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6 METRO TUESDAY. OCTOBER 1. 2002 THE TAMPA TRIBUNE TBO.com LAW & ORDER HILLSBOROUGH Pedestrian's Death Results In DUI Charge TAMPA A pedestrian was struck and killed Monday on North Dale Mabry Highway, and the driver of the car was charged with driving under the influence-manslaughter, Tampa police said. James Diaz, 53, address unknown, was crossing Dale Mabry Highway near West Beach Street at 12:30 a.m. when he was hit by a 2002 Saturn driven by Ignacio Girado, 35, 6225 N. Dale Mabry Highway, police said. Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene. Girado submitted to a breath test and registered a .14 blood-alcohol level, police said. In Florida, a driver is pre BACKING TOUTED Continued From Page 1 of a governor," said John Rivera, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association. "If you ignore public safety, those teachers won't be safe going into their classrooms." Brogan said crime hasn't been a big issue in the campaign because Bush has done such a good job, citing drops in Florida crime rates. "The people of the state of Florida are feeling more and more secure," he said, but crime "is such an incredibly important quality-of-life issue that it needs constant attention, constant resources." He cited the 10-20-life law, which requires tough sentences for gun crimes; the "three strikes" law, requiring maximum sentences for three-time felons; and the increase in the percentage of sentences that inmates serve. McBride has had "nothing, nothing to say on this incredibly important issue," he said. Brogan referred to Friday night's debate, in which McBride responded to a question on crime by discussing the effects better education would have on crime rates. Brogan said McBride is run- CABLE ACCESS Continued From Page 1 scenity violations in summer 2001. Ober declined to prosecute. The sequence was repeated in March in connection with the "Happy Show," which included images of female genitalia and a woman showering. Ober again declined to prosecute. The lawsuit then quotes Storms from an April 1 news conference in which she advocated cutting off public access funding: "They didn't get Al Capone for murder or racketeering, they got him for tax evasion." The county is under no ob- SMALLPOX VACCINE Continued From Page 1 sor and communicable disease director at the Hillsborough County Health Department. "We don't know if it could be one vial for 100 or 10 vials for 1,000," said Rosenbach, who gave his first smallpox vaccination at the clinic Monday. Most shots require a syringe and fine needle, but smallpox immunizations involve putting a drop of vaccine between two sharp prongs, then breaking the skin multiple times. This delivery method can be tricky. ' sumed to be impaired at .08 or higher. Girado was released from Hillsborough County Jail on Monday after posting $7,500 bail, jail records show. PINELLAS Tow Truck Driver Charged In Hit-And-Run LARGO A tow truck driver was arrested after he struck and killed a 54-year-old pedestrian early Sunday, then kept driving, authorities said. Jim Heyes, 40, of Clearwater, who works for American Collision Center, is accused of striking Kevin B. Valentine on Seminole Boulevard south of Ulmerton Road about 2 a.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Heyes was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and f-w w wg m t m Sen. Les Miller, left, and Rep. James Harper, right, back up Bill McBride during a rally at St. Paul's AME Church in Tampa. ning "without any plan, any vision" for public safety issues. Asked what the Bush administration planned to do on those issues for the next four years, Brogan said, "We're going to continue to look at every piece of legislation on the books and any piece of legislation that might go on the books" that would affect public safety. McBride spokesman Alan Stonecipher said the Brogan attack was "just another bogus political charge by people who make bogus political charges their life's work." He said crime had "declined in the U.S. and Florida since 1990, well before any Bush administration, except for the last couple of years, while he's been in office." In television commercials, the Bush campaign cites de '' Reback W Attorney for Speak i 1 J1 up TamPa Bay f says county didn't a : ;; like programming --..1 so cut funding. - Storms ' w. Commissioner "5"' says county money would be better V j spent for public - safety, parks. ligation to fund cable access, Storms said Monday, a view she said has been upheld in court. In her view, the money is better spent on public safety and parks. The decision "absolutely was about budgets," Storms said. "We have scarce resources. We have to make tough decisions on the bud Last week, the USF vaccina-tions were postponed because a vial of vaccine concentrate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta couldn't be diluted. The CDC sent a new vial that mixed easily, USF nurse Dede Craig said. As for the technique: "You get a drop of vaccine ... and put it on the skin about 15 times. You want to draw a little bit of blood," said Craig as she pricked the upper arm of cancer researcher Fanqi Bai. Bai, who works in the immunology lab at H. Lee Mof-fitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, said the vaccination wasn't too bad. "It felt like mosquito bites," said Bai, 39, who vaguely recalls being vaccinated as a child in China. Effects of the vaccine generally last three to five years was being held at Pinellas County JaiL His bail was set at $20,000. ELSEWHERE Man Convicted In Tourist's Death JACKSONVILLE More than a year after police apologized to a teen wrongly accused in a Georgia tourist's slaying outside a Jacksonville motel the first of two men later charged with the murder was found guilty Monday. After a six-day trial, the jury took just one hour to convict Juan Terrell Curtis, 24, of first-degree murder in the robbery and shooting death of 64-year-old Mary Ann Stephens of Toccoa, Ga., on May 7,2000. That meant Curtis faces life in prison at sentencing. A staff and wire report m m w w ' ' t " The Associated Press clines in gun crime, saying, "Ten-20-life worked." Florida Department of Law Enforcement figures show gun crimes dropped every year from 1996, before Bush was elected, through 2000. The 10-20-life law took effect July 1, 1999, as the state conducted a major advertising campaign about the new law. But in 2001, gun crime went upslightiy. Violent crime, property crime and sex crime have followed a similar trend, with decreases starting in the early 1990s and a slight increase in 2001. A law requiring Florida convicts serve at least 85 percent of their sentences was passed in 1995, before Bush was elected. Reporter William March can be reached at (813) 259-7761. get-Cable access producers disagree. Eddye Bexley, 58, produces "The World According to Eddye," a children's show that includes songs, poems and humor. It offers wholesome fun for youngsters, she said. Weaver Barber, 79, described how cable access allowed him to take his country music ministry to a broader audience and spared him the physical labor of lugging instruments throughout the community for himself and his wife to perform. "We have a lot of people, a lot of shut-ins, that listen to our program," Barber said. Bexley and Barber are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Reporter Michael Fechter can be reached at (813) 259-7621. and can extend for a decade. Bai and others will be checked next week to see how they reacted to the vaccine. Potential side effects are a concern, said John Greene, an infectious disease specialist at Moffitt. Greene also lectures onbioterrorism. One death is expected for every million smallpox vaccinations, and 1 in 10,000 people vaccinated will need medical attention, according to the CDC. Greene decided to be vaccinated Monday to be ready in case of a smallpox emergency. "If there was a problem, you could immediately get involved in an outbreak without having to wait to be vaccinated." Reporter Susan 11. Thompson can be reached at (813) 259-7951. V 1 ,1 w i f ' 1 I J- Si sl . -. I S j f p: 11 i AZ , OBITUARIES BOGAN, George, 68, -passed away Thursday, September 19, 2002. He is survived by his loving wife, Muriel; son, John Bogan of Clayton, Ga.; daughter, Vickie Meyer of Brandon, Fla.; brother, Ragene Bogan of Tenn.; and a sister, Arline Locke of Chiefland, Fla. George was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1954, transferring his membership to Post 4340 of Brandon in 1999. He will be memorialized at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. George will be missed by his family and friends. American Heritage Cremation Society www.cremation.ee BRYANT, Ruth Lane, 77, of Tampa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002 at her home. A native of St. Petersburg, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert L. Bryant, former Pasco County Property Appraiser. She was a homemaker, and had lived in Tampa for 37 years. She was a former model for Webb City, St. Petersburg and a Christian. She is survived by her children, Robert E. Bryant and his wife Aline, and a daughter Linda Bryant Lee; eight grandchildren, William Joseph Yardley, Brandi Lynn Yardley, Robert Scott Lee, Aline Lane Bryant, Christie Ruth Bryant Enderle, Mary Elizabeth Bryant, Katherine Leigh Bryant, and Robert E. Bryant, Jr.; and three great-grandchildren, Kiera Lynn Yardley, Grant Enderle, and Caligh Enderle. Funeral Services will be held at 7 p.m.this evening at the Funeral Home. Friends may visit the family one hour prior to the service. MacDill Avenue Chapel (813) 876-2421 www.blountcurryroeI.com CARMODY, Donald R., 90, of Sun City Center, died at his residence September 29, 2002. He is survived by a son, DonofSlidell.La. LEWERS FUNERAL HOME www.dignitymemorial.com DEARDEN, John, 84, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2002 in Tampa. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Hazel; daughter, Bonnie and husband Louis Del Favero of Tampa; son, Barry Dearden and wife Phyllis of Balm; sister, Margaret Cox, Ontario, Canada; daughter-in-law, Rosa Dearden of River-view; two grandsons, Michael Dearden, Gary Sheppard; two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Dakota Sheppard. John served in Italy, Belgium and Holland during World War II with the Royal Canadian Regiment. He received 990 days of combat pay in his Regimental pay book in WW II. Born in England he moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1957 from Ontario, Canada. John was a member of Carpenter's L.U. 140 for 51 years and a Baptist. He was predeceased by his eldest son, John L Dearden of Riverview. Memorial service will be held Thursday, October 3, 2002, 7 p.m., at the Balm Baptist Church in Balm, Fla. DYER, Peggy Simpson, 60, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002 at Bayfront Medical Center. A Tampa native, she graduated from Plant High School and Florida State University. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Don; a son, Jay White and wife Debbie of St. Petersburg; two step-sons, Ike Dyer, U.S. Air Force, Saudi Arabia, and Ira B. Dyer, Louisville, Kentucky; twin sister, Patty Polo and husband Silvio; sisters, Jill Knapp and husband Bill, and Jackie Gunby and husband Bill, Ponte Vedra, Fla.; aunt, Virginia Weldon Smith, Tampa; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Thursday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. until service time at 7 p.m. at the Blount Curry Roel Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5750 49th St. North, St. Petersburg, Fla. The family requests memorials in her memory to All Children's Hospital Foundation, Po Box 91, , St. Petersburg. KL 33731-9916. ELDREDGE, Sanford, age 76, of Tampa passed away at his residence Friday, September 27, 2002. Sanford was of the Catholic faith and a Navy Veteran of World War II. He is survived by his sons, Charles S. Eldredge and Sanford L Eld-redge of Inverness, Fla.; daughters, Kimberly and her husband Richard Oliver, Christine and her husband Joe Meyers of Margate, Fla., and Carol Grol-letto of Hewitt, N.J.; sister, Helen Donohue of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; f ive grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell Florida. Family will receive friends Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6 p.m. with Rev. Brent Byerman officiating. H CURRY, Armenia Chapel AJP. Boza Memorial Chapel (813)877-7676 www.blountcurryroel.com ELLIS, Eppie Kearnes, 80, of Tampa, died Monday September 30, 2002. He was preceded in death by his parents, George W. andTottie White Ellis; his sister, Margaret Osbourne and infant twin daughters. Survivors include his wife, Tennie Ellis; a son, William Kerns Ellis and his wife Lynn of Tallahassee; a daughter, Cheryl Middlebrooks and her husband E. Campbell, of Odessa; step children, Carol Derriman and her husband Stephen, of Tampa, Jeanne Boyle, Lloyd Peterson, Jr. and his wife Linda, all of Tampa, Susan Spirakis and her husband Gregory of Land 'O Lakes; grandchildren, Aimee Ashley, Kathryn Ellis, William S. Ellis all of Tallahassee, Scott Middlebrooks of Atlanta, Joe Wright, Cody Boyle, Spencer Derriman, Ryan Derriman, Kris-tian Peterson, Lauren Peterson all of Tampa, Victor Spirakis and Peter Spirakis of Land 'O Lakes, a great grandson, Austin Ashley of Tallahassee, two sisters, Regina Hall and Olga Quinn Martin both of Alma, Georgia, and a host of nieces and nephews. Mr. Ellis was born in Perry, Florida he moved to Alma , Georgia at an early ageandhad been a resident of Tampa since 1946. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Southwest Pacific with the Famous Fighting Seabees 15th Battalion. He was a Journeyman Electrician and member of Local Union I.B.E.W. 915. He was also a member of Dale Mabry Post 139 American Legion, a 32nd degree Mason and member of A.W. Windhorst Lodge 185 F. &. A.M. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Garden of Memories. The family will receive friends Tuesday (tonight) from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Those who so desire may make memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society. BIO CUR11Y, MacDill Avenue Chapel (813)876-2421 www.blountcurryroel.com GRIFFETH, Francis T. "Tarn", 69, longtime resident of Tampa went to be with his Lord Sunday, September 29, 2002. Tarn is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Esther; daughter, Rebecca; four sons, Gordon, Paul, James, Joel; eight grandchildren, April, Christopher, Caitlyn, Steven, Wesley, Caleb, Amber, and Samuel; and a large extended family, and many friends. Tarn was a proud veteran of the US Air Force. Tarn served his Lord faithfully as an ordained deacon of many years and most recently was a member of Carroll wood Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Carrollwood Baptist Church, 5395 Ehrlich Rd., interment will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes, 2207 W. Bearss Ave. Contributions may be made in Tarn's name to the Carrollwood Baptist Church Building Fund. Carrollwood Chapel (813)968-2231 www.blountcurrvroel.com MOUNTS BJjOUNTTTK BOGER, Twila, 85, of Tampa, passed away September 29, 2002, in Tampa. Survivors include her nephew, John For-met; niece, Sue Ashmore; brother, Wayne E. Koonley and several grand and great grand nieces and nephews. Bl Armenia Chapel A.P. Boza Memorial Chapel (813)877-7676 www.blountcurryroel.com BROWN, Louis L, 78, of Crystal River, died September 28, 2002 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla. He was born to Addie Geraldine and Dewey Admiral Brown on Sept. 25, 1924 in Lakeland, Fla. He moved here from Apollo Beach, Fla. 22 years ago. He was a retired Rural Carrier for the US Postal Office and he was a Pilot in the US Air Force during World War II. He was a member of Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto, Fla. and the Inverness Elks Lodge 2522. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Gill. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Imogene S. Brown of Crystal River; twin daughters, Janet Walser and her husband, Michael of Faith, N.C. and Jean Gentile and her . husband, William of Bradenton, Fla.; one brother, Dewey A. Brown of Tampa; two sisters, Carleen Bramister and Suzanne Long, both of Bradenton; and five grandchildren, Karen and Katie Walser of Faith, N.C, Ryan Schmitt, Megan Schmitt and Brandon Gentile, all of Bradenton. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002 at the Brown Funeral Home. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at the Mt. tabor Cemetery in Lakeland, Fla. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church Build Fund. Brown Funeral Home & Crematory Crystal River, 352-795-0111 CANNING, Barbara Ann Matthews, R.N., 69, native and longtime resident of Tampa, now residing in Apollo Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday, September 28, 2002. The daughter of the late, Ernest B. "Dixie" Matthews and Willie Mae Donaldson Matthews. She is survived by her husband, John of Apollo Beach; their son, John Patrick Canning, Jr., of Tampa; a brother, John Sanford Matthews; a sister-in-law, Mary Catherine White; a brother-in-law, Steve Rogers; a nephew, John Matthews; and nieces, Katie White and Julie Anne Parker. Mrs. Canning graduated from Hillsborough High School in the class of 1951 and attended St. Vincent School of Nursing in Jacksonville, Fla. She graduated from the University of Alabama School of Nursing with a B.S. degree in Nursing. She was formerly employed at Tampa General Hospital and at Canterbury Towers for many years. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002 in the chapel of the Marsicano Funeral Home, 4040 Henderson Blvd., with Rev. Ronald De Genaro, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in St. Louis Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. MARSICANO-B. MARION REED STOWERS www.dignitymemorial.com HERNDON, Mary 0., of Tampa passed away Sept. 29, 2002. She is survived by her brother, David Olson; sister, Faith V. Holton and many nieces and nephews. She was a toll collector for the State of Florida for many years and she dearly loved all her co-workers and customers. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Orange Hill Cemetery. Flowers are welcomed, but those wishing may make donations to LifePath Hospice of Hillsborough. Adams & Jennings Funeral Home "The Family Funeral Home" (813)237-3345 HUDSON, Howard Richard, 52, died Sept. 29, 2002. Survived by his family; a companion Carolyn Mosser; a sister, Diana Murphy; and a brother, Gary Hudson. Veterans Cremation C9

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