The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 28, 1998 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 A3 ARKANSAS SHOOTING First 2 slain students buried Tight-knit community struggles to forgive students-accused of killing classmates, teacher By DAVID A. LIEB The Associated Press JONESBORO, Ark. - Parents hugged their children and youngsters sobbed as two of the students slain in a schoolyard ambush were laid to rest Friday, and this tight-knit community struggled to forgive the two boys accused of killing them. "The healing cannot begin until we forgive," Gary Cremeens, a Church of Christ minister, told 500 mourners at the funeral of Paige Ann Herring, the first to be buried. - "God did not leave Jonesboro on Tuesday," said Cremeens at the Farmers Union Funeral Home. "God wants us to be beacons of hope, light and love to a world that needs it so badly." Paige turned 12 less than two weeks before being gunned down at the Westside Middle School along with three other students and a teacher. Nine students and one teacher were wounded. A funeral for Natalie Brooks, 12, also was conducted Friday. Stephanie Johnson, 12, Brittany Varner, 11, and teacher Shannon Wright, 32, are to buried Saturday. At Natalie's funeral, the Rev. Larry Ward said that a week ago Sunday, she had sat in church and listened to her pastor talk about a mass baptism that evening. Natalie said she wanted to be baptized, too, and had planned to do so this Sunday. "I've thought a lot about that," Ward told 500 mourners at the Emerson Funeral Home. "Maybe Natalie got baptized in the river of life, by the very hand of Jesus. She's in the presence of the Lord." Her father, Floyd Brooks, hung his head in his hands and wept as Natalie was remembered as always smiling. "Her grandmother had given her a Bible with her name on it — she carried it to school every day," Ward, of the Refuge General Baptist Church, said before the service. Ward sang "Amazing Grace," which he said was Natalie's favorite song, and cited the biblical story of Job. The Associated Press Mourners leave the funeral of Natalie Brooks, one of the students killed In the ambush on schoolchildren, Friday In Jonesboro, Ark. Two boys are charged with the shooting spree that killed five. "Let us not blame God for Satan's handiwork," he told mourners. "God still is in control." At the funeral for Paige, four paramedics came in their uniforms, and many children wore the school's red and white jackets. A little girl in the second row clutched a brown teddy bear to her chest and cried to recordings of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" — the theme from "Titanic" — and Trisha Yearwood's "How Do I Live Without You?" Jeb Spencer, whose wife teaches at the school, was visibly shaken. He said he found comfort in his hometown and in Cremeens' message. "God seems to be the only answer," Spencer said. "He's also the one who has the plan that causes it to happen. It's the only way out." Two classmates — Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Drew Golden, 11 — are being held on murder and battery charges. Police say one boy pulled the fire alarm, then both waited behind the school for students and teachers to come and opened fire. "As hard as it is for me to say that, my son is guilty," Scott Johnson, Mitchell's father, told CBS News. He also sai'd he doesn't think the boys gave . their act any forethought, or that either one should be offered a plea bargain to testify against the other. Mitchell's mother, Gretchen Woodard, in an interview with ABC's "20-20" that was previewed Friday on "World News Tonight," said she hasn't been able to sleep. V ARMY INQUIRY Army to investigate general who retired amid sex charges Stepping forward «-to become Salina's leader jii'personal insurance. Wife of officer under his command claims he forced her into sex By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Army's former deputy inspector general was allowed to retire honorably while under investigation for an alleged sexual relationship, officials said Friday. Defense Secretary William Cohen said he had ordered his own inquiry. "I'm concerned about it. I have in fact asked the IG to report to me on the findings they have to date and also asked my general counsel to look into the matter," Cohen told reporters at the Pentagon. "We will pursue this," he said. - The case involves David Hale, a .53-year-old major general who /.asked to retire after serving only ; four months as the Army's deputy inspector general. Gen. Dennis Reimer, the service's chief of staff, ;>§J?proved the retirement on Feb. >• "* .T ARMY SEX SCANDAL HALE CARPINO 28, the Army said. In a report published Friday, The Washington Times said a woman named Donnamaria Carpino had told military investigators that Hale "forced her into a four-month sexual relationship" in Izmir, Turkey, while her husband, an Army colonel, was posted there. At the time, Hale was the deputy commanding general of NATO's allied land forces in southeastern Europe. Carpino told the Times that Hale had promised to protect her husband from prosecution on charges of adultery if she would make a "physical commitment" to him. The adultery charges turned out to be bogus, the newspaper .quoted her as saying. The matter now is under review by the office of the Pentagon's inspector general, Eleanor Hill, said Susan Hansen, a Pentagon spokeswoman. "At the time of Major General Kale's request for retirement, the Army was not aware of any substantiated allegations that would preclude his retirement. Moreover, when and if the Army receives a report of investigation with substantiated allegations, the Army will take appropriate action," said a statement issued by the Army. Although allegations against senior officers normally are handled by the Army's own inspector general, allegations against members of the Army inspector general's office are passed on- to the Pentagon's inspector general. Neither Carpino nor her lawyer, Charles Gittins, could not be reached for comment. H Tamara Lout* 217 !S. Santa Fe Downtown Salina • HH 825-0286 insuranOB BIO-SURE® Prevent Back-ups, stoppages. Clean out, and odors. City Plumbing Co., Inc. 127 S. 8th »825-5459 Toll Free 1-888-825-5459 Get Some Today! CITY Army denies request for delay McKinney's lawyers say request for delay of sentence routine By The Associated Press PORT BELVOIR, Va. — The Army on Friday derfied Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney's request to delay his obstruction of justice sentence while senior officials review his conviction. Maj. Gen. Robert F. Foley, who ordered McKinney's sexual misconduct case to trial, denied the request in a letter to lawyers for the service's former top enlisted man, citing the serious nature of the conviction. - A military jury reduced McKinney by one rank and cut his pay af- TMLK MURDER ter finding him guilty March 13 on one of 19 charges brought by six military women. All six claimed McKinney used his position to grope them or make crude pleas for sex. He was found innocent of all sexual misconduct charges. McKinney denied wrongdoing. The jury's demotion by one rank, from sergeant major to master sergeant, takes effect Monday. "Obviously, that feduction would result in his pay being reduced accordingly," Army spokesman Col. Dave Childers said. MCKINNEY McKinney's monthly pay will drop to $3,193.50 from $3,576 while he is on active duty, and the demotion will cut his retirement benefits. His lawyers did not return telephone calls Friday. Defense lawyer Charles Gittins had said the delay was a routine request while the Army reviews the conviction and sentence. The Army hasn't said when it will complete the review, which is McKinney's first opportunity to reduce his'punishment. He also is planning an appeal. McKinney, 47, was the first black to become sergeant major of the Army. He has requested retirement, but the paperwork is on hold pending the conclusion of the case. f RECALL Life-threatening catheters recalled Adapter for some dialysis catheters could put patients at risk By LAURAN NEERGAARD The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration warned kidney dialysis patients Friday that an adapter for certain dialysis catheters could break apart, putting them at risk of bleeding to death at home. Only a small portion of kidney dialysis patients have this type of dialysis equipment, said Dr. Bruce Burlington, the FDA's medical device chief. - But home dialysis patients should immediately check whether they have the at-risk device — something Burlington said is easy .to tell — so they can get a simple but vital repair. The FDA knows of three patients who died in their sleep and another five who suffered serious bleeding when the device, made by Pennsylvania-based Medcomp, suddenly broke. The agency notified 'hospitals and dialysis centers Friday to check dialysis patients for the recalled device, Medcomp's Tesio Extension Adapters, that are part of a dialysis accessory kits sold between October and February in 11 states and nine other countries. Some kidney patients undergo. ing longterm dialysis have two indwelling catheters in a vein in their shoulder. One has red plas- tic fittings, the other blue. The catheters attach to an extension tube that fits on the dialysis machine. An adapter where the catheter meets this little extension tube, an inch or two away from the skin, contains a clamp that seals the catheter. Without that seal, patients will bleed — because the catheter actually sits in an open vein. The problem adapters appear to break right in front of the clamp, Burlington explained. All of the breaks occurred when patients were at home and not during dialysis itself. How does a patient know if he or she is at risk? Only those with two separate, single-lumen catheters are, said Burlington. Those people, he said, should examine their catheters. If they have an adapter with little wings, almost like a small wing- nut, they're not at risk, he said. But any patient whose catheters have a knob-shaped adaptor — or who are not sure what kind they have — immediately should contact their dialysis center or hospital, the FDA said. ' One of the deaths was in England. Burlington could say only that the other seven problems occurred in the United States. 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