Times Colonist from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on July 4, 1994 · 3
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Monday, July 4, 1994
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TIMES-COLONIST Monday, July 4, 1994 A3 "Dangerous' count may stop Weasel's refugee status bid ByWmJWestad Immigration officials may try to thwart Gerald Gervasoni's bid for refugee status by having him declared dangerous to the public. Gervasoni, known as Jerry or the Weasel in his native New Jersey, is trying to obtain refugee status in Canada, based on barbaric prison conditions in Florida, where he is wanted for the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Paula Pasciak. Her body was found in 1986, stuffed underneath her mother's bed in a small town in Florida. The 35-year-old man says he stands the chance of being raped by HIV-infected thugs if returned to the U.S., and so should be granted refugee status. But Immigration Canada is considering whether he is excluded from applying for refugee status because of a 1981 robbery conviction, for which he served three years in prison in the U.S. Gervasoni robbed a store clerk of $293, said his lawyer, Gary Botting, who said there was "no violence" in the robbery. Other grounds for having him declared dangerous are a youth record, which Botting said actually belongs to Gervasoni's older brother Joe, not him; Canadian charges of sexual assault, telephone harassment, breach of recognizance, which have been stayed by the Crown; and the outstanding murder charge, for which Gervasoni is wanted in Florida. Botting noted that the Canadian charges have been stayed by the Crown although Gervasoni is trying to have them reinstated to "clear my name." Botting said the Canadian charges are "strictly a domestic dispute. Gervasoni has stated that (the complainant) enticed him to go to bed with her several times after he was placed on probation and ordered not to see her. Telephone harassment and breach of recobnizance is hardly 'violence.'" . The only outstanding allegation against Gervasoni with any violence is the murder charge, Bot-' ting said, adding that Gervasnoi swears that when he left Pasciak at her mother's residence in 1988, the two were in the middle of an argument over an inheritance. "He says he did not find out about the murder, which he assumes was perpetrated by the mother, until years later." A person who is deemed to constitute a danger to the public is not eligible to have his claim to refugee status determined by the refugee board. Gervasoni came into the public eye last fall. He had been living under an assumed name in Canada for eight years, and was living on Saltspring Island when a story on the U.S. television show Un-. solved Mysteries, showed his face. He was wanted for the 1986 murder of Pasciak. No date has been set for the immigration hearing on whether Gervasoni will be declared dangerous. B.C. ferry makes a U-turn to retrieve missing baby Tha Pjinarlian Pmsa Vancouver A nine-month-old tot turned around a B.C. ferry Saturday. The ship did a U-turn back to Nanaimo when a frantic grandmother realized she'd forgotten a pint-sized passenger her nine-month-old grandchild. "The grandmother was taking three of her grandchildren over to meet their mother," said Nanaimo RCMP Const Brenda O'Sullivan-Bridges. "Apparently there was quite a rush to get on the ferry and this woman misplaced her grandchild." The discovery was made just 15 minutes after the Queen of New Westminster left for Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. The gaffe put ferries 30-minutes behind schedule for the rest of the day. "She notified someone on board and the ferry turned around to pick up the child. We got called down there by the ferry staff and it was quite a scene. "Everyone was quite flabbergasted a baby could get left behind. There was quite a commotion down there, all the ferry staff knew what was going on, the baby was in good hands." Victoria police dog Chase makes bark in card world The Canadian Press It may not be Pavel Bure's rookie card but a big hit with local schoolchildren these days is a hockey-style card with a four-footed hero. The hero is Chase, a Victoria police dog. Const Bruce Clark, Chase's handler, says he cant believe the popularity of the cards since he got them a couple of weeks ago. "I've given away about 400 cards in two weeks," Clark said. "Strangely, it's not just kids who like them. I've had adults come up and ask for them as welL" Clark got the idea of the hockey cards for dogs, popular in California, at a dog-handlers' convention in Las Vegas. He got one of the department's identification officers to take a picture of the almost all-black Chase looking out the window of a white police car. Then Clark found a sponsor the Chow Barn feed store where Chase's food comes from to pay the $300-plus cost of the first 3,000 cards. Then he wrote up the dog's biography in hockey-card style for the back: "Chase was born in Delta, B.C. He loves to catch bad guys and search for evidence. When not working, Chase enjoys swimming, playing with kids and mooching for dog biscuits." . . ... ... . ' m y3S7T .4, p rvJ. .. r ? " t . .;: U rS - .... Am Ar T I JXi t ' ' t " . v. :; , h VVi:. .; i -7:..,. i mm mm .. V 1-' . i 1-1 A XT 1 i.j.w.'..iw. 1 lZ:X 3-:;v " Model ride Sidney mayor Marie Rosko seems to be having a good time as she rides a model of a Sawyer Massey tractor engine. She is accompanied by Archie Miller who helps operate the motor. Rosko Debra BrashTimes-Colonist was in the official parade of civic dignitaries who opened A Salute to North Saanich Days during a busy round of festivities throughout the Saanich Peninsula. . B.C. Socred riding associations showing more signs of erosion Tha Panarllan Pmgg Vancouver t There are more signs of erosion in the once powerful B.C. Social Credit Party. Interim Socred president Ben Hume confirmed Sunday several constituency organizations appear to have disbanded. The Young Socreds also have not held their annual meeting and its president has resigned, he said. The party that ran British Columbia for most of the last four decades has been in steady decline since losing the 1991 provincial election to the New Democrats. It's been leaderless since the resignation in May of leader Grace McCarthy, and four of its six legislature members have defected to the upstart pro vincial Reform Party. Hume said the party has touched bottom but the resurrection now can begin. A number of constituency associations, including five or six on Vancouver Island, did not hold annual general meetings by the end of last month as required, said Hume. "After everything is said and done, well probably have 10 executives that wont have any members on the current executive willing to stand," he said. Other members will be found to run the associations, he said. But Hume acknowledged some associations are sending in any funds remaining in their coffers with the recommendation the money go to retiring the party's outstanding debt Police rescue man injured in suite fire Victoria Police officers broke a window to get inside a burning apartment early Sunday. Inside the suite at 202-122 Men-zies St, officers found a couch on fire and a man passed out on it, apparently intoxicated. The man was transported to Royal Jubilee Hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening. 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