The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida on January 4, 1988 · 13
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The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida · 13

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Monday, January 4, 1988
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County begins new year with 4 unsolved murders Sheriff Charlie Wells says he has “excellent detectives” on the cases but he declined further comment KATE MURPHY Herald Staff Writer Manatee County ended 1987 with four unsolved murders that sheriff’s investigators are working furiously to clear Two of the murders occurred within the last few weeks while the other two are from April ami August ' The cases are all actively being investigated according to Sheriff Charlie Wells who is optimistic that they will be wrapped up soon “I’ve got excellent detectives working on them” Wells said but wouldn't tip his hand on where the investigations are at this point The case from April involves the murder of Sam Bellucdo whose body was found in the Manatee River weighted down by a heavy rusted chain He had been shot once - Detectives are working with the Tampa Police Department on the investigation because they believe that Bellucdo was shot to death in Tampa then driven to the Manatee River in his own truck and tossed in the water Bellucdo 33 was last seen April 12 around midnight talking to another man outside the Borden’s Dairy plant in Tampa when he worked the late-shift as an ice-cream maker His body was discovered three days later in the Manatee River ' His 1980 silver and black Ford Bronco was found abandoned in a Miami parking lot three days after his body was found but investigators have refused to comment on evidence found inside In another unsolved case relatives of the murdered n are hopeful that the killer will be brought to justice Mary Alice McAfee said that she has “complete confidence” in the detectives working to find those responsible for the murder of her son) Todd 27 on Aug 17 in MyakkaCity “There’s no doubt in my mind that they will find the one responsible” McAfee said from her Georgia home Friday “I have nothing but good to say about them They’ve been extremely compassionate” In some previous cases handled by the sheriff’s deputies some suspects have left behind a trail of clues and witnesses Not so in the McAfee case Todd McAfee a tomato-farm manager was found in a tomato field about two miles from his trailer near the DeSoto County line Investigators are looking for three people in connection with the murder Three people who fit the description of the suspected killers were traced to Michigan but Capt Gary Wells said those people did not kill Todd McAfee After that turned out to be a deadend MURDIR To B-2 What would Papa have to say about this 'prize’ prose? Since I have won very few prizes in a journalism career that has spanned almost 35 years I have decided to enter the annual International Imitation Hemingway Competition In order to win you have to be able to write something as badly as Ernest Hemingway did as I understand it As a longtime admirer of Papa I think I can do this Anyway here is my official entry In February we enjoyed a false spring in a sudden thaw and a spell of weather so warm that the man was comfortable without a coat The air was laden with the promise of summer And the girls on the Via Flamingo were round and firm and good And we toasted them The man went down to Anna’s to find young Otto sunning himself on the doorstep in company with Tiger the cat “Liegt die Katze im Februar in der Sonne liegt sie im Mars ! hintern Ofen mit Wonne” the boy sang out as the man approached The others were all up in the vineyards The boy had been left to tend the home chores and was sitting with Tiger until milking time On the terrace the man found Anna and Suse busy with their pruning shears They all agreed that this weather was lovely but hoped that the mildness would soon end lest the vines be wakened and send forth an early fruit only to be ravished by the winds of March Across from the terrace Wofgang and Hans were hastily hoeing the manure into the thawed ground “Twenty times round each vine is the least number of hoeings any sensible tiller gives" Otto sang out to the man “Yes yes it is good” the man called back “It is the manure that makes it so” Wolfgang sang out “Never mind I have business with Anna” the man said Anna lowered her pruning shears and said to the mam "Do you know there is more warmth in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony than in eleven overcoats?” The man hadn't thought about it before But he knew it was good and right and true “I am repairing this coat for the last time” Anna told him “After next harvest you must buy a new one” “It has been a good coat” he answered “There is no weaving now like the wool cloth made before the war” “The best of clothes do not last forever The collar needs turning” she reminded him “And the wine will it be good this year? As good as 37?” the man asked “If the manure holds out” Anna said languidly for she was not a woman to be trifled with “I thought it was the slate in tha soil that gives the grapes an iron that builds up strength in those who drink the wine such as is not found in the juice of fruit grown elsewhere” the man said “It is the manure” Anna said “Da the manure” Suse nodded “Grape growers who would prosper must water their vines with sweat every month of the year” Otto sang out from the terrace And tne man knew the grapes would be firm and red and good And that the girls on the Via Flamingo would be ripe and ready ere the buds of May burst forth NANCY ZEIQLERBradanton Herald Radon gas safeguard proposed A cancer researcher says that though radon levels are low in some areas the danger still exists JOHN ALLARD Herald Stett Writer It may become more difficult to build a home in some sections of Manatee County if the state adopts a tough safety standard for cancer-causing radon gas Even though studies show radon levels in moat sections of Manatee County fall below the state standard county residents should not dismiss the danger posed by the gas a cancer researcher said “The data suggests that there’s no threshold (for radon levels) below which you are safe” said Dr Gary Lyman chief of medical service for the University of South Florida’s H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa “We’re really talking about a life and death issue” Lyman said Developers though argue that there is no indisputable evidence to support implementing such regulations Industry spokesmen say that without that strong data linking illness to exposure to radon gas any regulations would be unfair and costly State officials previously have failed to reach a consensus on setting a radon standard Under the latest proposed standard Floridians would have a one to three chance in 100 of contracting lung cancer after 70 years of exposure to the gas Even that proposal however represents a “significant risk” to human health according to some federal officials and environmentalists Radon is a odorless odorless gas that occurs naturally particularly in areas where there are phosphate deposits It seeps into homes through cracks and has been linked to lung cancer Homes built on reclaimed phosphate land generally have high radon levels Sections of Manatee County are rich in phosphate deposits though most are in unpopulated areas Adoption of a tough radon standard could limit new construction in Palmetto and eastern Manatee County where most of the county’s new growth is expected to occur “(The debate) is very important few county residents because you have a terrible long-range health risk and you won’t be adequately warned” said Gloria Rains chairwoman of the local environmental watchdog group Manasota88 Rains fears developers will succeed in pressuring the Legislature to not a tough radon standard main concern in the Legislature seems to be that there be no liability concerns for builders” Rains said The stakes in the debate are high for RADON To B-2 Beach restoration forum is tonight State will probe tax districts Members of a special House committee were shocked by tales of abuse and promised to crack down on special tax districts LARRY KAPLOW Herald Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE — When they started last fall members of a special House committee were shocked by tales of abuse and promised to crack down hard on the state’s more than 700 special tax districts But as they prepare to review a proposal Tuesday for the spring legislative session they’ve decided the fault lies not in the localities but in themselves The committee’s proposal will prompt more requirements from state regulators not local districts Special tax districts are autonomous units of government formed to raise money for specific projects such as condominium developments hospitals water management districts fire departments and sewn districts With little monitoring beyond the creation of a district the Legislature and load governments have allowed these districts to proliferate Now there are more than 700 and some most notably the Palma of Terra Ceia Bay condominium district in Palmetto have gone belly up raising suspicions of careless management State officials aren’t even sure of the 700 figure but whatever the number the hundreds of special tax districts across the state have sold more than $19 billion in bonds according to estimates Palms of Terra Ceia Bay which went bankrupt after selling 3115 million in bonds is now being investigated by the State Attorney’s Office Some members of the House committee said last fall they would consider abolishing special districts which would have left much of the development and services they provide up to localities But that tune has changed “I don't think we could do that” says Rep Winston “Bud” Gardner D-Titusville who’s vice chairman of the House Select Committee cm Special Districts and chairman of the House Finance and Tax Committee “I don't think we need to throw out the baby with the bath water We’ve got the controls in place They should be expanded” STACEY FRANK Herald Stall Writer Backers of a multi-million dollar proposal to restore portions of Manatee County beaches are encouraged to attend an informational forum tonight While federal officials halve approved the renourishment project estimated to cost more than $10 million they have not approved funding State officials also have not approved any money for the renourishment but the state Department of Natural Resources plans to ask the state Legislature for $4 A million during the spring session The money will be used to refill an eroded 56-mile stretch of the island from its southern tip to approximately 77th Street in Holmes Beach The restoration of the beach there just missed legislative funding last year and has been in tha works for more than a decade “Ninteen eighty-eight is the critical year to get the funding that we need to do this project” said Katie Pierola head of the local Beach and Shores Preservation chapter “We've gone two years without storm Emblems and you never know what will appen And from all indications Anna Maria Island is number one on the (state The committee picking up on a movement that funding) priority list” started in the Senate last year is looking at a propos- Pierola warned that the next hurricane al that would create a state department to oversee the could wipe out portions of Gulf Drive districts That department would be charged with the evacuation route for an estimated compiling the bits of information the districta now 15000 island residents file with nine different government agencies “People are very concerned about their “Not one bureau knew what the other one was property values out here” she said doing” says Sen William “Doc” Myers R-Hobe “They're very concerned about the dam- Sound who chaired the Advisory Committee on Inages that weVe had since (the hurricane) tergovernmental Relations — which formed recom-in 1985” mendations that form the heart of the proposal The project was designed by the US Myers says for example that even though districta Army Corps of Engineers in 1978 The have to file annual audits with the state no agency is BEACH ToB-3 TAX To B-2 Despite errors Martinez shines LARRY KAPLOW Hemtd Capital Bureau Gov Bob Martinez must have heard the comparisons — some in the national press and others just in rumb ings around the capital Maybe that's why on tne itinerary for his trip to Arizona to see Florida State University battle with Nebraska there was no scheduled meeting with Arizona Gov Evan Mecham Mecham a fellow Republican is embattled in a statewide movement to have him recalled partly because of his statements ridiculing minor- Martinez Sties and gays By comparison small While the g flip-flopping on the sales tax on services he has only dropped in opinion polls Florida has no governors’ recall Martinez's spokesman Jon Peck joked about the absence of a meeting of the governors at the game “1 guess we just couldn't squeeze it in” Peck said “I didn't realize Gov Mecham was a football fan” Gotcha! AL ANDERSONBradanton Herald A Manatea County aheriff'a deputy stops a youngster on a moped Sunday afternoon The Florida Highway Patrol reminds people that mopeds and go-carts are governed by the aame traffic lawa affecting automobiles and motorcycles According to the FHP people operating mopeds must wear helmets have brake lights insurance and a motorcycle license Operators of go-carts must have brake lights Insurance registration and a Mcense as wed DU! arrests total 41 for weekend STACEY FRANK Hwm Stall Writer Ten more motorists in Manatee County were arrested on alcohol-related charges Saturday and early Sunday “driving” the total for the holiday weekend up to 41 Sheriffs deputies stopped a man at 4 am Saturday for running a red lighL After being pulled over he backed his car into the front of a Bradenton police squad car according to reports Deputies smelled alcohol on his breath while they were investigating the traffic accident They arrested Flores A Compos 23 of Ellenton in the 200 block of Ninth Avenue East and charged him with driving under the influence The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Eric Scott Hughes 23 of 5115 18th Ave W and charged him with driving under the Influence driving with a suspended license refusing to sign a traffic citation and resisting arrest with DUI To B-2 A

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