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The Journal News from White Plains, New York • Page 12

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Donovan maintains innocence in trial METRO ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y., MONDAY. JANUARY 19, 1987 ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y., MONDAY, JANUAKT IV, iva ffjml Ch3TQS B4 NEW YORK (AP) Two jurors lect to absorb that much raw infor- Talks to cesymme Bom rail sMhe mation." and a defendant dozed while a LIRR shutdown; commuters scramble NEW YORK (AP) As commuters on the Long Island Rail Road continued without service for a second day today, negotiators were preparing to meet again in an effort to work out their differences and bring an end to the strike that has idled the railroad. The strike came early Sunday after several days of around-the-clock negotiations. At about 6 a.m. Joseph A.

Cassidy, the general chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, one of the 11 unions trying to negotiate a new contract, said he had reached an "irreconcilable impasse" with the LIRR. Moments later, the railroad's police union announced they would also strike and the nation's busiest commuter railroad halted operations. The strike is the fifth in 15 years for the LIRR, which typically serves nearly 150,000 commuters a day. Late Sunday, railroad officials said they had sent out telegrams to the unions that have not reached contract agreements calling for negotiations to resume at 11 a.m. today at a hotel at Kennedy Airport.

Union leaders indicated they would attend the talks. "Whether you can absorb and recall it I can't even do that, and I've been into this for IVi years," said Assistant District Attorney Stephen R. Bookin, the chief prosecutor. He said the best the jury can do is grasp the evidence "as it comes in." Bookin said the trial is moving slowly because it is complex and because various members of the 10-lawyer defense team keep cross-examining his witnesses. But to the defendants, the trial's length shows a lack of substance.

"If a prosecutor cannot put a case on in a far less time-consuming way, he doesn't have a case," Donovan said. "His theory keeps changing. And the jury is sitting there, asking, 'Where is the The nine defendants also are sitting there. Justice John P. Collins has ordered them to be present at every session, usually Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m., with an hour off for lunch. They watch from the front row of the cavernous wood-paneled courtroom as witnesses plow through records from the 1979 subway tunnel contract on which the case is based. "It is very depressing," said Donovan. "I'm not happy. But I've resigned myself that I have no control over the length of this trial." Donovan, who had a portion of his lung removed because of a benign tumor last summer, has resumed smoking cigarettes.

slouching witness droned on about bills. But former Secretary of Labor Raymond J. Donovan sat bolt upright still alert, still angry and still on trial. "We are going to be found innocent. But we won't get justice," Donovan said last week outside the courtroom where he's spent much of the last four months.

"That's already gone." It is 27 months since the Reagan appointee became the first sitting Cabinet member ever indicted and nearly two years since he quit his job to fight the charges. He and eight other men are accused of defrauding New York City's transit authority of $7.4 million on a $186 million subway tunnel contract. Their trial was exected to last three months when it began in October. The guess now is that it may end in March. The prosecution still is presenting its case, in what already is the longest trial in memory in the trial level of state court in the Bronx.

There have been more than a score of witnesses and 250 exhibits, some of them thousands of pages long. Another 200 prosecution exhibits are expected. The transcript of the testimony already is nearly 11,000 pages long. "Even the lawyers in this case couldn't tell you with reasonable accuracy what has happened in the course of the trial," said Theodore W. Geiser, lead defense lawyer.

"It is impossible for the human intel the telegram encouraging and said representatives of the unions would attend the next round of negotiations. The vice chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, John Rousseau, said: "We are going to be there." The effects of the strike were minimal Sunday, a light ridership day, and were not expected to be fully felt today, which is the federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Picketing was not planned until Tuesday, and if the strike continues until then it will mean major headaches for many of the thousands of commuters who depend on the line for transportation between the Long Island suburbs and New York City. Many commuters were preparing for life without the railroad by organizing car pools or making plans to stay with friends or relatives or in hotels in the city.

Frank Santoro, who works for ITT World Communications, said he planned to drive to his mother's house in Brooklyn and commute from there weekdays to his office in Manhattan and return to his home in Oakdale only on weekends. "It means I won't get to see my family during the week," the 50-year-old father of five said. "But my mother is very pleased." I'll I AP John A. Caggiano, who speaks for a coalition of the unions, called The last train leaves New York's Penn station bound for Babylon, N.Y., as the Long Island Rail Road shut down Sunday. Security tightens at detention center after prisoner unrest, escapes An onoht anil returned to the to.

R-NY. who joined INS District Directo release do Diaz, 26, was caught and returned to the in R-NY who ioined INS District Director iail-wise. Thev don't see their com us, we are desperate! We have families!" NEW YORK (AP) Immigration offi Charles Sava at the facility announcing the facility. ing soon," said Alan Friess, the agency's chief of special investigations. "As a result, things come together sometimes, and I think it would be fallacious to pinpoint just one particular incident." On Sunday, police cordoned off the area in anticipation of a possible riot.

But no injuries were reported during the outbreak that was brought under control within less than an hour, said federal marshal Dennis Gibson. Officials said there had been a small disturbance at the detention center Saturday night when one of the escapees, Alfre imminent transfer of the Manei Lurjans. The Varick Street center, which has been the site of protests and hunger strikes in the past, is a holding facility for illegal immigrants in various stages of deportation. INS officials have complained that although the facility is not designed to hold criminal immigrants, a national shortage of maximum security immigration facilities has forced them to rely on the Varick Street jail. Seventy of the center's 172 inmates have been convicted of felonies.

cials promised to tighten security and to transfer 70 inmates after a second day of disturbances erupted at a detention center in lower Manhattan where two inmates had escaped and one was still at large. Authorities at the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service detention center at 201 Varick St. said detainees set fire to a men's room wastebasket on Sunday morning. They then shattered at least three windows on the fourth floor of the center and began shouting to passers-by, "We want freedom now! We are human beings! Help Some inmates at the center apparently were protesting a loss of visitation rights following Saturday's escape. The INS promised to tighten the guard at the facility and to transfer 70 Cuban prisoners to more secure facilities.

The two escapees were among 70 Cuban inmates who came to the United States in the Mariel boatlift and were subsequently convicted of crimes in this country, according to INS spokesman Duke Austin. Another INS official cautioned against isolating any one cause for the incident. "You're dealing with a population that's Diaz and Ricardo Revuelta-Rosell, also 26, slipped down a bedsheet rope to freedom on Saturday. Diaz was captured within an hour about a mile from the detention center. Revuelta-Rosell remained at large Sunday, authorities said.

As a result of the disturbance, visitation rights were suspended Sunday, apparently helping to provoke the second outburst. Fifty Cubans will be transferred Tuesday to a maximum security federal facility in Atlanta, and 20 more will be moved out within two weeks, said Sen. Alfonse D'Ama- HS JRS SAT SAT Small Grou pi Guaranteed Result! Monsey, Suffern, New City 8 Sessions plus-College Night Seminar EDUCATIONAL SERVICES CENTER 356-8963 The Best Preparation Is A Good Teacher THE BORTNICK COURSE Taught By Al Bortnick Author Of Th. Wid.ly Used Book "A Guide To Tho SAT" High School English Supervisor 26 Ymm Of Succttiful Tmt Preparation Free College Admission Seminar Call 354-3936 Educating today's child for tomorrow's world taste Mm Looking for fast food? In a hurry, light lunch late night snack? -f You can grab a good meal, fresh r- -J S. sandwiches, drinks or ice cream.

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Helt was scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. this morning. It was called off Sunday because of blowing snow. "It's a very dangerous place to be, if you're not familiar with the area," said Ellenville Police Chief George Sheeley. "The conditions are not good for him," said Cragsmoor Fire Chief Robert Krum.

Up to three feet of snow cover the mountain and temperatures have dipped near zero over the past few nights, he said. Searchers on Sunday worked in snow and rain, Krum said. The visibility started to deteriorate about 4 p.m. and the day's search was called off an hour later. Helt was last seen about 3:30 a.m.

Saturday, wher he set out to get help after the car in which he and three friends were riding on Sams Point Road got stuck in the snow, Sheeley said. The area where Helt was last seen is wooded and full of crevices, Sheeley said. Snowdrifts up on the mountain were 10 feet high, he said. Burned body of woman found near Woodstock WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) The severely burned body of a young woman was found on a hiking trail near a Buddhist monastery here, alongside a champagne bottle, a Charles Dickens novel and a tape recorder, police say.

The woman was covered with "some sort of volatile agent" which apparently ignited, causing the burns that led to her death, said Ulster County Coroner Dr. Harry McNamara. There were no signs of foul play, he said. The woman had been dead for at least six or seven days, but cold weather prevented decomposition, he said Sunday night. The body was found Saturday off a logging road by Woodstock Councilwoman Aileen B.

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