The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on January 19, 1996 · 16
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A16 The Ottawa Citizen, Friday, January 19, 1996 World Thief pinches lost photos of Kennedy assassination GONE: Photographer Scott Enyart can't believe someone stole his recently found pictures of Robert Kennedy's shooting. By Janet Gilmore The Los Angeles Daily News LOS ANGELES In the dry parlance of a police report, it was nothing more than a petty theft. A courier, en route to downtown Los Angeles after a flight from Sacramento, California, realizes his briefcase and jacket have been stolen from his rental car. But for Scott Enyart, the theft Jan. 12 of the briefcase was just the latest trou-bling twist in a 27-year effort to get back his photographic images of a nation's tragedy: the 1968 assassination of Robert E Kennedy "All I want," the Los Angeles man said, "is my three rolls of film back." As a 15-year-old Fairfax High School student on assignment for his school's newspaper, Enyart says he was snapping photos of Kennedy when Sirhan Sirhan's bullet felled the Democratic presidential candidate. For 20 years he was told the film was locked away in police files. But in 1988, Enyart was told the film was gone, apparently burned along with other photos related to the official police investigation. He sued the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department and the state. City officials battling the $2-million lawsuit say the film finally turned up in August 34 photos and 29 negatives misfiled among non-photographic evidence in the California State Archives. Unfortunately for Enyart who re- Endangered crocs slither a bit close to South Florida neighborhoods By Heather Dewar Knight-Ridder MIAMI How do you live with a wild crocodile? Very discreetly, as some South Floridians are learning. Until recently, the endangered reptiles, far rarer and more reclusive than their alligator kin, stuck closely to their last North American haven, a maze of brackish streams and mangrove forests near the point where the Florida Keys meet the mainland. But efforts to protect the rare creatures have been so successful that their numbers have risen dramatically, from around 200 when American crocodiles were placed on the endangered species list in 1975 to somewhere between 300 and 500 today Now the saltwater-loving crocs have begun to wander up Florida's eastern and western shores. Some are even setting up new homes within crawling distance of popular tourist haunts such as Fort Lauderdale's neon-bright oceanfront strip and Sanibel Island, the shell-seeker's getaway "The crocodiles are dispersing because they're doing so well in the areas that were set aside for them," said University of Florida crocodile expert Frank Mazzotti. "It's extremely interesting and encouraging that this is happening with an endangered species in Florida, which has so many people and is growing so fast. It shows that people can co-exist quite well with endangered wildlife." Experts say the crocs pose no threat' to people so long as nobody pesters them. And so far, nobody has. Indeed, most of the animals have found human benefactors who protect the critters' Garbo-like love of privacy "It's kind of hard to hide an 11-foot crocodile, but we did a pretty good job of it," said Janie Westall of Sanibel. When a big croc, the largest female ever spotted in Florida, laid 47 eggs in a subdivision garden last May, residents swore local reporters to secrecy and barricaded the street every night so the big croc could cross it safely. The eggs failed to hatch at summer's end. But the Westalls are dumping a big pile of sand in their yard, in hopes of encouraging the would-be mother, nicknamed "Wilma," to dig another nest this spring. "It is a little inconvenient when you have a crocodile basically living under your house and strolling up and down your driveway a couple of times a night," Westall said. "But it's such a treat to be able to observe this rare, wild creature at close hand that it's worth the trouble." In the 1960s and 1970s, the reptiles' retreat was slated for a huge condominium development and a nuclear power plant. Environmental concerns prompted Florida Power & Light Co. to encourage crocodile breeding in the creek- and forest-laced buffer zone around the nuclear plant. Public protests halted the condo project, and the state and federal governments bought up adjacent saltwater marshes to create Crocodile Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. More world news, Please see D 10 mains skeptical of the find the images were also inside the combination-lock Samsonite briefcase stolen from courier George Gebhardt. City officials say the theft was a freak accident and the Los Angeles City Council has approved a $5,000 reward for information leading to the film's return. Enyart and his attorneys suggest a more sinister motive is at work. "They're playing fast and loose with the facts," Enyart said. "They don't have my film. They destroyed my film a long time ago because it showed things they didn't want the public to find out about." Enyart, now 43, said in an interview that he believes the film may have undermined the investigation of Sirhan or showed questionable conduct by police. City attorney Skip Miller suggested Wednesday that Enyart has watched too many Oliver Stone movies. "I think (the courier's testimony) completely debunks any allegation of any conspiracy" Miller said. Attorneys for the city say the photos carried by courier were indeed En-yart's and they had planned to introduce the images at trial to show that nothing was lost. During a brief hearing Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Gebhardt said he believes the theft occurred as he sat in his car at a gas station, telephoning his rental company for help after having car trouble. At that time, he testified, he was turned sideways with his feet on the concrete. Someone, he said, reached through a gap in the front passenger-side window, unlocked the back door, and stole the items. OVERSEAS SAVINGS ALL DAY SUNDAY Thanks to popular demand, our overseas calling offer is back. Every Sunday until Feb. 25th, when you make a direct-dial or Calling Card call to the UK or anywhere overseas, you can take advantage of Bell's lowest regular rates of the day, all day long. And with Bell's Real Plus" savings plan you can save even more. It's just one more of the Surprise Savings" from Bell. Sorry, this offer doesn't apply to the Advantage" Savings program. 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