The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 14, 2006 · Page 1
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H WM GMKIH| THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Wednesday June 14,2006 Hays, Kansas 500 Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline makes a brief appearance Tuesday In Hays In support of his bid for re-election. Kline's wife, Deborah, is pictured at right. JAMIE ROPER Hays Daily News Kline touts agenda Incumbent says criminals need to be behind bars By WILL MANLY HAYS DAILY NEWS Violent criminals should be behind bars, and Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline says he is the man to put them there — at least for the next four years. That was the message Tuesday when Kline, R-Topeka, spoke at the Ellis County Courthouse during a campaign stop after announcing his intention to run for re-election. "There are some people who absolutely have zero respect for others and for human life," Kline said. "And I'm telling you, they shouldn't have an address in our community. Their only address should he a cell block." Kline said he has worked to increase punishment for violent crimes, especially rape. He praised the Legislature's adoption of Jessica's Law, named for Jessica Lunstbrd, a 9-year-old Florida girl who was raped and murdered in 2004 by a registered sex offender. "Three and a half years ago, promoting child prostitution, conspiring to rape a child for profit, resulted in probation in Kansas," Kline said. "Child pornography could be met with a sentence of probation in Kansas. Now, thanks to the efforts of a lot of us, those who come to Kansas to harm our children will receive a 25-year sentence in prison." Kline said criminal punishment should be determined by the seriousness of the crime, not the availability of prison space. SEE KLINE, PAGE A6 Fireworks restrictions on horizon By KAREN MIKOLS HAYS DAILY NEWS The Fourth of July is slowly creeping up, but fireworks fanatics will find a few more restrictions this year. No, fireworks will not be banned in Hays, but the hours for shooting them off are limited. "People complained about their neighbors shooting fireworks off late at night," City Manager Randy Gustafson said. "It is difficult to regulate it unless*there Is a specific.regulation." Following last year's July 4 holiday, the Hays City Commissioivre-evaluated the ordinance. The ordinance now stipulates legal hours to shoot off fireworks. Anyone can shoot off "safe and sane" fireworks from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 27 to July 5. On the Fourth of July, fireworks can be shot off from 8 a.m. until midnight. "Everyone can live with a little celebration of our freedom a few days every year," Assistant Police Chief Phil Hartsfield said. Celebrating seems to be generally tolerated by neighbors, with a quarter of the complaints during the day. The police records show the bulk of complaints, 53 of the 70 complaints received in 2005, were received after 10 p.m. With the reintroduction of fireworks and firework sales in the city, complaints related to the noise are increasing. SEE FIREWORKS, PAGE A6 Legislators optimistic plan won't be short By CHRIS GREEN HARRIS NEWS SERVICE TOPEKA — Legislators from both parties say they remain hopeful the Kansas Supreme Court ultimately will accept their latest attempt to adequately fund the state's schools. Attorneys for school districts, however, argue the three-year, $541 million plan comes up nearly $1 billion short of giving schools needed aid for adequate funding. In a brief filed with the high court Monday, Wichita attorney Alan Rupe and two other lawyers representing the plaintiffs argue the court should declare the plan unconstitutional, which would presumably send lawmakers back to the drawing board for a second straight year. SEE SCHOOLS, PAGE A6 IN THE NEWS o ct o o z o o m E SCENE DO NOT CROSS CRIME SCENE DO NOT O 3D O CO m o m m o O O 30 O (0 O DC O 5 z o FRED HUNT / Hays Daily News Participants at the Fort Hays State University Crime Scene Investigation Science and Math Camp are reflected in the sunglasses of Hays Police Officer Brian Dawson as he describes techniques for investigating a car accident Tuesday afternoon outside Tomanek Hall on the FHSU campus. SOLVING WITH SCIENCE CO O 30 By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS m UJ o CO UJ 5 E o Sheradin Fabrizius has attended several kinds of summer camps. But she said that she can't remember any camp where she learned so much while having so much tun. Fabrizius, who will be an eighth-grader at Felten Middle School in Hays this fall, is one of two dozen middle school girls who are learning how to solve a crime while making use of their math and science knowledge. "Most camps I've gone to you just have fun," said Fabrizius, who is attending the first Crime Scene Investigation Science and Math Camp this week, sponsored by the Fort Hays State University Science and Mathematics Education Center. "Here, you learn a lot, but I'm having fun, too," Fabrizius added. The camp was open to girl's only, said Paul Adams, director of the science and math education center, because "girls often aren't encouraged as much as boys to go into math and science." SEE CSI, PAGE A6 m CO o m o O z Becca Hornung-Heeke of Spearville studies a soil sample through a microscope as partner Chelsey Smith looks on. CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS CRIME SCENE Search teams recover body if tMrd Kansas toon UDed In Costa Rid SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Search teams Tuesday recovered the body of a third Kansas teenager who died along with two others In a weekend swimming accident off Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. The three students and a teacher from Labette County High School were apparently swept out to sea Saturday by currents off Palo Seco beach, near the town of Parrlta, about 180 miles south of the Costa Rlcan capital of San The body of Jessica Pierce, 17, was found by the crew of A:' a shrimp boat, who alerted authorities. •"We located the body at a point 14 nautical miles from Esterillos," on the same stretch of coast, "and we are continuing the search for other man," said Red Cross shift supervisor Alexander Porras. Still missing was Brett Carlson, 26, a Spanish teacher at the high school In Altamont, where all the victims went to school. A plane, a helicopter, three boats and shore patrols have been Involved In the search, Porras said. LIGHTER SIDE OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman accused of stealing medical supplies from a medical center told police she had good reason to take the Items: She needed them to study to be a coroner. The 19-year-old woman was taken to Nebraska Medical Center after a traffic accident last week, police said. When she tried to leave the hospital, a security device went off. A search of her pockets turned up six latex gloves, three tubes of lubricating jelly, 13 Band-Aids and 53 alcohol wipes, police said. The woman said she wants to be a coroner and for practice she opens up dead animals to study them- She said she needed the Items to keep her safe from disease. 8he was charged with misdemeanor theft. COMING THURSDAY Artist uses faith to inspire landscape paintings, INSIDE this • that A2 Kansas A3 Opinion A4 Generations AS Obituaries A6 Financial A6 National A8 Sports B1 Scoreboard 02 Classifieds 03 Comics 00 Annie's Mailbox 08 HDNwfc OUTSIDE LlCUFNEUn Tonight, windy. Mostly clear then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. 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