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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Sun-Sentinel, Monday. April 25, 1994 3B LOCAL sXYBA Woman. 89, killed in her home suspects, King said. She said the crime is especially frustrating because it occurred during the day) when people are usually at home. "No one saw anything, and it haj pened in broad daylight, sometime be tween 7 a.m.

and 6 p.m.," King said, "At this point we are urging anyone' who saw anything to call us. Some kind of human monster is walking around freely with the blood of a harmless 89- year-old woman on their hands." Anyone with information is asked to; call Pompano Beach police at Broward Medical Examiner's Office said she died of asphyxiation. She also suffered a blow to the head, police said. DeCloe's body was on the floor of the bedroom next to a toppled floor lamp, Fluellen said. A telephone with the cord pulled out was next to her body, he said.

"The bedroom was ransacked. It appears someone might have burglarized her house," Fluellen said. "It's sad." A relative told police that DeCloe lived alone and had little money. "It was probably an attempted burglary, which was senseless, because her niece said she did not have more than $50 in the house at any time," Pompano Beach police spokeswoman Sandra King said. DeCloe's niece, June Nicholas, found her aunt's battered body when she stopped by to bring groceries and to check on her, King said.

Nicholas could not be reached for comment on Sunday. Neighbors told police that they had seen DeCloe alive at 6:50 a.m. on Saturday when she went out to buy a newspaper. Detectives canvassed the neighbor-, hood on Sunday but found no clues or By SALUE JAMES Stall Writer POMPANO BEACH Police are searching for a killer who attacked a woman in her home, suffocated her and ransacked her bedroom. Lillian DeCloe, 89, was found dead in the back bedroom of her home in the 1500 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue shortly before 6 p.m.

on Saturday, Pompano Beach police Lt. Earl Fluel-len said. DeCloe's killer apparently entered her residence through a north bedroom window, investigators said. The FOR THE CHILDREN I I PhotoDAVID POLLER Grantham, 7, of Boca Raton, at the Children's Day celebration. reminder of youths in need.

DIGEST Staff report! Train again hits car FORT LAUDERDALE For the eighth time in recent weeks, a train slammed into a vehicle that stopped on railroad tracks, this time in the 100 block of West State Road 84j, No one was injured. The 11:38 p.m. Saturday accident occurred when a freight train heading south on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks hit the right rear of an older model Chevrolet that was stopped on the tracks, Fort Lauderdale Fire Battalion Chief Steve Mclnerny said. The car's two occupants whose names were not available on Sunday had gotten out before the train struck the car, Mclnerny said. Police on Sunday were unable to provide further details of the accident.

The car landed about 60 feet south of State Road 84 upside down along a chain-link fence, Mclnerny said. Less than a week ago, a man was critically injured when a freight train hit his car after he pulled around a crossing gate at Andrews Avenue and Flagler Drive. The man, Kenneth Dube, 36, of Pembroke Pines, remains in the intensive care unit of Broward General Medical Center. Club raid leads to charges The Broward Sheriff's Office raided an after-hours drinking club on Sunday and charged four people with selling alcoholic beverages without a license, the Sheriff's Office said. The four were identified as club owner George Henkle, 47, and club manager Kenneth Kaack, 42, both of 4400 NW Fourth Ave.

in unincorporated Broward County, and barmaids Cassandara Kaack, 38, of 813 Briny Ave. in Pompano Beach, and Dorothy Blaylock, 36, of 3691 NW 58th St. in Coconut Creek. Each was issued a notice to appear in court and released. The club, which was named The Speakeasy, was operating in a bay of a warehouse complex at 4100 N.

Powerline Road in unincorporated Broward County, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies confiscated about 300 bottles of beer, 150 bottles of assorted liquors and $1,665 in cash. At least 100 customers were in the club during the raid, and customer Paul Bonanno, 23, of 1060 NW 45th Court in unincorporated Broward County, was arrested. He was taken into custody after deputies learned of outstanding warrants charging Bonanno with theft and operating a vehicle without a valid license, the Sheriff's Office said. Businessman found dead MIAMI A Central American businessman was found slain in his downtown hotel room on Sunday, the victim of an apparent robbery, police said.

The victim's body was discovered about noon sprawled on his bed at the Hotel America 273 NE Second St. i Because his relatives have not been noti- fted, police would not release the man's name. L'His hotel room had been ransacked, and there were certain injuries that would be indicative of a struggle," said police Officer David Magnusson, a spokesman for the Miami Police Department. Investigators determined some of the man's belongings were missing, but Magnus-son declined to give details. A maid discovered the man's body.

Hotel owner Marily Enjamio said the victim was staying alone at the hotel and had visited Miami before. Rain falls heavily LAUDERDALE Sunday's soggy weather left 2.1 inches of rain in the gauge at the Dixie Water Plant, 1500 S. State Road 7, and showered the beaches with three-quarters of an inch of rain, the National Weather Service said. Hollywood reported 1.38 inches of rain and Coral Springs 1.15 inches. The day also brought thunderstorms and gusty winds throughout the area, and there were isolated reports of hail the size of marbles, the Weather Service said.

Victim of fire dies HOLLYWOOD John Schnell who was burned over 32 percent of his body on April 5 at a group home, died on Saturday at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Hollywood Fir Inspector Bob Madge said. Schnell, 60, who lived at the Rainbow Village adult group home at 1701 Mayo suffered second- and third-degree burns on his face, chest, throat, back and arms after atfarm sling and clothing caught fire. Schnell was a heavy cigarette smoker, employees told fire officials. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Madge said. IVIan found drowned HALLANDALE A man whose body was found floating on Sunday in a bay near the 300 block of Golden Isles Drive drowned, the Broward Medical Examiner's Office said.

The body of Hallandale resident Robert Leib, 44, clad in a T-shirt and pants, was found floating face-down at 8:58 a.m., Hallandale Fire Lt. Robert Levy said. Leib's mother told investigators that he hay been missing since 9 p.m. on Saturday when he left her home. She said he was very despondent and Irrational before he disappeared, police said.

The Medical Examiner's Office ruled iJeJb's death a drowning, pending further polite Investigation. Levy said there were no obvious signs of trauma except a small bump on the man's head. Volunteers give a paper hat to Tim Celebration a By SALLIE JAMES Staff Writer PLANTATION The World Children's Day celebration on Sunday was a kidfest with a purpose. While children painted pictures with sponges, smeared shaving cream "frosting" on pretend cakes and fashioned hats from newspaper, parents browsed at booths crammed with literature on child abuse and learned ways to prevent it. The festivities at South Plantation High School marked the start of Blue Ribbon Week in Broward County.

The week of activities focuses attention on child abuse issues, said Dave Geyer, president of the Broward Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. World Children's Day is an internationally recognized day for promoting children's rights, so combining it with child abuse prevention seemed to be a good way to reach more people, Geyer said. "It's more of a broader-based approach," Geyer said. "We want to give out information to parents be- Holocaust i denial rampant Educate doubters, i researcher advises i By KEN SWART Religion Writer Less than 24 hours after returning home from an educational trip to. Po-! land to see Nazi concentration camps, several South Florida teens faced Holo- caust questioners and deniers at school.

Broward and Palm Beach County teens from the March of the Living, who gathered at B'nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton on Sunday, recalled their teachers' reactions Richard Routman, a sophomore 'at Olympic Heights High School wesf'bf Boca Raton, said his history teacher told him: "Can't you just leave it alone?" i "It was really upsetting to hear that," said Routman, 16. "But I felt like I couldn't say anything, or she wouldn't pass me." In contrast, Stephanie Feldman, a junior at Spanish River High School of Boca Raton, had plenty to say when her history teacher used the term "extermi- nate" to describe what Nazis did to Jews. Feldman reminded her teacher that what the Nazis did was ''murder." They used the term "exterminate' as jargon, to make others think Jews were no better than bugs. Yet the following day, the teacher distributed a handout that repeated the term. "I know it's not your word, but it's my word," the teacher said.

"I was pretty angry about it," Feld- man said. "But I don't think she'll change her mind." A researcher and author who lec- tured at B'nai Torah on Sunday praised the students for speaking out. "I'm deeply touched by the number i of young people here, especially given their recent experiences," said Deborah Lipstadt, who wrote the best-sell- ing Denying the Holocaust: The Grow- ing Assault on Truth and Memory, and helped design the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, During the final lecture of her "scholar-in-residence" weekend, Lip- i stadt discussed: People who claim the Holocaust never happened: "Their objective is to enter into the conversation as the 'other side; but I can debate people only if they maintain a connection to the truth. These people twist the truth." The Academy Award-winning movie Schindler's List: "More people have heard of the Holocaust now than ever would have heard of it before.

But from this alone salvation will not come." Tension between African-Ameri- cans and Jews: "The ability to drive a wedge between us gives racists" a good chuckle." But African-Americans and Jews still can have the last laugh, she said. "Our enemies are the same." The Holocaust denial ad the University of Miami's campus newspaper printed less than two weeks ago: "The Hurricane created quite a hurricane, didn't it?" Lipstadt said. "It's a tendency of students to want to raise thigHo an issue of opinion, but this is not a freedom-of-speech Issue. To debate if the Holocaust happened or not is utter nonsense. The best way to fight these Holocaust deniers is with education.

Holocaust deniers are not a clear and present danger, but a clear and future danger, Lipstadt said. When the teens of tomorrow join a March of the Living, "they won't be accompanied by survivors," she said. "That's when i deniers will have their window -of opportunity." In response, Kelly Hilderbrand seemed to speak for this year's March of the Living participants. "I pity the person ignorant enough to believe the Holocaust never happened," she said. "We will do whatever we have to do Jo make sure the Holocaust never happens again." Public gets sneak peek at technical rescue team with the nonprofit Children's Home Society of Florida, which helps arrange adoptions, said awareness of child abuse is one way to cure it.

"It's so important people are aware there are children out there who need homes and who are being abused, and that there are services out there to help," Hewitt said. School administrators, faculty and staff will wear blue ribbons all week to increase awareness, and many schools will teach children personal safety, how to stay out of dangerous situations and what to do if there is violence at home. Some elementary children will be writing and drawing messages on paper grocery store bags that will be returned to the grocery stores to be used this week. Some middle and high school drama classes will perform skits about abuse prevention. And some schools will have penny drives to raise money for agencies that help abuse and neglected children.

Last year, children raised more than $3,000. Staff Writer Berta Delgado contributed to this report. Staff photoROBERT MAYER Lt. Mike Nugent, head of the new technical rescue team, repels after being hoisted 65 feet in the air. ropes and pulleys and then watching him repel down the fire truck ladder.

The rescue team, one of only 26 in the country, will respond to accidents above or below ground where normal means of access aren't possible, said Lt. Mike Nugent, who heads the team. The team will begin responding to accidents in about a month. Most of the funding for the team comes from speeding ticket fines, Nugent said. 1 v.

I i'i 1 1 i -J A "It's so important people are aware there are children out there who need homes. Jacqueline Hewitt forehand, so they don't abuse their children. Hopefully by doing that, we will prevent a whole host of other ills, like delinquency, crime and teen-age runaways." Lauderhill resident Erika Jones, 8, didn't know what World Children's Day was for, but she had fun dipping a sponge shaped like a gingerbread man in paint and slapping it onto a long sheet of white paper. Maureen Kamperveen, who brought Erika to the festival with her three children, said she hoped all of them would learn something. "I brought them here to have fun and also to learn about the different things they are doing here, like preventing child abuse," she said.

Jacqueline Hewitt, who works prevention clowns, and trying on pint-sized firefighters' gear. But the accident demonstration was sobering. Ruben Reyes, 1 5, of Tamarac, said it forced him to consider the dangers of driving. The Silver Lakes Middle School student, who is months away from the legal driving age, said he didn't ever want to be part of a real-life rescue. Joel Gordon, a spokesman for Broward County Fire Rescue, reinforced that point with the crowd: "Even though these services are available, we'd rather you didn't use them." Joe Peterkin, a flight paramedic who arrived in the helicopter with pilot Dale Owens, a Broward County deputy, said the three helicopter rescue units average two to three runs a day.

They said the helicopter can fly to local hospital trauma centers in four minutes, compared to 20 minutes on the ground. Time is critical when lives are at stake. "It's definitely a necessary piece of equipment," Owens said. The county's new technical rescue team demonstrated its skills by hoisting a member 65 feet in the air with By BARBARA BENDALL Staff Writer Sunday's air rescue at the Swap Shop had all the drama without the gore. Hundreds of people lined up to watch the Broward County Fire Department remove a driver after slicing off her car's door and hardtop with the Jaws of Life, a tool that cuts through metal.

A Broward County Sheriff's Department helicopter circled overhead, then landed to transport the victim. Time from rescue team arrival to victim departure: 12 minutes 30 seconds. But this accident was no accident. It was a public demonstration by Broward County Fire Rescue, encouraging people to drive safely, wear seat belts and use approved child safety seats. They also gave the public a sneak peek at the county's new technical rescue team, 24 firefighters specially trained in hauling victims out of tight spots above or below ground level.

Sunday's events caught the attention of children. They had fun watching the helicopter land, posing for pictures with Stubby and Sprinkles, the fire i.

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