The Modesto Bee from Modesto, California on July 11, 1988 · 15
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The Modesto Bee from Modesto, California · 15

Modesto, California
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Monday, July 11, 1988
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Th Modesto Bet Monday July 1 1 1968 W Restate - Four dead nine burl in LA drive-by shootings The Las Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — One woman was killed and six people were injured in a spate of drive-by shootings Sunday while three men were killed and three others injured in separate shootings the day before police said The unidentified woman killed in south central Los Angeles was found at 1:45 pm and pronounced dead at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center police Sgt Steve LaRoche said Police were investigating whether the shooting was gang-related Drive-by shootings are typical of Los Angeles gangs Despite a police crackdown on gangs beginning earlier this year deaths from drive-by shootings average one a day in the Los Angeles area with weekend violence the most EL I I r — x3 r— u a In Brief Rancho Seco bonuses SACRAMENTO — The publicly owned utility company that runs the troubled Rancho Seco nuclear power plant paid more than $350000 in cash bonuses last year to recruit employees The practice is considered unusual and controversial by industry experts "Nobody pays that kind Df money It's just not done Period" said Peter Ansara owner of Ansara Bickford and Fiske a personnel firm based in Massachusetts that serves the utility industry The amounts typically were paid beyond the normal relocation expenses and were defended by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District as a negotiating tool in filling difficult-to-recruit positions at the accident-plagued power plant Kidnap and rape FRESNO — Police are investigating a Fresno woman's report that she was kidnapped in the downtown area July 1 and held hostage for a week in a garage where she was raped and sodomized repeatedly by nine men The woman said two gunmen abducted her near Tulare Street and Broadway hit her in the Stomach blindfolded her then fired a shot at the elderly man with her and warned him not to tell anyone she had been kidnapped She said she was held vemight at a house in southeast Fresno where she was beaten then was moved to a garage where the sexual assaults took place Police seize arcade games LOS ANGELES — Police seized more than 100 arcade games that they claimed had rigged mechanisms to ensure that only a few players would be able to pick a"prize with a mechanical arm after depositing a quarter Warrants were served Saturday at Hollywood lerchandizers Manufacturing Inc in Sun Valley and at 160 other locations in the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood area where the company had distributed its "The Original Hollywood Crane" game William Faith president of Hollywood Merchandizes Manufacturing Inc denied that the game's were rigged adding "We regulate tfjem to be fair and players have won tiVany many prizes" Domestic violence SAN FRANCISCO — A domestic argument apparently led to violence as a woman attacked her husband as he capped on a sofa then shot herself to death in what police believe was an intended murder-suicide Police did not identify the woman who was found dead in the couple's Fourth Avenue home Saturday'evening or the husband who was in critical condition Sunday at Mission Emergency Hospital The couple had reportedly been engaged in a noisy argument Saturday night Investigators said the woman apparently first stabbed then shot the man as he slept on a sofa then fatally shot herself Writer dies at 90 -SANTA MONICA — Emmanuel "Mannie" Manheim a radio and television writer for Groucho Marx Frank Sinatra and Art Linkletter has died at age 90 Manheim died at Santa Monica Hospital June 26 family and friends said The cause of death was not released and no funeral services were scheduled Manheim came to Hollywood in the mid-1930s from Syracuse NY Over the next 50 years Manheim wrote for some of the most popular radio and television shows including "You Bet Your Life" "People Are Funny" "The Real McCoys" "The Donna Reed Show" and "My Three Sons" South state fires rLOS ANGELES — More than 500 firefighters battled fast-moving brush fires that scorched hundreds of acres in Los Angeles Orange and Riverside counties Sunday officials said A blaze that began in heavy brush at 2 p m spread up a hill to a condominium complex in Newport Beach engulfing at Hast one housing unit fire dispatcher Jeff Hoey said The fire was contained at W0 pm with a loss of only one acre Damage to the condominium was estimated at $50000 Hoey said There yre no reports of injuries serious In the first of Sunday's attacks three men and a woman were hit by bullets as they sat outside playing dominoes around 2:25 am along Western Avenue near downtown Los Angeles The shots came from a red car carrying two men Lt Mark Leap said He did not have the names of the victims but said none of their wounds was critical About 30 minutes later an unidentified man was struck by shots fired from a passing car carrying three men along Brynhurst Avenue about 2V4 miles from the Western Avenue location Leap said Five minutes later a man about five blocks away on Eighth Avenue was hit by a shotgun blast fired from a car carrying three men police said The unidentified man was hospitalized in stable condition Work crews apply finishing touches to the courtyard of the largest Buddhist temple in North America Buddhists race to finish temple Complex will host Buddhism's first worldwide gathering in the West By LUIS TORRES Tha Associated Press ' HACIENDA HEIGHTS - First they conquered neighborhood fears that the largest Buddhist temple in North America would irrevocably disrupt this quiet suburb Now the Taiwan-based Fo Kuang Shan Buddhist society must complete its 15-acre 10-building complex by November when it hosts the 16th international Buddhist General Conference the first time the worldwide gathering of Buddhists will be held in the West The Chinese Buddhist complex will be known as the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple the temple that came to the West from the East" according to the Rev Shih Yung Kai abbess of the temple It sits on a hill 20 miles east of Los Angeles in mostly upper-middle-class Hacienda Heights one of many San Gabriel Valley suburbs whose populations have swelled with a huge influx of Asians in recent years When plans for the $14 million temple and monastery were announced six years ago neighbors feared it would be incompatible with their residential area but those concerns have been largely overcome Yung said "Many people in the community don't know much about Buddhism and that can bring suspicion" she said "Above all we want people to know we're not a cult something strange I think people here now understand that" Wheelchair user The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A 47-year-old man who uses a wheelchair stabbed his 86-year-old rest home roommate to death with a pocketknife following a fight over their shared quarters police said Sunday Vern Porter a resident of Golden Manor Rest Home on Overland Avenue in the Mar Visa area was booked for investigation of murder in the death of his roommate Joseph McMamamin Sgt Carl Wilheite said Porter was being held without bail at Valley Jail The two had argued Saturday night s President Reagan's son in ad for questionable diet aid The Associated Press LOS ANGELES - Michael Reagan the oldest son of President Reagan appears in a 30-minute talk show-style commercial for a diet patch under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration The spot with Reagan acting as a talk show host is scheduled to run through the end of July Reagan the 43-year-old adopted son of the president and his first wife Jane Wy-man said that if the patches are being illegally marketed he wants the ads featuring him to be pulled from the air Deaths from drive-by shootings average one a day in the LA area No arrests had been made Detectives were trying to determine if the attacks were linked and if they were gang-related Leap said In yet another drive-by attack during the weekend two men were shot to death at 5:45 pm Saturday near a barber shop in Baldwin Park 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles The victims were identified as Antonio Avila 61 of Baldwin Park and Mauro At the site last week more than 300 hard-hatted workers assisted by a handful of artisans from Taiwan Korea and Japan were scrambling to complete the elaborate main shrine a monastery for 50 monks and nuns a library meeting rooms and other structures by Nov 1 There's no doubt in my mind that well finish the work by the deadline" said Steve Frank spokesman for Technical Management Services Inc the building contractor Moving from East to West was no easy task Construction and legal problems arose in trying to build a Chinese-style complex while accommodating Los Angeles County building codes Western construction methods and "American ways of doing things" according to architect Anthony Yang Those delays are why construction crews are now racing to beat the clock Yang said The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission granted a permit for the temple in 1982 Some residents of Hacienda Heights appealed that decision to the county Board of Supervisors but the board declined to overrule the Planning Commission The permit allowed construction of the temple on certain conditions such as building a curb and sidewalk along the stretch of Hacienda Boulevard — the main thoroughfare in the community — that borders the temple The com accused in roommate slaying over whether the lights should be on in their room said Hyman Ingber manager of the rest home where about 70 state-dependent people live Porter was angry because McMamamin had turned the lights on Ingber said adding "All of a sudden he stabbed him" Ingber was not at the home at the time of the incident but arrived shortly afterward and talked to McMamamin before he was taken to UCLA Medical Center where he died Porter who uses a wheelchair is un- "I don't want my name out there" he said The patches banned for distribution by the FDA in mid-May are classified as drugs and require FDA approval for sale to the public FDA compliance officer Greg Nelson said During the show featuring testimonials of doctors and satisfied users Reagan wears one of the diet patches but he said he does not use one at other times "I auditioned as an actor and was hired to do the job" Reagan said "It could have been baby bottles I knew it Che Gaeta 59 of West Covina who was inside the barber shop where he reportedly worked Avila was struck as he stcxx outside the shop No arrests had been made and authorities were investigating to determine if the attiick was gang-related Earlier Saturday in the El Screno area section of Los Angeles seven miles northeast of downtown a suspected gang member was killed and a teen-ager was critically injured when gunfire bunt from a late-model car as the two stood on a sidewalk on Cassat Street around 4am police Detective Robert Sutersaid Max Mora 24 was pronounced dead at the scene An unidentified 16-year-old boy was in critical condition Sunday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center police said The Associated Press mission also required the building of enough parking spaces to accommodate 184 cars on the property Yang said Now six years later workers are covering the roofs with 10000 specially designed interlocking ceramic tiles Those tiles aren't made in the United States and had to be shipped from Taiwan Meanwhile another team is putting the finishing touches on the interior of the main shrine a cavernous hall that will hold 800 worshipers Workers are installing more than 1000 foot-high Buddha statues on the four walls from floor to ceiling Hanging 50 feet above the shrine's marble floor will be the shrine's centerpiece a 2-ton golden chandelier made of dangling gold-plated bells When complete the complex will took "a little bit like a scene from "llie Last Emperor you know a bit like a miniature Forbidden City" Yang said in a reference to Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning movie film shot in Beijing The Rev Paul Ixwie a retired Presbyterian minister organized several public meetings to bring local residents face to face with representatives of the temple "There were rumors based on Ignorance based on stereotypes" luie recalled "Some residents thought it would be some kind of religious cull some kind of Hare Krishna thing with people chanting and parading through the streets with tambourines Of course it's nothing like that " able to walk due to injuries suffered in a traffic accident Ingber said He was unaware if Porter is paralyzed The two men had been roommates about three months the length of McMi-mamin's stay at the home and had mrf argued much before Ingber said This is a puzzle to me A M of rx-ople share the rooms If they argue we separate them" he said Porter a student who attends classes three to five days a week had lived ar the home for about two years Ingber said product) from nothing The product called Eurotrym Diet Patches are marketed by ArrFuro Services International Inc Dr Keith Kenyon a San Fernando Valley doctor who said he invented the patches about a year ago confirmed the FDA investigation They wanted to know what was goirg on because there was never an application (for licensing) filed" he said Officials with AmEuro a California company that market the patches out of Phoenix Ariz were unavailable There is no telephone listing for the company in Two reputed rival gang members both in their teens were arrested SatufttSy night and booked for investigation Tff murder Police said "bad blood" between the gangs apparently prompted: the shooting A weapon was recovered hut polite declined to say w hat type of gun it was Meanwhile' Harbor area police arrested a man for investigation of a 4 r5 p m Saturday dnve-by shooting that injured two men on Harvard Boulevard north of 227th Street Sgt Rill Snyder said One of the victims wss shot in the facv and the other was shot in the hack The unidentified victims were taken to los Angeles County-Harhor-LTIA Medical Center Snyder said Neither was rniicaj-ly injured ' " Two split $6 million lotto prize The Associated Pins SACRAMENTO - Two -Utto 6-49" players chose the correct six numbers and will share the $63 million jackpot from Saturday night's game while six others chose five numbers and the bonus digit each winning $2&U3ft a lottery official said Sunday The jackpot winners will each get $3186292 John Schade said The winning numbers picked Saturday night for the California Ijottery's twice-weekly lotto game were 21 II 4 39 44 40 and the bonus number 31 The num ben were chosen by a lotto machine during a television broadcast originating in Sacramento Other winners from Saturday's draw ing included 235 players who thoM fwt-numbers and won $3725 each UlWil players who chose four numbers each winning $58 and 2tK)0ti7 people who won $5 for picking three correct numbers The pool for Saturday's drawing was $5412731 while the total number of awards amounted to $11 04 1 OHO based onsalesof$159l97(JM The anticipated jackpot fur Wednesday's drawing was placed at more thtn $5 million Schade said Earlier Saturday in Sacramento an H7-yrar-old Morro Hay woman won $1 million in the stale lottery's "Big Spin" and said the shock left her nearly spcethle "I'm so thrilled I just can't talk" said Alice Gates a retired apartment manng er After federal taxes the state will pay her annuity in $ I0(KH) yearly sums for 2n years The top prize on the "Big Spin" is $J million and the minimum prize is $10000 Thirteen spinners Saturday won a total of $163 million t m Dancing hair styling help raise funds in LA for AIDS counseling Unlod Pfn kiteffiatxKval IjOS ANGELES - More than 200 scissors-wielding stylists and hundreds of energetic djneers hoped to raise lens of thousands of dollars for AIDS counseling and education at two marathon events Sunday At least 60 beauty parlors including the famed Vldal Sassoon Salon on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills opened their doors for th second annual daylong Cut-a-thon A Hair Raising I vent spokesman Andrew WeNser said Mure than hair stylists from Los Angeles donat-d lh-ir skills fur the day curing hair frr a suggested $25 donation and offering manicures and pedicures for a minimum $ 10 donation Wenser said most salons were rnvjk vdul for the event rhired by Savtoon iind he cxpnted it to raise about tWfpH) Prou-v-d- from the Cut a thon will bert (fit AIDS Provt lr Argelev an organization thai provide counseling and other services for vntims and their families ' Meanwhile organizers t the first annual AIDS iJjrxv-a thon hfrd to raise thousands of lollar more for AIDS care during contests Sunday night at Studio One and Catch One two local dance Clubs As many as 1000 hoof en were expt ted to hit the floors for 10 hours after obtaining dHir amount pledges from donors for each hour rhey spent dancing organizers said ' l'hn?n:x The patches whh contain a mix at natural ttuSsianiev are appifd to an acupuncture point and the fluid then iimu? late the body electronically Kenyoti claimed Similar dx-t patches marketed under the name Appvtuff by Meditrend Interna tiuna! a San Diego company were seized in May by the f IzA NeNon said it is unlikely that Reagan triht be targtd by an investigation unless he is involved in distribution or sale of the alleged diet aid

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