Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 16, 2004 · Page 2
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Ukiah, California
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-A-2 -TUESDAY. MARCH 16, 2004 ! K.G. Meadows, 468-3526 DAILY DIGEST FUNERAL NOTICES FRANCIS D. THORNHILL I'Yanris I). Tlinrnhill, known lie to all as "Felix" passed away on Thursday, March 11,2004. Me was preceded in death by his wife Alice Tliornliill (Mainpont). Felix was horn on June 21. 1920 in I'oplarville, Mississippi. He enlisted in ihc Army Air dorp on INovemlier 2. 1941. He i'irsl came to Ukiiih on December 7, 1941 to meet his future bride's mother, lie married Alice on January 31, 1942. During WWII he was attached to the 509th , Composite Group, this is tin- group who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Felix was the Navigator on the lead plane, the Straight Flush, the day of the Hiroshima bombing, lie received numerous awards for his military service, including the Medal of Valor. He and Alice came to make Ukiah their perma- nent home in 1946 after his discharge from' military service. Felix was an avid hunter and fisherman. Anyone who knew him also knows of his love for his favorite hunting ground Tiisearora. Nevada, lie will he remembered for his stories he told about his experiences growing up in Mississippi and his hunting and fishing stories. He was the past president of Ukiah Host Lions (Huh and a member of the Ukiah Klks Lodge, lie is survived by three sisters Hetty Holliday of Texas. Ada Reid of Mississippi and Floy Lily of Texas. His daughter Hence Joseph and husband Hick of Santa Hosa, Diane McHride and husband Jerry of Tiisearora. Nv.. sons Lucien and wife (lolleen of Ukiah and Hene "(lliuek" and wife Susun. Felix is also survived by nine grandchildren and I 1 great grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pin on Monday, March 15, 2004 at Eversole Mortuary. The Eversole Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. MILDRED C. (LAPLANTE) GROTHE Mildred C. (LuPlume) Crothe died Wed. March 10, 2004. She was 86. Born Oct. 21, 1917 in Minnesota she joined the Women's Army Corp. and served during WWII where she met and married her husband. She then moved to hell Springs to raise her two sons. Mildred was never happier than when her family was near. We will remember her quick wit and ability to make us laugh. She provided love-, security and stability to her entire family. She never asked why you needed something but instead immediately did whatever she could to provide it for you. She truly was the glue that held her family together and we will remember her always as our loving mother, Grandma and great-Grandma. She is survived by her son John Grothe Sr., daughter-in-law Hea Herden, son Paul Grothe and his wife Linda. G r a n d children Elizabeth Grothe, Elaine Grothe and her husband Willard Leggett, John Grothc Jr.. and his wife Kristina, Freddie Riley, Matthew Grothe, Karie Kroeger and her husband Erich and Irene Dunn. Great grandchildren Lindsey Van Patten, Mallory Dunn, Bailey Grothe, Kenna Grothe, Haley Riley, John Riley, Michael Leggett and Zak Kroeger. Graveside services will be held in Ukiah in April. The wor Socialist leader vows to bring troops home ; MADRID, Spain (AP) — !The leader of Spain's victori- lous Socialists said Monday he iwill bring his nation's troops ;home from Iraq by June 30, ;fulfilling a campaign promise 'a day after his party's surprise 'Victory in elections overshad- iowed by terrorist bombings. ', The defeat Sunday of Prime Minister Jose Maria ;Aznar's conservatives marked Ihe first time a government that backed the U.S.-led war •in Iraq had been voted out of office and came amid charges ithat Aznar made Spain a target Tor terrorists by supporting the ;war. ; Thursday's train bombings 'killed 200 people and wounded some 1,500. ! "The Spanish troops which !are in Iraq will be returning home," Socialist leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zupatero told Caclena Ser radio. He said the •troops would be recalled once he puts together a government some time in mid-April and formally takes over as prime minister. A party spokesman explained to The Associated , Press that Zapatero sticks by his campaign condition that the 1,300 troops would stay if the United Nations assumed control of the peacekeeping Operation in Iraq. Suspect in Spain attackswas named months earlier MADRID, Spain (AP) — Months before bombs tore through commuter trains in Spain, authorities had suspicions about Jamal Zougam. Investigators suspected that Zougam had ties to an al- Qaida cell leader and found a video of mujaheddin fighters during a search of his home, according to an indictment reviewed Sunday. The 700-page indictment names Zougam as a follower of Imad Yarkas, who was jailed by Spanish Judge Ballasar Garzon for allegedly helping plan the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. Zougam's alleged al-Qaida links strengthen suspicions that Ihe terror group was involved in Thursday's Madrid bombings, which killed 200 people and wounded 1,500. The train attacks helped drive the ruling conservatives from power in elections Sunday. The Socialists, led by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, del'eatecl the Popular Parly of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, who supported the U.S.-led war in Iraq despite widespread opposition. Putin brushes off criticism MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Monday promised Russians more of the stability and order that helped him win his landslide re-election, and pledged to open up the political stage to divergent voices after a campaign criticized as unfair and one-sided. , \ Russia's Central Election Commission *' ' officially declared Putin the winner early Monday, saying he won a second, four-year term with 71.2 percent of Sunday's vote. "I think I have worked hard all those years, and I worked honestly. People must have felt it," Putin said, appearing before reporters at his Red Square election headquarters. "I promise you that for the next four years, I will work in the same mode." The former KGB agent is credited by many Russians with bringing stability to this nation after the social and political upheavals brought on by the collapse of the Soviet Union. He has been helped by high world prices for oil, Russia's main export commodity and the engine driving its economy. Putin's image as a disciplined, sober, hardworking official also appealed to Russians after his predecessor Boris Yeltsin's health troubles and reported alcohol abuse. European election observers criticized Russia's presidential vote, , saying Monday that slanted coverage in the state-run media made for a one-sided campaign and that monitors recorded significant flaws in the vote count. POLICE REPORTS The following were prepared from reports prepared by the Willits Police Department. ARREST - At 1:29 a.m. on Friday, Edward Eugene Schwartz, Jr, 18, of Madera, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Baechtel Road at Shell Lane in Willits. CHP REPORTS The following were compiled from reports prepared by the California Highway Patrol: ARREST - At 8:09 p.m. on Friday, Michelle Wafford, 34, of Willits, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on East Road at School Way. ARREST - At 10:03 p.m. on Friday, Sergio Cruz, 27, of Salem, Oregon, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Highway 101 at Legget. ARREST - At 2:51 p.m. on Saturday, Vicente M. Gonzalez, 41, of Windsor, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at Coyote Valley Casino. ARREST - At 1 a.m. on Sunday, Jeremy Lewis, 27, of Ukiah, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Main Street east of Perkins Street. ARREST - At 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, Garrett Alto, 28', of Redwood Valley, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on School Street at Smith Street. ARREST-At 12:16 p.m. on Sunday, James Allen Redenius, 28, of Willits, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and driving on a suspended license on Gobbi at Highway 101. ARREST - At 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Herbert Udall, 44, of Gualala, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Highway 1 at mile post marker 4-2. DA REPORTS The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Distrtlct Attorney's Office): SENTENCING - Javier Rojas, 24, of Oakland, and Suzianne Weaver, 26, of Lake County, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on April 16 and April 12 in Department B, respectively, for their parts in an armed robbery of the Chevron Station located on Lake Mendocino Drive on November 28, 2003. Mr. Rojas ~ wearing a scarf to cover a tattoo and a mask - entered the gas station with a loaded semi-automatic handgun. With the handgun pointed at the clerk, Rojas was able to persuade him to relieve the cash register of its contents. The victim put the money in a paper bag and Rojas ran to the waiting getaway car driven by Ms. Weaver. The duo was captured by quick-acting Sheriff's deputies in Hopland. Rojas pleaded guilty to armed robbery and assault with a deadly firearm. He will be sentenced to a mandatory prison term of 12 years and will have to do 85 percent of that prison time before becoming eligible for parole. Weaver pleaded guilty to a felony county of accessory to robbery and could be sentenced to a maximum of 3 years in state prison. SENTENCING Sentencing is currently set for 9 a.m. on April 27 in Department H for Christian Cerelli, 20, transient, and Jerrell Robles, 21, of Calpella, for their roles in a home invasion robbery of a Greenfield Ranch resident, to which they pleaded guilty. Cerelli, who was an acquaintance of the 65-year- old victim, and Robles formulated a plan to steal the victim's supply of marijuana. The two men drove to the victim's rural trailer home with the license plates obscured. After waiting for a period of time hoping the victim would leave, the two men became impatient, donned ski masks and entered the trailer. Robles held the victim at knife point on a bed while Cerelli loaded the victim's marijuana into their waiting vehicle. The victim seized an opportunity to knock the knife from Robles' hand and during a scramble for the fallen knife Robles escaped out the door. Cerelli and Robles drove off with the victim's marijuana. . The two men were arrested with the stolen marijuana a short time later after the victim was able to identify Cerelli by name, having recognized him by his size and the sound of his voice. Cerelli and Robles are presumptively ineligible for probation. Cerelli could be sentenced to a maximum of 6 years in state prison, while Robles faces a 7-year maximum for the robbery and the use of a knife during the robbery. Those arrested by law enforcement officers are Innocent until proven guilty. People reported as having been arrested may contact the Dally Journal once their case has been concluded so the results can be reported. Those who feel the Information Is In error should contact the appropriate agency. In the case of those arrested on suspicion of driving under the Influence of an Intoxicant: all DUI cases reported by law enforcement agencies are reported by the newspaper. The Dally Journal makes no exceptions. CORRECTIONS The Ukiah Dally Journal reserves this space to correct errors or make clarifications to news articles. Significant errors in obituary notices or birth announcements will result in reprinting the entire article. Errors may be reported to the editor, 468-3526. LOTTERY NUMBERS DAILY 3: Afternoon, 4,0, 0. Evening: 6, 8, 3. FANTASY 5: 1, 39, 2, 4, 9. DAILY DERBY: 1st: 1 Gold Rush; 2nd: 2 lucky Star; 3rd: 6 Whirl Win. Race time: 1:48.94. Israel fires missiles at Hamas targets JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli helicopters attacked two suspected Hamas weapons workshops in Gaza City early Monday and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called off a summit with his Palestinian counterpart. Sunday's bombing in Ashdod port was the first deadly attack on a strategic target in Israel in more than three years of fighting and sent Israeli officials scrambling to discover security breaches. A militant leader in Gaza told The Associated Press the bombers had intended to blow up fuel storage tanks in Ashdod, confirming Israeli suspicions that militants are trying to carry out a "mega attack" with hundreds of casualties. The explosions went off several hundred meters from the fuel tanks. The bombers, 17-year-old high school students from a Gaza refugee camp, managed to slip into Israel despite a heavily patrolled fence ringing the strip; one of their han- dlers said he believed they crawled through a tunnel. The assailants also evaded tight' security at Ashdod port and used high-grade plastic explosives. The Islamic militant Hamas and the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, a group with ties to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed joint responsibility. The intended target, the use of plastic explosives, the cooperation between militant groups and the fact that Palestinian bombers managed to slip out of Gaza for the first time since 2000 were all seen as signals of escalation in tactics. Aristide flies to Caribbean despite objections PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left his temporary exile in Africa on Monday and flew to Jamaica despite opposition to his presence in the Caribbean. Aristide's imminent arrival has increased tensions in Haiti, where his followers plan more protests to demand the return of the country's first democratically elected leader. Aristide was expected to arrive Monday afternoon in Jamaica for what officials there said would be a temporary visit to reunite with his two daughters while he seeks permanent asylum in a third country. 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