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JAN. 10, 1990 TIMES HERALD PAGE 3A WHOM TO CALL: LOCAL Sanilac Metro County: Editor: Downriver: James Dave Bill Donahue Bunn Fritz 985-7171 765-4081 648-3023 BRIEFING PORT HURON Oriental Spa's S.C. Laeffler pleads innocent A massage parlor operator has pleaded innocent to a charge of soliciting an undercover police officer for an act of prostitution. Sun Cha Laeffler, 34, co-owner of the Oriental Spa, 504 Quay appeared Tuesday on the charge before St. Clair County District Judge Richard A.

Cooley Jr. Bond was continued at $100 pending a pre-trial hearing Feb. 5. Laeffler was arrested Sunday after police had received complaints of illegal sexual acts at the spa, said Capt. Fred T.

Mitchell, a acting Port Huron Police chief. Police said an undercover officer acting as a customer was propositioned. He made the arrest. Laeffler has owned the massage parlor for two months, he said. The spa was closed by police after the arrest Sunday, but has resumed operation.

SANDUSKY Hearing scheduled in truck assault case A Brown City man accused of assaulting three people with a shotgun, ax and his pickup truck Dec. 29 is scheduled to appear before District Judge James A. Marcus for a preliminary examination next Wednesday morning. Gerry Williams, 32, of 2494 Montgomery Road, waived a 12-day rule for the examination Monday to give his lawyer more time to prepare his defense. State Police say Williams is charged with assault with intent to commit murder, malicious destruction of a vehicle, using a firearm to commit a felony, fleeing and eluding police, driving on a revoked license and reckless driving.

He is in Sanilac County jail on $150,000 bond. Troopers say Williams is accused of driving his pickup truck into a car at the corner of Peck and Isles Roads in Flynn Township and then firing two shots at the vehicle and using a an axe to smash its windows. The occupants of the car, two men and a woman, were not hurt. CARO Mayville man in court on murder charge A 30-year-old Mayville man is scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination on an open charge of murder Friday in District Court. Tuscola County deputies say John D.

Fortson Jr. is charged with killing John A. Bulla, 36, Cass City, in Mayville at 2:11 p.m. Saturday. Police said Bulla was found dead in a yard of a privaie home on First Street.

Bulla had been shot in the head with a shotgun. BLUE WATER AREA Fire calls TUESDAY I MARYSVILLE: 3:33 p.m., 100 Carolina, unauthorized burning. PORT HURON: 8:05 p.m., 828 Union careless cook. CALENDAR Friday "Pacific Coast: Top To Bottom," with Ken Lawrence, Algonquin Junior High School, Algonac. For tickets, call 765-3535.

Sponsored by the Algonac Learning Center. FOOD DEMONSTRATION: 1-3 p.m., St. Clair County Cooperative Extension Service office, 108 McMorran Port Huron. Topic: "Fish and Seafood." To register, call 985-7169. To place an event in the calendar write: Calendar, Times Herald, 911 Military Port Huron 48060.

Please include a phone number where you can be reached. If you have any questions call 985-7171, ext. 363. WHAT'S GOING ON? Is there something happening around the Blue Water Area that has caught your eye and you want to know more? Call the Times Herald city desk at 985-7171, ext. 372.

For long-distance calls within the 313 area, call 1-800-462-4057. GETTING IT RIGHT A story on Tuesday's page 3A should have said the Michigan Bell Let's Talk office in Port Huron answers 600 telephone calls per day; 100 for each of the six service representatives. The Insider appearing on Saturday's front page incorrectly attributed the quote, "I have the choice of voting now?" In fact, Councilman Ron Sabotka made the comment during voting for mayor pro tem. THUMB FACTS -A look at statistics that shape the Blue Water Area DRUG TASK FORCE Felony arrests by the St. Clair County Drug Task Force during the past four months.

13 11 10 8 September October November August Man arrested in city shooting death Suspect in 24th-Street quarrel seized after statewide search By JOHN F. BROWN Times Herald A Pontiac man is being held today in the May 13 shooting death of a 24-year-old Port Huron man. James Allen Gibson, 21, has been the object of a statewide search since May. He was arrested Tuesday by Michigan State and Pontiac police as he walked up to a house where he has been living in Pontiac. He is charged in the death of S.

Park loses a friend By ROBERTA STEVENSON Times Herald Port Huron's South Park community 1 lost one of its staunchest supporters with the death of Leola Grimmette James. Friends say James, 78, who died Sunday at Mercy Hospital, was a community leader. "If you asked her to do something, if she said yes, you could count on that," said Vivian Williams, who had known James for 25 years. James never sought the spotlight for her works, Williams said. While helping to prepare James' obituary, Williams was surprised to learn that her friend had raised four foster children as well as a daughter of her Leola G.

James own. James was a member of the Southside Coalition, the Port Huron Neighborhood Alliance and had served as president of the Southside Advisory Board. She also was active in the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. James also regularly attended Monday night services at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. She was born in Aug.

27, 1911 in Alabama, moving to Port Huron in 1941. Her husband, Jack James, died in 1976. The Rev. John L. Portis, pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist, described James as dedicated, active and faithful.

James overcame many obstacles in her life, including a severe stroke more than 22 years ago, Portis said. Shirlee Whittaker, president of the Southside Coalition and the Neighborhood Alliance, said James refused to allow health problems to stop her from working for community improvement. "She was a delightful lady," Whittaker said. Services will be at 1 p.m Friday in Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m.

today at Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. Stanley D. Walker, 24, of 2702 Nern St. Gibson, alias Kevin Boy, "Booster" and "Fly guy" was brought to the St. Clair County Jail late Tuesday, said Detective Herbert C.

Welser Port Huron police. Gibson stood mute today to a charge of first-degree murder and was ordered held in jail pending a preliminary examination on Jan. 18, Welser said. "We had several tips that Gib- son had been living in Pontiac, but we could never pinpoint his location," Welser said. "At first he told police they had the wrong person and gave them an alias.

But he was identified through fingerprints and later admitted who he was. He made no statement," Welser said. Walker was hit twice in the chest by two shots from a caliber pistol as he stood in front of the Red Shingle tavern, 2831 24th in Port Huron, said Capt. Roads turn to ice "LAVE Fred T. Mitchell, acting Port Huron police chief.

Gibson was living in Port Huron at the time of the shooting. Witnesses told Welser that Gibson had argued with Walker the morning Walker was killed. "Walker's car was parked in front of Gibson and Gibson wanted Walker to move the car," Welser said. "Gibson left the area for a few moments, returned, and Walker was shot." Times Herald RALPH W. POLOVICH Gary Bertossi of Richmond checks the damage to his empty propane truck early today following an accident on M-25 between Fisher and Jeddo roads in Burtchville Township.

Bertossi was not injured. Two cars slid out of control and collided with his truck. Area police agencies reported several accidents on this morning's slippery roads. Trial ordered in slaying on Yale road By JOHN F. BROWN Times Herald A Yale man has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of seconddegree murder in the rifle slaying of a Capac man.

The victim was shot in the head after getting out of a car near the suspect's home. James O. Behnke, 40, of 5344 Quain Road, was bound over to St. Clair County Circuit Court Tuesday after a preliminary examination before District Judge Richard A. Cooley.

Behnke is charged in the Dec. 7, shooting death of Julian F. Car- tagena, 20. "At best this is an accidental tragedy," said Behnke's lawyer, Richard F. Mosier.

Kevin N. Helzer, 16, of Capac, testified that he and Cartagena and Robert M. Ondrus, 18, of Capac, had been driving around and stopped on Quain Road near the Behnke house to urinate when the shooting occurred. "We were just riding around and Julian said he had to go to the bathroom, so we stopped the car," Helzer said. "I didn't know where we were.

"Julian was standing in the middle of the road. It was dark. We heard someone come out of the house and we heard shots. Someone yelled, 'Get the out of and there were more shots. "Julian said, 'I can't move, I can't feel I ran around and found him bleeding," Helzer said.

"(Behnke) said he (Cartagena) couldn't have been shot. He said he shot in the air," Helzer said. Cartagena died Dec. 8, in the University of Michigan Hospitals. Behnke told police that he fired the shots only to frighten the people away from his home.

Feud divides anti-dump organization By TOM VERDIN Times Herald The statewide co-chairwoman of Don't Waste Michigan, a nuclearwaste opposition group, says a splinter group in St. Clair County is crippling the organization. "The concern is a lot of the work that's been done over there has been undone," said Ellen Beal. "I feel (the split) may be hurting St. Clair County's chances as long as people are more interested in fighting themselves than fighting a waste dump." Don't Waste Michigan, with about 4,000 members statewide, is fighting a planned low dioactive waste dump that hold refuse from seven states.

It spawned local groups in the three counties geted for the waste dump the sites were announced Oct. In December, internal split Don't Waste Michigan, which is the St. Clair County A second group, calling Don't Waste Michigan of St. County, was formed by who oppose the nuclear dump but who wanted to less fiery opposition tactics. Beal said the new group WHO'S WHO IN BLUE WATER AREA Diane Beard, 34 WORKOUT: Beard is program coor- of changes." dinator at the YMCA in Port Huron, ad- HIGH HOPES: ministrating all adult and youth programs But her work and exercise classes.

She also is one of the with youth, Y's aerobics instructors. which includes IN MOTION: "I do a lot of things working organizing socwith people a lot of variety. You can't cer leagues, get bored. You can get overwhelmed, but basketball you can't get bored. It's been a good ex- clinics and perience for me.

I've learned a lot of lead- dances for junership qualities that I never thought I had." ior high school UP: Beard came to the YMCA youngsters, has SHAPING years ago after the birth of her son, prompted a deBrian, now 4, to work herself back in shape. sire to teach Her form so impressed former aerobics She Diane Beard school. instructor Sue Smith that Smith asked if Beard wanted to become an instructor. to get a degree in education. plans someday "I think most people are NO WAITING "If you want to do someafraid of it.

The average person is skeptical thing, just go ahead and do it," she said. of exercise; they think they can't do it. But Beard bowls for Loxton ON STRIKES diet and are only way you're Radiator. Her highest score is 210. exercise the going to maintain a healthy lifestyle." HOME FIRES: She lives with her husband GREAT JOB: Her aerobics classes are the Brian and daughter, Sara, 10, Jonathan, son best part of her job: "I like exercising to in Port Huron.

music and it's fun motivating people and -Tom Verdin turning them on to exercise. You see a lot ra- part of her organization. will "We think it's hurting the fundMidwest raising potential for the local member group and the statewide tar- she said. "It's confusing people, after and we feel we have no control 4. over them." feuding The new group took some $3,000 Site 2, in local fund-raising money and arm.

maintains it is part of the stateitself wide Don't Waste Michigan orClair ganization. members Dennis Graves, the Brockway waste Township supervisor who led the employ split, said Don't Waste Michigan of St. Clair County has no plans to is not give up the name. A LOOK BACK 100 years ago today The Marine City Stave Co. announced it manufactured 72,000 barrels of salt, 5,200,000 staves, 158,000 sets of headings and paid $40,000 in wages in 1889.

The steamer Mary is making regular trips between Algonac and Port Huron. 70 years ago today The Versailles Peace Treaty was ratified by Germany and Allied powers today, with the exception of the United States. 50 years ago today Raymond C. Wurzel of North Street, farmer and dairyman, has been elected president of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau.

He succeeds Clarence J. Reid of Avoca. A Junior Chamber of Commerce report recommending a 10-month school year in Port Huron will be presented to the Board of Education soon. 25 years ago today Color photos will become part of all Michigan driver's licenses starting sometime after April 1. SOURCE: Times Herald files.

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