The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 28, 1998 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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1998 NCAA KG clash j» : Louisiana Tech and Tennessee to meet for women's title/B1 SPORTS Lee's passion Kensington senator nears decision on race for governor/C1 GREAT PLAINS • FdSt friends: Clinton, Mandela close despite policy differences / A4 : New restaurant to open; Pizza Huts have new owner / A7 INSIDE Mgh:72 Low: 50 Sunny today, southeast winds 5 to 15 mph; partly cloudy tonight / B7 WEATHER Classified/C4 Comics / B8 Deaths/A9 Great Plains / C1 Money / A7 Religion/B6 Sports/B1 Viewpoints / C2 INDEX the Salina Journal Qorvinn l^anoao oinr»a 1O71 ^^^^ Serving Kansas since 1871 Photos by The Associated Press Melda Moore wipes away a tear as she talks about her husband, Glenn, who was killed in 1985 during a murder spree by convicted killer Daniel Remeta. Death Watch Remeta's execution may ease some pain for those who lost loved ones By JOHN FLESHER The Associated Press T RAVERSE CITY, Mich. — He killed five people, seriously wounded two others, laughed about it and initially asked to be executed, saying, "I want them to pull the switch." Thirteen years later, Daniel Remeta is fighting for his life. The 40-year-old Traverse City native is scheduled to die at 7:01 a.m. Tuesday in Florida's electric chair for murdering a convenience store clerk, after a federal appeals court lifted a stay granted the previous day by a federal district judge in Kansas. Mehrle "Chet" Reeder, Ocala, Fla., was the first person Remeta killed during a three-week orgy of crime and drunkenness that began with a robbery in Michigan and ended in a Shootout with police in a Kansas farmyard. One of Remeta's partners died in REMETA • Lisa Dunn wants to forget her days with Remeta; sheriff sure Remeta led rampage / Page A2 Brenda Mattson, the wife of Rick Schroeder, one of Daniel Remeta's murder victims, was distressed Wednesday when she heard his execution had been stayed. But that ruling was overturned the next day. the battle; his girlfriend was hurt. "I have always been neutral on capital punishment — until now," says Arvid McFarland, father of Larry McFarland, a restaurant manager Remeta gunned down near Grainfield, Kan., the afternoon of Feb. 13,1985. Over the next couple of hours, Remeta would kidnap and kill Glenn Moore and Rick Schroeder — two grain elevator workers — execution- style on a dirt road near Colby, Kan. He also shot the elevator manager and a county undersheriff. Both survived, as did an 18-year-old gas station attendant in Waskom, Texas, whom Remeta had robbed and shot six times a few days earlier. Before heading to Kansas, he robbed and killed a grocery store clerk in Dyer, Ark. "He has no regard for human life at all," McFarland said last week. "It'll be a great relief when (the execution) is over with. I certainly will believe that justice has been done." He and other relatives of the dead may not have much longer to wait. Remeta could be executed Tuesday unless an appeal by his Florida attorney, Todd Sher, to the U.S. Supreme Court succeeds. Scher, filed an appeal Tuesday in Ocala trial court challenging the constitutionality of the electric chair. He also contends a lack of funding has prevented him from defending Remeta adequately. 'I want them to puli the switch' Howard Leary, formerly a police detective in Ocala, figures Remeta has avoided the ultimate punishment long enough. He recalls the eerie sensation he felt when interrogating Remeta shortly after his arrest. "I thought I was talking to Charles Manson, to tell the truth," Leary said. "I never got the impression he was sorry about what he did. It was almost like he felt... it was the right thing to do." For his part, Remeta chuckled during a videotaped interview as he described killing the grain elevator workers. The interview was shown to jurors during his Florida trial. See REMETA, Page A2 T CONCERT Statlers to play in Salina again Long-time country favorites last performed atBiCenterin 1994 By DAN ENGLAND THe Salliia Journal The Statler Brothers, one of the more successful country-western bands of all time, will come to the Bicentennial Center. The band, which has performed together since 1964, will play at 7:3Q p.m. May 9. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. April 6. The show will be a nostalgic one for many music fans, and that's part of its marketing appeal, said Karen Fallis, assistant manager for the center. "They are more of a nostalgic "They are more of a nostalgic band now." Karen Fallis Bicentennial Center assistant manager band now," Fallis said. "And to tell you the truth, most of our audience probably will be senior citizens. But they're an excellent audience, and we're delighted to bring a show for those people." The Statler Brothers are known for classic down-home country music with patented harmonies and good humor. The band has won three Grammy Awards. The band has a good following in Salina. When the group came to town last time, in 1994, they drew 4,700 people. "They are a good draw," Fallis said. Some of the band's songs include "Thank You World," "Here We Are Again" and "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine." Its four members are Harold W. Reid, whose favorite book is "Peter Rabbit goes to the Circus"; Philip Balsley, who is a Leo; Donald Reid, whose favorite movie is "Radio Days"; and L. James Fortune, whose favorite singer is Karen Carpenter, according to information given by the band. The band has its own show, the "Statler Brothers Show," a one- hour variety show on TNN. The band has four platinum albums. SATURDAY MARCH 28, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T HIGHWAYS U.S. 81 may get funding Federal transportation bill could speed up plans to make highway four lanes By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal Almost $30 million in special federal highway money would pave the way for completing the widening of U.S. 81 from Minneapolis to the Nebraska border. The funds are among the $2 billion Kansas is slated to get over the next six years as part of a $217 billion package that Congress will consider next week. The $28 million for the U.S 81 widening project was one of three high-priority highway projects secured by Kansas First District Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, who serves on the House Transportation Committee. Even the hint of more highway money was good news to state Sen. Ben Vidricksen, R-Salina. "Twenty-eight million dollars wouldn't finish (U.S. 81 widening), but it would go a long way toward finishing it," Vidrick- sen said from Topeka. He's hoping for additional money from the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act and possibly from another state comprehensive highway program in fiscal 2000. "If this holds up, we'll probably get (U.S.) 81 finished a year or two sooner than we thought we would," Vidrick- sen said. In the previous comprehensive highway program, there wasn't enough money to widen 22 miles of U.S. 81 from just south of Minneapolis north to the state line. Left out were two 11- mile sections north and south of Belleville. Vidricksen said the estimated cost of finishing those sections is $40 million. That would be just the cost for construction. Acquisition of land and other preliminary matters were financed earlier. With that groundwork done and with the rest of the highway in Kansas nearing completion, Vidricksen said U.S. 81 widening would be at or near the top of the list of projects the Legislature considers in another highway program. "Any money we would get, U.S. 81 would be a high priority, without question," he said. The possibility of more funds also pleased Belleville's Merle Miller, president emeritus of the Pan-American Highway Association. "Things are really shaping up. This would really mean the completion of U.S. 81," Miller said. The widening of U.S. 81 has been a life's work for Miller, who presided over the highway association for 40 years. Before that, Miller's father was among the organizers who first talked of a Canada-to-Mexico thoroughfare as early as 1911. Today the route is four lanes from Laredo, Texas, nearly to Concordia. Widening efforts in Nebraska are ongoing in several locations. Eventually, organizers hope to extend the four-lane section north to Watertown, S.D., where it would connect with Interstate 29. Statlen Brothers Concert • When: 7:30 p.m. May 9 • Where: Bicentennial Center • Tickets go on sale: 8 a.m. April 6 • Prices: $24.50 and $22.50 • Where to get tickets: Bicentennial Center box office, Del's Electronic Center and the House of Sight and Sound. • By Phone; Tickets available with Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-888-826-SHOW (7469) 24 hours a day. • By Mall: Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Bicentennial Center, P.O. Box 1727, Salina, KS 67402.

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