Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on September 14, 1996 · Page 37
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, September 14, 1996
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i .7 THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC '! FLEEING FLASH FLOOD Storm waters separate campers from vehicles at Roosevelt Lake. B2. e '-""""it f it . SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 1996 OBITUARIES, B4. Editor, j! John D'Anna 271-8222 j bbbbbbbbblnbbbblDbbln Man's trek will help AIDS charity 5,200-mile walk aimed at raising $10 million By Clint Williams Staff writer Louie Rochon is flying to Florida today. He's walking back. ' On Monday, Rochon begins a 5,200-mile trek from Miami to San Diego to Seattle. He's walking to raise money for the Phoenix-based Children with AIDS Project. He's walking to save himself, too. A 1993 divorce, Rochon said, "wiped me out" and triggered a financial, emotional and spiritual slide. Inspired no kidding, he says by the cross-country run of Tom Hanks' character in Forrest Gump, the one-time real-estate consultant decided to tackle his midlife crisis by walking across America. i Then he looked for a charity to hook up with. "I wanted to do something for i more than just me," the 43-year-old said. (Rochon hopes his 18-month walk will raise $10 million for the Children with AIDS Project, a group that places children with HIV or AIDS, or children orphaned by AIDS, in adoptive homes. Rochon will donate 90 percent of the money raised by his walk to the project" The rest will be used to meet expenses and "have enough to start over again" when the walk is finished, he said. , .The walk, at the very least, will Increase awareness of the problems ... I J V 7:1 r- 4 $ 7$? At :' i? '1 r i I- Abortion foe9s ad; ailec TJ (10 ni; f.i vi Michael GingStaff photographer facing children with AIDS and children whose parents have died of the disease, said Jim Jenkins, founder and executive director of Children with AIDS Project of America. "If he (Rochon) raises $10 million, great," Jenkins said. "If he raises $100,000, great." Trying to organize the crosscountry walk has left Rochon, a smoker who's about 15 pounds overweight, little time to train in the past few months. "I'm in terrible shape," he said. Rochon hopes to cover eight to 10 miles a day after he leaves a news conference att the Pianet Hollywood in Miami. After a few weeks, he said, he plans to pick up the pace. Averaging 12 miles a day, six days a week should put Rochon in Seattle in 18 months. But no matter. "I'm committed to do this if it takes three or four years," he said. Every mile along the way, he will tie a special ribbon "to a pole or something" in honor of children with AIDS. Outfitted with a donated motor home, two pairs of boots and four cases of socks, Rochon intends to be back in Phoenix by April. "I want to make it to San Diego by June," Rochon said, "because there is a lot of desert between here and there." Louie Rochon's plan to walk from Miami to Seattle was in-. spired by Tom Hanks' character in the movie Forrest Gump. He figures the trek will take about 18 months. By Abraham Kwok Staff writer Three days after a man trashed a Tempe abortion' ' clinic in the name of God, Valley leaders asked activists to abstain from violence to further political ' ' or religious causes. '4 People cannot "sacrifice law to pursue their own morality," Phil Gordon, chief of staff for Phoenix'' Mayor Skip Rimsza, said at a news conference " Friday at Planned Parenthood's headquarters. "It's wrong, it's illegal, and its day will end," he said. " '' Gordon was joined by representatives from Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano's office, the Phoenix' Urban League, the Valley of the Sun Reproductive Health Coalition, the Trinity Center of New Thought and Planned Parenthood. There was little mention by the civic and -religious leaders of abortion rights. Instead, they ' denounced Brian Clayton Charles for the terror and damage he caused Tuesday when he used a metal i club to destroy office equipment and partially rip open a wall of a supply closet in which two clinic -employees had hidden. ' The clinic, 1250 E. Apache Blvd., reopened Thursday. " Charles, 28, a transient with ties to Ohio and North Carolina, said in jail on Thursday that "the"' Lord is angry about this business" of abortion and ' instructed him in prayers to destroy the Tempe ' clinic. Charles maintained that he acted alone, although " Planned Parenthood officials said his quick''! surrender to police and his refusal to talk to'1-authorities afterward suggest that he had been'" coached. Authorities said there's no evidence that Charles' has any affiliation with other abortion opponents. Charles remained jailed Friday -on $40,000 bail ' and faces charges of aggravated assault, unlawful f imprisonment, criminal damage and intimidation. United Way pulls t misleading ads Photo subjects not truly needy By Linda Helser Staff writer 1 The Valley of the Sun United Way is removing two photographs from its current fund-raising campaign because the people in them may not be what they seem: homeless, desperate or downtrodden. "We didn't want actors for this because we wanted real people in need, but that's not exactly what we got," Brian Hassett, president of the local United Way, said in explaining why those ads are being pulled. ' Hassett said the television and newspaper advertising campaign, which was launched this week, is intended to convey the importance of giving by showing photos of real people in need. The Moses Anshell advertising agency in Phoenix created the ads. But when the sad, wrinkled face of an elderly woman appeared Thursday in The Arizona Republic, along with a story saying that the ads featured Valley citizens found on city streets and in homeless shelters, Josie Allred of Flagstaff took exception. "That's my mother," Allred said. "She's not destitute. She lives on Social Security and my dad's pension. They're not street people." After doubled-checking with the photographer who had snapped images of Julia Men- doza, the 79-year-old Phoenix woman in the ad, Jos Anshell learned the truth. "The photographer knew the woman and felt she was very representative," Anshell said. The advertising executive also discovered that another subject in the campaign, a scruffy 6-year-old pictured near railroad tracks, is not what he seemed, either. "The guy shooting the film for us wasn't comfortable pulling a child off the street, so he used his own son, who he happened to have with him," Anshell said. Photographer Steven Hood said he used his son Ian "because of the liability involved with using someone's child." "It's risky business, and using my son seemed like a good solution to the problem," he said. Anshell emphasized that the United Way never intended to deceive people, and he said the remaining seven subjects featured in the ads are genuine. "It's just a shame if anybody gets hurt over this," Anshell said. Hassett also is saddened by the campaign's start. "I didn't know they weren't real people in need, I don't think the principals of the advertising agency knew, and I feel just horrible about this," he said. "And all we can do is pull the ads to fix it." A place to unwind " ,;1L vi fti',i '. ,' ' y ,r.: V: ' ; 5 4. J ; -' .1 '. -. Bryan ChanStaff photographer A cyclist finds the bike trail at Thunderbird Paseo Park in Glendale to be perfect for a little exercise during a late-afternoon ride. The path runs along the Arizona Canal. Jury deadlocke in shooting trial By Judi Villa Staff writer After three days of jury deliberations, Doug Proce figured that the elderly woman who shot him in a Mesa hospital 19 months ago was going to be free. "I accepted that the jury had reached a not-guilty verdict," Proce said. "I was just trying to focus on the fact that it'd be over. But now we have to go through this all over again." That's because a jury came back deadlocked Friday in the attempted-murder and aggravated-assault trial of Jean Dooley, who shot up the fifth floor of Valley Lutheran on Feb. 13, 1995, while recovering from a hysterectomy. There was no doubt Dooley fired the shots, but she claimed she was involuntarily intoxicated by a combination of high-powered prescription painkillers. Proce, an ambulance driver, and Andy Salonic, a nurse, were shot. Neither has been able to return to work. "I'm always looking over my shoulder," Proce said. "I hear loud noises, and I jump. You look at a person, and physically they look great, But emotionally, it has killed part of me. I'm only 90 percent of the persoji I was before this happened. I'll never get that 10 percent back." Dooley, now 73, was aiming for her husband, Roy, when she opened fire, calling, "Roy, where are you?" and shot in the direction of his voice, prosecutors said. Her defense attorney, Jeffrey H Ross, claimed the drugs Dooley received while in the hospital lef her to hear voices, see things that . weren't there and convince herself that her husband and the hospitaj i staff were trying to kill her. She even called 911 the morning of thoJ shooting to report the murder plot. "She was out of her gourd," said J. Thomas Thomas, a defense psychia9 trist. Prosecutor Jim Rizer said Doolejf ' knew what she was doing: "She was '! trying to kill her husband." - After the shooting, a Mesa police ;. officer heard Dooley tell her husi band she was trying to kill him ancj would plead insanity. j If Dooley was intoxicated that T day, Rizer said, it was because she voluntarily took more than 70 pillsd of a thyroid medication that she a 'J brought to the hospital. Jl The jury reportedly was almost.' evenly split. The Dooleys would not commera after the decision. Judge Cheryl Hendrix of Mar; icopa County Superior Court set new trial date of Nov. 4. y The prosecutors will decide within the week whether to re-tr Dooley, said Bill FitzGerald, spokesT man for the Maricopa County At torney's Office. Proce, who attended every day of Dooley's three-week trial, said he'll be there again. kU "I'm not looking for vengeance, he said. "Either way, I can accept it, t I want it over with either way. Who f n r: Knows now .' "Maybe next time." 1 MLLEYEEWSfNimi! New Grand Avenue study to focus on improving flow PHOENIX The Maricopa Association of Governments is launching a new study of Grand Avenue to find ways to move traffic more efficiently on its six lanes. '' Grand stretches from downtown Phoenix to El Mirage, crossing Glendale, Surprise and Peoria. Representatives from those cities as well as the Arizona Department of Transportation will be invited to participate in the study. The work will start this year and last 12 to 18 months, said Terry Johnson, planning manager in MAG's transportation planning office.- Invitations are going out this month to consultants to bid on the project. State headquarters for Perot to open TEMPE The Arizona head quarters for the Ross Perot presidential campaign will open today in Tempe. The public is invited to the 1 p.m. grand opening of the headquarters at 1524 N. Scottsdale Road and the official kickoff of the campaign. Perot and his running mate, Pat Choate, are the Reform Party's candidates. Freeway sections to close for work PHOENIX Freeway lanes and rampswill close in central Phoenix and the southeast Valley this week end. Interstate 10's northbound lanes at Washington Street will close at 1 1 p.m. tonight, along with three nearby freeway ramps, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, the Arizona Department of Transportation said. In the east Valley, Price Road's southbound lanes will be closed most of the weekend between Baseline and Guadalupe roads. The road closes at 5:30 a.m. today for installation of a storm drain across Price and will reopen at 5 p.m. SundayV Event to celebrate U.S. Constitution PARADISE VALLEY A Constitution Commemoration Celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Judson School's baseball field on Mockingbird Lane north of Lincoln Drive. Families may bring their own picnic lunches or purchase hamburgers and hot dogs at the site. There will be entertainment by bands, dance groups and gymnasts until the formal program begins at 7 p.m. Posters by Paradise Valley and Scottsdale schoolchildren will i A. -1 be on display. This is the first of what sponsors m hope will be an annual event. The 1 country's constitution was signed on J Sept. 17, 1787. ' Show will feature 2 Wright's residences f: SCOTTSDALE Three per- J sonal residences of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, including Taliesin J West in Arizona, will be featured in ; a broadcast of America's Castles: The Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright at 7 and 10 p.m. Sunday on cable TV 's Arts and Entertainment Netv work. c 1

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