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me Hometown Newspaper of •• Clinton, Essex, Franklin Counties © Copyright 1995, Pmt-Repbulicn Plqttsburgh, NY 12901, Sunday, October 15,1995 Suggested Price: 1.50 44 Pages ;;-:'v,i;,j-»:;'^; j: ••.=!; Braves complete four-game sweep of National League championship series. SPORTS Take a /{photographic trip through downtown Platt- sburgh's past. SPECTRUM Find but what tlv. future hld^ th fr Platt holds^or the former Platt- ^bBi 1J&NESS Have a look at the private lives of Bob and Elizabeth Dole. PARADE WEATHER Breezy and cooler with clouds and a chance of showers. INDEX Agriculture D-4 Bridge D-6 Business. News D4-4 Calendars C-2 Crossword... C-3 Editorial C-8-9 Entertainment C-7 Books •• B-ll Travel '. B-10 Horoscope C-3 Ann Landers C-3 Public Record A-5 Sports...i i.B-1-9 Weather..... -»A-2 Weddings,Engagements .0*5,6 LOTTERY Lotto 54: 8,19,30,33,41,49. Supplementary No.: 54. Lottiiry: 677. ^Wi4''O83 ^^^0,25,26,27,29,31, 32,^401,48, 55, 56, 60, 62, 63, l, 2, 3, 5, 9, 27; >&>,<-*•?.> By MICHELLE BOORSTEIN Associated Press Writer ARLINGTON, Ariz. (AP) - As evening's pinkish-orange light descended on the cotton farms and cactus-dry mountains ring- ing the site of last week's deadly Amtrak derailment, locals at the Desert Rose bar swapped theories. They weren't buying the FBI theory of sabotage, but not because of any anti-government sentiment. They wondered if the railway might be trying to cover up poor maintenance with talk of terrorists. Around them, the sky's glow didn't penetrate the window shades to lighten the walls deck- e/d with old snapshots of regulars, beer ads and plaques, including one picturing a gun and a saying: \We Don't Dial 911.\ Another: \Trying to keep a secret at the Desert Rose is like trying to slip daylight past a roster.\ The FBI believes saboteurs may be to blame for Monday's Sunset Limited derailment near Hyder that killed one person and injured 78, in part because a note found at the scene rails against abuses by federal law enforce- ment agencies and calls for an \independent federal agency\ to watch the watchers. \No one around here thinks like that. Not in Hyder, not here,\ John Kane, 36, said in Arlington, about 17 miles from the site. \They don't have those opinions.\ \I don't believe it was sabo- tage,\ Kane said Thursday. \I think it's a ruse to divert afeten^ tion from the fact that the tracks are not well maintained.\ And the note? \I dunno,\ Kane said, smiling and shrugging. Charlie Brune agreed there might be a cover-up. \I'm not saying the derailment wasn't deliberate, but it wasn't a good track to begin with,\ said Brune, 40, who hunts quail and deer in the area. \My personal opinion is that it wasn't in- spected.\ The track's owner, Southern Pacific Railroad Co., said the line is inspected twice a week and was examined on the Thursday, before the derailment. The derailment site, nearly 20 miles from the nearest paved road, is usually a crossroads for wandering animals. These days, it's so busy that the crowds of of- ficials, investigators and reporters sometimes make for mini-traffic jams in the midst of the desert. \That's the back way to every- thing. Fishing, hunting — every- thing,\ said Tom Jakes, placing his cowboy hat on the bar and lighting a cigarette. \But none of us have been out there; we're not used to all these people.\ Staff'Photo/Mark Hollmer Children.4bC)ay (Safnjpiijn West Plattsburgh.press apples to make apple cider. The activity is part of the :eqip).ined day-camp program sponsored by the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Depart- ment arid'students from\SUNY Pittsburgh's Recreation 315 class. Storyf photo, Page A-3. storm Isijacked bus ByJOHNIAMS Associated Press. Writer MOSCOW (AP) - A man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle held a busful of tourists hostage near the Kremlin for 10 hours before Russian comman- dos stormed aboard early Sunday, freeing the last five captives. The gunman's fate was not mediately known. lm- About 20 commandos with an armored personnel^ car'rie^a[J|4cfcfd,^Ee'bus before (jawn, opening $&%•. and ^d.dtiiriat^lg f^efal Stun grenades. -Television , footage showed several commandos boarding the bus through its windows. Five men identified as South Korean tourists were hustled from the bus looking shaken and daz- ed. The Interfax news agency reported that all of the remaining hostages were freed unhurt. The gunman, who released most of the hostages unharmed in the hours before the commando raid, apparently had been demanding $1 million and a plane to leave Russia in exchange for the hostages' freedom. Police and security officers surround a tourist bus standing on the Moskvoret- sky bridge outside the Kremlin Saturday. A gunman seized the bus and had been demanding $1 million. SUNDAY SFEATURE FAA bomb FBI links explosion to Waco clash By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - A small bomb damaged an unmanned weather station used by air traf- fic controllers, and a note bearing a swastika claimed the blast was in retaliation for the raid on the Branch Davidians, authorities said Saturday. \There was no threat to avia- tion safety at any time,\ said An- thony Willett, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, which investigated the World Trade Center bomb- ing, joined the investigation. Police said at a news con- ference that they were giving the investigation added emphasis because of the note and because the vandalism occurred as the United Nations is about to observe its 50th anniversary. Police Inspector Robert Martin said the site, across a bay from LaGuardia Airport, has been vandalized before. \We don't know for a fact that this wasn't just a routine act of vandalism where someone in the spirit of the times didn't- say, 'Let's leave a note,'\ Martin said. FBI spokesman Joseph Vali- quette said evidence from the scene would be sent to the FBI laboratory, but he would not discuss details of the investiga- tion. \We're not talking about the note,\ he added. Willett said the small explo- sion damaged a wind shear alert system designed to notify LaGuardia air traffic controllers about dangerous wind shear, an abrupt change in wind speed and direction that can affect planes during takeoffs and landings. Willett said the FAA learned of the vandalism soon after it oc- curred and made quick repairs. The damaged sensor is one of six supplying wind shear data to the airport. Police Officer Kathleen Kelly, a department spokeswoman, said the property damage appeared to be minor, because it was classified on police reports as an act of criminal mischief. The one-page handwritten note, which bore a swastika, said, \This is in response to the Waco incident, for all our fallen brothers,\ according to Kelly. It was the second time in a week that a note found at the scene of an apparent attempt at sabotage referred to the April 19, 1993, government raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, where a fire killed sect leader David Koresh and 80 followers. On Monday, a one-page note that made a reference to Waco was found at the scene of an Am- trak wreck near Hyder, Ariz., that killed a crew member and injured at least 78 people. Memory lane U.S. soldier from Malone honored as hero in France By DEE BROWN Staff Writer Malon. Bureau MALONE — World War II: American soldiers sweep into Paris and liberate France from the grip of Nazi Germany. La Marseillaise rings through the city streets again. In Franconville, a town about 30 miles from Paris, an American light armored car unit, Free French Army forces and local resistance fighters mop up the remaining German forces. Enemy tank fire erupts. A young American soldier is shot and falls beside a French resistance fighter. Both are killed. — At 1600 hours, Aug. 28, 1944, Sgt. Francis HUrteau of Malone is dead, killed at age 21 in the service of his country. - He is the only American to die in the liberation of Franconvile. Sometime -after the war, the Franconville 4 City Council named a street after Sgt. Hurteau. The rue du Sergeant-Hurteau is in the ci- ty's business center near the train station. Continutd Pag* A-5 * FRANCONVIkLF lu? Francis Is HURTEAU iSoldat Ymeiicam mort pour la hante f he monument to U.S. Army Sgt. Francis Hurteau in Franconville, France. Photo provided

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