The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on January 11, 1977 · 15
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The Tampa Tribune's New Port Richey Pori Richey Hudson Holiday Dade City Zephyrhills TAMPA, FLORIDA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1977 - SECTION B Youth Says He Watched Stepfather Shoot Mother By DEBBIE WEBER Tribune Staff Writer BROOKSVILLE Thirteen-year-old Bruce Hubbard testified in Hernando County circuit court yesterday that he watched his stepfather, Tlieron Black, shoot his mother last May 9. The testimony came on the first day of Black's trial on a first degree murder charge. He is accused of killing his wife, Carrie Belle Black, on Mother's Day morning in their Timmon's Settlement home. ALTHOUGH THE 12 jurors were not sequestered last night, they were cautioned by Circuit Judge L. R. Huffstetler not to discuss the case with anyone, or read or listen to news accounts of the trial. Hubbard testified that Black pulled a gun from his belt and shot his mother at close range. The youth first said Black was standing about four feet from his mother during the shooting, and then changed the distance to six feet under cross-examination by defense attorney Edward R. Kirkland of Ocala. The child, who was 12 years old at the time of the incident, testified that after shooting his mother, Black then turned the gun on him (Hubbard) and he fled across the street to his aunt's house. The aunt, Rosa Saunders, who is Black's sister, testified she heard shots during mid-morning that day and shortly afterward Hubbard rushed into her house and told her about the shooting. WILLIE SHEPARD, a friend of Black's, testified that he and the defendant had shared two quarts of beer the morning of the shooting. Dorothy Burkes, a neighbor of the Blacks, testified that she was standing in the doorway of her home shortly after the shooting when Black drove by and called out to her to check on his wife. Hernando County Sheriffs Dep. Curtis Coral told jurors that he arrived at the Black residence shortly after 10 a.m. May 9 and found a crowd of neighbors already assembled in the yard. Upon entering the rear door, he discovered the bullet-riddled body of Mrs. Black on the floor. Dr. William Winter, a pathologist at Lykes Memorial Hospital who performed an autopsy on the dead woman, was dismissed from the witness stand to obtain the time he first viewed her body in the hospital morgue after defense attorney Kirkland repeatedly objected to the line of questioning that Assistant State Atty. Jackson Brownlee was pursuing. Dr. Winter was not recalled before court recessed at 5:20 p.m. JAMES WALSH, a firearms expert from the Tallahassee regional crime laboratory, testified that an examination of the clothing Mrs. Black was wearing when the shooting occurred indicated there were no close range gunshots. Black, who has been in jail since his arrest-the day of the shooting, rocked back and forth slowly in his chair during the proceedings. The stocky, mustachioed defendant was attired in biege pants and a casual short-sleeved shirt. Only one black person was included in the jury of seven women and five men. The trial resumes this morning. Who-o-o-o-o Lives Here? . Tribune Photo by John Coffeen (PASCO Like a column of soldiers standing at attention, a line of Richey. And in answer to the question, itTslhelVTeldens of Sen-wooden owl cutouts stand guard in front of a home in New Port ate Lane. Few Clues, No Suspects In Ambush By AL LEE Tribune Staff Writer OCALA Investigators have no motive, no suspects and few leads as they attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding a Saturday night ambush that killed one man and injured another. "It appeared to be well-planned and thought-out," said Marion County Sheriff Don Moreland. "We have no idea what the motive is. Robbery is not the motive, apparently. There was no attempt to take any money." A MASKED gunman ambushed four prominent .retired men from north central Florida Saturday night as they drove along U.S. 27, 18 miles northwest of Ocala. The sheriff said yesterday he was all but certain that former Williston Mayor Eugene Bailey, 67, was the intended target of the gunman who murdered Walter Scott, 64, driver of the car. Moreland said the killer apparently was a passenger in a car that passed the Scott vehicle. The sheriff said the assailant probably fired out of the passen ger window of his own car and into the back window of the Buick carying the four men on their way home from dinner. Moreland said at least two persons may have been involved in the killing, the driver of the car and the gunman himself. SCOTT DIED almost instantly after the shotgun blast hit the retired immigration officer in the rear of his head. Capt. Gerard King Sr., chief detective in the Marion County Sheriffs Department, said after the car veered off the road and stopped, the killer singled out Bailey and shot him in the face and stomach. Bailey was in fair condition yesterday at Monroe Memorial Hospital in Ocala. The other two men in the car,. William Gilreath, 73, and William Harris, 66, both of Morriston, were not injured. THE WIVES of the four men drove ahead in a separate car Saturday, as they do every Saturday night. The women were at home when the ambush occurred. R Agre nn F oliow 31 ewase ria n By WALLY DILLON Tribune Staff Writer NEW PORT RICHEY The city council yesterday reaffirmed its intention to comply with a 1974 wastewater treatment agreement between the city and Pasco County and agreed to follow federal guidelines when charging any out-of-city customers of a proposed mini-regional plant. The council's action came in the aftermath of a meeting last week in Tallahassee where city and county representatives were told by state and federal pollution control officials to settle their differences or have a settlement imposed upon them. The resolution adopted by the council yesterday requests meetings with the Pasco County Commission "on a continuing basis" for the purpose of discussing the possibility of establishing a wastewater treatment authority for the entire county. THE PASCO COUNTY Commission in mid-1976 repudiated the 1974 agreement and requested staff level meetings with the city to work out a new agreement. The city disagreed, saying such meetings should be at a policy-making level. Negotiations have been stalemated since then. In the resolution adopted yesterday, no date for completion of an agreement was included. A copy of the resolution was sent to the office of County Administrator Richard Kelton, but he did not comment on it yesterday. Lloyd Dove, regional manager of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said Pasco County also will be required to adopt a similar resolution in order to keep its grant application for a 75 per cent federal grant eligible for the area's regional sewage treatment facility. "IT NOW APPEARS there will be two seperate applications for federal grants for two seperate treatment plants one administered, by the county, the second by the city. Eventual combining of the two systems into one regional authority is also a high priority," Dove said. "The Pasco County Commission must also respond to the EPA directive to indicate their willingness to negotiate with the city, and their resolution or other indication must be ready by Jan. 15 or the entire program will be in jeo-pardy,"he said. Dove said at least 32 seperate alternatives to the two-plant plan favored by the city were considered and discarded by EPA and state Department of Environmental Regulation (DER) officials during the past two years. Prior to the unanimous vote of the city council in favor of the resolution, former county administrator George Knoblock, a city resident, warned the council about the danger of being " stampeded" into a deal "without any firm financial committments" "WHY DOESNT the counfy come forth with a plan to provide a spray irrigation site for the city?", Knoblock said. City Atty. Jack McPherson said, "The county has no authority to pledge the full faith and credit of the city for any project; only the city council has that authority." Sympathy for the county's plight was voiced by Councilman William Maytum who said, "I don't envy the county with those 67 little package plants to bring into one big system. It's a monumental problem." Following the vote, Dove warned, "If no agreement between the city and the county is forthcoming soon and it appears there is no progress toward implementation of federal standards not only is the offer of grant money likely to be withdrawn but the enforcement process may then begin. "Enforcement could consit of fines of between $5,000 and $10,000 a day, Dove said. The city has been told by the federal government that it must not be discharging any effluent into the Gulf of Mexico by 1980. w ork To Begin This Week On U.S. 19 Bypass By FAY LAIR Tribune Staff Writer NEW PORT RICHEY - Work will begin on two sections of Pasco County's U.S. 19 bypass this week and bids will be opened on a third leg tomorrow. Work has begun work on the section from Trouble Creek Road to S.R. 54, County Administrator Richard Kelton said. Work will start Thursday on a 1,000-foot section south of Seven Springs subdivision. CONSTRUCTION bids will be opened tomorrow on the section from S.R. 52 to Plaza Drive and the updating work on Jasmine Drive. Jasmine at that point needs resurfacing because of the increased traffic that will be generated because of the bypass, Kelton said. Permits for the bridge across the Cotee River cannot be obtained until all right-of-way for the approach is acquired. Kelton said a previous donor of right-of-way had changed his mind and that condemnation proceedings on that parcel will start this week. The remainder of the approach right-of-way has been acquired. The state Department of Environmental Regulations must issue a permit, after the right-of-way is acquired, then the request goes to the U.S. Coast Guard. KELTON SAID this would take about 120 days. He is hoping, however, that the Coast Guard will waive some of its requirements, because the river is very narrow at that point, and thus expedite receipt of the permit. The section of road from the Plaza-Jasmine Drives area to Ridge Road is still being ;urveyjand the county is still acquir- Richard Kelton .bypass work to begin soon. ing right-of-way along Little Road and PlatheRoad. Although Pinellas County has started to talk about connecting with the bypass on the south, Kelton said construction in Pinellas would require a lead time of about a year. He said this would postpone completetion of the south end of the bypass longer than the otli' segments. Bulldozers To Clear Annex Site NEW PORT RICHEY - Bulldozers will begin clearing the site for the west Pasco County Courthouse annex today. The site on Moon Lake Road is where the county permitted residents to pick oranges from the trees for the past four days. County officials said the dublic orange-picking session was very successful, even though one 63-year-old woman reportedly fell out of an orange tree and broke a rib. County Administrator Richard Kelton said yesterday county-owned bulldozers will start clearing the site today. County crews and equipment will perform nearly all site preparation, he said. Preliminary plans for the 70,000-square-foot building were tabled by the county commission two weeks ago to allow more time for studv. Commissioners, at that time, voiced some displeasure with the plan and with the fact that they and some other county officers had not been consulted on the plan. Construction on the building is ex- pectto starJJfcijjrais Police Seeking Slaying Suspect By WALLY DILLON Tribune Staff Writer PORT RICHEY Police were searching yesterday for a suspect in the beating death of an Ohio woman whose partially clothed body was found Sunday. The body of Alexandrina Gates, age unknown, of Avon Lake, Ohio, was found on the floor of an apartment in the Debbie Apartments, on North River Road, 100 feet south of the police station, Acting Police Chief Steve Balog said. BALOG SAID a telephone call at 3:30 p.m. Sunday alerted police The acting chief said he would not identify the suspect at this time. "I have information the suspect may give himself up but, so far, I have had no word that he has." Balog said. The Tribune learned that police are seeking Donald Gates, the victim's husband, for questioning. SGT. WILLIAM JONES, who answered the call Sunday, said it appeared the victim was bludgeoned to death. A tack hammer found at scene was taken for evidence. the Jones said, "the room was all messed up and there was a lot of blood around. She had apparently been dead about 48 hours." " The woman was wearing only a pair of slacks and had a sheet thrown partially across her body," Jones said. Assisting in the investigation of the first slaying in Port Richey in four years are the Pasco County Sheriffs Department and the Florida Department of Law enforcement. : ; i .BASSO

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