Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 7, 1998 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Ukiah Daily 'ournal Sports World Cup preview • Page A-8 Today In Brief A-2 Classifieds . . .B-7 Comics B-5 Crossword . . .B-6 Daily Digest .A- 12 Features . . . .8-6 Forum A-6 Health B-1 Jumblfi B-7 Lottery . . A-12 On TV ... .Inside Sports A-8 TV listings . . .B-6 USA Wknd Inside Wpathpr A- IP ©1998, Donrey Media Group 34 pages, Volume 140 Number 48 $1 tax included Sunday, June 7,1998 'S'LAftGEST NEWSPAPER SUNDAYS IN THE PARK Another season of summer concert series about to begin THE LINEUP Saffire-The*Uppity Blues Women • Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys JULYS • Ukiah Symphony Orchestra • Dr. Loco's Rockln' Jaiapeno Band By JODY MARTINEZ The Daily Journal ummers and Sundays and a song in the park - what could be more perfect? Not much, especially if you throw in food, fun and a few thousand of your closest friends and neighbors. It's almost that time again, when we gather up the lawn chairs and the beach blankets and head to Todd Grove Park, to listen to bands old and new under the canopy provided by towering Douglas firs and redwoods. At precisely the stroke of 6 p.m. a week from today, Saffire - the Uppity Blues Women will launch the seventh annual Sundays in the Park free concert series, and though it might not officially be summer if you're going by the calendar, summer in Ukiah will have begun. • The series, a public-private partnership between the City of Ukiah and many area businesses, goes back to 1992, when a nervous group of city staffers, along with promoter Spencer Brewer and other organizers, wondered whether anyone would show up at that summer's planned concerts. To make matters worse, it began to rain - hard - shortly before the start of the first concert. As organizers looked at one another, and said,- "It's raining - what do we do now?," people began arriving at the park, and a decision was made to go on with the show. That first concert - by the now-beloved Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, which had the audience on its feet and dancing despite the deluge - is still talked of every summer, when Barbara Vosconcellos/The Daily Journal Candace Horsley and Spencer Brewer are the only two original Sundays in the Park committee members still involved in producing the summer concert series. This year's series begins a week from today. hundreds declare "I was there" with the pride and reverence others might reserve for Woodstock. "We were surprised so many people showed up in the rain," Brewer said recently. As each succeeding concert of that first season drew a bigger crowd, those who had labored to bring a Ukiah summer concert series into being released the collective breath they didn't know they were holding, and began to plan for the future. See SUNDAYS, Page A-12 It's got a great beat, but can you dance to it? Carreg Uafar • Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra By JODY MARTINEZ The Daily Journal T his summer's Sundays in the Park concerts may be just around the corner, but planning for next year's series has already begun. Selecting the entertainers is one of the more enjoyable tasks. The Ukiah Symphony Orchestra traditionally performs on the Sunday closest to the Fourth of July. That leaves five open slots for the two-a- month summer concerts. Pianist and concert promoter Spencer Brewer said potential acts are found in one of four ways. . They can be suggested by someone in the community. On average, two bands in each series make their Sundays in the Park debut in this way. Brewer said he also keeps his "nose to the pavement" and talks with managers and agents to learn about "bands I think would go well here." He also talks with booking agencies to find out "who's hot at this price range." And finally, there are the unsolicited bands who send demos of their latest recordings. On a good year there may be 40 choices; other times there are as few as 20. At that point, the CDs and See BANDS, Page A-12 Third arrest in beating death By GLENDA ANDERSON The Daily Journal Sheriff's deputies have arrested a third man in connection with the beating death of an Aptos man on Lake Ridge Road the weekend of May 3. Christopher McCoy. 18, of Ukiah, was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of murder. Previously arrested on suspicion of murder were Rick Fernandez, 24, ofCalpella. a Willits mill worker, and Keith Pruilt, 25, of Ukiah, a laborer. Sources say the homicide was related to a drug deal, rather than a gay hate crime or robbery- related. Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Kurt Smallcomb would not confirm but did say, "It's a possibility." He would not say whether drugs had been found at the crime scene. Earlier speculation about a gay hate crime stemmed from the fact that the victim, Louis Pearson, 44, was in the Ukiah See ARREST, Page A-12 Phone service, 9-1-1 disrupted The Daily Journal A problem at Pacific Bell's central Ukiah office caused a loss of telephone service in Ukiah, Willits and some outlying areas early Saturday morning, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office reports. Emergency 9-1-1 service was also out countywide. The problem began at approximately 3:45 a.m. Saturday; by 6:15 a.m., all service was restored, according to Pacific Bell. However, due to continuing additional work on the system. Pacific Bell says there may be more brief interruptions in service. • The sheriff's department wants to remind county residents that all public safety agencies maintain 7-digit emergency lines that are separate from the 9-1-1 See PHONES, Page A-12 Widow of slain sheriff's deputy breaks public silence Blames DA, police work and justice system for failure to convict Lincoln By DAN McKEE The Daily Journal W ILLITS - The widow of a slain Mendocino County sheriff's deputy says she is "convinced there is no more justice system" in California. Phyllis Davis, wife of Deputy Bob Davis, broke her public silence for only the second time in the three years since her husband died in an April 14, 1995, shootout on Little Valley Road west of Covelo. Davis spoke about the murder trial of her husband's accused killer, Eugene Allon "Bear" Lincoln, during an exclusive interview with the Daily Journal this week. Davis, who works for the Willits Unified School District, says she is leaving her Brooktrails home and moving to Southern California. "I feel I need to start a new life somewhere else before I can fully heal." "I hate to leave my job," she added, "I really do. They are wonderful people." Davis says she has only remained in Mendocino County this long because "I like where I work" and "I love my home." However, Davis says she feels "betrayed by this community. I feel my husband lost his life trying to make this a safer place to live and the community turned its back on him." Lincoln was acquitted of murder charges in Davis' husband's death in September 1997. He faces a new trial on lesser charges of manslaughter. That trial is scheduled to begin this fall. Sloppy police work and 'green' prosecutor Davis says she feels "no one person or thing is to blame for the outcome of the trial. I feel many factors contributed to the outcome." Among those factors: Sloppy police work. "The crime scene should have been completely frozen and nothing tampered with until the evidence people got there," she asserts. She also feels "inexperienced officers The first question the jury asked the judge after they started deliberations was who the victim was...I realized most members of the jury were incapable of understanding the evidence, today's technology, and the testimony of the witnesses, expert and otherwise. -PHYLLIS DAVIS JJ (from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department) were sent to gather the evidence." When there is "a crime of this magnitude," Davis says, "the agencies involved should send their top and experienced personnel to do the job right the first time around. See DAVIS, Page A-3 Julia Orpheus/1'he Dully Journal Phyllis Davis talks about the trial of Eugene "Bear" Lincoln from her Brooktrails home. The house contains many antiques collected by her husband, slain sheriff's deputy Bob Davis, during their 12-year marriage.

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