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Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - September 25, 1995, Ukiah, California Ukiah Daily ournal Sports Pop Warner teams sweep Healdsburg Page 6 Donrey Media Group 12 Volume 135 Number 142 50 cents tax included MENPOCINO COUNTYS LARGEST NEWSPAPER Doctors office shattered by possible embezzlement Trusted employee accused of taking some from employer By PETE HODGDON The Daily Journal Harry Matossian will spend the next few weeks trying to clear up his shattered financial The local gastroenterologist discovered earlier this month his Jennifer may have stolen over from his Ukiah using fake checks and petty cash to pay off personal debts and to finance a high Baca was arrested 8 by Ukiah police for suspicion of embezzlement and grand She was cited and released from and is awaiting a court According to Matossians Baca had full run of office When Baca changed the way the office recorded petty cash Mary Matossian became suspicious and started to This Baca allegedly admitted she stole and agreed to leave the prac tice after training new She was like We had forgiven said Mary We wanted her to be able to get a new But when Matossian took the books home to balance the checking she found massive Baca hadnt balanced the checking accounts for and a number of checks were According to Baca allegedly had the doctor sign checks to Pacific Bell and other and then erased the name and amount on the She later deposited the checks in her bank or sent them to her credit card companies to pay outstanding We trusted her with said Mary She was a beautiful Extremely We believed in We always gave her the benefit of the and we feel devestated by her Baca got a job at the office four years ago after graduating from high She reportedly took nice vacations every year and drove a We noticed she had really nice said Matossian expects they will never be reimbursed for the Were My feeling is we may nev er get the money she We had no idea she was walking out the door with this kind of She was like We had forgiven We wanted her to be able to get a new MATOSSIAN Riggs and water politics He finds himself caught between rock and hard place By CLYDE WEISS Donrey News Service WASHINGTON Northern California guardians of the Trinity River believed they had gained a commitment from Frank Riggs late last year to help protect the whose fishery has been severely damaged by dams and decades of water diversions into the Sacramento they are watching to see if the Windsor Republican sticks to that commitment despite pressure from Republican colleagues who represent competing interests in the Central Riggs insists he will not back off his but Trinity River suppor ters suspect he may already have done so by backing a bill that could block efforts to put more water back the Riggs responds hie is rethinking his The issue pits two competing regions of the state the Trinity Riv er Basin and the Central The prize is Groups such as Friends of the Trinity River hope the government soon will recommend increasing the rivers They insist Riggs do everything he can to make sure that On the other Central Val ley farmers and other water users also have a stake in the Up to 90 percent of the Trinitys annual flow is diverted through an energy producing waterway to the Sac ramento River for farmers and other water and energy Central Valley lawmakers want to keep things that and they want Riggs to go Leading that is Riggs for mer John Doolit now chairman of the Natural Resources energy and water Riggs is holding his cards close to the Challenging Doolittle means risking passage of a bill to See Page 9 Index Classifieds 9 Comics 7 Features 8 Forum 3 Jumble 9 Lottery 12 Sports 6 12 world 2 TV listings 8 Weather 12 Journal phones Main Numbers 4680123 Circulation Number 4683533 Classified Numbers 4683536 The Daily Journal Is made from at least 40 percent recycled news Low rub Ink Is also Complete the loop and recycle your Eye to eye Jason Daily Journal Adrlanna Perez sits still as Randall Woesner gives her a test for glaucoma at the Ukiah Valley Medical Center Health Fair The fair featured free health fingerprinting of children and performances by Ballet Folklorlco of Pinches pushes for water rights Says Eels waters can be piped just about anywhere By GLENDA ANDERSON The Dally Journal The county is considering going after Eel River water rights so it can later capture and use that Whats important right now is to get the water rights Its Mendocino County water and I think Mendocino County should own the water said 3rd Dis trict Supervisor John the author of the Pinches proposal goes before the Board of Supervisors Pinches said the county can install pipes and run winter flows from the Eel River in Dos up to the Ridgewood then to storage reservoirs in various parts of the county once the water rights are Once we pump it to Ridgew we can gravity flow it to Mex Pinches Once you put it in a you can put it Pinches said hes not sure what reservoirs could be used for storage at this One of the problems with the plan is most like Lake already are full in the when water flows typically would be high enough in the Eel River to allow Pinches said places like Fort Bragg and Redwood which are looking for new water could build reservoirs and existing ones could be kept Some facilities would have to be Others are already he It would be cheaper for Fort Bragg to build a reservoir than to John Pinches build a desalination a project the city is Pinches Pinches previously floated the idea of pumping Eel River water before the but it was pretty much Before making this formal prop osal to the Board of he spoke to a number of people at water districts and He said many people were interested in his Hes recommending some of them be appointed to a committee to study water Pinches is recommending the board appoint a 10person commit including 2nd District Supervisor Frank and repesentatives from Fort Redwood Valley County Water the Mendocino County Farm and the Loc See Back Page Memorial held for 3yearold victim of ambush Pastor asks Why Stephanie By ANNIE SHOOMAN Associated Press LOS ANGELES At an altar adorned with the image of the smil ing blond toddler in blue the pastor asked Why Stephanie There were no only tears Sunday as 200 mourners gathered to remember the 3year old who became a symbol of sense less violence when she died in a spray of gunfire after her family turned onto a gangland Since when in America can a not turn down a street and make a wrong turn without the risk of their lives being in the Steve Gooden This is the America we have This is the America that pulled the trigger on Stephanie Private family services were scheduled for but it was a crowd of mostly strangers that garnered Sunday for the public memorial service at the Angelus just five miles from where the girl was shot a week Twelveyearold Christine Isip had never met But she wrote her a I am just like any I am she Does anybody care about where do we seek where do we go so we can play and laugh Stephanies Robynn sobbed and clutched a friends hand in the front The guests wore pink lapel Two police officers sat in the both assigned to the team try ing to find who killed Three people have been arrested for investigation of the The family was on its way home from a barbecue when the Timothy thought he was tak ing a short cut He turned down a deadend alley where gang members Men sur rounded the blocked the way out and opened killing Stepha nie Stephanies 2yearold brother was shot in the Stone suffered a minor back See Back Page Some residents of area say they wont leave Associated Press LOS ANGELES Ann knows she lives in a tough But for better or crimeridden Cypress Park is home and shes not about to Weve got to stand We give in to Ann says of the gangbangers who terrorize the made infamous by last weeks ambush slaying of 3yearold Stephanie Joyce If we thats saying you she But staying means living in Both women are afraid to give their last Stephanie died 11 when the car she was rid ing in made a wrong turn onto graffitipocked Isabel Street and thugs opened fire on Residents who live near the site say gunfire arid other gang violence is common in the Some say the shooting gets so bad they put their children into fegthtubs at night to shield them from random Why would anyone want to live on Isabel Street Some residents say hey cant affpjrd to Jive any where A sqfvqiceJ college who lives with three siblings and his mother in an apartment own ed by an explained bluntly Weve got no We have to live in Other residents insist they live here with Their they is not nearly as dangerous as the barking guard dogs and barred windows make it Eveiyone makes seem like all hell broke se but its wt that coie young woman said loose as she undipped from a line within sight of fhe flowers higli in memory of Ste lived here 12 yfars and if I didnt like it so we would have Apt acknowledge she and her husband could mo veto a bettor But doing so would mean a more expensive house and a lower standard of Impve teavinginy Ann Yes its i to intends to she
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