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Wednesday, October 9, 1996 THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER d City B5 Ogrod is . yd b-jvi . i 1 ' convictea of murder VERDICT from B1 an end. The jury will begin deliberations today1 i(J determine whether Ogrod should be1 put to death or sentenced to Jife.'iji. prison. "I hope that animal is man endligh to take the punishment the way it comes, but I doubt he will," Jolyiahy said. "I really don't care whaf happens to him. The most im-poriaiitj thing is that he is never la .m . ! able to harm an other child and do this to another family again." "I'm just glad that he'll, be in jail and he won't get out to hurt another child," said the girl's mother. "Now we can remember Barbara Jean with all the good times ,Vri ml V, r :4)tl6 JTf I s vn ij I , rxt- W 1 ,-ii',iHm i Walter Ogrod could face the death penalty or life. 1 1H?" we had and not if,,1.: a ' have to think about this part of it. I know she's looking down on us, and she's with us all the time." Tins crime horrified the quiet Northeast neighborhood where Barbara Jean and Ogrod lived across the; street from each other. John Fahy ; was home with the girl July 12, 1988f when she walked outside to playjmd disappeared. Her body was found several hours later. The killing went unsolved for nearly four years. Several neighbor's' gaV4 police a description of a maji tiey saw carrying a cardboard box about 5 p.m. that day, but none identified Ogrod, then a storm-window installer. In'l992,'detectives decided to start frorrC,; Scratch by interviewing neighbors on Rutland Street, where the girl lived. They tracked down Ogrbd, -who had moved to Glenside, Montgomery County. Under questioning, police said, he broke down and confessed. Ogrod later recanted and maintained detectives coerced his statement. At his first trial, Ogrod testified that he had worked an overnight shift; nd was sleep-deprived when lie went to the Police Administration Building for questioning on April 5, 1992. He said detectives bad-gerbdhim for 18 hours and put words in his mouth and photos of the dead child in his face until he confessed. ik3 Homer is told to skip his TV job ni """"SHOW HOST from B1 Williams," an African American economist at George Mason University who is known for his conservative iews. Ifomer who is white, raised eyebrows with a Sept. 25 tirade on his radio .show about a driver who plowed into his car on the Roosevelt Extension of the Schuylkill Expressway that morning and sped off. He railed against the motorist, whom he 'identified as a "black African American female" and called a, "She drove off so damn fast, she may'',pe';in hell by now which I hope she is," Homer told his listeners, "She's a hit-and-run bitch." Afttcalri, Americans in and out of - .v,f yj-vv. $ $2.9 million grant for Schuylkill projects ':' RIVER from B1 more property owners they should earmark their land to remain forever undeveloped. "The results of this work, we believe, will be greater than the sum of the parts," said foundation president Jlarry E. Cerino. The grant is the third-largest private donation in the nation aimed at protecting a watershed, said Ed Mc-Mahon of the Conservation Fund, a national Organization that will receive Sjl5$,500 of the grant to coordinate and monitor the efforts of the seven groups. ThG-.foundation, which gave $13 million to the Philadelphia School District's:: Children Achieving pro-granunjsually focuses on education and rebuilding low-income communities. Cerino said the foundation saw t,his project as a way to link city and, region and to make both suburbanites and Philadelphians more aware of the rivers and streams in their back yards. The three-year project has a two-pronged V approach: keeping the river clean and making it more accessible to attract more people who will use it for recreation. "That will give people a feeling of ownership," said Chari Tow'tie, who I I ppii;iiii iii nil inn hi mi I mihimi wimiii wammmmtmmmmmmmmm vmmmm 1 4 1 1 A f-v ) . H .v" c ' l ij ' f A ! V V; ' 'S f i ' " 1 A F V , : ft ''MWJ ; , .It ' ' 1 I' ' ) uf;t' : " ,j ;A f . 1 I '' '. ' ' ' " . - s iiil.u anfc ihimm MmiMtiiBawMfcyMMiBiw li i ml t iV n r .n rtti iii s' .H The Philadelphia Inquirer MICHAEL S. WIRTZ Sharon and John Fahy leave court after a jury found Walter Ogrod guilty of killing their daughter, 4-year-old Barbara Jean Horn, in 1988. "It's an unbelievable amount of relief," John Fahy said. Ogrod did not take the stand at his second trial. By then, the case had a new prosecutor Judith Frankel Rubino and new evidence: testimony by a prison inmate that, in 1994, Ogrod described to him in vivid detail how he lured Barbara Jean to his basement, tried to force her to perform oral sex, and, when she started to scream, beat her on the head and shoulders with a metal pipe from a weight set. Ogrod was in prison awaiting retrial. Rubino said the prisoner's testimony buttressed Ogrod's statement to detectives. "Because it was so detailed," Rubino said. "Even more detailed than the statement to police. It was a different jury, and the evidence was put in a different way." Ogrod's attorney, Mark S. Green-berg, said that both confessions, to police and to his fellow inmate, were bogus. Greenberg said he was disappointed with the verdict, but respected the jury's decision. "My job is to save the man's life," he said, city government said they thought Homer's remarks were offensive. Homer told a friend that his angry words were directed at the particular driver who hit his car not at all women or all African,Americans. An employee of WPVI said that Homer's rift with the station began early yesterday, when he was asked to appear as a "newsmaker" on Channel 6's AM Live, with host Wal-ly Kennedy. Homer was told that because of a station policy, he could not appear on both AM Live and Inside Story in the same week. That led to a blowup in which Munich told Homer to say out of the news, the station employee said. Homer then announced he was quitting, the employee said. is the Schuylkill's Riverkeeper through the American Littoral Society's Delaware Riverkeeper Network. She painted the project as part of a 50-year tradition of community effort to reclaim the Schuylkill, which has more sediment pollution than any other Delaware River tributary. Three other grants will be used to complete the riverside trail that now runs from Fairmount Park to Valley Forge, and which conservationists hope will eventually stretch the 130-mile length of the river to Fort Mifflin on the Delaware. A grant of $614,000 is earmarked for the Schuylkill River Greenway Association. It will make trails from 10 miles of abandoned Pennsylvania Railroad tracks in Berks County, including two railroad bridges spanning the river, and build four canoe-launching sites. The Schuylkill River Park will be completed between Spruce and Spring Garden Streets with a grant of $490,600. And the John Bartram Association will receive $38,000 to plan the Botanic Trail, which will run from 30th Street Station to Historic Bartram's Garden !fi southwest Philadelphia. referring to the penalty phase of the trial. "This is an example where the death penalty should not be imposed," he said. "At the first trial, 11 people voted not guilty. ... Three years later, with the change of a jury, with a different prosecutor, to then impose a sentence of death is a perfect example of why the death penalty is an arbitrary sentence." Rubino said she would ask the jury to sentence Ogrod to death because "it was an intentional killing during a felony crime" sexual assault. Greenberg said he would present "a number of mitigating circumstances," including the lack of any prior criminal record and the fact that Ogrod was "laboring under an emotional disturbance" at the time of the killing. He said Ogrod would decide by today whether to take the stand and plead for his life. "Mr. Ogrod is obviously very disappointed," Greenberg said. "It's obvious that regardless of what the jury says, he feels his life is over." Munich denied that. "He'll be back on our panel in two weeks," she said. Homer told his radio audience on Sept. 25 that the driver who hit his Mercedes Benz caused S8.000 in damage, and he offered a $1,000 reward for information. A man who happened to witness the accident and jot down the woman's license-plate number phoned the radio station and was given the reward. Police said the woman was driving without a license in an uninsured car, left the scene, and did not report the collision. Police said they may charge her with leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor. Schuylkill Watershed CARBON COUNTY tm Minersyi 'ottsville SCHUYLKILL. $Ct rri (aitv . 'if9 BERKS COUNTY Reading LANCASTER COUNTY ft MILES CHESTER 10 Donations of organs are up locally ORGANS from B1 ting their licenses whether they are willing to be organ donors. A similar law was enacted in New Jersey last year, But its provisions have yet to be fully implemented. Throughout the nation, organ-procurement agencies have stepped up educational efforts to increase donation. In this year's first nine months, 206 local people became donors. That's up from 168 during the same period last year. And surgeons have performed 646 transplants here this year, compared to 533 in the first nine months of 1995, a 21 percent increase. Tissue and cornea transplants have remained relatively stable over the last two years, though procurement agencies have grown pickier about which donors to accept, partly because of more stringent government standards introduced last year and partly because there have been more potential donors to choose from. The Lion's Eye Bank of Will's Eye Hospital, for example, no longer has to solicit corneas from outside the area. "It's been a really good thing, this law," said Bob Lytle, assistant director of the eye bank. "Right now, the tissue that's coming in is meeting our needs." The Center for Organ Recovery and Education, the organ-procurement agency in Western Pennsylvania, did not have up-to-date information about donations. Before the new law, hospital, personnel often discussed organ donations with the families of potential donors. Nathan pushed for changing the law because he believed that hospitals were passing up potentially good donors, mistakenly thinking they were too old or sick. In addition, doctors and nurses are often uncomfortable asking families to donate. Kidney-1 has trained transplant coordinators, whose job it is to ask patients' families about organ donations. "How the approach is made is very important," Nathan said. "The timing ... is very important." While Nathan was right about hospitals missing potential donors, Kidney-1 has had to work hard to find them. For the five extra donors a month that it now gets, the organization fields between 2,250 and 2,750 additional calls. It has had to increase its staff by 20 percent. "The real issue now is family consent," Nathan said. Only about half the families of potential donors agree to donate organs. The rate is only 15 percent for tissues, which include skin, bone, heart valves and blood vessels. Nathan would like to see the consent rate rise to 75 percent. Organ-procurement agencies have mounted advertising campaigns designed to improve awareness of donation and to encourage people to discuss their wishes with family members. Some of those campaigns are aimed at minorities, who have been less likely to donate than whites, often causing minority transplant candidates to wait longer for a match. A Gallup poll, conducted in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in August, found that the ad campaigns may be having an impact but that there is plenty of room for improvement. As in the past, most people 85 percent said they supported organ donation. The numbers who said they had informed their families of their wishes increased from 53 percent in 1992 to 72 percent this year. Still, less than half said they were "very likely" to donate. I Q NEW ; JERSEY , ,.,,, Lcniun BUCKS COUNTY . MONTGOMERY 'te, COUNTY PottstowiTM Phoenixville Norristown t COUNTY ' : ' DELAWARE .J, ; COUNTY "- Philadelphia The Philadelprfii Inquirer MIKA GRONOAHL Weather Map shows weather systems and precipitation at noon today, end forecast highlow temperatures for selected cities. A 7453 I I BOSTONl in LA 5636 ATu. i Y3,tlm f ) I I BILLINGS ' A: -7 f DETROIT W- SAn S L-, CHICAGO L.$ "M FRANCISCO DENVER a KANSASCITY- l IT H I PHILADELPHIA L"45 6544 T rT7lm COLD FRONT DALLAS WARM FRONT STATIONARY FRONT RAIN L SHOWERS SNOW ICE Maps HIGH PRESSURE LOW PRESSURE THE FORECAST The remnants of Tropical Storm Josephine crossed the area yesterday, accompanied by wind and rain. Winds gusted over 30 m.p.h., and the rain kept temperatures from rising out of the 50s. This system will continue to move away today, so conditions will steadily improve. Temperatures will rise to near 70, but a cool northwesterly breeze will tend to make it feel cooler. There will be some intervals of sunshine as well. A cold front will cross the area tonight, bringing a few more showers. Temperatures will dip into the lower and middle 50s with varying amounts of clouds. Unsettled weather will persist in the area tomorrow with a cool breeze and variable clouds. There may even be a shower. Temperatures will be lower than today as highs struggle to reach the lower 60s. There is good news for the weekend. High pressure will dominate the area later Friday through Sunday, and temperatures will be seasonably cool. Saturday at this point appears likely to be the best day with sunshine most of the time. Just like last weekend, this weekend should be perfect for any outdoor activities. FIVE-DAY FORECAST " TODAY Breezy with some sunshine. Winds northwest 8-16 m.p.h. High 70. TONIGHT Variable cloudiness with a couple of showers. low 54. THURSDAY Breezy with times of clouds and sunshine. High 62. Low 44. FRIDAY A mixture of clouds and sunshine. High 62. Low 40. SATURDAY Sunny and pleasant. High 66. Low 46. SUNDAY Clouds and sunshine. High 64. Low 48. SUN AND MOON Last Q. New First Q. Full (DOC Oct 4 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 26 Sun rises 7:05 a.m sets 6:30 p.m. Moon rises 4:07 a.m sets 5:02 p.m. YESTERDAY IN PHILADELPHIA H A.M. Temp.Hum. P.M. Temp.Hum. 1 a.m. ... 5796 1 p.m. ... 5793 2 a.m. . . . 5896 2 p.m. . . . 5796 3 a.m. . . . 5796 3 p.m. . . . 5796 4 a.m. . . . 5796 4 p.m. . . . 5696 5 a.m. . . . 5796 - 5 p.m. . . . 5696 6 a.m. ... 5796 6 p.m. ... 5696 7 a.m. . . . 5796 7 p.m. . . . 5696 8 a.m. . . . 5796 8 p.m. . . . 5793 9 a.m. ... 5796 9 p.m. ... 5793 10 a.m. . . . 5893 10 p.m. . . . 5890 11 a.m. ... 5796 11 p.m. ... 5890 Noon 5796 Midnight . . . 5689 PHILADELPHIA ALMANAC Temperatures High yesterday 59 at 2:04 a.m. Record high for yesterday. ... 84 in 1887 Low yesterday 56 at 11:51 p.m. Record low for yesterday .... 32 in 1964 Normal highlow 6949 Yesterday's barometer 6 a.m 29.94 falling Noon 29.84 falling 6 p.m 29.47 falling Midnight 29.66 rising Daylight sky conditions yesterday 100 clouds with 0 sunshine. Precipitation Yesterday 1.33 inches Month through yesterday 1.38 inches Year through yesterday 41.95 inches Normal, year through yest. . . 32.89 inches Surplus, year through yest 9.06 inches Degree days for cooling Yesterday 0 Month through yesterday O Season through yesterday 1084 Last season through yesterday 1571 Today's ultraviolet index Philadelphia 3, Atlantic City 3. The index is a measure of the sun's ultraviolet radiation. Overexposure can be harmful. Readings of 0-2 are considered minimal; 3-4, low: 5-6, moderate; 7-9, high; 10 and above, very high. AIR QUALITY The worst pollutant in the region yesterday was ozone, produced mainly by auto emissions reacting with sunlight The first column in the table shows yesterday's code and Pollution Standard Index, the second column shows yesterday's highest pollutant, and the third column shows today's forecast. Bristol G 19 PA G Burlington G 31 PA G Camden G 20 OZ G Chester G 30 PA ' G Norristown G 17 OZ G Philadelphia G 31 PA G Trenton G 27 OZ G Gloucester Co.. . . G 27 OZ G Code: G, good. 0-50; M, moderate, 51-100: U, unhealthful, 101-200; V, very unhealthtul, 201-300; H, hazardous, 301-500; CO carbon monoxide; NO, nitrogen dioxide; SP, suspended particles; OZ, ozone; SO, sulfur dioxide; PA, particulates. At a Pollution Standard Index rating of 100, the general population begins to experience irritation and other unhealthful effects. Source: the Delaware Valley Citizens Council for Clean Air, 215-567-4004. Pollen count The pollen count was 24. The discomfort threshold is 10. TIDES TODAY Philadelphia (Chestnut Street) High tide.... 12:02 a.m 12:31 p.m. Low tide 6:52 a.m 7:09 p.m. Delaware Breakwater High tide 7:03 a.m 7:21 p.m. Low tide 12:51 a.m 1:04 p.m. Cape May (Municipal Pier I High tide 6:23 a.m 6:35 p.m. Low tide 12:12 p.m Atlantic City High tide 5:55 a.m 6:07 p.m. Low tide .... 1 1:52 a.m Beach Haven (Little Egg Harbor) High tide 5:21 a.m 5:33 p.m. Low tide 11:24 a.m 11:51 p.m. Barnegat Inlet High tide 6:01 a.m 6:13 p.m. Low tide 12:08 p.m National Weather Service radio forecasts: 162.475 VHP FM. " ' j a r- NEW ORLEANS, 8052 MIAMI , ' 672 and forecasts 1996 AccuWeather Inc. Today's highs and tonight's lows ' ' pa yv ,UNY O Scranton 6349 New York ' 7054 Allentown 6852 Harrisburg 6652 Mahasquan 7 ' bL iiiiauciiyiiia 7054 life City Atla'n . V M.I 7053 Baltimore 7055 ' a S. , - 7053, ) V Wilm'inntnn .K ., 7254 JMAMD DEL - Cape Henlopen .3 7354 ' , ' Washington REGIONAL FORECAST Poconos: Clouds and some sunshine, breezy and cool with a shower or two. High 56. Mainly cloudy tonight with a leftover shower. Low 40. Jersey Shore: Breezy with sunshine and clouds. High 70. Variable cloudiness tonight with a couple of showers. Low 52-56. Tomorrow, clouds and some sun. High 60-64. Delaware: Breezy with some sunshine. A shower is possible later today. Highs 70-74. Variable cloudiness tonight with a couple of showers. Low 52-56. MARINE FORECAST Manasquan to Cape Henlopen: Northwesterly winds at 15-25 knots today. Waves 2-4 feet. Visibility generally unrestricted. Winds tomorrow northwest at 8-16 knots. Delaware Bay: Northwesterly winds at 8-16 knots today. Waves 1-2 feet. Visibility generally unrestricted. Winds tomorrow northwest at 8-16 knots. Cape Henlopen to Virginia Beach: Winds northwest at 10-20 knots today. Waves 2-4 feet. Visibility generally unrestricted.. Winds northwest at 8-16 knots tomorrow. , REGIONAL CITIES Each column lists temperature ranges and weather; the weather code is at the bottom, YESTERDAY TODAY Allentown 5443r 6852pc Atlantic City 6054r 7053pc Harrisburg 5853r 6652pc Pittsburgh 6447pc 5642r Salisbury, Md. 6960r 7453pc Scranton 5745sh 6349pc Wilmington 5755r 7055pc U.S. CITIES YESTERDAY TODAY Albany, N.Y. 5942pc 6148r . Anchorage, Alsk. 4534c 4032sn Atlanta 7859pc 7249s Baltimore 5654r 7053pc Boston 5850c 6452pc Buffalo 6151pc 5845r Charleston, S.C. 7163r 7756pc Chicago 5046sh 5643c Cincinnati 6848pc 5642r Cleveland 6357c 5642r . Dallas 7162c 8252s ,' Denver 7443s 7545s Des Moines 6034s 5737c ' Detroit 5248c 5444r Honolulu 9175pc 8873s Houston 8259pc . 8256s Indianapolis 5652c 5942c Jacksonville 7063c 8255s Kansas City, Mo. 6440s 6544s Las Vegas 9564s 9664s Los Angeles 836 1s 8866pc Memphis, Tenn. 6256c 7048s Miami 7876c 8672t Minneapolis 5830pc 5636c New Orleans 7964s 8052s New York 5957r 7054pc Orlando 8270sh 8464s Phoenix 10273s 10474s Portland, Maine 5541c 6045r St. Louis 5848sh 6644pc Salt Lake City 8249s 8252s San Diego 7261pc 7866s San Francisco 9463s 7856s Seattle 6952pc 7453s Tampa, Fla. 7873sh 8563pc Washington 5755r 7254pC CITIES ABROAD YESTERDAY TODAY 8877t 5548r 7262pc 5747pc 9175t 8773t 7353s 7565pc 6152c 7975pc 7450pc 5848r 7763pc 90'65s 56,'48r 8979pc 5 34 1c 8679t 5544r 8877t 8673pc 73,'54s 7854pc 9179t 5546pc 6643s 8773t 7859pc 6854c 6255sh 9077t 5639c 6143pc 7855c 9081t 9066s 6761t 5439pc 5948sh 6455c 7764pc 5752r 8877pc 7042s 5141c 7863s 8673pc 6652pc 5640r 8874t Acapulco Amsterdam Athens Auckland Bangkok Barbados Beijing Beirut Berlin Bermuda Bogota Brussels Buenos Aires Cairo Copenhagen Curacao Dublin Freeport Geneva Havana Hong Kong Jerusalem Johannesburg Kingston London Madrid Manila Melbourne Mexico City Milan Montego Bay Montreal Moscow Nairobi Nassau New Delhi Nice Oslo Paris Perth Rio de Janeiro Rome San Juan Seoul Stockholm Sydney Taipei Tokyo Toronto Trinidad 7754t 5949pc 7261pc 6148pc 9577t 8674sh 7447s 7665s 6048c 848 1c 7449pc 5946s 8163s 8762s 5647pc 8979t 5445s 9078pc 5347r 8877t 8873c 7153s 8255s 9379pc 5853r 6639pc 8974pc 725 1s 6654r 6055r 9077pc 5652c 5245r 7957pc 9177pc 9164s 6661sh 5437pc 5943s 7558s 7264c 6956t 8776s 6846pc 5346r 7154s 8673pc 6358r 5348sh 8575c Letter indications: s, sunny; pc, partly cloudy; c, cloudy; sh, showers; t, thunderstorms: r, rain; st, snow flurries; sn, snow; i, ice. 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