The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 22, 1998 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 22, 1998
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Shocks win Wichita State opens NCAA regional play with 7-4 victory/C1 Monster mash 'Godzilla' has opened this week at theaters across the U.S. / D1 : $195 million ticket was sold in Pell Lake, Wis./A2 • Breast cancer: Pressure by women has increased funding / B1 INSIDE Ugh: 85 Low: 63 Partly cloudy today; a 30 percent chance for thunderstorms tonight / B3 WEATHER Classified / C5 Comics / B4 Deaths / A9 Encore! /D1 Great Plains / B1 Money / A4 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX the Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 FRIDAY MAY 22, 1998 'SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents VIOLENCE IN AMERICA 3 die in Oregon student's rampage Suspect allegedly opens fire in cafeteria; 2 bodies found at home By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — In a rampage that has become frighteningly familiar, a student suspended for having a gun allegedly returned Thursday and opened fire on a crowded school cafeteria, killing a classmate and critically wounding eight others. Police identified the suspect as Kipland P. Kinkel, who had been arrested, suspended and released to his parents' custody a day earlier on a charge of possession of a stolen firearm. Two bodies believed to be those of Kinkel's parents were later found in his home. Shots rang out about 8 a m in the Thurston High School cafeteria, where up to 400 people were milling around before class. Witnesses said the 15-year-old suspect, dressed in a trench coat, ran through the cafeteria firing his rifle from the hip. "He was swiveling back and forth, firing at everyone," said 16- year-old Jonathan Crawford. "He just mowed "em down," said another student, Michelle Calhoun. "It was just sort of happening in slow motion." The boy remained calm as the staccato gunfire was reduced to the click, click of empty chambers. One of those misfires came wjth the barrel point-blank at a student's head. Finally, as he was trying to reload, 17-year-old wrestler Jake Ryker, despite gunshot wounds to his hand and chest, tackled the boy. Several others quickly piled on to end the terror. After Kinkel was arrested, police said they followed up on his suggestion to check his house. There, they found the bodies of a man and a woman who were believed to be William P. Kinkel, 59, apS faith M. Kinkel, 57. Both were teachers. Sheriff Jan Clements re- fuged to confirm that they were the parents of the boy. The dead student was identified as Mikael Nicklauson, 17, who had just enlisted Monday in the Oregon National Guard. The Associated Press A wounded student is helped to a waiting ambulance following Thursday's shooting at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore. Teens hang friend for plans to snitch Girl was strung up after she threatened to reveal group's plan to run away By The Associated Press CLEARFIELD, Pa. — A 15-year- old girl was strung up in a tree and a friend clubbed her to death with a rock for threatening to reveal plans by a group of teens to run away to Florida, police said. "Snitches get hurt," the friend told the victim, according to witnesses. Kimberly Jo Dotts' body was found by hikers Tuesday in a clearing called Gallows Harbor — named after a hanging there in the 19th century. Her friend, 16-year-old Jessica Holtmeyer, and 18-year-old Aaron Straw were arrested Wednesday, 10 days after the slaying. They were charged with homicide and are being held in the county jail. Police said more arrests were possible. An investigator said other teens were present during the attack but walked away. Police did get an anonymous call a few days before the body was found but did not elaborate on what was said. Eleven people — the two suspects, Kimberly Jo, her cousin, Tracy Lewis, and seven teen-agers — were together on the afternoon of May 10 at a popular partying and camping spot off a dirt road near the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, police said. KIMBERLY JO The group was planning to run away to Florida, but got angry at Kimberly Jo when she backed out and threatened to reveal their plans. The group toyed with Kimberly Jo by putting the noose around her neck, then removing it. At one point, she was dragged around the wooded clearing by her neck. "She was crying because she was afraid and she was being picked on," state police Cpl. Greg Bacher said. At this point, part of the group left the scene, but some stayed. Bacher did not know who remained. The third time the rope was put around her neck, Kimberly Jo was hung from a tree for several minutes until she lost consciousness, then taken down. "That's when they got afraid and they started covering her up T CHILD CARE King center gets financial boost Grants will help fund business manager at child care center By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal From its inception nearly 25 years ago, Geraldine Briscoe says, the nonprofit Martin Luther King Jr. Child Care Center has been a God project. "It was just like God spoke to me and said, 'I want you to start a center and keep children," 1 " Briscoe said. She considers a $43,000 grant from Salina Regional Health Foundation and a $5,000 grant from the Salina Area United Way as new gifts from God. "It's awesome," Briscoe said. "Every time they tell me something else, I'm just speechless." Tom Martin, executive director of the health foundation, said the three-year grants would be used to fund a business manager for the center at 1214 N. Santa Fe. Suzi Cole Hiett will move to Salina from Fullerton, Calif., to take the position the first week in June. Child Abuse Prevention Services hired Hiett and will admin- DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Careglver Annie Lewis simultaneously burps Dominique Hurde and rocks her twin brother, Dominick, Thursday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Care Center, 1214 N. Santa Fe. ister the grants, said Carolee Jones, CAPS executive director. Briscoe had approached Jones back in November, asking for additional community support for the child care center, Jones said. See CHILD, Page A9 with branches," Bacher said. "They noticed she started to move and that's when she was struck with the rock." Holtmeyer, who was charged as an adult, allegedly bashed Kimberly Jo in the head with a 4-inch- thick rock. Straw is accused of helping to hang the girl. After the slaying, the group went to Lakeland, Fla., for a few days, except Holtmeyer, who stayed behind. Most were back in central Pennsylvania by Tuesday. The attack took place about five miles from Clearfield, about 140 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Phyllis Leigey, who lives in the rural area near the crime scene, was shocked to hear about the killing. "When they told me, I couldn't sleep," she said. "It's a real quiet neighborhood." T SALINA HOUSING AUTHORITY Recent school snootinys » May 19,1998 — Three days before graduation, 18-year-old honor student allegedly opens fire in parking lot at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tenn., killing classmate who was .dating his ex-girlfriend. . » April 24,1998 — 48-year-old : science teacher shot to death in front of students at graduation dance in.Edinboro, Pa. A 14- year-old student at James W. Parker Middle School is charged. » March 24,1998 — Four girls and a teacher shot to death and 10 others wounded during a • false fire alarm at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark. Two boys, ages 11 and 13, are accused of setting the alarm and then opening fire from a nearby woods. t> Dec. 1,1997 — Three stu- > dents are killed and five others wounded in a prayer circle in a . hallway at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky. A 14-year- . old student is arrested. One of the wounded girls is left paralyzed. » Oct 1,1997 —A 16-year-old , in Peart, Miss., is accused of killing his mother, then going to Peart High School and shooting nine students. Two die, Including the suspect's ex-girlfriend. Authorities later accuse six friends of conspiracy, saying the suspects dabbled in satanism. » Feb. 19,1997 — A 16-year- old student opens fire with a shotgun in a common area at the Bethel, Alaska, high school, killing the principal and a student. Two other students are ; wounded. Authorities later accuse two other students of knowing the shootings would take place. Evan Ramsey was sentenced to two 99-year terms. » Feb. 2,1996 —A 14-year- old boy walks Into algebra class In a trenchcoat with a hunting rifle and allegedly opens fire, killing the teacher and two students. A third student Is Injured during the shooting at Frontier Junior High School In Moses Lake, Wash. Prosecutors say the boy was inspired by the plot of a Stephen King novel and by the movie "Natural Bom Killers." Complaints levied at housing authority Federal officials will investigate complaints by former clients By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal Federal officials will be in Salina June 1 to investigate discrimination complaints filed by former clients against the Salina Housing Authority. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission officials will investigate the complaints, other authority cases and authority procedures and policies, Andy Stierwalt, executive director of the authority, told the authority board at a meeting Thursday. The authority also has an employment discrimination complaint pending against it that will be investigated later by federal officials. Stierwalt said the employee was dismissed for cause. The board recessed into closed session for 1 '/a hours so city manager Dennis Kissinger could give a preliminary report of a city review of the authority. He said the meeting was closed because personnel issues were to be discussed. The review was a result of communication problems between the city and the authority, which is a city agency, Kissinger said. He would not comment on the report or the discrimination complaints, and he would not say whether the rare review was linked to the complaints. He said a final report would be given during a public meeting at the authority board's June 18 meeting. Two of the discrimination complaints are racial in nature, and one deals with discrimination on the basis of a mental handicap, Stierwalt said. He said the two clients who filed racial complaints had been removed from the authority program because they failed to meet their obligations as tenants. Stierwalt said he thought nei : ther he nor the authority had done anything wrong. Stierwalt said he was not allowed to discuss specifics of the complaints. However, during discussion of a policy change, he said a policy that banned for life those. who violated authority rules had caused problems in the area of discrimination complaints. The board Thursday passed a policy change to allow people wKo violate authority rules to reapply for authority programs after a three-year sanction.

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