Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 7, 2004 · Page 3
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REMINISCE SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004 Officer Continued from Page A-l Young is back in a sling and probably healing for another six months. Nonetheless, he hopes to get back to work at light duty in a couple of weeks. A year ago, he left Ukiah Valley Medical Center and five days later was back at the Ukiah Police Department to see his colleagues. He started working light duty almost right away, although he has not been back ort patrol. It was actually a fluke for him to be on patrol at all the night he was shot. Young said he often volunteered for patrol duty when another officer was needed, just to get back into uniform. "I enjoy being in uniform," he said. "That was one of those nights I signed up to work overtime." Young for the past four years has had a desk job at the Police Department as training manager and communications supervisor. During the past year, Young has been honored and decorated many times over as a hero, including receiving Ukiah's Medal of Honor and Officer of the Year Award, the National Rifle Association's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2003, an appearance on the John Walsh national TV show honoring him, resolutions from the California Legislature and induction into the lACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivors' Club. "I guess I realize better how supportive the law enforcement family is -- not just my agency — and the community itself," Young said, reflecting on the year. "I had the overwhelming support of the community. To this day, if I shop at a local store I see Daily Journal file photo On March 7, 2003, Ukiah Police Officer Marcus Young was shot four times during a shoplifting arrest at the Ukiah Wal-Mart. He recently underwent a third surgery, and is hoping to be back on light duty within a couple weeks. 1 just want to extend my thanks for the support-not just to myself but to my family-to all those who gave us support over the last year. Initially it was overwhelming, but the generosity to my family will always be appreciated.' someone who knows me and has kind words. It happens every day, and it's really amazing." Sgt, MARCUS YOUNG, UPD Young continues to tell anyone who will listen that his young police cadet Julian Covella and Brett Schott were the real heroes of the night. Schott jumped on Beckman after he Opened fire on Young, while Covella helped Young get to his gun to return fire. Young shot and killed Beckman at the scene. Despite the awful memories of that night, Young says he still believes Ukiah is a wonderful place to live. "I've lived here since 1987. I feel it's a very safe community, and I'm just glad to know that we have people out there that are willing to step up when something is happening to one of our uniformed officers," he said. Young has nine years until he's eligible for retirement, and he plans to spend those years on the force. Admitting a reluctance to go to Wal-Mart, "It's not an enjoyable place to be, but that's understandable. I don't want to live it over and over again," Young has no qualms when it comes to the local community. "I just want to extend my thanks for the support - not just to myself but to my family - to all those who gave us support over the last year. Initially it was overwhelming, but the generosity to my family will always be appreciated." 1920's version | of dirty politics; By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL '., Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — No/ one called it "trash talk" in . 1920, yet the sorts of words >, that swirled around the campaign for president back then; would fit neatly with predic--, tions this year of an ugly elec-. _ tion. When Democrats ques-, - tioned how President Bush , spent his National Guard... years, Republican National, Committee Chairman Ed • Gillespie accused them of-. waging "the dirtiest campaign-. in modern presidential poli-,," tics." John Kerry's campaign then dismissed Gillespie's . comments as "the right-wing.; smear machine at it again." , • In that early 20th-century, contest, GOP nominee •, Warren G. Harding faced a,; personal attack from a unique, point: race. Since then, what. • the public considers political-v. ly shameful has changed —.>;. even if the party rhetoric has, not. ,.. Harding was an affable if-., unremarkable senator from-•] Ohio when Republicans nom-, inated him at then- Chicago., convention. His opponent was •, another Ohioan, Democratic-.. Gov. James M. Cox. Both, were newspaper publishers. .-. Few questioned that a Republican — any Republican — would win in See POLITICS, PageA-8 25 years ago Wednesday, March 7, 1979 Ukiah Daily Journal CHOOL BOARD URGED TO KEEP RIVER SCHOOL OPEN. With rock-solid conviction, a united front of parents, teachers and administrators Tuesday told the Ukiah Unified School Board to keep River school open in the name of quality education. Apparently split 4-3 on whether to close the school, the board plans to vote on the cost-cutting move next Tuesday at its regular meeting set for 8 p.m. in the school district offices, 445 S. Dora St. The board called last night's special meeting to hear how the community felt about the possibility of closing the 132- student elementary school in Talmage. A shutdown will save the school district an estimated $40,000 per year. Of the 200 or more people filling Oak Manor School's multipurpose room, not one spoke in favor of mothballing kindergarten-through-fifth-grade River. VOTERS WILL DECIDE HERBICIDE ISSUE. Mendocino County supervisors Tuesday decided 3-2 to let the voters decide if the county needs an ordinance banning the aerial application of phenoxy herbicides. But forestry industry legal representative Roger McPike of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges said county taxpayers can sue over that decision because it is contrary to state and federal law. A March 2 state attorney general's opinion that neither the county nor county taxpayers can ban the application of phenoxy herbicides lays the legal groundwork for a county taxpayers' suit, said McPike. "Taxpayers could bring a suit to avoid a useless expenditure of county funds," said McPike, referring to county elections department estimates the special election could cost thousands of dollars. Even if the election is not challenged, the ordinance would be, added McPike. Supervisors faced some tough decision-making Tuesday as hundreds of foresters and herbicide opponents, each armed with legal representatives, carried on two hours of intensive debate. Mendocino County Counsel John Drummond and McPike argued the county could "do nothing" with the initiative petition. However, Barry Vogel, legal representative for Citizens Against the Aerial Application of Phenoxy Herbicides, said if the board did nothing, his clients would bring an immediate suit. He argued doing nothing would be a "slap in the face" to the 7,189 voters who signed the petitions. ...Foresters with prepared statements spoke from the podium about the severe economic hardships that would result from a ban on aerial spraying and the "futility'"of such a decree. "I calculate that without the ability to control brush, production will quickly fall about 30 percent per year. That 30 percent-plus reduction translates to about 380 direct employment jobs and about $4.6 million in direct payrolls," said Jere L. Melo, chief forester for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Fort Bragg. '1 estimate that the loss of county revenue due to lost wood production will be in the neighborhood of $300,000 to $500,000 per year from G-P alone," he added. Dismissing the alternative of hand cutting, Melo explained, "It simply tan't be done fast enough nor are the results worth the cost/ JODY MARTINEZ John Sweeley, chief forester for Masonite Corporation in Calpella, said that hand control will "not be utilized" as an alternative to spraying. Timber companies use phenoxy herbicides 2, 4-D 2,4,5,-T and Silvex to control the growth of brush and hardwood to give conifer seedlings a chance to grow. ...County residents opposed to the spraying argued that the dangers "posed to human health" should supersede concern for productivity. They referred to the recent EPA emergency suspension of 2, 4, 5-T and Silvex as testimony there is a "vital health concern" related to phenoxy herbicides. ARMY BOMB SQUAD HELPS POLICE DISPOSE OF OLD EXPLOSIVES. A three-man Army bomb disposal squad from San Francisco made a brief appearance in Ukiah Tuesday to help local police with a potentially sensitive problem. Sixteen sticks of old dynamite and four blasting caps, to be precise. The explosives had inadvertantly been left in a storage shed at 1260 S. State St. for approximately six months while their owner was out of town, police said. The owner recently contacted law enforcement officials, fearing the old dynamite might be dangerous to move. The police agreed. They called the Army. "It was just something we weren't prepared to handle," explained Capt. Larry Maxson of the Ukiah police. So Tuesday morning saw the arrival of the 87th Ordinance Detachment of the Presidio of San Francisco - the bomb squad. The team took a look at the explosives, said Maxson, and decided they were in "a potentially dangerous condition." The dynamite was not too dangerous to move, however, so the Army squad took it to the city dump on Low Gap Road. There, they burned it - "which is a way of disposing of dynamite without it exploding," according to Maxson. The Ukiah Fire Department stood by during the procedure. There were no mishaps. Meanwhile, police said, the owner of the dynamite is under investigation for possible illegal mishandling of explosives. TAVERN OWNER JAILED....HOPLAND - The owner of The Keg cafe on Highway 101 was booked into county jail for attempted murder early this morning after he apparently mistook a sheriff's deputy for an intruder and shot at him, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said today. According to reports, James Otis Peeler, 58, shot through the door of The Keg at deputy Anthony Graver, 39, of Ukiah, as Graver checked the cafe for intruders at about 2 a.m. this morning. The sheriff's office had responded to a report of a broken window at the cafe earlier in the evening, and Graver was reportedly investigating what appeared to be added damage to the building. When he approached the door of the building to see if there were signs of forced entry, a shot was fired from within, the sheriff's office said. The shot reportedly missed Graver by about a foot. Deputies responding to reports of the incident found Peeler inside the cafe with a .22 caliber rifle, according to reports. He was arrested and booked into county jail for attempted murder • and assault with a deadly weapon. The sheriff's office said Peeler was apparently guarding the cafe against any further vandalism and mistook Graver for an ' intruder. i 50 years ago Thursday, March 11,1954 The Ukiah News SOUTH SIDE SCHOOL PLANS ARE SOUGHT BY TRUSTEES. BOND ISSUE IS NECESSARY, SEEK TO HAVE BUILDING READY IN '55. Ernest Winkler, San Francisco architect, was hired by the Ukiah Elementary board of trustees to prepare plans and specifications for the new Southside School building. The new plant, if a bond issue is approved by the voters, will be located on a ten-acre site at the corner of Washington and Luce streets. The decision to hire Winkler was made at a meeting of the trustees held Tuesday night. Winkler, who designed Yokayo and Northside schools, presented a set of preliminary plans for- a plant which would cost $543,200. The plans call for 12 elementary and two kindergarten classrooms, multi-purpose ; room and offices. ' WOLFF'S NAME IS ADDED TO CONTEST FOR CITY COUNCIL. The race for two council posts became a seven- man contest late yesterday as the declaration of candidacy of Harry J. D. Wolff was accepted by City Clerk Mitchell. Wolff filed his declaration last week and then was informed it would be thrown out because a candidate could not circulate his own petition. An investigation of the laws covering city elections, however, revealed no definite legal ruling has been made on this issue, which permitted Wolff's name to go on the ballot. Wolff, a consulting engineer, resides at 418 Mill. He has had considerable experience in the engineering field and plant management. Other candidates hi the race are Dick Mazzoni, incumbent; Don Rones, George Von Kageler, Guss Wallach, William Schmidt and Porter Smith. FEBRUARY POLICE ARRESTS HIT 141. One hundred forty-one arrests were made during February, according to a monthly report of activities of the Ukiah police department issued by Chief of Police George Smith. Here is a breakdown of arrests: Assault 1, rape 1, burglary 2, petit theft 2, forgery 1, carrying weapons 1, prostitution 1, violation narcotic laws 1, drunkenness 23, driving while intoxicated 3, held for investigation 19, violation city ordinance 1, auto tampering 2, juvenile traffic violations 8. Fifty-nine city warrants were issued. Traffic violation citations were issued to 360 persons. Parking meter collections amounted to $1,151.02 and the total fines and forfeitures was $1,719.45. Sf« THIS WAS NEWS, Pag«A-8 I < I.,' 1 I « I '< I ' l'< I i I • I < I '«

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