Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on November 9, 1990 · 29
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Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut · 29

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Friday, November 9, 1990
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1 THE HARTFORD COURANT: Friday, November 9, 1990 CI P T J H A blackout started by a relay switch In Canada darkened a large area of the Northeast Including most of Connecticut, In 1965. w ' ' QUEBEC V. ' ((t-(,!Montreal J ONTARIO ff MAINE K r 1 Augusta 'r- V I p Boston "1 Long Island Atlantic Ocean Darkness fell across Northeast 25 years ago Continued from Connecticut Page hi was born to flashlights; many other children were born nine months later. At Wesleyan University in Mid-dletown, car headlights were used to illuminate the field for football practice; at Jensen's sweet shop on Blue Hills Avenue on the Bloomfield line, teenagers ate melting ice cream by candlelight. That night, in the expanse of darkness, Hartford, New Haven and New London shone like jewels, the beneficiaries of quick-thinking operators who saved their power plants by disconnecting them from the regional transmission system. After the blackout, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a federal investigation. Many offered their own theories, including a professor at what then was Southern Connecticut State College. The professor theorized that the blackout was caused by the crash-landing of a Russian probe on the moon. Joseph V. Botticello, now 73, was the system operations manager on duty at the Connecticut Valley Electric Exchange station in Bloomfield. He had just finished taking some readings. "I saw all the meters starting to go awry, going back and forth," said Botticello from his home in Wethers-field Thursday. He spent the next 19 hours trying to restore power, preparing reports and preserving computer records. Botticello and Vipler, who now is supervisor of system practices and training for the Connecticut Valley Electric Exchange, said there is little chance that such a widespread blackout again could occur. Power companies have installed systems that cut off electricity to certain customers to preserve supplies to others. Organizations, such as the Northeast Power Coordinating Council, were created to ensure uniform operating and reporting procedures among utilities. The council also requires periodic review of relay settings, a procedure power officials say would have prevented the blackout. Botticello, who retired in 1980, said the likelihood of another big blackout is remote. "But there always is that one percent chance that it could happen," he said. Among the other changes utilities have made is installation of so-called black start units, jet turbines that can provide enough electricity to restart power plants that shut down in an emergency. Despite the inconvenience of the blackout, Botticello remembers it as an exciting night. At his home, he keeps copies of reports filed in connection with the incident. "I just want to keep them as a souvenir," he said. "Maybe my sons and grandchildren will look at them and say: 'Grandpa did this. He helped Lieutenant governor receives one of pope's highest honors Pope John Paul II has named Lt. Gov. Joseph J. Fauliso a Knight of St. Gregory the Great, one of the highest, honors a pope can confer on laymen. ! Fauliso received the honor from Archbishop John F. Whealon in a ceremony Thursday evening at St. Augustine Church in Hartford. ;The honor is for men who display outstanding personal virtues, generosity, zeal in public affairs and faithful assistance to the Roman Catholic community. ; . The order was founded by Pope Gregory XVI on Sept. 1, 1831, to honor loyal citizens of papal states. Pope Pius X reformed the order Feb. 7, 1905, to recognize church members who work for a better society and exemplify the best of human virtues. Fauliso, a trustee of St. Augustine Church, received the honor partially because of his service to the church, particularly for his stand against abortion. He also has served the community as a corporator of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and in the Homeward Bound program to help homeless people. Fauliso also has worked in programs at the American School for the Deaf, South Catholic High School, Providence College, and the cancer and leukemia societies. He has received honorary doctorates from Briarwood College and Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport. Fauliso, who has been lieutenant governor since 1980, also has served as president pro tem of the state Senate, representing Hartford. D uzzled? Call 1-900-896-2123 It's only 95 cents per minute. Can't put your finger on a crossword answer? Then put your finger on the telephone instead and call 1-900-896-2123 for answers to clues from today's, yesterday's or last Sunday's puzzle. You'll be billed just 95 cents per minute from any touch-tone or rotary dial phone. Federal grand jury indicts 2 men as accessories in Mafia grave case By EDMUND MAHONY Courant Staff Writer A federal grand jury in Hartford Thursday indicted two men accused of helping to bury a Boston hotel executive in a secret Mafia grave in Hamden as accessories after the fact to murder. The two Richard J. Beedle and Salvatore "Butch" D'Aquila were arrested on similar charges in late October. The indictment is a formality under federal law. Beedle and D'Aquila, associates of former Patriarca crime family un-derboss William "The Wild Guy" Grasso, are charged with helping bury a man believed to be Theodore Berns of Peabody, Mass., probably in August 1986. Beedle owns the Hamden garage under which the grave is located. Jack Johns of Hartford, who was given immunity from prosecution in exchange for cooperating with authorities, led investigators to the grave and admitted helping bury Berns, officials said. He was shown a photograph of Berns and identified the body from it, they said. Johns said Beedle filled in the grave and complained about leftover dirt. D'Aquila stood lookout out- Jack Johns of Hartford.led investigators to the grave and admitted helping bury Berns, officials said. side the garage, Johns said. Two others helped bury Berns, Johns said. He identified them as Salvatore Caruana, a mob drug smuggler and financier from the Boston area, and Grasso, who was shot in the neck and dumped in the Connecticut River in June 1989. Johns also admitted participating in the plot to kill Grasso, officials said. Although Johns said he witnessed only one burial in Hamden, federal and state investigators believe at least three bodies and possibly four were buried beneath the garage. The investigators also believe someone dug up the graves to remove the remains, probably sometime after March, when Johns and about 20 other Patriarca family members and associates were arrested in a New England-wide mob crackdown. When Johns led the FBI and state police to Beedle's garage in late October, detectives found only small bones and hair in three separate graves dug into the garage floor. There was evidence the graves had been opened recently and large bones removed. The investigators, however, found three hyoid bones small bones from the human throat which indicate at least three bodies were involved. Forensic scientists are analyzing the hyoid bones and other remains, but authorities refuse to say whether they have conclusively identified, or ever will be able to identify, the bodies. Johns said Caruana delivered the body believed to be that of Berns in the trunk of a white Cadillac with Florida license plates. The FBI says it has letters indicating Caruana believed his wife was having an affair with Berns. After the body was buried, Johns told the FBI, Grasso noticed Car-uana's Cadillac was missing a tail-light. The observation moved Grasso to remark on the intelligence of someone who would drive a body around in a car with a defective light, Johns told the FBI. STATE BRIEFS tut w Democrats re-elccJL Senate leadership State Senate Democrats on Thursday re-elected John B. Larson of East Hartford president pro tem and Cornelius?:. P. O'Leary of Windsor Locks Senate majority leader for the line 1991-92 session. ft: Democrats will hold a 20-16 "- advantage in the next session, . which begins in January. .t'JL Republicans are to elect a " minority leader Tuesday. Seeking the job are five of the 1T.T eight returning GOP incumbents? M. Adela Eads of Kent, George L. Gunther of Stratford, Fred H. Ju Lovegrove Jr. of Fairfield, Philip!-! S. Robertson of Cheshire and Thomas F. Upson of Waterburyl'iu Project to close rr Charter Oak ramps" Access ramps to the Charter . 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