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Tuesday, March 31, 1959
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CANDIDATE IASHES OUT AT BURROUGHS Open Up Council i Meetings: Bonsey By CHARLES VAN DEVANDER . ?nvC' onseyJ candidale ' mayor, last night demanded that City Council conduct the city's business in the open and "cot iiu cun iiicvuiiks, cianaesune HTitU .11 iU i r "u mree mayoralty candidates present at a meeting of the Ponce De Leon Civic Association, Bonsey loosed a slugging attack on Mayor John D. Burroughs record and campaign spending. He linked himself with Councilman Ed F. Brantley, third candidate in the race, as "running against the same foe," and declared: "If they start getting rough, they're going to get rough on both of us and we're1 In this together." I 'WONDERFUL JOB' "Let's leave Ed Brantley ' in the seat he has on the council," Bonsey said, referring to the fact that Brantley has two more years to serve if defeated for mayor. "He's done a wonderful job there and I thank God we've had him on the council." Thirteen of the 15 district can didates for council also spoke at the meeting held in the First Federal Savings and Loan Association building, 49th St. N. and Pth Ave. Burroughs, who spoke before Bonsey, avoided personalities end limited himself to three sentences: 1 . "All the candidates have the same platform," he said. "I'd like to say you have a good bunch of candidates running for council and mayor. All of you people art over 21 and I say you are the ones who should judge." Brantley, first of the candidates for mayor to speak, said the needs of the city are well-recognized and "the real need is plan-ring and finding the way to pay for the things we need. Take drainage alone. We need $5 million for drainage and that to my mind is out if we have to pay It from current revenues. A long-range plan should include a general obligation bond issue that people could vote on to get the things they want." - BONSEY LASHES Bonsey, lashing out, asked where the money was coming from for Burroughs' campaign and said, "I think he's spent more money up to now than I'm going to spend on this whole campaign. "Our city today is a divided city," Bonsey declared. "In the past few months we've had two actions against the city because l1- was operating against the wishes of the people. His reference was to the 9,000 signatures on a petition against the proposed spa auditorium site and to the current suit to enjoin award of a sanitary sewer con tract approved by City Council. Bonsey asked the voters to ask themselves two questions: "Do jou approve the way the city has been run the last two years? If jou agree with me that you have gotten nothing substantial from the present city government, do jou want the same thing two j ears more? COUNCIL CANDIDATE George F. Woodruff, District 1 Council, said that "one little leak in the city dike is cost ing us sewers, street lights and drainage. "That's WSUN-TV, the city's station," he said. "We have spent about $300,000 on WSUN-TV and we're coing to spend another $600,000 if the city gets the 11 cense for new Channel 10. I'm definitely in favor of getting rid of the station, selling it to pri vate owners and putting the money into needed services." H. E. Carroll Sr. and Edgar L. Kiefer District 5 candidates, both rapped the present council. Carroll called for "men with proven business experience" on the council and said, "I would like to see the circus atmos phere removed from City Coun cil." Kicfer said the principal thing Is to have councilmen who will think before they act. We have men in there who do think, oth ers do not, he said. Others who addressed the meeting were District 1 candi dates Clyde L. Welch. G. Harris Graham, Joseph M. Walker and J. P. Cox; District 3 candi dates Eli S. Jenkins, 0. S. Witt rer and R. Guy Strout, and District 5 candidates, Jack S. Carey and Mack J. Golden. Marker, Business News On Pages 3-5-D Legal Forum Question SEND TO: LEGAL FORUM EDITOR THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES I would like to have th following question answered on the Legal Forum of Tuesday, April 7 at Christ Methodist Church, Topic of the Forum is "Buying and Selling Real Estate." meetings and coffee clatches. Law Agencies Lock Horns On Break-In By MARGARET CARROLL A 14-year-old boy who broke into Li'l General Store, 8401 49th St. N., Pinellas Park, and took about $300, didn't cause half as much commotion as two police agencies did when they came to investigate early yesterday. Pinellas Park Police Chief Mor ris McTarsney said two of his officers "told me Deputy Sheriff Willie Brass threatened to have me thrown In jail if I didn't stop interfering with him." The statement allegedly was made af ter both agencies came to investigate the store break. , "I told him (Brass) he was in my town ... we have men capa ble of investigating such cases . It used to be that we got cooperation from the Sheriff's Of fice. Now they come in like a po lice state on my case," the chief said.. A MISUNDERSTANDING' Brass said the incident yester day "was all cleared up and was just a misunderstanding," and that the case was turned over to Pinellas Park authorities. He had "no comment" on the alleged re mark to McTarsney. The Sheriff's Office received first call on the break. Pinellas Park was notified later. Meanwhile, police said, the youth who pried open an ice de livery door to get into the store, handed out beer and cigarettes he got in the burglary to three of his friends in addition to tak ing the weekend receipts. McTarsney said the three boys got drunk, and when arrested yesterday afternoon, told who gave them the beer. The boys released to their parents cus tody, were not involved in the break-in. BOTTLES OF WINE TAKEN Pinellas Park Sgt. Wilbur Stieg- ler said the 14-year-old also ad milted grabbing two bottles of wine from the Grab-It Market across from the Li'l General Store, and giving the wine to the three boys. The Sheriff's Office had its own Li'l General Store burglary to investigate over the weekend Deputy Marshall Booth said burg lars tried to pry open a sunken money chest type safe at 4299 66th St. N. early Sunday. Entry there also was gained via the ice delivery door and some beer was stolen. The management of the fi6th St. Li'l General recently had to repair the same safe after it was battered, but not opened, by burg lars. That time entry also was gained in the same fashion. Youth Shot In Elbow Accidentally Robert Mitchell, 14, son of St, Petersburg Insurance man Robert C, Mitchell, suffered a shat tered right elbow and narrowly missed death last night when a .38 caliber automatic he was cleaning in his bedroom fired, sending the slug through his arm. Young Mitchell, was admitted to Mound Park Hospital for bone surgery. His father was an unsuccessful candidate for the County School Board last year. The Mitchells live at 128 36th Ave. NE. The boy told Patrolman Homer Allen he was alone in his bedroom, working the ejecting mechanism of the automatic when it fired accidentally. Allen said if the slug was not steel-jacketed it would have mushroomed, possibly tearing the boy's arm off. C-C Building Report INDIANA ROCKS BEACH -The building committee of the Indian Rocks Beach Chamber of Commerce, headed by President W. Frank Byars, will report at the April luncheon meeting of the organization at noon Friday in the Mambo, N. Gulf Blvd. 1 M) o v FIRST 'SANTEE' AWARDED Hollywood has its "Oscars", television its "Emmies", and the Christmas Toy Shop Project Inc. of St. Petersburg last night awarded its first "San-tee" to The Times Good Morning Conductor Paul Davis. The figure of a reclining Santa in a Florida hammock was awarded for outstanding community service during the past year including aid to the Toy Shop. Left to right, above, are Davis, Santa Claus (Norm Dusseault, a director of the Toy Shop) and J. Dayton Saltsman, also a director, who made the presentation. Girl Injured Crash Dies Miss Mary Lou Helman, 18, 6356 7th Ave. N., injured Sunday afternoon when her car skidded off rain slick 5th Ave. N. at St. Petersburg Junior College, died at Mound Park Hospital at 12:20 p.m. yesterday. Her death brought the number of traffic fatalities in Pinellas County this year to 22. To date nine persons have died in road mishaps in St. Petersburg. Miss Helman, daughter of school board member Charles E. Helman Jr. and Mrs. Helman, suffered severe chest and body injuries and was admitted to Mound Park Hospital at 4:20 p.m. Sunday. Patrolman Warren Hedrlck said Miss Helman, alone in the car, apparently was startled when her girl friend blew her horn, as Miss Hclman's car passed her car. The friend said she thought the Helman car had cut in too close in front of hers when Miss Hel man started to cut back into her lane and she blew the horn to warn her. Miss Helman apparently cut too sharp to the right. The car went into a broadside skid and rammed a palm tree on a lawn at 6774 5th Ave. N. Another motorist pulled the In jured girl from the car after she was pinned under the steering wheel. In addition to her mother and father, Miss Helman is survived by two sisters, Jane, a senior at Boca Ciega High School, and Susie, a ninth grader at Tyrone Junior High. Friends may can after 6 p.m. today at Baynard-Barnes, Biscoe & Yopp chapel. Services will be Woman, Blood Covered, Found Beneath Trailer NEW PORT RICHEY - Workmen of the Forida Power Corp. yesterday morning found an unconscious woman covered with blood under a trailer at the com pany's Moon Lake Rd. substa tion, east of here. Myrtle Elam, 49, Tampa, was taken to Mease Hospital in Dun-edin, suffering from cuts, abrasions and exposure. Pasco County Deputy Sheriff Basil Gaines, investigating the case, said the woman had told him in lucid moments she had jumped from an unknown car, Police Break Up White, Negro Gangs Pn1ir veslerdav said they broke up two gangs of Ne'gro and white youngsters whom they said could eventually have turned their nrivate wars into a minor race riot. Youth Aid Bureau Lt. W. A. Lackey said three white brothers, ages 12. 14. and 15, and seven Negro youths they led during brushes with a white gang have been turned over to Juvenile Court authorities. Six of the all-white gang got similar treatment. All the youngsters range in age from 12 to 16. Lackey said the three white brothers "got tired of being picked on" by the other white boys, and since they lived on the fringe of a Negro neighborhood recruited some of their Negro friends "to help clear up some misunderstandings. The trouble was brought to po lice attention last week when distraught mother called headquarters and said her boy had taken off work for a gang rumble. In Car In Hospital at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, with Dr. J. Wallace Hamilton and the Rev. Walter Rutland officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Woman Fatally Injured When Hit By Truck An unidentified woman, about 65, was fatally injured last night when she was struck by a light truck as she crossed 3rd Ave S. just east of 7th St. The woman, who suffered i broken right leg, and head and internal injuries, died at Mound Park Hospital at 8:36 p.m half hour after the accident. She becomes St. Petersburg's 11th traffic death of the year. Patrolman Ed Mogelnicki said the woman was struck by a truck driven by Oliver Hewitt, 55, 1845 5th Ave. S., owner of Hewitt s Peter Rabbit Nursery School. Hewitt, whose truck had only one headlight, was charged with driving a vehicle with defective! equipment. The pedestrian's prayer book rosary beads, hearing aid, shoes and bag were scattered along a 30 foot path from the impact. No identification papers were found. Mogelnicki said the woman was not in the crosswalk when she crossed the avenue. Hewitt was not speeding and his brakes were in good condition, the po liceman added. run two miles, climbed a nine-foot fence, crawled under the trailer and moved a wheelbarrow in front of it before lapsing into unconsciousness. Pasadena Anti-Merger Group To Meet Tonight A meeting of the anti-merger group of South Pasadena and nearby unincorporated communi ties is scheduled tonight at 8 at the South Pasadena Town Hall. South Pasadena Mayor George Dickson said final plans for presenting the group's position to the Legislature will be made at the meeting, which will be open to the public. Tampans Ask Damages In Yule Snow Show TAMPA W Mr. and Mrs Horace Elbertson of Tampa filed $120,000 damage suit in Cir cuit Court yesterday against the promoters of Tampa's pre Christmas snow show. The suit said Mrs. Elbertson suffered injuries when struck by a piece of ice. Defendants include Hilton & Gray Advertising Agency and four merchants, Maas Brothers Inc., Wolf Brothers Inc., and King's Credit Clothiers and Clark's Credit Clothiers. Trash Schedules NORTHSIDE: 4th St. to Tampa Bay, 7th to 22nd Aves.; 4th to 9th Sts.. 34th to 38th Aves.; 9th to 16th Sts.. 24th to 30th Aves.: 16th to 24th Sts.. 46th to 54th Aves.; 34th to 49th Sts., 12th to 22nd Aves.; 70th to Park St., 5th to 38th Aves., including Azalea ville. Country Club Rd., Jungle Prada and Jungle Terr. SOt'THSIDE: Bahamas Shores Coquina Key and Pinellas Point Dr.; Lake wood Estates, 9th to 34th Sts.; 4th to 9th Sts., 22nd to 30th Aves.; 9th to 16th Sts., 13th to 18th Aves.; 16th to 34th Sts. 15th to 18th Aves.; 40th to 49th Busch Opens Brewery Today In Tampa Beer, buildings and beautiful birds will compete for attention at the new Anheuser-Busch $20 million brewery unveiling at Busch Gardens in Tampa today. Open to a press preview and dedication ceremonies, the Gar dens, at 3000 Temple Terrace Highway, at 11:30 a.m., will be dedicated to the memory of past Anheuser-Busch presidents. Attending the preview and ded ication will be press,, radio, tele vision, government and civic leaders of Florida, St. Petersburg and Tampa. A marker dedicated to presi dents Adolphus Busch, 1880-1913; August A. Busch, 1913-1934 and Adolphus Busch, III, 1934-1946 will be unveiled by Adolphus Busch, IV, great-grandson of the 1st president. , Laid out in Tampa's Industrial Park, it is unique in its planning and development. The Gardens have been built In an attempt to add to the attractiveness of the community at the same time as building an indus trial plant. Hospitality House, the Gardens' focal point, a building constructed with heptagonal roof 95 foot across and giving the impression of "floating" over the entire area, was designed by St. Peters burg architect, William B. Har vard. General contractor for the Gar dens was another St. Petersburg organization, Mills and Jones. ine landscape architect was Charles R. Wedding of St. Peters burg. Associate was James E. Hammond, also of this city. A unique bird stadium will be included in the industrial park area. More than 200 people at a time will witness bird shows pre sented in a sunken arena. Two hundred-fifty birds will make up the initial feathered population. Shows will be free when opened to the public June 1. Other attractions including posing area for photographers, fish and duck ponds, Devil's Island for incorrigible birds, raised promenade and dwarf village are included in the Gardens. More than half a million dollars have been spent on these attrac tions. . Other features of the day in clude a buffet luncheon, tours of the brewery and Gardens and a game between Anheuser-Busch's St. Louis Cardinals and the Chi cago White Sox at Al Lopez Field. Couple Said Missing; Foul Play Feared The sheriff's office said yester day it still is trying to find a man and his young wife, report ed missing Friday by a relative who fears they may have met with foul play. Deputy Sheriff Warren Prass said Grant Jessip, 4411 78th Ave N., reported he last saw his brother, John H., 87, and John's wife, Joyce D., 19, last Wednes day. Their 1955 Ford was not parked at their home, 5961 59th Way N. Prass said the Jessups clothes were gone from the house in dicating they may have decided to move out suddenly. Although there were signs of a scuffle in the home, no signs of foul play were found, Prass said. Prass said household articles in the rented house were scattered and that damage on a door in dicated someone had broken it off at the hinges. ALLIED PRODUCTS NAMED DEFENDANT IN $18,093 SUIT CLEARWATER - Allied Prod ucts of Florida Inc., St. Peters burg, was named as defendant yesterday in an $18,093 damage suit filed by Protective Coatings Inc. The plaintiff contended it sold panels to the defendant in November and December, 1958. It was alleged that the last order for Madeira Beach High School was cut to order, totaling $17,488 and that the defendant refused to accept all of the panels. James H. Wehle represented the plaintiff. L ANOTHER ACTION Thom as H. Campbell Jr., filed suit for $10,000 in damages against Mos ley C. Collins and Frank D. Lewis on an alleged promissory note given in 1951. Address of the par ties was not shown in the suit filed by attorney Howard L. Kil lian, Tampa. Only Regular Hours Set For Registration There will be no night hours for voter registration offices prior to the closing of books for the St. Petersburg city election, the County Registration Office announced in Clearwater yester day. According to Deputy Herman Watjen. night hours are kept only when there are limited periods of 60 days of less for regis tering prior to any election. St Petersbur books have been CITY HALL NEWS Lynch School Drainage. Paving Project To Star City public service department workers will start work this week on a drainage and paving project for George M. Lynch elementary school. Access to the school will be completed by private contract with the developer, Florida Builders Inc. The paving was authorized two weeks ago after mothers of students at the school protested muddy conditions. Mayor John D. Burroughs, whose paving company has done some of the Meadowlawn street paving contracts, volunteered to have one of his company bulldoz ers level the street. Later, according to city engi neering inspector Dick Reese, shell was added. T. E. Goodrow, acting public service director, said the city will install drainage pipes and pave 18th St. from 70th Circle at the school to 74th Ave. N., thence to a 20-acre, tract the city is buying for a natural gas gate station. Florida Builders has agreed to pave 70th Ave. N. from 17th Lane to 70th Circle. Fletcher May Return Verlyn L. Fletcher, acting city manager, is expected to return to the post of personnel director and administrative aide when George i.. Armes becomes city manager Wednesday. Fletcher said he had no other plans to announce other than that. Fletcher, who had been administrative aide to Ross E Windom and personnel director, took the acting manager's job in January, when Windom resigned after 10 li years as city manager. Armes moves up from utilities director. No successor has been announced for the utilities post Royal Treatment Set For Gas Pipe j r A piece of gas pipe is going to get the royal treatment at 10 a.m. Thursday. Special ceremonies will mark the first pipe laying for the new natural gas transmission line to St. Petersburg. The ceremonies will be in the vicinity of 62nd Ave. and 24th St. N., according to city officials. Sections of the 12-inch trans mission line are now being given special protective coatings here. , Short talks will accompany the first section of pipe to go into the ground. Speakers will include City Manager George K. Armes, Allen C. Grazier, chairman of the St. Petersburg Port Authority and Mayor John D. Burroughs. So far rainy weather hasn't prompted any delay in the cere monies. City officials and officials of the Houston Corp., parent organ ization of the gas pipeline operation, will attend a luncheon afterward. The Houston Corp. is bringing natural gas to Florida via a 1,500- mile pipeline from the Texas-Louisiana Coast to a point just south of Miami. June 1 is the target date for completion of the entire line. The city intends to spend about TELL A FRIEND o 0 0 about INDUSTRIAL SAVINGS BANK'S wonderful LOANS that can help you and your family attain a few "necessary luxuries" limkir f Mittl Diptiit tnito(i (orptratim. Corner St. Petersburg Tlmci, Tuct Joy, $8,500,000 for conversion and ex pansion of the local system over a five year period. Public Hearing April 16 On Zoning Ordinance St. Petersburg's new zoning or dinance will go to public hearing at 3 p.m., April 16, at the City Hall assembly room. Meanwile, Planning Director John B. Harvey suggests citi zens can inform themselves on the plan by inspecting a zoning map of the entire city on display in the planning department offices. Free booklets also are avail able to explain the zoning law. Called "Where Am I in the New Zoning Ordinance," the booklets are a sprightly guide to the subject. ' And for those who wa.jt more time to study the proposals, com plete maps are available from the engineering department at $2.50 per copy, the cost of re production. Zoning (Continued From Page I B) A. L. Anderson had raised some question about the validity of certain maps he had been re quested to certify. Under the county zoning law only the commission can change the zoning of pieces of land. Such changes must either be proposed by an application requiring a $25 fee or by the zoning director. In any case, all changes must be advertised 15 days before a pub lic hearing in a newspaper of general circulation. After hearing, commission decides whether the proposed change should be made. . Gilkerson said that the original maps, made part of the law, were placed in his charge. Changes were drawn on new maps by the zoning department. Then the department replaced the old maps with the new, presumably after formal action by commission. For a period during Morris' administration, the old maps were destroyed. Gilkerson, how ever, ordered the remaining maps saved and stored in his safe. i From these maps, McWhirter made his check on the changes m the maps. He surveyed the minutes of the commission, ad vertising files and checked them against the zoning maps, Gilker son said. Stuler said when asked for comment about the report that he knew of no unauthorized changes. 1 He recalled that he had been directed by commission after ir regularities in procedure during Morris' administration were discovered to change as many un authorized or improperly advertised changes he could find' back to what they were in the original 1956 zoning maps. Some hardship cases were made exceptions, Stuler said. These were the 88 changes legalized by the commission on May 1, 195L. V Hi oo0 OOo Op of Second Ave. & First St. A 1 1 1 ft March 31, 1959 3-B Clerk Charges Interruption Of Fill Audit By PAUL MITCHELL Somebody's got to do tome "tall explaining" when County Commission meets at 10 a.m. today at Clearwater. Circuit Court Clerk Avery Gilkerson wants to know why his deputies, attempt ing to make an audit of county sanitary fill receipts, were "run orr the job last week. Commission Chairman A. L. Anderson is just as upset over events as the peppery clerk. "I requested last week Mr. Gilkerson audit county operation of sanitary fills for my personal information as a commissioner and I'd also like to know why he wasn't permitted by some county officials to complete the work," Anderson said yesterday. He said the county operates the Belcher Rd. fill southeast of Clearwater and the Drew St. fill just outside the upper Pinellas city, off U.S. 19. The angered clerk reported to Anderson yesterday, "When my men attempted to carry out the audit they were run off the fill premises. They were informed by Robert C. Stuler, supervising fill operations, that orders denying access to records were issued by Commissioner Edward LaVoie, on advice of County Attorney J. D. Hobbs, Jr." Neither LaVoie, nor Hobbs attended yesterday's meeting of commissioners as a park authority. Anderson told fellow members he had "no idea where Mr. LaVoie is today," but indicated the county attorney was attending meeting elsewhere. Also absent yesterday were Commissioners Harry R. Chad-wick Jr. and R. Hosey Wick. Of the missing, Wick had been called by his brother's death last week to Jackson, Ohio. Consequently, commission was embarrassed by lack of a quorum in the attendance of only two members Anderson and vice chairman Charles Fischer. Anderson said Chadwick called yesterday morning and said he knew nothing of the 10 a.m. meeting with park officials. "I mailed him a notice," responded B. E. Shaffer, county park superintendent and state legislator from Pinellas. Shaffer said he must go to Tallahassee Friday, 'therefore the park meeting was advanced from its normal -date next Monday. Notice was posted last week on the commission bulletin board at Clearwater and published in The Times Saturday, he noted. Gilkerson said he would demand an answer at 10:10 a.m. today why his auditors were barred by Stuler from examining fill receipts. "I am interested in what is said by those who've interfered," the clerk said. "It's something for Mr. LaVoie to explain where he got the authority he is reported to have exercised in keeping out my men," Gilkerson continued. "It is definitely something for the county attorney to explain, I'd say." ,fvV - 00 OOo Visit ur Initalltntnt loan Dtportmtnt today and talk ft avtrl APPLIANCES AUTOMOBILES MOBILE HOMES . REAL ESTATE SMALL BUSINESS . BOATS HOME IMPROVEMENTS PHONE 5-3191 North . . . Sts.. 15th to 18th Aves. open since November. S v.

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