Ukiah Daily Journal

January 01, 1989

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Issue date: Sunday, January 1, 1989

Pages available: 28

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Next edition: Monday, January 2, 1989

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Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - January 1, 1989, Ukiah, California New Year Local news scene had something for everyone PageAS L 47 35 MENDOCItfd COUNTY Coastal areas will have highs to upper 40s to mid 50s and lows mt ttf mid Wterior valleys will have highs to tower 50s add lows 35 to year Saturday Last Year Rainfall Friday and Saturday Year to Last 28 48 38 41 33 Ukiah Daih 1989 Journal 128 219 28 pages Serving Mendocino 50 Cents Wardman pleads no contest in embezzlement Her attorney says Shes going to tell all By KEITH MICHAUD Journal Staff Writer The former county employee accused of embezzling more than reversed an earlier not guilty plea to one of no con test Friday morning in Mendocino County Superior Raelene a Redwood Val ley woman who worked for Mendocino County 13 pleaded no contest to a charge of misappropriation of public She had pleaded not guilty in Superior Court In pleading no Wardman virtu ally admitted guilt but closes out the chance of civil action being taken against her by the Ronald state deputy attor ney general and prosecuting attorney in the said Wardman could face six years in state prison for the He how the state would ask at the sentencing hearing that she be sent to state prison for five Sentencing will be decided by Superior Court Judge James Luther on Smetana also said other charges against Wardman were basically reworded ver sions of the same charge and would be dis missed because of Wardmans latest Wardman was accused in July of embezzling nearly after two county employees independently stumbled across checks written to at least one bogus The money was allegedly drawn from several school and special district accounts maintained by the county auditors Wardmans Duncan maintains the which hasnt been recovered didnt come from those accounts and that taxpayer money wasnt taken in the He said the amount and location of the money will be dis closed in Wardmans statement enclosed in the probation James Shes going to tell Wardman was employed as an Account Clerk the countys equivalent to a full charge She was a deputized auditor controller and possessed a security clearance that permitted her access to com puter files where vendor accounts could be She allegedly created a fictitious vendor account and made out drafts to the bogus account that were later converted to Annual audits that scrutinize a small portion of the countys overall finances didnt detect the missing The scheme was eventually discovered by a clerk in the office in which Wardman worked and a programmer in the county data processing center working indepen dently of each Wardman became the subject of an intensive 10day investigation by the Ukiah Police Department after the money was reported missing July There was speculation she had escaped to but shed only gone to Santa Rosa after the money was discovered She later relumed to Ukiah on the advice of a Rohncrt Park Wardman surrendered quietly to Ukiah police at her Road L home July 28 shortly after an arrest warrant accused her of grand embezzlement of public funds and fraudulently altering offi cial Her bail was set at million because the county district attorneys office thought she might skip out on the legal Bail was later reduced to and was eventually dropped Testing the waters Channel 7 service restored Saturday Janet Onri Angle checks the temperature of Red wood Health Clubs outdoor pool Saturday In prepara tion for todays Third Annual Polar Bear The water should be a toasty 55 degrees at 1 when the swim All are Entry fee Is for members and for and Includes a Tshirt displayed by Ruth Layne and champagne By SUZI BRAKKEN Journal Staff Writer Century Cables problem chan nel Channel 7 was returned to service Saturday after it was knocked off the air last week because of foul weather Mendocino County viewers of the ABC Redding station KRCR Channel had their prog interrupted about when the station went Part of a receiver apparently failed on Century Cables transmit ter on John near Century Cable General Manager Mark Lustfield said technicians were flown by helicopter to the site but were unable to return the repaired part Friday because of poor A snowstorm prevented a takeoff at the Redding airport Friday and Lustfield said attempts to reach the transmitter by vcliicle were unsuc Elevation at the site is he The road was washed out and even with a snow cat they still couldnt get Lustfield The workers waited for milder weather before heading up Snow that prevented crews from reaching the site late Friday appa rently ceased long enough for tech nicians to reach the area Theyre doing everything they No one should risk their Lustfield said adding that the problem was not the fault of Channel The John facility trans mits the KRCR signal to Fort Bragg and Local service to Redding and other nearby areas was not Century Cables Channel 7 has been the subject of viewer con troversy even before Century Cable switched from KGO in San Francis co to the Redding Poor reception from the San Francisco station interrupted broad casting of the Winter Monday Night Football and several other As a Century Cable decided to poll viewers about mak ing the switch to which promised more localized news and better A majority of viewers voted for the and the switch was made in mid Century Cable then got flak from viewers who didnt like the Red ding station and claimed they were never given the opportunity to Lustfield said he mailed ballots to all cable Lustfield said reception prob lems are the result of living in a rur al The problem we are so remote from he If we were closer we wouldnt have to be on these mountain BANISHED WORDS University releases annual word hit list SAULT AP The English language would be considerably improved if the terms catastrophic health in forced and spin doctor were Thats according to a list put out Saturday by Lake Superior State which gathers express ions annually for its Dishonour List of Words Banished from the Engl ish Language watchers submit terms they consider overused and generally the universi tys statement George Bushs read my lips quote prompted Michael Locke of Mount Clemens to If it had been banned last we would not have had to listen to this throughout the 1988 In the interest of forging a kinder and gentler I am withdrawing my 1987 suggestion that the lips of all political candidates be fattened up for easier Others objected to expressions they thought should be infrastructure sys tem is bureaucratic lingo gone said Chris Thompson of Why not call them what they are highways Though Australia may be grow ing in popularity among one Canadian contributor to the list saw fit to issue an Aussie Terms such as spark up the and too right are creeping like crocodiles into North American said Susie ODonnell of Keith Krahnke of Paradise de cided to battle the media industry singlehandedly by pointing out terms he thinks should be elimi Krahnke thinks the word info an informationenter tainment sounds like a government policy to stem the spread of communism by flooding Third World countries with free copies of Readers a hybrid of a com edy and sounds like a camel with the he DeChant of Newberry thought spin doctor more appro priately describes a terrific slam dancer with a medical degree or a nifty move to the hoop by Julius Erving than a person who deter mines the slant of news Kari of Walla who submitted the term catastrophic health I sure dont want insurance to make certain that I acquire cata strophic I have enough problems as it 350450 may die in holiday accidents CHICAGO AP Between 350 and 450 people could die in traffic accidents on the nations highways during the threeday New Years holiday according to estimates by the National Safety The Chicagobased council said millions of Americans would drive an estimated billion miles during the three day which for counting purposes extends from 6 local time Friday to mid night In addition to the between and peo ple may suffer serious injuries as a result of traffic accidents dur ing the New Years holiday per the council About 330 people could be expected to die during a normal threeday period at this time of the the council Last 375 people were killed during a fourday New Years The worst New Years toll recorded was when 564 people were killed during a threeday period During the recent Christmas holiday at least 387 people were killed in traffic acci the council As of 7 78 peo ple had been killed in holiday traffic accidents Revelers worldwide welcome 1989 By The Associated Press Revelers rang in 1989 in celebra tions ranging from the neonlit Times Square in New York City to small squaredance halls in Indiana and a mountaintop in some with champagne others promoting Millions were to watch the tradi tional New Years countdown on television as the 600pound wroughtiron ball descended a pole at Times An estimated were to see the 81 yearold tradition in A 90minute laser light show in the nations largest city also was part of the Many celebrated without such three square dance clubs were to dosido until 1 in the 4H Building at the Mor gan County Betty president of the Flagtown said about 200 people were No alcohol was Square dancers do not drink and You cant drink and listen to the Conover Members of the AdAmAn Club of Colorado chose a more solitary setting to toast They were to light a fireworks dis play from the top of Pikes ele vation The groups 66th annual trek was scheduled to culminate at midnight with 60 giant starbursts exploding over the snowcapped where temperatures dip below zero and winds to 80 mph have greeted pre vious holiday trip Music played a role in many At the Grand Ball room in the New Orleans the music of the Guy Lombardo Orchestra and swing were Were still playing the music Guy Lombardo said Ken ny the leader of the Guy Lombardo sweet est music this side of Isnt that corny But its About people had plans to dance 1988 away at a blacktie af fair at Trump Plaza Hotel Casi no in Atlantic They were to step out to the theme of the Broadway musical Phantom of the said Mitchell a hotel A group of New Jersey senior citizens also had partying in Residents at the Jewish Geriatric Home in Cherry Hill planned a New Years party with the usual activi ties and even But the party was scheduled to last only until lightsout at 8 said spokesman Michael Drinking and was an issue across the About state troopers in New Jersey were on duty to encour age motorists to stay at the 55 mph speed limit and reduce the number of traffic Anheuser Busch in offered free New Years Eve taxi rides home for about drinking revelers in six northern New Jersey officials One group also moved to stop a dangerous New Years Eve tradi tion in Save Our Sons and which is made up of relatives and friends of slain Detroit asked residents to end the citys New Years Eve skyward shooting For several at some residents have shot guns in the Its an insane a part of the mores of this community that needs to said Fred a spokesman for the Detroit Police New Years revelers gathered from Londons Trafalgar Square to a Tokyo stadium for a rock n roll while earthquake victims in Armenia received gifts from around the Presidents Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev sent New Years messages to each other hoping for still more progress in Polish leader Wojciech Jaruzelski said talks with the opposition are ever more and South Korean Presi dent Roh Taewoo looked toward better ties with communist North As Big Ben struck an estimated New Years revelers jammed Trafalgar Square Sunday to ring in police Scotland Yard said the turnout was the largest since a violent New Years celebration six years when two women were killed in a surging crowd in the central Lon don the traditional focal point of celebrations for London In as thousands thronged to shrines to usher in the new thousands of leeuagers welcomed 1989 singing and dancing to the music of rock bands at a concert in downtown Tokyo Satur ;