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The News and Observer from Raleigh, North Carolina • 21

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1- If VVVVVV NI a all Ma 1P 0 THE NEWS OBSERVER SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17 1994 Expert pitches potential of mass transportation in the Triangle le James Ritchey Jr is hitting town halls and community centers to explain how three types of mass transit systems could affect regional traffic But what could a mass transit system do for a sprawling region such as the Triangle with four population centers instead of one six employment centers and rampant commuting across county lines? Here Ritchey waxes cautious "We've seen in our study" he says "that a fixed-guideway system doesn't solve congestion It creates alternatives around congestion" Suppose the Triangle chooses a tss transit Ing region with four ad of one and ram3s county axes cautudy" he eway sysestion It ound con-chooses a The predictions are coming soon to a public forum near you James Ritchey Jr the Triangle Transit Authority's general manager is taking them on the road in briefings for state and local officials on regional mass transit proposals On Thursday he presented his 20-minute slide show to the Wake County Transportation Advisory Committee a body of mayors and other local elected officials On Tuesday he will go before the Raleigh City Council On Oct 12 the Transportation Advisory gle Park has increased from 22 minutes in 1990 to 28 minutes The auto trip from Chapel Hill to Duke University on US 15-501 now takes 42 minutes up from 34 in 1990 And from Apex to downtown Raleigh via US 1: 28 minutes 7 minutes longer than in 1990 This is no doomsday scenario It's the experts' forecast based on years of study analysis and computer modeling of what highway travel will be like in the Triangle if current growth and development trends continue Committee for Durham and Orange counties will hear his talk In his effort to lay the groundwork for debate over proposals to build light rail transit regional rail or a combination of busways and high occupancy vehicle (HOY) lanes Ritchey says he'll probably visit dozens of public and private organizations The dark side of the experts' vision of the future is what will happen if no new mass transit service is offered The number of vehicle-miles traveled at peak hours will nearly double from 22 million to 45 million And the share of miles traveled at the level of traffic flow "parking lot conditions" Ritchey explains increases from 16 percent in 1990 to 29 percent in 2020 And this will evolve the consultants say even though the Northern Loop the Western Wake Expressway the further widening of 1-40 and the other projects in the state's long-range road construction plan are built That would increase the number of highway lane-miles in the region from 5588 to 6459 BY STEPHEN HOAR STAFF WRITER Take off your rose-colored glasses automobile lovers and look ahead to the year 2020 Travel time on Interstate 40 from Raleigh to Research Trian SEE TRANSIT PAGE 5B 3 POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS TRIANGLE TAKING FEWER LIBERTIES WITH LOCKED CARS Death cause kept secret et: Caution rules in lockouts in Cary BY SHANNON BUOGS STAFF WRITER ''''-t'-z i O''t i- '1 4 i '4 3 e''''ikA i 11 4'- 1 "s''''''''''''''' 4 i ::3 0 ih s'41 (' 1 Xr: 1111' 411 "kk'---- t' 4' '100 1t -i p0 ''''i i' i ji 1 1 i 1 ::1: il rf 1 5 An unusual court order prevents the state medical examiner from releasing autopsy results with details of Goldsboro teen Beth-Ellen Vinson's death ler iedical sing details eth-Ellen BY FRED HARTMAN STAFF WRITER 4AN As 3-month-old Kay leen Caldwell sat screaming in her car seat trapped inside a stifling hot minivan with the keys that could release her her frantic mother was inside Cary Towne Center mall begging a Cary emergency dispatcher to send police officers to free her child But the dispatcher told Kimberly Caldwell to call a locksmith because if officers were sent to the scene they wouldn't be able to break into the vehicle "I said 'It's 90 degrees out here and my car windows are rolled up real tight and my child could die if you don't come now' the Garner resident said Friday "But she just said 'Sorry there's nothing we can do' Caldwell hung up on the dispatcher who chose not to send officers or a rescue team to the scene said Cary police Capt Jim Carver That will not happen in the future Carver said "To help in these situations we now think it's best to send an officer whether the caller wants one or not to assess the situation" Carver said "But they still won't have any equipment to open the cars" For about a decade people I conclu-investiga-iangle RALEIGH A judge has issued an unusual court order barring the state medical examiner from releasing any details about how teenager Beth-Ellen Vinson waS killed Beth-Ellen 17 was found dead behind a Wicker Drive business on Aug 23 one week after her car was discovered abandoned less than a half-mile away With few leads police have kept a lid on all information about the case The court order adds an air of mystery to the slaying and means the public likely will not be able to find out how Beth-Ellen was killed until authorities charge a suspect Investigators continue to dispel rumors that there is a connection between Beth-Ellen's death and that of Tracy Ann Moschette issued an iarring the from re-about how rinson was found dead business on er her car doned less With few a lid on all an air of and means be able to was killed a suspect to dispel connection death and Moschette When 3-month-old Kay leen Kimberly Caldwell's daughter became locked in a minivan Cary police refused to break in to rescue her STAFF PHOTO BY LANCE POWELL other Triangle police departments Durham police are not issued slim jim car lock openers but officers are willing to break car windows to free trapped children and pets if the car owners will unlucky enough to be stuck in Cary when they accidentally locked their children and keys in cars haven't been able to count on the local police to get them out of the jam That's because Cary's officers will not break into locked vehicles even when crying babies and whimpering dogs are trapped inside "It's not that we don't respond to those situations" said Capt Windy Hunter "We do respond by sending an officer to wait with the people but we won't use a 'slim jim' to get inside If it's a real emergency where a child is in need of medical attention or a car is on fire we will break a car window to get the person out" The strict policy ensures that the police department won't be stuck with ungrateful car owners' damage claims But the change in policy still leaves Cary out of step with most SEE LOCKED OUT PAGE 5B rr 1 he only information we are trying to keep private in this case is information we don't want a suspect to know' Copt RC Friese Raleigh Police Department mation keep 7ase is don't know' se ment ALE aims to nab underage beer-buyers Durham man charged with heroin offense 79-year-old veteran says he was set up BY JAMES ELI SHIFTER STAFF WRITER ''4''''3a l' 1 li toe' '1 0 '''''4 I i i' -1 '5 'A i 1 '4''' 0 i eA A -i-'j11 a A- 1 5 -1 t-- ---4 f11 i zi of N' Il 1: i f'' 2 1 ill 1 -gg 2' A i' 0 l'' 1 1 1 4' 7-f'' 1 ::1: 1 ii 1 ki ki 1 I '2: 2 1 i Inder 2 4 I i 12111: 1 '2' 11 14: 02 ''4 it Zkoio4024Vi 2 Z1Vk" 0 'd i 'N 1 -'A i i'A 1 1 -'---i't 't L' t'' WI (: 'N I -i 1 I 1 'Pt tqp f'' 4- I' 1 11' l'Ae i- 3 t' 't2 A f'" 7-- t1 1q 4 1 i ii A' k'1 'Z 'ik i ''Nk 4- of to 4 r' 1 '2'1 ttl A ''''k''' 'k I 1 IP 1 i '1z i A -'f4 1 1 k- 1 'k'': '''Z' 'i: 1' 1- :1 -P4 A '1 '''-'''SN''''': -'cr00 7' A 1 7: 1 1 i tNs1 a- BY FRED HARTMAN STAFF WRITER RALEIGH It used to be that if you were underage and wanted to buy beer you might get turned down Now the clerk behind the counter might bust you State alcohol agents are donning different uniforms convenience store aprons in an effort to catch teens trying to buy beer and wine Officials cite high rates of teen driving deaths and DWI's 5191 arrests for ages 21 and younger statewide in 1993 as evidence of an urgent need for the program dubbed "Cops in Shops" By targeting buyers instead of store clerks authorities hope the word will spread quickly among underage drinkers that attempting to purchase alcohol will have consequences "It's the kids who are the problems" said Erin Young a senior at Sanderson High and president of the school's SADD Chapter "This sounds great I think it's going to hit them really hard" Senior Amy Betsill of Fike High School in Wilson agreed "I think it'll have an effect if somebody close to home is caught" she said "Cops In Shops" kicked off last weekend in Wilson and will hit Raleigh the weekend of Oct 7 and 8 before spreading statewide After an initial kickoff in each city undercover agents plan to remain in stores at least through the end of the year found dead Sept 8 behind a West Raleigh Kmart store "The only information we are trying to keep private in this case is information we don't want a suspect to know" said Capt RC Friese of the Raleigh police Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens who signed the order Sept 13 said Friday that the autopsy results will be released "in the foreseeable future" "It's not routine" Stephens said of the order "But it's something that happens occasionally when there's something about the autopsy that if it were public knowledge might hamper an investigation or possibly be to the advantage of the suspect" "I don't lightly restrict something that might be of public record" Stephens said A copy of the order is not on file in the Wake County Courthouse A copy sent to Dr John Butts chief medical examiner of North Carolina says "It is in the best interest of justice and the enforcement of the laws of the state of North Carolina that the findings as to the cause of death of Beth-Ellen Vinson to include any test results and medical opinion be sealed Stephens barred the release to anyone except "the Raleigh police department and Wake County district attorney until the conclusion of the criminal ind a West on we are this case want a Capt RC once ge Donald the order that the released re" Thens said something ially when iut the au-re public iper an in7 be to the et" riet some-of public not on file irthouse A Butts chief iorth Caro-the best he he state of he findings death of include any cal opinion release to leigh police ke County the afternoon He denied being the block's senior dealer "Somebody else set me up" he said "A guy just gave me the stuff to hang on to" He denied selling heroin to anyone He said he had only been holding the packets for a few minutes and had been raking his yard when the officers arrived "I didn't know what it was" he said of the raid Foster admitted that Thursday was not his first time in jail In September 1988 he was arrested after one of his neighbors was shot in a Broadway Street rooming house The neighbor was stealing money from him Foster said He spent about six months in a prison hospital after pleading guilty to assault Under a canopy of trees that cooled a hot September sun Foster rolled up his sleeves and displayed what he termed shrapnel scars from the battlefields of France He lives on disability and doesn't need any other income said his friend Willie Clayton A woman who lives nearby said she noticed a lot of people going in and out of Foster's house recently but added that she was disturbed about the arrest of her aging neighbor "Sometimes he can't hardly get up his steps" she said "It is kind of pitiful ain't it?" DURHAM People walking between East Corporation and Dowd streets often take a shortcut up a shaded gravel drive that passes by James "Pops" Foster's green wooden bungalow Foster a 79-year-old veteran of World War II got a different kind of visitor about lunchtime Thursday: officers from the Durham police anti-narcotics team According to a search warrant an informant bought heroin in a package with a spider-web motif from Foster after police had received complaints that he was conducting his own kind of traf ficking out of the house at 208 Corporation St Officers converged on the house just after noon Thursday confiscating 11 packets of heroin from Foster's shirt pocket and a 38-caliber pistol from his pants the warrant said Two 22-caliber rifles were also found in the house Foster was charged with possession with intent to sell manufacture and deliver heroin a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison After paying a bondsman to post his $2000 bail Foster sat on his front steps with a friend Friday Bob Gordon gets some beer at a Wilson convenience store as a poster on the cooler door warns underage drinkers to beware STAFF PHOTO BY ROBERT THOMASON SEE UNDERAGE PAGE 5B TODAY Triangle 2B Community 38 Deaths 68 Weather 78 Deaths 63 Weather 78 2B ommunity 38 eaths 68 leather 78 When they don't get the picture: Sometimes we ask too much of even the best of friends Please spare your pals the vacation slides unless of course they are in them LC Snow 28 Please spare your pals the vacation slides unless of course they are in them AC Snow 28 (Th' 6 1 k' (4::::) Hard time harder labor: Inmates fix up a house in Raleigh's Mordecai neighborhood Community in Raleigh's Mordecai Community 38 Moving up: A magazine ranks UNC-CH No 26 among the nation's universities Mangle 28 among the nation's universities Triangle 28 Changing times: Vacant lots and boarded-up buildings characterize once-bustling Gilbert Street in Durham Triangle 28 buildings cnaractenze once-bustling Gilbert Street in Durham Triangle 28 Good bad news: Construction of a new high school in Durham is on schedule but an elementary school lags Mangle 2B school in Durham is on schedule but an elementary school lags Triangle 2B 4 1 41 -1--- I cAneighborhood IN''' A i 1 4 4 i 1 7: Nt it! 77177-- ir A 1.

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