The Fresno Bee from Fresno, California on July 26, 1988 · 2
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Tuesday, July 26, 1988
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THE FRESNO BEE Tuesday July 26 1988 Digest Treasury drops action against research vessel SAN DIEGO — The Department of the Treasury has decided to drop forfeiture proceedings against the Atlantis II the nation's premier research ship and return the vessel to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution without a fine a lawyer for Woods Hole said Monday The ship was seized two months ago in the initial stages of the federal government's “zero tolerance” anti-drug crackdown after US Customs Service inspectors found a trace of marijuana in a crewman's stateroom That seizure and others drew widespread public and congression- al criticism and prompted Customs to back away from some cases in-' volving small amounts of drugs or ' drug paraphernalia Remains off 3 MIAs : returned from Vietnam TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE - The remains of a Navy lieutenant and two Air Force officers missing in action in Vietnam for more than 1 20 years were returned to the Unit- ed States on Monday alter being 'identified in Hawaii A ceremony was held to honor the servicemen whose remains were flown in cas-kets from Hickam Air Base in Ha-Twaii They were identified as Air 'Force Major Joseph J Karins Jr Syracuse NY Navy LL John V ' McCormick Burt Mich and Air T Force Chief Master Sgt Herbert E r Smith Appalachicoia Fla s -Outbreak of measles ln LA kills one child LOS ANGELES -One child - death and at least a dozen hospital-' izations are being blamed on a seri- - ous countywide outbreak of mea-' sles prompting health officials to call for earlier immunizations of ba-r bies More than 200 cases of rubeo- la or 10-day measles have been re- ported in 1988 with 120 arising since early April said county health official Dr Stephen Waterman The widespread outbreak is the county’s worst in four years he said Very young children are at high risk of developing complications from the -disease including pneumonia and I in rare cases encephalitis and C death he said Gunman demanding sscan killed in hospital fm ? LOS ANGELES— A man armed with a gun and a knife stormed into Children’s Hospital demanding a CAT scan Monday afternoon and a ' police officer responding to the scene fatally shot him authorities said Officers found the gun-toting man in the hospital lobby officials said After a brief chase the man al- legedly threatened officers and gun- fire erupted police said adding the gunman died later in the hospital emergency room No other injuries were reported and the gunman nev-‘ er entered patient treatment areas said a hospital spokeswoman Train injures puppy : chained to track v LOS ANGELES — An animal "rights group offered a $5000 re- Ward Monday for information lead-? trig to the arrest and conviction of the person who chained a puppy to a railroad track causing the dog to be run over and injured The 4-month-old shepherd-mix dog sup vived being struck by a train while chained to a railroad track in Monrovia on Friday Monterey soldier bubonic plague victim SACRAMENTO - The state’s first human case of bubonic plague in two years as been reported in Monterey County where a 19-year-old soldier is under treatment at Fort Ord Hospital the Department of Health Services said Monday The soldier who was admitted July 17 with a fever and is being treated with antibiotics may have been exposed to plague-bearing fleas while on maneuvers at Camp I iunter Liggett about 60 miles south of Monterey earlier this month the depart- mentsaid Also A Salinas woman accused of ' putting her newborn son in a dumpster shortly after giving birth j was arraigned Monday on charges of attempted murder and felony ’ child endangerment An autopsy shows that a baby 1 bom in a Placer County camp-: ground outhouse died of asphyxia-! tion but authorities said Monday - they will order microscopic studies before deciding whether to file ‘ charges against the infant's 16-year-old mother Compiled from Los Angeles Times and Associated Press 4 By USA WOLFSON Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A third female Mediterranean fruit fly was found Monday in a San Fernando Valley backyard reinforcing plans to begin aerial pesticide spraying and virtually guaranteeing a fruit and vegetable quarantine Helicopters ferrying a mixture of the pesticide malathion and a corn-syrup bait were scheduled to spray a 16-square-mile area including pop tions of Northridge Reseda and Sepulveda beginning at 10 pm Mon- Cash gain can’t buy lost years Dad left $67000 but no memories By LORENA NATT McClatchy News Service SACRAMENTO - Jacquelyn Sweet never knew her father Her mother a hard-working bitter woman never spoke of the man who deserted them six months before Sweet was bom While Sweet grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and wondered what her dad was like hundreds of people in Sacramento greeted him with a “Good morning” as they bought the day’s news They knew him as eternally friendly Charlie Scheel a man who loved baseball never took a day off and made friends selling newspapers and racing forms to the morning crowd from his downtown Sacramento newsstand “Even though I never had any memories of him it makes me feel good to know he made a lot of other people happy” Sweet 30 said Monday in a telephone interview from her Volant Pa home It wasn’t until Scheel died in May 1987 that friends here realized how little they knew They saw him every day but didn’t even know his last name They didn't know he had stashed away $67000 in cash in an old McDonald's cany-out bag a cache that Sweet will inherit as his closest living relative The money will help Sweet the mother of three and her husband Jay a correctional officer buy a new house It will help her get in touch with some of her father's 22 cousins who turned up as authorities searched for heirs to Scheel's humbly wrapped riches But it won't buy her the chance to know why he disappeared and never was heard from again she said It became apparent that Charlie Scheel didn't want to be found when coroner’s investigators turned up his worldly belongings in his $150-a-month furnished room in a Sacramento hotel where he died of heart disease The news vendor left behind some photos a penknife — and a bag full of cash mostly $50 and $100 bills He left no will no identification and very little to help investigators track down any relatives In fact he left behind a phony age which made the search harder A Sacramento missing-heirs investigative firm broke the months of dead-end leads and false claims to Scheel's estate One of the investigators heard from one of Scheel's customers that the friendly newsman might have been from Pennsylvania A check through that state's vital-statistics records revealed that Scheel had been arrested at the Pittsburgh airport in March 1957 — for desertion of his pregnant wife He was not convicted After a search through the state's marriage records it was learned that Charles Scheel married Sweet’s mother Mary Agnes Scheel in December 1956 Scheel was a 29-year-old bus driver from Sharon Pa and his bride a 40-year-old divorcee struggling to raise three children Sweet has their wedding photos her only mementos of her father besides his penknife “They only dated a few months before they were married and he left a few months after that” said Sweet who learned that bit of information from her great-aunt and uncle "But they said he would've done anything for my mom” "My mother wasn't the easiest person to get along with” Sweet said “I kina of understand why he left she was very hard on all of us" Sweet often wanted to look for her father but said loyalty to her mother postponed that dream Maiy Agnes Scheel died of cancer in Pennsylvania in April 1987 but Sweet didn't even have time to start looking for her father — he died two weeks later 9 day said Bob Donley deputy director of pest prevention with the county Agricultural Commission Agricultural workers discovered a third female fly in an apple tree trap Monday morning about one mile southwest of where two flies were found July 20 Donley said “It signals a potential Quarantine" he said “Geographic boundaries will likely be set up and residents will be asked not to take any homegrown vegetables or fruits out of the area” The latest fly discovery doesn't affect the boundaries set for the ae Sand trap Thousands of people gather on Imperial Beach Sunday to look at an entry featuring jungle animals in the Eighth Annual Alaska TV negotiations pass midnight deadline By JOHN HORN Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Negotiations to end the 20-week-old senptwriters strike continued past midnight Monday’s deadline set by a federal mediator At the opening of contract talks Monday afternoon representatives of the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers were told they had nine hours to end their labor dispute that has crippled the industry “At 12 midnight we're going to Fire scene Arson investigators on Monday examined the (damaged roof) Fires Sunday caused total Malibu houses of directors Steven Spielberg damages estimated at more than $330000 No (house with white chimney) and Walter Hill one was at either house at the time rial spraying because it was found within the target spray area Donley said Medflies prey on more than 250 varieties or fruits and vegetables depositing their eggs inside the produce and destroying it Officials say the insects come in to the country from the Pacific Rim and Hawaii Gov Deukmejian declared a local state of emergency last Thursday a necessary prerequisite before spraying could begin If a quarantine is established nurseries in the area will be required to strip all fruit from trees be through” said Floyd Wood district director for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service “I'm going to conclude the negotiations at midnight” But the talks continued after midnight Wood one of two mediators taking part in Monday’s talks did not say what would happen if the two sides were unable to reach a settlement by that time He did say however the deadline was imposed “to keep these people thinking about solutions” and push them toward a settlement Wood also had said the writers and producers were making prog prior to all sales Donley said Meanwhile concerned residents have flooded local hospitals and the county's Medfly hotline with questions about possible health hazards that could result from the spraying “We’ve had a few — a few thousand calls” said Robert Dingfelder a county agricultural inspector "They want to know if they are in the targeted area or not” Medical experts say most residents need not fear the pesticide which has been diluted to about 1 ounce for every acre of land sprayed Airlines Sandcastle competition $4000 ress in the marathon contract talks which were ordered by mediator Leonard Farrell last week and began Saturday “Both sides are working hard” Wood said Because of a news blackout ordered by Farrell neither the writers' guild nor the producers alliance could comment on the negotiations Writers' guild sources familiar with the negotiations speaking on condition of anonymity said earlier Monday that the producers alliance so far had made tew concessions in weekend bargaining sessions the first two of which lasted 13 hours each At issue in the strike which be Associated Prau “It's an extremely thin applies tion" said Dr John D Artebeny director of Northridge Hospital's Toxic Center "This stuff is not go-ing to cause problems" He said only those with serious respiratory conditions might be af fected by the spraying Officials hope the aerial spraying combined with the release of thousands of sterile Medflies will avert a full-blown infestation which could prove devastating to the state's produce farmers The sterile flies will harmlessly mate with flies not killed by the malathion officials said Associated Press The winning entry received gan March 7 are payments for one-hour television programs rebroadcast domestically and all television shows rebroadcast overseas On June 22 the writers' guild roundly rejected the producer last contract offer which the producers alliance has repeatedly described as "final” The strike has resulted in a delay of the fall television season and sweeping layoffs throughout the entertainment industry The writers’ guild is proceeding with pickets called for Wednesday morning at the offices of television producer Aaron Spelling and the Warner Bros and Columbia studios SF hospital staff ready to walk out McClatchy News Service SAN FRANCISCO — Service workers at half of San Francisco hospitals are scheduled to strike this morning and next Tuesday more than 21)00 nurses are set to walk off their jobs A total of 10 San Francisco and Daly City hospitals could be affected by the work stoppages next Tuesday which could cause patients to be transferred outside of the city for critical care according to Joe Twarog chief negotiator for Ipcal 250 of the Hospital & Health Care Workers Union Local 250 has not had a strike since 1938 If the nurses strike the work stoppage would be the first strike of San Francisco nurses in 18 years The hospital employees scheduled to strike this morning include laboratory technicians hospital attendants maids dietary workers and licensed vocational nurses The hospitals involved are St Francis Mt Zion Childrens’ St Mary s Marshall Hale Pacific Pres pytenan and Seton in Daly City I

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