Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 20, 1978 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Friday, January 20, 1978
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n7th Year No. 215 Ukiah, Mendocino County, California- Friday, January 20, 1978 20 Pages—2 Section—15 Cents 'He Was m er ABUNDANT WATERS — With tlie heavy rains of tiie past week, Lalce Mendocino has risen to its highest level in two years. The boat ramp on the north end of the lalte shown above pnd many of the mooring facilities are inundated. As the Russian River flow downstream decreased, the dam outflow has been increased and the lake is dropping back to its flood conservation level. The release was increased today to 5,000 cubic feet per second. — Journal photo by Harris. Beef alo defendant pleads, will tell all In^ dramatic turnaround yesterday, a key suspect in the alleged multimillion dollar beefalo swindle {deaded guilty to six counts of a 61 count Grand Jury indictment and has agreed to testify in the case against Oliver Hemphill, alleged kingpin of the worldwide operation. Andrew Jackson KeUey, 65 a fprtner vice president of Pan American Airways for European operations was charged with theft and securities fraud in dealings with Euro-Pacific cor­ poration, Rancho de Taralara and several other companies. agreed in a six page memorandum ^submitted in Superior Court Thursday to a guilty plea on six of the 61 charges. All six are violations of the corporate code in- vblving sale or solicitation for sale of corporate securities not qualified for sale. The five victims Kelley admitted selling illegal corporate securities to-in the six counts were Delores Quinton, Gerald Miller , Max Showalter, Henry City will recruit women, minQrities A study of city hiring patterns by the state Personnel Board has found the majority of high salaried professional and administrative jobs are filled by white males and the bottom three salary levels and job classifications filled by women and minorities. The city council Wednesday night adopted the recommendations of the personnel board for active recruiting of minorities and women in a five year plan. , The plan is an updating of the already existing city affirmative action plan. By studying the population in the Ukiah Valley, available to work in the city, the study determined specific percentages of minorities and women who live in the area. These are compared with the percentages in th6 city workforce to determine if there is un- derrepresentation of any group. "The result is a goal of 41 positions" for women in the city work force and "the goal for Spanish-American males is four." ^ The city currently • employu 18 women, creating a need to hire 23 women, according to the report. The city currently employs 18 people in the minority categories, according to the document. The report breaks that down as five Spanish- Americans, one American Indian and me or two Blacks. The report goes further to show that in eight categories of jobs, of the ll7 total City employees, 59 of the top administrative and technical jobs are held by white males. The bottom three slots are held by 55 minority and women 1;lM>loS:00 foMilyBrowsliHi No Salesmen Bring the Family employees. One woman and one Indiap male are listed in the technical and professional catagories. Of the 18 women employed by the city, 17 work in office clerical positions, and the report recommends the city find women with management potential and provide "on-the-job training which would prepare the employees for higher level positions." It also urges the city to encourage employees to prepare themselves for high level jobs through education or outside training.. The plan slates that establishment of five year hiring goals does not constitute quotas and they are simply goals the city should actively work toward. The city's adopted affirmative action program states its purpose is to spell out "specific action that has, or will be, inaugurated to insure equal employment opportunities to everyone without discrimination or prejudice as to race or sex." When^'the city council adopted the updated findings by the state,' Councilman Ira Brannon said thait as long as the recommendations did not represent quotas, he would support them. The remainder of the council voted unanimously to adopt the report without comment. In the salary category, the top city salary rangfe of $13,000 fo $25,000 plus per year are filled by the majority of white males. The salaries listed from $6,000 to $12,000 per year contain 50 women and minority employees. From past experience, the report states, the city can expect to hire eight people each year due to job turnover. The report takes into account creation of new positions, but because it has been very low in the past, the average yearly rate of new job openings was left at eight. During the next five years, beginning this year, the city has a projected goal of hiring 27 to 28 minorities and women. The plan states t^at according to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.under a system of . goals an employer is never required to hire a person who does not have qualifications needed .to perform the job successfully. An employer is never required to hire>uch an unqualified person in preference to another applicant who is qualified. "It may not be possible" to achieve parity employment for all minority and female groups in each category within a five year period," th? report states. Carunchio, Jon Ventura and Michael Dudley. Each count could bring a sentence of up to 10 years in state prison and-or a $10,000 fine, according to the court document. Kelley said in the legal statement he would testify in the cases of other principals involved in the beefalo indictments to help the court understand the "underlying action" in the charges. That would make the court "better able to appreciate the difference in culpability of various defendents," according to the statement. Kelley was granted immuliftj^ from prosecution with respect to testimony or documents presented in the case relating to the other counts. Testimony would include his actions between January 1975 and January 1978. His plea of guilty was conditioned on three things approved by the court; that he not be referred immediately to probation for report and review; sentencing be deferred until June 30, 1978 or until the principal trial is completed and until after his evidence with respect to the other cases is heard. Kelley was released on his own recognizance late yesterday afternoon and according to the county clerk's office his $7,000 bail and passport has been returned. Kelley was arrested along with Oliver Hemphill in San Francisco in December and brought to Ukiah to face the grand jury charges. One of the firms, allegedly controlled by Hemphill, Euro Pacific declared bankruptcy last March, owing more than $200,00(i to creditors. The district, attorney'sofficecharged that Hemphill issued phony stock in the so-qalled breeding operation and sold ownership certificates for Beefalo they did not legally own. District Attorney, , Duncan James charged, investors from around the world have lost more than a half miUion dollars in the scheme. Beefalo is a cattle-buffalo cross breed supposedly faster growing, with more meat and requiring less fe^d. It was allegedly shipped to European markets. ^ After entering the guilty plea, Kelley turned over to the court and the prosecutor a substantial number of documents relating to the charges and expected to provide new information in the case. Effective today and until further notice there will be no Bingo at ElKSClUB Next Game date will be annountecf soon. s son tells of fatal knifing By JIM HARRIS "I saw him holding my father against the wall... they were in the pool table room., he was stabbing my father. I tried to pull him off." In a calm, detached voice, 15-year-old Michael Wilson testified in court yesterday that Larry Botsford, 18, stabbed his father. Jurors and audience members sat riveted to their seats as the bpy described how the defendant, only a few years older than he, allegedly "murdered his father, the proprietor of the KOA cdmpgroUhd in Willits, on the night of Aug. 12, 1977. , District Attorney Duncan James then giiided the youngster- through the details of the night of^tei^or that began when Botsford allegedly Tsurglarized the campground store and was discovered by the elder Wilson. Michael testified that after he began struggling with Botsford, the defendant dropped the knife. Michael said he Picked it up and fiotsford tried to grab it frbm him, cutting his hand on the blade. By this tin\e, Ruth Wilson, the victim's wife, had come into the store and was also grappling with Botsford. Michael said he told Botsford to stop, and when he didn't, stabbed him in the back with the knife. James earlier had asked the victim's son about the hours before the killing. The young witness testified that he had been helping his father, also named Michael Wilson, in the store. Five minutes before the 10 p.m. closing time, his father had asked a group of young men who were playing pool in the recreation room next to the store campground to leave. After they left the boy said he went out the front door while his dad stayed inside briefly to lock up. The teen-ager said he then walked outside and noticed three older boys drinking beer, He asked them to clean up their cans and they agreed. One of them, the defendant, then asked him if he could buy more beer. Michael said he couldn't because the store was locked. Botsford then offered to buy a six- pack for $3 and let Michael keep the change but he still refused. Botsford asked who had the keys and Michael said his father did. The witness said he then left the group and walked up ''a short hill to the mobile home where his family lived. There, he went to his room and watched television, he said. It is the prosecution's contention that fBotsfordj who had been drinking, then broke into the campground store and stole several six packs of beer. The prosecution has charged that Botsford then returned to the camper van that he was sharing with his mother, on, the way offering to "get things from the store" for other campers. , When no other campers took him up on the offer, Botsford then returned to the store and began to steal a small amount of cojns left near the cash register, James alleges. It was then that the elder Wilson, alerted by a camper, confronted the defendant in the store. i Ori the witness stand, the young Wiiiits water is safe for drinking Willits water is safe to drink, PG&B, has assured residents. , The flock tank was unable to handle the tremendous increase in water flow over the past few days which has resulted in the color change. The health department was notified and the cholorine mixture was increased to offset any impurities in the water. Northwestern California: Variable cloudiness tonight. Increasing clouds Saturday with rain likely from about Point Arena and Ukiah northward and chance south. Local fog in valleys night and morning. Fort Bragg 50 ^nd 52, Ukiah 47 and 56. % Jan., 1978 Date Hi Lo 19 56 41 Noon Today. '50 Rainfall 34.08 Jan., 1977 Date HI Lo 19 69 29 Low Today 34 Last Year 6,96 Michael Wilson said that after he had gone to his room, a camper, "a guy from Oregon, came to the front door of the mobile home and said something was going on in the campground store and his father should investigate. Michael said he went to get his father, who was undressed and in bed. His father got dressed and they left together, but his father; told him to go, back,and get a flashlight. Michael said he couldn't find the light and ran to the store to join his father. It was then that he Saw Botsford stabbing his fathei', he testified. His niother, who had also been alerted, subsequently joined them. Ryth Wilson was then called to the stand by the district attorney. A petite, attractively dressed redhead, Mrs. Wilson spoke about her night of horror in the same calm tones that had marked her son's testimony. The veteran prosecutor questioned her about the hours preceding the Icilling, and in her own words, she confirmed the events described by her son. Young Michael listened to the testimony, clutching a skateboard as he sat in the audience only a few rows behind the accused killer. James began by asking her to describe her husband. She said he was Five feet, six inches tall, and weighed anly 110 pounds. All eyes in the courtroom shifted to the defendant, a stocky young man who in earlier testimony tvas described as around six feet tall and weighing at least 200 pounds. She said she was taking a bath when she heard the commotion about' the problem in the store., She took.three to , four minutes to get dressed and as she ran down the hill, heard the screams of her son. Thie lights were on in the store and the recreation room when she arrived, and she saw her husband's legs sticking out from behind a pool table, she testified. Larry .Botsford was kneeling down beside Wilson, struggling with him, she said. "I didn't realize he was a camper; I thought he was an escaped convict," Mrs. Wilson testified. "I threw myself on him and tried to pull him off my husband. I can't really remember the struggle. I recall being on the floor and kicking. I got up, I got behind him, my son was there. My son said something to Botsford like "I'll stick you." ' She said after Botsford was stabbed, he ran out of the store. She said she then attended to her husband. Though stabbed many times, Wilson managed to stand up and vialk to a couch iri an adjoining room. Wilson said to get an ambulance, his wife testified, and /^he placed him in the family car and began to drive to the hospital. She was alerted by someone that an ambulance had been called, and waited by the gate on Highway 20 until it arrived. At this point, Wilson was "barely conscious," she said. Earlier testimony indiclited Wilson was dead when he reached the hospital. Also tes.tifying yesterday were sheriff's deputies Chuck Jackson, Doug Gbss, and Sgt. James Tuso. The prosecution is trying to prove that Botsford broke into the store to steal since a killing committed in the course of a theft carries a higher penalty than simple murder. ' Botsford is being represented by Assistant Public Defender David Cooper. Superior Court Judge Timothy O'Brien is presiding. Wef f est January in California history? SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) - With nearly two weeks to go, this January will likely be the wettest month ever recorded in California, the National Weather Service said Thursday. , It already is the third wettest month in 90 years of record keeping at Mt. Shasta, a key weather station for the state water project. A 30 percent chance of light rain was forecast for parts of Northern California tonight. The Weather Service said a record 21.73 inches of rain were measured at Mt. Shasta in February 1902, and the rainfall'this month is up to 19.76 inches with more expected soon. Forecasters said the total rainfall going back to July is 37 inches, or a half inch below the normal total for an entire rainy season. A year ago, the season total at Mt. Shasta was just over 6 inches. The extreme rainfall at Mt. Shasta' is representative of similar conditions in much of California. Hanrattyto run for Congressional seat Calling for immediate action to improve the critical economic outlook for the Second district. Democrat Pat Hanratty announced today.that he will run for Congress in the June priniary election. . Hanratty, 52, is a third-generation California who has lived in Northern California all of his life. Asked why he decided to run, Hanratty stated: '.'.People of tb^ Second district need economic help now, not later. We need immediate tax cuts, immediate property tax relief." He further said, "Indications are that we are facing a new wave of inflation in 1978. Prices are going up, and the value of the dollar is declining. Strong PAT HANRATTY, leadership in Congress can halt, in-, nation in its tracks. People on pensions arid fixed incomes can stand no more inflation." , "Take-home pay has shrunk due to the rise in Social Security tax. An income tax cut is necessary to restore people's buying power to Idst year's level." Hanratty classifies himself as a moderate Democrat. He served for a number of years as an administrative assistant to. . a California senator, acquiring an intimate knowledge of governhient at all levels. Hanratty is a strong advocate of local development. He compiled the Economic Resources Inventory of both Siskiyou and Del Norte Counties, having also written the .original Overall Economic Development Program for both, a first in California. Hanratty served as the director of the Redevelopment . Agency which organized the reconstruction of Crescent City following the disastrous tidal wave. Hanratty has also been an alternate member of the State Democratic Committee, iand a member of the iiumb'oldt and Siskiyou Coiuniy Central Committees. He served on the Get Out the Vote Committee in 1974 aiid 1976. Seeing himself as a Candidate who has the political strength to be electeii, Hanratty cites the heavy Democi'atic voter registration in the Second district comprised of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma- Counties. He is eager to lead a linited Democratic Party,^ to a November victory, .

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