The Spokesman-Review from Spokane, Washington on November 10, 1989 · 15
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The Spokesman-Review from Spokane, Washington · 15

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B6 The Spokesman-Review Fri 'Groups join to guard right to abortion , By Richard Wagoner Staff writer Representatives from 14 Spokane-area organizations Thursday announced the formation of a coalition aimed at preserving the right to an abortion. To form a coalition of this size in Spokane is unprecedented, said Judith Gilmore, Eastern Washington coordinator for the National Abortion Rights Action League and a member of the coalition. Organizations belonging to the coalition, called Pro-Choice Washington, represent thousands of people throughout Eastern Washington, members said at a news conference. The groups first mission is to help elect pro-choice candidates and fight a proposed initiative that would require doctors to give certain information to women seeking an abortion. Initiative 109, for which supporters are collecting signatures, would require abortion providers to give women information about the fetus, the abortion procedure and its potential consequences. Supporters are expected to present the initiative to this session of the Legislature. Organizations involved in the coalition range from the National Organization for Women to the League of Women Voters to Men Against Rape. Our relationship to the coalition is rapes a violent means of denying people mainly women choice, said Bob Branch, a representative of Men Against Rape. Ann Dewey, a spokeswoman for Washington Women United, said the coalition will provide a focus for people who dont belong to any of the 14 organizations but who believe in the right to abortion. They can work individually or as part of this group to protect pro-choice, Dewey said. Other organizations in the group are Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, Washington Privacy Lobby, American Association of University Women-Spokane Valley, Hadassah, Older Womens League, Spokane Regional Womens Commission, YWCA and the Inland Empire Womens Political Caucus. Viewers phone after show on Doyle Wheeler By Jess Walter Staff writer A television story depicting an alleged attack on former San Diego police officer Doyle Wheeler near Spokane brought 152 telephone calls to the show Unsolved Mysteries, the shows spokesman said Thursday. Wheeler was found in his house north of Spokane in April 1988, beaten and shot in the left ear. . Wheeler, 37, was a key witness in the two trials of Sagon Penn, a black man who killed police agent Thomas Riggs and wounded agent Donovan Jacobs during a 1985 shooting. , Wheeler and Jacobs both appeared on the Wednesday show. The segment examined charges from Wheeler that San Diego police officers were involved in his shooting, and separate allegations that Wheeler staged the incident. It was a weird show. It wasnt our usual, piece, said David Rajter, a spokesman for Unsolved Mysteries, which airs unsolved crimes and urges people to call with information. Rajter said the response of 152 telephone calls was less than the show usually receives. But most of those are fugitive cases, he said. With this one, unless youre privy to some specific information about the case, you wouldnt call. So thats a lot of information coming in. The California Department of Justice is investigating any leads that might arise from the show, Rajter said. A spokesman for the department said no headway has been made in the investigation yet. Can We Help? We want you to get the most from your newspaper subscription. If you have a question about our services, please give us a call at one of the numbers below. Miss your paper? Call 747-4422 Start a subscription? Phone 747-4422 Mistake in a story? Call FACT-Finden 459-5430 Place a Display Ad? Dial 459-5005 Story idea? Call 459-5403 GOOD PAPER THE Spokesman-Review Spokane jtljfonttU Nov. 10, 1989, Spokane, Wash. Green River By Jim DeFede Staff writer William J. Stevens Jr., who has refused to speak publicly since becoming the focus of the Green River serial-murder investigation, is close to signing a book deal to tell his story. Roderick Thorp, a Los Angeles-based author who specializes in crime writing, said he has conducted dozens of interviews with Stevens in the past few months. Thorp is currently living at the Stevens family home north of Spokane. He has been in Spokane most of this week interviewing Stevens family, friends and associates. Thorp has written nine books, including the novel Die Hard, which was made into J U ML&J U ui L All Womens and Mens Denim Jeans r 1 7rr f r Available in our Active Dept. All Mens NBA and NFLActivewear SAVE 30 From Regular Prices WITH THIS COUPON Choose from our entire assortment of crew neck sweatshirts and pants, 100 cotton T-shirts and more! Top sizes M-XL. Pants, sizes S-XL. 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Craig Beles, a Seattle attorney who represents Stevens in civil matters, said Stevens is close to signing the deal with Thorp. Beles refused to discuss the potential financial benefits for Stevens. Under the tentative agreement, Stevens would have no control over what was written about him, Beles and Thorp said. Mr. Thorp is going to be doing his own thing, Beles said. In July, Stevens was named a viable suspect in the deaths and disappearances of more than 49 women. That assessment was based on interviews the Green River Task Force conducted with Stevens friends and associates. Although the task force has ruled him out in some of the murders, Stevens, 39, remains under investigation for at least three dozen killings between 1982 and 1984. Beles stressed that the book will not include any admissions of guilt by Stevens. Bill does not in any way change his assertion of innocence, he said. 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