Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 7, 1993 · Page 16
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16 — FRI., MAY 7-SAT., MAY 8, 1993 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- BSife^.^vSg^^A\:.. May 7,1993 OBITUARIES Sydne Olson Smith Sydne Olson Smith, 94, of Ukiah, died Thursday, May 6, 1993, at home of natural causes. Graveside services are pending at the Ukiah cemetery on Low Gap Road. Mr. Smith was bom on Dec. 28,1898, in San Francisco. He lived all his life in Ukiah and was the last of the pioneer Ackerman family for which the creek north of Ukiah is named. Mr. Smith worked for 67 years as a mechanic at a Buick agency. His main interests were hunting and fishing hi the valley and mountains from Indian Creek in the west to Dashiel Creek in the east. Mr. Smith is survived by all who knew and loved him. Memorial contributions may be made to Plowshares Community Dining Room at P.O. Box 475, Ukiah, 95482. Death and funeral notloM are provided by mortuaries end/or taml* lie*. There la a fee for publication. The Daily Journal edlta aubmla- •lona to conform to Associated Press writing style and remove personal endearments, auch 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 apace and rate Information, 468-3500. UKIAH POLICE LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department Police responed to 35 calls for service and initiated 15 other activities between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m, today and arrested six people, three for felonies, two for public intoxication, one for other misdemeanors. Officers also wrote 20 reports and investigated two traffic accidents. ARRESTS — Three Pomolita Middle School students were arrested on suspicion of burglary Thursday for allegedly stealing cosmetics and other items from lockers at the school. According to Sgt. Art Barclay, the girls, two 12 year olds and one 13 year old, allegedly took items from lockers from seven different students. He said the value of the stolen property totaled $400. SHERIFF'S LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department ARREST — A 45-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly struck a 62-year-old woman with his fist and the side of a knife Wednesday. Mario Pinda, 45, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and felony spousal abuse the day after the assault. Sheriffs officials said the victim did not report the assault until the next day. Capt. Berle Murray said the victim reported she and Pinda were in the bedroom arguing at an Eastside Calpella Road address when Pinda grabbed a knife and struck her in the upper right arm and on top of the head with the side of the knife. The victim also reported Pinda threatened to kill her, Murray said. Murray said the woman suffered bruises and welts. Pinda later admitted to striking the woman, Murray said. CHP LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the California Highway Patrol. INJURY ACCIDENT — Six people were injured Wednesday morning in a three car collision on Highway 101 near Walker Road, south of Willits. According to CHP officers, Gilbert Duran, 34, of Redwood Valley, was traveling north on Highway 101 around 11:27 a.m. in a flatbed truck when he stopped at Walker Road to make a left turn. A flatbed truck pulling a utility trailer and driven by John Freitas, 33, of Santa Rosa, stopped behind him. At this time, a 1985 Pontiac sedan, driven by Manuel Orozoco, 17, of Willits, came up behind and struck Freitas' truck which in turn struck Duran's truck. CHP officers said Orozoco told them he took his eyes off the road just prior to the collision. Duran, Freitas, Freitas' passenger, Brandon Hidalgo, 22, of Ukiah, Orozoco and Orozoco's passengers, Matt Strock, 17, and Mike Woodruff, 16, both of Willits, suffered minor injuries and were treated and released at Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits. ARREST — Gaylord Montgomery Eastham, 39, of Rohnert Park was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Thursday. According to the report, Eastham was arrested in on Highway 101, north of Lay tonville at 6:30 p.m. 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 Thursday MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a possible stroke victim at 8:04 a.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a report of a child that fell from a staircase in the 1100 block of Mulberry Street at 8:29 a.m. SMOKE INVESTIGATION — Firefighters responded to a report of smoke hi the 600 block of South Dora Street and found a light ballast had burned out at 12:19 pan. VEHICLE FIRE — Firefighters responded to a reported trash fire, but found a vehicle with the front end fully involved in flames in the 200 block of Cherry Street at 12:38 p.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a woman complaining of back pain hi the 800 block of Waugh Lane at 5:21 p.m. Friday MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for the victim of a building fire in the 700 block of Apple Avenue at 2:08 a.m. STRUCTURE FIRE — See story page 1. UKIAH VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT Thursday MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a fall victim in the 1500 block of South State Street at 4:23 p.m. MARRIAGES I Trevor Clay Williams, 26, and Vicky Lynn Smith, 35, both of Williis. • Tony James Howard, 25, and Ahone Kima Linde, 20, bolh of Branscomb. • Jeffrey Alan Poison, 26, and Mercy Marie Morris, 20, bolh of Laylonville. • David Paul Fortin, 22, and Kathryn La Von Carpenter, 23, both of San Luis Obispo. Tree- Continued from Page 1 The scientists collected the sample as part of a broader effort to find medicinal substances in tropical trees. Back at the National Cancer Institute's research center in Maryland, scientists reduced sap-like material found in the tree down to a new compound, "calanolide A." They tested it against the HTV-1 vims — the most common virus form in known AIDS cases. Human cells placed in a test container would normally be killed by the virus within days, according to Cardellina. The team found the new compound was "100 percent effective" in blocking that process. Results of the study were published last year after peer review by the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. In the paper released by Studds, the authors said that when their team returned to Malaysia in 1991 for more raw material, they found that the tree had been cut down shortly after the first sample had been taken hi 1987. No identical trees were found hi the immediate area and samples from the same tree species found elsewhere did not yield the calano- lide A compound. Word that the- source of the compound had been cut down did not surface until Thursday when Studds released a copy of die tropical plant paper marked "confidential." Cardellina said one reason the researchers were cautious about broadcasting the source of calano- lide A was the fear that AIDS sufferers would scour rain forests looking for the tree, posing risks both to themselves and the forests. Some of the lookalike trees contain materials toxic to humans, he said. Dr. Djaja Soejarto of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the team member mainly responsible for collecting test samples from the rain forest, said that even if another tree can be found, several tons of plant material would be needed for testing on a clinical scale. "This example vividly illustrates many of the unique problems and challenges which must be faced and solved for successful drug development following such a discovery, before the true medicinal potential of tropical rain forest plants can be realized," the team wrote. DA Attacks Continued from Page 1 resolution with force. U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York that Gen. Philippe Morillon, the U.N. commander in Bosnia, had negotiated an agreement on Zepa that would include a cease-fire, deployment of U.N. military observers and establishment of a safe haven. He had no further details. Serb forces also were attacking in other parts of Bosnia. As many as three mosques were blown up late Thursday and early today in Banja Luka, said Peter Kessler, a U.N. relief spokesman in Zagreb, Croatia. Belgrade's decision to end support for Bosnian Serbs came hours after the self-styled Bosnian Serb parliament defied pleas by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and other Yugoslav leaders to accept a U.N. peace plan that calls for dividing Bosnian among the three warring factions. The assembly said it wanted to hold a referendum on the plan May 15-16. .During their yearlong fight against Bosnia's Muslims and Croats, the rebels have been dependent on Serbia for their fuel, weapons and ammunition. More than 134,000 people have been killed or are missing since Serbs rebelled after Bosnia's Muslims and Croats voted to secede from Serb- dominated Yugoslavia. The Bosnian Serbs oppose the plan — already approved by Muslims and Croats—because the territories it gives them are not contiguous. The plan would divide Bosnia into 10 provinces largely along ethnic lines, and give Serbs only 43 percent of the territory — compared to the 70 percent they have seized in the war. The Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who earlier had vowed to step down if the parliament rejected the plan, backed away from that promise in an interview broadcast today. "If they want me (to) I will resign any time, but they didn't reject the plan. They want people to decide," he said. President Clinton condemned the parliament's decision and spelled out his case for U.S. involvement in Yugoslavia to stop the advancing Serbs. "Their actions threaten to widen the conflict and foster instability in other parts of Europe in ways that could be exceedingly damaging," he said. "And their savage and cynical ethnic cleansing offends the world's conscience and our standards of behavior." , t Clinton's efforts to rally reluctant allies for military action appeared to gain some ground when Britain for the first time signaled a willingness to discuss military options. British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hogg said Britain still opposed —but no longer ruled out—bombing Serb positions or allowing arms to flow to Bosnia's Muslim-led government. Clinton ready to take tough stance on continued violence in Bosnia WASHINGTON (AP) — President Clinton said today he expects to be able to announce a decision "fairly shortly" on tougher steps in Bosnia despite hesitancy voiced by European allies on military options. Clinton said he plans to meet with Secretary of State Warren Christopher and with senators who have recently visited the region and "we will see where we go from there." Christopher returns tonight from a week of meetings with European allies. Clinton, speaking with reporters after he unveiled a proposal for campaign finance revision on the South Lawn, said he had been closely monitoring Christopher's trip and events in Bosnia. "I expect we will be able to reach a consensus fairly shortly on which approach to take. As soon as we do, we'll announce it and go forward," he said. The White House welcomed, with some skepticism however, Yugoslavia's announcement that it would stop supporting the Bosnian Serbs. The move was seen as an attempt by Yugoslavia to persuade the United Nations to lift the recently toughened sanctions. "Anything that puts pressure on the Bosnian Serbs is a good sign," said White House Communications Director George Stephanopoulos. But he cautioned that the administration would wait to see "whether this is real" "We're not stopping" on moving ahead with stronger steps, he said. Meanwhile, in Rome, Christopher said "some military action" could be justified under existing U.N. resolutions. He spoke to reporters after meeting with Italy's foreign minster, Beniamino Andreatta. However, for "greater military action we would much more likely require the explicit authorization of the United Nations," Christopher said. He did not say what sort of action that would be. He said he was not planning a trip back to the area soon, but was not ruling that put and would continue consultations by phone. Disabled press for at-home help Continued from Page 1 sors. It doesn't need to be thrown out in public like that," she said. Massini added creative administering has helped her overcome dwindling funds from the county. Funds for the department from the county have decreased from about $1.4 million in 1990 to just more than $1 million this year. During this time, employees in the DA's Office have received two 4 percent raises. "I've had to be creative to maintain the quality and number of people working for me with fewer dollars," she said. Last October, charges on dozens of arrests for petty theft, driving on a suspended license, fighting in public or mutual combat, public drunkennes, trespassing and a variety of health and safety or business code violations were dropped to infractions. Dropping misdemeanor charges to infractions, relieves the DA's office of having to provide prosecutors for those crimes, Massini said. WASHINGTON (AP)—Advocates for disabled Americans are pressing Congress and the Clinton administration to divert billions of dollars to help more people with handicaps live at home. The activists want Medicaid money earmarked for nursing home care used instead to pay for at-home services. ADAPT — American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today — planned to lead three days of demonstrations, rallies and meetings beginning Sunday to muster support for the plan. The group said it expects more than 1,000 people from around the nation to take pan. Rally -organizers said they already had accomplished one goal: a meeting Monday with Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. "They're really opening up the doors," said ADAPT leader Michael Auberger. Auberger said despite the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the disabled still have a long way to go. ADAPT proposes that $7 billion a year in Medicaid funds earmarked for nursing home care be used instead to provide at-home services for the disabled. More than 1.6 million people with disabilities are forced to stay in nursing homes because they cannot afford at-home care, the group said, adding that millions more in the future could be institutionalized. Also, Massini said, her office currently has four attorneys exclusively funded by state grants she actively pursued. Beth Norman prosecutes child abuse and child sexual assault cases, Greg Sager prosecutes major narcotics crimes, Chris Lancaster prosecutes mid-level drug offenders and Myron Sawicki prosecutes all marijuana cultivation crimes by tha use of state grants. Massini's also been able to replace state-grant funded attorneys with others — at a net lower cost to the county. She also said she's been able to fund an environmental crimes prosecutor by using county money in the first year, partially funding the position with fees collected in the second year and now is able to pay the position's entire salary with fees collected. "I don't need to eliminate my environmental attorney because he's self-funded," she said. While she's been able to keep most of her attorneys, she said, she's lost some of her flexibility in prosecuting crimes. State- Continued from Page 1 as 25 percent. He said they would take their case to the state Legislature and to the public in an effort to prevent the cuts. Garcetti said slashing even 8 percent of his budget would eliminate 157 attorney jobs from his force of 900 prosecutors. District Attorney Art Danner of Santa Cruz blamed the governor and state legislators for the bind facing prosecutors. Tax transfers and other features of the state budget will take away from counties' funds that could go to prosecuting criminals, the prosecutors said. "The people holding the key to this are in Sacramento, the legislators and the governor," Danner said. "Public safety in the state cannot be endangered by the budget games that have gone on in Sacramento. District Attorney Arlo Smith of San Francisco and Garcetti said they would be forced to follow the lead of San Joaquin County District Attorney John Phillips who said this week he has stopped prosecuting misdemeanors because he will lose 22 percent of his budget on June 11. Phillips said he can't afford to enforce laws against shoplifters, public drunks, restraining order violators, and others. He said he hoped his move would not encourage lawlessness. Garcetti said he also will drop prosecution of up to 75 percent of juvenile cases if his budget is slashed dramatically. "If you have these cuts and no prosecution of misdemeanors ... you're telling the criminal element, 'Go to it because you're not going to be prosecuted,'" Garcetti said. He said cases would continue to be filed but the county would have to either dismiss them or hire special prosecutors to try them at additional expense. District Attorney Steve White of Sacramento said his office has had staff cuts for the past two years and can't endure more without cutting services. "We have a sworn obligation to protect the public," said White. "If we can't do it we have got to explain that to the public." The prosecutors promised to make their message "loud and clear" in the days leading up to the budget deadline. But Garcetti refused to say what action was discussed. "Part of our discussions remain confidential^" he said! "We don't want to play all our cards now." Loners- Continued from Page 1 victim returned to work from a leave Thursday. "We worried that that might happen, so they were locking the doors ... the postmaster was going around doublechecking, the supervisors were checking, employees were checking," Smith said. In Michigan, Jasion, a 24-year postal employee had filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after he lost out on a clerk's job. The complaint was rejected six weeks ago. A former garage supervisor, Robert Fryz, said Jasion threatened him after a mail carrier killed 14 people at an Oklahoma post office in 1986. Fryz said Jasion told him: "You're going to be next." Fryz said he quit in 1987 partly because he feared Jasion. Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Deziel said officers were called to the post office in March to handle an unspecified complaint against Jasion, but no arrests were made. He said Jasion had 26 guns registered to him. Hilbun, who lived alone, kept to himself, and covered his home's windows with newspaper last fall, said Pamela Capozzoli, who lived nearby. Hilbun, who was fired last year for disciplinary problems, was diagnosed as manic depressive while committed to a menial hospital following a drunken driving arrest last summer, said his attorney, Donald Glenn Rubright. Journal staff contributed to Ms story. Workers- Continued from Page 1 many former servicemen in the postal service, people who like uniforms, have some feeling of authority and are comfortable with firearms. Tom Fancy of the American Postal Workers Union says the postal service's problem is "a deadly combination of highly stressful work environment and paramilitary management style, which pushes people to the brink and beyond." Postmaster General Marvin Runyon said last year that he wanted to eliminate the quasi- military management system of the postal service. Indeed, Runyon uses the title postmaster general only when required by law, preferring to be known as the chief executive. A consultant on stress management said Thursday he has fielded about 50 calls from Detroit-area postal workers, including some from the Dearborn post office, in the past two years. Callers complained of harsh working conditions and insensitive management, said Kent Martini, owner of RSVP consulting in Royal Oak, Mich. "These are unhappy people," he said. "No one will listen to what anyone has to say. They (managers) say, 'Shut up and go back to work.'" Postal workers are under great stress to meet deadlines, Fox explained. "Most of us can put down paperwork and get to it next week and no one cares. You can't do that with a letter." More than a thousand postal workers concerned about safety have called a special hot line set up after a 1991 post office shooting in Royal Oak, Mich., one of more than a half-dozen post office shooting incidents since 1983. Between October 1992 and last month 1,413 calls went to the hot line, with 224 specifically concerned about assaults or threats of assault, postal service spokesman Roy Belts said. After the 1991 shootings, then- Posimaster General Anthony Frank declared he was determined to slop ihe violence. A national task force on violence and behavior in the workplace was sei up, Bells said. It includes representatives of postal management and several unions, including letter carriers, mail handlers, supervisors and postal police. But Fahey charged that the committee does liitie but "issue platitudinous statements, which do nothing." His union declines to participate. Fahey acknowledged thai Runyon has said he wants to loosen the agency's strici management style. And on Thursday Runyon repeated thai he was dedicated lo "improving the climate in our workplace." "Most important," Runyon said, "our policy on violence in the workplace focuses on not tolerating any form of violence or harassment, on reducing stress, and on treating every employee with dignity and respect."

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