The Times from San Mateo, California on May 7, 1976 · Page 1
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Peninsula Weather Clear and hot through Saturday. Highs in the 80s. SAN MATEO TIMES AND DAILY NEWS LEADER THE ADVANCE-STAR Today's N.Y. Stocks, Noon Prices (See Page 32) Vol. 76, No. 110 * * 4 Sections 48 Pages SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA, FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1976 348-4321 15c PER COPY--$3.25 PER MONTH Quake Shakes Italy Villages Devastated UDINE, Italy (UPI) Strong aftershocks today added to the devastation of the earthquake which leveled villages in this region of northeastern Italy Thursday night with a death toll reported nearing the 500 mark. The seismic monitoring station at Trieste said one aftershock registered 4.2 on the open-ended Richter scale and another 4.1. The Thursday n i g h t quake which also did minor damage in much of Western Europe was 6.9 on the Richter scale. A police official directing search and rescue operations at the almost completely flattened town of Majano said 460 persons were known dead and more than 1,000 injured. The officials said the casualty toll would almost c e r t a i n l y go higher as search teams uncovered more bodies in the rubble. The Italian government, the U.S. Army and the Communist party joined forces to mount a massive relief operation with local Red Cross and police officials. The temblor measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale was the worst to hit Europe since a quake killed 1,100 persons in Skopje, Yugoslavia in 1963. And it was the worst in the world since a 7.3 earthquake killed 23,000 persons in Guatemala on Feb. 4. The first major shock hit Thursday at 9 p.m. and a series of 20 or more aftershocks continued until this morning. Fires swept through some of the dozen or more stricken towns, hampering rescue efforts by an estimated 2,500 search and rescue workers. Large boulders blocked many of the roads leading to the devastated cities. Earthquakes are rare in Western Europe and the shocks that did minor damage in Yugoslavia, France, Belgium, Germany and Austria sent many residents f l e e i n g into the streets in panic. The shocks were felt from as far as Berlin in the north to Sara- jevo in the southeast. The worst devastation in Italy was centered in an area 75 miles in diameter on each side ,of the Tagliamento River, which runs s o u t h f r o m the Alps through the Friuli region to the Adriatic sea. The area is a center for the production of cured hams and cottage industries manu- (See Page 12, Column 7) (AP Laserpnoro) RESCUED FROM RUBBLE Six-year-old Silvia Fallsca is carried from debris that was her home in Gemona, Italy today after the building was wrecked by a severe earth- quake that devastated dozens of towns. The girl's mother died after shielding her with her body. In San Francisco Strike May Be Near Settlement SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The transit-crippling 38-day strike of municipal craft workers appeared to move close to settlement today with a counter-offer by the Board of Supervisors which is nearly identical to an offer by striking unions. The heart of the proposal is formation of an 11-person factfinding committee, and removal from the June 8 ballot of propositions to which labor objects. The proposal difference concerns the llth person. The board wants it to be Mayor Gerge Moscone; the unions want an "impartial" member. Board of Supervisors President Quentin Kopp said early today after a caucus of city leaders that he hoped the unions would respond today to the board's written proposal, possibly by early afternoon. Supervisors were scheduled to meet in special session at noon today. Kopp, in response to a q u e s t i o n w h e t h e r t h i s means the strike is "just about over," said that if labor is consistent with its previous position, "I think t h a t ' s what it would mean." Mayor Moscone said he did not expect the board's action to be rejected by the unions since the unions "have in effect indicated Employment Higher Jobless Rate Holds Steady WASHINGTON (UPI) Unemployment held steady at 7.5 per cent in April while the total number of workers w i t h . jobs increased to a record high, the Labor Department reported today. It was the first time since 1973 that the nation has gone seven straight months without an increase in unemployment. Total employment rose by 710.000 persons to a record 87.4 million. But its impact on joblessness was b l u n t e d by a s i m i l a r Woman Park Ranger Killed increase in the total number of persons available for work. This group also rose to an all-time high of 61.6 per cent of the population. The continued employment increase prompted Julius Shiskin, head of the Bureau oi Labor Statistics, to c o n c l u d e t h a t the nation's economic expansion has "completed the 'recovery' stage of the business cycle and has now entered the ' g r o w t h ' stage." He noted in testimony before the Joint Economic C o m m i t t e e that total employment surpassed its Police Call Meeting All-Out Search For Area Slayer By RICK SULLIVAN The discovery of a partially nude, decomposed body of a young South San Francisco woman Wednesday -- bringing to four the number of unsolved stabbing murders in North San Mateo County this year -has precipitated a joint meeting between local police authorities and the federal Department of Justice. According to Det. Bob Robinson of the Pacifica Police Department, police officers from the cities of South San Francisco, Daly City, Millbrae and Pacifica plan to meet early next week with Justice Department officials to discuss the recent slayings, The bodies of young, attractive girls have been found stabbed and three of them sexually assaulted in each of the four cities -- a different body in a different city each month for the past four months. It is hoped that the Justice Department can provide some clue as to what kind of a person would commit these sexual slayings. Det. Robinson said the Justice Department completed a survey last year of all unsolved female homicides in the United States. · In this county, police have been unable to determine the killers of Veronica Cascio, 18, Paula Louise Baxter, 17, Denise Lampe, 19 and Mrs. Carol Lee Booth, 26. Although police say they have been able to link only two of the murders -- those of Miss Cascio and Miss Baxter -- they do admit there are some striking similarities involved in all the slayings. Police have established that all the girls had brown hair that was parted in the middle; that they all were young and attractive; and that they sustained multiple stab wounds. Det. Robinson said that although Mrs. Booth was in her mid-twenties, he said she looked like a teen-ager. Other s i m i l a r i t include the fact that the bodies of three of the girls were found in dark wooded areas. Miss Cascio's body was discovered below a line of (See Page 12, Column 2) W M W Slayer's Profile they would accept almost the identical package." Board member John Molinari said he expected a quick end to the strike because "their proposal is essentialy our proposal. Radiation At Moscow Embassy Up WASHINGTON (AP) Latest tests indicate that levels of microwave radiation at the U.S. embassy in Moscow are higher than levels recorded in March, a c c o r d i n g to a State Department source. The source said renewed concern over the radiation was expressed by U.S. Ambassador Walter Stoessel in an official cable dispatched within the past few days to Deputy Undersecretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. Eagleburger has been involved in talks over possible health hazards of the radiation with the American Foreign Service Association, which represents U.S. foreign service officers. Stoessel's cable contrasts with earlier data, presented in a classified State Department briefing paper, c l a i m i n g t h a t "typical maximum levels" of radiation dropped from 13 microwatts per square By JANET PARKER A psychologist's profile describes the slayer of two North County women as a paranoid schizophrenic with religious training in witchcraft, astrology and the occult. Det. Bob Robinson of the Pacifica Police Department said that a psychologist was consulted and a profile developed after the murder of Veronica Ann Cascio, 18, of Pacifica on Jan. 8 and the murder of Paula Louise Baxter, 17, of Millbrae on Feb. 8. Whether or not that same profile might describe the murdere of two other North County women -- Denise Lempe of Daly City and Carol Booth of South San Francisco -- has not been determined. Robinson said the profile described the killer as having severe sexual problems and a hostility toward women as well as a poor relationship with his mother. The murdere, the psychologist's profile stated, had. brutal and sadistic tendencies. He was described as isolated with few sexual contacts. His father, according to the profile, may have been a punitive and ineffectual individual. Also noted were possible sexual relationships with animals. Robinson said the Pacifica Police Department also has a physical description of the killer -- a right- handed white male with dark hair. The Pacifica and Millbrae murders -- using laboratory tests -- have been linked by the two police departments. South San Francisco and Daly City Police Depart- Mental Patients Tighter Laws To Control Urged A young woman state park ranger was instantly killed Thursday afternoon when an oncoming car, out of control, smashed head- on into her state pickup truck, knocking it down a. 25-foot embankment on Cabrillo Highway north of La Honda Road, the Calif o r n i a H i g h w a y Patrol reported. Fellow workers said that Patricia Marie Scully, 25, of 95 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay, is believed to be the first woman state park ranger to be killed in the line of duty in Northern California. They said she had been engaged to be married to a county park r a n g e r in San J o a q u i n County. According to Highway P a t r o l m a n M a r k Sooy, Manuel Santos Fernandez ,lr., 19, of 578 MacArthur Ave., Redwood City, was northbound on the Coast highway at excessive speed when he lost control of his car on a curve. The vehicle overturned, skidded some 119 feet down the pavement, crossed the center line while airborne and smashed into the state truck, knocking it down an embankment on the land side of the highway. Fernandez and two passengers in his truck, James McCarty. 18, of 770 Ninth Ave., Redwood City, and D a v i d Todd, 18, of 275 Stambaugh St., Redwood City, were injured. Fernandez was released a f t e r treatment at Sequoia Hospital but his two companions were hospitalized. Miss Scully was pronounced dead on arrival at Chope Community Hospital. Firemen from the California Division of Forestry station at Pescadero carried her body back up to the highway. prerecession peak after centimeter in January to 1 only 12 recovery months to 3 microwatts in March, and now exceeds that peak (Sec Page 12, Column 5) The source said he did (See Page 12, Column 1) Police chiefs, a Superior Court judge, county supervisors and health officials called in state lawmakers Thursday night to tighten laws governing the release of violent criminals from mental institutions. Members of the North County Council of Cities voted unanimously to form a committee to study the issue and to recommend changes in state legislation. C o m m i t t e e members will include Pacifica Police Chief Mel Nelson, Daly City Councilman McRobert Stewart. Pacifica Councilman Mark Savage, and Supervisors James Fitzgerald and John Ward. The committee will meet with Dr. Howard Gurevitz, assistant director of the County Health and Welfare Department, to develop proposals to make to state legislators. Chief Nelson Thursday night told the group of North County councilmen, that policemen throughout the county are becoming increasingly disturbed that communities are not forewarned by mental institutions of the release of ments haven't said if the more recent two murders have been committed by the same individual. All four women were stabbed to death. Two of the women -Denise Lampe and Paula Baxter -- were described as friendly and popular. Miss Lampe was a part- time salesgirl in the cosmetics section of Mervyn's Department Store in Serra- monte Shopping Center. Her supervisor, Cora N e i l , said Miss Lampe never annoyed any of her customers and was always polite. She was attractive and had lots of friends, Ms. Nei) said. She was about 5'5" with long brown hair. Miss Baxter was a friendly but quiet person, according to Bill Frisbee, her supervisor at the San Bruno Parks and Recreation Department. Miss Baxter was a baton instructor there for nearly two years. She taught more than 50 girls from San Bruno and Millbrae and was a majorette at Capuchino High School. "She seemed like a shy person," Frisbee 'said. "Nobody around here knew her that well." "One little girl put her baton away when she heard about the murder and she w o n ' t take it out anymore." Frisbee said. A neighbor of Miss Cas- vioient offenders back into cio said the Pacifica victim their cities. was a boisterous girl who The chief said that last didn't have many friends, year four murders were She was a senior at ' (See Page 12, Column 7) Thornton High School. Canyon Hospital Conversion Urged THE TIMES RECOMMENDS Special Election 6th Calif. Senate Dlst. Tuesday, May 11,1976 Robert St. Clalr [x] According to rangers at State Park Coastside Headquarters in Half Moon Bay, Miss Scully had been a park ranger for a year-and- a - h a l f and had been assigned to San Mateo County beaches last September. She was returning from a research trip to the Pescadero marsh when she met her d e a t h , they reported. She is survived by her parents in Rio Linda near Sacramento. Joseph Ronald Franzo, 18, of 837 C o n s t i t u t i o n Drive, Foster City, died Thursday night of massive head injuries in the intensive care unit of Sequoia Hospital. According to San Carlos O f f i c e r J . H . M c B r i d c , Franzo was driving south on Kl Camino Real on his motorecyclc without a hcl- melon May 3. He said the motorcycle struck a vehicle making a left turn onto White Oak Way and Franzo was catapauhcd 35-feet through the air. He is survived bv his Wreckage of a state pickup truck In afternoon lies at the bottom of an mother. Mrs. Gloria which State Park Ranger Patricia embankment off Cabrillo Highway. Franzo of Foster City. Marie Scully, 25, was killed Thursday Development of county- owned Canyon Hospital west of Redwood City as a psychiatric skilled nursing f a c i l i t y received t h e endorsement of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Thursday. ' C o u n t y Director of Health and Welfare Dr. George P i c k e t t was directed by the board to return in two weeks with final recommendations concerning development of the facility and .whether it should be operated by the county or under contract with a private corporation. The hospital, termed an "L" or long-term care facility, would provide care for county patients who normally would be hospital- · ized at Napa State Hospital. John Oddenheimer, program coordinator for the Mental Health Services Division of the Department of Health and Welfare, said that 70 of the 120 patients from San Mateo County now at Napa could be returned to Canyon for more effective treatment. Dr. Robert M. R a n k program chief of the Mental Health Services Division, cited the need for a local long-term care hospital for the mentally ill. He said that the vast majority of patients in Napa are there not because it is the best place for them, but because it is the only place. Many receive no treatment at all, Rankin stated., "only warehousing". Oddenheimer said Canyon, with 120 beds, would serve not only persons now hospitalized at Napa, but also persons placed in out- of-county skilled nursing (See Page 12, Column 1) News Index ROSE SHOW WINNERS LISTED. Pages 8-9. Births 38 Obituaries 38 Business 33 Restaurants Clubs...28-31 WOMAN RANGER KILLED (C.P. Photo by Keith Remlllong) Classified 38-48 Comics 36 Editorial 34 Features 35 Gardens 8,9, 10,11 Lifestyle 13-15 Sports 25-27. Stocks 32 TV, Radio 18 Theaters 16-17 Weather 6

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