Rutland Daily Herald from Rutland, Vermont on August 26, 1995 · 6
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Saturday, August 26, 1995
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SouthemVermont Rutland Daily Herald Saturday Morning, August 26, 1995 Windsor, Windham & Bennington Page 6 Home page 8 State page 11 Job Market page 12 Eagle Newspaper to Be Sold by New Owner The Associated Press MIDDLETOWN, Conn. The Middletown Press, recently acquired by William Dean Singletons MediaNews group through its acquisition of the Eagle Publishing Co., will be sold to the Journal Register Co., the two companies announced. The Middletown Press will be the 17th daily paper owned by the Trenton, N.J. -based Journal Register Co. The newspaper, with a 13,755 circulation, will be the companys fifth daily paper in Connecticut. The companies made the joint announcement on Thursday. This purchase will further expand Journal Register Companys growing presence in Connecticut and enhance our ability to better, serve our readers and advertisers," said Robert M. Jelenic, president and chief executive officeY of the Journal Register Co. The New England Newspapers, an affiliate owned by MediaNews Group, had agreed to buy The Middletown Press along with The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield, Mass., and the Vermont-based Brattleboro Reformer, Bennington Banner, and Manchester Journal. That deal is expected to be finalized by Sept. 1. The sale of The Middletown Press will be completed when the sale of Eagle Publishing to The New England Newspapers is complete. Middletown Press Publisher David P. Goddard said the sale was unexpected considering the paper was planning advertising and circulation projections with Singletons group. 1 was surprised, Goddard said. He said Jelenic told him the paper would remain autonomous, although there will probably be some changes. Goddard said he expects The Middletown Press to begin using color photographs. The paper also may provide more local, and less international news, like some of the other dailies in the chain. Pooling resources with other papers in the chain, such as buying newsprint together, will benefit The Middletown Press, Goddard said. While we had not planned to sell the Middletown Press, we last week received an offer from Journal Register which we believe is advantageous to our company, Singleton said. But just as important, we think the newspapers association with Journal Registers vast array of other Connecticut newspapers will make The Middletown Press a much stronger newspaper than it would have been as a stand-alone entity. Other Connecticut newspapers owned by the Journal Register Co. are the New Haven Register, The Herald of New Britain, The Bristol Press and The Register Citizen of Southern Vermont Digest Winhall Accident Kills Cars Driver WINHALL A Connecticut man died early Friday when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and drove off Route 11, according to police. Bruce A. Drenckhahm, 40, of Norwalk, Conn., crashed his 1992 Chevrolet Blazer just downhill from a scenic overlook area at about 2:50 a.m., police said. Drenckhahm was headed west on Route 1 1 when he went off tl. right side of the road, travelled nearly 124 feet in a ditch, and hit a large rock, police said. The Blazer was destroyed and debris was found as far away as 90 feet. Drenckhahm, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed instantly. Police said it appeared he fell asleep while driving. Police are seeking the names of two passing truckers and anyone else who saw the accident. According to police, a truck driver reported the accident to a fellow trucker via CB radio. The second trucker, who was equipped with a cellular phone, notified police. Anyone with information is asked to call Winhall Police Chief Ronald Morell at 297-2121. Husband Wants Charges Dropped The Associated Press WOODSTOCK A Rochester man has asked a Windsor Superior Court judge to throw out charges that he forced his estranged wife off a road three years ago and then left her to die. Douglas Lunnas motion was answered by grand jury documents spelling out for the first time how prosecutors linked him to the accident on the Bethel Mountain Road in Bethel in April 1992. Lunna faces charges of careless and negligent driving with death resulting and leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting, in connection with the fatal accident of Cheryl Lunna, 42, from whom he was separated. The grand jury documents claim that Douglas Lunnas blood was found on the victims car and on the road at the accident scene. Police also allege that a bloody palm print'' found on Cheryl Lunnas car was Douglas Lunnas. The print was placed on the car after the accident, the documents allege. Cheryl Lunna drowned when her car was forced off the road and overturned in a brook. The charges were not filed against her husband until two-and-a-half years after the accident. Douglas Lunna is scheduled to go on trial in District Court in January. Windsor County prosecutor Patricia Zimmerman told WNNE-TV that Douglas Lunnas lawyers allege that the state has insufficient evidence to connect him to the ac-. cident scene. On certain elements its circumstantial and I think thats basically what the motion is saying, that theres no direct evidence and there needs to be direct evidence he was in a vehicle at the scene, Zimmerman said. Flags Stolen From Gas Station Poles ROYALTON Someone shinnied up the flag poles at the M&N Mini Mart Thursday night or early Friday morning and stole four flags, including a large version of the star-spangled banner. Gas station owners Mary and Nate McShinsky are offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the flag thief or thieves who made off with two Texaco flags, a Canadian flag, and a 12-foot by 1 8-foot United States flag. The pole the American flag was on is about 60 feet high, so they had to climb up about 14 feet before they could get to the rope to lower it, Mary McShinsky said Friday. The other three flags were just 3-by-5-foot square and they were on shorter poles, so whoever took them just had to cut the ropes to get them down, McShinsky explained. Vermont State Police who investigated the theft at the station, which sits on Route 107 right by Exit 3 of Interstate 91, estimated the total value of the four flags at $600. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Bethel Barracks of the Vermont State Police at 234-9933. suin rnoio oy rewr i rsovree Participants in the 7th Annual Press Day put on by Hemmings Motor News inspect an antique auto Friday. The Bennington company announced Friday its creation of a home page on the World Wide Web. Antique Car Business Test-Drives the Internet By PETER CRABTREE Herald Staff BENNINGTON Theres nothing Mickey Mouse about Hemmings Motor News. Take its August issue, which came in at 863 puges. It con-tains ev-' Bennington erything from ads for antique car auctions to offers of finders fees for English roadsters. It is the information in each ad-packed issue, according to company officials, that makes Hemmings so attractive to computer industry entrepreneurs. We have content, says Russell Aminzade, a Hemmings consultant. Were the Walt Disney of the old Although we focus our publications on obsolete autos, the crowning achievement of the industrial era, we find the lure of the age of electronic information irresistible." Hemmings Motor News Publisher Terry Ehrich car hobby. Disneys recent purchase of ABC Capital Cities was hailed as a perfect marriage of product and delivery system. And that is the angle Hemmings suitors pursue, according to Aminzade. Three to five times each week, the bearded, ponytailed consultant in business clothes hears the same pitch: I want to put Hemmings on line and make you rich. Well, Hemmings has beat them to it. As of 9 p.m. Thursday, the so-called bible of the old car hobby (See Page 7: Hemmings) By ERIC FRANCIS Herald Correspondent WHITE RIVER JUNCTION The unusual case of convicted police impersonator John Baldasaro took another twist Friday when Assistant Attorney General William Reynolds collapsed during the middle of Baldasaros sentencing hearing and was rushed to the hospital. The 37-year-old Reynolds was reported to be in satisfactory condition at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., by late afternoon Friday. But his dramatic fainting spell had spurred sheriffs deputies to hustle the wheelchair-bound Baldasaro from the courtroom and ultimately led to a decision to continue the sentencing at a later date. The hearing was set to consider Baldasaros competency and to sentence the 31-year-old from Cambridge, Mass., for his conviction on charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, and larceny. Those charges stemmed from an incident in August 1993 in which Baldasaro kidnapped a Florida couple on Interstate 91 in Bradford while posing as the head of the Vermont State Police. During the sentencing portion of the hearing, Reynolds rose from his chair at the prosecution table to rebut a defense argument and then suddenly leaned heavily on his arm propped on the table. Attorneys sitting on either side of him noticed something was wrong and rushed to grab him as he slumped back into his chair. While Court Officer Ron Edson dialed 911 on his desk phone and lawyers crowded around the inert Reynolds, Judge Shireen Avis Fisher waved her hands in a time-out motion and briskly announced, We are in recess. Deputies hustled Baldasaro out a back door to a court holding cell John Baldasaro Sentencing Postponed while court officials ordered the courtroom cleared. A Hartford Ambulance crew arrived a short time later and placed Reynolds on a stretcher, administered oxygen to him and wheeled him out the door. Minutes later the court reconvened and a prosecutor requested a continuance until Reynolds could return to the court at a future date. Fisher turned to Baldasaro and said, We are going to grant that request, to which Baldasaro promptly replied, Thats no problem. The court day had been unusual from the start. The morning began with heightened security at the Windsor District Courthouse, where four Windsor County sheriffs deputies, rather than the usual one or two, watched people come through the metal detector. Inside the courtroom, another seven uniformed and plainclothes officers (See Page 7: Baldasaro) Prosecutors ' oy uiAfNA Asnwuttin Herald Correspondent CHESTER After almost six months of uncertainty about their fate, the tenants of the Greep Mountain Apartment complex have received official confirmation that their building now belongs to Bam One, which is representing the Fe eral Deposit Insurance Corp. The tenants had been caught b tween two parties warring over possession of their apartment complex since early February. j MEG Property Management of Manchester, N.H., hand-delivered a notice to tenants recently saying that a compromise and settlement agreement had been worked out effective July 31. The former owners of the building are handing over possession of the apartment complex to the Banc One New Hampshire Asset Management Corp' (known as BONHAM Corp.). MEG Property Management will managd the complex for BONHAM. Town Clerk Sandra Walker said that as of Friday no property transfer had been filed at the Ches town hall. In an interview on F day, Paul Deef, president of BO HAM Corp., confirmed that hi company has taken possession i the building and the paperwork fi the transfer is being completed. I Donald P. McGee, secretary of the Green Mountain Apartments Tenant Association, said that tenant have received official notification from the management corporations' from both sides of the dispute about the transfer of ownership. Varnarvas Zagaris of the Sulco; Corp. of Claremont, N.H., which! managed the building for the Green!-Mountain Apartments Realty Trust, owners of the apartment? complex, wrote to tenants saying; that an agreement had been' reached. He said Banc One would? be taking over the management of the apartments. Zagaris told tenants to start sending their rent payments to Banc One. Tenants had been placing (See Page 7: Cheater) itpay-j their! ) : Stair Photo by Rick RiusoU Shadow Boxing A painter casts a. shadow on the floor of a new classroom in the Reading Elementary School while working on renovations this week. The opening of classes at the school has been delayed until Sept. 12. Chester Collapse Delays Baldasaro Owners .. a -klu

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