The Modesto Bee from Modesto, California on March 31, 1984 · 16
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The Modesto Bee from Modesto, California · 16

Modesto, California
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Saturday, March 31, 1984
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B-4 Sat March 31 1 984 The Modesto Bee SF health director delays closing gay bathhouses By THOMAS MURPHY The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO - The city's health director delayed Friday a plan to curb AIDS by closing gay bathhouses where "anonymous high-volume high-risk sexual behavior"' occurs a proposal that has divided the homosexual community The plan which had sparked threats of legal action from bathhouse operators was proposed by some gay leaders after others began a potentially divisive ballot drive to outlaw sex in the bath houses The health director Dr Mervyn Silverman has resisted efforts to close the baths but apparently had changed his mind after Supervisor Harry Britt and 50 homosexual businessmen doctors and political organizers asked that the businesses be closed But Silverman at a news conference Friday announced it would take "another week or so" to resolve questions stemming from the closure plan "There are many many complex Issues" Silverman said "I was un aware of a number of facets to this issue some of which have absolutely nothing to do with medicine some of whichdo" The announcement brought cheers from the plan's opponents tome wearing business suits and others only bath towels One of the men in towels Bob Alexander carried s sign reading: "Today the tubs Tomorrow your bedroom" After Silverman's announcement Alexander said the health director had shown "tremendous and admirable personal strength I do believe in my heart that he understands the severely deleterious effects to the gay community of closing the bathhouses' At least 20 bathhouses and clubs fat San Francisco allow sexual activity Some provide private booths or darkened rooms where customers may engage in sexual acts Researchers believe AIDS is transmitted through an exchange of bodily fluids during drug injections blood transfusions and sexual contact AIDS destroys the body's immune system leaving the victim vulnerable to fatal diseases There is no known cure More than 500 of the 3899 Americans with AIDS or acquired immune deficiency syndrome live in the San Francisco Bay area and 95 percent of AIDS victims are gay men Britt and others In the gay community signed a statement asking Silverman to "temporarily close" all businesses "intended to facilitate anonymous high-volume high-risk sexual behavior" "Bathhouses have long been impor tant for gay people but clearly now saving lives is of greater importance" the statement said J $100000 reward for finding Kevin David and Ann Collins parents of 10-year-old Kevin Collins of San Francisco look on as search volunteer Barbara Masterson announces a new $100000 reward posted by an anonymous donor for the boy's return 'Whoever has Kevin Collins can simply call the hot line at (41 5) 863-6333 the family said UPI photo Murder studied for preschool tie United Press International LOS ANGELES - The 197S murder of a woman whose son attended a preschool under investigation for widespread child molestation is being reviewed by detectives looking for a possible link the district attorney revealed Friday District Attorney Robert Phlllbo-sian also announced a Torrance daycare facility was being investigated for possible molestation — the fourth Los Angeles area preschool to come under scrutiny in two weeks A female teacher at the school was detained by police Friday and later ' released Karen Sue Klaas the ex-wife of singer Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers was raped and strangled In her Hermosa Beach home on Jan 30 1976 The 32-year-old woman died five days later Her son who was 5 years old at the time of the slaying attended the McMartin Pre-School in neighboring Manhattan Beach where the owner and six teachers have been charged with 115 counts of child molesations Philibosian told a news conference that Manhattan Beach police are investigating the murder to determine if there is any connection with the school Prosecutors said more than 100 children may have been abused over the last 10 years at the school Robert Gore a spokesman for the district attorney called UPI later and said that Philibosian had "misspoke himself" during the news conference He said the Manhattan Beach police were not reviewing the murder for a possible link to the school but he refused to disclose what agency is Sheriffs homicide investigators and Hermosa Beach detectives told UPI late Thursday there was no link between the 8-year-old murder and the school "We're looking at It to see if there is any further connection but that was covered n the original investigation and covered well" Sheriffs CapL Robert Grimm said "There doesn't seem to be any connection other than her child went to that school" The unidentified teacher at the Hickory Tree Preschool in Torrance was questioned after police arrived to serve a search warrant at the school A second search warrant in the same case was served at a private residence In nearby Carson In a separate case Philibosian said a suspect was arrested for molesting a child at the Little Angel Daycare Center in Lynwood Earlier the district attorney's office said that up to 20 children might have been victimized at the school Philibosian said there was no connection between the various preschool investigations Henry Lawson 23 was charged Thursday with molesting a 4-year-old boy who attended the Little Angel Daycare Center which was operated illegally by the suspect's mother Ann Huff a Sheriff's Department spokesman said Investigators discovered Huff did not have a license to run the facility they closed it down and notified the parents of all the children enrolled there The woman was not arrested but is being investigated the spokesman said Alligators have to go United Press International SANTA ANA — A limousine service owner charged with violating a city code by keeping three alligators at his home in Yorba Linda agreed in court Friday to ship them out of state within three weeks Kraig Kavanaugh showed up at Orange County Superior Court with his attorney and one of the reptiles to answer a civil complaint filed earlier this week by the city of Yorba Linda "Touche" a four-foot alligator waited in a limousine parked outside the courthouse while Kavanaugh agreed in court to keep a trainer at his home on a 24-hour basis while he makes arrangements to send the animals elsewhere Deputy City Attorney Craig Labadle said Kavanaugh was also served with a permanent order to refrain from keeping any more wild exotic or non-domestic animals at his home For the last five months Kavanaugh has kept the four- five- and six- foot alligators In his back yard where they lounge in a Jacuzzi and sun beside a pond reserved for their use He said he planned to move them as soon as his company completed building- a limousine in which the reptiles will tour the country as part of an undisclosed nationwide promotional campaign Eugene Marquette Kavanaugh's attorney said his client did not intend to break the law but was pleased that "everybody achieved what they set out to achieve" Kavanaugh said the alligators "have never done anything to harm anyone but they have been doomed as vicious killers They're about as tame as you can get them" Corrections chief calls single celling a hazard Bee Capitol Bureau SACRAMENTO - Recent court orders to end double celling at California prisons are pushing authorities "perilously close" to creating a danger to the public state Corrections Director Daniel McCarthy told a panel of judges Friday The statement was made in a declaration filed with the state Court of Appeal which is reviewing a Monterey Judge's order that requires single celling in part of the state prison at Soledad Other state and federal court orders to end double celling cover parts of the prisons at San Quentin Folsom and Tracy "Such orders are ill-considered unworkable and dangerous" McCarthy said in his declaration "They ignore the finite nature of the resources of the department the security risks posed by different inmates the ability of the department to provide adequate security at different facilities and the fact that increased population is a statewide problem" McCarthy also said the orders interfere with efficiency and safety because prison officials must "substitute compliance with court orders for considered correctional judgment" However one of the lawyers representing the prisoners in the litigation said McCarthy's statements were an attempt to justify the authorities' "reckless and careless" Implementation of the court orders A federal court next month will begin hearings to decide whether prison officials should be cited for contempt for their implementation of the Folsom order Lawyers representing inmates charge that the authorities precipitated violence to undermine the court's single-celling order McCarthy noted that the state prison system with 38627 inmates in Institutions and camps was overcrowded by more than 50 percent as of Feb 29 and growing daily McCarthy said "There are a limited number of facilities in which to house' high-risk inmates" I C2& I lfiirsas I Q6p hi '"' -ssa I $ v I 'WvkssSsf f v5TS I hearth I Prosecutor says De Lorean hadn't been a drug suspect The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — John Z De Lorean was not suspected of past narcotics dealings when government agents launched their "sting operation against the automaker a prosecutor revealed Friday Assistant US Attorney Robert Perry also told a prospective juror that evidence will show De Lorean was surprised to see cocaine in a hotel room the day be was arrested — because be was not expecting it to be there vf ' ' - That came out as Perry was questioning a prospective Juror who said she distrusted the government and its actions In the De Lorean case De Lorean 59 one-time General Motors executive who launched his own car company in Northern Ireland was arrested Oct 19 1982 in a "sting" operation during which government-agents posed as drug dealers and video tapedtheir meetings with him He Is accused of trying to set up a 824 million drug deal to raise money for bis failing car company that subsequently went bankrupt j On the day of his arrest De Lorean was videotaped looking at a suitcase full of cocaine and saying "It's better than gold" "From what I've viewed" the prospective juror told Perry on Friday "I find it extremely difficult to believe he was not set up" i Perry attempted to elicit more of the woman's feelings by explaining some of the case against De Lorean j "Let me tell you a few facts" Perry said "John De Lorean had never been suspected of Involvement In narcotics before this investigation began Nobody — not the FBI or the DEA — had been investigating him Does that further your view that he may have been setup?" i "Yes" said the woman On the basis of her answers the woman was excused from the prospective jury panel : Friday's session marked the end of the third week of jury selection M 1S?V' i-rf1 -i ' Vt:rfii-"'-! f ffigffl - 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