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Porterville Recorder (Newspaper) - April 18, 2007, Porterville, California COMING TriUKS SPORTS , Boys prep tennis Monache plays host to Tulare Western in an East Yosemite League matchup. INSIDE NEWS NATION Massacre's aftermath The day after the worst campus shooting spree in U.S. history, President George W. Bush addresses mourners at a Virginia Tech memorial service. See PAGE 8A SOUND OFF: Daybli think-PC st�|fts could benefit from trainings? what to do during a violent incident on campus? To make your opinion known to all Recorder readers, visit our Web site at and complete our Weekly Online Poll. The results from this week's poll will be posted in the Jan. 23 edition of The Recorder. TODAY'S OBITUARIES Berhice Ruth Chadwell Gladys Patton Darren Guy Perkins Lorene Rader Ascencion G. Roman Tilda Elsie Wheeler WEATHER , DRAWING BY LEO GARCIA BEUEVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INSIDE FORECAST ; Tuesday: High 79, Low 52. Wednesday: High 60, Low 35. Thursday: High 67, Low 43. See PAGE 5A �,RAE !E~ CKS >RABBY 7A OPINION 4A 6A~ COMMUNITY 2A COMICS & TV NATION OBITUARIES 5A VALLEY 1D SPORTS 1-4B 5D WEATHEfTI.. -3h 8A CLASSIFIEDS MD 3A ,0 THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER ;' TO SUBSCRIBE, CALL 784-5000 Health Care Dilemma RECORDER PHOTO BY JOHN TIPTON Tulare County Dist. 5 Supervisor Mike Ennis pleads for more time before the closing of the several health clinics targeted for closing by the county. The majority of the board rejected the request as Ennis cast the lone vote against the closings. Supervisor Allen Ishida wasn't present for the meeting. County chops clinics Vote: Ennis dissents in decision to close health care facilities. "~" By TOM PRICE JR. ~~ ~ ;................JHLPORIEI^!MMcORpER..................................... VISALIA - Despite opposition by a coalition of health care officials and city leaders, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to close health clinics in PorterviUe and Dinuba. "We are trying to do the right thing," Dist. 4 Supervisor Steve Worthley said before the decision was levied. "To challenge the status quo is never an easy thing." The closures are expected to save the county $1.5 million, and according to the director of the Health Services Department Ray Bullick, signal the end of Please see SUPES, PAGE 9A , RECORDER PHOTO BY JOHN TIPTON Harry Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Family Healthcare Network, speaks to the county supervisors Tuesday. Sheriff's receive $639K from state RECORDER PHOTO BY JOHN TIPTON State Office of Emergency Services Director Henry Rente-ria presents an oversized check representing a $639,000 grant to Tulare County Sheriff Bill Wittman at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Visalia on Tuesday. By AARON BURGIN THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER A state department bolstered the Tulare County Sheriff's Department's efforts in tracking and prosecuting non-compliant registered sex offenders with a $639,000 award announced Monday. The Governor's Office of Emergency Services awarded the department the funds for its Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team Program, which has the two-fold mission of enforcing laws pertaining to registered sex offenders and educating the public on Megan's Law, which provides the public with information on the whereabouts of sex offenders. The grant will help purchase equipment and staff the SAFE Team including personnel from the District Attorney's Office, Probation and the Sheriff's Department, responsible for the following:  Significantly improving Penal Code 290 registration compliance.  Establishing a full-time sex offender task force in the county. Please see SHERIFF'S, PAGE 9A Council puts the light on pizzeria Giovanni's: Eatery to open July 4. By AARON BURGIN THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER The City Council approved a compromise with a Porterville businessman that will allow him to begin work on his downtown family-style pizzeria and arcade. Voting 5-0, the council will allow Pat Mena to construct Giovanni's Pizzeria and Arcade, the Chuck-E-Cheese's-style eatery, with two wall-mounted lights as opposed to two traditional streetlights as originally recommended by the city Community Development staff. The restaurant will open in the former Police Activities League building at 45 N. Second Street. "It was the main hurdle we had to get approved," Mena said after the decision. "I'm glad that we will be able to Please see COUNCIL, PAGE 9A Police get 'Reved' up Men: Three are pastors at local churches. jRjcoro^^ Three local ministers have joined the Porterville Police Department as chaplains, according to a department news release. Danny Choi, the Rev. Roman H. Hernandez and the Rev. Rudy Martinez, who have served a combined 55 years in their respective ministries, will now provide counseling, mentoring and spiritual guidance to members of the department, their families or people who have been victims of crime. They join a chaplain program that currently has four members; Rich Hartenberg, Jim Rodgers, Don Roulston and Steve Walker. Choi currently is on staff at Trinity Lutheran Church and is now the youth pastor at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church. He is married to Renee and has Please see CHAPLAINS, PAGE 9A FD to 'Fill the Boot' for MD Drive: Firefighter's son inspiration for local fundraiser. By AARON BURGIN THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER For firefighter Mitch Sandoval and wife Lucy, Thursday's "Fill the Boot" fundraiser held by the fire department, which will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, is more than a fundraiser. MD became the focus of the family's life Memorial Day 2004, the day their then- 12-year-old son Vince could not get up. "We take the kids camping in their aunt's backyard, that has just been the tradition for a long time," Lucy said. Vince, now 15, continued the story. "I went to turn, and I couldn't move, so I called my mom and told her that I couldn't get up," Vince said. "He could barely move his arms," Lucy said. "I was trying to pull myself up with my elbows," Vince said, digging his elbows into the empty air. The episode lasted for six hours. Mitch, who was at work, thought maybe his son was bitten by a spider, or "slept wrong on a rock." The next episode, which occurred two weeks later, solidified in Mitch and Lucy's mind that something was terribly wrong. Mitch said he was leaving for work when his son called for him. "I thought he was going to tell me to have a good day or something like that," Mitch said. "He told me that he couldn't move at all." Mitch called the para-Please see BOOT, PAGE 9A � RECORDER PHOTO BY JOHN TIPTON Vince Sandoval, 15, son of firefighter Mitch Sandoval, suffers from hypokalemic periodic paralysis, a condition that falls under the family of Muscular Dystrophy disorders. Firefighters will hold a 'Fill the Boot' fundraiser Thursday to raise money for MD research.