Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 27, 1993 · Page 12
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 12

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, June 27, 1993
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A-1 2 — SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1993 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- ON THE STREETS OF UKIAH QUESTION: Does it surprise you that the city of Ukiah has no major budget crisis? John Koch Uklah retired I hadn't really thought about it, but I don't think so. I just feel that the city itself is solvent because they don't have to deal with as much of an area. They don't have the welfare problem that the county has. The real problem the county has is that over 50 percent of the people in this county are on the dole and that's what our problem is. Phil Costln Uklah metal worker I never thought of it that way. I know the county is. I just moved down here and I found a new City Hall, post office, DMV, that surprises me. I don't know why it is. Connie Thomson Uklah marriage/family therapist No, it doesn't surprise me at all. I think the city is run a lot more efficiently, I think people are in a lot closer contact with what's going on, and I don't think at all that they will have a problem. I think we've got so many intelligent people in this community that I think we can forestall any problems and I don't think it's going to be an issue. The county is too far reaching, we have too many diverse people. If you look at the different areas of the county, the periphery is so broad that you can't possibly bring that many different kind of people together. People have to be together to work together. Joshua Lowell Redwood Valley nurse No, it doesn't surprise me at all. They're the greediest, slimiest city I've ever lived in in my life. I just moved out. The electric company makes money for them, they hit me with a $300 bill for one month. The meter was broken and they replaced it and wouldn't cover it. They helped ease NORPAC out of here, opening a little ambulance service that they can charge for now. They're doing a lot of things to make monev. They're doing a lot of little things to kind of ease the private sector out of business and get the money that they can. I'm not at all surprised the city's doing well. Lynde DISomma Uklah bartender I'm not sure, I don't pay that much attention. It's hard to believe that Ukiah of all places is doing great why the rest of the country is in turmoil. Steve Ahl Uklah lumber company owner According to who's standards? Have they kicked in anything to keep the library open for six days a week? That's county, but the city and the county work hand in hand and if they're doing so great, and it's located right in the middle of the city, why don't they kick a little in to help it out. I also heard that, from the money they get from the properly seizure, that they have spent it on a personal Mustang for the chief of police. They've got the best weight lifting room around, that's stuff that really doesn't go to fight crime. They're getting all that extra money, kick it back into the community. Asked at Ukiah post office. June 27,1993 OBITUARIES Mary Anne Pratt (Heryford, Casteel) Mary Anne Pratt, 57, of Dexter, Ore., died Friday en route to her parents' 60th wedding anniversary. She is survived by her husband George Pratt; her parents, Garrie and Diamond Heryford of Ukiah; her brother Garrie Heryford; three sons, Stuart, Michael and Geoffrey Casteel; a daughter, Maya .Hosey; and 10 grandchildren. £ A native of Ukiah, she was bom in Ukiah on My 5,193S. She graduated from Ukiah High, class of 1953. She lived the last 20 years in Oregon. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Ukiah. Arrangements are under the direction of Eversole Mortuary of Ukiah. Sarah Marie Rohlfing Sarah Marie Rohlfing, 78, of Ukiah, died Thursday, June 24,1993, at home. Visitation is scheduled between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday at Eversole Mortuary in Ukiah followed immediately by the funeral, also at the mortuary, with the Rev. Peter Thomsen of the First Presbyterian Church presiding. A graveside service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairview Cemetery in Ohio. Mrs. Rohlfing was born on Jan. 29,1915, in Wheeling, W. Va. She was a homemaker, an avid bridge player and a volunteer at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. She lived in Ukiah for 14 years. By 1966, she had both private and commercial pilot's ratings and she was in the 99ers women's flying group. She is survived by her husband, Ted Rohlfing, also of Ukiah; her daughters Gayle Ann Melvin of Visalia and Rochelle Brengman of San Jose; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements are under the direction of Eversole Mortuary of Ukiah. Death and funeral notices are provided by mortuaries and/or fami- lie*. There Is a fee for publication. The Daily Journal edit* submissions to conform to Associated Press writing style and remove personal endearments, such as "devoted daughter" or "beloved mother." All factual Information provided will be printed. Families who want obituary Information to run exactly as submitted—Including personal endearments — should contact the Journal Advertising Department tor space and rate Information, 468-3500. UKIAH POLICE LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department FOUND GUN—Officers received a call Saturday at 2:34 p.m. from a woman who had found a gun in her planter box in the 100 block of East Smith Street. Police placed the gun in evidence and are investigating. VANDALISM — Officers received a call at 11:20 Saturday morning that a house in the 500 block of Dormer Street had been "trashed." ARREST — Officers arrested Timothy Miller, 31, hometown not given, at 10:02 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of South State Street. Miller was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and lodged in the county jail. VAGRANCY — Officers were called Friday morning at 9:29 a.m. to the Bottle Shop on Talmage Road because a person in the store's dumpster refused to leave. The person left, however, on request of the police. ARREST — Officers arrested Debra L. Couch, 28, of Ukiah, at 12:13 p.m. in the 100 block of Cherry Street Saturday on suspicion of possessing a hypodermic syringe. SHERIFF S LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department. FALSE IDENTITY — Deputies arrested Robert Knight, 38, hometown not given, at 1:23 p.m. Friday for impersonating someone else at the county jail. VANDALISM — Deputies are investigating the vandalism of a teacher's room at Redwood Valley Middle School sometime after 3:50 p.m. Friday. Deputies received the call at 8:45 p.m. Friday. FALSE IDENTITY — Barry Joseph Decharme, 27, hometown not given, was arrested at 10:57 p.m. Friday on an outstanding Mendocino County felony warrant for giving a false name to authorities. GUNSHOT WOUND — Deputies were called at 7:29 p.m. Friday by a person at Howard Hospital to alert them to a man with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The report indicates the investigation is thus far presuming accidental injury. CHP LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the California Highway Patrol. ACCIDENT — See page A-5 for information about an accident Friday morning on North State Street., ACCIDENT — One person suffered minor injures after an accident at 2:20 Friday afternoon on Highway lOl, one- tenth of a mile north of Woodman Canyon Road in Lay tonvil- le. According to the report, Jamie S. Sequeira-Neufeld, 38, of Garberville, was driving a Nissan Sentra southbound and swerved to avoid a dead raccoon in the road, crossed the road and overturned off the east side of Highway 101. She suffered minor injuries and was taken to Howard Hospital in Willits. Her passengers, Danie Neufeld, 5 and Edmond Neufeld, 1, both of Garberville, were uninjured. All three were using safety devices. ACCIDENT — Three people suffered moderate injuries at 10:30 a.m. Friday when the car they were riding in struck an embankment and overturned. According to the report, a 1968 Chevrolet station wagon being driven by William Branson, 27, of Mt. Union, Pa., was northbound on Highway 101 near the intersection of Highway 1, when for unknown reasons it crossed through the center divider, crossed the southbound lanes, left the road, struck an embankment and overturned. Branson and his passengers, Venwal Sanders, 83, of Santa Paula and Dorothy Sanders, 55, of Crescent City, were all taken to South Humboldt Medical Center with moderate injuries. Readers are reminded that those arrested by law enforcement officers are Innocent until proved guilty. People reported as having been arrested may contact the Dally Journal once the case has been concluded so the results can be reported. Those who feel the Information Is In error should contact the appropriate agency. In the case of those arrested on suspicion of driving while under the Influence, all DUI cases reported by law enforcement are reported by the Journal. The paper makes no exceptions. FIRE LOG UKIAH FIRE DEPARTMENT Friday MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid in the 600 block of Holden Street at 10:27 p.m. to assist an apparent fall victim. However, the patient, who had been assisted up by the time firefighters arrived, had no memory of the fall and refused transport to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center. The victim's caregiver said the patient would be watched for further problems. CITIZEN ASSIST—A patient was taken home from the Ukiah Valley Medical Center at 11 p.m. CITIZEN ASSIST — A woman came to the Ukiah dispatch center at 11:30 p.m. with a key ring stuck on her right ring finger. Firefighters were able to break off a key, freeing her finger. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid in the 600 block of South State Street at 9:49 p.m. and assisted a 50-year-old man with back pains to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid in the 1100 block of South Dora Street and assisted an elderly woman with a severe nosebleed to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. TIMBER HARVEST PLANS • No. 1-93-239 submitted on June 21 by Coastal Foreslands Ltd., for 733 acres on the Garcia River for alternative seed tree and alternative prescription. Public comment will be accepted until July 6. • No. 1-93-120 submitted on June 21 by Louisiana-Pacific for 289 acres of additional mechanical site preparation on Marble Gulch Creek. Public comment will be accepted until July 6. • No. 1-92-388 submitted on June 17 for 165 acres of additional class II skid trail crossing and road and landing work on the Little North Fork of the Gualala River. Public comment will be accepted until July 2. To make comment* or request more information, write to the California Department of Forestry, Regional Headquarters. 135 Ridgway Ave., P.O. Box 670, Santa Rosa, 95402. Health Continued from Page A-l Those sorts of decisions are likely to be made by medical ethicists, Acampo said. He commended Oregonians for addressing the issue. They recently passed legislation listing medical priorities. Despite his doubts about managed care's long-term financial benefits, Acampo said it's a good idea. He said it's a good start toward cutting medical costs and making health care more affordable and accessible — something the Clinton administration is working on. Managed care can work several ways. One way is to limit patients to doctors participating in a managed care program, which can be an insurance policy, such as Blue Cross' preferred provider policy, or health maintenance organizations, such as Kaiser. In turn, the doctors in the programs discount their fees. Typically, people who want to use doctors outside the list pay a higher share of the doctors' fees. Acampo said California is well ahead of the game as far as managed care goes. Of the approximately 31 million people in California, 10 million are insured by managed care policies, he said. Another way to cut costs of medical care is to give doctors the ability to regulate costs by setting standarized fees for service, Acampo said. But anti-trust laws would have to be changed to allow that, he noted. Acampo said doctors are the best qualified people to set prices because they know what procedures and surgeries involve. "Do you want the federal gov- ernment or honest agents" making those decisions? he asked. He told doctors at the meeting that CMA "must be able to negotiate with the government and large providers on your behalf." Acampo said both the CMA and the American Medical Association believe there should be universal health care coverage, as is being proposed by Hillary Clinton's task force. He also said the medical organizations had proposed measures similar to those the task force has come up with. He noted the big if in the medical question is/who, will pay the cost of insuring everyone. "It has not been answered by anybody," he said. Acampo and the other speaker at Thursday's meeting, AMA delegate Dr. Donald Van Giesen, also noted that a big cost problem in the country is the fact that the elderly population is at an all time high and growing. AIDS is also a problem. Acampo said each AIDS patient costs around $ 150,000 to treat from the time of the diagnosis to the time of death. Van Giesen said the government needs to take measures to prevent higher costs when it allows AJDS- infected patients from other countries, like Haiti, to come to the United States. A resolution recently passed by the AMA says that all refugees should be tested for the virus that causes AIDS before being allowed in the country, Van Giesen said. He said those who test positive should not be banned from the country, but they should not be allowed to become citizens. In addition, the government should take money from funds that aid those peoples' home countries to pay for their health care, Van Giesen said. Lawsuit Continued from Page A-l ing another girl, a 16-year-old police cadet, in April 1990. Lamprich's first trial in March ended in a conviction of unlawful intercourse with a minor, but the jury deadlocked on two charges of forcible rape against the woman and another girl. No criminal charges have ever been filed against Jensen and previous court discussions during Lamprich's rape trial in March have centered around accusations that Jensen allegedly had unlawful sexual intercourse with the woman, then a minor, but had not raped the woman during the night in question. During Lamprich's first trial, Superior Court Judge James Luther ruled that Jensen could not testify about accusations he had sexual intercourse with the woman at the city's sewage treatment plant because it would confuse the jury. The first lawsuit also alleges Jensen stopped the vehicle "and by means of threat, intimidation, coercion and physical strength forced" the woman, then 16, to engage in sexual intercourse. The lawsuit alleges she was not capable of consenting to an assault, battery and rape by Jensen. The lawsuit also alleges Jensen forced the woman to the ground and "struck, beat, restrained and used physical force to accomplish the sexual battery." Because of the alleged actions, the woman suffered humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress, the lawsuit contends. Also named in the lawsuit are Willits Police Chief Robert Foster, District Attorney Susan Massini and Mendocino County. Willits Police Chief Bob Foster declined to comment on the lawsuits, saying he was unaware of them. "I'm aware of a claim filed against the city, but am not aware of the lawsuits," Foster said Friday.

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