The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 15, 1997 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, May 15, 1997
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A6 THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL BABY Buzz Mom, baby reunited as controversy traverses the Atlantic By MIRTA OJITO The Neu> York Times NEW YORK -- A tourist from Denmark who left her child in a stroller outside a restaurant while she ate inside got her baby back from foster care Wednesday evening, a day after a family court judge ordered that the child be returned to her. The reunion, which was to have happened before 5 p.m. Wednesday, was delayed for two hours because the court also ordered that the mother, an actress named Annette Sorensen who was in New York on vacation, not be left alone with the child. So authorities had to find a house where they could be monitored. Sorensen, 30, and the baby's father, Exavier Wardlaw, 49, a production assistant for the Walt Disney Co. who lives in Brooklyn, were arrested Saturday night after alarmed restaurant patrons called the police when they noticed that the couple's baby was sleeping in a stroller outside an East Village restaurant. Both were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The arrest attracted international attention, with parents in Denmark generally siding with Sorensen, and some parents in New York saying that leaving a child alone on a street constituted neglect. Wardlaw's lawyer, David Kirsch, said it was common prac- The Associated Press Babies in their prams are parked Wednesday outside the Cafe Sommersko in Copenhagen, which is not an uncommon sight in Denmark. Danes are stunned by the New York arrest of Danish actress Annette Sorensen for leaving her baby outside a New York restaurant. tice in Copenhagen, Sorensen's home, to leave children alone outside restaurants. Indeed, Les Schnider, an editor at Ekstra Bladent, Denmark's largest newspaper, said babies are routinely left in their strollers in the streets of Copenhagen because parents are reluctant to take them into noisy, smoke-filled restaurants. "We'd rather they take their nap enjoying the fresh air," Schnider said. The news of the arrest had so surprised people in Copenhagen that Schnider had assigned three reporters to work on five different aspects of the story, and the paper was dedicating two full pages to the coverage. T NURSING HOME FIRE Nursing-home blaze kills nine Firefighters pull some residents out windows of two-story home By The Associated Press HARVEYS LAKE, Pa. — A fire discovered after townspeople heard a "poof engulfed a home for the retarded and the elderly Wednesday, killing nine residents. About 200 firefighters worked through the night to put out the blaze that broke out late Tuesday at Country Manor Personal Care, a two-story, wood-frame home where 21 people in their mid-40s to their late 90s lived. Rescue workers returned in the morning with dogs to scour the gutted home for bodies and look for the cause of the worst fire in 40 years in this northeastern Pennsylvania town of 2,700. The last body was discovered late in the afternoon. "I'm terribly shocked," said Sue Smorra, a resident of Harveys Lake. "This will live on forever." Seven people remained hospitalized, at least five of them in stable condition. Two others were treated. Several others escaped the burning building shortly after the fire started. Firefighters pulled others out of windows. Workers at the home stood weeping as rescuers wheeled unconscious residents to ambulances. Townspeople said they discovered the fire after hearing a T AIR CRASH "poof." A neighbor said contractors had been working on the home for two weeks. "Obviously there are hundreds and thousands of questions that have to be asked. We don't have any answers yet," said Gov. Tom Ridge, who visited the town. "It's a chilling scene. You can see how the fire started in the corner of the building and blew out." The home, licensed for 30 residents, has operated for 14 years with no major problems, said Mary Ellen Fritz of the state Department of Public Welfare. State inspectors in August found the home equipped with working smoke alarms and exit doors as well as an evacuation plan. County officials said the couple who started the home, Homer and Becky Baker, sold it this month to W.P. Equities Inc. for $170,000 as they prepared to retire. Attorney Paul Pugliese, listed in state records as the company's chief executive, did not return a call for comment. The victims' names weren't released, but Michelle Boice, the mayor's wife, said a resident known around town as Bill the Fisherman had died. "He would carry his fishing gear down to the lake and fish all the time and talk to everybody," she said. "I feel the closest connection to him, and I think that he's the one that's really got everybody here." T CRIME Californian suspected in trail of death Car parts cause plane crash Gay man told friends he was going to Midwest to take care of business By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Last month, Andrew Cunanan said he was leaving San Diego to take care of some business in Minneapolis. Now, a former lover and three other men are dead in his wake, friends are in hiding, and Cunanan seems to be a step ahead in a nationwide hunt. As police try to piece together Undated photos of Cunanan evidence in three states, photos and a description of the darkly handsome Cunanan (pronounced koo-NAH-nin) are plastered on the FBI's World Wide Web page and in gay nightspots in New York City. The pictures suggest a clean- cut, happy 27-year-old, but authorities say he's a desperate fugitive who Friday killed a cemetery caretaker in New Jersey to steal his red pickup truck. They fear he may be trying to disappear in New York or another big city. "One of my big concerns is that some guy out on a highway or a city street pulls him over for a traffic violation ... and we end up with some officer killed or badly wounded because this guy's so dangerous," said Minneapolis homicide Lt. Dale Barsness. The cross-country drama began April 29, when police discovered a bludgeoned body rolled in a carpet in the apartment of Minneapolis architect David Madson. The dead man was Jeffrey Trail, a district manager for a Minneapolis gas company who knew Madson and was a friend of Cunanan before Trail moved last year from California to the Midwest. Four days after Trail's body was discovered, Madson's body was found on the edge of a lake in Chisago County, north of Minneapolis. By The Associated Press TULSA, Okla. — An unknown mechanic's decision to repair a plane's engine with spare car parts led to a crash that killed four people, investigators said. The four, including two flight students, were killed when the single-engine 1975 Cherokee Piper slammed into a field near Vera on April 27,1996. The final report by the National Transportation Safety Board, released this week, concluded that automotive clamps rather than clamps made for use in plane engines were installed on the ex- haust system, causing the plane to catch fire while airborne. The mechanic or mechanics were not identified. Some victims' relatives are considering legal action against Kaimana Aviation, the Ponca City flight school that operated the plane, said Laura Shook, whose father was killed in the crash. "This simply didn't have to happen," Shook said. "It's pure negligence, and these four people didn't have to lose their lives." A request for comment was left on an answering machine at Kaimana Aviation, but the call was not returned. i s s e I 0 W • ;f. T S companionship •^friendship •a c teromtfnceo a f f 8g t soul a in ( ^ a LI N t

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