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Friday, March 17, 1989
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STREET EBITC A6 The Arizona Republic Friday, March 17, 1989 Galls for hostage's release Meetings mark 4th anniversary of kidnapping The Associated Press WASHINGTON Terry An-dcrson on Thursday began his fifth year as a hostage in Lebanon with the Bush administration calling his detention a "criminal act which serves no cause" and joining Anderson's relatives and fellow journalists in demanding his release. "Enough is enough. . . . This cannot continue," Peggy Say, Anderson's sister, told a ceremony attended by members of Congress, Anderson's colleagues and relatives of the hostages. Her brother, she said, is "tired of being caged like an animal." "Our hearts cry out in protest" over Anderson's plight, said Louis Boccardi, president of The Associated Press, Anderson's employer. "It's time for those holding Terry Anderson to release him and to end the unconscionable suffering of an innocent man. Each of us, in our own special way, should mark this day with contemplation and prayer for Terry's release," he said. President Bush, through a spokes- Gun links 'unrelated' slayings GUN, from page A 1 Neighbors and business associates of the Calos said that for the past several weeks, undercover police officers appeared to have been protecting the family. "I asked him (Joe Calo) why there were so many undercover police cars out in the parking lot," said Dave Smith, Calo's hairdresser who works at a salon near Michclina's. "Undercover police officers even stood outside the salon when I was cutting his hair yesterday (Wednesday)," he said. "He said there had been a threat on his wife's life. He said he probably would have been dead a couple weeks ago if it wasn't for the police." Friends of the Calos said they were surprised to learn of the arrest and described the couple as "very nice people." "It's shocking," said a man who answered the phone at the Calos' restaurant and identified himself as a friend of Michelina Calo. "Michelina is taking it very hard." The friend said the restaurant will close down for the next few days while the family meets with lawyers. The owner of another Italian restaurant in Phoenix, who asked not to be identified, said Michelina Calo had worked for him as a chef and Joe Calo had worked as a carpenter. "They're very normal people," said the restaurateur, who knew Calo's family in Italy. "I can't believe this. It doesn't seem possible. It seems out of character." The restaurateur described Calo as "a regular guy" and his wife as "a fantastic chef." The Lathams were found shot to death in their home on Dec. 2. Ballistic tests determined they each were shot with a .32-caIiber bullet, Mullavey said. John Mancini, a 63-year-old restaurant-equipment salesman who had done business with Calo in the past, also was shot with a matching .32-caliber bullet, a ballistics test found. Mancini, of Scottsdale, was found dead Oct. 7, 1988 at Bartlctt Lake, north of Phoenix. He had been missing since Aug. 29, when he returned to Phoenix from a business trip to San Diego. Police said Detective Tom Shorts, who was investigating the Mancini slaying, linked the .32-caliber bullets that killed the lathams with Mancini's death. He made the comparison after Majors arrest on the California slaying, in which three people were shot with .32-caliber bullets. But the gun used in the homicides has not been recovered, Mullavey said. Mullavey said police believe that Majors was hired by Robert Reese, 23, of Peoria, to assist in the robbery and murder of Thomas Probst. Probst was found shot to death in Fair Oaks, Calif., on Jan. 26, along with Jeannine Copeland, 30, and Patrick Mungavin, 25. Copeland and Mungavin also are of Fair Oaks. Sacramento authorities believe those killings were drug-related. Mullavey said Reese's body, with multiple gunshot wounds, was found in a shallow grave March 8 in the desert at New River Road and Interstate 17. In addition to the Lathams, Mancini and Reese, the homicide victims tied to Calo include Ginette and Gaston Chouchane of Scottsdale, who were found slain Aug. 25 in their home. TERRY ANDERSON: FOUR YEARS OF CAPTIVITY Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was abducted from a Beirut street March 16, 198S. The timeline below shows communications released by his captors and the release, escape or death of some of his fellow American captives. 1985 1988 ill! i J A 1 1 M MA M J J A S 0 N D J1F MA Daughter! i ,,.NL I 1 m Father ; Brother I tf dies Ml tfes I ?4 1 i mm Pater Buckley Ktlbum 4 Communication r?l.. fl, . released by captors: U Photo Letter Source: The Associated Press man, expressed sympathy for Anderson's family and for those of the eight other American hostages held in Lebanon. "The president certainly is concerned about the hostages," said White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater, who was in Houston with the president. The administration pledged to continue working for the release of Anderson, the longest-held of the American hostages, but officials repeated their policy of not making POSSIBLE CONNECTIONS Links between homicide victims and James David Majors "andor Guiseppe "Joe" Calo: Angelo Desideri: The connection is unknown. i Gaston and Ginette Chouchane: Gaston Chouchane was a business associate of Majors and Calo. Jewelry taken from the Chouchane residence was found in a storage locker rented by Majors. I John Mancini: A business associate of Calo. (Barney and Verna Latham: Co-owners of Michelina restaurant with Calo's wife. Thomas Probst, Jennine Copeland and Patrick Mungavin: Majors allegedly was solicited by Robert R. Reese to aid Reese in the robbery and slaying of Probst, which police believe led to the killings of Copeland and Mungavin. I Robert Reese: Alleged to have solicited Majors in the killing of Probst and others. Mullavey said Gaston Chouchane was a business associate of Calo and Majors through Majors' painting business. Jewelry taken from the Chou-chancs home was among the items found in Majors' storage locker, Mullavey said. Mullavey said Calo also has been tied by the investigation to the June 5, 1988, disappearance of Angelo Desideri, 57, from Phoenix. Desideri was the owner of a Phoenix rug-importing business. His burned-out car was found June 6 near San Diego. Jewelry valued at $60,000 was discovered stolen from his home. Mullavey said Calo has not been accused of any crimes connected with Desideri's disappearance, but the investigation is continuing. Calo and his wife immigrated to the United States from Italy and moved to Arizona in 1979, according to state liquor records. Desideri, a native of Florence, Italy, was owner of Italia Import by Angelo, an import shop at 6522 N. 16th St. He came to the Valley in 1947 with his family, who opened a restaurant at Third Street and McDowell Road. Desideri later owned a delicatessen in the area of 16th Street and Maryland Avenue, but he sold it in 1980 to open the import business. Gaston Chouchane, at the time of his death, was self-employed as an architectural draftsman and his wife worked as personnel director for a Scottsdale firm. They were described by an acquaintance as "very quiet, very reserved and proper people." Both Joe Calo and Majors declined requests for interviews Thursday. According to state Department of Corrections records, Majors was paroled June 21, 1982, and his parole was terminated Feb. 3, 1987. Majors had been under minimum supervision since December 1984, department records indicate. They show that Majors was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison in Indiana on a conviction of first-degree burglary in that state. He escaped from prison in Indiana in March 1976, and three months later abducted a man from a Phoenix tavern, robbed him, and locked him in the trunk of the victim's car. Majors was sentenced to five to 20 years by Judge Sandra O'Connor, then of Maricopa County Superior Court, for kidnapping and robbery in connection with the abduction. He was returned to Indiana, where he served the remainder of his burglary sentence, then was sent back to Arizona in 1980 to complete his sentence for the kidnapping and robbery. Contributing to this article was Tina Daunt of The Arizona Republic. 1987 Hifflirdli ll A st N MJ Lawrence 1 David Jenco ? Jacobsorl deals with pro-Iranian groups believed to be holding the hostages. Journalist unions worldwide used the occasion to demand more-intensive diplomatic efforts to free all IS foreign hostages held in Lebanon. At a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg, France, the International Federation of Journalists urged the diplomatic community not to forsake the hostages. At the anniversary ceremony in a House office building, Tom Brokaw of NBC News said Anderson has I U II D J. FtMA HJ;J A 8 IJ i F pah 1 Ha : H niftf H i M Jl si M Mill N -1 -1 1 I -:i . : ii tmi ni,i : II. I,,. b I 'A til ri7 I II Released IT, iTl mm. no stages: ijj Committee backs Cheney for defense job COMMITTEE, from page A 1 Senate begins a two-week recess. The vote on Cheney came exactly one week after the Senate, by a 5347 vote, rejected Tower's nomination and handed Bush a major defeat in his first high-stakes clash with Congress. The Senate struggle over the Tower nomination dragged on for six weeks and was marked by allegations of drinking and womanizing against the nominee, and accusations of partisanship among legislators. In discussing his displeasure with the Tower debate, Bush said in Houston, "I think there are intrusions into people's lives that go beyond the public trust or go beyond one's ability to serve. ... I don't like it. "I want to have the highest possible ethical standards, but in some areas most people realize that we may have gone too far in intrusion into people's lives." In contrast to the prolonged discussion over Tower, the panel's action Thursday took less than 15 minutes. "No special consideration was given by the committee to this nominee," said John Warner of Virginia, the panel's ranking Republican. Nunn said, "We've had exactly the same procedure on this one as we've had on every other nomination since I've been chairman. I don't know of any deviation." The committee did make an extra effort on the question of Cheney's health, contacting other physicians and having them review the law- Apples back By Karen McCowan The Arizona Republic Assurances from the federal government that apples are safe to eat caused several Valley school districts that had stopped serving apples and apple products to add them to school lunch menus. "We'll begin them again after our spring break next week," said Mary Lightfoot, assistant food-service director for the 19,000-pupil Peoria Unified School District. "When the USDA says something, that's fine for us." The Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Adminis Chile seizes 5 Japanese fishing boats to retaliate for fruit-market closing Republic Wire Services Chile seized five Japanese fishing boats Thursday in reprisal for Japan's closing of its market to Chilean fruit because of a cyanide scare. President Augusto Pinochet, meanwhile, munched on grapes and told fruit workers that the amount of cyanide found in two Chilean grapes in Philadelphia "wouldn't even kill a mouse." In Washington, the White House and the Chilean government agreed Thursday to work on an urgent basis to return Chilean fruit to grocery shelves in the United States. Chilean naval officials said the Japanese trawlers were held in three ports in southern Chile. Adm. Jose Merino, navy commander in chief and part of the ruling military junta, said, "The Japanese have closed their market to Chilean fruits, so I'm holding their ships. "None of them is going to fish in our waters until they reopen the market to our fruits." An anonymous caller Thursday claimed a rocket would be fired at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago. Police renewed 1988 m m m ONDJIFMAMJ! JUON 1989- I r J ! F M Four years as a captive i' 1 1"' i Reported killed or found dead . or escaped The Arizona Republio not been forgotten by his colleagues during the four years he has lived in a small room, often without light. The ceremony was co-sponsored by No Greater Love, a humanitarian organization, and the Journalists Committee to Free Terry Anderson. The Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco, a former hostage held for a time with Anderson, said that before his own release on July 26, 1986, he promised the journalist "that I would never forget him, that others would never forget him." i U.1 iMHhlleshwar L JnqhJ u Senate Armed Services Committee members (seated, from left) Warner vote on Dick Cheney's nomination. Behind them is committee maker's medical reports. The 48-year-old Cheney has suffered three heart attacks and underwent coronary-bypass surgery last summer. "We had no indication from any physician that there is any kind of problem here in terms of him being able to perform his duties," Nunn said. on lunch menus in Valley schools tration and the Department of Agriculture on Thursday officially discounted a report charging that apples treated with the chemical Alar pose a risk to children's health. Mesa Public Schools, which at 61,000 pupils is the state's largest district, has documented that its applesauce and apple juice are safe, but will not resume serving fresh apples until the district's supplier can verify that the fruit was not treated with Alar, said Barbara Savastio, food-service director. "We expect to get written assurances tomorrow," she said. "We just checked a nearby building but found nothing. Security was heightened. U.S. Secretary of State James Baker and Chilean Foreign Minister Hernan Felipe Errazuriz agreed to act swiftly to contain a poisoning scare that has threatened to paralyze Chile's $700 million fruit-export industry. The Food and Drug Administration earlier this week advised consumers not to eat Chilean fruit On Thursday, it said it is assembling a team of inspectors to send to Chile to review security procedures used by farmers and exporters. Federal inspectors, acting on anonymous threats sent to the U.S. Embassy in Chile, found trace amounts of cyanide on two seedless Chilean grapes last weekend in Philadelphia. The level of cyanide in the fruit was far less than the amount required to make a small child sick. The agency said Thursday that its intensive inspections of thousands of crates of Chilean fruit being held on American docks had not turned up evidence of any other contamination. There have been no reports of any injury related to Chilean produce. Flag fray grows; Senate, Chicago pass legislation FLAG, from page A 1 The student artist, whose arrangement of the flag on a floor of the Chicago Art Institute provoked debate and demonstrations, defended his display in angry exchanges with protesters Thursday, the last day of the show. "If I lived in Russia, I'd use their flag and put the same exhibit up," said "Dread" Scott Tyler, who stood on the steps of the Art Institute to defend his work, What is the Proper Way to Display the U.S. Flag? Tyler has said he put together the exhibit to protest what he called U.S. oppression in the Third World. Since the flag was noticed, shortly after the show opened Feb. 17, hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters have gathered between the museum's hallmark bronze lions, sometimes resorting to fisticuffs. The exhibit features a photomontage, ledgers in which viewers can write comments, and the flag, spread on the floor beneath the photos and the ledgers. Protesters contend the arrangement invites visitors to walk on the flag, a claim school officials dispute. The protesters repeatedly pick it up and place it, neatly folded, on a shelf. Tyler's right to display the piece was supported by the museum, by a Swl AJ y if Warner said the speedy action on the nomination was the result of quick work by the FBI in completing its background check and because Cheney, as a member of the House, recently had filed financial reports. Sen. James Exon of Nebraska, second-ranking Democrat on the committee, said that over the past two want to be able to tell parents that we aren't serving any apples that were sprayed." Other Arizona districts that had considered yanking apples from menus say they have decided not to do so. "I served them today," said Joan Tease, food-service director for the Phoenix Elementary District. "I felt satisfied they were safe after talking yesterday to the Washington state Apple Commission and the USDA." The Phoenix Union High School District also will continue to serve the fruit. "We need a solution today," Errazuriz said. "We are confident that, with a joint effort, we can have a solution." Baker defended the U.S. order, which has been criticized by Chile as an overreaction. Pinochet compared the the U.S. ban to "killing a fly with a tank." As he spoke to the workers, he ate several grapes. Protesters ate grapes and chanted in front of the U.S. Consulate as anti-American sentiment increased. The demonstrators held up signs asking, "Do you want another Cuba?" apparently to warn of a possible communist takeover if Chile cannot earn money from its fruit. As a result of the FDA warning, food stores throughout the United States have stripped their shelves of Chilean fruits, including seedless grapes, peaches, pears, nectarines and Granny Smith apples. Most fresh grapes sold in the United States at this time of year are from Chile. The poisoning scare has devastated the Chilean fruit industry, which employs nearly 500,000 people and is local judge who dismissed a lawsuit filed by some veterans groups and by the American Civil Liberties Union' on First Amendment grounds. The Senate bill would make it illegal to display the American flag on a floor or burn it. The bill was approved, 97-0, and sent to the House. The Chicago City Council approved an ordinance establishing jail terms and fines for mutilating or defacing any U.S. flag. In California, the school board directed district officials to delete a section of the state education code stating that a salute is not mandatory. A part of the state code allowing school boards to conform with a federal court ruling on individual freedom states, "Individuals shall not be required to participate in the salute to the flag." Trustees of the district, in the middle of the Mojave Desert, ordered administrators to delete the paragraph when the policy comes up for final board review March 27. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1943 ruled that the government may not compel citizens to salute the flag. "Freedom of religion has nothing to do with saluting the flag," district trustee Carl von Badinski said. Compiled from The Associated Press . and United Press International. The Associated Press James Exon, Sam Nunn and John staff director Arnold Punaro. months, "many have second-guessed our motives from time to time; but in the end, the process works." Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., asked whether the unanimous panel vote showed that the Senate had not been torn by the Tower vote, said, "That was just one of the storms that come along, and they all sweep out to sea." "Our research indicates that our "Z supplies are safe," said Kathy Glind-' mcier, food-service director. "I'm ; X I glad. This time of year, apples provide v -us with a very economical source of good nutrition." It was reported incorrectly Thursday that the Tucson Unified School . District was among Arizona districts considering pulling apples from its menus. That district has verified that its apple products are safe. On Monday, the state Department of Education mailed a memo to school districts suggesting that they be careful when buying apples. t ? JO",, S I, rf J' A J' , ; ' 1 1 ' ' ,v Hernan Felipe Errazuriz The Chilean foreign minister says, "We are confident that ... we can have a solution." responsible for about 10 percent of Chile's exports. News reports from Chile said tens of thousands of workers had been idled. Canada also has halted Chilean fruit imports because of the threat. Compiled from The New York Tme$ and United Press International. rfV- 4

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