Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on April 16, 1980 · Page 23
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Wednesday, April 16, 1980 Santa Cruz Senf!nel-23 K$ n n yfx CH ivufes Fe .nne area cfions LOS ANGELES (AP) A teen-age prostitute who said she worked tor confessed Hillside Strangler Kenneth Bianchi and his cousin Angelo Buono tor fear rather than money, told a Grand Jury she believed the two had connections to the Mafia and to local police departments. "if I rode in a car with Ang?lo and he saw a pretty girl, he would write down the license plate and run it and find out where she lived," Sabra Hannan said in a grand jury transcript made public Tuesday. "Through his friends in law enforcement," she was asked by the prosecutor. "Yes," Miss Hannan replied. Another witness. Rebekah Spears, who was 15 at the time she said Miss Hannan recruited her to work for Bianchi and Buono, recalled: "They told me they were backed by the Mafia. They referred to them as "the boys.'" Both women said that Buono had told them he would kill them, cut off their limbs and ship them out of the state in a box if they disobeyed him. Miss Hannan told the grand jury that she was tricked into prostitution. She said Bianchi had offered to help her find a modeling job, that he had paid for her plane flight to Los Angeles from Texas,, and that Buono had given her $100 for clothes. "They told me. I'm theirs for a year now and 1 owed them a plane ticket and $100 and either way I would have to do it," said Miss Hannan. She said she lived in Buono's house in Glendale where he has an upholstery shop. "He told me that he had friends in the law enforcement and if he was to do something ..like it was legal if somebody came into your home and you shot them while they were in the house, that he could get away with it." She said that Bianchi had beat her with his hands and a wet towel and both women said they were sexually abused by Buono when they were living in his house. Miss Hannan said she was taken by Bianchi and Buono to a paper recycling factory in Cudahy where she was told to commit acts of prostitution with several men. She said the factory belonged to two brothers, Dennis and Carl Abajian. She identified a former Huntington park police chief, a Bell city councilman and a former chief deputy to county supervisor Pete Schabarum as being at the stag party. All the men testified before the grand jury. They all denied having sexual relations with anyone at the factory and most denied any knowledge about such activity by each other. However. Carl Abajian, who was appointed by Schabarm to a county commission, said he heard rumors about such activities the next day and told Buono not to bring girls to his factory again. But he said that during the visit he was outside showing antique cars to Bianchi'. Warren Schmuki, Schabarurn's former chief deputy, said he too had once discussed antique cars with Bianchi, when he brought his car to Buono's shop for a minor repair. He said Bianchi noticed the coutny sticker on his car window and wanted one for an antique car he planned to display. Schmuki said he talked to Bianchi for three minutes and sent him the county sticker. Asked repeatedly by Deputy Disrict Attorney Roger Kelly if he would do the same for anyone who talked to him ' for three minutes, Schmuki repled 'no.' But he had difficulty explaining why he had done it for Bianchi. He said he received nothing in return, not even a "thank you." Police believe Bianchi used the sticker on his car to make his victims believe he was a law enforcement official. Bianchi has admitted killing five young women, and has agreed to testify against his Buono in connection with 10 Hillside Strangler murders and in connection with charges the Grand Jury brought after hearing the testimony. The Grand Jury charged Buono with pimping, pandering, attempted extortion, sodomy, and unlawful sexual acts with a minor. watch vi f I -' I t- ana Works W ra- :r v NX a; ith Pre eision FBI photos showing gang robbing Wells Fargo Bank in San Diego Monday. (AP Laserphoto) SAN DIEGO (AP) At least four recent bank holdups were staged by a heavily armed gang moving with precision under the direction of a man with a stopwatch dangling from a neck chain, the FBI says. Norman A. Zigrossi, special FBI agent in charge in San Diego, called a news cnference to warn that the gang may also be inclined to take a hostage or hostages. Apparently, he said, there are four men wearing Halloween masks or ski masks and gloves and armed with a semi-automatic rifle and handguns. There may be a fifth man at the getaway car. At least $70,000 was taken in bank robberies linked to the gang, whose members move quickly to specific stations and strike as if assigned for reasons of time. "We believe they are local people, living here and operating here," the FBI agent said of the bandits, who appear to be Caucasian. About the time Zigrossi spoke, three men in Halloween masks robbed a Fashion Valley jewelry store and got away with an undetermined amount of jewelry. A total of 42 bank robberies have been reported in San Diego this year, compared with 25 by April 15 last year. 12 flmMTHTEITl f My Vim Room mi Sutei Conpnul Fnemtj atnmfferi s Menus Uatri Me ami k w Cardan Unit Roan Planned ictiiritM ureter faction at our ful Tim Staff Social Director Warn Nomq Surrourfnp fireside lounp Musk Room I tram TV Room Our Own Beauty Shop Doctor on cat 24 Hours Fret Guest Line to Din. til THIS WITH ROOM ANO MEALS FOR $220 to $470 PER MONTH No Cntry Rooms Now Available) CASA DEL REV HOTEL 120 Cliff Si, Sonla Crai, UIH. Ownrt of Nw Robinton ftntiramant Hotel long Beach, Calif lusinessman Wounded In Revenge Abuction CARPINTERIA (AP) - A Los Angeles businessman remained hospitalized in stable condition today after he was abducted in Los Angeles, taken to an avocado orchard near here and shot, authorities said. A spokesman for the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital said Tuesday that Kazuaki Miyazono, 30, underwent surgery for a shoulder wound. Two of Miyazono's partners, who also were abducted, managed to escape from the orchard without injury. Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Jim Wilburn said authorities were looking for Clarence Lord, 25, of Los Angeles for questioning but that no warrants had been issued in connection with the incident.. The businessmen identified Lord as someone they had testified against in a forgery trial last year, Wilburn said. Lord pleaded guilty to forgery in Los Angeles Superior Court last October and was recently released from Los Angeles County Jail, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He was on three years probation. Wilburn said a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun entered Senka International, a Los Angeles souvenir company, at about 6 p.m. Monday and ordered Miyazono and his friends into a company van. He said the men were robbed, tied up and driven to the orchard. Miyazono was then ordered out of the van, shot in the back and left for dead, Wilburn said. He said the abductor then ordered Tatsuro Yamaguchi, 27, from the van but Yamaguchi was able to escape because the abductor was distracted by Miyazono's moans. The abductor chased Yamaguchi through the orchard and fired a shot at him, Wilburn said. He said the third man, Mitsuru Koyama, 31, was able to free himself and after the abductor left the orchard in the van went to Miyazono's aid. Meantime, Yamaguchi fled to a nearby residence and phoned authorities. Cloning May Produce Improved Antibiotics STANFORD (AP) - Scientists at Stanford University report research they say could lead to better antibiotics using bacteria altered by artificial "cloning." The Stanford group, headed by Stanley N. Cohen, demonstrated an what was called a "basic cloning system" for manipulating genes in bacteria that secrete natural antibodies poisons effective against many disease-causing bacteria. The development was reported in the current issue of the British journal "Nature." Using techniques of the revolutionary new field of recombinant DNA, in which genes are spliced, Cohen and co-workers Mervyn Bibb and Janet Schottel successfully transfered genes among different species of Streptomyces. Streptomyces is a genus of bacteria commonly found in soil, whose members produce more than 60 percent of known antibodies, including powerful germ-killers like streptomycin and tetracycline. 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