Auburn Journal from Auburn, California on August 29, 1979 · 1
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Auburn Journal from Auburn, California · 1

Auburn, California
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Wednesday, August 29, 1979
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Inside The Journal Aithttnt Comm. Life Page B-1,1 Editorial PageB-3 Obituaries PageA-12 Sports PageC-U Too Late To Classify Page A-14 VOL. 106 NO. 155 PHONE 885-5656 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1979 15C PER COPY 56 PAGES (I New Look Elm Shopping Center 'Appalled' Developers Must Build Sprinklers ByReedFujii Fire suppression sprinkler systems, perhaps costing in excess of $100,000, will be required in ' all Elm Avenue Shopping Center buildings, a condition which one developer said "appalled and shocked" him. The Auburn City Council enforced that requirement Monday night, rejecting an appeal from Weather FORECAST The National Weather Service in Sacramento forecasts cloudy skies today with a 20 percent chance of rain for the Gold Country and the Sierra. Highs today in the foothills should be about 80 degrees, with lows in the 50-60-degree range. TEMPERATURES Thursday : 8454 Friday ...87-56 Saturday .8853 Robbery Ruled Out In Murder Of Lincoln Man On Rural Road By Janielle Jobe While family and friends attended Tuesday funeral services for Clendon R. Baker Jr., 22, found shot in the head in an execution style slaying last week, Placer County Sheriff's inspectors continued investigating the young father's death. Placer County Sheriff Donald J. Nunes this week ruled out robbery as a motive for the Lincoln man's death since a large sum of money was found on his body. No wallet or identification were found. Nunes said investigators were interviewing possible suspects this week but no arrests are anticipated today. Baker was discovered lying alongside a barbed wire fence about 8 p.m. Friday near Highway klW a mile from Newcastle, by an unidentified man walking his dog. M.T. (Rocky) Warren models the "new look" headgear selected by the Placer County Sheriff's Department. The hats cost $50 each, and are optional. So far, Warren is the only one to sport the new sombrero. (Photo by Janielle Jobe) Santa Anita Development Corp. of Newport Beach, Orange County. In June 1978 the Auburn Planning Commission had required the shopping complex to contain an "engineered fire control system" approved by the fire chief and city engineer. David C. Powell, Santa Anita vice president, said his understan Sunday 88-54 Monday 93-59 PRECIPITATION Thursday 0.00 Friday 0.00 Saturday 0.00 Sunday 0.00 Monday Trace Season (July 1, 1979) 0.20 Normal for this date 0.25 Long-term annual average ..34.73 Baker had been shot in the head live times possibly with a .25 caliber weapon. The gun was not found. Sheriff's inspectors are seeking persons who may have seen the victim's car , a 1965 white Ford, that day. The car was found parked along the roadside facing west. It was impounded at the Sheriff's office and searched by Department of Justice criminal experts this week. No traces of blood were visible in the car, although blood splattered grass and debris where Baker's body was found. The 22-year-old man was dressed in a tank top, lace-up work boots, jeans and a straw dress hat. He was wearing a tourquoise earring in the shape of a bird. There was no evidence he bad been bound or tied up before the si "I a? o t 4a ding of that condition required fire sprinklers in only the center's three largest buildings, based on a city staff member's recommendations. "We were appalled, shocked," said Powell, when he and his firm learned the fire chief and city manager would require sprinkers Compromise Rules Adopted Compromise rules allowing reserve deputies to work paid shifts at the Placer County Sheriff's Department were adopted Friday evening by the Civil Service Commission. They met in Tahoe City for the first time in several years. The new rules make all 75 current reserve deputies eligible to fill in for full-time deputies and get paid for the work. The old rules prohibited paying any reserves, except those who shooting, nor were there any signs of a struggle at the scene. Baker had been working at Jack's Box, a lumber products firm in Auburn, the day of his apparent murder, Nunes said. Nunes also ruled out any connection with the slaying and Baker's prior cattle rustling conviction. Baker was convicted of cattle theft in May 1978 stemming from the theft and butchery of a prize cow whose head and tail were found at a Lincoln delicatessen. He served 90 days in Placer County Jail. Baker, a California native, la survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clendon Baker; his sister Kay Baker; two brothers, Terry and Cary Baker; and two daughters, Destiny and Kyra Baker, all of Lincoln. Supes OK Hiring 8.5 New Welfare Workers By Judy Ronningen Placer County's welfare department was granted 8.5 new workers Tuesday by a vote of the Board of Supervisors. The board also gave Welfare Director David Echols a tentative go-ahead to explore putting part of the welfare system on compute-, which Echols said could eliminate nine jobs. The additional workers will cost the county $14,733 for the remaining 10 months of this fiscal year, according to Echols, because part of the costs are paid by the state and federal governments. The additional staff includes 4.5 social service workers and four clerical workers. County Administrative Officer Tom Schopflin said the clerical ranks are so understaffed that Emery Says He's 'Lost Contact' With Electors Colfax Councilman Resigns By Mike Dur ant Colfax City Councilman Dan Emery has submitted his letter of resignation, claiming he's lost contact with the people who elected him. "I just get the feeling that I'm no longer representing my constituents," Emery told The Journal Tuesday. He said he could not point to specif ic examples. "It's just a general feeling I've developed over the past year." The first term councilman also said he did not have enough time to devote to the position.Emery as elected to the council four in all buildings about two months ago. The developer's representative also complained that although the project's plans had been reviewed by the city and building permits issued, the sprinkler issue had been broached only recently. (See SPRINKLERS Page A-13) had passed a test to be hired as full-time deputies. In practice, however, sheriff's department spokesmen said other reserves have been used for years. Personnel Director James Carey told the commission that any new reserves must have completed a 40-hour arrest and firearms course. He said nearly all the current reserves meet those standards. Sheriff Donald J. Nunes may use a reserve to fill an emergency vacancy for up to two days per I drW r ' f T-S! C I,,, - -fcyjiijL -. 1 Victim's Car Placer County Sheriff's officers are seeking anyone who might have seen this white Ford parked along Highway 193 west of Newcastle, Friday. The car's owner, mortally wounded by at management officials are manning typewriters. "I have a grievance on my desk from 80 percent of my (clerical) staff saying we're short on staff," Echols told the supervisors. He said it is a formal grievance, which must be solved or it will go to the civil service commission. Supervisor C.T. (Jim) Henry, a vehement opponent of the welfare system, was not present Tuesday. With the additional social service workers Echols said he hoped to improve service at Lake Tahoe and "I want to assign one to child protective services, particularly child abuse." Echols said he lost six employees during county cutbacks a few years ago and has never regained those positions, even though the workload has increased. years ago and his term would be up next spring. "Perhaps someone eles should have a shot at it... someone who's closer to the people," he said. The remaining four councilmen have the option of appointing someone to fill the seat until the next regularly scheduled election in Auburn Policeman Dismmissed In Shoplifting Accusation - Joseph DeAngelo, the Auburn policeman accused of shoplifting a can of dog repellant and a ham-. mer at a Sacramento drug store last month, was fired this week. Auburn City Manager Jack Sausser said DeAngelo failed to answer any of the city's investigations and did not request an ad-' ministrative hearing so was dismissed Monday. "There was justifiable grounds to remove him from the public sector," Sausser said Monday. DeAngelo, who is represented by Chico attorney Maurene Wheland, was not available for comment. Auburn Police Chief Nick Willick Tuesday said, "It is very important that the community have the utmost trust and faith in its officers' integrity; .when this For PCSO Reserve Deputies two-week pay period. For longer work assignments, he needs authorization from Administrative Officer Tom Schopflin. The civil service rules go out the window in case of a declared emergency, Carey noted. "He (Nunes) can deputize you in an emergency and work you for ' 10 days if he wants," he told Commission Chairman Ray Cray. Carey had stopped Nunes use of all but a few reserve officers in late June when he discovered that Up to nine Jobs could be eliminated within about 18 months by letting the state's computer system do part of the work, Echols proposed. The county's current computer cannot do the Job. Data Processing Director David Adkins, however, reminded the supervisors that the county is buying a new computer which pro-;, bably could handle the work. The interpretation of AB 8, the state law passed in July to "bait out" counties for Proposition 13 tax losses, may determine the board's final decision. AB 8 indicates that the state will take over the welfare system in five years. If Placer County used the state's computers, it would; become a pilot program in the overall move toward a state takeover of the welfare system. ; April 1980, or they have the option of calling a special election. "I'm guessing the council will appoint my replacement," Emery said. The council was expected to accept the letter of resignation, dated a week ago, at its meeting Tuesday night. trust and faith has been compromised, officers can no longer effectively function in the community." According to Willick, as a result of an investigation into DeAngelo's fitness and conduct, the city has determined that dismissal was warranted. DeAngelo was cited by Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly shoplifting July 21, at the Pay N' Save Store off Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights. According to Sheriff's reports, DeAngelo was caught trying to steal the items by store employees. DeAngelo has 15 days to file a formal appeal to the city's 5-member Personnel Appeals Board. some reserves were working the equivalent of full-time Jobs, especially at the chronically understaffed Tahoe substation. - The civil service commission In July rejected Nunes' request to allow reserves to be paid and to allow them to work up to 30 days a year without authorization. The rules approved Friday by the commission were worked out in principle during a meeting between Nunes and the Board of Supervisors last month. least five shots to the head, was found along the roadside nearby. He died before, an ambulance reached the scene. (Photo by ' Janielte Jobe)

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