The Press Democrat from Santa Rosa, California on February 11, 1993 · 20
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Santa Rosa, California
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Thursday, February 11, 1993
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B2 c THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11,1 MS Mystery Continued from Page BI "This Is not the Linda Issel we know," he said. Linda Issel has not been In contact since last Thursday with either of her two grown children. Larry Issel said his wife emptied her bank account before disappearing with Tscherneff. An arrest warrant requiring a $500,000 ball has been Issued for Tscherneff, who is suspected of child stealing and violating a custody decree, both felonies. Papers filed with Sonoma County Municipal Court by Petaluma police and the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office said officers went last week to Tscherneff's East Petaluma apartment and found only his roommate, Doug Millar, there. Millar also is a key member of LINK. According to the police reports, Millar said Tscherneff believes his son has been sexually abused at a Novato child care center. But, the reports said, Millar said he did not know where Tscherneff took the boy. Linda Issel's Mercedes convertible was parked at the apartment. Authorities also went to Linda Issel's home in Santa Rosa. There, according to the reports, they found house guest Roy Stephens of Nebraska. Stephens knows Issel through her membership in the Sonoma County chapter of the Missing Youth Foundation. Stephens is the group's founder and national director. LINK and the local Missing Youth Foundation chapter are not on friendly terms, but Issel belonged to both and served as treasurer of both. Her estranged husband said she became involved in the issue of ritual child abuse after being invited to a LINK meeting last fall. The court papers said Stephens, who stayed at Issel's house while working with the Missing Youth Foundation chapter, told authorities that Tscherneff and Issel told him recently they might flee with Alex. But, a district attorney's investigator wrote, Stephens "thought he had talked them out of the idea." Stephens, too, said he did not know where the couple went with the boy, the papers said. A district attorney's investigator wrote that Stephens told authorities that Tscherneff was "manipulative, constantly pushing Linda emotionally." Neither Stephens nor Millar could be reached for comment Wednesday. LINK'S Beaumont said she doesn't know where Tscherneff is, but she does know he is convinced Alex has been abused at the child Cotati adds voice to rape resolution COTATI City leaders Wednesday added their unanimous voice to a resolution first passed by Sebastopol's City Council calling for the eradication of rape and violence against women. "This is a serious social problem that needs to be addressed," said Mayor Sandy Elles. Councilman Richard Cullinen agreed, saying that adding Cotati's voice "to proclamations like this help women get out and speak up." - Sebastopol's council last week debated the issue of declaring the city a "rape-free zone" on Valentine's Day. After considerable debate, the council agreed to declare support "of a rape-free future" and urged men "to give all women the gift of commitment to a rape-free future in our community." Skultety-Sinclair DENTISTS 575-3070 462 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa Member American Dental Association Dentures & General Dentistry FRl EDM A NS FEBRUARY COUPON DAYS thru Feb. 28 only 9995 GENERAL ELECTRIC finn watts 1 1 Cook & defrost MODEL $50 FOR YOUR CLEAN, WORKING TRADE-IN V2 OFF MICROWAVE SAFETY CHECK Reg.30 Now1500 EiHilaJTrrffFrrrri i . TP 1 TBI Alex Tscherneff care center. Beaumont said Tscherneff tried to get Alex removed from the center legally but failed to persuade the necessary authorities. "This is a big-time conspiracy," she said. "A big-time conspiracy to conceal what's going on." Beaumont added, "I have a feeling Peter Tscherneff is saying, 'You're not going to rape my kid.' " Suzen Stratten, who lived with Tscherneff for nearly three years and had a daughter by him, reads him differently. "He thinks everybody is a satan-ist," Stratten said. Stratten said Tscherneff left her and moved to Pennsylvania when their daughter was seven months old. But in 1989, she said, he became obsessed with the idea that she had satanist friends and was allowing them to sexually abuse their daughter. Eventually, she said, Tscherneff was talking about how the government and the legal system are infiltrated by child-molesting sa-tanists. Larry Issel said that Linda Issel's family and friends hope she will be back soon. He said that Linda, who is a co-owner of the glass company where they both work, was the company's controller last fall when she was invited to a LINK meeting and then joined the group and began contributing time and money to it. "She is by nature loving, caring and giving," Larry Issel said. But subsequent to joining LINK and meeting Tscherneff, he said, she became erratic and unreliable. "People would ask her about it and she would say she knew what she was doing," he said. "I think she's being used." Windsor Continued from Page Bl ranged with Ihde for an additional sheriff's patrol unit in Windsor during high-crime periods and a full-time community services officer to work in crime prevention programs. Residents of the fast-growing community have long pushed for more police protection, and law enforcement was a key issue in the Windsor's 1991 cityhood campaign. In other action Wednesday, Windsor agreed to a settlement with Sonoma County in a $1 million dispute over property taxes. The compromise will give Windsor $1.25 million in property tax money for the first year of city-hood, about $720,000 more than it would have received under the county's original calculation. Sonoma County's Local Agency Formation Commission in 1991 said Windsor's first-year share of the property tax would be $529,295. But a subsequent change in state law allowed a bigger share of property taxes for new cities. It also permitted new cities to challenge county tax calculations. According to a Windsor report, the town's first-year share of property taxes could be as much as $1.67 million. But Windsor's town attorney said there's no guarantee a court would agree on that amount. MICROWAVE JE41A : ,m ren mc:-, i M IU k TO -jrtJ IKtNMDOAWlUtJCJSI . I ii m m vrr permanent L)mu AJaj p - CAH FOR COMPLIMfNTARY CONSULTATION 7527-8861 1 I I 11M I $15 OFF R rrr r. I MICROWAVE REPAIR htmg I Factory Authorized Service 11 I kn22PrTi til A r iFRIEDMSrl W I gP i Llli 1,, Hifir.'i.rillM. 1N1FU LM I 11 I Nim I Serving Sonoma County Since 1978 fcJ I .' I 1985 Mendocino Ave. SR. fl I n I I Next to Longs Drugs II I 7Q95 I 523-2911 M I CELUULARONE ' Petaluma Family calls raid 'malicious' By TOM CIIORNEAU Stuff Writer Fueling a long-standing dispute with Sonoma County officials, the Sampson family of Petaluma has filed a $10 million claim against the sheriff for a "malicious and unlawful" raid on the clan's home in July. More than 70 federal agents and police officers descended on the family compound July 28 looking for firearms and explosives. Although the officers found two rifles and two marijuana plants, the raid against the family members result Nielsen clears Associated Press SACRAMENTO Gov. Pete Wilson's appointment of former Sen. Jim Nielsen to the Board of Prison Terms was approved unanimously Wednesday by the Senate Rules Committee, nearly a year after Nielsen lost another post. The committee voted 5-0 to recommend that the full Senate confirm Nielsen, a Republican who lost a re-election bid in 1990 to Democrat Mike Thompson, D-Val-lejo. Wilson originally appointed Nielsen to the state farm labor board, but he lost that job last year when the Senate failed to confirm him. Nielsen said then that he was a victim of the Republican governor's battles when the Legislature's Democratic majorities over the redrawing of legislative districts. But Democratic leaders said the appointment ran into trouble because of Nielsen's longstanding criticism of the farm labor board and his close ties to agribusiness. The farm labor appointment RoseRochetti A funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Resurrection Parish in Santa Rosa for Rose Rochetti, a longtime Santa Rosa resident who died Tuesday in Santa Rosa. She was 89. A native of San Miguel, she lived on a couple of ranches in Santa Rosa for 61 years. She went to school in the Salinas area and was acquainted with writer John Steinbeck. She and her late husband ran the former Grand Hotel in Fort Bragg for several years until 1932, when the family moved to Santa Rosa. They lived on a 5-acre chicken ranch in the Todd district for many years, raising cows, pigs, turkeys and goats. She married the late Frank Rochetti in 1922 ' and lost her American citizenship because her new husband had been born in Italy. But she quickly reapplied for and regained her citizenship according to the dictates of the law. "She was proud to be an American. She lost it but she got it right back," said her daughter. Norma Malone. Rochetti was devoted to her family and loved gardening, cro-. cheting and embroidering. She was a member of Resurrection Parish. She is survived by her children, Bruno Rochetti and Norma Malone of Santa Rosa; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Lafferty & Smith Colonial Chapel in Santa Rosa. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Santa Rosa. Donations in her memory may be made to Home Hospice of Fits hxtra - New Low Prices ! y I Wespeciolizein Medical Supervision I I I permanent eyeliner, 1 i i i provided I I shodow, lip color, n 7rJ U J-TyV0 i cheek color and NwAiT 4527 Montgomery Dr. " ao4 !t camouflage, as j Suite K-2 clan files ed In no criminal charges. "My wife and I were handcuffed for hours, our house was searched unlawfully and yet they found nothing," said Ralph Sampson, 36. "We want satisfaction for what they did." The family, which has a long history of legal entanglements with local officials, lives on Liberty Road west of Petaluma In a fenced-in compound that Includes five buildings and some 20 residents. Howard Sampson, the late patriarch of the clan, was founder of a self-styled vigilante group and once ran for sheriff as well as mayor of Petaluma. In addition to numerous zoning and building disputes with county officials, family members have Senate hurdle died when the Senate failed to confirm Nielsen within a year of the appointment. Wilson then appointed Nielsen to the Board of Prison Terms, the state parole board for adult inmates, last April. Neilsen said his activities as a legislator helped prepare him for his duties on the parole board. "As a legislator I was very active in the area of crime legislation, as well as very active in various victims' rights efforts," he told the Rules Committee. Sen. Quentin Kopp, I-San Francisco, supported the appointment, saying Nielsen brought an "extraordinary degree of enthusiasm and responsibility" to the job. Nielsen was first elected to the Senate in 1978. For four years, he was the Senate Republican leader. During his last years in the Legislature he represented a district that covered Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Lake, and Napa counties and part of Sonoma County. Sonoma County, 131 Stony Circle, Suite 1500, Santa Rosa 95401. Lucy Thompson FORT BRAGG Lucy Sharp Thompson, who moved to the Mendocino coast 43 years ago after she retired as a nurse, died Saturday at a Fort Bragg convalescent home. She was 96. . Thompson was born in Jamestown, N.Y., the child of immigrant parents from England. When she was seven, in 1903, her parents moved to the San Joaquin Valley. She attended schools in Fresno and eventually became a registered nurse, training at the Burnett Sanitarium in Fresno. She married her late husband, Baxter Thompson, in 1920 and they moved to Reedley, where she worked as a private nurse. A few years later they moved to Santa Cruz. She was a nurse at Santa Cruz Hospital for several years and later became superintendent of nurses. They also had a second hand sales and repair shop. They retired in 1950 and bought a ranch in Westport. She remained at the ranch several years after her husband's death. In 1985 she moved to Fort Bragg. She is survived by her daughter, Mildred Williams of Fort Bragg; son, Richard Thompson of Ellens-berg, Wash.; brother, Dan Sharp of Selma; and by eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Memorial services are 2 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church in Fort Bragg, as arranged by Chapel by the Sea. Contributions are suggested to the church or to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 2718, Fort Bragg 95437. AFFORDABLE PORTABLES! (M) MOTOROLA PC-Lite Ultra-lite Flip design Stale of the art features into pocket or purse &' - long batt. life 195 $10 million claim also been party to numerous lawsuits against the sheriff, the Board of Supervisors, district attorney and Municipal Court. Jim Botz, county counsel, said he could not comment on the latest suit because he has not yet read It. Sheriff Mark Idhe said the Involvement of his office In the raid was limited. "The basis for the warrant and all the supporting documents came from the federal agents," he said. "I haven't seen the claim as yet. And as far as I know members of our department conducted themselves in a professional manner." FUNERAL NOTICES O'CONNOR, Evelyn K. Died in Santa Rosa, February 9, 1993. Beloved wile ol the late Richard P. O'Connor. Loving aunt ol Dorothy Wagner and William Holcomb, both ot Las Vegas, William Kelly ot Mississippi and Rosella M. Taylor ol Oakmont. Also survived by numerous loving cousins. A native ol San Francisco. Age 1 00 years. A member ot the Star of the Valley Catholic Church In Oakmont. Friends are Invited to meet on Friday, February 12, 1993 at 10:00 a.m. at the Star of the Valley Catholic Church in Oakmont for a funeral mass with Monsignor Gerard Fahey officiating. Entombment will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Santa Rosa. If preferred, donations in her memory may be made to your favorlty charity. LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL, directors. BELLINCANTA, Corona Died in Santa Rosa, February 9, 1993. Devoted mother of Mary Sartori of Windsor, Joe Cappello of Cottonwood and Pete Cappello of Bakers-field. Adored grandmother of Joe Jr., Roger, Pete, Roy and Pamela Cappello, Ellen Casteel, Frances Rozowski and Maureen Jamero. Also lovingly survived by 19 great grandchildren. Mrs. Bellincanta was predeceased by 4 brothers and 1 sister. A native of Italy, age 86 years. Friends are invited to meet at the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES, 1225 Sonoma Ave., on Friday, February 12, 1993 at 9:15 a.m., thence to St. Rose Catholic Church where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated commencing at 10:00 a.m. Evening Vigil Rites will be held at the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES on Thursday, February 11, 1993 at 6:30 p.m. Entombment Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Friends may call ' at the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES after 12 Noon Thursday, February 11, 1993. BROWN, Armande C Deceased Apple Valley Convalescent Hospital, Sebastopol, February 9, 1993. Mother of Charles Victor Groat. Mother-in-law of Odile Groat. Grandmother of Philip, Daniel, and Robert Groat. Great-grandmother ot Larry, Angela, Rachel, and Steffan Groat. Native of San Francisco. Member of the California Club and Sequoia Clubs of San Francisco. Rosary will be held at the Chapel of the Chimes, 2601 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA on Sunday, February 14, 1993 at 3:30 p.m. HIGGINS, Robert L. Passed away February 6, 1993. Survived by his loving wife Janet Higgins. Dear father to Sheldon Higgins of Hutchinson, KS., James Allensworth of Windsor, Lynda Shehorn of Pleasant Hill, CA., and Charles Higgins of Concord. Loving grandfather of six and great-grandfather of two. Services are being held by the NEPTUNE SOCIETY on February 25, 1993 by scattering at sea. Donations may be made to Home Hospice of Sonoma County. LIETO, Amelia D. Died in Santa Rosa on February 7, 1993. Beloved wife of the late Henry A. Lieto. Loving mother of Mavis Hunt and dear mother-in-law of Oliver J. Hunt of Santa Rosa. Adored aunt of Yvette Rober-son, Rose Strain and Evan Walle of Louisiana, and Audrey Harter, Richard Walle and Thomas Walle of Mississippi. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Age 97 years. At her request, no services will be held. Private inurnment, St. Louis Cemetery 3, New Orleans. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Skilled Nursing Unit, Friends House, 684 Benecia Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Arrangements under the direction of the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. NAPOLI, Flora Died in Santa Rosa, February 10, 1993. Loving wife of the late Mario G. Napoli. Beloved mother of Rose Marie Riggs of Vallejo, Josephine Green of Sacramento, Mary Kelly, Grace Doig and Mario Napoli, all of Santa Rosa, and the late Angelo Napoli. Also survived by 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A native of California, age 82 years. A Catholic parishioner. Friends are invited to attend the Rosary and a Catholic Liturgy Service on Saturday, February 13, 1993, at 2 p.m. from LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL, 4321 Sonoma Highway, Santa Rosa. Private interment Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa. If preferred, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2930 McBride Lane, Santa Rosa 95403. Friends may call at the COLONIAL CHAPEL for visitation after 2 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 1993. NEILSON, Kathleen Mervine Died in Santa Rosa, February 9, 1993. Loving wife of the late Keith Neilson. Also survived by 3 sister-in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews. A native of North Dakota. Age 83 years. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 13, 1993 at the Rupert Cemetery in Rupert Idaho. LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL in santa Rosa, Directors. Dog k Cat Vaccination Clinic Low Cost!! Veterinarian On Duty Dors Rabies $5.00 6-in-l incl. Parvo $ 8.00 Corona Virus $7.00 Bordetella $ 5.00 Parvo $5.00 Lymes Disease $13.00 Roundworm Deworming.... $5.00 (800) 801 -071 0 Neighborhood Vaccination Service SONOMA Sunday, Feb. 14 10:00 am to 11:30 am ROHNERT PARK Sunday, Feb. 14 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm QUALITY PET & VET SUPPLY & SONOMA MARKET PLACE GROOMING SHOP L Comer of 2nd W.Napa 5706 Commerce Blvd. 257 N. McDowell I. inlheGazeboArea lust So. of Bin 4 Rents nearKMart Sampson said the sheriff and .court officials have harassed the family for years. "There's a certain group of people In the government who just don't like us," he said. "They want us to leave the county and they win stop at nothing to do It." The claim, which the Board of Supervisors can either pay or reject and force the family to take the Issue to court, accuses sheriffs deputies of Inflicting fear, extreme anxiety, stress and emotional distress as well as loss of sleep and nightmares as a result of the illegal entry. ATKINSON, Kathlyn B. Died In Petaluma, CA on February 7, 1993. Devoted wife ot the late Robert E. Atkinson. Loving sister ot Mrs. Jean Bionda of Petaluma. Loving aunt of Albin Bionda and his wife Jerri, Pat Elbeck and her husband Arvid, Chris Mastrup and his wile Julie. Great aunt of Kristin, Roberta, Erika, Adam, Justin and Stacey Elbeck and Nicholas and Amanda Mastrup. A native of Petaluma, age 79 years. At the request of Mrs. Atkinson, no services will be held. Those who prefer may contribute to the Lung Association of the Redwood Empire, P.O.Box 1482, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or to your favorite charity in memory of Kathlyn B. Atkinson. Arrangements were made with PARENT-SOREN-SEN MORTUARY, Magnolia Ave. & Keokuk St., Petaluma. Private interment Cypress Hill Memorial Park, Petaluma, CA. ROCHETTI, Rose Died in Santa Rosa, February 9, 1993. Loving wife of the late Frank Rochetti. Beloved mother of Bruno Rochetti and Norma Malone both of Santa Rosa. Dear mother-in-law of Pat Malone. Dear grandmother of Noreen Blonien of Elk Grove, Patricia Mclnnes of Citrus Heights and Robert Malone of San Jose. Also survived by 8 great grandchildren. A native of San Miguel, Calif., born February 13, 1903. She was a member of Resurrection Parish and she loved her home, ranch and garden and enjoyed crocheting and embroidery. Friends are invited to meet on Friday, February 12, 1993 at 2:00 p.m. at Resurrection Parish, 303 Stony Point Rd Santa Rosa for a funeral Mass, with interment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa. Friends may call at the LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL, 4321 Sonoma Hwy., Sar.ta Rosa, for visitation on Thursday, February 11, 1993 from 1:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. If preferred donations in her memory may be made to Home Hospice Sonoma County, 131 Stony Circle, Ste. 1500, Santa Rosa, 95401. THAYER, Lorraine E. Passed away in Santa Rosa on February 6, 1993. Dearly beloved wife of Harold Thayer of Santa Rosa. Beloved mother of James D. Russell of Ukiah, Terrance Russell of Santa Rosa, Francine V. Russell of Santa Cruz and Vallerie Witherell of Windsor. Adored grands mother of Sean, Gerald, Megan, Zachariah, Danielle, and Kelly. A native of San Francisco. Age 71 years. A member of the Santa Rosa Women of the Moose. Friends are invited to meet at DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 1993, thence to St. Rose Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated commencing at 1 :30 p.m. Private inurnment. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to the Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476. Arrangements under the direction of DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. WATTS, Uvonne R. Died February 8, 1993 in Cloverdale. Loving wife of Frank Watts; Mother of Arnold Silva of Cloverdale, Charlotte McQuity of Petaluma, Robert L. Silva of Oregaon, Evelyn Silva-Baxter of Rohnert Park, and the late James and Marion Silva. Stepmother of John and Judy Silva, of Southern California, Linda Magnuss of Santa Rosa, Peggy Schultz of Santa Rosa and April Rose of Oceanside. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. A native of Arkansas. Age 66 years. Joan was very active in Pool League. Friends are invited to attend the graveside service Friday, February 12, 1993 at 2:00 pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Thursday at KEATON'S MORTUARY in San Rafael. Memorial Contributions preferred to the American Heart Association or to your favorite charity. WILSON, Walter "Chick" Died in Petaluma Monday, February 8, 1993 after a short illness. He was a life-long resident of Healdsburg until it was necessary to seek care In a convalescant home in Petaluma. He was preceded in death by two loving wives - Eleanor Wilson and Hazel Relyea Wilson. He is survived by a brother Edmund Wilson and a sister Fritz Kennedy, both of Healdsburg. He is also survived by 5 step children, their spouses and families. With his second wife Hazel, Chick was active in a variety of causes benefitting Healdsburg. He helped establish the Senior Citizens Drop In Center, worked to secure approval for low income housing and helped set up Meals On Wheels. He was also a member of the' Fuscia Club. Friends are invited to attend memorial services on Saturday, February 13, 1993 at 1:00 p.m. at EGGEN AND LANCE MORTUARY. Interment at Oakmound Cemetary in Healdsburg will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to a favorite charity or to the Healdsburg Senior Citizens Drop In Center. Cats Rabies $5.00 4-in-l (Dist.Chlamydia) $8.00 Feline Leukemia $10.00 F.I.P $12.00 Tapeworm Deworming By Weight (707) 824-0710 PETALUMA Sunday, Feb. 14 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm PET ARCADE SANTA ROSA 1205 Goerntville Rd. 526-2355 PETALUMA 905 E. Washington Blvd. 778-1W

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