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Tragedy on Little Gasparilla
Early morning fire claims 4 lives PHOTO
By DANA SANCHEZ what appeared to be only took place. He said the blaze The State Fire
ASSISTANT ENGLEWOOD EDITOR charred pilings and an outside generated a fierce wind of its own. Marshal’s office
staircase intact. Officials are investigating the is investigating
LITTLE GASPARILLA ISLAND
Neighbors say they woke to cause of the fire and did not a fire which
— Four people died in an early
what sounded like an explosion release the names of the victims burned a
morning fire Saturday that bayfront home
burned a house to its foundation. and popping sounds. They say Saturday, pending notification of
next of kin.
to the ground
State Fire Marshal officials and they feared for their lives and and killed four
Charlotte County Sheriff’s property as burning embers flew Sometime between 2 a.m. and
deputies swarmed the island all overhead on the heavily treed 2:30 a.m., residents became
day Saturday to look for human island. aware of the fire, Jones said. morning on
remains and evidence after a fire “It looked like fireworks,” said “When we looked out the Little Gasparilla
raged through a stilt home at Richard Jones, who lives three Island.
9660 Privateer Road, leaving doors away from where the fire FIRE | P4
Florida COLD CASES
CHARLOTTE COUNTY • ADELE FROM WALMART THE SAME DAY. • THE BODY OF
MERRITT WHEELER SR., 36, WAS DISCOV-
EASTERLY, 25, WAS SHOT AND KILLED NOV. 6,
1979, AT THE FARM STORE IN RIDGE HARBOR, ERED OCT. 8, 1980, IN HORSE CREEK NEAR THE
IN AN APPARENT ARMED ROBBERY. • HARRY HORSE CREEK BRIDGE, ALONG COUNTY ROAD
SCOTT AND STANLEY SMITH WERE FOUND 769. BASED ON EVIDENCE FROM THE SCENE,
SHOT TO DEATH IN THEIR BOAT NEAR CAPE HAZE INVESTIGATORS DETERMINED HE SUSTAINED SUB-
ON OCT. 9, 1990. • TARA DANIELLE STANTIAL INJURY BEFORE BEING DUMPED INTO THE
SIDAROVICH’S REMAINS WERE DISCOVERED IN WATER. • ROGER CHITWOOD, 28, REPORT-
A WOODED AREA OFF BURNT STORE ROAD ON EDLY WAS ABDUCTED FROM HIS HOME IN AUGUST
JULY 12, 2002. THE 19-YEAR-OLD PUNTA 1975; HE WAS FOUND DEAD DAYS LATER IN THE
GORDA WOMAN WAS REPORTED MISSING OCT. 1, KISSIMMEE RIVER IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. •
2001. • SHARON GILL, 42, WAS FOUND JOSEPH KINVILLE, 16, WAS FOUND IN A
STABBED TO DEATH AT HER RAMPART BOULEVARD FIELD OFF ROBIN ROAD IN MARCH 1999.
HOME MARCH 21, 1990, IN DEEP CREEK. • THE ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, HE SUFFERED
BODY OF VICTORIA ARENA, 32, WAS FOUND SUN PHOTO BY JASON WITZ, email@example.com INJURIES CONSISTENT WITH A HOMICIDE. •
JUNE 16, 2001, IN A WOODED AREA IN PUNTA The Deep Creek home where Sharon Gill was brutally stabbed to death on March 21, JULIAN MENDIOLA WAS KILLED ON CHRIST-
1990. The killing remains unsolved today. MAS EVE IN 1996, DURING AN INVASION OF HIS
GORDA. SHE WAS LAST SEEN AT HER ENGLEWOOD
WHO KILLED SHARON GILL?
HOME FIVE DAYS EARLIER. • UNIDENTIFIED NORTHEAST GOOLSBY AVENUE HOME. THE INVES-
SKELETAL REMAINS WERE FOUND NEAR THE LAND- TIGATION REVEALED TWO MASKED ASSAILANTS
FILL ON ZEMEL ROAD IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF ENTERED HIS HOME DEMANDING MONEY. MENDI-
CHARLOTTE COUNTY ON JAN. 6, 2002. THE Family still But after all these years,
someone still has blood on OLA, 30, WAS SHOT WHILE RESISTING THEM.
REMAINS ARE BELIEVED TO BE THOSE OF A WHITE hunts for clues his hands.
HISPANIC MALE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 35
“It’s just frustrating that
SARASOTA COUNTY • A NEIGHBOR
AND 55. HE SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN BETWEEN 5
in brutal death after 19 years, we do not
know anything,” said Krista, OF PAUL COLICCI FOUND HIS BODY NOV. 15,
By JASON WITZ who has since moved to 1998, AT HIS SARASOTA HOME. • CINDY
FEET 6 INCHES AND 5 FEET 9 INCHES TALL, STAFF WRITER Canada to raise a family.
WEIGHING BETWEEN 150 AND 180 POUNDS. DEEP CREEK — Krista Gill Authorities, too, have ROGERS’ BODY WAS FOUND APRIL 7, 1992,
is emotionally tired. gone cold with the investi- INSIDE A PLASTIC TRASH CAN, FLOATING IN THE
For 19 years, she has gation, although tips
DESOTO COUNTY • EILEEN SEYMOUR, waited and waited for a
Sharon Gill continued to trickle in until POOL OF THE HOME WHERE SHE HAD BEEN LIVING.
conviction in her mother’s the end of 2008. • DEBORAH DALZELL, 47, DIED IN MARCH
84, WAS FOUND DEAD IN HER FEMA TRAILER IN Krista’s youngest children
brutal stabbing, to the point
MARCH 2006. AN AUTOPSY REVEALED SHE SUS- of mental exhaustion. are starting to ask about it, despite 1999, AS THE RESULT OF A HOME INVASION ROB-
TAINED HEAD TRAUMA, LIKELY FROM BLOWS TO THE Someone knows who did it. their naive understanding of death. BERY. • ESCO HUNTER WAS FOUND DECEASED
Someone walked through the house With time, she will reveal the answers.
HEAD. • THE BODY OF 17-YEAR-OLD JOHN IN A WOODED AREA NEAR CENTRAL AVENUE AND
that March morning, as Sharon Gill’s Yet there remains a question that has
WELLES WAS FOUND IN THE WATER ACROSS bloodied body lay on the bedroom eluded Krista all these years, the one 44TH STREET ON DEC. 1, 1999. HIS RED VAN
floor. Someone washed in the bath- her grieving family cannot solve: Who
FROM THE STREET FROM HIS HANSEL ROAD HOME room sink afterward, removing all
IN JULY 2003. HE WAS LAST SEEN RETURNING traces of the act from his fingertips. KILLED | P6 UNSOLVED MURDERS | P6
Swine flu cases confirmed 100 days of Obama: Lots
in at least six US states of energy, no miracles
By NANCY BENAC
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
By MARK STEVENSON
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER MORE INSIDE • A glance at the world’s last three
influenza pandemics. WASHINGTON — Barack Obama opened
his presidency by drawing an unflinching
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s • The World Health Organization • What is swine flu, and why should portrait of the challenges. Then he set about
president assumed new warned countries around the world to you be concerned about it? turning those perils into possibilities.
powers Saturday to isolate be on alert for flu outbreaks. • See page 7 In a dizzying dash to the 100-day
people infected with a deadly mark, Obama made a down
swine flu strain as authorities California and suspected in New workers patrolled airports and payment on the changes he’d
struggled to contain an York City, but health officials bus stations as they tried to promised and delivered a
outbreak that world health said they didn’t know whether it corral people who may be trillion-dollar wallop to wake
officials warned could become was the strain that has killed up infected with the swine flu, as up the moribund economy.
a global epidemic. to 68 people in Mexico and it became clearer that the He put the country on track to
New cases of swine flu were likely sickened more than 1,000.
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NEWS ACROSS police were looking for George
Zinkhan, a marketing professor at
remain closed by continuing
repairs, including work by the
degree temperatures, North
Dakota turned colder and the
said the man ran into an 18-
month-old girl who was seated in
AMERICA the school in Athens, which is
about 70 miles east of Atlanta.
Athens-Clarke Assistant Police
Army Corps of Engineers to
reinforce the breakwater along
the length of the island. That work
ground turned white. The National
Weather Service had no reports
of major snowfall amounts Friday
a stroller. She was transferred to
Vanderbilt’s children’s hospital in
Nashville with serious injuries,
Chief Alan Brown tells The Athens- also limits access to the beach. but Bismarck and some areas in Shankle said.
Alaska feed in 50 pound sacks. The the Banner Herald that there is the southwestern part of the state
JUNEAU — The state of Alaska St. Paul, Minn.-based company “some indication he may have Maryland got a light dusting in the morning. Utah
will begin offering either direct said Friday that the feed has the had multiple weapons.” A system coming out of the
deposit or debit cards to those potential to have higher than SHARPSBURG — Fire officials say Rockies is expected to bring more OGDEN — Ogden officials are
receiving unemployment benefits. acceptable levels of salt. The Iowa a man accused of setting another snow, possibly mixed with rain, to warning a shopkeeper to remove
The change starts Monday for maker says higher salt levels can on fire has been charged with the state Sunday, the weather an obscenity he scrawled across
workers filing for benefits. Those cause serious health issues and, DES MOINES — The House first- and second-degree assault. service said. his windows in an escalating
who qualified for benefits before at high levels, potential mortality agreed Friday to put new Nineteen-year-old Clayton Muller fight with city code officers. City
Monday who did not choose in poultry. The recall was initiated restrictions on farmers applying of Sharpsburg was released Oregon workers erected a tarp across
direct deposit will continue to after a small number of liquid manure to frozen ground, a Friday after posting $15,000 the message Bruce Edwards
receive paper checks. The state customers complained that their move aimed at preventing runoff bond. According to the fire EUGENE— A ruling this week from wrote using the f-word to
labor department says two free birds died, the company said. into Iowa’s waterways. The marshal’s office, the incident the Oregon Court of Appeals has describe his opinion of city
withdrawals can be made measure prohibits producers from occurred March 15 at Muller’s highlighted concern among safety government. Ogden community
monthly at participating ATMs. California applying liquid manure to frozen home. Muller is accused of officials and river guides about development manager Keith
People also can request cash ground from Feb. 1 to April 1. spraying lighter fluid on a inflatable rafts and drinking. The Morey says the antique dealer
back from purchases made at SANTA BARBARA — The Dalai fireplace and trailing it onto court ruled that inflatable rafts risks drawing a public-nuisance
more than 4,300 participating Lama says the global economic Kentucky another man’s upper body. The are covered by the state laws that charge unless he erases the
retail outlets. crisis will teach people that victim became engulfed in prohibit drinking and boating. The message. Edwards has a history
peace of mind, family and friends LOUISVILLE — Rock great Bob flames; a witness helped put the inflatable rafts addressed by the of using his storefront to
Arizona can bring happiness when money Dylan will perform at Louisville fire out. Authorities say the victim court can be dangerous, said Guy hammer the city with insults and
is lacking. The spiritual leader Slugger Field this summer, and suffered second-degree burns to Santiago, owner of Oregon River says he won’t back down. He’s
SIERRA VISTA — A Cochise said at a news conference Friday he’ll bring along a couple of his arm, chest and face. Sports in Glenwood. “They don’t gearing up for another legal
County judge has declared a at the University of California, guests: Willie Nelson and John maneuver well, they puncture fight. The sign brouhaha is one
mistrial in a murder case Santa Barbara that the crisis is Mellencamp. The show will be Missouri easily,” he said. “We call them thing. Edwards is resisting an
because the defendant’s brother good because it reminds people July 8, and is part of Dylan’s disposables.” order to clean up another lot in
dropped his pants, gestured and who only want to see money grow ongoing tour of minor-league KANSAS CITY — About 200 town where he collects
made threatening comments in that there are limits. The head of baseball parks. The famed singer- people have attended a unity South Carolina restaurant equipment, light
the presence of jurors. Judge Tibet’s exiled government songwriter began performing at march and prayer hour in Kansas fixtures, duct work and other
Wallace Hoggatt ended the trial delivered two public lectures that the parks in 2004. He will release City in memory of a slain girl who CHARLESTON — Things will be a stuff.
on Friday after jurors reported sold out within two hours. He a new album, “Together Through for years was known only as little wild and woolly along the
seeing and hearing acts by blames the worldwide financial Life,” on Tuesday. Tickets to the “Precious Doe.” The event South Carolina coast this Virginia
Steven Kastner outside the crisis on greed, lies and hypocrisy. Louisville concert are $69.50 and Saturday lasted more than an weekend as Middleton Place
courtroom. Kastner was attending go on sale May 9. hour and concluded with a Plantation holds its annual sheep NORFOLK — Customs officials
the trial of his brother, 28-year- Georgia dedication of a park honoring the and wool days festival. Sheep are have seized more than 20,000
old Jonathan Arthur Ramil. Ramil Louisiana girl and other slain or abused a big part of the plantation on pairs of counterfeit designer
is charged with first-degree ATHENS — Three people were children. The site of the future the Ashley River outside jeans at the Port of Hampton
murder for the June 2008 slaying killed Saturday at a community GRAND ISLE — Grand Isle State park is a wooded area where Charleston and graze on the Roads. U.S. Customs and Border
of 43-year-old Patrick Gleason in theater near the University of Park is set to reopen Friday, eight 3-year-old Erica Green’s greensward in back of the Protection said Friday that the
a Willcox home. Georgia, and authorities were months after it was shut down by dismembered body was found on plantation house. Visitors to the jeans were valued at more than
searching for a professor in the Hurricane Gustav. Office of State April 28, 2001. The child wasn’t plantation will be able to see $403,000. Bill Blass, Rocawear
Arkansas shooting deaths. Athens-Clarke Parks spokeswoman Sharon identified until May 2005, when sheep dog herding demonstra- and South Pole were among the
County Coroner Sonny Wilson Broussard said the park needed her mother and the mother’s tions. They will also see sheep brand labels on the jeans, which
LITTLE ROCK — Land O’Lakes said the three were shot off $527,000 in repairs and cleanup husband were arrested in being sheared, and artisans were shipped from China.
Purina Feed LLC has initiated a campus about 12:30 p.m. He did work after the Sept. 1 storm and connection with the slaying in dyeing, knitting and weaving with Customs spokesman Tim Sushil
limited voluntary recall of a single not immediately have any other Hurricane Ike, which hit less than Muskogee, Okla. The couple were their wool. said the jeans probably will be
lot of a Country Acres poultry details. The school’s Web site said two weeks later. Ten camp sites convicted in the killing last year. destroyed, although they could
Tennessee be donated with permission
North Carolina from trademark owners.
PARIS — A man on a four-
ASHEVILLE — Chimney Rock wheeler lost control after having a Vermont
State Park has been expanded by seizure and plowed into a crowd
more than 300 acres. The along a parade route Friday BERLIN — Police in Berlin say a
Asheville Citizen-Times reports the injuring 13 people — including an new kind of counterfeit $100 bill
Foothills Conservancy of North 18-month-old, authorities say. The that somehow passes validation
Carolina was able to secure two incident happened around noon tests is making the rounds in
tracts to expand the park to Cane in Paris, a small town 120 miles Vermont. The Berlin Police
Creek Mountain. One 174-acre northwest of Nashville near the Department and the U.S. Secret
property was bought about a year Kentucky border, at an annual Service are investigating the bills,
u ago, while an adjoining 156 acres event dubbed the “World’s 20 of which have been received
was bought in February. The land Biggest Fish Fry.” Mike Shankle, by banks and businesses in
coast $6.5 million. A total of director of Emergency Medical Berlin, Barre and Montpelier.
4,320 acres has been set aside Services for Henry County Instead of showing a black mark
for Chimney Rock State Park. Medical Center, said the man on when written on by a currency
the four-wheeler was following a validation marker, the bills have
North Dakota float just as the parade was some sort of chemical coating
ending when he lost control and that allows them to beat the test.
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KILLED: Murder of Sharon Gill remains unsolved 19 years after slaying
FROM PAGE 1 Sushi and Sanchi, around stabbed a 14-year-old Still waiting
killed Sharon Gill?
Krista entered the
UNSOLVED MURDERS Punta Gorda girl.
To this day, Krista As a mother, Krista has
“It’s in the back of my house and noticed a believes one — or both — protected her four
FROM PAGE 1 children from the publici-
mind every single day,” puddle of blood on the of the Malsky brothers is
she said. floor. She turned and saw responsible for her ty that followed her as a
HAD BEEN BURNED AND LEFT ON A DEAD-END STREET NEARBY. • teenager.
more blood, smeared mother’s death.
March 21, 1990 against the wall. EVELYN REY, A KNOWN PROSTITUTE, WAS FOUND DEAD IN THE “Personally, I always But they still ask about
Concerned that one of thought it was Shawn grandma.
AREA OF 46TH STREET ON AUG. 24, 1988. • JENNIFER
Krista Gill felt sick, but the dogs may be injured, because of the things he Krista would not budge
something told her to Krista called for her HUNTER WAS STABBED TO DEATH IN OCTOBER 1989 IN A PARK- said,” Krista said. “I feel it during the first couple of
stay at school. mother and headed is one of them.” inquiries, telling them
ING LOT OF THE INDUSTRIAL AREA OF 61ST STREET IN SARASOTA.
The decision may have toward the master only that grandma
saved her life. bedroom. • JIM THOMPSON WAS SHOT AND KILLED APRIL 6, 1993, Sharon had sores over her
At home, Sharon Gill
No leads body and died.
Sharon’s body was near WHILE WORKING SECURITY AT A SARASOTA STRIP CLUB. • KRISTY
sipped coffee and read the bathroom. She had The Charlotte County Now she tells them the
the newspaper. The 42- been stabbed 39 times,
DEGG WAS REPORTED MISSING MAY 8, 1995, BY HER MOTH-
Sheriff’s Office has six truth, and lets the older
year-old preacher’s wife including an angry homicide investigations it
ER. THREE WEEKS LATER, HER BODY WAS FOUND OFF THE BEE kids read some of the
loved everything about cluster of 12 wounds to considers “cold cases.” newspaper articles
the quiet neighborhood RIDGE ROAD EXTENSION, NOW THE HERITAGE OAKS AREA. • LISA
Since Sharon Gill’s written about the case.
the left side of her neck.
and its miles of undevel- Krista had trouble SHAFFNER WAS FOUND OCT. 23, 1982, LYING NUDE IN A
death, the agency has Time has not eased the
oped greenbelts. registering the grisly received countless tips mental anguish, even
Sharon and Krista, then FIELD OFF NORTH TUTTLE AVENUE, WITH MULTIPLE STAB WOUNDS
and information. Yet it though Krista’s original
scene, as she tried to
18, moved to Deep Creek convince herself her THAT CONTRIBUTED TO HER DEATH. SHE APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN
has not been enough to suspects are not free
in August 1989. Sharon’s mother was merely hurt. put the matter to rest. men.
SEXUALLY BATTERED, ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS. • LUCINDA
husband, the Rev. Percy “My whole body went Detective Jason Doher- In 2004, Shawn Malsky,
Gill, visited from their into shock,” she said. “I MCCLEAN, 36, WAS DISCOVERED DEAD IN SEPTEMBER 1989
ty was the last person to 39, was sentenced to 16
Michigan home every completely review the years in prison as a
was not putting two and IN A DRAINAGE DITCH ALONG FRUITVILLE ROAD. • THE BODY OF
couple of weeks, while two together.” case in 2008. He couldn’t habitual felony offender
continuing his pastor But the killer left his MARY JO SHELLEBY, 19, WAS DISCOVERED NOV. 10,comment about the for an array of charges
duties at their former signature. ongoing investigation or
1973, IN THE ROADWAY OF MCINTOSH ROAD. • THE BADLY ranging from child
church. suspects, but said it has neglect to arson. He was
The separation was DECOMPOSED REMAINS OF ZANNIEL LEVERITT, 27, WERE
not been cast to the side. convicted of injecting a
rough on Krista, although
Search for a killer “No one has forgotten 4-year-old girl with
FOUND IN FEBRUARY 2003 ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS IN THE AREA
she took comfort in Shawn Malsky could about this,” he said. “It’s heroin and giving her
knowing her father would not keep his mouth shut. OF 46TH STREET AND CENTRAL AVENUE IN SARASOTA.
just like any case that’s 19 crack cocaine.
be a permanent Floridian Reports show that years old. People move Scott Malsky is serving
within the week. following Sharon’s death, his mother’s house in Fort sat in jail, detectives and technology a life sentence at Polk
As the morning hours the then-20-year-old told Myers, where they spent gathered evidence against improves.” Correctional Institution
of March 21, 1990, melted friends and co-workers the day running errands, his younger brother, Percy Gill went to his for the Farrington
away with the rising sun, he killed the woman who court records show. Scott, in relation to the grave five years ago murder.
Krista’s uneasy feeling lived near his grandpar- Investigators also were 1993 murder of 79-year- without closure, haunted But Krista is awaiting
calmed. ents’ home, revealing unable to secure any old Pauline Farrington. by a decision to cancel his justice.
She took the bus home specific details about the physical evidence linking The Port Charlotte trip to the area the day his The question remains
after school, happy the stabbing. him to the Gills’ Rampart woman was stabbed to wife was murdered. open, and the family
day had concluded. He would spend two Boulevard home. death in her home and Krista, now 37, does not wants answers.
She tried to unlock the years in jail for those The killer left behind a left in a sexually explicit want to go through life “I do not play the
front door, but locked it statements, waiting for a single hair, a bloody position, similar to how with the same void of victim, because that was
instead with the key. murder trial that wouldn’t shoeprint and numerous Sharon’s body was found. never knowing the not the way I was raised
The Charlotte High happen. Prosecutors fingerprints, all of which Scott Malsky, now 33, identity of her mother’s — but I found my mother
School senior did not would drop the charges remain unidentified, wasn’t charged with killer. murdered,” she said.
think anything of it, as in 1995, due to a strong despite advances in DNA Farrington’s murder until “This should have been “Someone knows who
her mother often would alibi. On March 20, 1990, testing. 2002. In-between convic- solved 18 years ago,” she did it.”
walk the two Shih Tzus, Malsky spent the night at While Shawn Malsky tions, he raped and said. E-mail: email@example.com
OBAMA: No miracles but lots of energy in President’s first 100 days
FROM PAGE 1 did his candidacy.
Quotes from Obama’s first 100 days
end one war, reorient another
and redefine what it means to
The president seem unafraid
to admit he’s wrong. Or right.
“I screwed up,” Obama said
be a superpower. BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS after his nomination of former
All this with a cool confidence
that has made increasing
Quotes from President Barack Obama during
his first 100 days in office.
“It took us a couple of Sen. Tom Daschle for health
numbers of Americans hopeful
days because I like to
• • • • • “On this one I think I’m
that the country may at last be “Today I say to you that the challenges we right,” he said to critics of his
heading in the right direction. friendly exchange with Chavez.
The public couldn’t get
enough of it, fixating on Team
face are real. They are serious and they are
many. They will not be met easily or in a short
span of time. But know this, America — they
know what I’m talking The president, whose aides
dismiss the whole notion of the
Obama’s every move: the arrival
of family dog Bo; the president
will be met.”
— Inaugural address on Jan. 20.
about before I speak.” 100-day yardstick as the
equivalent of a “Hallmark
showing up for work in his shirt- • • • • • holiday,” came to office
sleeves; the first lady’s moxie in “I can say without exception or equivocation — Comment after he was asked at a news imbued with sky-high expecta-
baring her arms; Sasha and that the United States will not torture.” conference March 24 why it took him so long tions from the public and
Malia’s swing set; even a visit to — Remarks on Jan. 22 to employees at the to express outrage over executive bonuses at emerged three months later
the White House by the surviv- State Department, the same day he signed orders the big insurer American International Group Inc. with his approval ratings intact,
ing Grateful Dead. Obama says to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. at a solid 64 percent in the AP-
it is a “weird fishbowl” that he • • • • • GfK poll. But it’s all been too
has jumped into. “I will be held accountable. You know, I’ve got “It was like the Special Olympics or something.” much for many Republicans:
Not everyone’s impressed. For four years. ... If I don’t have this done in three — Comment during an appearance March 19 on Seven out of 10 now disapprove
all that went right with the years, then there’s going to be a one-term NBC’s “Tonight” show, telling host Jay Leno he’s been of his job performance, com-
president’s liftoff (after that small proposition.” practicing at the White House bowling alley but wasn’t pared with 58 percent in
matter of the flubbed oath of — Interview aired Feb. 2 on NBC’s “Today” show. happy with his score of 129. A spokesman quickly said February.
office), Obama’s opening moves • • • • • Obama’s remark was not meant to disparage the Special And there are still a lot of
have fallen short in the eyes of “I’m here on television saying I screwed up.” Olympics, only to poke some fun at his bowling skills. pages to be written.
many, and have left others — Interview with NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian • • • • • Though Obama is on TV
wondering where it all will lead. Williams,” on Feb. 3, after abruptly abandoning his “I remind everybody, the United States of almost every day, Stanley
Republicans largely stiffed the nomination fight for Tom Daschle a little more America did not choose to fight a war in Renshon, a political psycholo-
president on his call for biparti- than 24 hours after he had said he was “absolutely” Afghanistan. Nearly 3,000 of our people gist at the City University of
sanship and cast him as a weak committed to his health nominee. Obama did similar were killed on September 11th, 2001, for New York who is writing a book
leader on the world stage. interviews that day with all five television networks. doing nothing more than going about their about the president, says he’s
Liberals groused that he could • • • • • daily lives.” still hard to read.
have done more and wondered “We have begun the essential work of keeping — Remarks on March 27 announcing plans Sometimes, he says, “it’s hard
whether he’s too prone to the American dream alive in our time.” to send 4,000 more U.S. troops to to get a handle on whether
compromise. Deficit hawks — Before he signed into law a Afghanistan, part of a broad escalation troops. Obama’s being prudent or
worried that he’s blown a gaping $787 billion stimulus package on Feb. 17. • • • • • radical.”
a hole in the budget. • • • • • “The United States is not, and will never be, at Or, in the view of some
Obama himself seems “The impact of this recession is real and it is war with Islam.” liberals, too cautious.
energized. everywhere. But while our economy may be — Address to the Turkish parliament on April 6. Sorensen, the former
“The decision-making part of weakened and our confidence shaken, though • • • • • Kennedy speechwriter, said
it,” he says, “actually comes we are living through difficult and uncertain “It is time for us to transition to the Iraqis. some of the Americans who
pretty naturally.” times, tonight I want every American to know They need to take responsibility for their invested such high hopes in
As for the critics, Obama says, this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the country.” “an unknown black man
Washington is “a little bit like United States of America will emerge stronger — Comment to about 600 U.S. soldiers elected president in an over-
‘American Idol’ — but every- than before.” during a visit to Baghdad on April 7. whelmingly white country”
body is Simon Cowell.” — His first address to a joint • • • • • now expect too much, too
Almost overlooked in all the session of Congress on Feb 24. “I’m here to launch a new chapter of engage- soon.
hoopla is the historic nature of • • • • • ment that will be sustained throughout my “He’s a very good leader with
Obama’s tenure as the first black “It’s hard to move around out there sometimes, administration.” all the instinctive skills of
president. There’s been little so I’ve got to bring the world to me.” — Statement to the heads of every democratic leadership, including superb
time to even think about that — At a March 4 dinner with congressional government across the Western Hemisphere, at the judgment,” says Sorensen, “but
issue, which commanded so leaders, Cabinet members and White House aides. opening of the Summit of the Americas on April 17. that doesn’t make him a
much attention during the • • • • • • • • • • miracle worker.”
campaign, as Obama has “Our government has forced what I believe is a “I try to figure out what’s right in terms of “There are no miracle workers.”
grappled with a seizing econo- false choice between sound science and moral American interests, and on this one I think • • • • •
my and has rushed pell-mell to values.” I’m right.” Having inherited two wars
reverse the legacy of eight years — Remarks on March 9 as he signed documents — At an April 19 news conference, on and an economy in crisis,
of Republican rule. changing science policy and removing what some critics of his friendly exchange with Venezuelan Obama talks often about the
“You’d be hard put to find researchers have said were shackles on their work. President Hugo Chavez at that summit. high stakes for the nation in
another president facing those getting things right.
kinds of challenges who has acted Only rarely does he allude to
as intelligently and aggressively to Others are less hesitant to leader Newt Gingrich says are still to come. The pledge to the stakes for him personally.
meet the challenges head on,” draw conclusions. Obama’s foreign policy moves overhaul health care will make “I will be held accountable,”
said presidential historian Andrew Ted Sorensen, a former have been looking “a lot like his successful expansion of he said a few weeks into his
Polsky, a professor at Hunter speechwriter for President John Jimmy Carter,” a one-term children’s health coverage look presidency. “You know, I’ve
College in New York. “Of course, F. Kennedy, says Obama “seems president regarded as a weak like child’s play. got four years. ... If I don’t
whether any of this works is likely to be one of the great leader. • • • • • have this done in three years,
another question, and it’s too presidents in our history.” Whatever the record so far, it’s Obama has settled into the then there’s going to be a one-
soon to know that.” Former House Republican clear Obama’s biggest challenges presidency more easily than he term proposition.”
The Sun /Sunday, April 26, 2009 FROM PAGE ONE D/E/N/C www.sunnewspapers.net Front Page 7
FLU: Disease confirmed in six states; world braces for possible pandemic
FROM PAGE 1 WHO guidance calls for
government may have
isolating the sick and
blanketing everyone CALIF. A deadly new swine flu strain has been detected in Mexico and the
Q&A: What is swine flu?
been slow to respond to around them with antiviral United States. At least 68 people in Mexico have died from pneumonia
GENEVA (AP) — A swine flu outbreak that
after contracting a flu-like virus. Tests confirm that at least 20 of them
the outbreak in March and drugs such as Tamiflu. died of swine flu. The World Health Organization said the situation appears to have caused fatalities in humans in
early April. Now, with patients has pandemic potential. Mexico and nonfatal cases in the United States
Now, even detaining the showing up all across San Diego Co.
UNITED STATES prompted the World Health Organization this
ill may not keep the strain Mexico and its teeming Deaths: 0 weekend to urge countries around the world to be
— a combination of swine, Imperial Co.
capital, simple math Cases*: 2 alert for suspicious cases of influenza.
San Diego Guadalupe Co.
bird and human influenza suggests that kind of Deaths: 0 Cases*: 2 WHO chief Margaret Chan says the global body is
that people may have no response is impossible. Deaths: 0 taking the outbreak very seriously, though compar-
natural immunity to — TEXAS
Mexico appears to have isons with the 1918 epidemic are premature.
from spreading, epidemi- lost valuable days or San Antonio Here are some facts about swine flu:
ologists say. weeks in detecting the MEXICO
The World Health new virus. Cases*: 1000+ Q. What is swine flu?
Organization on Saturday Health authorities 0 200 mi Deaths: 68 A. Swine flu is a highly contagious acute respirato-
asked countries around ry disease normally found in pigs. It spreads through
started noticing a threefold 0 200 km
tiny particles in the air or by direct contact. According
the world to step up spike in flu cases in late Pacific Gulf Of to WHO it tends to infect large numbers of a given pig
reporting and surveillance March and early April, but Ocean Mexico population, killing between 1 and 4 percent of those
of the disease and imple- they thought it was a late affected. Not every animal infected displays symptoms.
ment a coordinated rebound in the December- Mexico City
Q. Where do outbreaks occur?
response to contain it. February flu season. States and counties
A. Swine flu is considered endemic in the United
The Mexican govern- Testing at domestic labs reporting influenza-like
States, and outbreaks in pigs have also been reported
illness outbreaks as of
ment issued a decree did not alert doctors here Saturday, April 25 elsewhere in North America, South America, Europe,
authorizing President to the new strain, although SOURCES: ESRI, World Health Organization AP Africa, and parts of eastern Asia.
Felipe Calderon to invoke U.S. authorities detected
Q. How do humans contract the virus?
special powers letting the an outbreak in California
Health Department isolate
patients and inspect
and Texas last week.
Perhaps spurred by the
Past flu pandemics A. People usually become infected through contact
with pigs, though some cases of LIMITED human-to-
human transmission have been reported.
homes, incoming travelers U.S. discoveries, Mexico BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
and baggage. sent 14 mucous samples to Flu pandemics occur whenever a new strain of Q. Is it safe to eat pork products?
A. WHO says properly handled and prepared pork
Officials said the decree the CDC April 18 and the virus arises to which most people have no products are safe to eat. The swine flu virus dies
gives clear legal authority dispatched health teams to natural immunity. Experts believe they have been when cooked at temperatures of 160 F/70C higher.
to Health Department hospitals looking for occurring at irregular intervals since at least the
workers who might patients with severe flu or 16th-century. A glance at the last three pandemics: Q. How high is the risk of a pandemic?
otherwise face reprisals. pnuemonia-like symptoms. A. Since the swine flu outbreaks in Mexico and
1918: The Spanish flu pandemic that started in U.S. Were identified, the risk of a pandemic has
At Mexico City’s interna- Those teams noticed increased. Health officials worry the swine flu might
tional airport, health something strange: The flu 1918 was possibly the deadliest outbreak of all time. develop into a form easily spread among humans. To
workers passed out written was killing people aged 20 It was first identified in the U.S., but became known do this, it could combine with a human flu virus or
questionnaires seeking to to 40. Flu victims are as the Spanish flu because it received more media mutate on its own into a transmissible form. Experts
identify passengers with flu usually either infants or attention in Spain than in other countries, which worry that the more the virus circulates, the more
likely a pandemic strain will emerge. But there is no
symptoms. Surgical masks the elderly. The Spanish flu were censoring the press during World War I. The way to predict when a pandemic strain will develop.
and brochures were handed pandemic, which killed at 1918 flu was an H1N1 strain — different from the
out at bus and subway least 40 million people one currently affecting Mexico and the U.S. — and Q. Does a vaccine exist?
stations. The U.S. embassy worldwide in 1918-19, also struck mostly healthy young adults. Experts estimate A. Pigs in North America are routinely vaccinated
it killed about 40 to 50 million people worldwide. for swine flu, but no vaccine exists for humans. In any
in Mexico posted a message first struck otherwise case, the flu virus evolves quickly, meaning that
advising U.S. citizens to healthy young adults. vaccines are soon obsolete. Health officials say there
avoid large crowds or using As recently as Wednesday, 1957: The 1957 pandemic was known as the Asian is no suggestion that the vaccine prepared for
the subway. authorities were referring to flu. It was sparked by an H2N2 strain and was first seasonal flu will protect against swine flu.
But with confirmed it as a late-season flu. identified in China. There were two waves of illness While people who are given the seasonal flu
swine flu cases in at least But mid-afternoon during this pandemic; the first wave mostly hit vaccine will probably be not protected against swine
children while the second mostly affected the flu, it may prevent them from getting the seasonal flu.
six states — and possibly as Thursday, Mexico City If they are then infected with swine flu, that reduces
many as 14 — the efforts Health Secretary Dr. elderly. It caused about 2 million deaths globally. the possibility of the two flus mixing in that person to
seemed unlikely to stop the Armando Ahued said, create a potential pandemic strain.
1968: The most recent pandemic, known as the
spread of the disease. officials got a call “from
Hong Kong flu, was the mildest of the three pan- Q. What other treatment is there?
WHO Director-General the United States and
demics this century. It was first spotted in Hong Kong A. The swine flu virus detected in Mexico and the
Margaret Chan said the Canada, the most impor- United States appears to respond to treatment with
in 1968 and it spread globally over the next two years.
outbreak of the never- tant laboratories in the oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). In
The people most susceptible to the virus were the
before-seen virus has field, telling us this was a terms of prevention, maintaining good hygiene, for
elderly. About 1 million people are estimated to have example regular hand-washing and staying a safe
“pandemic potential.” But new virus.”
been killed by this pandemic, an H3N2 flu strain. distance from those infected, may help.
she said it is still too early Doctors reported that
to tell if it would become a anti-viral medications and
pandemic. even steroids were working of Health and Environment
“The situation is well against the disease, on Saturday confirmed two
evolving quickly,” Chan noting no new deaths had cases of swine flu in two
said in Geneva. “A new been reported in the adults in the same house-
disease is by definition
WHO lays out three
criteria necessary for a
capital in the last day.
Airports around the
world were screening
travelers from Mexico for
hold. One of the patients
had recently traveled to
Mexico. Another eight
students at a New York City
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global epidemic to occur: flu symptoms. But high school probably have
The virus is able to infect
people, can readily spread
person-to-person and the
containing the disease
may not be an option.
“Anything that would be
human swine influenza, but
health officials said they
don’t know for sure whether
We can’t fix the economy
- just put more money
global population has no about containing it right it is the same strain.
immunity to it. The agency now would purely be a A “seed stock” genetical-
held off raising its pan- political move,” said ly matched to the new
in your pocket.
demic alert level, citing the Michael Osterholm, a swine flu virus has been
need for more informa- University of Minnesota created by the CDC, said
tion. Out of the many pandemic expert. Dr. Richard Besser, the
cases in Mexico reported, The same virus also agency’s acting director. If
relatively few samples sickened at least 11 people the government decides
have been tested. in the United States, vaccine production is
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WHO alerts countries to watch flu cases
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health suspected cases are likely to occur in the
on new, used, and
Organization warned countries around
the world on Saturday to be on alert for
coming days because of global air travel.
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Landfills hurting as consumers repair, reuse
Tough economic times drive population to discover treasures in their trash
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Thrift-driven tion and from discarded drywall and figures won’t be available for months, five or have reduced hours of opera-
Americans are fixing up, making do lumber. Restaurant waste is down the association is hearing about the tion, said spokeswoman Lisa Kardell.
and reusing so much to cope with the because people are eating out less. decline from many members. Waste Management’s fourth-quarter
recession that the drop in throwaways “We’re seeing this all over the Landfills in Ohio received 15 percent profit slid 29 percent on declines in its
means less fill for landfills. country,” said Bruce Parker, president less waste from August to January than recycling business and one-time
To deal with the drop-off in dropoffs, and CEO of the National Solid Wastes they did for the same period a year charges. But in its earnings report, the
landfills are laying off workers, Management Association. earlier. The waste stream at Miramar Houston-based company also
reducing hours of operation and hiking Environmentalists applaud the trash Landfill near San Diego has dropped 35 mentioned declines in the collection of
disposal fees, with the increases passed slash. percent over the past year. Waste at industrial waste.
along to cities, businesses and “That will mean the landfills will last Puente Hills Landfill near Los Angeles Landfill operators rely on disposal
consumers. longer,” said Ed Hopkins, director of is down from 12,500 tons of trash a day fees to fund operations. If the amount
“You can look at waste and see what the environmental quality program for to about 8,500. of waste decreases, operators have to
the economy is doing,” said Tom the Sierra Club. “That is good for the About 82 temporary workers have cut costs, dip into reserve funds or
Houck, manager at the Defiance public because nobody likes to live been laid off at Puente Hills and its two increase the fees, which are passed
County Landfill in northwest Ohio. He’s next to a landfill.” sister landfills, shrinking the work force along to consumers.
watched the amount of trash arriving Hopkins said the reduction in waste to about 280 and forcing permanent In the Columbus suburb of Grove
at the landfill plunge 30 percent in the is good for the environment because employees to take over traffic control, City, the Solid Waste Authority of
past year. even modern landfills can leak, windy-day litter pickup and land- Central Ohio landfill— with 10 percent
With consumers cutting back on new enabling pollutants to seep into scaping. less waste — has raised disposal fees by
purchases, there is less packaging to groundwater. Several landfills operated by Waste $2 a ton to $35.50 and dipped into its
throw away. The downturn in new Thom Metzger, spokesman for the Management Inc. — which runs about reserve fund. The landfill also is
housing means less waste from National Solid Wastes Management 270 active landfills in 47 states — have considering accepting trash from out of
construction materials such as insula- Association, said that while national gone from operating six days a week to the district.
one-time tax holiday for Big Dig debt. order on sewage viola-
Massachusetts next fall. As of Friday, tions and $825,000 for
Community goes to bat
eight of the 13 members drinking water prob-
of the Taxation lems. A Summit County
Committee had signed Immigration rally judge ordered the
for robbed Little Leaguers
on to the bill, and one ELIZABETH — Citing apartment complex
against. The bill provides the need to correct connected to the
an exemption from the “serious flaws” in the county's sewage system
state sales tax for all nation’s immigration within the next 30 days.
LAWRENCE (AP) — The bad news Vaughn, had made $11,000 in dona- items sold on Columbus If they comply, the
about a huge theft from a Lawrence tions, as of Friday night. League system, hundreds of
Day weekend. As people came to a New Helms would be reim-
youth baseball league has turned into president George Herman said a man amended, it limits the bursed for the fines. The
good news, thanks to generous from Louisiana donated $300. A New Jersey church on
tax holiday to one year Saturday for a town ruling is part of a long
donors. Thieves made off with $1,500 Hampshire man who played in the only. The bill also sets
in baseball gear from the South league 40 years ago pledged $1,500. meeting led by a federal legal fight over water
out exemptions to the lawmaker. The “Family quality at the complex.
Lawrence East Little League this week Vaughn declined to tell The Eagle- sales tax holiday The Environmental
and the league said it didn’t have the Tribune of Lawrence how much he Unity” day event was
weekend, and requires a part of a national effort Protection Agency has
money to replace it. But people from gave. He told the paper he couldn’t report on sales tax losses
Louisiana to Los Angeles, including stand for the thieves “messing with to end deportations and ruled the drinking water
as well as revenue raised raids that immigration was contaminated with
former Boston Red Sox slugger Mo kids.” from personal and bacteria. The EPA has
activists say destroy
corporate income taxes families. “There are also said the owners
as a result of the sales millions of people across neglected to test the
Indiana $1 million Hoosier Lotto Wednesday’s drawing.
tax holiday weekend. drinking water, treat it
jackpot Friday on their The couple played the United States who
44th wedding anniver- numbers based on their suffer on a daily basis with chlorine or notify
sary. The couple defied grandchildren’s birth- Massachusetts because of an immigra- tenants of the problems.
INDIANAPOLIS — odds of one in more than days. Belinda Rasche tion system that stopped
Belinda and Gary Rasche 12 million by matching bought the winning Turnpike rest stops
working years ago,” said Rhode Island
of Jasper claimed a all six numbers in ticket on Wednesday at a BOSTON — The Martin Perez, who heads
convenience store in Massachusetts Turnpike the Latino Leadership Bridge project
Huntingburg. The Authority has received Alliance of New Jersey, PORTSMOUTH — It’s
Douglas Radish, O.D.Deep Creek Rasches, who own a four bids to buy or lease which co-sponsored the been 15 years of trying,
Eye Care the Pike’s 11 service
Deep Creek Eye Care Caring for your eyes... sporting goods store and forum at the Iglesia but construction on a
since 1982 a livestock equipment station plazas. Colin Jesucristo el Senor replacement for the
375 Kings Highway company, opted to take Durrant, a spokesman church. “Some children Sakonnet River Bridge is
Port Charlotte, FL 33983 their prize as an annuity. for the Executive Office are forced to live apart underway. Officials broke
(Inside Walmart Vision Center) They received $43,000 of Transportation, said from their parents, while ground Friday on the
before taxes, and will the bids were submitted others live in the $164 million project. The
941-255-5776 receive $33,000 annually
for the next 29 years. The
before Friday’s deadline.
He said the proposals
shadows, hoping they
will not be victims of a
rusting span, built in
1956, is in such bad
Over 25 Years Experience retailer will receive a will now be evaluated to workplace raid or (a) shape that an 18 ton
www.doctorradish.com 353388 $10,000 bonus for selling see which would best knock on the door of weight limit forces large
the winning ticket. help the turnpike’s their residences,” Perez trucks to make a long
financial needs. Durrant told the crowd of about detour around it. That’s a
Maine said, however, that state 1,000 people, which major inconvenience on
TEETH IN A DAY Tax holiday
law requires proceeds
from the service plazas
to be spent on the
included U.S. Sen.
Robert Menendez and
a bridge that links
Rep. Albio Sires, both D- Massachusetts to
WOBBLY DENTURES? MESSY ADHESrVTS? AUGUSTA — A Maine Western portion of the N.J., and many other Aquidneck Island. The
NOT EATIN G WHATYOU WANT? legislative committee’s Turnpike, and they officials. new bridge will be 28 feet
majority is embracing a cannot be used to pay wider to allow for break-
NEW IMPLANT New York down lanes, left lane
TECHNOLOGY | CANADIAN NEWS BRIEFS — from AP wire reports Whopper of an error
shoulders and a pedes-
trian path. It also won’t be
Y What used to take a year VALLEY STREAM — flashy. No towers, cables
Dumpster love one of their regular visits Nassau County police say or arches are planned. It
can now be ac hieve d in to the Medicine Hat
a few short months. SAANICH, B.C. — A a pill that turned up in a will look much like an
Society for the Prevention kid’s meal at a Long Island elevated roadway.
Saanich, B.C., police
.Perfect for those with officer who responded to
of Cruelty to Animals. Burger King was a
“We figured he ran away
a suspicious persons call or got eaten by coyotes
common painkiller. A Wisconsin
probably wishes he hadn’t 6-year-old girl was
he just didn’t come apparently unhurt after
.Tired of messy glue after he stumbled upon home,” said Bachmeier. Train kills man
two naked adults in a she chewed on the pill
e Cat Scan,Implant Surgery, Zeus always was a Thursday as she ate a PEWAUKEE — A man
garbage dumpster. The roamer and one day just
and Final Restorations macaroni and cheese killed when a train hit
officer was called to a didn’t come home. The
ALL I OUR OFFICE
N meal her mother bought his car was a former
local parking lot early couple filed a lost pet at a restaurant in Valley pastor of an
Friday morning, where he report with the SPCA, but Stream. Police said Friday Oconomowoc church
2009 heard noises coming soon decided that Zeus
SEMINAR. May 21,
that the girl had spit the destroyed in a natural
from the bin. He called was gone. “We called (the pill out, and they have gas explosion a year ago.
in general dentistry,smile makeovers and out to the people inside SPCA) back and couple
implants. Call to reserve 924-9080
now identified it as the Authorities identified
but when no one of times they thought painkiller acetaminophen. the victim of
Dr. Burr Bakke,D.D.S. responded, he they might have found
approached the dump- They still don’t know how Wednesday's accident as
him but it was never it wound up in the girl’s 64-year-old Paul Prowitz
ster. The 30-year-old Zeus,” said McInnes. But
woman and a 26-year-old food. Burger King says it is of Oconomowoc. He was
rrrr every month, Bachmeier cooperating with the a former pastor of the
1 rS man were oblivious to his said she dropped into the investigation and has First Baptist Church but
presence. The two adults SPCA to visit with the pulled the product from was not pastor at the
were ordered to put their kittens. “And lo and
clothes on and get out of the restaurant until it can time of the blast. Village
behold, Tuesday we walk figure out what happened. of Pewaukee Police Chief
the dumpster. The in and there’s Zeus,” she Edward Baumann said
BEFORE AFTER woman was told to go said. Zeus had been
home, while the man was taken in by another
Ohio Prowitz was driving west
into the village from
Dr. Bakke has more than 25 years experience in dentistry. arrested on an unrelated family who eventually Capitol Drive when he
matter. turned him over to the Water fines
went around another
shelter. The couple said AKRON — The owners car, bypassed the
The cat came back the once the cat was of an Ohio apartment railroad crossing gates
MEDICINE HAT, Alta. finally home, he was complex have been and was hit by the train
Dr. Dr. Wor ld Class — They thought he was a back to his old self, fined more than at 10:53 p.m. Wednesday.
Jill Morris BurrBakke Dentistry'" goner, but after a two- snuggling with the $3 million for sewage The chief said police are
Cosmetic & Implant Surgery & year absence, Zeus the family’s dog and and drinking water continuing to investigate
Restorative Dentistry Restorative Dentistry
cat came back. After stretching out on the violations. Joel Helms the incident, including
reporting Zeus lost in couch. "Though he and his father, James health issues that he
www.sarasotadentist.com m 941-924-9080 2007, Todd McInnes and smacked the new dog in Helms, both of Green, said could be involved.
Kandis Bachmeier found the face a couple of were fined $3.1 million
3951 Swift Road d Sarasota,FL 34231 times," said Bachmeier. for violating a consent
their long-lost cat during — From wire reports
The Sun /Sunday, April 26, 2009 D/E/N/C www.sunnewspapers.net Front Page 9
Traffic flows again on Alligator Alley
Highway shuts down for the night on Saturday to forego visibility issues
By MARK S. KRZOS and RACHEL MYERS decision officially won’t be made the fire, which has been burning He said it’s not clear where the
FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS until this morning. since Tuesday, is that it has affected additional manpower will come
COLLIER COUNTY — After DeGross said during the time the approximately 12,500 acres. He said from, but he said help will also
temporarily reopening Interstate highway was closed, there was an strong winds blowing from east to assist in relieving local firefighters
75’s Alligator Alley shortly before increased amount of traffic on U.S. west are causing some concern, and who have been working long,
noon Saturday, officials were 41, an alternate route connecting have caused firefighters to refocus exhausting shifts. A request for
reporting few problems on the the west and east coasts of the state. their efforts on containing flare-ups additional firefighters has been sent
roadway, while a brush fire there “It wasn’t backed up, but it was west of State Road 29. The fire is at through an interagency team that
continues to burn. very steady,” DeGross said. “Due to 20 percent containment. will dispatch available units.
The Florida Highway Patrol still everyone’s patience and coopera- “We haven’t been able to advance Sprankle said a lieutenant will
planned to shut the highway down tion, there were no incidents during on that containment because our patrol I-75 around 5 a.m. today until
again at 7 p.m. Saturday, because that heavy congestion.” focus has shifted to the State Road about 7 a.m. to review the condi-
cooler evening temperatures would FHP Duty Officer William Sprankle 29 corridor,” DeGross said. “We tions. At 7 a.m., there will be more
bring the smoke lower to the said the main problem on I-75 right hope to bring on more firefighters meetings to discuss whether the
ground, creating visibility issues. now is not visibility issues, but over the next couple of days that alley can be opened today. If condi-
Bob DeGross, spokesman for the rather motorists forgetting to fully will allow us to focus not only on tions improve, Sprankle said it’s
National Parks Service, said it is fuel their vehicles before crossing — that corridor, but also on contain- possible the highway will be
likely the highway could have the an everyday occurrence. ment efforts on the east and south reopened permanently through
same hours today, although a DeGross said the latest update on side of the fire activity.” Sunday night.
| OTHER HEADLINE NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE
Crist plants tree Polo team vet grieves Tri-Rail to increase Officials: Man arrested
to celebrate Arbor Day over horse deaths fares starting June 1 for impersonating officer
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist WELLINGTON — When Argentine veteri- GAINESVILLE — Authorities say
joined Florida Girl Scouts to plant a red narian Felix Crespo injected 21 elite polo POMPANO BEACH,— It will they arrested a man accused of
crape myrtle in celebration of National horses with a vitamin supplement shortly cost more to ride Tri-Rail impersonating an officer in north
Arbor Day. before a championship match in Florida, he starting June 1. Florida.
A release from the governor’s office never imagined they would all be dead the Tri-Rail’s board of directors The Alachua County Sheriff’s
says the tree was planted Friday next day. on Friday agreed to raise fares Office says 58-year-old Dennis Brady,
outside the House Office Building. A week later, with the horses felled by a across the board by 25 percent. who was a traffic guide at a school,
Crist said much of Florida’s natural mysterious poison, the grief in Crespo’s eyes One-way fares to travel the 72 was arrested Friday on charges of
beauty can be attributed to its trees. He speaks volumes. Deep pain lurks beneath the miles between Miami impersonating an officer and
added that planting trees is one of the brim of his ball cap. “I am not living,” Crespo International Airport and carrying a prohibitive weapon. A jail
most effective means of drawing excess told The Associated Press on Saturday in his Mangonia Park will rise from official says he has been released on
carbon emissions from the atmos- first interview since the horses died last $5.50 to $6.90. A monthly adult a $100,000 bond.
phere. Sunday. “I wouldn’t wish this on my worst pass will cost $100. Authorities say Brady had a can of
National Arbor Day was founded by enemy.” Board members say they pepper spray that is only supposed
J. Sterling Morton in 1872 and is “For me, it’s really a tragedy,” said Crespo, hope the increase would send a to be available to officers. Officials
celebrated on the last Friday in April. who has spent his life around horses and message to lawmakers that Tri- say Brady also had a white Crown
— Associated Press breeds them in his home country. Rail is doing what it can to Victoria with a cage for the back seat,
— Associated Press shore up its own finances. a German shepherd and a spotlight
— Associated Press like those on a real police vehicle.
— Associated Press
Appeals court revokes deportation order
Fire truck involved in crash Swimmer drowns near
Pensacola ATLANTA — A federal appeals court Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami,
JACKSONVILLE — Authorities say a has revoked a deportation order for a said it is an important case because the
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue PENSACOLA — Authorities say a woman who pleaded no contest to taking BIA should go by the facts “instead of
Department truck responding to a man drowned after he and a woman a pair of shoes from a store in Florida, basing its decision on a presumption.”
medical emergency was hit by another were caught in a rip current off then was presumed by immigration Remon is a Macedonian native and
vehicle. Perdido Key, near Pensacola. officials to have committed a crime of lawful permanent resident of the United
A fire department spokesman says a The U.S. National Park Service moral turpitude. States, married to a U.S. citizen, the
heavy-rescue truck driving through an reports that a witness saw the two A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. attorney said. Her dilemma began,
intersection with lights and sirens on people caught in a current Friday Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Galloni said, when she was accused of
Friday morning when another vehicle afternoon on a section of the Gulf the Board of Immigration Appeals made a taking the shoes and was offered a plea of
began to enter the intersection. The Islands National Seashore. The mistake “in going beyond the record of no contest — which doesn’t admit guilt —
spokesman says that vehicle eventually witness called 911, and lifeguards conviction” of Kristina Zorba Remon. The to a Florida charge of general theft. That
stopped but then a sedan crashed into stationed 300 yards away responded. panel returned the case to the BIA for charge covers both a temporary or
the fire truck from behind. The 59-year-old man from further review. permanent taking, Galloni said.
The driver of the sedan was taken to a Robertsdale, Ala., was pulled him Remon’s lawyer, Tania Galloni of the — Associated Press
nearby hospital with non-life-threat- from the water by lifeguards and
ening injuries, and the two firefighters transported by helicopter to a nearby
in the truck were not injured. hospital. He was later pronounced
— Associated Press dead.
— Associated Press
PORT ORANGE —
Authorities say a Port And where will your fur spend the summer?
Orange police officer
who accidentally shot
himself with a colleague’s
gun will be suspended
without pay for a month The three-year drought is
and then go back on the
street as a patrolman. taking its toll on our region. We
An internal affairs
report says 14-year- can’t control the drought, but
veteran Gerald Zito, who
was responsible for
we can control our water use.
firearms training with the Please reduce your use of water.
department, was alone in
a training room March 11
when he shot himself in
the lower abdomen with Here are a few easy steps to help you
a .22-caliber handgun. save water:
Zito was considering
buying the firearm for his • Water only on your watering day and
personal use. only if your lawn needs it
emergency surgery, but • Check faucets, sprinklers and spigots
the slug was not for leaks
The internal investiga- • Make sure you’re watering the plants,
tion determined that Zito not the sidewalk or street
policy for the use and Planning your summer retreat includes planning for your fur.
handling of weapons. May we suggest a getaway to the fur vault at Macy’s?
— Associated Press Controlled for both temperature and humidity, our vaults will
protect all your furs from Florida’s summer heat. We also clean,
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Homebuyers hope to time the bottom | NATION
By J.W. ELPHINSTONE nascent signs of recovery feted back home
AP REAL ESTATE WRITER in the housing market
could be short-lived if JERICHO, Vt. — Less
With white tin ceilings, than two weeks after
original woodwork, bay employers continue to lay
off staff in bulk. the U.S. Navy rescued
windows, and a $699,000 Capt. Richard Phillips
price tag, the two- The speed of real estate
recovery also varies by from captivity by
bedroom apartment at 719 Somali pirates, the
Carroll St. in Brooklyn region. Since February,
sales volumes have been skipper got a hero’s
would have been snatched welcome Saturday
up in a New York minute a trending upward at
different rates in 50 major from a crowd of about
couple of years ago. 500 of his neighbors
Instead, it’s been on the metro areas tracked in The
Associated Press-Re/Max and well-wishers from
market for more than two around New England.
months. On a recent Monthly Housing Report.
The report includes “Now I know why I
spring weekend 14 buyers moved to Vermont,”
came through, and still no transactions from all real
estate agents in the metro Phillips, a U.S. cargo
bids. ship captain, said in a
“We’re in the early stages areas, regardless of
company affiliation. thick accent of his native
of the search,” said Joanna Massachusetts. “It’s not
Brett, 33, as she checked Compared with March
of last year, sales are only just the maple syrup, the
out the apartment with foliage and the snow-
Sarah Madigan. “We’ve up in 10 cities — all of
them saturated with boarding. This is true
been looking on and off for American community
six months.” AP PHOTO deeply discounted foreclo-
sures. In San Diego, Los and it’s a true caring for
Welcome to the spring In this April 19 photo, Tanya, left, and Erick Bernotas inspect a bedroom during an each other.”
selling season. open house tour in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Angeles, Phoenix, Las
Vegas, Miami and Orlando, Phillips was skipper of
The number of house the Maersk Alabama
hunters out this spring is predict, because it will be expect sales volumes to dropped 12 percent from a Fla., for example, sales when Somali pirates
an encouraging sign that gradual and obscured by recover at least six months year ago to $201,400, and volumes are up at least 50
percent over last year. boarded the ship April 8.
the real estate market is conflicting signs like recent before home prices the price tag for a previ-
beginning to turn around. housing reports that stabilize. ously owned home also fell “A quarter of the
There’s just one problem showed sales of previously “Prices will continue to 12 percent to $168,200. purchases this year in Music is muse
— a lot of them are in no occupied homes fell 3 fall sharply this spring and The real estate crisis, Vegas have been cash for Big Easy fest
hurry to buy, according to percent from February to summer and will stabilize fueled by reckless lending purchases, so that’s crazy,”
NEW ORLEANS — Big
interviews with dozens of March, while new home at year’s end,” said Mark and borrowing from 2001 said Craig Stott, a real
Sam’s Funky Nation, one
shoppers at open houses sales seemed to have Zandi, chief economist for through 2006, triggered estate agent with Coldwell
of New Orleans’ most
last weekend. bottomed out. Moody’s Economy.com. not only the U.S. recession Banker Premier Realty.
energetic brass bands,
The market’s turning Even more puzzling for In March, the median but also a global financial “You have a lot of
had a crowd of thou-
point will be tough to homebuyers, economists price for a new home meltdown. And the investors back in the
sands on its feet at the
New Orleans Jazz and
Heritage Festival on
Piracy suspect makes it to US — as a prisoner Saturday, the second
day of the outdoor
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — we live,” the mother longer live in their one- walls of a U.S.-flagged ship smiles. He caught himself Fans danced and
The scrawny teenager recalled. room shack, where water as it sailed off Somalia’s a big fish.” clapped to the music
promised his mother She said her son often for cooking and bathing treacherous coast, and ••• under a sunny sky. On
comfort and riches beyond spoke of the has to be hauled in on the fired a shot at the captain, Unlike so many other another stage, The
her wildest dreams. American backs of donkeys. Richard Phillips. According pirate attacks off Somalia, Imagination Movers, a
It was a steamy day at dream, “I will take you wherever to the criminal complaint this one did not end with a children’s band with a
their crumbling home in longing to you want,” the teenager filed against him, Muse million-dollar payout. television show on the
central Somalia with no cross the said. “You will no longer acted as the leader. After a five-day standoff, Disney Channel by the
running water or elec- seas and live under this boiling It marked the first armed U.S. snipers killed Muse’s same name, had parents
tricity, and the mother’s strike it rich sun.” takeover of a U.S.-flagged three comrades. Phillips, and their little ones
face glistened with sweat in the richest Earlier this week, vessel in more than three who apparently offered dancing. In all, the
after a morning of selling country in MUSE Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse decades, and when he himself as a hostage to festival features
milk. He looked up from the world. arrived in the country he realized the ship was save his crew, was rescued hundreds of acts on 12
the bowl of rice she had He promised he would aspired to for so long. But American, he whooped and returned home a hero. stages this weekend and
just served him and said: “I give her anything she he sleeps in a cramped jail with joy. In his first appearance next. The festival will
am saddened by the way wanted, that she would no cell in New York City, “He was surprised he Tuesday in a New York continue Sunday and
awaiting trial on charges of was on a U.S. ship,” said courtroom, Muse’s defense pick up again on
piracy that could keep him crew member A.T.M. lawyers portrayed him as a Thursday. Among this
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Italy’s Mafia thrives in global financial meltdown
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — real estate and credit cafes in Rome, police
While businesses around markets. seized assets of some of
the world are hunkering The crime syndicates these businesses,
down for survival, the are flush with billions of although the establish-
Italian mob is living a euros from extortion ments remain open.
golden moment. rackets, drug trafficking “These places are well
Italy’s various orga- and booming sales in run because they want to
nized crime syndicates — fake designer clothing make money,” Capaldo
often lumped together made in China expressly said. He declined to
colloquially as Mafia Inc. for the Italian mob — an identify the establish-
— are gobbling up gas increasingly lucrative ments because the probe
stations, muscling in on trade as hard-hit is still being conducted,
supermarket franchises, consumers search for saying only that “you’ll
making loans to cash- bargains, prosecutors and find some of them in
starved businesses, taking police said in recent tourist guide books.”
over trattorias and interviews. Capaldo’s office also
acquiring buildings in For the mob bosses, the confiscated auto dealer-
swank neighborhoods in global economic melt- ships in Rome from
Rome and Milan, investi- down “is only an advan- suspected Camorristi or
gators say. tage,” said anti-mafia their allies.
These mobsters have prosecutor Franco AP FILE PHOTO “The Camorra makes
lots of what is in short Roberti, in his office in This photo taken on June 11, 2008 shows an Italian policeman during a press conference the money here in the
supply for many busi- Naples, the chaotic port holding a fake Prada shoe sized in Naples, Italy. While businesses around the world are south, but it invests it in
nesses these days — city that is home to the hunkering down for survival, the Italian mob is living a golden moment. The crime syndi- legal activities up north,”
liquidity — as well as Camorra, one of the Italy’s cates are flush with billions of euros from extortion rackets, drug trafficking and booming customs and tax police
centuries-honed exper- major crime syndicates. sales in fake designer clothing manufactured in China expressly for the Italian mob. Gen. Giovanni Mainolfi
tise in preying on the Italy has scored some said in his Naples office.
vulnerable, whose ranks spectacular successes in shakedowns. In Rome, in the high- Giancarlo Capaldo said in If the mobsters built
are swelling in the current its decades-long fight But the mob keeps rent neighborhoods a courthouse interview. posh places in the largely
financial crisis. against the Mafia, growing — and its drive in around the Spanish Steps, In probes of what undeveloped south “they
It all means the mob is capturing top bosses, recent years to grab Piazza Navona and Trevi Capaldo described as would stand out, but do it
free to sink cash into two persuading turncoats to chunks of legitimate Fountain, mobsters are “indications” that in Milan ... and they
areas that lie at the heart testify, and encouraging business is paying off big snapping up real estate, mobsters have taken over blend right in,” Mainolfi
of the global meltdown: ordinary citizens to resist time in the financial crisis. anti-Mafia prosecutor hotels, restaurants and said.
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Clinton: US stands by Iraqis, withdrawal on track
BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. and would not affect
Secretary of State Hillary efforts to improve Iraq’s
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that the U.S. won’t and development projects. signed “Adolf Hitler”
abandon them, even as Zebari welcomed and depicting farm
she said the American Clinton’s “very assuring scenes fetched a
troop withdrawal would message that the United combined total of
stay on schedule despite a States would continue to euro32,000 ($42,000) at
recent surge in violence. support the efforts of the an auction in Germany
On her first visit to Iraqi government and the on Saturday, an
Baghdad as chief U.S. enhancement of Iraqi auction house official
diplomat, Clinton said security and stability.” He said.
Saturday that Washington said Iraqi authorities Kathrin Weidler, a
remains committed to wanted to ensure there is manager at the Weidler
moving U.S. soldiers out of “no vacuum” when U.S. Auction House in
urban areas by June 30 troops leave. Nuremberg, declined
and pulling out combat Clinton made clear, to identify the new
troops from the country however, that Iraqis and owner of the two
by 2011. their security forces in paintings —
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Iraqi Prime Minister Hoshyar
full and continuing build a united, secure on the River,” which
Zebari, address the media at a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday. Clinton
commitment to Iraq and nation, she said. sold for euro14,000.
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the Iraqi people,” she told Suicide bombings from the Iraqi people and Iraqi leaders was firm and united in rejecting that violence.” The minimum
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Minister Hoshyar Zebari. worshippers killed more were a sign that extremists attacks, she said, “do not Iran’s state TV quoted euro3,500.
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militarily we will deepen them Iranian pilgrims. The ment is succeeding. the security progress that saying on Saturday. listed in the catalog as
our civilian cooperation,” second attack, at a revered But she said the has been made.” Clinton said it was “signed and dated
Clinton said, standing Baghdad tomb, was the response by the govern- Iran’s supreme leader “disappointing for anyone 1914,” did not show
beside Zebari in an single deadliest bombing ment and its people was blamed the U.S. and Israel to make such a claim since evidence of a “good
auditorium at the Foreign in the country this year. “firm and united in for the attacks. “Dirty it is clearly traced to the al- painting style,” Weidler
Ministry. “I condemn these rejecting that violence and hands and evil brains that Qaida remnants and other said.
The withdrawal will violent recent efforts to refusing to allow it to set founded this blind and violent groups who wish
proceed in a “responsible disrupt the progress that Iraqi against Iraqi, which uncontrolled terrorism in to disrupt the progress of Czechs tell David
and careful way,” she said, Iraq is making,” Clinton is obviously one of its Iraq should know that the Iraq.” Duke to leave
PRAGUE — Czech
N. Koreas says nuclear facilities are restarted authorities have
released former Ku
Klux Klan leader David
SEOUL, South Korea cope with the increasing have been negotiating to develop its space nuclear site at Duke from detention
(AP) — North Korea said military threats from for years on disarming program. The U.N. Yongbyon, north of the and ordered him to
Saturday it has begun hostile forces,” the it, but North Korea has Security Council called capital. leave the country.
harvesting plutonium official Korean Central walked away from the the rocket launch a With eight of 11 steps Police spokeswoman
from spent fuel rods at News Agency quoted a talks. violation of resolutions toward disablement Katerina Rendlova says
its main nuclear plant to North Korean Foreign Saturday’s announce- barring the North from complete at Yongbyon, Duke must leave the
build up its atomic Ministry spokesman as ment, which could not missile-related activity, outside experts have Czech Republic by
arsenal. The move, in saying Saturday. be independently since the delivery said it could take midnight Saturday
defiance of tightening North Korea carried verified, came just hours systems for satellites months for the North to after he was detained
U.N. sanctions, threat- out a nuclear test in after the U.N. imposed and missiles are similar. get the plant fully on suspicion of
ened to further damage 2006 and is thought to new sanctions on three North Korea retaliated restarted. denying the Holocaust.
efforts to dismantle the have enough North Korean compa- by quitting the disarma- Kim Yong-hyun, a Duke was in Prague
communist nation’s weaponized plutonium nies in response to the ment talks and vowing professor at Seoul’s on an invitation from a
rogue program. to make more than half country’s controversial to restart its atomic Dongguk University, neo-Nazi group to
“This will contribute a dozen atomic bombs. April 5 rocket launch. facilities. Last week, called the newest move promote the Czech
to bolstering the nuclear Five nations — Russia, North Korea says it Pyongyang expelled a bluff designed to translation of his book
deterrence for self- China, South Korea, sent a satellite into orbit international nuclear pressure Washington “My Awakening.”
defense in every way to Japan and the U.S. — as part of a peaceful bid monitors from the main into holding direct talks Police took him into
with Pyongyang outside custody Friday on
of the six-party process. suspicion of denying
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provocative steps as
long as the U.S. Prague’s Charles
continues to ignore it. University also banned
U.S. Secretary of State Duke from giving a
Hillary Clinton, lecture there Friday.
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US journalist on hunger strike in Iranian jail Ethiopia arrests
35 over coup plot
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — didn’t give me any time her sentence could be British Broadcasting
An American journalist to protest,” her father, commuted. Corp. She received
jailed in Iran for Reza Saberi, told The Iran’s judiciary chief Iranian citizenship
allegedly spying for the Associated has ordered a full because her father was NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) site of the university in
U.S. was on her fifth day Press. investigation into the born in Iran. — The Ethiopian govern- Lewisburg, Pa.
of a hunger strike The case case, and President Saberi’s parents have ment has arrested 35 “It is the party led by
Saturday and does not has been a Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled to Iran from people suspected of a Berhanu Nega,” said
plan to stop until she is source of has urged Tehran’s chief their home in Fargo in a coup attempt allegedly Ermias. “If he comes to
freed, her father said. tension prosecutor to ensure bid to help win their backed by an Ethiopian- Ethiopia, we’ll arrest
Roxana Saberi, a dual between Saberi be allowed a full daughter’s release. Her American economist now him.”
American-Iranian citizen the United defense during her father has said his teaching at a He said the alleged
who will turn 32 on States and SABERI appeal. daughter, who was Miss Pennsylvania university, coup plotters were
Sunday, was convicted Iran at a Saberi was arrested in North Dakota in 1997, an Ethiopian government arrested Friday.
more than a week ago time when the Obama late January and initially had been working on a spokesman said Berhanu, an econo-
and sentenced to eight administration has said accused of working book about the culture Saturday. mist, was elected mayor
years in prison after a it wants to engage its without press creden- and people of Iran, and Government of Addis Ababa in 2005
swift, one-day trial longtime adversary. The tials. But earlier this hoped to finish it and spokesman Ermias but was arrested after-
behind closed doors. She U.S. has called the month, an Iranian judge return to the United Legesse said the group, ward along with more
began her hunger strike accusations against leveled the far more States this year. which calls itself “May than 100 other opposi-
Tuesday to protest her Saberi baseless and serious allegation of Reza Saberi said he 15” after the date of tion politicians and stood
imprisonment, her demanded her release. espionage. hoped to see his controversial 2005 trial for treason. He and
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“She said that she has lawyer appealed the in the United States and Monday and was was led from the U.S. by 2007 in a pardon deal. He
started a hunger strike court’s ruling on grew up in Fargo, North concerned about her former opposition left Ethiopia after the
and this is the fifth day Saturday — less than a Dakota, moved to Iran health. leader Berhanu Nega, trial.
and that she will week after Iran’s judi- six years ago and worked “After five days, I am who teaches economics The group of suspects
continue until she is ciary spokesman said an as a freelance journalist pretty certain that she at Bucknell University. was comprised of two
free. I tried to tell her Iranian appeals court for news organizations must be very weak now, He is an assistant cliques, one of former
that this can be would reconsider her including National because we know she is professor of economics, soldiers, another of
dangerous, but she verdict, an indication Public Radio and the already frail,” he said. according to the Web civilians, Ermias said.
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Charlotte Sun editor: Christy Arnold
Sheriff’s budget scrutinized
DEREK DUNN-RANKIN CCSO: Compare with county Fire/EMS, not constitutionals
Shameful behavior By NEIL HUGHES
Char , d ;..County. SHERIFF’S OFFICE
in the Legislature
tiu d `Woes 1997/98 2007/08
With numerous jail expan-
Good morning. sions, locally imposed initia- County Population........................ 133,655............ ...165,781
It does seem ironic that the tives and state mandates, the Budget............................................. $22,054,507........$60,202,020
Florida Legislature should Charlotte County Sheriff’s Cost Per Resident (2008 dollars)... $217.96 ..............$363.14
propose drilling for oil 3 miles off Office’s budget has seen Operational only (no correctional).. $17,710,507........$44,326,020
our beaches while the nation is significant spending increases Cost Per Resident (2008 dollars)... $175.03........... ....$267.38
celebrating Earth Day. If there is a over the last decade. No. of Employees.......................... ..370.................... ..635
prize for lobbyists, the equivalent The boom, which took the
of a moviemaker’s Oscar, it should total budget from $22 million owned jail, and will run the portion of the sheriff’s budget
go to the band of professional in 1998 to $60 million in 2008, D new $42 million jail expansion from $4.3 million in 1998 to
persuaders who managed to craft came regardless of who was due to open later this year. The $15.9 million 10 years later.
the bill and sneak it past the sheriff — and four served in current jail opened its doors Isolating the sheriff’s budget
normal hearing and debate that span: Richard Worch, Bill Bill Cameron. within the last decade,
process at a time when both the Clement, John Davenport and The sheriff staffs the county- increasing the correctional BUDGET | P7
House and Senate are tied in
knots over unprecedented budget
challenges. Lobbyists and
legislators moved in secrecy and
managed to keep both reporters
and members of the Legislature
itself ignorant of their grand plan.
A radical departure, the bill
passed out of committee 12 hours
after first being made public. It
was disappointing that local Rep.
Paige Kreegel was one of the
disciplined majority that voted
the bill out before organized
opposition could coalesce.
Liberal or conservative, the
reaction of the state’s editorial
pages were articulately angry,
shocked and indignant.
From the Tampa Tribune: “The
effort to open up Florida waters
By GREG MARTIN
to oil drilling illustrates how ill- STAFF WRITER
equipped the legislative leader- Florida House leaders are
ship is to rebuild the state’s working to pass energy
economy … It is a dangerous pipe legislation in this final week of
dream that could ruin Florida’s the 2009 session that contains
economy and coastal waters.” both oil drilling and renew-
From the Sun Sentinel in Fort able energy measures, said
Lauderdale: “Rep. Dean Cannon’s Rep. Baxter Troutman.
plan to open Florida’s coast to oil Troutman, R-Winterhaven,
and gas drilling deserves all the is the chairman of the House
ridicule it’s getting, given its sheer Policy Council that sponsored
preposterousness. The unpre- a bill requiring the governor
dictability of oil-lease payments •
and Cabinet to consider
working to help finance the state’s applications for oil and gas
land-buying program is a pipe drilling leases in Florida
“If Cannon’s giveaway is
approved, things could get really That bill, HB 1219, has a
dangerous. The Minerals companion bill in the Senate
Management Service reported t that has become stalled.
124 oil spills caused by hurricanes The Senate has a renewable
in 2005. No wonder Congress has energy bill that mandates that
imposed a drilling ban in the Gulf power companies ramp up
of Mexico covering federal waters how much electricity they
10 to 125 miles off Florida’s coast.” generate from renewable
From The Miami Herald: “A bill • sources to 20 percent by 2021.
passed by the House Policy a
That bill, SB 1154, has no
Council on Tuesday was the first companion bill in the House.
crack in the heretofore impene- It’s anyone’s guess, however,
trable wall against oil and gas whether the final bill will take
drilling off Florida’s coast in the r the form of a merger between
Gulf of Mexico. Supporters, those two bills, Troutman said.
however, used a stacked deck to He said he understands the
get the job done. need for renewable energy
“... The measure represents a '
t legislation, but doesn’t agree
breach in years of solid opposi-
tion among Florida politicians, with the magnitude of the
Republicans and Democrats, to mandates in the Senate bill —
offshore drilling. Even still, there and the associated costs for
is no good reason to reverse SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS consumers.
A citrus grower, Troutman
Hey, that’s not a redfish!
Florida’s well-justified opposition
to drilling. Gov. Crist should veto said the Senate’s bill should
any measure that reaches his encourage solar energy less
desk.” Trent Robinson, 10, and his father, Roy (not pictured) had the most unusual catch of the day — an and biomass — such as
From the Naples Daily News: anchor that they brought in along with their redfish catch at the annual Kids’ Cup Fishing agricultural waste — more, as
“Oil rigs 3 miles offshore? This is Tournament for children ages 10-16 Saturday afternoon. After the weigh-in on the dock in front of the state’s primary renewable
no small matter. It ought not be Harpoon Harry’s at Fishermen’s Village, the top five anglers will go on to fish again next weekend energy source. A biomass
treated as an afterthought. as part of the ESPN2 Redfish Cup May 3 in Punta Gorda. For more photos from the Kids’ Cup, see
“Even proponents of domestic today’s Sunsports section. LIMBO | P6
energy production, the ‘drill here,
drill now’ crowd, have to take
pause at the suddenness with
which the issue popped up on the
Tuesday agenda of the Florida
Hundreds of job seekers vie for hotel positions
House Policy Council. By JASON WITZ officials plan to hire only 25 to
“The fact that its supporters STAFF WRITER 35 people initially. }
were well-prepared to make their PUNTA GORDA — At this Once inside, residents filled
case and likely opponents in the point, William Parchment out applications and waited in a
environmental community were would take any available job. shorter line to speak to a
given scant notice to form a He has kids to feed. representative in their desired
rebuttal suggests a strategy that Like so many others, the 49- field. The hotel has positions
seeks to avoid, rather than year-old Port Charlotte man has available for executive house-
welcome, the sunshine of open exhausted his wrist by filling out keepers, room attendants, wait
governance.” applications with countless staffers, night auditors, front
From the St. Petersburg Times: employers — to no avail. desk agents, bartenders and
“House Speaker-designate Dean Now, he’s one of the hundreds line cooks.
Cannon’s attempt to pitch his vying for a position at the new For many, any secure
legislation to open waters off luxury hotel located along the employment would be a
Florida’s shores to drilling as the welcome change.
beginning of a ‘mature, “I’ll take whatever I can find,”
Residents — young and old
thoughtful conversation’ about said Punta Gorda resident
— packed a small meeting
the state’s energy future is an Curtis Roberts as he completed
room at Laishley Marina
insult to Floridians and disingen- his application.
Saturday morning for a chance Parchment agreed.
uous. House Republican leaders to interview with management
are showing a shameless willing- He has been out of work
from the Four Points by since February 2008, when he SUN PHOTO BY JASON WITZ, firstname.lastname@example.org
ness to put the interests of a Sheraton, a 106-room hotel
powerful industry over their was laid off as a plumber. A line of job seekers stretches into the parking lot Saturday
scheduled to open May 21. Since then, finding a job —
constituents in pursuit of an easy The line of job seekers morning during a job fair at Laishley Marina in Punta Gorda.
buck.” any job — has proven difficult. Hundreds showed up to vie for about 25-35 open positions at the
stretched into the parking lot by
This week we need to watch the mid-morning, although hotel SEEKERS | P6 new Four Points by Sheraton hotel, which is set to open May 21.
House leadership as they try for a
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All phone number area Cost, $6. Open to the public.
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Welcome to your community calendar 575-1384.
If you would like to see your event listed on this page, ■ SERVICES/
■ TODAY we can make it happen. SUPPORT GROUPS
■ EVENTS Contact me, Tracy Weikel, your community liaison. Burnt Store Presbyterian
Church Angel Food program
e-mail: email@example.com order dates, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Delta Psi Omega Theater
Fraternity presents “LuAnn phone: 941-206-1180 fax: 941-629-2085 at 11330 Burnt Store Road,
Punta Gorda. No orders
Hampton Laverty Oberlander,” Tracy Weikel, c/o Charlotte Sun, accepted after May 17. Pick up
2 p.m. at Edison State College,
Charlotte Campus, 26300 23170 Harborview Road, Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980. is between 9-11 a.m. on May
30. Low-cost food program
Airport Road, Punta Gorda. A open to the public. No eligibility
warm-hearted comedy about a 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. Veteran Motor Car Club of ■ CLUBS Advisory Board meeting,
restrictions. Obtain copy of the
young girl in a small town with Sell your homemade and America exhibits antique 9 a.m. at City Hall, 326 W.
current menu and order form at
big dreams. Tickets, $5 for homegrown items. Rental space autos, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Porto Charlotte County Marion Ave. 575-3369.
www.bspconline.org and pay
students; $10 for the general $20 each. 625-4175, ext. 253. Bello restaurant, 3200 Republican Club’s “Wild Hog Charlotte County Public by cash, credit card, money
public and may be purchased Christ Community United Matecumbe Key Road, in Burnt Wild fundraiser,” 11:30 a.m.- Pre-Agenda meeting, 9 a.m. order or food stamps.
in the auditorium before each Methodist Church offers Store Marina, Punta Gorda. The 3 p.m. at Port Charlotte Beach at County Administration 639-0001 or e-mail info83@
performance. 626-2432 or children’s activities, 1:30 p.m. public is invited to check out complex, 4500 Harbor Blvd. Center, Building B, Room 106, embarqmail.com.
www.edison.educharlotte. each Sunday at 27000 these classic cars from the Dine“old-fashioned Florida BBQ 18500 Murdock Circle, Community Life Center
Guided nature hikes, 9 a.m. Sunnybrook Road, Harbour past. 575-0202. style” on Piney Woods Rooter Murdock. 743-1944. offers Share food program,
today and May 2 at Prairie Heights. Children’s activities Hog with all the trimmings, Charlotte County 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to
Creek Preserve (off U.S. 17, include art, crafts, dance, ■ SERVICES/ beer, wine and soft drinks. Cost, Commission Budget Friday at 19048 Edgewater
east of Punta Gorda). Hike drama and sports. Free; open
to the public. Register at
SUPPORT GROUPS $20 per person. Local officials Workshop, 1:30 p.m. at Drive, Port Charlotte. No orders
County Administration Center, accepted after May 15. Pick up
considered a “good workout.” will cook. All Republicans
Dress appropriately. RSVP at 268-1739. Burnt Store Presbyterian encourages to join. Parking Room 119, 18500 Murdock is between 9-11 a.m. on May
575-5435. The Magic of Bronze Church Angel Food program vouchers provided. 505-8557 Circle, Murdock. 743-1551. 31. Low-cost food program
‘Soar Above Violence’ Paper handbell concert, 4 p.m. at order dates, 8 a.m.-noon at or www.ccflrc.org. Punta Gorda Planning open to the public. No eligibility
Kite Festival, 3-5 p.m. at the Port Charlotte United Methodist 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Coastal Cruisers bicycle Commission, 2 p.m. at City restrictions. Payment is made
Port Charlotte Beach Complex, Church, 21075 Quesada Ave. Gorda. No orders accepted club ride, Sharkey’s on the Pier Hall, 326 W. Marion Ave. upon placing an order.
4500 Harbor Blvd. All children Blanche Marie Lewis directs after May 17. Pick up is — Ride the Beaches. Helmets 575-3369. 629-0999 or sharefood@
and adults are invited to make Orlando group. Freewill offering between 9-11 a.m. on May 30. required. Open to the public. Gulf Cove Street & comcast.net.
paper kites and bring them to accepted. 625-4356. Low-cost food program open to 488-1456 or www.sharkeyson- Drainage MSBU meeting, Career Counseling, by
the beach for a contest. The Dan Boyer in concert, the public. No eligibility 3 p.m. at County appointment at The Women’s
kites should display the theme, 10 a.m. at Peace River restrictions. Obtain copy of the Deep Creek Elks Bingo, Administration Center, Building Resource Center, 6919
“Soar Above Violence.” Cash Wesleyan Church, 25180 current menu and order form at
1-5 p.m. at 1133 Capricorn B, Room 106, 18500 Murdock Outreach Way, North Port.
Harborview Road, Charlotte www.bspconline.org and pay by Circle, Murdock. Assistance with resume writing,
prizes awarded to: Best Use of Blvd., Deep Creek. 21 games.
Harbor. Christian musician and cash, credit card, money order interviewing skills and job
Theme, Best Flying Kite, Most All proceeds benefit local search resources. 429-3720.
Unique, and others. Limited vocalist. 624-5111. or food stamps. 639-0001 or
school scholarship fund. Open ■ EVENTS Peer Counseling, at The
number of free paper kite kits Exsultate! Chamber Chorale firstname.lastname@example.org. to the public. 764-6825.
presents “Starlight Serenade,” Easy Does it Club, Women’s Resource Center,
available at the offices of the Jazz Jam Session, 1-4 p.m. Military Heritage Museum 6919 Outreach Way, North Port.
Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda 7:30 p.m. today; 3:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m., noon, 5:30 p.m. and sponsors POW presentation, Appointments at 429-3720.
8 p.m. every day at 23312 at Port Charlotte Golf Club,
chambers of commerce, the Sunday in the Grace United 22400 Gleneagles Terrace. 5:30 p.m. at American Legion Dual Diagnosis-Co-occuring,
Methodist Church sanctuary, Harper Ave., Charlotte Harbor.
sheriff’s annex at the Port Cost, $4 members; $6 Post 103, 2101 Taylor Road, 11 a.m. to noon at The Haven
400 Field Ave. E., on Venice Recovering alcoholics’ support
Charlotte Town Center mall, the Punta Gorda. Cash bar and
Island. Last concert of the group. 629-0110 or 426-7655. nonmembers. 766-9422. Drop-In Center, 4428 Parmely
Family Services Center in Port Moose Lodge 1693 offers hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.; St., Charlotte Harbor. Regular
season. Venice High’s Le Voci di Blood drive, 8:30 a.m.-
Charlotte, and at New 6:30 p.m. program begins. hours are from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
2 p.m. at First Alliance Church, Sunday Breakfast, 8-11 a.m.
Operation Cooper Street in Venezia chamber ensemble is every Sunday at 27590 Disston Col. Ben Purcell shares his Monday to Saturday. 613-1450.
20444 Midway Blvd., Port
Punta Gorda. Participants must the special guests. Tickets, $17 Charlotte. Florida’s Blood Ave., Punta Gorda. Cost, $5 per MIA story of being held Free bread, 2-4:30 p.m.
register when picking up a kite for adults; $5 for students at Centers-Port Charlotte. person; open to the public. captive in Vietnam. Tickets, Monday through Friday at Punta
kit. Complete rules available at the door or at 484-8491. 625-1874. 639-7666. $25 for adults; $10 for Gorda Alliance Church, 7500
639-5499, or e-mail Acme Sunday breakfast Port Charlotte Elks Lodge students and are available for Florida St. For individuals and
email@example.com. ride, 7 a.m. from Winn-Dixie ■ CLASSES 2153, 9 a.m. to noon Breakfast purchase at the museum, families in need. 637-6444.
Parents Without Partners parking lot, 27680 Bermont Buffet every Sunday at 20225 Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Overeaters Anonymous,
support group hold “Ice Road, Punta Gorda. Moderate Kenilworth Blvd. Cost, $6.99 Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, 6 p.m. at St. Nathaniel’s
The Adult Learning Center or at 575-9002. Proceeds Episcopal Church, 4200 S.
Cream Social,” 2-4 p.m. at the ride of 49 miles to Arcadia. offers Adult Education, days or per person. 627-9811.
Family Services Center, 21450 Breakfast at the Clock support the operation of the Biscayne Drive, North Port.
evenings in Port Charlotte Town Punta Gorda Elks, Peel-n-
Gibralter Drive, Port Charlotte. Restaurant. Return before noon. Center mall, 1441 Tamiami Trail eat shrimp, noon in the lounge museum. Every Monday night. 391-2394.
All single parents of any age Adults only, helmet required. GAEA Guides — Guided Easy Does it Club,
and Family Services Center, at 25538 Shore Drive.
and their children are welcome Call to confirm ride. 639-2263. 21450 Gibralter Drive, Port Kayak Nature Tours, 10 a.m.- 7:30 a.m., noon, 5:30 p.m. and
639-8180. 8 p.m. every day at 23312
to attend. There will be games Alex Keller, noon-3 p.m. at 2 p.m. today and May 4 from
Charlotte. Classes available in Spanish American Society Harper Ave., Charlotte Harbor.
provided. www.parentswithout Sun Flea Market & Kidstar, Allapatchee Shores Park,
reading, math, language, of Charlotte County, 1 p.m. Recovering alcoholics’ support
partners.org. 18505 Paulson Drive, behind 3100 Hickory Court, Punta
English and GED exam every last Sunday of each group. 629-0110 or 426-7655.
Outdoor Farmers Market, Walmart, Port Charlotte. Gorda. Kayak along Alligator
preparation. GED online class month at Cultural Center of Blood drive, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cultural Wheelchairs available. Creek. Cost, $45 per person.
available. Free; open to the Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron at Pulsafeeder, 27101 Airport
Center of Charlotte County, 255-3532. public. 255-7555. RSVP at 239-694-5513 or
St., Port Charlotte. 629-7166. Road, Punta Gorda. Florida’s
Kool Katz dance, Blood Centers-Port Charlotte.
■ GAMES 7:30-10 p.m. at the Cultural 625-1874.
Center of Charlotte County,
Double Deck Pinochle Centennial Hall, 2280 Aaron ■ CLASSES
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r 5690, 23204 Freedom Ave., 6:30 p.m. Refreshments until Congressional redistricting
) O ? .?
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needed. 804-432-4111. 12:30 p.m. at the Punta Gorda
“Fun with Music” dance, Isles Civic Association, 2001
Pinochle, noon-3 p.m. at 1-3:30 p.m. at the Cultural
i the Cultural Center of Shreve St. Caroline Emmons-
4 "? 1 Center of Charlotte County, Schramm discusses congres-
Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron Centennial Hall, 2280 Aaron
St., Port Charlotte. 625-4175. St., Port Charlotte. Live music. sional redistricting reform. Free;
open to the public. 916-9021
Cost, $1. 627-5962.
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Karaoke Night, 7-10 p.m. Aromatherapy demonstra-
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| OBITUARIES It takes wonderful
sponsors to raise a crazy day
CHARLOTTE Eric LePage, Jason School Teacher. He also
LePage, Madison LePage, was a U.S. Air Force
In Memoriam Veronica Milo, Anthony veteran of World War II.
Milo and Dominic Milo, He is survived by his
William S. Carr all of Port Charlotte, and he adage that it Gorda; Swiss Chocolate
daughters, Sandra R. View from
takes money to +; Tampa Bay Rays; The
William Stanley “Bill” Oliveria Milo, Liam (Peter) Huff of Mebane, Main
make money rings Perfect Caper; The
Carr, 56, of Port Walker and Aidan Walker, N.C., and Donna S. Street
true when an organiza- Tropical Store; and
Charlotte, Fla., and all of New York; a brother, (Anthony) Cortese of
tion chooses to hold a Walmart.
formerly of Monroe, James (Evelyn) Parla Sr. of Buena Vista, Colo.; sister,
community event. From Linda Thanks, also, to Ron
Mich., died unexpectedly New Jersey; a sister, June Reed of Brick, N.J.;
Thursday, April 23, 2009, Josephine (Vinny) six grandchildren, Sarah insurance to park rental, Dobson Thomas, who provided
his special brand of
Pellergrino of New York; Huff and Jesse, Luke, from coconut cups to
at his residence. tent permits, the list of announcing all day —
He was born Jan. 13, and several nieces and Ruth, Samuel and Anna
expenses appears Lovejoy; Farr, Farr, that is, when he wasn’t in
1953, in Highland Park, nephews. Frances was Cortese. He was preceded
prohibitive. Indeed, it Emerich, Hackett and the water with the nuts
Mich., to Rolland C. and preceded in death by her in death by his wife,
would be, if not for the Carr, P.A.; Gulfcoast or eating an entire
Arline B. (nee Davidson) daughter, Barbara. Barbara; brother, Robert;
generosity of businesses Engraving; Sea Tow coconut cream pie with
Carr. A memorial Mass will be and granddaughter,
and individuals who Charlotte Harbor; no hands.
Mr. Carr moved to held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Abigail Cortese.
have faith in your Spoonwhipsea Tippling Here’s a new adage. It
Florida eight years ago. May 2, 2009, at San Pedro A memorial service was
organization’s ability to and Boating Society; takes wonderful spon-
He retired from Ford Catholic Church in North held at First Baptist
raise funds, and who Sunart Gallery and sors to raise a Craze Day,
Motor Co. after 20 years Port, Fla. In lieu of Church in Englewood.
support the work you Custom Framing; The and Main Street Punta
of service. Bill was proud flowers, donations may Private funeral services
accomplish with them. Dottie S; The Neighbors Gorda is both grateful
to be the Mayor for the be made to TideWell and burial will be held in
Everyone at Main Street of Appian; and The Soup and proud to have so
Day of the Englewood, Hospice and Palliative Basking Ridge, N.J., at a
Punta Gorda is thrilled Lady. many.
Fla., Pioneers in 2007, Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., later date. Memorial
that so many rallied as Additionally, we wish to •••
and was recently installed Sarasota, FL 34238. donations can be made
sponsors for the cause of thank even more Main Street Nights
as a prelate of the Gulf Arrangements are by to First Baptist Church,
keeping the heart of businesses for their in- Raffle Winner:
Coast Moose Lodge 2554. James A. McKee Funeral 278 Mango St.,
Punta Gorda healthy via kind support, which Congratulations to April
He was the past president Homes, North Port. Englewood, FL 34223. You
Coconut Craze Day. For does so much to keep Anderson, who will
of the Englewood may express your condo-
financial support, our the bills down: Harbor enjoy two nights at The
Fraternal Order of the Elaine N. Serven lences to the family at
thanks to The Wyvern Style Magazine; Boy Wyvern Hotel (in her
Eagles Aerie 3885, past www.lemonbayfh.com.
Elaine N. Serven, 76, of Hotel; Mosaic Fertilizer; Scouts of America very own hotel robe), gift
Men’s Auxiliary president Port Charlotte, Fla., died Arrangements are by
Centennial Bank; Explorers Post 29; Coca certificates to The
of the Englewood VFW Lemon Bay Funeral
suddenly Sunday, March Creekmore Livingston Cola Fort Myers; Perfect Caper and
10178, and a member of Home, Englewood.
22, 2009, at Peace River Inc.; Dean’s South of the Smugglers Inc.; Papillon, and a sunset
the AMVETS 312 and the Regional Medical Center Border; Punta Gorda Charlotte Harbor Visitor cruise for two with Punta
Rotonda, Fla., American in Port Charlotte.
NORTH PORT Downtown Merchants & Convention Bureau; Gorda River Boat Tours.
Legion 113. Bill also She was born in Geneva, Association; Marianne Do-All Rental; Domino’s Redfish Cup
enjoyed fishing, boating John W. White Pizza Punta Gorda; Tournament: Friday to
N.Y., and graduated from and Harvey Goldberg;
and collecting light- Geneva High School in John W. “Big John” Marketing Arm Hookah Lounge; Jack’s May 3, Laishley Park,
houses. He truly enjoyed 1950. White, 74, of North Port, International; Martella Restaurant; Papillon Punta Gorda.
living in Florida and Elaine attended Potstam Fla., passed away Law Firm; Mathews Gifts, Books and More; Main Street Punta
being surrounded by his State Teachers College. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in Taylor; The Gateway Pies & Plates LLC; Punta Gorda Executive Director
many good friends. While in high school and Seaford, Del. Group; Bayside Eye Gorda River Boat Tours; Linda Dobson can be
Survivors include his college, she enjoyed He was the son of Ralph Centre; Brightway River City Grill; Salty reached at 941-575-9099
loving companion of nine performing with a wide S. and Pearl (nee Clark) Insurance; Charlotte Paws; Sweetbay or lindadobson@
years, Karen Borgman, variety of musical groups. White, born Sept. 27, County Speaks — Ken Supermarket Punta mainstreetpuntagorda.org.
and her son, Jeremy; his She spent much of her 1934, in Louisville, Ky.
son, William (Myrna) Carr adult life living and John worked for Flour
II of Streling, Va.;
(James) Hydro of
working in Syracuse, N.Y.
After retiring in 1990, she
moved to Port Charlotte,
Daniels Construction Co.
He spent six months in
North Port and six
Learning occurs in many ways
Woodbridge, Va.; brother, where she worked for months in Seaford, and chool graduation Edison degrees. We were and are
Richard (Ella) Carr of worked part-time at ceremonies are just better armed for success
Winchester, Tenn.; two
nine years as the ward State knowing that we
secretary for the Publix Supermarkets after around the corner.
sisters, Suzanne (Rick) Radiology Department at his retirement. Students are completing College “learned to learn.”
Ward of Trenton, Mich., John will be greatly the assignments and Edison State College and
Bon Secours-St. Joseph
and Wendy Carr of Leslie, Hospital (now Peace
Tom our other fine local
missed by his son, John projects to successfully
Mich.; and three River Regional). Elaine (Marie) White of Gaston, finish their studies. Rath institutes of education
grandchildren. left the hospital and S.C.; daughters, Pamela Families are anticipating can provide you with
A memorial service will accepted a position with (Richard) Adams of North seeing someone they diplomas and degrees,
be held at 4 p.m. There are many graduations and
Charlotte County Public Port, Cynthia (Mark) love cross the stage to
Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Schools in 1999. She was venues to acquire this commencements, and a
Bowman of Port get that diploma.
the Englewood VFW Post employed as a parapro- learning: the oral history sense of educational
Charlotte, Fla., and Jonna When I sat through my
10178. You may express teachings of families; place. But the best thing
fessional, assigned to Marie (Kevin) English of first university
your condolences interacting with peers, with which we can
work with the Special Seaford; brothers, Arther commencement and
to the family at www. mentors, and children; provide you is an
Education Department at L. White of Louisville, Ky., heard my name called as
englewoodfh.com. travel; self-directed appreciation that
Murdock Middle School. Joseph A. White of a graduate, I thought of
Arrangements are by education; etc. But often “learning never ends.”
Elaine is survived by her Marietta, Ga., the Rev. it as an end rather than a
Englewood Community more worth is given to Tom Rath is dean of
daughter, Sherry L. Joseph Patrick Rhodes of beginning to a process of
Funeral Home and formal education in academic affairs at
Serven; her adopted Conyers, Ga.; sister, Alice learning. Even though I
Cremation Services, formal settings, and the Edison State College
daughter, Rebecca S. Rhodes Mudd of Mount knew I would go on to
Englewood. minimal levels we must Charlotte Campus.
Rosenthal; and her foster Washington, Ky.; seven get my master’s and
achieve for us to survive
daughter, Janine M. grandchildren; two great- doctorate, I felt the
and thrive seemingly get
In Memoriam Davis; a cousin, G. grandchildren; and many achievement of that
higher and higher. My
Frances R. Milo
Stephen Cleere of San
other family members
and friends. John was
degree was a discrete
event, walled off in a
grandfather was consid- cs
Frances Rose (nee Parla)
Milo, 94, of Port
numerous nieces and
nephews; and many
preceded in death by his
wife of 32 years, Mary S.
way from other stages of
ered well educated, and
was well paid, with just a L 7 nc rals , Inc.
high school diploma. Highlands Road
Charlotte, Fla., left for her beloved pets. White. I was wrong. Harbour Heights, FL 33983
Now a bachelor’s degree
A memorial service will The family will receive Backpacking through
journey home Tuesday,
be held at 11 a.m. friends from 6 p.m. to 8 Europe the summer after
or greater is de rigueur Traditional Funeral
April 21, 2009. for most high-paying including Casket
Saturday, May 2, 2009, at p.m. Tuesday, April 28, college, the training I
She was born July 5, jobs. from $3500
1914, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to St. James Episcopal 2009, at Larry Taylor received in my first
My parents and I were
R.S.V.P. for Seminar
Church in Port Charlotte. Funeral and Cremation professional job, the
Melchiore and Josephine
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well armed to succeed 941-240-2515
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Frances and her beloved may be sent to Best celebration of John’s life Florida and moving up
husband of 59 years, Friends Animal Society, will be at noon the career ladder again,
Gennaro Jr., owned and 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Wednesday, April 29, and, most important,
operated Milo’s Kanab, UT 84241; or to 2009, at the funeral the social interactions I JAMES W. MALLONEE, P.A.
Restaurant in Brooklyn any charity of your home. To express condo- have had since that ATTORNEYS AT LAW
for more than 50 years, choice. lences to the family, graduation day in 1988,
JAMES W. MALLONEE ELLIE K. HARRIS
before his death in 2000, Arrangements were please visit all share one common-
• Real Estate • Probate
after retiring to Port made in Port Charlotte. www.LTaylorfuneral.com ality — I was always
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Charlotte. and sign the online learning. • Wills/Trusts • Trusts
She is survived by her ENGLEWOOD guestbook. I am now more apt to • Probate • Guardianship
sons, Gennaro Milo II of Arrangements are by realize that the value • Landlord Tenant
Pearl River, N.Y., Michael
John F. Reed Larry Taylor Funeral and and lesson of learning Office Hours – Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(Theresa) Milo Sr. of New John F. Reed, 82, of Cremation Services. is that learning is 946 Tamiami Trail, Unit #206, Port Charlotte, FL 33953
necessary, needed and
Hyde Park, N.Y., Peter Englewood, Fla., died (941) 206-2223
(Linda) Milo Sr. of Port Thursday, April 23, 2009. essential to survive and
Charlotte; seven grand- He was born Obituaries are accepted from thrive in our culture. It
children, Gennaro (Tracy) June 21, 1926, in funeral homes only. There is no also is continuous and,
Milo III of Virginia, Somerville, N.J., charge for publishing an most important, should • r
abbreviated death notice once. be fun. Here at Edison
Denise Milo (Ken) to Frederick T. Full obituaries and repeat death
Sullivan of New York, and Gertrude (nee State College, I often
notices will be subject to an tell students that f - r ,i?
Stacey (Roger) LePage Jr. Dunster) Reed. advertising charge. Serving Charlotte County since 1992
and Peter (Christie) Milo John moved to the Obituaries must be received by
learning is best
Our Floral Specialist
Jr., all of Port Charlotte, Englewood area 24 years 2 pm for Tuesday through Saturday achieved when done will help you create a
with others, when given
and Michael (Reagan) ago from Asbury, N.J. He publication. For Sunday publication Sympathy Tribute for
Milo Jr., Julieann Milo frequented Stefano’s deadline is noon on Saturday. For enough effort and time, your loved one
and Brian (Dianna) Restaurant for many Monday publication deadline is and when it is fun.
noon on Sunday. Please note there Owner/Operator Port Charlotte Punta Gorda
Walker, all of New York; years. John was a very Although there are
14 great-grandchildren, active member of First
is no Monday edition in DeSoto some hard lessons ®0 2711 S. Tamiami Trail
Corner N. 41 & Marion Ave.
County. The American flag learned, most effective
Alexia Milo of Florida, Baptist Church of accompanying and obituary
Stephen and Nicole Englewood, where he indicates a veteran of the U.S. learning happens in an
Sullivan of New York, Will served as a Deacon, a Armed Forces. Please send e-mails environment of enjoy-
to firstname.lastname@example.org. ment.
and Lucy Milo of Virginia, Trustee and a Sunday
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SEEKERS: Hotel positions sought | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS
FROM PAGE 1 postal worker, who didn’t There was relief for Motorcycle joined together to create Book
need to find work for some Saturday, as eight the Charlotte Premier.
“It’s rough,” he said. more than 30 years. The positions had been filled
club BBQ discussion series
This new league will hold
Roberts, 53, has been economic recession by noon, according to a The Charlotte County its competitive boys and The Charlotte County
searching for a job since changed everything, hotel administrator. Chapter of the Defenders girls team tryouts for the Library System has
last summer, when he including his plan to There will be a second Law Enforcement 2009/2010 season. announced the April
was let go by the U.S. retire within four years. job fair for the hotel Motorcycle Club will hold Tryouts will be held from Book Discussion Series.
Postal Service. “In all my life, I’ve positions from 11 a.m. to its inaugural Memorial 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 29 Participants are respon-
The whole concept of never been without a job 5 p.m. May 2 at the weekend barbecue from for ages U-9 to U-12, and sible for obtaining their
job-hunting remains this long,” he said. “It’s Laishley Marina noon to 4 p.m. May 24 at from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for own copies of the
foreign to the veteran difficult.” building. American Legion Post ages U-13 and above, at featured book.
103, 2101 Taylor Road, the North Charlotte • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at
Punta Gorda. Live music County Regional Park, the Mid-County Regional
will be provided by 1185 O’Donnell Blvd., Library, 2050 Forrest
Sudden Impact, and there Port Charlotte. Nelson Blvd., Port
will be raffles and door Tryouts also will be held Charlotte. The chosen
prizes available. The club from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. book is “The Broker” by
is designed for any active May 30 for ages U-9 to U- John Grisham. For more
and retired law enforce- 12, and from 10 a.m. to info, call 941-613-3166.
ment, emergency 11 a.m. for ages U-13 and
services, military, govern- above, at the South Military Officers
ment and public safety Charlotte County group to meet
professionals to join and Regional Park, 670
promote safe, fun riding Cooper St., Punta Gorda. The Charlotte Harbor
and reflect a positive Players need to arrive 30 Chapter Military Officers
image within their minutes prior to the Association will hold its
community. Tickets cost tryouts’ starting times to next meeting 6 p.m.
$8 each and are available fill out paperwork. Tuesday at the Isles Yacht
now at American Legion Participants are required Club, 1780 W. Marion
Post 103. For more to bring shin guards, a Ave., Punta Gorda. The
information, call 941- soccer ball and some- speaker will be Vic
627-6564. thing to drink. It is Fredlund, of Fort Myers
recommended to attend Veteran’s Administration.
Soccer both tryout dates. For All current and former
team tryouts more information, visit military officers are
the Web site at www.char- invited to attend. For
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William Parchment, 49, of Port Charlotte, completes an application for the Four
LIMBO: Working to pass legislation
FROM PAGE 1 and I have talked about would have no impact on
Points by Sheraton hotel during a job fair Saturday. Hundreds of residents submitted the energy problem and gasoline prices or
resumes for various positions at the new hotel in downtown Punta Gorda. Parchment industry would do more the renewable standards national security.
has been unemployed since February 2008. to spur economic devel- that are needed. The America’s oil reserves
opment in rural areas, he downside is trying to set amount to only 2 percent
said. reasonable standards that of the world’s supply, he
FREE PAPER SHREDDING—for Charlotte County Residents The oil drilling drew at get us there.” said.
& Charlotte County Environmental Campus Open House least two hours of At least two local Sue Reske, chair of the
questions, if not debate, residents said Friday they Charlotte Harbor Group
Paper Shredding by Secure Document Destruction, Inc. on the House floor Friday, oppose oil drilling off of the Sierra Club, said
Bring up to 4 boxes of paper for FREE (banker sized boxes). when it was read for the Florida’s coast. she fears oil drilling will
Each additional box is $ 10.00 per box. Shredding done on our premises. Charlotte County put derricks within sight
second time. The House
Thursday, May 7th, 2009 9:00 AM—12:00 PM can vote on it after it gets Commissioner Adam of the coast. That will
25550 Harbor View Road, Port Charlotte 941.764.4360 read a third time, perhaps Cummings, a former hurt tourism and real
Monday or Tuesday, merchant mariner who estate, she said.
according to legislative worked in the Gulf of Also, the environment
Come learn more about: Mexico servicing oil rigs, will suffer, Reske said.
• Insect Display staffers.
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• Solid Waste & Recycling Facilities • Shore Birds & Sea Turtles “This we do know: The said he saw the effects on Even if the industry has
• Water Conservation • Sea Grant House stands ready and a small coastal oil town, taken steps to avoid spills
Shower Heads will be • Extension Services • 4-H we’ve been prepared to Cameran, La. The town offshore, hurricanes and
• Bicycle Safety • Keep Charlotte Beautiful pass a copious energy bill was not wealthy or floods still could cause
• Master Gardeners • Florida Yards & Neighborhoods all session,” Troutman attractive, he said. spills at onshore installa-
• Mosquito Control & Aquatic Weed Control said. “This is a big issue Cummings also argued tions, she said.
A program of Charlotte County Government
in our state. The governor that drilling in the Gulf The Eastern Gulf of
Mexico Planning Area,
which includes an area of
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR ONE OR MORE OF THE federal waters south from
Pensacola along Florida’s
FOLLOWING MATTERS: PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FUTURE west coast, is estimated
to contain up to 9 trillion
LAND USE MAP AND COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ELEMENTS, cubic feet of natural gas
and up to 2.8 billion
DEVELOPMENTS OF REGIONAL IMPACT OR CHANGES THERETO, barrels of oil, according a
REZONINGS, PRELIMINARY PLATS, STREET AND PLAT VACATIONS staff report.
State royalty and
A PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSALS AND PETITIONS AS DESCRIBED BELOW WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD ON MONDAY, MAY severance taxes would be
11, 2009, AT 1:30 P.M. OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS THE MATTER MAY BE HEARD DURING THE COURSE OF ACTION. THE HEARING WILL BE HELD IN
COMMISSION CHAMBERS, ROOM 119, FIRST FLOOR, BUILDING A, THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER, 18500 MURDOCK CIRCLE, PORT based on how much oil is
CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA. THE PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD IS NOT BOUND TO CONSIDER THE PETITIONS IN THE ORDER LISTED IN THIS NOTICE. ANY OF extracted from the state’s
THESE PETITIONS MAY BE CONSIDERED AS SOON AS THE MEETING COMMENCES. submerged lands. That
COPIES OF SAID PETITIONS WITH COMPLETE LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS AND SUBSEQUENT STAFF REPORTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE CHARLOTTE area extends from 3 miles
COUNTY GROWTH MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT, AND ALL CHARLOTTE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES. ADOBE PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT (.pdf) FILES OF to 10 miles offshore.
ALL PETITION PACKETS AND AN AGENDA WILL BE PLACED AT THE FOLLOWING INTERNET ADDRESS:
http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/GrowthManagement/PlanningZoning/pzdetail.asp Troutman said oil
drilling would generate
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE URGED TO ATTEND THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO SPEAK; THERE WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE TIME $31 billion for the Florida
LIMIT FOR EACH CITIZEN’S PRESENTATION ON AN AGENDA ITEM. IF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT A
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YOU WISH TO DISCUSS. With its lease revenues,
the state could spend up
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PA-09-01-01 Legislative Commission District IV on Florida Forever, $20
An Ordinance pursuant to Section 163.3187(1)(C), Florida Statutes, for an amendment to the Future Land Use Map of the Charlotte County Comprehensive Plan million on counties that
from Medium Density Residential to Commercial Center for property located north of Environmental Way, south of South McCall Road (SR 776), east of play host to drilling, and
Gulfstream Blvd, and west of the Sioux Waterway; in the West County Planning District, containing 3.76± acres; Commission District IV; Petition No. PA-09-01-01;
applicant: Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners. $20 million for beach
renourishment, the bill
Z-09-03-02 Quasi-Judicial Commission District IV states.
An Ordinance pursuant to Section 125.66 and 166.41, Florida Statutes, amending the Charlotte County Zoning Atlas from Residential Multi-family 10 (RMF-10) to Oil drilling has
Office, Medical, and Institutional (OMI), for property located north of Environmental Way, south of South McCall Road (SR 776), east of Gulfstream Blvd, and west
of the Sioux Waterway; in the West County Planning District, containing 3.76± acres; Commission District IV; Petition No. Z-09-03-02; applicant: Charlotte County improved technology to
Board of County Commissioners. protect the environment,
PP 09-03-04 Quasi Judicial Commission District III “The reality is, we have
Lemon Bay Partners, Ltd., along with all current property owners and Mortgage Holders within Placida Bay Estates, has applied for a re-plat of Placida Bay Estates.
The site consisting of 16 lots, as well as Tract A and Tract B, is located in Sections 2 and 11, Township 42 South, Range 20 East. The purpose of this re-plat is to resources available that
correct inaccuracies and defects in the original survey of the plat, which included the failure to place permanent control markers and reference monuments on the we need to take advan-
property at the time of the plat; faulty interior math of the plat, and failure to establish a tie-line system to address the inherent problems in platting property that tage of,” he said. “At the
contained so much wetlands. The site, containing 33.67 acres, more or less, is located on the southwest side of Placida Road, northeast of Placida Harbor, and end of the day, it will be a
southeast of Placida Harbour Condominiums, in Commission District III.
function of a balance of
PP 05-01-02 Legislative Commission District IV that risk.”
Mr. Richard W. Arnold, Flagship Builders & Developers, is requesting a one year extension of the Preliminary Plat approval for River Haven Estates Subdivision, E-mail: gmartin@
Petition PP 05-01-02. This project had preliminary approval from the Planning and Zoning Board on March 5, 2005, and from the Board of County Commissioners sun-herald.com
on April 19, 2005. A one year extension was granted by the Planning and Zoning Board on April 9, 2007 and a second one year extension was granted on April 14,
2008. The site is in Section 8, township 40 South, Range 21, located north of Markham Avenue, east of Apollo Waterway, south of Hughes Avenue and west of
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Casper Street, in Commission District IV. The site consists of 22.5 acres, more or less, for 32 single family lots. Since the project construction has not yet been
completed, the applicant is requesting a one year extension in order to complete the project.
PP 06-10-07 Legislative Commission District III
Charlotte Engineering & Surveying, Inc. has applied for a one year extension to the Preliminary Plat approval of PP 06-10-07 – West Charlotte Harbor Boat and
Tennis Club. The project was approved for 135 single family residential lots in Section 9, 10, 15, and 16, Township 41 South, Range 21 East. The site, consisting of
99.6 acres, more or less, is located east of Gasparilla Road (CR 771, south of the Butterford Waterway, north of Abalone Road, in Commission District III.
SHOULD ANY AGENCY OR PERSON DECIDE TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED SEVEN DAYS A
AT SUCH MEETING, A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE, A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS REQUIRED,
WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED.
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FROM PAGE 1 construction. But unlike with the modular units National Baseball game, 5243, 941-473-3500 or
the county, which had the that we had,” Cummings 941-575-5228.
without courts and opportunity to stop said. Day of Prayer fundraiser
corrections addresses building new facilities and The Sheriff’s Office has The National Day of The baseball game Fashion show
solely payroll and cancel or postpone significantly increased its Prayer is May 7. This between the Charlotte
personnel planned ones to reduce staff thanks, in part, to a year the theme is Stone Crabs and the Hilary’s Modeling
expansion. In spending, the sheriff must five-year plan adopted in “Prayer, America’s Palm Beach Cardinals Agency presents
that span, still staff the jail. Without 2004. That plan set a goal Hope.” There are three will not only entertain Southwest Florida
adjusted for construction projects in to have two officers per local observances: baseball enthusiasts, but Fashion Week from
inflation, the his budget, cuts were thousand residents of • 12:15 p.m. to also will benefit the 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 22
cost-per- more difficult to find. Charlotte County. 12:45 p.m. at the County Charlotte County Police and 23 at the Charlotte
resident for Cameron said given the Currently, the CCSO has Administration Center, Athletic League. The Harbor Event and
law enforce- fact that the county’s 1.9 officers per thousand. 18500 Murdock Circle, game will be held at Conference Center, 75
Fire/EMS employees Murdock. 7:05 p.m. May 22 at Taylor St., Punta Gorda.
CAMERON ment went Cameron said it’s too
from $175.03 received raises last year early to tell if there will be • 12:15 p.m. to Charlotte Sports Park, The show will include
to $267.38 a decade later. while the Sheriff’s Office any layoffs in the coming 12:45 p.m. at the Punta 2300 El Jobean Road, famous guest designers
The total number of did not, he believes it year. Gorda City Hall Annex at Port Charlotte. The from New York and Paris,
employees, including jail would be unfair to hold He believes the County West Marion Avenue and Zooperstars and various and live music. Proceeds
staffing, went from 370 pay levels flat again for Commission’s self- Harvey Street. superheroes will be go to benefit Grant After
to 635. another year. • 6:30 p.m. worship and present throughout the School Academy.
“The jail changed by prayer service at the park for the kids to meet Tickets cost $20 in
hold is not the best
almost four times, and A coming YMCA Dotzler Outdoor and take pictures with. advance or $25 at the
decision. If the commis-
that’s a county function, conflict? Center, 22801 Bayshore Special tickets are being box office. Vendors are
sioners were to increase
not our function,” said Road, Charlotte Harbor. sold for $15 each and welcome. For more
the millage rate to equal information, call 941-
Col. David Bonsall, CCSO The Sheriff’s Office last year’s revenue, the Includes a ministry and include the game, a free
executive officer. “On the recently asked for an nonprofit expo, begin- Charlotte Stone Crabs 629-0319 or 347-661-
situation would be 9981, or visit
other hand, law enforce- extension until June to ning at 6 p.m. baseball cap, and a free
ment didn’t change provide the preliminary For more information, game program. For
“They don’t have to week.com or
anywhere near as dramat- budget totals. Members of call Debbie at 941- tickets and more infor-
increase,” Cameron said. www.hgmodels.com.
ically.” the County Commission 456-6804. mation, call 941-575-
“They can maintain the
voted to not grant that
extension, meaning exact same levels that
Constitutional they had last year, which
Cameron must meet the
comparison May 1 — Friday — does not create an
deadline. emergency for the
The Sun’s analysis of constitutional officers.”
constitutional office Taking the hardest
stance against the E-mail: nhughes@
budgets has addressed the sun-herald.com
general revenue portion Sheriff’s Office has been
of the budget — the pot of Commissioner Bob Starr, advertisement advertisement
money from which the who believes all of the
County Commission has county’s departments
asked the constitutionals have experienced signifi-
cant bloat over the last Nickerson
to cut 15 percent, or $10
million. Given the sheer decade. Does your business qualify? Call 941-206-1262
size of the Sheriff’s Office, “We asked them for 15
the lion’s share of the percent,” Starr said of the
constitutional cuts would Sheriff’s Office, “and the
“ A b s o l u t e B l i n d s ” S e l l s A l l S t y l e s O f Tr e a t m e n t s
have to come from the feedback was, ‘We can’t A very common trend today in clean and uncluttered look that s company who provides the best
CCSO. give you 15 percent.’” regards to window fashion is both practical and attractive. If quality verticals and service. I think
Bonsall and Cameron He said he feels it’s vertical blinds. Verticals provide a you re interested in buying custom you ll be very impressed with their
have taken issue with the unacceptable that the vertical blinds, you ll want to endless selection of styles. Also,
Sun’s budget analysis combined cost of police contact a place called Absolute Absolute Blinds Etc. is an official
methods. They believe and fire protection in Blinds Etc. at 2842 Tamiami Trail Graber and Hunter Douglas
that isolating the general Charlotte County is over in Port Charlotte, phone 627-5444. Priority dealer. They sell and install
revenue, most of which is $100 million. Absolute Blinds Etc. is one of the best quality plantation shutters,
replenished through “We need to have the top vertical blinds wood horizontals, mini-blinds,
property taxes, is an adequate protection, but I manufacturers/dealers in South pleated shades as well as top
unfair approach. just believe we’re getting West Florida. They make their treatments, cornices, draperies
They also feel that hosed,” Starr said. i
vertical blinds right here locally and wallpaper. Again, no one
although the sheriff is a To an observer, the and are able to sell them to you at beats their fantastically low prices.
constitutional office, as a budget dispute between F much lower, factory-direct prices. Oh, and just in case you need
public safety entity it the county and the You would be pressed to find some help making an informed
should not be directly Sheriff’s Office might anyone who offers more styles to decision, Absolute Blinds Etc. has
“Absolute Blinds Etc.” sells the
compared to the other seem like it is escalating world s best designer blinds and choose from and you just can t a talented interior decorator on-site
four constitutionals: the to an eventual confronta- window treatments at lower prices. beat the savings they offer. to assist you and they provide free
clerk of court, the prop- tion. The County They also provide excellent service. Absolute Blinds Etc. is a terrific installation.
erty appraiser, the Commission has the right
supervisor of elections to reject the sheriff’s
and the tax collector. They proposed budget, at
Bailey s Beef Country Is A Cut Above The Rest
feel the county-controlled which point the sheriff There are some things are just Bailey s Beef Country is not only They also offer food packages at
Fire/EMS, which is not a has the ability to appeal to too important to be stingy about. your beef provider but it carries a very reasonable rates and will even
constitutional office, the state. Beef is definitely one of those variety of products such as fresh take food stamps. Whatever your
would be a reasonable Cameron said he does things. So when you are looking chickens, home made sausage, culinary needs may be Baileys Beef
comparison. not anticipate that he will for the prime cut, there is only one lamb, veal, bacon, premium all Country has just the right cut for
At $60 million, the have to go to the state for place to go in Charlotte County, beef hot dogs and a full line of you.
budget approval, but he Bailey s Beef Country located at pork. To round out your meal you
sheriff’s budget is far and
will not rule out the 2320 Tamiami Trail in Port can also pick up your choice of
away the largest of Charlotte, phone 629-6965. homemade side dishes like potato
Charlotte County’s option.
Commissioner Dick Bailey s Beef Country is salad, twice baked potatoes,
constitutional offices. It’s licensed to sell Certified Angus chicken salad, cole-slaw, ham
also been subject to the Loftus has taken a softer t L
approach to addressing Beef (CAB). As a CAB distributor, salad and much, much more.
most scrutiny from Bailey s is obligated to dedicate its If you re looking for that rare
members of the County the sheriff’s budget prior
entire red meat cast to CAB. CAB butchered item ask shop owner
Commission, as the to Friday’s deadline.
meats are the most flavorful, juicy Gary Bailey about cuts of Buffalo,
county looks toward the “I just feel that we’re all and tender cuts of beef you can Maple Leaf Duck, Alligator, Dry
2009-2010 fiscal year. a part of a family,” Loftus buy and the standards exceed the Age Strips and Rib Eyes. They
The commissioners said. “We all have to hang USDA Prime Choice and Select even carry Amish Wedding foods.
believe that each consti- in here together. We’re Graded beef criteria. Bailey s Beef Bailey s Beef Country offers food
tutional office has been going through difficult Country prides itself on providing samples daily and they carry a
asked to cut 15 percent times. We’ll work through the highest quality products and limited supply of frozen seafood, Gary Bailey at Bailey s Beef
from their general it. I’m hoping that the outstanding service in a clean, wild caught salmon, Mahi and Ahi Country sells premium Certified
revenue-funded budget, sheriff will be willing to fresh atmosphere. Tuna. Angus Beef.
although Cameron look at it and scrutinize
disputes that point. He his budget.” Q: My car desperately needs a new paint job. Do you know Prompt Towing is conveniently located in the central part of
However, he added that someone reputable in the area that does good quality paint southwest Florida which gives them easy access to all areas of the
said he never was asked jobs? state. Their office hours are Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM and
explicitly to cut that much he does expect to see cuts A: It is no secret to readers of my column that I encourage you to take they are of course available 24 hours a day for emergencies.
— and even if he was, from Cameron’s office. your car over to Jackie s Auto Body at 19888 Veterans Hwy. in Port
Charlotte, phone 255-5967. Jack D Amico at Jackie s Auto Body is one Q: My car just isn t running right but I m not
doing so would be “He’s got to look into it of the best auto body pros in the business and he does gorgeous custom sure who I can trust to fix it. Can you
impossible. and be more cost- paint jobs. Jack is well known locally for his fine quality auto body and recommend a reputable mechanic who does
paint work and many area residents and car dealers use Jackie s Auto
“I’m anticipating that effective in the way that Body. In addition to beautiful custom paint jobs, Jackie s is a full service
A: If you need an honest evaluation told to you
we will probably have he delivers the services,” shop where they do everything from repairing minor dings and dents to in terms you can understand, then let the Dr. D s
major collision damage. They re on the Preferred Insurance list and do a
another decrease over last Loftus said. lot of insurance claims. Jackie s Auto Body enjoys an excellent Auto Repair give you the prognosis. They will
repair and service all makes and models of cars
year,” the sheriff said. “It’s reputation in the community and has very reasonable rates. It goes
and light trucks; both foreign and domestic! They
without saying that they stand behind their work.
just not going to be near The plan are located at 23415 Janice Ave. (Whidden
15 percent. I’ll be lucky to vs. the cost Q: I seem to be having some problems with water pressure. I Industrial Park) in Charlotte Harbor; phone 941-
get 1 percent.” think that I m having some issues with my pipes. Can you 743-3677. Owners Dean Mintone and Mike True
recommend a reputable company to get my water treated? are two of the best and most experienced ASE
Commissioner Adam A: It sounds to me like you may have a bad case of Silica in your technicians in the area, give them a call.
Historical Cummings said the pipes. Silica comes from the weathering of silicate minerals in the
ground. It causes no harmful effects to humans, but large amounts can Q: I walked into a big name electronics store to buy a flat
perspective sheriff’s budget is a price cause scaling in pipes that impacts water flow. s c r e e n L C D T V, b u t I h a d t w o d i f f e r e n t s a l e s m e n t e l l m e
the county chose to pay OK, you caught me, I didn t know that either but I did ask Chris conflicting things about the set I was interested in. Where can I
Tutsch, owner of Aquaflow, LLC, and he gave me the scoop on this
From 1998 to 2008, the for safety. issue. Chris also informed me that the installation of a water softener
buy a good flat screen TV and get my questions answered
Sheriff’s Office’s budget “A real big percentage of will usually solve this problem. A: Before you open your wallet and drop down that hard earned
their budget is payroll,” Aquaflow, LLC is located at 17218 Toledo Blade Blvd, Unit #8, Port
increases closely mimic Charlotte, FL 33954, Phone 941-255-9213. The retail store hours are
cash, I advise you to visit “Quality TV” at 14212 S. Tamiami Trail in
the trend also seen by the Cummings said. “Do you Monday-Friday 8:00am-12:00pm Saturday 9-4 and 24 hour North Port, phone 426-1773. Talk to owner Mike Morales. Now
celebrating their 38th year, “Quality TV” is one of the best TV retail/
County Commission- want a fully manned, emergency service is always available.
service centers in South West Florida. Since they re also a repair
Aquaflow, LLC sells and services water treatment system
controlled budget. The professional Sheriff’s equipment. From pumps and pressure tanks to filters and membranes, center, “Quality TV” knows which brands are the best engineered and
Office or not? How many most reliable. “Quality TV”sells the sensational flat screen LCD and
difference is, after the there is no aspect of purifying the water coming into your home that
plasma TVs by LG (20 inches to 60 inches). No one has lower prices
Aquaflow, LLC can t install or improve. Aquaflow installs and services
peak in 2008, the county deputies do you want on equipment throughout North Port, as well as Venice, Port Charlotte and “Quality TV” provides excellent customer service. They re also an
made significant cuts, the street?” and Punta Gorda. authorized dealer/installer for Dish Network and DirectTV, so they can
have you channel surfing in no time.
while the CCSO saw a He said before the Q: I have some heavy equipment that I
minor budget decrease county invested in its n e e d m o v e d t o a d i ff e r e n t l o c a t i o n h e r e i n Q: When we moved to Florida, we carted down a house full of
under the leadership of existing jail, which Florida. Who can help me with my antiques, art glass and paintings, now we just don t have the
transportation needs? r o o m f o r a l l o f i t . We w a n t t o s e l l a l o t o f i t e m s . W h o i n t h i s a r e a
John Davenport — opened in 2001, the A: Weather you need your car towed or you will buy what we have?
thanks, in most part, to a modular facilities used to need a crane moved the name that should always A: There s an outstanding place you can contact called Westchester
be at the top of your list is Prompt Towing. They Gold at 4200-F Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte (behind ABC Liquor),
freeze on raises. house inmates were are located at 11139 Tamiami Trail, 639-4000. It phone 625-0666. Ask for owner Steve Duke. Now celebrating their
Of course, much like unsafe for the public. He doesn t matter if you need to tow an RV or a VW, 36th year, Westchester Gold is one of the area s largest and most
Prompt has the right truck for any job. Prompt reputable buyers of jewelry, antiques and collectibles. Steve is always
the sheriff’s costs have cited a case where Towing has been in business in Charlotte County purchasing estate jewelry, diamonds, older-style men s watches,
risen due to the jail convicts managed to push I for 22 years. They provide all manner of coins, antiques, Oriental rugs, paintings, art, glass and a whole lot
expansion, most of the comprehensive towing, transport, heavy
out a window and escape equipment, dealer towing and private property towing. They can even
more. Really he s interested in anything that may be old and unusual.
He will buy just one piece or entire estates. I urge you to contact Steve
county’s budget increases the facility. move small sheds and generators. You can get a hook on all their at Westchester Gold for a free evaluation and cash offer.
were due to new “I was not impressed services at www.prompttowing.com. 355273
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Benjamin Kao, to Faith a.m. April 14. He weighed Gisele Elise Hickmott, to
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Port, at 7:23 p.m. April 9. He Mia Mae Mackey, to Punta Gorda, at 8:42 p.m. April
weighed 6 pounds, 9.5 ounces. Elizabeth Baatz and Kyle 20. She weighed 5 pounds,
Emily Lynn Briner, to Nicole Mackey of Englewood, at 6 ounces.
Marie and Eric Briner of Port 12:04 p.m. April 14. She Cierra Renee’ Chavez, to
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ARCADIA — When you
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County, the Range Cattle Soil scientist Maria Silveira of the Range Cattle Research and Education Center
hw est Flor
ou t id
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improve the business of fertilizers needed.
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few hundred people fed certain grains have an
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said, “I come here every Others feel grass- Joanna Newman, left, Jerry Bennett, Tim White and Mary
year and I learn some- feeding cattle is “greener,” Duryea discuss a plot of switch grass, while from the
thing new every time.
“I learn what I did
acceptable, than giving
background Brent Sellers of the Range Cattle REC
explains switch grass can be used for biomass production.
SHOULDN’T BE EITHER.
wrong,” he laughed, “and them all those grains. It Leaving a 401(k) with a previous employer could mean
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Arthington brought a can reach market size in a Jones about your 401(k) options, call or visit your
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them away.” For some businesses
Most cattle will graze (hotels or restaurants) clean and dry.
on grasses during some that want to certify their the REC to hear scientific attention. They ask www.edwardjones.com
part of their lives, but it’s food comes from within a lectures, the kinds of sophisticated questions I
when they are grain-fed certain distance, grass- articles usually associated about different forms of
that they bulk up and add fed beef may be the only with highbrow academic nitrogen fertilizer and
marbling from fat that option. It would be in types. when to apply phos-
helps flavor the beef.
Florida, where there are
no big feed lots. But for
Maria Silveira, a phorus. Good Shepherd Day School
professor with the Ranchers were equally
forage-fed cattle tend to
be leaner and the fat is
now, the REC is just
trying to figure out what
RCREC, led a group to an interested in the forage 2009 Classic Golf Scramble
open, grassy meadow and weed display Brent
more yellow. would make grass- dotted with signs. Most in Sellers of the RCREC
“It’s a different taste,” finished beef more her audience wore created. Here one could
said Arthington. “My wife profitable. cowboy hats and boots; see a specimen of tropical
likes it, but I don’t some chewed absently on soda apple, a vicious-
particularly care for it.” Almost 70 years stalks of grass plucked looking weed with inch-
Still, he is researching of agri-science from Silveira’s research long thorns, not only on
how long the cattle pasture. its stems, but covering
should graze on which
types of forage to attain
The REC has been
answering questions like
Silveira, a soil scientist, the leaves as well. Saturday, May 2, 2009
ideal weight gain. that for almost 70 years.
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(All phone number area codes are • Pine needle weaving workshop, Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Regional Park, 670 Cooper St., Punta 8:15 a.m. Saturdays, Punta Gorda 1312 Market Circle, Unit 11, Port
941 unless otherwise noted.) 9 a.m. first Tuesday and Thursday, Aaron St., Port Charlotte. Prices vary. Gorda. $35 per person per month; Club, 2905 Tamiami Trail. 505-0999. Charlotte. 286-3475.
22959 Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte. 625-4175, ext. 223. www.cultural $60 per couple. 505-8686. • Body pump, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. • Sit-N-Fit chair aerobics, beginners
ARTS $12 for members; $15 for
nonmembers. 629-PAST (7278).
• Various computer classes, Visual
• Ballroom dancing, 1:30 p.m.
instructions, 2 p.m. dancing Tuesdays,
Mondays, 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. Thursdays Thursdays; intermediate 11 a.m.
• Various arts classes, Visual Arts • Youth strings group lessons, Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Alligator Park, 6400 Taylor Road, Punta and Saturdays, Twist Fitness for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays;
Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. 4 p.m. Fridays, Good Shepherd Day Gorda. Prices vary. 639-8810. Gorda. $5 per couple; $3 per person Women, Port Charlotte Town Center, advance 11 a.m. Sundays, Tuesdays
Prices vary. 639-8810. www.visualart- School, Lower School campus, 1800 www.visualartcenter.org. each week. 639-8912. 1441 Tamiami Trail. 743-2348. and Thursdays, Body One Fitness Club,
center.org. Shreve St., Punta Gorda. $5. • Various computer classes, IMPAC • Belly dancing, 6 p.m., Fridays, • Body sculpt, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays 12355-B S.W. County Road 769, Lake
• Various art classes, Cultural Center 575-2139. University Campus, 900 W. Marion Higher Ground Performing Arts Studio, and Thursdays, Edison State College Suzy. $10 each; $40 month.
of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St., • Woodcarving, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Ave., Punta Gorda. $60. 2672 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. YMCA, 26300 Airport Road, Punta 766-0003.
Port Charlotte. Prices vary. 625-4175, Punta Gorda Boat Club, 802 Retta 941-833-3474. $32 per card; $10 per class. Gorda. 505-4000. • Stretch ‘n’ Tone, 11 a.m. Mondays,
ext. 223. www.culturalcenter.com. Esplanade. $10. 505-4246 or 625-3622. • Body step, 8:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, First United
• Knitting, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
Saturdays, Knit Wit Studios, 4300
575-4276. DANCE • Belly dancing, 11 a.m. Mondays,
Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, Sullivan
Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Methodist Church of Punta Gorda,
Saturdays, Punta Gorda Club, 2905 507 W. Marion Ave. 639-3842 or
Kings Highway, Suite 207, Port
Charlotte. $45 for four weeks.
COMPUTERS • Ballroom dancing, 7 p.m.
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays,
• Belly dancing, 6 p.m. Tuesdays,
Tamiami Trail. 505-0999. 575-2034.
• Boot camp, 8:30 a.m. Fridays, • Tai Chi Qi Gong, 9:30 a.m.
629-4600. www.knitwitstudios.com. • Various computer classes, Cultural 4:30 p.m. Fridays, South County Ancient Traditions Healing Studio, Franz Ross branch YMCA, 19333 Saturdays, Gilchrist Park, 400 W. Retta
18260 Paulson Drive, Unit C, Port Quesada Ave., Port Charlotte, Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Free.
Charlotte. 626-3113. 629-9622. • Tai Chi, 10 a.m. Mondays, Laishley
• Belly dancing, 5:30 p.m. Fridays, • Boot camp, 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Park, 100 E. Retta Esplanade, Building
Franz Ross YMCA, 19333 Quesada Thursdays, Body One Fitness Club, 111, Punta Gorda. $10 per class; $50
Ave., Port Charlotte. 629-9622. 12355-B S.W. County Road 769, Lake for six weeks. 276-0674 or
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• Country line dance lessons,
7 p.m. Wednesdays, Fishermen’s