The Press Democrat from Santa Rosa, California on March 12, 1986 · 9
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The Press Democrat from Santa Rosa, California · 9

Santa Rosa, California
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Wednesday, March 12, 1986
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Tp par By JOHN HOWARD AncUte4 Prm Writer RED BLUFF - Ronald Koenig. Callfornla'i lop parole officer, bad controversial "social relationship" with an accused drug dealer and has been the object of at least two formal Investigations during the past three years.' : . When Koenig was sheriff of Tehama County, he approved a concealed weapons permit renewal for an accused marijuana grower, gave him an honorary sheriffs Identification, and allowed him to use official law enforcement insignia oa the suspect's private airplane long after his arrest on drug cultivation charges. The alleged, grower, Charles Cobb, described In a Tehama County grand jury report as having a ."social relationship" with then-Sheriff Koenig and Koenig's top aide received the weapons permit even though 10 days earlier a court restraining order was Issued against Cobb for beating his wife. - .t , ... The 'permit was also issued . . in parents' LOS ANGELES (AP) Two brothers were arrested Tuesday in the alleged murder-for-hire .ninja" slayings of their parents, who were gunned down by men wearing black martial-arts clothing. Neil Woodman, 41, Stewart Woodman, 36, and three other men were booked for investigation of murder in the slayings, Police Chief Daryl Gates said. Steven Homick, 45, and his brother, Robert Homick, 35, were also arrested Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, and Michael Domin-guez, 27, was already in custody in Las Vegas, Nev., on an unrelated charge, Gates said. . The Woodman brothers allegedly hired the trio to kill the parents, Gates told a news conference, adding the Homick brothers "certainly had the reputation for doing this type of work". He did not elaborate. As Gerald Woodman. 67, and Vera Woodman, 63, returned home Sept. 25 after celebrating Yom Kippur, men clad in outfits similar to those worn by Japanese ninja warriors opened fire on their Mercedes-Benz automobile. They were attacked in the underground garage of their condominium In the affluent Brentwood area, 15 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. Two brothers held Improvements at Folsom needed, auditor reports SACRAMENTO (AP) The staff at Folsom Prison has been eating food intended for the inmates, and the prison management, which has "numerous problems," t could save money if it hired more full-time personnel instead of paying overtime, the auditor general reported Tuesday. Some Inmates are kept longer than legally , necessary because the prison doesn't have enough work programs to allow them to reduce their time behind bars, the auditor said. ; . Auditor General. Thomas B. Hayes said Folsom Prison, which houses some of California's most violent inmates, "needs to be im-, proved" by "better administrative control." ." ' 1 Guards and other staffers eating ' prisoners', food, along with weak prisoners , iooa, aiong wnn weaK minion annual Duagei. Inventor nf Gcm-r.rar.ker sues to recoup sale loss :ant anaVapi i-The inven- E2 Producers, said the oi SANTA ANA (AP) The inven tor of a. machine that cracks 360 eggs per minute ; has sued the United Egg Producers, contending the organization violated antitrust laws by disseminating false information about the machine. The group claims that as the Egg Master cracks eggshells, it mixes egg liquid with contaminated shells. - Mike Maynard, inventor of the Egg Master, believes bad publicity about the machine has cost his Misa Manufacturing Inc. of Tustin about $1 million in sales, said his attorney, Joseph Murphy., The lawsuit filed4 Monday in U.S. District Court, seeks to recoup the claimed losses and demands $25 million in punitive damages. ... ' Abby Sutherland, a spokeswoman for Decatur, Ga.-based United official ymideir ' V , ---A '.. i RONALD KOENIG ... Deukmejian nominee , although law enforcement authorities had suspicions Cobb was potentially Involved In drugs and had Cobb's 10.000-ocre ranch under surveillance at the time. Koenig also provided a sheriffs department scanner a radio During the arrests Tuesday, black clothing was recovered, along with weapons and drugs. Cmdr. William Booth said. But there was no known link to any martial arts group. The ninja. a secret society of Japanese warriors in feudal times, mixed stealth and violence. The name lives on through "nin-Jutsu." or "ninpo," a martial art. Gates said money was the apparent motive in the slayings. The Woodman brothers were the beneficiaries of a $500,000 life insurance policy on their mother. The policy was held by Manchester Products, a plastics manufacturing company owned by the Woodman brothers. Manchester Products was established in 1975 by Gerald Woodman. He was forced to sell his interest in the company to his two sons in 1982 after trying to dissolve the firm in a 1981 lawsuit that resulted in bitter feelings among family members. After the 1982 buyout, the company continued to pay $500 a month on Vera Woodman's life insurance policy. "Clearly the falling out between the parents and sons and, more importantly, a $500,000 insurance policy on Vera that was paid very rapidly" were motives, Gates said. security controls ; resulting in thefts and prisoners eating too much, have cost the state an extra $129,000 a year, Hayes said. The prison could also save $93,000 annually by hiring more full-time personnel, rather than paying overtime to meet the prison's staffing needs, and get another $47,000 each year by charging competitive rental rates to tenants living in state-owned housing on prison property. Hayes, who audits state operations at the direction of the state Legislature, said the "administrative problems at Folsom State Prison are wide-ranging but correctable." The 105-year-old prison, about 20 miles east of Sacramento, houses about 3,000 inmates on a $43 million annual budget. Egg Producers, said the organiza tion has received a copy of a suit and has no comment. In October, Maynard successfully lobbied Congress to reject an amendment to a pending bill before the House of Representatives that would have outlawed the use of his machine by restaurants, bakeries and such businesses. The House rejected recommendations by the Department of Agriculture, the House Agriculture Committee and the United Egg Producers that the amendment be approved. ,. A month later. United Egg Producers went before a House sub-Committee with a report from the Atlantic County, N.J.," Health Department that linked the machine's use in a casino to food poisoning. slayings that monitors police channels to a Gerber tavern, allowing bar patrons to listen to communications between patroling deputies and their dispatcher. Koenig said he loaned the radio so the tavern's , owners would be reassured his department was not harassing their customers. , The Information was contained In public documents, interviews, and Investigative reports obtained by The Associated Press. Koenig. who has previously denied all allegations of wrongdoing, was not available for comment this week, his office said. He has been investigated by the Tehama County Grand Jury and the state Justice Department and cleared by both. , , Koenig. 51. faces a confirmation hearing April 9 before the Senate Rules Committee as chairman of the state Board of Prison Terms, a nine-member panel that decides release dates for prisoners sentenced to life terms. Gov. George Deukmejian appointed Koenig to the $6l.845-a-year post last year, subject to , m ' "A j! ' " ' Solid brass wall swinger with 3-way switch and beige ;wf i I i - l ;J knife-pleated shade from Alsy Orig. 140.00. J ' ' A. Ginger jar table lamp of solid brass with cream linen shade from Imperial? 28:' Orig. 150.00. B. Urn-shaped table lamp of solid brass with . mushroom pleated shade. 29 V2 " Orig. 150.00. n 1 mane snuppinu ed&y! -i : today. It's a snap to and The American Express Card Intermediate markdowns may have been Sale ends March 17, 1986. v SANTA ROSA, 3550 Industrial Drive, lei. 545-1010 STORE HOURS: Mon., Thur., Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Tues., Wed., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., cloud confirmation by the state Senate. For Deukmejian, Koenig's confirmation comes as election-year politics are adding stress to his relationship with the Legislature. ' Deukmejian has been unsuc-' cessful in winning Senate approval for several major appointments the past three years. Including his first picks to head the state Department of Finance, Corrections Department, Industrial Relations Department, the Parks and Recreation Department and Water Resources Control Board. However, both Rodney Blonlen, a close adviser to Deukmejian, and Democratic sources in the Capitol said Koenig's confirmation appeared likely. "The background checks this administration makes are about three times as intensive as the previous administration," said Blonien. who is the governor's specialist on prison construction. "We were aware of the allegations before the appointment." he added. BRASS LAMPS $89 EACH OR $169 A PAIR 1 r n . w - uuen a oieuneib uiidiue open! Visa? MasterCard'" are also accepted. taken on sonte items. Breuners Home Fumtsnmgs since 1856a The Press Democrat. The State Gas leak LOS ANGELES - Some 800 evacuees were allowed back in their homes Tuesday after workers halted an all-night gas leak apparently caused by heavy truck traffic over a stretch of newly paved road, authorities said. - In the doghouse BERKELEY - A Berkeley dog-catcher who allegedly accepted a $200 reward for returning a lost dog to its owner was charged with violating a state law barring public workers from taking rewards for doing their jobs, the Alameda County district attorney's office said on Monday. Concord fumes MARTINEZ There is "no public health concern" at two Concord bank buildings where nauseating fumes forced hundreds of employees to flee. Contra Costa County health officials said. Restaurant shootings LOS ANGELES A gunman was found dead Inside a China- A. Adjustable swing-arm floor lamp in solid brass ' from Imperial Adjusts 30" to 53" Orig. .150. 00. B. Solid brass adjustable tent pharmacy lamp from Imperial? Adjusts 30" to 507 Orig. 150.00. C. Adjustable pharmacy lamp with leaf-shaped shade from Imperial Adjust 30" to 50:' Orig. 150.00 Brass-finished torchiere with acrylic shade from Alsy 66." Orig. 225.00. Weonesoay. Marcn 12. laoo &A jj t 'town restaurant after shooting his girlfriend to death and wounding two other restaurant employees police said Tuesday. ' ' But Lt. David Garrison said It still wasn't known by late Tuesday , morning whether the 22-year-old man, who opened fire around 1 1 p.m. Monday at the Regent Seafood Restaurant, hnd shot himself to death or was shot by someone else. Smoking death case SANTA BARBARA A wrong ful death lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. by the survivors of a man who hnd smoked for five decades has been settled, en attorney said Tuesday. The survivors of John Mark Galbraith agreed to drop an appeal of a jury decision in favor of RJ. Reynolds after the tobacco company decided to waive $39,000 it hud been awarded in court costs, said Galbraith family attorney Taut Monzione, who tried the case with Melvin Belli. Associated Press Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m; 1 4 I 1 r. .11 id It, 10 n "P nti CI t ImT. 1 i i 1 I

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