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By Laura Dudnick
Within a four-month period inthe winter and spring of 1976, fiveyoung women disappeared in SanMateo County and were later foundmurdered.None of the five homicides hasbeen solved, but authorities saidthe person who killed thosewomen is believed to be the sameperson who murdered a 19-year-old woman in Reno that year.The connection was announcedat a news conference outside theRedwood City courthouseThursday morning, where authori-ties said investigators are appeal-ing to the public to help solve thekillings, known as the “GypsyHill murders.”Ajoint task force involving theFBI and San Mateo County lawenforcement agencies has beencreated to focus on the cases, andin the coming weeks agents, offi-cers and deputies plan to canvassneighborhoods where the womenwere last seen or where their bod-ies were found to try to turn up newleads. “No tips or observations are toosmall for us,” said Gerald Bessette,assistant special agent in chargeat the FBI’s San Francisco office.Authorities are hoping someonewill remember a suspicious inci-dent or detail that could shed lighton any of the homicides. He said anyone who lived in theBay Area or Reno around the timethe crimes occurred is asked to“reach back in their memories foranything unusual.”The first Peninsula victim was18-year-old Veronica “Ronnie”Cascio, who was last seen Jan. 7,
New link in cold-case murders
FBI says five San Mateo County homicides connected to 1976 Reno murder
A wild backyard
San Mateo man dedicates his yard as awildlife habitat
By Samantha Weigel
Mike Pagano has used his pas-sion for nature photography anddesire to support a healthy ecosys-tem and create a certified wildlifehabitat at his San Mateo home. The National Wildlife Federationrecognized Pagano for his effortsin turning his backyard into a sus-tainable refuge for his neighbor-ing wildlife by providing naturalfood sources, clean water, shelterand places to raise young. “I think this whole certificationprocess is supposed encourage thatour yards are mini sanctuaries.They become an oasis for wildlifeeven though we’re in an urbansociety,” Pagano said. “Whereeverything’s paved over there’sless and less space for wildlife andwe all appreciate wildlife whetheryou know it or not.”He’s worked on his backyard for15 years and in many ways it’spretty typical, Pagano said. But hedeliberately leaves his carefullychosen plants unmanicured
By Samantha Weigel
The public will have a uniqueopportunity for a glimpse into thebeautiful geography, culture andlanguage of Tonga during theworld premiere of a San Mateoman’s feature film at the CinequestFilm Festival in San Jose Fridaynight. “When the Man Went South” isthe brainchild of Alex Bernstein.It’s the first ever Tongan languagefeature film and the only to beentirely shot on the small islandin the middle of the Pacific Ocean.As fascinating as the film is, theproduction of it is equally intrigu-ing. The film is set 300 years ago andtells the story of Flying Fox, a
First-ever Tongan featurefilm premieres at Cinequest
Mom goesviral again
Deva Dalporto runs a blog onparenting,has upcoming book 
By Angela Swartz
ABurlingame mom has goneviral again — this time with a par-ody of the Oscar-winning song“Let It Go” from the movie Frozenthat’s garnered her millions of views.Deva Dalporto created the “WhatDoes the Kid Say?” parody videoof “The Fox (What Does the FoxSay?)” song making fun of howwhiny kids can be in December2013. Her latest video, postedTuesday, Feb. 25, was shared onthe blog PopSugar and has 1.3million views there. It has200,000 views on her personalblog My Life Suckers, 315,000views on YouTube and more from apost on People Magazine’s web-site, Huffington Post, Yahoo andthe local Fox News station.“I was shocked at the reaction toit,” she said. “People called it themom anthem and I didn’t realize itwould such a nerve with moms.People really, really love this one,what people are relating to is I
Mike Pagano in his backyard full of fruit trees,shrubbery and fountains he uses to attract wildlife.
Writer,director Alex Bernstein filming ‘When the Man Went South’in Tonga.
Burlingame’s Deva Dalporto’s latestvideo has been featured on People’swebsite,Yahoo,PopSugar andothers.
March 7,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 173
County jobless rate jumps
The county’s jobless rate rose inJanuary 2009 by 1.2 percent to 7.2percent — but still lower than near-ly all of California, according tolocal data released the week of March 7, 2009, by the state.The jobless rate, announcedThursday of the week by the stateEmployment DevelopmentDepartment, represented an increasefrom the revised figure of 6.2 per-cent in December 2008. It is upfrom 4.1 percent during the sametime period the prioryear, according to theEDD.San MateoCounty’s figures putit lower than the unadjusted staterate of 10.6 percent and thenation’s 8.5 percent. It also gaveSan Mateo County the third lowestunemployment rate in the state —behind Marin and Mono counties.
Foster City karate coach arrested for molestation
AFoster City karate instructor wasarrested the week of March 7, 2009,for child molestation after policediscovered him in a car with a 13-year-old student.Responding to a call from a con-cerned resident, San Carlos policeresponded to a suspicious car parkedin the 900 block of McCue Avenue at6:50 p.m. Monday of that week. Thecaller reported seeing someone put-ting sheets over the interior of thecar’s windows. Police believed theywere responding to a transient whowas planning to spend the eveningsleeping in the car.
Assessment scam targets homeowners
Aprivate company charginghomeowners $95 for fill-ing out a one-page formreadily available for freesent the San MateoCounty Assessor’s Officea packet of 160 Decline inValue reassessment applicationforms, the office said the week of March 7, 2009.This was the first set of “Declinein Value” forms received to that datefrom one of the three companies cur-rently operating in San MateoCounty. More were sure to follow,according to the Assessor’s Office.Many of the applicants may nothave been as familiar with the roleof government and probablyassumed this kind of service is com-plicated and carries a fee. Neither istrue, according to the Assessor’sOffice.
Law enforcement scores federal funds
Law enforcement agencies in theBay Area were allocated $15.2 mil-lion from the American Recoveryand Reinvestment Act signed byPresident Barack Obama in February2009, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speierannounced the week of March 7,2009.San Mateo County law enforce-ment agencies were awarded$1,026,501, according to a state-ment released by Speier’s officeFriday of that week. In SanMateo County, Burlingamereceived $31,697, Daly Cityreceived $137,564, MenloPark received $37,561,Millbrae received $17,750,Redwood City received $162,288,San Bruno received $59,907, SanCarlos received $13,788, San Mateoreceived $163,872, South SanFrancisco received $92,238 and thecounty received $108,086.The $787 billion economic stimu-lus bill included more than $4 bil-lion for state and local law enforce-ment agencies and other criminaland juvenile justice activities in SanMateo and San Francisco counties,according to the press release.
From the archives highlights stories origi-nally printed five years ago this week. Itappears in the Friday edition of the DailyJournal.
March 7,2014
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Actor BryanCranston is 58.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The U.S. Supreme Court, in Campbellv. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., unani-mously ruled that a parody that pokesfun at an original work can be consid-ered “fair use” that doesn’t require per-mission from the copyright holder.
“Caveat actor.” (Let the doer beware.)
— Latin proverb
Entertainment executive MichaelEisner is 72.Comedian WandaSykes is 50.
A frontier soldier from the People’s Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training in Heihe,Heilongjiangprovince,China.
Sunny. Highs around 60.Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Friday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in theupper 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20mph...Becoming 5 to 10 mph after mid-night.
: Partly cloudy. Highs in thelower 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night:
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s.
: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s.Sunday night...Mostly cloudy. Achance of showers. Lowsaround 50.
:Mostly cloudy. Aslight chance of showers.Highs around 60.
Monday night through Wednesday
:Mostly clear.Lows in the upper 40s. Highs around 60.
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In 1793,
during the French Revolutionary Wars, Francedeclared war on Spain.
In 1850
, in a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, DanielWebster of Massachusetts endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union.
In 1876, 
Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for histelephone.
In 1912
, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen arrived inHobart, Australia, where he dispatched telegrams announc-ing his success in leading the first expedition to the SouthPole the previous December.
In 1926
, the first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephoneconversations took place between New York and London.
In 1936, 
Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into theRhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and theLocarno Pact.
In 1945
, during World War II, U.S. forces crossed the RhineRiver at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but stillusable Ludendorff Bridge.
In 1965, 
a march by civil rights demonstrators was vio-lently broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.,by state troopers and a sheriff’s posse in what came to beknown as “Bloody Sunday.”
In 1975, 
the U.S. Senate revised its filibuster rule, allow-ing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of thepreviously required two-thirds of senators present.
In 1983, 
the original version of The Nashville Network(now Spike) made its debut.
In 1994
, the U.S. Navy issued its first permanent ordersassigning women to regular duty on a combat ship — in thiscase, the USS Eisenhower.
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Photographer Lord Snowdon is 84. TVpersonality WillardScott is 80. Auto racer Janet Guthrie is 76. Actor Daniel J.Travanti is 74. Rock musician Chris White (The Zombies) is71. Actor John Heard is 68. Rock singer Peter Wolf is 68. Rockmusician Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) is 68. Pro FootballHall-of-Famer Franco Harris is 64. Pro and College FootballHall-of-Famer Lynn Swann is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 62. Actress DonnaMurphy is 55. Actor Nick Searcy is 55. Golfer Tom Lehman is55. International Tennis Hall-of-Famer Ivan Lendl is 54.
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Stolen vehicle.
Astolen vehicle wasreported on the 3300 block of La Mesa Drivebefore 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.
. Acommercial burglary wasreported on the 1200 block of San CarlosAvenue before 6:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.
. Arobbery was reported on the600 block of Walnut Street before 5:50 p.m.Friday, Feb. 28.
. Vandalism was reported on the900 block of Holly Street before 12:40 p.m.Friday, Feb. 28.
Traffic accident.
Atraffic accident occuredat Holly Street and Industrial Road before11:13 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28.
. Aman was arrested for driving underthe influence on the 1300 block of ChestnutStreet before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Suspicious person
. Aperson tried togrope another person and made vulgar com-ments on Broadway before 10:01 p.m.Monday, March 3.
Identity theft
. Someone’s Social Securitynumber was used to file tax returns onArlington Road before 6:57 p.m. Monday,March 3.
Grand theft.
Two snowboards and two lakeboards were taken from a storage locker onBair Island Road before 5:10 p.m. Monday,March 3.
Police reports
Santa’s final resting place
Aperson reported a bad smell comingfrom their chimney causing her and herchildren to choke at Stafford and Cstreets in Redwood City before 4:46p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.
AMenlo Park pyrotechnics expert diedThursday of injuries he suffered when a load of fireworks he and his twin brother were trans-porting ignited inside their car as they droveon an Arizona highway in early February,authorities said. The explosion happened on state Highway95 in Lake Havasu City on Feb 12. Randall Feldman, 59, known as Randy, suf-fered burns to 70 percent of his body and wastaken to a hospital in Las Vegas, Nev., wherehe died Thursday, according to the ClarkCounty coroner’s office. Lake Havasu City police Sgt. Troy Stirlingsaid the fireworks that Randy and his identicaltwin Michael were transporting ignited whilethey were driving.Randy and Michael were in Lake Havasu toattend the annual Western PyrotechnicAssociation’s Winter Blast, a five-day get-together for pyrotechnic enthusiasts, accord-ing to the association president LyndenKing. King said Randy was scheduled to give apresentation on building fireworks at theevent, which ran from Feb. 12 to Feb. 16. Stirling said the brothers were traveling onthe highway heading away from the eventthat day when the fireworks in the trunk beganigniting.Randy was a passenger in the vehicle andhis brother was driving at the time. Michaelpulled over and Randy walked toward the car’strunk to see what was causing the fireworks togo off, according to the sergeant.He ended up being badly burned by theexplosions, and was taken by ambulance toHavasu Regional Medical Center and then air-lifted to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas,Stirling said.Michael suffered only minor injuries andrefused medical treatment at the scene,Stirling said.Stirling said the cause of the ignitionappears to have been a chemical reaction, but“since the product burned up there is no wayto determine exactly what happened.” King said Feldman had been handling fire-works for most his life and was an expertpyrotechnician. He said the association willcontinue to promote the safe use of fireworksby giving seminars throughout the year onhow to build and properly use pyrotechnics. An online obituary states that Feldman wasalso a husband and a father.
Menlo Park pyrotechniciandies after fireworks explosion
By Michelle Durand
ARedwood City church volunteer con-victed of molesting a dozen boys he meteither through his son’s school or volun-teering must serve a 13-year sentence beforehe can begin the remaining term of 120years to life in prison.In November, a jury deliberated three daysbefore convicting Gerardo Gontiz, 50, of 10counts of committing a lewd act on a child,eight counts of felony child molestation,three counts of felony oral copulation witha minor, one count of felony sodomy on aminor, one felony countof using child pornogra-phy and two misdemeanorbattery charges. The juryalso found true that he hadmolested multiple vic-tims which returned a 15-years-to-life sentence foreight of the counts.Jurors deadlocked on two remaining childmolestation charges.The prosecution told jurors that betweenAugust 2009 and May 2011, Gontiz abusedboys between the ages of 13 and 17 that hemet while volunteering at Everest PublicHigh School, church and volunteering as asupervising parent on boys’trips to aModesto ranch. His crimes includedfondling, oral copulation, masturbation andgrabbing of the boys’genitals.In addition to his prison time, Gontizmust also register as a sex offender. He hascredit for time served of 1,481 days earnedwhile in custody after his arrest, first on$375,000 bail and then no-bail after hisconviction.
Church volunteer gets life prison for molesting a dozen boys
Gerardo Gontiz

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