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September 3, 1997, Cloverdale Reveille, Page 7 ficials say Megan's law is working Ithan one month's time, an's Law CD-ROM di- early 64,000 Califor- has proved its [worth: protecting chil- the horror of molesta- lets have been caught. faders who refused to register with police located and arrested. l have been alerted that their kids--even boy- in some cases--are sex All this because Call- finally fired the cloak lity that has shielded from public view des. might not know that some newspapers. re have seen front page ut the difficult imple- n of Megan's Law, sto- as these have been 0rt shriR. :ramento County wom- ed the CD-ROM and I the photo of a man regularly spent time gwith children, includ- r own, at a community ming pool. She notified parents, one of whom Contacted the sheriff's Rment. Sheriff's inves- Wa found that the sex r was not living at his red address and was ly living with a woman r three children--a vi- of his probation. He stands l of molesting a 13- Id girl at that resi- t. Bay Area, a father the CD-ROM co- that his ex-wife's boy- with whom she lives, .egistered sex offender. quiring father's two daughters also live his ex-wife. She was tare of her live-in boy- conviction for child tion. The father ob- d a restraining order, tg the sex offender from trther contact with his Rers. 'what if he's a rapistT an' sure as hell, he was,  the grandmother told the Asso- ciated Press. She said she planned to use the informa- tion to wage a visitation bat- tle with the mother over the three girls and one boy, all under age 10. While many newspaper ac- counts have reported--justifi- ably--that some sex offender information in the Megan's Law CD-ROM is outdated, that isn't even half the story. In fact, the namesof the sex offenders identified on the CD- ROM and their recorded sex offenses are accurate. Sex of- fender identities are the most important data, as the inci- dents above prove. So what part of the CD-ROM is outdat- ed? Mostly, the news media have reported that the resi- dence zip cede data is outdat- ed for as many as 40 percent of the sex offenders in the data- base. However, law enforcement openly said that from the out- set. Tracking sex offenders who refuse to properly regis- ter with police has always been difficult. One reason is that a convicted sex offender who wants to keep police in the dark abut his whereabouts will refuse to accurately register his location--even though it means breaking the law. Just a few years ago, as many as 70 or 80 percent of convicted sex offenders had not properly registered. Since it was only a misdemeanor offense, there was little for the sex offender to fear. But we've started turning that problem around in three ways: first, we toughened the penalty for failing to register- -it can now be charged as a felony. Second, we enacted the Three Strikes law, meaning prosecutors can oRen charge that felony as a second--or third strike and put the sex offender in prison for a much longer sentence. Third, we launched an unprecedented  gr o..other state effomcper aon wi _th , mg that her former local law enforcement to track Rer-in-law and mother down "underground" sex of. urgrandchildrenhad fenders. Our state Sexual convicted sex of- Predator Apprehension ' waited anxiously to Teams are highly trained e database e first units, dedicated to locating was available. I said, and, wherever appropriate, ar- resting these individuals. Not surprisingly, thousands more sex offenders have de- cided to properly register with police in the last few years. Now, with the Megan's Law CD-ROM, law enforcement has the eyes and ears of law abiding people involved in this effort. Most sex offenders, fear- ful of the greater likelihood of being found and longer prison sentences, will choose to accu- rately register with police. Still, we cannot kid our- selves. Some sex offenders--- particularly among the 1,600 "high risk  sex offenders who have committed multiple and or violent sex crimes--will opt to dodge the authorities no matter how tough or lenient the law. They are the most dangerous of all sex offenders and they are perhaps the best reason for Megan's Law. If, because of their deliberate fail- ure to register, we do not kn ow where some high risk sex of- fenders are, we do know who they are and we know what they have done to others. Ev. cry citizen should be able to share in that knowledge to protect themselves and their families, even as law enforce- ment goes to greater lengths to locate and, where appropri- ate, arrest these criminals. In the end, Californians should be relieved that at long last we have reformed our sex offender laws. Before Megan's Law, we kept sex offenders virtually anonymous to every one but the police, who in turn were prohibited from making even the most limited disclo- sure about them. The old laws, for example, made it illegal for police even to warn par- ents living near a park that a registered sex offender had been seen lurking at. The real crime was keeping that information from parents. Megan's Law sets things right. While they work overtime to cast doubt on Megan's Law, pundits and journalists should not forget what most of us know instinctively: if there is a question about publicly iden- tifying sex offenders, the ben- efits of the doubt should go to those who merely want to pro- tect themselves and their fam- ilies from sexual assaults, not to those who have committed these vile crimes. Help Rehabili, te the GouldShaw House Cloverdale Museum Our museum building has been declared unsafe and we need to seismically repair the museum structure. We ask that you make any donation you can to help us achieve our goal. All giRs are tax deductible, and you will receive written acknowledgement of any gift over $25. Yes I want to help rehabilitate the Gould/Shaw House, Cloverdale Historical Society Museum. Enclosed is my tax deductible contribution of: (Please make checks payable to: Cloverdale Historical Society) Send to 126 A N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA 95425 Name: Address: City: St: Zip In Memory of: I Cloverdale 4-H takes home blue ribbons from Ukiah fair At the 1997 Redwood Empire Fair held in Ukiab, Cloverdale 4H made quite a showing with members taking several firsts. Follow- ing are the results: In the All Other Meat Breed Division, KJm Morelli took first place in the following exhibits: yearling ram, spring ram lamb, yearling ewe, spring ewe lamb, flock, young flock, pair of ram lambs, pair of ewe lambs, pair of yearling ewes, champion-other i; I a( ff;rf;ise(.1; .hT0lat;sa/ ' meat ewe, champion-other meat ram, RES champ-other meat ewe, RES champ-other meat ram; second place in yearling ewe and spring ewe lamb; and third in spring ram lamb. In the All Other Wool Breed", Jessica Lewers took first place in the following exhibits: flock, young flock, pair of ram lambs, pair of ewe lambs, pair of yearling ewes, champion other wool ewe, champion-other wool ram, rams-yearling, rams-lamb, ewes-year- ling, ewes-spring lamb, RES champ-other wool ewe, RES champ- other wool ram, and second place in rams-lamb, ewes-yearling, and ewes-spring lamb. In the All Other Heavyweighf': [ivision Kassadee Cole took first in the RF champion heavywei t" rabbit exhibit. In the Bantams-Clean Leg  division, Gabriel DeMartini placed first in the champion bxhibit and a first in the champion bantams clean exhibit. In the Novice 4H Showmanship division, Kassadee Cole took second in the rabbits exhibit and Shannon Hinrichs a third. Clearwater Lodge, Clover- dale's own retirement home for seniors at 695 Cherry Creek Road, offers personalized and compassionate care in the warmth of a home-like atmo- sphere. The Lodge was opened by Calvin and Filma Walton. They offer three nutritious, recreation and wellness activi- ties. At Clearwater Lodge, residents enjoy the solitude and privacy of a peaceful and scenic country- side. Each resident is accorded the opportunity to be indepen- dent to their fullest abilities. 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