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2 FLORIDAMETRO SATURDAY. MAY 20. 2000 THE TAMPA TRIBUNE http:tampatfib.coni In Brief nik i ri i I i DNA not enough to convince jury man is murderer INLLLAo Shooting victim in critical condition ST. PETERSBURG A man found shot in his apartment Thursday night has been identified as Aii- thony W.Bell, 46. Bell's screams and wall-pounding drew the attention of neighbors, who smashed a window to -J reach him in his apartment at 2027 First Ave.
said St Pe-' tersburg police spokesman Dan Bates. Bell was in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center Friday. No suspects have been arrested. Museum board approves president ST. PETERSBURG Florida Inter-- national Museum's board of directors has approved making Chief Financial Officer Dick Johnson the museum's new president Johnson will replace Joseph Cronin, who announced he will re-J tire early this summer.
Johnson, who has been involved with the museum since its inception, will ll 1 rwl 1 Anir ,1 Transient charged in car-jack attempt PLANT CITY A 18-year-old transient was being held at Hillsborough County Jail in connection with an attempted carjacking in the parking lot of Plant City's Wal-Mart, officials said. According to Plant City police, at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Yonder A. Hildalgo approached a woman as she was getting into her pickup truck at the store at 2602 James Redman Parkway. He was armed with a knife with a 4-inch blade, police said.
"He told her to move over," said Sgt Jerry Ottersbach. "At that time he placed the knife to her side." But the woman honked the horn and struggled with the man, attracting the attention of others in the parking lot Ottersbach said. Hildalgo bolted north toward a nearby Walgreens drug store, police said. He was arrested minutes later, Ottersbach said. The knife used to threaten the woman was found in a trash bin behind the drugstore, he said.
The 28-year-old victim received minor cuts to her hand. Hildalgo, who was being held in lieu of $7,500 bail, was charged with attempted carjacking, county officials said. Blackthorne's lawyers say FBI search improper An Associated Press report SAM ANTONIO. Texas Defense lawyers for a millionaire businessman accused of orchestrating his ex-wife's death say investigators acted inappropriately when they searched his home. Allen Blackthorne's lawyers said in court Thursday that investigators bullied his wife and photographed unimportant but potentially embarrassing personal items when they searched his home, according to Friday's editions of the San Antonio Express-News.
Arguing the search trampled Blackthorne's rights, lawyers asked a judge to dismiss charges against him in the 1997 slaying. Short of that they demanded U.S. District Judge Edward C. Prado bar the use of anything found during the Jan. 27 search.
FBI Special Agent Michael Appleby said the only investigative leads found during the search are a series of snapshots and a computer diskette. He said the pictures match photos authorities say a hired killer used to identify Blackthorne's ex-wife, Sheila Bellush. Sheila Bellush the mother of six, including 2-year-old quadruplets died at home after she was shot and her throat was slit Prosecutors in Florida and Texas say Blackthorne, 44, his former golfing partner, Danny Rocha, and another associate, Samuel Gonzales, plotted to kill Bellush. Rocha and Gonzalez have been convicted on Florida charges related to the murder. "There was just something I don't know," said juror Fabian Cet-narowski.
"And any amount of reasonable doubt is enough." Both jurors noted the bald Smith doesn't resemble the description of a long-haired man seen at the Kangaroo Fuel Stop in River-view on Sept. 19, 1989, the night Mangold was killed. Indeed, one witness couldn't identify Smith this week as the man she saw at the fuel stop, where Mangold, 50, was a clerk. Assistant Public Defender Lyann Goudie had shown the jury an oversize version of a composite sketch of the man described by witnesses. Framing it were an old photograph of Smith and a photograph of a long-haired Riverview man once considered the prime suspect But Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner told jurors that no physical evidence linked the other man to the murder.
He said there was only one explanation for Smith's fingerprint being on Mangold's Ford station wagon and his semen being on her blouse: He killed her. Smith was arrested last year after a sheriffs forensic expert checking cold cases ran a partial fingerprint found on the station wagon through a new database. The print matched Smith, who has served prison time for aggravated assault the museiim's new affiliation with Zr the Smithsonian Institution. Cronin has said the timing is right for his retirement because UiC uiuaciuu 13 11UW Ull MJUU Ullcul- cial footing. He plans to travel dur-ing his retirement he said.
1 A hung jury means Franklin Smith will be tried again In the death of Eileen Mangold. Smith provided a blood sample, and his DNA matched the DNA of semen found on Mangold's blouse, Pruner said. The chance of the DNA belonging to someone other than Smith is I in 53 trillion, Pruner said. Jurors, however, questioned why semen wasn't found elsewhere on Mangold's clothing, including her underwear. The DNA convinced half," said Cetnarowski.
The other half weren't happy with the whole picture." Smith's family declined to comment on the case. Mangold's children greeted the mistrial with disappointment "It hurts," said Henry Neu-burger III, 23. "Burns." Cheryl Simpson, 35, said she was "mentally exhausted and numb not looking forward to going through those memories again." The brother and sister said they have no doubt about the evidence in their mother's slaying. "In our heart, we believe it's Mr. Smith," Simpson said.
Gary Sprott can be reached at (813) 259-7837. cause Peck agreed to allow part-time freshmen in addition to the full-time cohort brought on for a first time two years ago. Until that change, the 32-year-old campus was limited to junior- and senior-year students only, much like USF's Lakeland and Sarasota branches are now. The subsequent slow growth frustrated area lawmakers and business leaders, culminating in this year's effort by state Sen. Donald Sullivan, R-Seminole, to start an independent college in St Petersburg.
Sullivan settled instead for the study that might cause the issue to be revisited next year. William Heller, the campus dean newly rewarded with an acting vice president's title, is certain that demand for programs and de TAMPA A judge declares a mistrial after a jury deadlocks in the murder trial of a Ruskin man charged in a 1989 slaying. By GARY SPR0TT of The Tampa Tribune The bottom line, a defense lawyer told the 12 jurors, was whether they believed "beyond a reasonable doubt" that DNA evidence tied Franklin Smith to the 1989 abduction, robbery and beating death of Eileen Mangold. Six of them did not After deliberating for two hours Friday, the jury foreman sent a one-page note to Hillsborough Circuit Judge Cynthia Holloway. The panel was deadlocked he wrote, and the differences "center on the degree of trust to put in the DNA evidence." Keep trying, the judge asked.
Two hours later, a two-page note arrived: "We all seem to be resolute in our opinions." A few moments later, Holloway declared a mistrial. Smith, 53, remained as expressionless as he had throughout the weeklong trial. The Ruskin trucker now will stand trial again for first-degree murder and could face the death penalty. "I couldn't conclude that he was guilty without a doubt," juror Kiana Wilson said. usf Record From Page 1 USF received only enough state dollars this year to support 3,400 freshman admissions.
On average, twice as many students are admitted to public universities as actually enroll. "If they're late getting applications in, they're kind of out of luck," Peck said. "We don't mean to sound cruel or callous, but it doesn't do students any good to pack them into classrooms without desks or teachers." The cutoff affects freshmen only. Community college students cA-uuyinenu cndrgea in woman's death LARGO Police have charged a former boyfriend in the death of a woman who was discovered sub-. merged in her bathtub Monday afternoon.
Thomas A. Iaquinta, 51, is ac number of high school grads 'J seek entry grees already exists to justify a separate school. "The only question is how we accomplish that" said Heller, who still expresses support for remaining part of USF. "That's the area of greatest tension right now." Still, as Peck reminded, more than absolute numbers go into defining a bottom line. Cost counts, too, and he estimated taxpayers pay $8,000 more for each student educated at a start-up school than for those attending a USF branch.
"Of course they want to see programs and people grow," Peck said. "But I'd be interested to see who's going to step up and pay for it" Grace Frank covers higher education and can be reached at gtranktampatrib.com or (813) 259-8285. and others hoping to transfer to USF should continue to apply, said Ce Ce Leslie, admissions director. USF was told to concentrate upper-class and graduate enrollment at its main campus in 1998, when it was named one of the state's three research-level universities. State lawmakers underscored that intent this year by handing the St Petersburg campus almost $4.2 million in new budget money, including $500,000 to bring some 150 more freshmen and sophomores aboard.
St Petersburg expects to reach those numbers easily, partly be- of people getting hit with balls, but never killed." Witherington said that "thousands of people" use his course each month, and there's never been a serious accident Royce had just moved to the area in December from St Paul, Mishler said. He had no family in this area. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the exact cause of death, Mishler said. Michael Dunn covers Temple Terrace and can be reached at (813) 977-2854, Ext. 28.
GOLFER Tee shot proves fatal cused of hitting Vickie Lewis, 45, in the head and of strangling her at her apartment at Canterbury Villas, 1200 Seminole according to jail affidavits. He then put her in the tub, affidavits say. Iaquinta, of 12760 Indian Rocks Road, No. 410, Largo, was charged with first-degree murder and was being held at the Pinellas County Jail without bail. Investigators say they know of no motive.
HILLSBOROUGH Judge rejects motion for new triai TAMPA A federal judge has rejected a motion for a new trial filed by an inmate who recently learned that a controversial drug informant was involved in his case. The inmate, John Lee Collins, 36, of Tampa was convicted in March 1998 based on evidence gathered in two reverse-sting buys. A lawyer for Collins had argued that the prosecution was tainted because Andrew Chambers, the Drug Enforcement Administration's second highest paid informant accompanied another informant on one of the buys. Chambers, although prolific, has come under attack in recent months because of revelations that he lied about his own arrest history during earlier drug trials. Hillsborough prosecutors dismissed charges against eight defendants in March after widespread reports about the informant's credibility issues.
U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. ruled Tuesday that Chambers' participation in the investigation against Collins was irrelevant because he did not testify, at Collins' trial. ELSEWHERE Wildfire forces closure of U.S. 19 CHASSAHOWITZKA Dozens of homes were threatened Friday when a wildfire, believed to have been deliberately set burned out of control, forcing officials to close U.S.
19 for three hours. A state Division of Forestry spokeswoman said more than 120 acres, mostly in the Chassahowit-zka Wildlife Management Area, near the Citrus-Hernando county line, were burned as shifting winds blew the fire in all directions. At one point the flames jumped the four-lane highway, burning into open land before being contained. Sheriffs deputies, Florida Highway Patrol troopers and highway department employees carried warnings to more than 50 homes that were in the path of the fire, though no evacuation order was issued. Using two air tankers, a pair of helicopters and six tractors, firefighters had the blaze 75 percent contained about 3:30 p.m.
when U.S. 19 was reopened. Entrepreneur buys Versace mansion MIAMI BEACH -The buyer of Gianni Versace's South Beach mansion made famous when the fashion designer was gunned down on its front steps three years ago is a North Carolina telecommunications entrepreneur. Peter Loftin, the 42-year-old chairman and chief executive officer of BTI Telecom has agreed to buy the 12-bedroom, 13-bath palazzo that is adorned with frescoes, mosaics and wooden floors, it was announced Thursday. The price has not been revealed, but the asking price was $25 million and the real estate agent said it surpasses the record for Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
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To turn his head at that exact moment and get hit right in the temple, being that far away I just can't believe it happened," Witherington said. "Bad luck, that's what it is," said golfer Dale Freeman, who was on the course Friday. "I've heard The Perfect People For A Perfect Pool Take the TfTraTJlH Florida Lottery 1 9W II JU. r4A I for less. with the purchase of any 18' 'J FREE Automatic Pool Cleaner FREE Great White above-ground pool CASH 3 May 19: 0-9-2 May 18: 6-9-5 May 17: 5-5-9 PLAY 4 May 19: 0-5-9-8 May 18: May 17: 1-3-5-4 May 16: Pool Package.
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