Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 27, 1987 · Page 7
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•THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27,1987- 7 New city phone numbers I Fireworks blast heard for 30 miles Beginning Wednesday, people doing business wiih the City of Ukiah will have the pleasure of dialing these numbers in order to talk to individual departments. City Hall 300 Seminary Ave Ukiah 95482 General Information and Administration Emergency Service 5 p.m.-8 a.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays call Utility Billing and Service Collections Airport 1411 S State Building Inspections City Clerk 300 Seminary Ave City Manager's Office 300 Seminary Ave Community Development Dept 300 Seminary Corporation Yard 1320 Airport Rd Garage Streets Purchasing/Warehouse Water Electrical Dept 300 Seminary Ave Electrical Director Electrical Distribution Engineer Asst. Electrical Distribution Engineer Electrical Technician Electric Shop Field Operations Finance Dept 300 Seminary Ave Fire Dept 300 Seminary Ave Business Calls Emergency Calls Emergency Calls Municipal Golf Course Park Blvd Parks & Recreation Dept Todd Grove Park Personnel Dept 300 Seminary Ave Planning Assistance 300 Seminary Ave Police Dept 300 Seminary Ave Business Calls Administration/Investigations Emergency Calls Emergency Calls Public Works Dept 300 Seminary Ave Deputy Director/Field Operations Engineering Sewage Treatment Plant Plant Rd Solid Waste Site Vichy Springs Rd Sun House 431 S Main Sun House 431 S Main Swimming Pool Park Blvd 463-6200 463-6205 463-6228 463-6226 463-6293 463-6208 463-6217 463-6211 Ave 463-6281 463-6291 463-6290 463-6233 463-6288 463-6281 463-6295 463-6296 463-6297 463-6298 463-6299 463-6219 463-6274 911 463-6262 462-8857 463-6237 463-6212 463-6207 463-6242 463-6241 911 463-6262 463-6281 463-6286 463-6287 463-6294 463-6200 462-3370 463-6239 462-5604 RIALTO (AP) — A reportedly suicidal man missing in an explosion that leveled a fireworks plant called his wife moments before the blast and said, "Look out your window. You're going to see something you've never seen before," police said. Authorities said the blast, which occurred early Friday, may have been set off by the man in order to commit suicide. The explosion flattened roughly a dozen buildings at the Celebrity Fireworks Co. plant and hurled chunks of concrete the size of tclevi- Son sets across a square mile. It was heard up to 30 miles away. Two nearby homes were extensively damaged and two people suffered minor injuries when hit by flying debris, authorities reported. The blast lit up the sky at 1:55 a.m., minutes after Eric W. Garcia, 24, called his wife, Mary, and told her to look out the window, said Police Chief Raymond E. Farmer, who supplied the quote believed to be Garcia's last words. Garcia was still missing nearly 24 hours after the explosion, but it hadn't been confirmed that he was the dead man, said Fire Capt. Randy Ammons. Experts were working to identify body parts found in the debris, Ammons said. "She reported they were having marital difficulties and that she feared for his safety and mental condition," Ammons said of Mrs. Garcia. "We can only surmise that it was a suicide attempt by Mr. Garcia." The blast took place in a 25-by-60 foot bunker that contained hundreds of pounds of black powder and hundreds of aerial fireworks shells, Ammons said. It sparked a fire at the plant that was extinguished in about 45 minutes. The bunker and everything in the immediate vicinity was destroyed. Injured were Tonia Uhler, 19, who suffered cuts and bruises when a window frame in her home was blown in by the blast and hit her in the legs. Also hurt was a male employee of the Trojan fireworks company, located only a few hundred yards away from Celebrity Fireworks, authorities said. The explosion occurred in a semi-rural area of Rialto, a San Bernardino County city approximately 55 miles east of Los Angeles. "The whole sky lit up, and you could see the stuff flying through the air," said Nancy Uhlcr, who lives nearby. First state test for speed radar-camera PASADENA (AP) — A camera- equipped radar that tracks a car's speed and photographs the driver and the license plate took snapshots Of hotshots in the first California trial of the device. The $42,500 law-enforcement tool, tested here Friday, can snap up to 260 speeders per hour, according to the U.S. distributors, Traffic Monitoring Technologies in Friendswood, Tex. The Swiss-built device is called the Zelleweger Ulster photographic Doppler radar unit. "A good officer can do about 10 an hour, and that's really moving," Police Commander Gary A. Bennett said. "It can generate a lot more enforcement than we can do." "We've used very traditional ways of handling traffic in the past. Noe it's time for something innovative," he said. The device, with it's cone- shaped radar nose, sat in the back of a station wagon on Oak Knoll Avenue. In a half-hour, the machine photographed 22 drivers who exceeded the 30 mph speed limit by more than 8 mph. No citations were issued, although normally, the registered owners of the cars would be sent notices. Police expect to begin a full 30-day test in a few months. If it adopts the program, Pasadena would be the fourth city in the country to use the machine. The machine is already being used in more than 30 countries and is expected to be used soon in Paradise Valley, Ariz. But there have been problems. Complaints about the device forced its abandonment in La Marque and parts of Galveston County, Texas. Many drivers ignored violation notices because they were not personally cited by a human being, registered owners 1 who weren't driving were angry at being ticketed and residents complained that their communities were getting reputations as speed traps. Heavy seas breaking up oil off Channel Islands Abolish counties, says Willie Brown SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "Counties should be abolished," says Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, indicting those political subdivisions as wasteful and inefficient. Speaking to a group of supporters Friday, Brown acknowledged that his theory on counties "would be almost impossible" to carry out, but that he thought it was a good idea anyhow. "People really talk about local control like if was the pope," said the speaker. "And when you address the issue the way I am am addressing the issue, you run into strong resistance." Brown labeled the counties "historical accidents" that duplicate each other's services, such as jails, airports, port and transit systems — agencies he said could be beter administered by regional authorities. "There's no reason for five different port authorities," said he. SANTA BARBARA (AP) — The release of fuel oil from a sunken freighter slowed Saturday and heavy seas continued to break up the slick drifting off a marine wildlife sanctuary in the Channel Islands, officials said. The Coast Guard kept its watch on the beaches of San Miguel Island for any landing of the oil, but dense fog continued to shroud the spill's movements from aerial observation. The slick from the freighter Pac Baroness, which sank Monday after a collision with another freighter about 10 miles off Point Conception, was about 12 miles from San Miguel on Friday. "The oil coming from the sinking site has fallen off dramatically,' said Petty Officer James MacPherson. "There are no reports of it reaching land or any sea birds being affected. The high seas, with ocean swells up to 10 feet, are working on the slick like a washing machine to "NO DIET EVER TOOK ME FROM 174 LBS. TO 141 LBS." 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