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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 29

Reno, Nevada
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Thursday, July 11, 1985
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Nevada Today's tip Photo buffs, take note. Bodie ghost town buildings normally closed to the public will be opened for a photo workshop by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Cost: $50. Details, (619) 647-6331. Thursday JULY 11, 1985 RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL Section C 7C OBITUARIES 8-1 9C CLASSIFIED Suspect arrested in Squaw Valley sniping TAHOE CITY - Placer County sheriff's deputies Wednesday arrested 21-year-old David Wayne Grant for investigation of shooting at several cars Tuesday on Squaw Valley Road, a sheriff's spokeswoman said. There were no injuries as 23 shots from a .22-caliber rifle were fired at several cars from an apartment building at 6:45 p.m., according to the spokeswoman. She said officers had not determined a motive. Driver Diana Elizabeth Boutier, 22, of Squaw Valley was nearly hit by a bullet that ripped through her Volkswagen, and a bullet hit the rear of a Chevrolet driven by Robert Thomas Olds, 25, also of Squaw Valley, the spokeswoman said. Grant, whom jailers list under three aliases, remained in Placer County Jail Wednesday night on $10,000 bail. He is being held for investigation on one felony count of shooting into an occupied vehicle. Grant listed his occupation as manager of the apartment building where he lives. After estimating the bullets' trajectory Wednesday, deputies went to Grant's apartment and arrested him. Officers confiscated a rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition. Bryan's new press liaison CARSON CITY - Karen Zupon, reporter, artist, anchor and producer for KOLO-TV, Reno, was named Wednesday as press secretary to Gov. Richard Bryan. Ms. Zupon takes over the $31,463-a-year job from Karen Galatz, who left to take a White House fellowship. The new press secretary has worked for KOLO-TV since 1984. Before that, she had similar duties at KTVN and KCRL-TV, Reno, and at television stations in Tucson and Denver. She also taught school in California and has done free-lance art and public relations work. Hospital to vote on union SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - Leaders of a unionizing effort at Barton Memorial Hospital say they expect to hold a union election for 260 workers by the end of the month. But a date has not been set for the vote, and hospital administrators are reportedly appealing a June 26 National Labor Relations Board election order. Organizers want to establish the Local 250 of the Hospital and Institutional Workers Union and bargain for grievance procedures and more "job security," union official Penny Schantz said. Barton Administrator Ron Newton declined to comment. Sachs, Tobman file claim CARSON CITY Attorneys for Alan Sachs and Herb Tobman have asked the state for more than $30 million they claim they lost when forced by gaming officials to sell the Stardust and Fremont hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. The claim may be a first step toward a lawsuit against the state. A U.S. district court suit already has been filed challenging the forced sale following allegations the owners failed to stop skimming there. The claims are based on actions by Nevada gaming authorities "to carry out and enforce the terms of an unconstitutional order of the Nevada Gaming Commission," the letter states. Drunken driver sentenced "There is only one way to handle ' someone who has suffered 10 prior DUI convictions and that is to take him off the road," Deputy District Attorney Larry Dunn argued at a sentencing Wednesday. Washoe District Judge Peter Breen agreed and slapped 31-year-old Ronald Bruce Burge with the maximum six-year prison sentence for felony drunken driving. Burge pleaded guilty to felony drunken driving June 4. Dunn discovered Burge had 13 prior drunken driving arrests, all in California, since 1972. He said he found 10 resulted in convictions, but records did not reveal what happened in the other three cases. A third conviction for drunken driving in seven years is a felony in Nevada, with a mimimum one year sentence to the maximum of six. Dunn said Burge was convicted six times in the last seven years. Shots fired in apartment Reno police arrested a man for questioning after two shots were fired Wednesday night inside an apartment at Woodside Village Apartments, 4800 Kietzke Lane, police said. A woman and a 3-year-old child escaped injury in the apartment, and were still inside when officers arrived shortly after 10:30 p.m., said Sgt. Dale Kasprzyk, evening watch commander. The suspect, whose name was unavailable for release, was being questioned by officers late Wednesday, according to Kasprzyk. Wire service and staff reports ' 1 Teen accused of more than 1 murder plot By Michael PhillisGazette-Journal Mary Louise Yates, the "little kid" charged with helping to plot the murder of her mother, had previously approached someone else about doing the job, the prosecutor said Wednesday in the 16-year-old's court appearance. In opposing a motion to set bail for Yates, Assistant District Attorney Ed Basl said further investigation had revealed she had "prior contacts with an individual about wanting her mother dead." But Yates' lawyer said he has uncovered information that could show his client is innocent of any crime. The teen-ager is charged with helping to plan the murder of her mother, Jeanne Yates, whose body was found in her Reno home May 25 with numerous stab wounds. Also charged with murder are Donovan Stoner, 19, accused of actually wielding the knife, and Lynn Huffman Jr., 21, accused of holding back the family dog during the killing. Attorney John Ohlson, representing Yates, said he had uncovered evidence that could "clear" his client. "From the information I'm receiving 'Gutsy' baby gives courage to Reno parents By Verita BlackGazette-Journal Like any normal baby, Sarah Doan loves to play peek-a-boo with her mother and starts to dance when she hears music. But at 18 months, Sarah is not like other babies. She has spent 10 of those months in the hospital where she has had an obstructed kidney and part of a lung removed. She also has had a cardiac arrest and several bouts with pneumonia ; all told, eight major operations. Sarah suffers from Vater's Syndrome, a disease that affects the kidneys, esophagus, trachea, anal area and vertabrae of infants. About 30 babies a year fall victim to the disease, the cause of which is unknown. Sarah was born at Saint Mary's Hospital, but was immediately flown to Moffitt Hospital at the University of California-San Francisco. She had her first major operation at 2 days old. "She's really alert and she's where she should be as far as her motor skills go," says Sarah's mother, Linda. "She loves to play peek-a-boo with me through the bars on the big steel crib when her hands aren't cuffed down. She's got more guts than I do." For Linda and her husband, Joe, the strain of Sarah's illness has been made worse by the huge medical bills piling up. The hospital bill is now more than $560,000, which doesn't include the last two months' bills, and they've run into problems trying to get help. "I guess this is just a test of our strength but it gets depressing," said Joe Doan, a dealer at Harrah's. Linda is a dealer at the MGM. Their medical insurance pays part of the hospital bill, but the remainder combined with house and car payments, other monthly bills and transportation to and from San Francisco has this could be a very difficult case for the district attorney to get a verdict of guilty." Neither Ohlson nor Basl would elaborate on the evidence they obtained. According to police affidavits filed for a search warrant, a friend of the three suspects told police Yates and Stoner wanted Mrs. Yates, a 54-year-old school employee, dead because she refused to give them permission to marry. Ohlson has denied this, saying Yates never had any intention of marrying Stoner. Ohlson also argued that Yates did not have either the "sources or inclination" to flee if released on bail. "It's certainly not a case where my client is going to bail out, strap on her gun and ride out of town. This is a little kid, judge," Ohlson, at 6-foot-4, said, as he towered over his 5-foot-l client. Washoe District Judge Robert Schouweiler denied the request to set bail late Wednesday after reading transcripts from the grand jury that indicted her. All three remain in custody without bail. Ohlson had made a bid before Washoe District Judge Peter Breen two weeks ago See MURDER, page 2C Vv 1 j?' '-at lr i """ of "11 1 : 1r IN COURT: Mary Louise Yates is escorted into the courtroom Wednesday by her attorney, John Ohlson, left. At right is a co-defendant, Lynn Huffman, Jr. , Associated Press FM?SE,FAMILY: Linda and Joe Doan of Reno visit with their daughter, Sarah in Moffitt Hospital at the University of California-San Francisco. become overwhelming. "The bills are getting impossible to pay. When Linda and I are both working we barely get by, but now she's staying in San Francisco with the baby and it is impossible for her to work," Doan said. It's also nearly impossible for her to get help in San Francisco, according to friend Diane Stone. "One time, Linda went to the Crippled Children's Services in San Francisco just to get food stamps so she would be able to eat while she was there," Stone said. "They told her to fill out an application. When they saw that she and her husband were both working, they said no. They didn't even take into consideration that she can't bring home a check if she's staying there with the baby." Because they work and own a home, the Doans have been turned down by every agency they've contacted, including Shriner's Easter Seals, Crippled Children's Services, the March of Dimes and several other groups. They did receive a $500 check from the Gazette-Journal's Lend-a-Hand program. And according to Stone, a co-worker of Linda's, fellow dealers are trying to help. "We cut into our tips and help them out. See RENO, page 2C r 4r QUIET TIME: Dan Navarrette of Sparks and daughter Highway Wednesday. The two enjoyed the quiet "moment Sarah, 9, relax next to Galena Creek off the Mount Rose together until raindrops began to fall. Laxalt still considering presidential bid By Larry HenryGazette-Joumai With only a month remaining before he decides whether to seek re-election, U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt still has not ruled out a bid for the U.S. presidency. Laxalt, faithful to a group of "old Rea-ganites" who want him to succeed President Reagan, has promised "to keep a small crack in the door" and not remove his name from a group of possible 1988 presidential candidates, Laxalt press secretary Tom Loragner said Wednesday. Meanwhile, a handful of Nevadans hopeful of climbing up the political lad- 7 der are eagerly waiting Laxalt's decision. A massive political shuffle involving state legislators, U.S. Reps. Barbara Vucanovich, R-Nev., and Harry Reid, D-Nev., and others could occur if Laxalt gives up his influential Senate position. He will officially announce his decision in mid-August from his retreat at Mar-Iette Lake. He has said "highly personal" considerations could keep him from running again. "It's going to require some assessment on the poll he will do" just before mid-August, Loranger said. Most observers expect Laxalt to run again, conceding he would be virtually unbeatable. Republican power brokers have urged Laxalt to run again because the party, holding a thin 53-47 advantage in the Senate, cannot afford the financial drain of a battle to win a district that would otherwise be a shoo-in. Nor could the party afford the strategic blow if Democrats seized the district. Loranger said "chances are remote" Laxalt will run for the presidency. He said Laxalt will keep the option open "in See LAXALT, page 2C Lemons borrowers foreclosed By Kate SantichGazette-Journal Officials for the bankrupt Lemons & Associates, striving to repay some 4,000 investors, have begun foreclosing on scores of property owners who had borrowed money from the brokerage firm. Bankruptcy trustee Leroy Bergstrom said Wednesday loans on more than .100 properties mostly in Nevada and Arizona are being called in. Borrowers will either have to settle their delinquent accounts, pay the full amount due or turn over their property to the bankruptcy estate. The firm, which filed for bankruptcy reorganization April 10, acted as a broker between investors and people who sought loans secured by their real estate. It was supposed to take investors' money, place it in a trust fund, and find a prospective borrower willing to put up a home or other property as collateral. The borrower typically someone needing money quickly and considered too "high-risk" for a bank loan took the money from the fund and paid a high interest rate. The firm in turn paid investors 18 percent interest at the time its doors abruptly closed. But Bergstrom discovered that in some cases borrowers had defaulted on their loans more than a year before Lemons & Associates assigned those promissory notes to investors. When the bankruptcy trustee took over the case, he found more than $10 million in loans already in default, and many borrowers have stopped making payments since the company went under. See LEMONS, page 2C Golf course developers aim for '88 tee off By Morgan CartwrightGazette-Journai An 18-hole municipal golf course proposed for southeast Reno could be ready for play by 1988, according to Reno developer Michael Dermody. A tentative proposal to build the course on the Jones Ranch in southeast Reno was approved Monday by the Reno City Council. The ranch, just east of McCarran Boulevard at Mira Loma Drive, was selected by city officials over the Casazza Ranch in the southwest and the Damonte Ranch in the southeast. Dermody said he hopes to begin construction this fall. "To have this on line by 1988, we've got to get moving right away," Dermody said. It takes a full growing season for the grass and landscaping to become established. The new course is needed to replace the Brookside Golf Course, which is being taken over by the Airport Authority to accommodate airport expansion. The agreement with the ownersdevelopers of the 350-acre parcel, Dermody Properties and Brookside Savings and Loan, calls for the city to receive 250 acres free along with the needed water rights. The developers will also assist in the planning, financing and construction of the project. In return, the developers plan to seek approval of 1,400 condominiums, town-houses and apartment units on the remaining 100 acres the value of which is expected to be increased by its proximity to the golf course. Still undetermined is how the city will finance construction of the course, estimated to cost between $2 million and $2.3 million, said City Manager Chris Cherches. While the city intends to use $2 million received from the sale of the Brookside site to the Airport Authority, several financing options are being weighed, including purchasing a ready-made golf course from the developers, Cherches said. The course will be built to accommodate the average golfer and will not be a championship coursr I V

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