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I Hit-And-Run Suspect Turns Self In Safety THE HARTFORD COURANT SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2002 B5 DEATH NOTICES Franklin B. Franklin B. Longo, 75, of Brookhaven Niskayuna, NY, formerPine Columbia, died Wednesday, (May 15, 2002) after a long illness. Born and educated in Plymouth, MA, he was the son of Nicholas and Celia Longo. He resided most of his life in the Hartford area, moving there in 1940.

Mr. Longo was a World War I1 Navy Veteran, serving in the European and Pacific Theatres. For many years, Mr. Longo was a carpenter with Union Local 43 in Hartford, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Manchester Nutmeg Racing Pidgeon Club, the Manchester Army Navy and was a member of the American Legion in Vernon.

His wife, M. Gloria Sipala Longo, died in 1994. He is survived by a son, Dr. Franklin B. Longo, Jr.

of Niskayuna, NY; a sister, Louisa Rabideau of Huntsville, AL; two grandchildren, Franklin M. Longo and Christine M. Longo; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. at the of St.

Joseph, Jackson Willimantic, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Arrangements by the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan Schenectady, NY 12304. NARDI, Therese E. Therese "Terry" (Enaire) Nardi, 75, of the Elmwood section of West Hartford, wife of the late Dominick A. Nardi, died Thursday, (May 16, 2002) at Brittany Farms Health Center, New Britain, following a long illness.

She was born and raised in North Andover, MA, daughter of the late Henry A. and Yvonne Enaire, residing in West Hartford over 50 years. Mrs. Nardi had been an employee of Travelers Insurance Co. many years prior to her retirement, and was a member of the Church of St.

Brigid, West Hartford. Therese was predeceased by her husband, Dominick, January 7, 2002. She is survived by her son, Dominick J. Nardi of West Hartford; three brothers, Leonard, William and Tom; a sister, Yvonne George; and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral procession will be Monday, 8:15 a.m., from the Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain West Hartford, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated at 9 a.m., in the Church of St.

Brigid, 1088 New Britain West Hartford. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Calling hours will be Sunday, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Donations in memory of Terry may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 96 Oak Hartford, CT 06106. PATERNOSTRO, Connie (Parasiliti) Connie (Parasiliti) Paternostro, 83, of Wethersfield, widow of "Pat" Paternostro, passed away on Thursday, (May 16, 2002) after a short illness.

Born in Hartford on June 25, 1918, she resided in Wethersfield for 44 years. She was a hairdresser and manicurist for many years in the West Hartford area. She was a loving mother, nana, mother-in-law and best friend to her beloved daughters, Alberta, Frannie son-inlaw, Tony; and her most special boy in the whole wide world her grandson, Nicolas "Super Dog" DiBiasi, all whom she loved more than life itself. She was predeceased by her brothers, Charlie, Tom, Sal, Seb, and Frank; sister, Ann, and sister Sally in Cromwell. Her family would like to thank from the bottom of their hearts for the wonderful, compassionate, loving care given to Connie by the staffs at Middlesex Hospital, Mediplex of Wethersfield and Hospice of Conn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Judes Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Our little moma who we love, cherish and miss more than words can say will always live in our hearts. There will be a funeral service Monday, May 20, 10:30 a.m.

at the Rose Hill Funeral Home, 580 Elm Rocky Hill. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. There are no calling hours. IN MEMORIAM In Memory of KENNETH C. GLEIFERT, JR.

Aug. 10, 1949 May 18, 1996 "The love of our lives forever" Its been six years and not a day goes by that I don't feel the emptiness in myheart. Youmade suchan so many lives. None of us be the same. I know impacton your three sons are making you very proud.

I love and miss you so very much. Always, Sheila In Sad and Loving Memory of VIRGINIA M. SPENO May 18, 1920 Sept. 3, 2000 Its been 2 years since we celebratin Heaven. Sadly missed, rest in ed your birthday.

Happy Birthday peace until we meet again. Love, nephew John JOSEPH J. PASEK May 18, 1928 -January 11, 2000 At first we thought maybe God made a mistake, To take a man who was ever so great. But we know that now you are at peace, And that helps us deal with some of our grief. Keep the Pearly Gates in good repair, Til the time we all come to meet you there.

Happy Birthday in Heaven. Missing You Still and Always Your Ever Love Family By TRISH DAVIS In Guard's Death At around 2:45 p.m., a police offi- CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 COURANT STAFF WRITER Charges Expected cer in his cruiser at Webster and NEW BRITAIN The man alleged to have been driving the stolen Porsche that struck and killed a 77-year-old crossing guard Thursday was being held in lieu of $1 million bail Friday but has not yet been charged in the death. Benjamin Blauvelt, 26, of 40 Schultz turned himself in around midnight Thursday after learning he was being sought in the hit-and-run death of Samuel Monroe, police said Friday. "He felt the best action was for him to surrender, which is what he did," Police Chief William Sencio said Friday. Police said they had already planned to arrest Blauvelt, one of more than 100 people identified in a drug operation police had been conducting over the past three months.

DEATH NOTICES RUSSELL, Malcolm Sr. Malcolm G. Russell, 78, of Newington, beloved husband of the late Christine (Baldwin) Russell, died Wednesday (May 15, 2002) at St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Newburyport, MA, the son of the late Eugene and Bessie (Hadley) Russell, and resided in Newington for the past 27 years.

Before his retirement he had been employed by the City of Hartford Board of Education for 16 years. Malcolm was a U.S. Army veteran of World War Il and a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the Newington Senior Center. He survived by his beloved children, Linda Dumond and her husband Gerald of North Windham, Eleanor Russell of Rocky Hill, Sandy Vitkus of Manchester, Beverly Libby of Vernon, Christine Lemus of Miami, FL, Kathy-Jo Plourde and her husband Paul of Rocky Hill, Malcolm G. Russell, Jr.

of East Windsor, and Michael E. Russell, Sr. and his wife Debra of Clarksville, TN; his brother, Norman Russell of Village, FL; and his sisters, Ethel Biello of Newburyport, MA, and Mary Cloutier of Salem, MA; 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Eugene, Stuart, and his twin Milton Russell. His funeral services will be held Monday at 11:30 a.m.

at the Newington Memorial Funeral 20 Bonair Newington with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. Brookes officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be in West Meadow Cemetery.

Friends and relatives may call Sunday 7-9 p.m. at Newington Memorial. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes P.O. Box 31160 CT 06150-1160. To share a memory with the family, visit us at

IN MEMORIAM FLORENCE L. (ELKEY) MILNER JACKSON MOTHER Although we miss your presence, the memories of love will always be in our hearts. God has been our comforter as he promised. Roberta, Bradley and Family. In Loving Memory of EVY T.

JOHANSON Fred, Felicia and Erik IN LOVING MEMORY ELSIE SCIULLO (NONNI) MAY 18, 2002 Dear Els, Today would have been our golden anniversary but our celebration was not to be. God saw how you were suffering, put out his arms and said, "come to me." Now may you rest in divine serenity. You are dearly loved and truly missed. Always in our hearts, Aldo, Barbara, Mandy and Bobby In Loving Memory IDA BOGOSIAN May 18 Dec. 23, 1996 Although she is gone she is not forgotten.

Everyday she is in my heart. loved her very dearly but we had to part. I hope she is at rest, just the best mother with whom a daughter could be blessed. Happy Birthday. Love your daughter, Florence Bogosian FUNERAL CHURCH, Kenneth A memorial service for Kenneth Church will be held TODAY, Saturday, May 18, at The Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church at 3 p.m.

Shea Funeral Home, 99 Wheeler Winsted has care of the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to The Barkhamsted Historical Soc Blauvelt was arraigned Friday in New Britain Superior Courton charges of possession of marijuana, sale of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school and BLAUVELT BLAUVELT sale of marijuana. He was charged with second-degree ure to appear. Police have applied for a rant for Blauvelt's arrest in nection with Monroe's death, he could be charged next Sencio said. Monroe, a machinist at, Stanley Works before his ment, was active in local and had served as president of Black Democratic Club of Britain.

Police had said Thursday that they were seeking two people in connection with the hit and run, but on Friday said they believe Blauvelt was also fail- warcon- and week, The retirepolitics the New MONROE MONROE alone in the car. It was Blauvelt's previous trouble with the law that led police to identify him as the driver of the brown Porsche, which police confirmed was stolen from an Emmett Street home in Bristol Wednesday. Sencio would not comment on the details, but said investigations during the drug operation pointed to Blauvelt as the driver of the car. Police gave this account of what happened Thursday afternoon: Glen streets spotted Blauvelt driv- manager of the park. "Safety ing the Porsche at a "high speed." has always been, and is today, The officer followed, police said, the No.

1 priority at Lake but did not chase the Porsche. As Compounce." the officer drove down the hill at Questions about safety Ellis Street, he saw Monroe's body accompanied all three deaths, lying on the side of the road. but peaked the day after Minutes later, the Porsche was Martinez's death last June, found behind an apartment at 17 when the Zoomerang, another Edgewood Ave. Witnesses told po- roller coaster at Lake lice Blauvelt ran out of the car into Compounce, malfunctioned a wooded area, which police due to a bad sensor and stalled searched for about three hours. mid-ride, trapping 26 riders in Police from Newington and Ber- a twisting section of track 60 lin, and police dogs from East feet above the ground.

Hartford aided local police in the Each incident has attracted search. an onslaught of unwelcome Blauvelt has been arrested sev- media coverage. The deaths eral times in the state on larceny resulted in investigations by charges. Berlin police arrested local, state and federal him on larceny and burglary regulatory and law charges after he crashed a stolen enforcement agencies. car into a tree on Kensington Ave- The first occurred in 1999 nue in New Britain in 1994.

and involved Matthew Henne, a 17-year-old ride attendant, Killing who 2000, spinning died Deven afer Tornado falling Alexander, ride. a In beneath July a 6-year-old Hartford boy, duced to first manslaugh- drowned after tumbling from ter with a firearm. In court, San- an inner tube at the foot of the chez said he was sorry that Flores Lake Plunge water slide. died as a result of his behavior. Martinez, who died on June LuizDiaz, Sanchez' brother, also 13, 2001, was struck during a has been convicted in connection test run of the Boulder Dash.

with Flores' death. As in the other deaths, Sanchez was remorseful for Southington police ruled his causing Flores' death, Assistant an accident. State's Attorney David Zagaja As part of his job, Lenois said, but he failed to apologize for will oversee the daily his overall criminal behavior. inspection of rides as well as "It came down to someone the post season inspection oops, else got killed. But he doesn't that begins in the fall.

During achis horrible the off-season, an engineering knowledge behavior," firm has been hired to conduct he said. tests that detect cracks and Shooting sprees by people who stress in the structural steel, don't consider that innocent peojoints and welds. Cars from ple might get hurt is ironic, Zagaja the roller coasters and other said, considering a jury across the rides taken into are a shop, courthouse was deliberating over where they are visually the July 4, 2001, shooting of Takira inspected and repaired if Gaston, a Hartford 7-year-old who necessary. Rides get was shot in the face by a stray bul- additional scrutiny from let. Anthony Carter, 28, of Hartford electrical inspectors and from and Manchester, who is being the Office of the State Fire tried on a charge of first degree as- Marshal, he said.

sault, is accused of firing the bullet As for training, all that struck the girl. employees receive three to Sanchez' attorney Michael Isko four hours of basic orientation said that sentencing is supposed to that touches on courtesy, be about "coming to peace after a cleanliness, efficiency and violent act." safety, Wages said. Employees "He is sorry," Isko said. operating rides get up to four hours of additional safety instruction, he said Another change The family has lived in Fairfield implemented last summer for three years. Hassan Choud- gives groundskeepers lock-out hury, 19, and Juned Choudhury, devices, enabling them to shut 21, live in Bridgeport.

off rides while working in the Mohammed Chowdhury said area. Before Martinez' death, his son was excited to have pur- the locking clamps and cards chased the digital recorder for were used by maintenance such a low price. They normally workers, but not cost about $700, his son told him. groundskeepers. Redwander had shot some The additional distribution videos of his father and his uncle, of the devices is not the usual Abdul Zargirdar, on the beginning industry practice, Wages said of the tape seized by the FBI.

Friday. "It's not fair that they arrested "We extended it to them," Zargirdar said. "They groundskeepers because we didn't know they were doing some- thought it was the right thing thing wrong, and then they end up to do," he said. in jail for four hours and people are Lake Compounce and its asking if they make bombs." corporate parent, Kennywood Meanwhile, even as authorities Entertainment, hold their were lauding the state's new emer- overall safety record up as system, they ac- among the best in the gency response knowledged that security at reser- business. A team of saftey voirs still needs to be reviewed.

experts hired by the park last "This certainly highlights the summer concurred, noting the ease of access to the reservoirs," park was in "good mechanical said Peter Galant, engineer for the condition," the highest rating water company. "We've been re- awarded by the company, evaluating our security since MAH Consulting. and will continue to do so." At parks nationwide, a near doubling of ride injuries was recorded between 1993 and 2000 by the U.S. Consumer A fingerprint expert, Christo- Product Safety Commission, Grice, testified Friday that he but amusement parks are still pher 1 found multiple fingerprints on the considered highly safe, said envelopes and bills, including Doug Campbell, managing that could not be identified. editor of Amusement some Wearing rubber gloves, Grice Business, an amusement touched the envelopes and the bills industry trade publication.

gingerly, trying to avoid contam- "Numbers have not risen as the evidence. fast as the increase in the inating None of the fingerprints, he said, number of visitors and the belonged to Grant, Topciu or Phi- more thrilling rides," lip DeLieto, Serra's on- again, off- Campbell said. who was a one-. Accidents like the ones at again boyfriend, time suspect in the case. But Grice Lake Compounce and another testified that he found three finger- last August involving a roller that could be positively coaster at Six Flags New prints identified.

They all belonged to England that injured more Nicholas Pastore, an investigator than 40 people make parks in the Serra case who later became appear more dangerous than New Haven's police chief. they are, he said. During the past 29 years, the Ser- Parks do seem to be backing ra case has become known for four away from adding ever bigger, publicly identified suspects, two faster, more thrilling rides, and a "60 Minutes" televi- but the trend may have more arrests, sion piece that raised questions to do with economics than about whether police discounted safety, Campbell said. DeLieto as a suspect because he "After Sept. 11, the was related to the then-police amusement park industry was Ben DiLieto, who later be- affected," he said.

chief, With the decline in travel came mayor. The two spell their names differ- and slower economy, parksently. particularly the larger one One of the spectators at Friday's like Disney and Universal Studios, are scaling back. testimony on Topciu was Anthony who was charged in 1984 "The trend is more toward Golino, with murdering Serra. entertainment and midsize He exonerated three attractions like water slides," was years later.

Campbell said. Man Gets 25 Years In Killing By TINA A. BROWN COURANT STAFF WRITER A Hartford Superior Court judge sounded off on the senselessness of gun violence in the city Friday as he sentenced a Hartford man to 25 years in prison in the accidental shooting and killing of a city minister on New Year's Eve 1998. Judge Elliot Solomon sentenced Victor Sanchez, 28, of Hartford, on a charge of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm in the death of Juan Flores, 22, of Hartford, but not before he delivered a lecture. "Why does an innocent person have to be wounded or killed simply because of where they live? When you pull out a gun and you fire it, it is in your own neighborhood," Solomon said.

"Yet, you continue to do it and you continue to see your neighborhood being shot up." Raising his voice and pointing at Sanchez, Solomon wondered how many people have to stand before him to be sentenced before "someone gets it." Members of Sanchez' family were crying as they listened to the judge's words in Spanish Trespass CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 immediately shut down. State health officials took several water samples and preliminary results showed nothing unusual, state Department of Public Health Commissioner Joxel Garcia said. The reservoir serves Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield and Trumbull. The three men were released about 3 a.m. after the FBI checked for any terrorist ties and made sure their immigration status was in order.

They were charged with thirddegree criminal trespassing, a Class misdemeanor, and must appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on June 5. Law enforcement authorities still have the car and the video camera. "We ran everything to ground and we're confident there was no terrorist activity," said FBI Agent Michael Wolf, who is in charge of Focus CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Street in West Haven with a metal detector in an attempt to find the knife that was used to stab Serra. The weapon has never been found. Although he allowed Hanahan to testify, Superior Court Judge Jon C.

Blue refused to allow the 12 jurors to hear that Hanahan went searching for the weapon at Topciu's house. That testimony, he said, would be too inflammatory and prejudicial. "If the knife was found there, that would be a tremendously important piece of evidence," Blue said with the jurors out of the courtroom. "What this proves is a negative. They didn't find anything." Testifying for the defense, Hanahan told the jurors that he traveled to Topciu's new home in Texas in 1992 and 1993 with another inspector and confirmed two key facts that he had been looking for.

"I felt he had a noticeable Eastern European accent," Hanahan said in response to questions by defense attorney Beth Merkin. When asked about scars, Hanahan said, "I was checking his left arm for scars, and I observed a no- Judge Lectures On Gun Violence through an interpreter. Solomon said he hopes "maybe the community has had enough" and its collective voice will drown out the voice of Sanchez, "who took the life of a young man who believed in God and preached the Word and would have made a contribution." In contrast, Solomon said, Sanchez was a high school dropout who had been previously convicted of selling drugs. "Where is the justice? ask that question and I ask itevery day," he said. Sanchez inadvertently killed the minister when Flores stuck his head out of a window on Broad Street in Hartford.

Flores, a wellknown minister and respected member of his Frog Hollow neighborhood, was shot in the head and died soon afterward. Police said Sanchez reloaded his weapon twice to fire at a rival drug dealer across the street. During the gunfight, his bullet struck Flores. Police initially charged Sanchez with murder. The charges were rethe case.

At a press conference Friday attended by Wolf; Garcia; Connecticut's director of homeland security, Vincent DeRosa; and Maj. Gen. William Cugno, adjutant general of the Connecticut National Guard, officials defended the allout response in this atmosphere. All denied that the response was triggered by the original description of the men as "Middle Eastern." "You had a report of three men trespassing on watershed property. That's going to get investigated regardless of ethnicity," Wolf said.

But Redwander Chowdhury's family members said they wonder if that'st true. "We are law abiding citizens and this is very shameful to us," said his father, Mohammed Chowdhury. Mohammed said his son called about 1:30 a.m. to say that FBI agents were asking him about making bombs and whether he was connected to any terrorists. ticeable scar on his wrist." Based on a reenactment of the 1973 killing by forensic scientist Henry Lee, investigators believed that the killer suffered a substantial injury to his left hand.

The killer not only left a blood trail on multiple levels of the parking garage but also left blood on the left side of the Serra family's Buick. Eyewitnesses said that the killer drove the Buick in an erratic fashion before parking the car on the garage's 8th level and then running to his own car in the garage and fleeing. Investigators always believed that the killer had an accent because of statements by a cashier who accepted a bloody parking ticket from a man as he was fleeing the garage on the day that Serra died. Noticing the bloody ticket, the cashier asked the driver if he needed help. "No thank," the man responded before fleeing.

The defense also elicited testimony Friday that two dental bills were found in the sun visor of Serra's Buick after she was killed. Those bills were addressed to Selman Topciu. The prosecution contends that the sealed and stamped envelopes never reached Topciu, and Serra might have been intending to mail the bills in her job as a dental secretary in New Ha' an.

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