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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 9, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE A26 A 26 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015 WORLD winnipegfreepress. com Employer SAFEty Metal- Tech Industries Worker SAFEty Roger Gerardy, RockTenn Container Company of Canada SAFEty and Health Professional Jeff Ross, Rocky Mountain Equipment SAFEty and Health Committee DeFehr Furniture Ltd. The 2015 SAFE Work Awards go to: SAFE Work Manitoba congratulates the winners of the 3rd annual SAFE Work Awards! Our thanks to all the workers, employers, professionals and groups who do their part – and more – to build a culture of safety and health at work and across the province. Budget 2015 Manitoba’s economy is strong and getting stronger. Budget 2015 keeps the momentum building by investing in critical infrastructure, providing young Manitobans with the education and training they need, and strengthening the province’s health care system. • 5.5 billion invested in Manitoba’s roads, bridges and flflood protection over fifive years • Youth Jobs Strategy • Record numbers of doctors and nurses on the job Find out what Budget 2015 means to you and your family at manitoba. ca . “ Manitoba is a rising star.” BMO Capital Markets ... fastest job growth in the country. Statistics Canada “ An economic leader in Canada.” Conference Board of Canada keep infrastruc hea N EW YORK — The murder trial of a man accused in the 1979 disappearance of sixyear- old Etan Patz ended Friday in a hung jury, leaving one of the nation’s most wrenching missing- children cases still unresolved after nearly two generations. After 18 days of deliberating, jurors said for a third time they were hopelessly deadlocked — 11- 1, in favour of conviction — in the case against Pedro Hernandez. The judge declared a mistrial as Hernandez sat impassively. Hernandez was a teenage stock clerk at a Manhattan convenience store near where Etan vanished May 25, 1979. He would become one of the first missing children ever pictured on milk cartons. Prosecutors immediately asked to set a new trial date in the case, which frustrated authorities for decades before a tip led them to Hernandez — who had never been a suspect — and he confessed in 2012. His lawyers said the confession was false and concocted by mental illness, and they said another longtime suspect was the more likely killer. The mistrial left Etan’s parents, who became national advocates for the cause of missing children, to await another trial. “ We are frustrated and very disappointed the jury has been unable to make a decision. The long ordeal is not over,” said his father, Stanley Patz. But, he added, “ I think we have closure already.” He tried for years to bring the earlier suspect to account for Etan’s death, but after the trial, he said: “ I am so convinced Pedro Hernandez kidnapped and killed my son... His story is simple, and it makes sense.” Hernandez will remain in jail to await another trial; the first took more than three months. He has a June 10 court date for a status update. Several jurors said they found Hernandez’s confession compellingly detailed and buttressed by admissions he’d made to friends and relatives years earlier, and those jurors said they felt his mental problems were the result of a guilty conscience. “ Pedro Hernandez, you know what you did,” said forewoman Alia Dahhan, who works in the arts. The lone holdout said he felt Hernandez’s mental- health history was “ a huge part of this case” and couldn’t stop wondering about the roughly seven hours police questioned him before administering his Miranda rights and turning on a video camera. “ Ultimately, I couldn’t find enough evidence that wasn’t circumstantial to convict. I couldn’t get there,” said the juror, Adam Sirois, a healthcare consultant. Jurors announced they were deadlocked twice before Friday: on April 29 and on Tuesday. Both times, the judge told them to keep trying to reach a verdict. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement he believed there was “ clear and corroborated evidence” of Hernandez’s guilt. One of Hernandez’s lawyers, Harvey Fishbein, said he recognized the Patzes and even New Yorkers at large were yearning to resolve the case. “ I would say there’s only a resolution if the correct man is held responsible, and we firmly believe Pedro Hernandez is not the right man,” he said. After Etan’s disappearance, his parents helped shepherd in an era of law enforcement advances that make it easier to track missing children and communicate among agencies. The Patzes were at the White House when then- president Ronald Reagan named May 25 National Missing Children’s Day. While New York City detectives frantically searched for the sandy- haired boy, Hernandez moved back to New Jersey and slipped off the radar. His name appears in police files only once, as someone officers encountered while canvassing the neighbourhood, before his 2012 confession to choking the boy in the basement of the shop, then putting the body in a bag, putting the bag in a banana box, walking it about two blocks away and dumping it. But Etan’s body was never found, nor was any trace of clothing or his belongings. — The Associated Press Hung jury ends trial in case of missing boy New York youngster disappeared in 1979 By Colleen Long WATERTOWN, S. D. — Barack Obama has met his goal of visiting all 50 states as president with a stop in South Dakota. He’s only the fourth president to reach every state. In Watertown, S. D., on Friday, Obama delivered the commencement address for the Lake Area Technical Institute and promoted his proposal for free community college. Obama told the graduates he was “ saving the best for last”— then added for the other 49 states, “ I hope you take no offence.” Obama had already racked up 46 states by the start of this year and soon ticked Idaho, South Carolina and Utah off his list. The other presidents to hit every state were Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. — The Associated Press Obama reaches goal of visiting 50 states KEVIN HAGEN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Alternate jurors C. J. Holm ( left) and Jennifer Truelove speak to the media after a mistrial was declared Friday in the trial of Pedro Hernandez. A_ 26_ May- 09- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A26 5/ 8/ 15 7: 59: 56 PM

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