AID FRIDAY, MAY 16,, J J997_ T CRIME NATION THE SAUNAJOURNAL River robbery Cargo boat crews fall victim to modern-day marauders By DAVID ROYSE The Associated Press HIALEAH, Fla. — A pirate tale this be. a tale of bloodthirsty marauders who invade cargo boats, •looting and attacking the crews. Only these pirates don't descend on their prey in sailing ships, flying the Jolly Roger, amid cannon fire and clanging swords. They don't even set sail. -" They show up in pickup trucks, wearing baseball caps and brandishing .45s. A new breed of buccaneer threatens those who run the trade routes between Florida and Haiti. These plunderers wait for the 'ramshackle boats to come chug- 'ging up the Miami River and dock •at grimy boat yards where the vessels are loaded with used appliances, bicycles, cars and other goods bound for Haiti. They creep up in the dark and have beaten, tortured and even kidnapped crew members. "In Haiti, they'll rob you. But burn you or stab you with a screwdriver? They don't do that," said first mate Enel Jean Philippe. "In Miami, they do that." The river is a dingy setting for this pirate tale. It smells of bilge water, diesel fuel, rotting fish and exhaust. It's navigable about five miles from Biscayne Bay to a dam that separates the river from the Everglades. The boats coming under attack range from 50 to more than 100 feet. Police in the inland city of Hialeah and workers along the The Associated Press Erol Dolcine shows a photo of Injuries he suffered during an attack on his supply boat on the Miami River In Florida. Dolcine was held down and had his back repeatedly burned with a hot spoon by "pirates." river said the robbers are looking for drugs and money. "It's basically a land pirate swoop-down," said police Sgt. David Magnusson, who heads a task force that investigates crime in Miami's Haitian community. The task force is helping to investigate the riverfront attacks, at least six of which have been reported since November. The new pirates are every bit as brutal as their predecessors. In a December attack on the St. Pierre, recently arrived from Haiti, deckhand Erol Dolcine was held down and repeatedly burned with a heated metal spoon. Four months later, he still has scars. Engineer Yves Fondala was pistol- whipped. One of the pirates came aboard firing two handguns at once. "The captain was crying like a baby, and he said, 'I have 10 kids,' " said Philippe, 24. HAIL DAMAGE? In Business Since 1991 • Insurance Approved NO PAINT! NOBONDO! SAME DAY SERVICE IN MOST CASES! FREE ESTIMATE Stop By Today! Member Chamber of Commerce ated At Royal Tire Co. rd & Broadway Streets (913)827-3681 lhe Salina Journal Waynes Custom Carl Strecker - Sales Wayne Weczel-Owner 913-488-3617 825-9369 t/ic ~f—.nit,6(<:s. Oh great, John took is spreader when he moved. I'll never fit a spreader in garage...now what am I going to do. wowi Y Just Ask Rental (£ has all the answers yau'tt j' l »>4 y<?/ir dust vcrs i\( JustvAsk RENTAL WATERS^^Fo^ HARDWARE Help is /usf around the corner 21065. 9th and 460 S. Ohio Mon-Fri 7:30-8:30 Sat 8-6 Sun 10-6 A 33% OFF SPRING DRESSES &LONG SLEEVE SUITS FROM HER FAVORITE NAMES Misses • Petites Orig. 70.00-370.00 NOW $46.90-$247.90 33% OFF WOMEN'S WORLD SPRING DRESSES Orig. 70.00-160.00, NOW $46.90-$ 107.20 i ' ^ " , . ' i* i-I «; l 1 , '*••*?* 25% OFF Misses Casual & Career Spring Collections 'Orig. 44.00-198.00 NOW $33-$ 148.50 $ 69 Misses & Petites Preston & York Hopsack Blazer on g 92.00 33% OFF Juniors Spring Separates, Collections & Prom & Social Occasion Dresses on g 16.00-175.00 NOW $10.72-$! 17.25 25% OFF Women's Spring Dress & Casual Shoes ; Orig, 30.oo-80.oo NOW $22.50-$60 50% OFF Women's Spring Fashion Jewelry Orig. 16.00-158.00 NOW $8-$79 50% OFF Children's Spring Dresswear, Outerwear & Sweaters o r i g 20.00-68.00 NOW $ 1 o-$34 25-50% OFF MEN'S BETTER SPRING COLLECTIONS FROM OUR FOREMOST AMERICAN DESIGNERS Shirts • Pants • Shorts Outerwear • More! Orig. 28.00-195.00 NOW $21-$97.50 25% OFF Misses, Petites & Women's Spring Napa Valley Separates orig 36.oo-48.oo NOW $27-$36 25% OFF Petites Female Designer Spring Collections Orig. 26.00 72.00 NOW $ 19.50-$54 25% OFF Women's Spring Separates & Better Collections Orig. 28.00-168.00 NOW $21-$126 25% OFF Men's Spring Denim Collections Orig. 22.00 78.00 NOW $ 16.50-$58.50 33% OFF Misses & Juniors Spring Denim For Her Orig 18.00-96.00, NOW $12.06-$64.32 DLLlard's For Your Convenience We Accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Carte Blanche, Diner's Club Or Your Dillard's Charge INTEGRITY. . .QUALITY. . .VALUE. . .DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE) SHOP TODAY 10 A.M. - 9 P.M.
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