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THB PRESS DEMOCRAT, WEDNESDAY, JUN1 1, 1994 B3 Father sneaks of his loss IN BRIEF Nation of Islam suspect shot his brother Girl's slaying baffles police Associated Press The toddler apparently climbed on a chair to get the car keys while his mother slept, unlocked the front door, walked outside, got Into the car, started the engine and put the car In gear, said CHP Officer Sharon Baker. Senator testifies 1' SAN LEAN-DRO A fa-ther who came home from work last week to find his 14-year-old daughter stabbed to death said he had believed his home was a place for love Jennifer Lin SACRAMENTO State Sen. Frank Hill defended himself at his federal political corruption trial Tuesday, saying he did State GOP leader quits LOS ANGELES The executive director of the California Republican Party resigned after he told gay GOP members the party had become Intolerant. Bob Carpenter and his wife, Pat Giardlna-Carpenter, who was the state party's finance director, voluntarily resigned, state Chairman Tirso del Junco said. John Allen Peschong, the party's communications director, was named Interim executive director.

Muni muggers SAN FRANCISCO A Municipal Railway train operator is being called a hero for helping stop three teen-agers from stealing a passenger's portable radio. Tony Spinner was headed home after performing at a stand-up comedy show in Oakland, when one of the suspects took his radio. Kevin Boden, the train's operator, hit the police emergency call button, stopping the train in the Powell Street station. Then he went to Spinner's aid. When one of the suspects pulled a knife and stabbed Spinner, Boden grabbed a switch iron, something similar to a crowbar.

Another passenger, Dan Franklin, sprayed one of the suspects with Mace. Tot driver CITRUS HEIGHTS A 3-year-old boy was unhurt after driving his mother's car into fence Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol said. AbbuUATfcD FHfcdS By LARRY GERBER Associated Press RIVERSIDE The man accused of shooting former Nation of Islam spokesman Khallld Abdul Muhammad shot his own brother to death in 1975 and was acquitted by a jury that found he acted In self-defense. James Edward Bess, a defrocked minister in the Nation of Islam, was arraigned Tuesday on one count of attempted premeditated murder In Sunday's attack on Muhammad. He also was arraigned on five counts of assault with a firearm.

Bess pleaded Innocent. Muhammad, who was shot in both legs, underwent two hours of surgery Tuesday to remove fragments, Riverside Community Hospital said in a statement A hospital spokeswoman had no additional information and did not know his condition. Four of Muhammad's bodyguards and a bystander also were wounded in the attack in a parking lot after Muhammad's speech at the University of California, Riverside. A crowd of up to 70 people some yelling, "He works for the Jews!" beat the black gunman before police rescued him. According to decades-old newspaper articles uncovered Tuesday, Bess has an extensive criminal record.

A jury In Fresno acquitted Bess in 1975 in the fatal shooting of his brother, Elvin O. Bess the Fresno Bee reported at the time. Bess admitted to the shooting, but said he acted in self-defense because he believed his brother was about to shoot him. No gun was found. John Lin appeals to public Tuesday for clues to his daughter's death.

At right is Sheriffs Sgt. Jim Knudsen. and warmth. "But now the shelter Is broken, the love Is gone, and It only feels cold and scary," John Lin said Tuesday. Jennifer Lin, a popular eighth-grader, was killed Friday In an upstairs bathroom of her Castro Valley home.

Her father found her body about 6:45 p.m. Lin, 45, spoke about his daughter's murder for the first time at a news conference at the Alameda County Sheriffs Office. The murder has perplexed investigators who do not have an apparent motive. The home was not! robbed and there was no sign of struggle. Though the body was only partially clothed, there was no sign of sexual assault "We cannot Imagine how Jenny could be the target of such a murder," Lin said.

"Because we don't know what the motive was, and neither do the police, we are scared." Sheriffs Lt. Ted Nelson said authorities still don't have any not link campaign contributions to votes. But Hill, 40, admitted that like other lawmakers, he once routinely accepted money from special interests in exchange for speeches or other appearances. Such payments were outlawed by voters in 1990. Prisoner slain by guard CORCORAN A guard fatally shot a prisoner from Orange County who was trying to kill another inmate at the State Prison, authorities reported Tuesday.

Lt R. Priolo said Donald Creasey, 31, was shot when he refused several orders from correctional officers to stop attacking another inmate in a cell on Memorial Day. Creasey was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Press Democrat news services Jennifer did not know her attacker, but they won't discuss details. "Jenny was a very sweet and intelligent girl.

Everyone liked and enjoyed her friendship," Lin said about his daughter, a straight-A student at Canyon Middle School. "She was full of love and happiness and was such a sweetheart. She was our life and we lived for her." major leads In the killing. A young man riding a motorcycle and wearing a leather jacket was1 seen in Lin's quiet, affluent neighborhood Friday afternoon, passing out leaflets. Authorities hope to find the man and question him.

Authorities believe Jennifer's attacker was a man, because it appeared she was quickly overpowered. Investigators also believe Tax Weights to be lifted from Contra Costa jails Department staffing has failed to keep pace with Petaluma's growth: more than 8,600 residents between 1986 and 1992. Calls for police service have Increased nearly 40 percent and arrests are up nearly 60 percent In the same period. To cope with the rising demand for services, DeWitt said he has reassigned the three-member traffic and narcotics squads plus the drug-education program sergeant a total of seven officers to patrol duty. "And we're still buried," he said.

"What I'm telling people is we desperately need Measure De-Witt said. "That's no baloney." The Press Democrat Poll taken In early April found the tax had barely, enough support to pass, with 53 percent in favor, 32 percent opposed and 15 percent uncertain. Since then, a "Yes on Measure Committee" has formed and collected more than $4,800 to promote the tax. The police and firefighters unions contributed $2,000 to the campaign, and Measure has been endorsed by the Polly Klaas Foundation, Petaluma and Old Adobe district school boards and the Petaluma Valley Hospital board. Breen, who spearheaded a property-owners protest that forced the tax to a public vote, last week revived his group, Petaluma Citizens for Responsive Government.

The group reported nearly $1,400 in contributions and Breen said an anti-tax flier will be mailed out. Two anti-tax groups, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and Paul Gann's Citizens Committee, named for the authors of Proposition 13, are watching Petaluma's vote. The proposed use of a citywide assessment to pay for public services such as police and fire is an end-run around Proposition 13, the groups contend. If lt succeeds in Petaluma it may spread to other cities, they say. tion, they're away from their families, away from their kids.

They take their frustration out on iron. That's better than taking it out on. each other." "It burns energy, releases anger," agreed Martin Pearce, 37, of Walnut Creek, who also is in jail for driving under the Influence. "It passes time. It's boring in here." In place of weights, officials plan to add pullup bars and may bring in a gym teacher.

A few years ago, a teacher came periodically and taught volleyball and aerobics. "It was fun," said Pearce. "We especially liked female Associated Press MARTINEZ Concerned that inmates are bulking up on taxpayer-provided equipment, county officials plan to remove weight-lifting apparatus from jails here. Instead, inmates will have to keep fit with pullup bars and, possibly, aerobics. The decision to remove weights is part of a national trend to limit inmate exercise alternatives, a move fueled by concerns that inmates are using their time behind bars to become more menacing.

"It can happen, that a guy will come in as a 100-pound so-and-so and leaves as a (Arnold) Schwarzenegger," said Sheriffs Capt. William Shinn. "Not everyone comes out of prison bulked up, automatically becoming The Terminator. But they do get bulked up. And if there's a confrontation, they're more of a threat" said Shlnn, who oversees detention facilities for Contra Costa County.

Inmates say those fears are unjustified. "That's pretty stupid," said Maurice Williams, 30, of Richmond. Williams is in jail for multiple counts of driving under the influence. "A lot of guys have frustra Continued from Page Bl fall victim to scare tactics," counters the ballot argument against the tax, signed by retired city firefighter Robert Breen. Opponents like Breen and Charles Ropke, a retired federal government worker, question how the city can find money for a skateboard park and a marina subsidy, but not to fight crime and fires.

"This Is not a money problem, lt is a priority problem," the anti-tax ballot argument says. Ropke acknowledges that public safety Is "like motherhood and apple pie," a tough issue to fight. But he said he is especially annoyed that a portion of. the $413,000 earmarked for maintaining current services could go to pay raises. "OK, maybe they haven't had pay raises in two years join the real world," Ropke said.

Police are currently negotiating a hew contract, and have not had a raise In nearly three years. Chief DeWitt said Petaluma residents, unnerved by the Polly Klaas kldnap-murder and a. recent spate of gang violence, may be Inclined to approve taxes for more police. But, he said, the tax "doesn't have anything to do with Polly Klaas. We were In trouble before the Polly Klaas case." DeWitt said he asked the council for money to hire seven more officers in 1986, 1987 and 1988, but didn't get them and stopped asking because the budget was too tight Fori jLiiiaeM ealth JL.

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to 3 p.m. Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building THE 1 1 villa "til 73194. fMllAN SWOOP RtSUURAMT 3901 Montgomery Drlv Informative presentations 9:30 to 10:30 Managed Health Care for Seniors Celeste Ruiz HPR MediPrime I Valid for father's Day Brunei Santa Rosa 528-7755 80 OFF FOOD TO GO screenings by Sonoma County hospitals and health care professionals a Cholesterol. a Body fut. a Oximetry (oxygen content of blood).

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a Pulmonary function. a Vision. a Hearing. a Podiatry. a Dental imaging.

i 1:30 to 2:30 Heart Smart and Nutrition Program Gregg Hopkins, MD Cardiology Associates Health) snacks free throughout the dav from and other local food favorites. OT1 Petaluma Richard Aston, O.D. Richard Boyle, O.D. Melvin Fox, O.D. Karen Griffith, O.D.

Ronald Harris, O.D. William Lee, O.D. Gerald Pittler, O.D. Lisa Teel, O.D. Rohnert Park James Bruns, O.D.

Pia Hoenig, O.D. Craig McCurdy, O.D. Peter Weber, O.D. Sebastopol Fritz Kurger, O.D. Barry Lutz, O.D.

Sonoma Robert Dowd, O.D. Dean Ezaki, O.D. Cloverdale William Hoyer, O.D. Santa Rosa Bruce Abramson, O.D. Darel Ashley, O.D.

Roger Boucher, O.D. Mark Bowman, O.D. Michael Britt, O.D. Susan Bynum, O.D. David Jones, O.D.

Dennis Kennedy, O.D. Ian Middleton, O.D. Janet Murray, O.D. Leigh Owyang, O.D. Jeff Rich, O.D.

Les Shipley, O.D. Hollis Stavn, O.D John Tracy, O.D. Stewart Wolfe, O.D. Harris Young, O.D. Healdsburg Frank Wilson, O.D.

Windsor Leo Becnel, O.D. Robert Gregg, O.D. FT activities a Dance demonstrations. a Hobby club exhibits. a Classic car show a RV display.

a Live "big band" music. a Volunteer opportunities. a Recreational resources. a Travel opportunities. a Fly fishing demonstrations.

Dance to your fnvrite sounds of tie 30s, 40s and 50s ith the Bob Lucas band. 1200 to 2.00 p.m. Free prizes will be given away throughout the day. Health Plan of the Redwoods MediPrime Sonoma County's own Jim Grady. popular host ofKSRO morning radio program, i'J emcee the cent.

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