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4-CitmS THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, Friday. December 2, 1 983 News Briefs Tribune Staff Man guilty in bloody attack on wife By BILL HEERY Tribune Staff Writer BARTOW A olk County jury Thursday found Thomas Eugene Drake guilty of attempting to murder his wife with a claw hammer at the First Church of the Nazarene in Winter Haven. "Broken homes and broken hearts," Drake's tearful 74-year-old mother-in-law said after the verdict. Drake, 45, was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder with a weapon and armed robbery with a deadly weapon. Both charges carry maximum sentences of life in prison. Drake showed little emotion as Circuit Judge Edward Threadgill ordered a presentence investigation of the defendant. As he was led from the courtroom by a deputy, the red-eyed Drake told reporters he had no comment. Drake beat his wife, Nancy Drake, on the head with a hammer last July 8 at the church. She worked as the church secretary. She was found lying in a pool of blood in an equipment room. The church safe door was open and an estimated $3,800 was missing. The prosecution said the motive for the attempted murder was Drake's romance with a younger woman from Fort Lauderdale, who moved in with him while his wife was hospitalized. Nancy Drake, who testified as a defense witness Wednesday, does not recall anything that occurred the day of the beating, the jury was told. She has been friendly with her husband during visits at the county jail and smiled at him frequently during her testimony. Report details Citrus areas to be EDB tested CHARLES V. BAGLI Tribune Staff Writer BROOSKVILLE The state EDB Task Force Thursday received an Agriculture Department report detailing the use of the pesticide in Hernando county in 1982. It cited the same golf courses in Hernando County as a 1983 use survey released Nov. 14, but added Citrus County areas not previously mentioned. According to Earl Peterson, the Agriculture Department's representative on the task force, a total of 315 gallons of ethylene dibromide were used at the Citrus Springs Country Club, Sugar Mill Woods and the Inverness Golf and Country Club. Citrus health officials said the department was surveying wells near a total of six golf courses and expected to be ready to send samples for testing next week. "We've identified two golf courses Seven Rivers in Crystal River and the Inverness Golf and Country Club that have private wells adjoining the courses," said Charles Bradley, director of environmental health. The 1982 report stated 315 gallons of EDB were used at the Citrus Springs Country Club in Citrus Springs, Sugar Mill Woods Golf and Racquet Club in West Homosassa, and the Inverness Country Club in Inverness. Bradley said most of the county's golf courses were hooked up to public water supplies outside the safety perimeter. He said he was concerned about wells in areas near the Seven Rivers Country Club and the Inverness Golf and Country Club. Escape From Page 4 tion of the state forest at about 3:45 a.m. The 15-year-old was charged with grand theft-auto and with escape from a juvenile facility. The 13-year-old, who leaped from the truck and voluntarily returned to the camp, was charged with escape. Both youths were sent Thursday afternoon to the Marion County Regional Detention Center in Ocala, said Michael Lynch, camp superintendent. Forest Ranger Max Miller was asleep at the forest station a little after 4 a.m. when his dogs woke him up, he said. He heard someone start up a truck and called his neighbor, Joe Parsons. He said he saw the boys jump into a second truck and drive off on Claysink Road. The younger boy jumped from the truck at this point, reports say. The forestry station is about two miles from the youth camp. Miller and Parsons jumped into another truck and started after the boys. Their radio calls were relayed to the sheriff's department. Deputy M.F. Singer was at the youth camp investigating the escape when the truck theft came over the radio. He joined the chase. The stolen truck, reports say, headed west on State Road 50 from U.S. 98 South. Sgt. Gerald R. Jennings pulled over to wait for the truck to pass. When it did, he came up behind it, with siren blaring and lights on, reports say. The 15-year-old wouldn't stop Obituaries Citrus ALICE PATTEN, 77, of North Lee Street, Beverly Hills, died Wednesday. She came here from l Prosecutors said Thomas Drake tried to kill his wife, a church secretary, because he was having an affair with a younger woman. Nancy Drake's mother, Mildred White of Anderson, Ind., said before the verdict was reached that her daughter did not believe. Thomas Drake was her attacker. White said if Drake had been acquitted, Nancy Drake assumed he would return to live with her, and letters that the defendant had written to his wife indicated that he would do so. White, who said her daughter suffered brain damage in the beating, would not comment on her feelings of Drake's guilt or innocence, saying, "Whatever way it goes, there's no victory. The damage is done." But after the verdict, the small, white-haired woman took prosecutor Lank Havice's hand and said quietly, "Bless you." During the first three days of the four-day trial, church members packed the courtroom benches. Only a few were present when the verdict was reached. The Drakes were members of the church, and Thomas Drake was in charge of the church's sound system and taped ministry program. Althea Toth, a member of the church and a prosecution witness, said most church members seemed to favor the guilty verdict "We're all very pleased," she said. "The devil will always have his due." Toth praised Winter Haven Detectives Sandy Woodard and Darrell Kirkland, saying, "They worked Eight public water wells in Hernando County also will be tested next week for EDB contamination. He said he didn't know how many wells will be tested in Citrus. Eight public water wells in Hernando County will be tested next week for contamination by the cancer-causing pesticide EDB used at nearby golf courses and an orange grove, health officials say. . In Pasco County, about 919 gallons were used in Pasco County at Seven Springs, Forest Hill, Timber Oaks, Summertree, Magnolia, and Nine Eagles, task force member Peterson said. Hernando County health officials expected next week to drive samples to Jacksonville for testing at a state laboratory. Ron Butler, director of environmental health in Hernando County, said, "We've been approved to do sampling here so HRS is sending us the bottles Dec. 6. 1 hope to have a definite answer (on EDB contamination) in two weeks." The health department recently identified eight wells within a 1,000-foot safety perimeter around sites found to have used EDB this year between January and mid-September when the Agriculture Department banned its use as a pesticide. Some citrus groves and golf courses used EDB to counteract burrowing nematode pests, which feed on plant roots. According to Jim Christie, assistant chief of and continued west on State Road 50 before turning north onto the interstate, reports say, and Jennings pulled up close to the truck and fired two revolver shots, with one puncturing a truck tire. The driver stopped on the interstate median and ran from the truck. Deputies chased and caught the 15-year-old boy and took him into custody. The 13-year-old boy turned up at the camp at 5:55 a.m., reports say. Miller, who followed the truck the whole time, said he was glad no one was hurt. He said shooting the tire out was the only way to stop the boy. "He wasn't going to stop any other way," he said. Youthful offenders between the ages of 14 and 18 are sent to the 5-acre work camp off County Road 575 to complete their sentences. The average stay, Lynch said, is 45 days. He said 18 youths are at the camp, and through an agreement with the forestry division, work at sites throughout the forest The two youths who escaped had been ajudicated delinquent and were committed by the courts. Lynch said. The 15-year-old boy arrived recently at the camp, he said. He would not reveal the charges against the youths. Camp superintendent Michael Lynch said 11 escapes out of 137 youths in the camp had occurred since January. Two youths were , charged with two escapes each, he said. All of the escapees were caught within five hours, he said. This was the first time any of the juveniles had stolen something during an escape attempt, Lynch said. New York and was a member of the Irish-American Social Club and the American Association of Retired Persons. She was a Catholic. He is survived by a niece, Cheryl Smith of Severna Park, Md. Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills, is in charge of arrangements. tirelessly night and day." Church members and Winter Haven residents have mounted fund-raising appeals and prayer sessions for Nancy Drake, and her husband had accepted donations and spoken on radio shows during prayer vigils. The prosecution's case was based on a motive the other woman and a time frame, which Havice said could have allowed only Thomas Drake to commit the crime. Drake had gone to the church the day of the beating to take lunch to his wife. He told police he arrived about 12:15 p.m. and saw Althea Toth's car pulling off. He said he departed about 12:30 p.m. Toth testified she did not see the defendant at the church when she left the church about 12:25 p.m. Shirley Whitehead of Lake Wales testified that she found Nancy Drake lying on the floor about 12:40 p.m. Pat Morgan of WPCV radio station in Winter Haven testified that he called the church between 12:10 and 12:30 p.m. that day to get church news for his station. He talked to Nancy and Thomas Drake on the telephone and taped the eight-minute and 56-second conversation, which was played for the jury. Havice stressed that by his own admission to police, Thomas Drake had been at the church several minutes before Morgan called. The prosecution contended that Pasco arts complex to premiere in '84 By ARCHIE BLOUNT Tribune Staff Writer QUAIL HOLLOW A California-based television and motion picture film company has selected a site in south-central Pasco County to build a multimillion-dollar theater, sound stage and restaurant complex. The company, Pegasus Group II, is based at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles and will establish its East Coast production offices at the Pasco site, according to CJ. Lyons, vice president in charge of talent for Pegasus. The project will include a 600-seat performing arts theater that will be the stage for Broadway hits, world-premiere plays and classics on a year-round basis, Lyons says. The works will be performed by major stars of television and motion pictures, Lyons says. The 10-acre site is near the Interstate 75-County Road 54 interchange, approximately one-quarter mile west of the Quail Hollow Golf and Country Club turnoff from County Road 54. Lyons credits the Florida Department of Commerce with estab Seminole From Page 1 ner for five years and always had found him to be truthful. One of the most unusual developments Thursday was the surprise dismissal of two jurors by Senior U.S. District Judge Ben Krentzman. ' One injured her ankle in a fall during a lunch break Wednesday and was unable to continue, he said. But the 15-mlnute period between Toth's departure and Whitehead's arrival did not allow time for anyone else to commit the crime. Defense attorney Larry Shearer pointed out to the jury that the witnesses had given varying times to police during the investigation and some of the times stretched the gap that Nancy Drake was alone or with her husband to 30 minutes. He argued the time element was not concrete enought to eliminate a "reasonable doubt," and that someone else could have committed the crime after Drake departed. The jury of four women and two men deliberated for five hours, but Vi hours of . that time was spent reviewing taped statements and courtroom testimony. A member of the jury, who asked not to be identified, said the time element was the primary fac-. tor in the verdict "It just worked out so no one else could have (committed the crime)," the juror said. The juror said the motive was "obvious," adding, "We had no doubt about the motive:" The juror declined to comment on how the panel felt about Thomas Drake's taped statement to police in which he repeatedly said, "I don't know," and "I couldn't have done it not like that." Drake also told Detective Kirkland that he repeatedly was being awaken by dreams of his wife screaming, "No , no, no Tom. Please stop." But he said he didn't know why he was having the dreams. The defendant said in the taped statement that he and his wife were planning to get divorced and that his wife knew all about his girlfriend. the feed, seed, fertilizer and pesticide bureau, the information was based on "inspectors calling on EDB dealers and grove owners." He said there was no known use of EDB by private grove owners in Hernando County. At this time the Agriculture Department detailed the use of 1,356 gallons of the pesticide used in Hernado in 1983, and 890 gallons in 1982. Butler said samples will be taken from the following wells: one at The Heather, which is 200 feet from the Royal Highlands golf course; two in Dogwood Estates, 120 feet away from the Brooks-ville Golf and Country Club; and a Brooksville dry well 200 feet away frorri'a citrus grove on Summit Road. "It's located close to the orange grove," Butler said. "We don't know if EDB was used there; we're just sampling it as a precautionary measure." He said two wells will be tested at Brookridge where they have been unable to determine if EDB was used. Those wells are 20 feet and 120 feet from the Brookridge Country Club, he said. And a well at High Point that is outside the 1,000-foot radius also will be tested. "This should be it, at least for the public wells," he said. Butler said the survey of 1982 EDB usage released Thursday should not change anything since the cited areas are already targeted for testing. ' Butler said he has yet to see the Nov. 14 report or the one released Thursday. lishing the film company's interest in locating in the state, but says "it was Sam Carollo who was responsible for bringing us to this fast-growing area." Carollo, executive vice president of Quail Hollow Properties Inc., sold Pegasus the site and will coordinate construction plans for the complex. County Commissioner Sylvia Young met with Lyons and Lyons' husband, G. Dermont Lyons, and Carollo Thursday to assure Pegasus that the project has her support. "It's a golden opportunity for Pasco County," Young said. G. Dermont Lyons Is president of Montclair Enterprises Inc., the company that will be financing the project CJ. Lyons said she was particularly excited about the establishment of a sound stage in the area. "It will be professionally equipped for television commercials, motion picture interiors and a variety of other media-related productions," she said. "There Is no sound stage competition in the area." Krentzman kept the reasons for the other dismissal a secret. Attorneys on both sides said they had been ordered by the judge not to discuss the reasons. The two original jurors were replaced with two alternates, and Zitek said the attorneys agreed to continue the trial even if another Juror were lost before the end of the trial. The jury now consists of nine women and three men. Best said he expected the defense to rest early next week. Gunman robs Indiana tourist RIDGE MANOR WEST A woman was robbed at gunpoint , Wednesday as she returned to her hotel room from dinner, reports say. Mary H. Ertel of Rushville, Ind., was putting the key into the door of Room 153 at the Holiday Inn on State Road 50 East, at the intersection of Interstate 75, when a man threatened to blow her head off unless she gave him her wallet, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Department. The robbery occurred at 5:45 p.m., reports say. A Sumter County Sheriff's Department official said Thursday that the robbery and two that occurred in Sumter in November bore many similarities. Mary Virga, a spokesman for the Sumter sheriff, said armed robberies occurred at the Red Carpet Inn Nov. 14 and at Days Inn Monday. Both of the motels are at the Intersection of State Road 44 and 1-75, a truck stop area similar to the Holiday Inn area. The robber Wednesday came up behind Ertel, reports say, grabbed her, and said, "Don't make any noise or I will blow your head off. Give me your purse." Inside the hotel room, Ertel says, she saw a blue pistol in the man's right hand and, fearful of being shot, handed the robber her wallet deputies report When she then asked whether he would hurt her, the man replied, "No, if you do what I tell you. Give me your purse or I will blow your head off," reports say. The man forced Ertel into the bathroom, where she locked the door. When she came out, the purse and some of its contents were spread out on the bed, reports say. Missing were about $65, keys, credit cards and other materials. 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Someone notified the owner after seeing a wide-open rear door to the home, reports say. Rifles, jewelry taken in Happy Acres heist HAPPY ACRES Two rifles, a microwave oven and a jewelry box were taken from a home on Panahan Drive Wednesday, Hernando sheriff's reports say. Barbara Diltz told deputies she locked the front door then left home at about noon, reports say. When she returned, the door was open and $2,500 of property reportedly was missing. Chicken rustler flies the coop MASARYKTOWN Sometime Wednesday afternoon, someone stole more than two dozen hens and roosters from a local chicken coop, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Department. Richard Perrino of 19115 Philips Road told deputies that between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.', someone took 23 hens, two roosters and one silk hen all valued at $78 from the chicken coop in the northwest corner of his property. Perrino said he discovered the theft at 7 p.m., reports say. 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