Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 7, 2004 · Page 1
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Disappointing * "or UHS lers at GIF ..Page A-9 SUNDAY March 7, 2004 REMINISCE This Was Mews .Page A-3 INSIDE In Brief ....A-2 Lottery... Class, ads . .B-3 Obits .... Comics . .Inside Sports ... Forum .... A-6 TV I Letters ....A-6 Weather . $1 tax included he Ukiah Mendocino County's local newspaper URNAL Monday: Sunny to partly cloudy, warm Tuesday: Partly sunny and warm OiWRWERTHEMMSKDIG Officer celebrates life By K.C. MEADOWS The Dally Journal A year ago today, a Ukiah police officer was shot four times during what seemed to be a routine shoplifting arrest at Wal-Mart. Sgt. Marcus Young is alive if not entirely well today, and says he's thankful to be here. "The plan on Sunday is to celebrate with family and friends that I'm still alive and I've been very fortunate over the past year, especially with the support of the community," Young said this week. Young just got out of the hospital after his third surgery following the shooting, which occurred at 9:45 p.m. March 7, 2003, when Young was called to a shoplifting at Wal-Mart and arrested 18-year-old Monica Winnie, of Willits, who had been detained by Wal- Mart security guards Brett and Carolyn Schott. Winnie's boyfriend, Neal Beckman, came put of the store, approached Young, and when Young asked him to take his hands out of his pockets, drew a gun and opened fire, hitting Young in the face, arm, chest and back. Immediately after the shooting. Young's right arm was reconstructed with an eight- inch metal plate, and his injured left hand was sewn back together. Last August, Young was back in the hospital for bone graft surgery, because the bone in his right arm wasn't growing back properly. Doctors used bone from Young's pelvis in the procedure. The recent third surgery attempted to repair a section of Young's left back area, and he had a tendon transferred to his left scapular area. He lauded the work of doctors and nurses at Ukiah Valley Medical Center not only the night he was shot but during the past year as well. See OFFICER, Page A-3 Photos provided courtesy of Marcus Young In late March 2003, Marcus Young, Julian ppyjlla and Brett Schptt traveled to New York to tape "the John Walsh Show." In May 2003, ihey were honored with resolutions from the state Legislature. Dally Journal (lie photo Ukiah Police Sgt. Marcus Young in April of last year. 'Safety net' for students By LAURA CLARK The Daily Journal "I believe the county community schools have a bad reputation in the community because that is where 'those kids' go to school," said Peter Kostas, director of MCOE Court/Community Schools and Alternative Education Programs. "But 'those kids' are our kids, and we provide a wonderful educational safety net for them," he said, noting that if the county community schools were not available, many of these students would still be enrolled in their local community school districts. 'Most of them go back to their district school and graduate and earn their high school diploma.' PETER KOSTAS Schools director On any given day, about 250 students are enrolled in MCOE's Court/Community schools, Kostas said. Over the course of a year, he said the county's court/community schools serve more •than 400 students in seventh through 12th grades. The average stay for a student at the community school is about a year, Kostas said, noting the intent is to work on their problems and then return them to their district school. "Most of them go back to their district school and graduate and earn their high school diploma," Kostas said. The state Legislature passed the County Community Schools Act in 1977, which authorized the 58 counties in California, Offices of Education to operate county community schools to serve expelled students from districts, students who had been referred by juvenile probation, and students who had been referred by the local School Attendance Review Board (SARB), Kostas said. County community schools also serve homeless children, those living in group homes, and pregnant and parenting teens, Kostas said. MCOE operates 10 county community school classrooms, and three juvenile court schools to serve incarcerated students in juvenile halls, youth camps and ranches, Kostas said. "There is a fundamental right for students to attend school (even when the,y, See STUDENTS, Page A-12 UKIAH CITY COUNCIL Ukiah KZYX studio gets support The Dally Journal On Wednesday night, the Ukiah City Council adopted a resolution in support of a proposed KZYX studio to be located in the Ukiah Valley. As a regional public radio station, KZYX (91.5 FM) currently serves Mendocino County from facilities in the Anderson Valley. But the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting board of directors is pursuing a site in the Ukiah area to expand its capabilities to provide service to the community. At its December meeting, the board gave unanimous consent to the mission of creating "a permanent facility in the Ukiah area at an easily accessible location that allows the development of programming of local interest in a format that encourages a wide range of opinions, perspectives, activities and forums for discussion." The new studio would be operated primarily by volunteers assisted by a small paid staff. The council resolution noted that the. new studio effort is concurrent with a plan to increase the signal strength to the inland area, bringing a transmission upgrade that will make the signal stronger and available to more listeners in the Ukiah Valley. The new location would also "make it easier for programmers as well as guest authors, educators and others to be interviewed in Ukiah rather than in Anderson Valley," the resolution stated. Also touted was the increase of "opportunities for Ukiah Valley residents to receive hands-on expo-, rience in both programming and the technical See KZYX, Page A-12 Victim of alleged kidnap tells how he sought help By MARK HEDGES The Dally Journal The victim of an alleged kidnapping incident that occurred on Wednesday told The Daily Journal Saturday that the reason he didn't have his cell phone with him when he first went into Quest Mart on North State was because his alleged kidnapper, Sonoma County parolee Ricky Estrada IV, wouldn't let him take it in. The victim asked a Quest Mart employee to call 911 and added that he was from the newspaper, but the employee didn't believe him. The victim said he mentioned "the newspaper" (which he does not work for) because he thought the employee might be "afraid of bad press." Police said Estrada led them on a car chase for four miles, after which he exited his pickup and fled the scene. The victim - who lives in the Orr Springs Road area — said he was outside his home when Estrada confronted him. Estrada allegedly forced him to drive, into town, and the victim convinced Estrada he needed to stop for some cigarettes, so they pulled up at Quest Mart. After being denied 911 access there, See KIDNAP, Page A-12

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