A man accused of helping a fellow white supremacist get out of town after the slaying of a black sailor was in jail Sunday in lieu of $10,000 bail, police said. Boatyard worker Steve Cabott Thomas, 45, is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the May 17 slaying of Harold J. Mansfield, a carrier sailor who served in the Persian Gulf war. Like George David Loeb, the accused triggerman, Thomas is a minister in the Church of the Creator, a white supremacist group based in North Carolina. Mansfield, from Oklahoma City, was killed in Neptune Beach after a confrontation that followed a near-collision in a parking lot, police said. Loeb moved out of his condominium a few hours after the slaying, and the FBI has joined the hunt for him on charges of murder and flight from prosecution. Police accused Thomas of helping Loeb pack to get away, then later telling investigators he hadn't seen his friend.Cable company fights ban of pay option
TALLAHASSEE _ A cable company temporarily banned from using a marketing strategy that would have charged customers for a movie channel they never requested is challenging the ruling on First Amendment grounds. The "negative option" strategy, which Storer TV's parent company plans to use in 44 states, would transmit the Encore channel free throughout June. After that, customers would be charged $1 to $4.95 a month unless they canceled. Attorney General Bob Butterworth's office successfully argued during hearings last week that the plan violated Florida's Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Storer planned to argue its case on First Amendment grounds before the 4th District Court of Appeal today, said Terry Bienstock, a Miami attorney for Storer. The plan targeted customers in Broward, Dade and Seminole counties. TCI Cablevision owns Storer and serves upper Pinellas and Pasco.