Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on July 10, 1980 · Page 16
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I li'i ' U-Santa Cruz Sentinel Thursday, July 10, 1980 Lesbian Intent On Becoming Cop MARTINEZ (AP) Lesbian Denise Kreps says she plans to battle as hard as necessary to become a deputy sheriff, a position denied her because of her sexual preference. Ms. Kreps pledged Wednesday to "go all the way" in her legal battle for the job with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department, the first major test of a 1979 state Supreme Court decision banning discrimination against homosexuals. As a result, she openly acknowledged her homosexuality for the first time. She described as totally supportive the reaction of her family and deputy sheriffs, many of whom she's known for 2 1 a years because of her work as a dispatcher and reserve deputy. "There's been no negative feedback," she said. Sheriff Richard Rainey, her boss, is going to court Aug. 5 to keep her off the force. The sheriff's department will ask Superior Court Judge Richard Calhoun to overturn an order by the Civil Service Commission not to consider Ms. Kreps' sexual preference in reviewing her application. Last October, Ms. Kreps scored 16th out of more than 180 applicants in physical and written examinations after applying for a deputy's post. The controversy arose when she disclosed her homosexuality during a lie detector test. She had been asked a question about her sexual orientation. Rainey then rejected her. In a prepared statement, Rainey noted that deputies were required to search unclothed prisoners of the same sex. "I feel that it is a violation of the individual rights of inmates to force them to submit to this kind of search by a deputy who has recently engaged in homosexual acts," the statement said. "I knew when I applied for this job that there would be questions regarding my sexual preference." Ms. Kreps said. "I knew I was going to tell the truth." At a hearing before a state administrative law judge in March, the sheriff presented as a witness Or. Alfred Coodley, an Orange County psychiatrist, who said strip searches by a lesbian deputy could cause women inmates to become "anxious," "depressed" or "hostile and resentful." So even though she, herself, may not engage in homosexual behavior, although I think virtually that certainly is a possibility, the other factor may take place." he testified. Three deputies who worked with her said they had found Ms. Kreps perfectly capable as a reserve deputy. The law judge recommended ignoring her sexual orientation. San Francisco's sheriff's department across the bay from Contra Costa has actively sought, gay applicants under a special recruitment program. New Melones Water Level Dropping SACRAMENTO (AP) The dwindling Sierra snow runoff lowered the level of the New Melones Reservoir a foot in one day, an official reports. Jerry King, spokesman for the U.S. Water and Power Resources Service, talked to reporters Wednesday during a recess of a hearing by the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. King said the level will probably keep on dropping, unless there's a sudden hot spell. A federal court in San Francisco is considering an environmentalist suit to require the federal government to lower the reservoir from its present 826 feet above sea level to 808 feet. That would prevent flooding of the white-water canyon of the Stanislaus River. Mark Du Bois, a leader of Friends of the River, said colleagues who were standing chest deep to protest against the recent rise of the water, gave up this week "because they were buzzed by drunken motor boaters." The council is deciding on the work yet to be done around the reservoir to preserve prehistoric, Indian and Gold Rush material. A consulting archaeologist for the Department of the Interior, Bennie Keel, presented a plan he said would cost $1 million. He said the field work would take four months after Congress appropriates the money, which probably won't be for a year yet. The proposal drew these responses: Knox Mellon, California state historic preservation officer, said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did a poor job of preserving finds, and the U.S. Interior Department is doing little better. He said his office is not opposed to filling the reservoir, but not before better archaeological work. Lawrence Teale, brother of former state Sen. Stephen Teale of West Point, said the Me-wuk Indians don't want their burial sites dug up. He said they wouldn't mind if they were flooded, but oppose "desecration." J: i. " ill wilir- )--" 4 i - '. v- " liU-- 1 1 i i. iU ' (bftCSii ? ,. .... A ' f . X i - : ' :."', " -'" I - - ', t 1 k . - . i A . . - . V . ' i f . . - - - (AP Laserphoto) Denise Kreps, righf, sheriff's deputy applicant, and her lawyer, Donna Hikhins L'i 'lilWlfflliM Custom Picture Framing State Seeking Another Salmon Fishing Ban SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state has gone back to court in an attempt to keep commercial salmon fishing out of the three-mile offshore corridor north of Fort Bragg. In its case before the Court of Appeal here, the state claimed Wednesday that the future production of salmon is at stake. State Fish and Game Director E C. Full-erton had prohibited salmon fishing north of Cape Vizcaino from June 1 to July 15. However, fisherman challenged the order in Mendocino County Superior Court. Superior Court Judge Timothy O'Brien sided with the fishermen and ruled that Full-erton exceeded his power and must allow the waters open to fishing. The state had asked the appellate court to delay O'Brien's ruling on Tuesday but was turned down. However, it went back to court Wednesday, claiming that O'Brien did not have the power to also rule that appeals could not block his injunction. . The state rules being challenged by the fishermen are patterned after federal guidelines designed to replenish spawning stocks lost in the 1976-1977 drought. umm . iiiiMi i1m,i PICTURE FRAMING IS OUR BUSINESS 142 River Street 423 1935 Norton Sound' Petty Officer Goes On Trial PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) - A sexual harassment court-martial of a sailor from the USS Norton Sound was scheduled to begin today while the Navy and a congressman investigate allegations of gang violence, loan sharking, and lesbianism aboard the ship. Petty Officer Craig Norman, 22, of Yonkers, N.Y., is accused of sexually harrassing female crew members aboard the missile test ship. The vessel, which tests missile systems and radar, carries a total crew of 375, including 61 females. The 540-foot-long ship, currently in Long Beach for maintenance, is based here, where the court-martial was to be held. The hearing is of particular interest to Rep. Robert K. Dornan of Santa Monica, whose office received several complaints of crew members dealing drugs, loan-sharking and gang violence after it began looking into the stabbing of a crew member and constituent. Dornan spokesman Deane Dana noted that the charges made to the lawmaker's office are "all unsubstantiated," and he declined to detail them. But he added, "What we've heard is disturbing. We've had serious allegations made which have not been brought out in any formal, judicial hearing. But they're things we cannot ignore." Dornan s constituent, fireman's apprentice Bill Kenny, claimed he was stabbed by a shipboard gang dubbed "The Dirty Dozen." Kenny, 19, who said he was also threatened by a mugger earlier this week, has refused to rejoin the ship, Dana said. Dana said Dornan's staff hopes those hearings will elicit testimony that would help clarify whether any of the allegations are true, and if they are, whether they warrant a full investigation. "Should additional facts from the hearing indicate that some of the allegations made to this office in the course of the Kenny investigation ring true, Dornan would be remiss not to submit this information to the appropriate investigatory arm of the Congress," Dana said. One of the eight women accused of homosexuality on the ship, Alisha Harris, 18, of Chicago, had to be placed in a federal prison because the Navy has no brig for women, a Navy spokesman said. She was placed . in the prison because she reportedly refused to report to work aboard ship and then disobeyed an order from a superior officer because she was fed up with the Navy, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner said in Wednesday editions. The Norton Sound's captain, Cmdr. James Seebirt, requested an investigation by the Naval Investigative Service of the Kenny stabbing, but other charges are being probed as well. Asked whether the ship's crew included a violent gang, Navy spokesman Master Chief Jim McDonough in San Diego replied: "There are rumors of such a gang. So far we have not uncovered anything to substantiate the rumors." The Norton Sound, commissioned in early 1945, was converted from a World War II sea plane launcher into a missile-systems test ship. The 540-foot vessel currently tests the Aegis weapons system, which includes advanced radar equipment, according to Nick Strangio, a weapons systems spokesman at Port Hueneme, where the ship is based. Why buy now? This is a question we're often asked. Today the answer is simple...the current economy has forced a BUYER'S MARKET! That is to say that tor a person to make a major purchase, he must have a good reason. 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