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                                                                                                          Crash kills motorcyclist, 22
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                                                                                      California Blvd.


                                                                                                          BY WILL GREENLEE                            rode a motorcycle southbound on              back passenger door. Joseph appears       past that the smashed-up Nissan. Po
                                                               Peacock Blvd.

                                                                               ST. LUCIE                           Peacock near the post office, said Offi-     to be at fault in the accident, Vega      lice cruisers and yellow tape blocke
                                                                                 WEST                       PORT ST. LUCIE — A motorcyclist           cer Robert Vega, police spokesman.           said.                                     off the area as officers investigate
                                                                                                          died after a traffic crash Friday after-      Joseph struck a four-door Nissan             “Speed is definitely going to be a      the crash and directed traffic.
                                                                                                          noon that blocked the southbound            Sentra turning left onto Commerce            factor,” he said. The speed limit in         Joseph was supposed to be flown t
                                                                                St. Lucie                 lanes of a section of Peacock Boule-        Park Drive from northbound Peacock           that area is 45 mph.                      a trauma center but his condition de
     1/2 mile                                                                  West Blvd.                 vard, police said.                          Boulevard, Vega said. The Nissan               The ripped-apart remains of the         teriorated and he was too unstable t
                                                                                                            The accident happened about 2:35          driver, whose name was unavailable,          motorcycle sat in the roadway about       be flown out, said Capt. Derek Foxx
                                                           ROBERT LANE • Staff                            p.m. at Peacock Boulevard and Com-          was headed to work at nearby QVC.            4 p.m. as other wreckage littered the     St. Lucie County Fire District spokes
                                                                                                          merce Park Drive as Karl Joseph, 22,          The motorcycle struck the Nissan’s         scene. Yards away sat a helmet, and       man.

Hey, hey:                                                                                                              Students pitch in to save plants on school grounds

Davy Jones
to host
   STUART — Davy Jones will lend his Monkees
fame for a local fundraiser next week.
   Jones is scheduled to be the celebrity host for
the “tropi-delic” event dubbed a “Groovy Eve-
ning in Paradise.”
   The event will benefit The Indiantown Educa-
tion Coalition, which helps support the educa-
tional advancement of students in the rural com-
munity. Every year the group awards more than
$10,000 to fund educational projects in the town’s
   Last year Jones, an Indiantown resident, was
the guest host for the event and organizers were
able to convince him to help out again for a sec-
ond time around.
   “He has a very warm heart for Indiantown,”
said Sister Teresa Auad, coalition president. “He
just wanted to support the coalition ... .”
   The event, set for Friday, is open to the public,
with tickets for $75 apiece.

 What: Groovy Evening in Paradise, a fundraiser
 for The Indiantown Education Coalition featuring
 celebrity host Davy Jones.
 When: Friday, April 21.
 Where: Stuart Recreation Center, 201 S.W.                                                                                                                                                                                                      ERIC HASERT •
 Flagler Ave.
 Cost: $75 a person.                                                                                                   Abraham Pelecanos, 7, of Port St. Lucie, digs into the brush behind his school, Savanna Ridge Elementary in Port St. Lucie, on Fri-
 For more information: Debbie Banta,
 219-1200, extension 30412.                                                                                            day. Abraham, along with other volunteers and St. Lucie County work crews, gathered behind the school to rescue native Florida
                                                                                                                       trees and plants from being bulldozed to make room for a 6-acre retention pond to be built on the property.

Police say they arrested the wrong man for assault in Stuart
                                                                                                         BY GABRIEL MARGASAK                         Boulevard on Tuesday, fondled her           the alibi he gave them. That’s when          “He understands why the arrest
Officials say Jason John                                                                                                                             chest once they got to her house near-      detectives found video surveillance       occurred and certainly he’s due an
                                                                                                           STUART — Martin County investi-           by and fled. Sheriff’s investigators did    from his job as a car salesman at         apology from us and an explanation
Guba was not at fault for                                                                                gators acknowledged Friday they ar-         a standard search of sexual offenders       Toyota of Stuart showing he was           of why it happened.”
                                                                                                         rested the wrong man in the fondling        and predators in the area and found         working during the time the crime
fondling an elderly woman                                                                                of an 82-year-old Palm City woman.          Jason John Guba, 24, who closely fit        was committed, investigators said.        ‘I’VE MADE MISTAKES’
Tuesday; they are still looking                                                                            The real culprit is still being           the description of the suspect, offi-         He was then released.                     Though he spent the night in jail,
                                                                                                         sought.                                     cials said.                                   “I will certainly express to him my     Guba — who has a sexual battery
for the real predator                                                                                      The victim reported a young                 Guba was arrested Thursday, and           personal regrets he had to go through     conviction in Leon County that
                                                                                                         stranger gave her a ride home from          spent the night in jail until Friday        this,” Martin County Sheriff Robert
                                                                                                         the Walgreens on Martin Downs               afternoon, when authorities checked         Crowder said Friday.                      See WRONG MAN, page B7

Uniting cat                                                                                                                                                                                     Prima Vista Boulevard face-lift
and comedy                                                                                                                                                                                      will require another month
Gregory Popovich, 42, a
Russian performer                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of the project, said Linette Trabulsy,
from Las Vegas, holds a                                                                                                                                                                         Contractor needs extra time                county spokeswoman. Johnson-Davis
plump 3-year-old cat                                                                                                                                                                                                                       is installing a 14-by-14-foot drainage
named Natalia during                                                                                                                                                                            to install drainage box                    baffle box east of the intersection to
his visit to the Humane                                                                                                                                                                                                                    collect debris from stormwater, she
Society of the Treasure                                                                                                                                                                         BY CHRIS YOUNG                             said.
Coast on Friday, hours                                                                                                                                                                                       The $240,000 project began Feb. 27
before his “Comedy &                                                                                                                                                                              PORT ST. LUCIE — Motorists using         and drew immediate complaints from
Pet Theatre” show at                                                                                                                                                                            Prima Vista Boulevard to get to U.S. 1     local motorists, said Ed Cunningham,
the Lyric Theatre. The                                                                                                                                                                          may want to avoid the thoroughfare         city spokesman.
show continues today                                                                                                                                                                            yet another month.                            Construction required closing one
at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                              A construction project on Prima          lane each direction on Prima Vista
STORY, B3.                                                                                                                                                                                      Vista at Riomar Drive that was to          and closing off Riomar Drive to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                wrap up Wednesday will be delayed          north.
                                                                                                                                                                                                until May 12, county officials said.          The area around the construction
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The contractor, Johnson-Davis Inc.,      site received a failing grade in a 2004
                                                                                                                                          JASON NUTTLE •               needs more time to modify the design       county traffic report.

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Officer can cite motorist                                                                        WRONG MAN
                                                                                                 FROM PAGE B1
                                                                                                                                             Florida Department of Correc-
                                                                                                                                               He closely matched the des-
                                                                                                                                                                                    or destroyed or he could have
                                                                                                                                                                                    fled and left the area.“
                                                                                                                                                                                       But the case against Guda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  case, who told the victim he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  was a carpenter from Port St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lucie named Toby.

for exceeding noise level                                                                        earned him a 19-month prison
                                                                                                 stretch and a lifelong “sexual
                                                                                                                                             cription of the suspect in
                                                                                                                                             terms of hair color, height and
                                                                                                                                                                                    fell apart Friday with the vid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     While Guda was cleared in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the case, the record of his ar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rest will remain in the public
   Dear Attorney Williams:                                                                                                                   he even drove a light colored             “I’m convinced from what I
   I was stopped by a police-                            A QUESTION                              predator” designation — was                 car resembling the one driven          saw, and I looked at the sur-                                                 file. It will include the fact he
man because he said that I                               OF LAW                                  calm and without apparent an-               by the fondler, officials said.        veillance videos,” Crowder                                                    was released.
                                                         K E S H YA W I L L I A M S              ger. Records of the Leon Coun-                                                     said, “... there’s no way in my                                                  Despite that, his family was
had my CD player blasting
and my muffler was too loud.                                                                     ty arrest and conviction were               ‘NOT 100 PERCENT SURE’                 mind he could have committed                                                  thankful he was exonerated.
I know I have a good sound                                                                       unavailable Friday.                            The arrest came after inves-        the crime.”                                                                      “I just think that sometimes
                                            nal, when a person is ac-
system and my music could                   cused of breaking a vehicle                            “I’m glad the situation was               tigators showed the victim and                                                                                       things aren’t’ always as they
be loud and I’ve added a cou-                                                                                                                the guard at her gated com-            ‘GIVE HIM A CHANCE’                                                           appear,” said his mother Judy
                                            noise law.                                           resolved. I’ve made some past
ple pipes to my car, but it                    As for proving harass-                            mistakes in my life that I’ve               plex, who saw her ride in with           Sheriff’s officials said such a                                             Easterling.
wasn’t so loud that it both-                ment, it will be a difficult                         paid the ultimate price for, and            her eventual attacker, a photo         mistaken arrest is rare but                                                      “People can misjudge with-
ered other drivers. I think                 challenge, in my opinion.                            I’m happy things got taken                  lineup that included Guba.             they do happen.                                                               out knowing all the facts and I
the policeman was just try-                 One would have to look to                                                                        The others in the lineup were            “Through my career it’s                                                     think that’s what happened
                                                                                                 care of,” he said in an inter-
ing to harass me. Can you                   the total circumstances such                                                                     randomly picked by a comput-           happened,” Crowder said.
                                                                                                 view Friday.                                                                                                                                                     here. When he screwed up, he
believe he gave me a ticket                 as the pipes, in which you re-                                                                   er program that used other jail        “Generally, when it does hap-
                                                                                                    “I’m thankful for my em-                                                                                                                                      did his punishment. Give him
for something like that? How                ferred to adding to the vehi-                                                                    inmates or alleged criminals           pen it’s because of some exi-                                                 a chance.”
can I prove that the police-                cle. I’m assuming the term                           ployer that I do have a job that
                                                                                                                                             who had similar features to            gent circumstance that
man was trying to harass                    “pipes” refers to the ameni-                         I can be able to pay my debt to
                                                                                                                                             Guda.                                  brought on the arrest early in                                                Anyone with information in the case
me?                                         ties that were added to your                         society and continue on being
                                                                                                                                                Both picked Guda out, sher-         the investigation.”                                                           is asked to call sheriff’s detectives at
   Dear Reader:                             car for some type of noise ef-                       a productive member of socie-
   Florida Statute Chapter                  fect.                                                ty.                                         iff’s spokeswoman Lt. Jenell             Officials said they are still                                               220-7060 or Treasure Coast Crime
316 does provide for motor                     Also, if a sound system,                                                                      Atlas said.                            looking for the culprit in the                                                Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS.
                                                                                                   “I hope that they find the
vehicle noise/sound restric-                such as one that would re-                                                                          The victim “was not 100 per-
                                                                                                 person that did attack this
tions. I’m quite sure your lo-              quire large speakers in the                                                                      cent sure. The security guard
                                                                                                 lady. And they have my 100
cal municipality/city has a                 vehicle, was in your car that                                                                    was,” Atlas said. “Everything
                                                                                                 percent cooperation if they
noise ordinance that covers                 may be contrary to you at-                                                                       pointed to him.”
the requirements for noise                                                                       need any information that I
                                            tempting to disprove the offi-
                                                                                                 can help them out with,” he                    Investigators decided to act
levels in motor vehicles as                 cer’s allegations. You may
well. Therefore, yes, the po-                                                                    said.                                       quickly.
                                            want to contact an attorney
liceman could, by law, cite                 for further information on                              Guba was released from                      “There was enough circum-
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