The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 31, 1998
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A12 SUNDAY. MAY 31, 1998 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T HARTMAN'S DEATH Reports: Hartmaris wife left after killing She visited friend's house to confess, then returned home, newspapers say By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Phil Hartman's wife left his body on their bloody bed and visited a friend before returning home to kill herself, newspapers reported Saturday. After shooting the comedian as he slept about 2 a.m. Thursday, Brynn Hartman went to the home of a male friend, the Los Angeles Times and the Daily News of Los Angeles reported, citing sources T SEARCH Shooters pursued in canyon Three men who killed an officer, wounded two others are sought By The Associated Press CORTEZ, Colo. — Three men killed a police officer during a traffic stop and then wounded two more during a gun battle that led to a search in the rugged canyon country of southwestern Colorado. National Guard helicopters joined state and federal officers in the search for the gunmen Saturday in a sparsely populated area near the Utah state line. The men were believed to be on foot in the Cross Canyon area about 50 miles northwest of Cortez, a town of 7,100 people. Gov. Roy Romer said he sent the National Guard to help because of the difficulty tracking fugitives in the rough terrain. "It's going to be very intensive," Romer said. "We're not going to stop until we get some results." The slain Cortez police officer, Dale Claxton, was shot through the windshield of his patrol car Friday morning after stopping what he suspected was a stolen truck. Other officers set out in pursuit, chasing the truck northwest of Cortez with shots being exchanged along the way. Two officers were wounded. "These people sprayed who knows how many hundreds of rounds," said Cortez City Manager Bill Ray. "Seven different police cars were hit." The small town of Pleasant View, north of Cortez, virtually was shut down and farmers were warned to get out of their fields. School bus service was canceled Friday and parents of the 22 students at the Pleasant View School were told to pick up their children. The 780-acre Hovenweep National Monument west of Cortez was closed. Superintendent Art Hutch'inson said he drove his car into a ditch and ducked when he saw a truck speeding toward him and heard shots. Authorities said the fugitives abandoned the truck in a canyon west of Cortez and stole a second truck at gunpoint. The men then doubled back and the second truck was found west of Pleasant View, near Cross Canyon. Two automatic weapons were found in one of the trucks. T ATTACK Teacher beaten for refusing to turn on TV By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Four girls beat their sixth-grade teacher for refusing to turn on "The Jerry Springer Show" on a classroom television. The beating left the teacher, Aishah Ahmad, with bruises to her face, neck, back and leg. The students started the fight Wednesday when they told Ahmad to turn on the show so they could watch the day's topic: "Bisexual Relationships Hurt Mar- ried Couples." Ahmad, 44, said the girls, ages 11 to 12, spat at, punched, slapped and kicked her when she wouldn't turn on the television set, which is used for watching educational programs. The rest of the class watched the attack, which Ahmad fought off before regaining control of her class. Ahmad, who was treated for her injuries at Parkway Hospital, reported the incident to police Thursday and is considering legal action. The girls have been suspended from school. they did not identify. The friend was not identified. Nearly incoherent, Brynn Hartman confessed to the killing but the friend did not believe her, the Times said. After she fell asleep, he checked her purse and found a handgun that he confiscated, the newspaper said. Brynn Hartman, 40, awoke several hours later, returned to her home with the friend and locked BRYNN HARTMAN herself in the bedroom with the body of her 49-year-old husband, the Times said. The friend called 911 about 6:20 a.m. and was escorting the Hartmans' 9-year-old son, Sean, out of the house when police arrived. As the officers took the couple's 6-year-old daughter, Birgen, out of the home, Brynn Hartman shot herself in the head. Police would not confirm the newspaper reports. Brynn Hartman had become distraught the night before when she read a note from her husband that implied he wanted to end the marriage, the Daily News said. Family and friends have given conflicting accounts of the 11-year marriage. "They had a pattern of arguing at night, and he would go to sleep and everything would be OK in the morning," said Steven Small, a lawyer and close friend who represented the actor in his two divorces. 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