The Commercial Appeal from Memphis, Tennessee on May 13, 1988 · 17
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The Commercial Appeal from Memphis, Tennessee · 17

Memphis, Tennessee
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Friday, May 13, 1988
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B2 Wm'm THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL MEMPHIS FRIDAY MAY 13 1988 1 3 M- ? r r a jr Vw n WEST-MEMPHIS AR-EDITlOfv TRI-STATE Sheriff says account contradicted victim had toy gun By Jerry Huston Martin Tann Bureau TIGRETT Tenn — A Dyers-burg man said Thursday that he told a Dyer County sheriffs dep uty before the deputy shot and killed Tigrett resident Archie Scott Jr that the gun Scott was not real 28 who said in an interview that he was in a house on the side street where Scott was shot with a 12-gauge shotgun Sunday night also said Scott was trying to show the deputy the gun wasn’t real when he was killed But Dyer County Sheriff Robert Willard said Thursday he has “sworn statements that are contrary” to Perry's account “From the people we talked to right after the shooting we have no reason to believe that (Per ry's story) is true” said Willard Scott 31 who lived in this small community about 10 miles southeast of Dyersburg and about 75 miles northeast of Memphis was carrying a cap gun that police said resembled a 45-caliber Colt pistol Perry said he told Deputy Ken Shipley of the Dyer County Sheriffs Department that the weapon Scott carried was "fake” several minutes before Shipley confronted Scott and killed him “He (Shipley) knew it wasn’t a real gun I told him that when he first got out here He didn't have to kill him” said Perry Sheriffs department officials who are investigating the shoot ing along with two other agencies said witnesses told them Shipley 37 did not know the gun was a toy and that it appeared the deputy's actions were justified Efforts to reach Shipley since the shooting have been unsuccessful and sheriffs department spokesmen said he was off work Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday According to department accounts the shooting occurred after Shipley who was responding to a complaint about a man with a gun confronted Scott who threatened him with a gun that Shipley believed was real on Scott did not the officials said and Shipley shot him in the head and upper shoulders But according to Perry he and Pauline Mann the woman who called police to complain about Scott told Shipley the gun was fake and tried to “call the whole off when Shipley arrived thing off t in Tigrett Officials said Shipley's revolver fell out of his holster as he was getting out of his patrol car and that he then grabbed a shotgun from the backseat and warned Scott to drop his weap- Perry said he was visiting at Ms Mann's home when the deputy arrived -“He wanted Pauline to go with him to find him (Scott) but she wanted to forget it She got in the car with him and they went i” said Perry man returned to Ms Mann's house Perry said he went into the house and that Scott walked down the street where he was later shot Ms Mann refused Thursday to talk about the shooting However Willard said a sworn statement taken from Ms Mann on the night of the shooting contradicts most of Perry’s account "We took statements that night from everyone who said they’d seen anything Everything we got from people who said they were eyewitnesses verified Deputy Shipley's account” Willard said Perry who said he has been arrested by sheriffs department officials several times in the past said he did not tell his story to investigators because “they wouldn’t listen to me I might as well just say nothing as try to tell them something Perry who is Ms Mann’s boyfriend said he believes Scott was trying to show Shipley the gun wasn't real when he was killed “She said he was holding it over his head at first trying to show it to him (Shipley) and then was holding it out to him trying to give it to him when he was shot” Perry said Perry said he has told his account of the events leading up to the shooting to Jimmy Gauldin president of the Dyer County chapter of the NAACP who has asked that Shipley be suspended with pay during investigations of the shooting Shipley has not been suspended Dyer County Dist Atty Gen Jim Horner said Thursday that Perry is on his “list of people to talk to” adding he could not comment on the reliability of Perry’s statements until the investigation is finished TV program may feature area killing By Thom Gahruklewicz Jonesboro Arte Bureau CARUTHERSVILLE Mo — A segment producer for NBC Television’s Unsolved Mysteries said Thursday that tentative plans have been made to film a story based on a Caruthersville Buzzard said she hopes to film a segment this summer dealing with the killing of Charles Sigmin on Oct 19 1986 The show re-creates unsolved cases then appeals to viewers to call in leads Sigmin 39 was found slain at the Caruthersville home of his estranged wife Ann according to Pemiscot County Dep Pros Atty Michael Hazel Sigmin who lived in Blythe-ville Ark was shot seven times with a 25-caliber and 32-caliber handgun which were found at the scene Sigmin worked for Southwestern Bell in Blythe-ville Warrants were issued charging Mrs Sigmin and a man authorities described as her live-in boyfriend Gary Goff with the slaying Hazel said Neither has been seen since the warrants were issued last spring he added Production on the segment could begin in late June or July Ms Buzzard said in a telephone interview from her Los Angeles office We’ve already sent a field director to scout how we want to do this” she said “But we have not confirmed a shooting schedule" Caruthersville is about 100 miles north of Memphis in the Missouri Bootheel Staffers of Unsolved Mysteries travel across the United States to re-create unsolved cases Ms Buzzard said Some cases are referred to the show's producers by law enforcement agencies she added Ms Buzzard said law enforcement personnel referred the Sigmin case to the show's producers “We take a look at murder cases missing persons and other unsolved crimes" Ms Buzzard said “We talk with law enforcement families and friends and piece the case together From that we create a shooting script to explain the case” Viewers are then asked to call area law enforcement agencies if they have any leads in the case Ms Buzzard said The show whose host is Robert Stack (who portrayed Elliot Ness in The Untouchables television series) has aired six times since last year and has led to the capture of five felons she said “It gets our viewers involved in the case to help solve it” she said “Our story may spark a memory related to a homicide case or turn up that vital lead” The next Unsolved Mysteries airs May 18 at 9 pm on NBC Ms Buzzard said From Page B1 Luck Friday took a sinister turn through the centuries often associated with the 13 guests at the Last Supper before Christ's cru-cifixon on a Friday Friday especially 4 to 6 pm is the unluckiest day for Memphis drivers with 6536 accidents occurring last year compared to 5805 on Mondays the second worst day To help ward off such thing " Judy Wallace assistant director of the National Ornamental Metal Museuih suggests a good old-fashioned horseshoe They’ve helped ward off evil since the -11th Century when peasants couldn't afford to have their horses shod When they found a horseshoe it was considered lucky "To show it they hung them on their houses but always upside down to make sure the lucktiidnl drain dbt” By Larry Coyne Pony workout Daniel Morman exercises a hackney pony at a new training facility at the Mid-South Fairgrounds The racing ponies which will carry robot jockeys received microchip implants Thursday by a veterinarian to assist in identifying them with a scanning device Cautious word added to dietary-fat report By Mary Powers Staff Reporter Despite research published this week suggesting a fat common in beef and chocolate isn’t all bad a University of Tennessee Memphis researcher warned Thursday that it's too early to load up on steak and fudge University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers found that when 11 male volunteers drank a liquid diet high in stearic acid — a common component of beef fat and cocoa butter — their blood cholesterol levels dropped an average of 14 percent in three weeks But Dr Murray Heimberg said it's too early to translate the findings to real life where individual cholesterol levels are in-lier work fluenced by heredity environment total intake of fats carbohydrates and calories Dr Heimberg has been researching dietary fats for more than 30 years He is the Van Vleet professor and chairman of the UT Memphis department of pharmacology “what we’d like people to do is make sure no more than 30 percent of their total calorie intake comes from fat” he said citing the American Heart Association's diet recommendations The average American gets about 40 percent of his calories from fats Reducing dietary fat and cholesterol are recommended ways of reducing one’s risk of heart disease obesity and certain cancers The Texas researchers found the volunteers’ cholesterol levels dropped an average of 10 per cent on a diet rich in oleic acid which is found in olive oil It rose 21 percent on a diet rich in palmitic acid Palmitic acid is found in palm oil ni most solid fats such as beef and other red meet cheese and butter “This article is not meant to say everyone should rush out and eat stearic acid instead of palmitic acid" Dr Heimberg said of the research reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine Unlike that of the men in thl study the average diet contains a mixture of fats Dr Heimberg said Beef for example contains stearic and palmitic acids “Taken together they would tend to give you higher levels of choles terol” Dr Heimberg s Dr Heimberg said the fatty acids are broken down differently in the body and thus apparently have different effects on cholesterol levels Researchers have been investigating since 1957 how stearic acid is metabolized in the body The Texas study directed by Drs Scott Grundy and Andrea Bonanome expands on that ear- Heart researchers seek 100 patients By Mary Powers Staff Raportar Seven Mid-South community hospitals later this month are expected to start recruiting heart attack patients for a study aimed at gauging the best use of new clot-dissolving drugs The work is being coordinated by Baptist Hospital one of five centers nationwide participating The study compares three approaches to dissolving clots blocking the heart's blood supply and how those drugs should be combined with a technique to widen clogged arteries That technique ucalled angioplasty Baptist hopes to enroll 100 patients in the study including those recruited at the community hospitals Baptist has enrolled four patients since April 4 said Dr Joseph Samaha one of the lo cal researchers Participating patients will then be randomly assigned to receive either tissue plasminogen activator Urokinase or a combination of both clot-dissolving drugs The patient will then be either randomly assigned to undergo immediate angioplasty or to delay the procedure To qualify for the study patients must be seen in an emergency room within four hours of when heart attack symptoms begin The participating hospitals are Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton Covington Tenn BMH-Lauderdale Ripley Tenn BMH-Union City Tenn BMH-Forrest City Ark Union County General Hospital New Albany Miss Greenwood-Leflore Hospital Greenwood Miss Missouri Delta Medical Center Sikeston Mo Mississippi mayor faces charges of selling ‘coke By Clay Hathorn Northwest Ml— Bureau CLEVELAND Miss — The mayor of Shaw was arrested and charged with three counts of selling cocaine Thursday as part of a dragnet that nabbed 29 others on drug offenses Sylvester Kyles 36 a former alderman who was elected mayor in 1985 was picked up at his home early Thursday said Bolivar County Sheriff Mack Grim-mett Kyles was freed later from the Bolivar County Jail on a $45000 bond “No one is above the law” Grimmett said “It is bad and it is embarrassing for an elected official to be arrested but this is something we can’t overlook" Grimmett declined to say how much cocaine Kyles is accused of selling or circumstances under which it was bought Kyles has an unlisted telephone number and couldn’t be reached for comment Grimmett said the arrests were the result of undercover operation “Cocaine” Bureau of Nar-agents had i Bolivar County He said 78 cases were made against 45 suspects More than 70 cases involved the sale of cocaine he said About 50 law officers gathered in the predawn darkness in the Delta county "fanned out and started picking people up" Grimmett said By 7 am 28 suspects were arrested in targeted areas of Cleveland Shaw Shelby and Mound Bayou Shaw is a town of about 2500 people on US 61 about 11 miles south of Cleveland The maximum penalty for selling cocaine is 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine Grimmett said From Page B1 Ad the law if so I wouldn’t have run it I really made a mistake and I’m sorry “The only reason I allowed it to run is because Mr Patenotte has tried for years to bring attention to the issue” Martin said The Herald a 4000-circulation newspaper published twice weekly ran a frontpage article April 29 describing an interview with Patenotte in which he gave his The article also quoted Martin as saying that the ad “may have been the wrong way to accomplish his (Patenotte's) purpose of informing the public that marijuana papers are being sold in many businesses in Yazoo City The article also noted that the newspaper received 18 calls from readers who responded negatively to the ad Despite Martin's apology Dist Atty David Patenotte's April 27 newspaper grocery specials included a fictitious ad for “marijuana smoking papara" Frank Carlton said Thursday "I don't know of any law that has been broken by an advertisement like that" Patenotte said he started his crusade seven years ago after taking his daughter's softball team into a Yazoo City convenience store where cigarette papers were being sold “I sent a citified letter complaining of the problem to New York Mayor Ed Koch today (Thursday) and another one to Mrs Lois Harrington chairman of the White House Conference for a Drug Free America" Patenotte said “It won’t stand the light All they have to do is to publicize the names of businesses selling those papers and it would stop They don’t roll tobacco in them ar more There's only one use for those i ing papers — marijuana Im going to do all I can to let people know who’s selling them within my ability But I have to make a living first" Patenotte who has worked as a grocer for 50 years said he stopped doing business Wednesday with two Mississippi wholesalers Canton-based Cole Bros & Fox and Corr-Willlams Tobacco Co of Jackson because they continue to distribute the rolling papers Ceceil Fox vice president of Cole Bros & Fox said Thursday “We’ve sold cigarette papers for more than 60 years and as long as it is legal we will continue tg sell them Every wholesaler in the country sells cigarette papers” A spokesman for Corr-Williams Thursday declined to comment on the dispute "What chance have mothers and daddies got when dope is being sold on every corner?" said Patenotte "Everyone is sitting around watching television while this is going on That dope just puts those people in a different world" He said most of the responses from public officials Indicate that the sale of the product is legal and very little can be done about it "As far as I am concerned whoever sells those marijuana papers is linked directly to those people smuggling it in the country” Patenotte said About 20 people called his store to complain about the ad he said “I wanted those folks to get mad The ball's in their court now: They must do something about it” 9 f

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