Times Colonist from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on June 9, 1994 · 1
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Thursday, June 9, 1994
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u mm CV7CVI n 2iCO C3iTD iiiimiiii riMimiMwiyiniiiW r " """ " v:rl r r fJ-i viiJ am DAYS Thursday, June 9, 1994 Victoria, British Columbia, 136th year, No. 176 60 cents 70 cent outside Greater Victoria iytelhieir wKh atok lb gf stows, over polices By Denise Helm Times-Colonist staff A Victoria butcher has a beef with city police and a sore head after a rooftop fight with four street youths Wednesday. Ray Williams was hit in the head by a lengthy stick but said he still smarts from how police handled the struggle. "That's the part that bothers me," said Williams, who owns Williams Quality Meats in Victoria and is also a Saanich councillor. Williams said the police seemed more concerned about the rights of the transient youths and were abrupt with him. "There is too much of this going on and the innocent victim is afraid to speak up." At one point, Williams also landed a blow across one youth's head with an axe handle. Williams said he insisted charges be laid. I RAY WILLIAMS says he was angry and forceful but didn't fear for his safety until one of the youths started swinging a 1 .5-metre-long stick. Victoria Police said Wednesday they are talking with Crown counsel about possible charges, including assault and mischief. One of the youths also wants an assault charge laid against Williams. The investigating officers were not available for comment Williams moved his longtime downtown business to 749 View St. 11 months ago and has had more than one run-in with youths hanging around. On Wednesday morning he found two females, two males and a black puppy inside the boiler room on the building's roof, accessible from an adjacent parkade. Sleeping bags, blankets, candle stubs, empty beer tins and food were evidence the place had been broken into and used as a shelter for a long time. "I told them in no uncertain terms to get out of there," Williams said. Off-path hiker falls, rescuers prepared By Sandra McCulloch Times-Colonist staff , A hiker who fell while climbing Mount Finlayson without ropes or protection Tuesday evening got a lesson in preparedness from an expert Jason Smith, 22, of Victoria was following two friends up a rugged, steep section of the pop-ular hill when a rock came loose from above and landed on his head, knocking him unconscious. He tumbled 20 metres and ended up with a broken arm and face lacerations. After the accident at about 7:15 p.m., it took five hours to get Smith off the mountain and involved more than 30 people, including search-and-rescue officials, paramedics, volunteers and even two scout leaders. Smith, was eventually taken to Victoria General Hospital, where' he was in stable condition. Although there, are paths leading up the mountain, Deputy Chief Bill Goldie of the Lang-ford Fire Department said hikers frequently try to take more difficult routes without proper gear or preparation. "They have no protection at all no ropes, no nothing," said Goldie. One of Smith's friends scampered down the mountain and drove his pickup from the base of the trail to the picnic area, where the 10th Juan de Fuca Scouting group was holding its annual barbecue. One of the scout leaders, Dave Christmas, has extensive experience in rock climbing and he knows first aid and CPR. Christmas and fellow leader .V. m' X I - ' S CHRISTMAS and a fellow scout leader were first to help hiker. Rick Youmans grabbed a cellular phone and a first-aid kit and followed the young man back up the mountain. It was like deja vu for Christmas, he said. "I helped take another guy off the other side of the mountain last year." Getting near Smith was difficult because of his location between two paths. "Once you get up a couple hundred metres, it's all shale, like a greased slope. You put your feet down and you just slide." Christmas left the other leader with the injured man and headed back down to meet the paramedics the first of many up-and-down trips. "I met the two paramedics at the bottom and they asked, 'Where is this guy?' and I pointed up the mountain. They just said 'mat?!'" Christmas helped the paramedics pack their gear up the hill. One of the paramedics accidentally kicked a bee's nest and got stung. Christmas went back down the hill to get the necessary medicine, leaving the paramedics with Youmans and Smith. "I headed up and down the mountain about four times it just killed me," Christmas said with a laugh. Hants "They were very belligerent, using all sorts of words I wouldn't admit to in public." Williams, a big man, said he was angry and forceful but didnt fear for his safety until one of the youths started swinging a 1.5-me-tre-long stick. Williams said he was hit on the side of the head and at one time ' lost track of how many youths were on top of him. On his way downstairs to get help, Williams was joined by his store manager, who had an axe handle, the parkade manager and the cook from a nearby restaurant Returning to the roof, Williams said he was again attacked by the youth with the stick and this time landed a blow across the youth's head with the axe handle. "He wasn't going to get a second chance." Canadians among top polluters StatsCan Times-Colonist news services Ottawa Canada's reputation as a clean, green, pristine country was trashed Wednesday by the federal government. A Statistics Canada report says Canada was among the top producers per capita in the world of industrial and household garbage, hazardous wastes and greenhouse gas production in 1991. Environment Minister Sheila Copps placed the blame on industry, which she says isn't living up to targets set for it by the government. The first methanol pump opens in Victoria just in time for Clean Air Day62 "We want the recycling issues to be dealt with very directly by industry or we'll take specific action in the fall," she warned. Copps said she and provincial environment ministers agree that if there is no progress by September a minimum national target for waste reduction would be set up. Elizabeth May, executive director of the environmental watchdog Sierra Club, says Canadians have come a long way on recycling. "But we can still be completely embarrassed that we are one of the world's worst polluters." May says Canadians are second only to the United States in carbon monoxide production, mostly from automobiles. The report, based on the most recent figures, says that in 1991: Each Canadian generated about 360 kilograms of solid waste, ranking Canada seventh behind the United States, New WASTE A2 Head games . -.0-e? (Mr M nLfa-ifc-s. . -iff V r 30 ft v . 'V. World class effort CanactenPre83 Canada's Eddy Berdusco, front, and Germany's Jurgen Kohler battle for ball during pre-World Cup exhibition game in Toronto Wednesday. The Canadians figure they let themselves down with a 2-0 loss to the current holders of the world soccer crown. StoryA6 Harcourt: Scandal besmirches NDP Premier Harcourt acknowledges the Nanaimo bingo scandal has "besmirched" the reputation of the New Democratic Party, and promises to find out if the party benefited from the crimes. Opposition Leader Gordon Campbell calls for a public inquiry to find out exactly what happened to the money. StoryA3 Party for world "A party for the world," featuring Canadian pop acts the Crash Test Dummies, the Rankin Family, and Colin James and the Little Big Band, will be staged at Victoria's Inner Harbor during the Commonwealth Games. The free festival, to run each night from Aug. 19 to 28, will offer a diverse blend of entertainment It is expected to attract 30,000 people nightly. StoryB1 Murder suspect rejects 'no-electric chair' deal By Kim Westad TimRR-OnlnnKl staff A U.S. man wanted for a Florida murder rejected an agreement Wednesday that would have saved him from the electric chair if convicted, saying he wants to stay in Canada and "clear my name." 1 feel I am the victim," said Gerald Gervasoni, who went on to tell B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Dorgan that he has been ill-treated by his lawyers aM the press. V And Gervasoni wants Canadian sexual assault charges that the Crown stayed earlier this month to be reinstated, so he can fight them. The Crown had not been advised of the situation as of late Wednesday afternoon. Gervasoni is wanted in Florida for an eight-year-old murder. His girlfriend's strangled body was found July 13, 1986, under her mother's bed in Kissimmee, south of Orlando near DisneyWorld in central Florida, . - Getvasoni was charged with murder last fall, after he was ar rested on Saltspring Island. A feature about the Florida murder on the television show Unsolved Mysteries prompted Crimestoppers tips. I He had been living in Canada under the name, Gordon Neil Mclntyre, and bad charges of sexual assault breach of a peace bond, making harassing telephone calls and two firearms offences under that name. His lawyers, Brad Hickford and Bob Claus, had worked out an arrangement where Gervasoni would agree to be extradited back to the U.S. to face the murder charge, on the condition that the prosecutor would not seek the ' death penalty if Gervasoni was convicted. The Victoria Crown office, in an effort to expedite the extradition, had agreed to stay the local charges. Gervasoni, also known as Jerry or the Weasel, was to sign the papers Wednesday in court But he refused, and lambasted his lawyers, who are no longer acting for him. Gervasoni said the lawyers "used up all my wife and Fs total life savings" and did not adequately represent him. He said he was told he'd need "a wheelbarrow full of money" to hire them, and that if he wanted a guarantee on the outcome of their representation, "go to Woolco or Woodward's." Gervasoni, who is not a Canadian citizen, is now on legal aid. He faces an immigration hearing on July 12nd an extradition hearing Nov. 2i-23L Sunny, cloudy periods C17 It Inside Ann LandersC3 BirthsC7 BridgeC10 BusinessB5 Capital RegionBI ClassifiedC7 ComicsC6 . CrosswordsC13 GardeningC2 - HealthC2 Liv1ngC1 LookD1 Pattern sC11 SportsA6 i w yu i uuuu i

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