The Daily Times from Mamaroneck, New York on May 10, 1997 · 9
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The Daily Times from Mamaroneck, New York · 9

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t Gannett Newspapers Local News Saturday, May 10, 1907 QA- i Laura Aderson of LaGrange, . takes a s ' ''tin.. . ' -i (during a recent interview, fo reflect on a future Without her husband, Bichard, (whodied (afterbeing (shotby (another motorist, on 1-84 in ' Dutchess County. !Lelt behind ! were his I wife and . (three (children. ! ; A-' ? i 'CA'-: v;f Journal Family of man fatally shot on 1-84 struggles to deal with his death yJeWIMsMs Stall Writer Richard Aderson shouldnt "'bedead. But he is. . ( Adersons wife, Laura,, doesnt want to talk about her husbands death. But die docs. And someday the clues may stop coming in. But they havent While the state, police con-',tinued to investigate leads in . search of her husbands killer, Laura Aderson this week ex-I plained her fight to keep grief from consuming her family. .. Were struggling, she said, i Were having a rul difficult time with this. . We includes her three, children: Heather, 19, Jillian,' 13, and David, 9. She said i- they are battling bravely to fkce reality. But Its a very hard thing to know that you're never go-o ing to see your father again, l IK she said. . ;J,.i . Richard Aderson, 47, was a . popular administrator in the Lakeland and Haldane school (..districts before he took a job " as assistant superintendent for the Valley Central School District in Orange. County. His Mends in the area have started a foundation for his children that has already surpassed $20,000. ... - Police said he was driving ' home . on - Interstate 84 in Dutchess County. on Feb. 8, - several miles east of the Bea-con-Newburgh Bridge, when " he got into a minor accident with a man in a green Jeep Cherokee. The two cars pulled over, an argument ensued, and minutes later Aderson was on his cellular . phone, a bullet " wound , in his chest, begging - police to save him. An excerpt of Adersons plume call was broadcast to millions of homes May 3 on -the popular television show Americas Most Wanted. Laura Aderson, still emo- - tionally fragile, forced herself , watch the eight-minute seg 2 teens shopping trip ends jn NYC police van for truants .gy Gary Stem Staff Writer Choosing a prom dress is supposed to be a stressfal process for a high school senior, but Emily Or ling can top any story 1 About not being able to find the 'right size or color or style. The 17-year-old soon-to-be graduate of North Salem High 'School went to Manhattan with "her father and a Mend Wednesday morning to search the mecca Af shopping for the perfect gown, .instead, she was happy just to -get out of the Big Apple by evening without having seen a Stitch. u The two teens separated from .Or ling's father, a free-lance pho-,'tographer who had a job to shoot -at New York University. Before they could get flu-, Or ling and her friend, 17-year-old Amy Johannessen, were approached by a New York City Police Department van. The police were looking for truants. Or ling and Johannessen ex-. iplained they had to come to the (dty with Orlings father, that they had just finished exams and i were nearing graduation. But they had to get in the van, any-- way, for the start of an hourlong drive in search of kids 'cutting KhooL It was like one of those movies where a witch comes around Inhering up children," Johan Vi V :y.'t 1 AU r ' -iisf 'w,' . fc f. Sfw-'-At : y-.-S iV ;tv" ment mi her husbands death. Its going to hurt me, whether I watch it now or 10 . years from now, she said. . One of the actors in the television re-creation was state Trooper Leslie Simpson, the first person on the scene of the shooting. Simpson recounted Richard Adersons desperate request, as he squeezed . his hand Dont let me die. Dont let me die. , That was particularly pain-fid, Laura Aderson said. . No one should have to hear that, she added. The seg- ' ment drew at least 85 tips from across the . country,, state police Senior Investigator Harold Bloomer said, in-' eluding a man who walked into police barracks yesterday with information. Police are working intensively on the case. They have chased and. eliminated more than 400 legitimate leads, and they have tracked down hundreds of green Cherokees in New-Hampshire and elsewhere.. It was Laura Aderson who -consented to the release of the tape. And she said she consented to be Interviewed because she wants some justice for her husband. I want the man who did this found, and I want him held accountable for what he did, she said. (My husband) should be alive and I shouldnt have to be doing these interviews. Death is hard enough, she said. But death' that is intentional is unbearable. I dont think people should be able to pull out a gun and just shoot someone. Its not a world we want to live in if that should be the case." nessen, a senior at Carmel High School, said yesterday. It got especially weird when we stopped and the woman (police officer) chased a kid into the subway. But on they went, winding up in a school classroom on 49th Street, between 9th and 10th avenues, waiting to meet with a truant officer. The teens were told they were not allowed to walk in Manhattan on a school day without a note from their school or parents. Then a truant officer questioned whether a picture ID offered by Johannessen was real. He said the picture of Amy didnt look like her, Or ling said. "Amy started getting teary. That was the point where we started (idling apart It was only then that Or ling was allowed to call her mother, who could hardly believe what had happened to her daughter's shopping expedition. Maggie Or-ling had called North Salem High School that morning to say her daughter would not be in. "The whole thing is outrageous, Maggie Or ling said. The police have to have better tilings to do with their time than to pick up decent kids who werent doing anything. The Orlings are considering legal action against New York City. . Court dismisses claims of innocence, gives 10-to-20-year sentence Sta Writer Saying he could no longer be Mr. Nice Guy, a Westchester County judge yesterday sentenced an Eastchester business owner to a 10- to 20-year prison term for the violent rape and sodomy of a part-time worker lastyear.. - In a stinging rebuke from the bench, Judge John R. LaCava rejected defense claims of innocence and denounced 53-year-old Harold Butch Neithardt as remorseless and unrepentant for Father convicted of fatally beating son, 2 : SteH Writer . A young father from Yonkers faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison for the fatal beating of his 2ft-year-old son last- summer. Derrick Williams, 23, was found guilty of second-degree murder Thursday night by a Westchester County jury that deliberated about seven hours, the District Attorneys Office Mid. . . Williams, who was not accused his crimes. . This was not nice or romantic there was nothing consensual about it, LaCava laid. It was a brutal and savage sexual attack that was intended to inflict pain and suffering oq your victim, in my opinion. After the judge imposed the ' near-maximum punishment, Neithardt the longtime owner of the Neco Audio electronics store looked toward the ceiling and sighed loudly, then -bowed his head and crossed himself. . Earlier this year, a county jury convicted Neithardt on 10 counts including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse in a Jan. 7, . 1996, incident inside his apartment, which at the time was of intentionally killing the boy, was convicted under the legal theory that his actions were so reckless that they showed a depraved indifference to his son's life. Authorities said Mark-Kel Williams died July 17 of a seme infection that developed after he suffered crushing injuries" to his liver, stomach lining and intestines the day before. ; . At the time he was hurt, the toddler, who was being raised by. his maternal grandparents, was above his store at 217 Main St The victim, a 27-year-old Bronx woman, testified that her employer wore nothing but a Zorro-style black mask as he. choked her with a cord, tied her hands and violated her repeatedly. Neithardt appealed his convictions od the grounds that the official minutes of the court proceedings contained no indication .. that the woman had sworn an - oath to tell the truth, as required bylaw..' ' But at a series of subsequent - hearings, the woman, two jurors and various court officials in-' eluding LaCava testified that . an oath was administered, and County Judge Joseph K. West ruled that the minutes were in visiting overnight with his father at 17 Mulford Gardens. . The next morning, Williams took the dying boy to St. Johns Riverside Hospital, where hospital .workers called police after noticing fresh bruises and cuts on the childs face and back. Although Williams initially denied responsibility, he later told police that he had twice punched the toddler after becoming frustrated by his inability to teach the child to speak. ." " Before his sentencing yesterday, Neithardt read a brier statement in which he blamed his predicament on cocaine use and bad judgment in hig choice of friends. He also apologized- for the im- pact of his . case on his family;- including several women who wept silently in the courtroom gallery and on his business; and civic associates in Eastches- ter. . . I am very ashamed if I have caused the reputation of my town' to be affected by all the bad publicity I received, he said. . LaCava noted that he had received numerous letters on, Neithardt's behalf than people j who expressed their disbelief at. his convictions. . . I lost my cool and I punched ldm in the middle of his stomach, so hard that he flew backwards and he fell to the floor, Williams, wrote in a confession to Yonkers detectives after the boys death. In his obituary, Mark-Kels . family said he was considered a miracle baby because his mother, Glenda Washington, ha been ill and was not thought able to conceive and deliver a child; The inflrnf weighed 4 pounds 8 ounces at birth and hiul to be hosnitalized for several weeks. I i

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