Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Tackling Crime

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Tackling Crime

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In a scene befitting a TV drama, a Southside man's heroic actions helped land a pair of crooks behind bars.

Joseph Bunch, according to police reports, went to investigate after hearing noises in the screened-in porch of his Gate Parkway apartment. There, he found a man trying to hide.

Bunch followed him outside, where he was told by neighbor Eric Gengler that the man had been burglarizing unlocked cars. A police car arrived, the suspect began running and Bunch tackled him.

The suspect claimed to be laying tile in the complex, but police found stolen property in his pockets -- and in his co-worker's truck. Both were arrested.

Police said the loot included everything from credit cards, money and sunglasses to a radar detector, CD player and cell phone.

Gengler deserves credit for noticing and following the suspect -- and Bunch won everyone's admiration for his tackle.

Police cannot be everywhere at once. But this can be a safer city if others get involved like Gengler and Bunch.

JU IS BEST COLLEGE AGAIN

Jacksonville University has made the list again.

For the second consecutive year, JU has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report's American's Best Colleges 2006 list.

In the list, JU placed in the first tier among 130 master's universities in the South. The magazine computes its rankings based on student-faculty ratio, class size, graduation rate, percentage of full-time faculty, student selectivity, average test scores, percentage of highly ranked freshmen and the alumni giving rate.

Congratulations to Jacksonville University. It seems this college is on its way to greatness.

A NEW SHIRLEY TEMPLE?

The next big star on the silver screen, as unlikely as it seems, may be a 6-year-old Clay County girl.

Clay County Line reports little Avion Baker was declared the best overall child actor at a national talent convention in Orlando this summer. She was invited to participate after doing well at an audition here, then impressed the judges while competing with about 1,000 contestants. …

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