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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York Friday, January THE POST-STANDARD PAGE A 5 of Central New York The Seventh Annual Celebration Sangiin Kim The Associated Press EMERGENCY PERSONNEL walk past the wreckage following a fatal commuter train derailment Wednesday caused by a suicidal man driving his Jeep onto railroad tracks. Murder charges filed in wreck Awards Banquet The Associated Press Los Angeles Los Angeles County prosecutors on Thursday charged a man with 11 counts of murder, one for every person who died in a violent three-train wreck that they say he caused by driving his Jeep onto commuter railroad tracks in a botched sui- cide attempt. The charges include the spe- cial circumstances of using the train, which could make the man, Juan M. Alvarez, eligible for the death penalty. Alvarez may also face federal charges in the train derailment. He was to stand in court on Thursday afternoon and answer the charges, but his appearance was postponed until today be- cause he was too weak from "vYGunds be made to his and chest before the wreck, pros- ecutors said. Steve Cooley, the Los An- geles County district attorney, said in an interview that he would not decide whether to seek the death penalty until the case was thoroughly reviewed by his office. Cooley called Alvarez a self- centered man whose aborted sui- cide attempt on the Glendale railroad crossing led to 11 deaths Wednesday- Another 200 people were injured. "Because this man was dis- tressed, 11 people are dead from his Cooley said. Alvarez, 25, was being held in a hospital custody ward. According to investigators, Alvarez is an itinerant laborer with no fixed address. When de- tectives asked him to volunteer to a search of his residence, Al- varez said he did not have one, that he had been bouncing from couch to couch since he had a falling out with his wife. Car- melita. She filed a restraining order against him two months ago, al- leging that he was prone to drug- induced hysteria. More than once, his wife said in papers fijed with the court, he threat- ened to kidnap the couple's chil- dren, a girl, 6 and a boy, 2. He threatened to sell his Jeep to buy a gun, promising his wife's brother, Ruben Ochoa, that he would be the primary target of his anger, she said. Alvarez, 25, has a history of drug arrests and violence. He has been in and out of rehabilitation facilities. Increasingly, his be- havior became more odd and paranoid, his wife said in court papers. Carmelita Alvarez got an order of protection against him in December, forbidding him to see his children. Juan Alvarez began to threaten suicide to friends, investigators said. Late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday, Alvarez cut his arms and stabbed himself in the chest but the wounds were so su- j perfitial, he remained conscious. He drove onto the railroad tracks in Glendale, not far from the Los Angeles city line. Investigators believe that Alvarez wanted to die under the wheels of the train, but he reconsidered. With his tire apparently caught between the tracks, Alvarez jumped out of the Jeep and ran. andjsetajh O J comforter- Limited Time Only! Indulge yourself in the handmade luxury of a Shifman mattress. A mattress so comfortable you can't wait to climb into bed at night. A mattress that leaves you refreshed and invigorated. It's always a great value. Come in now to enjoy real savings and your free down comforter, up to value. Firm MSRP SAVE Twin Ea.Pc. Full Ea.Pc. X-Firm Quilt MSRP SALE TwinEa.Pc. 4350 M Ea.Pc. Queen Set King Set X-Firm Plush Quilt MSRP SAtE Full EstPc. Queen Set I King Set Deluxe Firm Quilt MSRP SAIM TWin Ea.Pc. Full Ea.Pc. Queen Set KingSet Ultra Premium MSRP SALE TVrin Ea.Pc. Full Ea.Pc Queen Set King Set MSRP SALE TwinEa.Pc. Futt.EaJc. QoeenSet Kinglet Uhra Center it Fayettevffle Man., Wed., Frl, Sat. 10-6; Tuns., Thun Sun. 12-5 Stickley, Collector Quality Furniture Since 1900 March 10, 2005 p.m. Holiday Inn Conference Center, Liverpool, New York Guest Speaker Dr. Robert Sullivan, Mars Exploration Rover science team member on the Mars Exploration Rovers "Opportunity" and "Spirit" Nominations welcomed for the six awards which cele- brate CNY individuals, com- panies and projects that have made outstanding contributions to technology. For information about nom- inations, exhibiting, spon- soring or attending, visit or call Mike Hayes (315) 455-2000. OVER 450 STORE LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE ORECK XL@ AIR PROFESSIONAL Captures and destroys viruses, molds and fungi Silence Technologf for quietest operation Permanent filter with 12-year guarantee Having pure, fresh air couldn't be easier! "Try any Oreck product risk free, on me, tor 30 days. Then decide." -David Oreck BUY1, GET1 OFF 3179 Erie Blvd. East 4160 Rt. 31 (In Hechinger Plaza, next to (Front plaza in Super Cuts) Market Fair North StMtHwreM- Sat 10-6 Sun. 12-5 mMk VI ;