The Modesto Bee from Modesto, California on June 24, 1978 · 3
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The Modesto Bee from Modesto, California · 3

Modesto, California
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Saturday, June 24, 1978
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Standard window latches Attacks key lock sales By Susan Windemuth Bee staff writer Lock sales have been soaring in Modesto ever since Sacramento’s East Area Rapist’s first attack on a local woman two and a half weeks ago And Friday morning’s second attack prompted a new spurt in sales Bill’s Safe & Lock-Security Alarms reported a “considerable” increase in calls to change window and patio locks and Al’s Certified Safe & Lock Service also reported a 20 percent increase in business — especially with expensive one-inch cylinder deadbolt locking devices Jim Robbins hardware manager at Montgomery Ward said lock sales jumped between 50 and 60 percent Friday “I’m cleaned out of the cheaper locks” said Robbins noting an increase in the sale of window and patio door slide locks Don Young manager of the Handyman hardware store says lock sales at the store have been up 400 percent since the “first scare” two and a half weeks ago And Angel’s Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement Center assistant manager Carla Steiger noted lock sales have continued to be brisk since the rapist’s first attack Home security system good only if you use A good security system is meaningless if it isn’t used prop--erly While authorities stress the value of having a good security system in the home — be it an expensive total burglar alarm system locks on every door or a barking dog — the Modesto Police Department can’t emphasize strongly enough the importance of using the system That means fastening protective locks if you have them An unlocked door with an expensive deadbolt lock is ineffective in stopping an intruder A sliding window with a fastened 89-cent second lock may ward off a would-be trespasser And if an unwelcome visitor — the East Area Rapist — does get in officers offer a list of certain things to remember the top advice being not to panic ' Capt Tom Donalson commander of Modesto’s detective division warns when the East Area Rapist strikes "he has the advantage he’s prepared” If the man who has terrorized Sacramento with 31 attacks in the past two years and struck twice in both Stockton and Modesto enters a home “there isn’t a lot a person can do without risking injury or death He’s armed with a knife and gun and it’s better to comply with his demands” Donalson said The East Area Rapist is unlike most potential rapists according to Donalson While police normally advise women if attacked to “keep cool and try to talk the person out of the attack” in the case of the East -Area Rapist Donalson says °you can’t talk him out of the jittack” If he attacks the police recommend "using all of one’s --senses to observe and remember” Police have few clues lit their search for the East Area Rapist and “anything a person sees or hears even an odor --ike after- shave lotion may rlhelp us” Donalson said SC Donalson also stresses people can protect their homes from an "intruder breaking in — be it a - burglar or rapist Neighborhood M W§£ '-Ivi V Bee Photo won’t stop most intruders watch programs are very effective and Donalson encourages people to report suspicious persons cars or motorcycles in the area Descriptions of individuals and vehicles and license plate numbers are extremely valuable to the police And locking devices are extremely important Deadbolt locks for front and side doors are the most effective with a good lock featuring exterior rings which spin around so pipe-wrenches can’t be used on them and a one-inch throw which penetrates into the supporting stud When purchasing locks police caution windows and patio doors should not be forgotten there are inexpensive but highly effective locks available The police also advise leaving an outdoor light on in the front and back to deter potential intruders And a night light left on may make the people inside feel more secure as well as act as a deterrent to the would-be intruder Another home security device is a barking dog and although the East Area Rapist has struck where a dog was present most intruders are intimidated by barking dogs in a neighborhood according to police officials For persons interested in learning more about what to do if attacked radio station KBEE 103 FM will present special programs on rape Sunday at 7 am and 6 pm In addition the Modesto Police Department will hold a rape seminar Tuesday at 7 pm in the second-floor classroom at the police department Modesto Police Detective Sharon Plante has also taped a presentation on rape which will be aired on cable television channel 4 Tuesday at 5: IS pm and Wednesday at noon And the Stanislaus County Rape Task Force will present evening seminars dealing with safety and awareness for women to small or large groups Further information is available by calling the rape crisis line at 527-5558 Modesfo Survey By Nancy Neher Bee staff writer “Modesto combines the quality of rural living with the availability of shopping and medical facilities Unfortunately Modesto is growing too large " “The moral standard of this community is much higher than those in the bay area ” “We were passing through and liked the town so we stayed’’ “Modesto is a nice place to bring up children " Those and many other reasons are behind Modesto’s population growth according to a survey recently completed by the city’s Planning and Community Development Department Some said they came to Modesto because it is a small town others said the city’s growth and increasing business opportunities prompted them to move here Still others cited the “smog-free liv Metro Fill dirt need delays MANTECA — Construction of the Manteca Highway 120 bypass is behind schedule and it could get even further behind as a result of a plan by prime contractor Alex Madonna to obtain needed fill dirt by creating a 65-acre fish farm Madonna has filed papers for an environmental impact report on his proposal according to the San Joa Rapist they had locked it before retiring The rapist managed to crawl through the window and walk to a rear bedroom where the couple was sleeping without awakening a dog also sleeping in the house McKinseysaid The rapist ordered the woman to tie her husband’s hands and feet with shoelaces and then the rapist tied her in the same fashion Both victims were blindfolded The rapist then spent about 45 minutes wandering through the home ransacking drawers and closets The couple said that he would return to the bedroom where they were bound and tell them he was checking on them and that if they tried to untie themselves he would kill them When he finished going through the house the rapist returned to the bed- Police composite of rapist room and placed a cup and saucer on the husband’s back and then took the woman into another room where he raped her The rapist reportedly was in the house about an hour and a half $nd left immediately after raping the woman As he has done in many of the other attacks in Sacramento and Stockton the rapist took souvenirs The couple said the rapist took their wedding bands and a revolver that he found in the house The couple was able to untie themselves and call police Police said they found a side gate leading from the victims’ backyard to the front yard standing open The victims said they had closed the gate the night before Detectives believe the rapist either entered the victims’ yard or left through the gate Authorities in Sacramento say the rapist has struck there 31 times and twice each in Stockton and Modesto Sacramento police traveled to Modesto Friday to talk to the victims and MPD Detective Fred Vaughn who is investigating the two Modesto attacks Vaughn said the victims described the rapist as about 6 feet tall and slender with blonde hair They said he was wearing a ski mask and gloves Vaughn said the composite picture of the suspect may not be completely accurate and explained that the facial description was compiled by police from victims who never actually saw the suspect’s face without a ski mask on “The suspect never takes the ski mask off where he can be seen by the victims” Vaughn said “The only time victims have seen the suspect is when they get a quick glance and it’s usually in dim light or darkness "The rapist tells the victims not to look at him and threatens them with bodily harm if they try” Vaughn added growth shows why newcomers picked city as place to live ing ’ ’ educational system and outdooor recreation One person who recently moved from Modesto to San Bernardino but answered the questionnaire anyway wrote “The lifestyle job opportunities and environment are far superior in Modesto ’ ’ Questionnaires asking why people are moving here where are they coming from and how many live here but work elsewhere were mailed in May to 583 households with new Modestans Almost 300 were returned — about 50 of them by the post office because the recipients had moved away Results showed 29 percent came from elsewhere in Stanislaus County and the Central Valley 27 percent from the San Francisco Bay area 15 percent from Southern California 10 percent from other parts of California and 19 percent from other states and countries — including the Fiji Islands Holland Brazil Iraq and the United Kingdom About 58 percent of new Modestans surveyed chose to move here because of jobs Other reasons were housing cost and availability 13 percent “quality of life” 12 percent retirement 8 percent and other reasons such as to be close to The Saturday June quin County Planning Department His plan calls for excavations of dirt north of Woodward Avenue about a quarter-mile east of McKinley Avenue The fish farm created would contain nine ponds each 16 feet deep and covering a total land area equivalent to about 34 football fields Madonna Construction said the firm is behind schedule because it cannot Continued Vaughn said he knows of no cases where the husband or boyfriend has been sexually assaulted or abused by the suspect Detective Sharon Plante who has been assigned to present rape awareness and defense seminars told a group of about 100 women last week that the East Area Rapist’s main goal is to rape the woman and that he never has assaulted the man other than with threatening remarks The rapist’s first Modesto attack occurred in the early morning hours of June 5 in a subdivision near the intersection of McHenry and Standi-ford avenues Police said he entered through an unlocked sliding glass door In that case the suspect stole more than $1500 in cash Police say they are no closer now to catching the rapist than they were two years ago when he committed his first rape in Sacramento Detectives say the rapist has the quietness of a cat burglar and that he may be able to walk along the top of fences to reach his victims’ yards The Stanislaus County sheriff’s office investigated an attempted burglary in Salida about 1:30 am Friday in which a burglar wearing a ski mask was discovered as he was trying to climb in through the front window Sheriff’s deputies are discounting the possibility that the burglar was the rapist “I don’t think it’s the East Area Rapist unless he’s changing his method of operation” said Detective Sgt Richard Breshears Breshears said the burglar had removed a screen from the front window of a house located in a rural area and that he was trying to crawl inside when the owner of the house confronted him The owner told police he was awakened by the barking of his dog He said he saw the silhouette of a man walking outside his bedroom window The man grabbed a rifle when he heard the burglar at the front window When the burglar saw the resident he fled on foot and was pursued by the resident About a block away the resident told deputies the burglar turned around and fired one shot at him but that he didn’t return the fire Instead he ran back to his house and called the sheriff’s office He said he heard the burglar start up a motorcycle and speed away Obituaries James H Joslin Final rites will be conducted at 10 this morning in the Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel Modesto for James Henry Joslin 78 who died Thursday in a Modesto hospital after an extended illness Interment will be in Lakewood Memorial Park A native of Bruno Ark Joslin had been a resident of Waterford since 1955 He was a retired farmer He leaves his children Opal Ketche-side of Fresno Kathryn Clem of Stockton James L Joslin of Seminole Okla Carolyn Lancaster of Turlock June Barnes and Sammie C Joslin both of Modesto brothers Fred of Bristow Okla Lonnie of Waterford and Claude Joslin of Modesto 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren Gene Atkins Final services will be conducted in San Jose Monday for Gene Atkins 34 of 1801 Coffee Road Apt 21 Modesto who was killed near Bakersfield early Thursday when his truck-trailer rig went out of control on Highway 99 and overturned Modesto Bee 24 1 978 bypass job get county permits for fill dirt to construct the various overpasses and ramps needed However area landowners say there is plenty of dirt available but Madonna is offering less than the going rate for it The price ranges from 40 cents to $1 per cubic yard but Madonna is offering about 25 cents according to landowners The site is located within another area of about 380 acres recommended by the county planning commission for rezoning from interim protective agriculture to general agriculture and if the rezoning takes place an excavation permit can be applied for through the county Board of Zoning Adjustment According to the California Department of Transportation in Stockton Madonna is more than 15 percent behind schedule in construction of the bypass which is scheduled tentatively for completion in October 1979 Madonna has been getting fill dirt from Spreckels Sugar Co but the supply is almost gone according to Cal trans officials Fire muster Castro Valley fireman Bill Klatt shows off his department's 1915 Seagrave pumper one of many vintage units competing at the Stanislaus County Firemen’s Association muster today and Sunday The muster opens with a 9 am parade today through downtown Turlock with displays and competition throughout each day at the Stanislaus County Fair ground in Turlock Edwin D Domeries Final services will be conducted at the Franklin & Downs-Colonial Chapel Modesto for Edwin Dave Domeries who died Friday in Modesto after a lengthy illness Committal will be private Domeries a native of Anaheim had lived in Modesto 61 years He was a retired farmer and an employee of the Modesto Lumber Co for 27 years He was a veteran of World War 1 and member of Barracks 254 Veterans of World War 1 and the National Council of Senior Citizens and a resident of Casa de Modesto retirement center Domeries leaves his brother William Domeries The family requests any remembrances be given to the First Church of Christ Memorial Fund Michael Burkhart TURLOCK — Final rites will be conducted at 10 am Monday in the Allen Mortuary for Michael Burkhart 31 who died Wednesday at his home family reputation business opportunities location and climate schools and churches 8 percent George Osner assistant fdanner who directed the study pointed out that the housing and quality of life were cited as equally or nearly as important as job location in several cases Although almost three-quarters of the heads of households reported they work in the greater Modesto area about one in 10 works elsewhere in Stanislaus County and another one in 10 works outside the county — some as far away as Hayward San Francisco Santa Clara south to Fresno Half of those who work outside the county said Modesto’s housing cost and availability brought them here and quality of life was the main factor for another 25 percent of them Osner said the survey results which will go to the City Council may help answer questions about why Modesto is growing during the annual urban growth policy reviews Modesto with a population of about 95000 was the seventh fastest growing area in the state last year A-3 Sewer service fees are hiked in Waterford WATERFORD — Directors of the Waterford Comunity Services District have voted to increase connection fees to $300 for each single-family unit connection The previous rate was $150 inside the district $165 outside Inspection fees were increased to $25 for both inside and out of the district A facilities fee of $1000 was established for each single-family dwelling unit outside the district and a sewer system capital outlay fund account was set up for plant expansion which also will incorporate the facilities fee An escalation clause states that as of July 1 1979 the $300 connection fee will increase $25 per year and the $1000 fee at the rate of $75 a year after a long illness Interment will be in Turlock Memorial Park Burkhart was a native of Turlock He leaves his wife Geraldine of Turlock daughter Tammy Lynn Burkhart of Turlock brothers Jerald of Modesto Russell of Jamestown and Ronald Burkhart of Turlock and his parents Mr and Mrs Leonard Burkhart of Denair Edythe A Dennis Graveside rites will be conducted at 10 am Monday in the Lakewood Memorial Park for Edythe A Dennis 67 who died Friday in a Modesto hospital after an extended illness A native of Texas she had been a resident of Modesto since 1938 She was a retired cook of the City of Modesto School Cafeterias Mrs Dennis leaves her children Barbara A Phillips and Jean Selvage and was the sister of Alice Gilmer and Obed C Klostar all of Modesto four grandchildren and one great-grandchild Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel of Modesto is in charge of arrangements I i

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