By RALPH D. PRIDDY, Staff
UBLIC DEFENDER DOUG WITHE, LEFT, and Ralph John Faba, charged with the murder of St.
ugustine resident Angela Durling, in St. Johns County court on Tuesday.
VMultiple investigations under way
y BART PRICE Durling's parents and other rel-
aff writer atives were sitting in the back of
'the courtroom Tuesday when
A22-year-old man charged with' Sheriff's Office deputies brought
te murder of a 16-year-old girl Faba through a side door at about.
ood iute as.Circuit Court Judge 1:30p.m.
obert Mathis read him the first- Shackled hand and foot, and
-gree murder charges at his wearing-orange jail clothes, Eaba
raignment Tuesday afternoon. never looked toward the back of
Ralph John Faba, of 795-A the room, but turned to face the
tokes Landing Road, wasrecently judge.
indicted by the St. Johns County Durling's father, David, stood
rand jury for the murder of St., 'up as the charges were read, while
,ugustine resident Angela her mother, Karen, sat with her
hurling. hand to her mouth, trying to hold
Investigators say Durling, back tears.
'hose partially decomposed body "I wished he would have turned
'as found off Big Oak Road, about around and looked at me," the
00 yards west of U.S. 1, was father said after the hearing. "I
strangled by ligature" mean- wanted him to see me, and I want-
ig something was used to asphyx- ed to see him eyeball to eyeball."
ite her. Because Faba didn't enter a
plea, the court automatically
entered a not-guilty plea for him.
Faba, who will be represented
by Public Defender Doug Withee,
is expected to appear before the
court again in August, when the
date' of the murder trial may be
Assistant State Attorney R.J.
Larizza said he doesn't know yet
whether the state will seek the
death penalty for Faba.
"That is a possible penalty," he
said. "That decision is pending."
SThe accused murderer is also
expected to go to trial in July on
aggravated battery arid aggravated
assault charges, which were
brought against him after he
allegedly choked and repeatedly
hit a 19-year-old homeless man
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shortage declaration for the north-.
west part of the county," Canepa
The declaration concerns the
area between Interstate 95 and the
St. Johns River, and the intersection
of those boundaries with the'Duval
County line and County Road 210.
People in this grid are limited by
a set of restrictions. Residents with
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JACKSONVILLE (AP) The
family behind the Winn-Dixie
supermarket chain will be permitted
to draw up to 219 million gallons of
water a year enough to meet the
needs of thousands of people -
despite water restrictions in the
The St. Johns River Water
Management District's governing
board voted Tuesday to grant the
water permit for the, family's near-
pristine preserve, once a haunt of
aesthetic or recreational purposes.
The St. Johns County River Water
Management District will inform
the public when the restrictions
Although the water quality
remains stable, the water levels in
St. Johns county are at an all-time
low, Canepa said.
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the late grocery tycoon J.E. Davis.
.However, the family had sought
367 million gallons yearly for 20
years, while water managers instead
granted them about half that much
- and for just five years, according
to Teresa Monson, spokeswoman.
for the water management district
"I think the numbers speak for
themselves. The governing board
listened to the staff presentation and
then to comments by the public; and
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Ponce statue gets 'Fountain of Youth' treatment.
3y PETER GUINTA
.taff Writer .
Juan Ponce de Leon never found
he fabled Fountain of Youth, but his
)ronze statue in the Plaza de la
lonstitucion did manage to find its
vay back to its pedestal Tuesday
The statue was removed three
veeks ago for safety reasons while
:rews dug a water pipeline from the
laza to Anastasis Island. While he
was in storage, city historians
thought this was a good time to give
him needed maintenance.
He now has a brighter, more
youthful appearance that will be
uncovered Thursday evening.
Sculptor Joe Segal blasted
Ponce's pined surface with crushed,
walnut shells to remove the accumu-
lated corrosion of the last 77 years.
Segal said Tuesday that Ponce now
"He's in really good shape," he
said. "He was starting to have pit-
ting problems. We didn't want to
remove all of the surface, because
you lose minute details each time
you take off patina. Yon have to con-
sider it more of an antique and try to
preserve as much character as possi-
The city plans the first concert of
,a free summer series at 7 p.m.
Thursday at the Plaza's gazebo. The
rock group Mid-Life Crisis will play
just after a brief ceremony celebrat-
ing Ponce de Leon's return to the
downtown and the unveiling of the
Spectators are reminded to bring
chairs or blankets for seating.
William Adams, director of
Historic Preservation & Heritage
Tourism, said the statue of Ponce
was donated to the city by Dr.
Andrew Anderson in 1923.
Ponce de Leon himself was
reportedly the first European to see
Florida and write about it, Adams
said. He was governor of Puerto
Rico at the time and arrived some-
where on the Florida coast, suppos-,
edly between Cape Canaveral and
Ponte Vedra Beach, around 1513.
"He gave Florida its name,"
Adams said. "But he did not land in
St. Augustine. We're pretty sure of
that. He probably was not the first
one here, though. He met hostility
on the part of the Indians."
Ponce was later killed by Indians
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Winn-Dixe family gets
break on water usage
i1ThA. IiU AfAJ
Davidson: 'Is a
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Cummer representative Jim
Davidson said the Cummers have
been working with the water district
since 1991, and they are more than
Why is Ponce
pointing to north?
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near Fort Myers while on another
"He wasn't looking for a
Fountain of Youth. He was on a voy-
age of discovery," Adams said.
St. Augustine was. founded in
1565 and had close ties to Puerto
Rico and other Spanish colonies, he
Water to be used
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they chose a smaller allocation,"
Monson said by phone after the vote
The permit request, which allows
the family to draw water from the
vast Floridan aquifer for its 44,000
acre property, faced opposition
from environmentalists and the
The Davis ftmilv nvl1n tr ..nr.n
willing to do what they can to
appease the county.
"They just don't want to take it
on the chin," Davidson said.
The county agreed to the motion
after Lynne Pappas presented the
board with three modifications to
the agreement on behalf of the
Cummer Land Trust.
First, there would be a 750-foot
buffer around Durl.in Creek.
Second, two sections of the property
The statue in the Plaza is a cast-
ing of the original statue of Ponce,
which still stands in San Juan,
Puerto Rico. About 12 years ago, the
statue ini San Juan was found to have
corroded very badly, and restoration
experts came to St. Augustine to
make molds and take photos of this
"So it was a good thing there was
a copy," Adams said.
The hardest part of the current
renovation was removing Ponce
from his 900-pound granite base,
but the slow work of sawing it off
was completed by Segal and city
employee Jason Sheffield, who used
from dropping during the drought.
The water restrictions affect several
thousand homes and businesses.
District officials believe the
Davis water use won't affect other
northeast Florida residents.
Underground water levels are
extremely high around the Davis
property, the Dee Dot Ranch, which
makes it easier to pump water with-
out drying up other wells, said Hal
Wilkening with the district.
Even though the new permit
allows the Dee Dot to draw up to
219 million gallons yearly over a
five-year.-period, that amounts is
just one-tenth of the previous per-
would be converted- from
Residential A Housing to
Residential B Housing. This lowers
the number of housing units by 320,
Pappas said. Finally, she guaranteed
the land would be used for conser-
vation after the timber lease ends.
In the end, the county agreed to
amend the future -land use map
according to what was agreed upon.
"This is a win-win situation for
everybody," Davidson said.
a band saw blade.
Now air can get inside the statue
to allow it to dry and there's
drainage for any water that collects
inside, Segal said.
"That also allows us to check
conditions structurally," he said.
No one knows why Ponce was
set on the pedestal with his out-
stretched finger pointing north. One
historian said it was to show the
direction of the Fountain of Youth,
but another said Ponce was set that
way so his rear end wouldn't be fac-
ing the Plaza.
"He'll be pointing in the same
direction," Segal said.
actually approached in use.
Studies show that the section of
the aquifer that Dee Dot would be
drawing from flows east toward
underwater ocean springs, said Jay
Skelton, president of DDI Inc.,
which represents Winn-Dixie.
"I'm sympathetic with the peo-
ple in Mandarin, but their problem
is totally unrelated," Skelton said.
"When the water leaves the Dee
Dot, it's not going back to
Mandarin. It's going out to the
The permit does not authorize
any water for a planned self-sus-
taining community the Davis' hope
flow from aquifer
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The factors contributing to this.
low are a reduced amount of water
coming back into the ground, or
recharge, due to the drought, and the
increase in land irrigation, which
increases aater use, Canepa said.
The effects on the water supply
due to the large number of private
wells, and the problems those wells
are having, are also a factor, he
The wells are not dry, though.
The problems domestic self-sup-
pliers are facing are reduced free
flow from the Floridan aquifer, and
the pumps on the wells are unable
to draw water from the surficial
aquifer because the water levels are
too low, Canepa said.
.Many wells depend on the free
flow from the. deeper Floridan
aquifer to operate. When water
enters: the ground from a higher
altitude than the wells, it is able to
flow freely through the Floridan
aquifer and into the wells, so long
as there is enough recharge
the water underground.
"In most of the cases, fr
is .the problem,," Canepa sai
Wells also draw waterft
more shallow surficial:.
However, a well's drop pipe
to be deep enough for the p
Most of the wells are der
on free flow, and a drop in
feet of water prevents then
working, said Pat Partridge,
dent'of Partridge Well Drillii
If the drop line is too sl
and the pumps run without d
water, they get too hot and
down or even melt, Partridge
"We have retro-fitted li
hundreds of wells in th,
month," Partridge said.
Some of these problems
be fixed if the private wells 1
appropriate pump or an ad,
drop depth, Canepa said.
"There's a lot that can lx
to minimize or eliminate the
lems self-suppliers have," C
Since restricting water
sumption is the responsibil
the Water Management Distri,
county's remaining course of:
would be to broaden and en
EEOC settles harassment law,
MIAMI (AP) The U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Com-
mission says it.has settled a sexual
harassment lawsuit with Pizza Hut
of America for $70,000.
The settlement was announced
Tuesday by the commission's
Miami district office.
"The Miami district office is
committed'to ending discrimination
in the fast food industry, an in<
with large numbers of minority
female workers," said Rej
Attorney Delner Franklin.
The EEOC had alleged in
District Court that a former
Hut management employee ha(
jected a former female employ
unwelcome sexual comments
offensive touching in violati,