The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 29, 1998 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 11

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 29, 1998
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THE SALI OURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 ; i B T POLITICS Snowbarger seeks second term in Congress Two other incumbents have yet to file for another run at U.S. Mouse seats By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Third District Rep. Vince Snowbarger has become the second of Kansas' four members of the U.S. House to file for Republican renomination in the Aug. 4 primary election. Other recent filers include a Democratic opponent for Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the 4th District and 22 legislative candidates. The filing deadline is June 10. This year, Kansans will elect a U.S. senator, four House members, governor and five other statewide officials, two state senators, 125 state House members and five State Board of Education members. SNOWBARGER campai **% Congress U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback has filed for Republican renomination, but his expected Democratic opponent, state Sen. Paul Feleciano of Wichita, has not filed. Tiahrt, Wichita, has filed for GOP renomina- tion in the 4th District. Jim Lawing, a Wichita lawyer and former legislator has filed for Democratic nomination in the 4th District. Reps. Jim Ryun, who represents the 2nd District, and Jerry Moran, who represents the 1st, have not filed for re-election. Snowbarger, 48, Olathe, spent 12 years in the Kansas House before winning election to Congress two years ago. Snowbarger's only declared opponent is Dennis Moore, who is the former Democratic district attorney for Johnson County and an unsuccessful contender for attorney general in 1986. Legislature Also filing was state Sen. Ed Pugh, R- Wamego, who was appointed to replace former Sen. Don Sallee of Troy and this year must run for the final two years on that term. Incumbent members of the Kansas House who have filed in the past week include the following: • Phill Kline, R-Shawnee, chairman of the Taxation Committee. • Tim Carmody, R-Overland Park, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, • Joann Freeborn, R-Concordia, who is the chairwoman of the Environment Committee. Other incumbents who have filed are Kathe Lloyd, R-Clay Center; Rocky Nichols, D-Topeka; Janice Pauls, D-Hutchinson; Judy Showalter, D-Winfield; Mike Farmer, R-Wichita; Henry Helgerson, D-Wichita; Cliff Franklin, R-Merriam; Sharon Schwartz, R-Washington, and Troy Findley, D-Lawrence. Newcomers filing for the Kansas House include Bill Beall, R-Kansas City; Lynn Herrell, R-Wichita; Tim Tedder, D-Hutchinson; Frank Miller, R-Independence; Geraldine Flaharty, D- Wichita; Wayne Stith, R-Baxter Springs; Andy Pettijohn, D-Olathe; James Hack, D-Perry, and Doug Ramsburg, R-Prairie Village. BRIEFLY Salina man convicted of rape involving girl A 33-year-old Salina man was convicted Thursday in Saline County District Court of rape for a February incident with a 5- year-old girl at her house. Larry Tyrone Broils, 250 N. Phillips, could face more than 25 years in prison when he is sentenced July 27, Tom Stanton, assistant Saline County Attorney, said. The incident occurred while Broils was with his girlfriend visiting at the home of a friend, who was the mother of the victim. The girl talked about and described the incident later to her mother, family members and a mental health counselor. Broils denied the incident in his testimony during the trial. An investigator testified that Broils told him he was rubbing the girl's back and belly, but Broils later said he could have accidentally touched the girl's private area. . Jurors deliberated about an hour and 15 minutes before reaching their verdict. Students can apply to Southeast of Saline Out-of-district students wanting to enroll in the Southeast of Saline School District must apply by July 6. ?The school board will consider those requests July 27, and applicants will be informed of the decision by Aug. 1. Call (785) 536-4291 for an application form. Cattle feedlot fined for water violations TOPEKA — The state health department has fined a Lehigh cattle feedlot $39,045 for violating state, water regulations. The order, issued May 19 and made public Thursday, also instructs Chisolm Feeders to comply with requirements of its water quality permit. Chisolm Feeders violated its permit when it failed to build water pollution control facilities as required, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said. Chisolm Feeders must submit a livestock waste management plan to state department by July 1. Bomb threat forces Statehouse evacuation TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves and the Japanese ambassador had to interrupt their meeting Thursday when the Kansas Statehouse was evacuated for about 45 minutes because of a telephoned bomb threat. No bomb was found after a search of the building by a bomb- sniffing police dog. Ambassador Kunihiko Saito was making a courtesy call to Graves in his second floor Statehouse office when Capitol Police ordered the five-story building evacuated. The governor and ambassador went to Kansas Judicial Center across the street from the Statehouse to finish their 30-minute meeting in the state law library. No one wins jackpot in Powerball lottery None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Wednesday night matched all six numbers drawn, lottery officials said Thursday. The numbers were 2,15, 27, 33 and 46. The Powerball was 27. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $10 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $12 million for Saturday. From Staff and Wire Reports KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Bishop Joseph C. Mumper has been in exile for more than a year from his homeland, the west African country of Sierra Leone. He is in Salina this week for the United Methodist Church Kansas West's annual conference at the Bicentennial Center. Living in Exile Bishop left his homeland after criticizing the ruling junta By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Every night Bishop Joseph C. Humper prays for his two children staying in his native country. He cannot visit them now. Humper has been exiled from Sierra Leone, a small country on Africa's west coast between Guinea and Liberia, for a little more than a year. "It's involuntary imprisonment from your home," Humper said. "You miss your people and your family, and every night I hear about bad news from my home. It's hard and very depressing." Humper, who is in Salina attending and speaking at the United Methodist Church Kansas West's annual conference at the Bicentennial Center, became an exile after he came together with other ministers to condemn the junta that ended his country's democratic government. He became a target and had to leave im- "You miss your people and your family, and every night I hear about bad news from my home." Bishop Joseph C. Humper in exile from Sierre Leone mediately for the United States. He had been to America and thought it would be a safe place to go. Humper is resident bishop of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference. President Kabbah, a former U.N. official, was elected to power in March 1996 after years of bloody civil war. On May 25, 1997, the democratically elected president was ousted by army officer Johnny Paul Koroma. Kabbah fled to the capital of neighboring Guinea and began to seek in- ternational support for his restoration. Now some cities are safe again, but sporadic fighting from the rebels means the country still is dangerous, Humper said. Humper's wife, Nancy, and two of his children, James, 29, and Marvel, 9, were attending school in America, so they are staying in Maryland with him. But two of his children, Josephine, 24, and Joseph, 17, remain in Sierra Leone. "The two are relatively safe," he said. "But you aren't always sure what can happen." Back in his country, he said many children have been killed, villages burned and whole populations hurt by the rebel war going on in his country from 1991-98. He hopes that his country can heal itself again soon. So Humper plans on going back to Sierra Leone in the end of July. He thinks it will be safe in the city he will stay. "You've just got to cope with everything or else you won't be able to work effectively," Humper said. "My people need me." T EVICTION Kansan evicted from land Sheriff calls in other authorities for eviction that turns out peacefully; By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal HUNTER — Mitchell County Sheriff Doug Daugherty wanted ^p be safe when he had a court order to evict a rural Hunter man who has been associated with Kansas militia groups. So he arrived at the property being leased by Matt Schroeder five miles north of Hunter Thursday morning with authorities from the sheriffs offices of Lincoln, Osborne and Jewell counties, a helicopter from the Kansas Highway Patrol and an agent from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The eviction resulted from a land dispute with owner Lonnie Wilson of Salina. Schroeder apparently wanted to buy the land but wasn't able to, and after a protracted battle, Wilson got a court order to have him evicted. The authorities arrived at 10. a.m., and after several hours-pf discussion, Schroeder left without incident around 3:30 p.m., Daugh-" erty said. " "There was no standoff at all, it really just turned into an ordinary, eviction," he said. "No one really; cares to get evicted off their prop-; erty. I just wanted to make sure; that we had enough manpower- that if something did go up, yje f would be able to take care of^lf quickly. There were a lot of quee-J tions and a lot of talking, tittfe; everything went fine, and I'm ju§t*" really tickled." " * I Daugherty said he was con-X cerned because Schroeder has tak-f en out ads in newspapers in the past telling people to join a group that he was forming called the Kansas Coalition for American Rights. The ads also have stated for those who "have been taken advantage of by an attorney, a lawyer or ; the court system" to contact him. '' "There's a lot of things in the; past that has had us worried," Daugherty said. "Little bitty things sometimes add up." Daugherty said sheriffs offices from several counties have teamed up in the past for other incidents, and he also said he was appreciative of the help from the highway patrol. T CRIME Chase ends after driver with 4 flat tires hits curb By The Journal Staff The driver of a stolen van led law enforcement officers on a two- counties chase early Thursday that continued after first two tires, and then all four tires, were flattened by spikes law officers placed in the van's path. The chase, which began east of Solomon, ended in Salina when the van came to a stop in a field near Third Street, said Lt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department. Black smoke billowed from the flattened tires, which were destroyed. The rims also were damaged.. The chase began in Dickinson County when sheriffs officers saw the van traveling left of center on Old Highway 40. When the chase reached Saline County, sheriff's officers succeeded in puncturing the two front tires of the van with spikes at Whitmore Road, said Dickinson County Un- dersheriff John Nachtman. But the driver didn't stop. About seven miles farther west, the Salina Police Department laid a set of spikes at the intersection of Ohio and Pacific streets and deflated the two back tires. Still, the driver pressed on until the van fishtailed at the intersection of Third and Pacific streets, hit the curb and rolled to a stop in a field. The driver, identified as 15- year-old CarmunAnne James, Abilene, was arrested. She faces charges in both Saline and Dickinson counties, including possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing police and running a stop sign. T HORTICULTURE Gardeners to plant landscape ideas The master gardeners hope their suggestions take root with others By The Journal Staff Ever wonder what to plant in the shade under that tree in the yard or what flowering thing would thrive with little maintenance over there in full sun? Green thumbs can get answers to such vexing questions and receive other horticultural tips at the new landscape demonstration garden in Kenwood Park. But don't rush over there yet. In garden terms, the demonstration site barely has germinated. Saline County Extension master gardeners are in charge of the project and are working on the stone walkway that will bi- Plant sale • WHAT: Plant sale sponsored by the Saline County Extension master gardeners • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6. • WHERE: 109 N. Eastborough • PLANTS: Herbs, hybrid daylilies, perennials, shrubs, house plants, scented geraniums and water garden plants. sect the growing area, which is still mostly grass and weeds. "It will demonstrate well- adapted, resource-conserving plants for the home landscape that are prnamental and attractive and easy to care for," said Chip Miller, Saline County Extension horticulture agent. Phase one will focus on inedible species such as shrubs, trees and a variety of turf grasses. This year, he hopes to have the paving and fencing complete, and the fescue, shrubs, trees and some flowers planted. Later, vegetables in raised beds will be added. The plant selections will contain some less common but well- adapted plants, he said. "Eventually, we'll set aside an area to demonstrate and test some unusual things." The project is funded from a master gardener budget of about $5,000, which is generated from garage sales, garden tours and plant sales. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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