The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 28, 1998 · Page 2
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SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 MEWS & EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead 28 Saturday • BIRDWALK: Birdwalking for Beginners. 7:45 a.m., Wildbird Crossing, 2306 Planet. Free. 452-9453. • CONFERENCE: Families Together, 'Inc. mini-conference on the Special Education law for children with disabilities. 8:30 • ! a..m.-2:45 p.m., OCCK, 1710 W. Schilling. 800-264-6343. • WORKSHOP: Beginning Genealogy Workshop, using the computer as a re, search tool. 9 a.m.-noon, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 845 S. Ohio. Free. 825-4624. ! • BELLEVILLE: Kansas Junior Miss fi- •p&ls. 7:30 p.m., Belleville High School Auditorium. • CUBA: Fund-raiser, 23rd Annual Cu- :ba RocN-A-Thon, "Community Day", ag breakfast/program, baking contest, roller skating, pancake supper, rocker drawing, i auction, rockers stop at 7 p.m. Senior Citizens Center. 729-3816. :, ' • HAYS: 11th Annual Polkafest with 'four Big Bands, benefit for Cancer Council -of Ellis County. Noon-midnight, Fanchon Ballroom, E. Highway 40. 625-6653. • HAYS: Musical show, The Hays High -Plains Barbershop Chorus's 30th Anniversary Chapter Show, featuring The Heart of America Chorus from Kansas City. 7:30 lp,m., Beach-Schmitt Performing Arts Center, Fort Hays State University. $8, $7. " 625-8932, 628-8448. • HERINGTON: Theater, "The Poppycock Players," vaudeville tribute featuring 'Richard 'The Vodville Klown" Renner and Paul "88 Keys" Moyer. 7:30 p.m., Hering•,ton Elementary School gym. $6 advance, . $7 at the door, $3 children, $18 family. 258-2115. ,,',', • LINDSBORG: Genealogy-art conference, "Bridges to Our Past." 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Bethany College campus. 29 Sunday • HAYS: 11th Annual Polkafest with Jour Big Bands, benefit for Cancer Council ji.bf Ellis County. 10 a.m. Polka Mass, noon•!7 p.m. Polkafest, Fanchon Ballroom, E. i< Highway 40. 625-6653. I" • LINDSBORG: Concert, Handel's '""Messiah" dress rehearsal. 3 p.m., Presser liiHall, Bethany College. 227-3311. ||i • RUSSELL: Opening exhibition reception for watercolorist Terry Maxwell. 2-4 ]j!p.m., Deines Cultural Center, 820 N. Main. ..483-3742. Ill listing Events ''•• Items for the Calendar of Events should 'jibe sent at least two weeks in ^advance to: Calendar of Events, The Sallna Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina n67402. Be sure to include name, !!|address and telephone number. ii' ii Skills course Course for emergency workers is scheduled ||l _. Emergency services workers .j'jcan participate March 31-April 2 |iii!n a basic communication skills Illdourse being offered by the Divi- ,|||sion of Emergency Management *of the Adjutant General's Office h'and Saline County Emergency "[Management. "t The course will be at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy. It's designed for emer- jjency management personnel, J^efighters, law enforcement offi- *eers, first responders and other Sjjftergency services personnel. JJ^Topics will include discussion •of the communication cycle, non- Verbal and written communica- IJfions, preparing for oral presenta- Jtions, handling communication in • crisis and practical exercises in v public speaking and crisis inter'{viewing. > The course is free, but pre-reg- {istration is required. For infor- Jmation or to register, call the Di- Jvision of Emergency Management, (785) 274-1412. { From Staff Reports lht Salina Journal J Published seven days a week, 365 daya a » year at 333 S, Fourth, P.O. Box 740, | > , Sfllina, Kan. 67402, by Sallna Journal Inc. J, HAWIS RAYI, pufrterw, « hrayl9salioumal.com • DEPARTMENTS * • APVERTISINQ: JEANNY SHARP, * BUSINESS; DAVID MARTIN, manager, tfmartln& saljaurnal.com i NEWS; SCOTT SEIRER, executive editor, » CIRCULATION:pro* manager, &sa«ime/e§a/ypuma),com * PBOUUCTIQN; PAWO ATKINSON, Remeta / Arrests started in teens FROM PAGE A1 "I don't know, I just did it," he said. "I don't even think about it." Remeta had told reporters in Kansas he wanted to be extradited to Florida because it imposes capital punishment. "I want them to pull the switch," he told the Detroit Free Press. "I'm not afraid. Death is only as ugly as you make it." A miserable childhood Remeta's mother and social workers from his hometown pleaded unsuccessfully for the jury to spare his life, blaming his downfall on a miserable childhood. His family settled in the Traverse City area after his father retired from the Coast Guard in 1962. According to court testimony, both parents were impoverished alcoholics who neglected Remeta and his four siblings. His mother testified that Daniel's father physically abused him. As a young teen he was arrested for stealing bicycles, breaking windows, shoplifting, assault. The courts sent him to reform school, from which he often escaped. Social workers and teachers tried to intervene but had lit- LARRY McFARLAND GLENN MOORE RICK SCHROEDER tie success because of the family's circle-the-wagons hostility toward outsiders. "Danny's mother was very protective of him on the one hand, and then on the other didn't provide much safety, comfort or nurturing," said Roger Quinn, a former social worker who spent about a year trying to help the boy. He said Remeta was like many neglected youths with whom he worked: independent and distant, yet sometimes charming — "pretty good at conning people." 'A really good talk' The latter characteristic lingers in the mind of Lisa Dunn, who met Remeta at a party in December 1984. She was 18, had graduated with honors from high school; he was nearly a decade older. Within a week she had moved in with him. A few weeks later, Remeta was jailed for breaking car windows during a drunken rampage, during which he beat Dunn. She and Mark Walter, another 18-year-old from nearby Suttons Bay, helped bail him out. Shortly thereafter, the threesome headed south. In an interview last fall, Dunn said Remeta had promised a new life in Florida, saying Traverse City "will never give me a break." He made her feel guilty about her privileged upbringing in contrast to the poverty he had endured and tearfully promised not to hurt her again. "He just could talk a really good talk," Dunn said. "He was just so good at turning it all around and making it seem like he was the victim." After their arrest, Dunn and Remeta contended she had been his captive and had taken no part in the crimes. She was convicted in the Kansas killings and sentenced to life in prison but was acquitted in a second trial, as was a hitchhiker the group had picked up the day before the barnyard Shootout. Walter died in the gunfight. 'It's just sad, sad, sad' The trauma of that bloody afternoon lingers for many in Colby, Police Chief Randall Jones says. The victims were well-known members of the wheat farming community of about 5,000. "People are going on with their lives. There's a lot of pride here," he said. "But I see relatives of (the victims), usually on a weekly basis, and the memories just keep coming back." For Quinn, the former social worker, there are agonizing questions about how Remeta might have turned out with a happier upbringing. "I think he would have been an entirely different man," Quinn said. "I feel very bad for Danny, even worse for his victims. ... It's just sad, sad, sad for everybody." Dunn won't talk about execution Remeta's accomplice faces legal trouble of her own in Michigan From Staff and Wire Reports TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Daniel Remeta's ex-girlfriend, Lisa Dunn, has nothing to say about his impending execution. "She's just real uncomfortable with the whole scene," defense lawyer Dan Hubbell said. But whether or not Remeta dies Tuesday, Dunn's legal troubles will live on. Dunn faces trial May 20 for embezzling thousands of dollars from a psychologist for whom she worked as a bookkeeper and then skipping town. She returned several weeks later, newly married and pregnant, and tearfully confessed at her arraignment. The trial has been postponed several times as Hubble tried without success to reach a plea agreement with the Grand Traverse County prosecutor's office. It's Dunn's notoriety from her time with Remeta that's keeping the case from being re- solved, Hubble believes. "Whenever you are a victim and the person that victimized you keeps intruding back in your life, it's traumatic," Hubble said. Dunn, a middle-class honor student whose attraction to ex- con Remeta seemed hard to understand, always insisted she was his hostage and committed no crimes during the 1985 rampage that left five people dead. A Kansas jury didn't buy it, convicting the 18-year-old of killing two men and wounding two others. She received four consecutive life sentences, but was acquitted in a second trial in 1992 after basing her defense on battered-woman syndrome. The next year, she was freed after striking a plea bargain in Arkansas, where another murder charge was pending. Altogether, she served nearly nine years. She returned to a hero's welcome in Traverse City, settled down and appeared to be doing well. Then the embezzlement was discovered. In an interview in October, Dunn said she had a drinking problem and had become ad- dicted to gambling at local casinos. She said she took the money to cover gambling debts. "I really don't understand why I did it," she said. "Nothing I was doing at that time was rational." Hubble says Dunn has paid back all but $1,500 of what she took. Her new husband has stood by her, and their baby girl, Rachel, has given her purpose, Hubble said. "I think maybe she's finally found someone who will treat her the way she deserves," Hubble said. "The choice she made this time is much better than the choice she made then (to go with Remeta). If that's growth, I see it." Hubble says Dunn has mental problems and is preparing a "diminished capacity" defense, contending she was incapable of forming criminal intent. Prosecutors say Dunn should be no less accountable than any other defendant. If convicted, she could get up to 10 years in prison. And she could be returned to Arkansas to serve even more time. Under her 1993 plea bargain, she was sentenced to 20 years for hindering an arrest. She was credited for time served, but the remaining 11 years were suspended on condition that she never commit another felony. A prosecutor in Crawford County, Ark., said last year if Dunn were convicted in Michigan his office would seek her extradition to serve at least some of the 11 years. Hubbell is trying to talk Arkansas officials out of that. "It's still unsettled ... as to whether they'd prosecute," he said last week. Hubble believes the proper outcome for Dunn's embezzlement case would be structured probation for as long as five years and mandatory counseling. He said no one can guarantee Dunn's future behavior. "The public is at risk from all of us making the wrong choice," he said. "I could go out tonight and have one extra beer, drive home and accidentally kill a busload of nuns." Still, "Do I think she would ever get involved with someone like Danny again? No, I think she's learned her lesson there." Sheriff tabs Remeta as ringleader By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal COLBY — Thomas County Sheriff Tom Jones has no doubt Daniel Remeta masterminded a killing spree no matter what his Florida attorney says. In a habeas corpus motion filed in Thomas County District Court on April 21,1997, Remeta's appeals lawyers challenged his conviction on several counts, including an ^ assertion that Its quite a Remeta's mnrkprv of then-girl- mOLKery UJ friend, Lisa the SVStem, IS Dvmn ' "dominated and directed Mr. Remeta Tom Jones during the Thomas County sheriff crime ^ spree." Former Thomas County undersher- iff Ben Albright said in an affidavit that he overheard Dunn telling Remeta what to say. ; Remeta also claimed he was not the shooter. All of this differs sharply with the Remeta Jones came to know following the slayings in Thomas County. Albright, who now lives in Arizona and works as a probation officer, could not be reached for comment Friday. "It's kind of ironic to me when you have a confessed and , , professed killer saying, 'I did it, I did it' and you have someone else trying to defend a poor hapless woman and saying she was battered," Jones said Friday. "Now we have a role reversal. It's quite a mockery of the system, is it not?" Remeta's sentences include two life-sentences for first-degree murder for the murders of . •< Glenn Moore, 55, and John "Rick" Schroeder, 28. They y- were kidnapped from a grain el-;- evator in Levant and shot to '• death execution style on a dirt road northwest of Colby. 4 f "Lord yes. There's no doubt ".•' in my mind" that Remeta was ' the ringleader," Jones said. "He was the one that loved the at- , : • tention. If he wasn't the center ' '. of attention, he found a way to '!.'' become the center of attention." .,,; Throughout Colby, the mood of citizens has been up and down as the Remeta's execution approached, then was stayed, then the stay was lifted. "I guess I'd say there's guarded optimism that finally we'll have the process carry through and be done with this whole problem," Jones said. T COLOMBIA Rebels free Colombians but keep Americans Dairy cattle eat themselves to death on grain By The Associated Press EL CALVARIO, Colombia — Leftist rebels on Friday freed nine Colombians kidnapped earlier in the week at a roadblock where four American bird watchers and an Italian businessman also were seized. The guerrillas said they were evaluating how much ransom to ask for the foreigners. Comandante Romana, local leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said the group was "investigating" the foreigners' net worth before deciding how much ransom to demand. The freed hostages were turned over near El Calvario, 35 miles from the capital to a group headed by Andres Gonzalez, governor of Cundinamarca state. "It was pretty unpleasant, but here we are, already freed," Jairo Valverde, one of the freed hostages, told Radionet radio. All had been kidnapped Monday on a roadblock set up by the FARC, the nation's largest and most powerful rebel band, when rebels diverted traffic for more than five hours from a main highway up a dirt road toward El Calvario. Two teen-agers were among those freed. The fate of the Americans — Louise Augustine, a 63-year-old former nun from Chillicothe, 111., Peter Shen of New York City, Todd Marks and Tom Fiore, was still unknown. The ages and hometowns of Marks and Fiore were not known, and the U.S. Embassy has refused to provide any information. By The Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. — Thirty-two dairy cows ate themselves to death after one of them shook loose a pipe on an automatic feeding machine and spilled tons of grain. When dairy farmers Bobby and Judy Odermann awoke Sunday to milk their 70 Holsteins and Jerseys, they saw a feeding frenzy. By afternoon, two were dead, and 30 more soon suffered equally painful deaths. If cows eat too much grain too quickly, it triggers a chemical chain reaction that creates too much acid. "A cow will eat grain until it dies," said Michael Paros, a- veterinarian. "They just don't know any better." ' • Dels Electronics Center www.shoitsalina.com Rental Vehicles Starting at 15C per mile ^ ^ Call Sheila Crough OR $32 per day-200 FREE MILES and 18* per mile over 200 • Low Insurance Claims Kates * Daily, Weekly or Monthly Rentals. 1*800*874-6316 340 N. Santa Fe 785*823*2237 / • ••& ^(•-•y-v'^'-''-'''' •• ' i L / -.-f, fyfy j ,'$.w.-K:fy;i&A-x'.. '•• i i MARCH End Oi The Month CLEARANCE 90 Days Same AS Cash W.A.C. PHILIPS/MAGNAVOX KV-35V36 55" Twin Tuner Picture in Picture Stereo TV i> ; i'i**i >'$$!> iu:m wit ftsT Re-Recordable CD PLAYER Synergy systems See It Today! 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