A motorist discovered the body of a white man in Rowlett Park early Friday morning, and police classified the case as a homicide. The man, whose identity was not known, was wearing a gold necklace with the Star of David and a gold ring with an orange stone. Authorities said tire tracks surrounded the body, which a motorist found about 5:30 a.m. Police refused to give further details.
Florida Orchestra meets payroll
The Florida Orchestra on Friday paid musicians and staff, fulfilling its biweekly payroll that was about 50 percent short last week because of a cash-flow problem. John L. Hyer, president of the orchestra, said gifts from individuals and members of the board of trustees made the difference. The musicians' pay was still less than called for under their contract, which includes a raise over the previous season. The board has frozen wages in a cost-cutting measure, and the musicians union has initiated grievance proceedings over the breach of contract. The orchestra played a pair of scheduled light classical programs Friday in St. Petersburg and Tampa. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the orchestra will perform a free benefit concert for tornado victims at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Jury recommends death sentence
TAMPA _ A Hillsborough jury recommended Friday that Charlie Thompson be sentenced to death for the 1986 killings of two co-workers. The same jury had convicted Thompson on two charges of first-degree murder and two charges of kidnapping. This is the third time Thompson, a former gravedigger, has been found guilty of first-degree murder for killing Nancy Walker and William Swack. Swack was a bookkeeper at Myrtle Hill Cemetery; Walker was his assistant. Both of Thompson's previous convictions were overturned by the Florida Supreme Court. Circuit Judge Diana M. Allen set Thompson's sentencing for Nov. 24.
Film commissions offering guide
The Tampa, Clearwater-Pinellas and Polk County film commissions are jointly producing a film and video production source book for west-central Florida. The guide is expected to be published by mid-January and will be distributed at film industry trade shows. The commissions are attempting to compile a comprehensive list for film and video production in the Tampa Bay area and are giving two free listings for experienced key and crew personnel. People from all areas of the state may submit their names if they are willing to work in west-central Florida as locals. Deadlines for listings have not been determined. The deadline for advertisements is Nov. 1. Roxanne Hubbard at the Tampa Film Office (223-8419, Tampa) is handling advertisements and listings. The guide will list crews, resources and data relevant to productions such as permit requirements, climate and support services.