The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1998 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Monday, May 18, 1998
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n'l W r JOURNAL Great Plains ••*; MONDAY, MAY 18, 1998 V< REHABILITATION tteen-age crash victim assisted by Shriners Boy with fractured spine receives free medical care aft jShriners' Chicago hospital Bjf GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. T/je Salina Journal V ' ' ~^~~~^~~~~~ ~~ ^^~~~~~ t;Kevin Trecek was a passenger in a t|»uck that rolled in a one-car crash east ojH Cuba in Republic County on the night of April 11. jiThe 17-year-old son of David and Marilyn Trecek of Agenda fractured his spine at shoulder level. He was airlifted directly to Columbia Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, where he underwent surgery Easter Sunday and was in intensive care April 17. For his grueling rehabilitation, he would need two things: a hospital specializing in spinal cord injuries and one that catered to accident victims his age. Such a place was the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, one of 19 orthopedic facilities — and three burn hospitals — under the purview of the Shrine. "I was aware of their hospitals and orthopedic work, but I wasn't aware they had a special spinal cord unit," said Marilyn Trecek, who is with her son at the Chicago hospital as he starts his rehabilitation. Besides the care at the hospital, the transportation was financed by the Shrine, said Doug Jolley, Isis Temple recorder and hospital chairman. The temple, on the northwest corner of Santa Fe Avenue and South Street, functions as the "county seat" for the 23 Shrine clubs in its 43-county jurisdiction. The clubs raise money to pay transportation costs to its various facilities. The annual cost can run as much as $50,000 a year. Transporting Kevin cost more than the average because of the nature of his injuries. "Just to bring the air ambulance and (medical) team to assist was $6,185 one way," Jolley said. "This was a costly undertaking, but it's not an exception by any means." At the hospital, a patient's medical care is covered by the Shrine, Jolley said. "Our operating budget this year was $359 million just to operate all the hospi- BRIEFLY two named to board of sports hall of fame \ :An Osborne man and a Hays man have been named to the All- Sports Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. ?Gov. Bill Graves made the ap- ppintments last week. ^Dr. Duane Muck, Osborne, and R!D. "Rocky " Rorabaugh, Hays, were! appointed to the board, vfhich oversees the operation of tjie All-Sports Hall of Fame in Abilene. » The hall's purpose is to inspire achievement among Kansas y$uths by honoring individuals who have distinguished them- seivjes in sports or sports-related activities. • Mflck is an optometrist who wlasia high school athlete and longtime coach. '; Rorabaugh is a recently retired superintendent of Ellis schools. He; was a college athlete and coached many sports during his teaching years. >' ! i Information sought on house burglary '; the Salina County Sheriffs Office wants the public's help in solving a burglary at 2573 W. Stinimel. ;! Between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 6, someone broke into the house and took a diamond ring, Other miscellaneous jewelry and two hooks of blank checks. The loss :: is estimated at $400. ','. Anyone with information about the burglary can call Crimestop- pers, 825-TIPS. Callers aren't required to give their names and could be eligible for rewards of u'ptp $1,000. ',' * '. Bicyclist killed by van 6ni rural riding path ;' WICHITA — A bicyclist on a popular riding path between Wichita and Cheney Lake was struck by a van and killed Sun- dfty morning. t^Candy Beckner, 35, Wichita, was pronounced dead at the scene. 3EKe crash happened on 21st SjEPelH North, a two-lane road west ofWJchita. The road has wide, paved shoulders frequently used by-.bicyclists, Sedgwick County Shgr'iff s Lt. Jim Woods said. -Beckner was about 10 miles west! of town when she was struck fBOiri behind shortly before 9 a.m. 23"h;e driver of the van was a 17- vear'old boy. Woods said the teen- ag^nappeared to have fallen asleep at the wheel after a late pE&m night and veered off the roadway onto the shoulder. c$he boy waved a passing driver of of 'and called for an ambulance , Woods said. Bob Dole speaks at commencements succeed DOLE — Be prepared to and to fail. Sen. ob -pole deliv- at mes- Kansas gcadhates during commencement ceremonies Saturday at Bene- dicjjhe College ioiAtchison and VZashburn Uni- vgpsjty in Topeka. ^"beadership takes a lot of pa- , tienoe and teamwork, and most leaders have this unflagging positive^ attitude when times are tough," Dole said. ^-.-Bejiedictine College awarded lj)ole an honorary doctorate in law for his decades of public service'.! £lniTopeka, Dole addressed the Ipv school graduating class at his ajjna mater. Dole graduated from Wa'shburn in 1952. H» , -'„ From Staff and Wire Reports Run for the Wall KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Dennis Tackett pitches his tent Sunday in Thomas Park near the flags fluttering from the back of his motorcycle as he camps with about 150 other cyclists participating in the Run for the Wall. Tackett rode his bike to Long Beach, Calif., from his home In Jacksonville, Ala., for the start of the cross-country ride Wednesday. The ride, which ends In Washington, D.C., is an event that promotes awareness of the POW-MIA movement. "I think I'm getting stronger. I'm learning to feed myself." Kevin Trecek Agenda teen tals, and that's not counting capital improvements," he said. Marilyn Trecek said Kevin likely will be at the hospital for another two months. They arrived May 4. "They're trying to get him to develop as much muscle in his upper body to do many things as possible," she said. He has been fitted with a wheelchair tp ~ test his mobility. Kevin's spirits remain up. . • "I think I'm getting stronger," he saicL "I'm learning to feed myself. The hardest- thing is to get the muscles strong enough ' to get my hands up to my face." A daily routine includes breakfast, a battery of therapies , X-rays, lunch, school and more therapy. The patients ' also are given free time to mingle and so- - cialize. Kevin said he plans to return to schoo^.' this fall and get on with his life. He will •' be a senior but hasn't made plans for af- * _ ter graduation. . "I haven't thought that far ahead," he : . ; •« said. "I'm still undecided." T SALINA PLANNING COMMISSION Extension sought Cta-/ on car wash plan Green Lantern wants more time to file plan for its store at Ohio and Iron streets By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal The Salina convenience store chain Green Lantern wants more time to file a plan to add six car wash bays to its store at Ohio and Iron streets. The store needs a change in zoning from residential to commercial to build the bays. The Salina Planning Commission will consider the extension request at its meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 107 of the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. Jim Maes, Green Lantern vice president, said the company wants to remove its five car wash bays that face Ohio Street to expand the convenience store. Vacant homes on two residential lots at the corner of Connecticut and Iron streets would have to be removed to make way for the new bays. The planning commission approved the company's request for the zoning change a year ago. The Salina City Commission rejected the zoning change, saying it wanted planned commercial zoning for the property. A planned development area would require the company to provide plans of the development and give the city more power of review. City commissioners said the additional review would allow them to protect the interests of nearby homeowners on Connecticut Avenue. Ken Johnson, 110 S. Connecticut, said the Green Lantern expansion was not in his best interest. "I am a third-shift worker, and I would have car wash bays right outside of my bedroom window," he said. Johnson said he already must contend with noise and trash blowing into his yard from the convenience store. He said he was concerned about property values and how moisture in the air from the car washes to be located north of his home would affect his house. "We have spent a considerable amount of money on this house in the T AGRICULTURE last few years," he said. i]r Green Lantern has tried to work out ^,. plan with city planners, but they have; disagreed on landscaping and the setbacks required for the expansion. To fit all six car wash bays on the lots,Green Lantern wants a 15-foot setback instead of 25 feet from Connecticut Ay-',"; enue and no landscaping buffer instead ' of a 15-foot buffer between the bays anjl the home to the south. l. it . . Johnson said he would like as much;, screening as possible between his home and the car wash. »« g Roy Dudark, director of planning anQ- community development, said the requirements were standard for commer- ,, cial development. ,i ( Green Lantern had six months to file its plan and then was granted a six- month extension. Dudark said that he . did not think the planning commission had the authority to grant another extension and that the matter probably would have to be referred to the city commission for consideration. Surgical center The final plans for an outpatient surgical center at the corner of Santa Fe and South streets also will be considered by the planning commission. The 26,586-square foot facility is a project of Salina Surgical Properties, a cooperative venture between Salina Regional Health Center and local doctors. The center will be equipped with surgical suites and patient rooms. Most patients will be dismissed the same day of their surgeries. The center is scheduled to be completed in a about a year. The hospital is removing the Dearing Communication building at 412 S. Fifth and plans to remove the Galerie House at 432 S. Fifth. An apartment building at 420 S. Fifth has been removed, and the Salina Child Care Infant and Toddler Center building on the corner of Fifth and South streets has been moved to Ash Street across from the Penn campus. If the center plans are approved, construction could begin as soon as the final buildings are removed. Rail price hike angers farmers By The Associated Press WICHITA — The Central Kansas Railway plans to charge $750 more per car to ship grain, more than doubling its existing rates. For two dozen grain elevators west of Wichita, that means trouble. "I don't know what we're going to do. I know we're all hopping mad about it," said Bruce Krehbiel, manager of the lu- ka Co-op Exchange, which has an elevator near Pratt that would have to pay the surcharge. Grain shippers say the new rates eliminate rail as an option because hauling grain by truck is less expensive. Some suspect the surcharge is a first step toward abandoning at least IfitU miles of track on the CKRY system. * The surcharge is scheduled to take effect* May 26. It will apply to elevators along CK-j RY's tracks between Kingman and Pratt,* Kingman and Duquoin in northern Harpert County, and Rago in southern Kingman* County and Protection. It also will apply to* a short section of track between Burdett* and Jetmore in western Kansas. * With the surcharge, shipping costs* will jump to 23 cents a bushel. £ In a May 6 letter to affected elevators,^ CKRY President William Frederick said* the surcharge was necessary "to offset* rising cost associated with providing* rail freight service to or from the sta-S tions named in the tariff." * T CRIME Violent crime rate in Wichita increases 2 percent By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN The Associated Press Serious crime reported to police nationwide in 1997 declined for a sixth consecutive year, with reductions in every region led by a plunge of more than 10 percent in murder in larger cities and suburban counties, the FBI said. But in Wichita, the same statistics told a very different story. Total violent crime in Wichita rose 2 percent from 1996 to 1997. The most startling statistics involved murder and aggravated assault. There were 32 murders in Wichita in 1997, according to U.S. Department of Justice figures. In 1996, there were 24 murders. That is an increase of one-third. The number of aggravated assaults in Wichita rose 14 percent, from 1,298 in 1996 to 1,481 in 1997. And the number of robberies rose 8 percent, from 823 to 890. Attorney General Janet Reno welcomed the positive national statistics but warned against overconfidence. New problems always are possible, she said. Preliminary figures released Sunday reflected a cumulative 4 percent decrease in seven major crimes recorded by 9,582 police agencies around the nation. The violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault dropped 5 percent nationally. Far more numerous property crimes of burglary, auto theft and larceny-theft dipped 4 percent. The most dramatic declines were in murder, for which statistics are the most reliable and uniform. Homicide was down 9 percent nationwide but 14 percent in cities of 250,000 to 500,000; 11 percent in cities over 1 million and in suburban counties; and 10 percent in cities of 500,000 to 1 million people. "We can never relax our vigilance about crime, about enforcement, about preven- tion," Reno said, because "there's going to§ be a new problem down the road." !* An early 1980s decline in crime was re-;* versed by the arrival of crack cocaine, Reno5 said. '• With crack came gangs that recruited? teen-agers and armed them with guns,-' prompting other kids to arm themselves in2 defense or emulation. ~ The next problems could come from cy-^ berspace or abroad, Reno said. * "The gun may become obsolete as people* learn how to hack through and accomplish*, thefts and scams through the Internet," she? said. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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