Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on October 21, 1970 · Page 6
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- Santa Cnc Srntinrl Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1970 By Si aysn (Continued from Tagc 1) ed" at the news of Ohta's death, Santa Cruz County will mi? again. But Dr. Ohta was call ed, and because of his diagnosis, I was able to see again." A blind university student from Southern California called The Sentinel Tuesday to deliver his appraisal of Dr. Ohta. In an emotion-choked voice, Dennis Holter, 1969 Soquel High School student body president, said he was "dazed and shock- and that he will probably fly: him, because there is no wa; nere ior me runerai. replace him as lne son ot Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Boles of Ben Lomond, Holter came to know Ohta through the doctor's futile attempt to save Holter's vision from the disease glaucoma. Dr. Ohta performed two eye operations as recently as two months ago on Holter. "We became close friends. to replace him as a man. Holter said. Ray Negro, Soquel Fire chief said it was recognized t h Ohta's were well-to-do, but they always had plenty of time to talk with and help people They were humble people, al ways ready to assist if neces sary." Three Sought In Slaying (Continued from Page 1) near Nichols Road. Sheriff's deputies rushed toward the scene, but some 15 minutes later a subsequent report stated the car had started up and was heading toward Highway 9. More lawmen headed in that direction, but within minutes a radio report came in from the railroad that the car had been hit. In all, estimated Sgt. Jim Mashtare of the sheriff's department, no more than 30 minutes elapsed from the time the first report was received until the report came in from the railroad. The railroad men said they passed through the tunnel at 3 p.m. and it was unobstructed. When they returned through the tunnel at 4:45 p.m. they struck the vehicle. Mashtare said at first glance lawmen saw "nothing of con sequence m the car, but ad ded, "We hope the car will pre sent something of value in evi dence." Criminal Investigation and Identification Bureau experts Live Oak Weighs Policy Of Recognizing Special Duties Of Its Teachers A policy recognizing special duties of teachers had its first reading before Live Oak Ele mentary School District trustees Tuesday night. Superintendent Herb Cart- wright explained that the tradi- tional concept of two types of educational personal teach ers and administrators no longer stands up. He said Live Oak is considering recognizing various , levels of teacher re sponsibilities and roles with some type of compensation. For example, he said a teacher at the Green Acres School learning center coordinates the efforts of four or five other teachers, acting much as a "foreman." Also, special education teachers may be doing more things than the regular classroom teaching situation. Such leadership efforts would be rewarded under the policy. If the board approves the pro posal adoption of enabling policy is scheduled at the Nov. 3 meeting teachers would contract individually for the additional compensation. Each teacher's proposal would be screened first through the faculty, then the school administration and finally the superintendent before submission to trustees for approval. Other business Tuesday night included: VANDALISM - Names of residents were submitted for a proposed vandalism prevention committee. Cartwright said the Live Oak district has been plagued with vandalism. Most costly has been theft some $2,000 since Jan. 1; most com mon includes broken windows and break-ins. TV Trustees approved expenditure of $50 for educational TV programs. The board reconsidered the expenditure after it was learned that state re imbursement for last year's ed ucational TV expenditure cannot be made until the succeed ing year's contract is signed, according to state law. if the district decided to drop educational TV, it therefore would not be reimbursed for the previous year's expense. The state pays 50 per cent of the cost. Live Oak trustees, question ing the legality of such a quali fication, decided to ask the county counsels oftice to investigate the requirement. LOAN Because the district is out of money, the board de cided to request a loan of $75,- 000 from the county for the period of Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. Traditionally, school districts run out of funds before the first installments of property taxes start coming in Dec. 15. from Sacramento were to ex amine the car. Police theorize the suspects drove the vehicle from the Bonny Doon area to Highway 9, then onto Rincon Road and from there onto the railroad track. They actually drove the car across a railroad trestle to get to the bridge. A four - wheel drive emergency vehicle which later tried the same trick al most went into the river. Deputies checked literally doz ens of persons during the night anyone remotely s u s p l- cious," according to a statement from the sheriff s office. Some of the searchers had been called away from the scene uy iu p.m. as tne in tense darkness of the remote area hampered the hunt. Others remained on a stand-by watch. The terrain is rugged and creased with steep ravines and ridges, but, Mashtare pointed out, "If they wanted to work at it .they could leave in any direction. However, the sheriff's officer reported at 12:30 a.m. it was proceeding with the search un der the assumption the sus pects still were in the vicinty. Funeral services for Mrs, Cadwallader will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at White's chapel, 138 Walnut Ave., with the Rev D. R. Peterraan of Church of the Nazarene officiating. Inter ment will be in Oakwood Me morial Park. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, she is survived by her husband, Jack A. Cadwallader of Santa Cruz; two daughters, Melinda and Dorothy Cadwal lader, both of Santa Cruz; her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Kinney of Santa Cruz; a brother, Edward Kinney of Santa Cruz, and several nieces and nephews. City and county officials also pressed their concern over the ituation. Said Santa Cruz Mayor Erst Wicklund, "I find this iiocking. I know Dr. and Mrs. )hta as very kind, gentle and vonderful people. It's difficult o comprehend that such an act :ould happen in our community area, or anywhere else. John Lappin, Capitola city councilman, added, "W hen something like this happens this close to home, it's like a night mare. There isn't any reason for such and junjust and illog ical act. It only happens far away, not in your own back yard. The most tragic thing now is that people here must live with realistic fears mat this can happen to them." As area citizens were sorrow ed, they were also terrified. A check of local gun stores Tuesday revealed a definite in crease in gun sales. One store reported a sales jump of "more than 500 per cent, trom one or two to 10 or 12, and anoth er said he noticed an increase of 300 per cent "over a normal t Tuesday." y All those merchants reporting an increase said it was "definitely due to the Ohta killings." ' t "Y" f -WS' ft --. f Alt.. Santa Cruz Bosines. .nd Professional Women'i Club Pre-CSiristiiias Bazaar ItnlunI Goods Jollies Gift Items Plants 0 Light Hefreshiiioiils Saturday, October 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Business and Professional Women's Clubhouse Button & Plymouth Sts. Dr. Victor M. Ohta Read The Sentinel Classified Ads Attorney Charges Ploy Aimed At Influencing Besco Issue The move to relax annexation restrictions against the controversial Besco development has been labled as a ploy to influence approval of the project by the county board of supervisors at next week's hearing. The Local Agency Formation Commission had imposed a ban on further annexations to the Capitola and East Cliff sanita tion districts until work is set in gear to increase the capacity of the East Cliff sewage disposal plant, i Now, however, LAFC's execu tive officer, Ed Hanna, has stated he will recommend at today's commission meeting that the Besco annexation be approved so long as the development's sewage system is not put in operation before the plant is enlarged. In a letter slated to be read at today's meeting, Aptos attor ney Lewis Hanchett Jr. said approval of the annexation by LAFC will put the commission in the position of saying to the supervisors: "You should ap prove the Besco development because this large, dense de velopment will help solve the sewer problem. This comes from plans to make joint use of sewage facilities to be constructed for Besco to help extend sewage service to the area in the vicinity of the development property. ' "The recommendation (of annexation approval) assumes approval of the Besco development by the board of supervisors at a time when this highly contro-verisal matter is coming up for consideration by the supervisors only a week from the date of this hearing by the commis sion," Hanchett charged. "This is a highly improper attempt to influence and infringe upon the authority of the board of supervisors," he continued. "Furthermore, this action Is directly contrary to the clear statutory prohibi t i o n against attempts by this com mission to regulate land use a prohibition designed to pre vent infringement upon the rights of residents to an oft jective, unbiased determination as to whether a particular land use is in the best interest of the community. "Obviously, there are many considerations far more important than sewers, and there are other developers who will be interested in this property." Hanchett, who said he was speaking for an informal organization of mid-county residents, said today's LAFC hearing, "because of its timing and the is sues presented," may well be part of a remarkably efficient campaign by Besco to win public support for its project. "Certainly the granting of the sewer annexation permit would favor Besco's chances before the supervisors." Hanchett said his group does not consider the fact Besco made its application prior to the annexation freeze a valid argument for consideration of granting the permit now. Board Offers Reward For Slayers A $5,000 reward for informa tion leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers of the Victor Ohta family and his sec retary, Dorothy Cadwallader, was offered by the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Board members made it plain they hope private citizens will contribute money to make the reward $25,000, Since it is not legal to offer such rewards, supervisors had to hedge just a big on their offer. The $5,000 will become available only if the state legislature later passes a law allowing such rewards. ine legislature last year passed a law allowing rewards for convictions of murderers who prey on public officials. Supervisor Henry Mello, who first proposed the reward be $25,000, said he reduced the amount because individual su pervisors might be held respon sible in a taxpayers suit charging illegal action. County Counsel Howard Gawthrop as sured him this won t happen if the legislature acts Supervisors, who said they were shocked by the five deaths, made it clear . such awards would not normally be offered in murder cases. it s not whether a person is a doctor, is rich, or poor," Mello said, "but the fact it was a savage attack made on family that prompts this re ward." Supervisor John R. McCallie agreed it was "the manner in which this crime was commit ted" which makes it of such importance. 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