Tennessee Department of Corrections(HENNING, Tenn.) — Authorities are offering a $32,500 reward for information that leads to the capture of an escaped Tennessee inmate who is considered “extremely dangerous” and a suspect in a homicide case, officials said at a press conference Thursday.Curtis Watson escaped from work detail on Wednesday from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tennessee, about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, according to officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Watson, 44, fled the area on a tractor, which was later found about a mile from the facility, officials said.He was originally considered a person of interest in the homicide of Debra Johnson, 64, but is now a suspect after the state’s Violent Crime Response team concluded their investigation at the crime scene, David Rausch, director of the TBI, said at a press conference Thursday.Johnson, who was the West Tennessee administrator for the Department of Corrections, was killed early Wednesday inside her home, which is located on the prison grounds. She was employed with the state for the last 38 years.The facility was placed on lock down after Johnson’s body was found, and authorities soon realized Watson was missing, police said.“He could be anywhere,” Rausch said. “We need Tennesseans, as well as our partners throughout bordering states to be vigilant about this.”It was not immediately clear what contact Watson and Johnson had, but one official said it was “not uncommon for her to know the inmates who work on the property.”“She was very well regarded with staff and inmate population,” Tony Parker, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Corrections, said at the press conference Thursday.Police did not say how Johnson was killed.Officials warned residents not to approach Watson. Instead, they should call local authorities.“We need Tennesseans to be vigilant,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said at the press conference. “We need folks in this state and, in particular the region where the crime occurred, to report any and all information to local law enforcement.”Lee authorized $25,000 for the reward, while the TBI issued $2,500 and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives added $5,000 to the fund.“Rest assured that we will find this offender and bring justice to the family of Debra Johnson,” Parker had previously said.Over the course of her “distinguished” career, Johnson served in numerous positions including correctional sergeant, deputy warden, warden and correctional administrator, overseeing all prisons in the western region of the state, officials said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
By Ruma PaulDHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s cricket board (BCB) lashed out at the players who hatched a “conspiracy” to destabilise the game in the country by striking, while an international federation of players’ associations came out in support of the action yesterday.The country’s top players led by national captain Shakib Al Hasan went on strike on Monday demanding better pay and conditions, putting the side’s planned tour of India from November 3 in doubt.Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan said the board was open to discussions, but he criticised the players and said the administrators would try to find out who instigated the strike.“This is shocking. I can’t even imagine that our players can do something like this,” Hassan told a news conference.“We’ll find who is behind this conspiracy,” he said.As well as hefty pay increases, players are demanding a return to a franchise-based model in the Bangladesh Premier League.“If they don’t want to play, they won’t. What will you gain if you don’t play? I don’t understand why you have to stop playing for the demands,” Hassan said.“If anyone wants to talk, the doors are open for them,” he said, adding that players were not answering calls.But the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) backed the players yesterday, commending them for “taking a stand together”.“It is a clear indication of the need for change in the way players are treated in what we regard as an important cricket country,” FICA Executive Chairman Tony Irish said in a statement.“It is also clear to us that the players in Bangladesh don’t feel heard or respected in relation to important issues that affect them in their careers and that affect their livelihoods.”The players’ body is also unhappy with the role played by the Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) and plans to review its membership of FICA.“It is of further concern that it appears that office-bearers of CWAB hold positions with the Bangladesh Cricket Board,” Irish said.