The Jackson Sun from Jackson, Tennessee on October 2, 2007 · 1
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$hp Jot mm Tuesday, October 2, 2007 50 cents Jackson, Tennessee YOUR DAILY QUICK READ irks to buy TJTVT UJJL JLJLJL IT - lira WO axx ALT JM) El 1 if A TOM KELLY IVDaily Local News Two small children peek out of the back of a buggy along Mine Road on Monday in Nickel Mines, Pa. Amish families gathered Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of a massacre at a one-room school-house nearby. See story, 5A. Local NATURAL CAUSES: Though the case is still under investigation, a preliminary autopsy report indicates a 65-year-old man whose death had been called suspicious died of natural causes. IB DISABLED CELEBRATED: Gov. Bre-desen wants to generate awareness about the talents and abilities of Tennessee's citizens with disabilities. IB FATAL FIRE: A Thursday funeral is planned for the 21-year-old son of Bells Police Chief Illandis Smith Sr. The younger Smith died in an early Saturday morning house fire. IB Sports VOLS FOOTBALL: Tennessee reserve linebacker Dorian Davis was charged with disorderly conduct Saturday evening in Iowa City. ID TODAY'S WEATHER j'f. Mostly sunny HIGH: 86 '$v UNCOMPLETE FORECAST, 8A Business MEDICARE COSTS: Medicare monthly premiums will rise next year by 3.1 percent to $96.40. 4B FOOD SAFETY: China said Monday it has boosted inspections of agriculture products in a bid to cut the use of banned pesticides and the overuse of animal feed additives and fertilizers. 4B Nation JOINT CHIEFS: A Navy admiral has taken the reins as the head of the Joint Chiefs. 3A BLACKWATER: The FBI is sending a team to Iraq to investigate the role of Blackwater USA in a September shooting in Baghdad that killed 11 Iraqis. 3A TAPED RAPE: An ex-con accused in the video-taped rape of a little girl is being described as "a dangerous, knife-wielding survivalist who once vowed never to be taken alive." 3A AIRPORT DEATH: A woman who died after being handcuffed in a Phoenix airport was on her way to rehab, her family's lawyer says. 5A World MOST WANTED: A new U.S. "most-wanted" campaign is offering up to $200,000 for information on a dozen elusive Taliban and al-Qaida leaders. 8A PRISONERS FREED: 57 Palestinian prisoners were freed in a goodwill gesture by Israel ahead of a U.S.-sponsored peace conference. 8A Living SUICIDE WATCH: The CDC recently reported an 8 percent increase in youth suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. Learn the signs. 1C Opinion STATE SMOKING BAN: The state's new smoking ban is a workable compromise and a breath of fresh air for many Tennesseans. 7A Index Business . . 4B Classifieds . 3C Comics . . . . 7C Deaths . . . . 6A Living 1C Local IB '4090ri5135' :1 Nation .... 2A Opinion . . . 7A Sports ID State 4A Weather . . . 8A World 8A Subscribe Call 423-1010 to get The Jackson Sun. Subscribe online at ' Team will stay in Jackson By NED B. HUNTER A middle-Tennessee investment group hopes to complete its proposed purchase of the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx by Dec. 31. The investment group that consists of about six parties has signed a letter of intent with Jaxx owners for an undisclosed amount. Previously, Jaxx owners were asking around $12 million for the Seattle Mariner's Double-A team. "We do have a purchase Please see JAXX, 2A Baseball in buyer's family tree By NED B. HUNTER The leader of an investment team hoping to purchase the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx has a family history of baseball ownership. Reese Smith III, 59, is spearheading the proposed purchase of Jackson's Double-A baseball team, and it was his family that helped found the Nashville Sounds in the early 1970s. "The team started as a Double-A team in the Eastern League with the (Cincinnati) Reds," Reese said. "Then it was with the Yankees." Please see BUYER, 2A Still no suspects in U of M fatal shooting Photos by MIKE BROWNThe Commercial Appeal ABOVE: University of Memphis football players, including linebacker Quinton McCrary, right, visit a memorial Monday in Memphis where teammate Taylor Bradford's car hit a tree after he was shot Sunday evening. BELOW: A picture of Taylor Bradford is placed at the tree struck Sunday by Bradford. School officials say football player's shooting was targeted; city police say it could have been random By WOODY BAIRD The Associated Press MEMPHIS Classes at the University of Memphis were canceled Monday after a football player was fatally shot on campus, in what school officials said was a targeted attack but city police later said could have been random. By late Monday afternoon police had not identified any suspects in the slaying of Taylor Bradford, who was shot about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, apparently near a university housing complex. After the shooting, the 21-year-old junior crashed a car he was driving into a tree. Police said they had not determined whether he was shot before or after he started driving the vehicle. Police were responding to a car crash when Bradford was found slumped over in the vehicle on a campus street about 200 univ. of Memphis yards from his The Associated Press apartment University of complex. Memphis football " wasn't player Taylor until the para. Bradford. me(jics got there that they determined there was a possible gunshot wound," said Bruce Harber, director of university police. He was apparently shot once, police said, though an autopsy was pending. University President Shirley Raines said authorities quickly determined Bradford's killers were not a threat to other students, but still banned all outsiders from campus housing throughout the night. In an e-mail alert to faculty, students and staff members at 3:40 a.m. Monday, the university said "the initial investigation indicates this was an act directed specifically toward the victim and was not a random act of violence." The university, which is primarily a commuter campus, still decided to cancel classes. The University of Memphis had 20,562 students enrolled for last fall, according to its Web site. "We feel like the campus is safe, but we'd rather err on the side of safety than not," spokesman Curt Gunther said. City police, who are handling the case because it is a homicide investigation, expressed less certainty that Bradford had been specifi-cally targeted than iff. ff-' V v Mm, Web Extra Share your condolences in ourTalkBack forums at university officials did. City Police Director Larry Godwin said a motive for the shooting had not been Please see SHOOTING, 2A Woolfork Assistant football coach on suspension Sheriffs Department probes complaint against South Side Iligh School teacher By DAN MORRIS Madison County Sheriff David Wool-fork confirmed Monday afternoon his office is investigating a complaint against South Side High School teacher and assistant football coach Kevin Sterling. Woolfork said the investigation centers on a complaint of exploitation of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Sterling has not been charged I with a crime, Wool- fork said. A message A I left on Sterling's I r" 1 1 home phone was not I V I ! returned. V V JA Jackson-Madison jv t County Schools Superintendent Nancy Zambito said sterling was suspended Friday. Sterling has been an assistant football coach at South Side for 10 years and has been the Hawks' offensive coordinator for six seasons. He did not attend last Friday's football game against North Side. "All I can say is that Mr. Sterling is suspended pending the outcome of an investigation," Zambito said. She declined further comment. Woolfork said at the time of the alleged incidents the girl was 17 and a student at South Side High. He said she is now 19 and living outside Madison County. Woolfork said the alleged incidents occurred between October 2005 and February through April of 2006 and involved text messaging and communications over the Internet. He said the investigation began last week after he received the complaint "on or about Sept. 26." "My initial contact was with Superintendent Nancy Zambito," Woolfork said. "But I don't want to get into details of the investigation." Visit and share your thoughts. Dan Morris, 425-9756 Zambito Evidence of health hazards could be suppressed In question are items found at Southside Apartments during surprise inspection By NICHOLAS BEADLE A chancery court hearing this morning will determine whether city officials can use evidence of building and health hazards at a South Jackson apartment complex obtained in a surprise inspection of the building in August. A motion to suppress the findings of the Aug. 30 inspection of Southside Apartments was filed last month. A report on the inspection says officials found forks and pliers being used to turn on air conditioners and faucets, a sink held up by a stick, rodent infestation and atf burned-out room that had yet to have been repaired. If the motion is accepted, none of the evidence can be used by the city to take action against the apartments or its owners Don and Cory Gutgsell. A hearing on the Gutgsells' plans to fix the property is scheduled for Thursday at City Hall. The unannounced survey was legally hinged on a special warrant, which according to the document was granted in part because of an extensive history of dangerous and uncorrected problems at Southside. In his filing, attorney David Riddick says the warrant is invalid because a requirement of state law upon which it is based is that a property's owner had denied inspectors access to the property. On the day of the inspection, Cory Gutgsell told officials that only Building Department Director Jim Campbell, the sole city official mentioned explicitly on the warrant, could stay and inspect the property, according to an affidavit. No one left, the affidavit says. City Attorney Lewis Cobb, however, maintains the city had the authority to make a surprise search without the warrant and obtained one as a legal afterthought. Although the city was not refused af ess, city officials believe the warrant can be justified as a public concern based on mounting evidence of health hazards at the apartments and complaints about the building called into a talk radio show, according to the city's response to Riddick's filing. "The warrant was there just in case," Cobb said. "We had the authority, but I realized it wouldn't be the owners of the property but the occupants of each room we'd have to convince." Cobb also maintains that police tagged along with inspectors as a precaution, only coming inside to check some firearms found by inspectors and a jug of an unknown liquid later Please see HAZARD?, 2A Property inspections City officials made surprise inspections at two South Jackson properties on Aug. 30 after getting complaints of sewage, electrical and other problems. The locations of the buildings are below. Payless Motel: ! 1311 South Highland Ave. I ; ' RnnrlSt .11! t. OTP I ' , Bemis lam : hArea f 1 of detail HansBrideeRd.14 l MfHarte Bridie RI1 -LP O Jackson l'iSothsideDrj Southside Apartments: 1619 South HighlaqJ Ave. iCO 4T

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