The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 2, 1998 · Page 1
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Storm death Michigan woman dies in bed when tree blows into house/A6 Replay The Jazz and Bulls open NBA Finals Wednesday/B1 SPORTS : sauna teachers might be paid for training days / A3 I! Monsanto, American Home Products strike merger deal / A8 ' "" INSIDE " ' ; " , Hgh:9S Low: 66 Partly cloudy today with southeast winds 10to15mph/B7 WEATHER the Salina Journal Oarwinn l^ariooo oin/^A 1 QTM ^^™^^ Ann Landers / B7 Classified / B4 Comics / B8 Crossword / B8 Deaths/A9 Great Plains / A3 Sports / B1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX Serving Kansas since 1871 TUESDAY JUNE 2, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents SOUTH DAKOTA TORNADO Photos by The Associated Press A Spencer, S.D., resident looks for a place to hook a chain to an overturned auto as the town continued to dig out Monday from a tornado. President Clinton Issued a disaster declaration for the town, where six people were killed and all businesses and most of the homes were destroyed. So Little Left With much of the town gone, residents focus on the small things By RAM BELLUCK The New York Times SPENCER, S.D. — There's no explaining the things fate chooses to spare. The mutilated shell that used to be the house of 86-year-old Marlys Muters was ankle deep in broken glass and mangled furniture on Monday, but outside lay one of those musical Mother's Day cards. It was playing "Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home." The two-story house of Ward and Gloria Satterlee, the minister and organist at the Nazarene Church, is an eviscerated mound of splinters and shreds but sticking out untouched from the pile was a white sheaf of church music, a piece called "Alleluja!" Two days after a ferocious tornado steamrolled the tiny hamlet of Spencer, people here were setting their minds on the simple things. They almost had to. So much had been destroyed — every business and all but a dozen or so houses — that the 320 people living here did not know where to begin. See TORNADO, Page A10 South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow, making his way across Main Street, is directing the relief operation In Spencer, S.D. T TELEVISION WGN to rejoin cable lineup in Salina One Fox station will be gone, and other channels will switch places on the TV dial in July By CHAD HAYWORTH Tlie Salina lournal Fans of the Chicago White Sox, Cubs and Bulls can rejoice. WGN is returning to Salina's cable television system, starting July 1. The Chicago-based superstation was dropped by TCI in November 1996, after the Englewood, Colo.-based cable company and WGN clashed over costs and copyright fees. At the time, there was doubt that WGN could retain its coverage of the Bulls, a professional basketball team, prompting TCI officials to balk at WGN's asking price. WGN did hang on to the Bulls, as well as to its broadcasts of Cubs and White Sox baseball, which are a keystone of the channel's summertime programming. To make room for WGN, TCI will drop WDAF, a Fox affiliate in Kansas City, which is on Channel 7. Rick Christy, general manager of TCI's Salina office, said the choice to drop WDAF was an easy one. Because Wichita's Fox station, KSAS, has a repeater in Salina (KAAS, Channel 19) it is considered the hometown station. Federal communications laws require that a cable system carrying duplicate signals block out the out-of- town station during times when it is showing the same programming as the local station. "We literally spend hours each week going through the programming schedule to block out stuff on WDAF," Christy said. "It has been a headache for us." Christy said all of the Fox network programming is available on KSAS (cable Channel 4). "The only thing people might miss is some of the syndicated programs that they run," he said. Also on July 1, TCI will juggle six channels currently available and add a channel that is now available on the company's digital channel lineup. American Movie Classics, USA, Nickelodeon, Odyssey, C-SPAN2 and TCI FYI are being switched around for internal technical reasons, Christy said. CBS Eye on People, a network available on TCI's new digital service, is being moved to Channel 63, which was vacated last year when the Newsport channel went dark. As the name implies, the CBS offering primarily runs shows that focus on people, using the Tiffany Network's archives. The Sega Channel, which uses an interface to provide 30 or so Sega Genesis games via the cable line, is being discontinued June 30, Christy said. About 75 customers subscribe to the service. "It uses 16-bit technology," he said. "Now the games are 64-bit, and it is kind of outdated." The provider of pay-per-view movies also will change, Christy said. The cost will remain the same, although the new provider, Viewer's Choice, will have just three movie channels, instead of the five that Request offers. Christy said the two empty channels will be reserved for future expansion of the cable service. T ELLSWORTH Ellsworth ex-official is charged with theft $250,000 embezzled from city; suspect says he doesn't have enough cash to pay for attorney By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal ELLSWORTH — Former Ellsworth water and sewer superintendent Robert Ashbaugh remained in jail Monday after being arrested and charged with felony theft in the alleged embezzlement of more than $250,000 from city coffers. Also Monday, Ashbaugh filed a request for a court-appointed attorney, saying he was "cash poor" because his assets, including rental property and a convenience store, were tied up in a civil suit filed by Ellsworth officials to "The big picture is fairly clear. Vouchers were being submitted for the purchase ofnonexistent equipment, big capital items like pumps, and motors and valves." Joe Shepack Ellsworth County attorney recover the city's missing money. His bond is set at $25,000. Ellsworth County Attorney Joe Shepack said the case probably will "cook away slowly" because of the time and paperwork. Authorities believe money 'started to disappear two months after Ashbaugh was hired eight years ago. Auditors traced $252,425 to K&B Municipal Supply of Great Bend, a phony corporation allegedly established by Ashbaugh. Authorities think the water superintendent authorized a purchase from K&B and then approved the invoice for payment. "This is a document-intensive case," Shepack said. "But the big picture is fairly clear. Vouchers were being submitted for the purchase of nonexistent equipment, big capital items like pumps and motors and valves. ' "The items described in the vouchers have not been found. A reasonable conclusion is that they never existed." Shepack said normally a two-year statute of limitations exists on such crimes — unless the embezzlement is undetectable by reasonable methods. . . During the time of the loss, Ellsworth officials were involved in major water and sewer projects and the department's budget, which totaled $713,000 this year, reflected the work. The city books also passed an annual audit. It was City Administrator Scott Moore who eventually became suspicious and discovered irregularities in department purchases. As a result, Ashbaugh was fired April 28 by the Ellsworth City Council. Shepack said he will decide on final charges later. The current charge is based on 1997 and the theft of $90,000. ; "Is this where the case stops? No. But that's a place to start," the county attorney said. • The following channels will be added or moved to TCI's cable television lineup, effective July 1. Currant channel New channel WDAF 7 — WGN — 7 American Movie Classics 29 59 USA Network 30 47 Nickelodeon 31 37 Odyssey 37 31 CSPAN2 47 30 TCI FYI 59 29 CBS Eye on People 273*^^^..... 63

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