffin Road or Sheridan Street. In addition, southbound drivers cannot access 1-95 from Pembroke Road. They areibeing detoured to Hallandale Beach Boulevard. Bank robberies soar to record in May By PATTI ROTH Staff Writer Bank robbers made May a record-setting month in Broward and Dade counties, the FBI said on Wednesday. The upswing appears to be continuing in June. A robbery in Coral Springs on Wednesday brought the two-county total to 17 this month and 149 for the year, FBI supervisor Mike Boyle said. "We had 40 in the month of May in Broward and Dade," Boyle said. "I recall we may have had a month with 30, but nothing even close to 40." The crimes during the past several weeks seem to be the work of more than 20 bandits some of them new faces, others familiar ones belonging to repeat robbers, Boyle said.' The robber who held up SunBank in Coral Springs on Wednesday morning appears to be a newcomer, Boyle said. Likewise, bank robberies in Margate and Hollywood this week may have been pulled off by new holdup men. Boyle said he thinks the upswing is partly because of urban sprawl, which has resulted in scores of bank branches scattered around the county. Also, he said, drugs are a factor. "The majority of people that rob banks have a drug problem of some kind," Boyle said. The key to catching the bandits, he said, is identifying them. Security cameras usually provide pictures of the robbers. Police said they think about six serial robbers are at work in South Florida and have given some of them nicknames. Among them are two known as The Joker and Mr. Nasty. The Joker is so named because he hands the teller a note saying, "This is no joke." He is suspected in 11 robberies in Dade and Broward counties since October. He usually wears a baseball cap and previously had a reddish-brown beard and mustache. He had no beard when he robbed a bank in Miami this month. His attire varies, and he has been seen car-J rying a green zippered bank bag and getting into a gold, older-model Dodge Colt. He is white, appears to be 30 to 40 years old, and weighs 170 to 190 pounds.1 Mr. Nasty, so named for his abusive tone, is suspected in seven robberies in Dade County and one in Broward. Unlike most bank robbers who usually wait in line and hand over a note, Mr., Nasty usually enters the bank with his gun drawn and vaults the counter, robbing more than one teller. He is described as having an accent, is about 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8, and 150: pounds and Hispanic. w LESSONS LIFE IN Program helps teen-age mothers get diplomas. By BERTA DELGADO Staff Writer HALLANDALE - Kelie London lifted her 9Vi-month-old son in the air and gently kissed him on the cheek. "I'm so proud of him," the 17-year-old Hollywood resident said. "He's really brightened my life, and really, if I didn't have him, I probably wouldn't have finished school." London is one of 11 teen-age mothers throughout Broward County receiving their high school diplomas this week thanks to the county's Teen-age Parent Program. The program allows students to earn academic credit toward a high school diploma while teaching them skills as parents and providing free day care for their children. London and three other mothers will graduate tonight at the Hallandale Adult Community Center, where they have spent the past two years taking the high school courses needed to graduate. Students work at their own pace to earn the credits. The program also is offered at the Pompano Multipurpose Education Center in Pompano Beach, which will have two graduates, and Seagull School in Fort Lauderdale, which will have five graduates. Jane Leone, director of guidance at Hallandale, said the program at her center has an average enrollment of 45 to 65 students a year. The program's number of graduates appears low, she said, in part because the majority of the students are not seniors. Also, many ' return to their high schools to graduate, she said. ' At the Pompano Beach center, 53 students were enrolled this year, while 139 were enrolled at Seagull, i Although completing school has not been easy, London and classmate Michelle Wesinger said it would have been even tougher had they not been enrolled in the program. : "There's no way I would have stayed in high school after I got pregnant because it would have been too much of an embarrassment,'' London said. "And after I had Deen, I wouldn't have had a place to put him because child care is so expensive." London said her fiance, Deen's father, told her about the program. She said she was never interested in school until she became pregnant and enrolled in the program. "Having a baby opened my eyes to reality, and without the program, I never would have gotten where I am today," said London, who is planning to attend Sheridan Vocational and Technology Center to become a court reporter. Wesinger, who also is graduating tonight, said the V) jr xvV 1 y MiSs v - , - v. I L :-: f e ' ' : ? a V J . i. j 1 ' v - I '-7 - 'A, Staff photoJUDY SLOAN REICH Kelie London, 17, plays with her son, Deen, at the Hallandale Adult Community Center. teachers and counselors at Hallandale provided all the daughter, Kristin, 2. "I'd never even thought about support and encouragement that she needed to get college." through the program in two years. Wesinger, who got married in December and is six "They kept on me to stick with it and to start think- months pregnant, said she plans to attend Broward ing about college," said the 19-year-old, who has a Community College to study hotel management. Navarro, rap singer clash on 'Geraldo' By DEBORAH WILKER Music Writer NEW YORK - Broward County Sheriff Nick Navarro and 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell took their battle before national television cameras on Wednesday, facing each other for the first time since Campbell's arrest on obscenity charges. They were joined on the syndicated Geraldo talk show by Broward County record store owner Charles Freeman, also arrested by Navarro's deputies last week for violating the new obscenity ruling. Campbell also appeared on MTV's The Week la Rock, WNBC's Live At Five and Donahue, where he met up with Coral Gables attorney and anti-porn crusader Jack Thompson one of the first South Florida citizens to complain to law-enforcement officials about 2 Live Crew's album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be. Geraldo, which airs in South Florida on Friday afternoon, also featured Bob Freeman, a lieutenant in Navarro's gang unit, Harvard law professor Allan Dershowitz, Focus on the Family director Bob DeMoss, rap singer Kool Moe Dee and members of the rap group 3rd Bass. Navarro, who was awkwardly seated between Charles Freeman and Campbell on stage, chatted with both men during commercial breaks. But the amicable atmosphere did not prevail. Campbell clashed often and loudly with Navarro, who held firm in his belief that he is simply enforcing the new law. Talk host Geraldo Rivera began the show with a question for Navarro. "With the drug problems that you have in your county and the rest of South Florida and with violent crime rampaging down there, with murder at record w m. inn, i m mi mil i.i i i.nwwffl") i.mnymimymm .nl i n i ; i i m 1 1 1 HWH-B. 1 1 1 '-M i'"p"'"""VV-l.?.lii;i!"W'l1V-"-'".:'''!!'1'''1 i v- , n u 'f , to"" . . 0 .-Tw - AP photo Broward Sheriff Nick Navarro, left, and 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell debate on Geraldo for show that airs on Friday. TV APPEARANCES GERALDO Friday at 5 p.m. on WCIX-Ch. 6 and 4 p.m. on WPEC-Ch. 12. I APPEARING: Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew, Sheriff Nick Navarro, record store owner Charles Freeman and other experts and performers. DONAHUE Today at 9 a.m. on WPLG-Ch. 10 and WPTV-Ch. 5. I APPEARING: Campbell, Coral Gables attorney Jack Thompson, punk-rock performers Jello Biafra and Wendy O. Williams, and other experts. THE WEEK IN ROCK Saturday at 6 p.m. on cable channel MTV. I APPEARING: Campbell. levels, don't you have bigger fish to that this past Friday our organized fry?" crime division in Broward County ar- Replied Navarro, "What' was not ad- rested 160 people for sale of crack vertised in the media anywhere was cocaine." Rivera then asked Campbell why "he didn't have better things to sing about," pointing out that the Nasty album contains "87 references to oral sex and 116 mentions of male and female genitalia." Campbell, who has maintained that he has been unfairly singled out while other equally graphic recording stars proceed unchallenged, said the issue is not his sexually themed material or the definition of obscenity. "It's whether or not an adult should be able to listen to the 2 Live Crew," Campbell said, "We as parents govern our own house. We don't need Mr. Navarro telling us how to run our house." Rivera distributed lyric sheets of Campbell's material to audience members, many of whom gasped at the content. Campbell said that his albums are stickered with an "explicit lyrics" warning, and asked Navarro why he has not taken on white performers such as r&iiutcw ltjic viay emu use iuva uaiiu Guns N' Roses. Navarro said if he receives citizen complaints against those entertainers, he will pursue them "with equal vigor." But the conversation blew up when Campbell accused Navarro of racism, and then cursed at him repeatedly. Said Rivera, "This will be our bleepiest show ever." Later on Donahue, which aired live in New York on Wednesday as well as eight other U.S. cities, Focus on the Family director DeMoss used a four-syllable compound obscenity while vividly describing Campbell's lyrics. Dona-hue's switchboard lit up with complaints, while audience members giggled and squirmed. (The program aire in Smith ITlnriHa at Q o m tnrlav

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