The Daily Times from Mamaroneck, New York on August 6, 1997 · 5
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The Daily Times from Mamaroneck, New York · 5

Mamaroneck, New York
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Wednesday, August 6, 1997
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Search continues for suspect in slaying of educator By Andrew McMabia Staff Writer Six months ago yesterday, a fender-bender bn Interstate 84 in Dutchess County started a chain of events that ended in the shooting death of Richard Aderson, a school administrator . known for his dedication and compassion, . : After the collision, both drivers, pulled over and got out of their cars. Angry words were exchanged, and Aderson ended up shot in the chest.; In a voice (taught with pain. Aderson described to state police on his cellular telephone how he was shot in the chest by a man driving a Jeep Cherokee-type vehicle. uOh God, please help me,, be cried out after dialing 911 from his Volvo, . And at this point without a bona-fide suspect .a. police investigator is making a similar plea., Somebody out there : knows who this perpetrator was. It's v just a matter of someone coming forward, said, state police L.ts Bruce McAleavey, who is coordinating the efforts, of a, dozen investigators on the case. . .. " This week. Seven investigators traveled .to New Hampshire to continue the time-consuming process of interviewing owners Of . green 1997 Jeep Cherokees the car described by Aderson. So far, theyve checked .450 such vehicles, according to McAleavey. ' And it may have been a 1996 model,, which means, police may have hundreds more to go. But investigators aren't complaining. The details Aderson provided are their best hope of solving an otherwise random crime. ' You . have to stay with what you know,. McAleavey said. You cant get. too for afield from that . You have to stay focused. Aderson spent .. more than " 20 years in the field of education. He began as a teacher in New York City and ended up assistant superintendent at Valley Central School District in Orange County; He had ' been at Valley Central for about three years. ... - was: Police ask for publics help to find suspect Richard Aderson Sketch of suspect He also' worked for many years in. Putnam and Westchester. He was director of special services in the Haldane school district in Cold . Spring from. 1989 to 1994. .Employed by the . Lakeland school district from 1982 to 1989, he was supervisor of special education at Lakeland Alternative High School . in Shrub Oak. . Former colleagues in Putnam -and Westchester described him as patient, soft-spoken and kind. Friends at Haldane were so upset about his death that they started a college fond for his children,. Ad-., erson and his wife, Laura, had two . daughters and a son and lived in . LaGrange. . . State police still seek information related to the shooting death six months, ago of Richard Aderson, a former administrator at the Haldane and Lakeland school districts. . Aderson was driving home to LaGrange in Dutchess County from his job as assistant superintendent at Valley Central School District- in Orange County, when his . 1995 Volvo sedan collided with a Jeep Cherokee-type vehicle on east-bound Interstate 84 about 6 p.m., state police said. The cars pulled onto the . shoulder, just west of the Route Contributions ranging from $5 to $2,000 poured in. The fond now totals $27,000, according to Gail Kroener, a Haldane special-education teacher. She's still accepting donations to the ' Rich . Aderson Childrens Scholarship Fund,. Haldane ' School District, Craigside 52 exit, and the drivers got out At some point, the Jeep driver pulled out a gun and shot Aderson in the chest, according to state police. - Alter the shooting, Aderson managed to get. back to his car and call police on a cellular phone. Help arrived quickly but Aderson, 47, died en route to St Lukes Hospital in New-, burgh. .... His description of the shoot-., er and his car became the basis for a police manhunt that has taken investigators to six states but has yet to produce an arrest The suspect was described a' a thin, white man, about 6 feet", tall, 45 to 50 years old, with a- reckling hairline, thin . nose 1 . and glasses. He may also wean1 a beard. He was last seen head-C-ing east on 1-84 in a green,-. late-model Jeep Cherokee-type . vehicle, possibly with New.? Hampshire license' plates (green letters and numbers on a white field), ' Z If you saw or heard anything', related to the crime, call state' police in Wappinger at 298-. 0398. State police can also be reached on the Internet vij , , Andrew McMaias Drive, Cold Spring, N.Y., 10516. Kroener had known Aderson for about seven years. He hired her, they became friends and so did their families. In fact, the Adersons and Kroeners used to ; travel together in the summer. . They continued the tradition ; last month. But Kroener said it was not the same without Richid, Police charge mari in bouncers death By Brace Golding ' , Staff Writer - A 35-year-old Yonkers man was indicted yesterday on murder fcnd weapons charges in the revenge killing of a bouncer who had earlier thrown him out of a city social club. . Donald Davis is accused of fatally 'shooting Rodney Robin-., son early on June 28 at the Thirty Something Plus club, a popular hangout at 48 Ravine Ave. . Robinson and the club's , manager . ejected . Davis after he broke the glass front , of a .cigarette vending machine he . was attempting to operate, author ties said. Davis, it is. alleged, retrieved a 9mm handgun from his 50 Hawthorne Ave. home, returned to the club and pumped three bul-. lets into Robinsons body before fleeing in an automobile. The . victim was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died, about 2V4 hours later. . Although police said witnesses to the ' shooting were initially uncooperative,, detectives soon identified Davis as the suspect, and he was arrested the next day.- Yesterday's indictment charged Davis .with second-degree murder and second-.and 1-287 car bad idea, says Dunn By MoHsm Kleki Staff Writer Calling it the wrong way to eliminate a traffic jam, county . executive candidate Ted Dunn says he is opposed to the construction of a car-pool r lane on Interstate 287. . "Environmentally, its unsound, Dunn said.. It's too big, too much construction. It. will damage wetlands. Dunn, the Republican mayor of Ryer also said the $365 million project may not alleviate traffic .. problems. Congestion in the regular lanes pf the highway is expected to remain as bad as it is now, he said. The state Department of : Transportation wants . to build the high-occupancy vehicle lane from Rockland County to Harrison. It selected the HOV lane as .the best option to ease traffic, on the congested highway: Opponents of the work include environmental groups and the Westchester . County Board of Legislators. .. Dunn assailed the proposal at a news conference on Westchester Avenue next to the highway Monday. He said the": money would be better spent to fix the choke points on the highway by redesigning exit and entrance ramps. Dunns opponent, Democrat Andrew Spano, also says he is against the project. He said it would "cause an irreparable scar on Westchester County. .' The final environmental report on the HOV lane was released last month. The project awaits approval from the Federal Highway Administration. ., Metro-North schedules to adapt to construction The Metro-North Railroad will implement a new timetable Aug. 18 to accommodate construction projects on its Hudson and Harlem lines. - ' On the Hudson Line, the departure times of six morning trains and 14 evening trains will be changed between three and 14 minutes. The changes will allow workers to finish installing concrete, ties between the Cro-ton-llarmon and Tarrytown stations.-. The schedules are also being adjusted because of construction on a bridge near Bea con, N.Y.. Regular track maintenance on the Harlem Line will change the times of some ofT-peak and weekend trains. ' Departure times of several weekday trains will move between two and three minutes to coordinate with Hudson Line schedules. The new timetables will be in eiTect until Oct 26. Timetables arc available at Grand Central Terminal . and ticket offices. For more information, call 1-800-METRO-INFO. 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