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Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida · 13

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ST. PETERSBURG TIMES mm n p uDGl Hillsborough adopts handgun waiting period By JENNIFER ORSI Timet Staff Writer TAMPA After rejecting cooling-off periods for handgun purchases twice in two years, Hillsborough County commissioners changed their minds and established one Wednesday with the hope of preventing impulsive acts of violence. Before commissioners voted 5-2 for the three-day waiting period, they heard strong dissent from gun store owners and a plea for approval from a friend of a Tampa couple whose shooting deaths renewed calls for stricter local gun control. Commissioners had scheduled Wednesday's hearing on the cooling-off period last month, shortly after William Paul Henderson shot and killed his wife, Rosa, then himself, two hours after purchasing a handgun Aug. 7. Ted Knight told commissioners he thinks a waiting period would have stopped Henderson and could help prevent future deaths. "Those of us who know Paul honestly believe that, had there been a waiting period, Rosie would still be alive today, and the children would be with their mother," said Knight, who had known the Hendersons for about four months. Other residents and gun store owners, however, argued that while the Hendersons' deaths were tragic, a cooling-off period wouldn't have prevented the deaths. John Wilson, who owns Discount Guns in Tampa, said the ordinance implementing the waiting period has so many exceptions that it won't do any good. It applies only to handguns sold at retail establishments, not to private indi- Please see HANDGUN 5B Weather, 2B Suncoast digest, 3B State digest, 4B Suncoast deaths, 7B section THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 21. 1989 0 AdMcu mnietlheirs can pSdklFiaB, treatment James Selvey spoke against government infringement Pam lorio said the ordinance has some loopholes. By MARK JOURNEY Timet Staff Writer CLEARWATER In what may be an unprecedented move, Pinellas prosecutors are giving mothers of drug-addicted babies an alternative: Get treatment, or get prosecuted. "I really think the traditional means of prosecution are not going to accomplish what needs to be accomplished," said Mary McKeown, the Pinellas-Pasco assistant state attorney coordinating the program. "They go into the program. They successfully complete the program. They will not have criminal charges arising out of this." But the experimental program also is raising an ethical and legal controversy. Opponents question whether courts will uphold the convic tions of women charged with getting their infants addicted to drugs. And some critics say it will force women into treatment even though they haven't been convicted of crimes. "Effectively, it's involuntarily committing someone," said Robyn Blumner, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida. "What you're basically saying is, 'Look, you have a choice, addicted mother. You can either go to treatment or go to trial, and either way, you're a loser." Pinellas prosecutors and other supporters say the program is an innovative way to deal with a complex social problem. Prosecutors say they have postponed charges against about 40 women because the women may be eligible for Please see ADDICT 8B "J . , f "j, ' '' "Tr , i nitty-" ii iiniii . g . - y r imr ( www Iln'-wwirjwv1"'11 ' l unyiw-j..- r -iiifi- -r- -in -" '-niium Diiinirii i iTi nnmi immiitii inn if i -ir ' "--"''--' Timai photo STEVE HASEL Residents have blocked this house in the street because, they say, it will lower property values if moved into their neighborhood. Tug of war over house turns racial Some say blacks as neighbors could lower property values By MARIE TESSIER Timet Staff Writer CLEARWATER A feud among property owners over a small, light-blue house became a racial issue Wednesday when two white residents said they don't want the house on their block partly because they're afraid black people might move in. The man trying to move the house, developer Michael A. Sofarelli, said late Wednesday that county officials were going to let him move the house early this morning. "(The developer) says he's going to make it into low-income housing and put blacks in there," said Norman Hibbing, a homeowner who has hired an attorney and survey crew, and organized his neighbors in an effort to keep the house out of the neighborhood. "I stand to lose thousands." "What's stopping him from selling it to coloreds?" said Alfred Swetay, another neighbor whose house faces McMullen-Booth Road. "Once that happens, the whole neighborhood's gone." Neither man elaborated on why he thought having black neighbors would affect his property values. Sofarelli denied raising any racial issues and pointed out that he could lose his real estate license for violations of fair-housing laws if he did. For five days, Sofarelli's 32-foot-wide house has been stuck in the middle of 30-foot-wide John's Parkway like a square peg at the opening of a round hole, with neighbors' cars blocking his path. Neighbors have parked their cars along an easement, claiming property ownership gives Please see HOUSE 8B Abducted clerk found killed in Hillsborough By JENNIFER L. STEVENSON Timet Staff Writer RIVERVIEW Eileen Mangold did not go gently into her terrifying, final night. Kicking and screaming, the 50-year-old clerk fought the man who was kidnapping her. But pleas to a small cluster of stunned witnesses did not help. Early Wednesday morning, Ms. Mangold's body was found along a busy highway, 14 hours after she was robbed and kidnapped from the convenience store where she worked. The man was still at large Wednesday night. "I had a bad feeling about this one from the beginning," said Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman Jack Espinosa as he watched investigators hovering over her body Wednesday afternoon. The ordeal started the night before, about the time Ms. Mangold usually locked up the small Kangaroo Fuel Stop in Riverview and went home to her 14-year-old son. As she was cleaning up for the night, a man entered the store and robbed her, Espinosa said. He then grabbed Ms. Mangold by the throat and pulled her into her own car, a station wagon and forced her to drive away. As a group of surprised patrons watched deputies would not say exactly from where Ms. Mangold screamed "Help!, I'm being robbed. Help!" But deputies said the witnesses could not get to her in time. Into the darkness the station wagon sped, its horn honking. It was the last time anyone would see Eileen Mangold alive. At 1:30 a.m. her car was dis- Eileen Mangold worked two jobs to help care for her son, Henry. covered in a nearby subdivision. Its engine was cold, and there was blood on the front seat, according to a private security guard who said he found the car. At 1 1:15 a.m., after an all-night search, two sheriffs deputies discovered her partly nude body in woods near the entrance to Interstate 75 off Gibsonton Drive. She would have been 51 next Tuesday. Hillsborough Capt. Gary Terry said it "was obvious she was murdered but not clear what she was murdered with." He said there was "trauma" to her upper body. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death and whether there was sexual abuse. While one search ended, another one began. Using a description provided Please see CLERK 8B A bagel tale with no bimbettes Crestfallen, I crept home to my wife. "How could I have made such a mistake?" I said. "Me! The least chauvinist of men. " . Louise Carr-Sanders gave me a smile in which fondness no doubt outweighed contempt. "I admit you know the lingo," she said. "But underneath, you're like all the rest. " It's not easy being a mostly well-meaning man. i he saga began at Bagels Unlimited, 5564 66th St. N. I walked in, sniffed the mingled perfumes of 11 kinds of bagels (including garlic, oat bran and cinnamon raisin), thought, "Why not a story about a yo; ng bagel-maker?" The young bagel-maker was agreeable; we made an appointment, and I left, with a nod to the young woman standing behind the counter. Linda, the bagel-maker's wife. Comes in to help out, I decided. Bagels are a round, rubbery concoction distantly related to bread and definitely habit-forming. True bagels (not the soft, white bread types you get in supermarkets or in Burger King breakfasts) are not made in ordinary bakeries. For the real thing, you must have a bagel-maker devoting his full time and his full bakery to the ancient craft. Until the 1970s, bagels were a big-city product, made only by members of the Bagel-makers Union, an almost all- l( J. JACQUIN SANDERS Jewish and absolutely all-male organization. When I arrived for the appointment, Cliff Hallmark, 24, was already posing for pictures. "Want me to get him and his wife together?" the photographer asked. "Nah," I said. The interview was going well, but not wonderfully. Despite the heat coming from the 12-foot-wide bagel oven, there was a chill in the air. "Let's get Linda over here to talk about the shop," I suggested jovially. Linda was at the other end of the room, near the long water pan where the bagels were cooling. Her smile was cooler than any bagel. "Do you put in a lot of time here?" I asked. "How about seven days a week?" she said. "We both work seven days a week," said Hallmark nervously. "Did you think," Linda asked, "that I was some bimbette just standing behind the counter?" For better or worse, Cliff Hallmark would never have gotten into bagels 1 T" TTT 3?f4VJE inn 1 GTE, regulators had private deal ruling out refund 5 W M t By TIM NICKENS Timet Staff Writer Timet photo KATHLEEN CABBLE Cliff and Linda Hallmark both of them run a bagel business. were it not for Linda. When they were both in Clearwater High and had begun to date, he would call for her at her after-school job at Clearwater Bagels on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. After high school, Cliff went into the Army and was sent to Germany. Linda joined him a year later, and they were married. In April 1987. after Cliff had been in the service for four years, the couple came home to Clearwater. The morning after, Cliff went to his wife's old place of business to pick up some breakfast bagels. He got talking to Brian Morris, the owner. Morris offered him a job. Hallmark spent 18 months learning bagel-making. Then, with Morris as partner, he and Linda started Bagels Unlimited. They invested his money (Army savings) and hers (from her job in Germany). It is a union of workaholics. Baking begins at 3 a.m. The shop opens at 7, closes at 5, six days a week. Sundays are like other days, except they knock off at 2 p.m. "It's like a day off," says Linda. Actually, they had a day off this summer. Went to Disney World. "We'll probably take a day off again next summer," says Cliff. And the future? More and more and ever-lovelier bagels and the return of a photographer to take a picture of both proprietors. TALLAHASSEE If GTE Florida and the staff of the state Public Service Commission (PSC) would have had their way last year, the telephone company's 1.3-million customers wouldn't have a shot at getting refunds now. Utility officials and PSC staff members twice met privately last summer and "pretty much reached a meeting of the mind" on how much money GTE should be allowed to earn, a GTE official says. The concepts they talked about were approved by the PSC last fall, and they didn't include any refunds for GTE customers. The decision was appealed by Public Counsel Jack Shreve, who represents ratepayers in cases before the PSC. Now, public hearings are set for next week, and the PSC staff is recommending that GTE give back $20.1-million to its 1.3-million customers, or about $15 each. The GTE case illustrates two points that Shreve often has raised in recent years about the way the state regulates utilities. He says the public can be shut out of key discussions in which a consensus might be reached on how much profit utilities should earn. He also suggests that settlements between utilities and the PSC sometimes don't bring the same benefits for ratepayers that formal hearings could. "I really have a problem with an agreement being made between the staff of the PSC and the company, and the PSC acting on it as a (proposed order)," Shreve said Wednesday. "The thing that is really wrong is that there is no representative of the public in there." PSC Chairman Michael Wilson said the issues Please see GTE 8B

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