Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on August 4, 1987 · Page 3
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Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, August 4, 1987
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL TUESDAY, AUGUST 4,1987— 3 Divers close to sunken treasure PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP)—Divers came close but were still unable to reach to the purser's safe that is believed to contain at least $1.5 million in jewels, cash, stocks and securities buried inside the sunken liner SS Governor. "We're close. Real close. We know it's on the port side. I'm trying not to get overexcited. We thought we had it yesterday," Bob Mester said Monday. Mester is a partner in Maritime Ventures, the company that is treasure-hunting inside the ship's hull. Mester said the divers had reached the gambling casino and a smoking lounge and believe they're close to the casino safe. The purser's safe has eluded searchers. Jack Brandon, 88, who was a 21-year-old quartermaster of the SS Governor when it went down after Snapshot winner Robin Finn, of Potter Valley, made a high exposure to capture this Image of "Jesse." The remaining weekly deadlines for entering the snapshot contest are Aug. 7 and Aug. 14. Any amateur photographer may enter one or more color or balck and white prints. The pictures must be taken with Kodak film within the past two years. Send entries to Contest Editor, P.O. Box 749, Uklah. send, was assisting salvage crews in trying to pinpoint the safe. The divers think they are closing in on the casino safe of the sunken liner after being disappointed Sunday when what appeared to be the purser's safe turned out to be a chest full of china. Brandon watched Sunday night from the salvage barge as wine bottles, engraved silverware, crystal decanters, portholes, a porcelain toilet and other artifacts were pulled out of the water. Dive organizers believed they knew where to find the purser's safe aboard the 421-foot, six-deck vessel. But their blueprints date to the ship's construction in 1907. Brandon, who was relieved of his steering duties minutes before the Governor was struck by the freighter, was needed to help recall details of changes-made in a 1918 retrofitting, explained dive spokeswoman Yvonne Pepin. Divers thought they had located the safe Sunday, only to find trjat they had a 3-by-5-foot metal china cabinet, Ms. Pepin said. It now appears that the safe fell through the floor of the top hurricane deck some time after the Governor sank and rests in stateroom No. 69 on the deck below. As fast as complications with weather and government agencies eased late last week, new problems took their place. Six divers were originally intended to work round the clock fence diving began Saturday morning. But strong currents in the entrance to Puget Sound tossed their two-man diving bell like a child's rubber ball around the rocky bottom, said Mester, dive coordinator and chief dreamer for the venture. Divers are limited to two eight- hour periods a day when a "tide window" offers optimum conditions in waters flowing as strong as seven knots. Doubts raised reported 'death squad' activity Agendas Ukiah City Council Ukiah City Council will hear an appeal of a Planning Commission decision denying permission to build an apartment complex near the Yokayo Shopping Center. The llO-unit apartment complex is proposed to be built on Porzio Lane, a private street that runs from Gobbi Street behind the shopping center. The Planning Commission denied the project July 8. The other major item on the agenda is discussion of a redevelopment study prepared for the city. (See separate article). The City Council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the public meeting room of the Grace Hudson Museum. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Claims that Salvadoran-style "death squads" are responsible for recent attacks and apparent threats against Central American refugees appear to be in doubt, a police source said. Police do not doubt that incidents, including abductions, have occurred, but political motives are not the only possibility, according to the police official quoted this week by the Los Angeles Times on condition of anonymity. "As far as physical evidence, we've got about zip. As far as suspects, we've got nine descriptions and none of them match. And then we've got copycat crimes too," the source said. * The police official 'said the crimes 'are being investigated' like any other as investigators search for evidence and witnesses. "Once we get the suspects, then we will determine their motives," he said The police official told the Times that international terrorism is less likely to be involved than a power play by a rival political group, extortion or a personal dispute. He cited "certain inconsistencies" in the evidence but would not Plane crashes in street, nobody hurt HAWTHORNE (AP) — A small plane lost power and landed on a city street this morning, colliding with a vehicle but causing only minor injuries, authorities said. The plane smashed into the car at Northrop and Prairie avenues about 10:30 a.m., moments after the aircraft had taken off from Hawthorne Municipal Airport, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elly Brekke. "The pilot reported an interruption in power and was cleared to return to the airport," she said. On approach to Runway 7 at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, the single-engine Navion aircraft landed in the street and struck a car several hundred yards short of the runway, the spokeswoman said. The pilot, whose identity wasn't immediately known, complained of minor injuries, she said. Two people in the car were uninjured. elaborate. "Is it really a death squad-type of thing?" he asked. "Don't get me wrong. We're not doubting that any of these things occurred. We're not dismissing anything, but we suspect politics is only a quarter of the pie here." Incidents purported to be possible death squad activity include the July 7 kidnapping of a Salvadoran activist outside the office of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. The woman reported she was molested, burned with cigarettes and interrogated by three Central American nien who .told her to pass ,on the word,that "we. are here^" The Rev. Luis Olivares, a Roman Catholic priest whose downtown parish serves many refugees, reported that on July 15 he received a letter with the initials E.M., which possibly stands for Escuadron de la Muerte, the Spanish phrase for Squadron of Death. Such initials appeared on bodies of death squad victims in El Salvador during the height of such activity in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Other incidents include a report by a Guatemalan woman who said she was kidnapped July 17 and told not to work with Salvadorans before she was released unharmed Last weekend, a Pasadena pastor, who was among religious people who joined in condemning the possible death squad activity, reported to police that the initials E.M. were scrawled on bulletin boards at his church. "There is just absolutely no other explanation for this beyond some political motivation," said Mark Rosenbaum, general counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is advising those who believe they have been threatened. ' -, Marta Alicia Rivera, who fled El Salvador in 1979 after being abducted, raped and interrogated by National Guard troops, said she also received a threatening letter. "I can't say this is a death squad, only that it sends letters like the ones I got in El Salvador before I was kidnapped by the National Guard in 1979," she said. Like letters she received in El Salvador, the letter ended with the phrase, "Flowers in the desert die," she said. Coast death was murder By PETER PAGE Journal Staff Writer Sheriff's investigators have concluded that a man found dead oh the coast Saturday morning was murdered, probably after being robbed Friday night. The body of Harlan Sutherland, 24, was found at the foot of a bluff approximately 100 feet in height north of Westport at Juan Creek. Sheriff Tim Shea said this morning that Sutherland appeared to have tumbled accidently from the top of the bluff. The first impression of volunteer firefighters recovering the body was that Sutherland had died of a broken neck. It was not until an autopsy was performed that investigators realized Sutherland had been shot in the back of the head. The bullet lodged just behind his forehead. The head trauma caused from the shooting was indistinguishable from injuries suffered during the violent fall, Shea said. Sutherland was a geology student at the University of California, Berkeley, Shea said. Investigators believe he was collecting rock samples and photographing coastal geological formations as a summer research project. Shea said robbery is presumed to have been the motive for the killing because Sutherland's wallet and cameras were missing from the trunk of his car. The car was initially released to Sutherland's family, but was then recovered for examination by criminalists from the state Department of Justice crime lab. Because the death at first appeared accidental, Shea said no measures were taken to cordon off the death scene. Firefighters and rescue personnel tramped over the site prior to the arrival of a deputy. It is unclear if Sutherland was killed at the scene, or if the murder occurred elsewhere and his body simply dumped. Investigators are attempting to locate other campers who stayed at the state campground where Sutherland had been staying during his time on the coast, Shea said. BankAmerica to boost terms of Japanese notes SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — BankAmerica Corp. officials Tuesday refused to comment on reports that the bank has tentatively agreed to boost interest rates on notes it hopes to sell to Japanese banks. "Wehaven'tbeencornmentingat all during any negotiations having to do with our capitol raising programs," said BankAmerica spokesman Bob Fienberg. ^America's Favorite Store Open Daily 8 AM-6 PM; ciosea bun. DISCOUNT TIRE PRICES EVERY DAY PREMIER 4 ^Journal ** ll»MI»rlri butty. Ccltfaral* «M» nr momb ( witkM CtnMr ' wxrtta » In •**«* Auto Rout* Stater CiliMn i *«o reuM i P»»»bl4 1 mm** In ttvtnn Mtl) 16 00 per month Tte UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL (PubllceUon N« MMMi If puUMMtf fcUy. txc** Stlur- «•>« *l W S. School Str«*t, P.O. Ban 7«. UU*I>. C*UI«ral«. ««B, < Wi m«n» poiliii mitl i Cowl d*crM. 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