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Serving Sheridan, VOLUME 94, NO. 50 h.._ Willamina and Grand Ronde WEDNESDAY, III III DECEMBER 14, 1994 50 CENTS PER COPY II One man was shot to death and Deputies found McDaniel at a another wounded in a Willamina telephone booth near Willamina home early Monday morning, Villa Apartments with a .22-caliber aCcording to the Yamhill County rifle on the ground, according to Sheriff's office, reports. McDaniel told deputies that Richard Michael Frias, 22, of one person was probably dead and rUral Sheridan was found dead at the another had fled after being home on 331 NE 4th St. Another wounded, the sheriff's office said. an, Pride Soloman Jones, 20, According toFrias'sgrandmother, received treatment for gunshot Rosalie Frias of 24651 Houser Rd., Wounds to his left forearm and right Sheridan, the victim was unemp- Upper arm. loyed and had recently moved to the Robert Lee McDanid, 23, was area from California. He had lived arrested and lodged in Yamhill with her and her husband on Houser County jail. He was charged with Road "for a while but not recently," being a felon in possession of a she said. firearm. Mrs. Frias said the victim's father McDaniel, according to sheriff's lived somewhere in the Willamina reports, telephoned 911 dispatch area and his mother lived in Califor- after midnight and said he nia. ust shot someone in his home. McDaniel faces additional Ralph Jenne will join the Willa- ina city council next month. He won a write-in campaign in last month's election, collecting eight votes, two more than his Closest contender, Elizabeth Robert- on, according to final election results announced at last week's City council meeting. A total of 31 people received vrite-in votes for the position being Vacated by Greg Home. As a new member of '~he Wfl!a- city council, Ralph Jenne * re.nts to get the community involved in projects like developing Oaken Hills Park. Jenne won a write-in campaign in last month s election and will take ffice next month. "I'd like to get the community involved in projects like Oaken l'lflls, Jenne said last week. He tlggested !he city might be able to Use youngsters who have gotten in trouble with the law and need COmmunity service time. In addition, the city could use l~oy Scouts for park projects, he ~id, recalling that when he was a ~Cout in Willamina he worked on l~ark cleanup days. Jenne said he doesn't really have agenda he wants to see accom- Plished during his term on the COuncil. "I'm going in with an open ind and look at whatever help I Can give. I don't have a particular agenda to push through." lie has served on the city's police committee since the Yam- County sheriff's office took milli want to get a closer look at new jail at the Federal Correc- Institute in Sheridan, today is Our last chance. I CI staff will be conducting tours the $10 million facility from 9 to 3 p.m. today. Tours start at top of every hour. Bob Palmquist, public informa- officer, said the 150 cell facility be able to hold 300 inmates. He that the jail will house pri- mostly in transit. i'The jail space will be for federal awaiting transfer," he said a preview tour last week. of the others will be INS charges "as the investigation into the cause of the shooting death reveals more information," accord- ing to the sheriff's office. The gunshots didn't wake up the next door neighbors. A woman who lives next to McDaniel's house on the dead-end road said she was awakened by sheriff's deputies Monday morning. Jones, of 374 D St., reportedly went to McDaniel's residence with Frias. Jones was being held in the county jail on a charge of breaking into the home on the night of the shooting. He was also charged with theft involving a prior incident at the home, according to reports. Sgt. John Kowolik said all three men "were known to one another' and had lengthy arrest records. More investigation is needed before the sheriff's office will consider filing homicide charges, he said. An autopsy on Frias was scheduled to take place on Tuesday. The shooting, Kowolik added, "was the result of a confrontation inside the residence...I want to allay any concerns it was a drive-by shooting." Kowolik said Tuesday it was still unclear whether Frias and Jones forced their way into McDaniel's home. It's also unclear how many shots McDaniel s fired from the rifle; there are unconfirmed reports he fired several shots into the air outside the telephone booth. There has been an increased out- Ralph Jenne break of Hepatitis A in the Willa- mina and Grand Ronde areas, over patrolling the city a year ago. according to the West Valley Medi- He praised the work of sheriff's cal Center in Willamina. deputies, saying they have helped Hepatitis is an infection of the clean up the town, specifically by liver by a vires. Hepatitis A is most reducing loitering and enforcing commonly spread by hand-to- laws dealing with garbage and aban- mouth contact. doned vehicles. Symptoms to watch for are tired- Jenne, 33, graduated from Willa- hess/fatigue, abdominal cramping, mina High School in 1980 and nausea, diarrhea, yellowing of the returned to the city in 1987 to take "whites" of the eyes, fever, cold- over his family's business, Petro- like symptoms, poor appetite, dark leum Energy Products, when his yellow urine, increased yellowness father, Cliff, retired after 25 years of the skin and right upper abdo- running the business, minal pain. The company, with five full-time Notices have been sent to the employees, delivers heating oil to schools to inform families of this homes and gas and diesel to logging outbreak. The Yamhill County and farming companies. Operating Health Department and other coun- under Unocai, the company also ties are working to track down the runs two card-lock stations and source of the virus. leases one gas station. If you have had direct contact with anyone who has tested positive for hepatitis, contact your doctor. ur "il '~ !/~'i~!iii!i~ il , Cindy Neer puts finishing touches on her "authentic Oregon logger" Santa Claus on window of Willamina Saw Shop. She's painted almost all stores in town.--Photo by George Robertson, " "g the h wn She s pamtu with a Chris mas th me By George Robertson many other, window painters, she has the skill and Editor, The Sun takes the t=me to create real works of art. . ,,r..... :o ~:,...-.... _....,:.... ,i. ........ ,.:~ "It takes me all day to do one store," she said Cindy x~w ,n ill~lally ~di:lllJtl.lll~ ul; IUWlt tlllb ...... . ...... ". ........... . r eer uoesn t seem to mlna me COlU weamer "1 t.nnstmas In wmamma. ' with 1o of " " It's actually the third vent in a row that Nlaar ha~ JUSt bundle up ts clothes. If it gets real cold, .......... a ........ -: ...................... 11" -- J- I=L--= --1OV-- '' L '/ put on ruooer g~o es, snesalo used her considerable artistic talents to brighten up win " most of the storefronts in downtown Willamina. Most of the dows are protected by eaves so the ,q,,o ........ ......a t-;,,n ,. ,.,,, paintings last for weeks, she noted. IL ~ ~l~U~,~t~,JI l, aA [.#X,,I ,,~ U 1 1~. 1~1 1111,.~ fALl 1 ~ i% 11 Ill.It 1011 lllj , , I~hHetm.~ nmont far tho tn,~n " Nl,~,~r d,,rino ~ Neer lsn t taking any more orders for windows this .......... v ........................ ,~ ........... e ,- Christmas "I'm booked up, but I'm starting to take break painting West Coast Plumbing s windows last , orders for Easter, ' she said week. Her fee to paint the windows far below her . . . , regular sien-naintine charge she said Neer started painting Willamina s windows in " ". -"' " mid-November so visitors to the annual art tour Neer obwously enjoys the work and the challenge . . of ch ing the windows eve year yet still havin could see her work The majority ot them have been ang: ry ' g " them match the store, painted between Thanksgiving and the Willamina Using a small sketch as a guide, she was filling in Christmas light parade two weeks ago. "Happy Holiday" with white tempera poster paint When she isn't painting windows for Christmas the day we caught up with her. The greeting will be Neer is running her own sign shop and graphic arts part of a painting with a jolly plumber helping flood business. She can do everything from calligraphy to the lake for a little kid to go ice skating, menus but specializes in signs. Across the street on the front window of Willa- Willamina Lumber is her biggest customer and she mina Saw Shop, Santa Claus is dressed in his has pages of photographs in her album that show the traditional bright red suit but he looks like "an signs she has made for the mill. She also paints authentic Oregon logger," Neer said with a grin. She lettering on logging trucks and has created a variety dressed him in White Ox gloves, cork boots and a tin of business signs, including those at Lawrence hat with a Stihl chainsaw. Santa's smiling as he leans Gallery and the ones for the West Valley Chamber of on a Douglas fir that is toppling to the snow. Commerce and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. A block away, Skyberg's Hardware features some She also helped finish the mural at the Hebert busy elves, pounding nails and painting while True Memorial Plaza in downtown Sheridan. Most of the Value Hardware's window is decorated with two mural was painted by Shannon Ray and Bob Ingels. singing bears, a seal and penguin. "I did the tree on the left side," she said. Across the street, Vic's Tavern window is sure to Neer didn't start out as a sign painter. She was in bring a smile. Neer has painted a big dancing bear her senior year at the University of Oregon, majoring playing pool and some bunnies serving hamburgers in architecture when she decided she didn't really and hot chocolate. Maben Trucking's small window need a degree to draw up home plans. looks like a scene out of another time; it features what Neer calls a "Coca Cola Santa" that offers a She's happy that her career evolved into sign nostalgic look at Jolly Old St. Nick. painting. "I always liked art and liked to draw," she She also has decorated The Comer Store's win- said. dows with colorful Christmas bows and two Hamp- With that, she dabbed her paint brush into a small ton Lumber office windows, one in a woodsy scene drinking cup and collected just the right amount of with deer and rabbits, white paint on the tip. She turned to the words The detail in Neer's paintings is surprising. Unlike "Happy Holiday" and started to fill them in. I the picket line III prisoners awaiting deportation." Palmquist said there is no definite date to begin using the jail, but it By "rrdvis Moore will probably be some time after the Staff Writer, The Sun first of the year. While the snow fell last week and The computer system at the jail most West Valley residents thought "still needs to get a few bugs about the trouble they might have worked out," Palmquist said. "We getting their Christmas shopping also need to make sure all of the done, striking Taylor Lumber electronic equipment works. Then employees were spending their after everything is done we have to second holiday season the picket search every inch of the jail to make lines. sure the contractor didn't leave any- The strikers know the routine well thing behind. It takes a while." now. Several sit in their cars on The jail has 21 security cameras these winter mornings to avoid the that can be manipulated by equip- cold while a few other hearty souls ment in the control room. gather around a small fire for warmth at their post along Highway ers negotiating team, echoed Car- said. "Our morale is still fairly 18B between Sheridan and Willa- ver's comments. Boles was a shop good. We can still joke around with mina. steward at the time of the strike. He one another." Strikers will have wait until after had been with the company 18Bill McDaniels of Willamina was the holidays for a decision in their years, in maintenance before the strike. He unfair labor practices case against "It makes it tough during the had worked for the company 11 the company, according to Wood- holidays," he said. 'Tm better off years. worker's union representative Lloyd than most of the guys. It's depress- "I don't think it has been as hard Carver. ing. But all of these guys are on me as it has been for some of the "I don't expect a decision until survivors." families," he said. "It's rough on after the end of the year," he said. Boles said about 70 percent of the the kids this time of year." "It has been really tough on the striking workers still man the picket Despite the long wait, Boles said guys. Most of them are feeling very lines sometime during the week. the strikers are still confident they distraught." 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OREGON OLD TIME FIDDLERS play t-4 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Willamina VFW Hall Come, enjoy, dance, visit. CHRISTMAS CANTATA: joint performance by Methodist & Christian Churches. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Methodist Church. 3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: 7 p.m. Dec,. 23 at the Grand Ronde United Methodist Church Everyone is invited. The Chnstmas story, music, refreshments and warm fellowship. PRE-SCHOOL: ages 3-4. M-W-F 9;11:30 a.m. $501month Faith Christian School. Call 843-3934, 843-3277 or 843-3735. I