Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 7, 1993 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Ukiah Daily ^V ^^^ JL m • m^l d» •& <4S»«^ Vl^ftxMbdMkV ^^*J ournal 'On The Market' Spring brings out beauty of Ukiah Valley properties/Inside 01003, Donwy M*dla Group Friday, May 7-Saturday, May 8,1993 16 pages Volume 133 Number 17 50 Cents tax included MENDOCINO COUNTY S LARGEST NEWSPAPER DAYBREAK Renee Snyder New manager Ukiah BLM office Renee Snyder has been selected as area manager for the Bureau of Land Management's Clear Lake Resource Area. She replaces Catherine Robertson, who transferred to BLM's Grand Junction office. Snyder, with a staff of 17, is responsible for managing public land resources on about 235,000 acres of public land in the Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo county areas. Public land areas under Snyder's direction include The Geysers, the Cow Mountain Recreation Area, Cache Creek, Walker Ridge/Indian Valley, Knoxville, and Cedar Roughs. Snyder has worked for the-BLM in Arizona, Wyoming, and Oregon. For the past four years she was the Public Affairs Officer and Planning and Environmental Coordinator in BLM's district office in Lakeview, Ore. Snyder enjoys gardening, hiking, cross country skiing, and camping, and is "enthusiastic about working with people, both inside and outside the Bureau." 1 TIDBITS I The Ukiah Daily Journal Reader Advisory Group has an opening for two new members. People interested in joining the group which advises Daily Journal staff on reader issues are encouraged to contact Editor Jim Smith, 468-3500 for information. LOTTO/DECCO DAILY 3: Thursday—8, 4, 1. DECCO: Thursday— Hearts, 10; clubs, 10; diamonds, ace; spades, 7. FANTASY 5: Thursdny-3, 22, 1. 10, 7. CORRECTION • The Young Shakespeareans and Shamrock 4-H will hold auditions, not a performance, at 10 a.m. Saturday at the American Savings Bank. Auditions for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are open to the public. Tlw Uktih Dilly Journal UM* Into ipic* to comet error* or nwlw clarification* to niw* •rticlM. SlanMlcint •nor. In oMtusrlee or birth ennouncemente will rwult In reprinting of the entire Htm. Errori may be reported to the edltorlel department, 466-9500. WEATHER Outlook: Sunny Temparatures Yesterday's high 65 Overnight low 41 Last year's high 86 Last year's low 56 Rainfall As of 8 a.m. today .00 Season to 5/7 42.16 Last year to 5/7 27.23 The Dally Journal Is made from al least 40 percent recycled newsprint. Rub-lree Ink I* also used to keep the Ink on the paper Instead olyogr hands. Comptoie the loop and recycle you( paper. Prosecuting misdemeanors to continue says county DA Grants, self-funding programs keep office running in tight times By LOIS O'ROURKE Journal staff writer Mendocino County District Attorney Susan Massini said this week she still plans to prosecute misdemeanors during the next fiscal year, especially drunken drivers. Massini said this week she expects grants and self-funding programs to offset any budget cuts the county might implement in the Search on for lost AIDS tree By JOHN DIAMOND The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Starting with twigs from a Malaysian gum tree, researchers in 1991 isolated a compound that blocked the spread of the AIDS virus in human immune cells. The team sent biologists racing back to Malaysia for more samples from the tree. But when they got to the swamp, the tree was gone. And no tree found since has produced the same compound. The frustrating saga was revealed in a confidential paper made public Thursday by Rep. Gerry Studds, D-Mass. "We've jokingly called it, 'Medicine Man for Real,'" said Dr. John Cardellina JJ, a co-author of the paper. He was referring to the Sean Connery movie in which a doctor tramps through the jungle after finding, and then losing, a cure for cancer. To be sure, the real-life team was a long way from finding a cure for AIDS. Tests using human immune system cells were conducted in a laboratory. No tests were conducted on humans. But Cardellina said the initial testing indicated that the newly discovered compound could more than just control the disease. "The emphasis is on eradicating the virus in the patient," he said. The tree that showed promise was a member of the guttiferae family of gum-producing trees. The particular type, known as calo- phyllum lanigerum, was found in a swamp in the Malaysian island province of Sarawak in Southeast Asia. Researchers collected about two pounds of twigs, bark and fruit from the tree — enough to conduct a few experiments. See TREE, Back Page 1993-94 budget year. She emphasized that the Mendocino County District Attorney's office is not in the same dire financial straits other DA offices in California are experiencing. "Never will we ever get to the • point where we will not prosecute DUIs," said Massini. "The office will be closed before that happens." Three years ago, during county budget hearings, Massini made predictions her office would not prosecute certain crimes, mostly misdemeanors, if the county slashed her budget. Some of those predictions came Susan Massini Focus will remain on DUI drivers true, she said, but others did not. "Rather than spook people, I've found it's much better to work with people — the Board of Supervi- see DA, Back Page DAs threaten to stop courting misdemeanors By LINDA DEUTSCH The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Planned budget cuts for California's district attorney offices will prompt prosecutors to relent on pursuit of misdemeanor defendants, District Attorney Gil Garcetti warned. "We know that if there are fewer prosecutors we can't do what we're swom to do and that is to protect the public," Garcetti said Wednesday. Garcetti, head of the nation's largest prosecutorial office, said he and top prosecutors from California's eight largest counties will be forced to stop prosecuting misdemeanors including drunk driving, domestic assault and petty theft if state budget cuts mandated by Gov. Pete Wilson are enacted for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Garcetti spent three hours behind closed doors with district attorneys from San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Clara, Alameda, Santa Cruz, Riverside and Ventura counties to map a strategy to hold off the threatened state actions which could cut their staffs by as much See STATE, Back Page APPLE AVENUE HOME BURNS Rely Sharpe-Brash/The Daily Journal Donald Rlnehart looks through a busted window Into a home damaged this morning by fire. Rlnehart, his wife, Kim Rlnehart and Judd Jarnagln, who live next door to the damaged home on Apple Avenue, assisted In helping the home's occupant, Judy Kruger. Ukiahan escapes early morning fire By LOIS O'ROURKE Journal staff writer An early morning fire damaged a home at 767 Apple Avenue, causing about $10,000 in damage to the building and $3,000 to its contents. Ukiah Fire Marshal Roe Sandelin said this morning the cause of the fire—reported to the Fire Department at 2:09 a.m. — appears to be a discarded cigarette butt that ignited the contents of a trash can. The fire then spread to the kitchen area, he said. He said fire investigators found cigarette butts in the bottom of the trash can. The home's occupant, Judy Kruger, 47, was treated at Ukiah Valley Medical Center for smoke inhalation and later arrested by Ukiah police for public intoxication. Sandelin said Kruger woke up and called 911, put the telephone down and began to save some of her belongings. Next door neighbor Judd Jamagin said he went over to the home and met Kruger at the door. "She had her television and eyeglasses and wanted to go back for her pills and her cats, but I wouldn't let her," Jamagin said. He said he later saw the cats run from the home and figured the pills were replacable. Jamagin said he took her out to the front of the house and tried to calm her after she tried to go back in the building. Sandelin said the home was owned by Eastok and Rose Minion of Ukiah. Kruger was also the occupant of a home that burned on West Stephenson Street in June 1991. That home, listed on Ukiah's historical register, was destroyed. Fire Department officials said at that time the cause of the 1991 blaze was also a lighted cigarette which ignited a mattress. Serbian attacks rip apart alliance By ROBERT H. REID The Associated Press SARAJEVO, Bosnia- Herzegovina — A Serb assault on one of the last Muslim outposts hi eastern Bosnia has left more than 200 civilians dead and forced a mass exodus from the burning town, reports said today. The capture of Zepa would bring Bosnia's Serbs closer to their goal of uniting the entire region with Serb-dominated Yugoslavia. But the alliance appeared to have unraveled with the Bosnian Serbs' repeated rejections of peace initiatives. Serbia, the main Yugoslav republic, said Thursday it would stop backing the rebel fighters. The Clinton administration, meanwhile, seemed to gain some support among allies for air strikes and other military measures to attempt to halt the ethnic war. Reports by Sarajevo radio and ham operators detailing deaths and destruction in Zepa could not be independently confirmed because there are no foreign observers there. Fadil Heljic, a spokesman for Zepa civil authorities, said by ham radio that many of the 40,000 residents and refugees escaped from the burning town into the hills, looking for shelter in the forest and caves. The Bosnian government implored the U.N. Security Council to evacuate more than 200 wounded civilians from Zepa, about 40 miles east of Sarajevo. The council declared "safe havens" in Zepa and five other mainly Muslim towns besieged by Serbs, but it didn't back up the See ATTACKS, Back Page TRAGEDIES WAITING TO HAPPEN Many postal workers labor under volatile conditions By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID Ths Associated Press WASHINGTON — Stress, low status and a feeling that managers don't care can make workers so angry they sometimes take up guns and start shooting, crime and stress experts say. This is a particularly volatile mix at post offices, they say, as was demonstrated Thursday when two disgruntled postal workers went on deadly rampages in Dearborn, Mich., and Dana Point. James Fox, dean of the college of criminal justice at Northeastern University in Boston, said there have been several workplace shootings this year in addition to those at post offices. But with three-quarters of a million postal workers nationwide, "statistically, they will have more." "Let's first keep in mind that there is a growing prevalence of disgruntled employees who are literally firing back at employers around the country," Fox said in an interview. "It's sort of 'look whose doing the firing now.'" He described the typical workplace killer: "A middle- aged while man. ... This is a group of people who grew up in era of unprecedented prosperity, thinking a good job was a birthright. They perceive the workplace today as being taken over by blacks, Hispanics, women and immigrants." This, says Fox, is "a guy who tends to have experienced a series of disappointments, it generally takes more than one event to get to the point when you are that angry." These killings start out as an act of revenge against the manager or other person who "wronged" the individual, said Fox. But in some cases they want to strike out at the entire company — by shooting innocent workers, not just the boss. Fox also noted the presence of See WORKERS, Back Page Angry loners took revenge on post office By JAMES ANDERSON of The Associated Press Postal officials practically saw it coming — and responded with a court order, locked doors and counseling — but it wasn't enough to stop two deadly shooting rampages by postal workers in California and Michigan. The attacks — which left three people dead — came just hours apart Thursday and were blamed on men described as angry loners: one of them infatuated with a woman co-worker, the other embittered over losing out on a job to a woman. Ukiah post office workers could not comment on the shootings at the direction of Postmaster Edward McVey. McVey was off work Friday and did not return messages left at his home as of deadline this morning. However, several years ago, local postal employees also reportedly had a scary coworker. The man threatened employees and was prone to violence, one worker said, having once struck the dean of an area school. The person, however, no longer works at the post office. In Dearborn, Mich., postal mechanic Larry Jasion, 45, shot and killed a co-worker and wounded his supervisor and the woman who got the job he wanted. Then he killed himself with a shot to the head at the post office garage. Before the shooting, Jasion shouted, "It's time to educate the supervisors," survivors told the Detroit Free Press. The woman told managers six weeks ago she feared Jasion, but after meeting with him they decided he was not a threat, U.S. Postmaster General Marvin Runyon said today from Dearborn. "We do treat all threats of violence in the workplace seriously," Runyon said at a news conference. Postal investigators said Jasion appeared "lucid, rational and did not pose a threat," Runyon said "I don't have all the answers now," he said. "I probably never will." Runyon, who arrived in Dearborn late Thursday and sent a top deputy to California, acknowledged the work climate at post offices can be stressful. He said a survey of workers last year found management style was considered "too authoritarian." In Dana Point, 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, police said a fired postal worker wearing a "Psycho" T-shirt fatally shot a letter carrier and wounded a clerk at the post office. The woman he had allegedly stalked for months wasn't hurt. Police today searched for the former worker, Mark Richard Hilbun, 38. Police said he also stabbed his mother to death before the shootings and may have shot and wounded two other people away from the post office. U.S. Postal Inspector David Smith said a restraining order barring Hilbun from the building had been issued and security was tightened when the stalking See LONERS, Back Page

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