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   Mountain Democrat (Newspaper) - November 5, 1993, Placerville, California                                1L ft VC It's Fridayl Apple Hill Edition Home of the week Spectrum The weekly Daley Government and governing Bob Greene The fear of darkness Joe Bob's America No friend of the 'po-man' A-8 _ o x I'M 10 Mmmfemi ij f> 143RDYEARNO. 177 Placerville Times CopyritW 1983 by the Mountain Democrat. riahtt resenwj FRIDAY, NOVEMBERS. 1993 Subscribe now for omy uu FOUR SECTIONS, SIXTY-EIGHT PAGES, TWO SUPPLEMENTS Since 1851 Sheriff McDonald says he'll seek a second term Democrat photos by Greg Dark A BARN WAS ENGULFED In flames behind El Dorado High School Wednesday afternoon, threatening a home beside it. 2 youths seen running from scene Wednesday fire investigated as arson By IMRAN GHORI Staff writer A fire that burned down a barn and threatened a house behind El Dorado High School Wednesday evening is being investigated as an arson, fire and police officials said. Nineteen firefighters from El Dorado County fire, California De- partment of Forestry and Fire Pro- tection and Diamond Springs-El Dorado fire arrived at the scene at p.m., four minutes after the fire was reported, to find the barn fully involved, El Dorado County Fire Battalion Chief John Krek said. No one was in the house at 2839 Acacia Way, owned by Loretta Dezzani, when the blaze started. The damage to the barn, which was burned to the ground, is esti- mated at The blaze also burned a small amount of wildland and destroyed a car parked behind the barn. A neighbor said the heat from the fire shattered the car's windows and caused it to ignite. If the fire had spread to the wood shake roof on the house, only sev- eral feet away from the barn, Krek said the fire could have presented a hazard to that home and others in the heavily populated neighbor- hood. I think because of the rapid at- tack and the number of personnel who arrived on the scene as quickly as they did they really minimized the property he said. ARSON, {NEWSPAPER! TWO EL DORADO COUNTY firefighters, Gerry Dim, left, and Pat Qregor, spray a burning barn with water from the wood shake roof of the threatened house. ORIGINAL By IMRAN GHORI Staff writer El Dorado County Sheriff Don McDonald announced yesterday that he will seek a second four-year term as the county's top cop in the June election. He said he chose to make his de- cision public now because people had been asking him what his in- tentions are. ''I made my mind up so I decid- tell he said. McDonald said he chose to run again because he wants to follow through on programs that he's be- see MCDONALD, page A-14 A.M. 'Sandy' Murray DON MCDONALD Former mayor dies Two years after leaving Placer- ville former Mayor Sandy Murray has died. Alexander Murray was 86 when he died Oct. 26 at the Homewood Retirement in Frederick. Md. Murray and his wife Isadeen Raifetto, third-generation resilient Piacervilie, moved back in 1991 to live near their chii- Jsen. They had celebrated their wedding anniversary on Juh Murray was elected to the Plac- erville City Council in 1946. serv- ing as mayor in 1950-52. He served on the council again in Murray ran a stationery store from 1934 to 1949 after leaving Union Oil Co. and moving to Plac- crville. He then operated El Dorado Distributing, a beverage wholesal- ing business, from 1949to 1961'. He was among the leading town officials who successfully cam- paigned to construe: a new high- way through Placerville, which'the state completed in 1953. And to help draw attention to the highway and promote businesses along it, he helped organize the first Wagon Train event in 1949. Born on April in Long Beach, Sandy Murray was a fifth- generation Spanish-Californian. He was a member of the Native SANDY MURRAY Sons of the Golden West and all hie remained interested in Ameri- can history, particularly that of California and the stale's transfor- mation with the discovery of oil and the influx of new residents dur- ing and after World War II. Murray finished Long Beach High School in 1924 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Ber- keley in 1929. During World War II. he served in the U.S. Navy while see MURRAY, page A-14 Jobless rate up a little By THAI N. STROM Staff writer El Dorado County saw a slight decrease in employment during September as unemployment rose to 7.5 percent from 7.2 percent in August, according to a report re- leased last week by the state Em- ployment Development Depart- ment. In September 1992, the rate was 7.3 percent. For the last few months the county's labor force has, for some reason, shrunk. In July, for exam- ple, there were people in the labor force. That figure came down to in August and in September. El Dorado County saw 7.5 percent of its work force out of jobs in Sep- tember, compared to 7.2 percent in August. In 1990 when the recession start- ed, the jobless rate was 4.2 percent. It went up to 5.7 percent in 1991, and was 7.3 percent last year. It's unclear where the other workers have gone. see RATE, page A-14 Suspected killers await extradition By IMRAN GHORI Staff writer The cause of death of a Tucson, Arizona man who authorities think was slain by two Pollock Pines men was due to stabbing and beat- ing, Arizona authorities said yes- terday. An autopsy conducted Wednes- day found that Jack Blaine Martin, 57, of Tucson died on Oct. 31 of "multiple blunt and sharp force in- Pima County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Downing said. "Basically, that means he was stabbed and beaten, "he said. Downing said suspected murder weapons, including a knife, were located by the department's offic- ers. Jim Chandler, 20, and Anthony David Sack, 20, both of Pollock Pines, were arrested as being fugi- tives from justice and were being held without bail at county jail in Placerville. El Dorado County sheriff's dep- see MURDER, page A-14 EWSPAPERl   

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