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The News and Observer from Raleigh, North Carolina • 28

Raleigh, North Carolina
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ARE THE NEWS OBSERVER FRIDAY MAY 10 1996 4B )1 'il4gh Police hope rings will lead to teenage girl's killer si5K) 4 4 2 A 1 "or -Oa 114 was 6 inches wide and 412 inches tall Overman said detectives have worked on the case steadily Recently they presented their investigation to police detectives from another agency who advised Raleigh to turn to the public for leads on the rings Beth-Ellen was a Southern Wayne High School student and county fair beauty queen who was a talented dancer She wanted to go to New York to become a professional entertainer That summer she left her parents' home in the Grantham community against their wishes and eventually moved to Raleigh where she hoped to earn enough money to go to New York She dismissed her friends' concerns and took a job with an escort service contending that she only had to dance and didn't have sex with the men who paid her in the Capital Boulevard motel rooms It was after she went out on one of those late-night "dates" that she met her killer Her car was found abandoned later that morning the key in the ignition and one of her shoes on the floor from the missingjewelry Overman said Detectives pored over catalogs and searched stores to find replicas of the size-6 rings They were never able to find two of the rings so they had an artist draw them But Liles found the distinctive design of one of the rings a sterling silver spoon ring popular in the 1960s and '70s in a catalog Police then ordered a Chantilly pattern spoon ring that matched Beth-Ellen's which a friend of her mother's had given her They also made a copy of a ring that her mother had given her a 14- karat gold band with two amethyst stones on either side of a garnet stone The other two missing rings were a 10-karat ring with a purple amethyst two diamond chips and a yellow gold band described as stackable And another totem from the '60s: a fake silver mood ring which had a white stone that grows dark with body heat The teenager also had a cloth pull-string shoulder bag purse that was burgundy burnt orange and brown with the figure of a cowboy woven into the side It had a zipper on the top with a leather strap and BY CRAIG JARVIS STAFF WRITER RALEIGH For nearly two years now one of the city's most troubling slayings has remained unsolved on Thursday Raleigh homicide detectives divulged a few more details of Beth-Ellen Vinson's slaying in hope that it might pry loose new leads "A day hasn't gone by that I don't think about that girl" said Detective va Liles who has worked the case since it happened "We keep her picture on the office wall" Four rings were missing from the 17-year-old Wayne County girl when her body was found Aug 16 1994 in a ditch a week after she had been stabbed to death Investigators hope that someone will recognize replicas of the rings that police displayed for the news media Thursday Sgt DS Overman said it's possible someone not connected to the killing was given one of the rings between late August 1994 and now "Those are the kinds of phone calls we're looking for: 'This may not mean anything but? Overman said The Raleigh Police Department's ORIENTAL RUGS -Since 1919" FARGO-HANNA ORIENTAL RUG GALLERY Raleigh 790-8539 Durham 419-0963 a Raleigh 71J9110159113gAL WILLER rT1 Durham 419-0963 Investigators think facsimiles of Beth-Ellen Vinson's jewelry a mother's ring and a spoon ring might help them determine who stabbed the Wayne County teen to death in Raleigh in August 1994 STAFF PHOTO BY MEL NATHANSON fling that Beth-Ellen's purse was missing along with at least three rings But it took a lot of legwork to trace the jewelry that she and her friends had often traded among themselves One of Beth-Ellen's girlfriends recently returned a ring to her mother so police eliminated that major crimes unit can be reached at 890-3555 or anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 834-4357 A 812000 reward remains on the books for anyone with information that leads to a conviction in the case Detectives knew from the begin SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Ir CALL'8224700 THE NEWSOBSERVER Boy 7 drowns in unsupervised pool BY STEVE SWINDELL STAFF WRITER awi14144701-01tiarilogiiiiimseuemleasulemiw-rierar9A Mq4174- (- 0 1'1 144111'' 1 1'11 RALEIGH A 7-year-old boy drowned in the swimming pool of a northwest Raleigh apartment complex Thursday night while he and other children were playing without adult supervision police said Charikus Thomas Moore whose address was not released was pronounced dead at Rex Hospital after the incident which was reported at 7:30 pm said Sgt GW Mann of the Raleigh police Thomas' mother had gone to the store and left him in the care of his 13-yearold brother "We tried to resuscitate him" said Tim Taillon 25 who lives in a ground-floor apartment across a parking lot from the Polo Run Apartments pool "We gave him CPR but it didn't work" Taillon and his friend Ken Cryderman 25 who lives at 1913 Generation Drive were preparing to lift weights in an exercise room near the pool when Cryderman heard a boy yell for help That boy and Thomas' brother whose names were not released had pulled Thomas from the bottom of the pool When Cryderman went to the pool he saw the boy who yelled holding Thomas lifeless on the surface Thomas was wearing cutoff jeans "When I realized that he was drowned I jumped in" Cryderman said Cryderman pulled Thomas from the pool and started CPR and Taillon assisted but to no avail Thomas his brother and about 10 other children had started playing at the pool shortly before 7 pm Mann said The children missed Thomas a while later and thought he had gone home before they discovered him on the bottom It is not known how he got there Mann said There were no signs that he had been injured The pool opened Tuesday said David Belcher maintenance supervisor for the 280-unit complex east of RALEIGH Certification of votes takes a little longer Wake County election officials expect to have the results of Tuesday's primaries certified by the end of today Usually election results are certified by Thursday but certification is taking longer than usual due to new requirements under the National Voter Registration Act Since Wednesday election officials have been counting by hand about 500 mismarked ballots and verifying that voters who used provisional ballots didn't vote twice Provisional ballots allow voters who have moved 30 days before an election to vote in their new precincts if they are registered voters But election officials then must verify later that the voter didn't also cast a ballot in their previous precinct "It is just tedious" said Cherie Poucher supervisor of the Wake County Board of Elections RALEIGH Another Opinion in thrift-store dispute Unlike her brothers the daughter of the owner of a downtown store backs Wake County's condemnation of the shop to make way for a children's museum A day after her brothers called a news conference to criticize the county Dorothy Singleton Perry wrote Wake commissioners a letter to let them know that not all of owner Ruth Singleton's children oppose the county's attempt to force the Singletons to sell the Disabled American Veterans thrift store The Exploris children's museum is planned for the intersection of Blount and Hargett streets mostly on the site of the old thrift store "I support the establishment of a children's museum and have no objection to the county's condemnation of my mother's property for use in this project" Perry wrote May 2 But Perry did say she wants the county to pay "a fair market price exceeding its recorded tax value" The county has offered about $20000 less than the county has said for years the store is worth RALEIGH School to get on city sewage system Raleigh has agreed to take over sewage treatment for Brassfield Elementary School in the Falls Lake watershed north of the city The school and several subdivisions in the basin drained by Falls Lake Raleigh's water source were built with big septic systems that went awry posing a health hazard on the ground and threatening the purity of the nearby lake's water Now the Wake County school board can tie Brassfield into the city's sewage network and take the school's septic system off-line As a condition of the contract the school system agreed not to expand Brassfield which was built in the watershed over the city's objection RALEIGH Armed robbers take men's shoes money Two young men lost their wallets and shoes to a group of armed robbers driving a rental car Wednesday night police said The victims whose names were not released were going home from playing pool shortly after midnight and stopped at Fisher's Texaco Food Mart 1524 Wake Forest Road said Raleigh police Sgt CA Bryant While one of the victims was making a phone call outside the robbers pulled up in a rented 1996 Ford Explorer displayed handguns and forced the two victims to the ground Bryant said After taking the men's wallets and high-priced hiking shoes the gunmen told the victims to run away The victims described their assailants as five young 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