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CIO THE HARTFORD COU1ANT; Friday. March 16, 1990 6 Review of 1973 slaying finds new evidence, no suspect shared by the victim's father. "I believe that this murder will be sdlved. I sincerely believe that," said John Serra, whose persistence prompted Kelly in late 1987 to open dusty cartons of statements and evidence assembled 15 years earlier by New Haven police. Serra did not want to comment further Thursday on the investigation, except to say he was satisfied with the renewed efforts.

"I feel they did everything they should," Serra said. "They brought us up to date." Although the active investigation has ended, Kelly said, the file is not closed and further work will be done if new evidence comes to light Over the past two years, state inspectors interviewed 250 people, 'some of whom had not been interviewed before. Old bloodstains and fingerprints took on new meaning through state-of-the-art forensic technology. Lasers and microscopes that produce video imagery were used in the analysis. Computer-enhanced fingerprints were sent to law-enforcement agencies on the East Coast, in California and Canada.

Henry C. Lee, Connecticut's forensic scientist, coordinated the testing of evidence and attempted to reconstruct the crime early one Sunday in September. Bloodstains from 16 years ago were re-created with spray paint, and the last moments of Penny Serra 's life were measured by a stopwatch as Lee's staff members played assailant and victim. Witness statements provided the script When Serra's blood-drenched body was found in a cement stairwell atop the Temple Street parking garage, it was. 12 years before DNA analysis, known as "genetic finger-.

printing," was discovered. The bloodstains on her clothing lingered, and were sent in 1989 to laboratories in California, Colorado' and New York for analysis. The results further cleared Anthony Golino, 39. He was charged with Serra's slaying in 1984, after his ex-wife attempted to implicate him. Court-ordered blood tests showed Golino's blood type did not match that of the killer, and charges against Golino were dismissed as his trial was about to begin in 1987.

Kelly said that during the new investigation, Golino voluntarily gave blood samples for DNA testing. The results corroborated the results of the blood tests three years earlier. Golino sued the city of New Haven for false arrest. Kelly said the investigation produced new fingerprint- and blood-analysis evidence, but he would not elaborate. "We don't want someone walking in with a confession tailored to our statement," Kelly said.

Kelly said he could not put a price tag on the investigation, but said it was not done at the cost of othef work in the office. By LYNNE TUOHY Courant Staff Writer WALLINGFORD A renewed investigation into the slaying of a 21-year-old New Haven woman that brought 1989 technology to bear on 1973 evidence has ended after two years with a two-page statement, not an arrest But Chief State's Attorney John J. Kelly said the investigation produced sufficient new evidence to believe the slaying of Concetta "Penny" Serra in a New Haven parking garage is solvable. It is a conviction Design school fined; scrutiny ordered A itet Speakers recount stabbing Continued from Connecticut Page because his back was to her. "I just saw the blade because it was so close to Jessica's face," she said.

Thursday was a day filled with wrenching testimony from Several witnesses, many of whom had difficulty remembering details because of the trauma they experienced watching the bloody stabbing of a small, slim young girl with long, brown hair. George A. Russell F.W. Wool-worth store manager, said he froze when he saw the stabbing. He remembered Peterson saying, repeatedly, as he straddled the girl, "Goddamn it, why? Why did you do that?" John Henry III, an employee at Amato's Toy and Hobby Shop, tackled Peterson after seeing him stab the girl.

But on Thursday in court, Henry could not remember his actions. "I don't really remember what I did at that time," he said. "I saw his arm moving up and down. The next thing I recall was being in physical contact with the man." Before Judges James M. Higgins, Barry R.

Schaller and Sal va tore F. Arena, another witness testified that Jessica Short struggled to get out of Peterson's" grasp but she was overpowered by him. "Every time she turned, he stabbed her again. She was not strong enough to get away from The committee also said the school must be "placed under an action plan" for a year. Theodore S.

Sergi, the Department of Education's director of adult education, said such a plan is, "in a sense," a form of probation. Under it, Ashton would have to: Submit written evidence that it has stopped advertising a three-year interior-design program. Make teaching outlines and lesson plans available for review and prepare a student handbook. Submit new forms for recording student attendance and for supervising and evaluating teachers, and make students and staff available for periodic visits by education officials. The committee found that the school had advertised a three-year program that was not offered, and said that had apparently violated a state regulation.

But it also found based on school officials' explanations that "some students may not have understood" that there was a "minimum enrollment Continued from Connecticut Page Yellow Pages. Some 1988-89 students said they were misled into believing a one-year residential-design program would qualify them to call themselves interior designers, even though state law says that to use the title, students have to pass a national examination requiring at least two years of study. The Courant found that two members of a state evaluation team that visited the school in 1988 failed to disclose close ties that they had with Ashton. Those two were recommended by Paternostro, in keeping with the state's long-standing practice discontinued in recent months of seeking suggestions from schools for evaluators expert in the school's subject areas. One of the evaluators was the husband of the school's secretary.

Ash-ton's failure to disclose that relationship to education officials violated a state regulation and was the reason for the $500 fine, according to the committee's report. From now on, the school is not supposed to use "interior design" to describe its program, Sergi said. Its new brochure acknowledges that Its current six-month program does not make a student an interior designer. But the new Yellow Pages advertisement for 1990-91 has the heading "interior design education." Sergi said he assumes it had been too late to change that wording. 'r- Students also complained of classes that began late and ended early and said some courses were little more than cut-and-paste exercises.

I- On such complaints, the committee found that "there appeared to be! a lack of sufficient administrative, supervision to assure uniform quality and content of programs and courses offered." That, too, apparently violated a regulation, the committee said. But it did not recommend a fine either for that or for the false adver-i Using, because it said Ashton had already taken "corrective actions," including deleting the three-year! program from its literature. "a Michael O'Brien Pool photo suffered from a mental disease or defect, and should not be held criminally responsible for the stabbing. Under questioning by James, officer William Hertler Jr. said that Peterson mumbled and talked to himself while he was being treated at Middlesex Memorial Hospital for hand cuts.

Peterson also sang a song over and over, he said. "It made no sense. It wasn't very comprehensible." The trial continues today at 10 a.m. Peterson is being held at Whiting Forensic Institute, the state's only maximum-security mental Dawn An co of Meriden, a friend of the Short family, testifies Thursday in the murder trial of David R. Peterson in Superior Court in Middletown.

Peterson is charged with murder and felony murder in the stabbing of Jessica Short, 9, of Wallingford. Insurance proposal for AIDS patients considered ease. State Rep. Joseph Courtney, D-Vernon, co-chairman of the human services committee, said that the two chairmen of the appropriations committee have given him "the green light" to refer it to their panel an indication that the proposal has a good chance at being passed. The Health Insurance Association of America, a Washingtdn-based lobbying group, said it is not opposed to states' paying premiums for AIDS patients.

However, there is concern about setting up programs exclu traced to accidental overdose Record heat likely today, but cold weather to return Hartford's warmest winter days These are the record warm days, 70 degrees and higher, since 1905. 1. March 15, 1990 73 2. March 13, 1990 79 3. February 24, 1985 73 4.

December 29, 1984 74 5. December 4, 1982 71 6. March 11, 1977 75 7. March 10, 1977 70 8. February 25, 1976 70 9.

February 16. 1954 72 10. March 14, 1946 78 11. March 13, 1946 72 12. March 20, 1945 81 13.

March 17, 1945 74 14. March 16, 1935 73 15. January 14, 1932 70 V. sively for one disease, said Melanie Marsh, spokeswoman for the associ-j ation. -i "It's a short term solution," Marsh said.

Nevertheless, if the premiums are paid, "there's no way we're going to back down from that obligation. We! certainly would not have a problem with where the money is coming from," Marsh said. "As long as the! premium is paid, the person id cov-' ered." 1 have died anyway, that's the excuse usually used for elderly don't feel that is appropriate. He should have lived." Fazzano said he did not know how far the cancer had spread or how long Augeri would have lived. if a Medical care for the 1,400 inmates at the prison is almost wholly administered by the medical center on the prison's third floor.

Prisoners near death, however, usually are transferred to outside, hospitals, where family members are more free to visit them, officials said. school system investigation, she hopes that it' looks at the positive things that -have happened. LaToya Williams, Chris Jarrett and Cynthia Crayton, three of the students who had protested about, the lack of a Black History Month in Ellington, said they were sur-" prised by the AACP's interest but delighted. "I knew my mother was behind me, but I didn't know the NAACP would help. I just thought it would be Cindy and I and the other kids on our own," LaToya said.

"I'm definitely happy that someone else cares because a lot of people would overlook stuff like that if they're IV U1VU1VCU III 11. Continued from Connecticut Page Michigan set up a pilot program in October and was followed by the state of Washington. Under Connecticut's legislation, an AIDS patient would be eligible for the program once his income fell below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Patients could show assets of up to $10,000, excluding real estate and automobiles, and would need a written statement from a doctor that they are, or soon would be, unable to continue working because of the dis Inmate's death Continued from Connecticut Page geri. "I didn't leave until 11 o'clock that morning.

Then they called me that night. They called me at 11, and they said he had expired." Legally and ethically, doctors treating a terminally ill patient can increase the dosage of painkillers, even though the side effects may lead to death. Those steps are usually taken with the consent of the patient and his family. Augeri's father, however, said nobody consulted him. In fact, he said he did not even know his son was terminally ill.

"It was all wrong what they did to NA ACP plans Continued from Connecticut Page addressed. "We feel that Black History Month is in place because black contributions to society have, in the past, been excluded, and so to make up that period of exclusion, an intensified program must be put in place," he said. The announcement of the investigation was greeted coolly by school board members, who said they feared the problem was being blown out of proportion. "I don't want Ellington singled out negatively, I don't think that's fair," board member Ronald Blan-chette said. "I don't think the remarks of two board members should be made representative of By DANIEL P.

JONES Courant Staff Writer Tired of a taste of summer so early? Hoping for one last ski trip? Those who feel that way just have to hold on for a few days. Today's temperatures are expected to soar into the 70s again and probably will set a record for the date. But a cold front is on the way and will bring more typical March weather this weekend. "It's going to turn a lot colder next week," said Mel Goldstein, director of the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University in Dan-bury. Rain should begin falling Saturday, and showers could linger early Sunday as the temperature drops into the 40s, he said.

But for now, the cooler air chugging down from the Northwest is having some trouble reaching the Northeast. Thursday, temperatures around him," Michelle Waldner said. Peterson, gripping a hunting knife, was wrestled to the ground by officer Donald Anderson, Henry and a bystander, Thomas Cardella. Anderson testified that Peterson's body became rigid as they tried to handcuff him and to remove the knife from his hand; Peterson remained quiet and calm after he was taken to the police department, he said. During cross-examination Thursday, defense attorney Christopher James tried to draw forth testimony that portrayed Peterson as being in a psychotic state.

James is expected to present evidence showing Peterson, who has a history of mental illness, the state broke records again. The warmest spot was Danbury, where the temperature peaked at 81 degrees, surpassing the previous record of 64 degrees on the same date in 1946. It hit 73 degrees at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, topping the previous high of 68 in 1945. And in Bridgeport, thermometers topped out at 65, breaking by three degrees a record set in 1986. "Even with showers Saturday, we'll probably see temperatures in the 60s," Goldstein said.

"The tropical front is so strong it's blocking the cold front. It's like a huge wall holding everything back." The warm front, which pushed the temperature to 84 degrees in Bridgeport and 79 in Hartford Tuesday, actually is a combination of two air masses. "One moved out of the Rockies last weekend and merged with a tropical high-pressure system over the Atlantic. And the two of them have teamed up to deliver an un- secured psychiatric facility, serving the rest of his 12-year prison sentence, has confessed and apologized for attempting to set the fire. In a letter to The Courant, and in a telephone interview this week, Sheehan, 34, said he wanted to kill his family because he was despondent over the death of singer Karen Carpenter, who died Feb.

4, 1983, of heart failure resulting from complications of anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder. "Soon after Karen's death, God made me realize that I had to die to be with Karen," Sheehan wrote in the letter. "So I thought about what God was telling me and I decided to not only free myself from this evil world, but to free my family." on drug-testing bill regulations are unworkable. "This is a solid piece of legislation, the product of about 1,000 hours of work. It is unfortunate our good-faith effort to address the drug problem in the workplace is buried quietly in the committee," Shapiro said.

"We were willing to sit with them and work it through. But obviously labor is very strong against this bill. Labor has won a battle, but has jeopardized the overall war against drugs," he said. Shapiro said the chamber would appeal to Balducci and other sup-porters to revive the blll Man confesses to attempt to kill family him," said Augeri, 74. Members of his family, who are planning a lawsuit against the state, had awaited the autopsy results for several weeks, Fazzano said.

Fazzano said he had requested Augeri's medical records, but had not received them. He said he heard that a member of the medical staff was suspended in connection with the incident, but when he asked for details from the correction department, officials said it was a personnel matter and declined to comment. "Based on the work that we have done, we consider this a very serious case," Fazzano said. "I'm sure that the defense will be that he would investigation of an entire community." He said the school board has taken positive steps since the issue surfaced, to raise the awareness of school staff to sensitive issues. "We've set up a task force to look at ways for in-service training of staff and other voluntary ways of raising awareness and programs," he said.

Elaine Brodeur, the school board's vice chairwoman, said the high school has begun preparing for Black History Month next year through an interview with a 91-year-old black resident. "He's going to give us an oral history of life in Ellington over the years," she said. Brodeur said that although the NAACP has a right to conduct its that her life was in danger, and that her assets were out of her control." Under questioning by Anthony Fitzgerald, a lawyer for Edwina Cotter Graham, a cousin of Donaghue's, Quinlan said that Goldfarb told Donaghue "that when she was out riding that there was to be a plastic bag over her head," meaning that her employees might try to kill her. "He said that then-conservator William Graulty was responsible for these things that were going on, that it was a classic conspiracy," Quinlan said. Later, Quinlan said, Goldfarb "used a great deal of pressure and urgency to get this matter attended to, to get the new will done." Goldfarb pressed Donaghue to name a new conservator and became visibly upset when Donaghue's first reaction was to have another lawyer or Quinlan appointed, Quinlan testified.

Quinlan said that Goldfarb tried to enlist her help in convincing Dona- SOURCE: The Weather Center precedented March heat wave," Goldstein said. Nevertheless, overnight temperatures early next week should be in the high teens or low 20s. "Don't put the antifreeze away yet," Goldstein said. On Feb. 26, 1983, "I tried to light the gasoline by lighting rolled-up newspapers," he said in the letter.

"But everytime I tried to light the gasoline, it would not light." His parents, brother, sister and brother-in-law were sleeping at the time, police said. "I am sorry," Sheehan said in the letter. "Now God makes sure I don't kill anybody and, he keeps my thoughts on trying to get from day to day without being tormented by obsessive thoughts of how evil our world is." The Courant Invitational Tournament Schedule Forty-eight teams from five states are participating in the tournament, sponsored by the Enfield Hockey Association and The Courant, at the Enfield Twin Rinks. The 800 hockey players, ages 6 to 15, are competing over three weekends. The public may attend free of charge.

Today's schedule is: Witness says woman was swayed by-lawyer By TRACY GORDON FOX Courant Staff Writer For seven years, Christopher Sheehan maintained that he did not attempt to kill his sleeping family by wiring their doors shut and setting fire to their East Hartford home. Sheehan testified before a jury that he was innocent and that he fled the state after being convicted of five counts of attempted murder because, he said, he was being framed. His parents, who survived the incident, also said their son was not guilty, and put up their home so he could be released on bond pending appeals. But Sheehan, who is in Whiting Forensic Institute in Middletown, a- Panel misses deadline Continued from Connecticut Page A tiny, soft-spoken woman with gray hair, Quintan said that she and her husband became close friends with Donaghue after they met in 1969 at Wentworth-by-the-Sea, a resort in Newcastle, N.H., where the Quinlans and Donaghue often stayed. Quinlan said Goldfarb told her in 1979 that Donaghue had been declared legally incompetent, that her employees were conspiring to harm her and that her assets were in danger.

Quinlan, who is not named as an heir in the Donaghue wills, said she stayed with Donaghue at her 995 Prospect Ave. home for a few weeks in July 1979, at Goldfarb 's request, in an effort to help Donaghue regain her competency. During that time, Quinlan said, Goldfarb stopped to see Donaghue at her home almost every night. In those visits, Quinlan said, "Mr. Gold-f arb made It clear to Miss Donaghue ghue to complete a new will promptly.

"I told him I would have no part of influencing Ethel's will. I wanted no part of such a thing," Quinlan Quinlan said that her relationship with Goldfarb deteriorated after that time. "He became more hos-! tile she said. 1 Quinlan also testified that Goldfarb controlled the people who visit ed Donaghue. In the July 1979 meetl ing, in which he tried to explain his role in her affairs, Quinlan said that Goldfarb told Donaghue "that no one could come into that house without his permission." Goldfarb insisted that two nurses be with Donaghue whenever she went out with others, but he often went out with her without the nurses, Quinlan said.

i Goldfarb objected strenuously when Quinlan suggested that the Rev. Denis Ferrigno, then pastor of St. Joseph's Cathedral in visit Donaghue to allay anxiety that developed during that time, Quinlan' said. 1 mm i TIME OPPONENTS Continued from Connecticut Page without reasonable suspicion that the employees are under the influence of drugs or alcohol that is affecting their job performance. Under that law, an employer can order random drug testing only if state labor department regulations designate the employee's occupation as high-risk or safety-sensitive; if, authorized by federal law; or if the employee has been participating voluntarily in an employer-sponsored employee assistance program.

Peter D. Shapiro, chairman of the chamber task force, said the current 5:30 PM NCONN vs. Windsor 7:00 PM East Haven vs. Nonotuck Valley 6T40PM Windsor vs. NCONN 7:50 PM Enfield vs.

Columbia 8:10 PM ECHO vs. Bear Mountain 9:00 PM Polar Bears vs. Mid Coast.

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