Daily News from New York, New York on March 21, 1980 · 7
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Daily News from New York, New York · 7

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Jim Hushes and Dennis Ctruso'Csilr New Office manager Ruth Manne is removed from office after gunman handed over his weapon to her before surrendering. At right, Angela D'Amlco, Morty Gilbert and Willie Damalt (I. to r.), who were in office when trucker invaded building, tell about what occurred. . By DON GENTILE A distraught Texas truckdriver who said he wanted to talk to pop singer Jackson Browne or members of the Eagles singing group held a recording company executive at gunpoint for more than two hours in her midtown office yesterday. He released her only afer police arranged for him to hear a song written by Browne, and performed by the Eagles, played on a local radio station. When the man, identified as Joseph Paul Rivera, 28, of Dallas, heard the lyrics "Why don't you come to your senses? You're out riding fences" from the song "Desperado" played on WPLJ-FM, he burst into tears and handed over his gun to his hostage, Ruth Manne, the office manager of Elektra Asylum Records. Manne, who is in her mid-40s, was taken to St Clare's Hospital for observation after the ordeal, which lasted from about 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., police said. During that time, Rivera fired one shot Into the ceiling of Manne's ninth-floor office at 665 Fifth Ave. but, police said, no one was injured. Rivera went to the Elektra office and demanded to see Browne or members of the Eagles group, employes said. When he became abusive, Manne took him into her office to calm him down, they said. But Rivera" apparently locked the door and "all of a sudden we heard this ruckus like furniture being banged together and maybe a file cabinet being overturned," regional manager Morty Gilbert said. WPLJ-FM program director Larry Berger said the song was played on instructions from police. There was no direct reference to the hostage situation when disc jockey Jimmy Fink introduced the song. "This is 'Desperado' for the desperate trucker," Fink told listeners before playing the song. Police said Rivera was upset because his truck had been stolen. He wanted the Eagles to lend him $2,500. After Rivera surrendered, he was arrested, handcuffed and led from the building. He later was charged with kidnaping, possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment Charge 13 lifted 330G from good hands of Allstate By PETER McLAUGHLIN and TONY BURTON An insurance scam that allegedly lifted $330,000 from the good hands of the Allstate people led to the indictment yesterday of 13 persons accused of reporting bogus accidents to get the cash. The key figure, according to Bronx District Attorney Mario 'Merola, was an Allstate insurance adjuster, Henry Klein, 45, of 411 Westchester Ave., Bronx, who was charged with second-degree grand larceny and with falsifying business records between September 1977 and July 1979. It began, according to prosecutors, after a car carrying Frank Dellibovi Jr., 36, of 1108 Pierce Ave., Bronx, crashed into an abutment in 1977, injuring Dellibovi and Maria Churbino, who later became his wife. Churbino suffered two broken ankles and was awarded $36,000 by Allstate. Dellibovi alo got $36,000. As a result of the claim, he met Klein. Then, according to Merola, a number of fictitious accidents were reported and insurance. claims made. Among the claimants, Merola said, was Dellibovi's father, Frank Sr., of 2431 Crotona Ave., Bronx, who received a number of checks for allegedly bogus accidents. - Investigations began after a computer in Allstate's Long Island headquarters turned up discrepancies. Suspicion fell on Klein, a 13-year veteran with Allstate who earned $19,000 a year. . It was discovered that amounts ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 had been paid by the insurance company to settle fraudulent claims, according to Merola. Also included in the indictments was attorney Edward Porcelli, 40, of 4465 Douglas Ave., Riverdale, Bronx, who was accused of perjury. The district attorney said Porcelli told the grand jury he knew one of the claimants, who, in fact, didn't exist. The others named in the indictment were accused of accepting money for phony accidents and of forgery by endorsing checks with the names of nonexistent persons. Merola said the accused were friends or acquaintances of the Dellibovis. Both Dellibovi men were among those indicted. The wife was not indicted. Speeding up ambulances called costly By MURRAY WEISS and BOB HERBERT The city would have to spend "a million dollars a minute" to reduce the response time of ambulances to emergencies, a legislative committee was told yesterday. An average of 16 minutes elapses from the time a call is placed to the moment an ambulace arrives at the scene, reported Donald Rowan, director of the city's Emergency Medical Services. Although the response time in some other cities is as low as six minutes, that figure is virtually impossible to achieve in New York, primarily because of traffic congestion, Rowan said. "The best we could do is perhaps 10 to 12 minutes," said Rowan, and each minute knocked off the response time would cost a million dollars. The money would be used to improve equipment, to hire additional- personnel and to hook up the ambulance network to the emergency 911 telephone number. Rowan testified before the Assembly Committee on Legislative Oversight and Investigation, which held a daylong hearing in the state offices at 80 Centre St. t ; New York Lottery" Daily: 322 Bonus: 6 New Jersey Lottery Pick It: 007 Straight Payoff: $339 Connecticut Lottery Daily:! 06 - Money Tree: 42 441 Green 931 183 About 100 members of the paramedics union demonstrated outside. They complained that they are inadequately staffed, are required to drive vehicles from a "broken-down" fleet and that EMS management is incompetent and has squandered city money. Some of the demonstrators carried signs that read, "EMS What a Mess!" Inside, several witnesses testified about waits of as long as an hour for ambulances. In some of the cases, they said, the patients died. Following the hearing. Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-Brooklyn) said he thinks the system needs an "overhaul." . J j. , - WorEiinQ "ff sumiiif iiromsn iiellii hear! attach risEis By EDWARD EDELSON Science Editor Working women who also are trying to raise a large family are twice as likely to have a heart attack as housewives with the same family responsibilities, according to a new study.' "These findings suggest that the dual roles of employment and raising a family may produce excessive demands on working women," epidemiologists Suzanne G. Haynes and Manning Feinleib of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute reported in . the American Journal of Public Health. "Perhaps demands on the job, coupled with demands at home, explain the high incidence of coronary heart disease among working women with several children." -The repdrt was based on a study of 350 housewives, 387 working women and 580 men participating in the Framingham Heart Study,, in which investigators have been following the residents of that Massachusetts town for well over a decade. Overall, the study found that workfftg women in general defined as those who . have spent half their adult lives employed outside the home have no greater risk of developing heart disease than housewives do. In fact, the study found the lowest rate of heart disease among single work-But some groups of working women were found' to run a higher risk of developing coronary heart disease. The highest -rate was found among clerical workers, and the risk of heart disease was directly related to emotional factors in these women, the study found. "The most significant predictors of coronary heart disease among clerical workers were: suppressed hostility, having a nonsupportive boss and decreased job mobility," the epidemiologists reported. The very highest risk was found in women in clerical jobs who had three or more children and were married to blue-collar workers. The increased incidence of heart disease in these women may have something to . do with the economic pressures behind their decision to go to work, but the exact meaning of the finding is not clear, the researchers said. "The occupational status of one's spouse reflects not only an economic status but also certain life-style behaviors and attitudes not measured in this study," they said.

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