Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 10, 1993 · Page 12
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 12

Ukiah, California
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Monday, May 10, 1993
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12 — MONDAY, MAY 10, 1993 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- May 10,1993 OBITUARIES Carlo Smythe Carlo Smythe, 59, of Ukiah, died Saturday May 8,1993 at Ukiah Valley Medical Center of natural causes. A memorial service is scheduled at the Ukiah Bible Baptist Church Tuesday at 2 p.m. Pastor Jim Bailey will preside. Mr. Smythe's cremated remains will be interred at the Ukiah Cemetery on Low Gap Road. Mr. Smythe was bom in Westwood April 14, 1934. He lived in the Ukiah area for 43 years. Mr. Smythe worked as a supervisor for the U.S. Postal service for 38 years. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1958. Mr. Smythe is survived by his wife, Sandie Smythe of Ukiah; his mother, Hazel Smythe of Weott; six children, Kim Parker of Santa Rosa, Kim Loomis of Ukiah, Kelly Aggi of Ukiah, Gary Smythe of Sacramento, Tammy Sams, of Ukiah, and Todd Phillips, of Willits; two siblings, Richard Smythe, of Little Rock, Ark. and Merrie Rury, of Benecia, 10 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made to the Ukiah Bible Baptist Church. UKIAH POLICE LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department Police arrested 21 people between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 aan. today, one for driving under the influence, three for public intoxication, 12 for other misdemeanors and five for felonies. Police also investigated four burglaries and six traffic accidents and wrote 51 reports. Because of computer problems, calls for service and officer initiated activites were not available this morning. ARREST — A 43-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed his pickup truck into a Waugh Lane business Sunday morning. Transito B. Burgos, of Ukiah, was also arrested for being an unlicensed driver. Police said Burgos was traveling south on Waugh Lane around 11:35 a jm. when his vehicle swerved to the right and sideswiped the guard rail of a wooden bridge. The collision caused the right front tire to go flat, police said, but Burgos continued to accelerate and ran into the MPA Mortgage building at 950 Waugh Lane. The vehicle crashed through the building's wall, police said. Burgos suffered minor injuries and was taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center for treatment and later booked into county jail. SHERIFF'S LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Sheriffs Department ARREST — A Southern California man was arrested Saturday night after he led deputies on a 25-minute high speed chase that reached speeds of more than 110 mph. David A. Glispey, 35, of Oxnard, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, possession of stolen property, robbery and recklessly evading police around 8:35 p.m. Sheriffs officials said the chase started when Deputy Craig Keiser initiated a traffic stop for speeding on Highway 101 near North State Street. As Keiser approached the par, the car sped away and Keiser chased it north on Highway 101. During the chase, sheriffs officials said, Keiser was notified the car was taken during a robbery in Fresno the same day and the suspect was considered armed and dangerous. The car took the off ramp at Calpella and doubled back, sheriffs officials said, and continued toward Ukiah. As the car headed toward Hopland, the California Highway Patrol joined in the chase. The car continued to go south, through Hopland, past Squaw Rock toward Cloverdale. Sheriffs officials said as the car approached McCray Road on Highway 101 just into Sonoma County it blew a right front tire and gradually came to a stop. Glipsey was subsequently arrested. Sheriffs officials said the car was taken after the suspect ordered two vacationers in the Fresno area to give up their vehicle. CHP LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the California Highway Patrol. INJURY ACCIDENT—A 23-year-old Willits man was injured Sunday and subsequently arrested after his pickup hit a tree in Brooktrails. Kevin A. Massie was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. CHP officers said Massie was traveling west on Primrose Drive around 4p.m. when he lost control of his pickup on a curve. The pickup went over the side and struck a tree. FIRE LOG UKJAH FIRE DEPARTMENT Saturday MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a woman having difficulty breathing in the 1200 block of North Pine Street at 3:08 p.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid in the 500 block of West Mill Street at 5:06 p.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a caU for medical aid for someone having difficulty breathing in the 600 block of Holden Street at 5:21 p.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a diabetic patient at 10:53 p.m. in the 500 block of West Mill Street. Sunday MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for a vehicle accident in the 900 block of Waugh Lane at 11:37 a.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for an ill woman in the 600 block of Holden Street at 11:52 ajn. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for an assault victim in the 300 block of Hillcrest .Drive at 1:19 p.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call for medical aid for someone having chest pain in the 1200 block of North Pine Street at 4:26 p.m. UKIAH VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call of a woman with chest pains in the 2500 block of Talmage Road Friday at 9:39 a.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters assisted a fall victim in the 4500 block of Burke Hill Drive Friday at 12:47 p.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters assisted a woman with abdominal pain in the 100 block of Laws Avenue Friday at 2:20 p.m. MEDICAL AID — Firefighters responded to a call of a person in anaphylactic shock from a bug bite Friday at 9:22 p.m. in the 4400 block of First Avenue. Cleanup Continued from Page 1 PG&E District Manager Gary Green. "It sounds criminal," he said. "But think about it. Twenty years ago, PCB wasn't (considered) a hazardous waste." So it wasn't illegal or uncommon to dump it on the ground, he said. The manufacture of PCBs was discontinued in 1977 because of potential health risks — including cancer. Another indicator the contaminated soil has been around awhile is there were no detectable PCBs in the transformer that sat on top of the spill and was originally thought to be the culprit in the spill. If the service yard is tainted, PCBs, which can become airborne on windy, dusty days, could be contaminating areas outside its chain- link fence. Once airborne, PCBs can travel long distances, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, contaminating oceans, and sometimes even snow and rain. Fish in contaminated water can build up PCB levels hundreds and thousands of times higher than the water they're in, the report said. Fear of airborne PCB contamination is what led Lisa Hayter to discover the spill and notify health officials. Hayter, 37, said she'd noticed the transformer nearly three years ago, shortly after buying the trailer in Twin Palms trailer court. But it was't until nine months after a series of undiagnosed illness and finding out a number of her neighbors in Twin Palms trailer park had cancer to make her check it out. "There are 13 people in the park with cancer," she claims. Some of them have died, Hayter said. Also sick is Hayter's next door neighbor, Dawn Barnes, 37, who was diagnosed with Leukemia early last month, Hayter said. Barnes has lived in the Twin Palms trailer park for 18 years. She said that in the 56-unit park, she knows two women with cancer — one with breast cancer and one with lung cancer. One woman is in her thirties, the other is in her sixties. There have bee no studies, however, to link any of those allegedly with cancer to either the PCB spill, the PG&E yard or anything else in the environment. She's not blaming PG&E, but she is concerned. Hayter decided to investigate her suspicions about contamination shortly after Barnes was diagnosed with Leukemia. She snuck into the yard and sampled the soil next to the transformer. When she got the results — 29 ppm of PCBs — back from the lab, she contacted the county Health Department, which referred her to the the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Water board officials notified PG&E, which ran its own tests and came up with 99 ppm. During the cleanup process last week, samples taken registered as low as .7 ppm. But on Friday another oily spot was noted about 1 foot deep. That's where a PCB concentration of 200 ppm was found The state considers PCBs hazardous at levels more than 5 ppm. Under federal regulations, it's a hazardous material at 50 ppm, said Green. Before the 200 ppm sample was taken, Rick Azevedo, of the water board said the spill appeared to be small and probably was no danger to water quality. He said he checked the rest of the vard and only one other oily spot was noted under some pallets. Oily spots are suspect, because PCBs are normally mixed with oil. Azevedo said he asked PG&E to clean up the spot Azevedo noted there have been other problems with PCBs at the service yard. Three years ago, an accumulation of PCBs were found in a runoff ditch. That contamination was confined to the yard grounds and has been cleaned up, Azevedo said. He said he understands why the trailer park residents would be concerned about the PCB spill, but that they should be somewhat reassured because "we walked the site and didn't see any obvious problems." Green said PG&E does weekly walks around the yard looking for oil or other hazardous materials spills. But not finding obvious contamination doesn't mean there aren't residual PCBs in the ground that can become airborne, Azevedo said. Testing for air contamination problems, however, would have to be referred to the Air Quality Control District, he said. County Air Pollution Control Officer David Faulkner said a number of random soil samples would need to be taken to evaluate potential air contamination. PG&E may sample other parts of the site if the results from the current cleanup effort warrant it, Green said. This morning, PG&E crews used a backhoe to dig down to three feet in the contaminated area and then took more tests. The test results are pending. Green said dirt will be removed until PCBs can no longer be detected. Hayter said she is pleased PG&E officials are cleaning up the yard. "I really appreciate them complying so quickly and being concerned," she said. She said she and other trailer court tenants had a meeting Saturday and are waiting to see what PG&E does before deciding what to do about the situation. Testing- Clinton takes economic campaign on the road to nation's heartland By JOHN KING Ths Associated Prsss CLEVELAND — President Clinton made a populist defense of his economic package and domestic agenda today, acknowledging it means higher taxes for all but painting the rewards as well worth the price. "This plan is fair," Clinton said. With any decisions on escalating international pressure to end the civil war in the former Yugoslavia apparently a few days off, Clinton headed to the Midwest looking to regain the momentum on the issue that won him the region's support — and ultimately the White House — in last year's election: the economy. Congress is spending much of its time this week turning Clinton's February economic blueprint into legislation, and with a barrage of lobbying under way, Clinton sought to put the debate back on his terms — and the public back on his side. "This will work," Clinton said of his plan. "It will bring the deficit down. It will be fairer to working families. It will bring interest rates down. It will help us grow the economy." From skeptics, Clinton asked for a chance to bring change. "I believe you would rather see us err on the side of effort than on the side of the status quo," he said. And, echoing a line from his February speech to Congress unveiling the program, Clinton School could ban all kinds of headgear REDDING (AP) — Shasta Union High School District officials are thinking of banning all kinds of headgear except school hats at four Redding area high schools. Police say they want to ban any kind of hat or other clothing that suggests gangs or alcohol and drug Continued from Page 1 get your results two weeks later. They're also free, however, donations arc encouraged. The tests are very accurate, Anchordoguy said. "Our procedure is before we give anyone a positive result, their blood would be tested at least four times by two different laboratories," Anchordoguy said. If the tests are pure negatives — that is they're well below the anit- body level considered reactive — "we say yipee," she said. And if it's been six months or more — the time it takes for HTV antibodies to show up in the bloodstream — since a person has had sex, or has been with the same, HIV negative partner, that negative test is all a person needs. Otherwise they need to repeat the test. Carriers- Continued from Page 1 Despite her optimism, Sabrina and her husband have bought life insurance, set up a trust and made arrangements for relatives to take care of their child should they die. "There are no guarantees," she said. "We could get killed in a car wreck, you know, just as easily. I really feel they are going to come up with some kind of thing in the very near future. Maybe not a cure, but something to keep it under control," Sabrina said. In the meantime, she tries to do a few things to keep herself healthy. "I try to eat healthier. But I haven't totally changed (my diet). I do eat vitamins every day and I think it's helped. And I think if I did more exercise and ate better foods. I've tried to cut some of the fast foot type stuff out," she said. And she's thinking about quitting smoking. "I quit for a month and a half. And then I started back up. But I am going to quit again because smoking is definitely not good," Sabrina said. But she noted a lot of AIDS patients do smoke marijuana to stimulate their appetites. Sabrina said she's considered losing weight, but decided against it. "I might need this weight someday," she said, noting medication and illnesses that go with AIDS usually means tremendous weight loss. Her husband has lost 20 pounds because his medications make him sick. Sabrina said nothing makes her lose her appetite. Both she and her husband are on anti-viral medication that slows replication of the HIV virus. Sabrina's husband is also on antibiotics to guard from infection because his > T-cell count is very low. She said they don't know how low because they asked the doctor to quit telling them because it makes her husband worry too much. T-cells help stimulate antibodies. They become depressed, or even non-existent in AIDS and HIV positive persons — making them susceptible to lethal infections. Sabrina said the biggest change in her life since finding out she is HIV positive is in her sexual relationship with her husband. "You can't be so casual with each other although we're in a monogamous relationshiop," Sabrina said. We have to use condoms every time we have sex, so it can't be so spontaneous." She said some people ask her how she can still love her husband after he gave her the HIV virus. "What good would it do for me to hate him now? I would be alone. The baby wouldn't have his father," Sabrina said. Another change is the fastidious factor. Although she knows HIV isn't spread through saliva, Sabrina said she doesn't kiss her baby on the mouth. But she doesn't think anyone should anyway. Sabrina and her husband also don't let their son use their drinking glasses. If they get cut, they bandage themselves right away. And she keeps disinfectant next to the toilet. Although there are plenty of things for Sabrina to worry about, she tries not to. "All you can do is keep going. I know it will happen to him before it happens to me. Because he forgets to take his medication and do this or that. He doesn't have the drive. He's a kick backer," she said. So she tries to remind nun to take his medication and to enjoy their life. "I try not to let the little things bug me so much. And I try to spend more time doing quality things with my child and my family," Sabrina said. She sticks to the simpler things because the couple doesn't have much money. Sabrina gets about $400 a month from Aid to Families with Dependent Children, her husband gets around $538 a month from disability and they receive $ 171 a month in food stamps. Their rent is more than $500 a month. Sabrina also spends time trying to help others — teen-agers mostly — understand HIV. "I tell them sex is great with two people who care for each other and all that, but it's worth waiting for," Sabrina said. She noted sex worries were a lot different 15 and 20 years ago. "What did we have to worry about when we were in school? Maybe the crabs or something like that," Sabrina said. "Now it can kill you." EDITOR'S NOTE: Sabrina chose to remain anonymous in order to avoid discrimination against her family. urged the public — and Congress — to "do it as a jmckage. ... If everyone goes around saying what's in it for me instead of what is in it for us, that will tear the whole thing apart." Clinton's two-day trip to the Midwest is the first installment of a new administration strategy to get Clinton out of Washington more often to rally support for his programs. Clinton promoted his economic package, his national service and campaign reform proposals. And he promised his coming health care overhaul would provide lasting security to Americans worried about the cost of care or losing it if they switch jobs. The shopping mall tour and speech to business leaders in Cleveland were today's campaign- style forums, with a school visit Tuesday in suburban Chicago designed to echo the message. Clinton also was conducting interviews with five local television stations — four in Cleveland and one in St. Louis — using the White House's favorite media strategy to spread his message even farther. Clinton's plan had overwhelming public support after it was unveiled in February, but a steady erosion in that backing now threatens the most politically challenging aspects of the plan, including a broad-based energy tax under assault from dozens of interest groups, from farmers to the airline industry. U.N. forces find Muslim town bombed out, nearly deserted use. Hats are already banned at two Redding junior high schools. But ''times are a-changing," said Redding Police Capt. Chuck Byard, whose department recommended the dress code. "Redding's trying to act the way it did 10 years ago. This (the hats issue) isn't worth losing kids' lives over." By TERRY LEONARD Ths Associated Prsss SARAJEVO, Bosnia- Herzegovina — U.N. forces who reached the embattled Muslim enclave of Zepa found a nearly deserted town where thousands once lived, 10 bodies in a bombed- out mosque and "a humanitarian catastrophe," officials said today. Military observers arrived in the mountain village 45 miles northeast of Sarajevo on Sunday afternoon after walking the last several miles because the road had been blocked by felled trees. Their findings back up warnings by Bosnia's Muslim-dominated government last week of an impending catastrophe in the war- torn region. A statement from the U.N. peacekeepers office in Zagreb, Croatia, said today that 200 wounded people needed to be evacuated by helicopter from Zepa, with 30 requiring "urgent attention." The U.N. observers reported most residents had fled to the hills for safety, where they were living in huts and makeshift tents or in the open. Most were surviving on food from U.S.-led air drops and needed basic foodstuffs, blankets, clothing and medicine, the statement said. The Muslim leadership had pleaded with the United Nations to intervene against Bosnian Serb fighters seeking to take over the region around Zepa before a peace plan could go into effect and incorporate it into a "Greater Serbia." Zepa was one of six "safe areas" declared by the United Nations last week after Bosnian Serbs once again rejected an international plan to halt the 13-month-old war. U.N. military observers and peacekeepers were to move in over the weekend to demilitarize the town under a cease-fire agreement signed Saturday by the Bosnian government and Serbs. But the peacekeepers were stopped Sunday evening by Bosnian Serb police at Podromanija, 20 miles east of Sarajevo. They resumed their trek today. Meanwhile, the southwest city of Mostar was reportedly tense after Croats attacked Muslims at dawn Sunday, burned the headquarters of the mostly Muslim Bosnian army headquarters and expelled Muslim residents. Similar to the dream of a Greater Serbia, many Bosnian Croats dream of a "Greater Croatia," the easternmost border of which would be the Neretva River, which runs through Mostar. Speaking of Zepa, which came under sustained heavy attack by surrounding Serb forces last week, the U.N. spokesman in Sarajevo, Cmdr. Barry Frewer, told reporters: "There have been signs of heavy shelling the past few days, witnessed by bombed-out and burned houses everywhere." He said U.N. military observers, or UNMOS, reported that most residents had fled to the hills for safety. John McMillan, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said 40,000 people used to live in Zepa and surrounding villages, including about 6,000 in Zepa proper. "If the situation report in Zepa is correct then it is a humanitarian catastrophe of tremendous magnitude, if there are 50 people wandering around a city that was at least 6,000 before the shelling," he said. "It boggles the mind to think of the condition of those people and what it will take to bring aid to the survivors," McMillan added. Zepa lies amid rugged mountainous terrain, at the bottom of a steep valley. Zepa was quiet today, Frewer said, but observers reported sporadic shelling in the surrounding mountains.

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