The Daily Spectrum from Saint George, Utah on August 29, 1982 · 4
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Sunday, August 29, 1982
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Utah & the w PAGE 4 SPECTRUM SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 1982 Commission wants tougher drunk laws SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) - The Governor's Commission on Drinking and Driving wants the Utah Legislature to enact tougher drunk-driving laws, including a proposal to reduce the state's legal allowable blood alcohol level. Utah motorists are now presumed to be legally drunk if their blood alcohol level reaches .08 percent. But, the commission is recommending that standard be cut nearly in half to only a .05 percent blood alcohol level. The commission's proposals to reduce the number of traffic deaths and injury accidents related to drunk driving and the use of drugs also ask the Legislature to require harsher fines and stiffer jail sentences. The recommendations by the blue ribbon panel will be the subject of public hearings statewide on Sept. 8. The hearings will be in Farmington, Fillmore, Provo, Salt Lake City, St. George and Vernal. The commission, created last April by Gov. Scott Matheson, says the penalty for a drunk motorist who causes a death "should be increased to a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine." "Automobile homicide should also require mandatory revocation of the driver's license for from five years to life, with the license reinstated only upon the offender's guarantee that he no longer has an alcohol problem." And the commission says the standard for arrest should be lowered from "driving under the influence" to "driving with the slightest degree of impairment" to better include motorists who use drugs. Police issue child kidnapper's description SUNSET, Utah (UPD Police have issued a description of a man who kidnapped a 3-year-old girl from a park near her home the latest in a series of kidnappings that have terrorized parents in northern Utah during the past year. Detectives said they were looking for a 6-foot-tall black man about 30-35 years old, with a mustache. He was driving a medium sized blue sedan when he abducted Rachel Marie Runyan Thursday afternoon. There was no trace of the girl Friday, said Sunset Police detective Phil Olmstead, who has been supervising the investigation. "We are getting lots of leads and we are following them all," said Olmstead. Rachel, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Runyan, was abducted from a park behind her home about 1 p.m. Thursday where she was playing with her 5-year-old and 18-month old brothers. The man offered the children candy in an effort to get them into his car and they apparently tried to get away from him. But he grabbed the girl and threw her, screaming, into the car. Olmstead said detectives developed a description of the man by interviewing witnesses, including two who where hypnotized. One of the witnesses was a 10-year-old boy who supplied several details, including a Sahara dealers to vote on strike LAS VEGAS, Nev. (UPI) - Members of Teamsters Local 14 at the Sahara Hotel on the Las Vegas "strip" vote Monday on whether to strike against the resort's new owner. Robert Dambro, president of the local, said Friday the casino dealers voted unanimously Wednesday to hold the secret ballot strike vote. "If these people feel there is no hope, they may vote for a strike," he said. "That's the way some of them thnk. The proof will be in the pudding when vote secret ballot." The labor official said a two-thirds major ity is needed before the local can seek sanctioning for a walkout from the Joint Council of Teamsters, the Western Council of Teamsters, and the union's international leadership. The Sahara dealers voted nearly two years ago to be represented in collective bargaining by the Teamsters, but the Del Webb Corp. refused to enter contract talks. The hotel-casino was sold to Hacienda Hotel owner Paul Lowden this month. Dambro said the dealers were concerned about the new owner's replacement of longtime casino employees at the Sahara. He es timated about 50 dealers have been terminated since Lowden took over the hotel-casino Aug. 20. The union official said he filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Sahara Friday, demanding the reinstatement with back pay and full benefits of the fired employees. Dambro said the union also sent a telegram to Sahara officials demanding the new owner begin contract talks with the Teamsters. "If we don't hear from them within 10 days, we will take whatever legal action is necessary," said Dambro. 200 more employee layoffs at Geneva OREM, Utah (UPI) Nearly 200 more Geneva Steel employees will be laid off Sept. 5, U.S. Steel announced Friday. That will bring the number of layoffs at the Orem plant to 1,700 so far this year. Public affairs officer David Bigler said two of the plant's three coke oven batteries will be shut down for at least eight weeks. He said that because of the decreased de mand in steel, the inventories of the coke, used in the steelmaking process, must be reduced. Bigler couldn't say when the workers . would get their jobs back. "We're going to reduce coke plant operations for at least eight weeks, and we can't predict beyond that," Bigler said. "Since the recession, we've been reducing operations and inven tories at the plant, and this is part of that effort." The layoff announcement comes on the heels of the Cutter Laboratory decision to close its Ogden plant, leaving 350 employees without jobs. The plant manufactures I.V. solutions for hospitals and medical clinics. About 60,000 people are unemployed in Utah, he highest number in the state's history. UtahBriefs Majority favor abortion SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) - A majority of Utah women support a woman's right to have an abortion, according to a public opinion poll of Family Circle magazine readers released in its Sept. 16 issue. The national magazine said the poll of 250,000 of its readers this year was conducted by Mark Clements, Inc., a New York City-based independent research firm. Based on the results of the mailed-in ballots, Family Circle said 62.1 percent of the female respondents nationwide supported a woman's right to obtain an abortion. Mayor votes for fee GRANTSVILLE, Utah (UPI) - Grantsville Mayor Keith Brown who was fined $300 and placed on 39 months probation earlier this week on cruelty to animal charges has voted to raise Grantsville's dog license fees. Brown cast the tie-breaking vote as the city council voted 3-2 to hike the fees. The license charges will all be raised by $5 to $15 for female dogs and to $10 each for male dogs and neutered dogs. Brown had pleaded no contest earlier this month to three charges of cruelty to animals, after about 19 killed pets were found dumped on property he owns. The no-contest plea cleared the way for a Tooele County precinct court judge this week to sentence Brown on the cruelty charges, even though the mayor did not admit any guilt. Suspects bound over PROVO, Utah (UPI) Two young men charged with the burglary of singer Marie Osmond's home earlier this month have been bound over to Fourth District Court to stand trial on felony theft complaints. Burglars broke into the exclusive home on the foothills east of Provo on Aug. 7 or Aug. 8, while Miss Osmond and her husband, former Brigham Young basketball star Steve Craig, were away on a weekend vacation. Police arrested Jacinto Tovar, 22, of Provo on charges he broke into the Osmond home. And Paul J. Berriel, 21, of Salt Lake City has been charged with theft by receiving property stolen from the home. Following a preliminary hearing Friday, Judge Gordon Knudsen ordered Berriel and Tovar bound over to the district court to enter their pleas and for scheduling of a trial date. Tooele goes solar TOOELE, Utah (UPI) Tooele has become the first Utah city to allow installation of attached greenhouses and other solar energy systems on existing homes through a change in zoning laws. The old Tooele zoning statute prohibited persons living in residential areas from attaching solar "retrofit" units to the sides of their homes because all building additions had to be a certain distance from neighbor's property lines. "The new ordinance allows homeowners to install passive and active solar heating and collecting units such as attached greenhouses or sun-spaces to a maximum of 20 percent beyond the old established property-line setback," the city council said. "This will allow many Tooele residents to install solar energy systems to improve the energy efficiency of their homes." Draft resister settles . into federal jail SAN DIEGO, Calif. (UPI) - Benjamin Sasway, the first American since the Vietnam War to be locked up for defying the Selective Service, settled into life in federal jail even as an appeals court agreed to hear his emergency bid for freedom. Sasway, 21, the first man in the nation to be indicted for felonious non-registration and the second brought to trial, was found guilty Thursday by a jury of eight men and four women who deliberated one hour. U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson Jr. shocked Sasway's backers and his parents, Joseph and Dolores, when he ordered the young man held without bail pending sentencing Oct. 4. The judge said he was afraid Sasway would flee to Canada. The 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed Friday to hear an emergency motion for release on bail. A ruling is expected Tuesday after Thompson and Sasway present their respective arguments. Kathy Gilberd, one of Sasway's sup porters, said Friday she took the Humboldt State University student, at his request, books on nuclear policy, philosophy, and essays by Henry David Thoreau. She said Sasway was in good spirits. He told the San Diego Tribune in an interview: "I'm not bitter because I believe I've kept my commitment to my conscience in refusing to register, even it if means prison. I'm sure the judge and jury did what they thought they had to do, and I did what I had to do." But Sasway said he felt the judge's refusal to let him explain his motivations denied him a fair trial. Anti-draft and peace demonstrators planned a candlelight march in support of Sasway outside the high-rise jail Sunday night. The Selective Service Administration reported this month that 8.5 million young men have complied with the registration law, while 600,000 have not. The Justice Department has targeted 160 non-registrants for prosecution. Tot with slashed throat clings to life SAN JOSE, Calif. (UPI) - A 2-year-old boy clung to life Saturday, his throat slashed all the way through the trachea by a Canadian man dressed as a woman who killed the tot's father in what police think began as a sexual assault. Wayne J. Zacker, 34, Windsor, Ontario, who police said used several aliases during his stay in the United States, was shot to death in a heroic effort by the handcuffed father. He lived long enough, however, to repeatedly stab Frank Montanez Jr., 25, and slash the little boy's throat. Frank Montanez III, found barely alive but conscious along with the two bloody corpses in the back of his father's Chevrolet van, remained in "very critical" condition at Alexian Brothers Hospital. He underwent 2 Vi hours of surgery late Thursday to repair the severed trachea. In piecing together the grisly events spurred by some "bizarre sexual motive," police said Saturday the incident began at 5 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of a shopping center two miles from the scene of the crime. An elderly couple were confronted by a man wearing a blouse, slacks and a blond wig. The robber pulled a gun from his purse and tried to force the couple into the back of their camper, said Deputy Chief Larry Stuefloten. He fled when the woman feigned illness and said her medicine was in her purse but instead pulled out a whistle and began to blow. The suspect drove his Oldsmobile station wagon later found parked behind the victims' blue van to another shopping center two miles away. Police theorize he observed the father and son returning to their van with gro ceries, handcuffed Montanez and forced him and the boy into the rear of the vehicle. "Evidence shows Zacker then attempted to perform some sort of sexual act," Stuefloten said. When police found him, Zacker was bare-chested, wearing only a pair of pocketless slacks fixed to his waist with silver duct tape. His pants were unzipped. "It is possible he began to disrobe for the purpose of committing a sex act," the deputy chief said. "We speculater that in. doing this, he may have laid down the gun, and Montanez was able to grab it and fire three rounds." Zacher was shot twice in the right knee and once in the abdomen, piercing his liver and lodging in his chest, with a .22 caliber "Saturday Night Special," said Santa Clara County Coroner-Medical Examiner Dr. John Hauser. Before he died, Zacher stabbed Montanez 10 times in the face and neck with a hunting knife and slashed the boy's throat, the coroner said. Zacher, who had been convicted of robbery in Canada, left that country five years ago after a six-month marriage ended in divorce, said a spokesman for the Windsor Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. While in the United States, Zacher, who had trained to be a baker, used several aliases and was "getting into trouble" everywhere, police said. They would not elaborate. His most recent alias was John Star-key, a name he used for the past two years while living in Concord and running a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Pittsburg, east of San Francisco. partial license plate number. One lead under investigation was a report from a truck driver who said he saw a black man and a white girl in a car that was driving eratically near the Salt Lake International Airport. The driver said the man appeared to be clutching the girl. The missing girl has blonde, curley, shoulder length hair. She was wearing a white blouse and matching pants with brown shoes. She also had a blue yarn bow in her hair. It was the second kidnapping in Davis County in the past month. A 10-year-old Kaysville girl, Malanie Larson, was abducted from a convenience store near her home July 23. She escaped from the kidnapper six days later in Louisville, Neb. A former Salt Lake City disc jockey, Larry Nielsen, 29, was arrested two weeks later in Los Angeles. He was returned to Utah Friday to face federal charges. The two Davis County abductions followed a series of other abductions. re you VMh Bitterest i- J&afes? 57 interest Rates are coming down and so should you. As rates fall Heritage Savings will help you obtain the lowest rates available. No one likes to pay high interest especially if there is an alternative. Give Heritage Savings a call and ask for lower interest rates. ST. GEORGE. (801)628-0433 HURRICANE. (801)635-4677 KAN AB. (801)644-5817 MOAB. (801)259-8111 FSLK v Now is the time to refinance your home. .u,V. Vt-VMh. i

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