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Capital, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland THE CAPITAL Nov. Forced therapy law depresses snared patients LOS ANGELES A man who was handcuffed and taken from his home to a psychiatric ward after police were told he was depressed says the experience itself was and he refuses to pay a treatment bill Dennis encountered one of three experimental county psychiatric programs currently under review that permit forced psychiatric care of people who may be experiencing mental prob- lems. program made me more fright- ened and depressed than anything in my Saeger said in an interview pub- lished in yesterday's Daily News of Los Angeles. He said it reminded him of a science fiction movie when three uniformed police officers and a social worker appeared at the door of his Panorama City interviewed him for about 10 and handcuffed him. He was held for three days at Olive View Hospital and later billed which he refuses to pay. The county mental health department and local police jointly operate the pro- grams that deal with family psychiatric violent offenders and less serious cases. people called police when their neighbor was suicidal and we'd have to say we could do nothing because no crime was said Van Nuys police Capt. Art Sjoquist. are not kicking down people's doors and taking them away. We are providing low-key care to those who need But Kathleen mental health activist with the Los Angeles Network of Mental Health said the programs could be misused by disgruntled neighbors or family members. is coming on hard and Mixsell said. is sending armored troops to get people who aren't danger- Charles emergency services coor- dinator who directs the countywide team that deal with family psychiatric emer- said efforts are made to prevent abuses. take calls from but we screen out a number of calls of people who try to abuse Veals said. most we get more complaints about not taking people to hospitals than we do about taking people who say they are On an average month in the San Fernan- do Valley the team sees about 180 people and about one-third of those are hospitalized. The program dealing with violent offenders gets 125 calls a month. program dealing with less serious cases handles 88 calls a month. Saeger said his encounter with it stemmed from a moody letter he wrote to his Brenda Tharp. potentially suicidal person is one of the most difficult situations for said Lenore who is reviewing the three projects for the county mental health department. if something happened after police then there would be liability. It is better to be on the safe side and bring them in to diagnose than to have someone bump themselves Strong coin sale expected WASHINGTON The U.S. which has been swamped by gold fever for the past ex- pects its new American Eagle silver dollars to be just as popular with the public as the its high-flying gold coins. The new silver the first silver bullion coins ever produced in this were being put on sale for the first time today. Mint officials and coin traders alike predicted a sell-out of the initial offering of 1.4 million silver dollars. Just like the American Eagle gold the silver dollars will be sold for the price of their bullion content. But with silver selling for a little over an ounce compared with more than an ounce for the silver dollars will be in the range of more people's pocketbooks. The mint is counting on this plus a spill-over in enthusiasm for the gold to boost silver sales. expect to mint 5 million silver dollars by the end of the year. That is a lot of but we think they all will said Donna director of the U.S. Mint. To meet the Mint has added extra presses. People IN THE NEWS At it again Tenn. Actor Howard briefly re-creat- ing his character Ernest T. Bass of television's Andy Griffith chucked a rock through a window after he was honored by the mayor. About 100 people gathered Sat- urday to watch Mayor Richard Fulton present an unshaven Er- nest T. with a to the wearing bis character's signature dirty torn vest and tossed the gift through the front window of Brown's res- taurant with a cackle. He was promptly handcuffed and carted away by a police officer like he was on the popular TV The mock arrest was to celebrate the second annual marathon broadcast of Andy Griffith reruns on Nashville sta- tion WZTV. His former self N.C. His former Sharon High School class- mates remember him as good-humored and prone to pranks. The world HOWARD MORRIS still tossing rocks of the Class of 1936 attended a 50th reunion at Charlotte Carmel knows him as the Rev. Billy Graham. Graham and 17 other members Country Club yesterday. don't know whether we'll ever come back together he said. we we'll have to come in our Frank was a good stu- but they all said Helen one of the school's six teachers. Graham sat across from me in said Dottie Alexander Potter of Asheville. was so fun-loving and mis- It was during 10th grade that Graham experienced a religious awakening at a tent revival meet- ing. Good for her NEW YORK Kitty Kelley says she's that there are people like Jackie Elizabeth Frank Sinatra I can write 'unauthorized' biogra- phies Ms. author of the cur- rent No. 1 best-selling The Unauthorized Biogra- phy of Frank was one of several celebrities who told the Daily News what they were thankful for this Thanksgiving season. workers still idle despite GM strike pact Ind. shifts reported for work for the first time in a week today at a parts plant where a strike led to layoffs of more than workers at General Mo- tors Corp. factories in eight states. GM spokesman John Mueller pre- dicted more than workers would still be idled today at assem- bly plants in Indiana and Delaware. He could not predict when GM would again be running at full speed. The six-day strike at the GM subsidiary Delco Electronics plant in Kokomo disrupted the supply of ra- dios and other electronic parts need- ed for GM assembly lines to keep building cars. Because the Delco plant makes and ships parts on a some assembly facilities ran out of Delco parts within 24 hours after the strike began Nov. 17. Mueller said the nation's No.l automaker was standing by the just- in-time which it needs to compete with Japanese automakers. not going to throw out the baby with the he said. is an important part of our continuing effort to be world- class competitive. It helps keep our costs Mike shop chairman for United Auto Workers Local said the strike may have taught Delco management that cooperation with the union will be needed to avoid similar shutdowns. helped our position by shutting them down Thayer said. The UAW members at the Delco facility struck in a dispute over subcontracting and a plan to produce Delco's newest radio line in Mexico. The workers Saturday approved a contract under which GM agreed to keep radio production in Kokomo until the 1991 model year if other cost-cutting measures and Japanese management techniques were imple- mented. Thayer said some production workers returned at midnight Satur- day. Delco spokesman Bill Draper said the first full shift returned to work on the midnight shift this morning. 1 ECia DQDE3DQ APR FINANCING I I REBATES I Pick up V1 4x4 4x4 Turbo SB5 I M tMM on or m KOONS m TOYOTA 1107 WEST MO. KOONS TOYOTA 1 107 WEST ST IN ANNAPOLIS CALL 268-6480 Hours 9AM 9PM. Open 6 Days a Week
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