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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 3, 2001, Centralia, Washington Local amp Northwest Tenino ready for the season decking the tree t pieces Are coming together for Friday s Celebration by Ronald Hoss the chronicle Tenino a it will be ready for the Friday ceremonies but for Many it seemed As if there was just an awful lot to accomplish. Sunday volunteers came to place hundreds of lights and ornaments on the Tenino live Christmas tree that has been a part of the local scene for a dozen or More years. The adolescent fir grows in the Yard space of or. Leyton jumps family practice clinic at 297 Sussex ave. In 1998, when the doctor began construction of his new medical facility there was some concern Over whether the tree would survive. But jump allowed space in his parking lot for the tree to remain and thus it has. Friday evening townsfolk will show up beginning at 6 15 . For a yuletide Celebration that will include a performance by the Tenino motorcycle Drill team a sing along by the High school band hot chocolate served by the word of Light Fellowship and of course the annual visit of Santa Claus escorted by the the cheerleaders. The event is sponsored by the Lions club and the Tenino chamber of Commerce. It is free but Judy Logan of the Tenino chamber of Commerce said sponsors Are looking for non perishable foods or unwrapped gifts that will be turned Over to the Tenino food Bank for distribution to needy families. Ronald Hoss is the chronicle s South Thurston county correspondent. He can he reached by email at or by calling 866-4063. Randy Rakoz of Rakoz electric Chehalis and Glen Logan appear lost in the Heights 60 feet above Tenino sunday As they begin the half Day process of trimming the City a live Christmas tree. Ronald Hosa i the chronicle Ridgway seemed too Friendly coworkers say Renton apr some coworkers at the Kenworth truck co. Called Ary Ridgway a not just bemused those were his initials. Many who know Ridgway 52, say Ley found him a Little too Friendly yen Creepy and although they knew e had been a suspect in the nation s West unsolved serial killings they Ever questioned him about the matter. That was another a a a r. A the Ireen River Case. A a we Veall had people who tried x hard to be your Friend Quot Bob Schweiss who worked at Kenworth before being Laid off last year told he Seattle times. A that was Gary. In was out of the Way Friendly Reepy Friendly. Just goofy. The deaths of at least 49 girls and Omen ranging from age 15 to 36, re blamed on the Green River killer of 1982-84. Ridgway was arrested r investigation into four of those deaths Friday and charges were expected Early this week. Circumstantial evidence had Long linked him to the Case. He bicycled camped and picked blackberries with his then wife in isolated areas where bodies were found. Looking for garage Sale items he picked through illegal dump Sites where bodies later turned up. Officers once caught him with a prostitute on a dead end Road parked no farther than too feet from where two More bodies were discovered. Investigators had suspected Ridgway in the Green River killings since they first questioned him in 1984, after he called them to Tell them about a prostitute he knew. But they never found anything a not a hair not a fiber a to tie him to the crimes. It Wasny to until this year when Dan tests on his saliva linked him to three of the victims that authorities Ridgway defense team meeting to discuss Green River Case by Janie Mccauley the associated press Seattle a More than 70 investigators continued combing through four residences and collecting other evidence on sunday against Gary Leon Ridgway being held in the slayings of four women in the Green River killings. Meanwhile a King county sheriffs spokesman said it was Likely that a new task Force would be convened on the slayings of 49 women from 1982-84 a Long the nations worst unsolved serial killing Case. At the height of the investigation in the mid-1980s, scores of investigators were assigned exclusively to the killings of Young women mostly runaways and prostitutes. The houses and four victims tied to Ridgway a Are our focus now and when we wrap that up i think Well probably go to a task Force a spokesman John Urquhart said. But he declined to speculate on whether the bodies of several women discovered after the official 49 victims would be added to the Green River list As some investigators have urged. A it does no to matter a he said. A a they re still going to be investigated with the same enthusiasm and the same thoroughness. The fact that they re on the list or not does t change that fact at detective Tom Jensen who was the Lone investigator on the Case after the King county task Force was disbanded in the Early 1990s, has said the killers actual death toll May be somewhere in the nud-50s or higher. The skeletal remains of several women were discovered in the greater Seattle area into at least 1991, but none was classified As a Green River death. Jensen has blamed earlier departmental politics and said he hoped the cases would get a closer look. Expanding the official list of 49 a probably would have made a difference Back them from a political standpoint because it was really a political decision by police commanders to disband the task Force Quot Urquhart said. A was of right now it does t Ridgway 52, Auburn was arrested Friday As he left his Job at Kenworth truck wrong number directs crime tipsters to newlyweds Seattle apr Elizabeth von Steinfort got married saturday night returned Home sunday and found eight Calls on her answering machine a six hang ups and two crime tips. By error her number had been published in the combined sunday edition of the Seattle times and the Seattle Post intelligencer As that of a 24-hour tip in the Green River serial murder Case. After receiving four More Calls von Steinfort Learned the Correct number at the King county sheriffs office and began directing tipsters there. She also notified the Only caller who left a return number in a message on her machine the previous night. The number for the tip line is 206 296-7530. Co. In Renton where he has worked As a truck Painter since 1969. Ridgway was being held without bail in the King county jail for investigation in the deaths of four women a among 49 whose deaths or disappearances Are attributed to the so called Green River killer. He waived his initial court appearance saturday. Prosecutors have until wednesday to file charges. Detectives on sunday searched his Home in Auburn about 25 Miles South of Seattle As Well As previous residences. Urquhart said investigators were not interviewing Ridgway on sunday. Investigators say Dan linked Ridgway to three of the victims a Marcia Chapman Opal Mills and Carol Christensen. Chapman s body was found in the River on aug. 15, 1982 Mills was found the same Day on a nearby River Bank and Christensen a was found May 8, 1983 in Maple Valley. Detectives say circumstantial evidence ties Ridgway to a fourth victim. Cynthia Hinds whose body was found submerged in the Green River next to Chapman said they had enough evidence to arrest him. Martha Parkhill who worked with Ridgway for a decade said she always Felt uncomfortable around him. A the would come up behind you and Massage your shoulders and neck and stuff and make weird comments about your appearance a she said. A if a woman changed anything about her appearance no matter How Little head be the first to he paid just As much attention to his own appearance she said. Before hitting the floor at Kenworth where he painted trucks he would head to the bathroom and Spitz his hair in an outdated �?T50s style that made coworkers snicker. A the was so particular about his appearance he reminded me of a rooster in a Chicken Yard a Parkhill said. A the held his head High and almost Christmas crafts Cap Pattison / tha chronicle from left Mossyrock residents Kayla Rosson 9, Jordan Nelson 8, and Annie Halstead 10, peruse the wares saturday at the Craft fair and Christmas Bazaar held at the Mossyrock Community Center. Christmas activities included a Parade through town and a visit from Santa Claus. Voice of the people what is your favorite Christmas movie a a a Christmas vacation with Chevy Jaime Luhn Jaime Luhn student Toledo Jay Mckenzie a a a the Santa clause with Tim Jay Mckenzie student Toledo paying respect Dana Jacobsen 17, holds a Candle during an Observance of world aids Day at the first United methodist Church of Centralia saturday afternoon. A service was held to remember those who succumbed to the disease. Gary j. Cichowski / the chronicle a Sam youths a

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