Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 29, 1993 · Page 18
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Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, June 29, 1993
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18 —TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1993 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- June 29,1993 OBITUARIES Arthur Clay McChesney, DVM Local veterinarian Arthur Clay McChesney, 71, of Ukiah, died Sunday, June 27,1993, at home. Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Eversole Mortuary in Ukiah. The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, also at Eversole, with the Rev. William Duncan of the Ukiah First Baptist Church officiating. Dr. McChesney was born in Pueblo, Colo., Aug. 23,1921. From 1943 to 1947 he was a meat inspector for the U.S. Army. He lived in Ukiah for 45 years and was a member of the Mendo-Lake Veterinary Association. He is survived by his wife, Helen McChesney, also of Ukiah; his children, An and Richard McChesney, and Linda Peterson all of Ukiah, Carol Hartley of Novato, and Janice Sutherland of Red Bluff; his sister Sue Burkstead of Petaluma; two brothers, also veterinarians, Tom McChesney of Little Rock, Ark. and John McChesney of Tahoe; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Dtath and funeral notlcM am provided by mortuaries and/or families. There le a fee for publication. The Dally Journal adlta submission* to conform to Aaaoclaled Praaa writing atyle and remove per- eonal endearments, such as "devoted daughter" or "beloved mother." All factual Information provided will be printed. Families who want obituary Information to run exactly aa submitted—Including personal endearments — should contact the Journal Advertising Department for spaoe and rate Information, 468-3500. UKIAH POLICE LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department Police responded to 28 calls for service and initiated 58 other activities between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today and arrested five people for misdemeanors. Of those, the following was most significant. ARREST — Jody L. Hernandez, 28, of Ukiah, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance Monday. Sgt. Art Barclay said Hernandez was arrested after police had gone to a Waugh Lane address checking for a missing juvenile. SHERIFF'S LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Sheriffs Department ARREST — Stephen Bettencourt, 39, of Ukiah, was arrested on suspicion of felony spousal abuse Monday morning after a 35-year-old Ukiah woman reported to deputies he assaulted her, broke into her trailer and cut the telephone lines. Bettencourt was arrested during a traffic stop on Highway 20 near Redwood Valley at 7:30 a.m. ARREST — Rhonda Lynn Newton, 32, of Caspar, was arrested on suspicion of felony spousal abuse after she allegedly assaulted a 35-year-old Caspar man Monday. According to sheriffs officials Newton allegedly threatened to hit the man with a shovel and struck him in the face with her fists during a domestic dispute on Fern Creek Road in Caspar. Readers are reminded that those arreeled by law enforcement officers are Innocent until proved guilty. People reported aa having been arrested may contact the Dally Journal once the case haa been concluded so the results can be reported. Those who feel the Information Is In error ehould 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 makea no exceptions. FIRE LOG UKIAH FIRE DEPARTMENT Monday MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a man who was pinned under a truck in the 500 block of Dormer Court at 12:34 pjn. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a person who fell out of his wheelchair in the 200 block of East Perkins Street at 1:18 p.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a victim with a head injury in the 1100 block of Mulberry Street at 4:50 pjn. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a woman with chest pains in the 700 block of East Gobbi Street at 11:52 p.ra Tuesday CITIZEN ASSIST — Firefighters transported a patient home from the hospital at 1:32 a.m. UKIAH VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT Monday SMOKE INVESTIGATION — Firefighters investigated a report of smoke coming from an electrical receptacle in the 1400 block of Linda Vista Drive at 5:42 p.m. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY Monday AIRCRAFT DISPATCH — Firefighters dispatched aircraft to a vehicle fire on Highway 101 in Leggett at noon. AIRCRAFT DISPATCH —Firefighters dispatched aircraft to a tractor fire at Windy Hollow at 2:18 p.m. AIRCRAFT DISPATCH —Firefighters dispatched aircraft to a small grass fire in Yorkville at 2:52 p.m. AIRCRAFT DISPATCH — Firefighters dispatched aircraft to a reported vegetation fire that turned out to be a false alarm on Mountain View Road in Boonville at 7:21 p.m. Continued from Page 1 Weather delays shuttle return SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Unsettled weather scuttled Endeavour's scheduled landing today, keeping the space shuttle and its crew of six in orbit an extra day. Mission Control had to pass up two landing opportunities this morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Low clouds over the landing strip scuttled the first attempt to bring Endeavour back from its satellite-retrieval and research mission, which began June 21. Although the skies cleared in time for the second touchdown opportunity l'/4 hours later at 10:23 aon. EDT, flight directors could not be sure it would slay (bat way. Mission Control's Curtis Brown told the crew that rising temperatures and the possibility of storms developing around the Florida base made a landing try too risky. "I guess we can all understand that." shuttle commander Ronald Grabe replied. Endeavour's crew will aim for a Kennedy landing at 7:59 a.m. EDT Wednesday. There also are touchdown opportunities Wednesday at the backup site at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. There were a few tense moments as the crew tried to unlatch and reopen the two payload bay doors, essential for dispelling heat from the orbiting craft. Grabe reported that on-board indications were that the doors had not unlatched completely, but Mission Control said a couple of computer switches failed and that the doors indeed were unlatched. Grabe then was instructed to open the doors by manual control. The European Space Agency's prized 4'/a -ton research satellite! Eureca, was captured last Thursday. Preferred timber plan Shooting would cost 5,700 jobs, newspaper reports PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A timber industry spokesman is skeptical of a claim by a panel of scientists that a Northwest forest plan favored by President Clinton would cost 5,700 jobs in Oregon, Washington and Northern California. The Oregonian newspaper reported the figure and said it was determined by the scientists who developed a range of options for future management of the region's federal timber land. But Chris West, vice president of the Northwest Forestry Association, said the figure seems far to low. "To reduce the timber supply as much as they are proposing to do, and to then say the timber job impact is such a small amount, is a real disservice to people in these communities that will be impacted by this decision," he said. The job losses in the options considered by the panel of experts ranged from 1,700 to 12,500, the newspaper reported in today's editions. By contrast, the Oregon Lands Coalition, a pro-industry group, warned Monday that up to 50,000 jobs would be lost under Clinton's preferred option. Clinton is considering 10 options to help break the impasse between industry and environmental groups over how much old- growth timber should be preserved. Logging has been banned on virtually all federal forest land west of the Cascades because of the need to protect the habitat of the northern spotted owl, a threatened species. The scientific panel said the number of timber jobs in the region dropped by 19,500 — from 144,900 to 125,400 — between 1990 and 1992 and that trend will continue no matter what option Clinton chooses. The Clinton administration would not confirm the figures reported by The Oregonian. Timber industry groups have warned of much higher job losses. That option would place the most severe restrictions on logging in the Oregon Coast Range and on Washington's Olympic Peninsula because it would designate large watershed-level reserves for salmon, spotted owls and marbled murrelets, a source close to the planning process told The Oregonian. The various plans under consideration would allow timber sale levels ranging from 200 million board feet to 1.84 billion board feet. Clinton's preferred option, known as Option 9, would produce slightly less than 1.2 billion board feet of timber annually. David Bayles of the Pacific Rivers Council said the numbers show the economic transition in the timber industry already is well under way. "It's not that the shifts are so small, it's that the transition has already occurred," he said. All 10 options would create systems of forest reserves for owls, marbled murrelets and salmon on 8.6 million acres. More than 3 million acres already has been set aside by Congress as parks and wilderness areas or has been set aside from logging in new forest plans. Under Option 9, more than 3.67 million acres of the land remaining would be set aside in reserves to protect old-growth forest habitat and sensitive streams, The Oregonian said. Some light thinning and salvage logging would be allowed of trees younger than 80 years old. The rest, about 1.9 million acres, would be open to logging with some restrictions. Officer charged with murder in on-duty shooting of driver LOS ANGELES (AP) — A white motorcycle policeman faces a murder charge in the shooting of a black tow truck operator slain at a South Central gas station. Officer Douglas Jay Iversen, 43, was charged Monday in the July 1, 1992 killing of John Daniels, 36, and prosecutors said they would seek a second-degree murder conviction. Daniels was shot two months after four white officers were acquitted of nearly all charges in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, triggering deadly rioting. It also came during Willie Williams' first week as the city's first black police chief. He promised a thorough probe. Prosecutors said race did not figure as an issue in the case, but police-community relations remain tense in the predominantly black communities of South Central. Second-degree murder requires no showing of premeditation but involves a conscious disregard for human life. "It's my view the charges hi this case were overfiled," said Iversen's attorney, John Barnett, Iversen, a 15-year veteran, made a brief court appearance but bis arraignment was continued to July 21. He was released on his own recognizance until then so relatives and friends can raise $250,000 bail. "We have exhaustively investigated this case and we believe that second-degree murder is the appropriate charge," said Deputy District Attorney Katherine Mader. "We analyzed this case as we would any other and asked whether there was evidence of premeditation. We could find none." Detectors- Continued from Page 1 are computerized and can pinpoint objects in a variety of substances. Some can even tell what metal you're detecting before you even see it. The club had its second club- wide hunt Saturday, a tradition Inman started in his backyard last year, but which moved this year to Low Gap Regional Park. Club members hunted for purposely hidden coins and special tokens worth prizes donated from merchants throughout Ukiah. This year's trophy winner was Mary Anderson of Ukiah who found the one trophy token. Inman said he was delighted at the turnout for the hunt and suspected he had detected a few new members Saturday as well, Inman spent much of the past year lobbying the City of Ukiah to overturn its ban on metal detecting in city parks, an action the City Council did take this spring. Asked to recall a particularly satisfying find, Inman remembered the time he was able to find a family heirloom diamond ring in a 55-acre vineyard in Hopland. "It took me two hours in 106-degree heat," he said, but the woman who had dropped it was very happy to see it again. What makes a person a good metal detector? "A good metal detector is someone who absolutely wants to find things in the ground, someone who gets a thrill out of finding things. It could be a coin, or jewelry, anything old. The older the better," he said. Inman invites anyone who wants to begin finding metal objects or anyone who's lost one, to call him at 485-8048. MCOE Continued from Page 1 drawn by Ward after the state's budget was finalized. The board refused to agree to the new budget, but Ward used it as his spending plan nonetheless. Meanwhile, Altennan said it came as no surprise to her that Ward Monday announced be had a legal opinion saying it was OK to keep the Mendocino County Office of Education open during July. Altennan said she knew all along it was legal because she bad checked before the board voted to delay action on the budget, which was supposed to be completed by July 1. Altennan also said it was clear to her that Ward was using the threat of closing the office July 1 (a state- ment he'made in letters to local media last week and which appears in full in today's edition) to blame the board for what had actually been part of his negotiating terms with the county schools employee union. A one-month furlough for employees has not been agreed to by the union and was one of the reasons the board refused to adopt the proposed MCOE budget. That budget contained Ward's bargaining terms. Thus far no date has been set for the arrival of the state fiscal investigation team, but Altennan said she was told she'd bear from investigators before July 8. Ward was unavailable for commment. window. Court records stated Martinez later told police the driver of the green car, later identified as Francisco Camacho, 22, of Ukiah, was "mad dogging" or looking at him as if he wanted to fight. Martinez said he asked Camacho, "what are you looking at?" when the suspect went toward Martinez's car, pulled the handgun and said, "I got something for you" and fired it, court records stated. Court records also stated Martinez told police he did not know the suspect but a friend told him the man that fired the gun was Commander. Later at the police station, the four occupants of the green vehicle, two men and two women, told police the suspect was Commander and that they had gone to the park that day for a barbecue, court records stated. Witnesses said they were leaving the park when Martinez drove by and Commander fired the gun, a .380 semiautomatic pistol, court records stated. The suspect then threw the gun into the green car with the four occupants, the gun landing on one of the women's lap, court records stated. The handgun was recovered inside the car, under the right front passenger's seat, police reports stated. Camacho was later arrested on outstanding warrants and a 16-year-old boy was arrested for being an accessory to a felony. County- Continued from Page 1 Huey said he supports taking the money — which the county holds — because the state has not done what it was supposed to do. "By not forming that committee, the state is holding us hostage, in effect," he said. Another way to cut costs is to decrease jail time for prisoners by such methods as home detention and work furlough programs, Scannell said. He said he will be talking with court officials, the sheriff and the district attorney about possibilities. Scannell said he hopes the move will allow the county to close part of the jail and eliminate some of the staff. He Said that would be done only if it would not affect public safety. He said the sheriffs department and the jail will necessarily be hard hit when the budget axe falls because they use the largest portion — $8.5 million — of the county's discretionary funds — ones that aren't tied to a particular program. Sheriff Jim Tuso noted Scannell told him he may face a $500,000 cut. That means he would have to dip into his $300,000 asset forfeiture fund—which he prefers to use for crime and drug prevention education programs and purchases of safety equipment. "You have a situation here where I've been backed into a corner," fuso said. "It's a matter of survival." Contrary to what was formerly believed, he said the attorney general has said those funds could be used for daily operational expenses, but that he prefers not to. "It's something we don't want to do. You end up with government entities taking money away from their law enforcement agencies and supplanting it with asset forfeiture funds," he said. Tough decisions are necessary in these bad financial times, Scannell told supervisors. He noted the county has been harder hit than state legislators made out when they passed their budget—yet to be finalized by the governor — Friday, which meant an increase in the county's budget shortfall of more than $500,000. Instead of an overall $800,000 hit from a property tax shift, as proclaimed by Assemblyman Dan Hauser Friday, the county will lose $1.8 million — that's after adding back a half year's half-cent sales tax — worth $2 million — and other revenue sources the state gave the county in exchange for taking $4.3 million of its property taxes and giving it to schools. The tax shift "is devoid of common sense, plain and simple," Scannell said, noting the incorporated cities have had much smaller, non-proportional cuts in their share of property tax revenue. He said that's because most people live in incorporated cities and legislators want to please their largest voting block. Because most people live in . cities and the cities aren't suffering as much as counties, 1st District Supervisor Seiji Sugawara said an additional extension of the half- cent sales tax to aid counties — scheduled for a vote in November — doesn't have much chance. So "it's important to put our own half-cent sales tax on the ballot," he said. County Counsel Peter Klein said supervisors now have the authority to put a general tax on the ballot and it would go into effect with a majority vote. Another contributor to the coun- ty's budget shortfall is an estimated $1 million general fund deficit from fiscal year 1992-93. It was caused primarily by shortfalls in anticipated revenue, such as vehicle license fees, delinquent property taxes and sales tax, according to Huey. He noted that more people are deferring their property taxes — something they can dp for up to five years, if they're willing to pay 18 percent interest for the privilege and take the chance the county will foreclose if payments aren't made later. The rest of the budget shortfall is comprised of $624,000 in requests from department heads, Scannell said. The proposed budget is $4.7 million larger than last year's budget, according to Deputy County Administrative Office Jim Andersen. The increase is the result of $2.5 million in debt accrued when the county sold bonds to build a new administration center; $2.2 million in mostly federal dollars that will be spent on damage caused by flooding last winter and $1.4 million in increased state and federal dollars to Social Services administration, he said. So, in terms of spending county general fund dollars, the 1993-94 budget is really $1.4 million smaller than this year's, Andersen said — despite an almost $800,000 increase in the solid waste budget. Other solid waste expenditures, such as final cover on the Caspar landfill, will be deferred to prevent further landfill-related spending. Besides the $3.4 million budget shortfall, the county has a $3.5 million debt left over from the days it ran Mendocino Community hospital. Scannell suggested using income from a sale of the eight holes the county owns of the Ukiah golf course — valued at $1.5 million and sale of timber land the county owns near the Little River Airport. Supervisors will begin scrutinizing the budget next week at their regular meeting. They voted 4-0 to accept the proposed budget. Fifth District Supervisor Norman de Vail was absent. Some of the specifics in the proposed budget are: • Library, $571,470, the amount of property tax revenue officials determined last year die library is legally entitled to. • General Relief, $940395, compared with $800,377 in 1992-93. The county's share of the cost is $760,091. • Veterans services, $111,340, compared with $77,708 in 1992-93. The county's share of the cost is $41,109. • Aid to Families with Dependent Children, $21.6 million, compared to $21.7 million in 1992-93. The county's share of the budget item is $1.3 million. • Drug and alcohol program, $1.1 million. The program uses no county funds. • Mental Health, $3.5 million, roughly the same as in 1992-93. It uses no county funds. • Environmental Health, $918,109. It uses no county funds. • Public Works, $4.7 million, compared with $4.5 million in 1992-93. Aproximately 3.8 percent is paid from county funds. • Sheriffs Office, $5.2 million, compared with $5 million in 1992-93. Of the budgeted amount, $5 million comes from the county' s general fund. • Administration, $368,022, compared with $337,853 in 1992-93. $362,022 will come from the county. Short- Continued from Page 1 then half the people in America have a disease," said George Annas, director of the law, medicine and ethics program at the Boston University School of Public Health. "Once you define something as a disease, you assume a right to treat it." Volunteers for the experiment are as tall or shorter than children several years younger than themselves. Researchers plan to give half the volunteers — ages 10 to 15 for' boys, 9 to 14 for girls — the hormone injections three times a week for up to seven weeks. The other half will receive placebos. In a separate study, the NIH team is assessing the effects of the growth hormone on girls with a medical condition called Turner's syndrome, who often fail to reach normal height.

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