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Courier-Post from Camden, New Jersey • Page 15

Camden, New Jersey
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lllllllllilllllM xWmffM mmmmmmmmmmmmsm mmmmm I xg? DiCarlo 2 Runaways Elude Fifty Searchers In Woods fj COURIER-POST 0 FrontPage Camden, Friday, April 18, 1975 Page 15 The Ivory Tower: One Man's View DID YOU HEAR the one about Camden's building a new Gty Hall? Unfortunately, it's not a joke. It's very real. Mayor Angelo Errichetti unveiled the plans at a press conference this week. They're going to build new city offices, new school board offices, a shopping mall and a parking garage. The complex will cost about $35 million. The city is paying an architect $25,000 to draft the plans. Errichetti is exuberant. "This is the single most dynamic plan to cement the rebuilding and rebirth of the city of Camden," he chortled. One thing's for sure. Camden needs a new City Hall. The men who run the city have been working under squalid, sub-humanconditions for too long. They deserve a fair shake, a chance to work in swank new offices. (How do you like the carpets, Harry? Pretty plush, huh? Wait'll you see the intercom system I'm putting in next week. Imagine how the hearts of Camden's people will swell with pride as this gleaming complex rises in their midst, like the Great Pyramids! (LITTLE BOY: What's that they're building, Mom? MOTHER: That's the new City Hall, son. BOY: Wow! It's beautiful! MOTHER: Yes, it is. And soon as it's done, that's where we'll be going to complain next time our ceiling caves in.) One of the most interesting features about the project is the fact that just about everything will be enclosed. There will be an ENCLOSED passageway over Federal Street linking the second floors of the old and new City Halls. The shopping mall will be ENCLOSED. The garage will be ENCLOSED. And to top things off to really tie up everything in one neat little self-contained package PATCO will have an entrance and exit to its High-Speed Line on the first floor of the garage. AS A RESULT, to quote Monday's Courier-Post: "Persons who visit either city or county offices will be able to drive into the garage, conduct their business and go shopping without ever setting foot on the sidewalks of Camden." In other words, if all goes according to plan, it will one "day be possible to VISIT Camden without ever SEEING Camden! Think of the advantages! Politicians will be able to go about their business without having to look 1 at the problems they're supposed to be solving. All in all, it sounds like a dynamite idea. If there's a problem, it's merely this: Since when does a king rescue his subjects from misery by building himself a new castle? Courier -Post Photo by Jack Wolfer CONCERN ETCHED on his face, James Anderson son's son, Steven, and another boy who escaped from (left) listens intently as Westampton Police Sgt. Rus- New Lisbon State Colony for mentally handicapped sell Minuto discusses search. It failed to find Ander- boys. The pair have eluded capture since April 7. By BOB REICHENBACH Courier-Post Staff It seemed WESTAMPTON cut and dried. climbed aboard the helicopter and broadcast pleas for Steven to "come out of the woods and come home" via the plane's public address system as the helicopter traversed the search area. Stanley Nowicki of Woodlane Road, Mount Holly, said he was on his way to work on Woodlane Road when he spotted two boys sitting along the road. "I recognized the one as Steven," he said, "and I stopped my car but they ran into the woods." NOWICKI SAID he drove about 100 yards farther to the Burlington County Day Care Center, where he works, and telephoned police. Nowicki said he worked with Steven several years ago when Nowicki worked at New Lis bon as a repairman. "He's a good kid," Nowicki noted, "a real good, kind kid." Westampton Police Sgt. Russell Minuto coordinated search activities and requested the helicopter from state. police in West Trenton and K-9 units from Medford and Lumberton. ALTHOUGH THE dogs, described as tracking dogs, located a scent, officers were unable to determine whether the tracks were those of the runaways or simply of two other boys. The trail was lost, one officer said, in a swampy section of the woods. The elder Anderson, obviously disappointed that the search proved fruitless, said "I'm confident God's will will be done and the boys will come out safe." THE TELEPHONE call came from a man who said he recognized one of two boys sitting along Woodland Road near the Burlington County Library as Steven Anderson, 17, of Westville. Young Anderson and David Williams, 12, of Orange have eluded several other searches but none had been on so fresh a trail. Thursday's search was con-' centrated on the wooded 60 acres bounded by Woodlane, Irickand Rancocas roads and a small dirt road running roughly parallel with Irick Road. The boys' disappearance has spurred several searches in Woodland Township as well as sections of the Lebanon State Forest in Ocean County. AT THE height of Thursday's search, Steven's father, James, He said he felt that if the two boys were in the area they were probably frightened and had run farther away by the time he went aloft. ANDERSON DESCRIBED his son as "a follower, not a leader," and said that if someone were to offer to walk with Steven, "he would walk your legs off." He said Steven was well behaved and on visits home, would stay on the front porch and not wander away. Between 40 and SO persons took part in Thursday's search, coming from Westampton, Wil-lingboro, Lumberton, Medford, Burlington Township, Mount Holly and state police departments as well as from the Rancocas Emergency Squad, America Rescue Squad of Mount Holly and the New Lisbon Colony. Two teenage boys, runaways from the nearby New Lisbon State Colony for mentally handicapped boys, were spotted near a 60-acre wooded tract. Within a half-hour of the telephone call a search party of nearly 50 men assisted by a state police helicopter fanned out. It hardly seemed like much of a task, but the two boys eluded their pursuit party volunteers from half a dozen neighboring communities as they had since April 7, when they disappeared from the colony more than 20 miles away in Woodland Township. Judge Doubles Bail Of Man Accused Of Molesting Child By BERNIE WEISENFELD Courier-Post Staff WOODBURY After a public outcry, Gloucester County Court Judge R. Edward Klaisz Jr. increased bail from $5,000 to $10,000 for a Run-nemede man charged with the April 7 abduction and attempted rape of a seven year-old Monroe Township girl. Relatives of Frank B. Knight posted the required 10 per cent of the higher bail and he was released from Gloucester County Jail Thursday afternoon to await county grand jury action. At a hearing before Judge Klaisz, Monroe Township solicitor William R. Pearson said the township council had directed him to request a higher bail "in light of the particular charges against Barthold. The original bail was also protested as too low by more Courier-Post Photo by George Tiedemam PICTURE YOURSELF asleep in a peaceful meadow in rural Medford, facing a warm spring sun. There's a quietness in the air, but you get a feeling and, as you open your eyes, you're no longer alone. than 40 township residents who presented a petition to Klaisz earlier this week. Monroe Township Police said Barthold was arrested in a car parked in a field off Bettinger Lane on the morning of April 7. The suspect was with a seven year-old girl reported missing from the Cecil School that morning, police said. Barthold was charged with attempted rape, carnal abuse and two counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon. He was released last Thursday from Gloucester County Jail on $5,000 bail set by Judge Klaisz, but rearrested before dawn Wednesday on three additional charges filed by township police. The latest charges are debauching the morals of a minor, possession of stolen license plates and displaying an altered automobile registration. They were made in connection with the April incident. "Clearly our request (for higher bail) is justified in light of these additional charges," Pearson told Judge Klaisz. Barthold's attorney, Robert Borbeof Berlin, argued the new charges "are a part and parcel of the same thing and the bail should be the same." Gloucester County Prosecutor Martin F. Caulfield said his office would take no position on the bail question but added that "we do not approve" of the way the additional charges were handled. In setting bail, Judge Klaisz said "the theory that bail should be so high that a person cannot leave prison is a faulty premise." He granted Borbe's request to waive a preliminary municipal court hearing for Barthold and present the case to a county Glouco Prosecutor Must Decide Proper Charge Cm a Sandwich Be Used in an Assault? The policemen said they hadn't ordered anything but Blair insisted that they had. Officers Ridinger and Perry finally told him to leave it, that they would eat it later. One of the policemen then called the owner of the pizzeria who knew nothing about the sandwich. It was then that Ridinger and Perry discovered the glass slivers A state police laboratory report confirmed that the sandwich contained glass particles and a small amount of lice, Blair was originally booked on a charge of attempted assault with a deadly weapon. In court Thursday, a discussion ensued over whether Blair should be charged with that. "It's not my job to determine what the charges should be," Klaisz said. "That's up to the prosecutor." Although bail was reduced to $10,000, Blair is still in Gloucester County Jail. Streitz said there is a possibility that the charge will be changed. By LINDA C. HAMMOND and ALNERI Courier-Post Staff WOODBURY-You ever hear of assault with a deadly sandwich? Well, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office hasn't and, as a result, there seems to be some question as to what constitutes a deadly weapon. mean the offensive weapon is a sandwich?" asked Gloucester County Cdurt Judge Edward R. Klaisz. A few public defender Wayne Natale successf uly fought to lower that bill to $10,000. Usually, only 10 per cent of the bail amount must be posted for a suspect to be released. In arguing against the reduction, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor- Wayne C. Streitz told the judge, "This is a case involving the delivery of a sandwich that could be injurious to a person within the Swedesboro Police Department." According to Swedesboro po The pizzeria owner told police that Blair, who was laid off from the pizzeria more than three months ago, came into the shop March 2 looking for work. Because his regular cook was out, he asked Blair to substitute. Blair, police reported the owner as saying, declined any money for the work, asking only for two sandwiches one for himself and one for a "friend." The suspect was arrested March 5 and bail was set at $50,000. At Thursday's hearing, minutes later, he reduced a Pitman man's bail from $50,000 to $10,000. Donald Blair, 18, of Pitman, is accused of delivering an unrequested cheesesteak with particles of glass and a small amount of amphetamine in it to on March 2. This, according to Swedes-boro police, is what happened Ptl. Thomas Ridinger and, Carl Perry were processing an arrest when Blair entered the police station saying he had a cheesesteak that had been ordered from a local pizzeria. v.

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