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a 4 Clues Sought in Slaying of Motorist on I- 75 crew Road overpast Lee County eherifTi deputies found the body of James Chambers 49 of Amlin Ohio In the front eeat of hie Honda Accord at 5:30 am while making a routine patrol Younger Chambers was a state social worker in Ohio and was in Southwest Florida seeking work because his job was being phased out He said Chambers stayed in Tampa last week with friends and was expected to spend Saturday night with friends in Naples Younger said his wallet which had been tom from his rear pocket after he had been shot was found about two miles north of where his car was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 75 Authorities say he was shot with either a 38-caliber or 357 Magnum gun FROM CLUES left in the car Chambers was placed at a Fort Myers Beach motel at 4:30 pm Friday where a clerk said he had stopped to inquire about prices He was also placed at Witches' Brew Restaurant and Lounge in Naples DAN YOUNT Sun Writer PORT MYERS A aocial worker from Ohio who was looklnx work ta the me lain in Me car early Saturday north ride of inter mile south of the Cork- suEi rlfl is Bonita Springs Bstero Hickory San srbsPark TV': IRaoI Crossing Changes Promised Melton said these signals are part of the 1983-84 railroad safety program THE CROSSING at Kentucky Street here is in the 1984-85 program which is just beginning negotiations between the railroad and two government agencies he said Crossing to be upgraded in San KAY SMITH Ita Bureau Chief SAN CARLOS PARK Railroad croarings here should be less hazardous for motorists and cyclists by the end of the year according to an official with the state Department of Transportation An agreement among the state ll ACCORDING TO Sgt Richard agency the Seaboard Coast line Railroad and the Lee County government is being finalized to upgrade a number of railroad crossing with signals said CC Melton district railroad coordinator with the Bartow transportation department office THE RAILROAD is ordering the Bonita Growth Witnessed by Postal Officials -1 materials he said and as soon as they arrive a signal gang will begin work on the crossings Melton could not say which crossing will be completed first because "I know what end of the county they will Traffic factors such as the number of vehicles school buses and KMmi id I) Worries tremendous affect on property A similar concern was echoed last week by Norman Thompson former head of the county's division of community development Thompson said he is apprehensive about the action of the county commissioners in submitting a draft of the land use element of the dan to the state Department of Community Affairs without incorporating the changes they said train speeds determine what type of signals will be installed at each crossing he said Flashing lights and gates will be installed at West Terry Street the scene of a number of fatalities over the years and at Third 1 Street Kvl Realtor would be made from public input at the various hearings held around the county "What we have is a virtually unchanged document from the one the majority of residents rejected when it was presented to them along with the outdated land use he said Baker said the amendment to the zoning regulations states that it shall be adopted in 30 months By KAY SMITH Bonita Bureau Chief BONITA SPRINGS The growth of Bonita Springs not readily visible to residents is being documented by Postmaster William Coleman Coleman said the 360 post office boxes installed recently reflect a 17 percent increase in the number of these mail receptacles at the Bonita Beach Road office THE LIMIT the existing post office building can handle is 2603 boxes he said "Plans already have been made to knock out the western wall of the building for an addition to the poet office Coleman said Growth too has been reflected in the number of rural routes served by mail carriers he said "When the September mail count is made I expect we will go from the present nine rural mail routes to 11" Coleman said Hie change probably will not be effective until Lee County Information Services Department has implemented the uniform address system for Bonita Springs the postmaster said where he is believed to have had dinner Authorities have no leads in the slaying and are seeking help from anyone who might have seen Chambers or his car Friday or early Saturday morning SectioriBl NAPLES DAILY NBWf Carlos Park are on Constitution Sanibel and San Carlos boulevards he said Melton said his department anticipates the work in Lee County will begin sometime between October and December with completion before Jan 1 WHEN HE CAME to Bonita Springs 1973 there were only two rural routes with 2125 mailboxes "We went to four routes in 1974 to six in 1980 with 4845 mailboxes and to eight in 1981 with 5450 he said Coleman said the number of mailboxes on the rural routes rose to 6200 in 1982 By January 1984 the mailbox count had risen to 6961 The ninth rural route was added later this year The lastest tally of mailboxes along these routes is 7513 Coleman explains the number of mailbox delivery points do not Include mall delivered to a central point in recreational vehicle or resort park areas such as Bonita Lake Resort Gulf Coast Campground and the recreational vehicle section at Citrus Park Using the standard rule of 25 people per residence Coleman said he puts Bonita Springs present population at well over 20000 "We are pushing he said in figuring the post office box count rural mailboxes and the central mail drops Lee County Briefs Weaver's Comer parking lot They saw two men leaving with one of them attempting to hide something When they found the machine damaged they followed the men and saw them go into the vacated Canfield Western Wear store Richard Letcher one of the witnesses went in to a convenience store to call the sheriff's department as the two men set fire to the store He then ran back into the convenience store and called the fire department The two men were later identified as guests of the Tropical Palm Motel in North Fort Myers and were arrested in their motel room The fire was quickly extinguished The damage to the bank machine is estimated at $1000 Garden Tool Taken BONITA SPRINGS The theft of a weeder was reported Sunday to the Lee County Department The garden tool was taken sometime before 10:57 am from a residence on Tennessee Street a deputy said IN MAKING out the arrest report on a man who was causing a disturbance at a south Fort Myers convenience Store Betz did not state the police dog was released on the suspect by Deputy Lonnie Daniels but said the dog voluntarily came to their aid during an alteration with the man Later Daniels pleaded no contest to a charge of improper use of a po(Please see DEPUTY 2B) BONITA SPRINGS POSTMASTER WILLIAM COLEMAN checks the 369 new poet office boxes recently installed Zoning Law Plan local hoard he is referring the proposed change in the zoning laws that would nil for complete rezoning of property in unincorporated areas of the county BAKER SADthe intent of the proposed amendment is to make all zoning regulations consistent with the Comprehensive Plan urge each of you to take an interest in this he said "I think you will find it will have a By KAY SMITH BoattaBunmi Grief BONITA SPRINGS A proposed amendment to the Lee County zoning ordinance could have a significant impact on the economy of Bonita Springs according to a local Realtor who wants the public to be aware of what the county government is planning Cliff Baker treasurer of the Bonita Springs Board of Realtors said at a recent meeting of the i Convention Speech FORT MYERS Linda Scott Brown of the Lee County Cooperative Extension Service presented preliminary plans for a leam-by-mail course on vitamins and mi-nerials at the 17th annual meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education held recently in Philadelphia The presentation was one of 22 The Bonita Way By Kay Smith THE RECREATION HALL at Swing Creek VII- iyfhHnBai has been closed every Monday 1 im until lage games were Hugh Wilson and Rlc Powell The Wednesday night euchre games were won by Bob Gesoaer and Ric Nancy Wallis returned to the village this week after driving her granddaughter Debbie home to VirginiaNancy spent several weeks there visiting with her daughter and family THE BOARD OF directors of the Bonita Springs Assistance Office will meet at 7 pm Tuesday according to Velma Bailey vice president of the boardThe meeting will be held in the assistance office in the Bonita Springs Lions Club building on Pennsylvania Avenue All officers and directors are asked to attend Death Penalty Rejected FORT MYERS Edward Scott Bearden will be spared the death penalty but will spend the rest of his life in prison if Circuit Judge Thomas Reese follows the recommendation of a Lee County jury which was made on Friday Reese may either accept the recommendation or impose the death penalty when he sentences Bearden on Sept 17 THE SEVEN-MAN five-woman jury found Bearden 19 guilty on Aug 3 of killing Fort Myers lawyer John Lund 28 at a Fort Myers Beach motel on Sept 10 1983 Bearden was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in beating Lund to death with a shovel in order to steal his car to drive to Andersonville Tenn to see his girlfriend By DAN YOUNT He was arrested the day follow- Staff Writer ing the slaying at his FORT MYERS Former Lee home and took authorities to a Counts sheriff's deputy Ernest nearby location where he had Betz was found innocent Friday of buried Lund's body in a shallow filing a false police report concern-grave ipg the use of a police dog while Lund had spent the night at the making an arrest Bona-Vista Motel on the Beach County Judge Isaac Anderson after visiting with Bearden's step ruled in favor of Betz during the father He was to accompany the one-day hearing over an incident (Please see BEARDEN ZB) which occurred Jan 22 selected nationwide to be featured at the meeting Requests to use the course came from 30 states and two foreign countries Vandalism Reported FORT MYERS Two men are accused of vandalizing a bank money machine and starting a fire in an old building nearby They were arrested by Lee County deputies after witnesses reported the incidents George Francis Parisi 18 and Raymond Duane Johnson are being held in Lee County Jail on $20000 bonds for arson criminal mischief and burglary of a structure The report came from a North Fort Myers couple who wanted to use Lee County Bank's Max machine at the northwest comer of Ex-Deputy Of filing noon for repairs to the ceiling according to village reporter Vmbm Bailey Regular afternoon and evening activities have not been interupted Velma said bad luck seems to have hit the village A number of residents have been in and out of the hospital recentlyCharies Brown has had surgery because of a car accident at his hometown in MaryiandCharies is home but his injuries probably will require him to have several additional operations Velma saldPat Fanning is receiving treatments at Ms hometown hospital in MichiganHis neighbor Fayne Kearschner is in Naples Community Hospital for a series of tests Joe Schaad had knee surgery recently but is able to recuperate at homeDKk Decater will undergo eye surgery in Indianapolis Ind Andy and Roaemsry Mlktuk are entertaining their eon and daughter-in-law Bob and Pot Dram from Brunswick OhloThe Drums are accompanied by their children Rob Mke Steve Christas and DavMGene and Dean guests are their daughter and son-in-law JsBo and Harry Hagadom and their children Josh and JamieThe Hagadome are from Johannesburg Mich Velma said birthday greetings were eung to Rlc Bowen at the Tueeday night bingo games Although it was not her actual birthday one person had brought her card in advanceThe games were called by Georgs 8haataHe was assisted by George MeCoppta ana Gary Brawn Velma said there was no coffee because again no one had volunteered to nb it If you want coffee during the break you must volunteer she sakiThe Aug 2 bridge games were won by Laveraa Sisson bene Street and Wilma CoehranWinners of the Aug3 pinochle Is Cleared False Report THE EXECUTIVE BOARD of the Friends of the Bonita Springs Library discussed plans for the fall membership meetings at its Aug 7 meeting said Kay Grahana board member and publicity chairmanHiad Taylor program chairman said the pros and cons of the proposed Lee County Charter form of government will be discussed at the Tuesday Oct 23 meetingThe annual Founders' Day Dinner will be held on Wednesday Nov 14 at the Shores Club in Little Hickory ShoresThere will be a guest speakerThe annual Christmas party is scheduled for Saturday Dec 1 at the First National Bank of Bonita Springs branch office on Bonita Beach Road and Vanderbilt Drive Additional information about the fall program will be available later Kay said 1 i.

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