Statesman Journal from Salem, Oregon on September 14, 1983 · Page 15
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Salem, Oregon
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Wednesday, September 14, 1983
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P05nalnrth)w almanac 2 Statesman-Journal, Wednesday, September 14, 1983 P.A. investigator charged with hindering prosecution 5 Marion County indictment alleges official advised son to dispose of stolen property r i i U f ; J f Z . By JANET EVENSON Of the Statesman-Journal An investigator with the Marion County District Attorney's office was arraigned Tuesday in circuit court on charges he hindered the criminal prosecution of his son. Jerry Dean Frazier, 50, was indicted by a Marion County grand jury Aug. 31 on charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence, said Benton County District Attorney Peter San-drock, who is prosecuting the case. THE GRAND JURY was investigating the burglary of a Keizer residence from which jewelry and other property were taken, he said. "Mr. Frazier told his son that if he had any stolen property, he should dispose of it," Sandrock alleged. ' "There is no other apparent involvement of Mr. Frazier or of anyone else in the district attorney's office or in law enforcement as far as our investigation can determine," he said. ' Frazier, a former Salem police officer, has been suspended without pay by Marion County District Attorney Chris Van Dyke pending resolution of the case, Sandrock said. HE DECLINED to discuss evidence of the allegations or whether the son, Jerry Brent Frazier, 25, had been indicted or arrested. ; A grand jury indictment against a person remains secret, by law, until he or she has been arrested or arraigned in court. ;. During the elder Frazier's arraignment Tuesday, Judge Richard D. Barber continued the case until Oct. 5 at the request of Frazier's attorney, Paul DeMuniz. DeMuniz said afterward he intends to seek dismissal of the indictment. :: J'THE INDICTMENT is ludicrous ", There is simply no truth to the "charge," he said. "Mr. Frazier is innocent, not just not guilty, of this charge," he said. -"I think the investigation of my "client's case has been mishandled 'from the beginning," DeMuniz said. "During the period leading up to the indictment, Mr. Frazier was never interviewed by any law enforcement people, never informed he was a target of the grand jury Commissioner Gary Heer files "for re-election . Marion County Commissioner Gary Heer filed Tuesday for reelection. j He becomes the first official candidate for Marion County office in the 1984 elections. ;' Peer, a Republican from - Aurora, defeated Democrat Cornelius Bate-s on in November 1980, replacing veteran t)emocrat Pat .McCarthy, who retired. Prior to the election, Heer, 43, served as director of the county's juvenile department. He grew up on a family farm near Woodburn. After graduating from North Marion High School and Mount Angel College, he earned a master's degree in social work at 'Portland State University. He serves as a volunteer firefighter and belongs to the Grange, Elks and American Legion. and never given the opportunity to tell his side of the story," he said. He said Frazier was subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury but never was called to testify. SANDROCK SAID Tuesday his office entered the burglary investigation at Van Dyke's request. The March 14 burglary, on Clag-gett Street NE, was reported to law enforcement officers that day by the victim. She told police a "shirttail relative" of hers possibly was involved, Sandrock said. Officers that night arrested two suspects Randy Leon Morris, 22, a distant relative, and Daniel L. Fleury, 23. On March 31, the lawyer for one of the men told a deputy district attorney Frazier's son might have been involved in the burglary, Sandrock said. VAN DYKE, DECLARING a conflict of interest, then sought an outside prosecutor to handle the case, Sandrock said. He said a state police officer was assigned to investigate the burglary, and after his work was completed, the case was presented to the grand jury. During the investigation, Fleury's case came to trial, but because his office was not ready to proceed, the charge was dismissed without prejudice, Sandrock said. That finding meant the charge could be brought again at a later date if warranted, he explained. Morris changed his plea to guilty of the burglary charge July 21 and was sentenced Sept. 2. He was placed on five years probation provided he serve one year in jail. FRAZIER, WHOSE suspension was effective Aug. 31, was hired by Van Dyke in January 1980 as a criminal case analyst. Much of his work has involved preparation of cases for trial. He worked for the Wichita, Kan., police department and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office before joining the Salem police department in 1966. On April 7, 1971, he and another officer were wounded when they entered a downtown bar looking for a bank robbery suspect. Frazier, shot in the groin, was off work for several months. HE REMAINED with the Salem police another four years, then worked for the Grand Junction, Colo., police. He returned here in 1976, working as a welfare fraud investigator for the state before joining the district attorney's staff. The hindering prosecution charge against him is a Class C felony, punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The tampering offense is a Class A misdemeanor, carrying a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Hydrotube attracts daredevils KEIZER A new Keizer business is going down the tubes and everyone seems happy about it. In this case the tubes are filled with acrobatic daredevils who twist and turn their way down 250 feet of five-foot-diameter fiberglass on four inches of rushing water: The amusement, called the Hydrotube, opened Friday at 5120 River Road N. Manager Tom Darling said more than 1,000 thrill seekers whoosed down its twin tubes Monday, landing in a four-foot pool of water. The water palace is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Blocks . of 10 ride tickets sell for $3 on weekdays, $4 on weekends. Water tubing has become popular throughout Canada and along the West Coast of the U.S., Darling said. Two water slides are open in Portland, he said. A third slide is going up at Washington Square in Beaverton and a fourth is on the drawing boards in Eugene, he said. The Keizer business is a franchise of S&L Waterslides, based in Portland, Darling said. The local franchise is owned by Salem's Windsor Service Co., he said. 1' .V:jj I. ... HAI.. J- -' : . f t .. V ... ' - LOOK OUT BELOW Adventuresome youngster displays picture perfect form as he races the rushing water down the Hydrotube, a 250-foot fi- : Statesman-Journal photo by Dean Koepfler berglass slide, that opened last Friday at 5120 River Rd. N in Keizer. Photographer took the picture from beneath the Hydrotube. Paying for defunct plants'! Lobdell to hold hearings for Sen. Henry Jackson OH BPA electricity TOteS Seattle airport renamed r GARY HEER SEATTLE (AP) - The late Sen. Henry M. Jackson joined the company of the late President John F. Kennedy Tuesday as Seattle port commissioners renamed their international airport in Jackson's honor. The commissioners voted Tuesday to rename Seattle-Tacoma International Airport the "Henry M. Jackson International Airport." NEW YORK'S Idlewild Airport was renamed in Kennedy's honor after his death. "It is only fitting that we rename the airport the Henry M. Jackson International Airport," commission president Paul S. Friedlander said in a prepared statement, calling the late senator "truly an international man." The veteran Washington Democrat died Sept. 1 when a coronary artery burst. He was 71. Workers immediately began tearing down "Sea-Tac" signs at the airport to affix the new name, a task expected to cost about $15,000 at the airport itself, according to Port of Seattle Executive Dick Ford. WHILE THE process is started, it may take a year to complete the renaming, said port spokesman Bill Anschuetz. "It will be done on a gradual basis and may take several months to a year," Anschuetz said. For example, printed supplies will be used up. The change won't be made until a reprinting is necessary, he said. "We're not going to junk everything in sight that says Sea-Tac," Anschuetz said. The airport's official code name, used on baggage, will remain SEA. THE SENATOR'S wife Helen thanked the commissioners in a prepared statement. "On behalf of the Jackson family, may I say how pleased Anna Marie, Peter and I were to learn of the port , commission decision to name Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for my husband. "On our many travels around the country we often compared other airports to Sea-Tac and found them all wanting," she said. "I think in fact (Jackson) loved the airport because when he arrived there he knew he was home," Mrs. Jackson said. By BILL DIXON Of the Statesman-Journal Customers of Oregon's two largest utilities aren't supposed to pay for power plants that haven't been completed. But state Public Utility Commissioner John Lobdell charged Tuesday that the Bonneville Power Administration is driving up the electricity rates those utilities charge for just that reason. LOBDELL SAID "mid-level bureaucrats" at the BPA were responsible. He accused them of deliberately misinterpreting the way Portland General Electric Co. took a $132-million loss last year on its defunct Pebble Springs nuclear power project. As a result, he said, PGE customers would pay more and large industries served by the BPA would pay less for their power in the next 10 years. HE SAID OTHER nuclear construction failures likely in the near future involving Pacific Power and Light Co. as well as PGE could cost Oregon residents even more unless an "innovative and creative" solution can be found. To do that, Lobdell said he will hold public hearings on the issue starting Sept. 22. PGE and PP&L both have substantial investments in defunct or nearly defunct nuclear projects. PGE lost $132 million in Pebble Springs and stands to lose another $126 million in the Skagit project, a joint venture with PP&L and Puget Sound Power and Light that is all but abandoned. PP&L lost $49 million in Pebble Springs and stands to lose $89 million in Skagit. ACTING UNDER a 1978 state law, Lobdell has prohibited PGE and PP&L from passing those losses on to their customers through their electric rates. But last year he did approve other financing methods that would allow the companies to minimize their losses. Here is how Lobdell says the BPA sabotaged the process for PGE: The BPA is required by federal law to buy power from PGE at a rate that covers PGE's operating costs. PGE may not include charges for uncompleted plants in its calculation of those costs. In exchange for PGE's power, BPA sells an equal amount back to PGE at the BPA's lower rate. PGE in turn sells that power to its customers at the lower rate. BPA OFFICIALS charge that the plans approved by Lobdell still leave the cost of Pebble Springs in PGE's operating costs. For that reason, the BPA will charge PGE $79 million more over the next 10 years than Lobdell said should be charged. Lobdell said the beneficiaries of the move will be large industries that buy power directly from the BPA. Federal law requires that the rates charged these so-called "direct service industries" be increased to cover exchanges with utilities like PGE. IN ADDITION to the BPA situation, Lobdell said the public hearings will examine arguments by PGE and PP&L on the intent of the state law on uncompleted plant costs. Both utilities now contend that the law only prohibits them from earning a return on their investments in uncompleted plants. Recovering the actual cost of the plants, the utilities say, is allowed. Salem Celebration booth ban stirs controversy By GARY KIM Of the Statesman-Journal Criticism of Salem Celebration's ban on booths promoting political and social causes may lead to different policies for next year's celebration, organizers of the event said Tuesday. , Festival co-chairmen Greg Hansen and Carol Man-gum, and board member Donna Butts met with members of the Statesman-Journal editorial board at a Newsmakers' Luncheon. "Our policy has generated a lot of discussion," Hansen said. The original intent of the Sept. 23-24 festival was to celebrate pride in Salem, so organizers wanted to 'avoid political controversy, Butts said. Groups such as the League of Women Voters, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the United Farmworkers Union and Salem f r r J GREG HANSEN CAROL MANGUM DONNA BUTTS Human Rights Commission have opposed the restriction on "advocacy" booths, as well as the flat $50 booth fee, she said. The non-political emphasis also has been carried over into other celebration activities, organizers said. "The only two politicians in the parade will be Salem Mayor Sue Harris and Keizer Mayor Bob Frazier," Hansen said. But the ban on advocacy booths will be among aspects of the celebration evaluated in October, Man-gum said, and the result could be a change next year. The two-day festival, scheduled for Sept. 23-24, is being run on a budget of $29,025, Hansen said. The celebration focuses on the greater Salem area and aims to promote community spirit and pride, he said. Planning for the festival began in September 1982, and organizers say they have tried to anticipate every need water, electricity, toilets, telephones and the weather. "In the last 20 years there has been no measurable precipitation in Salem on Sept. 23 or 24," Mangum said. Although the holding of such an event had been dis cussed as early as 1978, Salem's push for economic development tabled action until recently, Hansen said. Since its September 1982 incorporation as a nonprofit organization, Salem Celebration has garnered a wide range of civic support, ranging from area firms to the YWCA. The entertainment and other events planned are equally diverse, ranging from the athletic to the amusing. Ten Salem performing arts groups will be highlighted at a theatrical revue, "Broadway Comes to Salem," to be held the evening of Sept. 23 at the El-sinore Theater, according to Mangum. More than 2,000 people are expected to march in the celebration parade on Sept. 24, she said. A surprise is promised for celebration opening ceremonies, which will be at noon Sept. 23 in front of the SAIF building, Mangum said.

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