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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1991
In light of several letters and phone calls we have received regarding the case of Eric Schimmel, the 19-year-old Frazier Park resident recently arrested by the sheriff's office for theft and vehicle tampering, I thought your readers might be interested in how the matter is being handled. It is important to first note that when the sheriff's office asked us to file charges, we were not informed that Mr. Schimmel may be seriously developmentally disabled. In fact, like many of you, we first learned this from news reports.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1991
On B2 and B3 today, this last day of the old year, we take a final look at the events that shaped Ventura County's news landscape during 1991. Times staff writer Gary Gorman's review of the year also looks ahead to 1992, with a preview of events to come. News, of course, cannot be predicted with any certainty. Nobody, for instance, could have predicted that a lost teen-ager named Eric Schimmel would so deeply touch Ventura County during 1991. I received more Letters to the Editor about Schimmel--the mentally retarded youth who was lost for days as he looked for his Fillmore family--than any other single news event during the year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1991 | RON SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The saga of a mentally retarded teen-ager who disappeared after being released from jail without his parents' knowledge appeared to end on a happy note Tuesday in a Ventura County courtroom. Municipal Judge Art Gutierrez ruled that criminal charges against Eric Schimmel, 19, of Frazier Park be suspended for two years while he is enrolled in a state-funded vocational program. "He's going to get the help he needs," said his mother, Linda Smith, after the ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1991 | RON SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The saga of a mentally retarded teen-ager who disappeared after being released from jail without his parents' knowledge appeared to end on a happy note Tuesday in a Ventura County courtroom. Municipal Judge Art Gutierrez ruled that criminal charges against Eric Schimmel, 19, of Frazier Park be suspended for two years while he is enrolled in a state-funded vocational program. "He's going to get the help he needs," said his mother, Linda Smith, after the ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1991
After reading the articles concerning Eric Schimmel, it really irks me to read about a system that really doesn't care about humanity. But bravo to Manny Beltran who did not look the other way and was not fearful of Eric. Manny Beltran deserves nothing but the highest of praise for his concern and his ability to help a fellow human being who is less fortunate. CYNTHIA A. ROLFE Camarillo
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1991
I am shocked that the Ventura County Sheriff's Department would even think of holding Eric Schimmel, the young retarded man arrested for wanting some toys and breaking into a trailer to get them. However, I do have to question his family and community. Does he have one of the many programs available to attend? There are advocate groups to protect his rights, plus many other organizations to help in his development. Do his parents know about any of these? And if so, why did they allow him to be held for so many days?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1991
The story on the reunion of mentally disabled Eric Schimmel and his mother was positively touching. I was struck by the unintentional positioning of an advertisement across the page that carried a headline proclaiming "The Spirit of Americans." I hope and pray that this country's spirit does not reflect the cold and violent attitude displayed by the merchant who was ready to "kick (Schimmel's) ass." May Manny Beltran's concern for a fellow human being, and his supporting actions, be an inspiration and example for our collective spirit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1991
After reading many articles and letters regarding the Eric Schimmel case, I believe one point has not been brought out. It was reported that his bail was set at $20,000. His family couldn't post that amount, and that is why he was left in jail. However, a couple of days later, I read in The Times that a group of gang members were arrested in a stabbing. Their bail was set at $10,000. The justice system does not react fairly or consistently to the crimes and situations. Certainly stabbing someone is worse than breaking into a vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1991
On B2 and B3 today, this last day of the old year, we take a final look at the events that shaped Ventura County's news landscape during 1991. Times staff writer Gary Gorman's review of the year also looks ahead to 1992, with a preview of events to come. News, of course, cannot be predicted with any certainty. Nobody, for instance, could have predicted that a lost teen-ager named Eric Schimmel would so deeply touch Ventura County during 1991. I received more Letters to the Editor about Schimmel--the mentally retarded youth who was lost for days as he looked for his Fillmore family--than any other single news event during the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1991
The articles regarding the missing developmentally disabled youth, Eric Schimmel, dramatically illustrate that the major barrier a person with disability faces daily is not his disability, but the lack of understanding and acceptance of his disability by others. In the United States alone there are 43 million disabled people and many non-disabled Americans will at some time in their life experience a temporary disability. However, attitudes toward the disabled continue to be based upon misinformation and ignorance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1991
The story on the reunion of mentally disabled Eric Schimmel and his mother was positively touching. I was struck by the unintentional positioning of an advertisement across the page that carried a headline proclaiming "The Spirit of Americans." I hope and pray that this country's spirit does not reflect the cold and violent attitude displayed by the merchant who was ready to "kick (Schimmel's) ass." May Manny Beltran's concern for a fellow human being, and his supporting actions, be an inspiration and example for our collective spirit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1991
After reading many articles and letters regarding the Eric Schimmel case, I believe one point has not been brought out. It was reported that his bail was set at $20,000. His family couldn't post that amount, and that is why he was left in jail. However, a couple of days later, I read in The Times that a group of gang members were arrested in a stabbing. Their bail was set at $10,000. The justice system does not react fairly or consistently to the crimes and situations. Certainly stabbing someone is worse than breaking into a vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1991
The articles regarding the missing developmentally disabled youth, Eric Schimmel, dramatically illustrate that the major barrier a person with disability faces daily is not his disability, but the lack of understanding and acceptance of his disability by others. In the United States alone there are 43 million disabled people and many non-disabled Americans will at some time in their life experience a temporary disability. However, attitudes toward the disabled continue to be based upon misinformation and ignorance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1991
I am shocked that the Ventura County Sheriff's Department would even think of holding Eric Schimmel, the young retarded man arrested for wanting some toys and breaking into a trailer to get them. However, I do have to question his family and community. Does he have one of the many programs available to attend? There are advocate groups to protect his rights, plus many other organizations to help in his development. Do his parents know about any of these? And if so, why did they allow him to be held for so many days?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1991
In light of several letters and phone calls we have received regarding the case of Eric Schimmel, the 19-year-old Frazier Park resident recently arrested by the sheriff's office for theft and vehicle tampering, I thought your readers might be interested in how the matter is being handled. It is important to first note that when the sheriff's office asked us to file charges, we were not informed that Mr. Schimmel may be seriously developmentally disabled. In fact, like many of you, we first learned this from news reports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1991
After reading the articles concerning Eric Schimmel, it really irks me to read about a system that really doesn't care about humanity. But bravo to Manny Beltran who did not look the other way and was not fearful of Eric. Manny Beltran deserves nothing but the highest of praise for his concern and his ability to help a fellow human being who is less fortunate. CYNTHIA A. ROLFE Camarillo
NEWS
August 14, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER and PAUL PAYNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The parents of a 19-year-old mentally retarded youth searched through Ventura's suburbs and transient haunts Tuesday for their missing son, who was arrested last week and then released from the Ventura County Jail without their knowledge. "They've turned my boy into a homeless child," said Eric Schimmel's mother, Linda Smith, as she went among the city's transients, handing out flyers with her son's photo. "My whole life, I've had to fight to get him help and to get people to recognize he has a problem."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1991
I was shocked to read that Eric Schimmel was released from jail just before midnight, not to his mother but to the streets. It is hard to believe that jail officials cannot tell that he was mentally disabled. I also do not understand why Deputy Dist. Atty. Brenda Andrade wanted to pursue the case. As a member of the public that Ms. Andrade wishes to protect I would rather see her energies directed toward those criminals who have already proven to be a threat to our society. And God bless Manny Beltran for doing what most people would not. JACKIE HALL Simi Valley
NEWS
August 14, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER and PAUL PAYNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The parents of a 19-year-old mentally retarded youth searched through Ventura's suburbs and transient haunts Tuesday for their missing son, who was arrested last week and then released from the Ventura County Jail without their knowledge. "They've turned my boy into a homeless child," said Eric Schimmel's mother, Linda Smith, as she went among the city's transients, handing out flyers with her son's photo. "My whole life, I've had to fight to get him help and to get people to recognize he has a problem."
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