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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland                               WILLIAM THOMAS FORRER shot trying to escape Fugitive killed during escape try By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Calif. Federal marshals io California yesterday shot and killed William Thomas For- rer during an escape attempt. The Maryland fugitive allegedly kid- napped his infant son last month from a Pasadena foster home. an accused drug dealer with a lengthy criminal ran from a U S Marshal's Service van at Sacramento Metropolitan where a federal plane was waiting to fly him said David chief deputy U.S marshal in Sacra- mento A federal after repeated- ly warning the prisoner to halt during a 100-yard fired sever- al shots at Stanton said. handcuffed and chained around the was hit at least twice in the torso. Forrer and Joyce Ann were accused of forcing a social worker at gunpoint to give them their baby back on April 21. The baby bad been abandoned aboard a plane at Baltimore-Washington In- ternational Airport in February while Forrer was eluding police Forrer was in custody in Sacra- 85 miles east of San Francis- after being arrested in 100 miles south of San Francisco. He was held on a federal warrant out of Maryland on charges of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon after a high-speed chase Officers had been watching For- and he noticed police when he was at a gas station. He sped off in a rented putting the baby on the floor of the van for the chase His infant was jostled in the but not hurt. The infant was placed in the custo- dy of the Monterey County Depart- ment of Social the FBI said Federal marshals said it was after they had stopped at an airport ser- vice station on Friday to allow prisoners out of the van individually that Forrer used his turn to attempt an escape. pursuing officer yelled and screamed to halt Because of his dangerous background and because he was about to enter an area congested with parked cars and would have had a better chance of making good his the officer fired several Stanton said zooouuu Jhe By warning shots are not fired by the U S. Marshal's he said A second marshal stayed with the van and other who were collected from throughout the Northwestern states for trans- portation elsewhere The shooting is under investigation by the Sacramento County sheriff's department According to police in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel For- rer used about 30 aliases in his drug dealings His son's Zachary on Page Col. Tomorrow's Pleasant For see page 11. VOL. Cl NO. 123 MAY 25 Cents GOOD PONT FORGET THE MEMORIAL Day pa- rade starts at 9 a m Monday at West Street and Amos Gar- rett and proceeds from the National Cemetery on West Street to the Navy Cemetery via Gate then to Memorial Circle at Market Place The Capital will not be published Monday HOME OF THE WEEK A HISTORIC home on Ran- dall Street is like a mini- treasure house Page 25. STATE A DEATH sentence ordered for Jackie K. Harris for the 1981 murder of Stephen Hvid- ing was overturned for the second time by the Court of Appeals Page 4 NATION THE UNITED States ex- pelled the senior defense at- tache from South Africa's embassy in Washington to pro- test his government's raids against three neighboring countries earlier this week Page 2. SPORTS BROADNECK SENIOR High School is making a name for itself through its athletic pro- gram Page 13 PEOPLE Calif ACTOR STERLING whose roles ranged from the comically obsessed Gen Jack D Ripper in 'Dr Stran- to a crooked cop in'TheGod- I father died lof cancer lyesterday at I age 70 The L rugged Hay- a deco Marine cap tain in World War II who had a lifelong love of the sea and disdain of Hollywood died m his sleep surrounded bv his Catherine and children in his home on a hill overlook ing San Francisco Bay Hayden had a soaring spirit truly a king among men director John Huston said Hayden's first major acting role came as Dix Handley in Huston's 1950 film noir classic Asphalt Jungle For a look at other people in the see page LOTTERY Numbers drawn vesterdav Three-digit Pick 4 INDEX 4 48 pages Business News Calendar HassrhedAds columns Crossword Editorials Entertainment Homes Movie liftings Obitoaries 24 6 23 45 10 21 25 21 Sports Stedt Television listings 13 11 22 20 Photo by Dix on TRAFFIC AT the Bay Bridge was backed up five miles for an hour yesterday after two accidents. Wrecks snarl traffic By KEVIN DRAWBAUGH Staff Writer Two traffic accidents on the Bay Bridge contributed to an hour long backup that stretched for five mfles yesterday as thousands of beach bound motorists took to the highways for Memorial Day week end Five cars were damaged but no one was injured in the accidents that occurred at 3 50 and 4 15 p m Bay Bridge police said The eastbound backup was re duced to about one mile and traff ic was running smoothly by 8 30 p m police said Elsewhere in Anne Arundel five people were injured in a collision involving two a tractor-trailer and another truck on Route 3 one mile north of Route 50 at about state police reported Three of the injured were flown to Prince George s General Hospi tal in where they were listed in stable condition by a hospital spokeswoman Maria Joyce Lang and her son Cnnstopher Daniel Lang both of were taken to the Bowie Health where they were treated for minor bruises and police said Suitcases and a cooler were removed by police from one of the damaged cars The backup on the Bay Bridge was partly caused by slow traffic lights on the Eastern said Sgt Ronald Cook of the Bay Bridge police tiaffic lights on the Shore just can't handle the volume of traffic we send them he said Deficient raft cited Pride sailor offers design improvements By EFFIE COTTMAN Staff Writer Better life rafts and a requirement for daily radio reports to shore may have spared the Pride of Baltimore crew some the first mate testified yesterday One rubber raft ripped open and a second blew a valve minutes after the Pride sank in the Atlantic Ocean last John Flanagan told feder al accident investigators The rafts were ill-equipped for a trial at sea and the provi- which floated from the rubber apparently weren't secured he said Flanagan was the first witness at an accident investigation hearing convened by the U S Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board The other seven survivors of the May 14 shipwreck were expected to testify today The at the US. Custom House in is expected to last a week the search is continu- ing for two crew members and the bodies of two others who died when a freak squall sank the ship The 27-year-old first mate offered suggestions for improving the design and provisions in life rafts The air valve should be relocated and the raft should be stocked with a weath er helium radios and he said That equipment could have helped the crew catch the attention of six ships and two airplanes that passed during their 4W days in the tiny raft take for granted that life rafts have everything in them you want Flanagan said The crew had to manually inflate the raft while treading water be cause the air pump required two hands to operate Provisions from the raft already had fallen so the sailors stuffed flashlights a package of cans of water and flares in their foul weather gear They watched the raft s fishing rod drift and never found patching material for leaks he said The raft s ladder slipped as climbed aboard and kept kick ing off the valve near the ladder he said adding It would have been much more convenient if us valves were less susceptible to being kicked off The square foot raft A as onlv 1ST MATE JOHN FLANAGAN testified on Pride sinking meant for six he admit- ted was real hard to keep it from he said Thetr harrowing ordeal also may have been shortened if the crew had been required to radio shore every he said No one knew the ship was lost until the survivors were plucked from the ocean Monday by a passing tanker The ship dropped regular radio contact once it reached the first stop after its trans-Atlantic voyage The crew was not expected to report again until it reached the Chesapeake Bay about a week after the accident The captain stayed in contact with other ships on the same course and was scheduled to contact one of them hours after the but apparently none of them suspected that the Pride was in trouble he said While acknowledging these prob- lems Flanagan defended judgments made by Capt Armm E Elsaesser III and procedures employed by the crew Thirt.v minutes before the sinking Elsaesser ordered the crew to lower the foresail and wrap the jib in ropes rather than take it down he said The was double or partially lowered The Pride was sailing comfortabh with the double reefed mainsail and remaining fore sail he said the wall of water hit the on Page fol Refinancing backlog forces rejections DEBRA MADERO Business Writer A handful of area lenders still digging out from under an avalanche of business have started turning away new refinances 'It s just because of the backlog said Karen van der Meulen a spokeswoman for Lmon Trust bank Lmon Trust stopped taking new refinance business in mid when lotos started taking longer and to The which set a goal of 1100 million ID new mortgages for of 1908. has already put Itt imlboo in mortgage money its books this year Pa Finance Corp HI Serema is new refinances for BOW just thoBght we'd concentrate on the Joans we already rather than overloading our Mid Richard wee president of PameWewber And Equitable Bank and Sooett Mortgage Corp branches this month also began turning awav refinances unless the applicant already has a mortgage with the company Mori gage applications that come to Equi table by way of affiliate EB Mortgage Corp are still being processed The rush to refinance and take out new mortgages began about two months ago Early in March inter esl took an unexpected now dropping to less than 10 percent for the first time in The lower rates drew new home buyers as veil as homeowners already saddled with 13 percent or higher interest rates on their mort Area lenders believe those rttes may have hit bottom ago List some local mortgage interest rates began inching back to the other cade of 10 percent As a mult wme sari they noticed a slight slowdown re re quests for refinances and new mort gages getting less than the initial surge but we re still experiencing twice the level said Betty Shaughnessy spokeswoman for First National Bank First National like most area mortgage bankers banks and sav ings and loans is still taking all refinance business we mav try to avoid them but it t hard to turn down business said Barbara Bog nanm. an office supervisor at Memll Lynch Mortgage Corp in Severna Even so most tedders are Riving rtfmtoft requests a back seat New home who must adhere Ughtljr to closing dates are is repeat business for us Ms BogoABtisfttd To cut the flow one lender pn Page 12. Col 15-YEAR MORTGAGES DEBATED By DEBRA VIADtRO Business Writer The sudden popularity of I5 year fixed rate mortgages has opened up a debate in financial circles Are they a wav to sav p monty or are they a money trap' Whether they are refinancing or applying for a new mort gage an increasing number of area homeowners arp opting to pay off mortgages in half thp time it usually takes according to lenders Nationwide percent of all new and refinanced mortgages are carrying IVyear terms ac cording to the Mortgage Bank ers Association That s a 4 percent increase from last vear said Tom Harder an associa tioti spokesman Here the sudden popularity of shorter term mortgages is harder to measure Although the traditional 30 year loan is still king most arpj lenders said thev have noticed a marked increase in the shorter term mortgages Peopip arc mtprpstpd m paving off their houses rather than keeping the mortgage for tax advantages said Anthony deVp.au vice president of An napolx Ffderal Savings Loan One rpason the boom in refinancing At Annapolis Fed eral for pxample abojt 60 per cent of an refinance applications at one point were for IS loans 'f outlawed on Page 12 Col V   

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