Lomita chef David Viens who confessed to cooking wife’s body will not testify at trial

A Lomita chef who confessed to killing his wife and boiling her body for four days to dispose of her remains announced Wednesday that he will not take the witness stand to testify at his murder trial. Asked by Judge …

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HB attorney to answer candidate, FEMA questions

Holmes Beach commission candidate Judy Holmes Titsworth should be getting answers soon from city attorney Patricia Petruff on her questions about past building department practices. Commission Chair David Zaccagnino directed Petruff to respond to Titsworth following a request to do …

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Lomita chef Viens confessed on tape to cooking his wife’s body

A Lomita chef accused of killing his wife whose body has never been found told detectives that he slowly cooked his her for four days in a 55-gallon drum, boiling her body in water and discarding her remains in his …

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Former HB resident’s LA murder trial begins

Murder defendant David Viens wheels himself into court for the first day of his jury trial in Los Angeles Sept. 12 on charges of killing his wife, Dawn Viens. Defense attorney Fred McCurry is at left. Photo Courtesy Sean Hiller/Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.

The murder trial began Sept. 12 for former Holmes Beach resident David Viens, 48, in Los Angeles. Viens is facing second degree murder after testimony in a preliminary hearing in April in which several witnesses said Viens admitted to them …

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Anna Maria proposes tax increase, 2.05 millage

Anna Maria city commissioners agreed at their Sept. 11 budget hearing to a 2.05 ad valorem millage rate for the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, an increase of 1.41 percent from the rollback rate of 2.0214 mills. The rollback rate is …

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Anna Maria City Pier tenant claims parking lot rights

A plan to limit entry to the Anna Maria City Pier parking lots with a gate could eliminate the trolley stop there. Pier leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder claims in a letter to Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby that as the tenant, he has authority to fence the pier parking lots. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The city of Anna Maria appears headed into a disagreement with its city pier tenant Mario Schoenfelder over parking at the pier — and a proposed parking lot fence. In a Sept. 5 letter to Mayor Mike Selby, Schoenfelder claims …

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Final plan approved for BB day dock

The day dock next to the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier has been closed for months due to wave damage. Commissioners now have approved a plan for repairs to be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Bradenton Beach commissioners approved a final plan Sept. 12 to go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repairs to the day dock next to the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The dock has remained closed for months due to maintenance …

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Cortez Bridge replacement- rehab talks on DOT horizon

The DOT has asked Cortez residents to prepare for public meetings on replacing or rehabilitating the 55-year-old Cortez Bridge. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Several Cortez residents reported receiving phone calls from excited developers and contractors wanting to be a part of community discussions regarding the possibility of replacing the Cortez Bridge. Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board member Linda Molto said Sept. 10 …

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FISH board moves back on track, returns civility

After a few hours with a facilitator Aug. 10, Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board members, at their next meeting, put aside personal differences and returned to business. “Dedicated to the promotion, education and preservation of Cortez and Florida’s commercial …

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Property rights coalition forms to address rental problems

Holmes Beach code enforcement officer David Forbes and Diana McManaway of the newly formed Anna Maria Coalition talk with rental agents, builders and concerned residents at a Sept. 10 meeting at Eat Here, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Property rights are on the front burner for Diana McManaway and Anna Maria Coalition LLC — a recently formed organization picking up where an earlier consortium of rental agents left off earlier this year.     McManaway of 66th Street gained …

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