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9/16/2003 12:24:10 AM
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FARMINGTON -- Town officials are speculating the serene ridgeline near the old Farmington Reservoir is about to become home for a multi-million-dollar rap star.
Rumors have been swirling around town for weeks that rapper 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, is interested in purchasing the $4.1 million mansion formerly owned by boxing bad boy Mike Tyson.
"This would be great for us and great for the Hartford area," DJ Buck, program director and afternoon radio host for rap-oriented Farmington-based WZMX Hot 93.7, said. "He is one of our core artists and when a big timer comes to town it draws attention."
Jackson is a 26-year-old rapper singed by both Interscope and Aftermath records which are owned by rap mega-star Eminem. Jackson’s hits include "In Da Club" and "P.I.M.P." Jackson is also well known for his musical collaboration with Eminem on several projects including the "8 Mile" soundtrack, which garnered critical acclaim.
The Tyson house, located at 46 Poplar Bars Road near the old Farmington Reservoir, boasts a caretaker cottage, boathouse and tennis courts. The house has been on the market for several years. It is unclear how often Tyson used the residence.
Town records show the estate in Farmington is now owned by Tyson’s ex-wife, Monica Turner Tyson, who received the house as part of the couple’s divorce settlement. The house, boat house and caretaker cottage have an estimated value of more than $4.1 million.
Town clerk Paula Ray said the town was tipped off about the possible sale about a month ago.
"We have heard a lot of talk and there was someone who came in and said they were doing a title search on the property," Ray said. "But other than that, no one has filed any paperwork with the town and this is all based on a rumor."
When property is sold or bought in Farmington the paperwork must be filed through the Town Clerk’s Office. The Town Clerk’s Office also has deeds and legal proceedings pertaining to the sale of property on record in the vault.
Ray stressed that although the rumors have been circulating for weeks, no paperwork on the sale has been filed with the Town Clerk’s Office.
Buck said he and the radio station, located in the industrial park on Hyde Road, have also heard the rumors at various functions and clubs throughout the state.
"It seems to be the talk of the town," Buck said. "I’ve heard it from a lot of places but I haven’t heard anything from a really reliable source."
Farmington police said they are keeping a close watch on the possible sale after learning of a Jersey City, N.J. incident where shots were fired outside the hotel where the rapper was staying last week.
"We have heard about the sale and we are looking into it," said Police Chief Michael Whalen. "We are a little concerned because we picked up on the New Jersey article and obviously we want to make sure if there is any kind of problem that we can take care of it."
According to media reports, several shots were fired into the parking lot of a Doubletree Hotel where the rapper was checking in. The New Jersey Star Ledger reported a parking lot attendant told Jersey City police that gunfire erupted as the rapper and about a dozen members of his entourage made their way toward the hotel. No one was injured, but Jackson and his group fled in several SUVs before police arrived. According to the report, nine shell casings were found in the area.
According to 50 Cents’ biography, he was shot 9 times in April 2000 -- including a 9mm bullet to the face, while in front of his grandmother’s house in Queens.
Whalen said the department has been trying to track down a representative for the rap star to discuss any potential security issues that could occur if the sale goes through.
"We want to keep him safe as a resident and we want to keep the rest of our citizens safe as well," Whalen said. "We would like to sit down with hi
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