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Monday, February 19, 2001 THE OLYMPIAN WASHINGTON STATE FOR THE RECORD OBITUARIES Obituaries run in The Olympian as news items. There is no charge for news obituaries, but they must comply with news style and policies. The forms are available at the newspaper's front desk, through South Sound funeral homes, by fax or on our Web site. Obituaries are composed from those forms. Obituaries must arrive by 1 p.m.

for possible next-day publication and may be accompanied by a recent photo. Death notices will be accepted until 7 p.m. All deaths must be verified before a notice or obituary can run. Information can be delivered to the paper at 111 Bethel St. N.E.; mailed to Obituaries, P.O.

Box 1219, Olympia, WA 98507; sent by fax to (360) 357- 0202; or via our Web site at, on the Internet. Direct questions to (360) 754-5420. Forrest D. Beerbower Forrest D. Beerbower, 79, a longtime resident of Elma, died of cancer Friday, Feb.

16, 2001, at home. He was born Jan. 24, 1922, to George R. and Delpha E. (Gold) Beerbower in Fort Scott, Kan.

He married Dorothy Chambers on May 12, 1946. She preceded him in death in Jan. 1982. He married Hazel J. Foster on Feb.

27, 1986. She preceded him in death on Aug. 29, 1993. He married Mary (Wilder) Aston on May 13, 1994. Mr.

Beerbower served in the Navy from Sept. 27, 1942, until October 10, 1945. He worked for Simpson Door Co. in McCleary for 38 years. Mr.

Beerbower was a member of Elma Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1948; Elma American Legion, Post 119; and Elma Eagles, Aerie 1440. He was also a member of the 40et8 Club in Aberdeen and United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. He enjoyed woodworking, making clocks, Mariners baseball, reading the newspaper, and teasing family and friends. Mr. Beerbower won the Caregiver of the Year award for Grays Harbor.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Beerbower of Elma; three sons, Neil Beerbower of Cathlamet, Steve Beerbower of McCleary and Kevin Beerbower of Oakville; three daughters, Pam Alexander of Elma, Linda Scerbo of Denver and Georgette Hiles of Elma; one stepson, Frank Cole of Oakville; two stepdaughters, Cathy Hart of Olympia and Jeanne Wilder of Chehalis; one sister, Edith Arrington of Elma; 27 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by ten brothers, Herbert, Frank, Ben, Leonard, Harold, Virgil, Dick, Dee, Floyd, and Everett Beerbower; one sister Lula Creamer; and one grandchild. A visitation service will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.

20, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Whiteside Family Mortuary, Elma. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m.

at the Mortuary. An interment service will follow at Satsop Cemetery, Elma. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to East Campus Cancer Clinic, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, 1006 St. Aberdeen, WA. Arrangements are by Whiteside Family Mortuary, Elma.

Mabel I. Ross Mabel Irene Ross, 90, a sevenyear resident of Kalama and former resident of Oakville, died of natural causes Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at St. John Medical Center, Longview. She was born June 17, 1910, to Jesse Carlton and Cora Sara Bertha (Langenbach) Price in Malone.

She married Richard Charles Ross on April 5, 1933, in Chehalis. He preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1977. Mrs. Ross was a member of Rebekah Lodge, East Oakville Grange, Victory Club, Gibson Creek Club, and Oakville Methodist Church.

She enjoyed making quilts, sewing, gardening, art, poetry and being a rock-hound. Mrs. Ross is survived by three sons, Jesse Ross of Longview, David Ross of Salt Lake City and Jerry Ross of Ocean Shores; one daughter, Maxine Neiman of Kalama; two brothers, Kenneth Sheaffer of Surprise, Ariz. and Charles Sheaffer of Auburn, Calif; one sister, Lillian Diane Curterelli of Tumwater; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; six greatgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Don Sheaffer; and one granddaughter, Kathleen Kier.

A visitation will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Whiteside Family Mortuary, Elma. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 22, at Oakville Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Oakville Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to American Diabetes Association, 3434 Martin Way N.E., Olympia, WA 98506, or American Heart Association, 4411 Woodland Park Ave. Seattle, WA 98103.

Arrangements are by Whiteside Family Mortuary, Elma. Charlene V. Brown Charlene V. Brown, 77, a lifelong resident of Cosmopolis, died of cancer, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at her daughter's home in Olympia.

She was born March 14, 1923, to Robert and Hazel (Snow) Younger in Cosmopolis. She married Clyde "Bus" Brown on July 7, 1940. He preceded her in death on April 26, 1971. Mrs. Brown was a clerk at Pay 'N Save in Aberdeen until retirement.

She was previously a clerk at Corner Drug Store, Cosmopolis. She was a member of Cosmopolis Methodist Church. Mrs. Brown enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching baseball and flower gardening. She is survived by two sons, Mark Brown of Cosmopolis and Ed Brown of Chinook; two daughters, Linda Nielsen of Olympia and Sharon Barnum Aberdeen; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A visitation service will take place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Cosmopolis. Memorial donations can be made to Assured Staff Builders Home Health and Capitol Blvd. S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501. Arrangements are by Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.

William E. Kane William Edward Kane, 73, a 20-year South Sound resident, died of a pulmonary embolism Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. He was born Feb.

26, 1927, to James and Helen (Holden) Kane in Everett, Mass. Mr. Kane married his first wife, Joan. She preceded him in death. He married Colleen (Mast) Gephart, and she preceded him in death.

He married Charlotte F. (Kelemen) Larson on October 6, 1997. He was a seaman second class in the Navy and served from 1945 to 1947. He was a technical sergeant in the Air Force and served from 1949 to 1967. Mr.

Kane was a security guard for Simpson Timber Co. in Satsop and at federal buildings in Seattle. He was also a Thurston County reserve deputy sheriff. He was a printer for Washington State Senate Print Shop for 13 years, until retirement. He was a member of Tumwater Masonic Lodge No.

1 and American Legion, Post No. 3 in Olympia and Post No. 166 in Tumwater, and a former post commander and district commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 318 in Olympia. He enjoyed travel, reading, playing bingo, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Kane is survived by his wife, Charlotte Larson-Kane of Olympia; two daughters, Jeanne Federico and Toby Kane, both of St. Petersburg Beach, two stepdaughters, Carol Castellano of Olympia and Susan Bradley of Renton; one stepson, Russell Larson of Olympia; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Fred Kane; and one sister, Marie Smith. A visitation service will take place from 4 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Olympic Funeral Home Chapel, 5725 Littlerock Road S.W., Tumwater. A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m., at the Funeral Home. An interment service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb.

21, at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Legion Children's Welfare Fund, American Legion, Post 166, P.O. Box 4064, Tumwater, WA 98501. Arrangements are by Mills Mills Funeral Directors, Olympia. Donald H.

Christian Donald H. Christian, 65, a lifelong resident of Centralia, died of cancer Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at Capital Medical Center, Olympia. He was born March 2, 1935 to William and Polly (McClanahan) Christian in Glenoma. He married Shirley Holmes.

They divorced. Mr. Christian was a logger. He was a member of the Bluegrass Association and played guitar and mandolin with the TriCounty Pickers. He enjoyed bluegrass festivals and jams and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Christian was survived by his companion, Frances Cramer of Centralia; one son, Terry Christian of Bonney Lake; one daughter, Kim Carnell of Olympia; three grandchildren, two nieces; and two nephews. A memorial service was held Sunday, Feb. 18, in Centralia. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home, Olympia.

DEATHS Drummond, Beverly Jane, 72, Olympia, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at Garden Courte Alzheimer's Special Care Center, Olympia. A private family inurnment is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Senior Services of South Sound S.T.A.R.S. Program, 222 CoL lumbia St.

N.W., Olympia, WA 98501. Mills Mills Funeral Directors, Olympia. Shadle, Lucine 76, Olympia, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at Roo-Lan Healthcare Center, Lacey. No Mills Funeral Directors, Olympia.

ices are planned at this time. Mills POLICE REPORTS Thurston County Ordia Rollin Leaming, 37, a transient, was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of marijuana and of driving with a suspended license. A county resident reported that his credit card number had been stolen, and about $790 had been charged on the card in Internet purchases. The card itself was not stolen. A wheelchair valued at about $1,000 was reported stolen from a carport on Thuja Ave.

S.E. Olympia Thomas Webb Burne, of the 3800 block of Owl Lane, was arrested on suspicion of possessing heroine. He was booked into the county jail and released on bail. A full-sized truck canopy worth about $2,550 was reported stolen from Coumbs RV on Pacific Avenue. A woman's purse with $250 in cash, credit cards and a $500 gold ring was reported stolen from Albertson's Grocery Store on Pacific Avenue, after the woman left the purse behind accidentally while shopping.

The purse was not turned in to the store. Lacey Darius Dontae Wilson, 18, of the 4400 block of 21st Court S.E. in Lacey, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of unlawful possession of firearms and three counts of being in possession of stolen firearms. He was booked into the county jail I and was being held on $30,000 bail. About $40,000 in tools and a laptop computer were reported stolen from Cottman Transmission on Pacific Avenue.

Tannon K. Calkins, 26, of the 4100 block of Sixth Ave. N.E., was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and driving with a suspended license. Yelm Terry Charles Roark, 44, of the 12000 block of Hillcrest St. S.E.

in Yelm, was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and eluding police. He was booked into jail and was being held on $5,000 bail. Thurston County Jail sunmate, 307 in population the main as of jail, 7:30 includ- p.m. ing 20 on mattresses on the floor; an additional 66 in the annex. Operational capacity: 316 in the main jail, 92 in the annex.

VITAL STATISTICS District Court The following actions occurred in District court involving those charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicants: Anderson, Jeromy 20, 8510 Martin Way No. 45, Olympia, pleaded guilty, fined $560, sentenced to serve 365 days with 364 suspended. Date of violation: Oct. 6, 2000. Bergin, Edward 61, 5001 College St.

S.E., Lacey, pleaded guilty, fined $800, sentenced to serve 365 days with credit for time served 50 days. Date violation: Dec. 4, 2000. Khamvan, Leua 29, 3520 24th Ave. N.E., Olympia, pleaded guilty, fined $1200, sentenced to serve 265 days with 230 days suspended and credit for time served 29 days.

Date of violation: Oct. 2, 1999. Lemmon, Barbie 20, 223 S. Division, Elma, pleaded guilty, fined $800, sentenced to serve 365 days with 363 days suspended. Date of violation: July 3, 2000.

Willacker, Stanley 52, 8103 Martin Way E. No. 33, Olympia, pleaded guilty, fined $1200, sentenced to serve 365 days with 230 days suspended. Date of violation: Oct. 16, 2000.

Wilson, Robert 54, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Olympia, pleaded guilty, fined 1 $2400, sentenced to serve 365 days with credit for time served 88 days. Date of violation: Oct. 28, 2000. LOTTERY Here are last night's winning numbers in the Washington state Daily Game: 3-3-2 Last night's winning Keno numbers: 1-4-9-16-20-21-22-25-28- 34-41-44-48-52-54-58- 61-66-68-77 Last night's winning Lucky for Life numbers: 27-33-34-89 Toll-free state lottery number: King County prosecutor: Scale back drug penalties Maleng expected to give testimony today at Capitol THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng may surprise some folks today, when he is expected to testify in Olympia in support of legislation that would reduce prison time for drug dealers scaling back penalties enacted under sweeping 1989 anti-drug legislation. Support for the shift from Maleng prosecutor for 23 years and one of the state's longestserving Republican politicians underscores the extent to which police and prosecutors acknowledge the need for reform.

King County Bar Association President Fred Noland believes there's a simple reason for that. "What we've been doing has not worked," he said. "In terms of cutting down on the use of drugs, it's proven to be a failed strategy." The proposals for revamping the system include reduced penalties and expanded treatment options. "This is a dramatic program," said Dan Satterberg, chief of staff at Maleng's office. "This is a big step for prosecutors and police to ask for a reduction in punishment." In closed-door meetings about reforming drug laws, Maleng has likened his position to that of Richard Nixon going to China: As a Republican law-enforcement official, he feels he is in the best position to win over wary legislators and police.

The Omnibus Drug Act of 1989 was the last legislative overhaul of state drug laws. It raised the minimum punishment for dealing drugs from 13 months to 21 months. A dealer convicted four times automatically got 10 years, instead of a three-year sentence. There was a sharp increase in the number of drive-by shootings that year with 152 attacks, nearly triple the number in 1988. At the time, Mike Redman of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys told a state Senate committee that drug-related crime and violence "has all the attributes of a war, including gunfire." "The feeling in 1989 was that the situation was getting way out of hand," recalled Phil Talmadge, a former Democratic state legislator and state Supreme Court Justice now practicing law in Seattle.

But in the years since, he and others have come to consider drug addiction a public-health problem. in 1990s to the extent that Drug related violence subsided Seattle Police Department statisticians no longer track drive-by shootings. Record numbers But drug use has not diminished. King County prosecutors filed 4,258 felony drug charges last year, an all-time record. Drug cases now account for 38 percent of the defendants in King County Superior Court.

That means an increasing number of people are serving time for nonviolent drug crimes, with penalties that often seem extreme compared with those for other offenses. For example, 39-year-old David Shaffer was sentenced to five years in prison last year for a drunken-driving crash in Kenmore that killed a Jefferson County woman. A few months earlier, David Cortez, 37, received a fiveyear sentence for leading an undercover officer to a dealer who sold 0.3 grams of heroin. "There is some perspective 12 years after the Omnibus Drug Act ACROSS THE NORTHWEST TACOMA Man, 59, killed during drag racing accident A 59-year-old man was killed Sunday afternoon when two cars were racing along River Road and one flipped over, police said. The Pierce County medical examiner's office was working Sunday night to identify the man, said Tacoma police spokesman Jim Mattheis.

Police were looking for the driver of the second car, a 1994 to 1996 dark blue Honda Accord that left the scene. The two cars were racing and one driver lost control in the Bay Street curve, Mattheis said, hitting the guard rail, sliding along the rail and then rolling. There were no passengers in the car. PASCO Man killed when car strikes team bus The Franklin County Coroner's office on Sunday identified the man killed in a collision with a bus carrying a community college basketball team. Frank Farkas, 62, of Pasco died Saturday on Interstate 182 when his car collided with a bus carrying men and women basketball players from Walla Walla Community College.

Nobody on the bus was injured, the Washington State Patrol said. Farkas' car was eastbound when it drifted off the road to the right, overcorrected and crossed the median to collide with the westbound bus, the state patrol said. The toxicology test will determine whether medication Farkas was taking for depression may have been a factor in the accident, said Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel. The bus was headed to Wenatchee Community College for two basketball games. The games were canceled after the accident and the Walla Walla teams returned to their school.

SEATTLE Medical worker is 10th red-measles case A medical technician at a local hospital is King County's 10th confirmed case of red measles in a month-long outbreak, according that these punishments are out of whack with rape and vehicular homicide," said Satterberg. Maleng's office does not advocate decriminalizing drugs. And it does not support mandatory treatment for drug defendants, a change mandated in California last year by voters there. In fact, the California initiative helped spur Maleng to action. "We looked South and didn't like what we saw," Satterberg said.

Expanded options Maleng wants to transform the criminal-justice system so it offers expanded treatment options along with the threat of punishment. "The criminal-justice system has a role to play. It's shifting to be an effective intervention point to get addicts into treatment," said Satterberg. Maleng's proposal, introduced in the House and the Senate, would lop six months off the current 21- to 27-month minimum sentence for first-time offenders charged with manufacture or "delivery" of cocaine or heroin, but not methamphetamine. He also supports a 31- to 41- month sentencing range for defendants convicted of their fourth drug offense, instead of the 1989 law's 10-year penalty.

Noland who helped spark debate with an editorial in the October edition of the King County Bar Bulletin and followed up by convening discussion groups to offer alternatives gives Maleng a mixed review. "He is the unlikely source of new ideas, (though) the things he's talking about are pretty timid," Noland "But I applaud what he's doing." Maleng's proposal and other measures to reduce drug sentences have drawn criticism from Yakima County Prosecutor Jeff Sullivan, who considers current law an important weapon in the war on drugs. SPOKANE Condition improves for two Chinese dancers Three members of a Chinese dance troupe are still recovering in a hospital after an accident on U.S. 395 south of Ritzville. Two of them were upgraded to satisfactory condition Sunday.

Zhaxi Cairang, who had chest injuries, and Li Hengbin, who had neck injuries, have been listed in satisfactory condition, said David Kellogg, nursing supervisor at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Both men are in their 40s. still in serious condition Sunday A teen age boy, Tao Yong, was with a fractured jaw and a fractured left arm. The other members of the troupe have been driven back to Seattle, where they were housed by people with the Asian Performing Arts Theater, which was organizing the troupe's American tour. Most will fly back to China as soon as they can, cutting short a tour that was intended to be three weeks long.

But some will stay behind for a little while until their injuries heal, said Pastor Andrew Hu of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ritzville. Hu acted as interpreter for members of the troupe while they were in Spokane. Two teen-age boys were killed in Friday's crash. Drive-by victim's mom released from jail The mother of a 3-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting has been released from Spokane County Jail. Twanna Denise Bridges, 22, was released Saturday afternoon.

She had been arrested Friday because police said she wasn't cooperating with investigators who were looking into the death of her daughter, Pasheen Bridges. Bridges protected her boyfriend, Peter G. Mendez, 22, when being questioned by investigators, police said. Mendez was arrested earlier last week on charges of concealing evidence in the house after the Feb. 9 shooting.

Police say he hid a handgun, disposed of illegal drugs and picked up shell casings. Investigators also say they haven't been getting much help from any of the other adults who were in the house at the time of the shooting. They believe some of the people may have information on who fired the shots that day. Mills Mills Funeral Directors 414 S. Franklin St.

Olympia 357-7743 Olympic Funeral Home Memorial Gardens 5725 Littlerock Rd SW Tumwater Ron Kluemper Gary Warnock 357-4404 "Bringing comfort and support when you need us most." -since 1901 to Public Health-Seattle King County. More than 1,000 people, including 20 to 30 patients at Virginia Mason Medical Center, may have been exposed to measles by the health worker, health officials say. People infected by the worker during the disease's contagious stage earlier this month from about Feb. 5 to 13 will be "starting to become sick about now," said Dr. Robert Rakita, an infectious-disease specialist at Virginia Mason.

People infected by the measles virus are contagious for about a week before symptoms, including a red rash and white spots in the mouth, begin to appear, Rakita said. SEATAC Travelers evacuated after security breach More than 1,000 travelers were evacuated from sections of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday after a man ran through a security checkpoint and kept going. Port of Seattle police searched but did not find the man. Airport spokesman Bob Parker said the airport was conducting routine alarm checks about 1:30 p.m. when a passenger entered through an exit at a checkpoint.

He said there was brief confusion over whether the resulting alarm was legitimate or just a test. Passengers and others were evacuated from the north satellite terminal and two concourses, including people in snack bars, souvenir stores and restrooms. They were required to clear security again. Flights were delayed for about 90 minutes. When someone runs through an exit area, Parker said, often the person is just in a hurry to catch a flight.

Officials do not know the motives in this case. Olympian news services NORTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT CO. DON'T BUY VINYL SIDING Until you talk to 352-5659 Contractor license HI 055MQ

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