The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 30, 1998 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Monday, March 30, 1998
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Scout forever A Kansan has been a Boy Scout volunteer for 65 years/A3 GREAT PLAINS Last dance Utah and Kentucky play for the national championship / B1 4 y VOe: Grease the movie makes comeback / A5 : New Volkswagen Beetle has them gawking in Hollywood / A8 ••';';'•;,'. INSIDE . , . - : Ugh; 58 Low: 38 Mostly cloudy today with a 40 percent chance for rain /B7 WEATHER the Salina Journal Sen/inn Kansas cinro 1«71 ^^^ Serving Kansas since 1871 Ann Landers / B7 Classified / B5 Comics / Bfl Crossword / B8 Deaths/A7 Great Plains/A3 Sports/B1 Viewpoints/A4 rNDEX > .* n ,, MONDAY MARCH 30, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T EDUCATION St. ary* mill with With enrollment likely to increase, classroom was needed at the grade school By CAROL LICHTI Tlie Salina Journal Modular classrooms won't be needed this fall to handle growing enrollment at Salina's St. Mary's Grade School. Instead, students will have at least one new classroom, thanks to a $125,000 donation from parents and parishioners. The T CONGRESS Republican wants veto of road bill He says the bill is laden with pork and reminds him of way Congress used to spend funds classroom will be part of a planned addition that will built at the school at 304 E. Cloud. The addition was part of a multiphase plan to address building needs at the K-6 school, the Love 'N Learn Center Preschool and the St. Mary's Catholic Church. The $2.5 million, five-year plan was to begin with the expansion of the Love 'N Learn Center this spring. An anonymous gift of $270,000 will pay for most of the $380,000 work for the center, which will proceed as planned. Meanwhile, pre-enrollment for the school showed an immediate need for space, said Nick Compagnone, executive director of the school. Already 415 students have signed up for classes next fall, up from the 390 who started school last fall. The school council was faced with buying modular classrooms, turning students away or trying to find other space for classes for the fall. The council and a group of parents decided that turning students away was not a positive move and that buying modular units would be more costly in the long run. So a group of parents and parishioners have donated $125,000 for a school addition that can be completed by the fall. "It was a pleasant surprise," Compagnone said Sunday about the gift. That means work can begin this spring to build a new classroom on the east side of the school. A larger addition for continued growth can be completed later. "This should address our immediate needs," Compagnone said. The $2.5 million project, called "Growing with our Christian Community," is the result of study by the St. Mary's Pas- toral Council, finance council and several other committees that have been studying building needs of the church and school. Those studies have resulted in the multiphase plan that includes expanding the Love 'N Learn Center; building a new parish hall adjacent to the church to make it more accessible for funeral dinners, wedding receptions and after-Mass activities; renovating the old parish hall at the school into a multipurpose room and technology lab; and building an addition to the grade school. By JIM ABRAMS The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Rep. John Kasich, a leading Republican crusader for smaller government, has repeatedly chastised his party for endorsing a massive highway spending bill. If the bill passes in its current form, Kasich said Sunday, President Clinton should veto it. Kasich, R-Oliio, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, last week led 10 other Republicans at a news conference where they decried GOP backing for the six- year, $217 billion surface transportation bill that the House is expected to take up and pass his week. On "Fox News Sunday," Kasich acknowledged that "I think I'll get hit by a cement truck" when he goes to the House floor to try to reduce the spending level. But.he said he thought the president should ^eto the legislation because it boosts highway spending by 42 percent over the last six-year program. "This bill is a throwback to the old ways" of a more free-spending Washington, Kasich said. .Among the projects in the House bill are these: • Continued financing for the $1.2 billion "Corridor H" project in West Virginia. That project would extend a highway from Elkins, W.Va., to the Virginia border, where it would dead end because Virginia does not want to continue it. • $190 million in road projects in Alabama. More than half the money is earmarked for two districts, one represented by Rep. Spencer Bachus, a transportation committee member, the other by Rep. Bob Riley, a freshman facing a tough re-election race. Both are Republicans. • $140 million for projects in Minnesota, including nearly $80 million for the district of Rep. Jim Oberstar, the senior Democrat on the transportation committee. The Associated Press Rep. John Kasich doubts he'll succeed In cutting Highway spending. El Nino's WRATH El Nino has taken a toll in Peru, where deluges and mudslides have killed 300. The storms have paralyzed the country's highways. Residents (right) look at a truck buried by a mudslide on the Pan American Highway north of Una. See story, PageA7. The Associated Press i L, • M MM, DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Lance Whitaker, a parole enforcement officer, serves felony warrants on convicted felons. He Is part of a new unit of parole officer who have the authority to arrest and detain criminals. He is the lone armed parole officer working the areas of Salina, Abilene, McPherson, Manhattan and Great Bend. In his job, Salina man ensures that those who vicfatg parole are caught By DAVID CLOUSTON The Sulina Journal |he people Lance Whitaker sees day to day in his work generally expect someone like him to come knocking at their doors — eventually. "For the most part, they know they're violating parole, they just didn't think anyone would come looking for them as soon as we did," said Whitaker, Salina. Whitaker, 30, a BreWster native, is a parole enforcement officer, part of a special unit of the Kansas Parole Division of the Department of Corrections. The 14-member unit assists the state's regular parole officers by making arrests of parole violators and helping provide surveillance of parolees. Before assuming their jobs, parole enforcement officers undergo the same training police officers do. They complete a law enforcement training ij academy and are the only officers in ' the state parole division permitted to carry handguns. Previously, when a parolee committed a violation, regional parole offices in the state relied on local sher- iffs deputies and police officers to make arrests. Now the parole enforcers are doing the job, and that means more cases are being tracked and those violating parole can find themselves back in custody sooner. "We're trying to be more proactive in terms of providing public safety," said John Lamb, director of the special enforcement unit. Lamb oversees the unit from Kansas Parole Office headquarters in Topeka. About four years ago, the office placed enforcement officers in Topeka, Kansas City and Wichita. Last year, the office received a federal grant for slightly more than $108,000 for three positions in the rest of the state and a grant for a fourth posi- '. ,, tion. : "Sometimes the local (law enforcement) departments contact us and tell us they suspect a parolee of selling drugs and so forth, and we work with the local departments in solving the case," Lamb said. "I think we've been extremely effective. We're already starting to see some pretty good arrests occur. I read about 50 arrest reports a week." See PAROLE, Page A7 V CRIME Cab driver beaten to death as people watch High-rise apartment dwellers watch killing, but no one calls police By MARTHA BELLISLE The Associated Press DENVER — People watched from the safety of their high-rise apartments before dawn Sunday as four men beat a taxi driver to death and dumped his body in the trunk of the cab, investigators said. "Eyewitnesses saw him being beaten and dragged by his feet and thrown in the trunk, but no one called 911," said Detective Virginia Lopez. "It's disgusting." The apartment manager said the driver may have been killed over a parking space. "We've received loud music complaints from that area," Lopez said. "People will call the police to complain about loud music, but not to report a murder." The driver, Mostapha Maarouf, 27, was working in Denver to send money back to his family in Yous- sofia, Morocco, where he planned to return in July to get married, his friends said. Police were summoned to the area when the victim's friend called police from a nearby convenience store and said the two were being robbed and beaten by four men. Officers then searched near "Eyewitnesses saw him being beaten, No one called 911. It's disgusting." Virginia Lopez Denver police detective the apartments for the driver while neighbors watched from their windows, Lopez said. "They didn't tell police the body was in the trunk," Lopez said. Only when police went door-to- door did residents start talking — nearly an hour later, Lopez said • The man might have lived if police had found him earlier, she said ' The victim often visited friends: at the building and was there early Sunday while he was off duty i Several suspects and witnessed were being questioned, including a resident of the Spartan Apart-' ments who apparently was unset that the taxi driver had parked in his space. . w . ,.«. "I think he just got mad," apartment manager John Contreraa said. "I think they were flghthiB over a parking space." Contreras' wife said resident* may have been afraid to renor; the crime because other tenante are involved with gang members. ^

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