The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on March 6, 1980 · 1
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Thursday, March 6, 1980
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t.'o favorite ss MCAA tourney begin EportsPcgo 55 S lit wm A brand old place SccnoPago 27 I TV fashion history Sccno Pcgo 27 Stock down 16.81 Pago 61 115th Year No. 231 fx mm Thursday, March 6, 1SC0 20$ Final edition Late sports Militants give up control uu if By Peter II. King and Nancy Dooley 1380, San Franc tsco Examiner It is every little boy's fantasy. Slap on chaps and a big black hat and jump on the back of a pretty painted pony. Ride 'em, cowboy, and smile for the camera. It is a picture to save. Whatever hardships life may bring, it will remain as a black-and-white remind- n n y 10V pi TviEK a th.P er of happier times the day in 1942 when you visited your Grandpa Pollard's farm in Texas and sat so tall in the saddle. And 38 years later, when the reporters invade your one-room cabin far away on the Northern California coast, searching for clues that would tell them just what kind of man would attempt to build a family of kidnapped boys, maybe they will find the photograph, and maybe they will try harder to understand how the little boy on the pony could grow up to become the troubled man In the courtroom artist's sketch. Here is how. Kenneth Eufiene Parnell was born in Amarillo, Texas, on Sept 26, 1931, the son of Fred and Mary Parnell, a cook and a practical nurse. He sits today in a single cell in the Mendocino County Jail in Ukiah, accused of kidnapping two small boys. What happened in the 48 years in between? What, if the charges are true, drove this man to stalk the streets of Bakersfield and Merced and Ukiah and Santa Rosa on his dark missions? And how was he able to keep one of those boys as his surrogate son for seven years without being detected? Just what did go wrong with the boy on the pony? Like the old photo from his grandfather's farm, some of the edges of Kenneth Parnell's life remain out of focus. But certain -See Page 6, Col. 1 mum? Topic A THE MOSLEM militants who have held some 50 Americans hostape at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for 124 days asked the ruling Revolutionary Council to take over responsibility for the captives. Page 1. Citystate KENNETH PARNELL'S path from Innocent child to accused childstealer was king and tortured. The smiling little boy in the cowboy hat starts from the framed photograph across the years, and the man who was the boy sits in a Ukiah jail cell. Page 1. ERVIN Ml'RPHY, suspected as the second kidnapper of Steven Stayner, was formally charged with the crime today. And the criminal complaint against Kenneth Parnell to include false imprisonment. He had previously been charged with kidnap and cliild stealing. Page 1. HAKEEM ABDUL Rasheed, the Oakland cltTgyman who preached the gospel of wealth, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his get gtt-rich-quk k scheme. Page 1. A STUDY of 12 large US. cities snows that San Francisco, along with Detroit and Los Angeles, pays the highest salaries and benefits to policemen, firemen, and several other categories of public workers. Page 5. Nation CBS SAYS the White House tried for two weeks to get the network to drop a recent "60 Minutes" segment on US. involvement in Iran during the shah's regime. Page 1. SACCHARIN, THE artificial sweetener used in dirt soda and food, posts no serous cancer threat to the millions of Americans who eat and drink it daily, studies conclude. Page 2a World THE GUERRILLAS holding most of Bogota's diplomatic corps inside the Dominican Embassy released Austrian Ambassador Edgar Selzer, but continued to hold 14 other diplomats, including the US. ambassador. Page 3. THE SOVIET Union has deployed launching ramps for tactical nuclear missiles in Afghanistan and has brought in troops trained in chemical and germ warfare, a French newspaper said. Page 20. Iports MAJOR LEAGUE executives huddled to evaluate a players' threat to strike on or after April 1. Page S3. Ousinc ss MAJOR CHANGES in the nation's banking, savings and loan and credit union regulations have been agreed on by House and Senate conferees. Further changes are being considered. Page 61. SILICON VALLEY is worrying about the supply of its raw material silieou It's as common as sand on the beach, but the problem is the time and money it takes to extract it Page 6L Opinion THE EXAMINER'S VIEW; Rhodesia has entered a new era . in which the disposition of Robert Mugabe will determine whether freedom has a future there. Editorials, Page 38. Weather BAY AREA: Decreasing clouds, then mostly fair tonight and tomorrow. Highs hi the 50s; lows in the upper 30s in outlying areas to the midlOs in San Francisco. Light winds. Details, Page 26. Index Arts, Films. ............... .31-34 Calendar .. 25 Comici.. ..36 Crosswords 36 Deaths Editorials-. Shipping .... Television.. Want Ads... ..40 38 62 35 -.41-52 Hakeem's sentence: 15 years By Dexter Waugh A stunned Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, the Oakland clergyman who sold thousands of people his gospel of wealth, today was sentenced to 15 years In federal penitentiary. In pronouncing the stiff sentence, US. District Judge Stanley Weigel said that such a tong term "may not return the lost money, but it may deter others." Weigel also fined Rasheed $1,000 on each of the six counts of fraud and increased his bail from $10,000 to $TiOO,000 cash. He remanded Rasheed to the federal marshal's custody and to jail, unless he can make bail. Rasheed's lawyer, Marcus Topel, said he will immediately file notice of appeal and also move to reduce bail. He said his ground for appeal will be that the First Amendment protected his client. "Hakeem inspired people to feel good about themselves and about money," Topel said, "and there was no evidence throughout the case that he did not believe this himself. "What he taught was unorthodox, very different and certainly unpalatable to government Institutions, but I think that a very good argument has been made that what he did is protected by the First Amendment." The 31-year-old clergyman and the vice president of his Church of Hakeem, Janice Phillips, 26, were accused of mail fraud in the church's get-rich program. Phillips is to be sentenced tomorrow. . ' US. Attorney Ed Luckel said he believes Weigel's long sentence is entirely appropriate: "In the government's view this was a massive fraud involving millions of dollars . . . Rasheed showed arrogance and cold disdain to the court" Referring to the millions of dollars in cash and property Rasheed and his church accumulated, Luckel said he had "an apparent inability to care even for his own children." He said Rasheed Is $7,500 in arrears in child support. The prosecutor said he thinks the public sees the perpetrators of white-collar crimes receiving short sentences and added that Rasheed's long sentence "will tell everyone in the community that the perpetrators of economic crimes are being treated fairly by the See Back Page, Col. 1 Council agrees but Americans 'still hostages1 White House reactionPage 2 Examiner News Services The Moslem militants, who have held 50 Americans hostage at the US. Embassy in Tehran for 124 days, today asked the ruling Revolutionary Council to take over responsibility for the captives. The council met later, agreed to assume custody of the hostages and said it would set up a special "commis- sion" that would meet tomorrow to! arrange the transfer of responsibility. ; Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghotbza-'. deh made it clear the Iranian govern- ment still considers the Americans1 hostages. '", "Our conditions are rather clear" ; for their release, he told reporters,, apparently referring to three condi-! tons set down by President Abol; Hassan Rani-Sartr a I! S pnvernmpnt admission of guilt in Interference in . past Iranian affairs, a pledge not to do ; so in the future and a promise not to ! block Iranian efforts extradite the deposed shah and his "stolen wealth." Ghotbzadeh said he could not answer questions about whether the hostages would be removed from the embassy and where they would be held. Those arrangements would be handled by the as-yet-unidentified commission, he said. Iranian authorities have said a final decision on the hostages will not be made until April or May. There was no See Back Page, Col. 1 txamtnerLee Homero BUBBLE GUM AND A NEW CAP HELP STEVE STAYNER ADJUST TO HOMECOMING Legend on the headpiece says 'I'm not a cowboy I just found the hat' Yosamite janitor charged paipn' friirmk o itu mail in fcuuiiao - By Mike Lassiter Examiner Staff Writer MERCED Ervin Murphy, the 38-year-old hotel janitor suspected as the second kidnapper of Steven Stayner, was formally charged with the crime today. District Attorney Pat Hallford filed three counts against the quiet Yosemite stove cleaner: kidnap, child stealing and false imprisonment Murphy appeared in Merced Municipal Court, where the charges against him were read, but his arraignment was postponed until 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. The county public defender and a private attorney, Tony Capozzi, were both present The question of who will defend Murphy will be decided by tomorrow. Hallford also amended his complaint against 48-year-old Kenneth Parnell to include false imprisonment. He had previously been charged with kidnap and child stealing. Hallford said law enforcement officials are arranging to transport Parnell from Ukiah, where he is being held for kidnapping 5-year-old Timmy White, to Merced for a Monday arraignment The district attorney explained that he added faLse imprisonment to the charges against Parnell and Murphy because he faces the legal problem See Back Page, Col. 1 '60 Minutes' defied U.S. on Iran show NEW YORK (AP) CBS went ahead Sunday with a "60 Minutes" segment on United States Involvement with the former shah of Iran, despite two weeks of pressure from the White House to drop the piece, CBS News President William Leonard said today. Leonard said he was contacted directly by administration representatives he declined to name, and said he discussed the matter with Don Hewitt, the program's executive producer, and Mike Wallace, the correspondent for the report The network considered abandoning the segment altogether, Leonard said, "but it's obvious where we came down." "We had decided to broadcast the piece before there were any of these representations," Leonard said, "and we went ahead with it as planned." Neither Hewitt nor Wallace could be reached immediately for comment The segment, nearly tw ice as long as the average "60 Minutes" piece, Included an interview with the now-deposed shah taped by Wallace some time ago. The show also quoted various sources as saying there were links between the CIA and the shah's secret See Back Page, Col. 6 A hard lookThe electronic, gimmicky world of protection By Norman Mel nick The young man, intoxicated on something, couldn't get his ID card into the automatic teller. With blind fury, he went home, got a wrench and threw it through the bank's w indow. Then he let go with a bucket of paint. "But the machine, being intelligent, told us who it was and we traced the card back to him and arrested him. We got full restitution," says Jay Dixon, a Crocker Bank vice president in charge of security. The automatic teller is a computerized machine that makes it possible to withdraw money after banking hours. Its primary curpose is not to catch vandals. But its ability to locate the hotheaded customer illustrates the increasing emphasis on technology as a watchdog for corporations and individuals alike. "We tend to think of security today as a package that can include burglar alarms, automatic fire detection, robbery alarms, closed-circuit TV, electronic access control systems to replace keys and locks, ultrasonics, microw ave and infrared to detect body heat," says John Gillilan of the San Francisco office of ADT, a security firm. "That's a high degree of sophistication." That perfectly fits George E.B. King's 3atre hacienda spread on a I knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. This is a property protected by just about every mechanism known to spaceage alarm makers, from simple alarm-tripping metal strips running beneath the floorboards to elaborate mk'rowave transmitters that pick up even the creepiest movements. This unit is located above the wet bar. King's grandfather was William J. Eurns, founder of the now-international Burns detective agency. "Naturally I dont want to sell anything I havent tested out myself," King says. "So 1 had -SeePe lat'l

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