The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 4, 1998 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, June 4, 1998
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[THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS THURSDAY, JUNE 4. 1998 A3 V WHEAT HARVEST Ready to roll Wheat harvest likely to start soon, spread quickly By The Associated Press KIOWA — The Kansas wheat harvest could start as early as this week, and the entire crop could be ready to cut at the same time, said Jim Shroyer, extension agronomist at Kansas State University. But recent heat and hail make the success of the crop questionable, farmers and agriculture officials said. Paul and Clyda Roark, who own a custom harvesting business and cut their own wheat crop on land near Kiowa, think they may be cutting by this weekend. ., The Roarks' son, Dan, finished ( a harvesting job in Chattanooga, Okla., on Sunday and was moving equipment north toward home. Chattanooga is about 15 miles southwest of Lawton, Okla., near the Texas border. Historically, the harvest begins around Kiowa — a few miles north of Oklahoma in Barber County — and moves northward. But conditions this year could cause all wheat to be ready at once, causing problems as farmers scramble for equipment and workers, Shroyer said. "It's just going to be hectic," he said. "It's just going to be hectic." Jim Shroyer K-State extension agronomist Steve Fenton, general manager of OK co-op in Kiowa, said the wheat there looks pretty good. But the crop probably will not be as big as last year's, he said. Last weekend's 100-degree temperatures and 30 mph winds across western Kansas hurt the wheat. The Kansas Agricultural Statistics weekly crop weather bulletin showed that 69 percent of the crop was in good or excellent condition this week, compared to 76 percent last week. When the heat and winds began, officials said, the plants couldn't keep up with water demand. They began to die, or turn from green to golden. "That takes away from yield," said Merle Witt, crops agronomist at the Southwest Kansas Research Extension Center in Garden City. Excessive heat is not the only problem for the crop. A path from Logan and Gove counties in northwest Kansas to Butler County in the south-central area sustained hail over Memorial Day weekend, said Dennis Gaschler, program specialist for the Farm Service Agency state office in Manhattan. So far, the agency has received reports from 17 counties with wheat-field damage ranging from light to near total. While no official estimates have been made, Gaschler said more than 250,000 acres could have been hit. Gaschler said it is likely state officials will nominate some of the counties for a disaster declaration by Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman. That would allow farmers to obtain low-cost loans. Richard Richter of Timken, located in Rush County, said farmers in central Kansas have been swathing fields and baling whept for forage since the hailstorm. Despite the heat and hail, the grain market didn't seem to buy into the dismal news. Randy Fisher of Professional Commodities Management, a commodity brokerage firm in Garden City, said the cash price dropped only slightly early this week. He expected the cash price around Garden City to be near $2.70 a bushel. T MURDER TRIAL Employer testifies suspect was scared when he sought loan Salina businessman made appointment with officers before slaying By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal When Tony Hunt approached Salina businessman Charlie Walker about a year ago seeking a $20,000 loan to buy off drug dealers, Hunt seemed as scared as any man Walker had ever seen, Walker testified in court Wednesday. Walker didn't give Hunt the money. Instead, he convinced Hunt he should turn himself in and set up an appointment for Hunt and Walker to talk to officers of the I-70/M35 Drug Task Force the next day. Officers kept their appointment with Walker, but by that time they were investigating the murder of Lamar Williams and the shooting of Williams' wife, Janette Gardenhire. Hunt stands accused of those crimes. Walker was one of the main witnesses during the second day of Hunt's trial for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Testimony resumes this morning. Walker said he knew Hunt because Hunt's father had constructed some buildings at his ranch west of Salina, and Hunt had worked for Walker for a couple of months. On June 11 last year, Hunt called Walker and said he needed to talk. He came to Walker's office and seemed anxious and fearful, Walker said. Hunt explained his need for the cash, saying he had been delivering "packages." He found out later the packages contained drugs and told Walker he needed to buy off the suppliers from California, or he, his girlfriend or their child could be harmed. Williams, an acquaintance of Hunt's, was allegedly the connection to those suppliers in California and recruited Hunt for the drug business, Hunt claims. Hunt agreed to turn himself in; but wanted protection, Walker said. Walker advised Hunt to take his family and go to a motel out of town until he could speak with officers the next day. Hunt took his family to a motel in Minneapolis. Hunt is accused of going early that next morning to Williams' house at 161 Cherry to speak with him one more time. Hunt allegedly shot Williams once in the head with a .357 pistol and fired a second shot at Gardenhire as she lay in bed; she survived. Williams had an unloaded weapon with him at the time. Also testifying Wednesday was Salina police Lt. Joe Garman, with the drug task force. ; • In answer to a question posed by . Saline County Attorney Julie McKenna, seeking to cast doubt on Hunt's assertion that he feared drug dealers and shot Williams in self-defense, Garman said Hunt's story about paying off drug dealers was unusual. "To be honest, I'd never heard of it before," Garman said. T SCHOOL VANDALISM 18-year-old pleads to rash of school vandalism 19-year-old expected to plead July 1; juvenile sentenced for his role By The Journal Staff | ABILENE — One of two adults accused of breaking in and damaging equipment in Dickinson County schools has pleaded guilty under terms of an agreement with pie Dickinson County Attorney's pffice, and the other suspect is expected to enter a similar plea soon. A third juvenile suspect has been sentenced to serve time at a state youth correctional center. Adam D. Dallinga, 18, Abilene, pleaded guilty Wednesday to 11 counts. The charges stemmed from burglaries and damage to the Abilene JVIiddle School and elementary schools at Talmage and Enterprise. The break-ins occurred in late April and May. Dallinga's sentencing was set for July 1, said Michelle Brown, deputy chief attorney for the jNorth Central Regional Public Defender's Office in Junction City. ; The felony crimes carry an underlying sentence of up to four lyears in prison, but sentencing Woman on trial for embezzlement By The Associated Press WICHITA — Anita Guidry broke the law when she embezzled money from her employer, but embezzlement is not a federal crime, her lawyer told a federal jury. Federal prosecutors say Guidry, 50, took $2.6 million from Wichita Sheet Metal Inc. and spent more than $1 million on clothes. Defense lawyer Dan Monnat acknowledged Guidry's obsession with clothing, saying it stemmed from her childhood when she often had to wear second-hand dresses. Guidry went on trial Tuesday on 13 counts of money laundering, bank fraud and filing false tax returns, charges that were filed in the wake of incidents in July. Monnat admitted that his client embezzled money, but said embezzlement is not a federal crime. guidelines prescribe that Dallinga be given probation, she said. Dallinga could be ordered to serve up to four years in the Dickinson County Jail if given consecutive sentences on the misdemeanor counts, Brown said. A second suspect, Peter Alonzo, 19, Chapman, is expected to enter a similar plea July 1, Dickinson County Attorney Eric Rucker said Wednesday. The third suspect, Christopher L. Grimes, 16, Abilene, was sentenced Tuesday in Dickinson County Juvenile Court to serve time at a state youth correctional center until he completes the requirements of a rehabilitation program, Rucker said. "He will spend no less than a year and perhaps more before the program is complete," he said. After his release, Grimes will be required to complete a period of community service, and he will remain under supervision of the state Juvenile Justice Authority until age 23. 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