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Published: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 28, 2005 at 10:52 p.m.

Bradford probe of child sex abuse broadens

  • A Bradford County man, accused of molesting a boy, is being investigated in connection with allegations involving two other children, deputies reported.
    Chris Taylor, 27, was being held at the jail in Starke on $100,000 bond after he was arrested earlier this week, Bradford County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Futch said. He is charged with sexual battery on a child under 12.
    Deputies received a report from a 3-year-old boy's parents that they believed Taylor had molested the child. When officers spoke to Taylor, Futch said he confessed.
    Futch said officers are investigating two other cases involving two children under 4. Taylor was acquainted with all of the children.
    A former county paramedic, Taylor had resigned several years ago and was working with a private ambulance service in Jacksonville, Futch said.
    Taylor's computer also was seized during the investigation and has been sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Futch said.
    Anyone with information about this case can call Bradford County Sheriff's Lt. Kenneth Hinds at (904) 966-6304.
    - Lise Fisher

    Reno will speak at UF for annual conference

  • Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, the first woman to hold the job, is scheduled to speak at the O'Connell Center Feb. 9 as a prelude to University of Florida's Women's Leadership Conference being hosted the following weekend.
    Reno, who served under President Bill Clinton for eight years and ran for Florida governor in 2002, is being brought to UF by Accent, the student-run speaker's bureau and the university's Women's Leadership Council.
    Reno is being paid $15,000. The speech, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.
    The Women's Leadership Conference, "Women by Chance, Leaders by Choice," will be held Feb. 13 at the Reitz Union.
    It is an annual event that brings women leaders together to improve their leadership skills with workshops, speakers and other activities. Registration for the conference is $20. For more information on the daylong event go to http://www.dso.ufl.edu/wlc/.
    Reno is also making a stop in Gainesville Feb. 24 to speak with students at the law school at 10 a.m. in room 180A. The event is free and open to the public.
    - Janine Young Sikes

    TV 20 fails to renew contract of Mattingly

  • WCJB-TV 20 has decided not to renew the contract of co-anchor Gary Mattingly, said Carolyn Barrett, president and general manager of the station.
    Mattingly, whose contract would have expired March 3, was a member of the TV 20 news team since March 1999 and was the station's co-anchor for its 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.
    Barrett would not say exactly why Mattingly's contract was not renewed.
    "We chose not to renew his contract due to a personnel matter," Barrett said.
    Before coming to TV 20, Mattingly was an anchor at WPMI-TV in Mobile, Ala., and his broadcast career has included doing radio in Richmond, Va., reporting and anchoring positions at television stations in Portsmouth, Va., Spartanburg and Columbia, S.C., Philadelphia, Orlando and New Orleans. Mattingly is the author of a book called "The Disappearing Anchor: An African-American Perspective."
    Mattingly could not be reached for comment.
    - Deborah Ball

    Ice storm in Altanta keeps some from flying

  • An ice storm expected to hit Atlanta cooled Super Bowl fever Friday and canceled some Delta flights into North Florida, according to airline officials.
    Delta Airlines' flight 4153 from Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport to Gainesville Regional Airport was canceled. As a result, a 7:47 p.m. return flight leaving from Gainesville was also canceled. About 30 to 40 percent of Delta's flights were expected to be canceled today, according to Gina Pesko, an airline spokeswoman.
    Atlanta's freezing temperatures were not expected to hit Gainesville.
    The National Weather Service forecasts today's highs in the mid-60s with a chance of showers tonight and temperatures in the lower 50s. Sunday highs are expected to be in the upper 60s and lows in the 40s, with a 20 percent chance of morning showers.
    - Meredith Mandell
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