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tv i rmmu rv a a'te If I CHICO ENTERPRISE -RECORD CSU PULLS PATROL PLAN FOR LAKE3A US THE SEASON FOR THANK Y0US76B GRIDLEY CAGER SETS SCORING RECORD ID DEDICATED TO THE PROGRESS OF CHICO AND THE GREAT MID-VALLEY AREA FirialiEditioril 132ND NO 38 PHONE 881-1234 CHICO CALIFORNIA THURSDAY DECEMBER 20 1984 25c 85 MONTH PAGES -4 SECTIONS slave suspect inked to CMco Wife implicates him in 9-year-old kidnapping slaying alleged gravesite in an unsuccessful effort to locate the body While the body hasn't tieen located Miss Spannhake's mother Dnrthca has been contacted at her Naples Fla home and told of her daughter's death Some physical evidence has apparently been uncovered to substantiate Mrs Hooker's story I Hit the nature of that evidence has not liecn released However Red Bluff police reportedly (insscss photos of the Hooker home showing where hooks were plant! in the ceiling Another reason Chico nnliec See SUSPECT4A in a manner similar to the way Red Bluff police have said seven-year sex slave was held Hooker then tortured the 5-fnnt-5 110-pound brunette his wife said Mrs Hooker related to police that during the torture Miss Spannhake begged to be released and swore never to tell about the abduction Instead she was slain Mrs Hooker told authorities she and her husband wrapped the woman's body in blankets put it in the ear and buried it at an undisclosed location Chico and Red Bluff officers have accompanied Mrs Hooker on at least one trip to the nection with the disappearance Hooker's 25-year-old wife Janice reportedly has given Red Bluff and Chico police a detailed account of Miss Spann-hake's abduction murder and burial Mrs Hooker told officers she ami her husband had come to Chico to do some shopping when they picked up Miss Spannhake who was hitchhiking law enforcement sources said Mrs Hooker told them the couple subdued Miss Spannhake and drove her to their home in Red Bluff Mrs Hooker told police that once inside the house Miss Spannhake was suspended by ropes from hooks in the ceiling Farmers vote to form new irrigation district Christian students can on campus if form is By Wilton Dillard Farm Editor NKIAON A group of Butte and (llenn County farmers voted nverwhclmingiy this week to purchase the Western ('anal including water diversion rights from for $2 million and to form the 57OfNLaerc Western Canal Irrigation Distrust The vote created what is prob-alily the first and easily the largest farmer-owned irrigation district to be established in the Sacramento Valley since the massive Glcnn-Colusa Irrigation District and seviTal smaller adjacent districts were created during the late 1930s The 118 landowners 91 from Butte County and 21 from Glenn County also overwhelmingly agreed to finance the purchase by issuing $2750000 in seven-year warrants to be secured by a water charge against the 45000 irrigable acres within the district By Ravin Turcotte Staff Writer A group of Christian students learned Wednesday they can meet at CMco High School but they refuse to sign the forms necessary to allow such religious meetings charging that such a requirement constitutes Members of the Fellowship of Christian Students were told that school district officials have taken a new look at district policy and determined that meetings of religious groups can be permitted on the high school campus if the necessary form claiming responsibility is Jntil that form Is signed or until district policy changes the Christian group will have to meet outside in the cold and rain at CMco High According to Ron Faulkner father of a CHS senior who is pushing for access" for the Christian group signing such a form would amount to Faulkner contends that such groups as the Chess Club Yell and Song Leaders Club and Ski Club are not required to sign such forms School board members said that the other district-sanctioned uses of school facilities have faculty advisers and thus someone to claim responsibility for the btouds fiMspoint in time we can't Man until legal counsel says so Faulkner said Faulkner's son Todd said the Christian group has retained a Sacramento attorney He also read a letter to the board from Marie Elizabeth Spannhake Thcv also elected five landowners to serve as the district's hoard of directors Vote tallies showed that 100 percent (4 the votes cast favored forming the new district and approximately 99 percent favored issuing the warrants Only seven of the 1 Iff eligible voters failed to cast ballots The new district straddles the Huttc-Glcnn County line west of the Thcrmnlito Afterbay The hulk of the district 41000 of tlic 57000 acres is in Butte County According to an unofficial tally by the Butte County Clerk's Office all 07 137509 votes east favored the district's formation There were 06805519 votes in favor of the financing plan and 214531 votes less than one percent opposed it Each landowner is entitled to one vote 4 every worth of land based on assessed SmRMGATKMMA Junius Williams Williams is president of Alpha Alpha a black fraternity which is coordinating a number of events including a visit by SwBUCKSMA mm top goal: Get more blacks in college By llogsr Aylwerth SUlf Writer A Red Bluff man accused of holding a sex slave for seven years is suspected of kidnapping and killing a Chico woman who vanished nearly nine years ago The Enterprise-Record has learned Cameron Hooker 31 was named by his wife as the kidnapper and killer of Marie Elizabeth Spannhake who was 18 when she disappeared from a Chico street on Jan 31 1976 Sgt Earl Summers chief of the Chico police detective unit has confirmed the department is investigating Hooker in con Student Todd FMkmr addresses the Christian Legal Society in Washington DC claiming the district has a open forum because other clubs are allowed aiid thus the Christians should also be permitted But not all those present Wednesday evening were in favor of such an open forum with one professor of constitutional law urging the board not to mix religion with politics Ed Bronson a Chico State University professor told the standing-room-only crowd gress and signed by the presi- dent provides that student-initiated religious groups be given the same right to meet in non- See God govemment5B instructional time as other voluntary extracurricular groups such as sports political drama dins or cheerieading clubs Despite the law however an extra-curricular high school religion club in Lubbock Texas is about the entrance to the tunnel he said today as he prepared to go to the hospital for treatment of eye irritation and smoke Inhalation Late this morning a rescue team entered a tunnel adjacent to the one in which the miners were trapped in an effort to reach the 27 me and one woman said Don Childs personnel director for Emery Mining Co operator of the Wilbeig Mine Emery officials said they believed the workers mayhave retreated to other areas Wilberg Mine seeking dead air and they held out hope for their safety a meet signed Hensley displays rejected form best course is to protect the taxpayers' liability and not adopt this (open forum I policy" Persons said Persons also noted the district was concerned with overcrowding and suggested the district put priorities on using available classrooms for educational pur- Trustee Robert Ross accused the Christian group of this a test by refusing to SmCHRBTMNMA- of school enacted the law a federal appeals court upheld a ban on another such dub at -Williamsport Pa where a student religious group had met twice a week in free time when other extracurricular groups met was a time to come together and be with each other to help each other through problems at school" says Julie Ilar- tax cutters or spenders have to balance between keeping a prudent reserve and the Howard Jarvises of this world! Stale may try own SACRAMENTO (AP) An advisory commission appointed by Gov George Deukmejian is getting ready to recommend a modified version of the tax" for California a commission member says are looking at a flat the unidentified member told the Sacramento Union is going to be some kind of modifying The seven-member commission appointed by Deukmejian last April is Courts keeping religious clubs out By Casrgs Corns! AP Religion Writer In a particularly striking paradox among contemporary church-state issues students in several school systems around the country are being prohibited under court decisions from doing what the UJ Congress in a new law passed last summer says they have a right to do The new law passed by Con NEWSfBRIEFS board Asst Supt Stan ligion is a fine and important value in American society but it cannot become the guiding political principle it seems to be Bronson told the board I understand your policy I feel a very fair Attorney Paul Persons of Chico told the board that to liability is critical" and said an where the school district had no direct control over what was said or done could result in problems still barred from meeting in school during off hours like other voluntary groups attorney has advised us that we're still under the judicial ruling and it takes precedent over the legislative said Superintendent DC Leslie of the Lubbock school district waiting to see if the new law will stand up under court On the day before Congress $11 billion surplus seen SACRAMENTO (AP) Despite a sluggish economy California could end the current fiscal year June 30' with a surplus of $11 billion says the Commission on State Finance The quarterly prediction in September was SI 12 billion A surplus of SI 3 billion is predicted for the next fiscal year starting July 1 state Treasurer Jesse Unruh who chairs the commission said Wednesday a SI billion surplus this fiscal year would represent even flesh much less fat" in state government and cautioned that no room in these projections for a tax decrease at this But he warned that too big a surplus would be grist for citizen By CaNe Webb Staff Writer Three years ago Junius Williams left family and friends Ix'hind in Oakland to attend Chico State University That's not unusual Chico State's student population draws heavily from the urbanized Bay Area But for Williams the move meant more than adjusting to a rural area came from an all-black he said I may be the only black student in the class it's College life at CSU however has been rewarding for Williams 21 a junior criminal justice major had really positive effects on said the student broadened my horizons been exposed to different lifestyles I now have friends from all over the lie hopes to share that experience by inviting a group of Oakland high school students to Chico as part of Black History Month in February scheduled to make its recommendations by Feb 1 The commission chairman Dean Butler of Whittier refused to reveal any details of the recommendation but said there appears to be unanimity among commission members He did acknowledge that the commission has "looked at some flat tax proposals" and that the main goal of the commission is to simplify the state tax system A pure flat income tax would tax the same percentage of income for all taxpayers while eliminating all or most deductions US Treasury Secretary Donald Regan has proposed a modified version of the flat tax for the federal income tax that would reduce (he number of tax brackets from 16 to three and eliminate most deductions! Utah fire traps 28 coal miners ORANGEVILLE Utah (AP) Rescue workers today struggled through smoky cost mine trying to reach 28 workers trapped by a stubborn fire -Outside the mine crews worked feverishly to punch airholes in the walls officials Family and friends waited afaiously to team the fate of the miners including the mine manager and a company vice president who have not been heard from since the fire began about 9:30 pm Wednesday talking to one scared boy" said Kenneth Blake 32 the only miner to escape There was billowing A 4 a it.

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