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   Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - October 3, 1983, Ukiah, California                                vNew violence erupts in Pakistan. Page 5. > Ukiahan is 95 years young. Society UKIAHI volleyball girls play twice, in:-cliiding NBL opener here this week; other teams also busy. (See Sports) > Willits waste water a health hazard? Page 2. > 49ers win 4th straight game. Page 6. Ukiah DaHi| Ukiah, Mendocino County, California Vol. 123 No. 143 Monday, October 3,1983 14 Pages 25 Cents Eight-day truce in Lebanon collapses BEIRUT, Lebanon (UPI) - Mortar rounds crashed into the U.S. Marine compound near the itirport today and government troops battled Moslem militiamen in south Beirut in the most serious violation of an eight-day truce. Marines.near the airport were forced into their foxholes for the first time in a week after clashes between Druze Moslem militias and army troops broke out around the nearby village of Shweifat, 5 miles south of Beirut, a Marine spokesman said. Marine warrant officer Charles Rowe said mortar rounds slammed into the Marine compound near the airport and that one company was put on the highest condition one alert. The rest of the 1,200-man U.S. peace-keeping force was put on lesser levels of alert, he said. Fighting also erupted in south Beirut, where army troops and Shiite militiamen battled with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades after the'militiamen set up a roadblock in the Ghobeire sector, police sources said. The Christian Phallange radio said the Shiites fired six artillery shells into the adjacent Christian neighborhood of Ain Al Rummaneh^whetW the army's positions are$located. The report could not be independently confirmed. The Shiite nei^borhoods of south Beirut were the scene of the first serious clashes that led to the current round of civil warfare between Syrian-backed Moslem militias and government troops and its Christian militia allies. Today's fighting - the worst violation since a Sept. 26 cease-fire halted 22 days of civil warfare - came as President Amin Gemayel warned he would take "deterrent steps" against any attempt ^ the Druze to set up a separate civil administration in the Shouf mountains. Gemayel, who held crisis talks today with government and military leaders on the Druze plan, said he rejected "any move that paralyzes national and constitutional institutions.^' Beirut radio reported that three Israeli tanks and 10 armored cars crossed from their new defense lines along the Awali river and entered the Christian village of Jlyye, 18 miles south of Beirut on the southern edge of the Druzecontroll- ed area. The radio said the colunm moved to the power station in Jiyye. The report gave no further details, but Israeli patrols have becon>e routine since the establishment of new lines at the Awali 24 miles south of Beirut. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt told a hews conference Saturday he planned to siet up a separate civili^dministration in the Shouf complete with a general congress, a (fentral committee and an ei^t-man "Supreme Adiministrative Authority." Getting off to a flying start SPIRITS WERE HIGH in the sky Friday over Willits were former Ukiah resident Dan Pietlla and former Willits resident Cher! Von Hoffman (center) were married. The couple, who now live In Petaluma, are members of the band "Gold Piece." They took their Iholorv Iun>Hui|!il vows with Rev. Russell Peer, left, of the Pentecostal Church of God in Willits while Paul Ritchie, right, piloted them through the heavens in his 1959 Piper Comanche. Supreme Court upholds local handgun bans WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Supreme Court today opened the way for local governments to ban handguns from people's homes. \ The justices let stand a federal appeals court decision upholding an ordinance passed by a Chicago suburb that forbids both the sale and ownership of handguns. Gun advocates, led by the National Rifle Association, argued the ordinance was unconstitutional and violated their Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms." Advocates of gun control said the Second Amendment guarantee applies only to state militias and that local govern ments have the authority to ban handguns. The court's action is likely to encourage handgun restrictions in municipalites such as San Francisco, where a celebrated pistol ban was overturned by state courts. The national push for handgun controls has been languishing for years, fought off successfully at the local, state and national level by the NRA. The.movement reached fever pitch after the 19^ assasination of Sen. Robert Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan. The push was renewed when President Reagan was shot by John Hin-qkley Jr. in March 1981. Morton Grove gained nationwide attention when it passed its handgun ordinance - believed to be the nation's first ban on both the sale and possession of handguns. The following year, San Francisco adopted a handgun ban - a response to the 1978 shootings of Mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk - but that ban was struck down by state courts. Morton Grove passed its con-  troversial ordinance in June 1981, requiring all 26,000�' residents to turn in their handguns or face fines of up to $500 and up to six months in jail. The ordinance excepted 26,000 residents of the Chicago suburb are police, military personnel, gun collectors and target shooters. Few guns have been turned in since the ordinance went into effect. ^Morton Grove lawyer, Vincent Quilici, challenged the ordinance in court. An owner of two handguns, Quilici argued the Constitution allows citizens to keep gups at home for self-defense. Willits' water wars continue By PAT ALTO Journal staff Writer A letter is supposed to be on the way to the State Health Services Department which will be the last step necessary in lifting a inoratorium on hookups to Willits' privately owned water system. Dave Clark, Health Department Engineer, told the Journal Friday that Cliff Horn, owner of Little Lake Water Company, had indicated he had the letter ready that would make it possible for the state to lift a moratorium imposed on water hookups in Willits two years ago. Meanwhile, the water company's office manager told the Journal that she has been giving permits since July under the impression that the moratorium had been lifted back then. "We have been negotiating with the district on an interim management plan to satisfy requirements," Clark explained. "There must be some mixup on the release because they should know we won't lift the moratorium until we get a satisfactory plan." He explained the state is worried there just isn't enough water to serve Willits if it's pojiulation continues to swell. "If there is much more growth up there some really serious problems could develop," he said. "In average or better water years things are okay, but if we get another drought like we had in '76 or '77, they would have to have extreme and severe water rationing." "In letting them gp ahead with hookups while they're in the process of development, we're really going out on a limb," Clark stated. He said Willits water comes mainly from Morris Reservoir, which cannot hold enough water to serve the growing population. In December 1981, the State Department of Health Services imposed the moratorium and, Clark said, they are working with the water company to develop long-range sotu'ces of water while allowing for reasonable new connections. There are several /Spt available including ground water soiurcei at ing water froni the Broo^M community system. One option, that of running surface water through the Willits water treatment plant, poses problems since that facility cannot handle much more water than it already does. Clark estimated that the water treatment facility can handle about 2 million gallons of water a day and that on normal days the demand is for one to one and a half million gallons. "But on hot days, they've already had times when the demands have reached over the two million gallon mark and they've had to process the water at a higher rate than they should," Clark explained. Clark said the moratorium has been a "good faith one", but that if the water district doesn't meet standards and continues issuing permits, there will have to be court action taken. Laura Motl, office manager for the water district, said she had heard from "a state office" in July that the moratorium had been lifted and has been issuing permits ever since. While she admitted that there have not been many such permits issued - "only four or five" - she said she has no intention of stopping issuing permits until she receives an official letter declaring the moratorium still valid. One of the permits she issued was to a new McDonald's restaurant. "As far as I'm concerned, I can't be turning businesses awcfy from a town like Willits unless I know the moratorium is in effect," Motl told the Journal. She admitted, however, that even with the letter, she would "seriously consider" issuing permits should people ask for them. Widow files suit against Jeep Corporation ByTONYHUEGEL Journal staff Writtr Weather       Temperatures MENDOCINO COUNTY: Generally fair with a warming trend through Tuesday. Low fog and clouds along coast night and morning hours. Highs in the 60s along the coast \o the '70s and low 80s Inland.      in 40s and 50s. October 1993 Date H L 2      76 49 11:30 a.m. today 64 October 1982 Date H L 2      82  40 Low today 47 24-hour rainfall 0.00 Rainfall UstYear 1.64    . 2.42 The widow of an Elk man who died when his Jeep CJ-5 rolled on the road from Philo to the coast has filed suit against the Jeep Corporation and its parent corporation, American Motors. Vlcki Lee Sandkulla alleges that her husband's four-wheel-drive vehicle was "defective and unreasonably dangerous for-its intended use" and' had a "designed-in propensity" to overturn. Her husband, Matthew T. Sandkulla, 32, died a year ago today while driving alone at stbout 8:30 p.m. Reno attorney Steven R. Kosach, who represents Vicki Sandkulla, said the victim was traveling at 25-30 mph when the accident occurred. At the time of the accident, however, the California Highway Patrol reported that the victim was traveling at high speed when he failed to negotiate a turn. Vicki Sandkulla and her daughter, Brltt, are asking for unspecified general, special and punitive damages. Stability problems with the CJ-5, which Jeep says has been discontinued beg||use of the increasing popul�Kk)f the larger CJ-7, were alleP� in the na- tionally broadcast CBS program "60 Minutes" in December of 1980. The program alleged that the CJ-5 tended to. roll over at modest speeds when certain manuevers are attempted. "We feel the vehicle is safe and that it must be driven in a reasonable manner," said Je^ spokesman Steve Harris.He termed the 60 Minutes program "wildly and totally inaccurate," He said that more than 400 tests using mechanical drivers were cynducted by Dynamic Sciences of Phoenix, Arizona, to achj^ye "a handfull" of rollovers. "And the tests were specifically designed to make the vehicle rollover,'' he said. Harris said that Jeep has settled some lawsuits stevnrning from CJ-5 accidents out of court, but only to avoid the costs of litigation. He termed the settlements "a business decision" and denied that they Indicated culpability on the part of Jeq) Corp. Harris said that Jeep discontinued production of the CJ-5 at the end of the 1983 model vegr because demand for it had dropr ped to six percent of the company's total sales. He said the decision was not the result of allegations that the vehicle is unsafe. *   

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