Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on July 11, 1989 · 1
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0 Sports Connecticut Living Local news Guidry expected to retire; All-Star Game tonight. Page El Gifted preschoolers face lack of special programs. Page Bl City groups want more action in fight against drugs. Page D3 3 ESTABLISHED 1764, DAILY EDITION, VOL. CLII NO. 192 TUESDAYJULY 11, 1989 6 SECTIONS FINAL COPYRIGHT 1 989, THE HARTFORD COURANT CO. 30 WW tonus rip tlhurouah. state 57 "M v J k 0& - -- II!,, , 1 , I i mm nt mu : r rm w. - - . ., T nrr w -IT'. - 'I., IH :'P ' 1 1 ii a it Residents of the Mill Rock housing project on Newhall Street in Hantden wander through the wreckage after Mon day's storm. Elizabeth P. Smith, Hamden director of government operations, said damage in town was "very I.- Joe Tabacca The Hartford Courant serious," and a state of emergency was declared. There were reports that a tornado had passed through town. 2 killed; areas devastated by high winds By V AD A CROSBY V Courant tStaff Writer .. Severe tornadolike storms rampaged through the western part of the state Monday, leaving two people dead, two in critical condition, and at least one seriously injured. . Dozens of people were hurt and treated at hospitals. Most severely hit were parts of Waterbury and Hamden, where states of emergency were declared. In Litchfield, about 70 homes and a church were severely damaged. A 12-year-old girl was killed in Black Rock State Park on the Thomaston-Watertown line when a large tree branch fell on a tent she was sharing with three other girls, state police said. The victim, Jennifer Bike of 315 Park St., Stratford, was one of a group of campers at the park. The three girls with Bike were taken to hospitals in Waterbury. A Waterbury Hospital of ficial said Ahgelo Antico, 69, of Watertown died of cardiac arrest. Antico collapsed at his home shortly after the storm, according to the spokesman, Richard Bisi. Wind gusts of 70 to 81 miles per hour were reported in Litchfield and New Haven counties, two of the hardest-hit areas. Several areas reported hail the size of golf balls also fell during the storm. "This is the worst storm I've seen in 20 years of forecasting," said Mel Inside Waterbury residents grateful no one was hurt. Storm tears heart out of hamlet of Bantam. Most assume tornado was what damaged Hamden. Page AS Goldstein, a meteorologist. "It's a major disaster for that region." A statewide emergency command post was set up Monday night at the State Armory in Hartford. Gov. William O'Neill said 600 National Guards members were ready to as sist where needed. . As of 10 p.m. Monday, an estimated 75,000 homes were without power as a result of the storm, said a Northeast Utilities spokesman. Most of the power failures about 41,000 were in western Connecticut and Massachusetts. Crews were expected to work throughout the night to restore power. The storm, which lasted about an hour, turned skies midnight dark about 5 p.m. and dropped a deluge of rain upon the state. Goldstein said Oxford reported getting 4 inches of rain in 30 minutes. Others areas received between an inch and 5 inches of rain. "It's real bad," said Melissa Mid- daugh, a Watertown resident. "Trees are uprooted. The town hall annex on Main Street is out of power and traffic is dead. Most of the streets are covered with twigs and leaves." The storm moved from the northwest to the southeast, leaving exten-. sive damage in Brewster and Car-mel in New York's Putnam County. Goldstein, director of the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, said that there were several unconfirmed reports of tornadoes. "It will take another 24 hours before these storms are confirmed," he said. Roads in several communities Please see Two, Page A4 Busn offers aid to spur Polish reforms Knight-Ridder Newspapers' WARSAW, Polantf President Bush, promising that "Western democracies will stand with the Polish people," offered a package of modest financial aid Monday to encourage Poland to follow up a sweeping political reform with an overhaul of the depressed economy. "I want to stress to you today that Poland is not alone," Bush told the Polish parliament, the first legislative body in a communist nation to include freely elected opposition party members. "Given" the enormi ty of this moment, the United States stands ready to help you as you help yourselves." But Bush, the first U.S. president to address the parliament, or Sejm, offered only $100 million in direct U.S. economic aid, a small amount for a country saddled with soaring inflation and a $39 billion foreign debt. The "enterprise fund" would go toward expanding Poland's private economy to encourage the country's conversion from a state-controlled economy to free enterprise. Bush said he would seek similar contribu tions for Poland from the six other leading industrial democracies attending the annual economic summit in Paris later this week. The president also promised to support a "generous" debt relief plan that would let Poland defer $5 billion in payments due this year to the United States and other Western governments. Bush also offered $15 million to help Poland fight air and water pollution in Krakow, the former capital; announced plans to build a U.S. cultural center in Warsaw; and said he would ask the World Bank to move ahead with $325 million in loans scheduled for Poland. Polish government authorities expressed disappointment that Bush did not offer more assistance. "I can perceive a discrepancy between the expectations prevalent among Poles and what can be called concrete things," said Wieslaw Gormicki, a top aide to Polish leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski. But the ruling Communist government appeared pleased with the political symbolism of Bush's visit, Please see Bush, Page A8 Index Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and countless other animated vertebrates, died Monday afternoon. He was 81 . Page D9. Amusements. 6 Ann Landers. . B4 Bridge B6 Business..... CI Classified... AW Comics ...... B4 Connecticut . . Dl Conn. Living.. Bl Crossword.... B5 Editorials..; DU Horoscope. . . ; B4 Legal Notices A10 Lottery...... E5 Obituaries.... OS Sports El Television;..: BJ WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY ; 88 to 60F (31 to 15C) Complete Weather D12 Family found slain Hartford police say man killed 3, then himself By THERESA SULLIVAN BARGER and ANDREA ESTEPA Courant Staff Writers A prominent Hartford developer apparently killed his wife, son and daughter, then shot himself inside their elegant West End home sometime over the weekend, Hartford police and neighbors said Monday. John P. Cotter Jr., 47, of 2 Wood-side Circle, is believed to have shot two members of his family with a shotgun and a third with a revolver before using the revolver on himself, a police source said. Police said they could not positively identify the family until dental records were examined, but said they had no evidence to indicate the victims, were not members of the family: Autopsies were scheduled today at the state medical examiner's office in Farmington. All four bodies apparently those of Cotter, his wife, Anne, in her mid-40s; daughter, Julia, 22; and John P. Cotter III, 16 or 17 I were found on the second floor of the home, two in a bedroom and two in a study, police sources said Cotter is the son of former state Supreme Court Justice John P. Cotter, of West Hartford, Police were called to the house just after 1 p.m. Monday by mem' bers of a crew that had been working on the house regularly and became concerned when they did not hear from Cotter, Hartford Police Chief Ronald J. Loranger said. When there was no answer at the door, the workers called police, he said. Glass was removed from a door so police could get into the locked house. There was no sign of forced entry or struggle, Loranger said. He said the four probably had been dead for at least a day, but a time of death had not been determined. The conditions of the bodies made it difficult to tell the ages of the victims or how long they had been there, Loranger said. The Hartford Fire Department was called to air out the house with fans, and investigators used oxygen tanks inside it. One neighbor said he last had seen John Cotter Thursday or Friday. Other neighbors on the fashionable, usually quiet block said it was not unusual for them to go for days without seeing members of the Cotter family because the family spent most of the summer at a vacation home in Essex: "I don't expect them to be home because they're always at the beach," Diane Cloud said. Woodside Circle is a street that loops off Asylum Avenue, opposite the Hartford College for Women. It is lined with large, stately brick houses partially hidden from view by bushes and trees. "Even though we live across the street, it's kind of far away," said Jane Longley-Cook, who lives op-Please see Family, Page A4 Er.PTY flETS THE DEVASTATION OTA KEW ENGLAND RESOURCE LAST Of . THREE PARTS By W. JOSEPH CAMPBELL Courant Staff Writer A mad sou'wester is up, angering the Atlantic waters near the Hudson Canyon, a gouge in the continental shelf known to commercial fishermen as the Gulley. Winds topping 30 knots raise tumultuous waves that Jimmy Allyn calls slammers. Allyn's fishing vessel, the Matthew Melissa out of Stonington, rises and then abruptly falls, thrashing a lonely course in 6- to 12-foot seas. Below deck, the crew tosses in narrow bunks. Through portholes they glimpse the punishing white water. It's weather that can keep commercial fishing vessels tied up at port. But on this Saturday morning, 70 miles south of Montauk Point, the Matthew Melissa's net is set, 50 fathoms down and a quarter- mile away. The 75-foot stern trawler is dragging the muddy sea bottom for summer flounder. And Allyn, the raspy-voiced captain, is at the wheel, reveling in the job. "Drillin', baby. Drillin' hard," he says, meaning he's fishing intensely. "You can't come out here, filin' your fingernails. You ain't going to make no money with the net on deck." "I got to push harder. I got my boat to pay off," he says, referring to his mortgage principal of $250,000. "... I don't want anybody coming down and taking my boat." Allyn is a shrewd and driven mariner, a type often found in New England's troubled fisheries. Fishermen can afford to be little else in these times, when prized stocks are at historic lows; when too many Please see A fishing, Page AS A voyage of early promise and small misfortunes ' it w -9 i w - Tony BacewiczTne Hartfoitl Courant Winds lift the spray as seagulls swarm to catdi fish culled by the Matthew Melissa' crew. : A . 0 : A

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