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Newport News, Virginia
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Saturday, April 27, 1991
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C4 Daily Press, Saturday, April 27, 1991 Briefs Arson suspected in early-morning fire "' YORK A predawn fire that destroyed a car and caused extensive damage to an abandoned brick house off Merrimac Trail on Friday appears to have been intentionally set, the fire chief said. i Chief Steve Kopczynski would not comment on what started the $re near the Williamsburg business route exit off Interstate 64. He said he did not have information about the owner of the automobile, a 1987 Oldsmobile. The home is owned by an out-of-state corporation, which he would hot name. .-. Firefighters were alerted about the fire about 1 a.m. Army schedules flight training V FORT EUSTIS Fort Eustis gnd Fort Story will conduct night training for amphibious craft from April 29 to May 31. 1,, The exercises for the Lighter Air Cushioned Vehicles, called LACV-30s, will be held during irregular periods from 2:30 until 1 1 p.m. On ; May 7 the training will be extended to 4a.m. May 8. " The crafts, similar to Hover-crafts, will be training in the Fort Story training area at Wolftrap Light, and Fort Eustis off the Par-f amore Island buoy. J ' The public is being notified because the LACV-30s normally aren't operated at night due to their noise. Norfolk plans i homecoming parade NORFOLK t-A parade to honor i and welcome home U.S. military I troops who served in Operation ! Desert Storm will be held in Nor-j folk today beginning at 10 a.m. I, More than 75 bands, floats, and I color guard units will participate i in the parade that will begin at the : intersection of Monticello Avenue ' and Virginia Beach Boulevard and i will move east on the boulevard ' and end on Norfolk State University's campus. I . Pernell "Sweetpea" Whitaker, I the world's lightweight boxing ! champion, and Ricky Scaggs, country and western singer, are among ! of the parade's marshals. ; ?' A ceremony will immediately i follow the parade at Joe Echols Hall on Norfolk State's campus. Wilder to receive I honorary degree . BRIDGEPORT, Conn. Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder will receive an honorary doctorate when he speaks at the University of Bridgeport's 81st commencement May 5, the university announced Friday. From staff and wire reports Congested 1-64 in Virginia Beach widening promised by mid-9 93 i : VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Harried drivers in Hampton Roads will find easier going on Interstate 64 in a couple of years, but Virginia Beach officials plan to reduce traffic lanes on a major oceanfront street. Officials of the state Transportation Department said Thursday that federal authorities have agreed to add two car-pool lanes and two conventional lanes to 1-64 between the Interstate 264-Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway interchange and Indian River Road two years early, by 1993. "It will help free up one of the most congested sections of four- lane interstate in the state of Vir-i ginia," said Joseph G. Ripley, the ! department's director of planning i. 1 Government takes 7 homes in sports-betting probe VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) The federal government has seized seven homes in an investigation of what was called the largest sports-betting ring ever in the resort city. The homes have a combined assessed value of almost $850,000. According to federal investigators, $1.1 million in bets were taken at just one of the houses during a six-week period. One house was guarded by 13 video cameras linked to eight indoor monitors, and satellite pagers received sports scores in two of the homes, authorities said. Nearly $5,000 in cash was found hidden under a sofa cushion in one of the houses. The seizures stemmed from the indictments April 1 of six suspected bookmakers. A seventh was indictd in October, The men indicted this month Dead man's family sues By RONNIE CROCKER Staff Writer HAMPTON The family of a Hampton man who was shot to death by police a year and a half ago has sued the city, the police chief and the two officers involved for $1.5 million. Robert S. Shaffer, 32, was killed the night of Oct. 28, 1989, in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at West Pembroke Avenue and Powhatan Parkway. Police had been called to the store following a report that Shaf Fisher Continued from CI went inside," she said. The defense objected when O'Connor described the tone of the voices as "very angry," but she could not recall any of the specific words. The couple could have been conversing from opposite ends of the house, said defense lawyer Leslie Chettle, who said O'Connor was not qualified to determine that the two were arguing. Judge Henry L. Lam agreed with Chettle, and when the jury returned, the questioning moved to another subject. The trial, which is expected to last another two weeks, continues on Monday. It is the second trial in the case. The first one, last fall, ended in mistrial after members of the Gloucester County jury admitted they'd learned of a televised interview about the case. Lancaster County residents make up the current jury. Director Continued from CI During his tenure at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, museum attendance increased by nearly 30 percent, reaching a combined total of more than 440,000 visitors last year at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, foundation officials say. Emerson told the board that the slight increase in paid attendance at the two tourist sites this year was due mainly the early date of Easter, which traditionally kicks off the area's tourist season. He said he is concerned about the summer travel season and said it will be difficult to match 1990 attendance, which had been the best since the 1976 bicentennial. On Thursday, Emerson announced that the foundation would participate for the first time in a cooperative television advertising campaign with Busch Gardens. and programming. The $16 million widening involves a stretch of road that handles about 100,000 cars and trucks a day and often slows to a crawl during rush hour. Meantime, the Virginia Beach City Council decided on Tuesday to give pedestrians rather than cars the advantage in rebuilding Atlantic Avenue. The council agreed to a three-lane avenue between 25th and 42nd streets, instead of the present four, despite warnings from traffic engineers that the change would seriously reduce the road's capacity to handle cars. Atlantic Avenue is the resort city's main oceanfront thoroughfare, and the area in question were: Michael L Achenbach, 46; Alan Antrican, 43; Gilbert H. Wilson Jr., 43; Charles K. Roberts, 30; Romulus L. May m, 36; and John Thomas Hall, 43. The earlier indictment was against Geoffrey J. Gray. The indictments were based on a year-long investigation by local police, who received an anonymous tip. In February, about 40 officers carried out raids on the houses. Authorities said undercover officers were used to get into Achen-bach's house, where the 13 video cameras were used for security. At Antrican's house, investigators said, a computer had programs that were used to document book-making. Wilson's home had a facsimile machine where a basketball game bet of more than $5,000 arrived while investigators were present, authorities said. fer allegedly fired several shots outside two restaurants, including one that was several hundred feet away. According to police accounts at the time, officers told Shaffer to take his hands from his jacket pocket as he walked out of the 7-Eleven. Instead, Shaffer walked back into the store, unzipped his jacket and pulled out a 9mm pistol that was later found to be unloaded, police said. Shaffer then walked outside toward a car in which a 15-year- 3 arrested in raid Police seize guns, cars, cocaine, $45,000 in cash By DAVID CHERNICKY Staff Writer HAMPTON The alleged kingpin of a New York-based crack cocaine ring was caught Monday in a Hampton condominium used as a stash house that also contained two accomplices, 42 grams of crack, numerous high-powered guns and $45,000 in cash, federal authorities say. The agents made the arrests in a pre-dawn raid at the condo, in the 200 block of Dockside Drive, near Breezy Point on the Hampton River. A search warrant filed in Hampton Circuit Court says they seized a bulletproof vest and three 9mm semiautomatic pistols one of them an Intratec TEC-9 rapid-fire machine pistol with a magazine that holds up to 36 bullets. The cache of arms also included a .22-caliber pistol, a Winchester 30.06 high-powered rifle with scope and a pellet pistol, the warrant says. Detective Capt. R.E. Bingman, a Hampton police spokesman, estimated the value4 of the crack at $4,250. He said it was one of the Police log Newport News Police charged 18-year-old Will-. nett M. Bernard of Woodsong Apartmentslvith malicious wounding in the stabbing of a friend, Jeremiah Johnson, Thursday night. Bernard was arrested at her apartment in the 5500 block of Orcutt Avenue about 11:30 p.m., where she allegedly stabbed Johnson in the chest with a steak knife because he refused to leave, police spokesman Sgt. Michael Brewer said. Johnson, whose age was not available, lives in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue in Hampton, Brewer said. Bernard was released on bond. draws thousands of tourists annually. "We want to try to get people out of their cars and onto their feet," said Linwood Branch, president of the Virginia Beach Hotel and Motel Association. This fall, the city plans to start burying utility lines along the stretch to prepare for construction a year later. Reducing the number of lanes will allow wider sidewalks. The third center lane will be for turns. The only council member to oppose the plan was Reba McClanan, who said the city should consider making Atlantic Avenue and its parallel, Pacific Avenue, one-way streets. Cut out middleman - DmI Direct wMi Roofer ResMenHat AND SAVI Commercial K & C ASSOCIATES 872-8823 Free Estimates and Reference nr. it vm ipcci c sl 111 JH...1. .JUL. FREE INSTRUCTION BOOK ON HOW TO INSTALL VINYL VINYL SIDING COLORS WHITE ss9g; I j CAtL 244-6331 " -J old girl was sitting, according to police accounts. Police fired three shots at him as he approached the car, but missed. Then, as Shaffer put his hand on the door handle, he was fatally shot. He was shot three times in all, police said. No one else was injured. A Police Department investigation and a review by the commonwealth's attorney determined that officers Michael Folsom and James Overton acted properly and violated none of the department's poli larger seizures in the city's history involving that potent form of cocaine. Special Agent Tom Sochor of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Norfolk alleged that although the suspects used the Hampton condo to store the drugs, "they were primarily selling in Portsmouth and Norfolk." Arrested were Howell "Charlie" Miller, 20, of the Bronx, N.Y., who - authorities say was the ringleader; Clive "Jugger" McDermott, 25, a convicted New York drug dealer who listed his address as the 2700 block of Azalea Garden Drive in Norfolk; and Vandalette Denise Ware, 23, of the 800 block of Wol-cott Avenue in Norfolk, said Sochor. All three were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute it. McDermott and Miller were also charged with possession of firearms while in possession of controlled drugs. Sochor said the raid was the work of the Jamaican Organized Crime Task Force, comprised of agents from U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; State Police and local police. The task force was led to Hampton Roads about 18 months ago, after Portsmouth police alerted INS that McDermott, a Jamaican citi 'Unsolved Mysteries' subject arrested for Va. murder PHOENIX (AP) Authorities . arresteda formerAnnyofficerjwha was recognized after his picture was on national television because of a Virginia homicide and other crimes. The FBI also wants to talk to him about an unsolved killing in Tucson 17 years ago. Phoenix police spokesman Kevin Robinson said Gregory Richard Barker, 44, was arrested Thursday at a business complex where had an office. Barker was one of the subjects of NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" program Wednesday night, Robinson said, and was recognized by a woman who worked in a nearby office. Barker apparently was self-employed and was using an assumed name, Robinson said. He said he didn't know what that name was and had no details about the business. Robinson said the woman, who didn't want her name made public, alerted police Thursday. Barker was arrested on a Virginia homicide warrant and was turned over to the FBI, Robinson said. Agents said Barker's identity WATER SKI & TENNIS SALE Starting at 25 OFF 5 REGISTER TO WIN 6 1991 CONNELLY SLALOM SKI Snow Skis & Binding 50 off Boots 40 to 75 off LAYAWAY NOW FOR SUMMER 24 Hour Racquet Stringing THE DRUG EMPORIUM SHOPPES 215S-B Cwmngham Dr W 826-7511 cavc thoi kanpk I.U. L.U Ml H11UJUU JUlJMUlJl'yisA?T 1 u so. city, police cies on the use of firearms. Chief Pat G. Minetti, who is named as a defendant along with Folsom and Overton, described the men as "two good officers" who are still on the force. He said no action was taken against the officers but declined comment on the lawsuit. City Attorney A. Paul Burton also declined comment for the city. The lawsuit alleges that the city and Minetti were negligent in training, supervising and establishing policy for the use of firearms by on 'stash house' zen living in the United States illegally since about 1981, had been stopped for a traffic offense, Sochor said. Then an informant tipped agents on April 17 that McDermott and Miller were at the Pine Cone Harbor condo, according to a detective's sworn affidavit for a search warrant. "The informant stated that the address was being used as a 'safe' house used to store monies obtained through the sales of narcotics. The informant stated that both subjects always are in possession of 9mm semiauto weapons," the detective wrote in the affidavit. "Safe," or "stash houses" are used by drug dealers to store money, records, illegal drugs and weapons, the court document says. Sochor said McDermott spent most of the past 10 years in New York City, where he compiled a lengthy criminal record for trafficking narcotics. "He was more of a runner and helper than anything else," Sochor said. He said McDermott avoided deportation as an illegal alien because New York City police never contacted immigration authorities after arresting him. "Every time they arrested him, they never notified INS. He would was confirmed through finger- - gprints,.,. The Virginia warrant accused Barker in the 1982 rape and murder of Hilda Roche, 42, of Alexandria, Va. He was indicted in that case earlier this year. Roche was an acquaintance of Barker's, said Officer Kim Chinn of the Prince William County Police Department in Woodbridge, Va. Roche was shot once in the head and raped in her townhouse. Her nude body was found April 2, 1982 in woods about nine miles from her home, the officer said. The television program also mentioned that Barker was sought on charges accusing him of robbing three banks in Las Vegas. He appeared Thursday before a U.S. magistrate on the robbery charges and was being held without bond. FBI Agent Jack Callahan said Barker was an investigative lead in the 1973 slaying of Leesa Jo Shan-er in Tucson. Shaner, the daughter of an FBI agent, was abducted from her car at Tucson International Airport Automotive A FEW WORDS ON FINANCING Last week'l column, as you wiR remember suggested that your best bet (or financing your new cor, wogon or pickup might be to let me arrange your financing for you. I still feel that way - but if you feel that C would rather go through your own k instead, let me give you a word of odvice. O.K., you're in me bank talking with the loan officer. He will offer you two ways to go-MAYBE. K you get two routes-be sure to select the FIXED rate. This means you will know exactly how much each month you will be poying-for the entire length of the repayment contract. With the second method-a VARIABLE rate-you really don't know for sure HOW MUCH you might be paving each month, tour payments may go down-or they may go up. If you are like me you wont to know for sure just in case. AT QUINN MOTORS I QUINN CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH DODGE IN WEST POINT WE HAVE: 4.9 ON 2 yr. LOANs. 6.9 ON 3 yr. LOANs. 7.9 ON 4 yr. LOANs. 9.9 ON 5 yr. LOANs. THE ABOVE RATES APPIY TO ALMOST EVEY MODfl WE HAVE ON HAND. CHECH WITH OUR SALES STAFF ON THE MODEL OF VCH-;R CHOICE AND ASK T"EM ABOUT OUR GREAT CASH RE BATES r a. By J"fJ Allen f? U Quinn V 7 Hampton police officers and establishing procedure for apprehending suspected criminals.. The complaint lists Shaffer's mother as administrator of his estate, although the woman recently died. Her attorney, Augustus Anninos of Norfolk, said Friday he will have the dead man's daughter, Stephanie L. Shaffer, named as the administrator. He said the change will not affect the lawsuit. be convicted, serve his sentence and put out on probation. He just went through the system like anyt body else," Sochor said. , Monday's raid apparently caught all three by surprise, because all were asleep when police knocked on the door, Sochor said. When Howell answered, agents stormed the condominium, rousing McDermott and Ware from sleep, he said. He said the investigators found the $45,000 in a bundle next to the bed where Howell had been sleeping so much cash it took two days to count. The drugs were stashed above a kitchen cabinet in a plastic bag containing four smaller plastic bags, Sochor said. : In making the arrests, authorities also seized three cars a 1987 BMW, 1989 BMW and a 1987 Nisr san ammunition for the guns, a portable cellular telephone and three electronic pagers, according to a search warrant filed Thursday with Hampton Circuit Court Sochor said the federal investigation is continuing, and after McDermott is prosecuted, he'll face an administrative judge in a deportation hearing. ; McDermott and Ware are in the Hampton jail. Howell is being held in the Portsmouth jail. while waiting to meet her husband, ... Gary, who was returning from Air , Force service on Okinawa. Her skeleton was found Sept. 16, 1973, buried in a desert wash near Fort Huachucha, an Army base in Sierra Vista about 70 miles southeast of Tucson. Callahan and a former FBI official said the FBI had been waiting years to question Barker about the Shaner killing. ; On Sept. 7, 1984, Barker was arrested in Las Vegas in a bank robbery case but posted bond and was released before police there realized he was being sought in other jurisdictions. ", "We're glad to take a dangerous individual like that off the street," Callahan said. Barker was a lieutenant at Fort Huachuca at the time of the Sham er slaying, which was the subject of "thousands and thousands" of hours of work by FBI agents, said former Special Agent Larry Bagley1. Bagley, now retired, was head of the FBI's office and was the top agent in the Shaner case for 16 years. For Middle Peninsula Service pick up your phone & call 693-21 11 785-2150 247-4925 PLACE CLASSIFIED or DISPLAY ADVERTISING ORDER HOME DEUVERY SERVICE REPORT NEWS EVENTS Middle Peninsula Office Ufltln Jlrcsrs The Times-Herald Main SL Gloucester

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