Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 26, 1974 · Page 2
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Panama City, Florida
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Wednesday, June 26, 1974
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hgtt w ^»B »*tp,iw <i»ci»,ri»,,Wfdii ^,j w kiw« Continued From Page One Pleat Joe received a verdict ot not guilty In Circuit Court Tuesday on a charge of shoplifting, grand larceny. H6 had originally been charged with taking a television set from Layfette Radio Electronics* 724 Airport Road on April 1. Gregory Leon Tubbs, 18, pleaded guilty to refusing to did a police officer. He had originally been charged with accessory after the fact. The charged stemmed from an alleged involement in a robbery of the Ace Package Store, 545 E. Sixth St. He has been charged with allegedly driving one of the store robbers to Dothan, Ala. A pre-sentencing Investigation was ordered by the court. Ronald R. Melton pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of an auto. He had originally been charged with theft of an auto from Brown's Generator on March 19. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered. The trial of David Bowlck in two cases of possession and sale of heroin has been changed to July plea day. The trial of Robert Louis Elkins, John Prentiss Williams and Ivan Christian Beckendorf, Jr. has been reset for July 22. The trial of Ivan Christian Beckendorf Jr., for possession of narcotic paraphernalia, has been reset for July 22. The trial of John Prentiss Williams for possession of narcotic paraphernalia has also been reset for July. A trial was turned in on Thomas Houston Parrish. He was discharged from charges of breaking and entering of a dwelling house and had been in custody more than 180 days. Mary Carter, also known as "Big Mary", will have her case moved to county court. There she will be charged with carrying a firearm without a permit She was originally charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling house. Court the basis of a newspaper's content in terms of printing costs and in taking up space that could be devoted to other material. But even if it didn't, he said, the law still fails to pass muster under the First Amendment because it intrudes into the editor's function of choosing what he wants to print and how it is to be treated. Justice Byron R. White, concurring in a separate opinion, said: "Of course the press is not always accurate, or even responsible, and may not present full and fair debate on important public issues. "But the balance struck by the First Amendment with respect to the press is that • society must take the risk that occasionally debate on vital matters will not be comprehensive and that ail viewpoints may not be expressed." In the libel case, brought by Chicago lawyer Elmer Gertz against the magazine American Opinion, the Court exempted private individuals from its ruling that public officials and public figures may not collect damages for statements made- about them unless they can prove malice—that is, that the statements were knowingly false or made with reckless disregard of the truth. At the same time, the opinion by Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., said the individual may no longer rest his case on proof of a slander but must prove some blameworthy conduct on the part of the publisher, such as negligence. He must also show actual damage to his reputation. The publication cannot be compelled to pay punitive damages, over and above actual damages, unless malice Is shown. White, in a long and bitter dissent, complained that the new.standards tear state libel laws to ribbons. He said the Court has given too much power to a communications Industry that "has increasingly become concentrated In a few powerful hands operating very lucrative businesses reaching across the nation and Into almost every home." Station mlssloner Hill brought up the subject of poor water pressure In some areas of the city and laid the blame on the county, which supplies water to the city. He expressed his worry about a fire occurring during a time of peak use and the fire department not having enough pressure to fight a fire. "The county agreed to provide a certain number of gallons a day on demand and keep It at a certain pressure," he told the group. "To the best of my knowledge, no booster pumps have been Installed on the system since it was built," he added. The commission agreed to consider the problem and instructed that tests be made on the system to determine what pressure Is reaching the homes of the city. City Manager Frank Mize advised the council he has been approached by an oil company Interested In using the facilities of the downtown marina for docking purposes while they drill a test well. The commission Instructed Mize to negotiate with the company and return to the commission with his recommendations. The commission also: —Held public hearing and first reading of an ordinance regarding the annexation and zoning of state-owned property located on SR 390, now in use as a correctional center. —Held first reading of an ordinance amending section 29-17 of the code of ordinances . concerning non-conforming use. —Held first reading of an ordinance regarding off-street parking. Budget There are pay raises for the governor and cabinet and other . top elected officials, but not until Jan. 1. They include a $10,000 raise to $50,000 for the governor. The budget provides $64 million to speed construction of the Interstate Highway System, $7.5 million for a new facility in Hollywood to hold criminals with mental disorders, $900,000 for land acquisition and planning for an inmate correctional facility in South Florida, a $6.2 million Florida pavilion at Interama, $6 million for the Florida State Fair at Tampa, $26 million for regional office buildings in Palm Beach, Broward, Duval and Escambia counties, $1 million for the Everglades Recreational Area, $5.5 million for parks, $9.1 million to develop existing parks, and $25 million for current construction projects whose original cost estimates were forced up by Inflation. Earn Honor Roll Two Northwest Florids residents were among the 68 Florida students to obtain the academic honor roll at Stetson University, Delano. Local honor students are Timothy Havicek of Panama City and Martha J. Nanney of Graceville. ACCIDENT FATAL BROOKSVILLE (UPI) - A New Port Richey man died at a Tampa hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident early Saturday on State Road 52 near here, Callaway Plans for City Hall Protect DRUG BUST—Bay County Sheriff Tullis Easterling displays some of the more than 100 lbs. of marijuana confiscated late Monday night after a lengthy investigation. See story below. (Staff Photo.) Drug Arrest Nets Former Professor A college professor from Tallahassee has been arrested in Panama City and charged with delivering 100 pounds of marijuana to an undercover agent of the Bay County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Tullis Easterling announced Tuesday. The suspect, James Attison Whlttlngton Jr., 42, of 227 West Ridge, Tallahassee, was an assistant professor of anthropology at Florida State University until his termination a week ago, Sheriff Easterling said. Whittington was arrested Tuesday night at a St. Andrews area motel where he reportedly delivered the marijuana to the agent. A total of about 150 pounds of marijuana was confiscated from Whittlngton's motel room and automobile, Easterling revealed. The sheriff said the arrest came after personnel from his narcotics division, acting on Intelligence information, arranged to buy the marijuana, ' using an undercover agent to complete the actual transaction. The price which was quoted to sheriff's personnel by the sellers was $14,000 for the 100 pounds. This would put the wholesale price at $21,000 for the entire 150 pounds. This amount, when sold on the street, would have been worth Deaths And Funerals MRS. LINDA DIANE MASSEY Funeral services for Mrs, Linda Diane Maasey, 24, of 805 A Uth St., who died Monday afternoon, will be held Wednesday at 2 :98 p.m. in the Southerland Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Benson officiating. Pallbearers will be Wayne Ingram, Gayle Ingram, Phillip Ingram, Malcolm Ingram, Bob Ingram, Frank Heflln, J.B. Ingram and Jerry Ingram. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Southerland Funeral Home 1128 Harrison Ave. 7854532 GEORGE STANLEY FREED, JR. (Lt.Col.USAFret) Full Military Honors for the funeral services of Mr. George Stanley Freed Jr. 59 of Wewa Rt., Box 11, Panama City, who died Monday, will be conducted graveside in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Thursday at 2 p.m. Interment will follow the services. Southerland Funeral Home 1123 Harrison Ave. 7854532 Purchase Planned A public meeting on the proposed purchase of McLeod Ranch by the state will be held Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m. in Lake City, Harmon Shields, of Panama City executive director of the Department of Natural Resources has announced. Shields said the meeting is being held to give the public an opportunity to comment on acquisition of the 4,182-acre property, located in Alachua and Columbia Counties. He said the Land Conservation Act of 1972 provides for purchase by the state of "environmentally unique and irresplaceable lands as valued ecological resources." MR. JOE WINTER CORNETT Mr. Joe Contett, 51, of 821 W. Eighth St., died in a local hospital, 8:11 a.m. Tuesday. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday ; at Evergreen Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Richard L. Scoggtns officiating. Mr. Winter was a prominent realtor here and had resided here since 1951, coming from Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marianne Little Cornett; one son, Joe W. Cornett Jr., and one daughter, Mrs. Allan Breslin, all of Panama City; two sisters, Mrs. Anne McCommon of Panama City, and Mrs. Neil Walsh of Atlanta, one granddaughter, Marianne Breslin of Panama City; and one aunt, Miss Carolyn Ford of Orlando. Mr. Cornett was a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Air Force. Smith Funeral Home 505 N.Mac Arthur Ave. 7854646 GILES TALMADGE LIVING- STON(USAF,SSgt.ret) Mr. Giles Talmadge Livingston, 63, of 1518 Texas Ave., Lynn Haven, died Tuesday morning in a local hospital. He had been a resident here since 1940, coming from Birmingham. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served for 20 years. He is survived by MB wife, Mrs. Beulah Livingston, Lynn Haven; one son, Luther Robert Sollenberger, Tampa; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Rlchard.of Oakman, Ala. and Mrs. Rilla Jones in California. Full military honors will be observed for his services, which will be conducted at graveside Thursday at 4 p.m. in Oakland Cemetery. Interment will follow the services. Southerland Funeral Home 1123 Harrison Ave. 785-8532 $60,000, Easterling said. The sheriff disclosed that more than one person was involved in the plan to sell the marijuana, although Whlttlng­ ton has been tho only person arrested at this time. Easterling said that his undercover personnel negotiated the "deal" with marijuana traffickers for several days prior to the Tuesday night arrest. The sheriff said that Whittington told officers he holds a PhD degree in anthropology from Tulane University. He was employed at FSU for about three years. The suspect was arraigned Wednesday on charges of sale and possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $25,000 by Bay County Judge Larry Bodlford. A 1974 model automobile, which contained about 44 pounds of the marijuana, was seized by the sheriff's department, Easterling said. Bids will be advertised for the E reposed new Callaway City, tall, the Callaway City Commission decided Tuesday night. The commission has been considering a new city hall since 1971. Architect Bayne Collins has drawn plans for a building to contain approximately 4,000 square feet. He told the commission at a workshop meeting June 17 that costs could run between $125,000 to $150,000. Lee Danley, a resident of North Callaway, presented the commission with a petition containing 200 names asking the area not be annexed into Callaway. Danley, who appeared before the commission June 11, had earlier asked the commission not to.conslder annexation. Danley said people In North Callaway area feet they have a different way of life and just want to be left alone. J.K. Golden, another resident of North Callaway, told the commission he wanted to "beg them to let us alone." Golden said that he would be glad to contribute to the volunteer fire department but did not want to be annexed.Mayor Ruben Buffington said .he felt if the annexation issue Is brought to a vote, the referendum would be defeated. He added he felt the city would be wasting its money to hold a referendum on the issue. Buf fington pointed out that before the city could hold a referendum, a legal advertisement must be run in a local newspaper four times and this had not been done. No further action was taken by the city. The city must also run a legal advertisement in a local newspaper four times to annex property Hugh T. Grimes owns into the city. He has requested the move. Volunteer Fire Chief Henry Ray asked the commission to consider a resolution the firemen had written concerning fire calls outside Callaway. Ray said the new pumper truck should not be used to answer calls outside the city and paid city firemen should not be used to answer such calls. Ray said the older truck could The commission agreed to buy an air conditioner for the community building on state contract. The commission will also seek bids for a new police car. One of the city police cars recently burned up as the result of an electrical short. Mayor Buffington announced that Tuesday evening was his last time to preside over the .commission as mayor. He thanked all the commissioners for their cooperation and wished Mayor-elect Earnest Pierce a successful term of office. Pierce will be sworn in Monday at 4 p.m. at the city hall. be used on such calls and that qualified volunteer firemen should be sent. The only times the new truck and paid firemen should answer calls outside of the city, Ray said, would be a call at the Callavyay School or to the home of a volunteer fireman in good standing. The commission asked city attorney Mike Mann to Btudy the resolution and bring his findings at the next meeting. In other action the city commission failed to second a motion by Commissioner Milford Nixon to reclassify an office worker as full time. Water Top Item At Cedar Grove Escapee Named In Rape Charge Heavy RainsSoakSt ate CHIPLEY—A Florida prison escapee has been arrested and charged with the forcible rape Monday of a 26-year-old Washington County woman, according to Washington C County ShertffTheronCook. Cook said Daniel Brown was arrested 10:30 p.m. Monday on the rape charge after the sheriff's department began an investigation in response to a call at 2 p.m. Sheriff Cook said Brown is accused of beating and raping the young mother at the point of a shotgun. Three samll children were present during the ordeal, Cook said. One of the children was struck by the assailant, he said. He reported the woman was hospitalized Monday afternoon and was still in the hospital Tuesday morning. The Incident occurred in a rural area, Cook said. He said his department immediately set up road blocks in the area after the call came in but the suspect had apparently already left the area. Cook said investigators David Rogers and Hubert Owens processed the crime scene and that their efforts combined with those of Chief Deputy Allen Rogers and Deputy Franklin Harcus, led to the arrest of Brown inCaryvllle. The Washington County Sheriff said police records compiled on Brown revealed he was sentenced to Raiford in 1954 on Later, Cook related, Brown was arrested in Leon County for rape and assault with intent to commit murder on the female's male companion. For this he was given a 36-year sentence in 1962, Cook said, adding that Raiford officials notified law enforcement agencies of his second escape Sept. 19,1973. Cook said the record of Brown also reveals charges of assault and battery, reckless driving, and breaking and entering. "We are going to have to realign out thinking on prison systems," Cook said Tuesday morning. "I cannot understand a judicial system that a can sentence a man to 76 years and then that man is realeased in less than six years and with one escape on his record that man is realeased one year after recapture, only to commit rape and assault with intent to commit murder again," Cook declared. Fire Razes City Lounge An early-morning fire caused an estimated $10,000 damage to the Gold Nugget lounge' on W. 15th Street, according to Panama City fire department reports. The fire Is said to have started around 4:35 a.m. Three trucks and 10 men a second degree murder charge 'answered the call, pumping relating to a Bay County 3,500 gallons of water to contain Commissioner Breedlove said he knew of a few more areas where street lights might also be needed and suggested he and Thomas investigate these spots before the commission took any action. They will report on their findings at the next meeting. Commissoner Davis moved Mayor Fussell go to the bank and borrow enough money to pay an outstanding bill to Tucker Brothers Construction Co. The motion carried unanimously. Thomas made a motion to accept the Civil Service Board recommendation that Mike Moore, water superintendant, be placed on Civil Service. Commissoner Thomas said he would report on the stray dog problem at the next meeting. Thomas also suggested the city hire some hand labor during the summer to cut brush along the streets. The subject will be brought up at the next meeting. Mayor Fussell announced the City Hall would be closed on July 4. Birth Control PHI Plan Continued TALLAHASSEE, (UPI) The Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services will continue a policy of allowing doctors to prescribe birth control pills to minors without parental consent. Rex Newman, an HRS ther investigation into the area spokesman, said Tuesday the of tap-on fees might be a good policy has worked well in spite Idea. of occasional criticisms from Commissoner Earl Davis parents and state government moved the ordinance be accep- officials, who object to the ted as read. Commlsioner procedure because of moral Dewey Breedlove seconded the reasons. Newman denied motion which passed reports that HRS Secretary O.J. unanimously. Keller has asked local county Mayor Lewis Fussell then health departments to end the appointed Commissioners policy. Davis and Thomas to a committee to investigate tap-on fees by Vera Miller Staff Writer The first reading of Ordinance 84 concerning the water distribution system for the city of Cedar Grove was held Tuesday night as part of the regularly scheduled meeting. Rates for water use; penalties for failure to hook up or pay and maintenance of the system were stipulated In the ordinance. It was noted the purpose of the ordinance was to make city water alone compulsory for human consumption. Herman Morris, a visitor at the meeting, voiced his opposition to the compulsory section of the ordinance. Morris's sentiments were shared by other meeting visitors. Morris said he had just bought a new deep well and that if the city was going to make him hook-up to city water then he felt the city should buy his well. "City water and sewage is good for any city," said Morris, "but we should not be forced to buy It. "That's when we start getting away from a free con- try," he added. Commissioner F.D. Thomas agreed that perhaps the ordinance was "harsh," but added the city has gone to a lot of expense and trouble to lay the water mains and that the system was an asset to the community that would be better than wells in the long run. Thomas expressed his feelings that another look should be at the $150 suggested tap-on fee. Attorney Clinton Foster agreed with Thomas that fur- "The policy has been tightened since it was Implemented earlier in the year," said Newman. "We have given much more discretion to doctors who can prescribe the birth 'control pills." and Instructed them to make any recommendations at the next meeting on July 9 at which time the ordinance will be read for the second time. An amendment to the existing tap-on fee section of the ordinance could be made at the next meeting. After questioning attorney Foster on the legality of buying and placing a culvert on 13th Court Commissioner Thomas moved the necessary pipe be seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Thomas reported to the commission the results of a personal survey which he conducted in the need mmmmmmm Four Injured In Bridge Accident Four persons were carried iu noon following a two-car- accident on the Hathaway Bridge. Taken to the hospital by ABC Ambulance Service with minor were Ann cuts and bruises Hansen, Mark for more street lights. Thomas Chakins, Sandre Gonzales and said in his opinion "13 more Cherry Gonzales. The accident street lights were needed for the reportedly took place on the city." east side of the bridge. TAMPA (UPI) - High tides pushed ahead by gale-force winds ate away at Florida Gulf Coast beaches Monday night and early Tuesday before a cold front moved through bringing a shift in winds. The storm was accompanied by drenching rains that measured up to 9.54 inches in a 24-hour period at Inverness, north of here. The heavy rains covered much of central and south Florida and amounts of six and half inches were common from Inverness south to fort Myers, a distance of some ^50 miles. | Small craft warnings were in effect from Apalachicola around the Florida Keys and northward along the Atlantic coast to Portland, Me. j The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the low pressure ajea that formed in the gulf Monday afternoon moved across Florida and Into the Atlantic Tuesday morning. It warned that should the low pressure center take a more northerly track than indicated, gale warnings might be required for a portion of the North Carolina coast. The hurricane center said the strong, non-tropical system almost absorbed a tropical depression in the southwestern gulf but that after it moved on to the northeast, satellite pictures and surface observations showed the tropical depression still was centered over the Yucatan Peninsula near Cam- pechen, Mexico. A military reconnaissance plane will check out that area today. Two waterspouts moved ashore Tuesday morning south of Sarasota but both touched down in unpopulated areas and. there were no Injuries. The Coast Guard was kept busy towing disabled vessels to shore including two off of Port Boca Grande with 10 persons aboard and one from off of Redington Shores with two persons aboard. Winds of up to 60 miles per hour pushed tides as high as four feet above normal crashing against beaches and seawalls and powerlines and trees were down in some areas. There were no reported injuries and much of the flooding of non-beach areas was blamed upon poor drainage. ' "Preliminary reports indicate considerable beach erosion from Pasco County southward to Sarasota County." Incident. He escaped from Raiford in the summer of 1959 and was recaptured four days later in Fort Pierce, after which he was paroled after serving a little more than a year, according to Cook. the blaze. 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