Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 4, 1993 · Page 15
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 15

Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, May 4, 1993
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16 — TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1993 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- Daily Digest May 4,1993 OBITUARIES Arthur E. Mayhew Arthur E. Mayhew, 73, of Foil Bragg, died suddenly on Saturday, May 1, 1993. Services arc scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, at Chapel By The Sea in Fort Bragg. Mr. Mayhew was a native of West wood in Lassen County. He was raised and educated in Mondocino County, residing in Ukiah and Fort Bragg, graduating from Fort Bragg High School in 1 C >38. He worked in retail ; 'k-s in Fort Bragg for 40 years. He worked for many years at i!' Ciolden Rule Grocery Store, where Sears is located today, and then was manager of Redwood Liquors for 15 yea is. reining in 1985. Mr. Mayhew was a life member ol the Parent-Teachers Association of Fort Bragg, and served the Fort Bragg community for many years as a volunteer fireman. He enjoyed going fishing and was an avid sporis fan of local high school sports. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elaine, sons, Tom Mayhew of Ukiah and Lcs Mayhew of Fort Bragg, and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stephen Phc- nix Fund c/o the Fort Bragg Volunteer Fire Department 141 N. Main St., or to Uic Timbcrwolf Stadium Fund c/o Fort Bragg High School 300 Dana St. Fort Bragg, 95437. Death and funeral notices are provided by mortuaries and/or families. There Is a fee for publication. The Daily Journal edits 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 for space and rate Information, 468-3500. UKIAH FOLICE LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department. Police responded to 22 calls for service and initialed 22 other activities between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today and arrested three people, two for misdemeanors and one for a felony. Police also wrote 10 reports and investigated one burglary and two traffic accidents. ARREST — A 13-year-old Redwood Valley boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of a hypodermic syringe and booked into juvenile hall. According to the report, the boy was arrested at 2:26 a.m. today in the 800 block of North Bush Street. ARREST — Eric Lee Spring, 24, of Ukiah, was arrested on a $20,000 Mendocino County Sheriffs Office warrant and suspicion of possession of a hypodermic syringe after officers chased him on foot from North State Street to Hospital Drive around 4:42 p.m. SHERIFF'&LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department. ARRESTS — Five people were arrested Sunday morning after deputies were called to a disturbance on Grange Street in downtown Covelo. Sheriffs officials said deputies went to Grange Street and a majority of the individuals congregating there ran, but two people, George Joseph Wright, 18, of Covelo, and a 15-year- old Covelo boy were arrested. Wright was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was also found to be violating the terms of his probation by consuming alcohol, sheriff's officials said. The boy was arrested for public intoxication. After deputies took Wright and the boy to the Covelo substation for booking, several juveniles arrived and tried to talk to the arrestees, sheriff's officials said. After warning the juveniles, one of the boys was arrested for obstructing an officer when he did not comply. As the officer was arresting him a a 16-year-old Covelo girl allegedly attacked the officer with her fists. Deputies arrcsled the girl and another 14-year- old boy for public intoxication and resisting arrest. BURGLARY — Numerous tools were reported stolen Monday from a storage shed in the 3800 block of Eastside Calpella Road. According to the report, the theft occurred sometime over the weekend. CHP LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the California Highway Patrol. INJURY ACCIDENT — Three people were injured Monday when a pickup truck and trailer coach jackknifed on Highway 101, south of Comminksy Station Road. According to CHP officers, Richard Baker, 62, of Carson City, Nev., was traveling south on Highway 101 around 3:35 p.m. when he passed a slower recreational vehicle. CHP officers said as Baker moved back into the slow lane his trailer began to shift and swerve. He braked, which increased the magnitude of the whipping and swerving until it jackknifed and overturned. Baker suffered minor injuries, while his passengers Marlene Baker, 56, and Isla Baker, 86, suffered scalp lacerations. All were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. INJURY ACCIDENT — A 70-year-old man suffered minor injuries after a rear-end collision on North State Street Monday afternoon. According to CHP officers, a 1979 Datsun, belonging to Freeman V. Ambrose, of Ukiah, was struck in rear by a veh- cile driven by Kyle B. Pinson, 24, of Ukiah near Bricarelli Lane around 2:05 p.m. Ambrose told officers as he approached the intersection at Bricarelli Lane he saw a car in the fast lane ahead of him suddenly stop. He then saw a woman in the crosswalk and braked and was stopped when his car was struck. Ambrose was taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. ARREST — A 20-year-old Washington man was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and a robbery warrant Monday morning after a check of a vehicle's license plates revealed the car was stolen out of Oregon, CHP officers said. Alan Vernon Owens was arrested after he was ordered out of the van, parked along Highway 101, south of Geysers Road Monday at 10:40 a.m. CHP officers said Owens had been asleep in the van and was taken into custody without incident. The robbery warrant was for $50,000 out of Washington, CHP officers said. FIRE LOG UKIAH FIRE DEPARTMENT Monday MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a man with generalized weakness and fever on Lorraine Street at 9:03 a.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a possible victim of electrical shock in the 600 block of South State Street at 4:50 p.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a report of UP elderly woman with high fever and chills in the 300 block GI Horth Main Street at 6:33 p.m. CITIZEN ASSIST — Firefighters assisted a citizen home from the hospital at 9:58 p.m. River- Air Continued from Page 1 and dirt to accumulate and create bars, she said. "We have to reconstruct the channel," Marcus said. To do any kind of restoration will require the cooperation of landowners — who own about 95 pcrcentof the river, she said, noting the Coastal Conservancy has no regulatory power. Although widening the river could mean a loss of land to some people, Marcus said she doesn't think that will be a big problem. "The river's eoing to take it out anyway," she said. Marcus said she expects public hearings to begin in about six months. To be successful, the project — which she hopes to fund with state and federal grants — also needs panicipation and cooperation from the cities, counties and various county governments and groups, Marcus said. The river restoration project — which includes the entire length of the river — is part of a larger project that includes a search for public access to the Russian River. Paint- Continued from Page 1 supplying the pepper. Not everyone is convinced the paint is the perfect barnacle repellent. Ray Weaver, a physicist with the Pittsburgh-based Steel Structures Painting Council, said saltwater can cause unexpected chemical reactions. The paint may break down and need to be rcapplied periodically, he said. And there is a chance the cpoxy will shield the oil from the barnacles, Weaver said. "These arc things you have to test," he said. "There could easily be a chemical in nature that would repel barnacles. When you get a novel idea for a product, you have to try it." Barnacles, found throughout the world's oceans, attach to ship hulls, causing drag. Zebra mussels — which are believed to have been introduced into the United States when they were accidentally released in the Great Lakes in 1986 or 1987 — are clogging intake pipes and attaching to boats in many Eastern waterways. Fischer holds 19 patents for devices ranging from a chrome ring that prevents restaurant coffee pots from cracking to a non-vibrating truck mirror that is sold on about 15,000 Mack trucks every year. A high school dropout, Fischer thought up most of his ideas during his 12-ycar career as a truck driver and 22 years as a salesman. Suit claims state didn't report true cause of nine tanker crashes By STEVE GEISSINGER The Associated Press SACRAMENTO — A suit filed Monday by the widow of a firefighting pilot claims nine fatal crashes of California air tankers were caused by mechanical flaws and other factors, not pilot error as reported by the stale. The suit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, contends pilots were blamed after "cursory, superficial, perfunctory, haphazard and careless" internal investigations. "Adequate and comprehensive investigations would have revealed that the accidents were in fact caused by improper maintenance, inferior par. - and equipment and other factors not related to pilot error," the suif alleges. The suit again--! the California Department of Forestry was filed on behalf of Joann Stark, whose husband, Roger, died in a June 19 crash in Calaveras County. Eight previous crashes since 1976 killed nine others. CDF attorney Charles Shoemaker said he could not comment on the suit because he had not yet seen it. He said that department policy would be to decline comment on a pending suit anyway. CDF officials have said their investigations were proper and that the planes arc safe. The suit alleges the S-2 tankers are "unable to maintain an adequate rate of climb after delivery of fire retardam." It also claims testing of the modified planes was inadequate, alleees CDF was negligent for not placing a second crew member in the cockpit and says CDF mishandled the wreckage and Roger Stark's remains. The slate "suppressed facts ... which indicated that the aircraft had mechanical deficiencies and inferior parts, which made it unsafe, and therefore, not airworthy," the suit alleges. It further states that failing to collect all of the pilot's remains caused Mrs. Stark and her five children to suffer "extreme mental anguish and disgust" and "to become permanently sick in mind and body." Two of the children found part of their father's jaw at the crash site after CDF said it had finished cleaning up. Top CDF officials acknowledged last summer that the cleanup was inadequate. The wrongful death suit seeks unspecified damages. The Starks filed a wrongful death claim Nov. 3. It was rejected by the State Board of Control in January. LA apartment fire kills 9, injures 40 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Deadly smoke from an apartment fire engulfed a crowded tenant complex, killing seven children and two pregnant women, and sending dozens jumping from balconies and scrambling down ladders. Neither woman's fetus survived. A third pregnant woman who delivered prematurely was among the more than 40 people injured. She and three others were in critical condition. Tenants jumped from the windows or collapsed on lop of one another in the halls as flames raced through the building where fire doors had been propped open. Sixteen of the 40 apartments were damaged. The building's smoke detectors didn't work, the building's assistant manager said. Jose Antonio Ramirez said the owner told him it was too expensive to repair them. "This is our worst nightmare. Words can't describe what has happened here," shaken firefighter Richard Andrade said. Firefighters extinguished the Monday blaze in less man an hour. Then they found the bodies of children slacked in smoky corridors in the Westlake district building three miles west of downtown. Fire doors that could have stopped the spread of heat, smoke and flame were found propped open, said Fire Chief Donald Manning. "We have a major tragedy on our hands," Manning said, adding, "It was a horrible incident." An arson investigation was under way, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Nearny said at a late night news conference, but it was not immediately known whether the blaze was accidental or set. Firefighters carried the limp bodies of unconscious, soot- strcaked children from the South Burlington Avenue building and tried to resuscitate them on the sidewalk in front of hundreds of horrified spectators. One man, Elias Verdugo Vasquez, 29, knelt over the body of his wife, Alejandra, 29, listening for a heartbeat. Crying, he found none. Manning said hard-wired smoke detectors were installed in some apartments. It wasn't known if the apartment where the fire erupted had a smoke detector or whether the detectors worked. The chief said fire doors were probably open to allow ventilation during recent warm weather. Most victims were caught in hallways where smoke funneled through unimpeded by the fire doors. Apartment dwellers Daniel Grouse and Luis Arreola said conditions in the apartments they were not surprised fire doors were left open. Arreola said two weeks ago a fire broke out and burned two apartments in the building. About two dozen people, some in critical condition, were being treated for smoke inhalation at area hospitals. Twenty people were treated at the scene and released, said department spokesman Michael Little. "My brother tried to help some lady and some kid ... (but) they burned," a tearful teen-age survivor, Rosa Reyes, said at Belmont High School, where the Red Cross set up a shelter for victims. The Westlake district is heavily Hispanic, with many residents immigrants from Latin America. It is among the city's most densely populated areas. Twenty-five engine companies and 16 ambulances responded to the fire at 4:25 p.m., said Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis. The blaze was out by 5:15 p.m., he said. The fire began on the second floor of the three-floor, 40-unit building, and sent flames and smoke 200 feet along hallways on the upper two floors, Manning said. Sixteen apartments were damaged Continued from Page 1 maximum considered safe by the state Air Resources Board — are slapped with requirements and restrictions. For instance, in the Bay Area, employers are required to come up with ways to facilitate employees using fewer vehicles to get to work. Mendocino County employers would have to do likewise if the county's ozone readings exceed 9 pphm. In 1988 it came close. The ozone — as measured by the Air Resources Board — was at 9 pphm for four hours over two days. Since then, it has tested at no more than 7.8 pphm by the local Air Quality Management District, Faulkner said. That level could easily exceed the limits if growth isn't controlled some way, he said. He said designing housing and shopping developments to minimize automobile use is a key to keeping ozone at levels within the state's acceptable range. Housing that is centrally located and compact is one way to cut down on trips people make in their cars, Faulkner said. Whereas "diffuse development" such as "sprawling wasteful suburbs ... force high automobile use," Faulkner said. Compact development has several other advantages, he said. It saves land for other uses, such as agriculture or open space, and it saves energy. Faulkner noted transportation accounts for 48 percent of California's energy use. He said provisions requiring planning for clean air need to be included in the county's General Plan. In addition, Faulkner said he would like to have a planner on his staff to evaluate plans for air quality impacts. The Planning Department currently sends the district development plans to make comments on, but he said he needs time and expertise to do the job properly. And to keep up with all the other regulations, Faulkner said he needs another air quality specialist on staff. He noted the air quality district does not use general fund monies — it supports itself primarily through fees. It's 1992-93 budget was $266,0000. MCOG member and Fort Bragg Mayor John Cimolino said he opposes increasing fees so that the district can have more staff. "A fee is a fee is a fee," he said. "It's a hidden tax." Cimolino also said he was worried about overregulation. To minimize added regulations from possible ozone problems, he suggested splitting the air quality district into four districts. That way, if one of the three larger cities exceeds acceptable ozone levels, the whole county won't be subjected to tougher environmental regulations, he said. Seniors- Continued from Page 1 naz said the group hopes its members send the White House and members of Congress letters calling for long-term coverage. He said this is the seniors' "last chance to get their message heard" as the White House nears its late May deadline for a health proposal. Bob Boorstin, spokesman for the health-care task force, said its members have been "in discussions with AARP from the beginning of the process and we agree with them that something must be done to make a start at solving the long- term care problem in this nation." AARP also released results of a nationwide poll that found support for health care revisions increases when long-term care coverage is included. But fewer than half of those surveyed—or 46.5 percent—said they would be willing to pay $50 a month in higher taxes to guarantee hospital, doctor and long-term care. Another 37.1 percent said they would be willing to pay $30 in additional taxes for hospital and doctor coverage only. The telephone survey of 2,020 adults between April 21 and 27 had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent. Bosnia- Continued from Page 1 and its allies to "talk about the new measures that could be taken. We exclude no measures." Christopher said the allies were determined "to forge a common consensus," but no final decisions had been taken. "The United States would be consulting with its allies in a new sense of urgency" if the agreement fell apart, he said. There were reports of renewed fighting today. In Sarajevo, the Bosnia-Herzegovina capital, the Muslin-led Bosnian army operations center said the eastern Bosnian town of Zepa was reported ablaze today from a fierce Serbian rebel attack. The self-styled Bosnian Serb parliament is to consider the peace plan Wednesday. It has twice rejected previous versions. Christopher, on a six-day trip to Western Europe and Russia to try to gather support for President Clinton's tentative decision to launch allied air attacks on Bosnian Serb artillery and to ease the arms embargo against Muslims, has said previously he was skeptical that the peace agreement would hold up. NBC News on Monday night reported without attribution that U.S. special-force troops already were on the ground in Bosnia gathering intelligence and selecting targets. Clinton today flatly denied the story. "There aren't any (troops). I have not authorized that at all." White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers also said the report was inaccurate. "There are no special forces on the ground." She said the only U.S. personnel on the ground in Yugoslavia were 10-12 people from NATO headquarters, officials in Belgrade and Zagreb as part of the U.S. diplomatic mission and U.N. humanitarian relief efforts and some hospital personnel in Zagreb. U.S. to foot shipping cost of Russian aid WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will foot a large part of the shipping cost for sending food aid to Russia under me $700 million aid package announced last month at the Vancouver summit. The Agriculture Department released details of the package Monday. Under the agreement, negotiated last week with Russian officials, $500 million in goods will be shipped, with the remaining $200 million used for transportation. The shipping costs account for such a large share because of requirements that 75 percent of the food aid be shipped on U.S.-flag vessels. Using U.S.-flag ships — because of higher labor costs, different regulations and other factors —can cost double or even triple the rate of using foreign-flag vessels. Critics of the cargo-preference requirements quote a Congressional Budget Office report saying that the difference accounts for $125 million of the $200 million. Under the agreement, the United States will pay the difference between the U.S.-flag and foreign rate. Although an aid package, Russia technically is buying the food from the United States. The terms, however, are far more generous than could be offered commercially. Russians had objected to paying the shipping costs, saying they cut into the amount of grain Russia could buy. Also, Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy will use emergency powers to transfer funds. That means he can avoid asking Con- gress to lift the $30 million cap, already spent this year, on freight charges covering goods sent under the aid program known as Food for Progress. The $500 million commodity portion will include $433.5 million in credits to Russia and $66.5 million in donations. The package consists of $227.5 million for corn, $105 million for soybean meal, $66.5 million for butter, $56 million for wheat, $5 million for sugar and $40 million for high-value products like vegetable oil, peanuts, poultry and rice. Of the $56 million for wheat, $12 million consists of donations. This is part of a compromise worked out with the Russians who complained that they could otherwise buy the wheat cheaper on the world market. Of the butter, a readily available surplus commodity, $55.4 million will be donated. The United States will pay all the freight costs for the butter. The funds will be transferred within the next two weeks. The agreement restores large- scale grain shipments to Russia, which has been unable to buy U.S. farm goods since last November because it defaulted on commercial credits issued under the Bush administration. Those defaults have exceeded $800 million. The amount paid for freight has angered members of Congress, who had urged President Clinton to waive the requirement. At least one hearing has been scheduled this week on the issue.

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