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Palm Springs, California
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Friday, March 26, 1999
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B2 Friday, March 26, 1999 The Desert Su For the record Judge decides woman must stand trial on child pornography charges By Christine Mahr THE DESERT SUN LARSON JUSTICE CENTER Images of children posing nude and engaging in sex with adults were contained on computer disks belonging to a La Quinta woman accused of trying to distribute child pornography, witnesses testified Thursday at a hearing. After the hourlong preliminary hearing in Riverside County Superior Court, Judge Randall White ruled there was sufficient evidence for Christine Wille, 39, to stand trial on felony charges of intent to distribute child pornography and possession of methamphetamine for sale and a misdemeanor charge of possession of child pornography. She will be arraigned April 8. Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Seldeen said a felony charge involving the sale of child pornography was dismissed because there was no evidence Wille actually was selling the pornography. But Seldeen said she expects to file witness intimidation charges against Wille because of reports she threatened a witness scheduled to testify against her. Wille was arrested March 1 0 after a search of her home on Avenida Madera in La Quinta. Riverside County sheriffs investigators went to her home after a man renting a room in Wille's home gave them computer disks containing pornographic images he said Wille had downloaded from her computer. : Detective Patricia Brookman testified that two of the disks were blank but the third contained "very sexually explicit" pictures showing children as young as 8 or 9 posing nude or engaged in sexual acts with adults. Wille admitted downloading and saving the images because she "was fascinated with them" but she denied copying them onto disks, Brookman said. Ray Perez, the renter who lives at Wille's home, testified that he had seen Wille using her computer to look at images of children posing nude or performing sexual acts. - ' . On one occasion he witnessed her downloading some of the sexually explicit material and copying it on computer disks, he said. He testified Wille told him that after she went to work someone would be picking the disks up, but instead, Perez said, he turned them over to police. He has two children and the idea of child pornography concerned him, Perez said. Defense attorney John Hemmer argued unsuccessfully that it was questionable whether there was sufficient evidence to prove Wille intended to distribute the pornography. 1 Hemmer also asked White to reduce Wille's $175,000 bail, saying she also has two children and was not a flight risk. White lowered bail to S 100,000, but Wille remained in custody late Thursday. In a related matter, the District Attorney's office Thursday filed a misdemeanor charge of possessing child pornography against Jeffrey Harrison, 41, of La Quinta, Wille's boyfriend, according to authorities. Harrison was arrested several days before Wille when a probation search at his Calle Sonora home yielded methamphetamine and a computer containing pornographic images of children. POLICE BLOTTER Responses made to selected calls for police service In Coachella Valley cities Tuesday and Wednesday: . ' CATHEDRAL CITY Tuesday ' ; No Incidents reported. Wednesday 10:03 a.m. Possession of a firearm, 69-200 block of Dinah Shore Drive. 12:16 p.m. Grand theft, 33-500 block of Rancho Vista Drive. I COACHELLA,. Tuesday 5:27 p.m. Public intoxication, 51-500 block of Harrison Street ." Wednesday 9:26 a.m. Battery, Orchard Avenue and Seventh Street 4:20 p.m. Public intoxication, Harrison Street 5:34 p.m. Vandalism, 84-700 block of Calle Rojo. 1 DESERT HOT SPRINGS Tuesday 10:16 a.m. Grand theft, 12-300 block of Avenida Arta Loma. 3:27 p.m. Burglary, 1 1-000 block of Palm Drive. , Wednesday 6:33 a.m. Vandalism, 13-700 block of Palm Drive. 7:32 a.m. Vandalism, 14-200 block of Palm Drive. 3:24 p.m. Petty theft, 66-400 block of Pierson Boulevard. 4:05 p.m. Petty theft, 10-800 block of Palm Drive. 4:55 p.m. Forger 14-000 block of Palm Drive. 5:01 p.m. Terrorist threats, 65-900 block of Pierson Boulevard. C:iNDIAN, WELLS Aw' Tuesday 2:55 p.m. Grand theft, 44-900 block of St Helena Court Wednesday No Incidents reported. : ; indio Tuesday 12:56 p.m. Stolen vehicle, 45-200 block of Tovvne Street 12:57 p.m. Public intoxication, 45-500 block of Oasis Street Wednesday No Incidents reported. " "J;. LA QUINTA Z :Z Tuesday No Incidents reported Wednesday 4:05 p.m. Battery, 49-400 block of Eisenhower Drive. 8:55 p.m. Strong-arm robbery, 46-800 block of Highland Palms Drive. i". J PALM DESERT ;j . Tuesday " 1:31 a.m. Drunk driving, Fred Waring Drive and Portola Avenue. 7:24 p.m. Petty theft, 72-800 block of Highway 111. Wednesday 1:08 a.m. Defrauding an innkeeper, 72-900 block of Highway 111. 10:40 a.m. Assault Cook Street 1:54 p.m. Robbery, 73-700 block of El Paseo. 3:10 p.m. Stolen vehicle, 73-500 block of Highway 111. 4:55 p.m. Possession of stolen property, 72-900 block of Highway 111. 9:43 p.m. Shoplifting, 72-800 block of Highway 111. 11:39 p.m. Drunk Driving, Hovley Lane. PALM SPRINGS Tuesday 2:07 a.m. Commercial burglary, 1700 block of East Vista Chino. 8:22 a.m. Vandalism, 400 block of East Tahquitz Canyon Way. 2:37 p.m. Residential burglary, 300 block of South Sunrise Way. 5:34 p.m. Petty theft, 3600 block of North Sunrise Way. Wednesday 7:36 a.m. Vandalism, 1200 block of North Palm Canyon Drive. 8:32 a.m. Burglary, 5100 block of Lakeside Drive. 11:04 a.m. Vandalism, 2000 block of San Antonio Road. 12:01 p.m. Vandalism, 1300 block of San Lorenzo Road. 3:05 p.m. Burglary, 1500 block of South Gene Autry Trail. 3:28 p.m. Residential burglary, 2600 . block of Venetia Road. 7:30 p.m. Grand theft, 100 block of South Betardo Road. : :: rancho mirage ; No Incidents reported. F: RIVERSIDE COtWTY j' Tuesday 5:50 p.m. Public intoxication, 72-900 block of Vamer Road. 7:13 p.m. Brandishing a firearm, 17-900 block of Corkill Road. 8:12 p.m. Vandalism, 88-500 block of 62nd Avenue. 8:47 p.m. Battery, 33-400 block of Laura Drive. - Wednesday 1:53 p.m. Battery, Riverside County Jail, Indio. . Compiled by Mark Armstrong , ; road closures - . . , u :r .j. . - PALM SPRINGS - Traffic will be End. Drive. restricted on these streets from Largo Circle: Hermosa Drive to West Sunnyvlew Drive: Simms Road to approximately 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. End. Molino Road. today for slurry sealing: Undo Circle: Hermosa Drive to West Louise Drive: Via Miraleste to East End. Alexander Way: Avenida Caballeros to End. Hidalgo Way: Rosarito Way to Caleta West End. Madera Circle: Hermosa Drive to West Way. i Ace Circle: Alexander Way to North End. Caleta Way: Hidalgo Way to Hermosa End. Blando Road: Via Escuela to Pajaro Drive. Rock Circle: Alexander Way to North : Road. Hermosa Drive: Via Escuela to Racquet End. Pajaro Road: Blando Road to Aurora Club Road. ' Trail Circle: Alexander Way to North i ; : : v-.;- V BRIEFLY v ' , , :" : : fX Heart attack may have caused crash, police say PALM DESERT A man was seriously injured Thursday when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving, drove off an embankment and crashed into a light pole. The man, whose name was not released, reportedly crashed his car into a light pole in the parking lot of Trader Joe's, 44-250 Town Center Way, about 3:30 p.m. Authorities said he was driving west on Fred Waring Drive, and had pulled in front of oncoming traffic just before the accident occurred. The man was in critical condition at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage Thursday night, and he may have been the victim of a heart attack, said Riverside County sheriff's spokesman Mark Wasserman. Salvation Army holds free fc.T.ily health fair Saturday . CATHEDRAL CITY The Salvation Army is sponsoring the Greater Coachella Valley Family Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 68-100 Ramon Road, No, B-17. The fair is free. .' ;.;. v Dr. Marco Cazares and his staff will offer spinal checks, blood sugar analyses and blood pressure tests, i The Healthy Families Program will have a booth to provide information on lovr-cost and no-cost medical, dental and optical care. The Blood Bank of the Coachella Valley will be on hand to accept blood donations. And the Salvation Army will offer referrals for emergency food and lodging, immunizations, emergency care, immigration and consumer protection. Entertainment will include martial arts demonstrations and cultural dancers from local schools. Information: Dina Manriquez, 324-2275 College of the Desert visits schools to help students Throughout April and May, College of the Desert is scheduling sessions at each of the valley's high schools for the purpose of administering assessment tests, counseling students and helping them with applications. Following are the remaining dates of COD outreach sessions on high school campuses. Assessment testing: Indio High School, April 13, 15, 20 and 22. , Palm Springs High School, April 26-27.. Palm Desert, Cathedral City and Coachella Valley high schools already had testing. COD counselors will be available for students on the following days: Palm Springtj; April 14 and 21, 8 a.m.-noon. 1 Coachella Valley, April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Indio, April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18, 8:30 a.m.-noon. La Quinta, April 20 and May 4, 8:30 a.m. -noon. Cathedral CHy April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Raymond Johnson, 97., Raymond Kingsbury Johnson, 97, of Thousand Palms, died March 23, 1999, at Rancho Mirage Healthcare Center in Rancho Mirage. He was born Nov. 20, 1901, to Andrew and Myrtle Kingsbury Johnson in Leeds, N.D. Mr. Johnson was a photographer for MGM for more than 50 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Barbara Clarke of Oceanside; a stepson, John Sharron of Oceanside; and a half-sister, Marion Hayter of Puyallup, Wash. Arrangements are under the direction of Wiefels and Son Funeral Directors in Palm Springs.. Sandra Lawrence, 47 Sandra Arietta Lawrence, 47, of Palm Desert, died March 22, 1999, at Manor Care Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Palm Desert. She was born Dec. 31, 1951, to Harvey and Inez Doelker Lawrence in Los Angeles. , She was a secretary for Vacation Inn for four years and an escrow manager for Western Mutual Escrow for 25 years. c. Survivors include a son, Gary An- . derson of Palm Desert; her mother, Inez of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Tim of Long Beach; and a sister, Patricia Hamilton of Colorado Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of Desert Hot Springs Mor- tuary in Desert Hot Springs. OBITUARIES . Ann E Thorson, 74 Ann Elizabeth Thorson, 74, of Cathedral City, died March 22, 1999, at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. She was born March 29, 1924, to Oscar OIlie and Anne Benson Olson in Beire Mills, Wis. She was a licensed vocational nurse in Wisconsin and was a home-maker.. Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Johansen of Cathedral City, Annette Marie Day of Eagle, Idaho, and Karla A. Thorson of Mission Viejo; three sons, Wayne Johansen of Cathedral City, James D. Thorson of Temple City and Scott A. Thorson of Falmouth, Maine; eight grandchildren; and three sisters, Lila Noel, Clara Olson and Viola Olson, all of Wisconsin. Arrangements are under the direction of Wiefels and Son Funeral Directors in Palm Springs. Robert E. Wickham, 69 Robert Eugene Wickham, 69, of Palm Desert, died March 22, 1999. He was born Sept. 13, 1929, to Harvey H. and Margaret M. Warner Wickham in Newark, Ohio. He was a clerk for Robinson's May for two years. Survivors include his life partner, Robert Miller; a sister, Nancy Jean Taynor of Toledo, Ohio; and a niece. Services were under the direction of FitzHenry Funeral Homes, Palm Desert Chapel. John Cyril Nichols, 61 Alameda Pearl Law, 79 John Cyril Nichols, 61, of La Quinta, died March 22, 1999, ...... : He was born March 22, 1938, to George Jackson and Opal Pierce Nichols, in Birmingham, Ala. He married Terri L. Leighton on July 28, 1980. He was an executive with Olivetti Corp. for 22 years. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Terri; three sons, John C. II of St. Louis, and Josh Joseph and Jason Michael, both of La Quinta; three daughters, Sharon McGoffin and Holly Nichols, both of Tucson, Ariz., and Kelly McGalliard of Palm Desert; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Joe of Texas; and five sisters, Sylvia Fox and Dale Farmer, both of Alabama, Cecilia Howell of Tucson, Grace Sims of San Dimas and Martha Travis of Salt Lake City. ; . He was preceded in death by his first wife, Miriam Ann. A Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in La Quinta. Arrangements are under the direction of FitzHenry Funeral Homes, Palm Desert Chapel. The family suggests donations be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 47-225 Washington St., La Quinta, CA 92253. Alice C. Divine, 93 Alice Christine Divine, 93, of Indio, died March 23, 1999, at home. She was bom Aug. 24, 1905, to Julius and Pauline Trampf Hoeft in Bessemer, Mich. She was a school nurse for Desert Sands Unified School District for 46 years. She was a member of the Order of . Eastern Star, the California Retired Teachers Association, and the California Women for Agriculture. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Golphenee of Rainier, Wash., and Judith Weeks of Palm Desert; eight grandchildren; and 1 1 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, and a daughter, Patricia Anderson. , Services will be at 1 1 a.m, Monday at FitzHenry Funeral Homes Chapel in Indio. Burial will be in Coachella Valley Cemetery in Coachella. Alameda Pearl "Boots" Law, 79, of Palm Desert, died March 20, 1999, at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. She was born July 10, 1919, to Ernest and Mae Moore Pearson in Pasadena. She married John V. Law. She was the former owner of Laws Auto Parts and was a homemaker. She was a member of Palm Desert Presbyterian Church and the Palm Springs Museum. Survivors include five daughters, Leona Aves of St. Helena, Anita Rogers of Oregon, Patti Maher of San Luis Obispo, Ardy May of San Simeon and Terry Napier of Sydney, Australia; a son, John of San Francisco; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Betty Wright of Palm Desert, Virginia Laws of San Diego and Maxie Taylor of Colorado. ; She was preceded in death by her husband. Services will be at 2 p.m. April 5 at Santa Barbara Cemetery in Santa Barbara. Burial will be in Santa Barbara Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Palm Springs Mortuaries in Cathedral City. Faye Scrima, 96 Faye Scrima, 96, of Desert Hot Springs, died March 18, 1999, at Manor Care of Gig Harbor in Washington. She was born Nov. 19, 1902, to Augusto and Antonia Cappabiago Semonella in Pennsylvania. She was a homemaker. She is survived by a son, Pat of Gig Harbor, Wash. Visitation will be from 1 1 a.m. to noon today, with a service at noon, at Palm Springs Mortuaries in Cathedral City. Burial will be in Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City. CRIME TIPS Crime Stoppers: 341-7867. Crime Stoppers rewards informants whose tips lead to the arrest of crime suspects. The program is run by volunteers. Informants remain anonymous. : Erick Jimenez, infant Erick Jimenez, 2 months, Cathedral City, died March 1 1999, at Desert Regional Medic Center in Palm Springs. : . He was born Jan. 25, 1 999, to Joi E. and Teresa Angulo Jimenez. , Survivors include his parents; foi brothers, Gabriel Gonzalez, Ai thony Gonzalez, Mario Gonzali and Jose Jimenez, all of Cathedr City; and a sister, Suhey Barraza Cathedral City. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.ri today, with a service at 7 p.m.,' i Palm Springs Mortuaries, Ramc Chapel, in Cathedral City. . Nicheside services will be i 1 1 a.m. Saturday at Palm Sprinj Mausoleum in Cathedral City. BLOOD BANK The Community Blood Bank Is at 39-000 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage: For information on donating blood: 773-4190. The Community Blood Bank has a permanent donor site inside Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs. Hours: lp.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m.-; p.m. Fridays. MilHilriPflw ' .1, ) 4 321-0994 Andeck, Virginia Service Pending t. Browne. Benjamin IntanTMnfc FaWminQ Bute, Now Yorit Burkeson, Jay Memorial Service: Apr 10th at 4 pm, Church of St Paul or the Desert, Episcopal, Pakn Spring Chavira, Jose "Jimmy" Funeral Mass: Today, 11 am, 8t. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Desert Hot Springs. Interment Riverside National Cemetery Clinton, Jennette Services Pending Formfgle, Bemice Visitation: Mon., 2-6 pm. Service: Tue., 10 am, Ramon Chapel, Pakn Spring Mortuary at Cathedral City. Entombment Pakn Spring Mausoleum, Cathedral City Geronimo, Felicidad . Interment ML View Cemetery, Reno, Nevada Jimenez, Erik Visitation: Today, S pm, Services: 7 pm, Ramon Chapel, Pakn Spring Mortuary at Cathedral City. Entombment: Sat 11 am, Palm Springs Mausoleum, Cathedral City Letter, Paul Services: Today, 2 pm, Ramon Chapel, Pakn, Springs Mortuary at Cathedral City Marosi, Steven Morris, Anna Service: Today, 11 am, Mission Chapel, Desert Hot Springs Mortuary, inurnment Mountain VaUey Memorial Part, Joshua Treo Paige Sue Thomas Daja Rene Thomas Sterling A. Thomas, III Visitation: Sun., 2-5 pm. Services: Mon., 1:00 pm, Ramon Chapel, Pakn Springs t Mortuary at Cathedral dty Pearce, Betty Graveside Services: Moru. 11:30 am, ' Desert Memorial Park Pulanco, Milagros Service: Today, 0 am, Ramon Chapel, Pakn 8pringa Mortuary at Cathedral City Rip, Barbara Services: Mon., 12 Noon, Hillside Chapel, Hillside Memorial Park. Los Angeles Ruegsegger, Vern Visitation: Today, 4-6 pm. Mission Chapel, Desert Hot Spring Mortuary. Services: Sat, 11 am, St Elizabeth Catholic Church, Desert Hot Springs. Interment Riverside National ' Cemetery. Scrima, Faye Visitation: Today, 11 am, Service: 12 Noon, Ramon Chapel, Palm Spring Mortuary at Cathedral City Sobol, Angellne Private Service . Paul Ulmer 1904-1999 Father of Rabbi Moshe Ulmer Ol Temple Isaiah. Memorial Service: Sun., 2 pm, 6S13 Colbarh Ave., Van Nuy In Memory Of Frances R. Beglan ",'( Manonnio10KMA.M.,StMaryof1eVMeyln . ''-"'- Yucca Vassy. Burial w be In New York William Dya Visitation on Saturday 1:00-5:00 P.M., Wwieit a Son Chapel In Yucca vakey. -Private Burial m Metrose Abbey Joseph Blanc Service am Private Roy Campbell . Private Fsmky Services 2- "' J ElSla Goldsmith - Service are Pending .-i ... Lorana Mognett Service an Private bans Murphy Service am Private " -f- -. Eleanor Patten Servicer Private ft 1 l Ann Thorson - . Services are Private ' l - FUNEJfAl OIRClO3'vVaf V ' Pofcn Springs ,.4 w I 327-1257 f "" . i'?UiH-'tff ",.-aih) j'. -.f ' "jrT-"' ' ':: -i4lJ Funeral ; ffi(t-';!i" ...:.,,!;: '. !.'-'!iiV:ili; S!i!)Fiii;l;l. ; pr: tTomes Indio Chapel 347-3531 lie. no. FD967 Desert Chapel 347-3611 lie. no. FD640 Palm Desert Chapel 7763866 lie. no. FD1571- In Memory Of Morrow, Edward Service 2:00pm Saturday at St, John's Episcopal Church Divine, Alice Chapel Service 11:00am Monday at ,1 FlteHenry's Mo Chapel Martinez, Jose I Visitation l:00pflv5:00pm Sunday at FitzHenry's Desert Chapel. Graveside Service 1:30am Monday at the Coachella valley Cemetery 5 Nichols, John Memorial Service 9:00am at St. Frances of Assisi Saturday Shopshire, Agnes Graveside 2:00pm Friday at Riverside National Cemetery Staging Area 1 Roberson, Eric Service 12:30pm Friday at the Second Baptist Church Rodriguez, Robert Mass 11 :00am Friday at Our Lody of Sotedod Catholic Church Loredo, Hilarlo Mass 9:30am Friday at Our Lody of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Hill, James Memorial Service Tuesday, , Palm Desert Chapel IXXTpm Ahey, Evalyn Services Private Adams, Caroline ' - Services Private y . - eie j Mji tMt mnHMjrfM mmtAMJtMJt f " J t r-1 -nfrtrf4ala Jk M Jt m m Mi le4i AJ.

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