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Monday, April 18, 2005; Page A05

Policeman Killed With Own Gun By Man in Custody, Chief Says

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A Providence detective was killed with his own gun at police headquarters Sunday by a suspect who was not handcuffed and grabbed the weapon, Police Chief Dean Esserman said.

James Allen, 50, was shot in the detective conference room while questioning Esteban Carpio, 26, about the stabbing of an 84-year-old woman who survived the attack, Esserman said. Carpio was not under arrest and had been taken out of handcuffs, he said.

Carpio broke a third-floor window in an adjacent office and jumped onto a service road, Esserman said. He was captured after a struggle a few blocks away and was charged with murder Sunday night.

Allen had been a police officer for 27 years. He was married and had two daughters.

DETROIT -- Espisanio Rivas Jr., 25, was arraigned on charges that he shot a former employee of WDIV-TV in the station's entryway. Rivas is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to cause great bodily harm, felonious assault and using a gun in a felony. John Owens, 53, remained in critical condition, authorities said.

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Police searched the car belonging to a Pennsylvania prosecutor who has been missing since he failed to return from a drive Friday. Centre County District Attorney Ray F. Gricar's Mini Cooper was found in a parking lot across from an antiques market in the borough, which is home to Bucknell University. Police said they had not found anything to suggest foul play. No recent threats had been made against Gricar, and none of his cases appeared likely to be involved, officials said.

CENTER, Tex. -- A woman who was escaped killer Randolph Dial's high school teacher knew he was hiding in East Texas with Bobbi Parker, the prison warden's wife he had abducted in 1994. But she said she was too afraid to help because he threatened to harm her family if she did not take Parker on errands. "I knew the kind of threats she was living under for herself and for her family, because . . . I was living under the same kinds of threats," she told the Dallas Morning News. Police said they do not know whether to charge Dial with kidnapping or Parker with abetting him.

NEW YORK -- Former senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) is considering entering the city's mayoral race, saying Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) has not fought Republican lawmakers who have hurt the city with tax cuts and reductions in national security funding. Aides to Bloomberg said they are surprised by Kerrey's comments, because he accepted an offer to head "Democrats for Bloomberg." Kerrey said he has had second thoughts.

MIAMI -- Florida became the first state to fully privatize its child welfare programs after signing a $75 million contract to hand over those responsibilities in its last two counties. The deal Friday with Our Kids Inc. gives the group the right to handle foster care, adoption and child welfare licensing operations in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, where about 5,000 children are under state care. The effort has been a cornerstone of the plan by Gov. Jeb Bush (R) to improve the state's troubled child protection system.

-- From News Services


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