Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on March 13, 1985 · 3
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Wednesday, March 13, 1985
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ALBANY (ORE.) DEMOCRAT-HERALD, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 13B5 3 fl g k r 1 i"" '-"" -"' V 4 Wrf La M 14 lw - a td ALCAfYf."!!D-V ALLEY By ERIC MORTENSON Dmocrt-Hrald Writer Defense attorney Paul Kuebrich said this morning he would file motions regarding what he called Use "circus atmosphere" produced by coverage of the John T. Davis murder trial, In its third day In Linn County Circuit Court. Kucbrich, referring to the Democrat-Herald's coverage of the trial, said there had been inaccuracies. He said the motions also would deal with "police conduct" In disclosing Information about the case outside of public testimony, , Throughout the trial, Judge William Lewis has told Jurors not to read newspaper accounts of the case or to listen to radio or television newscasts that might mention It. The Jurors also have been toltf not to discuss the case among themselves or with others. Before court this morning, Kucbrich pointed out an error in Tuesday's Democrat-Herald story about toe trial. Because of a reporter's misunderstanding of testimony, the story incorrectly said Davis and another man had discussed expanding an operation of transporting mcthamphetamines from California to Oregon. They tad not. There was no indication this morning when argument on the pending motions would take place. , Davis is charged with murder in the killing of Barbara Lynn Bates, 25, who was found dead in Davis' nome at 1CQ0 Sherman St. S.E. on Nov. 1). Witnesses testifying so far in the trial have told this story about the, man they called "John T.": , On Sunday morning, Nov. 11, Davis said people were watching the house and ordered his common-law wife, Tcri Isom, his 17 year-old son Don Ray Davis, and Janet Hutchinson, a family friend from California, to leave. Davis told them not to come back until he got in touch with them, He and Lewis Granville Hurt II remained behind. Hurt began testifying this morning. Isom, Don Ray Davis and Hutchinson spent the day around Albany and ended up meeting Barbara Bates, whom they knew, at a local restaurant. Bates, who had been drinking, seemed extremely depressed and talked about committing suicide. Bates left the restaurant before them. The three drove to the Albany home of Jerry Wayne Page, who had met Davis when both worked at Teleayne Wan Chang Albany and considered himself a good friend of the defendant. Page, who was Just sitting down to watch the movie "Stir Crazy" on television, agreed to go check an Davis, When Page arrived, he saw Hurt outside Davis' house working on a car window, Hurt unlocked the front door of the house and Page went inside, Although he did not see Davis, he called out to a bedroom and received a muffled reply. Hie voice, although unusually quiet, sounded like Davis', Page testified. Page returned to his home on Ermine Street. Sherry McFee, who lived across the street from Davis, testified that Barbara Bates' pickup pulled up to the defendant's house at about 8: 15 p.m. McFee said she was sure of the time because "Stir Crazy" had come on at 8 p.m., when she made a quick trip to a store fa groceries. Isom, Hutchinson and Don Ray Davis left Page's house and drove back to Sherman Street, The younger Davis testified he entered the house, looked in his father's bedroom and, "I seen a body laying there with a blanket over it." Although the face was covered, the teen-ager said he instinctively knew the victim was Bates, a frequent visitor to their home. Hurt, who was outside when they arrived, grabbed Hutchinson and told her to tell Page to come over. The three drove back to Page's home and told him there was "something on the floor in the bedroom." Page returned to the house and Hurt again unlocked the front door for him. Page saw the body and confronted Hurt, who seemed extremely nervous and jumpy. Hurt denied any knowledge of what had occurred. Page and Hurt returned to Page's home. Page gathered his family and drove to the Linn County sheriff's department, where he reported what he had seen, Hurt, Isom, Hutchinson and Don Ray Davis left Page's home in Hutchinson's pickup, Meanwhile, Davis showed up at the Albany home of Darlene Grader, the ex-wife of a friend. Soaking wet from the heavy rain that fell that night, Davis paced the floor and said he needed to borrow her car because his had broken down in Corvallis. Grader reluctantly let him borrow her 1964 Chevrolet Nova, and Davis left her house at about 9:30 p.m. Later, Hurt, Isom, Hutchinson and Don Ray Davis drove up to Darlene Grader's house. When Grader told them Davis had "just been there, Hurt turned to the others and said, "We'd better get out of here, John's been here." Between 9:30 and 10 p.m., Davis stopped at a North Albany home where a Denver woman, Janibele Gammon, was staying with her sister. Gammon, who had known Davis since 1912, also was watching "Stir Crazy" on television. Davis asked her for a ride to Corvallis and said "they" were after v I i 1 1 . i Democrat Hrd b'fTtod Smffll District Attorney Jackson Frost, defense lawyer Paul Kuebrich, and defendant John T. Davis, from left, wait during a recess Monday in Davis' trial. him and had captured Isom and Don Ray Davis. Gammon drove Davis to the Bellfountain area, where they made a quick stop at a residence, then returned to Corvallis. Davis, who Gammon said seemed extremely nervous, got out of the car while it was still moving. She later discovered that he had left his wallet, two necklaces and his house keys in her car. Back at her sister's home, she found Davis had left the keys to Crader's car, which was abandoned near the Nebergall Loop home. Albany police, alerted by the sheriff's office, found Bates body. She had been severely beaten and strangled. A plastic bag was tied around her head and the body was covered by a blanket and bath mat. Hurt was arrested Nov. 12 near Medford. The charges later were dismissed and a warrant was issued for Davis arrest. He was picked up in Albany Dec. 1. Linn mulls restaurant fca increase By ERIC MORTENSON Damocrat-Herald Writer A proposal to Increase Linn County restaurant license fees will be discussed Thursday during a meeting of county's Food Service Advisory Committee. Bab Wilson, director of Use county's Environmental Health Department, said increasing the fees would help offset the cost of hiring a badly-needed restaurant inspector. The committee meets at 3 p.m. Thursday in the basement meeting room of the county courthouse, Fourth Avenue and Ellsworth Street, Albany. Restaurant owners or managers and the general public are invited to attend. Wilson has proposed Increasing the average fee by about 9 percent, from $146 to $162 per year. County restaurants are charged a sliding fee that is linked to seating capacity. For example, restaurants with up to 10 seats are now charged $30 and those with seating for more than 100 are charged $220. Under his proposal, the restaurants in the example would pay $125 and $225. Restaurants receive a 10-percent discount if they renew their license on time each year. Wilson said smaller restaurants are being asked to pay more because the fee structure now penalizes larger establishments. Large restaurants now pay almost three times as much when the dif fence In time spent inspecting large or small restaurants is not that great, he said. Wilson said the county's in? pection system is totally fee supported. If the higher fees were approved and the county matched it with money from the general fund, he would hire a half-time sanitarian. The person hired would spend most of his time doing restaurant inspections. Wilson said, but also would train food handlers and inspect school kitchens. "We're pretty far behind," he said. "We're required to do a minimum of two unannounced inspections per year. We're doing about 75 percent of required inspections." ' He said the county has fallen behind in inspections because of new state standards, which include a detailed point system and "critical item" approach. " "There are many, many more follow-up visits required," he said. "The service is much better, but it's taking more time. "At our present rate of hitting 75 percent, in a calendar year half the restaurants in the county would be inspected only one time," he added. Session offers insight on telephone systems Exhibitors from telecommunications companies will distribute their wares and services tonight at "Telecommunications '85," sponsored by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. The session, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Takeena Lodge, 1212 Price Road S.E., offers an opprtunity to learn about business ana reside nual telephone systems on the market. Admission is $3 at the door. Mors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a no-host bar. m4 L w n m m customers Water-bill delay mean may get 2 bills at end of this month Friends of Library review 'Raven' "Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones" is the topic for the Friends of the Library book review at noon Thursday at the downtown branch of the Albany Public Library, 302 Ferry St. S.W. Graham Kislingbury, sports editor of the Democrat-Herald, will review the book. He has met the author, Tim Reiterman, a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. Listeners are welcome to bring their lunches, Beverages will be provided. Atiyeh appoints 2 educators Two mid-valley educators have been appointed by Gov. Vic . Atiyeh to the State Advisory Council for Career and Vocational Education. They are Joe Weiss, director of special education for the Lebanon school district; and Ada Jean Fancier of Albany, coordinator of vocational education for Corvallis sehools. They are among 13 people appointed to the council. The council was set up to plan, coordinate and evaluate vocational programs C. Linn approves teacher rehiring HALSEY The Central Linn Schools Board of Directors Monday night approved the rehiring for 1385-86 of 14 teachers who have taught on probation. It also hired five assistant coaches for the spring sports season. The assistant coaches are Marty Benedict, Monty Smith and Mike Gosney for baseball; and Forrest Grizzel and Dan Kelly for track. In other business, the board hired a half-time custodian and looked over the 1935 86 school calendar. The calendar is ex pected to be adopted at the April 8 board meeting, said Superintendent Bill Lane. The school year will begin Aug. 28 for teachers and Sept. 3 for students. Schools compete in dancedrill Five mid-valley high schools will compete in the Oregon DanceDrill Organization's statewide dancedrill competition Friday and Saturday at the Salem Armory, Salem. Twenty-five schools from throughout Oregon will participate in the contest. Teams from South and West Albany will com-, pete in the Class AAA division, Jefferson and Sweet Home in Class AA and Santiam at Mill City in Class A. The public is welcome to attend. Preliminaries or Round 1 begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday and cost is $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for students and seniors. Children will be admitted free. Round 2 (finals) will be at 6 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $4 for adults, $2.50 for students and seniors and $1 for children. Albany man earns fellowship CORVALLIS - Stan T. Lebow, 1026 Eighth Street S.W., Albany, has received a $1,200 Richard Hansen Fellowship from the Menasha Corp., a forest products firm with plants in Oregon and Washingtoa Lebow is studying at OSU for his master's degree in forest products. He graduated from West Albany High School and earned a from OSU in forest products. The fellowship was established at OSU in memory of Richard Hansen, a former manager with Menasha who helped establish wood-fiber plants in Albany, North Bend and Grants Pats. Lebow is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gale Lebow of Albany. Bills for January and February might be sent to Albany water .iistomers by the end of March, according to Marcia Bradetich, who is in charge of billing for the city of Albany. The city, which bought the water system from Pacific Power & Light on Jan. 1, is working on transferring accounts from PP&L's to Albany's computer system. The delay means water customers will get two bills at once, possibly just two or three weeks before getting a third bill for the month of March. The city will extend the normal 15-day deadline for payment of the January and February bills to 30 days, Bradetich said. A note will be enclosed along with the double bill, she said, explaining that subsequent bills will arrive every month. Customers who have a very expensive water bill each month, such as Teledyne Wah Chang Albany and ether industries, "have been receiving bills ou tirae, she said, because those accounts were handled without the help of a computer. Lebanon grant to fund repair of homes LEBANON - Lebanon will be able to assist in the repair and weatherization of up to 50 homes in the next 18 months through a grant received from the Oregon Community Development program. The city received a grant of $309,400 from the state program for housing rehabilitation. This, coupled with matching funds from the Farmers Home Administration, Oregon Department of Energy, Linn-Benton Housing Authority and the homeowners themselves, will give the city a total of $634,300 for the program. The money will be loaned to low-income owners of homes or rental units within a target area of central and northern Lebanon, said Steve South, city director of economic development. Interest rates and repayment schedules will vary, depending on the financial situation of the property owner or renter. The grant will allow continuation of a housing- rehabilitation program begun in 1383, when the city received a similar grant of $440,000. Funds for the $309,000 block grant were made available from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and recipients of the loans must meet HUD income standards. These standards, for owner-occupied and rental dwellings, range from a one-person household with annual income of $12,800 to an eight-person household making no more , than $22,800. Housing improvements that qualify for the funds include roof repair, structural repair, wiring, plumbing, weatherization and other basic, non-cosmetic rehabilitation. The funds must be used on 20 owner-occupied and 30 rental units. a , Lebanon was among 10 of 26 cities that applied to receive the state block grant, according to Rep. Liz VanLeeuwen, R-Halsey. mm EARLY FOR OFFIGi BELIUEHV Q' J sbJI Carnation J gnaffe rtjud Vases I Slower H apw . ' 305 S. Washington J AlJtk1. 928-1223 Wera MHIcrsburg Council backs Linn pll MILLERSBIRG - The City Council and Mayor Clayton Wood endorsed a plan to build a new Linn County Jail and justice facility Tuesday night after Linn County commissioners met with the group to explain the proposal. The city will prepare and send a newsletter to Millersburg residents, said city recorder Barbara Castillo, announcing the endorsement and explaining a $13.6-million bond issue to be put to voters March 26. ' Seniors can get a ride to concert at LBCC Transportation will be available for senior citizens who wish to attend Thursday's Oregon Symphony concert at Linn-Benton Community College. Seniors should meet at the Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave. N.W. The van will leave at 7:15 p.m. . There is no charge but donations are welcome. More information is available from Jim Tolbert, 926-3228, chairman of Creative Arts GuildLBCC Performing Arts Series. mm Helping professionals are discovering the Elephant in our community. sponsored by Albany Chapter OFFDA (Oregon Free From Drug Abuse) Paid for dv Brut Tau Chaprrr, Brta Sigma Phi ciose-Out VWHiW. Fikio Pi im ri rt HpS it SOLID OAK V-ll L0 1 Perfect for tos, blankets, as a hope chest $1 (O reg,$249 JLT rcg.$289 199 .wi'h hntnyi l int' SoIkI O.iK I uimturc 29855 Highway 34 754-9191 ..f 3 miles from the bridge in Co-wiliii on H.ghwoy 34 Neil to Wayne Bitk Cheviot!

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