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Lansing State Journal Sunday, November 3, 1996 5B Police try to crack string of slayings " ' J: v' Prostitution is common thread with victims in Grand Rapids killings Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS Lucy Chat-man says a cocaine habit forced her daughter to turn to prostitution. And it was that life in the shadows that apparently led to Michelle Becker's death, victim No. 6 in a string of 1 1 unsolved homicides. "Ifthey weren't hooked on drugs, they wouldn't be prostitutes," Chat-man said. "They figured it was a better way to get money than hitting someone on the head. "She wrote about trying to give up drugs, trying to get God in her life," Chatman said. "But the devil had a hold on her. I miss her." A 14-member task force of officers from around the region is meeting daily in the basement of the Grand Rapids Police Department to try to crack the murders. The victims began turning up in March 1994 when Lesa Otberg, 25, was discovered in Muskegon. Eight months later, another body, still unidentified, was found in neighboring Ottawa County. The others have been in the Grand Rapids area, including four in October. Prostitution is a common thread. JV The sin strip in Grand Rapids, population 191,000, is Division Avenue, a gritty north-south artery. The sex trade is just blocks from downtown landmarks: a new arena, the Gerald R. Ford Museum, the Am-way Grand Plaza Hotel. "I'd be really surprised if it wasn't a serial killer," said Brenda Da-lecke, director of Rose Haven Ministry, a harbor for women trying to escape prostitution. "It's too much to be a coincidence." Since 1991, Rose Haven has offered a residential program as well as a drop-in program for women who want to change their lives. Phone calls have been more frequent since the deaths made headlines. "Seventy percent have been sexually abused at some point," Da-lecke said. "To escape a horrible home situation, they do drugs to dull the pain. Pretty soon they're hooked and resorting to prostitution to buy more drugs. "They have no self-esteem," she said. "We try to change that." At least five of the 1 1 women had contacts with Rose Haven. In August, the latest victim, Victoria Moore, 29, "was scared for her life" because she had been summoned to testify in a murder trial, Dalecke said. She disappeared after describing how three young men beat a woman to death over a drug debt. Moore's body was discovered Oct. 27 off a rural road, 20 miles north of Grand Rapids. ON THE AGENDA DELHI TOWNSHIP PLANNING . COMMISSION: Discussion of t township master plan. When: 7:30 p.m. Monday. Where: ! Township Hall, 2074 Aurelius Road, Holt. MONDAY BATH TOWNSHIP: Township , Board, 7 p.m., Township Hall, 14480 Webster Road, Bath. CLINTON-EATON-INGHAM COUNTIES: Community Mental Health Board Program and Planning Committee, 12:30 p.m., 808 Southland Ave., Suite B, Lansing. CLINTON-EATON-INGHAM COUNTIES: Community Mental Health Board Services for Adults with Mental Illness Advisory : Council, 3 p.m., Community "Support Services, 407 Greenlawn ;Ave., Lansing. CLINTON-EATON-INGHAM COUNTIES: Community Mental Health Board Human Resources . Committee, 6 p.m., 808 Southland Ave., Suite B, Lansing. DELTA TOWNSHIP: Township ; Board, 7 p.m., Township Offices, 7710 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. DeWITT: City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 414 E. Main St. DeWITT TOWNSHIP: Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Township . Hall, 16101 Brook St., Lansing. EAGLE TOWNSHIP: Township Board, 7:30 p.m., Township Hall, 14318 Michigan St., Eagle. LANSING: City Council, 7 p.m., 10th floor, City Hall, 120 W. Michigan Ave. LANSING: Friends of Turner-Dodge House, noon, Turner-Dodge House, 100 E. North St. LESLIE: City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 107 E. Bellevue St. UVINGSTON COUNTY: Board of Commissioners, 7:30 p.m., Courthouse, 200 E. Grand River Ave., Howell. MASON: City Council, 7:30 p.m., City Hall, 201 W. Ash St. MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP: Infrastructure Committee, 8:30 a.m., Service Center, 2100 Gaylord P. Smith Court, Okemos. MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP: Natural Resources and Open Space Committee, 5:30 p.m., Harris Nature Center, Okemos. OKEMOS: Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Community Conference Room, Central Elementary School, 4406 N. Okemos Road. WEBBERVILLE: Village Council, 7 p.m., Village Hall, 1 15 W. Grand River Ave. :WILLIAMSTON: Planning ; Commission, 7:30 p.m., City Hall, 161 E. Grand River Ave. TUESDAY CHARLOTTE: Planning Commission, 7:30 p.m., City Hall, 1 1 1 E. Lawrence Ave. INGHAM COUNTY: Ingham Intermediate Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Education Service Center, 2630 W. Howell Road, Mason. MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP: Park Commission, 6:30 p.m. work session, 7:30 p.m. meeting, Municipal Building, 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos. ONEIDA TOWNSHIP: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m., Township Hall, St. Joe Highway and Oneida Road, Grand Ledge. WEDNESDAY DELHI TOWNSHIP: Township Board, 7:30 p.m., Township Hall, 2074 Aurelius Road, Holt. DeWITT TOWNSHIP: Parks and Recreation Commission, 7 p.m., Township Hall, 16101 Brook Road, Lansing. EAST LANSING: City Council, 7:30 p.m., Gold Room Michigan State University Union Building. LESLIE TOWNSHIP: Planning Commission, 8 p.m., Township Hall, 4279 Oak St., Leslie. WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP: Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Township Hall, 12803 S. Wacousta Road, Grand Ledge. THURSDAY CAPITAL AREA HEAD INJURY ALLIANCE: Membership meeting, 7 p.m., Valley Court Center, 210 Hillside (behind Crunchy's), East Lansing. CLINTON-EATON-INGHAM COUNTIES: Community Mental Health Board Recipient Rights Committee, 5:30 p.m., 808 Southland Ave., Suite B, Lansing. GRAND LEDGE: Board of Education Ad Hoc Building and Site Committee, 4 p.m. Sawdon School Library, 220 Lamson St. LANSING: Board of Education, 7 p.m., Room 106, Partington Administration Building, 519 W. Kalamazoo St. LANSING: Gier Advisory Board, 6:30 p.m., Gier Center, 2400 Hall St. LANSING: Foster Advisory Board, 7:30 p.m., Foster Center, 200 N.Foster Ave. LIVINGSTON COUNTY: Livingston Educational Service Agency, 7:30 p.m., Agency Offices, 1425 W. Grand River Ave., Howell. PERRY: Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Board Conference Room, 2775 Britton Road. Contest's shack is a hunter's dream Associated Press ALPENA One of the most sought-after promotional prizes in northern Michigan isn't a wad of cash or a weekend getaway to some posh resort. It's a deer blind. But not just any deer blind. The custom-built hunter's shack is equipped better than many a young couple's first home. "It's one of the most incredible looking structures you'll ever see," said Steve Wright, operations manager at WATZ-AMFM of Alpena, which has given away a deer blind , for the past eight years. 'This year's prize could top all past prizes. The 36-square foot shack includes a gas grill, color television, video cassette recorder and satellite dish. It's fully heated, carpeted and has a cathedral ceiling with skylights. Other amenities: a swivel chair, chain saw, smoke detector, fire extinguisher, a shotgun and if the hunting doesn't go so well four two-piece chicken dinners from KFC. The contest has become so popular it draws at least 100,000 entries from across northeast Michigan. The deer blind is valued at $5,798, and was built by local woodworker Ewald Sommerfield. Don Martin Re-Elect DONALD E. MARTIN as your INGHAM COUNTY PROSECUTOR An experienced criminal trial lawyer Tough on crime and the violent offender Working hard to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe A leader for the rights of victims Working to reduce domestic violence Representing you in our Ingham County courts and getting the job done -1996 Past President of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM); current chair of the Legislative and Juvenile Justice Committees - Appointed Special Prosecutor by the Michigan Court of Appeals for Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties Citizens Grand Jury for 1995 and 1996 - Chair of Ingham CountyCity of Lansing Community Corrections Advisory Board (CCAB) - Chair of the Capital Area Family Violence Coordinating Council and C.A.R.E. volunteers - Instructor at LCC in Criminal Justice and the Mid-Michigan Police Academy - Member Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lansing Vote for Don Martin - A proven Crime Fighter Paid for by Committee to Retain Donald Martin, Prosecutor, 228 Maplewood Drive, East Lansing, Ml 48823 Pd. Pol. Advertisement np poo W: Governor John Englar Erie Frltt Ml Boating Industrie Carl Sweera Ml Chamber of Commerce Dennis Fox Michael Davich Ml Retail Hardware Assoc. Ann Knoop Luc Co. Bd. of Comm. Qua-Ke-Zik Sportsmen Club Saginaw Field Stream Club Ml United Conservation Cluba Thomas Marmon Ml Sportsmen Defense Alliance Christopher White Trt-Co. Sportsmen's League Lynn Ross Pete Salyer Amer. Sportfishlng Assoc Tustin Sportsmen'e Club Chelsea Rod & Gun Club Gorcon Taylor Gregory King Ml Hunting Dog Fed. Ml HoteLjtotaLi Ran. Assod. Michael f- Gary Higgir Micnigan r Ron Lundberi Interior Townanip 6osro Confmem. Bucks Mark Dittenber KaTneth Glasser Senator Mat Duniekiss Rep. Allen Lowe Michael Borst . JM Trappers Association RovBirdsall 1 fBettv Dunham t Mackinac Bd. of Comm. I Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Jpnnsora Caseville Rod & Gun J StannardTwp. Board J Club t .. . Marvin Howard Sen. Chris Dingell I J Ml Cons. Bd. of Ted Nugent World Bowhuntera Oakland County Sportsmen'e Club Joe Olszewski Lapeer Coonhunter'a Club Brad Habermehl Dow, USA Dr. Gordon Guyer Michael Chaulk Daniel Allor. Sr. Betsie Ri Sportsmen's Crab Philip Ru Charles PowBil SuperiorlandlFihi Club y nop. Jim mcb Ronnie Watson North America Bowhunting Dan McNamee Charles Johnson Ml Bow Hunters A Little River Band oi Ottawa Indians Robert Leedy Ralph Banks Multi-Lakes Cons. Assoc. Hsight Township Board St. Joaeph Co. Cons. Sportsmen's Club Roy Stumpf ThomasGoLild ount ifon's Cftb N 1 Teqf iniii Seme Rijhard laU ijrctryt V I Ron. DaV A i Jbi-bo.. Club JOnvidrX & mm 1- C 1 If ""W" aop. m it . m nm r.enn f JUI Taxidermist A m "ureeu HoosrtMuiien MtohaGl West m fEoarci - ! soc. jjf"" i 1 " I i Michael Cutis William Radtke Rep. Sandy Hill Marie Graver Dan Radiol Archery Bear Hunters of Michigan UP Travel & Rec. Assoc. Safari Club International Upper Peninsula Sportmen's Alliance Lloyd Schmige Randy Hortsmann Rep. Michelle McManu John Everts Robert Archambeau Rep. Tom Alley Bryan Spaller Steven Laskowski Ml Natural Resource Commission Nrthm. Ont. Tourist Outfitters Shawn Snyder tJ Randy Holcomb Gerald McCrood Michigan Basa Fed. Western Wayne Co. Cona. Assoc. Paul Gangstad Gary Trehian Ontonagon Co. Bd. of Comm. ikPayton Phfflickel Lk.S Clair Advii : Coirirnitlee ' Jaftrey Bphinger ' MI"6ocrV for Medical JR, Gary cavern Wayne County Bojird 4 1 oi uomrnissione omahawk Archers Michael Hucktos : f . Balding Sptsmn's Club I Ray Sullivan Company Michael Curreri Rep. Dan Gustafson Donald Cox Paul A. Breed Jaya Sporting Good Huron Valley Steel Corp. Gary Motyl Sen. Joanne Emmons Steven DenHartog Robert Butler Fritz Enterprises Inc. Robe North OeMaJd SdbrumarYs Club a Beckham a meson fher nczyk id Anthi Hartwicl utzbach Commun. UPearhoundei assoc. ncy Dooman Mai chael A. Smith ake St. Clair Bass Anglers Eugene Bylsma United Bear Hunters of Ml Ml Council of Trout Unlimited Daniel M. Riley 'maiSKagde- Qeoiytr.'fWgy iver Raiain Sprtsmn Club 'eaaaJtaSapd . L'avKj Blind .. 1 v Baraga Co. Bij of '"lr'Comiii."""M"' Rocco Giurlanda Pheasants Forever State Chapter Robert Rayer ..McMillan Iwnal Boara Durand Sportsmen's Assoc. Norman Wilson Richard Dew Haggard's Plumbing ft Heating Lonnie Spiegel Huron Pte Sportsmen's Assoc. Thomas Yonkent Sen. John Cherry Vic Castanier North Country Hunting Adventures f Robert Mccarty ! K ofiy Ronald DouiV- 1 sL kfVJ Terry Gould 1 1 PiU'eflal k , j Alger Co. B&oiCdmm. Safari CS .fcfMIt Livingston Conaer. Cha irWi Sports Aaeoc. Sag I i Carp LakaTws. jard Kai . - Marten, 0 pa9r Hoot,. SiGranOjjSprtsmn's Mjju ttGo Robert Garner Bay Archery Sales Rep. Paul Tesanovich Cecelia Whitehead Joseph Bieganowski Ml Bowhuntera Assoc. Safari Club Int'lWestMl Chapter Sp'icer's Boat City Rita O'Leary Fredenck Kruer UP Sportamena Alliance Ml Coon Hunters Assoc. St. Joseph Co. Cons, Jim Pinole 'dKd BoftsivsW os Eastern Arensc Spnsmn's Club David Ruppuhn Robert Lemon Missaukee Conservation Club WayaeG4eSpri fsmns sf dViarles Bazty I x Den Taxiderrrry1 1 . BattoroAccounting iTaisStWeew urai Manor theVToo. 'onsdrvation Club art aripps Gorby ub Int I Detroi pter oUJiportsmen's hn jghn aw Hunters Tourrt Aangstrom Construction Safari Club kit'l -Lehigh Valley Chapter Barbara Reilly James Peck Donald Carpenter Black Lake Sportsmen's Club William Bennet Donald Carpenter John Mallory Manchester Sportsmen's Club Thomas Caplis Lynn Ross ivisto Don Morrow Mecosta Co. Rod ft Gun Club Austin Johnson Holland Fish & Game, Inc. Armand Prenevost Robert Jenkins Tuscola County Archers John Nauyokas Gary Gersky Land O'Lakes Bowmen Chuck Goodwin JeffHeil Donald Bell FwTse?Er?KWCWl Club Gortion Murray - J NRATtA" f &B Sportsmen's Club aurence Bowers rWVIWl'lT."? Chris mn's 1 S&rvteei ianufeo:!?"oV SenJtoBJto ; Milnaei Kc:bOok E Safli 1 "rofife Msnafaaurirfa flkj I fentt Co. Fishink it I Red I .--Ti n w k ' r a oif Hunting CJubi J K if faurHerjig. M Li james somes Ml Charter Boat Assoc-5ohn Jensen Michigan Wildlife Foundation Jason Barnhart Archie Hewett Schoolcraft Co. Bd. of Comm. Tahquamenon Sptmn'a Club Gerald Robert Wildlife Legis. Fund of America Joseph Reilly Luce Co. Bd. of Comm. Herb Somers Kent Co. Con. League Rich Richardson Bob Habermehl Edison Newman David Leigeb Keweenaw Co. Bd. of Commissioners Ntn'l Wild Turkey Fed. Outdoors Forever kanioirvc j i lcit ,-ejssjeBBw 1 f Robert Narjoeffwi1 -, . ""8.'yce Crawford Nations) rriiaum t-en, Ml Ste(heaiari Salmon Fi Safari Club TntV- lames Harshmanv IburAvril i MSo-State BoltTSci tiecrga Hencerson rtWasold IriihtllllennotfT Gun Club Tom Biair Duane Moore Charlevoix Rod & Gun Club Weyerhaeuser Corp. Larry Dame erman's Aisoc. if at GaAsmrtr DUaneJ MljBoatini Industrie rjesting Assoc f Rcfald J. Pefry Hais MdKie Trej Jo Swenepn Vi Bursa Ruthio's FaVniry Klub J ResrlaaiarsV arry Thomes Waiiadtw jfE. StevenXindi - Ml TraditionaKAngler of PA .Can ns rinhi 'nn Ruffed Grouse Society- Amman Chapter uofs Vme iristopSer Gutscher row & Sons ;4 AC arker Trust & Lawn Sportsmi Ml Duck Hunters Assoc. UPWhrtetails Michael Huckins Int'l Assoc. of Fish & Wildif Agencies Thomas Losiewskl NE Ml Houndsmen's Assoc Robert Walker Bertha Crooker Whrtetails Unlimited Lapeer Co. Sportsmen's Club Rep. Mike Green Tom Nash R A. Rosalie Boussury Williams Gunsighl Port Austin Co Marquette Co. Bd. of Commiasioners Clayton Foster Robert Sparks Ml Chapter of Wildlife Society Gordon Snow Gary Chamberlain Archery Menu. Organiz. Monroe Cp. Rod & Gun Club Ernest Dolan Ml Comm. of Agriculture Barbara CroweH Richard Tomalty Washtenaw Co. Sportsmen's Club J latii J. Tr Bun tub RenardV A.Mmson Ml Akoc. ofTimbi T. Johnson lead Corporation Stuart Dunn Ml Bear Hunters Assoc. James Kurbel South Ml Weimaraner Club Mark Theurer Michigan Big Game Hunters Association Ml State United Coonhunter'a Assoc David Shelp J.C. Arnsman DJ Case and Associates Wade Coots Stuart Lowe Timber-PAC Jeffrey Mulnix It ss trmn JK& Eugene Manning John Bayley S.E. Michigan Bowhuntera Thomas Zander Howell Gun Club Doug Adams Mid-Forest Lodge Denis Reaume W. Richard Dukeknv Linden Sportsmen's Club Gary Trebian Tim O'Niel Lloyd Lacross Port Austin Con; Ci into; i Garlick it. Charles Bait Shop iSSj'Itl.sai tihvai".:!l j&ai Unlimited Robert Moskal Jeffrey Modrzynski Stanley Kurek Rep. Mike Goschka Pheasants Forever, Glsdwin Co. Chapter Ralph Brooke Frank Mathieson West BranchOg Co. Visitor fMrenu eisraniui n Federal ioi Michael De' vern Bouws Adama Su hen Du Camol lannel :l vesi Spolarick yf Holly Lapeer Co. Sprtsmn's Club Audley Richards George Cullers Frances McBurney Fayette Sportsman Club Sen. Diane By rum James Johnson Mi Trackw Ms Stanley Nowak Sen. Willis Bullard Jim Dietrich MUCC-District 3 Wayne Thompson Thomas Singer, MD Scl-W Ml Bowhuntera Jim Campbell Salvatore Palazzo Taxidermy By Ram UP Whrtetails Keweenaw Michael Willett Dave Sartj Safari Club Int'l -SE Ml Bowhuntera Lloyd Stage Phillip Fredenburg Dallas Safari Club Todd Molesworth Wilbur Avril Pin River Recreation Douglas Parviainen Dealers Resource Inc. Steven DenHartog Leo Rushing Anthony Feldhus Pheasants Forever, Montcalm County Jim Curtice Stuart Scripps Stephen Geller Berwick Camp Richard Butler Jack Ashley 'haasenta Forever, - lngharf Virginia Boarnuntera ssoc Robert DU Fin & Fearl Mason County Keith Ber( ti't Virginia Boflmunter ret rife hi f!nanv Jpfrfttf Wnrrf ,'BW'w -r a e y - r - , m ibont " 1 Ottawt. J k. j ... Wt t 1 I Sen. Georcn fe..--iJr hnrl Cthn Aarit AchldtSf ' I V '"TBchae! Macfin 1 4 , Whitrnoae-Utofld GameTrackBr Cli;Karise Vt'wikJlife Tornahtrui Archer Msteirv Jajfcs RadEmacher 1 Paul isevan cofSKit -sjecKsqn Nt tWloTljrkey Fed.- Ctubj LXlub Fint Riv If lat Rryer iffaljEl, WhJtetailiJJnlimited- CanO ' - -1 SKawssJee County He,-bat air north I I Terfo ManH Hurt I Baiftnt fi ChiletVetBrinary Clinic : nls Ibreverf 1 MidhisnsTrdtnl Bwhnti mV Chris Pavelich Ml Deer Breeders Assoc Country Woods Archery Black Creek Con. Club Ml Duck Hunters Assoc-West Ml East-Lind Heat Treat Ibrook Coonhunters Ed. Foundation Debbie Mill asel Co. Outdoor as lasai ThumrrCfftpter Arthur Farley Robert Knorr Safari Club Int'l -Novi Chapter Gordon Mosher John Seeling Barcia For Congress Robert Eisele C. Kim Emery Armand Prenevost Safari Club Int'l Mid-MI Chapter Ml Traditional Bowhuntera Wl Association of Field Club Dean Vanostran Chalet Veterinary Clinic htanamttnl Bwhntra Ant? Dennis Knapp Northport Sportamen's Club Phil Scarborough, Jr. Bill Holland Barry Co. Cons. Club Todd Gross OR. Martin. DVM Ml Bowhunters- Chapter 6 Ralph Stedman Hanes Wellise Rep. Pat Gagliardi Sen. Dick Posthumu Gordon Murray Marietta Sprtsmn's Assoc. Cons. Club lisle Baxter rbor Elks Lodge Fish Club . Chapter ichigan Duck Hunters Pheasant Forever, St. Clair County Rep. Michael Prusi Rocky Mountain Elk Fdtn-W Ml Chapter Russell Lien Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home Bryan Burkhalter Richville Conservation Club Jack Gretzinger Joseph Clugston U.P. Trappers Assoc Brian Getyina Macomb County Bd. of Commis toners This is a partial list of people and organizations that believe that "G" is Good and "D" is Dangerous. eVOTE I VWILm I N0l mm mm PROPOSAL ANGEROUS! Proposal D is funded by Animal Rights Extremists. Proposal D would strip the DNR of their authority to regulate Michigan's bear population. Proposal D could send a healthy and growing bear population out of control. Proposal D could cost citizens millions in tax dollars to pay the DNR to control the bear population. ISTUGOOD for WILDLIFE SOTEYES! Proposal G guarantees the Natural Resources Commission (governing body of he DNR) the authority to regulate wildlife. Proposal G guarantees the use of professional scientific management principles to regulate wildlife and hunters. Proposal G guarantees citizens a voice by mandat ing public meetings before any changes in wildlife policy. Paid for by Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, Richard L Jameson, Treasurer PIEASE UOTE TUESDAY, H0UEMBER 5TI1

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