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White Plains, New York
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Thursday, June 22, 1989
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Metro Thursday, June 22, 1989 The Journal-News, Rockland County, N.Y. B7 Jail barge gets 5-year berth ; By Catherine Crocker -The Associated Press NEW YORK - Secretary of State 'Gail S. Shaffer said yesterday she 'has ruled against the city's application to permanently moor a jail barge at a Greenwich Village pier. iBut she agreed the city could berth '. it there for five years. Deputy Mayor Robert Esnard said he considered Shaffer's ruling "an approval, not a denial." "The state has acknowledged we can be there for five years,' he said. "We never thought we could be there forever." But state Senate Minority Leader Manfred Ohrenstein, a key opponent of the jail barge, criticized Shaffer's decision. He said he expected a bill to prohibit placing such "inappo-priate facilities" along Manhattan's Hudson River waterfront would pass in the Senate in the next few days. Shaffer said she denied the city's request that it be allowed to permanently berth the 386-bed floating detention facility at Pier 40 off West Houston Street because it is inconsistent with the state's Coastal Management Program policies. The city's application did not meet the program's concern about public access to the waterfront, nor did it further its objective to restore and redevelop the waterfront for commerial, industrial, cultural and recreational uses, she added. "We especially considered the precedent-setting nature of this whole concept. If we were to allow this kind of facility at this site, we would enourage the proliferation of other inappropriate proposals on the waterfront," Shaffer said in a telephone interview. "The West Side of Manhattan -for scenic reasons, habitat issues, for all kinds of goals is particularly unsuited." The five-story Bibby Venture barge, a former British troop ship the city obtained for $20 million, houses 330 prisoners at its temporary mooring at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, said Ruby Ryles, spokeswoman for the Department of Correction. In her rejection of Pier 40 as a permanent site, Shaffer said she also put forward an alternative plan as she was required to do under federal law that would allow the city to moor the barge there temporarily while conforming to the state's Coastal Management Program policies. "We have outlined a proposal for possible temporary mooring for five years, with very strict requirements," she said. "It's very obvious that we feel it should not be there at all." But she added that the city does have "a legitimate crisis in the prison system" and needs someplace to put its inmates. Bodies identified as missing teen-agers The Associated Press NEW YORK - Two bodies found in plastic bags near the Whitestone Bridge were identified yesterday as teen-agers who vanished on their way to school two weeks ago, police said. The naked bodies of Nilda Car-tegena, 13, and Heriberto Marrero, 15, both of 1493 Watson Ave. in the Bronx, were discovered Tuesday night off the service road of the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx in a wooded area about eight feet from the road, said police spokesman Sgt. John Clifford. The medical examiner performed an autopsy on Heriberto but was unable to determine a cause of death and was awaiting the results of toxicological tests, which could take up to a week, said Chief of Detectives Robert Colangelo at a news briefing yesterday at the 48th Precinct. While marks on Nilda's neck initially indicated that she might have been strangled, Colangelo said the marks could have come from the way her head was positioned. Her autopsy had not yet been completed, Colangelo said. Colangelo confirmed reports that a dead chicken and a coconut were found several feet away from the bodies. The findings had fueled speculation that the teen-agers had been slain as part of a ritualistic sacrifice. "We don't know if there's any connection between these articles and the children," he said. "We do have information that dead chickens have been found in that area before." The two teen-agers, who were neighbors and friends, were last seen June 9 by Nilda's uncle, Alex Henriquez, who drove them to JHS 123 in the Soundview section of the Bronx and dropped them off on a nearby corner at about 8:20 a.m. Attendance records showed that the children never signed in. The children's mothers reported them missing when they failed to return A dead chicken and a coconut were found several feet away from the bodies, fueling speculation that the teen-agers had been slain as part of a ritualistic sacrifice. from school. Colangelo said police initially thought the boy and girl had run away because they had received information from some of their friends that the pair had planned on skipping class that day. He said the two had a history of minor truancy. Friends of the families distributed 2,000 fliers with pictures of the missing teens throughout the Soundview section of the Bronx and in Manhattan. Detectives at the 45th Precinct found the bodies after they receivd a phone call telling them that a body had been spotted near the parkway. Colangelo said the teenagers had been dead for several days when they were found. The teens' clothes Nilda's white "Batman" T-shirt, black and white shorts, white socks, black sneakers and some jewelry and Heriberto's turquoise shorts, yellow T-shirt, and white sneakers were not found. Colangelo said police have no motive for the killing and do not know what the pair did after their uncle dropped them off at school. Police were asking the public's help in solving the murders and have set up a 24-hour hotline for calls at (212) 583-0144. Coke worth $200 million found in cans of oranges The Associated Press NEW YORK - Five men were arrested yesterday on Long Island when they began to unload $200 million worth of cocaine packed in a shipment of canned orange slices from Ecuador. U.S. Customs agents discovered the 3,044 pounds of cocaine after X-raying the boxes of oranges, which were delivered to the Red Hook Terminal in Brooklyn on a container ship May 26, according to customs spokeswoman Joan Baran. The lVi tons of cocaine has an estimated street value of $200 million, according to a statement from U.S. Customs. The cocaine had been hidden in sealed packets inside some of the cans of oranges, which were labeled "orange halves in juice" and packed six to a carton in 1,170 boxes. A Customs Contraband Enforcement Team, assisted by dogs trained to sniff out drugs, discovered the contents when the boxes were passed through a mobile X-ray van. Customs and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents waited for the cans of oranges to be picked up and then followed them to their destination. The cargo was first brought to Maspeth, Queens, and from there it was transferred to a rental truck. When the truck became disabled, the cargo was put in a van and taken to 162 Brookville Rd., Muttontown, in Nassau County, the home of one of the men arrested, William Alvarez, 40, Baran said. As the drugs were being unloaded, agents moved in and arrested Alvarez, Hoover Castro, 26, of Flushing, Queens, Daniel Delcastillo, 28, of Miami and Ricardo Isquierdo, 28, of Cali, Colombia, Baran siad. William Alvarez's brother Daniel was arrested later at his home in College Point, Queens, she said. His age was not available. The five were charged with importation and distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. They will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Andrew Maloney. The cargo had been exported by Exportadora Questa in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and consigned to Fjord Overseas Trading in Collee Point, Queens. Shaffer's proposal would allow the barge to be moored at Pier 40 until Dec. 30, 1994, unless an emergency exists and the secretary of state agrees that it can remain there. Meanwhile, the city would be required by the end of the first year to complete a comprehensive water-font land use plan for existing and future city structures and activities in all five boroughs. Furthermore, Shaffer said, the city would be required by July 31, 1991, to spell out one or more alternative sites for berthing the Bibby Venture and start environmental reviews of those sites. Esnard said the city has agreed to the conditions of Shaffer's alternative proposal. He said the next step in the approval process was for the city to submit the plan to the Army Corps of Engineers. Ohrenstein, D-Manhattan, said he would urge the corps to deny the application. He and other elected officials, as well as several community groups, also have filed a lawsuit in Manhattan state Supreme Court claiming the city violated state environmental laws in approving the barge at Pier 40. Esnard said the city only intended to moor the barge at the Greenwich Village site "until the prison crisis was over or there was enough upland space to accommodate prisoners." HONORING SLAIN OLYMPIANS The Associated Press Former New York Jets coach Weeb Eubank is flanked by current Jets Greg Buttle, left, and Lance Mehl yesterday at the 12th annual Sports Torch of Learning Awards dinner at the New York Hilton. The dinner commemorates the 11 Israeli athletes slain by terrorists during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. 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