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/ Have Happy jqew Published weekly since 1879 ,overdale, Sonoma County, CA 00ekland woman yrested for llank burglary  allege attempted to cash a e and forged check for $950 at stAmerica Bank &vcording to arresting officer n Concannon, the depart- tnt received a call from bank tployees that a woman was nusg to cash a fake check. "Phey they had just received a II from the HealdsburgBranch It she had just done the same ing there, Concannon said oncannon said Cloverdale Mk employees tried to stall the nan, Charmaine Epps, 35, of fldand, until officers arrived, that the she must have tten suspicious and leR. Based on witness descriptions !her black Mercedes, officers re able to find Epps and pulled r over on Citrus Fair Dive in Int of Captured Moments. sent with her, were Charles nerman, 34, and Walter ohter, 28, of Oakland. e received authorization n the Healdsburg Police De- qnent to arrest them on a arge of burglary. Our investi- ion led to several s- glary, conspiracy, forgery, tsedon of fictitious checks attempted grand the" he Phe check officials allege Epps shed at the Healdsburgbranch ts for $805. Concannon said horities have been able to firm that one of the checks ts reported stolen back in July. ither of the checks are local. oncannon said authorities do t yet know if these three indi- |uals have been involved in er bank rip-offs but the eme has been used at many [ter banks in several jurisdic- ns and losses have been quite nificanL !ioverdale home rns on Christmas e Cloverdale Fire Depart- t received a call Dec. 25, at am that Greg Peterson's tme located at 311 Hardister ts on fire. The first engine ar- red on scene at 12:33 am. Pirst arriving firefighters trod the garage and kitchen a of the house engulfed in imes and spreading to the ghboring residence. Just pri- to the first engine arriving, a  gallon propane cylinder ex- ded. The cylinder went rough the ceiling and roof of e garage and landed in the et. Pirefighters halted the spread fire to the neighboring real- lice which received only mi- damage. Firefighters also emed the main fire to the ge and kitchen of Paterson's ne. lne cause of the fire is still er investigation, but it is wn that the fire started in garage. Peterson was not at e at the time of the fire. Clon to fficia]s' the strut' ed $50,000 in dam- 28,000 in damage to its ts.Geyserville Fire assist- e in putting out the 4 January 1, 1997 In May 1996, Cloverdale High School students in algebra and geontetry classes challenged and wars challenged by the Golden State Exams in their subjects. Students were commended at various levels and received high honors, honors and school recognition. Among those who participated were (back row, from left): Katie Stegall; Marcia Hemandez. (FR) Eva Chu, Krlaten Lane, and Heather Zapeleld. 1996: The Year In Review From The Reveille Pages This week's Reveille presents the traditional Zear in Review" feature-taking a look at some of the significant news stories that appeared in 1996. We look for- ward to continuing in 1997 and wish our reader's a peaceful and prosperous New Year. January Construction of the downtown plaza begins on Broad Street. The Coast Guard Achievement Medal is awarded to local resi- dent and Coast Guard Reservist Andrew Aguilar. Plans for the reconstruction of the Boys and Girls Club dam- aged by fire the previous July are reviewed by the Planning Commission JarL 1. The project's cost is estimated at $300,000 with most of the cost covered by in- surance. The Club also raised $50,000 to help finance the projecL The Chevron Corporation do- nates $5,000 to the Cloverdale Pre-school Co-op. The Fire District begins con- sidering cutting ties with the City. La Quebradita clothing store on First Street is damaged by fire. Most of the contents are lost- mainly to smoke damage. The store never reopens. Wanda and Hank Holden win Cloverdale's "First Baby of the Year" contest with little Joshua born Jan. 6. It is announced that construc- tion of a new facility on Main Street for the Cloverdale Health Care District (Ambulance) should begin in three to five months. Burbank Housing Corp. sub- mits plans for a 41 lot develop- ment at 432 S. Cloverdale Blvd. to the Planning Commission. Dr. Donald Sate announceshis resignation from his Superin- tendent position at the Clover- dale Unified School District. After six years of service, Sate said he was simply ready to re- tire. He will not leave his posi- tion until August of 1997. Some Cloverdale Fire volun- teers announce that if the dis- trict breaks from the city without keepingthe three paid staff, they will resign as well. The Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians of Californiaholds a tribal election on Jan. 20, but its validity is questioned byGey- serville resident Patricia Her- mosillo and others. February Bea Maio is chosen as grand marshall for the Citrus Fair Pa- rade. Rich Blackmon, Ron Barney, and Al Delsid are re-hired. Cloverdale Police Officers Art Cerini and Scott Allred are hon- ored for their heroic and unself- ish actions during the July 19, Bee Maio was named 1996 grand marshal for the Citrus Fair Parade. Bee was Citrus Fair Queen In 1927. She was pictured dudng the 1996 fair with her bugMor, Pat Scarlatt. Plans to create a wine center in Cloverdale are discussed with a number of representatives of nearby wineries. The trial of Polly Klaas mur- der defendant Richard Allen Davis begins in San Jose. A special use permit and de- sign review of the proposed con- struction of the Boys and Girls Club are approved by the Plan- ning Commission. Thousands of people throng to the Cloverdale Citrus Fair de- spite intermittent showers. Gi- anina Pellegrini is crowned Citrus Fair Queen and resident John Walton is given the Blue Ribbon Award for his outstand- ing volunteer efforts at the fair. The Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District of Sono- ma County agrees to the pur- chase of 30 acres of riverfront property adjacent to the present City-owned River Park. Chevron Corporation razes its service station at S. Cloverdale Blvd. and reopens the farmer Beacon Station. Work begins to remove the underground gaso- line tanks. March 1995 apartment house fire at 122 Commercial Street, where they searched for and evacuated victims. A mid-year budget review by the City Council shows that the City should experience contin- ued improvement in the deficit based upon growth in the local economy and setting limits on general fund expenditures. Bruno Buff, local author of Rumbling Wine Barrels, is in- terviewed by the Today Show. Vandals break into the board- ed up Boys and Girls Club and ransack files, records and art supplies. It is decided the historic 1862 .Gould-Shaw House (cloverdale's museum) should be restored in- stead oftearingit down and con- structing a new building. The City of Cloverdale receives Statewide recognition for its suc- cessful economic development program. Cloverdale High School stu- dents initiate Community Ser- vice Day, the first of its kind coordinated by CHS student gov- ernment. Students work on var- ious projects around town, An employment offer from the including cleaning up the ceme- Cloverdale Fire Protection Dis- tery, refurbishingbencheSin the trict is made to the three full downtown area, and helping time city fire department staff, p turn to Im 2 *; 27 Ra,iroac 50tngpoi l 49284 A 117 years of senving the community VoL CXVIH, Issue 1 35 Cents Proof of insurance law in effect Jan. 1st Stiff penalties for new traffic laws The new traffic law that will affect the greatest number of motorists is 1997 is actually the return of a law which expired several years ago. However, the new law contains more muscle, according to Public Affairs Offic- er Wayne Ziese, of the California Highway Patrol. AB650(Speier) has throe main parts that people should be aware of. First, itrequires the applica- tion for renewal of vehicle regis- tration to show proof or financial responsibility; second, it requires this proof to be presented upon demand of an officer, and third, it authorizes the court to im- pound a vehicle in violation of specified provisions. For most people, proof of in. surance will mean having the name of their insurance compa- ny and policy number written on the registration card that is al- ready carried in the car. Whenever a trafl stop is made by law enforcement officers, the driver will be asked for that proof along with their driver's license and. car registration. Motorists must now  pmd d hssur- ance to the Department of Mr Vehicles (DMV) when they re- new their registration. This will usually be accomplished by fill- ing out a form developed by DMV which will require the in- surer's information along with the effective dates of the insur- ance. The ral "teeth" in this new law sets fines of $500 to $1000 for a first time offender and $1000 to $2000 for subsequent convic- tions. The court may also order the impoundment of the unin- sured vehicle when the regis- tered owner and legal owner are the same person. Additionally, the new law makes it a misdemeanor to know- ingly provide false evidence of insurance. Conviction is pun- ishable by a fine up to $750, imprisonment for up to 30 days or both. "Courtney' s Law- This new law increases prison terms for those convicted of vehicle related man- slaughter crimes. Sentence en- hancements include applyingthe provisions of the Three Strikes Law. This bill was introduced fol- lowing the death of Courtney Cheney of Rosevil]e, who was killed by a drunk driver with a long history of Driving under the Influence (DUI) convictions. It requires a 15 years to life prison term for those convicted of this section who have had one or more convictions for felony drunk driving. Under the three Strikes Law, courts may not grant probation; ma, not consider length between convictions; shall not committhe subject to other than a state pris- on; shall issue sentens oonsec- uffveb, for t eonvietieas of more than one felony eotmt not committed on the same occa- sion. Actions of drivers who in- jure or kill while under the influ- ence of alcohol or a dru' Ziess sai& There is also another law which touches on the DUI issue. AB 2000(Goldsmith) increases the penalty for persons under age 21 who possess an alcoholic bever- age in a vehicle. The law makes it a misdemeanor for anyone under 21 years of age who ei- ther: drives a motor vehicle car- tying an alcoholic beverage or as a passenger possesses or has un- der his/her control an alcoholic beverage. City Council commends Circuit Rider crew for r improvement projects Cloverdale's si.h Neighbor- hood Improvement Program (NIP) with a work crew of six, supervised by Circuit Rider Pro- ductions, serviced 21 low to mod- erate income households this past summer and worked on sev- eral community improvement projects. The City Council acknowl- edged Circuit Rider's contribu- tion to this program by issuing a special certificate of apprecia- tion to the crew and their super- visors at the December meeting. Six homes were included in th work w program and three days were spent on gratiti re- moval projects all over town. The crew also used three weeks to install irrigation and bark chips for the City's new parking IoL According to Planning Direc- tor Joe Heckel, this year's projects were often die-Jt and the work crew should be com- mended for their hard work Circuit Rider crew .members were the following local youth: Christopher Glasgow, Brenda Olguin, Carlos Crippes, Tony Nava, Daniel Coleman, and Ricardo Lopez. Crew leader was Peter Jen- kin, who kept the project mov- ing at a steady pace. 'The NIP gives local youth a sense of civic pride as theywork to improve their community," Heckel said. Wine Center fee break A request for a waiver of plan- ning and building fees by the Chamber of Commerce for the new Wine and Visitor Center;, has been assigned to the velopment Agency by the City Coundl. By taking this step, the City will not waive the fees but ;sill fund them through Agency funds. A waiver by impacting City revenues, would have caused a problem due to current budget constraints. The fees are not to exceed $2320 based on an estimated $68,OO0 for labor and materials costs in remodeling the former Cloverdale Coffee Shop build- ing, 105 N. Cloverdale Blvd., to accommodate the new Center. Allocation ofAgency ftmds m be supported due to the fact that developing a Wine and Visitor Center is in line with several policy dounents 0ftim Agency. The Agency directors (mem- bers of the Ci Cotmdl) will take up this  at the Jan. 22 meeting.