The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida on September 12, 1987 · 13
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Saturday, September 12, 1987
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rrrr wvr FLORIDA NEWS Radon building code proposed B-5 Ethics panel considers lawsuit B-10 The Bradenton Herald Saturday September 12 1987 SECTION Murder of tomato farm manager remains unsolved rv r Witnesses in Myakka City have described three possible suspects seen in a van as “skinny gun-toting strangers" MARTY ROSEN Herald Staff Writer er caught them in the act last month A Myakka City resident saw the van in : town the following morning at the same time the body of McAfee was found in a tomato field The driver and his two passengers were r gun-toting strangers and the wit- Todd McAfee’s friends noticed a strange burnt-orange colored van outside his Myakka City home the night he died 1 Investigators believe it belongs to burglars who were robbing McAfee’s home when the 27-year-old tomato form manag- ribed them dearly to investigators authorities said ' Manatee Sheriffs detectives said Friday they believe one of the trio shot McAfee last month 1 But they have run out of clues and dont know where to And the killer McAfee apparently returned home on Aug 17 at about &45 pm to find the van in his yard and at least one thief inside his hone detectives said ' He was a gun collector and the burglar stole several rifles and pistols detectives said McAfee was shot at his home “I think the guns that were used to slay him were stolen from him” said Lt Mike Mayer The killer dragged the body into the back of McAfee’s gray Ford Ranger pickup truck and dumped it in a remote tomato field about two miles from his home detectives said The truck was driven back to the house with blood splattered in the back A work crew for Bonita Packing Co Inc the company McAfee worked for found hie body atlOajn Detectivee said the van is a mid- to late-1970s model burnt orange in color with one dark-tinted pothole on either side toward the rear They are looking for a white man in his early- to mid-SOs about 5 feet 8 inches 180 pounds with sandy brown hair and a light beard His hair was styled with very distinctive finger curls from his forehead to the rear crown of his head Also a white woman in her mid- to late-20s very thin about 5 feet 6 inches tall with an extremely light complexion She had shoulder-length light brown ' hair 1 Also a white man whose age is unknown between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build and straight shoulder length brown hair ' T Myakka City and Arcadia residents are offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect Anyone with information should call Detective Ned Foy at the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 747-3011 ext 2234 County bus ads The ad revenue is expected to help finance the transit system’s costs and to keep basic bus fares at $1 JOHN ALLARD Herald Staff Writer - Cellular One has found a new way to reach out and touch prospective customers The company which sells mobile telephones and other businesses have paid to rent advertising space on Manatee County’s 22 transit buses said Richard Clarendon transit system manager The first ads will be in place Tuesday he said - “We still have a lot of openings but we expect to rent them out very quickly” Clarendon said Friday “We’ve had a lot of calls from people” So for nine of the 74 advertising spaces have been leased for a year Clarendon said The annual rent for the spaces on the outside of the buses ranges from $20 for a 21-inch by 44-inch spot to $45 for a 30-inch by 80-inch spot while it will cost $12 for the interior spaces he said County officials expect to collect at least $10000 annually in rental fees Clarendon said They will use that money to help finance the transit system’s $18 million operating costs for this year and to try to avoid increasing the $1 basic bus fare he said a (ffite ttaanf ©ss© © Qaa® ivi ' -v ‘'i’a &''' 'Vv -t J-Y y JBWFER TEETERBradenion Herald CA hug is sometimes all it takes to make a day a little brighter Maurice Cummings embraces Edith Hudson v : Friday at Senior Meadows 1015 Seventh Ave E Children came to meet their “adopted’’ grandparents for the t Adopt-A-Grancfoarent Program which matches nursing home residents with youths for companionship f '’'&'' -1 ' a o £ '-y ’V' V J 1 f ' ' I- ‘s’ Palm print linked to suspect An FBI expert testified that the palm print found inside a Sarasota rape victim's apartment came from the hand of an accused rapist NICK MASON Herald Staff Writer SARASOTA — The FBI says Danny Scalf left his mark An FBI print expert testified Friday that the palm print found by police inside a Sarasota rape victim’s apartment 18 months ago came from the hand of Scalf an accused serial rapist “There is no doubt” eaid Michael Wieners an FBI print technician in Washington DC ' Wieners testified there was an irrefutable match between the right-palm print police discovered on the interior window sill of the woman’s master bedroom and an ink print later made from Scalf s right palm “There are 35 (matching) points” Wieners said “Generally speaking if there’s seven or eight points we make a positive identification” His testimony highlighted the second day of evt- dence introduced in the first trial of Scalf who is charged with committing three rapes in Manatee and Sarasota counties last year and suspected of others The trial resumes Mcmday - Scalf 30 of 302 North Conrad Aye Sarasota is ' being tried in a Sarasota County courtroom on six charges stemming from the Feb 19 1986 attack of a 23-year-old woman She testified Thursday that she was pulled from her bathroom shower in a Lexington ' Green apartment at knifepoint and sexually assaulted three times Previous testimony from the woman and a Sarasota " police officer indicated the rapist entered the apart- ment through the bedroom window which the woman or her husband opened the night before for ventila- turn The woman testified that Scalf was the rapist but she also could give only a sketchy description of her TRIAL To B-6 scat School officials opposed to student AIDS testing from this program will delay any further fare increases The $10000 would be a fairly minimal amount of money but having just raised the fees (by 20 cents) this year another increase is pretty remote" Clarendon said Previously the county heavily relied on federal money to subsidise the transit system Clarendon said That money between $600000 and $700000 a year disappeared when the Reagan administration cut back on federal block grants to local government within the last few years he said “We’re having to make Up that shortfall now” Clarendon said “We’re trying to economise the program to save taxpayers money" A local woman has followed the lead of an Arcadia group and is collecting signatures in support of a mandatory testing program DIEDTRA HENDERSON Herald Staff Writer The School Board chairwoman is adamantly opposed One board member isn’t sure they legally can do it A school administrator is not sure it’s worth the hassle and expense A local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union would fight it tooth and naiL At issue is mandatory AIDS testing for school-aged children and school employees A local woman has followed the lead of Arcadia's Citizens Against AIDS in Public Schools and is collecting signatures in support of testing Paula Maddox the mother of a 4-year-old headed for public kindergarten next year has gathered 300 signatures so far She'll bring the issue before the board Tuesday While she has spoken to doctors- about AIDS none have signed the petition yet But public school teachers have School Board Chairwoman Elizabeth Nevin is staunchly opposed “I think it is impractical frankly” Nevin said “First of all it would be too expensive there’s just too much room for error — for confusion I just don’t believe that will ever be done anywhere” she said ‘‘It sounds like an awfully monumental project It could be something we have to To B-6 Oneco case ruling expected LARRY KAPLOW Herald Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE — The state Division of Administrative Hearings is expected to rule Monday on whether the Manatee County School Board has to admit into school a 7 -year-old boy who has been exposed to the AIDS virus The case of Chris Case who would go to Oneco Elementary School has been decided but the text of the ruling is not complete according to hearing officer Diane Grubbs Grubbs said she expected to file the ruling Monday The ruling will be kept confidential until the lawyers involved’ decided to make it public Case a hemophiliac who came in con- tact with the virus from blood tranafu- v (ions has been banned from Manatee 7 schools since February -- School system officials say they will ' not let him attend class unless forced by -the ruling The ruling was expected earlier but ' Grubbs said she has been delayed by other cases and a broken leg She said her office would contact lawyers for Case and the School Board after the ruling is filed Mastadon tusk real or just a hoax? MARC PERRUSOUIA Hafdd Staff Writaf The way some folks talk about it you'd think they found the missing link out on Snead Island - ?' Sandy Harmon says it’s a mastadon tusk Chuck Saffell says it could be scientifically important But others say the eight-inch bone-like fragment is a sham : designed to smear a controver-- sial doctor who has fallen in dis-J favor with Snead Island real-dents The fragment was found r recently at a digging site where Dr Abraham Kawa wants to 1 build a house — and a group of residents are in an uproar to stop him “This thing with the mastadon tusk is a hoax” Kawa said Friday from his orthodontist office in Brooklyn NY “These residents dont want me to develop anything out there! 1 Jane Urquhart manager of the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve agrees that residents are spreading stories about the fragment as another ploy to stop Kawa’s development on 1 land they claim is an archeologi-cally important site “I think it’s ali a bunch 'of conjecture at this point” Urquhart said Friday “And it’s all going to blow up in everyone’s TUSK To B-6 ” ft H it ' r a -I V ‘JSX wfc zaCgyrgEE Is I r ‘ J 4 v s' a - 7 -i 3’ svi- r- - tu 1 ’ -A X T! ') -n v 6 - - CARSON BALDWINBradwiton Hsrakj Prine Elementary pupils ride home Friday In a bus built for 88 students i- T JlJL r Concerned parents grows irate over stuffed school bus DIEDTRA HENDERSON Hwld Staff Wntaf Ron Belter a parent of two children who ride a bus to Prine Elementary was about at the end of his rope when some relief came Friday Since school began Beller's children have been ' crammed with other students four to a seat in a bus ' -designed to carry three passengers per seat : Thursday Beller said the overstuffed bus bloated forther “There were five kids to a seat There were 86 kids on the bus” said Beller 38 of 4526 19th St Circle Wr The potential for tragedy increases as more and' more kids are squeezed “like a bunch of sardines" -onto the bus he said “I've been pushing for the 88-kid bus and have' been getting nowhere” he said “I've been asking'll nicely I've asked nastily I went from a concerned Bui To B-6’

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