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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - July 4, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier the Vole of Tho South county a suspect arrested by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer fifty three Long hours after she was dragged screaming from her campsite through the underbrush i at Oscar Scherer state recreation 1 area Charlotte grosses terrifying ordeal was Over. She has been reunited with her parents and Wilfred Arthur Bannister the Man believed to be her Abductor is being held without Bond by the Sarasota county sheriffs department. He has been charged with kidnapping and involuntary sexual Battery. In a voice which authorities described As an a excited tone a the 15-year-old Nokomis girl called her parents Friday morning and told them where she could be rescued. The 9 58 . Phone Call set off an immediate and Well coordinated Chain of events in area Law enforcement departments which sent some officers racing to Charlottes Aid while detectives and Fri agents roared to the scene to apprehend the suspect. Charlotte was found uninjured in the siesta key Home occupied by her alleged Abductor at 5254 Media circus follows kidnapping a More than 50 press representatives from All Over the United states crammed into the main lobby of the Sarasota county sheriffs department office last Friday morning to await details on a the release of Kidnap victim Charlotte Grosse. National to network representatives for Abc were present As Well As an army of local newspaper and television reporters. Each time a sheriffs officer came from the door leading to the detectives division where the ,.suspect was being held reporters strained at the makeshift Telephone Cord barricade which had been set up to see if anything was happening. A there he comes a someone would shout the glaring to lights would switch on and reporters would Start Barking questions at the spokesman. But it was usually to no Avail. The Media representatives v stood impatiently in the lobby for almost an hour before Cpl. Ray Pilon reported details of the girls release. When he finally did begin talking it was like the finale to a circus. Microphones from the to and radio newsmen jutted Forth from All directions As the reporters jostled each other for the Best position. To lights lit up the South Wall of the lobby like Daylight As the Impromptu press conference got underway. After Pilon finished Reading his Brief statement the press began shooting questions at him some-1 times shouting to gain attention. It looked More like a presidential press conference than anything else except is was on a slightly smaller scale and a lot less polite. A what did the girl say when she called was she naked when they found her had she been sexually molested where was the suspect going when he was arrested a the questions seemed endless and urgent but it was Over almost As quickly As it began. The lights went out the Whir of the motor drive cameras continued on Page 4 winding Way dr., where she had been tied up or locked in a room since taken there. Authorities said she was in Good physical condition and exhibited no signs of physical abuse. Bannister 33, was not in the House either at the time of Charlottes Rescue or of her phone Call to her parents. But he was forcibly pulled from his Black porsche some time later by Sarasota county sheriffs detectives Eric Cole Don Hartery and Don Geary As he was driving near the North end of the siesta key property. It is not known Why Bannister left Charlotte alone in the House or where he was going. But a few seconds after his departure Charlotte took advantage of his absence freed herself from her restraints and telephoned her distraught parents. Or. And mrs. Richard e. Grosses Telephone was tapped to a line at the South county sheriffs office. Deputies there heard the continued on Page 4 Sarasota county sheriffs Deputy Ray Pilon talks to the news Media at an Impromptu news conference explaining the circumstances surrounding the release of Kidnap victim Charlotte Grosse. Newsmen from All Over the United states have been in Sarasota county since thursday when Charlotte was abducted from Oscar Scherer state Park covering the Story. Suspect Wilfred Arthur Bannister right is led from the courthouse following questioning. Photos by Briggs and Koelsch Englewood facility will be built Askew okays school funds by Dorothy Lippstreuer Sun coast gondolier staff writer there was Joy in the Englewood area late Friday afternoon As word began to reach residents who have worked Long and hard for a High school that governor Reubin d. Askew had approved full funding for the tri county facility to be built in Charlotte county. Advised that the governor had approved full funding Charlotte county a new school superintendent James Lawless told the Sun coast gondolier a a you be made my Friday was Lawless first official Day As superintendent. Lawless and school officials including Lemon Bay Junior High school principal Robert Bedford has been working on the educational specifications with state personnel in preparation for the new building which would be built whether or not it was full funded or partially funded by the state. Although there is much work to be finished before the first shovel Ful of dirt can be turned Lawless did expect they could break ground by the first of the year on the Lemon Bay Campus. De Lisle chairman of the education committee of the water rates due to change Venice water customers Are going to notice some major changes in their water Bills soon As the City gears up for quarterly Billing and institutes new water rates. City comptroller Bill Kern said the new Billing method will be introduced gradually and will be based on the individual customers account numbers. One third of the customers i with account numbers Between 0 and 0647600 will get Bills in july for the month of june. Those with numbers Between 0648200 and 0119200 will have to pay for two months when they receive their Bills in August. Finally numbers 0119400 and higher will be billed for three months in september. Thereafter All customers will Only receive Bills once every three months As part of the new quarterly Billing system with the exception of Large users and fire service customers. Kern said these customers will be billed monthly As before. City water users should notice a substantial increase in rates with their next Bill since the newly approved rate hikes of Between 60 and 132 percent will be instituted. Persons living in condominiums should notice the largest increase with single family residences having the smallest. Englewood area chamber of Commerce and the citizens steering committee of a Englewood High school now a was elated with the news of the governors action. Lisle was busily contacting members of his committee to advise them of the results of their months of petitioning meetings letter writing and telephoning senators and legislators seeking support. Senator Henderson was one of the first persons Lisle called. A state legislator was demanding that the school funding budget approvals by the House and Senate which was laying on the desk of governor Reuben d. Askew concerning Englewood High school be authorized for full funding. Senator Curtis Peterson chairman of the Senate education committee and member of several subcommittees on education a generally recognized expert in education in the Senate was urging the governor to approve full funding for the tri county facility. It was the intent of Florida statute 235, particularly the creation of Section 235.221, special facilities construction account to provide full funding for such needed schools in an area where one county or another would not build the necessary classrooms for Lack of funds. Peterson had also sent a letter to commissioner of education Ralph d. Turlington suggesting that he and his staff a expedite the completion of the projects approved by the legislature without delay for any reasons and not prevent the construction of facilities to provide needed housing for pupils and worthwhile educational Turlington has been very vocal about his intentions to attempt to have governor Askew strike full funding for the Englewood High school. Funding appeared in two locations on the budget one As $3.75 million which does not have to be paid Back from capital outlay funds and another with $757,000 in Grant with $34 million which must be repaid from funds received in the future by Charlotte Sarasota and Lee counties Over a period of years. Turlington had advocated he Felt full funding will set a dangerous precedent for similar projects. Peterson pointed out in his letter to Turlington that a it is Clear in Section 235.195, Florida statutes that once projects Are approved total Cost will be provided from state funds. However the regulation adopted by the state Board included a repayment provision which is solely applicable to an entirely different Section of the statutes Section 235.221�?pertaining to highest priority projects in a single District and requiring Advance funding in order to continued on Page 4 water project invest results in no criminal a preliminary investigation into alleged criminal wrongdoing in the construction of the trouble plagued reverse osmosis raw water line has revealed no evidence at this time on which to base a prosecution of any individual the Venice police department reported thursday. But police chief Robert ferry said the investigation is still ongoing and could result in criminal charges at a later Date. The department began the investigation Over a month ago when local resident Maylam Manuel filed a complaint with the state attorneys office alleging there was fraud perjury malfeasance and collusion involved during the construction of the now infamous water line. But in a one Page status report on the Progress of the probe to City manager Dale Rieth the department said there is no apparent basis to support any of the allegations at this time. Quot it is Felt that there is no evidence at this time upon which to base a prosecution for any individual a the report said. A therefore this investigation will be considered inactive unless and until further evidence can be Manuel said he would not comment on the results of the investigation but said a i done to think it should have gone to the police department. This is something that should have been handled by criminal when asked what his next step would be if the police do not take further action Manuel said Only a a in a not through with this the finding that seemed to draw the most Surprise from some City officials was that there was no fraud found in the fact that the contractor was paid $17,500 to remove Rock from the Trench in which the pipe was Laid and failed to do it. The police reports state Only that a this allegation is not True. Specification �?~s-8�?T states that the removal of Rock will require a supplemental City Engineer ted Yeatts said however that Harry Pepper and associates the contractor on the project was paid $35 a cubic Yard to remove Rock from the Trench ligation i charges and from the site. The agreement was made in the form of a change order Yeatts said when the Rock was first encountered during excavations near the water Plant. That Rock was assumed to be removed but the problem was encountered again on the Southern extremity of the mile Long pipeline and Yeatts said the contractor agreed to the same Price for removal there. Everything was thought to be in order until City workers began unearthing portions of the water main to repair leaks and discovered Large boulders had been used in the backfill in violation of the specifications. In fact one of the leaks appeared to have been caused when one of the larger rocks had fallen directly on the Brittle pipe and crushed it when the Trench was Bac filled. Yeatts would not comment on the results of the investigation saying a a that a not my Job. My Job was just to answer the questions they asked continued on Page 4 vol. 33, no. 50 a 24 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 monday july 4, 1977 published twice weekly a Price 10c Kidnap victim free

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