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D8 THE HARTFORD COURANT: Friday, October 30, 1992 I Officer testifies he feared for life Clinton favored in vote can be handcuffed. Inho was composed throughout his testimony, even during Murray's lengthy cross-examination, and punctuated his responses with "sir." He testified that he feared for his life the safety of others, and that he did not feel safe until Cruz was handcuffed. Murray's cross-examination may have left some questions in the jury's minds, among them why Inho did not use his nightstick to block any lunge by Cruz, why Inho would get himself and his gun so close to a man who appeared out of control, and why Inho consulted with a police union steward the next day before deciding to arrest Cruz on charges of assault on a police officer and reckless en-dangerment. The charges against Cruz are pending. Inho rejected Murray's suggestion that it would have been safer to wait for the backup unit Inho had summoned than to attempt to subdue Cruz single-handedly.

"No. There's no way you're going to know how much time if going to take another car to arrive, and how much time it takes for this guy to 'lose his patience, lose his cool and hurt somebody," Inho said. Inho was suspended without pay after his arrest pending the outcome of department proceedings and the criminal case against him. Testimo ny is scheduled to resume today and -expected to continue into next week. and Howard A.

Grayson received 695 and 450 votes, respectively. In U.S. House races they chose: In the 1st District Rep. Barbara Kennelly (14,637) over challengers Philip L. Steele (3,760) and Gary R.

Garneau (389). In the 2nd District, challenger Edward W. Munster (5,260) over incumbent Rep. Sam Gej-denson In the 3rd District Rep. Rosa L.

DeLauro (3,056) over challenger Tom Scott In the 4th District, Rep. Christopher Shays (4,697) over challengers David Schropfer Alfred H. Smith (279) and Ronald M. Fried (99). In the 5th District Rep.

Gary A. Franks (1,082) over challengers Lynn H. Taborsak (397), James J. Lawlor (382), Rosita Rodriguez (69) end Bernard A. Nevas (10).

In the 6th District Rep. Nancy Johnson (9,027) over challengers Eugene F. Slason David W. Plawecki (233), Ralph C. Economu (64) and Louis J.

Marietta (44). Several politicians, including Weicker, stopped by Thursday as students posted the results. "What I have seen so far pretty well mirrors the feel I get out there," Weicker said. again," Inho said. This time, Inho said, he drew his nightstick and tried to hit Cruz in the collarbone to dis- -able him.

Inho said he is not sure where the blow fell, but motioned to an area between the neck and shoul-. der as where he guessed it landed. Inho denies he kicked Cruz in the head, as several prosecution wit-' nesses have testified. Cruz has said he does not recall what happened after the first blow to his head. Assistant State's Attorney Paul Murray persistently questioned Inho about his footwear that night.

Inho insists he was wearing black, soft leather high-top sneakers. Witnesses said Inho was wearing black com-, bat-style boots. Inho testified he does own a pair of black boots, but only wears them to work during the winter. "But this was Feb. 8," Murray noted.

"But it wasn't snowing," Inho replied. Inho testified that when Cruz got up again, Inho "leg-sweeped" him, kicking Cruz's legs out from under him with a single blow. When Cruz was nearly prone, Inho said, he dropped on top of him and pushed his knee into Cruz's back. "Did you put it forcefully in his back?" defense attorney Albert J. McGrail asked.

"Yes," Inho replied. "If you do it lightly, it's not going to have the effect of pulling his arms back" so he Continued from Connecticut Page When he entered the building, Inho said, he saw Officer Jorge DeJesus pointing his gun at three men who appeared to be under control. Further down the corridor, Inho saw Cruz, who was "ranting and raging," Inho said. "He was totally belligerent and a nuisance to anyone who lived there," Intuwaid. "I had no idea if one of the parties, or all of them, had a gun." Cruz, 32, acknowledges he challenged Inho when the officer told him to get up against the wall of the building.

He denies he lunged for the officer's gun. Inho said that when Cruz seemed to comply and turned toward the wall, the officer immediately moved forward to pat him down for weapons. As Inho's left hand reached toward Cruz, "he turned around and noticed I was going in," Inho said. The officer's right hand was holding a gun pointed at Cruz's midsection. "He lunged forward, exactly where I had my gun," Inho said.

"I stepped back like this, and brought my gun down on Mr. Cruz's head." The barrel of Inho's gun split open the top of Cruz's head. Inho testified that Cruz dropped down, stunned, and appeared subdued. "I attempted to put my gun back in my holster, and Mr. Cruz, he kind of shook it off and lunged at me i Continued from Connecticut Page "He did well in the debates, and he seems like an all-around nice guy," said Dan, who hopped around the room on crutches because of a soccer injury.

Most of the students said they voted the way their parents will vote1. The results Thursday contradict a national vote also unscientific and, therefore, not necessarily indicative of how adults will vote conducted earlier this month by Weekly Reader, a widely circulated classroom newspaper published in Middletown. Bush won that mock election by a comfortable 56 percent to 39 percent over Clinton. Weekly Reader polled more than 600,000 children in kindergarten through 10th grade in 23,000 classrooms across America. Weekly Reader has correctly predicted the winner in presidential elections since it began its mock elections 36 years ago.

Thursday, state students also voted in congressional races. In the U.S. Senate race, they chose incumbent Democratic Sen. Christopher J. Dodd over Republican challenger Brook Johnson 30,506 to 25,236.

Minor party candidates Richard D. Gregory Greg 5 we re Br-: all "I ie sees ghost; some see a hoax Continued from Connecticut Page bodied hand reach under her 18-year-old niece's nightshirt, she knew the house was haunted. "It escalated after that night," she 1 said. Snedeker called Ed and Lorraine Warren, a Monroe couple who say they are clairvoyants and de-monologists. The Warrens spent nine weeks in the Snedeker home, and said that on a scale of 1 to 10, this entity rated a 9.

After weeks of research, they ar-' ranged for an exorcism. (The Ro- man Catholic Archdiocese of Hart- ford says no officially sanctioned I exorcism rite took place there). The family moved out the next day, but still live in the area. End of story, except for the book, "In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting," the Snedekers and Warrens wrote with horror novel writer Ray Garton. As far as neighbor Katherine Alte-mus is concerned, the whole thing is nothing more than a story.

"I think they had this planned right from when they moved in," Altemus said. She has a notebook that records cars driving bv. people eettine out of cars and talking and rattling some- thing. It was coming from the out- side," said her husband, Charles Al- temus. "It was a physical person doing it" He thinks the Snedekers moved away because the neighbors weren't buying the story.

"For a year after they moved, we were expecting the I Terryville terror," he said. "I personally don't think there was anything going on there," said Jef- frey Pooler, 20, who was friends with the Snedeker boy. "He was a story-; teller. He always had to be the center of attention." Joan Mirabelle lived next door and went into the house twice. "There was something going on over I there definitely," she said.

"Whether it was supernatural or not, I can't say." She would often see the Snedekers on the porch in the middle of the night, saying they couldn't go in. "But they never seemed to be afraid. They were always out theVe laughing and joking," she said. Mirabelle saw a weird green glow in an upstairs window once. And one of the two times she entered the I house, something stung her leg.

"I don't believe they made the whole thing up," Mirabelle said. "But every I time I've seen her on TV, the story became more and more involved and I it just got bigger." Darrell Kern, who has owned the house since 1985, doesn't even won-v der what happened there. I "It's a fraud. It's a joke. It's a hoax.

i It's Halloween," he said. I No other tenants have heard or 't seen a thing, he said. The current residents think the story is hogwash and don't want to be bothered about it. The spirit activity seemed to esca- late when the Snedekers got behind 't on the rent, though they moved out before eviction proceedings were comnlete. Kern said.

And yes, he said, the Snedekers i.u i i i. were ioiu ui me nuuse wsiury ue-i fore they rented. a scheme to make money," Kern said. Students advised to take precautions Continued from Connecticut Page in Connecticut," Roach said. "We don't talk about this a lot When you talk about it a lot, the weirdos say, Oh, let go.

"Because of the abductions in oth er Connecticut towns, you'd think the police would warn the city about wnat Happened to us on Tuesday, said Maria Carrero, a Hamilton Street resident In the Tuesday incident, police took 20 minutes to respond. As she was being attacked, Genus screamed and struggled, and the scuffle was heard by Carmen Pa-checo, a neighbor on Hamilton Street. Pacheco telephoned police, then he and another neighbor scared away the attacker, who was later caught. Neighbors worry that it took so long for police to respond, especially since they've heard reports of other attempted abductions. They are angry that police did not publicize the incident.

Carrero said residents around Zion and Hamilton streets are afraid to let their children walk to school alone. "Maybe the police don't care about us because we are minorities," she said. "It's like we don't count but we live in this city, and we need the help of the police. Lt. Thomas F.

O'Connor, a police spokesman, said it took police 20 minutes to respond to 433 Zion St because all available police cruisers were busy. Genus said she feels the police department showed insensitivity. "It appears to me that the police were taking this as just another case," she said. William Norton in, who lives at 353 Capitol was arrested about one hour after the incident, police said. He was charged with first-de 4S 1 10UDJ Davis Kilbourn Sanville White In this if Pat Andy Wendy I 1 It- ether tog Please use this coupon or call 249-2300, Monday through Friday, to help.

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