The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 27, 1998 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 27, 1998
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tfbURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B T POLITICS Two Democrats consider gubernatorial bids Two House members plan to decide whether they'll enter the race By CAROL CRUPPER Harris News Service TOPEKA — Jack Wempe finds himself testing the gubernatorial waters. The four-term lawmaker from Little River is being urged by some party members to carry the Democratic banner in the governor's race. "I haven't ruled it out," he said Tuesday. Both Wempe and Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, are weighing the odds. With a June 10 filing deadline, time is growing short for the Democrats to field a contender. On the Republican side, Gov. Bill Graves fabes a primary battle with former State Republican Chairman David Miller of Eudora. The volatile nature of that race tempts Hens- campaiga ley. "Nobody in politics is unbeatable," he said. "It's important for the Democratic Party to field a credible candidate should the governor lose the primary." Hensley views education, the environment and the fairness of the tax system as key issues. He's concerned about the lack of leadership in juvenile justice and foster care. But money holds him back. Hensley, a teacher, figures it will take at least $500,000 to make the race. Many Democrats had been looking to Sen. Janis Lee, D-Kensington, to head their ticket. She bowed out two weeks ago, saying she had several issues on which she wanted to focus. Wempe supported Lee. "I assumed she was going to do it," he said. Now, the ball's in his court. "One of the reasons for running would be to stimulate some dialogue on the issues," said Wempe. He would like to talk about highways, post- secondary education and tax policy. The governor, he said, should set the agenda for the coming years. Wempe, 64, announced earlier he wouldn't seek re-election to the Kansas House. "I don't have the big ego to be governor," said Wempe, "but somebody needs to run." Wempe and Hensley planned to confer later in the day. "It would be foolish for us both to run," Wempe said. Wempe said he's worried about the Democratic Party. "We need to do a little party building," he said. "We're not making great strides at the moment." He thinks Democrats need to broaden their tent. He'd like to see more moderate positions, both economically and socially. He'd like attention on agriculture and small business interests, with less focus on big government. - ] Wempe, a former educator and economic development director, intends to make a decision by this weekend. BRIEFLY Norton fugitives captured in California . STOCKTON — The two minimum-security inmates who escaped early Saturday from the Norton Correctional Facility have been captured, according to information released by the facility Tuesday. Paul Martell and Shawn Cundiff, both 32, were captured Monday night and are in custody in Madera, Calif. No information was available on their capture. The facility is working with Rooks County to extradite the pair. No date has been set for their return. • Guards discovered that Martell and Cundiff were missing about ;2:40 a.m. Salinan endorsed for KU hospital board . TOPEKA — The appointment of a Salina woman to the new University of Kansas Hospital Authority has been endorsed by a Senate committee. The woman, Dorothy Lynch, would be an at-large member of the committee, which was created during the 1998 legislative session to run the hospital at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.. " x Lynch's appointment, made by Gov. Bill Graves, was endorsed by the Confirmations Oversight Committee. With the endorsement of the committee, Lynch and other nominees may start serving immediately on their boards, but formal Senate approval is required when the Legislature reconvenes in January. Salina man faces attempted rape charge A 51-year-old Salina man was arrested Sunday for allegedly battering a 46-year-old woman and attempting to rape her. Stuart Gilder, 615 Garden, faces charges of attempted rape, property damage and battery. The woman told police that between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Gilder grabbed her, knocked her to the floor and threw water at her at her home. He then attempted to rape her, the woman told police. Gilder also is accused of damaging the woman's clothes. Evangelism professor to speak at Wesleyan Hal Knight, an assistant professor of evangelism at the St. Paul School of Theology, will speak at a banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Shriwise Dining Room on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University. Knight's appearance is being sponsored by the Kansans for , United Methodist Renewal. .. About 25 seats are available and will be awarded on a first- come, first-served basis. Tickets are $10 and include a buffet meal. Department on Aging plans open house TOPEKA — The state Department on Aging is holding an open house in its new quarters on Fri,day, Secretary Thelma Hunter ^Gordon said Tuesday. * The agency has moved from the Docking State Office Building near the Capitol to the New England Building five blocks away in downtown Topeka. The state acquired the historic New England Building from the city of Topeka in the 1970s. The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday in the building at 503 Kansas Ave. From Staff and Wire Reports ..._.,.•. .;• Photos by KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Tom Nelson, Clay Center, nails roof sheeting Tuesday onto the ratters of a Habitat for Humanity home being built at 717 N. Fifth. Nelson was one of more than a dozen Methodists from the state who took time out from a church conference to help build the house. BUILDING O N HEIR FAITH Methodists lend their efforts to construction on Habitat for Humanity house By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal I he staccato bang of hammers and the deafening buzz from a circular saw in the 700 block of North Fifth signaled that the Methodists were in town and on a mission. Literally. In conjunction with the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church this week in Salina, conferees had a daylong opportunity Tuesday to participate in a variety of mission projects. There was work to be done at the Ashby House, a local family homeless shelter, and at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Care Center. Also, members could help the local First United Methodist Church build a Habitat for Humanity house at 717 N. Fifth. Among the workers swarming over the Habitat project were three women, two from Abilene and one from Clay Center, each veteran church mission participants. Abilene resident Mary Howland has been on missions in Africa as well as throughout the Midwest and Southwest, Linda Rlst (left), Harry Burnett and Cherri Baer join in a short group prayer from their work area on the unfinished roof. but this was her first experience with Habitat for Humanity. "I helped with the framing," she said before hurrying back to work. "I love seeing all the hands coming together," said fellow Abilene volunteer Linda Rist. "It just goes to show you what can be done." Cherri Baer of Clay Center knows her way around a Habitat project. For four years straight she traveled to Miami to help rebuild neighborhoods destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. "We're told in the Bible to stay home and mission and to go to the ends of the earth. Our lives should be finding a balance," she said. Project coordinator Steve Kraus said the local congregation had its first experience with Habitat last summer. It was one of three churches that built a Habitat house, which is across the street from the current site. "It whet our appetite last year," Kraus said. "This would make a worthwhile project." Construction started May 1. Church members volunteer evenings Tuesdays and Thursdays and during the day Saturdays. Kraus hopes to be finished by August. Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. It is a nonprofit, housing organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness around the world. Prospective owners of Habitat homes invest "sweat equity" by helping volunteers build the houses. Since its founding, the organization has built about 30,000 houses around the world, sheltering more than 100,000 people. T SHOOTING Phillipsburg native shot, killed on Houston street A police officer, he was shot off duty while he investigated a crime By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal Sgt. Kent D. Kincaid, a Phillipsburg native and 13-year-veteran of the Houston (Texas) Police Department, was shot and killed Friday night in northwest Houston while attempting to investigate vandalism involving his private vehicle. , Kincaid, 40, was off duty and unarmed when his windshield was hit with something thrown from a passing vehicle, said department spokesman Adrian Garcia, "He turned around, followed the car and confronted the driver in a cul de sac of the Copperfield subdivision, where the officer was shot in the face at about 11 p.m.," Garcia said. "His intent was to find out what was thrown. He had damage to his vehicle. "There was an accident, and he was in the midst of conducting an investigation." Garcia said the suspects had been involved in an aggravated robbery before confronting Kincaid. Arrested and facing a charge of capital murder of a police officer is 19-year-old Anthony Cardell Haynes. A second occupant of the car, Timothy Reese, 17, was arrested on the suspicion of armed robbery. "We just got through Police Week where we commemorated officers slain in the line of duty," Garcia said. "It's tragic we have to go through this again so quickly." Kincaid was born in Phillipsburg and graduated from Stockton High School and Fort Hays State University. He had been a Wichita police of- ficer for five years before he joined the Houston department in 1984. Among survivors are his wife, Nancy, and. two daughters, Jena Lee and Courtney Deanne, all of the home. Kincaid's funeral is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Stockton. The Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home, Stockton, is in charge of arrangements. '. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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