Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on August 3, 1987 · Page 3
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•THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- MONDAY,. AUGUST 3 f jM Criminal allegations plague Red Bluff By 9TEVE GEISSINGER Atieet««d PrtM Wrtttr "We have teceived many allega- tiotis ... regarding unsolved murders, drugs, a pornography ring involving minors, and narcotics being sold openly around schools to students and faculty members ..." — Tehama County grand jury. RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Many in this small lumber and farming community find it hard to believe they live in a modem-day Sodom and Gomorrah. But others point to more than five years of recurring accusations, rumors and innuendoes about a thriving crime underworld perhaps protected by local authorities and say things like, "Where there's smoke, there's got to be fire." The talk of the town, this time, from the Roundup Saloon to Dog Pet of the Day This bottle-raised female tgortle kitten Is looking for a loving indoor home. For more Information call 468-5548. Island Park, is the report of the outgoing 1986-87 Tehama County grand jury. The jury's county government committee, operating in secrecy from the rest of the jury and all others, except the FBI, said it "received many allegations and suppositions with regard to unsolved murders, drugs, a pornography ring involving minors, narcotics being sold openly around schools to students and faculty members and other allegations." "The preponderance of those interviewed, both men and women, have indicated their names absolutely not be released to anyone due to threats of physical harm they have received to themselves and their families," the report says. "The committee feels that it is impossible to bring any recommendation for indictments to the full grand jury" because of the group's expiration June 30, says the report, "agd we remand it to the 1987-88 grand jury," which has yet to go into full operation, or to say that it will investigate. People in the community of 11,000 people along Interstate 5 about 130 miles northwest of Sacramento express mixed feelings. t>elene Guest, while washing windows outside her downtown store, said that to her activities such as those in the report "seem like they're everywhere." "It bothers me, but what can I do about it I'm not immune to it, but you feel kind of helpless. I think most people do," she said. Langford Conedy, an SO^year- old retired railroad worker, said, "A lot of people come by and talk about it Most don't believe it A few say, "Hey, I think something's going on.' " Grand jury members said they turned over materials to the FBI containing allegations of wrongdoing by several people, including Ronald Koenig, a former Tehama County sheriff and current state parole board chief. Koenig has denied the accusations, which involve pornography and drugs. He was unavailable for comment Friday because he left on a long-planned vacation, a secretary said. FBI agents said July 29 the information contained nothing that warranted an investigation, and returned the materials to the county government jury members. However, District Attorney James Lang has served subpoenas to members of the committee, ordering them to appear with all materials Aug. 4 before the new grand jury. Lang, who also said he will conduct his own investigation into the matter, took exception to grand jurors comments that sources did not fully trust local authorities and feared reprisals. But he added that danger always exists in matters associated with the drug community. In addition, the state Justice Department said it is investigating unspecified charges against Koenig, based on information supplied by a source outside the grand jury. plan Bryngelson, chairwoman of the jury's county government committee, said, "I don't know what's . going to happen.... I'm sick of this." She then declined further comment, saying a judge had instructed outgoing and incoming jurors not to publicly discuss any matters. Exciting fair entertainment lined up By Staff Writer The 1987 Redwood Empire Fair will offer a versatile and varied program of entertainment when it has its run, Aug. 13 through Aug. 16. Fair manager Bill Pearce has announced a lineup for fairtime entertainment, which will include everything from magicians to a children's petting zoo, and everthihg in between. Opening night of the fair, Aug. 13, will feature the talent of Jerry Reed, an all-around performer who can be labeled a singer, songwriter, guitar player, actor, humorist and a complete entertainer.' On Friday, Aug. 14, Paul Revere and The Raiders will entertain the crowd in the grandstand with their music and special brand of madness. As Variety magazine says, "Revere and the Raiders make Spike Jones and the City Slickers resemble a 'Sesame Street* kiddie fun act." Paul Revere and The Raiders have a string of single records and alburns that stretch clear back to 1960, a time period that is reflected in : their energetic music. : The popular 4x4 Truck Pull is expected to draw the usual "standing room only" crowd when it fires up on : Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The traditional Saturday : night Country Western dance will be held again this • year, with the music being supplied by local musician Tiny Harris and his band. •• Appearing on Willow Tree Stage during Thursday, : Friday and Saturday of the fair, will be hypnotist Ter'. ry Stokes, who is rapidly becoming the most popular • hypnotist on the fair circuit. As Pearce says, "Stokes is a fantastic and unbelievable hypnotist. You have to see his show to believe it. Almost with no effort, Stokes convinces people they are race car Irivers, Burt Reynolds signing autographs or the world's greatest hula dancers. It should be a lot of fun for fairgoers." Appealing daily on Willow Tree Stage will be guitarist and singer,. Lloyd Mabrey, and magician, Professor Marvel. Also appearing daily will be balladeer Hal Agin, with his own "Chuck Wagon" stage near the floriculture building. The Jett Petting Zoo will welcome children daily, with an assortment of unusual as well as usual pets, ranging from ducks and calves to kangaroos and ostriches. The Navy Band, Nautilus, has been tentatively scheduled to be at the fair on Friday, Aug. 14. Most fairgoers will remember their lively music from last year's appearance. The local dance group of Carol Bartolomei will appear on Willow Tree Stage on Sunday, Aug. 16, as will Ukiah Gymnastics and Aikido. The bank- anmd fair-sponsored free ride to the fair will be available again this year, according to Pearce. The stops will be the same as in prior years and the rides are available for anyone wishing to utilize (he bus. The popular "One Pay Gate" will be available again this year, with the fairgoer paying one fee at the gate which gets him into all on-grounds entertainment with no further charge, except for the carnival rides. Children ages six and under will be admitted free, children seven through 12 years will pay $3 and adults will be $5. Senior citizens wil be admitted free on Sunday, and children 12 and under will be admitted free on Friday, from noon until 6 p.m. Carnival coupon books are again on sale at the fair office for a savings of $7. Price of the coupon books is $5, and they can be purchased at the fair office until the opening day of the fair. Jerry Reed, the multi-talented showman will entertain at 7 and 9 p.m. on Aug. 13. The country music star has twice won the Country Music Association's "Instrumentalist of the Year" award. He will sing and play the guitar, promising to keep the audience clapping and stomping. Playing the guitar and writing music is Reed's first love. He describes his future plans by saying, "I'm just going to do what I want to do — make my way through life the way I love best, and that's picking my guitar and singing." He also has several hit movies behind him, including those in which he starred with Burt Reynolds. Reed has written songs for Elvis Presley, written and performed hits such as "Amos Moses" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot," and starred in his own television show entitled "Concrete Cowboys." The Jerry Reed Show does not require any extra cost to fairgoers. The gate fee covers admission to all on-grounds entertainment at the fair except the carnival. Adults are $5, children 7-12, $3. Children under 6 are free. Thejewelry^ Store DIAMONDS, Selection, Quality, M Price & Guarantee v We Offer the Best./ 210$. School St, Downtown Ulcloh Journal CARRIERS ARE INDEPENDANT DEALERS AND PAY FOR ALL PAPERS THEY RECEIVE... Evenifa Customer does not pay them. THANK YOU \\\ ^Journal ^f -•• -.--.-.. n »„ fi^i CewUy. Cdllwol* AMtKott* |».»p«r month •MtorCWun M-llpfr month I wto rant i P»y*Wt 1 monUw In *4>*w» MtU K.OO per month It* UKIAH PAILY JOURNAL (Pl*Uc«Uoo N*. MMMi to inMlrtirt toUy. •»** fetui- ttn •» m •• tcfeol Hrwt. P.O. Be* 741. UJWMMV Carriers have a deadline to meet in paying their bill or they may lose their route. To help your Carrier, please have your money ready the first time he/she comes to collect. Our carriers average over 70 customers each, and it is hard for them to come back sometimes 3 and 4 times to each customer. Thank you. Shan Patterson, foreman of the outgoing grand jury, said the committee's secrecy was "completely, clearly, and blatantly outside the norm," adding that he believed Koenig to be an honest man, that some of the sources were "ndt very solid," and that perhaps the entire matter stems from "someone who has a very deep grudge" against Koenig. Bill Goodyear, the editor of the Red Bluff Daily News who has worked as a newsman in the town for IS years, says that most of the comments he has heard from residents are variations of, "Here we go again." Goodyear points to prior investigations by the Tehama County grand jury, the District Attorney's Office, and the state Justice Department that cleared Koenig. The FBI also looked into charges against Koenig briefly last year before dropping the matter. Goodyear described Koenig as a long-time Red Bluff resident, a church-goer, and a family man who is perceived generally as an "average nice guy." The editor said there are unsolved murders that are believed to be linked to the drug community, but adds that such is the case in almost every community. In a situation full of mysteries, there's one more. The Red Bluff Daily News, in an editorial, has asked who is paying a private investigator, Ken Van Buskirk of Folsom, who said he supplied information to the the grand jury. Van Buskirk has declined to identify his client DC-10 aborts takeoff at O'Hare CHICAGO (AP) — The pilot of an American Airlines DC-10 carrying 228 passengers was forced to stop from a speed of more than 120 mph to avoid a jet- Hner that taxied across its path, officials said today. . No one was reported injured in . the' 'incident Sunday night at O'Hare International Airport, said spokesmen for the airlines •and the Federal Aviation 'Administration. The American Airlines Jet \V as preparing to take off .wnert.a Coil-" tinental Airlines Boeing 727. car- ring I24'passertgerc,'t2xied acfbsi 1 " the runway, FAA spokesman Mort Edelstein said. It appeared Continental's Flight 641 had not been given authorization to cross the runway, Edelstein said. "Our Flight 89 was on its takeoff roll when suddenly a Continental aircraft pulled onto the runway," American spokesman John Hptard said from Dallas. "At that point, our captain aborted the takeoff. 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