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12A Wednesday, Feb 28, 2001 From Page One [ ---'7"'-~ S~h i n g I • o-'t-o-w'-n~ "~ ~,. ._.,.~ Arrest made , I/[Cottonwood /~'~-~ ~" ;> " P :inued from lmge IA take place about March 13. ~ouonwouu / tive, who was serving a 24- '~RedJ ~ II Creek Chester W!!tWQod / 5 month sentence in Fo]som DNA match eek State Prison for a different California Attorney General Deer Creek / I crime. Bill Lockyer said Mclntosh is a suspect due to what is known Prior record as a "cold hit" by the Depart- _anyo McIntosh, who was convict- ment of Justice DNA Lab in X < - reenv, , ed in Plumas County in 1987 Berkeley. , for a sex crime, was formally Mclntoshs match is called a i / /]~ / 89 ay_lorsville charged Thursday, Feb. 22, in "cold hit" because he was not the Fredette case. considered a suspect for the 1 r t aelden . _ T.w aip Keddie v< McIntosh is accused of thecrime at the time of the match. torture killing of Fredette, McIntosh was identified while committing a lewd andwhen evidence from the crime lascivious act--allegationsyielded a match to the suspec- that could result in the death t's DNA profile, which was penalty if he is convicted,stored in the Department of But prosecutors in Tehama Justice's Convicted Felon County have not made a deci- Databank. sion on the issue. "Our DNA cold hits have Even so, under California'sidentified criminals who mis- "Three Strikes" law, McIntosh takenly believed they got away could face life imprisonment if with rape and murder," Locky- he is convicted because of ersaid. eight prior felony convictions. California law requires The prior convictions in- blood and saliva samples be clude: taken from individuals con- .Two counts of kidnapping victed of any of nine specified and one count of rape in 1974 felony sexual assaults and oth- in Sacramento County. er violent crimes. • Counts of assault with a The samples are then stored deadly weapon, rape, assault in the state's databank. In with intent to commit rape,McIntosh's case, the DNA sam- and lewd and lascivious con- pie was obtained as a result of duct with a child 13 or 14, in the 1987 felony Plumas County 1977, in Shasta County. conviction. • One count of assault withIn 1984, the Department of intent to commit rape, in 1987, Justice conducted forensics in Plumas County. work, collecting biological ma- At the time of his arrest, terials from the crime scene, McIntosh was nearing the but the use of DNA technology completion of a two-year term to identify suspects was in its at Folsom State Prison for fail- infancy and rarely used at the ing to register as a sex offend- time. er in Shasta County. He wasThe FBI analyzed the biolog- slated to be released in March. ical sample, but only for en- At Mclntosh's arraignment, zymes and only to eliminate attorney Ronald McIver was another person as a suspect. appointed by Tehama County The forensic work was ex- Superior Court Judge John J. amined again in recent years Garaventa to represent the de- as part of a DOJ effort to solve fendant, old crimes, and McIntosh's McIntosh was scheduled to DNA profile was developed in return to court yesterday to 19 J. enter a plea and for McIver to In addition to the McIntosh confirm that he can accept the case, four other, unrelated appointment, matches were struck on Jan. McIntosh, who graduated 29 when 21,000 recently devel- from Greenville High Schooloped DNA profiles were com- with retired Sheriff Don Stoy pared for the first time to DNA in the mid-1960s, has the right profiles extracted from crime to what is known as a prelimi- scene evidence from unsolved nary hearing, cases. During the hearing, the State officials are calling the Tehama County District Attor- it lt:b' ebf fSe @ 6r- ney will be required to show a dinary resolutions of'a case in judge that there is enough evi- California. dence against McIntosh to hold "It's a tremendous match," him to answer to the allega- said Mike Van Winkle, a tions, spokesman for the Department Unless McIntosh gives up of Justice. his right to a speedy prelimi- nary hearing, it Probably will Timber tom,breed fi m J.A advantage of the Canadian logs, Bond said some of the equipment in Loyalton will be removed and used in other plants right away. He said that eventually that plant will be dismantled, but that they have not established a time frame or site where it could be moved. He did say SPI is exploring some options out of state, while at the same time care- fully analyzing every single plant operation companywide. One recent cost-cutting move was to reduce the over. time hours at every mill. Bond said they have reduced their nine hour shifts to eight hour shifts. He said that with the scarcity of logs, reducing the overtime will not only reduce expenses, but will also reduce the number of logs they process,. "We need to be pru- dent, and unfortunately, some- times that means making tough decisions." The eml yecm Regardless of the reasons, 100 employees are out of work. While the mill currently em- ployees 180, some will stay on to operate the cogeneration plant and some are being transferred to other SPI loca- tions. Of those that are being elim- inated, Harris said the union is doing everything possible to help. "We will hold meetings with the crews and explain their benefits," Harris said, "Some are vested and qualified and will have access to their pen. sion plans." Harris said some employees have been referred to job op- portunities outside of the area, and others will be re- trained for other lines of work. "We're doing all we can," he said. Suicide attempt McIntosh attempted suicide • Feb. 21, the Tehama County District Attorney's office re- ported. Just before 2 a.m., a sheriffs deputy conducting a security check found him on the floor of his jail cell in a pool of blood. The suspect apparently tried See Murder, page 14A Is now open for the season.' IIIII Beckwou The map depicts the crime scenes involved in the 1984 slaying of Heidi Fredette. She found a day later in Paynes Creak. Map by Kevin was taken from I By Terd Nacar Portola Editor It was 17 years ago when 13- year-old Heidi Fredette was kidnapped from Portola and murdered. Her family has lived with that pain and anguish, having no answers and knowing her killer was somewhere out there. Things have changed in the past week, when the family was told Greenville native David McIntosh had been charged with the crime. Heidi's mother, Gayle Hos- sack, who still lives in Portola and sister, Kathryn, recalled the good times before and the years of anguish, depression and hate that followed. "Heidi was always happy, always having fun. And her laugh--that laugh--it was so contagious," said Kathryn. Gayle and her children had ,,only been Jn-P0v_tol for six months but already Heidi had become involved in school, having a great deal of school spirit. The large stuffed tiger, which sits in the principal's office at the high school, was won by Heidi and given to the school. Her mother remembered the ballet recitals and Heidi's deep love for horses. "She would ride her bike everyday to the stables where the pony's were kept and help MARCH SL~DAY MONDAY TbTSDKf ~.TDNESDAY TllUi~DAT FRIDAY SATURDAY Kathryn Fredette Hossack fondly Heidi, who was them at the 13. Memories, trophies and they have left. Photo by Tern Nacar I J; See Family page 13A Saks. Service. SuWnes Pagers. 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