Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 11, 1998 · Page 1
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UkiahDaily ' - 'ournal Donrey Media Group 18 pages, Volume 140 Number 52 50 cents tax included Lifestyles Shakespeare's PR man • Page 3 Today In Brief A-2 Jumble IJ-6 Classifieds . . .B-6 Lottery A-to Comics B-4 Obituaries . .A-10 Crossword . .B-5 Sp-uf; A » Daily Digest .A-10 TV Ihtipr.'. HT Fenturos . . .B-5 w- -oiir-, > " forum . . . A fi Thursday, June 11., 1998 Eagle Peak boy expelled for threatening to kill schoolinat.es Parents sent letters by school officials By GLENDA ANDERSON : The Daily Journal '• An Eagle Peak seventh grader has been expelled for threatening to shoot fellow students, then himself. The incident, which occurred Mon; day morning during a class period, was heard by a teacher, who informed the assistant principal, who immediately called the student into her office and called the Sheriffs Office, Child Protective Services, Mental Health, and the boy's pare'nt. A search of the boy's home did .not turn up any weapons. The boy was expelled because he had a previous suspension. The school also is seeking a restraining order against the boy, who had returned to . school Tuesday, apparently because his parent had sent him to clear out his locker, according to Eagle Peak Principal Jim Larson. He said the boy was told to leave but allegedly was seen again on campus at the end of the day. "Law enforcement has been informed of his presence on campus," Larson said in a letter to parents. He said extra precautions will be taken the last two days of school and extra security will be on hand for tonight's graduation. While sheriff's deputies concluded the student did not pose an immediate danger, Ukiah Unified School District Superintendent Kim Logan said school authorities aren't taking any chances. "We felt it was better to be overly vigilant," she said this morning. The incident follows an April episode at Eagle Peak in which a student brought homemade napalm to school. Law enforcement officers also were called recently when a Ukiah High School student made remarks about bombs in his senior will. The incident, while believed to have been a joke, was treated seriously and police counseled the boy. In a stmilai incident i ew;il weeks ago. counselors weir called to talk to a Pomolita student itt':r he v-">te an essay about killing M< pan -tit •• and his parents were ndvi-.eil in liav: him -TV a therapist. Logan said that response was not connected to a fear of violence, Hut to the possibility the r»iy was havin? emotional problems "We've done that forever." she said. "We would never turn our backs on a kid who says he h;r poWoms of one sort or another" These two men will be honored. Do you remember them? (Turn to back page to see them today.) % LEEANN LAMBERT Daily Journal ITwo Uk|ah HigK School alurnVJ ^leduleft^be honored'rbiLthe first IB during tn-ceremonies omes laques whe bearing graduation and of ^tuoent Activities ;and : then as assfstant principal.' In 1087, Nlyers was appointed as the princlpatof, Continuing and Alternative "Education - before becoming the superinten^eritjin'i 1990. He retired & 1996. »;'• Myers rharried rijis ,hjgh si sweetheart, 'Marie yalentiM, Class of 1955/atid they havejtwo chil- ' ' and f r J f V •*"*• \ ' ' '' 'it UHS classes have had reunions ,j$ated alumni mailing lists, Brit- toji^aldeti^the school and the Alumni .^'Association would like to hear from /'thefff'and get a copy of the mailing ists. Jhe more mailing lists the Alum- ij Association gets, Gary said, the alumn.ygaji.jtje^invited to join the • til V~ '4-tvs''-f".'*><("i-'-. •)'•'•/?!»"**."•'", ill be Huiigan we nigh school cafeto- urn. "It's the most public placgflind lejrnost visible pla|e ; on campuf^'; " «jgh school'i almost 2-ye^r?old ^ssociatio'i is institutir||;the Cms year, Gj|ry said, and rh&m- tlie association nominate4 c>n- ;for the Digiiiguished ajd. This yf&r's honored^ graduates^ from the 1| Iller, frbmjthe Class of ; 'j larley Myerj| from the CJ; 10S4 bacr| Jose- "m two r^ graduating f^om UHS ^ Santa,r *—'-•• ' |ie eameid ten spent t irie asso '"Eldercatj slbr's degree [State and t \ School e'' retired fit, chari- Revenue "While.mariagmg all of this," continues the, newsletter, 'Jpiarley found time to serve as a ,nfember cjf the Ukiah City CouhcUjInd becam^e the first elected mafcir of tosfwfo* in 1984''*'"-'- 4'" -^ - I- maiia" goals*are to^silblisli a^inse of histo%at Ukiah High School and to improve trie school's prog$fms. And it recently was'graA^dtton-.f" table status from the Winter Service, says th? newslette: Invitations to join the AJulrnhi Association have been sent out $ members of]he classes Qr4Q,, ^41Vf2, ^44, '49, '71, because;the high ^hpol has able to get current failing lists tb.ose classes^ saiijptty Britton,^ secretary of Student'Activities and also the ^cretary of group- „ „ ^; Britto.|i^fequenjly 4 "gets calj^',; high fcHbol al^fti-askJng.^""" reunions. ButM^Wfih schi UHS alumni can caIl,Britton at 4635266 or send information to her at the school: 1000 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, 95482. m Junior sociate's *ears in op's ne w "He-then^ ;art ht at and e, Coritl, bje Beac outdoor ;ys the ne 'at the to special! el area ^«rti$'£r?$an^ '$^W*8$*%t Annual rewtwh plans or Ukiah High Ukiah High School ft the classes of 1900 through |943 have been made by the reunion committee. Reservations j&r more than 250 people have peen .received. Chairman Erm^Bank^r wants all class representatives to encourage their class- ites to attend and send in their Lvationis, reunion will be held at the Mendo1||^-lfke Clubhouse, beginning with registrations at boon,,on Saturday, July U» with ,m., followed Sunday, 5 held at :30ba.ni to [jeeting and follow the tjie class forppizing next Grand jury blasts county over jail death By GLENDA ANDERSON The Daily Journal The county grand jury has issued a scathing report against the Mendocino County Department of Mental Health and the county jail in connection with a jail suicide in February 1997. Both the Psychiatric Health Facility and the California Forensic Medical Group, which contracts with the county to provide medical services at the jail, "failed to regard the deceased's suicide threats as serious, increasing the likelihood of her eventual suicide," the report states. Carol Dunlap, 22, killed herself in jail Feb. 4, a week after she was refused admittance to -the county Psychiatric Health Facility, despite a history of mental health problems and a previous attempted suicide. On Jan. 25, she was taken to the PHF by police following a trip to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center emergency room following a reported suicide attempt. She was released from jail Jan. 30, but rearrested Jan. 31 on a probation violation. The grand jury report says Dunlap was denied admission to the facility Jan. 25 "without adequate assessment of suicide potential." After she was forcibly removed from the facility, Dunlap vandalized the PHF and was placed under citi/en's arrest by a PHF staff member, then jailed. The California Forensic Medical Group employee responsible for evaluating the woman's state of mind at the jail, also was involved with the physical altercation at the psychiatric facility, the grand jury noted. "Being involved in the altercation could have potentially affected this employee's later professional judgment and decisions regarding the dcceavd." In addition, "the diven ed's suicide potential was noi adequately assessed by thi' ( I MG employee, resulting MI her removal from ;> seeiire * ^lalion cell." The grand juiy said jail polices and procedures were violated when Dunlap was C'MSM- liecl as "medium ranpe lisk potential." Dunlap, the grand jury noted, had a history of psychiatric hospitalization and suicide attempts and had been on psy. hoiropic medications winch iccjiurc inmates be classilied as being at :' greater risk ol siiiride. In addition, the woman was denied her piescribed medication while in jail, the report stales. The grand jury also was ciiti- cal of how the incident was treated after the fact. It stales there were contradictions between the oral testimony Sec.WRY, l'<i?,c \-l() City has big plans for street repairs By DAN McKEE The Daily Journal Two of the city's major tnor- oughfares, East Perkins Street and South Orchard Avenue, will get major facelifts this fall. The city has budgeted more than $800,000 for the two projects, according to a report by City Engineer Rick Kennedy. The funds come from a portion of state gasoline sales taxes returned to California cities earmarked for street maintenance and improvement projects. The city had to save its gas tax allocations for four years to fund the projects, City Manager Candace Horsley said. Ukiah's "gas tax revenues have been dwindling" over recent years due to Southern California population increases, Horsley noted, and that trend is likely to continue. That means the city will have to save even longer before it can fund new projects. Reconstruction work on Perkins Street and Orchard Avenue is expected to begin in mid to late September and be completed by early October to early November, Kennedy said. The city already is seeking bids to design the projects. Design contracts are expected to be awarded by July 1 and construction contracls awarded by early to mid-September. East Perkins Street reconstruction from Main Street to the Highway 101 overpass is expected to be completed in four weeks, according to Kennedy's report. The South Orchard Avenue project will take sli»hily longer - six weeks. "These are major piojecis," Horsley said, and will necessitate lane closing from "time to time" as the work progresses. Information concerning the time and date of lane closures and other construction information will be announced before work begins, Horsley added. In addition, the city also has tentatively approved spending more titan SII'J.OOO to repair North State Street from Henry Street lo Low CJap Road. The existing pavement consists ol a foot of exposed concrete laid over an equally deep section of cement-treated aggregate base, according to Kennedy. The concrete pavement has cracked "as concrete slabs inherently do," and ovei the years sections of pavement have been rocking over tin- •.. cmi-nt l-..'sc, creating void:,. As .1 lesiilt, (he pavement is no longci level and cars It.'iul to mik as tin y pass over high an-) In., points between shil> sec'ions, the upon explained. Traditional!}, nnkvel . ..in See STREETS, Paf-e A-10

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