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School Superintendent Charged With DWI Is Missing

April 13, 1994

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) _ The city’s school superintendent, arrested last month for drunken driving while wearing women’s clothing, disappeared after meeting with education officials to discuss the charges.

David W. Shaw was reported missing Monday after the meeting with the Board of Education, which relatives said left him distraught. Police still had not found him by late Tuesday.

Shaw, 48, who is married and a father of two, was stopped by police March 4. Tests revealed his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

A color police photograph after his arrest showed Shaw wearing blue eye shadow, a pair of men’s pants, a woman’s gold lame blouse and a string of black beads.

The state Board of Education didn’t find learn of the arrest until Saturday.

Lorraine Ventriglio, co-president of the Hamden Middle School PTA, said Shaw was a good superintendent who always put students first.

As for the women’s clothing: ″I think everybody is entitled to a private life,″ she said.

The town in southeastern Connecticut has a population of 52,000.

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