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2-Polk The Tampa Tribune, Friday, September 29, 1989 Man, 51, resentenced for trying to kill wife By BILL HEERY Tr,ibune Staff Writer BARTOW Circuit Judge Oliver Green resentenced a Winter Haven man this week to life in prison, plus 30 years, for the 1983 attempted' murder of his wife and robbery oflthe church where she worked. .; Green had handed Thomas Eugene Drake, 51, the same sentence in May 1984 after a Hardee County jury convicted him of attempted second-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. , The Florida Supreme Court in January ordered a resentencing for Drake after finding that the state's sentencing guidelines were unconstitutional between Oct. 1, 1983, and July 1, 1984, because the Florida Legislature had not yet approved them. Drake's wife, Nancy Drake, now 55, was beaten in the head with a claw hammer July 8, 1983, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Winter Haven, where she was a secretary. About $3,800 was reportedly stolen from the church. Thomas Drake, a former trucker's helper, was first found guilty by a Polk County jury in December 1983 of attempted first-degree murder and robbery. He received a second trial when Nancy Drake, who suffered brain damage from the beating, said her memory had returned and it was a stranger not her husband who had attacked her. "The second trial was moved to Hardee County because of pretrial publicity. The prosecution contended Drake tried to kill his wife of nine years so he could be with his lover, a 38-year-old Fort Lauderdale woman who moved into his Winter Ha- Thomas Eugene Drake was resentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. ven home after the attack, while Nancy Drake was still hospitalized. Although Nancy Drake's claim that she had regained her memory earned her husband a new trial, she did not testify during the second trial. A neurosurgeon testified that she had suffered permanent damage to a part of the brain that controls memory, and defense attorney Larry Shearer said her mental condition might have caused her to become confused during cross- , examination. In resentencing Drake on Monday, Green exceeded state sentencing guidelines that called for him to receive a sentence ranging from 12 to 17 years in prison. Nancy Drake, who has since moved to Indiana, divorced her husband in 1985. Plans to convert complex into home for handicapped OK'd By LEE HINNANT Tribune Staff Writer LAKE WALES The Planning and Zoning Board has endorsed a developer's plans to convert an apartment complex into a home for the mentally handicapped. The six duplex apartments, at 410-438 Domaris Ave. and 411-439 Emerald Ave., are owned by Mike Desmond of Dundee. He is asking for a special exception to allow him to operate what is technically called an adult congregate living facility. .Building Official Phil Albury told the board Tuesday night that Desmond needed city permission for the plan before he could seek a license for the home from the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. . Desmond said the type of clients he would seek are marginally handicapped, trainable people who have jobs. "They are one step below normal," he explained. The complex would house a maximum of 24 people and include round-the-clock supervision for the handicapped occupants, Desmond said. The facility, funded in part by grants from HRS, would provide a living situation as close to normal as possible for the residents, he said. There would be unspecified activities, as well as field trips to Bok Tower Gardens, Disney World and other attractions, Desmond said. He said he would enclose the property with a fence. The city staff also recommended additional outside lighting, which the board accepted as part of its recommendation for approval. The Board of Appeals will consider the request during a public hearing at 9 a.m. Oct. 19 in City Hall. Fate of old schools uncertain From Page 1 planned for Lakeland, but is the only school that will be built as a replacement rather than an expansion building, Boykin said. He added that school officials have yet to decide what they will do with the old schools after the new building is completed, perhaps in early 1991. " Lakeland city commissioners Monday will consider giving the School Board a strip of land behind the Lakeland Housing Authority, between West Walnut and West Lime streets, and public rights of way on West Walnut Street, Lincoln Avenue, Hickory Street and Willow Street In exchange, Lakeland would receive $50,000, along with six vacant lots on West Sixth Street between North Sidney Avenue and Madison Avenue, near Webster Park. The city also would receive 20 feet of property along North Florida Avenue, in front of the Polk Opportunity School. More program funds seen as solution From Page 1 agencies that can address the problems, but the people who need them don't know they exist or how to find help. "There is no use in re-inventing the wheel," one participant said. "It's time to look around and see what works and spend the money to implement some of those programs here." D Commissioners to vote on Wal Mart plan WINTER HAVEN City commissioners are scheduled to vote today whether to commit to providing water, sewer and utilities to a proposed $20 million distribution center for Wal Mart Stores Inc. The afternoon meeting will formalize the inducements the city has offered to Wal Mart to locate the center off State Road 544, said Winter Haven Mayor Dan Costello. The agreement calls for the city to provide the center with two independent water systems for fire protection and extend city sewer lines. It is accompanied by service guarantees from utility companies, said Bob Williamson, director of industrial development at the Polk Economic Development Council. The agreement doesn't provide Wal Mart any special rates but simply guarantees the site service, Williamson said. The agreement also states the maximum impact fee the city will charge is $195,000, the going rate for facilities the size of the proposed Wal Mart project, Williamson said. D First Federal establishes account for 2-year-old attacked by pit bulls LAKE WALES First Federal Savings and Loan has established an account to help pay for the medical expenses of Tony Yates, the 2-year-old who was attacked by pit bulldogs Tuesday. Family members said Wednesday they do not have medical insurance, and Yates remained hospitalized Thursday in stable condition at Winter Haven Hospital. Donations may be made to the Audrey Yates Trust Account, in care of the bank, 40 W. Park Ave. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1290, Lake Wales, 33859. -.. ; , ,;. B Youths throw fruit at bus LAKE WALES Three Bartow High School stu-' dents were slightly injured Tuesday night when a group of youths pelted their bus with oranges following a girls' volleyball game, police reported Wednesday. When the Bartow students left Lake Wales High School at about 8 p.m., a group of about 10 boys tossed the oranges at their bus from a grove in the 500 block of Burns Avenue, said Patrolman Patrick Quinn. The front windshield and a right side window of the Polk County school bus were broken out, amounting to $350 damage, he said. Three girls on the bus, one of them a member of the volleyball team, were sprayed with glass and one was hit in the head with an orange. The student who was hit was treated at Lake Wales Hospital for a bruise and released, Quinn said. No one had been charged as of late Wednesday but Quinn said there are several suspects. The offi cer said he had not determined the motive for the attack. D Couple held on marijuana charges BARTOW A man and woman remained in the Polk County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail Wednesday after Polk sheriff's deputies found more than 100 pounds of marijuana in their car. Maria Cynthia Venuto, 50, of Puerto Rico, and Alan Michael Continl, 38, of New York, were charged with trafficking in marijuana, records show. Sgt. Kevin Widner stopped Venuto, who was driving, on a routine traffic stop on North Florida Avenue in Lakeland about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, the arrest report said. Deputies then found two bales of mart-, juana totaling more than 100 pounds, the report said. The report did not specify what traffic violation Venuto may have made, why the vehicle was searched or where in the car the marijuana was found. D Audobon center gets naturalists BABSON PARK Betty and Bob Sodders, the new resident naturalists at Ridge Audubon Center, have arrived and will operate the center from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. From DeTour, Mich., the Sodders have served as directors of a youth camp and have managed several private lodges, a horse ranch and a logging museum. Bob Sodders is retired from General Motors and is an avid outdoorsman. Betty Sodders has written articles for Michigan Out of Doors. Her first book, "Michigan Prehistory Mysteries," will be published in January. The public is invited to visit the center and its exhibits, walk the nature trail and meet the naturalists. The telephone number at the center, just north of Webber College, is 638-1355. D Time, temperature service offered LAKE WALES American Bank of Polk County has established a time and temperature reporting service by telephone for Lake Wales. . The free service is available to the public by calling 676-2293. - Citizen of the Year nominations LAKE WALES The area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Citizen of the Year Award. All nominations must be submitted in writing by Nov. 3 and should outline the nominee's qualifications. Nominees should live in the greater Lake Wales area and should have made significant service, social or civic contributions to the community. The winner will be announced at the chamber's annual meeting on Jan. 19, 1990. 4 u s woi JEEP EAGLE 909 South 6th Ave. Hwy 17 South Wauchuta 1-773-2277 Sabring 382-0200 White's testimony questioned From Page 1 any discussion about a drug deal would send DeLisi back to jail. Numerous telephone calls and meetings with Richard DeLisi followed, testified White, who wore a bugging device to record them. In a few of the taped conversations played for jurors Thursday, the two men talked about law enforcement's seizure of the marijuana at the Lake Wales Airport. White flew the airplane load in while Charles DeLisi, a nephew of the DeLisis, and Terry Johnson unloaded it into two vehicles, White testified. Charles DeLisi was convicted in July for his role; Johnson jumped bail and is a fugitive. In other taped conversations played Thursday, Richard DeLisi and White talked about doing another drug deal. In one conversation between White and Theodore DeLisi before the drug transaction at the Lake Wales Airport, Theodore DeLisi talked about wholesaling the drug, selling it right away on the street. Richard DeLisi's attorney. Sky Smith of Miami, has argued during the trial that White, the state's key witness, entrapped his client White badgered Richard DeLisi about returning to the drug business and baited him with illegally obtained expensive possessions, Smith contends. White finally hooked Richard DeLisi when DeLisi got in a financial bind trying to save his family's struggling automotive business In Pompano Beach, Smith has said. Theodore DeLisi's attorney, Michael Bloom, also of Miami, has argued there is no evidence his client agreed to or participated in any drug transaction. 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