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Englewood Sun (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Englewood, Florida Today in sports find out More about the Florida sea dragons coach Sun Herald thursday december 9,1999. Flow ii 50 cents today in 3 minutes world bombs Pelt Grozny planes and artillery steadily bombed the chechen capital despite the military a claims it was allowing civilians to leave unimpeded to avoid a massive attack in three Days. See world Page 7. Our town Tower Power the Charlotte county Board of zoning appeals approved on Cape Haze Tower nixes another. See our town Page i. State parents rights a lawyer told Florida a High court that parents be protected from lawsuits when they Hurt their children. See front Page 8. Nation King verdict a jury in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Rev. Martin Luther King family found that the civil rights Leader was the victim of a vast murder conspiracy not a Lone Assassin. See front Page 2. Sports football fever for area football players the South Central Florida football All Star classic is an Opportunity to strut their stuff. See sports Page 1. Business tort Law eleven disparate interest groups joined in filing a constitutional Challenge to a tort Reform Law that went into effect this year. See business Page 1. Coming tomorrow lets go wondering what to do or where to go this weekend find out in lets go the Sun Herald guide to local entertainment. Sun line just like new Orleans they re just Dixie and they can be found on the internet at com Miningan entertainment weather partly Cloudy its snowing up North but its Nice Here. High 78 Low 61 see front Page 12. Inside town 11 lottery front 6 town 2 obituaries our town 4 to town 12 viewpoint front 10 world front 7 today a sections main news sports our town business classifieds 0s?52 000?5 Charlie says of Mcdonald s is looking for a Plaes to sat up shop i could give them a couple of spots. I just love Chicken found in mexico19-year-old sought for alleged murder of Englewood Manby Renee Lepere staff writer Englewood a had John Surette lived today would have been his 32nd birthday probably celebrated with friends and family including his 5-year-old daughter Amber. Instead Sarasota county she Surette iffy a investigators have announced the Lead suspect in the almost 2-year-old murder Case admitted to being the trigger Man during a Dee. I interview in a mexican jail where he is being held on a burglary charge. Miguel Angel Jimenez Rocha 19, laces a possible murder charge for killing Surette with a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol on feb. 23, 1998, according to Sarasota county sheriffs sgt. Jim Lilly. The Case has been turned Over to the state attorneys office which will decide if Jimenez Rocha will face first or second degree murder or a lesser charge. The shooting took place about 2 . Behind the duplex at 2111-13 forked Creek drive in the North Englewood subdivision of Overbrook gardens where Surette had lived for Only six weeks. Surette was in the process of fixing up his half of the duplex for himself and Fiancee Brenda Brown. His Mother Ellen Surette lived in the other half of the duplex. Hours before Surette was murdered his daughter who had spent the weekend visiting with him at his duplex was returned to her Mother Becky Porter. Jimenez Rocha lived Only two duplexes away from Surette at the time of the murder. During the interview in Mexico Jimenez Rocha told police he and Surette had gotten into a verbal argument that turned physical. The nature of the argument is not Clear according to Lilly. Jimenez Rocha told police the argument began in the front Yard of Suretter a House where Surette challenged him to a fight. Jimenez Rocha said he fled to the Back of the House where Surette grabbed him by the shoulder spun him around and punched him in the face. Jimenez Rocha said he then shot Surette fearing see suspect Page 6 big View of history Sun Herald photo by Chris Crook Amanda Anderson affixes some last minute details to her history fair project wednesday at . Ainger Middle school in Englewood. Judging takes place today with winners attending District finals at the port Charlotte town Center mall Between the four Charlotte county Middle schools. See Story our town 1. Teachers District prepare for More contract conflicts How teachers Florida teacher salary rankings bachelors degree 1998-99 minimum salary rank maximum salary rank Charlotte $24,100 34 $41,900 26 Desoto $23,000 55 $38,277 53 Lee $26,413 6 $44,882 7 Sarasota $25,754 8 $43,787 12 state average $24,402 a $41,022 a Florida teacher salary rankings master s degree 1998-99 by Garry Overbey staff writer Charlotte county teachers tire dusting off last years picket signs in preparation for tuesdays school Board meeting. During contract negotiations earlier this week the bargaining team representing the Charlotte county teachers association declared an impasse with District officials on 16 issues including salaries health insurance and several items that could potentially limit the Power of the association that represents the districts 1,000-plus teachers. A a it a not just about bargaining in Good Faith anymore a said Steve Fischer executive director of the Union. A a it a about after teachers overwhelmingly rejected the contract negotiated by the Union and the District last month the two sides returned to the bargaining table tuesday. It was a Short meeting As the Union quickly dec hued an impasse when the districts negotiators told them they offer any More Money for pay raises. The districts head negotiator. Gary Kehrer said the District had $5.33 million in new expenses this year and Only $4.98 million in new Money from the state. The District proposed a $1.2 million increase that would have Given teachers an average raise of 11, xxx. The raise would include a see conflicts Page 6 minimum salary rank maximum salary rank Charlotte $27,650 14 $45,450 17 Desoto $25,060 55 $40,379 52 Lee $28,713 8 $47,182 7 Sarasota $29,322 6 $45,742 15 state average $26,450 a $43,373 a Florida teacher salary rankings specialist degree 1998-99 minimum salary rank maximum salary rank Charlotte $29,650 11 $47,450 16 Desoto $25,575 59 $40,904 54 Lee $30,413 7 $48,882 8 Sarasota $31,329 5 $51,066 5 state average $27,543 a $44,647 a Florida teacher salary rankings doctorate degree 1998-99 rank 16 57 11 5 minimum salary rank maximum salary Charlotte $31,250 10 $49,050 Desoto $26,605 56 $41,955 Lee $31,413 8 $49,882 Sarasota $32,667 5 $53,247 state average $28,472 a $45,701 Clinton satisfied by years events president refuses to take sides in cuban boy custody Battle Washington apr president Clinton summarized his year of impeachment and legislative Battles As a very productive on wednesday while on foreign problems he refused to take sides in a child custody dispute with Cuba and rejected halting Aid to Russia for its bombing in Chechnya. At an hour Long news conference the president also said he and his wife Hillary will a have to he apart More than i wish we were As she pursues a Senate seat in new York and he lives at the White House. A a it a not the Hest arrangement in the world hut its something that we can live with for a asked to name the a Man of the Century a Clinton chose Franklin d. Roosevelt because he led the nation through the perils of the depression and world War ii and was the father of social Security and unemployment insurance. The president met with reporters at the state departments Dean Acheson auditorium. He opened by announcing that Syria and Israel would resume land for peace talks after 3 1/2 years beginning again at the Point where negotiations broke off. Clinton said it was a significant breakthrough hut warned that the negotiations a opening in Washington next week a would be difficult. On a contentious Issue with Cuba the president said he would not intervene in a struggle Over the custody of a 6-year-old boy Elian Gonzalez who was rescued at sea after his Mother and Stepfather drowned in an illegal attempt to flee to the United states. The boys father Juan Miguel Gonzalez has insisted on his return to Cuba relatives in Miami want to keep him there. A i think All lathers would be sympathetic a with the fathers demand Clinton said. A the ques please see Clinton Page 6 Ley turns Down Merit raise by Warren Richardson staff writer _ when was the last time you heard of a government employee turning Down a Merit raise that a just Sarasota county administrator Jim Ley did wednesday when he declined an offer by his employers the Sarasota commissioners to accept a Merit increase. A i appreciate the Otter hut i decline a Merit raise a Ley said. Quot i be got to be a Model for the rest of the organization. I must walk the talk. Under his contract Ley a who was hired As county administrator in August 1997 a receives a salary of $140,000 annually a 3 percent annual increase and could have received a possible Merit payment of 2.6 percent of his salary. Leys declination came during his annual evaluation wednesday in which commissioners gave Ley High Marks for his Job performance. Ley however was More critical of himself than were commissioners. A i Grade myself Tough because i Grade our staff Tough. But there Are areas where i did no to achieve the results i Felt i should a Ley said. Among the areas mentioned by Ley where he Felt his Job performance failed to meet acceptable standards were technology advances in county government and taking government to the citizens. He said he Hopes to increase his appearances before citizens groups to 60 or 70 Over the next year from the 40 appearances he made in 1999. A i really congratulate him for that a said commissioner Robert Anderson of Leys gesture. A a it san exhibit of your leadership and a Good indication of your when the discussion turned to the possibility of a non monetary award please see raise Page 6 my dear Watson Doyle Home saved from fast food Fate London apr an 18th-Century scottish mansion where sir Arthur Conan Doyle once lived was saved from a big Mac attack wednesday when the City of Edinburgh slapped a preservation order on it. Fans of the Sherlock Holmes creator alarmed to discover that Mcdonald a planned to build a Burger restaurant on the site appealed to City Hall and won. A this is wonderful news a said Richard lancely Green a Conan Doyle expert and former chairman of the London based Sherlock Holmes society. A Sherlock Holmes still has his magic it fans of the fictional see saved Page 6

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