Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on May 13, 1991 · Page 1
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Monday, May 13, 1991
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BUSINESS ' - rCSPORTSN Get to know your net worth Lakers 123 Warriors 107 Bulls 76ers 101 85 The Ammma Republic State Edition 35c 7 I e Copyright 1991, The Arizona Republic Monday, May 13, 1991 Phoenix, Arizona 101st year, No. 360 By Abraham Kwok The Arizona Republic It was the type of sleuthing that literally sapped one's life: tackling a 5-year-old murder mystery with a set of fingerprints left at the scene as the only solid clue. In the past, it would have taken a detective 52 years to get a match between the fingerprints at the scene and those on file at the Phoenix Police Department because the work had to be done manually. However, technician Douglas Ferguson managed to get an answer within three minutes, punching his inquiry into a fingerprint-analysis computer system that Police Chief . Ruben Ortega called "the wave of the crime-fighting future." "It's like going from old Ford Model T's to Formula I," said Ferguson, a 22-year' veteran of crime analysis. "This is going to be a turn-on for us all." And a turnoff, he and other Phoenix officials maintain, for suspects who previously have escaped the law because police detectives had no way or no time to link them to crimes. Police predict that by using the new technology, known as the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, they will solve crimes ranging from burglaries to homicides at several times the current rate. Indeed, Ortega and other Phoenix officials say, the system, known as AFIS, has already paid part of its $5 million price tag before its scheduled launch into "full operation" today. ' Latent-print technicians, using the system, already have matched 'Like going from Model T's to Formula F Computer is handy for police Fingerprint work speeded radically FINGERPRINT m IDENTIFICATION SPv.vv Every day, arrested people are fingerprinted. Their prm into a new computerized fingerprinting system at the Pho Is arc put enix Police Department, checked against prints from unsolved crimes and placed into a growing database for future reference. THE LATENT IMAGE Fingerprints lifted at the scene may not show the whole fingerprint, but may display just enough information to make a match with fingerprints on file. THE PRINT ON FILE More than 300,000 people are on file with the Phoenix police. More than 200 are fingerprinted each day. i Capture latent print Fingerprint image is lifted at the crime scene and brought to the crime lab. About 40 percent of all crimes have latent fingerprints. m Digitize the Image The image of the fingerprint is digitized into the computer. Enhance the image The operator adjusts the image's contrast and brightness. Digitized print Ridge O ,- ! i T 11 t. - 7 1 Bifurcation (ridge splits) -Ridge ends : A ;A -o Identification points - EF-v. Oir)i10i ; , 00110100 1 HOiOOi . 10'" 101 : 111 Plot the minutiae (ridges) Special software plots bifurcation (areas where ridges in a fingerprint split) and ridge endings. The location and direction of these give the print its unique signature (above). Launch the data The data from the fingerprint are sent into the main computer where the print is compared with hundreds of thousands on file. The computer generates a list of possible matches. Identification Operators call up the matched files on the computer screen and compare them with the latent image. The computer provides only suggestions; it's up to the operator to decide if there is a match. Manual comparison When the operator thinks there is a match, he makes a manual comparison of the actual latent print and the print card the department has on file. If it is a match, he alerts investigating detectives. - See DETECTIVES page A5 Source: Phoenix Police Department Don FoleyThe Arizona Republic Day of infamy haunts woman 'Past life' 'ended at Pearl Harbor as man, she says By Gail Tabor The Arizona Republic The day that will live in infamy, Dec. 7, 1941, also lives within the mind of a Valley woman who says she was a young man at Pearl Harbor almost 50 years ago. '. The television program Unsolved Mysteries couldn't resist that scenario, and a film crew is in the Valley f X Frank Baranowski Has more than 700 pages of documents to prove that his client's recollection is accurate. through Tuesday to get the story. The crew also will videotape a re-enactment of the woman's purported past-life regression and her hypnotist's efforts to track down the past with the help of a local congressional aide. A local actress, Cindy Wynn of Tempe, will play the role of the woman undergoing hypnosis; the actual person refuses to be interviewed. On Sunday, Rep. Jay Rhodes' Mesa office was full of Los Angeles-based technicians preparing to videotape the re-enactment. Bob Scanlan, an aide to former Congressman John Rhodes, told of his efforts to help Mesa hypnotist Frank Baranowski verify the woman's story. See A DAY, page A4 1st U.S. rescue force lands in Bangladesh 2nd cyclone may be forming Republic Wire Services DHAKA, Bangladesh U.S. Marines and Army Special Forces, vowing to turn seawater into safe drinking water, arrived here Sunday on a mission to save cyclone survivors from disease and starvation. As the vanguard of the U.S.military task force arrived Sunday, the threat of a new cyclone hung over Bangladesh, an impoverished nation already struggling to cope with flooding, hunger and disease in the wake of last month's killer storm. More than 139,000 . people were killed, by official count, by the April 30 cyclone and tidal wave that inundated low-lying islands and coastal villages along the Bay of Bengal. Bangladeshi officials estimate that at least 8 million survivors of the killer cyclone ajid a series of recent tornadoes face serious health problems and food shortages. Many already suffer from life-threatening diarrhea and are without adequate food and shelter. About 200 people have died of diarrhea alone, Information Secretary Manzur-e-Moula said Sunday night. At least 64 U.S. Marines and Army Rangers landed at Dhaka's airport Sunday. The first group consisted mostly of engineers and communications experts who will lay the logistical groundwork for thousands of Marines. "We got equipment here to make pure water out of salt water, out of contaminated water. We can take See U.S. RESCUE, page A 10 0 150 CHINA Miles r- t YXf S INDIA JJEPAL j (BHUTAN Dhaka. (J INDIA ) LA BURMA jMjV ChitlagonQ f BANGLADESH i i VA EUROPE ASIA ; Area in detail AFRICA O . The Arizona Republic Wrapped in yellow ribbon GI son returns on Mother's Day By Art Thomason The Arizona Republic Joann Nahass wore a Mother's Day corsage with yellow ribbons as she waited nervously Sunday with dozens of family members and friends in a terminal at Sky Harbor International Airport. But her anxiety ended and Mother's Day became special when her 20-year-old son, a Persian Gulf soldier whom she hadn't seen for 10 months, walked up an airport gate ramp and into her arms. "I love Mom," Army Spec. Chris Nahass said as he embraced and kissed his mother. "Mom supported me throughout this whole war Mom and Dad. I wouldn't have made it without them." "It's the best Mother's Day present ever," Joann said of the reunion with her youngest of three sons. She had not seen him since July, when he left home to be stationed in Ansbach, Germany, with elements of the 3rd Armored Division. A month later, he was bracing for war in the Persian Gulf. He had volunteered to go to Saudi Arabia, and Joann, a secretary for the Mesa Police Department, mother of three sons and wife of a Mesa firefighter, was at wits' end. "I told him, 'No, you don't volunteer when you're in the - a W3 Av i "... . r-:y ... $M v.KfV'": . . ; .: 1 Michael MeisterThe Arizona Republic Army Spec. Chris Nahass and his mother, Joann, embrace at Sky Harbor International Airport. "I love Mom," the soldier said at their reunion Sunday. Army,' " she said. His newfound sense of duty had not been that evident at home, she said. "He didn't volunteer to do the chores, but he did the dishes and tidied the house up before I got home from work a lot." Although he had kept in touch with his family while he was in the Middle East, "it was some time, a month, we didn't hear from him while he was on the front lines," Joann said. "Then they stationed themselves 70 miles from Baghdad, and it was another month before we heard from them," she said. "We can all sleep now," his father, Pat, said. For the moment, Joann and Pat are not worried about their son's physical well-being. But there are other worries, Joann said. See MOTHER'S, page AW - Inside Bad fire season feared PageBl Astrology Bridge Business Chuckle Classified Comics B4 B4 B6 , A2 CL1 C5, CL8 Dear Abby B4 Editorial A8 Life & Leisure CI Obituaries Prayer Puzzles Short Takes JSolomon Sports Television Weather B5 A2 B4 C3 B4 Dl C4 A10 VJV GRADUATION PROTEST In a gesture reminiscent of the 1960s black-power movement, seniors at Hampton University raise clenched fists at the end of President Bush's commencement address, which was punctuated by boos from protesters Sunday. Students at the Virginia school have complained during anti-Bush rallies that the president is unsympathetic to black issues. Story, A3. Doug MillsThe Associated Press New freeway sales tax supported, poll says By Bob Golfen The Arizona Republic An additional half-cent sales tax to fund construction of the Maricopa County freeway system is favored by more than half of the county residents responding to the latest Arizona Republic Poll. A majority of the same 479 people polled believe that the Arizona Department of Transportation is doing an "only fair" or "poor" job in getting the freeway system built. Asked whether they would "favor or oppose another one-half-cent sales tax to complete the county's freeway system," 58 percent responded in favor and 40 percent were opposed. Two percent did not respond. "They want their roads built, the same thing they said in '85," said Rep. Lela Steffey, R-Mesa, referring to the successful Proposition 300, which outlined the extensive freeway-building plan and the original half-cent sales tax to build it. Steffey, chairman of the House Transportation Committee and a critic of ADOT's road-building efforts, said she believes that the percentage in favor would be higher if administrative changes were made in ADOT to make sure the additional half-cent was spent correctly. "I'm encouraged by that percentage, and I think we can improve on that if we make some changes," she See NEW, PageA5

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