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Collectibles sell for $6.7M

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2007


TARPON SPRINGS   

Classic car collector Al Wiseman parted with several million dollars' worth of historic automotive treasures from his private collection over the weekend.

During a two-day auction, more than 80 automobiles, 50 vintage motorcycles and scooters, and a collection of memorabilia were sold for a total of $6.7-million, according to auction organizers.

Among other things:

-A 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II sold for $412,500.

-An elaborate 1965 Chevrolet Corvette cut-away "autorama" display car brought in $704,000.

-A 1937 Indian Four Model 437 motorcycle sold for $110,000.

-A 1930 Rauch & Lang gasoline-electric sedan, fetched $112,750.

BROOKSVILLE

Audit slams Housing Authority

Federal housing officials have found evidence of rampant overpayment to Brooksville Housing Authority staffers, chaotic record keeping and substandard living conditions at its apartments for low-income residents.

Their report, completed last week, focused on the term of former executive director Betty Trent, who was convicted of stealing federal funds in June. The report, conducted by the federal Housing and Urban Development Department in August and September, also cast doubt on whether Trent's replacement, Ronnie McLean, is up to the task of restoring order to the agency.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Remaining DUI charge is dropped

Prosecutors dropped the remaining charge of driving under the influence against Joseph Errichiello on Tuesday after his urine test came back clean.

He was twice arrested for DUI in a 13-day span in September despite Breathalyzer tests that revealed a 0.00 blood-alcohol level both times.

Now both charges have been dropped after both urine tests came back negative for drugs.

Errichiello blamed a severe diabetic condition for failing both field sobriety tests.